Delight in a fun-filled weekend at Timbre+ this coming 23 and 24 July! As part of Singapore Food Festival, Timbre+ presents Open Stoves, its largest food-centric event to date. A variety of gastro-adventures awaits you!
Tuck into newly created mouth-watering dishes from nine Timbre+ chefs, food partners, and other invited chefs. You’ll get to enjoy the fruits (and food) of their inspired labour. Kick back and relax with nostalgic games and entertainment!
Chefs collaborating at Open Stoves[caption id="attachment_10357" align="alignnone" width="640"] Image credit: Timbreplus[/caption]
At Open Stoves, Timbre+ chefs and invited guest chefs will be paired together. These collaborative pairings will bring about different cuisine styles and cooking techniques to create unique off-menu items.
You can look forward to chef pairings to the likes of chef Jeremy Cheok (Dusk by Slake, Timbre+) with chef Tan Huang Ming (Park Bench Deli). The duo has come up with prata taco, topped with stewed tripe or barbequed pork collar. What a modern take on soft-shelled tacos!
3-course menu at Open Stoves[caption id="attachment_10385" align="alignnone" width="640"] Chilli Crab Rillette. Image credit: Timbreplus[/caption]
In addition, look out for chefs cooking up a 3-course Mod-Sin (modern Singaporean) menu. The menu starts with delectable appetiser Chilli Crab Rillette, main course Nasi Kuning Opor Ayam, and dessert Duriancanboleh from 11 July to 9 August 2016. Enjoy 10% discount off drinks from the Timbre+ Bottle Shop when you purchase this set meal.
BBQ Blowout[caption id="attachment_10384" align="alignnone" width="640"] Satay Chicken Burger by Kush. Image credit: Timbreplus[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10388" align="alignnone" width="640"] Zesty garlic butter lobster tail served with a grill brioche bun. Image credit: Timbreplus[/caption]
On 23rd and 24th July, Timbre+ chefs will run pop-up BBQ kitchens at the outdoor event space. Tuck into special Striploin Steak from chef Bernie Utchenik (Big Bern’s American Grill), and signature Chicken Satay Burger with homemade rice patties ($14) from chef Chung Deming. Dancing Crab Shack will be grilling up a storm with two kinds of Lobster Tails (available with signature sauce or zesty garlic butter) with Grilled Brioche Bun ($22).
To add to your BBQ experience, Timbre+’s courtyard space will be transformed into a large outdoor playground area. This will be complete with picnic benches, beanbags, and hammocks for lounging. Sit back and relax while the chefs cook up a storm with their off-menu BBQ creations.
Games at Open Stoves[caption id="attachment_10878" align="alignnone" width="915"] Image credit: Amazon[/caption]
Once you’re full, entertained, and satisfied, gather your friends and family for a fun-filled time of games. Enjoy a friendly game of life-sized Jenga, Connect Four, and Pick-up Sticks!
Open Stoves is definitely for the young and young-at-heart. You can even try your hand at neon beer pong and ‘Run the Dish’, a race that combines running and speed eating!
Live Music & Entertainment[caption id="attachment_10383" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image credit: O.K READY Facebook page[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10368" align="alignnone" width="500"] Resident bands -Supersonic. Image credit: Timbreplus[/caption]
What is good food without great music? At Open Stoves, you’ll get to experience both. Wind down to live music from Timbre resident bands, such as SuperSonic, and O.K READY!. With the best live music scheduled throughout both days, you’ll get to enjoy great music while you indulge in the food.
Timbre+ Open Stoves details
There’s no better way to bring on the weekend than to indulge in the best food, great music, and entertainment! Open Stoves is definitely an event not to be missed.[caption id="attachment_10367" align="alignnone" width="724"] Image credit: Timbreplus[/caption]
For more information about Singapore’s Food Festival, click here.
With daily maximum temperatures expected to reach a high of 35°C in the first week of July, the weather in Singapore has been terribly unbearable. Dry and warm days are coming, but we have the perfect solution for you. This coming month, bask in the sun and beat the heat at USS Soak Out Water Party! You’ll get to join in the festive parade, groove to catchy music, and engage in water play fun!
The Splashing Festive Parade – USS Soak Out Water Party[caption id="attachment_10820" align="alignnone" width="598"] Image credit: Instagram user @mysourceofhappiness[/caption]
All park guests get to join in the fun! With two mini parades converging at the park’s Lagoon Stage for 30mins, no one in the USS Soak Out Water Party zone will be spared the splashes.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Be armed with your water guns purchased from the carts around the water fight area. Expect a whole lot of water cannon blasts and possibly buckets of water poured on you![caption id="attachment_10822" align="alignnone" width="507"] Image credit: jaznotabi.wordpress.com[/caption]
When your water supply runs low, just head to one of the refilling spots to fill up those water guns!
Don’t Worry, There Are Safe Zones
If you’re not in for the wet party, you can still check out the festivities without getting yourself wet. Avoid the Lagoon Stage from 3pm to 3.30pm and use this opportunity to hop onto your favourite rides.
Alternatively, look out for the wet-dry boundary to stay out of the water blasts.
Dance Away With DJs And Local Bands
As you engage in some water play fun, groove to catchy music by entertainers, DJs and local bands. Don’t miss the Soak Out After Party as well!
Extended Hours At Soak Out After Party
After the sun sets, park guests can continue to chill out in an evening after-party. It begins in front of the New York Public Library. Happening from 6pm to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays nights (except on 23 July), the facade will be transformed into eye-popping projection with mapping displays.
Live entertainment will be available exclusively after dark. Expect only the best beats and top hits!
Guests without the all day pass who wish to just attend this event are able to do so. Just purchase the after 5pm passes at $55.
