Edge, Pan Pacific Dinner Buffet Review – Must-Go!

Date Visited: May 2017

Buffet: Hooked@Edge Dinner Buffet (Wednesdays & Thursdays)

Mother’s Day was around the corner and celebrations always meant buffets for my family (that’s why my diet plans never worked out). Since it was the choice of my mom, that meant that the buffet needed a good range of Asian food (we always know someone who goes to hotel buffets and only eat stuff like laksa, chicken rice etc right – that’s my mom)

This time, Edge @ Pan Pacific was chosen and it BLEW MY MIND, and my diet too ya.

Here’s my review & items you absolutely must try in this buffet!

VARIETY

Variety was UHMAYZING, ok? Usually buffets tend to be strong in a certain cuisine (eg. Asian) and so-so in the others, or overall not bad, but very few options of each cuisine. Edge was crazy good.

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Satay

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“Flying” Soba

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Crab Briyani? YAS.

Western, Italian, Local, Asian, Japanese … all there. And except for one or two dishes (the paella looked very watery and soggy), everything was ON POINT and worth them calories.

Seafood

The selection of seafood is supposed to be one of the main highlights of this buffet, and for someone who don’t usually enjoy cold seafood, I ate SO MUCH of them. That was how good it was.

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The Alaskan King Crab was easily the star of my night – the meat is so naturally sweet that I couldn’t stop eating. They refilled it really fast too – bonus points!

They had a whole selection of seafood – clams, oysters (freshly shucked), crayfish, flower crab – I’m loss for words at how good they were!

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Shucking Oysters in front of you!

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Just a small section of this area..

This section alone made my night worth it – if you enjoy seafood, this is definitely the place to be. Enjoy more of that Alaskan King Crab!

Local Delights

Another favourite of mine were the elevated local delights available, such as Nyonya King Prawn Laksa and Crab dishes,

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Salted Egg Yolk Crab

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Manadatory Chilli Crab (with mantou too!)

Service

Service was good, for a place that was fully packed. It was never too difficult to get the attention of a waiter, and they would frequently come by to clear our plates. No piling of plates in the middle necessary.

Live Stations

They had many live stations, with chefs to prepare you the dish right in front of you – from laksa, to grill, to pasta and sashimi, of course! Personally, I love live stations – they add a personal touch to my meal, instead of paying a pretty sum to have all the food mass produced and left out there for me to pick through.

Note: Squid Ink Pasta – must try!

Desserts

This is also another important factor for me – I’ve got a sweet tooth. So if the dessert section sucks, it’s a no for me. (another reason why my diet fails)

The dessert section at the Edge was good, with local desserts (Kueh Lapis, Kuehs) to cakes and chilled desserts (Creme Brûlée, mousse..).

They also had a fondue station, and a waffle live station with ice cream. Not bad indeed. I even spied some durian dessert (which I regrettably did not try, as J was looking green when I suggested it).

 

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Strudel

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Rainbow Kueh Lapis

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Assorted Cakes

 

Cost

Not going to lie, it was a hefty cost at $88++ per pax, which was over $100 after GST. However, that being said, the price was comparable to quite a few other buffets out there, and the spread was immensely better.

Was it expensive? Yes.

Was it worth it? Hell Yes.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a buffet to wow someone, or eat to your heart’s content, this is definitely it. One tip: walk through the whole buffet before you start grabbing food, so you can prioritise. There is simply not enough stomach space to be random here haha!

Please don’t miss out those Alaskan King Crabs – it’ll be your biggest regret.


XOXO,

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d’Good’s NEW Darn Good Durian & Coconut Skillet Pancakes (Must-Try)

Date visited: March 2017

 Durian lovers, stop whatever you are doing and appreciate this for a moment.

 

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Durian & Coconut deutsch skillet pancakes

That’s right, d’Good Café has launched new menu items and one of it is this glorious Durian & Coconut Skillet Pancake ($13). Generous amount of D24 pure durian flesh (legit, guys!) with creamy vanilla ice cream and housemade coconut sables (crunchy bites) topped with palm sugar syrup.

