My fist impulse was to share his method with everyone, but after watching his technique tonight, all I can say is, “For heaven’s sakes, do not try this at home.”
In fact, don’t try to do it the way he does it anywhere ever.
My heart was in my throat watching him tonight, and I am hoping Mother Wu has never had to watch him because I don’t think any mother could survive watching her child wield a knife in the manner that Mr. Wu does as he carves the almost wood-tough carrots into delicate blossoms. That must be one sharp knife–and Mr. Wu must have fingers of steel. His one safety precaution is to wrap his thumb in tape.
first row of petals at the base of the round—the scallops have to be very