05 January 2017


The Joyden Concepts Group has three restaurants under its name Joyden Treasures, Joyden Seafood and Joyden Canton Kitchen. I had the privilege to have a preview of some of the Chinese New Year 2017 items that the Joyden Concepts Group will be dishing out from 9 January - 11 February 2017. Complete menu and details of the takeaway menu across all outlets are at the end of post.

Joyden Concepts Group (Joyden Treasures, Joyden Seafood, Joyden Canton Kitchen) — Singapore
Thursday, January 05, 2017

Joyden Concepts Group (Joyden Treasures, Joyden Seafood, Joyden Canton Kitchen) — Singapore

31 December 2016

Mellben is a very well known seafood restaurant amongst the households in Singapore for their claypot crab beehoon. Its Tanjong Pagar outlet have moved from Bestway Building to Tanjong Pagar Plaza earlier this year it’s walking distance from Tanjong Pagar MRT! I had the privilege to try some of Mellben’s classic dishes, along with their special dishes for Chinese New Year 2017! Good news is, Mellben Signatures remains open throughout the new year season so hurry if you want to book a table for your family gatherings!


PROSPERITY YU SHENG



PEN CAI
$198 minimum one day advanced order is required



What is the lunar new year without tossing some yu sheng and having a pen cai? Mellben’s yusheng features very thin strips of shredded vegetables which makes it easy to mix evenly when tossing. However, the yu sheng on a whole seemed to be a little watery. The pen cai on the other hand, is filled to the brim with lots of treasures — abalone, prawns, scallops, sea cucumber, mushrooms, roasted pork, broccoli, duck, chicken and lots of white cabbage. Simmered in a brown sauce, this pot can easily serve up to 10 pax with its abundance of ingredients!


CLAYPOT BEE HOON CRAB



CREAMY BUTTER CRAB



CURRY PASTE CRAB



You can’t miss out on having Mellben’s crab done in its signature way — claypot thick bee hoon! The broth is wonderfully thick, rich and creamy and beaming with sweetness from the crab. Having been to the Ang Mo Kio outlet recently, I found the soup there way too peppery but I’m glad that the Tanjong Pagar outlet is upholding the usual Mellben standards! Additional soup and bee hoon can be added at an extra cost. We also had crabs in two other ways — creamy butter and curry paste. I preferred the former with a sweet tasting and pretty addictive sauce that can be wiped out easily with fried mantous! Eating crabs may be a hassle to some but rest assured that it’s well worth the effort at Mellben as the crab meat are firm, sweet and fresh!


SIGNATURE SALTED EGG PORK RIBS



One bite into the pork ribs and I was convinced that this is one of Mellben’s signature item. The long pork ribs have meat that falls off the bone easily. With a thick coat of salted egg sauce rubbed onto the tender meat, this dish definitely can satisfy any salted egg yolk craving!


DEEP FRIED YAM WITH SCALLOPS



STIR FRIED PRAWN IN MONGOLIAN STYLE



DRIED SHRIMPS WITH FRENCH BEANS



We also had some other popular dishes such as the mini deep fried yam with scallops. I like how the outer layer is light and crispy while the yam on the inside is slightly gooey. Even though it’s fried, it wasn’t greasy at all!


DESSERT YAM PASTE WITH GINGKO NUTS



A classic Chinese dessert to end our sumptuous dinner spread — the orh ni! I’m not a fan of orh ni but my friends liked it and it should suit the taste buds of your older family members!

Find Mellben Signature's Chinese New Year 2017 Set Menu on their Facebook here.


