Sunday, January 15

[Media Invite] IPPUDO’s first quick-service ramen bar concept in Singapore – Kuro-Obi


IPPUDO launch its 1st Kuro-Obi outlet in Asia at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore! Kuro-Obi was first unveiled in New York, and very quickly it took the city by storm. Since its launch, it has received overwhelming response from New Yorkers. The inception of the Singapore outlet marks Kuro-Obi’s first overseas foray outside of New York. 


Kuro-Obi Singapore is IPPUDO’s only concept around the world to offer 100% chicken broth - Tori-paitan, a delicate and silky chicken soup base. The ramen is served with slow-cooked chicken chashu in lieu of the traditional pork chashu to accommodate the cultural diversity of Singapore. Priced affordably, each bowl of ramen features 140 grams of noodles, which weigh 40 grams more than IPPUDO’s. The thicker noodles complement and soak up the chicken broth perfectly. 


Kuro-Obi allows its customers to customise their own ramen dishes. They can choose to tailor the texture of the noodles, soup concentration, stock richness and condiment add-ons such as garlic and onion.

Pork Bun

 Crispy Corn 

Guests can accompany the dishes with IPPUDO’s much-beloved sides with their favourite ramen. An international best seller, the Pork Bun (S$5) comes in spicy and non-spicy flavours, and stars a slab of melt-in-your-mouth chashu drenched in homemade sweet sauce. Also, the deep fried corn kernels, sprinkled with smoked paparoka powder.

Samurai Ribs

 
 Almond Jelly Noodle

A brand-new dish, the Samurai Rib (S$7/1pc, S$13/2pcs) features pork ribs rubbed with the chef’s special medley of sauce and spices. Cap off the gourmet experience with Almond Jelly Noodle (S$6), another new innovative dessert offered at the new store with jelly noodles served in a milky soup.

Marina Bay Sands
#B2-54/55
Singapore 018972

Saturday, January 14

[Singapore Drama Review] I want to be a Star 小咖大作战


Part-time actor who first started out as a calefare, Zhong Da Tian (Chew Chor Meng) noticed the indispensability of calefares in the media industry, which then spurred him to establish the “Da Tian Calefare Agency”, where he engages talents to take up walk-on roles in various drama productions.Da Tian’s son, Zhong Di Long (played by Shane Pow) spends most of his time idling. After being forced into an acting gig, Di Long learns that being an extra is no easy feat as it seems. Thereon, Di Long embarks on his acting career and encounters other extras - each with a different personality and goal. Will these calefares overcome all setbacks along the rocky road to success? 





Finished watching I want to be a Star 小咖大作战. Personally, I felt that this drama was nicely crafted with a focused story-line. It somewhat urge aspiring people to be courageous and strive in pursuing their dreams!

It reminded me those days being a calefare, where I had to keep myself occupy because of the long waiting time. The earnings maybe small but the very least I got to experience it myself. It encouraged viewers to persevere on but not give up even if circumstances may not seems that positive. If you are willing to work hard, you will certainly succeed one day. The cast did well in their craft!

A light-hearted series for the old and young.



You may wish to watch the entire series here

Ratings: 3.5 / 5

Friday, January 13

[Media Invitation] Steam Box Launches Its First-Ever Chinese New Year Menu


Steambox has introduced eight new dishes, just in time for the Chinese New Year! The menu comprises 2 new porridges and 6 new dishes, and will be available from 18 January 2017. 

Traditional steamboats tend to leave an unctuous layer of fat and scum after protracted cooking - there is none of that at SteamBox. All the ingredients are brought to the table raw, then freshly steamed - not boiled - before your eyes using the innovative culinary technique of high-speed steaming.  

 Eight Treasures Porridge

Double Happiness Chicken Porridge

 
The new mainstays include Eight Treasures Porridge (S$16), which features a medley of pumpkin, sweet potato, red dates, water chestnut, shitake mushroom, corn, broccoli and carrot; while the Double Happiness Chicken Porridge (S$16) is a nourishing dish, filled with succulent chicken chunks and fresh  mushroom. Together  with  the essence and  juices collected from the fresh ingredients steamed above the plate, these new porridge(s) are perfect to cap off the hearty meal.


Equally enticing are the juicy and plump Phoenix Prawn (S$12.80) and Scallop with Cheese and Bacon (S$19.80), which will tantalise the taste buds of seafood lovers. The Sliced Smoked Duck (S$6.80) are flavourful and tender, and are bound to delight. Then, temper the meat indulgence with Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (S$6.80), which features minced pork, diced prawn, mushroom and water chestnut wrapped with soft and sweet cabbage. Filled with crab stick and bean vermicelli, the Vietnamese Crab Meat Rolls (S$6.80) promise an authentic taste. Finally, the Bacon-wrapped with Baby Potatoes (S$9.80) will certainly satisfy carbs lovers.

Steam Box’s operating hours will remain the same during Chinese New Year period, making it an ideal address for families to celebrate the occasion.

Steam Box
68 Serangoon Garden Way
Singapore 555964

Sunday, January 8

[Album Review] Kenji Wu 吴克群 - 人生超幽默 Humorous Life


等待超过一年,角色多变的吴克群又再一次惊艳所有人,进化为“人生观察家”,赤裸揭开现实生活中的荒谬,将于12月30日压轴发行2016年全新专辑《人生超幽默》。综观世事,吴克群这次不但以独特观点将所见所闻写进歌里,更用反讽口吻将看似美好的假象道破!而吴克群更无奈笑说:“这世界就是这么残酷又现实,就像我音乐做的再努力,但大家还是比较关心我的绯闻啊!



1. 人生超幽默
2. 鬼来电
3. 穷得只剩音乐
4. 拔萝卜
5. 我不要再比了
6. 山东丫头
7. 孤独是会上瘾的
8. 奇怪的你
9. 失速
10. 失声

After about 1 year, Kenji Wu's new album (Humorous Life) is out! Managed to preview this album and its really good! Most of the lyrics are penned by this talented singer, himself. I like the songs from track 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 9. They are meaningful and catchy to the ears. If you like songs that are simple and speak to your heart, you should consider listening to his songs. 

Ratings: 4 / 5

Monday, January 2

[Media Delivery] Kay’s Instant Macaroni


Kay's instant macaroni (halal certified) are available in 5 flavours - Chicken, Curry, Tom Yum, Vegetable and Anchovy. They are produced with top grade 100% durum wheat semolina with no preservatives at all. Unlike the usual instant noodle, the macaroni are non wax or fried.




It take only 3 minutes to cook this chicken flavour macaroni (seasoning included). For a normal pasta, it usually takes around 8 - 12 mins. I added shredded chicken to complete my meal. The broth was light yet not too flavourful, with no bitter after taste. I cannot wait to try the other flavours as well because I think it taste just as good!



Kay's Instant Macaroni comes in a pack of 3s and cost $3.20 in a bag. You can purchase them from Sheng Siong Supermarket, selected NTUC Fairprice stores, UMart, Prime Supermarket, Mini Marts and Ang Mo Supermarket.

Thursday, December 29

[Movie Review] The Great Wall


Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.



Watched The Great Wall with Gary at GV Plaza in the evening.

Personally, I thought that the story was simple and direct. Certain scenes could have been further elaborated as it appeared rather brief. Not many war scenes but honestly, the plot itself was carefully crafted with a rather good flow. 

The well-planned strategies for the attack was smart as well. Glad that certain humour was injected to lighten this heavy-hearted show. Not a typical kind of war movie but one that reminded viewers on the importance of trust and humanity. 

Ratings: 4 / 5

Monday, December 26

[Tasting Invite] Ippin Cafe Bar New Menu



Ippin Cafe Bar not only serve authentic Japanese meals that taste like you're truly home, they are Singapore's first home concept Japanese cafe bar. Every ingredient that tickles your tastebuds is available for sale in our lovely concept store. All products are from Japan and exclusively imported by IPPIN PTE LTD.

