A Tour of Forbidden City

We were going to ski this weekend, but:

And that’s at the base of the mountain. Needless to say, CT sounded more appealing than that.

Lucky us, because we were able to go to my absolute favorite restaurant in existence: Forbidden City. Peter’s family has been friends with the owner for 16 years, back when he opened Char Koon (also a fantastic restaurant). I always have to bring an appetite when we go because they always bring us a lot of off-menu items to try — dishes they’re working on, special teas and wines, and previews of upcoming specials. Needless to say, it’s always a treat whenever we go there.

(I apologize in advance for the super dark pictures.)

I almost never eat white bread, unless the bread is very special. The epitome of special is their scallion bread:

I almost always have a piece. This time, I ordered their salmon dish (medium-rare, of course!).

That red sauce in the upper right is oil-based, but just a little bit adds so much flavor to an already flavorful dish. How do they do it??

Peter ordered his favorite pork shoulder, with more of that wonderful scallion bread:

I don’t like pork, but their broth is so flavorful I can’t resist sneaking a little.

We were served a pot of an exquisite pu-erh tea. It had been aged 15 (!) years and was incredibly smooth and smoky, without a trace of dryness or bitterness.

The tea is incredibly dark, almost like coffee, but wasn’t at all bitter. I never thought I would wax poetic about tea. 🙂

Showing off my mad chopstick skills.

After dinner, we were treated to four types of cheese:

My cheesy heaven.

From bottom to top, the cheeses were: a Roquefort, a Blue, a French goat, and a Spanish goat. The blue was delicious, but the Spanish goat was out of this world. Mild and tangy at the same time (is that even possible?).

If you’re ever in the area, I recommend this restaurant. Great food and superb service = a very happy couple.


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! And thanks for the birthday wishes 🙂 HAve a nice weekend.

  2. Yum, looks absolutely delicious! And it is waaaaaay too cold to ski today! I am all for being outside in the winter, but this is dangerous!

    1. I know! Not only is it cold, there are always tons of spinouts on the highway when it snows — makes me want to stay home and relax instead 😉

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