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Taiwan Yilan Food Review – 台灣宜蘭美食

Taiwan Yilan Food Review – 台灣宜蘭美食

Villa Loherb minsu At Yilan 樂健活日光綠築

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A relatively new minsu at a Yilan, not on the high mountain, in the forestry area or next to the lakes, Villa Loherb is surrounded by plots of rectangular paddy field at the Yilan countryside. Mountainous view, fresh air, tranquility with surreal moments fascinated us to make the choice.

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At the lobby
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outside view from the room

The minsu is beautifully designed with seven rooms catered for family and couples. The facilities are equipped with modern technology, projector TV, heater toilet with automatic “butt” cleaning. Besides the friendly service, Villa Loherb serves some real good food, from the breakfast to the desserts, it has not disappointed us.

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Dinning area

Breakfast

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We especially impressed will the panini, the bread is fluffy and chewy, we know Taiwan has very good quality bread flour and perhaps explained the quality bread. Besides complimentary breakfast, guests can enjoy the afternoon desserts for free as well.

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Both the cheese cake and chocolate cake are incredible good; both the texture and taste are amazingly nice.

Cycling is one of the activities worth considering during your stay here. Enjoy the scenic countryside on the bike and food hunt!

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A: No. 372, Baofu Rd, Dongshan Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 269

T: +886 3 959 5685

Yilan Lu Hua Chicken 宜兰芦花鸡料理歺厅

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Took us around 40 mins to get there by cycling, do put on the mask if you choose to cycle around Yilan, swarm of midges are awaiting along the way especially around any water catchment areas and riversides. You do not want to fill your stomach with the midges before the meal.

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The minus provides free bikes and cycling map for the guests to go around

Yilan Lu Hua Chicken is located right opposite the Taiwan Arts Center. Why so special about the chicken? Lu Hua Chicken was almost extinct in the 90′ and was revived through lots of research. The birds are very active and give the muscles a good exercise.

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Roasted Lu Hua Chicken

The Lu Hua Chicken was roasted in the way similar to the Kampong Chicken here, the roasted bird skin was paper thinned with little fat underneath, tender meat and nice flavour that worth the try.

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local bamboo

Other dishes we ordered were ordinary and nothing to shout about.

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clams in soup but tasted like plain water
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The steamed fish was ordinary and nothing too exciting

宜蘭蘆花雞料理餐廳

A: No. 326, Section 2, Wubin Rd, Wujie Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 26846

T: 03 950 0599

H: Thu – Fri 11:30 am – 8:00 pm, Sat – Sun 11:00 am – 8:30 pm Wednesday CLOSED

FB:宜蘭蘆花雞料理餐廳

羅東夜市Luo Dong Night Market

The Luodong Night Market is a night market in Luodong Township, Yilan Taiwan, It is one of the biggest and most crowded night market in Taiwan.

A: 宜蘭縣羅東鎮中央的中山公園四周

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Make sure you have a copy of the map with you, it is extremely helpful when navigating around the night market

When you visit Yilan, you may notice close association of San Xing spring onion 三星青蔥 in the life here in Yilan, the local staple agricultural grow is a popular produce here with its unique quality, San Xing spring onion is sweet, tart and without the strong pungent comes with other types of spring onions, so popular and proud of the spring onion that the local set up a a gallery just to showcase the spring onion. (Yilan San Xing Spring Onion Gallery三星青蔥文化館).

San Xing Spring onion related food is everywhere and If you visiting Yilan without experiencing their spring onion, your trip is deed incomplete.

Here are some of the highlights you can try:

Yi Fong Spring onion pie 35 +10 for additional egg

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The pie was pan fried to give the dough a nice crisp, the round and flat pie has only spring onion as filling, Analogous to our roti prata here without the filling. The pie relied on the natural sweetness and flavour of the spring onion to heighten the taste and seasoning was not distinctive at all.

A: 宜蘭縣羅東鎮民生路130-1號

T:03-9577201

H:3pm to 9pm daily

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七巧味三星蔥多餅

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A bun filled with the spring onion and diced pork. The bun was deep fried in a pot of oil till slight golden brown, skin of the dough was thin with juicy filling. You can fully appreciate the natural flavor of the spring onions and we recommend you not to add the sauce given, it actually spoiled the overall taste.
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A:  宜蘭縣羅東鎮公園路與振泰街交叉口

H: 4.30pm – 11pm

T0983-951-524

宜蘭羅東+阿公仔龍鳳腿春捲

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One the stalls with the longest queue at the night market. The deep fried roll contained fish paste, spring onion and cabbage, wrapped with the membrane of the pig’s stomach for the extra fragrance, the bite size stick (2 for 35NT) was sinfully delicious.

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However, we somehow preferred the deep fried spring rolls (2 for 35NT) which were filled with spring onions and bean sprouts. A stall worth to try.

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A: 宜蘭縣羅東鎮民生路、興東路口Minsheng Rd & 興東路 Luodong Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 265

H11am – midnight

T+886 911 828 258

San Xing spring onion 三星蔥豬肉蔥捲餅

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Lots of varieties of using the San xing spring onions. This is another version using pork meat to wrap the spring onion, grill and serve in a box. Unfortunately the taste can’t make our eye balls rolling.

Smelling French fries 堂薯薯臭薯條 $ 35-50NT

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Smelling French fries? Yes, it tasted like smelly toufu, you can opt for different sauce to suit your taste, just adhered to the top favorite if you do not know what to order.

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Do eat it while hot, the fries turned soggy and you can trash it once turned cold. The smell may be shunned off by some but looking at the long queue you can be sure there do have a good pool of followers.

