Chinese food (the real McCoy), in my opinion, is quite a versatile cuisine (for the wine bugs), provided you know what to order and understand how each dish is prepared. Case in point: the seafood dinner I had in a local Hong Kong restaurant showed that even a relatively young Barolo is not an insurmountable task, in fact, I thought the black beans used for the crab was a tad too overwhelming for the tannic beast. Here’s the menu for the evening anyway:
Poached garlic chives, steamed baby geoduck clams and steamed live coral trout (HK style) with a bottle of 2009 Hirsch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay; deep fried mantis prawns (buried in a mountain of deep fried garlic and shallots), stir fried live crabs in black bean sauce and a bowl of shredded roast duck meat hor fun soup with the 1998 Barolo Bric del Fiasc by Paolo Scavino. The stars were really the food, and the wines did what they were suppose to do – an accompaniment to a good meal with some of my best buddies.
the food was decent but nothing too memorable. Like AAK said, by the time I get to Spain, I may have forgotten what I’ve eaten at the restaurant had I not taken any pictures. The white wine from Douro was good though – the touch of Semillon in a blend of local indigenous grapes lifted the aromas and flavours of the wine as a whole with some good acidity and freshness.
but that also means vintage is finally over (for me at least) and I will be doing mostly eating and drinking only until I get home! Anyway, Rui Paula is a nice restaurant perched on the riverbanks of the Douro River. Nice food, good wines, excellent location and great company to close another chapter in my life.