Thursday, 18 July 2019

Si Chuan Dou Hua – 100 Sichuan Delights, 1 Gastronomic Feast [MEDIA INVITE]


Dessert - Crispy Glutinous Rice Ball with Sesame Red Bean Paste
The popular ‘100 Sichuan Delights, 1 Gastronomic Feast’ promotion, returns for the fourth consecutive year from 8 July to 30 September 2019 at PARKROYAL on Beach Road. This year’s a la carte buffet sees 102 dishes in 26 flavour profiles.

Chilled Sliced Radish in Sweet and Sour Sauce

This year Executive Sichuan Chef Zeng Feng’s wish to showcase the multiple facets of Sichuan cuisine beyond the popular “mala” flavour. Two examples of distinct Sichuan flavours that are slowly disappearing are the nutty Sesame & Pepper Sauce and Sichuan Mince Pepper & Spring Onion Sauce.

Sliced Chicken in Minced Sichuan Pepper Sauce

The nutty Sesame & Pepper Sauce flavour is represented in these dishes: Sliced Fish Maw in Sesame Sauce, Chilled ‘You Mai’ Vegetables in Sesame Sauce and Sichuan Noodles in Sichuan Pepper and Sesame Sauce. Instead of the creamy nutty flavour in regular sesame sauce, in the Sichuan version, you can taste the heat creaming at the end of each bite.

Chilled ‘You Mai’ Vegetables in Sesame Sauce

Sichuan Mince Pepper & Spring Onion Sauce flavour is represented by these dishes: Boiled Sliced Fish in Minced Sichuan Pepper Sauce, Sliced Chicken in Minced Sichuan Pepper Sauce and Fresh Scallops in Sichuan Pepper Sauce. Instead of a fiery red colour, the colour of the sauce is green from the spring onion. The dishes are fragrant and enticing.

Boiled Sliced Fish in Minced Sichuan Pepper Sauce

Pork Knuckle with Fresh Chilli and Marinated Chicken Feet with Preserved Chilli will be a hit with fans of Sichuan cuisine. These dishes use red fresh chilli and green preserved chilli to create the appetising spicy and sour combo. 

Marinated Chicken Feet with Preserved Chilli 

Sweet is not a flavour profile that you will associate with Sichuan cuisine. I was surprised when I see Steamed Pork Belly in Sweet Sauce. The presentation looks like a bouquet of flower, where each sliced pork belly is rolled with red bean paste and steamed on a bed of sugar. If you are looking for a pork dish for dessert, this might be the one.

Steamed Pork Belly in Sweet Sauce

The following are my picks:
Anything with Dou Hua. Renowned for its light and silky texture, the homemade bean curd will elevate any dishes combined with it. One of the dishes is Stir-fried Sliced Beef with Chilli Powder served with “Dou Hua”. The flavour of the beef with the silkiness of the “Dou Hua” is just awesome. 

Stir-fried Sliced Beef with Chilli Powder served with “Dou Hua” 
Braised Bean Curd in Sweet Bean Sauce

The Dumplings. These mini bite-size dumplings are bursting with flavours. Served in broth or Chilli Oil, you can choose the flavours that you like or even both.

Minced Meat Dumpling in Superior Stock

Minced Meat Dumpling in Chilli Oil

Steam Egg in Prawn Paste. One of the less menacing dishes here. The minced pork is marinated with prawn paste and sandwich between egg yolk mix and egg white. This patty might look plain, but it is packed with flavours.

Steam Egg in Prawn Paste

Fresh Prawns in Sichuan Style. Fresh and crunchy prawns, tossed with aromatic Sichuan pepper. It has a medium spiciness level with a touch of numbness.

Fresh Prawns in Sichuan Style

Boiled Fish Slices in Spicy Soup. The sliced fish is swimming inside the spicy soup. Surprisingly the silky and flaky fish does not taste spicy at all. Instead, it absorbs the aroma of the sesame seeds.

Boiled Fish Slices in Spicy Soup

Stir-Fried Sliced Fish in Tomato Sauce. Each of the fish slices is deep-fried till crispy and covered evenly with tomato sauce. The tanginess from the tomato sauce combines with the crunchiness of the fish is just irresistible.

Stir-Fried Sliced Fish in Tomato Sauce

Desserts. Chilled Peach Resin with Sago and Sichuan Glutinous Pancake was the perfect ending for me. The sago ball is mildly sweet and contains health benefit from the peach resin. While the pancake has a crisp texture externally followed with gooey texture.

