Educational and Exciting Epicurean Market!

Story & photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet

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Food photos are of real food with NO props or special effects

The intrepid Travelling Gourmet goes to a casino at…

MARINA Bay Sands to taste food, wine & more. From 26 January to 28 January, 2013, Halls A, B & C Sands Expo on level 1 was transformed into an 12,500 square meter Epicurean Market complete with a Beer Garden, live jazz band and Celebrity Chefs Arena.

Chef Eric Bost in action!

I went to learn how to make Guy Savoy‘s signature dish Colours of Caviar conducted by Executive Chef & General Manager of Guy Savoy Restaurant Singapore, Eric Bost. Chef Eric is as skilful as he is modest and the Culinary Masterclass was full! The amount of caviar he used impressed me with the fact that this delectable dish is a high food cost dish. Chef Eric explained, “You have to use a lot for the flavour. Singapore is great because we have access to almost everything in the world..” I agree. Using gelatin sheets & creme fraiche (similar to sour cream) to give a rich creamy taste and velvety texture, he mixed the caviar into the creme fraiche.He also whipped up a ribbon-like, sensuous Egg Sabayon in the same way you make Hollandaise over a hot Bain Marie with just egg yolk and milk & NO butter. It takes skill and good timing otherwise you get scrambled egg!The star of this creation is Caviar! Caviar like Oscietra and Aquitaine Caviar has a lot of flavour from the plankton and crustaceans that the fishes feed on. The enticing emerald green layer is from Haricot vert puree and the bottom layer is Caviar gelee! J’adore Colours of Caviar!!

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Chef Eric Bost whipping up Sabayon! Note how he holds the whisk very professionally.

 

 

 

 

At the Beer Garden, Archipelago offered craft beers like German inspired biscuity Bohemian Lager & Belgian Wit Blanc Beer at S$8 a glass. I liked the Curacao orange peel flavour of the Belgian Wit Blanc.

Strolling along I met a beautiful table…

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                                                                           I’ll dine at her table anytime…{:-)

 

I sampled Tetsuya‘s Scallop Carpaccio served on the half shell drizzled with vinaigrette as well as his Ocean Trout Carpaccio with Sesame Vinaigrette.

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At mi buon amico Giorgio Ferrari‘s booth, I savoured yummylicious Rum & Raisin Gelato and bought flavoursome Jamon Serrano Bodega Gran Seleccion, which is a ‘superbo’ ham from Espana (Spain). Giorgio not only imports the finest wines and spirits like Alexander Grappa and Prosecco, but also the best hams, salami, Italian truffles, foie gras, Proscuitto di Parma, Ornellaia wines and other gourmet delights! I always like the Beretta Salami which I find amusing because Beretta is also the world’s oldest manufacturer of firearms, since 1526.

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Bistro Moderne Daniel Boulud‘s cheerful and bubbly Chef Jonathan Kinsella who is an American of ethnic Irish extraction, bade me try his delicious creations like Terrine of Foie Grass, Guinea Fowl, Pistachio and black Trompet (trumpet mushroom), Harissa Spiced Tuna Paysanne (rare in the middle) with appetising Moroccan inspired Chickpea Salad, zesty preserved lemon & Tzatziki. Excellent!

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It was nice to run into my friend, energetic & charming Nicole Eisen, Manager for Marina Bay Sands’ F &B Operations at Sweet Spot, where I bit happily into a Pain au Chocolat spiked with fragrant Lavender. They had some lovely desserts & pastries there. Nicole was working hard making sure that everything was strac.

At Guy Savoy, flavourful Artichoke & Black Truffle Soup with layered Brioche with Mushrooms plus Truffles was seriously yummy! Beautiful with a glass of  Chateau le Puy recommended by mon ami Sommelier Julien. The Grapefruit Terrine with Earl Grey Tea Sauce, as well as being a lovely sight for the eyes, was also heavenly on the palate. 

                                      It goes very well with sparkling Champagne!

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Sommelier Julien of  Guy Savoy always has something good to recommend…

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I was also very happy to see mein guter Freund, jolly Etienne Hugel of Hugel Wines from Alsace who flew into Singapore specially for the Epicurean Market. It was a good opportunity for me to practice my German with him! I am partial to the Hugel Gewuerztraminer which is very good with Thai cuisine. Incidentally, “Huegel” means Hillock in German.

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At Carnivore, two scantily damsels dressed as samba dancers complete with psychedelic feathers attracted much attention. Vegetarians beware, Carnivore specialises in Brazil Churrascaria which has many meaty offerings! Churrascaria means “barbeque” in Portuguese.

The best part of all this feasting and wine tasting was that it was in cool air-conditioned comfort. A similar event called Savour held last year in the F1 grandstand area was good, but it was very hot and humid as it was an al fresco event.

Marina Bay Sands

10 Bayfront Avenue

Singapore 018956           www.marinabaysands.com

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Guy Savoy Singapore

10 Bayfront Avenue

Singapore 018956          Tel: +65 66888513

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Bistro Modern Daniel Boulud

MBS   Tel: +65 66888525

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www.giorgio-ferrari.com

Fine foods and fine wines & spirits purveyor

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Carnivore

MBS Tel: +65 66887429

http://www.carnivore.com.sg

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www.hugel.com  French wine producer since 1639

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As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cusines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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