Friday, July 3

[Media Invitation] Soft Opening of the First Concept @ Eat At Seven, ENBU - Singapore’s first-ever Warayaki and Charcoal Grill Izakaya‏


Was invited to the soft launch of the First Concept @ Eat At Seven, Enbu Singapore’s first-ever Warayaki and Charcoal Grill Izakaya!

Enbu is the first in Eat At Seven’s line-up to be launched. With a meaning that translates to “Dance of Flame”, ENBU offers a dining experience that perfectly complements Singapore’s exciting dining scene. The restaurant’s calling card is grilling with straws and charcoal grill, which lend a wonderful smoky fragrance to its wide array of fresh and exquisite cuisines. 


Smoked Salmon with Homemade Cheese Tofu

This dish tasted pleasantly good. Surprisingly, the smoked salmon complements well with the cheese tofu. It could have been better if more tofu was injected for better texture.

Deep fried tofu with Uni sauce

Crispy and flaky on the outside; soft and smooth inside. I thought that it already tasted good on its own. However, you may wish to dip it with the uni sauce.

Taco Salad

This dish here appear more to me as a Mexican cuisine. Salads are poured into the crispy tortilla. After which, the homemade beef/pork meat sauce and cheese were added as a topping. An appetizing dish you got to try!


Sashimi Moriawase

The assorted sashimi certainly tasted fresh with good texture! I enjoyed the uni (Sea Urchin) and tuna sashimi pretty much!

Oyster and Spinach Teppanyaki

This dish tasted pretty good! Definitely one of my favourite. The uni sauce complements well with the grilled oyster (slight crispy texture) and spinach. 

Chicken Warayaki With 
Special Spring Onion Sauce

Katsuo Warayaki

 Homemade Steamed Tofu

The texture of it was soft and silky. Do remember to mix it with the ponzu sauce else it tasted rather blend without much flavour.

Jya Jya Men

I like the springy noodle texture. However, the minced meat sauce over the noodle tasted rather flavouful for me. 

You may wish to know that Enbu will officially open in early July 2015.

Enbu 
3 Temasek Boulevard
Suntec City Mall
#03-307
Singapore 038983

Tel: 6268 8043
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 11:00pm

Monday, June 29

Pho Street New Menu Launch Media Tasting Invite‏


Was invited to a media tasting: Pho Street New Menu Launch‏ at Bedok mall! I liked the nice decoration settings. A pretty cosy place to dine in with your loved ones.

Pho Street is a quick service restaurant which serves authentic Vietnamese street food to people from all walks of life as represented by the street. Knowing that there is a lack of good authentic Vietnamese food in Singapore, Pho Street aims to reignite the Vietnamese food culture in Singapore with an emphasis on the vibrancy of Vietnamese cuisine. Indulge yourself in our signature Beef and Chicken Pho, with the savoury stock promising to wet your taste buds.

Lemon Cooler with Peppermint & Basil

These 2 beverages tasted pretty good. It was neither too sweet nor blend. The basil added complement well with both beverages. A refreshing drink to order when you visit this restaurant. 

Fresh Summer Rolls with Prawn, 
Pork Belly & Fresh Herbs

These summer rolls tasted fresh and certainly goes along well with its sauce. It could have been good if they go easy on the lettuce, for better taste texture. 

Vietnamese Snack Platter
- Crispy Fried Pork Rolls
- Roasted Chicken Skewers
- Vietnamese Crabcakes

I liked the presentation of this dish when it was served. I enjoyed the crispy fried pork and crabcakes pretty much! It complements pretty well with the chilli sauce provided. The chicken skewers tasted okay but its spiciness overpowered the original taste of it.  

Sesame Rice Crackers with Fragrant 
Minced Meat and Spices Dip

An appetizing dish you got to order when you visit this place. The minced meat complements well with the spices! It was well-marinated with the correct amount of spiciness added. Also, it goes along well with the sesame rice crackers.

Crispy Fried Chicken Mid-wings served 
with Caramelised Sweet Dip

This dish tasted okay. It will be good if they improve on its battered as it was way too crispy for me. The sweet dip certainly enhance the overall taste.

Pho Beef Combination

I like this dish as the broth tasted light and not too flavourful for me. The beef slices however, tasted rather tough. For the beef lover, you definitely cannot miss this Pho Beef Combination consisting of beef slices, balls, shank, tendon and tripe.

Banh Mi Combination

Another option you can get will be the toasted Banh Mi. A good combination of bread stuffed with meats, mayonnaise, pickled carrot & radish, cucumber, chilli and fresh cilantro. However, the texture of the bread can be improved as one may get rather tired munching it. 

