Singapore is the first and only country in Southeast Asia to be included in the MICHELIN guide’s coverage. Its selection for 2016 will be officially revealed on 21On July 10, 2016 / By Nookmag
Singapore is the first and only country in Southeast Asia to be included in the MICHELIN guide’s coverage. Its selection for 2016 will be officially revealed on 21 July 2016, and the prestigious awards ceremony will be held at Resorts World Sentosa.
The ceremony will see the presentation of stars to restaurants in Singapore for the year 2016 in the presence of Michael Ellis, International Director of the MICHELIN guides.
To prepare the selection, Michelin inspectors reviewed all types of cuisines and considered only the quality of the food. They used the same five criteria around the world: quality of the ingredients used, mastery of cooking techniques and flavors, projection of the chef’s personality in his cuisine, and value for money and consistency – over time and across the entire menu. Other factors, such as place, décor, service and facilities offered, are not considered.
In collaboration with Robert Parker Wine Advocate (RWPA) and Singapore Tourism Board, the MICHELIN guide Singapore 2016 has also launched a comprehensive gourmet lifestyle website, guide.michelin.sg and a series of exclusive events. The portal aims to help locals, tourists and business travellers discover the best places that fit their budgets and cater to their preferences, right here in Singapore.
To mark the launch of the MICHELIN guide Singapore, Michelin and RPWA will be hosting the world’s first MICHELIN guide Award Ceremony cum Gala Dinner on 21 July 2016 at Resorts World Sentosa. Open to the public for the first time, the event will allow food connoisseurs and gastronomes to get up close and personal with chefs from newly crowned Michelin-starred restaurants in Singapore, and share the first moments of joy with them. A charity auction conducted by Christie’s will also be held during the gala dinner.
Guests will get to savour an extraordinary dinner prepared by Joël Robuchon and a couple of promising local chefs who are award-winners and have represented Singapore on the international stage. They will be preparing different courses collaboratively. Complementing the dinner are 12 specially selected wines from Family of Twelve, a fraternity of wineries from New Zealand.
Tickets can be purchased on guide.michelin.sg at SGD450++ per seat. Interested individuals can pre-order the MICHELIN guide Singapore 2016 on their website at SGD39.95 (inclusive of GST and free delivery within Singapore).
American Express Card Members will enjoy a range of privileges including a 50% discount to purchase the first-ever MICHELIN Guide Singapore and priority booking to MICHELIN guide events.
Apart from the MICHELIN guide Singapore Award Ceremony cum Gala Dinner, RPWA today announced a slew of post-launch activities in 2016 that promise exquisite gastronomic treats, memorable dining experiences buoyed by a star-studded line-up of chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants, and wine pairing sessions. More information on these events is available on the MICHELIN guide Singapore website.
As the Singapore Literature Festival in New York City gears up for its opening this September, its organisers will be hosting some literary events in Singapore. These include readingsOn July 7, 2016 / By Nookmag
As the Singapore Literature Festival in New York City gears up for its opening this September, its organisers will be hosting some literary events in Singapore. These include readings and conversations with Singaporean authors based overseas, many of whom are iconic writers and poets.
Singapore Unbound: Writing, Reading, and Publishing Overseas
with Alfian Sa’at, Ovidia Yu, and Koh Jee Leong
Three prominent Singaporean writers, Alfian Sa’at, Ovidia Yu, and Koh Jee Leong, read from their works and share their experiences with overseas readers, editors, and publishers. Between them, the writers cover multiple genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, essays, crime stories, and children’s writing. They will discuss the impact of Singapore literature beyond the boundaries of the country, and how their writing is, in turn, changed by the encounter. They will also speak about the upcoming 2nd Singapore Literature Festival in New York City, to be held from September 28 – 30, 2016, and their hopes for the future of Singaporean writing. This event is organized by & Co, the National Gallery’s museum store.
Saturday, 9 July, 7:00 pm
National Gallery, The Glass Room
Level 4 Mezzanine, Supreme Court Wing
Singapore Unbound: The Transgressions Reading
with Cyril Wong, Ovidia Yu, Tania De Rozario, and Koh Jee Leong
Forbidden love. Broken promises. Criminal acts. Blasphemy. Cyril Wong, Ovidia Yu, Tania De Rozario, and Koh Jee Leong read their transgressive writings in the heart of sanitized Singapore, and go unpunished. Or punish them, if you’re into it. Proudly presented by the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.
Wednesday, 20 July, 7:30 pm
Booktique, CityLink Mall
Meet the Poet at Caffe Pralet
with Jee Leong Koh
On this Friday evening, connect with poet Jee Leong Koh and experience culinary delights in a cosy environment — any blues are sure to subside by the end of this event! Whether you’re an aspiring author, corporate executive, or home-maker, you’re welcome to join us with colleagues, friends and loved ones to enjoy an informal exchange about “Steep Tea”, a unique collection of insights that blend traditional and contemporary poetic styles. During the session, Jee Leong will share his life experience, and how he got to down to writing and publishing the book in the UK.
Get details and directions at the Meetup event.
Friday, 8 July, 6:30 pm
Caffe Pralet, 17 Eng Hoon Street, #01-04, Eng Hoon Mansions
The 2016 edition of the annual Singapore Food Festival (SFF) will take place from 15 to 31 July, and features a record line-up of 18 gastronomic experiences. ThemedOn July 6, 2016 / By Nookmag
The 2016 edition of the annual Singapore Food Festival (SFF) will take place from 15 to 31 July, and features a record line-up of 18 gastronomic experiences. Themed “Savour the Past, Taste the Future”, this year’s Festival will take intrepid foodies on a culinary journey that spans the ages. From the nostalgia of dining along a shophouse-lined street to the contemporary experience of an outdoor barbeque in a gastro-park, guests are invited to tantalise their taste buds with some of the nation’s best dishes whipped up by our top culinary talents.
Ms Ranita Sundra, Director of Attractions, Dining and Retail, Singapore Tourism Board, said, “The Singapore Food Festival has been carrying the torch for Singapore’s vibrant food legacy since 1994. After 23 years, it is still the only food festival in Singapore to feature local flavours and showcase the inventive spirit of our ever-evolving food scene. This year, Singaporeans and visitors are in for a treat with a record 18 Singapore Food Festival experiences on offer. Young and old alike will be able to savour Singapore’s food heritage and discover modern Singaporean cuisine by being a part of the various partner events and initiatives.”
STREAT Signature Event
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) first introduced STREAT in 2015 as the anchor SFF event to celebrate Singapore food and culinary talents. For 2016, it will feature a pop-up restaurant and a curated medley of Singapore F&B establishments.
STREAT 2016’s pop-up restaurant is helmed by international celebrity chef Susur Lee, who played a key role in developing the concept of contemporary Chinese cuisine following his appointment as TungLok Group’s Group Culinary Consultant in 1997. He is joined by Senior Executive Chef Ken Ling of Tunglok Heen and Chef-Owner Han Liguang of Restaurant Labyrinth. The three chefs will re- interpret and create new expressions of Singapore’s iconic street food, presented in an exclusive six-hands dinner menu. A stellar selection of hawkers and chefs will also helm stalls alongside the pop-up restaurant.
Revitalising Culinary Experiences
Industry partners are also joining STB to cook up a storm at SFF 2016. Culinary talents and establishments, F&B associations and hotels are organising a total of 18 dining experiences for the Festival this year.
Celebrate and rediscover Singapore’s culinary heritage while indulging in Singapore’s traditional and contemporary dishes with your family and friends at the following events!
Look out for the Chatterbox Food Truck by Mandarin Orchard as it travels around Singapore to bring its popular chicken rice to various locations in the city, or learn how to cook Singapore Chilli Crab and stewed Hokkien noodles wrapped in Opeh leaves from Chef Tony Khoo at Cooking from the Heart.
Set off on a culinary adventure with CRAVE! Singapore and learn more about our food history and origins through an interactive programme; savour the dishes of Singapore’s major ethnic groups at Dining in the Garden City, organised by chef and culinary associations and the Food Gen 2 hawkers.
Singapore has its own version of al fresco dining! Swing by East Coast Lagoon Food Village as SFF 2016 puts the spotlight on this landmark hawker centre, and tuck into a sumptuous picnic in air-conditioned comfort at ION Orchard Culinary Creations 2016: Picnic in Style.
Can’t get enough of kueh? Kueh Appreciation Day commemorates the one delicacy that binds various ethnic cultures in Singapore, and you can pick up the skills required to make ang ku kueh and decorate cakes with Learning Journeys.
Taste local heritage cuisine and unique fusion creations at One Farrer’s Food Street, which will recreate the great food stalls that once lined the roads of the Farrer Park district. At the Singapore Favourite Food Village 2016, look forward to three culinary zones, from a heritage food street to contemporary Singaporean cuisine and a food truck park.
Celebrate Singapore Restaurant Month, and visit the heritage restaurants that have been tasked with creating healthy Singapore- inspired dishes exclusively for SFF 2016. Meanwhile, Open Stoves by Timbre+ offers a peek into a chef’s world set amidst a lively atmosphere buzzing with cooking demos, bands jamming, a pop-up barbeque blowout and fun fringe activities.
Relive the nostalgia of old Singapore – The 50 Cents Fest! along Chinatown Food Street embodies Hokkien saying which literally translates into “five cents is bigger than a bullock cart’s wheel”. Each serving of food will be sold in denominations of 50 cents, no more than $2.50 each. Kim Choo Holdings Pte Ltd’s Heritage Town Trail is a chance to rediscover Peranakan food heritage, on a guided tour of Katong and Joo Chiat that includes sampling nyonya delicacies.
Other dining establishments such as Tippling Club, TWG Tea Salons and Mandarin Orchard will present special menus featuring a hawker-inspired cocktail pairing, tea-infused local dishes and iconic Hainanese dishes, respectively.
Bringing a Taste of the Singapore Food Festival to Everyone
Presenting its first collaboration since its recent launch, UberEATS steps up with STB as the official food delivery partner of SFF 2016, surprising passengers with a special culinary treat on 15 July 2016. Stay tuned to find out more!
City Square Mall’s Food Festival 2016
In line with the Singapore Food Festival 2016, City Square Mall will be having its own festivities. This year, the food line-up promises new restaurant openings, exciting F&B promotions and attractive gifts with purchase including mall vouchers and exclusive canvas tote bags. At the top of the “to-eat list” of any foodie this Food Festival 2016 are the 11 weekday lunch sets at only $9.90.
Customers can dine at the participating F&B outlets that include Dunkin’ Donuts, Face to Face Noodle House, Lai Lai Casual Dining, Marutama Ra-Men, OldTown White Coffee, Paddington House of Pancakes, Seoul Garden HotPot, Sunny Korean Cuisine, The Manhattan Fish Market, Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant and Wingstop, and enjoy value-for-money lunch sets from Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays) in July.
Here’s one for the night owls who need an extra boost during the day! GV Suntec City Gold Class® introduces Executive Zen Zone—a comfortable space which allows youOn July 5, 2016 / By Nookmag
Here’s one for the night owls who need an extra boost during the day! GV Suntec City Gold Class® introduces Executive Zen Zone—a comfortable space which allows you to maximize your lunch hours every weekday from 12 pm to 1:30 pm.
From 7 July to 28 September, get your much needed shut eye at Gold Class®’ luxurious, plush recliners for a well-deserved midday rest.
For only SGD12, patrons will also get to enjoy a drink and a main dish from a variety of choices, which includes both western and Asian cuisines. Each ticket purchase also comes with a free sleeping eye mask and discount vouchers for food and regular movie screenings.
Tickets are available for purchase at GV Suntec City.
After a successful, inaugural staging in 2015, the New Balance Run On Singapore is back again this year, with a longer distance and we hope you’ll be keenOn June 30, 2016 / By Nookmag
After a successful, inaugural staging in 2015, the New Balance Run On Singapore is back again this year, with a longer distance and we hope you’ll be keen to share this news with your readers.
Part of a seven-stop of the regional race, the Singapore leg is set to be held on 20th August and runners can challenge themselves to a 7km race, a 2km increase from last year’s 5km distance. As part of the Run On theme, run an additional 1KM at the end to earn yourself a Limited Edition achievement badge.
Last year’s race was a hit with over 4,000 runners and a key reason for that was the unique New Balance Pop-up festival experience. The post-race festival awaits all runners after they complete the race. Runners will be able to enjoy great food and drink, awesome music performances, interesting activities and soak in the chilled vibes and atmosphere.
NB Run On X The Local People LACE UP
This year, the highlight of the NB Run On Race Pack Collection is the collaboration with The Local People. Held over two days, the collaboration will see The Local People bringing over 60 Singaporean crafters and artists to SOTA. The event is open to the public.
NB Pop-up Festival
The NB Pop-up Festival is a celebration for all runners after the race on 20 August 2016. Highlights include local band Riot !n Magenta, live DJ sets by A/K/A (ATTAGIRL!), free premium draft beer from Wunderbar, and free truffle fries, ice-cream and lots of other snacks for all runners.
20th August 2016 Saturday | 5pm
Gardens by the Bay, East
Registration is now open.
For more details, please visit the NB Run On website.
Pop culture fans, be prepared for a visual extravaganza from 10 to 11 September when Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) takes centre stage at the SandsOn June 28, 2016 / By Nookmag
Pop culture fans, be prepared for a visual extravaganza from 10 to 11 September when Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) takes centre stage at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level B2, Halls E and F. Whether you’re a comic book fan, toy collector, gamer or cosplayer, STGCC will keep you enthralled over the weekend with its varied pop culture showcases from both the East and West.
Established artists from the creative pop culture scene
With more than 10 years of experience in making animated movies at Walt Disney, Phil Noto transitioned to become a comic artist by working for DC and Marvel. He has since illustrated for famous comic book titles such as Batgirl, Superman, Danger Girl, Avengers, X-23 and most recently, Black Widow and Star Wars: Poe Dameron. His work on The Infinite Horizon (a modern retelling of The Odyssey) with Gerry Duggan earned him an Eisner nomination for Best New Series.
Another accomplished artist featured in this year’s lineup is Jon-Paul Kaiser. Fulfilling his childhood dream of making toys, Jon-Paul distinguished himself with his iconic black and white character figurines. He has also collaborated with many toy makers including Toy2R, Kidrobot, Pobber and DYZ Plastic; and is on the judging panel of Designer Toy Awards. This year, Jon-Paul has specially designed an exclusive STGCC x JPK “Captain Tigris Jackson” Pin, available for purchase for all STGCC fans.
Joining our power-packed guest list is cult favourite Brooke Allen, who will make her first STGCC appearance. Brooke is well-known as the artist and co-creator of the Eisner and Harvey award-winning series, Lumberjanes. The well-received comic book series breaks the mold with strong, fully fleshed-out female characters traditionally dominated by male characters and creators in the comic scene. The American has also done covers and shorts for Adventure Time, Regular Show, Bravest Warriors, and Power Puff Girls.
Participating once again in STGCC is the epochal Simone Legno. The Italian is the co-founder and creative director of tokidoki, an internationally recognized pop-culture lifestyle brand and has amassed a cult-like following for its larger-than- life characters, megawatt partnerships and extensive range of products. Simone has become a sought-after speaker around the world at museums, universities and conferences, from MOCA to the Adobe MAX conference, UCLA, USC, the Flash Film Festival in San Francisco, and many others. A limited edition STGCC x tokidoki lanyard will be available for sale.
Japanese pop culture fans can look forward to meeting famed illustrator VOFAN. The character designer for the wildly successful Monogatari Japanese anime series, is best known for his elaborate use of colour and lighting. The master artist specialises in drawing young, high-spirited girls and stories enveloped with flights of fancy. Partly due to his fondness of movies, VOFAN’s works often carry a movie’s sense of light and shadow, composition and storytelling.
Making their first visit to South East Asia, Masayoshi Minoshima and nomico will hold a special live performance for their fans in STGCC 2016. Masayoshi is best known as a Touhou Doujin producer and he has also composed numerous hits for established Japanese game developers like Konami and Taito. nomico is well-loved in the doujin music scene, fans of anisong and denpa music will have a chance to reminiscence their favourite tunes sang by nomico in STGCC.
This is only the first wave of a star-studded line-up scheduled for STGCC 2016. More artists will be unveiled in the upcoming months, so stay tuned for more updates.
“Over the years, we have received many fan requests, urging us to bring in their beloved artists to STGCC for a chance to interact with these creators. We are pleasantly surprised to see the troves of talents that STGCC fans have shared in their wish lists. Hence, this year, on top of sought-after artists, we will be adding more personalities who are cult favourites into the show lineup. Get ready to be dazzled by the exciting and visual spectacle that STGCC 2016 has to offer!” said Lin Koh, Assistant Project Director, Pop Culture Cluster, Reed Exhibitions Singapore.
Cosplayers battle it out
The STGCC Championships of Cosplay is back following a successful launch in 2015! A first of its kind platform, the global competition circuit unites the cosplay community and elevate the best cosplayers from around the world through the ReedPOP brand. Singapore is one of the stops for the prestigious Global Championships of Cosplay among other representing countries such as Australia, Austria, China, France, India, Indonesia and the United States. The champions from each region will win a trip to Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo 2017 and have the opportunity to compete against other top cosplayers. Dress up as your favourite character and submit your application through the STGCC 2016 website. Application closes 26 August 2016. Impress the judges and stand to win a cash prize of SGD1,000!
Tickets to STGCC will be available from 27 June 2016 on their website. Exclusive STGCC merchandise will be available for sale. Fans also enjoy a special 10% discount when you buy your tickets online!
Tickets are priced at SGD19 for a one day pass and SGD28 for a two day pass. Also available is the VIP package priced at SGD120, limited to 300 STGCC fans. VIP ticket holders will get exclusive STGCC merchandise and enjoy perks like priority entry, fast passes and much more! Get more details on the VIP package here.
Ah, the good old memories of Rip Curl trending during secondary school days. Back then, everyone wanted to own something from the surf brand, just to be cool.On June 26, 2016 / By Sarah Oh
Ah, the good old memories of Rip Curl trending during secondary school days. Back then, everyone wanted to own something from the surf brand, just to be cool. Especially with all-year-round summer around us, nothing speaks cooler than the wave icon huh? #throwback
Having made waves with previous artist collaborations in California, Hawaii and Indonesia, Rip Curl hit the shores of our sunny island with an open call to artists from South East Asia.
Last Friday, they teamed up with Kult Kafe to celebrate the launch of this campaign. Not even the rain could dampen the partying spirits, who were grooving to an electrifying performance by Disco Hue, DJs William and Nez.
