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Q: Polish Festival (and grill) in Foshan, starts today, will you be there?

Today starts first Polish Culture Festival in Foshan.

Today - not so boring activities but also polish grill enlightened
Who wants to join? Maybe it is kind of occasion to know each other in person.

I'll be probably about 3-5PM today, and will stay maybe until tomorrow.
I'm already on my way, and You can catch me by qq: 223044901

location - as on the picture, grill starts about 5 PM today (saturday)

5 years 12 weeks ago in  Culture - Guangzhou

 
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and there is report... in full version with pictures

without pics. - as follows:

Trip started with not so lucky style... (prediction ot what?). 
Bus from Kaiping to Foshan was "only" one hour late.
(And there is a lesson for future - do not try to travel about noon, because of luch break).

I arrived at bus station in Foshan about 14:30, so there was short time to the official opening ceremony (15:00). 
First I grabbed business card from the hotel near bus station, then took motor-bike taxi, and after usual crazy ride between cars (sometimes - also in opposite direction) I arrived in "creative park".

Oh, yes... expats must be there....

Soon - I found "expat town", when already official oppening was on the way.

Western official, Chinese official, and a confetti of course....
Done.

Now expats had an opportunity to leave the sign in bricks of concrete. 

So I did it too.

Soon comes first Polish accent - "Lajkonik dance". 

 

Welll... I've seen it many times on the street of Cracov, and it was quite different (I dare to say - better?) even if not so enthusiastic like this one - performed (first time!) by the young Chef of Sarmatia restaurant.

After some time... Lajkonik joined gangam-style dance... so it was truly international Wink

But I wasn't there only for culture that I know from my homeland. 

Nooo.... 

I was there to taste some Polish food, as the restaurant claims to provide "pure taste of Europe". 

At the entry to the restaurant guests could see set of few nice, big photos, inviting to Poland. Really nice.

 

 

But let's come inside. 

 

Spacious place, modern implementation of some traditional Polish interiors. Lot of wood. Nice.

I was invited to see, what is happening in the kitchen, and I REALLY liked what I've seen.

Small bakery, polish dumplings, brotch... hm... almost like in my homeland. 

Almost, because there are some local (Chinese) influences, like I will have to see later...

Back to the main room, where significant place takes the proud of the restaurant - "ever burning" big (huge!) indoor barbecue.

Few shots outside on the other side of building, and showing some of the surrounding.

Back inside - time for a cold drink (maybe aircon was set for Chinese standard, or not at all), and chat with few Polish students, and businessmen. Yes, it is a pleasure to use my native language Smile

I normally don't drink any alcohol, but this time I took large beer. This was for me very special occasion...
(dear stuff, please don't pour cold bear into the glasses just from dishwasher... You will not earn enough to buy next ones...)

When came my friend (and Boss) with His family, we sat at the table and ordered the set of grilled meats, with some fried potatoes and potato cakes. 

As the family of my friend are Chinese nationals, who tasted Polish cuisine in Poland - I was very intrigued how They will find taste of  this food here. 

Of course I was very curious myself if I can feel like home here (at list in "pure Europe").

Very friendly Polish supervisor took care of kids, giving them some pictures to draw, etc.
(in meantime rest of the staff played some jokes in the background - being pushed to do the work from time to time)

And here comes the big moment!

Meal, nice arranged on the wooden board, came to our table.

If I would be nice, I should end at that point.

...

But probably I'm more honest, then nice. Sorry.

All meats was barbecued (ok, maybe first pre-baked in medium heat, or pre-cooked) soft, like we used to do in Poland, but despite the chicken breast (with a pleasant, a little spicy taste) - all tasted the same. 
Looks like it was all barbecued in the same, sweet sauce, and who knows... maybe even marinated the same way.
It is quite unusual to find out that ribs, chicken legs and wings, and even knuckle tastes the same.

Ok, maybe it is "a little bit up to the taste of locals", but family of my friend (100% locals!) also didn't liked it.

Dear Sarmatia... Where the hell is "pure taste of Europe"? 

I admit, that there was pure "tenderness" of Europe, but for all Gods' sake... it is not the same.

