You can scour the city to experience some of the finer things Singapore has to offer, but a chance to live like actual royalty will still be worlds apart.
From the view of our local life, gazing upon kings and queens on their regal thrones is a faraway concept. We can’t relate, but we’ll admit it’s fun to imagine what it might be like.
If you want to get a taste of the high life, take to the seas and Dream Cruises will lay out a spread fit for an emperor.
Their signature culinary extravaganza “Taste The Dream – Wine and Dine at Sea” returns this year with a royal spin, thanks to two internationally acclaimed chefs who’ll be making their debuts on board the Genting Dream and World Dream cruise liners.
In East-meets-West fashion, Chef Darren McGrady and Chef Ivan Li present two unique dining experiences to choose from, The Queen’s Feast and The Forbidden Banquet. The craziest thing is, they’ll be serving dishes that have been tasted and praised by the royals themselves.
In his 15 years of service at Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, Chef McGrady has been trusted with crafting the favourite foods of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry. He brings to the table some of his culinary wonders that have gotten their seals of approval.
Chef Ivan Li is just as impressive, coming down the line from his great grandfather who headed the imperial kitchen to the last Qing emperor. He’s now the second generation owner of Family Li Imperial Cuisine, a prestigious restaurant that has carried on the legacy feeding numerous dignitaries and celebrities since 1985.
Here are some dishes they’ll be serving at sea that are bound to make anyone feel grand.
Juniper Crusted Venison with Truffle Oil Risotto
Combining two of The Queen’s most favoured delights in one masterpiece, Chef McGrady’s venison takes your taste buds to the grounds of Balmoral Castle.
Queen Elizabeth loves a serving of game for her main courses, and this dish was prepared for her with the abundant venison on the Balmoral Estate.
If you’re a chocoholic, that’s one thing you can say you have in common with The Queen, before you get swept away by the surprising twist of a chocolate-infused grand veneur sauce topping this delectable cut of meat.
Another dimension of flavour comes from the fluffy bed of risotto it lies upon, made with wild mushrooms and truffles, and adored by Prince Charles.
Ballotine of Salmon, Tomato & Dill Mousse, Herb Marinated Lobster Tail
The life of royalty sure looks magnificent, but it isn’t all indulgence either. When Chef McGrady was the personal chef to Princess Diana at Kensington Palace, she had him turn her meals fat-free to help her maintain a healthy lifestyle, and he did this with her favourite tomato and dill mousse.
His new rendition does away with the full-fat mayonnaise and heavy cream, while it still packs a rich flavour and smooth texture.
Served alongside a fresh piece of lobster was just the way Princess Diana loved it. On top of that, guests will enjoy the addition of a supple ballotine of salmon, finished with avocado and caviar.
Bread and Butter Pudding
Chef McGrady’s bread and butter pudding was another dish famously treasured by Princess Diana. In fact, she loved it too much to keep it to herself and often raved to her friends that it was the best in the world.
It became so iconic that many have tried to recreate it, describing it as a heavenly cross between a traditional bread pudding and a crème brûlée, sprinkled with raisins and slivered almonds. But none can match up to the original, of course.
The treat gets sweeter as it’s drizzled with salted caramel sauce, and accompanied by the chef’s masterfully made drambuie blueberry compote and vanilla bean ice cream.
Mashed Green Beans with Minced Scallops and Ginger
If you’d prefer a taste of oriental grandeur, Chef Li’s imperial menus will take you deep into the Forbidden City. More than just delicacies, some of his creations are rightfully a work of art too.
Specially invented for Empress Dowager Cixi, who was a great lover of jade, this unusual appetiser is coined ‘Tofu of Jade’ for its distinctive pale green hue. Achieved by mashing green beans into a smooth, silky, curd-like texture, it truly shows that the simplest ingredients can be turned extravagant in the hands of a master.
Along with it, savour Chef Li’s delectable deep fried prawns wrapped with egg, and duck meat with sweet sauce.
Bird’s Nest with Pheasant Meat and Vermicelli
Just like it is today, bird’s nest has historically been prized in Chinese cuisine. Back in the courts of the Qing dynasty, it was one of the most highly favoured ingredients to use.
Bird’s nest with rock sugar was served to Emperor Qianlong for breakfast every morning, while Empress Dowager Cixi would request to have different dishes made from it on a daily basis.
Chef Li makes this dish even more classical with the addition of pheasant (we’d like to think of as the nobleman’s chicken), also another symbolic favourite of the royals of China.
Ready Your Crown, It’s Time To Set Sail!
If you’ve been holding out for the perfect opportunity to #treatyourself, it probably doesn’t get more luxurious than being served with the royal treatment out at sea.
Catch Chef Li on his voyage with World Dream from 13 – 20 October 2019, followed by his next sailing on Genting Dream, departing from Singapore for a 3-night getaway from 17 November 2019.
Chef McGrady embarks on Genting Dream from 11 – 13 November 2019, before he sets sail on two back-to-back sailings on World Dream from 29 December 2019 – 3 January 2020.
Besides a gastronomic experience, guests on the cruises can also enjoy a lineup of programmes including a Peking opera, British garden tea party, workshops and concerts on board.
To view the full menus and find out more about A Taste of the Palace, click here!
This article was written in collaboration with Dream Cruises.
Korea is a place of enchantment, and many Singaporeans could easily write a love letter to the beautiful country once they’ve seen it in person.
Between steeping in its rich culture visiting centuries-old palaces, catching up with K-pop and K-fashion at the trendy districts, and being awed by divine coastal landscapes at Jeju Island—there’s definitely something to draw you back again.
And to save the best for last, Korean cuisine alone is a good enough reason to book that 7-hour flight.
Army stew, topokki, bulgogi beef, and Korean fried chicken with beer are some of the best creations in the world. We bet that unmistakable spicy, tangy taste of kimchi has already seeped into your mind.
If you’re saving up for your next trip, or you’ve already planned it but just can’t wait, here’s how you can get your cravings fixed real quick while you’re still in Singapore.
Let The Korean Feast Come To You
Cold Storage is bringing the flavours of Korea to us in a two-week Korea Fair from now till 10 October 2019.
When you’re craving Korean food daily but don’t feel like eating out, the best solution will be to whip up some dishes in the comfort of your home.
Don’t worry if you have limited skills in the kitchen, because many of the items available at Cold Storage Korea Fair can stack up to make a grocery list of easy-to-cook (or even ready-to-eat) dishes. Thank the heavens.
They also have a selection of snacks, drinks and even fresh fruits from Korea to top it off, so you’re well covered!
Kimchi ramen noodles
Classic staples never go wrong, and kimchi ramen is a testament to that. You don’t need anything too fancy when you have a comforting bowl of noodles, swimming in sour and spicy kimchi soup.
For Korean food lovers, this is like the ‘starter pack’ you keep returning to. Time after time, its warmth and satisfaction reaches right to your fingertips again.
