Friday, 24 February 2017

Tease Your Palate with Fish Prepared in Innovative Styles at Be A Flying Fish (鱼乐飞) at MH Mall, Shenzhen


With my new colleagues

Be A Flying Fish (鱼乐飞),  MH Mall is part of the Mission Hills Centreville located within the largest golf resort in the world - Mission Hills, Shenzhen.

The restaurant specialises in fish prepared in innovative styles, guaranteed to pique the palates of those who love fish. As the name implies, the fish is so tasty that one literally feels like 'flying'.

Here are some of my favourite dishes:

凉拌皮蛋 (Chilled Century Eggs)- RMB16

I don’t usually fancy century egg but I am quite impressed with Be A Flying Fish (鱼乐飞)'s version. It has a translucent orange hue instead of the usual charcoal black colour which makes it look much more appetising. Traditionally, century eggs were made by preserving chicken or duck eggs in a mixture of salt, lime and ash and wrapping in rice husks for several weeks. This helps to raise the PH of the egg, the chemical process breaks down the proteins and fats into smaller complex flavours. After the egg is chilled, it is served with soya sauce and topped with chilli. The yolk has a creamy consistency while the white has a gelatinous texture. Cool and refreshing, it helps to whet one’s appetite before the main meal.

韭菜鸡蛋干 (Sliced Egg White with Leek) - RMB18

Resembling beancurd, this is another popular appetiser. The egg white is sliced thinly and has a firm, pleasant texture. It is accompanied with leek giving it a fragrant and crunchy flavour.

麻辣鱼皮(Fish Skin in Mala Sauce) - RMB36

A traditional Szechuan favourite, this will tantalise your palate and titillate your senses. The fish skin is chewy and delectable and goes well with the mala sauce which consists of Szechuan peppercorn, chilli pepper and various spices simmered in oil. Spicy, numbing and delicious.

金牌酸菜鱼 (Signature Fish with Preserved Vegetables)--RMB148

For the mains, the signature fish with preserved vegetables is my ultimate favourite. It consists of boiled and fried fish cooked in a tangy, flavourful broth which is meticulously prepared with preserved papaya, preserved vegetables, ginger, bamboo shoot and chilli and enhanced with sliced lemon. The marriage of tangy, spicy and savoury flavours makes it absolutely delightful.

招牌脆鱼锅 (Signature Crispy Fish served in a Pot) - RMB 158 

The fish is tender, delicious and crisp as we heard that the fishes are farmed and fed only with soybeans. Topped with peppers, green and red chilli and served in a huge pot, it delivers gratification in every bite.

Enjoying 金牌酸菜鱼 (Signature Fish with Preserved Vegetables)

The entrance

Be A Flying Fish (鱼乐飞) is located at L304-306. For more enquiries, please call 
0755 -21002527; 4008818632 or email 3215772073@qq.com. Alternatively, kindly visit www.yulefei888.com.


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

SBCD Korean Tofu House - New Authentic Korean Tofu House at Tanjong Pagar Centre

Indulging in authentic Korean dishes

Korean soft tofu stew is my ultimate comfort food. I just love the silky, smooth beancurd and the spicy, flavourful broth, which is nourishing to the heart, body and soul.

New kid on the block, SBCD Korean Tofu House, located at Tanjong Pagar Centre offers one of the best Korean tofu stews in town. The ambience is bright, spacious and comfortable and furnishings are mainly in earthy tones. The walls are embellished with history of Korean silken tofu. Launched on 10 January this year, SBCD Korean Tofu House specialises in a variety of soontofu (Korean soft tofu soup), where the “soon” in “soontofu” means soft. You can choose from traditional versions such as seafood and original (with beef and pork) to innovative ones such as ham and cheese and abalone.

Chef making soontofu in the kitchen

Special hot stone rice cooker, 15 minutes 20 seconds

SBCD upholds the kitchen philosophy of serving uplifting and complete meals, and every soontofu dish is created with passion and mastery with soft, silken tofu that is hand-made from scratch daily. 

Piping hot soontofu (Korean silken tofu)

The broth is prepared in four different levels of spiciness including mild, medium, spicy and crazy hot.

Ham and cheese tofu stew

The ham and cheese tofu stew ($19.90) was served first. Initially, I was a little sceptical to try it as it sounded a little too adventurous for my liking. The broth is a little thicker and has more body than the usual tofu stew and there is a certain degree of sweetness to the stew. I was pleasantly surprised.

Abalone tofu stew

The abalone tofu stew ($29.90) has a briny, oceanic taste which will definitely captivate seafood aficionados. It abounds with generous servings of fresh abalone, clam, shrimp, squid and mussels.

