Authentic Peranakan Food at The Peranakan – Singapore

Peranakan cuisine is probably one of the lesser known cuisine in Singapore and The Peranakan, an under rated restaurant that resides along Orchard Road, not only introduces its food but along with its culture as well. From the beautifully furnished interiors to the decorative ornaments to utensils and dining wares, I got the chance to immense myself and experience the peranakan culture with a group of friends!
Since it was a group dinner, we had the privilege to try out many of the popular ala carte dishes as well as the Tok Panjang Feast (Min. 2 persons to share). Tok Panjang refers to a feast laid out along a long table, specially prepared for special guests.
I heaved a sign of relief as I scanned through the spammed amount of images I took. The lighting was dim as compared to lunch timing but that doesn’t compromise my photos clarity! 
We started off with Bak Wan Kepiting, a light and clear broth of subtle sweetness, with crabmeat, pork and prawn balls that has a nice bite. Itik Tem on the other hand was much stronger in taste, saltier due to the salted vegetables, with tender steamed duck and sour plum. 

The Kueh Pai Tee was DIY your own fillings with stewed turnip, condiments or topped with a prawn in crisp Top Hats. Loving how the turnip wasn’t at all soggy. Prawn Ngoh Hiang would definitely be a popular option with kids and adults alike with its crisp skin, diced water chestnut and meaty fillings of pork and prawns. The Nasi Ulam was perhaps one of those interesting dishes that has a acquired taste. A rice dish of raw herbs, vegetables, minced and salted fish which is difficult for me to describe.

Moment of revelation that my 3 favourite dishes that night were actually the meat dishes. Not that the vegetables did not fare well but personal preference for guys would usually be the meat.
Ayam Buah Keluak was a dish that took at least 3 days of soaking to wash off the poisonous volcanic ashes from the Buah Keluak nuts originated in Indonesia. The nut itself was bitter and tasted almost like dark chocolate of about 85% cocoa. The dish’s gravy itself was rich in flavor that the tender chicken had partially absorbed, perfect with rice.
Satay Babi was not your usual satay with skewers. It was slices of pork belly with melt-in-your-mouth fats, coated with sweet and chunky peanut sauce. Another dish that has gravy perfect with rice!
Beef Rendang was an addiction for me. I couldn’t help but to refrain myself from taking too much since the beef was surprising tender and the spices were well balanced. I liked how it was a ‘dry’ dish that has moisture within. I was lucky enough to have eaten the tendon as well!

Other dishes not mentioned were also fresh and delicious in their own ways, just that I have listed my individual preferences. The meal ended off with Chef’s Dessert Platter with my favourite dessert being the homemade pineapple tart that was not so sweet. Not forgetting the fluffy Pandan Chiffon Cake with Gula Melaka Drizzle that everyone loved!


Thank you Chef Raymond for hosting and explaining about the dishes and it was definitely great catching up with other blogger friends over a great Peranakan meal!
442 Orchard Road
Level 2 Claymore Connect
Singapore 238879
Bak Wan Kepiting
Bak Wan Kepiting (shown above) or Itik Tem

Kueh Pai Tee
Kueh Pai Tee

Prawn Ngoh Hiang
Prawn Ngoh Hiang

Nasi Ulam
Nasi Ulam
Ayam Buah Keluak
Ayam Buah Keluak

Chap Chye
Chap Chye

Ayam Goreng Ketumbar
Ayam Goreng Ketumbar

Satay Babi
Satay Babi

Ikan Goreng with Kichap Manis
Ikan Goreng with Kichap Manis

Beef Rendang
Beef Rendang

Sotong Masak Asam
Sotong Masak Asam

Terung Chinchalok
Terung Chinchalok

Chef’s Dessert Platter
Chef’s Dessert Platter

Pandan Chiffon Cake with Gula Melaka Drizzle
Pandan Chiffon Cake with Gula Melaka Drizzle

