Showing posts with label Pork Belly. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pork Belly. Show all posts

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Verandah @ Rael's @ The Star Vista - Opens A Second Outlet in the West


Verandah @ Rael's, having opened its doors at TripleOne Somerset, is thrilled to unveil its second outlet at The Star Vista. Boasting both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a private room, this new establishment offers the perfect space for gathering with family and friends to indulge in your favourite Peranakan and Indonesian comfort dishes.

Kueh Pie Tee 3.5/5

We kicked off our dinner with the Kueh Pie Tee, featuring bite-sized crispy tart shells accompanied by a sweet mixture of vegetables and shrimp. Diners can enjoy the interactive experience of assembling their own delectable bites, and for those seeking a spicy kick, a dollop of homemade chilli adds an extra dimension of flavour.

Verandah's Achar 3.5/5

A newcomer to the menu, Verandah's Achar, offers a mildly spiced and sourish condiment, providing the perfect accompaniment to the main dishes.

Nonya Ngoh Hiang 4.2/5

The Nonya Ngoh Hiang emerged as a crowd favourite. Its deep-fried rolls were filled with flavorful minced pork, prawns, and the sweetness of water chestnut encased in dried beancurd skin. It was so delightful that we found ourselves requesting a second serving.

Verandah's Specialty Sambal Brinjal 4/5

Sambal Long Beans 4/5

For our vegetable dishes, we savoured the Verandah's Specialty Sambal Brinjal, wok-fired and adorned with the restaurant's tangy house speciality sambal, as well as the new Sambal Long Beans, where crunchy beans are stir-fried in a fragrant and spicy sambal sauce.

Tau Yu Bak 3.8/5

Introducing another addition to the menu, the Tau Yu Bak featured pork braised in caramelized soy sauces with spices. This resulted in a savoury dish with a hint of sweetness, though some felt the pork could have been more tender.

Curry Chicken 4.5/5

A definite must-have was the Curry Chicken, where tender chicken pieces were bathed in a rich and fragrant curry gravy infused with ground herbs, spices, and a hint of lemongrass. The irresistible curry gravy left me reaching for more to drench our rice in.

Assam Fish 4/5

Finally, the Assam Fish, filleted for ease of consumption, was simmered in a mouthwatering Assam gravy that tantalized the taste buds with its spicy and tangy flavours.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Verandah @ Rael's
The Star Vista
1 Vista Exchange Green
Singapore 138617
Tel: +65 6380 2381
Nearest MRT: Buona Vista (CC, EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 10pm

Alight at Buona Vista MRT station. Take Exit A or C. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Monday, March 18, 2024

Eden Restaurant @ Pullman Singapore Orchard - Vibrant Asian Flavours with Contemporary Interpretations by New Executive Chef Martin Tan


Eden Restaurant at Pullman Singapore Orchard has recently unveiled an updated menu thoughtfully designed by its newly appointed Executive Chef, Chef Martin Tan. This refreshed culinary offering spans from inviting small plates and bao buns to more substantial sharing platters, maintaining the vibrancy of Asian flavours with contemporary interpretations.

Sticky Pork Belly 4.5/5

Kam Heong Grilled Octopus 3.5/5

We had Kam Heong Grilled Octopus ($32) and Sticky Pork Belly Bao Bun ($18/2 pcs) to start. The latter exceeded expectations, providing a more satisfying experience. The pork belly showcased an ideal balance of fats and meat, achieving a tender texture that was spot on. Its braised flavour was quite on point, particularly when combined with the layer of salted vegetables within the bun. On the other hand, while the grilled octopus was skillfully prepared, the subtle Kam Heong glaze failed to make a distinct statement in the overall dish.

River Prawns, Scallop, Local Farmed Mussels 4/5

On the menu are two wok dishes for sharing. We had the bright-looking River Prawns, Scallop, Local Farmed Mussels ($44) in Tangy Coconut Gravy, served with a Charcoal You Tiao. The standout element was the vibrant coconut gravy, boasting a delightful acidity that enticed us to savour each spoonful. While the prawns and scallops were expertly seared, a slightly firmer texture of the prawns would have enhanced the overall experience.

