On the Menu: May 9 through May 15

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, May 10, 7:00 P.M. Malaysian Kitchen We’re honored to be hosting the closing dinner of NYC’s Luckyrice Festival, a celebration of the depth and breadth of Asian cuisine. We’ll be joined by Malaysian-inspired chef Zak Pelaccio and Malaysian-born Simpson Wong for a meal filled with the rich flavors of this multicultural cuisine. Tuesday, May 11, 6:00 P.M. The Great South African Wine Show Join us at the breathtaking Tribeca Rooftop for the largest tasting of South African wines in United States history. At this walk-around event you will be able to taste over 400 wines from over

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Eat this Word: Lapsang Souchong

WHAT? Smoky sipper. Enjoyed a cup of lapsang souchong with your afternoon cookie lately? If you’re like most Americans, the chances are slim. Lapsang souchong is a strong black tea with an assertive smoky flavor that has been likened to the taste of single-malt Scotch whiskey and cigars. Real lapsang souchong hails from Mount Wuyi in the Fujian province of China and is quite rare, but the name is often applied to black and oolong tea leaves of indiscriminate origin that have been treated with smoldering pinewood ash. According to legend, the smoking process was discovered by accident in a small village during the Qing dynasty when a group of soldiers took over a tea factory filled with fresh, unprocessed leaves. By the time the townspeople were able to get back into the factory, they didn’t have enough time to dry the leaves before market day, so they used pinewood fires to

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