It’s $10,000 at stake and a whole load of ramen!

Food eating contests are gaining popularity in Singapore. Previously MediaCorp partnered with several malls in western Singapore when they launched 8 DAYS Eat app and now Ramen Champion presents the ultimate grand prize of $10,000. But do you have what it takes to stomach it?

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Last month, I was lucky to be present when Ramen Champion opened their second branch at MegaBox, Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong. The highlight of the day was the Ramen “Face-off” between the pretty and petite competitive food challenger, Tomoko Miyake and the TVB stars.

Leading the entourage of popular Hong Kong TV celebrities and radio personalities was one of my favorite actor, Eric Tsang. And Koji Tashiro, the CEO of Menya Koji Group was also there to take part for the eating challenge.

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Fast forward one month later, and I’m excited that Ramen Champion Pte Ltd is launching the Ramen Big Eater Challenge as part of the Food Challenge Asia Championship which involves Ramen Champion outlets in Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Details of Singapore Contest:

Qualifying Round

Date: 2nd October 2013 (Wednesday)

Time: 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Location: Ramen Champion @ Bugis+ (201 Victoria Street, Bugis+ #04-08/09/10, Singapore 188067)

Final Round

Date: 14th November 2013 (Thursday)

Time: 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Location: Ramen Champion @ Great World City (1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City, #01-21/22, Singapore 237994)

Here’s some questions which you probably want to ask Ramen Champion about the Big Eater Challenge:

Will the ramen be piping hot when served?

During the contest, the ramen is prepared on the spot and the chefs will try to control the temperature of the ramen broth so it won’t too hot when it’s served. It won’t be piping hot but it would not be served cold as there’s the need to maintain the quality of ramen. Side bowls will be provided so participants can use them to cool off the ramen.

Is it okay for non local to register for the event?

The organiser accepts non-local as long as they are residing in Singapore and not tourists. For example, foreign students or working professionals are eligible.

Must the soup be finished? Do I also have to finish the sides like egg and seaweed?

With regards to the contest, there is not a must to finish the soup during the contest and the organiser will only be serving noodles and broth for the ramen.

How big is the bowl of ramen and what style will be served?

The organiser are using the regular size bowl which is available at the restaurant and the ramen served will be Tonkotsu style.

Is the ramen served Halal/ Vegetarian?

The ramen served is neither Halal nor vegetarian. Also, the broth for both stalls is Tonkotsu style which means it is made from pork and pork bones, and may contain chicken and/or fish. It does NOT contain BEEF and LAMB.

Can I bring my own seasoning?

Contestants are discouraged from bringing their own seasoning.

Will water be provided?

The organiser will be providing ice water for during the contest and green tea will be served at the waiting areas.

What is the minimum age to join this contest?

The minimum age to join is 18 years old and above. All participants will be required to fill up an indemnity form together with the registration form and fee.

Can I register on behalf of my friend for the ramen eating contest?

Preferably the participant should come in person to register as he/she is required to fill up an indemnity form along with the registration form and registration fee. However, you may write in to the organiser at ramenchampion@gmail.com and they will review on a case to case basis.

How this contest works and how do I qualify the Finals?

The format of the contest will be based on the number of regular size bowls a participant can finish within 15 minutes and that will qualify him/her into the final round. The participants who can finish the most number of ramen will enter into the final round on 14 November 2013 at Great World City.

Do I still get my vouchers if I don’t qualify for the Finals? What vouchers will be given?

All participants will be given the $30 cash vouchers regardless if they qualified into the final round. The cash vouchers will be sponsored by Komars F&B Pte Ltd and can be used for restaurants such as Daikokuya, Bishamon, Menya Koji and Benten Café. There is no minimum spending required but it is not applicable for set meals or other promotional items.

Will there be any other prizes for the finalist other than the grand prize?

Currently, the organiser has decided only the grand prize of $10,000 will be given but they are working on the details of other prizes, if any. Ramen Champion would like everyone to walk away happily and hence $30 vouchers will be given to every participant.

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I had a wonderful time in Hong Kong witnessing the eating power of Tomoko Miyake and an photo opportunity with Eric Tsang, producer of Ramen Champion Hong Kong. Registration for Ramen Big Eater Challenge starts today (26 Sep) and ends tomorrow (27 Sep)! Head down to Ramen Champion @ Bugis+ between 6.30pm to 9.30pm to register.

