1st Feb 2014
Horses may not play a large part in Chinese culture nowadays, but they are a huge part of Chinese history. The horse was domesticated in northeastern China around 5,000 years ago and was an integral part of the power of the “Middle Kingdom”. In fact China harnessed horses and their power effectively over 1,000 years before Europe did, and invented the stirrup, important for cavalry. Defence against the marauding nomadic tribes and communications across their vast expanse was crucial to China’s very survival, and they were so important that figurines of these horses were buried in their masters’ tombs to take to the next life. The horse above is one such example of “grave goods”.
Flying Horse of Gansu, Eastern Han Dynasty, 25-220 AD
To celebrate the incoming Year of the Horse, we will be holding our signature Chinese New Year supper which will include the traditional Chinese New Year dumplings, both sweet and savoury, which are usually a communal family cooking event with everyone sitting round the table, rolling and cooking and chatting. I can tell you that it will be like that here at PSC, with our "family" of volunteers doing exactly that. Also on the menu will be the very special Oyster Pancakes - a speciality of Fujian province (where my family is originally from), and some of my very favourite Chinese dishes.
Our banquet menu will be:
Chinese pickles and Preserved
Cucumbers in XO sauce - I remember these
from the start of banquets when I was a child
Pai Gwat Siu Mai - A classic Hong Kong dim sum, steamed spare ribs with black beans
Stir Fried Cucumbers- an unusual dish that’s very popular
Oyster Pancake - My cousin's favourite, I've been trying to work out how to make these for years!
“Delicious” Tofu – this is one of my favourite vegetarian dishes, cooked with chilli bean sauce and spring onions
Spring Onion noodles with Cha Siu - noodles signify longevity - it's important not to cut them! This is one of our most popular dishes
Chinese Aubergines – you’ll probably never have had aubergines like this before, but they are exceptional
Steamed whole Cantonese Seabass The word for fish, "Yu," sounds like the words both for
wish and abundance, and serving a fish at the end of the meal symbolizes a wish
for abundance in the coming year
Cost will be £45 of which £35 will go direct to MSF. Please mail us with bookings on firstname.lastname@example.org