Back to wok and roll
After a two-month facelift, Crystal Jade at Holland Village has launched a new menu by group executive Martin Foo. Expect comforting and well-executed homestyle dishes like Steamed Homemade Tofu topped with Assorted Seafood ($18.80). The tofu, delicately made with organic soy milk and eggs and crowned with deep-fried garlic prawns and scallop, is served in a classic tofu press. Wok-fried classics like the ubiquitous French beans ($13.80) get a flavour boost, thanks to the addition of Tai O sauce. (Tai O refers to a fishing village in Hong Kong that is known for its shrimp paste.) Setting the gold standard for Cantonese-style porridge is the Premium Seafood Congee, cooked for three hours in a pork-free stock redolent of kombu, scallop, crab and prawn. Bonus: The outlet opens at 8.30am daily, ideal for drop-off moms and early risers. 2 Lor Mambong, Holland Village. Tel: 6469 0300
is a 'Newgen Retail' experience that adopts advanced technology and robots to improve your grocery shopping experience. Located near Mapletree Business City, the 60,000 sq ft supermarket houses more than 20,000 products — including seasonal fruits and vegetables, seafood, meats, and cheeses — as well as 15 new eateries offering everything from grain bowls and grilled meats to bento boxes and soufflé pancakes.
The fun part comes from the cashless, automated checkout experience and robotic collection point at the store. Simply download the honestbee app (available on i0s and Android) and make payment through beepay for online and offline purchases. Those with baskets of 10 items or less can use the “Scan & Go” function to skip the lines and get their buys on the spot. Otherwise, drop off your haul at the automated checkout and pick up your bags at the Robocollect Station; waiting time can be as short as five minutes. Other concepts in the sprawling space include a butchery with a selection of dry-aged and snow-aged beef, a section of fresh produce sourced from farmers and growers in the region, a seafood counter that tells you where your catch comes from, and a wine and spirits corner. #01-01, 34 Boon Leat Terrace