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Song Kee Fishball Noodle: worth breaking plans for.

IMG_4143.JPGLast night’s dinner at Song Kee Fishball Noodle was purely accidental. Or the result of sheer lack of willpower. I was saving up my once-a-week dinner for this Thursday. It’s Associates’ Drinks evening and a feast of fried chicken wings and ice cream sandwiches were in order. A bowl of Fishball Noodles threw those plans aside. So I guess NOW the plan on Thursday is to order in and quickly run away before I give in to temptation… Wish me luck!

I spent the WHOLE of Sunday at Lazarus Island celebrating the Neptune Regatta. Essentially a few boats docked together near the shores of Lazarus Island, and people just boat-hopped and partied. My friend and I did nothing but sun tan, drink, and engaged in some light swimming and standing up paddle board (I loved it! If not for the sun, I would happily take it up as a hobby). After the tiring day of being an absolute bum, I was all ready to head home. But when I arrived on the main island, my parents texted they were queuing for dinner at Song Kee. It was going to take a good hour for their dinner to arrive. Perfect. I missed them badly so I grabbed a cab from Keppel and joined them straight at Upper Serangoon Road. My original plan was to chat with them; update them about my lazy day.

But my plan was quickly thrown out the window when I saw the coffee shop FILLED with people eating big red bowls of noodles with monstrous sized fish balls. I could.not.resist. So I got myself a large bowl of soup with ingredients; no noodles.

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What a joyous bowl it was! The four handmade fishballs alone took up half the bowl. The other half was occupied by Fried Tofu filled with fish paste. Underneath it all were handmade fish dumplings resembling white stingrays. While the fishballs were good with it’s fresh taste, it lacked certain bounciness.

It was the triumphant white fish dumplings and noodles that made dinner all worth it! When biting into the fish dumplings, one would be rewarded with uber flavourful brown fillings. I stole bites of my mum’s noodles and every strand was perfectly cooked – tender yet retaining a bite.

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Song Kee was the best surprise ever! Only open in the evenings but till late, I foresee many special dinners there.

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Scrumptious Protein Shakes from Ritual’s Fuel Bar

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After last night’s big dinner and tequila shots for second desserts at Lucha Loco (stellar service, by the way), I wasn’t in a mood for solid food today. So I called on two girl friends who happily accompanied me to grab a Protein Shake at Ritual’s Fuel Bar on North Canal Road. Ritual is a boutique gym that specialises in high-intensity interval training which alternates short aerobic exercises with recovery periods. It promises you to workout, shower and grab a shake within the space of 30 minutes. I wasn’t interested in the workout at all. But the protein shakes, oh yes please!

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Ever a sucker for Peanut Butter shakes, their Peanut Butter ‘n’ Jelly shake was on my mind all morning. I read it tasted of PB ice cream. Give me one immediately. Their menu listed other delicious options too. Looks like I will be returning soon… And my two friends happily got one each too. Can’t blame them. Their vegan spaghetti from Genesis nearby was rather unfulfilling.

Upon entering the sleek gym, I was elated to find a row of my favourite Adam’s Natural Peanut Butter lined up seductively on top of the cabinet. Adam’s PB contains only peanuts and salt. Huggs used Skippy which was laden with sugar. Yesterday I saw a new tub of Peter Pan which is laden with corn syrup. -Faints- That also probably explains the price difference. $4.50 at Huggs and $7 for the “smallest” cup at Fuel Bar.  

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And for the protein powder, Sunwarrior, one of the best brands for vegan protein powders. It is crazily expensive even on iHerb but perfect for the lactose intolerant. 

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So $7 a cup which contains only premium ingredients, just give me one now. By the way the “smallest” cup is HUGE. I thought it was the 22oz “Heroic” cup but no… It could be two meals for 30kg girls!

Freshly blended to order, my Peanut Butter ‘n’ Jelly tasted EXACTLY like a PB ice cream. Thanks to the oats, it was so thick and substantial. My PB fix was definitely satisfied!

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My girl friend’s full-bodied Yolo Rolo containing protein, coffee, avocado, figs, and dates was studded with espresso beans and tasted AMAZING! Creamy, sweet with an intense coffee flavour. It reminded me of Haagan-Dazs Coffee ice cream. I got my sights on that as a pre-marathon fuel.

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My other girl friend’s Low Blow containing protein, banana, strawberry, avocado, and spinach was reminiscent of a fruit smoothie despite the brownish colour. 