MMMMMM

The hot skillet pancake goes extremely well with the creamy durian flesh and cold ice cream – together they are super creamy but light, with textures from the pancake and the sables.

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Don’t miss this!

 Conclusion: Must-Try. Even J, who doesn’t like durian grudgingly said it was not bad 😀 Score!

Other new items to check out:

 

Bonito Benedict ($14)

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If you are bored of the usual Eggs Benny and Eggs Benny Royale, here’s a new item for you to try. It’s Japanese inspired and reminds me of Takoyaki Balls!

There’s loads of bonito flakes, Japanese mayo, Worcestershire sauce and sesame dressing – super addictive.

Clams with Seaweed & Caviar ($16)

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Definitely going back for more of this!

Another of my FAVES! The clams are delicious and savoury, and the pasta tastes super light and addictive. The toppings of seaweed and caviar give it the yummy umami taste. I couldn’t stop eating this dish!

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If you are not into seafood, there’s also a new Kimchi & Shabu Shabu pasta ($16) available too! *Kimchi & Shabu Shabu pasta only at Holland V. outlet.

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Kimchi & Shabu Shabu Pasta 

Baked Escargots in Shells ($13)

*Only at Taka outlet

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Six extra-large escargots from France served with garlic butter and fresh herbs – the seasoning is really delish, remember to eat them with the garlic toast as well!

So many delicious items to try, so little time – head over to d’Good today to check their new menu out! Don’t forget to try their specialty teas and cold brew too! I had this Cold Brew infused with Lavender Earl Grey, and it was great!

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Creamyyyyy 

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d’Good Cafe

Holland Village – 273 Holland Avenue #02-01/02

Takashimaya S.C. – 391 Orchard Road #B1-56, Takashimaya S.C. Ngee Ann City

Farm To Table (Tanjong Pagar Centre) – Fresh Produce at Damn Good Prices!

Did you know that Tanjong Pagar has a new shopping mall right at the MRT called Tanjong Pagar Centre?

There are quite a few cool F&B places there (plus retail too!) like Cocorica Plus, Food Anatomy, Japan Rail Café and Seattle Pike Chowder– perfect for people who work in the CBD area looking for lunch options!

However, what really impressed me the most was this marketplace called Farm To Table – a place specialising in fresh Australian produce, which are air-flown to Singapore.

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Love the vibes!

When I think about quality Australian meat and fruits, I normally associate it with a hefty price tag. I mean, quality is very important, but cannot be pay $20 for premium apples right? Even if my stomach feel shiok, my pocket will cry.

WRONG!

To be frank, what drew me into the store was this sign.

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Really???

Like any bargain-hunting auntie, my bargain-radar was alerted quickly and I automatically went in to join the fray. Oh my, juicy BIG red strawberries and delicious blueberries at only $10 for 3 boxes? Yes please.

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These babies are clearly on another level than what I’m used to.

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Look!!

Other than strawberries, they have many types of produce – both organic and non-organic. Whether you are looking for quality Angus beef or wood-roasted salmon, they have it all!

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Omg. Meat.

In addition to those, they also have specialty produce like these gorgeous Australian Mangoes and Rock Melons, as well as a wide variety of vegetables (even Kale!) and herbs to choose from.

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These look unbelievably good!

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Literally your dream pantry!

I also noticed that they have set up a little corner with samples for customers to try new produce daily- what a great idea!

This place is definitely an absolute gem in my opinion – with really affordable fresh produce (especially with the promotions) that are of great quality. Share it with your friends and family, don’t forget to stop by and indulge in some strawberries!

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XOXO

Yogurtland from USA is here in Singapore! (Must-Try)

Date visited: December 2016

Address: Suntec City Mall #B1-165/166  (Near the fountain of wealth)

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As much as I love a good scoop of homemade ice-cream, frozen yogurt is my go-to treat on a hot day! Light, tart, refreshing and low-fat, what’s there not to like?

