Yearn to fill your tummy with a refreshing, savoury and substantial snack, but tired of the regular, typical hot dish, given the merciless and scorching hot climate weOn August 17, 2016 / By Nookmag
Yearn to fill your tummy with a refreshing, savoury and substantial snack, but tired of the regular, typical hot dish, given the merciless and scorching hot climate we live in?
Doodles is Singapore’s first-ever customizable cold noodle concept that serves up a variety of noodles and ingredients that is guaranteed to satisfy your noodle craving if you are feeling peckish in-between meals.
Doodles was inspired by the rising popularity of cold noodle shops in East Asia and fuelled by the love for cold noodles that are conventionally consumed during summertime.
Given that the only season in Singapore is summer all year round, it made perfect sense to introduce this love and passion for cold noodles to our sunny island! Doodles has a distinctively local twist, with the plethora of local ingredients offered, making it one of a kind and unique to the Singapore food culture.
Doodles is a fun and refreshing concept built around the customisation of cold noodles, by adding a twist to the way cold noodles are conventionally consumed. What’s more, the noodles come in a cheeky little shaker bag that encourages fun, creativity and interactivity!
The concept of Doodles – ‘Zip, shake, eat’ – is pretty self-explanatory. After choosing your choice of noodles and your selection of ingredients, simply zip up the bag, shake it to mix everything, and enjoy your cold noodles straight out of the bag!
There are currently three types of noodles available, with more to be added subsequently. Be spoilt for choice and select from a range of 40 different fresh toppings to complement your favourite type of noodles. Finish your customisation with a range of sauces, which includes the house specialty, ‘Truffle XO’ that has been specially formulated to enhance your Doodles experience.
The list of ingredients and complementing sauces has been carefully curated by Doodles’ co-founder, Desmond Tan, who graduated from At-Sunrice Global Chefs Academy, and was formally from Capella Singapore.
Only the freshest ingredients are obtained from local suppliers that are prepared on a daily basis to maintain freshness and hygiene. The noodles are cooked to a specific timing based on the individual noodle type, ensuring that the texture of the noodles is perfect. The noodles are also shocked in ice-cold water, ensuring that they maintain an optimum level of spring and texture.
The ergonomic design allows the noodles to be easily mixed up in a convenient and mobile packaging, while keeping it fresh at the same time, ideal for those who are in a rush or constantly on the go.
A basic noodle set starts from SGD4.00, with additional top-up options available. There will also be cold-pressed juices available from SGD4.00.
Tiong Bahru Plaza
302 Tiong Bahru Road
Pezzo Pizza is introducing four new wraps in anticipation of Olympics! Eat and indulge healthily like your favourite athletes. The wraps will join Pezzo’s existing menu of pizzasOn August 14, 2016 / By Nookmag
Pezzo Pizza is introducing four new wraps in anticipation of Olympics! Eat and indulge healthily like your favourite athletes. The wraps will join Pezzo’s existing menu of pizzas and lasagna offerings – making it an ideal destination for hearty grab-and-go meals. They will be available at 24 Pezzo outlets islandwide.
Now, you can savour these delicious pizza toppings in the form of wraps at only SGD5.90 each!
In conjunction with the upcoming sport extravaganza, customers can also purchase limited-edition Coca-Cola® Olympic Gold Aluminium bottles exclusively at most of Pezzo outlets. Each bottle is selling at SGD5.
Alternatively, you can stand a chance to win the limited-edition Coca-Cola® Olympic Gold Aluminium bottle, free Pezzo’s pizzas as well as goodies worth up to SGD38,800 in Pezzo’s Scratch & Win campaign simply by purchasing three slices of Pezzo pizza.
In addition to the Scratch & Win campaign, customers will also get a 2nd chance to win trips to FIJI worth up to SGD19,150!
Located in the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is blessed with 333 tropical islands. Its white sandy beaches and pristine, crystal-clear ocean waters offer an ideal vacation destination for divers, honeymooners and families– or simply, those looking to relax and get away from the daily grind.
Promotion ends 30th September 2016.
Long Chim presents its new Kid’s Menu, featuring a wide selection of wholesome, authentic Thai street food dishes in kids-friendly portions at just SGD15, inclusive of a dessertOn August 12, 2016 / By Nookmag
Long Chim presents its new Kid’s Menu, featuring a wide selection of wholesome, authentic Thai street food dishes in kids-friendly portions at just SGD15, inclusive of a dessert and beverage of choice.
Long Chim will include some of its signature dishes and new offerings in the Kid’s Menu, to deliver the same authentic Thai experience that captures the imagination and taste buds of the little ones.
The Kid’s Menu consists of Long Chim’s roast duck or crunchy pork on rice and grilled chicken with sweet chilli sauce with novel additions such as charred rice noodles with soy and chicken, rice noodles with Chinese broccoli and pork, and fried rice with egg. Kids can quench their thirst with an option of beverage including refreshing juices or soft drinks. For a sweet finish, kids will be spoiled with a treat of either the mango sticky rice or banana roti, both addictive desserts in their own right.
Stow the gadgets away, as Long Chim will keep the little ones in their seats with its colour-in Kid’s Menu. Take pleasure in family time, gather around the table, and savour the taste of Thai street food as it’s meant to be enjoyed.
Long Chim accepts reservations, and walk-ins are definitely most welcomed.
12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Seven days a week
+65 6688 7299
Long Chim Singapore
Level 2 Dining, L 02-02
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Looking for a wholesome family getaway for the weekend? Come on down to [email protected], Singapore’s first and only indoor concept inspired by farmers’ markets, with a recent expansion –On August 10, 2016 / By Nookmag
Looking for a wholesome family getaway for the weekend? Come on down to [email protected], Singapore’s first and only indoor concept inspired by farmers’ markets, with a recent expansion – the Northern Star – allowing it to become an even bigger one-stop shopping and dining destination.
Satisfy your tummies with new food offerings and indulge in shopping treats!
