Showing posts with label Chicken Soup. Show all posts
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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Chef Chan's Private Dine @ Scotts Road - Preserving Legacy, Crafting Excellence


Nestled within the premises of Indocafe along Scotts Road is Chef Chan Private Dine, spearheaded by Chef Wong Hong Loong, the skilled disciple of the renowned Chef Chan Chen Hei. While it might initially seem perplexing to name a restaurant after a chef not leading the kitchen, Chef Chan Chen Hei's prestigious legacy in the Chinese culinary realm justifies this choice. The restaurant promises a repertoire of Chef Chan's classic dishes, complemented by contemporary twists under the meticulous guidance of Chef Wong Hong Loong.

Abalone with Caviar / Maitake Mushroom "Kung Fu" Soup 4.2/5

We had the Dinner Set Menu by Loong Shi Fu, priced at $188+ per person, and the evening commenced with an amuse-bouche featuring Abalone with Caviar and a Maitake Mushroom "Kung Fu" Soup. The prized abalone, sweetened with caviar and immersed in the earthy essence of maitake mushroom, offered a tantalising prelude to the gastronomic feast.

Golden Morsels - Foie Gras with Shrimp Paste 3.8/5

Golden Morsels - Iberico Pork with Chive Dumpling 4/5

Golden Morsels - Marinated Quail Leg with Five Spices 4.2/5

The Golden Morsels trio followed, presenting a symphony of flavours. The Foie Gras with Shrimp Paste, boasting a crispy exterior, danced on the palate with a delightful medley of textures. Iberico Pork with Chive Dumplings showcased juicy dumplings infused with the essence of chives, while the Marinated Quail Leg with Five Spices provided a herbal and tender interlude.

Wellness Chicken Soup 5/5


The Wellness Chicken Soup emerged as a highlight, a potently brewed elixir resulting from a 12-hour simmer of whole chicken with ginseng. Served in a teapot and poured theatrically into individual bowls, the rich and flavoursome soup hinted at the essence of pure chicken essence.

Steamed Spotted Grouper with Homemade Tofu and Egg White 4/5

The Steamed Spotted Grouper, harmoniously paired with Homemade Tofu and Egg White, showcased the delicate flesh of the grouper enrobed in silky steamed egg white—an ode to the chef's artistry.

Poached Australian Cabbage with Double Boiled Chicken Broth 4.8/5

The Poached Australian Cabbage, immersed in Double-Boiled Chicken Broth, symbolising abundance and fortune, unfolded as a visual delight. The cabbage, served blooming at the table, captured the essence of softness and sweetness.

"Loong Shi Fu" Signature Crispy Sakura Chicken 5/5

An iconic Chef Chan's dish is the "Loong Shi Fu" Signature Crispy Sakura Chicken, which features paper-crisp skin, revealing tender and moist meat beneath. The impressive texture and flavour profile invoked the essence of a perfectly executed dish.

Wok-Fried Kway Teow with Seasonal Fresh Crab Gravy 4.2/5

The Wok-Fried Kway Teow with Seasonal Fresh Crab Gravy emerged as a stellar dish — a fusion of silky flat rice noodles infused with "Wok Hei" and adorned with a rich crab roe gravy, complemented by crispy noodle bits for an added crunch.

Chilled Supreme Bird's Nest with Rock Sugar 3.5/5

Rounding off the feast, the Chilled Supreme Bird's Nest with Rock Sugar provided a light and nourishing dessert. Additionally, Little Sweets comprising Mochi coated in peanut and Nian Gao with a thin crisp batter served as delightful petits fours.

Little Sweets 4/5


In conclusion, Chef Chan Private Dine masterfully preserves the legacy of Chef Chan Chen Hei, weaving traditional excellence with contemporary flair through Chef Wong Hong Loong's skilled hands. Each dish served unfolds as a symphony of flavours, a testament to the richness of Chinese gastronomy. The restaurant is not merely a dining establishment; it is a celebration of heritage, a gastronomic journey that intertwines the past and present in every exquisite bite. Chef Chan Private Dine undoubtedly holds a distinguished place in Singapore's vibrant F&B landscape.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Chef Chan's Private Dine
(within INDOCFE - Peranakan Dining)
35 Scotts Road
Singapore 228227
Tel: +65 6737 0895
Nearest MRT: Newton (DT, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 12pm - 230pm, 6pm - 930pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at Newton MRT station. Take Exit A. On Scotts Road, turn right and walk down Scotts Road towards Orchard Road direction. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Soaring Into a Prosperous Lunar New Year 2024 with Crystal Jade Group of Restaurants


As the vibrant Lunar New Year approaches, Crystal Jade Group, with its esteemed portfolio of 19 casual and fine dining outlets, stands ready to welcome the Year of the Dragon in grand style. Renowned for its culinary prowess, the group unveils an extraordinary line-up of dishes and set menus, promising a dining experience that is nothing short of exceptional.

Prosperity Yu Sheng with Boston Lobster Tail, Aburi Scallop & Fruit 4.8/5

Commencing the celebratory feast is the Prosperity Yu Sheng with Boston Lobster Tail, Aburi Scallop & Fruit ($138 small/ $208 large). This masterpiece is a symphony of flavours and textures, featuring fresh and dried fruits like juicy red dragon fruit, tangy green mango, sweet longan, pomelo sacs, dried apricot, and jackfruit. It creates a vivid and delectable medley with tomatoes, purple cabbage, cucumber, deep-fried yam strips, pickled onions, walnuts, and crunchy Hsin Chu bee hoon. Dressed with scallion oil and an Okinawa acerola juice-infused plum sauce, this yusheng is light, refreshing, and immensely appetising.

Available at Crystal Jade Palace, Crystal Jade Golden Palace and Crystal Jade Pavilion for dine-in and takeaway

Double-boiled Kampong Chicken with Fish Maw, Sea Whelk & Maitake Mushroom Soup 4.2/5

The Double-boiled Kampong Chicken with Fish Maw, Sea Whelk & Maitake Mushroom ($42.80 per person) is a heartwarming start to the feast—a bowl of nourishing soup brimming with rich flavours and wholesome ingredients.

Available at Crystal Jade Pavilion

Pan-fried South Africa Abalone with Assorted Mushroom & Crispy Leek 4/5

A highlight is the inventive Pan-fried South African Abalone with Assorted Mushrooms and Crispy Leek ($48 per person). The abalone, first steamed and then pan-seared, retains its inherent sweetness. Fragrant deep-fried leeks and mushrooms in an abalone liver sauce enhance the dish, offering a delightful twist on this Chinese New Year delicacy.

Available at Crystal Jade Golden Palace

Pan-fried Dace Fish Paste with Black Moss in Shunde Style 3.5/5

Nostalgia takes centre stage with the Pan-fried Dace Fish Paste with Black Moss in Shunde Style ($39.80 for a whole). This old-school classic involves meticulous preparation—removing fish flesh, mixing it with various ingredients, stuffing it back into the fish, and deep-frying to a golden brown. While a bit bony, it evokes a sense of tradition.

Available at Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen

Premium Loin Rib coated with Cointreau Orange Sauce 4.2/5

For a sumptuous treat, savour the Premium Loin Rib coated with Cointreau Orange Sauce ($42 regular). Fork-tender, tasty to the bone, and bathed in a luscious sauce intensified with orange-flavoured liqueur, this dish is a celebration of succulence.

Available at Crystal Jade Palace

Eight Treasure Vegetable wrapped in Beancurd Skin 4.8/5

A new festive takeaway highlight is the Eight Treasure Vegetable wrapped in Beancurd Skin ($29.80), a visually stunning centrepiece. This vegetarian delight features artfully arranged shiitake mushrooms, large dried scallops, lotus seeds, glass noodles, wood ear mushrooms, and black moss, braised in a luscious sauce that ties the dish together beautifully.

Dry La Mian with Prawn, Celtuce & Lobster Oil 3.5/5

Delight in the Dry La Mian with Prawn, Celtuce & Lobster Oil ($15.80 for a regular portion). Al dente noodle strands, slicked with homemade lobster oil, are crowned with a delectable combo of prawns and spring onions.

Available at Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Green Tea, Tangerine Peel & Red Bean Ruyi Roll, Lava Kumquat Taro Puree Doughnut

Round off the feast with two delightful desserts. The Green Tea, Tangerine Peel & Red Bean Ruyi Roll ($10.80 for four pieces) presents a soft and pleasantly chewy jade-green glutinous rice flour roll enveloping smooth red bean paste accented with tangerine peel. Additionally, the Lava Kumquat Taro Purée Doughnut ($12.80 for four pieces) offers light and fluffy deep-fried balls filled with taro puree, elevated with a touch of kumquat zest.

Available at Crystal Jade Palace (Ruiy Roll), Crystal Jade Golden Palace (Doughnut)


Well-regarded for its impeccable cuisine and service, Crystal Jade offers something for every reunion, whether for a large gathering or an intimate celebration. Group Executive Chef Martin Foo and his team of chefs have meticulously crafted an extensive variety of delicious and auspicious specialities, ensuring that the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration is off to a roaring start. Takeaway goodies can be pre-ordered online at and outlets from December 5, 2023, to February 25, 2024. Pick up your orders from select outlets between January 19 and February 25, 2024.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Min Jiang @ Goodwood Park - A Bountiful Feast to Usher in the Year of the Dragon


In the spirit of the Lunar New Year, Min Jiang at Goodwood Park Hotel beckons guests to a lavish feast celebrating the Year of the Dragon. The team at Goodwood Park Hotel have curated an impressive array of festive takeaways, sumptuous dine-in set menus, and delectable treats to usher in prosperity and good fortune.

Auspicious Abundance 'Lo Hei' - from Min Jiang Dempsey

We commenced with the Auspicious Abundance 'Lo Hei' from Min Jiang Dempsey. Priced at $298 for dine-in and $324.80 for takeaway, this Yu Sheng extravaganza features fresh lobster, salmon sashimi, tobiko, and abalone. Nestled amidst a kaleidoscope of greens, dragon fruit balls, and osmanthus jelly in the shape of ingots, it's a visual spectacle. Drizzled with plum sauce and fruit-based concoctions, it embodies both opulence and flavour.

Double-boiled Chicken Soup


One of the perennial highlights of any Lunar New Year celebration at Min Jiang is the exquisite soup that graces the table. This year, the culinary artisans at Min Jiang Dempsey have outdone themselves with the creation of the Double-boiled Chicken Soup with 6-head Abalones, Dragon Claw Fungus, and Dried Scallops in a Claypot—an elixir that transcends mere sustenance.

Braised Whole Spring Chicken, Whole Dace Fish and Sea Treasures in Pot.

A new addition to the festive lineup is the Braised Whole Spring Chicken, Whole Dace Fish stuffed with Liver Sausage & Black Moss, and Sea Treasures in Pot ($422.90). This dish features the distinct flavour of dace fish, celebrated in Cantonese cuisine. A rich sauce infused with aromatics complements whole abalone, dried oysters, shiitake mushrooms, fried fish maw, bean gluten, and 'Tientsin' cabbage.

Fortune Koi Fish 'Nian Gao' filled with Black Glutinous Rice

Adding a touch of sweetness to the celebrations is the Fortune Koi Fish 'Nian Gao' filled with Black Glutinous Rice ($52.80 for 8pc, Takeaway). Crafted in the shape of a Koi fish, symbolising good fortune, it presents a delightful twist with a filling of black glutinous rice.

Pandan Pineapple 'Huat' Tart

Inspired by timeless pineapple tarts, the Pandan Pineapple 'Huat' Tart is a delightful fusion of homemade pineapple chutney and pandan-flavoured almond cream encased in a crumbly tart crust. Topped with a lattice design and an auspicious white chocolate wealth pot or 發 (fa) topper, it's a treat for both the eyes and the palate.

