Category Archives: Beyond The Bear’s Kitchen

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.

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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.

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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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Kanda Wadatsumi frontage at Tras Street

Food Review: Kanda Wadatsumi – Sublime Omakase Experience at Tras Street

 

I can’t believe it took me so long to discover this hidden gem in Singapore. I’ve been to quite a fair share of restaurants at Tras Street (Singapore) but Kanda Wadatsumi had totally gone off my radar, until now.

Kanda Wadatsumi frontage at Tras Street

 

Perhaps it is the inconspicuous frontage, but once I step into the restaurant, the modern ivory-colored walls emanate an intimate surrounding that’s almost in stark contrast to the generic exterior.

Kanda Wadatsumi frontage at Tras Street

 

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burp kitchen at Tanjong Katong

Food Review: Burp Kitchen & Bar – Tanjong Katong’s New Kid On The Block

 

This intimate, amiable bistro is Burp’s second outlet. Located in a quiet neighborhood at Tanjong Katong, I was eager to try out the items on their interestingly, American-street food inspired menu.

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Burp Kitchen & Bar has a healthy selection of draft, craft and dark beers. If beer is not your poison, there is a good range of cocktails / mocktails for you to unwind.

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Feeling peckish, we opted a few of the recommended items from the menu.

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