Chalerm Thai brings flavours of Thailand to Capitol Piazza!

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Chalerm Thai brings flavours of Thailand to Capitol Piazza!

Visited Chalerm Thai's new branch at the Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski, the decoration of the restaurant is simple and classic, with a bright yellow canopy, wooden dividers and rattan furniture, a lovely airy terrace to enjoy authentic Thai food awaits!


The restaurant is named after the Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre in Bangkok, first opened in 1933. The name was chosen as the Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski is also home to a cinema icon of Singapore - the Capitol Theatre - drawing parallels between the city nation and the regal kingdom of Thailand.


Flavours of Chalerm Thai is presented by Chef Roy Ng, who has spent over 13 years training in the kitchens of Singapore's best Thai restaurants. His dedication has won him the Thai Select award by the Royal Thai Embassy (Singapore).



What Thai meal will be complete without milk teas? :)



For starters, we had the Tom Yum Goong (Thai seafood tom yum soup, $15), a steaming bowl of hot, sour and spicy soup which whips up the appetite. The Yum Pan Boong Krob (deep-fried crispy morning glory with chilli sauce dip, $8), also earned many 'oohs' and 'ahhs' at the table. It reminded me of oven baked kale, light and airy texture with a cripsy bite.



We loved the meaty side dishes as well, such as the Kor Moo Yang (grilled marinated pork neck with spicy lime sauce), Peek Gai Tord Ta Kra (deep fried lemongrass chicken wings), so be sure to order that, especially if you're going there in a group as it's good for sharing!




Carb lovers can go for Thai classics such as the Phad Thai Kung (phad thai stir-fried rice noodles, $14) or the Khao Phad Sapoarod (pineapple fried rice, $15)



Finally, after all that food, we still found some space to enjoy the Khao Neow Muang (mango sticky rice), which we all loved!


Chalerm Thai
Location: Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski (Capitol Piazza), 13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Tel: +65-6715-6875
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm

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Fashionable heritage: Guo Pei at ACM Singapore

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Fashionable heritage: Guo Pei at ACM Singapore

So when I heard that Guo Pei's dresses were going to be exhibited in Singapore, I was so excited that I knew despite my crazy recent schedule, I had to carve out time to view her designs. So I called a friend and together, we head over to the Asian Civilisation Museum (ACM), a quick 5 minute walk from Raffles Place MRT station (exit H) on a sunny Saturday afternoon.


Guo Pei is great - but first - lunch.

Also notable that I had my first taste of the impossible meat (in spaghetti) at the Prive Cafe in ACM and I thought it was quite impressive that it really could pretty much as off as real meat.




And now for the main character of the day: Guo Pei's Chinese Art & Couture exhibition.


This exhibition explores 29 of her creations from the angle of Chinese historical and contemporary design. A little bit about Guo Pei - she's a high fashion designer and dressmaker, whose designs reflect her Beijing childhood, overseas experieces and ideas about art. Her team has over 500 artisans, who spends thousands (yes, thousands!) of house on the intricate handwork required for each new creation.

One of her most famous and well-photographed dresses was the Yellow Queen (黄皇后), which was donned by Rihanna on the red carpet for the 2015 MET Gala in New York. This 25kg dress, which consists of luxurious materials such as silk, metal thread, gold-spun thread and fur, took a whopping 6000 hours to create!

The Yellow Queen dress would greet visitors just before they proceed into the doors that lead them toward the hallway into Guo Pei's world.



Check out those incredible shoes! Every minute detail had the utmost attention and care of its maker.


I'm not going to show every dress in this post, but I will feature some dresses that really excited me through the showcase.


This dress, is called the Magnificent Gold Gown (大金). Silk, wire, gold thread, silver-spun thread, Swarovski-sequin accessories - 50,000 hours of work. The lotus decoration corresponds to the theme of her first couture collection - Samsara. The dress looks so heavy, it almost seems like the mannequin is at risk of some serious nip-slip. But I digress. Back to the gowns.




If you're following me on my instagram (click here to follow), you would have seen my IG stories where I would have shown you a video of it. But to be fair - photos and videos don't do these dresses any actual justice. So there. Presenting the Snow Queen (冰雪皇后). Silk, mesh, gold-spun thread, silver thread, crystals, gems, beads, sequins, pearls, fox fur, brass, Swarovski crystals, diamantes - a 6,000 hour piece of gorgeous we're seeing here.

By far her heaviest gown - 50kg! Being the queen, you know, many responsibilities to carry, so there - the weight of the world on your - i mean - a true blue regal woman's shoulders.



The Palace Flower (宫花). Made with silk, jacquard, silver-spun thread, gold-spun thread, bead, Swarovski crystals, fur, silk peonies - taking 10,000 hours to complete. Also the time spent to earn the key to success in any field; popularly known from Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers.

Just check out how lovely this romantic blue mermaid gown looks. So flowy, phoenix-y and wavy. Just, stunning.



Part of her 'Legend of the Dragon Collection', this dress is being held together with metal wire, metal thread, sequinned silk fabric, Swarovski rhinestones and crystals. What's notable here is the dragon representation on her sleeve as well as her train, which was created from thick layers of metal wire and metal thread embroidery over stiffened stuffing.



I'm not showing the full dress here, but I want to say how much I think I loved that she included the Chinese 'double happiness' and 'good fortune' characters with such class and beauty into her design. But if you wanted to know, this dress - which took 3000 hours to make - is an informal and fun mini dress. This dress is absolutely gorgeous and is one of my favourites. And let's not forget the elaborately made shoes too which is specifically made to form a set.

