Dine like a Chinese emperor at Fullon Hotels and Resorts in Oct.
It’s no longer a dream to dine like a Chinese emperor, enjoying delicacies made for Empress Dowager Cixi, as Fullon Hotels and Resorts ( ) has invited Hilton Beijing Wangfujing visiting chef Kong Delong ( ) to promote their limited edition Cixi Banquet. Taiwanese diners can get a taste of Beijing’s delicacies and relish Cixi’s favorite traditional music and Beijing Opera shows. Take a blast into the past with a Qing Dynasty-themed banquet — only six events are open for reservation in Northern and Southern Taiwan, with only five tables available at each event.
Fullon Hotels and Resorts’ executive chief Ah-chih-shih ( ) gave a brief history lesson, stating that the Xianfeng Emperor ordered the Imperial Food service to create a special dish made just for Cixi in order to win her affection: The dish made its debut on Cixi’s birthday. The court did not have such huge shrimp at that time, the chef explained, and with Beijing’s geographical location situated inland, only seafood originating from rivers was more abundant.
According to historical documents, ocean-borne shrimp were gathered into nets tied behind fishing boats and tugged back to Beijing by traveling upstream on the Yellow River, Ah-chihshih said. He also emphasized that modern restaurants are placing more importance on cultural-creative ideas. What Fullon promotes is the art of telling the stories behind the cuisine, which emphasizes the importance of culture, as each dish in the Cixi Banquet has its own origins and source.
The imperial cuisine is considered the most extravagant among the five Beijing cuisines, especially in how the food is displayed. Fullon Hotels and Resorts has invited Beijing’s famous chef Kong Delong to collaborate with executive chef Ah-chih-shih and exhibit their fine culinary skills.
To stay true to historical accounts of the imperial court, Fullon Hotels and Resorts will recreate the inner furnish- ings of a Chinese Imperial Court, along with dragon-decorated pillars. Diners can wear a dragon robe, sit in the emperor’s dragon seats and enjoy being served by court servants while appreciating traditional performances.
The limited edition Cixi Banquet will be featured at The Fullon Hotel Taipei from Oct. 16 to 17, Oct. 19 to 20 at Fullon Hotel Taoyuan and Oct. 22 to 23 at the Fullon Hotel Kaohsiung. Each table of 10 costs NT$28,800 plus a 10percent service fee. Each diner will also get a lucky draw ticket and will be eligible to win a trip for two people to Beijing for four days and three nights, where they will stay at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing. For more information, please call 0800-455-588.