Customise Your Own Bespoke Cocktail at DRINK Cocktail Bar


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!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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!!


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 ( for more updates!

FOOD: Bowled Over By Kogane Yama Customisable Tendon Bowl


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)

Delve into a world of luxury at GODIVA Chocolatier Café


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

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


Author: Alex Chua

Puffer Fish Sushi

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.

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
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


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.


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).


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

Instagram: @WooRiceboxsg

FOOD: Eat At Seven’s Maguro-Donya Miura-Misaki-Kou Sushi & Dining collaborates with renowned Japanese Unagi Wholesaler Yamada Suisan


Author: Alex Chua

Unagi connoisseurs would be pleased to note that Yamada Suisan, the famed Japan’s unagi wholesaler and top eel breeder, is collaborating with a Singapore restaurant: Eat At Seven’s Maguro-Donya Miura-Misaki-Kou Sushi & Dining (Maguro-Donya). These unagis (eels) are bred in clean, fresh underground water that runs to a depth of 70 metres underground, employing a 24-hour monitoring system to ensure that the quality of these eels are not affected.

The collaboration is made possible thanks to the matchmaking efforts of All Nippon Airways Group (ANA). This means that the restaurant can procure premium, top grade unagi at wholesale cost, and offer customers at exceptionally affordable prices!

An extremely popular haunt amongst the Japanese community, this fish specialist is wooing local fans with its prices and attention to taste. Helmed by Chef Takuya Matsumoto and Takayoshi Shishido, the restaurant has its own fleet of fishing trawlers and hence able to curate the freshest maguro and sashimi around the world and fly them directly to Singapore via ANA air freight. Maguro-Donya also imports Hokkaido rice directly from Japan, and each grain of rice served is al dente, moist and simply unforgettable!

The affordable Una Jyu Set (U.P. $35.80) came with grilled Unagi eels and 4 usual side dishes. Presented in a beautifully lacquered wooden box, the unagi, glazed with Teriyaki sauce, is tender, succulent and tasty, and you can literally taste the light, fluffy texture of the rice. One special mention is the green tea kanten, the mild green tea flavour emits gradually in the mouth without being overpowering or too bland.

Top up just $7 and you could enjoy the fresh and thick slices of the Premium Maguro, to be served alongside the Unagi bowl. The Una Jyu Sashimi Set (U.P. $42.80) is ideal for working professionals who wants a taste of quality fish and a wholesome meal.

Ala carte option is also available if you want to order just this delightful fish. Overall, I am sold by the texture, the combination of creamy fall-apart flesh with crisp skin and the interplay of sweet nodes from the Teriyaki sauce. Definitely a must-try for the unagi lovers.

Suntec City Mall
3 Temasek Boulevard #03-314
Singapore 038983

Operating Hours: 11am – 2.40pm
5.30pm – 11.30pm, Monday – Sunday


FOOD: Wah Kee’s New Wu Xiang Platter at the First-Ever Outlet in a Coffee Shop


Author: Alex Chua

Beach Road is a hotbed of affordable good food, but it’s hard to miss the black exterior of Wah Kee, even though in passing you might’ve guess it’s just another regular stall in a coffee shop. Those in the know would flock to this new outlet to savour the signature bowl of prawn noodles popular for more than half a century – 65 years in exact. Along with the opening of its third new outlet (the first stall is at Pek Kio and the second at Esplanade), Wah Kee unveils the Wu Xiang Platter, dishing an array of classic items familiar to all Singaporeans.

Opened on April 2017, the third stall features a more laid-back, no frills, residential setting where diners can take a breather from the harsh air-conditioned premises to enjoy the cool windy breeze on al fresco. The first time this beloved brand – which has won the hearts of gourmands the likes of Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-fat and food blogger Dr Leslie Tay – set up an outlet in a humble coffee shop. And diners can definitely take a breather on the wallet with no GST and service charge!

The Big Prawn Noodle set is definitely the main crowd pleaser and a personal favourite of mine. Using only wild big prawns, these big prawns are fresh and succulent and the broth rich in flavour. You can choose between soup/ dry prawn noodles and three different noodle types. As a personal preference, I opt for the dry mee kia and the noodle is delightful with a tinge of spiciness.

Okai, enough about the noodles. The new dish the Wu Xiang Platter (prices from $8 onwards) showcases four exclusive mainstays which you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. They are Wah Kee Prawn Cracker and Bean Curd Skin Roll with Prawns, Fried Wanton and Chinese Sausage. All of it offers a great accompaniment to Wah Kee’s legendary prawn noodle.

Wah Kee Beach Road Outlet Opening Promotion
Senior citizens aged 65 and above can enjoy Wah Kee’s bowl of prawn noodles (UP: $5) at just $3!

Wah Kee @ Beach Road
Blk 1 Beach Road #01-4757
Singapore 190001
Operating Hours:
11am to 10pm daily

Facebook: @Wahkeebigprawnnoodles
Instagram: @Wahkeebigprawnnoodle
Hashtag: #wahkeebigprawnnoodle

FOOD: Delight your Mom with Queen Bee Mother’s Day Cheesecake by Cat & The Fiddle X Nature’s Farm Singapore


Author: Alex Chua

We know that being a modern mom is pure hard work. She not only has to grind through the daily work and housework, she needs to, above and all, take care of her children upbringing. This juggling of chores would indefinitely take a serious toll on her health. With Mother’s Day around the corner, it is timely for Cat & the Fiddle to introduce the limited-edition Queen Bee Mother’s Day Cheesecake to delight the special lady in our life.

