The event is a special collaboration with eight well-known restaurants, together with veterian food critic Ah Lun (黄卓伦), tasked with bringing a group of readers on an exclusive festive gourmet food trail for four consecutive Saturdays.
The Chinese New Year menu at Shin Yeh consists of:
风生水起： 腾龙大鱼生 Fortune Yu Sheng
大鹏展翅： 台式佛跳墙 Taiwan-style “Buddha Jump Over Wall”
年年有余： 树子蒸筍壳 Steamed Marble Goby with Small Olives
金凤迎春： 乌龙茶蒸鸡 Smoked Chicken with Premium Oolong Tea
祥瑞迎福： 红豆椰香雪花冰 Red Beans over Shaved Coconut Ices and Yam Cubes
Surprise Dish 1: Wok-fried Prawn Balls with Fresh Lily Bulbs and Gingko Nuts
Surprise Dish 2: Glutinous Rice Balls coated with Ground Peanuts (Muah Chee)
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! 🙂
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.
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:
摩洛哥风味 乡土酸甜浓汤Harira Soup
Surprise Dishes: Indian crackers with mint sauce, wanton noodle
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.
Upon entering the restaurant, each guest was presented with a glass of fresh mango juice to freshen up.
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.
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: