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Alvinology’s family reunion dinner (团圆饭) 2012

Like last year, the previous year and the year before, we had our family reunion dinner at Pu Tien Restaurant (莆田菜馆). The restaurant serves Heng Hwa (兴化) cuisine. Heng Hwa is the Chinese dialect group of my family.

Alvinology family
Alvinology family

This year, we have a new addition to the Lim family – my son, Asher Lim Yu Yi, 5 months old! This is Asher’s first reunion dinner. We dressed him up in a Nepalis costume and shoes given to him by my mother-in-law. I wore a matching Nepalis shirt to accompany him.

Asher in Nepalis costume and shoes
Asher in Nepalis costume and shoes
Doing push-ups
Doing push-ups
Asher with mum and with dad
Asher with mum and with dad

We were happy to be able to secure a table at the main branch of Putien restaurants at Kitchener Road. The food was good as usual and the service excellent, despite the large dining crowd. We met and exchange greetings with the friendly boss and some old staff who are friends with my parents.

Prepping the Yu Sheng
Prepping the Yu Sheng
The Yu Sheng is ready for tossing
The Yu Sheng is ready for tossing
Lou Hei!
Lou Hei!
Me tossing to health and harmony
Me tossing to health and harmony
Shark's fin soup
Shark's fin soup
Sweet and sour lychee pork
Sweet and sour lychee pork
Crispy chicken
Crispy chicken
Abalone with broccoli
Abalone with broccoli
Fried yam cubes - Rachel's favourite
Fried yam cubes - Rachel's favourite
Steamed fish
Steamed fish
Garlic prawn
Garlic prawn
Signature Heng Hwa noodle
Signature Heng Hwa noodle
Tang Yuan with black sesame filling in red bean soup
Tang Yuan with black sesame filling in red bean soup
My bowl of Tang Yuan
My bowl of Tang Yuan

Asher was very excited to be out today and managed to stay awake throughout. Once we got home, he concussed in bed like a little piglet.

Asher with my mum and dad
Asher with my mum and dad
Asher loves to look at fishes
Asher loves to look at fishes
Asher was very awake the whole dinner, observing his surroundings
Asher was very awake the whole dinner, observing his surroundings

While most people wishes for luck and fortune, Rachel and I will be very contented with a happy family, good health and harmonious relationships in 2012. Happy New Year everyone! May you have a great year ahead in 2012! 🙂

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.

Alvinology’s family reunion dinner (团圆饭) 2011

Putien at Nex
Putien at Nex

Like last year and the year before, we had our family reunion dinner at Pu Tien Restaurant (莆田菜馆). The restaurant serves Heng Hwa (兴化) cuisine. Heng Hwa is the Chinese dialect group of my family.

Happy family
Happy family

We were unable to get a table at the main restaurant in Kitchener Road this year as we made our reservation late and had to settle for a table at one of their branch restaurants in NEX mall at Serangoon instead.

Along with the common Chinese New Year menu, we had the Hakka-originated, Cantonese-modified luxurious delight – Poon Choi or Pen Cai, a stewed pot filled with vegetable and lots of goodies like abalone, scallops, dried oysters, sea cucumbers and braised pork. This was accompanied with a bowl of signature smooth, springy Heng Hwa bee hoon.

Fa Cai Yu Sheng and a bunny bag of oranges greeted us at our table when we sat down
Fa Cai Yu Sheng and a bunny bag of oranges greeted us at our table when we sat down
Ready for the tossing
Ready for the tossing
Tossing the yu sheng
Tossing the yu sheng
Peng Cai
Peng Cai
This pretty lady served our table
This pretty lady served our table
Heng Hwa bee hoon
Heng Hwa bee hoon
Fried yam
Fried yam
Succulent steamed prawns
Succulent steamed prawns
Steamed fish
Steamed fish
Crispy chicken
Crispy chicken
Glutinous rice balls for dessert
Glutinous rice balls for dessert

The food was good as usual and the service excellent, despite the large dining crowd. Overall, we somehow still feel that the same dishes taste slightly better at the Kitchener Road restaurant.

After our reunion dinner, we headed to Kovan to check out the various florists and plant nurseries. It was drizzling slightly and past 10pm when we arrived. The vendors were offering larger and larger discounts as the clock ticks by, trying to offload the Chinese New Year plants which will become virtually worthless the next day.

