Friday, August 25, 2017

Food Review: Dai Lou Canto Restaurant Punggol Marina Country Club

Journey to the North to try out the newly opened Canto restaurant at Punggol Marina Country Club. It was my second visit to the country club and I love the ambience of this place because it offers a stunning view of the sea.

Dai Lou is a 90s Canto theme inspired Singapore restaurant bringing together zichar & fun drinking place. The atmosphere is perfect for guests to relax and have a good meal after spending the day in the bustling city. 

When I first heard of Dai Lou, I thought the name was very interesting. Dai Lou (大佬) means Big Brother in Cantonese. It makes me wonder what interesting dish name will Dai Lou has.

You can choose indoor or alfresco dining. 
We had the indoor dining.

Here are the food that we have tried:

Honey Milk Pork Cubes

The pork cubes were well marinated with honey milk, giving it a sweet and savoury taste that satisfied our taste buds. Every cube tasted so delicious and perfect. We asked around which is their favourite dish they have tried tonight and this dish was many of us favourite.

XO Crab Beehoon
$47 per crab

Wow, I love this XO crab beehoon the most. The XO soup was bursting with flavours with the generous ingredients in it plus the XO crab, it was definitely a hearty affair that give us a kick but not to the extreme of being drunk. 

Dai Lou's Money Bag - Salted Egg + Black Pepper Sauce

$0.60 each

Crab is definitely one of our favourite seafood dish, something we would order every time we go seafood restaurant. Though eating crab can get really messy, it will leave us finger licking good. I especially love it when we soaked the mantou in the gravy to absorb the goodness of salted egg and black pepper. I love the dominant flavour of the salted egg, it simply taste so delicious.

Knuckle Duster (Thai Style Pork Knuckles)

The Thai style pork knuckles carried a hot taste of chili and mild sweetness that catered to the taste buds of Singaporeans. The spicy level was no job, it gave a hot sensation after finishing the mouthful and you would want to reach for your drinks after that. For people who loves spicy food, this is the dish for you.

Thanks Dai Lou Canto Restaurant for hosting us for the dinner. Do pop by to Dai Lou to try out their food. 

For more information, please visit

Dai Lou Canto Restaurant
Marina Country Club, 11 Northshore Drive 
#01-0R Singapore
Operating hours: 12pm to 10.30pm

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Product Review: Filtech Alkaline Water Filter Pitcher

Hello guys, do you still remember my previous post on Product Review: Filtech Tap Water Filter?

Today I am back to review the other product I received from Filtech, Mitsu PWF 227 – Alkaline Water Filter Pitcher.

As I grow older, I started to pay attention to water consumption. Though I always hear people says that Singapore's water is safe to drink from tap, I will never do that at home and will drink boiled water. Ever since I gotten Mitsu PWF 227 – Alkaline Water Filter Pitcher, I fall in love with it. Not only does it filter out all the bacteria and harmful substances in the water, it makes drink water so much convenient. I don't need to boil the water to have clean water consumption.

The Filter Pitcher uses premium grade polyethylene material which makes it lightweight and durable. It remains sturdy and firm when dropped as compared to other water pitchers which will break upon impact.

The Water Filter Pitcher is able to hold 2.5 liters capacity. Out of which, 1.3 liters of water are filtered at a rate of 0.75l / minute, making clean water conveniently available in the household.

Inserting the filter into the pitcher.
Lifespan of the filter is about 3 months.

All done and ready for use.

The lid comes with an instant refill hole that allows a convenient way of refilling water without the hassle of removing the whole cover. 

Water is being filtered and seeping through. It contains 3 step filtration.

Step 1:
Water is being purified and decontaminated through a softening process which removes heavy metal like copper and led. While removing these heavy metal, innocuous ions are replaced by potassium and sodium ions which are beneficial to our nervous system.

Step 2:
Activated carbon will remove chlorine and other sediments while at the same time clearing away bad odor and improving taste. It also removes contaminants and increases hydration.

Step 3:
Contaminants have been removed from the water and alkaline ionized water created. This water supplies active hydrogen ions and has low negative Oxidation-Reduction Potential which provides a powerful antioxidant potential.

The taste is a little different then the usual boiled water, it has a purified taste that makes me feel goods when drinking. The pitcher is very lightweight, not a problem for elderly to use it.

If you are interesting in purchasing, Mitsu PWF 227 – Alkaline Water Filter Pitcher is retailing at S$44.90 now (usual price: S$64.90). Filter can be changed every 3 months retailing at S$19.90.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Happenings in August - La-Roche Posay Launch Event + Family Gathering

Friday 11/8/17


I met up with GF for a quick dinner at KFC@Takashimaya Shopping Centre. Our favourite hangout spot for dinner if we have event at Takashimaya.

