Probably only known to those who live in the west side of Singapore, Pandan and Teban Gardens are two underrated neighbourhood districts in Jurong East. As secluded as these places may seem to the rest of Singapore, there is actually a couple of hidden gems that are worth exploring.
Ranging from humble eateries and hawker stalls to restaurants and even a cosy ice cream parlour, Pandan Gardens and Teban Gardens offer a decent selection of food choices for residents of Jurong East and those who are working near the area.
Here are 9 Eateries And Restaurants To Check Out At Pandan & Teban Gardens.
KEK—short for Keng Eng Kee—Seafood at Pandan Garden is the zi char restaurant’s second outlet in Singapore. Adding a different twist to local zi char dishes, what you can expect at KEK Seafood is a myriad of local and western dishes such as Marmite Chicken, Coffee Pork Ribs, Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab Pasta and more.
Nestled under a HDB block, Ministry of Ribs is like your typical ‘atas’ coffee shop where you can get American-style food at reasonable prices. What they are known for is their succulent Hickory Smoked Ribs but if you are looking for more options, go ahead with the Black Angus Ribeye or the Ministry Burger.
For those who are up for a tipple or two, Ministry of Ribs also carries a range of alcoholic beverages where you can have a good time with your buddies over some beers.
My Little Ice-Cream Shop is managed by the same folks behind the famous fishball noodles eatery—Pandan Fishball Noodles. This hole-in-a-wall ice cream parlour offers classic ice cream flavours such as Raspberry, Strawberry and Coconut. Otherwise, opt for their premium flavours including Salted Caramel, Yuzu Sorbet, Tiramisu and Mao Shan Wang.
Have the ice cream on fresh waffles which comes with one wet and one dry topping.
150 Pandan Gardens
#01-07 Ayer Rajah Community Club
Tel: +65 6265 5845
Daily: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Jurong East
Founded in 1982, Pandan Fishball Noodles has been dishing out mouthwatering fishball noodles and laksa at the same coffeeshop and the business is now helmed by the family’s third generation. The sweet part? You can get a comforting bowl of fishball noodles for only S$2.50!
Look no further if you are craving for sinful fried chicken—you will find a menu dedicated just for that at Tenderbest. Nestled within Ayer Rajah Community Centre, the halal-certified restaurant runs a self-service concept where diners have to pick up their own orders at the counter.
Some noteworthy items not to miss are the Salted Egg Yolk Pasta with Crispy Chicken, Crispy Fried Half Chicken with Rice and Laksa Spaghetti.
150 Pandan Gardens
#01-02 Ayer Rajah Community Centre
Tel: +65 9169 0972
Mon to Thu: 11.30am – 10pm
Fri to Sun: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Jurong East
Hao Chu Seafood or also known as Chop Lian Hin because of its prominent wooden signboard is a no-frills coffee shop where residents of Teban Gardens drop by for hearty zi char dishes such as Curry Fish Head, Cereal Prawns, San Lou Bee Hoon and Fish Head Soup.
39 Teban Gardens Road
Chop Lian Hin Coffeeshop
Tel: +65 6561 1405
Mon to Fri & Sun: 11.30am – 1.45pm, 5pm – 11pm
Sat: 5pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Jurong East
Talk about Poh Poh Chicken Rice and many will think of the original outlet at Serangoon Gardens. This chicken rice stall may not be ranked amongst the best in Singapore, but its affordable prices make it a great place to satisfy your cravings for this local dish.
You can also find Poh Poh Chicken Rice at Teban Gardens Food Centre.
37A Teban Gardens Road
#01-15, Teban Gardens Food Centre
Mon, Wed to Sun: 8am – 8.30pm
Nearest Station: Jurong East
Besides Poh Poh Chicken Rice, something else to look forward to at Teban Gardens Food centre is Quan Soon Wanton Noodle. Having been around for more than 35 years, this hawker stall offers one of the cheapest wanton noodles in Singapore for only S$2!
Even the laksa and prawn noodles are sold at S$2 and you can choose bigger portions by topping up just a little more.
37A Teban Garden Road
#01-04, Teban Garden Food Centre
Daily: 5am – 7.30pm
Nearest Station: Jurong East
Also called T.K Kitchen, this coffee shop specialises in Chinese zi char at Teban Gardens. Their signature dishes include crabs cooked in several ways (Chilli Crab, Claypot Cheese Crab and more), La La Bee Hoon, Handmade Fried Prawn Rolls and Assam Fish Head.
T.K Kitchen is closed on every Thursday on the second and fourth week of the month.
For as long as adulthood and monthly bills started becoming a concern to us, nothing has helped alleviate that miserable feeling better than an ice-cold beer or a punchy cocktail at the end of a stress-filled workday. Yet, necessary as they are, alcoholic drinks do not come cheap in Singapore.
But did you know that besides the bar-laden enclave of Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay and Boat Quay, there lies a number of excellent bars in town with some unbelievable happy hour deals?
Forget idling around in your mundane office clicking on random icons on your computer to make yourself seem busy. Just get your work done and countdown to Happy Hour! Here are 10 Sensational Happy Hour Spots On Orchard Road That You Need To Know About.
Situated just a door away from sister outlet Alley Bar, Acid Bar’s happy hour specials focus mainly on beers and house pour liquors.
From 5pm to 9pm, get refreshed without breaking the bank with beers that go for as low as S$10.90 a pint. House pours go for S$6 a glass and you can choose to have them neat, on the rocks or with a mixer of your choice.
180 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6738 8828
(Closed on Saturdays)
Sun to Thu: 5pm – 2am
Fri: 5pm – 3am
Nearest Station: Somerset
Armed with a magnificent view of bustling Orchard Road and housing some of the world’s best whiskies, Bar on 5 is easily one of our favourite venues for enjoying a drink or two among the company of friends.
For that much-needed single-malt fix that will not cost an arm or leg, head down to Bar on 5 in Mandarin Orchard Singapore. From 5pm to 9pm daily, enjoy S$7 house pours, premium liquor for S$15 and beers for only S$8 per pint!
Payday seems like a heck of a long time away, but if you find yourself in a dire need of an after-work tipple, then FIVE Tapas Bar has got you covered with their daily value-for-money S$5 drinks promotion that includes half pints of draught beer.
Do try to head down as early as possible because this watering hole is usually bursting with white-collar workers and tertiary students.
Conveniently located near Orchard Road, No. 5 Emerald Hill (aptly named after its address) has a great number of cost-effective drinking options. This Peranakan-inspired bar has won the hearts of many with their happy hour deals that run until 9pm daily and feature S$8 house pour spirits too.
Look out for their various martini promotions after 9pm as well as a tantalising array of bar bites as well.
Located in mezza9 at Grand Hyatt Singapore, Martini Bar is another of our favourite hangout.
This martini-centric bar serves up refreshing drinks at 50% off during happy hour from Mondays to Saturdays between 4pm to 9pm. From the classic, sophisticated gin martini to some inventive variations—some even featuring fanciful garnishes—there is bound to be a martini to suit any fancy.
Need a boost after a long day out? Privé’s daily happy hour from 5pm to 8pm when you get 50% off all house pours is the perfect way to do just that.
Sit back and relax in a convivial and laid-back atmosphere in the heart of Orchard Road and enjoy special deals on beers, wines & spirits as you tuck into an array of delicious bar snacks or full-on entrées.
If the prospect of happy hour prices on spiffy cocktails makes gets you ecstatic then Bar Canary is one hotel bar you would want to coop up in.
Perched atop Grand Park Orchard, Bar Canary adopts a concept whereby prices increase as the hours go by, that is, between 6pm where a bucket of either 8 bottled beers, a set of bottled wine and 4 signature cocktails are priced at S$60 and subsequently S$70 at 7pm and so on until 9pm. In that case, drop by the bar earlier to enjoy drinks at lower prices!
Cheese is a comfort food for some, and an essential for many. Whether it is a pizza featuring a mixture of cheeses, a simple macaroni and cheese overflowing with luscious cheese or even roti prata with a slice of cheese in it, one fact still remains—we absolutely love it.
This gooey, salty and luxurious treat is one of the most versatile ingredients around that goes with pretty much anything, but for hardcore foodies and cheese lovers like us, we all know that the best way to truly appreciate cheese in its full glory is to have it as it is—paired with perhaps a robust wine or dried fruit.
Well, the good news is that there are many gourmet stores and cheesemongers in Singapore, allowing us better access to fine cheeses from around the world.