Chilled Peach Resin with Sago
Sichuan Glutinous Pancake

For this gastronomic feast, HUIMANNONG Sakura Sake is the suggested pairing. This rice wine is originated from Wuhan, it has a lower alcohol content with light and refreshing taste.

HUIMANNONG Sakura Sake

Overall, 100 Sichuan Delights, 1 Gastronomic Feast is a feast not to be missed. This feast showcases different flavours of Sichuan cuisine that I never see before. For Sichuan Cuisine fans this is a must-try event, while for the rest it is an eye-opener in Sichuan Cuisine.

Chilled Chicken in Chinese Rice Wine

100 Sichuan Delights, 1 Gastronomic Feast
When: 8 July to 30 September 2019
Where: Si Chuan Dou Hua at PARKROYAL on Beach Road
Price:
$60 per adult with a complimentary glass of HUIMANNONG Sakura Sake
$30 for children (*age 6 to 12).
Full Menu is available at 

Thank you very much PARKROYAL on Beach Road and Si Chuan Dou Hua for hosting the tasting event.

Food & Drinks: 7.75/10
Value: 7.75/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Event)
Ambiance: 8.5/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80, $81 and Above

Si Chuan Dou Hua
7500 Beach Road
PARKROYAL on Beach Road
Singapore 199591

T: +65 6505 5722
IG: @Sichuandouhua_sg
OH:
Lunch: 11.30 – 14.30
High Tea: 14.30 – 18.00
Dinner: 18.30 – 22.30

Sunday, 14 July 2019

O.BBa Jjajang – Korean Chinese Food in SG

Jajangmyeon

O.BBa JJajang (“OBJ”) is a sister restaurant of O.BBa BBQ (Full review of O.BBa BBQ is available here), serving Korean Chinese cuisine.

O.BBa JJajang

Korean movie or drama lovers will easily recognise these popular Korean Chinese dishes. Most of the Korean Chinese cuisine can be traced the origin from the Northern side of China, like Beijing and Shandong. However, the Korean has made it their own by stamping their style in these dishes.

Jajangmyeon ($10 lunch / $12 dinner & +2 Upsize). A thick Chinese style noodle dish topped with sweet bean sauce. The ingredients in the sauce also include diced pork, onions and vegetables. Before you eat the noodle, make sure you mix the sauce evenly into the noodle.

Jajangmyeon

The noodle is thick and silky, while the dark bean sauce is sweet and whet your appetite. Since most of the ingredients coated in strong dark sauce, it is difficult to tell the difference between the diced pork and the diced vegetables. The uniqueness of the Jajangmyeon is that sweet bean sauce is so addictive, you can’t stop slurping it until the last strand of noodle. It is also normal in Korea that they finished off the sauce with white rice. Yummy.

Jajangmyeon - The Chinese Style Noodle

The side dishes served at OBJ include the yellow pickled radish, kimchi and Sichuan vegetables. I like the yellow pickle as it is not spicy and taste like the Japanese version, good to wash off the sweetness of the noodle and the “jelakness” from the next dish.

Side Dishes

Tangsuyuk ($25) Sweet and Sour Pork Korean style. Unlike the Chinese version, the pork here is not diced, instead, it is cut in strips about the length of your fingers. It is then coated in potato starch for the extra crispiness. The sweet and sauce normally serve separately and only poured on the pork after your approval.

Tangsuyuk

The version at OBJ is super crispy exterior, but pork strips remain juicy internally. The marinade of the pork is on the light side, and the sauce tasted sweet, with a little hit of tanginess.

Tangsuyuk

Gunmandu ($10 for 8pcs). Fried dumplings or deep-fried dumplings to be precise. It has a crispy exterior with moist and juicy pork and vegetable fillings. The skin of the dumpling is as thick as Chinese dumplings, it seals the juice inside the dumplings nicely.

Gunmandu

Gunmandu

Jjamppong ($12 lunch / $14 dinner). It is their version of Chinese Noodle Seafood Soup. This dish uses the same type of noodle as Jajangmyeon, while the soup is normally red due to the red pepper added, it boasts a generous portion of seafood. One of Tracy’s favourite dish.

