Sunday, 29 July 2012

Food Fest @ 313 plus Giveaway of Dining Wallets

Photo credited to 313@Somerset
Did you know that in conjunction with the Singapore Food Festival, 313@somerset has prepared a series of Food Fest, entertainment and promotions from 27th July till 31st August 2012 exclusively for their shoppers?

And on top of that, shoppers who spend $150.00 on weekdays (max 3 receipts with one receipt from Food and Beverage outlets) will be entitled to 313’s Spend-and-Win and stand to walk away with the grand prize of the new iPad worth $958.


Photo credited to 313@Somerset
And for food lovers, you can purchase the “313 Dining Wallet” at $19.00 (includes dining vouchers worth over S$40 from selected Food and Beverage merchants from 27th 27 to 31st August) to fest on your favourite restaurants or eateries at 313.

How To Use:-
Just present the appropriate coupon  at the participating Food and Beverage outlets and enjoy exclusive deals for lunch, dinner, drinks and dessert. Theses coupons are also coloured coded into different dining option for your easy reference.  (Each coupon can ONLY be used ONCE)

Below is the list of participated Food and Beverage merchants:-


Bee Cheng Hiang, Blue Mountain Café, Charlie Brown Café, F.I.S.H. by Fish and Co., Food Republic, Honeymoon Dessert, JiBiru Japanese Craft Beer Bar, Jollibean, Kenny Rogers Roasters, MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery, Malones Irish Restaurant & Bar, Oriental Herbal Tea, Paradise Inn, Prima Déli, Smoosh Juice Bar, The Flyin’ Bread, The Handburger, Trattoria Italian Kitchen, Umi Sushi, Wang Café and Yoshinoya.


GIVEAWAY
Dining Wallet with S$40 worth of food and beverage coupons


Photo credited to 313@Somerset

Thanks to 313@somerset, I am giving away ONE “313 Dining Wallet” each to 2 lucky readers.

To win:

1. Like the 313 Dining Wallet photo on Cuisine Paradise Facebook Page, AND
2. Leave a comment on facebook photo to name the purchase price of this “313 Dining Wallet” and 1 food/beverage outlet that can be found along the Discovery Walk in 313@somerset. (clue:- answer can be found in this post).


Closing Date: 31st July 2012 (Tuesday), 12 NOON.

*only for readers living in Singapore*

Friday, 27 July 2012

Mid Autumn At Swensen's plus Giveaway

Photo credited to Swensen's
Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with cool Swensen’s ice cream mooncakes that comes in six authentic flavors.  This year, let these sweet affair at both Swensen's and Earle Swensen's filled you with mouth-watering Swensen’s signature smooth and full dairy ice creams which encased in a unique pastry skin.

In addition, their special Disney ice cream mooncakes are back again this year which I am sure it will bound to be a winner especially for the little ones.

Photo credited to Swensen's
These cool ice cream mooncakes are presented in an elegant keepsake box that featured the unique Swensen’s Tiffany lamp designs which we all familiar with. And these delightful ice cream mooncakes also come in a box of four (S$29.80 per box / S$8.60 per piece), with a choice of six delicious flavours shown below which you can mix-and-match:-

~ Strawberry Fields Forever
~ Durian Royale
~ Yummy Yam
~ Sticky Chewy Chocolate
~ Cookies 'N' Cream Dreams
~ Mocha Almond Delight


Photo credited to Swensen's
As for Disney fans or parents with kiddo, you can consider to get a box of this adorable Mickey Ice Cream Mooncakes (S$16.90 per box) which is available exclusively at Swensen’s. These mooncakes come in a box of two, with a choice of  either Strawberry Fields Forever and Sticky Chewy Chocolate (or you can also request for one flavour each).

And furthermore, these Disney ice cream mooncakes are thoughtfully packaged in a unique and colourful Mickey die-cut box that features attractive printouts which is perfect for the young ones to keep as a memento.


GIVEAWAY
Swensen's Ice Cream Mooncakes


Photo credited to Swensen's
So if you are a Swensen's ice cream fans who love to try their signature smooth full dairy ice creams which encased in a unique pastry skin. Here is your chance, I would be giving away a box (4 regular ice cream mooncakes) of Swensen's Ice Cream Mooncakes to ONE lucky reader;

To win:

1. Like the Swensen's Ice Cream Mooncakes photo on Cuisine Paradise Facebook Page, AND
2. Leave a comment on the Facebook photo, name TWO flavours of  Swensen's Ice Cream Mooncakes (clue:- answer can be found in this post).