Both of us ordered our all time favourite - popcorn chicken snacker meal. I'm a fan of popcorn chicken. We have a hearty talk over the snacker meal.

We met Linda at the event too. 
It's been a long while since the last 3 of us met up with each other. We stayed to chat a little after the event ended.

We bagged home with some of the products from La-Roche Posay which includes Thermal Spring Water and Anthelios Hydration Face Mist.

I was previously a user of La-Roche Posay's Thermal Spring Water too.

This time round, La-Roche Posay has introduced their suncare range of products that is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types like me.

I used the Thermal Spring Water to hydrate and calm my sensitive skin. It is effective in cooling my skin especially during hot weather.

Anthelios Hydration Face Mist contains SPF50+, ensuring optimal protection from UVB to long UVA rays and also contains antioxidant protection to counteract infrared rays and pollution. It's like a 2-in-1 product. A light texture that is quicker absorption and leave no sticky feeling.

Sunday 13/8/17

My parents wanted to visit baby Mia, my cousin's newborn daughter, so my family made our way to my cousin's place to see baby Mia.

Hello, baby Mia.
Baby Mia is only 2 weeks old. Aww, she is still so little.

Meet Petra, the very shy dog.
Petra was a bit scared of strangers, it took awhile for Petra to be comfortable and come close with you. I wonder what sad past did Petra encountered.

Gugu went down with my aunt and mum to tabao zi char back home for dinner. We have a sumptuous spread for dinner.

Allen and Karen tabao Chir Chir Korean Fried Chicken back to add on to our spread. They bought spicy and soy flavour. The price was on a steep side in our opinion as each box of chicken cost $30.

Latte and Petra.
The 2 dogs like to chase each other, so cute.

It was a nice gathering with my family and relatives, and also with the 2 dogs. Spending my weekend like this is great too.

Monday 21/8/17

Today's lunch was back at Tampopo, we have cravings for ramen and hence we were back to Liang Court. 

I have pork ramen.
Tampopo serves one of the nicest ramen that I ever have. I love the generous amount of meat in it and the flavoursome of the broth. It tasted heavenly delicious when combined both together. The money paid is also worth it, considering the amount of meat I ate.

More happening coming up.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happenings in August - Ramen Champion + Platypus Kitchen

Wednesday 2/8/17

I met up with GF for dinner at Bugis+ where we have more catch up over the meal. We love such meet up because it allows us to have ample time for conversation, we always chat until we don't feel like parting.

As I have cravings for ramen, GF brought me to Ramen Champion for dinner. I guessed we were still early, we reached before 7pm. Crowds started to come in after 7pm and it was nearly full house.

Both of us ordered pork ramen from Buta God that comes with generous amount of sliced pork and runny egg. One mouthful could taste the goodness of the broth. Cravings satisfied.

Thanks GF for the birthday treat and always make an effort to organize a lunch or dinner date with me for my birthday every year, making me feel the birthday atmosphere all these years. The big sister I wish I had.

Friday 4/8/17

Today's lunch we traveled to Bugis, my second time here in a week. This time round, we went Platypus Kitchen that is tucked in the corner of Bugis.

Platypus Kitchen offers an extensive Asian-influenced flavors inspired menu and specialize in premium cast-iron grilled meats, gourmet rice & risotto bowls and ur unique signature pastas.

The lunch set comes with a beverage and choice of soup or salad. All of us opt for soup. 

My main course was Bacon Crumble Carbonara that was toppled with smoked egg creme and toasted bread crumbs. The pasta used was conchiglie. This set was priced at $11.90++.
A sumptuous meal to welcome the weekend.

Saturday 5/8/17

Spending my precious weekend with bf before we parted for 2 months. I can't imagine how I am going to pull through it, going back to the monotonous weekend. Bf came over to meet me early today, it was one of the rare occasion where we met up for lunch. 

We went to my place's hawker centre for lunch. We love the Hokkien Mee so much, the best Hokkien Mee we ever ate. First time trying on strawberry milkshake because avocado milkshake is out of stock. It tasted so nice and milky.

We also ordered dumpling soup for sharing.

After lunch, we went over to Marina Square as bf was looking for money changer to change his currency.

After settling the stuff, we went to Mei Heong Yuen Dessert to have Green Tea Snow Ice. A place to rest our feet while having some cold treat.

Not feeling satisfied with the dessert, we went to Chic-a-boo to have their cheese fries. The amount of cheese they toppled on the fries was pathetic though.

We passed by Esplanade and saw local policemen conducting live band performance. They brought us familiar National Day theme songs such as Home. This is part of the National Day celebration event going on.

