Mets & Vins - Que boire avec du riz cantonnais ? - Les Grappes

What to drink with Cantonese rice?

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How to associate a wine with such a complex dish?

The Cantonese rice is a mixture of several flavours: the rice is quite neutral, but the vegetables and pieces of meat bring an explosion of taste very appreciable! The textures are also different: between the fondant of the rice, the tenderness of the meat, the crunchiness of the vegetables...
It will be necessary to opt for a dry white wine, rather light and not very aromatic, with a beautiful minerality and a full-bodied point. Its raw explosion on the palate is in perfect balance with the multiple tastes of Cantonese rice.

The best appellations for Cantonese rice

The white wines of Provence are sunny and full-bodied, perfect to accompany Cantonese rice. Try a bandol or a Coteaux-D'aix-en-provence. You can also go to the Rhone Valley and taste a Saint-joseph. The white begins with emerald reflections on a pale robe but evolves towards gold. It has a very good balance between acidity and softness.
Finally, test the wines of Burgundy like a Chablis. On the nose, the notes are very fresh, mineral and citrus fruit. The Chablis is dry and gives off an invigorating acidity, it is perfect with a Cantonese rice with shrimps!

Where does Cantonese rice come from?

When people say "cantonnais rice", you probably think of peas, diced ham and omelette.
In reality, the real name of Cantonese rice is Chinese stir-fry rice. The traditional recipe is very simple: it allows you to finish the simple rice by adding eggs. But depending on the region and what you want, Cantonese rice, or sautéed rice, can contain several ingredients: chicken, shrimps, various vegetables...

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