Named after the famous Tang Dynasty Poet, Li Bai is renowned for its Cantonese cuisine served in the tradition of grand Emperors, amidst the restaurant's superb décor and grand table setting of jade, silver and fine bone china. Drawing its inspiration from the poet's classic lyrical poems, Executive Chinese Chef Chung Yiu Ming whips up exquisite, authentic Chinese cuisine with skilled and deliberate strokes to create a divine gourmet experience for diners.
With a keen emphasis on enhancing the natural flavours and fragrances of every ingredient, the aroma of succulent meats, fresh seafood and crisp vegetables blend perfectly with the artistic touches of paintings and poems to set a unique ambience for a feast fit for the Emperor - yet totally non-intimidating.
Renowned for its exacting service standards, Li Bai Singapore is open for both lunch and dinner. The Dim Sum and Business lunch menus provide tantalising selections of Li Bai's best traditional dishes while the Sunday Yum Cha has become almost a weekly staple for many of its patrons.
I had the opportunity to savour this wonderful and poetic cuisine at Li Bai for dinner. The restaurant give you the royal feel and yes, even for the prices of the dishes too :P You can definitely expect a tip top service by the staffs. From the jade green menu, to the origami napkin, everything displayed on the table is like a romantic poem, the flow of the colours, bringing you, drawing you into the mood for a good feast, a poetic harmony.
First up, cold dish: slice roasted duck meat with marinated jellyfish and cut fruits. Fresh mango and strawberries accompanying the roast duck is a gorgeous rhyme and not forgetting the crunchy jellyfish adds on a layer of texture. Doubled boiled chicken soup is a must too in this Cantonese restaurant. The clear soup tells the story of a light but flavourful admixture where hints of each ingredient plays a part in creating such wonderful dish. Yes the next one reminds me of my trip to Hong Kong where I had similar roasted pork at Lei Garden 利苑酒家. Crisp skin, layer by layer, each layer defines perfectly the fat and lean meat you can try it with the mustard dip. Heavenly!
I can't stop saying its one of my favourites. And the next dish is also my fav! Salted egg prawn with fried green. For people who hates to de-shell the prawns, this is it, very fresh prawns coated with a good measured layer of salted egg yolk and smooth butter. Claypot mixed vegetables with sea cucumber is quite ordinary to my taste. Nothing special about this dish though so I think you can give this a miss but if you like a clear light flavour, this can help to balance your taste palate.
We had fried rice as well and I would say this dish is cooked with lots of love. The 锅气 - which literally means the smell of the wok (usually cooked with strong fire and quick stir frying while cooking, typical Chinese style) The slightly charred smell from the heat gives a subtle relation between the fried rice and the chef’s wok. A good proportion of rice with yet again, fresh ingredients.
Dessert, deep fried red bean paste pancake and black sesame filling muah chee (glutinous Rice Balls). Having the savoury and ending with the sweet, a smooth progression with all the elements to end a ballad poem. The red bean paste is made from scratch and the filling is generous. On the other hand, a perfect duet with the fried crispy pancake skin. I would suggest you to order this if you have 4pax or more (as its a tad too much for 2 or maybe 3.) The muah chee is good as I love black sesame and if you like it too, this is also one to order.
There are so many more dishes and I've only got so much cash (including credit) to spare for this evening. Haha do share with me what other dishes are worth ordering and also I am sure the Dim Sum is a hit too! Jio me for yum cha sometime ya~
Monday to Saturday
Lunch: 11.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Yum Cha: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, all day dining, The Square Restaurant offers a daily Lunch and Dinner buffet with interactive live cooking stations featuring international and local cuisines. With a fair selection of foods available and the quality of the food presented, there is no wonder why it is packed on a Tuesday afternoon.
Located on the 7th floor, The Square restaurant international buffet includes Singaporean favourite Dishes like Laksa as well as fresh prawns & mussels, roasted meats, homemade Dim Sum, delicious A-la minute Risotto and a wide range of curries with condiments. You can actually choose to have their buffet or A la carte during lunch and dinner.
I came for the buffet and this hip and modern restaurant though small and the variety of food compared to some is pretty little, but the quality and freshness of the food is good. You can interact directly with the chefs and have your desired dish prepared in the open kitchen, as they move through the different stations. Like for example the laksa, mee rebus and even pastas and grilled meat.
They offer a good spread of salad and cold cuts with a fair range of Chinese cooked food like fried noodles, vegetables, a small selection of Japanese sushi and sashimi. Fancy some Indian curry vegetables and rice? Or how about dim sum or satay? I must say out of all, their cakes and dessert selection has the most. From chocolate fondue, to tarts and puddings, they even introduce Asian delights such as the kueh lapis and durian pengat which is super yummy!
For the price, you have a bit of everything and do make a reservation if you’re planning to have your lunch or dinner buffet here as it seems like its full during such hours.
The Square @ Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay
177A River Valley Road
Monday - Saturday: 6.30am - 10.30am
Sunday: 7.00am - 11.00am
Lunch - Buffet & Ala Carte
Daily: 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Dinner - Buffet & Ala Carte
Daily: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
If you have been to Hong Kong and in search of the original Mak noodles, be prepared with a big and expandable stomach. There are so many versions and links to the original Mak Woon-Chi’s creation. I tried linking up and finding out which is the main descendant but in the end, not much results as the stories are very similar. I found the two most popular noodles after Mak Woon-Chi’s. Just a little history, Mak Woon-Chi the pioneer and the one who created wonton noodles brought this delicacy from Guangzhou to Hong Kong.
The recipe hasn’t changed throughout even till the earl 1960s as this dish was served to the then President of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-Shek by Mak Chi-Ming, a third-generation descendant of Mak Woon-Chi. Now with Mak’s Noodles and Mak Mun Kee’s version, they do have their own share of supporters, each insisting that they are the true originals. Even one of them has started franchise in Singapore, Mak Man Kee and they are opening another branch soon.
Mak Mun Kee Noodle Shop 麥文記麵家
I started off searching for them upon checking into my hotel in Hong Kong, luckily it was within walking distance and to be honest, I was hungry then and couldn’t wait to try out why, why so many people recommended Mak’s. The setup of the eatery is typical of Hong Kong food places. Tiny space with round tables where people would just come in and find a seat which is empty, most of the time, sharing a table with others and it’s also quite a culture especially during lunch hours where people would focus on their food and leave the place.
At 3:15pm, this place still packs with people and I understand now why it is considered the best wonton noodles. I ordered a bowl of wonton noodle soup and the other, dried noodles with shrimp dumplings. The soup has a very strong shrimp flavour which I have yet to taste before. The consistency in the handmade noodles is springy and needs a little effort to bite it off. Generous amount of prawns (one and a half slice of it) are found in each wonton and the texture of the prawn indicates that the meat is fresh and I savour every single bit of the meal. I enjoyed this and love it very much.
Mak’s Noodles 麥奀雲吞麵世家
The other “twin’ of the Mak legacy, is here to show that they meant business too. With an equal busy crowd, this outlet located at Wellington Street is popular as well. The space in the shop is bigger and articles and pictures of their success decorate the front window of the shop. We ordered the usual soup version of the wonton noodles and a plate of 捞(dried version) sprinkled with dried prawn roe and a bowl of wonton soup by itself.
The taste of the soup is comparable with I really couldn’t find too much of a difference, the noodles seems like it has been made off from the same factory of person who kneads it. To me, the捞 version seems to hit on me more and the dried roe acts as a magical powder which enhances the noodles and taste of it. The wonton however, seems like being discounted as it is only wrapped in a full prawn compared to Mak Mun Kee’s.
You can try out their branch in Singapore and see if you like it and if you have a chance to go to Hong Kong, do try out both and see for yourself, which side would you taste buds fall to. Typing this article makes me crave for the noodles once again. I think I wanna take a train down and try out the one in Singapore…
When someone asks you about the good food in Hong Kong, what are the dishes that you would suggest? Similar to Singapore, Hong Kong has a great culture of superb food from the streets all the way to fine dining restaurants and Michelin Star eateries. In this article, I will share with you what are the MUST eats when you’re there!
The simplicity of food as you walk along the streets trying out the little stalls tucked in shops along the alleys and pathways. Wonderful bean curd freshly made daily which can be found at Lamma Island, “fish egg” 魚蛋 or rather what we know as fish balls cooked in spicy curry. Or why not try out the dried cuttlefish and shishamo grilled on charcoal and drizzled in special sauce as you walk along the breezy fisherman village in Tai O. Fancy the local drinks Yuanyang 鸳鸯 or 港式奶茶 to cool yourself down which can be found in nearly all eateries.
Dim sum is everywhere in Hong Kong and my top three choices are:
Tim Ho Wan 添好運點心專門店
A popular chain outlet which you can even find in Singapore, Tim Ho wan had earned its reputation as the cheapest Michelin Star restaurant which only the outlets at Mongkok and Sham Shui Po gained those hard-earned one stars.
T'ang Court 唐閣
Top 10 restaurants in Hong Kong, and a two star Michelin award, the real treat for your dim sum fix is here. It is known for the extravagant and freshness, creating local delicacies with luxurious ingredients. You can even enjoy other sumptuous food in this luxury restaurant located at the Langham.
Maxim’s Palace 美心皇宮
Come early and enjoy the fresh dim sum and a very cozy environment. You can spend hours catching up with your friends as the service staffs push traditional Dim Sum steam carts around the restaurant. Order and receive your food on the spot.
Porridge is one of the staple foods for the locals and for tourists, many would visit Ocean Empire 海皇粥店. Traditional porridge ingredients like century egg and pork slices, to fresh slice fish and also seafood versions are available on their menu. The other favourite of mine would be fried dough wrapped with rice noodle sheet 炸兩. Sprinkled with spring onions and dashes of light soya sauce, the simplicity of food but not lacking the flavourful tastes and textures.
Pastires and bakeries are widely available in Hong Kong. You can easily get some bread which is conveniently available in most shopping malls or along the streets, small eateries like Kam Wah Café 金華冰廳 for a Po Luo bun (pineapple bun) or egg tarts and dessert shops and talking about desserts, Yuen Kee Dessert源記甜品專家 located at Sai Yuan Lane is one of the popular hangout place for locals especially after dinner and till midnight.
You can order a slice of sponge cake to go with your hot desserts. Yee Shun Milk Company 義順牛奶公司 is another place if you would like some curdled milk for dessert. They have a variety of flavours and it comes with hot or cold ones. How about a ice cream from a mini ice cream van? It’s a good fix to cool yourself down especially I’m there in summer.
Who can forget about roast goose meat and other roasted meat which is one of the must haves when you’re here in Hong Kong. Yat Lok Restaurant 一樂燒鵝 located at Stanley Street, is a must go to have the juicy goose drumstick (depends on availability) and you can have it with rice or their handmade egg noodles. The crispy skin and the fat in the meat is divine and I am totally in love with it! And the other two places where I think they have good tasting roast meat would be at Maxim’s Palace 美心皇宮 as well as Zheng Dou 正斗粥麵專家 which can be located at the Hong Kong International Airport. One of the best roasted pork which I had for my dinner was at Lei Garden 利苑酒家, cozy setting and I have to say their roast goose is comparable too!
Looking for a late night snack or supper? Walk along Temple Street and you should chance upon these two shops, Hing Kee Restaurant 興記煲仔飯 & Four Seasons 四季煲仔飯. In fact there are many such places around Temple Street for you to choose from.
Both stalls have tasty clay pot rice which is cook from scratch upon order and they have sides like fried oyster omelette or seafood like the mantis shrimp in cereal. The difference between the ones in Singapore to those here, they come without any sauces and you can just add in your preferred amount of dark soy sauce.
From breakfast till supper, having local street food to dining in a posh restaurant, you will enjoy the wonderful variety meals in Hong Kong. Be it a short trip or hopping around the area going to Macau or Shenzhen. I am sure you will enjoy the recommendations that I have painstakingly put up for you. Take note and share with me what are your favourite places to eat in Hong Kong and I will try to cover them when I’m back the next time! Cheers!
