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omy.sg and Wanbao Festive Gourmet Food Trail – Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace (义安城翡翠皇宫) and Swissotel Merchant Court

In a special collaboration with eight 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 festive gourmet food trail for four consecutive Saturdays.

Each week, a group of 80+ readers will visit two restaurants together with Ah Lun to sample their Chinese New Year and Christmas special dishes.

Other than eating, participants were given the rare opportunities to meet with the restaurants’ chef who answered their questions and even shared a few cooking tips on the spot.

Last Saturday was the first event. omy Blog Club bloggers, Stephanie He, Jeanine Quee and Jacqualine Chan were invited to join Ah Lun for the food trail. I was there too as a working staff.

We visited Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace (义安城翡翠皇宫) first for a Chinese New Year meal and Swissotel Merchant Court next for a Christmas meal. The festive bells and whistles came really early for me this year!

To find out more about the event, you can read the bloggers’ reviews; omy.sg’s event report or watch omy.sg’s vodcast coverage.

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

At Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace
At Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace
Yu Sheng to start the day - 发财鱼生~ 三文鱼大捞生
Yu Sheng to start the day - 发财鱼生~ 三文鱼大捞生
Getting ready to lo hei
Getting ready to lo hei
Lo hei aftermath
Lo hei aftermath
Peng Cai! This pot alone cost $428 - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜
Peng Cai! This pot alone cost $428 - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜
Everyone was very happy when the Peng Cai was served
Everyone was very happy when the Peng Cai was served
The Peng Cai was individually portioned so everyone gets a taste of everything inside
The Peng Cai was individually portioned so everyone gets a taste of everything inside
One serving of Peng Cai, with abalone, oyster and other expensive new year goodies
One serving of Peng Cai, with abalone, oyster and other expensive new year goodies
One of the stage games
One of the stage games
Crystal Jade chef demonstrating how to cook a fish soup dish - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜
Crystal Jade chef demonstrating how to cook a fish soup dish - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜
Individual serving portion of the fish soup
Individual serving portion of the fish soup
Jacqualine and her husband making a Chinese lantern
Jacqualine and her husband making a Chinese lantern
Chinese lantern making contest - the little boy won
Chinese lantern making contest - the little boy won
Surprise Dish - Eight Treasure Rice
Surprise Dish - Eight Treasure Rice
Individual serving portion of the Eight Treasure Rice
Individual serving portion of the Eight Treasure Rice
Desert - 贺岁双仙 ~ 椰香仙翁米+酒香脆皮煎堆
Desert - 贺岁双仙 ~ 椰香仙翁米+酒香脆皮煎堆
The wonderful Crystal Jade Palace chefs who whipped up the feast
The wonderful Crystal Jade Palace chefs who whipped up the feast

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

Getting everyone seated at Swissotel Merchant Court
Getting everyone seated at Swissotel Merchant Court
Pumpkin soup - 热汤 ~ 花椰菜羹 松露油
Pumpkin soup - 热汤 ~ 花椰菜羹 松露油

 

The salad - 凉拌园蔬 蜜冻梨
The salad - 凉拌园蔬 蜜冻梨
Turkey main - 主菜 ~ 烤火鸡卷 杏果馅
Turkey main - 主菜 ~ 烤火鸡卷 杏果馅
Stage game where we got one participant from each table to dress up as Santa Claus
Stage game where we got one participant from each table to dress up as Santa Claus
Christmas Pudding - 甜品 ~ 圣诞布丁 香草雪糕
Christmas Pudding - 甜品 ~ 圣诞布丁 香草雪糕
The Swissotel chefs
The Swissotel chefs
Surprise Dish - the buffet line was opened to all participants! Very generous of Swissotel, but most cannot eat anymore.
Surprise Dish - the buffet line was opened to all participants! Very generous of Swissotel, but most cannot eat anymore.

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! 🙂

If you are interested to join this food trail, registration is still open for the remaining sessions on 12, 19 and 26 Nov at $108 per pax or $88 per pax if you register in a group of 2 or more.

Gourmet Food Trail with Ah Lun (阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃) – Part 3 of 5: Long Beach King (长堤海霸王海鲜酒楼) and Marina Mandarin Peach Blossoms (滨华酒店 鸿桃轩)

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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Gourmet Food Trail with Ah Lun (阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃) – Part 2 of 5: Mandarin Court Chinese Restaurant (文华酒店 文华苑)and Lao Beijing (老北京食堂)

Group photo of all the participants in the second food trail with Ah Lun
Group photo of all the participants in the second food trail with Ah Lun

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 an exclusive gourmet food trail for five consecutive Saturdays.

Last Saturday was the second event. Together with omy bloggers, Aussie Pete and Keropok Man, we visited Mandarin Court at Mandarin Orchard (文华酒店 文华苑) for the first session and Lao Beijing (老北京食堂) at Tiong Bahru Plaza for the latter session.

