Gear up for some exquisite gastronomic treats and dining experiences!
The upcoming epicurean extravaganza Asian Masters showcases some of the legendary dining establishments that have withstood the test of time in Singapore, such as 90-year-old Chinese restaurant Spring Court and 50-year-old Teochew Restaurant Huat Kee.
While the main dining events run from March 1 to April 3, the year-long festival runs till Feb 29 next year and includes dining and cocktail promotions.
On April 1, the dining festivities culminate at the invite-only The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao Best Asian Restaurants Awards at Grand Hyatt Singapore.
The seventh edition of the annual Asian Masters, presented by Citibank Singapore, is jointly organised by Sphere Exhibits, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, and F&B consultancy firm Poulose Associates.
Also paying tribute to culinary heritage is the newly launched Delicious Heirlooms book, which features 10 well-known family-run restaurants in Singapore. It is priced at $30 and published by Straits Times Press.
Here are our top picks for what to expect at this year’s Asian Masters.
What: Join Singapore-based Chinese-language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao food correspondent Ng Yimin as she hosts this dinner in celebration of Teochew Restaurant Huat Kee’s 50th anniversary. The six-course feast – specially curated by Huat Kee’s mother-and-son team of Madam Loh Hock Eng and Mr Lee Chiang Howe – features dishes such as pomfret soup with taro; signature braised caramelised sea cucumber and 30-head abalone; and glazed pork belly with glutinous rice and mashed taro. The dishes are paired with whiskies from Scottish whisky distillery GlenDronach.
Where: Teochew Restaurant Huat Kee, 02-01 RELC Building, 30 Orange Grove Road, 258352
When: March 7, 7pm Price: $270++ and $216++ (Citibank cards)
What: Hosted by The Straits Times senior food correspondent Wong Ah Yoke, this eight-course dinner at Chinese restaurant Spring Court features highlights such as traditional double-boiled bird’s nest in whole chicken; crispy crabmeat roll with chicken liver and salted egg yolk with spicy salt fried button mushroom; barbecued whole boneless suckling pig with fermented bean paste; and roasted whole boneless chicken stuffed with minced prawn. The dinner is paired with wines from Australian wine company Handpicked Wines.
Where: Spring Court, 52-56 Upper Cross Street, 058348
When: March 12, 7pm Price: $213++ and $170.40++ (Citibank cards)
What: Savour the finest of Malay cuisine by culinary doyenne Aziza Ali, known for her eponymous fine-dining restaurant on Emerald Hill, which ran for 24 years from 1979. Her menu at Grand Hyatt Singapore includes ayam panggang bersantan istimewa (grilled chicken breast sandwiched in grilled eggplant and coconut gravy); makthoum podina (tender lamb cooked in onions, tomatoes and mixed spices sauce with toasted almonds and mint leaves); and sambal kesum tasek (barramundi cooked in tamarind chilli spices, kesum leaves and topped with scallop).
Where: Grand Salon, Level 2 Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, 228211
When: March 19, 7pm Price: $118++ and $94.40++ (Citibank cards)
What: Cookbook author and cake business Chalk Farm co-founder Bryan Koh’s books come alive through his menu of Burmese food – made with recipes accumulated during his time in Myanmar. The menu features Mondti (Rakhine fish noodle soup with pounded green chilli sauce); Humba (pork belly with soya, vinegar and Saba bananas); Manuk Piaparen (Maranao chicken curry); and Champurrado (black rice and chocolate pudding with deep-fried mermaid fish).
Where: Auntie’s Wok and Steam, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, 189354
When: March 21, 7pm Price: $128++ and $102.40++ (Citibank cards)
What: Savour a variety of classic Nonya dishes crafted by PeraMakan’s fourth-generation chef Kathryn Ho. Highlights include bakwan kepiting soup (minced pork and crab meatball soup); babi tohay (braised pork belly in red rice yeast); Nonya ayam buah keluak; nasi ulam (mixed herb rice); and Golden Coin Beef Rendang. The dishes are paired with Veramonte wines from Chile.
Where: PeraMakan, Level 3 Keppel Club, 10 Bukit Chermin Road, 109918
When: March 5, 7pm Price: $118++ and $94.40++ (Citibank cards)
What: One-Michelin-starred fine-dining Indian restaurant The Song Of India pairs its dishes with premium bourbon from Woodford Reserve, Kentucky, as well as Jack Daniel’s from Tennessee. Menu items include lobster porcini shorba (soup) served with chilli cheese khari stick; and Seafood Festa Art Palate, which includes Chettina prawn, Malvani mussels, Goan fish and crispy okra.
Where: The Song of India, 33 Scotts Road, 228226
When: March 6, 7pm Price: $108++ and $86.40++ (Citibank cards)
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By Eunice Quek, The Straits Times, February 20, 2019 / Updated by Muneerah Bee
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