Food Review: House Of Roasted Duck @ Sultan Plaza + 5 unique ways to eat duck meat!

The House of Roasted Duck at Sultan Plaza seeks to bring to you the familiar taste of Hong Kong wit...

The House of Roasted Duck at Sultan Plaza seeks to bring to you the familiar taste of Hong Kong with  its traditional and authentic Hong Kong style roasted delights such as Signature Peking Duck,Peking Duck –2  Styles,Crispy  Roasted  Pork,  Soy  Sauce  Chicken  and  a  range of  Hong  Kong delicacies such as Congee and Noodles together with an assortment of Cantonese Dim Sum and Side Dishes.




The kitchen is headed by Chef Lau Wai Keung, a native Hong Konger with close to 40 years of local and overseas experience. Also, patrons can indulge in the Hong Kong delicacies with ease and great value as what you see, is truly what you will receive. 




Peking Duck - 2 styles 

Here, one of the signature dishes at House of Roasted Duck would be their Signature Peking Duck and Peking Duck in 2 ways where you can enjoy the best of both worlds! 

The Peking Duck is first sliced into perfectly thin slices with minimal meat, then wrapped in hand-made flour crepe and enjoyed together with their special dipping sauce for the full wow. 

The Crispy Roasted Duck, on the other hand, is sliced in a way that it is more abundant with meat and paired with their homemade dipping sauce. We were told that their crispy roasted duck is so well-loved by the crowd that a range of 30-40 roasted ducks is sold out on a daily basis! 


Another limelight of the night was the Four Heavenly Kings Platter which consists of 4 of their signature roasted delights - Crispy Roasted Duck, Soy Sauce Chicken, Barbecued Pork and Crispy Roasted Pork - allowing you to satisfy all your cravings in one serving. This dish was so popular among the bloggers that it was wiped clean within seconds! My favorite of the lot would definitely be the soy sauce chicken, a classic Cantonese dish which was braised using a special mix of herb and spices together with premium stewed soy sauce to achieve the perfect melt-in-your-mouth textures. The other dish that stood out was the crispy roasted pork, as there is nothing more gratifying than biting into the fusion of the crisp pork skin and tender belly meat. 


And how can we forget fried rice when it comes to Cantonese cuisine? The Fried Rice with Diced Duck and Egg shifts away from the ubiquitous fried rice and is bound to delight your taste buds with its distinctive "wok-hei" flavor. 




Other than rice dishes, patrons can also opt for the Shrimp Dumpling Noodle (S$6.80 for the soup version and S$7.80 for the dry version), packed with plump dumplings that are amply stuffed with shrimp and pieces of pork and strips of black fungus for that delectable crunch. The soup base is also boiled for 5-6 hours with a mix of premium pork bones and old chicken, paired with springy wanton noodles and their homemade chilli sauce! 


And of course, Congee for all congee lovers! Their Congee with Roasted Duck is prepared using premium Calrose rice from Australia and fresh ingredients, slow-cooked over a small fire of 3-4 hours to achieve its perfectly smooth texture. For those who are craving for something more substantial, you can also add abalone into your bowl of congee to hype things up a little! 



Since we were all so impressed by the food served, we also had to take a few picks from their Dim Sum menu. Sure enough, we were not disappointed! One of the main highlights was the Steamed Stew Mai with Tobiko. The Siew Mais were packed with fresh plump prawns and stuffed with pieces of pork before being topped it off with a generous morsel of tobiko.  

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Since we were already on this topic of roasted duck, here are also 5 unique ways which you can enjoy your roasted / Peking duck meat!

1) Waffles + ice cream!

Rather than having it the traditional way, why not have it atop some homemade Belgium waffles? Heck, you can even top it off with a raspberry sorbet ice cream and fruits to get a unique balance of sweet and savoury flavours!

2)Toasted Bread
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Rather than having the plain old, boring kaya toast for breakfast, why not take the chance to add in some roasted / Peking duck meat too? Just like adding Bak Kwa in between the toasted bread, I would certainly love to savour the added crunch in my kaya toast in the mornings for an additional perk me up!

