Jade Restaurant, The Fullerton Hotel, November 2015

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Being based overseas and now returning to Singapore for a short break, there is just so much I want to eat here, but so little time! For this reason I’ve got to be extra selective on dining options, more so than before. Jade Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore is one of the places where one can expect elegant Chinese cuisine with originality, and excellent service. Since my first encounter, Chef Leong Chee Yeng never fails to impress with his culinary artistry, his dedication, and fervent attention to detail. His culinary creations seem to possess the power to draw one back to experience recurrent brilliance and in anticipation for more pleasant surprises. This trip, I was just in time for the “Flavours of Chinese Spices” promotion that runs from 9 November till 30 November 2015.

The meal begins with the Tasty Trio Combination of Deep-fried Chilli Crab Meat Ball (one of their signatures) that won many hearts and continues winning hearts with its crusty breaded exterior, loaded with shredded crabmeat smothered in thick sweet and lightly spicy gravy that rounds off with a fragrant hint of lemongrass and ginger, Pomelo and Mango Salad topped with Crispy Peking Duck Skin that entices with the sweetness from the mango, tanginess from the pomelo, and the well-loved savouriness and crispness of the classic peking duck, and the well-liked Crispy Prawn coated with Chocolate Mayonnaise and Oat, an unusual combination, chocolate and prawn, but didn’t taste exotic at all.
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Paradise Dynasty (March to May 2015 Promotion)

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Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao ($14.80 for 8 pieces)

Think of Paradise Dynasty, and the signature multi-coloured xiao long baos come to mind. A basket of Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao comes with 8 flavours, namely the Original, Cheesy, Szechuan, Garlic, Ginseng, Crab Roe, Black Truffle, and Foie Gras, which are also sold separately in single-flavoured baskets of 6 and 10. It was love at first bite for me, especially with the Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao, and I’m sure many can relate.


Chilled Malva Nut Tree with Pear Bits ($4.80 or $3.80 for OCBC cardmembers and PGR members)

This season, Paradise Dynasty takes a bold step, bringing forth an exciting and somewhat exotic menu, available at all outlets from 9 March to 31 May 2015. Some items on the menu might not bode well with conservative diners, for instance the Braised Duck’s Tongue and Steamed Bullfrog with Diced Chilli, but those who are well acquainted and appreciate these delicacies will be first to flock there for a chance to satisfy their cravings. A popular Shanghai dessert, Chilled Mava Nut Tree with Pear Bits also makes a rare appearance in this 3-month long promotion –a refreshing and not too sweet dessert perfect to end the meal with.

OCBC Credit/Debit card members and PGR (Paradise Gourmet Rewards) members get to enjoy special prices during this promotion. For instance, 6 pieces of durian xiao long bao is available at a special rate of $8.80 (usual price $10.80).

Durian lovers will be enthralled by the durian xiao long bao, made with the highly prized Mao Shan Wang durian. Continue reading

Joyden Canton Kitchen at HillV2

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Crispy Golden Lotus Root Chips ($8.80)

10 years ago, Joyden used to be a name only known to those residing in the west; its name has since spread across Singapore, with adjectives like “comforting”, “flavourful” and “hearty” being used a lot to describe the Asian-style seafood dishes at Joyden Seafood Restaurant. The Joyden brand has recently made new waves with its latest dining establishment, Joyden Canton Kitchen, which serves up a whole new myriad of hearty, comforting Chinese dishes. Continue reading

Oriental Christmas Dining at Jin Shan Lou, Marina Bay Sands Hotel

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Christmas feastings need not revolve around turkeys and hams. Jin Shan Lou at Marina Bay Sands Hotel – known for dishing out fine Chinese cuisine – pleases those with an Eastern-inclined palate with lavish Christmas set menus at $138++ or $168++.

