Chui Lau Heung Mini Mao Shan Wang Durian Crystal Mooncakes

A Singapore brand established since 2005, Chui Lau Heung is known for its durian snowy mooncakes, durian pastries as well as desserts. Due to their continuous efforts to implement innovation into their creations yet retaining the quality, Chui Lau Heung had managed to hit the shelves of international markets as well.

One such innovative creation would be their Mini Mao Shan Wang Durian Crystal Mooncakes as shown, which comes in a dazzling “jewel façade” box. In packs of 2 and a total of 6 pieces, each mooncake had a translucent white skin of gelatinous texture. Choose to eat it frozen or let it defrost before consumption and enjoy the exotic taste of durian.

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Embracing Wellness With Qi Philosophy Cafe

Situated at Sky Terrace at Dawson, just barely 10 minutes walk from Queenstown MRT lies Qi Philosophy Cafe amidst lush greenery.

As the founder, Choo San strongly believes in a well-balance life, clean eating as well as proper nutrition intake. Therefore, she personally curate each recipes and even uses healthier ingredient options such as brown rice and low GI basmati rice. She also keeps in mind of customers that requires special diets so that they could enjoy her modern fusion cuisine without worry.

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Serving Thai Food Since 1972, Took Lae Dee Launches New Menu

Bangkok’s famous 24-hour restaurant chain Took Lae Dee has recently launched a new menu of authentic Thai dishes at an affordable price!

With its name directly translated to “cheap and good” in Thai, let’s check out some of my favorite dishes from its menu.

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Don Quijote Spanish Restaurant Food Review

Still not knowing how to pronounce “Don Quijote”, titled after the chivalric main character of a fictional Spanish novel, I recalled my dining experience I had at Don Quijote Spanish Restaurant which was located at Dempsey.
Don Quijote is an authentic Spanish restaurant in Singapore, not only acclaimed for their tapas and traditionally made Spanish fare, but also for their selection of alcohol. The owner has been to Spain for at least 10 times (and counting up) ever since the resturant has started 12 years ago. Every photographs framed up in his resturant were taken by him. 
The dishes served here were basically non-region specific dishes and I started off with a glass of Virgin Sangria ($10.00/glass), a non-alcohol version of Sangria Tinto (red) ($14.50/glass). It was a refreshing and light drink with fruit cubes in it.

Spicy Calamari ($16.00) was my addiction as it was rather fresh, great texture, nicely grilled with spicyiness just right for me. I had to skip the ‘Live’ Gambas al Ajillo ($18.00) due to allergy, yet the sight and fragrance of nicely brown chopped garlic loaded on top of the large sea prawns was so alluring.

I had an instant liking to the Croquetas con Jamón ($16.00) after my first bite on its non-oily, yet crisp shell with velvety smooth potato and ham filling. Definitely a great snack to go with alcohol.
The Secreto Iberico a la Plancha ($26.00) was Iberian pork grilled to what we called ”medium rare” in steak. It was slightly chewy and perfectly safe to consume despite the ”medium rare” state since these ”clean” pigs ate only grass and acorns.

Another highlight which I regret to take a decent picture of was the Rabo de Toro – Ox-tail stew ($36.00). The same recipe for the past 12 years and a great comfort food. The meat was so tender that it readily fell off the bone. I could not help grabbing bread and dipping it into the rich savoury stew!
Spicy Calamari ($16.00)

Croquetas con Jamón – Croquettes with spanish ham ($16.00)

‘Live’ Gambas al Ajillo – Live’ sea prawns in garlic and olive oil ($18.00)

Secreto Iberico a la Plancha – Grilled spanish ‘secret’ iberian pork ($26.00)
Cutting off the gimmicky plate breaking session during the serving of the Asado de Cochinillo Espanol as probably only the more tourisy resturants does that. The ½ Oven-roasted spanish suckling pig was served with really crispy skin and tender flesh as well. I would love to stuff myself silly with this dish.

Chuletón de Buey ($18/100gm (total – $324)) was the charcoal-flame-grilled bone-in tomahawk rib-steak weighing 1.8kg that day which wowed everyone with its grandeur size while ”bone-in”. My image was already deboned and sliced neatly, revealing the medium rare flesh. 
As for the carbs, both Paella Valenciana w ‘live’ Boston Lobster and Fideuá Negra w ‘live’ Boston Lobster ($65 (large) + $79 (w lobster)) were brimming with umami, probably the carbs had well absorbed the flavors of the seafood.  
Last but not least, the desserts served were Bomba de Chocolate -Warm-chocolate ‘lava’ cake ($19.00) and Churros with chocolate sauce ($16.00). Both desserts use Blanxart artisanal chocolate imported from Barcelona. Being a hardcore chocolate lover myself, I enjoyed how the chocolate wasn’t overly sweet nor ‘gelat’.
Trying out less common cuisines such as the Spanish fare from Don Quijote would always be an interesting experience for me. Although dining indoors tend to be more cosy, having it al fresco with alcohol and snacks would be a great way to chill too!
Asado de Cochinillo Espanol – ½ Oven-roasted spanish suckling pig ($169 for medium)

Chuletón de Buey – Charcoal-flame-grilled bone-in tomahawk rib-steak ($18/100gm (total – $324)) 

Fideuá Negra w ‘live’ Boston Lobster – ‘Live’ baby boston lobster squid-ink pasta ($65 (large) + $79 (w lobster)) 
Paella Valenciana w ‘live’ Boston Lobster – ‘Live’ baby boston lobster paella ($65 (large) + $79 (w lobster))

Churros with chocolate sauce ($16.00)
Don Quijote Spanish Restaurant

Dempsey
Block 7 Dempsey Road, #01-02
Singapore 249671
Tel: (+65) 6476 2811