The event was organised by local production company, Rolleyes. Teaming up with six renowned local chefs, Rolleyes seeks to make gourmet home cooking a reality for their viewers through their new 30 Minute Cookin’ series:
In each episode, viewers are shown how to achieve two to three-course meals within 30 minutes. Chef Teo’s demonstration is as part of this programme.
You can watch Chef Teo’s cooking demonstrations as well as more from other renowned chefs via the official website for 30 Minute Cookin’. 🙂
We get to sampled some of their signature dishes, specially prepared for the festive season, including their Imperial Five Treasures Golden Shunde Yu Sheng (S$888++) which impressed us the most.
The S$888 price tag is pretty steep, but you pay for the best. The luxurious dish boasts five prized treasures of the sea – Abalone, Lobster, Geoduck Clam, Salmon and Hamachi, topped with Caviar and Fish Roe plated in the shape of cherry blossoms – representing the blossoming and reaping of fruits of success in the new year.
In place of the traditional salad of radish, carrots, pickled ginger and pomelo, crispy fried vermicelli is meticulously arranged in the shape of cherry blossoms, and vibrantly embellished with slender slices of ginger, spring onions, crunchy capsicums, finely grounded peanuts as well as crispy silver fish for that extra crunch.
This culinary treat is tossed in a special concoction of fragrant peanut oil and premium soya sauce – boasting a refreshing twist with none of the cloying sweetness that may overwhelm the palate, while allowing the freshness and original taste of the seafood and vegetables to shine through. A feast for the eyes as it is for the taste buds – this exquisite offering was heavenly!
I love yu sheng and it is the one dish that I really look forward to every Chinese New Year. I have sampled lots of yu sheng, from the most traditional to east-meet-west fusions and this is one of the best so far.
Is your taste-buds and five senses titillated?
Note that order of the Imperial Five Treasures Golden Shunde Yu Sheng must be made at least seven days in advance.
For a less extravagant experience, Park Palace also offers a Hamachi & Silver Fish Golden Shunde Yu Sheng (S$88++), featuring two types of fishes.
Another dish we sampled was the Auspicious Harvest Pen Cai with Nourishing Pig Trotters. This dish is available in two sizes: S$298nett (6 pax) or S$488nett (10 pax).
Pen Cai are perfect for family dining.
The Pen Cai at Park Palace takes more than five hours to simmer in the stove and features three layers of 18 luxuriant ingredients and decadent flavours served communal-style in a festive casserole hot pot.
Other than Pig Trotters, this pot of prosperity is also replete with Sliced Abalone, Sea Cucumber, Whole Conpoy, Prawn Balls, Roasted Duck, Roasted Pork Belly, Soya Chicken, Fatt Choy, Black Mushroom, Lotus Root, Broccoli, Radish, Beancurd Skin, Gingko Nut and Black Fungus with quality stock in a casserole pot.
A la carte $270++ (Six persons) ￼￼￼￼$443++ (10 persons)
Here are the Chinese New Year dining options available at Park Palace:
Auspicious Harvest Pen Cai Set Dinner (Grand Ballroom) 30 January S$558++ (for six persons) comprising Auspicious Harvest Pen Cai with Pig Trotters, Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng, Braised Shark Fin’s Broth with Fish Maw & Crab Meat, Steamed Live Soon Hock with Light Soya Sauce, Stewed Ee-fu Noodles with Chives, Chilled Mango Cream with Sago & Pomelo, Pan-fried Nian Gao with Shredded Coconut.
S$858++ (for 10 persons) comprising Auspicious Harvest Pen Cai with Pig Trotters, Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng, Braised Shark Fin’s Broth with Dried Assorted Seafood & Bamboo Piths, Steamed Live Sea Garoupa with Light Soya Sauce, Fried Glutinious Rice with Preserved Meat & Chinese Sausage, Chilled Apricot with Sea Coconut, Almond Seeds & Red Dates, Pan-fried Nian Gao with Shredded Coconut.
