Press Release (ePRNews.com) - DRAGON NOODLES ACADEMY, Hong Kong - Nov 14, 2016 - Hong Kong, XX November, 2016 – Dining Workshop is pleased to announce the opening of Dragon Noodles Academy (DNA). Like a classic Kung Fu film seen for the first time in stunning 3D, Dragon Noodles Academy extracts the “DNA” of traditional Hong Kong food, culture and history and puts it on display like never seen before.
“We feel Chinese Cuisine hasn’t evolved much in Hong Kong, many remain very traditional or they have been Westernised with a fusion twist which alters the traditional flavour. We want to change that and offer Chinese food with contemporary presentation but authentic taste. We also want our guests to enjoy their food in a nice environment without breaking the bank. In essence, to revive the past, and invent the future at the same time,” says Benjamin Ang, founding partner of Dining Workshop.
With noodles being a staple part of every Chinese diet, DNA has elevated the simple dish to the star of the show with the Lobster Noodle Station as the centerpiece of DNA’s open kitchen. With the skill of a Kung Fu master, the chef creates fresh handmade noodles from scratch while guests watch the action. Four different types of noodles serve as the opening act for DNA’s star attraction with lobster offered three ways: lobster claw; lobster tail meat wontons; or grilled lobster tail; all served in a slow-cooked master broth which is made fresh daily and takes over five hours to cook. The coveted crustacean finds its way into the dim sum as well – turnip cake with lobster, lobster meat dumplings and DNA’s take on the traditional radish puff pastry, the Crispy Lobster Puff, a crunchy roll of lobster pastry painted with carrot juice to resemble a plump lobster tail.
Creativity colours other areas of the menu too, and the freshly made dishes are served with a touch of whimsy and fine dining elements. Berry Winter Melon are winter melon balls dipped in blueberry sauce to lend a purple colour and are presented as a bunch of grapes. At another restaurant, Steamed Crab and Vegetable Dumplings might look like homogenous balls of dough but at DNA, the dumplings are purple and resemble a large maple leaf. Even the sternest Kung Fu master would get a “kick” out of the Candy Sausage Rolls filled with Chinese preserved sausage but with the pastry twisted up at the ends and painted green and pink with vegetable juices to resemble a wrapped piece of candy. Other signatures include wood-oven roasted eight-week-old Peking duck served ten ways, Sous-Vide Ginger Chicken Rolls and stir-fry Vegetarian Shark’s Fin with Osmanthus. Unlike many traditional Chinese restaurants, DNA does not add any MSG to the dishes.
On the Interiors-
The restaurant design combines traditional craftsmanship with Hong Kong history and pop culture. An eye-catching, five-metre long dragon is the first thing to greet guests as they enter the restaurant. Like the Kung Fu masters, DNA sought only the best traditional artisans. It took three master craftsmen working eight hours a day for 60 days to hand-carve the dragon before being painted with real gold paint and finished with gold leaf to add texture.
Elements of the traditional Chinese clinic and the Kung Fu academies of the past are immediately evident with the large bar stocked with spirits and liqueurs in antique Chinese herb containers while the two private dining rooms are linked with apothecary cabinets and a Wing Chun wooden dummy in the corner of the entrance.
With another nod towards traditional Hong Kong culture, the back wall of the main dining room features 12 exquisite handmade lion heads. Created especially for DNA by “Keung’s Dragon & Lion Dance Team”, a third-generation family business and one of the top lion head makers in Hong Kong, the lion heads are accented with luxurious lamb fur in red and black to represent Guan Yu and black and green for Zhang Fei. Every weekend from November 26th to December 4th, guests dining at DNA will be able to enjoy a special lion dance or a Wing Chun dummy workshop by Keung’s Dragon & Lion Dance Team.
Another showpiece are the elegant handmade copper wulus. DNA searched far and wide to find practitioners of this dying art form. Through word-of-mouth, they located three master craftsmen working in a workshop with no name, the youngest of which is 70 years old and together, the three worked by hand for 45 days to create the four wulus used to serve water and craft beer at DNA.
With one foot in the past and the other in the present, DNA aims to provide a truly unique dining experience where guests can experience contemporary Hong Kong through their palate and surroundings.
Dragon Noodles Academy (DNA) is located at Shop no. G04, G/F, Man Yee Arcade, Man Yee Building, No. 68 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong . For reservations, please call +852 2561-6688 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and updates, you can also visit http://dragon-noodles.com/ and join DNA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/dnahkg/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/dnahkg/).
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