Taste Gourmet Market Xmas Offering + Ah Ge’s Heirloom Savouries

Christmas should be relaxing but sometimes we want things to be perfect and we put undue stress upon ourselves. Thus, Taste Gourmet Market recent launch of Christmas offerings is a god-send for me. It has everything we need for a memorable year-end celebration, which includes the Signature Spice Rubbed Whole Turkey or Smoked Whole Turkey, both come with gilbert and cranberry sauce. Despite leaving out on the cold for a while, the turkey still retains its moisture and tenderness, every bite is flavourful and juicy.

Besides the whole turkeys, Taste Gourmet Market also features specialty Slow-cooked Peppery Beef Pastrami and Roasted Beef Ribeye with Homemade Herbs Mustard with Shallot & Thyme, Guinness Beef Sausage & Sake Kurobuta Ham which is simply the crowd’s favourite!

One surprising highlights are Ah Ge’s Curry Chicken Set and Ah Ge’s Dried Scallop Hae Bee Hiam with Croissant, lovingly prepared using his family heirloom recipes handed down through generations. I love the fusion of soft pillowy croissants with strong Hae Bee Hiam flavours, not spicy but certainly it is strong in the flavour zone.

You can also consider add on a Japanese flair this Christmas by having some sushi and sashimi platters by SENS as well!

Festive Promotions Early Bird Special Promotion from now until 8th December, shoppers get 15% discount off all items in their orders with minimum nett purchase of $150! For online purchases, simply key in the discount code: XMAS20 to enjoy the 15% early-bird discount. Additionally, there will be free delivery for all orders above $150.

Taste Singapore

118 Holland Avenue Basement 1 of Holland Raffles V Mall Singapore 278997

Facebook and Instagram: @TasteSingapore


Hutong Unveils New Menu with Szechuan BBQ Skewers from $1


Here’s something you can share it with 3 other friends, or 4 to make it merrier. Hutong, a restaurant situated at Clarke Quay known to dole out Northern Chinese cuisines, features a brand-new menu with tantalizing Szechuan BBQ skewers. The new menu comprises over 40 varieties of Szechuan appetisers and BBQ skewers, from meat to seafood and vegetables.

hutong skewers

One noteworthy mention is that these skewers are marinated with a special inhouse blend consisting of salt, white pepper powder, cooking wine and cumin powder. Then another special blend of spices are sprinkled atop the skwer before serving to give it a very unique, flavourful taste. Oh, and don’t be worried that the skewers might get cold, as they are served over a griller instead of on plates.

hutong chinese restaurant

Be spoilt for choices with offerings including chicken meat, pig intestine, pig stomach, premium beef cube, mutton leg meat, squid and fresh prawns. While indulging the meat from land and sea, do also remember to temper your palate with vegetables like oyster mushrooms, broccoli and romaine lettuce. I particularly loved the special chili oil and can pepper oil to add another depth of flavour to the grills.

hutong oyster scallops

Must try-offerings include the Fresh Oyster and Premium Half Shell Scallops, which are grilled together with the restaurant’s house-made chili paste. Accompany tat with a bowl of rice or the hot and sour rice noodles to further whets the appetite with its interplay of flavours.

hutong maotai xiao long xia

One interesting mention is the Mala Xiao Long Xia with Maotai. A generous amount of baby crawfish is stir-fried with a blend of aromatic mala spices. Before serving, a shot of Maotai is drizzled over the dish for a dramatic flambee presentation. I love the juiciness and succulent crawfish, but do remember to wear the plastic gloves and make sure you don’t wear white when eating this! (deshelling might result in collateral damage).

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You can enjoy other Katrina Group restaurants along Clarke Quay like the Japanese bar Tomo Izakaya, Thai restaurant RENNThai and Mexican bar Muchos.

katrina group hutong


3D River Valley Road, #01-07 Block D, Singapore 179023 Reservation: 6337 0144 Operating hours: Tue – Sun, 5pm to 11pm | Mon closed

Facebook @hutongrestaurant


Review: Coway Water Purifier

coway water purifier

How big is your kitchen? Mine is pretty small so I try to got for compact, slim and sleek kitchen appliances.

