Sunday, May 15, 2016

Chocolate Appreciation, Tastings & Pairings by Chocolate Concierge

How is chocolate made? What do cocoa fruits & beans taste like before they're transformed into chocolate? Can chocolate be paired promisingly with beer, coffee, tea, cocktails, or even whiskey? These & other burning questions might be resolved to deliciously satisfying effect at chocolate appreciation sessions recently launched by Malaysian purveyor Chocolate Concierge.

Each session, held at various venues once or twice a month, has a different focus, conducted by Chocolate Concierge founder Ning-Geng Ong. One recent gathering kicked off with an hour-long masterclass on chocolate production, spanning history, geography, science & sociology, with Ning bringing us freshly harvested ripe cocoa pods to illustrate how they're cracked, what their contents initially taste like (mangosteens - sort of!), & how they evolve through steps like fermentation, roasting & refining.

The tasting for this round married chocolate with beer (Thirst magazine & Solaris Dutamas hangout Ales & Lagers co-helmed the initiative). A shot of cocoa nectar - pure, enzymatically active juice from cacao pulp - was followed by couplings in a thoughtful progression of flavour & temperature: Ghana Origin Meltaway served frozen with Red Chair NWPA pale ale; Orange Zest Meltaway with Americano A Roma IPA; an amazing smoked chocolate almond-hazelnut rocher with Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar; salted caramel banana petit four with Stone Coffee Milk Stout; finished with a wonderful Venezuelan-origin malted hot chocolate espuma. A unique experience that chocolate geeks will find fun & fulfilling; thanks to Ning for having us.

Chocolate Concierge
Follow on Facebook: facebook.com/chocconcierge

The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, at least RM0.10 will be channelled to a charity of the month.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings, F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter may be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, with 100 recommended restaurants for April-June 2016. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://issuu.com/eatdrinkkl/docs/ebook

Buckle your seatbelts: Eat Drink KL is partnering with Uber to take restaurant lovers on new adventures across KL & Selangor!
If you haven't used Uber yet, it's time to begin! For new users, just follow the steps below to redeem free rides:
1. Download the Uber app from the App Store, Play Store or Windows Store - and register your Uber account.
2. Apply the code EATDRINKKL as your first promotional code & you'll receive 2 Free Rides worth RM30 each.
3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

8 comments:

  1. Educational. I wonder how many do not know that chocolate comes from cocoa and what cocoa pods (and trees) look like. I used to teach that in Geography, the Southern Continents in Form 2 - I don't think it is in the syllabus anymore. As a matter of fact, I wonder if it is still a subject in school.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Suituapui: geography was one of my weaker subjects in school, so i'm probably one of the students who couldn't tell what a cocoa pod is all about! :)

      Delete
  2. We are back! :P
    I tasted raw cocoa once when I was a kid. And there is a cocoa factory nearby my university, we always can smell that weird smell in the campus, hahaha.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. CK: at last! disappeared for so long! heheh :) wah, i don't remember smelling raw cocoa anywhere near me, but i do remember the smell of rubber processing factories! :)

      Delete
  3. Ohhh... that's one educational session that I won't mind! :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rebecca: you'll definitely have fun! especially since you're a curious & happy-to-learn person! :)

      Delete
  4. That sounds fun! I've never seen a fresh cocoa fruit before!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ken: it was a cool way to spend a couple of hours! i didn't expect to crack open some cocoa! ;)

      Delete