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omy.sg and Wanbao Festive Gourmet Food Trail – Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace (义安城翡翠皇宫) and Swissotel Merchant Court

By , November 11, 2011 10:22 am

In a special collaboration with eight 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 festive gourmet food trail for four consecutive Saturdays.

Each week, a group of 80+ readers will visit two restaurants together with Ah Lun to sample their Chinese New Year and Christmas special dishes.

Other than eating, participants were given the rare opportunities to meet with the restaurants’ chef who answered their questions and even shared a few cooking tips on the spot.

Last Saturday was the first event. omy Blog Club bloggers, Stephanie He, Jeanine Quee and Jacqualine Chan were invited to join Ah Lun for the food trail. I was there too as a working staff.

We visited Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace (义安城翡翠皇宫) first for a Chinese New Year meal and Swissotel Merchant Court next for a Christmas meal. The festive bells and whistles came really early for me this year!

To find out more about the event, you can read the bloggers’ reviews; omy.sg’s event report or watch omy.sg’s vodcast coverage.

The Chinese New Year menu at Crystal Jade Palace consists of:
发财鱼生~ 三文鱼大捞生 Salmon Yu Sheng
盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜 Peng Cai
鱼跃龙门 ~ 过桥活鱼 Fish Soup
贺岁双仙 ~ 椰香仙翁米+酒香脆皮煎堆 Desert Platter
Surprise Dish – 八宝饭 Eight Treasures Glutinous Rice

At Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace

At Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace

Yu Sheng to start the day - 发财鱼生~ 三文鱼大捞生

Yu Sheng to start the day - 发财鱼生~ 三文鱼大捞生

Getting ready to lo hei

Getting ready to lo hei

Lo hei aftermath

Lo hei aftermath

Peng Cai! This pot alone cost $428 - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜

Peng Cai! This pot alone cost $428 - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜

Everyone was very happy when the Peng Cai was served

Everyone was very happy when the Peng Cai was served

The Peng Cai was individually portioned so everyone gets a taste of everything inside

The Peng Cai was individually portioned so everyone gets a taste of everything inside

One serving of Peng Cai, with abalone, oyster and other expensive new year goodies

One serving of Peng Cai, with abalone, oyster and other expensive new year goodies

One of the stage games

One of the stage games

Crystal Jade chef demonstrating how to cook a fish soup dish - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜

Crystal Jade chef demonstrating how to cook a fish soup dish - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜

Individual serving portion of the fish soup

Individual serving portion of the fish soup

Jacqualine and her husband making a Chinese lantern

Jacqualine and her husband making a Chinese lantern

Chinese lantern making contest - the little boy won

Chinese lantern making contest - the little boy won

Surprise Dish - Eight Treasure Rice

Surprise Dish - Eight Treasure Rice

Individual serving portion of the Eight Treasure Rice

Individual serving portion of the Eight Treasure Rice

Desert - 贺岁双仙 ~ 椰香仙翁米+酒香脆皮煎堆

Desert - 贺岁双仙 ~ 椰香仙翁米+酒香脆皮煎堆

The wonderful Crystal Jade Palace chefs who whipped up the feast

The wonderful Crystal Jade Palace chefs who whipped up the feast

The Christmas menu at Swissotel Merchant Court consists of:
热汤 ~ 花椰菜羹 松露油 Pumpkin Soup
前菜 ~ 凉拌园蔬 蜜冻梨 Salad
主菜 ~ 烤火鸡卷 杏果馅 Turkey Main
甜品 ~ 圣诞布丁 香草雪糕 Christmas Pudding
Surprise Dish – Entire buffet floor was opened to participants

Getting everyone seated at Swissotel Merchant Court

Getting everyone seated at Swissotel Merchant Court

Pumpkin soup - 热汤 ~ 花椰菜羹 松露油

Pumpkin soup - 热汤 ~ 花椰菜羹 松露油

The salad - 凉拌园蔬 蜜冻梨

The salad - 凉拌园蔬 蜜冻梨

Turkey main - 主菜 ~ 烤火鸡卷 杏果馅

Turkey main - 主菜 ~ 烤火鸡卷 杏果馅

Stage game where we got one participant from each table to dress up as Santa Claus

Stage game where we got one participant from each table to dress up as Santa Claus

Christmas Pudding - 甜品 ~ 圣诞布丁 香草雪糕

Christmas Pudding - 甜品 ~ 圣诞布丁 香草雪糕

The Swissotel chefs

The Swissotel chefs

Surprise Dish - the buffet line was opened to all participants! Very generous of Swissotel, but most cannot eat anymore.

Surprise Dish - the buffet line was opened to all participants! Very generous of Swissotel, but most cannot eat anymore.

The last time I worked on the food trail events, my waist grew thicker by quite a few cm, thanks to the endless rich feasting for 5 consecutive Saturdays. There is really such a thing as an overload of good food; not that I am complaining! 🙂

If you are interested to join this food trail, registration is still open for the remaining sessions on 12, 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 5 of 5: 厦门街潮州发记 and Casserole @ Rasa Sentosa Resort

By , May 23, 2011 7:53 pm

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.

All good things come to an end - participants at the final Ah Lun food trail

All good things come to an end - participants at the final Ah Lun food trail

For the fifth and final event, I attended the food trail together with fellow bloggers, Catherine Ling and Darren Ng.

We visited the Teochew Restaurant Huat Kee (厦门街潮州发记) for the first session and Casserole @ Rasa Sentosa Resort for the latter session.

Here’s the menu for the first stop:

四拼盘(肝花+春卷+猪脚冻+猪头粽)
草菇鸡片汤
传统包菜鸡
菜脯炒粿条
玻璃芋泥
Surprise Dishes: Roast Suckling Pig

Being half-Teochew (my mother’s side), I was brought up to enjoy and savour many traditional Teochew dishes like Orh-Ni (yam paste) and pork gelatin at many banquets. Teochew people love to host banquets at every occasion possible – during my grandparents’ birthday each year, Chinese New Year and other festive periods that call for large family gathering and celebration.

This was the first time I ate at Huat Kee though, and I must say, I was impressed by practically all the dishes presented.

The five plates of appertisers were all a delight, ranging from pork gelatin to the simple fried spring roll.

The cabbage chicken was particularly lovely. When the cabbage was cut open, the aroma of the chicken lures one to wolf it down with a bowl of pipping hot steamed rice.

猪脚冻 - one of my late maternal grandfather's favourite food

猪脚冻 - one of my late maternal grandfather's favourite food

猪头粽 - Made from pig's head meat, this dish sounds daunting, but is delicious

猪头粽 - Made from pig's head meat, this dish sounds daunting, but is delicious

Not your usual fried spring rolls, these comes with "Tau Suan" bean fillings

春卷 - Not your usual fried spring rolls, these comes with "Tau Suan" bean fillings

肝花 - Not your usual ngoh hiang either, these comes with pork liver filling

肝花 - Not your usual ngoh hiang either, these comes with pork liver filling

草菇鸡片汤

草菇鸡片汤

Teochew chicken soup for the soul :)

Teochew chicken soup for the soul 🙂

传统包菜鸡 - One of the restaurant's signature traditional Teochew dish

传统包菜鸡 - One of the restaurant's signature traditional Teochew dish

The chicken is stuffed into a whole cabbage and broiled. Cutting the cabbage open unwraps a sweet aroma.

The chicken is stuffed into a whole cabbage and broiled. Cutting the cabbage open unwraps a sweet aroma.

