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
When you’re in Macau, what triggers your taste buds in a mad frenzy would be their tasty pastries and the king of all would be Pastel de nata, Portuguese Egg Tarts, it is available in countries with significant Portuguese immigrant populations. The egg tarts are created with a puff pastry base which holds the wonderful, custard which is similar to the texture of crème brûlée and what defines these tarts from the usual egg tarts would be the caramelized top.
During my trip, I have sampled the 4 different tarts from and each tart, although similar in the baking process, the taste varies and I feel it suits different individuals. Take out your tissue papers and ready to savour (visually) the wonderful pastel de nata from Macau.
Koi Kei Bakery
Famous for the largest number of chain store around Macau, this popular bakery shop besides being famous for its crunchy peanuts and ginger candies, and over 300 items available for you to buy, they have fresh Portuguese egg tarts available at almost all their outlets for you to have. A distinct taste of the old school egg tart puff with a lovely blend of custard mix, I am sure it will fill your tummy as you walk along the busy streets of Taipa village or around Senado Square.
Hello Kitty Obrigado
Fans of Hello Kitty will scream with delight and as you walk towards this lovely outlet, the lovely design and layout of the shop will standout with people taking selfies or even wefies with the famous character, this feline icon gives a new twist to the local delicacies. From meat jerkies (bak gua) to macarons, the branding is everywhere. As for their egg tarts, it’s very unique in terms of the size and the taste. Its pop size egg tarts which the custard is made from Hokkaido milk to give the rich taste to it. The caramel crust on top of it gives you a sweet aftertaste as you continue to pop the next tart into your mouth. Who can resist taking pictures of the lovely presentation of their packaging?! Great effort for service and creativity and you should try it!
R Bar, Hard Rock Hotel
Even on the pastry section for your buffet meals in the hotel, you will find this iconic pastry and when you’re at Hard Rock Hotel Macau, you can try out their buffet selections at the R Bar. Who says that quality of food in a buffet setting would be compromised? The wonderful Portuguese egg tart at R Bar is comparable to many of the shops known for baking it. Rich custard and the taste linger around beautifully.
Lord Stow’s Bakery & Café
The number one and must try Portuguese egg tart is at Lord Stow’s. A queue forms even before the shop opens and luckily that they do have outlets available, otherwise I couldn’t imaging the time spent on waiting for this magnificent pastry. Perfect puff, soft but yet crisp on the base puff and smooth custard which flirts with your taste bud as you let it flow down your throat. The sweet and thin crisp of caramel on top will make you wonder why, why would you have not bought more of the tarts back.
Do give these a try and share with me your opinions of the tastes and I am sure you have some other shops to recommend to me!
Where to get it?
Koi kei Bakery
Hello Kitty Obrigado
Travessa de S. Domingos 5-7A Edf.
Pak Hou, A R/C Macau,
Tel: +853 2835 6543
R Bar Hard Rock Hotel Macau
Level 1, Hard Rock Hotel
Open Sunday to Thursday:
7:00am – 10:00pm
Friday to Saturday & Public Holiday Eve:
7:00am – 11:00pm
Lord Stow's Bakery
“The House of Dancing Water” has been playing to packed houses and stellar reviews and has welcomed over 2.5 million spectators from all over the world since its opening on September 16th 2010. The HKD2 billion breath taking water-based show is a testament to the vision of Mr. Lawrence Ho, Melco Crown Entertainment’s Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and City of Dreams’ multi-day stay strategy, which has catalyzed Macau’s transformation into an all-round tourist destination, ushered in a new era for Asia’s leisure and entertainment industry, and put Macau on the world map for entertainment.
Performed by a strong cast of approximately 80 international performance artists and approximately 160 top production and technical members from more than 25 countries around the world, the production incorporates dazzling costuming, amazing audio and visual special effects, and it will be staged at the ‘Dancing Water Theatre’ designed by world renowned Pei Partnership. This purpose built theatre contains one of the most impressive commercial pools in the world, holding approximately 3.7 million gallons which is more than 5 Olympic-sized swimming pools, and will be one of the largest water-based theatres in the world!
The theatre is not very big and has seats surrounded 270 degree all round and looking around it, you can see the pool of waters, a huge back drop behind it and calculating the height, it should be around 8 stories high (24.5m). Throughout the performance, you can enjoy spectacular lighting effects with the usage of water to create a scene, colours, weather and the 3D images changes as the scenes of the story changes.
