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Taiwan – Taichung Food Review  台中美食

Taiwan – Taichung Food Review 台中美食

From Yilan, we moved on to Taichung for our second stop of food hunting in Taiwan. FengJia night market 逢甲夜市 is a must visit place for the local street food, there are many good restaurants and cafes around in Taichung but we have to be selective with the limited time we have on our itinerary.

無為草堂 Wu Wei Tsao Tang 

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Wu Wei Tsao Tang is a Traditional Chinese with Japanese influenced tea house. Iits ancient Chinese architecture framework built on mainly timberwork and surrounded a huge fish pool that provides a natural habitat for the Koi with the Aquatic plants and trees around.

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Individual small hunt and private dining rooms spreading around the premises to cater for different patrons’ needs. There are tables with “tatami” sitting or the standard setting available.

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Stepping into Wu Wei Tsao Tang will make your mood swing instantly, it was a feeling of travelling back to the early 1900’s ancient Chinese world. We are amazed with its beautiful structure work and the surreal and tranquil of the environment.

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Food are equally great with the set menu we tried. The salmon was perfectly pan-fried to a nice crisp outside and a soft, juicy interior. Seasoning was on the spot and deserved a big thumb up for us.

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We had indulged too much of Carnivorous food and opted the veggies hot pot. A big pot of veggies, cabbage, mushroom, pumpkin, toufu etc, served with pickles and sacha sauce, freshness of the veggies are guaranteed and another satisfying set menu that we are very pleased.

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Do try the dessert as well, the taro balls and sweet potatoes balls (on the menu it shown as two separate items but do ask for the mix so you can try both). For the taro balls, the filling is mashed sweet potatoes and the opposite for the sweet potatoes balls with Yam filling. Both the balls are deep fried to a chewy texture, real good dessert to end the meal.

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Wu Wei Tsao Tang is place leave us with a deep impression. A glad place highly recommended in your next trip to Taichung.

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HDaily 10.30am to 10.30pm

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Miyahara (宮原眼科)

The building was once an ophthalmology clinic but transformed into a charming gorgeous Taiwan dessert house. The spectacular space and structure resembled the old England library.

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Traditional Taiwan desserts are sold here like pineapple tarts, cakes, biscuits, chocolates, cookies and all types of local popular snacks. However, one of the main attractions of Miyahara is the ice cream, there are more than 50 flavours of house brand premium quality ice cream available here, many are specially created flavour that you will not be able to find in anywhere else. The queue for the ice cream is not for the impatience.

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There are too many flavours and we have only limited available capacity to experience some of the flavours.

The ice cream was generally smooth and not too sweet, not extraordinary but overall acceptable.

Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市

Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407

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One of the biggest night markets in Taiwan, open from 5pm to midnight daily and a must visit place to hunt for local snacks.

Guan Zhi Lin官芝霖大腸包小腸40NT

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Small intestine wrapped in large intestine or Small sausage in large sausage, a Taiwan local invention by wrapping the usually char-grilled pork sausage with sticky glutinous rice. The wrap will then topped with various condiments like pickled ginger, cucumber together with the various choices of sauce like original, black pepper, spicy or wasabi to complement the taste.

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The combination was quite nice but could be a bit heavy loaded with the glutinous rice, if not for sharing, our stomachs probably already reached the limit.

官芝霖 (Guan Zhi Lin) 40NT

located directly at the main entrance to the night market.

A: 台中市西屯區逢甲路20巷16號(逢甲路和便當街的交叉路口)

H: 12pm to 1am

Minglun pancake NT40 明倫蛋

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The dough is flatten like the roti prata and grilled on the hot plate, an egg and spring onions are added with you choice of sauce before roll it up. You can taste the fragrance of the egg in the dough and the sweetness of the spring onion. Not too bad in our opinion.

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A: 福星路546號

Aniki poteto NT120老大薯條

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Japan mashed potatoes formed into 30cm world longest French fries. You can choose different sauce as topping, the fries was deep-fried till crisp exteriorly but retained the softness inside. You can enjoy the nice aroma of the potato in each bite and an interesting snack that worth the try.

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A:台中市西屯區慶和街75號

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Tai Kuo yam dessert 大甲芋頭城

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大甲 is famous with their fragrance and creamy texture taro or yam. Desserts made of the popular yam are prevalent in Taichung.

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大甲芋頭城, a shop specializes in taro desserts and is known for the best around FengJia. There are many choices but just go for the signature 芋圓綜合 – NT45, an assorted dessert bowl with yam, tapioca pearls, red beans and flavored chewy balls. Hot and cold version are available. Honestly, it is not over the moon feeling and fairly ordinary, but undeniably the yam is good.

A: 大甲芋頭城 台中市西屯區福星路461巷2號之2

Pig blood cake NT40 豬血

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A street food served on a stick in Taiwan, voted number 1 most disgusting food in the world, mixture of pig blood with glutinous rice and sold as a rectangle 1cm thick cake. The cake is then dabbed with peanut powder and brushed with sweet sauce and chili sauce. Nice? we took a big courage to have a bite, it just taste bland even with all the accompaniment added, in the end, we can’t even finished half but have to give up.

A: a stall right outside the main entrance of Fengjia university

Cuttlefish酥炸大鱿鱼

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You will find it in every night market and a snack prevalent in Taiwan. Fresh cuttlefish deep fried and doused with your choice of sauce. We went for the Thai chili sauce, the cuttlefish was fresh and chewy but will not make you craving for more.

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Lazy people Prawns 小鬍子懒人虾

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Popular snack at Fengjia night market, don’t expect big and juicy tiger prawns, the grilled shrimps are the size about your little finger and you eat it without de-shelling, that is how the name “Lazy people prawns” come about. However, the raved reviews about the prawns are not good enough to convince us to cast an affirmative vote for it.

