Matcha is love. Matcha is life.
Anyone with an obsession with matcha as unhealthy as ours will probably attest to the truth of this statement.
In the past couple of years, we’ve seen more and more Japanese joints setting up shop in Singapore. What that also means is more matcha-centric creations available right here on our shores. From hot lattes to cold parfaits, there are so many different ways to satisfy your matcha craving these days.
We rounded up a list of 7 places to get your hit of matcha, and we think you’ll love what we have in store for you.
1. Sun with Moon
This popular spot in town is well-known for its exquisite bento sets and signature kamameshi dishes. But something not as many people know is it dishes up some mean matcha flavoured desserts![caption id="attachment_27130" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Matcha Tiramisu (Image Credit: Matcha Parfait (Image Credit: Website
2. Non Entrée Dessert Café
If you haven’t heard of Non Entrée Dessert Café, where you have you been?
This dessert joint along up-and-coming hipster area, Rangoon Road, serves gorgeous cakes, and desserts with a dramatic flair.
Known for their unique local ice cream flavours (think: kaya toast ice cream) and deceptive bak chor mee dessert, one of their other signature items is the Avalanche Dessert.
[caption id="attachment_27131" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Matcha Avalanche (Image Credit: Burpple)[/caption]
For matcha lovers, Non Entrée’s Matcha Avalanche ($13.90) does not disappoint!
Photogenic, tasty, and a joy to watch in action, you and your friends will be fighting over who gets to do the honours. The matcha lave cake sits atop an almond nougatine which covers the bowl. Slice into the cake, and watch the matcha lava flow into the bowl, onto the roasted green tea ice cream and chocolate soil mixture underneath.
With its explosion of flavours and textures, this unique dish is definitely a winner!
Non Entree Desserts
Address: 204 Rangoon Road
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu: 2pm – 10pm; Fri: 2pm – 11pm; Sat: 12pm – 11pm; Sun: 12pm – 10pm
3. Dolce Tokyo
An Italian-Japanese fusion café, Dolce Tokyo serves up a smorgasbord of Japanese desserts, alongside other savoury dishes. The sweets served here have more of a Japanese influence, with the usual suspects like the Iced Matcha Latte ($7) present on the menu.[caption id="attachment_23754" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Matcha with Goma Black Sesame Cake (Image Credit: ugis Junction #03-10H, 200 Victoria St, Singapore 188021
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu, 11.30am – 10.30pm; Fri – Sat, 11.30am – 11.00pm
4. Kooks Creamery
At this humble café in Serangoon, they serve up the delicious combo of cookies and ice cream.
You’ve heard of lava cakes, lava cream puffs… but have you heard of the lava cookie? The lava cookie is Kooks Creamery’s spin on the fun lava trend. A Matcha Molten Cookie will set you back $5.50, and it comes in a chocolate flavour too.
[caption id="attachment_27132" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Lava Cookie Set (Image Credit: Burpple)[/caption]
We recommend the Lava Cookie Set ($8.50), which consists of a molten cookie topped with a scoop of ice cream. Not enough matcha? Double up on matcha by pairing your cookie with Matcha Ice Cream ($3.60 per scoop, + $0.50 for premium flavours). After all, is there such a thing as too much matcha?
Address: Blk 211, Serangoon Avenue 4, #01-02, Singapore 550211
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu: 12pm – 10pm; Fri – Sat: 12pm – 11pm; Sun: 12pm – 10pm
5. Hoshino Coffee
Japanese Hoshino Coffee is best known for their hand-dripped coffee and delectable desserts.[caption id="attachment_27133" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Iced Matcha Latte with Green Tea Flavoured Softee (Image Credit: Burpple)[/caption]
In the sweets department, some of the crowd-pleasers include the Iced Matcha Latte with Green Tea Flavoured Softee ($9.30), and the Matcha Pot-baked Soufflé ($10.80).[caption id="attachment_27134" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Pancake Soufflé Style with Matcha and Ogura Bean Paste (Image Credit: Burpple)[/caption]
One of their specials is the Pancake Soufflé Style with Matcha and Ogura Bean Paste ($13.50). This fluffy soufflé pancake is served with matcha sauce, black beans, mochi skin and matcha ice cream. Because they’re freshly made on the spot, you’ll have to wait for about 20 minute for this. If you ask us, it’s completely worth the wait!
Outlets: Capitol Piazza, Plaza Singapura, Suntec City, Holland Village, Ion Orchard
Opening Hours: Daily, 10.30am – 10.30pm
6. Maccha House
As its name suggests, Maccha House is a haven for all matcha connoisseurs–self-proclaimed or otherwise. Offering a wide array of matcha drinks and desserts, you’d be hard pressed to find a matcha menu as extensive as this![caption id="attachment_27135" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Matcha Chocolate Parfait (Image Credit: Burpple)[/caption]
From the simple Hot Matcha Latte ($3.80) to the multi-textured and multi-flavoured Matcha Chocolate Parfait ($10), you’ll have a hard time settling on just one item.
[caption id="attachment_27136" align="aligncenter" width="710"] Matcha Tiramisu (Image Credit: Website
7. Nana’s Green Tea Café
Hailed Japan’s Starbucks, Nana’s Green Tea Café carries signature drinks like the Matcha Latte ($7.00), Matcha Shiratama Float ($9.00), Hoji Chocolate Latte ($8.00) and Genmai Cha ($5.50). Unsurprisingly, this green tea specialist also serves up some amazing matcha desserts.
[caption id="attachment_27137" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Matcha Anmitsu (Image Credit: Website
Matcha is truly a gift to the world.
With so many different matcha-flavoured treats from so many different places, now you know where to go the next time a matcha craving comes over you!
Male or female, young or old, we all want to look and feel good.
While some of us struggle with difficult skin, some of us struggle with something else: our hair. Whether it’s flaky scalp, oily scalp or hair loss, hair issues can be a huge source of confidence loss for both men and women.
While there are many shampoos, tonics, and serums out there that claim to help with these issues, few of them truly deliver on their promises, leaving us right back at square one: without a solution.
Beijing 101 has been in the business of hair loss solutions for a good 43 years and has won many international awards from different countries! They also have a stellar track record, with 9 in 10* of customers seeing visible hair growth and long-lasting results.
An authority in hair care, Beijing 101 employs Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles in its service. Not only do they use premium-grade natural herbs like ginseng, lingzhi and dang gui to treat scalp issues, all their consultants are TCM trained!
We sent our ambassador, Vanessa, down for a scalp treatment. After all, who would say no to better, healthier hair?
Consulting With The Specialist
The session began with a 20 minute consultation with the hair consultant, which took place in a welcoming private consultation room.[caption id="attachment_25667" align="alignnone" width="1344"] Vanessa was given a warm tea to drink during her consultation![/caption]
The consultant asked her a series of questions pertaining to her lifestyle, hair- and health-related habits, before proceeding to scan and analyse her scalp. She found that Vanessa’s hair was thinning at the crown, and that some empty pores were prominent.
She suggested that this could be due to stress and a lack of sleep (#studentlife), and she recommended that Vanessa go for the Herbal Scalp Treatment, which helps to cleanse and keep the scalp clean, preventing hair follicles from getting clogged.
Vanessa was led to a private VIP room, where she got all the privacy she wanted, to browse through the magazines provided and to enjoy her tea.[caption id="attachment_25668" align="alignnone" width="1344"] Getting the Deep Cleansing Scalp Mask applied to her scalp[/caption]
The procedure began with the application of the Deep Cleansing Scalp Mask to her scalp, a concoction of TCM herbs. The mask was spread evenly throughout her head, and a steamer was used to help open the pores of her scalp so it could absorb all the good stuff packed within it!
The mask was left to sit for about 40 minutes, before being thoroughly washed off.
For the next part of her treatment, 2 coats of serum were applied to her scalp to balance its pH level. The serum was massaged into her scalp to, once again, aid absorption.[caption id="attachment_25669" align="alignnone" width="1344"] Feeling all kinds of SHIOK…[/caption]
There were 3 different types of massages she could choose from: one for better sleep, one for soothing tense muscles, and another for overall well-being. She picked the one for overall well-being–the signature Meridian Herbal Treatment Massage–which was very calming and relaxing!
Seeing A Visible Difference
To conclude the session, she was given a second scalp analysis, where you could actually see much fewer pores clogged with sebum. While there was–of course–no visible hair growth within that 1 session, she left with a cleaner, much healthier scalp than she came in with!
To check out her experience, watch the video below!
If you’ve been struggling with your scalp for the longest time and have tried almost everything out there in a bid to remedy it, make a trip down to Beijing 101—you won’t regret it!
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Planning a staycation or just like looking at beautifully designed houses? Whether you are looking for a mad pretty apartment to stay in, a place for a family vacation, or even a luxurious space for a company retreat, this is the article to read. Here at Discover SG, we’ve compiled a super list of 9 amazing local Airbnb places to rent in Singapore!
1. Huge Loft at Bukit Batok
This loft at Bukit Batok is not your conventional Airbnb. It was previously an office space that was revamped into a rental home.[caption id="attachment_21108" align="aligncenter" width="1439"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
Don’t expect your usual overnight rental though, this place charges by hour blocks.[caption id="attachment_21107" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
Fully equipped with all forms of entertainment, you can always be sure that your guests will never be bored.
This loft has a foosball table, pool table, large screen projector, dartboard, PS 4, Xbox Kinect, DJ console, KTV set and even a functional bar counter.[caption id="attachment_21106" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
Loud noises and music are actually permitted here, which is definitely great for parties and events. There is even a bedroom on the second floor. The only downside of this place is that it may be a little hard to find, so do make sure to get clear directions from the host!
Book at: Loft at Bukit Batok
Location: 10 minute bus ride from Bukit Batok MRT
Price: $450 for 5 hours, $650 for 8 hours (Weekdays)/ $850 for 8 hours, $1100 for 12 hours (Weekends)
Cleaning Fee: $80
Minimum Stay: 5 hours
2. Decadent Pool Villa in Tiong Bahru
Thought private pool villas can only be found in Bali? Think again.
This beautiful villa is located at Tiong Bahru and comes complete with its own private pool as well as sunbathing deck.[caption id="attachment_21111" align="aligncenter" width="1439"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
With high ceilings and minimal furnishing, this place is clean, airy and spacious.[caption id="attachment_21110" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
At a little over $300 a night, this villa is really a steal for a large family.[caption id="attachment_21109" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
Book at: Decadent Pool Villa
Location: Within walking distance of Outram Park MRT and Tiong Bahru MRT
Price: $316 per night
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
3. Three-bedroom FERRETTI 630 YACHT
Fancy living it up in the middle of the sea and enjoying the waves?[caption id="attachment_21114" align="aligncenter" width="1412"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
With a deck that gives you a bird’s eye view of the sea, you will see that Singapore’s scenery is actually quite awesome.[caption id="attachment_21115" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
As it goes, yacht rentals are expensive but worth every penny. Imagine the stories you can tell from hosting a yacht party![caption id="attachment_21113" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
This yacht has 3 bedrooms and can house up to 16 people, which makes it perfect for a short family holiday or a party with friends.
If you are up for an adventure in the sea and do not want to settle for a cruise, this yacht might just be what you need.
