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Post time 2012-10-28 11:32:09 |Display all floors
This post was edited by WhiteBear at 2012-10-28 17:55

Trip started with not so lucky style... (prediction ot what?).
Bus from Kaiping to Foshan was "only" one hour late.
(And there is a lesson for future - do not try to travel about noon, because of luch break).

I arrived at bus station in Foshan about 14:30, so there was short time to the official opening ceremony (15:00).
First I grabbed business card from the hotel near bus station, then took motor-bike taxi, and after usual crazy ride between cars (sometimes - also in opposite direction) I arrived in "creative park".



Oh, yes... expats must be there....



Soon - I found "expat town", when already official oppening was on the way.



Western official, Chinese official, and a confetti of course....











Done.

Now expats had an opportinity to leave the sign in bricks of concrete.









So I did it too.



Soon comes first Polish accent - "Lajkonik dance".













Welll... I've seen it many times on the street of Cracov, and it was quite different (I dare to say - better?) even if not so enthusiastic like this one - performed (first time!) by the young Chef of Sarmatia restaurant.

After some time... Lajkonik joined gangam-style dance... so it was truly international ;)



But I wasn't there only for culture that I know from my homeland.

Nooo....

I was there to taste some Polish food, as the restaurant claims to provide "pure taste of Europe".

At the entry to the restaurant guests could see set of few nice, big photos, inviting to Poland. Really nice.







But let's come inside.



Spacious place, modern implementation of some traditional Polish interiors. Lot of wood. Nice.













I was invited to see, what is happening in the kitchen, and I REALLY liked what I've seen.

Small bakery, polish dumplings, brotch... hm... almost like in my homeland.













Almost, because there are some local (Chinese) influences, like I will have to see later...

Back to the main room, where significant place takes the proud of the restaurant - "ever burning" big (huge!) indoor barbecue.







Few shots outside on the other side of building, and showing some of the surrounding.











Back inside - time for a cold drink (maybe aircon was set for Chinese standard, or not at all), and chat with few Polish students, and businessmen. Yes, it is a pleasure to use my native language :)

I normally don't drink any alcohol, but this time I took large beer. This was for me very special occasion...
(dear stuff, please don't pour cold bear into the glasses just from dishwasher... You will not earn enough to buy next ones...)

When came my friend (and Boss) with His family, we sat at the table and ordered the set of grilled meats, with some fried potatoes and potato cakes.

As the family of my friend are Chinese nationals, who tasted Polish cuisine in Poland - I was very intrigued how They will find taste of  this food here.

Of course I was very curious myself if I can feel like home here (at list in "pure Europe").

Very friendly Polish supervisor took care of kids, giving them some pictures to draw, etc.
(in meantime rest of the staff played some jokes in the background - being pushed to do the work from time to time)

And here comes the big moment!

Meal, nice arranged on the wooden board, came to our table.



If I would be nice, I should end at that point.

...

But probably I'm more honest, then nice. Sorry.

All meats was barbecued (ok, maybe first pre-baked in medium heat, or pre-cooked) soft, like we used to do in Poland, but despite the chicken brest (with a pleasand, a little spicy taste) - all tasted the same.
Looks like it was all barbecued in the same, sweet sauce, and who knows... maybe even marinated the same way.
It is quite unusual to find out that ribs, chicken legs and wings, and even knuckle tastes the same.

Ok, maybe it is "a little bit up to the taste of locals", but family of my friend (100% locals!) also didn't liked it.

Dear Sarmatia... Where the hell is "pure taste of Europe"?

I addmit, that there was pure "tenderness" of Europe, but for all Gods' sake... it is not the same.

Then even tenderness apeared to be from a little other world, when I tasted baked (in slices) potatoes.
I'm not a picky, but it was just unbaked inside... and for a potatoe - it is not so healthy option.

Last thing was potato cakes. It is very hard to do it wrong, and both Polish and Chinese nationals usualy loves it.
But I can't say that about that ones. Also almost raw.

If there was not a group of six grown up people at the table, who wanted to taste a bit of everything... most of the dishes would remain on the board.

Soups - was best thing there.

Sour rye soup - served in the bread - was quite good (but still - not as in Poland), and bread was not "olish kind of bread", but overall - nice.

Other soup, while not Polish at all - was also tasty. It was (probably?!) some kind of cream pumpkin (with a bit of tomatoes?) soup, with a nice little taste of orange peels, served in small watermelon shell. But I was the only person at the table who found it good.



When we left the table, I was little dissapointed.

If it was some kind of "fusion" restaurant, not the one claiming to be "pure something"... and I would have found it just average (despite raw potatoes). But here?...

