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Here’s Your Hack to Have A Blast at This Year’s SG Night Fest 

Pei Xia Ang

Performances:

The Duel by Lords of Lightning

Imagine this: two men standing at a great height throwing thunderbolts at each other in the middle of Cathay Green. I know, it sounds like something out of a Greek mythology.

The audience are taken on an spellbinding journey as red and blue sparks fly, and where Science and Art comes together to make magic happen.

23-25 Aug 2018
7.45pm-7.51pm
9.15pm-9.21pm
10.30pm-10.36pm
Cathay Green

FierS à Cheval by Compagnie des Quidams

One of my favourite performances, this one here features 3 large inflatable horses cantering with grace along the roads.

The performance is unlike others as there is not much loud noises or colours. Instead, the horses are lit with a soft glow, and the accompanying sounds are subtle. The whole experience feels like a surreal dream, as the ethereal horses parade the streets.

23-25 Aug 2018
7.45pm-8.15pm (Capitol Singapore)
9.15pm-8.15pm (NMS- SMU)
10.30pm-11.00pm (SMU- Queen Street)

Elements- Water by Six.5

This site-specific performance done by Six.5 uses water as a key element to redefine the spaces around us. The captivating performance of the dancers is enhanced by the use of the reflective acrylics, and water to create a more dynamic effect.

23 Aug: 8.00pm-8.10pm, 10.15-10.25pm
24 Aug: 7.30pm-7.40pm, 8.40pm-8.50pm, 10pm-10.10pm
25 Aug: 7.20pm-7.30pm, 9.45pm-9.55pm
SMU Amphitheatre

Automatarium by David Berga

This performance had me rooted to the ground in awe. As its name suggests, Automatarium is inspired by the automatons from the late 19th Century. Set up like a circus, let the ringmaster introduce you to the various characters. And then, this is when audience interaction comes in. Insert a coin, and watch as the magic happens!

23-25 Aug 2018
8.00pm-9.00pm, 10.00pm-11.00pm
Queen Street

Food:

The Fish Sh-Nack 

If you are constantly feeling famished (like I usually, inexplicably am), then this is the place to go. The Fish Sh-Nack is one of the few places that are serving rice portions at this year’s Night Fest, and although I can’t vouch for the actual portion, the tasting portion that I had satisfied me to the max!

I chose the one with the prawns, and was very impressed with how the flavours combined together. With each bowl, you get fresh prawns, generous amounts of fried fish skin, and an onsen egg.

The creamy egg and the crunchy fish skin went surprisingly well together, and the grilled prawns had a nice smoky taste to it.

And if like me, you can’t get enough of the addictive taste of their fish skin, you can buy a pack (or two?) home.

Sunday Roast BBQ

For some of us, a festival is not complete without some good roast and a beer in hand. (Sunday Roast can only help you out with the former, though) I managed to try out their Pork Cheese Bradwurst, Grass-Fed Ribeye, and signature Honey Soy Chicken.

My favourite was the ribeye, as the beef was juicy, and went great with the mash. One of the staff shared that at Sunday Roast, they use little to no seasoning, so that everything tastes more natural. Uh huh, this is one roast that I can keep gorging on!

The Swag Social 

Having swag and a social life is cool and all, but unfortunately a long waiting time is not. I queued up for close to 15 minutes before my order was taken, and there was only about 3 customers ahead of me. Was it worth it? Not entirely, if you ask me.

I enjoyed the Smoked Duck Mentaiko, as the mentaiko and duck flavours went very well together. However, the same cannot be said for the rest of the snacks. The Yakiniku Ribeye Beef cubes was not cooked very well, and was slightly cold. Lastly, we got the Garlic Parmesan Fries, which felt more like just garlic fries. It was an “okay lah”, as it was not much different from regular fries.

If you were ask me, the long waiting time on a not-so-crowded day, coupled with the not-so-fantastic food, I’d say I’ll pass on the Swag.

Conclusion

The Singapore Night Fest covers so much ground, and one only has so much time at the event. We hope that this article has been helpful for you to plan your trip!