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A: 宜蘭縣羅東鎮民生路55號

T0981-423-765 H3pm – 11pm

平胸妹雞蛋糕

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Not sure how many patrons takes a gleam at her breast, not in the lustrous manner but to compare note to the name of the stall – “Flat chest girl eggy cake”. We are not too keen with her statistics and the mini egg cheese tarts are ordinary. You eat and forget it.

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A宜蘭縣羅東鎮公園路162號前

T0981-098-811

H:  Mon – Fri 2pm to 10pm,Sat-Sun 10am to 11pm

Hua Ji華記龍鳳

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Right at the road junction and the never ending queue cast some weight on the stall. Compared the pork roll stick from the 阿公仔龍鳳腿, Hua Ji is less impressive from the taste and texture. Both stalls have equally long queue so might as well queue for the better one.

Mutton soup

Quite a few stalls selling Angelica mutton soup in this night market, the mutton soup was different from our local mutton soup which is rich with herbal essence and thick in the soup. The mutton soup found at the night market here was clear, light and tame in the flavor, mutton was thinly sliced which is our preference and probably the only plus point.

Kekou BBQ 可口香碳烤羅東總店

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You find all kind of roasted, grilled or BBQ meat everywhere around the night market. Mostly are mediocre and finding a good one could be as challenging as finding a needle in a haystack.

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Kekou BBQ is one of the better one worth the recommendation, the skewed meat were well seasoned and grilled, most importantly the tender meat truly made our day.

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A: 宜蘭縣羅東鎮公園路110號對面

T 0910-503880 or 0922-269310

H: Mon-Thurs 4pm – 11pm, Fr-Sun 3pm till mid night or sold out

Taro 宜兰廟口

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An unique creation of encasing different fillings with the mashed taro. We went for the cheese and salted egg yolk with pork floss, the taro cake were deep fried to a crisp skin, The taro has to be fragrant and its delivered well with the promise. Cheese filling complements well the taro but the salted egg with pork floss was a little overwhelming for the tastebuds.

宜兰爆漿玉子烧

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The same base dough are used for different topping. We requested the mentaiko topping with fish flakes and mayonnaise, the base is made of flour mixture with cheese and corn, not too bad the combination. It is a good snack to munch on the go.

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A: 宜兰县罗东镇公园路1083摊位

H: 4pm – 12 midnight

Yilan Taiwan

We left Yilan to TaiChung after the third day, at Yilan, the minsu was a good experience in this trip, we finally able to get way from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoyed a moment of countryside lifestyle which was truly rejuvenating and revitalizing. Of course, the local snacks and food are something helped to make the trip a fruitful one as well.

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Mellower Coffee – Shanghai Cafe Opens in Bugis

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Mellower Coffee, a popular coffee house from Shanghai, has opened another branch in Bugis. This is probably one of the biggest cafe in town and is also the first global flagship store outside of China. The interior is spacious as there are cosy couches available, which is suitable for chilling out.

Carrying coffee beans from many regions of the world, they strive to give guests the best coffee experience, be it in taste or presentation. Their house blend coffee is specially flown in from Shanghai.

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Sitting before me is one of the most Instagram worthy coffee – Sweet Little Rain ($ 9.80). Served on a wooden tray, a generous puff of candy floss dangles over a cup of Americano. As the steam from the hot coffee rises, the “cloud” of cotton candy melts and drips into the cup like rain, which makes it similar to our local Kopi-o Kosong. It can get a little messy as the sugar drips onto the edges of the cup. However, this cup of coffee is undeniably unique, even if a little gimmicky.

Specially created for the flagship stall, Ondeh x latte is infused with coconut and fragrant gula melaka. The sweetness is balanced with a shot of espresso. This coffee drink is a rich and creamy treat that I can easily finish even after a full meal.

If these coffee drinks are too creative for you, go for the classic espresso, latte and cappuccino. My cup of Cappuccino was great! I fell in love with its creaminess and nutty finish. I will definitely be back regularly for my energy booster.

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Born into a family of enthusiastic foodies, Maureen has always loved all things culinary, especially the local cuisine here in Singapore. With a life-long fascination with the rapidly evolving food scene in Singapore, she started this website in 2007 to explore and celebrate all types of local Singapore dishes and to share her love of travel and food with the world. With 4 years of experience as a journalist and producer, she has a wealth of experience in food writing, photography and styling.

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K-Tower, Amoy Street: Tower of 9 Stacks of Steamed Seafood, 0 Calories, Right? 

img_1721Steamed seafood is trending this year. Instead of a hotpot or a BBQ plate in the middle, steamed containers are used. There is the Chinese style, served at Ah Hua Kelong, Sea Tripod, Steam Box, and Just Steam. Then there is the Korean style at Captain K Seafood, House of Seafood, and K Tower at Amoy Street. The difference between Chinese and Korean restaurants is that the Chinese places porridge at the bottom whereas Korean uses the steam from soups, and they stack the seafood in tiers (see photo below). The essence of the seafood will drip into porridge/soup.

img_0343K-Tower is helmed by Chef Sky who has trained in Korea for 2 years and has 10 years of experience with Korean cuisine. For lunch, there are affordable set menus starting from $ 9.90; it includes a drink, a side dish, and a main like shake shake rice box, Korean chicken, or army stew.

img_1746Korean Fried Chicken ($ 7.90)

img_1739Shake shake rice is a Korean lunch box that you shake to mix the ingredients before you eat it. If you’re going for lunch, between the shake shake rice and the ginseng chicken, opt for the former. The ginseng chicken is more Chinese than Korean; Chinese ginseng chicken is savory and heavily seasoned whereas Korean’s is mostly dependant on the bitterness of the ginseng.

