Tuesday, September 27, 2016

HK Meixin Star Wars Theme Mooncakes & Putien Mooncakes

Time passes fast...it's already middle of autumn. As the west is gearing up for some Halloween fun, we celebrated Mid Autumn fest with lanterns and mooncakes. This year, I ordered a set of adorable Star Wars mooncakes from HK brand Meixin via Groupon.


The deal includes:
Stormtrooper-themed tin:
- 4x Egg Custard mooncakes (45g per mooncake)

Darth Vader-themed tin:
- 4x Chocolate Lava mooncakes (45g per mooncake)

1 set (8 pieces per set) for $58 instead of $104
3 sets (8 pieces per set) for $165 instead of $312

This exclusive Star Wars Set is a collaboration with Disney, from the customised paper bags to the metal tins design and mooncake packaging, everything is so darn cute!




I wasn't expecting these cuties to taste fantastic, but they didn't really disappoint either. Other than having a slightly thick baked skin and a tad dry texture, they tasted pretty alright. The chocolate lava ones had a melted chocolate center, a pleasant surprise.



Other than Meixin mooncakes, I also bought my last year's fave mooncakes from Putien again. Purple Sweet potato Crispy skin mooncakes with single yolk $14.50ea. These were awesome!



And last but not least, lovely homemade gift from my evil sistas. Hand crafted with heart, multi-flavored snow skin mooncakes with colored glitters. Nice.



I hope everyone had an enjoyable Mid autumn fest like I do...




Monday, September 5, 2016

Birthday Lunch at Corner House @Botanic Gardens

Newly awarded with one Michelin star, Corner House was my venue of choice for this year's birthday indulgence (back in April). I had chosen this place based on rave reviews by many foodie bloggers. It has a great combination of gorgeous ambience and magnificent cuisine, my sort of place for a fabulous celebration.


Housed in a century old colonial building (built 1910), nestled in the lush greenery of Botanic gardens, the restaurant exudes timeless elegance and grace. Despite being an old building, the interior is fully air-conditioned and tastefully decorated with modern furnishing.




The dining area is located at the second floor, we had the veranda seating area with a fantastic view of the garden.








Tiny stools were provided for our bags, one each for every bag. Table settings had the lovely botanical theme, check out the 'rocky' salt container!







For lunch, they offer 3 Courses for $48++ and 4 Courses for $58++. There are 3 dish choices in each category (Starter, Main & Dessert). For 4 Course meals, we get to pick 2 starter dishes along with a main and a dessert.

To start things off, we were served freshly baked breads and butter. The warm breads were amazingly soft with a crispy crust, very nice.



The restaurant's dining concept of Gastro-Botanica, incorporates seasonal plants and herbs into their dishes, and presenting them artfully decorated like mini gardens on plates. It's both a feast to the eyes and also to the cameras.

Starters

Foie Gras (add $6++)
Cured duck, hazelnut, burnt orange, arugula, honey mustard coulis

Japanese Kingfish Tartare
Fennel, grapefruit, mentaiko, basil, home-made cracker

Soft shell Crab Tempura
Harissa, 62 degree egg, butternut squash





It took us quite a while to wait for these dishes, and we knew why when we tasted them. They were made from scratch with keen attention to details of every ingredient used in the dishes. The soft shell crabs were utterly crispy and light that it felt like it just left the fryer a second ago. Needless to say, all 3 starters were marvellous!

Mains

M4 Australian Wagyu beef (add $9++)
Jerusalem artichoke, champignon, ratte potato

Atlantic Cod
Savoy cabbage, smoked bacon, shellfish emulsion

Duroc Pork Jowl
Potato, asparagus, soy caramel, beurre noisette




All 3 main dishes were nicely done as well. The serving portion was just right for an average eater, even though they all looked dainty on the plates. The Atlantic cod was my fave.

Desserts

Chocolat “Earl Grey yin zhen” (add $6++)
40% Jivara, 70% Guanaja, yuzu, pistachio, kumquat

Poire
Vanilla poached pear, raisin, crème fraîche, almond crumble

Japanese Cucumber Sorbet
Green apple, young coconut, gin





The birthday girl's dessert has pretty chocolate wordings and a candle. The desserts were awesome too, we all agreed that the unassuming Japanese cucumber dish stole the show, the cucumber sorbet was truly refreshing.


Everything about this eatery was impeccable, the food, the ambience and the service. We were offered a ride in the buggy to the tourist center to catch a cab on a rainy day. And, for a decent lunch like this one, it did not really break our banks. They do have pricier options for the deep pocket patrons but we knew it'll be worth every cent paid. Definitely deserving of their newly awarded Michelin star!





Corner House @Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road, E J H Corner House
Singapore Botanic Gardens (Nassim Gate Entrance)
Singapore 259569

Tel: 6469 1000

HOURS
TUE - SAT
Lunch: 12 pm - 3 pm (last order 2.30 pm)
Dinner: 6.30 pm - 11 pm  (last order 10 pm)

SUN
Brunch: 11.30 am - 3 pm (last order 2.30 pm)
Dinner: 6.30 pm - 11 pm (last order 10 pm)

DRESS CODE
Smart casual
(Shorts & Bermudas is allowed with Shoes or Loafers. No slippers)

Closed on Mondays




Sunday, August 7, 2016

Juan Dong Ji 娟东记 - Value for Money Steamboat Buffet



After feasting our eyes with thousands of lovely tulips at Tulipmania, it's time to fuel the body with scrumptious food. We took MRT to Lavender station and a brief 3mins walk to the Aperia mall. The steamboat buffet restaurant is located at level 1 of the mall.




The chinese restaurant has a bright and spacious layout, dark colored tables has build-in induction cookers. Steamboat Buffet is priced at $19.80++ per adult, $10.80++ per child. Patrons gets their own individual hotpot and 6 soup bases to choose from (Chicken, Tom Yum, Seafood, Tomato, Old cucumber pork rib & Mala spicy soup).






All food are ordered via a tablet ordering system apart from the Drinks, Fruits and Condiments & Sauces which we can help ourselves with at the counter. Mini Cornetto ice cream is included in the buffet price, limited to one per pax.


Soft drinks, Can drinks & Mineral water.








Hubby picked the Tomato soup while I had the Old Cucumber Pork Ribs soup. Both soup bases were served bland so that it can gradually gain flavors from cooking the ingredients without becoming too salty towards the end.




There are a lot of raw and cooked food choices to pick from on the tablet's menu. Unlimited serving of shabu sliced Pork/Beef/Mutton, fresh seafood, assortment of meat balls, handmade dumplings, fresh veggies & tofu and cooked food like fried rice & noodles.









The ingredients were really fresh and of decent quality, serving portion was smallish but can be ordered unlimited times, except for the scallops which is limited to one serving per pax. My personal fave are the Lobster balls, handmade dumplings, shabu pork belly and lotus roots.


We were filled to the brim after a couple of rounds of orders, no space to even have fruits. So we decided to finish off the meal with the mini Cornettos...yums.



Juan Dong Ji is definitely highly recommended for its good variety and great quality food, coupled with extremely pocket friendly prices. It is pretty hard to find a steamboat buffet restaurant that is air-conditioned and have unlimited meat and seafood offerings like this one. Go give it a try if you are around the vicinity.


Juan Dong Ji 娟东记
12 Kallang Ave, Aperia, #01-25, S339511
Tel: 6702 1528

Hours:
Daily : 11:00am - 11:00pm