At the Kovan flower market
At the Kovan flower market
Despite the rain, Singaporeans are up for the bargain with umbrellas in tow
Despite the rain, Singaporeans are up for the bargain with umbrellas in tow
Lelong in the rain
Lelong in the rain
Greenery makes Rachel happy
Greenery makes Rachel happy
Nowadays, people buy orchids for Chinese New Year too
Nowadays, people buy orchids for Chinese New Year too
We spotted these very nice potted plants - they cost over $130 per pot
We spotted these very nice potted plants - they cost over $130 per pot
These were selling like hotcakes
These were selling like hotcakes
We bought a pot of these
We bought a pot of these

My parents bought a pot of small Mandarin oranges and we headed home for the night.

Happy Chinese New Year everyone, 兔年行大运! 🙂

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Alvinology’s family reunion dinner (团圆饭) 2010

Family picture
Family picture

For our Chinese New Year reunion dinner this year, my family headed down to Pu Tien Restaurant (莆田菜馆) at Kitchener Road again like last year. The restaurant serves Heng Hwa (兴化) cuisine, which btw, is my dialect group.

This year, Pu Tien offered on their CNY menu, the Hakka-originated, Cantonese-modified luxurious delight – Poon Choi or Pen Cai. It’s basically a stewed pot filled with vegetable and lots of goodies like abalone, scallops, dried oysters, sea cucumbers and braised pork.

Eating a bowl of Pen Cai alone was filling enough for the evening. Yummy.

Here are the photos taken this evening:

Yu Sheng - I just had my 7th Lo Hei today... more to come
Yu Sheng - I just had my 7th Lo Hei today... more to come

The waitress adding in all the ingredients for the Yu Sheng
The waitress adding in all the ingredients for the Yu Sheng
Pen Cai - the highlight of the evening
Pen Cai - the highlight of the evening
Close-up shot
Close-up shot
My first bowl (the serving divides to two bowls each)
My first bowl (the serving divides to two bowls each)
Next up - roast pork with lots of colourful sauces
Next up - roast pork with lots of colourful sauces
Drunken prawns
Drunken prawns
Steamed fish
Steamed fish
Heng Hwa noodles
Heng Hwa noodles
Red bean soup for desert
Red bean soup for desert
Mao Shan Wang Durian Nian Gao from Peony Jade which we brought along
Mao Shan Wang Durian Nian Gao from Peony Jade which we brought

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Alvinology’s family reunion dinner (团圆饭) 2009

For our Chinese New Year reunion dinner this year, my family headed down to Pu Tien Restaurant (莆田菜馆) at Kitchener Road. The restaurant serves Heng Hwa (兴化) cuisine, which btw, is my dialect group for those who don’t know. 🙂

Pu Tien has always been my family’s favourite restaurant and in fact, we have been visiting it long before the restaurant became famous recently, opening up many branches in Singapore. My parents are quite chummy with the restaurant boss and senior waitresses, which explains why they made special arrangement for us to have the compartmental table in a quieter corner, amidst the Chinese New Year crowd.

Here are the photos taken this evening:

Yu Sheng
Yu Sheng
Mixed and ready for Lo Hei
Mixed and ready for Lo Hei
Raw salmon
The Yu Sheng (raw salmon)
Lo Hei!
Lo Hei!
Everyone gets into action
Everyone gets into action
I want my luck too!
"I want my luck too!"
Sharks fins soup (I will not order this dish personally, but if its served, I will still eat it)
Shark's fin soup (I will not order this dish, but if it's served, I will still eat it)
my bowl of sharks fin soup
my bowl of shark's fin soup
Lobsters!
Lobsters!
Crispy chicken
Crispy chicken
Fried yam
Fried yam
Heng Hwa Bee Hoon
Heng Hwa Mee Sua
Steamed fish
Steamed fish
Desert - red bean tang yuan
Desert - red bean tang yuan
Family photo taken by my cousin (my aunt and her husband are on the left)
Family photo taken Rachel (my aunt, her husband and son are on the left)
Family photo taken by me (my parents and younger sister on the right)
Family photo taken by me (my parents and younger sister on the right)
My family
My family

If you are interested to try out quality Heng Hwa cuisine, do visit Pu Tien. The price is quite reasonable compared to most other Chinese restaurants and the dishes are unique; a refreshing change from the usual Cantonese fares Singaporeans are used to. Details as below:

Address:
127 Kitchener Road
Desker Road Conservation Area

Tel: 6295 6358

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