img_1757The ginseng chicken is symptomatic of what requires improvement in the restaurant: the “Korean”-ness of the place. As I was eating, I didn’t think the restaurant is very “Korean.” For example, the Korean pancake ($ 14.90), they make it thin and crispy to suit local palates, and while it is addictive, I prefer the traditional Korean style. The Korean fried chicken is sweet, but unKorean. The ginseng chicken, Korean pancake, and fried chicken are tasty, but I wouldn’t classify them as Korean.

img_1750For dinner, the seafood tower comes in tiers of 3 ($ 58), 5 ($ 128), 7 ($ 198) and 9 ($ 298). You can also add items such as $ 25 for a piece of abalone, or lobsters at $ 108/kg. Towards the end of the meal, when you reach the base where the soup is, you can add more ingredients and turn the soup into steamboat.

img_1765For the soup, there are 4 types: seafoodkimchi (addition $ 10), army stew (addition $ 10), and ginseng chicken ($ 20). We had the army stew, and it was umami with all the essence of seafood dripped into it. SHIOK.

img_1767They use live seafood, which are swimming in tanks at the back of the restaurant. As a result of the freshness, the prawns are super duper sweet. The snapper fish is succulent and very fresh, not fishy at all.

They are steamed without any seasoning, so a light touch of soya sauce is good enough. They also provide gochujang and sambal which has a kick, but I’d prefer they not give the sambal because it’s not Korean.

img_1773Although I prefer restaurants that showcase a chef’s culinary skills, and not just simple steaming, K-Tower, which serves fresh seafood, is a fun place to gather with friends and family.


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K-Tower
74 Amoy St, Singapore 069893
Tel: +65 6221 9928
11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm
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Food: 6/10
Price: 6.5/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience/Decor: 7/10
Overall rating: 3.188/5


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Download: Nightgate For iOS And Apple TV Goes Free For The Week [$4 Value]

By | February 25th, 2017

It is time for Apple’s Free App of the Week! As always, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV owners have a chance to grab a unique game for free, one which usually costs $ 3.99 on the App Store. Today’s title is definitely worth an experience, and if you’re wondering what it has to offer, we’ll get into that in a bit; after all, you have till Thursday to avail this offer.

Enter Nightgate – a minimalistic adventure which could be best described as set in a “dark digital world”. Given the theme at hand, the minimalistic design and graphics really bring out the darkness of what is said to be the “last remaining life form on Earth“.

As the developer tells us, “In the year 2398, a network of intelligent computers known as Nightgate, is the last remaining life form on Earth. ” As for your mission, you will be stepping into “the computer and make your way through 50 handcrafted levels. Avoid enemies as you interact with a dark digital world and explore what lies beyond the futuristic landscapes of Nightgate.”

What makes Nightgate even more appealing then what it presents at face value is that it’s a universal download for not just the iPhone and iPad, but the Apple TV as well. So for those who have Apple’s latest tvOS powered set connected with their big-screen TV, Nightgate can be played sitting back in a couch using an MFi game controller or the Siri Remote.

Universal app factor aside, Nightgate doesn’t entice users into any in-app purchases by holding back on features. Well, when you pay $ 3.99 for a game, you shouldn’t have to deal with such annoyances anyways.

Complete list of features of the game are as follows below:

– Immersive digital environments
– Over 40 minutes of original soundtrack (also available on iTunes Music Store)
– Minimalist design featuring vibrant colors and complex geometries
– Discover achievements scattered throughout the game
– In-game camera to capture beautiful screenshots
– Sync your progress using iCloud
– Fully localized for English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese and Russian

You can grab the game for free till Thursday as mentioned earlier from either iOS App Store or tvOS App Store.

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7 Ways To Donate Leftover Food In Singapore

Prevent wastage by giving unwanted food to charity

Willing Heart's soup kitchen

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Mention throwing out leftover food, and we’ll always have that one friend saying, “think about the children in Africa!” While Africa is an 11-hour flight away, we can always think closer to home, and remember the hungry living amidst us. Because while one of our biggest #firstworldproblems is suffering from food comas, there are many less fortunate people in our own country who worry about whether they’ll even get their next meal.

In 2016, Singaporeans generated more than 790,000 tonnes of food waste – that’s equivalent to almost 2 bowls of rice per person every day! Instead of letting that uneaten food go to waste, donate it to local charities that you are passionate about, and save someone from going hungry.

1. Food Bank

Food Bank

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Tossing out unwanted food is a waste when there are many lower income families that go to bed on growling stomachs. Offer the hungry a good night’s rest by donating your unwanted non-perishable food items to the Food Bank for distribution.

Donations should have at least 4 weeks of shelf life, and can be dropped off at the Food Bank’s warehouse, or any of their 14 bank boxes located islandwide. Some of these locations include supermarkets and even malls, making it convenient for you to give back to society.

Email: enquiries@foodbank.sg
Telephone: 6831 5395
Website

2. Food From The Heart

Food From The Heart

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Like what Mother Teresa said, poverty is not only about being hungry and homeless – the greatest poverty of all is when one is unloved and uncared for. Food From The Heart keeps the the lower income’s tummies and hearts full, by showing love to them through food and toy distributions, and even birthday celebrations.

Since 2015, more than 25,000 less privileged individuals have benefited from their charity. You can add to the numbers too – by donating non-perishable food items with at least 3 months of shelf life to their warehouse on weekdays, 10am-5pm. Give them a call before making your way down.