The Nutcracker – A Magical Extravaganza Theatrical Performance Review

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
As the lights went off while the curtains went up, I was already seated at the edge of my seat, excitedly waiting for the performance to begin. I was least expecting Lawrence to make a grand magical appearance on stage which signalled the commencement of “The Nutcracker”.
For those who might not have known, “The Nutcracker” is an old Christmas classic tale of a young girl’s favourite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, came alive and after defeating the evil rat king in battle, brought her to a magical kingdom populated by dolls.
Jointly produced and presented with a twist from the original “The Nutcracker” by Gateway Entertainment and P’art 1 Design, this magical theatrical production has incorporated countless world-class illusions, known as magic in layman or kiddy terms. With the performance performed by award-winning Lawrance Khong and his daughter Priscilla Khong, together with an international dance troupe of 14 dancers and supported by over 50 backstage crew. No wonder the show had such an excellent and smooth flow of scenarios. 
Basically throughout the entire performance, there were almost no narration or dialogue except for maybe a brief introduction by Lawrance. Despite that fact, I could still easily understand and interpret the storyline through the professional acting of the performers. Their facial expressions, movements as well as the multiple dances performed kept me leaning over the edge of my seat since I was seated nearer to the back of the theatre.
My senses were overwhelmed in a positive aspect by the digital screen, an unconventional technological backdrop that displayed special 3D effects and laser-like lights that dances with the rhythm as well as for dramatic enhancement. Not forgetting a running scene where projection was used for a hyper reality effect that kept audiences in awe. Smoke was also incorporated close to the end of the performance.  
Elaborated props and colourfully designed costumes definitely deserved a thumbs up as well as such elements added to the overall visual of the performance. I could still remember my fascination as performers appear on stage, each with a totally different yet coherent style of costumes, scenes after scenes. I wouldn’t mind wearing such nice costumes as well too! I went “OMG’ when a realistic structure of a massive branch slowly descended from above. A rhetorical question of how on earth and how much effort and time was needed to make that? I exited my thinking cloud as I preferred to continue enjoying the performance since that particular scene reminded me of the movie “Monster, Inc”.
Tempted to go on and on describing every detail from the different scenarios to the breath taking magic performance but I would never want to spoil surprises. Do take a look at their website and tickets are available to be purchased on https://nutcracker.gateway.sg/.
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
Thank you Gateway Entertainment and Affluence PR for the magical invite!

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System Review

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System
Maintaining my oral hygiene and keeping my teeth white is definitely a dread for me. Although I hardly drink coffee or alcohol, tea was the main culprit that stained me teeth and it has unknowingly became my habit to order ‘teh ping’ (ice tea) at least 3 times a week.
Brighttonix has recently launched the Y10 system which is a procedure that provides immediate results in teeth whitening as well as oral cavity rejuvenation. Nowadays, results are what everyone would expect to see. The earlier and more obvious the results are, the better.
My experience with Brighttonix began with the comparison of my current teeth shade to a scale of teeth shades from 1 to 29 as shown in the picture below. Mine falls under 11 despite the fact that I did scaling at the dentist just a week before. 
I was then led to a sofa beside a pretty portable I-pad looking system with an attached disposable mouthpiece. With an initial shade and P3 (30 mins) preset selected, the nurse proceeded on to remove the plastic packaging of the mouthpiece. A special bright blue toothpaste was then squeezed along the groove of the top as well as the underside. I was asked to bite onto the mouthpiece before the timer started running in percentage.
The toothpaste was minty and completely edible as explained by the nurse. I guess that swallowing the toothpaste was one of the primary concerns that people would question. At first, like everyone else, I was a bit hesitant to swallow even the slightest bit of saliva that formed in my mouth. I ended up just swallowing it since it was safe to do so or it would ended up overflowing from my mouth.
So what exactly does this Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System does?
It employs low power radio frequency (RF) technology that would remove stains from teeth enamel within that single session of 30 mins time frame. Think about the constant vibration that would occur between the Y10 toothpaste and the stains of your teeth at the molecule level. This collision and separation occur about 7 million times per seconds, resulting in stains being pulled out and leaving whiter teeth.
Thankfully it was only 30 mins since I get bored easily while fiddling with my phone.
This treatment is considered safer since it was painless, pleasant and do not have any post-treatment side effects at all. Best reward of all would be able to see instant results from a single session of Brighttonix Mouth Rejuvenation treatment. I have witnessed other influencers who did their treatment during the media launch and their teeth went a few shades whiter, leaving them a wide smile on their faces!
The treatment ended with me gargling my mouth and once again comparing my teeth against the scale. My teeth actually went a shade whiter from 11 to 9 even though I did scaling just a week before!
Who wouldn’t want to smile in front of the camera with whiter teeth?
Centre for Cosmetic Rejuvenation & Surgery

