The Golden Jubilee Weekend Recap! 

Hello hello!!! How are we all doing after the four-day weekend? Suffering from post-Golden Jubilee withdrawal? That’s fine because it is a 4-day work week! Wooohooo. My Golden Jubilee week was epic! Among many things, I threw two parties! Those took up a lot of time and effort. In the end it was so worth it as my friends declared it the best party I ever threw. So now I am on a post-parties HIGH and want to organize more parties!

Here’s what went down during the weekend. The celebrations began on Thursday evening at The Manor Bar where we celebrated a friend’s belated birthday. I loved how quiet the second-level bar was on the eve of weekend compared to the noise downstairs. The drinks were good!

We surprised the birthday boy with his favourite “cake”, an ice-cream cake from Hagan Daaz. It couldn’t have been more pink! While difficult to cut and it looked as if we destroyed the cake, it was delicious.

A two-layered vanilla and strawberry cake with a surprising base layer of coconut biscuits. As delicious as this cake was, ice-cream cakes are far too troublesome to get.    

My friend bought me this amazing cocktail book from the famous speakeasy bar in New York City, PDT. I devoured it like no other.

On Friday evening, I went with good friends to catch the Sing50 concert – the only Golden Jubilee event I attended. Before the concert, we met up for an early dinner at my favourite Korean Fried Chicken place, Oven & Fried Chicken. Specializing in fried rice chicken, I was super excited to introduce this joint to them. Despite the lack of Watermelon Soju (our favourite), they still enjoyed the crunchy skin and juicy meat as much! Food-street-cred solidified yet again. Woohoo!

We began dinner with a tiny jug of Yoghurt Soju or “Yoju” as my friend called it during the entire evening. Essentially yakult with alcohol, this was very appetizing! We swiftly ordered a second jug.

On this visit, we ordered the Kimchi Pancake that had more vegetables than pancake; loved it!

The classic Fried Rice Chicken and one with mild spicy sauce – all juicy half-portion boneless chicken. I recommend getting the spicy sauced version; out-of-this-world!

We also tried something new: Sauced Jambalaya came with a sauce filled with red chilli padis! This took down a lot of people during dinner.

The Sauced Soy Sauce version – sweet and savoury at the same time.

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After dinner, we took the train to the Sports Hub for the Sing50 concert. The audience turnout was huge!

Watched home-grown Stefanie Sun and JJ Lin perform. I was blown away from their singing. But the highlight of the evening was Lang Lang, the renowed pianist. I was in awe of his nimble fingers. 

The LKY montage during his performance was especially touching.

Here is a snippet of his performance.

Will never forget tonight: watched the world-famous pianist Lang Lang perform tonight. 🎹❤️🇸🇬

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After the concert, we could not resist snapping a shot of this view.

On Saturday, I spent the day shopping for the party in the evening. Mad crazy amount of shopping and rushing around for décor. It was the first party I threw with so much décor but the multiple trips to the Balloon shop (3! to Middle Road) was so worth it in the end! There was a backdrop to commemorate the weekend…

Went to town at Biscuit King

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This shop is so close to my house but last Thursday was my first visit to the shop and I was overwhelmed.

Tins of beautiful carbohydrates 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬

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Got a KTV system going on…

Made a Singapura Sangria

The theme was Your Favourite Hawker Grub and my friends brought the best and craziest amount of food. Check out the spread…

Which increased as more people arrived.

Notable dishes that evening: Soon Heng Rojak, Bedok Satay, Popiah from Old Airport Road, Hai Cheong Gai from Siang Hee Zi Char

For desserts, there were Paddle Pop ice-cream (my guests went wild!), a beautiful SG50 cake from Edith Patisserie (pandan coconut gula Melaka frosted in red and white frosting), and more ice-cream from Island Creamery (Ping Pong Milo & Chendol).

Intersection of the rich, lovely cake that tasted strongly of Kaya. I was totally in love with the fluffy buttercream.  

Then fun times with the photobooth! My girls. Love them to bits.

Tonight with them… So fun so fun!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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The KTV got everyone singing and dancing. So many people declared during the party it was the best I organized – mission accomplished!

