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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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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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