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It is such a delight to be close to such great shakes five days in a week. I am going to be counting on these meal replacement options frequently from here on now. 

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Sexy Lobster Roll on Payday, The Market Grill

Coughing out $45++ for a Lobster Roll is not something I do, or to be done, on a regular basis. But when it is payday, you splurge on a sexy one. Please, only a sexy one will do.

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The Market Grill delivered this Lobster Roll tonight with strong grilled score marks on the soft buttery brioche roll. If it ain’t sexy for you, I do not know what else can ever be.

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It was crispy on the outside and dreamily tender within. The huge lobster pieces, coated in thick Mayo-based dressing, were cooked to perfection. Devoid of any rubberiness. Satisfaction guaranteed. It took me a lot of willpower just to eat half of it. The other half, for my parents. Research purposes; we need to compare with Burger & Lobster in London come October.

We began the evening with deep-fried Cod Croquetas. Exteriorly crunchy, interiorly filled with shredded fish. Almost perfection.
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Onion matchsticks. Light, shatteringly crisp fried red onions. Perfection. Be careful, very addictive. Plan to exercise this off beforehand.

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Crispy Pig’s Ear. Don’t bother. Go to Pizzeria Mozza for this.

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My friend’s hulk-like Burger. Beef patty + bacon. A calorific winner.

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Desserts 1: Apple Crumble – disconcerting HUGE raisins. Crumble ain’t buttery or impressive enough. But never mind because…

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… Desserts 2: Warm Walnut Brownie was the perfect finish!

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The Most Intense 1 day Juice Cleanse, Ever

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Let me tell you about the most intense 1-day juice cleanse I just went through. Actually my pee is still red, so by right it should be, I am STILL going through. You know what happens when you let yourself go for two days at a foodie festival? You get puffy and your body will feel stuffed up – congested. That’s what happened to me for two days. After trying in vain to rid those toxins through natural ways, eating tons of fruits and exercise, I was still getting nowhere. There were little pimples popping out and I was still walking around like a Puffin except it was not cute. Thus a juice cleanse was in order. To reset my system, make me forget carbohydrates blah blah blah.

Thinking I was an experienced juicer and some hot shot health aficiondas, I got the bright idea to go on a Master Cleanse. Not that crazy Lemony-Cayenne Pepper stuff Beyonce went on. But a safer option i.e. remove the fruit-based juices and substitute with the vegetable juices. I was inspired by the Juice Cleanse Providers in the USA where they are way ahead of this cold pressed fad and offer different intensity-levels of cleanse. The most intense cleanse is literally just five bottles of green juices and a almond milk. How difficult could that be?

So I called up my ever realiable, Daily Juice Singapore, who was more than happy to send just a day’s cleanse the very next day to me. And with free delivery (hello, I’m like how in love with them now?!). I even got to pick my own juices. Go on their Facebook page and they have this new menu with numbers indicating the order in which the juices are to be drunk.

I chose the stalwart Barnie and Krypto to start. However for lunch, instead of the banana-based B Smoothie, I replaced it with Nut Mylk (now named White Rabbit). Actually any opportunity for the Nut Mylk will be welcomed. For my post lunch juices, B Positive. A zero fruits juice. Pure vegetable. Followed by Wheatgrass. Then finally ending off with Bunny Brown, the newest drink from DJS. It is a heavenly almond milk concoction with maca powder and cinnamon.

This arrangement of juices was great during the day! I cleared my system but thanks to the lower sugar juices, no experience with an energy slump. The Nut Mylk/ White Rabbit for lunch really “saved” me from going through a mid-afternoon crash. After my fourth bottle, B Positive, I was feeling naturally upbeat. No hunger cravings or for the next bottle whatsoever. Even when it was time for the fifth bottle, Wheatgrass, I skipped it. And went for a two-hour Choir class (yehhhh any activity is not advisable, by the way). I ended my evening with Bunny Browns in bed while catching up with House of Cards. The new Bunny Browns were so good with its intense chocolate flavour. It tasted exactly like Meiji Chocolate Milk except more pleasing with the cinnamon and no lactose. Although I did get terribly hungry after and had an apple and a teaspoon of Almond Butter (yes yes, I cheated. Kill me now.)

