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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(Dragon Boat Festival 2015) Szechuan Court, Fairmont Singapore

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Luxuriate in massive bundles of joy this Dragon Boat Festival at Fairmont Singapore’s Szechuan Court; the sizeable bamboo-leaf wrapped dumplings (weighing at a hefty 600g each) come in 4 flavours this year, available from 8 to 20 June 2015.

Stewed Spiced Pig Trotter Dumpling ($34++, 600g) -luscious stewed pig trotter complemented with mushrooms, chestnuts and black eye beans, wrapped in glistening glutinous rice.


Hong Kong-Style Rice Dumpling ($32++, 600g)

Each dumpling packed with a generous amount of quality ingredients, the Hong Kong-Style Rice Dumpling for instance encases freshly-roasted pork belly, barbecued pork, roasted duck, Japanese flower mushrooms, salted egg yolk, yellow beans, dried shrimps and chestnuts.
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(Dragon Boat Festival 2015) Peony Jade

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The smell and sightings of dumplings quickly confirms that Dragon Boat Festival is fast approaching. I have been traveling between Auckland and Singapore a lot in these couple of months, and celebratory mood amongst Asians living in New Zealand is no less pronounced. Since I was only in Singapore for a week last month, I took the opportunity to sample as many dumplings as my stomach could digest. One of those that outshines is Peony Jade, like it always has with festive offerings.


Steamed Cantonese Style Dumpling ($9.80++ per piece)

This season, 4 new flavours make an appearance ready to tantalise taste buds. The Steamed Cantonese Style Dumpling encases caramelised kurobuta pork cha siew with chestnut, salted yolk, braised peanuts and Chinese murhsoom; the Steamed Healthy Vegans Multi Grains Dumpling ($8.80++ per piece) features assorted beans; the Steamed Hokkien Style Dumpling wins votes with succulent fatty pork belly, chestnut and salted yolk.
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(Mother’s Day Special) Yummy Hampers for Mummy

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Rather than splurging on fancy dinners or lavish gifts this Mother’s Day, there are gifts that warms the hearts and tummies of mums, like the hampers from Italian organic brand, Alce Nero, and local food company, Ayam Brand. The all-in-one cooking hampers contain almost everything you need to prepare a heart-warming meal for the most important woman in your life.

Available exclusively on HealthyGourmet.sg, an online shopping portal, the meticulously assembled hampers come with specially devised recipes on top of the food products, showing you how to use the products in simple step-by-step instructions.

Packaged with a quality casserole dishware from Neoflam, an international kitchenware company, mums will be thrilled by the fine addition to her kitchen gadgets.

The Ayam Brand ‘Local Delights’ Hamper is packed with Ayam Brand Nyonya Curry, Ayam Brand Coconut Cream (270ml), Sardines in Water (120g), Baked Beans (425g), Sliced Peach (410g) along with the casserole dishware and recipes.

The hampers will be available till the end of May 2015, exclusively on healthygourmet.sg.

(Mother’s Day Special) Pure Love by Bakerzin

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Bakerzin hardly ever disappoints when it comes to cakes. This Mother’s Day, there are three variants of celebratory cakes, named Pure Love, Classic Love, and Tender Love. Whichever you pick, mum will get the hint of your love for her.


Pure Love ($55.65, serves 10 to 12 pax)

Underneath the coating of white, rich Chantilly cream, is a vibrantly hued red dragonfruit sponge cake with a layer of white cream cheese.

The colourful myriad of berries and dragonfruit that adorn the cake barely gives hints to that striking pink beneath. Who would’ve thought dragonfruit would work so well in a cake?

The cake is deliciously moist and not too sweet –definitely a clever choice this Mother’s Day.

The other flavours, Classic Love and Tender Love, feature (flourless) chocolate cake and the brand’s iconic tiramisu respectively.

The Mother’s Day cakes are available for orders at bakerzin.com and at all eight Bakerzin stores islandwide (last day for orders is 7 May 2015, 2pm). Customers can make arrangements to either pick up their selected cakes personally from an outlet of their choice (except Gardens by the Bay) or have them delivered directly to mum.

Bakerzin outlets:
Jurong Point
Paragon
Tampines 1
United Square
Vivo City
MyVillage (Serangoon Gardens)
Gardens by the Bay
Connexion@Farrer Park

(Mother’s Day Special) Heart of Youth cake from Swensen’s

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Heart of Youth ($51++)

Swensen’s presents something really special this Mother’s Day; the Heart of Youth ice cream cake has more to its name than just its youthful façade.

Pretty in baby pink, the piping jelly encases vanilla ice cream swirled with chocolate fudge chunks. Adding to its charm is the outline of pearl cream, and a white chocolate crown enclosing a delicate adornment of sugar flowers and berries.

One of the best gifts to a mum is her youth, and the Heart of Youth cake will grant her just that. The cake is infused with a healthy dose of Marine Collagen, a natural supplement renowned worldwide for its anti-aging properties. Mums will be glowing with healthy skin and stronger bones!

The Heart of Youth cake is available at all Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s outlets from 23 April to 10 May 2015.

For more information, visit swensens.com.sg

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“The Best of Thai” at Escape Restaurant & Lounge, One Farrer Hotel & Spa (2 to 16 April 2015)

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One Farrer Hotel & Spa in Singapore collaborates with Guest Chef Aek Charttrakul and his team from the Thailand Culinary Academy to present “The Best of Thai” from 2 to 16 April 2015.

Before I begin with the food, I have to say that I am very impressed (unexpectedly) by the overall feel of his hotel, having stepped foot here for the first time. This relatively new five-star hotel, located away from the bustling city centre, strikes one as being built to anticipate the arrivals of diplomats and VIPS at first glance. As you enter the hotel, you are welcomed by a sense of sophistication. Art pieces grace the spacious lobby, with soothing music playing in the background.

At Escape Restaurant & Lounge, white linen tablecloths give the restaurant a clean and classy look, albeit too formal for buffet pleasures I feel, but nonetheless comfortable. The theatrical open kitchen grants diners unobstructed views of chefs in action. The crowd was a little sparse on last Friday evening, which was good for me because I enjoy the quiet peace and less people swarming around the buffet line, but I don’t think the restaurant will enjoy such peace for a long time, especially when more people start knowing about what a gem this place is.

Plain white plates are glued into sculptures of art and hidden away in display cabinets, replaced by various shapes and sizes of ornate dinnerware that are totally “instagram-worthy”. This is where you can truly show off your incredible food plating creativity. Continue reading

Afternoon Tea Set ($28++ for 2 pax) at O’Coffee Club

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O’Coffee Club launches an Afternoon Tea Set priced at just $28++, offering great value for money spent. The three-tiered set, filled with an array of sweet and savoury treats, is designed to feed 2 guests generously, allowing room for a 3rd friend to share the enjoyment. Served between 3pm to 5pm daily from now till 30 April 2015, the Afternoon Tea is available at selected outlets (Millenia Walk, Paragon, Raffles City, Wheelock Place, Wisma Atria and Changi Airport Terminal 3). That said, there might be plans to involve its other outlets.


Red Berry Tea (U.P $7.20)

Also included in the Afternoon Tea set are hot beverages, pick any 2 from O’Coffee Club’s range of premium coffees such as latte and cappuccino, or from a selection of gourmet Gryphon teas.

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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

Discover the ‘Unofficial Official History of Singapore’ with Tiger Beer

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So it seems, Singapore was not the only great thing born in 1965; the first Tiger Beer can was also introduced that year. In conjunction with the nation’s upcoming golden jubilee celebrations, Tiger Beer launches a campaign seeking to explore the origins of some of Singapore’s icons in a light-hearted manner to, which looks to inspire Singaporeans to take a fresh perspective on the history of Singapore. Continue reading

Goodwood Park Hotel’s Durian Fiesta ever: 16 March to 2 August 2015

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Singapore’s Goodwood Park Hotel’s biggest Durian Fiesta ever is happening from 16 March to 2 Auguest 2015, starring six new creations adding to the line-up of durian-centric goodies, twice as many varieties as usual. Since its introduction in 1983, this annual fair has been winning the crowds with D24 and Mao Shan Wang durians’ luxuriously creamy flesh and sweet aroma.
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10th Edition Singapore Restaurant Week, 14th-22nd March 2015

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Shrimp with Tropical Fruit Salsa from Lime House

The bi-annual Singapore Restaurant Week is what food aficionados always look forward to, with over 100 of Singapore’s most celebrated restaurants offering special 3-course menus at just $25++ and $35++ for lunch and dinner respectively, or a supplement of $15++ and $20++ for lunch and dinner for Dining City Star-Awarded restaurants. It’s a great opportunity to get a taste of some of the best restaurants in Singapore, some of which you would otherwise find no occasion to splurge at.


Milo Dinosaur from PORTICO

Coinciding with the island-wide celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday (SG50), the theme for this edition, “Something Old, Something New – A Modern Take on Comfort Favourites”, is a way of paying tribute to the milestone year. Putting the chefs skills and creativity to the test, each restaurant will be presenting their own inventions based on the theme, taking childhood or traditional comfort foods and remix them with their own contemporary twist.


Pluma Iberica from UNA

I’ve picked out some restaurants that I’ve tried and personally liked, and sorted them according to categories (with links to read about my dining experiences) centring around “dining companions” based on the ambience and level of formality, so when you’re planning a meal with your other half, best friend, colleagues, school mates, or parents, this might make it easier to pick a restaurant that best suits the circumstance. Continue reading

(Lunar New Year 2015) Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant

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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

Pool Grill at Singapore Marriott Hotel’s Italian Business Set Lunch Menu ($33++)

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Pool Grill at Singapore Marriott Hotel launched an Italian Business Set Lunch Menu to reach out to corporate executives looking to take business meetings to serene environs in the midst of the bustling city. The undisturbed poolside restaurant is conducive for business meetings, matched with the convenient location and value-for-money set lunches.


Pan-Fried Red Snapper, Taggiasca Olives, Asparagus Ravioli

Available from 2nd February to 1st March 2015, 11am to 3pm daily, the Italian Business Set Lunch Menu is a weekly changing 3-course menu, priced at $33++ per person, inclusive of unlimited flow of iced teas and hot beverages. Continue reading