Si Chuan Dou Hua: Vegetarian Discovery Feast till 30 June 2012
First established in 1996, Si Chuan Dou Hua is the pioneer of authentic Sichuan cuisine in Singapore which features traditional specialities ranging from mild soups and vegetarian dishes to fiery deep-fries and savoury dessert. Its extensive menu also includes the widely popular and authentic Cantonese cuisine and exquisite handmade dim sum dishes.
After the success of its first outlet, a second was opened at UOB Plaza 1 in 2002 making this the highest Chinese restaurant in Singapore, followed by a third at PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur in 2003 and a fourth in Tokyo in 2007. Its latest outlet was unveiled at PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road in June 2011.
Tian Fu Tea Room, by Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, boasts the first Chinese tea room concept within a restaurant in Singapore, carrying a wide selection of over 25 types of premium Chinese tea ranging from the ubiquitous green and red tea to more exotic variations of yellow, white and flower tea.
Guests can savour the art of tea appreciation with the guidance of knowledgeable Tea Connoisseurs or spend a leisurely afternoon relishing the delicate aromas from the finest teas. A perfect complement to Si Chuan Dou Hua, the elegant tea room is the most ideal prelude to a delectable meal or a sweet culmination of a memorable dining experience.
Stylish private rooms and spacious VIP suites that can hold up to 22 guests are also available for the discerning clientele and their private functions.
Available for a limited period every year, the Vegetarian Discovery Feast makes an anticipated return to Si Chuan Dou Hua from now till 30 June 2012. Combining their wealth of experience, Executive Chefs Zeng Feng, Leung Wing Chung and Consultant Peter Tsang (pictured above) have once again put their heads together to push the culinary envelope in carving a healthy gourmet experience that does not compromise on delectability. The result is a comprehensive array of flavorful vegetarian dishes that employ fresh and nutritious greens instead of deep-fried flour batter.
Dining at Si Chuan Dou Hua is also complemented with a skilled Tea Master display, in which hot tea is poured through a long-spout kettle into your teacup.
We started off the Vegetarian Discovery Feast with the Vegetarian Combination Platter which features four different dishes. At first glance, the Bean Curd Skin with Sichuan Hot and Sour Sauce kind of resembles pork intestines, given its bunched up form. Its soft and slightly rubbery texture, coupled with spicy sichuan sauce makes it a very palatable starter.
Some might find the Braised Bean Curd with Vegetable an acquired taste but I quite liked the contrast of soft beancurd and crunchy vegetables in this one.
Out of the four dishes in the Vegetarian Combination Platter, my favorite was the Vegetarian Ham Roll which was wrapped around a slice of cucumber and drizzled in salad dressing. I guess it’s because it has the same concept as the suckling pig roll and peking duck roll!
I’m not a fan of gingko nuts but since research has shown that there are a wide range of health benefits including boosting one’s memory, I eat them once in a while. The Spicy Gingko Nut with Mock Chicken was soft in texture and has a nutty, bittersweet taste.
I personally find that vegetarian cuisine encompasses flavors that are light and easy on the palate and this Double-boiled Carrot Soup with Bamboo Pith & Mushroom is a perfect example by being subtle yet refreshing.
Both misterchewy and I are potato loving people and this Mashed Potato with Preserved Vegetable has a very creamy texture and tasted simply heavenly! It was paired with crunchy corn bits and preserved vegetable which seemed like dried seaweed to us. Secretly wished we could have more of this!
Golden Marrow with Salted Egg & Vegetarian Sliced Beijing Duck Roll
Straight out of the pan, the Fragrant Vegetarian Fried Brown Rice smelled really tantalizing. On the overall, the fried rice wasn’t sticky nor dry. In fact, it was moist with the rice grains separate and distinct. I never knew brown rice could be this tasty!
For dessert, we had the Homemade Green Pea Soup with Orange Skin which was quite light on the palate. The faint yet noticeable hint of orange skin made this rather refreshing.
The Vegetarian Discovery Feast is available for lunch and dinner in a la carte menus starting from $48 per person from now till 30 June 2012 at PARKROYAL on Beachroad, Kitchener Road and TOP of UOB Plaza. DBS/POSB card members can either enjoy 20& off a la carte menu or one dines free with every 3 paying adults for set menus or 20% off set menus for groups of 3 or less.
Thank you Joyce and Pamela from Si Chuan Dou Hua for the invitation and for hosting us during the dinner!
Si Chuan Dou Hua
Top of UOB Plaza
80 Raffles Place
UOB Plaza 1
Tel: 6535 6006
PARKROYAL on Beach Road
7500 Beach Road
Tel: 6505 5722
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
181 Kitchener Road
Tel: 6428 3170