St. Patrick’s Day (Festival) has been extended from a weekend carnival to an entire week of celebrations across Singapore, with a range of exiting activities lined up from 11 to 17 March 2015. Celebrations will not be complete without GUINNESS, the iconic dark brew globally synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day. Supported by GUINNESS, the Official Beer of the event, St. Patrick’s Street Festival (13-15 March, Boat Quay) is a key highlight you shouldn’t miss.
The weeklong extravaganza will also feature Jack & Rai paying a tribute to Irish music at Timbre @ The Substation on 11 March, top international chefs battling it out at Singapore’s 19th Guinness Oyster Opening Championship at Muddy Murphy’s on 15 March, #1 Irish Entertainer in the Middle East, Paddyman, and specially created Guinness-infused tapas at Fabrika @ Klapsons, accompanied by special GUINNESS offers.
Those joining in the fun can put these Irish tips to good use:
1) To say ‘A pint of Guinness, please’, say Pionta Guinness, le do thoil (Pyun-tah Guinness, leh duh huh-il)
2) To say ‘Cheers’, say Slainte! (Sloyn-cheh)
See you there!
Manhattan Bar at Regent Singapore entered our cocktail scene with a bang last April, and unlike other establishments that claimed quick success, the hype did not die down for this grand hotel bar. Excitement level is kept on a constant high, especially when the bartending and culinary team continuously up their game with each menu launch.
Ode to “Eggs” ($10) – sweet coconut semifreddo “egg white”, pineapple-mango “yolk”, served with slices of crisp brioche
Manhattan commenced the year 2015 with the introduction of five new classic craft cocktails and four gourmet bar bites, revolving around the trendy yet cultural neighbourhood, Lower East Side, to replace “Wall Street” on the menu. You will also find new additions to existing neighbourhoods (Soho, Upper East Side, Theater District and Spanish Harlem) on the menu. Continue reading
Shelter in the Woods reopens its doors last November with a bang, and loyal patrons can finally seek solace in the home of familiar aromas after its long hiatus.
The rustic woodland theme remains, while the flavours have taken on a positive turn, led by the newly appointed Consulting Chef, Masashi Horiuchi. Under his direction, the kitchen team embraces the Japanese values of discipline, systematic consistency and precision, delivering European rustic gems that Chef Masashi is passionate about. He speaks as eloquently in French as he is adept in European culinary techniques, bringing more than 20 years of culinary experience in Michelin-starred restaurants across Europe to our tables. Continue reading
CP Foods introduces the new Pork and Chicken Gyozas just in time for Lunar New Year –the annual festive celebration that means incessant steamboat feastings and nibbling on goodies. Perfect for any occasions, the gyozas taste good steeped in soup (think: steamboat), steamed, pan-fried or deep-fried. The combination of pork and chicken brings a whole new level of succulence. For an added touch of vegetal flavour and texture, you can go for the one stuffed with chives.
These ready-made dumplings are easy to prepare and requires no defrosting. You can even microwave them. How about a simple homemade noodle soup dish with boiled gyozas? (I used the Philips Advance Noodle Maker for the noodles.) The CP Foods Pork and Chicken Gyoza retails at $5.90 per pack, available at major supermarkets.
Golden Happiness Fruit Yu Sheng ($128++, serves 10/$78.80 for small)
This Lunar New Year, we explore Crystal Jade’s fine dining outlet, Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant and its palatial festive spread. Diners can choose from 11 luxurious festive set menus priced from $298++ for 4 persons to $4,988++ for 10 persons. Start with the dynamic and vibrant Golden Happiness Fruit Yu Sheng to toss to greater heights, it comprises a colourful medley of fresh fruits such star fruit, rock melon, pomelo bits, mango, pear, apple and strawberry, accompanied by crispy deep-fried yam strips, crunchy peanut, sesame and succulent jellyfish. Adding an opulent touch are gold flakes adorning the platter, and not forgetting the star of the dish, premium Hamachi fish. Combine these ingredients in the citrusy house-made sauce, a blend of lemon juice, plum sauce and ginseng. There’s a great harmony of tastes and textures among the contrasting ingredients, especially amongst the different fruits –what a refreshing and healthy start to the meal. Continue reading
This Lunar New Year, One Paradise and Silver Tray catering have got the home-dining aspect covered with several festive menus priced from $21.80 per person or $42 onwards for a la carte items, as well as 2 party sets at $348 and $388, suitable for a party of 8 to 10 people.
I got the Bountiful Harvest Party Set priced at $388 ($415.16 W/GST) per set for our cosy family gathering of 6 and it was more than sufficient in terms of portion sizes. The delicious Mixed Vegetables Deluxe, of three varieties of vegetables, carrots and black moss, was snagged up real quick. The second most popular dish was the flavourful fried Seafood Mian Xian; if it wasn’t heavy on carbohydrates, it could jolly well be the most popular dish! My dad favours the Braised Duck with chunky Sea Cucumber and Mushroom, while my other half enjoys the appetiser platter, the Fortune Treasure Combination, of prawn salad, Japanese octopus, marinated top shell, nori seafood roll and vegetarian shark’s fin omelette. The Signature Wok-Fried Wasabi Prawns is also highly popular, in need of a bigger portion. The Honey Soy Asian Baked Salmon Fillet is a personal favourite, much due to my love for fish. Filling us up is the fragrant Steamed Pumpkin Rice that tastes even better the next day when re-fried with new ingredients; the portion was so generous we had lots of leftover. Sweetening our palates is the thick Chilled Mango Puree with Sago, as well as mini macarons that are especially popular with the young ones.
For more information, visit http://www.oneparadise.com.sg/ and http://www.silvertray.com.sg/ (halal certified caterer).
