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8 Durian– Fresh durian delivered to your doorstep de-husked

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I have always been a bit apprehensive about purchasing durians. During my younger days, my father would be the one to procure the durians. It was a pity he did not take me along, but I guess he would simply purchase from his favourite durian shops or sources in Geylang. I have never purchased durians myself and would be totally clueless as to the correct price to pay so as not to be ripped off. Not to mention that good durian stalls are usually not conveniently located.

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Lately, I was asked to try out 8 Durian, and online purveyor of the King of Fruits. They have their own durian plantation in Pahang, where fresh shipments of durians will be delivered to Singapore twice a day. In a way, I was relieved not to have to face any rough and tough durian seller. Just click click click online to choose my durians. It may not be the cheapest around, but I like the fact that I don’t have to haggle.

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Singapore Favourite Food 2013

This July, food lovers can look forward to the Singapore Favourite Food Village (SFF Village) that is held in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of Singapore Food Festival. Taking place from 12 to 21 July 2013 at Bayfront Avenue (Marina Bay), this 10-day festival organised by the Singapore Food & Beverage Alliance (SFBA), celebrates Singapore’s unique food heritage and pays homage to local culinary heroes.

Singapore Favourite Food 2013 will showcase Singapore’s favourite dishes such as chilli crab, carrot cake, rojak, laksa, roti prata and tau huay, and bring together a selection of popular hawkers and eateries for this one-time celebration. Check out this link for the entire list of all the nominees http://sg.openrice.com/info/sff/nominees.html, however only 20 favourite vendors will be showcased at the eventual Singapore Favourite Food Village.

I had the privilege to have a quick sample of some of Singapore’s favourite local dishes a few weeks ago. Scroll down to see pictures of rojak, oyster omelette, satay, bbq chicken wings, sting ray and local iced desserts!

Ri Ye Xiang Rojak

Rojak – Personally, I thought this was really rather ordinary, with the dough fritters being extremely hard (and I don’t mean crispy). But kudos to Mr Koh, who has been toiling at this job for the last 48 years!

Rojak, which means ‘mixed’ in Malay is a fine example of the cultural diversity of Singapore for incorporating both Chinese and Malay elements among the ingredients. One of the oldest surviving rojak stalls in Singapore, Ri Ye Xiang Rojak which now boasts 48 years of history, was set up in 1965. The stall owner, Mr. Edward Koh, has been preparing rojak since the age of 20 and takes pride in using freshly ground peanut bits and preparing a special prawn paste for the dish.

Ri Ye Xiang Rojak
Blk 450 Clementi Avenue 3, Kopitiam, Singapore 120450
Open daily: 3pm to 11pm
Stall owner: Mr Edward Koh

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Leng Kee BBQ - BBQ Chicken Wings (2)

BBQ Chicken Wings – This version from Leng Kee is slightly sweeter and less crispy.

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Jia Wei Restaurant at Grand Mercure Roxy

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After our cocktails by the pool and tour of the hotel, we were treated to a sumptuous dinner at Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant. We had a cosy little private room all to ourselves. The private room seats 20 (2 round tables of 10), and when not in use, the sliding walls can be removed so that there is more space for for the rest of the restaurant. I liked it one of the walls was made of glass, which allowed us to overlook the hotel lobby. Private dining rooms can be very claustrophobic, with their stark white walls and dim lighting, but this one at Jia Wei had a nice warm ambience to it.

Jia Wei is but one of the 5 restaurants available at Grand Mercure Roxy. Featuring contemporary oriental design and décor amidst a fine-dining ambiance, Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant offers both exquisite fusion and authentic Chinese cuisine created by the award-winning Chinese Executive Chef Lee Tuck Seng . Opened in December 2007, the cuisine specialties at Jia Wei include the Traditional Hong Kong Dim Sum ( 香传统港点心), Peking Duck (北京烤鸭), Live Seafood (活海鲜) and Double Boiled Soup (炖汤).

I’m always slightly apprehensive about big blogger events if I’m going alone as I always fear I would be left alone with no one to talk to. I’m not the most extroverted of people although I pretend to try, but really I’m a scaredy cat inside ha! Thank goodness Melvin of A Winsome Life was next to me. Met him at the Greenwich V event just 2 weeks ago! Janet of OMY was at my table too so that was a relief. As usual I worried for nothing because conversation flowed freely and it was a wonderful evening.

Mercure Roxy - Jia Wei (2) Lovely table centrepiece

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The chef here to welcome us as well as to introduce Jia Wei’s signature dishes.

Mercure Roxy - 4 Dim sum Delight)

Deep-fried Seafood Roll with Mixed Fruit
Steamed Scallop Dumpling
Siew Mai with Cordyceps Flower
Deep-fried Prawn Dumpling with Shark’s Fin

It was great to have dim sum for dinner. I’m the type of person that can have dim sum any time of the day. I was really pleased to find out that you can even order dim sum as late as 5pm! I know you can always go to the hawker centre types for late night dim sum, but the standard there is really terrible! For me, good dim sum is made with prawns, not pork! The dim sum at Jia Wei is pretty good, although there is room for improvement, such as in the skin of the prawn dumpling, which was slightly thick.

