Sunday, September 21, 2014

Proud to be Teochew - 新加坡潮州节

Hello ~! Wa si Teochew nang! 

Do you know what does that means? It means I am a Teochew. I don't mean to be a disappointment, but I do not know much about my dialect group nor which part of the Teochew districts (in Guangdong ) my forefathers came frome :P

I also have very limited knowledge of the dialect itself ,  hardly speaks it and barely know how to speak Teochew.* head hangs low* Not much of a Teochew I know !! There are many like me out there who really don't know much about the culture .

Come 25th Sept Thursday, you and I can get to know more about our roots and culture !

Head down to Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza for The Teochew Festival - Teochew Me & You 2014

“The Teochew Festival is organised in conjunction with the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan’s grand 85th anniversary celebrations in Singapore”

“The tagline for this festival broadly translates as ‘We are One Teochew Family’ and the logo is an artistic rendition of a distinctive Teochew snack – the ‘png kueh’ or rice cake. Eight ‘png kueh’ are strategically interlinked in a circle to symbolise harmony, community, union and family ties.”

I like how they use the png kueh as the logo! Food really binds a family together don't you think so?
And the tagline is Teochew is " Teochew nang, ka ki nang" really resonates with me. An elderly ex colleague of Teochew descent always spoke to me in Teochew once he found out that I am Teochew as well. It kinda breaks the ice and makes the work setting less formal :)
"The Teochew Festival would be the first time that the Huay Kuan has organised a festival showcasing Teochew culture on such a large scale. The Huay Kuan hopes to give the public a vivid representation of Teochews through enlightening glimpses into their daily lives, and to a larger extent also highlight an important aspect of Singaporean Chinese culture."

Do head down to this festival after you are done with your lunch or hi tea in town. There will be more than 20 vendors at the plaza, offering delectable Teochew delicacies, chef masterclass by renowned connoisseurs, historical artefacts, unique arts performances, cultural showpieces, activities for the young and old .  

More about us Teochews :

"Comprising 20% of Singapore's Chinese population, the Teochews have had a profound influence in the development of Singapore. Prominent pioneers such as Mr Lim Nee Soon, founder of the Huay Kuan were instrumental in the country's early economic growth. They were merchants by trade and also well respected leaders within the community."

Date:  25 Sept - 5 Oct 2014 
Venue : Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
391 Orchard Road 

Admission Fee : $5

Stored value ticket: $25/$50

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The one who loves Sync Korean Fusion Bistro

+warning: photo intensive+

Does the follow terms make any sense to you? If you know what does saranghae, oppa , aigoo, ajumma means...then I can safely say that you are a K Drama fan. You should be very familiar with terms such as jiajangmyeon , topokki , japchae and bibimbap!

Many of my friends around me have been bitten by the Korean bug.. from K pop to K drama and of course to K food ! Korean food like Korean dramas are somethings that we can't live without in this day and age.

So yes, I can't live without my Korean food, so I am here to share with you about a new Korean cafe that serves pretty decent fusion korean food ! Don't say I bo jio you hor~ :)

Sync Korean Fusion Bistro is located in the popular Westgate Mall. Located on the third floor, Sync has two different dinning area, one is a informal al fresco setting, and the other is a cosy cafe setting.

Entrance to the bistro

Nice informal al fresco seating

This cafe has areas where you can be kept entertained 
with Samsung's gadgets as you take a break from all 
the delicious food .

 Here's Wei ting, my plus one for the evening , checking out 
Samsung's gadget corner

Worry that your kids will be bored? 
Don't fret! There is also a kids' corner
powered with Samsung's tablets for kids!

So cute isn't it!

Parents can dine in peace while the kids 
entertain themselves with the games :)

You can upload your food pics as you eat..
there is free wifi! and service charge!

