Since January 2012, Malaysian Food Street at Resorts World Sentosa has been indulging visitors with a mouth-watering plethora of Malaysia’s flavourful hawker fare.
Stalls whipping up dishes from around the Peninsula include KL Claypot Rice and Klang Bak Kut. There are over 20 stalls, some of which are halal-certified, such as the Kampung Nasi Lemak stall ($5-$6.50) and the Roti Canai & Nasi Briyani stall (under $7.50). Penang Char Koay Teow has consistently been the bestselling dish.
To keep things exciting, there’s the monthly special. The featured dish is available only throughout that particular month. Last month in September, Durian Chendol ($4.50) took centre stage. Thick and creamy durian puree crowns the standard dessert of shaved ice with red beans, green jelly, coconut milk and palm sugar. The green chendol jelly found in this Malaysian dessert is made from scratch here. This dish evoked memories of RWS’s annual Durian Fest –nothing quells durian cravings like it does.
Duck Satay ($13 for 10 sticks)
This October, guests to Malaysian Food Street are in for a special treat. If you find chicken, pork and beef satays too “mainstream”, the duck satay may come as a delightful diversion. I’m not an ardent fan of duck meat, but this duck satay is one of the best satays I’ve had, so juicy and succulent. Chunks of duck meat are marinated overnight with turmeric, onion, garlic, lemongrass, salt and sugar before they are barbecued over charcoal fire still slightly charred. The duck satay is paired with a specially concocted sauce made of crushed peanut and fresh pineapple puree. This is a must-try!
DoubleTree by Hilton expands its presence with the launch of its Johor Bahru property to meet the growing demand for upscale hotels in Malaysia’s southern region. One distinctive trait of the hotel chain is its hospitality that begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival, which characterises welcome and care in DoubleTree by Hilton’s culture. The hotel chain has been baking these signature chocolate chip cookies for travellers all over the world for the past 25 years.
Fact: DoubleTree by Hilton gives out approximately 60,000 chocolate chip cookies to guests each day, adding up to more than 21 million cookies annually.
Since the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru in July, more than 10,000 chocolate chip cookies have been given out to guests.
Located in the Central Business District of Johor Bahru, the hotel is less than 5 kilometres from the Johor-Singapore Immigration Checkpoint, and 25 kilometres from the Senai International Airport. Its accessibility to Singapore and Changi International Airport is a major plus to international travellers.
Open Door Policy, Tiong Bahru estate’s well-loved modern bistro since October 2011, opens its doors to fresh and bolder ideas with a new head chef, Daniele Sperindio, helming the kitchen.
Chef Sperindio began his culinary journey at a tender age of 13 in Genoa, Italy, and honed his culinary skills in Paris and Monte Carlo after he completed training at the Professional Institute Marco Polo. He was also the sous chef of Michelin-starred Antica Osteria del Bai of Genoa, and has worked in fine dining restaurants in the US. He adds to his portfolio a Sommelier certification from the United States Sommeliers Association (USSA), for the benefit of marrying food with wines beautifully with a deeper understanding.
Beetroot Risotto (cooked in sherry vinegar) topped with Feta Goat Cheese and Pea Tendrils ($25)
Open Door Policy is favoured for its modern cooking techniques, which bring out the best of the ingredients and adding sophistication to hearty contemporary classics at the same time –essentially eclectic comfort food coked with finesse. The menu undergoes a major revamp, replacing 70% of list with exciting new dishes.
Flying with a budget airline is a great opportunity to save money, and it need not be a nettlesome experience. Jetstar is recognised as one of the best low cost carrier in the region, having received numerous awards over the years. My flight experiences with Jetstar have always been pleasant.
This month, I travel to Bangkok for leisure. Catching wind of the news about Jetstar’s new inflight menu, my grounds for flying with Jetstar mount up. Continue reading
Momiji Shabu Shabu (hotpot buffet) by the Suki Group of Restaurants once again tops the ranks for the most value-for-money buffet places in Singapore, right after the success of Momiji Japanese Buffet Restaurant at City Square Mall.
