My family and I are big car racing fans and we have been faithfully following the night race series in Singapore. Every year, we would crowd around the television at home, our eyes glued to the screen and our hearts racing. We would complain incessantly when the safety car comes around, or cheer in jubilation when our favourite race car driver, Sebastian Vettel, executes another perfect turn.
But this year, our night race experience will be different. We’ll be enjoying the best night race experience ever. Without having to squeeze with the crowd or sweat buckets, we can still witness the action live, in front of our eyes. Talk about having the best of both worlds!
High up on one of the highest floors of the Marina Mandarin Hotel, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the track. In the comfort of air conditioning, watch the race unveil before your very eyes. From the balcony, you can watch as the cars rev their engines while getting ready. Before you know it, they’ll be off!
And there it will be, the sound that you’ve been anxiously waiting for throughout the night. The sweet rumble and roar of the engines. Louder, deeper, more thunderous and powerful than you’ve ever heard through the TV.
As you wait at the balcony eagerly for the race car drivers, the smell of burnt rubber will grow stronger and increasingly pungent. Watch in awe, jaw dropping, as the signature red and white Ferrari approach the bend. The cars will glint as the harsh and strong light projectors shine on it. Follow and track the cars around the track, and watch as drivers skillfully manoeuvre around the curves.
This is it. This is the night race viewing experience that you’ve been waiting for. It can’t get any better than this. Nothing beats real life, and we’re sure it’ll be an unforgettable night.
The best night race viewing experience you’ll ever get
Want to catch the night race but don’t want to sit in the sweltering heat of the stands or pits? Well, now you can! With Marina Mandarin’s Early Bird Trackview Room Package, you’ll get to watch the race from the comfort of your own hotel room!
Marina Mandarin Deluxe Rooms
Deluxe rooms which include one king or two twin beds, and an attached balcony with the best view of the track, are available at a special price of $600+ per night.
Marina Mandarin Premier Rooms
Premier rooms are also available at $650+ per night. These rooms are located on higher floors, which will guarantee you a better view of the track and the city skyline.
And if that’s not tempting enough, you’ll also enjoy daily buffet breakfasts, free in-room wi-fi and late checkout (subject to availability), when you book either rooms during this promotional early bird period!
Marina Mandarin’s Early Bird Trackview Room Package
The Marina Mandarin’s Early Bird Trackview Room Package is definitely one that’s not to be missed. Hurry, rooms are running out fast! Book now and you’ll soon find yourself standing on the balcony of your very own hotel room, waiting to hear the glorious roar of the cars! Nothing beats real life.
Calling all bowlers! Whether you’re a sure-strike pro at bowling or a
gutter feeder newbie, you’ll definitely have a strikin’ good time at this newly opened hi-tech bowling alley.
Remember how bowling used to be for teenagers and kids? Well, the new alley lanes provided by Punggol SAFRA now makes bowling a more family friendly affair. With more 5-pound bowling balls and automatic lane bumpers, kids will be sure to enjoy the game too!
Orchid Bowl @ Punggol SAFRA[caption id="attachment_10233" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Image Credits: Orchid Bowl[/caption]
Orchid Bowl has recently launched a new bowling alley in SAFRA Punggol. It has since attracted large crowds but
What makes this bowling alley stand out from the rest?
For starters, all 24 lanes are equipped with highly interactive smart screens. These provide bowlers with new bowling fun. The screens contain more than 1000 different types of animations and themes for players to choose from.[caption id="attachment_10241" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Image Credits: Orchid Bowl[/caption]
Some features, such as MadGames, allow bowlers to compete against their teammates in different skill-based challenges. These games are the first of its kind in Singapore and are only available at this alley. The games also contain the Score Assist feature, which gives beginner bowlers an advantage over seasoned players. With slight advantage given to beginners, complacency is something experienced bowlers will no longer risk being.[caption id="attachment_10252" align="alignnone" width="640"] Image Credits: cheekiemonkie[/caption]
Other cool features such as YouToons allows bowlers to snap pictures and create avatars of themselves. Fans of Mario Kart will find this feature slightly familiar.[caption id="attachment_10234" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Image Credits: Orchid Bowl[/caption]
If you haven’t tried cosmic bowling (aka bowling with glow-in-the-dark pins and balls) you can now do so at this bowling alley. Orchid Bowl @ Punggol SAFRA is set to operate its Cosmic Bowling nights every Friday and Saturday, starting from 1st July.
Price[caption id="attachment_10231" align="alignnone" width="900"] Image Credits: Orchid Bowl[/caption]
The rates at this new bowling alley are charged per hour. Experienced bowlers can now play to their hearts content as there’re no restrictions on the number of games played within the hour. How awesome is that?
With so many cool and family friendly features, you won’t have to worry about the little ones getting bored or that they’ll get upset when they lose because with the new features and added support, who knows if your kids may even beat you at your own game!
Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Punggol
Address: 9 Sentul Crescent #05-03, S828654
Opening Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am-1am, Fri & Sat 10am-3am
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Nestled in the heart of Hong Kong Street, The Kitchen at Bacchanalia isn’t your average fine-dining restaurant. What catches the attention of passers-by is not just the well-decorated interior, but also the stunning open kitchen concept. The cosy 36 seater really makes fine dining a casual yet intriguing affair.
The Kitchen at Bacchanalia is led by head chef Ivan Brehm. This is Brehm’s first restaurant in Singapore. Born in Brazil, he uses his deep culinary knowledge and experience to create many unique and intriguing dishes. His menu is carefully thought and crafted out. All the dishes I’ve tried did not fail to excite the taste buds.
The entire restaurant exudes a relaxed vibe. The low chatter from the guests and the overall calm ambience makes dining at Bacchanalia comfortable and enjoyable. The waiters adopt a smart-casual look as they are all dressed in shirt and jeans. Upon stepping in, the delicious smell of food wafts through the air while the chefs cook.
The best part? Diners get to watch all the action! From the preparation to the cooking and even to the plating of the dishes.[caption id="attachment_9810" align="alignnone" width="3108"] Chilled capellini pasta, black garlic mayonnaise, American chilli pepper[/caption]
The capellini pasta was chilled and perfectly al dente. The black garlic mayonnaise and sprinkles of American chilli pepper complemented the pasta and left a sharp and intriguing aftertaste, that wasn’t too overpowering. The black garlic mayonnaise sauce also gave the dish a different texture that wasn’t too soupy or thick.[caption id="attachment_9821" align="alignnone" width="3318"] Hamachi “On Toast” – Cured Japanese Hamachi[/caption]
Hamachi is traditionally known as Japanese Yellowtail fish. It is commonly used in sushi or eaten alone as sashimi. It is normally found in the northern part of the pacific ocean and can be eaten either raw or cooked. Chef Ivan’s dish – Hamachi “On Toast” – consists of cured Japanese Hamachi atop rice and a rice cracker. Little bits of pomelo is added to balance out the saltiness and gives the dish a touch of sourness. The rice cracker also gives the dish its special crunch. All these aspects come together perfectly to wow my taste buds.
Talk about sending taste buds on an adventure – take the popular appetiser dish “Carrot” for example. The plate is filled with… you guessed it! Carrots. The carrots are cooked in different ways; from seared carrots to carrot jams and carrot sponge cakes. Because the carrots are cooked differently, the dish gave me a different perspective of carrots. I never imagined that a carrot could be so sweet and spongy. If I had to eat one kind of vegetable for the rest of my life, I’d choose to eat Chef Ivan’s carrot dish forever!
Another intriguing dish is the sesame cake that was served for dessert. It is a delicious black sesame almond cake served with pink guava sorbet. The sweetness of the sesame cake is perfectly balanced by the tangy-ness of the guava sorbet. The cake is spongy but it also doesn’t fail to melt in the mouth. Paired with the guava sorbet, the combined flavour of this duo really packs a punch. Overall, it makes for an A-star dessert.
If you’re hungry for food that will satisfy both your taste buds and your tummy, The Kitchen at Bacchanalia is definitely the place to go!
The Kitchen at Bacchanalia
Address: 39 Hong Kong Street Singapore 059678
Tel: +65 9179 4552
Lunch – Tuesday to Friday, 12pm – 2:30pm (last order)
Dinner – Monday to Saturday, 6pm – 10:30pm (last order)
Brought to you by Discover SG x The Kitchen at Bacchanalia
This was an invited food tasting session.
Named as one of the top 10 Restaurant Dishes of 2015 on the New York Times, the legendary oyster omelette, or orh-luak as locally known, is one of the most loved hawker dishes in Singapore. The chewy texture of oysters mixed with crisp flour mixture and delicious eggs, is a real treat for the taste buds.
For those who are hunting for the best oyster omelette or have yet to give this dish a try, here are 6 of the best oyster omelette stalls in Singapore that serve kick-ass oyster omelette fried to perfection, that will leave you on your knees and begging for more.
1. Ah Hock Fried Oyster[caption id="attachment_9364" align="alignnone" width="578"] Image Credits: springtomorrow.com[/caption]
You can’t find a stall more dedicated to oyster omelette than Ah Hock Fried Oyster. The ingredients used are top notch and are self sourced by the owner himself.
Using fresh oysters from Korea, fresh eggs from Swee Choon Egg Farm and fresh flour from China, their oyster omelette is definitely one of the best in Singapore. Besides the oyster omelette itself, the chilli that comes with it is also to die for. A great mix of sour and spicy, it complements the main dish perfectly. Ah Hock Fried Oyster also has different styles and types of oyster omelettes, all of them oozing with oyster-licious goodness.
Ah Hock Fried Oyster
Address: Whampoa Drive Makan Place, #01-40 Whampoa Drive Blk 90 Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: Daily 12pm-11pm, closed on alternate Wednesdays
2. 85 Bedok North Fried Oyster[caption id="attachment_9366" align="alignnone" width="622"] Image Credits: Sethlui.com[/caption]
Visit the Feng Shan Food Market and you’ll most likely recognise this popular fried oyster stall in an instant. 85 Bedok North Fried Oyster is one of the busiest and most well-known oyster omelette stalls in Bedok. Previously featured in many local newspapers, 85 Bedok North Fried Oyster is so popular, it occupies two stalls in Feng Shan Food Market.
Besides oyster omelette, 85 Bedok North Fried Oyster also offers a variety of local dishes such as fried carrot cake. Be warned though, the queue or wait can get pretty long. But remember, good things come to those who wait!
85 Bedok North Fried Oyster
Address: Blk 85 Bedok North Street 4 #01-09/10 Singapore 460085
Opening Hours: daily 11am-11pm
3. Katong Keah Kee Fried Oysters
Search for best places to eat in Serangoon and you’d definitely come across this one! Simon Road Oyster Omelette first opened at Simon Road coffee shop and has been around for more than 20 years!
What makes this stall stand out from the rest? If you’re an oyster omelette lover, you’d know that the oyster omelette here is fried to the perfect level of crispiness. Each bite of the omelette brings out different flavours that are so delicious, you’ll want to have this oyster omelette for every meal!
Simon Road Oyster Omelette
Address: 965 Upper Serangoon Road Sinapore 534721
Opening Hours: Daily 4pm-2am, Closed on Tuesdays
5. Lim’s Fried Oyster
Any oyster omelette lover who lives near Toa Payoh will know this stall. Located in Toa Payoh Lorong 7, Ah Chuan Fried Oyster Omelette is a stall not to be missed. The crispy omelette together with fish sauce and chilli is to die for.
Many frequent patrons state that the texture and taste of the omelette are consistent and good at every visit. At only $4 a plate, this oyster omelette is definitely one of the tastiest and most affordable ones.
Ah Chuan Fried Oyster Omelette
Address: Blk 22, Toa Payoh Lorong 7 #01-25, Singapore 310022
Opening Hours: Daily 3-9pm, Closed on Tuesdays
Now that you know where to find the best oyster omelette, you can have this goodness every other day! Know of another great oyster omelette place? Let us know in the comments below!
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Are you tired of all the hipster cafes and bars? Looking for a more intriguing restaurant that will bring you to another world? Or maybe you’re a professional foodie who’s already visited all the restaurants in Singapore, and can’t seem to find your next target. With so many interesting restaurants and cafes around on our little red dot, finding one that stands out from the crowd can be a tough job. But lucky you, we’ve found 5 unique dining places that are sure to wow your socks off!
1. Selfie Coffee[caption id="attachment_8323" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image Credits: Selfie Coffee Singapore[/caption]
Located along the streets of Haji Lane, Selfie Coffee is the most interesting cafe you’ll ever come across. The name says it all. They literally print customers’ selfies onto cups of coffee. How does it work? The first step is to take a selfie (duh). Next, you’ll have to choose a drink, and just like that, your selfie will be printed on the foam of your coffee.
The selfies are printed with 100% edible foam and cream. We recommend ordering a cold drink instead of a hot one, for the picture to last longer on the foam. Print your selfie on a cold cup of Mocha ($8.50) or on a cup of Selfie Coffee’s Signature Coffee ($7.50). Other drinks are also available if you’re not into the idea of sipping a picture of yourself.
Address: 11 Haji Lane Singapore 18920
Opening Hours: Sun & Mon 11am-10pm, Tues to Thurs 11am-8pm, Fri & Sat 11am-11pm
Tel: +65 6341 7213
2. Jungle Tandoor Restaurant[caption id="attachment_8349" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credits: panoramio.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8999" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Image Credits: re.co[/caption]
Interested to have dinner with bears, monkeys and deers? We’re not talking about visiting the Zoo, we’re talking about eating at Jungle Tandoor! Located in the heart of Serangoon, this urban jungle (pun intended) is really one of a kind. Decorated with tribal statues and fixtures of different jungle animals, stepping into Jungle Tandoor is just like stepping out of the city and deep into a real jungle. Feast on their delicious Chicken Tikka ($14) or some kebab ($15) and complete your meal with a glass of white wine ($10). Whatever you do, just remember: Don’t feed the animals!
Jungle Tandoor Restaurant
Address: 102 Serangoon Road Singapore 218007
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-11pm
Tel: +65 6299 0400
3. NOX – Dine In The Dark[caption id="attachment_8348" align="alignnone" width="865"] Image Credits: NOX Singapore[/caption]
Y’know how scientists say that blindness will rapidly enhance a person’s other senses? Well, you can put this saying to the test at NOX! The dining area is pitch dark and all light emitting devices (mobile phones and torches) are not allowed in the room. The restaurant hires visually impaired guides who will lead customers to their seats. A mystery 3 course set dinner ($88++) will be served after customers are seated in the dining room. Yes, you really dine in the dark. Reservations can be made by phone or through their website.
NOX- Dine In The Dark
Address: 269 Beach Road Singapore 199546
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 6pm-late, Saturday 5pm-late, Sunday 5pm-11pm
Tel: +65 6298 0708
4. Antoinette[caption id="attachment_8326" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image Credits: Antoinette Singapore[/caption]
Step into a little piece of France here at Antoinette. This french restaurant aims to bring exquisite classic french dessert and cuisine to a whole new level. With their beautifully decorated interior and pretty pastries, you’ll never find a more atas restaurant than this! Order a savoury Concorde Crepe ($22) or a delicious warm Chocolate Cake served with Caramel Orange Ice Cream ($16). Antoinette also has a wide selection of teas and beverages, perfect for a little afternoon high tea session.
Address: 30 Penhas Road Singapore 208188
Opening Hours: Mon to Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm
Tel: +65 6293 3121
5. ANDSOFORTH[caption id="attachment_8327" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Image Credits: ANDSOFORTH SIngapore[/caption]
This is the most mysterious restaurant yet. Its menu, theme and location changes every session and customers will only know details of the meal on the day itself! All we know is that guests will be treated to a staged play while having dinner. Reservations are to be made in advance, through their website. Guests will then receive a text on the day itself, with clues that will lead them to the location of the dinner. Each session costs about $108 per person. For a unique dinner experience, head to their website to book a slot now!
Opening Hours: Fri to Sun, Dinner
Website: 8 Local Dishes Modified To Look Modern, Can You Recognise Them?
Calling all Oyster lovers! Pan Pacific Oyster buffet is back again this year, at 10 at Claymore, Pan Pacific Singapore, for the entire months of June and July 2016.
Pan Pacific Oyster Buffet – Oyster Occasions
Bringing oyster heaven to our sunny island, Oyster Occasions is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Take your taste buds on an around the world adventure with oysters air flown from 5 different countries worldwide. These oysters are handpicked by professionals and are freshly shucked to ensure ultimate quality and freshness.[caption id="attachment_8748" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image Credits: Pan Pacific Orchard Singapore[/caption]
Dive into the divine taste of the Canadian Fanny Bay Pacific Oyster which hails from the waters of Baynes Sound, located east of Vancouver island. Or try other popular oyster choices such as the salty US Pacific Oyster, the succulent Irish Premium Oyster or the well known, juicy French Normandie Oyster. All of which, will be available, fresh, at the Oyster Occasions Buffet.[caption id="attachment_8746" align="alignnone" width="1104"] Image Credits: alexischeong.com[/caption]
Seafood spread – lobsters, sashimi & more!
If that’s not enough, there will also be a glorious spread of seafood on ice, for all seafood lovers. There is a wide range of different kinds of seafood. This includes a sumptuous spread of Boston Lobsters, fresh Sashimi and Queen Roe Scallops.[caption id="attachment_8749" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credits: Pan Pacific Orchard Singapore[/caption]
To add on to the delightful buffet spread, guests can also have a portion of the US Angus Beef from the ‘live’ carving station. As for dessert, guests will be treated to a pleasant Lemongrass and Ginger Ice Cream on Crepe.
Well, what are you waiting for? Join this gastronomical affair now!
Address: 10 at Claymore, Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore 229540
Tel: +65 6831 6686
Email: [email protected]
Dates: 1 June to 31 July 2016, dinner buffet only
Opening hours for dinner: 6PM to 10:30PM
– All prices quoted are subject to GST and service charge
– Double Happiness Dinner Special* – Two persons for SGD98 (Mondays to Wednesdays only)
– Dinner – SGD68 per person (Thursdays to Sundays)
*Double Happiness Dinner Special includes both Oyster Occasions and Penang Fiesta specialities.
(Header image credits: hungryaustralian.com, words by author)
When you hear the words “Singaporean Food”, what comes to mind? Chilli crab, curry fish head, prawn noodles or chicken rice? Well, for all of you out there who thought of laksa, we’re sure you’ve already eaten at a good number of laksa stalls in Singapore. But with that signature coconut aroma, thick spicy broth, and delicious noodles, there’s no hum having more right?
Here are the 8 must-try laksa stalls in Singapore that you’ll never get tired of.