From Daddy to Mommy, to the youngest kid in the family, there is something to be discovered at [email protected] for everyone in the family. With a total of 37 traders that offer fresh produce, cooked foods, lifestyle products and personal services, the charming community-based market concept, expect to return home with a satisfied tummy and knick-knacks to make your day.
Cheese-lovers who seek more than the typical parmesan, mozzarella or brie are in for a precious treat at The Cheese Ark. Offering unique cheeses that are on the brink of extinction, cheesemakers from Italy, Switzerland, France and The Netherlands, lovingly bring to visitors cheeses such as the Tomme de Montagne, a grassy, sweet and buttery cheese.
At The Providore Grocery, a range of pantry staples such as dairy items, fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables will allow the young ones to get acquainted with the greens they so require! A great way to introduce organic and wholefood into their diets.
Besides indulging on food and treats, [email protected] also houses homeware furnishings and fun balloon designs that are great for birthday parties! Drop by Mountain Living for a range of premium lifestyle products from Portuguese brand Claus Porto and home accessories by Belgium brand SERAX. Get fun birthday party ideas with Balloon Blasters, an award-winning brand, Balloon Blasters offers comprehensive balloon designs and event support.
Quintessence of communal dining, Papito’s serves up a big pan of paella for the whole family to share! A Mediterranean flair, Papito’s also offers a range of dry goods, with spices, such as saffron from Iran, bottled grenadines, paella rice and other products stocked at the stall. Finish it all down with quality craft beers at The Great Beer Experiment. Dads and beer-enthusiasts alike, can learn and try out more than 150 beers!
Regular weekend fairs with promises of fun and excitement
Interactive activities for visitors of all ages include weekend flea markets like The Expat’s Weekender Fair and The Little Ones Weekender Fair, where families can revel in limited-edition goods and unique brands. Vendors are handpicked to ensure quality and a wide variety of products at the fair.
From 12 to 14 August 2016, [email protected] presents The Expat’s Weekender Fair in partnership with The Expat Fairs.
The Expat’s Weekender Fair is an exclusive boutique shopping event showcasing high quality, handmade and limited edition goods by some of the best vendors in art, craft, food and design. Located within [email protected], fair-goers can immerse themselves in apparels, jewellery, homeware and much more. The Expat’s Weekender Fair handpicks vendors to ensure there is a wide variety of products for guests of all ages. Enjoy a leisurely day with the family as you discover an array of unique brands and products at the fair. Sip on a cup of gourmet coffee and relax after vigorous shopping while the children play. There’s definitely something for everyone!
Tea-time gets a fluffy boost with The 1872 Clipper Tea Co This August, tea time will never be the same again at Ion Orchard, as 1872 Clipper TeaOn August 7, 2016 / By Nookmag
Baked in collaboration with Japanese-Western patisserie, Dulcet & Studio, these tea time delicacies takes our charming blends to a whole new level. Coming in four tea infused flavours including Earl Grey, Milk Tea, Matcha, and Eternal Garden, 1872 Clipper Tea Co. presents crumbly tea time treats that hold a melt-in-your-mouth inner filling.
1872 Clipper Tea is also launching the Singapore Orchid Collection in celebration of National Day. Blended with the same classic Ceylon black tea blend, this collection adds the exquisite touch of orchid petals, our national flower, giving a modern, floral finish to these time honoured flavours.
Packaged in a 3-in-1 box (3 x 25g tins), this timeless collection makes a perfect gift as well. The Singapore Orchid Collection is available in all stores and is priced at SGD38 per set.
Discover a new way to enjoy our beloved Teh Halia, or ginger milk tea, with the Halia Blossom, that perfectly blends rich Ceylon black tea with ginger and cream flavouring. Where ginger aids in digestion, the Halia Blossom is also accented with orchid petals, giving an aromatic touch to this gastronomic delight.
Taste the tropical nature of Singapore with the Dragon Eye Bouquet, a fragrant and fruity blend of Ceylon black and green tea with longan and rambutan. Finished with exquisite orchid petals, this blend is a truly unforgettable one.
National Day specials presented by Mo’mor
Just in time for National Day, contemporary izakaya Mo’mor is unveiling two special dishes for Singaporeans to commemorate Singapore’s 51st birthday. Characterised by a wonderful interplay of colours, the dishes are a blend of Hainanese and colonial culinary styles. They will be available from 5 to 9 August 2016.
Tuck into the Hainanese Pork Chop (SGD12++), which is deep-fried to an enticing golden brown. The crispy exterior hosts the succulent and juicy pork. A sweet and sour glaze is drizzled over the slabs of meat. Thinly sliced onions and snap peas also decorate the dish.
Next is the Hainanese Ox Tail Stew (SGD29++), which is super tender in texture and flavourful in taste. The stew is cooked for 8 hours, and all the goodness of the ingredients are retained. A medley of broccolini and carrots also add crunch to the dish. All the ingredients sit on a layer of potato puree that enlivens with its sweetness.
Mo’mor boasts a Japanese-European charm and promises an exquisite gourmet experience. Nestled in the cosy enclave of Tanglin, the establisment doles out delectable tapas and grills at affordable prices. Exuding a congenial and calm vibe as well as boasting indoor and alfresco settings, Mo’mor makes an ideal address for tête-à-têtes or family gatherings.
51% off second-item purchases at iChef
Celebrate Singapore’s birthday with iChef! A brainchild of Suki Group, iChef purveys premium-grade ingredients used at popular restaurants. As part of a special promotion, all second-item purchases will go at 51% off. This promotion will be available from 5 to 13 August 2016.
Host a National Day celebration in the comfort of your own home and invite your friends or loved ones. Delight them with a wide selection of tasty seafood dishes. The Cream Sauce Scallops (SGD7.80/15pcs) are bound to earn oohs and aahs. The Argentina Red Shrimps (SGD58/2kg), Scallop Sashimi (SGD88/1kg) and Snow Crab Legs (SGD138/3kg) will have your guests rubbing their hands with glee.
