Saturday, October 24, 2020

Sigmund Home Ergo Foam Tencel Pillow Review


I was recently looking for pillows as my kids outgrew theirs and started "borrowing" mine, which are newer and bigger. So then the universe sent me these: Ergo Foam Tencel Pillows from Sigmund Home, a purveyor of quality, orthopaedic approved mattresses and pillows with same-day delivery.

At first, the pillow looked quite ordinary with gentle slopes less dramatic than some of the memory foam pillows on the market. However, once I laid my head down on them...oh my gosh. It's like the pillow magically aligns my neck and head to the best possible position. Let me go and do that right now; I love that sensation.

[several minutes later...]

OK, I'm back. The website described these pillows as "fluffy and soft as a cloud but as supportive as a loved one" - aww! But it's close. Your head feels like it's suspended on air and yet firmly supported. 

I tested the pillow for two weeks. What I found:
1) I fall asleep faster.
2) I sleep right through.

Prior to these pillows, I would sometimes take forever to fall asleep, and would often find myself awake at odd hours (sometimes not being able to sleep again), or I'd rouse a few times a night. Disrupted sleep is terrible.  

Now I don't know if the pillows really caused these better sleep patterns, or whether I've just been more exhausted lately. But they sure are more sleep-friendly than even my most comfy pillows. Look at how the medium-firm material bounces right back.




The gentle contours of the pillow are angled to support and cushion your spine and neck - keeping it as straight and aligned as possible for restorative sleep. Visco-elastic cells allow the pillow to mould to your neck and shoulders, enabling a personalised ergonomic fit. Advanced airflow technology keeps you cool throughout the night.

The Tencel fabric is made from the pulp of Eucalyptus trees, and is particularly breathable for added comfort, lulling you to sleep! The pillows are also 100% hypoallergenic.

There's one more thing. 


 
Horizontal neck lines, people! Caused by the neck tilting down too much, like when you're looking down on your phone, or when your pillow is too high. The Ergo Foam pillow might help to provide the best alignment to prevent neck lines and double chins! Then go do Koko's face yoga exercises. She's hilarious. 

The only thing I noticed you have to be careful is when you're sleeping on your side. Make sure you aren't resting your cheek on the swell of the pillow, as that part should be cradling your neck. Make sure everything is well aligned before you fall asleep. The pillow I imagine works best for back sleepers; you could fall asleep like that and wake up in the same position. OK, I'm feeling sleepy already. Good night.

For more details, visit their website, WhatsApp them at +65 8398 9763, or email hello@sigmundhome.com.

Showroom:
39A Jln Pemimpin,
#03-01C, Halcyon Building
S577183

Operating Hours:
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10 am to 7 pm, including Public Holidays
Closed on Sundays and Mondays
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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Siri House at Dempsey: Modern Asian Cuisine with Cocktails

SIRI HOUSE at Dempsey has carved out a niche with its cuisine that can best be described as Modern Asian. Its creative East-Meets-West dishes can be intriguing yet comforting, such as the Unagi Risotto above. Head Chef Leo Pang, who was formerly from Le Benardin (by Eric Ripert in New York City) has put together a menu that calls up comfort food memories. Sharing plates let you try a little bit of everything while bonding with the people you eat with. 

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Hong Kong Food in Singapore: "100 Reasons to Miss Hong Kong" HKTB Promo


Do you miss Hong Kong and its fabulous eats? I remember one of particularly mouthwatering video my friend Wilsurn shared in a groupchat of him and his companion scarfing down all the iconic foods on a weekend makan trip to Hong Kong, just before the Covid travel restrictions hit. Man...the things we take for granted and think we'll be able to do just anytime? Not so easy now. They've just announced a travel air bubble between SG and HK but no dates yet for when this will happen. But thankfully, sometimes when we can't go to the mountain, the mountain can come to us. 

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is giving us “100 Reasons to Miss Hong Kong” by offering a variety of authentic Hong Kong food experiences to enjoy.

From 12 October 2020 to 15 November 2020, HKTB has lined up eight world-famous Hong Kong food brands in Singapore to provide exclusive promotions and offers to local travellers who miss Hong Kong’s food. Participating brands include Jenny Bakery, Kam’s Roast, Mui Kee Congee, Social Place, as well as the newly opened Hang Heung and Joy Luck Teahouse (which houses Hoover Cake Shop, Kam Kee Café & Tak Hing Fishball Company).