The set menus, which include a glass of champagne (or a complimentary bottle of champagne wine with minimum 4 diners for Bank Of China card holders), feature premium ingredients that will gratify fastidious diners. The master at the helm, Chef Huang Ching Biao, is armed with 47 years of culinary experience, which includes working in the presidential kitchen in Taiwan serving the royalty, presidents, high-ranking officials and the elite. Expect similar quality here!

Here’s a peek into the $138++ Christmas set menu.
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Duck Specialties by Roast Master Chef Nobuyuki Sato at Shisen Hanten of Mandarin Orchard Singapore

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One of the best things that’s happened to Singapore’s dining scene this year is the opening of Shisen Hanten at Mandarin Orchard Singapore. Shisen Hanten (or Akasaka Szechwan Restaurant) is an establishment of great esteem, started in 1958 by the late Chen Kenmin who is regarded as Japan’s “Father of Sichuan Cuisine”.

A bit of history: Born in the Sichuan province of China, Chen Kenichi perfected his craft in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China before settling in Yokohama, Japan. The legacy is passed down to his eldest son, Chen Kenichi, who is one of Japan’s most celebrated iron chefs. To date, there are a total of 14 Shisen Hanten branches in six cities across Japan. Chen Kentaro, son of Chen Kenichi, picked up the tools of the trade through observing his father in the kitchen and learning by experience. He further honed his skills by working in Sichuan restaurants around the Sichuan province in China from 2005 to 2008.

Shisen Hanten at Mandarin Orchard Singapore is its first debut outside of Japan. The extensive menu features innovative and modern Sichuan cuisine, as well as dim sum favourites, seafood and all-time favourites (such as Ma Po Dou Fu, Gong Bao Ji Ding, La Zi Ji and more).

Set lunches are priced at $42++/$50++ per person. Set diners are priced at $68++/$98++/$138++ per person.

This August, Barbecue and Roast Master Chef Nobuyuki Sato presents a special line-up of signature duck specialties, which include the Shisen Hanten Roasted Duck ($16 per portion/$32 for half/$62 for whole), Szechwan Tea-smoked Duck ($16 per portion/$32 for half/$62 for whole), Osmanthus Pipa Duck ($32 for half/$62 for whole), Whole Duck stuffed with Hokkaido Rice and Goose Liver ($78 for whole), and Duo Braised Duck, Local and Hong Kong Styles ($20 feeds 2-3 pax/$30 feeds 4-6 pax/$60 feeds 7-10 pax).

Chef Kentaro travels to Singapore frequently to oversee the restaurant to ensure that quality remains at the high standards they’ve set. So fortunate to be able to meet him in person!


Osmanthus Pi-Pa Duck ($32 for half, $62 for whole)

Shisen Hanten serves Pi-Pa duck at its best. Coated in a sweet savoury glaze, the Osmanthus Pi-Pa Duck is roasted together with osmanthus flowers with aroma that seeps into the meat during the roasting process. The result is tender succulent meat with a floral hint. The accompanying osmanthus sauce may come across as overwhelming to some with its excessive sweetness and overly generous osmanthus specks. The meat itself needs no sauce –it’s perfect on its own.


Cold sliced jellyfish with sweet & sour sauce

While you’re there for the glorious roasted duck, don’t forget to check out the rest of dishes on the menu, which are equally impressive.


Foie Gras Chawanmushi with Crab Roe Soup ($28)

The Foie Gras Chawanmushi with Crab Roe Soup is a must-try. Multiple hidden layers include foie gras at the bottom followed by smooth silky chawanmushi, topped with a thick and chunky crab roe soup. Amazing.


Stewed fish fillet in super-spicy Szechwan pepper sauce ($26/$39/$52)

The stewed fish fillet in super-spicy Szechwan pepper sauce is another dish ubiquitous on any Sichuan restaurant menu. Tender succulent and thick slices of fish are served in a broth laced with spices. Here, the spice level is slightly toned down to cater to the constant stream of Japanese clientele.