Planning to have a hearty BBQ session? The Pork Belly Shabu Shabu (SGD9.90/500grams) and Wagyu Beef Slice (SGD58/kg) will be delightful additions to the table. Regale everyone with bowls of al dente and fluffy Premium Japanese Rice (SGD15.80/2kg). Any National Day feast must feature a local favourite: durians. Get the enticing Durian Puffs (SGD23.80/24pcs), whose filling is aromatic and robust in flavour. Cap off the celebration with these yummy desserts!
From Shrimp Paste Chicken to Premium Ikura and Konjac Jelly, iChef will have something that caters to discerning palates.
District 10’s National Day Bundle Deal
To celebrate 51 years of our nation’s independence, District 10 and Foodpanda will be collaborating to offer a special National Day Bundle Deal promotion. Priced at SGD75 nett, the promotion will run for the whole month of August, during which the public can order from a curated list of signature Italian fare from District 10 and enjoy them in the comfort of their homes! The bundle includes a choice of salad, three main dishes, as well as light bites. Some of the main dishes include Spaghetti Carbonara, Rigatoni with Meatballs in Tomato Sauce, and the signature District 10 Pizza. Light bites include Shoestring French Fries, as well as succulent Fried Chicken Wings in spicy sauce, celery sticks and blue cheese dip.
The National Day Bundle Deal from District 10 can be enjoyed via the Foodpanda app only from 1st August onwards.
Yàn’s August Dim Sum Special
Located in the iconic National Gallery Singapore, Yàn serves up traditional Cantonese cuisine in a modern setting. In conjunction with National Day, Yàn will be launching a special dim sum menu showcasing popular local flavours. The traditional dim sum menu, which will be available throughout the month of August 2016, will feature items with a local twist – from Pan-fried Chilli Crab Meat Buns, to Steamed Xiao Long Bao with Bak Kut Teh soup, and Nanyang Prawn Soup Dumplings. With its location in the National Gallery – one of Singapore’s most important heritage sites – there is no better place to display one’s love for some of Singapore’s most beloved dishes.
Grilling up a new menu with Smoke, Fire & Spice Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa celebrates unique cuisines of the world with the hottest street flavours. Beginning Monday, 1 August 2016,On August 6, 2016 / By Nookmag
Grilling up a new menu with Smoke, Fire & Spice
Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa celebrates unique cuisines of the world with the hottest street flavours. Beginning Monday, 1 August 2016, the Smoke, Fire & Spice limited-time menu will be available exclusively at Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa. The new menu draws inspiration from the spices, seasonings and sauces of popular street foods found around the world including Asia, Africa and Latin America.
As part of the Smoke, Fire & Spice menu, Hard Rock has developed a variety of specialty rubs, seasonings and sauces that guests will be able to pair with their choice of chicken, beef, shrimp or pork. Each protein will be served on a sizzling skillet accompanied with fresh Pita bread, a marinated salad mix, grilled vegetables, mixed cheeses and complementary dipping sauces.
The Smoke, Fire & Spice menu will be available at Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa only from 1 August 2016 to 30 September 2016.
Hard Rock Cafe’s First-Ever Mooncake Gift Set
Hard Rock will launch its first-ever mooncake gift set in celebration of the Mid-Autumn festival. Starting 12 August through 15 September, guests can purchase the Hard Rock Cafe Mooncake Set at Rock Shop locations in Singapore, Sentosa and the Changi Airport. The Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the relationship between families and friends, a concept that is important to both Hard Rock and its guests throughout Singapore.
The gift sets will be available in two classic mooncake flavours: Baked White Lotus with Macadamia Nuts and Baked Double Yolks White Lotus. Each set also comes with a limited- edition Hard Rock pin, inspired by the beautiful story of Chang Er.
The Mid-Autumn festival pays homage to the well- known story of the Moon Goddess – Chang Er. Legend has it that Chang Er, the wife of a ruthless king, ascended to the moon after drinking the elixir of immortality that the king had intended for himself. Her sacrificial deed to save her people from his tyrannical rule has since been passed down for generations. Families and friends feast on mooncakes while looking up to admire the fullness of the moon, remembering the courage of Chang Er.
Hard Rock’s mooncake gift set is not only a great token of appreciation for family members and friends, but also a one-of-a-kind souvenir for visitors of Singapore to bring back home. The mooncake gift sets are also available for corporate orders for companies that are looking to provide clients with a taste of traditional favourites.
In conjunction with Red House Seafood’s(小红楼)40th anniversary, the first-ever Red House Challenge 2016 will take place in August 2016. The Red House Challenge 2016 is a competitive eatingOn August 3, 2016 / By Nookmag
In conjunction with Red House Seafood’s(小红楼)40th anniversary, the first-ever Red House Challenge 2016 will take place in August 2016. The Red House Challenge 2016 is a competitive eating event where contestants have to consume one of Red House Seafood’s signature dishes, the Chilli Crab Bao, within a time limit.
In the Final Round of this Challenge, Contestants will attempt to consume as many Red House Chilli Crab Baos as possible in eight minutes. To qualify for the Finals, contestants have to eat ten Red House Chilli Baos in the fastest possible time during the Qualifying Round. The eight contestants with the fastest times shall qualify for the Finals.
The Challenge will kick off with two Qualifying Rounds. Contestants can only participate in one session of the Qualifying Round to be considered for the Finals.
“For over 40 years, Red House Seafood has maintained traditional recipes with modern twists. One of our signature creations is the Chilli Crab Bao – a deep-fried bao that is generously filled with fresh crabmeat flown in from Scotland and infused with Red House Seafood’s traditional Chilli Crab sauce. To mark our 40th anniversary, we wanted to celebrate it with a memorable, exciting Chilli Crab Bao eating competition”, said Sunny Goh, Restaurant Manager, Red House Seafood.
The prizes for the Red House Challenge are as follows:
Each Contestant is required to pay a registration fee of SGD10 and will receive a gift bag comprising of a SGD20 Red House Seafood Dining Voucher, a Red House Challenge 2016 T-Shirt and a tote bag after completion of the Challenge.