Pan-Fried Black Cod 4.8/5

For mains, Pan-Fried Black Cod ($42) with Thunder Tea. As a Hakka, I must commend the fine execution of the Thunder Tea, particularly with the addition of roasted peanuts — a hallmark of a traditional Thunder Rice Tea dish. The innovative pairing of the tea with cod fish was a delightful surprise, as the tea's astringency and the cod's richness complemented each other flawlessly. The cod, adorned with crisped skin, added an extra layer of deliciousness to the dish.

Hae Bee Hiam Australian Lamb Rack 3/5

On the other hand, the Hae Bee Hiam Australian Lamb Rack ($48) could have been more impressive. The standout feature for me was the tangy Sesame-Fermented Sauce, which skillfully complements the inherent gamey taste of the lamb. However, the expected presence of the Hae Bee Hiam glaze was somewhat lacking. Perhaps sous vide preparation wasn't the ideal way to achieve precise doneness, and the overall texture of the lamb left a bit to be desired.

Coconut Frozen Parfait 3/5, Osmanthus Chia Seed Jelly 3/5

For desserts, we had Coconut Frozen Parfait ($16) with Pineapple Nage and Osmanthus Chia Seed Jelly ($16). The parfait was interesting, with a sprinkle of pink peppercorn, which lent a peppery fragrance and nuanced flavour. However, using riper and juicier pineapples instead of our unripened ones would have elevated its tastiness. The latter was refreshing with Kaffir Lime and Mango cubes thought a reduction in sweetness would have been ideal.

Photograph and written 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.

Eden Restaurant
Pullman Singapore Orchard
Level 4
270 Orchard Road
Singapore 238857
Tel: +65 6603 8888
Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Sun-Wed & PH: 6:30am - 11pm
Thu-Sat 7 Eve of PH: 6:30am - 12midnight
Sun - Wed & Public Holiday: 630am - 11pm

1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to Orchard Road. Turn left and walk down Orchard Road. Walk to traffic junction of Orchard Road and Orchard Link. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Abundance @ Redhill - Popular Taiwanese Restaurant Rolled Out New Dishes


Nestled in the heart of Redhill, Abundance stands tall as a popular Taiwanese restaurant, beckoning food enthusiasts to savour the rich tapestry of Taiwanese flavours. Intrigued by the restaurant's reputation, I ventured to Abundance to explore its offerings, specifically diving into its latest creations.

Gua Bao 3.8/5

I commenced with the timeless classic, the Gua Bao ($7.90). A tender slab of pork belly embraced by soft, fluffy buns adorned with salted vegetables and crusted peanuts. While the amalgamation of textures was commendable, I found the flavour profile slightly leaning towards sweetness, longing for a more pronounced savoury note.

Herbal Braised Pork Rice 4/5

Transitioning to the new dishes, I delved into the Herbal Braised Pork Rice ($12.90) — an ingenious fusion of Lu Rou Fan and traditional Herbal Pork Ribs Soup. Succulent pork belly, simmered in a harmonious blend of herbs, graced the dish. The accompaniments, including pickled cucumber, Taiwanese garlic sausage, and a fried sesame egg, elevated the experience. The bed of Japanese pearl rice served as a canvas for this delicious bowl of rice.

Stir-Fried Emperor Sprouts 3.5/5

Another new dish is the Stir-Fried Emperor Sprouts ($11.90). Bathed in flavourful chicken stock and crowned with crispy garlic, the dish promised a crunchy texture and aromatic finish. While the crunch was delightful, a slightly heavier hand with seasoning would enhance the overall taste.

