FOOD KING: CNY DELIGHTS THAT WILL MAKE YOU GO HUAT AH!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Hello everybody! It’s Friday and that means it’s another episode of… Food King! Today, we want to wish you all a Happy New Year and to celebrate that, we are going to feature all sorts of exciting places that you can eat for Chinese New Year and beyond. Why? Because these are good places to visit throughout the year, not just for you but also for your friends and family. This is gonna be divine! Let’s go!  

We are here at Elsie’s Kitchen and they specialize in serving premium quality catering food for just about anyone. Because it’s the festive season, we will be trying their Chinese New Year set menu. What’s interesting here is that u can customize what u want based on the quality and price, which ranges from $15 all the way to like $30+. 

We’ve got to take our hats off to the amount of time and effort they spent on the set-up. Look at those intricate designs and props. We’ve never seen anything like it before. Impressive.

In this special CNY menu, we have the Ayam Buah Keluak Rice, Beehoon, Imperial Herbal Chicken, Signature Otah, Fish, Soup and this very interesting duck dish.

This is a very unique take on the traditional olive fried rice, difference is that there is a strong Ayam Buah Keluak taste to it. If you like the Keluak taste, you will definitely like this.

Their fried beehoon is pretty standard.

We are blown away by this unassuming herbal chicken though. The meat is so tender and you can really taste all the herbs infused inside the meat. There’s even abit of truffle taste to top it all. Really palatable!

We rarely see whole fried fish in catering. This is really refreshing.

The duck dish here have a very lemak taste because of the sauce. The spiciness is really wow! And there’s even lychee in there. The taste is akin to both sweet and spicy. A super interesting dish.

Their otah is another signature dish which we feel is really good. You can literally see huge chucks of fish meat in there. We love it.

Ratings: 3 Stars, Food-King Good!

Elsie’s Kitchen Catering

21 Second Chin Bee Rd, Singapore 618780

9AM to 7PM Daily

 

Next up, at this very swanky new hotel,  in a restaurant called 15 Stamford by Chef Alvin Leong.

They serve Laksa with big prawns, tau pok, fish cake and quail eggs.

Similar to the “spoon laksa” , the noodles are cut short like this. Every spoonful is very rich as the coconut milk is very thick and not too spicy.

They also serve Bak Ku Teh Pork Chop. Yes, you seen right. The grilled Iberico pork is paired with this amazing and interesting sauce called the Bak Kut Teh Barbeque sauce.

And the result is an Asian twang to the American barbecue sauce, with hint of bak kut teh essence that really complements the meat. Yummy!

Special attention on the skin that is nicely charred and has a very sweet caramelized flavour. On the same plate, there’s also “Water Malone” or grilled watermelon. We wouldn’t bet against you wanting to pop them in your mouth after getting surfeited on this pork.

The star dish had to be the Beef Short Ribs Rendang.

This quality beef is cooked perfectly, melts in your mouth and does not get stuck in between your teeth. Though we wish the Rendang is spicier for that lemak kick, we can’t deny that the spices were well made.

Ratings: 2.5 Stars, Food-King Good!

15 Stamford by Alvin Leung

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore

15 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178906

Mon to Sun, 12PM to 3PM | 6PM to 10.30PM

 

Lo and behold! *Spoiler alert*! After our trip to Hotpot Heroes, it’s now Ryan’s favourite hotpot restaurant! Whatttt! And he even wish “it opens past midnight”. Even Aiken said that “there’s nothing not to like about this place” and felt compelled to give his other half star to this place. Aren’t you curious now? Read on!

At a glance, this place looks like another hotpot restaurant except…

You get to go back in time and pretend you’re a Qin Dynasty Scholar dining and exchanging scholarly ideas! We see 5 schools of martial arts like Wudang, Shaolin and E-mei here. Oh look, the 8 Immortals Crossing The Sea and one Zhu Ge Liang has joined the table too.

The ingredients here are not as premium and atas compared to other places but we got to say it’s totally worth it. Because for $48, you get to eat everything from Hokkaido scallops to Iberico pork collar. How to not like this place!

Most of the steamboat soups usually starts out more plain and as you add the ingredients, it gets richer. However, this is really  rich and very herba-cious and tonic.

They have 4 flavours of soup – Mala, Tomato, Collagen and Double-Boiled Herbal Chicken (Chinese New Year Only).

Even the tomato soup is really like… TO-MA-TO!

There’s also this Special Kou Rou Fan. It’s so good here’s what we exactly feel about it… “Can we please not have it for Chinese New Year only?” asks Dee. “Right, it should be permanent!” said Dee and Ryan in unison. Enough said. Hotpot Heroes, pretty please?

Ratings: 3 Stars, Food-King Good!

Hotpot Heroes

306 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437089

Fri to Sun, 11.30AM to 11.30PM

Mon to Thurs, 11.30AM to 2.30PM |  5.30AM to 10PM

 

Lastly, we want to recommend you some snacks that you can eat at home. It’s our favourite comfort food for CNY – Bak Kwa! Introducing the ones from “啊!” or Fragrance, we’re sharing two types of Bak Kwa.

There’s the general pork Bak Kwa that Fragrance steam to bring out more flavour…

And their specialty Kurobuta (black pork) Bak Kwa prepackaged in the shape of a pig!

We feel that the black pork one definitely had a much smoother mouthfeel compared to the classic.

It’s really one of those things you impress your family with. They will love you for it trust us.

The other thing we’re going to try from Fragrance is their Salted Egg Yolk line of snack. Depending on your personal preference regarding how intense you like your salted egg to be, you may prefer their potato ones to fish skin. We were split on this one.

The Potato Sticks have a lighter flavour profile, a milder salted egg yolk taste that is not overpowering. If you’re into a more flavour burst, go for their Salted Egg Fish Skin. According to Ryan, it’s the ‘best rendition of Salted Egg Fish Skin” he’d ever eaten.

Ratings: 3 Stars, Food-King Good!

Fragrance Bak Kwa

 

It’s a wrap and we hope you enjoyed our journey to the east, west, north and even south! May the gods be appeased!