Archive for January, 2017

Unique Dim Sum dishes at Avenue Joffre (Sentosa)

Do you get the feeling that if you’ve tried one dim sum restaurant, you’ve tried them all? While the culinary scene in Singapore has been hotting up and throwing out all manner of new and exciting dishes, it has not been the same case when it comes to dim sum. Don’t get me wrong, I love eating har gow, siew mai and cheong fun, and these are must orders whenever I have dim sum, but I also want a few new dishes as well to whet my appetite and make the entire experience memorable.

Well, I’m glad to say I’ve finally found a restaurant that serves dim sum I’ve never tried before, and the dim sum dishes taste good! It might be a bit tiresome to have to go into Sentosa, but at least Avenue Joffre is just a 3 min walk from the monorail station, and it is well worth the effort. And the best part is, the prices are very reasonable for the quality that is served. Most of the dim sum dishes are priced at a standard $6++ per basket.

But before I delve into the dim sum proper, I would like to add that their roast meats are fantabulous too! The meats are marinated for 1/2 a day and roasted over lychee-wood, rendering the meats with a subtle fruity flavour.

Avenue Joffre - Honey-glazed BBQ Pork $18 (3)

Honey-glazed BBQ Pork $18

Just look at the lusciousness of the bbq pork, so juicy and tender, and enveloped by the sticky sweet honey glaze! Each slice has been cut extra thick for you to get maximum impact.

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What is open during Chinese New Year 2017?

Here’s 365days2play’s annual list of supermarkets, malls, clinics, food courts, and kopi/cafe places that are open during the CNY period! Hope you find it useful. If the supermarket or shopping centre in Orchard road is not listed here, it’s because the information is not available (yet)! You can also check the 2016 guide, 2015 guide, 2014 guide, 2013 guide or 2012 guide for reference.

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wishes all a prosperous and wonderful Chinese New Year 2017!

Happy Chinese New Year 2017 (Chinatown)

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[CNY 2017] Lo hei with gold flakes at Yàn 宴 to give yourself a prosperous start to 2017!

Yan Cantonese Cuisine - Yellowtail Fish & Crispy Lobster Fillet Yu Sheng with Golden Flake in Shun De Style (3)

Yes, you heard me right. A yu sheng so decadent it boasts gold flakes in it! Dine at Yan Cantonese Cuisine at the National Gallery and you’ll be able to toss to a year of abundance with the signature Yellowtail Fish Yu Sheng with Golden Flake in Shun De Style. The gold flakes aren’t the only special thing about this yu sheng. Because crispy fried vermicelli is used as a base instead of the usual vegetable strips, the yu sheng tastes savoury rather than cloyingly sweet. Coupled with cubes of crispy lobster fillet, it’s no wonder I completely cleaned my plate when I tried this decadent yu sheng last week. Scroll to the end for more pictures of the Yu Sheng.

Yan Cantonese Cuisine - Signature Crispy Roasted Suckling Pig (3)

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[CNY 2017] Chinese New Year buffet with Peranakan flavours at Swissotel Merchant Court Ellenborough Market Cafe

For a truly Asian Chinese New Year buffet spread, check out Swissotel Merchant Court’s Ellenborough Market Cafe. The restaurant is well known for its Peranakan buffet which offers all-time favourites such as the Ayam Buah Keluak, Kueh Pie Tie and Durian Pengat. Now how about combining that with Chinese New Year must-haves such as Pen Cai, Waxed Duck and Sausage Rice and Teowchew Steamed Cold Crab?

Incidentally, Ellenborough Market Cafe’s Executive Chef Louis Tay was also team manager of the Singapore Culinary Team that clinched double gold at the Culinary Olympics held in Germany in 2016. So you know the food has got to have some standard at Ellenborough Market Cafe.

Here are some pictures of the buffet spread that we sampled 2 weeks back. The dishes will be available buffet style from 16 Jan – 12 Feb 2017.

CNY 2017 at Swissotel Merchant Court Ellenborough Market Cafe

Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng in the shape of a rooster to celebrate the year of the Fire Rooster!

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Stock up on organic meats for CNY steamboat with Ryan’s Grocery

Chinese New Year is but two weeks away, have you already made plans for your reunion dinner? I know many of you out there will be celebrating in the comfort of your homes by having steamboat gathering. Where do you usually buy your ingredients for steamboat? NTUC, Cold Storage or the wet-market?

Ryan's Grocery (2)

Well you can also consider buying your steamboat meats from Ryan’s Grocery. Ryan’s Grocery is a specialty gluten-free grocer and organic butchery, and for CNY, they’ll be retailing free-range shabu-shabu sets, organic meats and wild caught seafood. I won’t go into the benefits of eating organic food, and I know that there will always be people who will not want to fork out the extra cash for organic food, but for those of you who are keen to go organic, if not all the time then at least once in a while, you might want to check out Ryan’s Grocery. The prices are not that high actually, for organic products.

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