Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy Lunar New Year 2015 !!

Here's Eileen wishing one and all, young and young at heart a very very Happy Year of the Goat . May happiness and, good health and wealth follow you where ever you are !

The goats at Ion orchard

The goats at Chinatown


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Chabuton Singapore Exclusive - The Kurobuta

With the many ramen choices we have in Singapore, sometimes it can be quite challenging when it comes to deciding which one to eat.

However, from now till 31st March 2015, , there is ONLY ONE RAMEN you should be eating!

The first ever ramen Michelin star Chef Yasuji Morizumi from Chabuton Singapore has created a new exclusive ramen just for the Singapore audience! 

 Premium Tonkotsu Ramen :-- The Kurobuta ($18.90)
The thick and creamy broth of the ramen dish is a luscious blend of tonkotsu and chicken
collagen. Not only is it great tasting, it is also highly nutritional, and may I add

great for the skin too :D The broth is flavorful and quite agreeing with my 
taste buds but a foodie friend exclaimed it was salty. 
Generally japanese ramen may taste a slight salty to some :)

How can anyone say No to this fantastic piece of pork that is 
often compared to the Kobe Beef ?
The marbled meat comes with small, fine streaks of fat that make each slice richly sweet, tender and succulent. Accompanying ingredients include bamboo shoot, Japanese leek and soft-boiled egg.
You will want more after tasting it ~

We were also treated to their 
Hitokuchi Gyoza ($5.00 8 pcs)

 Also had the
Ika Karaage (Fried Squid $5)

Both items make great snacks for sharing :)

The ramen is indeed oishi !! 
I wish there can be more than one slice of that prized pork ...  :P

Singaporeans are really in for a treat! Chabuton has recently opened their third outlet at The Star Vista! This is just five months since the opening of their first outlet in Singapore!! Congratulations !!

Do go grab a bowl or two of The Kurobuta before they run out !! Till 31st March 2015 only!!

Thanks Chabuton for having us ! 

Chabuton 313@Somerset
313 Orchard Road #B2-01
S 238895
Opening hrs: 11.30am- 10.00pm
Tel: 6636 8335

Chabuton Tampines 1
10 Tampines Central 1
#02-09/4110 Tampines 1
S 529536
Opening hrs: 11.30am- 10.00pm
Tel: 6854 0335

Chabuton @Star Vista
1 Vista Exchange Green #01-41
S 138617
Opening hrs: 11.30am-10.00pm
Tel: 6339 0335



Sunday, February 08, 2015

Tomo Izakaya Lunar New Year Menu

Being a Japanese food lover, I can safely count on Tomo Izakaya to satisfy my sushi, sashimi and yakitori food cravings ! Do you know that Tomo in Japanese means "friend' and izakaya translate to " staying in a sake shop" ? Oh yes Tomo has an extensive range of beers and sake to quench your taste.
Come this Lunar New Year festive season, Tomo has specially crafted 3 Japanese -inspired Chinese New Year set menus , offering patrons a different dinning experience. These 3 set menus comes with at least 8 course authentic Japanese dishes which are great for sharing among friends and family :)

The set we had for dinner was the $666 set good for 6-8 pax . The other two sets are priced at $333 ( 4-6pax ) and $888 (8-10 pax) Each set comes with a bottle of Sake . 

Shown here is the Appetizer set that comes with all 3 price sets
Octopus Wasabi, Unagi with cucumber, Deep fried baby river prawns
Edamame and last but not least, Simmered Duck

Love the presentation..shall give it a 3.5/5
Unagi , however, pity it was a tad dry when we ate it.  Octopus Wasabi is my favorite ! But would like a spicier version..more wasabi would be great ~!The least favorite among these would be the river prawns, quite a fair bit was left on the bowl

Here comes the super eye catching impressive Tower Yu Sheng !!
( avail.for all 3 sets) 
I love the act of tossing Yu Sheng ! But personally I don't quite like 
majority of the sweet plum sauce used in most Yu sheng.  Tomo's version isn't 
overly sweet :) Great for me and you if you are not big on sweet stuff like me ! 
The ingredients are all stacked, layer by layer, to form a tower. 
There is the ameabi on top, tobiko, kanpachi and salmon. Go easy on the sauces and oil
if you prefer a less sinful Yu Sheng :)  4/5

The Tower Yu Sheng can be ordered ala carte. There are 2 sizes
$66 ( 2-4 pax) , $128 ( 6-8 pax)

This Tenderly Braised Pork Soft Rib Bone with
Japanese Rice Cake is part of the $666 & $888 set

