There’s not really much we can say about these deals except that it’s New Year’s time, so what better way to celebrate the start of year 2017 than grabbing some technology bargains on some of your favorite tech items?
Today we are looking at the cult-followed Fallout 4 for PC, coming in as a digital download copy for under $ 20. Perfect for those who have not ventured into this world till now, and digital download means you don’t have to wait for the physical copy to arrive as the code can be redeemed for download on your PC immediately.
There is then the Bose SoundTrue headphones down from $ 179.95 to a mere $ 89.99 only. If you’re looking for a Chromecast alternative for your TV, the latest Roku Streaming Stick is worth checking out as well. Last but not the least, is the Wacom Bamboo Fineline 2 stylus for tablets, including iPads.
As always, the deals listed here are hot, time sensitive, and also subject to stock levels. So keep that credit card close by so that when you have identified the product of your choice, you can act quickly before the offers expire. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy the savings, and from all of us here at RP, wish you all a very Happy New Year!
Wacom Bamboo Fineline 2 Fine Point Thin Tip Stylus for iPad ($ 39.99, usually $ 59.95)
Now that Apple Pencil is actually a product, it’s not that often that you hear people talking about the available products on the market that act as a stylus for Apple’s iPad. With that said, given the fact that Apple Pencil only works with the iPad Pro, this premium Bamboo Fineline 2 from Wacom could be of serious interest at this price. Precise drawing and writing with the thin tip make this a pleasure to use on the stunning Retina display of Apple’s iPad hardware.
Fallout 4 for PC – Digital Download Code ($ 19.79, usually $ 59.99)
If you’re a PC gamer, and want to challenge yourself in what is literally a huge expansive environment where you can wander aimlessly around as well as interact with endless characters and tasks, then Fallout 4 is probably worth consideration. The visuals and gameplay within Fallout 4 is clearly stunning, but one of the most unique aspects of the title, and one that keeps people coming back for more, is the ability to develop your own playing style and tailor your character towards your own personalty.
Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones II ($ 89.99, usually $ 179.95)
At the top-end price of $ 179.95 we’d argue that you could probably get more bang for your buck by looking at other premium headphones on the market. However, when you knock 50% off that price, and find yourself in a position where you can get a set of Bose SoundTrue headphones for just $ 89.99, which includes the new redesigned exterior, you really need to be throwing your hand into that pocket and grabbing them before they are all gone.
Roku Streaming Stick 2016 Model ($ 39.99, usually $ 49.99)
2016 has been the year for streaming boxes and sticks to come into their own as a product that the living room truly needs. Apple, Amazon and Roku have all had a very prosperous year with sales of their own hardware. And with this deal, it’s likely that consumers will be sending Roku into 2017 with a bang as they can now pick up the company’s latest 2016 model streaming stick for under $ 40. That’s with a quad-core processor and fast dual-band wireless with 8x more processing power than the previous model.
It’s always difficult to narrow down all the meals we have had in 2016 and choose the best of the best, because there are many special moments we remember. But after lots of contemplating, we are excited to share 35 Most Memorable Meals in 2016. Some may not be the best to you, but there is probably a touching story or beautiful ambience that make it memorable for us. Just like the saying, “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it”. 2016 has been a very exciting year for the F&B scene in Singapore with the launch of the inaugural Michelin Guide Singapore. We are looking forward to see what 2017 brings us. I want to say a big thank you for all your support. Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!
1. Fat Lulu’s Asian BBQ & Desserts Housed in the same quaint premises Five & Dime formerly occupied on River Valley Road, Fat Lulu brings together two talented chefs Sam and Song to create “Wicked BBQ. Smooth Desserts”. The former is a BBQ dude, blasting kickass flavours into meats, fish, and vegetables seasoned with Asian spices and chillis. While Chef Song creates desserts of refined delicacy that are technique-driven and visually arresting. My favourite appetizers include Sataytay ($ 12) with Iberico pork collar on skewers, marinated one full day in sambal (chilli, garlic shallots mixed together with kicap main and kosher salt). Such tender and juicy meat with a hint of smokiness. Not forgetting the Berries & White Chocolate. It is a refreshing, frozen, fruity dessert using white chocolate and cassis, with elderflower-infused strawberries, making an excellent complement to the burn and heat of Asian BBQ. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/fat-lulus/
2. Ash & Elm The relatively new Ash & Elm in Intercontinental Singapore features three exciting culinary theatres – a Charcuterie & Cheese room, Wood-fired oven and an open-grill kitchen. Designed for diners seeking hearty and comforting European food, the menu at Ash & Elm offers a selection of sharing platters, house-cured and premium meats, as well as sustainability-sourced seafood, primed with the traditional craft of classic wood-fired ovens and charcoal-grill. Beef Tasting Platter ($ 108) gives diners the option of sampling a range of meat offerings from the “Mains” and the Charcoal Grill that uses specially imported Manuka woodchips from New Zealand, alongside charcoal to provide broad robust flavours and natural caramelisation to meats. We had USDA New York Striploin, Australian Rib-Eye steak and French Bavette dAloyau with béarnaise, peppercorn and natural jus. Some sides include handcut baked roseval potato wedges with paprika-rosemary, grandma’s mashed potatoes, sautéed mixed mushrooms and grilled green asparagus. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/ash-and-elm-intercontinental/
3. Oscar’s Oscar’s at Conrad Centennial Singapore is back with a new look, along with a whole new Sunday brunch offering that serves up an indulgent spread of international cuisines! In a compact setting, the buffet lines include seafood, carving stations and live cooking stations, along with a new 4-metre long salad bar for the health conscious eaters. Oscar’s has its own version of the famous London Duck at the carving station. The ducks are specially imported from farms in Ireland, where they are reared with extremely high farming standards such as free-range rearing and grain feeds. What is served on our tables is a glistening roasted duck with succulent meat. There is also oven-roasted US prime ribs and an entire suckling pig prepared in slow-roasted Argentinian, Mauritian or Chinese-style. The Supercharged Sunday Brunch is available every Sunday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm at $ 98++ per person. Read about it here: https://www.misstamchiak.com/oscars-conrad-sunday-brunch/
4. Shashlik When Shashlik announced in July 2015 that they were closing at the end of the year, there was a sudden rush of diners trying to book a table, including us. But guess what, after the restaurant shut its doors in December, good news came. The two sons of late Captain and Head Waiter, Mr Tan Niap Hin, have taken up the mantle at Shashlik to continue the legacy. To keep the heritage, the owners re-hired the older workers and majority of them agreed to continue working, so you can expect the signature gruff from them, which is part of the experience here. Go for the Shashlik beef skewers ($ 32), a dish which the restaurant is named after. The marinated tenderloin has first been grilled and then placed on a hotplate when served, together with Russian salad that was served separately. It doesn’t look too appetizing on first site but it was a different story on first bite. The meat was very tasty and full of beefy flavour, that’s why you don’t even need any sauce. My medium was also just right, mildly bloody on the inside yet retaining the moist and juiciness. Read about it: https://www.misstamchiak.com/shashlik/
Address:545 Orchard Rd, Far East Shopping Centre #06-19, Singapore 238882
Phone:+65 6732 6401
Opening Hours:Tuesdays to Sundays 12pm -2.15pm, 6pm-9.15pm. Closed on Mondays
