May 19, 2019

The Alley Luxe @ Cineleisure Orchard ~ Famous Taiwanese Tea Brand Opens Flagship Store At Orchard Road

Do we need more sweetness in our life? Apparently yes. Even more so when it's in the form of brown sugar deerioca milk from The Alley.

Since its launch in 2013, the Taiwanese beverage brand quickly gained popularity and expanded to about 300 outlets worldwide including Canada, USA, France, China, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and Australia. The Alley finally arrived in Singapore when its Jewel Changi Airport outlet opened on 17th April this year.

Fast forward to a month later on 18th May, The Alley launched its flagship store at Cineleisure in the heart of Orchard Road!

May 16, 2019

Paradise Dynasty Opens NEW Outlet At Suntec City! FREE Limited-Editon Brown Sugar Lava Xiao Long Bao!

Paradise Dynasty has launched a brand new outlet at Suntec City Mall!

No doubt this latest addition would bring much convenience to the working professionals working in the area who are hankering for Paradise Dynasty's famed xiao long bao offerings. But even if you're not anywhere nearby, there's a very good reason to purposefully travel over to the Suntec outlet because of the..... Brown Sugar Lava Xiao Long Bao!

Yes, you read it right! Inspired by the brown sugar pearl milk trend, the kitchen team has specially developed this exclusive exciting offering to commemorate the new outlet opening.

May 09, 2019

Chen's Mapo Tofu @ Jewel Changi Airport ~ The Mapo Tofu Dish By The Sister Concept Of Michelin-Starred Shisen Hanten Is A Must-Try!

The mapo tofu dish at Michelin-starred Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro at Mandarin Orchard Singapore is so immensely well-received that it spanned off a sister concept, Chen's Mapo Tofu.

Located at Downtown Gallery, the brand became accessible to the wider audience in a casual and fuss-free dining environment.

Guess what, Chen's Mapo Tofu has now opened its latest outlet at Jewel Changi Airport! You can find it inside Five Spice, a foodcourt offering various Asian cuisine, and modelled after the local hawker scenes.

May 02, 2019

Don Don Donki Opens Sweet Potato Factory At Singapore's Changi Airport Terminal 3. Check Out The Exclusive Products!

Don Don Donki, the Japanese discount chain with presence in Singapore's Orchard Central, 100AM, City Square Mall and upcoming Novena Square 2 has just opened a spin-off outlet at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on 1st May 2019!

Named Sweet Potato Factory by Don Don Donki, you will find their immensely-popular baked sweet potatoes, as well as a range of sweet potato snacks and drinks offerings. Some of which are new and exclusively available at this airport store only!

Best, you can get it any day any time as the store is opened 24 hours daily.

April 29, 2019

Crystal Jade Restaurants Launches Parents' Day Promotion With Exclusive Dishes, Specially-crafted Set Menus, And More!

In case anyone needs a reminder, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May, and we do the same for Father's Day on the third Sunday of June here in Singapore. It is not uncommon to see most families having a meal together to mark their appreciation for the mother and father in their life.

It's time to start thinking about where to eat!

To help you with the planning, here's sharing that Crystal Jade is launching their 'Parents' Day' promotion from 3rd May to 30th June this year with an array of exclusive dishes and specially-crafted set menus.

Let's have a look at the menu highlights from the various restaurants under the Crystal Jade group.

April 26, 2019

Ho Fook Hei Soy Sauce Chicken @ Great World City ~ Well-Executed, Comforting Cantonese Dishes By Joyden

Ho Fook Hei can be quite a mouthful for those who don't speak the Cantonese dialect. It took me quite some time to get it right oops.

Meaning 好福气 or good forturne, the auspiciously-named casual dining eatery located on the first floor of Great World City (near the office towers) serves its signature rose wine soy sauce chicken, and a medley of authentic Cantonese specialties prepared with time-honoured recipes passed down from generations.

Seems that this latest concept by locally-owned Joyden group of restaurants is very well-received by diners as Ho Fook Hei was packed when we visited on a weekday evening for dinner.

April 22, 2019

Pince & Pints Launches All-New CRAB Dishes At Duxton Road Outlet

It's not just about "everything lobster" at Pince & Pints anymore!

Since March this year, the lobster specialty restaurant and bar has started serving five all-new crab dishes exclusively at its Duxton Road outlet. We're not going to ditch those premium live lobsters and the yummy signature lobster rolls anytime soon of course but..... what's not to love about having more crustacean goodness on the already well-loved menu?

The more pincers, the merrier! Yummy ones of course lol!

April 19, 2019

Yun Nans 云海肴 @ Jewel Changi Airport ~ Largest Yunnan F&B Chain With Over 150 Outlets In China Is Now Opened In Singapore!

Having never been to China before, my limited connection to the culturally-rich nation is mostly through their cuisine. Okay, C-dramas like Yanxi Palace as well lol!!!

Now we can get an experience of "gao yuan liao li" or Highland cuisine right here in Singapore. Yun Nans (known in China as 云海肴 "Yun Hai Yao"), the world's largest Yunnan F&B chain with over 150 outlets, has opened its first store in 10 years and the first out of China at Jewel Changi Airport.

Our meal at Yun Nans did not miraculously teleport us to China, but gave us a valuable inkling of what food from the highlands is like.

April 12, 2019

Shake Shack Singapore Opens At Jewel Changi Airport! Expect Delicious Burgers & Singapore-Exclusive Menu!

The most anticipated F&B opening of the year for us here on our sunny island could possibly be..... Shake Shack Singapore!

Finally, the famed burger chain will be opening at Jewel Changi Airport on 17th April 2019. This is their first restaurant in South East Asia.

Let's say hello to Shake Shack's signature items including the ShackBurger, Shack-cago Dog, classic crinkle-cut fries, craft beer, concretes (frozen custard ice-cream), and... Singapore-exclusive menu! Yay!

April 09, 2019

Classic Afternoon Tea: The Orchard @ The Lobby Lounge, Hotel InterContinental Singapore ~ Best Way To Spend The Afternoon With These Delightful Treats

The Lobby Lounge at Intercontinental Singapore might not have any scenic views to boost of, but it undeniably counts as one of the most elegant hotel lounges in Singapore.

That is where my friends and I will often adjourned to for light bites and drinks after an evening of shopping at the adjoining Bugis Junction as we love the tranquil and restful ambience it offers.

When we got to know of its new Classic Afternoon Tea: The Orchard that was recently launched on 1st April, we quickly made plans to visit. Afterall, who can resist a sweet, leisurely afternoon over luscious delights hehee?

April 06, 2019

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant 萬豪軒 @ Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel ~ Exquisite Dim Sum Treasures For This April. Must Try The Chilli Crab Bun!

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant 萬豪軒 has launched its Exquisite Dim Sum Treasures for the month of April!

Diners can expect handcrafted creations such as Steamed Prawn & Black Truffle Dumpling in Squid Ink Skin ($10++ per 2pcs), Steamed Red Date Cake with Osmanthus Syrup ($6++ per 2pcs), and Steamed Quail Egg Pork Siew Mai ($8++ per 2pcs), on top of the usual Cantonese dim sum offerings that's already on the lunch menu.

We wasted no time on checking it out, and quickly found our favorite which is the.....

April 02, 2019

Sora Boru, 313@Somerset ~ Casual Japanese Dining With Interesting Rice Bowls & Customisable Chirashi Dons

"Food must tasty, price must be affordable with under $10 options, place must have air-con and walkable from our office, service must be quick." To all my colleagues who often ask me for lunch recommendations with all these criteria, here it is:-

Sora Boru has recently-opened at the basement of 313@somerset.

Named after the way Japanese pronounce 'bowl', Sora Boru is a brand-new Japanese dining eatery by K Food Holdings (which also operates Chir Chir, Masizzim and Kogane Yama) serving up a variety of one-bowl meals in the form of Don Boru (rice bowls), Curry Boru (curry rice bowls), Chirashi Boru (sashimi bowls) and Noodles.

March 29, 2019

PORTA @ Park Hotel Clarke Quay ~ Find Out What Is Good From Their Refreshed Menu!

There are some places which I'm happy to visit again, and PORTA is one of them.

From the outside, nothing seems to have changed much. Its lovely premises remains as lovely as my previous visit two years back, but the all-day dining restaurant at the lobby of Park Hotel Clarke Quay has since gotten Executive Chef Alex Phan onboard to helm its kitchen.

Chef Alex's rejuvenated menu is said to present a wider repertoire of well-loved European and Mediterranean dishes, combining fresh produce sourced both globally and locally.

March 26, 2019

Maggie Joan's @ Amoy Street ~ Serving Up Fantastic Modern European Cuisine

The back lane of Gemmill Lane houses a little gem called Maggie Joan's.