Book at: Ferretti 630 Yacht
Price: $1299 per night
Cleaning Fee: $200
Minimum Stay: 1 night
4. Apartment Near Orchard Road
This modern double storey house is like a huge luxury hotel.
However, it comes at only a fraction of the price of a luxury hotel, and has a lot more space to boot.[caption id="attachment_21118" align="aligncenter" width="1418"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
Besides the awesome location behind Paragon Shopping Centre, this Airbnb’s furnishing and decor will leave jaws hanging.[caption id="attachment_21116" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption] [caption id="attachment_21117" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
With plenty of good reviews from previous inhabitants, you can be assured of quality service and an awesome stay.
Book at: Orchard Road Apartment
Location: 2 minute walk to Orchard Road
Price: $899 per night
Cleaning Fee: $200
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
5. Singapore Hobby Studio
An ideal place for parties and events, this place does not even come equipped with your usual bedrooms or even a bed.
There are, however, many coaches and bean bags for you to rest on.[caption id="attachment_21121" align="aligncenter" width="1440"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
This office-like space has almost all forms of entertainment. It has a pool table, a Playstation loaded with games and also many different board and card games. There are multiple TV screens and even a wide screen projector.[caption id="attachment_21119" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
Just a short walk away from the Alexandra IKEA building, you do not have to worry about being hungry as there are plenty of food options around the area.
Image credit: AirbnbIf a fun night of games and activities is what you want, this could just be the place for you.
Book at: Singapore Hobby Studio
Location: 5-7 minute walk from Alexandra IKEA
Price: $800 per night
Minimum Stay: 1 night
6. Designer Apartment near Orchard
This apartment has a live-in helper to maintain its cleanliness. She sleeps in a room separate from the main home to afford residents their privacy.[caption id="attachment_21123" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
Daily breakfast is cooked by the helper, which may be convenient for you if you are staying with a big family.[caption id="attachment_21124" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
Do note that this apartment is an extremely popular place that is often fully booked, so do try to book this place way in advance!
Book at: Orchard Designer Apartment
Location: 5 minute walk to Farrer Road MRT
Price: $601 per night
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
7. CBD Penthouse with Private Pool
Here’s another house with a private pool! This time though, the pool is a lot bigger and it is also open air.[caption id="attachment_21128" align="aligncenter" width="1023"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
Located on the second floor of the penthouse, the pool is surrounded by many lounging chairs for suntanning purposes. It also boasts breathtaking views from its balcony.[caption id="attachment_21125" align="aligncenter" width="911"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
The interior of the house is very well received by guests, with many lauding its cleanliness as well as furnishing that were well maintained.[caption id="attachment_21127" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption] [caption id="attachment_21126" align="aligncenter" width="982"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
Book at: CBD Penthouse
Location: Near Chinatown MRT (5 minute walk)
Price: $589 per night
Cleaning Fee: $80
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
8. Central Business District (CBD) Skyline Loft
This skyline loft is located in the Central Business District (CBD) area overlooks a gorgeous view of the cityscape.[caption id="attachment_22182" align="aligncenter" width="1440"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
With full length windows, the highlight of this loft is definitely the scenic views you can admire from anywhere in the home.[caption id="attachment_22183" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
The master bedroom is also designed such that you are able to enjoy the view from the bed.[caption id="attachment_22181" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
The downside of this place is that it requires a minimum stay of 7 nights. That being said, it didn’t deter us from featuring this pretty home that costs less than $300 a night!
Book at: CBD Skyline Loft
Location: Near Tanjong Pagar MRT (3 minute walk)
Price: $250 per night
Cleaning Fee: $80
Minimum Stay: 7 nights
9. Modern Asian Designer Terrace in Central Singapore
This is not your regular and affordable Airbnb, because it’s stunningly gorgeous.
If you’re organising an event or are ready to splurge some company cash on a team retreat, this will be the perfect house.[caption id="attachment_22188" align="aligncenter" width="1440"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
There is a private elevated infinity pool on the second floor, 3 bedrooms, and tons of mad pretty furnishing.[caption id="attachment_22187" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
For slightly more than a thousand bucks a night, you get a huge and well equipped house with an enormous collection of books to feed your hungry soul. Best of all, these books are free of charge! Sounds like a built-in home library?[caption id="attachment_22186" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
Each bedroom looks like it was ripped right out from a resort, with balconies that offer beautiful views as well.[caption id="attachment_22185" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image credit: Airbnb[/caption]
Book at: Modern Designer Terrace
Location: Serangoon (within walking distance of Lorong Chuan MRT)
Price: $1249 per night
Cleaning Fee: $180
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
This list contains just some of the beautiful homes that owners rent out in Singapore. Depending on your budget and reason for stay in a local Airbnb, we guarantee that there are many more of such gems in Singapore just waiting to be discovered.
Sometimes, to satisfy that #wanderlust, you don’t even have to leave shore. Just look around you, and you will find that there are many homes you can stay in that will make you feel like you’re on a holiday.
Disclaimer: All prices and surcharge fees are correct at time of publication.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past weekend, you would know who Nathan Hartono is and what exactly he’s accomplished.
For those who have no clue who he is, Nathan Hartono, a local born talent won first runner up in popular singing reality show Sing! China (the furthest any Singaporean has placed!). Not only did this local singer start a Milo craze which resulted in milo trucks making an appearance at Plaza Singapura, he also gave this popular local dish a special shoutout, BAK CHOR MEE!
Bak Chor Mee is the quintessential comfort food, not only can you find it in every other coffeeshop, you can have it in so many different ways! Here at DSG, we’re always on the hunt for the best foods and that (of course) includes Bak Chor Mee. Here are the top 6 places where you (and Nathan Hartono) can satisfy those Bak Chor Mee cravings!
1. Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle[caption id="attachment_15986" align="alignnone" width="1024"]
Don’t be fooled into thinking this Bak Chor Mee spot has no queue, they have a queue number system so be prepared to wait up to an hour for a bowl here. Dishes at Macpherson Minced Meat Noodles are prepared individually and are crafted with springy noodles and stripes of braised pork belly and crispy lard. While the dish is amazing on its own get it with soup on the side, the rich pork broth is the perfect compliment to this popular local dish.
Macpherson Minced Meat Noodles
1382 Serangoon Road, S328254
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 2pm, Tue Closed
6. Seng Huat Eating House
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Who can resist a good steak? Be it Wagyu or Angus, a seared chunk of peppered beef never fails to tickle our taste buds.
But not all of us are built to chow down 300g-portions effortlessly. For the light eaters, sharing a meal with friends is the perfect solution! Here are 7 steakhouses that offer some of the most generous sharing portions you can find in Singapore!
1. Morton’s The Steakhouse
Start off your steakhunt with one of the more atas spots: at Mandarin Oriental Hotel!
Swanky international restaurant Morton’s maintains its name by using the highest quality, US Department of Agriculture-designated ‘prime’ steak.
We recommend the Double Porterhouse Steak (1.3kg at $250++), which can serve around four to five pax! If you’re still craving for more, get a ribeye (460g at $102) to share between two to three peeps.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Address: 5 Raffles Avenue, Fourth Storey, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Singapore 039797
Tel: 6339 3740
2. Badoque Café
Nothing beats a food joint with friendly service!
Not only does Badoque Café have warm and approachable service staff, but they also whip up a really good steak too.
Feast like royalty with their “King & Queen” promotion, which unites 1.2kg worth of ribeye with a 1.3kg king crab for $298. The set also comes with two starters (blue oyster and Greek salad), four soups and four drinks. This serves about five to six pax!
Address: 246 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574370
Tel: 6552 1646
3. iSTEAKS Diner
This grill-specialist has gathered a sizable fan following since its conception as a humble hawker stall in Serangoon Gardens years ago.
Having evolved into a modern diner, the long queues at both its current branches at MyVillage (Serangoon) and Holland Village are no doubt due to the superb and affordable grilled meats that iSTEAKS whips up.[caption id="attachment_14480" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Credit: iSTEAKS Diner[/caption]
Share a 1.2kg Australian Wagyu D-Rump amongst four pax at $85 (includes four complementary sides), or a 600g Australian Porterhouse T-bone for $49. They make fantastic burgers too! Yummeh!
Address: MyVillage, 1 Maju Ave, Singapore 556679
Tel: 6285 8839
4. Bedrock Bar & Grill
Think chic dark wood, plush leather and dim lights on a hot date night. We like!
Tucked in the middle of Somerset Road, Bedrock Bar & Grill was named Singapore’s top restaurant in 2015 by Wine & Dine.
The must-try F1 Tomahawk Steak serves up to three persons at 1.4kg (market price), while the double cut dry-aged Porterhouse feeds two (1kg at $180).
Complete your meal with a side of bedrock mac n’ cheese. Ooh. La. La.
Bedrock Bar & Grill
Address: 96 Somerset Road, #01-05 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, Singapore 238163
Tel: 6238 0054
5. Pepper Steakhouse & Bistro
When all else in life fails us, we need a no-frills, value-for-money diner we can fall back on.
Look no further than Pepper Steakhouse & Bistro! The Australian Tomahawk is available here with an 800g option at $98, that comes with crushed green peppercorn and feeds around two pax.
Light-eating duos can try the 500g Chateaubriand tenderloin fillet at $74 (each sharing option also comes with thick-cut fries, sautéed spinach and a sauce of your choice). Apart from the meats, Pepper also offers an affordable lunch special that comes with five main-course items (at $15-18 each) and a buffet for salads and soups!
Pepper Steakhouse & Bistro
Address: Great World City, #01-66/67, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994
Tel: 6887 3229
6. Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
Italian restaurants don’t just serve pasta and meatballs okay!
Bistecca Tuscan is one of the best fine-dining steakhouses in Singapore, using only organic-fed Australian F1 Wagyu for their steaks (with an impressive marbling score of 6+). Their Florentine-style cooking method produces steaks with juicy cores and charred crusts.
Dig into a sumptuous 1.1kg Bistecca alla Fiorentina T-bone or Bistecca alla Costata ribeye ($188++ each) with one or two other friends. Don’t forget to take a wefie in the breezy al fresco area.
Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
Address: 25 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238969
Tel: 6735 6739
Nestled on the ground floor of the quaint Wanderlust hotel along Jalan Besar is the snug French restaurant-bar Cocette.
They serve up family-esque rustic French cuisine inspired by homemade meals enjoyed by the entire kampong (or the French-countryside equivalent).
Order a Tasmanian grass-fed Prime rib Côte de Boeuf to share in a group ($18++ per 100g), or the Truffle Wagyu for one (250g at $69++).
Still got space? Top your meal off with a helping of mussels and clams (350-400g at $35).
Address: 2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494
Tel: 6298 1188
Steaks come from different sources, in various cuts, and the taste varies based on individual cooking styles.
Depending on the number of people you are eating with (and how much you can eat) you should try out different types of steak, as they all have unique experiences to offer.
If the quantitiy is too much for you, it’s okay! You can always share with your friends! Bon appetite!
Desserts are sinful because they pile excess calories on you and make you fat. Hence, you’ve been trying to shun these sweet “harmful” delights because you seriously need to diet.
But wait, desserts is STRESSED spelled backwards. With so much stress everyday, surely you need some relief from it all? After all, a bite into your favourite dessert will make you happy.