From now till 28 February 2015, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto is having a series of attractive promotions for its modern multi-beverage systems to give you more reasons to host parties in style this Lunar New Year. Get $80 off for a Circolo FS (usual price $339), $60 off for a Genio 2 (usual price $259) and $50 off for a Melody (usual price $279).
In addition to the attractive discounts, any purchase of a NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto multi-beverage system entitles one to three free boxes of capsules (Cortado, Green Tea Latte and Milo).
What better occasion than to fill your home with the aroma of coffee? Continue reading
Blessings of Fortune ($88 for 1kg, available for takeaway at the Deli)
This Lunar New Year, Goodwood Park Hotel stirs up buzz with its exquisite goodies by the brilliant pastry team, such as the Blessings of Fortune cake encompassing dark chocolate fudge cake swathed in crimson and gold icing and adorned with milk chocolate gold coins, dark chocolate ingots and golden rice crispies, and also the gleaming Golden Prosperity Pumpkin, a cashew nut cake coated with gold icing, both available at the Deli from 29 January to 5 March 2015.
Golden Prosperity Pumpkin ($88 for 1kg)
These stunning creations are bound to be the centre of attraction at house parties.
Kanpachi and Tuna “Yu Sheng” ($138 for large, available for dine-in only at Min Jiang)
Chef Chan Hwan Kee of Min Jiang elevates the traditional Yu Sheng to a new level with great flavour profile and complementing textures, featuring a fresh seafood stars, kanpachi and tuna, along with a lofty stack of mesclun greens, strips of radish, carrot, red ginger, jellyfish and fried silver cod fish, a sprinkling of pine nuts, sweet potato and yam crisps, ground peanuts, sesame seeds and ‘pok choy’ (crispy golden ‘pillows’), tossed in his own concoction of the highly coveted plum-wasabi-lime juice sauce. Continue reading
Salted vegetable duck soup
True Blue Cuisine, situated next to the Peranakan Musuem, serves up true blue peranakan cuisine with no twists. The essence of Peranakan cuisine is kept true to its roots, showcasing time-honoured recipes handed down through generations.
Nonya Chap Chye
I silently protest the unnecessary air of conceitedness, first encountered upon entering the restaurant, short of smiles; the staff greets with a nasty demand of an “entry pass”, as if not making reservations at a moderately filled restaurant is a crime. They ought to come to terms that they aren’t the only ones who can deliver good tasting and authentic Peranakan cuisine. Continue reading
Shisen Hanten by celebrity Chef Chen Kentaro at Mandarin Orchard Singapore, famed for remarkable Szechuan cuisine with a Japanese twist, is rolling out an array of Chinese New Year menus and festive goodies from 26 January to 5 March 2015.
Diners can choose from a range of 10 set menus that are auspiciously named Prosperity, Fortune, Success, Peace, Happiness, Wealth, Opulence, Triumphant, Sumpreme and Splendor, priced from $98 to $388 per person. Apart from the set menus, a range of specialties and signatures such as Barbecued Whole Suckling Pig and “Chen’s Mapo Doufu” alongside Lunar New Year specials are available on the a la carte menu. Continue reading
From February onwards, Ayam Brand’s oval-shaped sardine cans will be dressed in six different designs to commemorate Singapore’s 50th birthday, which feature winning designs picked from a pool of submissions from the public in the “Ayam Brand Celebrates SG50” design contest.
Furama RiverFront welcomes the year of the Goat with sumptuous buffet spreads and festive menus throughout the Lunar New Year, as well as tantalising festive takeaways.
Kick-starting the meal on a high note is the Salmon Yu Sheng, featured in the buffet lunch and dinner on the eve and the first two days of Chinese New Year, priced at $68++ per adult and $20 per child. Other Chinese New Year delicacies available in the buffet spread include Pen Cai, Stewed Dried Oysters with Sea Cucumber, Drunken Chicken with Chinese Wine and Honey Pepper Pork Rib. 3 diners pay for the price of 2 when you pay with selected credit cards. On top of that, reservations for 6 diners and above will receive a complimentary serving of Fortune Yam Dumpling.
Peony Jade Restaurants at Keppel Club and Clarkey Quay are primed to welcome the year of the goat with a series of stunning festive dine-ins and takeaways, available from 6 January to 5 March 2015. Continue reading
Boston Lobster from Forest森
Resorts World Sentosa brings sumptuous tidings this Lunar New Year, particularly at its two Chinese restaurants, Feng Shui Inn and Forest森, each with its own unique style of Chinese cuisine. Continue reading
Esteemed Chef Leong Chee Yeng and his culinary team at The Fullerton Hotel’s Jade Restaurant are gearing up this Lunar New Year with feasting menus ready to impress. Celebrations stretch from 3 February to 5 March 2015 here, and one should not miss out on their signature Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng with Champagne Jelly, Salmon, Olive Oil and Peach Dressing to toss to greater fortune. Dine-in orders of Yu Sheng feature beautiful calligraphy with auspicious greetings hand-drawn personally by Chef Leong.
Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng with Champagne Jelly, Salmon, Olive Oil and Peach Dressing ($68 per person for 5 persons and below, $98 per person for 6 to 8 persons, $138 for 9 to 12 persons)
Chef Leong introduces champagne jelly accompanied by edible gold leaves in the Yu Sheng for a special touch of luxury. Exquisite calligraphy that decorates the plate are drawn by Chef Leong using olive oil and dusted with cinnamon powder.
Poached Minced Fish and Mutton Fortune Dumpling ($16 for 3 pieces or $38 for 8 pieces)
It is believed that the more dumplings one eats during the spring festival, the more fortune one will receive. Continue reading