Though no TVB stars will be joining the contest in Singapore, but who knows, the grand prize of S$10,000 could be yours to keep.  Just a word of caution, join for fun and eat within your limit.

For more information, visit Ramen Champion Singapore at www.ramenchampion.com.sg or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RamenChampionSingapore

Tim Ho Wan Opens New Outlet at Toa Payoh Central

Attention Tim Ho Wan Fans! Michelin Star Dim Sum will soon be available at the heartland near you. Malcolm ditched his diet plan for the highly anticipated food tasting at the second outlet by Chef Mak Kwai Pui.

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Expect longer queues and perhaps more jams along PIE as Tim Ho Wan is finally opening their second outlet. Strategically located at Toa Payoh Central (ERA Centre, next to Courts) this new branch which opens on 8 September will cater to the needs of residents in central and northern Singapore.

The real treats are the additional six new dishes to the menu which are exclusively available at this Toa Payoh outlet.  A few new dishes include Steam Chicken Feet with Abalone Sauce, Fried Noodle with BBQ Pork & Soy Sauce, and Deep Fried Dumpling with Salted Meat.

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There’s more news to rejoice ‘cos Chef Mak is planning to open the third outlet at Bedok Mall while the fourth outlet will open in the western part of Singapore. With these different outlets in Singapore, Tim Ho Wan hopes to serve residents living in different parts of the island.

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The Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (S$4.50) is my favourite dish! Slightly crispy on the outside, soft and tender inside. One bite and you can taste the sweetness of the char siew which melts in your mouth. Eat it while it is fresh from the oven for the best taste. It’s no wonder this is one of the 4 Heavenly Kings on the menu.

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Unlike other carrot cakes, this Pan Fried Carrot Cake (S$4.50) from Tim Ho Wan simply melts inside when you put it in your mouth. What I really love about this dish is that every bite consists of more carrot taste than the usual rice flour taste. Though slightly oily for my likely but an excellent dish for any dim sum lovers.

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The only sweet dish among the 4 Heavenly Kings, the Steamed Egg Cake (S$3.80) can be eaten with the main course or be served as a warm dessert. Be careful of the hot steam as you sink your teeth into the tenderness of this delicious but plain-looking sweet treat.

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We didn’t get to sample the Vermicelli Roll stuffed with Pig’s Liver yesterday. But we were one of the first to try the new item, Vermicelli Roll with Sweet and Sesame Sauce (S$4.20) available only at this Toa Payoh outlet. Those who are used to having your Hong Kong style vermicelli roll stuffed with meat will have a surprise when they try this dish. Though it’s not stuffed, the main attraction of this steam roll lies in the unique combination of the sweet sauce, sesame sauce and soy sauce. Take a moment to let the aroma of the sesame sauce fills your nostrils.

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How often do you get chicken feet served with abalone sauce? The Steamed Chicken Feet with Abalone Sauce (S$5.00) is a must try for phoenix claw fans. Every bite of this perfectly steam chicken feet adds to your daily collagen needs.

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Time to fill your stomach with some fried noodles to complement the dim sum! Fried Noodles with BBQ Pork and Soy Sauce (S$6.00) is one of the latest items to be added to the menu and only available at Toa Payoh outlet.

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Another new item on the menu, Deep Fried Dumpling with Salted Meat (SS$3.80) has a sweet crust with lightly salted pork inside. A unique combination of sweet and salted, but since it’s new may as well taste it.

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If food porn can seduce, this Steam Spinach Dumpling with Shrimp (S$3.80) has definitely lured me in. This crystal-skin dumpling combines the right amount of spinach, pork and shrimp to give a wholesome flavour.

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A fusion twist on the traditional fried prawn dumpling, this Wasabi Salad Prawn Dumplings (S$5.00) do not have the overwhelming taste of wasabi. Spread the roe evenly on the fried dumpling and pop half of it into your mouth for the fresh taste of the prawn.

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No trip to the dim sum house is complete with eating the traditional steamed Prawn Dumpling (S$5.50). The thin layer of skin envelopes the filling which consists of generous bits of fresh prawn.

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End off the main course with Congee with Lean Pork, Century Egg and Salted Egg (S$4.20) to clear your palate before the dessert.

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Can’t decide to choose between the Mango Pomelo Sago (S$5.00) or Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Cake (S$3.50), why not choose both? The mango pomelo sago tastes slightly bitter with the pomelo sago but the sweetness and smoothness of it is able to cover for it. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, then try the Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Cake for a herbal treat.