Check out these top 9 best new desserts that are not only very instagrammable, but also amazingly delish. They’re so incredibly tempting, you just have to shelf your diet plans till you try them all!
1. Matchaya[caption id="attachment_14344" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Credit: Matchaya[/caption]
Singaporeans love Japanese matcha and hence, the number of matcha-themed cafes proliferate. Operating as a pop-up concept store previously, Matchaya now occupies an oh-so-Japanese wooden shopfront at Icon Village.[caption id="attachment_14345" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Credit: Matchaya[/caption]
Riding on the success of their matcha and houjicha milk teas, Matchaya has recently introduced the uber-pretty Cha Cha Pop to its desserts menu. This Magnum lookalike popiscle is first dipped in black honey and houjicha feuilletine, followed by a matcha dip topped with toasted sesame. Every bite of the popiscle is not just crunchy, but also heavenly![caption id="attachment_14331" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Credit: nkikichua[/caption]
Address: 12 Gopeng Street #01-72 Icon Village
Open: 9 am to 9 pm (Mon to Fri); 10 am to 7 pm (Sat to Sun)
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/matchayasg
2. Niceday Taiwan Snow & Grass Jelly Desserts[caption id="attachment_14332" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credit: Nahmj[/caption]
No, I’m not recommending you any Korean Bingsu. I know you’ve seen enough of the Kimchi-Land dessert.
This lovely Purple Sweet Potato Milky Snow Mountain is the proud creation of Niceday Taiwan Snow & Grass Jelly Desserts. The base is made using silky smooth grass jelly all the way from Taiwan, covered with a mountain of fluffy ice shavings and chewy balls.
Imagine yourself in Taipei as you enjoy the pleasant bowl of dessert. Notice a small bowl of Taro Q mix and mochi balls in a separate bowl? Add in the balls to your dessert when you wish, otherwise the balls may become stiff in the icy bowl if they are put together.
So thoughtful of the owner to make sure the dessert is served in the best condition!
Niceday Taiwan Snow & Grass Jelly Desserts
Address: 302 Tiong Bahru Road #02-111A Tiong Bahru Plaza (Food Street)
Open: 11 am to 10.30 pm
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/NicedayDessert/
3. Sugar Lips[caption id="attachment_14316" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Image Credit: @stormscape[/caption]
Sugar Lips the latest addition to the myriad of dessert cafes in Singapore. In fact, they are currently in their soft launch opening week 1-for-1 promotion from 9 to 16 September.
Enjoy the visual feast of the gorgeous dessert platters, and sink your teeth into sweet favourites such as Rainbow Fantasy and Chocolate Seduction Truffle Cake. Life’s short, so eat dessert first and enjoy. 🙂
Address: 277 Orchard Road #02-01, Orchard Gateway
Open: 11 am to 10 pm
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/eatsugarlips
4. Meet & Melt[caption id="attachment_14317" align="alignnone" width="957"] Image Credit: Peanut Loti[/caption]
*NEW* Curry Lava Toast[caption id="attachment_14318" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Image Credit: @stormscape[/caption]
*NEW* Mentaiko Lava Toast
Who says desserts can only be sweet? Visit Meet & Melt and you will be delighted to find novel savoury creations of their toasts. Previously located in ulu Tampines, they have just opened a second outlet near Somerset MRT at *SCAPE.
To celebrate their new outlet opening, the folks at Meet & Melt have introduced 2 new desserts – the Curry Lava Toast, as well as the Mentaiko Lava Toast!
Singaporeans love their curry with bread, and the Curry Lava Toast is an amazingly yummy delight you can eat anytime of the day. The Mentaiko Lava Toast is another remarkable creation that not only smells delicious, but also tastes great with the Sea Salt Gula Melaka ice cream. We wonder why no one thought about such divine concoctions earlier!
Meet & Melt
Address: 2 Orchard Link #02-33/34, *SCAPE; Blk 915 Tampines St 91 #01-49
Open: 1 pm to 10 pm (*SCAPE outlet); 2 pm to 10 pm (Tampines outlet)
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/meetandmelt
5. Epicurious Cafe[caption id="attachment_14320" align="alignnone" width="900"] Image Credit: Daniel Food Diary[/caption]
First it was rainbow cake making the Insta-rounds. Then earlier in the year, videos of rainbow-coloured cheeses stretching in various postures went viral, thanks to Kala Toast in Hong Kong. And now, our own Epicurious Cafe has also created the first Rainbow Cheese Toastie in Singapore.
The rainbow is made up of 5 different colours and flavours: Pink (beetroot), Orange (carrot), Green (Spinach), Blue (potato and garlic with butterfly pea) and Violet (eggplant and red cabbage).
Great to know that it’s made using natural ingredients and minimal colouring. At least we can eat this appealing cheese toastie at ease! Have fun stretching your rainbow for the best shots before you tuck in to the crispy and buttery toast!
Address: 81 Clemenceau Ave #01-13 UE Square Shopping Mall
Open: Lunch – 11.30 am to 2.30 pm (Tue to Fri), Dinner – 6 pm to 10 pm (Tue to Sun), Brunch – 9 am to 5 pm (Weekend/ Public Holiday)
6. The Pound[caption id="attachment_14322" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credit: Jiaksimi png[/caption]
Located in a shop unit of the first floor in the old commercial Sultan Plaza building, The Pound‘s classier decor makes it stand out from the rest of the shops. The Pound is a small cafe specializing in premium Dutch Iced Coffees and homemade cakes. Unlike other Korean-owned cafes, they do not sell the Korean Bingsu.
