Eat, Drink and Make Merry
Enjoy good times with family through lovely gourmet and strengthened bonds
Issue: Jul 2012
Old Hong Kong Legend’s Braised Beancurd with Scallops in Brown Sauce is a light, easy-to-eat dish for young and old given a regal treatment with a topping of fresh scallops
There is something about breaking bread together that builds bonds. That is why it is often said that families that eat together stay together. Singapore even has a campaign to encourage families to strengthen family ties by eating together. Every Friday before the start of the four-week long mid-year school holidays is “Eat With Your Family Day”. But eating as a family can sometimes be a challenge since the older generation may not always enjoy the trendy eats the younger set fancy. So, if you are looking for places to dine that will appeal to both the young and the old, CapitaLand has quite a few restaurants that will please the palates of all three-generations.
Comforting Chinese Cuisine
Grandparents will appreciate the healthy soups that Old Hong Kong Legend has, like the Double-boiled Black Chicken and Sea Conch Soup with Chinese Yam and Wolfberry
When taking grandma and grandpa out to eat with the kids, the safest bet is to go traditional. For the majority of families in Singapore, that means Chinese cuisine. Old Hong Kong Legend at Raffles City offers the familiarity of Cantonese cuisine in a palatial setting that is sure to add sophistication to any family gathering. For the seniors who appreciate invigorating foods, Old Hong Kong Legend has a selection of double-boiled soups that will delight. The Double-boiled Black Chicken and Sea Conch Soup with Chinese Yam and Wolfberry is filled with all the “bu” (health-restoring and immunity-building) goodness that its ingredients afford. Double-boiled Crocodile Meat Soup with Fritillaries and Longan Pulp has curative properties from the fritillaries, and crocodile meat is considered a tonic by the Chinese. For seniors who prefer fish, Double-boiled Moon Fish and Fish Maw Soup with Chinese Yam and Wolfberry provides a healthy option with high protein and low fat fish and fish maw, and wolfberries that contain nutrients and phytochemicals.
The super soft flesh of the Baked Fillet of Cod Fish with White Truffle Oil is rich and buttery and will delight children and grandparents alike
The restaurant also offers mains that are both child and senior-friendly. Baked Fillet of Cod Fish with White Truffle Oil is a dish of smooth, buttery slices of cod drizzled with fragrant oil that are soft enough for little children and the elderly alike. Braised Beancurd with Scallops and Brown Sauce is another easy-to-eat dish that is excellent for all. The silky beancurd is light and simply prepared but given a regal touch with the addition of scallops that are a delicacy. Another all-generation pleaser is the Traditional Baked Salty Chicken with Rock Salt that features a juicy, tender whole chicken baked to perfection.
For older children who have a passion for crispy, fried food, order the Deep Fried Crispy Chicken. The batter-covered pieces of chicken crunch with every bite and are succulent and totally satisfying. Do not forget something for the adults either. The Baked Rack of Lamb with Red Wine and Black Pepper Sauce is well-marinated and flavourful.
Poached Rice in Lobster Stock is like an upgraded congee that makes for a splendid all-generation dish
Complete the meal with some staples. Poached Rice in Lobster Stock is a luxurious complement with each fluffy grain infused with the fragrance of the lobster. E-fu noodles are always a favourite with the elderly and the Stewed E-Fu Noodles with Fresh Mushrooms and Chives will make for a fitting finish to the meal.
Seoul Food, So Good
Hot Stone Rice at bibigo is an all-in-one rice dish that the grandparents who like a piping hot meal will enjoy
Panjeon: Seafood Pancake is a Korean take on the crepe and something the children might like
Like K-pop and K-drama that have taken the older generation by storm, Korean food is also winning hearts and stomachs. At international Korean chain, bibigo at Raffles City, there are plenty of rice-based dishes that will make the more Asian-inclined appetites of the grandparents very happy. The Hot Stone Rice is bibimbap, the signature all-in-one Korean rice dish that comes in a sizzling hot stone pot that keeps the meal perpetually hot, a feature the older folks who prize a hot meal will definitely like. Another hot stone dish is Spicy Soft Tofu Stew. The super soft and silky tofu, fresh seafood and spicy kimchi-flavoured broth are great with a bowl of warm white rice.
An all-family dish is the Samgyetang, chicken soup flavoured with Korean dates and garlic with a whole chicken stuffed with sticky rice and ginseng. The ginseng flavour is light enough not to put children off while the grandparents will like the medicinal properties of the ginseng.
For kids who miss the pizza, Panjeon: Seafood Pancake is a scallion pancake filled with calamari and shrimp that is like seafood crepe meets omelette. Then, make the children happy with the bibigo ice-cream which comes with a special bean powder and crispy rice crust that is much like flat rice crispies.
East Meets West
Oriental Grilled King Salmon with Soba fuses Asian tastes into a Western treatment of the salmon and will appeal to the seniors who enjoy Asian food
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If you decide to take the Western route, one way to please everyone is to find a place that injects a little Asian flavour into the menu. At The Marmalade Pantry at ION Orchard where you can enjoy bistro dining at its chic best, there is enough fusion cuisine to keep the older members of the family happy even as the kids tuck into options catered to their tastes. For salads, the Spicy Oriental Roast Beef Salad with green mango, basil, mint and chilled glass noodles is a surprising taste of Thailand in an English-themed eatery. The crisp, tangy raw mangoes and the cool, slippery noodles are perfect complements to the slices of beef that have been given a Western treatment.
Peanut Butter and Banana Toasties – rumoured to be a favourite snack of the King of Rock himself – will have the kids rocking and rolling to its great taste
Then let your taste buds travel to Japan with the Oriental Grilled King Salmon with Soba that is an interesting alternative to the spaghetti. The salmon is light, flaky and the slightly charred bits from spending time on the grill are deliciously smoky. For something vegetarian, try Miso Tofu with Vegetable Tempura. The tempura pieces are crisp yet light, betraying no hint of oil at all.
The kids have an entire menu selection just for them. Apart from the Mini Beef Burger with French Fries that will surely be a hit, other interesting choices include a cheesy interpretation of the chicken nugget - Chicken Parmesan Tenders and Peanut Butter and Banana Toasties.
Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are rumoured to have been Elvis Presley’s favourite snack. While the kids may not know The King of Rock, they will certainly be a fan of this treat that is an upgrade of the PBJ (peanut butter and jelly) sandwich.
With these options, you can look forward to a great time of bonding with the whole family while satisfying everyone’s varied tastes. So, go ahead, make merry with your family as often as you like!
Old Hong Kong Legend
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Tel: 65 6336 3038
Fax: 65 6336 9798
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Tel: 65 6336 4745