It’s Family Friendly – Get Up Close And Personal With Your Favourite Characters[caption id="attachment_10821" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image credit: Instagram user @keepingitshortnsweet[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10824" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image credit: Instagram user @tyrannosaurus_maddy[/caption]
Festive parades run through selected zones in the park which begin at 3pm (or 5.30pm on days when Hollywood Dreams Parade is on). Get up close and personal with 50 over characters including the Minions and Sesame Street friends at the Lagoon Stage in Hollywood zone.
Some Tips For You – USS Soak Out Water Party
1. Be sure to check out the show schedules
It is recommended that you plan your itinerary around the Waterworld show timings. For weekend visitors, plan around the magical Hollywood Dreams Parade and the incredible fireworks of the Lake Hollywood Spectacular. Do note that from now till 1o August, at 3pm (or 5.30pm on Saturdays), two floats set sail from Far Far Away or Sci-Fri City. Join in the water party at Lagoon Stage or reserve your spot in front of the Lagoon Stage at 3pm for some good procession photos.
2. Your park tickets for USS Soak Out Water Party are valid the entire day
Park guest are able to leave and return USS for the entire day. Just remember to get a hand stamp at the exit and you’re all good to go!
3. Express passes save a whole lot of time
If you wish to skip the lines at all your favourite rides and attractions, add a Universal Express or Universal Express Unlimited to your Day Pass. With the pass, you’ll have access to a separate queue with a shorter wait time!
4. Remember to waterproof your phones and bring an extra set of clothes
If you’re planning to join in the water party, bring waterproof covers or ziplock bags to protect your phone. Also, bring an extra set of clothing so you can change out after being soaked at the USS Soak Out Water Party. Store your clean clothes and valuables in the lockers.
5. Lastly, leave your water guns at home
For safety reasons, only two types of water guns are allowed. These can be purchased from the carts around the water fight area. Do note that guests can only use water guns sold at Universal Studios Singapore
USS Soak Out Water Party Details
The party wraps up with a countdown and blasts from water cannons, alongside high-flying aerialists. If this is your kind of fun, call your friends and family, and purchase your tickets here.
USS Soak Out Water Party
When: Daily 3pm (or 5.30pm on days when Hollywood Dreams Parade is on –Resort World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Event phone: 6577 8888
Price: Adult $74, Child (Ages 4 to 12) $56, Senior (Ages 60 and above) $36
USS Soak Out After Party
When: 24-25 June, 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 29, 30 July, 5-9 August
Address: Resort World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Event phone: 6577 8888
Price: $55 (After 5pm passes)
(All images are from rwsentosablog.com, otherwise stated)’
Whether it’s a bak chor mee stall, the latest food trend or a new fine-dining restaurant, the people of this tiny island is pretty much passionate about food. After all, eating (besides queueing) is sort of like the national hobby. As part of the Singapore Food Festival this year,
This year’s theme “Savour The Past, Taste The Future” presents mouth-watering locally-inspired dishes and top-notch local favourites at affordable prices. Times may change, but Singaporeans will always be up for a good ol’ bowl of Bak Kut Teh or a plate of Char Kway Teow. So gear up and get ready to indulge in traditional and modern flavours at STREAT!
Pop-up restaurant with renowned chefs[caption id="attachment_10528" align="alignnone" width="740"] Featuring Chef Ken Ling, Chef Han Liguang and Chef Susur. Image credit: yoursingapore[/caption]
STREAT 2016’s pop-up restaurant will feature three renowned chefs. They’ll create new expressions of Singapore’s iconic street food, presented in an exclusive six-hands dinner menu. One of the most sought-after chefs in the world, Canadian chef Susur Lee, is the consultant chef to the TungLok Group. He is also one of the pioneers of fusion food scene in Singapore and was recently a judge on MasterChef Asia.[caption id="attachment_10733" align="alignnone" width="999"] Lobster Chicken Rice[/caption]
Chef Lee will be collaborating with Tunglok Heen senior executive chef Ken Ling, and Restaurant Labyrinth’s chef-owner Han Liguang. Chef Lee, Han, and Ken Ling will be delivering an exclusive five-course dinner menu ($40 a person) that promises to re-interpret and elevate Singapore’s iconic street food.[caption id="attachment_10722" align="alignnone" width="799"] Laksa Chee Cheong Fun[/caption]
Local favourites re-imagined
Savour dishes such as a “cup” made of Fried Oyster Omelette placed on top of a collaborative dish of grilled chicken satay, housed in an egg shell, and topped with peanut sauce foam. If you’re craving for something more local, give the Laksa Chee Cheong Fun a try! At STREAT, you’ll get to try unique local favourites re-imagined, while preserving the familiar flavours of the dishes.[caption id="attachment_10517" align="alignnone" width="780"] Chef Ken Ling and Susur Lee preparing a dish of laksa chee cheong fun.
Image credit: The Straits Times[/caption]
More pop-up restaurants
In addition, hawkers and chefs from Casuarina Curry restaurant, The Disgruntled Chef, Candlenut, and Char will also helm stalls alongside the pop-up. This pop-restaurants are only available from 15 to 16 July, so be sure to save the dates![caption id="attachment_10724" align="alignnone" width="999"] STREAT[/caption]
Besides the pop-up restaurant, diners get to choose from a curated selection of more than 10 popular hawkers and celebrated chefs. A variety of classic and modern interpretations of local food will be served.
Singapore’s culinary scene has certainly come a long way. With a dazzling range of delights at STREAT to choose from, you’ll sure be spoilt for choice.
So what are you waiting for? Mark down your calendars, call your makan kakis and get your tummies ready for some good food!
(All images are in courtesy of Singapore Food Festival unless otherwise stated. Header image by STREAT Facebook Page, words by author)
For more information about Singapore’s Food Festival, click here.
Also known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Hari Raya Puasa is the most prominent and celebrated occasion in the Muslim community. Do you know that Hari Raya means “grand day of rejoicing” and Puasa means “fasting”? This festival marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and the start of a new month, Syawal.
Whether you are planning on visiting your Muslim friends during this Hari Raya Puasa or planning to head down to the Geylang Serai Bazaar, here’re 7 interesting things about Hari Raya Puasa you probably didn’t know.
1. Fasting Is One Of Islam’s Five Pillars[caption id="attachment_10590" align="alignnone" width="857"] Image credit: padhaaro.com[/caption]
The importance of fasting among Muslims cannot be overemphasised. Prior to the festival, Ramadan is a period of sober repentance for Muslims. The purpose is to cultivate self-discipline. Besides fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims also refrain from smoking, sexual activities, and any sinful behaviour.
As one of Islam’s five pillars, the act of fasting is done for atonement, to express gratitude and empathy for the needy. After a month of fasting, Eid al-Fitr then marks the end of Ramadan as Muslims celebrate.
2. Muslims Have To Pay Taxes During Ramadan[caption id="attachment_10672" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image credit: ibtimes.co.in[/caption]
Yes, compulsory taxes. Announced by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, annual taxes are to be contributed by Muslims during the month of Ramadan. As one of the five pillars of Islam, Zakat serves principally as the welfare contribution to poor and deprived individuals.
3. Gongsi Raya Is A Thing[caption id="attachment_10617" align="alignnone" width="652"] Image credit: delcampe.net[/caption]
From 1996 to 1998, Hari Raya Puasa and Chinese New Year actually fell on the same week! Double celebrations then occurred amongst the Chinese and Muslim communities, which eventually led to the term “Gongsi Raya” or “Kongsi Raya”. Originating from Malaysia, the term was eventually accepted by Singaporeans to commemorate the two festivals.
These two occasions brought about a shared experience and respect for ethnic diversity and understanding of cultural differences. It fostered closer ties between the Muslims and the Chinese. House visiting was also more convenient as the majority of homes were open for visitations.
4. Oil Lamps Were Used To Attract Spirits And Angels[caption id="attachment_10567" align="alignnone" width="594"] Image credit: flickr[/caption]
Oil lamps known as pelita or panjut are lit from the 20th day of Ramadan to attract spirits and angels alike. It is also believed to bring blessings to people’s homes during the night of Lailatul Qadar. These lights continue to shine brightly until the end of the festival.[caption id="attachment_10574" align="alignnone" width="495"] Image credit: pinterest[/caption]
Nowadays, the oil lamps are lit only for decorative purposes. Many families now use LED lights instead.
5. Traditional Outfits Used To Be Tailored Or Hand-sewn[caption id="attachment_10572" align="alignnone" width="672"] Image credit: thefinder.com.sg[/caption]
In the past, most Malay traditional outfits were tailored (tempah) and had to be sent to respective tailors weeks before Hari Raya Puasa. Women, on the other hand, used to design and sew their outfits. Due to the busy lifestyles of Singaporeans, however, many have decided to avoid the hassle by simply shopping for their outfits online.
As part of the occasion, men don on the songkok and sinjang while the ladies wear their baju kurong or kebaya. Most families will probably spot thematic outfits, demonstrating the importance of family.
6. The Celebration Begins With Grave Visitations[caption id="attachment_10615" align="alignnone" width="740"] Image credit: yoursingapore[/caption]
The first day after Ramadan is a busy one. Muslims wake up early and begin their day with a trip to the mosque for special prayers. This is swiftly followed with visiting the graves of departed family members for an offering of “doa” (prayer verses).[caption id="attachment_10565" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image credit: The Straits Times[/caption]
During the evenings, Muslims visit the mosque to recite the Takbīr, which means “God is great”.
7. Ketupat Is Traditionally Served[caption id="attachment_10611" align="alignnone" width="907"] Image credit: my.churpchurp.com[/caption]
While dressed in their best, friends and relatives visit each other and dig into delicious food. Visitations are also a sign of respect and an act of renewing relationships.[caption id="attachment_10593" align="alignnone" width="500"] Image credit: flickr[/caption]
If you’re lucky enough to be invited for a meal, get ready to indulge in a lavish spread of beef rendang (spicy beef stew), sayur lodeh (vegetables cooked in coconut milk gravy) paired with sambal (chilli paste).
One of the must-have dishes, however, would be the ketupat. Not only served as a dish, it is also commonly used as a decorative object. Often, Muslim mothers will pass the tradition of weaving ketupat cases down to their children. Ketupat cases woven from colourful ribbons also typically adorn Malay homes during this festive period.
If you’re partaking in the festivities, do don on a bright outfit and bask in the festive atmosphere! Though Singapore only has one official public holiday, the celebrations of Hari Raya Puasa extend to three days, and for some, up to a month! For non-Muslims, do greet your Muslim friends, “Selamat Hari Raya”!
Do note that when visiting a Muslim home, attire is important. Avoid visiting in shorts, ripped jeans, sleeveless tops or skimpy dresses as your dressing may be perceived as a sign of disrespect.
The BOLDR Journey
The company’s latest launch, the BOLDR Journey, is built on the popular BOLDR Voyage concept. A vintage, aviator-inspired design, and the unique Seiko meca-quartz movement are the key features of the watch. Its dome-shaped, durable box mineral glass lens brings a vintage look whilst creating a curve canopy surface. This allows light to create a soft, even tone on the textured watch face.[caption id="attachment_10196" align="alignnone" width="680"] BOLDR Journey Chronograph Wasp: Black Lightning Yellow dial with Midnight black strap[/caption]
The Seiko VK64 Meca-Quartz Movement consists of a hybrid of quartz and mechanical mechanisms for the chronograph. It gives off mechanical vibes whilst containing a quartz crystal. The timekeeping mechanism is essentially quartz. With such precision and legibility of the Journey watch, you’ll never miss a second.
What’s special about the Journey is that it features a limited-edition art piece on the case back that is designed by Malaysian tattoo artist, Kevin Elijah Tan. Each watch is carefully created to represent each BOLDR watch. This is BOLDR’s first watch that encompasses limited-edition designs, available only on Kickstarter.
The specifications of Journey comprises of marine-grade stainless steel and a premium calf leather strap. With its current stretched goal above $100k CAD, a free silicon strap will be available for each order!
The double-layered sandwich dial design really brings the bold theme across. Oozing with modern style is the two distinct sub-dials, one on the left for the chronograph’s minute indicator and the other on the right with a 24-hour indicator.
The BOLDR Journey fits both men and ladies and it comes in a variety of colours. To honour its vintage aircraft rooted design, each model is named after a mechanical aircraft.
Arguably the best spot for foodies, the East definitely harbours some good eats. Whether you are looking for good Bak Chor Mee or mouthwatering Indian Rojak, the neighbourhood of Tampines has it all!
Be spoilt for choice as you attempt to choose from simple dining options to luxurious dinners. To save you some trouble, here’s our list of recommended awesome affordable eats below $10!
1. Xing Yun Kway Chap[caption id="attachment_9757" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image credit: misstamchiak[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9758" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image credit: misstamchiak[/caption]
Open only during the weekends (Fri-Sun), a bowl of Kway Chap makes the perfect brunch. The pig’s intestines offered at Xing Yun are braised to perfection where they are tender and flavourful. The kway pairs just as well with other ingredients such as pork belly tau pok and more. For under $10, get ready to enjoy a hearty bowl of kway and all the above-mentioned ingredients!
Do however note that queuing can sometimes take as long as 45 mins and remember to arrive as everything is usually sold before 1pm!
Xing Yun Kway Chap
Address: #01-14 Tampines Round Market & Food Centre, Blk 137 Tampines Street 11, Singapore 521137
Opening Hours: Fri-Sun 8am-1pm
2. 137 Lor Mee Prawn Noodles[caption id="attachment_9760" align="alignnone" width="500"] Image credit: ieatandeat[/caption]
If you’re looking for a less dense version of Lor Mee, 137 Lor Mee Prawn Noodles is just the thing. Its stall owners are generous with ingredients which include eggs, a slice of pork belly, wu xiang and fish cake. The best part has to be its fried fish, a side dish that spots a beautiful crispy golden brown. The fish comes in generous portions and remains its crispiness despite being soaked in gravy.
With just $3, you are able to get a bowl of decent Lor Mee. If that’s too small a portion, simply pay a dollar more to fully satisfy your tummy!
137 Lor Mee Prawn Noodles
Address:#01-09 Tampines Round Market & Food Centre, Blk 137 Tampines Street 11, Singapore 521137
Contact: 9365 2219
Opening Hours: Daily 6.30am-3.00pm
3. Teo Kee Mushroom Minced Pork Noodle[caption id="attachment_9762" align="alignnone" width="749"] Image credit: Instagram user @sgfoodfinder[/caption]
How can one resist this mouthwatering bones? At Teo Kee, its pork ribs are braised to perfection – tender, bursting with flavour and melts in your mouth. The stall also uses special egg noodles that are surprisingly chewy. Pair the noodles with some green chilli for that tinge of sourness that blends perfectly with the savoury dish for just $4! So if you’re looking for some tasty pork rib noodles at bargain prices, Teo Kee is the stall to visit.
Teo Kee Mushroom Minced Pork Noodle
Address:#01-09 Tampines Round Market & Food Centre, Blk 137 Tampines Street 11, Singapore 521137
Contact: 9365 2219
Opening Hours: Daily 6.30am-3pm
4. Yummy Sarawak Kolo Mee[caption id="attachment_9764" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Kolo Mee. Image credit: misstamchiak[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9767" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Spare Rib Noodles. Image credit: justeatla[/caption]
Fancy some Kolo Mee? With Yummy Sarawak Kolo Mee, you no longer have to travel across the causeway for this dish. Here at Tampines Round Market, you can find an equally satisfying rendition of this dish. This dish is dry-tossed with different sauces and must-have ingredients such as minced pork, char siew, vegetables and wontons or sui gao, Kolo Mee is sort of like a luxurious version of Wanton Mee. The difference is that the noodles used for Kolo Mee are made with only egg whites, making them a shade lighter and a tad healthier.
A plate of Kolo Mee costs $3 to $5 whilst a set with additional pork ribs will set you back at $3.50. If you’re in the mood for something different, feel free to try the Chicken Feet Spare Ribs Noodles ($4). The spare ribs are well braised and flavourful!
Yummy Sarawak Kolo Mee
Address:#01-45 Tampines Round Market & Food Centre, Blk 137 Tampines Street 11, S521137
Contact: 9885 5513
Opening Hours: Daily 5am-3pm
5. Chai Chee Pork Porridge[caption id="attachment_9768" align="alignnone" width="657"] Image credit: Instagram User @tame_bunny[/caption]
The go-to food for any rainy day, Chai Chee Pork Porridge, similar to the above-mentioned Kolo Mee, is also located at Tampines Round Market. With chicken, fish, pork and century egg to choose from, order your favourite porridge at just $3 per bowl! Our favourite combination will have to be the minced pork porridge with century eggs topped with you tiao. Chai Chee Pork Porridge is rumoured to serve the best Cantonese congee in Eastern Singapore where their thick congee is packed full of ingredients.