The hotpot concept Momiji Shabu Shabu presents an array of over 100 items in the buffet line, a selection of cooked food, sushi, fruits, soft drinks, teas, hot beverages, desserts, and raw ingredients for the hotpot.
Most unique about this hotpot concept is the collagen soup base, which is derived from the simmering of kampong chicken and fresh vegetables, taking up to 6 long hours to fully dissolve the chicken bones and for every bit of goodness to go into the broth. Continue reading
As with all Smoothie King stores in Singapore, the Kallang Wave outlet offers healthy, delicious smoothies along with quick, light meals for the health conscious and active crowd. Continue reading
Marina South Curry House fuels the CBD (Central Business District) crowd with a rustic taste of Singaporean-Malaysian tze char fare. The interior is reminiscent of a refurbished coffeehouse from the 70s era, with vintage elements that prompt diners of the good old times.
Heading the kitchen is Chef Gan Seong Teik, whom hails from Ipoh with over 40 years of cooking experience and has cooked in restaurants around the globe such as Mexico (1 year), Japan (1 year), Taiwan (3 years) and New Zealand (8 years).
If you ask me, I would say he has far better prospects tossing woks in foreign or western countries to pander to the homesick Asian expats and spreading the magnificence of the Asian food culture, rather than competing with like-minded countrymen. But he has chosen to settle down in Singapore at his current age of 56, as it is of closer proximity to his hometown. The CBD crowd get to benefit from it!
Fish head Bee Hoon ($7.90 for single portion/$18.90 for 2-3 pax, served in claypot)
The signature Fish Head Bee Hoon warms the stomach with a comforting broth that’s rich, milky and thick without the addition of milk, and tasty without the use of MSG in the cooking process. It is made up of a combination of ingredients simmered for over 6 hours. Fresh chunks of sea bass bring glee to fish lovers, with thinly sliced ginger refreshing the palate between sips and bites.
The new Kallang Wave Mall at Singapore Sports Hub has received overwhelming response from the active and sports-loving crowd, as well as throngs of families on weekends. What else is a draw? Chocolate Origin. But that’s not all. I will be featuring some of the establishments I’ve visited in Kallang Wave Mall over the next few weeks to interest you with something new to tuck into each week.
Cuppa Lava Cake ($5)
The Cuppa Lava Cake makes a positive impact on those with a sweet tooth. Chocolate lovers will strictly refuse any plea for sharing. This individual portion comprises cold vanilla ice cream at the bottom layer and warm chocolate cake on top, oozing with hot chocolate lava in the middle –a cause for salivation.
A bungalow perched atop Telok Blangah Hill, formerly owned by the Yemeni spice traders in the 1920s, is now a majestic dining venue well sought after by lovebirds for first dates, and also a popular wedding venue using the romantically picturesque garden in full bloom as a perfect backdrop.Celebrated as a destination of elegance, combined with seclusion and heritage, Alkaff Mansion offers facilities that fit wedding soirees memorably. And more. Continue reading
1) Party idea, a new way of serving cocktails
2) How to open a beer bottle without any tools
3) Create your own popsicle stick with gummy bears and sprite
4) Eatable Magarita
5) Dessert sushi (I am so trying this!)
The Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel Singapore is back from 5th to 21st September 2014, ready to satisfy the deepest cravings. Occurring twice yearly, this buffet promotion has consistently been pulling off the best of Penang flavours to Singapore since 1986, and has never lost its appeal.
This September, a new stall joins in the kaleidoscope of Penang specialties, without additional cost, still affordably priced at $25.80++ (weekdays) and $28.80++ (weekends) per adult.