In fact, during my one year stay in North Carolina, fro-yo was one of the popular hang-out places for my friends and I. I loved the HUGE fro-yo stores with rows and rows of different flavours that we could mix and match however we liked. There would also be a toppings bar with everything from granola, nuts to sweets and chocolate. In fact, after I came back to Singapore, I often lamented that there was nothing quite like that experience here, since most fro-yo stores serve the yogurt in fixed cup sizes and charge per topping.

So as you can tell, I was pretty excited to be invited to Yogurtland’s opening in Suntec!

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Me with my masterpiece!!

Yogurtland is literally your dream fro-yo shop – they have over 200 unique and customized flavours which they rotate, serving 8 flavours in the shop at any one time. The yogurt base is imported right from California (where they use fresh and pure California milk without antibiotics or added hormones), and they have some really unique flavours sourced from all over the world.

We got to try flavours like Belgian Chocolate (made from delicious chocolates from Belgium), Sumatra Coffee, Dragon Passion Tart and Kiwi Raspberry Sorbet. My personal favourite was the Belgian Chocolate and Original Tart!

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We had to try all 8! 😀

Less yogurt, more toppings? Up to you!

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Toppings GALORE

If you feel like having 10 toppings on your fro-yo, go ahead! They don’t charge by topping, so you can literally put whatever you want on it. #notjudging

Lactose Intolerant? Fussy eater?

Everyone has something here – there are sorbet options for those who are lactose-intolerant, and gluten-free options too.

Affordable!

Having these treats wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket either – they charge by weight and it’s only $3 per 100g! That’s really super reasonable – and a great incentive to indulge.

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What are you waiting for? Hurry head down to check it out and get yourself a large cup of fro-yo! #dontsaybojio

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Hoshino Coffee – Hidden Gem with the Fluffiest Pancakes!

Date visited: October 2016

Before this visit, I’ve seen Hoshino around plenty of times but only tried it once for coffee. I’m super glad to have been invited there to properly try their food because now I’ve got a new favourite place to hangout. Let me show you some of their delicious food – try not to drool!

#1. Double Pancake Souffle Style ($12)

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It’s so FLUFFY!

These are literally the fluffiest pancakes I’ve EVER seen. They taste like the good-old McDonald’s pancakes BUT so much fluffier and better! I love how they give you enough syrup to enjoy the pancakes with, as well as homemade whipped butter.

If it’s not enough for you, you can go for their Chocolate Banana version or add a Softee on top – but trust me, these are delicious. What’s more, they are freshly baked to order! It’s been weeks since I’ve had it, but I’m just itching to head back for more.

 

#2. Omu Souffle on Tomato Risotto with Shrimp and Broccoli ($16)

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WHY SO FLUFFY

Again, Hoshino has really impressed me with their souffles – I know how hard it is to get a souffle THAT FLUFFY and high, and stable! We even jiggled it and trust me, it was glorious. Dig into that souffle for their delicious Tomato Risotto – cooked perfectly. I like!

 

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When this came out, it was so fragrant it had us salivating before we even tried it. It might look simple, but it is SO FLAVOURFUL. The egg on top was runny and made it even more creamy! #icanteven

 

#4. Hoshino Spaghetti with Eggplant, Shimeiji, Bacon & Sausage ($14)

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This might look like a simple dish, but once again, I was surprised at how delicious it was! To be honest, it might be the dish I ate the most that evening (I was craving for pasta coincidentally!). I love how the pasta was cooked perfectly and it was light – not “gelat” at all. This is one of their most popular pasta, as well as the Lobster Bisque Soup Spaghetti (which you absolutely need to try too!)

 

#5. Angus Beef Steak Plate ($21.80)

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Generous portion of beef, pasta, rice, wedges and veg!

Rejoice meat-lovers, Hoshino has launched their special menu to celebrate their 4th Anniversary! This menu consist of many Beef items, so drool away!

This is perfect for those who can’t make up their minds – they have everything on one plate! For $21.80, the beef portion is very good and perfectly-cooked (you can request for it to be more well-done if you prefer, but IMO this was perfect). The beef is tender and juicy – you won’t regret it.

 

#6. Omu Rice & Angus Beef Steak Plate with salad ($18.80)

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Can’t go without your Omu Rice? Then get this – delicious tender beef complimenting the Tomato Rice under the creamy egg. Ok, stop drooling.

Once again, portions are very generous, so you won’t feel like you are at some atas restaurant which charges you $20 for a tiny plate of nothing. heh.

 

#7. Strawberry French Toast ($12.80)

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LOVE

French Toast has gotten an upgrade here – topped with strawberries, homemade whipped cream and maple syrup. It might sound over-the-top SWEET af, but it’s actually not. I love their homemade whipped cream which is light and not overly sweet. The french toast is soft, warm and yumms. Perfect ending to your meal!

#8. Iced Sakura Latte with Softee ($9.30)a16_0323

If you are looking something different to drink, try this! It tastes like rose, strawberry, vanilla and flowery all at once. And of course, it’s totally Instagrammable.

If you are into Matcha, they have a selection of Matcha drinks for you – their Matcha drinks are really rich and authentic.

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If you aren’t in the mood for Matcha, Sakura or coffee, try their Fruit Tea. I love how they have a whole load of fruits inside (almost like a Sangria). It’s available both hot or iced, both equally delicious and fruity (none of that syrupy artificial stuff ya).

#10. EVERYTHING LA

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So much MEAT!

Can’t decide what to eat? Head over and look at their menu anyway – there’s something for everyone! Don’t forget to check out their special menu – I preferred the Angus Steak Plates over the rest, but whatever floats your boat!

Lastly, please please don’t forget to try their

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PANCAKES!

 

P.S. They have outlets at Plaza Singapura, ION, Capitol Piazza, Suntec, Holland V – you can check out their website here!

10 Things You Must Eat in Seoul!

Travel Date: September 2016

Anyone who has ever been to Seoul knows that 4 full days in this busy city is wayyyyy too short. Unfortunately, because my girlfriends J, S, and I booked a last-minute trip to Seoul over dinner 2 weeks before (#yolo right?), beggars can’t be choosers and the return flight prices were the most ideal during those dates.

So with only 4 days and approximately 13 meals – every meal had to count. We planned most of our trips according to food (and shopping) in the area, and here’s 10 things you absolutely have to eat on your next trip to Seoul! Special thanks to J who did most of the planning this trip haha!

 #1. Budae Jjigae

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Chicken Galbi @ Yoogane, Myeong Dong

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Nolboo Budae Jjigae

This was definitely on the top of our list to eat – Budae Jjigae (army stew) is shown in almost all Korean shows, making us salivate every single time. Piping hot pan of ramyeon, kimchi, sausages and meat in spicy sauce mmmmmm…

I love Buddae Jjigae to bits, but it’s just SO EXPENSIVE in Singapore, at least SGD$40 at any place. In Seoul, you can literally walk into any restaurant for delicious army stew, and it’ll cost you about $10 or less per person.

Where to go: Anywhere, but we had our fix at these 2 places.

Yoogane, Myeong Dong | Price: 8,500 Won per person / SGD $10.50

Nolboo Budae Jjigae, Myeong Dong | Price: 5,300 Won per person / SGD $6.50

 #2. Korean BBQ

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MEAT!

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BBQ + Makgeoli = love 😀 

MEAT!! Again, Korean dramas. There’s nothing like gossiping around a steaming grill of tender meat and glasses of soju, preferably in winter, because hot food tastes extra good in the cold weather.

Although SG has many places offering good Korean BBQ especially around the Tanjong Pagar, but the prices here in Seoul makes it extra sweet.

Where to go: New Mapo Galmaegi, Hongdae | Price: 16,000 Won per person / SGD $20

We ordered Pork Belly, Pork Shortribs, Beef Shortribs (2 servings), Makgeoli (2 bottles) all for SGD$20 per person! The grill came with a ring of eggy goodness that you could eat with the meat, along all the usual (delicious) sides like kimchi, radish and lettuce. SO GOOD, plus it kinda feels healthy, cause you are eating grilled meat with veggies, right?