Tim Ho Wan Toa Payoh outlet

Address: ERA Centre, 450 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 #02-02, Singapore 319394

Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm

Contact Number: 6483 2000

Website: http://www.TimHoWan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TimHoWan

Thanks Tim Ho Wan’s management and PR team for organising the food tasting, and Nicholas from Nichology.net for extending the invitation.

My Top 3 Fav Picks at Yip’s by Andik Nurdiany

If you live or work near Novena, you’re probably familiar with Square 2. Located at basement 1 right next to Novena MRT Station exit, is a take-away bakery offers a wide range of pastries, puffs and desserts that Singaporeans are familiar with, but with its chef’s twist.

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Established in 2007 as Yip’s Cookies & More by Celebrity Chef Irene Yip, the humble take-and go is now helmed by Chef de Patisserie, Andik Nurdiany and has sinced changed the brand name to Yip’s by Andik Nurdiany with infusion of new original recipes.

Certified Halal and baked daily, the open concept kitchen gives patrons a chance to see how the pastries are created and baked. The outlet also offers hot beverages like coffee and tea, and it’s an ideal choice for breakfast and afternoon tea. No wonder, Yip’s by Andik Nurdiany achieved the Top 100 Singapore Excellence Award for 2012/2013.

So here are my top 3 picks at Yip’s by Andik Nurdiany:

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Chicken Curry Puff

A traditional Singaporean’s favorite, this Chicken Curry Puff is packed with diced, curry-flavored chicken. Handmade daily, I love its light flaky pastry, chunks of chicken meat and the right level of spice from the curry.

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Tom Yum Chicken Puff

Fancy something more spicy? The Tom Yum Chicken Puff is a special twist on the traditional chicken curry puff.  You can taste the fragrant of lemongrass and spices in the tom yum chicken filling. The texture of the shredded chicken is smooth, but the puff pastry feels more oily due to the filling. The chef has managed to get the right portion of chicken and tom yum, hence every bite is not overpowering spicy but a well-mixed which you can enjoy.

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Mushroom Puff

For mushroom lovers like me, you should definitely not missed out on sinking your teeth into this Mushroom Puff. Rich, creamy paste with every bite full of mushrooms, this is my favorite delight from the bakery.

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Thank you Nicholas for arranging the food tasting and blogger friends, PriscillaYuki and Tiffany (not in picture) for the awesome company that afternoon.

Contact details

Address: 10 Sinaran Drive, #B1-117/118/119 Square 2, Singapore 307506

Phone: 6440 7887

Website: www.yips.sg

Facebook: www.facebook.com/YipsByAndikNurdiany

Opening hours

Monday – Friday: 7am to 9pm

Saturday: 8am to 9pm

Sunday: 9am to 9pm

[PHOTO CREDIT: Food photos courtesy of Yip’s by Andik Nurdiany]

Brunei: A Tour of National Treasures

In part one and part two of his travel adventures, Malcolm unearthed the hidden treasures deep with the rainforest of Borneo and the seas of Brunei. In this travel article, he journeyed back to Bandar Seri Begawan to discover the other national treasures resting between the two giant mosques of gold. 

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Having spent a longer time  at Ulu Temburong National Park soaking in the morning fresh air at the Canopy Walk, we had to rush through the rest of our itinerary that day. Day 3 breakfast was a special experience as we had our meal packed into bento boxes and ate it on the go while traveling on the long boat back to Bangar town.

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Once we reached the speedboat terminal at Bangar town, everyone were excited to get connected with technology and were rushing to post their pictures on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to share with our readers, friends and followers. Seems that you can take bloggers to Ulu Ulu Resort without wifi but you cannot take the habit off from us! I was guilty as charged too.

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Next on the itinerary was the tour of the Water Village. Commonly nicknamed “Venice of the East” by both the local and international communities, Kampong Ayer is actually not a village but a town of 40 sub villages interconnected within this water community. Kampong Ayer is home to over 30,000 Bruneians. From the outside, they look like kelongs or houses built on stilts, commonly found in Malaysia as homes of fishermen. But take a closer look and almost every house in Kampong Ayer was reinforced by concrete pillars and not wooden stilts.

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For the locals, traveling across the river was a daily affair. Prices for the water taxi or small speedboat start from B$1.00. Our first stop was to visit the Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery which gave us a detailed introduction about the history and culture of the Water Village. I also heard that Brunei is applying for Kampong Ayer to be listed as a UNESCO Heritage site, I sincerely hope this will bring up the profile for the Venice of the East.

