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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Surrey Hills Grocer @ Raffles City - Indulge in Limited-Time Menu for a Hearty Chinese New Year Feast

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This February, Surrey Hills Grocer at Raffles City has 2 gastronomic collaborations going on - with British pop artist Philip Colbert till 18 February 2024, as well as with a local home-based chef Kenneth Loh, widely known as "Chef Ken", till 27 February 2024.

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Philip Colbert Lobster Roll 4.5/5

Philip Colbert x Surrey Hills collaboration - Philip Colbert is a Scottish-born British artist with a global following for his distinctive cartoon lobster persona. Surrey Hills Grocer drew inspiration from Philip's artwork to celebrate his inaugural large-scale solo exhibition in Singapore from 6 January to 3 March 2024 and launched an exclusive "Philip Colbert Lobster Roll" ($42). The brioche bun was soft and buttery, loaded with chunks of fresh Canadian lobster meats that were creamy with Surrey Hills Grocer's special lobster dressing. I like the slight tang in the dressing. Accompanying the roll was some lightly spiced zucchini fries coated with parmesan cheese.

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Golden Nectar

Surrey Hill Grocer has also launched 2 festive drink options for this Chinese New Year celebration. One of which is "Golden Nectar" ($25), a concoction of Kiku-Masamune white peach liqueur, white wine, orange juice, and cranberry juice, complete with a slice of Medallion bakkwa.

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Kyoto Style Miso Pork Rib 5/5

The Surrey Hills Grocer x Chef Ken collaboration menu features Festive Flavours of Chef Ken's three new savoury dishes. Inspired by his recent trip to Kyoto, the "Kyoto Style Miso Pork Rib" ($32) is almost like a feast served on a single plate - slow-braised miso pork ribs and daikon piled over scrambled eggs that blanketed over Niigata rice, which is wholesome with edamame and charred onions. Notably recognised for his Taiwanese braised pork rice bowl, his culinary mastery over pork is also showcased in this dish. The fork-tender pork was tantalising with the flavours of the miso sauce, which also provided a mouthwatering gravy for the homely omu rice.

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Seafood Udon in Crab Broth 4/5

Seafood Udon in Crab Broth ($42) comes luxurious with fresh local farmed mussels, sea prawns, seared Hokkaido scallops, chikuwa, and wakame seaweed. The milky crab broth had a good depth of crustacean flavour, accentuated with savoury sea grapes. I reckon a thinner udon would better suit the broth.

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Spicy Basil Lala Capellini 4.8/5

Spicy Basil Lala Capellini ($28) is a well-executed dish that surprises with a harmonic blend of East and West ingredients. The al dente capellini carried the delightful aromatic blend of aged hua tiao wine, garlic, clam stock, chilli, and basil.

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Seafood Shashuka 3/5

If you are here for a celebratory brunch, spruce up your meal with one of their regular items - a hearty Seafood Shashuka ($42). Loaded with flavourful beef sausages, potatoes, oozy eggs, and seafood, I loved how robust and heady the gravy was. While the seafood didn't necessarily elevate the shakshuka experience, it did amp up the luxe factor for a Chinese New Year Feast.

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If you still have room for something sweeter, ⁠Banana Bread ($18) will provide a little comforting, sweet ending to your meal.

Photos and words 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. Note: This is an invited tasting.


Surrey Hills Grocer
Raffles City
252 North Bridge Road
#03-42
Singapore 179103
Tel: +65 83321024
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Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am - 10pm

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

Friday, January 26, 2024

Sichuan Alley @ Capitol Singapore - Dive into Contemporary Sichuanese Cuisine at Sichuan Alley’s Second Outlet in Singapore

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New in Capitol Singapore is Sichuan Alley, whose flagship branch is situated at Telok Ayer. It's most known for its signature Mian Yang Rice Noodle offerings, which has yet to be found at any other local restaurants.

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Here, diners can explore authentic and contemporary Sichuanese items alongside a range of unique Sichuan-inspired beverages. Flavours are rich, bold and authentic. Their interior was lovely, exuding warm and cosy vibes, perfect for big and small gatherings.

