Friday, February 27, 2015

Louhei Dinner at Shin Yeh 欣葉台菜

Shin Yeh is a famous Taiwanese restaurant group specializing in fine Taiwanese cuisine. Tung Lok brought in this well known brand name in a joint venture with Shin Yeh, together with an experienced team of Taiwanese managers and head chefs, to bring the authentic taste of Taiwan to SG.

It has been a while since I patronize Shin Yeh, I love their food but they are quite pricey and the F&B scene in SG is constantly offering new dining options distracting me from going back to them. Finally, in a discussion with my fellow sistas for a venue to have our louhei dinner in the year of the Goat, we finally settled on the reasonably priced CNY set dinner at Shin Yeh.

Dressed with oriental-contemporary furnishings with views of Clarke Quay and Singapore river by the full length windows, we managed to get a table with river view (upon request during reservation, subject to availability).

Table settings are kept simple but classy.

A useful guide for the guests to enjoy their Yusheng the auspicious way!

A bowl of shredded Bak Kwa Appetizer was served upon our arrival. It was quite tasty, however it's rather pricey at $5++ per bowl!

We placed order for a Set Dinner for 4pax that comes with a Yusheng dish and 6 other dishes at $158++. We also ordered two Ala carte dishes, one which is my all time fave dishes from Shin Yeh.

But first up, we shall do our Louhei before everything else!

挪威三文鱼生 Prosperity Salmon YuSheng

The waiting staff helped us with the proper steps of louhei, saying auspicious words while adding the sauces and seasoning to the plate. Once done, we helped ourselves with the tossing of the yusheng for a prosperous year ahead....huat arh!

The salmon yusheng was very delish, I liked the combination of sauces which is a myriad of flavors from sweet, sour to savory, and the crushed walnuts added a nice crunch to the dish too. Thumbs up.

Next, we had our two Ala carte dishes Salted Egg Yolk Fish Skin $8++ and my fave Taiwanese-style Pan-fried Pork liver $16++.

The crispy fish skin coated with creamy egg yolk was pretty addictive to eat. And the pork liver dish was a crowd pleaser as well. The liver slices were cooked just right with an irresistible juicy and tender texture, perfectly complemented by its special sauce. Recommended!

Back to the set meal, we had the ‘Tan Jia’-style Braised Fish Maw & Shredded Sea Cucumber 黄焖海蔘鱼鳔羹, which was a flavorful soup.

Followed by a Taiwan-style Pan-fried Seabass w/ Soya Sauce 酱油鲜鱼煎. The fish was fresh and we liked the fragrant ginger & onion sauce.

Poached Savoury Kampung Chicken w/ Spring Onion Oil 葱油咸水鸡. A quarter chicken serving size, lightly flavored with spring onion oil. We find this dish a tad bland though.

Poached Seasonal Vegetables w/ Bamboo Fungus & Conpoy 干贝竹笙灼时蔬, an unassuming veggie dish that was loaded with flavors, all thanks to the generous serving of savory dried scallop bits.

The star dish of the day, Fried Beehoon w/ Pumpkin 金瓜炒米粉. Quality Taiwan Hsinchu beehoon was used for this dish, the natural sweetness of the pumpkin puree was fully infused into the beehoon during cooking process which resulted in a surprisingly fabulous carbo dish. It was so tasty that we still cleaned our bowls despite already feeling quite full at this stage.

And ending the meal on a sweet note, the dessert Glutinous Rice Dumplings in Walnut Cream 核桃露汤圆. Smooth, creamy and not too sweet walnut cream and two morsels of Black Sesame rice balls. It was pretty good.

We had a great dinner at Shin Yeh, food quality has been maintained at high standards even after 7yrs in operation. Service is still good but waiting staffs doesn't speak Taiwanese accent mandarin anymore. Price wise I would recommend taking the set meals which are more worthwhile, or you may visit their sister restaurant Shin Yeh Bistro at Square2 (Novena) which has a casual dining concept. They serve a subset of the same menu with a more pocket friendly price tag. Shin Yeh will be a good choice for an occasional splurge on those special occasions.

