Thursday, June 09, 2016

This week's MENU – Myoga dinner, CAPPA awards at Muratie, MENU goes East, Wine of the Week, Green Pawpaw salad

A tourist junk crossing Hong Kong harbour at sunset
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After two exciting and, occasionally, restful weeks in Hong Kong and Vietnam, we are back and firmly in the MENU saddle again. We will publish the stories of our Eastern adventure over the next few weeks, starting with Hong Kong and surrounds this week. Next week, we will show you Vinexpo and there will be more about Hong Kong, Hanoi and Ha Long Bay in subsequent weeks, all, of course, interspersed with the events, meals and tastings currently happening.
Dinner at Myoga     A few days before we left for Hong Kong, we were invited by chef Mike Basset to come and sample his new winter menu at Myoga at the Vineyard Hotel. They are doing a 7 course menu for R365 which, as it includes two extra courses and bread, offers tremendous value. Just go very hungry. We opted to do the menu with the wine pairing, which costs R650 per person. It includes some of the top South African wines so, if you like wine, this is for you. We didn't always agree with all the pairings, but taste is subjective. The menu is a showcase of multiple textures, flavours, colours and surprises. It's a tour de force of modern gourmet food. Perhaps one or two of the courses had too many ingredients on the plate, but we really enjoyed the experience. See the food and wine.....
Cape Port Producers Awards lunch at Muratie      Just before our departure, we drove out to Muratie wine estate in Stellenbosch for the CAPPA Awards lunch. The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday, 18th May and was a very jolly affair. There are awards for all the different iterations of Port as well as wine made from port varietals. We tasted the ports and drank some of the wine entries with lunch.   The people, the place, the wines and the food.....
Off to Hong Kong for VinExpo and a bit of a holiday there and in Vietnam     We were sent an invitation and media accreditation to attend Vinexpo in Hong Kong back in April and John jokingly sent it to Lynne, saying “shall we go?” We had been considering a trip to Europe this May, so she went on line and checked out the airfare to Hong Kong, never expecting to find it was cheaper to go there than to Europe. Just over R16000 for the two of us return on Emirates. So, on the spur of the moment, we decided to go. John had never been to the East, Lynne has great memories, especially of Hong Kong. "Where else shall we go, having come this far?", we wondered after planning the week in Hong Kong. We looked at China, expensive and everywhere we wanted to go to meant another flight. So we looked in the other directions and went to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. This week, you will see the beginning of the odyssey which we will spread out over the next few weeks. May and June are not the best months there, as it is hot and very humid, but we loved our trip.
Wine Competitions     While we were away, there were several wine competition award ceremonies. If you are interested, here are the links to who won what:
Wine of the week Château Clos des Prince, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2012     

Lynne tasted this wine at a blind tasting at Vinexpo in Hong Kong. It made her remember why she loves Saint-Émilion. It is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Silky soft, juicy, elegant, with beautiful fruit, full of dark cherries with minerality and toast. Ready to drink now, but it has got the backbone to last too. I know many of us don't get opportunities to taste wines like this but just in case you have access to some, do add this to your list. Tim Atkin gave this vintage 91. Among the higher priced wines from Saint-Émilion
Recipe of the week: Green Pawpaw salad from Vietnam     We had dinner cooked for us in a Vietnamese village on our trip and they got us all involved making this lovely salad. You need a hard green unripe pawpaw
1 unripe pawpaw approx. 500g - 1 carrot - 1 T each of fresh mint, basil and coriander, chopped - 1 T chopped roasted peanuts - some freshly chopped red chilli - 1 T crisp roasted onions
Nuoc cham dressing 2 tbsp rice vinegar - 2 tbsp fish sauce - 1 tbsp lime juice - 2 tbsp sugar - 1/2 cup water - 1 clove garlic, finely chopped - a little freshly chopped red chilli
Peel the pawpaw and then grate it into long thin strands using a mandolin or grater. Put into a bowl. Peel and grate the carrot in the same way, but keep it aside. Cover the pawpaw with boiling water and using a wooden spoon give it a good stir for about a minute or two. It will probably change colour from white to pale green. At the last minute add the carrot, mix in and then immediately drain off all the water, as much as you can. Set aside to cool. Mix up the dressing and stir well till all the sugar is dissolved. Add it to the pawpaw with the herbs and stir well. Sprinkle over the peanuts, crispy onions and the chilli. Serve and enjoy. You can add peeled prawns and or sliced roasted meat.
Events in June     Chardonnay Pinot Noir Celebration at the Vineyard this Friday from 17h00 to 20h00. We hope to see many of you at this annual tasting of some of South Africa’s best Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Cost: R170.00 per person – includes wine glass and snacks. Tickets can be purchased via, or at any of the Wine Concepts branches or at the door on the evening, subject to availability. There are many interesting things to do this month. See them in our Events Calendar
9th June 2016
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