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A: 台中市西屯區逢甲夜市文華路37號(懶人蝦)

Dì jūn charcoal grilled peppery bun逢甲帝鈞碳烤胡椒餅

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On the recommended list of Michelin guide under Taiwan snack. The fillings are the traditional spring onion and diced pork with spices. The buns are stick to the sides of a cylindrical oven fired with charcoal, the charcoal grilled buns delivered a crisp and charred flavour of the skin, fillings are juicy and strong spices  predominated by the fragrant pepper.  Overall a quality bun but will not make your eyeballs rolling.

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A: 台中市西屯區文華路12號之7(文華路與慶和街口)

T: 04-24525050
18號麵包 Bakery 18

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Local made bread and cakes are one of the things that you must eat when you’re visiting Taiwan, the bakery industry is much inherited and influenced by the Japanese with its superior flour and fine ingredients used. Bread and cakes here are usually fair much better than our Singapore bakery and highly recommended food you must try.

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A: 40741西屯區福星北路18號,台中市, 407, 台灣星享道集團 Insky Hotel

H: 11am – 9pm

Taichung food review summary

Fengjia night market is a good place to explore Taiwan street food and should always be part of the itinerary when visiting Taichung. For local restaurant cuisine, head to 無為草堂 Wu Wei Tsao Tang which is truly an unique experience for us in this trip.

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Hana-hana: Cheap and Good Omakase

Cheap is relative.  Spending $ 60 on a meal isn’t cheap especially when you can fill your stomach for $ 3 at a hawker centre.  But add the words, “Japanese” and “Omakase” into the equation and $ 60 suddenly sounds like pretty good value! Even more so when you add “13 courses” into the same equation.

Hana-hana is the 2nd omakase concept restaurant by Chef Yamashita Teppei who shot to fame when he introduced his $ 50 omakase a few years ago.  He is certainly one Japanese chef who understands the Singaporean mindset — which is not surprising since he is also married to a Singaporean wife!

The queues at Teppei are incredibly long, which is why I never got to eat there.  Since its opening, the price of the $ 50 omakase has slowly crept up to $ 90 with the introduction of more high end ingredients.  I am told that it is still one of the best value omakase in town. Being ever mindful that we Singaporeans don’t want just a good deal, we want the kind of deal that looks like it is impossible for the restaurant to make money, the astute Chef decided to open Hana-hana right next door to Teppei.

Using the same strategy as Teppei, Hana-hana is now serving omakase sets for $ 40-$ 60 for lunch or dinner.

I know what you are thinking:

“Aiyah, sure jia bueh pah (eat not full) one!”
“Don’t expect any Japanese ingredients”
“Sashimi sure eat already lao sai (diarrhoea)”

OK, I admit, those were my thoughts too.

My advice: Just go and have a meal there and you will find that those assumptions are totally unwarranted.

For our omakase, we were presented with 13 courses (2 palate cleansers not shown).  We had uni, ikura, grilled kinmedai, grilled unagi intestines, kagoshima wagyu, Japanese bamboo shoots, snowcrab, chirashi and they are all pretty legit.  The sashimi was surprisingly good except for perhaps the frozen otoro which was not defrosted properly.  What was most unexpected was the main dish of bara chirashi that was topped with a generous amount of seafood and a handful of crispy tempura bits!  My only complaint was that by then I was so full, I couldn’t finish the whole bowl!

I don’t think I need to tell you that the food is no where as refined as those that you find at top end Japanese restaurants, but its authenticity beats most mid ranged Japanese restaurants.  Your money goes into the food, not expensive cutlery.  So, expect your uni to be served with the same kind of spoon that you would use for roti prata.  Just close your eyes, put it in your mouth and you realise that it really doesn’t matter.  It also doesn’t matter that your waitress wears a black T shirt from her Junior College and doesn’t really know much about what she has just handed you. It doesn’t matter that the snow crab leg or the uni isn’t exactly the best quality or that the soup was a little cold or that the sashimi was a bit warm.  Such trespasses are easily overlooked when you are presented with a plate of grilled Japanese wagyu and you wonder how they managed to give you all these stuff for $ 60.  Your mind is so occupied with what else they are going to throw at you that you will not stop to make mental notes of each and every imperfection. (I did, of course, because I had to write this post!) 4.25/5

Conclusion

The food at Hana-hana is very good value.  I am not saying you will get top class Japanese food, but for a Japanese omakase meal, this is as cheap and good as it gets and you should leave the place feeling that you will want to go back again.

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Nam Seng Noodles – Superb Venison Hor Fun by an 88 year old Aunty

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88-year-old Madam Leong Yuet Meng has been whipping up plates of scrumptious venison hor fun and wanton mee for more than half a century. She started as a canteen vendor at a school, before she set up her stall at the former Stamford Road National Library. For the past 20 odd years, she has been serving many white-collared workers in the CBD.

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The Wanton Noodle ($ 4/$ 5) here evokes a sense of nostalgia. The egg noodles are cooked to a very springy texture and have a good bite. Char siew here is the old-school kind, mostly lean meat, with a tinge of sweet tasting marinade. Remember to add some green chilli for that tanginess. Each plate of noodles is accompanied by a bowl of wanton soup, and the wantons are generously stuffed with meat.

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However, the highlight of our meal is, of course, Nam Seng’s Venison Hor Fun ($ 5)! Honestly speaking, this is one of the best hor fun we’ve tried – velvety smooth and very soft. The venison meat is tender, and has soaked up the thick, savoury gravy really well. It’s almost impossible not to finish slurping down the last mouthful of gravy.

We heard the queue during lunch hour can be crazy, so it’s best to arrive earlier. Nam Seng also offers soy sauce chicken noodle, seafood hor fun, and another hot favourite, fried rice.

Address: #01-01, Far East Square, 25 China Street, Singapore 049567

Mobile: 9689 6288 (Madam Leong)

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 7pm. Sat 8am to 2pm. Closed on Sundays.

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Adventurous at heart, Mu Qin loves challenges and enjoys exploring the world. She believes in counting memories instead of calories and will travel anywhere and everywhere for food. Her short disappearance from social media is due to her being too engrossed in her favourite romance novels. She has launched a food guide “Eat Muse Love” with her mother which is available in all major book stores.

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Colour your life with 7 Stunning Edible Rainbows in Singapore

Have you ever wanted to dance with fairies, ride a unicorn, swim with mermaids, or simply chase rainbows? Well, here’s your chance as we’re bringing you 7 rainbow-themed foods to brighten up your day! Sometimes, all we need is a little splash of colours in our lives! Perhaps, it’s time to bring back the Rainbow food trend?

Rainbow Cheese Toastie

Previously located at Robertson Quay, Epicurious cafe has shifted to their new home at UE Square. How about starting your day with their Rainbow Cheese Toastie ($ 9)? It’s a sandwich made of grilled cheese and truffle oil, coloured with natural foods. Vegetable purees such as beetroot (pink), carrot (orange), spinach (green), butterfly pea flower (blue), and red cabbage (violet) are used to create this rainbow toast.

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Address: #01-13, UE Square Shopping Mall, 81 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore 239917

Phone: 6734 7720

Website: http://www.epicurious.com.sg/

Opening Hours: 8.30am to 5pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

Rainbow Burger

If you think rainbow designs are only reserved for desserts, you are mistaken. Word Bistro is serving their attractive instagram-worthy Handsome Burg ($ 20), which consists of bacon, onion, kale, and a thick succulent beef patty slathered with house-made spicy peanut butter sauce. This savoury delight is a comfort food, and the vibrant colours immediately puts you in a good mood.

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Address: 906P Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 787110

Mobile: 9699 4829

Opening Hours: Tue-Thu & Sun 12pm to 10pm. Fri & Sat 12pm to 10.30pm. Closed on Mondays.

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

Rainbow Jelly Heart

Akin to colourful layers of agar-agar, this multi-layered rainbow “cake” (from $ 47) is made up of 4 tiers. The base contains digestive biscuit crumbs that are diet-friendly due to its low calorie count. The 2nd tier consists of full cream cheese, a great source of calcium and protein, while the 3rd tier is made up of colourful jelly. Finally, it’s topped with fresh strawberries which have antioxidant properties. Good for our health!

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Address: #B1-08, One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616

Phone: 6635 1868

Website: http://thejellyhearts.com/

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 9pm. Sat, Sun & PH 10am to 4pm.

Rainbow Cake

Opened at a hipster area, Haji Lane, I AM Cafe has the tallest Rainbow Cake ($ 8.90) you’ll ever find in Singapore. It’s too tall to stand alone, hence it’s served laid flat on a long plate. If you’re one who likes a dense cake, this is for you. But, I personally prefer a light and fluffier cake.

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Address: #01-01, 674 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188804

Phone: 6295 5509

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11am to 11pm. Fri & Sat 11am to 1am. Sun 11am to 10pm.

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

Rainbow Latte

Last year, a Las Vegas-based barista Mason Salisbury surprised some of his customers by pouring a regular looking latte or cappuccino that suddenly ends with a flourish of foamy color. The technicolor beverages resemble the patterns from tie dye t-shirts and are fully edible. So, I AM Cafe tried to replicate the Rainbow Latte ($ 5). Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out like what we expected. We were kind of disappointed with the so-called latte art.

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Address: #01-01, 674 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188804

Phone: 6295 5509

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11am to 11pm. Fri & Sat 11am to 1am. Sun 11am to 10pm.

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

Rainbow Chiffon Cake

Let the attractive colours of this rainbow chiffon cake lift your mood up! Good news! You can get it affordably at $ 6.90 per cake – perhaps the cheapest rainbow dessert in Singapore. There’s a strong coconut fragrance and the cake tasted lighter and fluffier than expected. Our only complaint is the soggy bottommost layer of chiffon. 

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Rainbow Paddle-Pop Cheesecake

This Halal-certified Western café conveniently situated at Woodlands Swimming Complex evokes a sense of nostalgia, with their Rainbow Paddle-Pop Cheesecake ($ 8.80). It made us miss the paddle-pop ice cream we used to love in our childhood days. This cake is really creamy but not too heavy, boasting a tinge of sweetness and slight tangy-ness.

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Address: 3 Woodlands Street 13, 3-3A Woodlands Swimming Complex, Singapore 738600

Phone: 6366 6581

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 11pm. Sat & Sun 9am to 11pm.

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

Next time you’re having a bad day, drop by at any of these places for a slice of rainbow! We hope this post will bring lots of colours into your life.

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

Let’s build a food community that helps to update the food news in Singapore! Simply comment below if there’s any changes or additional info to the stalls listed above. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

Mu Qin Toh

Adventurous at heart, Mu Qin loves challenges and enjoys exploring the world. She believes in counting memories instead of calories and will travel anywhere and everywhere for food. Her short disappearance from social media is due to her being too engrossed in her favourite romance novels. She has launched a food guide “Eat Muse Love” with her mother which is available in all major book stores.

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How To Install iOS 10.3 The Right Way

By | March 27th, 2017

Here’s a guide on how to install iOS 10.3 on your compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device the right way.

Apple may have flicked the switch on the public availability of iOS 10.3, but that doesn’t automatically mean that device owners should instantly jump into an over-the-air update just because they can. iOS 10.3 comes with a decent sample of new outward-facing functionality, but it also offers up an entirely new internal file system (APFS), also known as Apple File System. which users need to take into consideration.

The inclusion of APFS definitely shouldn’t stop users from adopting iOS 10.3 as it happens all in the background automatically with no interaction required on the user end, but extra care should be taken to ensure that devices are backed up prior to the update. For those that are interested in the iOS 10.3 update, we’re going to show you the right way to go about the install in this step by step guide.

Backing up Device Prior to Install

This is an important aspect of any firmware installation, especially when there could be errors anticipated, but also a step which often gets overlooked or forgotten about until it is too late. However, with this move from HFS+ to APFS, it’s important to once again push the importance of either iTunes or iCloud backups for devices. Depending on your preferred method of backup, we’ll walk you through that:

Backing up your device with iTunes

Step 1: Simply connect your iOS device to the Mac or PC, and proceed to launch iTunes if it doesn’t automatically launch on detection of the connected device.