Then even tenderness appeared to be from a little other world, when I tasted baked (in slices) potatoes. 
I'm not a picky, but it was just unbaked inside... and for a potato - it is not so healthy option.

Last thing was potato cakes. It is very hard to do it wrong, and both Polish and Chinese nationals usually loves it.
But I can't say that about that ones. Also almost raw.

If there was not a group of six grown up people at the table, who wanted to taste a bit of everything... most of the dishes would remain on the board.

Soups - was best thing there.

Sour rye soup - served in the bread - was quite good (but still - not as in Poland), and bread was not " Polish kind of bread", but overall - nice.

Other soup, while not Polish at all - was also tasty. It was (probably?!) some kind of cream pumpkin (with a bit of tomatoes?) soup, with a nice little taste of orange peels, served in small watermelon shell. But I was the only person at the table who found it good.

When we left the table, I was little disappointed.

If it was some kind of "fusion" restaurant, not the one claiming to be "pure something"... and I would have found it just average (despite raw potatoes). But here?...

Noblesse obligue, dear Sarmatia.

I really hope, that it is just an accident, because I see determination and passion in Chef (even if not too much experience).
Please. Do it better. 

 

You can be the place in Guangdong, where people will come to taste "pure taste of Europe", and Polish dishes.
You can be the place, when people will taste the dish and think "what a great place is Poland, with that delicious dishes".
You can be the place, when all stuff is smiling and doing their work well.

But not yet.

I planed to spend all weekend on Foshan, attending to " Polish Festival" events in Sarmatia, but having a sample - I though that better will be to go back the same day.

When leaving - there was preparation for the " Polish Barbecue"...
I decided not to wait for that (it seems to be almost one hour late - ...like the bus from Kaiping), but what really interested me - was some sausages.

Hm... many companies claim to make " Polish sausages", but here we have Polish company, making it in China.

Despite the name (Hussar) - sausages didn't taste like made of hussar's horse ... it was in a fact - delicious!

Quite different then in Poland, but very close... and with nice "cold smoke" smoking taste (even if I knew, that it can't be produced that way for economy reasons).

Yes. This was an accent, that ended the day at Polish Festival, leaving good, even VERY good aftertaste.
Thank You Hussar!

 

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I forgot to add... official opening at 3PM (if some of You care)
and detailed program - in link (first line of previous post).

Meet You there Wink

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Dziękuję bardzo. Jestem tak smutny, że nie jestem w "Foshan". Świetny pomysł!

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I want to go,but It's a little far .Enjoy yourself,WhiteBear!

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I'm already back. Interesting, but disappointing in one.

Full report tommorow.

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and there is report... in full version with pictures

without pics. - as follows:

Trip started with not so lucky style... (prediction ot what?). 
Bus from Kaiping to Foshan was "only" one hour late.
(And there is a lesson for future - do not try to travel about noon, because of luch break).

I arrived at bus station in Foshan about 14:30, so there was short time to the official opening ceremony (15:00). 
First I grabbed business card from the hotel near bus station, then took motor-bike taxi, and after usual crazy ride between cars (sometimes - also in opposite direction) I arrived in "creative park".

Oh, yes... expats must be there....

Soon - I found "expat town", when already official oppening was on the way.

Western official, Chinese official, and a confetti of course....
Done.

Now expats had an opportunity to leave the sign in bricks of concrete. 

So I did it too.

Soon comes first Polish accent - "Lajkonik dance". 

 

Welll... I've seen it many times on the street of Cracov, and it was quite different (I dare to say - better?) even if not so enthusiastic like this one - performed (first time!) by the young Chef of Sarmatia restaurant.

After some time... Lajkonik joined gangam-style dance... so it was truly international Wink

But I wasn't there only for culture that I know from my homeland. 

Nooo.... 

I was there to taste some Polish food, as the restaurant claims to provide "pure taste of Europe". 

At the entry to the restaurant guests could see set of few nice, big photos, inviting to Poland. Really nice.

 

 

But let's come inside. 

 

Spacious place, modern implementation of some traditional Polish interiors. Lot of wood. Nice.

I was invited to see, what is happening in the kitchen, and I REALLY liked what I've seen.

Small bakery, polish dumplings, brotch... hm... almost like in my homeland. 

