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12 Places to Get Your Lohei Fix: CNY 2018

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

12 Places to Get Your Lohei Fix: CNY 2018
Chinese New Year is inching in on us, and every CNY is accompanied by the prosperity toss (a.k.a Lo Hei Yu Sheng 捞起鱼生)! 

Not sure where you're headed for Lo Hei this CNY? Or in need of more suggestions of where to get your Yu Sheng platters?

Well, from healthy Yu Sheng, vegetarian ones, gluten-free ones or a lavish Yu Sheng platters, here's 12 recommended places you can get your lohei fix:


Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant (Quality Hotel Marlow) / Lotus Kitchen (Chinatown Point) 
Price: $28 - $38 

Quality Hotel Marlow 
Location: 2nd Level, 201 Balestier Road Singapore 329926 
Tel: +65 6254 0090 

Lotus Kitchen (Chinatown Point)
Location: 133 New Bridge Road, #01-01/02 Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413 
Tel: +65 6538 1068 
Image Credit: Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant

The Lotus Vegetarian Prosperity Yusheng is a colourful abundance of over 30 ingredients. Featuring premium vegetarian salmon and fish slices made from konnyaku, as well as vegetarian ba kwa, lotus root slices, julienned apple and more, you definitely don’t want to toss this off the table. The Prosperity Vegetarian Salmon Yu Sheng and Prosperity Vegetarian Abalone starts from S$28++ and S$38++ for 2 to 4 pax respectively.


Greendot 
Price: $28 
Location: Various locations, refer to their website 
Image Credit: Greendot

This Chinese New Year, toss to fortune, abundance and health with Greendot’s affordable vegetarian yusheng (S$28). For the first time ever, the brand has come up with a vegetarian yusheng — this delicious offering suits all palates and dietary requirements. It is made with konnyaku salmon slices, which replicate the look, texture and taste of the fish. It is also accompanied with soy bak kwa and pomelo - relish the invigorating interplay of savoury, sour and sweet notes. Homemade fruit-based sauce and vegetarian oil imbued with the fragrance of lemongrass is drizzled all over the yusheng for the final finishing touch.


Plentyfull 
Price: $48 to $78 
Location: Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-79/80, Singapore 039596 
Tel: +65 64932997 
Plentyfull Blossom Yu Sheng is inspired by the flavours of South Thailand and North of Malaysia. With reminiscence of kerabu flavours, pineapple and Thai ginger dressing was used for refreshing and mix of flavours. This year, cured Yellowtail Hamachi is the ring that binds the delicious matrimony of flavors. Some vegetables used in this Yu Sheng includes Green Papaya, Beetroot, Watermelon Radish and topped with fried yam strips and micro cress.


SENS 
Price: $48 - $68 (excluding costs for additional toppings) 
Location: 118 Holland Ave, #B1-12/13, Raffles Holland V, Singapore 278997 
Tel: +65 6262 5618 
Image Credit: SENS
SENS is helmed by Chef Kent Seah, who has over 22 years of experience, trained in Japan and worked in various five-star hotels and restaurants. This year, SENS is launching a very colourful fruity yu sheng! Bucking the trend of showcasing only vegetables, the Healthy Salmon and Fruit Yu Sheng (S$48, small) features up to 12 different types of fruits. Each fruit offers a refreshing bite and accompanying the fruits are thick slices of salmon sashimi. Also available is the Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng (S$68, large). It stars the same 12 fruits as the marquee ingredients, and comes with added indulgence such as sword fish, ama ebi, Hokkaido scallop and salmon sashimi. The pairing of fruits with sashimi may seem a bit odd at first, but it is one that works remarkably well. Both the yu sheng are pulled together by a sweet homemade plum sauce by SENS. Olive oil is used instead of peanut or corn oil for a healthy spin. Five spice powder is not used in both yu sheng, allowing the ingredients¹ natural flavours to shine through. This yusheng is available from 15 January to 3 March 2018.


FujiSoba Singapore 
Price: $38.80 
Location: 100 Tras Street, #03-14, 100AM Singapore 079027 
Tel: +65 64438827 
Image Credit: Fujisoba Singapore
Nadai Fujisoba Ni-hachi’s (Fujisoba), touted as Japan’s number one soba restaurant, is the first in Singapore to introduce yu sheng that comes with cold and fried soba noodles. This healthy and delicious yusheng caters up to 8 pax. It also features a generous medley of salmon, seasoned octopus, seaweed and jelly fish, crabstick strips, shredded egg and tobiko for a savoury note. The sushi gari (ginger), orange cubes and winter melon strips offer a refreshing taste, while the white and red carrot, purple cabbage, Japanese cucumber and Chinese crackers a crunchy bite. A special sesame sauce pulls all the ingredients together. This will be available from 16 January to 28 February 2018.


Min Jiang at One-North 
Price: $88++ per small portion, $138++ per large portion 
Location: No. 5 Rochester Park, Singapore 139216 
Tel: +65 6774 0122 
Image Credit: Min Jiang
It will be a rewarding meal to remember with this exquisite creation by Master Chef Goh. Taking centrestage is a ‘flower’ with ‘petals’ that are made of julienned peaches, plums, kiwi and golden kiwi. Prettily perched in the middle is a mound of pomelo, wasabi tobiko and red tobiko. Encircling this beauty are nuggets of ingot-shaped osmanthus jelly studded with blueberries, as well as edible viola petals. Accompanying the main attraction are romaine lettuce, rocket leaves carrot, green radish, white radish, yellow frisee lettuce, snow pear, pine nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, shredded fish ‘ribbons’ and two sauces – Japanese sesame and plum. This will be available from 29 January to 2 March 2018.


Min Jiang at Goodwood Park Hotel 
Price: $168++ per large portion only 
Location: Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road Singapore 228221 
Tel: +65 6730 1704 
Image Credit: Min Jiang
Guests will be treated to double the luck as they ‘lo’ (toss) to greater fortunes while dining on this colourful platter by Master Chef Chan Hwan Kee of Min Jiang. The eyes are first drawn to a beautiful Chinese painting on the plate – personally illustrated by Chef himself – of a friendly Pekingese perched on the foothills of a majestic mountain, and pretty cherry blossoms beckoning on the peak; then to the gorgeous sunset-hued arrangement made up of ultra-fresh raw salmon slices and abalones crowned with red tobiko. To complete the work of art, edible viola petals and wasabi tobiko lend a 3-D touch. A medley of crisp vegetables such as wild arugula, yellow frisee, red sorrel, red mustard greens, carrot, baby radish and white radish, pomelo, sesame seeds, pine nuts and crispy strips of fried sweet potato and yam are refreshing accompaniments, while the homemade dressing is a piquant mix of lime juice, lemongrass and plum sauce. This will be available from 29 January to 2 March 2018.


Jiang Nan Chun at Four Seasons 
Price: $98 - $138++ (excluding costs for additional toppings)
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore 190 Orchard Boulevard 248646 Singapore 
Tel: +65 6831 7220 
Image Credit: Jiang Nan Chun
Toss to good fortune with the restaurant’s signature Yu Sheng, a bestseller that comprises an appetising mix of interesting ingredients including smoked salmon slices, crispy vermicelli, fried sweet potato strips, preserved papaya, beetroot and shredded radish, complemented with a homemade dressing of plum sauce and pineapple paste. The Yu Sheng is available in two sizes, small portion at $98 for 4-6pax and large portion at $138 for 6-10pax. Additional accompaniment options include “Three-head quality” abalone ($60 per order), Bird’s nest ($60 per order), Japanese surf clams ($30 per order), Norwegian Salmon for dine-in only ($30 per order), Smoked salmon ($20 per order), Crispy fish skin ($16 per order), Crispy silver fish ($16 per order) and Crackers ($6 per order). Dine-ins are available from 1 Feb to 2 Mar 2018.


Peony Jade 
Price: $68.88 - $268.88++ 

Clarke Quay Restaurant 
Tel: +65 6338 0305 
Location: Clarke Quay 3 River Valley Rd, Level 2, Singapore 179020 

Keppel Club (Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurant) 
Tel: +65 6276 9138 
Location: Keppel 10 Bukit Chermin Rd, M Level, 109918 
Image Credit: Peony Jade
Toss and feast your way to prosperity and longevity with Peony Jade’s Instant Enormous Windfall, Good Health and Longevity” artistic Yu Sheng. This brilliant handcrafted work-of-art sets the tone for the festive feast as it is prepared with choice seafood namely, lobster from Canada, sliced premium 2-head golden abalone from Australia, Japanese Amberjack (hamachi) carpaccio, tuna (sashimi-grade), Norwegian salmon (sashimi-grade), pan-seared Hokkaido scallops, jelly fish, wakame, unami, crispy silver baits, topped with champagne jelly, French caviar, golden fish roes, lychee pops and edible 18k gold leaves. This celebratory toss-for-fortune must-have is complete with chef’s homemade recipe using fresh apricot and peach jam dressing, and Peony Jade’s deep-fried thin taro strips, roasted pine nuts and toasted sesame seeds. Priced at S$268.88++, this gluten free yusheng serves up to 10-12 guests, and is available for dine-in only at Peony Jade @ Keppel Club, and a 1-day advance order is required. All of Peony Jade’s Yu Sheng platters are available from 1 Feb to 2 Mar 2018.


Peach Blossoms at Marina Mandarin 
Price: $58++ 
Tel: +65 6845 1118 
Location: Marina Mandarin Hotel, Level 5, 6 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square, Singapore 039594 
Image Credit: Peach Blossoms
This coming Chinese New Year, Peach Blossoms presents the new, Japanese-inspired Amaebi, Salmon and Pear Yusheng. Apart from the usual yusheng ingredients, Bonito flakes are added for umami flavour, while for sweetness, fresh Japanese sweet prawn is added. Tobiko is included to give a semi-crunchy texture to the dish, and pear is thrown into the yusheng to provide the palate a refreshing taste. This Yu Sheng is available from 22 January 2018 to 2 March 2018.


Dragon Bowl
Price: $38.80 - $56.80+
Location: Various locations, please refer to website.
Website: http://dragonbowl.com.sg
Toss to good health with the Dragon Bowl's Prosperity Abalone Yusheng with Fish Roe, which comprises Abalone, Lime, White Radish, Green Radish, Carrots, Cucumber, Capsicum, Pomelo, Pickled Ginger, Chinese Parsley, Peanut, Five Spice Powder, Cracker, Plum Sauce, Oil, all pulled together by the Yusheng Sauce. 


Paradise Group 
Price: $48.80 - $68++ 
Location: Various locations, please refer to their website 
Image Credit: Paradise Group
This year, Paradise Group serves Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng across their branches. The Yusheng ingredients are freshly grated at respective restaurants, while condiments are prepared daily at Paradise Group’s very own central kitchen to ensure consistency in taste and quality. The team has paid great attention to details of the packaging - not only it is presentable, it is effective and convenient too. For the specialty Yushengs at Taste Paradise, Paradise Teochew and Seafood Paradise, the ingredients and condiments are prepared by the in-house chefs of the respective outlets. All their Yu sheng platters are available from 26 January to 4 March 2018.

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Wishing all my readers a very happy Chinese new year and a very happy tossing session! :)

Burger King's Largest Mega Fast Food Restaurant is Open in Bedok!

Monday, 5 February 2018

Burger King's Largest Mega Fast Food Restaurant is Open in Bedok!
Last Tuesday, Burger King unveiled its latest and biggest outlet in Singapore and the region at Heartbeat@Bedok. Spanning a wide space, the fast food restaurant holds up to 239 seats!
Burger King at Heartbeat@Bedok storefront
The all-embracing design of the restaurant unifies various elements of a Singaporean lifestyle, with the circular layout taking inspiration from the two ‘chambers’ of Heartbeat@Bedok that resemble a human heart.
Spacious seating area for customers to enjoy
The expansive seating area is organised into different thematic sections, which cater to individuals and large family gatherings alike, and a well-planned quiet study corner equipped with electric plugs for students to huddle over academic pursuits and revision for upcoming examinations.
Feature wall at Burger King at Heartbeat@Bedok
There will soon be wifi available in the restaurant as well!

Human-centric features are evident in the thoughtful furnishings of the new store. Customers stepping into the 5,281 square feet space will immediately notice the vastness of the restaurant and have their attention captured by the many surprising elements of the restaurant including a beautiful ‘Super Tree’. It represents Singapore’s reputation as a Garden City and its citizens’ love for nature, and breathes a second life into the beautiful wooden frame used to form the installation.
The 'Super Tree' of Burger King at Heartbeat@Bedok
To bring the service crew closer to the customer, the restaurant has introduced individual ordering pods. The one-of-its kind self-service drink section makes it all the more convenient for customers to help themselves to their choice of drink. Customers will be delighted with the ‘keep active’ running tracks in the restaurant. This was designed with Sports SG in mind, to support its vision for a healthy lifestyle and in keeping with the mall’s sport focus.
Running tracks leading to ordering pods
Heartbeat@Bedok is one of the newest and largest integrated complexes in Singapore. It is a lifestyle hub designed to cater to Singapore’s multigenerational population to spend time together, in support of Singapore’s vision to create a caring and gracious community. The mall has healthcare to sports facilities to a wide range of dining options, everything families need under one roof.

The new Burger King restaurant at Heartbeat@Bedok is open from 8am to 10pm daily.