 

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grains & hops feature

Grains & Hops – National Day Menu Available Till End August, Look Out For The Super Creative Prawn Noodle Croquette

James Chan

Grains & Hops

Located on the 10th floor of the luxury airline travel themed YOTEL Singapore, Grains & Hops has released their National Day menu and I think they pretty much hit the nail on the head with this one.

grains & hops brew

The Food

Available till 31st August 2018, Singaporeans will have a pretty long window to try some of these amazing local inspired dishes. Pair them dishes with Grains & Hops’ very own brew of craft beer – with its light fruity notes and slightly bitter aftertaste, knocking back a couple of pints will definitely be a pleasant experience.

grains & hops chilli crab

Chilli Crab Rillette, $16

Chilli Crab is definitely a no brainer when it comes to local Singaporean cuisine. They are extremely generous with the fresh and tender crab meat and I must say that they’ve got the sweet and rich Chilli Ccrab flavors down to a T. The rice cracker gives this dish a nice crispy textured bite and definitely something new to me. I’m more of a mantou (Chinese steam buns) kind of guy when it comes to Chilli Crab.

grains & hops oyster omeletteOyster Omelette Cracker, $13

The element in this dish that brings everything together is that sweet and sour chilli sauce. It tones down the strong seafood essence that comes along with oysters (especially when they’re fried). The tapioca crackers were light, crispy and extremely satisfying. This makes for a good accompaniment all types of alcohol. No I’m not an alcoholic.

grains & hops prawn noodle croquettePrawn Noodle Soup Croquette, $14

This is definitely my all-time favorite for their National Day Menu. It’s a croquette but the magic is WHAT’S IN THE CROQUETTE. You’ll find a tantalizing broth of pork bones and prawn stock just waiting to attack your taste buds as your teeth breaks into the crispy exterior of the croquette. It’s GENIUS! But do let it cool for a couple of minutes upon serving. Like a xiao long bao, it can burn you if you’re too impatient. I recommend asking your friends to test the waters first (that’s what I did). Oh and to top it all off (quite literally) there’s a pretty big and fresh prawn for each ball!

grains & hops kaya mochiKaya Cream Mochi, $12

I thought this was going to be super sweet but nope, it actually sat pretty well with my not-so-sweet palate. That chewy mochi textures go extremely well with that light kaya cream. Who would have thought?

 

Grains & Hops
YOTEL Singapore
366 Orchard Road, Level 10, Singapore 238904
Tel : 6866 8067

 

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The Market Grill – An American Diner That Serves Amazing Wagyu Steaks And Super Fresh Lobster

James Chan

The Market Grill

The Market Grill might be familiar to many along Telok Ayer Street as they’ve been around for many years. Meaning, they’re definitely doing something right. Designed like an “All American Diner”, The Market Grill exudes a casual atmosphere that serves honest and generous portions of food.

the market grill interior

The Food

The secret behind their success? Definitely their charbroiler that utilizes charcoal to grill their meats. This gives their awesome wagyu steaks that nice smoky flavour and locks in the juiciness of the meat while possessing a well-cooked crusty exterior.

the market grill farmers hash

Farmer’s Hash, $24

Sweet Potato, Potato, Farmer’s Sausage, Caramelized Onion, Beans And Poached Egg.

The egg was beautifully cooked and after bursting that yolk, all that creamy goodness just spread out evenly throughout the dish. The portion was extremely generous but I honestly feel the price is a little steep, just a little.

 the market grill lobster benedict

Lobster Benedict, $32 / Salmon Benedict, $18

Poached Eggs, Hollandaise Sauce, Capers, Mixed Salad And House Dressing

THEY USE REAL LOBSTER MEAT! And it’s super sweet and fresh too! For $32? Now this is definitely value-for-money.

For its Salmon counterpart, they cure the salmon in house. This results in a less salty smoked salmon compared to what’s readily available in the market.

the market grill lobster roll

Lobster Roll, $52

Whole Lobster Deshelled with herbed pommery mayo mounted on a toasted brioche roll, topped with tobiko

This is definitely one of the stars of The Market Grill. They use a super fresh 500g (on average) whole lobster. The tobiko gives an added texture and there’s hints of mustard in every bite.