Grab yourself a few packs of Jongga Kimchi Ramen Hot & Spicy, since we know you won’t just be eating this once!
Topokki – spicy rice cakes
Koreans deeply treasure their topokki, a stir-fried dish of rice cakes and vegetables topped with spicy sauce. Their delightful chewiness can kind of get addictive.
While topokki is popular in Korea to add some heat to their cold winters, we on the other hand, just salivate for anything spicy, no matter how hot it is in Singapore.
You can pick up an instant cup that takes just minutes to cook, with flavours like Dongwon Spicy & Sweet Topokki and Cheese Topokki.
A hard-boiled egg and some garnish will complete your topokki perfectly!
When you want to ease into a great morning, a tasty bowl of porridge soothes all troubles away. If anyone says it’s an ‘old lady food’, tell them to call us up.
Dongwon Yangban Rice Porridge has really hit it up as a popular breakfast food in Korea, especially when they have Red Velvet’s Wendy and Irene endorsing it! Preparing a bowl is as easy as a quick pop into the microwave.
Unlike the typically salty (but equally heavenly) Cantonese congee we usually eat, Korean porridge can be either savoury or sweet, like the glutinous rice option with red bean and chestnut.
Sweet potatoes may come humbly from the earth, but they should really be celebrated for satisfying stomachs for centuries.
Did you know they actually come in various flavours too? We didn’t, till now.
The chestnut variant packs vitamins and fibres in its rich purple skin, while pumpkin sweet potatoes are smaller with yellow flesh and taste delicious even eaten raw.
That gives you two ways to whip up a serving of goguma mattang (candied sweet potatoes)!
Kimchi fried rice
Fried rice takes us to paradise—it’s simple to prepare and frankly just irresistible to wolf down.
It could also well be a universal language across many Eastern cultures, just cooked a little differently from one place to another.
With kimchi as the starring flavour, it’s both the familiar comfort of fried rice we always love, and a taste to make you feel closer to the second home in your heart.
To make things better, you won’t even have to whip out a wok and get to work in the kitchen. You can just pick up Jongga Kimchi Fried Rice which comes deliciously ready-to-eat!
Snacks, fruits and drinks
The happiest five minutes you’ll spend in a supermarket—okay make it 30, no judgement here—is when you walk down the snack aisle. You’ll light up at your old favourites, yet still always get to chance upon new discoveries to try.
Snacks are highly up to individual preference, but Cold Storage Korea Fair has quite a selection.
For those who love it savoury, Paldo Crab Chips and The Kims Crispy Laver Chip (laver is a type of seaweed) are some great options to have when it comes down to ‘crunch’ time.
If you’re a sweet creature, you’ll enjoy sinking your teeth into a soft fluffy bite of Haitai Oh Yes! Chocolate Coated Cake, or get addicted to Cosmos Honey Twist.
Of course, there’s an in-between too where sweet and savoury collide, and Lotte Popping Corn Chips in Original, Grilled Corn and Sweet & Spicy flavours can fill that gap.
Besides snacks, people love to eat lots of fruits in Korea since the country’s climate makes it perfect for harvesting top quality seasonal produce.
Plus, don’t forget the drinks to accompany your heavenly Korean spread! Morning meals will be complete with a cup of Barista Rules coffee—try the Mocha Presso or Caramel Deep Presso if you feel like making a fun choice to start your day.
At the day’s end, it’s time to wind down, pop a can of Ark Pale Ale, and start counting down till you make your next visit to the land of the morning calm.
Earn A Holiday Through Your Shopping Spree
Cold Storage Korea Fair launched on 28 September with an exciting opening ceremony at Great World City, graced by the Republic of Korea Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Ahn Young-jip.
Attendees got to see the unveiling of a Giant Bibimbap (it left us drooling with envy!), and were treated to a live cook-off between two esteemed chefs: Park Joon Woo, 1st runner up of MasterChef Korea 2012, and Gen Lee, 1st runner up of MasterChef Singapore 2018.
To top it all off, we got into the groove with a sleek K-pop dance performance to some of our favourite songs.
Don’t miss the fair while it runs at all Cold Storage, Market Place and Jasons stores from now till 10 October!
As you make your shopping rounds, you can also hit up the sampling booths to experience as many different flavours as possible. In-store sampling will be popping up in the Takashimaya, Bugis, Plaza Singapura, Compass One and Causeway Point Cold Storage stores from 4 to 6 October, 11am – 7pm daily.
You’ll also stand a chance to enter a lucky draw and win prizes when you spend a minimum of $25 in a single receipt, including at least two participating Korean products.
One lucky winner will score the grand prize of 100,000 KrisFlyer Miles, which is worth two economy class redemption tickets to Korea! Ten other lucky winners will also each get 10,000 KrisFlyer miles in the bag.
And as a PSA for the huge K-pop lovers, you may be in for a great surprise if you stick around on 5 October and get to catch one of the K-pop flash mobs that will appear in selected stores!
Click through here to learn more about the ‘Seoul’ delicious deals you can get at Cold Storage Korea Fair.
This article was written in collaboration with Cold Storage.
Header Image Credit: Pickled Plum, Instazu, My Korean Kitchen
When we’re out for a day with friends, family or a significant other, the question we always ask is not “what to do?”, but “where should we eat today?”.
Because having good food
is undoubtedly the favourite Singaporean activity that anchors everything else
Some may even say the
mission is to hunt down and try as many great food places as possible each time
we make a trip out.
gastronomical delight after the next is a sure way to satisfy our souls and
make it all seem right in the world, but the only problem will be the hole that
burns in our wallets.
If you’re often bursting
your budget on food, split the cost with a pal next time, because anytime is a
good time for a hearty meal when you can tap on more than 100 1-for-1 dining
deals in Singapore! Only with OCBC Cards.
Ready to feast? We’ve compiled 10 deals for you to start with.
From idyllic Amalfi, to
the bustling Singapore River, the owners of Limoncello have brought
their team over from the famous Italian coastal town itself.
Bringing the flavour
right from its origins, they promise an authentic spread of traditional Italian
fare. Needless to say, you can expect they check all the boxes like homemade
pastas, wood fired pizzas and charcoal-grilled meats.
Limoncello may not give
you a view of green hills and crystal blue waters, but they offer plenty of
alfresco seats, and even private dining rooms where you can raise your glass to
the fancy life.
Dishes like linguine
aragosta (lobster linguine) and costolette di agnello alla griglia
(grilled lamb chop) can be a mouthful, but you won’t be fretting over the
pronunciation once you actually dig into them.
If you think dining by
the riverside along Robertson Quay is certain to rack up a big bill, you’ll be
surprised that you can indulge in a 3-course set lunch for just $35++ per pax.
Address: 95 Robertson Quay, #01-19/20, River Gate Condominium, Singapore 238256
Opening hours: Mon – Tue: 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Wed – Sun: 12pm – 2:30pm; 5:30pm – 10:30pm
2. Kyoaji Dining
It’s all in the name: Kyoaji
means “tastes from Kyoto”.
