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Thursday, April 24, 2014

[F.T] Red House Seafood (小红楼) - 38th Anniversary Special Menu!

Bringing families together since 1976, Red house is one of the oldest seafood restaurant in Singapore that survived the test of time. They use to be located in a 'Red House' literally, decorated with red lanterns on the exterior at Upper East Coast Road, due to the move, they preserved the red lantern as their logo till today. And they have 3 outlets island wide, serving up the freshest seafood to customers at East Coast, Robertson Quay and Prinsep Street)

To celebrate their 38th Anniversary, Red house has come up with new dishes, set lunches and 2 celebratory set dinner which is available from now till 30 June 2014. The 7 Course Set Dinner consist of  freshly flown in Live seafood from Scotland, How fresh ? They are flown in at least 3 times a week, That is really Fresh! And each Dinner set priced at $388++ for 6 Persons, AND is inclusive of  a bottle of champagne OR Premium White wine OR 2 Jugs of beer!

I was invited to try out their 'Modern' Anniversary Set Dinner spread, so lets take a look at what we can get at $388++ for 6 pax with free Champagne OR White Wine OR 2 Jugs of Beer!

I had to google what was whelks, I bet some of us have to too. Well, they are basically sea snails but they are not EWWW but more of Mmmmmm when tossed with the sweet & spicy dressing accompanied with silvers of mango and onions.
Chilled Spicy Whelks - $35

I grew up eating Sri Lankan Crabs and Japanese Soft Shell Crabs, lol. And now I have another crab to add into my collection, the Scottish Brown Crab! The Scottish Crab's flesh is firm but flaky, when tossed with the white pepper, it makes it finger licking good! 
Scottish Brown Crabs in White Pepper - $58/Kg

I love Fish, Steam, Fried, Sashimi, I love them! This Megrim Fish shocked me at the price tag and I must say it's worth every penny. Smooth and tender texture steamed with simple condiments such as garlic and Superior soya sauce, brought out the freshest of the freshness it offers.
Garlic Steamed Megrim Fish - $100/Kg

If you want something more exciting, you can opt for the Spicy Seafood Combination instead of the Migrim Fish. A thai inspired creation that includes Fresh Cuttlefish, Scallops, Shrimps and Garoupa Fish Slices in a enticing Kaffir laced curry sauce. Dip it with the mantou(steam or fried) for a resemblance to chilli crab.
Spicy Seafood Combination - 

My Favourite of the night, the Scottish Blue Lobster coated with sweet mayonnaise, What could go wrong with Mayonnaise? Hahaha! The flesh of the Beautiful Scottish Blue Lobster is firm and slightly springy and when paired with the special sweet mayonnaise, I couldn't help licking the sauce off the shell!
Scottish Blue Lobster Coated with sweet Mayonnaise - $148/Kg

Huge Scottish Oysters rest on a bed of fluffy eggs covering the Yuan Yang Hor Fun, which basically means the mixture of the crispy deep fried hor fun & sliky smooth hor fun sitting in a pool of delicious thick gravy. Every bite of this dish makes me crave for it more & more. I think I can finish it on my own. hehe.
Oyster Yuan Yang Hor Fun - $20

Of course there will be daily Greens served in the set dinner, As well as daily desserts! YAY! But here I want to share with you the dessert that I had that day. The Lime Sherbet with Lemongrass Jelly makes a refreshing end to the whole meal adventure and it cleanse my palette and marks a sweet ending to the day. The latter, Mango Pomelo with Sago was a tad disappointing due to the bitter pomelo and runny mango puree.

Lime Sherbert with Lemongrass Jelly - $6.80, Mango Pomelo with Sago - $4.80

BONUS INTRODUCTION!
Red House Seafood's Chilli Crab Pao uses the REAL Chilli Crab Sauce that they extract from their Chilli Crab and they wrap it up in fluffy pao and steam it or Fry it! The Burst of the chilli crab sauce its like a Liu Sha Bao(salted egg yolk pao) but with chilli crab goodness! SUPER RECOMMENDED!
Chilli Crab Pao (steamed or fried) - 3 for $8 (Only Available for Lunch!!)

Red House Seafood has also come up with a New Set Lunch Menu. It's a five-course set lunch at only $38++ For 2 person! The set lunch comes with a Dim Sum Basket of siew mai, mixed mushroom dumpling, scallop & chives dumpling, and oven-baked char siew pau made by the dim sum chef(dim sum choices may vary) Followed by their signature Creamy Custard Prawn, Oyster Yuan Yang Hor Fun and fried daily greens with a sweet ending of durian mochi as desserts! But please remember to order a set of Chilli Crab Pao too! Only Available during Lunch!


The Red House 38th Anniversary Set Dinner Menu is Available from now till 30 June 2014 Only at the Flagship Prinsep Street Outlet, which makes it a suitable place for Mother's Day celebration!

