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
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
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! 🙂
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. 🙂
Moving on to Marina Mandarin, here’s the menu for the day from their Peach Blossoms Restaurant:
The chef gave an on-the-spot demonstration of how to cook the fish soup which was served. This was followed by some stage games including an impromptus “fashion show” by gaming food trail participants.
A lucky draw was conducted at the end, whereby the top prize was an one night weekend stay at Mandarin Orchard, very generous of the hotel to sponsor this.
The chef greeted everyone with a traditional opera song, followed by an on-the-spot demonstration on rolling the perfect popiah. Ah Lun chipped in to demonstrate his version of popiah rolling too. Aussie Pete was also roped on stage to make his first popiah. You can read more about Pete’s experience on his blog.
Here’s the list of 5 feature dishes served at Crystal Jade, plus an additional surprise dish which was only revealed on the day itself:
火锅烧烤自助大餐 (including beef tongue and choice cuts of pork)
Surprise Dish: Steamed Tilapia
The restaurant is buffet-styled, offering a wide selection of fresh meat, seafood and vegetable for barbecue and steamboat dining.
The 6 feature dishes were already arranged neatly on the tables when we sat down. These items are not normally in the buffet menu, but were specially served for this occasion.
I particularly like the beef tongue and fatty pork. Ah Lun taught us to barbecue the beef tongue quickly, flipping it just once so that it will be chewy on the outside and tender on the inside. Delicious!
The restaurant chef did an on-the-spot demo on making kimchi which attracted the attention of many of the participants.
Moving on to the next restaurant, here is the list of 6 feature dishes served at East Ocean plus the surprise dish:
Surprise Dish: Animal-shaped Dim Sum
At East Ocean, dishes were served course by course. The highlight was a dish called “咸鲜”, whereby a fish was served both fried and steamed with heavy salt.
I enjoyed all the dishes served. From the seafood golden pumpkin soup to the Kagoshima Kurobuta (かごしま黒豚) to the goose feet noodle. Each was unique and delightful.
The surprise dish featured a platter of rabbit-shaped coconut buns and a platter of penguin-shaped lotus paste buns. They were so cute to look at that one can barely wolf them down.