Archive for September, 2013

BreadSociety by BreadTalk

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Have you heard of Bread Society? You might have seen Bread Society at Ion Orchard when walking towards the Wheelock side. Bread Society has opened another branch at the newly renovated Suntec City, and they’ve managed to snag a very prime location just outside the Esplanade MRT station, kind of near where TCC used to be.

Did you know that Bread Society is owned by BreadTalk? I had no idea until I attended the tasting session last week! And all along, I’d thought that Bread Society was some competitor after the lucrative bakery business. Bread Society focuses more on artisanal, European-styled breads whereas BreadTalk bakeries focus more on local, soft buns type products, with seasonal promo products.

Come to think of it, there may be many cafes and cake shops sprouting out all over Singapore, but there are hardly any new bakeries who have set up shop. You may not realise it but it takes way more capital investment to start a bakery as compared to a cake shop. You need huge ovens to bake all those breads, you need dough mixes, dough rollers, proofers and huge fridges. To start a cake shop, the minimum you just need is a dough mixer and oven! And after all that effort, how much can you sell the bread for? Less than $3 if it’s a bun sized thing and less than $10 for sure, if it’s some artisanal loaf.

Anyway, here are some pictures of the breads and danishes available at Bread Society. Enjoy!

Bread Society - Blueberry Croissant

Blueberry Croissant

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Fiji Water Signature Creations Expedition

Want to spend an interesting Saturday afternoon indulging in star dishes from 6 stellar restaurants, paired with suitable wines?

The Fiji Water Signature Creations Expedition is the 1st of its kind event in Singapore and will take place tomorrow 28 September 2013 from 12 noon to 6pm. Only a limited number of tickets are available for the event and can be purchased at www.tuckshop.sg for $180. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the Children’s Cancer Foundation CCF. During the expedition, you will be chauffeured in a luxurious coach to participating restaurants – Absinthe, Fat Cow, Hashi, Prive Grill, The Pelican and Tippling Club, where you will be served a signature dish, each paired with a glass of wine and FIJI Water. You can also enjoy the company of participating chefs.Fresh Live Prawn, Hokkaido Scallop and Mixed Vegetable with Japanese Jelly (Hashi)

And if you love taking food photos like I do, there will also be an Instagram competition to document the trail. Snap a photo of your eperience at each restaurant, upload onto Instagram with the hashtags #FIJIWaterSignatureCreations and #Restaurant_Name. The contestant with the best expedition album at the end of the ay wins dining vouchers from the participating restaurants and ONE year’s supply of FIJI Water!  The best 5 photos will also win a consolation prize each.

See the menu below:

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The Line Restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel

Went for the Hawker Heritage promotion at The Line @ Shangri-La last Saturday and it was a buffet quite unlike any other buffet I’ve tried. I usually wallop the Western stuff like crabs, oysters, smoked meats, and all the sashimi etc. I am one of those people who can quite easily steer clear of the cooked main courses. But for the Hawker Heritage promotion, the local dishes were just TOOO good to pass up.

The reason for the superb quality was because Shangri-La has invited nine young hawkers from six famous eateries to present local hawker dishes at The Line to enable guests to experience Singapore’s hawker food culture and highlight the new generation of hawkers. You know how it is when you go to a hotel restaurant or a rather Western restaurant and 99% of the time, the local Singaporean dishes don’t taste the same as what you would get at the hawker centre? This time round, the tastes were authentic! I was so busy trying out the roasted pork, mantous with chilli crab, Hokkien Mee, kueh pieti, vadai, and fishball noodles that I totally did not have any space to eat my sashimi, which is like a first ever for me. And it was really very nice to be able to have authentic tasting Teh Tarik to wash down the food!

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If you think it’s weird that people go to a buffet to eat local food, just check out this picture above. FULL HOUSE!

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Long queue for the Kueh Pieti and Popiah from the famous Kway Guan Huat of Joo Chiat.

There is one more session on the 28th of September Saturday. Don’t miss it! Check out more photos after the jump.

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Ssikkek / Ssik Sin Korean Grill BBQ at Tampines One

Since I am in the Korean BBQ mood, I decided to post this review of Ssikkek Koeran Grill BBQ located at Tampines One. I shall confess that prior to this visit, I had no inclination to visit any Korean BBQ restaurants because my impression of them thus far was that they were waaaaay too expensive as compared to other restaurants. I often felt that a few slivers of meat could cost tens of dollars at Korean BBQ restaurants, and why would I want to pay that when I can get a good whole steak for the same price at Western restaurants?

That was until I visited Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ at Tampines One. I tell you, the pricing is crazy! CRAZY LOW that is! It costs only $14.90++ for lunch and $24.90++ for dinner for unlimited servings of Korean BBQ items!! The pricing reminds me of Seoul Garden, but I think this is way better, especially in terms of service rendered. The truth be told, I was a little apprehensive about the quality of the food, given the spartan looks of the restaurant and the affordable pricing, especially when most other Korean BBQ restaurants are way more expensive. But luckily as they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

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Look at my BFF looking so excited about barbecuing so many pieces of meat. Think guys would love Ssikkek Korean Grill because they can just feast, feast and feast on the unlimited amounts of meat!

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You get about 10 different types and cuts of meats to choose from. There’s stuff like pork bacon, marinated beef short ribs, pork belly, marinated chicken etc. If you go during lunch hour, there will be less selection of meats.

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Eight Korean BBQ at The Central

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E!GHT Korean BBQ, makes its debut at The Central at Clarke Quay and offers an array of tantalising premium BBQ meats in a sleek industrial chic setting. E!GHT is named after its eponymous 8 Colours Set, which features scrumptious slices of Berkshire pork belly in an array of flavours. With a well-trained team at this full-service Korean restaurant, diners simply sit back and enjoy their favourite drink and conversation whilst the food is expertly prepared for them at their table.

Eight - 8 Colours Set

Pork takes centre-stage here and E!GHT has gone the whole hog in bringing in high quality cuts by importing 100% Berkshire pork from the U.S.A.

E!GHT’s signature 8 Colours Set ($98)¸ suitable for three to four diners, is a veritable treatise on the wide-ranging flavours that complement this Berkshire pork. Mouth-watering strips of thick-cut pork belly are flavoured in eight different ways – wine, original, ginseng, garlic, herb, curry, miso, and red pepper paste. Each strip, approximately 70 to 80g each, is elegantly rolled up and presented on a custom-made wooden tray before being ceremoniously brought to the table and laid out next to the stove. The tray not only features the name of the restaurant; each flavour is clearly carved into the wood to ensure the customer knows exactly what is being served.

Eight - 8 Colours Set (from top - ginseng, curry, miso, red pepper paste)

Each additional piece costs $12

I don’t know about you, but I find these raw pieces of meat so artistically presented and neatly rolled up too! Makes me feel so carnivorous looking at them. I love looking at raw meat more than cooked meat sometimes, to be frank. Am I weird?

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