Sunday 30 September 2018

PUTIEN at Kitchener Road – Award Winning Fujian Cuisine [MEDIA INVITE]

Deep Fried Pork Trotters with Salt and Pepper

PUTIEN is a Singapore restaurant with its roots traced back to the city of Putian, a coastal suburb in Fujian, CHINA. Currently, one of the most well-known Fujian restaurants in ASIA, it currently has more than 53 outlets and growing.

In Singapore, the jewel of the restaurant is the outlet at Kitchener Road. It has won numerous prestigious awards, including Michelin One-Star Restaurant in 2016, 2017 and 2018.  Personally, I have visited other branch of PUTIEN, however, this is the first time I ever tried the food in Kitchener Road.

PUTIEN Lor Mee ($9.80 for Small, $19.50 for Medium and $28.80 for Large). A must order dish when you dine in PUTIEN. The noodle is cooked in a rich milky stock, together with the fresh clams. You will also find dried shrimp (Hae Bee) and small scallops that gave the broth its umami flavour.

PUTIEN Lor Mee (Individual Serving)

Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon ($9.80) is a very popular dish for a Heng Hwa restaurant in Singapore. The bee hoon is smooth with a touch of springiness, bursting with flavours from the broth it is cooked with. Simple looking, yet delicious.

Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon (Individual Serving)

PUTIEN Bian Rou Soup ($4.80 per pax). The first time I tried this soup. Looks like a mini wanton, however, the wrapper is made of pork meat. It is good, but pork flavour in the skin is very delicate not recognisable at first. After a few bites, you will notice the uniqueness of the wrapper.

PUTIEN Bian Rou Soup 

Seaweed with Mini Shrimps Dressed with Sauce ($7.90) and Stir-fried Yam ($13.90). The seaweed is an appetizing starter, as the chilled seaweed is tossed mini shrimps and vinegar dressing. While the stir-fried yum, is a fusion between sweet and savoury with crispy and crunchy.

Seaweed with Mini Shrimps Dressed with Sauce 

Stir-fried Yam

‘100-Second’ Stewed Yellow Croaker ($13.80). The yellow croaker fish, butterfly, and steamed in a claypot for 100 seconds. The result is  a perfectly cooked fish with tender and almost boneless flesh. The broth can be drink as a soup as well, without worrying about the fishy aroma. Yum Yum.

‘100-Second’ Stewed Yellow Croaker

Deep Fried Pork Trotters with Salt and Pepper ($6.50 per piece, min order 2 pcs). This dish only uses the front hind trotters. The skin is crispy, while there is not much meat on the hind, you will be sinking your teeth into the tendon and collagen.

Deep Fried Pork Trotters with Salt and Pepper

PUTIEN Sweet & Sour Pork with Lychees ($13.90 for Small, $20.90 for Medium). Tender and succulent sweet and sour pork. The sweetness added a different type of sweetness to this dish.

PUTIEN Sweet & Sour Pork with Lychees

Spinach in Supreme Stock ($13.90 for Small, $20.90 for Medium). Spinach cooked in the egg infused broth with salted egg and century egg. While this is a common dish in most of the restaurant, I have to admit the blend of the egg in the broth gave this dish in PUTIEN a slight edge. A flavour bomb vegetable dish indeed.

Spinach in Supreme Stock

Overall, dining at PUTIEN Kitchener Road is definitely different from other PUTIEN outlet. I visited the outlet at Parkway Parade a few times, however, it seems the dishes at the Kitchener branch is another level higher. Not only the food is delicious, but the price is pocket-friendly as well. If you like PUTIEN, give this branch a try.

Food: 7.75/10
Value: 9/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 7.75/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25, $26 - $50

Madam Leng Mooncakes at PUTIEN

During the Mid-Autumn Celebration, PUTIEN sale Madam Leng Mooncakes. Founded by Madam Leng Ah Eng, the longest-serving stalwart in PUTIEN, she has been making her Teochew style mooncakes for almost two decades. It comes in two flavours: Yam and Purple Sweet Potato (with/without single salted egg yolk). The fillings are made using Thailand’s Premium Taro and Japan’s First Grade Purple Sweet Potato respectively.

Madam Leng Mooncakes at PUTIEN

These mooncakes are in demand during the Mid-Autumn Celebration and this year, it sold out one week before the actual day of Mid-Autumn Festival. As no preservative is used in the mooncakes, it is best consumed within 3 days of purchase. So, keep this in mind and try out Madam Leng Ah Leng mooncakes for Mid-Autumn Celebration 2019.

Madam Leng Mooncakes

Purple Sweet Potato (with single salted egg yolk)

127 Kitchener Road
Singapore 208514

T: +65 6295 6358
IG: @putien_sg
OH: Daily, 11.30 – 15.00 (LO 14.30), 17.30 – 22.00 (LO 21.30)

Thursday 6 September 2018

Conrad Centennial Singapore – Executive King Room [MEDIA INVITE]

Executive King Room - Conrad Centennial Singapore

Conrad Centennial Singapore ★★★★(5 Stars Hotel)
Two Temasek Boulevard
Singapore 038982

T: +65 6334 8888
IG: @ConradSingapore

The Day View from our room

Room Type: Executive King Room (with Executive Floor Privileges)
Stayed: August 2018
Booking: Media Invite

Conrad Centennial Singapore is an award-winning luxurious Five Star hotel in Singapore. The hotel just recently undergoes a rejuvenation and Little Devil and I have the privilege to check out their newly furbished Executive King Room.

