Penang Hawkers’ Fare @ White Rose Café, York Hotel | Orchard, Singapore

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Penang food lovers rejoice when York Hotel Singapore hits 30! To embark its 30th anniversary celebration, White Rose Café will be featuring the local favourites - Penang Hawkers’ Fare this year. Expect nothing less when you have hawkers who have been hand-picked for their expertise and dedication to their craft.

Due to popular demand for more variety by customers, the buffet has increased the number of stalls over the years, bringing the number to 12 stalls this year for the joyous occasion. Besides a showcase of Penang’s favourite street food, new sizzling dishes are also introduced such as Pasembur – a Chinese-Indian style salad with shredded cucumbers and a variety of fritters cloaked in a tantalising sauce made with sweet potatoes, crushed peanuts and chillies.

When it comes to Penang food, the only dish in my mind had to be Assam Laksa. The hearty bowl consist of thick rice noodles steeped in a tangy tamarind fish-based broth, together with pineapple, cucumber and Bunga kantan (torch ginger); which gives the dish its distinctive fragrance and lashings of fresh hae-ko (prawn paste) provide the crowning glory.

Also do check out the a la minute live cooking and preparation of Oyster Omelette. A combination of  rice flour batter, eggs and a generous amount of oysters gives you a wok aromatic orh-jian (oyster omelette). I was lucky to get the crispy omelette part!

The Nasi Lemak with Nonya Chicken Kapitan is another dish I fancy. Plated with fragrant nasi lemak rice and paired with a succulent Nonya chicken Kapitan - an adaptation of the dry-style chicken curry, besides the usual condiments of homemade sambal chilli and crispy ikan bilis.

Now it comes to the highlight of the meal, dessert time! Ban Chang Kueh over here is a must try dish! Always lined with customers queueing for this sinful dessert. Why would I say it’s sinful? Well, this piping hot golden brown with crisp edges pancakes contains a generous spoonful of margarine, ground peanuts and sugar. It’s so crispy hence expect a mess savouring it!

Or choose to chill with these cold desserts such as Ice Kachang with Sarsi syrup and Chendol. The nostalgic Ice Ball were specially made by the cute and friendly dessert counter uncle and with much emphasise that it will only be available at York Hotel.

Now held thrice annually, the well-loved buffet offers an unlimited servings of specialities more delightful street food. The current one will end in March and following in 2 -18 September 2016 and 16 December 2016 - 1 January 2017.

Price are at such:
Weekdays: $29++/adult, $20++/ child below 12 years old
Weekends: $33++/adult, $23++/child below 12 years old

Do note, they do not take reservations and it’s only for walk-ins.

Address: White Rose Café @ York Hotel 21 Mount Elizabeth, S228516 

Opening Hours:
Lunch: 12:00pm - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10:00pm

..Hosted Meal..

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