Thursday, 29 July 2010

Great Singapore Cook Off & SIS Fun Day

What are you planning to do during the coming National Day long weekend from 07 - 09 August 2010? Perhaps you might want to mark out 07th & 08th August in your diary for a fun-filled family day at Palawan Beach, Sentosa. With the new Integrated Resort (IR) that lines with many great activities and eateries, you can even take a break off to pamper you and your family by have a short stay at any of the resort hotel.

Remember a few weeks back, I have shared a post on the “FairPrice Family COOK OFF” and now the big day has come and they are going to have the live filming of this “Cook Off” program at Sentosa. There will be lots of free activities including face painting, arts and crafts, games, sand sculpting and many prizes and giveaways throughout the day. You can read up more on their official website HERE.

The organizer of this event would like to invite all readers and bloggers to join this upcoming event where SIS Sugar (click HERE for details) will be laying on lots of great activities for you and your family such as:-

10.00am
~ Icing demonstration: 10 – 20 kids can participate in this
~ Registration for Cupcake Decoration contest opens

11.00am
~ Cupcake Decoration contest begins

12.30pm
~ “SIS Jingle Jam” competition – live performance (spot prizes)
~ Candy floss
~ Giveaway Kids making sprinkle messages on Sticky lollipops

13.00pm
~ End of Cupcake Decoration Award for most decorative cupcake

13.30pm
~ “SIS Jingle Jam” competition – live performance (spot prizes)

14.00pm
~ SIS Trivia: fact-sharing session about SIS Sugar (spot prizes)

15.00pm
~ Kids making sprinkle messages on Sticky lollipops

15.30pm
~ “SIS Jingle Jam” competition – live performance (spot prizes)


So hurry! Plan your day on 07 - 08 August 2010 with your family to enjoy these interesting programs where you might take a glimpse on the filming of the "Great Singapore Cook Off". But for meanwhile, you can also participate with their online Jingle where you can show off your talent and creativity in design your very own jingle to stand a chance to win attractive prizes as such S$1,000 CASH.

For more details on creating the Jingle event, do hope by to their facebook website at:-
http://tinyurl.com/2f2n6r7

Till then, hope to see you around at Palawan Beach, Sentosa during the upcoming Events and Good Luck to you if you are joining the Jingle Jam too :)




p/s: All photos used on this post credit to SIS Sugar & Cook Off Singapore.


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Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Sakae Power!!!

Remember this "Power Pro Bento” set which is launched during 22 June 2010, at the "Sakae Welcome The World 2010" event. This bento set is to tie in with the upcoming Youth Olympic Games whereby it consists of protein rich ingredients that help to increase strength, muscle development and improves athletic performance. This is what we have ordered at one of the Sakae outlet which look a bit rather different from what we saw during the event if you compare both the photos. (Click HERE).

The set comes with appetiser, main dish, rice/noodles, steam egg and cut fruits. For starter we tried the "Ebi Avocado Tofu" where you can only see a slice of avocado on it and the "white" tofu seems kind of messy with the pouring sauce all over the surface.

The broth of the "Seafood Kaminabe Hotpot" has being infuse with the sweetness of the seafood and vegetables which makes it great to go with rice. We love the broth which is just right for our taste buds.

The Fish Roe seems to be missing from our "Gindara Cod Fish" plate and the taste of the fillet seems rather odd with its sauce. If you have tried this "Power Bento Set" before, do share your experience with us on the items. Perhaps different outlets will have different end results.

"Sakae Chawanmushi" was still smooth and fragrant as usual and it is always one of our favourite items on the menu too. But sometime I do missed their "Pumpkin Chawanmushi" which has being removed from their menu.

We choose Udon over rice as we prefer something soupy to go with the sushi that we pick up from the convery belt. But you can always choose rice to go with the Seafood Kaminabe Hotpot.

After the meal, you can pamper yourself with some seasonal cut fruits to make this bento set a more complete meal. This “Power Pro Bento” set which cost S$22.90 will be available from now till 31st August 2010. And 15% of the proceeds from this “Sakae's Power Pro Bento” will go to the Singapore Sailing Federation. Posted by Picasa



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EwF by Everything With Fries

EwF by Everything With Fries restaurant has a new fast food outlet located at Orchard Central, level 1. While shopping around that area last week, we decided to drop-by and tried out some of their items that I have read good reviews on.

The overall decoration of the outlet was bright and comfort with white furniture like school tables and chairs. They have giant chalkboard menu display at both inside and outside of the outlet whereby the customers can have a better view of their items. From the menu, you can either "make a meal" of your choice @ S$11.90 for a set of "burger/sandwich + soft drink + choice of fries" or you can just pick up any items from the menu itself.

While queuing up for the order, I have saw a few customers ordering Curry Fries @ S$2.90/pack but I did not get it because I was afraid that it might be spicy for Rey. So I decided to get an extra pack of Original Fries apart from my "make a meal" set. While looking at this "Original Fries" above, I was puzzle at first glance because of the "powders" on it which I thought it might be the curry fries they have took wrongly.

We will kind of disappointed with the “Original Fries” as it taste too soggy perhaps it had being left there for too long before our order. And it really taste “Original” even with those “powder” so almost ¾ pack of the fries are left there untouched. (note: All fries cost S$2.90/pack)

I have ordered a "make mine a meal" set that comes with a burger, drink and fries for S$11.90 which is quite a good deal for a meal. Since it is a rainy afternoon, I decided to go for a hot drink which I settle with "Hot Butterscotch Milk" which taste great like "popcorn" fragrant according to my boy.

My choice of fries is "Sour Cream and Onion" which taste much more better the "Original Fries" above. This pack has being freshly fried and it is still hot and crispy while served.

Now comes to the main course, I have being wonder on which items to choose since they have 6 different choices on the list from "4 burgers and 2 sandwiches". Instead of going for their EwF Super Burger which sounds and look great, I decided to try their low-key item which is this "Lamb Burger".

If you just order the Lamb Burger itself, it will cost you about S$6.90. Accordingly to the menu, this burger is marinated with middle eastern spices, cooked then topped with garlic cream cheese, tomato concasse and caramelised onions. So while looking at this, I expected the burger to be juicy and fragrant rather than dry and lack of sauce in it. So I guess this will be my last time trying their Lamb Burger.

While eating half way through our meal, we happened to notice that someone at our next table are having some delicious looking dessert which I curiously enquire with them about it. So after hearing food reviews from them, I also grab a box of this "Nutella Slice" which cost S$3.50. And I assured you that this is indeed a very rich and delicious dessert if you love chocolate. Rey finished almost 3/4 of the slice leaving only 1/4 for me. Posted by Picasa

Although the burger that I had did not turn out to be what I expected but I am still glad that they have some great dessert, drink and fries. Perhaps I shall drop by their main restaurant at 458 Joo Chiat Road to try out more of their other dishes.


EwF by Everything With Fries
181 Orchard Road
#01-24/25
Orchard Central
Singapore 238896
website: www.everythingwithfries.com

Opening Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday - Satursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm



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Thursday, 22 July 2010

SuperNature Sunday Organic Fair

If you have missed out the first SuperNature Super Sunday on 27 June 2010(click HERE). This last-Sunday-of-the-month organic fair is back again this Sunday, 25 July 2010 between 10:00am – 6:00pm. This time round it is back with a new lineup of organic offers, special buys and sampler taster dishes for their valuable customers.

At this Sunday fair, the tasting station has gotten bigger with Roasted Organic Turkey Breast Sandwich, US grass-fed lamb chops and a selection of juices and teas to tempt your taste buds upon your visit. Do take note, tasting session starts from 11:00am -1:00pm or while stock last.

Best value buys for this Sunday fair will be featuring these three items such as:-

~ A bag of carrots at $5 (Usual Price $9/kg);
~ A three-piece bag of Nashi pears at $15 (Usual Price $19.50); and
~ A pack of Heidi’s Hens Fresh Roasted Organic Turkey Breast at $10 (Usual Price $15.90).


To get there by public transport, you can take SBS Bus 111 from the bus-stop opposite Orchard MRT station and alight at the second bus-stop which is opposite Four Seasons Hotel. From there walk straight towards the junction of Tomlinson and Orchard Boulevard Road and you will see Park House Condominium. Or you can drive and park at the public carpark outside the store. Posted by Picasa

SuperNature
21 Orchard Boulevard
#01-21/23 & 27 Park House
Singapore 248645
Tel:(65)6304 1338
Fax:(65)6735 0366
Email: sales@supernature.com.sg
Website: www.supernature.com.sg




Note: During the Sunday Fair, visitors or customers can also a two-can pack of Llanllyr Source Sparkling Water (Usual Price $3.35 per can) between 10am – 12pm.


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Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Four Seasons Durians Pancake @ AMK Hub

Four Seasons Durians is guided by Professional Chef Victor Chan and Business Woman Joyce Lee where the brand has changed their image from a traditional fresh fruit stall into a modern and innovative durian confectionery. Within a few years, Four Seasons Durians has a few branches in Singapore such as in Takashimaya, AMK Hub, Tiong Bahru Plaza and etc. Sometime you can also spot them in food fair pushcart stall in some local shopping malls.

This is one of the branch that is located at Basement 2 of AMK Hub which is near the main entrance of NTUC express.

Four Seasons Durians has a wide range of products that are made from fresh Durian pulp such as Pancakes, Mooncakes, Puffs, Tarts, Cakes, Ice-Cream and etc. And they also participate in this year Singapore Food Festival @ Clarke Quay Food Street too.

There are always people queuing up to grab apiece or two or their freshly made durian pancake especially during weekends or lunch hours. And one good point of the stall is the speed of making the pancake is rather fast with two helpers to ease the waiting queue. But some of the feedbacks from friends who frequent the stalls, the durian fillings that they used sometime might be differ in taste such as more bitter or sweet throughout the different branches due to the type of durian used. Each piece of pancake cost S$1.50 with a spoonful of fresh durian pulp wrapped in it. Posted by Picasa

Four Seasons Durians
53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3
#B2-28 Ang Mo Kio Hub
Singapore 569933
Telephone: 6484 2285
Operating Hours: 10.00am - 10.00pm daily



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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Subway Low Fat Sandwiches

What are your favourite or regular items on the SUBWAY menu? I remember the very first time when I had this sandwich was a few years back during my stay in Brisbane. And we actually bought the "Foot long" sandwich which is so huge and stuffed with lot of ingredients and from that moment we have fell in love with it's freshness of ingredients and taste.

Today there are more than 70 Subway outlets located at different parts of Singapore and it seems to be leading sandwich brand what captures the heart of customers from different age group.

Guess nowadays, there are more and more people going for healthier fast food comparing to those days when most of us are surrounded by deep-fried chicken or burger. Likwise some people are willing to spend S$10.00 or so to get a set meal that comes with a 6" sandwich of their choice, drinks, cookies and snacks.

This is the New Subway Beef Pastrami which are layers with finest beef that are smoked and seasoned to perfection together with some vegetables of your choice. The beef stuffed in the sandwich is not a huge portion like those shown on their advertisement poster or etc and we find the taste rather normal comparing to it's price over their regular sandwiches on the menu.

My 6" Subway Melt that consists of Turkey Breast, Ham, Bacon melted cheese and standard vegetables that is sandwiches between the Honey Oats Bread that comes up to be 6g of fat or less for only S$5.90. Overall we still prefer Subway melt over the Beef Pastrami.

For the set meal, we are able to choose either 2 pieces of cookies or 1 cookie plus a bag of small chip together with the drink of your choice. Other than the cookies you can also pick a choice from the "Baked Bars" menu that come two in two different flavour such as "Triple Berry" and "Chocolate Walnut". Personally I love both of the snacks although their cookies are not those crunchy type but it does have it special taste that makes you crave for more. Posted by Picasa



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Sunday, 18 July 2010

Official Opening of Singapore Food Festival & Clarke Quay Food Street

Finally the official opening of this year Singapore Food Festival (SFF) was held concurrently together with the Clarke Quay Food Street from 16 July - 24 July 2010. Come let us embark on a mouth-watering journey on this year Singapore Chinese Dialects Heritage Food to stimulate your senses for an unforgettable experience.

But before you enter into the food street to start off your feast, remember to get a SFF Kopitiam stored value dining card from the cashier counter at either side of the entrance at a minimum of S$10.00 value. This stored value card will allows you to enjoy fast and convenient transactions at all the 30 participating stalls at the Clarke Quay Food Street. And remember, "CASH" payment are not allow at the Food Street so do get ready this card before you step in to avoid any inconveniences.

Due to the Opening Ceremony today, there is this long table with a few plates of similar items that symbolised the different Dialect groups and their culture. Eg. The beancurd represent the Hakka yong tau foo, the mee suah represent Hokkien, Fishball for Teochew, Wanton for Cantonese and Beef for Hainanese.

Let's walk through some of the stalls in this year Singapore Chinese Dialects Feast at Clarke Quay Food Street.

Near to the right side of the main entrance are some delicious traditional Hainanese dishes and snack such as Chicken Rice, Chicken Curry, Pork Chop and etc. All these items look so heart warming as it reminds me some of my mother's family traditional Hainanese cuisines.

