CNY ’16: Usher in the Year of the Monkey with Lunar New Year Culinary Creations @ The Fullerton Hotel

Celebrate the year of the Monkey with auspicious culinary creations by Master Chef Leong Chee Yeng and his team at The Fullerton Hotel’s signature Chinese restaurant- Jade. Well-loved for their traditional Chinese classics and contemporary dishes, Jade has once again outdone itself with an impressive selection of exquisite creations that will be available from 18 January to 22 February 2016.

Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng | $68/$98/$138

A must-have at any reunion dinner, this year’s special is the Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng featuring homemade Champagne jelly, edible gold leaves for that luxurious touch and Master Chef Leong’s artistic talent as he creates an art masterpiece out of every Yu Sheng he prepares. Drawn free hand with cinnamon powder, the calligraphy and drawings that accompanied the vibrantly coloured towering layers of mixed shredded vegetables were simply picture-perfect.

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Braised Six-Head Abalone, Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber, Deep-Fried Fish Maw, Chinese Cabbage, Flower Mushrooms, Roasted Garlic and Roasted Pork in Claypot | $58 per person

Pen Cai takes on a different feel with this glorious pot of quality goodness. Braised for 3-4 hours in a claypot brimming with only premium seafood treasures, the result is an intensely flavouful broth, thick with collagen and rich in taste. Master Chef Leong’s soups never disappoint and this concoction evidently won my heart.

BRIDGE Restaurant & Bar

Located along Seah street is an eatery by the name of BRIDGE. Cafe in the day but restaurant and bar when night falls, BRIDGE is practically an enigma that keeps things interesting for their customers by changing things up regularly with their food suppliers and dishes offered on the menu.

We dropped by one Saturday afternoon for brunch and the place was expectedly quite crowded. Seating options include the dimmer lit indoors with comforting air-conditioning while the outdoors albeit the heat, was enjoyably strategic for people-watching and had much better lighting.

Our lunch started off with a hearty bowl of Pumpkinoa $16. Instead of the usual boring carbs, BRIDGE focuses on tasty healthy alternatives such as organic quinoa and roasted rosemary pumpkin to bring new flavours and excitement to the dish. Tender and sweet, the chunks of golden pumpkin paired easily with the grains of quinoa and the tangy carrot vinaigrette. The pumpkin seeds too added a nice crunch while the crumbs of feta cheese gave the overall dish a creamy finish. Good to know that healthy food can actually taste this good after all.

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The next dish served was the 62°C Egg $19. Sou vide egg served on a thick layer of truffle mash potato, surrounded by sautéed wild mushrooms, chicken jus, prosciutto di parma, sourdough and seasonal truffle slices. The best part was definitely breaking that beautifully poached egg and letting the soft yolk flow. Slightly rich in flavours but no doubt a party in my mouth.

CNY ’16: Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Style @ Min Jiang, One-North & Goodwood Park Hotel

Amidst the luscious greenery and the tranquil surroundings of Rochester Park lies a beautiful Chinese restaurant, Min Jiang at One-North. Named after the Min River in the Sichuan province of China, Min Jiang is famous for serving delectable Chinese cuisine, especially their popular Sichuan and Cantonese dishes. One may still harbour fond memories of the wood-fired Peking duck when the 3000 sq ft restaurant was first established.

This year, the chefs from both Min Jiang (Goodwood Park) and Min Jiang at One-North have come together to showcase an impressive array of dishes for the Lunar New Year, which will be available during the festive period starting from 21 January to 22 February 2016.

Fruity ‘Lo Hei’ with Bacon and White Truffle Oil | $78 – small / $128 – large
(Dine-in only at Min Jiang at One-North)

A unique creation that harbours western influences, this Fruity ‘Lo Hei’ had fresh, crisp mixed greens stacked high in the middle and was surrounded by a glistening circle of julienned fresh fruits. Adding to its charm also were falling pieces of savory bacon, deep-fried yam and potato silvers which added a lovely salty flavour to compliment the sweetness of the salad.While we enjoyed the delicate balance of flavours, we did however think that the piquant stream of truffle infused plum sauce was a tad too overpowering.

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Crispy Salmon Skin ‘Lo Hei’ | $118 – large
(Dine-in and takeaway at Min Jiang)

Staycation: Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore

Formerly known as Traders Hotel Singapore, Hotel Jen has since taken over the property, undergone a multi-million dollar makeover and been renamed as Hotel Jen Tanglin. While the exterior of the hotel maintains its plain and somewhat dull shell, the interior however is a whole new world altogether. Step through those automated sliding doors and embrace the new upbeat stylish attitude of the “Jen” spirit. The concept is contemporary, design is satisfactorily hipster without trying too hard while the overall vibe is energetic, fresh and welcoming.

After our own 2D1N experience, we have put together a list of 8 reasons why Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore caters to both the “millennially minded” business and leisure traveller.

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1. Vibrant and Stylish Guest Rooms

Each of the 565 rooms in the property has its own individual locally curated wallpaper and includes thoughtful touches such as free WiFi, USB charger outlets, high pressure walk-in showers, and “floating” beds with 300-thread count linen for that ultimate beauty’s night sleep. Some of the rooms are also equipped with interactive TVs with multi-device enabled streaming (something like AirPlay or GoogleCast but the Samsung version). This is a great entertainment supplement to the normal cable TV channels! Unfortunately for us, our room did not have a SMART TV so we had to make do with a HDMI cable which worked out the same in the end.

Did we also mention that we loved the character of the room for its colour scheme, fancy lights and graphic nature? While the rooms may not be extremely spacious, it is sufficiently cosy and very comfortable for two to stay.

Magnifique Sunday Champagne Brunch @ Kwee Zeen, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa

Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa recently underwent a $40 million revamp and has since been launched as our island’s newest luxury resort hotel. Located above sea level, perched atop a hill on Sentosa island, this fancy hotel is not only home to the world’s largest So SPA- a whooping 6,000 sqm, but also to Kwee Zeen- a pan asian dining restaurant which offers a Magnifique Sunday Champagne Brunch.

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We came by one Sunday morning to get a taste of its magnificence which was further exemplified by the free-flow of premium Taittinger Champagne. Seating options include both al fresco with a view of the pool and indoors with the air-conditioning. We strongly recommend the latter unless you fancy dining under the blazing heat though admittedly, the lighting for photography and the accompanying view of the luscious green landscape outdoors was almost irresistible.