Among the endless
plethora of restaurants around Orchard, this hidden gem is tucked away inside
TripleOne Somerset where you can take a breather from the busy shopping crowd.
It’s helmed by Executive
Chef John Phua who has almost 30 years of experience in authentic Japanese
cuisine. Previously, he served at Fukuichi Japanese Dining, and he’s keeping
some of his old fan favourites alive after its closure.
Decked out in modern
furnishings, Kyoaji features a live sushi bar so you can watch Chef John and
his team cook up a storm before your eyes.
While they’re known for
their decadent assortment of sashimi and sushi, Kyoaji also dishes out a
refreshing experience with less common items like gyuniki fagura sauce
(grilled beef with goose liver sauce) and hiyashi gyomen (fish meat
Address: 111 Somerset Road, #02-05/06, TripleOne, Singapore 238164
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30pm – 3pm; 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Sat – Sun & PH: 11:30am – 10:30pm
3. The Chop House
Meat lovers come to The
Chop House to get their mouths watering over a great selection from steaks
and burgers, to baby back ribs and pork knuckles.
With their creators
hailing from the highly praised Wooloomooloo Steakhouse, The Chop House is a
more laidback rendition, bringing a range of mains and sharing dishes perfect
for hanging out with a group of pals.
Just like the first
outlet at VivoCity, its second branch at I12 Katong is decorated with an
industrial woody interior that eases you into a cosy mood.
Its hidden secret? This
location houses the legendary Southbend broiler from the US; the same one used
by the chefs at Wooloomooloo to make magic with their famous steaks.
When you’ve cleaned off
your plateful of chunky chops, hit up the bar to wash it all down with ice cold
beers, wine, or cocktails.
The Chop House
Address: 112 East Coast Road, #01-13, I12 Katong, Singapore 428802
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 12am, Sun: 10am – 12am
Nestled in the expansive
‘integrated community’ of Our Tampines Hub, Commons (previously
Commonground) prides itself for creating memories with its customers in the
Its warm lights and
leafy fronds give the eatery a welcoming vibe for casual get-togethers at any
time of day. Fancy a nice breakfast with your tribe of early-risers? No
problem, they’re open from 8am on weekends.
Truly a place to eat in
good company, their signature is the Commons meat platter hero loaded
with a medley of roast chicken, beef tenderloin, lamb chop, Italian sausages,
mashed potatoes, beetroot coleslaw and grilled tomatoes.
Address: 51 Tampines Ave 4, #01-103 Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529684
Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 11am – 10pm, Fri: 11am – 11pm, Sat: 8am – 11pm, Sun: 8am – 10pm
5. Pietro Ristorante Italiano
Ristorante Italiano takes
residence along a row of old shophouses in the peaceful Seletar area.
Settle yourself in among
the traditional decor, and you’ll soon be greeted with warm hospitality and a
complimentary plate of herb-baked bread with garlic dip.
Aside from the familiar
thin crust wood fired pizzas (try the bismark: honey baked ham, feta,
mozzarella and rockets topped with a sunny side up) and pastas cooked in
parchment paper, Pietro also boasts a melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with
porcini kidney beans as its must-try item.
Pietro Ristorante Italiano
Address: 12 Jalan Kelulut, Singapore 809030
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 11am – 2:30pm; 6pm – 10:30pm
6. Chicken Up
The comforts of Korean
fried chicken never fail, and if you’re already a fan of the cuisine, then Chicken
Up is likely to evoke involuntary ‘mmm’s.
Since they opened in
2010, their fried chicken wings in ganjang (soy) and yangnyum (spicy)
flavours have been considered a reliable favourite among many Korean food
lovers in Singapore.
When it comes to the
temptation of sides like bulgolgi and kimchi fries, yangpa bomb
(fried blooming onion), and toppoki (spicy rice cakes), we’re sorry to
say there’s no way you can win this battle—so go on and indulge in your sins.
And if you and your
friends come with a big appetite, there’s nothing more quintessentially Korean
than sharing a UFO stew along with Chicken Up’s watermelon soju,
served right in the watermelon husk!
Address: 277C Compassvale Link, #01-13 (Unit No.2A), Singapore 543277
Opening hours: Sun – Thurs: 11am – 11pm, Fri – Sat: 11am – 2am
7. Masons @ Gillman Barracks
Tucked away in the artsy
locale of Gillman Barracks, the extra walk in (or drive) to get to Masons is
totally worth it.
Housed in a fully
restored black and white 1935 colonial bungalow and shrouded in lush greenery,
the restaurant gives you an uncommon chance to picture yourself in a time of
classic European luxury.
Between their main
dining hall and the serene alfresco verandah, visitors love coming to the
exclusive location to sneak away for a romantic date, or to celebrate an
occasion. It’s no surprise that many choose this venue to tie the knot too.
Mason’s kitchen is
headed by Executive Chef Jack Woolner, who has gone through training under Michelin-star
chefs and served at acclaimed restaurants in the UK.
Among a grand spread of
European cuisine peppered with local Singaporean influences, Masons highly
recommends their house special pizza and duck pasta.
Masons @ Gillman Barracks
Address: 8 Lock Rd, #01-17, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108936
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 11:30am – 11pm
8. MeatSmith Telok Ayer
With glass windows
embellished like a gentleman’s barber, a ‘rustic garage’ interior, and the
tunes of classic rock and blues, MeatSmith Telok Ayer is the ultimate
smokehouse diner in the CBD.
It’s the brainchild of
Chef Andrew Baldus and General Manager Emmanuel Bernados, who are here to prove
that a real-deal American barbecue can exist in our part of the globe too.
Chef Andrew spent most
of his life working in Southern style restaurants in Nashville and Memphis, and
he’s now brought over two Southern Pride smokers from the States to Meat
Meat is taken super
seriously here, with mouth-watering homemade sausages, stuffed
suckling pig, and pork ribs slowly smoked over hickory wood for up
to 14 hours.
Beef lovers shouldn’t
miss out on their beef brisket, perfectly charred on the outside, fatty
and tender on the inside, and of course packed full of smoky flavour.
Address: 167-169 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068620
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 11:30am – 3pm; 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Fri – Sun: 11:30am – 10:30pm
9. The Fine Line
Fine Line is comfortably nestled
in Holland Village, a popular chill-out spot that draws young Singaporeans and
expatriates to its dining and bar scene.
Head over to unwind
after a long day of work, or ring in the weekend with some well-deserved toasts
to the backdrop of rustic red brick walls and live music performances.
While some bars are
thought to offer food just to be paired alongside their main attraction of
drinks, The Fine Line doesn’t cut the slack in the kitchen, serving a
delectable spread from brunch to dinner and late night snacks.
The gastro bar’s
signature dishes include their Fine Line burger, angus steak, and
a perfectly balanced plate of salt and pepper squid.
