Sunday, May 17

[Media Invitation] Savour Fuku's New Offerings of Fugu Hotpots & Shabu A5 Beef Hotpot‏

Was invited to a media tasting: Savour Fuku's New Offerings of Fugu Hotpots & Shabu A5 Beef Hotpot‏ at FUKU Fine Fugu Kaiseki Restuarant! I liked its ambiance and dinning concept which was similar to Japan.

FUKU is the first restaurant in Singapore that specializes in fugu - Pufferfish. The team at the helm has over 20 years of experience and specialises in the preparation of fugu. Here at FUGU, patrons can be whisked away to Shimonoseki, billed as the world's fugu capital. The premium delicacy Torafugu can be found here. 

One factor that accounts for the growing attraction to the pufferfish is the myriad of health benefits it boasts. Fugu is low in fat content but is a rich source of protein. The skin contains a superb level of collagen as well! 

Fugu simmered in a sweet soy sauce

A good appetiser to have before starting your main meal!

Thinly sliced Fugu Sashimi (てっさ)

The thinly sliced Sashimi was fresh with its beautiful artwork presented. The texture was okay though it was slightly chewy for me. 

Fugu sushi (ふぐ寿司)

I liked the Fugu that complement pretty well with its cooked vinegared rice. It give you a good punch when you munch it. Definitely goes well with your usual soy sauce and wasabi!

Deep fried Fugu (唐揚げ)

This dish tasted good and I liked it pretty much! The seasoning for this fried Fugu was tasty and not too flavourful. It was crispy on its outside and tender on its inside. It could have been better if they remove the bones for better experience.

 Fugu Japanese Style Porridge

The porridge tasted light with its flavoured egg added in it. If you would like some saltiness and sourness to the dish, you can add in Shio Konbu (Salted kelp).

Fugu Shirako

Soya Bean Hot Pot

The Soya Bean Hot pot was creamy and tasted sweet in flavour. The broth was alright for me as it was not that flavourful. I enjoyed the log fulvous flower mushroom! A healthy delicacy with beauty benefits! 

Shabu A5 Beef Hotpot

I liked these A5 beef imported from Miyazaki! The texture of its beef  was awesome that it simply melts in your mouth! You have to try this if you visit this restaurant! 

Both these hotpots are selling at $70++ per pot!

You may wish to know that for the month of June 2015, Fugu will be holding a special promotion. Each pot goes at $60++!

14 Mohamed Sultan Road 
#01-01 Singapore 238963
Tel: 6235 8216
Opening Hours: 6pm – 11pm (Daily)

Tuesday, May 12

If I Stay Collection Book Review

Mia is a very gifted cellist. She has everything she could ever want, a loving family, an adoring boyfriend, an amazing best friend, and an amazing career ahead of her in music. All of that changes suddenly. Mia and her family have a terrible car accident and Mia is rushed to the ICU. Mia is caught between life and death, and watches as family and friends come to visit her at the hospital she is in. Soon Mia realizes that she must make the most critical decision of her life - wake up to live a life more difficult than she ever could have imagined, or slip away and die.

Finished reading If I Stay series, a novel by Gayle Forman. I liked the writing style of this author where it was presented simple and clear.

Personally, I felt that it was quite a good read with its refreshing love story. If I stay portrayed more of the background and happening of the characters whereas Where She Went focused on its story build up of what had happened in the past (Mia's accident) and in-between (Mia's disappearance).

Honestly, I was touched at a junction where I discovered Mia's decision to live on and her disappearance all got to do with Adam, her boyfriend.

The story flow well though I have to agree that some appear draggy. I thought that the finale was predictable and could have been more refined. However, while reading this novel, I could pictured its entire plot.

I shall catch the film - If I stay soon!

Ratings: 3.6/5

Wednesday, May 6

Marvel's The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Movie Review

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Watched Marvel's The Avengers: Age Of Ultron with Trois yesterday night. Personally, I felt that the story was okay though it could have been more refined. Not surprising, the plot presented was rather predictable without much excitement.

Initially, it appeared quite draggy, however it got better with its story build up and action scenes. Good that certain humour was injected as well. Thanks to Iron man else I think it will be plain watching the entire film without him. He is just so cool in it!

A show for the marvel's fans out there!

Ratings: 3.1/5

Friday, May 1

Star Awards 红星大奖2015

Star Awards 红星大奖 2015 have ended. Am happy for Ruien, Julie Tan and Shaun Chen 

Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes: Rui En

Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes: Shaun Chen

Rocket Award: Shaun Chen
Best actor: Shaun Chen

Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes: Julie Tan

Congrats to all winners!

Tuesday, April 28

Yum Cha Express Delivers Fresh and Piping Hot Dim Sum & Seafood Dishes Right to Your Doorstep!

I was invited to a media tasting: Yum Cha's Dim Sum Party at Oxley Bizhub last Saturday afternoon! 

Yummy Dim Sums at the party!

Yum Cha Restaurants delivers mouth-watering, fresh and piping hot dim sum along with a variety of rice, vermicelli, seafood and vegetable dishes right to your doorsteps daily from 9am to 9pm. You may wish to know that the foods are packed in microwaveable paper boxes and transported in a specially customized bag with an internal heating element. 

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Yum Cha Express provides an extensive variety on their menu! Look at the many selection where you can decide and choose from - steamed or fried dim sum, seafood dishes and a delightful variety for vegetarians! Instead of the usual fast food for special occasion or a party, you have another option now!

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They also offer bento sets as well! This service will certainly benefit the working adult out there! Simply dial the delivery number and order for your colleagues! 

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Not only that, Dim Sum Bundles serves another good option for consumers as well! You simply just choose a set that caters more to your needs!

For more information about delivering queries and placing of orders, 
please visit:
Dial their hotline: 6222 1717
Email them: 

Exclusive Promotion Code for my readers
From now till 30 June 2015, you get to enjoy a $20 off total bill with a minimum spending 
of $120 by using this exclusive promotion code: YCV20

A good chance to WIN this for your family or friends! 

How to participate:
1) Like Yum Cha on Facebook:
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3) Comment on the contest photo why you want to win a dim sum party by Yum Cha. 
4) Tag at least 5 friends. The more you tag, the higher chances of winning!

Great to see familiar faces (bloggers & foodies) there! 
Good to mingle and make new friends! Thanks TIN and Yum Cha for the invitation! (;

Sunday, April 26

[Media Invitation] The Royal Mail Unveils New Menu Featuring Contemporary British Cuisine

Was invited to a media tasting: New Menu Featuring Contemporary British Cuisine at The Royal Mail Restaurant & Bar Street! The layout was posh and classic with dim lighting presented.

The Royal Mail Restaurant & Bar is a 60-seater establishment housed within the historical and culturally rich Ascott Raffles Place and serves modern interpretations of Classic British Cuisine where Roasts and Prime Rib take centre stage.

Scallop Carpaccio and Tuna
It consist of Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio and Lightly-seared Tuna accompanied by capers, olive, and fresh vegetables ribbon to up the indulgence level.

I liked the combination and how each complement as a whole to make this dish a pleasant one to indulged. The tuna was fresh and its texture was pretty good as well!

Seafood Bouillabaisse
A  bright  tangy  broth  brimming  with  seafood  goodness.

I liked its gravy that was not too flavourful and goes pretty well with its Red  Malabar Snapper, Langoustine and Blue Mussel! The fish bones in the snapper may appear to be a hassle for some so please be careful while eating it.

Porcini and Bacon Risotto

This dish was pretty creamy and rich. However, I felt that it tasted quite good as it was not too flavourful. It may appear rather heavy for some so you may consider sharing it with your loved ones.

Black Cod Miso

This dish was certainly one of the highlight during the tasting session. I liked its tender texture of the fish and the gravy that goes so well with it! The sesame biscuit was crunchy and serves a good sides as well.

Kurobuta Pork

The pork was thick and juicy though it could have been slightly more tender for better taste. The apple butter sauce was appetizing and goes well with the nicely done pork. 

Yellow Sea Bream

If you enjoy grilled fish, you will certainly adore this dish more! Not to forget, the roasted garlic that tasted good!

Peanut Butter Jelly
It comes with toasted brioche, cranberry jelly, caramelised 
banana and deftly topped off with chocolate ganache.

Luvin' the caramelized banana that was nicely done!