菜脯炒粿条 - fried kway tiao with cai por

菜脯炒粿条 - fried kway tiao with cai por

Teochew Restaurant's genourous towkay presenting the surprise dish

Teochew Restaurant's genourous towkay presenting the surprise dish

Roast suckling pig! - One per table some more

Roast suckling pig! - One per table some more

Happy diners tucking in

Happy diners tucking in

玻璃芋泥 - Tradition Teochew orh-ni dessert, complete with a silver of pig's fat, definitely not for health nuts

玻璃芋泥 - Tradition Teochew orh-ni dessert, complete with a sliver of pig's fat, definitely not for health nuts

Traditional Chinese tea to clear palates before heading to the second stop

Traditional Chinese tea to clear palates before heading to the second stop

Towkay sharing with Catherine the wide array of abalone selection in his restaurant

Towkay sharing with Catherine the wide array of abalone selection in his restaurant

The second stop for this final food trail with Ah Lun was at Casserole Restaurant at the Rasa Sentosa Resort, owned by the Shangri-la Group.

Here’s the menu at Casserole:

热炉烤面包 配搭牛油+摩洛哥酱
摩洛哥风味 乡土酸甜浓汤Harira Soup
摩洛哥风味 炉烤大鱼拌小米饭Couscous
北印度风味 皇族咖哩羊肉
泰国老风味 师傅家传绿咖哩鸡
新加坡风味 民间甜品
Surprise Dishes: Indian crackers with mint sauce, wanton noodle

The menu

The menu

Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant

The chefs making sure everything runs smoothly

The chefs making sure everything runs smoothly

Head chef greeting everyone

Head chef greeting everyone

热炉烤面包 配搭牛油+摩洛哥酱

热炉烤面包 配搭牛油+摩洛哥酱

Darren doing his photography round

Darren doing his photography round

摩洛哥风味 乡土酸甜浓汤Harira Soup - Morroco's national soup

摩洛哥风味 乡土酸甜浓汤Harira Soup - Morroco's national soup

摩洛哥风味 炉烤大鱼

摩洛哥风味 炉烤大鱼

小米饭Couscous, to go with the fish

小米饭Couscous, to go with the fish

The Morrocan chef presenting his dishes to the guests

The Morrocan chef presenting his dishes to the guests

北印度风味 皇族咖哩羊肉 - Mughal mutton curry

北印度风味 皇族咖哩羊肉 - Mughal mutton curry

Raisin rice to go with the mutton curry

Raisin rice to go with the mutton curry

Indian crackers with mint sauce

Indian crackers with mint sauce

The full spread of fine Indian cuisine

The full spread of fine Indian cuisine

Ah Lun mingling with guests

Ah Lun mingling with guests

泰国老风味 师傅家传绿咖哩鸡

泰国老风味 师傅家传绿咖哩鸡

Wanton soup noodle

Wanton soup noodle

新加坡风味 民间甜品 - Cheng Tng

新加坡风味 民间甜品 - Cheng Tng

The holiday atmosphere at the resort was a fitting venue to host the food trail finale. Upon arrival, guests were presented with a garland of seashell-strung necklace each.

A garland of sea shells for everyone

A garland of sea shells for everyone

Heading to the resort restaurant

Heading to the resort restaurant

Holiday atmosphere

Holiday atmosphere

Upon entering the restaurant, each guest was presented with a glass of fresh mango juice to freshen up.

Fresh juices to rejuvenate

Fresh juices to rejuvenate

The menu for the day at Casserole consists of various international cuisines from Moroccan, Thai, Indian and Chinese.

The full team of international chefs, together with the head chef greeted everyone warmly and went around mingling from table to table.

The event ended on a high note when the chefs got together to serenade the guests with a medley of international songs.

Singing chefs serenading the crowd

Singing chefs serenading the crowd

Impressed audience

Impressed audience

With that, the 5 weeks of gourmet dining with Ah Lun wraps with a cheery closure. Till next time. 🙂

To read more on all 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

Part 4: Straits Café @ Rendezvous Hotel and Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant at Turf City

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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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