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Jiakpalang Eating House, Alexandra Road: Mod Sin Cze Char Shows the Versatility of Singapore Food

It’s interesting to follow a young chef’s career as I have for Chef Nixon Low from Petite Menu to the Portico group to Jiakpalang Eating House at Alexandra Road, just beside the PSA building. Experience plays a part in the progression of a chef, and Low has grown from strength to strength.

Jiakpalang Eating House (which means eat until full or an eclectic mix) presents a return to Low’s roots of his love for Singaporean cuisine. The restaurant adds to the growing diversity of mod sin (modern Singaporean) cuisine; in the past, mod sin was found only at fine-dining restaurants, but recently, there are mod sin grill, mod sin cafe, mod sin wine bar, and now, mod sin cze char!

During lunch, the restaurant serves rice bowls at $ 6.90 for busy executives (recommended: sesame soy chicken rice bowl) while for dinner, they offer mod sin cze char food, suitable for big groups or families.

The three appetizers are flawless in design and taste. Mr Fitness, who hates tomato, recommends the sour plum vine tomato ($ 7): a whole tomato is compressed in a vacuum bag with sour plum sauce for 24 hours. It then lies effortlessly on a bed of wakame seaweed to provide texture and umami.

My favorite appetizer, cream of mushroom soup ($ 8), combines Asian mushrooms and Western cooking; instead of fresh mushroom usually used for mushroom soup, they use dried shiitake mushrooms that are soaked and softened and roasted. The muskiness of dried mushrooms gives depth to the dish, giving the cream a deeper, almost cheese-like flavor.

Singaporeans will recognize this tofu with century egg sauce ($ 7).While I thought the sauce could be more pungent, the tobiko roe provides a nice crunchy texture to an otherwise soft dish. The pickled ginger serves to undercut the denseness of the sauce.

The dishes are best served with rice, of course, so when I say “mains,” I don’t mean it in a Western one-dish style. I mean in a Singaporean communal style where we order a few mains to eat with rice.

Here, the main har cheong gai ($ 13) is smartly presented as a roulade. The chicken thigh is marinated with shrimp paste for 6 hours. It is then rolled into roulade, and steamed for 30 minutes. After resting it for a while for the water to dry completely, it is deep-fried until crispy. It comes with calamasi mayo. I like this dish because firstly, it is difficult to make a good tender roulade and they achieve it here; and secondly, no bones! However, I suppose traditionalists may prefer wings and drumsticks because they have more skin to meat ratio.

Charcoal Katarosu pork collar ($ 16) is inspired by coffee pork ribs at cze char stalls. The pork with a beautiful bitter char is seared and smoked in charcoal. Kopi C sauce is drizzled and coffee soil is powdered over it.

The “Ang Ji Kao” stout-braised beef cheek ($ 17) is inspired by uncles drinking stout and eat peanuts at kopitiams. The tender beef cheeks, braised in beef stock and stout for 24 hours, is paired with peanut butter mash. This dish is pretty weird to us because it feels like eating beef with peanut butter. I suggest adjusting the proportion of potato to peanut butter for the mash; the mash should have just a hint of peanut butter instead of the dominance it has now.

From the name, assam Pulau Ubin seabass ($ 15), you know the fish is locally sourced, reducing carbon footprints. Fresh fish is best steamed or pan-seared; any other flowery method is a waste of good fish. And here, the fish is cooked fantastically; very fresh with crisp skin and moist flesh. However, we thought the assam curry wasn’t sour enough; more tamarind and some tomatoes please.

You can’t see it from the photo, but the plating of the fish is gorgeous. Only half the plate has curry; the curry is blocked by a wall of ingredients. Pretty cool.

Milo Dinosaur ($ 8): Milo panna cotta, milo crumbs, dinosaur eggs (housemade shiratama or Japanese rice ball)

All in all, we were very satisfied with the mod sin food here. Traditionalists may lament the loss of heritage, but culture and food evolve constantly to suit the needs of the times. What we eat now–even the so-called “traditional” hawker food–isn’t the same as what people ate 50 years ago; the ingredients themselves have changed because of selective farming. Our tastes have also changed; what people liked 50 years ago, we may not like it now. The only reason people hold on to the past is out of an inertia and resistance to change. But time does not stop and there is no use holding on to the past; we should march forward towards the future. And, after eating at Jiakpalang, the future looks bright.


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Jiakpalang Eating House
456 Alexandra Road, #01-04/ 06 Fragrance Empire Building Singapore 119962
tel: +65 6266 8511
11.30am-10pm, closed weekends
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Food: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Decor/ambience: 6.5/10


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Written by A. Nathanael Ho.