Brought to us by Glen and Daniel Ballis, the same father-and-son owner behind Moosehead, the entrance to Maggie Joan's is inconspicuous, and one of my dining companions actually took a while to find the restaurant. But once you can locate it, be ready to be awed by its gorgeous industrial chic interior, and delectable food prepared by Executive Chef Seumas Smith.

It's easy to be impressed by the dining experience that Maggie Joan's offers, just like we did.

March 22, 2019

Daebak Ghost Pepper Spicy Chicken Noodles! The Spiciest Instant Noodles Ever From Malaysia!

Daebak Ghost Pepper Spicy Chicken Noodles has been dubbed the spiciest instant noodles in Malaysia. What's the fuss all about?

It turns out to be all because of the..... GHOST PEPPER!!! Though not the hottest pepper in the world, it still measures a whopping 1,000,000 Scoville heat units (SHU)! Compare this to the common bird's eye chilli (50,000 to 100,000 SHU), and Samyang's 2X Hot Spicy Chicken Ramen (8,706 to 10,000 SHU), the ghost pepper can be a real menacing challenge to push one's limits.

That's exactly where the thrill is, so we readily accepted the #canornotchallenge!

March 21, 2019

51 SOHO @ Telok Ayer Street ~ All-Day Dining Joint With Asian & Sichuan Influences. Do Try The Interesting Chinese Wine Cocktails!

51 SOHO is those kind of places where I can park myself there throughout the day, and eat my 5 daily meals lol!!! #thisishowigotfat

Depending on the hour, the menu at this newly-opened joint at 51 Telok Ayer Street changes to suit different needs, beginning with breakfast options in the morning, one-bowl meals for a convenient lunch, to hearty mains for dinner. Light bites are available as well.

While the all-day dining concept is not entirely new, 51 SOHO's interesting offerings and beautiful space does provide refreshed excitability, so it's still worth checking out.

March 19, 2019

IPPUDO Singapore Launches Seasonal Rich Curry Tonkotsu Ramen! So Slurpilicious!

Hurry for curry! That what I did when I heard that IPPUDO Singapore has launched its latest seasonal ramen - Rich Curry Tonkotsu Ramen - just a few days ago on 15th March.

First thing first, this is not your usual Japanese curry that's typically sweet. The spicy bowl is specially created for the Singapore palate, combining three different types of Japanese curry, and the rich spices of South India (masala, cumin seeds, and cayenne peppers) with IPPUDO's signature tonkotsu broth.

True to expectations, the resultant bowl is full of hearty flavors. Even before I tucked into my bowl, I was already intoxicated with its wonderful aroma which somehow strongly reminds me of.....

March 16, 2019

Opus Bar & Grill @ Hilton Singapore Celebrates 4th Anniversary With NEW Dishes & FREE Wine!

Pay for steak and get a bottle of wine FREE!!!

No, you're not reading this wrongly. Unbelievable as it might seem, Opus Bar & Grill at Hilton Singapore is doing exactly that in celebration of its 4th anniversary. The offer is valid for the month of March 2019, and available from Sundays until Thursdays.

Opus Bar & Grill is considered to be one of the best steakhouses in Singapore, so it's really a no-brainer that the deal is way too good to be missed.

March 12, 2019

Kilo Kitchen Finds A New Home At Duxton Road, And Returns With A Delicious Menu

When Kilo Kitchen closed after eight years at Kampong Bugis Road, it doesn't mean goodbye forever. The restaurant simply found a new home at Duxton Road last December, and got closer to its sister property Kilo Lounge which is just a stroll away at Tanjong Pagar Road.

Let's eat, drink, and make merry! That's the vibes I felt when I stepped into Kilo Kitchen's gorgeous premises. The floor-to-ceilings windows allowed the space to be bathe in the warm golden tones of the setting sun and made it even more instagrammable.

I'm so ready for Kilo's menu of modern comfort food that draws from Latin America and Asian influences.

March 09, 2019

Pasta Supremo @ Suntec City Mall ~ Build Your Own Colourful Handmade Pasta Bowls

A keto diet has been proven (by some of my friends) to be an effective way to lose weight, but it failed big time on me because... I love pastas too much to give it up.

Pasta Supremo ups the temptation factor by offering pasta that are handmade in-house daily, and allowing diners to build their own bowl with a variety of ingredients.