Step 2: Make sure you’re looking at the connected device’s Summary and proceed to select This Computer from under the “Backups” section. If you wish to secure your backup, which we do recommend doing, enable Encrypt iPhone backup proceeding to hit the Back Up Now button to begin backing up your iOS device’s date on the computer.

Backing up your device with iCloud

Step 1: Make sure you’re connected to WiFi and have more than 50% of battery charge, and then proceed launching the Settings app and heading over to iCloud > Backup.

Step 2: Make sure that the iCloud Backup option is switched to the On position, and then hit the Back Up Now button to begin backing up your iPhone or iPad data to iCloud.

Installing iOS 10.3 with iTunes

If you prefer to stick to the tried and tested traditional methods of installing firmware, then you may find yourself wanting to use iTunes for this iOS 10.3 installation. If so, you can follow the steps below.

Step 1: This may not seem important on first glance, but you will need to seriously consider performing a backup as highlighted above, as well as checking that the iTunes installation is the latest version. With iTunes open, click on the iTunes option in the menu bar and then select Check for updates. If there is an update available, then install it as per the instructions.

Step 2: Now, with the latest version of iTunes running on your Mac or PC, plug the device in via USB to the computer. iTunes should automatically connect to the device and recognize its existence. Now, in the main menu bar on the top-right side, click the device indicator to access the device itself and see the available options.

Step 3: When the iOS 10.3 update is available, iTunes will produce a popup letting you know that it is there. If you don’t automatically see that popup, simply hit the Check for Update button and you will be informed about the update.

Step 4: Once found, click the Download and Update button to start the process.

Installing iOS 10.3 Over the Air

If you don’t like using iTunes, or have struggled in the past with the software, then an over-the-update of iOS 10.3 is definitely the easiest way to get your hands on the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS.

Step 1: First of all, in the interests of safety and precaution, make sure you have performed a backup of your device using one of the methods outlined above. This is definitely for your own safety and peace of mind. With that done, ensure that the device is connected to a power source. This isn’t a necessary step, but it’s good housekeeping to ensure that the battery doesn’t drain and die during the update. Also, make sure the device is connected to Wi-Fi.

Step 2: On the device itself, launch the Settings app, then navigate immediately to General > Software Update. The iOS 10.3 update may already be showing, or it could take some time for the device to connect to Apple’s servers and validate that an update is available for that device.

Step 3: With the update showing, follow the prompts on screen to download and then ultimately install the firmware. If this hasn’t previously been downloaded to the device, then it will connect to Apple’s servers and grab the necessary components for install. This could take a while so prepare some patience.

Step 4: With the update downloaded, tap the Install Now button. Feel free to set the install away and then leave the device plugged in to go about its business.

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The Wall – An Extraordinary Wall that Offers the Best Whiskies in Town!

Bar at Level 1

As I entered the bar, I can’t help but notice the rustic and raw red brick walls at the sides. There is just something so enthralling about bare brick walls. And that is also how The Wall derived its reminiscent name – from the walls on each side of the unit that dated back to the original construction of the shop house in the early 1900s!

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Located in one of the shop houses along Tanjong Pagar Road, The Wall is a new Whisky and Sumiyaki Bar, which seeks to re-orientate the world of whisky drinking in Singapore. There are two levels to The Wall. On level 1, the 10-seater bar offers a casual and friendly setting, and on the upper floor, it is a lounge area for guests who prefer a more private space. On the same floor, there is also a VIP lounge catered for the whisky aficionados and their companions. There are various displays of the founders’ private collections of whiskies all around the bar. Some of these whiskies are even from the pre-war period!

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Whether you are a novice whisky drinker or seasoned whisky lover, you will surely be able to find a whisky that suits your palate. Whiskies by the glass are offered at very affordable prices, starting at only $ 14 per glass. Whisky flights runs from S$ 37 – definitely very friendly prices for those seeking to explore and learn more about whiskies.

What sets The Wall apart from other whisky bars is the full sumiyaki menu that they offer. Sumiyaki is Japanese charcoal-grilled skewers. Of course, in a whisky and sumiyaki bar, you can look forward to experience the wonders of whisky and food pairing! There are several thoughtfully paired sets starting from $ 49. Also, you can choose to dine omakase-style too. 

For those who aren’t experienced whisky drinkers, like myself, but are looking to learn more about whiskies, you can give the East Meet West whisky flight (S$ 37) a try!

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With just an additional $ 12 on top of the whisky flight, you can experience the wonders of sumiyaki and whisky pairing. I have tried Tebasaki paired with Auchentoshan Three Wood, Kashiwa Chicken Thigh paired with Les Moissons, Tsukune paried with Yamazaki Distiller Reserve, and Negima paired with Kavalan Single Malt.

The Kashiwa Chicken Thigh paired with Les Moissons is my favourite pairing. The chicken thigh is seasoned with salt and served with dollops of wasabi. The wasabi lifted the flavours of the chicken and the whisky really well.

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Aside from these sumiyaki pairings, there are also other ala carte sumiyaki available, such as the hotate bacon ($ 9), miso nasu (Japanese eggplant with minced chicken in miso, $ 6), and piman niku (Japanese capsicum filled with minced chicken, $ 6). The grilled capsicum was filled with minced chicken with cartilage and yuzu peel. Trust me, I’m not lying when I say they were all absolutely divine – I loved the charred and smokey aroma of the sumiyaki!

Other appetizers available include miso nachos ($ 8), eihire (grilled skate fin, $ 15), surumi ika (grilled squid, $ 18), as well as desserts like warabi mochi ($ 10). The grilled dehydrated skate fin is served with spicy mayonnaise and is very addictive. It has a very similar taste to grilled cuttlefish, except sweeter and better!

For those working in the CBD, you’re in for a treat! The Wall has recently rolled out their lunch menu, which is available from Mondays to Thursdays from 12 noon to 2:30 pm. You can look forward to various donburi (rice bowls), such as yakitori donburi and sumiyaki donburi – all for under S$ 20!