Noblesse obligue, dear Sarmatia.

I really hope, that it is just an accident, because I see determination and passion in Chef (even if not too much experience).
Please. Do it better.
You can be the place in Guangdong, where people will come to taste "pure taste of Europe", and Polish dishes.
You can be the place, when people will taste the dish and think "what a great place is Poland, with that delicious dishes".
You can be the place, when all stuff is smiling and doing their work well.

But not yet.

I planed to spend all weekend on Foshan, attending to "olish Festival" events in Sarmatia, but having a sample - I though that better will be to go back the same day.

When leaving - there was preparation for the " Polish Barbecue"...
I decided not to wait for that (it seems to be almost one hour late - ...like the bus from Kaiping), but what really interested me - was some sausages.







Hm... many companies claim to make " Polish sausages", but here we have Polish company, making it in China.

Despite the name (Hussar) - sausages didn't taste like made of hussar's horse {:soso_e113:}... it was in a fact - delicious!

Quite different then in Poland, but very close... and with nice "cold smoke" smoking taste (even if I knew, that it can't be produced that way for economy reasons).

Yes. This was an accent, that ended the day at Polish Festival, leaving good, even VERY good aftertaste.
Thank You Hussar!

Btw. Maybe You can spot similarity of Hussar owner, with one of our members?


First one who gives right answer will have free beer in Bear's Cave :)


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Post time 2012-10-29 15:15:30 |Display all floors
thanks for another great thread, so, food wasn´t not too much to your satisfaction; very seldom i go to german restaurant and since long time i don´t expect authentic cuisine anymore.......and, WB, HOW WAS THE BEER?
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This post was edited by WhiteBear at 2012-10-29 15:36
lionstar Post time: 2012-10-29 15:15
thanks for another great thread, so, food wasn´t not too much to your satisfaction; very seldom i g ...

beer was cold, as should be... but it was some kind of Chinese, I don't remember, it was much more to cool myself, then to taste

hm... problem was not only "not so Polish", but just "not so good" (IMHO)

from the other point of view... when I see Polish Manager, and Polish Chef... I really expect to have much more Polish taste then I experienced there...

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Post time 2012-10-29 15:50:30 |Display all floors
I am hungry now.

Mr.white can I order sth nice to eat ?

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Phoenixy Post time: 2012-10-29 15:50
I am hungry now.

Mr.white can I order sth nice to eat ?

sure ;) depands what...

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Post time 2012-10-29 16:03:31 |Display all floors
WhiteBear Post time: 2012-10-29 15:22
beer was cold, as should be... but it was some kind of Chinese, I don't remember, it was much more  ...

some time ago i had a talk with a german chef at a PAULANER (=german restaurant and beer chain) in shanghai, i asked why the dishes differ quite a lot from the "original", he replied: i know, but if we cook it as the original it would not fit the "tongue" of our chinese guests, i.e. it would be too "heavy" and too salty for them.
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Post time 2012-10-29 16:33:07 |Display all floors
This post was edited by WhiteBear at 2012-10-29 16:37
lionstar Post time: 2012-10-29 16:03
some time ago i had a talk with a german chef at a PAULANER (=german restaurant and beer chain) in ...

sure, some difference is needed.

but "unification of taste" sometimes goes too deep...

I can't understand how 5 types of meat could taste THE SAME.
Some could be done in one, some in other set of spices, not exactly "grilled guangdong style" with "standard" guangdong barbecue sauce...

I barbecued some meats in chinese way, and one difference that I see between grill at the back of my factory, and in "Polish" restaurant - is tenderness of the meat. I expect... a little bit more.

If Chinese comes to the "Polish" restaurant, and tastes meats that are almost the same, like in small Chinese street bar... why He should pay 10 times more for a meat that is "too soft" for Chinese (and it is the only significant difference... and price of course).

I understand "localisation" of recipes, but... why to name it "Polish cuisine", or "100% pure taste of Europe"?

If I want to eat food that is Chinese - I have a lot of restaurants around, and don't have to spend 2 hours in the bus.

And again - if food is not good for European taste, and not good for Chinese taste? Who will like it? Who will go there?

I would like to know who is the marketing target?

Looking at prepared marketing mix - expats. And Chineses, who want to taste something different, then standard Chinsese cuisine... who want to "taste Europe".

How many kinds of ingredients we can use to prepare (for example) taste of barbecued meat, that is both European, and fits local taste?

Is it so hard to make knuckle taste different from chicken wings?

Is it only one "barbecue sauce" for all?

This isn't Lord of The Sauces, and this is not One Sauce to Rule Them All...
not at all..

maybe I'm strange Bear?
Maybe.




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