Serving up an impressive variety of imported artisanal cheeses from mild cheddar to the funkier taleggio, here are 10 speciality cheese stores in Singapore you can depend on for your next cheese and wine get-together.
Culina up on Dempsey Hill carries over 50 cheeses from all across Europe, each boasting a different style and characteristic. Many of the cheeses available here are prepared and served in their in-house bistro, so you can sample them before deciding on your purchase.
You can even pick and choose your desired cheeses and they would happily do up a cheese plate for you that comes with dried fruit, crackers and the likes.
Touting luxurious ingredients such as caviar, foie gras, oysters, truffles and of course, its own selection of cheeses—this gourmet delivery service will spoil you silly. Delicia offers top-quality artisanal, matured cheeses from France (pre-orders only) and although their range may not be the most extensive, they still delight nonetheless.
Orders arrive no longer than a week so get your menu planned out as early as the start of the week and prepare for a fine feast come the weekends.
Opened in 2008, La Fromagerie is the brainchild of chef Julien Bompard and his wife, both of whom used to run a French restaurant.
The online store peddling gourmet cheeses from France is where you can purchase the finest French and European cheeses such as the Roquefort Vieux Berger, Camembert, and the highly raved La Fromagerie’s signature homemade Truffle Brie.
Jones The Grocer has been a firm favourite with cheese lovers for the past two decades, and there is no debate as to why. With over 100 speciality cheeses stored in their very own cheese room, cheese lovers will be spoilt for choice.
This Australian grocer flies in artisanal selections from all over the world and constantly brings in new varieties to keep its ever-expanding range exciting. Feel free to get a bottle of their premium jams and honey to go together with your hearty, salty cheese.
La Petite Boutique is a fine food store nestled within Kensington Park Road in Serangoon Gardens. Here is where you can fix your needs for artisanal cheeses, French cold cuts, boutique wine, crispy bread & Danish, and gourmet groceries.
They have a pretty extensive range of cheeses that come from cow, sheep, goat or buffalo milk. Hot favourites would be the Truffle Brie as well as the Camembert La Fermiere—perfect for a mini fondue party!
From German bratwursts to wagyu beef, this delicatessen certainly has all your meat needs covered. But if you fancy a little more artisanal flare to go with your Sunday roast, then you will be delighted to know that Meat The Butcher stocks up on a decent array of fine cheeses as well.
French Brie, Swiss Emmenthaler, Danish Feta, Parmigiano Reggiano and Provolone—you name it, they probably have it.
615 Bukit Timah Rd
Tel: +65 6465 1651
Daily: 10am – 6.30pm
Nearest Station: Tan Kah Kee
#8 HUBER’S BUTCHERY
It goes without saying that Huber’s Butchery and Bistro at Dempsey is one of the best gourmet grocers on the island and this is the perfect spot to get all your artisanal cheese needs.
Huber’s Butchery boasts an extensive cheese selection on the second floor, featuring everything from the tasty Camembert to the pungent Roquefort.
True cheese connoisseurs should definitely make a trip down to The Cheese Ark located at PasarBella. This speciality cheese monger gathers rare cheeses that are on the brink of being discontinued.
Some of its offerings include Bricat with Truffle—a must-try for truffle lovers—and the gloopy La Sanglee des Couardis, a melty cheese similar to a Camembert that is perfect as a dipping sauce.
200 Turf Club Road
PasarBella #02-06, Stall #02-K28, Bukit Timah
Tel: +65 9175 0090
Mon to Fri: 10.30am – 9pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Sixth Avenue
#10 THE CHEESE SHOP
A gem tucked away in the East, this cheese paradise in a Joo Chiat shophouse stocks a wide variety of European cheeses along with tasty high-end crackers, jams and biscuits—basically all the essential components to put together a killer cheese board.
They also do delivery and charges are waived for orders over S$100.
267 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01
Tel: +65 9069 3471
(Closed on Mondays)
Tue to Fri: 12pm – 8pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 7pm
Nearest Station: Dakota
Wu Pao Chun Bakery—Taiwan’s famous bakery—is opening in Singapore. Established in Kaohsiung in November 2010, Wu Pao Chun Bakery is best known for its award-winning Taiwan longan with red wine bread and Taiwan Litchi Rose Champion Bread.