Despite my kitchen being small, I wanted a water purifier machine at home so that I can save the hassle of boiling water and enjoy the luxury of having clean water to drink all day long.

I chose Coway CHO-240N in the end because of the sleek design and it’s three in one function. It is also the world’s smallest hot & cold & ambient countertop water purifier.


Main Filter: Nanotrap filter
Extraction: Purified Hot, Cold & Ambient water

Making a cup of instant coffee or noodles has never been easier with this water purifier with its instant heating and eco-friendly compressor cooling system. You can get boiling water within 2 seconds! Rushing for time in the morning? No worries! 2 seconds is all you need to make a cup of coffee.

The machine also comes with a child lock function so if you have kids at home, fret not as the kids will not have access to the hot water when you child-lock it.

Some dlderly may feel that water purifier are difficult to use but this is not the case for the Coway. The machine that I chose is intuitive and easy to use! Just a simple touch and you can get your clean water within seconds!

All in all, this water purifier is suitable for the young, adult and the old.

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Among all the benefits, do you know what I love about Coway water purifier most? I do not have to worry about the filter getting dirty or if it is time for a maintenance as the guys from the Mayer team will automatically receive a report and arrange an appointment with you to change the filter!

Watch the video below to find out more about Coway CHP-240N.

Review: Mayer Rice Cooker (Rose Gold)


Do you cook at home? Well, the answer is yes. Not often but yes.

I am the typical Asian who love my carbs – rice and noodles so I need a rice cooker for sure. As my kitchen is quite small (which new property isn’t?!), I prefer to get those rice cookers that comes with more than 1 function.

Even before I shifted in to my current place, I already had my eyes on this Rose Gold Mayer 1.5 Litre Rice Cooker.


The unique colour of this rice cooker stood out the most in my kitchen but boy, I was glad that it did. I don’t want an aunty rice cooker to stand out in my kitchen. LOL.

mayer singapore

It is as functional as it looks as it comes with 8 cooking functions: Rice, Baby Food, Congee, Slow Cook, Porridge/Soup, Brown Rice, Reheat & Steam.

Yes, you can prepare meals for your baby with this rice cooker too! Great for families with babies and kids!

There is also a “keep warm” function where I can keep my soup warm for the entire day. Whenever James or I cook soup at home, it means that we will be having the same thing for both lunch and dinner. With this function, we can still enjoy fresh and hot soup 7 hours later!

We also steam man tou or other breakfast items for a quite perk me up in the morning. Super fuss-free!

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Some may say that since there is only two of us in the house, this rice cooker may seems too big and it may be a fuss to clean. Nope! It is actually very easy to clean! The cover plate is removable for easy cleaning. The rice cooker has served me well and I think I made the right decision to go with Mayer!

Should you be interested in getting this, you will receive all these items in the box:

1 x Mayer 1.5L Digital Rice Cooker
1 x Steamer
1 x Rice Scoop
1 x Soup Scoop
1 x Measuring Cup

Tsuta Unveils Its Biggest Menu Revamp Yet

Author: Alexius Chua

If you are fans of Tsuta, you should pay attention.
The world’s first Michelin-starred ramen unveiled its biggest menu revamp with 80% new items. It premieres Tsuta’s first Crab Soba, R.H.C.P Mazesoba plus new sides to boot.
The star of the menu – Crab Soba with Premium Char Siu and Crab Shell ($23.80) is pleasing to the eye and satisfy our stomachs. The Japanese snow crab has been lightly seasoned and torched flame, imparting the chunks of snowy white meat a fresh, flavourful oceanic taste. There’s also tender Iberico pork belly and Kurobuta pork loin, all layered on top of the umami-filled broth for the picking. It’s pure land and sea delight.


The R.H.C.P Mazesoba ($11.80) is one of Chef Yuki’s new dishes and a tribute to his favourite band – Red Hot Chili Peppers. It takes on Japanese favourite, hamburg but made with mazesoba where al-dente thick chewy noodles, drenched in house-made tomato sauce, are served with minced beef and house-made cheese sauce. While it tastes more like a tomato-based spaghetti than a burger to us, its still quite an interesting dish with robust flavours.


