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TungLok Teahouse: Dim Sum & Teochew Cuisine in A Cosy Teahouse

Tunglok Teahouse

The number of Chinese restaurants in Singapore is more than the number of times we crave dim sum, but the good news is we get to compile a list of our favourites – places that do not go wrong, with an incredible array of options so that we never get sick of dining there, and have price tags that do not scare us away.

A recent addition to our list of go-to places for a hearty Chinese meal is TungLok Teahouse at Far East Square that serves all day dim sum during lunch and dinner. Yes, all day dim sum. You can snooze your alarms a hundred times and you still won’t miss the dim sum hour. Oh, we could do egg tarts and siew mai for dinner too!

Tung Lok Teahouse

TungLok Teahouse is one under-the-radar outlet, and if you haven’t been, it is high time to make plans, because it really is one place that is for everyone. We are looking at about S$3.80 to S$5.80 for dim sum, and what you get is very piquant food and a wide selection of quality teas in a cosy teahouse setting – complete with paintings from the 60’s and Peranakan-inspired décor.

From now till 30 September 2014, TungLok Teahouse is offering different dishes – Chilli Crab (S$19++), Flaming Drunken Prawns (S$14++), and Teochew-styled Combination Platter (S$16++) – at 50% promotion for dinner every night.

[ Giveaway ] We are also giving away S$400 worth of TungLok Teahouse dining vouchers. Leave a comment below, and share this post on your Facebook timeline to win. More details on the giveaway at the end of this post.

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The Role of A Hotel Doorman

Hotel Doorman

The job of a doorman is not the most glamourous, yet it is an important component as the frontline staffs are the ones who have the first point of contact with guests. They can make or break an impression. But what is it really like in that position?

We talked to Mr. Jais Adbul Rahman – who has been working in Grand Hyatt Singapore since 1972, and is currently the hotel’s lobby manager – to find out more about the daily job scope of a doorman, the challenges that they face in the line of work, and some of the things that you never knew about being a hotel doorman.

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Flavours of Old Singapore at Plaza Brasserie

Old Flavours of Singapore

There are days when we feel nostalgic and really crave food that connect us to our roots. They are food that rejuvenates our souls, that remind us of cultures and traditions that we grew up with, that we will never get sick of.

Yet, revelation always brings us new things and trends, and we lose sight of some of the familiarity along the way. We are then taught to appreciate and cherish, and reminisce the good things that tug at our heartstrings. It can be as simple as Braised Pig’s Trotter with Vermicelli, or a plate of celebratory Yi Bua. And these old fashion stay gold forever.

Kacang Putih

Sometimes, we are lost for words when we sink our teeth into these nostalgic flavours. But it is quite simply the best kind of feeling when we bite into our favourite food from the past – something that we loved as a child, so pure and unadulterated.

This August, let us all rekindle the good ol’ times as Plaza Brasserie at PARKROYAL on Beach Road bring back all our classic favourites from the different dialects. Celebrate with Flavours of Old Singapore, and treat yourself to what might possibly be the most heart-warming buffet.

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9 Things That We Love about M&C.Duck Hong Kong

M&C Duck Hong Kong

Every time we visit Hong Kong, the sheer number of new restaurants and cafes that have opened since our previous trip amazes us. There is always somewhere new to check out, and quite frankly, it is impossible to tick all of them off our checklist. We always end up weighing our options with various factors – price point, location and type of cuisine.

On a recent trip, we went on a food tour with Maxim’s Group (you can read our pick on the best restaurants here), and one of the places that really impressed us was M&C.Duck at Harbourcity shopping mall. It is one of the newest dining concepts by Maxim’s Group – one of the largest F&B groups, with 70 brands and 840 outlets in Hong Kong, Vietnam and China – which opened in December 2013 – and it is one that has fast rocketed to our list of favourite restaurants in Hong Kong.

M&C Duck

Offering a modern twist to traditional Peking and Shanghainese cuisine, M&C.Duck is not quite what you would expect of a typical Hong Kong restaurant. The familiarity of a Chinese outlet is comforting yet reveals hints of sexiness; the list of dishes is what tugs your heartstrings yet surprises with the unexpected.

Well, we would go there especially for the very good Peking duck, but there is much more to love, and we say them with a passion. Here are 9 reasons to fall in love with M&C.Duck, and the next time you find yourself in Hong Kong, you know where to go to feed your souls.

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5 SuperMuffins from Pacific Marketplace to Love

SuperMuffins

We usually prefer cupcakes to muffins because they are a lot more moist and photogenic. Besides, who can resist a cupcake that is dressed up in a rich and decadent dressing? However, our hearts strayed after trying the new SuperMuffins from Pacific Marketplace at Pan Pacific Singapore.

The SuperMuffins are a range of five savoury muffins that come in the most extraordinary flavours; nothing you’d usually associate with muffins, and every bit surprising! Among the five, our favourites are Ms Piggy (S$7), which is a unique cross between a muffin and char siew bao made up of sweet and juicy barbecue pork and piquant salted egg yolk; and The Hulk (S$5) – a combination of mushroom, cheese, and cream in a savoury spinach crust.

Krrish (S$5), Chicken Run (S$7) and Minotaur (S$7) complete the SuperMuffin lineup. Vegetarians will love Krrish for its potato filling power-packed with Indian spices. But for meat lovers, we recommend Chicken Run – succulent chicken cooked in Shao Xing rice wine and garlic chives – or Minotaur, flavourful French style braised oxtail encased within a gruyere-infused crust.

Pacific Marketplace Supermuffins

We never thought a muffin would fill our tummies, but these sure do and in fact, this new meal-in-a-muffin is a unique and satisfying lunch concept. Should you ever find yourself craving muffins while in the Marina Bay precinct, drop by Pacific Marketplace and get your hands on these savoury goodies. As muffins go, this is as good as it gets.

From now till 14 August 2014, stand a chance to enjoy a complimentary SuperMuffin when you take part in the #SuperMuffin challenge. Take a selfie with your SuperMuffin, post it on Facebook and tag #SuperMuffin and @Pacific Marketplace. If your picture gets 20 likes by the time you leave, you will get the muffin on the house!

The SuperMuffins are available for dine-in, takeaway and online at www.pacificmarketplace.com.sg

Pacific Marketplace
Level 1 Pan Pacific Singapore
7 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: Tel: +65 6826 8240
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Promenade
Email: [email protected]

This post is brought to you by Pan Pacific Singapore.

5 Ways A Solo Trip Will Change Your Life Forever

How solo travel will change you

For me, travelling has always been all about the experiences. I may be visiting the same places and sampling the same food as my friends, but because we view the world through different lenses, what’s significant to me may not have as profound an impact on someone else.

Of course, traveling in a group has its perks, but it’s a completely different ballgame when you’re on your own. Loneliness is a feeling we all abhor. No one wants to be isolated and all alone, especially while overseas, when you don’t know a single soul.

But get this: a solo trip doesn’t necessarily mean a lonely trip – that’s a misconception we’ve got to tear down. You may be traveling by yourself, but there will be a whole bunch of fellow globetrotters and locals you can hang out with if you just put yourself out there and be open to whoever comes across your path. Don’t worry about people perceiving you as a ‘loner’ just because you’re dining by yourself. I admit, it can be pretty daunting at first. But you’re in an exciting new country – just shake it off, let loose and enjoy yourself.

If that isn’t convincing enough, here are 5 reasons how a solo trip can change your life.

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The Role of a Hotel Housekeeper

Hotel Housekeepers

“We work very hard to ensure every room is clean and safe for the guests’ utmost comfort,” says Margaret, Executive Housekeeper of PARKROYAL on Beach Road, “our commitment is what makes every guest’s stay memorable.”

We spent some time chatting with this affable lady who has been in the industry for almost 30 years, with a passion so strong for housekeeping that we could tell from the sparkle in her eyes when she shared with us her journey from a junior Housekeeper to what she is today.

So what is it really like in the shoes of those room attendants who always move around the property quietly but efficiently, keeping everything intact and ensuring a clean and safe environment to stay in? Here, we take a peek into the role of a hotel housekeeper, the daily job scopes, and things that you never knew about being a housekeeper.

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Millenia Walk’s Best Dessert Hideouts

Tart Blanc Patisserie

One of the things that we did not know about Millenia Walk, until we went on a food tour around the mall recently, is that there are so many good dessert hideouts that will make you go weak in the knees.

Among all the unique food places that we have tried at Millenia Walk, the two joints that stood out were Patisserie G and Tart Blanc. The former is a locally-founded patisserie that offers an amazing array of French cakes, pastries and desserts; the latter is an absolute gem that specialises in tart-based desserts. We are head over heels in love with Tart Blanc’s raspberry praline tart!

Fika cheesecake

And to our Muslim friends, when you dine at Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro, be sure to save room for their red velvet cake and cheesecake. Rainbow cake lovers have to try MEDZS’ rendition, which is soft, moist, and pretty. And how can we say no to the freshly baked waffles from Commune Cafe & Bistro No. 50?

Other desserts that are worth trying at Millenia Walk are the chocolate lava cakes from 3 Inch Sin; lemongrass & ginger ice cream from Ruby, Thai Inspired Cuisine; and the panna cotta from Bel Mondo.

By the way, do you know that Millenia Walk currently has an ongoing Nosh on the Finer Side promotion (till 3 August 2014) with different treats every day? For more details of the promotions, go to www.milleniawalk.com and like them on Instagram.

This post is brought to you by Millenia Walk Singapore.

19 Old School Singapore Snacks Every Kid From The ’80s & ’90s Loved

Singapore Old School Snack

The world is ever changing, and we are always on the lookout for food trends and new fads. Sometimes, we ditch things that are no longer attractive, or has no more popularity to boast. But there are many things that stay close to our hearts, for we grew up with them and memories of us as kids enjoying these snacks are always the fondest.

We took a long walk down memory lane, and dug out many treasures that we used to save our pocket money for when we were kids. Here is a list of 19 old school Singapore snacks every kid from the ’80s and ’90s loved. Which is your favourite?