Grilled Pacific Saury Salad w Garlic ($18) ($15 till Feb 2017)

Perfectly smoked fish using cherry blossom. Popular choice as a light meal or delicious when paired with beer or sake.

Chicken Sukiyaki ($18) ($15 till Feb 2017) 

Simple but delicious. Chicken with vegetable soup and a special wild yam and peanut dressing that reminds us of home.  

Shishiori Salmon Chazuke Set ($15)

Salmon porridge is one of Japan’s most comforting food. And we have our own mouth-watering version. Pour the hot and naturally sweet dashi soup into the rice. Enjoy this ultimate comfort meal with salmon kelp. 

Yakisoba set (Fried noodles set) -  ($10 ala carte or $12 Set)

Yakisoba is Japanese daily food. The secret of oishii is savoury sauce. Comes with mini dessert of the day.
Yakisoba comes from Chiba Prefecture. 

Shishiori Ikura Don Set $43 ($38 till Feb 2017) 

Salmon roe rice bowl using imported frozen ikura from Kesennuma Shishiori fish port, one of the top three largest fish ports in the world! This is the ultimate happiness bowl. Comes with miso, salad and dessert. 

Mini Houjicha Pudding 

Brewed from houjicha tea leaves, low in caffeine and safe for mommies and babies. Comes with set menu.


They do served pretty good sake as well!

18 Mohamed Sultan Road
Singapore 238967

Saturday, December 24

[Media Tasting] Portico Platos serving Spanish tapas


Portico Platos, Portico Group’s latest concept is a stall serving Spanish tapas, located within Timbre+, a gastropark at Ayer Rajah Crescent. The designs revolve around a shipping container style and food truck concept.

Originating from Spain, the word “tapas” means a wide variety of hot or cold appetizers or snacks. Patrons of tapas can order many different small dishes and combine them to make a full meal. Serving up comforting yet delicious tapas, appetizing paellas and simple sweets, diners are bound to find something they love.

 Rockmelon, Jamon Serrano and Herb Pesto Dressing ($10)

 Patatas Bravas, Black Garlic Mayo and Tomato Dressing ($8)

 Steamed Clams in Chorizp Broth ($10)

  Grilled Squid, Lime & Coriander ($12)

 Calamari in Szechuan Pepper and Roasted Garlic Aioli ($8)

  Signature Seafood Paella - $9 (Single), $16 (Glutton) & Whole Paella Pan ($50)

 Charcoal Churros with White Chocolate Sauce 
Only available from 24-31 December 2016


Timbre+ 
73A Ayer Rajah Crescent

Saturday, December 17

[Media Invitation] Saboten, the World’s Largest Tonkatsu Chain, Opens New Outlet at 100 AM


Saboten is proud to unveil its third outlet in Singapore at 100AM Mall. At Saboten,only high-grade ingredients are used. The restaurant imports fresh grain-fed pork to ensure its cutlets are juicy and succulent. The secret to its crispy and non-greasy tonkatsu is the premium breadcrumbs, which are specially imported from Japan. 

Besides the launch of Saboten at 100AM Mall, the pristine Saboten Express at Raffles City Shopping Centre will be opening its doors before January 2017. The concept allows customers to order takeaways or enjoy express dine-in in a chic setting.

Abalone Katsu & Ebi Fry

Chilean Abalones, also known as 'Locos', are harvested from the pristine waters of the coast of southern Chile.

Mangalitsa Loin & Ebi Katsu

Mangalitsa is known for its unparalleled flavour and high marbling, it has a great reputation amongst gourmands; 
often described as the Kobe Beef of Pork.

100 Tras Street
#03-13
Singapore 079027

Thursday, December 15

[Media Invitation] Happy Chinese ZODIAC New Year Tasting Dinner - STREET50


Bay Hotel Singapore’s STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar is raising the game in the Year of the Rooster  with auspicious home-style festive delicacies symbolizing not just one, but all the 12 Chinese zodiac animal signs in their buffets from 27 to 30 January 2016.