Lunar New Year Prosperity Set Menus Eight different Set Menus available:
S$78++ per person (a maximum of two persons)
S$288++ per table of four
S$438++ per table of six
S$588++ per table of eight
S$788++ to $2388++* per table of 10
*Orders to be made at least one day in advance * Enjoy a complimentary bottle of house wine per table with booking of ten tables or more (ten pax per table)
Speciality Dishes : Double-boiled Pot of Fortune with Superior Shark’s Fin, Chicken & Wanton; Auspicious Lobster Gems in Dual Style – Live Lobster sautéed with Fresh Lily Bulbs, Asparagus & Wolfberries, surrounded with Deep-fried Cheese Lobster Balls; Durian Ingots of Good Fortune; Spicy Crispy Chicken with Garlic; Roasted Whole Suckling Pig; and many more.
Takeaway options for those who prefer to dine at home:
For enquiries and reservations, please call 6432 5543 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate Christmas in style with Grimbergen Belgian abbey beers!
In partnership with Grimbergen, I will be giving away 3 x Grimbergen Christmas Gifts Sets that are not for sale anywhere:
If you are above 18 years old and am interested to grab one of these gift sets, simply LIKE my Facebook page or FOLLOW me on Twitter and message me with your email, name, age and contact number by 19 Dec (this Friday), 7pm.
Included in the gift set are three different brews from Grimbergen:
The La Blanche, a classic white beer, delights and revitalizes with its creamy texture and fruity aromas. The subtle zest of spices and bergamot makes it particularly refreshing and a great hit at any luxury Christmas party.
The La Blonde is a top fermented beer, boasting a perfect blend of sweet and bitter, and its subtle hints of spices tantalize and captivate. It is round and harmonious in the mouth, leaving a slightly fruity taste that goes well with the season to be jolly.
The La Double Ambrée is a generous beer with a dark robe. With an intriguing blend of different malts, it is rich, deep and ample in the mouth. Born from double fermentation, astute palates will be able to distinguish the refined notes of caramel.
Merry Christmas everyone (and stay tuned to Alvinology.comfor more giveaways)!
I was drawn to Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家) by the homely name of the restaurant. Translated as “auntie’s home”, the name evokes warmth and brings to mind, home-cooked food.
The restaurant is within walking distance from my parents’ place at Potong Pasir, the small town where I grew up and lived for over 30 years before I moved out to start my own family.
While I had many meals in the area where Gu Ma Jia is located, I did not notice the restaurant previously till the recent rebranding. The restaurant has been there for over four years, enjoying brisk business. Maybe it just got overshadowed by the more famous Ser Seng (Herbs) Turtle Soup and Hoe Nam Prawn Noodles.
Here are the dishes I sampled at Gu Ma Jia:
Their signature dishes include their assam fish head and white pepper crabs. I love the assam fish head very much and will highly recommend it. The sweet and sour blend is just right. It is a tad spicy, but not too spicy to burn your tongue or cover the aroma of the fresh fish head.
Prices are pretty reasonable and you get to enjoy quality zi char food in an air-conditioned environment.
Online food delivery service is not new in Singapore, what is important is the variety of food offering and the assurance of quality service.
FoodPandais an online food delivery portal which delivers food from various local restaurants, right to your doorstep. They are currently operating in 30 countries worldwide, including Singapore and is founded by Rocket Internet, the same company behind online shopping site, Zalora.
Sick of the usual fast food delivery options? Why not try ordering from FoodPandafor a variety of international cuisines from a slew of local restaurants?
I just made a dinner order on FoodPanda last night and was pretty satisfied with their service.
There is a variety of different cuisines available on FoodPanda, ranging from Italian to Japanese to Indian. I had a craving for briyani last night and was very happy to see a few Indian restaurants which deliver to my home.
I made the order at around 7pm from my office. The estimated delivery time was indicated as 70 minutes and the charges were all reflected upfront, with no hidden costs:
My wife texted me at around 7.30pm to inform me that the delivery has been made. Love it. Fuss-free and easy to use. Dinner is just a few clicks away with FoodPanda.
