The Garden Eatery at Tea Gardens Country Club enters Perfect Plate statewide competition

Creamy Garlic Chicken, the Perfect Plate dish entry from The Garden Eatery at Tea Gardens Country Club.

CULINARY climaxes do not come much finer than the Creamy Garlic Chicken dish that The Garden Eatery at Tea Gardens Country Club has entered into the 2023 Perfect Plate Awards.

Run by Clubs NSW, the competition covers several categories and regions, and anyone can vote by purchasing the dish, scanning a QR-code, inputting some details and a receipt photo, while simultaneously entering the draw to win a $100 dining voucher, or a ‘Foodie Getaway’ for two worth up to $3,500.

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Jenny, Ly, and the team at The Garden Eatery are back to win in 2023, after their inaugural entry last year, the delectable Mongolian Beef, won second place in the Hunter Valley Regional, and third among all Small Clubs state-wide, clearly punching well above their weight.

“We were very happy, and genuinely surprised, to win two awards last year,” Jenny told NOTA.

“It was the unwavering loyalty and support of the people in town that got us there.”

And this year’s dish?

“Fresh garlic and onion are sautéed until golden brown, white wine added, and slowly reduced to give it depth, with the cream,” described Ly, the designer of the dish.

“It is Ly’s own design this year, and we have great confidence in the artistry and quality that goes into the food,” Jenny told NOTA.

With a sauce that expertly harnesses the tang of garlic and tempers it with a creamy, French-inspired design, the dish is composed of copious precision-cut pieces of tender chicken, and a modest medley of vegetables.

Each element retains its identity, while also perfectly harmonising into the overall flavour, evoking a warm, welcome comfort, perfect for a chilly winter’s night, reminding you of the satisfaction of when things… just… work.

Although the Creamy Garlic Chicken is guilt-free and sinless, one risks finding oneself digging in with two spoons, indulging in the endorphin-inducing goodness.

The competition is now open for voting, ending 9 July, with a Country Club Members’ special including jasmine rice for just $25.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

Dish creator Ly delivering to another satisfied customer.

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