The hippie enclave turned into a colourful, interactive space displaying a gallery of pictures from “The Search” trips all over the world, a feature of Rip Curl’s exclusive Autumn collection, and an exhibition booth by renowned surf magazine, Belly Magazine. We were also joined by the company of a power couple Eric Foenander (efoe) and Dawn Ang (Aeropalmics), who did a live painting for us that night.
So, what is “The Search” about anyway? Artists are required to submit their original artworks that represent their personal interpretation of what “The Search” means to them. They are encouraged to submit visual formats from photography and painting, to graphic design and illustration. The selected winner will get to walk away with a grand prize: a pair of all-expenses-paid tickets to Asia’s largest art fair, the Art Basel in Hong Kong 2017, along with USD 1,000 of allowance and an opportunity to work on Rip Curl’s clothing line.
Interested parties are invited to submit their works via this link. The closing date is 30 September, 2016 and the winner will be selected in October (dates to be announced soon).
Golden Village Multiplex has opened the much awaited, renovated Golden Village Tiong Bahru. The refurbished cinema has five halls and comes fully equipped with 789 green Grandeur cinemaOn June 21, 2016 / By Nookmag
Golden Village Multiplex has opened the much awaited, renovated Golden Village Tiong Bahru. The refurbished cinema has five halls and comes fully equipped with 789 green Grandeur cinema seats and 11 handicapped seats. These spacious seats come with ergonomic features that make movie watching a comfortable experience. Its cinema halls are also equipped with Induction Loop, a technology that makes it easier for hearing impaired individuals to fully appreciate a movie’s audio.
Aspiring to deliver an “Easy, Express and Efficient” movie experience, GV Tiong Bahru comes with Automated Ticketing Machines that make it quick and hassle-free for cinemagoers to purchase tickets and food using their credit cards, pre-paid cards or cash. Patrons who have booked online can enter movie halls using Quick Tix®, a QR code sent to their mobile phones which can be scanned at the cinema’s two-lane auto gate. There is also a dedicated express pick-up counter for food and beverage which have been pre-ordered online.
The reopening of the cinema was met with much enthusiasm by Tiong Bahru residents. The estate is home to several generations of Singaporean families and working expatriates, and has become famous in recent years for its lively café scene. Even during the renovations, patrons often checked if the cinema was open, hoping to watch movies without leaving the comfort of their neighbourhood. For many residents, GV Tiong Bahru is the site of fond memories, where they first fell in love with movies.
GV Tiong Bahru is the last GV cinema to go through major upgrades in recent years. The refurbishment of GV’s cinemas started with GV Yishun in 2010, followed by GV Jurong Point in April 2012, GV Plaza in December 2012, GV Grand, Great World City in 2013, GV Bishan in 2014 and GV Tampines in 2015. The upgrading of GV’s cinemas is testament of the company’s commitment to providing state-of- the-art cinema facilities to moviegoers. It also shows that the cinema industry continues to thrive amidst alternative entertainment options such as streaming sites.
Residents of Tiong Bahru can look forward to exciting promotions. They can get a SGD2 discount from each ticket purchased from GV’s website or via the booking app iGV when they purchase a minimum of four tickets. Patrons of GV Tiong Bahru will also get a chance to win exciting prizes such as electronic gadgets, travel and shopping vouchers monthly when they book tickets using the Automated Ticketing Machines.
Moviegoers can now purchase tickets from GV Tiong Bahru’s box office, the GV website, Automated Ticketing Machines, and iGV app (available on Google Play and Apple App Store).
An annual event, the Great Singapore Sale (GSS) is no stranger to locals and tourists alike. As such, from 21 May to 30 June this year, Actually isOn May 18, 2016 / By Nookmag
An annual event, the Great Singapore Sale (GSS) is no stranger to locals and tourists alike. As such, from 21 May to 30 June this year, Actually is hosting a shoe sale of up to 40% off on brands including Teva, New Balance, Asics and Saucony.
Save more on a new pair of kicks going at ridiculously low prices during this season of GSS! Be sure to scope out a pair from this awesome sweet deal as the craze starts this Saturday, only at Actually orchard gateway. See you there!
Actually @ Orchard Gateway
277 orchard road
#03-18 Orchard Gateway
Hit up Percentile on 11 June for some crazy savings! Percentile is hosting its sixth edition of the highly anticipated annual shopping extravaganza running on theOn May 16, 2016 / By Nookmag
Hit up Percentile on 11 June for some crazy savings!
Percentile is hosting its sixth edition of the highly anticipated annual shopping extravaganza running on the 11th June, at TripleOne Somerset with over 14,000 sq. ft. of amazing shopping options. 2016 boasts a bigger, more eclectic mix of 25 retailers, brands and designers, with more than 50 contemporary labels – including for the first time, rising Malaysian talents – Justin Chew, Bev C and Lah Lah Land for a one-day only
Featuring up to 80% off shoes, clothing and accessories for men and women, save on brands such as Superga, Publish Brand, Obey, Huf, Lazy Oaf, Dr. Denim, Klarra, Soigné, Le Specs, MinkPink, Free People and many more. Returning retailer favourites include Actually, AforArcade, Audaash, Cumulus, Eclecticism, Little Man, Gnossem, Mash-Up, and theWYLDshop, just to name a few. Likewise, this edition also features some cool indie local labels such as KALAIA Label, Yesah and Lionelow in the pipeline.
When a sale this good comes around at just the right time, it’s almost impossible not to take advantage of it. Plus, there’s nothing more satisfying than discovering a whole load of awesome finds at super sweet deals. With such a stellar line up of vendors to visit at Percentile, you’ll need plenty of time and stamina to comb through the entire space! But fret not; after shopping up a storm, grab a cuppa coffee or two and some tasty snacks provided by The Refinery to perk you up!
If you’re in need of some retail therapy, or are simply looking for for a new wardrobe pick-me-up, go ahead; go a little crazy shopping and scope out some great steals – from luxe buys to cult favourites. Mark your calendars and have a blast!
Saturday, 11th June 2016 | 11am till 8pm
Level 3, TripleOne Somerset
Nearest MRT: Somerset
Cash or Nets Only
PARTICIPATING RETAILERS AND BRANDS
Education is empowering. Education should be holistic. From knowing the importance of essentials like clean water and nutrition, to equipping oneself with problem-solving skills as well as aOn May 13, 2016 / By Jamie Lee
Education is empowering. Education should be holistic. From knowing the importance of essentials like clean water and nutrition, to equipping oneself with problem-solving skills as well as a sense of confidence and self-worth, many can benefit from knowledge.