3) Lettuce Wraps
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Now, you don't have to specially go for a KBBQ meal to indulge in these satisfying and addictive lettuce wraps, but can also prepare them at home at the snap of your fingers! Plus, they're healthy and a tastier alternative to salads. Simply prepare a fresh piece of lettuce, place a slice of Peking duck meat, a small dollop of kimchi (optional), accompanying sauces and you're in for a healthy treat!

4) Roasted Duck Curry
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If you are stuck with leftover roasted duck meat and are thinking of ingenious ways to prepare them, then curry is definitely one option you should explore. Best part? It's easy to prepare, and you can even keep it for lunch the next day!

5) Roasted duck croissant
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Nope, I'm not saying that you have to specifically prepare your very own puff pastry. Since croissants are widely available at most supermarkets, you can just bag them home and create your very own croissant sandwiches! Just slice them up, place a few pieces of roasted duck meat, mayonnaise and greens in between and you are good to go!

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House of Roasted Duck is a prestigious restaurant by Gao Ji Food, a popular local heritage brand with 62 years of experience in the F&B industry.

House of Roasted Duck

Sultan Plaza
100 Jalan Sultan #01-08
Singapore 199001
Tel: 6297 5490
Nearest MRT Station: Nicoll Highway Station (CC5)

Bugis Village
233 Victoria Street, Bugis Village
Singapore 188026
Tel: 6339 6817
Nearest MRT Station: Bugis MRT Station (EW12 / DT14)
Opening Hours:
11am - 11pm daily

Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/HouseOfRoastedDuck

Website:
http://www.gaojifood.com 

Love,
Cassan

This post is written in collaboration with House of Roasted Duck


KENJO Salon - Ash Brown Highlights + Mucota Treatment

Hello, everyone! Hope everyone has been well! :) I'm finally back with another pos...


Hello, everyone! Hope everyone has been well! :)

I'm finally back with another post on KENJO Salon! Heh so, the last time I went back to the salon, I took the plunge to get everything shorter and I've been loving the look since then. I've never been a "short hair" kinda person but I'm so glad that my tresses are so much easier to manage and how I now take lesser time to prep in the mornings. My stylist, Gina, actually suggested that I do coloring / highlights on my next visit so that my tresses will stand out more! 


 I'm not a huge fan of doing dip dyes or splashing my head with outrages hues and thank God Gina also knows that and agrees with my decision, so she isn't too pushy about recommending bright colors. Gina recommended that I try out ash brown highlights this time round, and so be it! Haha I have mentioned in my previous posts that I trust Gina completely with my hair, so I am always okay with whatever she does with my hair because I know that it would turn out to be what I like.



She chose a mix of 8A and 9! :) 


Hehe getting my highlights on! Gina actually highlighted the entire head for me so the overall look would look like a full-head colour but with streaks of brown. So excited! 


After which, Gina then did the MUCOTA 3-Step Treatment for me so as to allow the colours to seep in better and to protect my tresses from becoming frizzy. I've recently done a post on the MUCOTA 3-Step Treatments and its treatment, and you can view it HERE.

Basically, the 3-step treatment starts off with a moisture base for treatment, a repairing serum to keep the hair in better condition and ends off with a cream to protect your hair cuticles and for healthier hair! 



MUCOTA SCENA Adel 

The 1st step contains Maltose-based Millet jelly (a starch syrup element) to improve your hair's condition and to keep the necessary moisture inside your damaged hair. 


MUCOTA SCENA Brava 

The 2nd step contains 5 kinds of hair repair elements to repair various hair damages. Brava contains reactive ceramide-like ingredients and it prevents them from flowing from the hair, and it is effective for repairing all sorts of hair damages.


MUCOTA SCENA Calore

Lastly, Calore repairs cuticle damages and improves your hair's luster. This products include 2 kinds of cuticle repair elements to give your hair a silky texture with shiner luster. This can also protect hair from any extra damages. 