I’m also told that when it comes to lobster rolls, The Market Grill are the pioneers in Singapore and seeing as how long they’ve been around, I believe them.

Wagyu Tri Tip 200g / 300g , $49 / $65

Grain fed. Red Wine Jus Served With Onion Confit And Mash Potato

Their meats are all imported from Australia and definitely a MUST TRY. It’s so juicy and tender that you can even eat it without the red wine sauce! (Of course, with the red wine sauce, it just elevated the awesomeness of this dish). Like I mentioned above, the trick is their charbroil grill.

the market grill charbroil grill

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

Yes for two reasons. The lobster and the steak. They’re reasonably priced for premium ingredients (especially that live lobster) and they taste so damn good! I would come back over and over again for sure!

 

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The Market Grill
208 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068642
Tel: 6221 3323

 

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CasusGrill A Portable BBQ Pit That’s Ready To Cook In 5 Minutes – Available At Swiss Butchery

James Chan

Starting A Fire At A Barbeque

If there’s one thing I detest more than anything at a barbeque, it’s the starting of a fire. If you don’t understand the pain and suffering behind that statement, you’re definitely one of those people who specialize in eye power. Shame on you. For my more hands on brethren, it must be a real drag to look like someone who’s just come out of a coal mine at a barbeque party. Your hands are black, you’re literally sweating buckets and your arms feel like they’re about to fall off from coaxing the fire with a make-shift fan. Not the classiest of looks for ANY social event wouldn’t you agree?

CasusGrill Set up

Revolutionizing Barbeques With The CasusGrill

Enter the CasusGrill. A portable BBQ pit that can be set up and ready to cook in a mere 5 minutes! (Sans the coal miner look) How it works is really simple. You light up the four corners of the grill and just wait for the heat to spread throughout the whole grill. Amazing!

CasusGrill 5 minute bbq

What I Love About The CasusGrill

  • Portable, light and easy to carry around
  • I don’t have to get my hands dirty ever again with charcoal
  • It reaches optimum grilling temperature in a matter of minutes
  • A consistent, even temperature throughout the grill ensures that your food is not just delicious (no matter your culinary expertise) but evenly cooked as well and oh-so-tender
  • The whole grill is eco-friendly and biodegradable
  • You can set up a barbeque literally anywhere with no hassle at all

But there are obviously some aspects that I didn’t like as well

CasusGrill cons

Cons Of The CasusGrill

  • You have a relatively small surface area to cook on
  • If you cut your meat into small bits, they run the risk of falling through the gaps and onto the charcoal
  • It has a grilling lifespan of about 60 minutes and it’s gone from your life forever (okay that’s a tad dramatic)

 

CasusGrill bbq meat from Swiss Butchery

Where Can One Find The CasusGrill

Pop into ANY SWISS BUTCHERY outlet and you’ll find the super portable CasusGrill retailing at $18. I highly recommend their OP Ribs ($13/100grams) or their Ribeye ($7.80/100 grams). If you want to have the ultimate barbeque experience, Swiss Butchery even goes the extra mile and will age your meat for you FOR FREE! Happy eating!

 

Swiss Butchery Outlets
Swiss Butchery @ Tanglin, #01-02
56 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247964
Tel: 6235 8080
 
Swiss Butchery @ Greenwood
30 Greenwood Ave, Singapore 289230
Tel: 6468 7588
 
Swiss Butchery @ NTUC Finest Yew Tee, #10-01
61 Choa Chu Kang Drive, Singapore 689715
Tel: 9230 2201
 
Swiss Butchery @ NTUC Finest Bukit Panjang, #01-15/#02-20
1 Jelebi Road, Singapore 289230
Tel: 9837 6930
 
TMS @ Nothpoint City, #B2-103 to 107
1 Northpoint Drive, Singapore 768019
Tel: 8876 9011

 

TMS @ Hyper Sports Hub, #01-29
1 Stadium Place, Singapore 397628
Tel: 9752 6588

 

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Caffe B Is Now At Club Street – Casual Italian Cuisine With A Japanese Twist

James Chan

Caffe B

Originally from Marina Bay Sands, Caffe B has since shifted to Club Street since January! If you’re not otherwise acquainted with them (YOU SHOULD BE), they are a casual restaurant that serves Italian cuisine with a Japanese twist.

