2021年3月16日，中国广东佛山 – 「亚洲50最佳餐厅」致力支持餐饮业的复苏，于2021年的年度榜单以外新增设了「亚洲之粹」(Essence of Asia)餐厅名单，以表彰业内的无名英雄。涵盖了在20个国家及地区内49个城市里的多个餐馆，从巴基斯坦到日本等多个地区。在今日(3.16)发布的名单上，中国大陆仅有六家餐厅上榜，佛山壹零贰小馆荣登其中。作为在国际上获得如此有分量荣誉的中餐厅，实属不易。
16 March 2021, Foshan, Guangdong, China – Dedicated to supporting the recovery of the restaurant scene following a year of extraordinary challenges, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 introduces the all-new Essence of Asia, which is an initiative to recognise an unranked collection of local-hero restaurants from across the continent. The collection comprises establishments in 49 cities across 20 countries and territories, stretching from Pakistan across to Japan. The list, which has just been released today, features Foshan 102 House amongst six Chinese restaurants. It is rare to achieve such a prestigious international honor for a Chinese restaurant.
Chef of 102 House, Xu Jingye
2006年，壹零贰小馆由徐泾业(Xu Jingye)和姚敏(Yao Min)在佛山禅城区一处小巷内的民宅开立创立。餐厅名字源自于当时的门牌号码。在十多年前，以当时极少见的私房菜概念，提供食客预约制固定菜单，开业不久便受到许多瞩目。主厨徐泾业是地道的佛山人，师从粤菜泰斗陈大本先生，最初餐厅以供应新派改良粤菜为主，然而在开业一年之后，这位青年主厨几经沉淀思量，决定重新调整菜式方向，在融合菜风日渐风行之际，选择了一条截然不同的道路—回归传统古法粤菜，悉心钻研粤菜的根基。2009年，餐厅搬迁到靠近三村小区的两层平房中，一天最多仅接纳三桌客人。
Tucked in an alleyway in the Chancheng district of Foshan, 102 House was founded in 2006 by Xu Jingye and Yao Min with its name coming from the door number of the private house the restaurant sat in. Since very first beginning, 102 House has been providing a fixed menu on a reservation basis, a concept bold enough at that time to attract flocks of diners soon after its opening. Chef Xu Jingye is a Foshan aboriginal and received rigorous training under Mr. Chen Daben, who is widely acclaimed as the master of Cantonese cuisine. 102 House initially featured modern Cantonese dishes, but one year later, Xu decided to return to the style old-school and focus on fundamentals of traditional Cantonese cuisine, despite the rolling bandwagon of fusion cuisine. In 2009, the restaurant was relocated to a two-story bungalow near the Sancun district, where it only accommodated a maximum of three tables a day.
Chef Xu Jingye
A few years later, inspired by Japan’s elaborate seasonal kaiseki cuisine, Chef Xu instilled its spirit into his way of translating Cantonese cuisine with seasonal produce and seasoning. The result is a set of menu that breaks away from conventional thinking, and one that harnesses the original flavour of the ingredients.
The menu comes at two budgets. Before dinner is served, Chef Xu would serve guests with his choice of tea in a specially practiced formal tea ceremony experience, which is followed by a ten-dish meal served at a prescribed order from starters, main courses, staples to desserts. The latter half of the menu features a fixed selection of chicken and fish, while the first half centers around seasonal ingredients. What’s more, it’s just hard not to mention that all tableware at 102 House is from Xu’s own vintage collection.
The dishes of 102 House
In early 2018, 102 House joined a well-received four hands dinner with Hong Kong’s Cantonese restaurant The Chairman. A year later, it again partnered with Tai Pan Lo (ranked 41st in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants) and Tokyo’s DEN Restaurant (ranked 11th) for a six hands dinner, with over 40 seats sold out in just two days.
Four hands Dinner & Technical Instructions with Session Restaurant, Fukuoka, Japan
Four hands Dinner with The Chairman, Hong Kong, China
Four hands Dinner with Circa 1912 in Singapore
The co-founder of Circa 1912, David Yip (right)
Six hands Dinner in DEN Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan
DEN × The Chairman × 102 House
In the same year, 102 House secured Top 10 Restaurants under the World’s 100 Best Chinese Restaurants 2019 with Chef Xu awarded Chef of the Year. Last year, Chef Xu was invited by the Institut Franco-Chinois de Lyon to represent Cantonese cuisine at the ‘Les Baguettes Magiques’ Food Festival in Lyon.
Danny Yip, the co-founder of The Chairman, commented on 102 House: “Their dishes are old-fashioned, so old that some are even near the brink of loss. The ingredients they use do not come easily, and there is work and effort in their dishes. Simple as it may look, but in fact it is rather the opposite. The pristine and authentic Cantonese taste can best define the restaurant’s cuisine, masterfully crafted and soothes your heart.”
With the fame spreading quickly in the gourmets’ circle, 102 House expects to indulge diners with its heritage spirits and innovative vibes of Cantonese cuisine with its new venue in Shanghai this year.
「亚洲之粹」(Essence of Asia)名单
Essence of Asia aims to celebrate restaurants that are representative of Asian gastronomy. This unranked list spotlights restaurants that, despite recent or ongoing crises, have made a positive impact on their communities and local cuisine. These restaurants are integral to Asian’s culinary ecosystem that preserve traditions, honour authentic flavours, and build vital connections with their communities.
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