Chef Brian Wong does it again!

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The implacable and irascible but debonair Travelling Gourmet TM goes to taste the 2018 Mooncakes in the impeccable…

MARRIOTT Singapore Tang Plaza! This is a 5 Star hotel at the crossroads of Orchard Road and Scotts Road. The fine dining Chinese haute cuisine restaurant on level 3 called Wan Hao is helmed by modest and skilful Chef Brian Wong. This year for the Mid AUTUMN Mooncake Festival Chef Brian and his team has come up with more suprising creations to delight and please the most adventurous of palates. Building on the feedback form his guests, Brian has come up with traditional flavours with a twist PLUS using local tropical ingredients! Above all, healthy CORN oil is used. NO cancer causing palm oil is used! Moreover, the amount of sugar and oil has been reduced without compromising taste and texture…by as much as a whopping 25%! People are more health conscious and now with over 500,000 Singaporeans with Diabetes, too much sugar is not sweet but a deadly white poison! Worry not the Mooncakes at the Marriott orom Wan Hao, taste good, look good and are healthy too in moderation!

At a special tasting, I paired a little known, but good wine from THAILAND with the mooncakes. Yes, they make “NEW latitude wines in Thailand”! I selected a 2006 Sawadee Shiraz from PB Khao Yai Winery which had lovely balanced and harmonious plum and spice flavours BUT no pepper. Same grape but so unlike the classic Shiraz wines from Australia. The Thai Shiraz went hand in glove with the Cempedak and crunchy Pumpkin Seeds Mooncake baked to perfection. Chef Brian told me, ‘We picked Cempedak because the flavour is more strong than Nangka (jackfruit). Mooncake lovers please do bear in mind that the Mooncakes at the Marriott are all hand made one by one and are FRESH!!! They are not made months in advance in China or Hong Kong or Malaysia!

The Black dusted with Gold dust, YES! Real 24 karat Gold dust Charcoal powder Mooncake with cute nuggets of Serrano Ham is also super yummie. To be very frank, I am not a big fan of charcoal…seriously, who the hell eats charcoal?? You used it in Gas Masks and to make hot coals to barbeque Sate! Nevertheless, this crust of black works well with the yumm yum filling!

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POLITICALLY INCORRECT WARNING!

You have been warned!

Do not read this part if you are a snowflake pinko-liberal libtard looney-like-george-clooney:

What gives with “Halal” Mooncakes with no pork and no lard, etc??? I have Muslim friends, those that are NOT radical islamic terrorist maniacs that is…and NOT ONE of them like or eat Mooncakes. So if you are MAKING Mooncakes, just open up your mind, man! Put pork in it like real Bak Kwa OK!!!! Capisch!

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Another winner is Chicken Ham with Mixed Nuts! Super crunchy in terms of texture and moreover, nuts are very healthy as they RAISE up your good cholesterol! I kid you not! The flavours are well balanced and not too sweet or too salty.

A right royal CRUNCH!

The Mocha Snowskin with Royaltine core is worthy of note and taste! Crunchy core is made with corn while the paste smacks of fragrant addictive chocolate. I love crunchy foods! I like it a lot!

The 15th Day of the 8th Lunar Month falls on MOnday 24 September 2018 when the moon is FULL and round in the night sky!!! Watch out for werewolves wahahahah! Maybe they won’t bite you if you give them Mooncakes from the Marriott!

 

Keep calm and carry on eating…MOONCAKES!!! 🙂

WAN HAO Cantonese Fine Dining Restaurant

Level 3

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza

320 Orchard Rd,

Republic of Singapore 238865

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Long live the Revolution!

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The impeccable and dashing Travelling Gourmet TM leads the…

MERRY Revolution! Mooncakes for all! We the people deserve yummie Mooncakes. One of the all time BEST is of course, from the Singapore MARRIOTT! Eh bien, mon Dieu! SAS -superbe et splendide!

 

 

Original poem by Dr. Michael LIM THE TRAVELLING GOURMET TM

 

The MOON shines…

The Revolution begins

Mooncakes for all!

