Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao @ Jurong Point

Category : Chinese

We used to frequent Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao all the time.

It was our default go-to dinner place until they pulled our favourite dishes from their menu a couple years back.

These were dishes we’ll order everytime we dine at Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao.

Hopeful that these dishes may be reinstated, we do pop by Crystal Jade once in a while to check out their menu.

When one of the dishes reappeared in their menu, we started returning to Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao albeit not as frequent as before.

This is Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao’s La Mian served with Double-boiled Chicken Soup @ S$10.80.

A server once shared with us that the Chicken Soup should be poured into the La Mian when she saw us seasoning the noodles with vinegar. We tried that and still prefer our La Mian with vinegar 🙂

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao 43

It’s hard to go wrong with this dish. What’s not to like about a nicely done chicken soup?

Our only grouse is that the standard is not consistent across the different Crystal Jade branches. E.g. the double-boiled Chicken Soup at Jurong Point wasn’t as good as the one at Toa Payoh when we last dined at Crystal Jade.

The 2nd dish, which was my favourite La Mian, is Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao’s La Mian in Signature Pork Broth served with Deep-fried Pork Rib @ S$12.80.

It even has a star in the menu to indicate “Chef’s Recommendation”. So why was it removed in the 1st place? *Ponder*

Unfortunately, the higher the expectations, the harder the fall.

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao 45

Firstly, it took quite a while to serve and I thought it was because they had to deep fry the pork rib. Alas, the pork rib wasn’t crispy or hot. It tasted/felt more like pre-fried pork rib left to stand since morning. I guess they most probably just forgot my order.

The Pork Broth soup was disappointing as well. It tasted like any other ordinary soup with noodles soaked in it.

Well, looking on the bright side, there’s nothing Crystal Jade’s chilli can’t save.

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao 44

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao @ Jurong Point (View in Google Maps)
Jurong Point JP2 #03-96
1 Jurong West Central 2
Singapore 648886
GPS: 1.3398374,103.70442
Tel: +65 6790 2212
http://www.crystaljade.com/

Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 10pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holiday: 11am – 10pm

Reservation for weekdays only, excluding eve of Public Holiday & Public Holiday




banner

 

Amara Singapore Hotel Wedding Banquet Dinner

Category : Love, Fun & Joy, Wedding

I had an awesome time at one of my closest friends’ wedding at Amara Singapore @ Tanjong Pagar.

Yes, I very buay paiseh (thick skinned) self-declare close to everyone in my class 😛

And I truly hold them close to my heart, having known them for almost 2 decades!

I’m very blessed to have been classmates & friends with such awesome people! Not forgetting their significant others too 😉

Before I begin, I absolutely have to say, congratulations once again to our newly wedded couple 😀

And now…the food ^_^

Well I must say, the food @ Amara Hotel’s Wedding Banquet Dinner is pretty good.

First up is Amara Five Treasure Platter (Lobster with Melon, Roasted Pork, Seafood Beancurd Roll, Braised Sichuan Chicken, Crispy Whitebait).

This is my favourite dish of the night. Every item is nice and there were raves going around for the Braised Sichuan Chicken.

Amara Singapore Hotel Wedding Banquet Dinner 05

Next is Double Boiled Cordyceps, Hashima & Chicken Soup. This is one of the thickest, if not the thickest, chicken soup I’ve ever had.

The intense taste of the Chinese Herbs hit home right from the 1st spoon. This is a great dish for folks who love herbal soup.

Amara Singapore Hotel Wedding Banquet Dinner 07

Amara Singapore Hotel Wedding Banquet Dinner 08

Our fish of the night is Steamed Soon Hock in Teochew Style. The flavor is just nice and the fish is fresh and tender.

Amara Singapore Hotel Wedding Banquet Dinner 09

Next up is Stir Fried Scallops & Prawns with Golden Basket. The prawn is bouncy though the scallop is a little too chewy for my liking.

Amara Singapore Hotel Wedding Banquet Dinner 10

And this is something I didn’t expect. Steamed Duck with Eight Treasures.

From the onset, I thought that the duck meat will be very tough. Instead it was very tender & juicy. Thumbs up.

There was a comment that the duck from Dian Xiao Er is better though 🙂

Amara Singapore Hotel Wedding Banquet Dinner 11

And for our greens, Braised Baby Abalone with Bai Ling Mushroom & Spinach.