Lucky Fortune Bamboo (Orange Pound Cake)

A centrepiece of every Lunar New Year gathering, the Lucky Fortune Bamboo ($148) pound cake steals the spotlight. Intricately crafted to emulate the lucky bamboo plant, this orange-infused pound cake, layered with orange zest and buttercream, is adorned with white chocolate bamboo stalks and ingots.

Dragon Boat of Bountiful Blessings (Marble Pound Cake)

The Dragon Boat of Bountiful Blessings (Marble Pound Cake) is a visual masterpiece. A decadent and moist butter cake, complemented by chocolate swirls, is encased within an artfully sculpted white chocolate 'dragon boat.' Adorned with dark chocolate ingots and gilded coins, it's a sight to behold and savour.

Auspicious Firecracker 'Mao Shan Wang' Durian Roll Cake

Lovers of durian are in for a treat with the Auspicious Firecracker 'Mao Shan Wang' Durian Roll Cake ($138). Luscious 'Mao Shan Wang' puree enveloped within a vibrant vermillion chiffon cake, adorned with chocolate pieces shaped as auspicious symbols, makes for a decadent and visually stunning dessert.


Card Privileges for Lunar New Year Takeaways. 20% off selected festive takeaways from 18 January to 4 February 2024, and 15% off selected festive takeaways from 5 to 24 February 2024 for Citi, DBS/POSB, HSBC, Maybank, OCBC and UOB Credit/Debit Cardmembers.

Guests may place their online orders at for delivery or self-collection. Alternatively, guests may contact Min Jiang岷江at (65) 6730 1704 / email:, Min Jiang at Dempsey 岷江在登布西山at (65) 6774 0122 / email:, and The Deli at (65) 6730 1786 / email: to place their takeaway orders for self-collection only. Availability for all Lunar New Year specials is from 18 January to 24 February 2024. Advance order of five days is required for takeaways and the last pre-order date is on 19 February 2024.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
Singapore 228221
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Racines @ Sofitel Singapore City Centre - Usher in the Year of the Dragon with a Line-up of Lunar New Year Delights and Set Menus


Usher in the Year of the Dragon with a line-up of Lunar New Year delights at Sofitel Singapore City Centre. Available from 1 February 2024 until 29 February 2024, revel in specially curated set menus and celebratory a la carte delights at Racines, or opt for auspicious takeaways to celebrate in the comfort of your home.

Healthy Well Being Yu Sheng 4/5

Highlights include the Healthy Well Being Yu Sheng ($128). Departing from the traditional use of salmon, this refreshing take features crunchy and sweet rock  melon. The vibrant combination of fruits and shredded vegetables marks the commencement of the new year and signifies a healthy start to the festivities.

Chef Andrew’s Magnifique Pen Cai 5/5

Chef Andrew's Magnifique Pen Cai ($328/$498) is exceptional. Ingredients include abalone, scallops, prawns, pork belly, and duck meat, combined with a sauce boasting a rich depth of flavour. The crispy pork belly, with its irresistible crackling, and the duck meat, reminiscent of smoked duck with a layer of unctuous skin, contribute to the overall indulgence of this dish.

Fried Crab Meat Ngoh Hiang 4/5

Available for takeaway, Fried Crab Meat Ngoh Hiang ($68/500g, $128/1kg) is a great add-on side dish. It was juicy with an airy crust. The fiery dipping chilli sauce served with it helped cut through its richness.

Double-boiled Chicken Soup 4.5/5

From the set menus, we tried Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Dried Scallop & Cordycep Blossom. It had a good consistency with a delectable depth of earthy flavour.

Lap Mei Fan 4/5

One of the highlights in the CNY specials includes the Lap Mei Fan, a hearty claypot dish of steamed rice with waxed meat and Chinese sausage. The rice, reminiscent of chicken rice, was flavourful on its own. While the Chinese sausage was slightly tougher than expected, combined with the waxed meat, it still resulted in a wholesome and satisfying dish.

Caramelised Black Cod Fillet with Butter Edamame & Bonito Sauce 5/5

We then indulged in the Caramelised Black Cod Fillet with Butter Edamame & Bonito Sauce. The umami-rich bonito sauce heightened the cod fillet, enhancing its buttery texture and robust flavour. The caramelised exterior added bittersweet notes and a contrasting texture, providing an exquisite touch to the cod.

