Author: Alexius Chua
Mod-sin food makes me happy. I attribute it to the familiarity of the local tastes and the hearty modern European cuisine. Local born and bred talent Executive Chef Alex Phan has curated a 3-Course Uniquely Singapore Menu to celebrate SG54 and the nation’s bicentennial milestone on 8 and 9 August at Porta.
Starting with the salad, the Truffle Rojak Salad has a tangy kick from the tamarind shrimp paste and aromatic sprinkling of peanut crumbles. Alternatively, there’s the Chef’s interpretation of the Peking Duck, served salad-style. The flavours are deep and soulful, and with loving tender bite of duck meat.
There’s a variety of mains available and so much to love at Porta, but the Black pepper Crab Linguine wins my heart. The dish is as simple as its name: linguine tossed with chock-fuull of sweet succulent meat of the blue crab from the Atlantic Ocean.
For the carnivores, there’s the Char Siew Rib Eye Steak. Served with quinoa and Japanese cucumbers on the bottom camouflaged with vegs on the top, the rib eye prepared to the doneness we asked for and tastes exactly like char siew.
The more sensational dish is the Pork Belly served in 2 styles. The creamy salted egg yolk infused with chilies and curry leaves is punchy and sets off the sweetness of the pork, but it’s the tender sous-vide meat with crispy crackling on the skin side that rounds up the experience. It’s exquisite and unexpected in taste and texture.
For desserts, you can relive in the good ole’ days with the familiar Bandung Parfait, or indulge in a re-interpretation of Milo Dinosaur. I understand why the Bandung Parfait is such a crowd favourite, it is light, delicate and airy, chunky peanuts on top with a sugary soft bottom. But my personal biasness still goes to the Milo Dinosaur, it’s a superb texture play with a combination of crumbled Milo sponge cake, served in house-made caramel condensed milk
Porta @ Park Hotel Clarke Quay
1 Unity Street Level 1 Park Hotel Clarke Quay Singapore 237983
3 Course Uniquely Singapore Menu
Date: 8 & 9 August 2019, Thursday & Friday
Time: 11am – 3pm / 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Price: $58++ per adult / $28++ per child 5 to 11 years Children below 5 years enjoy a complimentary Kids’ Dish of the Day
Details on: https://www.parkhotelgroup.com/en/clarkequay/promotions/national-day