Global Village for Hope (GVH), a social initiative which focuses its philanthropical efforts on underprivileged communities in Myanmar, covers these areas and more. It started with GVH’s founder Linus Lin who, after coming across a story of Mother Teresa in a school textbook, felt inspired, but also “pondered on my purpose in life”.
Its not surprising that Linus felt this way. He realised at a young age that he was easily moved by stories of people overcoming adversity, and later on, decided he wanted to play a part in changing lives for the better — no doubt a strength instilled in him after watching his father work tirelessly for a better life.
The educator and entrepreneur realised that to see a positive change in a community or nation of people, these people needed to be educated. GVH has, since its launch in 2014, provided villagers with provisions like rice and raincoats, helped an orphanage be self-sustaining by converting a piece of land into a mushroom farm, as well as started the GVH Bursary Award to fund one year’s cost of tuition fees and school uniforms of 10 children — among many others.
The way GVH works is simple. Your donations don’t go to people, but to fund projects that will empower the community to lead better lives. Think about it: a few dollars may tide them over for a day, but a well-equipped village that helps to raise the standard of living will do much more in the long run.
We speak to him to find out more.
Tell us how GVH started.
In 2013, I funded the salaries (SGD100/month) of two English teachers at an orphanage in Myanmar, as I believe speaking and writing English is key for the children to have a better life. Joseph was one of the teachers, and in 2014, he agreed to join me in this non-profit venture. This way, Joseph can represent me and accomplish the work I would have done if I were personally around.
Joseph will look for villages in need of help, and we will discuss potential solutions. For example, when he found a village that was lacking water, we considered how much a water well would cost and I reached out to my friends for ideas and support. After gathering enough funds, I brought the money to Myanmar, and worked on building the water well with the local villagers. This is basically how we function. I feel blessed to have met Joseph.
What would you say are the top three problems preventing the locals from attaining a better standard of living?
A lack of education, basic food and clean water, and hygiene and medical care. Although public school education is free, families are required to buy school uniforms, textbooks and stationery before they are allowed to attend the classes. Most families can only afford to buy one set of uniform for the entire year — even when it’s wet after the rain. Furthermore, the passing rate in Myanmar remains below 50%, especially because parents cannot afford to hire tutors. Children in rural areas don’t have sufficient lighting and cannot study after nightfall. This is why education is GVH’s top priority, and we will be installing solar-powered lights and electricity where we can.
Lack of food is also an area of concern, as it leads to health issues due to weaker bodies. People in rural Myanmar worry about falling sick because it means they have to get treatment from a local hospital; this costs more than their monthly wage! They treat non-serious illnesses with remedies from local medicine shops, and their meals usually consist of white rice and vegetables. Most only eat meat about once every one or two weeks. And from my experience, most health issues are caused by poor water conditions and poor toilet hygiene.
Share with us one happy moment, where you truly felt like you’ve achieved something not only great, but sustainable too.
In November 2014, I travelled 21 hours from Yangon to a village called Zui Tui, which lacked clean water. On my first visit, I bought 20 sacks of rice for the small village of about 10 households, so that the men can stop working and concentrate on building the water pipelines. A month later, I went back to give them warm clothing and blankets for the cold season. We also built a road access, leading from their village to the town of Mindat. A year later, I returned to build a solar power system. I think the moment I felt truly happy was when the villages and children gathered on my last night there and prayed for me. I don’t think I felt a sense of achievement. It is more a sense of peace and happiness. I know that the road, the water pipe, the electricity and the warmth will continue to serve them well for decades even.
Name one obstacle you’ve faced. How have you overcome this?
When we first visited the homes and villages in Myanmar, the leaders tend to be a little cautious of our intentions. As such, we will always start off by giving a gift, such as two sacks of rice for a small orphanage. I found out there have been people who said they were doing humanitarian work and even took photos of the situation, but eventually disappeared without offering help. It is no wonder the villagers are skeptical — there are those who use the photos they took to raise funds for personal gain! Now, we have a positive track record and can easily prove our intentions with the photos we have collected over years.
What can people do to help?
I think as educated people in the urban society, we should contribute our mind as well as money. It is important to understand the need of the community first, instead of assuming what they need. For example, it is pointless to give toys when the children need school uniforms, or to buy the children shoes when they only wear sandals, because of the rain and the mud.
Think about the root of each issue: water cleaning pills don’t help, when they do not have enough water to drink in the first place. Similarly, English books and educational materials do not matter, when they do not understand them or have money to attend tuition lessons.
Also, be careful when donating your money — know how it will be used. If someone is keen on making a trip to help the communities directly, supplies and food might be more helpful than money, as the latter can encourage corruption.
You spend your life helping others. How has this experience helped you become a better person?
I have learnt that true happiness doesn’t come from taking, neither is it from giving nor having. It comes from receiving. All this work has allowed me to receive an enormous amount of positive energy which has brought about much inner peace. No amount of material gains, physical possessions, or numerical wealth can bring about the happiness I have received from my work and constant reflection. I do not know if this is considered “being a better person”, but I do hope my work can help inspire youths to do more good to others.
Local institute At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy is an EduTrust-certified institution that cultivates global chefs and F&B professionals in an environment of culinary authenticity. While the Academy imparts skills andOn May 11, 2016 / By Nookmag
Local institute At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy is an EduTrust-certified institution that cultivates global chefs and F&B professionals in an environment of culinary authenticity. While the Academy imparts skills and knowledge in East and West, Old World and New World cuisines, herbs and spices, innovation and technology, it also provides a synchronised study-apprenticeship rotation that enable students to expand their horizons beyond the classrooms, maximising their employability and preparedness for careers as global chefs and F&B professionals upon graduation.
Recognised by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) as a CET Institute for Culinary and F&B Management, At-Sunrice has also signed degree articulation agreements with renowned educational institutions from various countries around the world. As such, students enrolled in the academy can choose from a range of degree, diploma, and certificate programmes among other qualifications to suit their level of experience and commitment to the industry. As a bonus, Singaporean or Permanent Resident students signing up for WSQ programmes are able to receive up to 95% tuition subsidy at the academy.