Breadtalk Group will be entering into a joint venture agreement with Wu Pao Chun to open the bakery in Singapore.
The founder of Wu Pao Chun is a Taiwanese baker who rose to fame after winning the title of Master Baker in the bread category of the 2010 Bakery Masters competition held in Paris.
Wu Pao Chun currently has three outlets in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung and other than the iconic Taiwan longan with red wine bread and Taiwan Litchi Rose Champion Bread, it also offers a range of European Bread, Japanese Bread and Taiwanese Wheat Toast.
Breadtalk Group has yet to announce the official opening date and location of Wu Pao Chun Bakery in Singapore.
Chicago is the third largest city in the United States of America and is interestingly home to the only river in the world that flows backwards. The Windy City is famous for inventing the very first Ferris Wheel, gorgeous skyline, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza and much more.
From historically rich Art Institute of Chicago to the visually striking masterpiece Cloud Gate, here are 6 Must-Visit Attractions in Chicago that you must include in your itinerary.
#1 ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
Established in 1879, Art Institute of Chicago boasts an impressive collection of more than 300,000 art pieces from all over the world. A trip to the encyclopedic art museum will easily take up an entire day and is a must-visit for all aspiring artists. From Post-Impressionist to modern artworks, visitors can immerse themselves in a fantasy-like realm of world-class art.
111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
IL 60603, United States
Tel: +1 312-443-3600
Mon to Wed, Fri to Sun: 10.30am – 5pm,
Thu: 10.30am – 8pm
Nearest Station: Adams/Wabash
#2 CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTRE
Constructed more than a century ago, Chicago Cultural Centre is an important landmark and one of the city’s most visited attractions. The venue features film screenings, free exhibitions and dance performances from time to time, but its stunning dome itself is worth a special visit. In fact, Chicago Cultural Centre is home to the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome.
78 E Washington St, Chicago
IL 60602, United States
Tel: +1 312-744-6630
Mon to Thu: 9am – 7pm
Fri and Sat: 9am – 6pm
Sun: 10am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Millennium
#3 CHICAGO RIVERWALK
Why pay an expensive amount to board a riverboat cruise when you can simply walk around Chicago Riverwalk at your own pace and enjoy the scenic view for absolutely free? During your leisure stroll, you will come across several prominent infrastructures such as Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, John Hancock Centre and the Tribune Tower.
If you happen to visit Chicago during St. Patrick’s Day, do know that the Chicago River would actually be dyed green! What a spectacular sight.
E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago
IL 60601, United States
Tel: +1 312-742-7529
Daily: 24 hours
Nearest Station: Millennium
#4 CLOUD GATE
Created by British Artist Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate—also known affectionately as The Bean—is an unmissable sculpture which reflects Chicago’s beautiful skyline. Weighing 110 tonnes and standing at 12 feet, the mirror-like elliptical stainless steel art allows visitors to view themselves from a variety of interesting perspectives.
201 E. Randolph St.
Between Michigan Ave & Columbus AveMillenium Park, Chicago
IL 60602, United States
Tel: +1 312-742-1168
Daily: 24 hours
Nearest Station: Millennium
#5 SKYDECK CHICAGO
Located on the 103rd floor of Willis Tower is Skydeck Chicago, where you can step outside the tallest skyscraper in America! The highlight would be the opportunity to stand atop a clear glass-bottomed balcony which is definitely not for the fainthearted. The observatory deck offers visitors an unrivalled breathtaking panoramic view which extends to four states.
233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago
IL 60606, United States
Tel: +1 312-875-9447
Daily: 10am to 8pm
Nearest Station: Quincy / Wells
#6 THE CHICAGO THEATRE
The Chicago Theatre is one of the world’s last remaining movie palaces and an iconic landmark of Chicago. In 1986, the grandeur of the theatre was restored to its glory of yesteryears, think majestic chandelier and elegant grand staircase in French Baroque style. Visitors can still catch Broadway shows and other performances at this lavish venue.
175 N State St, Chicago
IL 60601, United States
Tel: +1 312-462-6300
Nearest Station: Lake (Subway)
Sushi is a very big part of Japanese food culture and in Singapore, we are blessed with many great Japanese restaurants that are able to satisfy our sushi cravings. These Japanese restaurants range from affordable to mid-tier and right up to the fanciest restaurants that will cost you an arm and a leg when you dine there.
We have heard of sushi dishes that come with exorbitant price tags but not all of us are able to afford that kind of luxury on a daily basis. Then again, who says that good sushi has to be expensive?
If you are looking for good sushi bars in Singapore serving sushi at wallet-friendly prices, carry on reading this guide to find out more.
Japanese food lovers, you need to know about this secret Japanese restaurant on the rooftop of Orchard Central—Tsukiji Fish Market Restaurant! It houses 5 different restaurant concepts in one, serving up flavourful Japanese fare in generous portions at fairly affordable prices.
Dishing out a vast variety of Japanese food options spanning from sushi and sashimi, ramen, tempura and an assortment of chicken dishes and wagyu dishes, to say diners will be spoilt for choice is an understatement. And the best part is being able to order from any of the 5 menus and having them served and billed together!
Do not be put off by Senmi Sushi’s fancy interior—the prices on their menu are actually very reasonable for the quality. Tucked in Marina Square’s Emporium Shokuhin, Semi Sushi is one Japanese restaurant you have to drop by for their scrumptious sushi sets and donburi bowls.
Our favourites at the Japanese restaurant have to be the Chirashi Don, (S$19), Salmon Lovers Platter (S$17.80) and the all-time favourite Dynamite Maki (S$16.80).
A hidden gem in HillV2, Kinsa Sushi is one of the most popular restaurants in the area among residents living nearby as prices are kept affordable, despite the premium ingredients used.
Most dishes are priced under S$15, and the star dish is definitely the Wagyu don (S$24.80), served with Grade A4 Kagoshima Wagyu. Some other recommendations include the Kinsa Roll (S$14.80) and Salmon Mentai Maki (S$16.80).
4 Hillview Rise
Tel: +65 67107278
Mon to Thu: 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Fri, Sat & Sun: 11.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Bukit Batok
Any Japanese food lover would have heard of ‘Shiok Maki’ (S$16.80) from Koh Grill & Sushi Bar in Wisma Atria. The melty cheese sauce was the perfect companion for the charcoal grilled eel wrapped with salmon maki.
For those who have not been keeping up, the Japanese restaurant has since launched a second generation of Shiok Maki which replaces unagi with tempura prawn instead. If you are looking for more options, consider their Pork Sukiyaki (S$14) or Yaki Udon (S$10).
Tucked in China Square, along Nankin Row, Koji Sushi gets naturally packed with people during lunch hours. Most people would have a bowl of the Chirashi Don (S$17) on their table, and we can safely say its popularity is due to its friendly price tag.
This stylish sushi bar has a curated menu featuring nigiri sushi sets (from S$9) and donburi bowls (from S$17).
Standing Sushi Bar’s comprehensive menu includes a good variety of handmade sushi, fresh sashimi, agemono, robatayaki, noodle, grilled items and a large collection of sake stocked behind the bar counter.
The sushi bar runs various promotions throughout the week and loyal customers will know that Mondays and Thursdays are the best days to visit for salmon sashimi as they are going at only S$3 for five pieces. What a steal!
8 Queen Street
#01-03, Singapore Art Museum
Tel: +65 6333 1335
Daily: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Bras Basah
Originally a small sushi place at Far East Plaza, The Sushi Bar has seen tremendous success amongst Singaporeans and currently has two outlets, with the other one located at Ngee Ann City.
They serve the standard dishes like sushi, sashimi, and donburi bowls, but if you only have room for one dish, you must try the famous Salmon Aburi Sushi (S$14.50).
#04-28 Far East Plaza
14 Scotts Road
Mon to Fri: 12.30pm – 3pm, 5.30pm – 9pm
Sat: 12.30pm – 9pm
Nearest Station: Orchard
Tomi Sushi may not be the cheapest restaurant on this list, but the no-frills Japanese restaurant is still considerably affordable for its high-quality ingredients—prices range from S$20 for a tempura set to S$38 for the sushi bento.
Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru charges by the plate, and prices range from $1.80 to $6.80 for different sushi. In addition, they also have a selection of à la carte dishes such as Tempura Udon ($9.60), Ebi Fried ($5.80), Chawanmushi ($3.80) and Salmon Avocado Salad ($7.60).
Their sushi dishes may not be the most outstanding when it comes to quality but certainly value-for-money and makes for a great everyday sushi restaurant without burning a hole in your pocket.
177 River Valley Road
Basement 1 Liang Court
Tel: +65 6337 1022
Daily: 11am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay
Fish Mart SAKURAYA is a Japanese supermarket-cum-eatery that has branches at Anchorpoint Shopping Centre, West Coast Plaza and Parkway Parade.
You can find all kinds of Japanese food-related items in their mart—ranging from fresh sashimi to Japanese snacks and frozen ingredients to buy home. The SAKURAYA dining area is further inside and that is where you can enjoy air-flown fish from Japan and a wide array of affordable Japanese mains.
Making its way to our shores and offering a whole new cheese-filled pastry to look forward to is Gushchlibauer.
Hailing all the way from Austria, Gushchlbauer—one of the country’s leading bakeries—has opened its first outlet in Singapore at Punggol Waterway Point.
With nearly a century’s worth of experience (having been established in 1919), the bakery will introduce its pride and joy—the signature Devil Quarter Cheese Bun that promises oozy, gooey cream cheese and satisfaction unlike any other.
This weekend, make your way down to Punggol Waterway Point from as early as 10am to snag yourself one of these decadent cheese-filled buns that are available in 4 enticing flavours, and as part of their opening promotion, they will be giving away 500 free cheese buns each day between 09 to 11 March 2018—so you have to be quick!
Make no mistake, this is one opening you do not want to miss!
Ever since Guschlbauer first opened in 1919, the Austrian brand has dedicated itself to the art of making delicious, high-quality pastries made using ingredients carefully sourced from all over the world. The result? Supreme tasting bakes that never fail to delight.
The traditional bakery set sail in Austria, but soon splashed all across Europe, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea and made waves wherever it went.
Their signature cheese buns are handmade with cream cheese that they source from Australia and New Zealand and the process of actually baking a batch takes hours to complete in full.
They are sliced twice in the middle and stuffed with oozing melted cream cheese and lastly, dipped in sweet milk powder for an added richness.
CHEESE BUN ORIGINAL
Core flavours for their first outlet in Waterway Point include original, matcha, chocolate and tiramisu.
The Cheese Bun Original (S$5.80) had us hooked the moment its hot, bready aroma tickled our noses. Essentially a supersized dinner roll, this bun comes stuffed with a runny cheesecake-like mixture and when it can no longer be stuffed, it is finished with a coat of milk powder.
CHEESE BUN CHOCOLATE
They also have a chocolate variation that chocolate lovers will surely adore.
Adding a little extra flavour and colour to the dough as well as the cream cheese (in the form of cocoa), the Cheese Bun Chocolate (S$5.80) carries a subtle bittersweet note that is rounded out nicely by the sweet-salty cream cheese.
CHEESE BUN TIRAMISU
The Cheese Bun Tiramisu (S$5.80) kicks it up a notch with a slightly bittersweet flavour of coffee that complements the decadent cheese. The satisfaction you get from this option may not measure up fully to the classic Italian dessert, but it sure comes close.
A cross between a croissant and a doughnut, the Kissling (S$8.80) is a flaky and buttery confectionery that, although may not have cheese spilling out of it, is still a pretty awesome treat worth trying.
Fancy bakes aside, you can also feel free to pick up a loaf or two of their house-baked toast loaves. Flavours include Original (S$3.50), Cheese (S$4.80) and Whole Wheat (S$5.60).
If you find yourself craving for something decadent and sweet over the weekend, why not make your way down to Punggol Waterway Point to snag yourself one of these bad boys for yourself?
As part of their opening promotion, they will be giving away 500 free Devil Cheese Buns each day between 09 to 11 March 2018, starting from as early as 10am!
Fresh batches of buns come out by the hour (or less), so you can bet that each fluffy quarter cheese bun is sure to taste excellent each time!
83 Punggol Central
#01-K16 Waterway Point
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Punggol
Tsui Wah—Hong Kong’s famous cha chaan teng—is finally opening in Singapore! Locals and tourists alike flock to Tsui Wah Restaurant for their signature Hainanese chicken rice, fishball noodles, and Bo Luo Bao.
