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Monday, June 3, 2024

Little Pond 小鱼塘 @ Holland Village - Sauerkraut Fish Hotpot and Prawn Pot Restaurant with Unlimited Drinks, Ice Cream and Condiments at $1/Pax

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I’ve been curious about Little Pond (小鱼塘) after visiting the relatively new One Holland Village. The Chinese restaurant sits on the second floor, just next to Lau Wang Claypot.

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The restaurant was filled with a constant stream of diners on a weekday night. Little Pond specialises in Golden Sauerkraut Fish (酸菜鱼) and Fried Prawn dishes available in different flavours.

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For $1 per person, you get unlimited drinks, ice cream, condiments, and sauces.

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A special mention to their drinks - apart from the typical sweet cold beverages, they offer healthier customisable drinks using a range of tea ingredients, such as Jasmine Tea, Rock Sugar, Chrysanthemum Flowers, and more.

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Golden Sauerkraut Fish 4/5

What differentiates Little Pond from other sauerkraut fish places is that their Golden Sauerkraut Fish ($39.90 for Small) can be enjoyed like a steamboat! After having the fish, you can opt for additional sides to cook in the soup afterwards.

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The induction stove in the middle of each table will help keep your pot bubbling hot, and the service staff will assist in adding more broth along the way. While it may not be the best sauerkraut fish we've had, we liked the freshness and texture of the fish slices. We found it pretty value for money too. By default, the pot comes with slices of snakehead fish, cabbage, enoki mushrooms and tofu puffs. Note that the broth can get quite salty, especially after you've added additional ingredients.

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For our ‘steamboat ingredients’, we had Sliced Chestnut Pork Neck Roll ($8.50), Mashed Shrimp Meat Paste ($7), 6 Sec Seaweed ($5), Cheerful Farm ($12), and Sweet Potato Noodle ($3.80).

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I would skip the Sweet Potato Noodle next time, as the type they use disintegrates too quickly for my liking.

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Signature Fragrant Spicy Prawn 4/5

Moving on to their Signature Fragrant Spicy Prawn ($49.90 for Small), it was a pity that even though the prawns were sizable and meaty, we found them overcooked. The prawn pot was a lot more oily but had good heat. It came with a bed of ingredients such as konjac, corn cobs, potato strips, lotus root, and more.

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Cold Mixed Shredded Vegetables 4.2/5

If you're coming in a bigger group, try their starters too. We particularly enjoyed the Cold-Mixed Shredded Vegetables ($8) and Cold-Mixed Tofu and Dried Moss Vege ($6). The former had a mix of kelp, carrot, beancurd skin, peanuts, and more in a tangy seasoning.

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Cold Mixed Tofu & Dried Moss Vege 4.2/5

On the other hand, the Cold Mixed Tofu & Dried Moss Vege ($6) had crunchy dried moss vegetables and slices of beancurd in a mild dressing.

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Orlean Chicken Skewers 4/5

We also had the Orlean Chicken Skewers ($3.90 for 2 Sticks), which were seasoned well but slightly pricey.

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.


Little Pond
One Holland Village
#02-32
7 Holland Village Way
Singapore 275748
Tel: +65 8013 2050
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Nearest MRT: Holland Village (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 10pm

Direction:
1) Alight at Holland Village MRT station. Take Exit B. Turn left and walk to Lorong Liput. Turn right onto Lorong Liput. Walk down Lorong Liput. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

藝 Yì by Jereme Leung @ Raffles Hotel Singapore - Usher in the Year of the Dragon with an Array of Lunar New Year Delicacies and Dine-in Set Menus

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藝 Yì by Jereme Leung in Raffles Hotel Singapore invites guests to celebrate a season of reunions and new beginnings with an exquisite selection of festive delicacies and auspicious gifts. Chef Jereme Leung has curated an array of Lunar New Year delicacies and Lunar New Year Dine-in Set Menus, available from 22 January to 24 February 2024. During our visit, we tried the Abundance Set Menu ($228/pax).

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Longevity Yu Sheng

There are 4 selections of Yu Sheng, including a Vegetarian Option featuring crispy lotus roots and organic vegetables. The Abundance menu offers Longevity Yu Sheng ($216/$152) with Octopus Sashimi & Sakura Shrimp. I enjoyed the sweetness and texture of the Sakura Shrimps, and it was a pity that they seemed to get lost easily among other ingredients due to their delicate texture.

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Platter 3/5

Next, we had an appetiser platter comprising Deep-fried Crab Meat Roll with Wasabi Mayonnaise & Yuzu Salsa, Baked Eggplant with Scallop served with roasted pepper sauce, and Barbecued Iberico Pork Char Siew with Lime Caviar. The char siew was succulent but could be elevated with more caramelisation. The other two items weren't as delectable. The yuzu salsa was a tad too sweet, and the Kueh Pie Tee cup left an unexpected taste.

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Soup 4.8/5

The soup course features Doubled-boiled Fish Maw, Sarcadion Aspratus Dried Mushroom & Sea Conch Soup. Its light consistency and good depth of flavour from the mushroom were thoroughly enjoyable, offering a delicate balance to relatively affluent fish maw.