The Fine Line
Address: 23 Lor Mambong, Singapore 277682
Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 3pm – 1am, Fri: 1pm – 1am, Sat: 11am – 2am, Sun: 11am – 1am
10. Kanpai Izakaya
Also at Holland Village,
this casual establishment is another laidback joint to raise your glass, and a
great fit for those who have a taste for Japanese cuisine and drinks.
Lifting spirits with
their all-day happy hour till 10pm (except on Fridays and public holiday eves),
Kanpai Izakaya offers a range of Japanese sake, whisky and beer.
As the food here is
served izakaya style, you’ll want to sample a variety of different bites.
Make your meal an entire
journey, starting with classics like their recommended bara chirashi or tuna
Then dive into more
adventurous terrain to try the also popular chicken heart skewers and blowfish
seasoned with sweet sake!
Address: 40 Lor Mambong, Singapore 277695
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 12pm – 2pm; 5pm – 1am
All OCBC Credit/Debit
Cardmembers can enjoy the full selection of over 100 1-for-1 dining deals.
Click here to see the full list.
If you’re not an OCBC Cardmember, but don’t want to get FOMO (fear of missing out) over these 1-for-1 deals, it’s easy to sign up for their OCBC 365 Credit Card, which also gives you 6% cashback on all your dining spend (capped at S$80, and subject to a minimum total monthly spend of S$800 per calendar month).
On top of that, the fastest fingers get the most spoils, as new OCBC Credit Card applicants who sign up by 30 September 2019 and get their card approved by 31 October 2019 will also receive a S$50 cashback!
Get instant approval right away when you sign up here.
This article was written in collaboration with OCBC Bank.
Header Image Credit: Pietro, Kanpai Izakaya, Chicken Up
Singaporeans are truly spoilt for choice when
it comes to food and shopping.
Gone are the days when we need to travel long
distances from our homes in the heartlands for a shopping spree, or to feast on
cuisines we cannot find at neighbourhood kopitiams.
For one, the folks at Westgate want to satisfy
all your cravings without you needing to take that long train ride to town.
If you’re looking for some recommendations for F&B places to check out during your next visit to the mall, Westgate is running a ‘Tantalising Treats Are Made Of These’ campaign showcasing the diverse flavours that they have to offer.
From mouth-watering Korean barbeque to an indulgent xiao long bao feast, there’s something for every craving!
Here’s a breakdown of
some of Singaporeans’ most favourite cuisines, and the eateries that you can
Move aside salted egg, mala is the flavour for the year 2019.
We’re all familiar with the tongue-numbing
goodness of a huge bowl of mala xiang guo,
but have you tried mala tang?
The soupy variation of the unofficial Singapore dish of the year, Gong Yuan Ma La Tang’s (#04-07) piping hot bowl of mala soup is the perfect complement to a cold, rainy day.
For those unable to take too spicy food, Gong
Yuan also offers soup bases like pork broth and pickled vegetables.
Regardless, we would still recommend that you
try out their signature mala soup
base with a selection of your favourite ingredients for a unique mala experience you can tell your
Still need more mala in your life?
Pop by Ooh (#02-K1) and grab a pack (or ten!) of
their signature mala potato chips, a
perfect match for your Netflix marathons.
If you want to indulge with a little less
guilt, Ooh also offers mala cassava
Known to be a healthier alternative to potato
chips, cassava is said to be a good source of protein and vitamin K!
Digging into a whole grilled fish over a flame
is the new steamboat, and TANYU (#B1-02) is one of the more well-known
brands serving that option in Singapore.
Westies will be glad to know that TANYU now
has an outlet in Westgate, and fans will be able to savour 12 different kinds
of grilled fish flavours on its menu.
Since a round of xiao long bao is already a given, why not add on a plate of
fragrant fried rice to end off the feast?
You don’t have to be a fan of K-Pop to enjoy
the bold flavours of Korean cuisine.
In the spirit of communal dining, grab some
friends and cook up some spicy chicken galbi
at the ever-popular Yoogane (#03-08).
Don’t forget to add the cheese ring!
Cool all that spicy chicken off with naengmyeon, a chilly and refreshing bowl of buckwheat noodles in a slightly savoury broth topped with slices of sweet Korean pear and cucumbers. We guarantee that your tastebuds will thank you for the break!
If you’re looking for Korean fare with a twist,
why not check out NY Night Market (#01-08) for some
Korean-Western fusion fare?
Hailing from Seoul, NY Night Market brings you
to Korea and the US with every morsel.
Want to try something that will definitely
leave your dining buddies in awe? Try their 50cm Baguette!
An intimidating-looking 50cm-long baguette
loaded with beef, salsa, cheese, jalapeno and more, the experience that comes
with sharing one with friends is one that cannot be missed.
Cool it all off with over 15 different
flavours of bingsu at Nunsaram (#04-37). From the classic injeolmi flavour to local favourites
like Milo, there’s a bingsu flavour
for every preference.
To recreate the experience of snacking at a
roadside cart in Korea, Nunsaram also sells savoury dishes like tteokbokki and fried treats.
We’d recommend you to try Nunsaram’s Special Tteokbokki, which comes with rice cakes,
fishcakes, fried dumplings, seaweed rolls and half a roll of gimbap!
For fans of the all-time popular Japanese
cuisine, head down to Gochi-So Shokudo (#01-02) for some next level
Using Iberico Pork, Gochi-So Shokudo grills
their meat over charcoal, resulting in a delectably smoky flavour in every
Did you know: The Premium Iberico Pork they
use in their delicious rice bowls contains oleic acids which have a beneficial
effect on blood cholesterol levels!
Craving for a hearty bowl of ramen? Ippudo
(#03-03) is a renowned ramen chain which has captured the hearts and stomachs
of ramen lovers all around the world!
Try out Akamaru Shinaji, where Ippudo’s
signature tonkotsu soup is enhanced by fragrant black garlic oil, which adds
depth to the already rich broth!
Delight your taste buds with the wonderful
world of Indian cuisine!
If you can’t decide between North or South
Indian cuisine, Anjappar
(#04-08) has got any craving you have covered.
Bringing Singaporean foodies the best that the
cuisine has to offer, we suggest you get their Chicken Briyani which
comes with chunks of flavourful chicken and fragrant basmati rice.
For a garlic naan and butter chicken feast, check out Zaffron
Kitchen (#01-20) for mouth-watering dishes that will leave you hungry for
Once you’re done, wash it all down with a cup
of Teh Halia, which mixes milk tea
with ginger for a comforting combination.
Did you know: South Indian cuisine tends to
use rice and rice-based items while North Indian cuisine leans towards breads
like naan and chapati?
We’ve covered Asian favourites – what about
some Western-style cuisine?
Check out homegrown brand COLLIN’S (#01-05) for some delicious yet wallet-friendly
steaks, pizza, pastas and chicken chops.
If you’re looking for a little treat, try out
COLLIN’S Grilled Tiger Prawns and U.S. Scallops, which comes at a rather
affordable price tag of $22.
For something more indulgent, order a sharing
platter and a round of chilled beer at Brotzeit (#01-04) and get immediately
transported to Germany!
A sharing platter comes with crispy pork
knuckles, pork ribs and a generous variety of sausages so get your fill of
meaty goodness at Brotzeit!
If you’re bored of froyo, check out the
IG-worthy acai bowls at An Acai Affair (#B1-30).
With every bowl packed with fresh fruits,
organic ingredients and superfoods, who says healthy food needs to be drab?
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Year after year, we all look forward to Chinese New Year for one thing only – McDonald’s Prosperity Burger.
It should honestly be a staple on the menu because it is one of our greatest national treasures. It’s also probably the only burger we’re all willing to fight the crowd for.
If you love the Prosperity Burger as much as we do, great news, McDonald’s is bringing back the long awaited burgers on 24 Jan 2019.
Come Home To Prosperity
Starting 24 January, McDonald’s Singapore presents Singaporeans with a collection of returning Chinese New Year classics – the Prosperity Burger and Twister Fries – and new additions to the menu!
Savour the perfect reunion of flavours! Bite into a mouth-watering beef or chicken patty drenched in McDonald’s black pepper sauce,[caption id="attachment_38772" align="aligncenter" width="480"] GIF Credit: McDonald’s Singapore[/caption]
topped with crisp, sliced onions and tucked between warm, fluffy sesame buns. The Prosperity Burger is truly the most anticipated burger every year![caption id="attachment_38771" align="aligncenter" width="480"] GIF Credit: McDonald’s Singapore[/caption]
Prosperity Burgers And Twister Fries
Just like previous years, the Prosperity Beef or Chicken Burger returns in single and double patty options, available from S$5.50 and S$7.50, respectively. You can also get the Prosperity Twister Fries à la carte at S$3.40 or upgrade Extra Value Meal fries with an additional top-up of S$0.70.[caption id="attachment_38774" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Or go all out and get the Prosperity Feast (from $9.50) – the perfect combination of their delicious Prosperity Burger (Beef or Chicken), Prosperity Twister Fries (M), Peach Pie, and Iced Milo (S).[caption id="attachment_38776" align="aligncenter" width="3896"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
With every purchase of the Prosperity Feast, you will also receive a set of ang baos, consisting of four different designs whether in-stores or via McDelivery® and GrabFood, available from 24 January, while stocks last.[caption id="attachment_38773" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Hotcakes with Golden Chicken
You probably had or heard of Chicken and Waffles once in your lifetime. Usher in the new year with McDonald’s all-new Hotcakes with Golden Chicken – three pieces of hotcakes drizzled with syrup and butter, paired with a golden chicken cutlet.
The breakfast platter will be sold from S$6.50, providing a savoury option for hotcakes lovers![caption id="attachment_38777" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Image Credit: McDonald’s Singapore[/caption]
There’s no better way to usher in the prosperous new year than catching up with friends and family over a Prosperity Burger!
McDonald’s Chinese New Year 2019
Must-try: Golden Prosperity Burger, Hotcakes With Golden Chicken
Date: From 24 January, while stocks last
(Header Image Source: McDonald’s Singapore)
No visit to Taiwan is complete without visiting the one of the largest and iconic night markets in town. Located in Taipei’s Shilin District, Shilin Night Market is a maze of alleyways filled with a variety of local and traditional Taiwanese fare and international merchandise that attract local and foreigners alike.
Many of Taiwan’s traditional food can be found and bought for reasonable prices from the friendly locals such as Giant Fried Chicken Steak, Tempura, Bubble Tea, Oyster Vermicelli, Oyster Omelet, Fried Buns and of course, the most notorious Taiwanese goodie, Stinky Tofu.
Now here’s the good news. You can save on that flight ticket to Taiwan as Shilin Night Market is coming to Singapore for the very first time this April![caption id="attachment_38760" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: Taiwan Tourism Bureau[/caption]
Most Popular Night Market In Taiwan
Taking place over two weekends in April (19-21 April and 26-28 April) at TheGrounds @ Kranji, Invade is introducing Shilin Night Market for the very first time in Singapore. Invade also previously hosted Artbox Singapore and Artbox Malaysia which brought the best of markets to the region with each city’s installation infused with the local flavour.
Get a taste of Taiwan as they will be bringing in a wide variety of Taiwanese and Singaporean street delicacies, creative eats, pop up artisan stores, arcade games and even movie screenings.[caption id="attachment_38763" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Image Credit: Taiwan Tourism Bureau[/caption]
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Not much information has been released regarding the stalls that will be there but we’re pretty sure this will be the most anticipated pop-up market of the year. If you’re interested in opening a stall at the upcoming Shilin Night Market, more information on stall rental can be found here.
Till then, we’ll be dreaming of bubble tea and stinky tofu!
(Header Image Source: Taiwan Tourism Bureau, migrationology.com)
If there’s anything that 2018 gave us, it was a slew of new bubble tea brands – not that we’re complaining.
Over the years, we’ve seen bubble tea stores come and go – from the good ol’ days of Sweet Talk to big name chains like Gong Cha, Koi and LiHo conquering the BBT game. But in recent months, many new bubble tea kiosks have been springing up, giving those long standing favourites a run for their money.
If you’re looking for to switch up your go to order, here are 10 new bubble tea brands you should totally hunt down in 2019.
1. Ten Ren Tea[caption id="attachment_38746" align="aligncenter" width="716"] Image Credit: @tenrenteasg[/caption]
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Ten Ren Tea was established in 1953 and is THE leading tea retailer in Taiwan. That’s not all, they have over 2000 outlets in Australia, Japan, Canada, Malaysia, and North America.
The 800-square feet store at ChinaTown Point offers bubble tea, traditional tea drinks, as well as tea leaves, snacks and tea ware.
Ten Ren Tea puts a spin on our traditional teas with our love for bubble, sourcing quality tea leaves from the mountains of Taiwan. A must-try here is its signature 913 King’s Oolong Tea Latte ($3.50 for medium, $4.90 for large). Another popular pick is the Taro Green Tea Latte ($4.70 for medium, $6.50 for large).
Ten Ren Tea
Address: Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Rd, #01-07, Singapore 059413
Opening Hours: Daily: 10am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6593 4333
2. TP Tea[caption id="attachment_38747" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @tptea.sg[/caption]
Bless the bubble tea gods as TP Tea is considered Singapore’s first 24hrs Taiwanese Bubble Tea shop – which means they’re open to satisfy your 3am cravings. They’re also Halal-certified which provides a peace-of-mind to Muslim customers.
