The world’s most expensive stir fry was unveiled in Manchester this week, just in time for Chinese New Year.
The recipe has been created by award-winning chef Lisa Tse MBE, CEO of the Sweet Mandarin restaurant in the Northern Quarter, together with cooking brand Circulon, and features luxury ingredients including wagyu beef, rare shimej mushrooms, lobster, truffles and premium whisky.
The record-breaking ‘Chinese surf and turf’ dish takes an hour and a half to prepare, has 26 ingredients and takes 30-40 minutes to cook. The ingredients cost £437, or diners can really splash out by trying it in the restaurant where it will set them back a cool £1,000 and require 48 hours notice. The price is based on a serving for two people.
Sweet Mandarin, which was voted by Gordon Ramsay’s F Word programme as the best local Chinese in the UK, came up with the extravagant recipe to celebrate the Year of the Dog which starts on Friday.
“Everyone loves surf and turf, and this has to be the most indulgent, and in my view, best combo!” said Lisa. “It’s perfect to celebrate Chinese New Year or even to have this Valentine’s Day.”
The dish consists of beautifully marbled wagyu beef, which costs an eye-watering £115 for 500g, marinaded in hoi sin sauce, whisky, sesame oil, fresh rosemary and salt. It’s served with tempura sweet chilli lobster, with shimeji mushroom, sweetcorn egg fried rice infused with black truffle chilli oil.
Lisa has also created a more price friendly version of the recipe for those who want to recreate the dish at home for the more modest sum of £48.80.