The Asia Society Food Series: Chinese Vegetarian Cuisine
A Tour of Nan Lian Garden & Dinner Presentation by JOSH TSE (aka Chaxiubao), Food Blogger
Chinese vegetarian cuisine is unique in that it has a deep association with Buddhism. Indeed, vegetarianism has become a defining characteristic of Chinese Buddhism, although this is strictly speaking, not true. Still more fascinating is how it managed to flourish in a land that has no shortage of Dongpo pork or Peking duck. Chinese vegetarian dishes display a harmonious balance of colors and textures as well as flavors; dishes often resemble and taste like meat or seafood but are vegetarian. Find out more about the history and development of Chinese vegetarian cuisine over a sumptuous feast at Nan Lian Garden with foodie Josh Tse, creator of the popular Chaxiubao food blog. Josh was Anthony Bourdain's guide to Hong Kong restaurants when Bourdain came to shoot No Reservations in 2007.
Before dinner, there will be a guided tour of the beautiful Nan Lian Garden next to the Chi Lin nunnery. Arranged in the classical Tang Dynasty (618 AD to 907 AD) style, the garden adheres to Tang principles, while accommodating the local environment and utilizing the sprawling Lion Rock mountain range as a breathtaking backdrop.