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A Chinese Affair 💄

A Chinese Affair 💄

Featuring 136 Hong Kong Street Fish Head Steamboat (Clementi), Kok Sen Restaurant, Lime (PARKROYAL on Pickering), Peony Jade Restaurant (Keppel Club), Beauty in The Pot (OneKM), 10 at Claymore (Pan Pacific Orchard), Wan He Lou, Spring Court 詠春园, Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh 榕城肉骨茶, Food Republic (VivoCity)
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The Signature Lobster Porridge is a must-have at Wan He Lou. The chicken based soup broth is incredible — boiled for hours till rich and extra comforting, completed with some umami goodness from the lobster that is added towards the end to prevent it from over cooking. Deep water lobsters are also used for its sweetness that adds flavor to the broth!

Specializing in 9 different flavors of crabs ($9/100g), the note-worthy and unique flavor at Holy Crab is the Green Chilli Crab. Using its homemade spice blend made with 2 types of green chilli, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, ginger, candlenut and onion, the aromatic sauce was finger licking good! All crabs are served with a generous amount of sauce, so it makes it hard to resist their Fried Mantous ($4/5 pcs) to wipe out the entire plate!

The Premium Slow Roasted Char Siew is one of the multiple new dishes at Char, as they bring in a new head chef who injects his personal Cantonese dishes into the menu. Do not belittle this char siew — using the kurobuta pork belly cut with a good amount of fats, the pork belly is first marinated for two days before being slow roasted over charcoal and sweet lychee wood. That work of magic (and hard work) translates into a beautiful smoky charred taste that makes you want to savour every bite of it.

As portions are very limited (10 portions during dinner service), it is highly recommended to reserve a portion before heading down!

Charcoal Duck Buns with a slightly sweet crusty bun enclosing a shredded duck filling. It reminded us of the char siew version that we usually have as the duck did not taste very apparent and did nothing to distinguish itself. That said, thankfully the crust and sauce was good so it was still enjoyable!

The Xiao Long Bao ($6/5pcs) was filled with lots of broth on the inside with a fairly nice skin enveloping it. Another dish that we liked was the Wantons in Vinegar and Chilli Oil ($7.8) as it had a good amount of meat filling on the inside, drenched with a garlicky tangy spicy sauce. The menu has a striking resemblance to a certain famous Chinese food chain and I must say the food was fairly comparable.

As part of the nation's birthday, Yum Cha introduces the Bak Kut Teh Xiao Long Bao ($5.2/3pcs) from now till 13 August 2017.

One look at the heavy sag and you can tell that there is a lot of broth within it. The herbal fragrance of the broth greeted us as we bit into the dumpling and it is made with a mixture of fragrant herbs, pepper and garlic. I liked that subtle herbal taste which complemented the minced meat very well. This is a really good creation that I would go return for more!

Yum Cha members and DBS/POSB card members get to enjoy 1 for 1 Bak Kut Teh Xiao Long Bao so that's a really good deal!

Lotus Kitchen serves contemporary vegetarian cuisine with a wide variety of selections ranging from dimsum, stir fried dishes to noodles/rice — one of which is the Signature Stir Fried Laksa. As with the other dishes that I've tried, even though there is no meat or in this case, no cockles in the laksa, I thought the dishes were had very good flavors.

It's another dining option for the vegetarians and even the non-vegetarians!

Peony Jade at Clarke Quay is introducing a brand new Red Hot Chilli Crabbers 5 course set lunch that is available daily. It is priced at $138.80++/2 pax (minimum 2 to dine), available daily.

Kick start the sumptuous set lunch with a trio of delicately made dimsum combination. Be assured of quality when you dine at Peony Jade because you can taste the fresh and plump prawns in each piece. The steamed shiu mai had a thin skin that gently envelopes the chunks of filling on the inside. The poached shrimp dumpling is cooked in a hot and sour broth which tickled my tastebuds with its stronger flavors, which is similar to 紅油抄手 (spicy wantons). Lastly, the pan seared prawn in a golden brown filo wrap had a light and nice crisp drizzled with a refreshing passion fruit sauce. I was afraid that the dimsum would fill my stomach way too fast but the excellent execution on the dimsum by the Chefs did not make me feel stuffed at all!

Peony Jade at Clarke Quay is introducing a brand new Red Hot Chilli Crabbers 5 course set lunch priced at $138.80++/2 pax (minimum 2 to dine), available daily. For the crab course, you get to choose from Chilli, Black Pepper and White Pepper.

I loved the quality of crab that is used with the thick and fleshy crab meat within those sturdy shells. White pepper isn’t a usual flavor that my family would order when we dine, but I would recommend the one at Peony Jade! It is creamy, milky, peppery and what I liked was the bits of crab roe that is in the sauce too! Apart from just being peppery, I could taste the crustacean flavor which adds sweetness to it.

In conjunction with World Food Day and Pan Pacific Hotels Group's community initiative, Chefs from 5 Pan Pac Group of hotels — Pan Pacific Singapore, Pan Pacific Orchard, PARKROYAL on Pickering, PARKROYAL on Beach Road and PARKROYAL on Kitchener will be creating dishes using ingredients from local farms. These dishes will be available from now till 15 August 2017 as part of the respective hotel's dinner buffet spread.

My favorite was the Tea Smoked Soft Yolk Egg topped with fish roes and micro herbs at Lime at Parkroyal on Pickering. One bite into it and I knew that one-half was definitely not enough!

Part of the proceeds of the buffet dinner will go to purchase food parcels for the low-income households. Get ready to Eat Well and Do Good!

The Joyden chain of restaurants launches its latest outlet, Joyden Canton, at Shaw House Orchard.

One of the newly created dishes is the Almond and Salted Egg Prawns that is easily well liked with the deep fried almond flakes on the outer layer. It's packed with a bunch of fillings within it — whole tiger prawn, prawn paste, salted egg yolk, water chestnut, cilantro. Don't forget to dip it in the lemon & lemongrass sauce for a refreshing touch to it!

Unlimited crabs anyone? Get to feast on 12 different flavors of crabs at Spice Brasserie! One of the unique flavors is the Stir Fried Crab with Jalapeño, fermented black beans, onion, garlic and black soya sauce. That punch of flavors is bound to have you wanting for more, which is possible since it's buffet style!

The crabs buffet is available from now till 31 July 2017 — priced at $79/adult on Thurs to Sun, Eve of PH and PH. DBS, HSBC, UOB & Maybank customers get to enjoy the promotional price of $129/2pax (minimum 4 to dine).

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