When Fusing Sweet and Savoury Lead to Surprising Success

Sample savoury dishes that get a sweet lift with the addition of fruits

Issue: Oct 2015

Savoury dishes can get a sweet lift with the addition of fruits in the recipe
Savoury dishes can get a sweet lift with the addition of fruits in the recipe

The most memorable dishes are often the result of unexpected contrasts of textures, flavours and tastes. That is why adding fruits to savoury dishes can be surprisingly successful.

We trawl our malls to bring you creative dishes that pair the sweet and salty perfectly. Here is our haul.

1. Through the Grape Vine

Cyperian Affair is a salad that marries the sweetness of grapes with creamy haloumi cheese, and crunchy walnuts and arugula to deliver a riot of tastes
Cyperian Affair is a salad that marries the sweetness of grapes with creamy haloumi cheese, and crunchy walnuts and arugula to deliver a riot of tastes
Photo credit: Arteastiq

Arteastiq is a lifestyle boutique which combines a tea house with a painting studio. Its name is a play on words and means ‘the art of teasing’ or ‘the art of tea that makes you tick’. Its starter selection, romantically named ‘The Lighter Sides of Love’, features Cyperian Affair, which delivers a riot of tastes – creamy haloumi cheese, crunchy walnuts, arugula, and a burst of sweetness from grapes. Mediterranean on a plate can’t taste any yummier.

2. Promising Pomegranate

Imagine you are in Persia when you enjoy the Zeytoon Parvardeh Salad, where olives are served in a pomegranate sauce with walnut and real pomegranate bits
Imagine you are in Persia when you enjoy the Zeytoon Parvardeh Salad, where olives are served in a pomegranate sauce with walnut and real pomegranate bits
Photo credit: Shiraz Restaurant

Shiraz Restaurant almost transports you to Persia for an exotic dining experience complete with Persian music and live belly dancing. Enjoy a Zeytoon Parvardeh Salad, where olives are served in a pomegranate sauce with walnut and fresh pomegranate bits.

<em>Kufteh-Ye Anar-O Pesteh </em>may be a mouthful to pronounce but you will not regret ordering this dish of lamb meatballs with pomegranate sauce
Kufteh-Ye Anar-O Pesteh may be a mouthful to pronounce but you will not regret ordering this dish of lamb meatballs with pomegranate sauce that brings out the best in this favourite fruit of Persia
Photo credit: Shiraz Restaurant

Photo credit: Shiraz Restaurant

Then, order the Kufteh-Ye Anar-O Pesteh. This is ground minced lamb meatballs flavoured with spices and drizzled with pomegranate sauce with crunchy pistachio. The sweet sauce, nutty side and fragrant meat form a delicious Middle Eastern medley. .

3. Apple of Your Eye

Instead of the usual pork and plum sauce, Sauteed Apple Sauce Pork Ribs gives the European pairing of apples and pork an Asian spin
Instead of the usual pork and plum sauce, Sauteed Apple Sauce Pork Ribs gives the European pairing of apples and pork an Asian spin
Photo credit: Mouth Restaurant

You can count on Mouth Restaurant for your classic Cantonese fix. In their fruity offering, they give the traditional European pairing of apples and pork a distinctive Asian spin. Instead of the usual sweet and sour pork with sweet plum sauce, Mouth Restaurant offers pork ribs sautéed till they are just a little crisp on the edges and coated in a tart golden apple sauce.

4. Latch on to Lychee

Lychee Kurobuta Pork Rib Meat uses the Asian fruit to bring out the best in this top-grade pork
Lychee Kurobuta Pork Rib Meat uses the Asian fruit to bring out the best in this top-grade pork
Photo credit: Mouth Restaurant

Mouth Restaurant’s sauteed kurobuta pork with lychee is a dish where the juxtaposition of tastes is done right. Kurobuta is the highly prized pork from Black Berkshire pigs raised in Japan. The meat is especially sweet, delicate and juicy. The delicate sweetness of the lychee truly brings out the flavour of the top-grade pork.

5. Berry Berry Good

Enjoy the fruity zest of Zereshk Polo with Chicken, a medley of Basmati rice mixed with barberries and sprinkled with pistachio
Enjoy the fruity zest of Zereshk Polo with Chicken, a medley of Basmati rice mixed with barberries and sprinkled with pistachio served with tender juicy saffron chicken
Photo credit: Shiraz Restaurant

Berries are often called super fruits, and for good reason. Full of nutrients, antioxidants, and polyphenols, they help fight chronic diseases and are known to keep heart disease and cancer at bay. At Shiraz Restaurant, you can have berries in two ways. The Zereshk Polo with Chicken is a tender juicy saffron chicken on a bed of fragrant Basmati rice mixed with barberries and sprinkled with fresh pistachio while the Marasah Polo with Chicken is succulent chicken baked with saffron rice and mixed with assorted almond and cashew, orange peel, apricot, berries, and a sprinkle of pistachio.

6. Orange You Hungry?

You are on a roll with the Beijing’s Dynasty-Duck Pancake that takes the traditional pairing of duck and orange to thrilling heights
You are on a roll with the Beijing’s Dynasty-Duck Pancake that takes the traditional pairing of duck and orange to thrilling heights with an orange caramel sauce that lifts the taste and fragrance of the dish
Photo credit: Arteastiq

Orange and duck make an exquisite culinary couple. Arteastiq’s Beijing’s Dynasty-Duck Pancake is duck confit with crepes in an orange caramel sauce and greens. Because the meat is slow cooked, it is remarkably tender while retaining all its flavour.

Dine with us:

Arteastiq
www.arteastiq.com
Plaza Singapura #03-70-72

Mouth Restaurant
www.mouth.com.sg
Plaza Singapura #02-01

Shiraz Restaurant
www.shirazfnb.com
Clarke Quay 3A #01-05

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