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Google Apps May Soon Cost Manufacturers Up To $40 Per Device In EU

By | October 20th, 2018

A recent EU ruling has forced Google to start charging device manufacturers who want to install specific Google apps, including the Google Play Store, and according to internal Google documents, it could be charging as much as $ 40 per device.

Google made an announcement on Tuesday in which it updated the terms of licensing agreements that it makes with Android device makers, allowing them to install Google Play Store and other apps onto devices that are destined to be sold in the European Union. This is to allow it to charge device makers a fee rather than offering them up as part of free licenses, as it has done thus far.

Since then, The Verge has been able to get its hands on internal Google documents, and it appears that individual device costs could be as high as $ 40 apiece if manufacturers want to install Google Mobile Services, a collection of apps that includes Google Play Store, on devices after February 1st, 2019. Interestingly, this fee could be massively reduced depending on the devices that are being sold. As an example, smartphones with displays of 500ppi or more will need to pay $ 40 to license the apps, but those with sub-400ppi will pay just $ 10. Anything below that will see a $ 2.50 charge. Furthermore, EU countries are being split into three different tiers, with the highest being made up of Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

The same documents also suggest that any manufacturer willing to install Chrome or Google Search products could expect to see the fees reduced, although we do wonder what government bodies would make of that.

Whether any of this will have an impact on the kinds of devices sold in these countries remains to be seen, but it is possible that this will impact the prices at which devices are sold if manufacturers decide to pass the fees on.

(Source: The Verge)

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YJH Restaurant 御记煌 (Yu Ji Huang), Zhuhai: Hotpot Owner Liaises With Hai Di Lao

YJH Restaurant 御记煌 (Yu Ji Huang) at Zhuhai is situated within the Beijing Normal University (affectionately known as 北师大 Bei Shi Da), but the restaurant can be accessed by the public. It is nicely furnished and reasonably priced for students and working adults around the read.

The restaurant began with selling 三汁焖鸡 or braised chicken in a hotpot, which is still their signature. The dish originated in the Qing dynasty. According to the menu, it is good for healthy with medical benefits. It uses 10 different Chinese herbs and spices including medical wine. Braising, according to the menu, is one of the healthiest way to eat food.

But the owner has sharp acumen and adds more popular items to attract the youths. Items such as the popular Korean cheese hotpot-and-bbq, Chinese wine hua diao jiu chicken, a hotpot using Hai Di Lao soup (although in China, they don’t care about copyright, here YJH officially liaises with HDL to supply their soup).

How you order: you order the hotpot, which already comes with ingredients. If you want to add more ingredients, you can order later. Each hotpot is good for 3 to 4 persons, so it is best to come in groups here.

We started with duck wings 鸭翅 (¥6 for 2), which is braised in soy sauce and served cold. It is refreshing but the meat is tough and nothing really special.

My friend ordered his usual: Hainanese coconut chicken hotpot (¥168). They use coconut water from two whole coconuts, coconut flesh, and one whole chicken. All natural ingredients, nothing artificial.

The chicken is bony, and not much meat; I suppose you can call it Kampong chicken.

After a while, you can add vegetables and tau pok into the soup; these come together with the hotpot at no extra charge. Their tau pok is quite different from our Singapore version; ours is airy but theirs has a nice firm bite to them. It tastes like bouncy tofu which is surprisingly tasty. I can’t get enough of the tau pok.

Also: I recommend ordering the coconut milk drink (¥20 for 1.5l bottle). It’s super tasty. It’s creamy and sweet.

The service here is excellent. Although the restaurant is very busy and the wait staff run around, you can always get their attention. And when they serve you, they are always cheerful.

This place gets crowded and for good reasons. The ingredients are fresh and good; the service is satisfactory; and the price is reasonable. I do wish I had tried their signature, instead of the coconut chicken, but I was satisfied with the meal. We paid ¥202 for two persons but really, this ought to be a 3 to 4-person meal.


YJH Restaurant 御记煌 (Yu Ji Huang)
北师大燕华苑5栋7号,Beijing Normal University Zhuhai, Yan Huan Yuan Block 5, No. 7
tel: 1372 6270 311

Food: 6.5/10
Price / value: 6.5/10
Decor / ambience: 6.5/10
Service: 7/10


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Apple To Live Stream Its October 30th iPad, Mac Event

By | October 19th, 2018

After weeks of speculation, Apple finally sent out invitations out for a new October media event, set to kick off on October 30th. Expectations are that this will see the unveiling of new iPad Pro tablets as well as, potentially, new Macs.

Apple’s big tagline for the event is “There’s More in the Making,” suggesting a focus on creation is in the cards. No matter what is actually announced, Apple will once again be live-streaming the event for those of you who are not able to be present. That’s most of you, then.

Apple’s invitations have only just gone out, and while the invitations do continue the run of being cryptic, this time around, the company saw fit to send different invitations out to different news outlets. While the content of the invitations is essentially the same, the artwork for the Apple logo is different across multiple outlets, so not identical to the psychedelic number displayed on its events website in each case, it would seem.