However, we are unsure of this stall’s opening hours, so do arrive early to avoid disappointment!
Chai Chee Pork Porridge
Address:#01-45 Tampines Round Market & Food Centre, Blk 137 Tampines Street 11, S521137
6. Fu Yuan Minced Pork Noodle[caption id="attachment_9759" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image credit: misstamchiak[/caption]
Similar to Tai Hwa Minced Pork Noodle, this stall serves good Bak Chor Mee at just half the price. Located at Tampines Street 21, the owner of Fu Yuan Minced Pork Noodle formerly had, as a young boy, worked as an assistant at Tai Hwa. Now you know why there’s a familiar taste to Fu Yuan’s Bak Chor Mee.
At just $3 per bowl, you get a good mixture of minced pork, liver, pork balls and springy noodles, all tossed in Fu Yuan’s special vinegar-based sauce. If you’re coming for lunch, do note that the stall’s closing time is at 2.30pm and will only reopen for dinner at 5pm.
Fu Yuan Minced Pork Noodle
Address:Blk 201C Tampines Street 21
Contact: 65 6337 2201 (from 5pm)
Opening Hours: 6am-2.30pm; 5pm -8pm, closed every 2 weeks on Wed
7. L32 Handmade Noodles[caption id="attachment_9765" align="alignnone" width="500"] Image credit: ieatandeat[/caption]
With L32 Handmade Noodles located at the food court of Tampines 1, you no longer have to travel to Geylang Lor 32 to get your Ban Mian fix.
For its soupy version, an egg is cracked into its flavourful soup for a sweet aftertaste. The noodles are thin and chewy whilst the minced pork/chicken is seasoned nicely with the aroma of sesame oil. The dry version is similar to the soup version, but it is slightly tastier due to an additional secret sauce (we have no idea what it is).
Do note that the queue during lunch time is pretty long. For $4.20 per bowl, we’ll say the dish is worth queueing for.
L32 Handmade Noodles
Address: Tampines 1 shopping mall, 10 Tampines Central 1, #05-05 Kapitans Food court
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-9.30pm
8. Al Mahboob Indian Rojak[caption id="attachment_9769" align="alignnone" width="750"] Image credit: Yelp[/caption]
With good Indian Rojak getting difficult to find, this stall at Tampines is a blessing to all.
One of the best Indian Rojak stalls in Singapore, Al Mahboob‘s fiery red gravy is made from mashed sweet potatoes and spiked with chilli powder. Select from its wide array of ingredients before dipping them into its lip-smacking gravy! Prices depend on how many items you pick but the cost will definitely be below $10 (unless you pick fifty pieces or something). Besides the Indian Rojak, the other signature dish of this stall has to be its Sup Tulang ($6 for 4 pieces).
Al Mahboob Indian Rojak
Address:Blk 506, Tampines Ave 4, #01-361, S520506
Opening Hours: 12.30pm-8pm (Closed every alt Wed)
With a great variety of cheap eats at Tampines, remember to bring along an empty stomach when exploring this neighbourhood! Let us know in the comments below if there are more worthy cheap eats in Tampines!
(Header image by Miss Tam Chiak)
It may come as a surprise to some, but albeit their hectic work schedules, there has been an increasing trend of celebrities venturing in the F&B industry, where they take time off-screen to open their own bars and restaurants. From seafood goodness to sweet treats, here’s our list of 5 local eateries you never knew are owned by our celebrities!
1. Wholly Crab by Felicia Chin[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1622"] Image credit: todayonline[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10023" align="alignnone" width="640"] Image credit: burpple[/caption]
Started by MediaCorp actress Felicia Chin in May 2015, Wholly Crab is a seafood eatery specialising in American/Louisiana seafood. This casual seafood joint serves their seafood by the bucket where portions are usually catered for sharing. Instead of the traditional chilli and black pepper crabs, you’ll be able to find unique sauces like Kung Pao, Marmite, Creamy Cheese, Laksa and more.
Wholly Crab has affordable combo buckets to choose from. These include the Love Buckets ($60), good to share among 2-3 dinners or their Wholly Bucket ($120) for a larger group of 5-6. One of their must-try is their signature Nori Tempura Soft Shell Crab ($12), a crispy and succulent dish. For those who aren’t exactly fans of crabs, Wholly Crab has other food options such as mussels, prawns and even pasta.
So if you’re craving for a casual dinner, try Wholly Crab for your seafood fix.
Wholly Crab (Satay by the Bay)
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-17 Satay By The Bay, S018953
Opening hours: Sun to Thu 2pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 2pm-11pm
Wholly Crab (Bedok Market Place)
Address: 348 Bedok Road, #02-10 Simpang Bedok Market Place, S469560
Opening hours: Tue to Sun 4pm-10pm, Closed on Mon
2. Mischief by Cynthia Koh, Michelle Chong & Daniel Ong[caption id="attachment_10026" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image credit: todayonline[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10027" align="alignnone" width="640"] St Louis Ribs. Image credit: mischief[/caption]
Helmed by Daniel Ong, Cynthia Koh and Michelle Chong, Mischief is an eatery that focuses on American street food. With its lively ambience, this establishment is a great place for gatherings of any kind. Sink your teeth into delicious American cuisines such as the Sloppy Joes, Philly Cheesesteak or Chicken Waffle before washing them down with a pint of cold beer. For the health-conscious, there’s always the Heirloom Tomato Salad, a dish comprising of juicy tomatoes, basil pesto, cheese and olive crumb.
Not a fan of beer? Mischief also offers a selection of alcoholic drinks such as cocktails, spirits and wines. Did we also mention that there’s neither service charge nor GST?
Address: 8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall #01-12, S039802
Contact: 6532 0106
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5pm-3am, Sun 5pm-11pm
3. Dulce and Sucre by Jaime Teo & Daniel Ong[caption id="attachment_10038" align="alignnone" width="650"] Image credit: danielfooddiary[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10039" align="alignnone" width="650"] Image credit: danielfooddiary[/caption]
They may be known as the founders of Twelve Cupcakes, but did you know that duo Jamie Teo and Daniel Ong are also behind the concept of Dulce and Sucre? An extension of Twelve Cupcakes, this establishment sells a variety of puddings, crunchies, whoopies, and tarts with prices ranging from S$3.30 – S$6.00.
If you happen to be in the Orchard area, do head down to the basement of Orchard Gateway to try their tarts, cake pops and loaves that are baked using top ingredients such as French butter and top notch chocolate. Also, expect great service here at this little quaint cafe!
Dulce and Sucre
Address: 277 Orchard Road, B1-01 Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
Tel: +65 6509 1255
Opening hours: Daily 10am-10pm
4. PARK at Holland Village by Adam Chen[caption id="attachment_10029" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image credit: googlemaps[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10028" align="alignnone" width="640"] Truffle Mac and Cheese. Image credit: burpple[/caption]
Located in bustling Holland Village, PARK is a one of a kind Gastro Bar opened by actor Adam Chen, whose passion for the creation of spaces paved the way for his introduction to the F&B industry. Reconstructed out of an old shipping container and powered by solar energy, PARK is a stand-alone restaurant that is pretty hard to miss.
PARK operates as a cafe by day and bistro by night. The must-try items include its Spam Chips ($8.50) and Truffle Mac and Cheese ($13.50). Do arrive early as seating is limited and establishment tends to fill up pretty fast during peak hours.
PARK at Holland Village
Address: 281 Holland Avenue, #01-01, S278996
Contact: 6532 0106
Opening hours: Fri-Sun 10am-2am, Tue-Thu 10am-12am, Closed on Mon
5. Dancing Crab by Dick Lee[caption id="attachment_10030" align="alignnone" width="780"] Image credit: The Straits Times[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image credit: Dancing Crab[/caption]
Other than Slappy Cake, the renowned songwriter is also the owner of Start your meal with some Crab Cakes ($13) or you know, dive straight into the Boston Lobsters ($9.50/100g) or Dungeness crabs ($8.50/100g). Other must-try dishes include classics such as the Po’boy Sandwiches ($15) and Seafood Gumbo ($11). That said, do be prepared to get your hands dirty at Dancing Crab!
Check out all the four outlets location Dancing Crab (The Grandstand)
Address: The Grandstand 200 Turf Club Road
Contact: 65 6566 3303
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5pm-10.30m, Sat-Sun/PH 11.30am-3pm; 5pm-10.30pm
Sure, the combination of fame and food may sound like a winning formula, but we’ll leave it to you to decide if the celebrities should venture further into their second careers. However, we do salute their passion for food and they are indeed, inspiring people to look up to. If you do decide to drop by their restaurants, do let us know how they fare by dropping a comment below!
(Header image by todayonline, danielfooddiary and The Straits Times, edited by writer)
Part of a chain of restaurants by the Ishida Kikaku Group, originating from Hakata city in Kyushu, Japan, Teppan Bar Q is the group’s second restaurant in Singapore. This newly opened restaurant is set in the hip and stylish Robertson Quay area.
The founder, Mr Kyota Ishida, also known as Mr K, promotes the taste of Hakata in all his dining ventures. Mr K has been in the industry since he was sixteen when he started working in a French restaurant. His passion for bringing a sense of excitement and discovery to customers through food has led him to open various restaurants around Japan, and now, Singapore.
Teppan Bar Q
Teppan Bar Q is a contemporary teppanyaki restaurant that offers Spanish Tapas with a creative twist. This cosy and inviting diner seats 21 pax around the counter. Indoor and outdoor seatings are available for drinks and light bites. You can also pair a wide selection of wine from Spain to Japan, private-label sakes, fruit liqueurs, cocktail, and beers, with its dishes.[caption id="attachment_9966" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Sake which pairs well with the dishes.[/caption]
Roasted Hakata Mentai
One of Hakata region’s speciality is their Roasted Hakata Mentai ($12.90) – marinated roe of Pollock and Cod, specially flown in from Hakata. The roe is sliced into small nuggets, gently roasted on its grill, and topped with capsicum, chilli flakes.
We found this dish a little too savoury for our taste buds. However, it paired well with sake for a full bodied flavour.
Octopus Galician Style
This is an interesting combination – octopus on potatoes ($13.90). The octopus is well-cooked and seasoned to perfection. Topped with paprika powder, olive oil and spring onions on a bed of soft potatoes, this dish tantalised the taste buds. The dish was delightful – tangy, slightly peppery, and just the right amount of savoury.
Foie Gras with Daikon[caption id="attachment_9969" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Foie Gras and Daikon[/caption]
The Foie Gras with Daikon ($26.80) is our favourite dish and totally stole the limelight. This dish is chef Kyota’s signature Mediterranean-inspired dish. After grilling to perfection, the foie gras is set to rest for 2 minutes. This makes it more juicy and tender.
The smooth and rich foie gras melted in my mouth. The daikon (white radish), soaked in dashi broth, was heavenly. It oozed with unami and dashi and left me wanting more. This is a truly unforgettable dish.
Tonpei Yaki with Rice Cake & Cheese
One of Teppan Bar Q’s must-haves is definitely their Tonpei Yaki with Rice Cake and Cheese ($25.90). The Tonpei Yaki is a thin batter layered with finely chopped cabbage with slivers of pork, egg, and white sauce. The white sauce is a secret mixture of mountain yam paste and mayonnaise. The restaurant’s mayonnaise is homemade with plum-infused soymilk – a healthier choice. Also, good quality eggs from Okinawa are used for this dish. What’s also special is that this dish is served on special earthenware plates. These plates have an infrared effect that draws out the taste of the ingredients evenly. Definitely a must-try dish!