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But It was the next morning that the intensity of the juice cleanse took effect. After exercising for a short while, I ran to the toilet where I proceeded to clear out for a good 10 minutes. I’m not kidding. I knew the exact time as I was playing with my phone and got up at exactly at the 10 minute mark as it was getting ridiculous. My body could not stop detoxing!!! You should have seen my ultra-flat tummy. And apparently, according to my girlfriends, flat butt too. Haha.

Honestly despite the inconvenience of racing to the toilet or spending an inordinate amount of time in it, I would go for this intense juice cleanse again. My friends, I was feeling soooo good. Even now my energy levels are so high. Plus I seem to have a new strange craving for peanuts and almonds and dislike for bread. Oh yeah oh yeah. >_<

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Day 2 of Creatory Singapore

So I came home from the second day of Creatory Singapore with two regrets: a) going at 3.30pm was a mistake! Most of the food were sold out; and b) snacking excessively beforehand was another big mistake because it left my tummy no room for the evening’s scrumptious BBQ grubs from Artichoke/ South East Sliders like these:

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Northern Thai BBQ Chicken Wings and Pork Belly, all topped with Papaya Peanut Slaw and Smoked Chilli Relish.

Or Hombre Cantina‘s Tacos complete with a DIY condiments station.

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Why Miss YYC, why did you have to be such a piggie in the morning?!?!

Note to self: study the programme intently days before and plan carefully!

I arrived on Day 2 of Creatory Singapore Festival with a vengeance to eat those my tummy refused to allow yesterday. To my delight, there were new pop-ups! The popular food truck, the Travelling Cow, and Italian restaurant, Marco Marco, took over the space of Kerbside Gourmet and Sons Bacaro respectively. 

The Travelling Cow, famous for their ramen burger, offered something different. Some sounded good but Chocolate coated Sweet Potatoes… mmmh, no thank you.

IMG_3920I went for their I-have-only-seen-in-Chocolat-the-movie, Roast Beef and Chocolate Sandwich. Not kidding! CHOCOLATE shavings were sprinkled on slices of roast beef in a red wine gravy, then stuffed into a white bun.

IMG_3922The dish could have been magical but sadly the white sandwich roll failed it. I would have loved for a higher quality bun – it was one tough carbohydrate! It only made me miss Park Bench Deli’s epic BAO sandwich rolls from yesterday. But the fillings were pretty impressive. Tender slices of roast beef that surprisingly complimented the richness of the chocolate. If the red wine gravy was a bit more seasoned, it would have been more balanced with the sweetness of the chocolate.

Later to use up all our credits, we spent it on an improvised Meatball Sandwich with Mole Sauce.

IMG_3958This food truck had some brisk business going on. When all their usuals sold out, they grabbed their meatballs, originally on a pizza, and stuffed it into the sad buns. Definitely not the best sandwich in the festival but the chunky meatballs with the thick and rich mole sauce was not bad.

Italian restaurant, Marco Marco offered an Italian-Asian pasta menu. When we arrived, we saw a lot of people walking around slurping noodles from bright yellow bowls. After we bought, we realised for a good reason. IMG_3944The last and only bowl of noodles available, The Malacca, was delicious!

IMG_3947The pasta was cooked to perfection – al dente. The beef fillet cubes may have been inconsistently tender but that creamy rendang sauce was tasty! Rich with the flavour of laksa leaves and sweetness from the onions. It was an unforgettable bowl of noodles.

After reading rave reviews on Instagram, I decided to give Charlie & Co. a try. With an extremely friendly and enthusiastic vendors, it offered only one item, Classic Wagyu Beef Sliders. However there was a choice from four sauces. IMG_3938

IMG_3940We went for the Aioli. And they run out of their sesame-studded burger buns so they improvised with tiny baguettes. Mine were cold and uninspiring. But the well-packed beef patty, although was cooked to medium, was still juicy and tender plus flavoured with a ton of herbs. 

IMG_3943And I finally got to try one of my favourite bar, 28HKS‘s, offerings! Yesterday’s The Library’s drink was so strong, I had to limit myself. 

IMG_3937All four cocktails offered sounded amazing but we got the most popular of the festival, and certainly the most impressive looking, The Amazing Iceman.

IMG_3928IMG_3932It was an impressive albeit pricey drink at $12 for the small cup. However this little drink was lethal in alcohol and stuffed with goodness like pineapples, sago jelly and other chewy jelly pieces; unsurprisingly delicious! 28HKS’s cocktails always gives me so much satisfication. It never fails to make me smile and glad I am no teetotaler.

