the Festival of Lights
is an important Hindu festival which ushers in the New Year.
It is a reﬂection of the Hindu belief that the lighting
of small oil-ﬁlled clay lamps (referred to as Diyas)
signiﬁes the triumph of good over evil.
Allow us this opportunity to tell the tale of Ramayana
– a Sanskrit epic that contains the teachings of
ancient Hindu sages. In that teaching, Deepavali
is a celebration and reminder of how Lord
Rama (the incarnation of Vishnu the supreme
god) vanquished Ravana (demon king).
During which, the entire city of Ayodhya (the
ancient city of India) was illuminated by the
lighting of earthen lamps all over the city.
Singapore is a multicultural society that celebrates
racial harmony, and the heart of the Hindu community
lies in none other than Little India – located along Serangoon Road.
If you can spare just 30 minutes, walk down Serangoon Road in the
evening to soak in the bustle, and be enthralled in the streets full of glittering
coloured lights. If you have 2 hours, the temples in the area such as the
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and the Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple, are
adorned with spectacular displays of lights, multicoloured garlands and arches.
Whether you’ll make it in time to catch the Deepavali festivities or not, fret not. The ever
bustling heart of Little India will be sure to open eyes, into the culture and insights of our
Hindu communities. Make Little India a destination on your week’s plans today!
To mark the occasion, Albert Court Village Hotel will be giving out complimentary
Indian bangles to celebrate and infuse the Deepavali spirit!
While Deepavali is popularly known Deepavali day rituals start Elaborate ﬂoor-paintings called Mango leaves are used to decorate
as the “festival of lights”, the most with Hindus getting up early to Kolam are used to decorate the main doors of houses as it is
signiﬁcant spiritual meaning is “the take a ritual oil bath to remove the entrance of all homes or believed that it will attract positive
awareness of the inner light”. Central impurities, after which new ofﬁces, by using coloured rice energy and chase away evil spirits.
to Hindu philosophy is the assertion clothes in bright colours are worn, grains or powdered rice as
of the Atman - that there is something to welcome the new year. materials for the art piece.
beyond the physical body and mind
which is pure, inﬁnite, and eternal.
Gulab Jamun Tasting Henna Painting
Albert Court Village Hotel, Lobby Bar Changi Village Hotel, Vau Wine Bar
Thursday, 4 November, 5.30pm – 6.30pm Friday, 5 November, 2.00pm
In the spirit of Deepavali festivities, taste the delicious Always wanted to get a tattoo but dreaded its
Indian dessert Gulab Jamun. This sweet dish made permanence? Welcome to the world of henna
ACTIVITIES from milk powder (also referred to as Mawa) is deep
fried till it is a round, golden brown crisp. Served in
delectable sugar syrup, its perfect for anyone with a
painting, where you can enjoy temporal body
art. The dye originates from a ﬂowering plant of
the same name, and in historical times, the art of
in NOVEMBER sweet tooth. henna was viewed as a bestowed blessing. It was
also applied for luck, joy and beauty.
Indian Cuisine Delight Cooking Class Series - Nyonya Kueh Tasting
Central Square Village Residences, Spice Route Restaurant
Saturday, 13 November, 9.30am – 11.30am
Indian Vadai Albert Court Village Hotel, Lobby Bar
Thursday, 18 November, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Changi Village Hotel, Oval Foyer
Always wanted to try to ﬂip an Indian Roti Prata? Saturday, 13 November, 2.00pm Gain an insight into the Peranakan culture of late
Now’s your chance at this live demonstration 15th and 16th centuries, when ladies were referred
– watch and learn while getting the hands- Join us in learning about this traditional savoury to as Nyonya and gentlemen as Baba. They were
on experience of doing so! That’s not all, as South Indian doughnut and pave your way to being predominantly Chinese that lived along the Straits
participants will also get to taste Indian food a master chef, as Vadai is a major part in variations of Malacca, and hence much of the Nyonya
favourites such as Chicken Tikka, Tosai and within Indian cuisine and festivals! At this class, you cuisine was inﬂuenced by Malay cuisine and
Teh Tarik. will learn how lentils are churned into a paste which campus. Today, Nyonya Kuehs are much craved-
in turn is deep fried into delicious, golden brown for sweet snacks which are usually made from
Vadais. Bon Appetit! glutinous rice.
Creative Balloon Bobo Cha Cha Cooking Class Series -
Sculpting Dessert Tasting Chicken Cordon Bleu
Changi Village Hotel, Vau Wine Bar Landmark Village Hotel, Lobby Changi Village Hotel, Oval Foyer
Sunday, 21 November, 2.00pm Friday, 26 November, 11.00am – 1.00pm Saturday, 27 November, 2.00pm
This is one activity your kids would love to be at! Coconut lovers will be instantly addicted to this local A must-have in every chef’s recipe book, this
dessert, which is guaranteed to tantalize your French classic is a chef’s staple that is sure to hit
taste buds! home with its savoury bite.
BY EXECUTIVE CHEF WILLIAM SOH
There is no better person to teach the craft of traditional carrot cake cooking
other than our very own Executive Chef William Soh. Coming from a family of
chefs famous for their hawker-style carrot cake, the affable chef is enthusiastic in
imparting his knowledge and expertise.