The Baby Abalone was done just nice, not overly chewy. A good choice with the Bai Ling Mushroom, instead of the usual oyster mushroom. Nice texture.

Amara Singapore Hotel Wedding Banquet Dinner 12

Next on the menu, Seafood Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaves.

Amara Singapore Hotel Wedding Banquet Dinner 13

And to wrap things up, it’s a 1st for me having Bird’s Nest with Aloe Vera for dessert. This is served warm and very unlike the usual bird’s nest with rock sugar.

Amara Singapore Hotel Wedding Banquet Dinner 14

Everything was distributed and served individually, other than the 1st dish. The server even kindly asked if I would like to take a picture beforehand. Great service!

Lovely couple, awesome company, good food & great service makes this an amazing evening 🙂

Amara Singapore (View in Google Maps)
165 Tanjong Pagar Road
Singapore 088539
GPS: 1.274961,103.8413863
Tel: +65 6879 2598
Fax: +65 6223 1293
Email: weddings@amarahotels.com
http://singapore.amarahotels.com/weddings/




banner

 

Kuvo Ambrosia & Elixirs @ Orchard Shopping Centre

Category : Afternoon Tea, European, French, Modern Asian, Seafood, Western

The food & ambience at Kuvo @ Orchard Shopping Centre is amazing!

Kuvo is a lifestyle concept by TCC and its secret location is on the 2nd floor of Orchard Shopping Centre, where Lei Garden used to occupy.

Stepping into Kuvo is like entering into a different world, away from the bustling crowd of Orchard road and old façade of Orchard Shopping Centre.

I would never have guess that there’s such an exquisite restaurant here if not for the recommendation of my old friend 😀

Kuvo @ Orchard Shopping Centre 06

Kuvo @ Orchard Shopping Centre 15

Kuvo @ Orchard Shopping Centre 16

We are here today to go through the wedding details of our groom-to-be while tucking into the gorgeous food of Kuvo by TCC.

I always enjoy myself in the company of my classmates and the good food @ Kuvo is just icing on the cake 🙂

Kuvo recently changed their menu from all day breakfast to small plates aka tapas. I love tapas!

And Kuvo’s tapas received raves from the class. They’re amazing albeit pricey.

Our evening started with Kuvo Portobello with Asparagus & Jalapeno @ S$12++. It’s sautéed portobello mushroom and green asparagus with jalapeno peppers and cherry tomato. Nicely seasoned, perfect texture.

Kuvo @ Orchard Shopping Centre 18

And as declared, this is the best Grilled Octopus @ S$16++ we’ve ever eaten. Kuvo’s sous-vide octopus leg with slow-cooked potato and smoked paprika is perfect.Nice flavour and perfect texture. Highly recommended.

Kuvo @ Orchard Shopping Centre 19

Here’s the dish of the night, Kuvo English Scotch Egg @ S$14 with melted edam cheese and red wine onion au jus (choice of wagyu beef, veal or tuna). The choice made here is wagyu beef & we had 2 orders of it! *Thumbs up*

I heard that this dish is not commonly available at restaurants because of the difficulty to achieve a nicely done egg with runny yolk within the meat. This is a must have when dining at Kuvo!

Kuvo @ Orchard Shopping Centre 20

Kuvo @ Orchard Shopping Centre 21

This is a very different Calamari @ S$16++ sautéed in garlic and extra virgin olive oil with pork charizo. This also received positive reviews while I’m partial to it.

Kuvo @ Orchard Shopping Centre 22

Another dish which we had 2 orders of is Kuvo Coffee Hot Wings @ S$14++ with baby carrot crudités and blue cheese dip.

Crispy, spicy, yummy with a nice twist of blue cheese dip. *Thumbs up*

 Kuvo @ Orchard Shopping Centre 23

Amidst all the positive reviews, we were served Kuvo Atlantic Cod Meuniere @ S$20++ with sweet pea-crusted fresh cod medallion with pearl barley fricassee and citrus nutty-brown butter.

I’m not a fan of pea so nothing much to comment here, but the texture of the Atlantic Cod is…yes, you guessed it, perfect. Very nice 🙂

Kuvo @ Orchard Shopping Centre 24

As for carbs, we had Kuvo Slipper Lobster Laksa Lemak @ S$14++ with half slipper lobster and thick vermicelli in spicy assam coconut broth. Compared to the earlier dishes, this is a little lacklustre.

