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Gourmet Food Trail with Ah Lun (阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃) – Part 4 of 5: Straits Café @ Rendezvous Hotel and Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant at Turf City (马城阿一海鲜)

Happy diners at the fourth Ah Lun food trail
Happy diners at the fourth Ah Lun food trail

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.

For the fourth event, I attended the food trail together with fellow bloggers, Yong Wei and Mint Leong.

We visited the Straits Café @ Rendezvous Hotel for the first session and Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant at Turf City (马城阿一海鲜) for the latter session.

Here’s the menu for the first stop:

养颜甘榜鸡汤
菊花香露鳕鱼
芒果妈蜜鸡卷
鸿运糟香排骨
Surprise Dishes: Signature laksa, Durian cake, Almond jelly with sea coconut

I enjoyed the Marmite mango chicken and their signature, award-winning laksa. The food at Straits Cafe are generally quite simple, hence it’s harder to be particularly fond of any dishes.

Guests flowing into Straits Cafe
Guests flowing into Straits Cafe
Guests all settled, waiting for food to be served
Guests all settled, waiting for food to be served
养颜甘榜鸡汤
养颜甘榜鸡汤
菊花香露鳕鱼
菊花香露鳕鱼
芒果妈蜜鸡卷
芒果妈蜜鸡卷
鸿运糟香排骨
鸿运糟香排骨
Straits Cafe's award-winning laksa
Straits Cafe's award-winning laksa
Durian cake
Durian cake
Almond jelly with sea coconut
Almond jelly with sea coconut
Straits Cafe head chef greeting everyone
Straits Cafe head chef greeting everyone
Yong Wei participating in one of the games
Yong Wei participating in one of the games

Moving on to Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant at Turf City, here’s the menu at the second stop:

白玉藏珍炖翅裙
玉树麒麟星斑球
松荔茸香酥大鸭
鲜蟹肉片儿汤面
Surprise Dishes: Golden coin meat and Salted egg yolk kueh

The two surprise dishes were really memorable. Both items are not available on their regular menu, but I think they will be crowd favourites if introduced. The head chef must have put in a lot of effort to design and craft these two dishes.

I enjoyed all the other dishes as well. Each aesthetically pleasing and rich in flavour. This is definitely one of the best menu I have sampled so far for this food trail.

Kudos to the head chef and the staff at Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant.

白玉藏珍炖翅裙
白玉藏珍炖翅裙
玉树麒麟星斑球
玉树麒麟星斑球
松荔茸香酥大鸭
松荔茸香酥大鸭
Yam filling with a piece of duck meat at the bottom
Yam filling with a piece of duck meat at the bottom
Cooking demo by the head chef
Cooking demo by the head chef
Making wanton skin soup
Making wanton skin soup
鲜蟹肉片儿汤面
鲜蟹肉片儿汤面
Golden coin meat, skewered with an asparagus, liver and prawn
Golden coin meat, skewered with an asparagus, liver and prawn
Salted egg layered kueh - my favourite dish
Salted egg layered kueh - my favourite dish
Yong Wei loves the kueh just as much
Yong Wei loves the kueh just as much
I really love this - the coconut kueh and salted egg blended really well
The coconut kueh and salted egg blended really well
Mint participating in one of the stage games
Mint participating in one of the stage games
A toast to all
A toast to all
Lucky draw winner
Lucky draw winner

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

Part 3: Long Beach King and Marina Mandarin Peach Blossoms

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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 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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