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Taste of Asia for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Taste of Asia at Luminare was one of the highlights of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and a great cause to support in Blue Dragon. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience this stunning event featuring top chefs of Melbourne.

Taste of Asia brought together some of the biggest names in the industry to curate an Asian feast for a cause to benefit the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation - a charity supporting disadvantaged youth and victims of human trafficking in Vietnam.
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Amazing cocktails from Four Pillars Gin.
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Nori crisp with tuna, kingfish, green onion, togarashi, konbu rice craker from Sake restaurant. 
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The dinner featured creative Asian inspired dishes from Spice Temple, Coda, Lucy Liu, Sake Restaurant & Bar and Mama’s Buoi, with bespoke cocktails from Four Pillars gin and wines from Adelaide Hills staple Shaw and Smith. 

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Awesome location with sweeping views of Melbourne. Mario taking a snap on his phone.

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There were big name chefs attending to personally prepare their dishes, including Coda’s Adam D S’ylva and his yellow duck curry with jasmin rice and taro chips and Lucy Lui’s Michael Lambie and his rare breed sticky pork belly with red nam jim and young coconut salad. 

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Sushi nigri from Sake was stunning.

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The night was hosted by Nathan Earl and Chris Taylor, part of the alumni founders of the “The Chaser’s War on Everything” (did their homework on Melbourne) and more recently, the popular TV show “Plonk.” Held at Luminere, the space was styled by the Style and Co. with guests being transported to the Asian tropics through rich green foliage and bold pops of colour!

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Conviviality and style.

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Michael Brosowski the founder of Blue Dragon gave an inspirational speech about this extraordinary charity and the work they do in changing lives for the better. He spoke on the importance of food in breaking down barriers, eg pho in Vietnam.

Blue Dragon is an Australian NGO that reaches out to kids in crisis throughout Vietnam. Our residential facilities, centres, and programs give children and youth a new chance in life: the chance to have a home, a good education, and a happy, stable life. We aim to break the poverty cycle by offering education, training, and job opportunities to those who need them the most: street kids, child victims of trafficking, and the rural poor.

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Lucy Liu thrilled diners with its yellowfin tuna tataki with pickled papaya salad, ginger wasabi and guacamole. It also impressed with its Sticky pork belly with red chilli dressing.

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Mama's Buoi served up a stunning butter fried quail sautéed in butter served with soy dressing.

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A highlight was the Roasted yellow duck curry, jasmine rice, taro chips from Coda.

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Spice Temple was also on hand with its Steamed market fish, jiangxi style 47 pickled greens, salted chilli and sesame.

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Spice Temple served up some choice greens with Steamed Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce and fried garlic.

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Desserts were on song with Caramel chocolate and peanut parfait from Spice Temple (above) and Vietnamese coffee creme brulee (below) served with a caramel crust from Mama's Buoi.

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This was an epic night, made even richer with the inspiration of Blue Dragon and their work.