As we examined various parts of animal anatomy on display at the Wing Hing Dried Seafood store on the busy Des Voeux Road, Cheung credited his ageless appearance to fish maw
. He pointed to one of the body parts stocked up at the store, vying for attention with shark fin, duck's gizzard and dried sea cucumber, and said to me with the air of an Everester taking a breather on the summit, " That's yellowfish maw.
Among Golden Flower's signature dishes are stewed fish maw
with crab claw in supreme chicken broth, braised Yoshihama abalone in brown sauce, sea cucumber with Shandong leeks, and tea-smoked duck with Chinese bun.
Chef Wan's Pun Choi is comprised of a healthy mix of shrimp, flower mushroom, chicken, roasted duck, sea moss fish ball, dry oyster, abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw
, lettuce and broccoli in oyster sauce.
Among the dishes are the very traditional steamed live garoupa with minced garlic in supreme soy sauce, and braised abalo-ne with fish maw
in oyster sauce.
Along with the Great Glory Yu Sheng salad, invited guests were served with an auspicious set dinner which includes a Divine Combination Platter, Eight Treasure Fish Maw
, Shredded Sea Abalone Soup, Deep Fried Crispy Taro Shrimp with Honey Plum Sauce and Scallop and Wasabi Sauce, Roasted Pecking Duck in 2-way Course, Steamed Live Garoupa in Crushed Soybean, Stewed Home-style Pork Knuckle with Flower Mushroom and Sea Cucumber, 'Patatim Style', Poached Tangyuan, and Pan-fried Niangao.
As both restaurants also provide a la carte delicacies to be taken away, Shanghai Pavilion not only offers its award-winning dish, Braised Sea Cucumber with Pork Tendons, but also especially presents an extremely luxurious Monk Jumps over the Wall, a traditional must-eat delicacy which contains fish maw
, scallop, abalone, chicken and pork tendons.
Giving us company were various parts of various sea creatures, from fish maw
( the air bladder that helps fish to maintain their balance in the sea) to duck gizzard.
If you prefer an a la carte menu, some suggestions of Charisse Chuidian, communications guru of City of Dreams: the slow-cooked supreme fish maw
with abalone and minced pork (P2,800++); the oven-baked marinated cod fish fillet because this is filled with golden garlic that makes the dish very fragrant (P2,280++); or the braised stuffed black mushroom with sea cucumber in supreme oyster sauce for some umami love (P1,680++).
Every Sunday, you can choose among the North Indian Atelier (Murgh Shahjahani, from the royal Shahi Mughal Era), Chinese Wok (Stuffed Bai Hua Fish Maw
), Thai Atelier (Tiger Prawn in Basil and Fried Noodles with Nam Jim Sauce), Hot Japanese Atelier (Fresh Tuna Yaki Shabu-Shabu), Korean Atelier (Grilled Beef Kalbi) and Filipino Atelier (Grilled Stuffed Squid with Eggplant Salsa).
It contains abalone, prawns, sea cucumber, dried fish maw
, sea moss, marinated duck, dried scallops, taro, and assorted vegetables.