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Dragon Food Festival at The Empress of China, Eros Hotel

The Empress of China

The Empress of China, Eros Hotel, Nehru Place is conducting Dragon Boat Festival. This is a very ancient festival celebrated in China in which people combine boat race, wine and Zongzi (Stuffed Sticky Rice Balls) during the feast.

The Empress of China

Tuen Ng or Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated in China in memory of Poet and Minister Qu Yuan of ancient state of Chu during the Warring States period of the Zhou Dynasty. Qu Yuan who served Chu Royal House didn’t accept his King’s decision to ally with increasingly powerful state of Qin. He was even banished by the king and was accused of betraying his country. He went into an exile where he wrote a lot of poems as well.

The Empress of China

Around 28 years later Qin captured Ying, Capital of Chu province. This led Qu Yuan to despair and he committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River. A lot of Locals used to admire him. They raced in their boats to save him (This led to the inclusion of the Boat Race in the festival). They couldn’t find his body and threw rice balls into the river so that the fish would eat them instead of Qu Yuan’s body (This is why Zongzi is a part of the feast in this festival). One of the doctors also threw Realgar into the river which drived out the Dragon. The Dragon was instantly killed by the people (This is why Realgar wine is consumed in the Festival). Consumption of Realgar wine is very rare in the modern era after noticing the toxic effects of Realgar.

The Empress of China

The team did a fabulous set up in their Private Dining Area. The PDR here has a combination of an indoor and terrace area. This is perfect place to do Private Parties. The Buffet lay out  had a spread Zongzies to start with. They were done in a very traditional manner. The Chef of The Empress of China here curated four varieties of Zongzi’s, Waterchesnuts, Mushroom, Chicken and Sea Food. All the Zongzies were fabulously done and we all loved them. The other main course dishes we liked were Poached Red Snapper in hot chilly, Crispy Duck Rolls, Steamed Golden Garlic Salmon, Double Cooked Spicy Lamb and Steamed Ginseng Chicken with Wolf Berry along with Wild Mushroom with Asparagus and Corn Peas Carrot with Ginseng. We had Jingzing style sweet white fungus as desserts.

The Empress of China

It was undoubtedly a superd experience at The Empress of China. Thanks a lot to the team.

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