Friday, March 4, 2016

Have a Taste of Authentic Singaporean Dishes at Seven Corners Restaurant

Seven Corners Restaurant, the premier buffet restaurant of Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, brings the Flavors of Singapore on March 1-13, 2016. To ensure that guests enjoy the authentic taste of Singaporean cuisine, Crowne Plaza Manila Ortigas has flow in Chef Chua Yew Hock, the Executive Chef of Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.

Chef Chua demonstrating how to make a basic Laksa paste
Chef Chua Yew Hock will be showcasing some of his Singaporean specialties including Spicy Prawn Salad with Cucumber and Onion, Mee Goreng, Beef Rendang, Sambal Squid, Singapore Laksa, and the Singapore Chicken Rice.

Singapore Laksa
The first dish we tried was the Singapore Laksa which is based on Chef  Chua's signature recipe which is exclusively served at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium. It has a beautiful red sauce and is rich in aromatic flavors and served generously with prawns and fishcakes. For a limited time only, Filipinos will have a taste of this Laksa right here at Seven Corners.

Singapore Chicken Rice
We then tried the Singapore Chicken Rice. The chicken was very tender while the rice has a very mild, not too overpowering flavor. This is also a must-try!

Here's my buffet plate containing almost all of the Singaporean dishes served on the buffet spread. There's a good mix of chicken, beef, fish and vegetable dishes. Below are the individual dishes displayed on the buffet stations:

Sambal Top Shell - This is a cold salad made with top shell sea snail and onions and dressed with sweet and spicy sambal sauce

Gado-Gado - This is a salad of Indonesian origin. It consists of various vegetables, tofu and eggs and served with peanut sauce and prawn crackers.

Teh Tarik - This is a hot milk tea or pulled milk tea which is very common in Singapore. This is normally served in restaurants and kopi tiams in Singapore and Malaysia.

Nasi Goreng - This fried rice originated from Indonesia and is now widely served in Malaysia, Singapore and even in the Philippines.

Vegetable Stew - This is a very basic dish of mixed vegetbles cooked with sliced tofu and mushrooms. Almost resembling the Filipino dish lumpiang hubad, this dish has a distinct Singaporean flavor.

Ngoh Hiang - This Fookien dish is very famous is Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, and even in Cebu, Philippines. It is basically pork and shrimp flavored with five spiced, wrapped in beancurd skin and then fried until golden brown. I find the taste almost similar to the kikiam which we can buy in Ongpin, but this one has a lighter taste and is more compact.

Sambal Fish - A basic dish made of fried fish fillets and cooked in sambal-based sauce. It is very aromatic with a very balanced taste. Perfect with Nasi Goreng or Steamed Rice.

Chicken Curry - Chef Chua prepared a Singaporean-Chinese version of the Chicken Curry with a balanced spiciness, sweetness and creaminess from the coconut milk. The chicken was very tender, the potatoes were infused with the aromatic flavor of the curry. This one is also perfect with steamed rice.

Hainanese Chicken - This is where the Singaporean Chicken Rice got its amazing flavor. The chicken was tender, with a light taste of ginger. It has a balanced saltiness that perfectly blends with the chicken rice.

Beef Rendang - This is another dish that originated from Indonesia. It is one of my favorite Indonesian dishes and I was glad that Chef Chua included this dish in the buffet menu. His rendang has the spiciness that I love. The beef was super tender, and the sauce has a balanced sweetness from the caramelized coconut milk and spiciness from the sambal sauce.

Pandan Pancake with Coconut - Called Dadar Gulung in Bahasa, this is light dessert of rice pancakes flavored with pandan and filled with sweet coconut filling.

Pandan Chiffon Cake - This is a basic chiffon cake which is flavored with pandan. It's perfect with the Teh Tarik to end the meal.

Cebu Pacific Air | photo courtesy of the airline
To make the dining experience more rewarding, Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria has also partnered with Cebu Pacific Air and Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium to give a lucky diner a Free Trip to Singapore for two! One raffle coupon will be given for every P2,000.00 worth of food and beverage ordered at Seven Corners from March 1-13, 2016. The raffle draw will be held on March 15, 2015. The winner will receive round trip tickets to Singapore for two via Cebu Pacific Air and a 3-day/2-night stay at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium | photo courtesy of the hotel


Schedule Rate per Person
Lunch P1,879.00 nett (Mon-Sat)
P2,100 nett (Sundays)
Dinner P1,989.00 nett (Mon-Fri)
P2,100 (Sat-Sun)

Seven Corners Buffet Restaurant
3rd Floor Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria
Ortigas Avenue corner ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Quezon City
Opening Hours: 6:00am to 11:00pm
Contact Number: +63 (02) 633-7222 (local 7220)
Instagram: @SevenCornersOfficial

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