I caught a lot of flak last month when I paid a visit to my favorite private dining facility without a few of my friends. Lots of hands immediately went up, and the likes of Your Highness demanded that I take them to drink some more of that wonderful snake soup. So, being the good friend that I am, I dutifully booked us a table and asked the chef to prepare the dishes requested by the gang.
As Cathy from HaoKouFu (好口福) happened to be in town - and has been eating her way through places that got promoted by the Rubberman - I figured she shouldn't miss the chance to try out my current favorite Cantonese kitchen in town. I was pretty glad she could come along.
After two bowls of this nectar, plus some rice I took in with the sauce of the previous dish, I found myself more than halfway full. My body had also warmed up significantly, and I asked the waiter to make the air conditioning a little stronger.
Before we get to our regular dessert, ILL shared with us two sweets she carried back from her recent trip to Kyoto. I ignored the Japanese cheesecake and instead took a slice of kyokanze with chestnut (栗京観世) from Tsuruya Yoshinobu (鶴屋吉信). These rolls made with azuki beans were inspired by the kanzemizu (観世水) patterns from kimono.
2008 Roses de Jeanne Côte de Béchalin, dégorgée à avril 2015 - surprisingly a little floral on the nose. Palate was surprisingly soft, and not much acidity.
After the success of pairing sweet wines with Buddha jumps over the wall, I made the mistake of thinking that this wine - which is very sweet for an auslese - would work well. It didn't. The plastic and flinty notes didn't work well with the rich seafood flavors, and you really need a real rich and sweet wine with botrytis... like a Sauternes or maybe eiswein.
I think everyone was stuffed and happy. I know of at least one person who kept leaving back - as I did - in order to stretch the stomach out... BURP!