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Sichuan-inspired Beverages

We took some time to look through their fun and fresh beverage list before deciding on the Cold Brew Yuzu Chrysanthemum Tea ($5.90), the Bamboo Breeze ($16) cocktail made from gin, bamboo green tea, pineapple, peach and jasmine, and the Osmanthus Rice Wine ($16).

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Osmanthus Rice Wine

Our favourite among the three was the fragrant and mellowly sweet Osmanthus Rice Wine.

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Mini Hotpot 4.2/5

We delved into the world of Sichuan flavours with their Mini Hotpot 成都冒菜 ($14). While it leaned on the oily side, we loved how all the ingredients nicely soaked up the spices and tingling numbness.

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This was especially so for the crunchy slices of potato and celtuce, alongside prawns, black fungus, bean sprouts and cauliflower.

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Yu Xiang Shredded Pork 4/5

The Yu Xiang Shredded Pork 鱼香肉丝 ($7.90) is made up of strips of tender pork, strips of celtuce and carrot, and black fungus. It's pretty appetising but a little sweeter than I'd prefer. A vegetarian version of this dish is also available.

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Fried Chicken 4.5/5

I liked how Sichuan Alley's Fried Chicken 辣子鸡 ($16) is boneless, making it much more convenient to enjoy. They use chicken thighs fried to a crunch, mixed with cashew nuts, leek and addictive bits of fried garlic.

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Sichuan Sour Vegetable Fish 4.5/5

By default, the Sichuan Sour Vegetable Fish 老坛酸菜鱼 ($19) comes with a number of ingredients, including sweet potato noodles, black fungus and my favourite crunchy celtuce. Though a touch oily, the sourness and spiciness were well-balanced, and the fish slices were tender.

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Braised Pig Intestines with Tofu 4.8/5

If you're a fan of both mala flavours and pork intestines, the Braised Pig Intestines with Tofu 鲜豆花烧肥肠 ($17.30) will be up your alley. The fattier intestines are cleaned well, thoroughly soaking up all that lip-smacking spice. We liked how the flavour of the intestines permeates in the gravy and the soft beancurd as well. Get a bowl of white rice to accompany it, and you're good to go!

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King Prawns with Vine Pepper Rice Noodle 4.2/5

Sichuan Alley's signature Mian Yang rice noodles are featured in their range of mains. We opted for the King Prawns with Vine Pepper Rice Noodle 藤椒大虾米粉 ($15.50), which is by default spicy, but there are several others, such as Braised Beef Rice Noodle and Braised Pork Ribs Rice Noodle which you can opt for in your preferred level of spice. You can imagine the rice noodles to be like mee sua, but just a bit thicker with a slight more chew. The deceptively clear vine pepper broth was tangy and comforting with its accompanying heat.

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Speciality Ice Jelly 4.2/5

Our first dessert was the classic Speciality Ice Jelly 雪山红糖冰粉 ($5.50), featuring red beans, hawthorn, peanuts, rice balls, almond flakes and raisins on ice jelly with brown sugar. It had lots of texture and was refreshing.

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Sweet Fermented Rice 4.2/5

I preferred the Sweet Fermented Rice 巷子桂花粉子醪糟 ($4.50) between both desserts even though it looks simpler. The bits of Osmanthus brought a lovely mild fragrance to the fermented rice, with soft glutinous rice balls.

Photos and words by Jo. A girl who loves her Mala (麻辣) at Da La (大辣), discovering hidden food gems and a good cup of matcha latte. Note: This is an invited tasting.