Address: 130 Joo Seng Road #03-01 Singapore 368357 (Formerly Olivine Building)
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
Telephone: 6280-GIVE (4483)
Email: info@foodheart.org
Website

3. Willing Hearts

Willing Heart's soup kitchen

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Being miles from home, it gets lonely for the migrant workers who labour on tirelessly to help build our country – even after the rest of us have gone home to our families. Willing Hearts provides these oft-underappreciated migrant workers much needed respite – with a free piping hot meal and good company after a tough day at work. Some 5000 meals are dished out daily by the soup kitchen to marginalised groups in society.

Show your appreciation to our silent heroes by dropping off food items, from staples to condiments, at the Kembangan – Chai Chee Community Hub from 4.30am-3pm daily.

Address: Kembangan – Chai Chee Community Hub, 11 Jalan Ubi Blk 6, #01-51 Singapore 409074
Opening Hours: 6am – 4pm
Telephone: 6476 5822
Email: willingheartsingapore@gmail.com
Website

4. Lions Home For The Elders

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Lions Home For The Elders houses the aged and destitute, providing quality care to elders ridden with illness. To help ease the costs of caring for these seniors, the centre welcomes donations of groceries and household items – which you can simply drop off at their Bishan compound.

On their wishlist are items ranging from red dates to evaporated milk, preferably with as long a shelf life as possible.

Address: 9 Bishan Street 13 Singapore 579804
Telephone: 6252 9900
Email: lhe.pr@lionshome.org.sg
Website

5. Ronald McDonald House at National University Hospital

Ronald McDonald House at National University Hospital

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While sending cheers through his Happy Meals, the happy-go-lucky clown Ronald McDonald also brings smiles to seriously ill children. Believing that children can recover faster with strong familial support, the Ronald McDonald House Charity has built a “home away from home” at NUH – where parents and young patients can stay at to be closer to each other.

To support their charitable works, the Ronald McDonald House Charity is appealing for food donations, along with household products and toys for the kids. Imagine the priceless smiles you’ll be putting on all the faces of the little children!

Address: 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road National University Hospital Main Building Level 4 Singapore 119074 Telephone: 6778 1934
Email: contact@rmhc.org.sg
Website

6. Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart food donation

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Born into poverty, ‘Mother Teresa’ Hsu was able to empathise with the needy which inspired her to become a social worker. Even when she turned 100 – way beyond retirement age, she selflessly engaged in humanitarian work to better the lives of the less fortunate. Teresa has since passed, but her legacy of goodwill lives on through the Heart to Heart assistance programme.

You too can contribute to Heart to Heart’s efforts by donating food to their organisation. If you have a habit of going overboard during NTUC’s monthly promotions, donate your excess packets of food here instead of hoarding them in your pantry.

Address: 9 Selegie Road #03-33 Singapore 180009
Telephone: 6333 9439
Email: enquiry@hearttoheartservice.org
Website

7. Philippine Embassy

Philippine Embassy food donation

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Philippines is no stranger to natural disaster – in fact, she’s one of the countries with the highest disaster risk. You may recall the recent Typhoon Nock-Ten that lashed on Christmas Day which left many homes and infrastructure devastated. Although months have passed, the affected regions are still in the process of recovery.

Help disaster victims rebuild their lives by donating rations, medicine, and books to the Philippine Embassy during this tumultuous period.

Refer here for the full list of items that can be donated.

Address: 20 Nassim Road, Singapore 258395
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 12pm, 1pm – 5pm
Telephone: 6252 9900
Website

Provide a next meal for someone in need

With all our privileges, we often throw away unwanted food without a second thought – especially since most of us have not truly experienced constant hunger like the less fortunate have. If you still have canned goods or even uneaten boxes of cookies lying around from CNY, spread the joy to someone else by giving them away.

That said, do be mindful of expiry dates – only items fit for consumption should be donated.

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6 Activities At SmartKids Asia 2017 That Beats A Week On The PS4 This March Holidays

SmartKids Asia 2017: Asia’s Largest Educational Kids Fair


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Before you know it, another school term is ending, and with it, the March holidays are also fast approaching. For those with no plans of jetting off with the family to enjoy some sun, sand and sea, it’s imperative to plan something to ensure your kids don’t end up rotting in front of their game consoles.

But with only a week, it’s especially hard to find a balance between making the holidays productive and giving your child a timely break from schoolwork.

If you’re looking to give your child a fun and enriching March holiday, look no further than SmartKids Asia, the continent’s biggest educational kids fair. From printmaking workshops to parenting masterclasses, here are 6 activities to get in on all the action:

1. Step into the shoes of a WWII Reporter

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Growing up in Singapore’s peaceful environment makes it hard for our children to grasp the price we had to pay for it, but not impossible! Broaden your child’s horizons with a 2-day role playing stint in the shoes of a WWII reporter.

Accompanied by real life journalists from The Straits Times, the children are guided through galleries, museums and historical sites, documenting their findings and trying their hand at photography with their new found friends.

Their skills will then be put to the test with a photography assignment to snap as many unique pictures at the underground bunkers of The Battlebox for their very own newspaper.

Date: 17th and 18th March
Time: 8am–6pm
Ages: 9-12 years old
Register Here!

2. Groom the next Singapore Idol at SmartKids Asia Talent Time

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Ever admired how well your kid sings in the shower? Or maybe he/she is a guitar prodigy in the mould of Sungha Jung? You might‘ve already tried catapulting your child to super stardom by loading the footage on Youtube, but instead of just sitting there and hoping someone discovers him/her – apply for the SmartKids Asia Talentime to showcase his talent.