Registration for The Challenge is from 18 July 2016 to 6 August 2016, on the Red House Challenge website. You will receive a confirmation email and an e-ticket, which will be used on the day itself.
The Qualifying and Final rounds will be held at the following dates, times and locations:
Qualifying Round 1
13 August 2016, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
RedHouse Seafood at 68 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188661
Qualifying Round 2
20 August 2016, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Red House Seafood at 60 Robertson Quay, #01-14 The Quayside, Singapore 238252
27th August 2016, 5:00pm
The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252
The Chilli Crab Bao, also known as the Red House Takesumi Chilli Crab Bun, is available on the dim sum menu at all Red House Seafood outlets. In celebration of Red House’s 40th Anniversary, Red House is offering 40% off all dim sum items until 31st December 2016.
Kitchen by Food Rebel is a café-cum-bistro which has the kind of relaxed, casual air you’d expect from an independent health café in Melbourne or San-Francisco, with none ofOn August 2, 2016 / By Nookmag
Kitchen by Food Rebel is a café-cum-bistro which has the kind of relaxed, casual air you’d expect from an independent health café in Melbourne or San-Francisco, with none of the pretensions. Diners can expect to find an exciting blend of Western and Asian cuisine, but first and foremost a healthy dose of delicious. Continuing the current trend for great tasting healthy foods, Kitchen by Food Rebel has created a menu that dispels the myth that salads and healthy eating has to be boring or bland.
The menu, itself a collaboration between Owner and Health Coach, Elika Mather and Head Chef, Yuliya Tyschenko fizzes with energy and energy-inducing goodness. Signature Buddha bowls, packed to the brim with nutrient-dense, real foods that provide the body with everything it needs (fats, carbs and proteins are all present) are joined by organic-based salads, super smoothies, sandwiches served on 100% Austrian wheat-flour and hot fusion meals that pack a punch. Not to mention guilt-free snacks and cakes which are gluten, dairy and sugar free.
But the best thing is that Food Rebel has ensured, unlike many, is that the ingredients are either organic, hormone-free, sustainable or locally sourced. Meals are cooked from scratch, including sauces and salad dressings. No MSG or artificial preservatives are used.
Created to fill the void of genuine, organic-based clean eating spots in Singapore that are able to provide customers with the nutritional support needed, Kitchen by Food Rebel was established in January of 2016.
Going one step further it provides a place for customers to learn about the impacts of foods and to understand the issues caused by modern-day processed food production. Hosting events and workshops, the Kitchen carries an inclusive community feel, where those who are already well-informed rub shoulders with those just beginning their health journey.
No matter your dietary preferences, it is difficult to ignore the ongoing animal cruelty in the meat industry. Vegans and vegetarians take a stand against these practices byOn July 30, 2016 / By Jamie Lee
No matter your dietary preferences, it is difficult to ignore the ongoing animal cruelty in the meat industry. Vegans and vegetarians take a stand against these practices by choosing not to eat meat (and therefore stopping support of said cruel practices), as well as eggs and dairy — the latter are products of animals after all, and the high demand encourages farmers to cruelly speed up the process of supply. Yup, being vegan is not just about leading a healthier lifestyle.
To know more about the vegan lifestyle and beliefs, as well as the food options a vegan has, we speak to Ashley Chow, a full-time lawyer and an executive committee member of the non-profit Vegetarian Society (Singapore).
Ashley was a carnivore up until the age of 20, when she stumbled upon Meet Your Meat, a short documentary created by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that exposes the shocking reality of where most meat consumed comes from – factory farms. The documentary had a large impact on her life, and soon after, she eliminated all meat, fish and seafood from her diet. Ashley then began reading up on ethical philosophy and animal rights, as well as health and nutrition, and felt that becoming vegan was the next logical step.
What have you learnt about food so far?
Other than learning about the significant amounts of chemicals and processed ingredients that go into most foodstuffs we consume — including those marketed as being “healthy” or “organic” — the vegan lifestyle has also introduced a whole new world of plant-based foods to me.
In a short amount of time, I’ve discovered what most meat-eaters may find curious and unheard-of, such as chia seeds, freekeh, tiger nuts, aquafaba, raw food and all the different types of non-dairy milk out there that aren’t soy-based (such as almond milk, hazelnut milk, rice milk, and quinoa milk – just to name a few).
Becoming vegan also encouraged me to explore previously unfamiliar types of cuisine with greater fervour – for example, Middle Eastern cuisine is inherently veg-friendly, while Shojin Ryori (a Buddhist temple cuisine that originated from Japanese Zen Buddhist temples) is an elaborate and inspiring sub-class of Japanese cuisine.
The ingenuity of vegan chefs also constantly teaches me how plant-based ingredients can be used in innovative ways that are much more interesting than how they are employed in mainstream food culture.
How do you get a balanced diet while being a vegan?
I personally find that the simplest way of having and thriving on a nutritious, well-balanced diet as a vegan is to eat a whole-food, plant-based diet — this is centered on a diverse range of whole, unrefined or minimally refined plant foods, encompassing fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains and legumes, and excludes highly refined foods such as refined sugar, oil and bleached flour. There are lots of resources out there on various aspects of vegan nutrition, and NutritionFacts.org in particular is a veritable source of information on this subject.
Have you been tempted to revert to a meat-eating lifestyle?
To be honest, no. I think this can be attributed to two main factors (which should be helpful for people who are considering making the switch) –
First, actively researching and understanding what the consumption of animal products
truly means (be it ethically, environmentally or nutritionally, for instance) and
the immense benefits that a vegan lifestyle will bring to yourself and planet Earth. I found the 2011 documentary film Forks Over Knives to be a great introduction to the health and nutritional aspects of a plant-based diet. It examines the claim that most, if not all, degenerative diseases can be controlled, or even reversed, by eliminating animal-based and processed foods.
