Yauatcha is celebrating The Dragon Boat Festival across its locations in India. The food festival features a limited edition menu created by Head Chef Wang Yixuan featuring some of the traditional food of this mainland festival. The Dragon Boat Festival, a unique celebration dating back 2,000 years, is a time to eat sticky rice, drink rice wine, race dragon boats and indulge in festivities with friends and family.
Legend has it that the festival originated commemorating the death of a leader. When he committed suicide by drowning himself, the local people who admired him went out in their boats to find him or his body. And when his body couldn’t be found, the people dropped balls of sticky rice into the river to feed the fish – so the fish wouldn’t eat the leader. And that’s how the tradition of zongzi came to be.
The festival special menu at Yauatcha includes authentic but modern delicacies – and features the traditional zongzi with different fillings of edamame and vegetarian duck, pork belly and shiitake mushroom, lamb and pine nuts and chicken among others. The menu also has a water chestnut and mango cake with Sauvignon sorbet – a wine based dessert, which is quite interesting, not our conventional sweet dessert. And accompanying the menu is Citrus Spritz – a drink with Vodka and Chandon Brut – beautifully lemony and refreshing.
The Dragon Boat Festival menu is available to order from an a la carte menu from 1st June until 30th June, 2016, for all day dining. To read about Yauatcha non festival menu, click here.