On National Day, BBQ Party with my family while watching the parade. My cousins know where to get good stuff.

There was a Paleo party going on…

My sis brought vegetables.

Dessert was the same SG50 cake from Edith Patisserie (I got two!) and more ice-cream from the evening before..

  We watched the parade.

Ran out to watch the fighter jets fly by.

Then more photobooth fun!!!  

 What a weekend filled with so much laughter and love. On Monday I was pooped! Happy Belated Birthday Singapore!!!

Motorino Pizza: Beautifully Bland

After four aesthetically stunning pizzas, I found New York’s Motorino Pizza to be bland. I much preferred the punchy flavours offered by the West Coast pizzeria at M.B.S. However at the equally-renowned East Coast pizzeria, the thick spotted crust smelled heavenly; smoky and addictively chewy. But it was their toppings that left me unimpressed.

For example, take the Brussels Sprouts & Bacon. I was most looking forward to this. Generously topped with semi-roasted brussels sprouts leaves, it caused the whole pizza to taste green and slightly grassy. The bacon flavour was barely-discernible bacon given the overwhelming “green” flavour. 

Another pizza I was most looking forward to: Cremini Mushroom & Sausage. Again arriving generously topped with semi-cooked slices of brown mushrooms and minced pork. This was hardly palatable but memorable for why mushrooms should always be cooked down. Now I know why I never eat brown mushrooms raw off the supermarket shelves. At the same time, right then and there, I missed the Fennel & Sausage Pizza at the West Coast pizzeria in MBS. 

However all was not lost. I did enjoy the Fresh Clam pizza. Although the clam flavour could barely be tasted, I thoroughly enjoyed the thick layer of Mozarella cheese that became chewy when cooled. 

The Margherita was beautiful but forgettable…

We did begin our carb fest with some appetisers. Out of five, I enjoyed one: Roasted Chicken Wings. The juicy and meaty wings embodied a smoky barbecued scorched skin. The best I ever tasted. 

The luscious-looking Motorino’s Meatballs were forgettable although the texture was pretty remarkable. I heard suction sounds when I pierced my spoon into it.  

I don’t remember the two salads we shared although the Caesar Salad with the generous shavings of fresh Parmesan was stunning.

The Steamed Clams “Al Bianco” were forgettable.

Two desserts: Tiramisu was executed well. 

The Torta Al Cioccolato w/ Crema Inglese (flourless dark chocolate cake with vanilla cream sauce) was thick, rich and fudgy but I remembered Chocolate Origin tasting like that. 

When our order was taken, we noticed it was not written down. Thinking the short menu made it easy to memorise orders. We realised after the meal one of our appetisers, Roasted Mortadella, didn’t make it onto our table.  Forgetful as they may be, the service at Motorino was still impeccable! They allowed us to bring in our own birthday cake, provided a candle for us, and even provided fresh plates and cutleries for our cakes. (A stark contrast to my experience at Providore in Mandarin gallery; they cleared all our cutleries upon seeing our cake.) If I return to Motorino Pizza, it will only be for the service. 

SPR MRKT Catering: Quality Over Quantity

Last night it was another fortnightly session of Associates Gathering in my office. I was most looking forward to this particular session as SPR MRKT was delivering their newest goods. Some of you may know they cater to this event frequently. At every session, I become the most popular colleague for that evening! It helps with my self-esteem, I am not going to lie. Last night I was hoping to repeat the “glory” and sure enough, SPR MRKT nailed it.

Unlike the previous menus, this menu was a succinct two savouries and two desserts. That’s because the two savouries were higher-priced and you will see, less grubby. Featuring new items from their baby sister, Koskos Café, I could not resist the Crayfish Rolls with Two Rabbits Smoky Chilli and Sriracha Shrimp Paste Chicken with Slaw in a Waffle Cone. Yes, for reals, a waffle cone!  For desserts, two cakes: Double Fudge Chocolate and Coconut Carrot with Butterscotch Frosting. What I love most about SPR MRKT, and the main reason I keep going back to them, spot-on seasoning! It is never under-salted or overwhelming so. The flavourings always balanced. At the end of yesterday evening, my colleagues surprised me by not complaining about the small quantity. In fact they all agreed quality over quantity. I think that means, no more grubby food, we want those crayfish rolls again!