The bestseller at TP Tea includes the Tie Guan Yin Tea Latte ($4.60) which uses premium tea leaves from Taiwan and Pearl Black Tea Latte with Red Bean ($5.30). The star on the menu is also the Pearl Milk Tea Soft Serve Ice Cream ($3.60) which comes topped with sweet, chewy QQ Pearls made fresh every 3 hours.
TP Tea Changi Airport
Address: Level 2 (Departure Hall) Changi Airport Terminal, 260 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819643
Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily
TP Tea Suntec City
Address: Suntec City, #01-312, 3 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, daily
3. Hollin[caption id="attachment_38748" align="aligncenter" width="730"] Image Credit: @cweizhi[/caption]
Gone are the days of basic black pearls. Hollin, which in Hokkien means “Good to drink”, specialises in freshly made pearls.
Other than the Honey White Pearl which is a fixed flavour, you can expect daily rotating pearl flavours with the likes of Cocoa, Matcha and Coconut. So if you happen to be craving for a particular flavour, you have to head down on the day itself or you’ll end up waiting for another week for your bubble tea fix. Pearls are priced at an additional $0.70 for both Medium and Large cups.
A must-try is their signature Matcha Latte ($4.20) which has a subtle bitterness from the matcha powder. You can also get the Hollin Black Tea Latte ($3.20 medium, $4.20 large) has a strong floral flavour from the roasted tea leaves.
Address: Blk 190 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #01-538, Singapore 310190
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm, daily
Contact No.: 6252 2456
4. HEYTEA[caption id="attachment_38749" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @heytea[/caption]
Touted as the OG creator of cheese teas, the highly-raved Chinese tea connoisseur finally made its way to Singapore back in November.
We recommend getting the King Fone ($5.50) which uses premium Oolong tea leaves that have been smoked to bring out the strong fragrance of the tea. The saltiness from the cheese foam gives the brew a savoury kick with every sip.
HEYTEA will be opening their second outlet at Clarke Quay and adding alcoholic bubble tea creations to the menu.
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-29, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm, daily
5. Answer Tea[caption id="attachment_38750" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @answertea.sg[/caption]
Have a question you don’t have an answer to? Answer Tea may be able to help you out. Simply write your questions on the cup holder and order a drink from their Macchiato Series (from $4.30) and you’ll get your answer printed on the surface of your macchiato froth with edible ink.
If you need a drink for the ‘gram, we highly recommend the Lemon Butterfly Milk Tea with Black Pearl (from $4.20) which has a gorgeous blue hue derived from butterfly pea flowers.
Address: Dhoby Ghaut MRT, B2, Singapore 238826
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, daily
Contact No.: 9117 1277
6. MuYoo[caption id="attachment_38751" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: @thefussyfoodie_[/caption]
As if we don’t have enough options already, here’s another newcomer to the cheese tea scene: MuYoo. Launched by a Singaporean duo, the brand claims to have a healthier version of cheese tea compared to everyone else.
Its signature “Cheese Cloud,” is whipped up with a mixture of “naturally derived milk powder” from New Zealand, cheese powder from Holland, and sea salt from Bolivia. This is what makes their cheese tea different, since the other brands usually use creamer, which is full of trans fat and artificial flavouring.
You can get that “Cheese Cloud” as an add-on to standard cold-brewed teas like Roasted Oolong ($3.50-$3.90) and Lapsang Souchong ($3.90-$4.50).
Address: 252 North Bridge Road #B1-67 Rafﬂes City Shopping Centre Singapore 179103 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm, daily
Address: Bedok Mall, 311 New Upper Changi Road, #01-94 (Bedok MRT)
Opening Hours: 9am – 11pm, daily
7. Tiger Sugar[caption id="attachment_38752" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @hobijajan[/caption]
Those who have had a sip of this drink have claimed that the hype is very real, dubbing it as the most popular milk tea in Taipei.
Since its opening late last year, Tiger Sugar has been getting all the hype from hard core milk tea lovers in Taipei. They got their name from the ‘tiger stripes’ it forms when the caramalised syrup mixes with the thick milk tea mixture.
Many have praised their Brown Sugar Fresh Milk for its undiluted taste, a mistake often made by most bubble tea stores who scrimp on flavour affecting the overall taste and experience of milk tea addicts.
Tiger Sugar – Capitol Singapore
Address: Capitol Singapore #B2-32, 13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178905
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, daily
Tiger Sugar – Chinatown Point
Address: 133 New Bridge Road #B1-42 Singapore 059413
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, daily
8. Bobii Frutii[caption id="attachment_38753" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Bobii Frutii Singapore Facebook[/caption]
Brought over from Taiwan by local actor, Nat Ho, Bobii Frutii puts a spin on bubble tea with colourful drinks and quirky drink names.
Known for its colourful pearls, Bobbii Frutii have since attracted crowds to both their outlets at Clementi Mall and Suntec City due to its distinct coloured and “Instagram-worthy” layers. Each drink is made using milk, tea, colourful pearls with no artificial flavouring, man-made essences, preservatives and creamer.
The menu features a total of 37 drinks divided into 5 categories – Tea Au Lait, Ice Blended, Matcha, Fruit Tea and Cheese Tea (exclusive to Singapore). The pearls come in 3 different flavours – Original, Butterfly Pea and Brown Sugar and are made made in Taiwan and air flown to Singapore to ensure freshness and consistency.
Get the signature Mermaid’s Tears, which a blend of Butterfly Pea extract, Mango Juice with honey, yogurt and butterfly bobii.
Bobii Frutii The Clementi Mall
Address: 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West, The Clementi Mall, #04-K4, Singapore 129588
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily
Bobii Frutii Suntec City
Address: 3 Temasek Blvd, #02-376, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm daily
9. Bober Tea[caption id="attachment_38756" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @lloydworth[/caption]
A new contender to the ever-expanding bubble tea scene is Bober Tea. Situated right outside Bishan MRT, Bober Tea serves unique concoctions using premium ingredients. What makes them stand out amongst the other bubble tea joints is their strict philosophy of serving beverages that take on the pure authentic flavours of the ingredients used as well as their emphasis on keeping their drinks as healthy as possible.
Bober Tea seems to be very popular for their Brown Sugar Boba Milk Cap Fresh Milk, the drink that has been in trend as of late. If you’re a huge match fan, then you’ll love the Uji Matcha Latte – made using pure matcha powder and fresh milk.
Other creative blends from by Bober Tea includes the Hokkaido Milk Cap Green Tea, Matcha Strawberry Latte and Black Glutinous Rice Milk Tea.
Address: 200 Bishan Road, #01-01, Singapore 579827
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm daily
10. R&B Tea[caption id="attachment_38755" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @tjang.fonda[/caption]
R&B Tea provides the perfect blend for those with a sweet tooth.
The Brown Sugar Boba Milk is a must try for everyone as the pearls are soaked in brown sugar and slow cooked for a full 3 hours. And if that isn’t enough sugar for you, get the Brown Sugar Boba Milk With Cheese Brulee which is only available at their Marina Bay Sands outlet.
