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Weekday Dim Sum Buffet @ Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore

Renowned Cantonese restaurant- Hai Tien Lo located at level 3 of Pan Pacific Singapore has recently launched a pretty awesome Weekday Dim Sum Buffet at a very reasonable price of $48++ per pax. Featuring a selection of 35 signature items, including 20 new dim sum creations by Chef Lee Siaw Cheen, this a la carte dim sum lunch buffet, available from Mondays to Fridays, is the reason why 3 hour long lunches are absolutely necessary and legitimate even.

Dim Sum Chef’s Specialty
Deep-fried Yam Paste with Foie-gras, Baked Egg Tart with Swiftlet Nest and White Fungus, Steamed Berkshire Pork Buns, Stir-fried Carrot Cake with Dried Scallops in Chef’s Special Homemade XO Chili Sauce

These 4 items on the menu are the only ones that are limited to one serving per guest. With good reason I guess, because everyone is probably going to just order these signature highlights over and over again once they have had their first bite- which spoils the concept of a buffet when you should be leaving space for variety, instead of focusing on a few items alone. And trust me, many items on the menu are really worth trying.

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My absolute favourite of the 4 was actually the Stir-fried Carrot Cake with Dried Scallops- a surprising choice really if you do know me, as Carrot Cake is not usually one of my quintessentials at Dim Sum. Nonetheless, these ones won me over with its chunky bite, alluring fragrance and appetizing wok-hei. Chef’s homemade XO sauce which it was fried in, certainly complimented it beautifully. I truly yearned for a bigger portion of this.

Another one worth mentioning is the Steamed Berkshire Pork Bun which had an ideal proportion of bao to char siu in every bite. Succulent, juicy and sweet, the stickiness of the meat contrasting with the fluffiness of that bun was just plain delicious. If only I could have one whole basket…

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Deep-fried Dumplings with Shredded Turnip

Try not to get scalded as you bite into these golden flaky pastries because they come served piping hot! Not to be missed though, these dumplings were truly mouth-watering without being too oily and greasy.

Red House Seafood Restaurant @ 68 Prinsep Street

One of Singapore’s oldest seafood restaurants- Red House Seafood Restaurant, is celebrating its 38th anniversary of serving fresh and delicious seafood fare to their customers this year. And in conjunction with the joyous occasion, this family-run restaurant, located in a restored shophouse along Princep Street, has also launched a slew of new creations and two celebratory set dinners which will be available from now till 30 June 2014.

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These items, also available on the Red House ala carte menu, are cooked with sustainable seafood flown from Scotland three times a week and caught using environmentally-friendly methods. From Scottish Brown Crabs, Scottish Blue Lobster, Whelks, Megrim Fish and Scottish Oysters, these creations are prepared in ways that allow the natural flavours of the beautiful seafood to shine through.

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For executives working around the area, I strongly recommend their affordable set lunch priced at $38++ for 2 persons which features a Dim Sum Basket of their signatures, creamy custard Prawns, a scrumptious Oyster ‘Yuan Yang’ Hor Fun before ending with some oozing soft Durian Mochi- definitely a steal especially for such a prime and convenient location.

While families looking for a special place to celebrate an occasion (Mother’s Day perhaps?) and willing to splurge a little, will not go wrong with the Red House Anniversary 7 Course Set Dinners (Modern/Signatures) at $388++ for 6 persons which includes either a bottle of Champagne, White Wine or 2 Jugs of Tiger Beer.

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The starter of the Modern Set Dinner is a Thai-inspired refreshing Chilled Spicy Whelks $35 dish. Tossed with fresh onions, mangoes and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, the sweet and spicy notes of this dish were as vibrant and flavourful as its presentation.

A La Carte Buffet Dinner @ Jade Restaurant, Fullerton Hotel

Fans of The Fullerton Hotel’s Jade Restaurant’s A La Carte Dinner Buffet which was first introduced for the month of December last year will be ecstatic to know that it has since been relaunched on 1 April 2014 with new creations by Chef Leong Chee Yeng and his team. Diners can look forward to more than 38 dishes in this refreshed A La Carte Dinner Buffet menu which features old favourites from the previous edition and new exciting ones as well. Available daily from 6.30pm onwards, it is guaranteed to be a culinary journey of gastronomic proportions that will allow you to feast till your hearts are content.

Getting hungry yet?