#03-03A Shaw Centre
Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System
Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System
Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System
Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System
Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System
Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System
Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

World of Bird Nest Museum Trip at D’Kranji Farm Resort

World of Bird Nest Museum
It was my first time heading all the way to D’Kranji Farm Resort early in the morning when I could have just lie in bed lazing my morning away. That day was a trip specially catered to bloggers and instagrammers, people who are keen to spread the word that a Birdnest Museum does exist in some ulu part of Singapore.   
There is this bus called the Kranji Countryside Express bus that runs daily from Kranji MRT station to D’Kranji Farm Resort (World of Birdnest Museum). Including public holidays.
Round trip costing $3 per adults while children and senior citizen would cost $1 per pax.
Take a look at the short video I edited to find out about the event happenings that day!
Bus schedule:
From Kranji MRT to D’Kranji Farm Resort:
8.30am, 9.30am, 11.00am, 1.00pm, 2.30pm, 4.00pm, 5.45pm


From D’Kranji Farm Resort to Kranji MRT:
9.10am, 10.35am, 12.35pm, 14.05pm, 15.35pm, 17.20pm, 18.35pm
    

World of Bird Nest Museum


Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017
I was lucky enough to get hold of a pair of Singapore Coffee Festival 2017 tickets for the trade preview on Thursday and decided to head over to Marina Bay Cruise Centre to explore. It is basically a festival to showcase Singapore’s speciality coffee, local kopi as well as the cafe lifestyle.
I arrived about 7pm and there wasn’t much crowd since the people attended that day were probably bloggers or from the media. The aroma of coffee filled the air and I was trigger-happy, busy snapping photos, but of course not forgetting to appreciate the booths that were beautifully set up to attract and welcome visitors. Be prepared to get your bags spot checked on both level 1 and level 2 before entering!
Each ticket holder will be entitled to a card with 2 stickers that could be used to redeem 2 cups of sample beverage. I ended up using both stickers on chocolate drinks since I am rather sensitive to caffeine and definitely would not be able to sleep the entire night. I loved the chocolate drink series from Grounded Pleasure so much that I ended up buying a packet of French Mint Drinking Chocolate (S$16.00) that reminded me of Christmas! I also tried the cream muffins (S$3.00 each) from Hattendo and they did not disappoint. The bread-like texture with a caramelised biscuit-like top was filled with lovely cream. Unfortunately only the kaya cream was left since both the chocolate and matcha were sold out. 
With over 100 exhibitors from the coffee and café industry, scheduled activities such as educational talks, workshops as well as music, it would be a great way to spend one’s weekend.

