Author of the oldest continuous Chinese-language wine column in the world, Poh Tiong Chng of Singapore, was at last week's Bordeaux MW Symposium and announced that he was just about to publish a major work on matching Chinese food and wine, 108 Great Chinese Dishes Paired. Apparently, in printed form it is, like Jeannie Cho Lee MW's Asian Palate, a particularly handsome tome.
But the great thing for us - and for the planet, obviating the need to ship substantial fractions of whole trees thousands of miles - is that it has also just been published, free, online at www.108chinesepairings.com.
Poh Tiong explains that it was inspired by the same number of outlaws in the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) literary classic, Water Margin, and the dishes have been selected from throughout China. He promises the following discoveries: