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This is Melon Soda . Japanese, Korean are my favorite cuisines. I also love Bakery, Café and Desserts and Cakes, Dim Sum, Ice Cream and Gelato, Cake and Chocolate.
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Rice Dumplings! Smile Feb 09, 2014   
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Categories : Food Court

My mum wanted to buy some dumplings from Eastern Rice so I took the chance to check out the offerings on their menu. They have quite a variety of rice dumplings here like the Nonya Rice Dumpling ($2.50), Hokkien Rice Dumpling ($2.50), Cantonese Style with Egg Yolk Dumpling ($3.20), Black Eye Beans Dumpling ($2.30) and even a Black Pepper Chicken Rice Dumpling ($2.70). There are also mini versions of the Nonya and Hokkien Rice Dumplings ($1.40 each). I was surprised to see that they also have other local snacks like Tutu Kueh ($2.50), Shui Kueh ($2.00), Yam Cake ($1.80), Zhu Chang Fen ($1.80) and Muah Chee ($2.00)!

 
Muah Chee ($2.00)
Being a fan of muah chee, I got this to try.The muah chee was quite chewy and was sweet enough for me. But at $2.00, I thought that the portion given was quite little compared to the ones you can get at Pasar Malam. There was also too little of the peanut coating and it could certainly do with more of it for added crunchiness.

 
Nonya Rice Dumplings ($2.50) and Mini Nonya Rice Dumplings
Made from white glutinous rice with a filling of pork cubes fried with coriander powder, this gave off a nice aroma when we opened it. The glutinous rice was appropriately sticky although it was a little too oily for me, but my mum loved it.

Their strength certainly lies in the dumplings, although prices for some of the items like the muah chee can be a little pricey for its portion size. Service though, was quite decent.

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Rice Dumplings
 
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Refreshing Desserts!  Smile Feb 09, 2014   
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Categories : Taiwanese | Chinese Desserts | Desserts and Cakes

 
There is a cute and pretty-in-pink dessert kiosk at Sembawang Shopping Centre, which is called Black & White Dessert House, with the "Black & White" being an allusion to their mascot panda.

 
There are currently 4 signature desserts on their menu: Signature Grass Jelly ($4.90), Signature Smooth Beancurd ($2.90), Osmanthus Kanten ($2.90) and Refreshing Ai-Yu ($2.90). Each of these comes with a variety of fixed toppings. For example, the Osamanthus Kanten comes with kanten, lotus seed, aloe vera, and black sugar kanten with osmanthus sugar syrup on shaved ice. If you don't like some of the toppings, or if you have other toppings you prefer to get instead, you can always Design Your Own Dessert here in 4 steps:

Step #1: Choose the base: Grass Jelly, Cold Beancurd, Kanten or Ai-Yu Jelly ($1.20 each)
Step #2: Pick the ice flavour: Plain (no charge), Passion Fruit, Winter Melon, Watermelon or Honeydew ($1.50 each)
Step #3: Add your toppings from a list of: Red Bean, Taro Ball, Peanut, Lotus Seed, Aloe Vera and so on ($0.80 each)
Step #4: Syrup Topping (if any): Caramel, Gula Melaka, Honey or Pandan Sugar

Pretty interesting if I may add!

 
I decided to get one of their signature item to try, the Refreshing Ai-Yu, which came in a big and cute foam bowl with their "black & white" mascot on it.

 
Refreshing Ai-Yu ($2.90)
The photo doesn't do the dessert any justice. The kind auntie actually packed it almost to the brim in the bowl but I didn't eat it right away and by the time I reached home and actually managed to sit down to enjoy it, the shaved ice has mostly melted, although there was still sufficient amount of the shaved ice left for me to enjoy this!

 
This dessert has Ai-Yu, Yogurt Magic Ball, Colorful Konnyaku and Aloe Vera with Honey Syrup on Plain Shaved Ice. The ingredients are quite fresh and the Ai-Yu is smooth. The honey also adds a touch of sweetness to the dessert. My favourite topping here, other than the Ai-Yu, is the Yogurt Magic Ball, which will add bursts of slight sourness to the dessert with each bite. Pretty refreshing!

 
Premium Soy Milk ($1.50)
This comforting drink is not only fresh, but is also quite smooth and easy on the throat. It is not too sweet, at least for my taste.

Overall, the prices are quite decent, especially for their signature series which comes with various toppings. The service is also pretty good here. The auntie who served me when I went is quite friendly and approachable. Call me superficial, but I would also like to give the thumb up to their pretty stall set-up and cutesy brand image, which they have obviously put some effort in. Taste-wise, my first impression of their desserts is quite favourable, especially for the Refreshing Ai-Yu, which is really quite worth it despite the mishap on the reduced portion size due to the melted ice (but that was really my fault). I'd definitely recommend giving their signature items a try!

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Refreshing Ai-Yu
 
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Categories : Desserts and Cakes

 
These pretty little treats are actually cream puffs but they kind of remind me of cupcakes with all those pretty little toppings, while a few looked more like buns than cream puffs, but oh, looks can certainly be rather deceiving. Looking at all the pretty decorated cream puffs in the Chewy Junior's display counter, I can't help but to bring home some to try!

 
Original Chewy ($1.50) - Plain on the Right without Toppings
The Original Chewy is indeed quite chewy and the inside is quite soft and fluffy. The cream filling is smooth and is not too sweet. There is a small "hole" at the side of the cream puff (all of their cream puffs in fact) where you can see a little cream oozing out and you are supposed to start eating the cream puff by biting from the "hole" first to prevent the cream from suddenly squirting out on first bite.

 
Double Chocolate Crunch ($1.80)
The Double Chocolate Crunch is a regular cream puff on Chewy Junior's "Sweet" menu. For some reasons, the cream in this particular puff is quite lacking compared to the premium cream puff I got. No cream oozed out on first bite and the cream did not even fill up the whole inside of the puff. Despite looking all shiny and gooey, the chocolate layer covering the top is a tad thin and not as rich as the chocolate topping on the premium cream puff, although the chocolate balls help to add a bit of crunch.

 
Premium Chocolate Almond Praline ($2.00)
The Premium Chocolate Almond Praline is a premium cream puff which also mean that it costs more than the rest of the regular cream puffs. The puff is just as chewy as the original and the cream filling inside is quite light and not very sweet as well, but the outer topping really shines. The sweetness of this cream puff mostly comes from the toppings. The chocolate frosting is very rich and chocolatey while the almond praline has a fair crunchiness to it. Eaten as a whole, the chocolate and praline coupled with cream filling can be quite gooey and I felt like a kid with smudges all over my mouth. Pure bliss in every bite!

The prices of the cream puffs are quite reasonable considering they come with toppings and additional flavours, many of which are quite innovative. Among the many I've spotted in their display counter are flavours like White Chocolate Oreo, Chocolate Fudge Caramel Milk and even Apple Cheese! I find it certainly worthwhile to pay slightly more for the premium flavours. According to their website, there are also supposed to be savoury flavours like Potato & Ham, but when I went to the branch at Tampines mall, I didn't see any savoury flavours around, which was kind of disappointing as I'd love to tried a few of those too.

Nevertheless, I'll certainly be back for more! lol

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Premium Chocolate Almond Praline
 
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Fresh Neapolitan Pizza! Smile Feb 07, 2014   
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Categories : Italian | European | Pasta

 
A Neapolitan pizza is typically made with mozzarella cheese and fresh tomatoes, thus probably the name Tomato's Pizza. This simple but homely looking kiosk with a faux "brick" counter has actually been opened for quite some time selling freshly baked Neapolitan pizza. Recently, someone told me Tomato's Pizza also sells tiramisu so I came to check it out, but to my disappointment, it wasn't available when I went.

 
However, there were quite a number of pizza for sale by the slice when I went. There were the usual flavours like Pepperoni, Hawaiian, Vegetarian, and the classic Margarita, although I also spotted a few innovative flavours like Ham Orange and Peach Ham. I must say that these pizzas really look quite tempting sitting in the display counter!

This is a takeaway kiosk and there is no seating area for dining in, so I decided to takeaway a slice of the Hawaiian Pizza to try. The staff was quite helpful and even offered to heat up the pizza for me without my asking.

 
Hawaiian Pizza ($4.90)
The Hawaiian Pizza comes with toppings of sliced chicken ham and very juicy pineapple cubes. It is topped with a decent layer of chewy mozarella cheese and there is a layer of sweet but slightly wet tomato puree between the dough and cheese. I like the contast of slight saltiness from the ham and sweetness from the pineapple cubes and tomato puree. The soft dough is also a nice contrast to the puffy rim and crispy crust, especially the finely thin layer at the bottom. The bottom also has a slight floury feel which I adored.
Comparison size with a coin and 12oz cup of juice

Comparison size with a coin and 12oz cup of juice

 
Look at how big the slice is! shocked

Considering one full pizza usually cost in the range of $20-30++ depending on size and toppings, $4.90 for a slice of their pizza is quite reasonable considering that the portion size is quite big. I think they are worth a try as the Hawaiian pizza I tried was quite tasty. I kind of regretted not getting another slice! Apparently, the classic flavour of a Neapolitan pizza is the Margarita, with a classic base of tomato and mozarella cheese, and the Margarita pizza at Tomato's Pizza's is one of their bestsellers. Another bestseller is the Vegetarian pizza which l must say looked really appetizing when I saw it in their counter; I even noted a customer who grabbed two slices out of the three left. The Hawaiian pizza that I got is also another bestseller here and I am loving it so far, so for recommendations, I'd say, go with their bestselling flavours. I'd be quite keen to try the other flavours in future and hopefully their tiramisu as well!

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Hawaiian
 
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Categories : Juices

 
Passing by the colorful display of fruits and the menu board at SF, it was interesting to see the range of fresh fruit mixtures, coupled with fancy names, they have concocted to suit a variety of purposes. For example, there is a Hi-Energy Booster category with drinks like "Sky High" which is basically a fruit juice mixture of lime, pear and pineapple ($4.50) to boost your energy, while under "Tropical Teasers", you can find drinks like the "Bollywood Blaster ($5.00) with banana, grapefruit and pineapple to relax and refresh you. If you just want a simple, lower priced cup of fruit juice, you can choose from a range like Orange Juice ($2.50), Strawberry Juice ($3.50) and Rockmelon Juice ($4.00). There are also slices of chilled, fresh fruits such as Honeydew ($0.90) and Pineapple ($1.00) here.

I got a slice of fruit and a fruit juice to go.

 
Honeydew Juice 12oz ($2.50)
This cost $2.50 for a 12oz cup, although you can upsize it to a 16oz cup for just $0.50 more. I stuck to the 12oz cup. To be honest, I thought the staff gave me the wrong drink upon taking my first sip. It was really light in taste and didn't really taste like honeydew although I did manage to discern a slight taste of it after repeated sips. Even eating the fruit itself would be sweeter than this juice. I suspected it might have been a little diluted from all the ice. You can request to add less or no ice but it would cost an additional $0.50 more.

 
Watermelon Slice ($0.90)
The watermelon was very juicy and fresh. Quite refreshing to have in Singapore's hot weather. The slice portion was quite okay although I suppose it is cheaper to buy the entire fruit from supermarkets, but this is ideal if you just want a quick grab of a slice of fresh fruit to eat on the way.

Otherwise, the prices here are typical and similarly priced as the fruit juices in food courts, although the prices of the concoction ones can go as high as $5.50, which is pricey in my opinion. I'd just go for the simple, single-fruit fruit juice which is still refreshing and healthy enough.

 
 
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