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Origin Journeys' Hainanese Heritage Tour (Corporates)
Origin Journeys' Hainanese Heritage Tour (Corporates)
Origin Journeys' Hainanese Heritage Tour (Corporates)
Origin Journeys' Hainanese Heritage Tour (Corporates)
Origin Journeys' Hainanese Heritage Tour (Corporates)
Origin Journeys' Hainanese Heritage Tour (Corporates)
Origin Journeys' Hainanese Heritage Tour (Corporates)
Origin Journeys' Hainanese Heritage Tour (Corporates)
Origin Journeys' Hainanese Heritage Tour (Corporates)
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Origin Journeys' Hainanese Heritage Tour (Corporates)

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Most of us associate the talented Hainanese population as having introduced Chicken Rice and Nanyang Coffee to us but there is much more to this distinct dialect group than we think!

The Hainanese first came to Singapore in the 1800s as merchants, trading in goods such as paper products and medicinal herbs. They however only started emigrating to Singapore much later than their Hokkien, Teochew, and Cantonese counterparts. This resulted in them finding employment in restaurants and in hospitality since sectors such as trade and commerce were already saturated. These circumstances probably explained why the Hainanese became well-versed in cooking and other hospitality endeavors such as bartending. Did you know that the Singapore Sling was created in 1915 by a Hainanese bartender Ngiam Tong Boon at Raffles Hotel Singapore?

There are more incredible stories to be told of the Hainanese people who congregated around the Bugis and Cityhall area; the Hainanese culture in these areas are is still very much alive today. On this journey, we discover Middle Road, Purvis Street, and Seah Street; colloquially known to the Hainanese community as the Hainan First Street, Second Street, and Third Street. Visit the popular Hainanese food haunts such as the Sing Swee Kee Restaurant and YY Kafei Dian. Listen to stories of yesteryear and how the innovative descendants of the Hainanese operate today as captains of industry in a vast variety of fields. We also get a very special insider’s look into the Raffles Singapore and visit the uber-popular SunnyHills store for tea. Come hungry!

Participants get to bring home a little bit of treasure exclusively from the Raffles Singapore! 

Itinerary:

We commence our afternoon at SunnyHills for a special Tea Experience where you are introduced to your guide and the events of the day while you savour the very best that SunnyHills has to offer. 

SunnyHills’ story begins in the rugged countryside of the Bagua Mountain in central Taiwan where the incredibly flavourful indigenous pineapple variety grows on the harsh red earth characteristic of the land. Native farmers toil all day under the hot sun throughout the year harvesting only the best of the crop by hand.

Today, the SunnyHills tea house, a hidden gem along the Seah Street brings you the taste of these pineapples, responsibly sourced from the Bagua Mountain native farmers and presented in the best possible manner - SunnyHills’ Pineapple Cakes is based on a recipe refined by their Master Baker over the past 50 years. 

This Tea Set includes a D24 durian love letter (1 roll) + 1 pineapple cake & 1 cup of Oolong Tea. 

Our guide takes you on a slow walk through Hainan First Street (Middle Road), Hainan Second Street (Purvis Street), and Hainan Third Street (Seah Street). Along the way, you learn about the original inhabitants of the shophouses which still proudly stand today, and about the food and commerce that characterizes these streets. 

We get inside access to the historical grounds of the Raffles Hotel Singapore and its interior compound. Our guide tells us the history and significance of each of the areas and characters within the compound, from the six-metre tall ornate Cast-Iron Fountain which was built in the 1890s, the Sir Stamford Raffles Statue, the Raffles Doormen to the iconic Façade which once faced the sea. Listen to stories about the fabled hotel from the last tiger in Singapore which sought refuge under the Bar & Billard Room to the rich and famous who once patronised Long Bar. 

Next, we stop by with a shopping extravaganza at the Raffles Boutique. Spot the four cast iron metal gates located inside the boutique which have been retained as historical artifacts after the hotel’s recent restoration in 2019. The Raffles Boutique features a brand new retail concept where shoppers will be able to browse well-loved souvenirs and gourmet products that are set amidst a heritage gallery that showcases the illustrious heritage of Raffles Hotel Singapore. Get the chance to shop for precious gifts here at special prices! You will also leave this journey with a beautiful memento in the form of a thoughtfully crafted enamel Singapore Sling keychain! 

Singapore Sling at the Raffles Courtyard

We end off your journey with a well-deserved Singapore Sling, a long drink that was developed in 1915 by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon who was working at Long Bar in the Raffles Singapore. Lounge amidst the charming atmosphere of the Raffles Courtyard as you take your time to delight in this mesmerizing concoction that has many from afar come flocking back to the Raffles Singapore for. 

