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Daikokuya at myVillage

*Part Bloggers’ Invite, part secret visits*

As part of the not so long ago invite to sample the delights of myVillage at Serangoon Gardens, the best of the best Singapore Food Bloggers including 365days2play :) got acquainted with Daikokuya at myVillage. It’s one of the smallest restaurants I’ve ever seen, with about 10 tables of 4! It can get a little cramped if you are in a big group. We were introduced to the the Chef, who explained that the miso paste used in the soup stock is painstakingly made with great care.

Little bowls of ramen were then dished out for us to try. I normally am quite picky with ramen. Many ramen places disappoint me with their bland and lifeless soup. True to what Daikokuya’s Chef was describing, the ramen that we tried that day, I believe is the Stamina Ramen as well as the Original Miso Ramen, was very delicious. The soups tasted rich and had an oomph. I don’t really know how else to describe it except to say that the taste makes you want to keep slurping up more, which I suppose is the ultimate taste test.

So I kinda had pretty high hopes when I brought my parents to try out Daikokuya several weeks after the media event. Unfortunately, because we’re such ardent fans of Sushi Tei for it’s quality sushi/sashimi and value for money prices, we naturally compared Daikokuya to Sushi Tei. Scroll through the photos to read more about our experience.

Daikokuya - Daikokuya Original Salad Daikokuya - Daikokuya Original Salad (2)

Daikokuya Original Salad $7.90 – Salad of salmon slices, avocados amongst a huge bed of vegetables. For $7.90, we were quite wowed by the size of the salad. The vegetables were fresh and crunchy. The light sauce also tasted very nice and was a refreshing difference from the heavier sushi tei dressing we are used to. However, we felt that the amount of salmon served was pretty paltry. For $3 more at Sushi Tei, we would have been able to get many more thick slices.

Daikokuya - Stamina Ramen

Stamina Ramen – This was one of the ramen we tried during the media invite. Don’t you think the little bowl looks so cute? In western restaurants, they have mixed platters for you to try out all the house specialities. I think it would be great if Daikokuya could come up with something similar. Like 4 bowls of small ramen. I would love to try that. Then I can finally taste Shio, Shoyu, and Miso soup bases all in 1 sitting.  Btw I think Stamina ramen is only available at the myVillage outlet.

 Daikokuya - Homemade Special Miso PasteDaikokuya - Special Chilli Vinegar

Homemade Special Miso Paste plus the special chilli vinegar which you can add to your ramen to up the oomph.

Daikokuya - Vegetable Miso Ramen

Vegetable Miso Ramen $12.80 – You know, I’ve never heard of ramen without any meat before. Was quite apprehensive when ordering this, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I forgot to ask if the stock is vegetarian as well, but it sure tasted very rich and flavourful despite that. The vegetables had a nice crunch and added sweetness to the broth. For those who don’t fancy chomping on Cha shu, this vegetable miso ramen would be a good option.

Daikokuya - Original Miso Ramen

Daikokuya Original Ramen $13.80 – I have no complaints about the broth. It’s really flavourful and makes you want to take sip after sip after sip. It is on the heavy side so I wasn’t able to finish it all in the end. However, I didn’t like the noodle texture. I’ve always been a fan of the springy Q Q type of noodles (think Marutama and Tom Ton) and the one at Daikokuya is the chewy type.

Daikokuya - Seafood Shio Ramen

Seafood Shio Ramen $13.80 – Don’t believe you can get seafood ramen easily in Singapore? It’s a refreshing change although there was nothing particularly spectacular about the prawns in this case.

Daikokuya - Unagi Don

Unagi Don $6.80 – Thought this was one of the most value for money items at Daikokuya, and especially good for light eaters.

Daikokuya - Tonkatsu and Ebi Fry Curry Rice

Daikokuya- Tonkatsu Curry Rice

Tonkatsu and Ebi Fry Curry Rice $14.80 – We had this on 2 separate occasions. The experience from the 1st time was pretty good. The meat itself is very tender and doesn’t taste oily even though it has been coated in batter and deep fried. The curry was also pretty tasty and together with the tonkatsu, made for a good meal. I would skip the Ebi Fry though as the prawns are super tiny when compared to the amount of batter used.

However, on the 2nd occasion, there seemed to be a weird taste coming from the curry. The weird taste was so strong it was detectable just by sniffing at the curry! The staff said it was due to the special blend of spices in the curry which we may not be used to. They gave us a new serving of curry but the weird taste was still there. As a hunch I took a sip from the glass of water I’d been served earlier, and the weird taste was there too, albeit less strong. I think perhaps Daikokuya should consider changing the dishwashing liquid used as it’s permeating through the food and drink?

Conclusion: Go because of the ramen. Other items in the menu are a hit and miss.

