Last week, I mentioned in a post on my Hong Kong Top Bars project, a bar that uses Sonic Prep for some of it’s infusions. This little piece of equipment is one of the many fantastic clinical grade preparation tools being peddled by Polyscience for use in the molecular gastronomy/mixology wave that is so popular these days. The sonic prep is of particular interest to me because the basis of it’s operation, the cavitation of bubbles, was the field of study of my faculty advisor back in college. Continue Reading
In one of my older posts, I went over the history of the martini, and it just so happens, one of the challenges for the Hong Kong finalists in the Diageo World Class cocktail competition is to make a cocktail which embodies the Martini Experience. This challenge happened to be one of the subcategories we were able to choose from for those in the summer round of the semifinals, and like I mentioned in my post regarding my development process, it was one category I didn’t want to do. Unfortunately this time it was mandatory, so I put my *cough* brilliant *cough* mind to the task. Continue Reading
Quinary is something of a household name here in Hong Kong, especially among those who value a good tipple or two. The brainchild of Antonio Lai, this Quinary takes its name from it’s mission: to tease and tantalize the 5 senses through the use of various molecular preparations. Those familiar with the techniques will see various staples of the molecular gastronomy arsenal; spherification, foams, sonic prep infusions, and slow cooked infusion via a sous vide machine. Not so common in the gastronomy world but more so for mixology is the use of redistillation through a rotary evaporator, and carbonation with a Perlini shaker.
Oh and did I mention that Quinary was voted one of the world’s top 50 bars? The success and popularity of Quinary lies beyond it’s provocative drinks, and is instead due to that intangible that any great bar has. The bartenders are always up for some fun and a bit of banter, the clientele exude that high-octane adrenaline that so defines the finance industry in Hong Kong, the furnishing is a seamless blend of modernist steel and concrete, and old-world leather lounge chairs. The music is, while not of unique character, suitable to get that heady, out-and-about feeling, especially during peak hours, when the Quinary fills up with the rich, famous, and gorgeous.