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Bloggers were treated to an elegant afternoon tea this Sunday,but it didn't involve your usual cucumber sarnies and hot crossbuns. No, this one came with a Chinese twist.
The Dim Sum Afternoon Tea took place at the popular Le Chinoisrestaurant at MillenniumKnightsbridge and, we have to say, was a great success.
To fit with the luxurious surroundings, twenty-eight of the bestfood and lifestyle bloggers in London were met with a champagnereception on arrival at the hotel. Once everyone was settled, HotelManager, Cipriano, gave everyone an entertaining speech to open theday.
After excited chatter between newly introduced bloggers and oldfriends alike, they were seated at their table in an exclusivecorner of the restaurant.
Tea in fine China
Soon they were surrounded by delectable dim sum dishes and servedappetising savouries including crispy shredded duck spring rolls,Peking duck, minced chicken in lettuce and superbly light BBQ porkbuns (better known as Chai Siu Boa).
For bloggers with a sweet tooth, there was also a red bean andpandan mochi cake, prawns with passion fruit coulis and freshlysliced mango. All of this was, of course, washed down with oolongand jasmine tea.
Halfway through, in theatrical style, the curtains were drawn andthe Le Chinois Cut Master, Lily, demonstrated how to preparedelightful dim sum. As you can see, the bloggers couldn't wait toget to the front to take photos!
Take the Pancake Challenge
In this video you can see our Restaurant Manager, Mike Chan,talking the bloggers through the traditional way to make duckpancakes with his nimble chopstick skills before they tried it forthemselves.
So, how's it done?
Firstly, lay out your pancake and draw a lucky '8' symbol withoyster sauce, for prosperity. Then, tilt the plate to one side soit now shows the infinity sign instead of the 8 - this is forlongevity.
Then add your fine strips of cucumber and spring onion, topping itwith crispy duck skin.Fold the top part first, thisrepresents the Northern Hemisphere, and then to the bottom for theSouthern Hemisphere. Then fold to the west, leaving the east open.Bite the eastern side first for good health.
Looking forward to Chinese New Year
The event proved to be a civilised Sunday, and our bloggers hadthe chance to get to know each other better as they digested theirfood in the comfortable surroundings of Le Chinois. They also usedthe time to upload their photos to Instagram and Twitter.
They didn't leave, however, without another speech from thecharismatic Cipriano, and a goody bag with a cookbook from ourchef, a Harrods pen and a Chinese lantern; perfect for celebratingChinese New Year.
We'd like to thank all of the bloggers who came along, some ofwhom came from beyond London just to be there.
Le Chinois is available for bookings for Chinese New Year andbeyond.