Mercure Roxy - DOUBLE BOILED FISH MAW SOUP WITH CORDYCEPS FLOWER, ABALONE AND CONPOYDouble boiled fish maw soup with cordyceps flower, abalone and conpoy

For those of you who feel like you need some nourishment, this is a very good soup to order. It is loaded with good stuff and you can tell that the liquid has been infused with the nutrients from the ingredients as it makes your lips sticky when you press them together. That’s collagen that’s causing the stickiness! Soup that just happens to be thickened with starch will not make your lips sticky. Try this trick out.

Mercure Roxy - Peking Duck Peking Duck

The Peking Duck elicited lots of excited “oohs” and “ahhs” from our table. Seriously, who can resist this? The skin was crispy and the flesh tender. Paired with the pancake and some sauce, it tasted really wonderful.

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Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore Afternoon Tea

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I haven’t had English Afternoon Tea for the longest time. It was a pleasant surprise when Ms Christina Tan, Marketing Manager of Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore after reading about my Afternoon Tea exploits, kindly kindly extended an invitation to me and to fellow blogger PXDKITTY.

Having afternoon tea always puts me in a good mood. One gets to delight in the beautiful chinaware used, the exquisite little morsels of cakes and finger sandwiches, and the girly company. For some reason, I cannot imagine 2 men having afternoon tea together.

It was particularly delightful to learn that the English Afternoon Tea at Rendezvous Grand Hotel costs only $18.90. Compared to the approx $32 Afternoon Tea at Regent Hotel or $38 at The Knolls Sentosa, the one at Hotel Rendezvous is a steal! Rendezvous Grand Hotel does not provide free flow of coffee or tea (just the 1 cup), but it’s still good value!

You may not know this but Rendezvous Grand Hotel has recently undergone a major Renovation, including a name change from the previous Hotel Rendezvous. The Palong Bar, located on the 1st floor of the hotel and where we had our Afternoon tea, looks sleek yet comfortable.

Rendezvous Hotel Palong Bar - Afternoon Tea 3-tier service (2)

Three tiers of finger sandwiches, savoury pastries and desserts!

Rendezvous Hotel Palong Bar - Various Desserts

Dessert was my favourite tier so I shall start talking about the dessert items first!

  • Paris Brest (hazelnut cream)
  • Macaroon (chocolate, orange or lemon)
  • Cheese cake
  • Tiramisu
  • Raspberry mousse

Those chocolate and lemon macaroons were fantastic. I wish there were more of them. The sweet filling sandwiched by 2 crisp layers of wafers, they were almost melt in the mouth. They are smaller than usual so I crunched them up whole. Delicious!

Rendezvous Hotel Palong Bar - Tiramisu

The other notable items were the raspberry mousse cake, the chocolate cake and the tiramisu. I like my tiramisus to be as moist as possible with more cake rather than mousse. I don’t mind if it’s swimming in the liquor actually! The tiramisu at Hotel Rendezvous had just the right ratio of liquor, cake and mousse.

Rendezvous Hotel Palong Bar - Raspberry mousse

The raspberry mousse cake was light and sweet without being cloying. Once again, there was more cake than mousse, which is really how I prefer it.

Rendezvous Hotel Palong Bar - Durian Pengat

Christina is a huge fan of durian. After she got us on that topic, and we realised that Hotel Rendezvous makes its own Durian Pengat, we just had to try it even if it wasn’t included in the Afternoon Tea Set! It was smooth and tasty with just the right amount of sweetness. I wouldn’t mind a more intense durian flavour if that could be possible.

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D’Pastry – Delicious Durian Puffs!

Chanced upon these delicious durian puffs being sold at Bedok Point. These are really amazingly delicious. I’ve never heard of D’Pastry before, so it was a really pleasant surprise to find such good durian puffs in my neighbourhood. The puff itself was oh so light like air. According to the sales assistant, the durian filling itself is made of pure durian puree with no added sugar! Where are they finding these good durians coz I’m not that great a fan of eating durians, yet I enjoyed these durian puffs very much! The puff combined with the durian puree was just superb. Between me and my parents, we polished off 5 in like 1 minute.

There was a sign saying that they’d won the RedNano 2010 award for best durian puffs in Singapore. I think a lot of people have tried the GoodWood Park durian puffs and consider them to be great. I’m not an expert at durian puffs as I haven’t tried all that many, but I would say these are quite on par!

The puffs are 6 for $4.20. Or you could get a single durian crepe for $2, or a durian block cake with a layer of durian puree for $7.

D'Pastry -Durian Puffs for $4 (2) D'Pastry -Durian Puffs for $4 D'Pastry at Bedok Point

D’Pastry

799 New Upper Changi Road

#01-K3, Bedok Point, Singapore 467351

Tel/Fax : 6242 6738

Website: www.d-pastry.com

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