In a special edition of The Digest this week, our editors found a taste of Asia in the Roca Brothers' 14-course invite-only dinner at The Peninsula

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Roca Brothers Dinner at the Peninsula

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Photo courtesy of Wilson Fok

After a welcome reception of Tio Pepe fino sherry and plenty of freshly carved jamon, the very first course to appear was an El Celler de Can Roca classic: Around the World. It's a series of bite-sized morsels meant to encapsulate the flavours from different countries, and for this particular tour Joan had created tiny tributes to London (scotch egg with salmon roe), Hong Kong (octopus ball, San Francisco (gold nuggets with Californian walnut, plum and chipotle), and the Mediterranean (olive of black olive gazpacho with anchovy and tomato). —Charmaine Mok, Editorial Director of Food & Wine


Roca Brothers Dinner at The Peninsula

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Photo courtesy of Wilson Fok

As part of the 14-course Roca Brothers gala dinner, these delightful starfish were aesthetically perfect, complete with a thin lookalike net, as if they were freshly harvested from the ocean. The morsel itself is creamy and rich, like a mousse of lobster bisque. —Wilson Fok, Dining Editor


Roca Brothers Dinner at the Peninsula

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Photo courtesy of Wilson Fok

Inspired by the Peking duck, this Oriental and Catalan duck is a rich display of textures. The shredded duck confit at the base is tender, with richness offset by a touch of citrus and black garlic —WF 


Roca Brothers Dinner at the Peninsula

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Photo courtesy of Wilson Fok

One of the highlight dishes that Jordi Roca also demonstrated earlier in the week at our masterclass. A take on a classic Catalan flan, this one was flavoured with aromatic mandarin, the citrussy notes giving lightness to the rich cream. If you look carefully, you can see the Chinese characters for 'brother' embossed on top of the 'mooncake'. —CM


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