I’m still salivating as I think about it #nojoke.

 #3. Ginseng Chicken Soup

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Ginseng Chicken Soup – 16,000 Won

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Ginseng Korean Black Chicken Soup – 23,000 Won

Another must-try is the traditional Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup. The broth is thick and nutritious, with a whole chicken stuffed with glutinous rice. The meat of the chicken is super tender and peels off easily – yum!

Where to eat: Tosokchon Samgyetang, Gyeongbokgung | Price: 16,000 Won / SGD $19.80

Tosokchon is famous for their Ginseng Chicken Soup – the restaurant was packed with both tourists and locals enjoying their meal in a traditional setting. (You sit on the wooden floor with a low table!)

Pricing is very reasonable at 23,000 Won / SGD $28.50 for Tosokchon Ginseng Korean Black Chicken Soup & 16,000 Won / SGD $19.80 for Tosokchon Ginseng Chicken Soup – they give you little shots of Ginseng that you can pour into the soup or drink it up!

#4. Chimaek

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Made popular by the Korean drama – My Love From Another Star, Chimaek stands for Chicken + Beer, a sinful combination! Seoul is full of joints selling Fried Chicken & Oven baked crispy chicken – original and with different seasoning (usually around 15,000 Won, a good portion for 2 people). There’s nothing better than sinking your teeth into one of these babies, and washing it down with beer.

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Fresh out of the oven!

Where to eat: Oppadak at Myeong Dong | Price: 15,000 Won / SGD $18.50 for 2 pax serving

Public Service Announcement: Don’t indulge in chimaek right before a shopping spree – it tends to make you talk and walk at a ridiculous speed, and purchase many things on impulse! haha

#5. Tteokbokki + Gimbap (plus live octopus if you dare!) – Traditional-style

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Ahjumma scooping up some Tteokbokki!

It’s such a waste to not experience the traditional Gwangjang Market and see the bustling activities of the locals. Other than seeing a wide range of merchants (selling everything from fabric to snacks, produce and souvenirs) there is a big section of vendors selling local food.

Many of these merchants sell the same thing – Mung Bean pancakes, Tteokbokki, Gimbap, blood sausage, beancurd skins & live octopus (in tiny tanks, ughhh!).

Take a seat at any of these and be served by an Ahjumma ladling fresh hot food onto a plate!

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So good!!

Where to eat: Gwangjang Market | Price: 10,000 Won / SGD $12.30 for a combination of Tteokbokki, Gimbap & Beancurd skin + a bottle of Makgeoli.

#6. O’sulloc Tea House 

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Hojicha Bingsu!

O’sulluc has many branches throughout Seoul and Jeju Island – it specializes in Green Tea drinks, dessert and products. J had actually tried the outlet at Jeju and raved about it, so we stopped by mid-afternoon for some dessert to cool off!

Must-try: Hojicha Bingsu – super refreshing and light, topped with a scoop of Hojicha Ice Cream! I’ve always preferred Hojicha to Matcha, somehow it tastes more roasted and less sweet to me, which made this Bingsu perfect for the hot afternoon. For matcha lovers, try their Green Tea O Fredo, 7,000 Won (Green Tea shake topped with green tea ice cream)  – it’s really rich but delicious!

Where to eat: O’sulloc Tea House | Price: 34,000 Won / SGD $42 for Hojicha Bingsu, 2 special iced teas, Matcha roll & Green Tea O Fredo!

#7. Handmade Knife Noodles

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Spicy Handmade Noodles

Another specialty in this city is Handmade Korean Knife Noodles. The noodles are very delicate and thin, not chewy or heavy like others. When we visited this place, it was full of locals during the lunchtime crowd – not many tourists at all.

The portion sizes were big in my opinion, but the locals did not have a problem cleaning off the bowl! The light noodles contrasted well with the thick broth. My personal pick is the Spicy Handmade Noodles.

