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Humble Meal VS Atas Meal at Kai Garden

A myriad of dining options awaits us at the newly renovated Marina Square, but for today, we’re checking out Kai Garden, a restaurant that specialises in fine Cantonese cuisine. Owner and Executive Chef Fung Chi Keung heads the kitchen at Kai Garden. An award-winning chef whose inimitable style and sumptuous dishes have placed him among the elite of much sought-after chefs in Singapore.

The first thing we noticed at the entrance of Kai Garden was the uber grand function room that accommodates up to 60 seats. Perfect for Ah Mah and Ah Gong “BIG” birthday bash! Chef Fung and his team can even create a menu according to your unique specifications. So steady hor! Ah Mah and Ah Gong sure happy one loh!
Kai Garden Function Room

Apart from the spacious main dining hall which overlooks the beautiful skyline of Marina Bay, there are also 4 other private rooms for smaller parties of 4 to 16 people.
Kai Garden at Marina Square

We embark on the journey of a humble family meal (家常便饭) at Kai Garden as Chef Fung unviels the brand new Family Favourites menu that harks back to his past. A reminder of comfort home-cooked meals that he relished while growing up in Hong Kong.

First up, inconspicuous braised home-made dace with black bean sauce that brought back many nostalgic memories. Canned dace with black beans used to be my favorite. But we stopped eating canned dace quite a few years back due to a food scare. As compared to canned dace, the ones from Kai Garden are distinctively meatier and has a better texture. It was also significantly less salty. Served over a bed of pickled mango, this is seriously the ultimate appetizer! ($11.80)
Kai Garden dace fish Cantonese food

I raised my brows while reading the menu. An unusual union of chicken and flower crab. Chef Fung deliberately used kampung chicken in this dish so that its FIRM texture and slight gamey flavors would be a nice contrast to the sweet tasting flower crab. We were all given plastic gloves so that we could devour our flower crab with finesse. Nice touch, feeling damn atas! $48.00(Half), $88(Whole)
Kai Garden Braised Chicken with Flower crab

Tiger prawns were sautéed together with fish maw and abalone sauce, a savory dish brimming with rich flavors of the sea. The sauce was so good that Hiroshi loudly proclaimed that he was going to finish his rice with just the sauce alone! ($35.00)
Kai Garden Sauteed Prawns with dried fish maw

I’m feeling meh about this one. Perhaps, just personal preference since the BlogFather says this one melts in the mouth like a savory cream. I was hoping for something more savory like dried shrimps on top of those baked eggplant rather than Chef Fung’s tangy sweet and sour sauce which was topped with fluffy pork floss. ($18.00)
Kai Garden Baked Whole Eggplant with Special Sauce

Thick slices of filleted garoupa, stir-fried with tofu and bamboo shoots, served in a stone pot to lock in the harmony of full flavours. Loving all the different texture all in one dish! ($38.00)
Kai Garden Wok fried garoupa fillet with spring onion served in stone pot

Tender pork ribs were marinated and prepared with Chef Fung’s secret seasoning. It is then pre-fried to achieve that perfect crisp and finished in a caramelised glaze of honey pepper sauce topped with almond flakes for that added crunch factor. Ho Ho Sek! ($22.00)
Kai Garden Grilled Pork Ribs in Special Honey Pepper sauce

We heard that the dessert chef sit air-ro-plane come from Thailand one leh. Clearly explains all the Thai influences in the dessert menu. The mango and coconut milk sticky rice is as authentic as you can get without flying all the way to Thailand. $10.80
Kai Garden Mango and coconut milk sticky rice

Sweet temptation is great for people who are indecisive or watching their diet. A sampler portion of 3 different tantalizing desserts and a wee bit of fruits. 1. Chilled mango puree with sago and pomelo. 2. Chilled coconut puree 3. Chilled aloe vera with lemongrass jelly in lime lemonade and sour plum. Love the last one many many, coz sour sour. Super refreshing! $15.00
Kai Garden Sweet Temptation

The humble meal was great but all my dinning companions were craving to explore the full potential of Chef Fung. We all went back to Kai Garden within the same week of the invited tasting. But this time round, we paid out of our own pockets for this ATAS meal!