Closing Date: 29 July 2012 (Sunday), 9pm.

*only for readers living in Singapore*


Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Free Scoop Day at Marble Slab Creamery!‏

On 13 July 2012, Marble Slab Creamery marks its third anniversary with birthday celebration promotions throughout the month of July. And as part of its birthday celebration which will be held on this Saturday 28 July 2012, 12.00pm at it's flagship outlet Bugis+.

Photo credited to Marble Slab Creamery
On that day, Marble Slab Creamery will be offering its popular free scoop day promotion from 12pm - 5pm where customers can redeem ONE COMPLIMENTARY scoop of ice cream of their choice. So if you are in Bugis or planning to go there this Saturday, remember to drop by their outlet and claim your FREE scoop of ice-cream!
Photo credited to Marble Slab Creamery
And apart "free scoop day promotion" on Saturday, you can also drop by their largest outlet at JCube on Sunday, 29 July from 2pm - 5pm to enjoy "a scoop" of your favourite flavour ice cream at an irresistible "$1.00" price (ONLY @ JCube outlet).

On top of the above-mentioned, Fans of Marble Slab Creamery can participate in the “Dip and Win” contest for a chance to win limited edition Marble Slab merchandise, vouchers and join in other games or activities on the same day from 12pm - 6pm too!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Durian Butter Cake


Every year during the period between June and September, this "spiky" green thorns fruit known as "Durian (榴莲)" can be found everywhere in the HDB market area or some local supermarkets fruit section (fruits remove from shells and tightly sealed). So is either you love or hate this fruit due to it's strong odour where some said it is fragrant while others might find it distinguishing.

Last week while thinking of what to do with those "excess" Durian in the fridge, I do a quick post from "instagram" via Cuisine Paradise Facebook page and I  received many interesting suggestions (read more HERE) within a short while.  So after browsing through the comments, I decide to make some Durian Butter Cake for afternoon tea as well as a giveaway to mum's friends.

Durian's shape ranges from oblong to round and the colour of its husk is either green to brown with its flesh pale to darker yellow depending on the species. There are many species around and the most common and popular few in Singapore are "D24", "XO", "Mao Shan Wang", "Red Prawn" and etc (which is on the higher price range that goes by weight).  Or you can choose those "Kampong Durian (甘榜榴莲)" which price as low as "S$0.50 - S$1.00" (smaller in size) each Durian.


DURIAN BUTTER CAKE



From the photos of the cake in this post you can more or less visualize the texture which looks moist, soft, rich and "super fragrant" (too bad you can't smell it virtually) due to the amount of durian pulps added. And during the baking time, you will be amazed on how aromatic your house smells like provided you are a Durian lover.


(Make 4: 5.5 x 9.5 x 4.5cm  | Preparation: 10 minutes  | Baking: 40 minutes)

Ingredients:
250g Self-Raising Flour, sifted
250g Unsalted Butter, soften
200 - 220g Caster Sugar
5 Eggs (55g each)
350g Of Fresh Durian Pulps
50ml Fresh Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Method:-
1. Scrap the flesh of the Durian into a bowl and set aside for later use.

2. Preheat the oven to 170 degree.

3. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (beating with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes on medium speed).

4. Add in 1 egg at a time, beating well in between each additions.

5. Beat in Durian pulps till combined, using a rubber spatula to fold in half the sifted flour (careful not to over-stir or beat the mixture) and follow by milk and remaining flour.

6. Divide the batter into the prepared casing, hollowing it out slightly in middle to prevent it rising to a dome in the centre. (you can add in some extra durian pulp on top like what shown in the 1st photo above).

7. Bake the cake in preheated 170 Degree Celsius oven for 40 - 45 minutes or until a skewer insert in the middle and come out clean.

8. When cooked, remove cake from the oven, allow it to cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.



DURIAN ON BAGUETTE


This "special" idea comes from one of my recent post on the Buah Keluak Toast where by I used some of the leftover Buah Keluak paste to make the toast. But as for this "Durian On Baguette" is so simple that I just spread some durian pulp (I have kept some in the fridge from previous night dessert) on freshly toast baguette which makes it so yummy and similar to ice-cream on warm toast effect. For more recipes using Durian, you can refer to the post HERE.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Antoinette at Palais Renaissance

I am sure the brand name "Antoinette" sound familiar to those who love cakes, pastries or French food. Following the success of Antoinette’s first three outlets (Penhas Road, Mandarin Galley and Scarlet Hotel), Owner-Chef Pang Kok Keong unveils Le Jardin d’Antoinette which is also one of their largest outlet at Palais Renaissance.

