Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Royal Opera

Well, it was the same production with set designed by Christian Fenouillat. Levente Molnár's Figaro was ok. Bruno Praticò made a convincing Doctore Bartolo. The real star in this revival had to be Aleksandra Kurzak as Rosina. Her stage presence and vocal colours easily overshadowed everyone else on stage.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Buddha Jumps Over The Wall (佛跳墻) at Tim's Kitchen

There are many interpretations of "Buddha Jumps Over The Wall" - but here is a rare opportunity to sample this sumptuous dish at Tim's Kitchen last night.

It arrives in a beautiful white-and-blue porcelain bowl.
Here is the first "eat" - a demi-cuit pigeon egg with rehydrated abalone in a supreme chicken broth.

Fish maw appears in the second "eat". I have to confess I forgot about what fish maw tasted like and it was a very strange sensation to be re-acquainted with it. De-boned goose-web, pig's knuckle tendon and sea cucumber forms the third "eat". And the soup ingredients were presented on a plate - black chicken with lean Jin Hua(金華) ham.

This is undoubtedly a sumptuous and luxurious dish - using highly priced ingredients. And I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to experience it again. One could not help but wonder whether a top notch chef such as Tim could concoct the same dish with ingredients that have less environmental impact yet achieve the same gastronomic outcome? That would be a challenge.