The total bill from Aromas of India restaurant came to S$28.27. Food cost was S$25.70 with an additional 10% (S$2.57) service fee. There is no 7% GST.
Here was how my order looks like when it came:
The portal also offers periodic discounts and alerts, much like many of the online coupon websites, except that they will be tempting you with food offerings exclusively.
French bistro Ô Batignollesintroduced a brand new weekend brunch menu to celebrate their first year anniversary this September. The brunch menu, ‘Champagne & Croissants’ features a range of new dishes typical of Paris, with the decadent addition of free-flow Champagne.
Ô Batignolles is located at 2 Gemmil Lane, off Club Street in the CBD area. It is a good place to people watch with an eclectic mix of people strolling by. When I was there the previous weekend with Rachel and Asher, we spotted curious tourists with tell-tale maps, weekend cyclists and elderly Singaporeans from the nearby old HDB estates.
The Champagne & Croissants brunch menu is priced at S$89++. Guests get to indulge in a range of patisserie, including Blueberry Pancakes, French nursery favourite Brioche with Nutella or a classic basket of Pain au Chocolat and Butter Croissant served with Bonne Maman preserves. The brunch continues with a second course of eggs prepared ‘in every way’, all served with a lightly dressed green salad. Choices include Eggs ‘Cocotte’ with bacon and cream served in individual ramekins with toasted bread, and Eggs Benedict, poached on English muffins with ham and a rich hollandaise sauce. The set menu includes a choice of tea, coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Here are what Rachel, Asher and I ate from the Champagne & Croissants brunch menu:
“We have created a menu which offers a real taste of Paris with the tempting addition of free-flow champagne to allow all our guests to celebrate our first anniversary with us. We were inspired to create ‘Champagne & Croissants’ by our favourite weekend spots in Paris – the bustling street cafés which invite guests to linger and relax over food and wine with friends.” Said Antoine Rouland, one of the owner at Ô Batignolles.
Yveline Prat brut Champagne is the champagne chosen by the owners to accompany the brunch menu. A light champagne with fine bubbles, known for its floral notes and toasted aromas, it is a perfect pairing with the brunch menu. Rachel like the champagne because she finds it light and smooth, not overbearing for an early meal.
Rachel and I had a good experience dining at Ô Batignolles. One suggestion when ordering is to swap the order of the egg dish with the patisserie. For Singaporeans, we may be more used to eating a savory dish followed by something sweet than the other way round.
The full set brunch menu is very filling. Hence go with an empty stomach.
For family with young kids, note that Ô Batignolles do not have baby chairs, but Asher was welcomed there and the service was exemplary.
Champagne and Croissants Brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 3.30pm. For those who prefer a non-alcoholic weekend brunch, Champagne & Croissants is also available with soft drinks for only S$29++. A la carte menu is also available starting from S$8++.
Guests can also choose to supplement the set menu with additional a la carte menu items, which include Fromage Blanc aux Fruits Rouges – mixed berries with a creamy French yoghurt, Croque Monsieur – the indulgent ham, cheese and béchamel sandwich favourite, alongside a range of salads, charcuterie and cheese boards. A la carte dishes are priced from S$8++ to S$28++. Champagne starts from S$68++ by the bottle, with wine by the bottle priced from S$39++.
Ô Batignolles was opened in September 2012 by Parisian-born Antoine and Marie Rouland who sought to recreate a typically French ‘village bistro’ with good food, a relaxed atmosphere, and most importantly, an extensive and diverse selection of wine.
Committed to variety and affordability, Ô Batignolles has a wide selection of 14 French wines by the glass, priced from S$7-S$12: six white, six red, a Provencal rosé and a house champagne, all of which have been personally chosen by Antoine. Much of the carefully curated wine list is exclusively available to Ô Batignolles in Singapore, thanks to the personal relationships Antoine and Marie have cultivated with independent vineyards, and from whom they import directly into Singapore.