Sunday, 19 November 2017

Cherry Garden – Unveiling 2017 Delicious New Look [MEDIA INVITE]

Cherry Garden at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

Rejuvenated Cherry Garden recently open its door after it's recent renovations. My last visit to Cherry Garden was early this year, and this new look is just impressive. The new interior features a palette of natural wood stained hues enhanced by daylight streaming through the outdoor garden, lending a bright and welcoming atmosphere.

Part of Main Dining Hall

Part of Private Dining Area

Amuse-bouche was Crispy almond prawns with fresh passion fruit and flying fish roe. The prawn is crispy, crunchy and nicely coated with delicate creamy mayonnaise. The fresh passion fruit gave it a zest that balance the creaminess of the mayonnaise. Most Amuse-bouche can be eaten in a bite, but this prawn is pretty big that it will take you a couple of bites. Well, I do enjoy the bigger portion, as it gives you the shiokness.

Amuse-bouche - Crispy almond prawns
 with fresh passion fruit and flying fish roe

Known for its innovative and refine Dim Sum menu, we had some for entrée. Steamed prawn dumpling with black garlic - 黑金蒜虾饺 ($8); Steamed crystal dumpling with fresh mushrooms and black truffle - 黑松露水晶饺 ($7) and Steamed pork xiao long bao – 金汤小笼包($7).

Steamed pork xiao long bao 
Steamed prawn dumpling with black garlic

Monday, 13 November 2017

How to keep clean drains in your kitchen?

Healthy Clean Kitchen
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Leftovers, cooking oil and other debris that go down the drain can clog the pipes and cause a whole host of plumbing problems in your kitchen. A sure way to keep clean drains in your kitchen is to be careful what you put down the drain and get accustomed to a few good practices.

Do not throw everything down the drain

You should avoid throwing everything down the drain when you wash the dishes. You can start by collecting the cooking oil in a disposable recipient instead of letting it go down the drain when you wash your skillet, wok, or other pans. Secondly, you should do the same for coffee grounds.

Sink full of dishes
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While having a garbage disposal helps get rid of unwanted debris, the use of a sink strainer or drain-grate is recommended to cover the opening of the drain and thus reduce the number of leftovers that go down the drain.

When you move into a new house you might want to consider doing a thorough plumbing inspection, make the necessary repairs and even replace your kitchen sink, if needed.

Tips for cleaning clogged drains

A tip on how to clear clogged drains in Singapore is to use home-made cleaning agents. This can be a tablespoon of baking soda, simply cast down the drain and washed with hot water. Baking soda not only cleans but it also absorbs unwanted smells and it can be combined with white wine vinegar for improved efficiency. 

Baking Soda

Strong cleaners like chlorine bleach can be an option for cleaning clogged pipes. You can also use this substance as a preventive measure, once a month, by pouring approximately ten ounces down the drain at night, once you have stopped using the kitchen sink.

Stronger Cleaners

The types of pipes you have in your kitchen will ultimately determine what types of cleaners you can use. For example, PVC or copper pipes are considered more resistant compared to older iron pipes. A plumber in Singapore can help you clear the kitchen sink drainpipes and solve any plumbing problems that might have appeared because of clogged, messy drainpipes.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Thien Kee Steamboat – Traditional Hainanese Steamboat

Thien Kee Steamboat Restaurant

Thien Kee Steamboat Restaurant ('TK') at Golden Mile is a name that most people in Singapore heard or familiar with. This Hainanese restaurant begins its operation in 1952 and they have been the anchor tenant in the basement of Golden Mile Tower as long as I remember.

The restaurant itself had undergone a facelift. I remember a while back the place is dark and dingy. However, in the recent visit, it has transformed into a clean eatery. The first thing that you will notice when you received their menu is there is no price on the menu. This mystery often lead to “kiasu” perception where if you get chopped here or not?

The Menu - No Printed Price

Hainanese Chicken and Chicken Rice. The signature dish here. The chicken is poached to almost cooked, sometimes you can still see the blood near the bones. It is plump, juicy and succulent, with silky skin. The combination of light soy sauce and oil are drizzled on the chicken for more flavour. A minus point here is that the chicken missing its bishop, my favourite part of the chicken.