Sichuan Alley
13 Stamford Road
#B1-29/30
Singapore 178905
Tel: +65 9155 5244
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Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1030am - 930pm

Direction:
1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit D, Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Friday, January 19, 2024

Dew by Whitegrass @ Chijmes - A Rendezvous of Delightful Flavours and Social Enchantment

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In the heart of Chijmes, Dew by Whitegrass emerges as a vibrant nexus where gastronomy meets social engagement. This casual offshoot, nestled in the heritage wing, presents an enticing amalgamation of curated small plates adorned with an Asian touch. It beckons as a dynamic hub for casual rendezvous, after-work libations, and late-night gatherings, fusing a convivial atmosphere with a tapestry of delectable cuisine.

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Molten Cheese 3.5/5

We started with the Molten Cheese ($28), a platter showcasing molten brie, grapefruit jam, chimichurri sauce, and crispy crostini. It is an ideal prelude, setting the stage for the dinner that follows.


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Hokkaido Pearls 3.8/5

Next on our culinary sojourn were the Hokkaido Pearls ($26) - scallops cloaked in a light batter, deep-fried to a golden crisp. Paired with pickled tartar and dipped in lemon garlic soy sauce, they delivered a delightful symphony of textures and flavours.

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Potato Bombs 3/5

A delightful interlude arrived in the form of Potato Bombs ($10) - bite-sized potato fritters in three flavours: original, anchovy, and curry. The anchovy variant, with its savoury notes, proved particularly addictive.

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Prosciutto On Brioche 4.2/5

A morsel of joy awaited us with the Prosciutto On Brioche ($15). Savoury prosciutto atop stracciatella cheese, nestled on Whitegrass's famed house-baked black sesame brioche - a harmonious blend of flavours.

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Cheese Choux Puff 4/5

Indulge in the airy decadence of the Cheese Choux Puff ($10). These fluffy delights, adorned with shredded Parmigiano and a sprinkle of black pepper, present a perfect harmony of rich cheese flavour and a peppery kick. Each bite offers a delightful contrast of textures and a burst of savoury goodness.

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Unagi Meet Tamago 4/5

In a surprising fusion of flavours, the Unagi Meet Tamago ($18) unveils an unexpected yet harmonious combination of sweet unagi and creamy tamago, bound together with the luscious touch of house-made mayonnaise. This dish's interplay of textures and tastes creates a delightful and memorable culinary experience.

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Pink Ocean 4.2/5

The Pink Ocean ($22), a dual platter featuring chef-smoked salmon and hamachi, unfolded as a maritime masterpiece on the palate. The smoked salmon, adorned with sweet and sour pickled purple onions and a dash of aiyori sauce, presented a dance of flavours. On the other hand, the hamachi, dehydrated overnight and embellished with soy sauce, anchovies, and black olives, showcased a sophisticated blend paired with ohba and daikon. The creation embodied a light and clean oceanic experience that tantalized the taste buds with its nuanced symphony of tastes.

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Yuzu Kosho Seaweed Pasta 4/5

The Yuzu Kosho Seaweed Pasta ($20) stood out as a testament to innovative culinary prowess. The al dente tagliatelle, entwined with seaweed and yuzu pepper, delivered a harmonious blend of textures. Crowned with ikura and a choice of salmon or prosciutto, this dish was an unexpected yet delightful marriage of Japanese and Mediterranean influences. The zesty yuzu pepper played a captivating role, infusing each bite with a burst of citrusy freshness, transforming a familiar pasta dish into a symphony of unique and pleasing notes.

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'R' IGA Ribeye $58

Resting gracefully on a bed of sautéed spinach, the 'R' IGA Wagyu A4 ribeye showcased the pinnacle of Mie Prefecture's renowned wagyu. Delicately seared for the perfect charred exterior and marbled tenderness within, this prized cut of IGA wagyu ribeye unfolded an indulgent appreciation. Enjoy it in three distinctive ways: in its unadulterated glory, with a special house-made sauce marrying red wine jus and Japanese soy sauce, or paired with the fresh kick of wasabi. Each presentation offered a unique perspective on the exquisite flavour profile of this premium wagyu cut.

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DEW Set Lunch - Shiok! Oji Chick Don 4/5

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An irresistible proposition, the Dew Set Lunch presented the Shiok! Oji Chick Don ($28) features shio koji-marinated chicken with jalapeno atop Japanese Koshihikari rice. It is a gem, accompanied by otoshi and a salad of the day, offering exceptional value for money.

