RBC launches Singapore Food Festival 2013
| Fadhil Yunus |
The Royal Brunei Catering (RBC) in partnership with the High Commission of Singapore in Brunei Darussalam, Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore Airlines, Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore, Grand Hyatt Singapore, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Ramen Ten and Shin Tokyo successfully launched the sixth installment of the Singapore Food Festival 2013 at the newly refurbished Dynasty Restaurant at the Centrepoint Hotel in Gadong last night.
The guest of honour at the launching ceremony was Awg Hj Mahrub bin Hj Murni, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, which also saw the attendance of YAM Pengiran Sanggamara Diraja Major General (Rtd) Pg Hj Ibnu Ba’asith bin Pg Datu Penghulu Pg Hj Apong.
Also present were Hj Abu Bakar bin Hj Ibrahim, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Director of Royal Brunei Catering Sdn Bhd; Mr Jaya Ratnam, High Commissioner of Singapore to Brunei Darussalam as well as members of Board of Directors of RBC and other distinguished guests.
Royal Brunei Catering has also flown in a top chef from the Royal Plaza on Scotts, Lee Chin Choong, who routinely serves dishes of immaculate and perfect taste at the Carousel Restaurant and is an acclaimed connoisseur in the hospitality industry.
Hj Omar Ali bin Hj Mohd Daud, General Manager of Royal Brunei Catering said in his welcoming speech that chefs from RBC can learn more about preparing and serving authentic Singaporean dishes from the invited chef who boasts two decades of vast experience.
“For the past five years, RBC Singapore Food Festival has served up more than 13,000 covers with an average of 2,600 covers for every Singapore Food Festival. Throughout the two weeks of the Food Festival, we are averaging 180 pax a day for lunch and dinner,” said Hj Omar Ali.
The General Manager elaborated that learning from a seasoned professional also served as a good purpose to assist chefs in Royal Brunei Catering in expanding beyond their range in terms of enhancing their standard and quality of service.
“We in RBC also learned it is not just about serving food from the heart but to learn more about the culture which may be foreign to some of us,” he added.
Lee Chin Chong, Junior Sous Chef of Carousel, will be whipping up local favourites such as rojak, laksa, chicken rice and the savoury Singapore Chilli Crab. There is also a combination of popular dessert corners such as ABC, bread pudding and cream custard as well as an eccentric touch of the Coconut Panna Cotta and the Blackforest Cake.
Meanwhile, Mr Jaya Ratnam, the High Commissioner of Singapore to Brunei Darussalam, highlighted the popularity of the food culture in Singapore, to such an extent that it becomes a part of the national identity.
Speaking with every truth with the vast popular food stalls in Singapore widely well received from Bruneian visitors, Mr Jaya Ratnam explained that being able to eat the Singapore Chilli Crab, which is one of the special delicacies available over the period of the Singapore Food Festival, with bare hands is itself a hallmark of the Singapore food culture.
“Amidst the abundant and diverse local cuisine, Singaporeans’ discerning taste as well as Singapore’s cosmopolitan character has attracted foreign chefs to set up restaurants in the city, adding another storyboard to the Singapore food scene,” the High Commissioner said.
One of the destinations that Bruneians could enjoy is the new addition of 1Market, a Halal buffet restaurant located in Plaza Singapore, which serves some of Chef Wan’s favourite recipes.
Singapore will also be hosting the World Street Food Jamboree from May 31 to June 9 at the F1 Pit Building and Paddock.
Diners stand a chance to win special prizes which include one return air ticket to Singapore, courtesy of Singapore Airlines, with a three days two nights stay at Royal Plaza on Scott’s Singapore in the Executive Suite inclusive of breakfast for two; one return air ticket to Singapore, courtesy of Singapore Airlines, with three nights two days stay at Royal Plaza on Scott’s Singapore in the Premiere Room inclusive of breakfast for two; and one return air ticket to Singapore, courtesy of Singapore Airlines, with three days two nights stay at Grand Hyatt Singapore as well as many more prizes to be won.
During the Singapore Food Festival 2013, customers also stand a chance to win an amazing prize simply by sending a photo of their experience in the festival via inbox on the Royal Brunei Catering Facebook page. A photo booth at the entrance of the restaurant has been set up especially for dine-in customers to capture their everlasting moments whilst at the Singapore Food Festival.
The lunch buffet is priced at $19.90 per adult and $10.00 per child while the dinner is priced at $29.90 per adult and $15.00 per child.
Customers can enjoy 10 per cent exclusive discount for RBC Dining Privilege Card holders as well as discount for Baiduri Bank card members. Infinite and Platinum cardholders can get 20 per cent off their bills while Gold, Classic and Debit card holders enjoy 15 per cent off. However, customers cannot combine both RBC and DPC discounts at the same time for transaction or payment.
For reservation and further inquiries about the Singapore Food Festival 2013, the public can contact the Dynasty Restaurant at 2430815/6 and RBC Corporate Catering Hotline 8714840/ 8679350/ 8162976/ 8714150/ 8714151/ 8978915 or visit www.rbc.catering.com.
Alternatively, social media followers can follow RBC on Facebook simply by pressing the like button on their page or RoyalBruneiCatering on Instagram for the latest updates and promotions.