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Fans of both celebrity chef restaurants- Forest and Tangerine at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), will be excited to know that the two have recently introduced new creations to their menu. From contemporary Chinese cuisine at Forest, to healthy and nutritious delights at Tangerine, the husband-wife team promises a rejuvenating dining experience for their guests.
For more on the chemistry and dynamics of this successful chef-couple, do check out our interview with both Chefs Sam and Forest Leong and gain an insight into how it is like to have two cooks in a relationship!
Run by Chef Sam Leong, Forest- located at the lobby of Equarius Hotel launches a new Sunday lunch which showcases the culinary prowess of the celebrity chef himself. The lunch is 8 courses long but features 13 dishes in total. This concept encourages you to simply take the time to bask and savour these tantalizing creations served in tasting portions till your taste buds are thoroughly satisfied.
Here are some of the dishes you can expect at the Sunday lunch:
Braised Flat Rice Noodle with Prawns in Black Bean Sauce & Wok-Fried Japanese Pearl Rice with Squid Ink in XO Chili Sauce accompanied with Seared Hokkaido Scallop
Beautifully contemporary, blending the wok hei of Chinese cooking with the elegance of Japanese cuisine. The prawns and scallops were succulent and bursting in natural sweetness while the textures of the carbs contrasted well. That XO Chili Sauce was a winner for me.
Duo Combination Platter:
Baby Abalone with Sichuan ‘Ma La’ Sauce
Wok-Fried Crispy Duck pressed confit and Yam served with Mushroom Sauce
My eyes were naturally drawn to the Duck ‘confit’ in this one. Never one to shy away from experimenting and being different, it was only natural that Chef’s rendition would look this avant-garde. Nonetheless the earthiness of the yam and moist duck meat combination worked- especially when the final mixture was deep fried till a crisp.
Dim Sum to me is comfort food. It is my go-to cuisine whenever I have friends visiting from other countries, or simply when I just crave for bite-sized Chinese snacks to munch on. There are a few places I usually go back to whenever I need my Dim Sum fix because the food tastes fresh and honestly satisfying. Unfortunately most of these restaurants usually only serve Dim Sum for lunch and not dinner so I am always on the look-out for eateries that allow you to enjoy Dim Sum both night and day- with items 100% handmade and freshly made as per order.
Dim Dim – The Hong Kong Pantry located at the new Marina Link linking Marina Square and Esplanade MRT is one such example. Helmed by a Hong Kong Dim Sum chef, the mouthwatering delights served here are very obviously Hong Kong-inspired and while the usual quintessential items are available, there are some unique ones that stood out. And even for someone who is a stickler when it comes to Dim Sum, I did find myself warming up to these ‘new’ dishes. Perhaps I really ought to be more adventurous when ordering my Dim Sum in future.
Steamed Prawn Dumpling “Ha Kau” $4.20
Starting us off, were these “Ha Kau”- an item always seen on everyone’s table at Dim Sum eateries, mine especially. Nothing to complain about these ones as the skin was not too starchy nor too thin and the prawn was succulent and fresh. Good.
A new phenomenon has recently been taking Singapore or rather our hawker stalls by storm. Increasingly fronted by young people below the age of 30, this gutsy new generation of hawkers is possibly saving our disappearing street food culture and heritage with their ambition and drive.
Truly Curry Rice located at 79 Telok Blangah Drive Food Centre too has been ‘saved’ in such a way. The former owner had originally planned to give up his apron and retire when his daughter, Deniece and her business partner Joel decided to take a leap of faith, give up their well-paying trading jobs in the FOREX market and take over the stall.
Some may call it impulsive and rash but the duo insist that it is a calculated move- one that has been in the works for a while now and the opportunity arose when the stall became available. And now, having taken over the reins fully for the last 6 months, the two have been slowly but surely gaining their foothold in the business.
Premium Straits-Peranakan dining establishment INDOCAFE – the white house located along Scotts Road proudly launches its first ever Chinese New Year reunion set, featuring a lavish ten-course menu which they grandly dub the Magnificent Harvest of Abundance & Fortune Reunion Menu.
I had initially closed my CNY posts for the year already but when Derrick kindly extended an invite to this Peranakan-Inspired Lunar New Year Feast, I could not resist because I am always up for introducing new and interesting places to my readers and this was definitely a unique twist on reunion feasting for CNY.
Available from 18 January to 18 February, the dishes on this exclusive menu promises bags of Nonya flavours and spices, coupled with hints of nostalgic familiarity especially for families with Peranakan ancestral roots.
Flourishing Brilliance Yu Sheng
We start with the customary Yu Sheng with a selection of Mekajiki, Salmon and Tuna. While the appearance seems rather unremarkable, you will only be able to tell what is truly special when you take the first bite. The secret is in that homemade spiced sauce used to dress the Yu Sheng, bearing subtle notes of curry nuances that was appetizing without being too spicy.
This Yu Sheng $88++ with abalone and $68++ without, can also be ordered separately as a dine-in à la carte or as take-away where diners get to bring it home for another round of the auspicious tossing with both family and friends.
Xin Cuisine at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium presents an elaborate wealth of flavours and feasts to usher into the Lunar New Year of the Horse this year. The festive treats and set menus offered at the restaurant during this season are a majestic reflection of prosperity to ensure that you herald in an auspicious year of wealth through your doors.
Xin’s Superior Seafood Yusheng
Ala Carte $488, included in the Auspicious Blossoms Set Menu $2014
Go big or go home seems to be the mantra of Xin Cuisine each year when it comes to Yusheng and this year’s creation does not disappoint with its two-part centrepiece of a horse (deftly fashioned by Chef freehand) and a grand ice sculpture of sashimi.
Delicate moulds of Gold Leaf Australian Lobster, Salmon, Tuna, Japanese Sweet Prawn, Geoduck Clam and Ikan Parang displayed on each level of ice with some dry ice added for a dramatic display.
Double-boiled Dumpling Soup with Seafood and Truffle
$10 per person
While Bird’s Nest seems to be the popular alternative to Sharks’ Fins this year at most Chinese New Year offerings, Xin Cuisine offers a humbler option instead with a hearty dumpling filled with seafood and shaved truffle instead. The double-boiled soup certainly does not short-change with its depth of flavour and nourishing properties all intact.
For those wanting something a tad more luxurious, there is also a Doubled-boiled Bird’s Nest with Alaska Crab going for $65 per serving.