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Raffles City Is Budding With Flavours This Food Festival

Raffles City Food Festival

Raffles City has many exciting events and activities all year round, but July is the month we always look forward to because of its annual Food Festival. From 11 to 27 July 2014, a series of fun-filled events and promotions awaits you foodies out there.

Raffles City started its Instagram account @RafflesCitySG, and you should follow them not just for the latest feeds, but also because fans of Raffles City get to win 10 prizes daily when you upload a photo on Instagram of your favourite eats at the mall and hashtag #RafflesCityEats together with a geotag of the restaurant.

Duck Waffle

Wondering where to bring your kids over the weekends? Raffles City may just be your answer. From now till 31 Dec 2014, kids dine for free at participating restaurants on weekends.

Last Saturday, we spent the day at Raffles City with many food enthusiasts on a food trail and had a ball of a time at many good restaurants and eateries in the mall. Raffles City is budding with flavours this July, and here are some restaurants to look out for when you next dine at Raffles City.

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Osaka’s Top 3 Must-Eat Street Food

Osaka Must Eats

When visitors go to Japan, Tokyo is often the top of the list. In fact, majority of the most-visited destinations in the country are in the capital. Osaka, in comparison, is often neglected and it is a shame because there are so many things to see and do there.

For those of you who don’t know, Osaka is known as the food kitchen of Japan. From michelin starred restaurants, new dining concepts and delicious cheap eats, Osaka is a haven for food lovers. When visiting the city, you cannot leave without eating the top 3 street food that originated from Osaka – Kushikatsu, Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki.

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Millenia Walk: Nosh On The Finer Side

Millenia Walk Nosh on Finer Side

Whether you are working in the area, meeting your friends for coffee in the afternoon, or having dinner and drinks with your family, there is something to look forward to every day this July at Millenia Walk. From now till 3 August 2014, Nosh on the Finer Side at Millenia Walk and enjoy different treats every day.

Mondays are Deli-cious days where you can have a casual lunch of sandwiches and salads. On Tuesdays, go for Happy Hour after work with your colleagues and have some beers and wines; now drink your fill, your wallet can take it. Wednesdays call for a Mid-week Perk Me Up, so this is every reason to get your caffeine boost. And on Thursdays, treat yourself to desserts, cakes and pastries from the cafes and patisseries at Millenia Walk. Bring on the sugar, we’d say! TGIF? Grab your pals and meet up for some Surf and Turf because there is no better way to end the work week than pigging out on seafood and meat! Weekends are meant for brunch and afternoon tea, so slow down and enjoy a quiet afternoon at Millenia Walk to recharge yours souls over comfort brunch food and good teas.

Fika

That’s not all. Receive a S$10 Millenia Walk F&B voucher with a minimum spend of S$300 (limited to the first 500 shoppers only). To find out more details on the latest promotions at Millenia Walk, go to their website www.milleniawalk.com and like them on Instagram. For more recommendations, read our guide on where to eat at Millenia Walk.

This post is brought to you by Millenia Walk Singapore.

Guide to Maxim’s Group: 8 Dining Concepts in Hong Kong

Maxim's Dining Guide

Hong Kong is such a paradise for food lovers, and is always among the first in Asia to launch trends from across the globe. Whatever you are feeling – casual fast meals to fine dining – Hong Kong always has something to offer.

And to embrace this love for food, Maxim’s Group www.maxims.com.hk celebrates the Tastes of Life and we joined them on a journey to discovering the bests of what this F&B giant has to offer. Visitors to Hong Kong would be all too familiar with this household name, but do you know that they have an impressive of 70 brands under their belt, with 840 outlets all over Hong Kong, China and Vietnam?

Landmark Cafe HK

Think about Cantonese cuisine and you’d think of Maxim’s; think about cakes and breads and you’d think of the familiar red signboard in every single MTR stations. Maxim’s always promises an epicurean journey to titillate every sense, and it is by no surprise that they are the top-of-mind brand when it comes to F&B in Hong Kong.

Earlier this month, we had the privilege to feast at some of the best house brands by Maxim’s, and we are already looking forward to our next trip to Hong Kong for more good food. The next time you take a holiday to the Pearl of The Orient, read this guide to Maxim’s Group restaurants like it is your bible and visit the bests of Maxim’s.

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How to Make A Perfect Cup of Coffee

Perfect Cup Coffee

Enjoying a cup of coffee is more than just a matter of taste, or fancy latte art. All five of our senses play a big part, and I believe there are some added components that attribute to a good cup of coffee.

Experiencing all that coffee has to offer is more than just a two-way street; with the barista making the coffee, and the customer drinking the coffee. It involves the most complex understanding on how that coffee was being prepared until it reaches your lip.

I had the opportunity to visit Khairul (better known as K-Man) – the Head Barista at Sarnies Cafe – and learn more about the art of making coffee. Here are the basics on the roles in processing coffee’s rich data - starting with Blending, Roasting, Grinding, and Extraction.

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