Thursday, February 28, 2013

OpenRice Annual Dinner 2013

Yee Tung Heen (Causeway Bay)

Thanks to OpenRice for organizing this event held every year.

This was my second year attending.

Each course was paired with wines from Marks and Spencer's my favourite food store in Hong Kong.

Although I do not drink, I tasted them and appreciated the colours and smells of each wine.

Marks & Spencer Sparkling Burgundy:Diced beancurd with spicy salt and marinated pork knuckle:
The diced beancurd were neatly stacked on the plate surrounded by pork knuckle slices.
It had a nice crisp coating with smooth and soft tofu in the middle seasoned by the spicy salt on the coating.
Marks & Spencer Crow's Fountain Chenin Blanc:Sliced braised live abalone with oyster sauce and Japanese soya sauce:

When the oysters came, there was dry ice beneath so it was surrounded in lovely smoke.
I am not sure what flowers they used but the flowers looked like pansies.
I preferred the abalone cooked in oyster sauce because the soya sauce one was a bit sweet.
Double boiled soup with tea tree mushrooms, sea whelk and caterpillar fungas:

The soup was rich and served at the right temperature.
It was nice how the soup was presented in a tea pot and served like Chinese Tea.
Marks & Spencer Secano Estate Pinot Noir Rose:Crab claw steamed with egg white and Chinese wine:

The crab was cooked just right with fragrant Chinese wine.
It would have been nicer if the wine was stronger.
The egg white at the bottom tasted the best because it had absorbed all the essence from the crab and wine.
Marks & Spencer Contino Rioja:Sauteed King prawn in supreme soya sauce:

The King prawn was huge and meaty.
Marks & Spencer Crozes Hermitage:Mini squash pot with Australian Wagyu beef and vegetables:

The presentation of this was really cute and the meat inside it was sweet with delicious pine nuts.
Sauteed kale with ginger:This was a huge kale stalk carved like a flower.
The pairing of ginger and kale was nice.
Fried rice with assorted seafood:
The rice had lots of seafood in it but the taste of the seafood could have been stronger.
Marks & Spencer Malmsey Madeira:Dessert platter:

There were three items on the dessert platter and this one was my favourite because it was light and dreamy.

See you all next year and the future gourmet pros and gourmet elites to be.

Thank you to all my fellow openricers for support, there are too many names to list here so I have not in case I miss any out.

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