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

I'm Kim Korean BBQ Buffet @ SOTA


We've always liked I'm Kim @ SOTA for their Korean BBQ. I remember work gatherings, and family dinners here. It's affordable and superb value for money. Their meats come in generous cuts and the vegetables always fresh. 

 
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Sunday, October 4, 2020

"Thank Goodness It's Seafood!" Food Delivery in Singapore

Chef Shen Tan of OwnselfMake Chef fame has collaborated with Gastro Gig to create the Thankgoodnessits (TGI) series, a delivery-only concept that brings culinary entertainment and one-of-a-kind concepts into people’s homes.

​The first edition last month served up a scrumptious TGI Nasi Lemak (the twice steamed lemak rice is something Chef's Tan started with in her early days at Maxwell Food Centre). This second edition TGI Seafood (available til 1 Nov 2020) focuses on locally and regionally sourced seafood (such as from Ah Hua Kelong), complemented by herbs harvested from Gastrogig's 350sqm garden. 

We had an order for the Makan for 4 (S$108) which includes:


  • Nasi Ulam
  • Choice of 1 Premium Protein
  • Choice of 1 Protein
  • Choice of 1 Vege
  • 1 set Pulut Hitam Cake
  • 1 Kalamansi Kaya Bread and Butter Pudding with Fish Floss

 

Condiments

Omelette, Sambal Tumis, Fried Shallot, Broad Beans, Rainbow Pickles


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Friday, October 2, 2020

Morton's Singapore: Private Dining Rooms for Celebrations with Steak and Seafood

I think we are all so glad that dining in is back in restaurants. Not only can we enjoy expertly prepared cuisine the way it's meant to be - fresh and hot - but we can also celebrate special occasions at a really nice venue.

Morton’s The Steakhouse has been a particular favourite for celebrating momentous occasions since it opened here in 1998. The restaurant has elegant private dining rooms that are perfect for small meetings, parties, birthday celebrations or even just a change from home.


Morton's Private Dining Rooms 2&3 - Cluster Meeting Set Up

It's probably going to be a while before we can see meetings for groups bigger than five. But I think that day is not too far away, given that rules are relaxing for places of worship (but oh, Morton is the temple of steak, isn't it?) and community cases are down to almost none. I can't wait for Phase 3.
Morton's Private Dining Rooms A&B - Long Dinner Table

With a minimum spending of S$800++, Morton’s The Steakhouse provides complimentary room decoration, an excellent bottle of champagne, dessert for the celebrant, a personalised menu with birthday greeting and special occasion photos, printed and ready for guests to bring home as souvenirs. Most importantly, guests can also look forward to a hearty feast of steaks, seafood, wine and desserts with family and friends.



USDA Bone-in Ribeye

The celebration can start off with Morton’s Prime Ocean Platters (baked), a gorgeous spread of Sea Scallops Wrapped in Bacon, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Baked Oyster and Jumbo Shrimp Alexander (S$194++ for 3-4 pax) or indulge in the restaurant’s creamy rendition of the Lobster Bisque (S$39++).

Of course, we love Morton's for its hallmark steaks. The 22oz. Bone-in Ribeye (S$145++, photo above) with a rich marbling of fat, beautiful succulence and flavour is perfect for sharing. For a group of five, you might consider adding also the 20oz. Signature Cut New York Strip (S$156++), Honey Balsamic Glazed Ora King Salmon (S$78++) and the lusciously sweet Alaskan King Crab Legs (S$158++ full portion) for a memorable gourmet experience.

If you're ending the meal on a sweet note, indulge in Morton’s Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake (S$38++), a classic New York Style Cheesecake (S$29++) or the Fresh Seasonal Berries (S$27++) paired with Sabayon sauce, the perfect simple summery dessert.

A complimentary welcome drink will be presented to early diners who dine-in before 6pm.

See my other posts related to Morton's for a glimpse of the food and ambience:


MORTON'S THE STEAKHOUSE
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Fourth storey, 5 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039797
Tel: +65 63393740

Open daily

Bar
Monday to Saturday 5pm to 11pm
Sunday 5pm to 10pm

Dining room
Monday to Saturday 5.30pm to 11pm
Sunday 5pm to 10pm




All photos courtesy of Morton's Singapore
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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Yun Nans Restaurant Opens Third Outlet at NEX Serangoon


Yun Nans has opened its third outlet at NEX on 23 September 2020. Known in China as 云海肴 (pronounced as “Yunhaiyao”), YUN NANS is the largest Yunnan F&B chain in the world, with over 200 outlets in China. On Dazhong Dianping, the restaurant is rated as one of the must-visit places in Kunming, southern Yunnan.

YUN NANS Interior - NEX The restaurant serves highland cuisine (gao yuan liao li) and I've been hearing raves about it, so it's not surprising that it's doing well and expanding. I'm glad this NEX outlet is much nearer to me than the Jewel at Changi Airport (flagship) and Westgate one. And there's a promo going on, so I might check it out. 

YUN NANS NEX Opening Promotion


50% off total bills on 28 September 2020 to 30 September 2020

Terms and Conditions
· Discount is valid for dine-in only
· Not in conjunction with any promotion or membership program
· Not valid for vouchers

The NEX outlet will offer a variety of new and exclusive dishes, such as:

Crispy Duck with Dried Chillies 香酥鸭
Crispy Duck with Dried Chillies 香酥鸭 (S$15.90) 


Poached Seabass in Spicy Pickled Vegetable Broth 老坛酸菜鱼
Poached Seabass in Spicy Pickled Vegetable Broth 老坛酸菜鱼 (S$28.90)


Stir Fried Dragon Chives with Yunnan Beancurd Skin 云南豆皮炒青龙菜
Stir Fried Dragon Chives with Yunnan Beancurd Skin 云南豆皮炒青龙菜 (S$12.90) 


Charcoal Grilled Wheat Pumpkin 烤云南小麦瓜
Charcoal Grilled Wheat Pumpkin 烤云南小麦瓜 (S$7.90) 


Stir Fried Yunnan Rice Noodles with Assorted Seafood 海鲜虾汤炒米线
Stir Fried Yunnan Rice Noodles with Assorted Seafood 海鲜虾汤炒米线 (S$12.90) 


Steam Pot Chicken Soup with Yunnan Red Mushrooms 大红菌汽锅鸡
Steam Pot Chicken Soup with Yunnan Red Mushrooms 大红菌汽锅鸡 (S$13.90) 


Deep Fried Pork Fillet with Homemade Spicy Dip 香炸小酥肉
Deep Fried Pork Fillet with Homemade Spicy Dip 香炸小酥肉 (S$9.90)


Stir Fried Pork Collar with Scallions 三葱猪颈肉
Stir Fried Pork Collar with Scallions 三葱猪颈肉 (S$16.90) 


Sautéed Asparagus with Golden Fungus and Mushroom 金耳花菇炒芦笋
Sautéed Asparagus with Golden Fungus and Mushroom 金耳花菇炒芦笋 (S$14.90)


Stir Fried Prawn with Salted Egg and Jasmine Petals 茉莉花咸蛋黄虾球
Stir Fried Prawn with Salted Egg and Jasmine Petals 茉莉花咸蛋黄虾球 (S$24.90)


and 

Brown Sugar Jelly Served with Rose Puree 玫瑰红糖冰粉
Brown Sugar Jelly Served with Rose Puree 玫瑰红糖冰粉 (S$6.90)


YUN NANS Shopfront - NEX


YUN NANS RESTAURANT
23 Serangoon Central #B1-15 NEX Singapore 556083
Contact number: +65 6970 7883
Opening hours: 11:30am – 10pm daily
Seating Capacity: 100 pax 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yunnanssg/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yunnanssg/

All photo courtesy of Yun Nans Restaurant.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

whYZee Bakery: One-Hour Cake Delivery in Singapore

Whyzee Bakery
I found yet another one-hour cake delivery service, this time with more than 50 kinds of cake, healthy bakes, vegan and eggless cakes. Meet whYZee (I'm guessing some owner's initials are YZ) which also owns the domain - Cakedelivery.com.sg (it redirects to whyzee.com.sg) 