Judging from the looks of this dish, I was expecting sweet tasting cherries. But my taste buds were greeted with delicate buttery chilled foie gras instead. Instagram worthy! ($24.00)
Kai Garden Cherry Foie Gras

Apart from presenting a perfectly roasted Peking duck, we were also introduced to 5 different accompanying sauces. Traditional, Black Pepper, Sesame, Seafood, and a Special Mixed sauce specially prepared by Chef Fung. I enjoyed the aromatic black pepper sauce as well as the seafood one which has bits of crab meat incorporated into it.
Kai Garden Peking Duck

This dish was also served with a choice of 5 different skins; Original, Pumpkin, Spinach, Bamboo Charcoal, and Beetroot skin. Aesthetically pleasing, but it does nothing to alter the flavors of this Peking duck dish. 5 unique wraps accompanied by 5 flavorful dipping sauces. Was Chef Fung gunning for a perfect 10 (食全食美) in this signature dish? Confirm + Guarantee nailed it loh! The crunchy rice cracker gave this dish added texture and the sauce complimented the crispy Peking duck skin exquisitely. Uniquely Kai Garden (Half: $48.00)
Kai Garden Peking Duck

Being Cantonese means my late grandma would never allow anyone off the dining table until we polish up our soup served at each meal. The true test to a good Cantonese restaurant is through it’s soup! We wanted something that would make a dramatic entrance and wow our senses. Lo and behold, WHAT THE FISH is that!
Kai Garden Garoupa in Lobster Soup

Generous thick slices of Garoupa poached in lobster stock! (Damn ATAS right?!?) It’s priced at $20 per 100grams. Think this should be a seasonal priced item on the menu. Before you get a rude shock when you see your receipt, this “WOW FACTOR” cost us a whopping $160!

The freshness of garoupa shines through in this soup! Flesh of the garoupa is QQ one leh! When served together with flavorful rich lobster soup, it’s a match made in culinary heaven!
Kai Garden Garoupa in Lobster Soup

This is one siew mai that makes the cut and exceeds my expectation! Thin skin, thick filling. First steamed to perfection then pan-fried with a Japanese inspired glaze and finally topped with fresh roe. If there is only one thing that you die die must order from Kai Garden, THIS IS IT! ($8.80)

Having tasted both ends, from a humble to a atas meal at Kai Garden, I hereby declare that Chef Fung is culinary talented! Like damn bloody godly talented can?!? Each dish (No matter humble or atas) is presented with the chef’s renowned style and interpretations of heritage Cantonese classics. Interesting twist to old classic. Love it!

My final parting words?
GOT TO HAVE THAT SIEW MAI AGAIN!

Kai Garden

Kai Garden at Marina Square

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Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #03-128A/128B, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
For reservations: +65 6250 4826

Disclaimer: We were invited to experience Chef Fung’s humble selection of Family Favorite meal through an invited media tasting session at Kai Garden for the purpose of this review. However, the atas meal we had at Kai Garden were paid for through our own pockets. #AhSoh血汗钱 #AhSoh买菜钱 All photos and opinions are ours. No monetary compensation was received.

Daiso Makeup Review | What works and what doesn’t?

I’ve always walk by the aisles of makeup products from Daiso with a skeptical mind. How much can you demand out of cosmetic that only cost $2 each? Out of curiosity, I bought a whole bunch of Daiso makeup and attempted my daily makeup routine from start to finish.

I must say I am pretty impressed with the results! Find out which Daiso makeup product made the cut and which were just simply a waste of money…
Daiso Makeup Review

All the Daiso Make up products used in this look.
(I didn’t use the eyelash glue and fake eyelash)
Daiso Makeup Review

Liquid Foundation and Press Powder
Liquid Foundation: Texture is thick and seriously promising. Only problem was… it wasn’t. Coverage seems alright, but blending is definitely a pain in the ass.
Pressed Powder: Love the packaging! Look so AnnaSui-ish! Does the job and finishes off with slight shimmer. But I nearly kena death by suffocation from the pungent latex smelling sponge!
daiso Makeup Review

Sure looks like a hell lot of products for a pair of eyes!
Daiso Makeup Review

Eyebrow Pencil: Love the “triangle” shape on the eyebrow pencil. Very similar to iconic samurai sword shaped Shu Uemura hard formula eyebrow pencil, but a way thicker version!
Eyebrow Gel: Huge cumbersome mascara wand. Runny formula. Terrible buy!
Daiso makeup review eyebrow pencil and eyebrow mascara

Eye Shadow: Meant to use this together with the cream eye eye shadow base, but totally forgotten about it. Highlight, and blending colours were not prominent, only the darkest brown shows up in picture.
Liquid Eyeliner: Great silicon applicator. Not thick enough of a consistency that I’ll like a liquid eyeliner to be. I was taken aback to see glitters in the black eyeliner. But it kinda grew on me and I’ve been reaching for this Daiso liquid eyeliner for the past few days.
Mascara: The tightly packed silicon bristles on this mascara adds volume to my lashes. I loved it so much that I didn’t had to wear any fake eyelash to glam up this look!
Daiso Makeup Review eye shadow, liquid eyeliner, mascara

Cream EyeShadow Base: Used pearl coloured eyeshadow base for the lower inner eye and Copper colored eyeshadow base for the lower outer eye. Amzing creamy texture! Overlay cream eyeshadow base with eye shadow. Applied mascara to lower lash.
Pencil Eyeliner: WASTE OF MONEY! Nothing much shows up!
Daso makeup review cream eye shadow base

Blusher: There was no way anyone could apply blusher with that tinny weeny brush that came with it. That was why I got an additional powder brush! The lovely color of the blusher hardly shows through. All I got was just a “healthy” glow. (Strangely, it shows on pictures leh!)
Daiso Makeup review Blusher

Lipstick & Lip Gloss: Used the lip gloss only in the middle of the lips to give the illusion of fuller lips. No brainer. Both worked as it should be for me!
Daiso Makeup Review Lipstick and Lip gloss

Let me know which other Daiso makeup products are part of your holy grail.
I’ll love to try them out too!

Ultimate guide to i Light Marina Bay 2016

-Media Invite-

i Light Marina Bay, Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival, returns for its fourth edition to illuminate Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay. Themed ‘In Praise of Shadows’, the 2016 edition features 25 innovative and environmentally sustainable light art installations by creative talents from around the world. Through the use of intelligent lighting, the Marina Bay waterfront will be transformed into a kaleidoscopic display of light, colour, shadows and play for people of all ages to enjoy.

To promote an environmentally-responsible behaviour for a sustainable future, the participating artists have incorporated the use of recyclable materials and adopted energy-efficient lighting technologies in the creation of their stunning light art installations. Every aspect of the festival will adopt a more effective and efficient management of resources to meet this commitment to the environment.

Beyond its spectacular showcase of visual art and urban space, the festival also offers a dynamic line-up of events and programmes over four weekends. With eclectic performances, delectable outdoor dining options, engaging workshops and more, i Light Marina Bay 2016 presents a multi-sensory experience with something for all.

i Light Marina Bay map
i Light Marina Bay 2016 Map

Art Installation Location
i light Marina Bay 2016 art installation location

Die Die MUST see Art Installation

What a Loving & Beautiful World by teamLab (Japan)
Location: ArtScience Museum

First carved in tortoiseshell, ox and deer bone, and bronzeware, Chinese characters were said to each contain their own world. Projected on the facade of the ArtScience Museum, viewers can participate by ‘swiping’ the Chinese characters onto the facade of the building using a web application. The result is a colourful, multi-sensory experience that continuously evolves as images are released from these Chinese characters, while influencing and changing each other within its own immersive, computer-generated world.

Interact with this artwork at ilight.team-lab.com.

Lampshade by SnØhetta (Norway)
Location: The Promontory @ Marina Bay

i Light Marina Bay 2016 Lampshade

Lampshade is made of simple bamboo structures covered in photovoltaic cells to prevent sunlight from entering its interior in the day, while lighting up intensively at night with solar energy enough to power a thousand lamps. The installation challenges the perception of artificial light as an element that is dependent on its energy source, and invites visitors to discover links in harnessing sunlight and the eventual electric light.

Made to be both socially and environmentally friendly, the lamps used in this installation will be donated to off-grid communities after its display while the bamboo structure and its light fixtures will be recycled as construction scaffolding.

Light Origami by KAZ Shirane (Japan)
Location: OUE Bayfront (15)

 

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Light Origami invites viewers to explore reality by entering a giant 3D kaleidoscope. The domed structure is bathed in light and constructed using over 320 origami shapes made from mirrored panels to show what light can look like when folded like paper. Changing spectrums of light are projected within the space, mirrored in the facets of the space while creating an entrancing kaleidoscope of light.

Angels of Freedom by Gaston Zahr and Merav Eithan (Germany & Israel)
Location: The Promontory @ Marina Bay (12)

I shot straight on with the beautiful skyline of Marina Bay Sands right behind me…
i Light Marina Bay Angels of Freedom

While Santo took this shot at a lower angle to include more of the beautiful skyline.

 

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Five sets of giant, colourful wings invite visitors to come close and interact with the symbolic angels. This installation seeks to remind visitors of their true selves and to always remain connected to loved ones and those who matter.

Most importantly, wear sensible shoes and have fun exploring all 25 brilliant art installation.

Make sure you strategically plan your route so that you could end up at the Häagen-Dazs pop-up Royal Tea Salon at The Promontory to end your night with a sweet note. Try the new Royal Milk Tea or Green Tea flavour, absolutely love the robust tea fragrant! I heard they have ALCOHOL served with ice cream too! Ultimate indulgence!!
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For more updated information about i Light Marina Bay 2016, please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/marinabaysg.
Download i Light Marina Bay 2016 Festival Guide Here.