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Pan Pacific Hai Tien Lo’s revamped dim sum buffet

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Pan Pacific Singapore’s renown Cantonese restaurant Hai Tien Lo has recently refreshed its dim sum buffet menu, so if you’re looking to indulge in multiple servings of dim sum, you might just want to check out Hai Tien Lo. The dim sum list isn’t very extensive, however there are also numerous main course type dishes to choose from, as well as special dishes. The special dishes are a must order because they are things like Mini Buddha Jumps over the Wall, and braised abalone. The pricing for the dim sum buffet, especially on the weekends seems relatively more affordable than other dim sum buffets from comparable hotels, based on my recollection.

The dim sum dishes I tried were all very good. I think you won’t go wrong with any dim sum dish that you order because this is certainly one of Hai Tien Lo’s expertise. Although the main dishes we tried were all good too, if I had to pick one, I would definitely recommend the poached sliced pork belly with shredded ginger in fish bone broth. The pork slices were melt in the mouth tender, and the fish bone broth was of the type of broth where you want to just keep drinking it because its richly flavoursome and nourishing.

For the desserts, go for the Chilled homemade bean curd with imperial swiftlet’s nest. The beancurd is not the old school type, if you know what I mean. And it has birds nest, so it’s self explanatory why you have to order this right? Also go for the Chilled osmanthus jelly with quail’s egg and maltose. It’s really light and with a nice fragrance, so it’s a fitting end to a heavy meal, unless of course you still have stomach space for a heavier dessert.

Scroll down to see a sampling of what I tried during the media tasting session.

Pan Pacific Hai Tien Lo Dim Sum Buffet (11)

Char siew puff

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Dragon Bowl Restaurant – 30% discount is back, along with new Dim Sum dishes and exclusive Peking Duck set

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Glad to report that Dragon Bowl Restaurant is back with their popular 30% discount off all dim sum during lunch time. The last time they had this generous discount was during the Christmas period. I would have gone for it if I hadn’t been so stuffed with Christmas festivities during that period.

Aside from the discount, now’s a good time to go as Dragon Bowl has just launched new dim sum dishes as well as a Peking Duck Set. Scroll down to see the new dim sum dishes as well as the Peking Duck Set.

Dragon Bowl Restaurant - Roasted Peking Duck served 4 ways $98 (3)

 Roasted Peking Duck served 4 ways $98

Dragon Bowl Restaurant - Roasted Peking Duck served 4 ways $98 (2)

Wrapped in Chinese crepe

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Myo Restobar : Kia Hiang’s 2nd outlet goes contemporary

Fans of Kia Hiang and its famous Claypot Chicken will be glad to know that a second outlet has now opened in the form of Myo Restobar. As the name suggests, Myo is a contemporary looking restaurant, located on the 19th floor of Oxley Tower at 138 Robinson Road. With its industrial decor complete with concrete floors, exposed light bulbs and even a feature wall with actual moving metal gears, you will be forgiven for thinking that this is a new player in the market.

The decor may be done up to cater to younger audiences and the office crowd, but Kia Hiang’s traditional Cantonese favourites will still be available. Most famous would be the Kia Hiang Claypot Spring Chicken. The recipe used at Myo is exactly the same. What is new is that you can also opt for Organic Chicken instead of just the Spring Chicken, for $10 more.

In case you are wondering, there have been other Kia Hiang branches opened over the years, but these have since closed down. What remains is the original flagship at International Plaza, plus the newly opened Myo Restobar. And the name Myo, it is actually “miào” in Chinese.

I was there to check out Myo Restobar a couple of days back. For a restaurant that only opened on 11 December 2017, and for one that isn’t on the ground floor, there was a good buzz going on in the restaurant. A few of the diners were already repeat customers. The menu seems relatively affordable, compared to other Chinese restaurants in the CBD area, although perhaps the dishes are slightly on the small side. But the food in general is very good, and that’s what counts right? Lunch sets are available from $16 onwards.

Scroll down to see the dishes I sampled and liked.

Myo Restobar - Kia Hiang Claypot Organic Chicken $28 (1)

Myo Restobar - Kia Hiang Claypot Organic Chicken $28 (2)

Kia Hiang Claypot Organic Chicken $28

This is definitely a must order whether you are at Kia Hiang or at Myo. It is this signature dish that has kept customers returning time and again for 40 years. The organic version costs $28 but the non-organic version costs only $18. $18 for 1 pot of fork tender spring chicken enveloped in soft cabbage and braised in syrupy secret herbal broth, it is really as delicious as it sounds and it doesn’t have a strong herbal taste. I am told the cabbage has to be braised at a very low temperature for a very long time in order to render it this tender. In fact, you don’t even need to order anything else. Just one claypot of this, plus lots of rice. Comfort food at its best.

Myo Restobar - Fish Maw, Crab Meat in Superior Broth $9

Fish Maw, Crab Meat in Superior Broth $9

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[Chinese New Year 2017] Gu Ma Jia’s homey and affordable CNY fare

And just like that, Christmas and New Year are over and it’s time to think of how to celebrate Chinese New Year. This year, Chinese New Year falls on 28 – 30th January 2017 (Saturday – Monday), that’s like less than 4 weeks away! This means you have to start planning for your reunion dinner pretty quickly.

