Customise Your Own Bespoke Cocktail at DRINK Cocktail Bar

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Author: Alex Chua

Finding the perfect drinking spot that your friends or colleagues will enjoy is easy, now with the opening of DRINK at the historic site of Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall. DRINK the cocktail bar is the brainchild of FOO’D by David Oldani, the latter of which was conceptualised by Italian celebrity Chef Davide Oldani, Chef-owner of the 1 Michelin-starred D’O in Cornaredo, Italy.

This stylish metropolitan bar is helmed by award-winning mixologist Mike Cheong, who had clinched 8 international and regional awards including Asia’s Grand Champion in the 2015 La Maison Cointreau Cocktail Competition. While you might be intimidated by the ‘bourgeois’ façade and think the drinks would be pricey, the reality is further than the truth – the drinks here are in fact more affordable than you could imagine. And guess what, you could create and name your own bespoke cocktail while enjoying free-flow of complimentary canapes too!


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Height is the first thing that arrests me when I first walk in. It’s high ceilings and Corinthian columns, coupled with the alcohol and wine bottles gloriously arrayed on tall glass shelves exudes the kind of modern sophistication that makes you feel taller and more confident than normal. The orangey orbs hanging above provide sufficient illumination for a private, cosy conversation without being too much of an obstruction. And you are free to move and sit anywhere you fancy– at the counter, sofa, or go alfresco.


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The famed mixologist is known to create exquisite and visually-arresting (note: Instagram-worthy) cocktails. You can savour Mike’s latest exquisite cocktails like Guilty as Charged ($20) which is well balanced with sweetness, acidity and texture, or Court Adjourned! ($18) with its fruity punch and hints of melon and floral notes. Want a taste of Mike’s creativity? Simply spend $100 on alcoholic beverages and he will concoct a complimentary bespoke cocktail named after you!


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Ordering your own bespoke cocktail is simple – just fill up the form with the drink name, favourite spirit(s), preferred flavour(s) and texture(s) and slot it on the bar counter. I called mine ‘Kway Lapis’ and had the spirits section left blank for the creative mixologist to surprise me with the blend. The resulting is solid whisky mixed with hints of pomegranate – hitting the desired sweet and savoury taste.


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Pairing up with the cocktails and wines are the complimentary canapes, available every day from 6pm to 8pm – a time when pals and loved ones unwind over a glass of wine or light cocktail before dinner. The selection of canapes includes Duck Gelatin, Vol Au Vent Taleggio Cheese, Green Pea in Glass, Pea Shoot, Quail Eggs, Totmato with Crabmeat Zucca & Gambretto,, Mini Zuccotto, Assorted Jelly and more.


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Also available are the sharing platters good for 2 to 4 persons. For the self-professed carnivores, The Meat Platter ($48) is the ideal choice. Featuring mini sliders, chicken wings, lamb chops, pork sausages and fries. The Seafood Platter ($68) features a delightful spread of oysters, grilled squid, tiger prawns, battered halibut and fries. If you want you can add a whole lobster ($28) to the platter – fresh, fleshy with meat and de-shelled.
Currently, DRINK is offering Happy Hour from 4pm to 8pm (1-for-1 selected cocktails, wines, spirits and beer) and Complimentary Chef-curated canapes from 6pm to 8pm. No more excuse not to give this new establishment a try!

DRINK Cocktail Bar
Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall
#01-01. 11 Empress Place, Singapore 179558
Operating Hours:
Mon – Sat: 4pm – 12am
Happy Hour: 4pm – 8pm
Closed on Sundays
Tel: 63853424

IMPACT Mints First Ever Media Event in Asia

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Look at this basket of mints! I literally grew up with IMPACT Mints (Peach Flavour) because I started eating them since young! I remember how I would save up for it because it was a little pricey when I was still a student back then. Haha. It was also quite cool to have a little tin of mint in our pockets back then.

I am also quite sure that you guys are no stranger to IMPACT Mints too! Tell me they made an impact during your schooling days too!

Just last month, I had the opportunity to attend their FIRST EVER MEDIA PARTY in asia and from there, I learn more about the mints! I never never never knew that they had it in Mango flavor too!

