Introduction to Macau (for Foodies) with Annabel Jackson

Introduction to Macau (for Foodies) with Annabel Jackson


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Much about Macau and its history from dusty colonial outpost to glitzy, gambling center of the world, can be discovered through its food. Macau today has its fair share of Michelin-starred restaurants in five-star+ hotels, but the food of its soul can still be found on the streets. This seminar will explore Macau with a gastronomic lens as we look to understand this intriguing region on the southern coast of China.

In 2017, Macau was named by UNESCO as a Creative City of Gastronomy. The traditional cuisines of Macau comprise the triumvirate of Cantonese (local), Portuguese (colonial) but also Macanese, the culinary product of the ancestors of Portuguese seafarers born in Macau who call themselves Macanese. This fusion cuisine has at its heart the history of Portugal’s colonial presence in Asia, but also various intra-Asian culinary conversation which even pre-date the arrival of European imperial powers.

Led by an expert and published author on Macanese cooking, Annabel Jackson, join us to discover how agriculture and produce, and cultural borrowing and innovation, from the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea, can be examined – on a plate. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will emerge with a greater understanding of this fascinating foodie part of the world.

Annabel Jackson has always been around food. She was raised in a large farming family in the south of England, and began cooking seriously at the age of 11. She loves cities, however, and lived in Hong Kong for more than 20 years before returning to London where she attained an MA in Anthropology of Food at the School of Oriental & African Studies; and she is now studying for her PhD. She is the author of 14 books, including 6 cookbooks, all of which cover Chinese or Asian cuisines including her key speciality, Macanese cooking. She has undertaken research into the immigrant Chinese catering community in London, but is also fascinated by how many immigrant groups have shaped the British palate, and contributed to such a dynamic food scape. She's also a wine lecturer and writer, and is currently working on a super cool consumer wine app to be launched in the UK in late 2019. She is an Advanced Ambassador of the Academy of Wines of Portugal.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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