The event is happening from 4 – 6 August 2017. Do check out their webpage here
Singapore Coffee Festival 2017
Singapore Coffee Festival 2017
Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Hattendo cream muffins

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Tocha Bistro – Chill and Dine Around Lavender

Tocha Bistro
Residing within the parameters of Boss Hotel, along the Rochor River of Lavender, Tocha Bistro is a fairly new place to chill and dine. Its bar well stocked with a huge selection of alcohol, particularly whiskies due to its owner’s love for it. Crazy Hour is from 5pm to 6pm daily, where beer buckets go as low as S$25++ for half a dozen!
Since cocktails are available, I might as well start off with Sex, I mean the cocktail named Sex On The Beach (S$15.00) which was a fruity subtle-sweet concoction of cranberry juice, orange juice, peach and vodka. My friend’s neon blue Singapore Sling (S$18.00) was rather refreshing and I kind of enjoyed sipping it.
Homemade Mushroom Soup was first served, brimming with chunky bits of diced button mushrooms. Enjoying every mouthful of soup, alternating between the perfectly crisp garlic bread. Both the Baked Scallops (S$8.80) as well as the Smoked Duck Roll (S$6.80) do make excellent accompaniment to alcohol. 

I had the luxury to try a mix platter of Tenderloin Steak, Iberico Pork, Lamb, sausages and marsh potato, with a side of additional 3 sauces for the meats. I am a sucker for beef steaks and the Tenderloin Steak did not disappoint me. It was chilled and airflown from Australia, served rare which was my preferred doneness. Not bloody nor too chewy yet retaining its juices in the slab. I  totally enjoyed the Marsh Potato due to its delicate texture as well as it being drenched by sauce.

Having tried both the Grilled Salmon and Grilled Cod, my friend and I each have our individual preference. Both were comparable, just that I would prefer the oilier flesh of cod as compared to salmon. The skins of both fishes were similarly grilled to crisp and thankfully scaleless.

Probably my personal favourite dish that night that won my tummy over was the fork-tender Braised Lamb Shank (S$16.80) that was slow cooked overnight with herbs and red wine, served on a bed of mashed potatoes and baby carrots. Perhaps I could have slices of bread where I could dip or wipe the entire plate clean from savoury sauce.
(Note that this dish is available in limited quantities daily.)

Do check out their affordable Set Lunches, S$18 at nett prices available the entire week! Each set comes with salad, mushroom soup, fries and a choice of soft drinks.


Address: 500 Jalan Sultan #01-20
               Singapore 199020

Contact: 6291 7118

Tocha Bistro Alcohol
Sex On The Beach (S$15.00) (left) ; Singapore Sling (S$18.00) (right) 

Tocha Bistro Mushroom Soup with Garlic Bread
Mushroom Soup with Garlic Bread

Baked Scallops
Baked Scallops (S$8.80)

Smoked Duck Roll
Smoked Duck Roll (S$6.80)

Tocha Bistro Mixed Platter
Platter of Tenderloin Steak, Iberico Pork, Lamb, sausages and marsh potato drenched with sauce 

Tocha Bistro
Mixture of Grilled Salmon and Grilled Cod with salad and carrots

Tocha Bistro Braised Lamb Shank
Braised Lamb Shank (S$16.80)

Kam’s Roast, Michelin Star Restaurant in Singapore

Kam's Roast Marinated Duck
Marinated Duck (1/2 for S$38 ; Whole for S$65)
Kam’s Roast would be the first Michelin Star restaurant I have patronised and I probably could no longer proclaim myself as a hardcore foodie for a delayed review. I seldom select Chinese food as my option when I dine out as I have the tendency to select other cuisines instead. Kam’s Roast was perhaps a game changer since I actually craved for some of its dishes once every now and then.
My dinner started off with a couple of braised dishes such as the Marinated Chinese
Mushroom ($5.80), Marinated Duck’s Wings ($8.80) and Marinated Tofu ($4.80). I definitely love the marinated tofu so much due to its smooth silken texture.
I tried both the Marinated Duck and Roast Duck which were contrasting in taste and for you to define which you would prefer. My preference was obviously the roasted duck since I prefer roasted food as compare to ‘lor’ (gravy).
My favourite dish was the Toro Char Siew! The meat itself was tender and it probably comprised of more than 50% fats that readily melts in my mouth. Not for the faint hearted.

