This is a transcription of “Made in China,” dated July 15th, 2008.
Nina: Chef Nik-Tu, say hello to Spices of Life
Nina: Hi this is Nina Simonds with Spices of Life. I’m in Beijing, China at one of my favorite restaurants. It’s called “Made in China” and I wanted to give you a firsthand tour. So let’s go and see what they have. This happens to be one of the most beautiful restaurants that I’ve been to. Let’s pretend you’re here for dinner. And we’ll go in and I’ll show you the beautiful bar where you can enjoy cocktails and wine. Notice the beautiful pots that they have – bamboo steamers and tea kettles. What’s so exciting about this restaurant is that you are actually seated at some of the stations at the restaurant. So here they usually have a wonderful fountain of chocolate bubbling away. You can see various ice creams, fruits, and a tray of desserts. Look at this beautiful refrigerator. One of the things Made in China tries to do is to focus on local ingredients, so they have farmers who are growing vegetables for them. I know the Chef, particularly, and the general manager, like to feature local specialties. One of their superb specialties is Peking Duck. For two hours they are going to roast it, so at the end there will be beautiful, crisp skin and succulent meat. And then from here we are going to go over to the dumpling table, where they make the most wonderful pot-stickers. So you can stand here. It’s theater and dining in the same place. You can watch the chef prepare some of their delicious dumplings. They say the more skilled the chef is, the more pleats he has in the dumplings. Over here we come to the stir-fry section. You can see all the beautiful stir-frying of fresh vegetables; it goes very quickly in this hot, hot fire. Oh, it’s making me hungry. If you’re in the mood for some delicious food in China, or Beijing. You definitely want to check out Made in China. Thanks Chef, Nik-Tu.