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Happy friday to all! :) Sorry for the slow updates! Been busy, very very busy! We might have been gently rejecting some invites recently but when I scanned through the email which I received from Crowne Plaza Hotel Changi Airport and saw the following – “Oktoberfest dinner party“, “booze“, “German inspired grub“, and a chance to “Win a 2D1N Weekend Staycation“, I knew I had to grab my beer tah-ing partner, aka misterchewy along! We were encouraged to turn up in Bavarian flag colors (sky blue and white), which totally upped the fun quotient of this dinner party! Just the weekend before, we went around searching for a nice shirt for misterchewy so that he could fit into the theme! :D We ended up clashing in polka dots and stripes. Lol.
This Oktoberfest, from 22 September to 7 October, dig into hearty Bavarian food at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport’s bar ’75, along with free flow beer ($25++) from 10pm – 12am! The special Oktoberfest menu will feature traditional German cuisine deconstructed and put together with a hint of contemporary flair which promises to tease and excite the taste buds.
Located on the second floor of the hotel, bar ’75 is inspired by the glamour of the l970s and invokes nostalgia with a touch of style from the present. Its unpretentious setting is perfect for those who seek refuge to unwind after a hard day’s work, with an entertainment zone equipped with a pool table and an area for sports enthusiasts to watch sports events live on the big screen. Here on a date? Plonk yourselves on one of the cozy booths in vibrant colorful fabrics. Look around and you will find that the ‘fluro art’ inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous series of paintings from the era makes a great conversation starter.
And now, it’s time for us to check out the special Oktoberfest menu! :D
Fellow blogger Lobster was present too!
Look at these irresistibly cuteeeee Wagyu Beef Burgers ($28.00++)! I bet it is a good idea to have them served in bite sizes. Pity we don’t take beef. I would really love to sink my teeth into one of these.
Skipped the Bacon and Beef Roulade ($24++) as well. Anyway, for those who are wondering, this dish is essentially “citrus” Sauerkrauts wrapped with beautifully browned pork bacon and thin beef slices.
Oh yes! Finally, a dish that doesn’t contain beef. The mashed potatoes were rich and creamy, which easily made the Bangers and Mash ($22.00++) a crowd pleaser.
Good things come in threes, so don’t miss out on the Trilogy of “Wurst” Platter ($28++)! Out of the three types of German sausages – Spicy, Smoked and Herbs, I think the spicy ones worked best for me.
I have an immeasurable weakness for all things pork and if I could, I would gladly have the Crispy Pork Knuckle with Sauerkrauts ($26++) all to myself. Clearly a must have at every Oktoberfest, this is the kinda bar grub that will keep everyone happy. Just imagine chowing down on that crispy and ever so tender pork knuckle, while washing down all that Bavarian goodness with free flow Tiger beer!
We certainly don’t mean this when we mention free flow beer.. *facepalm* These were just some of the props for the instant prints that night! :P
I’m glad that misterchewy enjoyed himself as much as I did at the Oktoberfest dinner party! Seems like he got hooked on to Sambuca shots after the ladyboss at Backyard@Dempsey introduced it to him. LOL.
Since the night was still young, we went ahead with a Comspomolitan for me and a Baileys for him :P
We also had fun with a round of Beer Pong! :D :D :D Sorry no pics because we were busy playing! :P Oh yes, a lucky draw was also conducted but too bad we didnt win the 2D1 night weekend staycation. *sob sob* :(
It was a splendid Saturday night spent with great food and drinks. We are soooo looking forward to Oktoberfest already! :P Thanks to Carrie from Crowne Plaza Changi Airport for the invitation and wonderful hospitality! :)
75 Airport Boulevard
Crowne Plaza Hotel (Next to Changi Airport T3)
Tel: 6823 5355
Sun, Tue to Thu
5pm – 12.30am
Fri, Sat & eve of PH
5pm – 1.30am
(Closed on Mon)
My birthday posts seem to be never-ending! LOL. *Raises white flag* In recent years, my parents would ask me to choose where I wanted to celebrate my birthday and this time, I chose The Coastal Settlement (TCS)! Well, I have always wanted to check this place out but it’s quite inaccessible, unless you drive and know your directions well.
THe journey to Changi from our place took us close to an hour by car. I was thinking to myself that thank goodness I didn’t attempt to make a trip on my own! TCS is located along Netheravon Road (honestly, have you even heard of it?!) near Changi Beach Club and the old Changi hospital. The latter is kinda spooky but oh wells..
