Showing posts with label Popiah. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Popiah. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Province @ Joo Chiat Road - Relish in a 7-course Autumn Menu of Fusion Southeast Asian Flavours in Hidden Private Dining Restaurant


Led by Chef-owner Law Jia-Jun, Province stands as a private dining restaurant in Joo Chiat dedicated to exploring the diversity of Southeast Asian ingredients and flavour combinations. Chef finds inspiration in many sources, from his childhood memories to his travels, the people he has met, and more. A meal here is perfect if you're looking for something different yet still done brilliantly.


Locating the restaurant, nestled discreetly within 808 Eating House, is the first adventure for diners. It may be tricky initially, but head on in via the main entrance of 808 Eating House, and the staff will provide guidance.


The intimate space, accommodating only eight guests, is perfect for a date night or a cosy celebration with friends and family. The chef refreshes his menu every season, curating the finest ingredients for his creations. The 7-course prix fixe menu begins with smaller bites, progresses to larger-sized proteins, and concludes with desserts. During this visit, we had the opportunity to try the Autumn menu.

Rice ‘Toast’ with Charcoal Seared Prawns 4.8/5

We were impressed right from the first dish, the Rice 'Toast' with Charcoal Seared Prawns. Inspired by grilled onigiri, the toast here was made of rice, giving it a unique texture, topped with fresh and sweet seared prawns from Ah Hua Kelong.

Ah Ma’s Popiah 4/5

Next was a dish inspired by Chef's grandma - Ah Ma's Popiah. With a chewier skin base with a hint of butter fragrance, this elevated rendition of popiah featured cured pork belly, sweet sauce and fried beancurd.

Yakitori 4.2/5

Instead of the traditional choice of chicken, the Yakitori at Province uses local deboned frog leg. It is charcoal grilled and served with a charred calamansi for a drizzle of acidity.

Cephalopod 4.5/5

The Cephalopod highlights squid in two ways. First in a smoky grilled style and second as fried. Paired with pomelo, betel leaf, and pickled spring onions, the dish was a harmonious mix of savoury, sweet, tangy, and subtle bitterness.

Into the Brassica Garden 4.2/5

Into the Brassica Garden showcases ingredients which were all sourced from Cameron Highlands. The dish features various forms of broccoli, including a warm and creamy broccoli puree as the base, complemented by kohlrabi and mustards. The addition of calamansi vinaigrette provides a delightful brightness to the ensemble.

Golden Cap Farms 4.5/5

Mushroom lovers would surely be delighted with Chef's Golden Cap Farms. This dish combines a medley of King Blue Oyster mushrooms and fermented mushrooms topped with caramelised onions, croutons, and chives. The dish, reminiscent of a mushroom pie, impressed with its layered flavours, even though the caramelised onions stole a bit of the spotlight.

Finned 4.5/5

Finned has fork-tender local halibut served with Ah Hua Kelong's clams, garlic scapes and a lightly savoury barigoule sauce. It was a delightful take on halibut.

Feathered 4.8/5

The most surprising dish for many of us was Feathered. Despite its unassuming appearance, it delivered a remarkable depth of flavour. The chicken, meticulously prepared by removing the skin and stuffing it with various chicken parts, including liver and heart, was marinated in whisky and homemade five spices before being roasted. The succulent meat was paired with a scoop of nutty roasted yam, coriander oil, and a black vinegar reduction infused with a 10-year-old Chinese Hua Diao wine.

Fruit I 4.8/5

We thought using starfruit in Fruit I, our first dessert, was genius! It was made up of variations of starfruit with attap seeds as the icy base. I've never been a fan of attap seeds as well, but the use of them here for their sweetness and crunchy texture was excellent. It was lovely paired with a topping of tangerine gem, which provided citrusy floral notes.

Fruit II 4.8/5

Our second dessert of Fruit II was equally impressive. Here, we had a base of Indonesian vanilla chantilly between crunchy mille-feuille, sweet Berangan bananas poached in rum and spices, and a scoop of rum ice cream. It reminded us of a childhood sweet treat, but much more elevated.

While some may find the overall portion of food to lean smaller, I thoroughly enjoyed Chef Jia-Jun's innovative creations. The team provided attentive and warm service, taking the time to explain each meticulously prepared dish passionately. It was a delightful experience worth a visit!

