Now you see it, now you don't. One of the more innovative dishes at this year's FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen came from an unexpected source – a cruise line.
Royal Caribbean's "vanishing noodles," by all appearances, is a luscious twist of udon noodles, ready to wrap around your fork. The surprise comes when a savory hot chicken broth is poured over them. The noodles dissolve among an array of delicacies including Neuske bacon, sous vide capon, black truffles and root vegetables. The melting noodles themselves are made with an emulsion of duck liver, cream and chicken broth and they melt before your eyes as well as in your mouth.
The noodle that isn't a noodle joined an array of other strange yet delicious dishes at Aspen's Wonderland party, inspired by Royal Caribbean International's new restaurant of the same name. One example: taffy balloons on a string, infused with flavored helium. Party goers popped the balloon with their mouths, inhaling the helium for a refreshing jolt of green apple infusion.