The Night View from our room

What we saw from our room during NDP Preview 1

Location: (10/10)
Conrad Centennial Singapore is located in Marina Bay next to Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, one of the main exhibitions centre in Singapore. Central Business District and Marina Bay Sands is just five minutes taxi ride away.

Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre - Fountain of Wealth

The hotel is surrounded by three shopping centres: Suntec City, Millenia Walk and Marina Square which boast extensive shops and dining selections. Promenade MRT station is just 3 minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Room: Overall (10/10)
Cleanliness (10/10). Space (10/10). Room Amenities (10/10)

Our Executive King Room is located on the 29th Floor, with the view of the bay. When we first enter the room, we just went WOW. The room is elegant, spacious and bright with the beautiful scenery of the bay. In the evening, we manage to catch some of the fireworks from NDP Preview 1 session.

Super King Size Bed

The Super King size bed was decorated with batik Conrad Bear on it, along with the long sofa by the window to laze around. There are also Welcome snacks (Macarons, Chocolate Pralines, mini chocolates) and fruits. To receive a hand-written welcome note by one Conrad’s staff is just a priceless. 

The Room

Our welcome snacks and fruits

The bed is firm with a touch of soft padding on the top. (Bed firmness rating 8/10) The pillows on the bed are huge and good for hugging and when you lay on it, it just cuddles your head nicely.

The Shower

Bathroom amenities are just fantastic. There are three type of toiletries range to choose from Temple Spa, Refinery and Mandarin Tea. You have a pair of bathroom sink if you and your partner need to use it simultaneously. The bathtub is definitely a plus point for hotels in Singapore and the shower cubicle is just classy with rainfall showerhead and normal wall head.

Amenities Selection

Amenities Selection
Amenities Selection with Conrad Rubber Ducky

The range of drinks and snacks offerings in the room is extensive. There are free Nespresso Coffee, free Rottenfield tea bags, followed by vast selections of alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.

Nespress, Water Boiler, Ice Bucket and Red Wine

Snacks, Coffee & Tea

In the Fridge

In the evening, there is also a turndown service. We did not take up the offer because we don’t want to miss out on the NDP fireworks.

Room Entertainment & WiFi (9/10)

The flat screen TV in the room is huge, about 50 inches, placed in a strategic position in the room. The WiFi connectivity is seamless, but the strength of the WiFi is only half in the room, instead of full bar. So streaming tv series or movie might be a challenge.

Executive Floor Privilege (8.5/10)

One of the privileges of Executive Floor is the access to Executive Lounge. It opens from 6.30am to 11pm. Since we had our afternoon tea at Lobby Lounge, which you can find the full review here; we had our evening drinks here (available from 5.30pm to 8pm, with hors-d’oeuvres).

Part of the spread

Part of the spread

The Executive Lounge is located on the 31st floor, however, due to the high usage during the weekend, they extend the lounge on the 30th floor. We proceed to the 30th floor for our drinks and snacks as it was full on the 31st floor. The selections of hot food, cold food, alcohols and beverages are quite widespread. Best of all we can get the window seat and enjoy the view from the 30th floor is pretty significant. 

Part of the spread

Part of the spread

The View from the 30th floor Executive Lounge

Breakfast at Oscar’s (9/10)

We decided on breakfast at Oscar’s as it is more spacious. The extensive spread includes egg station, healthy station (salad and homemade muesli), cereals station, bread station, noodle station, cheese and cold cuts station, juice bar, waffle and pancake station, and ice cream station (Yes, Ice Cream for Breakfast).

Part of the breakfast spread

Noodle Station

Part of the breakfast spread

At the egg station, I ordered poached egg that is not on the menu and they served me the full version of egg benedict. The egg is soft, wobbly topped with a rich and creamy hollandaise sauce. Yum Yum. The bacon, sausage and waffle with raspberry ice-cream leave a positive impression for the breakfast.

Egg Benedict - Off Menu

Ice Cream Station

Waffle and Raspberry Ice Cream for Breakfast

Service: (8.5/10)

Overall, the service staff are very friendly and accommodating. If you check-in on the weekend, be prepared to wait. I waited about 1 hour before I got my room. I don’t mind waiting, however, it will be better to inform the guest/s on the estimated waiting time instead of just letting wonder without any confirmation.

The Swimming Pool

Overall: Highly Recommend

Conrad Centennial Singapore definitely comes highly recommended for a luxurious stay or staycation in Singapore. Their Executive room is spacious and the view is amazing plus it is just across Suntec City Exhibition Centre and accessible everywhere. For 5* accommodation in Singapore, Conrad Centennial Singapore is highly recommended.

Thank you very much to Conrad Centennial Singapore for the Staycation Invite. crew resting

The Executive Floor Privileges include:  
·       Access to the Executive Lounge daily from 6.30am to 11pm
·       Buffet breakfast in the lounge or at Oscar’s
·       Delightful afternoon tea from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
·       Evening drinks with hors d’oeuvres from 5.30pm to 8pm
·       All day tea, coffee and soft drinks till 10pm (Alcoholic drinks available at a charge after 8pm)
·       Complimentary Premium Wi-Fi access and local calls
·       Complimentary pressing for a maximum of 3 items during stay
·       Complimentary use of meeting room for a maximum of 2 hours per day, subject to availability

·       A smart casual dress code is appreciated. Kindly refrain from wearing flip flops, slippers, bathrobes, swim-wear or fitness attire. Covered shoes and sleeved tops are requested for gentlemen. 

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