5. Tsuta Tsuta made global headlines after being awarded a Michelin star in 2015, becoming the first and only Japanese ramen eatery to receive the prestigious accolade. The base of the soy broth is made with three types of shoyu. One of the shoyu is formulated in-house. We like the Char Siu Ajiama Shoyu Soba ($ 22.80) which consists of 4 slices of pork collar char siu, bamboo shoot, leek, flavoured egg and truffle pureed in truffle oil. Pork collar is used instead of the usual pork belly as it is lower in fats yet retains the same texture and tasty flavour. Shoyu-based broth tastes earthy and is very flavoursome, with a distinct flavour of truffle. Read more about it: https://www.misstamchiak.com/tsuta-singapore/
6. Tensho Tendon (天丼) is a type of donburi where crispy tempura is laid over freshly steamed rice and topped with a delicious light soy dressing. Tensho (天勝) is a Japanese specialty tendon eatery which serves fresh and crispy tempura with rice at The Centrepoint. Opened by Ministry of Food, we tried the two items on the menu – Mixed Tendon ($ 14.90) or Vege Tendon ($ 13.90). Crispy crunchy tempura on rice is simply delicious, and you really got to eat it hot to enjoy the freshness and crispiness. The Mixed Tendon comes with prawns, dory fish, onsen egg and vegetables served on Japanese rice, chawanmushi and miso soup. The batter is crispy but fluffy, and the sauce offers a good balance of sweet and salty. Remember to break the soft boiled egg and coat the tempura and rice with it. Read about it: https://www.misstamchiak.com/tensho-centrepoint/
Address:#B1-20 The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843
Opening Hours:Mon-Thu 11:30 am – 10:00 pm; Fri-Sat 11:30 am – 10:30 pm; Sun 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
7. Sandaime Bunji Stepping into Sandaime Bunji in Millenia Walk makes you feel as though you’ve been transported to an authentic eatery in Japan. Boasting al fresco seats, counter seats, as well as, Zabuton seats (Japanese cushion for sitting on the ground), this Japanese eatery exudes a relaxing vibe. The impressive item that brought us here was their Wagyu Round Roast Beef Set ($ 19.90), a towering bowl with 250g of beef slices stacked on top of the rice. The beef was executed to perfection, it’s succulent, tender, yet a little chewy. Read about it: https://www.misstamchiak.com/sandaime-bunji/
8. Birds of a Feather Birds of A Feather is the new all-day dining, cafe and bar in Amoy Street that is the perfect antidote to frenzied, stressed out lives. The owners are from Chengdu, where they own Good Wood Coffee, a successful chain of café across Chengdu. The space here is BEAUTIFUL! There is green everywhere with comfortable sitting spaces where you can really come and relax and bond over food. On the menu is superb contemporary Western cuisine with a pronounced Sichuan influence. Inspired by paper wrap chicken or shaker fries, Crispy Pork Trotter in a Bag ($ 12/5pcs) is positively exploding with flavour. We enjoyed the Oriental Bolognese ($ 20) very much. A modern version of zha jiang mian, thin angel hair pasta is cooked with pork ragout, onsen tamago, wilted kale and sakura ebi. Read about it: https://www.misstamchiak.com/birds-of-a-feather/
9. Kam’s Roast Kam’s Roast first overseas branch has opened in Pacific Plaza, located next to the Michelin-starred ramen restaurant Tsuta! The flagship outlet in Hong Kong was awarded the Michelin Star in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong & Macau. Started by Mr Hardy Kam in 2014, Hardy was the grandson of the late Mr Kam Shui Fai, who founded the Hong Kong roast goose institution, Yung Kee Restaurant. Within 6 months of opening, Kam’s had earned a Michelin star. Using the family recipe and the same sauce and marinade techniques used back in Hardy’s grandfather’s day, signature dishes at Kam’s include roast duck, suckling pig and “toro” char siew made with premium pork belly. We are in love with the Toro Char Siu. The premium pork belly is seasoned with Kam family’s award-winning marinade. The slab of meat is barbequed and boasts a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Read about it: https://www.misstamchiak.com/kams-roast-singapore/
10. Tai Cheong Bakery Ever since we tried Tai Cheong Bakery’s egg tarts in Hong Kong, we were converted. Few have even managed to come close to swaying our heart. For that reason, you can probably imagine how elated we were when Tai Cheong Bakery announced their opening of a Cha Chaan Teng in Holland Village. Look forward to experiencing traditional delights and beverages in a Hong Kong-style eatery setting, and we believe the snaking queue speaks volumes about what you’re in for. If you’re thinking flaky and thin short-crust tart shells, let Tai Cheong surprise you with their fragrant, buttery crust that will leave you begging for more. The filling is everything you would ever wish for in an egg custard – light and smooth, without driving you crazy on the sweetness. The surface was slightly firm yet bouncy, but when you bite into them, the egg custard was so soft that it almost breaks apart instantly. Do note that they only allow a maximum purchase of 2 egg tarts per dine-in customer. We have other favourites like Scrambled Eggs Toast Stack and Three Coloured Silky Eggs with Rice.
11. Wah Kee Prawn Mee Among the many popular prawn noodles stalls in Singapore, Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle from Pek Kio Market and Food Centre stands as a strong contender amongst its competitors. Building on its 65 years of legacy at Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, it has opened another outlet at a prime location, Esplanade Mall. Their signature big prawn Noodles, available in dry or soup, is a must-try. The succulent prawns sitting in a bowl of heavenly broth were perfect, slightly firm yet bouncy with a slight crunch texture upon biting into it. Dip your prawns into the specially crafted spicy sauce for the extra kick! The owner shared his secret recipe of using 6 different types of prawns and completely no meat to prepare the broth for 4 hours. The sweetness and richness of the prawns came through upon the first sip of the broth. A slight spice kick and hint of garlic elevated the dish further, and left us feeling satisfied. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/wah-kee-esplanade/
12. Uncle Chicken Rice After waving goodbye to The Bedok Marketplace, Uncle Chicken Rice opened an air-conditioned eatery along Havelock serving chicken rice and more dishes! One thing that never changes is their dedication to the use of good quality ingredients. Their fresh chicken is simply poached, sits in cold water, chopped and served. The chicken is cut chunky with an ultra smooth skin and some beautiful gelatin layer between the skin and meat. The flesh? Absolutely tender and sweet! The popular ginger dip still stays. It was made with roughly blended fresh ginger mash mixed with chopped scallions. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/uncle-chicken-rice/
13. Guan Hin Homemade Carrot Cake Guan Hin Homemade Carrot Cake has been under the radar for too long. At the stall, you will see huge round aluminium trays filled with homemade carrot cake. It’s such a rare sight because most of the carrot cake stalls do not make it on their own and are getting it from suppliers already. But everyday, the old coupe still makes it on the stall, cuts them up into huge chunks and frying it upon order. Each piece of carrot cake is so chunky and stir fried with garlic and preserved radish. There is an option for white or black version. I preferred the black one where the old uncle mix it with thick and rich black sweetened sauce for extra umami. Plus, he is generous with eggs too! Read about it here: https://www.misstamchiak.com/guan-hin-carrot-cake/
Address:335 Smith St, Chinatown Complex #02-180, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours:Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 3pm, closed on Monday and Tuesday (occasionally Wednesday)
14. Sumo Big Prawn Sumo Big Prawn has been the talk of town recently. We queued for 45 minutes on a weekday morning for our bowl of Lobster and Big Prawn soup. It arrived piping hot, with a subtle aroma of Chinese wine and buttery fragrance. It consists of a whole lobster, two big prawns and plump, juicy clams. We have read some reviews about the lobsters being tough and dry, but thankfully, the lobster and prawns we had that day were cooked just right, soaking in the richness of the broth without compromising on its natural sweetness. I guess consistency is still an issue here but I believe they will be better.