Scrumptious reunion dinners and house visits chock full of festive treats are part and parcel of Chinese New Year celebrations. With the festive season just round the corner, there is absolutely no time to lose when it comes to shopping for goodies and groceries.
Whether you’re planning on shopping with the family or relying on your parents to bring food to the table, shop at these wholesale stores with prices lower than your neighbourhood supermarkets. You’ll definitely have to travel a little further than your normal trip to Sheng Siong, but fret now, the money you save from shopping at these places will more than offset the cost of your petrol.
Budget Singaporean or not, here are some wholesale stores to check out before Chinese New Year!
1. Hai Sia[caption id="attachment_38731" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Hai Sia Seafood Supplies[/caption]
“Yu” in Chinese means both “prosperity” and “fish”. With that, large quantities of fish and other seafood should be consumed to ensure maximum huat throughout the new year.
If you’re looking for the freshest seafood at compatible prices, head down to the source itself. Situated opposite the Central Fish Market at Jurong Fishery Port, Hai Sia is in a prime location to purchase fresh seafood products from the region. They carry a wide range of fish, including familiar names such as Pomfret, Red Grouper, Red Snapper, Salmon, Seabass and Threadfin.[caption id="attachment_38732" align="aligncenter" width="1913"] Image Credit: Hai Sia Seafood Supplies[/caption]
The fluctuations in seafood prices during CNY can be quite dampening, especially for our wallets. However, the seafood from Hai Sia will be kept at their original prices this festive season!
If the location is too ulu for you, check out their whole range on RedMart and get them delivered to you instead.
2. Cellarbration[caption id="attachment_38733" align="aligncenter" width="2010"] Image Credit: Cellarbration Singapore[/caption]
What’s a gathering without a round of drinks?
Cellarbration, one of the largest online alcohol retailer in Singapore, will be selling their drinks at discounted prices this Chinese New Year. Cellarbration’s Chinese New Year sale boasts an impressive selection of spirits, wines, and beer! This includes crowd-favourites like Chivas Regal ($56, U.P. $82), Absolut Vodka ($40, U.P. $58), and Carlsberg 24x320ml ($48, U.P. $60) , and most of their wines are selling at prices lower than what you will get at Duty-Free.[caption id="attachment_38734" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Cellarbration Singapore[/caption]
Get your drinks from their website or head down to any of their retail stores to enjoy their Chinese New Year promotion.
3. Victoria Wholesale Centre[caption id="attachment_38735" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @camarozetri[/caption]
Victoria Wholesale Centre is the only private wholesale centre in Singapore for dried goods. Head down to the shops on the first level where you can purchase goods in bulk and at lower prices than retail shops.[caption id="attachment_38736" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @chaitehlatte[/caption]
From dried ikan bilis and dried shrimps to bird’s nest and fish maw, this wholesale centre has all the essential ingredients to recreate ah ma’s tonic soups!
4. Ben Foods[caption id="attachment_38737" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Image Credit: Ben Foods’ Website[/caption]
Ben Foods is the best place to go for great deals on frozen food, canned sauces and dairy products. You will also find other familiar brands under them such as Farmland, Spices of the Orient and Orchard Fresh. Online purchases are available with self-collection and delivery options.
Despite their rather ulu location, the journey is well worth it as many have raved about the attractive wholesale prices at Ben Foods.
Need to much on nuts and snacks while you play a round of mahjong? Swing by Tai Sun‘s factory outlet for a snack shopping spree before CNY. You can expect your favourite snacks such as cashews, roasted almonds, assorted fruits and nuts all at cheap prices as compared to external retailers.
Great news is that their factory will be open to public a month before festive periods like Chinese New Year and Hari Raya – so you have plenty of time to stock up on snacks!
Address: 255 Pandan Loop, Singapore 128433
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 5.30pm, daily
Contact No.: 6779 6611
6. Hosen Singapore[caption id="attachment_38738" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: HOSEN Singapore[/caption]
The brand Hosen is synonymous with their famous canned fruits amongst all things.
Besides the syrup-soaked fruit slices they’re known for, you can also find stacks of canned drinks – perfect for serving when guests come over. From now till 1 February 2019, head down on weekdays and have a go at their “Sure Win Lucky Dip” with every $50 spent and stand a chance at winning a $88 hamper every week.
Hosen Singapore Annual Warehouse Sale
Address: 267 Pandan Loop, Singapore 128439
Date: 9 Jan 2019 – 1 Feb 2019
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 9am – 6pm, Weekends: 8am – 6pm
7. QB Food Trading[caption id="attachment_38739" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: QB Food Trading[/caption]
QB Food offers a diverse range of products—including chilled and frozen meats, dairy products, dry goods, processed foods, and beverages. However, they are experts in fresh meat and cheese in particular.
So if you’re looking for top quality meats for your steamboat gatherings, you’ll be pleased to know that they’re selling it at discounted prices this festive season – Iberico Pork Collar Shabu Shabu 330g ($9.80, U.P. $14.50), Pork Belly Shabu Shabu ($5.90).
Do note that they are an “all members” store. All you have to do is simply sign up on their website prior to shopping with them. Don’t worry, membership is completely free!
QB Food Trading
Address: 8 Chin Bee Crescent, Jurong, Singapore 619893
Opening Hours During CNY: Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm, Sat: 9am to 1pm | With Exceptions: 26 Jan: 9am to 3pm, 2 Feb: 9am to 3pm, 4 Feb: 9am to 1pm, 5 and 6 Feb: Closed
8. Li Chuan Food Products[caption id="attachment_38740" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Li Chuan Food Products[/caption]
Looking for a one stop place to get all your steamboat needs like fish balls, crabmeats and cheese tofu?
Hop over to Li Chuan for some frozen food shopping so you can hold an amazing steamboat that your guests will be sure to fawn over. The frozen food come in various sizes so you can feed a family of 5 or even entertain a group of 20 friends!
From 11 January to 1 February, head down to Li Chuan to cop the best deals.
Li Chuan Food Products
Address: 40 Woodlands Terrace, Singapore 738456
Opening Hours: 11 Jan – 1 Feb: 9am – 5pm
Contact No.: 6755 7688
9. Zac Butchery[caption id="attachment_38741" align="aligncenter" width="1061"] Image Credit: Zac Butchery Facebook[/caption]
Zac Butchery is heaven on earth for carnivores. If you need to satisfy your meat cravings, you’ll be able to purchase various cuts of meats, sausages and cold cuts here!
From now till 19 February, get a FREE packet of Cheesy Chicken Cocktail (300gm, worth $4.40) with purchase of any 750gm of beef shabu shabu! While stocks last and valid only at ZAC Butchery Singapore Post Centre outlet.