Their new restaurant has THREE LEVELS that houses a bar (first floor), a dining area (second floor) and an exclusive area for private events (third floor). The place even has a lift to travel up and down! Don’t be lazy though, take the damn stairs.

Also, their service is impeccable (and I don’t use this word a lot mind you). Big shout out to good ol George, the most attentive waiter I’ve ever come across.

The Food

I thoroughly enjoyed EVERY dish that came out of the kitchen. Here’s a list of what I ate but I’m pretty certain that even if you don’t order something from this list below and go for something else, it’ll taste pretty darn good.

Farmers Egg, $12

There’s egg yolk, UNI (sea urchin), lemon jam, clam espuna. What’s not to love? And just look at the pretty presentation!

Hiroshima Oysters, $15

If you think this is just a simple oyster on a bed of pebbles, you’re sorely mistaken. There’s ponzu jelly, wasabi foam, ikura and yuzu dressing. Sounds complex but tastes so great!

Maguro Tuna on Crackers, $12

I expected a crunch when I sunk my teeth into the pastry but nope, what you get is a really soft and fulfilling bite. Also, they use truffle mayonnaise and you can smell that a mile away.

Beef Carpaccio, $18

All the dishes are great but this would have to be one of my favs for the night. Tender Japanese Wagyu meat with more truffle and vinegar (to break down the enzymes of the meat even further) just hits the spot for any meal.

Octopus Salad, $16

This is on the top of the list in terms of getting the most value. Just look at the size of the octopus tentacle! It’s longer than my… face. The octopus was perfectly grilled and tender to the bite.

Scallop With Turnip & Brussel Sprouts, $22

Beautifully seared scallops on a bed of tender turnips is an awesome textual combination. Okay, maybe not the Brussel sprouts. I’m not a fan but the broth at the end tastes so good! Practically licked the plate clean (gave the Brussel sprouts to someone else)

Melanzane Pizza With Beef Bolognaise, $22

When it comes to pizza, I don’t usually eat the crust but the way it’s cooked at Caffe B, the crust was soft and so addictive I finished every single bite. No wonder I’m putting on weight. Goodness. The minced beef was also extremely flavorful.

caffe b club street old fashioned

Don’t forget to pair your food with a fine selection of cocktails carefully picked to complement the food by their Mixologist, Mr Michael! I had the Old Fashioned! 

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

This place is getting a huge yes from me. It’s a place I can bring my family and friends to impress them without worrying about the taste of the food, the money or the ambience. Checks every positive flag in my book for sure.

 

Make a reservation via this link

 

Caffe B
64 Club Street
Singapore 069438
Tel: 6887 3311
https://www.caffebsg.com/

 

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Valentines Hack 2018 – Get Your Bang For Your Buck @ Novotel And Mercure Singapore On Stevens

James Chan

Valentines Day 2018

With Chinese New Year falling but 2 days away from Valentine’s Day, the temptation to splurge on fine dining options to impress can be very high (at least for the not married lads). Most content platforms will give you a list of places to choose from. But as for me? I’m listing only the one place that I feel has the best “bang for your buck”.

Novotel & Mercure Singapore @ Stevens

With the excitement of the opening of Novotel Singapore and Mercure Singapore on Stevens Road, you know new restaurants are sure to follow. For this year’s Valentine’s Day, we have Winestone and Foodexchange in our sights!

Winestone

Winestone is a Mediterranean restaurant & bar that doubles up as a wine retail store. Befittingly named based on their experience and knowledge of their wine ambassadors and of course their signature meals being served on stone boards.