It's up to you if you want your pasta bowl to be over-the-top, instagrammable, or simply a creation that suits your taste buds. But it's definitely not a no-carb friendly choice.

March 06, 2019

Baba Chews @ Katong Square ~ New Menu With Asian-Inspired Cuisine & Western Classics

Babi Pongteh! Ayam Buah Keluak! Nyonya Chap Chye! I was looking forward to all these Peranakan favourites when we confirmed the date to visit Baba Chews Bar and Eatery, but.....

Their refreshed menu which was recently launched in February took me completely by surprise.

Featuring Asian-inspired cuisine and Western classics, what Baba Chews offers now is certainly not the kind of dishes that the Babas and Nyonya has passed down from generations. While I must admit I was a tad disappointed, the feeling quickly disappeared once we started tucking into the delectable spread.

Traditional might be good, but a modern take on it can be just as pleasing, if not better.

March 04, 2019

Tempura Kohaku's Brand-New Spring Tendon!

Many countries experience four seasons through the change of weather, but in Singapore, we do it through one of our favourite national hobbies... food!

This spring, Tempura Kohaku will be offering their brand-new seasonal delight, Spring Tendon!

Showcasing the best of spring harvests in a bowl, the Spring Tendon brims with peak-season produce and spring ingredients including deep-fried tilefish, tamagoyaki, white asparagus, bamboo shoots, pickled sakura leaf, as well as Fu (Japanese wheat gluten) which takes on the shape of a sakura flower.

February 26, 2019

Poulet X Celebrity Chef Justin Quek Collaboration! Be Sure To Catch The Delicious Limited-Time Menu Before It's Gone

Whenever I'm at the French rotisserie chicken chain Poulet, my standard order is always their amazing roast chicken but this time round, I was lured by its limited-time menu born of a special collaboration with celebrity chef Justin Quek.

Chef's Justin is famed for his expertise in French fine dining and deep understanding of Asian cuisines. His Franco-Asian cuisine is represented by his signature dishes such as foie gras xiao long bao, and lobster Hokkein noodles.

I was rather excited to see what chef Justin has specially created for Poulet. Happy to say the dishes were super satisfying, and very much worthy of the trip over.

February 21, 2019

Toggle Foodie Makeover 美食大翻新 ~ The Story Behind The Bak Kwa Makeover

It's a tart! It's made with Bak Kwa! It's the "atas" fine dining-style BAK KWA TART!!!

You can catch the amazing Bak Kwa makeover on Foodie Makeover 美食大翻新!

Ep 5 - PinkyPiggu 翻新肉干 I -
Ep 6 - PinkyPiggu 翻新肉干 II -

Hahaha!!! Sorry if I sound too over-zealous here, but it's only because I'm still feeling extremely excited to be involved in this program as the co-host, even though the planning and filming has ended some time ago.

The episodes are finally available now for online viewing at Toggle TV. It will be aired soon on Mediacorp Channel U too.

February 19, 2019

Baan Ying, Royal Square @ Novena - The Great Baan Ying Brunch Is Happening Every Weekend!

Most of our eyes will light up at the mention of... Buffet! Afterall, who doesn't like an abundance of food by paying just a flat price. Can eat and eat till we get our money's worth haha!

For this reason, we gathered one Saturday morning at Baan Ying, where the "The Great Baan Ying Brunch" is happening every weekend from 11am to 3pm.

We lost ourselves in an array of popular Thai favourites from the Land of Smiles without leaving Singapore.

February 16, 2019

New Ubin Seafood's New Outlet At Zhongshan Park. Still One Of The Best "Tze Char" Places In Singapore.

From Sin Ming to Hillview, CHIJMES, and most recently Zhongshan Park, I've made efforts to visit New Ubin Seafood whenever the family-runned eatery relocates or opens a new outlet. No denying that I'm a fan.

There's this homely tze char element in their offerings that's so captivating. Though I must admit our experience last year at the CHIJMES outlet left us feeling underwhelmed for most parts. We blamed it on opening jitters maybe.

However, one bad experience doesn't wipe out all the good ones so it didn't deter me from checking out New Ubin at Zhongshan Park.

February 12, 2019

FrapasBar @ The Cathay ~ Affordable Tapas-style French Food With 2-Course Lunch Set At Only $15++

French + Tapas = Frapas

Frapas + Bar = Frapasbar

Putting two and two together, FrapasBar is born as the brainchild of the team behind Saveur.

