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Gourmet Food Trail with Ah Lun (阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃) – Part 1 of 5: Crystal Jade Korean BBQ (翡翠韩国烧烤) and East Ocean Teochew Restaurant (东海潮州酒家)

Gourmet Food Trail with Ah Lun (阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃) – Part 1 of 5: Crystal Jade Korean BBQ (翡翠韩国烧烤) and East Ocean Teochew Restaurant (东海潮州酒家)

In a special collaboration with ten well-known restaurants, omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao, together with veterian food critic Ah Lun (黄卓伦) will be bringing a group of readers on an exclusive gourmet food trail for five consecutive Saturdays.

Each week, a group of 80+ readers will visit two restaurants together with Ah Lun to sample their signature dishes as well as specially created dishes, not available on the restaurants’ menu.

How much gourmet food can you stomach in 6 hours? Register for the food trail now to find out!

Other than eating, participants will also have the rare opportunities to meet with the restaurants’ chef who will be answering questions and even sharing a few cooking tips on the spot.

Last Saturday was the first event. Together with omy bloggers, Shanice Koh and Foodeology, we visited Crystal Jade Korean BBQ (翡翠韩国烧烤) at nex for the first session and East Ocean Teochew Restaurant (东海潮州酒家) at Shaw Centre for the latter session.

Guests signing in at the first restaurant

Guests signing in at the first restaurant

Here’s the list of 5 feature dishes served at Crystal Jade, plus an additional surprise dish which was only revealed on the day itself:

The 6 feature dishes at Crystal Jade Korean BBQ

The 6 feature dishes at Crystal Jade Korean BBQ

迎宾六味小菜
艳彩什锦饭团
韩式白切猪肉
韩家风味凉面
火锅烧烤自助大餐 (including beef tongue and choice cuts of pork)
Surprise Dish: Steamed Tilapia

迎宾六味小菜

迎宾六味小菜

韩式白切猪肉

韩式白切猪肉

艳彩什锦饭团

艳彩什锦饭团

火锅烧烤自助大餐

火锅烧烤自助大餐

韩家风味凉面

韩家风味凉面

Yummy fatty pork

Yummy fatty pork

Three-layer fatty pork

Three-layer fatty pork

Veggies

Veggies

The restaurant is buffet-styled, offering a wide selection of fresh meat, seafood and vegetable for barbecue and steamboat dining.

Participants enjoying the food

Participants enjoying the food

My lady boss from omy.sg, addressing everyone

My lady boss from omy.sg, addressing everyone

Wide selection of barbecue ingredient

Wide selection of barbecue ingredient

There are ready cooked items on the buffet spread as well

There are ready cooked items on the buffet spread as well

Participants enjoying the buffet spread

Participants enjoying the buffet spread

I quite like these dessert items

I quite like these dessert items

The 6 feature dishes were already arranged neatly on the tables when we sat down. These items are not normally in the buffet menu, but were specially served for this occasion.

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I particularly like the beef tongue and fatty pork. Ah Lun taught us to barbecue the beef tongue quickly, flipping it just once so that it will be chewy on the outside and tender on the inside. Delicious!

Yummy beef tongue

Yummy beef tongue

The two invited bloggers, sharing the cold noodle platter

The two invited bloggers, sharing the cold noodle platter

The restaurant chef did an on-the-spot demo on making kimchi which attracted the attention of many of the participants.

Chef demo on making kimchi

Chef demo on making kimchi

Participants playing a "word continuation" game

Participants playing a "word continuation" game

Steamed tilapia surprise dish which was rolled out last

Steamed tilapia surprise dish which was rolled out last

Moving on to the next restaurant, here is the list of 6 feature dishes served at East Ocean plus the surprise dish:

East Ocean Teochew Restaurant

East Ocean Teochew Restaurant

Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant

Ah Lun addressing everyone

Ah Lun addressing everyone

前菜~ 贵妃醉酒
热汤~ 金钟宝
主菜~ 酱烧黑猪肉
海鲜~ 咸鲜(一鱼两味)
面食~ 掌门虾仔面
甜品 杨枝甘露
Surprise Dish: Animal-shaped Dim Sum

前菜~ 贵妃醉酒

前菜~ 贵妃醉酒

Close-up of the starter which consist of fresh clams, needle pin mushroom and jellyfish

Close-up of the starter which consist of fresh clams, needle pin mushroom and jellyfish

热汤~ 金钟宝

热汤~ 金钟宝

There's morsels of seafood in the soup, including abalone and shark's fin

There's morsels of seafood in the soup, including abalone and shark's fin

The restaurant chef came out to greet everyone and introduce his creations

The restaurant chef came out to greet everyone and introduce his creations

海鲜~ 咸鲜(一鱼两味)

海鲜~ 咸鲜(一鱼两味)

Half of the fish was fried while the other half was steamed

Half of the fish was fried while the other half was steamed

The fish was nicely plated and many people were taking photos of the dish

The fish was nicely plated and many people were taking photos of the dish

主菜~ 酱烧黑猪肉

主菜~ 酱烧黑猪肉

Close-up of the luxurious Japanese black pig meat

Close-up of the luxurious Japanese black pig meat

面食~ 掌门虾仔面

面食~ 掌门虾仔面

Close-up of the goose feet

Close-up of the goose feet

甜品 杨枝甘露

甜品 杨枝甘露

Rabbit-shaped coconut buns

Rabbit-shaped coconut buns

Penguin-shaped lotus paste buns

Penguin-shaped lotus paste buns

At East Ocean, dishes were served course by course. The highlight was a dish called “咸鲜”, whereby a fish was served both fried and steamed with heavy salt.

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I enjoyed all the dishes served. From the seafood golden pumpkin soup to the Kagoshima Kurobuta (かごしま黒豚) to the goose feet noodle. Each was unique and delightful.

A game that involves putting on and off multiple tee-shirts

A game that involves putting on and off multiple tee-shirts

The boss of East Ocean Restaurant (centre) picking the lucky draw winners

The boss of East Ocean Restaurant (centre) picking the lucky draw winners

The restaurant manager, Dennis, gamingly took to the stage to serenade everyone with some Hokkien songs

The restaurant manager, Dennis, gamingly took to the stage to serenade everyone with some Hokkien songs

The surprise dish featured a platter of rabbit-shaped coconut buns and a platter of penguin-shaped lotus paste buns. They were so cute to look at that one can barely wolf them down.

If you are interested to join this food trail, registration is still open for the remaining sessions at $75 per pax or $58 per pax if you register in a group of 2 to 3 pax. 🙂

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