They focus on providing healthier option cakes, so they use less sugar and cream to ensure everyone of all ages get to enjoy them as well. You can also order the cakes bundled with flowers, flower domes, balloons and toys.
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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Xin Bakery: Cakes and Tarts Homebaked with Love, for Delivery (Promo Code Inside)

Xin Bakery is a home baker who's immensely passionate about creating cakes and pastries that make people happy. She has cheesecakes, chocolate tarts, chocolate cakes and even macarons. Her creations are pretty impressive for a home baker, but most of all, you can taste the joy and love she puts into her efforts. 

Delivery islandwide is S$10 flat. She will focus on just a few cakes each time, and orders fill up pretty quickly.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Jia He Chinese Restaurant at One Farrer Park Connexion: Dining Promotions

Jia He Chinese Restaurant is popping up on the radar of foodies for some of its dishes. They caught my attention with this very attractive promo going on until 30 Sept 2020. 

To commemorate Singapore’s 55th Birthday, they are offering a 30% discount for their Lunch and Dinner a la carte menu for both dine-in and takeaway/delivery (with free delivery for orders above S$50). 

On top of that, dine-in customers with a spending above S$100 per table (after the 30% discount, so approximately a S$150 spend) will get a free Signature Peking Duck (priced at S$55++ on their menu). Takeaway/delivery customers with a similar minimum spending of $100 (after discount) will get a the Signature Roasted Duck (priced at S$68++) instead of Peking duck, because it travels better than the Peking duck which really needs to be a dine-in experience. 
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Sunday, September 13, 2020

CakeDelivery.SG - Express and Nearly 24-Hour Cake Delivery in Singapore

CakeDeliverySG  
Have you ever needed a cake for an occasion urgently but didn't have time to pick it up? You'll be glad Cake Delivery Singapore offers one-hour express delivery and is available almost 24 hours! 

Delivery modes and timing:
  • 9am to 10pm standard delivery (pick a time slot) S$8
  • 10pm to 6am after hours delivery (one hour) S$25 
  • Express delivery (one-hour) S$18
  • Free delivery for orders over S$80. 
Yes, isn't it crazy? You can have cake as early as 9am, or even in the wee hours like 3am or 6am. I tested a midnight delivery, and they actually delivered at 11:15pm! Kudos to them. But note that the cakes do arrive frozen, so you may need to factor in some time to thaw them, if you want them immediately for a special event.

Here's a look at the two cakes we got.
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Thursday, September 10, 2020

St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs' Sunday Brunch with Bottomless Champagne

Brasserie Les Saveurs, the destination dining establishment of The St. Regis Singapore, is welcoming guests back with its coveted bubbly brunch experience. Focusing on quality food coupled with refined French service, gourmands may look forward to an afternoon of gastronomic indulgence, paired with endless flutes of your preferred Champagne from the Champagne Barons de Rothschild series including an elegant Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2008. 

Headlining the season’s brunch spread is a succulent treasure trove of fresh oceanic delights comprising Alaskan King Crab, French Oysters, Manila Clams, Shrimps and Mussels, that entices guests with a penchant for crustaceans, as well as a decadent array of chef’s specials prepared à la minute featuring Beef Tartare with Red Radish and Soft Egg Yolk and Lobster Bisque Espuma with Crab Meat and Salted Egg. 

The bountiful feast continues on with an impressive spread of hot and cold entrées including a perfectly Seared Scallops with Green Asparagus and Cauliflower Coulis, fragrant servings of Black Truffle Macaroni Gratin, and Grilled Boston Lobster doused in savoury garlic parsley butter; before partaking in your preferred choice of sumptuous mains such as Seared Beef Tenderloin with Mash Potato, French Beans and Beef Jus, Pan-seared Toothfish with Chorizo and Bell Pepper Piperade and a delightful vegetarian option of Stuffed Tomato with Impossible Meat and Provençal Ratatouille. 

Dessert experience is a theatrical affair at the new and revamped brunch. Keep your eyes peeled, as a St. Regis master chef flambés a signature Crêpes Suzette with finesse before our hosts serves piping hot plates of the delight to tables, and be further enthralled by a roving dessert trolley of sublime sweet options for your selection, providing the ultimate close to a perfect Sunday revelry. 