Second, discovering all the wonderful plant-based foods and vegetarian/vegan eateries and restaurants locally and elsewhere. It makes cutting out animal products from one’s diet fun and effortless. A particular shift in mindset is helpful here – it is not just about eliminating what is bad for you, but on including many tasty yet nutritious foods that most of us were not introduced to while growing up.
Share with us some of your favourite vegan/vegetarian places.
My favourite vegetarian spot (which is almost entirely vegan) would probably be Whole Earth. The menu boasts an expert use of spices to bring out the Peranakan-Thai flavours and a creative adaptation of soy and mushroom products to produce deceptively genuine “meat” dishes. It is definitely the place you have to go to if you’re a vegetarian who is craving for the texture of meat or a non-vegetarian worried about leaving hungry and dissatisfied – I can’t remember how many times I’ve been there, but it’s impossible to tire of it!
When I eat out, I often seek non-vegetarian eateries or restaurants with great vegetarian options. It’s a more interesting approach, especially since there are more non-vegetarian spots than there are vegetarian/vegan ones. It’s also more helpful since most of us have non-vegetarian/vegan friends and family!
What’s one documentary a to-be vegan should watch?
Regardless of whether you’re a meat-eater or vegan or somewhere in between, watch Earthlings. It is a 2005 American documentary film narrated by the excellent Joaquin Phoenix, and it is about humanity’s use of other animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment and for scientific research, using hidden cameras and significant never-before-seen footage. I watched it when I was already a vegan, but it nonetheless had a life-changing impact on me.
Want to surround yourself with the thriving vegan community, to make the transition an easy, fun and inspiring process? Check out Animal Allies (Singapore), The Singapore Vegetarian MeetUp Group, and Chicks Eat Vegan!
Situated along the historic Singapore River which was once lined with street hawkers in the 1960s and 70s, The Fullerton Hotel’s Town Restaurant presents “River Hawker Festival”, whereOn July 26, 2016 / By Nookmag
Situated along the historic Singapore River which was once lined with street hawkers in the 1960s and 70s, The Fullerton Hotel’s Town Restaurant presents “River Hawker Festival”, where rich and multicultural heritage culinary creations by Hawker Masters and Fullerton Chefs take centre stage at the restaurant’s dinner buffet from 29 July to 9 August 2016.
Beyond a gastronomic feast, one can also feast their eyes on works of art depicting the significance, emotions and interpretation of Singapore’s heritage food by eight Singapore based artists who have created new works in line with the theme of Sudah Makan (Have you eaten?) at The Fullerton Hotel’s East Garden Foyer from 2 August to 29 August 2016.
Mr Giovanni Viterale, General Manager of The Fullerton Heritage shares on the importance of celebrating and preserving the hawker culture in Singapore: “Over the last few years, there has been much discussion on the issue of disappearing hawker culture in Singapore. Hawker food is a way for individuals to trace their lineage and the evolution of cultures.” He continues, “For example, the introduction of Bak Kut Teh (Pork Rib Soup) to Singapore is attributed to Hokkien immigrants, in particular the Chinese coolies who needed a hearty breakfast before embarking on their backbreaking tasks of the day. Hawker food is hence a way for us to connect to our roots and we hope to preserve Singapore’s heritage through the yearly River Hawker Festival.”
Feast by the Singapore River like the days of old and taste the flavour of nostalgia from specially handpicked Hawker Masters, each with a reputation to boast. Savour the hawkers’ signature creations from recipes perfected by years of experience, some handed down from one generation to another. Look out for Casuarina Curry Restaurant’s Roti Prata, Rojak & Mee Siam’s Indian Rojak from Geylang Serai Market and Food Centre, Tiong Bahru Tau Suan, Nusa & Tara Lontong, and more.
The spread of hawker fare at the “River Hawker Festival” dinner buffet will also encompass an international selection of ocean fresh seafood, pastas, pizzas and desserts. The “River Hawker Festival” dinner buffet is priced from SGD51++ onwards per adult and SGD28++* onwards per child (6 to 11 years old), subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes.
For reservations and enquiries, please visit The Fullerton Hotel website or call Dining Reservations at +65 6877 8911 / 8912.
Sudah Makan Art Exhibition
To fully immerse oneself in a distinctly Singaporean food experience, visit the East Garden Foyer at The Fullerton Hotel from 2 August to 29 August 2016 to admire captivating works of art by eight Singapore based artists – Arlyn de Jesus, Beth Cheong, Benison Cheong, Don Low, Paul Wang, Ong Hwee Yen, William Sim and Xin Xiaochang – who have come together to put up a joint exhibition entitled Sudah Makan? (Have you eaten?)
Translated from Malay to English, this question “Have you eaten?” is commonly asked by both the young and old in Singapore. Every day greetings such as “How are you?” or “How is your day going?” are often replaced with “Have you eaten?” in different languages and dialects – English, Chinese, Malay, Hokkien, Cantonese, etc. Central to Singaporeans’ act of hospitality is the emphasis on food, a national pastime which has bonded a nation made up of people of different ethnicities and race. More often than not, relationships, traditions, culture have been formed, fostered, strengthened and affirmed over a big pot of Indian fish head curry, a hearty plate of Nasi Lemak or even simple Kaya Toast with Half-boiled Eggs and Kopi.
Through distinctive ways, each artist will explore the emotions and ties that are formed with our Singaporean eating habits and traditions, thereby presenting their favourite food, their memories attached to it, and more importantly, the significance of the experience to them. Admission to the exhibition is complimentary.
The largest among the cities situated on the northwest along the Japan Sea Coast, Niigata City is home to a rich variety of seafood and famous for itsOn July 24, 2016 / By Nookmag
The largest among the cities situated on the northwest along the Japan Sea Coast, Niigata City is home to a rich variety of seafood and famous for its rice and sake as well as fresh produce such as vegetables and fruits. Diners will be able to look forward to experience the produce at Lewin Terrace for two weeks from 28 July 2016 to 11 August 2016.
