Wednesday, July 13, 2016

FULL OF LUCK CLUB by Li Bai @ Holland Village! [Food Review]

Team behind award-winning Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant introduces a new contemporary concept to its family
(Above: Full of Luck Club’s Crispy Aromatic Duck, paired with hoisin sauce, cucumber, shredded spring onions and steamed Chinese pancakes)
Singapore, 19 May 2016 – Award-winning Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant has made a name for itself locally, and is renowned for serving only the best in quality. Now, a new concept is slated to take Singapore by storm. Full of Luck Club 福乐, a brainchild of the same team behind Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, offers the same uncompromised product quality – a hallmark of the established “Li Bai” brand – but with a progressive and contemporary take on authentic Cantonese cuisine.   Scheduled to officially launch on Friday, 27 May 2016, Full of Luck Club is the latest in chic casual Cantonese dining – serving up classic cuisine, treated with reverence, skill and artistry. Reaching out to a younger generation of food lovers who enjoy authentic and high quality Cantonese fare within a modern contemporary setting, Full of Luck Club will offer a similar gastronomical and service experience as Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant.
“Full of Luck Club 福乐 is a modern Cantonese kitchen serving comfort food and lots of good luck. The English name of the restaurant, Full of Luck Club, was derived from the Chinese name, 福乐 (pin yin pronunciation = fu le, Cantonese pronunciation = fook lok), which translates to mean good luck and happiness. Every meal at the restaurant will end with a fortune cookie and a special little something to send customers on their way”, says Lydia Tjhia, Co-Founder of Full of Luck Club.
On top of incorporating “Li Bai” classics into its menu, Full of Luck Club also serves authentic dishes inspired by Cantonese cuisine. Offerings include updated timeless dishes including a selection of dim sum, Hakka Crispy Kurobuta Pork Belly, and Crispy Aromatic Duck. For the seafood lover, Full of Luck Club’s menu also features options such as King Prawn Crispy Noodles, and Sweet Mint and Lime Cod.
(Above: the Kung Bao Fried Chicken bao and the Salted Egg Yolk Prawn bao)
One of Full of Luck Club’s highlights is its Bao Bar window concept, situated in the vicinity of Holland Village MRT’s entrance, which offers a delectable selection of steamed and fried baos for patrons on-the-go. Also available for dine-in, whet your bao cravings with choices such as the Salted Egg Yolk Prawn bao made with lettuce, fried curry leaves, crushed peanuts, and birds eye chilli for that kick, or the Braised Pork Belly bao made with lettuce, pickled lotus root, fried shallots, birds eye chilli, coriander and crushed peanuts for that added crunch.
Full of Luck Club features a well-varied bar programme, offering creative Asianinspired cocktails, wines, and a good selection of craft beers from Hong Kong Beer Company. For beer enthusiasts, have a go at Gambler’s Gold, Dragon’s Back, or go authentic with a bottle of Hong Kong Beer. Over the last decade, Asian cuisine became one of contemporary cooking’s biggest influences. Now, Asian-inspired libations are no exception. Bridging the gap between East and West flavours, Full of Luck Club features tasty Asian-inspired cocktails such as Wing Chun Kick – a cocktail creation made with dried chrysanthemum-infused rum, goji berries, and topped with fresh lime juice and mint, and Good Beginnings – a concoction made with Shaoxing Hua Diao, topped with cranberry juice, soda, and dried sour plum.
Located in the heart of Holland Village, the 97-seater is a fresh and contemporary interpretation of classic Cantonese restaurants, with a design vibe that fuses Asian heritage with modernity and a sense of creative flair. The two-storey establishment features an open kitchen where patrons can watch the chefs in action. The upper floor houses comfortable seating in a modern and casual setting, and an enclosed dining and bar area for greater privacy.
“Offering a fun, fresh and vibrant environment, Full of Luck Club’s design concept is a true reflection of the life of poet Li Bai, who as a true bon vivant, dedicated his life to writing poems that celebrated the pleasures of friendship, and the joys of drinking wine over palatable authentic Chinese food”, says Alexys Tjhia, Co-Founder of Full of Luck Club.
As in its name, Full of Luck Club incorporates elements of fortune, luck, and prosperity into the interior and design of the space – including a two-metre tall Fortune Cat that greets guests at the stairway.
Come June, Full of Luck Club will be home to a new watering hole that will take the shape of a private indoor and rooftop bar, and is only accessible via the back door along a secluded alley. The ideal hangout place for late night drinkers, the soon-tobe opened speakeasy will feature an expanded bar programme as well as creative bar food offerings.

I believe this will be the bar that's mentioned!
Here I will take you guys to take a look at the surroundings of Full of Luck Club!

At the entrance.

This is on the first floor.
Noticed there are many birds on the wooden logs on top?
But don worry, you've in Full of Luck cos they wouldn't shit on your food! Lol~!
Pretty cute design though! :)

An indoor private area where there's a mini bar .. pretty good to hold a private event! :)
Here I will show you what we had at the food tasting event that day!
I was served with this very nice Lychee Oolong Iced Tea!
Its really very nice and thirst-quenching. If you want something soothing.. this is the Iced Tea to go!
Stir-fried Radish Cake with X.O Sauce - S$6.80
This is just like our local Chai Tow Kway.. but it is sooooo sooo much nicer lor!!
.. with a tinge of crispiness on the outside. MUST TRY!
Golden Sand Corn with Salted Egg Yolk - S$4.80
Wah... this is very very nice also lor!!
It has a bit of the Twisties snack taste, but has its own uniqueness within it.
Lovin' this.. and its not gelate at all! MUST TRY!
Poached Wontons in Chilli Soy - S$7.20
Wanton is a very nice delicacy among the chinese.. and if its very well-made with the right sauce and ingredients, it would be very nice! And this above has done it! Thumbs up!
Chili Glazed Fried Fermented Bean Paste Chicken Wings - S$8
These chicken wings are very nice too.. it has a bit of spiciness in it.. and it is just right!
The fermented bean paste they used for this chicken wings is really good and impressive I would say.. because it gave itself a taste that I've never tried before!
Mid-way thru' .. I ordered a Gamblers’s Gold, Golden Ale for myself.
It is 4.6%, on tap, 1 pint (500ml)
Pure gold with a kiss of hops for luck
Lightly roasted maltiness, an aromatic nose, fruity ester accents, and a clear, golden complexion make this a delicately balanced, dry ale carefully brewed with European malt and noble North American hop varieties. Gently dry hopped, this is an ideal session ale for any beer lover.

The Baos!
1 for S$6
Any 2 for $9.80
- that means you can choose 2 different types of baos! :)
Panko-crusted Portobello
Golden fried whole Portobello mushroom in teriyaki mayo sauce, carrot cabbage slaw & grilled pineapples
Braised Pork Belly
Slow braised pork belly, lettuce, pickled lotus root, fried shallots, peanuts, coriander & bird’s eye chilli
Smoked Duck
Tender smoked duck breast in tangy sweet sauce, carrot cabbage slaw and spring onion in a fried bao
(This is a newly launched item, hence it might NOT be on the menu yet, but diners are free to order that in addition to the other selections of Baos.)

Braised Spinach Beancurd - S$16
House made spinach egg tofu, finished with braised mushroom and dried scallops
Crispy Aromatic Duck - S$35 (half) / S$70 (whole)
Crispy duck paired with hoisin sauce, cucumber, shredded spring onions and steamed Chinese pancakes
This is how it will be like when we put the shredded duck and ingredients onto the steamed Chinese pancake before wrapping up.
It tasted very well and fantastic!
Spicy Stuffed Yong Tau Fu - S$16
Assorted vegetables and tofu stuffed with minced pork, seasoned with spiced whole fermented bean paste
Moonlight Truffle Beef Hor Fun - S$20
Sliced US prime boneless short over wok fried hor fun, black garlic truffle glaze and onsen egg
Hokey-Pokey Ice Cream Bao
This is also 1 for S$6, Any 2 for $9.80 under the Bao menu.
Cocoa chips, toasted marshmallow and creamy honeycomb ice cream in a fried bao
The fried bao might be quite hard.. that is so that the bao would not be soaked by the ice-cream easily and hence, turned soggy.
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Address:  243 Holland Ave, Singapore 278977
Operating hours:  11am – 11pm (Sun-Thu); 11am – 1am (Fri-Sat)
Seating capacity:  97 seats (including 1 private dining room for 12)
Call 6208 6845 or email for reservations or enquiries.
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