It was my first time hearing about Lean Pork Sausages as I usually ate the commonly known Pork Sausages with bits of fats. I could easily differentiate between them based on their texture and mouth feel and I was totally engrossed with the lean ones.

Last but not least, I ended off my meal with a hearty bowl of Red Bean Soup with Aged Orange Peel ($5.80) for dessert that night. The dessert wasn’t too sweet, contained loads of easily mashed red beans with a hint of orange peel. The orange peel did enhanced the soup making it less ‘ni’. 
Having Chinese food in a restaurant, especially a Michelin star-ed one could be an option for me in future.  

Kam's Roast Toro Char Siew
Toro Char Siew
Kam's Roast Lean Pork Sausages and Pork Sausages
Lean Pork Sausages and Pork Sausages
Kam's Roast Marinated Tofu
Marinated Tofu ($4.80) 

Kam's Roast Roast Duck
Roast Duck (S$11.80 for Portion ; S$48.00 for Whole)

Leather and Shoe Care Specialist, Shoetree Singapore

SHOETREE Singapore
I probably have not heard of the term shoe tree before, not until I came across this E-commence platform called SHOETREE Singapore. My curiosity was seriously pounding me hard to google the word sheo tree, finding out if such a term do exist.
In fact I need not google Shoetree at all since the webpage not only serves as an E-commence platform, but also provide loads of other information in regards to leather shoes/products. Interesting articles such such as “How To Care For Leather Shoes And Make Them Last A Lifetime”, “Things To Look Out For When Buying Leather” and “Shoe Tree Guide” definitely do provide useful insights to end consumers.
Recently, I got my hands on the varnished Japanese Oakwood Shep Horn as shown below. Probably my main reason for wanting this 40cm long tool would be the convenience of sliding my feet into my pair of leather sheos without the need to squat down or retying my laces.
By using the sheo horn, it would also prevent crease marks made on the sheos by repeatly forcing of feets into them. 
Another thing I love about this Shoe Horn would be the aesthetically beautiful natural Japanese Oakwood it is made from, coated with a thin layer of varnish that protects it from absorbing water or getting mouldy. Unlike plastic and metal shoe horns, you do not have to worry about snapping, bending or rusting over time.
Shoetree Singapore provide FREE delievery service within Singapore and all Sheotree project accessories are automatically registered for a 6 month warrenty.
Do check out their webpage here!
SHOETREE Singapore
SHOETREE Singapore

SHOETREE Singapore

Niku Katsumata 肉勝又

Niku Katsumata 肉勝又 Chef’s Special Appetiser (S$19)
Niku Katsumata 肉勝又 is a hole in the wall restaurant along Duxton Road that carries a range of A4 Wagyu Beef. They recently launched one of the best value-for-money A4 Wagyu Beef Set(S$38) that comprises of 5 dishes.
The meal started off with 2 slices of Japanese Pork Prosciutto, followed by Homemade Kimchi and Marinated Sprouts. Chinese Cabbage Salad Topped with Umami Seaweed might looked rather mundane but it was rather refreshing and the Umami Seaweed proved itself worthy with its dry-plum-like texture and savoury notes.
A platter of 5 different parts of Premium A4 Wagyu Beef was served next, each individually barbecued over the smoke-less crystal glass by the chef himself. Thighs were my top pick since they literally melted in my mouth without much chewing effort. Do seek advice on which cut would taste their best in either their homemade ponzu sauce or salt!
Last but not least from the set would be the A4 Beef Curry that contained minced beef. It was definitely highly addictive despite its appearance. How could curry look appealing in the first place?
Besides the A4 Wagyu Beef Set, I got to try 2 other dishes as well. The Chef’s Special Appetiser (S$19) consisting of 3 spoonful of foodgasms. My favourite was the Uni (sea urchin) wrapped with A4 wagyu beef sashimi, gently brushed with shoyu. It was a total meltdown as I felt that both premium components fused easily together. The other two were Foie Gras & Caviar drizzled with truffle oil and marinated ikura.
The other dish was Tataki Wagyu (S$20) which was equally instagrammable since slices of medium rare looking wagyu were neatly piled against the rice in a circular fashion. Simply top up S$5 to enjoy premium ingredients such as uni, foie gras, ikura or caviar. (Basically all 4 ingredients for S$20 or you could even select 2 portions of eg. uni for S$10!)
Address: 47 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089511
Opening Hours: 5.30pm – 11pm
Contact: 91627502
Niku Katsumata 肉勝又 A4 Wagyu Beef Set(S$38)