Immerse yourself in the culinary charisma of Dew by Whitegrass - a rendezvous of delightful flavours and social enchantment.

Note: This is an invited tasting.


Dew by Whitegrass
Chijmes
30 Victoria Street
#01-27A
Singapore 187996
Tel: +65 9067 3891
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Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW, NS Line), Bras Basah (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 12pm - 230pm, 6pm - 1030pm
(Closed on Sun and Mon)

Direction:
1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit A. Cut across Raffles City Shopping Centre to Bras Basah Road. At the junction of Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road, cross the road to Chijmes. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Bras Basah MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk southwards towards Victoria Road. At the junction of Bras Basah Road and Victoria Road, cross the junction to Chijmes. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

藝 Yì by Jereme Leung @ Raffles Hotel Singapore - Usher in the Year of the Dragon with an Array of Lunar New Year Delicacies and Dine-in Set Menus

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藝 Yì by Jereme Leung in Raffles Hotel Singapore invites guests to celebrate a season of reunions and new beginnings with an exquisite selection of festive delicacies and auspicious gifts. Chef Jereme Leung has curated an array of Lunar New Year delicacies and Lunar New Year Dine-in Set Menus, available from 22 January to 24 February 2024. During our visit, we tried the Abundance Set Menu ($228/pax).

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Longevity Yu Sheng

There are 4 selections of Yu Sheng, including a Vegetarian Option featuring crispy lotus roots and organic vegetables. The Abundance menu offers Longevity Yu Sheng ($216/$152) with Octopus Sashimi & Sakura Shrimp. I enjoyed the sweetness and texture of the Sakura Shrimps, and it was a pity that they seemed to get lost easily among other ingredients due to their delicate texture.

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Platter 3/5

Next, we had an appetiser platter comprising Deep-fried Crab Meat Roll with Wasabi Mayonnaise & Yuzu Salsa, Baked Eggplant with Scallop served with roasted pepper sauce, and Barbecued Iberico Pork Char Siew with Lime Caviar. The char siew was succulent but could be elevated with more caramelisation. The other two items weren't as delectable. The yuzu salsa was a tad too sweet, and the Kueh Pie Tee cup left an unexpected taste.

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Soup 4.8/5

The soup course features Doubled-boiled Fish Maw, Sarcadion Aspratus Dried Mushroom & Sea Conch Soup. Its light consistency and good depth of flavour from the mushroom were thoroughly enjoyable, offering a delicate balance to relatively affluent fish maw.

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Braised 10-Head South African Abalone 4.5/5

Next, we had a premium Braised 10-head South African Abalone. The sauce and accompanying ingredients harmoniously complemented the abalone, making it a wholesome dish.

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Pan-seared Cod Fish 4.5/5

Following is Pan-seared Cod Fish with Green Pepper Sauce & crispy Pork Lard. It stood out with its buttery flesh encased in an aptly crisped exterior. The savoury sauce and fragrant lard bits accentuated the sweetness of the fish.

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Sweet & Sour Crispy Prawn 4/5

Another seafood dish on the menu was Sweet & Sour Crispy Prawn with soybean cake, offering a nostalgic Sweet and Sour Pork flavour. I appreciate the addition of tempeh in this dish, which paired well with the texture of the prawn.

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Steamed Jasmine Rice & Millet with Tribute Vegetables & Preserved Meats 5/5

The highlight for me was this Steamed Jasmine Rice & Millet with Tribute Vegetables & Preserved Meats, excellently executed in every aspect. The perfectly steamed rice absorbed all the flavours imparted from the warmed preserved meats, complemented by a drizzle of sweet sauce that bound all the ingredients together. The preserved meats, rich with intense umami, were scrumptious and moreish.

