Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Blue Jasmine @ Park Hotel Farrer Park - A Flavourful Thai and Chinese Reunion

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Celebrate Lunar New Year reunion dinner with a different at Blue Jasmine located at Park Hotel Farrer Park Level 5. On Lunar New Year eve, the Thai restaurant will bring together a buffet feast of Chinese dishes on top of the Thai dishes.

Available for both dine-in and takeaway is the Thai Chin Yu Sheng. This is inspired by classic Thai salads including the Northern Thai classic pomelo salad. This is a refreshing twist to the traditional yu sheng with slices of salmon gravlax, vegetables, Thai green mango, papaya, pomelo and pickles dressed in a plum and passion fruit sauce.

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Poached Chicken Salad

Start off from the appetiser section with the Poached Chicken Salad with Sze Chuan sauce. If this is too spicy for some, there are other choices such as Prawn & Melon Salad and Smashed Cucumber Salad with Seafood. For the older folks which prefer warm foods, there are tempting little bites such as Crispy Prawn Wanton or a bowl of comforting Fish Maw Soup with crab meat and bamboo soup.

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Spice Braised Duck

For the mains, be delighted with the tender Spice Braised Duck infused with Chinese herbs aroma. It even comes with braised tofu and braised eggs that have absorbed the delicious braising liquid.

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Mixed Roasted Platter

Roasted meats are always on the dining table for Chinese festive occasions and its no different at Blue Jasmine for the Lunar New Year reunion buffet dinner. On the buffet spread, diners will find the Mixed Roasted Platter comprises of Roasted Chicken and Roasted Duck served with crispy garlic bits.

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Claypot Rice

Carb lovers will enjoy the Claypot Rice, fragrant by cooking together with Chinese sausage. It also comes with flavourful marinated tender chicken and greens to complete the meal.

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Steamed Grouper 

Fish is an auspicious tradition Lunar New Year dish serves on the Chinese New Year menu as it symbolises abundance or surplus for the year. If you want a good year ahead, then don't miss out on the Steamed Grouper with ginger and soy sauce.

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There will live station at the buffet dinner too. Instead of the usual laksa or noodle soup live station, diners can enjoy the Wat Tan Hor Fun, wok-fried flat rice noodles served in light egg gravy.

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Mango Sticky Rice

Not to forget the dessert station whereby diners will get to enjoy a variety of Chinese and Thai desserts. The selection includes ever-popular Mango Sticky Rice and Durian Sticky Rice. For the Chinese dessert, we have Almond Bean Curd with Mixed Fruits, Deep-fried Nian Gao and Sweet Glutinous Rice Ball Soup.

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Chinese New Year Eve Reunion Dinner Buffet
Date: 24 January 2020
Time: 630pm - 10pm
Price: $58++ per adult, $29++ per child (6 - 12 years old)

Note: This is an invited tasting. 


Blue Jasmine
Park Hotel Farrer Park
10 Farrer Park Station Road
Level 5
Singapore 217564
Tel: +65 68248851
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Nearest MRT: Farrer Park (NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 10pm
Fri-Sat: 630pm - 10pm (buffet dinner)

Direction:
1) Alight at Farrer Park MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Monday, January 20, 2020

Reunion Imperial High Tea Set At Tian Fu Tea Room at PARKROYAL Beach Road

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Tian Fu Tea Room at PARKROYAL on Beach Road is a fully dedicated tearoom serving premium Chinese tea, with a wide selection of over 30 varieties of fine tea which you can enjoy with handcrafted dim sum. Each Lunar New Year, a specially crafted high tea set menu is offered for you to celebrate the new year in a different manner. Reunion Imperial High Tea (团圆宫廷下午茶) for this year is available from 13 January to 9 February 2020.

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The Reunion Imperial High Tea Set comprising 8 handcrafted dim sum items and a tea of your choice A Yusheng is included as well, customised to the party size.

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Other than emphasizing the colours of each exquisite dimsum, 'cuteness' level is equally important to pipued your appetite. Steamed Pumpkin with Yam Cake was vibrant with a layer of pumpkin sandwiched between yam and sweet potato, and every bite was a combination of sweet and savouriness. The Deep-fried Spring Roll with Minced Prawns and Mushrooms are made skinny to resemble 上上签, the divinatory sticks. That was rather creative I thought. Steamed Dumpling with Diced Abalone and Minced Meat was cute but letdown by its unpleasant thick and doughy skin.

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Steamed Siew Mai with Scallop was a luxurious interpretation of our common siew mai. Encased within the emerald skin is prawns, topped with a whole scallop that was sweet and succulent. The Ebiko provides the right jab of saltiness to the siew mai.

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Deep-fried Crispy Dumpling with Foie Gras was quite delectable with its flaky pastry crust, but the filling made with diced lotus didn't quite gel with the crust. While I was expecting something creamy or buttery since the menu stated foie gras, the filling was rather chunky and the foie gras was more like an afternote which tasted slightly odd to me.

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Homemade Rainbow Noodles with Fresh Prawn was beautiful with noodles that are naturally coloured with ingredients such as beetroot, spinach etc.

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The highlight for me is the sweets - Deep-fried Dumpling with Sticky Rice Pancake. I love the mochi-like sweet potato crust and the sticky rice pancake encased within was soft with just the right amount of sweetness, definitely one of the best Niao Gao delights I have tasted so far. Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Ginger Soup was comforting, and the red bean filling wasn't too sweet either. Despite all the items above, I felt I could stomach a few more of these sweets!

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I like the privacy of the Tea Room. The cosiness of the Tea Room is also one of the reasons for you to visit with your loved ones and sip the afternoon away with quality catch-up over the Dim Sum and premium teas. The Reunion Imperial High Tea is priced at $40 per person, available from 230pm to 5pm.

Written and photography by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.


Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant
PARKROYAL on Beach Road
7500 Beach Road
Singapore 199591
Tel: +65 65055724
Website
Nearest MRT: Nicoll Highway (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
High Tea: 230pm - 5pm

Direction:
1) Alight at Nicoll Highway MRT station. Take Exit A. Follow the overhead walkway all the way to The Concourse building. Take the exit down to Nicoll Highway and walk towards Parkroyal Serviced Residences. Cut through towards The Plaza at Parkroyal Hotel. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

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