Earlier this month, we attended the Chang Sensory Trails 2017’s media preview, which featured Thai food curated by renowned chef couple ‘Bo’ Songvisava (Asia’s Best Female Chef 2013) and Dylan Jones. Back for a second year, Chang Sensory Trails is a global campaign presented by Chang Beer. This event aims to introduce Chang beer and Thai cuisine to the world via a feast for all the senses.
Impressed by the food offered during the media preview, NAHMJ decided to visit this awesome two-day (7 & 8 July 2017) event at The Promontory @ Marina Bay.
Taste, Sights, Smells and Sounds of Chang Sensory Trails 2017
On 7 July 2017, we arrived early at 4pm to see the 12 participating Thai restaurants busy preparing food at their respective tentage. The aroma of the food wafted through the air to entice us but as it was still early, we decided to chill with drinks first.
We got ourselves a Chang Beer (S$6) and sat down to enjoy the Marina Bay view. I am not usually a beer person but I enjoyed the iced cold Chang Beer as it was smooth and has minimum bitter aftertaste.
Soon after, our local band “The Good Life Project” started to play pieces like Taylor Swift’s Blank Space. It was very relaxing to soak in the music while the breeze caressed us.
As dusk approached, our stomachs started grumbling and we began our food hunt. I was surprised that even though all the food were served in disposable serve-ware, presentation was not sloppy at all. Every dish was attractive and pleasing to our eyes.
But the best “dressed” has to go to the Signature Watermelon Fried Rice (S$13) from Gin Khao. This was also delicious. Frankly, I expected it to be good for photos only but apparently pineapple is not the only fruit that goes well with fried rice. Move over Pineapple Fried Rice, Watermelon Fried Rice is here!
Next, we had the Chicken Drumlets and Sticky Rice (S$15) by Longtail. While I enjoyed the crispy drumlets, my dining partner found them to be too bland and lacking in Thai flavors. We also didn’t quite understand why it was served with sticky rice (not feature above).
Other chicken dishes we had were the Thai Slider (S$4) and Gai Tod Hatyai – Southern Thai Fried Chicken (S$4.50) from Sa-Yum Dining Room. While the juicy Thai Slider was tasty, what really impressed me was the Southern Thai Fried Chicken. Well marinated and juicy with very crispy skin, it was one of the best fried chicken I ever had!
Whenever I see Pork Knuckles on the menu, I must order it! So, when I saw the German Pork Knuckle Salad (S$8) on the menu of The Thai Society, I rushed over! On a whim, I also ordered some Australian Green Mussels & Cheese Bread with Tom Yum Sauce (S$10)! It was my first encounter with Pork Knuckle as a salad in Thai sauce and I liked it! The sweet and tangy Thai sauce paired rather well with pork knuckle. It was also a good decision to get the Green Mussels, which were fresh, plump and rather juicy.
Finally, to mark the end of the meal before we get our desserts, we had some noodles (just like at a Chinese Wedding Dinner) in the form of Phad Thai Crab (S$9) from Folks Collective. I had high expectations of the Phad Thai since I have always enjoyed the food at Folks Collective. Unfortunately, I found this dish to be a little sweet for my liking. But then again, I find most Phad Thai to be sweet. Maybe I am just not a Phad Thai fan.
For desserts, there were only two choices- Green Curry Ice Cream (S$5) from Gin Khao, and Durian Sticky Rice (S$6) by Patara Fine Thai Cuisine. We decided to have both. The Green Curry Ice Cream was well executed for what it is. However, the taste is too exotic for a dessert. I will only have it once- to declare that I have been there, done that. In future, I will stick to fail safe desserts like the Durian Sticky Rice.
We also spotted many other interesting items like the Tom Yum Fries by Thai’d Me Up, Tom Yum Lobster Bisque by Talay Thai and Thai Style Soft Shell Crab by Aroy Dee, but was too full to try.
Other than food and live band, we could also explore the “Herb Hill” (aromatic art installation) or get our caricatures drawn by the caricaturists engaged for the event.
Incorporating music, art and food into one event, Chang Sensory Trails 2017 was an event that satisfied all our senses, befitting of its name. If you are a fan of Chang Beer or Thai Cuisine, drop by next year and experience this multi-sensory event for yourself. We at NAHMJ will definitely visit them again next year!
Chang Sensory Trails 2017
A global multi-sensorial Thai food, art and music event brought to you by Chang Beer.
*Disclaimer: This was a media invite.