Laksa holds a special spot for chef Guillaume Galliot of the three-Michelin-starred classic French restaurant Caprice in Hong Kong. The French chef, who hails from the Loire Valley, has fond memories of tucking into the spicy coconut-based noodle dish during his two-year stint as a sous chef in Raffles Hotel during the mid-2000s.
He says: “I love the touch of Asian spices in the laksa gravy. When I was working in Singapore, I used to eat out a lot with my staff after dinner service and whenever we brought chefs around during their overseas guest stints. We would go to the East Coast area for pepper and chilli crabs, and Lau Pat Sat for local food.”
Galliot will be presenting a French version of laksa, served with quail eggs, hazelnuts and crab poached with vegetables, coriander and sudachi lime. The dish will be paired with a Sauvignon Blanc from Chateau Haut-Brion at one of the four wine dinners he is co-helming with Ocean Restaurant’s chef-patron Olivier Bellin at this year’s Wine Pinnacle Awards, a wine and gastronomy festival by Resorts World Sentosa.
In its second edition, the wine event, which runs from 28 October to 1st November, comprises wine pairing dinners by celebrity chefs, masterclasses, the Wine Industry Symposium for wine and hospitality professionals and the Wine Pinnacle Awards, which recognises the world’s finest wines and wine professionals. The awards are decided by a panel of wine luminaries headed by Master of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee.