Last week was Oz Night. Oz Kafe hosts the most wonderful night of the month … and mother of pearl … was this one GREAT!
Twitch (aka Michael Portigal – remember he was on an episode of must.love.food. and he’s the one with the beard in the picture) and his crew created 4 clever dishes … each one full of flavour and texture. Some I loved more than others … which happens sometimes right? I like to think it’s because two of the dishes blew my socks off (well I was probably wearing flip-flops … but you know what I mean).
The evening started with the mushu pork.
Oh my goodness gracious.
I’d just like to say … it was my absolute favourite. A buckwheat tortilla shell topped with julienned cucumbers, diced watermelon, seaweed, and then finished off with thinly sliced pork tongue and a good dollop of hoisin sauce.
This is everything that is good in food. A little salty. A little sweet. Crunchy and smooth.
I LOVED IT!
The second dish was the cured mackerel. Pan-fried mackerel was paired with a deconstructed kimchi (ever had fiddleheads in your kimchi???? I didn’t think so!), and a pillowy soft taro gnocchi.
The third dish was the wonderfully inventive black rice porridge. I have to say … this was the dish that surprised me the most. When I read it on the menu … chamomile, lamb, strawberries, mint, pistachio, and black rice … I kinda wondered … what they heck am I going to be eating???
It was … delicious. All the components were good … but I did enjoy it best when I took a bite of EVERYTHING at once. Yep. A forkful of lamb, strawberries, mint, and black rice … absolutely delightful.
Such a nice surprise.
The meal was capped off with desert. A twist on lemon meringue.
Twitch paired pascale’s semi-fredo with some salty lemon curd and a golden beet purée and a sesame crisp. It was light and fresh. I have to admit … I’m still not sure how I felt about the golden beet purée and semi-fredo combo … but that’s just me. When I spoke to my friend Sarah – she thought it was brilliant and perfectly balanced.
Just looking at these pictures makes me wish I could grab some more of that mushu pork … Twitch … I really really really think you should start making those to-go. They are DEE-LISH. A million sighs of happiness.