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.

Below are some photos taken at the event.

Participants trickling in
Participants trickling in
Our big boss at SPH's Chinese Newspaper Division, Mr Robin Hu (centre) welcoming everyone
Our big boss at SPH's Chinese Newspaper Division, Mr Robin Hu (centre) welcoming everyone
Ah Lun introducing the Mandarin Court head chef
Ah Lun introducing the Mandarin Court head chef
The Mandarin Court menu
The Mandarin Court menu

We sampled the following dishes at Mandarin Court:

前菜~ 锦绣虾球(糖醋虾球+芥末虾球+咸蛋虾球)
热汤~ 龙虫草炖珍珠鸡
海鲜~ 果皮鱼汤银丝浸红鱼
面食~ 鱼香茄子焖伊面
甜品~ 万紫千红芦荟冻
Surprise Dish: Peking Duck

前菜~ 锦绣虾球(糖醋虾球+芥末虾球+咸蛋虾球) - I particularly enjoyed the salted egg version in the middle
前菜~ 锦绣虾球(糖醋虾球+芥末虾球+咸蛋虾球) - I particularly enjoyed the salted egg version in the middle
热汤~ 龙虫草炖珍珠鸡 - very nourishing!
热汤~ 龙虫草炖珍珠鸡 - very nourishing!
Fish soup demonstration
Fish soup demonstration
海鲜~ 果皮鱼汤银丝浸红鱼
海鲜~ 果皮鱼汤银丝浸红鱼
The chefs skillfully skinning the Peking Ducks on-the-spot
The chefs skillfully skinning the Peking Ducks on-the-spot
Peking Duck - love this!
Peking Duck - love this!
The remaining duck meat served, stir-fried with veggies
The remaining duck meat served, stir-fried with veggies
面食~ 鱼香茄子焖伊面
面食~ 鱼香茄子焖伊面
甜品~ 万紫千红芦荟冻
甜品~ 万紫千红芦荟冻

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.

Winner of the Mandarin Orchard hotel stay
Winner of the Mandarin Orchard hotel stay
Food trail hosts, Xiao Peng and Ah Lun with the head chef at Mandarin Court
Food trail hosts, Xiao Peng and Ah Lun with the head chef at Mandarin Court
On board the bus to the second location
On board the bus to the second location

At Lao Beijing, we had the following dishes:

老北京炖鸡汤
剁椒鱼头
京酱肉丝
农家香干煲
三菇炒菠菜
小笼汤包+三鲜锅贴
太后养颜美点之驴打滚
Surprise Dish: Popiah

The head chef at Lao Beijing greeting everyone
The head chef at Lao Beijing greeting everyone
I was seated at a table with Pete and Keropokman
I was seated at a table with Pete and Keropokman
The menu at Lao Beijing
The menu at Lao Beijing
Chef entertaining everyone with his singing
Chef entertaining everyone with his singing
老北京炖鸡汤
老北京炖鸡汤
剁椒鱼头 - looks very spicy, but doesn't taste as fiery as it looks
剁椒鱼头 - looks very spicy, but doesn't taste as fiery as it looks
农家香干煲
农家香干煲
京酱肉丝 - to be wrapped in a beancurd skin
京酱肉丝 - to be wrapped in a beancurd skin
The beancurd skin
The beancurd skin
Wrapped pork slices in beancurd skin
Wrapped pork slices in beancurd skin
三菇炒菠菜
三菇炒菠菜
Surprise birthday cake for three participants, courtesy of Lao Beijing restaurant
Surprise birthday cake for three participants, courtesy of Lao Beijing restaurant
Popiah ingredient
Popiah ingredient
Popiah rolling demonstration by the chef
Popiah rolling demonstration by the chef
Ah Lun's turn
Ah Lun's turn
Pete's turn
Pete's turn
Everyone getting busy making popiah
Everyone getting busy making popiah
Rolling my popiah
Rolling my popiah
My self-wrapped popiah
My self-wrapped popiah
三鲜锅贴
三鲜锅贴
小笼汤包
小笼汤包
太后养颜美点之驴打滚
太后养颜美点之驴打滚

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.

Tomorrow, I will be heading to Long Beach King and Ah Yat Seafood with bloggers, Cherie and Calvin Timothy. Stay tuned. 🙂

To read about the first food trail with Ah Lun:

Part 1 of 5: Crystal Jade Korean BBQ (翡翠韩国烧烤) and East Ocean Teochew Restaurant (东海潮州酒家)

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Gourmet Food Trail with Ah Lun (阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃) – Part 1 of 5: Crystal Jade Korean BBQ (翡翠韩国烧烤) and East Ocean Teochew Restaurant (东海潮州酒家)

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.

