The first question I asked from my editor was: what will I do in a trip to China that caters to the Muslim travellers?
The conference was about travel operators from various areas in the world. The venue is in Yinchuan in Ningxia Autonomous Region.
After the tour of the Shau Wet Land in the morning, a series of conferences in the afternoon, the participants– mostly travel operators– were treated to a skills show of Muslim Cuisine by Famous Chinese Chefs.
Fresh duck egg
Black fungus with onion
Vege and walnut kernel
Lamb shank with sauce
Flavored Salted Fish
Mutton Soup w tomato sauce
Then we were served Pan Fried Beef Steak in sauce- marinated and with ruby color. It is a top dish in a popular restaurant here.
Then there is sautéed eggplant with potato and green pepper prepared by Chinese cooking master with 40 years experience in the business.
We are happy to be joined in the table by the team which prepared the special Pigeon Meat. Its chef had won various skill competition contests. The emcee said dishes out of “birds on the sky better than those in land.”
What makes this pigeon dish special? Only birds which are younger than 28 days are cooked.
Each pigeon has a disposable bag and straw, used to store a rich nutritious liquor good for the body.
The dish is said to be a local specialty and a first in China.
Then there is sweet and sour carp, which is traditional carp, crisp outside but soft inside, tastes sour and sweet.
Also included in the menu are sautéed lily bulbs and celery; rice and fish soup
local noodles as well as pastries /local snacks: Huahua, Queque, Paicha, Fried dough and sesame pancake.