Golden Chicken Mee Sua 4.2/5

The aromatic Golden Chicken Mee Sua ($13.90) is the other new creation, featuring mee sua directly imported from Taiwan. These delicate wheat noodles boast a silky texture that is both smooth and tender. Complementing this delightful base is a succulent pan-fried chicken thigh, expertly cooked to juicy perfection. The dish is further enriched with a fragrant blend of sesame oil and premium Shaoxing Hua Diao Jiu, creating a flavourful symphony that invites you to savour each mouthful. Immerse yourself in the delightful essence of yellow wine that permeates this exquisite creation, making it a truly aromatic and satisfying dish.

Blk 63A Lengkok Bahru
Singapore 151063
Tel: +65 80321880
Nearest MRT: Redhill (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 10pm

1) Alight at Redhill MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Tiong Bahru Road. Cross the road and turn right onto Tiong Bahru Road. Walk down Tiong Bahru Road to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Black Knight Hotpot (黑武士火鍋) @ Millenia Walk - New Seasonal Autumn-Winter Menu with Signature Fish Maw Chicken Pot Soup


Black Knight Hotpot, the Taiwanese celebrity-beloved hotpot restaurant located at Millenia Walk, has recently launched a new seasonal Autumn-Winter menu alongside its signature Fish Maw Chicken Pot soup. Simmered over 16 hours, it is made with no MSG and packed with nourishing properties. Considering the coming colder months that mark autumn-winter in four-season countries and Singapore's cold, rainy monsoon season, this Fish Maw Chicken Pot is meant to be a comforting, healthy treat for all, especially the ladies!

Fish Maw Chicken Pot 5/5

Their house signature Fish Maw Chicken Pot ($58) is packed with collagen, extracted naturally from a concoction of fish maw, kampung chicken, dry scallops, cordyceps, and other nutritious ingredients. Simmered for up to 16 hours, the creamy broth gave a luxurious gelatinous mouthfeel. You can experience it in 2 sizes – single or double pot – across different spicy and non-spicy flavours, each freshly cooked upon order.

Meat Platter 4.5/5

To accompany our soup, we had a meat platter made with Okinawa Black Pork Belly ($26/full portion), Japanese Pork Collar ($26/full portion), US Prime Short Rib ($38/ full portion) and Australia Sirloin Beef ($32/full portion). Pork from Japan is in the spotlight this season, and it's worth trying especially the Okinawa Black Pork Belly.


New this season is also a selection of Live Prawns ($12/100g). Scallops ($12/pc) are available as well.

Celtuce Slices


For such creamy broth, opt for crisp greens for a textural contrast. Celtuce Slices and Kelp are highly recommended.

Chinese Cucumber Salad 3.5/5, Crispy Peanuts 4/5

Amp up the hotpot experience with new cold appetisers, such as Chinese Cucumber Salad and Crunchy Peanuts. The cucumber is seasoned with soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, green onions and a dash of sugar for a contrasting sweetness. The Crunchy Peanuts comes with rice vinegar as well, making it extra. moriesh.


Till 30 Nov 2023, ladies will enjoy an exclusive promotion of up to 30% off the total food bill when they dine in with groups of friends.



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.

Black Knight Hotpot
Millenia Walk
Nihon Street
9 Raffles Blvd
Singapore 039596
Tel: +65 83000417
Nearest MRT: Promenade (CC, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 330pm, 530pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Promenade MRT station. Take Exit A or B. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Ring in the Holiday Season with Goodwood Park Hotel's Christmas Gourmet Specials


Goodwood Park Hotel welcomes the festive season with a tempting array of Christmas gourmet specials available from 15 November to 26 December 2023. This year's lineup features sweet and savoury delights, promising a feast beyond tradition.




Breaking away from the conventional, the North Indian-style Roasted Turkey with Makhani Sauce, Vegetable Korma, Kashmiri Rice & Plain Naan ($288 nett for 8-12 persons) takes centre stage. Marinated in fragrant aromatics for two days, the turkey is finished with cheddar cheese and fresh cream before being roasted to succulent perfection. What sets it apart is the unique pairing of Kashmiri Rice and plain Naan, offering a delightful twist to the Christmas table.

