Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Baba-licious Food Extravaganza Buffet (25 Nov - 4 Dec 2011)

Chilli Ikan Bilis by Chef Philip Chia

Have you make plans for your next gathering or family dinner? If not, you can check out Baba-licious Food Extravaganza buffet at Vanda Terrace, Orchid Country Club. Singaporean loves buffet but Peranakan buffet is not common because not many people can cook authentic Peranakan cuisine and it involes hours of complicated preparation.

Renowned Peranakan Chef Philip Chia and the Executive Chef from Vanda Terrace will specially prepared and cooked around 42 authentic Perankan dishes for the Baba-licious Food Extravaganza buffet such as Gado Gado, Nyonya Egg & Prawn Salad, Ayam Buah Keluah, Nyonya Chap-Chye, Otak Otak Panggang, Kari Ayam, Udang Goreng Assam, Sayor Loday, Hee-Peow Soup, Nyonya Laksa, Sambal Belachan Fried Rice, Durian Pengat, Pulot Hitam with Longan and Coconut Ice-Cream, Bubor Cha-Cha, Assorted Nyonya Kuehs and many many more... Embarking on an authentic and traditional food journey savouring the richness, aromatic and spicy Peranakan flavours.

Apart from the huge selection of Peranakan buffet spread , the venue itself comes with a beautiful view! Great Food, Great View and Baba-licious Food Extravaganza buffet will be a great gathering with friends and family!

View from Vanda Terrace

View from Vanda Terrace

For the tasting invite, Chef Philip Chia prepared and cooked a Nasi Lemak Set for us to savour on the different spicy Peranakan flavours. Clockwise on the plate, we have Rice, Sambal Kang Kong, Sambal Udang, Pong Tahu Goreng, Nyonya Egg & Prawn Salad, Otah, Ikan Kuning, Fried Ikan Bilis and Telor Dadar.

Special mention will be the Nyonya Egg & Prawn Salad and Pong Tahu Goreng. Chef Philip Chia has recreated the Nyonya Egg & Prawn Salad, a long forgotten recipe which focuses on the dressing that gives it a tangy kick.

Chef Philip Chia's creativity is demonstrated in the Pong Tahu Goreng. Chef Philip Chia reinvents the traditional  Bakwan Keiting (Crab Meatball Soup) into a dry version Tahu Goreng.

Nasi Lemak
Nasi Lemak Set 4.5/5

I was looking forward to the signature Peranakan dish, Ayam Buah Keluok (Chicken in Black Nut Stew), a stewed flavourful combination of tender chicken and Buah Keluak, an Indonesia black nut. Being my first time trying out the dish, I was a bit reserved as many said that it has an acquired taste. Conclusion? I LOVE IT!

Ayam Buah Keluak
Ayam Buah Keluak 4.2/5

I am not a fan of Nyonya Kuehs because they are usually too sweet for my liking but I finished all of them. The Assorted Nyonya Kuehs had the right balance of sweetness which I enjoyed very much. Clockwise Kueh Lapis, Kueh Koswee, Kueh Sarlat and Bengka Ubi.

Kueh & Ice Lemon Jelly Drink
Assorted Nyonya Kuehs 4.2/5

This is another yummy creation from Chef Philip Chia combinating Durian Pengat and Bubor Cha-Cha into a dessert. The different fruity flavours and textures from sweet potatoes and sago was really a delightful dessert that summed up a beautiful lunch.

Durian Pengat + Bo Bo Cha Cha
Durian Pengat and Bubor Cha-Cha Combo 4.5/5

Aside from the scrumptious food, diners can also immerse themselves in a host of Peranakan activities such as intricate bead work demonstrations, live cooking demonstrations and bazaar stalls selling Nyonya cookies, accessories, cookbooks and traditional costumes.

Chef Philip Chia himself will be hosting an interactive cooking demonstration on Tuesday and Thursday at 730pm. He will also be launching his new Peranakan cookbook at the event!

Thank you Chef Philip Chia, Jennifer and the team in Foodfare for hosting us.

Babalicious Food Extravaganza Buffet (25 Nov to 04 Dec 2011)
Vanda Terrace
Orchid Country Club
1 Orchid Country Road
Singapore 769162
Nearest MRT: Yishun (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Lunch: 1130am - 230pm
Dinner: 530pm - 930pm

Weedday Lunch & Dinner Buffet
$28++ (Adults)
$18++ (Child below 12 yrs)

Weekend Lunch & Dinner Buffet
$32++ (Adults)
$22++ (Child below 12 yrs)

*Prices subject to 10% service charge, prevailing government tax including GST
Open to public. Orchid Country Club members enjoy a 10% discount and waiver of service charge.
NTUC Union Members enjoy 10% off price.

1) Alight at Yishun MRT station. Wait for shuttle bus at the roadside outside NTUC Fair Price at Yishun MRT station. Alight at 1st shuttle bus stop in Orchid Country Club. Walk down the stairs to Vanda Terrace on the ground floor. Journey time about 8 mins.

Shuttle Bus schedule click here


  1. Wa not bad! Very near my place also!! Can go and eat. Hehehe

  2. I cant forget the taste of the durian pengat/bubur cha cha! power!

  3. @thesuper-girl you should go! The buffet event only for 10 days. Don't miss it.

  4. @Charlene Yes! If only we can have another bowl of it :)