There are whole range of ways to make food exclusive and expensive. Special ingredients, top chefs, and stunning techniques are just some of the ways to take food to the next level of luxury. Either as a garnish or as an overall aesthetic theme, gold is truly the best way to make food as expensive as can be. Here are five expensive foods that are infused with gold in Asia.
The Burj Al Arab, the iconic hotel dubbed “the world’s only seven-star hotel”, now offers the world’s most expensive cappuccino. Gold has been a huge theme from the very beginning at the Burj Al Arab with 24ct-gold iPads and a bar bedecked in gold leaf just some of the examples. However, now you can also enjoy the ultimate gold cappuccino made with 100 per cent Arabica beans and foamed milk that’s blended with 24ct gold and finally sprinkled with Italian gold flakes and adorned with the Burj Al Arab design.
In 2009, a Paris-based pastry shop Ladurée combined with fashion house Marni to create a luxury pastry that fuses food and fashion. This resulted in the renowned Marni-Laduree Macarons, and now with sites in a number of locations across Asia, you can taste the expense for yourself.
Although not actually a food, this exquisite cigar from Daniel Marshall is still meant to be savoured and tasted. The DM 24K Golden Torpedo cigar’s premium tobacco is wrapped in 24K Italian gold leaves, which can be savoured, smoked, and chewed as you move the unique flavours around your palate.
Angelito Araneta Jr’s golden sushi is made of Japanese rice, Norwegian pink salmon, sea cucumber, mango, foie gras, crab, wild saffron, and butter mayonnaise, with an addition of Italian balsamic vinegar and Muscovado sugar. Being finished off with Palawan pearls and diamonds and gold leaf wrapper meant that Guinness had to recognise this sushi as the most expensive sushi dish ever.
TWG, the Singapore-based tea manufacturer, decided to give tea the gold standard by offering the Yellow Gold Tea Buds. The tea buds are harvested using golden shears and then painted with 24K gold. This means that you get the unique floral and metallic flavours which you would never find in any normal tea.