From 11 May to 20 June 2019, Cucina is delighted to introduce white asparagus – a seasonal delicacy to ring in the summer. Discover the sweetness of freshly-harvested German white asparagus, through seven exceptional dishes crafted by Chef Andrea Delzanno.
White asparagus is found across Europe, but the German variety is especially prized – Chef Andrea has chosen the AAA size German white asparagus for its supreme taste and rarity. “The quality and aroma of white asparagus varies from region to region due to the different soils and weather patterns that effect harvesting. I love to select German white asparagus because of its sweetness and plump size,” Chef Andrea explains.
Chef Andrea believes the best way to savour white asparagus is to serve it raw. Raw White Asparagus Salad with Hokkaido Scallop Tartar, Yuzu Caviar and Beetroot (HK$288), a light and refreshing appetizer that enhances the aromatic qualities of the “royal vegetable”. The white asparagus is paired with sashimi-graded Hokkaido Scallop and fresh beetroot, while the yuzu caviar adds a bit of flavorful acidity to the dish.
Another highlight is the Risotto with White Asparagus, Raw Scampi, Egg Yolk Cream and Parmigiano (HK$408). The creamy risotto is made with classic Parmigiano cheese and egg yolk cream, served on top of white asparagus and fresh New Zealand scampi, hidden as small cubes underneath the risotto. The creaminess and light aroma of the egg enhances the distinctive flavor of white asparagus.
The main course of Iberian Pork Shoulder “Secreto”, Spiced Balsamic Glaze, White Asparagus (HK$408) utilizes the rarely used Iberian Pork Shoulder. The tender pork is paried beautifully with the distinctive taste of white asparagus, with savory-sweet balsamic glaze.
Other must-try dishes include Poached White Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce and Parma Ham (HK$328), White Asparagus Cream Soup with Lobster and Chive (HK$228), Linguine with Garlic, Olive Oil , Chili, White Asparagus, Crab Meat and Sakura Shrimps (HK$388) and Baked Alaskan Black Cod with White Asparagus, Salmon Roe and Baby Potatoes (HK$428)
Available once a year, the white asparagus menu is available from 11 May to 20 June 2019 during lunch and dinner periods. For enquires or reservations, please call Cucina at +852 2113 0808.
Address: Level 6, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tel: +852 2113 0808 / [email protected]
* Prices are subject to a 10% service charge