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Rendezvous Hotel Christmas Lunch

Next stop on the Festive Gourmet Food Trail…..Rendezvous Hotel Singapore! This is the Christmas themed part of the food trail, if only they gave us Christmas presents….

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Me looking really happy for having a seat at the VIP table heh heh heh… And I didn’t even have to know the bride and groom. Ok just kidding. My blogger buddy  Rachel of PXDKITTY helped me take this photo. Check out her blog at http://pxdkitty.blogspot.com/.

Rendezvous Hotel - Honey baked ham & crabmeat croquette

Honey baked ham & crabmeat croquette (Accompanied with granny apply salad, cinnamon pineapple sauce

The croquettes looked festive, with the cinnamon pineapple sauce. There was a nice crunch due to the water chestnuts, onion and pine nuts used. The taste is a little like Ngoh Hiang. Didn’t quite like the apple salad on the side. It had too much salad dressing/mayonnaise in it and resembled coleslaw. I think coleslaw has a very bad reputation, in Singapore at the very least. I suspect it is due to the cheapo and lousy coleslaw served at KFC and Western food stalls in hawker centres. The Partner tells me that KFC NZ serves really wonderful coleslaw, which is nothing like what we have in Singapore. I wonder why.

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Cream of wild mushroom soup topped with crispy turkey bacon – Nice as It had a whole load of little bits of mushroom in it.

Rendezvous Hotel - Stewed turkey breast with chestnut and prune in red wine sauce

Stewed turkey breast with chestnut and prune in red wine sauce

I think where the chefs truly excelled were in the meat dishes. The turkey and duck dishes were done so well that just for these alone was worth the visit to Rendezvous Hotel.

The thing with turkey that is that it’s a tougher type of meat as compared to chicken and duck. Whenever I go for Christmas dinners, I’m always hesitant to order the turkey dish even though I really want to. I mean, what’s Christmas without turkey??? The turkey that we had at Rendezvous Hotel was really tender and flavourful. I was so shocked to discover that it was turkey BREAST that was served! I mean some cooks can’t even do chicken breast correctly and here I was eating these tender morsels of turkey breast. It was GOOD.

Another interesting thing which the chef shared with us. Did you know that turkey for Christmas is only prevalent in the USA? In Europe, it’s duck or goose! In New Zealand it’s duck or lamb. I think the Americans eat turkey for Christmas mainly because turkey is also the traditional dish for Thanksgiving (an American holiday), which is in November and so close to Christmas. It makes economic sense for the farmers to specialize in one type of meat.

Rendezvous Hotel - Baked duck breast topped with goose liver mousee

Baked duck breast topped with goose liver mousse – The chefs outdid themselves again with the sliced duck dish. Once again, the meat was very very tender. I love the sweet accompanying sauce. Didn’t manage to taste the goose liver mousse though. Definitely a dish you should consider ordering for Christmas too. I’m salivating as I’m writing this!! It’s torturous to see but not be able to eat it!

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Singapore Food Trail – Part 2

More pictures of my visit to the Singapore Food Trail Food Street hawker centre at the Singapore Flyer. Calling it a hawker centre seems incorrect, yet it is not a food court either since food courts are air conditioned? Perhaps Food Street really is the correct word since it used to be a driveway before it got converted into this new eating concept. And if you look at the flooring, it is designed to look like a road, complete with the double yellow lines at the side!

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This is the “indoor” seating area, which seems to be more popular than the “outdoor” area. Indoor or outdoor, the whole place is not air-conditioned. I didn’t feel hot though, it seemed pretty breezy. One bad thing about sitting here is that when a hawker goes on a vengeance and starts deep frying something, you and your clothes can’t escape the smell.

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This is the more “outdoor” seating as it faces the main road. It can get quite sunny here even though the shelter covers all the seats. But one thing good about sitting at this area is that you don’t get the smoke smells from the cooking.

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Satay Bee Hoon – Not that fantastic. Very few ingredients and satay sauce had no kick. If you like the non-heavy type, then perhaps this may be for you.

Singapore Food Trail (20) Did you know, VitaMilk (soya bean drink with added milk powder) has palm oil in it?

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Popiah for $2 each. There isn’t a sign to tell you upfront that you have to buy a minimum of 2 popiahs, so be warned.

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They also have a little area showcasing objects from an era past.

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I love this little tiny museum of sorts!

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Old F&N Soft Drink Bottles

Singapore Food Trail (23) There is even a juke box belting out old songs. It seems like you can choose the songs you want by pressing on the buttons. It’s free. I chose a michael jackson song, so that when it played, i would be able to recognise it from all the old Chinese songs that I have never heard before. Didn’t hear the Michael Jackson song come up though.

IMG_8103 Old typewriter. I still have one in my house! When I was younger, I derived much pleasure in jamming all the keys together!

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Laminated old photos to reminisce the old times (sounds like I am the one reminiscing, but no I was not born yet in 1958.)

Singapore Food Trail (36) Oh yes, almost forgot that the Singapore Flyer’s main business is getting people to go on the Flyer itself….Well I think the Singapore Flyer’s marketing team have hit the jackpot this time round. The new Singapore Food Trail is sure to pull in the crowds. Even the tourists were enjoying their food there. Not so sure if the restaurants would welcome the Food Trail, but if you’ve a shop selling something there, you’ll be happy.

For more pictures, see Singapore Food Trail Part 1


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