Old-school Flavours of Hong Kong
From now till 30 November, Yan’s Nostalgic Recommendations Menu offers an edible snapshot of the culinary landscape of 1970s Hong Kong – a time when the booming city was met by an influx of chefs from China, eager to win over affluent diners by elevating the flavours of home with luxurious ingredients. For instance, Sauteed Prawns with Scallion and Black Olive (from $38) is a hat tip to the introduction – by Guangdong chefs – of preserved Chinese black olives as an umami enhancer to the premium seafood that the city’s well-to-do class so loved. Steamed Kampong Chicken (from $35 for half), tender and lightly perfumed by the smoky complexity of Jinhua ham, offers another tasty cultural trivia: That in the past, it was the humble chicken that was integral to adding pomp and luxe to special occasions. Another highlight not to be missed from the nine item-strong promotional menu is the Fried Rice (from $26), wok-fried not with the sweet lup cheong (Chinese cured sausage) that’s prevalent these days, but with diced liver sausage.
Yàn. #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road; 6384-5585.
Celebrating the G&T
Nine days of revelry, 20-odd gins, and 40 participating bars – that’s what’s on the charts when East Imperial Gin Jubilee returns for its sixth edition from 30 November to 8 December. As usual, there are masterclasses galore and each bar will be presenting its own innovative take on the G&T. This year’s roster of boutique gins is looking mighty impressive, with a great handful of new contenders including Rock Rose, Hawthorn’s London Dry Gin, Cotswolds Dry Gin, Tanglin Gin and Brass Lion Singapore Dry Gin. The latter two, mind you, are proudly distilled on these very shores and launched just a few months ago. The closing bash is also getting a massive green makeover this year, with a goal of zero waste. Themed as a garden soiree over at 30 Maxwell Road, Gin Lane will be partnering local eco-packaging outfit TRIA to roll out fully biodegradable drinking and dining ware, and all food waste from the night will be collected to be recycled into organic fertiliser. Better yet, bring your own mug to knock $5 off the ticket price ($20).
See fb.com/ginjubilee for more details
A Peranakan Twist to Cocktail Hour
Think of Peranakan food and you’ll probably think of cosiness and conviviality. But Peranakan-inspired cocktails and bar bites? That’s a novel concept propositioned by the newly launched Destination Singapore Beach Road x Kult Kafe collaboration. With head chef Damian D’Silva (he runs the hotel’s signature restaurant, Folklore) at the helm, the gastro grub side of things is all about condensing hearty flavours into moreish bar bites – think along the lines of beef rendang sliders ($15, 3 pcs) encased in flaky puff pastry, sambal buah keluak-stuffed portobello mushrooms ($20, 6 pcs), and crispy chicken wings marinated with sand ginger (a type of galangal) and gula melaka. Power up the adrenaline, if you dare, with Bloody Belacan ($20, Kult Kafe head barman Zac Mirza’s take on the Bloody Mary) or opt for refreshing concoctions such as Kult Julep ($20, featuring kaffir lime leaves and gula melaka syrup in place of the usual mint and sugar syrup) to tame the heat. The bar menu is available daily – until 30 April 2019 – at the Lobby Bar from 3pm to 9.30pm.
Lobby Bar. Level 2, Destinations Singapore Beach Road, 700 Beach Road; 6679-2900.
Ugly Delicious – For a Cause
Dining for a cause doesn’t always have to be a fancy black tie affair. Presented by Food Bank Singapore (FBSG), One-Dish@A-Time keeps it simple, affordable and informative in this bid to encourage the acceptance of ugly foods. The campaign will see local restaurants get creative with their daily lunch specials, whipped up using a ‘mystery box’ of ugly and donated foods received by FBSG. Part of the proceeds will also go towards providing food for lower income families. One-Dish@A-Time kicks off on 26 November with Plentyfull as its first partner restaurant. There will also be a FBSG Bank Box on the premises for the public to donate non-perishable food items.
Plentyfull. #01-79 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard; 6493-2997.