Gourmet Food Trail with Ah Lun (阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃) – Part 2 of 5: Mandarin Court Chinese Restaurant (文华酒店 文华苑)and Lao Beijing (老北京食堂)
In a special collaboration with ten well-known restaurants, omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao, together with veterian food critic Ah Lun (黄卓伦) brought a group of readers on an exclusive gourmet food trail for five consecutive Saturdays.
Last Saturday was the second event. Together with omy bloggers, Aussie Pete and Keropok Man, we visited Mandarin Court at Mandarin Orchard (文华酒店 文华苑) for the first session and Lao Beijing (老北京食堂) at Tiong Bahru Plaza for the latter session.
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.
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.
Below are some photos taken at the event.
We sampled the following dishes at Mandarin Court:
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Surprise Dish: Peking Duck
The chef gave an on-the-spot demonstration of how to cook the fish soup which was served. This was followed by some stage games including an impromptus “fashion show” by gaming food trail participants.
A lucky draw was conducted at the end, whereby the top prize was an one night weekend stay at Mandarin Orchard, very generous of the hotel to sponsor this.
At Lao Beijing, we had the following dishes:
Surprise Dish: Popiah
The chef greeted everyone with a traditional opera song, followed by an on-the-spot demonstration on rolling the perfect popiah. Ah Lun chipped in to demonstrate his version of popiah rolling too. Aussie Pete was also roped on stage to make his first popiah. You can read more about Pete’s experience on his blog.
To read about the first food trail with Ah Lun:
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