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Conscious, Ingredient Based Cuisine
Almost a decade ago, ex-financier Sandy Keung turned her passion for cooking into a boutique restaurant: TABLE by Sandy Keung, to serve what she called 'Ingredient Based Cuisine'. Not restricted by traditional geographical cuisine, she and her culinary team took fine ingredients from around the world and decided the best preparation method that suited the particular ingredient. Dishes employed French, Spanish, Mediterranean, Japanese, Korean, Chinese flavours and techniques in preparation. And then adding local Hong Kong ingredients or flavours made TABLE’s cuisine uniquely 'Sandy' and Hong Kong.
Culinary Journey at TABLE
As our culinary journey at TABLE evolves, we are becoming more conscious of the interdependent relationship between our food heritage, the ingredients, the environment, and ourselves. We impact our environment and our environment impacts us.
Why Eat Seasonally
Eating according to seasonality is not simply a fashionable trend due to sustainability concerns. Chinese traditions describe the world as a harmonious and holistic entity, where all living beings are viewed in relation to their environment — and mankind is part of this holistic entity. We are influenced directly and indirectly by changes in the weather, and our bodies experience corresponding physiological and pathological responses to these changes.
Traditional Chinese Medicine on Seasonal Foods
According to traditional Chinese medicine philosophies, if we consume seasonal foods that are similar in nature to our external environment, we remain in harmony with the environment and adapt better to changes in seasons and are able to stay healthy.
Eating What's in Season
After years of trade globalisation, somehow we have lost the practice of eating according to the seasons. Food is the linchpin of society and it creates a connection between our beliefs, our ethnicity, our individual cultures, and our cultural heritage. Food is not just a part of culture; it can define culture.
At TABLE, we work with TCM principles and the 24 Solar Terms [ 1 ] to incorporate seasonal ingredients to maintain harmony and inner wellbeing. Our dishes aim to showcase local seasonal ingredients and flavors that are uniquely Hong Kong. And most importantly, we apply our secret ingredients of happiness to create 'Conscious Ingredient Based Cuisine' that is uniquely Hong Kong and uniquely 'Sandy'.
[ 1 ] Chinese 24 Solar Terms is listed by UNESCO as an Intangible Culture Heritage of Humanity. The ancient Chinese divided the circle of the annual motion of the sun into 24 equal segments; each segment was called a 'jie qi' or solar term. Hence the 24 segments are collectively called the 24 Solar Terms. The 24 solar terms reflect the changes in climate, natural phenomena, agricultural production, and other aspects of human life, including clothing, food, etc.
Transmitted through generations, the calendar has profoundly influenced Chinese people’s way of thinking and code of conduct. People spontaneously arrange farming and daily routines as well as basic necessities of life based on the specific solar term at play. Thus this knowledge continuum of time is sustained through a variety of ritual practices and folk activities. Thereby the 24 Solar Terms is an important carrier of Chinese cultural identity.
Continuation of Chinese Culture through 24 Solar Terms
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