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Sunday, 14 November 2021

Lunch at Lao Beijing (老北京食堂) @ Novena Square

238 Thomson Road #02-11 / 12 Novena Square Shopping Mall, Singapore 307683
Tel: 6358 4466

Lao Beijing is part of the TungLok Group, specialising in Northern Chinese cuisine such as noodles, crispy skin roast duck, steamed dumplings etc.  They used to have more outlets but it seems there's only the Velocity Novena Square outlet left.  Service was rather friendly, and decor gives a very vintage heritage feel.

Appetiser was interesting Pickled Pumpkin (SGD$2.00) slices (mom insisted it tasted like papaya instead). crunchy and sweet with light tinge of spiciness.

The Pork & Chive Dumplings (SGD$6.00) were pretty good and melty, tender minced pork wrapped in soft flour skin.

Braised Pork Rice (SGD$3.50) was decent, with delectable bits of tiny braised pork cubes and half a soft-braised egg. I thought a little more gravy might transform the simple rice dish better.

Finally, Wanton Noodles (SGD$12.00) made with fresh shrimp dumplings, springy la mian noodles and a whole braised egg. Taste was a little bland but portion was very generous.

Overall a pleasant dining experience here at Lao Beijing (Olde Peking Dining Hall) - a lot has changed since my last dining experience there nearly a decade ago.

Friday, 5 November 2021

Dinner at Wok Master Restaurant @ Changi City Point

5 Changi Business Park Central 1, #01-28, Changi City Point, Singapore 486038
Tel: 6909 3144

Craving for your favorite local Chinese "zi char" or casual seafood dishes, but craving for air-conditioned comfort? Then Wok Master might be the perfect fit for you.

They have 3 outlets in Singapore and being Easties, we chose the Changi City Point branch to dine at. Needless to say - with their huge variety of dishes and affordable price tags, the place was packed with dinner crowds.

We enjoyed their signature Seafood Platter (seasonal price) very much, because evidently, it was a treasure pot of goodness! One could choose between Chicken Soup Base or spicy Mala Soup Base.

The ingredients included baby lobsters, green mussels, scallops, lala, quail egg, crab, black fungus, lettuce, noodles, tang hoon glass vermicelli, sweetcorn, prawns, and crayfish.

Then we had the Crisp-Skinned Duck (SGD$28.00), Wok Master’s version of Peking Duck. A half duck cooked crispy and served with crepes, cucumbers, carrots and spring onions with or dipping sauce

Next, Hong Kong-styled Steamed Fish (SGD$28.00). A whole fresh fish delicately steamed with a soy sauce infused with ginger, spring onions and coriander. Tasty!

After that, Sizzling Black Pepper Beef (SGD$15.00 for small / SGD$20.00 for medium) - sliced beef fried with a rich black pepper sauce and served on a sizzling hotplate. Definitely palatable; tender beef slices bursting with flavours.

Another item that we shared and savored was the Claypot Golden Mushroom Beancurd (SGD$12.00 for small/ SGD$18.00 for medium) - Stir-fried fried golden mushroom, carrot, mushroom, beans, cabbages with beancurd skin.

Last but not least, desserts! Glass Jelly with Lychee (SGD$4 20) - refreshing grass jelly with lychee and basil seeds.

We also enjoyed a cooling Chocolate Ice-Cream, served with Chocolate Wafer Rolls ("love letters").

Enjoyed our dining experience at Wok Master and the amazing dishes, satisfying start to the weekend.

Thursday, 30 September 2021

Bright Skin Cosmetic Laser at CSK DermaCare @ Tiong Bahru Plaza

302 Tiong Bahru Road, #02-121 Tiong Bahru Plaza, Singapore 168732
Tel: 6100 6886

I was delighted for the opportunity to try out the Bright Skin Cosmetic Laser (worth SGD$168.00) at CSK DermaCare. My laser treatment must be performed by a doctor, so only selective outlets offer this laser treatment. CSK DermaCare is operated by ClearSK Aesthetics Group, providing a wide range of aesthetics services for our skincare needs.

The Bright Skin Cosmetic Laser is a fuss-free laser procedure with minimal pain and zero downtime. It brightens the skin, making pigmentation and other imperfections appear lighter. Plus, it gives the benefits of a brightening facial - all within a span of roughly 20 minutes.

The Tiong Bahru outlet is relatively small, but it is tastefully decorated. I took a seat and was attended to pretty quickly.  No numbing cream was applied on my face after makeup removal by therapist.

Then the doctor came in to cover my eyes with goggles. He touched the laser device to my face while explaining each step and benefits. Each touch of the device caused a frisson of pain (like an ant's bite) because of the heat. There was also a mild burning smell but Doctor assured me that it was normal, and nothing to worry about.

The treatment was fast, so you can even come for a quick lunchtime laser session! The therapist gave me a soothing and hydrating Aloe Vera Mask to apply that night.

My skin felt and looked very radiant after that. I didn't have makeup on the entire day, but still felt confident because my skin was glowing and bright.

Thank you ClearSK / CSK DermaCare for the beautiful bright skin cosmetic laser treatment!

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Lunch at O'Coffee Club @ Changi Airport Terminal 3 (Revisit)

65 Airport Boulevard, Level 2, Changi Airport Terminal 3, Singapore 819663
Tel: 6585 6369

Recently I was part of the Neuro-Awareness Road show, so I was based at Changi Airport Terminal 3 for 2 days. Where else did I go for my lunch if not my favourite O'Coffee Club?  The decor has also changed - an open concept now with lots of plants, almost botanical-like. Menus have been revamped a little, you can check review here.

Anyway I had their 3-Egg Omelet (SGD$8.90) with Ham & Cheese. One could choose that, or Mushroom & Chicken. The Omelet came with a plain salad and tasted pretty good - the only issue was that I wish they had written there that the Omelet contains onions, as not everyone takes it.

I paired the above with a hot Peppermint Tea (SGD$4.80), with was a pretty good pairing actually, and the minty flavour helped to take away some of the onion taste in my mouth.

The next day, I had one of my favourites all these years - Classic Caesar Salad in Cheese Basket (SGD$14.90), with Smoked Salmon. One could choose Chicken if they don't like Salmon. Ingredients were fresh and the crispy cheese cheese basket was just so good! I could eat this type of salad every day!

I paired this with a glass of Red Wine (SGD$11.00), the only choice available here was the Shiraz Cabernet. I'm not sure why they scrapped my favourite Blackforest Blend from the menu if they could still serve alcoholic drinks.

Anyway overall, not bad dining experience here again. The afternoon crew were really nice - coming around to top up water and asked if everything was good.

Thursday, 12 August 2021

Dinner at Changi Beach Seafood Paradise @ Changi Beach Club

2 Andover Road, Changi Beach Club, Singapore 509984
Tel: 9113 5215 / 6344 5216
Website: None supplied

We used to enjoy the food and ambience at Changi Beach Club's Golden Seafood Restaurant (review here); now it has become Changi Beach Seafood Paradise. We decided to give it a try, when celebrating the MIL and SIL's birthdays earlier this year.

Service was very warm upon entry, but later became quite non-existent when more diners joined, so maybe they had manpower issues.

Decor was a little different now too. You're surrounded by seas, and catch magnificent views of the sunset, but the alfresco seating areas have been altered so the restaurant's interior spaces were longer now.  Big round tables filled the restaurant; the menu consisted of mainly seafood and Chinese dishes.

We started with Prawn Paste Chicken Wings (SGD$12 / $18 / $22 for S / M / L). Quite crispy, and evident prawn paste marinated flavour, but not one of the  better ones I have tried.

We also had the Sweet and Sour Pork (SGD$12 / $18 / $22 for S / M / L). Crispy cubes of fried pork covered in a blanket of appetite-whetting zesty sauce; pretty palatable.

There was also the Wok-fried Beef with Black Pepper (SGD$18 / $24 / $32 for S / M / L). Delicious slices of tender beef inmersed in black pepper sauce, complemented well by crunchy bell peppers and onion slices.

The Chilli Crabs (seasonal price) were pretty fresh and delectable; the gravy was a little too sweet for us though. More piquant would have been ideal.

The above dish must of course be accompanied by Fried Buns (SGD$1.00 per piece); you could have the option of fried or steamed bun.

Then the must-have vegetables dish; we chose Hong Kong Kai Lan (SGD$12 / $18 / $24 for S / M / L). Fresh greens stir-fried with garlic.

Lastly, from their seasonal promotion menu - Fried Hokkien Mee, KL-style. With thick noodles, fried and immersed in dark sauce. Quite nice; would have been great if there was a dash of "wok hey".

Overall, quite enjoyable dining here, but sadly, do not foresee ourselves returning anytime soon.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Japanese Candy from Tokyo Treat

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I was honoured to receive a #tokyotreat Monthly Box (worth SGD$35.00) filled with  17 types of Sakura-themed Japanese goodies, from Kit Kat to Pocky to Coca Cola to Colon to popcorn, etc. This box of treats hail all the way from Japan.

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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Lunch at Elemen (元素) Restaurant @ Millenia Walk

9 Raffles Boulevard #01-75 / 76 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Tel: 6238 0511

Elemen Vegetarian Restaurant introduces creative and elegant meat-less cuisine and currently has 4 outlets - Millenia Walk, Great World City, Harbourfront Centre and Paya Lebar Quarter.

The outlet at Millenia Walk has a lovely, elegant and clean design, earthly tones of green and beige, that make one very comfortable.

Their set menus are very wallet friendly, for instance, 5-course set lunch for SGD$26.80, and 8-course set lunch for SGD$32.80.

The Elemen Appetiser (SGD$4.80 if ordered as a la carte item) - a trio of salty, sweet and sour dishes. Diners should begin from the right to the left as they are meant to sample the three different flavours that varies from light to heavy that are meant to effectively whet one’s appetite for the other courses to come.

The salad of choice for me was the Grilled Holloumi Tomato with Watermelon Salad (SGD$5.80 if ordered as à la carte), utterly refreshing and simple, despite its deceptively simple ingredients.

The Mushroom Risotto with Black Truffles (SGD$16.80, if ordered on à la carte basis) exuded an earthly aroma, and looked pleasing to the eyes. However, contact with the mouth was disappointing - bland flavours despite its smell, and the rice grains were coarse and undercooked.

The Tempura Tofu with Avocado Roll (SGD$15.80) was more palatable, with crispy golden-fried cubes of beancurd and tasty rice rolls topped with creamy avocado.

For dessert,  I had Chocolate Mousse Cake, which was tasty and enjoyable, a sweet finish to a wholesome meal.