Today is one of those rare Mondays I was actually looking forward to - all because of food. Tonight is the debut of a Hiro - La Patisserie Chouquette collaboration dinner taking place at Hammer and Hand Imports. Much like the recent Avec-Pastaria collaboration, this is a combination of two places I love, which I'm hoping will result in a mind-blowingly delicious meal.
The menu for the evening is:
snack pie, pea & potato, mint yogurt
wine pairing // gruet, brut rose nv
vegetables, tofu, hard-boiled eggs, shrimp chips, peanut sauce
wine pairing // wither hill, sauvignon blanc 2014
grilled skate with spice pastes, pickled cucumbers
wine pairing // selbach, riesling "incline" 2013
coconut rice, deep fried drumstick, sambal, ikan bilis (anchovies)
wine pairing // elk cove, pinot gris 2014
Green tea and black seasame pu jasmine meringue
Roasted banana panna cotta, pineapple mango chutney, coconut cream
As a reminder:
I lived in Singapore for 3 years. I know Southeast Asian cuisine.
Hiro's dishes taste exactly like they did there (and in the case of the beef rendang, it's actually better).
I fucking love curry puffs.
I realized a few weeks ago that I had a set of photos from another Hiro meal that I'd never posted, so now seems like an opportune time to do so.
Appetizer special: fried baby fish. These are a little bigger than the ones you'd typically see in Singapore, but they're fantastic - particularly as a bar snack. Much like chicken wings, they're crispy, crunchy and salty. Perfect with a beer.
Hiro's monstrous, meaty chicken wings. I prefer them with the Korean gochuchang over the sweet and sour type sauce seen below.
Pickles of the day. Always get these.
Pork belly buns. Always get these too! Momofuku in NYC has made these 'cool' in the US, but they're legitimately wonderful. It's like a tiny puffy taco with Asian flavors.
Main special: sambal (Southeast Asian chili sauce) steamed flounder with pineapple slaw.
Shrimp Laksa "Ramen". I refuse to acknowledge this as a ramen, but as a Southeast Asian shrimp soup, it's very good.
The one and only beef rendang. Coconut and spices braised beef, cooked until it's falling apart. My favorite dish there, probably.