Slow-roasted Iberico Pork Belly with Crackling, Potato Gratin, Pickled Cabbage

A signature favourite, the Slow-roasted Iberico Pork Belly with Cracking, Apple Sauce & Pork Jus ($428 nett for 6-8 persons) is a showstopper. With crispy cracking and succulent meat, this dish is complemented by Potato Gratin and Pickled Cabbage, providing a perfect balance to the richness of the pork.

Herb-Crusted Roast Leg of Lamb with Roasted Potatoes, Lamb Jus & Mint Sauce

The Herb-Crusted Roast Leg of Lamb with Roasted Potatoes, Lamb Jus & Mint Sauce ($358 nett for 6-8 persons) is a delectable choice for lamb enthusiasts. Coated in a housemade herb marinade and roasted to perfection, the golden parmesan and butter-coated crust add a layer of richness.

Baked Turkey & Chorizo Cannelloni

The Baked Turkey & Chorizo Cannelloni ($52 nett for 4 persons) is a comforting dish featuring tomato sauce ladled over six al dente cannelloni tubes stuffed with a rich filling of minced turkey, chorizo and zucchini and topped off with slices of chorizo, cherry tomatoes and a layer of molten mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Multi-layers of flavours work harmoniously together.

Shanghai-style Pan-fried Turkey Buns

Adding an Asian flair, the Shanghai-style Pan-fried Turkey Buns ($42 nett for 10 pieces) bring a unique twist. These buns are stuffed with well-seasoned minced turkey filling and a robust broth encased in a soft, pillowy skin with a crispy pan-fried base.

Snowy Splendour Log Cake

Merry-licious Fruity Cake

For a sweet conclusion, the Snowy Splendour Log Cake ($99 nett for 1kg) is a new creation featuring Dulcey chocolate mousse, raspberry confit, and chocolate fudge on a white chocolate macadamia nut base. The Merry-licious Fruity Cake ($92 nett for 700g) offers a refreshing option with mango confit, light coconut mousse, strawberry yoghurt mousse, and a buttery almond crumble base.

Santa’s Reindeer Tart

A delightful addition is the Santa's Reindeer Tart ($72 nett for 1kg), a pecan pie tart with a crumbly pastry crust, generously slathered with crushed pecans and dried cranberries, topped with charming gold-foiled white chocolate reindeers.

Goodwood ‘Mao Shan Wang’ Durian Christmas Log Cake

Christmas Durian Combo $70 nett for 6 pc

Durian lovers are in for a treat with the Goodwood "Mao Shan Wang" Durian Christmas Log Cake ($148 nett for 800g) and the Christmas Durian Combo ($70 nett for 6 pieces), featuring cherished classics from Goodwood Park Hotel's iconic Durian Fiesta throughout the years.

Takeaway festive offerings are available from The Deli, and orders can be placed at the Festive Online Shop for delivery or self-collection. Alternatively, visit The Deli or contact the Christmas Call Centre at (65) 6730 1867/68 from 10 am – 6 pm. Email to place takeaway orders for self-collection only. Advance orders of five days are required for takeaways, with the last pre-order date on 19 December 2023. Let Goodwood Park Hotel elevate your festive celebrations with these culinary delights.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

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

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Peach Blossoms @ PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay - Discover The Evolution of Modern Chinese Cuisine by Chef Edward Chong


Peach Blossoms at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, under the guidance of Chef Edward Chong, has elevated Chinese cuisine to a whole new level with his innovative interpretations and exquisite presentation, earning the respect and admiration of diners.

Deep-fried 'Cigar' Roll 5/5

The dish that has been making waves on everyone's social media feeds is the Deep-fried 'Cigar' Roll. It arrives in a cigar box, and the presentation is akin to a cigar. It is a clever twist on the traditional Chinese crispy duck spring roll. The cigar is essentially a crispy roll enveloping freshly peeled snow crab, prawn mousse, foie gras, and black truffle. It is accompanied by Beijing duck sauce and Japanese sesame sauce, adding a delightful fusion of flavours.