This totally suited Alex's palate. The meat was very tender ..
however some of us didn't quite enjoy that layer of mochi .
Quite an interesting mix thou :) 3.9/5

As you can tell by now lighting isn't ideal for photography in the private room 
But it is cozy if you are there with a group of friends :)

This is another dish that is avail.with all 3 set menu
Deep Fried Whole White Meat Fish with Japanese Yuzu sauce.
Not my kind of fish , lacking in flavour and pity the
sauce did nothing to enhance the whole experience either . 2.5/5

Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab ..
great if you are a fried food foodie :) 3/5

We called it a night with the Hokkadio Dessert Plate
Can I just that I wish there were more of these!! ? 
Mostly mochi items, each tasted great !! The red bean blended well
with the mochi balls and that matcha ball comes with a soft center ! 4.5/5

 Do take this chance to enjoy these offerings by Tomo :)
Lunar New Year is a time meant to be spent with family and friends .
Enjoy and feast on !!

Do you know that Tomo @ Clark Quay is opened till 3 am on Fri , Sat and eve of PH?
Sure makes a good place to chill out with friends! 

Tomo Izakaya@Clarke Quay
3A River Valley Road
Singapore 179020
Tel: +65 6333 0100

Opening hours 
Lunch : 12pm-3pm

Dinner : 
Sun- Thurs 
Fri, Sat & Eve of PH 

Tomo Izakaya @ Esplanade
8 Raffles Avenue
#01-09 Esplanade Mall
Singapore 038981
Tel: +65 6333 0012

Opening hours 
Lunch : 12pm-2.30pm

Dinner : 
Sun- Thurs 
Fri, Sat & Eve of PH 

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Eileen eats Oceans of Seafood Yu Sheng

As the Lunar New Year draws near, many restaurants have started offering diners a wide selection of special menus and beautifully crafted Yu Shengs to entice us foodies ! I for one loves to take part in the whole 捞鱼生 process. That spontaneous action, and the saying of good wishes for one another really makes it fun and brings out the whole festivity mood!

Here's one pretty plate of Yu Sheng to bring some New Year cheer to you this Goat year ~!

Oceans of Seafood at Pasar Belle ( The Grandstand ) brings to us the "Vibrancy of Life " . It show cases seafood flown in from Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan

Isn't it pretty with the lobster head ?

The various condiments and items for the lou hei.
Quite healthy actually ! Has walnuts and also edamame beans
Goma sauce goes very well with the selection here !

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A musical evening with the CATS

If cats are your favorite animals, then get up close and personal with them at one of the longest running Broadway musical , Cats that is now playing at Mastercard Theather at Marina Bay Sands

Alex and I were joined by some of my blogging friends last week at the Gala Opening to get to know more about these furry friends ! 

here's us with Mag and her bestie Angie :)

I stepped into the theater with no expectations or whatsoever. It is our first time watching this production. Being a Andrew Lloyd-Webber fan, I know some of the songs in the musical and soon 
started humming together to the tunes while watching the cats prancing and dancing on stage. 

Based on the book of poems “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” (1939) by T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the imaginative tale of a tribe of Jellicle Cats as they gather together for the annual Jellicle Ball, and one by one tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, who must choose one of the Cats to journey to the Heaviside Layer to be reborn into a new life

The whole stage was set up to resemble a dumpster / junk yard alley of sorts. I was quite impressed with the whole set up ! It does looked like a playground where cats would love to be at! Imagine
huge rubbish bins, and abandoned car, massive tyres, bicycles, even used tubes of toothpaste!  

Being a feline lover myself,  I simply adore the cats' costumes !
Oh and also how the 53 strong cast of 'cat'rachters  oh I mean characters / actors managed to have mastered the cat's body languages and how feline like when they moved n danced. 

As much as I like musicals, I sure didn't like it when the dance routines got a tad draggy and no one was singing nor talking during the final moments at the first half of the musical. Perhaps some narration would have been helpful at some point of the show. 

Second part of the musical was the attention grabber. Things got more lively and we were introduced to more cats who wants to be reborn into a new life. There was Rum Tum Tugger the cat that can really gyrate to the music! He reminded me of Tom Jones! You bet the ladies were screaming when he was on stage ! :D 

Another feline who steals the show would be Grizabelle , the passé or has been beauty cat who is now down and fallen. Totally love it when she sang Memory. 

Oh! And I almost forgot all about the magician cat ! He is featured in the song 'Magical Mister Mistoffelees'. A very likable character that I enjoyed watching! 

Don't miss out this entertaining musical! Catch it with your friends and family before it ends its run ! 

