Before the clock strikes 12, The Chewys would like to wish everyone good health and a prosperous Year of the Rooster!
– Invited Tasting –
I’m a typical Singaporean who love having sumptuous hotpots with my family and friends from time to time. When I was recently invited to LongQing 隆庆 Specialty Hotpot along Hong Kong Street, I just couldn’t say no! Unlike many other hotpot restaurants, 8-month old LongQing prides itself in its no-MSG soup bases that are cooked for hours on end daily using ingredients like herbs, meat and bones. Apart from the extensive ala carte menu, hotpot set menus for 2 pax ($55 – $65), and 6 pax ($180) are available as well.
Even though LongQing is barely a year old, business was evidently brisk after 7pm which make reservations highly recommended. The restaurant exudes a warm, homely atmosphere and owner James Chiew explained that the murals are paintings of his wife, who hails from Chong Qing, and his then 3-month old son.
We had some appetisers to munch on while waiting for the soup bases to be served. The Chilled Spicy Black Fungus ($6.80) was spicy and tangy, making it a great appetite-whetter, plus the fungus crunched with every bite!
The Spicy Garlic Pork Belly ($10) was a pure delight especially when dipped into the accompanying sauce. The thinly sliced pork belly was tender with just the right amount of fat.
I’m a huge fan of braised pig ears since I was a little girl and I love having them with plain porridge. Very happy to know that LongQing serves Braised Pig Ear with Mashed Cucumber ($10) which was well-marinated with spices.
A must-have for hotpot meals, the Crispy Fish Skin ($3.80) can be eaten on its own, dipped in your own concoction of sauces, or better yet, with the delicious soup bases!
Little misschewy really enjoyed eating the crispy fish skin!
At LongQing, four types of soup bases are available, which are priced at $14 for an individual base and $18 for a mix of two bases as seen in the above photo. The Wild Mushroom soup base was really fragrant; a must-try if you are a mushroom lover like me. It is boiled using a variety of mushrooms and herbs, resulting in a natural sweetness from the juices of the mushrooms. James explained that in actuality, ma la soup bases are not supposed to be drunk because it is made using beef lard which is supposedly very oily and unhealthy. He has tweaked his recipe for the Spicy Ma La soup base such that it is not so oily for customers at LongQing to enjoy drinking it. The ma la soup bases that I had tried at other restaurants were just numbingly spicy, while the one at LongQing is addictively flavourful!
For those who prefer something simple can go for the Signature Clear Broth. The taste is actually quite mild, which allows the taste and freshness of the hotpot ingredients to stand out. It was our first time trying Tomato Soup as a hotpot soup base and the experience was a pleasant one. The tomato soup was sweet and very robust. Let’s take a look at the ingredients that we had! All in all, the meat and veggies were all very fresh, and we could really taste the natural sweetness of the ingredients.
Vegetable Platter ($12)
Pork Belly ($11)
Pork Collar ($11)
Pig Liver ($8)
Crispy Beancurd Skin Roll ($6.80)
Mushroom Platter ($12)
Handmade Pork Balls ($12)
Luncheon Meat ($6.80)
Beancurd Skin with Fish Paste ($3.80)
Ended our hotpot meal with some desserts! The Pumpkin Cake ($7.80) was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, and tasted mildly sweet. Even though we were feeling quite full from the hotpot, the pumpkin cake seemed to complete the entire meal.
We also enjoyed the Crispy Taro Balls ($7.80) which were first steamed before being fried. This is LongQing’s popular dessert and you need to call and reserve!
This Chinese New Year, gather your family and friends for hotpot at LongQing and indulge in their CNY Seafood Platter ($188) which is very value-for-money considering there are premium seafood such as lobster, abalone, sea cucumber, prawn, scallop and fish! These six chosen ingredients symbolise 六六大顺!
Apart from the hearty MSG-free soup bases and premium quality food ingredients, service is attentive and top-notch. Also, misterchewy gave a thumbs up for their Mandopop playlist. Do check out LongQing’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LongQing.sg/ for more info!
LongQing 隆庆 Hotpot
18 Hong Kong Street
Tue to Fri
11.30am – 2.30pm (Last order 2pm)
Tue to Sun
5.30pm – 11pm (Last order 10.30pm)
Growing up, I was blessed to be raised in an environment filled with strong women. My mom, sister, aunts, and cousins – they give meaning to the phrase ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’.
But the unfortunate truth remains that breast cancer continues to take the lives of many women here in Singapore. And the number increases with each year.
These women were someone’s mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and niece, and so on. They probably meant the world to someone.
We hear about breast cancer so much – in the news, on TV, even in Korean dramas! – but how many of us are actually concerned about it?
You know the answer.
Many of us take it for granted that we will never be that ‘unlucky’ one. In fact, we don’t even think for a minute that there might be a minute chance we’d end up with breast cancer. So we take it lightly, even as it goes around claiming the lives of our fellowmen.
Breast cancer is a real concern and we can do something about it.
As with most medical conditions, early diagnosis and treatment can allow infected women to lead normal, healthy lives. So it is with good reason that we should encourage our loved female family and friends. Women above the age of 40 are advised to go for screenings regularly. And by regularly, I mean once a year for those aged 40 and above, and twice a year for those aged 50 and above.
The most effective detection method of breast cancer is mammograms – an X-ray examination of the breasts. Courtesy of my mom, I now know that mammogram is a painful and uncomfortable process for most women but it is one worth the awkwardness! Because when cancer is detected early enough, chances are it is smaller and confined to one area.
This means there is a higher chance of cure and more available treatment options to choose from (if required). There is also lesser chance for the need to undergo chemotherapy (no hair loss!) and removal of the breast(s).
But the harsh truth is many of us are guilty of delaying detection. Correction: Many of us don’t even schedule an appointment with a gynaecologist! We make up excuses all the time!
I am way too busy
No, you are never too busy for your own health! A mammogram only takes about 3 to 5 minutes and the entire session can be over in an hour. Besides, the service is highly available islandwide so enquire at the nearest clinic.
Mammograms are too painful
Do you avoid a flu vaccination just because injections sting like a bee? Nope!
Not many women find mammograms painful, though some may experience some sort of discomfort. Even if you do feel some pain, be rest assured that it is temporary.
Look at the bigger picture: That momentary discomfort or pain will eventually benefit you in the long run!
I feel good and healthy
No one expects themselves to be infected by cancer but breast cancer is known to befall women who lead seemingly healthy lives. So you think you’re healthy? Well, think again.
I don’t have any symptoms
Breast cancer often occurs with no obvious symptoms at all. If you wait till symptoms start showing before going for screening, you are sabotaging your opportunities of detecting cancer early.
I am afraid. What if I do have breast cancer?
I can’t tell you not to be afraid because finding out you have cancer is surely scary, but take heart that you’re discovering it early and securing your chances for recovery! Don’t let cancer tear down your life.
Late detection and treatment of breast cancer would give the cancer cells time to spread to other parts of the body. By that stage, treatment becomes more difficult and there are also lesser treatment options available. (You should also know that by this point, the chances of surviving the next 5 years become significantly lower.)
Now, that definitely doesn’t sound like good news.
If you know of someone who should go for a mammogram, encourage her to go for it. Go with her if possible. The support she gets during a mammogram scan works magic to comfort her during the entire process.
Or if you fit the bill yourself, you already know what to do.
For a first-timer, to ease your anxieties, find out what you can expect during a mammogram.
Maintaining a healthy head of hair takes more than just regular shampooing and conditioning. Do you know that our hair becomes coarse, dry and brittle not only through daily wear and tear, but is further worsened by heat treatment, UV radiation and chemical treatment? It is important that we allow our hair to undergo treatment regularly in order to strengthen our hair, put back its moisture, as well as restore its natural balance.
I had the luxury of returning to Kenjo Hair Salon for the award-winning 3-step Mucota Scena+ hair treatment earlier this month before our Christmas photoshoot. As usual, I was promptly showed to my seat and then asked if I would like a drink. Biscuits were served along with orange juice! The hair assistant proceeded to give me a pampering hair wash and head massage which felt very invigorating.
Before beginning the treatment proper, a special machine was used to spray distilled water all over my hair. The machine is powered by nano technology which allows tiny water molecules to penetrate the hair follicles more effectively for better absorption of the Mucota Scena+ later on.
Using advances in material-sciences and biotechnology, Scena+ restores and protects hair by focusing on replacing important natural elements that make up the intercellular components in hair. Scena+ is a new exquisite treatment from Mucota that restores hair internally using ingredients found in hair itself.
First step: Adel – Moisture Base Treatment
Adel contains a mixture of 4 kinds of ceramides, cholesterol and phytosphingosine that can be found in natural ceramide. It is applied to freshly shampooed hair and then rinsed off. This step creates ideal conditions for treatment by deep hydration and restoration of natural hair elements, making hair soft and hydrated.
Second step: Brava – Intensive Hair Repair
Brava contains 5 different hair repair elements to target different kinds of damage to hair. A net-like structure in hair is created that prevents essential elements from flowing out and improves texture at the same time.
Third step: Calore – Lustre Protect and Seal
Finally, Calore protects hair cuticle by restoring its hydrophobic surface. It prolongs treatment effects in hair via super lipidure; coating the outer cuticle with a 7-layered lamellar liquid crystal nano-structure and creating a pseudo-cuticle, keeping hair shiny, smooth and silky.
Heat is applied to ensure that the goodness of the treatment products get absorbed into my hair! I went for a final hair wash after about 15 minutes.
I felt like a different person as I stepped out of Kenjo salon. My hair was no longer dry and lifeless. Instead, it was so smooth, silky and bouncy that I could not resist touching my hair every now and then!
Kenjo Hair Salon has been running its Christmas promotion consisting of specially selected Mucota AIRE products which you can use in the comfort of your own home! Both packages even come with a free mini styling iron! Definitely something you would want to bring along for your overseas trips! For more info on the individual products and its functions, please refer here. HURRY! Only a few sets left!
I would definitely recommend the Mucota Scena+ hair treatment as a regular treatment to pamper your tresses and what’s really awesome is that it takes only about an hour, so you can even consider popping by Kenjo salon during your lunch time! For new customers, call 62388083 to make an appointment and don’t forget to quote “Missuschewy” to enjoy 15% off all hair services at Kenjo!
68 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6238 8083 (New customers quote “Missuschewy’ for 15% off)
11am to 8pm (including Public Holidays)
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“What’s that?”, you ask. It’s a really cool gadget that all mummies need to get their hands on! This is especially true if you find yourself having to deal with tons of stains day in and day out. Food stains, coffee stains, makeup stains, poop stains, and the list doesn’t end here! There were at least a couple of occasions where I actually had to toss out stained clothings because they were beyond hope. Such a waste right? I know! However, with my latest toy, the SHARP Ultrasonic Washer has proven itself to be effective against various stains!
SHARP Ultrasonic Washer introduces a revolutionary new way to treat spots stains on clothing without damaging fabrics. It looks really sleek and it is also portable.
By producing ultrasonic vibration up to 38,000 strokes per second via the tip of the washer, various types of stains can be eliminated in just THREE simple steps – Soak, Trace and Rinse! No more incessant rubbing is needed! I first tried the washer on the girls’ clothes, and was pleasantly surprised to see how the SHARP Ultrasonic Washer works like magic! Yellowish stains were gone in a jiffy and the previously stained clothes now look as good as new!
Just to show you how the SHARP Ultrasonic Washer works, I smeared some makeup foundation on a piece of towel.
Step One: Soak
Stained fabrics MUST be first soaked in a fair amount of water for the washer to work.
Step Two: Trace
When turned on, the tip of the washer will start to generate ultrasonic vibration, which in turn causes cavitation bubbles inside the water. During the tracing step, the bubble implosion has high energy to remove stains.
Step Three: Rinse
After most of the stain has been removed, the last step is to rinse the fabric!
The stain has been removed! Perfect for pre-treating stains before machine washing! You may also check out my video on IG and FB on the stain removal using SHARP Ultrasonic Washer!
I love how portable the SHARP Ultrasonic Washer is! It operates on USB rechargeable battery and doesn’t require the use of cables attached to a fixed electrical supply, making it extremely convenient! SHARP Ultrasonic Washer is currently available at any SHARP authorized dealer shops. For enquiries, please contact SHARP Singapore.
Hola chewy friends! It has been more than a week since we celebrated Mini misschewy’s lunar 4th month! Since it was on a Monday, misterchewy and I took leave just for this. The hubs sent Little misschewy to school in the morning and bought chicken drumstick on his way home. Over the weekend, my mum passed us the Marie biscuits and chives, and also angbao for Cayla! This time, we didn’t trim Cayla’s hair and if you are keen, you can read about Chanelle’s lunar 4th month celebration back in 2014!
1) Chives (Gu Chye)
Chives play a essential role in baby’s lunar 4th month celebration as older folks believe that rubbing chives along baby’s gums signifies a smooth sailing and painless teething journey. We didn’t boil the chives but simply soak the stalk in water for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it under running water. Not all supermarkets sell chives so do your homework early and buy the chives as near the celebration as possible to ensure its freshness!
2) Chicken Drumstick
I took a video of the hubs showing Cayla the drumstick and caught her swallowing her saliva as she eyed the piece of meat! Hahaha.
Oh yeah~ Looks like someone enjoyed licking the drumstick! This signifies that baby will be blessed with an abundance of good food! Two more months to your first taste of solids, Cayla! Hehehe.
3) String of 12 biscuits
During Chanelle’s time, we used 8 big Marie biscuits and for Cayla, we had 12 small ones. My mum said, “One of each month of the year!” The hubs asked me, “Why Marie biscuits?” Honestly, I don’t know but gave him a lame reply that there are many holes to string the biscuits together lol. Once again, Cayla was caught trying to stuff all the biscuits into her mouth! LOL.
The hubs touched Cayla’s lips with each biscuit, while reciting “qit ta ta” (wipe dry). This is believed to minimise drooling in babies! Daddies and Mummies, don’t forget to eat all the biscuits to complete this ritual! The hubs and I split the share equally. Haha.
4) Red Packet (Ang Bao)
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Hey chewy friends! Have you read my previous post about my Fractional CO2 Resurfacing Laser treatment experience with Crawfurd Medical Centre? Crawfurd Medical is a one stop facility that provides GP, Health Screening and Aesthetic Services in Suntec City. It is very convenient for people like me because I didn’t have to go to different places to seek treatment to address the issues that I have. Besides the skin laser treatment which I did for my face, I also underwent body contouring sessions at Crawfurd! I like the fact that I only had to consult Dr. Peter Chen for these two areas of concern and also, I could schedule both the face and body treatments in the same day. The treatment sessions took place back to back, in the same treatment room, which was certainly hassle-free for me! Although I had lost most of the weight which I gained during my second pregnancy, there are still trouble areas with excess fat that I want to get rid of. My most problematic areas are actually my thunder thighs which have plagued me since my childhood days! When I was still in junior college, I embarked on a very strict diet and exercise regimen, and lost quite a fair bit of weight. However, to my dismay, my thunder thighs were still present and it was difficult to fit into a decent pair of jeans! Well, the good news is, there IS a way to remove these stubborn fats!