While we don’t yet know for sure what will happen during the event, strong rumors have new iPad Pros arriving with smaller bezels, no Home button and the inclusion of Face ID in an iPad for the first time. There has been an additional rumor that suggests we will see new Macs announced, particularly a new and refreshed Mac mini for the first time in four years. This seems least likely of all, although Bloomberg has lent credence to this rumor in recent weeks.

We’ll be there in New York City live when the event takes place on the 30th, so we’ll keep you abreast of the big news as and when Apple announces it. Stay tuned!

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16 Best Carrot Cakes That You Should Not Miss!

16 Best Carrot Cake Stalls That You Should Not Miss!

Not to be confused with the ang moh kind of dessert, the greasy, pan-fried carrot cake can be eaten at any time of the day. Some prefer their chai tow kway to be wetter and eggier, while others prefer their kueh to be softer. Looking for the best carrot cake in Singapore? Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the sweet black chai tow kway, or the savoury white version, you should definitely try these sixteen chai tow kway.

1. 618 Sim Carrot Cake

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Probably the best carrot cake in Yishun (and the north), 618 Sim Carrot Cake serves up a really unique plate of carrot cake ($ 3). The chye poh here is actually placed on the side of the plate. The preserved radish is crunchy, and not overly salty. Neither pork nor lard is used in the preparation of the dish. On another occasion, we went back again and tried the carrot cake with prawns ($ 4.50). The prawns were diced into small pieces and fried together with the carrot cake and chives.

Address: 618 Yishun Ring Rd, Singapore 760618

Opening Hours: 7am to 2pm, closed on Tuesdays.

2. Ang Moh Kio 107 Carrot Cake

AMK 107 carrot cake best carrot cake singapore
The carrot cake here has been rated as one of the “Top 10 Carrot Cake” in Singapore. Both white and black versions are available at either $ 3 or $ 4. The carrot cake was moist and soft. The elderly uncle is not stingy with the chye poh (preserved radish), eggs and garlic. There’s a good crunch in every bite of the fragrant carrot cake.

Address: Blk 107 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, Singapore 560107

Opening Hours: 6pm to 11pm. Closed on Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays.

3. Bukit Merah View Carrot Cake

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The stall has been in business for over 60 years, and the hawker still painstakingly makes carrot cake the traditional way. Bukit Merah View’s Carrot Cake comes in chunks that have a crispy exterior. The black carrot cake ($ 3) had just the right amount of sweetness, and was nicely charred. I preferred the white carrot cake ($ 3) as there were more consistent charred bits, making this plate of chai tow kway more fragrant.

Address: Blk 115 Bukit Merah View, Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre, #01-37, Singapore 151115

Opening Hours: 7am to 2pm daily.

4. Chey Sua Carrot Cake

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Chey Sua only does white carrot cake. They will pan fry one side of the carrot cake till crispy, while leaving the other side only lightly fried. Unlike most carrot cake stalls where the chilli is placed on the side, Chey Sua actually pan fries the chilli together with the crispy surface. Grace and Shirley, who have taken over the family business over 20 years ago, insist on making their own radish cake. Shirley said that factory-made ones may be too soft or too hard sometimes, so by making her own, she can ensure consistency.

Address: #02-30, Toa Payoh West Market and Food Court, 127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh

Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 6am to 1pm, closed on Mon

5. Fried Carrot Cake

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This unnamed stall is known for being the go-to stall for Clementi residents who crave a good plate of carrot cake. Run by a husband and wife duo, the stall attracts snaking queues in the morning. The white carrot cake ($ 3) is on the eggier side and the kueh is firm with a spicy kick in every bite.

Address: Blk 448 Clementi Ave 3, Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre, #01-45, Singapore 120448

Opening Hours: 6am to 12pm. Closed every Monday.

6. Fu Ming Cooked Food

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Also known as the ‘mickey mouse carrot cake’, the carrot cake from Fu Ming is named as such due to the signboard having cute Mickey Mouse on it! Each bite-sized piece of carrot cake is bigger than usual, which allowed us to taste the soft texture of the cake and the flavour of the radish. I love those big egg pieces and the sweetness of the black sweet sauce. Apparently, they add sweet sauce twice. We noticed that the stall steams their own carrot cake! $ 3 for this plate of goodness is a real steal.

Address: Redhill Food Centre, Blk 85 Redhill Lane #01-49, Singapore 150085

Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 3pm-1am, Sun 6am-1am

7. Ghim Moh Carrot Cake

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Ghim Moh Carrot Cake still makes their kueh themselves. The $ 4 plate of Yuan Yang contains both white and black carrot cake. The pan-fried fragrance of the white carrot cake was stronger, and the black carrot cake leaned towards the drier side. Overall, a well-balanced plate of carrot cake.

