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
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!
From taste to techniques around the globe, the highly anticipated gourmet fair returns with an even more vibrant collection of international flavours. You can get to see all the creations of famous chefs from their award winning restaurants housed in Marina Bay Sands, pique your appetite for exploration with a palate-pleasing weekend that takes you to the world’s kitchens and cellars.
Its considered the heaven for great food and wine at this event and be sure to catch a glimpse of your favourite chefs like David Myers, Gordon Ramsay, Wolfgang Pluck, Mario Batali, Tetsuya Wakuda, Justin Quek and lots more. There will be lots of great food, wine tasting, classes, and also chance for you to purchase some groceries which these chefs have been using for their preparations in the restaurants at MBS.
So what are the top 5 things that you should look out for at this event?
With over 30 free masterclasses over the weekend, brush up on your culinary skills and pick up some tips from the gurus. Yes! You learn from the best and only the best, get culinary tips from the masterclasses during this event and who knows you might be the next Michelin Starred Celebrity Chef!
Managed to attend Chef Tetsuya Wakuda's Masterclass and he is the only chef who is very friendly and down to earth mingling, sharing and taking pictures with the guests.
Ever wondered what are the ingredients that these famous restaurants are using? Where do you get the best ingredients like what your favourite chefs have been using? Head to the Farmer's Market and buy from who the restaurants buy from -- and at lower prices than your grocery store!
Know something about wine pairing? Pair your picnic of signature dishes from award-winning restaurants with a bottle of wine from the Wine Walk – you can also look out for great deals and add them to your home collection!
Head over to the Epicurean Bar for hourly tasting sessions and specially concocted cocktails by award-winning mixologists. This might give you some inspirations for the next Singapore Sling!
And of course, this event doesn’t end at 6. You can stay on till after dark and party with resident DJs from CÉ LA VI on Friday and Saturday night. Have a drink or two at the bar with the famous chefs and check out pop-up restaurants too!
Food, food galore from the finest cuisine from the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, and be treated to the culinary mastery of the celebrated chefs and savour their signature dishes and many other exciting treats! I have to try the sashimi on crackers from Adrift, Long Chim's prawn paste fried rice with mushroom and sweet pork, DC Comic Superheroes Cafe's black charcoal burger with pulled pork, chirashi from Hide Yamamoto, lovely dessert, durian ice cream with toasted sandwiches by Chef Justin Quek from Sky on 57 and of course the new addition, Gordon Ramsay Bread Street Kitchen's pork belly sliders.
Wonderful cuisine and there are so many more dishes to try on but I've only got one stomach! There are many more pictures of today's event and you can just click on to the gallery button below for more pictures on my Facebook page!
Way to go for a great start to an enjoyable 3 days event! Its only Day #1 and you have 2 more days to go!! Its still not too late to join in the fun fill even with superb food and wine and not forgetting the wonderful experiences when you attend the Masterclasses! Cheers!
Its been a wonderful start so far and we couldn't agree more that the dishes that had been presented to us is definitely worth ordering! So what's next? Coming up, Chef Antonio had chosen 3 main dishes for us and we're so looking forward to it and even my friends had decided to order a glass of wine to pair with the upcoming dishes.
Dalla Cucina, which mean from the kitchen where Chef Antonio is busy most of the nights. Three main courses were served to us. Merluzzo, Baked cod fish with roasted vine tomatoes, garlic confit and a yummy liguria olive puree and I can say this is one healthy dish which is super yummy and we all love the freshness of the cod fish, creamy sweet tasting and you know this is fresh and not from a frozen one.
Guancia di Vitello in Umido, slow braised veal cheek, the meat is braised in spiced amore wine, plated with broccolini, polenta bianca (white corn polenta). This amazing dish is time consuming and as we chat with Chef Antonio, just the braising of the meat, it takes almost 30hrs to complete and no wonder it literally meats in your mouth! I love the texture of the polenta, made by boiling cornmeal into a thick, solidified porridge. It is really filling and worth every cent!
Gamberoni, jumbo king prawns, dressed in spicy tomato sauce and paired with roasted crunchy asparagus. I have to be honest that this dish is the least that I had (due to the fact that the other two really draws me over). But for all prawn lovers, I’m sure you will want to give this a try and share with me your comments on this dish!
Tell you, we’re very full but there’s a saying which says “there is always room for… DESSERTS!” Yup Chef Antonio really knows how to pamper us! A selection of the bestselling Dolci, desserts in Prego and if you are here for your meals, do remember to order any one of these.
Panino Tiepido, vanilla cream filled brioche, fior de latte gelato ("Flower of Milk" Gelato) drizzled with Strawberry soup. I love the texture of the brioche, soft and spongy but I am not really a fan of the cream as it’s too watery. The simple gelato is enjoyable even plain but works wonders with the strawberry soup.
