#ThirstyThursday: Does Luxury Cognac Go Well With Hawker Fare?

Rémy Martin is on the mission to cast away the ostentatious association to its spirit

A dimly-lit KTV lounge filled with very wealthy businessmen, red-faced and badly singing oldies, comes to mind when the mention of the cognac spirit. In other settings, the brandy is an indicator of power and affluence, where the prestigious either have the tipple on monumental occasions or with polished pairings such as dark chocolates pieces and cheese on crackers.

Ironically, we found ourselves huddled up at Old Changi Aiport Hawker Centre to savour the liquid gold of Rémy Martin cognacs with some Singapore hawker favourites. The goal in mind? To shine the light on the misunderstood spirit, showcasing its versatility that we all can enjoy in venues we love.

Here are five unique pairings we tried:

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3. Rémy Martin XO paired with Hokkien Mee 

Right off the bat, this pairing would have matched up to our reigning satay-Rémy Martin CLUB combi, if not for the lacklustreness of the Hokkien Mee ($4 for small). Featuring mature fruity flavours of plum and candied orange and a hint of a spice and nut, the cognac brought out the sweetness of the springy prawns while allowing the wok hei-ness of the noodle dish linger on in our mouths. Our only gripe is that the noddles were dry, which may have stifled the dishes’ usual distinct flavours. A good deal of greasiness would have balanced out the potency of the cognac well.

Yi Ji Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee, #01-99, Old Airport Road Food Centre

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