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Open in three categories of singing, dancing and playing an instrument, watch your little one skyrocket to clinch the coveted title of Talent Time Champion, and prizes worth up to $ 590.

Submission Deadline: 8 March 2017, 2359hrs
Shortlisted participants will be notified on 13 Mar. Date and time of performance will be advised nearer to the event. 
Ages: 5-12 years old
Register by submitting a 1-minute YouTube video link of your child’s performance here!

3. Set your younglings loose on their massive free-to-play bouncy castle

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Most kids are such bundles of energy, it’s never easy to get them to sit still. SmartKids Asia might be an educational fair, but don’t worry about your kids getting bored. This year’s venue includes a bouncy castle that extends over 200 sqm. And unlike the ones you usually see, this set of inflatables is completely free-to-play, all day long!

And if your kids still aren’t tired from all that jumping around, make sure they give the Fun Passport a shot. With a range of enriching activities from baking to printmaking, they’ll not only be having fun but equipping themselves with life skills along the way.

Note: Each completed passport also entails them to a spin of their prize wheel and the chance to win exclusive prizes along the way!

4. Learn the art of parenting while the kids have fun

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Bringing up a child is a learning journey with no hacks and shortcuts but plenty of ups and downs. We all want to be better parents, and like how you send your children to tuition, sometimes we need some help in our parenting journey as well.

With one hour long sessions that cover topics from positive psychology to dealing with your child’s internet addiction, The Straits Times Parenting Masterclasses are here to save the day. Sit down with psychology coaches, and education specialists to identify the best ways to help you child bloom in and out of the classroom.

Score 20% off with the promo code “SKALOCAL” when you register from the 1st-12th of March!

Dates: 17th and 18th March
Find out about the different sessions and register here!

5. Bring out your child’s inner Picasso with art and colouring contests

I don’t think I’ve ever met a kid that doesn’t like drawing. If your little one’s doodles are starting to look better than the work you submitted back in art class, let them take the centre stage at SmartKids Asia’s Art and a Colouring Contest.

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Unleash the inner Picasso in your child and put his/her creativity to the test around the theme “A great makan time” – the top 10 artworks will receive prizes worth up to $ 500 in total, with each of their artists also presented an official certificate.

For the younger crowd aged 5 to 8, there’s the Stabilo Junior Colouring Contest. Themed “Colour your world”, the contest is a must-join for any crayon-loving child. The most creative ones will stand a chance to win prizes and certificates. But even if your young one doesn’t come out top, he’ll still be a winner with a Stabilo goodie bag worth $ 15 given to each and every child who registers.

SmartKids Asia Art Contest
When: 17 – 18 March 2017 (from 10am to 8pm) 19 March 2017 (from 10am to 4pm)
Price: Pre-Registration Single Child ticket – $ 11.24
Standard ticket purchase at SmartKids Asia – strictly cash only at $ 16.05 (include GST)
Participants:  9-12 years old
Registration is available here!

Stabilo Junior Colouring Contest
When: 17 – 18 March 2017 (from 10am to 8pm) 19 March 2017 (from 10am to 4pm) 
Price: Pre-Registration Single Child ticket – $ 11.24
Standard ticket purchase at SmartKids Asia – strictly cash only at $ 16.05 (include GST)
Participants:  5-8 years old 
Registration is available here!

6. Revisit classic fairytales through theatre and storytelling

Pororo will still be there presenting their own version of Jack & the Beanstalk and meet & greet sessions, but expect to see classic fairytale characters like Goldilocks as well!

Forget about the latest rom-com or mindless action flick and treat your children to the stories you grew up with. In collaboration with the National Library Board, this is the first time SmartKids Asia is hosting the Storyland segment, showcasing timeless classics in the form of theatrical plays and storytelling. You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate a good theatrical performance.

Nothing like good old classics like Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel, to impart some important life lessons.

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School holidays are best chance to spend time with your child and create memories with them. Bring your young ones to a place where you can bond as a family, have fun, and still learn something at the end of the day.

Hits from last year like Pororo and My Little Pony will once again make an appearance with meet and greet sessions. The former will even be presenting their own version of Jack & the Beanstalk!

With goodie bags and lucky draw prizes – including resort staycations and family passes to Bounce Singapore – up for grabs daily, you can even satisfy the kiasu parent within you.

So whether you’ve got a little energizer bunny or a mature bookworm on your hands,it’s time to take that iPad from their hands, and bring take them out for a day of real family fun.

Find out more about SmartKids Asia 2017 here!

SmartKids Asia 2017: Educational Fun for the Whole Family
Dates: 17 March 2017 to 19 March 2017
Time: 10am to 9pm (Fri & Sat) and 10am to 8pm (Sun) 
Venues: Singapore Expo Hall 6
Admission Charges: Entry is FREE! 
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A pair of 1-DAY passes to The Straits Times Parenting Masterclasses worth $ 48.15 each + Goodie Bags worth $ 50 each

To stand a chance to win, simply follow these steps: 

  1. Like and share this post
  2. Comment here by 3rd March and tell us why you want to win

The contest ends on 3rd March and 5 lucky winners will be chosen, and each winner will walk away with a pair of 1-day passes to The Straits Times Parenting Masterclasses worth $ 48.15 each and 2 SmartKids Asia Goodie Bags worth $ 50 each.


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Google Chrome To Soon Add Touch Bar Support For 2016 MacBook Pro

By | February 24th, 2017

Owners of Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar who regularly opt to use Google Chrome over the pre-installed Safari option will likely be getting a nice little surprise soon.

Google has silently released the first canary build of Chrome 58 into the wild, and much to the surprise of those aforementioned MacBook Pro owners who have taken the opportunity to use it, the new build contains the Touch Bar support that many users have been asking for a while now.

A number of third-party developers in charge of developing and publishing macOS apps, both on the Mac App Store and through their own sites, have been rushing and falling over themselves to try and differentiate their software from the competition with Touch Bar support. Whenever Apple introduces new functionality from a hardware perspective, those who put their heads above the firing line and actually support that feature are likely to increase in popularity.

Many developers have already taken that initiative with app updates, but Chrome will be one of the most popular and widely used pieces of software – aside from Apple’s own offerings – to offer support for Touch Bar.

With this canary release of Chrome, which will ultimately be released as Chrome 58, Google hasn’t gone wild with some extravagant additions that will confuse and dumbfound prospective users. Users with a 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar will be able to launch new Chrome tabs and search directly from the new Touch Bar experience, as well as navigate forward and backwards through webpages thanks to the navigational entries on the far-left side of the Touch Bar.

There’s also an added refresh button, as well as a text entry box for Search or type URL which automatically puts the user into the address bar of Chrome when tapped. All of those actions are finished off with a favorites button that will instantly add a particular web page to the favorites list.

For one reason or another, Google has ensured that this initial Touch Bar support for Chrome is a static experience, which means no matter what you are actually doing, or what state the browser is in, those buttons will remain consistent on Touch Bar. Some will appreciate that, whereas others would crave a more dynamic experience which reacts to the user behavior like it has been on Safari.

If you don’t want to wait for Google to roll out the final build of Chrome 58, you can get in on the action by downloading and running the latest canary build of Chrome 58.

(Via: 9to5Mac)

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ART @ Assumption Pathway School, Cashew Road: $12 NETT Porridge Buffet Every Last Friday of the Month 

img_1635ART is the acronym for The Assumption Restaurant for Training, a restaurant to train students at Assumption Pathway School (APS). When children don’t pass their PSLE, they have the option of entering APS which offers vocational training courses on  hospitality, baking, hairdressing, culinary, and design. After they complete their 4 years of studies like in any secondary school, they can choose to go to ITE or specialized institutions such as SHATEC or At-Sunrice.

img_2566ART is a restaurant where APS students can practice what they learn in classrooms; the service staff are students, so are the cooks. (Teachers are around to supervise the teenagers.) The students are paid for their work. So it’s really great that the students are learning as they are earning a small sum.

img_1610The casual restaurant does not use pork. It offers 3-course set lunch ($ 13.50 nett, 12pm-3.30pm) and high tea ($ 5 nett, 3pm-5pm).

img_1593But the porridge buffet ($ 12 nett or $ 9 nett for children and senior citizens) is a new initiative. It occurs on the last Friday of the month.

img_1597Why porridge buffet? Partly because students usually prepare Western food and this would give them exposure to Asian food. Partly because a buffet gives  students an opportunity to cook in bulk. And partly because porridge buffet is popular with people.

img_1603On the day we were there, the porridge is Teochew style. And there is a dizzling array of condiments like in Taiwan porridge: peanuts, ikan bilis, salted egg, stewed peanuts, chicken floss, preserved choy sum, black bean fish, tauchu, and my favorite, preserved bean curd 腐乳. I love the stink of it.

img_1623Along with the condiments, there are about 10 items on the buffet table that go well with porridge: har jeong gai (prawn-paste chicken), braised eggtau pokfried ikan selar fishchye por neng (omelette with preserved turnip), mui choyeggplantsambal long bean, etc.

img_1619They also have 2 dishes, not on the buffet spread, which are served once to every table. Whenever there is leftover sauce from the braised duck, they would keep it, and use it for the next time. “The sauce is a few years old!” said teacher-chef John Ten. The other dish, steamed sotong in Thai sauce, is super spicy and shiok.

img_1638The best dishes that night were mui choy (preserved vegetables), which has a slight tinge of sweetness behind the saltiness, and sesame chicken.

img_1607There were desserts, red bean soup, and two types of cake to end the night. It is a nice homely meal, and anyone who lives in the vicinity should take advantage of the inexpensive buffet and, at the same time, support the students’ endeavour. Reservations are encouraged. 

The ART @ Assumption Pathway School
30 Cashew Road, Singapore 679697
Tel: +65 6892 6187
M-Th 12pm-5pm, Every Fri 12pm-5pm, 6pm-9.30pm
(Porridge buffet on the last Fri of every month)
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Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake – Keeping the Tradition Alive

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Whenever I bring tourists on a food tour, one of the stalls I would visit is Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake. This traditional Fuzhou snack is closed to extinction already (the other stall that still does it is Fu Zhou Poh Hwa in Jalan Besar).

Mdm Hoon’s mother came to Singapore with her husband and she been selling these traditional Fuzhou snacks in front of her house to help with the family expenses. In the past, she used mussels as the main ingredient for her Fuzhou cake. Over the years, she has changed to oysters and added fresh prawns and minced meat.

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After moving to Maxwell Food Centre, Mdm Hoon took over the business from her mother. Even though the oyster cake looks simple, it takes a lot of work. Mdm Hoon wakes up at 4am every morning to prepare the ingredients so that she can start selling them at 9am.

The essence of this dish lies in the batter. Using rice as the main ingredient, Mdm Hoon soaks the rice grains overnight before grinding them with flour to form a thick and gooey batter. When asked how long the rice grains have to be soaked, she said to me, “It depends on the weather, the soaking time is different everyday.” Surely, it takes a lot of experience to get it right.

