Chill Gen by Xin Wang | 潮 eat 代

There are nights when you want to dress yourself and go eat fancy things. And then there are nights you just want to be simple, sitting around a hotpot with friends. For nights like that, there’s Chill Gen, by Xin Wang.

For people who grew up in the 2000s, Xin Wang is a familiar brand. Open till 2am, I have good memories of late-night suppers and heart to heart conversations at Xin Wangs across the island. I particularly recall the original Heartland Mall outlet in Kovan: it opened in 2005, a time in my life when I had close friends who lived in Kovan, and so I spent quite a lot of time there. So when I first heard about Xin Wang’s new hotpot outlet at Cineleisure, I had to go have a look for myself.

A brightly-lit yet cosy environment for you to hang out with friends.

People might disagree, but hotpot is a communal meal: it cannot be enjoyed alone, if only because you have to wait for things to cook. And it’s precisely in those moments of waiting, that the magic begins. Friends joke and banter, and people just sit there enjoying each other’s company. And so, I found myself one evening checking out Xin Wang’s Chill Gen hotpot buffet, which goes at $18.80++, and $24.80++ on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays after 5pm. Fairly reasonable, actually, which makes it easier to drag the whole gang of friends down!

A happy spread of food for the bellies.

But of course, we’re Singaporean, and a great location to chill isn’t great if it doesn’t have good food. They sure didn’t disappoint in this regard! Chill Gen offers you four choices of soup base: Signature Papaya, Korean Army Stew, Tomato, and Homemade Fragrant Spicy. I had the Tomato, while my dining partner had the Signature Papaya, so we had a nice mix of variety right there.

Chill Gen operates as an a-la-carte buffet: order whatever you like, and it’ll be brought to your table. As you can tell, we had a good selection of various meats, vegetables, mushrooms and fish items, though there were some unusual ones that you’re probably not getting elsewhere! Frozen Beancurd is one of them: I’m not sure how to describe it, but the texture was springy and I enjoyed it enough to get quite a lot more! Each diner gets one serving of the premium items as well: scallops, ebiko fish paste, and iberico pork belly. I enjoyed all of them, though the fish paste took a bit of figuring out on the cooking front! Their chikuwa and seafood cheese tofu hit the spot for me as well, so I did get quite a bit of them eventually.

Being rather saucy, really: take your pick!

In the end, hotpot buffets are really all about personal favourites, and at this age, I’m sure everyone has their own fancies. But if you take that idea further, then you really also do need good sauces with it. And that’s where I also had a lot of fun building my own sauces to go with the food: right at their well-stocked sauce station! Fried garlic bits really made it for me: I loved the crunch they added to my own secret concoction of soy sauce, spring onions, and…stop judging!

Food provided, just bring your friends.

Ultimately, there’s not much to be said about hotpot. Here, they’ve got the food on free-flow, there’s a great ambience, and there’s good HK milk tea if you want it. Perfect for a nice rainy day, just remember to bring your friends and relax over a nice steaming hotpot together. How would you get past life’s troubles, if not for your friends, right?

Thank you Chill Gen for the invitation.
This article was written by Lan Yingjie.

Chill Gen by Xin Wang
2 Jurong East Central

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Reservations: 6684 4407

Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm

PARKROYAL on Beach Road’s Crab (and Lobster) Buffet is Back!

Ginger at PARKROYAL on Beach Road has brought back its delectable crustacean buffet from now till 31 October 2018 for dinners daily, and lunch inclusive on weekends! The Wonders of Pincers buffet features signature favourites such as the Salted Egg Yolk Crab, Rock Salt Crab, Chilli Crab and the Black Pepper Crab. Also on the menu is the Pumpkin Lobster in Claypot, which was my favourite dish of the night for its rich sweetness and meaty lobster served whole.

On top of the special lineup, Ginger will also feature an expanded buffet selection featuring local delights as well as a barbecue live station, its regular oyster omelette live station, and bowls of bak kut teh to wash it all down. The Wonders of Pincers is a decent buffet for crab lovers seeking a good variety, and would definitely appeal to those who want to savour a good selection of Singaporean cuisine in a single sitting. The buffet is available at $68++ for adults, and $34++ for children.

