Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Best Cheese Scone recipe that doesn’t require buttermilk

Nothing like a pandemic lockdown / circuit breaker to bring out the inner baker in us! Flour has been sold out for the last 2 months and I’ve only just seen it been stocked on supermarket shelves again in the last couple of weeks. And don’t let me get started on baking chocolate. I’ve been looking for chocolate chips for the longest time and the only ones I can find are compound chocolate. Run far away if you see the word “compound chocolate” because that has a lot of unecessary stuff in it, eg palm oil. What you want is “couverture chocolate”. Compound chocolate is cheaper, but you’ll regret it when you taste the final baked goods.

Anyway, I recently saw RedMart selling its own brand of Chocolate Chips. Beggars can’t be choosers so even though I was looking for Hershey’s Chocolate Chips I decided to Put In Cart. Alas, before I could click check out, the chocolate chips became sold out. Damn those with faster fingers.

Cheese Scones (1)

So what is a person to do if you can’t find baking chocolate? I guess you can bake scones. Scones are very forgiving to bake, no matter what you do, you’ll most likely still end up with something that is still very much edible. And it’s not something too difficult to master either. Most importantly, it can be made with very few ingredients, that are relatively easy to find in the supermarket these days.

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Chinese restaurants / eateries offering deliveries and takeaways – Many dishes cost less than $10

Delivery options

Here are some delivery options that you can consider for your family meals at home during these trying times. I’ve listed down the cheapest dish from each restaurant so that you can still enjoy delivered restaurant food at home at an affordable price. The pictures are popular dishes from each of the restaurants and may not correspond to the cheapest dish though. Stay safe everyone! Hoping this post will keep your spirits up!

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South Union Park Cafe – Pastas are still good

Every year since Edward was born, we have the same problem of birthday celebration fatigue. We have 3 birthdays in February, the first being Edward, followed by my father, and finally myself. Being the baby of the family, naturally all efforts are on Edward’s birthday, and said effort namely coming from myself. By the time my birthday rolls around, I’m lost for ideas as to where to celebrate. This year, given the COVID situation, all the more we didn’t want to have a protracted celebration in a crowded location. In addition to watching out for potential sneezers and coughers, Edward has absolutely no self-restraint and will touch things and suddenly touch his face or rub his eyes!

So it was great when I saw on the Burpple App that South Union Park was offering 1-for-1 discounts on their main dishes. (Click on the link if you want a 30% discount code to purchase the Burpple App) I’ve been to South Union Park before almost 4 years back. Edward was still a baby back then! It’s nestled in a quiet neighbourhood in Kembangan, and you have to drive to get there or it’ll be a very sweaty 10 minute walk from the Kembangan MRT station as the walk will be mostly unsheltered.

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Cicada – An oasis of calm in the middle of Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay can get pretty raucous at night. Pass by during the day and it lets out nary a whimper, but unleashes a monster once twilight approaches. Okay I may exaggerate but it sure can get pretty noisy come nightfall. Due to the sheer number of restaurants and bars in such a compact space, with many boasting live bands, the cacophony is inevitable. But a lot of people love it, hence the packed restaurants and bars.

Cicada at Clarke Quay

But if you are one who can’t tolerate the decibels, modern Asian diner Cicada is an oasis of calm in the heart of Clarke Quay. It is a multi-concept dining and entertainment venue that spans 2 storeys, the 1st floor being an all-day dining bistro with cocktails on tap and late night desserts, while the second floor offers a live mandarin jazz lounge paired with Asian-inspired tapas and a wide selection of alcoholic drinks.

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Nasi Lemak at Jalan Benaan Kapal Food Centre–Super old school, super delicious

Good things must share. A couple of months ago, a relative of hours recommended us this coffee stall that sells 50 cents coffee. Being intrigued, we visited the location at Jalan Benaan Kapal. The food centre or should I call it a coffeeshop turned out to be one of the most old-school ones I have seen in recent times.

Jalan Benaan Kapal Food Centre (5)

It’s just a 1 storey building with about 10 stalls. You can park just in front of this place and parking is free! It’s just amazing and so nostalgic that this food centre with just a single row of stalls in still surviving, and hidden just a stone’s throw away from the posh Tanjong Rhu estate. In its hey days, this area used to house many shipyards even up until the 90s. To think I studied nearby for 4 years and never knew about this place, nor the other popular Jalan Batu Hawker Centre nearby.

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