Yats Wine Cellars explains how to pair wine with Chinese food.
Yats Wine Cellars reveals the secret formulae for pairing wine with Chinese food. It is not that difficult. Here is how to go about it.
Challenges and strategies
Pairing wine with Chinese food has always been regarded as a tricky if not impossible proposition. There are three reasons to support this anxiety.
(1) Chinese food is too well integrated – most dishes are complete with balancing components of starch, vegetables and meat – leaving very little role for a wine to play in that equation.
(2) Traditional Chinese food does not use Western wine in the cooking. The easy-way-out of drinking the same type of wine that is used to cook the food isn’t all that useful here.
(3) This one is actually the ultimate killer really. It is a psychological barrier. A lot of people approach this problem with a pre-conceived notion that wine won’t really work with Chinese food. A negative attitude is the single most challenging element in this game.
The other important factor – weight – must be matched appropriately especially with the liquid part of the dish. A lot of heavy dishes in Chinese cuisine also come with high flavor intensity. Finding a wine with muscles and weight is not a problem. What is challenging is to find one of those that has good acidity and is not tannic. This kind of combinations happens mostly with very good wine only. With so little faith in wine pairing for Chinese food, it is not often that people open a good bottle for a Chinese meal.
Another factor that comes very much into play not necessarily in wine selection but more in the fine-tuning of food preparation is the serving temperature. Some Chinese dishes are designed to be taken steaming hot. There is no wine that is designed to match that kind of serving temperatures. Ice-cold beers have always been preferred probably more as a role of a fire-extinguisher. Often these dishes are avoided in wine-paired dinners and when they make their way onto the menu, the serving temperatures have to be reduced a little.
This dinner comprises of a good mix of heavier recipes and some other that are designed to bring out the natural flavors of the key ingredients. A few dishes have more than one dominating components which means the wine will only pair well with one of those components, not two. Probably the best way to enjoy those courses is to take a bite of the food that is the target for that pairing, enjoying it with a sip of the wine, and then move on to the other (dominating)
Yats Wine Cellars held a wine-paired Chinese dinner recently in Manila Philippines. This is what was served:
Deep-fried King Prawns Balls Coated with Cornflakes
1998 Meursault, Chateau De Guettes, Francois Parent
The Meursault was chosen primarily because the wine was the star in this act and the Prawn Balls was just the condiment to the course.
Whole roasted Duck with fresh mango fruits
烧 鴨 香芒果
Pan-fried Black Pepper Beef Steak
1993 Gigondas, Las Haute Boissiere, La Cave Gigondas des Vignerons
Fried Stuffed Crab Shell
2006 J B Riesling, Rheingau Germany
Roasted Suckling Pig Skin
Served on a bed of Chinese Pan Cake
1992 Duas Quintas Douro Reserva, Ramos Pinto
Braised Home-made Tofu with 3 kinds of Mushrooms
1999 Cote du Rhone Blanc, Guigal
Saute Lamb in Satay Sauce
2003 Barolo, Ricossa Piedmonte Italy
More and more, frequent diners from Manila, Angeles City, Subic and other major cities in Asia travel to North Luzon Pampanga Clark Freeport to enjoy good food in a romantic fine dining restaurant. On their list of requirements is a good wine list that not only offers a wide selection of wines from different countries but also older vintages that can be enjoyed now and not ten years later. Classic fine dining is the experience that guests of Clark Philippines' Yats Restaurant & Wine Bar offers to their guests. Although this is an upscale fine dining establishment, families find the restaurant to be very children friendly.
Private dinners can be accommodated in this famous restaurant located in Mimosa, at the heart of Pampanga Clark Freeport. Private rooms suitable for 4 to 24 can be reserved in advance for company and personal functions and events. This fine dining restaurant is a very popular venue for small wedding receptions, social events, company board meetings and annual parties.
Getting to this fine dining restaurant of Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone Pampanga Philippines
How to get to this fine-dining restaurant in Clark Philippines?
Yats Restaurant & Wine Bar
Mimosa Drive past Holiday Inn, Mimosa Leisure Estate,
Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines 2023
(045) 599-5600 0922-870-
Manila Sales Office
3003C East Tower, Phil Stock Exchange Center,
Exchange Rd Ortigas Metro Manila, Philippines 1605
(632) 637-5019 0917-520-4393 0926-686-
Those requiring assistance for hotel and resort bookings in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines may log on to http://www.HotelClarkPhilippines.com for more information and reservations.
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About Hong Kong-based Yats International built this restaurant in 2000 to provide a world-class cozy fine dining restaurant, as well as business meeting facilities and venues for private dinners and social functions in Philippines Pampanga Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone.