If you’ve been following food trends for the past year or so, then you probably already know that mala is one of the hottest dishes right now, both literally and figuratively.
And as is often the case with foods that become hype, companies have created all kinds of different products to capitalise on its sudden popularity (It’s something we like to call “The Salted Egg Phenomenon”).
Among all the self-heating hotpots and instant noodles, however, these Mala Chips just might be our favourite thing to come out of the mala craze.
It’s Getting Hot In Here[caption id="attachment_38067" align="alignnone" width="3024"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Created by local snack brand Mala Mala (you know they’re not playing around when they name their entire company after the dish), these mala chips are a dream snack for any spicy food lover.
The chips come in two varieties: Mushroom Chips and Hand-Cut Potato Wedges. While the wedges provide a more traditional snacking experience (think potato chips, but thicker), the mushroom chips add another dimension of…well, mushroom to the flavour profile.
The choices don’t stop there, however — for the sake of people who can’t handle hot food, the chips are available in three levels of spiciness: Mild Spicy, Super Spicy and Crazy Spicy.[caption id="attachment_38069" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Thanks to the addition of key mala ingredients like Szechuan chilli, peppercorn and star anise, even the mild option possesses the dish’s signature kick (without the oiliness that usually comes with it, thankfully).
Fair warning, though — that signature kick also comes with a lingering heat in your mouth (an especially long one, if you go for the crazy option), so we’d suggest attempting these with a cold drink in hand.[caption id="attachment_38068" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Price-wise, a bag of four 30g packets costs $8 and $9 for the Hand-Cut Potato Wedges and Mushroom Chips respectively. You can head over to the Mala Mala website to order a bag, or head over to their physical store at The Paragon if you don’t feel like waiting.
We’ve seen a lot of weird snacks in recent months, but unlike Chicken Rice and Egg Prata potato chips, these mala chips actually make some sense.
Spicy flavours have always had a place in the snacking world (who doesn’t like some Calbee Hot & Spicy?), and for those looking to take things to the next level, this could be your new favourite snack.
(Header Image Source: Mala Mala)
The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival sure was fun, wasn’t it?
For four months, pretty much the entire Marina Bay area was transformed into neon-lit wonderland, acting as a simultaneous haven for foodies, Instagrammers and plush toy enthusiasts alike.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCaEl9ZsyDI]
And if you’re experiencing withdrawal symptoms or for some reason missed it the first time round, don’t worry — you only have to wait seven weeks before you can revel in its fun again.
Just In Time For Christmas[caption id="attachment_38060" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image Credit: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival[/caption]
That’s right — the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival will be returning to the Bayfront Event Space on the 22nd of December, and will run for three months till the 24th of March 2019.
Like its predecessor, admission is completely free, and it’ll run from 4pm – 11pm every single day. Operating hours will also be extended to 2am on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, so if you’ve ever wanted to usher in the new year 55 metres in the air, here’s your chance.
Not much else has been revealed at the moment, but their website does mention that they’ll be bringing in more carnival rides from Europe.[caption id="attachment_38061" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Image Credit: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival[/caption]
Apart from that, it looks like the carnival will be sticking to the tried-and-true formula of hipster food stalls and deceptively simple carnival games that’ll challenge your boyfriend’s masculinity.
The best part is that this is just one part of a bigger series called Celebrate In The City, an initiative by the Urban Redevelopment Authority that’ll see events running all the way till the end of the year.
We’ll keep you updated on the carnival and everything else as more information comes in, so watch this space…and mentally prepare yourself for the inevitable crowds and queues too.
Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Venue: Bayfront Event Space
Date: 22nd December 2018 – 24th March 2019
Time: 4pm – 11pm (extended hours till 2am on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)
(Header Image Source: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival)
Walk into any coffee shop or hawker centre in Singapore, and chances are that you’ll find at least one stall selling duck rice and kway chap.
This ubiquity can be seen as both a good and bad thing — on one hand, Singaporeans can eat these classic dishes pretty much anytime they want, but the market has also become so saturated that it’s hard to tell one stall apart from another.
Melvin Chew of Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck & Kway Chap, however, has managed to find a way around that problem.
Old Recipe, New Look[caption id="attachment_38045" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Located on the second floor of Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Jin Ji has been operating since the building’s inception in 1983.
They weren’t always in the duck rice and kway chap business, though. Melvin’s parents originally ran a fruit stall, but his father made the switch when he realised that there were too many of those in the hawker centre. He learned the recipes from a family friend, and the rest is history.[caption id="attachment_38041" align="alignnone" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Fast forward to 2014, and Melvin — who decided to take over the business after his father’s passing — was presented with the same problem, and started to think of ways to set Jin Ji apart from other duck rice and kway chap stalls.
“It’s useless for me to tell everybody that I have good food,” he said. “Everybody says that they have good food, so I had to do something to let people know that I have something special.”[caption id="attachment_38052" align="alignnone" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Noticing that youngsters were gravitating towards Japanese food, Melvin came up with Duck Rice Bento, which is essentially his father’s classic duck rice recipe with an Instagrammable twist.
Presented on a stylish semicircular plate, the dish immediately looks more premium than those oval-shaped plates that you usually see at hawker centres (that option is available too, if you’re feeling a little more traditional).[caption id="attachment_38047" align="alignnone" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Aesthetics can only get you so far, though, and thankfully the Duck Rice Bento delivers in the taste department as well. The duck is extremely tender and flavourful — not surprising, considering that the ducks are braised for an hour and cooked with 9 different herbs and spices — while the kway chap is so smooth that it practically melts in your mouth.[caption id="attachment_38046" align="alignnone" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Melvin also incorporates bits of yam into his duck rice (rolled into balls for that #aesthetic, no less), and includes a perfectly-cooked ramen egg in the bento as well. These small, yet impactful changes add all kinds of different textures, resulting in a dish that’s unique in both looks and taste.
At $8 this certainly isn’t the cheapest hawker meal, but for the sheer amount of food you’re getting, I’d say it’s worth it. Melvin says that he’d usually charge more for the amount that he gives, and I was so full after eating it that I’m not going to dispute that claim.
Made With Love[caption id="attachment_38044" align="alignnone" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
If you’re looking for something completely different, you might want to try Jin Ji’s Duck Ramen instead.
While not as flashy as its bento counterpart, the dish is bursting with flavour thanks to the noodles being drenched in a generous amount of duck sauce. The sauce also gives the noodles a rather unique texture that feels both wet and dry at the same time.[caption id="attachment_38042" align="alignnone" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
For $5, this is a cheaper alternative that’s equally satisfying. For maximum satisfaction, I’d recommend adding the stall’s homemade chilli, which adds a kick of spiciness without going overboard.
If Melvin’s goal with his bento and ramen dishes was to set himself apart from other duck rice and kway chap stores, he’s undoubtedly succeeded (I’m not the only one who thinks so, considering that his customers base includes KF Seetoh, Jack Neo and the late Anthony Bourdain).[caption id="attachment_38053" align="alignnone" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
From my brief conversation with Melvin it’s clear that he’s passionate about his continuing what his parents started, and it shows through the effort he puts into his food. If you’re a fan of duck rice and/or kway chap, this is definitely worth heading down to Chinatown for.
Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck & Kway Chap
Address: Chinatown Complex, Block 335 Smith Street #02-156, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: 10:30am-6pm (Closed on Fridays)
(Header Image Source: Discover SG)
If you’re a regular patron of Singapore’s clubbing scene, chances are that you’ve heard of the name Adam Sky.
Apart from being a regular headliner at Wave House Sentosa’s Atlantis Beach Parties, the Australian DJ-slash-producer performed at this year’s instalment of the Ultra Music Festival, and his beats have made regular appearances on the Beatport Top 100 charts as well.
Now, after two straight years of touring a multitude of countries that include Thailand, China and Russia, Sky has decided to return to our shores to perform on a more permanent basis.
Get High, Literally[caption id="attachment_38018" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Image Credit: Altimate[/caption]
Using the 61st storey club Altimate as his base of operations, Sky will be performing once a month in an event he’s calling SMASH.
“I’ve been touring the world, but honestly speaking I’ve been keen to find my way back to Singapore for some time now” the DJ said. “I want to engineer a night that will allow all true clubbers and music lovers to unite, and create a true clubbing experience.”[caption id="attachment_38020" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Imagine This…
Image Credit: Ultra Singapore[/caption]
So how exactly is SMASH different from any other clubbing night in Singapore?
Well, Sky aims to bring festival vibes to a club setting, giving patrons with the adrenaline they experience at festivals without the overpowering bass that you’d typically find in an outdoor arena. Considering his performance history, we’re inclined to think that he’s the right man for the job.[caption id="attachment_38019" align="alignnone" width="1794"] …In This.
Image Credit: Altimate[/caption]
The first instalment of SMASH will take place this Saturday, the 3rd of November, and guests can enter under Adam Sky’s guest list before 12am. Ladies will also be given a free drink coupon if they arrive under the Guestlist before 11pm, and the age requirement stands at 18 and 21 for ladies and men respectively.
ZoukOut still isn’t for a month, so why not scratch that dance festival itch early?
Date: 3rd November
Time: 10pm – Late
(Header Image Source: Adam Sky)
Can You Take The Heat? McDonald’s New Red Hot Spicy Peppers Burger Claims To Be Hotter Than The McSpicy
McDonald’s has been on quite the roll lately, haven’t they?
On top of that, their partnership with GrabFood has blessed us with $1 nuggets till the end of November. If that doesn’t get you in the mood for the golden arches, we don’t know what will.
And in an effort to keep their momentum going, McDonald’s is introducing yet another burger. Not that we’re complaining, of course.
Too Hot To Handle?[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1IkqKm1DYU]
Dubbed the Red Hot Spicy Peppers Burger, this new creation is — get this — said to be hotter than the iconic McSpicy.
This is thanks to the combination of tomato jalapeño relish and spicy tomato mayo, along with a “peppery chicken patty” that makes up the bulk of this burger.[caption id="attachment_38011" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Image Credit: McDonald’s Singapore[/caption]
Considering how mouth-burning the McSpicy can get, we’re not going to dispute their claims, and will probably be attempting this one with a large coke in hand.
To offset all the heat, McDonald’s is introducing some new desserts alongside the burger as well.
The latest lineup of Cones, Sundaes and McFlurry are made with Hershey’s Chocolate, which is all you need to know about them, really.[caption id="attachment_38010" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Image Credit: McDonald’s Singapore[/caption]
An affordable, all-time favourite dessert paired with one of the most well-known chocolate brands? Yeah, we can see the snaking queues at the dessert kiosks already.
If you can’t wait to try these new creations, here’s some good news to brighten up your midweek — the Red Hot Spicy Peppers Burger will be available tomorrow, and will cost you $6.25 and $8 for a la carte and extra value meal options respectively.
The Chocolatey Ice Cream lineup, on the other hand, come at the rather expected price of $1.20, $2.30 and $3 for the Cone, Sundae and Mcflurry.
We don’t know about you, but we know what we’re getting for lunch tomorrow.
(Header Image Source: McDSG YouTube)
Calling All Sneakerheads: Buy, Trade, And Clean Your Favourite Kicks At The Street Superior Festival 2018 This Weekend
Streetwear has proven itself to be one of the more lasting fashion trends in recent memory, and judging by the number of Off-White hoodies we see on the MRT it looks like it isn’t going away anytime soon either.
While the exact definition of streetwear is pretty open to interpretation, one constant in every ensemble is a pair of good sneakers — whether it’s Yeezys, Stan Smiths or Air Jordans, your choice of kicks quite literally forms the foundation of your outfit.
And whether you’re new to the scene or a seasoned sneakerhead looking to expand your collection, the Street Superior Festival 2018 is definitely the place to be this weekend.
All The Other Kids…[caption id="attachment_37972" align="alignnone" width="2000"] Image Credit: Street Superior[/caption]
Happening at the Pasir Panjang Power Station (which could be the hypebeastiest location in the history of hypebeast locations), The Street Superior Festival 2018 is the rebranded 6th edition of Sole Superior, Singapore’s largest streetwear and sneaker convention.
Probably the biggest draw of the entire event is the Marketplace, which features a whopping 70 vendors made up of private collectors, sneaker resellers, small businesses and streetwear brands themselves. In addition to ultra rare sneakers (prepare to drop some major dollars, btw), you can also expect to find other hype products like vintage clothes and Polaroid cameras to up your street cred as well.[caption id="attachment_37973" align="alignnone" width="7360"] Image Credit: Street Superior[/caption]
If you’re lacking the expendable income and already have more sneakers than you’d like to admit, why not trade your sneakers instead? All attendees can bring up to two pairs to sell or barter — not exactly how we pictured getting our grails, but beggars can’t be choosers.
Getting new kicks is far from the only thing to do there, though — those looking to window shop or just bask in the atmosphere can get their sneakers cleaned by Jason Markk’s Sneaker Care Technicians free of charge, or check out the genre-spanning lineup of local musicians that include .Gif, Cosmic Child and DJ Farah Farz.[caption id="attachment_37971" align="alignnone" width="5462"] Image Credit: Street Superior[/caption]
And what’s a festival without good food? With 15 independent vendors set to make an appearance, you’re bound to find something you’ll like — from reimagined hawker classics like Bacon Carrot Cake and Laksudon to Tokidon’s Wagyu Beef Bowls, you’re pretty much guaranteed to leave as full as you are fashionable.
We’ve only scratched the surface of what’ll be on offer at the Street Superior Festival 2018 (If you’ve always wanted to get a tattoo at a sneaker convention, here’s your chance), and you can check out the full list of activities at their website. Tickets are also $5 cheaper if you buy them online, so we’d recommend getting them sooner than later.
Venue: Pasir Panjang ‘A’ Power Station
Date: 27th – 28th October
Time: 12pm – 10pm
Price: $15/$20 (1/2 Day Pass Online), $20/$25 (1/2 Day Pass At The Door)
(Header Image Source: Street Superior)
Considering how ubiquitous ramen has become in Singapore, it’s no surprise that some restaurants are to switching things up to set themselves apart from the rest.
Hawker heroes A Noodle Story, for example, add special ingredients like wanton to their recipe, while the folks at Ramen Champion have turned their chefs into bona fide celebrities.
Probably the most memorable ramen we’ve seen in recent memory, however, is En Sushi’s Beer Ramen.
Not As Crazy As It Sounds
Located in a discreet corner along Prinsep Street, En Sushi is a cozy Japanese restaurant that’s probably best known for their affordable Bara Chirashi Dons.[caption id="attachment_37700" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
The new hotness on their menu, however, is the aforementioned Beer Ramen, which — as its name suggests — serves the Japanese noodles in a mug and employs other forms of visual trickery to make the dish look like an ice-cold pint.
The “beer” for example, actually consists of the restaurant’s in-house broth, while the “foam” is made out of egg whites.
Thankfully, aesthetics are where the similarities end, but the dish still has one more trick up its sleeve.
While ramen is more often than not a warm dish, this rendition is served cold, making it feel more like soba than ramen.
The taste is very soba-esque as well, with the broth giving off a strong umami flavour and sweet aftertaste.[caption id="attachment_37698" align="alignnone" width="3748"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
According to provided “instructions”, you can chug the ramen like an actual beer, or use chopsticks and imagine that you’re eating out of a very narrow bowl.[caption id="attachment_37701" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
For $22.90, you’ll get one mug of noodles, along with an assortment of fried dishes (Tori Karaage, Kaisen Tofu, and Kakiage Tempura) and Tsukenomo (Japanese Pickles).
You’re supposed to dip the fried dishes in the broth, but they’re tasty enough to be eaten on their own too.
Not A One-Trick Pony
While Beer Ramen is definitely something you should try at least once, you shouldn’t sleep on the rest of En Sushi’s menu either.[caption id="attachment_37699" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
The Pitan Tofu ($4.90), for example, is something I wish I had discovered earlier in my life. The strong taste of century egg creates a perfect balance with the lighter tofu, and is a great way to kick off your meal.[caption id="attachment_37695" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Seafood lovers, on the other hand, can opt for the Hotate Mentai Aburi ($13.90) as an appetiser as well — while these thin slices of scallop might not look like much, they’re actually packing a decent amount of sweet (the scallop) and savoury (the mentaiko), and the inclusion of fish roe means that it’s quite literally bursting with flavour.[caption id="attachment_37702" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
No Japanese restaurant is complete without some sushi, and the Salmon Aburi Mentai Maki ($15.90) certainly does not disappoint. Drizzled with a very generous amount of mentaiko and fish roe, you might not even need soy sauce for this one.[caption id="attachment_37696" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
And finally on the dessert side of things, the Tofu Cheesecake ($8.90) is a light-but-flavourful way to end off your meal. It isn’t available just yet, but you should order it when it to the menu soon.
Whether you’re going for the Bara Chirashi Don or the culinary anomaly that is Beer Ramen, En Sushi ticks all our boxes for a good Japanese meal.
The Beer Ramen might not sit too well with those looking for a more “traditional” ramen experience, but even without that there’s more than enough here to warrant a visit.
Address: Income@Prinsep: 30 Prinsep Street #01-02, Singapore 188647
Opening Hours: 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm
(Header Image Source: Discover SG)
There’s an unofficial rule in life that if you go to IKEA, you buy their meatballs.
They might not be of the highest quality (there are other places for that), but at the affordable price of $6 for a plate of 8, they are hands-down the easiest to satisfy your meatball cravings.
And if you have been craving the nostalgia-inducing dish lately, this weekend might be the time to scratch that itch, because the Swedish furniture company will be selling their meatballs for less than a dollar.
Wait, How Much?![caption id="attachment_37684" align="alignnone" width="1308"] Image Credit: IKEA Singapore[/caption]
Yup, you heard us right — in celebration of their 75th anniversary, IKEA will be selling a plate of 8 meatballs for 75 cents on the 6th and 7th of October.
If the calculator on our phones are working correctly, that’s an unbelievable 9(.375) cents per meatball, which means that your meal will probably be cheaper than the transport costs to get there.
There are a few things to take note of though: this promotion will only be happening at IKEA Tampines (sorry, north/south/west siders), and you have to be IKEA FAMILY member to be eligible as well.
Only 750 plates will be sold at this price (limited to one plate per member, thankfully), and judging by how Kiasu Singaporeans can be you’ll most likely have to wake up reaaal early to take advantage of this offer.
More Than Just Meatballs
If you can’t be bothered with going up against what is sure to be a chaotic crowd, IKEA is having pretty massive discounts on their furniture as well (because they’re…y’know, a furniture company).
To save you a trip to the their website, Here’s a list what’s on offer:Image Credit: IKEA Singapore[/caption]
May the odds be ever in your favour, folks.
Address: 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm
(Header Image Source: IKEA Singapore)
Fusion food is a rather ingenious concept that gives us the best of both worlds, but it more often than not comes with a premium price tag as well.
The much-hyped Lobster Nasi Lemak, for example, costs a whopping $22 — a price point higher than some restaurants, mind you — while hawker chain Fish & Chicks charges $12.90 for their chilli crab and salted egg fish & chips.
The folks at Plum & Rice, however, have flipped that idea on its head, and the result is an incredibly satisfying meal at an even more satisfying price.
Small Menu, Big Flavours[caption id="attachment_37664" align="alignnone" width="3024"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Occupying a humble corner stall at Bedok North Street 1 Market and Food Centre, Plum & Rice serves Japanese-inspired rice with Singaporean-inspired dishes.
The concept is the brainchild of three friends who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America (Singapore) — they discovered the titular combination of Umeboshi and rice while searching for inspiration in Japan, and decided to adopt the fusion angle to better suit the Singaporean palate.[caption id="attachment_37666" align="alignnone" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
The menu, while small, is all about choices — right from the get go you can choose between rice or porridge, both of which are infused with an Umeboshi paste.
Unfortunately, the porridge was sold out by the time we got there (a testament to how popular it is, perhaps), but the rice is definitely something to write home about.
Thanks to the addition of house-made furikake, cereal, curry leaves, dried shrimp and seaweed, everything comes together to form an extremely flavourful bite, and I could have seriously ate a bowl of it on its own. The owners have also recently added red rice into the mix, making it as healthy as it is tasty.[caption id="attachment_37673" align="alignnone" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
On the meat side of things, you have three choices: braised pork belly, braised pork shoulder, and fish. Both pork dishes are prepared in the same dark soy sauce and are therefore rather similar in taste, but the belly is ultimately is the one to get thanks to its silky smooth texture.
Breaking apart at the slightest touch, every slice quite literally melts in your mouth. There’s also a rather…homely feel to the taste, which forms a nice juxtaposition with the Japanese rice.[caption id="attachment_37670" align="alignnone" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
The fish was also sold out (pro-tip: go early), but co-owner Raphael tells us that it’s cooked sous-vide style, which makes it very, very tender. Judging by how smooth the pork belly was, we wouldn’t doubt it.
[caption id="attachment_37675" align="alignnone" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Each meal also comes with a side and (refillable!) soup, both of which change every two weeks. We were served bean sprouts and peanut soup, and their lighter tastes balanced out with the savoury meat and rice perfectly.
One personal recommendation I have to make is the house-made chilli —it provides a decent kick of spice without going overboard, and adds a whole new dimension of to an already-flavourful meal.
Cheaper Than You Think
You might think that all this would be pretty expensive, but a meal at Plum & Rice will actually cost you less than $7.[caption id="attachment_37676" align="alignnone" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Yup, that’s right — you’re getting rice, meat, a side and free-flow soup for the unbelievable price of $4.90 ($6.90 if you’re going for the fish, which is still very reasonable), which honestly might be the best deal we’ve seen in recent history.
One caveat, however, is that the stall closes at 2pm, which might be a problem for office workers and those not living in the east.