Address: 76 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088497

Phone: 6225 7988

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Lunch), Monday – Saturday: 5:00 pm – 1:00 am, Closed on Sundays

This was an invited tasting.

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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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20 Best Meals In Orchard Road Under $10 That Aren't Fast Food

Cheap Orchard Road meals for those on a budget

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Adapted from source: @iammelly

An Orchard Road get-together with friends can test whether your friendship can go the distance, unfettered by the single $ 10 note left in your wallet. There are two options: either you turn up, go bankrupt, and cry in your room after, or you pretend you’re sick and do a no-show (no M.C. needed). 

Good news: you don’t have to put yourself through that excruciating dilemma any longer. Amidst the atas restaurants along our shopping belt, there exist a number of unsung eateries with meals below $ 10 – not limited to McD’s or KFC.

1. Yonehachi

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Move over, plain white rice. At Yonehachi, okowa – sticky chewy Japanese rice cooked with meat or vegetables – is served instead. Choose from 5 different flavours to satisfy your tummy: red bean, chestnut, salmon, scallop and a special seasonal one. 

Pair your choice of okowa with the various set meals available – from the Fried Chicken Okowa Set ($ 9.80) with crispy karaage to the Shio Saba Set ($ 8.80) that comes with a sizeable, fragrant saba fish. If you can’t decide on a single flavour of okowa, simply top up $ 1 for a mix of 2!

Address:391 Orchard Road, #B204-1/2 Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya, Singapore 238872
Telephone: 6333 8227
Opening Hours:Mon-Sun: 1130AM-10PM
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2. NamNam

This one goes out to all the morning people out there. Knock yourselves out at NamNam with the Value Breakfast Set ($ 5.90-$ 6.90) from 8am-10am everyday (except public holidays) – with your choice of pho or banh mi with coffee or tea.

Nam Nam Pho Breakfast Set

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For a heartier breakfast, you can pile on more toppings such as steamed chicken or beef balls for only $ 2.90. The comforting warm noodles and the fragrant Vietnamese coffee are sure to make your early morning worthwhile.

Address:501 Orchard Road, #B2-02 Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880
Telephone: 6837 2234
Opening Hours:Mon-Sun: 10AM-930PM
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3. CRAVE

CRAVE Nasi Lemak

It’s godsent that CRAVE has brought the famous Adam Road Nasi Lemak to Orchard Road to satisfy everyone’s fried food cravings. Living up to its name, the Royal Rumble ($ 6.90) has every ingredient a good nasi lemak fanatic combo should have – including a fried chicken wing and begedil both battered with a solid crunch.

Address:2 Orchard Turn, #B4-58/59 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Telephone: 6238 7181
Opening Hours:Mon-Sun: 10AM-10PM
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4. Riverside Indonesian BBQ

Riverside Indonesian BBQ Ayam Panggang

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Riverside Indonesian BBQ’s claim to fame is their signature Ayam Panggang Set ($ 6.80). The barbequed chicken meat easily peels off the bone – a true testament of its freshness. Coupled with rich BBQ sauce and curried vegetables, you’ll wish you had enough space in your tummy for 2 plates.

Address: 313 Orchard Road, #B3-44 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
Telephone: 6733 1180 
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10AM-10PM

5. Yentafo Kruengsonge

The Yentafo Kruengsonge Dry ($ 8.50) here is not for the faint-hearted – especially at the third and highest level of spiciness. Tossed in a unique sauce made from Thai red rice and fermented red tofu, the dish might taste a little sour at first – but after the explosion of spiciness, the flavours start settling in. 

Yentafo Kruengsonge Thai Yong Tau Foo

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If you can’t get enough of the fried salmon skin that is served with every bowl, you can get a plate of that for $ 7. Other side dishes like the Sesame Wings and Fried Seasoned Taro are worth a try too!

Address: 8 Grange Road, #02-06A/B Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, Singapore 239695
Telephone: 6736 0971
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10AM-10PM
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6. I Want My Noodle

I Want My Noodle Bak Chor Mee

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The bak chor mee at I Want My Noodle is homemade and springy, and other than the usual mushrooms and minced meat, it also includes fried beancurd skin. If you’re not a fan of pork, you can have the option of replacing it with minced chicken or mushrooms – something you usually can’t do at hawker centres.

At $ 8.90, this costs twice as much as any kopitiam BCM, but the generous servings of liao justifies the price.

Address: 1 Scotts Rd, #03-14/15 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
Telephone: 6235 2331
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11AM-9PM
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7. Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut

Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut Fried Duck Rice

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For lovers of duck dishes, the Original Crispy Fried Duck Rice ($ 9.90) served at Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut will be a good alternative to the more common duck rice and noodles you’ll find at hawker centres. Instead of the usual soy-marinated duck, the one served here comes with a thin layer of crispy skin – so addictive.

Address: 304 Orchard Road, #01-42/43/44 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863
Telephone:6734 4787 
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 1130AM-10PM

8. Tsuru-Koshi Udon

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Unlike traditional udon that is usually just plain noodles with a few miserable slices of naruto (Japanese fish cake), the udon ($ 6.50 – $ 9) at Tsuru-Koshi Udon is topped with various ingredients of your choice, from minced pork to onsen egg and crispy tempura. There’s even udon infused with hot chinese sauce – something you won’t be able to get at most Japanese restaurants.

If you have a huge appetite, you should definitely get two bowls.

Address: 391 Orchard Road, #B2-01/02/03 Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya, Singapore 238872
Telephone:6733 3432
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 12PM-10PM

9. Fish Tales

Fish Tales Cheesy Affair

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The combination of fish and cheese sounds jelak – but the Cheesy Affair ($ 9.90) at Fish Tales does it right. There’s a suitable amount of cheese which adds a certain moistness to the fried fish, and leaves an enjoyable aftertaste in your mouth.  

To spice things up, there’s also the the Fiery Sambal ($ 9.90) version, perfect for advocates of all things spicy. 

Students in NSFs are in luck as there is a Set Lunch Deal ($ 9.90) which a salad and iced lemon tea with your F&C.