15. Ivy’s Hainanese Herbal Mutton Soup Owner Max is a Hainanese (fellow suki) and Ivy is the name of Max wife. Max was trying to woo Ivy then and he cooked mutton soup to win her heart. Of course he succeeded because they got married and Max opened Ivy’s Hainanese Herbal Mutton Soup. Every morning, Max would marinate the lamb ribs with fermented red yeast and seared in oil to get rid of the gamey taste. Then, the meat is cooked with more than 10 different herbs for hours. The end result? Each spoonful of soup is flavourful with deep herbal flavours but not overpowering. Served with some tau pok, black fungus and wolfberries, the lamb ribs are tender. Read about it: https://www.misstamchiak.com/ivys-hainanese-herbal-mutton-soup-pasir-panjang/
16. Mr Fish Owner of Mr Fish, Mr Lee, only started selling fish soup in Chinatown about 2 years ago. As a family business, his son, Alan, who works as a It specialist at night helps in the stall almost every day and is now doing most of the cooking. When the Fish Head Bee Hoon ($ 5) finally arrived at my table, I got that whiff of aroma from the piping hot fish stock. They first fried the fish bones and then boil it for hours to get that creaminess and silky texture. This is time consuming but they have insist that no short cut is done – meaning no milk is added. One sip of the soup, you know it’s worth the wait. They are very generous with huge chunks of fried fish and some cabbage to give a refreshing taste. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/mr-fish/
Address:335 Smith Street, #02-073 Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours:10.00 am to 4.00 pm (Closed on Sundays)
17. 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist We have been raving about their very solid sio bak which is what owner Martin is known for. He has got the right formula – the golden brown skin is crispy brittle to the point that it is almost breaking. He takes more than 2 hours to make the sio bak, from braising to drying then roasting. The end result is a dry and crispy skin that has a biscuit-like texture, with the first bite producing a noisy crunch from the skin before it gives way to the juicy layers of well-seasoned tender and moist meat under it. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/88-hong-kong-roast-tyrwhitt/
Address:153 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207566
Opening Hours:11am to 8pm daily
18. Hougang Muah Chee Toa Payoh has got lots of good food, one of them is Hougang Muah Chee. Mr. Teo started making muah chee at a tender age of 14 and took over his father as a second-generation hawker. Being in the business for more than 60 years, he still prepares all the raw ingredients by hand, from milling rice to flour, to roasting and grinding peanuts for the muah chee coating. At the stall, Mr. Teo manually proportioning each ball of muah chee, meticulously pinching each small globule and dabbing a dollop of shallot oil on them before tossing them in either grounded peanuts or black sesame. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/hougang-muah-chee/
Address:#B1-21, 480 Toa Payoh HDB Hub, Toa Payoh Lorong 6, Gourmet Paradise Food Court, Singapore 310480
Opening Hours:10.30am to 9.30pm daily.
19. 19 Popular Hokkien Prawn Mee in Singapore Hokkien Prawn Mee doesn’t sound very difficult to cook but the secret lies in how good the prawn stock is as this stock imparts the essence to the noodle and is the key ingredient that makes the plate satisfying. You have the choice to eat it with Sambal chilli and a squirt of lime juice if you like, as these help cut through the richness of the dish. Traditionally, for take-out, Hokkien Prawn Mee would be wrapped in Opeh leaf to enhance the fragrance. With Hokkien Prawn Mee easily found in many hawker centres, we bring you a list of 19 stalls (in no order of preference) that we felt were worth the calories. Check it out: https://www.misstamchiak.com/hokkien-prawn-mee/
20. 13 Things Everyone Must Eat In Timbre+ We have always loved the creative brains behind Timbre Group who offers us cool chill-out places, complete with delicious food and great live music. Their latest hipster joint, Timbre+ (Timber Plus), newly opened on 1 April 2016, has transformed the old Ayer Rajah hawker centre into a traditional-meets-modern gastropark. An array of graffiti and spray paint art are splashed all over shipping containers and vintage Airstream travel trailers transformed into food trucks. Timbre+ is home to 35 dining options, featuring 21 hawker stalls and 14 restaurant brands. An impressive list of culinary names makes up this gastropark so here are 13 noteworthy ones: https://www.misstamchiak.com/timbre-plus/
21. 10 Outstanding Cafes In Holland Village You MUST Visit! The dining enclave of Holland Village is known for its numerous food options. But amidst the constant upgrading and construction in the area, some new eateries have taken root in this new place. And with all of them located within walking distance from one another, this the perfect place to hop from cafe to cafe and sample what each place has to offer. With that in mind, here’s our ten favourite cafes in Holland Village that’s certainly worth a visit: https://www.misstamchiak.com/holland-village-cafes/
22. 19 Awesome Places to Eat Korean BBQ in Singapore With Friends Who can resist the multiple sensory pleasures of Korean BBQ – the spicy, salty flavours and the combination of textures and temperatures, not to mention the hands-on fun of going through a pile of lettuce leaves, wrapping your own individual “lettuce wrap” and popping them into your mouth? If you have yet to try, it’s time to call up some friends and get ready to be in for a culinary treat. Please wear clothes that you don’t mind reeking of smoke afterwards. We’ve come up with a list of 19 Korean BBQ in Singapore for you to pick from! Read more here: https://www.misstamchiak.com/korean-bbq-singapore/
23. 25 Places to Eat Cheap & Good Food in Orchard under $ 10 (some even below $ 5) Located within the central area of Singapore, Orchard Road is famous for its numerous shopping centres. However, it has always been painful when it comes to settling a meal in Orchard, as most of the time it involves us in burning a hole in our pocket. Do you know that you can easily get food under $ 10 or even $ 5 at Orchard? We’re talking about meals that can satisfy your tummy and your palettes. We have travelled into every nook of Orchard Road, and here’s a long list of places with cheap (and some with really good) food.
24. 15 Nasi Lemak in Singapore for The Ultimate Indulgence Nasi Lemak is one of Singaporeans’ favourite dishes, and we grew up having this, hence our particular fondness for this indulgent plate of rice. It’s not just the ingredients that makes a good nasi lemak. Pandan leaves and coconut milk play a huge role in enhancing the fragrance and richness of the rice, complemented by the spicy sambal chilli sauce that you can’t miss out on. We hunted down 15 fantastic places for you to try! Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/nasi-lemak-singapore/
25. 9 Places To Enjoy Steaks Under $ 20 In Singapore We all love having a good steak, soft and juicy. But, to enjoy a good cut can sometimes burn a hole in the pocket. So, to all steak lovers, here is a list of places that offers steaks under $ 20, some good but also a few that are barely there. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/steaks-under-20-singapore/
26. 17 Sinful Char Kway Teow That Make You Exercise Hard for We’re pretty sure no one can resist the scrumptious yet artery-clogging char kway teow. Flat rice noodles and egg noodles are often stir-fried over very high heat with eggs, cockles, Chinese sausages (lap cheong), fish cakes, bean sprouts and Chinese chives. Char Kway Teow is an old school common dish at hawker centres across Singapore but it’s tough to find one that really suits your personal preference. So, here’s a list of 17 Char Kway Teow hawkers for your enjoyment. Check it out: https://www.misstamchiak.com/char-kway-teow/
27. The Guide to 17 Excellent Kway Chap Stalls in Singapore Kway Chap is a classic and an all-time favourite food of most Singaporeans, that looks simple but requires a lot of effort in preparation. From tedious work in cleaning the innards to the long braising hours, some stalls start work as early as 12am. After researching some of the places that were highly recommended, here’s a list of the places with some that were good and some that were extraordinary: https://www.misstamchiak.com/kway-chap-singapore/
28. Toa Payoh Food Guide: The Really Local Food Edition As one of the oldest satellite towns in Singapore, Toa Payoh has a wide range of dining options spread across the estate, ranging from iconic food stalls and hidden gems in hawker centres and coffeeshops, to restaurants and cafes carving out niches for themselves. So besides the dragon playground, do check out these 31 cafes, hawker stalls and restaurants the next time you swing by Toa Payoh. Why did we pick 31, you may ask? Hint: take a look at the postal code. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/toa-payoh-food-guide/
29. 13 Cheap & Good Food Near Johor Bahru Checkpoint Johor Bahru, Malaysia – Thinking of making a quick trip to Johor Bahru for some cheap and delicious food? Read this post to find out where you can find cheap and good food near Johor Bahru Checkpoint (or Johor Bahru City Square). There is no need for bus nor taxi, start your food adventure by foot! Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/good-food-near-jb-checkpoint/
30. Malacca Food Guide For Beginners – 15 Best Places To Eat In Malacca Boosting an array of multicultural heritage buildings, ancient landmarks and colonial structures, Malacca is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage city. It was here that colonial forces first made contact with Malaysia, eventually shaping the country into its current economic and political system. Watch history come to live by exploring Malacca on foot to get the best experience of this old town. Besides their deep roots in history, the Malacca foods here are mostly influenced by Peranakans. We’ve hunted down 15 eateries that are worth checking out! https://www.misstamchiak.com/malacca-food-guide/
31. Bangkok Latest Food Trend 2016 – Claypot River Prawn Tom Yam Porridge Opened from 4pm till midnight, it is highly difficult to grab a seat the later you go. There are basically three types of porridge base: the tom yam porridge, the super chicken porridge, the original pork porridge. The most famous porridge here is the signature River Prawn Porridge (from 139 baht, approx SGD5.50), which is served with a open pot of piping hot tom yam porridge and huge river prawns. What impressed me was their Super Porridge (from 69 baht, approx SGD2.70). There’s something about sipping on hot broth that’s so comforting. Their Super Soup is mixed with a concoction of bird’s eye chillies, fish sauce, lime juice and sugar. Super spicy, super tangy but super good especially with the soft boiled egg and chicken.