The people must

Enjoy Mooncakes!

With every morsel

Their spirit awakes…

Swifter and Stronger

SAS

 

This ravishing song to D5 terrorist bases in Yemen for always comes to mind…when I am savouring a superbly crafted Mooncake with….

Bravo to Michel Legrand the genius composer…and Brava to Petula Clark who voice is like gourmet honey from the Dolomiti of Italy…

 

Work in progress…stay tuned please 🙂

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Heavenly Hai Tien Lo’s MOONCAKES!

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The implacable and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM waxes lyrical on…

MOONCAKES for the season is near us…Mooncake Festival is coming very soon and you MUST try the Pan Pacific Singapore’s super-duper velvety and not to sweet Durian Snowskin Mooncake from Hai Tien Lo their fine dining Chinese restaurant! Outstanding! other flavours are also yummie. Cannot decide? TRY THEM ALL! LIVE! LIVE! Must TASTE!

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Lychee and Soursop are yummie too! SAS! Sweet and Sour delights the true-blue gourmet’s palate!

NEVER EVER SAY die! Dying is for losers and morons. LIVE to eat and enjoy LIFE! When you are dead, you cannot eat or taste ANYTHING! MOronic imbecilic wannabe food bloggers always say this ueber-passe asinine phrase: to die for. BEYOND STOOOOPID! When you are dead you cannot eat anything goondoos!

Pan Pacific MOONCAKES are to live for!

…Running rings around the MOON>>>>:-)

ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY!!!

Excellent! Reuse! Reduce Recycle!

Simply YUMMIELICIOUS! Presented in a re-usable gift box and a pretty pink cooler bag. The gift box can become a jewellery box for the lovely lady in your life! 🙂 https://thetravellinggourmet.wordpress.com

The Travelling Gourmet TM’s BEST Mooncake Presentation and Packaging AWARD goes to Hai Tien Lo of the Pan Pacific Singapore! You are Number ONE!

 

The Travelling Gourmet TM  was also especially PLEASED with the taste, texture and flavours of the Cempedak Snowskin Mooncake. A veritable Meisterstueck (translated from German – masterpiece in English). Beautiful explosion of honeyed flavours on your eager tastebuds…of this flavoursome cousin of the humble jungle jackfruit aka nangka!! 🙂

Common name : Moraceae, Chempedak, Artocarpus champeden, jack tree
Ethnic names : Bankong (Malay), Champada (Thai), Mit to nu (Vietnam)
Scientific Name : Artocarpus integer
Appearance : Cempedak is a sausage-shaped exotic jungle fruit, smaller in size when compared to that of a Nangka or Jackfruit. It has a foliage green color and turns ever so slightly yellowish as it is ripening. Each sticky gooey fruit contains a bright yellow pulp covering the large brown seeds. The surface of the Cempedak flesh is velvety soft, beautifully sweet with a sticky mouthfeel and pleasing powerful aroma to the connoisseurs. Poepl of poor taste or worse…NO taste do not like it. For example, there are those who hate durian and foie gras and even Oscietra Caviar from Azerbaijan. WEll, then go eat Chapati and Curry from the hawker center! 🙂

Keep calm and carry on eating!!!!

 

Pan Pacific Singapore
5 Star Hotel
7 Raffles Boulevard,
Marina Square
Republic of Singapore 039595

 

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You are number 1! OneALDWYCH London…

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The suave and debonair Travelling GOurmet TM jets to…

MERRIE olde England on the world’s BEST airline…Singapore Airlines…what else 🙂

There are many grand and lovely hotels to stay in when one is in London. The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, the Baglioni, the Savoy and…OneAldwych right in Theatreland!

