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

Monday, April 3, 2023

Path Restaurant @ Marina Bay Financial Centre - Celebrates 1st Anniversary With New Menu And Whole New Dinner Format


Time flies, and Path Restaurant celebrates its first anniversary with a new menu and dining format. Back then, the menu was more communal, and which is hard for customers to try everything on the menu. Now, two new prix fixe menus allow diners to explore Chef Marvas's interpretation of East Asia flavours through French fine-dining techniques and presentation.

Aubergine Sphere 3.5/5

Lamb Beignet 3.8/5

I had the eight-course Expedition Menu ($228++), starting with a trio of Amuse Bouche comprising of Aubergine Sphere, Abacus Seed Skewer and Lamb Beignet. The Aubergine Sphere is made with graffiti eggplant puree served atop a housemade parmesan sable tartlet. The Lamb Beignet is like a croquette encased with hand-shredded braised lamb shoulder in teriyaki sauce.

Abacus Seed Skewer 4.5/5

My favourite is the Abacus Seed Skewer which surprised me with its modern execution of the traditional Suan Pan Zi. The abacus seed is grilled on binchotan and topped with dried shrimp ragu and winter truffle shavings.

Japanese Katsuo 4/5

Next, I had the Japanese Katsuo featuring dry-aged bonito fish. Bonito fish trimming is chopped, mixed with quinoa and soy sauce, and topped with bonito fish slices. It is then garnished with caviar, beetroot flower and nashi pear cubes. While it is a tartare dish, it felt more like having sushi. It is a new and interesting way of having tartare.

Shanghainese Hairy Crab Roe 5/5

Hands down, the Shanghainese Hairy Crab Roe is everyone's favourite dish for the night. The umami hairy crab roe is served on a bed of soy curd, together with fresh crab meat and crispy rice. The dish comes with mini French baguette, allowing you to mop up the deliciousness.

Deep Sea Fish Maw 4.2/5

The Deep Sea Fish Maw is a dish I enjoyed on my previous visit. This is version two of the dish. Due to supply issues, Chef Marvas changed the fish maw supply but retained the desired textural enjoyment. It is served in a bright and vibrant beurre blanc sauce that lifts the enjoyment of the fish maw that has been double-boiled in sake and dashi broth.

BBQ South African Abalone 4/5

Next, we had the BBQ South African Abalone served on top of a bed of risoni. It felt like a Chinese rice dish with the risoni pasta substituting the rice grain pan-fried in teriyaki sauce. The abalone grilled over binchotan is firm and tender, topped with burnt seaweed emulsion and pickled Huaishan.

Oriental “Bouillabaisse” 4/5

The Oriental "Bouillabaisse" comes in a tofu bag, also known as money bag, filled with diced Australian sea cucumber, shrimp, bamboo shoots and Beijing cabbage packed with contrasting textures. What intrigued me was the soup's complex flavour. The soup is made by coming prawn and fish stock, followed by adding tomatoes into it for a tang fish.

Pork Trotter “Crepinette” 3.8/5

It is a creative and unique way of recreating the classic pork trotter in the form of a Pork Trotter "Crepinette". The pork trotter is chopped into small pieces and mixed with mushroom ragu. The mixture is moulded into a ball and wrapped in caul fat. It is then pan-seared until crispy and paired with housemade Mei Cai sauce. I would enjoy the rendition even more if the mixture was less fatty.


15 Days Dry Aged US Duck Crown 4.8/5

The meal's highlight has to be the 15 Days Dry Aged US Duck Crown. The beautiful red meat is dry aged, hung on top of a charcoal grill to infuse with the smokey flavour, slow roasted and finished with deep frying before serving. It is paired with eight different condiments, showcasing how the duck is appreciated differently in Asia.

Heirloom Tomato 4.5/5

After all the savoury dishes, the Heirloom Tomato creates the bridge to the dessert. It is sweet and refreshing, finished with fresh strawberries and oolong tea foam.

Mongolian Milk Curd 4/5

The Mongolian Milk Curd is an uncommon dessert made using whole milk enriched with Valrhona white chocolate, Greek yoghurt and extra virgin olive oil. Fresh blueberries and chopped pistachio nuts are added for extra texture and taste profile.

Petite Four - Red Date "Sorbet"

Petite Four - Citrus "Bonbon"

Last but not least, we ended our eight-course menu with the Petite Four consisting of Red Date "Sorbet", Citrus "Bonbon", Hawthorn "Gummies", and Lotus Seed "Madeleine". It is a perfect ending to an impressive and delicious meal. My favourite is the citrus "bonbon" and the lotus seed "madeleine".

Petite Four - Hawthorn "Gummies"

Petite Four - Lotus See "Madeleine"

Chef Marvas has also refreshed the lunch offerings – one prix fixe menu titled “Gourmet Lunch” and a curated a-la-carte lunch menu. While a few dishes parallel those of the dinner menu, most items are unique to the lunch hour and vice versa.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Path Restaurant
Marina Bay Financial Centre
Tower 3
12 Marina Boulevard
Singapore 018982
Tel: +65 64430180
Nearest MRT: Downtown (DT Line), Marina Bay (CC, NS, TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 1130am - 2pm, 6pm - 9pm
Sat: 6pm - 9pm
(Closed on Sun & PH)

1) Alight at Marina Bay MRT station. Take Exit 1. Walk to traffic junction Boulevard Central and Marina Way. Cross the road. Walk to Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Downtown MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to Straits View. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Basdban @ Telok Ayer - Rock & Roll Sichuanese Food


Basdban is the latest concept by the folks behind contemporary Sichuan-influenced restaurant Birds of a Feather. Taking over the space previously occupied by 51 Soho, Basdban is under the new stewardship of Chef Pang Kok Keong. Basdban strides to introduce the authentic and bold flavours of Sichuan cuisine with a touch of fun.

Roasted Eggplant 4.5/5

This is not an ordinary Roasted Eggplant ($14). Instead, the creative pairing of garlic sauce, smoked bacon, mixed cheeses and funky popcorn with the ordinary eggplant turns it into a unique and delicious dish. Now I understand what the restaurant meant by introducing Sichuan flavours with a touch of fun.

Whampoa Omelette 4.5/5

The dish's name - Whampoa Omelette ($20), caught my attention when browsing the menu. I was pleasantly surprised by the egg omelette's fluffiness, paired with spicy, tangy crab meat sauce and finished with nori dust. It is a beautiful dish both in taste and presentation.

Fried Crispy Pork Trotter 3.5/5

The Fried Crispy Pork Trotter ($14) is served in a paper bag of gentle spice mix. Give it a good shake to give the bite-sized chunks of braised trotter fried to crisp a delight coat of the spice mix. There is also a non-spicy option.

Lalalalalala Fried Chicken 4.8/5

Another interestingly named dish is the Lalalalalala Fried Chicken ($26 | $34). The plate of juicy chunks of fried chicken and tender clams are tossed in a gleaming heap of fragrant Er Jing Tiao green chilli chunks. It is addictive combination of meaty succulence and refreshing crunch in each bite.

B-52 4/5

For those who prefer the spicy version of fried chicken, you can go for the B-52 ($20 | $28). it is indeed packed with fiery spiciness, but I thought it lacked the dumbness from the mala.

Basdban Donabe 4.5/5

Great for sharing is the Basdban Donabe ($35 | $48). Lifting the claypot lid reveals an aroma pot of rice brimming with Sichuan waxed meat, spicy sausage, dried sole, morel mushrooms, special shoyu, edamame sakura ebi, crab and most importantly, pork lard. Infused with the ingredients' essences, each mouthful of the rice is filled with complex yet lovely flavours that will make you go back for more.

Cheesecake Ice Cream 4/5

We tried two different ice creams on the menu for dessert - Cheesecake Ice Cream ($14) and Fermented Rice Ice Cream ($12). The cheesecake ice cream with vanilla tuile and strawberry compote is light and refreshing. However, I prefer the fermented rice ice cream paired with osmanthus poached pear and charcoal coral. It has unique yet distinct rice fragrant, giving it a sweet and savoury finishing.

Fermented Rice Ice Cream 4.2/5

Note: This is an invited tasting.

51 Telok Ayer Street
Singapore 048441
Tel: +65 97551058
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk straight to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Tasty Thai @ Bukit Batok Street 11 - Phuket-style Thai Kway Chap


Thai-style kway chap is not common in Singapore, not to mention Phuket-style Thai Kway Chap. However, there is a stall, Tasty Thai, at Bukit Batok Street 11 that offers such a style of kway chap. I understand that the stall is opened by an ex-restaurant manager and his two partners.

Thai-style Kway Chap 4/5

Unlike the Bangko-style kway chap, which comes in a clear peppery soup and crispy roasted pork, the Phuket-style Kway Chap ($4.90) comes in a dark herbal soup. Prowling through the bowl of kway chap, I can find Thai sausage, meatball, pig's skin, pork belly, egg and rolled up rice sheet.


I also noticed that the rolled rice sheet used by Tasty Thai is much thicker than the type used in our local kway chap and Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap, which I didn't enjoy. However, I like the herb-based soup compared to the peppery type. To heat up the taste profile, I would recommend adding some Thai chilli flakes to the soup.

Thai Pork Trotter Rice 3/5


Besides the Thai-style kway chap, the stall also offers Thai Pork Trotter Rice ($4.90) on the menu. I was excited to see the item on the menu, but it fell short of my expectation. The meat was on the tough side, and the rice was a bit hard for me. Even the chilli sauce lacked the tanginess to whet up the enjoyment. In conclusion, it didn't manage to reignite my fond memories for one of my favourite Thai street food.


Tasty Thai
Blk 150 Bukit Batok Street 11
Singapore 650150
Nearest MRT: Bukit Batok MRT (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8am - 8pm

1) Alight at Bukit Batok MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Bukit Batok Bus Interchange (Stop ID 43009). Take bus number 991. Alight 4 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant @ Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel - Lunar New Year Reunions of Prosperity & Happiness


This Lunar New Year, Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel presents Lunar New Year celebratory delicacies that centered around the theme of Reunions of Prosperity and Happiness, ideal for family reunions and gatherings of 8 persons. From 20 January to 26 February 2021, available for your reunions are specially-curated 8-course Set Menus to a la carte Lunar New Year creations and delectable takeaway treats.

Lobster (Cooked) & Caviar Yu Sheng 4.5/5

New highlights include the Lobster (Cooked) & Caviar Yu Sheng with a choice of traditional or mandarin orange sauce. Perfect if you and your loved ones ain't into raw fish, for the cooked lobster slices adds a succulent sweet crunch to the mix. Instead of the traditional sauce, you are given a choice of mandarin orange sauce that is zesty and sweet. Furthering that citrusy note is the addition of passionfruit pearls, that burst with tangy juice in each bite.

Eight Treasures Imperial Pot with Bird’s Nest (贵妃煲) 4/5

Wan Hao Eight Treasures Imperial Pot with Bird’s Nest ($788++/6 persons) debuts this year, and it's all about nourishment and collagen. Brimming with collagen-rich ingredients - Bird’s Nest, 10-Head Australian Abalone, Fish Maw, Dace Fish Beancurd Bag, Live Prawns, Pork Tendons, Chicken and Japanese Shiitake Mushroom. It may not be your usual pen cai, but it embodies the spirit of pen cai just as much. The superior broth itself is equally nourishing, made with ingredients such as chicken feet, old fowl, pork skin, and more.

Braised Giant Prawn with Salted Egg Cream Sauce 4.5/5

A contemporary take on its Cantonese cuisine, Braised Giant Prawn with Salted Egg Cream Sauce delights with its succulent prawn that comes with an aromatic crisped exterior.

Crispy Pork Trotters with Fermented Red Rice Sauce 4.5/5

Served in a vibrant and colourful bed of julienned vegetables, Crispy Pork Trotters with Fermented Red Rice Sauce were moreish with their thin and perfectly crisped skin lacing over tender meat. I have always loved fermented red rice, and loving it just as much here being used as a dipping sauce for that extra funk of flavour.

Dessert 4.8/5

For dessert, we tried Water Chestnut Puree with Hashima, Black Sesame Glutinous Rice Ball with Pistachio as well as a Golden Niao Gao Tart with Japanese Red Bean. Served chilled, the Water Chestnut Puree with Hashima cooled and refreshed my palate before moving on to savouring the sweet and nutty goodness of the rice ball and tart. Golden Niao Gao Tart with Japanese Red Bean is also available as takeaway treats too ($28nett/ 8 pieces).

20 January to 26 February 2021
8-Course Prosperity Set Menus – from $108.80++ per person (4 to 8 persons) to $2088++ per table

11 February 2021
Jubilant Lunar New Year Eve 8-Course Set Menus - from $118.80++ per person (4 to 8 persons) to $2098++ per table

For dining reservations or pre-orders, please call 6831 4605, email or visit

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.

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant (萬豪軒)
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Level 3
320 Orchard Road
Singapore 238865
Tel: +65 68314605
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line, TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12pm - 3pm, 630pm - 1030pm
Sat-Sun & PH: 1130am - 3pm, 630pm - 1030pm

Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit 1. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Paradise Teochew @ Vivocity - 2nd Outlet With 13 Exclusive Dishes


Paradise Teochew in VivoCity is the brand's second outlet by the Paradise Group and its opening also witnessed the launch of 13 new dishes, created exclusively for this outlet by Executive Chef Cheng Fa Kwan. The new restaurant has taken over the space previously occupied by Jpot.

Braised Duo Combination Platter 4/5

潮式卤味双拼 (鸭片,分蹄) Teochew Style Braised Duo Combination Platter (Sliced Irish Fat Duck, Sliced Pork Knuckle) ($26 Small) is a great way to start off your meal. The gravy was very light with hints of notes from spices. Using Irish Fat Duck, the layer of fats underneath the skin help to keep the meat tender, though some slices turned out to be a tad dry. I was more impressed with the thinly sliced pork knuckle. Every slice has a nice crunch to it and I never thought that pork knuckle can be enjoyed in this manner.

Pan-fried Seafood and Yam Pancake 2.8/5

潮州海鲜芋头烙 Teochew Pan-fried Seafood and Yam Pancake ($24) is suitable for as dim sum snack. I find it dry to have it on its own. A piece may be ok but it is hard to finish the whole plate. An accompanying sweet sauce may be better.

Roasted Suckling Pig 4.8/5

潮式烧乳猪 Teochew Style Roasted Suckling Pig (S$198) was beautiful inside out. The skin was roasted to a perfect crisp, one that cracked readily with a light bite. The meat underneath was very moist and tender and the thin layer of fats sandwiched within the skin and the skin was like butter, bringing the two together in harmony.

Pan-fried and Braised Live Soon Hock 4.8/5

半煎煮游水笋壳 Pan-fried and Braised Live Soon Hock was perhaps one of the best braised fish I ever had. The broth was rich with collagen and flavours, so much so that I could feel the layer of collagen on my lips upon drinking the broth. The Soon Hock was being pan-fried before braising, hence it had an additional layer of crisp to its skin which made it even more pleasurable.

Steamed Diced Abalone and Shrimp wrapped in Egg White Crepe 3/5

鲍鱼石榴果 Steamed Diced Abalone and Shrimp wrapped in Egg White Crepe ($18) was an aesthetically pleasing dish but its flavours didn't quite stand out. I find it a pity to dice the abalone up into a stuffing when it is quite subtle in taste and flavour.

Stir-fried Assorted Vegetables and Cuttlefish 3.5/5

With all the crunch and colours, 潮樂轩小炒皇 Paradise Teochew Stir-fried Assorted Vegetables and Cuttlefish ($28 Small) may even please the palates of non-vegetables diners. On top of that, notes of wok hei graced the dish, hence every mouthful of it is like a gluten-free Hor Fun!

Wok-fried Hor Fun with Kai Lan and Preserved Turnip 3.8/5

Talking about Hor Fun, their 玉兰菜圃炒河粉 Wok-fried Hor Fun with Kai Lan and Preserved Turnip ($18 Small) is a must-try dish for a taste of traditional teochew flavour. A very simple looking dish but as a diner I am quite sure it takes years to master wok-frying the hor fun to achieve that desired layer of char on the surface without weighing them down with oil. The wok-fried Hor Fun here remained light and loose, and every bite filled my entire mouth with wok hei.

Desserts 3/5

Our desserts were 福果绿豆爽 Tau Suan with Gingko ($4.50) and 福果甜芋泥 Mashed Yam with Gingko ($5), a less-sweet version of what's out there. I only wish that the Ginko Nuts were being left as a whole, instead of being halved.


Overall, I'm really impressed with the quality of food at Paradise Teochew. It is a display of skills and mastery over dishes which are seen lacking in many establishments these days. Private rooms are available too which are suitable for private and corporate bookings.

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.

Paradise Teochew
1 Harbourfront Walk
Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 62210159
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront (CC Line, NE Line)

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

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

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Hong Sheng Fish Soup (鴻升魚湯) @ Ghim Moh Food Centre - Just Go For The Sliced Fish Soup


Hong Sheng Fish Soup (鴻升魚湯) is a common brand that can be spotted in a number of hawker centres around the island. Even so, I have not tried it until my recent visit to Ghim Moh Food Centre. The stall sells about 10 different dishes on the menu and I ordered a couple to try.

Sliced Fish Soup 4/5

I have the Sliced Fish Soup with Rice ($4.50). You can also choose to have it with bee hoon or porridge too. The clear soup itself is sweet and it comes with fresh, thick batang fish slices. I also like the fact that it comes with bitter gourd.

Fried Fish 2.8/5

I decided to order some extra Fried Fish slices to go with the rice. Unfortunately they are pre-fried, cold and not crispy.

Pork Trotters in Black Vinegar 3/5

It was a pity that the Pork Trotters in Black Vinegar ($8) is not as tender as I would have expected. Although the sweet tangy black vinegar was gorgeous, it was let down by the dry and tough meat.


I can't say this is the best fish soup but it is decent enough to satisfy one's hunger. I would go for the slice fish soup and skip the rest.

Hong Sheng Fish Soup (鴻升魚湯)
Ghim Moh Food Centre
Blk 20 Ghim Moh Road
Singapore 270020
Nearest MRT: Buona Vista (CC Line, EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am - 8pm

1) Alight at Buona Vista MRT station. Walk to bus stop along Buona Vista Road (Stop ID 11361). Take bus no. 92. Alight 1 stops later. Journey time about 3 mins. [Map]

2) Alight at Buona Vista MRT station. Cross the underpass towards Ghim Moh Estate Blk 12A. Cut across the open air carpark towards Ghim Moh Road. Cross the road and walk towards Blk 20. Journey time about 8 mins. [Map]