Last Saturday I was invited to a lunch tasting at their new outlet, located at Palais Renaissance together with Celes (Celestial Delish), Derrick (SG Food on Foot) and ShiTing (Lobsterpaints).

After some self introductions between Chef Pang and us, we started to look around at their cake and pastry counters while taking some photos. Below are some of the pastries and cakes which are available at Antoinette.

Array of Cakes available

Array of Assorted Macarons on display

Pastry Section: with Danish Puffs, Brownies, Muffins and etc

The Main Dining Area designed after Versaille’s expansive outdoor garden which is a unique round shaped dining space decorated with vintage furniture featuring floral accents such as flower print upholstered seats. The outskirt of the dining area is also surrounded with hanging vines as well as floral arrangements. Furthermore there is also a special elevated gazebo sits at the centre of the dining area too.

{Soup} We started with their new Classic French Onion Soup (S$16.50) which is prepared using caramelised onions in a rich chicken and veal broth accompanied by cheese toasts made from Antoinette’s signature 24-hour baguette. To perfect it, the soup is topped with a cheesy crust which resemble "cover" and it is made using parmesan and gruyère cheese.

On the 1st try, the soup taste a bit sour but when you dig in more, it actually release a hit of sweetness from the caramelised onions and it goes well with that crispy cheese crust.


{Entrées} Next we had the Tartine de Nicoise (S$26.00) which is an open face levain sandwich hide beneath some butter lettuce, French beans, tomatoes, olives, anchovy, a three-minute egg and some seared tuna.

According to Chef Pang, these Levain Bread (sourdough) are made from their own kitchen in Antonietta and the process for making this bread is quite tedious and it takes up to 16 days to cultivate the yeast from scratch plus another 2 more days to proof the bread before baking. So when having this dish, we must really appreciate each and every bits of its ingredients especially the Levain Bread which has a unique flavour and texture.

{Main Course} During the tasting, we tried 3 main courses and first to serve was Confit de Poitrine de Porc (S$36.00) is a traditional French confit of pork belly that is first cured in a mixture of sea salt, brown sugar and aromatics before it is cooked and covered in duck fat at 90 degrees Celsius for 12 hours.

The dish was plated with 5 pieces (about 2 cm each) of thick, tender and fragrant pork belly together with decent amount of garlic mash (which you might thought is mashed potato), seasonal vegetables and mustard sauce. Although I am a "pork belly" lover but I find this dish a bit on the salty side unless you are having it with some water or wine to balance the taste.

{Main Course} Next we had Bouchées aux fruits de mer (S$30.00) which is a luxurious seafood medley that consists of scallops, prawns, squid and mussels sautéed with white wine and cream. It is then served in a puff pastry case which resemble "vol au vents" but it is made with a unique reverse folding method which results in a flakier and crispier crust.

I love their fresh and seafood and taste of the sauce is is not overpowering to the whole dish but on the down side, me and ShiTing find that our scallop is kind of overcooked which makes it chewy and difficult to bite.

{Main Course} For the last main course Chef Pang brought in Prawn crumble pasta (S$26.00) which is an aglio olio-style pasta dish featuring spaghettini tossed with parsley pesto instead of basil and sprinkled with their homemade anchovy crumble.

During the introduction, Chef Pang mentioned to us that those crumble was made using Antoinette’s pain de mie loaf as well as a kalamata olives and Spanish anchovies tapenade. No wonder when all mixed together it has such a unique taste which you might mistook the breadcrumb with grated cheese.

{Dessert} For the dessert, Chef Pang shared with us 4 of his new 2012 collection which you could read more on the post below. Above we shows  Chloe (S$9.00 per slice) which is a combination of refreshing and fragrant yuzu cremeux with white chocolate vanilla mousse on a light sponge cake and almond sable.

This is one of the lighter taste cake which we concluded out of the 4 that we had tired so if you prefer something light and refreshing perhaps this would be great hit for you.