Double-boiled Soup 4.5/5

An exceptional Double-boiled Soup is created from fresh Jeju abalone and free-range chicken. It features a rare and precious ingredient - the Sarcodon Imbricatus wild edible mushroom from China, which is known for its rich nutrients, tender flesh, and unique aroma.

Applewood-smoked Iberico Pork Belly 4.2/5

Inspired by Stephen Chow's iconic movie dish, "黯然销魂饭" (Sorrowful Rice), this creation is a deconstructed masterpiece. It includes tenderized and marinated Pork Belly slow-roasted over binchotan charcoal and smoked with applewood for a delightful fragrance. The dish is garnished with a quail egg and substitutes traditional rice with a golden, thin, crisp rice wafer.

Steamed Carrot Cake 4.5/5

The Steamed Carrot Cake, enhanced with Boston Lobster, Shiso Leaf, and Aromatic Lemongrass Sauce, is an off-menu creation that adds a luxurious and inventive twist to a traditional dish. The in-house "gan xiang" sauce elevates the silky-smooth, flavorful steamed carrot cake, complemented by charcoal-grilled Boston lobster.

Crab Roe Collagen Braised Mung Bean Noodles 5/5

My favourite from the evening is the Crab Roe Collagen Braised Mung Bean Noodles. This dish celebrates the rich flavours of crab in two delightful ways. First, there's the freshness and natural sweetness of the crab, showcased through a massive claw. Second, a seafood paste, skillfully created from crab meat, prawns, and water chestnut, coats the chewy mung bean noodles in a flavorful broth. The dish is enhanced by vinegar pearls, reminiscent of the Shanghainese tradition of savouring crab with drizzles of vinegar. And it doesn't end there – the dish is further enriched by a generous shaving of housemade crab roe, meticulously derived from seven female crabs, marinated with ten years hua diao wine, blended and slow-baked for two hours.

Chilled Peach Resin served in Philibon French Charentals Melon 4.5/5

Chilled Peach Resin, served in a Philibon French Charentals Melon, is an elegant and refreshing dessert. A cold melon soup blended with Hokkaido milk is poured into a half-carved melon, accompanied by melon balls and collagen-rich peach resin. Even the desserts at Peach Blossoms are executed with finesse.

Sweet Cart of Treasures 4.2/5

Dessert gets a unique twist with a Dessert Trolley, cleverly served from a dim sum cart. This delightful trolley offers a range of Chinese sweet treats, including Durian Sandwich, classic White Sugar Sponge Cake, fragrant Jasmine Tea Mousse, Taro Lava Puff, and delectable Salted Egg Yolk Lava Puff. Chef Edward's sweet offerings are an exquisite way to conclude a remarkable dining experience at Peach Blossoms.


Peach Blossoms at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay offers innovative modern Chinese cuisine under Chef Edward Chong's guidance. Signature dishes include the Deep-fried 'Cigar' Roll and Double-boiled Abalone Soup with Sarcodon Imbricatus. The Applewood-smoked Iberico Pork Belly and Steamed Carrot Cake are inventive highlights. The Crab Roe Collagen Braised Mung Bean Noodles and Chilled Peach Resin in Melon are truly exceptional. A unique dessert trolley adds a delightful touch to the experience. Chef Edward's creative interpretations shine throughout the menu.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Peach Blossoms
Level 5
6 Raffles Boulevard
Singapore 039594
Tel: +65 68451118
Nearest MRT: Esplanade (CC Line), Promenade (CC, DT Line)

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

1) Alight at Esplanade MRT station. Take Exit B. Turn right and walk down Raffles Boulevard. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Promenade MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Raffles Boulevard. Cross the road at Millenia Walk or Marina Square. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]