Address: ABC Brickworks Food Centre, 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-140, Singapore 150006

Opening Hours: 730am to sold out (around 1230pm). Closed on Mondays.

8. Good Spice Carrot Cake

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This is arguably one of the cheapest carrot cakes on the list, and possibly in the market too. A plate of carrot cake starts from $ 2, and the Yuan Yang is only $ 3. The carrot cake here is very old school. The kueh is extremely soft — almost becoming nua and indistinguishable. The egg in the white carrot cake was cooked like an omelette with a slightly watery texture. The black carrot cake was a lot less salty than the white version, with the perfect level of sweetness. I cannot decide which one I like more!

Address: Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, 44 Owen Rd, Singapore 210044

Opening Hours: 6am to sold out (around 12-1pm). Closed on Wednesdays.

9. Guan Hin Homemade Carrot Cake

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At the stall, you will see huge round aluminium trays filled with homemade carrot cake. Everyday, the old couple makes the kueh in the stall, cuts it up into huge chunks and fries them upon order. Each piece of carrot cake is chunky and stir fried with garlic and preserved radish. I preferred the black version which is mixed with a thick and rich black sweetened sauce. The uncle is generous with the eggs too!

Address: Geylang Bahru Market & Food Centre #01-45, 69 Geylang Bahru, Singapore 330069

Opening Hours: 10am to 4pm. Closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

10. Guan Kee Carrot Cake

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The carrot cake at Guan Kee is wetter, and more savoury. Even the conventionally dry white carrot cake is moist here! The portion of the Yuan Yang($ 4) is pretty substantial. The kueh here is thick, chunky, and firm. I preferred the black version as it was nicely moist, and not too sweet!

Address: 70 Queen Street, #01-59, Singapore 180270 Queen St, Singapore 180270

Opening Hours: 730am to 230pm, 5pm go 9pm. Closed on Monday.

11. He Zhong Carrot Cake

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This family-run carrot cake stall has been at Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre since 1973. This stall only does white carrot cake and the carrot cake comes in big and chunky pieces, unlike the usual flat pancake style! These springy chunks of goodness are very flavourful, with a strong garlicky aroma and fragrance of fish sauce. The generous amount of chai poh studded throughout the cake gives a sweetness that complements the savouriness perfectly. Another thing that I like about the carrot cake here is that the stall makes their own kueh, according to their own special recipe, daily. The carrot cake is very affordable, with the smallest portion starting at just $ 2.50.

Address: #02-185 Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre, 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588215

Opening Hours: Wednesday 6am to 1pm, Thursdays to Tuesdays 6am to 8.30pm

12. Lau Goh Teochew Chye Thow Kway

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Lau Goh started from a pushcart, along Merchant Road, in the 60s. If you are like me, who cannot decide to have the white or black version, you can just order this dual carrot cake ($ 5). They are very generous with eggs. Vegetable oil is used, instead of lard, so the carrot cake is slightly healthier.

Address: 70 Zion Road, Stall 26 Zion Riverside Food Centre.

Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 12pm – 2pm and 7pm – 11pm; Sun 10am – 3pm and 6pm – 11pm. Closed on Tue

13.Lin Hai Sheng Carrot Cake

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The family behind this stall owns a factory dedicated to making the yummy, soft kueh. Only white carrot cake is sold here, with no added vegetable oil, hence the carrot cake is less oily than that of many places. The queue get rather crazy during mealtimes!

Address: Blk 724 AMK Ave 6 AMK Central Mkt & Cooked Food Centre
#01-09.

Opening Hours: 8am to 3pm, 7 to 8pm daily.

14. Song Zhou Carrot Cake

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The stall was started by Mdm Qiu’s dad, and she has been helping at the stall since she was young. Now, her husband and her have taken over the stall. They used to only sell white carrot cake, but as more youngsters love the black rendition, they started to fry black carrot cake too. Even though they no longer make their own carrot cake, they add some “secret” ingredients to make the kueh softer after receiving it from their supplier. Song Zhou’s black carrot cake is very, very fragrant and moist. Each piece of kueh is so soft and aromatic. The stall is very generous with the eggs and black sauce. Each plate of carrot cake starts from $ 2.50.

Address: Blk 207 Bedok North Interchange #01-18

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 7am to 8pm, closed on Sundays

15. Tiong Bahru Kampung Carrot Cake

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The uncle was a roadside hawker at Tanjong Pagar Railway Centre, before he moved to the current location at Tiong Bahru market. He has been operating for over 30 years! The carrot cake was thick, but soft, and almost mushy. The chai poh taste was quite strong, and especially so in the white version.

Address: 30 Seng Poh Rd, Tiong Bahru Market, #02-53, Singapore 168898

Opening Hours: 630am to 2pm daily.

