Sunday 31 December 2017

Durian Empire – 100% Ethical Durian Deals in Punggol [MEDIA INVITE]

Premium MSW @ Durian Empire - Punggol

Durian, the King of Fruits, the exotic and mystical fruits that has a special place in the heart of people in South East Asia. It is pungent, polluted the refrigerator like a gas leak, but it just keeps enticing your taste buds.

Durian seasons normally reach its peak in the mid-year and end of the year. The current market favourite in Singapore is the Mao Shan Wang / Musang King (MSW). It is known for the creaminess, perfect balance between bitter and sweetness, plus their seeds are small and flat in most of them.

Durian Empire

However, buying durian can be very challenging. I have been “chopped or conned” a few times when buying durians and personally hate the hard selling tactics. Thankfully, I got to know a couple trusted durian seller recently. One of them is Durian Empire in Punggol Plaza.

Owned and run by a group of younger generation of durian sellers, they focus on service and 100% Ethical Durian Deals. Everyday, they will post the price of their durian on their facebook page. Their current offering includes: Premium MSW, Old tree MSW, Normal MSW, JinFeng, Highland Red Prawn and more depending on the supply.

Zen - One of the boss

Little Devil and I went to Punggol Plaza based on the invitation by Durian Empire. The Premium MSW (priced at $22 per kg on the day) are meaty, creamy and have a good balance between bitter and sweetness. Definitely a #Duriangasm. The plus point also the seeds were very small.

Premium MSW

As it is a “Media Invite” tasting, meaning they will give us the best one to try. However on the same night, we came with a couple of friends and they were sitting far away from us, like our mystery diners. Their feedback to us is that they received the same transparent and friendly service from a different staff member. They do not hard sell you and their durian quality is very good.

Premium MSW

Premium MSW

By coincidence, we also met another friend that stayed near Punggol. He said this was his second time and praise Durian Empire for their service and quality. This is to show that Durian Empire are true to their words on 100% Ethical Deal.

Premium MSW

The Seeds of Premium MSW

For those with kids, the little ones will get free flow of ice cream so the adults can enjoy the durian in peace.

Free Flow of Ice Cream for the young ones

Durian Empire offers Free Delivery service for North East and East Region: Punggol, Sengkang, Bedok, Hougang, Tampines, etc. with a minimum order of 3kg of the same variety. Delivery time is between 6 to 10 PM. Please PM them early on Facebook or the numbers below. When finalising the order, they will PM you the photo of your order for confirmation.

Overall, I was glad to be invited by Durian Empire for the media tasting. Now, I know a Durian Place that I can trust and provide a transparent and wonderful service. Indeed 100% Ethical Deals. Cheers!!

Thank you very much to Martin & Zen for hosting us and the delicious Premium MSW.

Durian Empire
168 Punggol Field
B1 Atrium, Punggol Plaza
Singapore 820168

T: +65 9767 1519 / 9138 1876
IG: @DurianEmpire
Sun – Thu: 16.30 – 23.30
Fri & Sat: 16.30 – 00.30
Will close early if durian sold out

Daily Prices are available on Facebook page.
Delivery is available North East and East Region: Punggol, Sengkang, Bedok, Hougang, Tampines, etc.

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ellenborough Market Cafe – Christmas Feast 2017 [MEDIA INVITE]

Ellenborough Market Cafe

Celebrate this year festive seasons with Ellenborough Market Cafe ('EMC'). From 15 to 31 December 2017, EMC will showcase its Christmas offerings with an Asian twist.

Ellenborough Market Cafe - Christmas Feast

Our Christmas Feast begins with Pumpkin Soup with Crabmeat. It is smooth, creamy with a very solid pumpkin flavour. The fresh twist comes from the crab meat with the spring onion, the fresh crab meat give the soup a unique taste, and surprising it goes well together. But I don't think you can find spring onion with pumpkin soup in Europe.