 

She even made a jumpsuit! With wings! Whaaaat~!


As part of her admiration of Peranakan beadwork, she also did up this beautiful Peranakan inspired dress, so colourful and vibrant. So lovely. 



 
Finally, I've been saving this one for the last to present to you guys.

The Blue-and-White porcelain dress inspired literally by the Chinese blue-and-white porcelain in both design and technique. The blue decoration, including lotus blooms, crests, cloud and thunder patterns, waves, lingzhi fungus and flowers, was first hand-drawn and hand-painted. Then embroidery magic took place with 10,780 crystals added on as embellishments.

Worthy of the 8000 hours it took to complete (and then awed), this dress is made with silk, Swarovski crystals and pigments. Also, the headdress is beau-wait for it-tiful.

BEAUTIFUL!



After touring Guo pei, be sure to also check out the interactive workshop that is stationed near the Yellow Dress (Rihanna dress, whatever you wanna call it). haha!






Ticket prices for Guo Pei goes at:
Singaporeans & Permanent Residents $12 Foreign
Residents & Tourists $20

Her exhibition runs from 16 June 2019 to 16 September 2019.

If you haven't checked it out already, go. You won't regret it.

Website: https://www.acm.org.sg/whats-on/exhibitions/guo-pei

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Gingen Ginger Tea and Nature Green Instant Lemongrass Drink – The Perfect Alternatives for Mooncake Pairing!

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Gingen Ginger Tea and Nature Green Instant Lemongrass Drink – The Perfect Alternatives for Mooncake Pairing!
Don't some of you just like having ginger tasting teas? One of the brands I know I can trust (also highly recommended to me by some mothers) are Gingen's Ginger tea!

With the mooncake festival coming up, you'll be having mooncakes and here are some suggestions which ginger teas from Gingen pairs up with it!

Gingen Ginger Tea the Ideal Accompaniment for Five-kernel/Nut Mooncakes 五仁月餅
The five-kernel mooncake boasts up to five blends of nuts and seeds, which are embedded within the paste. Different renditions call for different types of nuts and seeds, though the usual mix is made up of peanuts, walnuts, sesame seeds, watermelon seeds, almonds or pumpkin seeds. As such, one bite into the mooncake engenders an explosion of flavours.

A tea with strong notes can therefore match the richness of the mooncake. Gingen Ginger Drink makes an excellent choice here. Gingen Ginger Drink is made with “Khing Kae” (old ginger), which are ginger over 12 months old.

They are specially cultivated in the valleys of northern Thailand, which is known for its excellent soil and climate. Farmers use the best cultivation technique such as crop rotation to grow the best-quality gingers.

The beverage has a very high ginger concentration. 10kg of fresh ginger is used to make 1kg of ginger extract - one sip is all it takes to stimulate the senses. Containing no preservatives or artificial colourings, the ginger tea can aid with digestion after a mooncake feast.

One thing to know about the tea is that it is also halal certified!

Citrusy Note of Nature Green Lemongrass Drinks Complements the Lotus Seed Mooncake 莲蓉月饼

The paste used in the traditional lotus seed mooncakes has a silky-smooth texture and a flavour that is light on the palate. Many mooncake lovers also opt for the salted egg yolk version, which packs a savoury punch. A beverage with mild notes would therefore pair beautifully with the lotus seed mooncake.

Enter the Nature Green Lemongrass Drink, which delights with its citrusy profile.

Free from caffeine and preservatives, it is made from 100% natural premium Thai lemongrass - it takes 40kg of fresh lemongrass to yield 1kg of granules! Fragrant and invigorating, lemongrass offers many health benefits such as relief from stomach disorders, aches, fever and more. The Nature Green Lemongrass Drink is available in three options: no sugar; less sweet; and natural honey!

Gingen Ginger Tea are available major supermarkets, selected POPULAR bookstores, Redmart & NinjaSnacks @ Shopee at S$5.80 per box (10 sachets per box) and S$9.90 per bag (20 sachets per bag).

Nature Green Instant Lemongrass Beverage are available at selected Sheng Siong, Prime supermarket, POPULAR bookstores, Redmart & NinjaSnacks @ Shopee at S$5.90 (10 sachets per box).


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Old Chang Kee Launches Mao Shan Wang Durian Puff

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Old Chang Kee Launches Mao Shan Wang Durian Puff
Some of you may have realised that Old Chang Kee has a new green puff if you've visited the store from 1 Aug. As part of our National Day celebration and part of the Heritage Series of Singapore’s Iconic Puff, Old Chang Kee will be rolling out the nation’s favourite fruit – Mao Shan Wang Durian puff!


Each puff is encased in a green buttery pastry, filled with luscious real Mao Shan Wang durian filling in it. Each Mao Shan Wang Durian puff is retailing at $3.30/pc, 2 for $6.00.

Savour this hot local delight for a limited time only!

Established in 1956, Old Chang Kee is Singapore’s homegrown snack, food and beverage chain. With the goal to deliver superior quality and value to its customers, the company is a household name, known for its signature curry puffs and a wide variety of high quality hot finger food and ready meals. From one coffeeshop stall, Old Chang Kee now has over 100 outlets across Singapore, and overseas stores in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

Check out their website here: http://www.oldchangkee.com/

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