For the uninitiated, cha chaan teng is a no-pretence, fuss-free local eatery in Hong Kong that serves comfort food at affordable prices. These local diners are everywhere in Hong Kong and you will always find locals dining in those nondescript outlets.
The Tsui Wah Group currently has 70 outlets in Hong Kong, China and Macau; and one of the most impressive things about Tsui Wah is that it manages to maintain its high standards across all the branches.
Jumbo has yet to announce the opening date and location of Tsui Wah in Singapore. Watch this space as we bring you the latest update of Tsui Wah’s opening in Singapore.
Ssamziegil is an art and cultural building in Insadong, Seoul.
As a cultural complex, Ssamziegil’s role is to retain the nostalgia of Insadong’s old streets and alleys that are filled with antique shops that reflect a piece of old Seoul. Since 2004, the place has been receiving tourists and locals who are interested in traditional artwork, visiting folk art galleries and attending craft workshops.
With so many interesting exhibitions to see and things to do, you have to pop by Ssamziegil the next time you are in Insadong.
Encompassing 42,700 square feet of land space in total, there are more than 70 shops for you to browse through! Some of these shops used to operate in Insadong before moving over after the building was constructed.
You may not notice it at first glance but the building has been designed with a spiral-like walkway which circles around the courtyard.
There are five entrances that will lead you to the courtyard, which is the main resting area for the public. Walk down to the basement and you will find Gallery Bob and a few restaurants to keep your tummy filled up.
The remaining four floors in Ssamziegil features designer art shops, small cafes and fashion apparels—with the Sky Garden, Galpi book cafe and a resting area right at the topmost level.
Do not forget to take many pictures of fascinating art exhibitions, which is also one of the highlights of our visit to Ssamziegil. Besides that, there are also many wall paintings and graffiti painted on the stairways which add some vibrancy to the building.
We could not resist walking nearer to this booth as the cartoon characters caught our attention and we had to watch the artist in action. If you are looking for a memorable souvenir as a keepsake, having a talented artist draw your own cartoon character can be a very interesting experience!
You can also make your own signature stamp at Ssamziegil too! There are many graphic designs you can follow to make your stamp unique. If you are not keen on this, there are other handicraft workshops too.
Expect to see a collection of artwork done by college students and master craftsmen put on display. If you are curious about the price of a painting or drawing, just walk into the shops and there will be friendly assistants who will answer your inquiries.
Food stands can be found in the building for those looking for a quick bite. They offer Korean snacks that can be found in night markets and a range of drinks to replenish your thirst. This particular stall offers poop bread with delicious fillings such as red bean and chocolate.
We also found another coffee stand on the second floor that offers excellent iced latte which perked us up immediately. Otherwise, rest your feet at one of the few tea houses and indulge in a scrumptious afternoon tea with your friends.
Royale at Mercure Singapore Bugis has, once again, successfully challenged themselves and raised their own bar for buffet spreads. With an extremely competitive pricing coupled with a scrumptious buffet spread that is set to impress, Royale is ready to dazzle with their Surf & Turf buffet lineup that features the house’s best seafood and meat recipes from March to May 2018.
Leading the culinary team is Executive Chef Nicholas Sia who will introduce more than 30 seafood and meat delights that are inspired by Western and Asian cooking techniques. Be treated to the wonders of both land and sea!
The line-up will feature Nyonya Baked Seabass Fillet with Pineapple Slaw, Homemade Lor Mee with Crayfish, BBQ Pork Ribs with Lychee Pearls, and Duck Confit with Tomato and Garlic. And this isn’t all, of course!
From 08 Mar to 27 May 2018, Surf & Turf is available on Thursdays through Sundays for dinner, as well as lunch on Saturday and Sunday at only S$58++ per adult and S$29++ per child. And to sweeten things up, quote ‘ladyironchef’ upon making reservations for a 25% discount.
SURF & TURF WELCOME PLATTER
Diners start off their meal with an exclusive Surf & Turf Welcome Platter to whet their appetites for the massive spread. On the platter sits a serving of Black Pepper Crab Claw in a Bucket, Chessy Clam Gratin and a Beef Slider.
The tantalising Black Pepper Crab stole the show with its rich and earthy black pepper sauce which had an addictive spicy kick to it. Fans of cheese will also take to the Clam Gratin which features a juicy clam and savoury diced mushrooms covered with a golden blanket of baked cheese.