{Dessert} Forbidden Fruit (S$9.00 per slice) has a delicate layered creation that features granny smith apples in various incarnations including green apple mousse, vanilla caramel apple and green apple jelly, complemented with maple cremeux on a financier cake.

On 1st bite you will feel hint of sourish taste perhaps from the apple jelly but when you slowly savory it with a cup of tea, you will fell in love with it because of it sweet, fragrant and sour combination. I guess this is similar to feeling of "falling in love" taste.

{Dessert} Kyoto (S$9.00 per slice) is a Japanese matcha crowd-pleaser with green tea mascarpone mousse, chestnut cremeux, almond crumble and a green tea finger sponge. It has a very fragrant matcha aroma and after taste which we all loved. A "must try" for matcha lover.

{Dessert} I personally love this Tarte Exotique (S$8.50 per slice) which I think I can conquered two at one time. It has an almond base with a luscious gula melaka cremeux, finger sponge and light coconut mousse crowned with a delicate fruit coulis sphere. Because I love almond base tarts and as well as the unique aroma from the Gula Melaka, I highly recommend this dessert which I am sure you will love it as much as we do.  

Just to share there is a private dining room which is perfect for groups of 8 - 10 pax to hold function such as Formal Dining, Gathering, Birthday or etc.

Antoinette at Palais Renaissance
390 Orchard Road, Palais Renaissance,
B1-08/09/10C,
Reservations No.: +65 6735 6392

Operating Hours:
11.00am to 10.00pm daily (last order 9.30pm)


Lastly I would like to thank Hsian Ming (from Sixth Sense Communications and PR Consultancy Pte Ltd) and Chef Pang (Antoinette at Palais Renaissance) for this tasting invitation. For more photos of this tasting, you can click on Cuisine Paradise Facebook page HERE.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

PrimaDéli's Celebrates Their 20th Anniversary With Monthly Promotions

Photo credited to "Word Of Mouth Communications Pte Ltd"
From now till 20th October 2012, PrimaDéli has lined up a series of monthly mouth‐watering promotions, such as “Scratch And Win” lucky draws, $20 Cakes, 1‐for‐1 deals and 20¢ Waffles to show appreciation and reward for their loyal customers.

So if you have missed out their July's 20 cents Waffle deal and S$20 Cakes, here is another upcoming promotion tomorrow Friday, 20 July 2012 on their 1-For-1 Egg Tarts @ S$1.30. And for your information on the 20th of every month (till October 2012), PrimaDéli’s 1‐For‐1 deal will enable you to enjoy their signature classics to the fuller.

Photo credited to "Word Of Mouth Communications Pte Ltd"
PrimaDeli Waffle Day: If you are a Waffle lover, don't forget on every 2nd Friday of each month (13 July, 10 August, 14 September, and 12 October), PrimaDeli's waffle will be selling at 20 cents each (usual price: S$1.30)! And it is limited to 100 plain waffles per outlet. (one plain waffle purchase per customer and the promotion starts at 2.00pm).

Photo credited to "Word Of Mouth Communications Pte Ltd"
On top of the cake and pastry promotions, their Hunt for the Golden Bun will be held from 15 Jun till 30 September 2012, to encourage customers to try out their new and improved recipe. And for every two golden buns purchased during this period, customers will receive one Scratch And Win card, which gives them one chance to win and redeem delectable PrimaDéli products instantly!

Moreover, customers who received the special “Golden Bun” ticket will receive a S$20.00 PrimaDéli voucher AND be eligible for the Golden Bun Grand Draw on 20 October 2012 at Causeway Point to win the following prizes:

~ 1st Prize: Osim uDivine (worth $5,488) + $100 PrimaDéli voucher

~ 2nd Prize: An iPad (worth $658) + $50 PrimaDéli voucher

~ 3rd Prize: Digital camera (worth $350) + $50 PrimaDéli voucher

~ 4th ‐ 20th Prizes: $100 PrimaDéli voucher


Monday, 16 July 2012

Ayam Buah Keluak And Deep-fried Buah Keluak Toast


Ayam Buah Keluak (黑果焖鸡) is a distinctive Peranakan dish combining chicken with Buah Keluak to produce a rich sauce which is sweet, spicy and sour. This key ingredient of this unique dish is "buah keluak (黑果)" which is not a common ingredients in Singapore. And to prepare this dish, you need extra effort on preparing the buah keluak (wash, soaked and remove the flesh), meat stuffing and rempah (spice paste) before you get to cook and enjoy this hearty dish.