Other than learning about the brand, we also had dinner and some hands-on activities like making our own parfait! Lucky for James because he had 2 shares. He ate one on the spot and I gave him mine for his breakfast.


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Make a guess, which were the two earliest flavors? The mints were only available in Japan before it came over to South East Asia. And IMPACT peach mints were produced with special Japanese peaches! With that, I had always thought that the mints came from Japan! To IMPACT, the taste and quality meant the world to them.


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Do not belittle these little tins. They may contain tiny mints, but each mint can refresh your breath instantly. They will also burst into their respective flavors when you place them into your mouth.

What was interesting that day was also the fact that they included the mints into their ice blended drinks – bringing the drinks to another whole new level of minty freshness!

I also love the entire set up of the event. All the decorations and dessert table were SO cute. It felt like a fun gathering for a tea party after a long week of work.

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Even though I looked really tired, James and I really enjoyed the event thoroughly. Thank you for the gather, brand introduction, dinner and of course, the mints!!


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IMPACT Mints can be found at NTUC FairPrice, Cold Storage, Giant, Sheng Siong, SPC, Caltex 7-Eleven & Cheers Outlets.

Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/impactmintsg/) for more updates!

EyeChamp Singapore – Why you should visit them this National Day Sale

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If you are looking at eyewear – be it sunglasses or prescription glasses, be sure to visit EyeChamp this National Day!

I shall not bore you with lengthy sales pitching nor hard selling but let me share 4 reasons why!
Firstly and most importantly, they are a champion when it come to the varieties of eyewear brands they carry. The branch we visited is situated in NEX Shopping mall. The moment we set foot into the store, we went ‘WOWWWW’ at how huge the store is.


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As usual, James is the more careful and less decisive shopper. Thus, it took him almost an hour to pick out just two pairs of eyewear due to the myriad of options he was given! There are even high end brands which are not commonly found in conventional optical shops, take for instances OliverPeoples which he eventually settled for.

Whereas for me, I was more decisive in what I wanted and so I made a beeline for their Prada and Rayban collection. Hehe!

Next, who doesn’t appreciate a bit of cost savings? There are having different promotions for most of the eyewear brands and the discount can go up to 30% off the usual retail price! WOOT!

This is on top of the fact that their prescription glasses are priced relatively cheaper than some of the other optical shops we visited.


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Lastly, not forgetting the friendly and helpful staff! I would gladly give 3 stars for their customer service! The explanation was thorough and clear. We didn’t even have to ask much questions to get our spectacles fixed that day.

Also, despite the endless flow of customers in and out of the store, I managed to pick up how meticulous their staff can be. One of the staffs was able to recognize a customer despite it being only her second visit which we found out later on after they struck up a conversation.

Without a doubt, they are going to thoroughly look after your needs in this shop! Isn’t that exactly the epitome of customer service!

If you feel that the above mentioned promotion is not appealing enough, you should continue to read on! Because thanks to our dear nation’s birthday aka National Day this year, there will be two sales going on concurrently:

1) 5 Days Sale – National Day
– Storewide 50% off
– $52 Special – additional $52 for upgrade to Transitions, Crizal prevencia, Crizal easy UV and progressive lens. (Usual Price: $100)

2) Free $20 Welcome voucher
– Free welcome voucher worth $20 with every new member registration.

Receive SMS updates and enjoy exclusive discounts when you sign up as their member.

Both promotions are only valid from 9 Aug to 13 Aug only!


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Now, don’t know where to find them?

Here is the full list of locations where you can find EyeChamp!

Nex Mall (Flagship)
Address: 23 Serangoon Central #B1-50/51 S(556083)
Phone: 6634 2250
Open daily 10:30am to 9:30pm

Jubilee Square
Address: 61 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8 #01-11/12 S(569814)
Phone: 6451 2250
Open daily 10:30am to 9:30pm

Waterway Point
Address: 83 Punggol Central #02-31 West Wing S(828761)
Phone: 6386 0816
Open daily 10:30am to 9:30pm

For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/EyeChampOptometrists

Travel: Practical Tips when you visit Lotte World in Seoul

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It has been quite some time since we came back from Korea but yes, we are finally here to talk about part of our trip! Here are some practical tips for you when you visit Lotte World in Seoul.

Dispeling the Myth 

If you try to google Lotte World, you are bound to see a lot of feedbacks saying it is one of the best theme parks for kids! However, I beg to differ as these individuals totally undermined the fun factor in there and I do feel it is no less fun for fully grown adult! Hence, young or old, if you are in Seoul, this is the first theme park you should check out!

How do you get to Lotte World?

I would say it is super convenient due to the fact that it is within 5-10 minutes walking distance from a Subway Station located near the City Centre- Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2,8). After you alight at Jamsil Station, just keep a lookout for Exit 4. If you are walking towards the correct direction, you should see a mock-up version of Trevi Fountain along the way.

Practical Discount Deals

Next, I going to share with you a piece of very practical information that is going to save you a lot of money! This is legit because we have tried and tested it. Just to set a quick disclaimer that we are not sponsored by them. Just in the good names of sharing with other first-timers to Lotte World like us.

So what is this deal all about?

So, we actually bought our tickets online from this website called ‘Funko Funtastic Korea’ after I spent some time trying to google for a good deals just 2 days before the day we went Lotte World.  It was hard to believe when I saw this deal selling tickets for 45% off the original price. That would mean an adult (Full Day) Ticket which cost approximately $60 is going for only $35! We paid for the tickets and next thing we are equipped with our email voucher on my mobile standing in front of “South Gate Ticket Office” all ready to start our fun! Best part, you do not even have to wait in the long queue outside the ticketing booth to buy your ticket. *Feeling like VIP*

Preparation Work

Firstly, let me pre-warn you that if you plan to make the most out of your day in Lotte world! Pls make sure you reach there as early as it opens. We are fortunate enough to clear most of the key popular rides before the theme park closed.

One of the reason is because of the long, crazy queues that snake around every of these popular rides. It can be as bad as at least 1 – 1.5 hour of waiting time per ride. Surely, there are some rides that you just have to wait for only 30 mins. But these are just the normal rides which do not give you the rush of adrenaline.

So I taught you how to save cost. Now, some practical tips on how you can save some waiting time. Goes back to saving money again because like they say ‘Time is Money!’ lol!

So what do you have to do? Very simple! Just download an App called ‘Lotte World Adventure’!


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After registering your ticket in the App, click ‘Magic’ on top right hand corner and you will be brought to a page that has all the rides. Do note that the rides will refresh every 15 minutes. That means if you miss reserving the slot, you can try again after 15 minutes.

So how does this work? This essentially works like those typical express queue which makes you feel like a VIP while others are queueing restlessly. This is also very useful because it helps you schedule your ride for the rest of the day!

However, one of the drawbacks is you might not necessarily get the ride you wanted. I remember not being able to get this ride called ‘Atlantis’ no matter how hard I tried for the WHOLE day! Because everyone is trying to click in to reserve that ride also! Ultimately, you need very swift fingers! Secondly, you can only use this function for only 3 times! So plan your rides wisely & ‘spend’ it on a worthy popular ride like Gyro 2, Atlantis, Gyro Spin, The Adventures of Sinbad, French Revolution VR etc.

Which Rides to go for if you do not have the luxury of Time?

So let’s establish the fact that this place do need more than a day to cover both the indoor and outdoor theme rides.

So, let me point you to some of the more popular rides that you should try not to miss!

Look at how gigantic the indoor theme park is!



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Let’s start with the indoor ones: The Adventure of Sinbad, Giant Loop, Camelot Carousel, Flume Ride & French Revolution VR!

I like the French Revolution the best because it takes you on a rollercoaster ride while you are wearing a VR which simulate a scene of you flying around fighting against a giant cyclops!


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This one is not as fun but well.. you know we still got to do some ‘couply’ stuff right! Lol!


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Now, let’s to the outdoor theme park located on the second floor next to the escalator. The outdoor theme park is called ‘Magic Island’!





So what’s the must try in Magic Island?