Roasted Pork Chop with Rice

I felt that this marinated pork chop tasted slightly flavourful for me. 
The texture of the meat can be improved as it was slightly tough.

Cream of Mung Bean with 
Coconut Sauce & Crushed Peanuts

If you adore the taste of coconut, you have to give this a try!

Bedok Mall 
B1-40
Daily: 11:00am – 10:00pm

Wednesday, June 17

《心谜》Mind Game Drama Review


Mind Game is thriller-romance drama with many unexpected twists and suspense. Liang Wen Jie (Tay Ping Hui) is a paralegal at a law firm; he is in-charge of many mysterious cases that requires thorough investigations. In each case, suspects are extremely careful as they plot elaborate lies to escape from detection. However, none of them can escape from Wen Jie who has a sharp analytical mind and is attentive to even the smallest details. 

《心谜》是一部既惊险又浪漫的电视剧,故事情节曲折、悬念重重。梁文杰(郑斌辉) 是一家律师楼的助理律师。他处理的案件都比较特殊,也非常具有挑战性。在每个罪案例中,嫌犯都会精心设计重重陷阱与谎言,避免暴露自己。但没有人能够逃脱文杰敏锐的观察力以及判断能力,他有着惊人的天赋,再棘手的案件也难不倒他。聪明过人的文杰虽然对查案了如指掌,但对自己所面对的生活问题却束手无策。


The following are the main cast:





Just finished watching《心谜》Mind Game on channel 8. Personally, I enjoyed this drama as it constantly kept me in good suspense with the different cases presented. Each case was nicely crafted with an unexpected twists. Though certain occurrence may appear somewhat coincidence and predictable, the story flow was commendable. 

Having similar plot like Against The Tide 逆潮, I thought that《心谜》Mind Game scores better in terms of the chemistry and acting capability among the cast. The story was more compact and convincing to a certain extent.

Honestly, The main and supporting casts acted well in their given roles. However, the 2 obvious ones that did exceptionally well would be Zhang Yao Dong and Joanne Peh! 

Hope to see more similar genre of drama being aired in channel 8! I am sure to watch it! 

Ratings: 4.35/5

Sunday, June 14

Earl grey lavender ice-cream waffle @ Creamier


As I was at Toa Payoh for an external course, near to creamier. I decided to visit this cafe and give the waffle a try! I heard many good reviews not only about its waffle but the ice-cream as well! 

Personally, I like the texture of the waffle that was nicely done. The earl grey lavender ice-cream had a unique taste which was commendable! Not to forget the nice presentation presented as well (:

128, Toa Payoh Lorong 1
#01-835
Singapore 310128 
Tel: (65) 6250 1476 

Wednesday, June 10

San Andreas Movie Review


After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning, and when they think the worst may be over… it’s just getting started. 



Watched San Andreas with Gary yesterday evening. Personally, I felt that the story was rather compact with a rather good flow. With a good introductory, I was anticipating a convincing story-line. However, I was slightly disappointed with certain occurrence that appear not only coincidence but also predictable to me.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed the intense scenes which was nerve wracking. Not to forget the nice visual effects presented that made this show worth watching. It educated us on the importance of kinship and to possess positive team spirit. Great to see some humor element injected which lighten this heavy hearted show a little.

Overall, a decent disaster film. Do not expect much on its plot but rather the good visuals and intense scenes that may 'wow' you one way or another.

Ratings: 3.5/5

Sunday, June 7

[Media Invitation] Launch of Chabuton’s latest spicy ramen with five levels of spiciness‏


Was invited to a media tasting: Chabuton’s latest spicy ramen at Chabuton Millenia Walk! They are unveiling a new dish - Yoruton Ramen (S$12.90), which has five levels of spiciness! 

Yoruton ramen is a super spicy offering  that  boasts  a  piquant  taste  of  garlic.  A juicy slice of pork rests atop the ramen, which is swimming in a thick and rich broth. The spicy broth is a blend of a special chilli paste with Chabuton’s signature tonkotsu soup.

Basically, I felt that the yoruton ramen tasted okay but the spiciness was rather overwhelming for me. I am not a spicy food lover thus this might not be my pick for a ramen dish unless I go for level 2 instead of level 3 maybe?