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Next to Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery are the newer houses on water. These residents were re-homed due to a big fire. The newer houses lack the unique characteristic and remind me of our public housing built by Housing Development Board (HDB) in Singapore. But these houses certainly look like resorts and I really don’t mind owning one. By the way, owners of these new houses own title deed, meaning to say, they don’t just own the house but also the land underneath it too (unlike the older water houses, the owners can only claim ownership of the house and not the land underneath).

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One disappointment was that I didn’t get to see any proboscis monkeys, which hang out further down the river from the water villages. However, we did get to go inside one of the residents’ house to have a peek at what daily living there looked like. The host we visited own a house with three bedrooms and converted one room into a wedding studio for visitors to take photos. We also had tea with some local snacks before moving back to main land.

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After visiting the Water Village, we crossed the river and drove to the Royal Regalia Museum. Opened in 1992, it houses a huge display of the ceremonial items associated to the Royal family. These royal regalia had been passed down from generation to generation. Inside the museum, there are replicas of the royal throne, robes, crowns and gifts to the Sultan displayed as a tribute to the life and times of the monarchy.

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Lunch was at Tarindak d’Seni located at level 2 of Brunei Arts and Handicrafts Centre (Jalan Residency, Bandar Seri Begawan) opposite the Water Village. It was here that we got to finally try the much talked about national dish of Brunei – Ambuyat, a dish made from the interior trunk of sago palm.  It is a starchy bland substance commonly eaten using Chandas (chopsticks or bamboo fork) and with special local dips. This dish was invented in World War II when food choice was limited.

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To be honest, I prefer Singapore’s national dish Chili Crab and national cocktail Singapore Sling for sure. Speaking of drinking, no alcohol is sold in Brunei but you can bring your own booze from Changi Airport duty free shops before your arrival to the Sultanate.

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That afternoon, we also got ourselves wet as we went snorkeling at Pelong Rocks (mentioned in my previous post). We checked-in to The Empire Hotel & Country Club to freshen up before the much anticipated dinner meeting with the Brunei bloggers at Azhani’s residence.

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It was a pleasure to meet up with passionate individuals who have a love for online sharing and writing. Did I mention that the barbecue dinner was specially prepared by Azhani’s husband? Azhani is the senior corporate communications officer for Royal Brunei Airlines and she blogs occasionally these days due to heavy workload.

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Check out the Bruneian bloggers’ website:

Rano Iskandar (@RanoAdidas) – RanoAdidas.com and LoveFoodHateWaste.org

Reeda Malik (@AnakBrunei) – AnakBrunei.org

Kamarul D Ajimain (@marul69) – geekinwhite.com

Maurina (@Maurina) – maurina.wordpress.com

Azhani (@EmmaGoodEgg) – emmagoodegg.com

We are thankful to Royal Brunei Airlines and Brunei Tourism for the travel arrangement and hospitality, and to Omy.sg for organising this trip. For more information about Brunei, visit Brunei Tourism website at: www.bruneitourism.travel

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For more information on Royal Brunei Airlines’ destinations, fares and promotions, please visit their website flyroyalbrunei.com and Facebook page www.facebook.com/royalbruneiairlinessingapore

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Brunei: Charming Night Glow of Bandar Seri Begawan

To many Singaporeans, simply mention Brunei and their instantaneous response would be, “It sounds boring. Is there anything to do there?” In this travel series, Malcolm explored the Abode of Peace and shares the hidden treasures from the last sovereign Malay Sultanate in the world.

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My alarm  woke me up. It was four o’clock in the afternoon. I made a quick trip to the bathroom to freshen up before making my way to the hotel lobby. I had two hours to shop and explore downtown before the agreed time to meet up with our tour guide. It was my first day at Brunei and I was curious to find out more.

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We were hosted in Rizqun International Hotel. Conveniently located  in the central business zone of Bandar Seri Begawan and connected to The Mall – one of the main shopping venues in the capital of Brunei. This four-star hotel welcomes travelers with its elaborated glass art decorations in the lobby. The swimming pool complements the needs of family with young children. Published rate for this hotel goes from B$320.00 but they run promotions from time to time with room rates starting from B$145.00 per night.

If you find the hotel’s wifi service pricy, simply hop over to The Mall to purchase a 3G SIM card. There are many shops selling mobile phones and related services. 3G SIM card are available at B$30, comes with a value of B$5. We also got a top up card of B$10, which last us through our 4 days 3 nights trip in Brunei. Special thanks to our friends at Royal Brunei Airlines who understood the needs of social media addicts like us, who cannot live without updating our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and included the 3G SIM cards in our welcome package.