These are the highlights of the Jade Restaurant A La Carte Buffet which you do not want to miss out on…

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From the list of Appetizers, we started with an order of Deep-fried Prawns Coated with Passion Fruit Mayonnaise- new on the menu. Tangy with a fruity finish, these succulent fat prawns were generously smothered with creamy mayo and bursting in sweetness with every bite. Refreshing and delightful, this is highly recommended. For something slightly more conventional, these is also the Deep-fried Prawns Coated with Wasabi Mayonnaise on the menu. Order both if cholesterol levels are not a limiting factor.

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One from the previous menu, this Roasted Five-Spice Crispy Pork Belly is a classic and deservingly so. Crackling and fatty, it was hard to resist stopping at one piece. Everyone probably felt the same because no one needed much persuasion before this plate was cleaned out.

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Another new item, this Crispy Squid in Seven Spices Fragrant Salt brought back memories of salt & pepper squid which I used to always order at Chinese restaurants in Australia. These did not disappoint by the way. Crunchy and a tad chewy, these crispy squid were great munchies which I think both young and old will enjoy.

Herbal Oasis@Duxton by The Renhai Clinic

Hidden on the second level of a two-storey shophouse in the heart of the Duxton enclave is the unlikely find of a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) health cafe. Unlikely because with the popping up of numerous cafes and third-wave coffee movement eateries, this zen oasis offering healthy Chinese ala-carte dishes and tea sets is quite unexpected and a treasured find.

Opened by the The Renhai Clinic located just downstairs at level one, the cafe- Herbal Oasis@Duxton is founder Dr Hong Hai’s attempt at educating the public on holistic living through specialty brewed teas, herbal soups and even a library of reading materials on TCM and health in this quiet and relaxing space.

Choose from the list of Herbal Teas ranging from Clear Vision Tea made up of mulberry, chrysanthemum and wolfberry to a Complexion-Enhancing Tea with flora herbs or even a Noble Tea for Rejuvenation with American Ginseng and match it with a Red Dates Muffin or Black Sesame Muffin with Lemon for just $7 and you have gotten yourself an Afternoon Tea that is friendly to your waistline.

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For something more substantial, Herbal Oasis@Duxton also offers affordable Lunch Sets from $15 onwards. Each set comes with a choice of rice, soup and dish but items are all subject to availability.

While we were there, only 2 choices of rice were offered- the Yam Rice and Walnut Brown Rice. Extremely filling with chunks of yam in the former and bits of walnuts and raisins in the latter, both varieties were good to eat even on their own. Other options on other days would include the Olive or Pumpkin Rice. Each bowl is $4 should you choose to order it ala-carte.

New Menu Offerings @ Forest & Tangerine, RWS

Fans of both celebrity chef restaurants- Forest and Tangerine at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), will be excited to know that the two have recently introduced new creations to their menu. From contemporary Chinese cuisine at Forest, to healthy and nutritious delights at Tangerine, the husband-wife team promises a rejuvenating dining experience for their guests.

For more on the chemistry and dynamics of this successful chef-couple, do check out our interview with both Chefs Sam and Forest Leong and gain an insight into how it is like to have two cooks in a relationship!

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FOREST 森

Run by Chef Sam Leong, Forest- located at the lobby of Equarius Hotel launches a new Sunday lunch which showcases the culinary prowess of the celebrity chef himself. The lunch is 8 courses long but features 13 dishes in total. This concept encourages you to simply take the time to bask and savour these tantalizing creations served in tasting portions till your taste buds are thoroughly satisfied.

Here are some of the dishes you can expect at the Sunday lunch:

Braised Flat Rice Noodle with Prawns in Black Bean Sauce & Wok-Fried Japanese Pearl Rice with Squid Ink in XO Chili Sauce accompanied with Seared Hokkaido Scallop

Beautifully contemporary, blending the wok hei of Chinese cooking with the elegance of Japanese cuisine. The prawns and scallops were succulent and bursting in natural sweetness while the textures of the carbs contrasted well. That XO Chili Sauce was a winner for me.

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Duo Combination Platter:
Baby Abalone with Sichuan ‘Ma La’ Sauce
Wok-Fried Crispy Duck pressed confit and Yam served with Mushroom Sauce

My eyes were naturally drawn to the Duck ‘confit’ in this one. Never one to shy away from experimenting and being different, it was only natural that Chef’s rendition would look this avant-garde. Nonetheless the earthiness of the yam and moist duck meat combination worked- especially when the final mixture was deep fried till a crisp.