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KEK (Keng Eng Kee) @ 200 Pandan Gardens

Keng Eng Kee (KEK) is fast becoming a brand for tze char. Mention those 3 words and people will automatically associate it with authentic local delights served in the modest food centre at Bukit Merah. Fast forward to more than 30 years later, since its foray into our hawker culinary scene, the third generation of KEK has now introduced a modern dining experience as they cater to the younger crowd with their newest outlet at Pandan Gardens.

Serving up an assortment of traditional and mod “c” dishes on their menu, KEK offers novel creations such as Chilli Soft Shell Spaghetti and Crispy Fish Skin with Salted Egg, and classic mainstays of Coffee Pork Ribs and Salted Egg Crab which have been brought over from their flagship stall. Prices range from $6-$30 with no added service charge.

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I brought my family down on a Sunday and the place was filled- mostly with three generation families. We were lucky enough to get a table even though we did not make any reservation but the groups that came after us had a bit of a waiting time. Nonetheless, we placed our orders and the food arrived promptly and in decent portions.

EMPRESS by The Privé Group @ Asian Civilisations Museum

Stylish, contemporary yet traditional, EMPRESS is the newest flagship concept launched by The Privé Group. Located at the newly refurbished Asian Civilisation Museum, this modern Chinese restaurant is an amalgamation of just the right balance of fashionable elegance and traditional elements. High ceilings add a touch of glamour to the pillar-less indoor dining space which sits about 80 pax comfortably, while the alfresco terrace boasts of a stunning waterfront view of the Singapore River and Boat Quay- the ideal backdrop for a watering hole to kick back a couple of drinks post-office hours.


And although it stays rooted to traditional Cantonese flavours, the food served at EMPRESS is anything but conservative as the aesthetics and presentation of the dishes inject some fun and vibrance to the usually strait-laced nature of oriental cuisine.


Appetizer highlights include the Crispy Eggplant & Pork Floss $10/$15/$20 which was superbly fried to a crisp on the exterior yet still soft and mushy inside. Dressed almost completely with pork floss for added crunch and sweetness, these sticks of eggplant were delightfully addictive to munch on as we waited for our mains to arrive. The Crispy Aromatic Duck Salad $18 too was another refreshing change to the usual salad choices with that plum-citrus dressing and chunks of duck meat deep-fried till golden.

CNY ’16: Crystal Jade Culinary Concepts

With barely half a month left before the glorious celebration of the Lunar New Year, restaurants across Singapore have been whipping up new creations to put forth its finest dishes onto the dining table. For this year, the talented chefs from the various Crystal Jade Culinary Concepts have conjured up several festive delights to win the hearts (and ‘red packets’) of your family members! These Chinese New Year Set Menus and exclusive dishes will be available at the respective Crystal Jade restaurants from 25 January to 22 February 16.

Prosperity Yusheng with Abalone and Pomegranate | $88 Small, $138 Large
Crystal Jade Fine Dining Restaurants

Starting off with their rendition of the quintessential Yusheng, this Prosperity Yusheng with Abalone and Pomegranate served in an auspicious large red plate, delivered waves of sweet and savoury notes in every bite. Featuring a neat stack of shredded greens topped with tender slices of Mexican abalone and coated with a dark fruity pomegranate infused plum dressing for that tangy finish, we thoroughly enjoyed how the added fruity crunch from the pomegranate seeds brought out the freshness of the oriental salad!


Chilled Asparagus $20
Crystal Jade Fine Dining Restaurants

For something refreshing, this humble appetizer of Chilled Asparagus planted in a bowl of ice is a great choice. Thick, juicy with subtle earthy undertones, the natural sweetness of those crisp spears was brought out by the aromatic truffled-scented dipping sauce that accompanied it.

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.


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.

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.


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