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Surprisingly, The Mall and the surrounding areas of the town have every brand we have in Singapore. But instead of a spam of cookie cutter outlets in the malls of Singapore, most of the common brands have only a single shop in Brunei, at least that is true for McDonald’s.

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I was able to spot Giordano, Pizza Hut, KFC and even Jollibee in Brunei. And Sushi Tei has recently opened an outlet in Bandar Seri Begawan. I also spotted a number of men in their traditional costumes. In Brunei, it is not uncommon to see men wearing Baju Melayu as an alternative dress code for work. Unlike Singapore, our Malay men normally only wear it during major celebrations like Hari Raya Puasa.

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A chat with my tour guide, Tom from Sunshine Borneo Tours, I found that there is no goods and services tax (GST) in Brunei and Bruneians do not need to pay any income tax. Basically,they get to keep what they earn! Education is free up to university-level. Also medical and petrol are heavily subsidized as well. Bruneians only need to pay a token fee of B$1 per consultation for healthcare and if the medical assistance is not available in the country, they are sent overseas at the government’s expenses.

Another interesting fact is that Brunei practises ‘No Plastic Bags’ days  from Friday to Sunday. I was rather surprised and certainly impressed with this oil-producing country. Our thoughtful tour guide also made it a point to remind us to bring a reusable shopping bag with us.

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We began our Brunei by Night by first filling up our tummies at Portview Seafood Restaurant, a popular spot for locals. It is extremely busy at the end/beginning of the month when people received their paycheck. The restaurant offers an unobscured view of the water village at the opposite site of the bank.

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Dinner that night consists of a sumptuous seafood steamboat. Fresh prawns, fish and crab caught locally were arranged neatly together with fishballs and crab sticks on a bed of cabbage and greens waiting for us to drop them into our choice of tom yum soup or chicken both.

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After dinner, we took a stroll towards the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin (SOAS) Mosque. We froze in awe and paused for photographs as the view of the gigantic honeycomb of gold came into our view. I had seen many mosques in Singapore and Malaysia but seeing the SOAS Mosque glowing at night was a very special experience.

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Do you know that there is an International Quran Reading Competition? The national Quran reading competition in Brunei is held annually at SOAS Mosque and I heard that the winner of the Quran reading competition will be rewarded with a lifetime monthly stipend of B$2,000 courtesy of the government.

Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, or JAME Mosque for short, is the largest mosque in Brunei and is considered one of the grandest monuments in Islamic culture.  It was built to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the sultan’s reign. We managed to make it in time to snap a few postcard worthy photographs before the mosque closed for the night.

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By the request of TIffany, we made a side trip to Fitness Zone Health Club. This gym is opened by Brunei-born Taiwanese celebrity, Wu Zun (formerly) of Fahrenheit. We heard that sometimes overseas fans of this popular singer/actor will travel to Brunei and camp outside the gym in hope of catching a glimpse of their idol. At least, Tiffany didn’t have to sleep outside Fitness Zone that night.

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The final highlight of the evening was the trip to the night market at Gadong shopping area, located 5-10 minutes walk away from Rizqun International Hotel where we were staying. It offers a glimpse into the local cuisine culture and as bloggers, we entertained ourselves that night by making funny poses and engaging in food photography, much to the amusement of the locals.

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We spotted a stall selling B$1.00 Nasi Katok, a dish of hot rice served with a side of spicy sambal, and a piece of chicken or beef or pusu (anchovies). Nasi means rice in the Malay language and Katok means knock. Back in the old days, there was no 24-hour eateries, so the only way for a hungry person to get a midnight fix was to knock on the doors of a food outlet and get the owner out of bed. The sleepy owner will then prepare a simple dish which evolves into the present day Nasi Katok. (Click here to read more about the story of Nasi Katok.)

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After having some snacks from Gadong night market and tea in my hotel room, it was time for us to turn in for the night. I will be sharing about Ulu Ulu Resort and Ulu Temburong National Park tomorrow, so stay tuned.

Thank you Royal Brunei Airlines, Brunei Tourism and Omy.sg for sending me to Brunei. And blogger friends Andy Storm, Deenise Glitz, Karen “Renzze” Ashley and Tiffany Yong for sharing their travel photos.