 

At Number 1 Aldwych and just opposite the Wellington pub, this is truly one of the world’ s leading hotels on par with the Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland. I love the Duke of Wellington, a great hero who defeated the malignant dwarf napoleon who gave his name to the Napoleon complex, a mental illness that many dictators like hitler and merkel and kim jong un suffer from…

Who cares about these low life pests when you can savour deliciously beautiful yummie food and wines in INDIGO overlooking the spacious and salubrious Lobby Bar! OMG! Food and beverages to disrupt, degrade and destroy vile terrorist bases in Somalia for! The F & B here helmed by SAS =slim and smart Executive Chef Dominic Teague from Brighton who focusses on healthy, sustainable and environment friendly products like cute white Elderflowers foraged from the countryside…and served with a ‘superbe’ dessert of poached Gooseberries with tart Lemon Tarte (pun intended)…Oh Madonna yummie!!

Amazing Afternoon Tea!

The Travelling Gourmet TM’s AWARD for the BEST AFternoon Tea in LONDON is awarded to the Lobby Lounge and its unique Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme! Candy Floss flavoured with fruit to kill terrorists for, and Banana & Walnut cake and Poppy Seed Bread Salmon Sandwiches! Much more for the discetrning gourmet to taste and enjoy! The Cocktails are amazing and one favourite is the Charlie Cocktail based on my favourite liquer—Cherry or cerises in French! YUm Yum yummie!!!

The other super-duper cocktail which is awarded The Travelling Gourmet TM’s BEST UNIQUE COCKTAIL PRESENTATION and TASTE is The ORIGIN! More later…

Well…it starts with virtual reality Goggles placed on you ever so gently by the svelte and sweet ladies of the Lobby Lounge…All of a sudden I was in bonnie olde Scotland up in the Highlands which I love…

Removing the virtual reality Goggles I found what I love..REALITY in the form of a fantastic cocktail of smoky Whisky notes plus more complex flavours of cherries and…well, so as not to spoil the suprise, go try it yourself! Tasting is believing!

I also love the swimming pool. A tad chilly but that is good. Burns more Calories! The Gym too is outstanding, I really enjoyed my daily workouts in the Gym & coool swimming pool. I absolutely love to swim! With my water resistant Breitling on my wrist I can time my laps precisely.

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I also enjoyed my daily jogs around the vicinity for detailed recons of the area like the Savoy, Waterloo Bridge and the Embankment, Clepoatra’s Needle, the Thames….

My Breitling’s alarm wakes me and I run early…at 06:00 +/- 20 minutes. I like to see the sun rise over lovely LONDON> Lots of homeless people sleeping rough. Especially at the back entrance of the Savoy. One morning, I stopped to chat with my friend, one of the Security Team of the Savoy.  While jogging, I always have an apple and some water. I had a big red apple from my fruit basket in my running pouch…I gave it to a homeless man. He was asleep. I put it gently beside him so as not to wake him. No act of kindness no matter how small  is ever wasted. Enjoy!

BREAKFAST Bliss!

A super yummie tubbie tummie filling breakfast is de rigeur…that is what my beloved MUm says…and MUM is always right! Black Pudding aka Blutwurst is for the macho man in you! It will grow hairs on your chest! Wahahah! Eggs made to order a la minute…OMG Spanish Omelette…with Salmon and more! Lots more! Ich liebe es! (I love it translated from the German). The Jams & honey from Thursday Cottage in Essex are also outstandingly yummie!

 

To be continued..work in progress..stay tuned..

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Dumplings and Dragon Boats!

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The suave and implacable Travelling Gourmet TM tells you about the Dragon Boat Festival which culminates on 18 June 2018…and super-delicious Dumplings from the…

MARRIOTT Singapore, one of my most favorite hotels and a 5 Star haven in the heart of Orchard Road at the Xrossroads..Their all time Pork and Chestnuts and salted Duck Egg Yolk pyramid of gastronomic delight wrapped in bamboo leaves is to destroy terrorist bases in Syria for! There are those who find my dramatic exaggeration hyperbole off-putting… I say to them, “Who cares what lily-livered libtards and goondoos think! To paraphrase Clark Gable in “Gone with the wind”…I say to these small minded Spiesers (Spiessbuergermentalitaetat Idioten), “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” wahahahah! 🙂

Marriott this year also has a Vegetarian offering of “Five Grains” Dumpling which to my suprise and delight is absolutely yummie! It almost made me a Vegan…almost, but not quite. Therefore I also delighted in tucking into their Vinasse Chicken Dumpling flavoured with fermented soya beans! Ich liebe es! I really like this Dumpling!

