Pan Pacific Singapore’s Christmas Goodies!

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The audacious and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM tells you about Pan Pacific Singapore’s…

MANY yummie Christmas goodies! Much worthy of mention is the big Pear William and Caramel Nut Log Cake inspired by the humble Snickers candy bar. Made with sexy Jivara Milk Chocolate plus chunky Pear cubes, there is also zesty Pear Curd. The velvety pear fruit is very yummie. Valrhona’s Jivara milk chocolate has 41% Cocoa with pleasing flavours of vanilla and caramel. A lovely crunchy texture comes from the caramelised Hazelnuts! Hazelnuts, like almonds, are very healthy and raise up your good cholesterol. Aesthetically, the hazelnut-studded Log Cake is very pleasing with Chocolate garnishes like wafer-thin chocolate Tannenbaeume/Christmas trees.

For a local touch, they also have the Mao Shan Wang (Gold Mountain) Durian and Gula Melaka Log Cake, as well as the Coconut Mango Calamansi Log Cake.

From top left to bottom right – Hazelnut Chocolate Tart, heavenly Jivara Milk Chocolate Pear William and Caramel Nut Log Cake, Mao Shan Wang DURIAN and Gula Melaka Log Cake, Tangy Coconut Mango Calamansi Log Cake

Another goodie is the German Marzipan Stollen. Germans love stollen at Christmas time. Try too the Christmas Homemade Chocolate Pralines!

For savouries, tuck into unusual Baked Tamarind Turkey, sweet Honey Glazed Ham and meaty Roasted Kurobuta Pork Belly and more!

Left to right – Meaty Roast Kurobuta Pork Belly with Paprika and Kalamata Olive Stuffing, Traditional Roast Turkey with classic Chestnut Stuffing, Coconut Mango Calamansi Log Cake, Slow-roasted Ribeye of Australian Beef

Orchard Road put up Christmas decorations in September so here is wishing you an early Merry Christmas! OMG! It is only November!!! Bon appetit! 🙂

Festive Goodies from Pacific Marketplace

7 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square

Singapore 039595

Tel: 6336 8111

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RAFFLES Reborn…

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The audacious and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM goes to La Grande Dame…

MAJESTIC Raffles, and finds many delights…The Raffles officially re-opened on 1 August 2019, after the very expensive makeover of this historic hotel in sunny Singapore. Raffles was named after the founder of Singapore, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. I was privileged to be brought on a VIP Tour…

Historically, the Sarkies brothers came to Asia from Isfahan in Persia (now Iran). In 1887, Tigran Sarkies opened the Raffles while his brother, Aviet, went to Rangoon (now Yangon)in Burma (now Myanmar) to open the Sarkies Hotel in 1892. In 1901, Aviet opened The Strand. I visited The Strand recently; the General Manager is my good friend.



Raffles Hotel’s familiar Main Building opened with great fanfare on 18 November, 1899. Another landmark year was 1915 when A. Dietz composed ” The Raffles March” and dedicated the song to Tigran Sarkies. 1915 was also the year when the iconic Singapore Sling was created by Hainanese Bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. He also created the Million Dollar Cocktail.

In March 1989, the old Raffles was demolished. Following a titanic renovation, Raffles was reopened on 16 September 1991. IN 2017, the 130th Anniversary, Raffles closed for another gigantic renovation and restoration! On August 1, 2019, the reborn Raffles officially opened.

La Dame Pic

What used to be the Raffles Grill is now a joint venture with my friend 3 Michelin Star Chef Anne-Sophie Pic. It is called “La Dame Pic” and serves haute cuisine. The Writer’s Bar has been enlarged and now has a dedicated selection of fine SCotch Whiskys. I also went to see the Long Bar at its previous location. I liked the motorised rattan fans on the ceiling. The bags of peanuts are still there and custom has it that you can litter the floor with the husks for good luck. Here in the Long Bar, the best sellers are the renowned Singapore Sling and also the Million Dollar Cocktail.