1. 328 Katong Laksa[caption id="attachment_8422" align="alignnone" width="800"] Image Credits: ieatandeat.com[/caption]
328 Katong Laksa has been around for as long as all of us can remember. Their signature short noodles that can be scooped with just a spoon and delicious laksa fragrance are just 2 reasons why they’re so famous. What’s the real reason for 328 Katong Laksa’s long queues? Well, they have nailed the most important aspect of laksa. The broth.
328 Katong Laksa has found the perfect balance of coconut and milk. This is what brought success to the store. It even led them to beat world renowned chef Gordon Ramsay in the Singtel Hawker Heroes Challenge back in 2013. You can’t call yourself a true laksa lover if you haven’t had the laksa here before.
328 Katong Laksa
Address: 53 East Coast Road Singapore 428771
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-10pm
Price: Small $5, Large $7
2. Roxy Laksa[caption id="attachment_8423" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credits: sgfoodonfoot.com[/caption]
Another famous Katong Laksa in Singapore is Roxy Laksa, which started as a little stall at Roxy Cinema. Back in those days, instead of popcorn or nachos, movie goers would grab a bowl of laksa before they went to catch their movies. What makes Roxy Laksa different from the crowd? They do not add cockles. Yup, that’s right. No cockles but still a delightful bowl of laksa. With their fresh prawns, fish cakes and thick noodles, Roxy Laksa is definitely a must-try!
Address: East Coast Lagoon Food Village, 1220 East Coast Parkway Singapore 468960
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 10:30am-9pm, Sat & Sun 8:30am-9pm
3. 928 Yishun Laksa[caption id="attachment_8425" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Image Credits: pinkypiggu.com[/caption]
Laksa lovers who stay in Yishun would know this stall. Located just a short 5 minutes walk from Yishun MRT station, this famous laksa stall is not to be missed. At just $2.80 a bowl, 928 Yishun Laksa is one of the cheapest in Singapore. What’s better is that the ingredients used are not cheapo pre-packed fish cakes and toufu. The cockles, crab sticks, beansprouts and other ingredients you’ll find in the bowl are all fresh and cooked to yummy perfection. Talk about cheap and good!
928 Yishun Laksa
Address: 928 Yishun Central #01-155 Singapore 760928
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun 11am-7pm
Price: Small $2.80, Large $3.30
4. Janggut Laksa[caption id="attachment_8426" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Image Credits: thewonglist.blogspot.com[/caption]
Yet another katong laksa on the list is the famous Janggut Laksa. Located beside an outlet of 328 Katong Laksa in Queensway Shopping Centre, it is definitely the clash of two titans. Janggut Laksa is a strong laksa contender at Queensway. Just like the original katong laksa, the bee hoon can be scooped with a spoon. The broth here is neither too rich nor overpowering and the level of spiciness can be adjusted based on the amount of chilli mixed. Overall, we feel that 328 Katong Laksa and Janggut Laksa are pretty evenly matched. Which one is better? You tell us!
Address: Queensway Shopping Centre Singapore 149053
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-9pm
Price: Small $4, Medium $5, Large $6
5. Sungei Road Laksa[caption id="attachment_8427" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credits: misstamchiak.com[/caption]
Probably the only stall in Singapore that cooks laksa the traditional way, over a charcoal flame, Sungei Road Laksa is well known among laksa lovers. Because it’s cooked traditionally, the laksa really brings a taste of the past. The gravy has a strong aroma of dried shrimp and is overall, not too spicy. One small bowl will only set you back $3. The queue can get pretty long so if you’re planning on heading down, get ready to wait. But for a bowl of such goodness, that wait is definitely worth it!
Sungei Road Laksa
Address: Jin Shui Kopitiam, 27 Jalan Berseh #01-100 Singapore 200027
Opening Hours: Daily 9:30am-5pm, Closed on Wednesdays
6. Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa[caption id="attachment_8428" align="alignnone" width="650"] Image Credits: danielfooddiary.com[/caption]
For a different kind of Laksa, this is definitely a must-try. Located along Depot Road, this laksa stall is frequented by many. What makes the laksa here stand out from the rest? It is served in a claypot! The hot claypot keeps the soup and noodles warm longer. The gravy is also thick and creamy, and is filled with delicious cockles, prawns and fish cakes. If you haven’t had laksa in a claypot before, you’ve got to try this one!
Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa
Address: Fine Taste Eating House, 119 Buket Merah Lane 1, #01-40 Singapore 151119
Opening Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
Price: Small $3.50, Medium $4.50, Large $5.50
7. Red Hornbill[caption id="attachment_8429" align="alignnone" width="640"] Image Credits: hungrygowhere.com[/caption]
Red Hornbill is famous in Singapore for a really different kind of laksa. Instead of the usual thick broth and cockles, Red Hornbill serves the Sarawak version of laksa. The laksa gives off an aroma of spices and herbs, and the broth is mixed with curry, chicken and prawn stock. It is then topped with beehoon, chicken chunks and prawns. The queue can get pretty long at Red Hornbill, but for a chance to try this hidden gem, it’s definitely worth the wait!