For the purist at heart, I recommend that you go for the original version which is clear and tasty and boiled using pork and vegetables. You can choose to have it with either pork or beef. 

Traditional seafood tofu stew


The traditional seafood tofu stew ($19.90) topped with clam, shrimp, squid and mussel is a hot favourite too.  

I am not a spice fanatic as I feel that if the broth is too spicy, it will overshadow the flavours of the ingredients. Mild or medium levels are perfect for me. SBCD’s tofu has a velvety smooth yet, firm texture which makes it absolutely irresistible.

LA Galbi

For the mains, my favourite is the LA Galbi (BBQ short ribs - $35.90). The ribs are well-seasoned and grilled to perfection, satiating my senses to the very last mouthful.

Prawn tofu pancake

For the sides, you can go for the prawn tofu pancake ($19.90). Crisp on the outside and juicy inside, it will leave your taste buds yearning for more. The combination of prawn and tofu gives it contrasting textures and flavours, making every bite a gratifying one.

Banchan (side dishes)

A typical Korean meal is never complete without banchan (side dishes). At SBCD, you can look forward to kimchi, spicy squid strips, pickles and seaweed which are refillable. The yellow crocker fish is very tasty but unfortunately it is not refillable.

With Managing Director, Mr Brian Park (left) and Founder and CEO, Mr Kevin Nam

SBCD Korean Tofu Stew is definitely one of my favourite Korean tofu stew restaurants in Singapore. Prices are slightly on the higher side. However, the quality and variety make it worth a visit. Thank you Brandon and Nisha for the invite.

The entrance

SCBD Korean Tofu House is located at 7 Wallich Street, Tanjong Pagar Centre, #B1-01/02, Singapore 078884. The restaurant is open from Mondays to Sundays from 11.30am to 10pm. The main dining area can accommodate up to 96 diners. Private dining rooms are also available. For enquiries, please call 6386 6441 or email sbcdsingapore@gmail.com or visit their official facebook page here.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Classic Lunar New Year Creations at Gu Ma Jia Restaurant


Indulging in stir-fried beehoon with clams

Lunar New Year is approaching and it is time to plan a reunion dinner with your loved ones. To herald the Year of the Rooster, Gu Ma Jia has introduced the Prosperity ($768) and Peach ($599) set menus which comprise many delectable auspicious creations. At Gu Ma Jia, delightful dishes are prepared using traditional recipes and fresh ingredients, reinforcing the fact that the restaurant offers quality, home-cooked food devoid of MSG and artificial seasoning.

Crab meat and fish maw soup

I was glad to be invited to savour some of the main highlights from the Peace and Prosperity Menu. The crab meat and fish maw soup abounds with generous ingredients, imparting a familiar home-cooked flavour to the soup. It is very comforting and evokes a sense of nostalgia with every mouthful.

Ginseng fortune chicken

My favourite is the classic ginseng fortune chicken which is nourishing and delicious. The chicken is boiled with dang gui and red dates in a flavourful broth till it is soft and tender.

Steamed prawns with Gu Ma's homemade sauce

Another highlight is the steamed prawns with Gu Ma’s homemade sauce. The prawns are fresh, sweet and succulent and the savoury sauce prepared using XO sauce and other condiments complements the prawns very well.

Broccoli with macadamia nuts and fresh scallop

The broccoli with macadamia nuts and fresh scallop is an all-time favourite. I like the fact that macadamia nuts are used instead of walnuts as they are packed with minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health and wellness. They also add sweetness and a crunchy texture to the dish.

Steamed garoupa with soya sauce

Fish is always an important dish in any Lunar New Year meal as it symbolises abundance throughout the year. The steamed garoupa with soya sauce has a fresh, delicate texture which is enhanced with the savoury soya sauce. 

Steamed lotus leaf rice

The steamed lotus leaf rice is one of the restaurant’s popular dishes. It is cooked with chicken, pork, black mushrooms and Chinese sausage and has a pleasant aroma and wholesome taste. The gentle fragrance makes it irresistible the minute you unwrap the lotus leaf. 

Stir-fried beehoon with clams

Another signature dish of the restaurant which is available throughout the year is the stir-fried beehoon with clams. The beehoon is stir-fried with homemade chicken stock. Clams and egg are then added to give it a sweeter flavour. Light, healthy and delightful, it left me craving for more.

Sea bird's nest with wolfberry and dried longan

To end your auspicious meal on a sweet note, I would recommend the sea bird's nest with dried wolfberry and dried longan.

