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Hello, Hello Kitty! OK Oct 06, 2013   
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Categories : Bakery

This post is a little special, because I have a dedication to make.
This post is specially dedicated to those who were in line for the McDonald’s Hello Kitty Toys!

 
The Hello Kitty craze has been extended, and this time round, tickling your fancy with this fictional character is non other than Breadtalk. The bakery is an exclusive partner with the Japanese Company, Sanrio (the people behind what is stirring the scene today – Hello Kitty). With their ties, fans of the Kitty can get their hands and meowths mouths on the newly-created Hello Kitty designed breads in all outlets now. Although you can’t collect and store it like you do with the toys, they are still quite an Instagram-friendly moments.

Kitty in Pink (Cake by the Slice) ($4.20) :: Besides selling whole cakes (design of the whole Hello Kitty face) priced at $42 that serves about 8 – 10 persons, Breadtalk has also prepared single slice of tiramisu cake (top row, middle piece).

 
Kitty in White / Kitty in Black ($1.50) :: Depending on your preference for white or dark chocolate, you can choose between the two donuts respectively. Okay well, or I should say, depending on your preference of the design of the donuts.

 

 
Together Forever (Cupcake Set) ($5.80) :: But of course, Daniel and Kitty ain’t gonna separate (though I might have accidentally forced them to in the first photo). This 2 cupcakes come together, both of vanilla chiffon cakes. Daniel’s the tanned (and thus darker) one with its chocolate themed flavors – chocolate fresh cream, maltesers caramel crunchy pearls and white chocolate curls, while Hello Kitty is the white and angelic one, with its lighter tone of make-up of strawberry cream, marshmallow, and white and dark chocolate.

Lastly, they have available a Pocket Full of Berries ($2.50) in store as well. The morning sandwich is made up of fluffy buns with a stamp of the Hello Kitty face and fresh cream and strawberries. A healthy start to the morning.
 
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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong | Restaurant | Dim Sum | Noodles | Kids-Friendly

 
Food in this post will go according to merits.

 
Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (3pcs) (SGD4.50++) :: No surprise. Part of the quartet, more commonly known as the 4 Heavenly Kings, this dish still wins my heart. Identical to that of Hong Kong’s, the crumbly and fluffy, sweet exterior goes perfectly well with the salty, and substantial BBQ pork. Have it whilst hot.

 
Steamed Egg Cake (SGD3.80++) :: A counterpart of the above item, I thought this has its king’s crown on it deservedly. While I was in Hong Kong, I was too quick to throw it out the window as the name isn’t as appealing, you have to admit. But its holey and fluffy package is indeed heavenly I had quite a handful of this. Packed complete with fragrance and softness.

 
Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Petal Cake (Cold) (3pcs) (SGD3.50++) :: Entertainingly wobbly and jelly-like, this plate of dessert had me feel refreshed. For one, it’s cold. The other thing is, whenever there are elements of flower / parts of flower in a dish, it always gives this cleansing effect, which is a feel-good mood. It might come across as a ‘tad too sweet for some, but it’s fine for me.

 
Prawn Dumpling (4pcs) (SGD5.50++) :: I thought the wrap was a little too sticky and dry for me. But the prawns inside made it all up. No shortchanging, they stuffed the dumpling full of prawns, fresh sizable prawns. Pretty unanimously favored.

 
Vermicelli Roll with Pig’s Liver (SGD5.50++) :: Its vermicelli roll is renowed, claiming a spot as one of the Heavenly Kings. I thought the sweet soy sauce fell short a little. If it was more powering and sweeter, it would have been perfect. Save for that, the rest of it was indulging. I love innards of animals’, and the pig liver is of standard – not ones you get in Chicken Rice stalls, where it’s hard and dry, and has a grainy texture. Nothing of that sorts here.

 
Pork Dumpling with Shrimp (4pcs) (SGD5++) :: As per its prawn / shrimp counterpart, Prawn Dumpling, anything to do with it, you can be assured that it’s fresh and springy, not overcooked. It’s easy to sink your teeth into. Quite a hot favorite around the table as well.

 
Spring Roll with Egg White (3pcs) (SGD4.20++) :: Being a deep-fried item, you ought to be warned that this is oily. Notwithstanding that, its spring roll is crispy, for sure, with a slight mess wrapped in it. I thought the flavors were not distinctive enough to really know what’s going on. It was just an, ‘okay, it tastes good’ encounter for me.

 

 

 

 
In my opinion, Dim Sum has to be one of the most subjective food types around. If you notice, heading to a Dim Sum Restaurant with some friends of yours can be interesting. If they are your usual Dim Sum kah-kees, you’d realize how they always only order these food items and skip some others. If you don’t like xiao long bao for instance, it’d probably be hard for the taste to be altered anytime soon, without an event.

