So here it is … Tony’s dishes prepared in about an hour (except for the braised pork beef cheek) for a group of 12-13? Imagine what he could do if he had actually given it a little more thought, creativity and if he had more time to cook!
Here I was taking a photo when everyone’s eagerly waiting to stick their forks in …
If there’s one thing bad about the dish (not bad per se), it would be that there’s too little pasta 😦 I think TC might’ve accidentally left a bag of groceries at the supermarket because he was in such a rush, which is also the reason why there is so little pasta (we had to make-do with what we had in the kitchen) and there aren’t any anchovies in this dish … otherwise, it’d bring out even more flavours.
Clams were fresh, sea urchin was fresh … the linguine was cooked just right (yes, “to the teeth”) and the broth was just amazing.
Then came the braised pork beef cheek … I kept saying “pork beef cheek” … I don’t even know if that’s the right term!
Edit: Oh I was totally wrong, it was beef cheek. How silly of me.
The tendon and the meat itself was so tender … carrots and celery was cooked until very soft and juicy. I didn’t think anything was wrong with this dish, but Tony was disappointed that it wasn’t as flavourful as he’s hoped. I’m guessing its because he didn’t have enough time to prepare the dish.
And lastly, the lotus leaf dish with pork, sweet potato and glutinous rice.
The texture of the rice was just like what you would expect from the 珍珠雞 during dim sum. The sweet potato was really soft by now and had absorbed a lot of the juice and fat from the pork. For an “experimental dish”, this was pretty darn good.
And finally, somewhere in the middle of us enjoying the food, an uninvited, but welcomed addition joined our table.
Suntory Whisky “ROYAL” at 86 proof! Its been sitting inside a cupboard for a long time … I’m not much of a whisky drinker, but damn … I actually enjoyed it. It tasted every bit like premium and aged whisky, but what was so good about this was the aftertaste. It was slightly sweet and left a really comfortable (yes, comfortable!), warm, sweet coating along the back-of-mouth / throat area. Awesome.
Unfortunately, that was also the only bottle.