Gyro Swing. Bungee, Gyro 2 VR, Atlantis, Gyro Swing, The COMET Express! In short, anything with a Gyro, just go for it!!!


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End of the day, look at our blissful face! Tired but pure blissful!


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You can thank me for this tips later. Meanwhile, go enjoy that fun day out with your love ones!

FOOD: Bowled Over By Kogane Yama Customisable Tendon Bowl

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Author: Alex Chua

The owners who introduced Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory and Masizzim to Singapore have started a chic Japanese restaurant, whose name means ‘Golden Mountain’ in Japanese. Kogane Yama is K Food Holdings’ first original dining concept housed at the hip enclave of Bugis Junction. Launched on 4 June 2017, the 44-seater pays homage to the humble yet satisfying tendon bowl. With each serving features a lavish heap of perfectly fried, golden-brown pieces of tempura atop a mound of sweet Japanese rice. I am definitely bowled over by these crisp, battered tempura bowls. For days that call for a plate of fried food, the tempura here unquestionably delivers.





Walking into the interior you would be immediately transported to traditional Japanese eatery, with light wood tables and concrete walls, accented by hints of royal blue mountain-print noren (Japanese curtains) hanging along the walls and from the ceiling. The minimalistic feel gives a touch of modern sophistication with the addition of Japanese-Scandinavian black leather cushioned chairs and banquet seats.





Kogane Yama puts a creative spin on the traditional tendon bowl selection. First, choose the type of tempura you’d like, from signature items such as the Chicken Bowl ($13.80+), a bowl boasting tender Chicken fillets and select vegetable tempura; Prawn Bowl ($13.80+), featuring juicy prawn tempura with select vegetable tempura; Vegetable Bowl ($13.80+), a bowl loaded with an assortment of perfectly battered veggies such as long beans, carrot, shiitake and enoki mushrooms, sweet potato, green bell pepper and more; as well as the highly recommended Mixed Bowl ($15.80, above+), a mixed of EVERYTHING from the above.





Next, pick your base. You can choose to have the classic Japanese short-grain rice or top up a dollar to enjoy it with either Soba or thin Udon – both steeped in a clear and fragrant dashi broth. I personally adore the Udon here which is thinner and flatter.
Finally, choose the level of spiciness for the tentsuyu sauce – from non-spicy to level one to three. When I tried the level 3 I find it is still palatable, although I knew I could take the heat. You could also top up $2 to make a set, which comes with a bowl of chawanmushi and either miso soup or green tea.





Having a couple of refreshers definitely helped to soothe through the large meal. I have a hard time deciding which one is my preferred drink, either the Calpis Soda ($5.50+) or layered Azuki Matcha Latte ($6.80+), as I adore the taste of both drinks. The Calpis soda is a concoction of fizzy soda and vanilla-flavoured yogurt. The Azuki Matcha is sweet and creamy, and its great as a dessert itself.
Overall, this tempura specialty restaurant is a great, convenient premise for casual, value-for-money dining. What makes Kogane Yama different from other tendon restaurants is the many options available to customise your tempura set without overwhelming us with numerous selections.

Kogane Yama
Address: Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, #02-50, Singapore 188021
Operating Hours:
Sun – Thu: 11am – 10pm (last orders at 9.30pm)
Fri and Sat: 11am – 11pm (last orders at 10.30pm)

What went behind James & Maybeline’s Proposal

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I know I should have started working on this post for the longest time but I just can’t find the time to sit infront of my desktop every night.

How it all began:

We had a staycation at The Quincy Hotel and everything felt normal because we have staycation reviews very frequently. The only different thing was I had an event to attend that evening and will be away for 3 hours.

Obviously, I felt guilty because it was a staycation but I had to leave him alone so a very good brother, TJ, accompanied him throughout. Little did I know that they were just putting on an act.

He sent me to Casio Headquarters to gather with the other influencers as the meeting point was quite near our hotel. We then left the place, dressed in bridesmaid dresses. He kept joking about us looking like Jie Meis for someone’s wedding. I guess he was kind of dropping hints already? Me being me, was oblivious of the words and more concern about my shoes. I had wanted to wear heels but I picked comfort over beauty.

AND THAT WAS WHY I LOOKED SO TAK-MATCH IN THE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS 🙁

NOW I REGRETTED! I SHOULD HAVE WORN HEELS INSTEAD.

We left in a Limousine Party as it was Casio TR80 Limousine Party! I heard that it was a great hit in Japan and Casio is a Japan brand soooooo… the lucky us were quite privilege to try it! There were a few “stations” where we had to alight and take photos from Chijmes, National Gallery to this and that. They told me they will drop me off at my hotel after the event so obviously I didn’t suspect anything.

When we alighted back at the hotel lobby, I was busy looking for medication for Xinyi because of her headache so I did not even notice anything. It was also pretty normal for her to hold my hand because we are girly like that.

Who knows, as we started to walk down, I began seeing 1 or 2 familiar faces. Still nothing much yet until I saw James. The spotlight was turned on and there…. you can continue watching the story below:


Still…. don’t judge me. I know the shoes are pretty ugly…… 🙁

After everything, I realized the day itself was a beautiful lie. He had been planning for this months back. I don’t even have a single clue about it because he was with me almost every day – except for one when he had a conference to attend. The conference was fake too. He went out for a final meeting with his team.

There are a lot of people I want to thank here but I am most most grateful to TJ and William. William brought his lights from the office for him and he even held the light throughout for our photo taking session. TJ, for being a good liar, making me angry, happy, angry and happy again. He was so stressed throughout the planning and even after the proposal because I gave him quite a hard time on the video LOL.

You can also find Behind The Scene videos here: https://www.facebook.com/simmaybeline/media_set?set=a.835989136419115.1073741833.100000241080390&type=3&pnref=story

I grabbed them from the influencers’ Insta Stories so pardon me for the quality.

All in all, I feel truly blessed and I am not sure what have I done to deserved all these. Thank you love, for getting our family members and friends down. (He forgot to ask my BFF along because he felt it was quite packed already 🙁 aahhhh). Nonetheless, thank you each and every one of you for the blessings. Not forgetting, The Quincy Hotel for the drinks and location, Casio Singapore for the surprise! 🙂

We are off to the next stage – Planning of Wedding Dinner, taking Bridal Photos etc…..





Delve into a world of luxury at GODIVA Chocolatier Café

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Author: Alex Chua

The ever-graceful Sheila Sim, the GODIVA ambassador, at the ribbon cutting ceremony

As a GODIVA fan, I look forward to the opening of its café similar to the ones in Shanghai, Beijing and Taiwan. And on 29 June, 2017 is the day when the 140 square-meter lifestyle concept dessert cafe debuts at ION Orchard, marking the brand’s first foray into Southeast Asia. Now not only there’s a new hangout spot to chill with friends, I got to enjoy luxurious dessert at the same time.





That said, sitting down to some posh nosh chocolates on this special occasion is a real treat. How wonderful if everyday life is like this Dark Chocolate soft serve – smooth, creamy and sweet?





The elegant yet unpretentious café is a conducive place for intimate, friendly conversations; a good go-to dessert place with friends or date. Encompassing design elements inspired by GODIVA’s signature gold, white and dark chocolates. The interior of the 40-seater café is reflected to ooze rich sophistication, yet not aloof to the point of being intimidating. It is a casual setting with friendly staffers and I simply adores its soft plush velvety red seats.





At the entrance of the café, the new lifestyle-oriented concept features a huge glass display filled with a wide variety of decadent pralines and another display with an array of curated gifting options from Chocolate Carre Collection to Chocolate Gold Collection to G by GODIVA Collection, to extra special seasonal gift items. If you don’t really know what to give to your loved ones, chocolates are the ideal gift and the GODIVA label spells out its special meaning to the receiver.





Paying homage to its 90-year rich brand heritage, GODIVA Chocolatier takes care and pride in using only the finest ingredients. This café will also offer Singapore-exclusive sweet delights like the well-loved Belgium Waffles and to-die-for Chocolate Fondant with Soft Serve. For me I love Chocolate Fondue where I can choose the items – fruits, macarons, marshmallows – to dip into piping hot chocolate melted from GODIVA Carre Chocolates.