CATS International Tour
9 to 25 January, 2015
Venue:  MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands
Cast: The International Tour features a cast from the UK
Tuesday – Friday 8:00pm;
Saturday: 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm and 6.00pm
From $65* through to $195
* Excludes the booking fee of SGD$3 per ticket

BY PHONE:   +65 6688 8826

Thank you Amanda ( Base Entertainment ) for the kind invite :) 

Rum Tum Tugger
Rum Tum Tugger

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Have a feast at KKongdon Barbeque

Conveniently located in Safra Toa Payoh , there is a Korean BBQ buffet ! We were invited for dinner few weeks ago, thanks to KKongdon Barbeque.

The restaurant itself is quite spacious. Tables are arranged apart providing adequate privacy for each table :)

You know how we always worry that the BBQ smell will linger on our hair, clothes etc after a meal of korean bbq? Kkongdon is very thoughtful as they have installed exhaust pipes at all their tables !

 Help yourselves to a selection of banchan

Love them all !! 

Love the Deokbokki too! 
It's one of my must eat korean dish :D

Prices for the All you can eat Korean BBQ starts at $19.80++ and $12++ ( adults and children prices )

Being a meat lover, I am very pleased to know that the meats at Kkongdon are all marinated for a min.of 8 hours before serving .

Just look at the serving! 
The pork belly and the 30 days aged N.Z Sirloin cut
are great for sharing .

The chicken bugolgi was the hot favorite that night .. 

Everything is neat and nicely displayed ! 
 All the items you see here are free flow!

These are Kkongdon's special in house sauces. Goes well with the bbq meat! 
They enhances the aromas and flavors for a lip smacking experience!

time to cook our meat!

I love to eat the meats this way!  Wrap 
them up with the lettuce!

Apart from the scrumptious selection from the BBQ buffet menu, 
you can also try the ala carte menu highlights at at 
friendly add on prices for a well rounded Korean feast !
Here's the bibimbap 

My personal favorite would be this !
Beef Rib soup ( Galbitang )
Made from ingridents imported from Korea, the soup is pretty 
authentic and flavorful! Meat is also very tender ..

We ended our feast with fruits!

Kkongdon also have very affordable set lunches for the lunch crowd 
K-razy Set Lunches comes complete with free flow of kimchi and side dishes. 
You can choose from Ginseng Chicken ( $12.80++) and Pork Belly Kimchi Ramen ( $9.80++) 
There is also Group set lunches, great for lunch get together with your colleagues or department! 
There are five different Group set lunches priced at $12.80++per person ( min.order of 2 pax) each sets consist of different bbq meats and paired with either Kimchi Tofu soup or hot noodles ., These set lunches are available daily at all outlets from 11am- 2.30pm.

Djitsun Mall

5 Ang Mo Kio Central 2,
Singapore 569663

Tel: 6452 5171
Daily 11am -10:30pm

SAFRA Toa Payoh
293 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh
Singapore 319387
Tel: 6258 9050

Mon – Fri:
Lunch 11am – 3pm
Dinner 5.30pm to 10pm
Sat, Sun, eve of PH & PH:
11am – 10:30pm

Parkway Parade
#02-31 Parkway Parade,
80 Marine Parade Road,
Singapore 449269
Tel: 6346 3391

Daily 11am -10:30pm


Sunday, January 04, 2015

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

Greetings you lovely people ! I sure hope there is still that one kind soul who is still reading my blog :)
Pardon my disappearance during this last one week.. I was busy bidding good bye to 2014 and rearranging some of my usual year end thoughts and setting new goals and resolutions for myself as well as for my marriage :)  2014 had indeed been yet another exciting year for me . There was the move from my mum's to staying together with husband and in laws as well. It took awhile for me to get adjusted and I am glad that my in laws are pretty easy going people, hence so far it has been smooth sailing.

There were a few episodes of mini dramas in my life this year, of which I wouldn't be going into details of. One thing though that some of you have already know, is that I have started going for food tasting and certain media events. These does not come overnight; I am glad that my perseverance on Instagram paid off. Thanks to Instagram and how much restaurants and cafes are willing to splurge on marketing, there comes this chance for us foodie instagrammers to be able to go for food related events ! Alex couldn't be happier that he gets to enjoy all the delicious food ! 

It has been quite a fruitful 2014 and I am blessed to have a lot of good friends who continued to stay by my side through out these years.  2015 has just started and I have nothing but positivity for this brand new year ! Bring it on!! :D Let's strive on together and work towards a better life and being a better person !