|Edward Kwon with InterContinental KL's executive chef Sam Kung|
Last night the dashing chef held court at TATSU (catch him today and tomorrow from
6:30pm to 10:30pm), teasing media and bloggers with an exquisite four course menu (RM298 nett per person, RM398 nett inclusive of Penfolds wines).
The curtain-raiser is a choice of Hae Mul Nang Chae (seafood salad) or Soft Bean Curd with Korean herbs, black sesame dressing and crispy garlic. I chose the former – a pretty wreath of pear, lettuce leaves and cucumber interspersed with chilled prawns and scallops. A scattering of puffed barley lent crunch whilst a subtly savoury, nutty sesame sauce enlivened the seafood’s natural sweetness.
|Penfolds Autumn Riesling complements the refreshing curtain-raiser of Hae Mul Nang Chae|
From the spoonful of my friend's bean curd appetiser, I found the pure, clean canvas brightly punctuated by toasty, woody and sweet-garlicky accents. A singular piece of lightly battered lotus root and a tiny cluster of greens provided the finishing touches to this creation.
Presented in a narrow elongated plate, the pretty Yuzu Curd dessert was a visual and edible feast. Bursts of tanginess from the creamy citron-infused curd awakened the senses amidst an exquisite milieu: cottony-soft tufts of bokbunja (Korean raspberry wine) chiffon, nut tuile shards, black sesame ice cream and dottings of green tea and basil fluid gel.
Thanks to several high-profile culinary ambassadorships, best-selling cookbooks and appearances on popular radio and TV shows, Edward Kwon is widely recognised outside Korea. Having held senior culinary positions in luxury hotels in South Korea, United States, China and United Arab Emirates including the Head Chef position at Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab, the charming culinary maestro currently runs two restaurants in Seoul - the luxury Lab XXIV in Cheongdam-dong and The Mixed One, a buffet dining outlet in Hannam-dong.
An Up-Close & Personal Gala Dinner with Chef Edward Kwon will be held on 24 April 2015, 7:00pm at the Grand Ballroom, Level 2 of InterContinental KL. Priced at RM490nett per person inclusive of selection of PENFOLDS wines. For reservations, call 03-2782 6000.