The décor of the restaurant is simple, filled with square tables which usually sits 2 or 4 persons. We have there a few times, I find that a major renovation is due to spruce up the place. Service is friendly but OBJ usually understaffed.

Overall, OBJ still served one of the better Korean Chinese Food in Singapore. Their Jajangmyeon is delicious and they open till 3 AM is definitely a plus point. Gun Bae!! Cheers!!

Food & Drinks: 7.75/10
Value: 7.75/10
Service: 6.25/10
Ambiance: 6/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25

O.BBa Jjajang
77 Tanjong Pagar Road
Singapore 088498

T: +65 6221 8254
IG: @O.bba_jjajang
OH: Daily 11.30 – 03.00
Menu is available online


Friday, 12 July 2019

UYKDSG – Thai Issan Cuisine [MEDIA INVITE]

Leng Zaab

Un-Yang-Kor-Dai Singapore (“UYKDSG”) is a Thai Restaurant in Singapore servings Thai and Issan Cuisine. UYKDSG received recognition of Thai Select by Ministry of Commerce of Thailand as a restaurant that serves Fine Thai Food with Thai taste.

Un-Yang-Kor-Dai Singapore 

My experience with Issan cuisine was during my trip to Phuket and Hua Hin. The grilled chicken there was so delicious, it leaves a positive impression in my memory.

Part of the Seating Area
Part of the Seating Area & Kitchen

One of the dishes that catch my eyes here is Leng Zaab ($28, the smallest for 2 to 3 pax). It is a Prime Pork and Back Ribs with Isaan Spicy Sour Soup. When this dish is served on the table, the server will pour a small amount of Thai rice wine and light the fire on it. The purpose is to intensify the flavour of the pork ribs.

Leng Zaab

The prime pork rib is tender, succulent and the meat fall of the bones. For the back ribs, the meat is lean and require more chewing. For foodies, keep a lookout for the hidden marrow below the back ribs. The broth is robust fill with herbs, tasted almost as robust as our Bak Kut Teh followed with spicy and sour in it. These flavour profiles are the characteristic of Thai flavour.

Leng Zaab

Scotched Eggs with Tamarind Sauce ($12.50). Hard-boiled eggs topped cooked with tamarind sauce. The tasty egg is coated with sweet dark sauce, with a faint touch of tanginess. A good dish to be eaten with rice.

Scotched Eggs with Tamarind Sauce 

Signature Grilled Chicken ($12 half / $21 whole). This grilled spring chicken is well marinated with lemongrass, fish sauce and grilled to perfection. It has an aromatic charcoal flavour, tender and succulent. On the side, there is spicy dipping sauce to accompany the chicken.

Signature Grilled Chicken - half

Although the chicken is delicious on its own, you should try it with Glutinous Brown Rice (mix of black and white glutinous rice) served in kra-tips ($2). Normally it is eaten with white sticky rice, however, the glutinous brown rice looks healthier and taste nicer.

Glutinous Brown Rice

Red Curry with Grilled Chicken (quarter), Lychee, Tomato and Sweet Basil ($23.80). A unique version of red curry. It uses the signature grilled chicken as the protein, cooked it with lychee, tomato and sweet basil. The combination of sweet, tangy and savoury plus the rich curry sauce is just superb; perfect with a bowl of jasmine rice ($1.50). A “rice thief” dish here and I will just return for the red curry.

Red Curry with Grilled Chicken
Jasmine white rice - minced pork not included

Stuffed Whole Squid with Tom Yum Fried Rice ($23.90). Springy and tender squid with tom yum marinate. The stuffed tom yum fried rice infused flavour to squid and it also absorbs the jus from the squid. Yum Yum.

Stuffed Whole Squid with Tom Yum Fried Rice

Eggplant with Spicy Minced Pork Hot Basil ($14.50). Spicy, aromatic and juicy minced pork, cooked with sliced eggplant. The spiciness of this dish is definitely on the high side.

Eggplant with Spicy Minced Pork Hot Basil 

For the drinks, I choose Lemongrass with Lime and Honey ($5.50). It is refreshing and helps me to put out any spiciness from dishes. Also, check out the following drinks Butterfly Pea with Lime ($5.50) and Iced Thai Milk Tea ($5).

Lemongrass with Lime and Honey

UYKDSG offers cold and warm desserts. For the cold dessert, Thai Milk Tea Pudding ($5.50) is not to be missed. The pudding is light and wobbly, while the Thai milk tea flavour is very intense. Upon serving, it is poured with a dash of evaporated milk.