US Ribeye Angus Steak
The US Angus Ribeye Steak ($58.90 for 200g) was cooked to perfection. It was not tough at all and was juicy and tender. Choose from three accompanying sauces – sesame sauce, soy sauce with wasabi, and garlic ginger onion sauce. Out of all the sauces, we felt that the sesame sauce added a punch to the flavour of the beef. If you want to enjoy the natural flavour of the beef, simply opt for the soy sauce with wasabi.
Garlic Fried Rice
A good garlic fried rice consists of loads of garlic fried to a delectable aroma with eggs and rice. This garlic fried rice ($12.90) totally nailed it! On top of all these goodness, the chef added in a fatty portion of the steak from our previous dish which gave our fried rice a surprise burst of flavour for each bite.
Vanilla Ice Cream Kinako
To wrap up your dinner, try their Vanilla Ice Cream Kinako ($6.90). The ice cream is made from kinako – roasted soybean paste which is a healthy option for diners. A brown sugar syrup at the bottom provides a sweet finish to the dessert.
All in all, we love how quaint and cosy this little restaurant bar is. If you’re looking to unwind with friends or would like to have a family gathering in an intimate casual setting, we definitely recommend visiting Teppan Bar Q!
Do note that the servings seen in the pictures are in mini portions as this was an invited food tasting. Besides the ala carte dishes, Teppan Bar Q also offers a set course menu from $60.
In Singapore, Teppanyaki is either found at food courts or at the high-end restaurants. Teppan Bar Q fills the mid-range gap. To find this restaurant, walk along Muhammad Sultan Road instead of Unity Street.
This was an invited food tasting session.
(All photos are taken by the writer)
The king of fruits’ season is here again. Every year, between June and August, is the best time to savour durians. However this year, after a prolonged dry spell, the peak season is delayed. Durian season this year could be later and longer as flowers are still blooming.
Nonetheless, you’ll still need to know how to choose the best durians before buying them. Believe it or not, there are more than 400 types of durians! Whether you like it sweet or bitter, we’ve got it all covered. Read on for our guide to identifying the best durian types.
1. Mao Shan Wang[caption id="attachment_9804" align="alignnone" width="780"] Image credit: The Straits Times[/caption]
There’s no doubt that all durian lovers love the Mao Shan Wang. Here’re some tips when choosing a Mao Shan Wang (also known as Cat Mountain King). Look for these distinct features altogether in one durian.[caption id="attachment_9857" align="alignnone" width="640"] Thorns converged at the base of the stem. Image credit: johorkaki[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9858" align="alignnone" width="640"] Pointed thorns. Image credit: johorkaki[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9860" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Unique 5 arms “starfish” shaped bottom. Image credit: Flickr[/caption]
Mao Shan Wang
Flesh colour: Bright royal yellow in colour
Flavour: Bittersweet, creamy, sticky. In the same durian, flesh could be bitter and/or sweet.
Thorns: V-shaped/pointed thorns
Crown: Thorns tend to converge at the base of the stem, forming a bald brownish ring around the stem
Base: Brownish five-pointed star. A little bald.
2. Musang King[caption id="attachment_9805" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image credit: yearofthedurian[/caption]
Musang King is currently regarded as the best durian in Malaysia. It’s the most sought after, desired and expensive of all durian varieties. It sells for more than twice the price of an above-average durian. To avoid being conned by unscrupulous durian vendors trying to sell you an average durian as the Musang King, here are some features you must not miss.
[caption id="attachment_10011" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Crown: Smooth with a gap between stem and thorns. Credit: yearofthedurian[/caption]
Shell: Yellow-brown to camo-green to tinged with purple
Flavour: Sweet, rich, and creamy, like a toasted marshmallow
Thorns: Rather inconsistent. Either very far apart or close together, could be as thin as a needle, or rather pyramidical.
Crown: Smooth and brownish gap between the stem and thorns.
Shape: Bean-like, like a kidney or egg
Stem: Longer than other durian types
Base: Brownish five-pointed star. Balder, broader and more pronounced than the Mao Shan Wang.
3. Golden Phoenix[caption id="attachment_9806" align="alignnone" width="676"] Image credit: The Straits Times[/caption]
The Golden Phoenix, also know as Jin Feng, is a pale-coloured durian type with very soft and wet flesh. More affordable than Mao Shan Wang, it is small in size and is very fleshy with tiny seeds and thin husk. The taste of the Golden Phoenix is sweet, bitter, creamy and slightly less pungent than the Mao Shan Wang. It’s considered a ‘value for money’ durian type as you get a good amount of tasty flesh at an affordable price.[caption id="attachment_9864" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Converging thorns at the bottom of the durian. Image credits: blog.alansoon[/caption]
Shell: Light green to greyish brown
Flavour: Bittersweet with a more watery texture
Thorns: Skinny and sharp
Shape: Roundish and oval
Base: Tiny almost non-existent base formed by thorns converging towards the base, forming a tip.
4. XO[caption id="attachment_9806" align="alignnone" width="676"] Image credit: The Straits Times[/caption]
If you like your durian strong and bitter, the XO is not to be missed. The XO durian is bitter with its famed alcohol taste – cultivated through an extended period of fermentation inside its shell. Its fruit is usually smaller and the husk is identified by its thin and brownish-green colour. Another point to look out for is its watery thick flesh.
