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Dian Xiao Er Introduces Healthier Dining Choices

Partnering Health Promotion Board (HPB) for their Healthier Dining Programme, Dian Xiao Er is rolling out a new menu come 18 July 2014, which will feature healthier dining choices, focusing more on nutrition and portion, without compromising on flavour or taste. In addition, informative features such as calorie contribution labels, healthier choices logos and recommended calorie allowances are also tagged to the dishes for consumers to make informed choices when placing their orders.

Not just that, this Chinese restaurant chain is also one of the first in the industry, to switch over to rice bran oil for their cooking. Believed to be high in anti-oxidants, Vitamin E and cholesterol-inhibiting compounds, Rice Bran Oil is one of the healthier cooking oils in the market. The flavour is also rather subtle so you can hardly detect the difference in the food as compared to if regular vegetable oils were used.

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Two weeks back, we were given the opportunity to sample some of the dishes that Dian Xiao Er would be introducing in their upcoming menu and here are some of our favourites.

Starting with the soups, the Double-boiled Wintermelon Soup w Conpoy $7.30 and Double-boiled Black Chicken Soup $7.30 were easily the crowd-pleasers with their comforting warmth and herbal-y touch. The Stewed Crocodile Soup w Sweet Almonds & Chuan Bei $7.60 on the other hand, while a bit difficult to get used to at the beginning (especially for foreigners), turned out to be the most nourishing of the lot and is supposedly extremely beneficial for lung problems and joint pains. I was a tad hesitant to take a sip but was glad I did because truth be told, it did not taste anything out of the ordinary. It was just a bowl of really good soup packed with collagen.

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.

25 Places To Eat In Singapore with Nett Prices

Updated on 5 August 2014

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Dining in cafes and restaurants can get annoying sometimes when it comes to settling the bill and you realise that the total amount on the receipt does not reflect the prices you had seen on the menu earlier. It also gets frustrating when splitting the bill and the best in Math at the table always gets arrowed to calculate an extra 17% for every person in the group. And so sometimes having a meal at a place that offers NETT PRICES is extremely helpful, convenient and straightforward.

This is a list of 25 places (fast food places & hawker centres not included) in Singapore which will come in handy when you want to avoid those complications. These places have either already included the GST in their prices or simply absorbed it themselves, some may require you to order your food at the counter before it is served to you while for others, service begins the moment you walk through their doors. Either way, prices at these eateries are ‘what you see is what you pay’.

P.S. But do endorse good service with a tip or two especially when they make the extra effort for you!

London Eats: Ottolenghi, Belgravia

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It is not every day that you walk past a shop window and see a wide array of mouthwatering tempting treats displayed so beautifully on cake stands and arranged so determinedly to lure you in.

Opened by and named after Israeli-born chef, cookery writer and restaurant owner- Yotam Ottolenghi, Ottolenghi is a Mediterranean-influenced bakery, cafe and restaurant. This place is all about fresh and local produce with healthy wholesome salads, foods, pastries and cakes made daily on site.

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From Flourless Chocolate Fondant Cakes, Cherry and Vanilla Cheesecakes, Mince Pies to good ol’ Carrot Cakes and Chocolate Chip Cookies, the Ottolenghi kitchen executes each baked good with pure perfection and design. And if seduction was served on a plate, it would like this.