Food Reviews

Excellent Afternoon Peranakan Tea at Violet Oon at ION Orchard (Singapore)

[Translate] After spending several days in Singapore and understanding the multicultural city-state and Peranakan cuisine, Violet Oon is an upscale version of what that cuisine is. We visited its ION Orchard location for afternoon tea and it’s a understated beauty. Violet Oon is the grande dame of Singaporean cooking and is widely considered to be an authority on Asian cuisine, specializing in Nyonya food. She had her own television cooking show in the 1980s and wrote three cookbooks on Peranakan cuisine. In 2012, Violet and her children, opened Violet Oon’s Kitchen in Bukit Timah and two other locations: National Kitchen by..

Cheeky Asian Fare at Xiao Ya Tou (Singapore)

[Translate] Dinner at Xiao Ya Tou or known as XYT is a cool experience of having to walk through the neighborhood of hip bars and restaurants and walking into an eatery that is decked out in an almost kitsch meets vintage Chinese themed restaurant filled with distinctive red lanterns, plastic chairs, and loud decor just call out to you as you walk past. XYT’s menu serves a plethora of playful and somewhat cheeky named food and drink offerings—all of which find their inspirations stemming from cuisines from all across Southeast Asia. (more…)

Afternoon Tea at Pan Pacific Singapore

[Translate] Whenever I travel to a foreign country, particularly Asian, I hope the hotel that serves afternoon tea would adapt its menu to the country’s cuisine either creating and offering separate afternoon tea menus or have a one menu that is Western or English style tea but have certain local ingredients in a certain food item. Pan Pacific Singapore offers the both Peranakan and English style afternoon teas and both are very good. Pan Pacific Singapore serves its afternoon tea at the Atrium. The Atrium looks cool with the streamlined architectural details and the seating pods floating over a reflection..

Excellent Bak Kwa at Lim Chee Guan (Singapore)

[Translate] Bak kwa is a beloved Singaporean meat snack (and it’s loved by many Chinese since we have a similar version but it’s different). I’ve heard and read that Lim Chee Guan is one of the best brands in Singapore who makes this from scratch so I had to visit their original shop in Chinatown. (more…)

JustIN Flavours of Asia (Singapore)

[Translate] JustIN Flavours of Asia is the famous Singaporean chef-owner Justin Quek’s all-day casual restaurant. It serves elevated Singaporean comfort food by cooking with better ingredients and making most of their own sauces. The 72-seat restaurant, which faces Marina Bay Sands’ nightly light and water show.  We came in relatively late after seeing the light and water show, it was a buzzy atmosphere with its outdoor seating and there’s many groups of diners having a relaxed dinner. (more…)

Hotel Reviews

Yan Ting at St. Regis Singapore

[Translate] Yan Ting at St Regis Singapore is a very comfortable restaurant that can impress both visitors (like myself) and locals. The latter crowd are definitely affluent or some who want to celebrate an occasion. The dim sum menu is traditional and it is covers a lot of categories.  I’ve eaten with a few friends that afternoon and how the dim sum brunch works is that we each have our own pot of soup double-boiled fish maw soup with black garlic (原盅黑蒜炖花胶) and wok-baked Boston lobster with XO sauce (XO酱焗波士顿龙虾). We get to choose as many dishes as we want...


Wonderful Stay at Fairmont Le Château Montebello & A Visit to Manoir-Papineau National Historic Site (Montebello, Canada)

[Translate] If all of you are wondering why did I go to Montebello? It’s because it’s close to Ottawa (about an hour away by car) and I wanted to be away from the city (any, not just New York). Fairmont Le Château Montebello Montebello is located on a bank of the Ottawa River with its own marina. This grand log-built hotel provides rustic luxury, local flavor, beautiful grounds, great views, and heaps of activities to do for both summer and winter. It’s an annual family destination for many well-heeled Canadians (or tourist within the northeastern part of the U.S., it..

Fantastic Stay at Hyatt Regency Mexico City

[Translate] Hyatt Regency Mexico City offers a unique infusion of Eastern and Western influences, with Asian elements sprinkled throughout the property. Not only does this Latin American-Asian fusion set the Hyatt Regency apart from its Polanco-area neighbors, but it’s popular with leisure travelers and business travelers. Though we were in the heart of one of Mexico City’s tastiest gastronomic districts, the hotel’s three restaurants (especially the Japanese plates at Yoshimi, as I’ve written earlier), excellent Sunday brunch at Rulfo (read here) as well as Amado, a pastry shop, are worth sampling. (more…)

Relaxing Time at Loews Miami Beach Hotel – SOAK Cabanas and Lure Fishbar (Miami, FL)

[Translate] If there was a day I felt like a pampered (and very well fed) person while in Miami, it was spending the day at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. This hotel recently underwent a $50 million dollar renovation that gave the hotel a fresh, sophisticated look. When we walked through the tall palm tree-lined path to the pool, we were mesmerized how stunning it is. It looked glamorous and it’s not too far from the beach. We had the cabana and it’s practically a mini studio apartment. We had our private bathroom fitted with a walk-in shower with a large..

Recent Recipes

Pistachio Oil, Yogurt Lemon Cake

[Translate] Nounos Creamery is a family-owned creamery in based in Southampton, Long Island, NY. What makes their Greek-style strained yogurt distinctive are the cute glass jars besides the very delicious yogurt. These yogurts come in various flavors like plain, forest berries, orange fig to seasonal flavors like apple pie a la mode. The yogurt itself isn’t sweet. It has the thick, tangy characteristics that you’d expect from this style of yogurt. The fruit that accompanies the yogurt aren’t too concentrated nor sweet which really appeals to me. (I have eaten certain brands of Greek yogurt where I feel like I..

Valrhona Chocolate Cake, Mango Ginger Lime Jam, White Chocolate Lemongrass Frosting

[Translate] I’ve been a long time fan of eating and baking with Valrhona chocolate. This brand creates one of the world’s finest chocolate in the small village of Tain L’Hermitage, France since 1922. They are dedicated to creating unique, artisan quality chocolate with complex, balanced and consistent flavors. This mission of excellence continues as the gastronomic traditions of the renowned Rhone Valley find expression in every mouthwatering taste of Valrhona’s superb chocolate. Valrhona has created a range of unique and recognizable aromatic profiles by perfecting techniques for enhancing the flavor of rare cocoa beans, grown on land masterfully selected for..

Apple Cardamom Yogurt Cake

[Translate] This weekend was truly autumn. Leaves turning from shades of green to vibrant colors of reds, golden yellows, and orange. Autumn is also prime apple season. I’m not in the mood to bake a somewhat finicky pie but wanted to do an apple cake. I’ve tried out the Organic Valley Grassmilk Yogurt; a thick, tangy yogurt that has natural creamline on top that would make a perfect addition to the cake. The natural acidity would make for a tender cake and add some moisture and fat. (more…)