Yoruton  ramen appears too spicy for you? Fear not! There are other regular ramen where you could choose from:
                                  
                                                              Tonkotsu Ramen                      Tonkotsu Kara Kara Ramen

                                    Char Siew Ramen                                       Shoyu Ramen


I tried Chabuton's Tonkotsu Ramen and Shio Ramen previously at 313 somerset. Honestly, I prefer their shio ramen with my preferred customised selection. I guess each has its own preferences ya? Remember to request for a customised selection else you will get the normal broth and noodle texture.

Hitokuchi Gyoza
Nice thin cripsy gyoza with good seasoning. 
It could have been better if they are more generous for their fillings.

Sweet Fried Prawns 
Definitely a side to order to go along with your ramen!

Soup Gyoza

Desserts

The Yoruton Ramen will only be available until end of July 2015. Patrons who order the Yoruton Ramen will receive a loyalty card. With every order of the Yoruton  Ramen, patrons will receive a stamp. With every five stamps collected, patrons will receive cash vouchers. 

The completed card will also be entered in the Grand Lucky Draw, where participants will stand a chance to win an iPhone 6 Plus. 4 iPhone 6 Plus to be won!

9 Raffles Boulevard
#02-15 Singapore 039596 
Opening hours: 11:30am to 10:00pm 
Tel: 6837 0335

Monday, June 1

Pitch Perfect 2 Movie Review


The Barden Bellas are back in Pitch Perfect 2, the follow-up to summer 2012’s smash hit. The comedy is helmed by Elizabeth Banks, co-star and producer of Pitch Perfect, and produced by Paul Brooks, Max Handelman and Banks. Writer Kay Cannon returns to the team to pen the next chapter.



Watched Pitch Perfect 2 with Ting feng and Cynthia yesterday late afternoon! Personally, the story was good and rather entertaining on its own. Though the plot may not be as beautifully depicted as before, I thought it was commendable as it trigger memories one may have during high school. 

It was nice to see individuals with different personality and common interest come together, accepting one another strengths and weaknesses for that same goal. The different characteristic certainly bring many joy to the viewers. The chemistry among the cast certainly made this film an even watchable one.

Though certain funny elements injected appear quite lame; some were still quite humorous! It showed us the importance of teamwork and educated viewers never to be complacent but to continuously strive for improvements. 

Nice ballads performance though I expected more could be delivered. Nevertheless, a decent film to catch!

Ratings: 4.2/5

Tuesday, May 26

D'Kranji Farm Resort


Staycation was at D'Kranji Farm Resort with 4ourz last Sunday! Managed to get the groupon deal for a standard villa: 2D1N Stay for 2 at D'Kranji Farm Resort + Daily Breakfast.

Shuttle bus timetable

We travelled to the resort via shuttle bus from Kranji Mrt station. Surprisingly, the shuttle bus service was not free. Each passenger has to pay $3 for a ride. However, you get to have unlimited rides on that particular day. 




The exterior design of the resort resemble 'cottages' and has a kampung 'feel'. As I was there with a group of friends, it was quite fun and interesting as we could conveniently walked to each other unit in an open area! 




The interior of the standard villa:


Wifi is available here. However, the signal can be rather weak at times. Thus, I have to rely on my mobile data whenever needed.


For your information, the following toiletries are provided:

- Toothbrush with a tiny tube of toothpaste
- Bath Foam
- Soap
- Comb
- Razor
- Towels

I hope you will have a better idea of the necessity to pack and bring it over there. Also, I like the shower area. An open concept where you get more closer to the nature surrounding there.  


Please remember to bring your own snacks and drinks because they only provide 2 bottles of water, tea bags, coffee sachets with sugar and creamer. If you are thinking to BBQ there, you can actually do so! They have pits there but you have to check its availability with the staff.

The only entertainment you have at night in the room - the television. Please do note that you only get to watch local channels. It could have been better if cable TV was installed so that customers have another alternative and selection. You may want to consider bringing electronic gadgets i.e:- playstation and wii!

Bollywood Veggies:




Hay Dairies:


Pure goat milk that tasted good and fresh! 




Dinner was at D’Beer Seafood Restaurant. The food tasted normal and quite pricey. If you have your own transport, you may consider to packet dinner elsewhere?





I managed to catch a glimpse of the sunset outside the villa! You can check the sunrise and sunset timing at NEA website to avoid disappointment! Do apply insect repellent before heading out there as the mosquitoes targeted us while we took the sunset photos!


If you are heading there with a group of friends like me, do remember to bring board games along! We utterly spent the night with board games and a cuppa coffee/tea! (:

A nice quiet place to relax and appreciate the nature! A good getaway from work and away from the usual busy area in Singapore.

D'Kranji Farm Resort 
10 Neo Tiew Lane 2
Singapore 718813
Tel: 68629717