16. Yuan Cheng Carrot Cake

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In an attempt to be ‘healthier’, Yuan Cheng uses vegetable oil in their carrot cake. Both the black and white versions at Yuan Cheng are stellar, and you will find long queues at the stall on weekend mornings. The white carrot cake is blander, as compared to the black version, but its very eggy. I prefer the black rendition as it was more flavourful. There are also hidden charred bits in the black carrot cake! Very shiok! A plate of carrot cake starts from $ 2.50.

Address: 79 Telok Blangah Drive, Telok Blangah Drive Food Centre, #01-33, Singapore 100079

Opening Hours: 6am to 2pm daily.

I’m sure you’re craving for a piping hot plate of fragrant carrot cake now. Make sure to let us know your favourite stall! Do you agree with our list of the best carrot cake in Singapore? If not, share with us which stall should be included in this list!

MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visits and paid its own meals at the stalls featured here.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s Kirin 980 Falls Short Of iPhone XS A12 Bionic In Benchmark Results

By | October 18th, 2018

Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro is currently the talk of the town after its announcement during an event in London a couple of days ago, and it’s getting plenty of attention thanks to the new Kirin 980 chip that sits inside.

Huawei is making big claims about that chip, claiming it will give Apple’s A12 Bionic a run for its money – the chip that is used in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. With that in mind, Phone Arena wanted to put the phone through its paces to see just how capable that new chip is.

We’re not going to go through the whole suite of tests that Phone Arena went through and for that, we suggest checking the full post over there for the lowdown. However, the specifications that were gleaned during the testing confirmed that the new Kirin 980 is indeed a 7nm chip, making the Mate 20 Pro the first Android phone to make the jump from a 10nm architecture. Huawei has been working on this for years, and with two big A76 cores clocked at up to 2.6GHz, two middle A76 cores running at up to 1.92GHz, and a further four A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz, the opportunity is certainly there for this to be one fast flagship smartphone.

The tests carried out by Phone Arena included GeekBench 4, AnTuTu, and GFXBench in order to try and get a rounder feeling for how overall performance stacks up, and while the Mate 20 Pro does indeed beat out all other Android phones in some tests, losing out to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 at times, it never quite manages to drag itself into the same bracket as the new iPhones.

It’s not far off, but it can’t quite hit the same heady heights. Still, it’s clear the Kirin 980 is a hell of a chip.

(Source: Phone Arena)

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9 Cheap Korean BBQ Buffets In Singapore Under $27/Person Even During Dinner Hours

Affordable KBBQ in Singapore

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Riding the tides of the K-Pop wave that has awashed Singapore is the cuisine of Korea. And who among us can say no to Korean barbeque (KBBQ), where meat lovers get to savour the tender juiciness of marinated beef, pork, and chicken grilled on the spot. 

To top things off, there are also veg dishes served on the side, making sure you stay on track with your balanced diet while indulging in your love for meat.

And the best part? KBBQ is usually served buffet-style. This means that it’s usually pricey, but here are 10 affordable KBBQ restaurants in Singapore, promising to treat your tastebuds without nuking your wallet.

1. Daessiksin Korean BBQ Buffet – huge variety of meat (from $ 14.90)

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If your meat cravings are not confined to any particular type of meat, then Daessiksin Korean BBQ Buffet is the place for you. With lunch prices beginning from just $ 14.90, Daessiksin serves up at least 10-12 varieties of meaty goodness, ranging from beef short ribs and pork collar to well-marinated spicy chicken and chicken bulgogi.

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To further complement your meal, Daessiksin provides you with free flow soft drinks like Coca-Cola, Sprite and lemonade. Other types of drinks are also sold separately, including Korean alcohol like chamisul soju and mak gulli rice wine.

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Check out Daessiksin’s full list of outlets here.

Prices

  • Lunch: $ 14.90 (adult) | $ 8.90 (child)
  • Dinner: $ 24.90 (adult) | $ 18.90 (child)
  • Weekend and PH (all day): $ 24.90 (adult) | $ 18.90 (child)

Opening hours: 11:30AM-3:30PM (lunch) | 5:30PM-10:30PM (dinner)

Website

2. Oppa BBQ – friendly rates for families with toddlers (from $ 14)

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Oppa BBQ offers the most extensive price range in this list, with rates beginning from just $ 5 for toddlers and going up to $ 14 for adults. 

To add on, Oppa BBQ also offers a wide range of meat options. Expect to find choice cuts of pork golbi and beef striploin, with their thick-cut pork belly and spicy chicken coming highly recommended.

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And if you’re on the lookout for healthier options, you’ll be glad to know that Oppa BBQ has a salad bar that carries all the ingredients you’ll need to whip up a delicious ssambap (Korean lettuce wrap), including spring onions, green chilli, and sliced onions.

Prices

  • Lunch: $ 14 (adult) | $ 12 (youth) | $ 8 (child) | $ 5 (toddler)
  • Dinner: $ 24 (adult) | $ 20 (youth) |  $ 18 (child) | $ 10 (toddler)
  • Weekends and PH: $ 24 (adult) | $ 20 (youth) |  $ 9 (child) | $ 10 (toddler)

Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube #03-10, S(609731)
Opening hours: 11:30AM-4:30PM (lunch) | 4:31PM-10:30PM (dinner)
Telephone: 6339 5851
Website

3. Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ Buffet – quality ingredients (from $ 12)

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At Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ Buffet, options are slightly limited as compared to your standard KBBQ, but from $ 12, it compensates for this by being stringent with the quality of its ingredients. 

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Apart from the standard meat ensemble like seasoned soy sauce pork/chicken and pork belly, expect to find vegetables including bean sprouts, onions, and pickles. Grill these along with your meat, and you’ll give your meal that extra crunch and flavour.

Prices

  • Lunch: $ 12 (adult) | $ 9 (child)
  • Dinner: $ 22 (adult) | $ 16 (child)
  • Weekend/PH: $ 24 (adult) | $ 18 (child)

Addresses:

Chinatown Outlet
Address: 291 New Bridge Road, #01-01, Oriental Plaza, S(088756)
Telephone: 6225 6964

Tanjong Pagar outlet
Address: 44/46 Tanjong Pagar Road, S(088467)
Telephone: 6227 6033

Opening hours: 

  • Weekdays: 11:30AM-2:30PM (lunch) | 5PM-10:30PM (dinner)
  • Weekends/PH: 11:30AM-10:30PM

Website

4. I’m KIM Korean BBQ – volcano chicken and fried chicken wings (from $ 14.90)

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A well-known name in Singapore’s KBBQ scene, I’m KIM Korean BBQ has affordable rates beginning from $ 14.90 with lots of variety in its food options. Amongst its list of BBQ staples are its signature volcano chicken -so named for its intense spicy flavour-, spicy pork collar, and fried chicken wings which are not readily available elsewhere.

I’m KIM Korean BBQ doesn’t scrimp on its side dishes either, letting you take breaks in between your BBQ sessions with delectables like kimchi fried rice, japchae, and tteokbokki.

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If you don’t know how to BBQ your food, feel free to approach the friendly staff on hand and they’ll teach you how to grill your food.

Prices

  • Lunch
    • Mon-Fri: $ 14.90 (adult) | $ 12.90 (student/senior)* | $ 9.90 (child)
    • Sat-Sun/PH: $ 24.90 (adult) | $ 22.90 (student/senior)* | $ 16.90 (child)
  • Dinner
    • Mon-Thurs: $ 24.90 (adult) | $ 22.90 (student/senior)* | $ 16.90 (child)
    • Fri-Sun/PH Eve/PH: $ 25.90 (adult) | $ 23.90 (student/senior)* | $ 16.90 

*For students aged 26 & below and senior citizens aged 60 & above: To flash NRIC & valid student pass.

Address: School Of The Arts Singapore, 1 Zubir Said Drive, #01-04/07 S(227968)
Opening hours: 11:30AM-3:30PM (lunch) | 5:30PM-10:30PM (dinner)
Telephone: 6238 7218
Website

5. K.Cook Korean BBQ Buffet – free flow soft drinks and ice cream (from $ 16.90)

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KBBQ is definitely the way to satisfy your meat cravings, but this comes at the cost of burning your mouth from being too eager with lifting the meat from the grill. K.Cook Korean BBQ Buffet has a solution for this, providing free flow soft drinks and ice cream from $ 16.90.

Ice cream comes fully customisable, with a wide range of toppings to choose from – rainbow sparkles, cereal, and chocolate chip are among some choices.

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If soft drinks aren’t your kind of beverage, check out K.Cook’s selection of alcoholic drinks, with signature drinks including maehwasoo, a lovely blend of plum and apricot, and jinro het bokbunja, a berry wine.\

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K.Cook also offers both air-conditioned and open-air seating. If you’re able to withstand just a little more heat, find a place in the open-air section and you’ll be treated to K-Pop music video screenings as you dine.

k.cook kpop screeningImage credit: K.Cook on FB

Prices

  • Lunch
    • Mon-Fri: $ 16.90 (adult) | $ 14.90 (student/senior)* | $ 8.90 (child)
    • Sat-Sun/PH: $ 26.90 (adult) | $ 24.90 (student/senior)* | $ 14.90 (child)
  • Dinner
    • Mon-Thurs: $ 26.90 (adult) | $ 24.90 (student/senior)* | $ 14.90 (child)
    • Fri-Sun/PH Eve/PH: $ 28.90 (adult) | $ 26.90 (student/senior)* | $ 14.90 (child)

*10% discount offered for buffet food if meal is completed in 1 hour.

Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #07-01, Singapore 238896

Opening hours:

  • Lunch: 11:30AM-3PM (Mon-Fri) | 11:30AM-5PM (Sat-Sun/PH)
  • Dinner: 5:30PM-10PM (Mon-Thurs) | 5PM-10PM (Fri-Sun/PH Eve/PH)

Telephone: 6884 7282

Website

6. Goki Day Korean BBQ Buffet Restaurant – free-flow side dishes (from $ 22.90)

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Goki Day Korean BBQ Buffet Restaurant wishes you a goki (good) day with its selection of meat, encompassing choice cuts of spicy pork belly, marinated beef ribs, and beef brisket. Although it’s pricier as compared to other KBBQs with prices from $ 22.90, you can expect the meat to be of a premium quality.

In addition to the grilling, Goki Day offers unlimited side dishes to complement your meal. Must-tries include their steamed egg and kimchi soup, which are also available buffet-style.

Prices

  • Lunch: $ 22.90 (adult) | $ 15.90 (child)
  • Dinner: $ 26.90 (adult) | $ 15.90 (child)

Address: 19 Teck Chye Terrace, Singapore 545725
Telephone: 6289 4104
Opening hours: 12PM-3PM (lunch) | 5:30PM-10:30PM (dinner)
Website

8. 2D1N Soju Bang Korean Restaurant – ala carte options available (from $ 22)

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2D1N Soju Bang Korean Restaurant offers you the standard KBBQ fare from $ 22. Free side dishes accompany your KBBQ, including steamed egg, seafood and chives pancake, and ban chan.

But if you’re dining alone or aren’t too hungry, 2D1N Soju Bang also has ala carte dishes, including grilled Bulgogi beef, seafood & chive pancakes, and Yangponi Bibimbap.

2dn1 side dishes spreadGrilled Bulgogi beef, spicy grilled chicken, seafood & chives pancake, and Yangponi Bibimbap.
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Prices: $ 22 (adult) | $ 16 (child)

Address: 44/46 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-01, S(088465)
Telephone: 6227 6033
Opening hours: 5:30PM-4AM (Mon-Sat) | 5:30PM-12AM (Sun)
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8. Don Dae Bak Korean BBQ – charcoal grills for a smokey flavour (from $ 23.90)

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At Don Dae Bak Korean BBQ (from $ 23.90), charcoal is used instead of gasoline to grill your meat – you’ll find that it turns out more tender. On top of this, every grill comes outfitted with a groove on the outer ring: this is where beaten egg is poured into, so you’ll have some comforting warm steamed egg to enjoy with your meat.

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And as with every other KBBQ place, Don Dae Bak comes with a huge selection of meat options, covering the bases with marinated beef, pork belly, and chicken. 

Prices: 

  • Mon-Thurs: $ 23.90
  • Fri-Sat: $ 23.90 (lunch) | $ 25.90 (dinner)

*Promo: 15% discount for advance reservations

Address: 35 Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore 089000
Opening hours: 11:30AM-2:30PM (lunch) | 5:30PM-10:30PM (dinner) | Closed on Sun
Telephone: 6226 1727
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9. I’m KIM Junior – comes with army stew and DIY chicken galbi (from $ 14.90)

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You might think I’m KIM Junior is the mini version of I’m KIM Korean BBQ, but don’t be fooled: from $ 14.90, I’m KIM Junior is every bit as, if not more, outstanding as its parent. Here, it offers you 2 dishes absent in its parent: army stew and DIY chicken & seafood galbi.

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The chicken & seafood galbi is entirely DIY, and you’re given a round hot plate where you can select your own ingredients like cheese, vermicelli, kimchi, and mushrooms to create your own dish. Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, fret not, as the ingredients are well-marinated. So if you’re not good in the kitchen, all you need to do is stir.

Prices

  • Lunch
    • Mon-Fri: $ 14.90 (adult) | $ 12.90 (student/senior)* | $ 9.90 (child)
    • Sat-Sun/PH: $ 24.90 (adult) | $ 22.90 (student/senior)* | $ 16.90 (child)
  • Dinner
    • Mon-Thurs: $ 24.90 (adult) | $ 22.90 (student/senior)* | $ 16.90 (child)
    • Fri-Sun/PH Eve/PH: $ 25.90 (adult) | $ 23.90 (student/senior)* | $ 16.90 (child)

*For students aged 26 & below and senior citizens aged 60 & above: To flash NRIC & valid student pass

Address: *SCAPE, #03-01
Opening hours: 11:30AM-3:30PM (Lunch) | 5:30PM-10:30PM (Dinner)
Telephone: 6634 0420
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KBBQ is definitely a must-try for any meat lover – whether you’re a diehard fan of K-Pop or not. But satisfying your meat cravings doesn’t mean you must spend excessively, and these restaurants will help you keep within your food budget.

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Download: Cydia Impactor 0.9.50 Released With IPA Unzip Fix For Windows

By | October 17th, 2018

Jay “Saurik” Freeman has today released another new version of his increasingly popular Cydia Impactor tool, this time bringing the version number up to 0.9.50 with a fix that will address an unzipping issue on the Windows platform.

We haven’t run into this particular issue ourselves, and the release notes simply say that the update is to “fix IPA unzipping on Windows.”