What you will find here is roll cakes that look so delicately tasteful. Leave some stomach space after a satisfying kopitiam meal nearby for their Earl Grey Roll Cake. Light with a chiffon-like texture, the earl grey flavour was subtle and a perfect dessert for a complete meal.
Address: 100 Jalan Sultan, #01-17B Sultan Plaza
Open: 9.30 am to 6.30 pm (Mon to Sat)
7. Birds Of Paradise Gelato Boutique[caption id="attachment_14333" align="alignnone" width="2976"] Image Credit: Nahmj[/caption]
Located opposite the Roxy Square, Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique is a sleek and tastefully furbished boutique in a restored shophouse along East Coast Road. The unique point of Birds Of Paradise lies in its 9 gelato flavours inspired by botanical flavours.
Think fruits, flowers, pods, herbs, and spices. Instead of your usual chocolate and strawberry flavours, get the garden taste on their special homemade thyme ice cream cones! Exquisite flavours include Basil, Lychee Raspberry, Spiced Pear, Mint Cacao, Strawberry Basil, Pandan and White Chrysanthemum.
Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique
Address: 63 East Coast Road #01-05
Open: 4.30 pm to 10 pm (Tue to Fri), 12 pm to 10 pm (Sat to Sun)
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/bopgelato/
8. KOOKS Creamery[caption id="attachment_14334" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Image Credit: @ggabrielchan[/caption]
KOOKS Creamery is not just your ordinary ice cream cafe in the heartlands. They specialise in molten lava cookies (or KOOKS as the folks call them) and ice cream.
KOOKS may be just a small cosy 20-seater cafe, but they whip up a total of 18 ice cream flavours. Some of the unique flavours include Lemon Curd, Milk Cereal, Nougat and Brown Butter.
Top the smooth and creamy ice cream on the thin yet crispy lava cookie, and ta-da! Here’s your oozing sweet Molten Lava Kooks treat!
Address: 211 Serangoon Ave 4 #01-02
Open: 12 pm to 10 pm (Tue to Thu, Sun), 12 pm to 11 pm (Fri to Sat)
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/kookscreamery/
9. The Workbench Bistro[caption id="attachment_14335" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Image Credit: @siewgavin[/caption]
*NEW* Red & Blue Velvet S’morffles[caption id="attachment_14336" align="alignnone" width="900"] Image Credit: Daniel Food Diary[/caption]
*NEW* Purple Japanese Sweet Potato Waffles
Located in a quiet part of Ang Mo Kio at least 10 minutes’ walk away from the MRT, The Workbench Bistro (TWB) is an unassuming neighbourhood cafe that has recently gone through a menu overhaul. Its latest original dessert creation – the Blue & Red Velvet S’moreffles seems to be flooding all the Instagram feeds.
In case you still do not know what s’moreffles is, it’s actually s’mores baked in waffles. How cool and sinful is that?! Sandwiched between two quarters of the crisp waffles are melted fluffy marshallows, drizzled with graham cracker crumbs within the waffles. Topped with big scoop of ice cream and generous chocolate sauce, this insanely awesome dessert is worth every penny and calorie!
As if the Blue & Red Velvet S’moreffles isn’t sinful enough, TWB has also introduced another irresistible dessert to their menu – the Purple Japanese Sweet Potato Waffles.
This pretty waffles is made using fresh purple sweet potato with no additional colourings. Savour the sweet potato bits in this yummy waffles drizzled with homemade Gula Melaka sauce and topped with ice cream. Don’t count the carbs, just enjoy first!
The Workbench Bistro
Address: Blk 332 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 #01-1881
Open: 12 pm to 10 pm (Mon to Thu), 12 pm to 11 pm (Fri), 10 am to 11 pm (Sat) and 10 am to 10 pm (Sun)
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/theworkbenchbistro/
Don’t you agree these 9 new dessert creations are so tempting and irresistible? Not only do they look wonderful on the pictures, they are also incredibly palatable!
Don’t just drool over your phone, iPad or laptop. Make a move to these cool cafes right now to taste the real stuff. You can always resume your diet plan after you have try them all!
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Pokemon Go has taken Singapore by storm for weeks now, with throngs of Singaporeans gathering at parks, malls and even the streets of Orchard Road and Marine Bay Sands till the wee hours.
Don’t expect any fast food joints on this list, it’s all local food that is bound to fuel you up after a long night of Pokemon catching!
1. Night Safari
If you have decided to go to the Night Safari to enjoy both the real and virtual animals, you would probably have stayed long past the closing hours of the Night Safari eateries.
We found the closest eatery to this national attraction, and the good news is they’re open way past the Night Safari. The bad news? They’re a pretty long walk from the Night Safari.
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For those staying in the North and Central Singapore, Upper Thomson is the best place to grab some grub. With quaint cafes serving up some really good coffee in the day and small restaurants offering really affordable and delicious food by night, it’s no surprise that it’s grown so popular.
A great place to get some cheap supper? If you’re a night owl who prowls the island for late supper you would have definitely heard of the Roti Prata House. They have a wide variety of pratas including durian and milo but if you’re a little more traditional stick to the firm favourites.
Distance: 5 mins by car, 23 mins if you’re walking
Address: 246M Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574370
Contact: 6459 5260
Opening Hours: 7am – 2am
4. Tampines West
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Opening Hours: 24 hours
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A stone’s throw from Al-Azhar is Saffron’s Cafeteria, if you’re starving and need something to fill your stomach this is the place to head to. A firm favourite among patrons is the Briyani, according our sources the servings are huge, enough to fill two adults and they’re really affordable, at an average price of $6 that is a steal! Best part? It’s 24 hours! So you know where to head to when those midnight Bryani cravings hit!
