Last time, we gave a rundown of some famous recipes that use gold as an ingredient. Both dishes claimed New York as their birthplace. This time, we go across the pond to see what England is cooking. As home to the world’s foremost authority on gold pricing, their chefs are definitely giving New York’s a run for their money (or gold, as the case may be).
Wagyu Meat Pie: This super savory pie was only made once in 2005, but you could probably get one for yourself if you can afford it. The party of eight that ordered this custom-made pie at the Fence Gate Inn in the UK certainly had fine taste. The pie uses six pounds of Wagyu beef as a base, then mixes in an assortment of Chinese matsutake mushrooms, Winter Black truffles, and French Bluefoot mushrooms. These incredibly rare ingredients are then smothered in a rich gravy made with two bottles of vintage 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild wine. Once cooked, the entire pie is garnished with a layer of gold leaf. This is definitely a golden gut-buster!
Cost: about $1,781 per slice, or $14,260 for the whole pie
Samundari Khazana: The name of this Indian curry dish aptly translates to “Seafood Treasure.” Chef Prahlad Hegde of the Bombay Brasserie in London got the basic idea for the dish from one of his mother’s recipes then kicked it up a notch with the world’s finest ingredients, including a whole Scottish lobster, abalone, Beluga caviar, saffron, truffle shavings, and Devon crab. Portions of the dish (like sections of lobster shell and the hollowed quail eggshells that hold the caviar) are carefully pressed with gold leaf to give the dish even more presentational flair. What inspired chef Hegde to push this curry dish to the limits of luxury? The DVD release of Slumdog Millionaire, believe it or not.