Famed for its contemporary approaches to traditional Chinese food along with its unyielding commitment to theatrics and witty presentation, Lokkee, part of the TungLok Group, is one Chinese restaurant that impresses time and time again.
The restaurant reinterprets and elevates the traditional Chinese recipes with a dash of Western influence, celebrating the unique style of cuisine that is commonly found in Chinatowns dotted across major, non-Chinese cities around the world such as New York, London and Sydney.
Through marrying culinary prowess along with fresh, top quality ingredients, the chefs here continue to push boundaries to what many of us know and understand about Chinese cooking, creating a whole new genre of Chinese cuisine altogether. Our favourites include their Firecracker Chicken Nest that draws its inspiration from Sichuan’s cuisine as well as their ‘Bakkwa’ Bacon Salad—a starter that marries both the East and West perfectly. READ ON
For the first time ever, East Japan Railway Company (JR East), one of Japan’s most notable railway companies, has come to Singapore to present an exhilarating new project in the station retail facilities of SMRT Experience. The result is an interesting multi-sensory platform “Inspiration Store” over at Orchard Xchange in Orchard MRT.
Be sure to watch out for renowned artists, craftsmen, and chefs from Japan who will make special appearances to share their inspiring insights into the art they create.
Every few weeks, the store will transform itself, showcasing different Japanese crafts and adoring different themes and displays. The event aims to provide an immersive experience and promote sustainability and community. The current theme for the second phase of the installation—that nicely ties in the spirit of Chinese New Year—is “Spring with Daruma”. Daruma dolls are traditional Japanese dolls that symbolise of perseverance and good luck.
If you’re someone who harbours a deep fascination for Japanese culture, this is one pop-up that you really need to check out to get inspired as well as to learn a thing or two about Japan and its rich heritage.
Master chef, maverick and culinary rule-breaker, 3-Michelin-starred Chef Alvin Leung is known for defying the laws of culinary gastronomy, crafting stellar dishes that excite the senses and go far beyond merely tasting superb.
Newly opened, 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung over at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore pays humble tribute to various Asian cuisines in and around Southeast Asia. The menu features a host of dishes that showcase innovation, gutsy elaboration but above all, a contemporary twist on Asian favourites, all designed by the self-proclaimed “demon chef” himself and inspired by his many travels across Asia.
Designed to tease and astonish in a myriad of ways yet keeping true to the spirit of each style of cuisine, we were thoroughly impressed by the 72-Hour U.S. Short Ribs Rendang and Pickled Cabbage that, besides being tender beyond belief, was richly aromatic and nuanced.
The menu is carefully designed to suit anyone and everyone, from those new to the deeply-rooted flavours and recipes of Asia to locals keen on experiencing a contemporary approach to classic favourites.
We were feeling a tad bit sad that Christmas has come to an end but then we remembered that the Chinese New Year is just around the corner. We are excited to usher in the year of Pig and for us foodies, Chinese New Year means one crucial thing: another round of intense feasting!
Food and reunion meals are an absolute must for Chinese New Year. While many people prefer to whip up a reunion meal by themselves, sometimes it is almost impossible to feed the sheer number of guests you have.
But there are plenty of reputable and reliable catering companies out there that can do the job for you. One of these companies is Stamford Catering, and they are a common name when you need suggestions for stellar buffet line-ups to satisfy the masses.
This Lunar New Year, book your CNY Feast with Stamford Catering and the first 300 Plus! Members will receive 888 (HUAT HUAT HUAT) BONUS LinkPoints with a minimum spending of S$600 between 21 Jan to 24 Feb 2019. If you are not yet a Plus! Member, sign up for one via plus.com.sg/apply to participate and be blessed with tons of HUATs. Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.stamfordcs.com.sg for details. READ ON
Duck aficionados, prepare your stomachs because TungLok Group is jazzing up the food scene once again with their new restaurant, Duckland.
