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Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival–Lots to eat, see and do!

The annual Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival is back for 2 weekends from 30 June – 9 July 2017. There’s so much to see, do and eat that you might want to spend more than 1 day at the Gardens!

Check out this link for more details on the programmes and promotions lined up for the Heritage Festival, but here’s a short summary on what you can expect:

  • Performances at Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage and the Bandstand
  • Programmes such as laughter yoga to qigong to
  • Children’s craft-making activities
  • Talks such as why the Singapore Botanic Gardens gained UNESCO World Heritage status or getting to know your Kampung vegetables.
  • Guided tours of the Gardens
  • Plant sales
  • Free entry to National Orchid Garden
  • and more!

Singapore Botanic Gardens (1)

And of course, not forgetting the fooooood! The F&B outlets at the Singapore Botanic Gardens will be coming up with special heritage dishes and/or discounts to whet your appetite during this period. Scroll down for pictures of what to expect.

~~~ Halia ~~~

Check out the numerous food and drink selections that have ginger and other botanical inspirations in them. The Chilled Ginger Jive is particularly refreshing, especially after a long and sweaty stroll in the Gardens. The Lemongrass and Ginger Prawn salad is really good too. It has a zesty Asian dressing and is quite substantial as a meal actually. And of course, the Chilli Crab Spaghettini is their long standing house favourite.

Check out Halia’s Chilli Crab Sauce Cooking Demonstration approx 45min on 1,2,8,9 July 4.30pm. Demo is FREE but registration is required.

Halia’s Provisions Store will also be offering a 10% discount for various items during the Heritage Festival, such as Halia’s signature chilli crab sauce, ginger flower sauce, ginger pineapple jam etc.

Halia at SBG - Chilled Ginger Jive (Ice blend of fresh ginger, fruit punch, orange & honey) $12

Chilled Ginger Jive (Ice blend of fresh ginger, fruit punch, orange & honey) $12

These 2 glasses look like 2 birds perched on the railing!

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The Butcher’s Kitchen– Indulge in organic, hormone and antibiotic free meats

If the recently opened The Butcher’s Kitchen sounds familiar, it’s because it is opened by renowned butchery The Butcher which has been in Singapore for 14 years. This is one of the rare few places in Singapore where you can purchase your favourite meats to cook at home after sampling them for lunch or dinner.

The Butcher's Kitchen - Steaks

Photo credit : The Butcher’s Kitchen

The Butcher’s Kitchen’s philosophy is to retail or serve meats that are certified organic from naturally raised animals, free from antibiotics, hormone promoters and steroids. The Butcher works directly with award-winning accredited producers, visiting their farms and processing facilities to authenticate the farm to table experience.

Being a person who cares about eating clean and natural foods, it is always good to be able to have more organic options. Although it naturally costs more to go the organic route, at least such options are made available, and hopefully this means more people become exposed to the philosophy of knowing what goes into their food.

When at The Butcher’s Kitchen, one naturally has to check out the meats. The meats are prepared by grilling or pan frying with minimal marinating to focus on the quality and not the sauces. But actually, their menu is quite wide, and they have also have fish, pizzas, pastas, pies and even ice-cream, 2 huge counters worth in fact!

Scroll down to see what we sampled.

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Expedia – Essential Food Guide to Asia

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Want to go on a quick foodie getaway but no time to do any research on where to eat? Does the thought of having to sieve through and compile information from numerous websites put you off your holiday before you’ve even started? Don’t you wish for a trusted expert to tell you all the answers?

Your prayers have been answered because Expedia has come up with the Essential Food Guide to Asia. Basically, it’s a website showcasing the best food that Asia has to offer, from street food all the way to Michelin-starred restaurants. Currently cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai and Taipei are featured. Simply choose the city, type of cuisine and type of eatery and a list of recommended eateries will pop out. If you click into each of the eateries, you will be able to see a brief description of the eatery, the average price, address, contact information, as well as its location via Google maps, all within the same page.