NYONYA BAKED SEABASS FILLET WITH PINEAPPLE SLAW
If like us, you love traditional Peranakan recipes, the Nyonya Baked Seabass Fillet will fill you with nostalgia. Sticking true to how the Peranakans do it, the homemade marination comprises seven different types of spices and distinctive ones include lemongrass and candlenut. To ensure that all the flavours come through, the fish is marinated overnight.
Pair this with the pineapple slaw given at the side for a refreshing crunch which is a perfect match for this spice-laden seabass.
SAUTÉED WHITE WINE MUSSEL WITH THYME
The chefs at Royale will redefine your perception of mussels being just a filler in a buffet lineup. As one of the star attractions in their Surf & Turf Buffet, these jewels of the sea are first sautéed and simmered with a splash of white wine and thereafter lightly seasoned with thyme—we loved the simple, yet elegant flavours!
Tuck into the magnificent Seafood Casserole—a huge pot filled with all sorts of seafood goodness including prawns, mussels, clams and squids.
A crowd-pleaser, this decadent and comforting dish are for all the guests who enjoy richer and heartier flavours. Besides, who can resist the generous amount of baked cheese added in it? Not us for sure.
BBQ PORK RIB WITH LYCHEE PEARLS
BBQ pork ribs are aplenty in Singapore but one that is worth trying is Royale’s BBQ Pork Rib with Lychee Pearls—that will also be part of the Surf & Turf Buffet.
The BBQ ribs are slow-cooked in the barbecue grill so the skin is smoky and crispy with slightly charred edges; the meat is fork tender. It is then glazed with a coat of BBQ sauce and topped off with sweet lychee pearls that burst upon biting.
DUCK LEG CONFIT WITH TOMATO AND GARLIC
The Duck Leg Confit with Tomato and Garlic gained instant approval from everyone for its perfect execution. Have the crispy skin and aromatic duck meat in one bite—it brings together a great combination of textures, from the crunchy bits to the tender duck.
The duck we had came with a decent amount of fat too, which attributed greatly to the overall taste because the very idea of confit is to cook the duck in its own fat.
OVEN-ROASTED SIRLOIN FILLET WITH BLACK PEPPER AND FENNEL CONFIT
Another stellar addition in the ‘Turf’ category, this medium-rare steak is probably one of the most prized possession in the entire buffet line up. The lip-smacking sirloin fillet was succulent, juicy and so tender that it melts in your mouth within seconds.
PRAWN BISQUE WITH BRANDY
Soup may not be what you will be interested in at a seafood and meat buffet but this will change at Royale.
The glorious Prawn Bisque with Brandy is a very smooth and creamy one that you must try. It is full-bodied and no efforts have been spared in creating this aromatic pot of prawn goodness.
HOMEMADE LOR MEE WITH CRAYFISH
Look out for the Homemade Lor Mee With Crayfish ‘Live’ Station where the chef whips up a comforting bowl of Lor Mee—a popular Hokkien dish commonly found in Singapore and Malaysia. The full-flavoured broth was a clear winner for everyone at the table—with some of us even having seconds.
Chef Nicholas shared that only rich chicken stock is used (by simmering chicken bones for more than four hours) for the lor mee broth. And of course, what differentiates this bowl of Lor Mee apart from what you can get at a hawker centre is the addition of crayfish.
SEAFOOD ON ICE
There is also another seafood on ice counter where you can help yourselves to more seafood.
Savour all the natural flavours of the ocean with the Sweet Poached Prawns, Half Shell Scallops, Locally Farmed Black Mussels and Locally Farmed Clams.
When you are ready for some sweets, do not be shy about going back for second or third helpings.
Some noteworthy ones in the dessert spread that are the Chocolate Banana Cake, Lemon Meringue Tart, Assorted Mochi and Assorted Agar-Agar.
The Chocolate Banana Cake is everyone’s favourite. Generous layers of bananas are tucked in between chocolate sponge cake, and this is the perfect sweet ending for your Surf & Turf Buffet.
Surf & Turf Buffet Details
08 Mar to 27 May 2018
Dinner (Thu to Sun: 6pm – 10pm)
Lunch (Sat & Sun: 12pm – 2.30pm)
Price: Adult – S$58++, *S$88++/ Child – S$29++