Without further ado, let me show you the spread that made me so popular last night:

Look how the Sriracha Shrimp Paste Chicken with Slaw in a Waffle Cones were delivered…

My colleagues were surprised when they first saw this. “How does one eat this?!” Well, like an ice-cream. It was a delicious fusion take on our beloved Tze Char classic. And the whole cone was filled with juicy fried chicken thigh.

Crayfish Rolls with Two Rabbits Smoky Chilli was the winner of the evening. Check out those scorched marks! I did not see a single person stop at one roll…

For desserts: two perfectly portioned cakes.

The Double Chocolate Fudge Cake was soo rich, just a slice single-handedly took them down. The Coconut Carrot with Butterscotch Frosting was a different story. Think bits of coconut in every bite of the tender carrot sponge with the subtle butterscotch frosting providing another flavour hit. This cake is officially my favourite. I loved every bite of it! Let it sit out at room temperature for a tender texture but at fridge-cold, the flavours are more pronounced.

 

Can’t wait for more marvellous spread from the ever-reliable SPR MRKT/ Koskos!

The Sushi Bar, NAC: Wouldn’t Order Anything Fried

When my family hit up The Sushi Bar at Ngee Ann City, I let out a “FINALLY. We made it!” It was hard to ignore the new branch of the famed Japanese restaurant in Far East Plaze. On Instagram, bowls of their Wagyu and Chirashi Dons were everywhere. As a social media whore, The Sushi Bar slowly became high on my FOMO-Bucket-List. Now I have two pictures from the restaurant on my IG gallery and not ashamed to say, pleased as a punch! 

For us first-timers, my parents and I thoroughly enjoyed many dishes. However I realised these were centered towards the raw dishes. For example, their Chirashi and Aburi Chirashi Don, Wagyu Beef Don, and even the uninviting-looking Pitan Tofu which tasted so good. I definitely preferred our lunch venue to Sushi Tei that specializes in terribly under-seasoned food. My first thought whenever the eatery is mentioned: soy sauce. However I had a big gripe with The Sushi Bar. I simply could not ignore the smell of rancid oil from all the deep-fried dishes we ordered. It was an off-putting smell that rendered me unable to go for seconds. What’s up with that? However we will still return. The fresh and thickly-cut sashimi is too hard to resist. Plus the sauce in the Wagyu Beef Don was most addictive. Not even the slow incompetent service (tables of crockeries left unclear for a long time after the diners left) will deter us.  

Our lunch – The Good & Must-orders!

Pitan Tofu

 


Weekend rocks! 🐮

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 Aburi Kaisen Chirashi Don ($26.90)

Salmon Aburi Roll ($14.90)

Grilled Hamachi


The above items satisfied us immensely. However those below, order at your own risk. 

Tonkatsu Curry Rice

 Dragon Roll ($25.90) – love the idea: Japanese Prawn Tempura rolled with rice topped with slices of eel and avocado but the Tempura reeked of rancid oil…

A Sacred Cupcake From Magnolia Bakery New York City 

 All the way from New York City, say hello to cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery!!!

A partner in my firm got a kind friend to hand carry this half dozen box of babies to Raffles Place for him. As obssessed about cupcakes as me, initially he hid them from me. But a kind friend knew this was not going to happen. I walked straight into his office to look for the paper bag.

You have no idea what it took for me to get my grubby hands on one. Just one. Ten full minutes of negotiations, threats, nagging, then finally a promise. The promise to get more for him when I visit NYC at the end of year. It was tough work but I did it! A Double Chocolate in my hands. Behold my lunch…

The verdict? The chocolate cake base was bone-dry, I am not going to lie. But that chocolate buttercream frosting was as smooth as water and as rich as 70% dark chocolate. Every bite of the lucious frosting made me forgive that base. Worth the ten minutes of my life haggling for it!