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Noodles in White Bean Broth

S had the special Noodles in White Bean Broth – which was served cold. The broth tasted like soya bean milk, but thicker, and the dish was actually delicious. She loved how easy it was to eat (not getting too “gelat”) although I was more conservative, preferring noodles in hot broth!

Where: Gangnamgyoja, Myeong Dong | Price: 8,000 Won per bowl / SGD $9.90

#8. Fusion Jjampong

Jjampong – Korean spicy noodle soup flavoured with seafood and gochugaru.

This is not usually on the lists of “Korean food to try” but it was SO GOOD! This was our super-cheat meal of the trip, but no regrets ok?

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Ro-pong

Nipong Naepong serves fusion jjampong and pizza – a popular hit among the younger crowd. We ordered the Ro-pong and the signature sweet potato pizza. The Ro-pong was a bowl of noodles with a roe + tomato cream sauce, topped with a mountain of cheese. The result was a tasty, umami, gooey spoonful of noodles, which leaves you wanting more.

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Sweet Potato Pizza

We also loved their sweet potato pizza, which tastes exactly how it sounds – sweet potato and cheese on a thin crust. Although the crust was less crispy than I expected, the pizza was very good.

Where: Nipong Naepong, many outlets in Seoul | Price: 18,800 Won / SGD $23 for a bowl of Ro-pong & Sweet Potato Pizza – big enough to be shared by 3 people!

#9. Random Cafés

Of course, we stopped at many cafes along the way for our coffee fix (ok, I admit that I’m a coffee addict, and my girls had to lead me to cafes when I was running low on caffeine.)

A few notable cafes were Angel-in-us Coffee and Holly’s Coffee – which were all over Seoul.

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Fluff Ball!!

An interesting café was Tia Pol – near the Bukchon Hanok Village. They served Cotton Candy coffee (which was basically cotton candy on top of your coffee lol!)

I liked their Cotton Candy, which was not as sweet than the usual Pasar Malam ones in Singapore, and ended up putting most of it into my Americano to sweeten it up – hey, it works!

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So instagrammable

Where: Tia Pol, Bukchon Street | Price: 5,000 Won / SGD $6.20

Another café was at the new Common Ground shopping “mall” in containers. Don’t forget to take your #ootd in front of the iconic blue containers haha!

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My attempt at an #ootd LOL!

Although most of the shops there are rather pricey, the café Dore Dore is a good place to chill out, with instagrammable interior, lots of natural lighting and pretty cakes. We had such a hard time choosing between the Rainbow Cake and the Tiramisu – and went for tiramisu instead!

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Really good cake!

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Galaxy Nails done at 3D Nails (Jurong East) #obsessed

Where: Dore Dore Cafe at Common Ground, Gwangjin-gu | Price: 25,000 Won for a Vanilla Latte, Hot Cocoa, Tea & Tiramisu cake! #nofilterneeded

#10. Tea Egg + Sweet Rice Drink @ Jjimjilbang

Jjimjilbang – Korean public bathhouse

Last of all, how could you not have an authentic Korean experience at the Jjimjilbang? It’s something everyone should try at least once.

There are quite a few sauna rooms at different temperatures for you to try out like the Ice Room (this one no joke, too cold), Salt Room (around 40-50 degrees celcius) and Jade Room (above 60 degrees I think, also no joke!). Other than that, there are different floors for exercise, entertainment (watch TV), rest and more!

We partook in the Jjimjilbang ritual we saw on Korean dramas – cracking a tea egg on your forehead and drinking cold sweet rice drinks! On hindsight, those tea eggs were not that easy to crack (ouch, painful man!!) but still good to eat. Oh, we also googled how to tie the towels on our heads and walked around like stupid tourists!

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Success!

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Dat egg tho

Other than an ahjumma letting out some potent gas next to us (we ran), it was an amazing experience.

Where to go: Siloam Sauna, Seoul Station | Price: 15,000 Won / SGD $18.50 for entry & about 3,000 Won /SGD $3.70 for food/drinks

Have you tried everything on this list? If not, you should be planning your next trip back to Seoul! Btw, shopping burns calories, so you’re good! 

