The ‘Double Fifth’ taste journey begins…

Posted on June 5, 2015

Hutong Shrimp-stuffed bitter melon
With the Double Fifth festival only a few weeks away, we are excited to start sharing with you the dishes which will form our special menu – five courses each exploring one of the five tastes.

The first is this unusual and colourful Shrimp-stuffed bitter melon. Bitter melon, which in appearance and texture is similar to cucumber, is popular in Chinese cuisine for its bitter taste. Commonly used in stir-fry dishes and soups, here it is hollowed out and filled with minced shrimp.

While the natural sweetness of the shrimp balances the bitterness of the melon, it certainly does not mask it; head chef Bing Luo intends for guests enjoying the Double Fifth menu to discover this distinctive-tasting fruit and have their palates awakened by this course!