City of Dreams & Beijing Kitchen | Macau, China

When I got word that I was selected to join the Experience Macau 2013 team for a trip to Macau jointly organized and sponsored by Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO), Tiger Airways Singapore and OMY, everything from the briefing to leaving the country for Macau happened in a blink of my eyes!

I was out there exploring Macau together with four other bloggers and a representative from MGTO and I must say that it was an amazing journey especially the part when the group started out as 6 total strangers and then coming home as friends!

Well, that said, here’s presenting to you an all new Experience Macau May 2013 travelogue series bringing you through my 4D3N adventure in Macau!

[Experience Macau May 2013]
16th May 2013 – Day 1 (Part 1)
City of Dreams & Beijing Kitchen

Pre-flight | Singapore
The night before the trip – Musing at all the items prepared for me by MGTO and Tiger Airways!

To tell you the truth, this is the first time Macau came across on my travel destination list! And also, this is the first time ever I travelled like a Queen with an itinerary planned and all required arrangements prepared ahead for me! 😀

Flying with Tiger AirwaysFlying with Tiger Airways
Flying with Tiger Airways!
(Photos from my Instagram)

Flying with Tiger Airways
Hainanese Chicken Rice lunch on board! Available via pre-order only!

I flew with Tiger Airways a couple of times before but this is the first time I actually had the onboard meals. And considering the restraint space you have while you’re eating at your seat, I really loved the fact that they had so thoughtfully made the chicken entirely boneless and fork-tender! No hassle eating at all!

Oh by the way… Did you know that Tiger Airways is the one and only airline that can fly you closer to heaven directly from Singapore to Macau? Frankly speaking, I didn’t know that all along until the time when I was due for boarding! Hehe!

And then when we arrived at Macau five hours later, we were whisked off to City of Dreams located just five minutes from the Macau Airport where we spent the rest of the evening!

City of Dreams
Website: https://www.cityofdreamsmacau.com/

We had some time before dinner so we walked around and checked out the vicinity of City of Dreams! As much as there are countless of Fengshui elements, there are also interesting shapes and forms I managed to pick everywhere!

City of Dreams, Macau
The ferocious dragon with its crystal ball…

City of Dreams, Macau

City of Dreams, Macau
Lines and Lights!

City of Dreams, Macau
Reminds you of the crafts you do when you’re younger where you curl a paper strip with a ruler?

City of Dreams, Macau
Raindrops keep falling on my head!

And I realised, most of these interesting shapes and forms are displayed over our heads. Meaning, while I was musing at all of them, I had appeared snobbish with my nose pointing skywards most of the time! OH NO! Hahahaha…

Beijing Kitchen 滿堂彩
Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau, City of Dreams
Tel: +853 88681930
Website: http://www.macau.grand.hyattrestaurants.com/beijingKitchen/default-en.html

Beijing Kitchen 滿堂彩 | Grand Hyatt, City of Dreams, Macau
Beijing Kitchen at Grand Hyatt Macau, helmed by Chef Stephen Au, offers an authentic Northern Chinese dining experience set in a restaurant interior of rich traditional Chinese decorations punctuated with western elements.

Beijing Kitchen 滿堂彩 | Grand Hyatt, City of Dreams, Macau
The menu for our dinner at Beijing Kitchen!

Pork and Crab Meat Terrine 京味蟹肉皮冻 @ Beijing Kitchen 滿堂彩 | Grand Hyatt, City of Dreams, Macau
Pork and Crab Meat Terrine 京味蟹肉皮冻
HKD 78

The Pork and Crab Meat Terrine is one of the many varieties of the Jiangnan Cold Specialties 江南特色凉菜 entrees we had and it is the one that really caught my attention.

Old Fashioned Peking Duck from Wood Fired Oven with Classic Condiments 老式果木烤鸭 @ Beijing Kitchen 滿堂彩 | Grand Hyatt, City of Dreams, Macau
Old Fashioned Peking Duck from Wood Fired Oven with Classic Condiments 老式果木烤鸭
HKD 268 (Half), HKD 468 (Whole)

How can you skip having Peking Duck when you’re in a restaurant serving authentic Beijing cuisine isn’t it? 😀

Shredded Potato, Dried Chili & Coriander 辣椒炒土豆丝 @ Beijing Kitchen 滿堂彩 | Grand Hyatt, City of Dreams, Macau
Shredded Potato, Dried Chili & Coriander 辣椒炒土豆丝
HKD 70

The ingredients that were stir-fried together were as simple as it is spelled out in the name of the dish above! And maybe I am a potato lover or something but this can get really addictive!

Wok Fried Diced Chicken, Dried Chili, Ginger, Peanuts 辛辣宫保鸡丁 @ Beijing Kitchen 滿堂彩 | Grand Hyatt, City of Dreams, Macau
Wok Fried Diced Chicken, Dried Chili, Ginger, Peanuts 辛辣宫保鸡丁
HKD 98

We do have our own local variant of the Gongbao Chicken here in Singapore but this is the first time I ever tasted one with such a strong peppery aroma from the dried chilli! Awesome!

Stone Pot Sliced Lamb with Cumin 石锅孜然羊肉@ Beijing Kitchen 滿堂彩 | Grand Hyatt, City of Dreams, MacauStone Pot Sliced Lamb with Cumin 石锅孜然羊肉
HKD 138

You’ve got to love the fact that the sliced lamb were braised till really soft and tender. But it took me a little while to get used to the strong taste of cumin in this dish and surprisingly, once I got the hang of it, I figured it is rather addictive!

To add, I have had quite a couple of bad experiences with the Sichuan cuisine (too salty, too spicy and oily in my opinion) that I got a little bias and reluctant to taste anymore authentic Chinese cuisine. But thankfully, dinner at Beijing Kitchen was really palatable and it does give me that boost of confidence to go around and explore the other Chinese cuisine styles again.

Then of course, the evening doesn’t just end here! We hopped over to the theatre just beside the restaurant to catch the world’s most spectacular water-based show ever! Stay tuned for my next post to find out more!


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