 It is refreshing and rejuvenating and is believed to contain anti-ageing properties.

 With my baby boy, André Aaron and Kow Meng, from MediaCorp

With Agnes from AT Marketing Consultancy, Gwyn from Gu Ma Jia and Baby André Aaron

Gu Ma Jia is located at 45 Tai Thong Crescent ,Sennett Estate, 347866.
For reservations and enquiries, please call 6285 2023. For more information, please visit here.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Café Introduces Exciting New Creations


Posing beside Hello Kitty life-sized figurine

Launched in May last year, Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Café is known for its kawaii décor which sets many hearts aflutter. Drawing inspiration from Singapore’ s National Flower, the Orchid, the café  is embellished with fresh, beautiful orchids and resembles a glasshouse set in a garden.

The retail section

Although Kitty elements can be found in every nook and corner, the café is tastefully designed and takes on a minimalist and elegant approach, focusing on the floral paradise experience. There is also a retail section where fans can purchase Singapore-exclusive merchandise such as tea blends, plush toys and postcards.

Recently, Hello Kitty Café has introduced interesting new creations on the à la carte menu which marry the best of the East and West. 

Seafood Chowder Lagoon

Start your meal with the tasty seafood chowder lagoon ($9.90) which brims with smoked salmon and fresh mussels, This rich, tasty soup is accompanied with crispy buttery garlic toast.

Captain's Kapitan Curry

The café’s rendition of Kapitan curry chicken (Captain's Kapitan Curry - $18.90) – Penang’s ubiquitous dish hits all the right notes. It is served piping hot with plump, succulent chunks of chicken tossed in a unique blend of aromatic local spices such as ginger, lemongrass, chillies and lime leaves. With bread, it is simply delicious, delivering gratification with every mouthful.

Kitty Goes Fishing

Another new creation I enjoyed is Kitty Goes Fishing ($24.50). The red sea barramundi is creatively assembled with colourful ingredients such as asparagus, tomato and mango salsa. The crust is delicately seasoned and enveloped in a macadamia nut crust which is then baked to a golden brown hue, resulting in a nice, crumbly texture. The lovely combination of the ingredients creates a perfect harmony of different flavours and textures. The homemade mango salsa enhances the taste with its refreshing, tangy flavour. The best thing is that the barramundi is an excellent source of Vitamins A, B, D and Omega-3 fatty acids! 

Cowabunga! Wagyu

For those who like beef, you must not miss the Cowabunga! Wagyu ($24) which consists of premium cuts of Wagyu beef slow-cooked to tender perfection in a fragrant and flavourful rendang gravy accompanied with a delightful medley of diced onions, pineapples, carrots and cherry tomatoes. The beef tastes great with Japanese rice and tantalising Mesclun salad drizzled with Ponzu sauce.

Oops Kitty Did It Again!

For the sides, opt for Hello Kitty Did It Again! ($8.90)! The fries are deep-fried to the precise degree of crispness and topped with sea salt and parmesan cheese. Add some lime ketchup to give it a zesty flavour.


Banana Forest

Bring your meal to a sweet conclusion with Banana Forest ($15.90) which features caramelised bananas wrapped in a unique pastry skin and baked to golden brown perfection. True to its name this dessert resembles a mini forest with chocolate soil, juicy berries, creamy vanilla and a drizzle of homemade vanilla sauce.


Baby André Aaron can't wait to eat his dessert

Kitty Blush and Cumbernade

You may also want to accompany your dessert with the café's revitalising mocktails such as Kitty Blush ($7.90), a rejuvenating concoction of watermelon juice, basil and soda water and Cumbernade ($7.90), an energising and fizzy blend of cucumber syrup, lemonade and soda water. 


The entrance

Hello Kitty Orchard Garden café is located at the Arrival Hall Central, Changi Airport Terminal 3, #01-22.  For enquiries, please call 6241 6127. The café only accepts reservations on weekdays. As it is open 24 hours, you may want to dine during off-peak hours to avoid the queue. For more information, please visit here.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

The Common Man Coffee Roasters is Arguably One of the Best Brunch Places in Town!


With my former colleagues

The Common Man Coffee Roasters café is one of the best brunch places in town. This unique concept is a collaboration between Harry Grover, Five Senses Coffee (Australia) and the Spa Esprit Group. 

The setting is casual and understated with an Aussie feel to it. Coffee connoisseurs love to relax around the bar area and chat with the Baristas while waiting for their coffee to be served. Be enthralled by the different kinds of coffee making equipment including filters, French press, machines and beans.

