Ring in Singapore’s 52nd birthday in the best way possible this National Day – with drool-worthy three-tier treats, inspired by local and Straits-Chinese food
Besides the fireworks, nostalgia-invoking songs and a day off from work, the one thing we look forward to the most every National Day is our favourite restaurants rolling out special local-inspired menus. We don’t know about you, but we just can’t resist anything that’s infused with chilli crab and ondeh ondeh. If, like us, you have a penchant for modern takes on classic local food, you’re going to love this new afternoon tea at InterContinental Singapore’s The Lobby Lounge.
Indulge in three tiers of mouthwatering goodies that are inspired by Straits-Chinese cuisine which will satisfy both your savoury cravings and sweet tooth. Start with an ayam buah keluak crostini – yes, the traditional Peranakan chicken dish braised in tamarind and buah keluak nut paste will receive the Italian treatment. The Kurobuta pork ngo hiang is an absolute treat – we already love the Peranakan fried meat rolls, but The Lobby Lounge takes the dish to the next level by stuffing it with juicy Kurobuta pork. Instead of the usual sweet soy sauce, this rendition will be served with a tangy mango and kaffir lime salsa.
More highlights include the otak quiche (grilled fish cake baked in a pastry crust), sweet and spicy chilli crab sandwich, and rendang chicken mantou buns, filled with chicken stewed in spices and coconut milk.
After relishing the savoury delights, pamper your taste buds with the divine desserts. Savour the quintessential Singapore snack, ang ku kueh (a glutinous rice flour pastry stuffed with mung bean paste), and look forward to the banana genoa tart that comprises caramelised banana, coconut cream and sponge cake in a vanilla tart.
Fans of kuehs, watch out for east-meets-west desserts such as ondeh ondeh cake(a glutinous rice pastry with a molten gula melaka centre atop a pandan sponge and fudge cake) and pulut hitam chiffon cake (black glutinous rice sponge cake layered with coconut mousseline). And what’s an afternoon tea without scones? Enjoy chocolate-ty Milo scones while sipping on a fine selection of loose-leaf tea and coffee. Elevate your experience with a flute of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne, or keep to the local theme with a glass of Blue Ginger – a rum-based cocktail featuring galangal, gula melaka, and kaffir lime. Can you say shiok?
Classic Afternoon Tea: Straits Heritage, 7 August to 19 November, 2pm to 5pm, The Lobby Lounge, Level 1, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966, p. 6825 1008, e. InterContinental.Dining@ihg.com.
$78 for two persons, inclusive of a fine selection of loose-leaf teas and coffee, $108 for two persons, inclusive of two flutes of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne or Blue Ginger cocktail, and a fine selection of loose-leaf teas and coffee.
This article is sponsored by InterContinental Singapore