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Daikokuya Ramen Dining

Serangoon Garden:
1 Maju avenue #01-01, myVillage
Serangoon Garden Singapore 556679
Tel: 6509 1690
Operating Hours: 11.30am – 10.30pm daily

http://www.daikokuya.com.sg/

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Chinta Manis at myVillage

*Bloggers’ Invite*

I feel like an ambassador of myVillage. After 3 months, I am still not done with the posts of my numerous visits there, and guess what, I was there again today. After this post on Chinta Manis, do keep a watch out for reviews on Daikokuya, Bakerzin, Obolo, Da Paolo Gastronomia (coffee visit), Old Hong Kong Taste (2nd visit!) and Shin Kushiya (2nd visit!).

Ok so back to Chinta Manis. Everyone has heard of Bengawan Solo, which is famous for its kuehs and Chinese New Year goodies such as love letters. You may even have heard of Kedai Kue Kue, which also sells kuehs, although I have never tried it. Chinta Manis is the new kid on the block, just about a year old with 3 outlets already, the latest one being located at the basement of myVillage.

Meaning “Sweet Love” in Malay, Chinta Manis combines both heritage and innovation by serving a range of Nyonya Kuehs and Desserts, all hand made and without any preservatives at all! Chinta Manis prides itself on being modern. To keep up with the changing tastes, they’ve even come up with things like Chendol Agar Agar. Apparently they are quite sellable. One of the business partners of Chinta Manis told me many of the people who buy the Chendol Agar Agar are youngsters who love the idea of trying out new things.

I have to admit I am not an expert at kuehs so I’ll be keeping my comments short. I hardly eat any these days although when I was younger, my grandfather used to buy lots of them, especially my favourite Pulut Seri Kaya. I still love Pulut Seri Kaya but these days I like ondeh ondeh too because of the gula melaka liquid inside them.

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But the one thing you definitely have to try, and you must listen to me because I’m a self-proclaimed expert on chocolate cakes Smile, is the Chocolate Ecstasy Cake. It’s really damn good. For only $4.50 for a small chocolate cake, it’s a bargain, when similar looking cakes from Canele are going at almost double the price. This Chocolate Ecstasy Cake is deliciously chocolatey with a good combination of sponge in between the fudge layers.

Chinta Manis - Chocolate Ecstacy

After trying out the single serve, you can consider buying the whole chocolate cake, for a birthday or for days when you need to ward off depression.

Chinta Manis - Goodies!

See the 2nd tier, that’s the Chendol Agar Agar. Is that creative or what?

Chinta Manis - Rempah Udang

Rempah Udang $1.20 – Some prawn thing with rice I believe

Chinta Manis - Pulut Seri Kaya

Pulut Seri Kaya $0.90 – The top part is kaya jelly while the bottom part is sweet rice. I am so used to the Bengawan Solo or the traditional ones which are rectangular. Those sweet tooths (or is it sweet teeth) amongst us would love it that the ratio of kaya to rice is higher than the traditional type. The yellow one is durian I believe. The ones I sampled there were fine, but the rice on the ones I bought back home was kinda of hard. I wonder if it’s a no no to keep kueh more than 1 day?

Chinta Manis - Pulut Inti

Pulut Inti $0.90 – That’s the green one.Didn’t get to try this one.

Chinta Manis -Kueh Lopis (Green), Ondeh Ondeh (Yellow Round), Kueh Koswee (Brown) and Ubi Kayu (Yellow Cube)

Clockwise starting from the green one Kueh Lopis $1 for 2, Ondeh Ondeh $0.70, Kueh Koswee $0.70 and Ubi Kayu $0.70 – Tried these at home. Didn’t like the Ondeh Ondeh because it didn’t have the squirty gula melaka liquid in it. The Kueh Lopis rice was also rather dry. The Kueh Koswee and Ubi Kayu tasted fine but texturally were not as bouncy as the ones from Bengawan Solo. I have no idea which is supposed to be the authentic style, you decide.

Chinta Manis - Ondeh Gula Melaka

Ondeh Gula Melaka $2.50 for 6 – I love eating this because of the gula melaka liquid in them. The more liquid the better. I just love it when the liquid squirts out with the 1st bite. It’s always a wise idea to close your mouth when eating this! I tried some this evening. They were also little hard and dry but thankfully still retained enough of the gula melaka.

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Chinta Manis @ China Square Food Court
51 Telok Ayer Street #01-03
Singapore 048441
Tel: +65.6225.4754 | Fax: +65. 6225.4729
Business Hours
Mon – Fri | 8:00am – 8:00pm
Sat – Sun | Closed

Chinta Manis @ myVillage Serangoon Gardens
1 Maju Avenue, # B1 -05K
Singapore 556679
Tel: +65.6634.5424
Business Hours
Mon – Fri | 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sat – Sun | 10:00am – 10:00pm

Chinta Manis Kiosk @ Daily Toast
65 Killiney Road
Singapore 239524
Tel: +65.6235.0065
Business Hours
Mon – Fri | 7:00am – 7:30pm
Sat – Sun | 7:00am – 3:00pm

Da Paolo Gastronomia at myVillage

*Bloggers’ Invite*

When I stayed at Holland Village, I used to like to go into the Da Paolo Gastronomia outlet at Chip Bee Gardens. I would sneak in, sniff around and quickly snap some shots of the lovely food displays, pizzas and cupcakes. Those were the days before I started food blogging seriously, and I always thought the displays looked so pretty. But I was always afraid that the chef would come at me with a butcher’s knife since I didn’t buy anything.

