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Gourmet Food Trail with Ah Lun (阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃) – Part 5 of 5: Teochew Restaurant Huat Kee (厦门街潮州发记) and Casserole @ Rasa Sentosa Resort

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.

All good things come to an end - participants at the final Ah Lun food trail
All good things come to an end - participants at the final Ah Lun food trail

For the fifth and final event, I attended the food trail together with fellow bloggers, Catherine Ling and Darren Ng.

We visited the Teochew Restaurant Huat Kee (厦门街潮州发记) for the first session and Casserole @ Rasa Sentosa Resort for the latter session.

Here’s the menu for the first stop:

四拼盘(肝花+春卷+猪脚冻+猪头粽)
草菇鸡片汤
传统包菜鸡
菜脯炒粿条
玻璃芋泥
Surprise Dishes: Roast Suckling Pig

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.

猪脚冻 - one of my late maternal grandfather's favourite food
猪脚冻 - one of my late maternal grandfather's favourite food
猪头粽 - Made from pig's head meat, this dish sounds daunting, but is delicious
猪头粽 - Made from pig's head meat, this dish sounds daunting, but is delicious
Not your usual fried spring rolls, these comes with "Tau Suan" bean fillings
春卷 - Not your usual fried spring rolls, these comes with "Tau Suan" bean fillings
肝花 - Not your usual ngoh hiang either, these comes with pork liver filling
肝花 - Not your usual ngoh hiang either, these comes with pork liver filling
草菇鸡片汤
草菇鸡片汤
Teochew chicken soup for the soul :)
Teochew chicken soup for the soul 🙂
传统包菜鸡 - One of the restaurant's signature traditional Teochew dish
传统包菜鸡 - One of the restaurant's signature traditional Teochew dish
The chicken is stuffed into a whole cabbage and broiled. Cutting the cabbage open unwraps a sweet aroma.
The chicken is stuffed into a whole cabbage and broiled. Cutting the cabbage open unwraps a sweet aroma.
菜脯炒粿条 - fried kway tiao with cai por
菜脯炒粿条 - fried kway tiao with cai por
Teochew Restaurant's genourous towkay presenting the surprise dish
Teochew Restaurant's genourous towkay presenting the surprise dish
Roast suckling pig! - One per table some more
Roast suckling pig! - One per table some more
Happy diners tucking in
Happy diners tucking in
玻璃芋泥 - Tradition Teochew orh-ni dessert, complete with a silver of pig's fat, definitely not for health nuts
玻璃芋泥 - Tradition Teochew orh-ni dessert, complete with a sliver of pig's fat, definitely not for health nuts
Traditional Chinese tea to clear palates before heading to the second stop
Traditional Chinese tea to clear palates before heading to the second stop
Towkay sharing with Catherine the wide array of abalone selection in his restaurant
Towkay sharing with Catherine the wide array of abalone selection in his restaurant

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:

热炉烤面包 配搭牛油+摩洛哥酱
摩洛哥风味 乡土酸甜浓汤Harira Soup
摩洛哥风味 炉烤大鱼拌小米饭Couscous
北印度风味 皇族咖哩羊肉
泰国老风味 师傅家传绿咖哩鸡
新加坡风味 民间甜品
Surprise Dishes: Indian crackers with mint sauce, wanton noodle

The menu
The menu
Inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant
The chefs making sure everything runs smoothly
The chefs making sure everything runs smoothly
Head chef greeting everyone
Head chef greeting everyone
热炉烤面包 配搭牛油+摩洛哥酱
热炉烤面包 配搭牛油+摩洛哥酱
Darren doing his photography round
Darren doing his photography round
摩洛哥风味 乡土酸甜浓汤Harira Soup - Morroco's national soup
摩洛哥风味 乡土酸甜浓汤Harira Soup - Morroco's national soup
摩洛哥风味 炉烤大鱼
摩洛哥风味 炉烤大鱼
小米饭Couscous, to go with the fish
小米饭Couscous, to go with the fish
The Morrocan chef presenting his dishes to the guests
The Morrocan chef presenting his dishes to the guests
北印度风味 皇族咖哩羊肉 - Mughal mutton curry
北印度风味 皇族咖哩羊肉 - Mughal mutton curry
Raisin rice to go with the mutton curry
Raisin rice to go with the mutton curry
Indian crackers with mint sauce
Indian crackers with mint sauce
The full spread of fine Indian cuisine
The full spread of fine Indian cuisine
Ah Lun mingling with guests
Ah Lun mingling with guests
泰国老风味 师傅家传绿咖哩鸡
泰国老风味 师傅家传绿咖哩鸡
Wanton soup noodle
Wanton soup noodle
新加坡风味 民间甜品 - Cheng Tng
新加坡风味 民间甜品 - Cheng Tng

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.

A garland of sea shells for everyone
A garland of sea shells for everyone
Heading to the resort restaurant
Heading to the resort restaurant
Holiday atmosphere
Holiday atmosphere

Upon entering the restaurant, each guest was presented with a glass of fresh mango juice to freshen up.

Fresh juices to rejuvenate
Fresh juices to rejuvenate

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.

Singing chefs serenading the crowd
Singing chefs serenading the crowd
Impressed audience
Impressed audience

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:

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

Part 4: Straits Café @ Rendezvous Hotel and Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant at Turf City

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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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KŌ Japanese Restaurant @ Intercontinental Hotel

KO Japanese restaurant
KO Japanese restaurant

Usually, Rachel and I would not have dined in a hotel restaurant due to the hefty price tag, but we went to try out Japanese Restaurant at Intercontinental Hotel as I had won some dining vouchers at a lucky draw. 🙂

The place was nearly empty when we reached, with only a couple of other diners. We appreciate the quiet and private ambient.

Inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant

We ordered a set dinner each, with an additional two side dishes. The total bill came to around S$200, but was mostly covered by our vouchers. The service was great, food was wonderful – one of the best Japanese food we had in Singapore.

Ready to eat
Ready to eat
Hungry me
Hungry me

For our starters, the sashimi was really fresh and the hand-made tofu, silky soft. The elegant presentation probably added to the food’s appeal as well.

My beautiful sashimi platter
My beautiful sashimi platter
Very plain looking, but delicious tofu
Very plain looking, but delicious tofu

My teppanyaki Angus beef cubes were nice, but not memorable. Rachel’s grilled fish was fresh and juicy. The portion could have been more generous though.

Angus beef
Angus beef
Rachel's grilled fish
Rachel's grilled fish

As the servings were moderate, we ordered two more side dishes – barbecued puffer fish and fried squid to round up the meal. This was the first time both of us ate puffer fish. It didn’t taste remarkable lei, pretty much tasteless sans for the seasoning.

Fried squid
Fried squid
Barbecued puffer fish meat that taste like salty bak kwa
Barbecued puffer fish meat that taste like salty bak kwa
Rachel picking up a piece to eat
Rachel picking up a piece to eat

The desserts had nice presentation. Otherwise, they tasted quite normal, but were a nice finishing touch to an enjoyable meal.

Green tea ice cream
Green tea ice cream
Tofu cheesecake
Tofu cheesecake

We are not likely to visit again due to the price lah… except maybe on special occasions. Here’s their address if you are interested:

80 Middle Road
1F Intercontinental Hotel
Tel: +65 6825 1064
Opening hours: Mon–Sat, 12noon – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm

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