(PRODUCT SHARING) Namisato Akita Komachi Rice Noodles at METRO IPPIN

Red and white, the prominent traditional colors of Japan.

Komachi men” is a kind of noodle made from rice named Akita at Tochigi Prefecture. Komachi dough is kneaded, rolled out and sliced into long strips. ”Komachi men” is recommended to serve in soup flavored with soy sauce and mirin (sweet sake).
Comes in red and white, this noodles is great for celebration of happiness and joy since the colors mean strength (red) and purity (white) in Japan.
This flat noodles is very tasty and has a chewy texture. It can be kept under room temperature for 1 year.

To cook these chewy noodles:

1.Cook in boiling water for 3minutes

2.Rinse with cold water

3.Eat it in a hot broth or with a soy based dipping soup.

I love to cook this in my laksa broth or use them in my steamboat hotpot. Slurping good!

Please take note if you don’t eat this soon within 30min after cooking, it’ll turn soggy.

Get this Namisato Akita Komachi Rice Noodles from Tochigi Prefecture at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section, selling at $8 each.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Furikake from Yamasu Japan at Metro IPPIN Section

Furikake (振り掛け / ふりかけ) is like a magic because it makes food that you sprinkled on so tasty.

The Japanese love their rice topped with something simple but flavorful such as raw egg, umeboshi, natto, furikake, & etc. For me, I love furikake the most because it is very tasty, convenient and beautiful aesthetically.

There are 3 types of furikake from Yamasu imported by IPPIN available in their shops. I have tried them and I love them all!

First up is the Plum Flake Furikake ($9). This has got amazing plum flavor, just like having umeboshi. Difference is, this has added white sesame seeds, mackerel and bonito flakes, a very appetizing and uplifting seasoning and goes really well with rice. 😋

Next up, the Sesame Flake Furikake ($9). Sesame lovers must get this because it has a good mixture of black & white sesame seeds that tasted extra fragrant with the kelp powder in it. I love to sprinkle this on my chee cheong fun (steamed rice rolls) to give extra crunch and tastiness.

My favorite of all is their Dried Baby Sardines Flake Furikake ($9). This tasted so good and can be used on rice, porridge, meat, fish, salad or anything you fancy. You can even mix this in your mayonnaise for dipping to fried food! The lovely aroma from the sardines and umaminess from other fishes (mackerels & bonito) make this furikake very appetizing and healthy. The beautiful colors make my dishes very pretty too!

Get these Yamasu Furikake at IPPIN and make your own magic. 💫 They can be found at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section along with many others food selections from Japan.

(PRODUCT SHARING) ANTE Suika Hime Watermelon Soda at Metro IPPIN Section

On a hot sweaty day or cool breezy night, Ante Watermelon Soda is perfect and lit!

This watermelon soda ($7) comes in a cute glass bottle with a sweet smelling watermelon scent once you opened the cap! It is also beautiful like diamond in the sky with those sparkling watermelon fibers.

The watermelons used are harvested from Kanazawa Dune, near to the Sea of Japan. The sand dunes are very cold in the morning, hot in the daytime and cool at night. The temperature differences of the sand dunes and the pure groundwater pumped from deep underground increase the sweetness of these Kanazawa watermelon.

This watermelon soda is also added with seawater salt from Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture, which is rare and very tasty.

A slightly sweet and refreshing cider that gives you a taste of salt while quenching your thirst! Drink it chilled or with ice for the best satisfaction. Get this Watermelon Soda at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section along with many others food selections from Japan.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Marumo The One Japan Tea from Shizuoka at Metro IPPIN Section

One of the thing I’ve learnt from the Japanese and trying to follow diligently is to adopt a tea drinking habit.

Knowing that the teas are full of antioxidants and could keep our cells energized and healthy, I tell myself must drink it regularly!

Marumo The One Japan Tea from Shizuoka has many varieties. Shizuoka accounts for almost half of Japan’s overall tea production, and this prefecture has premium tea plantations because of its water quality and climate for production. In addition, Shizuoka’s tea can comes in a number of varieties, giving them very significant versatility.

