DOWNTOWN Kitchen “Around the Globe” Summer Culinary Tour kicks off with Macau (PHOTOS)

Last modified on May 25th, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Duck Leg + Thigh Braised in Red Wine + Tamarind w/ Pork Fried Rice at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails is starting its Around the Globe Summer Culinary Tour with a Macau menu from Wednesday, May 23 – Wednesday, July 11.

Representing Tucson as the first city in the US to be named a City of Gastronomy, chef Janos Wilder and others have been invited to other “sister” cities around the world to share the region’s culinary history and unique foods.

The DOWNTOWN Kitchen Around the Globe summer series features menus from all over, focusing on ingredients, technique, and the culinary appreciation of each destination.

This year begins with Macau. A region of the People’s Republic of China, Macau has 400 years of culinary experience. The cuisine highlights a blend of Southern Chinese and Portuguese cuisines, with a hint of Southeast Asia.

Sesame Soft Shell Crab w/ Macanese Stir-fried Rice Vermicelli at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Sesame Soft Shell Crab w/ Macanese Stir-fried Rice Vermicelli at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Appetizer
  • Sesame Soft Shell Crab with Macanese Stir-Fried Rice Vermicelli – char siu, egg, carrot, red chili, bean sprouts, cilantro, and ginger pickle
  • Fat Noodles with XO Sauce – crisp white fish, wood ear mushrooms, and Chinese BBQ sausage
  • Malay Soft Eggplant, Pineapple, and Long Bean Vegetable Curry – shiitake mushrooms, tofu, fried lotus root, and lime
Braised, Seared Tumeric Pork Shoulder + Plum Sauce at DOWNTOWN Kitchen Around the Globe Summer Culinary Tour (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Braised, Seared Tumeric Pork Shoulder + Plum Sauce at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Entrée
  • Duck Leg and Thigh Braised in Red Wine, and Tamarind with Pork – spice trade seasonings and spring onion salad
  • Macanese Head-On Chili Soup, and Coconut Milk Pressed Rice Cake – stirp-fried baby bok choy and Portuguese olives
  • Braised and Seared Tumeric Pork Shoulder, and Plum Sauce – truffled potatoes, honey mint carrots, braising juices, and ginger pickles
Fat Noodles with XO Sauce at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Fat Noodles with XO Sauce at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dessert
  • Portuguese Flourless Chocolate Cinnamon, Coffee, Rum Mousse Cake – curried whip cream, and ginger caramel sauce
  • Lychee, Ginger, and Pandan Sorbet – passion fruit, tapioca sauce, and pineapple
Portuguese Flourless Chocolate Cinnamon, Coffee, Rum Mousse Cake at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Portuguese Flourless Chocolate Cinnamon, Coffee, Rum Mousse Cake at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Bar Menu Only
  • Macanese Pork Bun – griddled pork chop on crisp baguette + chili mayo, lettuce, tomato, cucumber
Macanese Pork Bun at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Macanese Pork Bun at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

In addition to the menu update,  Wilder will hold a cooking class and dinner for the Macau tour from 6 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 at the Carriage House.

Tickets are $70 per person, and the evening will include the demonstration class and a multi-course dinner with beverages.

Malay Soft Eggplant, Pineapple + Long Bean Vegetable Curry at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Malay Soft Eggplant, Pineapple + Long Bean Vegetable Curry at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails is located at 135 S. 6th Ave. The DOWNTOWN Kitchen Around the Globe Summer Culinary Tour begins May 23. For more information, visit downtownkitchen.com.

Matt Sterner is a journalist, novelist, loves films, and would like to think he's a filmmaker. When he's not eating awesome food, he likes to talk and write about it.
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