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Chinese New Year 2018– Pan Pacific Hai Tien Lo

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And just like that, we’ve moved into 2018 and it’s now time to talk about Chinese New Year 2018 instead of Christmas 2017. A couple of weeks back, I had the privilege of having a sneak peak at what Hai Tien Lo Restaurant at Pan Pacific Singapore has in store for family reunions, CNY gatherings and Lo Hei luncheons. Hey come to think of it, I celebrated Christmas with a Champagne Brunch at Pan Pac, and I got to celebrate CNY early at Hai Tien Lo. Good times Smile

Available from 22 January to 2 March 2018, Hai Tien Lo will be offering a grand total of eight reunion set menus featuring everyone’s favourite CNY delicacies. There will also be one nutritious vegetarian set menu. Scroll down to see pictures of a selection of dishes from the set menus.

Pan Pacific Singapore CNY 2018 - Eight Treasure Wealth and Health Yu Sheng

Eight Treasure Wealth and Health Yu Sheng

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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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CNY Gathering at ToastBox

“For good health, eat cake and drink tea at least twice a day” ~~ Anonymous

My family likes to gather over tea and toast every single day and Chinese New Year is no exception. After escaping from the 1st house we visited slightly earlier than expected, we spent the spare time chilling out at ToastBox.

I’d read about this quaint little retail mall called Greenwich V, located in the Seletar Hills area and I knew I just had to visit. Even though I’d prepared this list on what shops are open during CNY, I didn’t check up on Greenwich V. We kinda took a gamble and were relieved to see the bright lights of ToastBox greeting us at the entrance of Greenwich V. BTW, Greenwich V is so small, there are only 2 floors. Cold Storage takes up half the space on the 1st floor. The 2nd floor is already the roof garden, but there are a number of eateries up there such as Coffee Bean, Cedele and Paradise Inn. There are also non eateries like Jan & Ellie English Language School, Home-fix the DIY Store and the Phoenix Medical Group. It kind of reminds me of myVillage, but even smaller! We got free parking today thanks to some guy who’d knocked down the gantry.

Today, we indulged a little and ordered the little traditional tea cakes from Toast Box. They always look so dainty and mouth-watering in the display cases, but I try not to eat them since the tea is already quite fattening too. But it’s Chinese New Year, so it’s okay for today. Besides, refer to quotation above.

Toastbox - Chocolate Cake

Toastbox - Chocolate Cake (2)

Chocolate and cherry cake, quite good actually. I like the chocolate sponge but I removed most of the cream as there was too much of it. I like it that it’s mostly sponge, cuz I prefer a cake with a higher ratio of sponge to cream/mousse. For just over a dollar, I’d say it is really value for money. And the thing is, sometimes you just want to have a few bites of cake. Why pay $6 for a huge slice when $1.20 will suffice? Like that you can have cake everyday, or twice a day in fact. Seriously, where can you find cake for $1.20 in Singapore???

Toastbox - Banana Cake

The Banana Cake in my opinion is pretty bad. There is hardly any taste of banana at all. The cake is on the hard side too. My banana cake is loads better. The Partner thinks that for $1.50, the banana cake is okay, and since he doesn’t fancy any of the other cakes, he has no choice but to order banana cake at ToastBox. So I can tell you that this banana cake is consistently bad.

Toastbox - Peanut Butter Thick Toast

My father had this Peanut Butter thick toast. One good thing about ToastBox is that they always slather on lots of peanut butter or whatever topping you choose, onto their thick toast. My ultimate favourite thick toast topping is just plain old butter and sugar. It’s the BEST! And the middle piece is the best of the lot because there’s no crust to deal with!

Toastbox - Half Boiled Eggs (2)

My mother went for the healthier option…..half boiled eggs

ToastBox @ Greenwich V

The Toast Box branch at Greenwich V.

Well so that was afternoon tea break. In the evenings, we had another family gathering with my father’s siblings and their family at Changi Airport’s Toast Box. Thanks to my prior research, I knew that Yakun would not be open on CNY so we strategically chose to go to Toast Box at Terminal 2. We got a table for 10 people without any trouble. If you’re afraid of crowds, go to Terminal One or Terminal Two.

Toastbox - Peanut Cake

Cake number 2 for the day. Peanut cream cake. In my opinion, not as nice as the chocolate cake as the peanut flavour is a little weird.

Toastbox - Butter Sugar Toast

Wanted to order the butter sugar thick toast, but ended up with the butter sugar normal toast. Apparently they do not spread the butter nicely on the toast for you. As you can see, the slice of butter was way too thick for the bread, so I scooped most of it out. For the same price I think I’d rather go for the thick toast. I just realised Toast Box offers Buttermilk Thick Toast. I wonder if that can possibly taste good since buttermilk is sour!

