This Autumn, Burlington Arcade and China’s most recognised restaurant brand Haidilao have collaborated to launch a special Mid-Autumn festival mooncake. Michelin star Chef Ling took inspiration from architecture within the historic 200-year-old retail destination located in Mayfair London, to create beautifully bespoke mooncakes. The collaboration will be Haidilao’s first venture in launching mooncakes, and Burlington Arcade are honored to be their partner.
The elegant design of the rosette mooncake resonates from Burlington Arcade’s rich heritage and a key design icon within the landmark itself. While the taste of the mooncake is custard in flavour, the colour is cherry in line with Burlington Arcade’s brand identity. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, the limited-edition mooncakes will be available exclusively at Haidilao.
Burlington Arcade X Haidilao Special Menu
To continue with Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, Haidilao are launching a special Burlington Arcade menu to complement their famous Hot Pot, which will be available from 1st October until 31st December 2020 at Haidilao’s London restaurant.
Chef Ling has always been fond of British heritage and to support with curating a special menu, Mark Lord (Head Beadle) assisted with a personalised tour of Burlington Arcade to understand its history. The limited-edition Burlington Arcade menu consist of four different types of treats to be enjoyed alongside Haidilao’s famous Hot Pot. To begin the journey ‘Dance of The Sea’ will leave diners experiencing the taste of smoked salmon, crab, shrimp and Japanese Hokkaido tartar, melting amongst taste buds. The dish “Dance of The Sea” perfectly complements the origins of Burlington Arcade as the fast-food option 200 years ago were oysters. Empty oyster shells would be thrown into the backyard of Lord Cavendish’s estate who commissioned Burlington Arcade to be built. Burlington Arcade is one of the earliest glass-covered shopping galleries in Europe. The architecture retains the style of the Regency era and is a monument of British cultural heritage.
Once diners have enjoyed the famous Haidilao Hot Pot, room for dessert is recommended. Chef Ling has created “Hi Sweet Burlington”- a red velvet cake patterned with the delicate Burlington Arcade rosette and paired with fresh whipped cream.
To assist the delicious food, bespoke drinks have also been created by famous mixologist Valerio Politano. There are two refreshing options available with the first being “Purple Gem” containing Merlot Ventiterre, Cranberry juice and Grenadine. The non-alcoholic option named “Tropical Burlington”, consists of Pineapple, Orange Juice and Grenadine.
About Chef Ling
Chef Ling is the former chef of Michelin Star restaurant Hakkasan London and specialises in French cuisine. From 1998 to 1999 he lived in Singapore and become the first chef for Singapore Raffels hotel to win the Best Chef award. Thereafter, the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, invited Chef Ling to cook his birthday meal every year. Chef Ling’s first experience of European culture and food began when he moved to London in 2002. In 2006 he was transferred to Shanghai as the executive chef of a well-known restaurant in Xintiandi shopping mall. He received countless private chef invitations from Chinese celebrities such as; Carina Lau, Karen Mok, Chow Yun Fat, Jackie Chan and Little S. During his stay in Shanghai he also served the East China Chairman of the French Chefs Association “Escoffier Chef King” and was invited to Paris to judge the World Cup Cooking Competition. While working as the Executive Chef for Michelin star restaurant Hakkasan in London he experienced his first intervention with Chinese cuisine which solidified his foundation and future with Haidilao. Chef Ling is a gourmet artist which is highlighted in the dishes he produces which are all social media worthy. Chef Ling is currently the Executive Chef of Haidilao’s London restaurant for the past one year. He desires is to use his global culinary skills and experience and introduce Haidilao to wider landscapes.
Haidilao is a renowned international hot pot restaurant, established in 1994. Currently there are 935 restaurants worldwide with 868 restaurants located in 164 cities in mainland China itself. A further 67 restaurants span across Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, USA, Canada, Australia and the UK. For five consecutive years (2008-2012), Haidilao won the honorary title of “Top 10 Hotpot Restaurants” and “Top 100 Catering Companies’’ in China. In May 2011 Haidilao was awarded “China’s Most well-known brand”.
In 2018, Haidilao opened the world’s first restaurant operated with intelligent robots in main land China. In 2019, Haidilao was officially part of Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In addition to being a famous brand specialing in Hot Pot, Haidilao provides additional bespoke services for their guests such as manicures while waiting for their reservation. In April 2019 Haidilao opened its first restaurant in Piccadilly, London. The second restaurant shortly followed in July 2020 located within the O2 center in Greenwich. Afternoon Tea has recently been launched at both UK locations to cater for the British audience.