The Grand Lobby

To the left of the Grand Lobby, I went to take a peek at the Tiffin Room where I would later have lunch. Talking a walk to the Raffles Arcade, I toured the new Raffles Boutique and Gift Shop that has a mural depicting the history of the hotel. Lots of souvenirs from wearable T-shirts to magnets and Kaya Jam abound.

From the Grand Lobby, I climbed 36 steps up the curving staircase to level 2 to begin my tour. I saw the new Fitness Centre and Gym and also the enlarged swimming pool on level 3. The pool is now 20 m long and you can have an al fresco breakfast there in the morning.

I had a look at the luxurious Palm Court Suite 318 with its four poster bed, big bathtub and minibar in a chest of drawers. The suite faces the Palm Court.

BBR by Alain Ducasse

The Bar and Billiard Room is now renamed BBR by Alain Ducasse and serves mainly Meditteranean cuisine with many Spanish dishes and Tapas for sharing. This is another joint venture with Raffles. The friendly French Chef Louis Pacquelin is from the South of France.

The Travelling Gourmet TM dines like a Maharajah in...The Tiffin Room

I was happy to see my cheerful friend, Kuldeep Negi, who is the Chef de Cuisine of The Tiffin Room. The mainly North Indian cusine with some South Indian cusine from Kerala is very tasty and yummie!

Lucknowi Morgh Biryani

North Indian cuisine is the food of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Lucknow, just to name a few. The cuisine is characterised by the generous used of fragant spices like Cardamom, Cloves, Fennel, Turmeric, Cumin, Ginger and more. A big collection of Tiffin carriers decorate the brightly lit restaurant while wooden floorboards bring back the nostalgia of bygone days. Almond shaped chandeliers dangle from the high ceiling. There is an Appetiser Section with Indian style salads like PAP – not the political party, but Prawn and Pumpkin, Ha! Ha! Spicy Punjabi Style Chana (Chickpea) Salad, Onions, Kerala Style Prawns and Cooconut are other delectables. There are also lovely Chutneys and Pickles like Mango, Date and Tamarind, Mint and more. I especially like the Gooseberry I tucked in with gusto into goodies like Nalli Roganjosh. This macho and aromatic dish boasts lamb shank caressed with dried red chilli paste and Kashmiri Indian spices. SAS -Sweet And Sour Mango Chutney, goes well with this, believe me. I also love Lucknowi Murgh Biryani with healthy Basmati rice from a gigantic copper pot. Boneless Masala Chicken Curry too is yummie. Then a Mera Dabba (my box in Hindi) tiffin box was brought to my table with succulent Tandoori Chicken sans skewer and…Cheese, Garlic and Plain Naan (Indian bread). The Naans are de rigeur for dipping into the delicious sauces and curries. Savouring the food, mais oui, I felt like a Maharajah, wahahah! I had a wine made in India by my friends, the Secci fratelli (brothers) of Masi winery in Italy, whose winery I have toured. Aptly named Fratelli, the light palate-friendly wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Sweets for the Sweet!

Indian Desserts are usually very sweet! A delight for thse with a sweet tooth! A variation of the classic Gulab Jamun Balls (which are milk dumplings) is that they are laced with Bittersweet Chocolate and delicate Saffron. Tropical fruits like Melon, Pineapple, Dragonfruit and more are also on the Dessert table. I always like Mango Kulfi which is Indian Ice Cream.

