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
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
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!
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.
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.
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 – http://bit.ly/2n8YwE1
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
Reach the end of the row, and what greets you is a signboard with the restaurant name, embossed in gold, scrawled across it. The latest addition in Ramen Champion @ Bugis+, Joshoken stood out amongst the ramen best in the field of tsukemen; it emerged as the top winner in October 2016 during the Super Tsukemen Exhibition in Shinjuku. Dubbed the tsukemen specialist, Joshoken is inspired by the cuisines of Ibaraki, which are characterised by a marriage of gyokai and meat-based broth flavours. The restaurant boasts an impressive array of tsukemen, chuka soba, shio soba, rice bowls, as well as side dishes such as karaage and gyoza.
The tsukemen is served with noodles separated from the piping hot soup. Through this method, the noodles could maintain its al dente and firm texture throughout the meal.
I love the Maze Soba (S$14.80), tangy soba mixed with ingredients like garlic chives, spring onions, seaweed, mentaiko, mayonnaise, homemade chilli, minced meat and poached egg. You can choose the different level of spiciness, all the way up to excruciating hot level 20! Consuming this dish is an art form by itself. The soba has to be tossed together with the ingredients together 20 times to achieve the perfect, delightful flavour. The soba is pleasantly firm and the minced meat provides crunch.
After finishing the ramen, be sure to add on the porridge set or rice with specialty soup set (S$1.50) into the bowl. The porridge taste surprisingly rich with the intoxicating infusion of the mixed ingredients.
Top of my list is the simple-looking Special Kotteri Tsukemen (S$16.80), their signature dish. The ramen is cooked to al dente texture and topped with pork collar chashu, menma, nori, spinach, ajitama and fishcake. To consume, dip the ramen into the delicious mellow broth, which consists of blend of chicken, pork and ingredients like onion, ginger, garlic, carrot and leek.
The thing I most rave about is the chashu. Prepared using smoked technique and delicately torched before serving, thereby imbuing the meat with extra fragrance. Before slurping the ramen, add a squeeze of lime to the noodle, mix well and then dip it into the soup. This step will accentuate the flavour and reduce the oiliness. Once you finish the noodle, remember to add the complimentary soup wari into the dipping soup to slurp every drop of the soup.
What I find interesting about Joshoken – beyond serving bowls of delicious ramen – is the flexibility on consuming the ramen. Just like life, there is no right or wrong way of interpreting it, so long as you enjoy the process and in this case, enjoying the taste the manner you want it to be.
Joshoken Student Promotion
From Mondays to Fridays, diners who present their student cards can get to enjoy a bowl of Chuka Soba (U.P. S$12.80) at just S$10+! This offer is not valid with other ongoing promotions, Ramen Champion vouchers or set meals.
Canton Paradise is a pillar of the local Hong Kong cuisine for a reason – it offers the quintessential Cha Chaan Teng experience without feeling overly generic. The new spacious outlet at The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands exudes a more luxurious, exquisite vibe as compared to its five other outlets. While its facade may appear forbidden and scream pricey, rest assured that this sixth outlet offers the same affordable pricing and served your favourite menu with three new exclusive dishes.
Here are the five dishes plus the three new dishes that you must try at the Canton Paradise @ Marina Bay Sands!
The BBQ Pork Belly with Honey Sauce is on point. Tender and succulent, the all-time crowd favourite roasted pork belly offers just the right amount of meat and fat to give that meaty, textured bite. It is roasted four to five times over red-hot charcoal, so that the meat is perfectly caramelised yet remains moist and tender. While the Steamed Kampong Chicken in Canton Style is a Shunde specialty showcasing fresh kampong chicken marinated with simple condiments that accentuate the flavours of the meat.
Velvety smooth Handmade Meatball Congee is prepared by a dedicated chef who would constantly adjust the temperature and stirring of the high-pressured casserole to ensure uniformity of the congee density. The meatball is prepared daily and shaped by hand. The meat mixture features a good ratio of both pork meat, pork fats and bits of prawn meat, giving the meatball an overall springy texture.
Want to nourish your body after a busy work schedule? Try the Double-boiled Superior Chicken Soup with Penny Bun. Featuring penny bun mushroom – a premium ingredient used only in the most exclusive menu – and kampong chicken thigh, the soup is boiled for seven to eight hours. Resulting in a wholesome, smooth clear soup that is easy on the palate while delivering nourishing and tasty broth.