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.

(Located inside 808 Eating House)
153 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 427431
Tel: +65 8075 1896
Nearest MRT: Dakota (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Thu-Sat (Lunch)
1st Seating: 12.30pm

Tue-Sat (Dinner)
1st Seating : 6.15pm
2nd Seating : 8.30pm

1) Alight at Dakota MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop at block 99 (Stop ID 81181). Take bus 33. Alight 5 stops later. Walk across the open-air carpark. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Goodwood Park Hotel Christmas 2022 - Celebrate The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year With Enchanting Line-up Of Festive Items


Are you planning for your Christmas celebration? Goodwood Park Hotel this year has put together an enchanting line-up of new festive takeaways, dining specials and staycations from 15 November 2022 to 2 January 2023.



Chinese Style Braised Whole Turkey with Braised Eggs, Peanuts and Homemade Chilli Sauce

Goodwood Park Hotel has been known for its Asian-inspired Turkey, and this year the kitchen team surprised us with the Chinese Style Braised Whole Turkey with Braised Eggs, Peanuts and Homemade Chilli Sauce ($388 nett). It is served with a choice of yam rice with preserved sausages, mushrooms and dried shrimp or thick rice porridge and braised gravy. Braised turkey may sound weird, but it was deliciously good.

Slow-roasted Iberico Pork Belly

Mini Turkey Pot Pie and Curry Turkey Pot Pie

Other delicious choices for your Christmas feast include the Slow-roasted Iberico Pork Belly ($418) with Crackling, Pickled Cabbage, Apple Sauce and Pork Jus, accompanied by Potato Gratin. The Mini Turkey Pot Pie ($56 for 6pc) and Mini Curry Turkey Pot Pie ($40 for 6pc) are a delightful addition to the festive spread.

DIY Turkey Popiah Roll

Wok-fried Carrot Cake in Homemade Sambal Chilli

Other Asian-inspired interpretations of the quintessential Christmas dish - Turkey, include the DIY Turkey Popiah Roll with Homemade Sambal Chilli ($78) and Wok-fried Carrot Cake in Homemade Sambal Chilli with Turkey Meat, Capsicum, & Bean Sprouts ($48).

Three-tiered Christmas Tree Set

The dazzling afternoon tea Three-tiered Christmas Tree Set and Two-tiered Christmas Carousel Set also make a comeback this year with delicately sweet and savoury bites ideal for a cosy get-together.

Festive Tropicana Log Cake

Beary Merry Yule Log

Jolly Holiday Travel Cake

Pink Party Christmas Tart

Besides the savoury dishes, there are also new festive sweet creations, starring the all-new Festive Tropicana Log Cake ($98), Beary Merry Yule Log Cake ($98), Jolly Holiday Travel Cake ($98), Pink Party Christmas Tart ($68). In the spirit of giving, the hotel will donate 10% of the sales of Christmas log cakes to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

Traditional Fruit Cake

Goodwood Mao Shan Wang Durian Christmas Log Cake

Not forgetting the time-honoured Traditional Fruit Cake ($40/$75) and the signature Goodwood Mao Shan Wang Durian Christmas Log Cake ($138).

Christmas Durian Combo

Goodwood Park Hotel is well-known for its annual Durian Fiesta, which features delightful creations of durian pastries. For this Christmas. Goodwood Park hotel has put together a Christmas Durian Combo ($68 for 6pc) consisting of D24 Coffee Glaze Cake, D24 Cookies 'N' Cream Cake, D24 Crunchy Chocolate-Hazelnut Tartlet, D24 Kueh Dadar and D24 Puffs.

Takeaway festive offerings will be available from The Deli from 15 November to 26 December 2022. Guests may place their orders at the Festive Online Shop for delivery or self-collection. Alternatively, guests may visit The Deli from 10am – 7pm; contact the Christmas Call Centre at (65) 6730 1867/68 from 10am – 6pm; or email to place their takeaway orders for self-collection only. An advance order of five days is required for takeaways; the last pre-order date is 19 December 2022.

Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
Singapore 228221
Tel: +65 67301746
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line, TE Line)

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit 1. Walk down Scotts Road to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The Line @ Shangri-La Singapore - Collaborates With Second Generation Hawkers From Renowned Local Stalls For The Month Of August


This August, The Line at Shangri-La Singapore partakes in Singapore's 57th birthday celebration by spotlighting must-try dishes from renowned local stalls. Second generation hawkers will be making their appearance by serving local dishes, including Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah, Habib's Rojak, Tiong Bahru Tau Suan and Geylang Lor 29 Charcoal Fried Hokkien Mee, available on selected days during dinner.

Geylang Lor 29 Charcoal Fried Hokkien Mee

Not often will you get to try Fried Hokkien Mee in a buffet offering that is done using charcoal. However, to present the authentic taste of Geylang Lor 29 Charcoal Fried Hokkien Mee, you will catch the 2nd generation owner live in action, dishing out charcoal-fried hokkien mee.

Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah

Being a Westie, it was such a joy to be able to try Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah. Stretchy popiah skins, well-stewed turnips that are just lightly seasoned, and soft and fluffy eggs are definitely one of the best popiahs I ever had in a buffet.

Habib's Rojak

Habib's Rojak has been around for more than 30 years. It is known for its zesty and fragrant chilli gravy. The buffet offers a few popular items that best bring out the flavours of Habib's Rojak - Crispy Prawn Fritter, Coconut Fritters, Potato Dough and Egg Dough. It's a station not to be missed, especially if you are not a westerner.

Chilli Crab with Fried Mantou

Beef Noodles

The buffet also offers other well-loved local dishes, such as Chilli Crab and Beef Noodles, alongside other 16 live theatre kitchens featuring Seafood, Sashimi, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Asian, Noodles, Roasts, Dessert stations and more.

Tiong Bahru Tau Suan

End your feast with a bowl or two of Tiong Bahru Tau Suan. I like that it wasn't cloyingly sweet. What is equally good or even better is its Pulut Hitam, loaded with chewy black glutinous rice. The good quality coconut milk served on the side complements both desserts well.


This celebratory buffet menu will be available between 2 to 21 August2022. Prices start from SGD 68++ per person for lunch and SGD88++ per person for dinner.

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.

The Line
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
Lobby Level
22 Orange Grove Road
Singapore 258350
Tel: +65 62134398
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6am - 11pm

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit 4. Walk towards Wheellock Place via ION. Exit Wheellock Place and turn left towards Liat Tower. Cross the road at the traffic light junction and turn left towards Royal Thai Embassy. Walk down to the end of Orchard Road. Turn right onto Orange Grove Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 23 minutes.[Map]

Friday, August 5, 2022

Spice Brasserie @ Parkroyal on Kitchener Road - Lunch 茶 Buffet


Spice Brasserie at Parkroyal on Kitchener Road has recently launched Lunch 茶. In just one seating of four hours long and at one price, you get to indulge in a lunch buffet, followed by an afternoon tea set. The buffet offers a line up of Malaysia and Singapore inspired dishes that warm you up with familiar tastes and flavours.

Braised Black Vinegar Trotter 4/5

I was surprised to find a very homely dish - Braised Black Vinegar Trotter. Bringing flavours from his hometown, Penang, Executive Sous Chef Patrick Ooi uses Gula melaka in his recipe to develop his version of this family classic. The perfectly braised egg is a star of its own too.

Penang Fried Kway Tiao & Carrot Cake 4/5

Other notable dishes from his hometown include Penang Fried Kway Tiao and Carrot Cake, and if you drop by for the weekday lunch buffet, there will be Penang Assam Laksa as well.

DIY Popiah station

One of the highlights of this buffet is the DIY Popiah station - The turnips was very well stewed with dried shrimps and mushrooms, alongside fluffy shredded eggs and crunchy beansprouts.

DIY Rojak

I had a lot of fun at the DIY Rojak station too, that is filled with chopped juicy pineapples, cucumbers, green mangos, turnips, crunchy youtiaos and beancurd skin.


The buffet line also comes with a live Pratas and Naans station, serving robust fish curry and rich butter chicken. Right beside it is the station where you can order a handpulled Teh Tarik to complement your warm and fluffy pratas and naans.

Chee Cheong Fun

Lo Mai Kai

Other delights include local style dim sum such as Chee Cheong Fun, which is one of our favourites among the dishes, as well as Lo Mai Kai.

