Thursday, January 17, 2019

Peach Blossoms @ Marina Mandarin Singapore - A Blossoming Spring With Scrumptious Dining Menus And Takeaways

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Celebrate the arrival of Spring at Peach Blossoms located on level 5 of Marina Mandarin Singapore, with a scrumptious dining menus and takeaways delights. Peach Blossoms welcomes the Year of the Pig with a festive selections of a la carte dishes, set menus as well as takeaways for a hearty reunion dinner in the comfort of one's home.

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Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng with Crispy Whitebait and Nashi Pear 

Tossed to a year of abundance and good fortune with the Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng with Crispy Whitebait and Nashi Pear ($78/$118). The crispiness and crunchiness from the whitebait and Nashi Pear, gives the Yu Sheng a delightful combination of textures and fruity freshness

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Abalone which is pronounced as Bau Yu in Chinese, sounds like "guaranteed wealth" is an auspicious dish for the Lunar New Year. Indulge in a selections of the lush ingredient such as Abalone and Mushroom Soup, Braised Australian 2-head/3-head Whole Abalone with Flower Mushroom and Black Moss in Superior Oyster Sauce, Braised 8-head Whole Abalone with Goose Web and Black Moss, and more.

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Braised Fish Paste Noodles with Prawn in X.O. Chilli Sauce

One of my favourite dishes is the Braised Fish Paste Noodles with Prawn in X.O. Chilli Sauce. The highlight is the tender texture that comes with an delectable bite. The savoury sauce lifted the enjoyment which is further perfume by the addition of the unami X.O. chilli sauce.

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For those that is planning to dine in the comfort of their home, there are the signature Blossoming Abalone Treasure Pot, ever-popular Taro and Radish Cake with Preserved Meat Nian Gao, barbecued meats and festive cookies. Taking centre stage this year has to be the new Golden Pig-shaped Niao Gao, perfect for Chinese New Year gift.

Note: This is an invited tasting.


Peach Blossoms
Marina Mandarin Singapore
6 Raffles Boulevard
Level 5
Singapore 039594
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Tel: +65 68451111
Nearest MRT: Esplanade (CC Line), Promenade (CC Line, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12pm - 3pm, 630pm - 1030pm
Sat-Sun, PH: 11am - 3pm, 630pm - 1030pm

Direction: 
1) Alight at Esplanade MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Promenade MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Din Tai Fung @ Paragon - Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng And Exclusive Dishes To Usher In The Year Of The Pig

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A visit to Din Tai Fung will be more than just a regular affair during this Lunar New Year period. Over at Paragon, be sure to order some exclusive dishes not available at any other outlets.

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Usher in the Year of the Earth Pig with their Signature Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng ($26.80/$39.80). Other than the usual refreshing radish, carrot and piquant condiments, replacing the golden pillows is a heap of crispy yam strips for that quintessential crunch. This is definitely more satisfying in my opinion. I like the additional fragrance from the fried yam strip lingering in my mouth. Topped with smoked salmon and drizzled with house-made plum sauce, the combination of savoury and sweet is favourable, especially if you ain't a fan of raw fish.

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You can even top up to make your Yu Sheng even more extravagant, including less commonly served Smoked Unagi ($9.80/serving), Fried Salmon Skin ($4.80/serving). Vegetarian option is available too, and you can top up for an additional serving of Crispy Yam Strips ($3.80) or Pine Nuts ($2.80) for a boost of fragrance and crunch.

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Start off your meal with other auspicious items such as the Yam Paste in Crispy Strips ($6.60). If you already has a liking towards their yam paste dumplings, this will not disappoint either, especially when it is a fried item!

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I guess our love for salted egg yolk is going to be a long lasting affair, especially when there are always good renditions around us. Be it as a starter or a dessert, this savoury-sweet Steamed Custard Bun ($2 each) with hot golden lava oozing out will get your appetite going for sure. Isn't the little golden ‘福‘ character adorable?

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Deep fried Handmade Tofu with Water Chestnut and Mushrooms is Paragon exclusive too. Deep fried till golden brown, the interior is moist with crunchy water chestnut bits.

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A regular dish but apt for the festive period is the Fried Rice with Shrimps and Egg.

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And if Xiao Long Bao is too much of a daily affair, go for the Truffle & Pork Xiao Long Bao then.

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Round off your meal with their Steamed Layered Red Date Cake. This is actually a Niao Gao and definitely one of the better ones I had. The red date flavour is pronounced but not too sweet with the original flavour sandwiched in between.

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While the exclusive dishes will be available all year round, the Yu Sheng will only be available from 11 Jan to 19 February 2019.


Din Tai Fung
Paragon
290 Orchard Road
#B1-03
Singapore 238859
Tel: +65 68368336
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Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am - 930pm
Sat-Sun: 10am - 930pm

Direction:
1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to ground level. Turn left onto Orchard Road. Walk to junction of Orchard Road, Orchard Link and Cairnhill Road. Cross the road and walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

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