Big table to cater to large grps :)

Place your orders via a Samsung tablet! 
Saves times and great usage of technology I say!
No need to fret if the staff are busy to serve you :) 


Ok, let's get down to business!
Time to bring out the food ! :D

Super love this pic! I like the contrast ..
Pity we changed seats after this LOL! 
I had the ice yuzu drink , while Wei ting had the hot version.

I am sure you have eaten Topokki (Korean rice cakes) before..
but don't you find it rather boring just eating rice cakes alone? 

At Sync, the rice cakes are not boring at all! 
They are accompanied by fried bacon bits and soft boiled egg! 
The spring onions add on to the color and taste as well!

Here's another look at the special Topokki with fried bacon & egg $7.90

Thanks to "You Who Came From the Stars"
for making chicken wings such a hip and trendy food! 
These Korean chicken wings ( $6.90 for 3) are slightly spicy
 and so so finger licking good!
(I was licking my fingers ..#truestory)
I am sure they go hand in hand with beer!!

How many times have you seen your fav.korean lead mixing and 
eating 炸酱面 jiajangmyeon? $12.90
The black bean sauce noodles at Sync comes with 
diced meat and pickled veggies combined with a sweet sauce. 
Personally I found this dish too overly saccharine for my taste buds. 
Perhaps this may interest those of you who loves sweet stuff :) 
* don't quite like the reflective steel 
a challenge when it comes to photo taking :P *

I must say this mixture of noodles, dumplings, sausages and veggie 
interest me the most after the chicken wings  ! 
This is fondly called the K Pot Stew $14.90
Best eaten hot! The broth is nice..but I love my stew spicier!! 
Pair it with some of Sync's very own soju infused cocktails!~ 

Jap Chae with Beef $11.90
Jap chae literally means a mixture of veggies
you can add $2.50 for a portion of beef to go with the glass noodles and veg :)

Oh gosh..I almost forgot my other fav. side dish.. 
Cheese fries with Kimchee $6.90

Who would have thought that cheese fries with diced kimchee can taste so so so good!? 
You may think that the taste buds would reject this strange marriage 
but TRUST ME! Everyone at the table was reaching out for this. 
The kimchee seem to offset the coy cheese taste
 and adds on some crunch to the fries :) 

Here's the staple Bibimbap $12.90 for rice lovers 
Mix the sesame oil and sauce throughly with the veggies  . 
What is special here is the soft boiled eggs..

Give it a good stir !
This dish somehow is abit lackluster ..
Taste wise it's just pretty normal.. Order this if 
you must eat rice :) 


The following pics are gonna cause major 
cravings please be prepared.. 

Presenting Sync's Matcha Lava Cake served with ice cream!!  $7.90

They have two other flavors : White chocolate taro &  Red bean 

These are quite out of the world! 
We enjoyed watching them flow.. and 
all cameras were on them !

The Matcha lava cake is such an eye candy ...
great for those who loves their dessert rich and creamy!

This is my fav. of all three :D
Red Bean Lava cake..
Always been a red bean fan!

* didn't take the a close up of the white choco taro  one .
 but I guess you know how it will look by now :) 

Sync Korean Fusion Bistro would be a good reason for me to travel all the way from the east to the west for!  Do drop by for some munchies if you are tired from all the shopping at the many many malls in this area! 

Address: Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive, #03-01 Singapore 608532
Tel: 6369 9913


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Enjoyable Iberico Loin dinning experience at Saboten

Being a Japanese food lover, I count Sabtoten as one of my favorite restaurant to enjoy tonkatsu . Following the closure of their outlet in Parco Millennia, they are now relocated to 313@Somerset . 

Here's  a little trivia for you :) Do you know what does Saboten means in Japanese? It's actually "cactus'' -- it embodies endurance and its thorns and flowers are symbol of growth & vitality . On that note, Saboten has been voted by Hungrygowhere as being the best tonkatsu restaurant in Singapore and they continue to bring restaurant goers new dinning experience . 

To celebrate the opening of the new 313@ Somerset outlet, Saboten has introduced the Iberico Loin Katsu, Fried Jumbo Prawn and a few grilled items to its menu .  These are only available at 313@Somerset ! 

Native to the Iberian Peninsula, acorn-fed black Iberian pigs have an ability to store fat inside —not just around— their muscle tissues and thus their meat is wonderfully marbled. 

Each set meal comes complete with free refillable Japanese imported rice, miso soup, cabbage chawanmushi, pickles and we end dinner on a sweet note, a serving of either matcha ice cream or Yuzu sorbet.   
Before we were served our main course, ( one set of Iberico Loin Katsu and one set of Fried Jumbo Prawn) , we started devouring on our side dishes: free flow of juicy, light and crispy shredded cabbage!

I have to rave about the two "oh I want to bring them home " delicious salad dressings!~ All thanks to them, we polished off few helpings of the cabbage !Oh, the cabbage is served cold and even our bowls for the cabbage are cold too so as to preserved the freshness of the veggie!

The goma dressing is creamy and very aromatic, while the ponzu (oops error in my pic) 
 dressing adds a light and fruity note to the cabbage! Really very appetizing!

Before I show you the Iberico Loin Katsu, I have to "demonstrate" how we prepare the tonkatsu sauce :)

It's time for some hands on ~You get to grind the sesame! It's quite
therapeutic preparing this...just use the special stick and go around in 
circular motions. Don't go too fast or else the sesame will be all over the table :P 

Next, add the  special formulated tonkatsu sauce
 to the grinned sesame seeds .

I wish I can have more of this! 

It has to be the smoothest chawamushi I have ever eaten!

Here's the star of the evening
Iberico Loin Katsu ($28)
See that bowl of curry? It is one of the three sauces you
 can pair with the katusu  . ( additional $3 for curry ) 

Saboten's star- Iberico Loin
Well distrubuted fats around the meat. 
It is debatable as to whether one enjoys this cut of meat. 
Personally I found it a tad chewy and tough to bite :)
However it is a very good cut of meat!  
( Husband totally loved this ) 

Goes very well with the curry :)
Here's the grated radish..very refreshing. Lighter option
compared to the other two sauces :)

Here's the other set! 
The Fried Jumbo Prawn set 
The wild catch tiger prawn is crunchy and very fresh. 
 Accompanying the prawn are crab croquette & original loin cutlet
Some of us preferred this loin cutlet as it was seemed to be easier to chew 
as compared to the Iberico one. However, the original cut has much higher fat content :P

This set is my personal preference :D 

We were also treated to this ! 
It's on the menu for a limited time 
Big fat juicy deep fried scallops! ( $12) 
Not to be missed!

Dinner ended on a sweet note! 
Choose either green tea ice cream or yuzu sorbet for dessert :) 
 The green tea ice cream barely hits the note..
I was expecting it to be thick with a bitter hint, but it was lacking in taste...
Yuzu sorbet reigns as it was very very refreshing and so light that it doesn't 
make us feel too filling

( Thanks Jaslyn & Saboten for hosting us! )

Saboten @313 Somerset
Address: 313 Orchard Road #B2-02/03 Singapore 238895
Opening hours: 11.30am-10.00pm
Tel: 6333 3432
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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Introducing New Brunch Menu @ Hotel Re!

Have you notice the buzz words of late seems to be food related? Hmm.. cafe hopping, brunch, breakfast menu... yeah, all related to food !

 If these words get you excited, then let me introduce the new brunch items at Hotel Re! :)  

*pppssss : One of the brunch item is named after me ^-^ 

Hotel Re! @ Pearl’s Hill launches healthy and nutritious brunch food items, available exclusively on weekends, from 10am to 2pm.

 This new menu, specially crafted by Executive Chef William Ang will be available from 
 6 September 2014, which is this coming weekend! 

All five brunch selections have been endorsed
by different bloggers :)
This is the pink menu, they have two other colors too!

Brunch will be served at Re!Fill cafe which is 
located at  Hotel Re!'s  lobby .

