Monday, 21 August 2017

Zao Lek Lok Lok- Fried, Grilled, Boiled Skewered Buffet

‘Lok Lok’ is one of the most popular street food originated from Penang, Malaysia. It is actually a variety of skewered deep-fried food which consist of vegetable and meat and eaten with different types of gravy or soup. This unique culture has spread to Singapore since it is well-loved by many locals.

Nestled in Paya Lebar Kovan Community Centre, it has an outdoor buffet concept where you can dine at a breezy and comfortable environment without feeling too packed. Zao Lek Lok Lok will make you spoilt for choices as there are over 80 type of skewers ranging from deep-fried, boiling and grilling as well as 6 selections of soup base to choose from. They have Tom Yum, Laksa, Bak Kut Teh, Chicken broth, Satay and last but not least Ma La flavor all boiled from scratch without adding artificial flavorings.

I was quite worried about the deep-fried items at first because they are usually too oily and coated with a thick layer of fried batter, but I am amazed that the fried food here are not as such! It is the total opposite of what I have expected. Each of the ingredient is fried to an extremely crispy texture with a thin outer coating and they will only fry upon order to keep it hot. For fried and boiled items are hand-picked by yourself, but for grilled items the service crew will recommend some of the popular ones to give you a little surprise, that is what I like about eating here.

When cooked with the scrumptious soup base, the ingredients gradually releases it’s flavors, blending together with the soup and enhancing the taste to be of natural sweetness. It is not necessary to add other condiments such as chilli or soy sauce into your soup.

The restaurant has a great concept and hygienic practice, all ingredients are kept in the refrigerator to make sure the quality is retained and customers can relish on fresh servings. Other than that, there are fruits and ice cream for dessert after a heavy meal. Now I do not need to travel to Malaysia just to eat ‘Lok Lok’, I can conveniently bring my foodie kakis here to satisfy our cravings anytime!

Zaolek 早乐 Lok Lok Singapore
Paya Lebar Kovan Community Club, 207 Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530207.
Tel :  +65 6282 4005

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

My first song ‘ACTUALLY’- Composed by Billy Koh (许环良)

Special thanks to Segar Village for sponsoring this MV, it was only made possible with your utmost support.

After months of hardwork, I can finally reveal the story of how this song ‘ACTUALLY’ came about on this 52nd Singapore National Day. This is a local song which conveys Singaporeans’ thoughts, a fun and catchy tune for the young and old to sing along together. Everything started when I had the opportunity to meet the renowned Asia top music producer Billy Koh (许环良) at an event. Billy Koh was a very friendly and down-to-earth person which we are able to hit off quite well. We were in the midst of chatting when he thought that my name Ashley rhymes with the word ‘Actually’, that is when he offered to write a song for me. I was extremely thrilled!

It has been 9 years ago since he had written a song for a Singaporean. He had groomed a handful of famous singers in the past like JJ Lin, Kit Chan and By2. It is such an honour to have a chance to work with the talented music producer.

Rewinding back to my first session of song recording with Billy Koh at Ocean Butterflies Music recording studio, everyone was feeling excited about how this song will turn out. The day’s experience was really enjoyable especially when surrounded with a group of music enthusiast. I get to learn a lot from them which makes the process more meaningful. The second song recording was at Taiwan, Billy Koh invited my team and I over to his frequent music studio in Taipei and we managed to finish the recording in half a day, I am very grateful and thankful to everyone who helped on that day.

We moved on to the filming of the MV with a group of amazing film production team, they are one of the best I have worked with. Additionally, thank you to the following people who supported this MV, you guys are great!

Leading actress: Vivien Kelly chua
Make up Artist: Sophia Chia / Jasmine Tiong
Leading stylist: Hidajat Phyllis
Choreographer: Alex Ow
Dancers: Goh Wei Na / Winny Yap / Aishiwariya D/O Manokaran / Mardiana bte Mustaza
Actor: Choi Zhi Lei / Liu Jia Hui / Tang Pui Nee / Alison Chan / Dennis Chan / Low Fook Meng / Low Fook Kee / Low Fook Keong / Theresa Chang

As the song revolves around Singapore’s culture, iconic Singapore sceneries are being featured in the music video as well as a few funny stories of typical Singaporean’s lifestyle. I hope to bring joy to everyone from this music video, I shall not elaborate too much, watch the Youtube link here and enjoy!