How much gourmet food can you stomach in 6 hours? Register for the food trail now to find out!

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 first event. Together with omy bloggers, Shanice Koh and Foodeology, we visited Crystal Jade Korean BBQ (翡翠韩国烧烤) at nex for the first session and East Ocean Teochew Restaurant (东海潮州酒家) at Shaw Centre for the latter session.

Guests signing in at the first restaurant
Guests signing in at the first restaurant

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:

The 6 feature dishes at Crystal Jade Korean BBQ
The 6 feature dishes at Crystal Jade Korean BBQ

迎宾六味小菜
艳彩什锦饭团
韩式白切猪肉
韩家风味凉面
火锅烧烤自助大餐 (including beef tongue and choice cuts of pork)
Surprise Dish: Steamed Tilapia

迎宾六味小菜
迎宾六味小菜
韩式白切猪肉
韩式白切猪肉
艳彩什锦饭团
艳彩什锦饭团
火锅烧烤自助大餐
火锅烧烤自助大餐
韩家风味凉面
韩家风味凉面
Yummy fatty pork
Yummy fatty pork
Three-layer fatty pork
Three-layer fatty pork
Veggies
Veggies

The restaurant is buffet-styled, offering a wide selection of fresh meat, seafood and vegetable for barbecue and steamboat dining.

Participants enjoying the food
Participants enjoying the food
My lady boss from omy.sg, addressing everyone
My lady boss from omy.sg, addressing everyone
Wide selection of barbecue ingredient
Wide selection of barbecue ingredient
There are ready cooked items on the buffet spread as well
There are ready cooked items on the buffet spread as well
Participants enjoying the buffet spread
Participants enjoying the buffet spread
I quite like these dessert items
I quite like these dessert items

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!

Yummy beef tongue
Yummy beef tongue
The two invited bloggers, sharing the cold noodle platter
The two invited bloggers, sharing the cold noodle platter

The restaurant chef did an on-the-spot demo on making kimchi which attracted the attention of many of the participants.

Chef demo on making kimchi
Chef demo on making kimchi
Participants playing a "word continuation" game
Participants playing a "word continuation" game
Steamed tilapia surprise dish which was rolled out last
Steamed tilapia surprise dish which was rolled out last

Moving on to the next restaurant, here is the list of 6 feature dishes served at East Ocean plus the surprise dish:

East Ocean Teochew Restaurant
East Ocean Teochew Restaurant
Inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant
Ah Lun addressing everyone
Ah Lun addressing everyone

前菜~ 贵妃醉酒
热汤~ 金钟宝
主菜~ 酱烧黑猪肉
海鲜~ 咸鲜(一鱼两味)
面食~ 掌门虾仔面
甜品 杨枝甘露
Surprise Dish: Animal-shaped Dim Sum

前菜~ 贵妃醉酒
前菜~ 贵妃醉酒
Close-up of the starter which consist of fresh clams, needle pin mushroom and jellyfish
Close-up of the starter which consist of fresh clams, needle pin mushroom and jellyfish
热汤~ 金钟宝
热汤~ 金钟宝
There's morsels of seafood in the soup, including abalone and shark's fin
There's morsels of seafood in the soup, including abalone and shark's fin
The restaurant chef came out to greet everyone and introduce his creations
The restaurant chef came out to greet everyone and introduce his creations
海鲜~ 咸鲜(一鱼两味)
海鲜~ 咸鲜(一鱼两味)
Half of the fish was fried while the other half was steamed
Half of the fish was fried while the other half was steamed
The fish was nicely plated and many people were taking photos of the dish
The fish was nicely plated and many people were taking photos of the dish
主菜~ 酱烧黑猪肉
主菜~ 酱烧黑猪肉
Close-up of the luxurious Japanese black pig meat
Close-up of the luxurious Japanese black pig meat
面食~ 掌门虾仔面
面食~ 掌门虾仔面
Close-up of the goose feet
Close-up of the goose feet
甜品 杨枝甘露
甜品 杨枝甘露
Rabbit-shaped coconut buns
Rabbit-shaped coconut buns
Penguin-shaped lotus paste buns
Penguin-shaped lotus paste buns

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.

A game that involves putting on and off multiple tee-shirts
A game that involves putting on and off multiple tee-shirts
The boss of East Ocean Restaurant (centre) picking the lucky draw winners
The boss of East Ocean Restaurant (centre) picking the lucky draw winners
The restaurant manager, Dennis, gamingly took to the stage to serenade everyone with some Hokkien songs
The restaurant manager, Dennis, gamingly took to the stage to serenade everyone with some Hokkien songs

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.

If you are interested to join this food trail, registration is still open for the remaining sessions at $75 per pax or $58 per pax if you register in a group of 2 to 3 pax. 🙂

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