The Sea of Japan and Shinano River, Japan’s largest river in terms of length and volume, have nurtured Niigata’s growth over the centuries. The rivers keep the surrounding lands extremely fertile through carrying nutrients from the mountains and helps to maintain excellent feeding grounds for a wide variety of fish.
To craft the exquisite four-course menu which showcases ingredients such as, Horse Mackerel, Black Ivory Shell, Amadai (Tile Fish), Koshihikari (Niigata Rice) and Japanese Peach, Executive Chef Keisuke Matsumoto flew to Niigata City to hand-pick the freshest ingredients personally.
An item not to be missed from the menu is the Amadai Ochazuke, a version of Lewin Terrace’s signature dish created just for the Niigata Food Fair, which illustrates Chef Keisuke Matsumoto’s creativity and flair.
Organised by Niigata City Prefecture in collaboration with OISHII Magazine, The Niigata City Set Menu will be served from 28 July to 11 August, for lunch (11.30 am to 2.30 pm) and dinner (6.30 pm to 11 pm), priced at SGD68++ per person.
For reservations, contact Lewin Terrace at 6333 9905.
Celebrate Singapore’s 51st birthday at Zafferano, with panoramic views of Singapore’s modern cityscape as a vibrant backdrop to this year’s National Day fireworks. In honour of this joyousOn July 23, 2016 / By Nookmag
Celebrate Singapore’s 51st birthday at Zafferano, with panoramic views of Singapore’s modern cityscape as a vibrant backdrop to this year’s National Day fireworks.
In honour of this joyous occasion, Zafferano features a four-course set dinner of contemporary Italian dishes crafted by Head Chef Marco Guccio featuring Australian winter black truffle.
The dinner will commence with refreshing Hokkaido scallop ‘tartare’, sea urchin mayo, tomato jelly, ‘avruga’ caviar, followed by a hearty serving of house-made ‘Casarecce’ pasta in milk fed lamb ragout, grated salted ricotta and topped with shaved winter black truffles.
For the main course, diners are offered a choice of oven-baked Atlantic cod, celery root puree, sauteed seasonal vegetables or a succulent slow-cooked veal cheek with sautéed artichokes. Those looking for a more indulgent touch have the option to supplement the dish with winter black truffle shavings at SGD18++ per three grams.
The Australian winter black truffle is prized for its robust aroma perfumed with essences of nuts, earth and garlic. Regarded as “Diamond of the culinary world”, the flavour is equally rich with a savoury and sweet bouquet and notes of hazelnuts, mint and forest mushrooms.
Dinner concludes on a ‘patriotic’ nod to the occasion: a smooth red and white vanilla and strawberry ‘panna cotta’ with a white chocolate tuille. Zafferano will provide live screenings of the National Day Parade for patriotic diners eager to catch up on the action.
For wine-loving diners, premium Italian wines are selected by Zafferano’s sommelier to accompany each dish to elevate the celebratory experience.
The National Day menu is priced at SGD108++ per person, with an additional SGD80++ for wine pairing, on 9 August from 7:30 pm. An a la carte menu is available as well.
Kilo Under Pressure is midway through their roster of seven home chefs who have been given the chance to helm a professional kitchen for the very first time; three amateurOn July 21, 2016 / By Nookmag
Kilo Under Pressure is midway through their roster of seven home chefs who have been given the chance to helm a professional kitchen for the very first time; three amateur chefs have been put through the paces thus far, facing a sweltering kitchen, unforeseen problems, and a restaurant full of hungry guests, all in the hopes of realising their culinary dreams.
Next in line to helm the Kilo Kallang kitchen is Justin Edwards. The general manager of a playground manufacturing company by day, and ambitious home cook by night, Justin has dabbled in a wide range of cuisines spanning European, to Japanese, and even Indian. Hailing from the UK, Justin’s love for food can be traced to the age of 6. “We had this beautiful little dessert cookbook, and every Sunday my mother and I would pick out a recipe, go get the ingredients, and I’d make the dish,” he says. “I think the first thing I ever did was a blackberry crumble. Now that I think about it, I probably made more of a mess on the floor than get anything into the bowl, but my mother started my passion.”
Since then, Justin’s gone far beyond the humble crumble, improving on his culinary techniques, and hosting bigger dinner parties. “I’ve cooked Christmas lunch events for up to 20 people,” shares Justin. “I once did an 8-dish degustation menu based on (renowned British chef) Heston Blumenthal recipes, for 8 people — it took me four days to make every component!”
A fan of communal dining and hearty family meals, Justin’s menu will feature larger sharing plates and a variety of meats, with chickens on the roast and whole fishes on the grill, among others. “I’m here to gain some experience in a kitchen and understand its process. I’m also learning how I can convert my home cooking to a larger scale,” says Justin. “I’ve always loved cooking and entertaining. It’s a real passion for me, especially when you see the smiles on people’s faces.”
Justin’s got an uphill battle to face, however; will passion be able to keep him steady through the night?
Kilo Under Pressure with Justin Edwards
Thursday, 4th August 2016
66 Kampong Bugis
Level M, Singapore 338987
Find out how previous Kilo Under Pressure sessions went on the Kilo Journal.
The wildly popular and successful Singapasar returns for the 2nd year (the inaugural Singapasar was held 2015). It is the largest design-centric ‘pasar malam’ celebrating all things SingaporeOn July 19, 2016 / By Nookmag
The wildly popular and successful Singapasar returns for the 2nd year (the inaugural Singapasar was held 2015). It is the largest design-centric ‘pasar malam’ celebrating all things Singapore under one roof.
Boasting a total of 35 product and food vendors (increased from 22 last year), Singapasar now spreads across the entire first floor atrium and the additional gallery space at the National Design Centre.
This year, look forward to more food vendors (12 food-related vendors) to whet your appetite, all featuring unique locally inspired or made in Singapore food & drinks, some of which are created specially for the event. You might recognise some names, such as Artistry, Demochoco, and Uncle G’s Handmade.