Address:between Soi Srinagarindra 40 and Soi Srinagarindra 42 (opposite Paradise Park shopping mall), Srinagarindra road, Bangkok, Thailand
32. Chinatown Bangkok: 8 Indulgence Food To Eat In Yaowarat Road Yaowarat Road is the home of Bangkok’s Chinese community, just like our Chinatown. By day, it doesn’t look any different from other parts of Bangkok, but this big street has some hidden gems waiting to be explored. When night falls, the neon signs blazing with Chinese characters are turned on and many eateries spill out onto the streets filled with foodies. There are many articles about Yaowarat but mostly are just on the surface. We decided to go in depth to explore a few hidden gems, sat down with the owners to hear their stories. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/yaowarat-chinatown-bangkok/
33. Ju Xing Home 聚興家 – Hong Kong Chefs’ Hidden Supper Spot Big thank you to Mr Robert Chua, I had the chance to try Ju Xing Home (聚興家) during my last trip to Hong Kong. This hole-in-the-wall eatery beside Prince Edward Station Exit D is helmed by 38-year-old Chef Wu Jiang Qiao（吳江橋). Apparently, this is the hidden gem / secret supper place of many hotel Chinese chefs after work. One of the secret weapons of Ju Xing Home is this Clam Soup. Using freshwater fish to boil for hours, what you get is an opaque white in colour broth that has clearly extracted the essence from the fish. What makes the soup impressive is the addition of rice into the broth which allows it to reach a creamy consistency as well as added flavour into the broth. Clams were added to enhance the crustacean flavour while towel gourd absorbs the flavours. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/ju-xing-home-hong-kong/
Address:G/F 418 Portland Street, Prince Edward
Phone:+852 2392 9283
Opening Hours:11am -3pm; 5pm to 2am
34. COBO HOUSE Hong Kong – Exciting Savoury Menu by Chef Janice Wong Shek Tong Tsui is a unique neighbourhood with a mix of old and new. As one of the earliest developed district for Chinese people in Hong Kong, you still get to see a lot of traditional neighbourhood corner shops while new and interesting cafes and restaurants evolved. One of them is COBO HOUSE by 2am:dessertbar, a collaboration with Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Janice Wong. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/cobo-house-hk/
35. 104 Travel Bloggers Revealed Their Last Meal To Have (I like 15th & 102th) If tomorrow is your last day on Earth and you have one last meal to enjoy. What will that last meal be? I used to fantasize that if I was about to have my last meal, I would eat everything I never let myself have. We ask 104 of our favourite food and travel bloggers to find out their last meal on Earth. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/travel-bloggers/
FOOD WE MISS
1. Kim Keat Hokkien Mee Mr Lee Eng Keat has been in and out of prison countless times for the past 20 years. He turned over a new leaf and opened his Toa Payoh stall last year but sadly, he decided to end his life. His Claypot Hokkien Mee was cooked twice – first stir fried, then cooked over fire. The noodles absorbed the superior broth, resulting in a gooey pot of goodness. Each claypot comes with a few pieces of sio bak, prawns and squid.
2. Bukit Purmei Lor Mee There are some hawker food that I always return for comfort, especially after all the festive feasting. One of them is lor mee – a garlicky bowl of noodles in thick gravy with additional vinegar. Relocated to West Coast, they have to close due to owner’s health issues. Their “lor” (braising sauce) made with a combination of pork ribs, egg-white, “five-spice” powder and starch is still as good. The dark, viscous sauce is thick and sticky, punctuated with copious lashings of black vinegar, homemade chilli sambal and pepper. The vinegar here is not the usual off-the-shelve kind. It’s aromatic and enhances the flavour of the gravy. Hope Bukit Purmei Lor Mee returns soon!
There’s nothing like ending your year with great company, drinks, and fireworks to boot – what’s not so great, on the other hand, is getting stranded for hours once the celebration is over because you’re miles from the nearest MRT or bus station. Worse of all, when you finally trek your way over, it’s way past midnight and public transport isn’t even in service anymore!
You either have to end your fun prematurely to commute home by public transport, or bite the bullet and watch your money fly. Bo pian lor. To party the most convenient way this New Year season, we’ve sussed out a bunch of fun countdown events happening near MRT stations on 31st December – so you can chiong to catch the last train, while avoiding cab fees and and getting stranded once you welcome the New Year.
You won’t have to worry about leaving your party early either – many train services have extended hours this NYE, so you can stay out til’ you’re 100% shiok!
1. Check out cool trinkets at the Countdown Market near the Esplanade
While any mention of counting down to the new year usually brings to mind loud partying and possibly getting “rekt”, the Countdown Market along Connaught Drive is nothing of the sort – with pop-up booths touting bits and bobs by over 80 homegrown brands and craftsmen.
If you missed out getting gifts for your friends over Christmas, this is the perfect opportunity to fill their stockings with some quirky finds!
Countdown Market Venue: Along Connaught Drive (near the Padang and Esplanade Park) Time: 4PM-1AM Nearest MRT Station: City Hall Last train timing: 2.15AM towards Jurong East, 2AM towards Marina Bay, 2.15AM towards Pasir Ris and Joo Koon Admission: Free
2. Chill out with indie music at the Esplanade outdoor theatre
Those who aren’t fond of thumping EDM can ease into the new year with chill tunes from local indie band, Singapore Char Siew Baos! at Esplanade’s Outdoor Theatre. With their smooth vocals, guitar and saxophone riffs, the quartet will bring a mix of pop, rock, jazz, and belt out a couple of evergreens that even your dad will sing along to.
Upping the energy levels will be 3 performances by The Mad Company, who will be doing their own spin on popular party favourites.
New Year’s Eve Countdown at the Esplanade Venue: 1 Esplanade Dr, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, Singapore 038981 Time: 7PM-1AM Nearest MRT station:Esplanade Last Train Timing: 1.38AM both directions Admission: Free
3. Be wowed by a light show at Fullerton Hotel
As a prelude to the pyrotechnics that will go off at midnight, be enchanted by the beautiful light show at our Great Dame, aka The Fullerton Hotel. With the clever projection of dancing light beams, the rustic facade of the old colonial building will be transformed into various scenes for more than 5 mesmerising minutes.
Fullerton Hotel Light Show Venue: 1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Singapore 049178 Time: Hourly from 8PM Nearest MRT station: Raffles Place Time: 2.15AM towards Jurong East, 2AM towards Marina Bay, 2.15AM towards Pasir Ris and Joo Koon Admission: Free
4. Find good steals at Marina Bay Countdown 2017 Bazaar
If you’re a raging shopaholic who’d rather spend the last few hours of 2016 scouring for good deals, head down to Marina Bay Countdown 2017 Bazaar along Marina Waterfront Promenade. Look forward to artisanal goods, handcrafted accessories, party novelties and more – and a great view of fireworks as the clock strikes midnight.
Marina Bay Countdown 2017 Bazaar Venue: 2 Bayfront Ave, Marina Bay Promenade, Singapore 018972 Admission: Free Nearest MRT station: Bayfront Last train timing: 2.27am towards Bukit Panjang, 2.14am towards Chinatown Time: 3PM-3AM
5. Watch movie screenings and music performances at Empress Lawn
Movies and chill, anyone? If you’re not looking to party your way into the new year, recline under the stars at Empress Lawn, with free back-to-back screenings of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (7.45pm) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (9.25pm) from a giant 8-metre inflatable screen.
But movies aren’t the only thing that’s happening on the spacious lawn. Arrive a little earlier at 6pm, and you’ll get to enjoy a capella performances by Vocaluptuous, covers and original creations by HubbaBubbas, and high-octane tunes by The Common People.
Movie screenings and Music @ Empress Venue: Empress Lawn (in front of Victoria Concert Hall) Time: 6PM-7.30PM for performances | 7.45PM-12AM for movie screenings Nearest MRT station: Raffles Place Last train timing: 2.15AM towards Jurong East, 2AM towards Marina Bay, 2.15AM towards Pasir Ris and Joo Koon Admission: Free
6. Catch a crowd-free firework display along the Kallang River
Amp up the romance this NYE, and avoid the throng of thousands waiting to catch fireworks in town – head over to Kallang River (National Stadium Waterfront) instead for a crowd-free view of that dazzling display. Gazing across the waters, you’ll be treated to a panoramic – not to mention uninterrupted – glimpse of the Marina district, where the firework action will be happening.
National Stadium Address: 1 Stadium Dr, National Stadium, Singapore 397629 Time: Midnight Nearest MRT station: Stadium Time: 1.38AM, both directions Admission: Free
Celebrate the new year in uniquely Singaporean fashion by jio-ing your kakis down for 2017 Lai Liao at Loof. With nosh and booze laced with sumptuous and innovative local flavours – such as Bak Chor Mee Grilled Cheese and Tom Yum Soup shots – you’ll feel the Singaporean pride as you shout “2017 lai liao!” (2017 is here) in the company of your closest friends when the clock strikes midnight!
2017 Lai Liao at Loof Address: 331 North Bridge Road, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, Singapore 188720 Time: 9PM-2AM Admission: From $ 35/pax, inclusive of two drinks, confetti, and traditional balloons Nearest MRT station: City Hall Last train timing:2.15AM towards Jurong East, 2AM towards Marina Bay, 2.15AM towards Pasir Ris and Joo Koon
If there’s one time we’re allowed to drown ourselves in guilty pleasures, it should be the last day of the year. After all, everyone wants to end of the year on a high note, so why not go all out to indulge? Wolf down a hearty meal of American comfort food and sing shamelessly along to all-time classics at OverEasy’s Guilty Pleasures party – it’ll be a night of no-holds-barred fun!
Guilty Pleasures at Overeasy Address: Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Road, Singapore 238881 Time: 10PM-3AM Admission: Free Nearest MRT station: Orchard Last train timing: 2AM, both directions
9. Usher in the new year with Gentle Bones at Suntec City
If you like to be in the thick of the action, head down to Suntec City for the country’s largest countdown street party, Celebrate 2017: Countdown With The Stars. As its name suggests, it’s going to be a star-studded affair with an extensive lineup of local talents such as Gentle Bones, Tay Kewei, Jack and Rai, and plenty more – and you won’t even have to fork out a cent!
Celebrate 2017: Countdown With The Stars Venue: Suntec Plaza Time: 7.30PM (Doors open at 7PM) Admission: Free Nearest MRT station: Promenade Last train timing:2.29AM towards Bukit Panjang, 2.12AM towards Chinatown
This New Year, don’t let the headache of getting home hold you back from having a good time. Party within close vicinity of MRT stations – you won’t have to elbow around with everyone else to fight for a cab, or get stuck in crazy bottlenecks on the road. And with extended hours specially for the New Year season, it’s easy to still catch the last train after hanging with your pals into the wee hours – so pick your party!
Kodi 17 Krypton Release Candidate 1 (RC 1) build is out and available to download right now. Here are the details.
Popular media center application Kodi is in the process of a lengthy beta period during which version 17, dubbed Krypton, is being fine tuned for release. The last beta release of Krypton arrived just before Christmas, but we are already being treated to another update and this time, it’s a milestone of sorts. Kodi Krypton is now available to download in Release Candidate 1 form.
The step up to release candidate status is a big one for any developer and shows that the folks behind Kodi are confident that the software is now feature complete and rid of any show-stopping bugs or issues. The process now remains for fine tuning and minor bug squashing before the final version of Krypton is ready for prime time. When that happens, users have plenty to look forward to trying out.
For starters, and likely to be the first difference users of Kodi notice following the upgrade to Krypton is the arrival of the new Estuary and Estouchy (touch-enabled) skins. Set as defaults, the pair allow for a complete home screen redesign, which now utilizes smart playlists to automatically show users what Kodi believes will be of most interest at any given time. Fans of the original Confluence skin need not worry, though – the old skin can still be downloaded from the official Kodi repository.
Other improvements as part of Krypton include a rejigged settings section with an aim to make the configuration of Kodi a more pleasurable experience with less complication to endure, whilst the software’s PVR functionality has also undergone work aimed at making it more useful and, importantly, easier to use.
Changes to the music library and video player functionality are also included as part of Krypton, and those wanting to give this initial release candidate a try can do exactly that by visiting the download page on Kodi’s website at kodi.tv/download.
Strap on your socks and sandals, get your unnecessarily large backpack, and leave the airport tag on just to make sure everybody knows that you’re not local. You’re going to visit the top places in Singapore as recommended by TripAdvisor, and you’re going to have an excellent time. Who needs silly hipster “secret” locations that aren’t really secret anyway. Plus, their deconstructed food is just plain ridiculous.
Everybody knows that the best places have the biggest crowds and the longest queues, and you’re definitely not going to miss out on the goods. See, you’re already integrating into local culture with your kiasu behaviour. Blog about your contrasting cultural experiences in one of the most Westernised countries in Southeast Asia – it’s definitely changed your perspective on how you’re going to live your life from now on.
1. Tian Tian Chicken Rice (#78 Singaporean Restaurant on TripAdvisor)
To be honest, I was taken aback by how the plain combination of chicken and rice could be Singapore’s most famous dish. Isn’t that a bit boring? I mean, I know we have deep fried cod and chips as ours, but at least you can spice it up with tartare sauce or a bit of gravy. Nevertheless, I’m not one to judge, so I decided to outsmart everyone else and Google ‘best chicken rice in Singapore.’
I landed with Tian Tian Chicken Rice, a stall that had beaten Gordon Ramsey when he challenged them to a chicken rice competition.
After waiting around 26 minutes in the hot scorching sun, I decided to go all out and get a full chicken and some veg as the sides. It did come with some tasty chilli, so I literally did spice it up. I must say, the chicken was a melt-in-the-mouth wonder. The rice was delicious and full of chicken flavour as well, I could have easily eaten it by itself! The veg was alright. Not as exotic as I thought it would be, but it was a very decent ‘alright.’
2. River Safari (#66 Attraction)
We took this picture in front of the sign just to make sure everyone knows we came to the River Safari. What a great date day! #theboydidgood. We even got a random kid to help take a picture for us because we needed a cute couple pic for my Facebook cover photo. Because if it didn’t happen on social media, it didn’t really happen.
To be honest, I can’t remember much of the River Safari as I was focusing on the painful headache I was accumulating from the midday sun. I’m sure it was good fun though. But I remember seeing another part of the safari which had monkeys: they were quite cute in an ugly sort of way when they weren’t trying to steal my possessions.
As a major foodie, I like to catch up on the latest food trends. I headed to the safari’s cafe to pick up some salted egg yolk Panda Paos, because clearly that’s what all the locals eat here. I felt just like a Singaporean feasting on these cutie paos for brunch. Before poking a hole in the poor Panda’s eye and squeezing out the yolk, I made sure to catch it on Instagram’s Boomerang for every single one of my 633 followers to see so they don’t miss out on the action.
