Golly! Is it the time again? Ohoho yessss it’s Food King day everyone! In this week’s episode, we are heading down all the way to Siloso Beach in Sentosa to bring you a food fest like no other. Boy are we excited! Ready for the big reveal?
Alrighty! We are absolutely delighted to be here for this year’s Sentosa GrillFest, where we will be strolling through 1km worth of food with more than 130 options to choose from. With so much food on display, we will helping you narrow down what’s good and what’s not in this food extravaganza. So what are we waiting for? Let’s go!
GrillFest 2019 takes place over four weekends from 19 July to 12 August 2019, on 19 to 21 July, 26 to 28 July, 2 to 4 August and 9 to 12 August. The event starts from 4pm all the way till 11pm.
Fancy a romantic starry night with your date? Or perhaps a nice casual chill out session with friends? Well, there’s plenty to see and do here alongside all the wonderful food and booze. You can stroll along the beach or simply admire the beautiful fairy lights on display lighting up the walkways during the night.
Gourmet food, good music, roaming percussionists, movie screenings, live entertainment, lights and action… You name it, GrillFest has it all. Are you ready for a GRILLIN’ good time?
SENTOSA GRILLFEST 2019
Siloso Beach, Sentosa (Nearest Sentosa Express station: Beach station)
Fri – Sun & PH, 4PM to 11PM
19 – 21 July | 26 – 28 July | 2 – 4 August | 9 – 12 August 2019
The first thing we will be trying here is the Lobster Hokkien Noodles and Bamboo Nasi Lemak from One Faber Group.
So we are finally trying One Faber Group’s famous upgraded version of the traditional Hokkien Mee, where they swap the usual prawns with succulent baby lobsters. That’s some crazy stuff man.
Wow! You can actually taste the wok hei in this dish, something which we thought wouldn’t be too apparent in this kind of outdoor setting. They really put in a good shift to achieve that desired smoky fragrance. Hat’s off to them! The lobster is also pretty tasty and juicy.
The star of this dish no doubt belongs to the stir-fried noodles. It is so wet and silky smooth, you can literally feel every strand gliding down your throat. This is definitely on par with our favorite wet Hokkien Mee in Food Republic. Ahhh,… so sinful yet so addictive!
Also from One Faber Group is this interesting Bamboo Nasi Lemak with Chicken. So what sets this staple Malay dish from the rest of the pack is the way they cook the rice. Need a hint? Bamboo duh!
Basmati rice is used for this dish instead of using the usual Nasi Lemak and pandan leaf rice. What’s even more impressive is that the rice is steamed in individual bamboo stems till they are half cooked before moving to the barbecue pit to complete the cooking process.
No wonder we can taste the woodiness of the bamboo in the rice. This is surprisingly good!
The ayam goreng is truly amazing! It is marinated and battered so well the flavor of the herbs and marination is just about perfect. You should go try this.
And with that, One Faber Group’s Hokkien Mee and Nasi Lemak have a total of 3 stars and they are Food-King Good!
Ratings: 3 Stars, Food-King Good!!
ONE FABER GROUP
There is no festival complete without a cup or two of great beer. That’s why are here at Brewerkz to drink to our belly’s content. Oh wait, we are here for their food. And the beer’s gotta wait… Darn! Can’t we just have both?
Okay booze aside, we are going to try their Lamb Ribs. It’s a fairly simple-looking dish with fries at the side and a Kombu Truffle Mayo for the dip.
Wonder how this unassuming lamb dish will turn out to be. We hope it’s good.
And we’ve got to say this dish is right up there with the big boys. The Kombu Truffle Mayo is surprisingly good for a dip. It goes really well with the fries, which is also made from scratch. Yums.
The Lamb is not mind-blowingly good – we feel that the texture of the meat is a bit tough and could have been done better. However, there’s this weird wonderful sauce on top which had us sold. The sauce is so savory and magical it simply enhances the taste of the lamb despite its lack of tenderness. What sorcery is this??
Ratings: 2.5 Stars
Now, we are going to be trying something seafoody from Angliss Singapore. Yes you’ve guess it… It’s Lobster Chilli Crab time!
Wow look at that! Angliss serves an entire Lobster paired with homemade chilli sauce and mantous by the side.
And it is packaged in such a cool way that you can simply eat it while walking around. How thoughtful!
We were expecting the chilli sauce to be less spicy and more on the sweeter side like most chilli crab gravy. However it turned out to be quite the opposite – the gravy is spicy enough to pack a punch, and not too overwhelmingly sweet.