Following the turn of the century in colonial Singapore, Raffles was the gathering place for the community – and Long Bar was the watering hole. It was common to see gentlemen nursing glasses of gin or whisky. Unfortunately for the ladies, etiquette dictated that they could not consume alcohol in public. So, for the sake of modesty, teas and fruit juices were their beverages of choice. 

Ever insightful, Ngiam thus saw a niche in the market and decided to create a cocktail that looks like plain fruit juice but is actually infused with gin and liqueurs. The clever bartender made the beverage pink to give it a feminine flair which, together with the use of clear alcohol, led people to think it was a socially acceptable drink for women. With that, the Singapore Sling was born. Needless to say, it became an instant hit. 

We then proceed to Sing Swee Kee Restaurant for a Chicken Rice workshop. Learn a thing or two about the secret methods employed to create each component of the Chicken Rice dish and prepare your Chicken Rice meal in an entirely novel way; in a cake form! Sing Swee Kee’s chef will then prepare a number of other side dishes for you to savor with your meal. 

Sing Swee Kee was founded in 2001. As its popularity grew among locals and foreign visitors, Sing Swee Kee expanded its premises into a full-service restaurant, retaining its roots in Seah Street, directly opposite the iconic Raffles Hotel. 

While its menu has expanded over time, its tender, juicy Hainanese blanched chicken, paired with fragrant Chicken Rice along with chilli sauce and green ginger puree based on secret home recipes formulated and mastered by their Hainanese pioneers are the mainstays that keep loyal locals and overseas customers flocking back to the restaurant. 

*Includes Chicken Rice Cake Workshop (45 mins demo + workshop)
Followed by dinner

Price Per Person:    S$100 nett per person 
(base on a minimum of 20 paxs per group)
Validity:                    September 2021 to 31 January 2022


Remarks:      
After dinner, guests make their own way home.
No return transfer will be provided from the restaurant.
Nearest MRT station within walking distance - City Hall MRT station

Dinner Menu

  • Chicken Collagen Broth
  • Signature Chicken (White / Roasted)
  • Crispy Spring Roll and Ngoh Hiang
  • Claypot Beancurd
  • Vegetable (Kailan)
  • Fragrant Rice
  • Barley Drink (Hot / Cold)

Upgrade Menu -

Additional top-up cost of S$10 nett per person

  • Abalone Fish Maw Chicken Collagen Broth
  • Signature Chicken (White / Roasted)
  • Hainanese Pork Chop
  • Claypot Beancurd
  • Vegetable (Kailan)
  • Fragrant Rice
  • Barley Drink (Hot / Cold)

Need to know:

  • Tour Duration:       4 hours
  • Tour Time :             2. 00pm – 6.00pm
  • Meeting point:      Raffles City Shopping Centre
                                    In front of Starbucks  / City Hall MRT Station

Guests to make their own way to City Hall MRT Station
Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before tour start time
Our guide will be there to meet guests.

  • Wear comfortable shoes, need a lot of walking
  • Bring own umbrella
  • Raffles Courtyard Dress Code: Smart Casual

Tour Price Includes:

  • Afternoon Tea at Sunny Hills include 1 cup Oolong tea with a pineapple tart + a D24 durian love letter
  • Singapore Sling at Raffles Courtyard (Non Alcoholic version is available)
  • Raffles Hotel Key Chain (one per person)
  • Sing Swee Kee’s Chef OR Restaurant Manager to share briefly on the story of Seah Street and Hainanese influence
  • Chicken Rice Workshop / followed by dinner
  • Assistance of STB Licenced English Speaking Guide
  • Tour Guide System during the tour (transmitter and receiver)

Tour Price Excludes:

  • Gratuities for guide 

Booking Conditions:

  • No refund for no-shows or late arrivals.
  • Prices are in Singapore dollar, nett on per person basis
  • Full payment will be required upon booking
  • Tours are non-refundable once booked and confirmed
  • Rates are subject to change with two weeks’ notice (should local attractions increase their rates
  • Advanced booking is required for the tour (we need to pre-book guide and restaurant as December is expected to be peak season)

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • During the tour, the group must split into smaller groups (according to the latest Govt’s Safe Management Measures guidelines).
  • The guide will ensure that smaller groups remain intact throughout the tour with no mingling at all times for safe management
  • The guide will accompany the groups through the tour except during the dinner session.
  • This tour has many photo-taking opportunities but watches out for traffic as some roads/streets are narrow.
For Booking Enquiries on different group sizes and pricing:
Contact: Ms. Theresa Ho
Tel: (65) 6225 2777

Email: theresa@thetraveller.sg


Image Credit: SunnyHills / Sing Swee Kee/ Raffles Singapore