Celebrate Chinese New Year at Amara Singapore Hotel

Hey Everyone, are your excited that Lunar New Year is around the corner ? I am, because this is also one of the rare moments that everyone will gather together and have a good meal to begin a brand new year. On this important day (4th Feb 2019), you can book a propitious reunion dinner at Amara Singapore.

Reunion Dinner Menus (view menus here)
Golden Abundance ReunionSGD78.80 per person (min. of 6 persons)
​Blooming Prosperity Reunion SGD98.80 per person (min. of 6 persons)
For more information, please call +65 6879 2551.

Kickstart the new year with their signature Prosperity Eight Treasures Yu Sheng 八宝发财鱼生 ($88+ for small, $118+ for large) which highlights their slight spicy kick from the special housemade spicy Sze Chuang dressing. In this Yu Sheng, there are premium ingredients such as abalone slices, fried fish skin, fish roe and more. 

Below are some of the dishes you can look forward to: 

年年有余 Nian Nian You Yu - symbolism every year ends with ample surplus . The Mandarin word 'yu' sounds similar to mandarin word 'yu' which means fish. Soy baked Sea Perch with Spinach in bonito Sauce is one of my favourite dish. The texture of this dish is similar to codfish but the meat is slightly less oily which is one of the reason that Chef chose it as it will absorb the flavours of the sauce better.

Favour the essence of the sea with their Braised Golden Pumpkin Soup with Superior Fish Maw 金瓜鱼鳔汤 ($20+ per person). A bowl of lovely golden-orange soup perfect for all and as you tuck in further you will discover mushrooms, crunchy fish maw and dried scallops. 

Traditional Beijing Roasted Duck 传统北京烤鸭 ($68+) characterized by its thin, crisp skin with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat. To enjoy the meat, the hearty slice of the yummy duck meat was placed in a thin rice flour crepe together with cucumber and sweet yet savory sauce.

Sichuan Style Wok-fried Chicken with Dried Red Chilli 辣子鸡 ($38+) 
If you like Sichuan flavours, do try out this dish and you will love it. This fiery heat of fried Sichuan peppercorns and dried chilies with the chunks of juicy, tender chicken is like the medium spicy level as the ma la xiang guo. 

Wok-fried Fragrant Rice with Chinese Waxed Sausage has a subtle fragrance of wok hei and the rice isn't too oily. Delicious and definitely worth to order to share it. 

Braised Pork Ribs in Black Beer (黑啤酒焖排骨is something different from what you usually tasted, it carries a bitter after taste. 

Shenyang Seafood Combination Dumpling (三鲜水饺汤) ($28+, 12pcs) not to be missed if you are going to Silk Road's for their CNY set menu.

Last but not least, the dessert buffet :

Specially prepared for this Lunar New Year include Gold Ingot Fruit cake ($78+) and Cherry Blossom Sugee Cake ($68+). 

Below are the different menus you can click in to check it out: 

165 Tangjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088539
Tel: +65 6879 2551
CNY promotion : https://singapore.amarahotels.com/lunarnewyear2019.html

Wishing everyone a Blessed and Happy Chinese New Year ! 

Anti:Dote Afternoon Tea @ Fairmont

Anti:dote located at Fairmont Hotel lobby (short walk from City Hall Station) is a recommended place where you can enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea with your girlfriend or love ones. Together with one of my girlfriends, we decided to try their beautiful high tea sets. This blog will post on their set which is available from 1 - 30 November 2018. 

Antidote Restaurant ambiance with romantic lighting. 

We started our high tea set with a choice of tea or coffee for each of us. I chose Vanilla Bourbon Tea - South Africa (Red tea blended with sweet TWG Vanilla) while E chose Sweet Romance Tea (Sweet blend decaffeinated black tea with red berries). Overall, both are great but if you are someone who prefers sweet and stronger tea flavour then Sweet Romance Tea might be the one that you are looking.  You can also request to add hot water once you are done. 

Before the high tea set , we got to choose between two different cooking methods of egg as shown above. The first photo with the plastic egg shell is the slow cooked eggs with crab meat, chives and caviar. The taste is great initially but as you eat to the bottom the egg is pretty salty. As for another appetizer,organic egg with truffle.