We love Saveur for its affordable French fare, and now FrapasBar looks set to continue the group's success by offering diners a combination of French cuisine and tapas-style food paired with a well-furnished bar, all set at wallet-friendly prices.

I must say... it's quite a brilliant idea!

February 10, 2019

JUMBO Seafood @ ION Orchard ~ The NEW & Outlet-Exclusive Chilli Crab Dim Sums Are A Must-Try!

Most of us should be familiar with JUMBO Seafood, a Singapore home-grown brand that's best-known for its award-winning... Chilli Crabs!

If I sound excited, it's because I really am. JUMBO's latest outlet had opened last December in the convenience of town in ION Orchard, so it's now more accessible than ever to get that chilli crab craving satisfied.

We can also expect new and outlet-exclusive dishes dishes from dim sum and pao fan, to seafood signatures. For the first time ever, JUMBO Seafood's chilli crab is presented in bite-sized dim sum offerings. I totally recommend the trio of chilli crab dim sum that got our whole table enamoured.

January 20, 2019

NEW! Omurice Keisuke By Celebrity Chef Keisuke Takeda Opens At @ Bugis+. Delicious Omurice From Only $9.90++ Onwards!

I was enjoying my meal at Beef Sukiyaki Don Keisuke by Celebrity Chef Keisuke Takeda when I was asked to make a guess what his next concept might be.

My first thought was, "could it be omurice?". Afterall, omurice is a popular dish in Japan that's much-loved by both adults and kids, and could possibly be well-received in Singapore too.

Looks like my hunch is correct as Omurice Keisuke recently-opened its door at Bugis+ a few days ago.

Time for some classic Japanese comfort food!

January 19, 2019

Paradise Dynasty Launches Brand-NEW Outlet At Wisma Atria! Enjoy FREE Beauty Collagen Xiao Long Bao!

Regulars who are wondering where Paradise Dynasty at ION has "disappeared" to, fret not as a brand-new outlet is now opened nearby at level one of Wisma Atria!

Besides its convenient location, I really like that the spacious 196-seater is all decked in beautiful rose gold and delicate pink colours, much like Beauty In The Pot. Such a pretty dining environment!

We wasted no time in quickly making our way over also because of the..... Complimentary Beauty Collagen Xiao Long Bao!!!

January 09, 2019

BEST Salted Egg Rice In Singapore! Chicken, Pork, & Halal Options Included!

Rather than being just a come-and-go food trend, Salted Egg Rice has somehow entered our lives as one of the comfort foods to enjoy on a regular basis, and gradually gained an endearing status in many of our hearts.

It is not uncommon to see most zhi char stalls, some economy rice eateries, and even a few Halal joints offering the dish on their menus.

With boneless chicken and/or pork ribs as usual available meat options, our choice of protein is then deep-fried before being doused with savoury salted egg sauce. Chili padi and curry leaves are usually added to the sauce for extra oomph.

The salted egg delight pairs perfectly with white rice, and is sometimes served with an fried egg too. You can say it's an ooh-so-perfect one-bowl rice dish.

As an ardent fan of Salted Egg Rice, PinkyPiggu decided to suss out the very best that our island has to offer!

January 03, 2019

Cherry Garden @ Mandarin Oriental Presents Luxurious Pen Cai In "Basin" For CNY 2019

Cherry Garden at Mandarin Oriental is best known for their Cantonese cuisine presented with artistic modern flair.

To usher in the Year of the Earth Pig, Executive Chinese Chef Cheng Hon Chau has crafted a tantalising array of epicurean delights which will be available for both dining-in and takeaways from 18th January to 19th February 2019.

The dish that grabbed all our attention is the Luxurious Pen Cai. It is said to be Singapore's largest 'basin dish'!

January 02, 2019

CNY 2019 @ Jade Restaurant, The Fullerton Hotel ~ Celebrating The Year Of The Pig With An Auspicious Grand Feast

I love the food at Jade! To say that I'm happy to be back at the Cantonese restaurant to try their Chinese New Year dishes is quite an understatement.

For the upcoming the Year of the Pig, Jade's Executive Chef Leong Chee Yeng has specially-crafted six festive menus. The most sumptuous of it all has to be the 8-course Grand Fullerton Golden Feast 富丽豪华金猪宴 which features delicacies such as lobster, suckling piglet, caviar, and bird's nest.