For long-time fans of their soba don’t fret yet, Tsuta has reintroduced the old classics – the Shoyu and Shio Soba. The Shoyu Soba with Char Siu ($16) is further enhanced with addition of a piquant balsamic black truffle sauce, giving it a full-bodied yet delicate taste. While existing menu are overhauled, Chef Yuki Onishi’s commitment that every bowl of ramen is served with 0 MSG and no artificial flavourings remain unchanged.


Chef Yuki also made a personal rendition on all-time favourite classic Chinese dishes with the likes of Soboro Meshi ($6) or mala lu rou fan, and Teriyaki Chicken Bao (1 piece at $2.80 or 3 pieces at $6.80). These kong bak pau slider is so easy to bite into, the juicy teriyaki chicken thigh meat is so tender and flavourful, sandwiched in a soft and fluffy bun. It can just be a meal by itself.


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Tsuta @ Funan Mall
109 North Bridge Road, #01-04, Singapore 179105
Operating Hours: Daily, 11am to 9pm (last order 8.30pm)
Website: tsuta.com
Facebook and Instagram: @TsutaSingapore

Authentic Peranakan Cuisine by Chef Philip Chia @ The Real Peranakan

Author: Alexius Chua

The Real Peranakan, which opened two outlets on July and August 2020 at Hillcrest and Kim Yam, is likely to attract families longing for this nostalgic taste of Straits Chinese cuisine. Especially those who grew up eating Peranakan dishes and longing for some authentic taste, they will be tastefully persuaded by the culinary of Celebrity Chef Philip Chia – a true blue Peranakan and an indisputable authority on Peranakan Cuisine – who has brought traditional favourites and long-lost recipes back to the table.

The Real Peranakan

The soul-nourishing Hee Peow Soup ($16.80), which consists of fish maw, collagen-rich broth filled with handmade prawn ball, pork ball and fish ball using Chef Philip’s grandma’s age-old recipe. It needs 6 hours of preparation and simmering, so remember to pre-order 3 days in advance to snag this homely, belly-warming soup.

The Real Peranakan

Next dish is the Ayam Buah Keluak ($19.80). For those who don’t take Buah Keluak nut, this might not be appealing to you, but for me the bitter sweetness and creamy earthiness tastes truly unique and special, like eating dark chocolate. It’s an ingredient you shouldn’t cook by yourself because its said to contain hydrogen cyanide that is deadly if not treated properly.

The Real Peranakan

The Sambal Udang Belimbing (seasonal) ($26.80) is my favourite in this menu. Featuring the star fruit ‘Belimbing’ that is used to grow in abundance, its tarty and refreshing flavour complents perfectly with the rich lemak taste of coconut milk and with Chef Philip secret recipe. The prawns are very fresh and comes with a bite too.

The Real Peranakan

The Babi Pong The ($22) is an old recipe passed down 5 gens and which requires 3-4 hours of labour in the kitchen. What resulted is a flavourful melt-in-the-mouth pork slices with added spiciness from the green chili.

The Real Peranakan

For dessert we have a platter of homely kuehs, which is colourful for the eyes and delightful in stomach. It’s a sticky sweet ending to the gastronomic journey, and here’s 1 sweet promotion for you.

Official Opening Special: Get 1 Free Man Course with any Purchase of 4 Main Courses
• Promotion is from 21 Oct to 20 Nov 2020, while stock last
• Available for dine in only, not takeaways allowed
• Availale from 11.30am – 9.30pm (last order0
• Not redeemable with any other discounts or promotions
• Not applicable for breakfast items
• No splitting of bill is allowed
• Not valid on eve of public holidays and public holidays

The Real Peranakan

The Real Peranakan
73 Hillcrest Road, Singapore 288945
Operating hours: Tue-Sun, 7.30am – 10pm (last order 9.30pm)
Facebook: @TheRealPeranakan
Instagram: @TheRealPeranakan
Website: therealperanakan.com

Hot Stones offer Japanese Steakhouse Dining Experience

Author: Alexius Chua

Are you into hot stone cooking? Located at River Valley, Hot Stones is the first restaurant in Singapore to offer cooking over volcanic stone slabs since 1992, and has revamped its dining concept to offer a Japanese steakhouse dining experience. The sizzling Yakiniku hands-on dining experience is indeed a feast for both the eyes and taste buds
But why hot stones? It is said that this cooking method help seal in the natural juices of the meat or seafood, further amp up the flavour and taste.