Talk about Cantonese delight, Dim Sum is always one of the good choice to start off with. I am sure these traditional Cantonese delight such as Cha Siew Bao, Har Gao and Siew Mai can be also found in some western countries too.

If you want something more different from the above dim sum, perhaps you can try out some of these Hokkien and Cantonese delight by Gim Tim. Above is their signature Traditional Hokkien Fried Topical Roll - 招牌大茨粉 which I have review in another SFF post (click HERE). Whereas on the second photo is their Cantonese snack known as Steam Glutinous Rice Roll - 糯米卷. This is a special dim sum dish whereby the seasoned glutinous rice is wrapped with a white skin that is similar to "Bao" skin which is soft and fluffy.

Ngoh Hiang Prawn Cracker is some kind of assorted deep-fried snacks that you can pick from the choice of items such as fishball, cuttlefish, sausage, prawn or fish roll, prawn fitter and etc. These deep-fried items are often served with some sweet/spicy dipping sauce with crushed peanuts.

Lim Hai Sheng Carrot Cake is one of the stalls that is always surrounded by people queuing to get their famous fried carrot cake. Although this dish might look simple with just steam carrot cake fried together with beaten eggs and salted turnip but you must really give it a try which will makes you crave for more. You can read more about this stall at another SFF review post. (click HERE)

I saw a lot of people eating this snack along the way while I venture the stalls. When I asked around, some of the folks told me that this is a Must Try item as they actually prepared the freshly made Popiah skin on the spot at the Food Street.

Without hesitate, I went over to the stall and ordered these Popiah and Kueh Pie Tee. I must admit that those recommendations are good because the ingredients are very fresh and the taste of the filling is very fragrant and with the right amount of seasonings.

Tian Jin Hai, Teochew stall caught my attention with their traditional Fried Black Olive Rice instead of the Cold Crab. This is not the usual fried rice that we used to order from local Cze Cha stall. The fried rice sold here is fried with black olive which makes the rice infused with a special fragrance and taste.

Kew Gardens offered some of their traditional Hakka dishes such as Chicken with Wine Lees - 红糟鸡, Abacus Seeds - 算盘子, Soon Kueh - 笋粿 which is made of yam instead of the normal white soon kueh skin. Other than the above-mentioned, I also discovered the Hakka Black Bean Kueh - 黑豆糕 which I had never seen my in-laws whom are Hakka prepared in any occasions before.

Other than local Chinese Dialect food, you can also find some Malay or Indian food stalls around selling their traditional satay, otah, biryani, curry, and etc.

If you prefer something sweet, perhaps you can try the Four Seasons Durian stall where you can get some durian products such as durian cream puffs, durian tarts, durian kueh and etc.

These are some of the yummy food that are available at the Food Street market. But we are quite disappointed that there actually isn't any dessert stall around except some ice-cream from Four Season Durian and cheng teng from Gim Tim.

The beautiful night view of the Food Street together with the crowds that are busying with the choice of food to buy and also tried to sample as many as possible on those delicious food.

You can also sit along some open air cafe to enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or drinks and look at the beautiful view of the Clarke Quay river after the feast at the Food Market.

If not you can take a walk along the Street Market to pick up some clothing or stuffs which you might be fancy of. Teochew Hand Puppets show is also available the Central's River Promenade from 8:00 - 8:30pm and 9:00 - 9:30pm from 16 - 25 July 2010.

Lastly for all the Media and invited guests, each of us get to take home a very traditional and unique 8 Treasures Box - 八宝盒 from Mandarin Oriental Hotel as a gift. It consists of some traditional sweet candy treat such as malt sugar, candied lotus, candied melon and etc. Posted by Picasa

So if you love to eat all these dialect dishes, do drop by the Food Street from today till 25th July with some friends or family to sample some or all of these delicious cuisine. And if you are interested on the Chinese Dialect Heritage Feast on 25 July 2010 where there are more than 100 over dishes served. You can drop by this website (HERE) to book your tickets online.

Clarke Quay Food Street
Date: 16 July to 24 July
Time: 4pm to 11pm
Venue: Clarke Quay Read Bridge
Pricing: Payment via Singapore Food Festival Souvenir Card
Official Website: http://singaporefoodfestival.com.sg




p/s: For more photos on the SFF Food Street, you can click on this link (HERE) at Cuisine Paradise Facebook Fan Page.


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