Little ones dining with family have a dedicated menu to call their own, from delicious entrées of Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap, Prawn Cocktail Salad and Shrimp Tempura; wholesome mains of Chicken Cordon Bleu with Roasted Potatoes, Salmon Teriyaki with Steamed Rice or Mini Cheeseburger with French Fries; to a sweet ending of Waffles with Berries Compote.


Refreshed Sunday Champagne Brunch at Brasserie Les Saveurs, The St. Regis Singapore 2

St. Regis Sunday Champagne Brunch 

Sundays, 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM 

Champagne-of-Choice: 

  • S$198.00++ per person, inclusive of a flow of Champagne Barons de Rothschild Brut NV
  • S$288.00++ per person, inclusive of a flow of Champagne Barons de Rothschild Rosé NV
  • S$338.00++ per person, inclusive of a flow of Champagne Barons de Rothschild Blanc de Blancs NV
  • S$548.00++ per person, inclusive of a flow of Champagne Barons de Rothschild Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2008

Brunch experiences are accompanied by a flow of your preferred Champagne along with soft drinks, juices, and freshly brewed coffee and tea, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. 

Sommelier's Choice: $168.00++ per person, inclusive of a flow of wines 

Non-alcoholic Experience: $138.00++ per person, inclusive of a flow of non-alcoholic beverages


Check out all my other St Regis related posts here:

http://www.camemberu.com/search?q=st+regis



All photos courtesy of St Regis Singapore.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

ATLAS Singapore Launches New Gin Experiences

Who has not been wowed by ATLAS and the much acclaimed 8-metre tall Gin Tower? This grand Art Deco marvel of a bar and restaurant graces the ground floor of one of Singapore’s most iconic buildings, Parkview Square. It's also home to one of the world’s largest and most extensive gin collections, and has launched a series of exciting one-of-a-kind experiences and updates.


The Personal Gin Tower Experience (S$42)

This is perfect for both gin aficionados or guests making their first foray into the world of the juniper spirit. Hosted by ATLAS' Head Bartender (Jesse Vida of Dead Rabbit and Blacktail fame), or one of the Senior Bartenders, guests are invited to ascend the stairs to the iconic Gin Tower for a personal tour to handpick a gin of their choice. 

Guests will venture across the globe as they explore new flavour profiles and lesser-known distilleries and gin iterations that can be only found in Singapore at ATLAS. 


Gin Tower Experience_1 - Photo Credit: Benjamin Sim The experience continues with a bartender led tasting and presentation of the gin of choice. Guests will enjoy a customised gin and tonic pairing to conclude. Priced from S$42 per guest, this experience is best enjoyed in a pair. 
  

Gins of the World (S$48)


ATLAS has introduced Gins of the World, to delight guests with a world discovery gin flight. Each month, guests can anticipate three unique gins from different areas of the world, explore the diversity of flavours and discover the storied histories on a liquid journey.
  World Flight - - Photo Credit: Benjamin Sim
This month discover South America and its native botanicals from the Amazonian forest with different expressions selected from Peru and Columbia featuring botanicals including sacha inchi, trujillana and tonka beans, of which one is aged in rum-barrels. Priced at S$48, the flight includes three gins which are complemented with a selection of garnishes, soda water and tonic.

ATLAS Gin Collection – Taxonomy of Taste

It took five years to curate the ATLAS Gin Collection of over 1,400 gins and it includes some of the world’s most-loved and sought after labels. 
 
Gin Tower Experience_12 - Photo Credit: Benjamin Sim
The gin menu is now presented as a unique index to support the exploration of the wonderful world of gin whilst highlighting each gins’ key botanicals. The gins of ATLAS have been arranged into their distinct style categories, such as Modern, Barrel-Rested and Navy Strength. Each category is further subdivided into the ATLAS Taxonomy of taste; a guide of ten different flavour profiles such as floral, earthy, nutty and spiced, to make the selection process as seamless as possible for guests.

With a focus on education, the ATLAS Gin Collection also guides guests to choose the most suitable tonic, with a selection of pairing options available for browsing.