Address: 205 Bedok North Street 1 #01-357, Singapore 460205
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-2pm, 4pm-8:30pm, Closed on Mondays
8. Penang Kitchen[caption id="attachment_8430" align="alignnone" width="720"] Image Credits: blog.seasonwithspice.com[/caption]
For a taste of Malaysia’s Penang Assam Laksa, Penang Kitchen is the best. It is a clash of 3 big flavours, sweet, sour and spicy, all in one bowl. The broth is made with fish stock and different fiery chillis are added. The main feature of Penang Kitchen’s laksa is also the prawn paste that is mixed into the broth, which brings an intensely sweet flavour to the dish. All in all, Penang Kitchen serves a mean bowl of Penang Assam Laksa and if you’re planning on heading down, get ready for a flavourful treat!
Address: 5 Coronation Road, #01-05 Coronation Arcade, Singapore 437066
Opening Hours: Daily 10:30am-9:30pm
Have a yummier laksa stall in your neighbouthood? Let us know! There’s nothing more comforting that a warm good bowl of laksa on a rainy or bad day.
(Header image from sbs.com.au, words by author)
Google Singapore and you’ll most likely find shots of our skyscrapers or icons such as the Merlion and Victoria Theatre. But did you also know that hidden in Singapore are spots that provide you with breathtaking views of the sunrise?
Whether you’re a guy scouting for a venue for your next romantic date or a professional photographer who’s looking to capture the next insta-worthy shot, here are 5 places where you can catch the perfect sunrise. Who knows, you may just be the next Darren Soh.
1. Marina Bay[caption id="attachment_7630" align="alignnone" width="800"] Image Credits: reddotphoto.com.sg[/caption]
This may be a no-brainer, but Marina Bay is the perfect sunrise spot in Singapore. The sun rises from between Marina Bay Sands and the Art Science Museum, giving you the perfect frame. Plus, Marina Bay is pretty accessible by public transport so getting there in the wee hours of the morning shouldn’t be too difficult. That is minus the part of actually having to wake up before the sunrise.
There are many angles/ spots to catch the sunrise, but the most popular spot for photographers is to be at the Merlion Park. The view from there is spectacular as you’ll be able to capture the Singapore Flyer, Art Science Museum, and the Marina Bay Sands building. The best time to be at the location is around 6:30am, as the sun usually rises at around 7am.
2. Changi Broadwalk[caption id="attachment_7631" align="alignnone" width="595"] Image Credits: jpics.blog.com[/caption]
Since the sun rises from the east, it wouldn’t make sense not to head to the most eastern part of Singapore to catch the sunrise, right? Located at the extreme end of Singapore, Changi Broadwalk, remains as one of the most popular places where Singaporean photographers go to get their beautiful sunrise photos. With the sun rising above the calm sea waters and the sound of waves hitting the shore, it’s definitely a breathtaking sight to behold.
The sunrise can be admired from anywhere along the broadwalk and beach, so there is no specific spot to catch the sunrise. If you’re planning on heading down, we recommend that you make your way down to Changi Broadwalk by 6:15am. This will allow you to explore the place before the sun rises, to find a spot that is most comfortable for you. Changi Broadwalk is located close to Changi Point Ferry Terminal, so once you’ve found the ferry terminal, you’re at the right place!
3. Lower Seletar Reservoir Park[caption id="attachment_7632" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credits: Victor Cheah[/caption]
Lower Seletar Reservoir Park has been a popular sunrise spot for many photographers in Singapore. The waters are still and people only start streaming in during midday. Grab a mat and a basket of snacks and you’re ready to have a romantic breakfast by the banks of the reservoir with the sunrise as your backdrop. Lower Seletar Reservoir is quite a distance from Khatib MRT and is a 10 minute walk from the nearest bus stop, but the stunning view will more than make up for the travelling.
Walk along the banks of Lower Seletar Reservoir Park and you’ll be able to find many comfortable spots to catch the sunrise. Most photographers like to camp out at the heritage bridge for their sunrise shots. It’s best to be at Lower Seletar Reservoir Park by 6:30am this will allow you to find the location that suits you the most!
4. East Coast Park[caption id="attachment_7633" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credits: Singapore1696.rssing.com[/caption]
East Coast Park is a popular place for roller-bladers and cycling enthusiasts. Head there during the day and you’ll find many cycling and playing along its sandy shores. But head there in the morning, and you’ll be greeted with a gorgeous sunrise. It is best to get there by car, and having a bike with you would come in handy when you’re looking for the perfect spot.
The sunrise can be caught from anywhere along the beach. It’s best to arrive at East Coast Park early as the carparks are located quite a distance away from the beach.