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The Autobus – Relax at this New Bicycle-Themed Cafe in the CBD

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Located at the stylish Downtown Gallery, this new cafe is less than a month old. We managed to chat with Alan, who’s one of the partners behind this bicycle-themed establishment. Alan used to study in Perth, and was actively participating in hiking expeditions despite being slightly plump. The company whom he embarked on these expeditions with would always encourage him and push him. He liked the idea of a close-knitted community, and wanted to bring this culture to Singapore.

Hence, the idea of a bicycle-themed cafe popped up in his head. On weekdays, those who cycle to work in the CBD can park their bicycles at this cafe for free, before getting a shower at the basement of Downtown Gallery, and grabbing a coffee to kickstart the day. They can collect their bicycles after work. Note that the cafe can only hold up to around 30 parked bicycles. Their weekday lunch menu(11am – 4pm) features DIY protein bowls($ 12 – $ 16). After 4pm, light bites and heartier items will be available.

On weekends, bicycle enthusiasts can pop by to chill out, and admire the bicycles displayed at the cafe as all of them are collector’s items. There is also a good range of bicycle apparel and equipment available. The weekend brunch menu features interesting items such as Duck Rillette Toastie and The Autobus Sundae. 

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After placing your orders at the counter, place your receipts in the basket in front of the kitchen, and the chefs will prepare your dishes. We had the Salmon on Toast ($ 15), which boasts generous servings of cubed salmon sashimi, mashed avocado, cucumber, mango, and rocket leaves, topped with dollops of wasabi aioli atop two slices of toast. It was light and refreshing, with a nice combination of textures. However, do beware of the wasabi as the spice gets up your nose and leaves you with watery eyes and a burning palate.

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The Wagyu Burger ($ 24) comprises fresh lettuce, tomatoes, Spanish red onions, a slab of Wagyu beef patty, melted cheese, two fluffy burger buns, truffle fries and house-made ketchup. The Wagyu beef patty is tender, and super juicy! It’s not the best burger, but definitely good enough if you work in the vicinity and are craving for burgers.

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There’s a good selection of drinks available – healthy juices, smoothies, recovery shakes, coffee, tea, beers, and wines. Vita+ ($ 5) is a blend of banana, pineapple, and green apple. It leaves you feeling refreshed after a couple of sips. Berryfresh ($ 5) which consists of carrot, strawberry, and orange, is sweeter.

The Autobus exudes a laid-back ambience, completed with comfortable sofa seats. The cafe is quite spacious, and you don’t have to worry about others eavesdropping on your conversation. It’s a great place for gatherings!

MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the cafe 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 Autobus. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

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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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Download: Pokemon Go 1.39.1 For iOS, 0.69.1 For Android APK Rolling Out

By | July 29th, 2017

Download for Pokemon GO 1.39.1 for iOS and 0.69.1 for Android APK are now rolling out via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store respectively.

Pokemon GO fans should be getting excited right about now, with the game’s creators Niantic announcing that there are two newly updated versions of the game now ready and rolling out.

When it comes to updates, Niantic does not always go into detail as to what it has changed in each new release of Pokemon GO, and while this release does not dive too deeply into what can be expected as part of the update, there is at least a collection of bullet points that will be of interest to fans of the game, and some of those are definitely worth paying attention to.

-Spark has returned to appraise Pokémon for Team Instinct Trainers.

-Resolved a motivation decay bug impacting Pokémon with less than 3000 CP.

-Resolved a bug causing Pokémon GO to freeze after consuming potions too quickly.

-Resolved a bug causing Pokémon GO to freeze after all 6 Pokémon faint during a Raid Battle.

-Resolved an issue causing iPhone 6 devices to crash.

While the recently announced big revamp of the way gyms work and new Raid Battle feature in Pokemon GO certainly grabbed all of the headlines, there were some changes in today’s release that deserves a little bit of attention. For example, Spark has returned for Team Instinct Trainer to appraise Pokemon, something that will be gratefully received by those with large collections.

The updated bug fix 1.39.1/0.69.1 downloads are rolling out now and will likely be available to everyone by the time you read this. We suggest you download the updates as soon as possible to get the best available experience.

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Pranakorn Authentic Thai Food Review – Inspired Thai Fusion

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Pranakorn – an old name for Bangkok City and a symbol of Thai.

The Head Chef, Mdm Yongpeerakun Nuttikan ( aka Kaopan) founded Pranakorn and wanted to make her native Thai delicacies available here. According to the description in the menu, Pranakorn cuisine is prepared with no MSG and used mainly imported seasoning ingredients from Thailand, Pranakorn is set to provide something truly Thai but will it be able to make a difference from other Thai restaurants?

Changi Village – perhaps the last truly countryside town in Singapore, it is a place without any trace of a bustling city scene, a serene and secluded place that my family loves to visit. This is where Pranakorn is located as well.

Stick Noodle with Minced Pork in Tom Yum Soup $ 5.8

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The Thai stick noodle was served with minced pork cake, hard-boiled egg, fried wanton, chili flakes and ground peanuts in an appetizing chili lime soup, which was a medley of spicy and sweet flavour, noodle was smooth and overall a simple but satisfying bowl of noodle.

Fried Pork Cake with Special Dipping Sauce $ 6.8

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The fried pork cake was a little too tame in the seasoning, perhaps to explain the reason of serving the special dipping sauce which is similar to the sweet and sour Thai chili sauce, you seriously need something to perk up the flavour else eating the insipid pork cake alone could be unappetizing.

Deep Fried Thai Chicken Winglets $ 5.8

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The Thai chicken winglets were well-seasoned and deep-fried for a flavourful and delectable taste; some may find the sodium a little overdosed.

Stir Fried Thai Style Kang Kong $ 5.8

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No sambal but stick to the traditional Thai style, the Kang Kong has a pleasant crunchy texture and retained the lovely green, a simple but delicious dish.

Tom Yum Soup $ 12.0

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We opted for the clear version, the soup was right on the spot but my two teens prefer more spicy for a more robust flavour. However, it still has a bold and refreshing flavour that imbedded the legendary of Thai flavour.

Egg Omelette $ 8.0

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Fluffy and nice omelette with minced pork. A simple dish but the important thing was that the dish work beautifully.

Stir-Fried Spicy Basil Minced Meat $ 8.8

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The Basil and chili were insufficient that not able to bring out the exotic flavours and fragrance of the dish.

Thai Red Curry $ 10.5

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A staple for those who love Thai red curry but not to induce sweats.

Mango Sticky Rice $ 5.8

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We were arguing if the glutinous rice was under-cooked or the rice species used in this dessert is naturally hard in the texture. The mango was too ripe and serving portion was a little pathetic. Not recommended.

Thai Chendol $ 3.5

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Taste was much muted and we could not discern the flavour of a good Chendol. From the two deserts we ordered, Pranakorn seems less attentive with the sweet stuff.

Traditional Thai Iced Milk Tea $ 3.0 & Basil Seed Drink with Honey and Honey $ 3.8

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Both drinks were packed with the quintessential of Thai aroma. Love it.

Our verdict on Pranakorn Authentic Thai Food

There may be inevitably some duds. However, Pranakorn is still a good place for those hankering to indulge in some authentic Thai cuisine; you can be sure there is always something to please you tastebuds and make you feel right overall.

No GST and Service charge – NETS or Cash payment only

A: Blk 4, Changi Village Road, #01-2086, Singapore 500004

T: +65 6543 0883

H: 11.30am – 9,30pm, closed on Mondays

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How To Get iOS 11 Calculator On Any Android Device

By | July 28th, 2017

Here’s how you can easily download and get the iOS 11 calculator app on any of your Android smartphone or tablet device.

Choosing between an iPhone and something that is powered by Google’s Android is sometimes a religious experience for some people, but thankfully for the vast majority of people, especially those of us who just love technology of all brands, it doesn’t have to be that way.

That fact is also helped by developers who sometimes take the very best of Android or iOS and bring it over to the competing platform. When it comes to Android, the openness of the Google Play Store certainly helps there, and if you have taken a shining to the new iOS 11 Calculator app, then you are in for a good day indeed. Available for download from the Play Store, OS11 Calculator is exactly what it sounds like.

Once downloaded for the bargain-tastic sum of absolutely nothing, the app will give you a brand new calculator app experience that looks like the one which iPhone users can look forward to once iOS 11 rolls around in September. Functionally, it’s a calculator so there isn’t a great deal to say there. We all know what they are used for!

While we are on the subject of apps that give Android the iOS look, don’t forget that we previously showed you how to make your Android apps open and close with the same animation that iOS 11 is using, giving everything a new feel even when doing the most mundane of tasks.

If of course you want the look and feel of iOS 11 so much that you may consider jumping ship to the iPhone, we are told that there could be a pretty good one arriving in September. You may have heard about it, apparently there has been a bit of a buzz about it!

(Download: OS11 Calculator for Android from Google Play)

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Changi Airport Terminal 4 Is So High-Tech, It's Game-Changing For Travellers Who Hate Queuing

A sneak peek into Changi Airport’s new Terminal 4

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Other than our Garden City status, and ban on gum imports – if there’s one thing our little red dot is known for, it’s the fact that we’ve got the best airport in the world. It isn’t hard to see why – Changi Airport has spiffy facilities like a 4-storey high slide, a 24/7 movie theatre, and even video game consoles. Besides, which other airport has a butterfly garden?

Just when we thought things couldn’t get any better, Changi Airport recently one-upped itself by unveiling T4 – its newest and most high-tech terminal yet. We popped by for a sneak peek, and here are some of its cool features.

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Automated check-in with facial recognition

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Despite our penchant for queuing hours for the latest food fads, none of us enjoy long lines when it comes to checking in for a much-needed getaway. In a Fast And Seamless Travel (FAST) initiative, T4 has been equipped with automated check-in machines to ease and speed up the departure and arrival processes.

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No airport staff involved – it’s just you and a touchscreen

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Of course, if you prefer personal service, there are also conventional check-in counters with friendly airport staff to assist you.

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For security and verification purposes, advanced facial recognition technology ensures that the same traveller follows through the whole process from start to end – with a quick auto face scan at each barrier point.

Security checks are also speeded up – thanks to a medical-grade CT scanner, you’ll no longer have to remove your laptops and phones from your bags before putting them in separate trays to be scanned. Just dump your carry-ons into the large trays and you’re good to go.

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Even cleaning of the floor is automated here!

Heritage Zone with digital theatre show

In a nod to our rich local culture, T4 boasts a row of Baroque and Rococo shophouse replicas, similar to those found in Joo Chiat and Katong.

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While the upper floors of these “shophouses” don’t actually have store units, they aren’t just for decoration – their facade opens up to reveal a mini digital theatre show titled Peranakan Love Story

Starring a handful of esteemed local talents including Adrian Pang and Benjamin Kheng, the 6-minute long production also features compositions by music veteran Dick Lee and Moment Factory.

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Though the show had zero dialogue, we were wowed by its superb cinematography and the simple yet uplifting storyline.

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Even the toilets in the Heritage Zone bring a blast from the past, with intricate tiled floors and colonial lamps. Ah, such grandeur.

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Primping yourself before a flight doesn’t get any more glamorous than this!

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Quirky art installations

Along with the theme “fun, vibrant, and positively surprising”, T4 also houses a collection of art installations:

Petalclouds

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Inspired by orchid petals, this mesmerising kinetic sculpture is accompanied by soft calming music that can be heard throughout the terminal grounds.

Immersive Wall

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To lighten the serious mood at the security scan area, this giant LED screen plays whimsical and wanderlust-inducing animations.

The Travelling Family

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If this looks familiar to you, it’s by the same artist that created the Urban People installation that sits outside Ion Orchard.

Hey, Ah Chek!

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Here’s one that’ll take you back to those kampung days. Yes, you can actually sit in the trishaw!

Les Oiseaux (The Bird)

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One of the 3 mesh birds of the installation, aptly representing flight and return.

Green spaces and comfy rest spots

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It ain’t Singapore if there ain’t greenery. Like Terminals 1-3, T4 has an abundance of plants – including real trees kept alive by an underground watering system.

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This dreamy structure will soon be fitted with air plants 

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Take a rest on one of the many colourful plush chairs and admire the vegetation around you. There are loads of designs to pick from, including ergonomic ones with extra comfy backrests.

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Fun fact: all of these chairs have been “bum-tested” a whopping 50,000 times to ensure durability and ultimate comfort.

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Terminal 4 – the newest addition to Singapore’s Changi Airport

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T4 might be the smallest terminal of Changi Airport, but it is definitely not one to be underestimated. For what it lacks in size, it makes up for by leaps and bounds with its amazing features and aesthetics.

Lots of us can agree that Changi Airport isn’t just an airport – it’s a national treasure, and visiting it is an experience in itself. So even if you aren’t jetting off for a vacation anytime soon, it’d be fun to head down anyway to check out this spanking new airport terminal.

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Note: T4 is not officially open yet, but is slated to start operations soon in the later part of this year. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates!

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Download: Google Trusted Contacts App For iOS Released

By | July 27th, 2017

You can now download Google Trusted Contacts app for iOS on iPhone. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Back in December Google released its Trusted Contacts app for users of Android smartphones, an app that allowed users to share their location with specific people allowing them to make sure they are safe and sound. Today, has Google made the same app available for users of iPhones while also giving the existing Android app some additional features along the way.

For those unfamiliar with the app, Trusted Contacts works similarly to Facebook’s People Finder service, allowing people to be located in need of an emergency. Users can choose to share their location as a matter of course or just in an emergency situation. What makes Trusted Contacts so amazing though is the fact it can share locations even after a phone has run out of battery or has lost cellular signal, kind of like how Apple’s own Find My iPhone app does.

Loved ones can request your location––even if your phone is offline or you can’t get to it. You can also proactively share your location in everyday or emergency situations. Now we’re bringing Trusted Contacts to iOS—so no matter what kind of device you’re using, you can be a little more at ease.

In fact, that feature is one which has received an update, allowing users to define how long after losing a cellular signal their location will be sent to their contacts; perfect for when hiking or doing anything where the chance of getting into difficulty remotely is high.

Android users can now also add contacts by phone number or email and no fewer than nine new languages have been added to Trusted Contacts, including Greek, Persian and Urdu. For those keeping track, that means that total 25 languages are now supported.