Gonna miss him so much.

Monday 7/8/17

To clear the Monday Blues, we 'grab' our way to Millenia Walk for lunch. Today marked the first day of the start of 7 weeks separation. I need something to cheer me up. We went to our regular place for lunch at Kith Cafe.

My pasta comes with a glass of ice tea.
This is one of the rare occasion a drink is offered when we ordered a main course. But it only limit to this particular pasta ordered. Other main course is not applicable.

Stir fried chicken pasta.
Though the presentation may not look good, it tasted all right and I cleared it all.

Wednesday 9/8/17

This week is a short work week for everyone because it's National Day week. This National Day, I spent the entire day at home doing my assignment, blogging and watching live telecast of National Day Parade. So sad, this year didn't win the ballot. I always don't have luck for actual parade. Never in my life have I watch the actual parade live.

From my house, I could see the helicopters carrying the National Flag flew past.
After watching the parade ceremony, I went back to continue with my assignments. That's how I spent my National Day.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Food Review: Barashi-Tei

Nestled in a centralised location at Middle Road is a traditional Japanese restaurant, Barashi-Tei. 
The restaurant is just 10 minutes walk away from Rochor and Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station.

Barashi-Tei is known for their affordable and quality Japanese food served. 

Good news for the late night goers! 
Barashi-Tei is open till 2am from Monday to Saturday. So if you are around the area and looking for place to eat during late night, Barashi-Tei is a place you can consider coming to. 
If you are working around the area, you can drop by during lunch hour, Barashi-Tei offers lunch set ranging from the price $8.80 to $12.80.

The concept of the restaurant makes people feel at ease, a place that we can relax and continue chit chatting after meal.

I have a glass of hot Yuzu to go with the meal. It was a refreshing drink.

The first dish we have was Salmon Mentai Maki ($14.80).
I was taken aback by this dish, it gonna be the most flavoursome salmon mentai I ever had. It was full of fragrance upon the first bite. How I wish I could have the whole plate by myself. Salmon Mentai Maki is a must order.

Spicy Salmon Maki ($14.80) is yet another favourite of mine. Wrapped in the sushi was battered ebi tempura, I could feel the flavour exploding when I gobbled down the maki. Simply awesome. Their sushi is really of top notch, they tasted so delicious.

Wagyu Beef Don ($38.80) where the tender beef slices come with oozing soft cooked egg. We like it when the egg was burst and the egg yolk was spread together with the rice.

Ika Teriyaki ($16.80).
The grilled squid was toppled with teriyaki sauce that further enhanced the flavour, making the squid tasted yummy.

We were introduced to the 3 types of Chawanmushi available.

From top left to right: Uni Chawanmushi ($9.80), original Chawanmushi ($4.80) and Ikura Chawanmushi ($6.80).

I still prefer the original Chawanmushi out of the 3 selection as it has a lighter taste compared to the others. The Chawanmushi was soft and smooth, it literally melt in my mouth. We finished every bits of it.

Gyu Enoki Kushi ($3 per stick) for the beef lovers. A great combination of grilled mushroom and beef.

The Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab ($12.80) was very crunchy when bite. The batter fried soft shell crab was fried till perfection. I couldn't stop eating this too and it was wiped clean in a few minutes.

 Barashi-Tei is also known for their Chirashi Don ($26.80). We love the wide array of ingredient toppled on the rice bowl, especially the fresh sashimi and the salmon roe. Our mouth was instantly bursting into flavour with the salmon roe pop in it.

Another favourite of mine is definitely Foie Gras Sushi ($15.80 for 2 pieces). I am particular about the quality of the foie gras. I once ate a very awful foie gras and it totally ruined my impression of it. I decided to give foie gras sushi a try and I'm glad I make the right decision. The taste was heavenly delicious. It has a well balanced of savoury from the foie gras and sweetness from the teriyaki sauce. The foie gras was slightly charred but still taste flavourful.

We also tried Tamagoyaki ($5) and it was eggy good, recommended to eat it when served hot.

Last but not least, we ended our tasting with Gelato ($4.80 per scoop).

Here are the flavours available: 
Avocado, Black Sesame, Green Tea,  Mango, Yuzu and Pistachio.

Green tea  was my favourite. The first sip was a bit bitter but after a few sips, I started to taste the sweetness. The sweetness will come after the bitter. 

I have a great tasting session with the girls. Thanks Tracy for the group photo.
Every dish tasted so delicious, I definitely want to come back for the food again. 

Thanks for having us at  Barashi-Tei.

266 Middle Road, Elias Building 
Singapore 188991 

Opening hours: 
Monday - Saturday - 11am-3pm, 6pm-2am
Sunday - 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm


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