Poh Ling Yeow first graced our screens on MasterChef Australia again in 2009, occurring to open Jam Face in Adelaide and co-host cult TV present Snackmasters — and that’s only a snippet of what she’s been as much as. Now, Ling Yeow is doing one thing somewhat completely different — spearheading a restaurant expertise in collaboration with The Singleton and QT Melbourne. But it surely’s not your common sit-down meal.
Hospitality speaks to the prepare dinner about fusing theatrics with meals, pairing Plus Two cocktails with signature bites delivered to company on a sushi practice and the worldwide inspiration behind her candy and savoury menu.
Meals served on a conveyor belt is nothing new, and who doesn’t admire innovation teamed with instantaneous gratification? Whereas trains had been as soon as the area of informal eateries, they’ve gone on to enter the realm of tremendous however approachable eating, which is what The Singleton’s Scrumptious Discoveries expertise is all about.
The scotch whisky model chosen Poh Ling Yeow to carry its culinary imaginative and prescient to life at QT Melbourne, with the prepare dinner describing the partnership as a pure match. “I haven’t had my café for a number of years and with the ability to feed folks in such a stupendous setting and collaborate with two manufacturers I actually love was a no brainer,” she says.
It additionally introduced a chance for Ling Yeow to leap into the restaurant recreation and design a menu with the identical freedom she’d have if she was going solo — inside the realms of working with the practice, in fact.
“Clearly, you must take into consideration issues akin to temperature, the dimensions and the very fact it’s travelling on a conveyor belt, so there have been just a few logical points to contemplate,” she says. “However other than that, I used to be left to do my very own factor which was superior. It’s about folks selecting dishes with completely different textures, temperatures and cultural influences. It’s how I prefer to prepare dinner, which is eclectically.”
The crux of Scrumptious Discoveries revolves round Ling Yeow-designed dishes which have been created to enrich The Singleton’s Plus Two cocktails. The drinks see an equal mixture of whisky, a glowing mixer and a nonetheless mixer. Take the Tropical, which mixes The Singleton 12 12 months Outdated with guava juice and grapefruit soda or the Mediterranean with 12 12 months Outdated, apricot nectar and lemon tonic.
Visitors may also mastermind their very own creations by choosing mixers and giving them to QT Melbourne bartenders to whip up. It’s “a successful formulation that works with all kinds of components from the candy to the nutty to the bitter, delivering a cocktail that has most flavour with minimal fuss,” says Katie Nagar, nationwide model ambassador for The Singleton. “The flavour pairings [are] solely enhanced by the wealthy and deep flavours of Poh’s cooking.”
And that they’re. Ling Yeow’s menu contains eight dishes cut up into savoury and candy, with a paired cocktail listed below every. “When it’s only a small chew, it encourages folks to be extra adventurous,” says the prepare dinner. “There are French fries with bagna cauda, which is a Northern Italian anchovy and cream sauce, and a fried
rooster bao with kimchi which is a nod to Korea.”
Ling Yeow has additionally made chawanmushi with shiitake and fish scalding sauce — an train in method and refinement. “It’s additionally finished in Chinese language [cooking] and I’m actually trying ahead to folks tasting it as a result of so much haven’t had it earlier than. It has such an fascinating, stunning texture and is delicate in its flavour. There needs to be no bubbles in it like a superb crème caramel and it needs to be barely set.”
The ultimate savoury choice is cool and spicy Szechuanese eggplant, which is finest loved with the Palmer cocktail that mixes 12 12 months Outdated with lemon iced tea and lemon squash. “The dish is fried silken eggplant with a numbing miso-flavoured sauce,” says the prepare dinner.
Ling Yeow is understood for her pastry creations, and the candy aspect of the menu showcases her affinity for tweaking traditional flavour profiles. Strawberries and aged balsamic distinction towards one another in a dish with mascarpone yoghurt, roasted almonds and basil in a nod to the foundational Italian dessert, whereas chocolate is
the point of interest of the prepare dinner’s model of a large number.
“It has salted caramel, chocolate custard, chocolate biscuits and salted caramel,” says Ling Yeow. “There’s additionally a miso apple caramel turnover and a pandan coconut sago shot, which is one thing I grew up consuming.”
Scrumptious Discoveries will run till Could from Thursday to Sunday, with company invited to pop in for a day or make a night out of it at QT. “It’s accessible and there’s yummy meals and cheeky cocktails,” says Ling Yeow. “You’ll be able to’t actually go incorrect.”