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The Honey Bees-ness

Oh, honey! Ever since my years in Perth, my knowledge and love for honey has grown extensively. Over time, it has slowly become a little healthy indulgence that I just can’t live without! Traditionally, honey has been used as a natural remedy to heal small wounds and minor burns, soothe sore throats, prevent tooth decay, and improve digestive issues. In its pure and natural state, honey is known to have antioxidant, antimicrobial, and soothing effects. In this current day and age where there are so many uncertainties, it is important for us to prioritise our health and build our defences from within.

Unfortunately, some of the honey available in the market today have their prices hiked up, and some may even be artificially made with additives such as sugar and corn syrup.

Which is why we were so happy when we found The Honey Colony!

The Honey Colony is a small family-run business based in Singapore. All their honey is unprocessed and cold extracted, ensuring that the original goodness of the honey is intact.  Their honey is harvested from various family-run apiaries in Australia such as Tasmania and South-West Australia. All their products are tested by independent testing facilities such as Quality Service International (QSI) and Analytica Laboratories and the results are available on their website, giving me ease of mind that their products are 100% authentic. ​It definitely does not hurt that their honey comes at an affordable price point too! (Read till the end for a bonus 😉)

They are a honey hub that specialises in anti-microbial honey types such as Jarrah, Red Gum, and Leatherwood, but also have a variety of other honey types.

Different types of honey have different health benefits and flavours. For example, Jarrah has a strong, nutty malt flavour, and an amber colour. Recent studies have shown Jarrah to contain about 2-3 times the amount of antioxidants compared to Manuka Honey, higher anti-bacterial activity as well as boasting skin repairing properties!

Meanwhile, Red Gum is a dark honey that has a distinct and bold eucalyptus taste. With a Total Activity (TA) of 40+, it is another great honey to boost your immune system and fight against inflammation, sore throats and coughs.

At this point, you must be wondering….

What does Total Activity or TA Rating mean?

Total Activity or TA+ is a method of measure to determine the anti-microbial quality of Western Australian honey. The anti-microbial activity of honey originates from the enzymes and chemicals that are naturally present in honey. The higher the TA rating of the honey, the higher the anti-microbial strength it contains, and as a result is more beneficial for health. It is similar to the UMF/MGO rating for Manuka honey; however, it measures the combination of Peroxide Activity (PA) and Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA).

UMF or MGO ratings refer to Methylglyoxal and is a measurement of only NPA found in Manuka honey.

Below is a comparison chart for TA rating to MGO/UMF:

TA Rating MGO / UMF
20+ 829 / 20+
15+ 550 / 15+
10+ 263 / 10+

With all the goodness packed into honey, it is a superfood like no other! Unlike many other superfoods, this one can last virtually forever when stored properly.

Did you know that it is super easy to store honey?

The temperature of beehives can range from 33-36 degree Celsius. This means that you can store honey at room temperature, even in Singapore! When stored in an airtight container, honey has no expiry date. This makes it especially easy to stock different types of honey in your home for different purposes. There are many simple ways to incorporate honey into your lifestyle, such as recipes and drinks.

If you are an avid fan of honey like I am, or if you like what you are seeing and learning so far, stay tuned as we will be coming up with more articles and recipes to feed your honey cravings! You can also use promo code BEYONDNORM10 at checkout via The Honey Colony for 10% off all your purchases!

#BeyondNormEats: 15 Days of Chinese New Year Feasting

Now, there is no doubt that you are familiar with the 12 days of Christmas, thanks to pop culture. However, the 15 days of Chinese New Year is a festive season that stretches from the new moon on the first day of the lunar new year until the first full moon on Yuanxiao Festival (元宵节—yuán xiāo jié), which is also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day. This year’s Chinese New Year begins on the 25th of January and ends on the 8th of February 2020. Chinese New Year is a great reason to celebrate and strengthen family ties, and what better way to bond then over a good feast?

We understand that picking a spot for the whole family to gather at can be a daunting task, so we curated 15 spots from the Quandoo app to suit your different needs! (Read till the end for a little bonus!)