Although my granny is a Peranakan, I did not really get to learn her secret recipes because she passed away during my teenage time. And moreover she only has a few signature dishes due to her busy timing. But despite of that, Ayam Buah Keluak is definitely one of her best shot which we all loved.


AYAM BUAH KELUAK



Finally with the help of my brother who visited Malacca recently, he managed to find and brought back some "processed (washed and cleaned)"  buah keluak from one of the eatery there. So using  those 20 pieces of "treasure" that he gave me, I decided to cook this popular Peranakan Dish.


Recipe adapted and modify from Famous Cuisine, May And June 2010 issue.

(Serves: 4 | Preparation: 30 minutes | Cooking: 30 minutes)

Ingredients A:
10 Buah Keluak (黑壳果)
1/2 Portion Chicken (600g), cut into pieces
2 Pieces Tamanrind Slices (亚参皮)
500ml Hot Water

Ingredients B:
200g Chicken Fillet
3 Dried Shiitake Mushrooms, soaked until soften
100g Shelled Prawns
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
5 Buah Keluak Flesh (黑果肉)

Ingredients C - Rempah:
20 Dried Chillies, soaked in hot water until soften
5 Buah Keluak Flesh (黑果肉)
2 Stalks Lemon Grass (香茅)
2cm Fresh Galangal (南姜)
2cm Fresh Ginger
2 Candlenuts
5 Garlic Cloves
5 Shallots


Method:-
1.Wash and clean the unprocessed "Buah Keluak", soak them in water for 3 days (change water daily).

2. Cut off a small opening on top of the shell, remove the flesh in it and set aside.

3. After which, rinse the empty shell and place it in a pot with water to cover it and bring to boil for 10 minutes. Next dish up, rinse and drain well before stuffing in the buah keluak paste mixture.

4. To make the fillings:- Blend all Ingredients (B) in the blender until it form a smooth paste, remove.

5. Stuff filling back into the cavity of the Buah Keluak shell till full. Set aside.

6. Heat up about 3 tablespoons of oil in frying pan, suate the blended Ingredients (C) until fragrant.

7. Add in chicken pieces and continue to fry until aromatic before putting in the stuffed "Buah Keluak", water and tamarind slices. Bring mixture to boil, add in 1/2 cube of chicken stock and simmer over low heat until chicken is cooked thorough and flavour has been absorbed (about 20 - 30 minutes).

8. Lastly, season with salt and sugar to taste. Remove from heat and serve hot with steamed white rice.

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*Note:-
- You can get Buah Keluak in Singapore from Chinatown Market, Teka Market or Bukit Panjang Wholesale Centre.

~ If you or anyone going to Malacca, you can also easily get the "process" Buah Keluak from there.




DEEP-FRIED BUAH KELUAK TOAST



My inspiration for this "Deep-fried Buah Keluak Toast" comes from a similar snack which is available from My Peranakan Spice Box Restaurant, located at Toa Payoh Hub. Their Buah Keluak Toast is mainly made with soft buah keluak meat served on crunchy baguette which taste like Asian caviar on toast. Whereas for mine, I used the left over Buah Kelauk Chicken Paste from the dish above, spread it on some halved sandwich bread and deep-fried to achieve that crunchy texture similar to "prawn toast".


(Serves: 2   |        Preparation: 5 minutes     |       Cooking: 5 minutes)

Ingredients:
2 - 3 Slices of Sandwich Bread, halved
Some Buah Keluak Chicken Paste (80g), recipe above
1 Tablespoon Each of White And Black Sesame Seeds
Oil for deep frying

Method:-
1. Spread about 3/4 - 1 Tablespoon of the Buah Keluak Chicken Paste over the top of each slices of bread.

2. Hold the bread upside down (paste facing downward), coat it evenly with the sesame seeds mixture and set aside.

3. Preheat a pan with oil and deep-fried the bread over medium low heat until golden in colour and chicken paste is cooked through (about 2 minutes).

4. Drained well and serve warm plain or with chilli sauce.

There are a few ways to prepare this "Ayam Buah Keluak" dish depending on individual preference and taste. While preparing the stuffing you can use either pork, chicken or just the buah keluak flesh itself. And as for the gravy, you can simmer the mixture until it resemble "rendang" or quiet watery like normal chicken curry. But no matter which is your choice, I am sure you would love this appetizing dish which makes you crave for more.

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