DIY Muah Chee

There's even a Muah Chee station too, in which you can simply load your plate with heaps of the well roasted crushed peanuts!


This new Lunch 茶 (pronounced as Lunch-‘cha’) buffet serves you an Afternoon 茶 Set after the lunch buffet ends at 230pm, which allows you to continue to chill with your loved ones till 4pm. Each set comes with free flow of tea and coffee. Featuring Asian sweets such as Nonya Kuehs, you will also get interesting creations such as Portuguese Durian Egg Tarts.


The Saturdays and Sundays Lunch 茶 Buffet is priced at $45 nett per person.

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.

Spice Brasserie
Parkroyal on Kitchener Road
181 Kitchener Road
Singapore 208533
Tel:+65 31382518
Nearest MRT: Farrer Park (NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Fri: 12pm - 230pm, 6pm - 10pm
Sat-Sun, PH: 12pm - 4pm, 6pm - 10pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at Farrer Park MRT station. Take Exit A. Turn right and walk down Kitchener Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Town Restaurant @ The Fullerton Hotel Singapore - Past Meet Future Pop Up Featuring Celebrated Specialties Of Singapore's Next Gen Hawkers


For the month of March, Town Restaurant at Fullerton Singapore collaborates with four next-generation hawkers, showcasing their respective speciality in addition to the line-up of heritage dishes.

Seafood On Ice 4/5

Before diving into the much-celebrated specialities of the next-generation hawkers, we had a round of appetisers first, including the huge, stunning bowl of Seafood On Ice. Within sits Tiger Prawns, Norwegian Smoked Salmon, Spanner Crab, Conch, Half Shell Scallop, Black Mussels.

Sashimi & Maki Roll 4/5

Along with the Seafood On Ice came a family-style platter of Sashimi & Maki Roll.

Whole Roasted Baby Chicken Sapit 4/5

Each table is also entitled a one-time order Whole Roasted Baby Chicken Sapit, served with Spicy Kicap Manis Dip. The chicken was incredibly moist and tender. I love the gravy that was served over chicken. It was robust and vibrant with spices, perfect for kicking start your appetite.

Tree Coconut Nasi Lemak 4/5

Moving on to the stars of the month. Tree Coconut Nasi Lemak shines with its moreish coconut rice and that ever pleasing Sunny-side up.

Beef Noodle Soup 4/5

BeeF Noodle Dry 4/5

Next was the Authentic Hock Lam Street Popular Beef Kway Teow, and you can have the best of both worlds as it comes in soup or with gravy. The beef balls and beef slices were tender as expected. The chilli served at the side, enlivened the dishes by a notch.

Popiah 3.5/5

Popiah is my all-time favourite. Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah didn't disappoint with its stretchy skin. Still, I thought the turnips could be softer and more flavorful.

Eat3Cuts Cantonese Roast Meats 3.8/5

Another draw of this heritage feast is the Eat3Cuts Cantonese Roast Meats, featuring Roasted Pipa Duck, Soy Chicken and Golden Chicken Coin, with sweet and sour cucumber. The Roasted Pipa Duck was the highlight with its well-roasted skin.

Asian Delights Platter 4/5

The Asian Delights Platter is a must-try here. It comes with Iconic Singapore Chilli Crab Golden Mantou, Singapore Satay Beef & Chicken, Kurobuta Pork & Crab Meat Ngoh Hiang. A pleasing platter for the whole family.

Singapore Laksa 4/5

Another notable item is the Singapore Laksa, one of the buffet's signature dishes. The gravy imbued all the oomph of a good laksa, at least to me.


The dessert course was superb with a platter of well-curated sweet treats. I love the Strawberry Shortcake that has an ideal fresh cream to sponge cake ratio, as well as the unique Teh-Banana Tart comprising layers of ingredients. The Fullerton Fudge Cake is worth a second helping too.

Past Meet Future Pop Up Buffet
Every Friday & Saturday, March 2021 6.30pm to 10.00pm
$69 per adult, $35 per child

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.

Town Restaurant
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
1 Fullerton Square
Singapore 049178
Tel: +65 68778188
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 630pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Raffles Place MRT Station. Take Exit H. Turn right and walk towards the river. At the river, turn right again and walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]