Let me share this good news with you before I bring you the 5 brunch items :) 

Enjoy 50% off brunch items on the first weekend of our launch (6th and 7th Sept) and 20% off brunch items for the subsequent weekends in September. Do bring your family and friends to enjoy this promotion ! 

You can still enjoy a 20% discount after September just by quoting "Eileen'' or any of the names of the other bloggers :) 

Jean’s Classic Breakfast
Enjoy a plate of golden hash brown, chicken sausage, baked beans, 
toasted chef's choice bread & crispy turkey bacon 
plus sauteed portobello mushroom & cherry tomatoes at the side.
* choice of eggs- scrambled, poached or sunny side up * 

Eileens Salmon Bagel
So yes, this is the brunch item endorsed by me :) 
Very apt, as I totally love salmon ! 
All the goodness in a bagel ! --smoked salmon, scrambled eggs,
 grilled tomatoes, mesclun salad all perfectly encrusted in the 
toasted bagel with homemade zesty lemon cream spread

( I normally do not eat bagel! But guess what! I ate this all up!
Totally changed my idea of bagels :)

Cheries Slipper Lobster Croissant
Nothing is short of premium when this delicious croissant is generously filled 
 with a mix of grilled slipper lobster tossed with chopping celery, 
 chive, tomato in Japanese dressing and tobiko.
 Accompanied by truffle fries, this is an irresistible and elevating dish!

Great combi of truffle fries and the slipper lobster croissant :)  
It's quite the IN thing to eat now! 

Daphne’s Egg-citing Benedict
Everyone loves a good Egg Benedict! 

After countless weeks of experimenting and perfecting his recipe, 
Chef William promise that you will be back for more of these poached eggs resting 
 on toasted English muffin base, topped with a generous serving of turkey ham 
 or smoked salmon, sautéed mushroom and grilled baby tomatoes and mesclun salad.

* can't go wrong with egg ben ! Great choice *  

Sharmaine's BeRe!Licious Pancake
Pancakes stack ! Mixed berries and pancakes drizzled
 with chocolate and strawberry sauce.  
You can  also opt for butter and maple syrup for a healthier choice!

( Not a big pancake I didn't quite finish this ) 

*Re!Fill Restaraunt does not serve pork nor use lard in their cooking :) 


Here's a bit more on Hotel Re ! 

Situated at the base of Pearl's Hill , along Chin Swee Road, Hotel Re! is surrounded by lush greenery. It is just a stone's throw from Chinatown, Clark Quay and minutes away from Orchard Road . There are a total of 140 rooms in this 12 storey hotel. Each floor in this boutique hotel has its own color theme and all the rooms on the floor resonates with the designated colour and decor .

 Do you know that the hotel was once the former Pearl's Hill Primary School?

Here's a candid shot of me and Executive Chef William Ang 
Chef Ang has 40 years of culinary experience under his belt and he is also the President of Society of Professional Chef Singapore. Chef Ang has also organzied many record breaking cooking events in Singapore ( ie: Singapore Longest Satay in 2007, Tallest & Biggest Ice Kachang record in 2006 ) He and the hotel has more record breaking events coming up ! Do keep a look out for them :)

It's just 2 days more to the weekend~ You know which brunch to try out now after reading my post don't you  * wink * ^_^  Hotel Re! of course ~! 

Note that brunch is served from 10am -2pm 

Address: Hotel Re! @ Pearl's Hill
175A Chin Swee Road, Singapore 169879

Getting Here:
Buses at Chin Swee Road: 174, 174E
Buses at Outram Park MRT: 33, 63, 75, 174, 851, 970, 174E

Nearest MRT Station: Outram Park Mrt Station (EW 16)
Exit B, turn left. Walking signs along the route

Don't fancy walking? 
Fret not~ There is a free shuttle service provided by the hotel. 


Website : Hotel Re!
Facebook : Hotel Re! Facebook

You can check out the below website for more info on the new brunch :) 
Weekend Brunch Promotion