19 CHINA DAILY Friday, January 4, 2019 | LIFE Head of the table Eat beat Chinese cuisine enjoys unprecedented success at La Liste 2019’s awards, reports. S ichuan cold noodles with shredded chicken, beef in red-wine sauce, roast duck with lotus-leaflike pancakes and Sichuan-pepper lobster ... the small servings were devoured before all the guests could sample all of the dishes. The event was a wine party before the award ceremony of La Liste 2019 in Paris, where four restaurants from China, Japan, South Korea and Morocco presented delicacies from their respective countries. Meizhou Dongpo’s founder, Wang Gang, led his team to introduce Chinese cuisine to the guests, most of whom are celebrated chefs from around the world. He also presented panda puppets holding bags of tea from Sichuan province. La Liste 2019 revealed its list of the 1,000 best restaurants around the world in Paris on Dec 3. The list features 134 Chinese restaurants, including 22 from Hong Kong and four from Macao — the second-largest number among the 64 participating countries. That’s seven more than last year, when China surpassed France for the first time. Japan and France this year ranked No 1 and 3 with 148 and 116 restaurants, respectively. Guy Savoy from Paris has won the first place for three consecutive years. It tied with New York’s Le Bernardin for first place this year. The highest-ranking Chinese restaurant is Capital at the Beijing Hong Kong Jockey Club, in the 19th spot. La Liste was founded in 2015 as the French foreign ministry’s response to the UK gastronomic guide, dongpo Meizhou Dongpo’s signature Sichuan dishes are popular at the wine party before the La Liste 2019 awards ceremony in Paris. We can learn their essence and infuse it to elevate Chinese cuisine. We need to keep humble and spread Chinese cuisine.” Wang Gang, founder of Meizhou Dongpo Wang Gang presents a panda painting as a gift to France’s first lady, Brigitte Macron, after a lunch in the Elysee Palace in Paris in December. Indie Coffee Feast Xi’an station brings pop-up shops and cultural experiences to people in the capital of Northwest China’s Shaanxi province. PHOTOS PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY
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