Shell: Thin and brownish green in colour
Flesh colour: Very pale yellow
Flavour: Watery thick flesh, bitter with alcohol aftertaste
Shape: Roundish, oval, or even starfruit-shaped
Base: Centre depression with thorns pointing inwards
D24 is one of the more popular durian varieties. Its flesh tends to be pale yellow and tastes creamy and bitter. As D24 is a popular durian type that is widely cultivated, there are several grades and even sub-categories.[caption id="attachment_9865" align="alignnone" width="618"] Crown showing thorns growing all over. Image credit: sixthseal[/caption]
Shells: Homogeneous green/ greenish-yellow
Thorns: Tend to cluster together
Flavour: Neither overly sweet nor bitter, great starter durian for newbies
Flesh: Thick and creamy
Stem: Relatively short stem with small brown ring around it
6. Red Prawn[caption id="attachment_9873" align="alignnone" width="676"] Image credit: The Straits Times[/caption]
If you like sweet durian, Red Prawn (also known as Ang Hei or Udang Merah in Malay) is the right one for you. Its texture is beautifully creamy but often a bit too watery. This durian has a fruity sweet taste. Some varieties have tiny seeds, others have large ones. The red prawn durian shells are thick and hard to open. Though the durian looks large, there may not be a lot of fruit, as the core of the durian is wide.[caption id="attachment_9937" align="alignnone" width="788"] Dusky brown shell, short and widely spaced thorns. Image credit: yearofthendurian[/caption]
Shape: Oval with a wider middle
Flavour: Sticky with sweet aftertaste
Thorns: Short and very widely spaced
7. Black Thorn[caption id="attachment_9934" align="alignnone" width="640"] Image credit: yearofthedurian[/caption]
Black Thorn durians are the most prized durians of all – more expensive than Musang King. The flesh of the Black Thorn is nearly fiberless and has a bright orange colour.
Shape: Round and small
Bottom: Bald bottom with a dark brown spot
Stem: Stubby, short stem
Flavour: Sweet with a bitter after taste
Flesh: Rich, creamy, fiberless, and sticky. Dark orange with reddish hue.
How can we resist these durians? After researching and going through this list, we’re having serious hunger pangs and cravings for durian! It’s time to hunt down the king of fruits and satisfy those cravings!
(Header image by Flickr, edited by writer)
This month, we cast our spotlight on blogger and successful business owner, Yina Goh. We speak with her about her journey with Tell us more about yourself!
I came from a media/design background and worked for about 3 years in an art studio before deciding to leave my corporate job to pursue my dream of starting an online boutique. I write and sing occasionally too.
What were the inspirations behind The Velvet Dolls?
As I was bigger in size then, I couldn’t find suitable clothes to fit me as most online boutiques cater to petite ladies of UK6. I began to avoid dressing up. However, I then decided to slim down. Within 3 weeks of exercise and healthy eating, I lost a significant amount of weight. My self-esteem and confidence grew and I began to love online shopping. I then decided to open an online boutique – The Velvet Dolls to cater to women of all sizes.
“I was only 23 years old then, so why not give it a try?”
Why The Velvet Dolls?
The name “The Velvet Dolls” came about as I’d wanted to create something simple but memorable. I used to enjoy playing with paper dolls and thus paper dolls became part of the inspiration for our name. The word “Velvet” adds a more luxurious and classy feel to it. The logo was inspired from matryoshka, also known as Russian Dolls.
What are the challenges you faced when starting the business?
As I’d started blogging before opening TVD, I’d already garnered a substantial viewership which was an advantage to my business. My background in design also equipped me with the right skill sets from designing my logo to creating my website.
However, I did not have any knowledge (such as the financial aspect) of opening a business. Maintaining the business was also not easy. Back in those days, I had to do everything myself. I was the photographer, stylist, model, and more. As a perfectionist by nature, I tend to micromanage every single detail of the business.
What is The Velvet Dolls currently focusing on?
This year, TVD will focus more on its bridesmaid collection and stylish office wear.
What is it that makes your customers loyal?
A good relationship between customers is very important. The way you brand your business plays a part too. At TVD, we ensure that our clothes are of good quality and workmanship, which are features that keep customers coming back for more.
What are your thoughts on buying from websites such as Taobao?
One issue we feel is that photos from these websites may not reflect the actual products. Most of their clothes are mass produced and can be easily found anywhere. The quality of material used may also be compromised.
At TVD, we focus on style, quality and fit. We want our customers to look their best. Our clothes are tailored to fit and designed to flatter.
What is a typical day like for you?
My typical day can vary a lot. I try to block out entire days and dedicate them to completing a few essential tasks. For instance, if I have writing/photo-taking for blog advertorials, I’ll set aside a day just for that. I do the same when I need to edit images or prepare for the next collection for TVD.
It’s actually easier if you dedicate a good amount of time and focus on completing the task than doing ten different things at one time or in one day.
With your passion for singing and having performed gigs, what are your recommended places to visit for live gigs?
Definitely Switch by Timbre, it’s my favourite spot! Some other great spots are Shuffle at Clark Quay and Unplugged at Dempsey.
Lastly, any advice for people looking to start a business?
The most important part is to have a target audience in mind. You have to understand what the market wants and what the consumers need. Be constantly aware of the change in the market and always keep up with trends. You must be able to manage your finances and ensure what you are doing is sustainable.
Yina is currently taking part in Singapore’s biggest online Chinese singing competition, Hear Me Sing (organised by Starhub and MM2) and has made it to the top 4 after two months into the competition! Voting counts for 40% and you can vote for her It never ceases to amaze us when we hear stories of women who follow their hearts to do what they love. Yina’s perseverance is definitely inspiring to many. So to all aspiring entrepreneurs out there, the journey may be tough but remember, the effort you put in will all be worth it.
(All images are courtesy of Yina)
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