With an international cadre of experienced faculty and staff, state-of-the-art facilities and strong industry partnerships, At-Sunrice celebrates the true craft of the F&B industry, and advances the culinary arts and F&B profession with integrity and meaning.
As the academy celebrates its 15th Anniversary, check out the following programmes and events worth noting for both professionals and newcomers to the F&B industry looking for certification.
Short Crust pastry dough is used in a variety of pastries such as tarts, pies and quiches. With knowledge and hands-on experience of making short crust pastry together with a variety of scrumptious, popular fillings, making pastries could very well be more than a passing fad, inspiring participants to come up with their own pastry creations.
Cake baking is not a daunting experience once the techniques of cake-making are acquired. With knowledge and hands-on experience of cake-making, such as batter preparation and learning the various mixing methods and baking techniques, baking a cake will soon be a delightful task!
In this two-in-one programme, participants will be taught to prepare both hot and cold desserts. Hot desserts such as crème brulee and soufflé, and cold desserts such as gelato and sorbets will be soon become part of your dessert-preparation repertoire.
Wouldn’t you like to savour a different type of culinary experience? Imagine going on a two-hour journey through several tantalizing ‘kingdoms’, each with a particular herb or spice serving as the linchpin of some truly amazing recipes. Come hungry to be delighted as participants will have a chance to sample more than 20 intricate tapas (savoury and sweet) passionately prepared by our graduating students.
Since its establishment in 2001, At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy has been renowned for its iconic SpiceOdyssey™ experience which brings participants on a thrilling discovery into the world of natural spices used in global cuisines. Traditionally a capstone project for various cohorts of aspiring global chefs and F&B professionals before the academy’s graduating ceremony, this event is available once every 5 weeks, with only 40 seats available for each event.
Keen for a taste? Now you can savour culinary delights from the Spice Odyssey kingdoms with intriguing names like Aromatics, Intoxicants, Sex & Sensuality. Come, pick up new tips to fire up your kitchen with aphrodisiac properties, authentic influences, healing powers and the spiritual connection of spices.
Upcoming Sessions 2016 (Fridays)
10 Jun / 1 Jul / 19 Aug / 23 Sep / 28 Oct / 2 Dec
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Shaping Tomorrow’s Culinary Landscape
TalentMatch© is the place where the culinary and food service industry of tomorrow is created. Happening fourth Wednesday in June, TalentMatch© is Singapore’s only culinary career fair, where At-Sunrice’s “Best-Fit” approach attracts international recruiters and culinary employers to their growing pool of industry savvy, aspiring global chefs and Food & Beverage professionals.
Whether from the USA, Australia, the Caribbean, China, the Middle East, Indonesia or Singapore, or even if you are looking for your kitchen dream team, the academy’s best chef de partie, specialty chefs, pastry chefs and commis cooks are raring to go every June!
Aside from theoretical class sessions, At-Sunrice also has a unique study and work pedagogy where students can earn as they learn, given internships with various partner restaurants and sponsors. Although the business size of these partners and sponsors are not a typical concern, the academy is strict on providing a list of criteria for internship partners in order to provide a more wholesome experience for its students.
For instance, while academy students are free to obtain internships at small businesses, restaurants, and café/pastry shops, At-Sunrice maintains that their apprenticeship programme is meant for students to acquire real hands on skills in service and restaurant operations as opposed to supplying “low-cost” labour to F&B establishments. As students are required to work one year in the industry to fulfill their bond conditions, failure to complete the apprenticeship programme would lead to the student being terminated from the academy. Thus, is only understandable that the academy upholds its selection standards in order to pair its students with the best apprentice partner establishments for each individual.
As an apprentice partner, establishments are expected to offer Asian/Western Cuisine, or a Pastry/Bakery menu that is not inclusive of fast food service. While the potential partner has to be aware and supportive of the academy’s culture and learning philosophy, they must also abide by a list of terms and conditions provided by the academy according to a predetermined training plan for students. Among other criteria, the establishment has to meet a full time staff to trainee ratio of 4:1, and provide a suitable mentor for At-Sunrice student trainees. As the academy’s current list of partners include its very own alumni members, students can be sure to receive a quality education in F&B along with suitable practical experience to prepare them for the worst the industry can dish out.
For more information on the academy’s programme offerings, their website at At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy.
Singapore is the first Asian country to introduce a comprehensive gourmet lifestyle web portal by the MICHELIN guide In mid-April, Michelin unveiled a slate of new initiativesOn May 2, 2016 / By Nookmag
Singapore is the first Asian country to introduce a comprehensive gourmet
lifestyle web portal by the MICHELIN guide
In mid-April, Michelin unveiled a slate of new initiatives leading up to the anticipated release of MICHELIN guide Singapore 2016 in the second half of this year, including the official launch of a comprehensive English-language gourmet lifestyle web portal, a first in Asia for the MICHELIN guide. The web portal will offer daily articles on restaurant trends, personality interviews, and the MICHELIN guide-related news to make Michelin dining more accessible to all.
Last November, French tyre company Michelin, which has been publishing the MICHELIN guide since 1900, announced a collaboration with global wine authority Robert Parker Wine Advocate for the development of a Singaporean edition of the MICHELIN guide in 2016. Singapore is the fourth territory in Asia – after Japan, Hong Kong and Macau – and the only country in Southeast Asia to be included in the MICHELIN guide’s coverage of over 26 countries; this collaboration includes a series of exclusive events, in conjunction with the launch of the MICHELIN guide Singapore.
Now available, the MICHELIN guide Singapore Gourmet Lifestyle Portal is a web portal developed and operated by Robert Parker Wine Advocate, and allows food lovers
to gain an insider’s perspective on the restaurant industry via daily updated media-rich articles, along with unparalleled access to prominent food personalities.
The gourmet lifestyle content on the portal will be presented in five categories: News, Features, People, Dining In and Dining Out. Where dedicated gourmands should bookmark News for the latest restaurant news and first-hand updates on global MICHELIN guides announcements, aspiring young chefs and talented home cooks will enjoy the recipes, cooking tips and opinion pieces personally shared by Michelin-starred chefs in Dining In. Additionally, People will feature exclusive interviews with the MICHELIN guide’s representatives, renowned chefs, and influential food experts in Singapore and beyond.