主唱: Ashley Chan
监制: Billy Koh (许环良)
作曲: Billy Koh (许环良)
作词: Mr Mars, Zhang SiEr and Zeplex
A project supported by Segar Village

Monday, 7 August 2017

Segar @ Star- The Best Curry Fish Head in Town

Segar @ Star is a certified Halal home-grown brand offering delectable ‘Tze-Char' style comfort food with extraordinary taste. They are famous for their signature Curry Fish Head which caters to the general crowd. It is not easy to maintain the quality consistency for all 6 outlets but they did it as their restaurants are always seen with long queues, well-liked by many. There are a lot of ingredients restrictions for a Halal restaurant but yet Segar @Start managed to create a large selection of about 100 dishes that are widely popular.

Curry Fish Head 
Coconut is added but not too overwhelming, it is packed with aromatic spices and flavors containing more than 20 type of ingredients. The thickness of the curry is perfect! you can even drink it like soup or drizzle plentiful over white rice. If you prefer it to be more spicy, just ask for it, they know what to do.

Asam Curry Fish Head
Fresh fish head is used simmered with an abundance of condiments to create that sour, spicy and sweet taste of the sauce. The Asam Curry Fish Head is made up of more than 20 types of spices as well. A complex yet intriguing flavor which unknowingly hooks you for more.

Grandma Salted Egg Sotong
Not a fancy dish but taste incredibly delicious! Coated with thick salted egg sauce and stir-fried to a crunchy texture, the sotong are fresh cuts that are still chewy, giving a gratifying eating pleasure.

Cream Sauce Prawns
This cream sauce requires at least half an hour to prepare. The main ingredients used are butter and water mixed with various condiments. Tossed with red chilli padi adding a spicy kick, constant stir-frying is the key to getting the ideal texture of the sauce.

Mee Goreng
Although Mee Goreng is a common item that can be ordered in most places, over here the Mee Goreng is super addictive. The chef uses tomato sauce, home-made samba and chilli sauce and stir-fry till fragrant. Additionally the ‘wok hei’ plays the most important role in this dish, it is only complete with that.

Prawn Sauce Chicken
Sambal Long Beans with Salted Eggs
Segar Claypot Golden Chicken

Segar @ Star
Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green #02-08, Singapore 138617.
Tel: +65 6262 6609

Segar @ Chinatown Point
Address: 133 New Bridge Road #B2-39/40/41 ChinaTown Point, Singapore 059413.
Tel: +65 6444 1778

Segar Village
Address: 19 Sims Way, Singapore 388831.
Tel: +65 6547 1031

A-Poh's Kitchen
Address: Blk 354  Clementi Ave 2 #01-223, Singapore 120354.
Tel: +65 6774 5534

West Co'z Cafe Pte Ltd
Address: 154 West Coast Road #02-23 West Coast Plaza, Singapore 127371.
Tel/Fax: +65 6779 1303

West Co'z Cafe Yew Tee Outlet
Address: 21 Choa Chu Kang North 6 #01-28 Yew Tee Point, Singapore 689578.
Tel: +65 6762 0180

Monday, 31 July 2017

Big Fish Small Fish Container Dining

Container dining is one of the hottest trend right now, especially when it has an instagrammable environment with lush greenery surrounding the area and food is great there as well. Big Fish Small Fish uniquely offers various type of fish and chips where you can choose to have a selection of fresh Dory, Yellow Fin, Red Tilapia, Sea Bass, Salmon or Red Snapper.

What makes them special is the variety of sauces they serve such as Cheese, Salted Egg, XO Mayo, Tartar Sauce and many others. The fish comes along with thinly-sliced crips that are fried till golden-brown, absolutely addictive when eaten with the sauces. If you are a big eater, there are also several add-ons to add to your order, you can either choose to have Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Crips, Calamari, Churros or Chocolate Lava Cake as dessert. Big Fish Small Fish is a casual yet chic restaurant where you can experience a different sensation of dining.

Shishamo Fish
Served hot to the table, it exudes an amazing fragrance. The shishamo fish is fried till crispy and has a perfect bite. What impressed me is the texture that is still smooth and kept slightly moist.

XO Shrimp
Coated with thick XO sauce, the shrimp has a special combination of taste, there is home-made coleslaw at the bottom of the bowl giving it a refreshing kick. The sauce is slightly too spicy for me but if you are a spice lover you are going to enjoy this one.