Address: Blk 201D Tampines Street 21, # 01-1163, S529393
Opening Hours: 24 hours
5. Chinese Garden
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Opening Hours: 6:30AM–3:30AM
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Opening Hours: 24 hours
6. Marina Bay Sands
Image credit: rare Pokemons, but with so many eateries either closing before 11 or way beyond our price range, Makansutra Gluttons By The Bay is one place you can definitely have you fill under a budget.
Makansutra Gluttons By The Bay is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat no matter the company, if you’re riding solo grab some Mee Goreng from The Old Satay Club or Soon Lee’s Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee. If you’re in a big group, do supper family style, share the famous Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wings or the Alhambra Padang Satay.
Distance: 3 mins by car, 15 mins if you’re walking
Address: #01-15, 8 Raffles Ave, 039802
Contact: 6336 7025
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs, 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-3am; Sun, 4pm-1am
7. Lot One
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If you’ve been out playing Pokemon Go all week, you probably know that Pokemon-spawning areas are virtually everywhere. However, where are the rare pokemon locations?
There are some specific locales in Singapore that are home to rare and powerful Pokemon. We’re here to let you in on the rare pokemon locations, so you can find all 11 rare pokemon! Read on if you’d like to add these elusive gems to your collection and further your quest to become the very best!,
Image Credits: With its luscious, red-hot flaming mane and tail, the incredibly rare Ponyta is one you’d want to collect for bragging rights. Easily one of the prettiest Pokemon around, this fire horse Pokemon – and its evolved form especially – is the closest you can get to catching a unicorn!
Rare pokemon location – Ponyta has been spotted at:
- Yishun Park
- Resorts World Sentosa
It was always helping Nurse Joy heal Pokemon back to health in both the game and animated TV series. Chansey also boasts an incredibly high HP. While it may not be a fighter, it can certainly hold its own in a gym.
Rare pokemon location – Chansey has been spotted at:
- Changi General Hospital
- Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
Image Credits: All Snorlax likes to do is eat and sleep, but don’t let its lazy, cuddly appearance fool you. This Pokemon is extremely powerful in battle! Snorlax is backed by high HP and defence stats, making it a popular Pokemon for trainers holding gyms.
Rare pokemon location – Snorlax has been spotted at:
- Blk 401, Hougang Avenue 10
- Bedok Point
- 5 Tampines Central 6, Singapore 529482
- Tampines St 83
- City Plaza
Image Credits: YouTube
With its friendly appearance and gentle nature, it’s hard not to fall in love with Lapras. Despite its docile look, this Pokemon also has relatively high combat capabilities. It is another popular choice for battles or gym takeovers.
Rare pokemon location – Lapras has been spotted at:
- Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3
- Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3
- 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Image Credits: Author
Fire fox Vulpix is already stealing our hearts in its own right. Look how cute it is!
However, its evolved form, Ninetails, will propel it to the top of your must-catch list. This Pokemon is an elusive one, with rare sightings in Singapore. Fire-type Pokemon are strong when up against Grass, Bug and Ice Pokemon, so it’s always useful to have some of them!
Rare pokemon location – Vulpix has been spotted at:
- Sentosa Siloso Beach
- Beauty World MRT Station
The most advanced stage of Dratini’s evolution, this Pokemon is incredibly rare and hard to obtain. It is highly sought after by ambitious trainers. Dragonite is also evidently useful for holding gyms. Just take a look at the sheer number of Dragonites reigning in gyms all over Singapore!
Rare pokemon location – Dragonite has been spotted at:
- Suntec City
- Tiong Bahru Plaza
- Singapore Management University (SMU)
- Marina Bay Sands
Image Credits: Now, this is a Pokemon you don’t usually chance upon! This shockingly (pun intended) fierce Electric-type Pokemon would make a great addition to your team. Especially since there aren’t many Electric-type Pokemon around at the moment. Just what you need to take down Golducks, Slowbros and Vaporeons.
Rare pokemon location – Electabuzz has been spotted at:
- Eco Park Tampines
- Near White Sands Primary School
- Resorts World Sentosa
Image Credits: YouTube
If you thought hunting for Growlithe is tough, wait till you try searching for Arcanine. A cross between a tiger, wolf and fox, this Pokemon is one you’d definitely want to catch. Arcanine is said to have one of the highest combat stats amongst the non-legendary first generation Pokemon.
Rare pokemon location – Arcanine has been spotted at:
- Clark Quay area (near Riverside Point)
- Chinese and Japanese Gardens
You may be unsure if this Pokemon is worth hunting for. However, do note that fighting-type moves are the only moves that are effective against normal-type Pokemon! Hitmonchan would defo be useful in gyms. Time to take down that Snorlax!
Rare pokemon location – Hitmonchan has been spotted at:
- West Gate Mall
- National University of Singapore (NUS)
Pretty cool, huh? While this Pokemon isn’t best suited for combat, Porygon’s sheer elusiveness justifies the need to catch one.
Rare pokemon location – Porygon has been spotted at:
- City Square Mall
- Clementi Mall
- Orchard Central Mall
- 271 Bukit Batok East Avenue 4, Singapore 650271
- Parklane Shopping Mall
Image Credits: Author
We saved the best for last – you didn’t think we’d leave this out, now did you? Undisputedly the most famous Pokemon of all time, Pikachu remains as one of the most loved Pokemon to date.
If you didn’t manage to catch Pikachu at the start or hatch it from an egg, fret not, because here’s where you can find it!
Rare pokemon location – Pikachu has been spotted at:
- Universal Studios Singapore (Sentosa)
- Near Jurong West Temple
- Tampines West Community Club
- Marina Bay Sands
- Gardens by the Bay (near carpark exit)
And there you have it – 11 of the rarest Pokemon that have been sighted in our city! While we don’t have access to internal spawn data, trust us when we say that the aforementioned places are your best bet to catch ’em all. Happy hunting!
