Mid-Autumn Festival – Silks Crown
Today marks the Mid-Autumn Festival for 2013. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, during a full moon. You may also know it as the Moon Festival or the Mooncake Festival. Being only half Asian, it’s not something I recall celebrating, all I knew was there was mooncake to be eaten. My favourite was, and still is the red bean NO YOLK. I’m anti-yolk! There I said it. Turns out you are either pro or anti yolk, and if there is yolk, you can be sure I’ll be picking it out.
I was invited down to Silks at Crown recently to dine on their Mid-Autumn Festival Banquet. Having never really experienced fine dining Chinese before, it was an experience I won’t forget. Held in the private dining room, the view was just spectacular, and we could even see the famous Crown Casino flames going off.
We were a bit confused as to why there was two pairs of chopsticks. Turns out the pair on the left is for you to eat with, whilst the pair on the right is for bringing food from communal dishes to your plate to avoid double dipping.
Chef Tsang is the executive chef at Silks, and was awarded his first Michelin Star at Ming Court in 2009, then was awarded two Michelin Stars the following year in 2010. He is best known for his innovative approach to traditional Chinese dishes.
To make a booking, call Silks on (03) 9292 6888 or for more information head to www.crownmelbourne.com.au/silks
Mid-Autumn Festival Banquet Menu
Steamed scallop and vermicelli with garlic
Double boiled chicken consommé with sea cucumber, dried scallop and mushroom
Giant coral trout enrobed in minced shrimp
Sautéed lobster in black bean sauce and pine nuts
Diced beef tenderloin with mixed mushrooms in gravy sauce
Chicken fried rice in XO sauce
Sweetened walnut soup with dumplings
Chinese traditional moon cake
Chinese Tea Or Coffee
$128 per person plus 10%
Iron Chef Shellie dined as a guest of Silks thanks to Media Moguls and Crown.
I was going to say you and I-Hua posted it on the same day then I realised…it’s cuz TODAY IS Mid Autumn Festival Day DUHHH lol Happy Mid Autumn Festival to you 🙂 Even though you don’t really celebrate hehe
oh wow fine dining chinese! i am strongly anti yolk too! i hate it when u cut open a mooncake and the grease from the egg yolk seeps out. yuck!
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
Sweetened walnut soup where have you been all my life??
I don’t know much about Chinese traditions. My daughter-in-law was born and raised in Taiwan so I should honour her and know more than I do.
Sara @ bellyrumbles
And then there were yolks….. hehe
That golden crust at the top looks delicious! I’ll be trying my first Moon Cake on Saturday … fingers crossed I enjoy it (I actually have no idea what they are filled with but I’ll give it a go) 🙂
Cara @ Gourmet Chick
Great to catch up at dinner. Glad I was not the only one who had no idea about the two chopsticks! Happy mid Autumn festival.
WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!!
Oh so lovely!
What a gorgeous meal… I would not have know wha to do with the second chopsticks :0… thanks for sharing )
Simply exquisite pictures and write up – thank you for sharing the insights on the Mooncake Festival and feast to go along with it!