 

For $148++ (per couple), here’s what you get at Winestone:

A BOTTLE of House Red, House White or Prosecco

1 X Anti Pasti Sharing Platter

1 X Surf & Turf (With Pasta) Sharing Platter

1 X Dessert Sharing Platter

1 X Free Parking Coupon

Gift: 8 pieces of Artisanal Chocolate

Gift: Special Blend of Tea – The Moon Represents My Heart

 

FoodExchange

Gorge yourself silly with a buffet spread of Asian, European and Indian cuisine at FoodExchange. You’ll be able to watch the chefs prep and cook the food as well at the open kitchen stations! Recommended for more matured relationships. If you’re on your first date, a buffet isn’t the wisest choice for a date (true story).

 

For $148++ (per couple), here’s what you get at FoodExchange:

A BOTTLE of House Red, House White or Prosecco

1 X Free Parking Coupon

Open season to the extensive buffet spread

Gift: 8 pieces of Artisanal Chocolate

Gift: Special Blend of Tea – The Moon Represents My Heart

 

Make Reservations today!

Book A Table @ Winestone

 or

Book A Table @ FoodExchange

 

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** All images courtesy of Novotel Singapore

Swiss Butchery Enters The Highly Competitive CNY market And Things Look (And Taste) Good

James Chan

Swiss Butchery Celebrates CNY

For the first time since its establishment, Swiss Butchery is joining in the fray for a share of the Chinese New Year market. From 8th January 2018 to 26th February 2018, Swiss Butchery introduces their Spring Festive Special Menu for expats and locals alike, we had a first taste and we were pleasantly surprised!

swiss butchery interior

The Food

For a place that does not focus on Asian cuisine, I must say that they managed to encapsulate the Asian aspect for most dishes on the menu. An added bonus? All their items on the menu are extremely affordable! I’m talking about below market rate affordable! Kudos to you Swiss Butchery!

swiss butchery pork belly

Signature Roasted Pork Belly (Approx. 1.2kg), $28.80

Definitely my favorite. Who doesn’t love Sio Bak am I right? I mean, provided if it’s done right of course. And of course, it’s perfect at Swiss Butchery. The crackling was crispy, the fats melt in your mouth and the pork meat was tender and juicy. Just perfect. I did a double take when I saw the price too, it’s soooo much value!

swiss butchery braised duck

Braised Whole Duck With Chestnut Filling, $68

I don’t know about you, but my grandma used to make braised duck porridge when I was a wee little laddie and the braised duck at Swiss Butchery tasted just like that! (Grandma’s will always be the best though). It just reminded me of a simpler time and brought out a lot of positive energy while I was eating it.

swiss butchery brasied pork ribs

Special Braised Pork Rib With Chilli, $48

If you’re not a fan of sweet foods, this is probably not for you since they use a sweet chilli. Which means, the spice is extremely mild. Other than that, the meat was really tender and it’s a great menu item to mix it up this CNY.

 swiss butchery chicken gelatin

Traditional Spicy Chicken In Gelatin, $42

This was a huge surprise in all honesty. When you chew on the gelatin, it dissipates in throughout the palate spreading a slightly salty and herby aftertaste which compliments the chicken extremely well. Any more Asian and It would be a soup.

swiss butchery bak kwa

Swiss Butchery Bak Kwa (Classic/Spicy), $18.80/$19.90 per pack

Now, what’s CNY without the all fattening and sinful Bak Kwa? For first timers, I felt that their Baw Kwa were pretty spot on. No one can deny how good it tastes. I particularly liked the spicy ones (they’re really spicy).

swiss butchery oysters

Fresh European Oysters, $10 for 3 or $4.30 a piece

Imported directly from Ireland and France, their oysters are sweet, fresh and slightly leaner to their Australian counterparts. And at $10 for 3 oysters, I’ll take all of them please.

 

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

For sure! Everything tastes great and oh-so-affordable. You just got to try that Roast Pork Belly! That’s not all though, Swiss Butchery has CNY cookies, Yu Sheng and Hot Pot Delights (for that steamboat dinner) available on their festive menu as well! Don’t forget to get some oysters too!