Salmon Fish and Chips
I had salmon out of the other fish choices, it is served generously with a thick cut. The batter wraps around the fish nicely, it is crispy on the outside yet not too thick. You can still taste the delicious fish fragrance although deep fried, the flakes are retained with adequate moisture.

Big Fish Small Fish
Address : 50 Punggol East, #01-K35, Singapore 828826.

Watch my video to find out more about the taste of the dishes and some other dishes which I would like to recommend in my video.

Flash my Fan Card to enjoy 10% off the bill.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Xpress Foot Wellness- My trusted foot reflexology

Usually after an intense workout at gym, I will go for a foot massage to relax my muscles. Xpress Foot Wellness has been my trusted choice, they understood what I needed most and never fail to arrange their best foot massage with great care and hospitality.

Not only do they provide genuine service but also impressive foot massage skills, each experience is so comfortable that I always felt rejuvenated in this relaxed environment.

Xpress Foot Wellness offers professional advice on what is most suitable for you, ranging from foot reflexology, neck, shoulder, back, full body oil massage, 'gua sha' and cupping. You may even customise your own package and decide what type of service you need and how long you want it to be. For me, 1 hour is good enough as I just wanted a quick refreshment to loosen my muscles.

Xpress Foot Wellness
Address : 5 SengKang Square #02-02, Sengkang Mrt Station, Singapore 545062.
Tel : +65 8866 0202

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng (旺角) Brand Ambassador

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng has 20 over branches in Malaysia and one of them is situated conveniently at Johor Bahru, Singaporeans who often travel to Malaysia will be familiar with this restaurant. I was delighted to be the ambassador of Wong Kok Char Chan Teng as well, they are quite similar to Causeway Bay HK Cafe but has their own set of menu with a twist which also features some of the popular items in Hong Kong.

Cheese Baked Rice in Hong Kong Style (Chicken Chop)
It is my favourite dish, I will always order this when I am here. The slightly burnt cheese is rich, flavorful and has a tinge of Chinese herbs fragrance. Served with sauce that is not too salty, the chicken chop is also ideally soft, a perfect combination with no flaws.

Black Pepper Fried Udon
With a choice of pork, chicken or beef, you can choose your preferred meat to go with the udon. The udon used here is of top quality as it does not have a strong taste of flour that is too overwhelming. Each strand is fried evenly, giving off an intense black pepper fragrance. An appetising dish not to be missed.

Shanghai Noodle Soup with “Szechuan” Vegetable
Hong Kong people usually go light in their diet, that is why it is quite common that they use “Szechuan Vegetable” in their soup-based dishes. It enhances the flavor of the soup and gives off an aromatic flavor. Noodles with shredded pork and salted vegetable has the best combination for a light meal.

"Yong Chow" Fried Rice
Ham & Fried Egg (Soup) Nissin Noodle
Borsch Soup
Pork Chop Burger In "Macau" Style
Boiled Coke With Ginger

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng (旺角)
Lot No. MF-21, Level 3, Johor Bahru City Square,
Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru.

Tel : +607 2211 800

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng is one of the restaurants in Malaysia which you can enjoy 10% discount upon flashing my fancard.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Tong Bee Cockles Stall (Longkang Siham)

Tong Bee Cockles Stall is not the usual kind of dining place you can find in Singapore. It is a road-side eatery where you can just seat on a stool and order at an open area. I particularly enjoy such traditional eating culture which I thought this is what makes Melaka, Malaysia unique on it’s own.

Introducing various type of cockles cooked upon ordering, these are live catches so if you have a weak heart, this place isn't suitable for you, but if you are as adventurous as me who likes to eat like a local, then you wouldn't want to miss coming here when you are in Melaka. The cockles are all fresh, naturally the texture is smoother and tasted more springy.

I got to experienced quite a fair bit in this invitation trip, the lady boss thought us how to mix the right chilli sauce to go with the different type of cockles. I was surprised to know that their chilli sauce consist of so much ingredients! No wonder it tasted so good! Watch the video to find out what is the secret behind…

Tong Bee Cockles Stall (Longkang Siham)
Jalan Bunga Raya, Kampung Jawa, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia.
Tel : +6016 500 4490