(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.

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Ultimate Formula for Firm, Radiant and Youthful Skin

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Each bottle contains 13,000mg of collagen peptide to maintain a firm and youthful complexion. It also promotes a brighter and more even skin tone, featuring Maqui berry extract known for its anti-ageing properties.

Drink a bottle of this goodness before heading to bed and you’ll wake up to improved skin.

Key product benefits:
1. Collagen Peptide dosage – 13,000 mg
2. Glutathione – promotes whitening, brighten skin tone for a radiant complexion
3. Ceramide and Hyaluronic Acid – anti aging with moisturizing effect
4. Maqui Berry extract – anti-aging properties
5. Every bottle is sterilized prior to filling
6. Made, packed in Japan, certified Radiation Free
Recommended intake: 1 bottle daily, chilled or at room temperature. For best results, consume after dinner or before bedtime when the skin’s metabolic rate is most active at this time of the day. Product contains natural fruit extracts which may cause sedimentation.
RSP: $79

New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Powder Nourishes & Brightens for a Supple and Radiant Complexion

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Key product benefits:
1. Collagen Peptide dosage – 5,460 mg
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Recommended intake: 1 sachet daily (can be consumed with or without water). For best results, consume after dinner or before bedtime when the skin’s metabolic rate is most active at this time of the day.
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Facts about Collagen

Collagen is made up of a triple helical structure in the extracellular matrix. The most abundant form of protein in the human body, it makes up 75% of our skin and is therefore the key component towards supple and healthy radiant skin.

An important protein that forms the basic structure of skin, hair, blood vessels, cartilage and bones in the human body, collagen is essential for skin suppleness and moisture retention to maintain skin elasticity and radiance. Our body loses collagen after the age of 25 and daily replenishment is required to ensure that skin is kept healthy and youthful.

There are various sources (fish, beef, pork, chicken) where collagen may be extracted from. Clinical studies showed that fish skin and scales contain higher amounts of collagen with higher bioavailability in body than collagen from other animal sources. Fish collagen is also proven to have higher efficacy than other forms of collagen. Collagen extracted from fish scale has a higher degree of purity and is less affected by animal diseases/infections like bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease).

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Take these regularly and be beautiful!