 

Check out their  full menu HERE! Remember, it’s only available from the 8th of January to the 26th of February 

 

Swiss Butchery Outlets
Swiss Butchery @ Tanglin, #01-02
56 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247964
Tel: 6235 8080

 

Swiss Butchery @ Greenwood
30 Greenwood Ave, Singapore 289230
Tel: 6468 7588

 

Swiss Butchery @ NTUC Finest Yew Tee, #10-01
61 Choa Chu Kang Drive, Singapore 689715
Tel: 9230 2201

 

Swiss Butchery @ NTUC Finest Bukit Panjang, #01-15/#02-20
1 Jelebi Road, Singapore 289230
Tel: 9837 6930

 

TMS @ Nothpoint City, #B2-103 to 107
1 Northpoint Drive, Singapore 768019
Tel: 8876 9011

 

TMS @ Hyper Sports Hub, #01-29
1 Stadium Place, Singapore 397628
Tel: 9752 6588

 

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A First Look At The New Rock ‘N Bowl Menu @ Hard Rock Cafe

James Chan

Hard Rock Singapore

Beginning Monday, January 10 through Thursday, March 13, Hard Rock Singapore is ushering in the year of the dog with a creative line up of new “Rock ‘N Bowl” menu items. To be honest, it’s been years since I last went to Hard Rock Cafe. The sole fact that they’re still around in Singapore warrants bragging rights for sure!

From left to right – Raspberry Sangria, Pineapple Honey Smash, Fresh Manhattan Martini

The Food

The Rock Bowls promise to take diners who want to expand their palate on a rockingly satisfying journey. Remember to pair them bowls with any of the three cocktails (listed below) that were specifically concocted to complement the Rock Bowls. No I’m not an alcoholic.

Brown rice bowl cooked with a blend of Cajun and Southwest seasonings, topped with hot chorizo meatballs, honey sriracha glaze, chili lime crema, grated cotija cheese and crispy, seasoned tortilla straws

Southwest Meatball Bowl, $27.95

Let’s start with the heaviest dish first. I say heavy because it’s packed full of flavor. I loved the tortilla straws, it gave this dish a nice crispy textured bite. The beef meatballs were cooked well too but could have been a little tenderer. However, what did not work for me was the honey glaze. I’m not really a fan of having sweet elements in my savory dish.

hard rock jambalaya

Brown rice bowl seasoned with Cajun seasoning, served with authentic Jambalaya and sprinkled green onions

Jambalaya Bowl, $26.95

This was my personal favorite because of the generous amounts of Chorizo in it. The Chorizo gives this dish an added spice which is USUALLY always welcomed by a Singaporean palate. Let’s not forget about the salty juices from the Chorizo that marinates the brown rice. Doesn’t sound that healthy at the end but so WORTH IT!

hard rock shrimp noodle bowl

Rice noodle bowl served with grilled shrimp in an Asian BBQ sauce mixed with shredded cabbage, sesame soy glaze, sliced green onions, white sesame seeds, freshly squeezed lime juice and fried won tons

BBQ Shrimp Noodle Bowl, $29.95

I’m told this is a favorite with the ladies. It’s light, refreshing, tasty and really easy to go down. It’s all about a play on textures with this noodle bowl. You have your springy rice noodles, firm and fresh shrimp flesh and your crispy won tons. The lime juice gives every single bite a tangy and refreshing aftertaste. You definitely won’t get “jelat” with this one.

 

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

I particularly liked the Shrimp Noodle Bowl and the Jambalaya Bowl. They are pretty big portions so the price is justified. You’ll definitely not leave the place without feeling like your belly is about to explode. To elevate your dining experience even further, pair them bowls with any of the three cocktails (mentioned above).

Hard Rock Cafe
HPL House, #02-01
50 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249724
Tel: 6235 5232

 

Resorts World Sentosa, The Forum, #01-209 to 214
26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Tel: 6795 7454

 

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Xiao Long Bao, the Star of Yechun Xiao Jiang Nan

James Chan

Yechun Xiao Jiang Nan

With close to 80 chains in China, there’s no denying the popularity of Yechun.  Yechun has a long history in China. Emperors Shui Yang, Kangxi and Qianlong hosted banquets at Yechun. They made Yechun a must visit during their travels in China.