Thai Milk Tea Pudding 

Warm desserts that we tried are Trio TingKat Delights ($12) and Rice Balls with Sweet Coconut Milk and a Whole Egg ($6.50). The Trio TingKat delights is like our version of Bo Bo Cha Cha deconstructed. Each TingKat has coconut milk as the base, followed with different fillings, banana, sweet potato and yam.

Trio TingKat Delights

Trio TingKat Delights

Meanwhile, the Rice Balls desserts is unique. The rice balls are served with sweet coconut milk. The surprising item that I found here is a whole poached egg. It adds to the richness to the dessert, but the sweet poached egg just tastes weird.

Rice Balls with Sweet Coconut Milk and a Whole Egg

Rice Balls with Sweet Coconut Milk and a Whole Egg

The Rice Balls

Overall, Un-Yang-Kor-Dai Singapore served authentic and unique Issan cuisine. The Leng Zaab, Signature Grilled Chicken, Red Curry with Grilled Chicken and Stuffed Whole Squid with Tom Yum Fried Rice are just awesome and worth the calories. Cheers!!

Butterfly Pea with Lime 

Thank you, Kris and Un-Yang-Kor-Dai Singapore for the tasting invitation.

Food: 8/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 7.5/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50

UnYangKorDai Singapore
57 South Bridge Road
Singapore 058688

T: +65 6787 8575
IG: @uykdsg
OH:
Tue – Thu & Sun: 11.30 – 15.00; 18.00 – 22.00
Fri & Sat: 11.30 – 15.00; 18.00 – 23.00
Closed on Monday.


Thursday, 11 July 2019

7 Tips for Travellers With Disabilities Coming to Singapore

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With the increase in elderly population in Singapore, travel by people with disabilities is getting more and more common. Also known as disabled travel or accessibly travel, travellers with disabilities are getting more recognition and support as the travel industry in Singapore evolves to accommodate them.

1. Ask Your Airline For Help
Before booking or arranging the trip, make sure to ask your airline for help. Many airlines will have priority queues for people with disabilities, which can help to make sure that the disabled user gets through airport without much delay and difficulties.

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2. Buy/Rent a Travel Wheelchair.
When it comes to wheelchairs, you can either choose to bring your own wheelchair, or to rent or buy from places in Singapore. If you’re a traveller looking for something affordable, then one of the most reputable wheelchair places with cheaper wheelchairs would be Vertex Mobility. You can either choose from their range of travel wheelchairs or lightweight wheelchairs. The best thing is, you can arrange for a same-day delivery to your hotel. They also do wheelchair rentals, but it’s recommended that you purchase a wheelchair as it is more cost-effective, without having to worry about returning the wheelchair to them.

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3. Make Sure You Have Grab/Gojek On Your Phone.
Getting around in a wheelchair in Singapore is now very convenient with Grab and Gojek, two ride hailing services that are very efficient. These Apps are Singapore’s equivalent of Uber / Lyft. Getting a private hire car to pick you up will require less than 5-7 minutes, so make sure you grab these apps!

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4. Get Advice & Recommendations From Singapore Tourism Board.
Singapore focuses a lot on its tourism industry, with many visitor centers situated throughout the country. They have a hotline at 1800 736 2000, which you can call Toll-Free, from 9am-6pm on Mondays to Fridays. For areas where you aren’t sure are wheelchair accessible, simply drop them a call and they’ll be more than happy to help you!

5. Take a doctor’s note and phone number
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, do remember to take a doctor’s note which describes the full extent of your condition and any possible complications. It’s also important to have the doctor’s emergency contact number just in case of any incidents.

6. Avoid connecting flights
Connecting flights can be a real pain for those with disabilities. Having to maneuver through new airports and places can be very tiring. If possible, try to avoid connecting flights.

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7. Allow 3 Hours to Check In & Transfer.
It’s best to give a 3 hour allowance before the lift-off time to check in and make sure everything is fine. As a disabled person travelling on a wheelchair, it’s always a good idea to have some extra time to make sure that you get onto your flight properly. Unexpected security checks or luggage restrictions could cause some delays.

Supertree Grove at Gardens by The Bay
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Lastly – enjoy your trip to Singapore! Singapore’s a great place with many disability friendly areas, so you’ll be sure to have a good trip J



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