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Mid Autumn 2016: Conrad Centennial Singapore

~Invited Session~

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Celebrate this annual celestial festival with a taste of tradition presented in a luxurious treasure box from Conrad Centennial Singapore by award-winning Chinese restaurant, Golden Peony. 

This year, be spoilt for choice with three colours of treasure boxes and new mooncake flavours. This year sees the introduction of two alcohol-infused mini snowskin mooncakes – Champagne and Strawberry and Rum and Raisin, in addition to two other new non-alcoholic flavours – Cranberry Cheese and Green Tea with White Chocolate.  


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Available in three colours – Velvet Red, Luxe Gold, and a limited edition Antique Gold, with subtle floral print – Conrad Centennial Singapore’s mooncakes makes the perfect gift for family, friends and business associates. 

Gotta give them some credit for modeling their mooncake boxes after treasure troves.

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Traditional Baked with Double Yolk in White Lotus Paste ($72)

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The golden brown hue makes delicious of these traditional baked mooncakes.

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Traditional Baked with Single Yolk in White Lotus Paste ($69)

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Single or double yolk?

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Traditional Baked with Mixed Nuts ($72)

These are increasingly popular amongst the younger generation, I used to scoff at these "healthier" alternatives.

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Traditional Baked with White Lotus Paste ($64)

Or if classic is best, they do have it just in white lotus paste!

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Chockfuls of nuts and jinhua ham in a single baked goodie.

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Which is your favourite?

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I have to admit a huge weakness for these sweet treats, snowskin or baked I seem to have a separate stomach space for them all. Pair them with a pot of chinese tea and I am ready to take on Mid-Autumn's. 

What are you looking forward to this Mid-Autumn's?

Credit Card Discounts

 

Citibank, UOB and HSBC cardmembers enjoy the following discounts at The Terrace

·         Early bird 20% discount, August 1 to 15, 2016

·         15% discount, August 15 to September 15, 2016

 

Terms and Conditions

·         Valid at The Terrace only with minimum 2 boxes purchase.

·         Not valid at Conrad Mooncake Counters at Takashimaya, VivoCity and NEX.
·         Not valid in conjunction with other promotions, discounts, offers, privilege cards or vouchers unless otherwise stated.

Confinement Food @ National University Hospital of Singapore

If I had my way, I would have picked a hospital with my preferred gynae and then cater confinement food from another known for it - and I suppose that is how life really is, I cannot have my cake and eat it all the time.

NUH it was in A-Class ward and in those 3 nights that I stayed I was barely conscious for the first to even review my menu and make food choices - there were choices of western, chinese, malay, indian and of course confinement. Plus, a celebratory meal that came complete with a single sunflower, the husband gets to eat and yay, table cloth. 

Western

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French Toast and Chicken Ham

Seeing processed food like chicken ham on the hospital menu always makes me laugh, so...are they considered bad foods at all? Nothing to yell about since this was hardly warm when I got to eat it and french toast was the yummiest sounding on the menu already.

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Oats with Honey

In my bid to up my milk supply, I resorted to ordering oats which reminded me so much of Grandpa somehow. I grew up hating this big time since it was usually served savoury and minced meat.

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The LOL moment came when western food came with rice for our celebratory meal. Was just chicken chop, sauteed vegetables and rice.

Confinement Food

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Porridge

Bland to say the least.

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I actually enjoyed my first meal post delivery best but thanks to epidural, the concept of last in last out applied to me fully.

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Since when did apples taste so good?

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Sweet and sour pork? So yummy even when eaten cold.

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I must have struck gold the first day of stay since the food was exceptional - or really, I was in so much of a daze they tasted extraordinarily delicious.


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Every meal started looking thereabout the same with a longan red date soup, vegetables and a protein. I get icecream too - down with confinement rules! A mini magnum would have been perfect.

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Looking completely like cai png, which really begs the question - is the heavy usage of sesame oil, ginger and chinese wine even necessary? To each its own really.

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Dory fish got my vote for yucky texture.

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Semolina cake made its appearance too - a treat I say!

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Corn soup, a refreshing take instead of the usual black beans, red date and longan soups!

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Spot the dory fish again!

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Pork rib soup!

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Tofu is used quite frequently in their confinement menu - I loved the braised dishes especially.

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Black beans with minced pork soup.

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Another of those soy sauce based meals - so unpretty but actually delicious.

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The last of these yummy beancurd skin dishes - whether they wrap it in seaweed or fish or just beancurd, I enjoyed them all.

And of course, greedy me had to top up my meals with takeaways from the outlets and foodcourt when food was subpar.

Masta Kafe @ One@KentRidge
1 Lower Kent Ridge Road #03-01

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Half Chicken ($11.90)

At 20% off on a weekend this was an absolute steal with this incredibly fragrant and crispy fried chicken.

Kopitiam Food Court
Level 1 Main Building (Lobby A)





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This fish soup is so tasty, I had it twice in a row! Generous on greens and fish too.

With that, I ended my life changing hospital stay and plunged straight into 30 days of homecooked caipng. Through the years, I'd say hospital food has definitely improved in standards but that is subject to the class of ward selected. I have had my fair share of lousy as crap hospital food and even restaurant quality ones and it is heartening to know that hospital food does not always have to be about low in flavour, taste and presentation.

Seasonal Salad Bar @ One@Kent Ridge

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Every 90's kid would have grown up with Ponderosa or even Sizzler - thereby admitting my era but the whole point is - healthy eating was introduced very early and before there was Swensen's and the likes redefining how hot meals are consumed, mains and a salad bar were synonymous.

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Cue Seasonal Salad Bar, one that fills the void that the now defunct Ponderosa and Sizzler left behind. I remember these two places so fondly, that soft serve machine that got us kids ants in the pants excited with rainbow sprinkles on top of that neverending spread of vegetables. I suppose I never quite hated greens.

Since 2012, they have been spreading the green movement and four outlets later, I decided to check them out.

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Spot the oriental choices in the spread!

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I love my food, coloured.

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And a soft serve machine always gets me excited.

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Drinks are not included but can be topped up for a fee - freeflow too!

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Grilled Salmon with Yakitori Sauce ($29.95)

Caramelized and doused in yakitori sauce, the thick slab was indeed enjoyable.

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Pepper Sirloin Steak ($29.95)
Chargrilled NZ Steak

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Sirloin with Onion Sauce ($31.95)
Seasonal Homemade Onion Sauce

Between both sirloins, I thought both were equally good. Well charred though doneness was inconsistent. Medium rare ended up being more of a medium well. Inconsistencies aside, for the price I really cannot complain.

Plus, the freeflow of salads, appetizers and fruit that provided great value.

Salad porn indeed, though some of which were clearly Chinese influenced - much to our amusement. White fungus and black fungus? The hottest items included cold poached prawns, cream of mushroom soup and also the soft serve machine.

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The soups were wildly popular - creamy, thick and so hearty!

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These fresh dates are quite a rarity, at least for me. I have only eaten preserved dates so far and the fresh ones certainly win hands down for juicy, sweet and favourite fruit this season!


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Me and my pathetic soft serve swirl - I am definitely better consuming them than swirling.

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If you are keen, there's a wall of fame for salad chompers but I am done with such food challenges - food is meant to be savoured and enjoyed still!

This random visit proved to be a surprisingly very satisfying one and I will be back for more of their tasty offerings - psst, lunch is cheaper for the same spread too!

Seasonal Salad Bar
One@Kent Ridge
1 Lower Kent Ridge Road
#04-18/19/20, S(119082)