Mostly pictures in this post! :P
There’s kinda like an area for kids to play! Cool right? :D
Alfresco dining looks good too. But I’m not sure about the mozzies.
My parents used to go dating on my dad’s motorbike! Not Vespa la. Hahaha.
Drizzled with sweet and sour spicy sauce, the Coastal Wings and Drumlets ($14) are perfect for sharing! They were not overly fried and the meat was very tender.
The Truffle Fries ($15) were a major let down though :( Couldn’t detect any hints of truffle oil and I don’t think they should serve truffle fries with their house tomato relish. On hindsight, we should have ordered the portobello fries, which I think would be served with truffle mayonnaise.
We shared a plate of Calamari ($14) as well. The salt and peppered squid was actually kinda soggy but wasn’t too bad taste wise.
TCS has quite a range of pizzas on their menu and we decided to have the Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza ($22). Thin biscuit like pizza base topped with 16 months aged prosciutto, baby tomatoes, mozzarella & cheddar, shaved parmesan cheese and arugula was deliciously savory. Strongly recommend this!
My mum had the Nasi Lemak ($16) which is the most expensive plate of nasi lemak that I had ever come across. Besides the usual fried chicken and sunny side up egg, this came with tiger prawns too.
The hubby and I chose cream based pastas and it was a pretty bad idea because we had major difficulty trying to finish our food. LOL. The Chicken Miso Carbonara ($22) wasn’t too bad. It’s something that can satisfy your creamy pasta craving. Felt that the sauce could be more savory though.
I’m pretty sure that a good amount of truffle oil had been added into our Truffle Mushroom Fettuccine ($21)! We could smell it from a distance when it was being placed on our table. Anyway misterchewy and I are crazy over anything truffle right now! :P This dish was superb and the mushrooms were really juicy. I would recommend this for sharing though. A little too creamy for me to finish this on my own. Even misterchewy was unable to do so!
My brother stuck to the safe option of having Cod ‘N’ Chips ($26) which was served with thick cut fries, mesclun salad, wasabi tobiko mayonnaise.
The bill came up to about $300 which I hadn’t expect even though we ordered a considerable amount of food and drinks. In any case, just wanna thank my parents for this lovely birthday treat! :)
The Coastal Settlement
200 Netheravon Road
Tel: 6475 0200
Tue to Sun
10.30am – 12 midnight
(Last order at 9.45pm)
Some people associate eating porridge with being ill, but I beg to differ. I grew up eating Teochew muay. No prizes for guessing! My parents used to take my brother and I to various porridge places for dinner and sometimes, supper. We always have a standard variety of dishes that we must order. Psst.. My favorite is braised pig ears! A bowl of piping hot teochew muay is purely my kind of comfort food.
We popped by Seah Soon Teck Teochew Porridge at Changi for dinner. The place was not exactly very easy to locate and parking proved to be a slight challenge. But if you look out for its well-lit signboards, you wouldn’t miss the place!
Seah Soon Teck serves a wide variety of hot dishes that are replenished throughout their operating hours.
I’m reviewing the Pork Trotter Jelly ($5+) first even though it was served last. This dish is usually eaten right at the beginning of the meal as it’s a cold dish and in fact, an appetiser to some. It was sold out when we arrived and they very kindly prepared it on the spot for us. Because of that, the jelly was not sufficiently solidified. This dish was clean tasting and was not overwhelming with too much pork flavour. Best eaten by dipping the slices into their tangy sauce!
The Stewed Vegetables ($1+) was soft with a little bit of crunch.
I really enjoyed eating the Cai Buey ($1+) which was not too salty and complements the porridge really well!
All of us were full of praises for the Handmade Meatballs ($1 each) which were made with a combination of fish and pork. Taste of pork was more distinguished and I found this to be unique.
These Baby Sotong ($3+) were delightfully chewy and crunchy.
Also a winner, this plate of Braised Pork Intestines ($4+) was full of flavor and I found comfort in sinking my teeth into its rubbery, stretchy texture. Definitely no odour from these! Thumbs up.
I found the Braised Duck Meat ($3+) to be slightly disappointing as the braising wasn’t thick enough for my liking. It could also be that the braising had not been infused well enough into the duck slices. A little tasteless especially when you eat it with a mouthful of muay.
As a Teochew, I love eating steamed pomfret. This was my first time having a Steamed Black Fish ($15 to $18) to go along with muay. It is very limited in stock, and you can choose to have it steamed on the spot upon ordering for an additional $3. Fish was remarkably fresh, with that little bit of oiliness within that was appreciated.
