Fujian Rice & “Morassina” Barbera d’Alba DOC

Wine pairing notes

Not a typical match, in fact, it is indeed a challenging one. Morassina is an intense Barbera D’Alba DOC and a dish containing seafood is not exactly its ideal union. But we are in the realm of Chinese cuisine, so the wine’s acidity, its body and dryness are a good contest for the bites of roast duck and chicken, the condiment in which the rice is infused and the dominant mushroom flavor. The wine contrasts the sapid structure of the dish and doesn’t overpower its flavor.

Ingredients

  • 250g rice
  • 40g shrimp
  • 40g roast duck
  • 40g diced chicken
  • 40g diced shiitake
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 40g dried scallops
  • 80g Chinese broccoli
  • 110g crab stick
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • Chicken flavored powder
  • Salt
  • Soy sauce
  • 1tbs tapioca starch
  • 300g chicken soup
  • Frying oil
  • 300g Water

Method

  1. Wash well the shrimps, wipe dry and dice them
  2. Cut dried scallops and roast duck into cubes and set aside
  3. Put diced chicken and shrimps in the wok with oil and stir-fry quickly over high heat. Remove from heat and set aside
  4. Fry egg yolks in hot oil until half cooked
  5. Add rice and fry until the rice is loose
  6. Add some chicken soup and salt to flavor it. Set aside
  7. Mix the tapioca starch with one tablespoon of water to obtain water starch and set aside
  8. In the wok put the water and bring to a boil
  9. Add dried shiitake, Chinese broccoli, dried scallops, roast duck, crab sticks, diced chicken and shrimps
  10. Keep boiling add tapioca water starch, oyster sauce, fried diced chicken and shrimps) and mix all well
  11. Plate and serve

Wine

Morassina Barbera d'Alba

“Morassina” Barbera d’Alba DOC
Giuseppe Cortese

Description“Morassina” is made of Barbera grapes which in Piedmont has always been one of the most cultivated varietals. A traditionally “every day” wine, a few decades ago considered modest, Barbera d’Alba DOC has recently had an important qualitative improvement to the point that now compete with much more famous wines.
CountryItaly
RegionPiemonte
Vintage2015
Grape100% Barbera
ColourDeep purplish color, almost impenetrable red
AromaIntense and velvety vinous
TasteDry and full body
Alcohol14%
Aging18 months partially in small French oak barrels (225 l), only 30% new ones and partially in Slavonian oak casks, in size of 17 hectolitres. 6 months in the bottle.

Winery

Giuseppe Cortese

The wines of Giuseppe Cortese are every Piedmont aficionado’s dream. Located in the heart of the famous Rabajà zone, this small, family-owned winery, known for producing exquisitely balanced wines from the Barbaresco zone, is run by those who possess an intimate knowledge of the Nebbiolo grape. With profound respect and knowledge of the Barbaresco terroir, and long-held family traditions, Giuseppe Cortese is able to craft some of Piedmont’s most exceptional wines.

A native of Barbaresco, Giuseppe Cortese began a lifelong passion for winemaking by working with his father Giacomo in the family business. After several years of experience, he realized the future of high-quality Barbaresco wines was in developing the potential of the terroir. With this in mind, Giuseppe began re-orienting the family’s wine business and remodeling the winery, improving vinification techniques, and purchasing new land among the famous Rabajà vineyards. Giuseppe’s son Piercarlo joined him in the 1990s, after graduating from the highly regarded Enological School of Alba. Today, Cortese is the typical small, family-run winery, with Giuseppe’s wife Rosella and daughter Tiziana playing active roles in commercial aspects and public relations. 

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Chef Lin Guoyu

Written by Chef Lin Guoyu

A specialist in Cantonese fusion cuisine chef Lin Guoyu has successfully worked in Hong Kong and Macau where he received great appreciation for his creation (2014). In 2016 he was selected as a celebrity chef and Chinese cooking master and in 2019 was given the title of Mr. Taste of China. At present, has been involved Chef Guoyu believes that the principle of seeing more, thinking more, and doing more will pay off and is involved in international exhibitions as a show chef consultant.

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