As in the previous year, expect lots of locally designed products, artisanal goods, and handmade crafts & objects in the marketplace. Several labels will also debut their new collection at Singapasar, including The Farm Store and Onlewo.
Tenants at the National Design Centre will join in the festivities, with a specially-curated lineup of activities by Kapok, Keepers, Onemaker Group (OMG) and Tanuki Raw.
Soak in the festive cheer before the National Day holidays at Singapasar!
Wondering where to get a good cup of joe every morning? Just head down to Gemmills – your reliable local cafe, drinking hole and all-day dining venue toOn July 17, 2016 / By Nookmag
Wondering where to get a good cup of joe every morning?
Just head down to Gemmills – your reliable local cafe, drinking hole and all-day dining venue to get you up and ready for the day. Chase away weekday morning blues with good coffee and tasty breakfast foods in the cosy, underground atmosphere of Gemmills.
Located by the entrance doorway at Gemmills, the Grab and Go coffee corner is great for breakfast dine-ins and for those on the go needing a quick pick-me-up.
You can grab a quick, fuss-free morning coffee to go and enjoy some tasty breakfast options: we have toasted croissants, vegemite & melted cheese toasts and other freshly baked pastries for you to choose from!
Or, if you have a moment more to spare, take respite from the heat and dine-in at Gemmills. Read a book, work on your laptop or simply relax by the couch at Gemmills. There’s something for everyone for that perfect start to your day.
Pop by Gemmills – your morning coffee beckons!
GEMMILLS X STAMPING GROUND
For the month of August, Gemmills collaborates with their old neighbourhood friend, Stamping Ground Coffee House to bring coffee lovers a special treat! Stamping Ground’s Charlene Chow blends two unique cold brews to be made available at Gemmills – perfect to fight off the summer heat.
From July to September 2016, Singapore’s critically acclaimed new age Chinese restaurant pulls out all the stops to make the weekend lunch times a true Blue Lotus affair.On July 16, 2016 / By Nookmag
From July to September 2016, Singapore’s critically acclaimed new age Chinese restaurant pulls out all the stops to make the weekend lunch times a true Blue Lotus affair. Eight delectable local favourites – at SGD18++ each – are given the Ricky Ng modern twist and yet retain the familiar full-on flavours that have made them classics to Singapore’s diners.
Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House, home to one of the city’s most innovative modern Chinese menus crafted by renowned restauranteur and chef Ricky Ng, continues to push boundaries in Singapore’s progressive food scene by offering new perspectives on Chinese and local favourites that are both exciting and always relevant.
Blue Lotus Weekend Local Delights include Assam Curry Barramundi Fish Fillet, Claypot Herbal “Bak Kut Teh”, and Chili Pomelo Crab Meat Udon. These quintessential Chinese dishes with a twist combine innovation and creativity in a seasonal menu, which evolves quarterly.
This menu is available now, on every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am – 3:00pm, priced at SGD18++ per dish.
Blue Lotus Weekday Delights
While the weekends come alive with Ricky’s re-interpretations of classic local favourites, Blue Lotus offers irresistible weekday treats for three months to celebrate the restaurant’s 3rd birthday. From July to September every Monday to Thursday, Blue Lotus makes the week more exciting with the following offers:
Monday : 1 bucket of Tsing Tao beers at SGD35
Tuesday : 4 stuffed crab claws at SGD60++ (U.P. SGD96++)
Wednesday : Resident’s Night – 20% off food bill
Thursday : 2 bottles of house wine for the price of 1
31 Ocean Way, Quayside Isle, #01-13
Reservations can be made on 6339 0880 or on the Blue Lotus website.
A week before the announcement of the very first 2016 MICHELIN Guide Singapore selection, Michelin unveiled the list of 34 restaurants and street food outlets distinguished withOn July 15, 2016 / By Nookmag
A week before the announcement of the very first 2016 MICHELIN Guide Singapore selection, Michelin unveiled the list of 34 restaurants and street food outlets distinguished with a Bib Gourmand by the MICHELIN inspectors. This distinction, as popular with chefs as it is with gourmets, rewards establishments offering a high quality menu at a reasonable price – a maximum of SGD45.
Selected restaurants include Song Fa on New Bridge Road, 328 Katong Laksa, and Laknaa from Little India, and among list are some well-loved stalls in hawker centres, like Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre, and many stalls in Amoy Street Food Centre.
“With some firm favourites selected by our inspectors for their good value for money, we are particularly pleased to present a preview of the Bib Gourmand establishments included in the 2016 MICHELIN Guide Singapore,” says Michael Ellis, MICHELIN Guides’ International Director.
On the ground the MICHELIN Guide inspectors unearthed all kinds of delights: from street food to more traditional restaurants and stalls in the popular hawker centres – halls dedicated to the fast authentic food popular with Singaporeans where diners share their tables – they all offer local and delicious Asian cuisine.
“A true crossroads, a mix of cultures with Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian influences, Singapore’s history is reflected in its cuisine – the variety, simplicity and authenticity completely won over our inspectors,” continues Michael Ellis. So with 19 styles represented, including Indian, Cantonese, and even Vietnamese, the first Bib Gourmand selection is testimony to the richness and diversity of the city’s culinary landscape.
Find the complete MICHELIN Guide selection from 21 July on the website. Today, the MICHELIN Guide collection comprises 29 guides covering 28 countries on four continents, with more than 45,000 addresses worldwide.
Singaporeans living in New York City were in for a treat when Singapore’s first locally brewed beer, Tiger Beer, invited Michael Ker, third-generation hawker of popular popiah-maker KwayOn July 15, 2016 / By Nookmag
Singaporeans living in New York City were in for a treat when Singapore’s first locally brewed beer, Tiger Beer, invited Michael Ker, third-generation hawker of popular popiah-maker Kway Guan Huat, to the Big Apple. Using the freshest ingredients available, Michael wowed some of the harshest food critics around by serving one of Singapore’s best-loved hawker foods, popiah, at a pop-up store and at a surprise party for homesick Singaporeans craving for a piece of home.