The updated Android app is available to download from the Google Play Store, while the newly released iOS app can be picked up from the iOS App Store right now now.

(Download: Trusted Contacts for iPhone and iPad from the App Store)

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10 Cheapest Beer Towers In Singapore From $35 That Aren't Kopitiam Beer Brands

Best beer tower deals in Singapore

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One of the best ways to unwind after a long week is to kick back with a refreshing cold brew in hand, surrounded by your best buddies. It’s usually more economical to get a beer tower when in a group, but with 1 tower usually costing about $ 70 on average, the damage done per person is still significant even after splitting the bill – more so when you don’t just stop at a single tower.

But at these bars, you can chill out without worrying about the cost as they’ve got some of the cheapest beer towers in Singapore, all for $ 55 and below:

1. Stickies Bar

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A night out at Stickies guarantees you a fun time without wrecking the wallet – beer towers are going at 1 for $ 35 and 2 for $ 60 (6-8pm daily). Some of their booze options include Pure Blonde, Victoria Bitter, Foster’s and Guinness Draught.

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What’s more, their outlets are well-equipped with pool tables, darts, board games, and even a PS4 – all free of charge – so there’ll never be a dull moment. Soccer fans will also be pleased to know that live EPL games are streamed every weekend.

Read about other bars with games here.

Address: #01-10, Riverside Piazza, 11 Keng Cheow Street, Singapore 059608
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 12PM-12AM
Telephone: 6443 7564
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2. Cocotto and Kanpai 789

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Both Japanese restaurant-cum-bars, Cocotto and Kanpai 789 are sister stores that offer one of the most wallet-friendly beer towers in Singapore all day long – with crowd favourites Kronenbourg and Asahi at only $ 40 a tower.

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At Cocotto, you can have Japanese-Western fusion fare such as the Nikomi Cheese Hamburg ($ 9.90), Cocotto De Omuraisu ($ 9), and even Spam Fries ($ 7).

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As for Kanpai 789, some of its unassuming but surprisingly tasty bar bites include Karage with Oriental Sauce ($ 9), Deep Fried Spring Rolls ($ 7), and Sotong Balls ($ 8).

Cocotto
Address: #01-01, Far East Square, 8 Pekin Street, Singapore 048768
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 11AM-2AM

Kanpai 789
Address: #01-18/29, Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street, Singapore 237995
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 11AM-2AM | Fri & Sat: 11AM-3AM

Telephone: 9800 4954

 3. RedDot BrewHouse @ Dempsey

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As the first local microbrewery, RedDot @ Dempsey’s highlight is definitely their homebrewed beer towers priced at a mere $ 51 during happy hours (12PM – 7PM) daily. Choose from a total of 16 glorious artisan brews, like green lager beer, lime wheat beer, and a watermelon wheat beer brewed in-house. 

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A wide range of European and Western dishes such as the Mediterranean Burger ($ 20) and Margherita Pizza ($ 20) are also available, all priced reasonably at approximately $ 10 – $ 30.

Address: #01-01, 25A Dempsey Road, Singapore 247691
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 12PM-12AM | Fri & Sat: 12PM-2AM | Sun: 1030AM-11PM
Telephone: 6475 0500
Website

4. Two Fat Men Food Bar

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Those who love Thai beers would be delighted to know that two fat men has towers of Singha draughts going for just $ 48 each during happy hour (Mon – Fri 5-9PM, Sat and Sun 2-9PM). 

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To top that off, the unassuming neighbourhood joint also carries a diverse menu of both Thai and Western chow like Grilled Pork Neck ($ 12) and an assortment of Burgers ($ 10) in choices like Fish, Chicken, and Beef, all served with fries. Add-ons like cheese, eggs, and prawns are available from $ 2 – $ 5.

Address: 376 East Coast Road, Singapore 428984
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 5PM-12AM | Sat & Sun: 2PM-12AM
Telephone: 6348 0241
Website

5. Quench! Bistro & Bar

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North-siders can satiate their thirst for booze at Quench! Bistro & Bar, where beer towers are a steal at $ 55 for 1 and $ 98 for 2 on a daily basis. Soak in the kampung vibes as you lepak here while watching others fish out their supper from the prawning ponds opposite.

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Should you start feeling peckish but don’t wish to fish for your own supper, fret not because Quench! has both Western and local chow to cater to everyone’s tastes. There’s the Carbonara Turkey Bacon Spaghetti ($ 8.90), Mixed Satay Platter ($ 9.90 – $ 17.90), and Hokkien Fried Prawn Noodles ($ 7.90), just to name a few. 