Tiffin Room

Raffles Singapore

1 Beach Road

Singapore 189673

Tel: 63371886

Hours: 12pm to 2pm daily for Lunch

6.30pm to 10pm daily for Dinner

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Super SKY22

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The indomitable and intrepid Travelling Gourmet TM goes to the new Courtyard by…

MARRIOTT…all the way up to the 22nd floor…to taste delectable dishes like Curry Capitan with Roti Prata & Poppadoms with Achar (Nyonya Pickles), mildly spicy Chilli Crab Pizza, tangy and zesty Penang Style Assam (tamarind) Laksa, tender & moist Pork Satay with Red Onions, Fresh Cucumber, Ketupat (rice cake) with yummie Peanut Sauce, Nasi Goreng (literally translated from the Malay language as ‘fried rice’) with Egg Sunny Side Up and more! Good food, good service and good ambience makes bright and spacious SKY22 one of my favourite restaurants. Portions are very generous for those with big appetites. There is also an excellent Semi-Buffet “eat as much as you like” Dinner with your choice of main course. I like to dine early so as to see the sun setting over the Novena area. Easy access because the Novena MRT station is just a hop, skip and jump away.

Deconstructed Cendol

A lovely dessert is Cendol Deconstucted with Nuggets of fragrant Gula Melaka and Ice Cream that is not ot sweet but very yummie! The seductive Gula Melaka flavours pleasure your taste buds endlessly as you bite into the nuggets. The Dessert Buffet is also noteworthy. Splendid SKY 22 is helmed by modest and talented Executive Chef John Chye who is one of the nicest Chefs I know. In Urbana there is 1 for 1 Cocktails from 5pm to 8pm daily.

SKY22

Level 22

Courtyard by Marriott Novena

99 Irrawaddy Road

Singapore 329568

Tel: 62500303

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Mooncakes – Shangri-La sticks to old favourites

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The resourceful and audacious Travelling Gourmet TM tastes Shangri-La’s classic…

MOONCAKES…like Plain Lotus Seed Paste, Lotus Seed with Single Yolk, Lotus Seed with Double Yolks and Chicken Ham & Mixed Nuts. These four come in a chic and elegant shocking crimson Box with auspicious Peony flowers….Shangri-La’s Four Treasures Box! After you enjoy scoffing the Mooncakes, you can re-use the box for your jewellery, cosmetics nd knock-knacks. There is even an almond shaped mirror in the lid. Yes, the box is environment friendly…all the rage now. Reduce, re-use, recycle goes the “greenies” mantra…

Go nuts over Mixed Nuts Mooncake!

There are those who do not like Mixed Nuts Mooncakes but I confess that I actually love them for the taste, texture and the crunchiness. Not to forget the numerous health benefits of nuts like almonds that raise up your good cholesterol! I shall always remember one routine yearly Medical checkup, when I had been consuming lots of almonds; my Doctor told me, “Wow! Your cholesterol is very good!”. When I told him I ate a lot of almonds, macadamias and other nuts, he exclaimed, “That is it! Almonds raise up your good cholesterol.” The melange of melon seeds, almonds, sesame seeds with sugar glazed winter melon and orange has a good balance of SAS -Sweet and Savoury tastes. There is also chicken ham. I really prefer REAL ham but chicken ham is not too bad. Put pork on your fork as the Aussies say…

Forever young…with Lotus seeds

Stay forever young with the anti-aging enzyme L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase enzyme found in Lotus seeds. The enzyme with the very long name repairs damaged proteins. Lotus seeds also have protein, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, while being low in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol. Good to know when you savour Lotus Seed Mooncakes with or without salted Duck Egg Yolks. Shangri-La’s Lotus Seed paste is made with reduced sugar. There is 30% less sugar than the old recipe. Excellent news for the health conscious!

Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

22 Orange Grove Road

Singapore 258350

Tel: 7373644

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Mom’s Touch Korean Chicken and Burger

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The adventurous and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM goes to taste Korean style Chicken and Burgers at…

MOM’S Touch Chicken and Burger! Arguably, South Korea’s most famous, the very first Mom’s Touch in Singapore opened on 30 August 2019, which is the first day of the auspicious 8th Lunar Month in Paya Lebar Quarter. The new shopping mall Paya Lebar Quarter is located next to Paya Lebar MRT station.

A huge crowd meant I had to wait over NINETY minutes to try the sexy signature Mom’s Spicy Thigh Burger! Crunchy outside and juicy and moist inside. The Korean sauce is only mildly spicy…with crisp lettuce and tangy pickle. Yummie!