I like that the whole interface is very simple and clean. Expedia’s guide would be useful for time-strapped travellers, as you can basically obtain recommendations on where to eat with just a few simple clicks. Also, if you’re travelling to a few Asian destinations, you’ll find the standardised information format very convenient to navigate.

There currently aren’t that many eateries featured on the site, presumably to ensure that only deserving eateries get listed. With so many food guides out there, we don’t want yet another food directory. What we want is for someone to actually sieve through all the noise. Going down the path of “expert guide” is probably a smart move, if Expedia is able to deliver on its intentions.

Check out Expedia’s Essential Food Guide to Asia here.

Me@OUE–The only standalone restaurant in Singapore to serve Kumamoto Beef

Me@OUE is the only stand-alone restaurant in Singapore to serve Kumamoto Beef. Kumamoto beef comes from Kyushu, the most southwesterly island of Japan. Kumamoto wagyu is celebrated for its perfect marbling as the meat is from one of the few, if not the only, free-grazing cattle in the whole of Japan. Most wagyu cows feed on grain instead of grass so to be able to gain access to grass-fed wagyu is indeed a rare treat. Gaining access to the prized meat is but half the battle, knowing how to handle it being the other. Me@OUE’s chefs have the luxury of having access to the entire animal which means freedom and flexibility to use the various cuts that best suit the various dishes.

Speaking of chefs, Me@OUE’s Executive Chef Sam Chin is but 33 years old. He recently rejoined Me@OUE again, previously having worked there in 2014. This young chap speaks with passion in his voice when you ask him about his dishes. Keep a look out for his name because I’m sure we’ll be hearing it quite often in the culinary circle going forward.

The dishes I tried during dinner a couple of weeks back were very good, and yes the Kumamoto Beef was fabulous. There are a number of ways to enjoy it, such as in raw form or as a steak (tenderloin, striploin or ribeye) and either cooked Japanese style or French style. I tried the beef in tartare form as well as steak form and sushi style. All were very good in their own ways.

ME@OUE - Hand-cut raw wagyu tartare

Hand-cut raw wagyu tartare
Nashi Pear, Spicy “Kochujang” Dressing, Egg Yolk, Potato Crisp, Micro Greens

The wagyu tartare in particular was really memorable due to the kochujang dressing. Normally kochujang goes with cooked meat, but in this case the taste of the raw beef is very mild because of the spicy kochujang dressing. But what you do experience in exchange is the luxuriously soft texture of the raw beef. Initially, I thought it would be a shame to mask the natural flavours of the raw beef with such a heavy sauce, but this dish works because the textures become the focal point and because of the sweet and spicy flavours imparted.

ME@OUE - Charcoal Grilled Kumamoto Wagyu A4 Striploin (1)

Charcoal Grilled Kumamoto Wagyu A4 Striploin

Pumpkin Purée, Mashed Marble Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables

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Monti Sunday Brunch – Unlimited brunch ala-carte style, eat until you drop!

Catalunya at Fullerton Pavilion which opened to much fanfare a couple of years back has closed, and in its place is now Monti by the 1-Group, which also houses other lifestyle brands such as 1-Altitude, 1-Rochester, UNA, 1-University, The Garage, The Summerhouse and 1-Host. Catalunya was sensational, not just because of the amazing food, but also because of the exuberant atmosphere. I was quite sad to hear that it had closed actually! You have to read my review of Catalunya here as well as watch the video where they deliberately smash plates onto the floor! So I was curious to know if Monti would live up to the high standards that Catalunya had set.

Monti Sunday Brunch (6)

I had the opportunity to check out Monti’s Sunday Brunch which is an Italian-style ala-carte buffet featuring the 1st ever Amp your Mojito and make your own Bloody Mary drinks booth.

Monti Sunday Brunch - Frutti di Mare (1)

When you first arrive, a humongous seafood platter will greet you, comprising all the goodies of the sea, aka Alaskan king crab, tiger prawns, tuna tataki, salmon sashimi, fine de Claire oyster, mussels and clams. The menu says that the seafood platter is limited to 1 per table, however you can still order more oysters, tuna tataki, tiger prawns and salmon, so really the only big ticket item that you can’t have refills is the Alaskan king crab.

Monti Sunday Brunch - Eggs Benedict (2)

Eggs Benedict

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