5. Pulau Ubin[caption id="attachment_7634" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credits: Stephen Teo Photography[/caption]
If you’re up for an adventure, head down to Pulau Ubin! Besides being a spectacular sunrise spot, Pulau Ubin is also home to other activities such as trekking, cycling and fishing, all of which you can do after the catching the sunrise.
Once you’ve arrived on the island, head towards the Jelutong Campsite. The best spot to catch the sunrise is along the sandy beaches located just a short 5 minutes walk from the jetty. It is best to explore Pulau Ubin beforehand so as to familiarise yourself with the place. Remember to bring along flashlights, insect repellent and water.
To get to Pulau Ubin, you’ll have to take a short boat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. The ferry costs $3/person for a one way trip. An additional fee of $2 is charged if you’re bringing your own bicycle. There is no specific operating time for the ferry service and the boat leaves the jetty when the minimum number of 12 people is met. Alternatively, you can request for an express charter ferry service for $36 and the boat will leave immediately. We recommend to make special arrangements with the ferry operator the day before, to ensure that the ferry is in operation.
There you have it, the 5 best sunrise spots in Singapore. Now you can start planning for that dream date or photoshoot!
(Header image by Flickr, words by writer)
Founded by Koji Muraoka, Kyushu Pancake Café has been Japan’s most famous pancake dessert store since its first opening in 2012. After the initial opening, Kyushu Pancake Café gained so much popularity that it proceeded to open another 8 outlets in Japan and 2 more in Taiwan.
Now, this popular pancake café is going to take Singapore by storm and has launched its first outlet here on 11 May 2016. The pancake fever hit our shores so hard, the store had to start taking reservations 3 months before its opening date![caption id="attachment_7150" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image Credits: Kyushu Pancake Singapore[/caption]
What makes these mouth-watering pancakes so special? Well the pancakes are made out of the finest Kyushu wheat and grains, which are carefully examined and mixed.
The ingredients that make up the delicious pancakes are a mix of 7 different grains from all over Japan. These grains include fertilizer free wheat, brown rice, millet, pressed barley, non-glutinous rice, purple glutinous rice and red glutenous rice. Other ingredients such as barley, raw sugar brown sugar are 100% organic and free of additives. This ensures that the pancakes are of premium quality.[caption id="attachment_8048" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Image Credits: Kyushu Pancake Singapore[/caption]
The flour mix also brings out a special buttermilk taste that one cannot find at other pancake stores. This is because Kyushu Pancake uses quality buttermilk powder in their mix of ingredients. Mr Muraoka spent 18 months searching for the perfect mixture of grains to make his pancakes with, all of which, are free of artificial additives and processed starch.
This makes Kyushu Pancake fresher and healthier than other pancake brands. Most pancakes on the menu are served with delicious sweet treats such as ice-cream, or savoury sides such as bacon and eggs.[caption id="attachment_8052" align="alignnone" width="1768"] Image Credits: Kyushu Pancake Singapore[/caption]
Another reason why the pancakes are so hard to resist is because these pancakes are made in-house. Yep, you heard that right, everything is made in-house. This ensures that the pancakes that you see on your plate are fresh and not pre-made frozen ones. Other toppings such as whipped cream and jams are also whipped up on the spot. Talk about dedication![caption id="attachment_7152" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image Credits: Kyushu Pancake Singapore[/caption]
The outlet here in sunny Singapore is located along Thomson road, and is just a 3 minute walk away from Novena MRT station. The Japanese-like 42 seater café is filled with dainty decorations and cosy seats.[caption id="attachment_7624" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image Credits: Kyushu Pancake Singapore[/caption]
Order their Signature Buttermilk Classic and be greeted by the pretty pancakes served with homemade white wine honey and fruit syrup. For a sweeter treat, try the Berry-Licious pancake which is a plate-ful of pancakes served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, all kinds of berries on the side, and drizzled with delicious jam.[caption id="attachment_7625" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Image Credits: Kyushu Pancake Singapore[/caption]
For something more savoury, try the American Big Breakfast, with bacon, hot dogs and eggs with your pancakes, your tummy is sure to be satisfied. Each meal costs about $20-$25 with drinks.[caption id="attachment_8047" align="alignnone" width="480"] Image Credits: Kyushu Pancake Singapore[/caption]
Their pancake mixes are also available for sale. Now you can enjoy freshly-made pancakes at home or in store without feeling guilty!
Kyushu Pancake Cafe
Address: 275 Thompson Road, #01-08 Novena Regency, Singapore 307645
Tel: +65 6352 6265
Opening Hours: 11am-9pm daily
With the rise in the number of food delivery services in Singapore, eating at home now has a whole new meaning. Today, we can enjoy restaurant quality food delivered to our doorsteps, without even stepping out of the house.