Hot Stones

Combining the best of both worlds, the Surf & Turf for 2 ($108) is a medley of king prawns, salmon, US scallops, Australian wagyu and US striploin. The beef is surprisingly juicy and tender once cooked, and with alluring smell to arrest your senses. For the seafood, it is fresh and tasty but you need abit of handiwork on the prawns. The best part is since this is a DIY cooking concept, you can cook the meat to your preferred doneness and seafood to the preferred charring.
Hot Stones

Each set comes with complete with five choices of appetisers, carbs and desserts per diner. The delectable options include cold shrimp tofu, mushroom soup, garlic rice and matcha cheesecake.
It’s perfect for couples on date nights or for small party of friends to catch up and bond over good food.

Hot Stones
Apart from the specially curated sets, you can savour appetisers such as the melt in the mouth Aburi Wagyu Beef ($14), which has MS7 to 8 beef topped with sliced onions, wakame, Steamed Shrimp Momotaro ($8), Japanese Curry Mussels ($14), Sake Steamed Mussels ($14), Spicy Garlic Miso Mussels ($14) and Garlic Butter Mussels ($14).

Hot Stones
If you like your meat accompanied with carb such as rice, you can look at Hot Stones luxurious bowls of donburi such as the Australia MS7-8 Wagyu Striploin Don ($38), Honey Miso Salmon Don ($28), and Teriyaki Chicken Don ($22). Its very atas looking.

Hot Stones

End it off with a intoxicating yet refreshing Cherry Blossom Martini ($16) – a sweet concoction made with vodka, sake and grapefruit juice. Or with the more citrusy Shojito ($16) which is a mix of shochu, lime and mint leaf.

Enjoy 50% off its 2nd set menu from 1 – 31 Oct 2020. T&Cs applies.

Hot Stones

Hot Stones
3D River Valley Road #01-06 Block D, Singapore 179023
Operating hours: Mondays to Sundays, 12pm to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm
Facebook: @hotstones.sg
Instagram: @creativeeateries
Website: hotstones.com.sg

New Beauty in The Pot outlet @ NEX, with Flaming Moutai Surprise

Author: Alexius Chua

If you are living in the North East, you are in hotpot luck. Beauty in the Pot opens its newest outlet at NEX, boasting a magical unicorn wonderland theme with swirls of purple and shimmering silver. Sitting here for awhile indeed lifts up our spirits with that pleasant cheer, or isit due to the ‘Moutai’ enhanced broth taken into effect?

In celebration of its 7th outlet, the restaurant offers Flaming Moutai Herbal Drunken Chicken Broth (single at $22++, twin pots at $12++) at the new outlet for a limited time only.

Beauty in the pot

Created to commemorate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and China, there will be a short performance where the waitstaff lights the ladle filled with the prized liquor before pouring it into the boiling broth for that Insta-worthy firing moment. The Moutai enhances the savouriness, soy sauce-like flavour to the herbal broth. We’ve asked, additional ladle of that prized liquor will be $5.50.
beauty in the pot

There’s also a suite of premium hotpot ingredients for the picking. All the varieties of balls, pastes, and dumplings are handmade. At just $4 per person, enjoy free-flow selection of fresh fruits, appetisers, and more than 20 condiments or recommended sauces.

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Some of the must-try items here are:
Signature Homemade Fish Tofu ($2.40/ piece)
Fried Beancurd Skin ($5.40/ half; $10.80/ full)
Soft Bone Pork Meatballs ($5.40/ half portion; $10.80/ full)

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If you want a bit of theatrics, the Ebiko Prawn Paste ($18.90) has that airy, dry ice effect when presented, similar to those atas cocktails. The waitstaff will slice in front of you and pour it into the hotpot with deft hands. Shaped out of the 100% prawn meat, texturally the ebiko lends a nice juicy crunch.

beauty in the pot

Following the unicorn theme, a unicorn pushcart will serve complimentary swirly ice cream to diners exclusively available at the NEX outlet. One spoonful transports me instantaneously to kindergarten times. Yes its that childhood ice cream taste everyone would remember.

beauty in the pot

Capping off the meal is the yuzu dessert drink. Its light, refreshing and citrusy, really helps to cleanse the palate after a heavy yet satisfying hotpot meal.