Thank you PARKROYAL on Beach Road for the invitation.
More buffet pictures below to whet your appetite!

Ginger
PARKROYAL on Beach Road
Singapore 199591
Reservations: 6505 5710

The Wonders of Pincers Buffet
Lunch
Weekends only: $68++ per adult, $34++ per child
Dinner
Daily: $68++ per adult, $34++ per child

Chicken Rice Flavoured Popcorn – Weirdly delicious and Singaporean!

Singapore start up The Kettle Gourmet has launched an exciting new popcorn flavour that is specially catered for adventurous local tastebuds – Chicken Rice Flavoured Popcorn! Baked with chicken stock, traditional soy sauce, pandan and lemongrass, and a touch of cucumber and parsley, this was popcorn with a local twist amidst a medley of flavours that aim to shock!

When i took the first popcorn, my tastebuds and mind was just so confused. I loved the sugar and buttery caramel flavours on the popcorn, but then there was the depth of savoury, spice, lemongrass freshness and hints of ginger throughout. I put it down, feeling a bit put off, and thought that I would never eat it again. And then, I finished the whole pack within the next hour. Needless to say, I now feel guilty and decide that I should hit the gym. Indeed, the unique flavours could either grow on you or keep you decidedly set on traditional butter salt or sugary caramel.

Oh, and if Chicken Rice flavoured popcorn does not sound like it’s your thing, there is Teh Tarik, Cookies & Cream, and the good ol’ traditional Salted Caramel popcorn. These gourmet popcorn are now available at www.thekettlegourmet.com

Thank you The Kettle Gourmet for the popcorn shock

The Kettle Gourmet
www.thekettlegourmet.com 

Plum CBD Food Delivery Service with affordable and curated menus!

I am hooked on Plum. For over the past week, and ever since the Plum team reached out to me to check out their new food delivery service within the central business district, me and my colleagues have been ordering lunches from Plum 3 times out of the 5 working days last week. It is a terrible addiction, and some of us remember and lament, when will we get to see the sunlight, the noonday warmth, and the frequent jostling for seats at the nearby food centre. Seriously?

But Plum certainly knows how to please. The menu is curated, changes daily featuring 10 of the best delights from notable food outlets around town, and the variety of options available meet almost every price point for the office worker in the CBD. The most expensive option I ordered so far might be the Unagi Truffle Rice Bowl ($13.90) or the Salmon Sashimi Salad ($10.90) to one of the cheapest, Chwee Kueh ($3.90).

Food comes by between 12 noon – 12.30pm, and when they do, you get that friendly notification on your mobile phone telling you that your food is just downstairs at the central pick-up point ready to collect. I’ve also noticed that sometimes, the Plum menu differs for my colleague and myself!

And the best part about Plum? Delivery is free! It is certainly a sweet thing to hear the words “No Delivery Charges”. Because the Plum team orders in bulk, they are able to absorb the delivery fees. And for all you lucky diners in Raffles place, Marina Bay Financial Centre, Metropolis, and Fusionopolis One, you can start getting onto Plum!

Out of all the three times I tried Plum so far, the food has always been good. The unagi truffle rice bowl invited stares from colleagues wondering why I was able to indulge in something so offensively fragrant. The salmon sashimi salad was great for those gym days. And the Teriyaki Pork rice bowl had slices of pork belly that literally melted in your mouth. I was so tempted for one day to double order lunch for that Indian Rojak I spied on the menu, and my colleagues gave in to some Nasi Biryani to warm their tummies.

I am hooked on Plum. And, maybe it’s time for some moderation from the app to get a bit more Vitamin D. But then again, it is just so convenient. Let me see what’s on the menu for tomorrow to decide if I’m “plumming”.

Yes, “plumming” is now a word.

Thank you Plum for the first meal!

Plum
Available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store