Address: Find your nearest outlet Facebook
10. NTUC FairPrice’s Warehouse Club[caption id="attachment_38742" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: NTUC FairPrice Warehouse Club[/caption]
In celebration of Chinese New Year, NTUC FairPrice’s Warehouse Club will be open to ALL customers till 4 Feb 2019, NO membership will be required during this period.
With the flurry of preparation that needs to be done, save yourself time and money by buying more and paying less for all your goodies at Warehouse Club!
NTUC FairPrice Warehouse Club
Address: 1 Joo Koon Circle (next to Joo Koon MRT Station), Level 3, Singapore 629117
Date: Now to 4 Feb 2019
Contact No.: 6710 4584
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Keisuke Is Opening A New Omurice Joint At Bugis+ – Prices Start From $9.90 And You Can Upsize For Free
You may have already seen that viral video of Japanese chef, Yukimura Motokichi, who wows his customers with his theatrics whenever he prepares the famous omurice in his resturant, Kichi Kichi.
Originating more than 100 years ago in Kyushu, this Japanese soul food is a staple dish in many Japanese homes and restaurants as they are reasonably priced and affordable to the masses. Most Japanese diners have grown up eating omurice and this yōshuku (Japenese-style Western food) brings back many childhood memories for them.
Comfort Food For The Soul
Celebrity Chef and Ramen King, Keisuke Takeda kicks off the new year with the opening of Keisuke Group’s 17th outlet in Singapore, Omurice Keisuke. This classic Japanese dish consists of a wrapped omelette (“omu”) over western fried rice with ketchup.[caption id="attachment_38701" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
While it may seem like the typical “Nasi Goreng Pattaya” you can get at most hawker centres, omurice is actually quite challenging to make. The key to perfecting this dish is that the egg has to be soft, creamy on the outside and smooth on the inside.
Situated on the fourth floor of Bugis+, Omurice Keisuke is a cozy 22-seater outlet, perfect for dinner with the family or a night out with your partner. As the eatery is not exactly spacious and they don’t take reservations, you might want to avoid peak hours if you plan on bringing more than 4 people.[caption id="attachment_38700" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
You can also choose to sit at the bar counter so you can watch the chefs prepare the dishes right in front of you.
While it may not be as entertaining as it is at Kichi Kichi, the food here definitely does not disappoint.
The Omurice ($9.90) features Keisuke’s own locally-farmed eggs which come from hens fed with omega-rich grains. The difference is that you’ll get a richer and creamier omelette that pairs perfectly well with the fried rice. The rice is simple and perfectly seasoned with ketchup dashi, diced chicken and corn.[caption id="attachment_38695" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_38696" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
There is also an option to customise your omurice by choosing from a range of sauces including wafu, demi-glacé, creamy white sauce or chilli tomato sauce. We highly recommend pairing your omurice with the wafu or dami-glacé sauce as it cuts the richness of the eggs. We had the creamy white sauce as well, however it got pretty jelak by the time were halfway through our meal.
You can also have the option of adding cheese ($2.00) to your Omurice. The cheese is a combination of mozzarella and two types of cheddar which will be melted and prepared right in front of you over your main dish.[caption id="attachment_38699" align="aligncenter" width="480"] GIF Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
Best part, if you have a bigger appetite, you can choose between the regular or large size at NO additional cost. Honestly, we were already struggling to finish the regular portion so a large portion will be perfect for two.
There’s also an option of getting Spaghetti instead of the Omurice. They serve two types of spaghetti here – Mentaiko Spaghetti and Neapolitan Spaghetti ($9.90). There’s nothing outstanding about the pastas but it definitely gave us the comfort of a home-cooked meal.
For those who can’t choose between the omurice and spaghetti, you can choose to have the best of both worlds in one plate. For $12.90, you can get the Omurice Combo which comes with omurice, spaghetti and a refreshing side salad – potato salad, coleslaw, green salad or spinach and miso soup.[caption id="attachment_38697" align="aligncenter" width="6000"] Image Credi: Discover SG[/caption]
Diners can also order additional side dishes such as deep fried chicken wing, ebi-fried, teriyaki chicken hamburg and pork spare ribs which cost between $2 – $3. If you’ve been to Hamburg Steak Keisuke, then you’ll definitely want to get the teriyaki chicken hamburg here. The seared patty itself has a lovely char, but was still very tender and juicy in each bite.
Omurice Keisuke officially launches in Singapore on Monday, 14 January 2019. This is the 17th outlet under the Keisuke Group with plans to open more locations with different concepts later this year.
(Header Image Source: Omurice Keisuke & Discover SG)
It’s a lovely Friday. We’re so close to the weekend. And I thought, “You know what, treat yo’self. You gon’ have Macs today.”
I got on GrabFood, ordered my usual McSpicy meal with cheese no veg, coke zero (cos I’m on a diet), no upsize. But this time I changed the fries to their latest ‘Salted Egg Yolk Loaded Fries‘ to see if it’s worth my money, calories and effort to write this article.
Within the next 30 minutes, my abang delivery arrived and gave me a bleak stare before handing over my food.
Was this already a bad sign?
Is It Worth It?
Just like anyone else, I quickly reached out for the box of Salted Egg Yolk fries first to see if got enough sauce anot? And to my surprise, they poured a pretty decent amount of sauce all over my fries.[caption id="attachment_38688" align="aligncenter" width="3973"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
So I thought, “How bad could this be right?”
I took my first bite and everything froze in time. The wind stopped blowing. The birds stopped chirping. I saw dark clouds looming in the distance.
It. Was. Terrible.[caption id="attachment_38685" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
It tastes nothing like Salted Egg Yolk. It was strangely tangy and creamy and it left a really unpleasant aftertaste in my mouth. It was sad as Donald Trump would’ve said. Thanks McDonald’s for the generous amount of sauce but did QC seriously approve of the taste?
Instead of finishing my fries, I got on McDonald’s Singapore Facebook page to put together a list of my favourite comments:
And my favourite one of all:
Calling it “Salted Egg Yolk” sauce was definitely a bit of a stretch.
Sorry McDonald’s but thank u, next.
The Peach Pie on the other hand sounded like a pretty good contender to take on the classic Apple Pie. According to pictures, it has a vibrant pink crust pocketing a hot peach filling.[caption id="attachment_38687" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_38686" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Image Credit: Discover SG[/caption]
All pretty in pink, I surprisingly enjoyed it as compared to the fries (pretty low benchmark, I must admit). It smells exactly like Peach Tea or Pink Dolphin. I’ve grown super familiar and comfortable with the classic Apple Pie but I won’t mind going back to McDonald’s for another Peach Pie.
Also don’t lie and say “but Apple Pie more authentic leh”. Let’s be real, when was the last time you ordered one?
The only great thing that came out of my meal today was the McSpicy add cheese no veg. Trust me, just skip the Salted Egg Yolk Fries the next time you’re at McDonald’s.
Thanks McDonald’s for the effort you put into releasing the new items but seriously have you tried Salted Egg Yolk man?!
(Header Image Source: Discover SG)