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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 alvinology, 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.

Alvinology’s family reunion dinner (团圆饭) 2011

By alvinology, February 4, 2011 9:36 pm
Putien at Nex

Putien at Nex

Like last year and the year before, we had our family reunion dinner at Pu Tien Restaurant (莆田菜馆). The restaurant serves Heng Hwa (兴化) cuisine. Heng Hwa is the Chinese dialect group of my family.

Happy family

Happy family

We were unable to get a table at the main restaurant in Kitchener Road this year as we made our reservation late and had to settle for a table at one of their branch restaurants in NEX mall at Serangoon instead.

Along with the common Chinese New Year menu, we had the Hakka-originated, Cantonese-modified luxurious delight – Poon Choi or Pen Cai, a stewed pot filled with vegetable and lots of goodies like abalone, scallops, dried oysters, sea cucumbers and braised pork. This was accompanied with a bowl of signature smooth, tangy Heng Hwa bee hoon.

Fa Cai Yu Sheng and a bunny bag of oranges greeted us at our table when we sat down

Fa Cai Yu Sheng and a bunny bag of oranges greeted us at our table when we sat down

Ready for the tossing

Ready for the tossing

Tossing the yu sheng

Tossing the yu sheng

Peng Cai

Peng Cai

This pretty lady served our table

This pretty lady served our table

Heng Hwa bee hoon

Heng Hwa bee hoon

Fried yam

Fried yam

Succulent steamed prawns

Succulent steamed prawns

Steamed fish

Steamed fish

Crispy chicken

Crispy chicken

Glutinous rice balls for dessert

Glutinous rice balls for dessert

The food was good as usual and the service excellent, despite the large dining crowd. Overall, we somehow still feel that the same dishes taste slightly better at the Kitchener Road restaurant.

After our reunion dinner, we headed to Kovan to check out the various florists and plant nurseries. It was drizzling slightly and past 10pm when we arrived. The vendors were offering larger and larger discounts as the clock ticks by, trying to offload the Chinese New Year plants which will become virtually worthless the next day.

At the Kovan flower market

At the Kovan flower market

Despite the rain, Singaporeans are up for the bargain with umbrellas in tow

Despite the rain, Singaporeans are up for the bargain with umbrellas in tow

Lelong in the rain

Lelong in the rain

Greenery makes Rachel happy

Greenery makes Rachel happy

Nowadays, people buy orchids for Chinese New Year too

Nowadays, people buy orchids for Chinese New Year too

We spotted these very nice potted plants - they cost over $130 per pot

We spotted these very nice potted plants - they cost over $130 per pot

These were selling like hotcakes

These were selling like hotcakes

We bought a pot of these

We bought a pot of these

My parents bought a pot of small Mandarin oranges and we headed home for the night.

Happy Chinese New Year everyone, 兔年行大运! :)

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Alvinology’s family reunion dinner (团圆饭) 2010

By alvinology, February 19, 2010 1:27 pm
Family picture
Family picture

For our Chinese New Year reunion dinner this year, my family headed down to Pu Tien Restaurant (莆田菜馆) at Kitchener Road again like last year. The restaurant serves Heng Hwa (兴化) cuisine, which btw, is my dialect group.

This year, Pu Tien offered on their CNY menu, the Hakka-originated, Cantonese-modified luxurious delight – Poon Choi or Peng Cai. It’s basically a stewed pot filled with vegetable and lots of goodies like abalone, scallops, dried oysters, sea cucumbers and braised pork.

Eating a bowl of Peng Cai alone was filling enough for the evening. Yummy.

Here are the photos taken this evening:

Yu Sheng - I just had my 7th Lo Hei today... more to come
Yu Sheng – I just had my 7th Lo Hei today… more to come

The waitress adding in all the ingredients for the Yu Sheng
The waitress adding in all the ingredients for the Yu Sheng
Peng Cai - the highlight of the evening
Peng Cai – the highlight of the evening
Close-up shot
Close-up shot
My first bowl (the serving divides to two bowls each)
My first bowl (the serving divides to two bowls each)
Next up - roast pork with lots of colourful sauces
Next up – roast pork with lots of colourful sauces
Drunken prawns
Drunken prawns
Steamed fish
Steamed fish
Heng Hwa noodles
Heng Hwa noodles
Red bean soup for desert
Red bean soup for desert
Mao Shan Wang Durian Nian Gao from Peony Jade which we brought along
Mao Shan Wang Durian Nian Gao from Peony Jade which we brought

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