Hainanese Chicken

The rice is aromatic and plump. The rice soaks up the essence of the chicken broth plus the ginger and garlic.

Chicken Rice

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Peach Blossoms – 7 Course Abalone Special [MEDIA INVITE]

Peach Blossoms

Peach Blossoms at Marina Mandarin Singapore celebrates the year end of 2017 by featuring the exquisite abalone 7-course set menu at $98++ per person. The menu consists of:

1st course, Peach Blossoms Trio Appetiser Combination: Deep-fried Scallop and Banana wrapped with Mashed Taro, Deep-fried Prawn coated with Mayonnaise and Mixed Nuts & Chilled Japanese Cucumber Rolls filled with Jellyfish. (精选特色三拼: 蜂巢香蕉玉带,菓香鲜虾球,日本青瓜海蜇卷)

Peach Blossoms Trio Appetiser Combination

The cucumber has the most subtle taste. It is refreshing and crunchy. The taro is crisp externally, followed by smooth velvety taro paste and the burst of sweetness from the banana fillings. Meanwhile, the deep-fried huge tiger prawn is crispy and bouncy, with a bold creamy flavour from the mayonnaise.

2nd course, Braised Shark’s Fin with Fish Lip and Shrimp Dumpling in Shark’s Cartilage Soup served in Stone Bowl (石锅翅骨三宝汤). The soup that was served has different ingredients but we were assured the soup base is similar. The robust cream milky broth is the result of a long period of boiling. It is served on a hot stone, it retains the heat over a long period of time. The heat and peppery flavour from the broth nicely balance the gelatinous texture from the fish lips.

Our Soup on the night

The supposed Ingredients

3rd course, Braised Six-head Whole Abalone in Superior Oyster Sauce accompanied with Hairy Gourd Rings stuffed with Conpoy (玉环瑶柱莆伴六头鲍鱼). A springy yet succulent braised six-head abalone nicely absorbed the braising sauce. The gravy is thick, rich and robust complements the crunchy broccoli and the more subtle hairy gourd.

Braised Six-head Whole Abalone in Superior Oyster Sauce
accompanied with Hairy Gourd Rings stuffed with Conpoy

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Long Jiang Chinos – Chinese Cuisine in Serene Environment [MEDIA INVITE]

Long Jiang Chinos

Long Jiang Chinos ('LJC') is a Chinese restaurant established by Long Jiang Culinary, an F&B group that has years of experience in the culinary industry. They are the main curator of F&B delights in Singapore Turf Club.

Located in quaint and serene ORTO in Yishun, LJC provides a unique dining experience in the North part of Singapore. It has an alfresco dining concept and most of the dining area faces the lake. The huge outdoor air circulator and cooling system will ensure you still dine in comfort during those hot and stuffy days. It is a good dining destination, within a close distance to Yishun heartland that re-live the Kampung spirit.

Fish Skin with Salted Egg Yolk

We kick start the tasting with Baby Squid ($14). A favourite entrée in seafood restaurants in Singapore. The little squid is deep fried till crispy and tossed with the sweet sauce that normally made from honey, light soy sauce, and dark soy sauce. It is delicious and you can't stop munching it.

Baby Squid

Fish Skin with Salted Egg Yolk ($8.80) and Crispy Fried Har Chou ($12 for 8 pcs). It is actually two separate dishes, the kitchen put them together to make it look big. The fish skin is crispy topped with fluffy powdery salted egg yolk. The Har Chou is crisp with solid and generous fillings. I find both of this dishes actually complement each other nicely.

Crispy Fried Har Chou with Fish Skin with Salted Egg Yolk

Seafood Hotpot ($128 good for 4 to 5 pax). The signature dish of LJC. The whole Soon Hock fish is simmered on a bed of cabbage with other live seafood such as prawns, clams, and squid with chicken stock.

Seafood Hotpot