Gourmet Food Trail with Ah Lun (阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃) – Part 5 of 5: Teochew Restaurant Huat Kee (厦门街潮州发记) and Casserole @ Rasa Sentosa Resort

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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