The first ever collaboration between the cake specialist and Nature’s Farm, the Queen Bee Mother’s Day Cheesecake is a non-baked cheesecake comprises of luscious cream cheese mousse infused with Nature’s Farm NF UMF 5+ Manuka Honey. Above this mellowly translucent layer is a sprinkle of Osmanthus and Goji Berries jelly, finished with a topcoat of Manuka honey glaze.

But why non-baked? Chef Daniel Tay, founder of Cat & the Fiddle, explains this option to ensure the nutritional values of Manuka Honey are intact, therefore it is imperative to keep the Manuka Honey to be always below 60 degree Celsius.

And more importantly, this cake is made with every mother in mind. To balance between maintaining good health and savouring sweet indulgences, the Manuka Honey is used to replace sugar, and the ingredients like goji berries and osmanthus contains wholesome health benefits. The cheesecake itself is not overtly sweet but subtly so, and what would probably wow your mom is the upper layer which is visually delightful and rich in flavour.

Nature’s Farm NF Reserve UMF® Manuka Honey

Harvested from the New Zealand Manuka bush (Leptospermum Scoparium) and then bottled for Nature’s Farm. The Manuka Honey are available in UMF 5+, 10+ and 15+ in 500g and 1kg. The UMF rating is a measure of the attributes and values that make up Manuka Honey.

Double the joy for Mom this Mother’s Day with Queen Bee Mother’s Day Gift Set ($99)! Consisting of the Queen Bee Mother’s Day Cheesecake (ala carte $55.90) and a bottle of 500g Nature’s Farm NF Reserve UMF® 5+ Manuka Honey (usual retail price $65) available online from 15 April to 30 May 2017.

Promotion Code
For those who would like to get only the Queen Bee Mother’s Day Cheesecake, quote ‘LOVEMUM‘ when you order ala carte and you get 10% discount off the price. Do note that this discount code is applicable only for the cake.

Queen Bee Mother’s Day Cheesecake
Ala carte: Queen Bee Mother’s Day Cheesecake $55.90 (inclusive GST) | NF Reserve UMF® 5+ Manuka Honey 500g $65 (inclusive GST)
Bundle price: Queen Bee Mother’s Day Cheesecake + NF Reserve UMF® 5+ Manuka Honey 500g $65 (inclusive GST) $99 (inclusive GST and delivery charges)

Last online order: 30 May 2017
Last day of delivery: 31 May 2017
Order lead time: 3 working days in advance
Collection centre: 171 Kampong Ampat #05-04 KA Foodlink Singapore 368330
Delivery charges from: $9.90 for ala carte cake orders
Mobile Collection locations: 13 locations. Please refer to the link for all collection, delivery and mobile stations –

FOOD: Machida Shoten Restaurant at Japan Food Town Launches New Menu with Exclusive Items


Author: Alex Chua

Originating from Kanagawa Prefecture, Machida Shoten is the ramen specialist at Japan Food Town best known for the signature Yokohama-Iekei ramen. Since its inception in January 2008, the brand has 45 outlets in Japan and consults over 400 iekei ramen restaurants.

While keeping true to the values of ensuring customer satisfaction and quality of the food served, Machida Shoten has refreshed itself by launching new menu with exclusive items. One of the must-try is the Shoyu Tonkotsu (S$14). This is the signature Yokohama-style iekei ramen, served with combination of soya sauce and pork bone broth. The broth is rich in flavour, with the noodles served according to your desired level of doneness. You can also select the various add-on ingredients, from seasoned egg to cha-su, mixed in with a variety of condiments to complete the bowl.

Love the Homemade Shrimp Gyoza (S$9.80/ 5 pieces), which features the whole tiger prawn as well as shrimp encased in a crunchy exterior. You can taste the fresh sweetness of the prawn when you bite into it. They definitely not discounting on the quality of the ingredients used!

My personal favourite in the menu, the hearty Seasoned Iberico Spareribs (S$14) is a perfect fit for every carnivore in you. The spareribs are first boiled till tender, and seasoned with Machida Shoten’s original sweet soya sauce. It’s definitely worth every chew of the succulent meat.

The little Cha-Shu Croquette (S$6) is delightful in each mouthful. Made with seasoned minced pork, the crunchy exterior adds to the bite and will surely wow your taste buds. Not forgetting the modern health-conscious consumers, the new menu also features a number of healthy, sumptuous dishes to compliment your diet. Starting with the Garden Salad ($9), which is drenched with homemade curry dressing as non-oily oba leaf vinegar for a flavourful finish.

On the same healthy-yet-delicious note, the Garden Veggie Ramen (S$15) plays on the lightness and colour of the palette. Comprising up to 12 different fresh vegetables in a bowl, the broth is made with 7 types of vegetables. While the ingredients are varied, the taste in itself is simple and exquisite. This dish definitely stands on the pantheon of the Singapore Health Pyramid Food Chart.

Lastly, the Spicy Shrimp Fried Rice (S$10) is a clever rendition of Singaporean’s favourite sambal fried rice. Made with 12 ingredients, the fragrance the fried rice emits and the fiery lingering note will definitely tantalize every Singaporeans’ palates.

Overall, Michida Shoten’s new menu launch gives a breath of fresh air to the established brand. You can clearly see the chef’s playfulness, creativity and great understanding of the local taste buds from the dishes itself, thereby enhancing the restaurant reputation as a iekei ramen specialist and broadening the offerings to fit Singaporean lifestyles.

Machida Shoten @ Japan Food Town
435 Orchard Road, #04-40
Wisma Atria Shopping Centre
Singapore 238877

Operating Hours
Mon – Fri: 11.30am – 11pm
Telephone: 6262 3214
Facebook: @Machida.Shoten.SG
Instagram Official Hashtag: #machidashotensg