Scrumptious SUMMER PALACE in the Regent Hotel!

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

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The inspiring and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM visits a…

MOST delicious Cantonese restaurant in the Regent Hotel…Stepping into this haute cuisine Cantonese restaurant brings back feelings of nostalgia and memories of Hong Kong. Tall and fit Chef Liu, 44, is from Hong Kong but is now a Singaporean. Affable Chef Liu looks like a Hong Kong Kung Fu movie hero. Chef Liu has worked in Cantonese restaurants in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok and his cuisine is elegant yet very flavoursome. Taking a leaf out of that hit movie, “Ratatouille”, I asked him to, “Suprise me!” Ha! Ha!

I discovered that a most Unique Selling Point or USP of Summer Palace is their exclusive Gluten Free menu. This is a FIRST for any Chinese restaurant in sunny Singapore! Many are Gluten Intolerant and many also prefer Gluten-Free food due to their desire for a healthy lifestyle. Two dishes from the Gluten Free menu are worthy of mention. One is the Pumpkin and Soon Hock Fish Soup served in a Pumpkin bowl…creamy and sexy and very yummie! The other is Beef Tenderloin Stir Fried with Red Capsicum. The beef is so fork tender it dissolves on your palate in an instant and yet has a firm ‘bite’ to it. Lovely!

I also adored the sexy Spinach and Crabmeat combo. Here you can eat your cake and still have it as it is so healthful and delicious at the same time. Very generous amount of Crabmeat and NOT ONE shell or piece of cartilage could be found which is outstanding!Usually, you find at lest one or two pieces of a crab shell sliver or a cartilage in the crabmeat. The Chef’s passion and breadth of interpretation of Cantonese “cuisine traditionelle” is admirable.

The MOONCAKES from Summer Palace are not to be sniffed at…in a unique auspiciously red carrier that when opened becomes a CHINESE CHESS set! How good is that! BRILLIANT! You can taste the Mooncakes while savouring Pu-Erh & Chrysanthemum Tea…and play Chinese Chess! One NEW Snowskin Mooncake is a very enticing Chendol Flavour and the other, redolent with intense aromas and flavours of Dried Longan is…yes…Ice Kachang Flavour!


To be continued…

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About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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