Parkview Square, 
600 North Bridge Road, 
Singapore 188778

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday from 10.00am to 1.00am
Friday from 10.00am to 2.00am
Saturday from 3.00pm to 2.00am
Closed on Sunday


First photo credit: EK Yap
Other photos: Benjamin Sim
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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Morganfield's Bourbon Bacon Sticky Bones

Morganfield's latest offering for Sept-Oct 2020 is music to my ears - Bourbon Bacon Ribs! 
 
The chefs have spiked the sweet and tangy classic American barbecue sauce with Jim Beam bourbon to give the signature spice rubbed ribs a richer and more complex flavour. The full slab is topped with hand-chopped bacon bits and two strips of Bourbon Candied Bacon, and served with Potato Salad & Grilled Corn on Cob. It is a feast for two (Sticky Bones S$49.90++ and Baby Back Ribs S$39.90++). 


Bourbon Bacon Sticky Bones
And yes, Candied Bacon (S$11.90++) - see glass tumbler full of them perched on the plate above - you can have a half dozen or so strips as a side dish. These are soaked in bourbon for hours, before being caramelised. The concept is marvellous, but you can still taste sugar crystals sprinkled on the bacon. I think it might be better to brush sugar in syrup or liquid form onto them before baking in order to get that molten hardened candy effect. So we gave that feedback - I don't know if this will be relayed to the chefs for experimentation. 



Ale and stout to go with sticky bones
If you'd like to pair even more booze with your ribs, there are a couple of choices that go really well. On the left, you have Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar which is sweet and nutty with an acidity that balances out with the fatty meat of the ribs. On the right, we have North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout which is rich, strong and roasty with a warming finish. The roasty aspect and the tangy sauce on the ribs are perfect for each other.

The ribs are truly a gorgeous treat. However, if you feel like staying in or want to cater for a party, Morganfield's does takeaway and delivery

Check out their four locations, and my other posts on Morganfield's:



Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Tower 4, #01-645,
S 038983 (Next to Promenade MRT)
Tel: 6736 1136
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11am – 10pm

The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Unit #02-23,
S 138617 (Next to Buona Vista MRT)
Tel: 6694 3635
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11am – 10pm

VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Unit #01-51A,
S 098585 (Next to Sentosa Boardwalk Exit)
Tel: 6225 0501
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11am – 10pm

Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road,
Unit #11-03/04 S238896 (Next to Somerset MRT)
Tel: 6634 1828

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday, 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday, 11am – 10pm


Many thanks to Morganfield's for the invitation and hospitality
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Monday, September 7, 2020

Crystal Skin Durian Mini Mooncakes from Chui Lau Heung

 



I have a really unusual find to showcase. Chui Lau Heung, a local brand that's apparently been successful in Hong Kong for durian mooncakes, has come up with crystal skin durian mini mooncakes. Yes, crystal skin, just like the 水晶包 crystal dumplings. The skin is translucent, delicately chewy and stretchy, totally outdoing their snowskin mooncake cousins. 

There are two varieties, both featuring decadent Mao Shan Wang durian puree, but one has a special "molten" core. They come frozen, so you'll need to thaw them for about 10-20 minutes. but you can be creative and torch them for a warm skin and cold centre experience. 

We found that the molten core one didn't really flow like molten lava, so do adjust your expectations. It also tasted like some sort of durian diluted with honey, so the durian taste is not as strong. Naturally, we leaned more towards the regular one, as the durian taste was more intense and unadulterated. 

Prices (box of 6 mooncakes) as per website: S$42 for molten core, and S$60 for the regular crystal skin mooncakes.


  Chui Lau Heung products
They have other products as well but the crystal mooncakes are the highlight. The durian products have very decent filling and smell good. The D24 durian bao is also frozen, so you can keep and enjoy at any time, even when durian is off season. The siew mai is vegetarian, which is good for people choosing not to eat meat, but seriously, you can't beat pork for siew mai. 