Nasi Lemak served with Nonya Chicken Kapitan
The new Nasi Lemak served with Nonya Chicken Kapitan wins votes with the intensely flavoured Nonya Chicken Kapitan with a spicy kick, and fragrant Nasi Lemak (coconut rice). Continue reading
Stand to win a grand prize of $2,000 cash and 3D2N stay at Marina Bay Sands!
The #GreatFIJIWaterRace is an amazing-race style competition where adventurous foodies race against time to complete challenges to earn points. The race is open to attendees of Epicurean Market 2014, and provides an interactive way to explore different zones within the market. Challenges include celebrity chef spotting, coffee art design and more. Contestants are required to engage on platforms such as Instagram or Twitter as part of the race, and with a total of 5 mandatory tasks and 2 bonus tasks to complete, the person who earns the most number of points in the shortest time wins!
The #GreatFIJIWaterRace is organised by FIJI Water, the “Official Still Water” partner for Epicurean Market 2014. For more information on the event, go to www.facebook.com/FIJIWaterSG.
Date: Saturday, 13 September 2014
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Venue: Hall D & E, Sands Expo And Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands
About FIJI Water
FIJI® Water, natural artesian water bottled at the source in Viti Levu (Fiji islands), is the No. 1 imported bottled water in the United States. FIJIWater, known for its iconic square bottle, soft mouth feel and unique mineral profile, is the water of choice among discerning consumers and top chefs. Widely available at fine restaurants and hotels, all major retail channels and through a convenient home/business delivery service, FIJIWater has expanded globally to more than 50 countries. Part of the Roll Global LLC family of companies, FIJI Water supports environmental efforts around the world and in their own backyard through their membership in 1% for the Planet. To discover Earth’s Finest Water, please visit www.fijiwater.com, like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/fijiwatersg), or follow them on Twitter (www.twitter.com/fijiwatersg) and Instagram (@FIJIWaterSG).
Watch this space for updates on my participation in the #GreatFIJIWaterRace!
Begin a healthy journey in the Ayurvedic lifestyle at the St. Gregory Spa –a brand PARKROYAL on Beach Road (together with several other PARKROYAL and Pan Pacific properties) collaborates with. Marking its first anniversary, St. Gregory Spa introduces An Ayurvedic Journey, an age-old healing art of Ayurveda. Continue reading
Clarke Quay Central – a five-story shopping mall managed by Far East Organization that sits on the banks of the historical riverside quay in Singapore – houses SQUE Rotisserie & Alehouse. Bestowing upon diners a scenic view (think: river cruises rhythmically drifting along the Singapore river), with occasional encounters of screams from the G-MAX reverse bungee, the restaurant serves up hearty meals, tempting bar bites, and an extensive selection of bottled beers from around the world.
In recent times, SQUE has updated its menu with new flavours and excitement. The revamped menu boasts over twenty new additions.
Shrimp and Pomelo Salad ($16.00)
The health conscious will feel entirely at ease with either the Tomato Mozzarella Salad or the Asian-flavoured Shrimp and Pomelo Salad –a light-hearted toss of crisp greens and fresh Norwegian shrimps, drizzled with lively Asian Vinaigrette. Continue reading
Set within the premises of the iconic Goodwood Park Hotel – a reputable pioneer in Singapore’s tourism industry with history dating back to 1900 – L’Espresso has earned a reputation as being synonymous with elegant teatime pursuits.
The English Afternoon Tea buffet is a main attraction at L’Espresso. Available daily, a dazzling host of dainty sandwiches, salads, savouries, pastries, desserts, chocolate fountain and traditional English scones will fill tummies between conversations and tea (or coffee).
Nibble on dainty bites such as Slow-cooked Farm Chicken in Crepe, Roast Beef with Cornichons, Smoked Salmon with Beetroot Mousse and Caviar, Poached Prawn with Pineapple and Avocado Salsa, Brie with Grape on Maple Crostini, Nicoise Tartlet with Tuna Tataki, and Foie Gras Terrine with Coated Pistachios and Cranberry Compote (a top pick).