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Sweet Soup 5/5

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Water Chestnut Cake 2/5, Salted Egg Yolk Custard Glutinous Rice Balls 3/5

Dessert served was a bowl of Chilled Highland Lotus Seeds, Snow Fungus, Apricot Kernel, and Nostoc Pearl Sweet Soup, alongside Homemade "Yuan Bao" Water Chestnut Cake and Salted Egg Yolk Custard Glutinous Rice Balls. The sweet soup had the right amount of sweetness to balance the indulgent meal.

Photos and words 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. Note: This is an invited tasting.


藝 Yi By Jereme Leung
Raffles Arcade
328 North Bridge Road
Singapore 188719
Tel: +65 63371886
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Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 2pm, 6pm - 930pm

Direction:
1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Junction of North Bridge Road and Bras Basah Road. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant @ Carlton Hotel Singapore - Celebrate The Year of The Dragon with an Ensemble of Lavish Experiences

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Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant at Carlton Hotel Singapore welcomes the Year of the Dragon with a splendid array of Chinese New Year offerings, featuring six meticulously curated set menus and exquisite takeaway options. The restaurant invites families, friends, and loved ones to partake in the joyous celebration of the Lunar New Year.

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"Soon De" Style Yu Sheng

Commencing the festivities is the unique "Soon De" Style Yu Sheng, a refreshing toss of abundance featuring a plethora of shredded greens and thick cuts of sashimi-graded fish. This light and flavoursome Yu Sheng sets the tone for a prosperous year ahead.

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Double-boiled Soup with Sea Whelk and Chicken

Next is the Double-boiled Soup with Sea Whelk and Chicken, a heartwarming bowl of goodness infused with the essence drawn from hours of meticulous double-boiling.

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Pan-fried Scallops with Golden Sauce

The Pan-fried Scallops, sweet and plump, are paired with broccoli and adorned with a delectable homemade golden sauce, providing a delightful harmony of flavours.

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Steamed Soon Hock with Mandarin Orange Skin

Continuing the auspicious tradition of consuming fish during Chinese New Year, Wah Lok presents the Steamed Soon Hock with Mandarin Orange Skin. The perfectly steamed fish receives a tangy lift from the Mandarin Orange Skin, adding an extra layer of flavour.

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Roasted Duck

The Roasted Duck takes centre stage, boasting a perfectly crisp exterior and succulent, juicy meat—a delectable tribute to Cantonese culinary excellence.

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Braised Pork Belly with Abalones and Potatoes

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A newcomer to the menu is the Prosperity Pot, a lavish dish featuring slow-cooked pork belly, meticulously prepared abalones, and an array of symbolic ingredients such as potatoes, fat choy, and lotus roots, symbolizing abundance and good fortune.


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Braised Ee Fu Noodles, shredded dried scallop, golden mushroom

As is customary in Chinese dinners, the meal concludes with a choice between rice and noodles. The classic Braised Ee Fu Noodles, adorned with shredded dried scallops and golden mushrooms, provide a comforting end to the savoury courses..

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Chilled Peach Gum, Red Dates, Lotus Seeds, Gingko Nuts

Wrapping up the feast is the Chilled Peach Gum, a traditional Chinese sweet soup featuring red dates, lotus seeds, and gingko nuts—a sweet note to conclude the Lunar New Year celebration.

For reservations, contact Wah Lok at +65 6311 8188 or email wah.lok@carltonhotel.sg. For orders and delivery, reach out to the festive desk at +65 6349 1292, email cafe.mosaic@carltonhotel.sg, or visit https://celebrations.carltonhotel.sg

Note: This is an invited tasting.


Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant
Carlton Hotel Singapore
76 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189558
Tel: +65 6311 8188
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Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW, NS Line), Bras Basah (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 1130am - 230pm, 630pm - 1030pm
Sun: 11am - 230pm, 630pm - 1030pm

Direction:
1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit A. Cut through Raffles City Shopping Centre to Bras Basah Road. Walk to traffic junction of Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road. Cross the road and walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Bras Basah MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Bras Basah road. Turn left and walk down Bras Basah Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]