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Sunday, December 02, 2012

First Chinese Restaurant to be Ocean Wise - Chongqing

As a staunch supporter of Ocean Wise, I was delighted to be invited to attend a media event for the announcement of the first ever Chinese restaurant to become part of their program.  IMG_1730 Arriving at the Original Chongqing Restaurant on West Broadway, we were greeted by three Buddhas, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil! Very cute and welcoming.  IMG_1734 Oh look what we have in-store for this afternoon! Oyster shooters? Yay - and calamari is sure to please! IMG_1732 Check out all the yummy looking Peony Pastry with Lotus Paste? So pretty, almost too pretty to eat. I didn't really get the ginger garnish though.IMG_1740 Here is a shot of the Mussels in a Szechuan Boullaibasse. The spicy chilies were abundant and gave the mussels an amazing kick. If you don't like the heat, stay away, but if you like your food with a punch, this is the dish for you.IMG_1741 So it looks like there will be a demonstration of sorts. Would the Executive Chef Robert Wong be showing us how to filet something?  IMG_1746 Here is a beautiful piece of fish that is ocean wise and delectable. 
With a few deft moves of his knife, the Chef portioned out these perfect filets.   oyster What a massive display of Oyster Shooters? These were like an army of them. Because they had sat out for a  while, coaxing them out of the glasses was a little difficult, but once you did, you were rewarded with a lemony cocktail sauce and a fresh oyster. 
IMG_1757 But my favourite of the event was the Sablefish in a Spicy Chili Sauce. I loved the crispy skin and the buttery flesh. I ate about four of these. But the heat does catch up with you after a bit, so I had to regrettably stop.IMG_1760 But just in time, the servers came around with some Spicy Rock Salt Calamari. Although this did have a bit of heat, they were much milder than the sablefish. The crust is nice and light, and the calamari was cooked to a nice bounciness. 
It's so easy to support a cause as worthy as Ocean Wise. Once you get accept that Shark's Fin is not the best  choice, it's easy to choose to support other options such as Sablefish and Oysters.
To learn more about Ocean Wise, please visit their site.
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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:41 PM

    These dishes sure don't seem like they'd be from Chongqing...almost seems like Asian fusion dishes.



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