Many of the people I have dined with select what I guess is a chrysanthemum tea with flowers in it. Now that I think about it, it is mostly the ladies that drink this. The tea maid (yes they have a special lady just to sort out the tea, and I do not know what else to call her) places a hand full of flowers in a hot glass of water and sets it in front of the patron. This sounds good right? Well after about 15 minutes I start to notice something brown below the flowers. As the meal is progresses the brown thing gets bigger, and bigger. Pretty soon it looks like a big jelly fish. I am sure it is part of the plant or something but it just creep’s me out.
Presentation of food in China is also a pretty big deal. If I am not mistaken, the Chinese were one of the first people to actually decorate their food and even present a full meal as a form of art. I wish I could take more pictures of food during the meals but I would come off as a total freak if I did. Anyways most of it is pretty standard nowadays; however this carrot shrimp was pretty awesome. I love the detail in it. And the chef has even used some sort of white vegetable to create a coral reef. I love edible art.