A hotel with an attitude, Hard Rock Hotel Macau entertains guests' dreams of a Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle. The place for parties and entertainment, and you will feel like you’re living the rock star life at the Hard Rock Hotel. The view from the hotel is mesmerizing and for the room, a rock star treatment with comfort and technology in mind for all guests even before you arrive in Macau. Fabulous services provided from the staffs at the Contact Centre, as they promptly guided me and helped me with my queries and reservations. Thank you for all your time and effort, Ryan, Carry, Ana, Jackie, Justin, Rinfred, Ivy and of course Ysabel whom I first got in contact to! Not forgetting the front desk’s Yvonne, Loka, Cindy and Alex for the checking in and out!
Upon check-in, the posh walkway leads you to your room. The room is welcoming and decorated with style, beautiful artworks, luxurious bathroom amenities and fabulous view of the coati strip and the Venetian Hotel. The bed is very comfortable and I love fluffy pillows and the best of it is that the air-conditioning is perfect and quiet. Huge selection of TV channels from HBO to Hong Kong stations. Who wouldn’t love this pampering service by the staffs of Hard Rock?!
The Hard Rock Café and the Rock Shop is one of the places to go for everyone and a must for those who are staying here. The café is famous for their baby ribs with barbeque sauce. Marinated for more than 12 hours, the succulent meat is sweet to the taste of the BBQ marinates and the hours of cooking it locks in the juice and drenches your mouth with every bite. As compared to the one in Singapore, the meat is not as tender but tasty enough for a good meal. The chicken in the Duo Combo is well roasted but the fries are too salty.
Onion rings lover? You should try ordering it and the other appetizer you should try would be Santa Fe Spring Rolls. It’s similar to our traditional spring roll (po piah) but this version is stuffed with spinach, black beans, corn, cheese, jalapeños and many Mexican flavours.
Served with Hard Rock grilled salsa and dressing. You should try it and I’m sure for Mexican food lovers, this is one good taste! Order yourself some drinks and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the Hard Rock Café and in the evenings, they have live performances for the dinners!
Hard Rock Hotel boosts one of the best places for great food. From American to the Chinese and you can even find the popular roasted meat restaurant, 深井陳記燒鵝茶餐廳 Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roasted Goose. We ordered a three meat platter with the famous roasted goose meat, steamed chicken and of course, char siew (roasted pork). The healthier version as compare to the ones in Singapore for the char siew but don’t be fooled by the look, it’s really yummy! The chicken tastes just right but slightly oily to my liking and the goose meat is mouthwatering with the tasty tender meat and you will love the tender meat, juices flows out as you bite each time.
They have fried calamari (in strips), the fried dough is mixed and seasoned in their combination of spices which brings out the taste. I love it with the fried bee hoon and fried garlic it’s a beautiful mix of textures and flavours. I suggest you order this as well if you’re here but don’t have it alone, its too much for one to finish. Order a bowl of bee hoon soup to balance out the sumptuous meal and you should be ready for the next one real soon!
What is the next thing that you think off after getting off bed? I’m wanna eat something! Thank god the choices of food are plentiful and I love a hotel which gives me a choice to have my breakfast, buffet style. International breakfast at the R Bar at Hard Rock Hotel is good in quality and you have a variety of choice from the usual cereal bar, cold cuts, to steaming dim sum and egg station.
Wonderful smiles by the staffs as it give you a great start to your day and as you walk around the bar, you will find that the food are artistically presented. The variety of drinks available for a start, the pastries selections will spoil you as you indulged in the fresh bakeries.
The mains and sides are fairly good. from the usual bacon, hash browns, baked beans to the Chinese, fried noodles (and soup ones as well), vegetables, congee and even dim sum.
I'm sure you will have something which you like at the R Bar. Alternatively you can visit the other restaurants at the City of Dreams to satisfy your taste buds.
It’s not all about the food when you stay at The City of Dreams. There is the famous House of Dancing Waters, the world’s largest and most spectacular water-based show. So you want to have a sneak preview of what is this all about? Follow me on my next blog.