Last point: I'm not fond of the packaging design myself, but someone from another culture liked the box, so you never know. I was happy to give it to her. 
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Friday, September 4, 2020

How to Cook Bird's Nest Soup In 3 Easy Steps (Plus $30 OFF Promo Code)




I've always put off making my own bird's nest soup because I keep hearing about the laborious cleaning process - repeated soaking, tweezing out feathers, and so forth. It wasn't until CS Bird's Nest (hey wow, they got a nice domain name - birdnest.com.sg/) approached me recently that I decided to consider. Apparently cleaning is not required!

CS Bird's Nest is an AVA/SFA licensed importer and have been in the business for seven years, with its own swiftlet bird houses in Malaysia and Cambodia, as well as having their very own processing facility to control the quality.

Their bird's nest is purportedly bleach-free, chemical-free, UV-sterilised, handpicked and hand-cleaned manually, and dried at room temperature (excess heat may destroy nutrients). 

But wait, from them, I found cooking the bird's nest is easy as 1-2-3. So foolproof. Maybe it's been like this for a long time, and I've only just discovered, but hey, better late than never. 
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Monday, August 24, 2020

Shake Shack to Open Fourth Outlet in Singapore at Suntec City

 

Shake Shack is, unbelievably in this battered economy, opening its fourth outlet in Singapore, not too long after the third one appeared at Liat Towers. The hoardings for the latest outlet have gone up today at Suntec Centre (#01-357). The store is slated to open in fall (usually Sep-Nov) 2020. 

Swing by the Shack, located at the mall’s West Wing, to check out the vibrant mural by local artist Ripple Root inspired by Suntec and its surroundings. The duo Liquan Liew and Estella Ng have painted Bougainvillea blossoming in the city centre, triangular motifs with a nod to the Suntec architecture, splashes of water representing the iconic Fountain of Wealth and vignettes capturing the area’s hustle-bustle.


Shake Shack Smokeshack
Now, I love their burgers, so more Shake Shack is good news to me. I still remember the first burger we tried at Jewel, Changi Airport last October. The Smokeshack was so juicy and bursting with flavour. 



 

We recently had a haul from the Liat Towers branch. Two Smokeshacks, one Shroom burger, one Chick’n Shack and a hot dog, plus cheese fries and a concrete with brownies and chocolate chunks.

The Smokeshack here is different - it's got chopped cherry pepper that's so tart, it makes you wince more than the McDonald's pickle. They need to read Lennardy's post from way back on acidity.

I wonder what specialty or surprise they will offer at Suntec... 


 

 

Well, as much as I am happy for more outlets, I do hope this expansion doesn't mean they'll be overstretched. Already the Liat Tower branch wasn't crowded on a weekend. Lots of people are still working from home and may continue to do some sort of hybrid office-home schedule. Tourists are limited, and may be for a couple of years. Covid-19 has changed the landscape so much. Wonder if Shake Shack will consider major heartland spots outside the CBD which is a ghost town for now. 





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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Raffles Hotel Singapore: La Dame de Pic Summer Menu

 

French cuisine tends to be heavy on creams and strong-tasting sauces. However, Chef Anne Sophie Pic, a third generation chef-owner of a three-star Michelin restaurant in France, has lent her wonderful touch to show that French fine-dining can also be delicate with finely balanced flavours. 


   
Here she is with a special greeting for guests of La Dame de Pic in Singapore. 
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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

NutsAndSnacks.Com - Wholesale Snacks Delivery & Promo Code

 



OK, I'll confess. I'm always looking for snacks and not necessarily the most healthy kind. However, I am trying to focus more on healthful choices. With the Covid-19 situation, I started looking for wholesalers who would do delivery. And in the midst of it, NutsAndSnacks.com came along and offered me samples to try. Talk about serendipity. Psst...they are giving you a promo code at the end of the post too!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Hotel Buffet at Oscar's: 55 Dishes for S$55 (Conrad Centennial Singapore)

There are so many celebratory feasts going on for National Day 2020 but Conrad Centennial Singapore is rolling out the red (and white) carpet this year with Oscar's 55 dishes for S$55. Check out the full menu here

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Boutique Hotel SG Staycation: Hotel G #BurgersInBed



Hotel G Singapore (certified SG Clean) is introducing not one, but two irresistible staycation packages catering to every budget, ideal for those in need of a little break.