Address: 2 Orchard Link, #02-27 *SCAPE, Singapore 237978
Telephone:6636 9960
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 12PM-10PM
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10. Greenview Cafe

Greenview Cafe Mee Tai Mak

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When it comes to mee hoon kueh, it’s usually a hit or miss – with a risk of overly doughy, undercooked kueh made with too much flour. Greenview Cafe’s thick and chewy Fried Mee Hoon Kueh ($ 4.50) is a sure hit, soaked with sauce and chilli without being too wet.

Another must-try here is the Fried Mee Tai Mak ($ 4.50) with sweet black sauce. 

Address: 14 Scotts Road, #04-95B/96 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Telephone:6734 2312
Opening Hours: 10AM-8PM (Closed on Sundays)

11. Tonkin Vietnamese Noodles Bar

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While your squad is busy flocking to the nearest Topshop and snatching up clothes at 50% off, you can’t possibly be the only one taking your time to eat. If you’re looking for a quick meal that isn’t fast food, Tonkin Vietnamese Noodles Bar is one place you can head to. 

The pho ($ 6.90 – $ 9.90) is served in a light soup and tastes more authentic than what you can find at other Vietnamese eateries here. Top it off with fresh spring rolls and you’ve got enough fuel for the rest of your shopping trip! 

Address: 181 Orchard Road, #B1-02 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Telephone:6444 4406
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11AM-9PM
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12. Cahaya Restaurant

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Big-eaters often lament about paying over $ 10 for food that isn’t filling enough. At Cahaya Restaurant, dishes are priced between $ 4-$ 5, so you can get 2 main meals and still keep things within budget. For example, if you go for $ 4 hokkien mee, you can still squeeze in a plate of $ 6 orh luak, and chow to your heart’s content.

Address: 14 Scotts Road, #05-69/91/92 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Telephone:6734 8434
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 1130AM-9PM

13. Roost

Roost Chicken Laksa

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Roost enjoys putting twists on local flavours – instead of shredded chicken strips, their Chicken Laksa ($ 7.90) has large chunks of chicken, something that’s more commonly seen in chicken rice. And speaking of chicken rice, theirs is tightly packed into rolls and drizzled with teriyaki sauce – to make up their signature Chicken Sushi ($ 4.90)

Address: 176 Orchard Road, #B1-17/18/19 The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Telephone:6909 0411
Opening Hours:
 Mon-Sun: 11AM-9PM
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14. Kushi Kushi

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Kushi Kushi is a worthy challenger of other yakitori house brands. At around $ 1.80 per stick, their yakitori sticks are priced slightly higher than their competitors’, but it’s justified as the meat chunks are more generous here.

Their teriyaki sauce isn’t too sweet and doesn’t dry up easily even when you da pao these skewers to savour at home.

Address: 313 Orchard Road, #B3-45 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
Telephone: 6702 1539
Opening Hours:
 Mon-Sun: 1130AM-9PM

15. New Station Snack Bar

New Station Snack Bar Salted Egg Pork Ribs Rice

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New Station Snack Bar takes pride in its Salted Egg Pork Ribs Rice ($ 6), and are unafraid to slather your rice in a pool of creamy salted egg sauce. The pork ribs that come with it are delightfully crunchy on the outside, yet soft on the inside. 

Also worth trying is the Sliced Fish Hor Fun ($ 4.50), perfect for hor fun lovers who enjoy their noodles swimming in thick, flavourful gravy. 

Address: 14 Scotts Road, #05-95 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Telephone: 6734 2862
Opening Hours:
 Mon-Sun: 10AM-10PM

16. Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House

Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House Soup Betawi

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Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House dishes out classic Indonesian flavours with every bowl of their signature slow-cooked soup. The Soup Betawi Set ($ 9.50) that I tried was flavoured with juicy Jakarta beef and vegetables. If beef gives is too strong for your preference, you can swop it out for oxtail, chicken or short ribs. 

Address: 313 Orchard Road, #B3-10 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
Opening Hours:
 Mon-Sun: 11AM-10PM

17. Kra Pow Thai Street Food

Kra Pow Thai Street Food Basil Pork Noodles

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Good Thai food is characterised by the unsparing use of spices that works into a solid flavour – and the Basil Chicken Rice ($ 7.90) at Kra Pow Thai Street Food fits the bill. 

The mound of chicken emanates a strong aroma of basil that will further whet your appetite. They are generous with chilli, so you might want to have a cup of water or Thai iced milk tea at hand.

And while it’s more common to have Thai basil dishes with rice, they’ve also got Drunkard Noodles Pork ($ 7.90), with the usual basil pork in thick-cut kuay teow. Some may find it a tad oily, but that’s what makes it so delicious. 

Address: 14 Scotts Road, #03-89 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228123
Telephone:  6734 1946
Opening Hours:
 Mon-Sat: 1130AM-9PM (Closed on Sundays)

18. Pick A Boo

Pick a Boo Teriyaki Seafood Aglio Oglio

Can’t decide between Japanese and Western? The Teriyaki Seafood Aglio Oglio ($ 7.30) at Pick A Boo covers both bases, with sweet flavours from the teriyaki mixed with tangy seafood. This sounds like an utter culinary disaster, but the flavours blend together surprisingly well.

End off your meal with waffles and ice cream for only $ 4.90, which come with a choice of 2 toppings and 1 sauce. 

Address: 304 Orchard Road, #B1-38 Lucky Plaza Asian Food Mall, Singapore 238863
Opening Hours:
 Mon-Sun: 9AM-10PM

19. As-Shifaa Cafe

As-Shifaa Cafe Nasi Ayam Goreng

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The highlight of As-Shifaa Cafe is the deep fried, succulent chicken from their Nasi Ayam Goreng ($ 4). Served on the side are crunchy batter bits that are worth the extra calories. Queues here can get really long so if you think you’d want to bring some chicken home for a snack later, get an extra piece when ordering so you won’t have to queue again.