Keep calm and carry on eating!

Aha! A short word on the origin of the Dumpling/Dragon Boat Festival…Duan Wu Jie. Councillor and Minister Qu Yuan lived in the state of Chu in the 3rd Century BC. He warned Lord Huai of a looming threat from the northern state of Qin…he was banished for his good efforts and unappreciated. IN the bad or good old days (depending on your point of view), messengers who brought bad news were usually beheaded by the Emperor…Depressed like crackpot anthony bourdain, he drowned himself in the surging currents of the Mi Luo river. What a way to go…Fishermen who were his fans failed to save him and in their great wisdom (irony intended) decided to throw rice stuffed in bamboo stems into the water to prevent the fishes and the River Dragon from eating his corpse. Somehow I do not think it worked so well…So there you are, we eat dumplings every year to remember him. Mind you, inoffensively a dn respectfully, I personally do not think much of people who commit suicide. It smacks of negativity and stoopidity but what the hell! Keep calm and enjoy eating dumplings! Bloody good dumplings from Wan Hao in the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza!

 

A short original poem by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

 

Eat first, swim later…

Do not jump into the river

Get smart

Be cool

Eat dumplings and all will be well!

Ha ha! 🙂

Bon appetit! 🙂

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EXCLUSIVE Interview with Beretta!