Other special items you can look forward to when you visit this lifestyle café would be their exclusive Chocolate Cakes made from quality GODIVA chocolate. Not only are these cakes aesthetically appealing, they are sinfully deluxe with its well-balanced sweetness and intricate layers.





GODIVA Chocolatier Cafe
ION Orchard, #B1-05
Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Tel: 6509 8924
Facebook: @Godiva.Asia
Instagram: @godivaasia
Website: www.godiva.com.sg

Ariston Water Heater GSS Promotion 2017

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Following to our Ariston Water Heater Review – http://blog.myfatpocket.com/maybelinesim/2017/05/21/review-ariston-aures-round-luxury-rt33/

You will be happy to know that they are running their GSS Promotion from now to 13 August 2017!! Receive up to $50 worth of free grocery voucher with any purchase of Ariston Constant Temperature instant water heaters.

The round one is the one both James and I have in our own house now and I must say that we are VERY happy with it. So are his parents. I have my own private toilet in my room so my parents have yet to try out my water heater 😛





I don’t have to worry about the water temperature going too hot or cold with the Constant Temperature technology when I am showering.

To recap (incase you didn’t read my previous post), the 2 main advantages are Energy Saving – the water is heated up and maintained at a constant temperature and Water Saving – no water will be wasted as you can shower comfortably with no temperature fluctuations!

Now, redeem $30 NTUC Voucher with Aures Smart SMC33 and $50 NTUC Voucher with Aures Luxury ST33, Aures Smart Round RMC33 and Aures Luxury Round RT33!

You can buy them from authorized dealers at http://www.ariston.com/sg/Dealers and redeem your vouchers at Mojito Redemption Centre located at Plaza Singapore Extension #04-60/61 :

Do note that even though the promotion is only valid till 13th August 2017, you have till 31st August 2017 to redeem your vouchers! 🙂

Happy Shopping with Ariston this GSS!

FOOD: Experience the uncompromising taste of top-quality Fugu at Guenpin

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Author: Alex Chua

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Step into Guenpin and be instantly transported to an authentic eatery in Japan. Run by a major Japanese fugu restaurant chain, this is one of the rare places in Singapore where you can savour delicious torafugu (tiger puffer fish) and snow crab cuisine. While ala carte options are also available, Guenpin’s torafugu courses (Guen Puffer Fish Course – $88 per person/ Tenraku Puffer Fish Course – $138 per person) give you a bona fide fugu dining experience. Tuck into expertly sliced sashimi, dig into a homely nourishing hot pot before ending on a sweet note with freshly-made ice cream.


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Cozy and casual – the 32-seater outlet in Singapore is the brand’s first-ever overseas outlet.

Guenpin is helmed by Chef Tomita, who has over 30 years of experience handling fugu cuisines. Known for its strict standards in selecting torafugu and quality ingredients, this fugu specialist also has an international patent for its ageing process to bring out the freshness and quality, ensuring the intense flavour and tender texture are preserved.



Thick Sliced Puffer Fish Sashimi

The course starts off with a simple, earthy bowl of Parboiled Puffer Fish Skin Sashimi, followed by the Thick or Thin Sliced Puffer Fish Sashimi. While this is not my first time trying this succulent fish, the luxurious plate of melt-in-the-mouth sashimi are refreshing and doesn’t disappoint. Rich in collagen and protein, torafugu is the perfect fish for those who desires good health and beauty (who doesn’t).



Puffer Fish for Hot Pot

Next comes the main star of the course. The Puffer Fish Hot Pot consists of torafugu, tofu, vegetables, mushroom and kudzu noodle cooked in a clear broth. A heart-warming and nutritional dish, collagen extracted from the torafugu is poured into the broth to enhance the nourishing effect. The remaining broth is not wasted once you have savoured the food – you can order a comforting porridge set to add eggs and rice is into the broth. Perfect for a rainy weather or a gathering with your close-knit friends.