“Beyond serving as a trusted restaurant guide, the MICHELIN guide Singapore website will make the Michelin dining experience more accessible through practical and informative daily content that will help connect local and visiting diners with their favourite Michelin-starred restaurants and chefs,” says Hock Sen CHAN, Vice President, Michelin Asia Pacific. “The beauty of a digital platform is that everything is highly interactive, and we hope to tap on this to foster an online community of food lovers.”
Besides sending in questions to be answered by Michelin chefs and food personalities, and submitting original creations to be showcased in the web portal’s crowd-sourced recipe section, MICHELIN guide aficionados can also log onto the portal to place advance orders for the MICHELIN guide Singapore 2016 and book seats at the MICHELIN guide Singapore and Robert Parker’s upcoming Matter of Taste food and wine events.
The launch of the first edition of The MICHELIN guide Singapore 2016 is now available for pre-order at SGD39.95, inclusive of GST and free delivery within Singapore. Apart from consolidating a list of high-quality restaurants in Singapore, the guide also highlights restaurants that offer good food at moderate prices. With coverage spanning luxury hotels to traditional inns, outstanding gourmet restaurants to small bistros, it is a guide for all epicureans and anyone who loves quality and great food.
For more information about the history of the MICHELIN guide and the star rating system, click here.
For clarifications on myths about the MICHELIN guide, click here.
Visit their official website for general information on the MICHELIN guide Singapore and subsequent events.
In our previous feature of the Under Pressure series in late March, Kilo was on the lookout for participants longing to try their hand at being part ofOn May 1, 2016 / By Nookmag
In our previous feature of the Under Pressure series in late March, Kilo was on the lookout for participants longing to try their hand at being part of a professional kitchen.
Although the finale will now be held at Kilo Kallang instead of at Kilo Orchard as previously mentioned, we are pleased to announce that a contender has emerged for Kilo Under Pressure. This Thursday, on 5 May, amateur chef Oliver Budgen will helm the Kilo Kallang kitchen in whipping up a 4-course menu for guests, and he is already bracing himself for the challenge that is to come.
“My ultimate dream is to open a restaurant of my own, but I know that the abyss between a cook and a chef is vast, and many have failed by not appreciating this distinction as well as the commitment, passion and business acumen that a successful restaurant requires. I think the Kilo Under Pressure experience would be my chance to see if I really do have what it takes to make the leap into my own enterprise.” — Oliver Budgen
With no prior experience working in a professional kitchen — unless you count waiting tables as a student, or volunteering at a burrito stand for charity — Under Pressure will be a first for Oliver. Originally from London, Oliver used to work in the charity sector, and his current day job is in account management for a technology PR and Communications firm. He spends his free time developing his culinary techniques, and proclaims himself to be “pretty flashy” with his knife skills.
“I’ve been practicing rock and tap chopping since I was 14, and can now dice an onion in about 6 seconds — without crying!”
Cuisine-wise, Oliver grew up in a family of vegetarians and was taught to treat vegetables with as much respect as meat; this philosophy has clearly translated into his food as he presents us with stripped-down Mediterranean cuisine, inspired by Southern France, Southern Italy and Greece.
Oliver’s stint in the Kilo kitchen will get the ball rolling for a roster of 6 other chosen home cooks, with subsequent Under Pressure sessions scheduled to take place once every month from May onwards. Dubbed the ‘Lucky 7’, each chef, including Oliver, brings their own unique take and palate to the table, and each chef will meet with the pressure and heat of a professional kitchen for the very first time.
We can’t guarantee that it’ll always be smooth sailing, but we know there’s bound to be
lots of fun, a bit of drama, and plenty of good food and company. Come join the fun this Thursday!
Kilo Under Pressure
Thursday, 5th May 2016
Kilo Kallang, 66 Kampong Bugis, Level M,
SGD65++ per pax (4-course menu)
Reservations: Email | call 6467 3987 (after 430PM)
1. Take more time than anyone else. 2. Be more particular about ingredients than anyone else. 3. Have our tarts be enjoyed as fresh as they come.On April 25, 2016 / By Nookmag
1. Take more time than anyone else.
2. Be more particular about ingredients than anyone else.
3. Have our tarts be enjoyed as fresh as they come.
With a mantra such as this, BAKE Inc. (BAKE) manufactures and sells one of Hokkaido’s most popular cheese tarts, and intends to bring its exquisite flavour to Singapore. Located at ION Orchard, Singapore’s first BAKE CHEESE TART store will open its doors to the public on 29 April 2016, and will be the brand’s flagship store for Southeast Asia.
BAKE currently has a total of 13 stores; nine stores in Japan and four stores in the rest of Asia including Hong Kong, Seoul and Bangkok, with Singapore being the fifth store outside Japan.
“We’re expanding and when we thought about where we’d like to locate our flagship store, we immediately thought of Singapore” — Mr. Shintaro Naganuma, President and CEO of BAKE.
“From Singapore, we can reach out to many different countries. Tourists from around the region and world often come to, or transit in Singapore. Also, Singaporeans often post their reviews on the internet and social media, so information about our cheese tarts will reach shores beyond just Singapore,” confides Mr Shintaro Naganuma, President and CEO of BAKE.
BAKE CHEESE TART’s story first started with its roots in Kinotoya, a long-established Western confectionery store in Sapporo, Hokkaido. To date, they use cream cheese from Hokkaido in all their cheese tarts, and to achieve their goal of providing their customers with “The Best Cheese Tart Ever”, BAKE CHEESE TART specialises in only one product – cheese tarts – and pours their heart and soul into perfecting these delectable treats.
As delectable as these little tarts already are, the BAKE team constantly tries to improve its triple blend cheese mousse recipe with two cheeses from Hokkaido, and one from France. Believing that both the filling and the pastry are equally important, BAKE CHEESE TART’s pastry goes through a two-step process, leaving it with a distinctly crunchy yet fluffy texture. Together, the whole package forms a flavour that is uniquely BAKE’s.
About BAKE CHEESE TART
Official brand name : BAKE CHEESE TART
Official product name : Freshly baked cheese tart
Opening date of Singapore store : 29 April 2016
Prices of BAKE CHEESE TARTS : SGD3.50 per tart | SGD19.50 per box of six tarts
Where are the tarts from the Singapore store made?
Goals for the Singapore store?
