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Planning a special thank you for the most important woman in your life? How about a luxurious champagne brunch for your mom at The Knolls, Capella? We experienced Sunday brunch at The Knolls over the weekend, and it was indeed a feast for both the senses and the palate.

As The Knolls is a Mediterranean restaurant, Mother’s Day brunch will be a Mediterranean inspired affair with a spring floral theme.

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Starting the buffet spread with appetizers, these whimsical foie gras lollipops will surely tempt you into grabbing one. Continue Reading »

First course of 30licious meal deal at Mouth Restaurant

Enticing dimsum at Mouth Restaurant

From now till 25th April 2014, you can enjoy delicious gourmet meals at just S$30++ at more than 30 restaurants. Simply book online through HungryGoWhere and pay with your American Express card.

Participating restaurants include Etna Italian Restaurant, Ito-Kacho Yakiniku, Peony Jade @ Keppel Club, Tawandang Microbrewery, and The Song of India.

Also participating is one of my all-time favorite Chinese restaurants — Mouth Restaurant, which has been around for 26 years and is still going strong. We celebrated Matilda’s one-month party here too.

For the 30licious S$30++ promotion, Mouth Restaurant is presenting a special 4-course menu, available for lunch and dinner. Continue Reading »

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Today (8 April 2014) is Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day! Get your free scoop of ice cream at these following Ben & Jerry’s outlets from 12pm to 8pm (12pm to 6pm for Singapore Zoo):

  • Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-135/136, 098585
  • Dempsey, Block 8 #01-14 Dempsey Road (Carpark behind Block 8), 249688
  • Great World City, #02-40A, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, 237994
  • Singapore Zoo (Zoo Entrance), 80 Mandai Lake Road, 729826

In case you are new to Free Cone Day, this is an annual affair held by Ben & Jerry’s to thank their faithful fans for their loyal support. Selected Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops will give out a free scoop of ice cream to all fans.

This year, Ben & Jerry’s will also have a Free Cone Day on Wheels. They will deliver ice cream straight to the doorstep of Ben & Jerry’s adopted charity — Children’s Charities Association of Singapore (CCA). CCA is an organisation which works to help the physically, mentally and socially-disadvantaged children of Singapore through fundraising efforts and programmes, in order to educate, train and assist them to become independent adults who can contribute to society.

I will be lending my support to Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day 2014 as guest scooper trouper. Yes, I will be scooping ice cream from 2pm to 4pm at Vivocity branch! So if you’re there, do come and get a free Ben & Jerry’s cone from me!

Please also give your support to Children’s Charities Association of Singapore by making a donation — any amount will help, thank you!

See you at Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day 2014!

A weekend family outing in Orchard Road ended up with dinner at the newly revamped Tangs Market.

It’s been at least 4 months since Tangs Market at basement 1 of Tangs Orchard was relaunched, but it’s our first time eating there. Quite an interesting mix of new and old here — Singapore’s first Krispy Kreme outlet; gourmet hotdogs at The Mustard Incident; Nonya buns & pastries from PeraMakan; and popiah and kueh pie tee from decades-old popiah master Kway Guan Huat, just to name a few.

Hubby and I normally don’t have high expectations of foodcourt food. However, we were pleasantly surprised by what we sampled.

My cute hand model!

The mega-sized Amy Yip bao that’s bigger than my todder’s face.

Lately, there’s been more of these upsized steamed meat buns around, cheekily known as Amy Yip Big Bao (in honor of the infamous ’80s Hong Kong soft porn actress).

Amy Yip mega big bao, S$4.00

Amy Yip mega big bao, S$4.00

This bun is so big it can generously feed two as a meal! For this bun to hold a hefty amount of filling, the dough has to be suitably thick. Thankfully, the dough tasted quite airy and moist, not dry and heavy as we’d feared.

Generously stuffed with chicken, pork, wax sausages, and hardboiled egg, the filling was moist and tasty too.

Nice as it is, I would highly recommend to share the Amy Yip bao. It really fills you up!

Chwee kueh, S$1.50 for 4 pieces.

Chwee kueh, S$1.50 for 4 pieces.

The stall is named Tiong Bahru Chwee Kueh. Not sure if it’s a branch of the one in Tiong Bahru food centre. But this plate of chwee kueh was very decent. The rice cakes were smooth without being mushy. And we liked that the chai poh topping wasn’t excessively oily.

