For dinner, we had dinner one night at Cook and Brew and another night at Seasonal Taste. We had their buffet then and somehow we never came back. If you watched enough restaurants reality TV, you know why you shouldn’t come during the early days of opening. LOL.
We are back this time and this was an invite from the hotel and was also an unhosted tasting. You just dine like a regular guest, they foot the bill. If we liked it, we write about it. We were seated near a table of 4 hungry ladies, a couple on a date and a table of 8 businessmen on company dinner.
For 2 weeks till 31 July, they are having The Great Thai Feast.
If you are a SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest, not Sarong Party Girl lah…) member (which is free by the way, and I have it since 2003), you get a discount of 20% plus Starpoints for future hotel stay redemption.
One of the highlights of the Thai Feast is the Kor Moo Yang (Marinated Grilled Pork Neck). Yes, it’s the fatty and muscled meat part of the oink oink animal and is used in Thai and Chinese cooking for melt in the mouth dishes. I am sure if you have been to Thailand, you have bought them to snack like me.
The dipping sauce Jim Jaew is an addictive sauce accompanies this dish. I drizzled it for most of the things I ate!
Another highlight of the Thai Feast is the Tom Yum Gung. Prepare to “cough /choke” on your first mouth. Recover from it and you will want more. I know my stomach, so I shared a bowl with the Mrs. If I have more of it, the body will tell me!
The table next to us really loved it from their chatter. It’s sometimes a joy to watch other people eat right? “Eavesdropping” on people who talk loudly and enjoying and laughing silently with and also at them.
Marry a partner who peels prawns, and she will dish a bowl to share and then peel it for you as well.
Papaya salad – the ‘live’ station that has the chef pound your salad in the Clay Kruk mortar and wooden pestle. Do you think the clay mortar bruise the Som Tams and Nam Priks gentler so they are better flavoured?
It’s recommended to eat it with the Grilled Pork Neck, fresh prawns and/or salted egg.
Pad Thai! There was once when a few of us visited Bangkok, we were on a Pad Thai discovery. We ordered and tasted Pad Thai from so many places, from streets carts and small eateries, chain restaurants and higher end establishments. We discovered that where the locals eat, the noodles are QQ / al dente. If it’s a place where tourists go, it’s soft like how we normally get in Thai restaurants here. I wonder if my observation was correct.
Well, this Thai Chef prepares it the QQ way here. Your parents might say it’s undercook haha! A good thing about a buffet is you can add as much peanuts or chilli flakes or lime on it.
Many people will avoid the raw bean spouts and chives right?
I had many rounds from this station. Skewered meats, chicken wings and roast chicken with that dipping sauce that is addictive.
I have a confession. I mostly skipped this station. Too much veggies for a pig out night.
I only took the Nam Prik for the veggies and used it for some rounds of cold seafood and meats.
Not Oysters Kilpatrick, but grilled oysters with Red Curry and Green Curry.
I think they have this for those who don’t like freshly shucked oysters! Somehow they tasted so good.
The main staples of the Seasonal Taste buffet – Canadian Lobsters, freshly shucked oysters. (also mussels, prawns, scallops). For the Thai Feast, they have in addition to the usual dips and sauces, Thai sauces and dips.
This was the Mrs. She always love her lobsters and oysters.
This is my plate. I prefer Lobsters and Prawns. I had them with Jim Jaew.
Oh, if you like Pork Skin/Rind, they have a bag at the salad table and it disappears quickly. If you see it when you walk past, grab some and then top it with the spicy spreads. That’s why there is pork rind on my seafood.
They have a quite a few Thai based desserts too. The colourful Khanom Luk Chup, it’s mung bean filling inside the colourful outer layer. Like Ang Ku Kueh!
They also have some Thai Pumpkin Custard which disappeared quite quickly! When I wanted to taste it, it’s gone!
I had Khao Niew Ma Muang (Mango Sticky Rice), I know many people love this, but I am one who don’t appreciate it. I like my Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce eaten with a scoop of Dark Chocolate Gelato, so good. I had a few more scoops of blood orange sorbet, mango sorbet and avocado gelato.
I had 6 helping of this addictive Cha Yen (Thai Milk Tea), made from black tea infused with condensed milk. The hungry ladies beside us, they were also thirsty! Instead of these small mugs that is placed at the dessert table, they used their big iced water glasses from their table to fill it up! That good! I think I haven’t had anything with condensed milk for a long time that’s why!
(Warning, very sweet! Thai style sweet, which I think some people can’t take it.)
If you consider this for dinner this week if you are planning for some Thai food. On a Wednesday night, it was quite filled up.
The Westin Singapore
12 Marina View,
Asia Square Tower 2
Tel: +65 6922 6968