Yechun has always been a venue for intellectuals to gather, and enjoy poetry and painting. They currently have 2 overseas outlets in Taipei and Singapore. Sipping Chinese tea amidst a very traditionally Chinese thematic restaurant, one can feel a sense of cultural heritage while dining.

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan

Yechun Xiao Jiang Nan as from the Yechun family, is one of  a small handful of restaurants in Singapore that focuses solely on Huai Yang (Yang Zhou) cuisine, one of the top 4 cuisines in China.  Yechun Xiao Jiang Nan, Singapore, serves Authentic Yangzhou Fried Rice (a world famous dish) along with many dishes that are popularly served at Jiang Nan (South of Yangsze River) region.

The Food

I must say that I went in with pretty steep expectations as I was recommended there by a friend. He was raving about how out of the world their Xiao Long Bao was and I’m a sucker for Xiao Long Bao. But first, here’s a couple more dishes that I sampled!

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan shredded tofu

Shredded Tofu, $6.80

It looks like some sort of noodles at first glance but it’s actually shredded tofu! This dish originated from Yang Zhou (of course) and it’s a very famous dish in China. It’s a very light dish and great as an appetizer.

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan pig's ears

Pig’s Ears, $8.80

Some might not like the idea of eating pig’s ears and it was my first time eating it too but I kind of liked it! The cartilage of the ear gave this dish a pretty good crunch. Lightly marinated with salt, this dish is perfect with a good wine or that super strong Baijiu.

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan Steam Soon Hock Fish

Steamed Soon Hock Fish in Soy Sauce, (market price)

This is a pretty standard at most weddings. It’s either the Soon Hock or the Seabass. They are both similar in terms of texture. It’s one of my favorite dishes when I attend weddings. At Yechun, they don’t disappoint either! The fish was fresh, the meat was tender and perfectly cooked that the meat of the fish melts in your mouth!

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan pork belly w/ abalone

Pork Belly With Abalone, $38

That wholesome abalone paired with that juicy pork belly is amazing! Who comes up with these things? It’s a very sinful dish though so if you’re trying to lean up, all that fat is definitely not for you. But, you wouldn’t feel that oily when you eat.

 

xiao long bao the best dish at yechun

Xiao Long Bao, $4.80 for 4 pieces

Now on to the star of the show, the Xiao Long Bao aka XLBs. I’ve had XLBs at many a place here in Singapore and I’m telling you that the ones serves at Yechun easily tops the cake. What does one look out for in a XLB?

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan the best XLB in singapore

  1. The skin of the XLB

I hate it when the skin is too thin and it breaks with the lightest of touches. Then again, I get really full and JELAT when the skin is too thick. There should be a perfect balance in my opinion and Yechun has found that balance!

  1. Flavor of the broth in the XLB

I usually savage it up and pop the whole thing in my mouth (occasionally burning my tongue if I’m not too careful). The joy of eating a XLB is when you break the skin and let the savory broth explode on your palate. Yechun’s XLB broth had slightly creamy and rich notes that was heavenly to taste.

  1. Meat filling

The generous meat filling for Yechun’s XLB was tender and tasty. I honestly think the broth elevated the flavors of the meat though.

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan private dining room

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

If you ask me, I’m happy just bringing the family there just for Xiao Long Baos. At $4.80 for 4 pieces, it’s just so much value for great tasting food. You don’t expect that kind of prices based off how premium the restaurant looks.

 

Yechun Xiao Jiang Nan
Marina Square, The Dining Edition #02-181/182
6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594
Tel: 6333 4038
https://www.burpple.com/supreme-tastes-jiang-nan-cuisine

 

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Here’s A Tip: Go to Light to Night Festival on an Empty Stomach

Pei Xia Ang

R and I were at the Light to Night Festival. He was famished, whereas I was less hungry. As we pondered over our options, I regretted not being there with an emptier stomach. There was simply so much to see, so much to taste.

Nevertheless, R went ahead and ordered whatever piqued his fancy, and I mine, and here are some of our favourites of the night, rated by how much “free space” one has in his stomach of course!