Bean Curd Tasting Carrot Cake, or Chai Tao Kway as it is known locally, originates from the
Albert Court Village Hotel, Lobby Bar Teochew cuisine in Chaoshan, China. It is not to be confused with the western
Thursday, 11 November, 5.30pm – 6.30pm dessert cake of the same name, but rather, is a savoury dish that is primarily made
of rice ﬂour.
This Chinese dessert, also known as Tau Huay, is a
silky smooth beancurd custard in syrup. It is usually As the crowd gathered for the demo at Changi Village Hotel on 23rd October,
eaten warmed up, and makes a satisfying snack at Chef William warmed up the crowd with informative banter and expressed that
any time of the day! he does not withhold any culinary secrets, as he ﬁrmly believes in sharing the joy
of cooking (and eating!).
One of the attendees Mr. Tan, actively asked for pointers and readily absorbed
Chef William’s nuggets of wisdom. His wife Mrs. Tan later revealed to us that he
was an avid cook himself, thus the attention to detail!
By the end of the cooking demonstration, the savoury aroma of Chef William’s
Carrot Cake generated a collective “Wow!” and plates of it were snatched up as
quickly as they left the pan. It was delicious! Crispy on the outside, yet soft on the
inside… no wonder some attendees went for seconds!
Tasting Chef William’s Carrot Cake Recipe
Landmark Village Hotel, Lobby For the beneﬁt of those who did not manage to attend the demonstration, here is
Friday, 19 November, 11.00am – 1.00pm the recipe. Do note that next time, you should try to be present because you need to
Don’t forget to drop by for your icy dessert ﬁx taste it to believe it!
before venturing outdoors. Jelly-like Sago pearls
Ingredients: Diced Carrot Cake, Pork Lard Oil, Eggs, Fish Sauce, Pepper, Chopped Garlic,
and Honeydew are combined in a sweet fragrant
Preserved Radish (also known as Chai Poh) and Spring Onion
concoction that is sure to cool you down.
1. Heat up a ﬂat frying pan with a thin layer
illag of vegetable oil.
A V ences
2. Pan-fry the carrot cake with a ladle full of
pork lard oil until a light, crispy, golden
brown layer forms around it.
3. Dabble a teaspoon of ﬁsh sauce into the
pan, together with some preserved radish,
chopped garlic and a little bit of pepper.
4. As the fragrance of the ﬁsh sauce
emerges, gently and patiently add ladles
of egg layer by layer.
5. Fry-in the spring onion and sprinkle a
thin layer of pork lard oil to enhance the
crispiness of the carrot cake.
Singapore River Cruise 6. Allow the carrot cake to set and ﬂip until
there is a light golden brown texture.
Saturday, 27 November, 9.00pm to 10.30pm 7. Dig in!
Hop on to the 30 minute Singapore River Cruise for
a cohesive insight into our history and heritage! Revel
in the evening lights and enjoy the modernity of the
Singapore landscape in the unique bum boats that
preserve the river heritage of Old Singapore and
are only found on the Singapore River Cruise. Please
contact your resident managers for sign-up details.
Village Hotels & Residences
Brian Stampe Seow Yen Nee Doreen Lim
General Manager, Serviced Residences Resident Manager, Central Square Village Residences Front Ofﬁce Manager, Albert Court Village Hotel
What is Village to you? What is the Village Experience to you? What is the Village Experience to you?
It’s a personalized integrated experience, where With Village there is this spirit of camaraderie. When It is about sharing the interesting sights, sounds and
emphasis is not just singled out to within the Village my staff shared their home-made rice dumplings at tastes of the Albert Court neighbourhood with our
premises, but where the respective vicinities strongly a Village Signature Event during the Rice Dumpling guests. For example, for the local cuisine-related
come into play by showcasing Singapore’s Festival (also called Duan Wu Jie), guests who Village Signature Activities held at Albert Court, we
local ﬂavour. experienced it were exceptionally intrigued. are sure to make purchases from the nearby Tekka
The conversations extended throughout the month Market. These include Kachang Puteh, Nonya Kueh,
– discussing the best places to buy them, tips on etc. I feel that the respective vicinities strongly come
So if Village is about its vicinity, has the
ingredients and methods of preparations, etc. into play to showcase Singapore’s local ﬂavour.
brand been working with the community?
This form of rapport is representative of the
Yes, some outreach efforts include inviting commercial Village brand – which is to emphasize an experience
activities in the neighbourhood to become business How are your other front ofﬁce colleagues
where guests are able to relive a home away
partners, so as to share their experiences with our involved?
guests. For example, when a ﬂoral arrangement It must be a different experience – compared to
activity was held as part of the Village group of working for other chain hotels. Certainly, everyone is
activities, ﬂorists in the immediate vicinity were
approached and hired. “Everyone seems to involved in providing the Village experience. They are
all invited to conduct the local food tasting sessions
agree – that there is no themselves, on a rotational basis. This way, everyone
gets a go at demonstrating and sharing something
What’s in store for 2011?
We will continue to cultivate this unique network with
other group that offers local that is close to their heart.
its strong sense of community. It is crucial that every
individual in it plays a pivotal part in forming this
an experience quite What’s your most memorable Village
experience. Besides operating as a service provider like Village Hotels and Signature Activity?
and a unique brand – the Village experience is about Once, we shared a local desert – Tau Huay, an
providing an unforgettable and positive experience. Residences.” affordable yet tasty beancurd delicacy. I believe that
it was the team’s sincerity in sharing our local culture
and heritage. The treats were snatched up in no time!
Stay Village. And Discover.
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