IMG_3934When I was walking around, I was shocked to find so many eateries such as Park Bench Deli, South East Sliders, and Prepaparazzi sold out and closed shop! I was so glad yesterday I was such an eager beaver. At least then I got to eat most of festival’s best! Another note to self: waiting for the stalls to set up and get ready beats no food anytime.

IMG_3957In my opinion, Creatory Singapore Vol 1 was a success and totally worth the $36 weekend entrance pass. Sure, it was imperfect. There are certainly a lot of rooms for improvement such as inadequate retail shopping for people to use up the credits. Or underestimating the turnout – stalls selling at 3-4pm is quite disappointing, to be honest. However to bring together Singapore’s most creative brands under one roof was a brilliant initiative! After this weekend, I am now a humongous fan of food festivals. Sampling a wide variety of, often wacky, food at one event is just so damn exciting. What’s next?

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Creatory Singapore Day 1

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Yesterday, I went to the first ever Creatory Singapore held in Tasty Plaza. All eight stories of this repurposed industrial building had been converted just for this festival! A weekend long festival, the sole aim was to celebrate Singapore talents in the lifestyle industry. Namely in the fields of the food and beverage, music, art, design, architecture, entertainment and retail. The really impressive bit was the jaw-dropping list of more than 60 brands participating in the festival. Most, if not all, were the trendiest and most famous restaurants and bars in Singapore setting up pop-ups stalls. Literally the who’s who of the Singapore dining scene all ALL UNDER ONE ROOF. As my friend remarked, so it’s basically an walk-and-eat, walk-and-eat event? Yep! She could not have put it more succinctly.

Although an arts festival, in my eyes it was a foodies’ festival. I was most interesting in the array of dishes offered. And after seeing that jaw-dropping list, it did not take much convincing for me to get a weekend pass. As luck would have it, I found a discount code that took 25% off the ticket price. Well done me, saving wherever I can. I was really glad I got a weekend pass because there were so much stuff to see and eat.

My day began started with a 9.24km run in East Coast Park with my newly-joined running club. One needs to spent as much calories as possible for the afternoon feast. It was exhausting and I was famished i.e. all ready to FEAST. Armed with an equally food-obsessed best pal, at 11am, we made our way to Tai Seng MRT Station where a complimentary shuttle bus took us to the hilariously-named Tasty Plaza. The organizers could not have been sweeter with the free transportation from the train station.

When we arrived, we were handed these RFID tags upon showing them our e-tickets. These tags contained all our “money”. No cash or card were allowed to be used inside except to top up the RFID tags.

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When we purchased anything, a mini tablet would be placed on our tags and deducted accordingly. 

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I was dead impressed with this payment concept! It was simple, efficient and hygienic. One did not have to worry about rummaging through their bags for cash or face the food vendors handle money with the same glove used for handling food. For patrons, one could still pay even when both hands were busy holding plates of food or drinks. So often in the afternoon, my hands were so busy with shopping or holding food.

The festival was held in a re-purposed industrial building over eight stories(!) Every level was a different concept with each and every element thoughtfully put together for a reason. It was a little overwhelming and I was hoping for a brochure or leaflet detailing the brands on each level. But nothing was provided so I checked out this board for the pop-ups I really wanted to try and committed them to memory.

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When we arrived, the festival had just begun for less than an hour so it is quiet. Perfect! There were no queues at any of the food stalls and in some cases, the food preparation had not been set up yet. The exhibition rooms were also literally empty. We ran up and down Tasty Plaza like we owned it!

We begun on Level 1, Street Food where three food vendors and two drinks vendors held court. Only one interest me though. Right by the entrance was Singapore’s first, and quite possibly the only food truck, Kerbside Gourmet .

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The menu filled with Asian-Mexican dishes looked interesting but were not novel (LA’s Kogi Truck). Having said that, they all sounded delicious!

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I was gunning for their signature Bjorn’s Bak Chor Mee (Singapore Fried Minced Pork Noodle) Tacos. They explained it as a “deconstructed version” of the much-loved local dish. The usual BCM ingredients were presented in a wholly different way. Served on a large lettuce leaf and two soft tacos, juicy minced pork and cubed Shitake mushrooms were drizzled with an appetizing creamy thousand island-like sauce. The mee/ noodles were deep-fried garnished atop providing ample crunch to the dish. This “starter” was excellent but one very messy dish.