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Braised 10-Head South African Abalone 4.5/5

Next, we had a premium Braised 10-head South African Abalone. The sauce and accompanying ingredients harmoniously complemented the abalone, making it a wholesome dish.

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Pan-seared Cod Fish 4.5/5

Following is Pan-seared Cod Fish with Green Pepper Sauce & crispy Pork Lard. It stood out with its buttery flesh encased in an aptly crisped exterior. The savoury sauce and fragrant lard bits accentuated the sweetness of the fish.

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Sweet & Sour Crispy Prawn 4/5

Another seafood dish on the menu was Sweet & Sour Crispy Prawn with soybean cake, offering a nostalgic Sweet and Sour Pork flavour. I appreciate the addition of tempeh in this dish, which paired well with the texture of the prawn.

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Steamed Jasmine Rice & Millet with Tribute Vegetables & Preserved Meats 5/5

The highlight for me was this Steamed Jasmine Rice & Millet with Tribute Vegetables & Preserved Meats, excellently executed in every aspect. The perfectly steamed rice absorbed all the flavours imparted from the warmed preserved meats, complemented by a drizzle of sweet sauce that bound all the ingredients together. The preserved meats, rich with intense umami, were scrumptious and moreish.

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Sweet Soup 5/5

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Water Chestnut Cake 2/5, Salted Egg Yolk Custard Glutinous Rice Balls 3/5

Dessert served was a bowl of Chilled Highland Lotus Seeds, Snow Fungus, Apricot Kernel, and Nostoc Pearl Sweet Soup, alongside Homemade "Yuan Bao" Water Chestnut Cake and Salted Egg Yolk Custard Glutinous Rice Balls. The sweet soup had the right amount of sweetness to balance the indulgent meal.

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.


藝 Yi By Jereme Leung
Raffles Arcade
328 North Bridge Road
Singapore 188719
Tel: +65 63371886
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Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 2pm, 6pm - 930pm

Direction:
1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Junction of North Bridge Road and Bras Basah Road. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

En Yakiniku @ Middle Road (Bugis) - First in Singapore Sake Tengoku

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En Yakiniku, nestled in the heart of Middle Road, introduces a first-of-its-kind experience in Singapore - Sake Tengoku. This unique offering involves superior broth and sake being steamed with Ebi, Hotate, and Asari over charcoal in a special steamer, adding a distinctive touch to the traditional Japanese yakiniku experience.

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En Sashimi 4.2/5

Embarking on our dinner experience, we delved into a couple of appetizers, starting with the En Sashimi ($32.40). A platter of fresh and generously cut Salmon, Maguro, Hamachi, Mekajiki, and Tako.

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Foie Gras with Yam 3/5

Following the exquisite sashimi is the Foie Gras with Yam ($36). The pan-seared duck liver, resting atop a slice of yam, offered a decadent experience. However, the slightly sweet sauce somewhat obscured the nuanced creaminess of the foie gras.

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Sake Tengoku 4.5/5

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The pièce de résistance was the newly introduced Sake Tengoku ($68). Prawns, clams, and scallops were meticulously steamed over charcoal in a special sake and superior broth-infused steamer. Arranged in three layers, each tier unveiled a seafood symphony. The Japanese congee in the final layer, infused with the essence of seafood and sake, reached perfection when paired with a serving of wagyu shabu-shabu - a bowl of comforting and hearty porridge.

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Zabuton

For the quintessential Japanese yakiniku experience, a variety of beef cuts graced our table. The cut of the day, Zabuton ($38.90), showcased a rich beefy flavour and a satisfying textural bite.

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Temari Gyutan

The Temari Gyutan ($14.90) was a unique offering, presented with seasoned rice balls wrapped in thinly sliced wagyu beef tongue. Grilled over charcoal, this dish offered a delightful fusion of sushi and barbecue.

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Negi Gyu Tan

To fully savour the tender beef tongue, the Negi Gyu Tan ($27.90), adorned with spring onions, provided a flavorful and aromatic option.

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Miyazaki A4 Wagyu Striploin

For those seeking a more premium indulgence, the Miyazaki A4 Wagyu Striploin ($54.90) showcased top-quality marbling, delivering a distinct melt-in-the-mouth texture.

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Chestnut-fed Duroc Pork Belly

Non-beef enthusiasts need not fret. The Chestnut-fed Duroc Pork Belly ($15.90) and Tiger Prawn ($22) offered equally gratifying options. The grilling process released fragrant aromas, enhancing the overall dining experience.

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Tiger Prawn

En Yakiniku's meticulous attention to detail and innovative offerings make it a standout destination for those seeking a Japanese BBQ experience elevated by culinary creativity and premium cuts.

Note: This is an invited tasting.


