Category Archives: Beyond The Bear’s Kitchen

Tai Cheong Bakery Holland Village food review

Food Review: Tai Cheong Bakery at Holland Village (Singapore)


Renowned Hong Kong bakery Tai Cheong Bakery has recently opened its doors at Holland Village. Serving their signature egg tarts, Tai Cheong Bakery in Holland Village is also dishing out a range of mouthwatering cha chaan teng dishes. For the unfamiliar, cha chaan tengs are Hong Kong style coffee shops which serve a range of rice, noodle and western style dishes. Reflecting the historical cultural mix of east and west that defines Hong Kong today.

Macaroni Soup with

Three Macaroni Soup with Luncheon Meat, $8.50.

Commonly eaten during breakfast or brunch in Hong Kong but also available throughout the day, this Three Macaroni Soup with Luncheon Meat is a perfect example of the Hong Kong take on Italian macaroni. Served in a tomato based broth and topped with three eggs and crispy luncheon meat, this light and comforting bowl of goodness is definitely not one to be missed.

Hong Kong Style French Toast

Hong Kong Style French Toast, $6.50.

Those who have eaten French toast in Hong Kong will understand how thick and fluffy Hong Kong style French Toast can be. Often served with a square of cold butter that has started melting on the hot bread once served, all the diner has to do is drench this sinful delight in the sweet pleasures of amber maple syrup. The perfect blend of salty and sweet. Not recommended for those who are on a diet.



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Blanco Beef Noodles at North Bridge Road

Food Review: Blanco Beef Noodles – the Rebirth of Traditional Hainanese Beef Noodles at North Bridge Road


Located at North Bridge Road (next to Liang Seah Street and opposite Bugis Junction), Blanco Beef Noodles has been on my food-to-try radar for a couple of months since I drove passed the store several times. Being a huge Hainanese beef noodles fan, I finally tried it last week.




I was lucky to meet the brainchild behind Blanco Beef Noodles on that day of my visit and chatted briefly with him. A little background history on Blanco Beef Noodles. Firstly, they are not affiliated to Blanco Court Traditional Hainan Beef Noodles at Guillemard Road. The real reason behind the name is, this Hainanese Beef Noodles store is situated at the defunct Blanco Court site, which was once a food mecca for some of the best local food in Singapore.

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blue lotus Chinese New Year Menu 2017

Food Review: Celebrate Chinese New Year with Perfect Yusheng at Blue Lotus


With Chinese New Year just three weeks away, it is time to plan ahead and make your reservation for reunion lunches and dinners. The year of the Rooster begins on 28 January this year and if you are looking for an innovative and inventive Chinese menu done with a great flair (that is not in a hotel), Blue Lotus would be the perfect venue.



This critically acclaimed new age Chinese restaurant has creates its own unique and healthy version of Yu Sheng (Chinese Raw Fish Salad). Filled with up to 20 fresh ingredients and aptly named 十全十美 (Shi Quan Shi Mei), which literally translates to “completely perfect”, it is one of the most unique and tastiest Yu Sheng I’ve ever come across.

Blue Lotus yusheng Chinese New Year


Presented in a large shiny enamel wok, the type of ingredients are not what you would normally find in traditional Yu Sheng. Comprising of 10 herbs and vegetables, two aromatic spices, three types of nuts, tea-smoked salmon, salmon skin and silver bait, and finally, dressed in spring-onion-infused olive oil and wild honey yuzu dressing, the 十全十美 “Perfect” Yu Sheng is sweet yet not cloying and the crispy salmon skin lends a splendid texture that leaves me wanting for more. It is available for dine-in and takeaway ($48 ++ for small and $68 ++ for large).

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Huiji WaistBear Naked Food Tonic Herbal Duck Noodles

30 days Journey with Huiji Waist Tonic x Herbal Duck Noodles


About a month ago, I’ve embarked on a 30 days-with-Huiji-Waist-Tonic Journey. Basically, I consumed a capful of the herbal tonic twice a day, for 30 days.

Bear Naked Food Huiji Waist Tonic Review

Now, prior to this post, I’ve definitely heard of Huiji Waist Tonic and had always associated it as “something good” for the waist (as the name suggests). And I was not wrong. It helps to alleviate backache and strengthen your waist, especially vital for working adults constantly clocking in long hours at their desks.

Bear Naked Food Huiji Waist Tonic Review

But that’s not all, there are more benefits you could enjoy from regular consumption of this very mild tasting, alcohol and sugar-free tonic:

√ Overcome fatigue, nourish vital energy and promote blood circulation
√ Nourish and darken the hair naturally
√ Suitable for confinement and breastfeeding moms to restore health and energy level
√ Vegetarian and Halal certified
√ Can be added to soups and dishes

You may wonder how a waist tonic could be of help with these symptoms. This is due to the use of 100% natural premium herbs that have medicinal and toning properties – Cordyceps, Duzhong, Dang Gui, Shouwu, Dazao and Ginseng.

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Tong Le Private Dining at OUE Tower a night at Nigata

Food Review: Experience “A Night in Niigata” at Tóng Lè Private Dining OUE Tower


Boasting top-class farming households with high-standards producers, Niigata prefecture is a treasury of seasonal fresh fishes, fruits and vegetables. Thanks to the good people from Niigata City Food Fair and hosting restaurant, Tóng Lè Private Dining, you do not have to travel all the way to Japan to sample some of their amazing produce.



From 14 Dec to 31 Dec 2016, a special six-course menu has been carefully crafted by Chef Ken Ling who flew all the way to Niigata City to hand-pick the ingredients used.
I am extremely excited to sample the items from the dinner menu.


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