Address:  #01-10, ORTO, 81 Lorong Chencharu, Singapore 769198
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11AM-3AM | Sat & Sun: 9AM-3AM
Telephone: 6257 3657
Website

6. FIV五 Bars

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Apart from the $ 5 food and drinks that Five Izakaya, Five Oriental, Five Square and Five Tapas are famous for, these bars also have great value-for-money Kronenbourg 1664 beer towers priced as low as $ 55.

Five Izakaya
Address: #01-66/67, Changi City Point, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486038
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 12PM-12AM
Telephone: 6604 8285
Website

Five Oriental
Address: #01-05B, 16 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049318 
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 12PM-12AM | Sat: 6PM-12AM
Telephone: 9826 1049
Website

Five Square
Address:  #01-03, Great Eastern Centre, 1 Pickering Street, Singapore 048659
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 10AM-12AM
Telephone: 8798 0245
Website

Five Tapas
Address: 25 Cuppage Road, Cuppage Terrace, Singapore 229454
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs, Sun: 5PM-12AM | Fri & Sat: 5PM-2AM
Telephone: 6733 8097
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7. 1 Tyrwhitt Bistro & Bar

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1 Tyrwhitt Bistro & Bar is an Italian joint with an industrial-chic interior that’s great for the gram. Better yet, they have Carlsberg and Kronenbourg towers at $ 49 each during happy hour (11.30am – 9pm daily). 

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Food here is pretty value-for-money too, with their most expensive dish being the Truffle Egg Pizza at $ 23.80. The rest of the mains are priced between $ 10 – $ 20, and finger food at less than $ 10 – all without compromising on quality.

Address: 1 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207522
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed – Sun: 1130AM-12AM
Telephone: 6341 5167
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8. SMÖÖbar

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With its exposed pipes, cement flooring, and resident band performing weekly, SMÖÖbar is grunge-like yet cosy. Carlsberg and Kronenbourg beer towers go for a sweet price of $ 50 from 5PM-8PM daily, and what’s even sweeter is that these are all free of GST and service charge – what you see on the menu is what you get.

They also have a pool table, darts corner, and beer pong for you to let your hair down with. 

Address: #01-22, 7Kickstart University Cafe, 70 Stamford Road, Singapore 178901
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 5PM-1AM
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9. District 10 Bar Tapas Restaurant @ Star Vista

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Drink your fill at District 10, a classy Spanish restaurant-bar with an open-bar concept which doesn’t require you shouting over the music to be heard by your friends. Here, they have Asahi Drytowers for only $ 50each, a treat for both your tastebuds and your wallet.

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And it doesn’t stop there – have a feast with their reasonably priced Spanish delicacies like Quesadilla With Chicken And Melted Cheese ($ 12.80) and Iberico Ham Pizza With Rocket And Parmesan ($ 29).

Address: #01-42/K3, The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 11.30AM-11PM | Fri: 11.30AM-12AM | Sat and Sun: 11AM-11PM
Telephone: 6694 2884
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10. Bistro 1855 

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Situated conveniently near Promenade MRT Station, Bistro 1855 is a capacious gastrobar offering 2 towers of Hoegaarden at $ 99 – in other words, less than $ 50 per tower – for you and your pals to sip on.

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Cheese lovers will also be delighted to know that apart from their signature Bistro 1855 Chicken Wings ($ 12) and Ribeye Beef Cubes ($ 14), this eatery also has a Cheese Platter ($ 25) served with walnuts and crackers!

Address: #01-643, Suntec City Tower 4, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 11AM-11PM | Fri – Sat: 11AM-1AM
Telephone: 6836 5994
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Beer towers you can order without feeling the pinch

If you’re in need of a time-out session from the stresses of daily life, now you know where to go for a beery good time with a couple of close friends in tow – without burning a hole in your pocket. Don’t say we bojio!

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Why food lovers should buy foodie deals online?

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Why food lovers should buy foodie deals online?

So what makes a foodie? Easy! If you love eating and splurging on your favourite cuisine, restaurant, “bite’’ or admire anything food related– you are a foodie. Be it a hobby or your profession, getting a discount on your favourite restaurant (or meal) is definitely what a lot of foodies would appreciate. Let’s check the top 3 reasons on why foodie deals are awesome–plus simple ways on how you can obtain them.

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It’s easily attainable!

Like most people, browsing the internet or scrolling through Facebook is a past time a lot people like doing. It’s so convenient that there are a ton of apps that have exciting online merchants for clothing, sports, pets and most importantly food. That being said, there are a lot of online restaurants, food vendors and other food related brands that has their own app.

So, if you’re looking for an awesome site that host these foodie deals you can easily get them through online coupon sites. Just search for coupon codes of your favourite food delivery service or restaurant and you’ll find quite a number of them online.

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Great bargains everywhere

Online food merchants are a lot like a bargain-counter. Why do we think that? Well, a great example would be Foodpanda Singapore, where you can order your favourite food from your favorite eatery. Promotions include selected credit card offers, whereby you swipe your credit card on Foodpanda and enjoy up to 10% off.