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The intrepid and indomitable Travelling Gourmet TM is honoured to be given an exclusive interview by Signor Jarno Antonelli in charge of Beretta’s…
Marketing-Defence Technologies department…
BERETTA of Italy is the world’s OLDEST and most renowned Gunmaker.
The Travelling Gourmet :
How did you come to be with Beretta, the oldest and most famous Firearms maker in the world? Was it your career of choice?
Affable and bright Jarno Antonelli explained:
Beretta became a barrel maker probably already at the end of 1400’s. the first official sale document we found is dating back to 1526 regarding the sales of arquebus barrel to the republic of Venice, which in those days was ruling the Mediterranean Sea.
Beretta , like many others’ barrel makers from Valtrompia, could develop this industry thanks to the presence in the valley of three natural sources: the mines from which they could get the metal, the water from the local river Mella in order to move the forges, and work the metal, and the wood from the nearby mountains in order to feed the fire and melt the metal.
These sources were appearing useful and of extreme importance even before the firearms were born. The Celts, the Gaules, started in year 200 BC to forge the white arms: swords, helmets, spears, knives etc…
When the Romans conquered the valley, they captured those skilful in working the arms so the valley under Vespasian Emperor became a penal colony where slaves were forced to work in the mines, and to produce arms  for the Roman Empire.
Later on , at the end of 1800’s, Beretta started producing the other gun components as well, and they became the first gun manufacturer in the world to produce all the parts in house.
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Jarno Antonelli, the “James Bond 007″of Beretta…
Jarno Antonelli continued:
My career started in 1996 in Beretta because of obvious reasons of close vicinity to the working place. I was born in Gardone Valtrompia, I attended the Beretta nursery school located in the front of the company when I was 4 years old, and went on living and studying in the same village.
At the age of 22 I joined the company, by establishing the first marketing office at Beretta.
from 2011, and still nowadays I am managing a new marketing activity in the military sector for the Beretta Defense Technologies brand.
The Travelling Gourmet :
Why are Beretta guns the best, not only for the military and police but for the hunter and competition shooter?
Jarno Antonelli:
Beretta products are considered one of the best firearms ever made, due to the international success of sales, and for their longevity.
All the Beretta products are made in Italy, using dedicated patented  steel and using only local high quality raw materials. No compromises.
Beretta today is the owner  of 28 companies worldwide, with a  total of about 2,600 employees. No Beretta parts are made outside the company, except few exceptions like some handguns made by Beretta USA, the other major sister company  in Tennessee which is for the US market.
Durability, reliability and precision are additional qualities of the Beretta guns.
A long lasting success helped from the fact that the company has always been handed down from father to son for 16 generations, of the same Beretta family since 1400’s!
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The Travelling Gourmet : What is your job scope? Does it involve a lot of travel? Is it a dream job?
Jarno explained:  My job objectives  are to make marketing activities and develop communication tools in the military sector, taking care from 2011 about the military trade shows for the Beretta Defense Technologies brand, which is grouping some leader companies like Beretta, Benelli (from Italy), Sako (from Finland) and Steiner (from Germany), all specialized in making guns and accessories in the military and law enforcement fields. From 1996 to 2011 I took care about the field and competion gun sector, I also got prepared on the history of the company, taking care about the very important historical archives, and today I am a little bit the historian of the company….
The Travelling Gourmet :  How does Beretta compare with Colt, Smith and Wesson, Heckler and Koch, Sig-Sauer…?
Jarno Antonelli being disarmingly frank:  Honestly I do not like to compare Beretta to other competitors, every company has its own qualities and defects, we can compare two products, the customer can express his satisfactions and prefer one brand more than another… If I were in the  shoes of a gun client I would choose Beretta for the fact is the oldest gun maker so presumably accumulating more experience, know how and economical solidity ( this is mainly for our military  relations) than the other gunmakers.
Beretta is an Italian brand, so presumably again, with the best design, and for the fact Beretta is making all portable firearms in all calibers, the know how can be easily transferred from military to field sectors, from competition so self defence…to outdoor cloting and accessories to premium grade guns for collection… so in one brand you get all….
The Travelling Gourmet : Personally, I agree completely. Different weapons and products suit different operators and professionals for different missions and purposes. Combat proven Beretta firearms are eminently the choice of professionals and experts both for sport…and for military operations including high risk missions behind enemy lines…
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Beretta firearms were the choice of the Armed Forces of the ancient Venetian Republic, that ruled the region of Venice and the Adriatic Sea from 697 to 1797. If you have ever stayed in the HOtel Gritti Palazzo and the Danieli in Venezia (Venice), you will realise that the ancient Doge (Ruler) of the Ventian Republic appreciated the BEST in everything! You see…the Hotel Gritti Palazzo (Palace) and the Danieli which featured in the 007 movie “Moonraker”…were the luxurious palaces of the Doge…need we say more…
The Travelling Gourmet TM: Per piacere tell us a little about how Beretta firearms are designed…research and developement…
Jarno Antonelli:
ALL the Beretta military and Law Enforcement products are designed under specifications from Special corps, units and military bodies.
There is no product developped and designed without passing and sharing with the military institution of competence.
For example, the Beretta M9 A3 pistol has been designed accordingly to US Special Forces requirements, the Beretta Px4 Special Duty pistol has been made following US  SOCOM (Special Operations Command) tender specs, the Beretta ARX 160 A3 and ARX200 assault rifles had been developed in cooperation with the Italian Army, and last but not least the PMX submachine gun born last year after a strict work together with the Italian Carabinieri.
The Travelling Gourmet TM: That is but one reason why Beretta is the choice of professionals and sportsmen around the world! COMSUBIN (Comando Raggruppamento Subacquei e Incursori, Italy’s answer to the US Navy SEALS use many Beretta small arms, as well as others for different missions.
To be continued…
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Singapore Airlines strikes again!

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The dashing and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM tells you about the world’s BEST airline launching the world’s longest commercial flight in October 2018…who else but…
MARVELLOUS SIA…
Sunny SINGAPORE  – Singapore Airlines Ltd said it would launch the world’s longest commercial flight in October, a near-19 hour non-stop journey from Singapore to the New York area.

 

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The Travelling Gourmet TM with cheerful and bright Betty Wong, SIA’s Divisional Vice President

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