Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot – Not Your Typical Hotpot place

Author: Alexius Chua

The serenity of this hotpot restaurant envelops you immediately when you enter the premise. Adorned with artistic trademarks of Chinese craftsmanship like calligraphy, porcelain and bamboo dividers, this 150-seater is much akin to an oriental art gallery than a bustling hotpot place.
Once I settle down, I slowly appreciate what this beautifully curated space offers – a bustling hotpot eatery with fine-dining vibe, it’s a gap that existing hotpot joints apparently missed filling. It’s not your typical hotpot establishment indeed.

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For someone who seldom had steamboat, this place is a good introduction. The food, while prided itself for its quality ingredients, does not seem daunting and rather inviting, and most of it is actually tasty. There’s a wide range of beef cuts from all over the world including New Zealand, Australia, USA, Japan and more.

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There’s also the Beed Tongue ($22 per portion), which resembled a rose. At first I was hesitant, but with enough inner encouragement I bite into it and proclaimed this is the dish to beat. Meaty and juicy, the cut had a tardiness that please the senses. Other beef dish tasted is the well-known Sichuan dish – Spicy Beef Cubes ($16) from USA. Bite-sized beef cubes marinated in picante sauce and chili flakes.

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The signature soups at Tong Xin Ru Yi are slow-cooked to build up that bold and robust flavours. We had the Golden Chicken Soup and Stewed Marinated Beef with Spicy Soup. The chicken soup had a nice balance of saltiness and creaminess, while the heat from the spicy soup built relentlessly till I lost sensation of my lips and tongue. The burning numbness is both addictive and scary.

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Next comes the BBQ Garlic Oysters ($32 for 6 pieces), plump Canadian oysters glistening in their shells in a chef’s special house-made sauce. The fragrance and texture of the oyster, with that hit of spice at the end, made this memorable.

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The Shake-shake Crispy Pork ($10 per portion) looked deceptively dull, but the first bite will wow you. The salt and pepper lightly perfumed the crispy skin of the pork and the meat is juicy.
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With all that meatiness, this refreshing dish comes like a breath of fresh air. The Gracilaria ($6 per portion), when hotpot-ed, has a uniquely crunchy texture much akin to cooked seaweed.

Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot
6 Lorong Telok, Singapore 049019
Nearest Mrt: Clarke Quay
Facebook: @hotpotruyi
Instagram: @tongxinruyi
Hashtags: #tongxinruyi #tongxinruyisg

Elemen satisfies even more with its 1st Elemen Classic @ GWC

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Author: Alexius Chua

Despite being a hardcore carnivore, I must have eaten at all of the Elemen’s incarnations since 2017. This month, it opened its first ever Elemen Classic outlet at Great World City. While the food direction remains meatless dishes using natural and wholesome ingredients, this brand-new dining further elevates it with their own modern twist to it which I fancy.

Their philosophy and dedication to sourcing nourishing ingredients that aims to improve the well-being of diners is admirable. Even the sea salt used is from South Africa, known for its distinct natural flavour and ability to boost the immune system.

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I thoroughly enjoy so many things that puts on the table. The Classic Appetiser ($4.80) showcase a trio of salty (Chinese), sweet (Japanese) and sour (western) dishes. The konnyaku jelly transitions well with the Japanese cucumber and cherry tomato.

I like the Truffe Breadsticks with Blueberry Yoghurt Sauce ($3.80) tremendously, though I know these sticks are hit-and-miss for many people. Mochi-like texture with a hint of truffle from its butter, pairs perfectly with the yoghurt sauce with sweet-sour tinge. Highly addictive.

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Next comes the Double-boiled Cordyceps Flower with Peach Gum in Superior Soup ($10.80), which is excellent. The robust flavour of the soup only makes me desires for more.

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The Truffle Broth Ramen has all the signs of becoming a beloved legacy dish on the menu ($14.80). Possessing a creamy consistency reminiscent of tonkotsu’s, you will be utterly stunned that this is a vegetarian dish. The dumplings have that hint of smokiness with a good meaty mouthfeel. A dish I will definitely revisit to.

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Boasting wok hei, the stir-fried Brown Rice with Preserved Bean Curd ($16.80) features fluffy brown rice tossed with savoury fermented bean curd. Despite its appearance, the combination of the earthy taste of rice and the tardiness of king oyster mushroom and edamame is quite satisfying.