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For more information about Royal Brunei Airlines and their fares, please visit their website www.royalbruneiair.com or check out their Facebook page www.facebook.com/royalbruneiairlinessingapore

P.S. – There are no public bus or train service in Brunei. You may take a taxi to an attraction but it will be difficult to find a cab back to your hotel. The best way to explore Brunei is to book a tour package.

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Cheesy Bites Trio

Attention please! Cheese lovers and pizza fans take note – Pizza Hut’s Cheesy Bites is back with 3 times the flavour and 3 times the fun!

Chipotle! Parmesan! Sesame! If you have watched Pizza Hut’s latest TVC, it will give you a clue on the ultimate cheese experience. Each bite is stuffed full of tantalising smooth cream cheese or a 3-flavour cheese filling for a delightful surprise in every delicious mouthful.

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We were invited to Pizza Hut’s launch for the Cheesy Bites Trio a couple of weeks ago. Besides the main pizza star, we were also treated to a variety of treats.

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[Photo credit: Pizza Hut (Singapore)]

Christina from huneyzworld.blogspot.com and I enjoy the pre-dinner drinks while posing for the camera.

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She took part in the pizza making contest and had a hands on experience making the Cheesy Bites Trio.

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Mommy blogger, Jac from hellomrstan.com won the pizza making challenge!

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Hut’s Signature Chef Platter of tempura prawns, sweet ‘n spicy drumlets, calamari rings and criss cross fries on a bed of mesclun salad. Thick Fries On Dips comes with mouthwatering salsa and grilled cheese sauce to complement the generous strips of deep-fried potatoes.

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Hut’s Chicken Steak: Succulent BBQ chicken steak seasoned and grilled to perfection with thick fries, seasonal vegetables and top with Hut’s special mushroom sauce. Spicy Seafood Parchment: Fresh mussels, prawns squid rings fused perfectly with spicy tomato-based sauce and linguine

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Happy ending with dessert treat of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

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Cheesy Bites Trio Pizza is available at all Pizza Hut restaurants and delivery service from now till 2 July 2013.

For Dine In

Cheesy Delight Meal at $27.90 (for 2-3 persons) (U.P. $39.90)

  • 1 Regular Cheesy Bites Trio (any topping)
  • 2 Soup of the Day
  • 2 glasses of Sparkle (Choice of Berri / Summer / Emerald / Lychee)
  • Additional $1 for city stores for the above meal

Cheesy Fiesta Meal at $46.90 (for 4-5 persons) (U.P. $73.50)

  • 1 Regular Cheesy Bites Trio (any topping)
  • 1 Regular Pan Pizza (any topping)
  • 4 Soup of the Day
  • 4 glasses of Sparkle (Choice of Berri / Summer / Emerald / Lychee)
  • Additional $2 for city stores for the above meal

Home Delivery

Cheesy Fun Meal at $26.50 (for 2-3 persons) (U.P. $33.70)

  • 1 Regular Cheesy Bites Trio (any topping)
  • 4-piece Honey Roasted Wings
  • 6-piece Mini Hash Browns

Cheesy Double Deal at $28.90 (for 4-5 persons) (U.P. $44.40)

  • 1 Regular Cheesy Bites Trio (any topping)
  • 1 Regular Pan Pizza (any topping)

Bon Appetit, Hippopotamus!

Eat like a hungry hippo with ABR Holdings latest F&B concept at Marina Square! Bon Appetit. 

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After the successful of bringing Swensen’s to our shore, ABR Holdings Limited  has introduced a new casual dining experience in modern French style. Created in Paris in 1968, the Hippopotamus restaurant Grill has gained a strong reputation in France, especially in Paris. Prepared with the widest selections of cut from the well-known Sirloin, Tenderloin and Rib Steak, to the rare Hanger and Skirt Steaks at affordable prices, Hippopotamus is a contemporary restaurant with a relaxed, friendly ambience.

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Meat lovers alert! Here’s a quick French lesson, “Pour l’amour de la viande” translates to “For the love of meat”. We are lucky to be invited by ABR Holdings for a lunch time food tasting session at Hippopotamus. (Those working near Marina Square, remember to check out their special lunch treats!)

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Get some greens before you start your main course with the Caesar Salad ($8.90) adorned with chicken, parmesan and an inimitable sauce. Pair it with Hippo’s traditional rendition of French Onion Soup ($8.90) – generously peppered with onions and melted cheese.