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The fried Chicken is also tasty and not overly salty. The natural flavours of the chicken is not overwhelmed by the seasoning ingredients. All hand breaded and hand battered and cooked to order. Healthy corn niblets is served with Emborg butter which is a plus point. There are Cajun Fries too. In South Korea since 2004, there are now 1,187 outlets! Although the logo says “New Orleans Style”, this is typically Korean!

Mom’s Touch

10 Paya Lebar Quarter

#01-37

Singapore 409057

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Parkroyal Pickering Loco Local celebrates National Day ’19!

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The indomitable and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM goes to the…

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. 

Sexy Captivating Chilli Crab!
Food styling by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet tM

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 Travelling Gourmet TM & Executive Chef Yap of Parkroyal on Pickering

The Hokkien Noodles were excellent with luscious Lobster, scrambled egg and batons of meaty roast pork. Ich leibe es! (German for “I love it”)

Carrot Cake a la minute and delectable Lobster Hokkien Mee!

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.

Localicious Loco Local

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.

Good Chefs stay close to the flame

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.

Trio of Oysters
Food Styling by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

SWEET Finale!

The Loco Local buffet will be complemented with beloved sweet desserts Ice KacangPong 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.

LIME restaurant

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

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Novotel Celebrates Singapore’s National Day 2019

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The dashing and debonair celebrates Singapore’s 54th National Day with a…

MARVELLOUS Asian Buffet Dinner for $54 nett at Food Exchange in Novotel Stevens Singapore. The Asian Buffet Dinner with unlimited servings, begins on 5th August 2019, from Sundays to Thursdays. Chinese, Indian and Malay cuisines are highlighted to showcase Singapore’s multi-cultural society.

The Travelling Gourmet TM at Food Exchange of Novotel Stevens Road

Savour fragrant Sri Lankan Crab in White Pepper Sauce. In preparation, the crab is wok-fried, caressed with the rich stock and aromatic white pepper gravy. The natural sweetness of the fresh Sri Lankan crab is preserved.

BBQed Satay, Kong Bak Pau, Sri Lanka Crab in White Pepper Sauce, Gado-Gado and Ueber-crispy Kropok

Classic Singaporean dishes like aromatic Bak Kut Teh, Satay, Black Pepper Slipper Lobster, Hokkien Prawn Mee, Popiah a la minute, Kueh Pie Tee with lovely fillings and condiments, Beef Rendang, Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken), assorted Naan, Indian Rojak and lots more, bring back happy memories of childhood. I also relished the Kong Bak Pau aka Chinese hamburger with a white fluffy steamed bun enrobing a chunky slice of Belly Pork with enough fat to make it flavoursome and super-yummie. I was happy to explain to a nice Australian lady about Kong Bak Pau and Popiah. She was pleased, thanked me with a smile, and proceeded to try some! Indulge and scoff as much as you like from the yummie buffet highlights! Incidentally Bak Kut Teh was invented by coolies from Fujian in Port Swettenham, now known as Port Klang.

Sweets for the Sweet!

Durian Pengat made from the King of Fruits, the noble Durian always pleases. Delightful Potong Cempedak and Red Bean Ice Creams bring back the tastes of yester-year with their happy memories.

Delectable Desserts!

Scrumptious Sago Gula Melaka, refreshing Cheng Teng, Assorted psychedelic Nonya Kueh like Kueh Lapis and Ang Ku Kueh will satify the determined “Dessert Fiend” celebrating Singapore’s 54th National Day on 9 August 2019!

Asian Buffet Dinner at Food Exchange

Sunday to Thursday, 6:00PM – 10:00PM

August Special: $54 nett

Usual: $58++ per adult, $29++ per child (6 – 12 years old)

Novotel Singapore on Stevens,

28 Stevens Road, Level 2,

Singapore 257878

Telephone: 6491 6100

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