Sticky Date Pudding
A date-studded offering capped off with vanilla brandy sauce, vanilla 
ice cream and walnut crumble.

Eton Mess

If you have a sweet tooth, you will certainly adore this dessert! This was okay for me but I felt that it tasted rather sweet for me. 

Enhanced Bergamot Earl Grey Jelly
Enlivening this dessert is frozen yoghurt, passion fruit coulis and macerated berries.

This was definitely one of the best dessert of the night! It was refreshing with a blend of sourness and sweetness which left a deeper impression for me. 

From now till 31st May, enjoy 20% off the revamped dinner menu at 
The Royal Mail in celebration of their 3rd Anniversary!

The Ascott Raffles Place 
2 Finlayson Green, 
Singapore 049247 
Tel: +65 6509 3589 

Sunday, April 19

The Gunman Movie Review

Two-time Academy Award-winner Sean Penn stars in THE GUNMAN, an explosive, international action-thriller from Pierre Morel, the director of TAKEN. Terrier, an international operative who is betrayed by the organization he worked for, must go on the run in a relentless game of cat and mouse across Europe.

Watched The Gunman with Ting Feng last Friday evening at Shaw Theatres Bugis. 

Personally, the story was compact with a smart plot though its flow could have been better. It started off with some previous background on a particular project to its present happenings. The story build up then continue from there. It may appear quite confusing thus do pay attention to the details to grasp the entire plot. 

Particularly, I liked its clever strategies and intense scenes that was presented which certainly enhanced this film. I do have to applaud for Sean Penn acting capability as it was good!

A show that appeal more to a person who adore suspenseful film that has a compact story-line!

Ratings: 3.55/5

Sunday, April 12

[Media Invitation] New restaurant FYR presents modern European grilled meats

Was invited to a media tasting: New restaurant FYR presents modern European grilled meats at 19 Boon Tat Street last Wednesday Evening! I liked the interior design of this restaurant!

Introducing  the  newest  casual  dining  restaurant in central  business district, FYR Cycene Ond Drinc (pronounced as FIRE Kitchen And Drink)! Against the backdrop of Chinatown’s historic allure, FYR promises an intriguing experience that harks back to a simpler time. Rustic  décor  and  storied  wall  murals  lend  the  restaurant  a  distinct  olden-day  charm. Even  its moniker is as old as time — it is the etymology of fire.

Baked Half Bone Marrow
These delectable half bone marrows come with veal sweetbreads and are spiked by the exotic tastes of Thai basil and Asian spices. 

I have to agree that it certainly goes well with the toast!

Baked Freshly-Shucked Oysters
Noble sweet paprika, roasted garlic, chilli padi, spring onion and calamansi all lend a distinctive quality to the fresh and succulent oysters. 

Honestly, I am not a Oyster lover but the combination of the mentioned ingredients certainly bring this dish to its name. I liked it pretty much though the oyster of each is pretty small.

Baked Aubergine & Chickpea Ragout 
The chewy eggplants and chickenpea stew marry well with the refreshing miso and béchamel. Parmesan is added for that extra oomph.

This tasted slightly bitter for my taste bud but for its texture I thought that it was pretty nicely done.

Seafood linguine
Tossed with al dente pasta is a potpourri of seafood ingredients as well as lobster bisque, laksa leaves and Thai basil. 

This dish is definitely one of my favourite during the tasting session! 
Nice texture of its linguine was presented with a not too flavourful taste.

Spiced Deboned Red Snapper with Sambal Belacan
This is a fiery offering that will satisfy the hankerings of those who love spicy food. The sambal belacan lends a zest to the fish’s nutty taste. 

Grain-fed  US  Holstein  Cow  Ribeye  365  Days 
This  glorious  slab  of  ribeye,  cooked  to perfection, comes with house salad with java curry dressing and a choice of either buttered cassava or mashed potato.

The texture of its meat was pretty well done and juicy though it may appear rather oily. 
I liked the sauce provided which goes well with the Ribeye. 

Whole Maine Lobster 
This  gigantic  lobster,  sprawled  across  the  plate,  is  bound  to  turn heads.  The  aroma  of  the  shallot  lemongrass  béchamel  will  also  waft  through  the  air  and  whet appetites. 