The performers must be well versed with gymnastics and able to dive and hold their breaths as they plunged through the pool, somersault across the stage and dance in the waters. Some of them performed stunts on the motorbikes as they charge towards the ramps and crisscross one another with perfect timing.
The props for the stage moves out and up from the deep waters, less than 30 secs, the water filled pool changes to a flat ground and at times rises up like a platform.
Only at the end of the show that I know that the music played throughout the performance is performed live by 4 musicians playing drums and percussion; keyboard; guitar and Erhu.
The House of Dancing Water has received numerous awards and honours:
- China Marketing Excellence Award
- China Branding Excellence Award
- THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement for a Live Show Spectacular.
- ‘Gold Prize’ ‘MassMutual Citations for Innovation’ at the HKMA/TVB Awards
- Best Entertainment of Macau from 2011 Hurun Report.
- Best Idea in Web Design at the Markies
- DFA (The Design for Asia) Merit Recognition Award for its design excellence in 2011.
Book your tickets now, enjoy and experience a spectacular performance!
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.
Macau, a place where dreams are built and it is very similar if you’ve been to Las Vegas before expect that you will find less Caucasians here in Macau. City of Dreams is a property along the Cotai Strip in the Cotai reclamation area in Macau, China. It is built, owned and managed by Melco Crown Entertainment, formerly known as Melco PBL Entertainment. I am here staying at the Hard Rock Hotel in the City Of Dreams and besides this hotel, there are many others here in Macau where you can choose; Sheraton, Sands, Venetian, Galaxy, Conrad, Hyatt, Lisboa, Casa Real and many many more!
Getting there: You can take a plane and land at Macau International Airport with some budget or international airlines. Alternatively you can choose to com over from Shenzhen, China or Hong Kong via jet ferries at allocated ferry terminals.
If you’re a frequent visitor to casinos (they call it entertainment centres here in Macau), this place is a heaven for you. How about those who don’t gamble, what can you do? You can consider going to places like the hotels stated above, taking pictures of the wonderful designs and you can also do some shopping in the arcades in most of the bigger hotel chains.
Macau is divided into two where the Macau Peninsula and the islands of Taipa and Coloane. The new reclaimed Cotai strip joins Taipa and Coloane together and its consider the new gambling and tourism area since Macau is so densely populated and land is scarce.
Senado Square (Largo do Senado) is a public square in Macau. It is located in the central area of the Macau Peninsula. There are shopping centers and traditional Chinese restaurants around the square. Fashion clothes, famous snacks and the scenic environment make it a famous attraction. Firework displays, lion and dragon dances are usually held on special days such as the Chinese Spring Festival and Christmas! There are also museums and churches to visit around this area and one of them is Ruins of St. Paul’s. Ruins of St. Paul’s stand adjacent to the famous Mount Fortress and Macau Museum. The front façade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of the greatest church.
Taipa Village, one of the best of Macau attractions, is where the original community of Taipa Island started from, and one of only two traditional "villages" that still exist in Macau. It's a small cluster of narrow lanes and alleys, with old colonial houses along them, painted in hues of yellow, blue, and green. There are many nice shops selling traditional biscuits and also you can find great food places here. If only I have 4 stomachs, I would have visited most of the eateries!
Venetian Macau the world largest casino, is one of Asia’s most exciting entertainment destination, and nowhere else in Asia will you find such a rare combination of facilities, attractions and amenities. Experience shopping with over 350 international shops, be dazzled by the street performers, or take a ride on an authentic Venetian gondola, all at the resort. You will be awed by the beautiful decors and Venice like experience at this grand hotel.
A-Ma Temple. Macau’s name is derived from A-Ma-Gau or Place of A-Ma and this temple dedicated to the seafarers’ goddess dates from the early 16th century. Make a prayer and take some pictures around the temple. There is Macau Tower and Kun Iam Statue along the stretch of coastal line where you can easily spend half a day visiting these few places.
The City of Dreams is a unique integrated resort combining electrifying entertainment, an amazing array of accommodation, regional and international dining, as well as designer brand shopping. With 3 hotels connected, you will be able to find the right choice for you! I have chosen Hard Rock Hotel and I’m so excited to share with you more about the hotel in my blog.
There are many more places to visit and I am sure I will be back next time to cover what I have missed out from. After so much walking and visiting, you must be hungry. Check out my next blog for the foods in Macau!
*Do you know that there are various data sim cards available in Macau for your crazy net surfing and pictures posting hobby?
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!