Address: 304 Orchard Road, #06-52 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863
Telephone: 9383 0329
Opening Hours:
 Mon-Sat: 11AM-4PM (Closed on Sundays)

20. My Favourite Cafe

My Favourite Cafe Yong Tau Foo

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This is the cheapest yong tau foo you can get in Orchard Road. My Favourite Cafe sells YTF liao at $ 0.60 for each item and you only need to order a minimum of 8 items. Add another $ 0.60 for noodles and you have a complete meal costing only $ 5.40. Psst, the juicy, deep-fried meatballs are highly recommended!

Address: 304 Orchard Road, #06-46/47 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 9AM-6PM (Closed on Sundays)

Cheap food still exists at Orchard Road

Just as we thought the Jedi were all gone, there appeared A New Hope – turns out, there are still many hidden gems hidden among the many expensive restaurants and cafes that populate Orchard Road.

With a single red note, you can now enjoy a hearty meal in town, and with moolah issues out of the way, outings with your kakis will be all the more sweeter.

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Makan Melaka – Freshly Made Chendol to Beat the Heat

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Singaporeans whine about the scorching hot weather almost every day. And one great way to beat the heat is to have a cooling dessert. Chendol is the perfect solution! Makan Melaka’s chendol will satisfy all cravings for shaved ice with sugar syrup. You can get a bowl of icy goodness for less than $ 3!

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Makan Melaka has a relatively new outlet in Jurong West since late last year, and the stall has seen many chendol lovers popping by to seek refuge from the sweltering afternoon. The hawker’s day begins as early as 5am. The Chendol here is made from scratch daily, and soaked in water throughout the day to maintain its freshness. It’s no surprise that the chendol here boasts a nice texture – each strand is tender, with a subtle pandan flavour.

The hawker is very generous with the Gula Melaka and coconut milk here. He makes a trip up to Malacca every fortnight just to purchase his supply of Gula Melaka, ensuring that the quality meets his expectations. Furthermore, the coconut milk is sourced from suppliers who squeeze it fresh daily. If you’re not a fan of desserts that are too sweet or too rich, you can request for the hawker to adjust accordingly.

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Besides the traditional Chendol Melaka ($ 1.50), you can also get red bean, corn, glutinous rice, and durian, or a mixture of the ingredients. Chendol Melaka with Red Bean & Corn ($ 2.10) contains sweet mung beans that are plump, yet soft. It’s good enough without the corn, so next time we’ll just stick to chendol melaka with red bean. The taste of the chendol is not too sweet, and we like the contrasting texture of the mushy mung beans and slimy chendol strips. Chendol Melaka with Glutinous Rice ($ 1.80) has well-balanced ingredients and a refreshing aftertaste. It’s quite light and thirst-quenching.

So, if you’re living in the West and complaining that there’s nothing good in your area, think again! On days when the heat becomes unbearable, you can check out Makan Melaka.

Address: #01-70, Blk 492 Jurong West Avenue 1, Singapore 640492

Opening Hours: 7am to 7pm daily.

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

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Adventurous at heart, Mu Qin loves challenges and enjoys exploring the world. She believes in counting memories instead of calories and will travel anywhere and everywhere for food. Her short disappearance from social media is due to her being too engrossed in her favourite romance novels. She has launched a food guide “Eat Muse Love” with her mother which is available in all major book stores.

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9 Squad Activities In April/May 2017 When The Movie + Dinner Combo Gets Old

Gear up for the exciting things to do this April & May

Movies, drinks, dinner, brunch – it’s all getting way too predictable. This April and May, go do something different, something less generic that you won’t remember as just another outing. Whether it’s with your bros, galpals or your significant other, here are 9 activities you can do to make this season a tad bit more memorable:

1. Get ballin’ at Zouk’s new home

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This one’s for the ratchet squad who can be found drunk-walking down the streets of Clarke Quay every Friday night. Gather your baller friends and head on over to the relocated Zouk to party harder than ever with great discounts on house pours and bottles.

Offer:

All DBS/POSB Cardmembers:
• Purchase 4 housepour drinks @ S$ 40 (U.P. S$ 56)

DBS Live Fresh & DBS Visa Debit Cardmembers Exclusive:
• Complimentary entry before 12am (Limited to 100 pax)
• Twin Bottle Special^

Validity: Until 28th Feb 2018

T&Cs:

  1. Not valid on special guest DJ nights, eve of and on Public Holidays.
  2. ^Selection of bottles may vary every month.
  3. Valid every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.

2. Score 1-for-1 drinks at the newly opened Red Tail Bar

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Unfortunately, social drinking isn’t exactly the cheapest activity. All the forever-MIA people who pull the “I’m broke” card, you have no more excuse. With 1-for-1 drinks at Red Tail Bar, order twice the number of drinks you normally would, minus the guilt! 

Offer:

All DBS/POSB Cardmembers:

• 1-for-1 beer and/or house pour loose drinks

Exclusively for DBS Live Fresh & DBS Visa Debit Cardmembers:

• 20% off bar snacks

Validity: Until 28th Feb 2018

T&Cs:Valid every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 10pm – 1am only.

3. Get #turnt at ULTRA 2017

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It’s time to get ultra smashed at bayfront avenue this ULTRA 2017. With Hardwell, Don Diablo, Nicky Romero and Tiësto spinning, you would not wanna miss this. Jio your friends and get your early bird tickets before they’re all gone so that you’ll have something to look forward to. #planninggoals

Offer: Get 10% off general admission ticket prices! 

Promo Code:ULTRAXDBS

Validity: Until 11th Jun 2017

4. Rave at an EDM party in a WAREHOUSE

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Hardcore party goers will know that you can rave practically ANYWHERE – even a warehouse. Soak in the EDMosphere at Megabox Convention Centre with the best female DJs in Asia and “eh wah” the night away. Get your tickets here

Offer:

DBS/POSB Cards Early Bird offer:

• S$ 5 off for a pair of tickets (U.P S$ 128, inclusive of 2 drinks)
• S$ 2.50 off for 1 ticket (U.P S$ 68, inclusive of 1 drink)

Validity: Until 13th May 2017

T&Cs: For the first 500 pairs of tickets sold.