Hyde & Co.

Famished

Since it was approaching dinner time, the mains at Hyde & Co. caught my eye. Going by an Asian fusion concept (like Jekyll and Hyde, as Derrick the owner references), this stall sold the best of both worlds by interchanging Asian and Western culinary techniques.

For my main, I had chilli crab pasta, which was the perfect heartwarming meal for any day. The pasta had a nice chewy snap to it, without being over or under-cooked. The sauce was just the right amount of spicy, making for a really flavourful chilli crab.

I figured why not go with a set meal, so I ordered truffle fries along with my meal, and that was one of the best decisions that I’ve made.  The fries were the perfect blend of crispy and starchy, resulting in a light snack that was not at all heavy on the palette.

For dessert, I got a cup of Spanish fried milk with matcha sauce. I had never tried fried milk and the concept blew me away. It was like having custard in your mouth, but creamier, milkier, and coated with a layer of fried skin. According to the chef, prep takes almost an entire day before they are ready to go, but I think the time is entirely worth it. No amount of describing would do this delectable snack justice–  you have really got to try it to believe it.

Last but not least, I had a royal milk tea with pearls to wrap up my meal. The “royal” in the name was no joke. Something about sipping that cup of Earl Grey on a full stomach really made me feel like royalty. The tea was flavourful, not too thick, yet not diluted. It is unlike any other Earl Grey that I’ve tried in Singapore. In a British accent, “Excuse me, may I get another cuppa please?”

Carrot Cubes

Feelin’ Peckish

Founded last year, Carrot Cubes is another fusion concept stall. Carrot Cubes focuses on the fusion of traditional and modern, by introducing flavours such as Bacon and Cubes. R and I went with the Hottie Carrot Cake (garlic, preserved turnip, thai chilli, egg, dried shrimp, spring onion) and Bacon and Cubes (garlic, preserved turnip, bacon, carrot, spring onion).

The Hottie Carrot Cake tasted pretty much like regular chilli carrot cake, but maybe  a touch less oily.

The Bacon and Cubes was what stole my heart. I loved how each spoonful had bacon to it, and the texture of the bacon complemented the soft carrot cakes perfectly. On top of that, adding bacon gave the dish a saltiness that you cannot really achieve with regular chye poh, and that was what made every spoonful of the dish memorable for me.

Easy Eggs

Craving the Munchies

Egg is such a common thing, yet not many F&B places specialise in it, which was why the founders behind decided to roll with an egg-themed menu. It was EGGciting, really, as someone who loves eggs to watch the cook prepare different variations of eggs to serve to customers at the fair.

A snack that most people went for was the mentaiko eggs. The creamy mentaiko was generously slathered on top of the dish. And as a finishing touch, the chef torches it to give the eggs a smoky texture. A bite of it had me hooked, and R watched in resignation as I polished off most of the snack in under a minute. Despite the fact that it comes in bite-sized portions for sharing, I would recommend getting one for yourself for you to truly appreciate the complex taste of this simple dish.

Twenty Grammes

Parched

After all that much food, we thought a drink would help, and the Strawberry Green Tea provided just the fix! It was light as a summer’s breeze, with enough of a hint of strawberry to go with the green tea.

The Bulb Station

Having a thirst

Drinks served in a lightbulb added a novel complement to the night lights at the Lights to Night Festival. Here, I went with the Thai Milk Tea and Fruity Rainbow Soda.

The Thai Milk Tea seemed to lack a certain kick. It tasted somewhat lacklustre and was an uneventful experience. The Fruity Rainbow Soda, in contrast, had an awesome zest to it, and the crushed ice added a fun touch to it. What it basically was is a mixture of all their fruit flavoured sodas together, topped with crushed ice. Much like your 7-11 slurpee, but with a melodious medley of fruit flavours with every sip.

Conclusion

The Art X Social corner at the Lights to Night Festival was well-spaced out, with ample seats and tables for visitors to enjoy their meal throughout the night. Overall, there was a good organisation, which made it a worthwhile and enjoyable experience. Until next time, Lights to Night Festival!

 

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