Friday, September 11, 2009
Vom Fass - From the Cask
Aromacookery and I chanced upon this shop called Vom Fass up on the fourth level of ION Orchard. We were intrigued by the glass balloons and casks, so we sauntered in for a look. Oh my, it was very hard to leave after that. This place is an epicurean treasure trove of gourmet oils, fruit vinegars, liquers and wines!
"Vom Fass" means "from the cask". It's a German-based franchise brought in by Stefan and Phyllis Kromat who are very friendly and enthusiastic. The concept here is for people to sample and select the artisanal products they like, and have it freshly decanted into bottles of varying sizes.
Here you have extremely luscious-tasting vinegars - among them forest raspberry, apple matured in oaken barrels, pomegranate balsam, mango balsam, and even beer vinegar! Also on hand are varying qualities of Aceto Balsamico di Moderna.
The specialty oils include argan oil, pistachio oil, flax oil, Styrian pumpkin seed oil (great substitute for sesame oil), avocado oil, grape seed oil, wild rose oil and cedar nut oil (which apparently clears eczema in 20 minutes flat). Many of these are rich in Omega oils and vitamins. I loved how the oils smelled so pure.
The oils and vinegars taste exquisite on their own but when you pair them together, you have a whole new experience! The permutations are mind-boggling.
There's also truffle oil (white truffles from Alba), high quality olive oils and even cep oil.
The brightly coloured liquers, cocktails are very eye-catching. If you like grappa, they have several kinds here.
Right on the top shelf is Absinthe! The powerful drink that drove artists and literati to great heights of inspiration and/or madness. Once banned, now available again! Take it mixed with water or champagne. Whether truly hallucinogenic or not, at 55% vol, it sure is a potent drink!
I almost wanted to take home this whole row of cream liquers - Whiskey Cream, Tiramisu, Vanilla Dream and Latte. Imagine how wonderful these would be poured over ice cream or into coffee. Phyllis let us try Vanilla Dream mixed with Styrian Pumpkin Seed oil. Sounds odd? It's an amazing trip for your tastebuds!
In the barrels, they have whiskies, brandies, rum and sherries (Irish single malt, Cognac, Scotch, Armagnac, etc).
They are very helpful with recipes and suggestions on how to use the products. You can find out more recipes online at the U.S. website. The staff here truly know their stuff.
I love their bottles. They have plain ones too, from 100ml onwards.
They also have wonderfully quirky and fun bottles that make great gifts or party favours. Am still thinking about which oils and vinegars to buy (must bring family here to see what they like). Admittedly, these specialty products are not cheap but good quality never is.
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