It tasted pretty good! I liked how this dish was being prepared and well-presented. However, it could have been better if its texture was less chewy. 

Five-spice Half Chicken, Striploin, Asian-spiced Tiger Prawn
Get the best of three worlds with  this  mammoth  sharing  plate.  Relish  the  succulent  chicken, indulge  in  the  thick  but  tender striploin and savour the juicy prawn. It comes with house salad with java curry dressing and a choice of either buttered cassava or mashed potato.

I liked the chicken as it was well-marinated with tender texture! 

Seafood Saffron Risotto

This tasted too.. tomatoey for me. It could have been better they go easy on that area.

Baked Pistachio Melt & Pandan Ice Cream 
The combination of Pistachio flavoured lava cake and homemade pandan ice cream with a tinge of sweet cinnamon makes this indulgent dessert a tour de force.

Moist and tasted rather classic on its own. However, it was tad sweet and flavourful for me. If you have a sweet tooth, you will certainly enjoy this dessert! 

Lunch Promo
- $25++ for 2 Courses 
- $29++ for 3 Courses 

House Pour Wine at $38 
- with any order of two main courses during Lunch  

Keep Calm and Happy Hour On
- Drinks starting from $7.80, all day, everyday

19 Boon Tat Street 069619

Opening Hours:  
Monday – Friday: 11am – 11pm 
Saturday: 9am – 11pm 
Sunday: 9am – 4pm

Saturday, April 4

[Media Invite] Chance to get WET this Songkran - ThaiExpress

Synonymous with the iconic ingredient in Thai cuisine, Basil by ThaiExpress is our young and fresh interpretation on Thai food. Introducing its debut in Kallang Wave Mall, Basil by ThaiExpress is a contemporary casual dining restaurant offering affordable Thai classics to the masses.


Was invited to a media tasting: Chance to get WET this Songkran - ThaiExpress at at Basil Kallang Wave Mall last Tuesday Evening! The restaurant has a rather good ambiance and warm lightning. A good cosy place to dine in.

Thai Fish Cake

This dish was was nicely prepared with a good texture. The spicy fish patties tasted good and not too flavourful or spicy for me. Dipped it with the peanut sauce and it will certainly grow your appetite. 

Grilled Beef Salad

This sliced ribeye steak tasted okay though the texture of its beef could have been better. It tasted rather spicy for me as well. If you are not a spicy lover, I guess it may not appeal to you.

Fried Prawn Omelette 

I enjoyed this omelette pretty much! It was nicely prepared with good texture! Crispy yet fluffy; a dish to order if you visit this restaurant!

Nam prik Mamuang

This particular dish comes with fried glutinous rice balls, raw vegetables and the spicy meat sauce. I liked its spicy meat sauce! It was pretty appetizing when you go along with the rice balls and vegetables. 

Phad See Ew Seafood

It tasted quite good though it may appear quite oily for some. It tasted slightly too flavourful for me but it is one of the better ones I have eaten.

ThaiExpress – Celebrate Thailand’s traditional Songkran festival with 4 new dishes - Songkran wings, Papaya Salad, Thai-Style Salted Egg Calamari and Stir-fried Phuket Bee Hoon with Tiger Prawns.

Songkran wings

The texture of its chicken was nicely done though the marination could have been better as it was rather salty. With lesser salt added, I think it may bring out a better balance between its saltiness and sweetness of this dish. I will certainly enjoy this dish more if bigger wings are used.

Papaya Salad

Thai-Style Salted Egg Calamari

I liked its salted egg gravy which goes well with the calamari! However, the texture of both its battered and squid could have been more consistent.  

Stir-fried Phuket Bee Hoon with Tiger Prawns

I think this dish tasted pretty classic on its own! On a side note, eat this dish when it is served warm else the coconut taste may appear too strong for some.

 Red ruby

Lod Chong

Personally, I prefer the red ruby as it was not too sweet as compared to Lod Chong. I have to agree that they are pretty generous on its portion! Look at the big bowl full of ingredients! 

Mango Glutinous Rice

The mango tasted pretty fresh and sweet! The glutinous rice is really good and tasted rather authentic! It was served warm with a good texture! I guess it shall be one of the best I have tasted. 

Kallang Wave Mall  
Singapore 397628
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 10pm daily.