A traditional Beijing dish, Qianlong cabbage is a plate of fresh, crispy Chinese cabbage
blended with thick sesame paste, a bit of vinegar and some sugar and honey.
The recipe has just the right amount of acidity to balance the thickness of the sesame paste,
while highlighting the sweetness of the cabbage.
Qianlong cabbage was reportedly the Emperor Qianlong's favourite vegetable dish (hence the name).
Legend has it that Qianlong arrived at a restaurant in the capital city after a long day of travelling,
he often travelled incognito to observe the conditions of ordinary people.
By then, it was late and the emperor was hungry.
Without having much to serve, the cook chopped up some cabbage, mixing it with sesame paste and a bit of honey.
To his surprise, Qianlong enjoyed the dish tremendously so the chef simply named it Qianlong cabbage.