[This is a scheduled post]
Right now, I’m in Bangkok probably scarfing down a bowl of delish beef noodles from Nuer Koo. Or have just, or am going to. Check my Instagram to see what I’ve been doing! I thought it’ll be ironic to post about the most expensive food in the world while I’m in one of the countries with the cheapest and most delightful street foods. Enjoy.
1. Luxe Gold Cupcakes | Cost: S$1,550
When Food Network does something, they do it right. Their Luxe Gold cupcake is filled with peach and champagne jam and has a dollop of buttercream made with Chateau Yquem. It’s also wrapped in 24 carat gold leaf and is guarded by a velvet rope and personal body guard.
2. Chef Angelito Araneta Jr.’s Sushi | Cost: S$2,496
Filipino chef Angelito Araneta Jr. has turned sushi into jewellery. Araneta earned the Guinness World Record for the most expensive sushi for sushis wrapped in 24-karat gold leaf with three Mikimoto pearls and a 0.24 carat diamond each.
3. Pizza Royale 007 | Cost: S$3,785
The 12 inch pizza pie comes with a mixture of world’s most expensive ingredients such as: caviar soaked in Dom Perignon champagne, Scottish smoked salmon, lobster marinated in cognac, venison medallions, the finest prosciutto and vintage balsamic vinegar. Above everything else it comes with a significant amount of edible 24-carat gold flakes as topping.
4. FleurBurger | Cost: S$6,308
This tasty piece of culinary jewelry contains Wagyu beef, foie gras, shaved black truffles and truffle sauce. It’s served on a brioche truffle bun.
In the price is also included a bottle of Chateau Petrus, the vintage 1995 to be exact which has a price tag of around $2,500 and I’m pretty sure the fries are also included.
5. Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence Dessert | Cost: S$18,293
Available on special request at The Fortress, a Sri Lankan luxury hotel, this dessert consists of an Italian Cassata with gold leaf and Irish cream, mango and pomegranate compote, and a champagne based sabayon enlighten. Also on the plate is a miniature chocolate fisherman sculpture hanging onto a stilt. Underneath him is an 80 carat aquamarine. At $14,500, this dessert pays special tribute to the Sri Lankan pastime of stilt fishing. And if you order this dish, the jewel is your reward.
6. Yubari King Melon | Cost: S$25,232
Yubari is to melons what Kobe is to beef. The Japanese city has become famous for a particularly tasty melon cultivar that’s a cross between two cantaloupe varieties. Known as the Yubari King, this orange-fleshed melon is prized for its juicy sweetness as well as its beautiful proportions. Yubari King melons are often sold in perfectly matched pairs and are a highly prized gift sure to impress a host or employer.
7. Iranian Beluga Caviar – Almas | Cost: S$35,324
At present, and with the sturgeon in danger of extinction, white caviar has become a rare delicacy, exclusive and scarce. This variety comes from the albino beluga sturgeon that lives in the Caspian Sea, mainly in the unpolluted areas near Iran. Although this fish usually lives more than 100 years, there are very few of the albino variety left in the wild since the lack of melanin is a genetic disorder that only affects a few members of the species. This explains why their eggs have become the most sophisticated and expensive food in the world. The white eggs are obtained from specimens more than 100 years old. As the sturgeon gets older, their eggs are more elegant, smooth, aromatic and delicious with a spongier texture. The most expensive is the exclusive variety called Almas, which in Russian means “diamond”, and its price is almost as high as that of the precious gemstone.
8. Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel Pudding | Cost: S$44,155
Chef Marc Guilbert layers the flamboyant pudding with a light biscuit joconde and champagne jelly, infused with peach, orange and whiskey. The 3″ by 3″ pudding is then encased in an outer coating made of bitter dark Belgian chocolate, glazed with edible gold leaf and handmade flowers.
Called the ‘Frozen Haute Chocolate’ the chocolate sundae is made from a blend of 28 cocoas from all around the world, infused with five grams of edible 23-karat gold and served in a goblet lined with more edible gold. But the cherry on the top is a two-carat diamond, supplied by the award-winning Wave Jewellery. The dessert also contains an £18,000 gold bracelet and a gold spoon set with white diamonds.
9. White Truffles | Cost: S$416,315
Truffles are rare. The white ones are only available a couple of months of the year, almost exclusively from one part of Italy, where they must be foraged by special pigs, and there are fewer of them, and of lesser quality, every year. They are, in short, the perfect luxury commodity, precious and getting more so all the time.
There’s no question that white truffles have a unique aroma – a combination of newly plowed soil, fall rain, burrowing earthworms and the pungent memory of lost youth and old love affairs.
I was lucky enough to have eaten a significant amount of white truffle some years back. Compared to black truffles, they are definitely more intense and aromatic.
10. Strawberries Arnaud | Cost: S$4,983,162
Co-owner of Arnaud’s in New Orleans, Katy Casbarian, explains that the historic New Orleans restaurant partnered years ago with MS Rau antiques on a proposal package that includes their signature Strawberries Arnaud dessert and a diamond ring. While the original 4.71 carat ring is no longer available, it has been replaced with a 7.09 carat pink diamond to accompany the dish of strawberries served in a marinade of port, red wine, spices and citrus with vanilla ice cream.
Have you had the privilege to taste any of these dishes? If you haven’t would you drop a couple of grand for a meal? I might, for the bracelet or the diamond ring.