Showing posts with label Fish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fish. Show all posts

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Fu Xiao Xian (抚小鲜) @ Bugis Junction - $12.80 Customisable Individual Fish Set Meals Available with 5 Different Soup Bases


Fu Xiao Xian (抚小鲜) opened its doors in Bugis last year, offering diners their speciality of Yunnan-style cooking and pressure-steamed fish. The restaurant prides itself on not using any MSG, preservatives, additives, or artificial flavours.


Their signature dishes, such as the Paper Wrapped Fish and Fish Hotpots, are more suitable for group sharing, but the new Individual Fish Set Meals ($12.80) would satisfy those seeking a quick and convenient meal and that of solo diners. These sets, available all day, allow you to customise by choosing your preferred soup base, adding two sides, and coming complete with a bowl of rice and a beverage.


Five different soup bases are available - the Spicy Fish, Vitamin C Tomato Fish, Sauerkraut Fish, Original Bone Broth Fish and Pumpkin Lemon Fish with Sauerkraut. By default, the set uses sea bass fillet, but you can opt to top up $2 for a swap to dory fish.

For the sides, each set allows two to be added in. These include enoki mushroom, black fungus, sweet potato vermicelli, beancurd, beancurd skin, bean sprouts and potato slices.


While waiting for your food to be ready, you can head to the self-service sauce station to prepare your bowl of condiments. We were pleasantly surprised to find fresh fruits offered for all diners as well. On the day of our visit, there were oranges and slices of watermelon.

Original Bone Broth Fish 3.8/5

We decided on the Original Bone Broth Fish with sea bass fillet, potato slices and beancurd for our first set. Unfortunately, the richness of the broth was just average, and despite the generous portion of broth, the slices of fish included were cut pretty thin and came in small numbers. While tender, the slices were also a tiny bit fishy.

Pumpkin Lemon Fish with Sauerkraut 4/5

Our preferred soup base between the two we tried was the Pumpkin Lemon Fish with Sauerkraut. While the sweet pumpkin flavour was relatively subtle, the zesty lemon notes complemented the sauerkraut and the amount of spice well. We opted to add black fungus and sweet potato vermicelli, which thoroughly soaked up the broth. I would have preferred this to be much less oily though.

Deep Fried Crisp Pork 4/5

We also had a side of Deep Fried Crisp Pork ($7.80) to share. I would have liked these a lot meatier, but I liked the savoury marinate and its crunch that wasn't too oily. The seasoning was actually pretty addictive.

Photos and words by Jo. A girl who loves her Mala (麻辣) at Da La (大辣), discovering hidden food gems and a good cup of matcha latte. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Fu Xiao Xian
Bugis Junction
200 Victoria Street
Singapore 188021
Tel: +65 8787 6791
Nearest MRT: Bugis MRT (EW, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
11am to 10.30pm Daily

1) Alight at Bugis MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Burma Social @ Tras Street - A Feast of Six Kingdoms, Harmonizing Culinary Inspirations from Neighbouring Countries with Burmese Cuisine at Its Epicentre


Burma Social at Tras Street stands as a pioneering multicultural restaurant and bar, presenting a captivating Feast of Six Kingdoms. This innovative concept harmoniously blends traditional Burmese recipes with contemporary influences from its neighbouring nations like China, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, and Laos. Beyond its culinary offerings, Burma Social aspires to offer an immersive journey into the rich culture and heritage of the Burmese people. The restaurant's diverse atmosphere across different levels, accompanied by varying music, entices guests to explore the multifaceted realms of Myanmar.

Raw Coconut Milk & Broccolini with Flying Fish Roe 3/5

We started with the Raw Coconut Milk & Broccolini with Flying Fish Roe ($22). This dish challenges expectations, for it's different from our local laksa. Instead, it's a lighter, more delicate soup that artfully captures the essence of the Burmese sea. The flying fish roe imparts a delightful fragrance while adding Burmese coriander and crushed Burmese nuts introduces an extra layer of umami, creating a fascinating blend of flavours.

Lahpet Nay Wai Thoke 2.8/5

Moving on, the Laphet Nay Wai Thoke - Tea Leaf ($18) offers a vegetarian and vegan-friendly delight. Fermented tea leaves intermingle with green tomato, lent crunch, cabbage, and mixed Burmese nuts, creating a textured symphony of flavours. While its earthy profile may be unfamiliar to newcomers, a hint of lemon juice brightens the dish, adding a refreshing twist that takes some time to appreciate fully.

Papaya & Mango Thoke (Ye Thu Kyun) 3.5/5

A tribute to the familiar, the Papaya & Mango Thoke ($22) echoes Thai Papaya and Mango salad. Here, bittersweet Burmese papaya mingles with sweet poached prawns, resulting in a tasteful fusion of textures and flavours. The Burmese papaya undergoes fermentation to shed its excess bitterness, allowing its robust fruity character to harmonize perfectly with the prawns' taste. Poached sous vide and marinated prawns further enrich the experience.

Crispy Tohu Jaw 3.5/5

The Crispy Tofu Jaw ($20) introduces a unique departure from conventional tofu. Crafted from ground Indian chickpeas, the tofu undergoes a labour-intensive process, yielding a starchy gelatinous texture when cooked. Finished with Burmese black jaggery sauce, composed of Burmese gula melaka and Indian sugarcane, this dish boasts a sweet undertone. A mix of Burmese and Thai basil leaves elevates the tofu with a subtle sweet cinnamon note.

Hnin Si's Steam Puzon 2.8/5

Hnin Si's Steam Puzon ($32) emerges as a dish of prawn and mudfish, sous vide for remarkable tenderness, before steaming into firm cakes. While the paste-like texture might not resonate with all palates, wrapping it in rice paper alongside housemade chilli invokes a sense of familiarity akin to our Chinese chilli sauce.

Ohn-no Kyaukswe 3/5

The Ohn-no Kyaukswe ($32) anchors the main course with gluten-free rice noodles accompanied by vegetable soup and barramundi fish cakes. The delightful springiness of the rice noodles, reminiscent of our local thick beehoon, becomes a canvas for absorbing the flavours of the accompanying soup.

A-thi 3.5/5

Concluding on a sweet note, A-thi, Burnt Mango and Black Jaggery Coconut Sorbet ($14) offers a sophisticated finale. Torched mango lends caramelized sweetness to luscious Burmese mangoes, with housemade coconut sorbet and gula melaka sorbet enhancing the experience. This trifecta of Southeast Asian local sweets is a fitting conclusion to a distinctive culinary journey at Burma Social.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Burma Social
34 Tras Street
Singapore 079026
Tel: +65 6016 9140
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line), Maxwell (TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 1130am - 230pm, 6pm - 12midnight
Sat: 6pm - 12midnight

1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Tras Street. Turn right onto Tras Street. Walk down Tras Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Maxwell MRT station. Take Exit 2. Turn left and walk down Tanjong Pagar Road. Turn left onto Tras Street. Walk down Tras Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes.  [Map]

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Caviar @ Palais Renaissance - Welcomes New Head Chef And A New Spring Menu


Caviar at Palais Renaissance is a fine dining restaurant offering a unique dining experience featuring over eight different types of caviar. A Spring Menu was recently launched, crafted by their new head chef, Chef Dannel Krishnan. The focus is still on showcasing the variety of caviars available at the restaurant.

Duck Rillette Quail Egg Kataifi

Chef Krishnan draws inspiration from seasonal produce from both the East and West, as seen in our first course - an adorable Duck Rillette Quail Egg Kataifi. Nestled in the crisped kataifi is a quail egg akin to a mini ozzy Ajitsuke Tamago, cushioned by a buttery layer of duck rillette. The kataifi was deep-fried in duck fats with a little sprinkle of kombu salt, lending each bite a savoury, aromatic crunch.

Tai Shirako

What followed was Tai Shirako, which is by far the most mouth-watering shirako I had. These unctuous morsels were elegantly plated with tangy apple balsamic jelly, and perhaps what made it moreish was that they were hand breaded in Japanese panko and fried till perfection. It can be a lot to have all three in a plate, but the occasional hints of salt and flavours from the Polanco Siberian caviar helped to offset that richness.

Firefly Squid

The next dish was one of my favourites - Firefly Squid with Egg Custard. The Tonburi Hotaru-Ika aka Firefly Squid, is prized for its bursting umami flavours packed in a tiny self. The savoury flavours from the creamy shoyu custard, mushroom reduction, and tonburi (some called it the land caviar) built upon one another and harmonized beautifully with the delicate squid's very own umami flavours.

Aged Big Scaled Bream

Next was Aged Big Scaled Bream with Yuzu Mandarin, physalis (add on Caviar de Neuvic 8g $40), with flavours embodying the spring season. Scaled and prepared in shinkei jime style, the sea bream was dressed with tangy yuzu mandarin sauce, garnished with charred physalis (cape gooseberries), Japanese myoga (Japanese ginger) and kaffir lime shavings that further enlivened the dish with citrusy and herbaceous notes. A little less of the dressing's acidity would have been better.

White Asparagus

The next dish, White Asparagus with almond cream and ice plant (add on kaviari caviar 8g $42), is ideally best to add on caviar due to its sweet profile. The White Asparagus from France is poached in koji milk, paired with charred nashi pear and sweet almond cream. I can understand the recommendation to pair it with caviar, as it was leaning too much on the sweet side on its own. The seemingly withered ice plant didn't help balance the flavours.

Bluefin Tuna

Next was an artistically plated Bluefin Tuna, served with two types of caviar - an award-winning Polanco Siberian and Kaluga Queen Cross Breed known for its creamy texture. The tartare is marinated with ponzu emulsion and served alongside crunchy Jerusalem artichoke. The tuna had a luxurious meaty mouthfeel, making it an ideal partner to its two equally exquisite counterparts.

Stone Axe Wagyu Tenderloin

Our main was Stone Axe Wagyu Tenderloin, one of Australia's best wagyu, served with cordyceps and oolong jus. While the Wagyu Tenderloin delivered in both taste and texture, what also impressed me was the well-seasoned cordyceps that acquired the consistency of a very springy noodle.


We had a refreshing pre-dessert, Sour Cream Snow with Almond Soil and Banana Jelly, followed by a sweet ending. The dessert was definitely the highlight - White Chocolate Strawberries and Yoghurt Ice Cream with Polanco Oscietra. The custardy White Chocolate dessert was adorned with a layer of glistening award-winning Polanco Oscietra caviar, paired with a scoop of yoghurt cream and sweet fresh Japanese strawberries. The mingling of the various components' sweet, savoury, tangy profiles was simply divine.

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

Palais Renaissance
390 Orchard Road
Singapore 238871
Tel: +65 98881217
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line, TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 1030pm
(Closed on Sun)

Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit 4. Walk to Wheelock Place. Walk to traffic junction of Orchard Road and Angullia Park. Cross the road to Royal Thai Embassy. Turn left and continue down Orchard Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Crystal Jade Pavilion @ Vivocity - The Group's Third Fine-Dining Brand Opens At Vivocity


Occupying the former premises of Crystal Jade Dining IN, the restaurant has reopened as Crystal Jade Pavilion, the restaurant group's third fine-dining brand. It is located on level one at Vivocity, facing the picturesque backdrop of the waterway and Sentosa island. 

Chilled Fresh Lily Bulb and Cordyceps Flower with King Oyster Mushroom 4.2/5

Chilled Tomatoes, Chilled Homemade Tofu with Scallop, Deep-fried Mushrooms and Corn 4.2/5

We started with a couple of appetisers such as the Chilled Fresh Lily Bulb and Cordyceps Flower with King Oyster Mushroom ($13.80), Chilled Tomatoes with Roselle Plum ($10), Chilled Homemade Tofu with Scallop, Bonito Flakes and Perilla Leaf ($18.80) and Deep-fried Mushrooms and Corn with Salted Egg Yolk ($12.80). I can't put my finger on my favourite, because all of them are deliciously good.

Poached Scotland Bamboo Surf Clam in Prawn Broth 4.8/5

The Poached Scotland Bamboo Surf Clam in Prawn Broth ($26.80 per pax) is a unique soup offering if you are not looking for something different. The robust prawn broth is poured tableside into the bowl with fresh bamboo clam pieces, which are instantly cooked. Diners can choose to add condiments like julienne ginger, black fungus, coriander and deep-fried dough fritters to enjoy the soup.

Pan-fried Sliced Duck and Foie Gras with Crepe 4/5

The Pan-fried Sliced Duck and Foie Gras with Crepe ($18.80 per pax) is eaten like your Peking Duck. However, the version here has more textures, coming from the meaty slice of crispy-skin roast duck, pan-fried foie gras and crispy fried beancurd skin. To eat, wrap them up in a homemade crepe with julienne tomatoes, leeks, cucumber and refreshing butterhead lettuce.

Pan-fried Threadfin with Supreme Soya Sauce 4/5

Live seafood is available at Crystal Jade Pavilion too. A recommendation is their Pan-fried Threadfin with Supreme Soya Sauce ($58.80 for 600-700g). The firm and moist fish is deep-fried and then simmered in a superior soya sauce. However, diners must be careful as it has a lot of bones.

Fresh Chinese Yam with Sea Cucumber in Fragrant Spicy Sauce 3.8/5

Great with a bowl of rice is the Fresh Chinese Yam with Sea Cucumber in Fragrant Spicy Sauce in Claypot ($42.80). It is a treasure pot of crunchy Chinese yam and spongy Australia sea cucumber in a tongue-tingling gravy.

Poached Choy Sum, Black Fungus & Cordyceps Flower in Chinese Ginger Wine

On a lighter note, we had the Poached Choy Sum, Black Fungus & Cordyceps Flower in Chinese Ginger Wine ($24.80). The jade green veggies are steeped in a ginger wine broth.

Braised Duo Vermicelli with Pearl Abalone & Pork Belly in Abalone Sauce 4.5/5

The winsome Braised Duo Vermicelli with Pearl Abalone & Pork Belly in Abalone Sauce ($33.80) is a must-try. It combines fried beehoon and tang hoon coated in a braising liquid enriched with pork belly and abalone sauce.

Cheng Tng Sweet Soup 4.2/5

Brimming with quality ingredients such as peach gum, white fungus, ginkgo, dried longans, and lotus seeds is the Cheng Tng Sweet Soup with Six Treasures and Golden Luo Han Guo in Whole Fresh Coconut ($13.80 per pax). A light and refreshing dessert for a sweet finish.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Crystal Jade Pavilion
1 Harbourfront Walk
Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 62785626/ 91772005
Nearest MRT: Harbour Front (CC Line, NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am - 3pm, 6pm - 930pm
Sat-Sun, PH: 1030am - 330pm, 6pm - 930pm

1) Alight at Harbour Front MRT station. Take Exit E. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Friday, June 3, 2022

Guo Jiang (锅匠) @ Mosque Street - The Best Of Both Worlds With Half-Half Pot


Located along Mosque Street is Guo Jiang (锅匠), a Szechuan restaurant located at the heart of Chinatown. The restaurant seemed quite popular because even when we had made a reservation, we still had to wait for a while for our table as the restaurant was full.


We decided to go for the half-half pot, which consists of Chicken Stew in Signature Mala Sauce with Baby Yam and Bamboo Shoots (烟笋芋儿鸡) and Fresh Fish Fillet in Sichuan Pickled Mustard (老坛子酸菜鱼).


I enjoyed the stewed chicken in mala sauce and fish fillet in Sichuan pickled mustard. The stewed chicken was tender with the soft yam soaking up the fragrant mala sauce. As for the fish fillet, they are fresh and generous, swimming in the pungent Sichuan pickled mustard broth.


Not to forget to have the chicken and fish with the special house sauce.

Fresh Cucumber Salad

I would recommend having the Fresh Cucumber Salad (凉拌黄瓜) to freshen up the palate. It is refreshing and crunch but also a tad spicy.

Pig Ear

Though the soft bone of the Pig Ear (猪耳朵) gives a delightful and crunchy bite, the gaminess is too strong for my liking.


Overall, I enjoyed the meal at Guo Jiang. If it is the first time visiting the place, I recommend the half-half pot, where you get to try the best of both worlds. Besides that, the portion is also quite generous.

Guo Jiang (锅匠)
38 Mosque Street
Singapore 059516
Tel: +65 62226838
Nearest MRT: Chinatown (NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 11pm

1) Alight at Chinatown MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to New Bridge Road. Turn right at New Bridge Road and walk to Mosque Street. Turn right onto Mosque Street and walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Casa Restaurant by Remy Lefebvre @ Chijmes - Contemporary Woodfire Gastronomy And The Warmth Of Home


Another new kid on the block has opened at Chijmes, replacing the now-defunct El Mero Mero. The new restaurant, Casa Restaurant by Remy Lefebvre, offers contemporary woodfire gastronomy. Customers can look forward to dishes focusing on seafood and vegetables. You can also find aged fish and dry-aged beef on the menu for its intensified and improved texture.


There are 3 set courses on the menu, 4- Course Discovery Menu ($118++ per pax), 6-Course Experience Menu ($198++ per pax) and 8-Course Carte Blanche ($258++ per pax). We had some snacks before starting on the menu. We had the Bacon Tart and Eggplant Puree. I like the burst of flavours from bacon tart filled with pumpkin miso and topped with thinly sliced lardo bacon. It is a combination that I wasn't expecting but works beautifully.

Gambas 4.2/5

We started with the Gambas, a smoked Mediterranean prawn dish with Japanese influence. You can taste familiar Japanese flavours such as yuzu and wasabi, transporting the Gambero Rosso red prawns from the Mediterranean coast to the coast of Japan.

Palermo Pepper 4/5

Like Chef Remy, I'm not too fond of raw peppers. But, just like how he got converted after trying the Palermo Pepper back in Beirut, Lebanon, he has managed to convert me too. The organic sweet pepper from Sicily is charcoal grilled to bring out the sweetness of the organic sweet pepper with a coat of smokiness. It is paired with Muhamara, a classic Armenian condiment based on roasted pepper and walnut.

Blue Mussels 4.8/5

We are all familiar with Japan's chawanmushi dish, and Chef Remy elevates it in his Blue Mussels dish. He has transformed the chawanmushi into an international dish melding the seafood and seasonal peaches from France, smoked eel from Spanish and Madras curry from India. The combination is complex but harmoniously balanced, bringing a global of flavours together.

Perfect Egg 4.5/5

Chef Remy rendition of his version of Perfect Egg is inspired by the pepper crab he had in Penang, Malaysia. He recreates the pepper sauce using wild pepper from Madagascar. You can also find razor clams, sweet corn stew and salsa verde in the dish. Mixing everything in the plate together, its sweetness and peppery kick remind me of my local half-boiled egg breakfast.

Wagyu Dry-aged 4.2/5

The 40 days Wagyu Dry-aged is grilled on an open fire and finished in the charcoal oven. Seasoned with salt and pepper, the Wagyu Dry-aged is fork-tender and intensely flavoured. Carrot and Cafe de Paris (a plethora of herbs mixed together with the excess beef fat from the dry-aged wagyu) make up the sides.

Rock Bass 4/5

Kampot Rice 4/5

From the land, we moved to the sea. Shio Koji is brushed onto the Rock Bass fish's skin before being grilled, served with lemon puree, sauce verge and sauteed Kampot Rice with sofrito. The dry ageing process probably gives the sweet rock bass a firmer texture. The kampot rice reminds me of our local claypot rice with burnt bits.

Apricot 4.2/5

Wrapping up our dinner, we have the Apricot and Raspberry for dessert. The organic French Apricots are seasoned with olive oil and sugar and barbecued in a charcoal oven. The roasted apricot is paired with almond sorbet, miso frangipane and tarragon oil. The hot and cold combination and how the miso frangipane lends a touch of saltiness work for me.

Raspberry 4.2/5

As for the Raspberry, its Chef's reminiscent of a frozen strawberry cheesecake. The burrata sorbet is served with organic freeze-dried raspberries, raspberry puree, along with a gluten-free and dairy-free crumble breton. It is light and refreshing.


I tried Chef Remy's cooking when he was at Butcher's Block. Compared to his new home at Casa Restaurant, it seems he has more freedom to express his culinary journey over the years. As a result, the flavours are more exciting and vibrant, with a complex expression of global flavours.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Casa Restaurant by Remy Lefebvre
30 Victoria Street
Singapore 187996
Tel: +65 97228171
Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW Line, NS Line), Bras Basah (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Wed-Sat: 12pm - 2pm, 6pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit A. Cut across Raffles City Shopping Centre to Bras Basah Road. At the junction of Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road, cross the road to Chijmes. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Bras Basah MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk southwards towards Victoria Road. At the junction of Bras Basah Road and Victoria Road, cross the junction to Chijmes. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]