FIFTYSIX DEGREES Whisky Pairing Dinner With Tai Thong @ Imperial China, Subang Jaya

It was a night of alcoholic indulgence over some great food prepared by Tai Thong to be paired with FIFTYSIX DEGREES Whisky. A blended Scotch whisky, do check out my previous writeup on their launch earlier this year (New Scotch Whisky FIFTYSIX DEGREES Launched In Malaysia). We were served with a six course Chinese meal, complete with appetizers, main course and dessert, all paired with the whisky. 


FIFTYSIX DEGREES Whisky Pairing Dinner With Tai Thong @ Imperial China, Subang Jaya
FIFTYSIX DEGREES Whisky Pairing Dinner With Tai Thong @ Imperial China, Subang Jaya



Inspired by a sense of adventure, and borne out of fire, malt, water and the indomitable spirit of the Scottish Highlands, FIFTYSIX DEGREES is a smooth and rich new-age blend comprising of specially selected single malts and a single grain whisky aged in hand- picked American bourbon oak casks and finished in sherry casks. 


FIFTYSIX DEGREES Blended Scotch Whisky
FIFTYSIX DEGREES Blended Scotch Whisky


Arriving at the Imperial China restaurant in Subang Jaya on a rainy evening, we were first served with a cocktail whisky concoction by the good folks from Tai Thong, before being ushered into the dining hall. At the cocktail lounge, we had some pre-dinner snacks consisting of crispy crab dumpling with wasabi drressing and deep-fried pumpkin and lotus root with salted egg, both of which I missed out on snapping photos of. 


The tables are all set and ready for us to dine at
The tables are all set and ready for us to dine at
Beautiful music, sung and performed by equally beautiful and talented folks
Beautiful music, sung and performed by equally beautiful and talented folks

Just in case you are wondering why the name "FIFTYSIX DEGREES"? The blended scotch whisky is actually named after the latitude of the Scottish Highlands, which is well- known for its rugged beauty, clan history, and exceptional malt whiskies. FIFTYSIX DEGREES is at heart a Highland whisky, but blended with the Asian palate in mind. 


3 Specialty Appetizers
3 Specialty Appetizers 

We kicked off the whisky pairing dinner with their delectable 3 Specialty Appetizers. The name of each appetizer is pretty long, so let me spell it out to you here. We had three different but refreshing appetizer, the Lobster with Fresh Fruit Salad and Italian Vanilla Dressing, the Sliced Chicken with Foie Gras and Almond, and the Crab with Roasted Sesame Sauce. 

Tasty and refreshing
Tasty and refreshing

It was a luxurious indulgence from the word go. I personally love the lobster with fresh fruit salad, as well as the crab with roasted sesame sauce. Wrapped in egg roll, the crab appetiser is topped with shredded coconut and fish roe for that extra kick. It all went well with many sips of FIFTYSIX DEGREES whisky. This got me riled up and excited for the mains to come. 

Double boiled Village Chicken Soup with Apricot Kernels and Snow Pear
Double boiled Village Chicken Soup with Apricot Kernels and Snow Pear


The snow pear and apricot kernels made all the difference in the Double boiled Village Chicken Soup with Apricot Kernels and Snow Pear offering that came next. I like how the snow pear really sweetens up the savoury delightful soup. The moment i took sips of the piping hot soup, I felt healthy already, with tender chicken completing the flavours. 


Spice Roast Suckling Pig with Chilled Amarella Juice Shooter
Spice Roast Suckling Pig with Chilled Amarella Juice Shooter 
Thin, crispy, delicious
Thin, crispy, delicious

Alcohol always goes well with pork, with one whole Spice Roast Suckling Pig laid out on a dish for us to enjoy that evening. It has been a while since my last suckling pig indulgence, hence I was pretty excited to have a go at this dish the moment it was served on our table. The skin was roasted to a crisp, with a sliver of meat, and fats underneath. Really good stuff, one which I truly enjoyed. 


Yin Yang Estuary Tiger Grouper
Yin Yang Estuary Tiger Grouper 
Nicely presented
Nicely presented

Up next we had a seafood dish, which came in the form of the Yin Yang Estuary Tiger Grouper. Grilled with caramelized onion and sauteed with XO sauce, celery and apple, this dish brought out a different flavours. The presentation was good too, with the fish bones deep fried to a crisp in the middle. 


