Back in the day 10/5/2012, it seems when I created this concept store called THE drive-thru in Sanlitun SOHO Beijing, China, (more to come). I really was reaching deep into my culinary skills. During my times as a chef before China I, unfortunately, grew tired of cooking for the masses, and in 2007 my untimely death put me out of the kitchen for good.
Why I built bars and shops. Hate bars. But I am good at it.
THE drive-thru allowed me to venture in other directions that would not only satisfy my taste buds but to also broaden my horizon in creativity at a trade that gets little attention in the glamorous world of celebrity chefs.
I dived into the world of the ancients, the spice trade! I read the history. I practice the milling. I experimented on other and I educated myself to the point of knowing what mother earth had blessed us with when it comes to any attributes for our food and medical herbs & spices for daily living.
I did up some salts. Flavored salt that is. For all occasions. Cocktails, food, baths. Its salt and salt is good for the body. If anyone is interested in knowledging themselves about salts, I suggest this book that will help guide your soul:
With that in mind, I now present this read from a dear culinary talented friend of mine; Shanti from ShowShanti! (more to come) I was honored and graced by her little write up about my salt collection. Which we, with a big glass of water, sampled each salted grain.
The crisp of Maldon Salt flakes with the finest aroma & follow up flavors. Read more about it here on ShowShanti Small Batch Sea Salts from THE drive-thru.
I’m not down and out yet with my culinary skills. Keep patient and keep posted. Something great this way comes!
With that all being said, now don’t get me wrong. There are exceptions.
Here’s what they had to say. (unedited)
Salt brings out the flavors in our culinary creations. Beijing’s world-food paradise now has a spot to pick up a particular salt best suited to bring out certain flavors in any cuisine. Brick O’Neal, fine beers and bikes afficionado has just added to his eccletic offerings with a line of flavoured salts available at THE drive-thru, a shop specializing in imported beers (they deliver!), herbs and spices, and customized fixed gear bikes – special stuff! Check out this tasty list of the salts available in different flavours.
Cinnamon Sea Salt Flakes 肉桂海盐片
Chinese Cassia Cinnamon is what we in the States commonly know as cinnamon. This close relative of Ceylon cinnamon is sweet and rich with just a touch of spiciness. We fuse this spice with salt to provide you a unique flavor your heart never knew existed. Used it as a finishing salt when cooking. Rim your cocktail or beer glasses to enhance the enjoyment of your beverage.
Cocktails: Hot Cinnamon Cider Martini
Ginger Sea Salt Flakes 生姜海盐片
Combine the clean simple flavor of sea salt with fresh, juicy ginger. The ginger flavor of this fusion variety cannot be matched by powdered or synthetic flavorings. Use on grilled veggies, Asian noodles or fish. Great for chocolatiers and pastry chefs alike. We even love it on vanilla ice cream! Used as a finishing salt when cooking. Rim your cocktail or beer glasses to enhance the character of your beverage.
Cocktails: Ginger Mint
Mint & Vanilla Sea Salt Flakes 薄荷香草海盐片
These flakes are made with genuine Papua New Guinea Vanilla Beans mixed with organic Spearmint leaves and hand-harvested sea salt. The combination of salt, vanilla, & mint accentuates sweet desserts. Used as a finishing salt in cooking. Rim your cocktail or beer glasses to enhance the enjoyment of your beverage.
Cocktails: Vanilla Jesus
Espresso Sea Salt Flakes 浓咖啡海盐片
In Italian tradition, espresso is best enjoyed in one hot gulp. Around here, we adore the fusion of espresso with sea salt. It’s not only a delicious addition to chocolates and desserts, it is also a rising star in rubs and marinades for steak, pork, or whatever you can think of! A delicious match with a cognac reduction, or anything with nutmeg, anise, vanilla, cherry, hazelnut, and raspberry… The only limit for this Fusion Sea Salt is your imagination. Used as a finishing salt in cooking. Rim your cocktail or beer glasses to enhance the enjoyment of your beverage.
Cocktail: Velha Espresso
Chipotle Sea Salt 墨西哥干辣椒海盐片
This smoky seasoning combines the earthy spiciness of smoked chipotle peppers with the crisp taste of all natural Pacific sea salt. Made with real smoke-dried jalapeno peppers, and as warm and delicious as its namesake, this salt has a rich, toasted pepper flavor that brings a dash of fiesta to the table. Used as a finishing salt in cooking, or be creative on how to dry rub cure you meats. Rim your cocktail or beer glasses to enhance the enjoyment of your beverage.
Cocktails: Spicy Sandstorm
Organic Celery Sea Salt Flakes 有机芹菜海盐片
Most of us cook and season with salt, but adding celery to the infusion adds a whole new spectrum of flavor! Great for “light” dishes such as salads, raw foods, fish and grilled vegetables. Contains: Sea Salt, and ground organic Celery seed, and chopped stalks. Used as a finishing salt in cooking. Rim your cocktail or beer glasses to enhance the enjoyment of your beverage.
Cocktails: Bloody Mary
Dish: A great finish to any fingerling or new potato, or be creative on how to dry rub cure you meats.
Black Lava Salt 黑熔
岩盐Black lava salt is a revered and delectable salt used exclusively for adding depth and complexity to the finest of culinary creations. The added advantage of Black Lava salt is that it is infused with activated charcoal, which assists the body in removing harmful impurities, and is exceptionally high in essential minerals to help maintain the body’s normal functions. A supplemental salt that adds a truly unique flavor to roasted vegetables, soups, stir-fry dishes and on the barbeque.
Dish: This salt deliciously flavours any heavy or dark meat, as well as oily fish. Get creative with how to dry rub cure you meats.
Himalayan Pink Rock Salt Block 喜马拉雅粉岩盐块
Himalayan pink rock salt is one of the purest salts available for culinary, therapeutic and cosmetic uses. This delectable salt has beautifully formed crystals, which range in color from off-white to a lustrous pink, which indicates a quantifiable amount of 84 trace elements & iron. The benefits are endless but Himalayan Pink Salt is primarily used for gourmet cooking and in bath preparations. Rim your cocktail or beer glasses to enhance the enjoyment of your beverage.
Dish: This block is special for chefs of all abilities who can cook directly on top of this magical surface. Go for gravlax or be creative on how to dry rub cure you meats.
More from THE drive-thru about their fine salts
* WE US CERTIFIED ORGANIC MALDON SEA SALT FLAKES & PACIFIC SEA SALT.
** WE US LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL ORGANIC PRODUCTS.
***OUR INFUSED SALTS ARE MADE ON LOCATION @ THE DRIVE-THRU
***我们的合成盐是在当地制作@ THE DRIVE-THRU
You can find our salts in the following locations
Helpful tips for how to further enjoy salt
THE drive-thru Sanlitun SOHO 5-306 (1391 113 6564; www.beijingdrivethru.com).
~FLAVORED SEA SALTS COMING SOON~
BEEBOP FARM™ Creations.