Those willing to put in the effort to try them out, however (there’s always the weekend), will not be disappointed.
Plum & Rice
Address: 216 Bedok North Street 1, #01-45, Singapore 460216
Opening Hours: 8am – 2pm (Closed on Mondays)
(Header Image Source: Discover SG)
Build An Arcade Cabinet Or Race In A Gaming Chair – Here Are 5 Ways To Have The Most Fun At GameStart 2018
It’s been less than a month since the Singapore, Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) ended, but geeks in Singapore already have their next big event to look forward to.
Taking place at the Suntec Convention Hall on the 13th and 14th of October, GameStart returns for its 5th edition, and is pretty much a must-go for gamers in Singapore.
As is the case with most conventions there’s going to be an overwhelming number of things to do, so we’ve once again rounded up five things that you should totally put on your to-do list:
Watch Asia’s Biggest Fighting Game Tournament Live[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14ekYY-QV44]
Not everyone has the finger dexterity to pursue e-sports as a full-time job, but watching those who do duke it out on a big stage is just as fun, we’d say.
While STGCC’s WESG focused on team-based games like Counter Strike and Dota 2, GameStart will play host to the SEA Major 2018, where top players from all around the world will compete in fighting games such as Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite.
With qualification spots for larger competitions (Street Fighter V) and a whopping USD $15,000 (Tekken 7) up for grabs, you can bet that everyone will be bringing their A-game, which’ll no doubt make for some intense, jump-out-of-your-seat moments that you won’t want to miss.
Build Your Own (Mini) Arcade Machine[caption id="attachment_37650" align="alignnone" width="1640"] Image Credit: RetroCade[/caption]
Anyone who’s been to an arcade has probably wished that they could bring one of those machines back home, and this workshop happening at Gamestart is giving you the opportunity to do just that.
Well…kind of, at least. With the guidance of the folks at RetroCade, this four hour workshop will teach you how to build a fully-functioning miniature arcade cabinet from scratch, from setting up the wires to installing the joysticks.
Slots for this are limited, so you might want to drop an email to [email protected] to secure a spot. At $400 this definitely isn’t the cheapest of activities, but can you really put a price on having unlimited lives in Metal Slug?
Meet Your Heroes[caption id="attachment_37648" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Image Credit: GameStart Asia[/caption]
Conventions usually feature a number of high-profile guests, and GameStart is no exception.
Probably the biggest name to look out for this year is Elise Zhang, who you might know better as the voice of Mei from the wildly popular shooter Overwatch. Pro wrestling fans can also look forward to an appearance by New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Kenny Omega, who will be commentating Street Fighter matches at the aforementioned SEA Major tournament.
Both will be holding meet-and-greet sessions, though it’ll cost $35 to get up close and personal with Zhang. Whether that’s worth your cash is a matter of personal preference, but this is probably the only chance to get your Funko Pop signed.
Race In A…Chair?[caption id="attachment_37649" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Image Credit: GameStart Asia[/caption]
Secretlab chairs are the holy grail of a gamer’s furniture setup, but with prices starting at $620 you have to be packing some serious expendable income to even consider getting one.
And that’s where the Secretlab Grand Prix comes in — now in its third year, the strangest race you’ll probably ever participate in has you manoeuvring one of the local brand’s chairs through an circuit lined with traffic cones.
The fastest timing each day will win a Secretlab Omega Stealth chair, which’ll make your $12 GameStart ticket feel like a pretty good investment. Even if you aren’t in the market for a chair right now, we’d recommend signing up for this one anyway.
Play A Game Of Dungeons & Dragons[caption id="attachment_37651" align="alignnone" width="1800"] Image Credit: GameStart Asia[/caption]
Video games might be the main focus of GameStart, but the convention will have an entire section dedicated to the underrated art of tabletop gaming as well.
Appropriately named GameStart Tabletop, this area is your gateway to games like Warhammer 40,000 and Star Wars X-Wing Miniature Game. Whether you want to learn how to play or just watch the pros battle it out, this is the place to be for a more analog gaming experience.
The classic of all classic tabletop games, Dungeons & Dragons is set to make an appearance as well, so if you’ve ever wanted to play a game like the kids in Stranger Things, now’s your chance.
Gamestart Asia 2018
Venue: Suntec Convention Centre, Halls 401-403
Date: 13th – 14th October
Time: 11am – 9pm (General Public), 10am-9pm (VIP Ticket Holders)
Price: $12 Per Day, $70 for 2 Day VIP Pass
(Header Image Source: GameStart Asia)