Don’t take my words for it, try it for yourself. Amidst the crazy heightened hype, expectations are probably overly skyrocketed at the moment. Calm yourself down before heading in. If you’re happy, just applaud for the Michelin-starred Chef Mak Kwai Pui. Got a chance to have little chat with him, and it is evident that he is a down to earth person.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Baked Bun with BBQ Pork
 
Spending per head: Approximately $20(Dinner)

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Categories : Western Variety | Bakery | Café | Desserts and Cakes

 
Believe it or not, Cake Spade is actually not a spin-off from the luxury brand, Kate Spade. Cake Spade actually refers to the tool you use to slice and pick the cake up. Located along Tanjong Pagar Road at the back of Orchid Hotel, this relatively new dessert boutique joins the well-patronized precinct. Inside and outside, it can only sit up to approximately 20. So really, don't be getting your hopes high on getting seats + staying for long as the seats aren't really that comfortable either.

All those, however, are compensated with their affordable and well-baked cakes. I especially like its Strawberry Tofu Cheesecake, where all parts of the cake just complemented each other perfectly. It's soft, smooth and easy to slice through with a fork. Even though its Salted Caramel Tart can be slightly too salty, I still like it. I mean, if you want to order something that distinctive, you should be prepared for it!

If you can get a seat indoors, take it. The fragrance fills the entire small shop, and I'm sure it'll enhance your dessert-dining experience.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Strawberry Tofu Cheesecake
 
Spending per head: Approximately $6(Tea)

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DIY Froyo. OK Oct 06, 2013   
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(1) Take a cup.
(2) Dispense the yoghurt. Flavors include Nutella (which was the reason why I was so eager to try out Sogurt), Red Velvet Cake, and other ordinary flavors like Chocolate, and Caramel.
(3) Add your toppings. Toppings include M&Ms, marshmallows, chocolate chips, fruits etc. I must say it was pretty enjoyable being able to not only choose, but scoop your own toppings, as much as you like, and of course, as much as your wallet can sustain, because..
(4) Weigh your cup, and you pay by weight, at $3 per 100g.

I thought the flavors are intriguing and refreshing. The service was ordinary. The music played in the shop was however, not befitting of the concept. It was playing clubbing hits, and I mean real hardcore clubbing hits, not just R&B songs.

Otherwise it was pretty fine; you can get your cup of dispensed water at the side.
 
Spending per head: Approximately $5(Other)

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Fish & Co. Smile Oct 06, 2013   
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Categories : Seafood | Halal | Kids-Friendly

 

 

 

 
Crabcakes with Tar Tar Sauce ($9.95++) :: First up, the nondescript looking Crabcakes with Tar Tar Sauce. Well they say looks can be deceiving. Whoever they are, they got that right this time. Packed with generous crabmeat chucks mixed with onions and coated with bread crumbs, it’s crispy on the outside and savoury on the inside.

 

 
New Orleans Cajun Platter ($59.95++) :: Get excited, people. This big platter includes king prawns, clams, mussels and grilled chicken baked in the goodness of Cajun spices. Paired with paella rice, baked daikon, carrots, soup and the Paris Passion mocktail, just reading the list makes me full already. The platter comes wrapped and is baked with olive oil to retain the Cajun taste. While I find it a tad oily for my personal preference, I enjoyed the king prawns and clams. The king prawns didn’t disappoint. Tasty and succulent, it left me darting my eyes around for any sign of leftovers. This special promotional-priced platter is available from 9 July to 7 August.

 

 
Bombay Fish & Chips ($16.95++) :: Attention everybody, we have a new line-up to the list of fish & chips from different countries! What makes this dish is the lime and paprika sauce that is served along with the fish. Psst. This paprika sauce which I really enjoyed, is only served with this dish so be sure to try it out!

 
Chili Crab Spaghetti ($17.95++) :: Pasta tossed with sweet and spicy chili crab sauce, topping it up with deep fried soft shell crab. If you’re up for something to wake up that appetite of yours, this is it. For me, cream based pasta always has a danger of me running sick of it after I’m halfway through. You don’t have to worry about that with this one. What you really need now after all the fish and spice is some new concoctions.

 
Candy Crush ($7.95++) :: No prizes this time for guessing where this drink got its name from. This drink is perfect for anyone who prefers your drink on the sweeter side. It is a mixture of soda atop lychee and strawberry. The taste reminded me a bit of bubblegum. Try not to get addicted to this drink like you did with its other namesake counterpart.

Green Apple Margarita ($7.95++) :: A personal favourite out of the 4 new flavours, this drink is super refreshing and thirst-quenching. It is a blend of green apples, cucumbers and lime. You can count on it to refresh your palate after each dish.

 
Frozen Apple Mojito ($7.95++) :: Made of green apples and fresh mint leaves. What I really like about this is it is non carbonated and light. The last thing you need is a gassy drink after a good dinner.

If you haven’t already been to Fish & Co. in some time, now will be a good time to check out their new trendily designed menu. Get adventurous and try their new additions this time while you enjoy the live band at The Glass House during your dinner.

 
P.S.: You did not hear from me that if you are celebrating a birthday at The Glass House, they have an exclusive new way to uh, celebrate your big day.
 
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