This 3-year old café offers hearty brunch favourites, healthy salads, pastas, burgers and delightful desserts. Every item on the menu is crafted with passion to suit the even the most discerning palate. There are also vegetarian and gluten-free dishes for those who desire healthier options.

Hot mocha

For a start, I would recommend the aromatic hot mocha ($7). The fresh aroma and rich flavour will definitely perk you up in the morning. What fascinated us was the coffee art which was crafted delicately and seamlessly.

Common Man Full Breakfast

For those with a gargantuan appetite, go for the Common Man Full Breakfast ($27) which consists of free-range organic eggs in any style, back bacon, pork sausage, confit herbed tomato, vegetable rosti, minted sour cream, portobello mushroom, house-made chorizo baked beans with artisanal sourdough or pepita toast. It is a very substantial meal which delivers gratification in every bite and gives you your much needed energy boost for the day.

Orechiette pasta

I liked the orecchiette pasta ($28) with squid Bolognese with chopped basil, pancetta and shaved pecorino. Orecchiette pasta originates from the Puglia region in Italy and it is shaped like ears (hence the name Orecchiette, which means little ears in Italian). What I really like about the orecchiette pasta is that it is able to absorb the sauce very well. It goes well with the robust Bolognese sauce and the basil adds a fragrant, minty taste to the overall taste, while the pancetta and shaved pecorino enahanced the intensity of the flavours.

Fish burger

The fish burger ($26) was another all-time favourite. The patty was made in house and was sandwiched between a fluffy, brioche bun. The crispy patty and soft bun provided a lovely contrast of flavours, embellished with creamy coconut bok choy and grilled tomatoes and accompanied with tasty fries.

Common Man churros

We concluded our meal on a wonderful note with the sugar-dusted Common Man churros ($12) served with decadent chocolate sauce. The churros were a tad too sweet for us, however the I like the crisp exterior and the soft interior.

The Common Man Coffee Roasters is located at 22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore 238058. It is open on Monday to Sunday from 7.30am to 6pm. The last order is at 5pm. 

For enquiries, please call 6836 4695 or visit here.


Thursday, 22 December 2016

Delicious Handmade Noodles at I Want My Noodle


Indulging in Aromatic Prawn Noodles

I am an avid fan of noodles, especially springy noodles which are made from scratch with fresh ingredients. I discovered I Want My Noodle by chance when I went for a medical check-up at Raffles Medical Clinic at Shaw Centre. I Want My Noodle is a one-year old noodle house located at level three of the revamped extension of Shaw Centre next to the popular Chinese casual dining restaurant, Xi Yan.

The interior

This humble and rustic noodle house is helmed by first-time entrepreneur Derrick Quah who prides his noodles on freshness and quality. He mastered the art of making noodles from his mother and mother-in-law. Every item on the menu is handcrafted painstakingly in house with ingredients sourced from wet markets. What is noteworthy is that the dishes are crafted with love using fresh and natural ingredients and are devoid of MSG, preservatives, additives and colouring.

The noodles at I Want My Noodle are chewy, tasty, springy and retain a firm bite. What is unique is that many of the creations are a mish-mash of different ingredients and seasoning.

My Truffle Oil Noodle

My Truffle Oil noodle ($9.90) consists of freshly made egg noodles tossed in a special braised sauce made using chicken and mushroom and enhanced with white truffle infused olive oil. It is tantalising with the gentle, earthy taste of truffle oil. Stewed mushrooms and perfectly soft boiled egg are added, making the noodles simply delish and slurp-worthy.

My Aromatic Prawn Noodle

My favourite noodle is My Aromatic Prawn Noodle ($14.50) -  a Thai inspired prawn noodle tossed in a fragrant tom yum sauce prepared with prawn heads and a variety of spices including lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce and crushed chilli peppers. The noodles are generously topped with tiger prawns and prawn crackers which resembled shoe string fries. The noodles are a twist from the usual local prawn noodle soup and is a delightful mix of savoury and spicy flavours. The flavours are well-balanced, making me crave for more.

Shrimp Wanton Soup

The Shrimp Wanton Soup ($7.90) deserves special mention too. It is slowly simmered with fresh and dried seafood, resulting in a broth which is hearty and tasty. Wolfberries are added to give it a slightly sweet flavor and to increase the nutritional value of the soup (wolfberries are believed to be beneficial to vision). The wantons consist of shrimps wrapped in a thin, soft skin. Every mouthful bursts with homely goodness, satiating the taste buds of diners.

The entrance

I Want My Noodle is located at 1 Scotts Road, #01-14/15 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208. It is open from 11am to 9pm daily. For more information, please visit the noodle house's facebook page here.