Other foodie bargains can be found on Fave Singapore, (formerly known as Groupon) where it has a lot of restaurant deals such as cash vouchers and buffet deals with a discount of up to 50% off. These discounts can also be found here.

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Great choice for a night in

Although it would be nice to go out to have dinner, sometimes staying in and binging on Netflix is a choice people fancy instead of going out. So since everything is available with a click of a finger, you can get your favourite chow time online.

Besides, these online food apps have special promotion that you can use anytime, and it’s easily accessible too!

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Best of TASMANIA – This is the way life should taste

Few destinations can pull off what Tasmania does in combining the world’s freshest and finest produce with the most adventurous wilderness. Their forests, agricultural lands and pristine seas provide a natural supermarket of deliciously fresh produce.

During my trip to Tasmania, I have met many smaller producers who are passionate foodies. You spend time shuffling between these farm-gate suppliers, boozy cellar doors and local providores. After sampling the produce, book a table in a restaurant and see how the local chefs transform it. Dine on succulent seafood like oysters, trout, lobster, abalone, scallops and salmon.Here are some of the Best Kept Secrets of TASMANIA.

Get the freshest catch from Tasmanian Seafood Seduction

Tasmanian Seafood Seduction has been one of the most amazing gastronomical experience in my life, thus far. Their day-long journey by Pennicott Wilderness Journeys brings us past some of Tasmania’s most spectacular coastal scenery surrounding Bruny Island and gives us an opportunity to taste the best of the state’s produce. Enjoy oysters shucked straight from the water and your guide will dive for abalone and sea urchin.

The Pennicott Wilderness Journey’s guides know these waters intimately and their local knowledge is second to none. During the tour, we gained an entertaining insight into the surrounding wilderness and their animal inhabitants, while soaking up unparalleled views of picturesque landscapes and beautiful deserted beaches.

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Smell the flowers at Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Want to get 100% Pure Bridestowe Estate lavender essential oil? This is the place. Rich in history and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Bridestowe Estate is a must visit for all visitors to the North East of Tasmania. It is spectacular all year round – from the vast, vibrant purple haze of summer, to the moody mysterious landscapes of winter. They produce lavender products all year round. I particularly like the essential oil, they are grown, harvested and distilled at the Estatel. After walking around the farm, chill out at the cafe to enjoy lavender tea, lavender ice cream and lavender scones.

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Feed the Kangaroos at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Get close to the native animals like Tasmanian Devils Kangaroos, Koalas, Wombats and Echidnas at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. This is the place to share special moments with Australia’s unique wildlife. The animals all look very happy and very well looked after here. They have 80 free-roaming kangaroos that you can hand-feed with complimentary kangaroo food provided on entry and they love a scratch under the chin! Also, you must meet Maria, the orphaned wombat! She is lucky to be alive after her mum was sadly hit by a car. Don’t be deceived by its heavy body as wombats can run at speeds of up to 40km/hr.

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Pick your favourite fruits at Sorell Fruit Farm

Bring your kids to Sorell Fruit Farm as you pick the fruit in season. It costs $ 20 for a punnet which you can fill with fruit. To be honest, I find it a little pricey. But the strawberries we picked were really huge and sweet. We also grabbed a bite and a coffee at the coffee.

December to January: you can pick 10 different kinds of cherries
November to May: strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants etc

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Pop a berry at Kates Berry Farm

Kates Berry Farm is charming, From spring to autumn, try fresh raspberries, strawberries and other berries picked the same day. Kate started the business close to 30 years ago after moving to Swansea from Victoria. She created her own berry farm (yes, she is very hands-on!) and sells berry ice cream and jams all year round. You will be happy to know that she uses organic fertilisers on her farm and she has a range of sugar-free jams.

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Devils Corner wine tasting

Chill out on the deck and take in the panoramic views of the majestic Hazards and Freycinet Peninsula while enjoying a glass of their award winning wine.

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Freycinet Marine Farm for lunch

Freycinet Marine Farm is no frills delicious. Enjoy a glass of Tasmanian wine with a dozen freshly shucked oysters, isn’t it heaven? There are oysters – fresh, cooked, mixed plates (you decide) – as well as garlic scallops, abalone, mussels or salmon (for the non-oyster eaters). We sat in one of the benches and waited for our food to arrive. Nothing pretentious, it’s that simple. The hardest thing was to decide what we should have.

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Walk up to Wineglass Bay Lookout and Cape Tourville

Freycinet National Park is on the east coast of Tasmania. There are trails leading up to a lookout for panoramic views over Wineglass Bay. The short walks are suitable for all abilities and will lead to secluded bays, clean beaches and bird-filled lagoons.