Here are 10 delicious food places that can now be delivered to your home. *You’ll need to check on both Deliveroo and FoodPanda if that particular F&B can be delivered to your address
Thanks to delivery services like Food Panda and Deliveroo, the world famous flame grilled Peri-Peri chicken is now available for delivery! Founded in 1987, Nandos started out as a small restaurant in the humble town of Rosettenville, South Africa. Well known for its signature spicy Peri-Peri sauce, Nandos won the hearts (& tummies) of many when it opened its first restaurant here in sunny Singapore.
Order the Quarter Chicken ($10.90) or the delicious Espetada ($17.90) for delivery right to your dining table and pick from 4 levels of spiciness, ranging from Lemon & Herb Peri-Peri to Extra Hot Peri-Peri.
Imagine a plateful of steaming Rosemary Chicken, drizzled with cranberry sauce and a dab of mayonnaise ($8.50), or a warm Turkey, Ham & Bacon sandwich stuffed with melted mozzarella ($9.50). Tempted?
Cedele can now be ordered online through the Deliveroo website and app. Besides sandwiches, Cedele also has a variety of cakes and soups ready to be sent out of the shop and into your home.
Delivery Service: Deliveroo
Delivery Fee: $3
Delivery Time: 11:30am-10pm
Move aside fast food burgers; make way for the real fat burgers. With one outlet stationed at Upper Thomson road and the other along Joo Chiat Road, Fatboys is a rare find in Singapore.
Popular for their huge portions and scrumptious burgers, it’s always a struggle to get a seat in their restaurant at dinnertime. Fatboys’ signature Fat Basterd ($19.80) is just one of their many burgers available on the to-order menu.
No Signboard Seafood
Hungry for good seafood but lazy to make your way to the restaurant and wait for a seat? We feel you. Well, now you can have No Signboard Seafood’s classic Chilli Brown crab ($128) anywhere you like.
Opened in 1970s, No Signboard Seafood started off as a stall in Mattar Road Hawker Centre, without a signboard (duh!). Now, almost 40 years later, No Signboard Seafood has grown to 4 outlets, and you can have their food delivered to you.
No Signboard Seafood
Delivery Service: Food Panda
Delivery Fee: $6
Delivery Time: 11am-10pm
The name says it all. Golden Pillow is famous for its… golden pillow! At first glance, the golden pillow is just a big bun, but the magic happens when you cut into that big bun. The aroma of the curry can be smelt even before it is cut open. The bun is literally oozing with delicious golden curry.
Choose from 4 different flavours of curry, ranging from the classic chicken curry ($14.80) to mutton curry ($17.80). Their delivery menu also has other dishes such as their Sambal Chicken Drumsticks ($18).
Manhattan Fish Market
Manhattan Fish Market is a restaurant that is located in most of our neighbourhood malls, island-wide. Serving up crispy batters of fish and chips, pastas, and soups, Manhattan Fish Market is the place to go for a great western meal.
Manhattan Fish Market
Delivery Service: Food Panda
Delivery Fee: $5
Delivery Time: 11am-9:30pm
Craving for a glorious western dinner spread? On their menu, Timbre has a wide variety of western dishes for you to choose from. Order their Roasted Duck with Hoisin Sauce ($20.50) or their delightful Beef Con Carne Pizza ($20.50) and enjoy the meal at home.
Delivery Service: Food Panda
Delivery Fee: $4
Delivery Time: 12pm-9:30pm
Located at The Cathay and Katong, this sushi place is taking sushi to a whole new level. Just one roll is enough to keep you full for an entire afternoon.
Maki-san specialises in serving customisable sushi rolls that are packaged in cute little Japanese boxes. Choose from a large list of ingredients and have a say in what kind of meat and vegetables you’d like in your roll. There are also other ready-made recipes that you can pick from which includes the Salmon Says ($9.90), the Roast N Roll ($8.90) and more.
Delivery Services: Food Panda
Delivery Fee: $8 (in-house), $4 (Food Panda)
Delivery Time: 11am-9:30pm
Craving for some delicious crispy fried chicken? 4 Fingers has just what you need. Choose between their signature soy garlic flavour, spicy hot flavour or their tasty mixed flavour. Be warned though, it doesn’t matter what you choose, because you’ll get hooked.
Order their huge 9 piece drumstick combo ($31.73) and feast like a king, or order their 6 piece combo ($10.23) that comes with fries and a soft drink.
Delivery Service: Food Panda
Delivery Fee: $5
Delivery Time: 11am-8pm
After every dinner, one must always have dessert. Forget the usual ice-cream and waffles; try the classic beancurd for a change! Perfect for a late night dessert treat or a morning breakfast fix, you can have beancurd at any time of the day.
Delivery Service: Yun Xiang Kolo Mee – For Your Authentic M’sian Noodle Craving!