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Greece On Your Tongue at Café Royale ()
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Greek cuisine comes from Mediterranean. Contemporary Greek cookery makes wide use of vegetables, olive oil, grains, fish, wine (white and red), and meat (including lamb, poultry, veal, beef, rabbit and pork). Other important ingredients include olives, cheese, lemon juice, herbs, bread and yoghurt. The most commonly used grain is wheat; barley is also used. Common dessert ingredients include nuts, honey, fruits, and filo pastry. It is strongly influenced by Ottoman cuisine and thus shares foods such as baklava, tzatziki, gyro, moussaka, dolmades, yuvarlakia and keftethes with the neighbouring countries.
Stateside iterations of many foods err toward fusion and quality corner-cutting, but authentic Greek food is even trickier to define than most because of its history of changing political boundaries. Luckily we found a source up to the challenge.
The Café Royale at Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Hangzhou invited the Greek guest chef Sakis Gkatzounis to bring you the most authentic Greek gourmet from August 10th - 18th. Chef Sakis Gkatzounis has 30 years of cooking experience, he won the Silver Award of ARTOZYMA 2004 in Thessaloniki International Exhibition.
One of his specialities is Greek Walnut Cake, the Greeks call it Karithopita. Karithopita comes from the Greek word karithi which means walnut, and pita which means some sort of pie or cake. This mouthwatering Greek walnut cake, scented with the aromas and blends of cinnamon and grounded clove. Add on a little honey before you eat it, enjoy the mixed flavour in your mouth.
The Grilled Mutton is a must try too. The 12 hours of marinated mutton slowly roasted on the stove, finish with sprinkles of fresh thyme, garlic, peppercorn, cumin… tender and juicy.
It’s perfect to eat it with a plate of Greek Salad that made with pieces of tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, onion, feta cheese, and olives, typically seasoned with salt and oregano, and dressed with olive oil.
Don’t hesitate, it’ not like you can eat Greek food every day here, grab the opportunity to enjoy the “Greece On Your Tongue” journey with your friends and family.