I have stayed at other hotels in Fuzhou but after my recent stay at the The Pullman Tahoe I don’t go anywhere else now. It was excellent overall but I want to write about the food experience. The head chef Tendi Fan, really went out of his way to make me feel like family. He runs a fantastic restaurant with amazing food, lots of variation and creative approach to integrating both local culture and surrounding asian influences.
In the two weeks I stayed there I got to know him personally, as well as some of his staff, and we even got a chance to spend time outside of his normal role at the hotel. The highlight of my trip was when Tendi and I made plans to do some cycling on the local mountain. It unfortunately got rained out so he decided to take me to breakfast, to a local outdoor food market where the families make a delicious fusion of Chinese and Vietnamese cuisines (rice noodles, soups, duck, desserts, etc). I felt like I was on one of those cooking shows as we went from station to station trying some of what each family was preparing. And at one spot he talked to the owner and brought me in the kitchen to teach me how to make rice noodles! It was truly an experience I won’t forget. I’m coming back for another stay and I look forward to reconnecting with my friend and brother at the Pullman!