My family and I have stayed here before and loved every bit of it. See my previous review plus video of the place:
https://www.camemberu.com/2017/11/hotel-g-singapore-staycation-in-city.html

#BURGERSINBED

From only SG$120++ per room per night, enjoy #BURGERSINBED in a Queen-bedded Good Room (yes, it's upgradeable to King), with an ‘It Takes Two’ meal box, straight from 25 Degrees Burger, Wine & Liquor Bar located on the first floor of Hotel G Singapore. This bestselling combo from the acclaimed American-style eatery includes 2 mouth-watering burgers to choose from the Signature #1, #2, #3 and #4 burgers with a choice of 1 side – the menu can be seen here. 

The snug bed and gourmet comfort food make for a winning formula for a night in. Additionally, this offer includes a complimentary parking coupon and late check-out till 2pm, as well as in-room perks like a free bottle of wine and a welcome kit for a safe and enjoyable stay. Bookings can be made directly on www.hotelgsingapore.com, using the promo code BURGERSINBED.

Glam Your Gram

Experience an instagrammable staycation with delectable French food and wine with Hotel G’s Glam Your Gram promotion which includes a stay in a king-bedded Good Room with $50 credit to spend at Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar. Ginett specialises in crowd-pleasing favourites like succulent dry-aged Black Angus steaks as well as French AOC cheese and cold cuts, paired with renowned French wine labels. 

Rates start from SG$140++ per night for a Good Room, and includes breakfast for two, a complimentary parking coupon, early check-in and late check-out. The picture-perfect rooms are all decked out with dangling dreamcatchers, stylish artwork, a free bottle of wine and a welcome kit full of surprises. Bookings can be made directly on www.hotelgsingapore.com, using the promo code GLAMYOURGRAM.

The promotions are valid for booking till August 31st 2020, with the stay period valid till 31 December 2021, subject to availability. That's a long while!

Undecided on your dates for a staycation? You can purchase these packages now and stay later. Just email res@hotelgsingapore.com.

Terms and conditions apply.



HOTEL G
200 Middle Road
Singapore 188980
Tel: +65 6809-7988

Photo courtesy of Hotel G
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Friday, July 31, 2020

PartyDiva.Co SG55 National Day Mini Buffet Party Catering / Delivery


National Day 2020 is going to be so different this year. For the first time, the NDP will be brought to everyone not just at the Padang or Marina Bay, but wherever you are on the island. We are all celebrating together (safely) at home as we get together to enjoy the company of our family and loved ones. And it doesn't have to feel scaled down when you can have a party of your own with all the trimmings! 

 

Organising a party can involve quite a bit of effort though. You can either source for your own food, beverages and decorations from various vendors, or you can find someone to do it all for you. For my SG55 dinner party, PartyDiva.Co was just the perfect partner in celebration.  PartyDiva.Co is a curated and collaborative marketplace for Gifting, Events and Party Planning. 

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Food Delivery: Amelia's Homemade Carrot Cake



Carrot cake is often a labour of love, I think. All that hard work grating radish, chopping and frying ingredients, and finally steaming the mixture. But you get to put in as much care and ingredients as you want.

Amelia did that for her family at first, during the circuit breaker period. Then friends and relatives were asking for more. Soon, she had enough demand to start a small home business. Not surprising. Just look at the amount of toppings that go into the carrot cake - dried shrimp, dried shiitake mushrooms, Chinese sausage. It smells so good.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Circles Launches eSIM Plans


Ever since iPhones became eSIM enabled in 2018, the writing was on the wall. With eSIM (embedded SIM) built into phones, we no longer have to futz around with physical SIM cards. No more waiting to get the SIM card, swapping it to toggle between lines/countries or worry about losing your card when you lose your phone. Still, it took us a year to get mobile phone eSIM plans in Singapore. And now we have Circles giving us eSIM with that same affordable data!

Check out the details here:
https://nebula.circles.life/esim-safe-entry


Here's a look at the 40GB plans. Add on $20 for up to 100Gb.



All you have to do is check if your phone is compatible, choose your plan, and an email will be sent to you with a QR code to activate the eSIM. 


It's still not for your Apple Watch though. But so tempting if you have been contemplating getting a second line, or just switching over. The eSIM convenience and security just makes sense.







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