Hidden amongst the hustle of Wan Chai is Flower Drum, a private restaurant dedicated in quality Cantonese cuisine.
The mastermind behind the exquisite restaurant is Nansen Lai, son of head chef at the famous Asiania Restaurant. It’s therefore not hard to imagine how Nansen develops such meticulous taste for food.
After pursuing his education in Australia, Nansen returns to help run his father’s restaurant. He was then invited to lead the Chinese restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Egypt. All these contributed to Nansen’s wealth of expertise in Chinese cuisine, and paved the way for his first restaurant.
Nansen started Flower Drum for one uncomplicated cause: to create fine taste with the simplest ingredients.
Their signature dish is Chicken Rice with Termite Mushroom and Shredded Cured Ham in Soup, a flavoursome dish made with exquisite steps. Half of the deboned chicken is put to simmer with dried shallot, ginger and shredded cured ham. The thick and sapid broth is then used to stew the rest of the chicken. After cooking the rice in an iron pot, the chicken broth is poured over to create a texture similar to that of an al dente risotto.
The termite mushroom adds quintessential flavour to the dish. Extracted from termite nests in Yunan, the fungus is extremely seasonal. To prolong its aroma, it is stir-fried with vegetable oil and Sichuanese peppercorn. Poured over the chicken before serving, the mushroom adds a relishing shimmer to the dish.
Flower Drum takes its name from a Chinese restaurant in Melbourne Nansen worked at as a student, and now a token of the passion and tenacity in his cooking.
油雞樅菌是菜式的精髓。 雞樅菌 (Termite Mushroom) 季節性很短，更要從雲南的白蟻窩萃取而得，是以尤其珍貴。 雲南人則巧妙地以菜油花椒炒的方法，讓雞樅菌更持久。上菜前灑上飯面，更添色香味。
鋒膳英文取名「Flower Drum」，正是 Nansen當年在澳洲兼職的中菜館，見證的是一份對烹調的熱愛及執着。
📍 Shop B, 2/F, Linway Court, 69-71 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
📞 +852 22670288
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