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So almost everyday, Mdm Hoon will sit in front of the deep fryer to make the oyster cake. She first adds a spoonful of batter before putting cilantro, minced meat, fresh prawns and oysters. Covering the ingredients with another spoonful of batter, Mdm Hoon sprinkles some peanuts on top and send them for a deep-frying session in hot oil. Her husband has been helping out at the stall recently as he helps to explain this old school snack to tourists.

Biting into these oyster cakes sure brings back some childhood memories. Each oyster cake is chock-full of ingredients and I like that it is crispy on the outside, yet soft on the inside. Don’t forget to add some chilli sauce to make it better!

Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-05 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184

Opening Hours: 9am to 8pm, Closed on Sundays

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Budget Tam Chiak – 15 Meals for Less Than $50 in 5 Days (CBD Edition)

How many of us are still climbing our way to the top of the success ladder? Some of us are barely staying afloat and it doesn’t help that a meal in CBD often demands at least $ 5. As such, we often end up with a meagre amount to bring home every month.

But don’t surrender to the unnecessary “exorbitant” lifestyle. If there’s a will, there’s a way. And this is the way that we have specially paved for you to consider – a comprehensive food diary comprising of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in the CBD for a typical 5-day work week. ALL UNDER $ 50!! Yes, it’s humanely possible.

Let’s speedboat towards the 6 DIGIT bank account balance together. Read on to find out how.

Sian-Day Monday – $ 9.80

Breakfast: Chwee Kueh ($ 1.80)

Situated towards the back of Clifford Centre, a nameless eatery offering local delights awaits. We were shocked that they genuinely do not have a shop name, but #01-K3 is the clue! Receive 5 plump chwee kueh (steamed rice cakes) topped with ample preserved turnips for just $ 1.80 – what a steal! The chwee kueh are a little denser than what we would have liked, but the greasy and fragrant turnips seemed to be screaming 加油 (add oil) for my dreadful Monday. Thank you, I really needed that encouragement.

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Address: Clifford Centre, 24 Raffles Pl, #01-K3, Singapore 048621

Opening Hours: 10.30am-2.30pm

Lunch: Nasi Padang ($ 3)

Despite the huge number of office workers invading the area during lunch hour, the delicious food at Shenton House lacks an online presence for some reason. Or maybe, they want to keep it a secret. Tucked away at the last eatery, this Nasi Padang has won countless hearts over the years. For just $ 3, you can order 1 meat + 2 vegetables/egg on top of the amazing portion of rice drenched in curry. Doesn’t the chicken drumstick look so appetizing? My eyes were glued to it the moment I stepped into the eatery. The meat ended up tasting slightly dry, but the crispy skin made up for it.

Mon-Nasi Padang

Address: Shenton House, 3 Shenton Way, Level 2, Singapore 068805

Opening Hours: 10.30am-3pm

Dinner: Pad Thai ($ 5)

My nose picked up the lovely aroma of stir-fried noodles as I was on my search for dinner at Amoy Street Food Centre. I went for the classic Pad Thai ($ 5) that was indeed satisfying and good value for money. SAP Thai Food is a relatively recent addition and has a pretty extensive menu representative of Little Thailand. I was too excited to tuck into the piping hot noodles, that I even found squeezing the lime a chore. The umami flavours radiated throughout the dish, ending my Monday on a pleasant note.

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Fry-My-Brain Tuesday – $ 9.00

Breakfast: Fried Bee Hoon ($ 1.50)

I don’t only get Monday Blues, I get Tuesday Blues too. So, I need to recharge for Day 2 with energy boosters like Fried Bee Hoon. This takeaway box will surprise you with just how much noodles are packed inside. The Bee Hoon is a tad plain, and could do with less oil. However, you will really appreciate this dish if you’re up for a super busy day ahead.

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Lunch: Chicken Leg Angel Hair Pasta ($ 5)

Shall I invite you into the house of Italian food? Taste Affair is one of Amoy’s newest guests, injecting fresh vibes into the old building. For $ 5, you may twirl away with a good serving of Chicken Leg Angel Hair Pasta coated with a chili oil-based sauce. Looking beyond the pasta, the tender chicken actually emerged as the angel of the meal. Also, a golden poached egg is never a bad idea.

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Dinner: Nasi Lemak ($ 2.50)

While you may pick your own dishes, we went with Set C ($ 2.50). This Nasi Lemak (which means ‘fatty rice’) comes with a huge scoop of green long-grain rice, filled with subtle coconut notes. Spice your carbs up with an ikan kuning, otah, ikan bilis, a sunny side up and a spoonful of sambal chili which will curb your nasi lemak cravings temporarily. For me, the sambal chili plays an important role in bringing the whole dish together, but unfortunately, it was more sweet than spicy. Nevertheless, within the CBD, this plate suffices.

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Address: Golden Shoe Hawker Centre, 50 Market Street, #02-24, Singapore 048940

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 8.30am-7.30pm. Sat, 8.30am-5pm.

I-Am-Dead Wednesday -$ 8.60

Breakfast: Curry Puff ($ 0.60)

Sometimes, I wake up craving some Indian spices to heat me up for the day. Do you? Especially when I am in a rush, a curry puff is my go-to breakfast. The Real One Teh Tarik & Indian Food prepares a whole range of cheap eats that includes 60-cents curry puffs. Despite the puff skin being slightly thick, the flavourful filling was a joy to savour. Although they are small, I’m cool knowing that I will be having a heavy lunch later.

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Address: 24 Raffles Place, #01-K1, Clifford Centre, Singapore 048621

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-8pm.

Lunch: Fried Kway Teow Mee ($ 3)

Told you that it would be heavy, but I forgot to mention that it’s tasty and smoky as well. Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee – this name shouldn’t be foreign to the CBD crowd. The first outlet is kickstarted by Mr Ng’s father at Metropole Cinema in the 50s, and Mr Ng is now in charge of the second outlet in Outram Park. The noodles are smooth, thoroughly coated with a special black sauce and awesomely packed with a wallop of wok hei. And, we couldn’t possibly do without the cockles, beansprouts, fried pork lard and egg, right?

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Address: Blk 531A, Upper Cross Street, #02-17, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, Singapore 051531

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 6am-4.30pm. Closed on Sun.

Dinner: Hand Crafted Salad ($ 5)

To combat the greasy lunch I had earlier, I wanted something light and guilt-free. Off I skipped towards Tanjong Pagar MRT to grab my precious box of greens. Your eyes will sparkle at the plethora of brightly-coloured toppings and dressings; don’t hesitate to ask the staff for recommendations! 1 premium (protein) + 3 toppings, and a box of 5 toppings are both sold at $ 5. In the end, I decided to go for smoked duck, corn, purple cabbage, carrots and Japanese sesame dressing that evening. Not to forget, the cosy ambience and friendly staff played a part in putting a smile on my face.

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Press-On-A-Little-More Thursday – $ 8.10

Breakfast: Peanut Pancake ($ 0.90)

I never want to live a week in CBD without Frankie’s Peanut Pancake. Located at the coffee shop at the junction of Boon Tat Street and Telok Ayer Street, the stall has a range of fluffy yet chewy ban chiang kueh which sells like hot pancakes. Get the combo version which is a mix of both red bean and peanut for just 90 cents. This spongy pancake is a reminiscence of my childhood and I absolutely love it.

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Address: 121 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068590

Phone: +65 9849 9056

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Lunch: Mee Rebus ($ 2)

$ 2 noodles?! Yes, you saw that right. Uncle Ah Cai has kept his prices constant since 22 years ago; this uncle is a true friend. He wakes up at 3am daily and heads to the coffeeshop to prepare the noodles. You will be spoilt for choice as there are 8 different types of noodles – mee siam, prawn noodles, laksa, wanton noddles, fishball noodles, bak chor mee, mee rebus, lor mee. If you’re seriously troubled over what to eat, I will suggest the hearty mee rebus – yellow noodles swimming in a thick potato-based gravy.

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Address: No. 62 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058692

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 6am-3pm.

Dinner: Aussie Rolls ($ 5.20 for 3 rolls)

Wrap your day up with some charming rolls from the basement of Chevron House. The rolls are usually priced at $ 2.60 onwards for one. However, get a bang for your buck from 6pm onwards. You can purchase 3 rolls for the price of 2! Mhmmmmm, all 31 of them looked delightful but the indecisive me finally settled on Tuna, Korean Bulgogi and Sweet & Spicy Calamari. The Calamari Roll stood out the most as a result of the interesting combination of textures and flavours.

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Address: 30 Raffles Place, #B1-05, Chevron House, Singapore 048622

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-7pm.

Drink-Drank-Drunk Friday – $ 13.90

Breakfast: Popiah ($ 1.40)

Start your day on a roll, with this traditional Fujian snack. Similar to how a burrito is made, stir-fried turnips, beansprouts, lettuce, mashed hard boiled eggs and peanuts are wrapped in a thin crepe-like skin. It isn’t too heavy, so you can pop this Singaporean-favourite into your mouth easily. I particularly enjoyed the delicate popiah skin, even though I feel that the uncle could have been more generous with the sauce.

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Address: Golden Shoe Hawker Centre, 50 Market Street, #03-02, Singapore 048940

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-2.30pm

Lunch: Hainanese Curry Rice ($ 2.50)

Hainanese Curry Rice Sets start from only $ 2.50 here, and this Pork Chop Rice Set costs exactly $ 2.50. It is almost unbelievable that such a generous amount of comfort food comes at such an affordable price. The pork chop is served crispy and tender, despite coming with a limited amount of fat. Watch as the auntie pours the fragrant curry over the rice; it didn’t turn out spicy at all. This was easily one of the tastiest hawker meals, but prepare your battle gear for the insane queue that stretches to no end during lunch hour.

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Address: Golden Shoe Hawker Centre, 50 Market Street, #02-35, Singapore 048940

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11.30am-10pm.

Dinner: Ninja Burger

TGIF!!! What does that mean? Suit up, it’s time to reward yourself with a treat to end the stressful week. Does a burger sound good to you? Well, it surely did sound like heaven to me. In the heart of bustling Raffles Place lies a silent Dojo, which is home to affordable burgers. In fact, they specialise in pork burgers which isn’t the most common in Singapore. Bite into a juicy pork patty dressed with a special oriental sauce, sandwiched between freshly toasted buns. You would wanna pair the porky goodness with some addictive fries that are worth all the calories. All at just $ 10 nett (Pss no GST and service charge)! It doesn’t deserve a “OMG THIS IS SO GOOD, LET ME CRY IN HAPPINESS”, but experience the unparalleled feeling of satisfaction after a week of scrimping.

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Address: 72 Circular Road, Singapore 049426

Website: https://dojo.sg/

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm. Closed on Sun and Public Holidays.

YES, WE DID IT, WE DID IT!

Give me a Hi-5! $ 50 under a week in CBD, who says we can’t achieve that? I had a very fulfilling week putting myself to the challenge, and I genuinely hope that this will come in handy for anyone and everyone.

If you are up for this challenge, do tell us how it went and if you managed to complete it! Also, if you have other ideas for affordable meals in the CBD, please share with us!

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