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.

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.

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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Late Night Dining at Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro

Quayside Fish Bar Late Night

While Melody and I don’t have the habit of eating late at night, there are times when we want a nice spot to have supper with friends and hangout till midnight. Most kitchens only operate till 10pm, and more often than not, they only serve a limited menu of finger food and drinks after that. Which is why we are happy to let you in on a little secret.

Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro, one of our go-to places for fresh and good quality seafood, opens till when the owls come out to play, and they have a late night nibbles menu which not only features your usual snacks, but also a pretty comprehensive selection of appetisers and mains.

Regulars at Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro will be thrilled to know that the signature Chilli Crab Linguine (S$28) is available on the late night menu. Other supper options include Tiger Beer Battered Halibut (S$26), Tuna Tataki (S$19), and Homemade Pumpkin Gnocchi (S$25). And if you want to do a little guilt-free indulging, there is always the Baby Romaine Lettuce (S$16).

Quayside Fish bar desserts

Feeling peckish and just want a light bite? Go for the White Truffle Scented Shoestrings Fries (S$9) and a Bloody Mary Shooter (S$4) – you are ready to rock and roll all night! Besides, any time is a good time for Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro’s Truffle Fries!

Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro is a great destination for desserts, too. The Homemade Tiramisu (S$14) remains one of the best that we have had in town. And here’s the deal – we tried the White Truffle Flavoured Lava Chocolate Cake (S$12) recently, and we fell head over heels in love with it. We can’t say what exactly, but it is one rendition you must not miss out on. Alternatively, the Black Sesame Cheese Pound Cake (S$14), with chocolate soil, dehydrated lychee, and a scoop of chocolate gelato, is a fine way to end your night.

Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro
31 Ocean Way #01-11
Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove
Tel: +65 6268 8633
Tue: 9am – 12 midnight
Wed & Thu: 12pm – 12 midnight
Fri: 12pm – 1am
Sat: 9am – 1am
Sun: 9am – 12 midnight
Nearest Station: Harbourfront

This post is brought to you by Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro.

Guide to Millenia Walk’s Unique Food Places

Millenia Walk Food Guide

You know your tummies will be in good hands when you drive in to Millenia Walk. A popular spot among executives around the area, Millenia Walk is one of those underrated malls with a surprising array of F&B tenants that is bound to satisfy and please, and there is always something to feed those cravings – whatever you are feeling.

A recent trip to the mall had us discovering so many new finds, and we fell in love with the sophisticated mall that is right smack in the heart of Singapore. The month of July is even lovelier for Millenia Walk is rewarding all its fans with fantastic promotions that no one can say no to.

Waffles & Coffee

The restaurants and cafes at Millenia Walk have put together many specials to entice every taste bud. Every day has a different theme, and the Nosh on the Finer Side promotion will run from 7th Jul 2014 to 3rd Aug 2014. Here’s how the schedule runs:

Mondays are Deli-cious days, and Tuesdays are to celebrate Happy Hour. Wednesdays call for a Mid-week Perk Me Up, and Thursdays are to indulge in Sweet Treats. Fridays are the end of the work week, so let’s do some Surf & Turf! And to reward yourself on a Saturday, let’s go for some Weekend Indulgence.

This is your chance to explore Millenia Walk and all its hidden gems if you don’t already know of them. Here is a guide to Millenia Walk’s unique food places, and oh, we’d suggest hiding that weighing scale for now.

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Guide to Everton Park Neighbourhood Singapore

Everton Park Guide

Everton Park is quickly becoming the latest it neighbourhood. Some call it the new Tiong Bahru, and it is not difficult to see why. Since Nylon Coffee Roasters and Grin Affair started here in 2012, this quiet HDB neighbourhood has been drawing foodies to explore the area.

Today, there are eight cafes in this enclave, and we won’t be surprised if more cafes and shops choose to open here in the future. You know that Everton Park is officially cool when hotelier Loh Lik Peng – who is behind many boutique hotels and restaurants in off-the-radar neighbourhoods – has also helped to set up a cafe here.

Here is our guide to the Everton Park neighbourhood.

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The Great Asher Beers, Wines & Spirits Sale 2014

Asher BWS Sale

Are you an avid wine drinker, and one who likes to drink at the comfort of your own home? Hands up if you are always on the hunt for good deals to stock up for house parties and gatherings!

For so long now, we have been sold by Asher BWS www.asherbws.com - an e-store that offers a mind-boggling range of Beers, Wines and Spirits. They are all so affordable and definitely much cheaper than what you would get on the retail racks, and you can skip the hassle of lugging them back yourself because they will deliver your orders to your doorstep! How very awesome.

And you know what is even better? There is an upcoming physical warehouse sale and this is your chance to go on a BWS spree! Expect nothing but a fantastic price slash, and discounts are so attractive and go up to 50% off the regular price tags.

Wine glasses

Some of the sale items that you can look forward to are: Wyndham Bin 555 Shiraz (S$32), Johnnie Walker Black Label ($70), Piper Hiedsieck Champagne 75cl ($68), Chivas 12Years 75cl ($79), and Moet & Chandon Imperial 75cl ($70). In addition to the promotions, there will be further discount for bulk purchases. We need to loop some LMFAO tracks and do literal Champagne Showers!

This is one date you have to mark in your calendar, because no one says no to beers, spirits and wines that go on sale. Think of all the cocktails you can make with the vodka, tequila and whisky – all without having your wallet take a beating.

For more updates, go to www.asherbws.com and like Asher BWS on Instagram, and Facebook.

The Great Asher BWS Sale 2014
Date: 19 & 20 July, 10am – 5.30pm
Venue: 502 Macpherson Road
Tel: +65 6283 5555

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20 Highlights From Apple Vacations Singapore 8D6N Osaka, Mie & Wakayama

Apple Vacations

Japan is one of our favourite countries. Melody and I travel to Tokyo frequently because it is such a buzzing and lively city. Kyoto, on the other hand, is one with so much hidden charm, so much to discover, so much to experience and take home.

Besides these two major cities, we had always wanted to visit the countryside and to experience a different side of Japan. So, when Apple Vacations Singapore www.applevacations.com.sg approached us to organise a ladyironchef x Apple Vacations Singapore tour especially for our readers, we said yes immediately! Apple Vacations Singapore specialises in mainly Japan tours, and with their in-depth knowledge of the country, they are an ideal partner that we can work with to make this trip possible.

Wakayama

Back in may, we travelled to Japan to curate the best of Mie, Wakayama and Osaka. And come November, we will be leading a group tour to revisit our favourite picks. It will be a 8D6N trip, and we promise nothing but fun. And good food.

Apple Vacations Singapore is offering an early bird discount of S$200/pax (valid for the first 10 signups) for readers of ladyironchef. Should you be keen to join us for this adventure, kindly email [email protected] or call +65 6533 5161 to book your seat.

Below, we share 20 highlights from the itinerary that is finalised by Apple Vacations Singapore and us, and this is what you can expect from our upcoming tour to Mie, Wakayama and Osaka.

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