Its poetic name loosely translates to “Willow in Kasaya”, referring to the tree wrapped in a monk’s saffron robe. The dish consists of kai lan—the “willow”—stuffed in a bamboo fungus—the Kasaya—to symbolise a steady faith to Buddhism. Commonly served at religious celebrations during the 1950s and 60s, the dish relegated to obscurity over the years because of its complex preparation. In 2017, we worked with local filmmaker Eva Tang to recreate the dish for her film, “The Veiled Willow”, and have since been serving it at our restaurant too.
Stuffed Bamboo Fungus with Kai-lan 柳影袈裟