A crowd-pleaser especially for kids and to those young at heart, the Steamed Molten Salted Egg Yolk Custard Piggy Bun is a playful rendition of the salted egg yolk bun almost too adorable to eat. Naturally savoury and sweet, the molten egg yolk lava with a touch of vanilla essence will definitely tantalise the taste bud for all.
Let’s now move on to the 3 exclusive dishes, only available at the new Marina Bay Sands outlet.
First up is the paper-thin Steamed Rice Rolls with Preserved Turnip Filling (Chai Po), an offering inspired by the local favourite chwee kueh. The silky-smooth rice rolls are made freshly in the kitchen upon order. Perfectly proportionate rice rolls and preserved fillings drizzled with Canton Paradise’s special soy sauce made from first draw soy sauce, premium fish sauce and other secret ingredients, resulting in richer taste and exquisite aroma which you couldn’t find in the normal chwee kueh.
Using only mineral water for preparation of the tofu, the Dried Sakura Shrimps with Scallion Oil Tofu is a must-have dish especially for those who are more health-conscious. This leads to a smoother texture, topped with crispy sakura shrimps imported from Japan.
Capping the meal with a delightful local indulgence, the Durian Pudding can surely sway your family members with its creamy and smooth texture as well as piquant flavour. As the durians used for the preparation is seasonal, do check with the service stuff on the durian used for this superb dessert.
Why end the sweet surprise at the dessert? Diners can now enjoy 50% off all Dim Sum, Congee and Noodles when they dine in at any six Canton Paradise outlets on weekdays, 3pm to 5pm, which includes the newly minted outlet at The Shoppes Marina Bay Sands. A definite huge plus to visit this restaurant!
Canton Paradise @ Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue, #01-02
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Mon – Thurs – 10.30am – 10.30pm (Last Order 10pm)
Fri – Sun, Ee of PH and PH: 10.30am – 11pm (Last order at 10.30pm)
The first Michelin-star ramen in Japan has opened its 2nd outlet in Singapore. This time, they have introduced a new flavour – the Miso Soba – which is only available at the new 18 Tai Seng building. Hatcho miso, a red kind of miso, is specially imported from Tokushima Prefecture to create the broth. Thicker, flatter noodles are used, together with porcini mushroom oil, bean sprouts and watercress to accentuate the miso flavour.
The outlet’s nondescript entrance, with its subtle calligraphic letters and monochromatic wooden door grills, is tame compared to its neighbours. But behind the door lies a space that is both alluring and endearing to the diners. Epitomising the millennial aesthetics, with its sleek clean lines and minimalist décor, this simple 18-seater eatery will prepare up to 250 bowls of soba per day. The kitchen is helmed by a Japanese chef who has trained under Chef Yuki, so rest assured that you will taste only the authentic flavours just like the flagship restaurant in Sugamo, Japan!
Soba noodles are highly regarded in Japanese culture, and are deemed more superior to ramen. Tsuta’s soba noodles are expertly and freshly made – four types of whole wheat flour give the noodles’ a firm bite and smooth texture. Equally noteworthy are the accompanying corn, which is pan-fried beforehand, playing up on its smoky flavour and crunchy texture. A dollop of hot sauce rests on the char siu, and it punctuates with a lingering spicy note. All the ingredients harmonize together and bring out the earthy miso flavour. A traditional dish modernised to zen-like perfection. This Miso Soba is definitely a dish not to be missed!
Tsuta @ 18 Tai Seng
18 Tai Seng Street, #01-36/37/38/39
Operating Hours: 11am – 9pm Daily (Last Order 8.30pm)
Whether you are a foodie, someone who loves to eat or someones who loves to cook, I have something for you!
Not sure if you guys noticed that some food influencers are constantly uploading food pictures from Dine Inn and it seems that there is quite a variety of cuisines to choose from. All the different dishes do not come from the same person FYI!
Let me give you some background on how Dine Inn works:
Dine Inn is one of the latest online community marketplace for home-cooked meals, designed to connect the makers (Hosts) and lovers (Guests) of home-cooked food via an online platform. Guests may order their meals to dine at the host’s place, delivered to their house, self-collect or even getting the Host to cook at their place.
The website has a very clean interface so it makes it a lot easier to navigate through the website.
There are two ways to shop for your meals there. Before you make your choice, you can either:
Click “Browse all hosts” and check out their available slots
Check what is available on your desired date by filling up the box on the left (in the image above)
The interesting thing about Dine Inn is that you can choose to Dine at Host’s Place or look for a Chef for Hire. I get awkward really easily so I will go for the Delivery/Self Collection option anytime. However, do note that there is a flat fee of $19 for delivery charge and all delivery takes up to 60 minutes.