Niku Katsumata 肉勝又 A4 Wagyu Beef Set(S$38)

Niku Katsumata 肉勝又 A4 Wagyu Beef Set(S$38)

Niku Katsumata 肉勝又 Tataki Wagyu (S$20)
Tataki Wagyu (S$20)

Machida Shoten, the Number 1 Lekei Ramen Resturant in Japan

Machida Shoten Lekei Ramen
I got excited upon hearing that Machida Shoten already has 43 outlets all over Japan after it was founded in Jan 2008 and Singapore’s outlet being the first that was out of Japan! 
A series of new dishes was unveiled, made only exclusive to Singapore’s outlet. I wasn’t surprised when I found that some of these dishes had Chinese influences, probably to adapt to the local palette.

The Burdock Tempura (S$7.80) came about as a perfect snack for itchy-mouths while waiting for mains to arrive. Thinly sliced, perfectly crispy yet not excessively oily.

Cha-Shu Croquette (S$6.00) was one of the dishes that has Chinese influence. In fact it was seasoned meatballs that was tender and moist, deep fried till a brown crust was formed. Popping these Croquettes into my mouth would be an easy task, but not stopping at 1.

Garden Salad (S$9.00) would be a perfect option for health enthusiasts since the vegetables hardly undergone much heat, remaining kind of raw. Drenched it with the homemade curry dressing as well as the non-oily oba leaf vinegar for a flavourful finish! Loving the sliced deep fried lotus root as well!

The Seasoned Iberico Spareribs (S$14.00) that was boiled till easily fall-of-the-bone, seasoned with Machida Shoten’s original sweet soy sauce reminded me of another Chinese zi char dish. The light sweetness yet not overpowering the meat was unbelievably tasty.

Spicy Shrimp Fried Rice (S$10.00) would be an option for rice lovers if they prefer rice over ramen. Close resemblence to sambal fried rice, probably also due to it reddish hues, it was prepared with about 12 different ingredients. Try their Homemade Shrimp Gyoza (S$9.80 / 5 pcs) if you would want more seafood intake.

Machida Shoten has a reputation for its ‘iekei’ ramen, meaning ‘home’ in Japanese. It evokes a sense of warmth and homliness from its offerings. The highlights for that day would probably be either one of the 3 bowls of ramen since my table of foodies have distributed views.

The chef’s recommendation mentioned was Shoyu Tonkotsu (S$14). It was a combination of soya sauce and pork bone broth. Miso Tonkotsu Ramen (S$14) was actually my personal favourite as the broth was tonkotsu based with a blend of red and white miso. I loved the crunch from all those corns as well as a piece of butter that added kick to the already thick and robust broth. The Garden Veggie Ramen (S$15) had a close resemblance to the Garden Salad. Its broth was the lightest among the 3 since it was made with from just vegetables.

I also bet the ladies would find the chef an eye-candy!
Thank you Brandcellar for the invite.

Japan Food Town
435 Orchard Road
#04-40 Wisma Atria Shopping Centre
Singapore 238877

Burdock Tempura (S$7.80)

Cha-Shu Croquette (S$6.00)

Garden Salad (S$9.00)

Seasoned Iberico Spareribs (S$14.00)

Spicy Shrimp Fried Rice (S$10.00)