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All good things must come to an end, and the Purple Rice Porridge with Coconut Ice Cream ($8.80) rounds up the course well enough. Not overly sweet, the toasted grains have that sticky, chewy texture and topped with a scoop of ice cream. I bet it would be my parents’ favourites as well.

Elemen Classic at Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade, $01-122, Singapore 237994
Opening Hours: mon – sun, 11.30am – 10pm (last order 9pm)
Website: www.elemen.com.sg
Facebook and Instagram: @elemensg

Mrs Pho Opens at VivoCity with 2 New Dishes from Founder’s Mother

Author: Alexius Chua

This quaint pho restaurant owes much to the important women around its founder Hoang; his mother, grandmother and aunts who worked and cooked selflessly to feed the family. Of course, they must be excellent cooks that Hoang is confident to incorporate the family recipes for his culinary venture – ala Vietnamese style – as tribute to the female figures in his life.

Backstory aside, the pho specialist Mrs Pho recent opening at VivoCity marks the restaurant’s first operation in a shopping mall. This joyous occasion also brings worth an exclusive creation by the original Mrs Pho (yes it’s a person), who is the founder mother to unveil two special dishes for the opening – Mamma’s Chicken Ham ($4.90) and Moc Noodle Soup ($9.90).

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While the chicken ham might look like SPAM luncheon meat slices, they are actually irresistible slices of minced chicken marinated with species, steamed in banana leaf and fried to have that oomph. Perfect to pair with beer, this traditional Vietnam snacks possess a depth in meaty flavour.

The Moc Noodle Soup features a clear broth sweetened with fresh onions slices. Very hearty, just like a communal home-made dish.

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The rest of the menu showcases flavours of Hoang’s childhood favourites with appetisers like the Mrs Pho Cockles ($8.90), Fresh Star Fruit and Beef Salad ($8.50), where beef slices are served with fresh star fruit for a zesty balance.

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My personal favourite among the plates is the Grilled Lemongrass Beef Sticks ($5.90). Chunky beef marinated in lemongrass to give off that touch of freshness, the beef is so juicy and tender it peels off just by slight nibble.

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The phos is a must if you visit this eatery. There’s the Hue Special Beef Noodle Soup ($8.90), the Mrs Pho Dry Noodle Combo ($9.90) which allows you to savour the delicateness of the house-made noodles, but for me the clear winner is the Special Beef Combo Pho ($9.90) – a hearty bowl of silky flat noodles in rich beef soup. Its not oily, accompanied with generous lean cuts of beef, beef balls, trips and other parts. This heart-warming bowl only makes you feel how lucky a son could be to have a mother like Mrs Pho.

Mrs Pho @ Vivo City
Vivo City #B2-29A, 1 Harbourfront Drive, Singapore 098585
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm
Facebook: Mrs Pho
Instagram: @mrspho
Hashtag: #mrsphosg

Elevated Hawker Delights at PARKROYAL on Pickering’s Lime Restaurant

Author: Alexius Chua

What’s better to pay homage of your country than to have a gastronomic treat of local food?
This August, PARKROYAL on Pickering elevates the nation’s hawker culture with ‘Loco Local’ – a hawker themed buffet experience. For a limited time period from 5 August to 1 September 2019, you can expect a taste of home further enhanced with an abundance of crustaceans (crabs, lobsters, oysters) and quality ingredients. So let the four hour ‘Loco Local’ feasting began!

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To me, Singapore food isn’t about rules and logic, it’s about passion, adventure and experimentation, the coming together of different cultures, culminating in the fabulous melting pot that it is today.
This is especially apparent in the station’s arrangement here. The Hainanese Kumpong Chicken store sits rights next to the Nasi Lemak station, which in turn is beside the Singapore Laksa and Lobster Jalan Roti station. You wouldn’t expect what sudden food craving might hit you as you walk down the line.

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While the selection is rather wide, I gravitate to those that I fancy. The Fried Carrot Cake, Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Bak Kut Teh Soup with Pork Rib are some of the usual suspects I would gulp on. They are rather well done. We worked our way ravenously through the array with nods of approval and hardly any sound.

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Go high with an upscale interpretation of the nation’s favourite dishes including the Alaskan King Crab Meat Char Kway Teow, Lobster Roti Jalan, Hokkien Noodles served with Baby Lobster and Steamed Oysters paired with sauce of choice (Thai Chili, Mala or Sambal Belachan).
I had 2 bowls of that upscale hokkien mee and would have more rounds if not to spare some space for the ultra-luxe desserts spread later.

