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

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