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早安您好! Good Morning, Singapore!

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Left to Right: Youyi, Cherie, Shuyuan

In the segment《城事大家说》, we discussed about health, diet and nutrition of a beauty queen. I’ve uploaded it on YouTube just for you guys! Waking at up 4.30am to prepare to go on set is… quite good ;) Hope there will be more opportunities like this!


Behind the Scenes: McDonald’s Big N’ Tasty and Cheese Shaker Fries Commercial

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How much work goes into shooting a McDonald’s commercial? A LOT. Many people don’t realize what goes on behind the scenes to create a great video or in this case, a commercial – the investment of time, people and gear. This 30-second television commercial was filmed at various locations around Singapore for almost an entire day! Talk about professionalism, dedication and hard work from both production crew and actors under such weather conditions.

Traffic police were hired to facilitate the movement of the traffic at situations like this and ongoing cars need to stop specially for me! It’s definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity in Singapore where impatient people like to honk at others for god-knows-what-reason.

The actors took instructions from the director and went with the flow. We couldn’t see the different takes during the filming process but it was cool because it actually turned out pretty great. My role was quite simple – to look hot and distract the guys in the car. It might seem really easy to many others but… try looking ‘hot’ under the hot weather and catwalk down the slope in 5-inch heels! Filming at this location took about 3 hours starting from about 12 noon and it’s a blessing to have very little makeup on.

The guys really took great care of me and it’s a pleasure working with all of them.  In case you are wondering what we had for lunch that day… It’s not McDonald’s haha Enjoy my very first television commercial! It’s feeding time bros – Official McDonald’s Big N’ Tasty and Cheese Shaker Fries commercial ;)

Lifestyle Interview by OMY for Singapore Blog Awards 2011 – 入得厨房出得厅堂 美姐博客完美变身

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Thank you OMY.sg for featuring me in their Lifestyle column. This article (attached below) is originally written in Chinese. Do “Like” my video and SUBSCRIBE to my newly created youtube channel! There, I’ll show you tips on how to maintain a beautiful body and of course, the legendary Tofumisu created by yours truly :*)

入得厨房出得厅堂 美姐博客完美变身


25岁的李丽贤 Cherie 不仅是本地美容时尚博客,她的部落格也入围了新加坡部落格大奖的最佳时尚部落格的奖项。今年七月,丽贤更获得”新加坡国际小姐2011″选美比赛的季军荣衔和”完美体态奖 “,成为名副其实的美姐博客。

李丽贤虽然是个爱美的女生,却热爱美食也有一手难得的好厨艺, 也曾参加过电视烹饪节目如:《我要当食神》、《女人俱乐部》,展现手艺和设计菜肴的巧思妙想。



除此之外,热爱烹饪和提倡健康饮食的她也发挥创意,用豆腐代替芝士,来改良女人都爱吃的甜品–提拉米苏。为omy网友,李丽贤也示范如何在五分钟内制作健康的”豆腐”米 苏,快速又简单,多吃也不会致胖!



Gastromania Feast at Far East Square

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“Let the Feast Begin!” is a mega gastronomic bonanza organized by Icon Village, Riverside Point and Far East Square, and brought to you by omy.sg.

Gastromania Feast @ Far East Square
 Saturday, 9th July
Time: 11am – 5pm
Venue: Far East Square, 45 Pekin Street
Nearest MRT Station: Raffles Place

I will be introducing 8 different food and dining outlets, so join me on my Gastromania Feast at Far East Square as I savor a variety of culinary wonders right under one roof! Far East Square is a unique enclave located in the very heart of Singapore’s central business district. Opened in 1999, it is a heritage conservation project with a vibrant mix of restaurants, cafes, and pubs, as well as shops, pushcarts and kiosks. Stroll into the development, and you will discover a delightful palate of exquisite flavours at over 30 food and dining outlets. There are also coffee and tea cafes, as well as sandwich, cake and pastry shops, all set within an alfresco environment.

1) Everyday Chinese Treats in Casual Comforts, Zhou’s Kitchen

Located at the heart of the Central Business district, Zhou’s Kitchen, a homey haven is a new casual Chinese dining concept, catering to the palates and pockets of local diners from all walks of life. I got to try one of their House Specialities, the Braised Pork Shank with Fried and Steam Buns. This flavorful tender melt-in-your-mouth piece of braised pork is great on its own, otherwise you can order some fried or steam buns to go along with it. I personally prefer the deep fried mantou for its crisped exterior and fluffy center, an ideal mix of texture which goes very well with the braised sauce.

Zhou’s Kitchen Braised Pork Shank with Fried and Steam Buns

Zhou’s Kitchen serves a variety of Chinese delicacies such as the Pansit “Xing Hua” Dumplings, “Xing Hua” style Traditional Home-made Noodles, “Fujian” style Meat Roll (Wu Xiang) and Steamed Glutinous Rice with Crab at relatively affordable prices which is ideal for those who want good food at non-astronomical rates. Besides a tempting variety of ala carte dishes, Zhou’s Kitchen offers value for money set meals, Hi-Tea Buffet and Ala Carte Buffet at their various outlets in Singapore.

2) Legendary Fuzhou Dining Experience, SPRING JuChunYuan

Since 1865, JuChunYuan Fuzhou has stood for the finest in Min cuisine and has impressed dignitaries all over the world. This century-old restaurant with award-winning chefs and dishes from Fuzhou is presented to the Singapore gourmet scene in 2007. Aptly located at Far East Square, SPRING JuChunYuan is housed in a conserved Chinese courtyard (formerly a Chinese school) with a touch of ancient sophistication as you walk through the bamboo-lined walkway leading into the restaurant.

I had the chance to savor the famous Buddha Jumps Over the Wall which was birthed in JuChunYuan Fuzhou restaurant  in 1876. This Chinese delicacy known for its rich taste came in a large earthen specially customized jar with a combination of shark’s fin, abalone, scallops, sea cucumber, fish maw, cuttlefish, pork tendon, flower mushroom amongst other ingredients.

SPRING JuChunYuan Buddha Jumps Over the Wall 

This is my first time tasting an authentic pot of Buddha Jumps Over the Wall and I was blown away.

The star of the next dish is the unique thread-like vermicelli which is specially flown in from Fuzhou to create one of their signature dishes, the Stir-fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon. I like it that this dish is not oily, making it easier on the palate.

Stir-fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon

Make a trip down to SPRING JuChunYuan to experience a slice of Min Culture and history, savoring the various unique and authentic Min cuisine in Singapore.

3) Distinct Taste of Authentic Padang Cuisine, Garuda

Garuda, established in 1976, is the most successful and one of the largest Padang Cuisine restaurant chains in Indonesia. In a partnership with TungLok Group, Garuda in Singapore is the only franchised Padang Cuisine restaurant outside Indonesia, offering the most authentic fare at various locations in Singapore.

Fried Chicken with Blue Ginger Floss

The fragrance of the blue ginger floss, combined with the tempting flavors of the chicken, makes this dish almost impossible to resist! The meat was juicy, not too oily and the skin was crispy and fragrant! I love this so much, I am making another trip there myself for an Eat-All-You-Can, Buy 1, Enjoy 1 Free Dinner next week! This offer is valid from now till 31st July 2011 which is held in conjunction with the Singapore Food Festival 2011. What are you waiting for? Head on down to Garuda, Padang Cuisine now!

4) Japanese Charcoal Grill, Shin Kushiya

Shin Kushiya was established in October 2006 to introduce the Kushiyaki dining concept in Singapore. You might be familiar with the term “Yakitori”, this strictly refers to chicken or chicken parts grilled over charcoal on bamboo skewers. A popular snack in Japan usually enjoyed by locals,  “Kushiyaki” is the Japanese term for “Grilled Skewers”, referring to the use of other ingredients such as beef, pork, fish or seafood. Employing the use of Bincho charcoal from Japan, these grilled skewers are then grilled to perfection, maintaining a crisped exterior with all the natural flavors and juices sealed from within. Paired with the purest of condiments – freshly-ground sea salt, sour plum salt, curry salt, cracked black pepper and homemade tare sauce, Kushiyaki is a simple and satisfying pleasure.

Clockwise from Top: Tomato Maki, Ebi Shiso Maki, Buta Bara Yaki Miso, Black Pepper Yakitori, Kuro Goma Heaven, Yuzu Cooler

My meal at Shin Kushiya ended on a sweet note with their signature Kuro Goma Heaven – Black Sesame Ice Cream with Homemade Black Sesame Cream and Chocolate Wafer. I was immediately teleported to Heaven once I tried this!

5) Hearty Italian Food – Pizza & Pasta, Mont Calzone

With its unique open kitchen concept, you get to see the chef in action at this modern casual dining Italian restaurant while waiting for the food to be served. Mont Calzone is the perfect place for a friendly casual lunch or business dinner. I heard that the Tiramisu is a rare find! I’m a Tiramisu LOVER and I’ll definitely try that the next time I’m there :)

Clockwise from Top Left: Sambal Marinara Pasta, Parma Ham with Rucola Pasta, Carbonara, Smoked Salmon Pizza, Rustica Pizza, Black Truffle Pizza

The Signature Black Truffle Pizza is definitely a must-eat! This hand-stretched thin crust is nice, chewy and not oily, coupled with black truffles and a runny egg set in the center, need I say more? This excellent combination makes me weak in the knees. You can also opt for your pizza to be made into an impressive puffy calzone. Do visit Mont Calzone for their 1-for-1 Large Pizza promotion, valid till 31st July 2011!

6) Taste of India, Mirchi

Mirchi offers an extensive range of delectable and authentic Northern Indian cuisine, with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes to choose from. Favorite specialties include “Tandoori Non-Vegetarian Kebab Platter” which is an assortment of fish tikka, chicken tikka, seekh kebab and prawns spiced with tandoori masala. My favorites include the fish tikka and the prawns spiced with tandoori masala! Both were oven-grilled in a tandoor with just the right amount of spices and the chef cleverly managed to capture and retain the natural taste of the seafood, making them juicy and succulent.

Left to Right: Mango Lassi, Tandoori Non-Vegetarian Kebab Platter

However, I didn’t get the chance to try one of their house specials, the Jaljeera which is normally served with appetizers before a meal or drunk between meals. Jaljeera is popular in Northern India because of its cooling properties which can help neutralize the taste buds when things get too hot!

Mirchi – Taste of India tantalizes the spice of your life at various locations in Singapore!

7) The original. Since 1911, Hock Lam Beef

Hock Lam Beef has been serving the highest quality Teochew Beef Kway Teow in Singapore. The business spans over 100 years, across 4 generations of the Tan family, and is run today by the original founder’s great-grandchild. The business has maintained its standards and qualities since 1911.

Hock Lam Beef Kway Teow

Till today, they prepared everything, from the 24-hour boiled gourmet soup with herb base to the sliced beef to the homemade 13-ingredient chilli sauce, by hand in-house which distinguishes this original recipe from its competitors. This dish definitely brings back many fond memories when I first learnt how to cook Phở Bò in Vietnam.

8) Boutique Cupcake Bakery, ONI Cupcakes

This boutique cupcake bakery claims to use only the finest quality ingredients for their cupcakes. With a wide range of flavors, designs and sizes, their custom-made cupcakes will delight most adults and kids. I am a HUGE cupcake fan and definitely looking forward to try ONI Cupcakes. I was introduced to a tray-full of miniature ones and without any explanation on the various flavors by the staff, I picked out the ‘prettiest’ looking cuppie and devoured it.

Assorted Miniature Cupcakes

I’m not able to figure out what’s the rave about these cupcakes. It was rough and dry in texture. I decided to give these cuppies another chance and took another bite, only to my disappointment. The cupcakes weren’t exceptionally good and they lacked a great deal in their service attitude. To date, I’m still searching for the perfect cupcake. Do share with me if you come across one!

Check out the various ongoing promotions here! Once again, a very big thank you to omy.sg for this wonderful Gastromania Feast at Far East Square!

Girly Intimate Cooking Party and High Tea Session

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Have you heard of Channel U’s brand new Ladies’ Night 女人聚乐部? Join sassy hosts Michelle Chong and Vivian Lai as they bring to you an unprecedented 90-min magazine talk-show every Tuesday, 8pm. Each episode sees dazzling celebrity guests and experts from various field as they share personal experiences and demonstrate handy tips on 3 delightful segments ~ Trends, Wellness and Cooking Tips. You will get to learn professional tricks on how to care for your favorite designer bags, understand the needs to maintain a flawless complexion and get to meet charming male chefs as they share with you tips on how to prepare simple meals in short speedy steps. Needless to say, my favorite segment is definitely the one on cooking NOT because of the guys though :)

I was thrilled when I received the invite for an intimate cooking party and high tea session with my favorite ladies, hosts Michelle Chong and Vivian Lai on Saturday 7th of May. Located in the Garden Hub at Margaret Drive, I arrived at Cookyn Inc with my sister Clarie (below: cream top with black cardigan), Mui Yee and Eunice.

Sassy hosts, Michelle Chong and Vivian Lai at Cookyn Inc.

Michelle’s Steam-Baked Fish Roll. The overall texture is key for this cabbage wrap. The saltiness from the panfried mushrooms and ham, contrasts nicely with the freshness and mushiness of the dory fillet. Different layers of ingredients, steam-baked to perfection, drizzled with sizzling hot ginger and spring onion oil.

Vivian’s Cold Rice Salad with Prawns. Ever tried having cold rice before? Now you can with this refreshing wholesome salad concoction of greens, rice and prawns.

Finally, it’s our turn to recreate those two dishes in our team of 8! A very big thank you to Mui Yee for helping me document the entire cooking process on camera :)

TADAH! Look at our masterpiece! Left: Cold Rice Salad with Prawns. Right: Steam-Baked Fish Roll.

Amidst the landscape of the horticulture hub, spanking new kitchen with rustic and concrete countertops, loft-like ceilings adorned with warm lights and the aroma of baked macaroni cheese and desserts for high tea, Cookyn Inc has definitely created a whole new sensory experience for me. A huge hug to my favorite pals from my Royal Caribbean Cruise adventure, Mui Yee and Eunice, who came all the way down to join me on a weekend :D

Once again, thank you Channel U for the invite. It’s definitely a great bonding time with my lil’ sister

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Friday, May 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Organic Produce

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Picture yourself in a grocery store with an apple in each hand; both feel the same, look alike, and provide the same nutritional value. The only differences are, one is certified organic and a bit more expensive and the other is conventionally grown and slightly less expensive. So which is the better choice? Here is a comparison of what I’ve found on a recent trip to Cold Storage.

Organic Normal
2 Corn $9.90 $1.20
2 Cucumber $11.00 $1.20
4 Tomatoes $12.00 $0.80
3 Broccoli $9.90 $1.80
2 Litres of Milk $16.50 $5.25
Sweet Potatoes $18.00 $0.80
Total $77.30 $11.05

Anyways price aside, some food for thought. Organic food refers to food items that are produced, processed and packaged without using chemicals. Organic food is increasingly becoming popular due to its perceived health benefits over conventional food. Choosing to buy organic as a healthier alternative has been a long and heavily researched debate. Many would argue that organic is the better choice because farmers are under stricter standards of purity, however skeptics say there is no scientific research that proves organic is healthier or safer.

Furthermore organic produce is not covered in a cocktail of pesticides. The average conventionally-grown apple has 20-30 potentially toxic chemicals on its skin, even after rinsing. *gasp* for the past 20 years or so, I’ve been having almost 2 apples a day! Fresh organic produce contains on average 50% more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other micro-nutrients than intensively farmed produce. Going organic is the only practical way to avoid eating genetically modified food. Has anyone tasted organic produce? They taste so much better! Fruit and vegetables full of juice and flavor, and so many different varieties to try!

Would you choose the certified organic apple or conventionally grown apple? Oh I forgot to mention, how about organic cereal that costs $18 that is meant for only 2 servings? I think I will be broke if I’m an organic eater.

Happy Laboring Day folks! *health conscious people please work your ass off to get some organic produce* I doubt anybody can keep up with that kind of expenditure unless you own an organic farm (^_^) Nevertheless, I’ll give it a try!

For now I shall have my favourite homemade yogurt with Blackberries, Cherries, Cranberries, Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries!

Written by cherielee

Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 12:00 am

Gourmet Food Trail with Ah Lun (阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃) – Part 3 of 5: Long Beach KING Seafood and Peach Blossoms

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A very BIG thank you to omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao, I was invited to join the Gourmet Food Trail “阿伦笑吃人间 周末趴趴吃” together with veteran food critic Ah Lun (黄卓) to sample various signature dishes by Long Beach KING Seafood at Kallang and Peach Blossoms at Marina Mandarin.

With more than 65 years of experience in seafood delicacies, Long Beach is THE household name to many seafood lovers in Singapore and overseas. Senior Group Manager, Wendy, also mentioned that the restaurant offers air flown Alaskan King crabs throughout the year and they are kept alive in temperature-controlled tanks. Imagine the freshness when you take that first delightful bite!

Below are some pictures taken at the event.

‘Yingge’ Style Live Lobster

Steamed Live Royal Scottish Razor Clam with Minced Garlic

‘Li Ying’ Chicken Wings

‘Dong Po’ Rib with Honey Sauce – My favorite! The attractive gloss on the surface of the caramelized and crisp exterior coupled with alternating layers of fat and meat drizzled with brown honey sauce resulting in an outstanding and seductive melt in your mouth experience. Mmmm… This dish is definitely a crowd pleaser!

Surprise Dish –  Fried Crispy Kang Kong with Cuttlefish

Surprise Dish – Deep Fried Flat Rice Noodles with ‘La La King’

Almond Paste with Black Sesame Ice Cream and Thousand Durian Roll

Peach Blossoms at Marina Mandarin impresses with a menu of exquisite Cantonese fare skillfully prepared by Chef Aw Yeong Kin and his culinary team.

(Left) Shark’s Fin Melon Seafood Soup – Don’t worry guys! Shark’s fin melon is a fruit, fins not included.

(Right) Fried Rice with Assorted Seafood, Salted Egg Yolk Crispy Anchovy and Vegetables

Stir-fried Scallops and Cuttlefish in X.O. Sauce

Steamed Sea Perch with Chicken Ham and Black Mushrooms

Surprise Dish – Stewed Chicken with Dang Gui in Claypot – My Favorite! The vermilion coloured wolfberries and juicy plump red dates lent a rosy attractive hue to the soup which was full flavoured and accentuated the taste of the tender roasted chicken, leaving a slight and yet delightful bitter aftertaste of Dang Gui in your mouth. This unique harmonious blend of flavours pleasantly tickled my taste buds in all the right places, leaving me craving for more and therefore, I ta-powed a serving home for my family.

Chilled Mango Sago & Pomelo with Lime Sherbet

Allow mommy dearest to take a break on Mother’s Day! How about bringing her to Long Beach KING for awesome seafood or Peach Blossoms at Marina Mandarin for a nourishing feast of authentic Cantonese specialties?

Happy Mother’s Day in advance! (^_^)v

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