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MOUTHWATERING Hawker Themed Buffet called Loco Local at LIME in Parkroyal Pickering. To celebrate gastronomically Singapore’s 54th National Day, I savoured Singapore’s iconic home grown cuisine! On offer were multi-cultural goodies typical of Singapore’s heritage, like flash fried Char Kway Teow with Alaska King Crab Meat, Hokkien Noodles served with Baby Lobster and Lobster Roti Jala.
Of course, the celebrated yummie Singapore Chili Crab is here too.
The velvety sauce is spicy…perfect for local taste buds. Do not forget to dip the golden “Man Tou” bread buns into the luscious sauce and enjoy the sweet, savoury and spicy flavours. Helpful Executive Chef Yap asked me, “How do you find the spiciness of the Chilli Crab? I told him it was just nice for local tastes.
The Hokkien Noodles were excellent with luscious Lobster, scrambled egg and batons of meaty roast pork. Ich leibe es! (German for “I love it”)
Urban myth has it that Hokkien Mee were invented in Rochor Road by workers from noodle factories frying them up after work for dinner. There was a famous stall beside the 7th Storey Hotel, that was the tallest building in Singapore many moons ago.
Rice Fiends who must-eat-rice no matter what, do not despair! There is Hainanese Chicken Rice as well as Fried Carrot Cake with Spring Onions a la minute. The lady Chef fries up the Carrot Cake enthusiastically.
Bak Kut Teh
How about enjoying some nutritious and energising Bak Kut Teh Soup (Pork Bone Tea Soup) with fork tender Pork Ribs? There is Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce too. I love to dip the fresh sliced cucumber, ketupat (rice cakes) and fresh shallots in the appetising peanut gravy. Satay was invented on the Indonesian island of Java who were inspired by the kebabs of the Indian Moghul empire. The meaty skewers soon spread all over South East Asia.
Casanova’s favourite aphrodisiac – Oysters!
Wow! Plump steamed Oysters innovatively paired with your choice of locally inspired sauces, namely Thai Chili, fiery Mala or Sambal Belachan. Spice Fiends, go for Mala Sauce or Thai Chilli. Try all three sauces to find your favourite. I liked the Steamed Oysters with Sambal Belachan for a tangy finish from the lime juice in the Sauce! It went very well with the umami flavour of the oyster.
The Loco Local buffet will be complemented with beloved sweet desserts Ice Kacang, Pong Piah (crispy biscuit with sweet sugary filling) and cute Mini Assorted Nonya Kuehs. Not to mention Tau Sar Piah, gooey “Orh Nee” (Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts) ! I very much enjoyed Gula Melaka Ice Cream and Coconut Ice Cream with DURIAN Pengat and Strawberry Sauce with big strawberries. Durian Pengat is made with the King of Fruits, the Durian, that is cooked with Gula Melaka and Pandan leaves. My personal motto is: Das Leben es ist unbestimmt, isst erst den Nachtisch! It translates from the German as “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first!” There is healthy Coconut juice and coffee or tea too.
PARKROYAL on Pickering
3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
Tel: +65 6809 8899
‘Loco Local’ at Lime is available from 5 August to 1 September 2019, between 6:30pm and 10:30pm
Enjoy 15% savings on the buffet bill with four or more paying adults
SGD68 per adult (Sunday to Thursday) | SGD78 per adult (Friday and Saturday)
- Includes free flow of Teh Tarik, chilled coconut water and a selection of local beverages
SGD34 per child (Sunday to Thursday) | SGD39 per child (Friday and Saturday)
- Price is applicable to children between the age of four and 12