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Ending my meal with a sugar high, I had the multi-colored heap of Ice Kacang topped with durian puree. It tastes divine, smoothing my way to the sweet ninth degree. There’s also a selection of local sweets at the dessert station featuring Pong Piah, Tau Sar Piah, “Orh Nee” (Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts), and Mini Assorted Nonya Kuehs.

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Overall, I find it such a rewarding experience to sample the country’s rich and diverse food with a number of seafood add-ons. And the best part? You can enjoy the privacy, dining in a well air-conditioned environment without encountering ‘tissue packet’ situation on the table.

Loco Local’ at Lime Restaurant, PARKROYAL on Pickering
Promotion Date: 5 August to 1 September 2019, 6:30pm and 10:30pm.
Enjoy 15% savings on the buffet bill with four or more paying adults

SGD68 per adult (Sunday to Thursday) | SGD78 per adult (Friday and Saturday)
Includes free flow of Teh Tarik, chilled coconut water and a selection of local beverages
SGD34 per child (Sunday to Thursday) | SGD39 per child (Friday and Saturday)

PARKROYAL on Pickering
3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
For dining reservations and enquiries:
Tel: +65 6809 8899
Email: dining.prsps@parkroyalhotels.com
Website: parkroyalhotels.com/lime

Enjoy all the overseas discount and ship them over with Buyandship!

Don’t you get envious when you see HUGE sales going on in other countries but not in Singapore? And most of the time, the shop with those sales do not ship out of their country.

So recently, I came across 6pm.com while shopping for a Juicy Jacket. I have never heard of 6pm.com. Their current sale is really crazy. It was more than 50% off Singapore’s prices. I went to read up on their shipping, sadly, they do not ship to Singapore.


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Look at the prices of these Juicy Jackets!! I think a jacket from them, even with sales, cost at least SGD150?


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Of course, I went to google for shipping platforms that would help ship these items to Singapore. Guess what? I found Buyandship Singapore!

I got to admit that this was my first time giving them a try. I wasn’t sure how things will turn out.

One thing for sure was, their tutorial page gave very clear instructions on how to use the service. For new shoppers like me, you can follow the instructions here:

Step 1:
Sign up for an account

Step 2:
Obtain related overseas warehouse addresses for your intended purchase

Step 3:
Key in the overseas warehouse address as the shipping address, your name and your membership ID as the receiver during check out

Step 4:
Upon receiving the tracking number and shipping courier details, enter them on Buyandship (This is very important. Declare them as soon as you have the information)

Step 5:
Wait for your parcel to reach the warehouse…..

Step 6:
Pay for the shipping fees to Singapore

Step 7:
Wait for your parcel to arrive!!!


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The shipping fee is based on weight and they are very reasonably priced. Even with the additional shipping fees, the stuff you buy are still 50% lesser than what you have to pay for in Singapore.


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One important thing to note other than the shipping fee is the number of delivery days! An impatient person like me will get very anxious and I will countdown till the day the parcel reaches me.

And hey… look, you only need slightly more than 1 week to get your parcel(s) from the states! Need I say more why you should go for Buyandship?!


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They will also update you on all the latest sales that are going on, making sure that you are enjoying the best deals on the globe! Mmmm… sounds like they are trying to save me from spending too much.. but at the same time, encouraging me to shop more (at a cheaper price). I don’t know if this is good or bad. HAHA.

So far, I have had very good experience with shopping with Buyandship and I foresee myself shopping with them again and again.

Thank you Buyandship for literally “shipping” US to Singapore for me. I don’t have to fly there just to shop for good deals anymore! I am more than just satisfied with your service!

Hey shoppers, time to start shopping now! But before you do, remember to checkout what are the latest deals from Buyandship Singapore top picks!

Rumours Comes to Jewel Changi Airport, and I met our PM too

Author: Alex Chua

Yes, the rumour is true. While we were just about to walk into Rumours Bar & Grill at Jewel Changi Airport last Tuesday evening, Singapore’s PM Lee and his entourage just passed us by. Wonder where he dined at? Rumours? Lauded as an awesome hangout spot for families and friends, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is true.

If you’re familiar with its first Holland Village outlet, this award-winning Bali casual dining restaurant packs the same lively vibe, same awesome food plus more open space. I always love the idea of al fresco dining to soak in the sunlight minus the heat, and its location at the top floor of Jewel just ticks that box.

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Okai, the store front is great and I got a lucky encounter with PM Lee, so how about the food? Let’s start with the proteins. Rumours is one of the few places in Singapore that serves the premium A5 Grade Kumamoto Wagyu Tenderloin ($87.80/ 200g). Their signature dish, this marvellous beef cut is moist, very tender and yet so flavourful. Coupled with Rumours’ specialty indulgent drinks, it would be the perfect dish to warm the hearts of the chatterers.

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We’ve got the Deep-Fried Chicken Wings ($8.80) and Calamari ($8.80) to share. The 6 mouth-watering chicken wings accompanied with spicy mayonnaise is a definite value-for-money dish for drinkers who just need something to munch into.

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The deep-fried squid, with its golden-brown and crispy exterior, isn’t that oily or chewy kind which I hate. They are pleasant to bite into without feeling oily and offensive to the tongue. For me the chicken and the calamari is a definite must-have if I ordered drinks here.

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Next is the Rumours Classic Cheeseburger ($16.80). Made up of sizzling beef patty, stretchy cheese and fresh greens, piled with loads of fat chips. The patty is rather soft yet thick and juicy, coupled with a rich drizzle of melted cheese, making it a sumptuous joy to munch into it.

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The Australian Baby Lamb Chops with Garlic Confit ($45.80) packs that meaty, flavourful punch, thankfully not overly seasoned but savoury with a tender bite. These are just that kind of high-quality proteins that I like, especially after a hard day’s work.

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Coming to Rumours’ signature range of tropical cocktails we had the aptly named Two Boyfriends ($18). This revitalising gin-based cocktail is infused with fruity notes of plum and apple, with a shot of Baileys on top. Why this name you say – its because you need to drink from 2 straws at one go.

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If you’re the kind that enjoys performances, then the Blowing Smoke ($18) should satiate your theatrical thirst. When the jar is lifted, a cloud of white smoke billows, perfuming the air with hickory smoky fragrance and unveil the rum-based cocktail. I enjoy the light hint of elderflower and its natural sweet cinnamon scent when drinking.

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Now coming to the almost obscene drink (depending on your state of mind). The Come Inside Me ($18) is a smoky whisky based ice-blend, which you use the syringe filled with smooth, creamy Baileys and shoot it straight into the cup (beware of spilling all over!). An alternative way to drink this is to first shoot it into your mouth and then drink the cup. Pure satisfaction guaranteed.

If you need an uplifting vibe, deliciously rich food and refreshing drinks, then Rumours is for you!

Rumours Bar & Grill @ Jewel Changi Airport
Operating hours: Daily 10am – 3pm

Review: Electrolux UltimateCare™ 900 Front Load Washer & Dryer

We have officially moved into our new place for 2 months (I think) now. In terms of house work, we are still trying to get used to them even though our parents are still helping us with some parts of it. HAHA. I know how spoilt this sounds but we are really trying to do everything ourselves now.

I don’t use the washing machine often (because my mom is the one doing the laundry) until I got my own place and I always thought that most washing machines would be very difficult to operate.

Who knows, when Electrolux 10kg/7kg UltimateCare™ 900 Washer Dryer, EWW1042AEWA, arrived at my place, I could operate it without reading the manual.


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This Front Load Washer Dryer comes with its intuitive and intelligent SensorWash™ that detects the soil and detergent levels in the wash water and adjusts the washing time accordingly for a cleaner wash. No additional action required on your end. How smart!

Other than cleanliness, keeping the colour of the clothes intact is very important to me. No one wants to wear their newly bought clothes for 1 to 2 times and the colour starts to fade! Similarly, I want my clothes to look new and vibrant for a long long time!

Electrolux exclusive UltraMix™ technology able to do that! It reduces colour fading by up to 40% by pre-mixing water and detergent before it enters the drum. Not only that, it makes a cold-water wash just as effective as a hot one.


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As both James and my clothes are made of different materials, ‘Mixed’ clothing program is always used. The temperature and other settings will be changed accordingly to the type of wash/dry you choose.

This is a smart washer dryer that it allows me to remotely control the wash/dry program through their Electrolux Life App. You can easily see the progress from the app making the whole process very idiot-proof! If Maybeline can use it, so can you.


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Those who like a SMART home concept, this should top your list when you are searching for a new washing machine!

Do you know that even when your clothes are labelled “hand-wash only”, you can still throw it into Electrolux UltimateCare™ 900 Washing Machine?!

Yes yes! It has been tested and proven to be as gentle as hand-washing – or even gentler! Basically, it is the gold standard of quality care of woollens.