Shin Yeh 欣葉台菜
177 River Valley Road
Liang Court Shopping Centre, #02-19
Singapore 179030

Tel: +65 6338 7337

Opening Hours:
Lunch: 11:30 - 2:30PM
Dinner: 6:00 - 10:00PM

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dinner at Shin Yeh Bistro 欣葉小台北

After visiting my in law at TTSH, hubby and I decided to settle our dinner at Novena Sq/Square 2 area. We walked around a little to look see and spotted this new casual dining version of the famous brand name from Taiwan.

We loved Shin Yeh's food and after confirming that the menu is a subset of the original menu with more affordable prices, we gladly asked for a table for two.

Pickles are served upon sitting down. This was sweet, tangy and refreshingly crunchy but we couldn't quite make out what vegetable or fruit this is.

We ordered 4 dishes to go with Taiwanese sweet potato porridge. They were delicious, especially our fave Pan fried pork's still the best!

In order of appearance, Pan fried pork liver $12.90++, Preserved turnip omelette (Chye por egg) $10++, Hiratake mushroom in claypot (三杯杏鲍菇) $12.90++ and Sauteed HK kailan $9.90++.

As we didn't refill our porridge, we still have some space left for sharing one dessert, so we had the Coconut shaved ice w/ Yam & Red bean toppings (small $4.50++, large $8.90++). It was yummy!

After we're done with our meal, the waiting staff serves up a complimentary herbal drink and muah chee. The muah chee was nice, but the drink which is supposedly good for blood circulation tasted really yucky. I only had a sip and gave the rest to hubby.

That sums up our enjoyable meal at Shin Yeh Bistro. The food is still as good as what we had at the main restaurant but are priced a lot more friendlier to the wallet. Service was good, more casually done unlike its higher end counterpart. I would highly recommend this place to everyone who loves Taiwanese food!

Shin Yeh Bistro 欣葉小台北
Square 2 #01-73, 10 Sinaran Drive, Singapore 307506
Tel : +65 6893 1123

Opening Hours:
Lunch: 11:30 - 3:30PM
Hi-Tea: 3:00 - 5:00PM (Sat, Sun & PH only)
Dinner: 5:30 - 10:00PM

Last Order
Lunch: 3:00PM
Hi-Tea: 4:30PM
Dinner: 9:30PM

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Desserts & Drinks at Fruit Paradise

Fruit Paradise had been known to serve lovely fresh fruit cream tarts that are both a feast for the eyes and also fantastic in taste. On our recent visit to Vivo City's outlet, we discovered that they now serve a range of warm desserts too. Check out the menu...

They have also added a couple of matcha latte drinks to their usual fruit tea menu. I had the Ice Matcha Fruit Latte $7++, served with fresh banana & strawberry and topped with a scoop of ice cream. It was pretty decent.

I have decided to try a new flavor from the tarts menu Baked Chocolate Montblanc $7.80++, it had a brownie base which is unique to this tart only. The Japanese chestnuts were very sweet and paired well with the light tasting chestnut cream. The chocolaty brownie base was really delish too.

Two of my friends picked the Citrus Harmony $7.80++ which comes with a lemon custard base, and the top selling Chocolate Banana $6.80++ with chocolate base. Both tarts were very tasty!

Last but not least, one friend had decided to give their warm dessert a shot and ordered the Chocolate Banana French Toast $9.80++, served with warm french toasts, loads of fresh banana slices and topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce. The portion was kinda huge, do order this for sharing between friends.

The french toasts were sweet and fluffy and tasted fab with the ice cream and juicy bananas.

I'm glad to know that my fave dessert place is always coming up with new items to entice us to keep visiting them to satisfy our sweet cravings. I hope to see more in the future!