All done!! :)



Hehe another one with Gina! Oh, and Gina does not work on Sundays so it's best if you book a prior appointment with her during the weekdays! 





KENJO Salon
 Plaza Singapura (New Wing)
68 Orchard Road, #04-72
 Singapore 238839

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This post was written in collaboration with KENJO Salon

Free Flow Fridays at Panorama Riverside Lounge - It's TGIFFF!

A few Fridays back, WJ and I were treated to a soiree of free flow...












A few Fridays back, WJ and I were treated to a soiree of free flow Italian wines and charcuterie platters at Panorama Riverside Lounge - the latest addition to the Pasta Fresca family at Boat Quay. There, we were taught how to pair different cheeses and cold cuts with the wines that we savored that night, mainly the Nero D’Avola Red Wine, Catarratto White Wine, and Lambrusco Sparkling Wine - the latter which was my favorite. The night was dominated by endless conversations and new insights gained about the Italian culture which piqued our interests further. (Did you know that the wine, Champagne, is named Champagne, not because of its composition, but just because it comes from the Champagne region of France?!) 

Here at Panorama Riverside Lounge, you can just sit back and laze your Friday nights away at this rustically furnished bar which overlooks a stunning skyline of the waterfront. And if you're feeling it, you can also order up some of the signature pasta dishes from the Pasta Fresca menu! 

The Free Flow Fridays promotion is available every Friday at S$39++ per adult. It's TGIFFF indeed!

Love,
Cassan

This post is written in collaboration with Panorama Riverside Lounge. 

Beauty Review: Auolive Singapore Beauty Skincare + Launch Party

Last Saturday, a group of bloggers and I were treated to a lunch reception of the exclusive laun...


Last Saturday, a group of bloggers and I were treated to a lunch reception of the exclusive launch of Auolive, a premium multi-functional skincare brands in Singapore for the modern women. 

Being a modern woman, we are often caught in the dilemma of getting enough time to sleep and upkeeping a standard beauty regimen to make sure that our skincare is not compromised. The founder of Auolive, Clare Au too, was facing such a predicament especially during her years of venturing into an F&B business which saw her wasting quite a bit of precious time applying heaps and heaps of beauty products onto her face every night and waiting for them to dry. Therefore, Claire sought to find a solution to combat the problem of modern multi-tasking women and Auolive was conceived. Going by the slogan "Time waits for no one", Auolive believes that good skincare should never be a hassle! 


Calligraphic prints that we could bag home during the event! 




The products that were introducted to us during the launch party: 
(from left to right)
1. Eyes Lifter
2. Day Glower
3. Night Booster
4. Radiance Revealer 




During the event, we were treated to a spectacular lunch at Whitegrass restaurant, one of the latest establishments to step foot in the compounds of CHIJMES. The modern Australian restaurant is helmed by chef Sam Aisbett, who has honed his skills in an award winning restaurants like Quay in Sydney and was also a Senior Sous Chef at Tetsuya! I wouldn't go much into the meal as it'll defeat the purpose of this post, but I must say that every dish served was presented with finesse and the meal was pure decadence. 


Since Claire was down with a nasty sore throat that day, her mom, Lisa, took her place to share more about the skincare brand! It was heartening to hear the brand story of Auolive, and that it was conceived out of such a humble beginning and Claire's passion for making skincare an easier and fuss-free process for the all modern busy women out there with everything encapsulated in a bottle. 

Gone were the days of spending time over multiple steps in a skin care routine and emptying your wallet to buy many different skincare products for different beauty functions. With Auolive, it knows what you need and has successfully formulated a multi-functional skincare solution that fulfills all the essential beauty benefits in just a single bottle. The Auolive mission is to provide skincare solutions made from natural active ingredients that are safe, multi-functional, fuss-free and effective in maintaining beautiful skin for the busy multi-tasking woman! 


During the event, we also got to try out the beauty products! If you have noticed, all of the Auolive products are packaged beautifully with calligraphy letterings and catchy taglines printed on every bottle. They even have a small coloring portions on the boxes so that you can lay them flat out and color your hearts away without having to spend your moolah on Secret Garden coloring books! 


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What I really like about the packaging is that unlike usual skincare products, Auolive adopts a twist cap concept which prevents any wastage of products! Now, you don't have to worry about where you left the caps or whether any products have gotten itself on the caps of your products which can save a ton of time and space! 

Here's a mini demo! 
All you have to do is twist and turn the top part of your Auolive product for the pump dispenser to emerge!




1) Eyes Lifter 
(S$128 for 15ml)




The Eyes Lifter helps to target imperfections and signs of aging around the eyes! Upon pumping it out, the Eyes Lifter dispenses a water based product which is fragrance-free. This product can help you to energize, lift, hydrate and enhance your eye contour. It can also help to reduce eye wrinkles, soften fine lines, discolouration and dark eye circles! 

Application: 
Every morning & night after cleansing gently applies a small amount of serum to the eye contour area with clean fingertips. Smooth the product at the eye bag area with a gentle outwards uplifting movement until absorbed. Avoid getting too close to the eyes.

There is also an application instruction available on their website:

Personally, I felt that this product was rather easy for me to blend out and I liked that it wasn't oily nor did it ball up when applied. I only squeezed an amount equivalent to the size of a pea before blending it out with my fingers! 

2) Night Booster
(S$138 for 30ml)




The Night Booster is packed with more than 80% of pure concentrated Marine collagen, this night treatment is completed with a natural emollient to penetrate into the skin readily like a serum for deep nourishment. It also has a unique self-remodelling feature creates an elastic and tightening veil, filling up the skin’s surface lines and promoting a lifted and more defined facial contour - incorporating 6 benefits into one product!

Application:

I only had to release a small pump of the night booster (a white translucent liquid) onto my palm before applying as I could easier spread that throughout the bottom half of my face. I also liked that it had a mild fragrance to the product (it's nonallergic) which allowed the scent to build over the nasty stench of my toner (I use Apple Cider Vinegar for my toner and it smells nasty). However, my only gripe is that S$138 might seem rather pricey for a 30ml bottle!

3) Radiance Revealer
(S$58 for 50ml)





The Radiance revealer is formulated with pomegranate, a superfruit that can be really beneficial for the skin. This superfruit exfoliating gel lifts dead skin cells and support skin’s renewal process,  revealing fresh radiance and hydrated softness for dull skin.

Instructions:

What I really loved about this product is how it produces a white liquid and balls up after rubbing it into my skin (refer the picture above)! We tried it on the back of our hands during the event and most of us were rather astonished by the results as we had just washed our hands before trying it on - only to realize that it was actually our dead skin cells! There is nothing more gratifying than witnessing the dirt being flushed out from our skin. 


4) Day Glower
(S$118 for 30ml)





This lightweight, non-greasy antioxidant moisturiser protects the skin from premature ageing and damage with its defence against UV rays and environmental pollutants. Enriched with a luxurious blend of natural active ingredients, the skin receives the moisture and nourishment it needs to stay soft, supple and healthy.

Application:

What caught my eyes about this product is that not only does it act as a mousturiser and sun screen (with SPF 30), it also acts as a face primer! What I'd do is to apply this after applying my serum in the mornings before applying my make up so that they'll be able to last longer. For those who are thinking of skipping the process of putting on makeup, you can also apply this, followed by your face powder and you're all set to go! 

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Exclusively for my readers:
You will be entitled to a S$20 discount for ANY purchase on their online store when you key in the discount code <Auolive20CT> at checkout! 

Promo ends on 31st August 2016 :)

 For more information about the products and to purchase them, you can also visit:

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For those who are also interested in getting a kit to try, you can also visit this link:

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@auolive #auolive

Love,
Cassan

This post was written in collaboration with Auolive. A huge thanks to Auolive and OC Group for having us down at the event!