So I was so glad to be invited down for a sampling session lately at the Da Paolo Gastronomia myVillage outlet. Finally, a chance to snap snap snap to my heart’s content! I really loved the Gorgonzola Pizza with Caramelised Onions that we had there. The sweetness of the onions paired so well with the gorgonzola. When I get the chance, I’m going to order myself an entire portion of it, as well as a latte. A latte costs only $3.50! Even my favourite standalone cafes charge more than that! See the last photo for the price list of the drinks.

Did you know, all the ingredients that Da Paolo uses are sourced from Italy? You can purchase the cooked food and eat it right here on the premises.

Da Paolo - Cooked food Selection Da Paolo - Couscous with Rocket and Sweet Potato

Whenever I see things like these, I always imagine buying the lot and throwing a party. Half the job done for you already and everyone will be none the wiser.

Da Paolo Gastronomia - Gorgonzola pizza with caramelised onions

Mmmmm the best “dessert pizza” I’ve had in a long time. The Partner doesn’t think it tastes sweet enough to be called a “dessert pizza”, but I think it does!

Da Paolo Gastronomia - cupcakes  Da Paolo Gastronomia - Pizza Slices Da Paolo Gastronomia - Spinach Tagliatelle

Spinach Tagliatelle. There’s also herb pasta and a few more if you look at the 1st picture. I love the different variations!

Da Paolo Gastronomia - Hello Kitty Wine

Well who would have thought of all the places to get Hello Kitty memorabilia, it would be here, and wine to boot!  .

Da Paolo Gastronomia - Tiramisu

Da Paolo - Sampling Session!

 Mmmm… tasty

Martina of Da Paolo and Darren of CelebrateLah I love this picture! Martina of Da Paolo is from Italy and she demonstrates how the Italians show their appreciation for delicious food. And there’s Darren of CelebrateLah showing his approval of the food at Da Paolo.

Hey the Cafe Latte is only $3.50 and the Hot Chocolate is only $4! I was kind of expecting something more expensive. Will have to try out the drinks some day. Click on the photo to see the drinks price list.

www.dapaolo.com.sg

www.facebook.com/Gastfronomia.SerangoonGardens

myVillage Opening Ceremony Photos!

Today was the opening ceremony for myVillage @ Serangoon Garden. I was invited to take part in the festivities!

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Visitors streaming in to participate in the various activities!

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Bet you’ve never seen a bed in the middle of the road before! There was a pillow fight competition earlier in the day as well as a “bring the kitchen down” competition involving pots and pans.

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Come to think of it, I think it would be a great idea to hold some open air movie along this quiet road beside myVillage. Plus the beds and the free pop corn, I think that would be so cool!

myVillage Opening Ceremony - Ting Ting

Ting Ting from Serangoon CC belting out a tune

myVillage Opening Ceremony - Singapore Idol Finalist NANA

Singapore Idol Finalist Nana giving her all!

Marley n Jules with Mrs Lim Hwee Hua Marley n Jules with Mrs Lim Hwee Hua (2)

Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Transport, MP for Aljunied GRC giving a speech and chaperoned by Marley and Jules

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Laser Presentation on the facade of myVillage. It was nice to also see old pics of the Paramount theatre being flashed on the facade.

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Reception on the roof of myVillage. I just can’t get enough of the roof. Don’t you think the side lighting along the walkway looks so nice and romantic? I wonder if we shall soon see non-conventional couples holding their wedding receptions up here?

Shin Kushiya Now Open Balloon

No excuse for the entire neighbourhood not to know that Shin Kushiya is now open at myVillage!

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Bakerzin Bread BasketParting gift from Bakerzin. I love the cute little basket!!!

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Tiny Island was at myVillage opening launch too!

myVillage Opening Ceremony!

Today’s the official launch of myVillage at Serangoon Gardens. Festivities are on till 9pm! Go check it out and see myVillage website for more details. Meanwhile, here are some photos I took last week!

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Photos of the sunset taken from the rooftop of myVillage Mall.

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Water feature at the back of myVillage. Quite cool and artistic looking don’t you think?

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Weird rock facade at the back of myVillage

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Secret hideout just behind Shin Kushiya. Don’t tell anyone.

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Cheap cheese at NTUC!! I’ve never seen Haloumi go for $5.80 before. Usually they cost $12!!!!

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