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.
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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.
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:
火锅烧烤自助大餐 (including beef tongue and choice cuts of pork)
Surprise Dish: Steamed Tilapia
The restaurant is buffet-styled, offering a wide selection of fresh meat, seafood and vegetable for barbecue and steamboat dining.
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.
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!
The restaurant chef did an on-the-spot demo on making kimchi which attracted the attention of many of the participants.
Moving on to the next restaurant, here is the list of 6 feature dishes served at East Ocean plus the surprise dish:
Surprise Dish: Animal-shaped Dim Sum
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.
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.
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.
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