Fresh Snow Crab for grill

Besides torafugu which the restaurant is renowned for, Guenpin also serves snow crab, prepared in 3 different styles – sashimi, tempura and grill. The grilled snow crab is a wonderful treat for the taste buds. The sweet, succulent meat is accentuated by the grilling process. The dish comes with three different dipping sauces: sweet miso, chili and minced garlic.



Snow Crab Tempura

The snow crab tempura is coated in light, fluffy batter which matches superbly with crunchy vegetable tempura. The rich, creamy meat is so fresh and tender it falls right off when you bite into it. Personally, I would choose this option due to my closeted love affair of fried food but all aredelicious on its own.



Goma ice cream

Ending the course with a sweet touch, the dessert is a scoop of ice cream with flavours such as yuze, goma (sesame) or matcha. Not very exciting, but it does the job without being too overbearing.





Overall, I find the food, the ambience and the décor speaks on an overarching theme synonymous of Japanese philosophy – of simplicity, tranquillity and striking the right balance. While it is geared more on the pricey side, you are paying for the overall experience and it is definitely worth a second visit.

Guenpin Fugu & Snow Crab Japanese Restaurant
Address: 32 Maxwell Road, #01-06 Maxwell Chambers, Singapore 069115
Contact: +65 6634 2916
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/guenpinsg
Instagram: @Guenpin

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri Lunch 12pm-3pm & Dinner 6pm-12am
Sat, Sun, Eve of PH & PH Dinner 5pm-12am

FOOD: Woo Ricebox – Authentic Taiwanese Ricebox at CBD

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Author: Alex Chua

Braised Minced Pork Ricebox, Spicy Drumstick Ricebox and Braised Chicken Ricebox

If you fancy Taiwan street cuisine, and particularly Taiwan railway food, there is a new spot in town to dine at. Conveniently located in Ocean Financial Centre at Raffles Place, Woo Ricebox serves tasty and affordable Taiwanese lunch sets and a myriad of yummy delights that would definitely satisfy the foodophile in you.




Here’s some interesting background about this brand. Woo Ricebox began with a simple purpose –to serve travellers comforting meal on the long train journey, hence leading to the emergence of the ricebox. It opened its first outlet in 1939 at Chihshang Township, a major railway interchange in Taitung. Today the brand has grown to over 200 stores in Taiwan, and its original premise transformed into a Museum to share the history of Taiwanese and local rice culture.





Who can say no to the Signature Braised Pork Ricebox with Preserved Veggies, or Lu Rou Fan ($6.80)? Presented in an oval bamboo box, you can choose between pork belly or lean pork. The meat is nicely marinated, flavourful and goes really well with the specialty rice. Woo Ricebox uses only premium short-grain rice specially imported from Chihshang in Taitung, which is prized for its fragrance and springy texture when cooked.




If you’re like me who find fried food simply irresistible you will be spoilt for choice with Woo’s selection of seven different fried mains, which includes Woo’s Pork Chop Ricebox ($8.30) and the awesomely HUGE Spicy Fried Chicken Ricebox ($8.90). Woo’s secret batter and frying technique gives a delightful crunch upon biting into the meat, and it doesn’t give the oily feel which really sits well for me.


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To make your meal more satisfying, you can grab some side dishes like the addictive Spicy Drumstick ($5) with juicy meat wrapped in light crispy skin, Taiwan Sausage ($1.50 for 7 slices), Braised Beancurd ($1.50 for 2 pieces) or Salt & Pepper Popcorn Chicken (picture above, $4, available only during off-peak periods).


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As for my personal favourite I would definitely grab the Gua Bao 割包 (chicken $2.20/ pork $2.60). Filled with tender pork/ chicken and preserved vegetables, sprinkled with peanut powder, giving it a textured bite with juicy, meaty taste. A must for busy working professionals who needs a quick, fuss-free grab-and-go lunch!

Woo Ricebox @ Ocean Financial Centre
10 Collyer Quay, #B1-03/05 Ocean Financial Centre

Opening Hours: 11 am to 8pm (Mon to Fri Last order 7.30pm),
11am to 3pm (Sat last order 2.30pm), closed on Sundays

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