For more information on Burger King and its current promotions, please visit www.burgerking.com.sg.

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Millenia Walk's Reunion Lunch: 11 food places here to get your CNY started!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Millenia Walk's Reunion Lunch: 11 food places here to get your CNY started!
Visited Millenia Walk for an awesome reunion 9-course luncheon, alongside over 50 media guests and influencers, right smack in the middle of the mall! We were served with a variety of delicious dishes, starting off with a lovely Yu sheng (cos, CNY! WOOHOO!)




Some of you might following me on instagram (@janelkuuu) might have already seen my instastories with the hashtags: #milleniawalk and #reuniontoremember , and seen some of the delicacies we've enjoyed at this event.

The scrumptious meal features Lunar New Year specials including Plentyfull Blossom – Yu Sheng with Yellowtail Hamachi from modern brasserie Plentyfull, and Oyster and Hotate Katsu from Saboten, newly launched artisanal 68% Ghana Single Origin Dark Chocolate ice-cream from The Dark Gallery.

Well, let's begin the feasting, shall we?


The Bean Shop by Cafebond.com
Millenia Walk, #01-52
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bean-Shop-by-Cafebondcom/1937744763173573

Tried their Caramel and Raisin hand brewed filter coffee, which is a mellow type coffee. Their basic's single origin coffee from Brazil, hand brewed on the spot. I loved it so much I drank 3 cups of it.

The Bean Shop by Cafebond.com is Singapore’s first specialty coffee bean-only retail store which allows coffee lovers to shop a curated selection of freshly roasted coffee beans from over 20 top cafes and roasters around the world, including Melbourne, Tokyo and Canberra.

We also tried 3 Sparkling Sakes (provided by Kirei Japanese Food Supply) during the event: Akane Sparkling Sake (7.5%), Akazaru Sparkling Shochu (5%) and the Shirayuki de Ai Sparkling Sake (7.5%).

We loved the Akazaru Sparkling Shochu and the Shirayuki de Ai Sparkling Sake! It was so addictive, I swore I could have finished the entire bottle super quickly!


Shirayuki de Ai Sparkling Sake (7.5%)

Akazaru Sparkling Shochu (5%)

Sorry, but to be honest, this one is the least favourite of my liking. :P
Akane Sparkling Sake (7.5%)

Joe & Dough 

Millenia Walk, #01-86/87
https://www.joeanddough.com
I tried the pineapple tarts and citrus & mixed seeds butter cookies by Joe & Dough Pineapple Tarts. The pineapple tarts feature buttery pastry hugging a filling of pineapple jam mixed with coffee-infused cranberries. Each tin costs $25. The Citrus & Mixed Seeds Butter Cookies ($23.80) is a sweeter treat with sunflower, pumpkin and melon seeds mixed with orange peels. A pretty interesting mix that lives up to its name of a CNY cookie. Those who visit Joe & Dough can also try their pastries and cakes, which I love as well. Ah yes, probably get a cup of joe at this cafe as well.


Plentyfull 
Millenia Walk, #01-79
http://plentyfull.com

We enjoyed a healthier style lohei yusheng from Plentyfull: Blossom Yu Sheng with Yellowtail Hamachi! Everything at Plentyfull is made from scratch with the freshest seasonal produce sourced from farmers and artisans locally and internationally. By day, it offers a market table luncheon spread where guests can mix and match their meals; by night, it transforms into a modern brasserie.


The Plentyfull Blossom Yu Sheng is inspired by the flavours of South Thailand and North of Malaysia. With reminiscence of kerabu flavours, pineapple and Thai ginger dressing is used for a refreshing mix of flavours. The vegetables include green papaya shred, beetroot shread, pretty watermelon radish and topped with fried yam strips and micro cress! Cured Yellowtail Hamachi was used to complement their Yu Sheng flavours.

The aftermath
elemen 元素
Millenia Walk, #01-75A/76
http://www.elemen.com.sg

elemen 元素 offers a wholesome meat-free dining experience that benefits your health without compromising the earth’s sustainability. Today we got to try their 5 Elements Soup 元素五行汤 as well as the Charcoal Beancurd w/ Golden Oyster Mushroom 金蚝菇伴竹炭豆腐. These two dishes were really delish and we enjoyed it thoroughly!

The “5 elements” refer to the soup base which comprises five different ingredients – Burdock Root, Carrot, Shiitake Mushroom, Radish, Radish Leaves. This is a nourishing dish which includes rare and healthy ingredients like Snow Lotus Seed, Bamboo Fungus, Chinese Golden Fungus and Red Dates. Also, we scrapped the sides of the coconut 'bowl' clean and there was so much coconut flesh along with the soup to be enjoyed!