IPPIN has imported not 1 but 8 varieties from Marumo and they are ranged differently by how the tea leaves are harvested, processed and serving suggestion.

The varieties include:

• Sencha (common green tea)
• Genmaicha (roasted rice + Sencha)
• Houjicha (toasted green tea)
• Umegashima (exclusive green tea coming from a tea garden instead of mountain)
• Fukamushicha (similar to Sencha but steamed for longer period)
• Gyokuro (highest class of green tea among all because of special treatment before harvesting)
• Boucha (made from stems of green tea plant)
• Konacha (powder that comes from production of Sencha)

Pick something that you fancy and start your tea drinking habit now. You can find these teas (ranging from $8 to $66) at Metro’s Paragon (level 2) & Metro Centrepoint (level 4) IPPIN section along with many others food selections from Japan.

(PRODUCT REVIEW) MIDEA MMR5025 RICE COOKER (1.8L)

A multipurpose cooker is an essential for a functional kitchen in modern homes

I really like this MIDEA MMR5025 RICE COOKER from Midea. It looks pretty sleek, compact and is as multifunctional as a bulky pressure cooker which I fancied previously, costing 3 times more than this!

Look at multiple preset menu. I’m hungry! Hahaha. This comes with smart 24 hours preset timer too. Imagine waking up to hot yummy porridge or coming home to warm fluffy rice where we just prepare everything in the pot and let the cooker do the magic, I like it. The cooker has soft touch control with LED display, very user friendly.

Check out this thick 2.5mm multiple layers pot (8 layers) that retains heat effectively. It has a nonstick surface because of Teflon Non-stick Layer while The Oxidation Resistant Layer, Honeycomb Shaped Layer, Alloy Oxide Layer and Thread Heat Conduction Layer ensure food is being cooked evenly at a faster speed. The dedicated design of the pot also matches the concave heating element of the cooker seamlessly.

Now, the bonus part, MIDEA MMR5025 RICE COOKER comes with a stainless steel steam tray that could endure high level of heat 🤩🤩🤩. This means you can use this cooker as a steamer or steaming delicious side dishes such as vegetable, meats or even frozen products while cooking the rice, literally a one pot sumptuous meal without any hassle.

While the cooker looks into dedication for every part such as a detachable coverplate and steam vent cap where you can clean all residue after cooking, expect nothing but an easy to understand using experience. Simple accessories such as a measuring cup, rice scoop, soup ladle and power cord in additional to the metal steaming tray with the cooker. The user guide is well illustrated with clear instructions too. 👍🏻

Guess what I’m making today? Not cooking rice, porridge or soup. Not steaming frozen siew mai or lotus paste buns too. I will be making my own yoghurt with Midea cooker’s Yogurt Making Function!

The plan is really simple. Press ‘Cook Menu’ till you selected ‘Yogurt’ as an option, put in your ingredients and give a period of 8 hours patience. Viola! A healthy low sugar home made yogurt is formed!

A 1L of cow’s milk can yields 100ml of yogurt but I’m using oats milk instead which is suitable for lactose intolerant people. The 2-in-1 coffee powder I’ve added prior to fermentation is optional and you can experiment with cocoa powder, fruits purée or anything you fancy too! The flavors should be added after the yogurt is formed but I’m experimenting for this recipe and it turned out well for me.

Homemade yogurt is full of gut friendy bacteria and should be eaten on regular basis. You can add any toppings you like and I like chia seeds and cocoa nibs in particularly. Drizzle some honey too if you like it sweet but I will usually skip it because of trying to reduce my sugar intake whenever I could.

I read somewhere that mood is made in the gut as there is a constant bi-directional communication between the brain and GI tract. The healthier your GI tract or gut health is, the happier you are. No harm believing and eat the right yogurt since sugary store bought ones are not exactly healthy anyway.

You can find MIDEA MMR5025 RICE COOKER (1.8L) with recommended selling price at around SGD$130, available in major electrical stores and Qoo10 platform.