Hong Kong – I love this city.
I was recently invited to Hong Kong to attend the launch of Moët Hennessy’s Estates & Wine iPad app – Flavours Asia, which showcases all their wines, offers its brand stories, includes articles by food authorities in Asia, and suggests Asian food pairings with their range of wines. There’s a book that complements this app, titled A Heavenly Wine Match with The Flavours of Asia. I have 4 copies to give away to Singapore residents, more details at the end of the post.
Together with food bloggers from Hong Kong and Singapore, I started the evening with cocktails at the recently launched Armani/Prive at Chater House in Central, trying all their specialty cocktails (we all shared them, I didn’t have them all to myself!) like Wasabi Green Apple Martini and Lollipop Caipirinha. I love rooftop bars, so I was pretty sold on the place.
Fresh from a spiritual retreat, I had set a new resolution to cut down on my drinking, especially beer, because gassy drinks are not compatible with my Vata body type. One day wouldn’t hurt!
By the time we were done, I was already feeling a bit tipsy, and ready for dinner at Island Tang, located a short walk away at The Galleria. I knew I was in for a big night when I saw the number of empty wine glasses at the dining table, the number of bottles of wine at the serving table, and the full menu. I had a separate food menu from the one pictured below, because I don’t eat meat. Instead, I had seafood.
I was lucky to be seated next to their brand ambassador, Arnaud Mirey, so I was well placed for all sorts of pedestrian wine questions like, “Do I match all seafood with white wine?”. He said it all depends on the sauce; if it’s a dark sauce, it is likely that it will go well with red wine. The app also features a food and wine pairing tip from Arnaud.
Here’s what the app looks like. I was happy to see that they had a sustainable wine brand – Lapostolle – as part of their stable of wines. From what I read, they use renewable energy, manage their vineyard responsibly, opt for biodynamic and ecological practices, ensure that their delivery of wines are CarbonNeutral certified, and 100% of their vineyards are in the process of being certified organic by CERES.
The food was good, I enjoyed it all, but I especially liked the century egg, seafood soup, scallop wrapped in yam, and the mango pudding. For wine, I loved the Terrazas Reserva Malbec, it’s an easy favourite, along with the Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon and Cloudy Bay Pinot Gris. The vintage of those wines were between 2007 and 2008.
By this time, everybody had a good amount to drink, and I was clearly struggling with sobriety, as the number of wine glasses indicate.
I had such a great night of good food, wine, and company. I made so many interesting acquaintances and now follow several of their blogs. Here are a couple of photos we took together.
If you’d like to get a copy of this book, email me a screen capture of the free downloaded Flavours Asia iPad app to lambchopra [at] gmail [dot] com. Do check it out!