Finally, after our appetizer, the friendly staff presented our high tea set in a leather-clad jewellery chest to our table. The food portion that you see is for 2 pax and is non-refillable. Inside this 3 drawers, there are Clotted cream, Lemon curd, Blueberry jam as well as 2 Biscuits on the lower drawer, 2 Scones (maple walnut and vanilla) in the middle drawer, 5 Savories in the top drawer and of course the Desserts (8 different types) on the top of the chest box.  

We started off with the middle drawer (maple walnut and vanilla scones), followed by the savories and lastly the sweet. The pairing of lovingly baked scones and spreads are really good!! 

Left to right : 
  • Wild mushroom and mushroom pesto on classic brioche
  • Smoked duck, pickled cucumber and foie gras on shallot toast
  • Smoked salmon, beetroot cream cheese and ikura roe on pumpernickel --> replaced with tomato and some cut fruits as we informed that we did not want to eat raw food 
  • House made duck rillette and garlic mustard on rye bread
  • Abalone and braised leek on mashed potato tart
House made duck rillette and garlic mustard on rye bread as well as the mashed potato tart are my two favorites from the savories. 

Both of us are really very full as we reached this section. But, who can reject dessert ? The petite desserts include Raspberry opera, Hazelnut ivory crunch, espresso mascarphone tea cake , matcha lamington coconut, rose strawberries choux, sweet potato coconut cone, blueberry violet creme macaroon and praline sesame stable. When i looked at the macaroon, my first thought its going to be very sweet because I saw the shell also added crystalised sugar. However, when I bite it , I was amazed and definitely of my liking - not too sweet. Overall, the sweets are good except for sweet potato coconut cone. 

Anti:Dote Afternoon Tea @ Fairmont

Address: Fairmont Singapore, Level 1, 80 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189560
Opening hours for Afternoon tea: 
  • Mon - Thurs (3 - 5pm)
  • Fri - Sun and Public Holiday (12 - 2 pm(first seating)) and (3-5pm (second seating))
** Do ensure that you reservation is required. 
Price : Each person $50 (excluding GST & Service Charge) comes with complimentary tea or coffee. You can also enjoy it with Prosecco at $12 per glass or $30 for free flow. 


Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka

Address: 8-25 Masumicho, Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture 563-0041, Japan
Opening hours:  Mon - Sun (9:30am - 4:30pm) Closed on Tuesday; last admission 3:30pm

If you are travelling to Osaka, Cup Noodles Museum is a place not to miss. This place was opened by the Nissin Food Company, whose founder invented instant ramen noodles in 1958 as a fast and convenient food. The museum is located in Ikeda in Osaka and is within walking distance of Ikeda Station on the Hankyu-Takarazuka Line. Admission is free. 

As you walked into the museum, you will be greeted by their friendly staff who know how to speak in English, Chinese to assist you. In this museum, there is also a small place where a short film will introduce the history of instant noodles and also a huge wall of instant ramen boxes display from around the world. 

It offers an interactive exhibition to show the exploits of the father of instant ramen.

My main purpose of visiting the museum is to D.I.Y my own Cupnoodles :) But, before I talked more about it, there are also a 90 minutes Chicken Ramen workshop for you to make  your own noodles scratch and costs 500yen. Do remember to make advance reservation if you intend to do it. If not just follow me to design your own cup noodle. 

We purchased the cup noodle from the vending machine at a cost of 300yen and before we begin our art work, we started by sterilizing our hands first. 

All the cup has a lid to keep its contents clean. Check out above what I drew :) 

After you are done with the drawing, proceed to the counter to fill up the content inside.  And of course, the first part will be the instant noodle. You will require to turn the handle of the machine and put the noodles into your own customized cup.

We also get to choose the type of soup flavors and 4 toppings.

Tada~ I'm done with my own personal cup noodle. 


Flower in a vase from Little Flower Hut

Welcomed by Little Flower Hut new product for 2019 flower in a vase on a Monday evening when I got home. Little Flower Hut started at 2010 offers different type of flowers and gifts for all occasion such as Hand Bouquet, Table Flower arrangement, baby hamper, Get Well Soon Hamper, Grand Opening, Condolence Wreaths. Below photo are some of the flower arrangements that they had done. I just feel that they are way too talented and there are simply so many flower arrangements for you to choose from. 

Why Little Flower Hut?
The plus point about them is that they offer same day flower delivery when order is place before 4pm. You can definitely trust them and receive their beautiful and freshness floral.