En Yakiniku
Midland House
112 Middle Road
#01-00A
Singapore 188970
Tel: +65 62555744
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Nearest MRT: Bugis (EW, DT Line), Bras Basah (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 1130am - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm
Fri-Sun: 1130am - 3pm, 530pm - 10pm

Direction:
1) Alight at Bugis MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk down Victoria Street to Middle Road. Turn right onto Middle Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Bras Basah MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Queen Street to Middle Road. Cross the road and turn right onto Middle Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Stella Seaside Lounge @ NSRCC Sea Sports Centre - Chill Beach Retreat with Sea Breeze, Cocktails and Grilled Platters

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Entering Stella Seaside Lounge feels like a tropical escape reminiscent of Bali. The restaurant offers unobstructed views of the beautiful sea, complemented by swaying coconut trees and the soft glow of dim light bulbs. This laid-back eatery is located at Changi Coastal Walk and provides a welcome respite from the city's hustle and bustle.

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With its coastal vantage point, Stella Seaside Lounge invites patrons to enjoy a serene atmosphere while indulging in burgers, grills, and cocktails. The outdoor seating and glimpses of the sea create a beachside retreat, making it the perfect place to relax and relish a delightful meal.

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Beautiful To Sea 4.2/5, Dirty Little Pina Colada 4.2/5, Seaside Sangria 4/5

To kick off our dining experience, we indulged in some expertly crafted cocktails while savouring the gorgeous sea view. The "Beautiful To Sea" cocktail ($21/glass) combines vodka, kyoho grape liqueur, lemon juice, sugar, and lychee, creating a refreshing and fruity concoction. For those seeking a tropical twist, the "Dirty Little Pina Colada" ($23/glass) presents a delightful mix of dark rum, honey pineapple juice, vanilla sugar, and coconut cream. Lastly, the "Seaside Sangria" ($16/glass) is a vibrant ensemble of white wine, rum, peach liqueur, orange juice, green apple, and strawberries, promising a perfect harmony of flavours to complement the seaside ambience.

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Seasonal Live Oysters 3.8/5

We tried their Seasonal Live Oysters, available in a set of six units, with each oyster expertly shucked upon ordering. The selection of oysters varies daily, ensuring a fresh and dynamic assortment for patrons.

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Lemongrass Wings 4/5

We tried the Lemongrass Wings ($16/6pcs), a tempting offering of six deep-fried chicken wings marinated with lemongrass. The infusion of lemongrass imparts a fragrant and citrusy note to the wings, creating a unique and aromatic experience. To elevate the taste, these delectable wings are served with a homemade spicy dip, adding an extra kick to every bite.

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Butter Garlic Prawns 4/5

A recommended starter was the Butter Garlic Prawns ($22), which features head-on prawns cooked to perfection in a flavourful garlic and butter broth. Served alongside crispy sourdough toast, this dish promises a harmonious blend of succulent prawns and the rich, aromatic essence of garlic and butter.

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Grilled Pork Skewers 4.2/5

Our favourite is the Grilled Pork Skewers ($16/6pcs), which features marinated pork skewers and a delectable homemade spicy dip. The succulent pork, grilled to perfection, is complemented by the tantalising heat and zest of the spicy dip.

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Seasonal Squid 4.2/5

Elevate your dining experience with the must-try Seasonal Squid ($22). The squid is expertly pan-seared to perfection, showcasing its seasonal freshness. Served with a homemade spicy dip to add an extra layer of flavour to the dish.

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Seafood Linguine 3.8/5

We tried the Seafood Linguine ($18), a delectable pasta dish with a rich and cheesy base and a medley of succulent prawns, clams, and squid. Topped with crispy herbed bread crumbs, the linguine was perfectly cooked to al dente, adding a satisfying texture to the overall dish.

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Smashed Beef Burger 4.2/5

The Smashed Beef Burger ($24) features double smashed beef patties, complemented by homemade sauce, onions, and cheddar cheese. This flavourful ensemble is served alongside a generous portion of fries.

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Beer Battered Fish on Chips 3.5/5

The Beer Battered Fish on Chips ($18) offers a delightful combination of tangy beer-battered Humpty Doo barramundi slices served with a side of crispy fries and mayo, creating a delicious and satisfying dish.

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Fisherman’s Tray 4.5/5

The Fisherman’s Tray ($170), available exclusively from Friday to Sunday, is a delightful sharing platter that features a whole lobster, seasonal live whole fish, and clams bathed in a flavorful cajun sauce. This sumptuous seafood ensemble is complemented by a selection of assorted vegetables, making it a perfect choice for those who appreciate a variety of ocean-fresh delights.

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Photos and words by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.


Stella Seaside Lounge
NSRCC Sea Sports Centre
11 Changi Coast Walk
Singapore 499740
Tel: +65 6214 9168
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Nearest MRT: Tanah Merah (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 4pm -10pm
Sat-Sun, PH: 12pm - 10pm

Direction:
1) Alight at Tanah Merah MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop at Tanah Merah MRT station (Stop ID 85091). Take bus number 35. Alight 6 stops later at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. Walk to Tanah Merah Coast Road. Turn left and walk down Tanah Merah Coast Road. Turn right onto Changi Coast Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 45 minutes. [Map]