Kuvo @ Orchard Shopping Centre 25

Ending our lovely meal on a healthy note is Kuvo Caesar 63°C @ S$12++ with premium italian prosciutto, 63°C slow-cooked egg, housemade casesar dressing and delectable parmigiano-reggiano shaves, with added smoked salmon @ S$3++.

It’s not bad though its egg is nothing compared to The Missing Pan @ Bt Timah 62 Degree Eggs.

Kuvo @ Orchard Shopping Centre 28

All in all, I highly recommend Kuvo Ambrosia & Elixirs @ Orchard Shopping Centre *Thumbs up* 😉

Kuvo Ambrosia & Elixirs @ Orchard Shopping Centre (View in Google Maps)
321 Orchard Road #02-01
Orchard Shopping Centre
Singapore 238866
GPS: 1.3034378,103.8325886
Tel: +65 6733 8272
Fax: +65 6733 9190
reservation@kuvo.com.sg

http://kuvo.com.sg/

Sun – Thu & Public Holiday
12pm – 1am

Fri, Sat & Eve of Public Holiday
12pm – 2am




banner

 

Thailand Food – Fai Sor Kam @ Siam Paragon

Category : Thailand Bangkok

Walking around Siam Paragon and undecided on where to go for lunch, we found ourselves in front of Fai Sor Kam @ Siam Paragon.

Well, what caught our attention was Fai Sor Kam’s Special Lunch Sets banner.

Fai Sor Kam is an East meets West Restaurant, combining Thai & Italian Food.

Their Special Lunch Sets are going for THB150++ on Monday – Friday (Except Public Holidays) from 10:30am to 4:30pm.

And THB220++ on Monday – Friday from 4:31pm to 9:30pm, and Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday from 10am to 9:30pm.

Fai Sor Kam 02

The Thai Herbal Drinks that came with the Special Lunch Sets were served while we were taking photos of the numerous lanterns hanging from Fai Sor Kam’s ceiling.

Here’s a few shots of me trying to be artistic 😛

Fai Sor Kam 38

Fai Sor Kam 39

As for Fai Sor Kam’s Thai Herbal Drinks: Lemongrass Juice and Roselle Juice, they weren’t very nice.

Fai Sor Kam 40

Back to our main courses, here’s our 1st set, Fai Sor Kam’s Deep-Fried Shrimps with Garlic, Fried Egg, Tofu Clear Soup and Jasmine Rice.

It was pretty average. Nothing to critic, and nothing to rave about.

Fai Sor Kam 41

But Fai Sor Kam’s Fried Shrimp Cakes in the 2nd set, Chicken Green Curry, Fried Shrimps Cake and Jasmine Rice were really good 😀

Fai Sor Kam 42

Fai Sor Kam 43

Will we return to Fai Sor Kam again? Hmmm…maybe can consider…

Fai Sor Kam Siam Paragon (View in Google Maps)
4F
991 Rama1 Road
Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330
GPS: 13.747095,100.535141
Tel: 02-610 9717
https://www.facebook.com/Fai-Sor-Kam-937420879617677/

Daily: 11am – 10pm




banner

 

Thailand Food – Bake a Wish @ Siam Paragon Bangkok

Category : Thailand Bangkok

What attracted us to Bake a Wish here at Siam Paragon was its Tiramisu.

We were walking around looking for a place to have some dessert when we spotted Tiramisu in its display and decided to give it a try.

We were lucky enough to secure a table and ordered 2 of Bake a Wish’s desserts for sharing 🙂

Bake a Wish 1

First up was Bake a Wish’s Tiramisu @ THB105 which was disappointing.

It didn’t have the intense flavour we were looking for. Saizeriya Singapore’s Tiramisu still top the charts.

Bake a Wish 6

Luckily the day was served by Bake a Wish’s New York Cheesecake @ THB210 which was served with raspberry and blueberry. Now this is interesting and it was good.

Its texture and the intensity of the cheese was just the way we like it.

Bake a Wish 7

Its raspberry was a tad too sourish for us. But adding blueberry to Bake a Wish’s New York Cheesecake was a match made in heaven.

Thumbs up 😀

Bake a Wish Siam Paragon (View in Google Maps)
Ground Floor
991 Rama1 Road
Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330
GPS: 13.747095,100.535141
http://bakeawish-japanesecake.com




banner