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We took a lift straight to the fourth floor to scour for more food. The lifts were slow so it became the only time we experienced them. The rest of the afternoon, we climbed the stairs instead.

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But the lifts surprised me. There were boards all around listing the events and stalls on the respective floors throughout the building.

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When we alighted on Level 4, a banner informing us of the theme, “Local is Hidden” greeted us.

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We made a beeline for South East Sliders. They were still setting up. Evidently we were too eager-beavers for them. This new stall currently only does pop-ups before they find a permanent space. Specializing in shredded meat encased in crispy puff pastry shells for $7 each, I was excited to try this new concept.

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Ready or not, that did not stop us from ordering two of their signatures: Big D Slider – pastry pocket stuffed with shredded Chicken Debal (or Devil Curry), relish, and smoked cheese.

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This was essentially a Chicken Curry Puff on steroids and it was a damn good one! Omgosh my friends, this blew us away!!! That puff pastry shell was so flaky, crisp, and fragile, and the tender chicken filling so full of flavour. Mighty delicious and one of the festival’s must-have

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… and the other signature, Lim Peh Slider a pastry pocket with shredded beef rendang, caramelised onions, with Swiss cheese and greens. 

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Slightly sweet, it was less mind blowing than the Big-D. We may have preferred the chicken version but towards the end, the saucy beef filling was quite a palate pleaser. 

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Getting on my hands on South East Sliders was one of the afternoon’s highlight. My pictures don’t even do these yummers justice.

After that, we raced up to the fifth level for more grub. The theme on this level was “Our Local Best” and the most energetic of all. With the most retail shops on this level, there were also short 15-20 min talks held throughout and even EATING CONTESTS. Given our love for buffets, these contests would only have been inevitable.

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IMG_3843But I was there for one thing: food. Three vendors held anchor on this level.

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Artichoke, served up two wacky but totally original dishes: The “Everything Chips” Salad and Coconut Ice-cream with Chicken Skin Crackling and Corn. Yes, you read it right! Coconut ice-cream with fried chicken skin. This out-of-this-world combination only made me even more resolute to get one.

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And boy was it good! A novel combination that doesn’t let down one’s taste buds.

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Park Bench Deli, a collaboration between chefs from Lolla and The Cajun Kings, was serving up “next-level sandwiches”; Double Play and Pork Bench Belly (Kong Ba Bao).

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HELLO!!! With Lolla involved, no one was expecting anything “ordinary.” Give me one each now!

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The Double Play consisted of uber tender shredded Beef Pastrami and Corned Beef Brisket within a fluffy white sandwich roll made by Bakery Artisan Original (BAO). This sandwich sent my friend and I into heaven. The beef fillings were packed with so much flavour and sauce with the white bread impressively soft. We were literally floating from the joy of this deliciousness. Our second festival must-have!

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The Park Bench Belly (Kong Ba Pao) consisted of a succulent stewed pork belly and pickled vegetables. It was less impressive than its beef sister though. But still tasty with the refreshing pickled vegetables. I was quite taken with the succulent pork although more of that sticky sweet sauce would have benefited the whole sandwich.

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As I was eating, I was thinking of how familiar it tasted… then it struck me, Nam Nam’s Banh Mi!!! Just with a softer banh mi roll though.

CIA was there too and served up two small plates. A Wanton Nanchos in a Beer Cheese Soup and a more safe-sounding Pulled Duck Wontons.

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The Wanton Nanchos in the strong beery thick cheese soup was a little weird and quite frankly, did not work. The respective strong flavours were competing with each other too aggressively.

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On the other hand, the Pulled Duck Wontons were GOOD. The wonton contained shredded duck was wonderfully tender and full of saucy goodness without any gaminess. Topped with a refreshing pickled cucumber, it was delicious albeit small given the $7 price tag. It reminded me Ding Dong’s Duck Wontons and good times.

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The Library was on hand to provide drinks.

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I got this banana-flavoured Donkey Keong with a Ford Gin base, in a tasting portion for $8. Garnished with a mini Banana, I simply could not resist ordering this for the sake of it.

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And the drink was strong! My Asian flush came raging out after that small little cup.

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On this level, tons of retail shopping.

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And I scored this for my nut-butter-loving family. :)

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We would have stayed on the fifth floor longer but there was the sixth floor too. A hippy free sprit-themed “Local is Neverland”. Things got a little more adventurous here.

