CNY ’15: Toss to Prosperity with Din Tai Fung’s Chinese New Year Delights

The auspicious year of the Goat has arrived at Din Tai Fung! Putting together a slew of festive specials from 1 January to 5 March 2015, the celebrated Taiwanese restaurant which is famous for their signature Xiao Long Baos, is all about prosperity promotions this Lunar New Year.

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Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng 发财鱼生
$32.80– Standard 小盘 (serves 2 to 3) / $48.80– Deluxe 大盘 (serves 4 to 6)
Available for dine-in and takeaway

Citibank cardholders get to enjoy a 15% discount on the Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng set, excluding top-up ingredients

OverEasy Bar and Diner

OverEasy by The Lo & Behold Group i.e. the same people who brought you The White Rabbit, Loof and The Black Swan is an all-American diner offering comfort fare served alongside an extensive list of cocktails and complimented by the stunning view of the Marina Bay Skyline. Beautiful in the day, it is even more captivating when night falls and the lights of our city take over.

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Though this diner and bar by the bay has been around for more than 5 years now, the crowds continue to love this place and after experiencing an evening here, I can understand why groups of friends, couples and even families enjoy the concept and food offered here.

Timeless yet modern, OverEasy recently revamped their menu by introducing new spins on their old school crowd favourites and adding some brand new never-before-seen items as well.

15 Places To Eat In Singapore with Free Parking

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With a land scarce city like Singapore, parking lots are often a nightmare to find. Free parking is even more so a luxury and possibly a rare commodity. Still, we managed to rummage for 15 places in Singapore with free parking all day long- this list does not include the shopping malls that offer free parking during lunch hours from 12-2pm. No more having to be on your guard or look out for the “summon auntie” while dining or worrying about the value your CashCard reader is going to reflect when you drive out of the carpark. Simply park the car, stay as long as you want and enjoy your meal.

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Yan Ting @ The St Regis Singapore Welcomes New Executive Chinese Chef Tony Wun

Award-winning Cantonese restaurant Yan Ting at The St Regis Singapore always comes to mind when family members and friends ask me for suggestions for good authentic Cantonese cuisine. Having patronised the restaurant multiple times since they first opened about 6 years ago, I can attest to how the quality of the food served here has always been consistent- exquisite, refined and delicious no doubt.

Last month, Yan Ting welcomed a new Executive Chef Tony Wun who brings with him more than 35 years of culinary experience from both China and Hong Kong. And though we heard that Chef Wun’s specialty is his award-winning Braised South African Dried Abalone with Chef’s Signature Sauce, we soon found out that his other creations, which will be added to Yan Ting’s a la carte menu, were as charming and impeccable.

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They say the culinary prowess of a Cantonese chef is in the soups he brews and Chef Wun’s Doubled Boiled Sea Whelk Soup with Black Garlic served in a black clay teapot was testament to that. Clear in appearance yet filled with an abundance of nourishing qualities, the soup itself was flavourful and rich, bringing out the natural sweetness of the sea whelks which were chewy yet tender.

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The Trio of Appetisers comprising of Shanghai Style Smoked Fish, Cucumber with Olive Oil and Marinated Jelly Fish with Scallion Oil  was a simple clean starter to whet our appetites. The latter with its almost crunchy texture and refreshing qualities was a surprising hit despite its modest appearance.

Boufe Boutique Cafe @ Phoenix Park

The amalgamation of the words “boutique” and “cafe”, Boufe is the it-cafe of the moment on Instagram. White-washed walls, clean lines and vases of baby’s breath on each table, I was sold the moment I walked in. Actually, the love affair may have already begun when I first laid eyes on the swing set parked just at the entrance. It is not hard to foresee many OOTD shots being taken against this backdrop as the place starts gaining popularity.

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Boufe actually has a corner space dedicated to selling clothes from online women’s boutique- Ohvola so yes ladies, you can shop while you wait for your food to arrive. Possibly any girl’s dream come true- one stop shop and cafe.

Getting here may be a bit tricky though with an approximately 10 minute walk in from the nearest bus stop though word has it that you could hitch a ride from the buggies at the guard house if you asked nicely. Alternatively for those taking cabs or driving, take the left turn from the entrance and drive all the way in, you will soon spot block 308. Parking here is free.

For more eateries in Singapore with free parking, check out my list of 15 Places To Eat In Singapore with Free Parking.