Chen’s Mapodoufu “Stir-fried tofu in hot Szechwan pepper-flavour meat sauce served in Claypot ($20/$30/$40) is expertly done. One would usually consume Ma Po Dou Fu with plain rice. Here, rice is served in a stone bowl that’s topped with some vegetables and beansprouts. Chen’s Mapodoufu “Stir-fried tofu in hot Szechwan pepper-flavour meat sauce is poured over the rice and mixed up like a “bibimbap” (Korean mixed rice).

This ingenious way of eating Ma Po Dou Fu is oddly delicious and comforting.


Chen’s original spicy dry noodle ($12)

Another staple on the menu would be Chen’s original spicy dry noodle, tossed in an assertive sauce with bits of well-marinated minced meat.

Shisen Hanten truly impresses, with Sichuan cuisine executed with the finesse of Japanese cooking. Singaporeans are in for a treat.

The Roasted Duck Specialties menu by Master Chef Nobuyuki Sato is available for a limited time only from 12 August 2014 till the end of the month. For reservations, call 6831 6262/6266 or email shisenhanten.orchard@meritushotels.com

Singapore Food Festival 2014 -Singapore Chinese Dialect Feast @ Chinatown Food Street

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Delicacies and local dialect cuisines has been and is integrated as part of our society, of which we are recognised internationally. Starting back when the inaugurated festival first took place in 1994, the Singapore Food Festival aims to bring a satisfying dining experience to our diverse culture and spectacular cuisines, themed “A Walk Down Memory Lane” this year.

More about the various events happening across Singapore here: http://melicacy.com/?p=7382

Kick starting the festival is Singapore Chinese Dialect Heritage Feast at Chinatown Food Street, bringing nostalgia of old Singapore while patrons savour up to 20 dishes unique to their Chinese dialect.


Red Glutinous Wine Chicken

Featured Hakka dishes include the Red Glutinous Wine Chicken, aromatic from the classic use of Glutinous rice wine, ginger and sesame oil. Well prepared and marinated, the meat is tender off the bones and easily enjoyed by both the elderly and young children, with only subtle hints of the spice from the rice wine.


Traditional Hakka Yong Tau Foo

Gao Ji Food contributes to the Hakka cuisine with their authentic traditional Yong Tow Foo. “Tow Foo” refers to bean curd and “Yong” is a simplification of the Hakka dialect “Ngiong” which means ‘to stuff’. This dumpling symbolized ‘abundant wealth and prestige’ and has since the times of immigrants, Yong Tow Foo evolved as a Hakka heritage food passed down through the generations. Continue reading

Fairmont Singapore brings in Szechuan Guest Chef Su Zhen Fu of Beijing Chao Jiangnan Restaurant from 11 to 20 July at Szechuan Court Restaurant

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Poached Sliced Beef and Enoki Mushroom in Chilli Oil Peppercorn Broth ($38)

An exciting pieces of news for those who derive pleasure from the numbing and burning sensations on the tongue: Fairmont Singapore welcomes native Szechuan Chef Su Zhen Fu of Beijing Chao Jiangnan Restaurant to tantalise local taste buds at Szechuan Court Restaurant from 11 to 20 July 2014.


Dried Sliced Beef with Szechuan Pepper Hot Bean Sauce; Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs; Healthy Seasonal Vegetables tossed with Sweet Vinaigrette; Chinese Lettuce with Sesame Paste

The menu curated by Chef Su Zhen Fu will feature a plethora of Szechuan dishes, some of which not commonly available in Singapore. Continue reading

Szechuan Court at Fairmont Singapore unleashes a new menu featuring reinvented classics

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Double Boiled Bird’s nest Chicken Soup ($48)

Keeping up with modern times, Fairmont Singapore’s Szechuan Court – renowned for serving outstanding Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine in Singapore – unleashes a new menu that features reinvented classics.

It would be an arduous task to please both traditionalists and modernists at the same time, but Szechuan Court succeeds in injecting modernity in traditions seamlessly without losing the essence of Szechuan and Cantonese flavours.