Almost, because there are some local (Chinese) influences, like I will have to see later...

Back to the main room, where significant place takes the proud of the restaurant - "ever burning" big (huge!) indoor barbecue.

Few shots outside on the other side of building, and showing some of the surrounding.

Back inside - time for a cold drink (maybe aircon was set for Chinese standard, or not at all), and chat with few Polish students, and businessmen. Yes, it is a pleasure to use my native language Smile

I normally don't drink any alcohol, but this time I took large beer. This was for me very special occasion...
(dear stuff, please don't pour cold bear into the glasses just from dishwasher... You will not earn enough to buy next ones...)

When came my friend (and Boss) with His family, we sat at the table and ordered the set of grilled meats, with some fried potatoes and potato cakes. 

As the family of my friend are Chinese nationals, who tasted Polish cuisine in Poland - I was very intrigued how They will find taste of  this food here. 

Of course I was very curious myself if I can feel like home here (at list in "pure Europe").

Very friendly Polish supervisor took care of kids, giving them some pictures to draw, etc.
(in meantime rest of the staff played some jokes in the background - being pushed to do the work from time to time)

And here comes the big moment!

Meal, nice arranged on the wooden board, came to our table.

If I would be nice, I should end at that point.

...

But probably I'm more honest, then nice. Sorry.

All meats was barbecued (ok, maybe first pre-baked in medium heat, or pre-cooked) soft, like we used to do in Poland, but despite the chicken breast (with a pleasant, a little spicy taste) - all tasted the same. 
Looks like it was all barbecued in the same, sweet sauce, and who knows... maybe even marinated the same way.
It is quite unusual to find out that ribs, chicken legs and wings, and even knuckle tastes the same.

Ok, maybe it is "a little bit up to the taste of locals", but family of my friend (100% locals!) also didn't liked it.

Dear Sarmatia... Where the hell is "pure taste of Europe"? 

I admit, that there was pure "tenderness" of Europe, but for all Gods' sake... it is not the same.

Then even tenderness appeared to be from a little other world, when I tasted baked (in slices) potatoes. 
I'm not a picky, but it was just unbaked inside... and for a potato - it is not so healthy option.

Last thing was potato cakes. It is very hard to do it wrong, and both Polish and Chinese nationals usually loves it.
But I can't say that about that ones. Also almost raw.

If there was not a group of six grown up people at the table, who wanted to taste a bit of everything... most of the dishes would remain on the board.

Soups - was best thing there.

Sour rye soup - served in the bread - was quite good (but still - not as in Poland), and bread was not " Polish kind of bread", but overall - nice.

Other soup, while not Polish at all - was also tasty. It was (probably?!) some kind of cream pumpkin (with a bit of tomatoes?) soup, with a nice little taste of orange peels, served in small watermelon shell. But I was the only person at the table who found it good.

When we left the table, I was little disappointed.

If it was some kind of "fusion" restaurant, not the one claiming to be "pure something"... and I would have found it just average (despite raw potatoes). But here?...

Noblesse obligue, dear Sarmatia.

I really hope, that it is just an accident, because I see determination and passion in Chef (even if not too much experience).
Please. Do it better. 

 

You can be the place in Guangdong, where people will come to taste "pure taste of Europe", and Polish dishes.
You can be the place, when people will taste the dish and think "what a great place is Poland, with that delicious dishes".
You can be the place, when all stuff is smiling and doing their work well.

But not yet.

I planed to spend all weekend on Foshan, attending to " Polish Festival" events in Sarmatia, but having a sample - I though that better will be to go back the same day.

When leaving - there was preparation for the " Polish Barbecue"...
I decided not to wait for that (it seems to be almost one hour late - ...like the bus from Kaiping), but what really interested me - was some sausages.

Hm... many companies claim to make " Polish sausages", but here we have Polish company, making it in China.

Despite the name (Hussar) - sausages didn't taste like made of hussar's horse ... it was in a fact - delicious!

Quite different then in Poland, but very close... and with nice "cold smoke" smoking taste (even if I knew, that it can't be produced that way for economy reasons).

Yes. This was an accent, that ended the day at Polish Festival, leaving good, even VERY good aftertaste.
Thank You Hussar!

 

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