Dr. Chen proposed three types of slimming treatments that would benefit me. On top of that, he reviewed my diet and introduced me the Ketogenic diet, which is essentially a low-carb, high-fat diet that will contribute to weight loss. About a month ago, I had my first session of High Intensity Ultrasound Fat Ablation treatment, which is non-invasive and very effective in destroying fat cells, and for my case, spot reduction. The procedure involves high intensity ultrasound burning fat cells underneath the skin in a matrix and pulling underlying skin tighter. The best part? High Intensity Ultrasound Fat Ablation destroys existing fat cells PERMANENTLY, where they go into the lymphatic system and are subsequently eliminated outside the body! Stubborn fats, be gone!
As with all slimming treatments, measurements of my thighs were taken after I had changed into a robe. Elaine and Kate proceeded to mark out areas on my thighs for the high intensity ultrasound procedure later on. This acts as a guide to ensure that all areas of my thighs are covered during the treatment process.
Ultrasound gel was applied all over my thighs before beginning the treatment as it enables the ultrasound waves to be transmitted from the probe to the tissues beneath the skin.
Heat from the high intensity ultrasound eliminates unwanted fat cells and as much as 2cm of fat can be reduced in just one session! This procedure is extremely effective and optimal results are achievable in few sessions. I didn’t feel any pain during the treatment but just a slight itchy and tingling sensation at times. Immediately after the treatment, my legs felt very sore. It was as though I had just stepped out from the gym. The soreness lasted only for a few hours and I would say that there is no downtime at all. The High Intensity Fat Ablation treatment can only be done once in two months and optimal results can be seen in about 8 weeks.
I also got to experience Ultrasound Cavitation and Radio Frequency Slimming treatments. Both are delivered by the same machine, so I got to experience these treatments in the same session. Ultrasound Cavitation uses low frequency ultrasound to cause mechanical disruption of the fat cell membranes, causing them to burst. The treated fat tissue is then removed through the lymphatics. Ultrasound Cavitation is best used as a general treatment of fatty areas, and is recommended for body shaping and contouring, skin tightening and toning, as well as reduction of cellulite. The only downside of this treatment is that there is a ringing sound which can be quite irritating initially, but after a while, I got used to the sound. The level of the suction or intensity can be adjusted accordingly to one’s threshold for pain, so this is definitely bearable! The other slimming treatment uses vacuum assisted radiofrequency and infrared to reduce the size of fat cells. It helps to reduce water retention in the interstitial tissues and tightens the overlying skin to prevent a saggy appearance post fat reduction! Both the Ultrasound Cavitation and Radio Frequency Slimming treatments last about 20 minutes each and can be carried out once every two weeks.
My thunder thighs used to be so much bigger than this! Just after one session of High Intensity Fat Ablation, and two sessions of Ultrasound Cavitation and Radiofrequency Slimming, I can now fit into my shorts better and they don’t feel that tight anymore! These treatments can also be done on the tummy, arms and face! Definitely worth considering in the near future!
I used to avoid wearing horizontal stripes for fear of making my legs look wider than they already are. After these body contouring treatments at Crawfurd Medical Centre, the visible results certainly boosted my confidence and I no longer feel so self-conscious when I’m in shorts or stripes! I will definitely recommend the High Intensity Ultrasound Fat Ablation, Ultrasound Cavitation and Radiofrequency Slimming treatments to anyone who wants to embrace a slimmer physique, or to get rid of unwanted stubborn fats!
Here’s a piece of good news for my readers, simply quote “CMCxCharlene” to enjoy the following offers at Crawfurd Medical:
Slimming Program @ $1,000: Consists of 1 session High Intensity Fat Ablation + Radio Frequency AND 3 Sessions of Radio Frequency + Ultrasound Cavitation
Optional add on: 1 session of High Intensity Fat Ablation + Radio Frequency @ $600.
3, Temasek Boulevard, #02-482, Suntec City Mall (North Wing between Tower 1 & 2), Singapore 038983
Mondays to Fridays: 8.30 am to 6.00 pm
Saturdays: 8.30 am to 1.00 pm
Sundays & Public Holidays: CLOSED
Call 6804 9579 to book an appointment today!