Together with omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao, a special collaboration was held together with food critic Ah Lun(黄卓伦), I had a chance to savour some good foods from 2 different famous restaurants in Singapore.
(Some photos courtesy of Mint!)
Of course, our guest, all 80+ of them, were mostly people off my age group, but still fun to chat with them!
Actually, the chinese names of these dishes are much more fascinating and describes all the ingredients used, unfortunately for me, I have a very bad range of chinese vocabulary, so what I’ll do is, simplify and translate everything literally to english as much as I can.
Straits Café @ Rendezvous Hotel
9 Bras Basah Road
Open 7 days and nights a week for breakfast, lunch & dinner 7:00am to 11:00 pm (daily).
Starter, Chicken Soup
Filled with chinese herbs and spices, a light starter.
Chrysanthemum cod fish. Light chrysanthemum soup with herbs along with cod fish that melts in your mouth.
Seems like it’s from a really huge cod.
Closed up shot. The cod’s natural high level of fat flesh makes it so smooth and tasty.
Chicken with marmite and mango roll.
Being the youngest in the entire group, that emcee…….aiyoo…
Ok la, at least gotten some freebies from participating!
Anyways, Next up! Fermented red rice wine pork ribs. (I think the chinese name of this dish makes more sense)
and this is my favorite, Laksa, I heard from the others that this hotel is best known for it’s Laksa.
Everyone seated around me didn’t dared to eat chilli, so they gave/I took their chilli paste!
Thanks ah Mint, unglamorous photo.
The chilli paste tasted so good that I couldn’t resist myself to have 3 of it!
The sweet, smooth sambal chilli paste, THIS IS A MUST-TRY THERE, note, the only downside is that, their Laksa, no cockles leh…..
The satisfied faces of everyone.
Next, Almond Tofu dessert, ah, just nice I used this to cool off from the generous amount of chilli I had.
and finally, Durain cake, another specialty of Rendezvous hotel.
I think I can blame Rendezvous hotel for making me fat?(From left to right, Alfred from APB, Me, Mint)
Playing a fool on the chartered bus, by the way this photo very sweet looking right? I’m talking about me of course.
Next stop, Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant at Turf City
Everybody settling in the banquet hall.
Ah Lun entertaining us, actually, which one is Ah Lun? =P
First up, the “MM Lee dish”, according to many, MM Lee had once came here to consume this, Steamed Groupa fish with many many things(Yes, it makes more sense if typed in chinese, IF only I typed in chinese, which I can’t.)
According to the chef, the groupa used must be of at least 1kg in weight, in order for it to taste good and textured to this. Oh yes, did anyone notice how the skin isn’t sticking onto the chopstick?!
One tip for all of you, if given a chance, you should try fish’s cheeks, actually, any fish, try it’s cheek, it’s the best and most delicious part of any fish.
And erm….the waitress was initiative enough to put the rest of the fish next to me, ha!
Next!! Duck with fried yam cake.
Closed up shot, man….it’s been awhile since I’ve had such good food in a long time, ducks and yam really do blend well together.
Next, Wonton Skin Soup.
This is actually the first time I’m trying Wonton skin with soup, it tasted really good, somewhat like Horfun, but, just different.
According to the chef, the Wonton skin is first fried quickly, and then rinsed with water to clear the excess oil, and simply served with clear chicken soup, he even demonstrated to us all live.
Everybody loved it and gave positive comments! Lots of us trying for the first time.
Next, Prawn with “Golden coin pork”
This is truly for unhealthy food lovers, it’s a large piece of pig liver, stacked with a thick layer of pig fat, and stacked again with another piece of pork, I couldn’t get what the chef said because he was speaking in cantonese, it felt really unique, and extremely delicious, I wish someone would make this into a new burger chain!
Mint, cannot get enough of it ah?
The final dish of the day, and yes, the best for last, This isn’t available on the menu, the chef specially made this for us.(Actually I’m pretty sure he made it for MM Lee as well)
this is, “Kueh Lapis”
It’s a sandwich made of rice cake layers, custard and coconut flesh in every single layer, with salted egg yolks on top.
The satisfaction level……….
….was better than mastur…..erm , Can’t say that word here.
Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant
200 Turf Club road
But anyways, it was a really fun and enjoyable day, with sociable uncles and aunties(including Mint). Can’t wait for another event like this!