Believe it or not, TODAI has turned 4! Diners at the restaurant, specializing in international buffet, are in for a treat. As part of TODAI's anniversary celebration, they have specially added 7 birthday dishes to the menu.
Shoutao, or steamed buns in the shape of peaches signifying longevity, is one dish commonly seen especially during birthday celebrations for the elders. This Chinese tradition is still kept even in modern days Singapore. The soft pink steamed buns are filled with sweet lotus paste. These buns are best eaten when they are fresh out from the steamer. Another Chinese dish which TODAI has added to the auspicious birthday menu is the stir-fried Yi Mein or the longevity noodles. The noodles, a savory dish with prawns and mushrooms, didn't taste too strong and the noodle texture was quite "QQ", a local term describing the chewy texture of the noodles. It tasted somewhat like handmade noodles.
Two Korean dishes added to the birthday menu were Japchae and Miyeokguk. The key ingredient for Japchae is the sweet potato noodles which is different from the Chinese-style glass noodles because of it's chewy noodles texture. The flavourful dish is stir-fried by mixing sesame oil, soy sauce with vegetables and meat. This dish was first created in the 17th century during the Joseon Dynasty. The dish soon became one of the signature dishes in the royal menu, especially during celebration parties, as the king liked it so much.
In the Korean culture, one must have a bowl of Miyeokguk (or Korean-style seaweed soup) on their birthdays. Due to its high iodine and calcium content in the seaweeds, it is common for Korean women to consume this soup after child-birth. It then became a popular practice to have the seaweed soup on birthdays as a reminder of the food and nutrition from mothers.
A pretty exotic dish on the birthday menu is Oto, which originates from Ghana. Oto is a traditional African birthday dish that uses hard-boiled eggs, mashed yam and palm oil as the key ingredients. TODAI has creatively replaced the yam with potato and it has a similar taste as potato salad. Eggs in the Ghanaian culture symbolizes purity and fruitfulness and therefore it is symbolize to consume eggs on birthdays. This completes the second African dish, Jollof Rice, originating from Nigeria, which is slightly spicy and savoury.
And, birthdays wouldn't be complete without cakes. Inspired from Russia's Honey Layered Cakes, the 4-layered delicious Rainbow Cake will be available during dinner and weekend buffets. If you're a fan of butter-cream cakes, go for this!
Besides the birthday dishes, the international buffet selection includes Oriental, Western, Japanese, Korean, Italian dishes as well as fruits and salads. If you prefer to go for lighter food options, TODAI offers pretty interesting salads.
(Cherry Tomato Salad under the Italian Section)
(Mandarin Salad under the Salad Section)
(Garlic Bread under the Italian Section)
As part of TODAI's anniversary celebration, diners have a chance to enjoy unlimited buffet dining for 30 days. A total of 5 passes will be given away for lucky dinners who spend a minimum of $200 at TODAI. And for diners who are celebrating their birthdays in March, they get to enjoy a complimentary birthday cake as well as an instant photo taken to capture their memorable moments.
UOB and Maybank card holders, senior citizens and kids get to can enjoy dining discounts at TODAI as well. Do check out the promotional details at www.todaisingapore.com.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue
Tel: +65 6688 7771
Monday to Friday:
Lunch: 11.30am to 3pm; Dinner: 5.30pm to 10pm
Lunch: 11.30am to 3pm; Dinner: 5pm to 10.30pm
All Day Dining: 11.30pm to 10pm
Getting there: Take MRT to Bayfront Station. Use Exit D. Enter Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and walk through The Shoppes in MBS. TODAI is located almost at the end of the building.