As for the Charcoal Beancurd w/ Golden Oyster Mushroom, another lovely take on fried beancurd! This one is homemade, deep fried and served with asparagus, golden oyster mushroom, served with their special miso gravy drizzled on top. A really delectable dish which most of us enjoyed!



Tokyo Chopped Salad
Millenia Walk, #01-102

This salad was not normal. It was super delish! This is the premium beef tataki salad from Tokyo Chopped Salad, which is also the first chopped salad brand in Singapore. Their unique Japanese inspired dressings are specially crafted by award winning Chef Teppei Yamashita.


Tokyo Chopped Salad uses premium ingredients such as the Wagyu Beef Tataki for the salads, promising quality with every scoop. This salad is made up of premium ingredients like Wagyu Beef Tataki tossed with Shitake, Mushrooms, Red Onion, Broccoli, Snow Peas, Wakame, Quinoa, Brown Rice and Romaine Lettuce, then topped off with Sesame dressing! This was so delicious we took some back home as well.

Saboten
Millenia Walk, #02-14
https://www.facebook.com/saboten.sg/

Oyster and Hotate Katsu
Established in 1966, Saboten is one of the largest tonkatsu restaurant chains in Japan. From Saboten, we tried their oyster and hotate katsu dish, which uses Hiroshima plump, juicy oysters and Hokkaido fresh scallops, breaded and deep fried to golden perfection. The oysters were our favourite out of the two.


Teppei Syokudo
Millenia Walk, #01-105
https://www.facebook.com/teppeigroup/

If you haven't already heard of Teppei Syokudo, you're late to the kaisendon party! We got a taste of their signature Kaisendon with the famous Teppei sauce. Their Kaisendon has 6 different types of seafood / sashimi mixed with signature sauce, served on Japanese sushi rice, and is not to be missed.

Thai Affair
Millenia Walk, #01-103
https://www.facebook.com/thaiaffairsingapore/

These Moo Ping Signature grilled pork skewers from Thai affair are juicy and goes so well with its dipping sauce! Thai Affair focuses on simple, fresh ingredients to bring the authentic flavours of Thailand to the table. Only handpicked and freshest ingredients are used, along with Thai herbs and spices, to deliver all-time Thai favourites and tantalizing street snacks.


Uma Uma
Millenia Walk, #02-06
http://umaumaramen.com
Uma Uma served up their Mazesoba Chasiu dry ramen, which is slightly spicy with spring onion, bamboo shoots, leeks and a very pretty looking egg! Mix them all together and you'll have a satisfying savoury bowl of hakata-style noodles, great for lunch time cravings!


Beano
Millenia Walk, #01-107
http://www.beano.com.sg

Founded in 2004, Beano has been serving delicious and nutritious soymilk and soy beancurd over the years, using only premium certified non-genetically modified beans from Canada. Rich, thick and lightly sweetened, Beano Soymilk contains no artificial flavouring and colouring, and is completely preservative-free. It is freshly made every day. Best of all, Beano Soymilk is double-boiled to retain the nutrients in the soybeans. We tried all the traditional beancurd, grass jelly and ice jelly versions, which tasted so good and yet not overly sweet. So don't miss out on trying this dish!

The Dark Gallery
Millenia Walk, #01-K5
https://www.facebook.com/discoverthedark/


A lovely ending to the Millenia Walk Reunion Lunch is a single scoop of artisanal dark chocolate ice cream by The Dark Gallery! I love this ice-cream soooo much! This is their newly launched 68% Ghana Single Origin Dark Chocolate Ice Cream! The description of the icecream cannot be more literal than its name already is.

Chances are, if you follow food instagrammers on instagram, you would already have heard of The Dark Gallery or eyeballed it sometime along the way. Its signature goodies are all freshly made using couverture chocolate sourced from gourmet chocolate brands; Valrhona and Cacao Barry, as well as other small-batch bean-to-bar chocolatiers. These tempting indulgences include ice cream, bonbons, macarons, cookies, and hot and iced beverages.

Once again, thank you Millenia Walk for the invitation to such a sumptuous and delicious feast!

Millenia Walk
Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard Singapore 039596
Mall Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm

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For more information on shops, visit their website at: http://www.milleniawalk.com

or their social media pages at:
https://www.instagram.com/milleniawalk
https://www.facebook.com/milleniawalkofficial/