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omy.sg and Wanbao Festive Gourmet Food Trail – Shin Yeh Restaurant (欣叶台菜) and Fairmont Hotel Szechuan Court

By , November 16, 2011 2:11 pm

I attended a second feast event last Saturday, organised by omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao, together with omy Blog Club bloggers, Goh Yong Wei and Kiyomi Lim.

This time, we feasted at Shin Yeh Restaurant (欣叶台菜) and Fairmont Hotel Szechuan Court. The previous feast was at Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace (义安城翡翠皇宫) and Swissotel Merchant Court.

The event is a special collaboration with eight well-known restaurants, together with veterian food critic Ah Lun (黄卓伦), tasked with bringing a group of readers on an exclusive festive gourmet food trail for four consecutive Saturdays.

We visited Shin Yeh Restaurant first for a Chinese New Year meal and Szechuan Court next for a Christmas meal. To find out more about the event, you can check out omy.sg’s event report.

The Chinese New Year menu at Shin Yeh consists of:

风生水起: 腾龙大鱼生 Fortune Yu Sheng

大鹏展翅: 台式佛跳墙 Taiwan-style “Buddha Jump Over Wall”

年年有余: 树子蒸筍壳 Steamed Marble Goby with Small Olives

金凤迎春: 乌龙茶蒸鸡 Smoked Chicken with Premium Oolong Tea

祥瑞迎福: 红豆椰香雪花冰 Red Beans over Shaved Coconut Ices and Yam Cubes

Surprise Dish 1: Wok-fried Prawn Balls with Fresh Lily Bulbs and Gingko Nuts

Surprise Dish 2: Glutinous Rice Balls coated with Ground Peanuts (Muah Chee)

Shin Yeh Restaurant, specialising in quality Taiwanese cuisine

Shin Yeh Restaurant, specialising in quality Taiwanese cuisine

Fortune Yu Sheng

Fortune Yu Sheng

Lo hei!

Lo hei!

Chef welcome

Chef welcome

Shin Yeh chefs joined in too for the lo hei

Shin Yeh chefs joined in too for the lo hei

Budhha Jump over Wall - Double-boiled Shark's Fin with Abalone, Pig's Stomach, Chicken, Scallop and Sea Cucumber in Casserole

Budhha Jump over Wall - Double-boiled Shark's Fin with Abalone, Pig's Stomach, Chicken, Scallop and Sea Cucumber

Lots of good stuff in the soup

Lots of good stuff in the soup

Orange peeling competition

Orange peeling competition

Steamed Marble Goby

Steamed Marble Goby

Smoked Chicken with Premium Oolong Tea

Smoked Chicken with Premium Oolong Tea

Wok-fried prawn balls with lily bulbs

Wok-fried prawn balls with lily bulbs

Taiwan Muah Chee

Taiwan Muah Chee

Award-winning Taiwan-style Red Beans over Shaved Coconut Ice and Yam Cubes

Award-winning Taiwan-style Red Beans over Shaved Coconut Ice and Yam Cubes

Chef thank you

Chef thank you

The Christmas menu at Szechuan Court consists of:

前菜~ 冬季椎茸凉拌菜 Winter Salad

热汤~ 鲍肚滋补养颜汤 Abalone Soup

海鲜~ 圣诞浓酱烧鳕鱼 Christmas Codfish

主菜~ 四川秘制干葱鸡 Szechuan Chicken

三甜品~ 杨枝甘露+麻辣雪糕+寒冬清汤 Desert Platter

Surprise Dish: Christmas Cake

Chef welcome

Chef welcome

Winter salad

Winter salad

Abalone soup, filled with other goodies like the dried oyster in the picture

Abalone soup, filled with other goodies like the dried oyster in the picture

Christmas codfish

Christmas codfish

Stage game where contestants have to pick mahjong tiles from a tank of icy water

Stage game where contestants have to pick mahjong tiles from a tank of icy water

Szechuan chicken with yellow rice

Szechuan chicken with yellow rice

Very beautiful desert platter

Very beautiful desert platter

First time I tried Chili Ice Cream!

First time I tried Chili Ice Cream!

Chef introducing his surprise dish

Chef introducing his surprise dish

A Christmas cake to round up the day

A Christmas cake to round up the day

If you are interested to join this food trail, registration is still open for the remaining sessions on 19 and 26 Nov at $108 per pax or $88 per pax if you register in a group of 2 or more.

阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃 – Part 4 of 5: Straits Café @ Rendezvous Hotel and 马城阿一海鲜

By , May 19, 2011 11:01 am
Happy diners at the fourth Ah Lun food trail

Happy diners at the fourth Ah Lun food trail

In a special collaboration with ten well-known restaurants, omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao, together with veterian food critic Ah Lun (黄卓伦) brought a group of readers on exclusive gourmet food trails for five consecutive Saturdays.

Each week, a group of 80+ readers visited two restaurants together with Ah Lun to sample their signature dishes as well as specially created dishes, not available on the restaurants’ menu.

Other than eating, participants also had the rare opportunities to meet with the restaurants’ chefs, some of them even sharing a few cooking tips on the spot.

For the fourth event, I attended the food trail together with fellow bloggers, Yong Wei and Mint Leong.

We visited the Straits Café @ Rendezvous Hotel for the first session and Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant at Turf City (马城阿一海鲜) for the latter session.

Here’s the menu for the first stop:

养颜甘榜鸡汤
菊花香露鳕鱼
芒果妈蜜鸡卷
鸿运糟香排骨
Surprise Dishes: Signature laksa, Durian cake, Almond jelly with sea coconut

I enjoyed the Marmite mango chicken and their signature, award-winning laksa. The food at Straits Cafe are generally quite simple, hence it’s harder to be particularly fond of any dishes.

Guests flowing into Straits Cafe

Guests flowing into Straits Cafe

Guests all settled, waiting for food to be served

Guests all settled, waiting for food to be served

养颜甘榜鸡汤

养颜甘榜鸡汤

菊花香露鳕鱼

菊花香露鳕鱼

芒果妈蜜鸡卷

芒果妈蜜鸡卷

鸿运糟香排骨

鸿运糟香排骨

Straits Cafe's award-winning laksa

Straits Cafe's award-winning laksa

Durian cake

Durian cake

Almond jelly with sea coconut

Almond jelly with sea coconut

Straits Cafe head chef greeting everyone

Straits Cafe head chef greeting everyone

Yong Wei participating in one of the games

Yong Wei participating in one of the games

Moving on to Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant at Turf City, here’s the menu at the second stop:

白玉藏珍炖翅裙
玉树麒麟星斑球
松荔茸香酥大鸭
鲜蟹肉片儿汤面
Surprise Dishes: Golden coin meat and Salted egg yolk kueh

The two surprise dishes were really memorable. Both items are not available on their regular menu, but I think they will be crowd favourites if introduced. The head chef must have put in a lot of effort to design and craft these two dishes.

I enjoyed all the other dishes as well. Each aesthetically pleasing and rich in flavour. This is definitely one of the best menu I have sampled so far for this food trail.

Kudos to the head chef and the staff at Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant.

白玉藏珍炖翅裙

白玉藏珍炖翅裙

玉树麒麟星斑球

玉树麒麟星斑球

松荔茸香酥大鸭

松荔茸香酥大鸭

Yam filling with a piece of duck meat at the bottom

Yam filling with a piece of duck meat at the bottom

Cooking demo by the head chef

Cooking demo by the head chef

Making wanton skin soup

Making wanton skin soup

鲜蟹肉片儿汤面

鲜蟹肉片儿汤面

Golden coin meat, skewered with an asparagus, liver and prawn

Golden coin meat, skewered with an asparagus, liver and prawn

Salted egg layered kueh - my favourite dish

Salted egg layered kueh - my favourite dish

Yong Wei loves the kueh just as much

Yong Wei loves the kueh just as much

I really love this - the coconut kueh and salted egg blended really well

The coconut kueh and salted egg blended really well

Mint participating in one of the stage games

Mint participating in one of the stage games

A toast to all

A toast to all

Lucky draw winner

Lucky draw winner

To read about the previous Ah Lun food trails:

Part 1: Crystal Jade Korean BBQ and East Ocean Teochew Restaurant

Part 2: Mandarin Court Chinese Restaurantand Lao Beijing

Part 3: Long Beach King and Marina Mandarin Peach Blossoms

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阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃 – Part 3 of 5: 长堤海霸王海鲜酒楼 and 滨华酒店 鸿桃轩

By , May 3, 2011 11:37 am

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , In a special collaboration with ten well-known restaurants, omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao, together with veterian food critic Ah Lun (黄卓伦) will be bringing a group of readers on an exclusive gourmet food trail for five consecutive Saturdays.