Hope you guys liked it, spread the love and share!

XOXO

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Mandatory Tourist Shot #basic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Reasons to visit Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產 (Taiwan)

Addiction Aquatic Development, 上引水產 – No. 18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu E Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104

When you think about Taipei, you immediately think of great (sinful) street food and awesome shopping at mainstream places like Ximending, Shilin Night Market, Raohe, Wufenpu… however, during my recent trip I was recommended a place that I absolutely fell in love with – Addiction Aquatic Development, 上引水產.

Here’s 5 reasons why you need to go, like ASAP.

#5. It’s easy to get there!

Unlike most popular places, hipster cafes and must-go tourist areas, this place isn’t in a far-far-far away isolated area where you would have to hire a car to, and then walk for 475183012938 minutes.

The nearest MRT station is Xingtian Temple Station, and then it’s a 15 minute walk. (You’ll also see the other interesting markets in the vicinity too.) After the walk, you should be all ready to tuck into a good meal – perfect!

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Google maps – your best friend.

If you don’t fancy a walk at all, you can also get an Uber there (we’ve used Uber a couple of times in Taipei, and it’s very reasonably priced and very convenient!)

#4. It’s not over-crowded

Unlike most popular places (again), this amazing place is not packed full of rude, screaming tourists pushing each other out of the way. Many locals frequent this place for their weekly groceries or for a quick meal – that to me, makes it more authentic.

Tip: this place opens from 6am – 12am, the best timing to go would be at 10.30am – when the chefs are ready to prepare sashimi to order, and the shelves are fully stocked. At this timing, especially on a weekday, it’s not crowded at all, and you can leisurely browse the shelves and pick your food!

#3. Loads of things to see

There’s 10 different sections in this cozy place – ranging from the live seafood section (see them glorious crabs and scallops), to the supermarket, to the lifestyle area (pretty flowers and ornaments on sale) and to different sit-down restaurants. If you really want a feast, don’t forget to grab some sake along with your seafood 😀

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Hairy Crabs!

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Scallops

#2. Seafood paradise – need I say more?

If you are a seafood-lover, this is heaven. Fresh live seafood, freshly prepared seafood, cooked seafood, grilled seafood, steamboat seafood – this place HAS IT ALL!

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Mouth-watering

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Scallops on a stick, all ready to be eaten!

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Our pick: Otoro Tuna!

If you aren’t a fan of fine-dining, the supermarket has a great variety of fresh seafood and produce, which you can buy home or consume right outside the building (they have standing tables and normal tables for you to sit down and enjoy).

*The tables are very instagrammable too! 

#1. The PRICE.

SGD$24 for a good box of fresh, fatty, buttery Otoro Tuna? SGD$10 for a box of mixed fresh salmon and tuna slices? Where else can you get these kinds of prices? 

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Huge Uni boxes going at SGD$60! Smaller boxes were sold at SGD$35.

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Sushi: SGD$6  |  Salmon + Tuna Sashimi: SGD$10

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Glorious Otoro Tuna: SGD$24 – isn’t that awesome?

We also really enjoyed their Chawanmushi and their fried rice. Every mouthful was flavorful and rich.

Conclusion

This is somewhere you have to go, no buts about it. If you are tired of the excessive crowds, rude tourists and vendors who just will not let you haggle prices, head over to this gem of a place and you’ll not have one single regret. #truestory

 

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5 Reasons To Get Your Salted Egg Yolk Fix @ Bread Society/BreadTalk

Like many others, I’ve been sampling many salted egg yolk dishes recently – what’s there not to love? Thick, creamy, sweet & salty – all in one bite. It’s so good, it literally goes with anything – waffles, ice cream, cakes, donuts, bread, crabs, veggies… you get my point.

It’s such a big thing that salted egg yolk dishes are sprouting up everywhere, and people are rushing around to try each one (me included, guilty as charged!).

We chanced upon The Bread Society today (ION, food basement) and was surprised to see signs promoting their salted egg yolk croissants, and we thought – why not? We bought a box of 6 for $5.50 and OH MY… I could gush about it all day, but to spare you from dying of boredom, here’s 5 reasons why you should drop by and get yourself some. Like now.

