Tra­di­tion meets the con­tem­po­rary

Food and Travel (Singapore) - - Parting Shot -

Ar­ti­sanal choco­late with a touch of South­east Asian cul­ture comes in a se­ries of ex­clu­sive choco­late bars wrapped in art­work and crafts­man­ship that brings to­gether her­itage and con­tem­po­rary de­sign. The col­lab­o­ra­tive Mauro & Co. choco­late se­ries by lo­cal pro­gres­sive retail and F&B des­ti­na­tion Gallery & Co., Viet­namese cre­ative agency Rice Cre­ative and Viet­nam’s Marou Faiseurs de Cho­co­lat, show­cases art in­spired by ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments of the Na­tional Gallery Sin­ga­pore and the Viet­namese Dong Ho print­ing tech­nique – a tra­di­tional art form that is ex­clu­sive to Dong Ho in north­ern Viet­nam, that uses nat­u­ral re­sources, or­ganic paints and en­graved wood­blocks, to hand-press de­signs onto pa­per. The Stan­dard bar with 65% sin­gle ori­gin dark choco­late, which also forms the base flavour for the se­ries, spot de­signs that draw from the gallery’s dis­tin­guish­able floor­ing, while the strik­ing fiery Chilli bar looks to re­flect a mod­ern take on the tree-like struc­tures found in the mu­seum and the Sea Salt bar’s de­sign mim­ics rays of sun­light that span the mu­seum’s atrium. Each bar is made from care­fully se­lected beans grown in Viet­nam, which are then hand­picked, house-fer­mented and churned into bars, giv­ing the choco­late au­then­tic qual­ity and flavour un­like other types of choco­late. Visi­tors can also take part in a vis­ual jour­ney to learn more about the Dong Ho print­ing tech­nique in a spe­cial show­case held in con­junc­tion with the launch of the trio pack, pre­sented by Marou Choco­late and Rice Cre­ative that dis­plays ma­te­ri­als, tools and pro­cesses in­volved in the process. S$29.90. Avail­able at Gallery & Co.

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