Toastbox @ Airport

Toast Box at Changi Airport Terminal 2. It’s on the same level as McDonalds, just at opposite ends.

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Azur Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

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It’s going to be Chinese New Year again and apart from Christmas, Chinese New Year is something I really look forward to each year. Unlike many people I know, I actually love visiting relatives, having relatives over to my place, all the CNY goodies and also the Ang Pow! This is possibly my last year to receive Ang Pows for CNY so I must celebrate doubly hard!

Last Tuesday, I was invited to partake in a Chinese New Year feast at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport. This Chinese New Year, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport’s award winning restaurant Azur is presenting special lunch and dinner festive menus from January 22, 2012 to February 6, 2012. Diners can indulge in culinary treasures from the festive menu with an array of gourmet dishes from its international buffet. Along with the festive menu, guests will enjoy complimentary Prosperity “Lo Hei” Yu Sheng prepared fresh at a live station.

So before anyone else has done so, I’ve already done my Lo-Hei. In fact, my first Lo-Hei for 2012 was all the way back in October 2011 at Thai Village (can you beat that!). The dishes we had at the tasting session were a sampling of the best dishes available for the festive buffet.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Yu Sheng 2

Everyone likes to do the Lo-Hei (Yu Sheng) as it’s quite fun to toss the ingredients as high as possible. It can be quite a rowdy affair with accidental splatters. I think I found some shreds of vegetable in my hair one year! Definitely don’t wear your best shirt on that day. But while people like tossing the Yu Sheng, most don’t enjoy eating the dish all that much. I personally take a few mouthfuls worth and then I start fishing for the salmon and the crunchy golden nuggets.

The Crispy Salmon Skin and Abalone Yu Sheng at Azur Restaurant is quite different from the norm. For the 1st time ever, nobody was interested in the golden nuggets. Instead, everyone was fishing for the crispy salmon skin, which I can tell you is really delicious and far more interesting that plain old crackers now.

**For the festive buffet, diners will enjoy complimentary Prosperity “Lo Hei” Yu Sheng prepared fresh at a live station (only Salmon slices and no Abalone or Crispy Salmon Skin). Whether it’s Yu Sheng for 2 people or Yu Sheng for 20 people, the chef will still prepare it for you! So couples, you will still be able to partake in the good fortune! The Yu Sheng with the Abalone and Crispy Salmon Skin is for takeaway only.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Salmon and Abalone Yu Sheng in Chef’s special dressing “Ginger Shoyu” (2) Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Crispy Salmon Skin and Abalone for the Lo Hei

The Salmon and Abalone Yu Sheng in Chef’s special dressing “Ginger Shoyu” was nicely laid out. See the huge bowl of crispy salmon skin? Yummmm. The abalone was nice too but mostly lost in the huge pile of salad. The Ginger Shoyu sauce was very nice as compared to the cheap sweet sauce used in most other places. Scroll to the end to see pictures of the tossing!

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Treasures from the sea (Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber, Crabmeat, Dried Scallop) (2)

Next up was Treasures from the sea (Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber, Crabmeat, Dried Scallop). This is the type of soup that would be featured in most wedding banquets if the wedding couple chooses not to go for sharks fin. But at Azur, they have jazzed up the soup with lots more ingredients. I found the soup to be flavoured very well with the ingredients used. It was hearty and there was a lot of bite. As you can see from the pictures, it really is chock full of ingredients. The soup was a tad too starchy though and I had to stop at half a bowl in case I couldn’t eat the rest of the lunch.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Treasures from the sea (Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber, Crabmeat, Dried Scallop) Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Steamed Garoupa in Pickle Chilli and Crispy Pork Lard (1)Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Steamed Garoupa in Pickle Chilli and Crispy Pork Lard

Steamed Garoupa in Pickle Chilli and Crispy Pork Lard – Now fans of pork lard, you surely have to try out this fish as it’s practically swimming in it. Those crispy brown things are the pork lard! I had a tiny nibble of it, don’t want to be at odds with my doctor, and it was sooo good. The fish itself was tender and fresh tasting. Surprisingly, the pork lard didn’t make the fish taste oily and for me, there wasn’t a noticeable pork flavour in the fish as well, which is a good thing. Instead, what I detected was a hint of sweetness in the soya sauce due to the pickle chilli. For ease of serving, garoupa fillets will be served at the buffet instead of whole fish.

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