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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)

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)
Group photo of all the participants in the second food trail with Ah Lun

Group photo of all the participants in the second food trail with Ah Lun

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.

Participants trickling in

Participants trickling in

Our big boss at SPH's Chinese Newspaper Division, Mr Robin Hu (centre) welcoming everyone

Our big boss at SPH's Chinese Newspaper Division, Mr Robin Hu (centre) welcoming everyone

Ah Lun introducing the Mandarin Court head chef

Ah Lun introducing the Mandarin Court head chef

The Mandarin Court menu

The Mandarin Court menu

We sampled the following dishes at Mandarin Court:

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前菜~ 锦绣虾球(糖醋虾球+芥末虾球+咸蛋虾球)
热汤~ 龙虫草炖珍珠鸡
海鲜~ 果皮鱼汤银丝浸红鱼
面食~ 鱼香茄子焖伊面
甜品~ 万紫千红芦荟冻
Surprise Dish: Peking Duck

前菜~ 锦绣虾球(糖醋虾球+芥末虾球+咸蛋虾球) - I particularly enjoyed the salted egg version in the middle

前菜~ 锦绣虾球(糖醋虾球+芥末虾球+咸蛋虾球) - I particularly enjoyed the salted egg version in the middle

热汤~ 龙虫草炖珍珠鸡 - very nourishing!

热汤~ 龙虫草炖珍珠鸡 - very nourishing!

Fish soup demonstration

Fish soup demonstration

海鲜~ 果皮鱼汤银丝浸红鱼

海鲜~ 果皮鱼汤银丝浸红鱼

The chefs skillfully skinning the Peking Ducks on-the-spot

The chefs skillfully skinning the Peking Ducks on-the-spot

Peking Duck - love this!

Peking Duck - love this!

The remaining duck meat served, stir-fried with veggies

The remaining duck meat served, stir-fried with veggies

面食~ 鱼香茄子焖伊面

面食~ 鱼香茄子焖伊面

甜品~ 万紫千红芦荟冻

甜品~ 万紫千红芦荟冻

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.

Winner of the Mandarin Orchard hotel stay

Winner of the Mandarin Orchard hotel stay

Food trail hosts, Xiao Peng and Ah Lun with the head chef at Mandarin Court

Food trail hosts, Xiao Peng and Ah Lun with the head chef at Mandarin Court

On board the bus to the second location

On board the bus to the second location

At Lao Beijing, we had the following dishes:

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老北京炖鸡汤
剁椒鱼头
京酱肉丝
农家香干煲
三菇炒菠菜
小笼汤包+三鲜锅贴
太后养颜美点之驴打滚
Surprise Dish: Popiah

The head chef at Lao Beijing greeting everyone

The head chef at Lao Beijing greeting everyone

I was seated at a table with Pete and Keropokman

I was seated at a table with Pete and Keropokman

The menu at Lao Beijing

The menu at Lao Beijing

Chef entertaining everyone with his singing

Chef entertaining everyone with his singing

老北京炖鸡汤

老北京炖鸡汤

剁椒鱼头 - looks very spicy, but doesn't taste as fiery as it looks

剁椒鱼头 - looks very spicy, but doesn't taste as fiery as it looks

农家香干煲

农家香干煲

京酱肉丝 - to be wrapped in a beancurd skin

京酱肉丝 - to be wrapped in a beancurd skin

The beancurd skin

The beancurd skin

Wrapped pork slices in beancurd skin

Wrapped pork slices in beancurd skin

三菇炒菠菜

三菇炒菠菜

Surprise birthday cake for three participants, courtesy of Lao Beijing restaurant

Surprise birthday cake for three participants, courtesy of Lao Beijing restaurant

Popiah ingredient

Popiah ingredient

Popiah rolling demonstration by the chef

Popiah rolling demonstration by the chef

Ah Lun's turn

Ah Lun's turn

Pete's turn

Pete's turn

Everyone getting busy making popiah

Everyone getting busy making popiah

Rolling my popiah

Rolling my popiah

My self-wrapped popiah

My self-wrapped popiah

三鲜锅贴

三鲜锅贴

小笼汤包

小笼汤包

太后养颜美点之驴打滚

太后养颜美点之驴打滚

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.

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Tomorrow, I will be heading to Long Beach King and Ah Yat Seafood with bloggers, Cherie and Calvin Timothy. Stay tuned. 🙂

To read about the first food trail with Ah Lun:

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)

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1 Comment

  1. Justin Daniel Pereira

    Looks good =) Yum Yum

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