Touted as a healthier way to enjoy steamboat, Hong Kong’s steam-potting trend has hit our shores. Steam-potting is known to be more nutritious as the process (which we will get into in a bit) seals in the ingredients’ nutritional value better than the usual steamboat. If you enjoy a hearty meal with a warm homely fare, you’ll have to check this out.
Instead of the conventional hot pot, steam-potting, as its name suggests, involves steaming the ingredients rather than boiling them.[caption id="attachment_11412" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Steam Box Facebook[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11442" align="aligncenter" width="851"] Credit: IG – sgfoodonfoot[/caption]
The menu includes fresh greens, tiger prawns, crabs, wagyu beef, and even dimsum. If you can’t wait for the food to be steamed, order up some century egg congee or the crowd-favourite egg custard buns while the food is cooking.[caption id="attachment_11413" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Steam Box Facebook[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11414" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Steam Box Facebook[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11441" align="aligncenter" width="847"] Credit: IG – mightyfoodie[/caption]
Another feature of steam-potting is that the soup is enjoyed last. While the ingredients are being steamed, the natural juices of the food flow to the bottom of the pot, seeping into the rice grains and soup base. This creates a delicious soupy congee that is packed with flavour to end off your meal.
Now, where do I enjoy this pot of goodness, you ask? Head to Steam Box at Serangoon Gardens to have a taste of the steam-potting trend![caption id="attachment_11443" align="aligncenter" width="857"] Credit: IG – where.is.karl[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11416" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Steam Box Facebook[/caption]
We’re sure you won’t regret your steam-potting experience. Steamboat is delicious enough as it is, but with an upgraded method boasting more flavour and nutrition? We’re in.
Address: 68 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555962
Phone: 6281 6939
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm & 6-11pm, Sat & Sun 11.30am-11pm
(Header image credit: Wisma Atria Brings Japan To S’pore – Tsukiji Sushi To Wagyu Beef!
Named as one of the top 10 Restaurant Dishes of 2015 on the New York Times, the legendary oyster omelette, or orh-luak as locally known, is one of the most loved hawker dishes in Singapore. The chewy texture of oysters mixed with crisp flour mixture and delicious eggs, is a real treat for the taste buds.
For those who are hunting for the best oyster omelette or have yet to give this dish a try, here are 6 of the best oyster omelette stalls in Singapore that serve kick-ass oyster omelette fried to perfection, that will leave you on your knees and begging for more.
1. Ah Hock Fried Oyster[caption id="attachment_9364" align="alignnone" width="578"] Image Credits: springtomorrow.com[/caption]
You can’t find a stall more dedicated to oyster omelette than Ah Hock Fried Oyster. The ingredients used are top notch and are self sourced by the owner himself.
Using fresh oysters from Korea, fresh eggs from Swee Choon Egg Farm and fresh flour from China, their oyster omelette is definitely one of the best in Singapore. Besides the oyster omelette itself, the chilli that comes with it is also to die for. A great mix of sour and spicy, it complements the main dish perfectly. Ah Hock Fried Oyster also has different styles and types of oyster omelettes, all of them oozing with oyster-licious goodness.
Ah Hock Fried Oyster
Address: Whampoa Drive Makan Place, #01-40 Whampoa Drive Blk 90 Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: Daily 12pm-11pm, closed on alternate Wednesdays
2. 85 Bedok North Fried Oyster[caption id="attachment_9366" align="alignnone" width="622"] Image Credits: Sethlui.com[/caption]
Visit the Feng Shan Food Market and you’ll most likely recognise this popular fried oyster stall in an instant. 85 Bedok North Fried Oyster is one of the busiest and most well-known oyster omelette stalls in Bedok. Previously featured in many local newspapers, 85 Bedok North Fried Oyster is so popular, it occupies two stalls in Feng Shan Food Market.
Besides oyster omelette, 85 Bedok North Fried Oyster also offers a variety of local dishes such as fried carrot cake. Be warned though, the queue or wait can get pretty long. But remember, good things come to those who wait!
85 Bedok North Fried Oyster
Address: Blk 85 Bedok North Street 4 #01-09/10 Singapore 460085
Opening Hours: daily 11am-11pm
3. Katong Keah Kee Fried Oysters
Search for best places to eat in Serangoon and you’d definitely come across this one! Simon Road Oyster Omelette first opened at Simon Road coffee shop and has been around for more than 20 years!
What makes this stall stand out from the rest? If you’re an oyster omelette lover, you’d know that the oyster omelette here is fried to the perfect level of crispiness. Each bite of the omelette brings out different flavours that are so delicious, you’ll want to have this oyster omelette for every meal!
Simon Road Oyster Omelette
Address: 965 Upper Serangoon Road Sinapore 534721
Opening Hours: Daily 4pm-2am, Closed on Tuesdays
5. Lim’s Fried Oyster
Any oyster omelette lover who lives near Toa Payoh will know this stall. Located in Toa Payoh Lorong 7, Ah Chuan Fried Oyster Omelette is a stall not to be missed. The crispy omelette together with fish sauce and chilli is to die for.
Many frequent patrons state that the texture and taste of the omelette are consistent and good at every visit. At only $4 a plate, this oyster omelette is definitely one of the tastiest and most affordable ones.
Ah Chuan Fried Oyster Omelette
Address: Blk 22, Toa Payoh Lorong 7 #01-25, Singapore 310022
Opening Hours: Daily 3-9pm, Closed on Tuesdays
Now that you know where to find the best oyster omelette, you can have this goodness every other day! Know of another great oyster omelette place? Let us know in the comments below!
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