Oh my... what can I say about the Riesling Dinner apart from: It.Was.To.Die.For! YUM
We were welcomed with a glass of Riesling of course at the Grand Imperial Court. I'd never been to this side of the MGM hotel. It was absolutely beautiful. I'll have a couple of pictures up in a bit. After a few sips we sat down to find a row of five different Rieslings. The goal was to pair the wine to the dish ourselves, rather than having the pairing made for us. It was tough, I might have to embark on a short wine course in the near future.
I have never been a great fan of Riesling as I've always thought it rather sweet. There is a wide variety, now I know. My favourite was #2. We were later told #1 was the driest and #5 the sweetest.
Five different Riesling to pair throught dinner
Keep Calm and Drink Riesling
Langoustine Tartar, Rainbowmato
This langoustine tartar was really delicate and delicious. The Yuzu tomato sorbet and basil essince sea urchin were a pleasant surprise.
Deep fried crab sheel stuffed with crabmeat in creamsauce
I am not one to order deep fried or baked crab, but this was special. We were told each crab shell was stuffed with two crabs and some cream, nothing else, no funny mayo, potato or extra fillers.
One of the chefs, presenting his soup dish.
Pouring soup from a tea pot.
Double boiled silkie fowl and porcini mushroom soup
See that egg there? I've blogged about the eggs before. It is the 63 degree soft poached egg. And it was just as amazing as I remember it! Not too soft or runny and not too hard or overcooked. It is just the most amazing eggs ever. Although the Tasting Kitchen was my first, and I will never forget it!
Chef presenting his garoupa dish
Braised oasis giant garoupa fillet
I love the chinese way of cooking garoupa, it is always so moist. This dish had what they call black fungus, but what I always thought was somekind of seaweed.
Chinese five spices seared pigeon breast
Meat is not my thing at the moment but I did try and it was GOOD! It had water chestnuts, which I love and a soft corn cake I devoured with the osmanthus sauce.
Simmer luffa with bamboo bird's nest
Ok... I don't really know what this is, luffa anyone? But it is green, and I finished it. The broth with goji berries was deliciously warming. My kind of dish!
NO... not finished yet! By now we were all stuffed and our glasses kept being filled, non stop. Very dangerous, eh...?
Pan fried rice vermicelli
Woooooow... I am all about rice and noodles, so fried noodles dipped in sauce were heaven! There was some pork belly and preserved veg on the side. But I only went for the noodles.
Now desert was a whole other story! Just have a look...
The first of many, this was quite interesting: a baked pastry with winter melon and a glutinous rice roll with red date paste. I am a sucker for glutinous rice sweets! Have you ever tried the glutinous rice banana rolls?
How beautiful is this dessert?
This beautiful to look at (and eat) dessert is a lime flower sabayon with cucumber ice cream and underneath it was a cashew macaroon, white chocolate and a jasmin and lime jelly.
To finish off we were presented with this magnificent box of candy and chocolate wonder.
Asian sweets treasure box
We all wanted to try one of each but it was impossible. I was in a food coma! Got a few in though. We did try to sneak a box out. Unsuccessfully!
Amongst the treats were:
*White chocolate and CURRY lollies - always after interesting flavour combinations
*Black sesame nougat
*Passion fruit jelly and granite shooter
*Pandan marshmallow knot
*Kaffir lime and chilly trouffle - this was good... chocolate chilly is a killer combination!
*Coffee chocolate ganache in reed wine prune with caramelized bacon praline lolly
*Pineapple and coriander macaroon - my favourite of the box!
*Kalamansi pate dé fruit
Impressive eh...? I should have taken a treasure treat box in my Mary Popping bag.
We were all happily stuffed
A lot of empty glasses by then
Aren't these flower installations magnificent?!
The giant fish tank in MGM's Grande Praça
There were mermaids swimming here at one point. No joke!
Thanks MGM team and Riesling of course, it was such a great night.