This is Part Two of my blogging about the Food Trail. Part One involved the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park.
Dinner at the Night Safari was a feast with gastronomical delights! But before that, we were taken on a tour of the Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant’s kitchen! And our guide was none other than Executive Chef Kelvin Low, the culinary genius behind the ‘award-winning dining experiences’ that are the Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife at the Singapore Zoo, Lunch with Parrots at Jurong Bird Park and Gourmet Safari Express at the Night Safari! Chef Kelvin has even served up fare for the likes of Singapore’s former President, S.R. Nathan, magician David Copperfield and even the Prince of Wales!
Here, the chef’s showing us where the food tasting’s done to ensure consistent quality. If extra salt or pepper is required, it’s added here…
The kitchen’s very well-organized – each kind of cuisine takes one row so, for instance, Indian cuisine with its heady scent of spices will not be prepared in the row reserved for Western food.
The chillers are divided up in the same fashion:
And dinner being prepared:
I dare say that because of the quality of the food here, dinner doesn’t come cheap:
We were very lucky to have a sponsored dinner and here’s the table we were seated at:
Grab a fork because dinner is about to be served…
First up was Ulu Ulu Chicken Satay:
Isn’t the plating just beautiful?! The satay sauce is very addictive too. It is nice and creamy, and not too chunky. I want more!!!
Then we had Ulu Ulu BBQ Chicken Wing:
Under glazed and crispy chicken skin is warm, tender meat cooked to juicy perfection. The chilli sauce is just slightly spicy – like the kind we have with chicken rice.
Then came Trio Meat Platter served with Fragrant Chicken Rice, & Prawn Dumpling Soup with HK Chye Sim
The soup was surprisingly sweet – I savored every last drop. The mini dumplings will leave you wanting more too. The rice, despite the name, was not oily nor very fragrant – in fact, it was a tad dry. The chicken was okay and the chilli sauce had just the right amount of spiciness.
Then came the Indian Fish Tikka with Garlic Naan
The fish was amazingly tender! Slice it open and you’ll see the fish is juicy and cooked just right. The garlic naan was also delightful with the curry.
And finally, the dish I was waiting eagerly for: Ulu Ulu Chilli Crab with Mantou
Unfortunately for me, my sister (seated on my left) was served. And then the lady on my right got served and I was left out! I had to get the attention of the waitress and ask her for my crab. (>_<)
I like crab cooked in any sauce – chili or black pepper doesn’t make a difference to me. But I did find this sauce a tad salty. Also, some of us around the table got the pincers (like my sister did) while the rest got the ‘body’ of the crab. So I had to ‘borrow’ my sister’s crab pincer for this photo. LOL!
And finally, we had dessert in a sampler cup:
The sea coconut and grass jelly dessert was refreshing and not too sweet! I would have loved to have this during the midday heat!
And to conclude a fantastic meal, I had a yummy Teh Tarik! This counts as one of the most satisfying dinners I’ve ever had!
The staff also helped us take a group picture. The one taken using my camera turned out with an interesting angle. XD
We were also given goodie bags which contained a towel, water bottle and lanyard. The organizers are simply too sweet!
Then we went our separate ways to explore what the Night Safari has to offer.
My sis finds her claws at the gift shop:
I find a panda associated with my name:
And my sis just cannot get enough of the white tigers!
We also caught part of a fire-breathing performance just before it began to rain. And we hurried off to flag down a cab to get home. It did not matter that we didn’t get to tour the Night Safari and see all the animals because we knew we’d be back!
Many thanks to Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Shaiful and all the staff who were such good hosts to us, and Alvin for the invite!