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Address: Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215, Australia

Shop at Salamanca Market

Every Saturday, Salamanca’s Place’s two street blocks are packed with stalls selling food, music, arts and crafts, collectables, books, clothing and jewellery. Located next to the Hobart waterfront, it’s free admission. This is one of Australia’s most loved outdoor markets. You shouldn’t miss this is you are at Hobart.

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Up your Instagram game at Cradle Mountain

This national park has many wild faces that are breathtaking in their beauty. We hopped onto McDermotts Coaches for a full day Cradle Mountain tour which explores the wild landscape, ancient forests and alpine heathlands of the most stunning natural areas in Tasmania. The tour was handled by a very experienced driver who is also well conversed in history. We spent a relaxing time taking tonnes of pictures at Cradle Mountain. I suggest taking a 30 minutes boat shed walk to the most photographed location on Cradle Mountain. Don’t rush to go back, spend a night at Cradle Mountain Hotel after your Cradle Mountain National Park visit. The dinner at the hotel is amazing. And there after, we went on a Wildlife Night spotting tour to see some wallabies, wombats, possum and maybe even a devil in their natural habitat.

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Open your mind at MONA

The best tip I would give before your visit to MONA- GO WITH AN OPEN MIND. While not my normal cup of tea, this private museum is thought-provoking and very different. There are more than 300 art pieces so take your time to wander through the three levels of subterranean art space.

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Drink Raspberry Latte at Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm

After leaving Cradle Mountain, head to Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Café at Elizabeth Town for a meal. Using the freshest local ingredients, sit in the garden to enjoy your lunch while overlooking the beautiful lakeside. Some of my favourites include raspberry & coconut risotto, raspberry waffles, and wallaby & bacon patties with marinated ashgrove fetta and pepper berry relish. Fresh raspberries during the season and frozen raspberries in winter are sold along with a pantry full of products made from raspberries.

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Grab the best sauces from Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company

Located just outside of historic Evandale, just minutes from Launceston airport, Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company is a MUST visit. By now, you should know that Tasmanians grow some of the finest fruits in the world. The owners Tim and Julie Barbour chooses the best of them for her recipes, hence creating some of the best sauces, conserves and condiments for more than 20 years.

Surrounding the centre is the renowned open garden and topiary nursery. They provide gourmet barbecue lunches and cooking demonstrations for groups of ten or more, all prepared with local ingredients. We made some salad from scratch. By scratch I really mean picking the vegetables and eggs from their garden. They also conduct jam making workshops are held on weekends and all participants leave with their very own jar of jam!

It is worth the little stop off to experience such yummy delights. You get to have generous tasting of all the finest jams, sauces, chutneys, relishes and mustard. Prepare to buy several little bottles of joy for your friends.

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Best Farm Stay: Curringa Farm

If I would recommend a place to stay in Tasmania, it would be Curringa Farm. Curringa Farm, which offers fully self-contained farmstay cottages near Hamilton, is about an hour’s drive away from Hobart in central Tasmania. Tim and Jane Parsons are 6th generation farmers of Curringa Farm. This 300-hectare property has a strong ecological focus. You can see a sheep being sheared, watch farm dogs working a mob of sheep and have an enjoyable BBQ lunch here. They also have very beautiful self contained farm-stay cottages.

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Getting to Tasmania

Fly to Hobart/Launceston, Tasmania with Qantas, only approx. 10 hours flight with a stopover either Sydney or Melbourne. These flights are available every day of the week.

Four Seasons at Tasmania

The average maximum daily summer temperatures are between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius and winter daily temperatures sit between 3 and 11 degrees Celsius. There is always something to see every season!

Spring (Sep to Nov): Fields and gardens burst into blossoms and bulbs
Summer (Dec to Feb): Visit lavender farms where the landscape is rich with purple flowers
Autumn (Mar to May): Spectacular displays of vibrant autumn colours
Winter (Jun to Aug): Truffles are in season

Self Drive

Tasmania is easy to explore by car as the roads are uncrowded. distances are relatively short and traffic is generally light. As you make your way around, you can journey at your own pace, pausing as and when you want and making discoveries. The scenery along the road is amazing, you will stroll through the farmlands and into the wilderness (just have to keep a lookout for wildlife on the road).

Tasmania Tour Package

Grab a Tasmania Tour Package at Jetabout Holidays and tempt your taste buds at Coal River Farm, Tasmania’s hub of handmade cheese, chocolate, farmgrown berries and fruit. See Tasmania’s finest gourmet cheese and chocolate being made onsite, pick some of the world’s tastiest strawberries and other orchard fruits, enjoy oysters shucked straight from the water, have a taste of fresh rock lobster AND see your guide dive for abalone and sea urchin. Be delighted as your catch is turned into a delicious seafood feast accompanied by gourmet local produce and Tasmanian wines, boutique beers, ciders and juices.

Buy now: http://jetabout.com.sg/tasmania-tour-package

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