Penang fried kway teow, S$5.00 (small)

Penang fried kway teow, S$5.00 (small)

The Penang fried kway teow and oyster omelette stall is one of the hottest stalls in Tangs Market. We tried the fried kway teow. It was ok, not great. Definitely cannot match up to the brilliant version we had at Lorong Selamat in Penang.

Penang crispy pancake, S$1.20

Penang crispy pancake, S$1.20

The crispy peanut pancake is a must-try! Larger than my palm, the paper-thin pancake is liberally sprinkled with crushed peanut and sugar. Very good value at just S$1.20!

Penang chendol, S$2.50

Penang chendol, S$2.50

We enjoyed the chendol too. Nice to see that they use this kind of soft, pale green jelly noodles instead of the neon green kind. Instead of red bean, they use large kidney beans which were cooked and sweetened to the perfect texture. My only grouse is the gula melaka which could have been more generous and fragrant.

Overall, it was a favourable impression on our first visit to the new mini food court in Tangs Market. Prices are reasonable; similar prices to other Orchard Road foodcourts, but better food quality and value. However, seating is limited, and tables are small, which makes dining here not so comfy.

TANGS Market
TANGS Orchard
310 Orchard Road
Singapore 238864

Opening hours
Mon to Thu, Sat: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Fri: 10:30am – 11:00pm
Sun: 11:00am – 8.30pm

Images taken with iPhone 4s. First image processed with Instagram.

Uncle Chicken

Having discovered this gem of a stall a few months ago, this is my current favorite chicken rice at the moment.

Chicken rice with add-on liver, S$4.50 + S$0.50.

Chicken rice with add-on liver, S$5.00 (S$4.50 + S$0.50 for liver).

Boss Niven Leong is the son of the original Sin Kee Chicken Rice founder. His brother now helms the Mei Ling Street Food Centre outlet. There’s another Sin Kee Chicken Rice along Commonwealth Ave that’s run by ex-employees.

Despite using the same recipe, there are subtle differences between the two brothers’ Cantonese style chicken rice. Continue Reading »

Mention Teochew kueh, and most of us will think of soon kueh 筍粿, png kueh 饭粿, and gu chai kueh 韭菜粿.

Black bean kueh, S$1.00 (foreground); soon kueh & gu chai kueh, S$0.90 each.

Black bean kueh, S$1.00 (foreground); soon kueh & gu chai kueh, S$0.90 each.

At Tiong Bahru Teochew Kueh, they also make this highly unusual black bean kueh 黑豆粿 — soft stewed black beans and peanuts mixed into the soft and chewy kueh dough.

The result is a rustic and more-ish sort of comfort kueh. I’ve not seen this kind of black bean kueh elsewhere. So if you know of any other place that sells this item, do share here! Continue Reading »

Hubby and I came across this new stall in Koufu food court at the basement of Anchorpoint. Apparently, Wing Si 荣式 is a popular chain of tea cafes ( 茶餐厅 cha chaan teng) in Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, they are known as Wing’s Catering. Their specialty item is grilled chicken chop.

Wing style pork chop with sausage & rice, S$6.00

Wing style pork chop with sausage & rice, S$6.00

Choose between rice or instant noodles paired with various permutations of chicken chop, pork chop, sausage, chicken wing, and fried prawn fritter.

I tried the pork chop with sausages & rice. Unfortunately, the 2 slices of pork chop were thin and rather dry.

Thankfully, the deep fried sausages were sinfully crisp and tasty. And I like the moist and fluffy rice topped with sweet-salty soy gravy and preserved Sichuan pickles. The set comes with a bowl of cabbage and carrot soup. Continue Reading »

This severely underrated curry puff stall serves one of the best curry puffs in Singapore. They used to be at Henderson Road, but have now relocated nearby to Kim Tian Road.

I’ve been eating Soon Soon Huat’s curry puffs for years, and I can’t believe I’m only blogging them now.

Soon Soon Huat's crispy curry puff.

Soon Soon Huat’s crispy curry puff.

If you find the taste familiar, it’s because the folks behind Soon Soon Huat are from the same family as the founder of the famous 1A Crispy Puffs chain. Continue Reading »

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