Each week, a group of 80+ readers will visit two restaurants together with Ah Lun to sample their signature dishes as well as specially created dishes, not available on the restaurants’ menu.

Other than eating, participants will also have the rare opportunities to meet with the restaurants’ chef who will be answering questions and even sharing a few cooking tips on the spot.

Last Saturday was the third event. I attended the food trail together with fellow bloggers, Cherie Lee and Calvin Timothy.

We visited Long Beach King (长堤海霸王海鲜酒楼) at Kallang for the first session and Peach Blossoms at Marina Mandarin (滨华酒店 鸿桃轩) for the latter session.

Here’s the menu for the first stop:

莺歌活龙虾
蒜蓉圣旨王
丽影凤翅
东坡骨
冷热甜品 杏仁露+黑糯米雪糕+千丝猫山王榴梿卷
Surprise Dishes: Cuttlefish with fried Kang Kong, Fried Hor Fun with Seafood

I particularly like their award-wining chicken wing, pork ribs and Mao Shang Wang (猫山王) durian dessert.

The fried, crispy Kang Kong vegetable and fried, crispy Hor Fun were both delightful surprises. This style of cooking is not available in the regular menu, but are available upon request when ordering. Next time you head down to a Long Beach restaurant, do try ordering them. 🙂

The hosts, Ah Lun and Xiao Peng introducing the head chef at Long Beach King

The hosts, Ah Lun and Xiao Peng introducing the head chef at Long Beach King

莺歌活龙虾

莺歌活龙虾

Ah Lun mingling with the participants as the food was served

Ah Lun mingling with the participants as the food was served

蒜蓉圣旨王

蒜蓉圣旨王

丽影凤翅

丽影凤翅

东坡骨

东坡骨

Introducing the surprise dishes

Introducing the surprise dishes

Cuttlefish with fried kang kong which tasted like crunchy Japanese seaweed

Cuttlefish with fried kang kong which tasted like crunchy Japanese seaweed

Delightful seafood hor fun, whereby half of the hor fun was fried

Delightful seafood hor fun, whereby half of the hor fun was fried

冷热甜品 杏仁露+黑糯米雪糕+千丝猫山王榴梿卷

冷热甜品 杏仁露+黑糯米雪糕+千丝猫山王榴梿卷

千丝猫山王榴梿卷

千丝猫山王榴梿卷

杏仁露+黑糯米雪糕

杏仁露+黑糯米雪糕

Salute to this 81 year old grandma who has worked with Long Beach for eons

Salute to this 81 year old grandma who has worked with Long Beach for eons

All the chefs came out to greet everyone

All the chefs came out to greet everyone

Moving on to Marina Mandarin, here’s the menu for the day from their Peach Blossoms Restaurant:

海鲜鱼翅瓜汤
XO带子花枝片
艳丽麒麟鲈鱼
霸王海鲜炒饭
Surprise Dishes: Dang Gui Chicken, Chilled Mango Sago & Pomelo with Lime Sherbet

The dishes I enjoyed here were the two surprise dishes. The other items were more ordinary, with lavish ingredient.

At Marina Mandarin

At Marina Mandarin

Menu for the day

Menu for the day

海鲜鱼翅瓜汤

海鲜鱼翅瓜汤

XO带子花枝片

XO带子花枝片

艳丽麒麟鲈鱼

艳丽麒麟鲈鱼

霸王海鲜炒饭

霸王海鲜炒饭

Cooking demonstration by the head chef

Cooking demonstration by the head chef

Dang Gui Chicken

Dang Gui Chicken

Cherie and Calvin bonding over Dang Gui Chicken

Cherie and Calvin bonding over Dang Gui Chicken

Chilled Mango Sago & Pomelo with Lime Sherbet

Chilled Mango Sago & Pomelo with Lime Sherbet

Various stage games

Various stage games

Ah Lun bonding with the participants

Ah Lun bonding with the participants

Cherie and Calvin

Cherie and Calvin

Group picture of the working crew

Group picture of the working crew

Registration for the food trail is priced at $75 per pax or $58 per pax if you register in a group of 2 to 3 pax. All the slots for the remaining sessions have been fully booked. Nonetheless, you can stay tuned to omy.sg’s Ah Lun’s food column for more reports and photos of the events. :)

To read about the previous Ah Lun food trails:

Part 1: Crystal Jade Korean BBQ and East Ocean Teochew Restaurant

Part 2: Mandarin Court Chinese Restaurantand Lao Beijing

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