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• Those celebrating birthdays at Beauty in The Pot from 17 Oct 2020 onwards will receive a special gift, while stocks last (Hint: it’s a large present!)
• Exclusive goodie bags comprising a specially design pink canvas bag, a jar of house-made crispy nuts, cotton candy, a $30 dining voucher and more items will be distributed from 10 Oct onwards. While stocks last

Beauty in The Pot @ NEX
Serangoon NEX, #02-01
Daily 11.30am to 3am (last order at 2.15am)
Tel: 6805 8172
Website: www.paradisegp.com

Review: Asian Skin Solutions Hydrocare Water Boost Treatment @ $38


I  love doing facials because my skin feels extremely smooth and clean after that. I put on sunscreen and makeup daily so oil, dirt and makeup tends to get stuck in my pores even if I double cleanse my face every morning and night.

I visited Asian Skin Solutions at Paya Lebar Square this week for a Hydrocare Water Boost Treatment because my skin is very dry. They started the treatment with an in-depth skin analysis and true enough, the results showed that my skin is extremely dry.

asian skin solutions facial

The entire facial took about 90 minutes with the following steps:

  • Deep cleansing
  • Application of softener
  • Steaming
  • Extraction
  • Hydro Micro Abrasion
  • Facial and shoulder massage
  • Mask
  • Skincare application

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I enjoyed the extraction and Hydro Micro Abrasion steps the most as they are the two most important cleansing steps for me. These 2 steps work together to remove all the skin impurities.

To be honest, I was quite shocked at how dirty my face was even though I do facial at least once a month. The therapist told me that I have to do facial at least once every 2 weeks instead of 4 weeks :O

I could see my skin glow after the facial and the surface felt smoother instantly.

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I am giving away a pampering session by Asian Skin Solution, Hydrocare Water Boost Treatment for just $38 (actual price at $250)!

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New Weekend Brunch Menu @ Pura Brasa

Author: Alexius Chua

Conveniently situated on the first floor of Guoco Tower just right above Tanjong Pagar MRT station, Pura Brasa serves a variety of Josper-grilled Spanish dishes in a friendly, modern and laid-back setting.

If you are into Spain cuisine, here’s a succulent promo for you: Pura Brasa Brunch Menu (4 tapas, 2 main courses and 1 dessert) at just S$79.90++ for 2 pax. Available every weekend from 12pm – 4pm, these all-time favourites will momentarily transport you to Spain.

Pura Brasa

For Tapas, the choices include Calamari Andalusian Style (satisfying crunchy with fresh squid rings), Homemade Spanish Croquettes (decent melange of chicken and Jamon Iberico) and Tuna Salad and Toast.

Pura Brasa

What we enjoyed the most is actually Josper Grilled Chicken Wings. As the restaurant originated by Josper – the internationally recognised brand of charcoal ovens – one bite and you can easily discern that the wings are grilled by a professional bbq master. Served with straw potato and aioli.

Pura Brasa
The main courses include the restaurant’s best-selling Josper Grilled Spanish Pork Ribs. Perfectly seasoned, fork tender ribs possessed that rich umami flavour from its layer of fat. This is the dish I previously tried a year ago in this restaurant and still remembers fondly.
Alternatively, go with the Charcoal Seafood Paella, a heavenly offering with generous portion of Australian mussels and tiger prawns.

Pura Brasa

Cap off the brunch session with Churros with Chocolate Sauce. While nothing surprising or special, I like the soft crunchiness of the churros and the dip is decent and homely.

Pura Brasa

For those who drinks and want to enjoy the great weekend, you may consider the two-hour free flow tipples of Cava (Spanish wine), wines and beers at just $39.90++!
There’s also happy hour promotions daily from 3pm to 7pm and Weekdays Dine-In Special to get 50% off signature tapas or mains!

Pura Brasa

Pura Brasa
5 Wallich Street #01-16, Guoco Tower Singapore 078883
Phone: 6386 9678
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 12pm – 11pm