I wanted to go for a nice quiet stroll in a park along with thousands of other people, which is why I decided to head to East Coast Park. When I got there, I realised that it was far too hot to walk so I rented a bicycle instead. It was a very relaxing and therapeutic ride, especially when I had to brake violently multiple times for small children who were peddling at 0.2mph. Once, I accidentally rode straight into a frightened girl with a special scooter that split down the middle. I braked just in time into the middle of her scooter and peddled away quickly as her mum looked over at us with a hefty frown on her face.
Sometimes, the cooler kids rode past me with their loud speakers furiously booming metal or indie music to show the world how truly misunderstood they were. I really enjoyed listening to their music, particularly when my boyfriend and I were trying to have a conversation. I mean, after listening to his voice 24/7 for over a year now, it does get kind of boring – so the music was a nice change.
When it comes to crowds, Orchard Road does it the best. Crossing the road will take you approximately 10 minutes on a good day. I don’t think shopping here is cheaper than elsewhere, but the inhumane crowds and larger-than-life queues are all in the name of consumer spirit. In fact, the other day, I saw a huge crowd forming in the middle of the road. I didn’t know what was happening, so I went to join the crowd to find out. Perhaps there was a good performer, or even a celebrity? Turns out, people were just standing and taking photos of the ever-growing crowd, which attracted an even larger crowd. It was crowd-ception.
Personally, I’ll shop nowhere else. I like the sound of the Bugis market because it sounds exotic, but really, I’m just scared of haggling with the aunties and uncles because they’re loud and shout a lot.
Orchard Road on the other hand offers me a sense of home. The name even sounds familiar to Oxford Street! If that wasn’t enough, the malls even mimic the weather in London. They blast the air-con to the extent that it feels like the dead of winter in the UK. I even got a heavy cold from walking into the Longchamp in Paragon, which was a good 5 degrees Celsius colder than everywhere else. I’m glad that it was freezing though, because it wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas cold.
6. Marina Bay / Wonder Full Light and Water Show (#7 Attraction / #2 Concerts and Shows)
Is there a better place to view Singapore’s skyline than Marina Bay? Well, I wouldn’t really know because I’ve only been here a month. I decided to come 10 minutes before the “Wonder Full Light and Water show” started to avoid the crowd, but I think everybody else had the same idea as I did because it was completely jam-packed. My boyfriend and I did manage to squeeze into a little space to enjoy the free show though.
I kind of expected a few squirts of water and some casual lights to flicker about, but the lights created a short movie on the spurting jets of water. I was pleasantly surprised, and suggested to my boyfriend we come again. Turns out, they haven’t changed it since 2011 and have been playing the same clip for 5 years.
7. Singapore Botanic Garden and National Orchid Garden (#3-4 Attraction)
Despite my chronic hay fever, I had to visit the Botanic Gardens because it’s in the top 5 things to do in Singapore. The below image is one of the only pics where my nose isn’t running, or where my face isn’t frozen in a mid-sneeze. However, it’s all worth it because Singapore’s botanic garden is truly wonderful. In the free entry part of the orchids, there were three whole bunches of orchids for the Singapore’s residents to admire. There were two people tending to them: so you can really tell they value quality over quantity.
For the main area which was called the National Orchid Garden, It was $ 5 entry, so obviously I paid and went through to get the full experience. I walked around looking at various coloured orchids for the total of 8 minutes before I got a bit tired and sweaty and decided to grab some food.
We headed towards the garden’s cafe because it’s just so authentic. They even sell Curry Laksa, which I know is one of the nation’s fave dishes. Although the sky-high prices don’t really reflect the quality of the food, we were sat next to some really cute dogs that looked like floating clouds, so that was a plus.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the MRT, which is the railway system in Singapore, is the second best thing to do in Singapore. I must be the ultimate tourist, as I ride the MRT at least twice a day to and from work. Sometimes, even more when I haul my ass to the gym. In fact, I ride it so much I’ve accumulated quite the number of points on Travel Smart. So far I haven’t won anything on ‘Spin to Win’ yet, but maybe one day I will.
Sometimes, the MRT is quite a thrilling ride. For example, my boyfriend wasn’t holding onto anything because he thinks he’s a big strong man who can stand on his own two feet. The train suddenly jolted to a stop and he literally fell on top an old, elderly woman with a walking stick. If her bones weren’t fragile before, they definitely are now. He apologised profusely as three people bounced out of their seats to see if she had been crushed. My boyfriend has now learnt his lesson and holds onto the vehicle’s bars in fear of squashing any more seniors.
9. Universal Studios Singapore (#1 Attraction in Sentosa)
I visited Universal Studios twice in the last two years in America, but as I’m in Singapore now which is on the other side of the world, I thought that it would be cooler. Turns out it’s just the same, but smaller. Nevertheless I decided to optimise the fact that I was in Asia, and made my boyfriend wear matching t-shirts with me, which is one of the top fashion trends here on the Eastern part of the world. You’d never catch a Westerner doing this, oh no. Not only did we look completely adorable and photogenic, but it also gave me the chance to reconnect with my oriental roots.
I told my boyfriend that I was very brave when it came to rides, and decided that we should first go on Cylon before a queue started forming. However, I didn’t realise that there would be so many loops and dives, and ended up screaming and crying throughout the whole thing. The picture for that ride didn’t turn out very nice, so I chose not to purchase it.
Overall USS was pretty fun, even though I’d already been on all of the rides at least twice, but still. I would recommend the dinosaur nuggets in the space-shippy restaurant. They look cute, which is the most important feature in food nowadays. I mean, you can’t exactly taste food on Instagram can you.
10. Gardens by the Bay (#1 Attraction)
Now, I’ll be honest – Gardens by the Bay is one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen. As you can see by my facial expression, I’m astounded by the beautiful greenery and insane architecture. My favourite part were the domes: it felt like I had stepped into the world of Final Fantasy.
I’m glad the other people liked it as much as I did, because every two seconds or so, I was forced to come to a standstill as everyone was taking photos of the same thing from a hundred different angles.
Here’s me all dolled up for my date in Gardens by the Bay
In fact, I liked Gardens by the Bay so much, the second time I paid $ 40 extra for a seasonal pass, which allows me to visit this glorious park as much as I want within a year. I thought to myself, I’m going to go for a walk in Gardens by the Bay every day. I’ll get my money’s worth in just one more visit, basically.
It’s been over a month now and I still haven’t visited, but it’s nice that I can go back if I wanted to. I mean, it’s true there was a time I just had a crying meltdown in a mall because I didn’t afford the $ 3 soup and rice in the food court, but I can safely say it was definitely a wise investment.
Can you be as tourist-y as me?
It’s tough being the tourist-iest tourist out there, but the secret is to Google everything and go with the first result. Always follow the crowd, and join every queue there is. Especially if there’s free food. You’ve already paid hundreds of dollars for a plane ticket here, so you need to save every dollar you can. I know the ice-cream you just queued for 45 minutes doesn’t taste great, but let’s not forget the real purpose of food… -to sate the pangs of hunger! It’s not always to please the palate.
It doesn’t matter that everyone speaks English here, and that the locals are the most Westernised non-white people you’ve ever met – Singapore was definitely a culture shock. I mean, calling people ‘auntie’ and ‘uncle’ who aren’t related to you is just plain weird. And why would you even have edible things in your drink? You’re there to drink, not eat! However, as you’re a very open-minded and cultured being, you can now educate your friends on the small exotic island located in Southeast Asia and all of it’s unique little quirks.
This year is quite special for me as it marks 10 years of eating, shooting and posting my food adventures online. I am grateful to God for all the friends I have made over the years and the wonderful food epiphanies we have shared together!