For example, if you usually have lunch at 12pm, pick the slot at 11am instead of 12pm as the driver will only pick up the food from the host place at the time stated on the site.
I have already placed 11 orders and submitted 11 reviews there. So you know where I have been getting my lunches from 😀
I have also tried ordering dinner for my parents from Dine Inn as they have the habit of eating out everyday. The good thing about this platform is that, they get to eat home cooked food without having to cook the meals themselves! It warms them up from the inside – kind of.
Here are some examples of the food you can expect from Dine Inn:
Let me share some of my experiences with you:
My first order was a fruit tart from Natasha and I even made a repeat order because it was too nice! When she knew that it was meant for someone else instead of me, she even help to wrap it up a little. Very thoughtful indeed!
Got 2 boxes of Rose Steamed Cakes with chocolate fillings for the boyfriend and my family. Our parents were glad to know that it is low in sugar! Sandra, the host still texted me to ask for our feedback and explained that she reduced the amount of sugar so that the cakes are healthier.
I don’t fancy eating at hawkers during lunch hours because of the crowd and heat so I ordered home cooked food from Dine Inn for a period of time and boyyyyy… my favourite lunch was Prawn Pasta from Shaaleni. For just $6.50, I got 6 huge juicy prawns and a box full of spaghetti!
The food was still hot when it reached me. Unlike other food delivery companies, I don’t even have to heat it up. The meal came with a small note from the host too.
You will never know what are the surprises you will receive each time you order from Dine Inn because some of the food will blow you off after the first bite as it could be someone else’s home recipe. I have gotten a few sweet handwritten notes, oranges (because it was CNY period) and more.
Thank you Chef Eric Teo and Mr. Luke Lee for coming up with this concept. Much love to all the hosts who shared a taste of their home with me 🙂
Dine Inn is currently only available on the computer. The mobile version is expected to be released next.
eGrill & Piza: Japanese Skewers and Handmade Pizzas under S$10 bucks Smoked Salmon salad, truffles fries with truffle salsa, spicy teriyaki chicken pizza, salmon mentai pizza and assorted skewers.
If you’re someone who fancies skewers and pizzas then eGrill & Piza could well be your next favourite makan hangout destination without bursting your budget. Not only are the prices affordable – an intimate party of four can share two pizzas and two grilled mainstays at no more than S$10 per person, this restaurant with an art-deco vibe is also easily accessible as well. Conveniently located on B1 of hippy The Cathay, so you could get your dinner/ supper fixed after anight of movie with friends!
You wouldn’t missed the eye-catching store front with its use of neon lights and vibrant yellow and blue.
A new concept by Suki Group, the mega restaurant chain that brought us a delightful array of go-to Japanese eateries like Momiji, Nihon Mura Kaiten Sushi and Sakura. Sit inside the e-Grill & Piza makes one feels the cosiness of a pizzeria without compensating the inner insatiable appetite for some Japanese quick-bites. It’s a clever culinary juxtaposition of western/ Japanese popular cuisines. Who says that you can’t have the best of both worlds?
Smoked salmon salad
You can’t start a main course without an appetiser right? The smoked salmon salad serves in a decent portion with the salmon in a rose shape. The veggies has a mix variety and mix with the roasted sesame dressing adding a smooth and nutty flavour to the salad. Overall a neat salad.
Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Piza (S$15.90) and Salmon Mentai Piza ($15.90)
Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Piza
Looks can be deceiving – while it appears totally innocent like any other cheese pizzas, one bite and you would be down yourself a copious amount of ice-tea before you knew it coming. The Spicy Teriyaki Chicken pizza is a fiery combination of teriyaki no tare, chicken, green and red chilli, onion and basil leaves. The melted mozzarella and Grana Padano kick up the flavour by several notches.
Salmon Mentai Piza
You simply can’t go wrong with salmon and mentaiko sauce. This potently delicious omega-rich pizza is a crowd-pleaser for everyone who loves fish. Came with creamy topping of mentaiko and mayo sauce, the Salmon Mentai Piza features salmon chunks, button mushrooms, mozzarella and Grana Padano.
Grilled Mackerel Skewer, Salmon Belly Fin Skewer, Shrimp Paste Chicken Skewer and Beef Kottbullar Skewer ($3.90 each)
Feeling guilty conscious every time when your friends ask you out for a dinner date at grill bar? Fret not, the restaurant uses RoboQ – an innovative eGrill machine imported from Hong Kong that helps to retain meat moisture. This locks down the juiciness and flavour of the meat, plus its oil free so it’s a much healthier option!