Overall, we feel this dish is pretty lackluster and there’s nothing for us shout about. Compared to all the dishes we’ve eaten so far, this is the most meh. What a waste.
Ratings: 1 Star
Stall: Emerald Pavilion
Next up, we will be trying a special dish from The Quarters. We are pretty sure Nathan will love this one to bits. Can you guess what it is?
Yes! We are talking about the Buah Keluak Fried Rice with Grassfed Ribeye. This is exactly the same thing that Nathan love to suck on that doesn’t actually suck! Don’t get it? Okay, here’s a gif of him doing his thing…
The Ribeye is seared to medium-well and you can taste the solid charred aroma along with the juiciness of the beef. Paired with the palatable buah keluak infused fried rice, you’ve got yourself a gem of a dish. Such wonderful creation!
And with that, The Quarter’s Buah Keluak Fried Rice has a total of 3 stars, and it is… Food-King Good! Good stuff, cannot bluff!
Ratings: 3 Stars, Food-King Good!
Noodles, checked. Lemak Rice, checked. Lamb, Beef and Lobsters, all checked. So what else did we miss so far? Burgers of course! And an Impossibly GoodBurger indeed!
This one-of-a-kind burger joint is a vegetarian-friendly food truck store, serving burgers with a plant-based patty which they call Impossible burgers.
So we are going to try one of their signature burger known as The Classic. It is basically their vegan version of the classic cheeseburger.
They say Goodburger only makes Impossible Burgers. We are going to put this bold claim to the test. Get ready and buckle-up!
Oh my god! This burger tastes exactly like a cheeseburger! We really find it hard to believe! The ‘beef’ patty doesn’t even have the gamey taste. To eat this knowing that it’s not the real deal is so satisfying. Unbelievable!
What really impress us is how they managed to filter out all the legumeness of the vegetarian patty and enhance the taste so that it taste more like real beef than something entirely different. The bun is also on point. The overall combination of ingredients and vegan gourmet experience is perfect.
What an amazing burger! 3 Stars!
Ratings: 3 Stars, Food-King Good!
Closed on 20 and 28 July, 10 and 11 August 2019
Next up, we will be trying another burger, this time from Craft’B. Unlike the previous burger, this one here is made of real meat.
And the meat we are talking about here is delicious prawn patty! Low and behold, the TomYum Prawn Burger is here! Interesting huh.
This burger is one of their hot-sellers and it’s not hard to see why. The attention to detail, from the freshness of the ingredients to the marination of the patty is commendable. We love the fact that the tasty buns are made from scratch and are very well done. The toast is just about right and the softness of the bun is on point.
Like the buns, the shrimp patty is also made from scratch too, and entirely out of prawns. Yes, the whole patty are actual prawns! However, there’s nothing to rave about other than the buns and the patty. The overall taste is nothing mind-blowing.
Ratings: 1.5 Star
Moving on, we are now visiting Wu Ke Shu where we will be trying their Hainanese Satay.
Here we have the Pork Belly and Chicken Satay.
We like the Pork Belly more than the chicken satay because of the fats.
Both versions are grilled pretty well and tasted yummy but nothing we’d go ga-ga about.
Ratings: 1.5 Star
WU KE SHU HAINANESE SATAY
For our last stop of the day, we will be trying this really interesting dish from Durian Edition. But first, we want to say that this is not for the faint of heart. Be warned!
Alright! We are finally on to our last dish and this is going to be the biggest and baddest of the lot… Grilled Durian anyone?!
Look what they have done to this durian! There’s melted cheese on top of the durian flesh and grilled till it’s nicely charred on the inside. There’s a nice balance of the smokiness and char which brings out the flavor of the durian even more.
Thankfully, the durian is so strong that we can barely taste the melted cheese. Now that’s the hallmark of a good durian!
Ratings: 1.5 Stars
And here’s our Top 3 Picks of the Day!
Ryan’s pick – The Classic (The Goodburger)
Aiken’s pick – Buah Keluak Fried Rice with Grassfed Ribeye (The Quarters)
Dee’s pick – Buah Keluak Fried Rice with Grassfed Ribeye (The Quarters)
Special shout-out to Lobster Hokkien Noodles and Bamboo Nasi Lemak with Chicken (One Faber Group)
It’s a wrapped! Gosh we can belly move. We hope you like this episode! Do click on the video below to see what you’ve missed. Also, click right away if you want to see Aiken dancing alone with beer in tow. Now that’s a sight to beer’hold! Ahhh the puns! And my eyes…