Food blogging as changed quite a bit over the years. Ten years ago, blogging was simply an online journal where you could jot down your experiences and share it with your friends. Nowadays, social media is a major marketing platform for most companies. As a result, you get a smorgasbord of food blogs all vying for your attention.
With so many blogs around, there are bound to be some which become fodder for the self appointed internet mata. (policemen) They will complain about anything from the quality of the writing to whether the food was paid for. Quite frankly, what other bloggers like to do with their own blogs is really up to them and there is no point complaining about it one day and then checking their blogs for the information you need the next.
As social media becomes a legitimate platform for marketing, there are an increasing number of food blogs who do restaurant write ups for a fee. I think that is perfectly fine since it is basically a transaction between the restaurant and the food blogger. It does take time and effort to write and the blogger should be allowed to charge for the work done. If there is shoddy work, then it is up to the restaurant, PR agency or whoever paid for the work to rectify it. What is important though, is that the reader knows that it is a paid review so then they can read it as such and form their own opinion. At the end of the day, it is a democratic process where the reader decides which blog to read and how to read it.
As for ieatishootipost, this is still very much my hobby and I only write about what I am passionate about. If I don’t like the food, I don’t write about it, that’s it. So far, I haven’t done any advertorials for restaurants or hawkers (I might have done one or two in the past and decided it was a bad idea) and I plan to keep it that way until I can find a way to do it such that it doesn’t compromise the integrity of the blog. I do go for media tastings as long as there is no obligation to write about food that I don’t like. If I do write about it, there is always a disclosure at the end of the post so that you know it was hosted. I do get product sponsorship from brands whom I represent. The same principle applies. If I don’t like it, I don’t talk about it. That’s it.
I really do enjoy writing recipes posts, but only ones that work. I don’t publish a lot of recipes because it takes me a long time to try each one out while still running my clinic full time. This year, I am particularly pleased with my Durian Cheesecake, McD Curry Sauce and Black Pepper Crab recipes. But the rest are all good, so if you enjoy cooking, do take a look at my “Cook” archives.
Before we leave 2016, here is a roundup of what I feel were the ten best eats that I wrote about this year.
I sort of stumbled upon 88 Hong Kong Roast while I was at the same coffeeshop blogging about “fried porridge”. I have heard about Martin’s roasts before, but he had moved from Tampines to Johor before I managed to try it. There were rumours that he had returned to Singapore but it never occurred to me that he was at the coffeeshop I was visiting! So, when I found out it was him, I had to order some roast meats to try.
His sio bak was really something. The rind is crisp as cornflakes while the meat is fork tender. As someone who has tried making sio bak at home, I can really appreciate the mastery that went into this sublime slab of porcine perfection!
2016 must be the year of the oyster, or maybe I just like fried oysters. This year, I tripled my list of oyster cakes! (There used to be only one!) This stall used to be at Sam Leong road and had just moved to Jalan Beseh food centre. Those of you who like to think of yourselves as the oil police, (there are some of you out there!) you would be very happy with this place as the oil is always clear enough to see the bottom of the wok!
I think discovering hawkers like Mr and Mrs Lim of Lim’s fried oyster is what really motivates me to keep writing. This cheerful couple who have been dishing out plates of their oleaginous oysters since 1977 never seem to tire of their work or with each other! They serve two styles of oyster omelette. One for those with teeth and one for those without. Don’t worry, they don’t ask to see the state of your dentition before they prepare the omelette for you!
After writing about Fuzhou Oyster Cakes, our readers alerted me to another stall selling a similar Unidentified Fried Oyster. (UFO) However, this stall is a little more difficult to track down as they pop up randomly across the island at the pasar malam. I finally managed to spot them in Hougang and made a video about them. My Facebook video went viral and caused lots of frustrations as the queues grew incredibly long. Sorry lah, what can I do? Say also cannot, don’t say, you will say why never say. Kena left, right, centre. No escape. But the good news is that the queues should be more manageable now, so go look for them at the pasar malam!
After many years in exile (across the road), Warung Nasi Pariaman finally moved back to its original space along Kandahar road. Although the restaurant is newly renovated, the food is still brimming old school vibes. The ayam bakar is still grilled over charcoal before being dunked into a fragrant coconut gravy which tastes even better with bergedil. My top ten food combinations of all time! Aiyo, sedap nia!
My son and I went on a burger rampage this year trying to find Singapore’s best burgers! Why? Because the thought of sinking your teeth into a thick burger patty that oozes with bloody juices never fails to pacify that need for meat. Gone were the days of the generic minced beef burger. We are living in the era of where the breed of the cattle, what it ate and which part of its anatomy goes into the grinder makes for bragging rights for the budding burgermeister!
Singaporeans are fascinated with muah chee. Whenever I write about it, there is always an overwhelming response on Facebook. My video about this particular muah chee man attracted an incredible 1.2 million views! That always makes me wonder why there aren’t more artisanal muah chee stalls around. I mean, it really isn’t all that difficult. All this stall holder did was to cut it nicely and put it in a more presentable box!
I finally got to eat at Chin Lee! This Teochew restaurant that started as a zi char at the bottom of a block of flats in Bedok has been on my “to eat” list since the time I started blogging! It is still churning out excellent and uncompromising Teochew food! You want to find orh nee that is still made with lard? They’ve got it right here, complete with pumpkin and gingko nuts!
Sang meen is one of those things that I used to eat a lot of as a kid. I am not sure why it isn’t as popular nowadays because it’s one of those things that is really tasty! Perhaps it is because the process of making good sang meen is not so straightforward as the noodles need to be cooked in water first, then dried, then deep fried. I just love the contrast between the parts of the noodles that are crispy and the parts that have soaked up the flavourful gravy! When was the last time you had a good sang meen?
I stumbled upon this little cafe selling ban jian kueh while I was on my way to pick up some books from the Cru bookstore at CT Hub. What intrigued me was that finally someone had opened a cafe that was serving a local artisanal snack like ban jian kueh instead of waffles! That takes quite a bit of guts since you can sell a waffle for $ 6 but people will scoff at a ban jian kueh that is more than $ 2. What it tells me is that the young couple really believe in their craft. This ban jian kueh is crisp on the outside with just the right amount of chew in the middle. The luncheon meat and the chicken floss ones are the stuff of cravings!
Well that’s it for 2016! Thanks for reading and I look forward to enjoying your company for 2017! In the meantime, remember:
“Never waste your calories on yucky food!”
Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year everyone, and don’t forget to be thankful for the peace, prosperity and the wonderful food we are able to enjoy here in Singapore! Psalm 36:7-8 How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
Apple has started to notify Apple Watch owners of a new ‘Ring in the New Year’ Activity challenge that is designed to ensure that physical activity and keeping active plays a large part in owners lives this new year.
In a similar fashion to an Activity challenge posted for Thanksgiving, Apple is looking to tempt Apple Watch owners into getting up and being active on a daily basis by not only offering an Achievement recognition, but also giving access to unique iMessage stickers once the Achievement has been earned.
Accessed via the stock Activity app, the new achievement has been given the title, ‘Ring In the New Year’, and is designed to try and get Apple Watch owners up and moving for seven consecutive days.
The aim of the challenge is for owners to try and close all three Activity rings each day for a full week. If that is achieved, Apple will then not only reward the Apple Watch owner with this special Achievement which will be accessible and immortalized forever through the Achievements section of the app, but as mentioned earlier, also additional gifts to be used in iMessage conversations, as it did on Thanksgiving.
The notification being received on paired iPhones reads:
Earn this special achievement when you close all three Activity rings each day for any full week, Monday to Sunday, in January. You’ll also earn special stickers in the Messages app.
If the challenge isn’t showing up in your Activity app just yet, then don’t feel the need to worry and panic. You aren’t going to miss out on the sense of challenge and achievement, and you’re certainly not going to miss out on those “special stickers.” The new challenge is showing up periodically, but should be accessible by all Apple Watch owners worldwide by midnight local time on December 28th. That should give you a few days to mentally prepare yourself to hit the challenge head-on, but more importantly, to plan your attack on just how you’ll get all those Activity rings closed for seven consecutive days in the new year.