Pumpkin Soup with Crabmeat

Oxtail stew. One of those comforting dish that is perfect for winter Christmas. The oxtail is definitely cooked over a long period, as the meat falls off the bones. It is well braised and the meat absorbs the spices and red wine nicely. Perfect to go with some rice, bread or potatoes.

Oxtail Stew

Sunday 10 December 2017

Element – Christmassey Feasting 2017 [MEDIA INVITE]

Turkey Buah Keluak

Amara Singapore brings in the Christmas cheers and New Year’s festivities with a whole host of dining and party options. For a great feasting, reserve your seats as early as 17 November 2017 and by 1 December 2017, to enjoy 1-for-1 Christmas Eve and Day, New Year’s Eve and Day buffet spreads at Element restaurant, limited to the first 20 diners, per buffet session, per day.

Cold Cuts

Highlights for the Festive Starters are: Tuna Tataki with Cucumber Ribbons and Puffed Quinoa; cold cuts of: Parma Ham, Salami and Smoked Duck Breast; Cocktail Prawn and Crab Meat in Duo Melon; Marinated Duck Rillette with Red Wine Dried Fruits Chutney and Gherkin Salsa; and Honey Baked Butter Squash with Honey Mustard and Pumpkin Seed.

Honey Baked Butter Squash with Honey Mustard and Pumpkin Seed.

The tuna tataki is light and delightful. Nicely seared to medium rare, you can enjoy duo texture of the slightly cooked part. There is a touch of tanginess in the dressing to remove any fishy flavour in the fish. The best part of the cold cuts is the Parma Ham. One of my favourite cold cuts and nicely paired with the melon from the cocktail prawn and crab.

Tuna Tataki with Cucumber Ribbons and Puffed Quinoa

Cocktail Prawn and Crab are simply tossed in mayonnaise. A simple dish, however, it showcases the freshness of the ingredients.

Cocktail Prawn and Crab Meat in Duo Melon

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Cook & Brew – New Dishes For The Festive Season 2017 [MEDIA INVITE]

Nova Scotia Lobster and Avocado Toast

We are back at Cook & Brew, the Westin Singapore's speciality gastro-bar for the unveiling of new dishes for this festive season by Chef Aaron Foster and his team. Little Devil and I have been to Cook and Brew on a few occasions and we are always impressed by the food served here.

Whipped Buffalo Milk Ricotta Cheese ($15), the perennial favourite in Cook and Brew. The ricotta cheese is creamy and mild. The infusion of truffle honey added sweet and aromatic touch to the cheese. Spread it over the crisp yet chewy grilled bread, making it a good finger food. Knowing it is going to be plenty of food for the night, I stop myself from having a second helping.

Whipped Buffalo Milk Ricotta Cheese

Barbecue Turkey Meatballs ($16). Turkey Meatballs has been a Cook and Brew menu as far as I can remember. This time around, Chef upsize the meatballs. The barbecue sauce added the sweet and tanginess to the succulent meatballs. For contrasting crispy texture, you can nibble on the chips.

Barbecue Turkey Meatballs

Barbecue Turkey Meatballs

Sunday 3 December 2017

JIN Fine Dining – A Refine Japanese Food [MEDIA INVITE]

JIN Fine Dining

JIN Fine Dining is a Japanese Restaurant located at the Amoy Hotel along Telok Ayer Street. It served a wide selection of quality Japanese cuisine, under the care of Executive Chef Ray Phun, who has more than 16 years experience in Japanese cuisine.

Amoy Hotel Lobby

Interesting Wall in Amoy Hotel Lobby

We commence this dining experience with Sashimi Moriawase ($128). A special sashimi platter curated for this tasting. It has fresh and thick slices of salmon, tuna and amberjack. Special on the platter is the whole sea bream. It is actually one of the most popular sashimi in Jeju island. The flesh of the sea bream has a more crunchy and chewy texture. It is slightly different from the common fish sashimi I have tasted.

Sashimi Moriawase

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