Midsummer Nights Feast 2012, Shook! at Starhill Gallery

Spicy Sichuan Orange Steamed Scallops

I was one of the privileged few to receive an invite to the Midsummer Nights Feast Gala Dinner featuring Master Chef Ken Hom at Shook! Starhill Gallery recently. Our entertainment for the night included serenades from Jazz artist Atilia and a fashion show by Antoinette featuring Jean Paul Gaultier and P.A.R.O.S.H.

Fashion show by Antoinette featuring Jean Paul Gaultier and P.A.R.O.S.H.

Torralta Prosecco di Conegliano

Pre-dinner bread rolls were aplenty; I was offered two additional rolls which I ate with generous lashings of butter. Our glasses were never dry, for the waiter kept topping them with the Torralta Prosecco di Conegliano and subsequently, the Perrin & Fils Côtes du Rhône Reserve.

Perrin & Fils Côtes du Rhône Reserve

Amuse bouche: Atlantic Salmon with Spring Onion Sauce

Our amuse bouche of Atlantic salmon tasted bright and vivid with not even a hint of fishiness. The spring onion sauce was a light and refreshing accompaniment to the buttery-sweet texture of the fish.

So pretty looking

Marinated Tuna and Avocado Salad

I’ve always enjoyed tuna because of its dense texture and large, generous flakes. One of the simplest and most versatile fish to cook, I was told. Chef Hom’s Marinated Tuna and Avocado Salad was my favourite dish that evening. The tuna was firm and moist with a pink centre, and paired beautifully with the creamy-sweet avocado and greens.

Pink centre

Spicy Sichuan Orange Steamed Scallops

While the scallops were lusciously sweet and large in size, the spicy Sichuan orange sauce was an acquired taste. My dining companion enjoyed it, but I found this pairing just alright. The scallop sat atop a piece of pan-fried dumpling – crisp on one side and lightly chewy on the other.

Crispy Crackling Poussin with Garlic & Hot Pepper

Crispy Crackling Poussin with Garlic and Hot Pepper was a favourite among many. I liked how succulent the chicken thigh was, and the garlic studded skin gave aroma and just enough flavour to the meat. The pumpkin mash was smooth and rich, contrasted by the crunchy vegetables. Portion was however, very small. I could have eaten 4-5 plates of this easily.

Warm Mango Compote with Basil and Vanilla Ice Cream

Dessert was a Warm Mango Compote with Basil and Vanilla Ice Cream –subtle, yet the flavours complemented one another. A ‘treasure box’ of chocolates was served to us, much to the excitement of the guest seated next to me. She pounced on the chocolates almost immediately, before I had the chance to snap a picture.

Treasure box of chocolates

Chef Hom is all for simplification and to him, food is about fine ingredients, treated simply and with respect. His approach to food is a breath of fresh air, for a complicated dish requires a lot of thinking and I’m not one who likes to think a lot when I’m eating. Now, if only he could magnify the portions… #greedytalk

Thank you Kelly of Starhill Gallery, for the invitation. It’s been a while since I got to play dress up. ;)

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Shook!
LG1 Feast Village Starhill Gallery
Starhill Shopping Centre
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 2719 8330

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Comments

  1. oooh, i’m usually not a major fan of tuna or of chicken, but i think the dishes here would have changed my mind! love the presentation :D

  2. Used to read Chef Ken’s cookbooks when I was young… his food still looks as good as ever… now even more modern! nice one…

  3. magnify portions is right! I’m always so sad to see the end of the last mouthful when having fine dining experiences! And did you get to take that whole treasure box of chocolate home? It looks so cool..hehe

  4. everything looks so beautiful..
    I think i just get a hot dog bun and just admire the food.. :)

  5. During my birthday, i went to this event too hehe. for free cos the bank invited my family. keke.

    i’m glad you had a great time yourself too

  6. The food looks exquisite! Excellent plating and although I can’t taste it, I bet it tastes delicious. :)

    The treasure box of chocolates for dessert – now that’s an innovative way to go about it. :D

  7. You lucky girl…

    The portions looked kinda tiny though hehehe…but a night of bubbles sounds absolutely fun!

  8. I thought the chocolate box at the end was a fun touch and showcased chocolate just how it should be – as a jewel in a treasure box. :-)

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