Follow the yellow brick road into the Neverland and revisit the classic stories we are all familiar with once upon a time. Venture deep into the garden of Queen of Hearts or wander into the secret chamber of Beauty. Take a little trip on the magic carpet ride in our projection room and scout for all the delicacies the land has to offer if you are feeling a little greedy. Or simply lounge in the Sherwood Forest if you are huffed-and-puffed out. Wherever you are and whichever corner you turn, we promise many whimsical touches of art installations in an nostalgic world of imagination. Local is a Neverland.

Essentially there was a 6-room “train” journey presenting a multi-sensory experience with each room subtly resonating with featured brands and labels like, MAGPIE, TRICERATOPS, SUPERMAMA, KITH, and NAIISE.

It is also on this level one would find caterer-turned-restaurantaur, Preparazzi serving up a scrumptious Bazuka Yakibuta. A signature roast crackling pork with caramelised char siew on short-grain rice, splashed with a lard-soya secret sauce served with an onsen egg, pickles and crispy shallot chilli. Just kill me now. As if I was going to say no to that.

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Just check out the char siew displayed right in front enticing EVERYONE.

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Stuffed to the brim at that point, nothing stopped me from getting a bowl for $10. And I was so glad we did. To eat, one broke the sensual egg and tossed the whole lot together.

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It was a sick dish! The Roasted Pork Belly had this heavenly crispy crust accompanied by the tender to the fork char siew. The crispy shallot chilli was the bomb. Spicy and subtly sweet, it elevated this dish to a whole new level.

L’Aiglon was present and we could not resist a tasting portion of a Popcorn Extravaganza consisting of a Popcorn flavoured Boyd & Blair Vodka, Cocchi Americano, with a Citrus Peel. 

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These people were friendly!

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It was such a fun afternoon but we did not stay for long. We had to find some place to walk off our stuffed bellies. A lot of money was spent on my first afternoon but it was so much fun and an eye-opener. Singapore has a lot of amazing brands and our lifestyle industry is filled with tons of creative people. It felt good to be part of this festival. Go Singapore!

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Pizza Delivery and an Ice Cream Core-off!

Last night’s drinks gathering with my colleagues was much fun! I ordered in eight pizzas and we finished them all in 20 minutes flat! No leftovers was a first and we were all surprised. For dessert, the ultimate ice cream core-off! Ben & Jerry’s Cores against Häagen-Dazs Secret Sensations. Much to everyone’s delight, I pulled out five tubs of ice cream purely for devouring purposes. They more than enough to get us all sugar-ed out! No one feeds people like I do, and no one will ever feed them as well as I do. NO ONE, you hear me?

To begin the evening, we pounced on the eight pizzas. The pizzas arrived impressively promptly at 6pm. The delivery man was also so kind by ensuring he carried them all the way to the party table. For sure the service alone trumped the pizzas! You can see from the picture below which company I ordered from. As this won’t be a favorable review, I won’t be typing the name.

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It was not that the pizzas were bad. But for the price, $24 to $26 each, it was not outstanding enough to justify the price. The generous consensus among us was that the outer crust was too doughy for our liking. Maybe the pizzas weren’t meant to travel. Maybe it would have been better, more crisp, if consumed at the restaurant. Still last night, the doughy crust, which got tougher when cooled, left little to be desired. A lot of us ladies ate till just before the outer crust, without the toppings, and binned the rest. Another noticeable flaw with the pizzas was the lack of flavour AND seasoning. Flat-tasting pizzas was more like the norm among them all.

Only one pizza stood out. It was the only pizza we could all in unison agree was good: Mushroom Bianco. Consisting of: béchamel, mozzarella, roasted mushrooms and onions, fontina, rosemary, pecorino, truffle oil. The strong truffle flavour and smoky roasted mushrooms really came through. We were drawn to this like bees to honey. It was the first pizza to be finished.

The Ham & Mushroom was forgettable.

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From the top: Ham & Mushroom and Mushroom Bianco

However I did have a second favourite this evening: Seafood. Consisting of béchamel, prawns, clams, squid,cherry tomatoes, chilli flakes, parmigiano reggiano, pecorino, lemon juice, and shaved garlic, the bechamel base was smooth and creamy. It contrasted beautifully with the, by now, tough crust. A joy to bite into. The fresh seafood toppings helped too.

