Was invited to Channel U's private screening event last Friday at Swatow Seafood Restaurant for two upcoming food-related programmes, Served Hot 《烧。卖》 and A Taste of History 《寻味地图》. In addition to the screening, we were treated to a special seven-course menu of local dishes. Thank you Channel U for the invite! The other bloggers and I had a fun night watching the previews and getting to know each other.
Steamed Siew Mai with Fish Roe
(Yes, how pun-y. Eating Siew Mai while watching Shao mai)
Braised Crabmeat Fish Maw Soup
Swatow Kampong Chicken
Steamed Sea Bass in Teocheow Nonya Style
Wok Fried Vegetable Deluxe
(My eternal love for Laksa!)
Sweet Yam Paste with Pumpkin and Gingko Nuts
Before the dinner and screening, we had a short conference with the casts, hosted by Bryan Wong. Besides being the host for the night, Bryan is also the host for the infotainment programme 'A Taste of History' as well. The casts shared with us their roles in the drama as well as some fun stories during the shooting process. Since it is Lee Teng's first official act in a drama series, he was tasked with a mini acting challenge on stage with Yahui. It was indeed an entertaining and light-hearted session for me, getting to see the artistes in real life, cracking jokes and all.
Casts (from left): Shane Pow, Ian Fang, Ya Hui, Aloysius Pang, Zhu Houren, Lee Teng, Chew Chor Meng, Bryan Wong
A little surprise came along when Bryan's fans brought a cake to celebrate his birthday for him!
Saw Jayley Woo too at the screening too
A Taste of History 《寻味地图》
A combination of food and its history through selected local delicacies being featured in each episode according to the areas that they can be found. Taste the food and feel the stories behind it. Behind every dish brings about deep sentiments and memories created by history and the creators of the dishes. A neat concept in my opinion as it distinguishes itself from other food programmes.
The first episode features dishes from Former Katong area, namely: Peranakan pastries, Taw Kwa Pau and Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee.
Other areas which will be covered in this infotainment programme include Former Joo Chiat, Former Boat Quay, Former Old Thong Chai Medical Institution, Former Hainan three streets, Former Hokien Street and Amoy Street, Former Jalan Besar, Former Shui Xian Men, Former Pearl's Market, Former Chinatown, Former Tanjong Pagar, Former Amusement Parks (New World, Great World, Happy World).
Calling out to all foodies (me including), take a step back into the history to relive memories of how our local dishes came about! I'm sure you will be deeply fascinated by the stories behind each of these local delights.
Served Hot 's main storyline revolves around how three ex-convicts and a Chef's daughter met and embark on a food journey. A rather heartwarming drama series which emphasises kinship, friendship and dreams. No fanciful background or scenery, but something that is very close-to-heart, something that everyone can relate to. Definitely one of those drama series which tugs at your heartstrings.
After dinner, there was a mini Popiah-making competition among the four main casts of Served Hot. Yahui was allocated to our table and us being bloggers, started taking photos of her, the food and were totally not helpful even in the slightest bit (I'm sincerely guilty for that). Nevertheless, with comparison to the Popiahs made by the other three casts, Yahui won the competition for making the nicest looking Popiah! :)
And voila, this is how the "bloggers-taking-photos" scene looks like!
The bloggers from my table posing with our Bak Kwa, which was given to us all thanks to Yahui's win: (from left) Tracy, Shu Qing, Jocelyn, Candy, Me, Yan Teng
Photo credits to Channel U FB Page
Thank you Channel U for the invite!
| SERVED H.O.T | 13 January 2014 onwards | Monday-Friday 10pm | Channel U |
| A TASTE OF HISTORY | 7 January 2014 onwards | Every Tuesday 8.30pm | Channel U |
Written in partnership with Mediacorp Singapore.