This would suggest that Windows-based Cydia Impactor users were experiencing issues unzipping iOS IPA files when using the app, although it’s unclear how widespread the issue itself was. Regardless, it’s great to see Freeman issuing timely updates to address issues, and that’s certainly what he has done here.

The new version of Cydia Impactor – 0.9.50 – can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, and Linux now. If you already have the app installed, you should be prompted to download an update the next time you launch it. If not, you can select Impactor > Check for Updates… from the app’s menu to manually bring up the same dialog.

Cydia Impactor has become hugely popular as it is often used as the jumping off point for many jailbreaks, including the most recent efforts. The tool allows users to side-load apps onto iPhones and iPads without them first having to be jailbroken. This makes it especially useful for those who are using the method as a way to get a jailbreak payload onto a device ahead of the kicking off the jailbreaking process.

Be sure to download the update as soon as you can, even if you haven’t yet experienced issues. It never hurts to be on the latest release.

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Bowl Chap – Tasty Japanese Rice Bowls Below $6!

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Looking for delicious Japanese rice bowls, but don’t want to spend too much? Bowl Chap, the new kid in Ayer Rajar Food Centre, is the place for you. When I asked Jin Rong, the owner, how he came up with the stall’s name, he said, “My mother always says I bo chap. Since I’m selling rice bowls, I thought ‘bowl chap’ would make a very Singaporean and catchy name.” Jin Rong and his girlfriend run this business together.

The menu is kept simple, with only five dishes. Choices might be limited, but the well-portioned and affordable rice bowls will satiate any cravings.

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The Chicken Karaage with Tonkatsu Mayo Rice Bowl ($ 4.90) was a star. The well-seasoned and juicy chicken, together with the house-made tonkatsu mayo, was really palatable. The fragrant white and black sesame seeds added a light crunch to each bite. It is hard to resist the sinful combination of fried chicken and mayo, but the horenzo (AKA Chinese spinach) and cherry tomatoes will make you feel less guilty! I loved this dish, and I’m sure you will too.

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I also tried the 5 Spice Apple Braised Pork Belly Rice Bowl ($ 5.80). The pork belly is braised in 5 spice powder and apple gravy overnight, so the flavours can fully permeate the meat. If you are worried that the flavour of the 5-spice powder might overpower everything, I’m here to assure you that it doesn’t. The tender pork belly was savoury and sweet, and pretty addictive. I loved the crunchy black fungus which complemented the meat and rice perfectly. Kudos to Jin Rong for coming up with such an interesting dish!

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The Black Sweet Vinegar Pork Belly Rice Bowl ($ 5.80) brings Chinese and Japanese flavours together. The pork belly is braised in vinegar overnight to ensure that the flavours are completed locked into the meat.  The meaty pork belly, was indeed, suffused with tanginess and sweetness. If you like vinegar, or sour-savoury dishes in general, you’ll probably enjoy this.

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Each dish comes with a bowl of house-made miso soup and an onsen egg, which we all love and can’t go without. A simple addition of fried popiah skin that’s seasoned with smoked paprika and seaweed turns each rice bowl into a work of art. It’s great that Bowl Chap delivers in the aesthetics department as well.


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As you can see, Bowl Chap is certainly not stingy with the portion or ingredients. Their rice bowls did not disappoint, and I will definitely come back again.

Address: 503 West Coast Drive, Ayer Rajar Food Centre #01-80, Singapore 120503

Area: Clementi

Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 11am to 2.30pm, 4.30pm to 7.30pm, Sat: 11am to 3pm, Closed on Sun

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bowlchap/

MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.

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How To Jailbreak iOS 11.1 – iOS 11.4 Beta 3 Using Unc0ver [Tutorial]

By | October 16th, 2018

This past weekend saw the release of a new jailbreak in the shape of the Unc0ver tool. Built by Pwn20wned, a former member of the renowned Electra Jailbreak team, the new release is perfect for jailbreaking devices running iOS 11 through iOS 11.4 beta 3. That includes iPhones, iPads, and of course, iPod touch devices – who could forget those?

As always, there is a specific way in which the jailbreak needs to be applied and if you’re new to the world of jailbreaking, it can be a daunting prospect. Don’t worry, though; we’re here to make sure everything goes according to plan so, without further ado, let’s get started, shall we?

The first thing that needs to be noted is which devices are supported by the new jailbreak – the list is long, so you’re probably fine. Anything compatible with iOS 11 is good to go, which means:

Compatible Devices:

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • 2nd-gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 1st-gen 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2, iPad Air
  • 5th-gen iPad
  • iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2
  • iPod touch 6G

So with that out of the way, exactly how do you do the deed?

Step 1: The first step, as ever, is to download the tools required. The jailbreak tool itself can be downloaded from GitHub, while Cydia Impactor can be downloaded from its own website at cydiaimpactor.com.