To highlight the entrepreneurial spirit of Asians, 39-year-old Michael served his locally-renowned popiah at a pop-up store, Tiger Trading Co., which was launched in the heart of Chinatown to celebrate and honour the works of Asian and Asian-American artisans from all over the world. Open on 8 and 9 June 2016, and boasting over 800 Asian products featuring modern art, fashion, design and technology, Tiger Trading Co. was a two-day pop up store that aimed to debunk the stereotype that “made-in-Asia” goods are of low quality.
Head of Marketing at Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore), Ms Venus Teoh said, “Inviting Michael Ker to showcase his craft in New York City was a decision we made to propel our unique street food culture into the international spotlight. With Michael’s visit, Tiger Beer hopes to show that our humble street food is not only loved by Singaporeans, but also by people all over the world, well deserving a spot in the international food scene.
To document Michael’s visit in Manhattan, Tiger Beer created a two-part series film – Popiah in New York and Popiah Surprise – which will be released on Tiger Beer’s digital platforms. Popiah in New York traces his journey from where he started shopping for ingredients to the preparation of his popiah skin, culminating in the day of the event where he demonstrates the making of the popiah skins. The guests’ reactions and their opinions of the traditional Singapore street food were captured, highlighting how far Michael’s family business has come – from a small food cart in Joo Chiat to receiving international acclaim for his craft.
Understanding that most Singaporeans who reside overseas for a long period of time will miss their beloved dishes back home, Tiger Beer worked with the NYU Singapore Students Association (SGSA) in the second video of this two-part series film to surprise homesick Singaporeans with an impromptu popiah party where these Singaporeans shared their thoughts on how much the popiah made them miss home.
Michael Ker, who has been helping out at his family’s business at Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Original Popiah and Kueh Pie Tee for more than ten years, is the perfect representation of the courage and entrepreneurial creativity that embodies Asia today. As Singapore faces the danger of a disappearing hawker culture, Michael is one of the few younger generation hawkers who has decided to take on this career option and continue his family business to help preserve Singapore’s unique food heritage.
As part of Tiger Beer’s street food movement that kicked off earlier in April, Michael was previously featured in one of three short films that brought to life the stories behind Singapore’s street food and the hard work that goes into sustaining this integral part of the nation’s culture. The street food movement aims to motivate Singaporeans to give it the appreciation and recognition it deserves by shining the spotlight on hawker fare.
Gallery & Co., in collaboration with Rice Creative and Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat from Vietnam, has launched a series of exclusive chocolate bars with packaging inspired by theOn July 13, 2016 / By Nookmag
Gallery & Co., in collaboration with Rice Creative and Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat from Vietnam, has launched a series of exclusive chocolate bars with packaging inspired by the architectural elements of the National Gallery Singapore. A three-pack collection of artisanal chocolates, each bar is packaged in wrappers that are meticulously crafted using the traditional Vietnamese technique of Dong Ho printing. The Marou & Co. Chocolates collaboration aims to merge craft with rich heritage and contemporary design.
Says Mr Kola Luu, Director of Partnership Development at National Gallery Singapore, “This ‘delectable’ project is indeed a perfect marriage between the art and heritage of our Gallery and the creative ingenuity of Rice Creative and Marou Chocolate in Vietnam. These artisanal chocolates – from its bespoke ingredients to its locally-sourced design packaging – is a reflection of what we embody and represent in our collection – Southeast Asia.
We are excited to be offering this three-pack chocolate set, which is currently sold exclusively at our museum store Gallery & Co., as part of our growing range of specially curated gifts and products that visitors can take home, appreciate and enjoy.”
Dong Ho printing is a traditional folk art that is exclusive to a small village in the north of Vietnam. Incorporated into the Marou Chocolate collection for National Gallery Singapore, the hand-printed wrappers are intended to blend heritage with contemporary design. Showcasing the art form in conjunction with the launch, the Marou Chocolate and Rice Creative teams will be presenting a showcase and short video dedicated to this distinctively Vietnamese craft. Alongside a rare series of prints, Gallery & Co. visitors will get to go on a visual journey discovering Dong Ho printing through a display of materials, tools and processes.
Dong Ho printing showcase
7 – 31 July 2016
Sunday to Thursday | 10am – 7pm
Friday & Saturday | 10am – 10pm
The Marou & Co. chocolates trio pack is now available at Gallery & Co. at the retail price of SGD29.90.
Known for its foundation, heritage and the use of the finest ingredients, The Famous Grouse is unveiling for the first time, a small batch matured, craft whisky –On July 13, 2016 / By Nookmag
Known for its foundation, heritage and the use of the finest ingredients, The Famous Grouse is unveiling for the first time, a small batch matured, craft whisky – The Naked Grouse, which shares its strong history of whisky making with carefully chosen and seasoned oak casks, creating a fine fusion of malt and grain whisky.
A pure expression of the Master Blender’s craft, The Naked Grouse is produced by selecting aged whiskies from the famous distilleries such as the Glenturret and maturing them longer in small batches in the best quality, first-fill sherry casks. The end result is a masterpiece that is rich in hue, smooth in character with a naturally sweet and spicy taste profile. An aroma of cherries and oak give way to sweet winey notes, with plums and a hint of cinnamon.
Exuding a deep amber glow, The Naked Grouse gives off the aroma of black cherries, cocoa powder and oak wood. With a sweet winey taste on the palate reminiscent of plums and hints of cinnamon, it finishes with a dark chocolate note, with a lingering, medium sweet spiciness and sublime smoothness.
The innovative packaging is designed to tell the story of small batch craft. The artisanal packaging makes this a perfect gift that reveals the naked bottle and liquid beneath.
The Taste Challenge
The Naked Grouse has proven that its quality speaks for itself, especially when put to the test against other popular craft whiskies, exposing us to the naked truth on making good whiskies: all that matters after all is the craft.
The Naked Grouse will be available from June 2016 and retailed at SGD88.50 before GST.