2019 product for Little Flower Hut 

Needless to say, their product for 2019 by matching flowers and succulent in a vase is amazing. I don't really require to describe much as you can look at the beautiful photo as shown above. Though the products will only begin selling it on 2019, you can check out their website (link here) for other flowers arrangement which is also in a vase. Definitely a great way to give your friends/ relatives as a house warming gift or any events. 
Flowers are one of the best ways to decorate for the event, though they are simple but it can really bring life to the environment. Don't you agree? 

Tips on taking care of such flowers : 

1. Remove all the lower leaves from the vase 
2. Change the water every other day and re-cut the stems each time
3. Keep it in a cool, draft-free area to avoid direct sunlight

So what are you waiting for ? Hop over to their website to shop 

Little Flower Hut SG
Website: https://www.littleflowerhut.com.sg
Email    : sales@littleflowerhut.com

Thanks for reading :) 

9 Things to do in Osaka

Osaka - an interesting city with friendly people, great food, affordable beauty products and of course great sights for a holiday.  

Take a look below to check out what you can do on your oncoming trip to Osaka : 

1. Stroll through Dotonbori 
If you have friends who already went to Osaka, the first thing they would recommend and not to miss out will surely be Dontonbori.  This a place with extravagant signage, enormous different types of restaurants and gaudy neon lights. This is a place that you can enjoy many different types of food such as Takoyaki , Kyoza, Sushi and many many more.  

2. Enjoy sushi @ 100Yen
Usually, Sushi has been pretty expensive but over in the past years, I believe you can get to see many affordable sushi restaurants. Over in Osaka is also not surprising as there are also many many Sushi restaurants now offering decent quality Sushi dishes at only 100 yen (~ SGD 1.22) per plate and mostly in conveyor belt style just like the photo above. 

3. Explore Osaka Castle
Do spend your time strolling around Osaka castle to enjoy the environment as well as learning all the history of the castle. The castle tower is now very modern in the inside and there are also elevator for tourist for easier accessibility.

Full Blog post : http://rygohxx.blogspot.com/2018/10/8-days-complete-itinerary-in-japan-part.html
4. Osaka Aquarium
Another popular Osaka attractions is the Osaka Aquarium. The aquarium is a great place you can enjoy and learn on the various marine life on display in 15 large tanks. And do you know, the central tank is actually nine meters deep and home to a whale shark, one of the main attraction. 

Full Blogpost :http://rygohxx.blogspot.com/2018/10/8-days-complete-itinerary-in-japan-part.html
5. Cup Noodles Museum
Cup Noodles Museum - a fun and interactive museum where there are exhibits and hands on workshops. The most interesting part is to design you own cup noodle contents by decorating your own cup and selecting your sauce flavour and toppings. This 300 yen cup noodle is one of the best souvenir option.

6. Stroll in Minoo Park 
Minoo Park is a forested velley and is one of the best places to check out the natural setting. Recommend to go during second half of November. From the starting point to the end (fountain) will take you about an hour to stroll. I would recommend to wear a comfortable shoes as there are some uneven paths and steps to climb up to. But, if you want some great exercise and fresh air, this is a place that you are looking for!

7. Take a selfie with the Owl 
If you are looking to take a selfie with owl, do head down to one of the shop in Osaka such as Lucky Owl Cafe. With a 1 hour time limit, do walk around to see the live owls and you can also stroke their beaks gently for those friendly owls. 

Full Blogpost :http://rygohxx.blogspot.com/2018/10/8-days-complete-itinerary-in-japan-part.html 8. Universal Studio Osaka 
Who doesn't love going to theme park? Over in Osaka Universal Studios you can get to see different sections such as Harry Porter, New York, Minion, Spiderman and many more.  This would be a great destination for all ages.  

Full Blogpost: http://rygohxx.blogspot.com/2018/11/part-3-day-5-universal-studio-japan.html
9.Enjoy fresh seafood @ Kuromon ichiban Market
Kuromon Ichiba Market is a great location to wander around to enjoy the food and culture among all the tourists. I love the seafood over there especially the scallop was unbelievable delicious seasoned with butter and soy sauce. You can come over here during 10am to enjoy some food before you go for your lunch. 

Full Blogpost: http://rygohxx.blogspot.com/2018/10/8-days-complete-itinerary-in-japan-part.html

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