5. Singapore International Jazz festival 

Featuring all-time classics from Corinne Bailey Rae, David Foster and more, this festival is one way to jazz things up a little. If you’re feeling wild, stay on and enjoy the Late Show with celebrity DJ sets all the way till 4am in the morning! Get your discounted tickets here.

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Offer:10% off tickets

Validity: Until 2nd Apr 2017

6. Catch Nathan Hartono IRL in The Great Wall Musical

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Watching a musical isn’t everyone’s thing, but watching a musical starring Nathan Hartono? Now that’s something almost every Singaporean should be stoked for. 

A story about a young Chinese woman who faces a series of challenges in Imperial China, this musical is a great alternative to your usual K-dramas at home. Don’t forget to bring tissue paper! 

Buy your discounted tickets here while they’re still valid! 

Offer: 10% Discount off tickets

Validity: Until 31st July 2017

7. Laugh your ass off watching Sister Act the Musical

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When life throws you lemons, throw em’ right back and say “I ain’t gon’ take nun of that”. Sister Act the Musical will leave you grabbing your sides from laughing too hard; so if you’re looking for a cheer-up therapy, buy your tickets quick before they’re sold out!

Offer: 15% off with min. purchase of 2 tickets

Promo Code: DBS15SA

Validity:17th Apr to 30th May 2017

T&Cs: Valid for VIP & C Reserve tickets (Tues – Fri evening performances only.)

8. Groove to oldies’ music with Boys in The Band 

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If listening to Gold 905FM or Kiss 92FM in the car every morning is your thing, this is a cannot-miss concert. Bringing back classic hits such as Hey Jude, ABC and Imagine, Boys in The Band is sure to hit you with a wave of nostalgia. Get your tickets here!

Offer: 15% off with min. purchase of 2 tickets

Promo Code: DBS15BITB

Validity: 13th to 26th Mar 2017

T&Cs: Valid for all ticket categories for 8 April 2017 performance. 

9. Revive old memories with ABBA’s timeless hits with the Village People

The all-time favourites, Village People are coming to Singapore to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with Bjorn Again as special guests! Head on over with friends to enjoy some Swenglish entertainment this May – don’t miss it!

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Offer: 15% off with min. purchase of 4 tickets

Promo Code: DBS15VP

Validity: 2nd to 15th Apr 2017

T&Cs: Valid for all ticket categories for 18 May 2017 performance.

April/May outing ideas in Singapore 

With all these listed out, you can’t say “Singapore got nothing to do” anymore. Whether it’s ratchet, outdoorsy, indoorsy or even artsy, there’s something to do for everyone. With a little planning, you can save a lot of money by grabbing all the promotions while they’re still valid – DBS Cardholders, looks like you’re in luck!

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Hong Yun Seafood: Seafood White Bee Hoon Dry!

White Bee Hoon
Seafood white beehoon from $ $ 20

I happened to chance upon this Zi Char in Toa Payoh one evening while looking for supper.  The owner recognised me as he was also the owner of Hup Chong Yong Tau Foo which I had blogged about previously.

I was surprised when he told me that he also ran the Zi Char in the same coffeeshop and that their signature dish is a dry version of white beehoon which has been around long before the current seafood white beehoon craze.

This version of white beehoon is quite different from the wet version we are all familiar with in a similar way that wet hokkien mee is different from the dry type.  I liked the texture of the thin beehoon and how it had absorbed the flavour of the stock.  A generous sprinkling of crispy chunky nuggets of lard also helped to add a big flavour boost to the dish.  It isn’t as robust in seafood flavour as the wet version and it does lack a wok hei flavour, but I found the carbo rush of the chewy white beehoon very comforting.  It is one of those things that can easily become a staple which you can eat every week. Not surprisingly, almost everyone in the coffeeshop had a plate of white beehoon and another side dish to go with it.  4.25/5

Eggplant
Meat Floss Brinjal $ 20

Following that supper, we organised a mid-week makan session to taste some of their other Zi Char dishes.   They are all very competent and they are especially good at their deep fried dishes like the eggplant with pork floss which were crisp and dry and provided a very satisfying start to the meal.  4.5/5

Sweet potato leaves
Sweet potato leaves $ 13

Their sambal sweet potato leaves was also excellent.  Even if you don’t like to eat veggies, you will probably like to eat this as the veggies are soft and not fibrous and the flavour of the sauce goes really well with rice.  4.25/5

Curry Fishhead
Curry Fish Head (half) $ 24

Their version of the curry fish head uses farmed ang zhor (red snapper) and a curry gravy that isn’t as tangy as some other places as they don’t use as much assam.  It is well balanced and good for those looking for a more Indian style curry fish head.  4/5

Yam Ring
Yam Ring $ 20

Our first impression of the yam ring was that it doesn’t have enough gravy. Chef explained to me that this was done on purpose so that the yam ring will remain crispy.  Unlike a lot of other places which buy their yam rings ready made, they still make the effort to mash their own yams.  The yam ring itself is very good, though I would still feel a bit more satisfied if there was just a bit more sauce!  4.25/5

Nam Yu Pork
Crispy Fried Pork $ 15

If you are looking for something to go with the white beehoon, then the crispy fried pork is a good bet.  It’s fried till the whole thing is crisp all the way through.  You will need teeth for this dish!  I felt the sweet black sauce didn’t go too well with the pork though and would have preferred it if it were less traumatic on the teeth.  4/5

Har Cheong Gai
Har Cheong Gai $ 12

Like all their other deep fried dishes, the har cheong gai was fried perfectly.  However, the har cheong flavour could be more robust.  3.75/5

Aircon area

The boss converted two stall spaces within the coffee shop into an air-conditioned area for patrons of the zi char.  I thought it was a brilliant idea as customers can now dine in aircon comfort in a coffee shop with no extra charge.  This really makes Hong Yun stand out from many other coffeeshop zi char!

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Conclusion

Most of the dishes are good overall and their signature white bee hoon is quite unique and satisfying.  On top of that, they have an air-con area where you can enjoy the food!

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