Simple food done well at KeZhan (客栈)

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As we usher in the Chinese New Year,  BOULEVARD (BLVD) Group chain of Dining-Bars too, brings to us its latest traditional Chinese Bar & Concept dining outlet at the iconic Millenia Walk’s “Park & Dine” stretch of fine eateries. Unlike any other BLVD establishments, this new outlet takes on an unprecedented approach towards dining. It hopes to transport customers back in time to ancient China.

Fancy walking down the streets of China with autumn blossom trees in full bloom? How about visiting China’s provincial rural village just to get a feel of an ancient China? Now you don’t have to travel all the way to China just to witness them! Take a walk along the stretch of eateries and you’ll find yourself walking straight into an ancient drama setting where legendary traditional inn “客栈” comes to life in current era. Be awed by Kezhan’s interior made from authentic props, imported wooden furniture and faux autumn blossom trees which all bear an uncanny resemblance to that of olden day China…

What can be more exciting than immersing yourself into the perfect getaway setting which serves up an array of authentic Chinese food selection from Guangdong & Sichuan Province! Kezhan’s food menu promises to delight every bit inch of your taste buds with dishes ranging from its very own house signature ‘Specialty Roasted Chicken’(客栈特色烤鸡, ‘Skewers in Mala Broth’(串串香)and ‘Beggar’s Chicken’(口水鸡, just to name a few. Don’t these dishes ring a bell? If they do, it’s probably because you’ve heard them in some Chinese swordsman drama.

Know what you’re missing out on this spring season and head down to Millennia Walk to witness ancient China and the blossoms in its full glamour!

Check out Kezhan’s website for full menu & further information: http://kezhan.com.sg

9 Raffles Boulevard #01-11/12/13
Millenia Walk, SG 039596

Tel: +65 6338 8583
E : info@kezhan.com.sg
OPERATING HOURS:
Monday – Friday:-
12.00 noon – 12.00am (last order 11.30pm)
Saturday 3.00pm – 12.00am (last order 11.30pm)
Sunday 12.00 noon – 10.00pm** Corporate Bookings or Inquiries: +65 – 8180 0347.

5 Earthly Treasures Vegetarian Mutton Stew

Some of the best food discoveries I know are from home-cooked food, and I was pleasantly surprised to receive an invitation from a friend of mine, whose entire family members are vegans. Entering her flat, I was greeted with the fragrant aroma of an herbal stew put on slow boil. Intrigued, I enquired as to what we were having for dinner. My friend gave me an apologetic shrug and told me that her mother loved to experiment with new ways of cooking, which almost always turned out way better than expected.

It wasn’t€™t long before dinner was served and I finally had a chance to see what was in store for me. A delicate stew, chock-full of traditional Chinese ingredients still steaming hot, was the centre-piece for the dinner. With a sharp yet refreshing aroma riding on the steam, I couldn’t€™t wait to tuck in. As we started wolfing down the food and slurping on the soup, I got my friend’s mother to talk a bit about this wondrously original dish.

The recipe for the 5 Earthly Treasures Vegetarian Mutton Stew originated from the Teochew province in China and is said to strengthen the spleen, nourish the liver and kidneys and replenish the body’s vital energy. In the stew, there is Ginseng, which boosts the body’s immune system; Gingko Nuts: which increases brain-power and relieves asthma and flu-related symptoms; Dried Tangerine Peels, which strengthens the spleen and stomach while discouraging indigestion; Red Dates, which builds up red blood cells; and Chinese Wolfberries, which protects the liver and improves eyesight.

And it tastes great too! My mind was blown away.

When I told my friend and her mother about this blog, they gladly assented to have the recipe posted online and shared with all our readers.

5 Earthly Treasures Vegetarian Mutton Stew (serves 6)
Ingredients

Fresh Ginseng (available at vegetable stalls) 2 pieces
Mock mutton (can be substituted with Chinese mushrooms) As appropriate
Chinese wolfberries 50g
Red dates 12 pcs
Chinese yams 50g
Gingko nuts 20 pcs
Dried tangerine peel 1 whole piece

Seasoning

Small rock sugar 2 pieces
MSG A pinch
Salt A pinch

Cooking Method
Slice the Ginseng, mutton, yams and tangerine peel into bite-sized pieces. Then add all the ingredients, except the mock mutton, into a pot of boiling water and slow-cook for 1 hour over low heat. Add the mock mutton and cook for another 20 minutes.

Add the seasoning before serving.

5 Earthly Treasures
5 Earthly Treasures

It’s amazing what you can do with common fresh ingredients and the right seasoning. This is one healthy dish that will stay on my personal menu for a long time to come!