Step 2: Now, connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your computer of choice using a Lightning cable.

Step 3: Fire up Cydia Impactor on your computer. At this point, it should detect your iOS device. Drag the downloaded Unc0ver jailbreak IPA file into Cydia Impactor. Enter the Apple ID and password for your Apple Developer account when the app asks for it and then wait for Cydia Impactor to do its thing.

Step 4: Once the Unc0ver jailbreak IPA has been copied across to your iOS device, open the Settings app before heading to General > Profile(s) & Device Management – in older versions of iOS this may just say Device Management.

Step 5: Tap on the entry that shows your Apple ID, select the Trust option, and tap Trust again on the dialog that follows.

Step 6: We would suggest enabling Airplane mode prior to using Unc0ver Jailbreak just to be safe. The same goes for disabling Siri – do that in the Settings app under the Siri and Search entry.

Step 7: Restart your device, making sure that Airplane mode is still enabled when the device is powered back on.

Step 8: Launch the Unc0ver Jailbreak app from your Home screen and tap the Jailbreak button in the middle of the screen.

Step 9: Sit back and try to relax. This should be the end of the process, with the jailbreak working its magic. Once the process completes, your iOS device will respring.

See, that didn’t hurt one bit, did it?

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Papi’s Tacos, Seah Street: Damn Happening and Authentic Mexican Joint

Papi’s Tacos at Seah Street is both a hole-in-the-wall and not. Not because any eateries along prime land Seah Street shouldn’t be considered a hole-in-the-wall; but it can be considered as one because it is small and unpretentious. Because it is so small, so narrow, allowing no more than 36 people, the taqueria fills up quickly. By 7pm on the Thursday we were there, it was full house with mostly expats and after-work executives. (Hey what happens to OT?) The joint was playing swing music and upbeat 60s songs; people were drinking; the atmosphere was–to use Singlish–damn happening.

Papi’s Tacos is opened by Chef Mauricio Espinoza who comes from Papalotla, the southern part of Mexico. He used to work at Employees Only in Singapore and in New York. Almost everything here is made by hand (except the flour tortillas). He also makes five different hot sauces (with varying level of spice from 1 to 5) for customers to add to their food themselves.

The esquites ($ 10, grilled corn which is a Mexican street food) here are already scraped off the cob, and mixed with smoked chipotle aioli, Mexican cheese, and lime. It’s not bad but compared to Super Loco’s version which comes as a whole corn, it pales. It is not as rich or smokey. Perhaps it is the fun of eating from the cob that is missing here.

Not sure if they deep-fried their tortilla chips freshly, but for the holy trinity ($ 11), it is the dips that shine. The guacamole isn’t smoothly blended; you can still see and eat the chunks, and this is how authentic guacamole is. It’s seasoned with pickled onions, fresh tomatoes, lime, and salt. It comes across as very refreshing and very fresh. I think there may be a pungent herb (coriander?) which

The pico de gallo (which is just a tomato-based salsa) adds a variety and is refreshing.

They have buritos and quesadilla but we came for the tacos, which comes in twos or threes. Good thing first: you can tell that they make their own corn tortillas from masa harina (a Mexican corn dough) by the irregular shape. It’s still mealy and has a nice rough texture.

Bad thing: they are tiny and really expensive at $ 11 for two.

We tried three: tacos al pastor (pork, $ 11 for 2 / $ 16 for 3), tacos de asada (beef, $ 13/$ 19), and tacos de pollo (chicken, $ 11/$ 15). They are all good. The best is the chicken with homemade guajilo salasa, red onion, coriander, and lime; best because every ingredient interacts well and provides a layering of flavours.

Usually, I don’t like beef tacos because it can be quite boring. But here, the seasoning accentuates the flavour of beef, making it “beefier.”

One last recommendation is their frozen margaritas. The strawberry margarita ($ 21) is really expensive but very easy to drink and super tasty. But be careful, it is loaded with alcohol. It was so tasty that I drank quickly and was heady and drank at half a glass.

We didn’t expect to pay so much at a casual joint like this: $ 97 for two persons. But the food is complex and flavourful and the atmosphere was jumping. A really fun place. We enjoyed ourselves immensely.


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Papi’s Tacos
39 Seah Street Singapore 188395
tel: +65 5258 0701
M-F 12pm-2.30pm, M-Sat 5pm-11.30pm, closed Sun
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Food: 7/10
Price / value: 5/10
Service: 6.5/10
Ambience / Decor: 8.5/10


You may be interested in…
The Lime Truck @ Pasarbella Suntec: Tex-Mex Tacos at its Best
LES45, Singapore Land Tower: Delicious, Affordable Mexican Food with a Beautiful View
Chimichanga, Dunlop Street: Affordable Mexican Food at a Hipster Joint
Vatos Urban Tacos, South Beach Quarter: KoMex (Korean-Mexican) Food, Best Tacos in Singapore 


Written by Dr. A. Nathanael Ho.

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