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Try the Hot Goat Cheese Salad ($9.90) – its refined flavour of goat cheese slathered on crisp toast, topped with herbs from Provence and olive oil makes it a sunny, charming starter!

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Go bold with Escargots ($16.90), an essential item on the French menu. Have it as a starter, this comes as a set of 6, topped with herb butter. Make believe you are in a Parisian diner with Bone Marrow ($11.90), heaving with haute French flavour in these unapologetically rich renditions of French classics.

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A scrumptious selection of house sauces (Barbecue, Bearnalise, Homemade Thai Chili, Stewed Shallot, Pepper and Roquefort Cheese) is available to accompany every main course ordered, while 6 dishes – French Fries, Potato Gratin, Green Beans, Baked Potato, Ratatouille and Steamed Vegetables provide for a medley of choices on the side.

Skirt Steak Rack of Lamb

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Skirt Steak ($18.90) is a cut of beef from the plate of the mule. Long and flat, it is often neglected because it is not known for its tenderness. Rather, it is well-loved for its strong flavour in every cut. Rack of Lamb ($36.90) serves up deliciously tender Australian choice cuts of lamb. Slow- grilled for hours, it makes for a bold, flavourful dish that will leave you hankering for more.

Grilled Game Hen US Pork Chop

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The Grilled Game Hen ($21.90) features U.S imported Cornish Game Hen tenderly grilled to fork- tender perfection. Taste the difference with Hippo’s slow- grilled U.S. Pork Chop ($19.90) that is crisp on the outside but exudes a moist, smooth texture on the inside.

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Blogger friends, Christina from huneyzworld.blogspot.com and Tiffany from missytiffany.com enjoying the beef skewer.

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For the rib fans, go for the BBQ Ribs ($19.90), a hunky-dory set of luscious pork spare ribs served with barbeque sauce. Grilled King Prawns ($22.90) also make a strong contender on the menu for prawn-lovers. Flavoursome grilled whole king prawns are served atop a bed of fresh greens.

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To finish off the satisfying meat heavy meal, grab a cup of Chocolate Mousse ($7.90), or go with a French classic, Crème Brulee ($7.90), perfectly torched with cameralized brown sugar encasing a dish of smooth cream with subtle hints of vanilla.

Hippopotamus has also revamped its drinks menu with an assortment of different kinds of new cocktails, and an updated list of beers and wines. Pair your meal with a glass of classic French wine for a boozy gastronomic experience this week!

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Hippopotamus Restaurant Grill

6 Raffles Boulevard, #01-204/205 Marina Square S039594

Opens 11am – 1030pm daily

Tel: 63385352

Website: www.hippopotamus.com.sg

Battle for the next Hawker King

The time has come. Once again, hawkers at Food Republic battle out for the crown to be the next Hawker King!

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Last Thursday, we were invited by Food Republic for a food tasting session at their newly re-open ‘White Garden’ theme food court at Suntec City. Located at Fountain Terrace, Food Republic continues their commitment to serve quality food at affordable prices.

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Back for the second year, “Food Republic Hawker Kings” is an initiative to motivate existing food operators within the Food Republic chain to enhance their offerings to the patrons.  The organizers hope to recognize and honour the food operators that have committed to excellent dining experiences with top rated cuisines and warm personable experiences.

From 8 to 26 May 2013, vote for your favourite hawker now and propel them to the top 10 list!

Voters will be rewarded with instant privileges and stand a chance to win up to $8,000 worth of prizes.

How to Vote:

1) Send your SMS in the following format to 1460 77877:

Enter ZBFR <Space> Hawker Number <Space> NRIC <Space> Name <Space> Email Address or Mailing Address

Example: ZBFR 01 S8530540Z John Heng 98164512 john@gmail.com

2) Log on to www.foodrepublic.com.sg/hawkerkings,

Food Republic Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FoodRepublicSingapore) or

7UP Singapore Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/7UPSingapore) to submit your votes.

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[Left: Tiffany from MissyTiffany.com showing off her skill to balance a 7Up can.]

The highlight for the session is of course the food tasting itself. Here are some of the stalls and dishes you can find in this White Garden theme food court filled with treasure of hawker delights!

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Chinatown Tan’s Tutu – Peanut & Coconut Tutu Kueh @ $1.40 (for 2 pieces)

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Sergeant Hainanese Chicken Rice – Chicken Rice Set Meal @ $6.50

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Chai’s Original Sliced Fish Soup – Bittergourd Double Fish Bee Hoon Soup @ $5.00

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Yong Soon Dough Fritters – Soya Bean drink & You Tiao @ $2.60

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[Left: Christina from HuneyZWorld.blogspot.com smitten the taste of dosa.]