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Drool-worthy

Price at The Bread Society:

1 for $1 / 6 for $5.50 / 10 for $8

(seems like its priced differently at BreadTalk – 1 for $1 / buy 6 get 1 free/ buy 10 get 2 free)

#5: It’s $1.00 (or even cheaper)

Delicious & pretty snacks come expensive these days, especially if they are still trending. The cheapest I’ve come across is $4.80 for a salted egg yolk donut at The Bakery Chef, and this is wayyyyyyyy better.

This will definitely be the best $1 you have spent in a long time, and you can even buy a box of 10 for your friends and be their favourite person for the day.

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My box of 6 @ $5.50!

#4: It’s MINI.

You will probably say “It’s $1 because it’s so much smaller than the others!” and YES, you are right – but that’s why you should get it!

If you like your salted egg yolk thick, creamy and grainy like me – too much is definitely a bad thing. With a larger serving, I find myself regretting the last few bites, since it becomes more and more “gelat“.

These mini croissants are perfectly bite-sized, enough to wow your taste buds and leave you craving for more! Plus, since salted egg yolk is super high in cholesterol, sodium and fat, it’s probably better for your health to have a mini portion. #justsaying

If you had a terrible day and need to cheer yourself up, you can indulge in 1 or 2 more.

#3: It’s CONVENIENT

Travelling all the way for a taste of salted egg yolk croissant from XXX place? Not my cup of tea. Sure, I’d love to taste all those gorgeous looking pastries, but it’s just so difficult to travel to remote places just to eat them. Unless I’m in the area, it’s just not practical.

Bread Society / BreadTalk is available in more locations, and usually in accessible ones (the Bread Society I walked past was at ION basement). PLUS, I didn’t have to wait – I could just get my box of croissants and leave (and snack on them ASAP).

I know patience is a virtue, I’m working on it…

#2: It’s still INSTAGRAMMABLE

Most $1 buns are hardly found on Instagram, they are just not that photogenic. Instead, you see $15 waffles and $20 pancakes looking all gorgeous on Instagram. That’s just the way it is – but now, say hello to this pretty croissant.

It’s $1, and it’s fine-looking. Tear it in half, and TA-DAH! Money shot right there.

#1: Most importantly, it is DELICIOUS.

Tip: Keep your eye out for the fresh croissants. It’s infinitely better if you get them warm and flaky.

I was fortunate to get mine freshly baked – the croissant was warm, flaky & buttery, and the salted egg yolk filling was thick, grainy and on-point.

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Finger-licking good!

Seriously, what more can you ask for?

 

The Bread Society

Suntec City Mall

3 Temasek Boulevard #01-301/302
Singapore 038983

ION Orchard

2 Orchard Turn #B4-08/09
Singapore 238801

Two Cents Coffee – Bandung Cafe

Jl. Cimanuk 2, Bandung 40114, Indonesia

Date of visit: August 2015

We found this cafe after walking past a few “sketchy” cafes (no aircon, no proper seating and flies everywhere) so it was definitely a highlight for us!

Decor & Seating

Two Cents Coffee looks like a touristy cafe even from the outside, with a hipster, rustic feel. There is both inside (aircon) and outside seating available although it can get quite packed!

Food

Prices were steep for Indonesia – roughly Singapore cafe prices ($10-15 for simple breakfast items), so I was pretty surprised to see many locals in the cafe too! Food was good and quality was as expected for the price. It was definitely also “instagrammable” with the nice plating and tablewares used, haha!

Service

Service was a little slow, but it might be due to the cafe being crowded or just the laidback culture of the place. However, it was still adequate and doesn’t warrant much whining about.

Overall

Two Cents Coffee is definitely worth a visit the next time you are in Bandung! I’ve heard that the cafe scene in Bandung is growing quite rapidly, and I can’t wait to make another visit back and explore. If you have any other cafes to recommend, share it with me below!