However the biggest disappointment of them all was the Four Cheese! None of the tomato, mozzarella, fontina, pecorino, parmigiano reggiano came through. Neither were any of the four cheese distinctive – it felt more like a single cheese pizza. Anddd a 4 Cheese pizza without blue cheese?! Horrifying. Blue cheese is MANDATORY in a multiple cheese pizza. I always assumed this flavour would be the easiest to get right and a sure winner tonight. But this pizza company managed to prove me wrong. I sure have a deeper appreciation for a good 4 cheese from now onwards.
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From the top: Four Cheese and Seafood

The Hawaiian BBQ Chicken pizza was essentially a typical Hawaiian pizza with an Asian twist, and chicken instead of ham. The generous and vivid-coloured toppings such as the green chillis and pineapple cubes made me reach for this first. I was expecting punchy flavours. No, it tasted as flat as previously described save for hints of spiciness.

The Meatball with the tomato, mozzarella, veal and ricotta meatballs, fresh basil, provolone, looked good but no one said much about it.

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From the top: Meatball and Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

The other two pizzas, the Spotted Pig‘s description managed to trumped the flavour. The great-sounding ingredients of tomato, mozzarella, pepperoni, pork sausage, applewood smoked bacon, and parmigiano reggiano, was lost on me. It did not feel more like random variations of pork being laid onto a tomato paste. Shame. It could have so much potential.

The Broccolini & Sausage again lacked flavour. Consisting of mozzarella, broccolini, pork sausage, chilli, parmigiano reggiano, pecorino, and lemon juice, it was just crunchy. It was sorely missing some salt.

It was terribly disappointing that most of the pizzas lacked astounding flavours or any kind of seasoning. I don’t think I am ordering this pizza brand in again. At the end of the day, when it comes to pizza delivery, Spizza still triumphs. When dining in, Pizzeria Mozza all the way.

Now let’s move on to the exciting part of the evening: An ice cream Core-off! Naturally, dessert got everyone buzzing!

Days ago, I was giving a serious thought on how to make the Drinks Gathering more fun instead of just throwing food on the table. Then I thought about the Ben & Jerry’s new range and how HD ALSO has two flavours with puddles of gooeyness within. That was it, I sent out an email setting up a core competition between the two brands.

IMG_3777When we cleared the pizza boxes from the table, I pulled out the five tubs. HD ice cream tubs were surprisingly hard to get hold of in Raffles Place. I went to three 7/11s and failed to find any. In the end, I had to get them from the Fairprice closest to my place, and bring them to work in a small cooler bag. There are only three Ben & Jerry’s core flavours in Singapore. Terrible considering B&J UK has some amazing-sounding combination. But let’s not dwell on the what could have been.

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From left to right: HD Secret Sensation Creme Brulee, HD SS Chocolate Fondant, B&J That’s My Jam, B&J Salted Caramel, B&J Hazed and Confused

The B&J surprised me as they were not overwhelmingly sweet like the “normal” flavours. My favourite out of the three was That’s My Jam. Chocolate & Raspberry Ice Creams with Fudge Chips & a Raspberry Core. The raspberry core was the highlight. It was sharp and tangy – a wonderful contrast with the sweet chocolate and raspberry ice creams. The chocolate fudge chips was generous and was quite mild. It did not compete with the tartness of the jam core. All in all an outstanding balanced creation. I preferred the Salted Caramel to the Hazed & Confused only because the salted caramel core was seriously salted. It achieved what it set out to do. The Hazelnut fudge core was lost on me. The lack of contrasting flavours made it a monotonous tub.

There were two flavours this evening: Chocolat Fondant and Creme Brûlée. The Chocolat Fondant was overwhelmingly chocolatey. There was both chocolate ice cream, sauce and brownies in the mix. Simply indulgent. If you are a chocolate lover, no other ice cream will ever trump this flavour. The intensity of the chocolate ice cream as well as the lusciousness AND intensity of the chocolate sauce is a chocolate dream come true! The Creme Brulee Crème Brûlée has a vanilla ice cream with crunchy bits of caramel biscuit. Just like the crispy top on a traditional Crème Brûlée. Then just like the chocolate fondant one, there’s a saucy caramel centre. The bomb!

In the end, there was NO clear winner. I know, what a downer. Haagen-Dazs does some seriously good ice cream but the B&J Core range was pretty impressive too. We all had so many favourites. >_<