Another awesome Teochew porridge place in our revisit list! Coincidentally, Seah Soon Teck was previously located at Toh Guan, and my parents used to frequent this stall. Note that they are opened till the wee hours in the morning so it’s a perfect place to go to if you want to suppress your hunger pangs after midnight.
Thank you Seah Soon Teck Teochew Porridge for the invitation.
Seah Soon Teck Teochew Porridge (谢顺德潮洲粥)
283 Changi Road
11am – 5am
Award-winning Azur at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport has recently launched its brand new weekend brunch menu which features an extensive list of delectable local dishes as well as international fare. Misterchewy and I were there to check out the buffet line and boy, were we impressed! ;)
Overseeing all culinary operations and menus for Azur, the hotel’s all-day dining and international buffet restaurant, Bar 75, the Lobby Lounge and the banqueting department, Alvin Leong is the Executive Sous-chef at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport since 2011. He brings with him over 12 years of experience in various culinary institutions and was Sous Chef at M Hotel.
In the revamped brunch menu, Chef Alvin’s passion in cooking is clearly demonstrated in his relentless efforts to experiment with different cuisines, interpreting and presenting traditional dishes in a new light.
Being a seafood lover myself, I headed straight for the Gallery of Crustaceans on Ice that features Freshly Shucked “Live” Oysters, humongous Boston Lobster Claw and succulent New Zealand Coastal Mussels.
The Foie Gras Mousse with Fruit Compote from the Exquisite Chilled Gallery certainly caught my attention as it is a very interesting idea to pair foie gras mousse with fruits!
Meat Loaf with “Ribena” Berries Sauce
Oh, and how could anyone miss out on having Hong Kong Dim Sum? Go ahead and satisfy your dim sum craving by having the Prawn & Mushroom Shao Mai and Crystal Shrimp & Chives Dumplings!
I was fascinated when i saw the chefs preparing Popiah with Turnip Filling at the buffet counter. I loved the crunchy filling wrapped in thin popiah skin!
Both misterchewy and myself are Teochew and we definitely had to try the Deep Fried Hokkien Ngoh Hiang. It tasted great especially when drizzled with dark sweet sauce but I personally feel that it would be even better if there could be a live cooking station for this as well so that the ngoh hiang can be eaten piping hot.
A point to note is that Azur has quite a significant number of live cooking stations and it allows a great amount of interaction between the chefs and diners.
Available at the live station is the Savoury Cheese Crepe with “Peking Duck”, which is one of Azur’s East meets West dishes. Instead of eating it the traditional way with sweet dark sauce, the roasted ducked is filled with cream cheese, chives and cucumber wrapped in crepe and grilled to perfection. Simply exquisite!
Here’s misterchewy ordering a bowl of laksa at the live cooking station! If you are like misterchewy who doesn’t like beansprouts, remember to inform the chef!
The Singaporean Laksa was undoubtedly our favorite! It had the full works – prawns, eggs, taopok, fish cakes and cockles! The spicy broth was very rich tasting and many of us had at least two to three helpings.
I absolutely loveeeee Hainanese Chicken Rice and I just can’t decide if I prefer white or roasted chicken! There’s also roasted pork and char siew to go along with your plate of fragrant chicken rice.
Top off the epicurean experience with the dazzling selection of sweet treats at the dessert counter!
Diners can dig into a luxuriously smooth Durian Mousse, or sit back and enjoy the succulent lychees in the Lychee Mirror cake.
Hehehe I went straight for the ice maker to D-I-Y my own lemongrass jelly!
It’s really simple and you get to customize your own dessert by choosing your favorite toppings!
And of course once you are done with enjoying your D-I-Y lemongrass jelly, a smorgasbord of intricate desserts await you!
We helped ourselves to some Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream as well! My favorite toppings were the green, pink and brown mini macaron shells :D
The Changi Weekend Brunch is available every Saturday and Sunday, from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm at $45++ per Adult and $22.50 per child.
To all missuschewy’s readers, here’s a chance for you to enjoy the Changi Brunch “Brunch Off” Promotion where you will be entitled to 15% off the total bill plus enjoy one round of soft drinks. Readers must quote the “MISSUSCHEWY” either during reservation OR at the counter upon walk-in. Reservation is encouraged. The promotion is not valid with other (credit card) discounts or promotions. Valid from 3 March – 25 March 2012.
Thank you Crown Plaza Changi Airport and McGagh Communications for the invitation.
Crown Plaza Changi Airport (Terminal 3)
75 Airport Boulevard
Tel: 6823 5354