Plenty of people make health and fitness promises to themselves as part of a new year’s resolution. This year, Apple is looking to kick start those promises with a little friendly push in the right direction.
It was once a bungalow for the rich and it is now a cafe reminiscent of the 60s. The nostalgia and laid-back ambience are palpable at the cafe.
There is a Morris vintage car parked at the porch of the two story bungalow, surrounding the house is the lush greenery along the quiet end of Changi Netheravon Road, a rare piece of nature much retaining the old charm.
Stepping into the cafe, the museum piece of antiquities are filled in every corner telling you the stories of our heritage. Oldies was playing whispering the old past, for a moment, time has since changed.
Food is not all western but include a good choice of local delights.
Battered Otah Stick
Battered Otah stick is something unique, Otah sticks were coated and deep fried to achieve a crisp coating and tender Otah meat, overall flavour is acceptable though the Otah flavour may not be too distinct.
Pork curry rice 18
Battered pork chop was beautifully done, breaded crust and tender meat served with rice, egg and a bowl of curry. The curry was rich and perhaps too rich that turned cloying easily, richness not necessarily equate to bold flavour, the curry in fact missing the good curry aroma.
Prawn Aglio Olio 16
Dry dry dry.. Spaghetti was a little undercooked and texture was a tad too hard and dry, prawns were way overcooked and lost too much of the moist, so, everything apparently succumbed to dryness. Good seasoning was probably the only consolation with this dish.
Ter Kar Bee Hoon 15
The bee hoon traditional fried with canned pork knuckle and served dry, however, Jubilee Coffee House and Bar choose to be different with its wet version of Ter Kar Bee Hoon.
Besides the pork knuckle, the bee hoon was simmered with the special sauce and a touch of wine to elevate the flavour a level higher. Among the main course, this dish is the most well received by all of us.
Fairly good Chendol imbued with right sweetness and the fragrance of gula maleka. We wish the shaved ice could be snow fine texture instead of so coarse and rough.
Pastries and cakes may not be their specialty, it was nothing too exciting to talk about.
Tofu Chez Cake 8
Tofu? Cheese? If you expect a cake packed with cheesy flavour, then forget about ordering the dessert. The cheese was very light that it tastes quite bland just like the tofu.
Our verdict on Jubilee Coffee House and Bar
At Jubilee Coffee House and Bar, food may not be the main attraction, you are here to experience for a different experience, listening to the oldies, enjoyed a moment of tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and immersed in the lush greenery. Just spending the wonderful time with your loved one over the meal, some small talk, what else can be more fulfilling?
Jubilee Coffee House and Bar
A: 580 Netheravon Road. Singapore 508516
H: Mon-Thurs 10.30am to 12am, Sat 9.30am to 1am, Sun / PH 9.30am to 10.30pm
A new utility app called CoolBooter allows users to dual-boot two different versions of iOS on one same iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Anyone with even limited smartphone, tablet, or computing experience will have likely heard the team “dual-boot” bandied around. The meaning of the term is defined by the words used to make it up, which is to take one device and have two operating systems installed on it. This then means that the user can choose which operating system to boot into at their own will. Certain platforms make this very easy to do, such as running Windows and macOS on an Apple Mac machine, whereas other platforms simply aren’t built for that luxury, such as Apple’s iOS devices like the iPhone or iPad. Thankfully, the availability of CoolBooter for jailbroken 32-bit Apple devices now brings dual-booting to the mainstream.
The release of CoolBooter – in a beta stage at this particular moment in time – basically means that the ability to run multiple versions of iOS on a single device has been brought to the masses.
Having two or more versions of iOS running on a single device definitely isn’t anything new as experienced developers and software modification experts have been demonstrating this for quite some time. However, what is new is the fact that the CoolBooter software for jailbroken iOS devices actually makes this very much easy and possible for almost any device owner to get involved with.
As we mentioned earlier, however, this is only available for Apple’s 32-bit devices which are jailbroken. In addition, the process only actually functions on devices that have publicly available firmware keys, which immediately rules out certain iPod touch models, such as the fifth-generation iPod touch, as well the original iPad mini, which was built with the second revision of Apple’s A5 chip. Excluding those, there is compatibility with devices like Apple’s iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. The iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad 4 are also supported due to their 32-bit architecture.
One of the great things about CoolBooter is that once it’s installed via Cydia, it’s really very simple to use. There’s no modification needed and no tinkering with the internal file system involved. The app is used to install a second version of iOS via a very simple interface. It’s also used to actually boot the second installed version when the user chooses to switch between the two.
So if you own an iPhone 4, as an example, and yearn for the days when you could interact with that Scott Forstall-designed experience, you can now put iOS 6 on that very device alongside iOS 7. iPhone 5 user with jailbroken iOS 9.x running on it? You can now dual-boot that iOS 9 version with iOS 6 on same device. All you need to do is launch Cydia, add coolbooter.com to your sources and then search for and install the CoolBooter jailbreak app.
HJH Maimunah Restaurant at Kampong Glam doesn’t have a long history; it is founded in 1992 by Madam Mahiran Abdul Rahman. The restaurant is named after her mother who bought the shophouse where the restaurant resides. In the beginning, the mother-daughter duo came up with the recipes, and now there are more than 40 dishes available.
Although it doesn’t have a long history, it is one of the more famous Malay restaurants and has appeared on celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s television show. Recently, the Michelin Guide has awarded it a Bib Gourmand.
Although the restaurant is highly decorated, you can’t find much information on the restaurant website. It emphasizes its catering arm, and it seems like they could provide space for events. They have 2 storeys, and the 2nd storey has a stage set for weddings.
Here is how you order: You queue up at the stall on the first floor to order the food. You pay at the counter and carry your food to your table.
Something funny happened when we were there. At first, when the lady boss wasn’t around, no one was helping to carry the food from the counter to tables. But later, when the lady boss showed up, servers were enthusiastically helping customers carry their food.
So if you need help to carry the food to your table, and the lady boss isn’t around, ask for help. They do provide the service.
In an interview, the founder Mdm Mahiran recommends sambal goreng pengantin (simmered beef lungs and liver in rempah); ikan bakar (locally-farmed, grilled seabass, which is delivered daily); and ayam bakar (grilled chicken). The restaurant website also recommends lemak siput(snails in coconut milk), tahu telur(a gigantic cube of tofu with omelette); beef rendang; and oxtail soup.
Unfortunately, we didn’t read up on the restaurant before we visited it, and we didn’t order the recommendations. HAHAHA. That’s why you should research and read my blog before you visit a place.
Fortunately, almost everything we ordered was super duper delicious. The bbq chicken is indeed a winner: covered in a kecap manis sauce, it is sweet and citrusy, with a slight twange of spice. It’s charred and smokey with the fragrance of charcoal.
The sayur lodeh (vegetables in a light and spicy coconut milk) is one of the best sayur lodeh we had. Usually it’s too light and doesn’t really have any flavor. But this is richly lemak (coconuty), very robust.
Even the tempeh is delicious, almost earthly. The bergedilis specially made from Brastagi potatoes, a variety from Indonesia, to give that lemak flavor.
We didn’t like the deep-fried vegetables, no longer crispy, and the sotong, which was terrible. It was so smelly I wanted to puke.
On the whole, the food is really fantastic. Even the Malaysian Mr Fitness admitted that this is better than most of what Malaysia can offer.
At first, I was worried that it would be expensive because of the lack of the information, and because Bib Gourmand restaurants can be costly. But we paid $ 20 for 2 persons. That’s extremely good value for 5 dishes.
HJH Maimunah 11-17 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199078 T: +65 6297 4294 7am-8pm, closed Sun Other outlet at 20 Joo Chiat Road.
Food: 8.5/10 Price: 9/10 Ambience/decor: 6/10 Service: NA (pay at counter) Overall: 3.917/5