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Electrolux Vapour Care Technology ends each wash with a gentle whoosh of vapour to reduce wrinkles by 22%. You will come to realize that some of your clothes need no ironing at all. It saves my time and energy! I can spend more time on social media now 😛

And at only 40 degrees Celsius, 99.9% of allergens and germs will be killed! For someone who suffers from Allergic Rhinitis, this is extremely important.

Another program which I love apart from its ease of operation is the Vapour Refresh mode. You can refresh your clothes without any detergent with this function in 35 minutes.

I can throw my clothes in there, proceed to bath and doll myself up and *POOOOFS* change into the clothes which I threw into the machine!


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I hope my review has been helpful so far!

Here’s a summary of Electrolux UltimateCare™ 900 features at a glance:


– Electrolux SensorWash™:. The intelligent sensor detects the soiling level in the wash water and automatically adjusts the wash duration.

– UltraMix™ System: Automatically premixes and fully dissolves detergent, even in cold water to improve its effectiveness.

– Vapour Care Technology: Ends each wash with a gentle whoosh of vapour to
reduce wrinkles by up to 22%, giving you probably lesser ironing jobs!

– Vapour Refresh: Quickly freshens and gently revives garments without detergent as clothes are gently tumbled in vapour, so you need not waste time in washing and drying the clothes you need to wear it at the very last minute!

– EcoInverter Motor: Energy efficient, quiet & very reliable over a long service life.

– 3XL Door: A wider door aperture for ease of loading and unloading, day after day.


Lastly, do you love the smell and feeling of fresh and clean clothes?

I DO!! *Happy is Maybeline as I have clean, fresh vibrant colour clothes for OOTD every single day!*

Review: Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed

I am a bad cook and most of the time, I am always seen eating unhealthy stuff. When I crave for any noodles or soup, I will opt for instant options and they are quite bad for health. What’s worst? I suffer from low blood, anemia, and borderline protein level.

However, recently, I was introduced to something instant and more importantly, very nutritious and good for health! It is none other than Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence. The double-boiled chicken essence (滴鸡精) is a traditional health supplement that originated in the south of Taiwan.

The chickens they used for the essence is free-range and they are fed without any chemical and hormone. They are rich in high-quality protein and essential amino acids, and the best part? The flavours are tailor-made with various herbs so that they can meet the different needs of the individuals.

You can check out their website under the products tab to see which chicken essence suits your body best. There are also chicken essences that are suitable for children too.
The packaging is so luxurious that you can even give them to your elderly at home, or someone who has just given birth!



I suffer from very bad monthly menses cramp so I was introduced to Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed.

The addition of vaccaria seed to the chicken essence helps to soothe my body – especially during the time of the month by promoting blood circulation to remove blood stasis*, the ripe seeds has properties like soothing the liver and regulate the Qi in our body.

*Blood stasis is a condition used in Chinese medicine, it is described as slowing or pooling of blood, which may cause pain or other symptoms.

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Preparation is very easy. There are 20 packets in a box and you have to keep them in the freezer so that they will not spoil.

Take one packet out of the freezer and put it into a bowl that has a lid.

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You can either choose to boil it again or be like me, use the lazy-but-easy method – microwave it!

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Once the chicken essence is thawed, take it out and enjoy it!

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You know how herb-y some chicken essence smell? Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence smells nothing like them. In fact, it smells & tastes like some yummy homemade double-boiled soup! SLURPS! My husband gave it a try and he is now a fan too!

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After drinking it for a few days, my body feels refreshed and energized. Even the cramps were greatly reduced! I may still have mild cramps as and when but it is definitely a lot better.

We are all too busy fighting the cooperate health, drink Tian Xiang Yuan Chicken Essence as an alternative to boost your health!

You can find Tian Yuan Xiang at:

101 Thomson Road, #B1-24A United Square, Singapore 307591 (Novena MRT)

Tel: +65 6200 6789

Opening Time:

Sundays to Thursdays and public holiday: 10:30am-09:00pm

Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holiday: 10:30am-09:30pm

Official website: www.qchicken.com.sg

Dine and Prosper at Ho Fook Hei, the New Cantonese Eatery @ Great World City

Author: Alex Chua

While you might not think much when you pass by Ho Fook Hei Soy Sauce Chicken 好福气豉油鸡, think again. Located at Great World City, this unassuming eatery serves a medley of authentic Cantonese specialties prepared with time-honoured recipes passed down from generations.