Priding themselves on using ducks from Silver Hill Farm in Ireland—a breed that is known to be the ‘wagyu’ of ducks—the Irish duck is no normal duck. It is actually a unique and cultivated hybrid of the Peking duck and the Aylesbury duck, which are poultry specially bred for their dense and porous skin. This means that the ducks used in the dishes here at Duckland will be even more succulent, tender and robust than your average duck.
Adopting a ‘farm to fork’ concept which emphasises heavily on the utilisation of top-notch quality ducks from Ireland, their dishes all embody the authentic flavours of Ireland and the best flavours of duck meat you can get.
Located in United Square at Novena, Duckland has just opened its doors in mid-January. From now until 28th February 2019, our readers can quote ‘ladyironchef’ to enjoy 10% off the total bill with a minimum spend of S$50*. Here is what you can expect at Duckland!
The coming of the Lunar New Year marks the start of many things for the Chinese, with excessive feasting and snacking ranking the highest among our list of priorities. Among the popular mainstays such as pineapple tarts, love letters and other confectionery delights, the one we always go berserk for, is bak kwa—otherwise commonly known as rou gan or barbecued pork jerky.
Starting out from humble roots, turning his interest into passion and passion into a business, founder, Mr Teo Kim Tee began his own signature brand—New Eastern (Kim Tee) Dried and Minced Pork—back in 1976, setting up shop in the heart of Serangoon Gardens. They’ve remained at the same location ever since and have now grown to become a popular name among many.
Their bak kwa is unique in that it is made considerably thinner than most, allowing the complex smoky aromas and sweet, porky flavours to melt on the tongue. Priding themselves on producing bak kwa that is 100% hand-made, their products begin the traditional way, cooked in a charcoal oven before subsequently grilled over a charcoal stove.
As of today, the family heirloom that is Mr Teo’s bak kwa is run by his two grandchildren who not only aim to ensure that his legacy lives on but to give the brand itself a breath of new life through contemporary approaches—all while maintaining the stellar standard of their traditional handmade bak kwa.
Being one of Singapore’s most highly-anticipated cultural celebrations, the Lunar New Year is a remarkable one that sees the coming together of family, friends and loved ones. Whether you observe the festivities, we can all agree on one thing; that it’s always a feast.
This year, leave no room for hiccups by taking the celebration outside instead. Over at award-winning Racines, perched on the fifth floor of Sofitel Singapore City Centre, look forward to a medley of sumptuous festive offerings along with a variety of set menus, curated, designed and crafted by a veteran in the art of traditional Chinese cooking, Executive Chef Andrew Chong himself.
Be wowed by the artistry that is the Malaysian born chef’s elaborate fortune-enhancing creations, from his extravagant and exquisitely assembled Seafood Abalone Treasure Pot with Braised Cabbage and Black Moss (Pen Cai) to his signature Clay Pot Royale Braised Duck with Sea Cucumber.
Our readers can get 15% OFF Racine’s CNY takeaway orders using our code’ LADYIRONCNY’ on Sofitel Singapore City Centre’s website.
Chinese New Year is just a couple of weeks ahead and we are sure that many of us are excited to spend some quality time with your family and loved ones. But besides the wholesome gatherings, this is also the perfect season (or so we deem to be) to put on hold any existing diet and instead, indulge in those festive goodies non-stop.
But feasting during Chinese New Year shouldn’t stop at just bak kwa and pineapple tarts. This Lunar New Year, ushering in the year of the Pig in the best possible way is Ginger at PARKROYAL On Beach Road, an all-day dining destination and one of our favourite venues to dine at regardless of the occasion.
Executive Chef Vincent Aw and the team has thoughtfully curated an extensive array of auspicious culinary delights which will be presented as part of their buffet line-up come 21st January 2019. Think D.I.Y Yu Sheng, Singaporean-favourite crabs and divinely crispy roasted suckling pig!
Our red packet to our readers consists of a discount for this feast this upcoming Lunar New Year. Quote ‘LICCNY’ upon making reservations at Ginger at PARKROYAL on Beach Road to enjoy 25% off from 21 Jan to 3 Feb and 7 to 19 Feb; as well as 15% off from 4 to 6 Feb.