Panna Cotta, vanilla panna cotta added with fresh strawberries, blueberries and kiwi. Trying out the traditional dessert of the northern Italian region, the thicken vanilla flavoured cream is smooth and compares to the deluxe edition of our traditional bean curd, but slightly creamier and sweeter.
Tiramisu, the house signature and need no recommendations. I am sure every one of you have had this before and Prego’s version of Tiramisu tastes stronger with the espresso and rum. The best dessert of the night and a great way to end off the evening enjoying the cake paring with dessert wine!
Are you hungry now just by reading such a long article which I just shared? Do make a booking if you’re planning to go down even on a weekday evening as today we see a full house and for weekends, the restaurant serves an average of about 360 diners! Why wait?! Enjoy and pamper yourself with this gastronomical journey the Italian way at Prego, chef Antonio’s creations! Mangiare a sazietà!
Prego, Level 1, Fairmont Singapore
Swissotel The Stamford, Raffles City
Hours of Operation
Breakfast: Daily - 6:00am to 11:00am
Deli: Daily - 6:00am to 10:30pm
Lunch: Monday to Saturday - 11:30am to 2:30pm
Dinner: Daily - 5:00pm* to 10:30pm
Pizzeria: Mon to Sat - 11:30am to 2:30pm,
6:30pm to 10:30pm
Lunch Semi-Buffet: Sunday - 12:30pm to 3:00pm
*Early dinner menu available from 5.00pm to 6.30pm
Dress Code Smart Casual
Prego is one of Singapore’s favourite Italian restaurants that offer diners an authentic Italian family style dining experience. The Italian theme of Prego is seen throughout the whole restaurant - from service style and communal dining, décor, to wood dining tables and carts for wine service by the glass, which gives an overall feel of a true Italian restaurant.
Antonio Facchinetti (Chef de Cuisine) Originally from Ponte di Legno (Brescia) in the Lombardy region in Italy, his world class culinary skills have been built up having spent more than 25 years in kitchens in Italy, USA, Germany, Australia and Thailand and now Singapore.
This evening KenaSnap is honoured to be hosted by such a great chef, in the wonderful ambience of Prego, the Italian way. Upon arriving, we were ushered into the restaurant by Errol Mantaring, Assistant Manager of Prego who shared with us on what they have at the restaurant and the lovely and knowledgeable waitress, Krim, who was there to serve us for the evening.
As we sat down and ordered our drinks, Krim served us a basket of herbed focaccia and soft bread, accompanied with cream cheese and Paté d'Olive (Black Olive Paste). Soft, warm baked on the day and each loaf is cut on the spot to make sure serving is fresh.
Antipasti (cold starters), an assortment of cured meats, pickled vegetables and melon well plated on a wooden block this stimulates our appetite and we’re already looking forward to the next course.
Insalata Caprese, a selection of fresh rocket leaves, buffalo mozzarella, robust, full flavoured taste of the cheese with a soft and creamy texture, accompanied with sun-dried tomatoes, drizzled in white balsamic vinaigrette. It’s a delight with the distinctive bouquet of the vinaigrette!
Fegato Grasso (seared foie gras) with crisp but yet delicate capesante (pan seared scallops) in white truffle oil, crispy pork landons, and cauliflower Puree which gives the whole dish an additional texture. If you like such a delicacy, this is a must have! The searing of the foie gras gives the outer layer a light crisp and the rich, creamy liver is heavenly!
Next, we get to try out some of Prego’s popular pasta dishes and chef’s recommendations. And before Krim serves us the pastas, my friends are ordering their favourite red wines well recommended.
Tonnarelli al Nero - Squid ink tonnarelli cooked with garlic and chili, with super fresh tiger prawn, calamari, clams and scallop. The pasta with squid ink has a sea like flavour, slightly salty and mixes well with the spiciness from the chilli unlike some which has fishy taste to it.
Strozzapreti pasta cooked with sautéed mushroom, tip in Filetto di Pomodoro (spiced tomato sauce) simmered with crumble pork sausage. Thick pasta absorbs the sauce well and I love how the texture of the mushrooms and sausage creates but I still prefer Tonnarelli al Nero :P
Casoncelli al Capriolo - Braised venison ravioli mixed with crumbled corn bread and well drizzled with butter sage sauce. The meat is well braised and very tender, not very gamey but sweet after braised.
How do you like the selections we had tried so far? Are you ready for the mains to be served? Well let us take a breather, Enjoy these starters and pastas for now and I will be posting the mains real soon! Cheers!
When it comes to Fugu 河豚 or 鰒; フグ dishes, one would hesitate and consider if they would want to take up this challenge and try out this exotic delicacy. The fugu fish, or also known as puffer fish, besides its extraordinary appearance (it puffs itself up to make itself look a lot bigger to predators), is that its skin and organs are highly poisonous. It must be carefully prepared to remove toxic parts and to avoid contaminating the meat. Fugu has become one of the most celebrated and notorious dishes in Japanese cuisine. The restaurant preparation of fugu is strictly controlled by law in Japan, and only chefs who have qualified after three or more years of rigorous training are allowed to prepare the fish.
Conveniently nestled along Mohamed sultan road, FUKU Fine Fugu Kaiseki Restaurant とらふぐ専門店 brings you just that! 2 chefs from Osaka namely Koji Tsukamoto 塚本 浩二 (Executive Chef) and Toshikazu Miyanagi 宮凪 寿和 (Souse-Chef), with Mr. Koji at the helm, strict quality is been adhered with 20 years of experience under his belt, they are the first restaurant in Asia to bring fugu delicacy out of Japan. Fugu meat is imported twice weekly from Shimonoseki 下関市 Japan’s (fugu capital) and with its internal organs removed under strict Japanese regulations. Here in Singapore, where imported foods are strictly controlled and checked. You can “Double confirm plus chop” that the puffer fish is 100% poison free guaranteed and it’s confirmed suitable for the diners who are Kiasi. KenaSnap is lucky that we get to enjoy this delicacy fresh on the day of its arrival!
The restaurant décor and ambiance gets you settled in almost immediately upon entering. Each table is subtlety separated by bamboo blinds that gives every customer the sense of privacy. Fugu Course Ebisu comes with a good variety of the dishes for us to try; appetizers, sashimi, hotpot, porridge and of course ends with a seasonal dessert!
First appetizer was served right after we had our first sip of our drinks. Cold tofu with minced beef, well-grounded beef stir fried and simmered in special sauce. The sweetness of the beef and sauce kick starts to our course by awakening our taste palates.
Next appetizer, lightly boiled fugu skin dipped in Ponzu ポン酢 Shoyu, citrus-based sauce, and sprinkled with cut spring onions and Mentaiko 明太子, spicy cod roe. Unlike majority of boiled fish skins that I had before, the texture of the fugu skin is chewier and firmer. The ponzu and mentaiko mixture is a good combi for this light tasting meat, bringing hints of sweetness and spice.
Third up for our appetizer, this brings me to 3rd gear. Fugu karaage (deep fried fugu meat), is out of the world. Nicely fried to golden brown, each of this karaage is done to perfection and KenaSnap recommends you to eat it while it’s hot! The texture of the fried fugu meat is between the chicken and frog’s leg and do add a dash of lemon juice and sprinkle a bit of sea salt on it.
Tessa (Thin sliced puffer fish) decorated into a shape of a flower and it’s almost too nice to eat. This is where your nimble skills of using the chopsticks are being put to the test. Each slice of paper thin fugu sashimi wraps around a few gelatine fugu skin and spring onion. You can then dip it into the ponzu and mentaiko sauce or our usual shoyu (soy sauce) and wasabi sauce. Both sauces give you a different after taste to the meat and must try!
Hotpot is next, clear water boiled in kelp and then pieces of fugu fish with bones, cabbages and mushroom were the first to go into the boiling water. Each and every step is like the art of tea making. Every item which goes in has to be calculated and timed to precision. The fugu meat is cooked nicely, soft and tender, together with vegetables and potato noodle. The clear soup after boiling all the ingredients is then used to cook our last dish of the evening. Thank you for the friend staff helping us. If not we wouldn’t have known which goes in first.
IEatTravel is honoured that FUKU Executive Chef, Mr Koji Tsukamoto, came over personally to prepare the last dish for us. Rice, egg is poured into the simmering broth it is then seasoned with some sea salt and powdered kombu 昆布 (salted kelp). It is then served to us in a bowl, sprinkled with some spring onions and we added in some shio Kombu for taste and dashes of ponzu sauce. The Japanese fugu version of our local Teowchew porridge where you add in soy sauce and maybe some preserved cabbages.
Our meal does not end without having one of their famous seasonal desserts, Yuzu sorbet. Yummy delightful sorbet which is what sweetens an end to our fugu experience. You can feel bits and pieces of the yuzu skin but yet you can’t even taste any bits of bitterness. What a beautiful taste to end it all. おいしい~
So are you still hesitating to give it a try? Be assured that you’ll be pampered with great service by the staffs at FUKU Fine Fugu Kaiseki Restaurant especially Assistant Manager Rudy. Enjoy and experience the century old Japanese delicacy through fine dining the Japanese way. Thank you for a wonderful host and we will be back for more! おつかれさまでした!
14 Mohamed Sultan Road #01-01 Singapore 238963
Monday - Saturday
Dinner time Only
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM