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ToTT Store (Tools of the Trade) – Review

So I did make it to ToTT over the weekend. It was mighty cavernous I must say. It was so spacious as compared to the Sia Huat Store in Chinatown. Everything was laid out nicely and neatly shelf after shelf, complete with name labels and prices.

I was hoping to find a Pantry Magic lookalike but on a larger scale, but it was not to be. There was very little cutesy, colourful spatulas, spoons, bowls, baking moulds and stuff. The things are also not cheap, so it’s not like an outing to Ikea where you can just indulge in buying items you know you’re probably never going to use. It’s still basically what Sia Huat sells at Chinatown except it looks a bit more sophisticated. The place would be great for business owners who want to find kitchen equipment such as a huge rice cooker to cook rice for 100 people. But if you ever require any particular kitchen equipment or cookware, your best bet is still to go to Sia Huat, but it would be a very utilitarian looking version of it. I don’t think they have that many cookbooks for sale either. If it’s cookbooks you’re after, you’re best going off to Borders, MPH or Kinokuniya.

ToTT’s still worth a visit though, especially if you live around the area. For one, they have this really interesting concept where you buy some cookie dough, decorate it and bake it there and then in the special kitchen. I was there and overheard the kids commenting on just how strange it was to be doing baking there.

Then there’s also the cooking studio, and the Bistro. We had lunch at the Bistro while we were there. Prices were pretty affordable. The Bistro looks like the Ikea canteen, but let’s just say that I don’t think Ikea will be fretting over lost business in the cooked food department. 

ToTT - Salmon

Baked Salmon – So So.

ToTT - Baked Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

 Baked Chicken – The chicken was quite nice, even if a little dry. They were also very generous with the mushrooms in the mushroom sauce. I liked the amount of raisin put within the coleslaw, and I liked the crunch of the slaw.

ToTT - Egg drop soup with Quail Egg

 Egg Drop Soup with Quail Egg – This was definitely a let down. Even the staff knew that and were recommending the mushroom soup. There was a surprise hardboiled quail’s egg in the soup so that was a nice touch. And they certainly are generous with the seaweed too.

ToTT - Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup – This was very nice for a $2.50 soup. It was creamy and thick. Only issue, it was not hot, but I suppose that boils down to teething problems at all new places.

You can order these under the ala carte menu, or you can get the set menu where you choose a mains, soup and free flow soft-drink. You can only choose soft drinks if you take the set menu, which we thought was a bit dumb. We wanted coffee, and coffee is $1, while soft drink is $1.50. Go figure.

ToTT Store

896 Dunearn Road 01-01A
Singapore 589472
Store Operating Hours:
Mon -Sun: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Tel: 62197077

http://www.tottstore.com

http://www.tottstore.com/files/Bistro_menu.pdf

ToTT Store (Tools of the Trade)

UPDATE: I’ve since been to the ToTT Store. Read all about it here.

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I just read about this huge kitchenware store opening for business in Singapore today. I’m so excited!!! I’ve always felt that we lack a 1-stop-shop where we can get all the kitchenware we want. Sure Pantry Magic does fill the gap somewhat, but as much as I love browsing there, it’s a pretty small store. Ikea has a larger range, but the quality is questionable. I find it highly suspect that a frying pan can cost $5. What materials went into making it, and how long can it last? As we speak, my 2 year old Ikea chair is on the verge of collapsing any day now.

ToTT is owned by Sia Huat, which has a store in Chinatown. Coincidentally, I made my 1st visit to the Chinatown Sia Huat only just last week. It was quite an experience. Because they sell to businesses as well, they also stock industrial sized kitchenware. It was quite funny to be inspecting pots so huge you could stand in them. Most of the stuff at the Chinatown branch is pretty spartan though. I’m hoping that the ToTT store will have all the things that I see so often in Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver and Curtis Stone’s cooking shows. I might even spend $150 there and get myself a membership card!

Apart from the store, ToTT also runs cooking classes, a bake it on the spot section where you can buy and bake the cookie dough without even having to go home, and a bistro. It’s going to be great. This weekend they are having a 10% promotion going on, so I’m going to try and make it there.

image Durian Tempura served at their Bistro

 

ToTT Store

896 Dunearn Road 01-01A
Singapore 589472
Store Operating Hours:
Mon -Sun: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Tel: 62197077

http://www.tottstore.com

http://www.tottstore.com/files/Bistro_menu.pdf

Pantry Magic

The Chip Bee area around Holland Village is a very nice place to spend a morning or an afternoon. You won’t be able to spot Chip Bee if you’re standing on exciting Holland Village side (it is blocked by 1 building), which is why Chip Bee has a laid back and lazy feel to the area.

I like coming to Chip Bee/Holland Village once in a while to look at the shops. When I was living in Holland Village, I loved strolling past all the 2 storey old houses that are also part of the Chip Bee area. There aren’t many shops at Chip Bee, but each of these shops holds enough interesting things that I can spend almost half an hour in the shop browsing through their wares.

The 1st stop is Pantry Magic. When I first saw their website with pictures of their shops, I knew at once I had to go there. Pantry Magic is like a dream come true for all baking and cooking enthusiasts. It houses so many different types of pots and pans, of every colour you would want. Ordinary things like forks, spoons, knives and chopsticks look so nicely designed that you feel that you just have to have them or your kitchen would not be complete.

And then there’s the cupcake holders made of silicone. They have funny faces on them. Who wants to buy silly old normal paper cupcake holders after this? They also have baking moulds, serving dishes, jugs, plates, bowls. They even sell barbecue grills, ice-cream makers and food-processors.

If you intend to go to Pantry Magic, be prepared to bring lots of money. The things don’t come cheap, not everything is worth the price-tag, and you could probably find cheaper generic (ugly) versions at NTUC or Phoon Huat. But what’s the fun of going to Pantry Magic if you’re going to emerge empty handed? Trust me, any cooking enthusiast young or old will not be able to resist. I wish Singapore had more of such cookware shops. I really could do with a bigger variety like the cavernous warehouse sized kitchen stores they have in the US.

Pantry Magic Singapore Front of Shop view

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