If you are looking for a restaurant serving casual homey fare that is affordable, for your reunion gathering, you might want to consider Gu Ma Jia restaurant located at Tai Thong Crescent. Gu  Ma Jia prides itself on serving food with less oil and less MSG. Two set menus will be available during this CNY festive period.

The “Peace” set at $599++ includes

  • Yu Sheng
  • Crab Meat and Fish Maw
  • Steamed Red Grouper with Soya Sauce
  • Braised Duck and Sea Cucumber
  • Broccoli with Macadamia Nuts & Fresh Scallop
  • Stir-Fried Prawns with Superior Sauce
  • Steamed Lotus Leaves Rice
  • Dessert – Longan Wolfberries Sea Birds Nest

The “Prosperity” set at $768 includes

  • Yu Sheng
  • Cold Platter
  • Sea Cucumber, Crab Meat & Bamboo Fungus
  • Stir-fried Broccoli with Chinese Mushrooms & Abalone
  • “Ginseng Fortune Chicken” – Double-boiled Chicken, Roasted Pork, Scallops, Sea Cucumber and Fish Maw with Ginseng in a Claypot
  • Steamed Prawns with Gu Ma’s Home Made Sauce
  • Steamed Red Grouper with Soya Sauce
  • Seafood Fried Noodles
  • Dessert – Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts

Session Timings for set menu on Chinese New Year Eve (27th Jan 2017):

  1. 12pm – 2pm
  2. 2.15pm – 4.15pm
  3. 6pm – 7.45pm
  4. 8pm – 9.45pm

I had the opportunity to sample some of the dishes from the two CNY set menus. I have to agree that the cooking style is more homey and less seasoned as compared to other Chinese restaurants in Singapore. If you want to taste the natural flavours of the food and not have them obscured by heavy sauces, Gu Ma Jia would be up your alley.

Gu Ma Jia CNY 2017 - Longan Wolfberries Sea Birds Nest

Longan Wolfberries Sea Birds Nest 

The dessert was one of my favourites not only due to visual appeal but because of the generous amount of jelly. And as can be seen from the colour of the jelly, it’s flavoured as compared to some versions out there where the jelly is tasteless.

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Ritz Carlton Summer Pavilion–Fantastic anniversary lunch at this one Michelin-starred restaurant

A very Happy New Year to all readers of 365days2play Lifestyle, Food and Travel blog! Hope your new year has been off to a great start! Here’s wishing you good health, happiness and an even more exciting 2017 to come!

Speaking of exciting, I thought it fitting as my 1st post for 2017 to blog about a really fantastic meal I had in 2016. As the title of this post reveals, its our anniversary which we celebrated at the one Michelin-starred restaurant Summer Pavilion.  It’s the 1st time we formally celebrated it after being married for 4 years! Can you believe that? In some circles, that would be grounds for divorce! But truth be told, Christmas is the occasion that we spend our efforts celebrating (with family and all), that by the time 29th December comes along, it doesn’t feel as if we need yet another celebration.

Nevertheless, I was really happy to be able to have the opportunity to celebrate our anniversary. Even though I have dined at quite a number of posh restaurants,  I hadn’t been to Summer Pavilion before, and it has been more than 2 years since I was last at Ritz Carlton, so the whole experience was very exciting! It did help that the Christmas decorations were still up, and the hotel looked so pretty! The stark black and white tableware set up also exuded refinement and was like a prelude of good things to come.

Ritz Carlton Summer Pavilion Soya Sauce

You know you’re in for a treat when even the soya sauce looks like an art work.

We opted for the Lily Dinner Set. Yes, they were able to serve that during lunch (I’d checked when I made reservations). I can certainly see why they managed to obtain the coveted Michelin Star. The 5 main criteria that the Michelin inspectors look out for are as follows:

  1. Quality of the products

  2. Mastery of flavour and cooking techniques

  3. The personality of the chef in his cuisine

  4. Value for money

  5. Consistency between visits

While I can’t comment on point 3 and 5, I can certainly state that with the exception of dessert, all the dishes we were served that day wowed us. Dessert tasted good too, except there wasn’t any wow factor. As for value for money, at $88++ per pax, I think that you could possibly find a handful of Chinese restaurants in Singapore that might be able to match this standard for a lower price tag, if you look hard enough. For hotel restaurants, Yan Ting of St Regis or Wan Hao of Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel come to mind, but they aren’t very much cheaper either. Lei Garden or Crystal Jade Golden Palace may be cheaper too, but guess what, they’re also Michelin Starred restaurants!

One thing that the Michelin inspectors don’t value is ambience and decor. But I do. Ambience, decor, service and how comfortable I feel dining in a restaurant are all important factors to me when it comes to enjoying a meal out. If it were just the quality and taste of food, home cooking would have sufficed!

Anyway… scroll down for the low down on each of the dishes.

Ritz Carlton Summer Pavilion - Deep-fried prawn head and tail, salt, pepper chilli prawn, sesame sauce (2)

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