Mellben Signature is located at:
7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-105 Singapore 081007
Daily | 1130 - 1430, 1700 - 2215
Reserve via  6220 5512.
Mellben Signature — Singapore, Tanjong Pagar
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Mellben Signature — Singapore, Tanjong Pagar

29 December 2016

 The Keong Saik area is littered with many eateries and a new kid has recently joined the block along Jiak Chuan Road. Phat Cat Laundry is inspired by the Chinese-owned laundries in Western countries as can be seen from one of their taglines Do not dampen spirits. The theme largely revolves around Asian-inspired drinks and food so expect to find lots of Asian touches even in their cocktails too! Find full menu here.
Phat Cat Laundry, Singapore — Keong Saik
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Phat Cat Laundry, Singapore — Keong Saik

28 December 2016

Singapore’s very first Japan travel-themed cafe opens at Tanjong Pagar Centre, conveniently located just next to the MRT station! Comprising dining, retail and rail pass ticketing area, it’s a place for travelers to gather and share their experiences! The ticketing area include sales of Disneyland tickets and JR Passes. If you have any questions on these or need help with planning your Japan trip, the Japanese staff at the counter, who are proficient in English, will be ever ready to assist you and even recommend some unique destinations in Japan!
Japan Rail Cafe — Singapore, Tanjong Pagar
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Japan Rail Cafe — Singapore, Tanjong Pagar

27 December 2016

 dal.komm COFFEE has finally arrived in Singapore after appearances in Korean hit drama Descendants of the Sun starring Song Joong Ki. Originating from South Korea and having expanded to Malaysia, the first flagship in Singapore is located right at the entrance of The Centrepoint situated along busy Orchard Road.
Dal.Komm Coffee — Singapore, Orchard Road
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Dal.Komm Coffee — Singapore, Orchard Road

17 December 2016

Christmas dawns upon Clinton Street Baking Company in the form of special dishes available from 5 December 2016 till 1 January 2017! Known for their signature fluffy pancakes, they get dressed with a different topping this Christmas too. It was my first visit to Clinton Street and I’ve heard about how long the queue can get. However, you can now “chope” your seats via Chope Sg now, even for weekend brunch timings!
Clinton Street Baking Company, Singapore — Purvis Street
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Clinton Street Baking Company, Singapore — Purvis Street

 Yamagata is located in the northeastern region of Japan, just 3 hours away by Shinkansen (covered by JR East 5 Days Pass Tohoku area priced at SGD280) from Tokyo station. Prior to my visit, I heard almost nothing about this place and I was super psyched to know more about this city!
Japan Travel Guide (Tohoku Area) — Yamagata
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Japan Travel Guide (Tohoku Area) — Yamagata

13 December 2016

Street 50 Restaurant & Bar located within Bay Hotel Singapore joins in the festive celebrations by introducing the Eclectic Asian Buffet from 23rd December - 26th December 2016 and 30th December 2016 - 2 January 2017. The theme of the buffet is Celebration Action Stations (“CASTS”) and one of the main CASTS is the Feast of the Seven Fishes, inspired by the Italian-American celebration of Christmas Eve digging into an array of seafood.
Street 50 Restaurant & Bar, Singapore — Bay Hotel
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Street 50 Restaurant & Bar, Singapore — Bay Hotel

12 December 2016

 What better way is there to celebrate the festive season than to do so with Park Hotel Alexandra introducing The Carvery’s Black Forest Christmas Feast (available from 12 December 2016 - 1 January 2017) menu taking inspiration from the produce found in Black Forest. Having been to the Great Meat Feast (see what you’ve missed here), I was very excited to taste what Chef Robert has come up with for the Christmas season!
The Carvery’s Black Forest Christmas Feast, Singapore — Park Hotel Alexandra
Monday, December 12, 2016

The Carvery’s Black Forest Christmas Feast, Singapore — Park Hotel Alexandra

05 December 2016

 Basil Thai Kitchen by Thai Express recently opened a new flagship outlet at Paragon Shopping Mall, after having opened its first outlet at Kallang Wave Mall (yes, the second store is its flagship outlet). By using ingredients from all over Thailand, Basil Thai aims to create dishes originating from various parts of Thailand for us Singaporeans! The restaurant’s flavour profile focuses heavily on sweet, sour and spicy, not any different from the Thai food that we are used to.

Basil Thai Kitchen, Singapore — Paragon
Monday, December 05, 2016

Basil Thai Kitchen, Singapore — Paragon