Chef Justin Quek on his inspirations and plans for the future
Acclaimed chef Justin Quek serves guests at The Ritz-carlton, Kuala Lumpur’s The Library a taste of his signature Franco-asian cuisine.
“The world is about combinations - and when you get those combinations right, it’s amazing,” was chef Justin Quek’s thought process behind his specially curated four-course dinner, a highlight of his guest appearance at The Library in The Ritz-carlton, Kuala Lumpur in July. Having hopped over the border to showcase his famous Franco-asian cooking, the internationally renowned chef demonstrated his much-celebrated talents in elevating and reworking Asian dishes using modern French culinary techniques.
An assortment of Quek’s signature hors d’oeuvres included an earthy mushroom cappuccino with ceps cream, cauliflower purée with Oscietra caviar and white chocolate, and an aromatic, broth-filled duck foie gras xiao long bao. “The key word is elegance,” he explained. “I don’t copy Western recipes. I create my own style. Yes, there are European elements but I keep my food light because in Asia, we like elegance.”
Swiftly proving his point, even a duo of Maine lobster and wild mushrooms in a delectably buttery shao xing cream sauce remained delicate and well-balanced, although the fact that it was lifted by a glass of J Moreau & Fils Fourchaume, Chablis Premier Cru, certainly helped. Quek’s two options for the main course were a blue cod fillet with crispy scales in a clam and herb fondue, and Asian-style braised Angus beef and seared Wagyu beef with oriental greens.
Deciding to keep things simple, Quek rounded off his debut at The Ritz-carlton, Kuala Lumpur with a pillow-like marshmallow chocolate and mint île flottante, with caramelised rice for added crunch and a glass of Harveys Bristol Cream sherry. Evidently still one for keeping his diners well-fed, especially while he waits to move from Sky on 57 at Marina Bay Sands to his new restaurant, JQ Mon Asia, he sent sheets of crisp salted almond tuile around The Library as an irresistibly moreish petit four, almost as a promise of what is to come at his restaurant next year.
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The Ritz-carlton, Kuala Lumpur hosted a unique and unforgettable experience as Singapore-born chef Justin Quek showcased his ability to reinvent Asian favourites with French flavours and flair.