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Hina Matsuri (Doll’s Festival or Girls’ Day) is a day for families to pray for the happiness and healthy growth of their daughters. Celebrated every 3rd March in Japan, families would commemorate this day by setting up a display of dolls within the house, and present food offerings to these human look-alikes.
Running for the fourth year in a row, Chef Moon of Mikuni has once again applied his magic to conjure up an exclusive set menu to celebrate the special occasion of girls in the world. Having said that, the male counterparts are equally entitled to have a taste of Chef Moon’s culinary creations!
Dinner started off with an inviting bowl of fresh green salad, topped with chunky pieces of sweet snow crab. Within the colourful assortment, you can find lettuce, tomatoes, beetroot, blueberries, tangerines, and meat from the 8 legged ocean beauty. Although it may seem a tad simple, this appetizer was extremely light and well-balanced which prepped us perfectly well for the luxurious feast coming up next.
Although 9 August 15 has passed and many Golden Jubilee Celebrations are now over, there are still many reasons to celebrate. For one, the Crystal Jade Group has extended their celebrations by launching a series of delectable limited edition dim sum and xiaolongbao creations, together with other attractive promotions that are available from now till 30 September 15.
Available at Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao and Crystal Jade Jiang Nan, the chefs have cleverly conjured up Chilli Crab and Hainanese Chicken Rice varieties of Xiaolongbao. While the Hainanese Chicken Rice xiaolongbao paired with sautéed ginger dip was mild in taste, the Chilli Crab xiaolongbao packed a punch with its generous crabmeat sitting in a pool of spicy broth. Unlike other renditions of Chilli Crab xiaolongbao which may be a tad too sweet, Crystal Jade Group’s spicier and saltier version was tailored to my taste buds and left me wanting for more. Having two Chilli Crab xiaolongbao in a steamer basket of four was simply insufficient; I literally had to ask (beg) for more.
Hina Matsuri also known as Doll’s Festival, is celebrated each year on 3rd March in Japan. This occasion is a time for families or in particular, parents with young daughters to make offerings of food to miniature dolls as they pray for the happiness and health of their little girls.
Back by popular demand and for the third year running, Fairmont’s resident Japanese restaurant- Mikuni has launched a bento set lunch menu specially created to mark this festive occasion.
Available for a limited time only, from 1 – 10 March 15, these 8-course bento sets are exquisitely designed to charm the ladies. From the feminine pink colour accents to the floral touches, Executive Chef Moon Kyung Soo has taken deliberate care in the plating of every dish, right down to the garnishing so as to impress his guests.
Presented in a tiered style with all 8 dishes fitting perfectly onto a neat wooden tray, Chef Moon’s attention to detail was truly evident as each layer unravelled one tantalising item after the other. If you are all about first impressions, I am sure you will be won over from the moment the Hina Matsuri lunch bento is placed in front of you.
Tiong Bahru Bakery first made its foray into our local cafe scene in collaboration with Spa Esprit Group two years ago and fast earned the title of the ‘best croissant in Singapore’ as dubbed by many media heavyweights and food critics. The man behind this successful bakery and its baked goods made from traditional French techniques, is none other than celebrated French baker Gontran Cherrier. Two years later, he is back again in Singapore to introduce more delectable goodies for the fans of Tiong Bahru Bakery.
This humble bakery which used to pack in the crowds since the day they opened their doors at the corner of Eng Hoon Street in the hipster enclave of Tiong Bahru (hence its ‘heartland’ name) has also since launched two more outlets at Raffles City and Tangs Orchard as an answer to the demands for Gontran’s well-loved breads and viennoiseries.
First up on their new menu is the Panini Lunch Set $9.90 which comes with a choice of either Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese or Bacon and Mushroom Curry. We tried both paninis and thoroughly enjoyed the classic combinations of those ingredients put together. The former was my personal favourite while the latter though delightful barely had a hint of curry spice flavour. We think that calling it a Bacon and Mushroom Panini would suffice and it would still be as popular. Each panini also comes with a side of Caesar salad freshly tossed with croutons, bacon and parmesan cheese and so well-dressed that even those adverse to salads would be happy wolfing this down.
Also new are these two hot dog viennas- Spicy Pork Hotdog with Black Sesame Vienna and Chicken Hotdog with Pepper Vienna $5.30 each. While the price may be a tad steep for plain ol’ hotdog buns, these are actually hardly plain and neither are they run-of-the-mill. For starters, its hearty size is almost justification enough for its price, next would be the fluffiness of that sesame/pepper bread and finally how the thick overlaying melted cheese ties it all together so beautifully. The chicken one actually packs a punch with its subtle spread of dijon mustard while the pork hot dog tasted somewhat like smoked cured chorizo.
The first female Iron Chef and the lady behind Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora, Chef Cat Cora was in town earlier this month to launch her brand new 4 course set lunch menu. As a strong champion of sustainable seafood, Chef Cora translates her food philosophy into dishes that are created from seafood sustainably sourced through aquaculture or controlled fishing. These signature creations can be found at her first Singaporean outpost, which boasts of a unique dining concept nestled in the world’s largest aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) where guests can savour the magnificent experience of dining alongside more than 800 species of marine animals.
For more on Chef Cat Cora, check out our interview with her.
The 4-course Set Lunch menu which is available every day of the week comprises of a starter, 2 main courses and ends off with dessert. Preceding all these dishes was first an amuse bouche by Chef Cora featuring a 42°C sous-vide Salmon with Citrus Minestrone that was delicately light and smooth with some refreshing notes.
For the Starter course, diners had a choice between the Kingfish Tartare and White Onion Soup. The former was a beautiful rich bed of chopped Kingfish fillet served with Watermelon, Passionfruit and Tomatillo Ice, balancing out the oily texture of the fish while the latter was possibly one of the best onion soups I have had by far.
It was not a popular choice actually but once every one had a taste of that velvety smoothness and lovely contrast of sweet caramelized onions with the soft salty melted cheese, I think they wished they had picked this starter instead. Comforting, warm and filling, the crispy bread layer was possibly the crowning factor.