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Saravanna Bhavan – Special Dosa with Masala @ $4.60

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[Left: dOnn from dOnnlicious.com and Missy Tiffany trying out Thunder Tea Rice for the first time. Right: Ying Zi from whirlwind-dreamz.blogspot.sg having fun mixing up the Thunder Tea Rice.]

Thunder Tea Rice – Thunder Tea Brown Rice @ $5.50

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Formosa Delights – Dao Xiao Mian @ $6.00

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Ya Fu Mini Wok Delights – Kung Pao Chicken Rice @ $6.00

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Gu Zao Mian (Traditional Noodles) – No. 1 Kway Tiao @ $6.00

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Zhong Hua Curry Rice – Curry Chicken @ $5.00

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Baek Doo San Korean – Seafood Tofu Soun @ $6.80

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What You Do Prata – Chicken Briyani Set @ $5.50

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Guan Chee HK Roast Duck – 5 Combination Platter (duck, char siew, roast pork, chicken and sausage) @ $28.00

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Fortune Food – Popiah @ $2.00

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Gazza Pasta – Spaghetti Creamy Mushroom & Salmon @ $6.80

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Toast Box – Peanut Butter Thick Toast @ $1.70

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Shoku Okini – Kushikatsu 7-stick set @ $24.50

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Fu Lin Yong Tofu – 6 piece meal @ $5.50

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Food Republic at Suntec City is now open, Monday through Sunday, including public holidays.

Unit address: #B1-115 to 120 & #B1- 126/127 (near Fountain Terrace)

Biscotti this Christmas

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What’s baking this Christmas?

Are you planning for your office year end party, church luncheon or personal Christmas feast with friends? It’s not too late to add some biscotti to your festive cheers!

10 fun facts about Biscotti

1) Butter-free & Oil-free! So you save on the calories but you enjoy a whole lot of goodness.
2) Lovingly handmade and home baked. Put double to the love as they are double baked.
3) Noisy little confections, they are.
4) A cup of coffee is simply not enough. A cup of coffee or tea needs a biscotti, or rather everyone needs a biscotti.
5) Sail like Christopher Columbus as he relied on biscotti during his sea voyage.
6) Say, bee-SCOAT-tee for all you folks out there.
7) Organic is the new in – strictly no preservatives or additives please.
8) They have no qualms being called “dunking” cookies.
9) An Italian classic that has lived through generations to generations.
10) Because they are just good with every bite.

PB - limited festive packs

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Taste of the Straits at Owl Cafe

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The familiar household name now has a new baby. Walking past Star Vista (shopping mall next to Buona Vista MRT station) one day with my friend, Christina, we spotted this unique contemporary style café serving fusion ‘nanyang’ cuisine.

After a history of 56 years, Owl Coffee (established in 1956) has given birth to an exciting café concept. No one knows coffee and café like Owl, with a story that goes as far back and as far away as the Straits Asia, being a melting pot of different cultures where Straits Asian coffee burst into life.

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Enjoy the various blends of authentic Straits Asian-inspired coffee that Owl café has perfected over 50 years of roasting and blending coffee while savoring Straits Asian (Nanyang) food prepared in a creative, fusion manner.

A good place for an affordable lunch or for those looking for a relaxing afternoon of coffee and chat, Owl Café has something to offer to everyone.

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Owl Cafe is a great place for lunch or dinner. Start off your meal with a glass refreshing Mango Soda or a cup of Gula Melaka Kopi follow by Hae Chor Salad with Oriental Dressing before proceeding to try their Spaghetti with Laksa Sauce.

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If you work near Holland Village, come down to this cafe located at Star Vista besides Buona Vista MRT station and try the high recommended Assam Chicken Wings or have the Assam Mango Chicken with Nasi Kuning for lunch!

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Relax the weekend afternoon with a cuppa while savoring the declicious Roti Bakar Assam Nanas (tamarind sauce topped with ham and pineapple slices) or their Otak-otak Toast. Coffee lovers should a taste of the famous 100% authentic Kopi Luwak (civet coffee served with coffee caviar).

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A meal is not complete with a happy ending. Choose between Chendol (with jackfruit slices), Glory Hitam or Soya Bean Curd. In need of a weekly/monthly dose durian? Try the recommended Durian Pengat, just remember to share it with your friends!