Classic Chinese Restaurants

Yàn 宴中餐馆's Pen Cai

Image Credit: Yàn 宴中餐馆

  1. Yàn 宴中餐 @ National Gallery Singapore

Located on the rooftop of the National Gallery Singapore, Yàn specialises in Cantonese cuisine inspired by the restaurant’s Chinese name ‘宴’. The restaurant has a welcoming atmosphere with private dining rooms, cosy booths, and flexible dining set-ups, making it a great place for intimate get-togethers, family feasts, or corporate functions. This lunar new year choose from a lavish spread of six specially curated set menus ranging from $98++ to $198++ per person.

  1. Spring Court Chinese Restaurant @ Chinatown

If you’re looking for a place that feels like home, why not check out one of Singapore’s oldest family-run restaurant! Established in 1929 by Grandfather Ho Loke Yee, Spring Court restaurant celebrates Singaporean Chinese cuisine and is one of the most loved feeding spots around Chinatown. Just like their interior, the menu at Spring Court is a mixture of contemporary and a tribute to the classic family recipes.

  1. Yan’s Dining Fine Shanghai Cuisine 嬿青私房菜 @ Mandarin Gallery

At Yan’s Dining Fine Shanghai Cuisine, the dining experience transcends the flavour and quality of their dishes, as their sophisticated atmosphere and elegant presentation heightens the experience. With a variety of Chinese New Year Set Menus available for as few as 4 pax, the conveniently located Yan’s Dining Fine Shanghai Cuisine 嬿青私房菜 is a perfect restaurant for an intimate reunion.


Gorgeous Interiors

  1. Summer Palace @ Regent Singapore

Located on Cuscaden Road in Orchard inside the Regent Hotel, Summer Palace is a Michelin-starred restaurant serving the very best of Cantonese cuisine. Chef Liu Ching Hai helms the kitchen and is a veteran with over 20 years of experience in fine Cantonese cuisine. Using the freshest quality ingredients, he brings diners Canton comfort through his innovative creations. This festive season why not try some of Chef Liu’s creations at the picturesque Summer Palace!

Cherry Garden's Treasures Yu Sheng

Image Credit: Cherry Garden

  1. Cherry Garden @ Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Dubbed one of the most beautiful restaurants in Singapore, Cherry Garden offers an eclectic selection of Cantonese cuisine, presented with artistic modern flair. Nestled in Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Singapore’s Raffles Avenue, the interior is intricate and elegant – immediately transporting you to a different time and space. Using seasonal produce, their menu of authentic Cantonese dishes changes regularly. This festive season you can indulge in a memorable dining experience with signature set menus curated by Executive Chinese Chef Cheng Hon Chau to cater to all your festive needs.


Casual Dining

  1. Dancing Fish Signature @ TANGS

Dancing Fish Signature Singapore specialises in a unique combination of Malaysian and Indonesian cuisines. This stylish restaurant is the perfect spot for catching up with your loved ones this lunar new year! We love that their dishes are made with fresh ingredients and are free of any MSG and other nasties! Their Chinese New Year menus start at SGD263 for 4-6 pax.

  1. Seasons Coconut Chicken 语四季椰子 @ Prinsep Street

Seasons Coconut Chicken Singapore is an endearing spot along Prinsep Street that is well known for their Hainan-style coconut chicken hot pot. Conveniently located within walking distance of Bencoolen MRT, this cosy little nook is a great place to let your hair down with your friends and family. They have four different Chinese New Year set meals for you to choose from, with prices starting from $198++ for 2 pax. Each set meal also comes with a complimentary Abalone Yusheng.


Modern Chinese Cuisine

  1. Mimi Restaurant @ Clarke Quay

Take a walk on the modern side at Mìmì 秘密, a swanky and chic modern Chinese restaurant by 1-Group. Nestled on the upper floor of The Riverhouse and away from hustle and bustle of Singapore, they serve wholesome sets and dim sum by day, and an array of modern Chinese tapas, beers, wines, and baijius by night. With an intriguing amalgamation of flavours from Sichuan, Shanghai and Mongolia, their Lunar New Year Menus starts at $68++ per pax and features their best kept secret — the Mimi Prosperity Akagai Yu Sheng.  

  1. 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung @ The Capitol Kempinski Hotel, Singapore

Located in the lobby of The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore on Stamford Road, 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung exudes grandeur and opulence like no other. The restaurant serves contemporary Asian cuisine where two Michelin-starred chef Alvin Leung’s fondness of Asia’s delicious street food is paired with the premium produce sourced from international and high-quality suppliers, innovating an Asian-inspired menu with a modern spin. Venture into the unexpected as chef Alvin Leung, breathes new life into familiar recipes this Lunar New Year with a Family-Style Set Menu ($90++ per pax with a minimum of 5 persons and pre-order required), and a Lunar New Year Set Menu of Four-courses at $138++ or Five-courses at $158++



  1. Carousel @ Royal Plaza on Scotts

If you’re looking for a feast of international delights to whet your appetite, why not head on down to Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts! From their selection of fresh seafood to their beautifully carved roasts, there is definitely something from this gastronomical feast that will tickle your taste buds. This year, their Lunar New Year festive buffet highlights rich flavours from the garden. The best part is that everything is prepared in their halal-certified kitchen, ensuring that no one gets left out!

  1. Melt Café @ Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

Of lavish spreads and extensive options of European and Asian cuisine, Melt Café is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines all in one location. Located in Mandarin Oriental, you can opt to dine alfresco amongst the luscious greenery or indoors where the delectable scent of each dish entices you. This year, whether you would like to celebrate Chinese New Year over brunch, lunch, or dinner, Melt has you covered. ⁠

CLOVE Chinese New Year Buffet Flatlay

Image Credit: CLOVE

  1. CLOVE @ Swissôtel The Stamford

Conveniently located at Swissôtel The Stamford, CLOVE is a great place for an intimate dinner for two or a group get-together. From DIY poke bowls, fresh seafood, a selection of cheese, and a variety of decadent desserts, you can take your pick from an array of international delicacies at CLOVE. Indulge in a Chinese New Year buffet with your loved ones this festive season and enjoy 35% off your total food bill for up to 10 pax! Available from 20 January till 8 February 2020, except 24 Jan. Book via the Quandoo app and quote CNY35OFF in the “Special Requests” section of your reservation. ⁠⠀

  1. Asian Market Café @ Fairmont Singapore

If you’re looking for some Asian flavours, why not try out Asian Market Café! From DIY to live cooking stations, tuck into a fantastic buffet spread of exquisite flavours and favourites from Singapore and around the region. Located along Bras Basah Road, Asian Market Café’s updated interior is reminiscent of the city’s historical colonial-style homes.

For this festive season, you can also enjoy 35% discount off your total food bill to a maximum of 10 people from 20 January to 08 February 2020. Just quote CNY35OFF in the “Special Request” field to enjoy this promotion.


Unconventional Reunions

  1. Latteria Mozzarella Bar @ Duxton Hill

You may be wondering what Singapore’s biggest mozzarella bar is doing on this list. But Latteria Mozzarella is truly an Italian restaurant for the whole family.  Latteria Mozzarella is a prime spot for relaxed, casual dining with quality, down-to-earth Italian cuisine. This year, you can enjoy a communal Chinese New Year festive brunch on the 26th and 27th of January from 12noon till 2.30pm! Reserve your seats at $58++ per pax. Optional top-up with free flow wine available.

  1. Kyoaji Dining @ Triple One Somerset

If you would like to change up the flavours, why not try Kyoaji Dining and cherish all that this hidden gem has to offer. Situated slightly off the main section of Orchard Road, Executive Chef John Phua and his team uses the freshest ingredients to create Japanese dishes with bold and contemporary flavours. In conjunction with the Lunar New Year, they’ve created a healthy Yusheng that features fresh Salmon and a homemade sauce. From 16 January till 8 February, you can toss to good health and prosperity at $48++ (U.P. $68++).

Huat do you think of our list? 🧧

If you like what you see, use promo code BEYONDNORMCNY2020 when making your reservation via Quandoo’s app to get 500 loyalty points with each successful reservation! A total of 1000 loyalty points can be redeemed for a $15 cashback directly into your bank account. This promo code is valid from 19 January till 12 February 2020 and is redeemable in-app, once per account only.

Wishing all of you a Prosperous Chinese New Year!

Tech Review: Sudio FEM – True Wireless Earphones

With an ever-increasing interest in true wireless earbuds, many companies have sprung up in attempts to fill this void at all sorts of price points. The Sudio FEM stands out with their first ever implementation of what Sudio calls ‘Environmental Noise Cancellation’. This feature is similar to Active Noise Cancellation but the only difference is that it cannot be turned on/off. The Sudio FEM is quite fittingly named, as ‘fem’ in Swedish actually means five, and this is the 5th wireless earbuds that Sudio currently has available on their store.Sudio Fem Case


True to their familiar Swedish product design, the Sudio FEM is clean and minimalistic. The plastic case has a smooth rubbery texture that provides a nice feel and grip to it. Similar to the Sudio TOLV, it also features a brown string, so that you can secure it to a bag for easy portability. This is definitely a more elegant solution compared to the crassness of a carabiner clip. You might be wondering, “If I hang it on my bag like this, wouldn’t the earbuds fall out?”

Sudio’s solution to this problem comes from the very strong magnets embedded into the cover. It will definitely need to take a major hit before anything will come flying out of this case.

Sudio Fem Attached to Bag

Another welcomed change since the Sudio TOLV’s case, is that it now has USB type-C port with quick charging. Just 15 minutes of charge will give you an hour of playback! The USB type-C is slowly becoming the port of choice for many new electronics. This means that we will soon have fewer cables to carry around.

Now, let’s talk about the design of the earbuds. They are built from the same material as the case and have the same finish. The Sudio FEM has a much bigger footprint compare to the Sudio TOLV. It holds much more components, like the 2 microphones per side for the environmental noise cancellation. In efforts to maintain their clean and elegant aesthetic, they opted to use a touch button rather than a physical button. The touch button on both sides of the Sudio FEM has quite a bit of functionality:

  • Press once on either side to play or pause music
  • Press twice on the left side to go to the previous track; and
  • Press twice on the right side to go to the next track

Sudio Fem Review

Even though the Sudio FEM has a bulkier build, it is well moulded hence allowing it to stay securely and comfortably in place, as well as provide a better fit. Whatever life throws at you, I don’t think you would be losing either side anytime soon.

In addition to its elegant aesthetics, it also has an IPX5 rating. This means that the Sudio FEM is resistant to accidental water splashes and can be used rain or shine, whether you’re working out or out and about.

The battery life on the Sudio FEM is pretty impressive. I was able to get 6 hours of constant playtime as advertised, on top of the additional two charges that the case holds. This adds up to a total of 20 hours altogether.

Sudio Fem Inside

Now that the impressive preliminary features out of the way, how does the Sudio FEM sound? At first listen, it was unexpectedly clear that it sounded nothing like the Sudio TOLV. Unlike its counterpart which provided more warm-sounding audio, the FEM’s audio mainly focused on the mids. This means that the vocals, pianos, and guitars all sounded good. While it does not have a deep and thumpy bass, the percussion sounded prominently tight in songs that were more bass-heavy. However, the separation was a little mushy and the vocals started to lose its clarity for songs that were more complex. In my opinion, the FEM excels better at acoustics and instrumentals.

The Environmental Noise Cancellation is pretty decent, as it removes most of the low rumble noise. I must say that I am still quite impressed by it as I used the FEM on a plane and felt that it removed about 70% of the noise pollutants.

Sudio Fem for Travel

Overall, Sudio has done a great job with the Environmental Noise Cancellation on the FEM. With the world around us being so hectic, it’s great to have this pair at hand so that you can isolate yourself and block out the outside world with your choice of music.

For SGD219, you can get your very own pair on Sudio’s website – and don’t forget to enter the discount code BeyondNorm15 upon checkout to get 15% off and free delivery to anywhere in the world!

Recipe: Black Chicken (Silkie) Soup (药炖乌骨鸡)

All these times, I have shunned away from silkie (more commonly known as black chicken) as it is not the prettiest thing to look at or to touch. What changed my mind? We were invited for a food tasting session and lo and behold, the double-boiled black chicken soup was on the menu. (Thinking to myself, you can’t be kidding right?) We were each served a bowl of the soup. Initially, I was quite hesitant to taste it, but after plucking up all the courage I have, I took a sip of the soup and it wooed me over immediately by the aromatic and flavourful taste.

As black chickens are packed with iron, antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients which are good for our bodies, I thought: why not share it with our readers to promote a healthier lifestyle.  Drink to health!!

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Serves 4 persons



1 whole black chicken cut into 4 portions, skin off

3 slices ginger

3 to 4 bowls boiling water

Salt to taste



10g dang shen

10g sweet yu zhu slices

10g huai shan

6 dried longan

5g ginseng slices

8g wolfberries

5 pieces red dates

1-2 pieces golden date



  1. Clean and wash the black chicken. Then set aside.
  2. Wash all the herbs, drain, and set aside.
  3. Add water into a pot of your choice.
  4. Add in the black chicken, ginger, and herbs. Then bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 2½ hours.
  6. Add salt to taste.
  7. Serve with steamed rice.

Notes from Mummy’s Kitchen:

  1. The sweetness of the soup is derived from the dried longan and the golden dates. If you don’t like the soup to be too sweet omit the golden dates.
  2. You can replace the herbs accordingly to your liking.

Recipe: Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork Rice Bowl (滷肉饭))

In recent months, I have been finding ways to cook one-bowl dishes that are not just flavourful but also nutritional for my family. These are especially convenient on Mondays when the market is closed and Tuesdays when I am going for my bible study.

This Lu Rou Fan is one of my latest findings. The best cut of pork to cook this dish is pork belly as it has the layers of fats and lean meat and can be cut into small pieces. The skin is highly recommended for this as it contains rich collagen. The meat is braised over low heat for a long enough period to create a savoury braised meat sauce that is bursting with flavour and melts in the mouth. Oh, don’t forget to add in the eggs into the braising sauce. We love them, but if you are not a fan, you can omit them. You can also add some blanched bak choy or green leafy vegetables of your liking to the rice bowl to make it a wholesome meal for the family.

I am so glad that I cooked this as it tasted even better than my usual Teochew Braised Pork with just the addition of some extra spices. It is definitely a must do again dish. Writing this recipe is already making me hungry!

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Serves 4 persons


500g skin-on pork belly, cut into small pieces of 2 to 3 cm

2 teaspoons oil

15g rock sugar

6 cloves, lightly smashed

8 shallots, roughly chopped

10 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked till soft and cut into small pieces

60ml Shaoxing wine

3 tablespoons light soy sauce

2 tablespoons dark soy sauce

Water, enough to almost cover the meat

6 to 8 hardboiled eggs, peeled

Some green leafy vegetables, blanched


For the spices (place them in a spice bag)

3 star anise

1 cinnamon stick

3 bay leaves

2 teaspoons Sichuan peppercorns

2 pieces dried tangerine peel

2 slices fresh ginger



  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil.
  2. Blanch the chopped pork belly for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok over low heat.
  4. Add the sugar and cook the sugar for a couple of minutes.
  5. Turn up the heat to medium-high, then stir-fry the onions and garlic for a minute.
  6. Add the mushrooms and stir-fry for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add the blanched pork, Shaoxing wine, light soy sauce, and dark soy sauce. Mix well.
  8. Add in the bag of spices, eggs, and water. Then bring it to a boil.
  9. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 1½ to 2 hours.
  10. Then remove the bag of spices and turn up the heat to thicken the sauce. Stir occasionally.
  11. When all the flavours are well combined several hours later, re-heat it and stir to prevent sticking. Then serve with steamed rice and the blanched vegetables.

Recipe: Curry Pig Skin with Chee Cheong Fun (咖哩猪皮猪腸粉)

Menglembu is a quiet and peaceful town in Perak, Malaysia. Interestingly, when you drive towards this town, you will see a few giant peanuts at the center of the roundabout. Once upon a time, there was a hidden food haven named Ma Chai “Twins” Chee Cheong Fun (CCF) which was one of the must eat food. The uniqueness of this CCF was that you can choose your favourite side dishes, such as sambal petai, sambal cockles, curry pig skin, wild boar curry, fried chicken and many more, as add-ons.  To make this dish even more flavourful, it was garnished with fried shallots and sesame seeds.  Sadly, when we returned to Menglembu recently, we discovered that the business has since closed.

Well, well… Now that we cannot taste this in Menglembu anymore, I was inspired to recreate this Curry Pig Skin dish to go with Chee Cheong Fun to continue our fond memories of this dish.

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Serves 3 to 4 persons 


10 pieces Chee-Cheung-Fun 猪腸粉 (cut into strips)

1 pack baked pig skin

10 long beans (cut to 1-1/2 inch)

3 tablespoons curry powder

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon minced ginger

1½ tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons chopped shallots

Some Curry leaves

3 Lemon grass, cut into 3 sections

1-inch Belacan, toasted

800ml stock/water

150ml coconut milk

2 tablespoons cooking oil

Salt & sugar to taste


Garnishing (Optional)

Fried Shallots

Sesame seeds, toasted

Fried dried shrimps



  1. Soak the pig skin in water for about 15 minutes.
  2. Once it has softened, cut them into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
  3. Heat a pan and add in the cooking oil.
  4. Add in ginger, garlic and shallots. Fry till fragrant.
  5. Add in the toasted belacan, curry leaves, and lemongrass. Fry for a couple of minutes or till fragrant.
  6. Add in the pig skin and stir-fry for a minute.
  7. Pour in the stock/water, then cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
  8. Add in the long beans and simmer for another 10 minutes or till the texture is to your liking.
  9. Remove the lid, then add in the coconut milk, salt, and sugar to taste. Continue to simmer until the gravy is slightly thick.
  10. Serve with Chee Cheong Fun and top with your garnishes (if any).

Recipe: Cheng Tng (清汤)

When we were kids, my late dad would bring us to places to have this cold, sweet dessert.  In those days, we did not have a refrigerator at home, so having this cold dessert was definitely a special treat for us.

Missing Dad plus the extreme hot weather recently, Cheng Tng seems to be a good option to combat the heat and bring me some good childhood memories.  For some of you who are not familiar with this dessert, Cheng Tng literally means clear soup. It is both light and refreshing.

Some might think that Cheng Tng is easily available at hawker centres or food courts, so why bother to cook it yourself. You need to bear in mind that many of the Cheng Tngs that you consume outside have a lot of fragrance essence added into it, which is why I prefer to cook it at home. I can also adjust the ingredients according to my preference. Feel free to share your Cheng Tng cooking experience and the preferred ingredients you like to use in the comments below.

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Serves 4 to 5 persons


120g lotus seeds

120g dried longan

50g dried white fungus

10 red dates

70g or more rock sugar (depending on your taste)

3 knots pandan leaves

2 litres of water



  1. Soak white fungus and dried lotus seeds, separately, in warm water for about 10 minutes till they soften.
  2. Then trim the softened white fungus into small clusters and discard the stem portion. Set aside.
  3. Next, remove the green pith from the center of the lotus seeds to prevent the bitter taste when cooking.
  4. Add 2 litres of water and pandan leaves into a pot. Then bring them to a boil.
  5. Add in the white fungus and continue to simmer over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes.
  6. Next, add in the lotus seeds, dried longan, red dates, gingko nuts, and rock sugar into the pot. Simmer for another 20 minutes or till the ingredients soften.
  7. Remove the pandan leaves.
  8. Taste and see if it is to your liking, you can add more brown sugar if necessary.
  9. It can be served both hot or chilled.