Flagship
Prinsep Street
Address: 68 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188661
Contact: +65 6336 6080
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-10.30pm / Sat, Sun & PH 11am-10.30pm (last order 30 mins before closing)

Outlets
East Coast 
Address: Blk 1204, #01-05 East Coast Seafood Centre, East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449882
Contact: +65 6442 3112
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-11.30pm / Sat, Sun & PH 11.30am-11.30pm 

Robertson Quay
Address: #01-14 The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252
Contact: +65 6735 76666
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-11pm

With Love, M

Monday, April 21, 2014

How To Buy Things From TaoBao using 65Daigou Service ?

Many of us know that buying things online is cheaper MOST of the time, and the most famous online shopping sites will be Qoo10(formerly known as Gmarket) , ASOS, Nasty Girl, and Taobao. But the thing is that Tao Bao does not ship to anywhere except China and there is no way we can buy things from there unless we have a friend/relative in China right? haha. BUT NO FEAR! Technology is great and it has come to help us!

Introducing 65daigou.com ! It's your 1 stop solution buying things from TaoBao and also the Taiwan Version of TaoBao! :D YAY! So How does it exactly work? Lets do a Step By Step Tutorial so that everyone can understand and buy from TaoBao too!


1. Register an account with 65daigou and also download the iPhone App if you like the ease of checking any notifications from them or to track your orders.

2. Go to Taobao.com and start Searching for the item you want to buy according to categories and you can find really CHEAP stuffs there. BUT Be Warned that Quality of clothes may not be ideal and there are alot of Imitations so don't expect the Real Thing at TaoBao. 



You can sort your search by Best Sellers or Popularity or Price :)


(Tip: Always read Reviews of the item and if the Rating is 4.7 and above, it is usually safe to buy)


Or You can Buy things from the Taiwan Website Too! 

3. Copy and paste your Tao Bao Item Link onto 65Daigou's Website and input your selection and sizes ETC. They even ask you whether to drop the order or to get another colour if the one you want is OOS.



 Take Note of Price, and State your Preference in the "Your Remarks" Box, Like Size or Colour.
Then choose the Method of Shipping, Economy air is by far the best method in my opinion. The Cheapest method is "Sea Shipment"(Which in my opinion takes SUPER LONG), but it's up to you. ever since the "Economy Air" option came out, I have been choosing that as my shipping option, its WAY Faster than SEA Shipment! :) You can Choose the Even Faster Option, "Express Air" if you are in a rush to get your items. BUT! BUT BUT BUT, If the TaoBao Seller takes very long to dispatch the goods to TaoBao's Warehouse, then your items naturally will take longer to reach okay? :) 


After you have successfully submitted an item, you can click Add more and repeat the same steps again to add more items into your cart! :) 


4. Collate all your orders first then Place your order together. This is the 1st Payment for your item price and the shipping price from the taobao sellers to 65Daigou's Warehouse. Its usually quite cheap one. I love how 65Daigou auto converts the price from RMB to SGD, It really saves the hassle for me even if I'm buying things for friends, I can easily calculate the price!


5. WAIT PATIENTLY FOR YOUR ITEMS TO ARRIVE! (Exciting Part of buying things online! LOL)

6. When your order arrives in Singapore, 65 Daigou will calculate the Shipping Fee and Agent Fee for your order and you will have to make a 2nd Payment, this is also the last payment you have to make for your purchase with them.

7. Then it's time to arrange for Delivery or Self Collection or Group Collection according to your own preference. If you cannot wait liao, then choose Self Collection at their warehouse near you! If not, wait for the group collection timings at MRT Stations all around Singapore. If you order too many things, you can ask them to Deliver to your house! :D (I think this is how some blogshop owners do it one. LOL.)

You can monitor your goods from "My Account" > "My Order" (After you have placed your order > "My Shipment" (When it is shipped out from 65Daigou's Warehouse to SG) > "My Parcel" (When your order arrives in Singapore) > "Arrange Delivery" (when you have paid for the shipping fee) and you are free to collect your items at the different MRT stations or go to their warehouse to collect.

65daigou charges
Shipment Type Charge

Sea shipment: S$4.7 for first 500g, S$1.7 for every subsequent 500g.
Economy Air shipment: S$5 for first 500g, S$3 for every subsequent 500g
Express Air shipment: S$7 for first 500g, S$4 for every subsequent 500g
Special shipment: S$10 for first 500g, S$5 for every subsequent 500g

Taobao charges
Taobao also has credit card charge of 3% so their shipping is already more expensive than 65daigou plus you have to pay extra.

So Buying from 65Daigou is definitely the choice for me! Hahahaha.

If you are still unsure or If I missed out anything, You can tweet/email me to ask or you can go to 65Daigou's Help page. Link HERE! I hope this guide Helps those of you who are not sure on how to order from Taobao because they do not ship to Singapore unless you know how the new TaobaoSEA works LOL.

psst! I am buying from Taobao soon! So If you wanna buy anything, please email me the link of your item and also the specifications (e.g size, colour, design, quantity, etc) . My Email is michelle-lsy@hotmail.com & Subject of the email will be "(Your Name) Taobao Order" so that it is easier for me to track! :)
Happy Shopping!





With Love, M