Golden Mini Bun stuffed with Beancurd and Minced Pork in Hot Bean Chilli Sauce ($7.80 for 2 pieces)

In the dim sum department, novel creations include the Golden Mini Bun stuffed with Beancurd and Minced Pork in hot Bean Chilli Sauce –a medley of textures in one bite, chaperoned with a mild hit of spice.
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East Ocean Teochew Restaurant (Weekday Set Dinner @ $98++ for 4 pax)

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A Chinese restaurant easily discovered by Takashimaya dwellers but also often overlooked, East Ocean Teochew Restaurant now rolls out an attractive 6-course set dinner designed to appeal to groups of 4 at $98++. Let me break it down for you: it’s $24.50++ per person, $4++ per course. Of course nobody’s going to stop you from eating two persons’ portion if you go in pairs (like I did). Continue reading

(Father’s Day 2014) Peony Jade’s Steamed Bao with Roasted Duck and Glutinous Rice

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Steamed Bao with Roasted Duck and Glutinous Rice ($24++ for 6 pieces; dine-in subject to 10% service charge; available both dine-in and takeaway)

A time-honoured classic dish that Chinese daddies are well acquainted with, steamed pillowy white buns that are customarily paired with braised pork belly are now given a new twist at Peony Jade. Superseding the traditional filling are two layers: roasted duck and Cantonese-style steamed glutinous rice studded with Chinese sausages. Served alongside is their houseblend of sweetened hoisin sauce.

This Father’s Day special is available for a limited time only, from 9 June through 15 June 2014, at both the Keppel Club and Clarke Quay outlet. A one-day advance order is required for takeaways.

For enquiries or reservations, check out contact details here: http://www.peonyjade.com/contactus.htm

Diamond Kitchen – Classic Chinese Comfort Fare

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Lauded as the “Gem of the East” by many, Diamond Kitchen located at Laguna Park (condominium) gratifies diners from all across Singapore with its classic Chinese comfort fare and seafood offerings.

Young entrepreneurs Josh Chou and Lambert Chen, aged 30 and 27 respectively, are born into families in the jewellery business field, which gave rise to the name Diamond Kitchen. The cousins work hand in hand in establishing a cosy enclave offering hearty meals at affordable prices.


Superior Stock Clam Bee Hoon ($12/$18/$24)

The Superior Stock Clam Bee Hoon is comfort food with just the right attitude. An instant heart-warmer on sad or cold rainy days, this dish comprises vermicelli noodles stepped in heady stock scattered with clams. Served in a prodigious portion at downright decent bang for the buck, Diamond Kitchen also ensures that they secure the freshest clams possible. This was one of my favourite items that evening.


Gan Xiang Fried Rice ($8/$12/$16)

‘Gan Xiang’ is the kitchen’s magic formula made up of a blend of spices and aromatics including ginger, curry powder, chilli, lemongrass, fermented soy bean paste, onion, garlic and dried shrimp. This concoction is highly versatile; it is used to aromatise several dishes on the menu. Continue reading

Royal Pavilion at Park Regis Singapore

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The restaurant space on the ground floor of Park Regis Singapore has been given a fresh makeover, and a new modern Cantonese restaurant, Royal Pavilion, takes over.

In the day, the main dining hall is flushed with abundant natural light through floor-to-ceiling glass panels on one side. When the sun sets, the entire scene is bathed in the glow emitting from crystal chandeliers.

This elegant and contemporary restaurant seats 142 diners within its 5,000 square-foot space, encompassing six private dining rooms and one semi-private room positioned right under the grand chandelier –a highly sought-after spot.

Executive Chef Chung Ho Shi crafts a diversity of both the new world and the timeless Cantonese dishes with finesse.


Steamed Prawn Dumpling “Ha Kau” ($5.80)

To start things off, you can’t go wrong with dim sum, especially the classic Steamed Prawn Dumpling that encases plump succulent prawn. Continue reading

18th World Gourmet Summit (26 March to 5 April 2014)

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The annual World Gourmet Summit is back for its 18th edition, presenting another exciting series of culinary events that will be of great interest to lovers of fine food.

From 26 March to 5 April 2014, masterchefs from around the world – including Michelin-starred chefs Tomas Buhner, Sergi Arola, Alexandre Gauthier, Lorenzo Cogo, Sang-Hoon Degeimbre and Mathieu Viannay – will be participating in exclusive dinners, hands-on culinary workshops and educational sessions, bringing with them their own definition of classic fine dining in conjunction with this year’s theme ‘The Classics’.

Establishments that will be hosting World Gourmet Summit events are as follows: Forlino, Clifford at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, Grand Hyatt Singapore, Majestic Restaurant, Dolce Vita at Mandarin Oriental Singapore, The Prime Society, Raffles Singapore, Stellar at 1-Altitude, Tippling Club, The St. Regis Singapore, Tung Lok Signatures at Orchard Parade Hotel, Skirt at W Singapore and The White Rabbit.

22 partner restaurants – including Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare, il Lido, Table at 7 and Wooloomooloo Steakhouse – will also be presenting exclusive World Gourmet Summit menus that will be available only during these eleven days.

Highlights include the Sunday Brunch presented by The Macallan & Scottish Seafood Collaborative Group at Tamirand Hill, Rhone Valley Wine Dinner with Nicolas Perrin & International Masterchef Mathieu Viannay at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, Eu Yan Sang Dinner featuring International Masterchef Arron Huang at Majestic Restaurant, and more.

The upcoming Eu Yan Sang Dinner on 31 March 2014 featuring International Masterchef Arron Huang and Hosting Chef Yong Bing Ngen at Majestic Restaurant is an exemplar of healthy indulgence. The two acclaimed chefs will be combining their prowess in Chinese culinary with the virtues of some of the finest traditional Chinese medicinal herbs from Eu Yan Sang, presenting a well-balanced and nutritious 6-course meal.

Taiwanese Masterchef Arron Huang, President of the Association of Taipei Cooking, who is passionate about developing and expanding Taiwan’s cuisine across the globe, feels that World Gourmet Summit is a great avenue for chefs around the world to showcase their distinctive style of cooking.

Hosting Chef Yong Bing Ngen, who has over 30 years of experience under his belt, believes an accomplished Chinese chef should have a solid foundation of Chinese cooking techniques and be continuously exposed to different ingredients and produce available in the market.

Chef Arron Huang’s famous traditional Taiwanese cuisine will be served alongside modern Chinese creations of Chef Yong with a theme of ‘Classic vs Modern’. I have never encountered so many different herbs in a single meal!


Fried Roast Duck Breast and Shrimp with Chinese Angelica and Licorice (by International Masterchef Arron Huang)

We all have that preconceived notion that Chinese medicinal herbs are bitter; but with cautious and meticulous encompassment, the dishes are well balanced and never overwhelming. Continue reading

PUTIEN’s Spring Menu highlights Broad Beans, Leeks and Bamboo Clams (1 March to 31 May 2014)

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The season of spring brings about an abundance of harvest as plants bloom and bright colours blossom. PUTIEN presents a new spring menu ‘Sowing in Spring – Sprouts of Delicacy’, featuring seasonal ingredients such as broad beans and bamboo clams that are rarely available in local markets in Singapore, specially flown in and deftly prepared.

Broad beans are reaped only in spring, and in Putian’s tradition, they are all manually harvested. Blessed with fertile soil, the broad beans there have a brighter glow and softer texture.

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6-Course Peking Duck Feast set dinner at Jade Restaurant, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

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Having dined at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore’s Jade Restaurant during the a la carte dinner buffet promotion last December, memories of the superb dining experience still lingers. This season, I found another good reason to return. Jade Restaurant brings back the famed Peking Duck Feast, which will take place from now till 31 March 2014.

The 6-course Peking Duck Feast set dinner, priced at $58++ per person, features the roasted delicacy in creative ways. Continue reading