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CNY 2018: Tamarind Hill @ Labrador Park

~Invited Session~



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Labrador Park is a part of Singapore that has fallen under my radar, regardless from an exercise or heritage walk angle...until I was invited for a dinner in the woods. Quite literally. Turns out the Sadana Group also dabbles in hotels and believe it or not, there is a hotel nested in the wilderness.


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If going by foot is not your preferred choice, bicycles seem to be a popular choice too.


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Tamarind Hill is all decked in lanterns, readying for CNY.




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It does resemble the stairway to a mansion, doesn't it? Gotta love a frontage like that! #housegoals










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Their living room which doubles up as a bar.




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This candle stand got me all artsy fartsy.


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I have a playful thought - how long does it really take for this candle to finish burning though?




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Let's venture into the rest of the dining spaces - plenty of pillars and no private rooms so I guess this just makes for cosy dinners.


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Lotsa zen corners.


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Lemongrass drinks welcomed us before we embarked on our journey into one of Singapore's best hidden secrets - Tamarind Hill is actually a thai restaurant and if you're craving for authentic thai food do let the chefs know and they promise to whip up a feast befitting for a Thai palette.






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Yusheng for the night - it is common these days for non Chinese restaurants to venture into yushengs.


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While the focus should really be on the yusheng, mine was on the huge mirror. And those are serious #mirrorgoals. 




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Anyway back to their yusheng meant for 10 or more easily, theirs comes with a generous portion of salmon sashimi, shredded taro, sweet potato and tamarind sauce. The eyepopping colours are a winner already and I like how julienned vegetables are not mostly comprised of pickled ones. Those simply signal too much MSG and tend to be too sweet.




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Lychee and Lemongrass Smash ($22)
Vodka, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, lychee, fresh lime


On top of Thai food, they also have a selection of cocktails and drinks for diners to pick from. I had a go at this thai inspired cocktail, refreshing and my caveat it I do have a weakness for lychee and lemongrass.


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Steamed Sago Pork Dumpling reminds me a lot of a har gao, except the skin was thicker and the stuffing was sweeter.




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Fish Roe marinated in Red Curry got my vote on the appetizer platter.


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A chunk of fish roe and red curry, so satisfying having it 100% fish roe and no fillers.


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Barramundi and Ginger Soup


Hearty, wholesome and the fresh barramundi was truly outstanding. Ginger fish soup sounds almost like confinement food yet I relished every drop of this must order.




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Longevity Noodles
Stir-fried thai style egg noodles with assorted vegetables


I added a dash of chilli padi and soy sauce to this to heat things up a fair bit, aroi mak mak.


Five Spice Braised Pork Knuckle
Shiitake mushrooms, kailan and seaweed


And it turns out braising is also a part of Thai food and reminds me of lor bak.


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Tiger Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk Sauce


Super fresh prawns and salted egg yolk sauce got me smirking - the hottest snacks this CNY still goes to salted egg fish skins and many homes are painted red with tubs of these.


And I digressed and this rendition albeit sweet was saved by the tiger prawn.


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Glutinous Rice Balls stuffed with Sesame was a colourful take on tangyuan and a thicker than normal glutinous rice skin.


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Who can say no to this auspicious dessert? 团团缘缘!


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Honeydew Sago with Vanilla Icecream for the less traditional diners, I thought the dessert platter was different from the usual festive ones and definitely a good change from the red bean soups and nian gaos.


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Uniquely thai is their durian cake, baked like a custard cake and served with a topping of fried shallots. Acquired and I am a fan of this fragrant, pungent and actually really addictive dessert.


Tamarind Hill
30 Labrador Hill Park



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