Bird's Nest 4.5/5

We were treated to a nourishing bowl of Bird's Nest with Ginseng, Red Dates & Wolfberries for dessert.

Photos and words by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Level 5
9 Wallich Street
Singapore 078885
Tel: +65 64285000
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am - 1030am, 12pm - 3pm, 530pm - 10pm

1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit A. Turn right on Peck Seah Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Ya Ge (雅阁) @ Orchid Hotel - Usher In the Auspicious Dragon with Trailblazing Feast and Festive Takeaways & Goodies


Celebrate the Year of the Dragon in grandeur with Ya Ge's spectacular Chinese New Year feast, meticulously crafted for joyous reunions. Whether you choose to dine in or opt for the convenience of takeaways, Ya Ge ensures a memorable experience for family, friends, and business partners alike.

Crispy Golden Eel and Yellowtail Yu Sheng 3.5/5

This auspicious dish, available in both set menus and takeaways, features the Crispy Golden Eel and Yellowtail Yu Sheng. In line with the Year of the Dragon, it presents a raspberry-flavored dragon pudding atop crispy eel, yellowtail, fresh julienned carrots, radish, and pickled ginger. The ensemble is elegantly dressed in a passionfruit and kumquat dressing, offering a delightful blend of sweetness and tanginess.

Double-boiled 'An Xin' Chicken Soup 4.2/5

Extracting the essence of the renowned 'An Xin' Chicken, this soup combines the flavourful French poulet with Matsutake Mushroom, Dedrobium Stem, and Conpoy. The result is a rich and comforting bowl of soup that exemplifies culinary finesse.

Braised 10-head Abalone with Pagoda Iberico Pork Belly and Preserved Mustard 4.2/5

A highlight of the feast, this dish showcases pagoda-stacked Iberico Pork Belly with Preserved Mustard, creating a divine harmony of flavours. Paired with a 10-head Abalone, it promises a luxurious and unforgettable experience.

Red Garoupa 4/5

Breaking away from tradition, the Red Garoupa at Ya Ge takes on a modern twist. Sautéed fish fillet is bathed in truffle sauce, sprinkled with pine nuts, offering a delightful interplay of flavours – a novel and delicious take on the classic Chinese fish dish..

Fiery Maotai Crispy Duck 4/5

Prepared with precision, the Fiery Maotai Crispy Duck undergoes an 8-hour marination with Maotai and spices, followed by steaming and air-drying. The deep-fried duck is then flambéed tableside, creating a visual spectacle. With perfectly crispy skin and succulent meat infused with Maotai flavors, it's a delicious masterpiece.

Braised Duo Vermicelli with Crab Meat and Crab Roe 4.2/5

A medley of crab meat and crab roe crowns a bed of meticulously braised rice vermicelli and glass noodles, topped with fish roe. The Braised Duo Vermicelli with Crab Meat and Crab Roe presents a perfect balance of sweet, buttery, and umami flavours – a fitting end to a celebratory meal.

Yam and Nian Gao Ingot-shaped Pastry, Yuzu Snowskin Mochi 3.8/5

Symbolizing boundless fortune, Yam and Nian Gao are masterfully shaped into an ingot-shaped pastry, offering a divine blend of earthiness and sweetness. Complementing this is the Yuzu Snowskin Mochi, a soft and fluffy delight with a tangy twist from yuzu.


Place your pre-orders for set menus or takeaway festive goodies from January 1st to February 24th, 2024. Enjoy a 10% discount on all takeaways, whether ordered online ( or at the restaurant. Celebrate abundance and prosperity with Ya Ge's culinary delights this Chinese New Year.

Note: This is an invited tasting

Ya Ge (雅阁)
Orchid Hotel
1 Tras Link
Level 3
Singapore 078867
Tel: +65 68186831
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 230pm, 530pm - 10pm

1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk straight towards Orchid Hotel. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]