If you’re wondering what does ‘ho fook hei means’, it means prosperity and good fortune in Cantonese, and that’s what you can expect when you order the Specialty Rose Wine Soy Sauce Chicken 招牌玫瑰露酱油鸡. Juicy and tender, the chicken has that distinct floral fragrance imparted from the rose wine. Understand that two batches of chickens are prepared daily to ensure freshness. To elevate the braising liquid flavour, the same pot of braising liquid is kept and topped up each day, and the chef will taste the liquid each time to make necessary adjustments. Such attention to detail is admirable, and the soy sauce chicken gains the depth of flavour over time.

If you want just a simple yet utterly satisfying one dish meal, there’s the Specialty Rose Wine Soy Sauce Chicken Noodles 酱油鸡面. The springy Hong Kong-style egg noodles and the moreish homemade Crunchy Chilli Sauce paired perfectly well with the shimmery chicken.


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My personal favourite dish is the robust Honey-Glazed Black Barbeque Pork Belly 吊烧黑金叉烧. Not discounting the fatty portion of the meat, it renders the luscious meat with a perfect balance of sweet and savoury flavour in each bite.


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The Deep-Fried Prawn Rolls (Hei Chor) are crispy, flavoursome and not too oily. Generous with the fillings you can see the chunks of prawn meat inside each piece.


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The hand-wrapped Shrimp Dumpling is HUGE in this bowl. Again, pretty generous with the filling, and the prawn is plump and juicy. With the soup its quite a comfort dish for a rainy day.


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The Cod with Old Ginger Sauce has that comforting and familiar flavour, and the fish is steamed to perfection, rendering the flesh pretty much melt-in-the-mouth.


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This Sea Bass with signature Nonya Assam sauce is so delicious, it is wiped out at our table very quickly. Fresh and sweet, the fish paired well with the very appetising sweet-sour-spicy Nonya Assam sauce.

Ho Fook Hei
1 Kim Seng Promenade, #01-141 Great World City, Singapore 237994
Tel: 6219 2262

Kazbar Hosts Food & Beer Pairing with Lebanese ‘Diamond’ Beer Almaza

Author: Alex Chua

Kazbar, known to serve authentic Middle Eastern cuisine in Singapore over the last 16 years, has recently launched the Lebanese beer Almaza along with a food and beer pairing event. Stands for ‘Diamond’ in Arabic, Almaza is born in 1933 and still remains as Lebanon’s leading beer till date. This is a match-make in heaven, since Kazbar patrons can enjoy the full Lebanese cultural experience with the incorporation of their national beer.

‘With Almaza, we want our customers to be able to enjoy a wholesome experience, from the spices, the food and drinks to the ambience and the attentive service’ said Angeles, owner of Kazbar.


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During the launch event on 9 May 2019, beer sommelier Charles GuErrier showcased how some of the crowd favourites from Kazabar can be paired with Almaza beer to bring out the flavours of the dishes. He also gave a little background of its history, the brand’s DNA (Almaza is a beer for people who take fun seriously!), and a lesson of how to correctly taste beer.


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Our first dish is a light Middle Eastern appetizer served fashionably on a cocktail glass. The Cold Mezze is a fine ground chickpeas (hummus) with tahini sauce, garlic and lemon juice, accompanied with a stem of sliced vegetables as dips. The pairing of the light and crisp Almaza helps compliments the subtle flavours of the hummus without dominating it.


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Next, the Hot Mezze we had the Jawaneh – middle eastern style charcoal grilled chicken wings served with homemade harissa. While others find the wings quite fiery the spiciness level is still okai for me. The pairing of the Almaza helps tempers the heat and bringing out the savoury flavours of the meat<br />
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Our last dish is a crowd pleaser, the Grilled Meat platter, featuring 1 lamb chop, 1 lamb kofta and grilled minced lamb flavoured with middle eastern spices. The umami is strong in this hot main, not to mention the oiliness. This is where the Almaza beer helps to cuts through the oils of the dish, and cleanses the pallet so that you don’t feel the heaviness. I personally fine this beer quite suitable for meal with many courses, as it helps reset the pallet without the lingering taste of other beer.


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All in all, it was a pretty gratifying experience and a learning opportunity from a IBD Certified Beer Sommelier who had over 20 year experience in the food and beverage industry. Moreover, I had found a perfect spot if I had a sudden craving for Middle Eastern food in CBD area.

Kazbar
25 Church St, Singapore 049482
Phone: 6438 2975