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 (https://www.facebook.com/impactmintsg/) for more updates!
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.
Address: Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, #02-50, Singapore 188021
Sun – Thu: 11am – 10pm (last orders at 9.30pm)
Fri and Sat: 11am – 11pm (last orders at 10.30pm)
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
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
Operating Hours: 11am – 2.40pm
5.30pm – 11.30pm, Monday – Sunday
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
11am to 10pm daily
Author: Alex Chua
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.
Joshoken @ Bugis+
201 Victoria Street,
Bugis+ #04-1 0Singapore 188607
Operating Hours Mon – Fri: 11.00am – 10.30pm
Sat, Sun and PH: 10.30am – 10.30pm
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.
For more information: https://sg.dineinn.com
Author: Alex Chua
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!
eGrill & Piza @ The Cathay #b1-01/02/03, 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233
It all happened too quick. James could not digest the day well because it was full of surprises for him.
It all started from Nando’s when they gave birth to their new addition to the menu – Mango & Lime. Who would have ever thought that they would make such a good pair?
It was like our love story. We started out as being acquaintances for 3 years before we finally spoke to each other. Know what? Mango & Lime existed as well but they were never infused together right? That was just us.
However when the powers are combined, you will only experience nothing but a whole new level of fruitiness!
Our VERY early Valentine’s day went really well. It started out from a simple food tasting (James’ thought so) at Nando’s. Ironically, my first visit to Nando’s a few years back was also spent with him. Boy, he is a fan of them! He can easily finish one whole chicken by himself.
We ordered a few dishes in Mango & Lime flavour along with our favourite – Extra Hot. We love our spicy food too!
Look at the chicken below, he finished more than 1/2 of it on top of the other sides!
After the meal, everything looks normal to him. I brought him to Orchard to shop and got him his favourite bean bag chair! All he knew was “Okay, Maybeline is gonna plan the day so I will just go with the flow”. I was busy sounding him out what are the other items that caught his attention but he did not want me to spend too much on him. SO SWEET. The truth was, Daen and Melvin from The Good Folks were on standby to help me with the items. All I had to do was to send them the pictures and they would buy it for him.
We drove over to VivoCity to park for dinner 4 hours later. This stupid guy even scolded me for being stupid when I walked towards HarbourFront. He thought I lost my way. LOL. He sensed something amiss when I walked towards the Ferry Terminal to ask for directions.
He went “ARE WE GONNA DINE IN THE SEA? ARE WE?”. Only then, he realized that we were walking out of the building … towards the cable car.
To his surprise, Daen and Melvin APPEARED with his gift (to be revealed later). He was so taken aback. Me too! They surprised me with a bouquet of flowers and upgraded my cabin to a floral cabin behind my back. Thank you Nando’s and The Good Folks!!! :’) YOU GUYS ARE GOD-SENT!!!
James was exceptionally excited about the dinner because he did the shoot for them few years ago but never had a chance to experience the real thing. I saw his face on the website when I was making the reservation, his face on the voucher with a girl but the girl wasn’t me. THAT IDIOT! Lol.
Check out our beautiful floral cabin. We felt so so blessed and we were not sure what good have we done to deserve such love.
He got a new wallet (like finally!!!). We walked into Prada a few weeks ago and a particular design caught his attention. He refused to buy it because he felt that his current wallet was still usable.
A big shoutout to Dean and Melvin again for buying the last piece for him! They had to wake up earlier and buy it right before the food tasting you know?! 101% for the effort :’)
Thank you Nando’s for giving us the opportunity to fall in love again and again. We will be like Mango & Lime, bringing nothing but flavors to the people around us!
Hot on the heels of the exciting Chinese New Year comes sweet and romantic February, and Miam Miam dishes out an array of tantalising gastronomic treats for a smooth transit – from Lunar New Year into the Season of Love! Be it a family gathering or a dinner date, this French-Japanese casual café kitchen will surely create cherished moments with your loved ones.
Looking for an ideal place to lou hei? Try the exquisite yu sheng –Tower of Wealth ($22.80 Small/ $38.80 Large). Put a Japanese spin on your Chinese New celebration and toss to prosperity. You would surely be awed by the creativity mix of ingredients which includes Japanese Jellyfish, hotate (scallops), wakame (seaweed), chuka kurage and my personal favourite smoked salmon. Pulling all the ingredients together is the refreshing ume sauce, made with a blend of sesame oil and spices.
Don’t underestimate the fluffy and delicate exterior of the Souffle de Nauge ($15.50). When spoon in with the simple yet rich flavour of fresh tomato sautéed baked rice, egg and springy cheese it presents an interesting, textured profile. Definitely something I would look forward to try again!
Mentaiko King Crab Aglio olio ($20.90) – one of the value-for-money crab meat pasta you can find in town. The pasta is topped with a generous amount of metaiko sauce with a mix of spicy and saltiness- yum yum, but do mix it well because it can be abit over whelming. The shredded king crab makes the whole dish a right balance, adding an oceanic touch to it and toning down the spicy and salty flavour. Second helping please!!!
Glazed Teriyaki Chicken Donburi ($14.90) – I have eaten lots of chicken teriyaki and this can easily be one of my top 10 favourites. The rice is each coated with sauce, and here comes the best part 4 pieces of teriyaki chicken!!! You can’t get enough of it. Overall I would say a filling dish and highly recommend anyone that likes teriyaki chicken.
As this dessert is for Valentine’s day, the Symphony of Love ($18.80) features four pancakes in four different flavours – vanilla, matcha, red velvet and chocolate, decorated with toppings and L.O.V.E letters. An ideal dessert to share with your significant other, family members or colleagues. Express your love for them with these sweet offerings!
Miam Miam @ Bugis Junction #02-14 Bugis Junction 200 Victoria Steet, Singapore 188021