Braised Abalone (14 head), Sea Cucumber stuffed with Tuna & Wanton
Braised Abalone (14 head), Sea Cucumber stuffed with Tuna & Wanton

The usual suspect at fine dining chinese cuisine would be the abalone, and that was exactly what we had in the subsequent dish. Served in single portion for each of us, we had the braised abalone, together with a whole piece of sea cucumber stuffed with tuna and wanton. How can this not go well with any whisky? We loved it, to say the least. 

Dessert
Dessert


Last but not least, we were served with sweet dessert to end a wonderful evening. On the plate, it wasn't just one dessert, but three, namely the Chilled Layered Dessert of Black Sesame, Mango and Fresh Milk, Mini Pumpkin Dumpling with sweet potato and cheese, and the Sweet Corn Bun sprinkled with Cocoa Powder. These weren't your usual chinese dessert, as it has a fusion flavour to it. I mean, how often do you get pumpkin dumplings with sweet potato, or sweet corn bun in the shape of a mushroom. 


FIFTYSIX DEGREES Whisky Pairing Dinner With Tai Thong @ Imperial China, Subang Jaya
FIFTYSIX DEGREES Whisky Pairing Dinner With Tai Thong @ Imperial China, Subang Jaya

FIFTYSIX DEGREES is a 40% ABV (alcohol by volume) whisky, at present available on- trade through bars and restaurants in the Bangsar, Damansara and Hartamas area including The Roulette Restaurant Bar, Naughty Nuri’s, Piggy Tail, Sid’s Pub, Chapter One Bar & Bistro, Hour Place Restaurant, Eight Gourmets Gala (EGG), and Castell Gastrobar. 

For more information, do check them out at http://www.56degreeswhisky.com or at their Facebook  page https://www.facebook.com/fiftysixdegreeswhisky 






26 comments :

  1. Yummmmm!!!! Beijing duck!!!

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  2. Wow!! Looks really great! I'm sure the price will be frightening as well. Haha!!

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  3. Tai Thong's food always looks very tempting!~ So nice and delicious!

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  4. food is so tempting..must be really delish

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  5. Been a while since I attended a dinner that served suckling pig. Lovely photos you have shared today. I enjoyed "feasting" on the food.

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  6. wow..must be enjoy during whisky pairing dinner . the food all look so yummy!! wish to have a bite now!!hehe

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  7. Always adore ur photography skills lah! Nice shot..

    Kolin zainal

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  8. The food looks delicious! And Whisky Pairing is very unique! I've only heard of wine pairing. hehe

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  9. I wonder if they'll come out with recipes that involves using the 56 degrees whisky in it :D that would be interesting for the tastebuds.

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  10. Whisky partnered with the food is the best option. I love to add Whisky to my soup as it taste delicious.

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  11. Oh gosh, your photos are superb! I see the ladies, drinks and food. A great way to spend the night like a king :p

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  12. Can just enjoy the nice pictures you have there. awesome!

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  13. wow everything so yummy. But haven't dine in this branch before. Whisky, no try before, how it taste like?

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  14. i am tempted for de pork

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  15. The food! The food!!!

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  16. Oh wow..... I like the pictures... and the food looks delish... but again, with pork on the menu, I can't go indulge.... =(

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  17. oh my!!! the food presentation was super nice and creative. Look like another good place to visit.

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  18. Oooppss...nottie me. I read too fast and misread it as Fifty Shades. Hahahah. Nice food presentation they got there.

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  19. Waaa The food and whisky is such a perfect match la! How come you so enjoy wan hehe! Enjoyy life till MAX!

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  20. A good quality of whisky pairing with a nice food. Wow, I can imagine how enjoyable your face:P

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  21. This dinner is so luxurious speechless I am suppose to go this week but I had something on so have to skip, sob sob.

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  22. You are living such a good life! XD the food makes me hungry already XD

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  23. Nice food and good whisky, always an awesome combination :)

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  24. the whisky bottle look so different from the usual rectangle, i nearly thought that was perfume.

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  25. Ok, I'm more of a fan of the food rather than the alcohol! :p

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  26. wow! awesome dinner attended by you with good whisky and foods served, the lobster, abalone etc :) Cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

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