 Lobster Yusheng with Bird Nest 
(龙虾燕窝鱼生)
Regular  $38++ (up to 4 pax)
Large $68++ (8 to 10 Pax)

The yusheng dish is specially created to have the ‘dragonbird’ significance so you can toss to abundance and fortune with the heavenly combination of the luxurious lobster meat and the nourishing  goodness of bird nest.

Wolfberry Drunken Herbal Chicken 
(杞醉鸡)

With Dang Gui or Chinese Angelica Root and Chinese wine, the dish is given a nutritious boost with a generous sprinkling of wolfberries and embellished with ginger and spring onion.
Deep Fried Yam with Crabmeat and Pearl Mushroom
(珍菇伴酥脆蟹肉芋头)

With  yam  and  crab  meat  deep-fried to a golden crisp and paired with plump pearl mushroom in Cajun powder, it is both an auspicious and delicious starter.

Braised Dried Treasures Pot with Sea Cucumber and Snake Gourd
(瓜聚宝)

The auspicious fish maw, dried oysters, mushroom, sea cucumber and fa cai in a pot, it is a Chinese New Year dish not to be missed.

Rock Salt Baked Chicken Thigh
(盐焗)
With dang gui and Chinese wine, this rock sea salt-baked chicken thigh is rich in oriental touch.

Mushroom with Chinese Spinach
(三菇菠菜香)

A vegetarian dish with a trio of monkey mushroom, bailing mushroom and chinese mushroom, atop a bed of Chinese spinach, makes it a must-have dish on the first day of lunar new year.

Mongolian-Style Grilled Lamb Chop
(蒙古羊扒)

This meaty grilled lamb chop seasoned with Chinese wine, garlic, worcestershire sauce sauce, bay leaves and fennel seeds, will let you eat to your heart’s content.

Teochew-style Steamed Fish Fillet with Ham and Mushroom
(扬眉吐气白(兔)年鱼)

This steamed rabbit fish, paired with salted vegetables, tomato slices,
sour plum, young ginger and red chilli. 

Chilli Tiger Prawns
(虎虎生威老(虎)虾)

Coated with Singapore-style chilli crab paste and egg,the tiger prawns’ dish is emblematic of roaring with laughter.

Stir fried Beef with Ginger and Kai Lan
(姜葱(牛)肉芥蓝仔)

 Here’s a main course to a bullish new year, this dish of baby kai lan stir-fried with young  ginger slices and spring onion will be a heart dish for beef and veggie lovers.

 Mee Ta Mak Laksa
(老(鼠)粉叻沙)


Part of the noodle station, this mee ta mak laksa should be the first to dash to.


Braised Longevity Noodles with Lobster Meat
(龙)虾寿面)


Chinese New Year is also a time to celebrate long life and braised longevity noodles with lobster meat and sze chuan paste will be the way to add many more years to your new year.


Yam Paste with Water Chestnuts and Gingko Nuts
(马蹄)白果好芋头)


Last but not least, cap off the sumptuous buffet with this divine dessert that will let sweetness and harmony linger on the whole year round.

Promotions:

‘1 for 1’ Buffet Including Complimentary Free-Flow of Soft Drinks and Juices for
Confirmed Reservations made by 4 January 2017
 

Chinese Zodiac New Year Dinner Buffet (Eve Menu)
27 January 2017
Dinner: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Adult: $78++
Children (6yrs to 12yrs): $40++

Chinese Zodiac New Year Lunch & Dinner Buffet (Classic Menu)
28 to 30 January 2017
Lunch: 12pm to 3pm
Dinner: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Adult: $58++
Children (6yrs to 12yrs): $30++
(Children below 6 yrs dine for free with every paying adult, subject to maximum of 2
children per table)

Reservations can be made at 6818 6681 or dining@bayhotelsingapore.com

STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar
Bay Hotel Singapore (opposite VivoCity)
50 Telok Blangah Road
Singapore 098828