When and where did BAKE CHEESE TART start?
Number of freshly baked cheese tarts sold to date?
Number of BAKE CHEESE TART stores around the world?
BAKE CHEESE TART
ION Orchard, #B4-33
2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
10am to 10pm
“Changing lives through coffee” — that’s how the Bettr Barista Coffee Academy team signs off their emails. No, they’re not talking about having a caffeine fix in theOn April 22, 2016 / By Jamie Lee
“Changing lives through coffee” — that’s how the Bettr Barista Coffee Academy team signs off their emails. No, they’re not talking about having a caffeine fix in the AM (though, of course, that and a good sandwich are the only things that kick us out of lala-land). The sign-off captures everything that Bettr Barista preaches and does.
Bettr Barista, helmed by former web consultant Pamela Chng, is a social enterprise which empowers marginalised women and youths-at-risk through coffee. The ingredients? Coffee education, emotional and mental mindfulness, as well as a good dose of dopamine through physical activities.
This whole-person approach equips students, ranging from 18 to 50+ years of age, with skills to make a good cuppa, as well as the confidence boost they’ve been lacking. It’s been four years since Pamela set up the business, and today we’re letting her teach us a few things too.
Hi Pamela, you made a mid-career change to start Bettr Barista. How has the ride been?
Crazy! The Bettr world has grown into a much bigger, living, breathing entity than I had ever imagined at the start — but not without obstacles like funding and social challenges with the marginalised groups we work with. Boy, have we learnt a lot!
But, our social mission sits at the heart of all we do; we are committed to creating opportunities for more positive human impact beyond the profit line. That has always been clear and it has not changed since we started this journey.
Speaking of social challenges, how is educating a marginalised group different (if at all) from educating people with “regular income and lives”?
We work with women because we believe that if we change the life of one woman, she has the ability to change the lives of her family and community. This has been proven in research the world over. We also work with youths-at-risk, because they are at an age where we have an opportunity to still change mindsets and behaviours – they often just need proper guidance and role models and to be taught the skills and tools to deal with challenging situations.
We face various issues, such as childcare and transportation; many of the mothers have trouble getting proper childcare help while they are in class, which may cause truancy. On our end, trying to create and maintain a culture that is supportive of and accommodating to a diverse group of individuals — while maintaining standards of quality and productivity — can be challenging.
However, constant communication and relationship building with our students is of utmost importance. We need to ensure they remain motivated and committed, so we don’t cut any corners as far as ownership, responsibility and accountability are concerned. We make sure that we walk the talk.
No time to read this article? Watch this video DBS did with Bettr Barista!
Tell us more about the three key components to your six-month training programme for disadvantaged women and youths.
We provide them with, one, a coffee education. This includes paid internships as well as an internationally recognised certification in barista, brewing and other related skills. The first two months will be spent getting into the science and craft of specialty coffee making.
Next is emotional training, which continues throughout the programme. Our students spend time with our clinical psychologist to address issues such as depression, anger/stress management, coping mechanisms, and self-esteem.
Through journaling, art and dance therapy, group sharing sessions and dedicated 1-to-1 face time, our students are exposed to new, more constructive ways of perceiving and dealing with challenges in life, that they can immediately put into practice at the Academy and at home.
Lastly, we engage in physical activities like weekly yoga sessions, rock climbing, and self-defense classes, to strengthen the body and build a healthier lifestyle. These bonding activities help improve interaction, camaraderie and teamwork in the group. The inclusiveness also helps students socialise better.
Some of our graduates join us as teaching staff, some grow their F&B careers beyond coffee, others go back to school (and may pursue different education paths), and others explore careers in completely different fields. What is important is that 90% leave us with much healthier levels of self esteem and self confidence.
What has your experience in Bettr Barista taught you about society in general, and the marginalised groups in society?
That you cannot assume or expect someone who’s had fewer opportunities than you to be less capable or driven. The ones who make a real difference (regardless of their financial status, social standing, family background, education level, etc.) are the ones who have much bigger mountains to climb, but doggedly keep working to become better versions of themselves at every turn. It’s so much harder to be successful when you’ve drawn the short straw.
For society in general, we need a greater collective recognition that we all have a duty to humankind. It really just takes one step to put the ball of positive change in motion. We all just need to each start doing something positive.
Singapore’s well-loved traditional Thai BBQ chain serves up a new accessibly priced buffet at Bugis Junction and ORTO Mookata fans have much to rejoice for asOn April 20, 2016 / By Nookmag
Singapore’s well-loved traditional Thai BBQ chain serves up a new accessibly priced
buffet at Bugis Junction and ORTO
Mookata fans have much to rejoice for as the traditional Thai BBQ restaurant has launched a new buffet format, offering an unlimited spread of the chain’s bestselling meats, fresh vegetables, finger foods and beverages at an unbeatable price.
Available now during weekday lunch (11.30am to 4pm) at Bugis Junction, and from Mondays to Thursdays during dinner (5pm to 12midnight) at ORTO, Mookata’s buffet provides both value and quality, offering a convivial atmosphere for friends and family to bond over a communal pot of delectable grilled meats and luscious soup.
Mookata @ ORTO | Image Credit : Andrew Lin
Designed to please even the toughest foodies, the spread is generous and includes Mookata’s most popular items such as Pork Collar, Pork Belly and Chicken Thigh. Also included are classic items such as Fishball, Hot Dog, Cheese Tofu, Thai Fishcake, Golden Mushroom and many more. Likewise, the Pineapple Fried Rice, exclusively available at Bugis Junction and prepared specially by Mookata’s Thai chef, will add yet a tasty staple to the table. Diners at ORTO will also enjoy an aromatic smoky flavour to their dishes with the branch’s charcoal-heated mookata stove.
No effort is spared as diners will find the same premium marinades and seasonings on all of Moookata’s buffet meats, along with the high quality and cuts that Mookata is renowned for. With the buffet, customers can also accompany their ingredients with Mookata’s blend-able range of sweet, garlicky, spicy sauces.
“The buffet is a long time coming, and our answer to many of our diners’ request for
this dining format. We are happy to have the support of so many followers over the
years, and will certainly offer the same quality of food in a buffet as one will find in
our ala carte menu,” says Nicole Tay, General Manager of Mookata.
At just SGD18.90++ per person at Bugis Junction and SGD25.90++ at ORTO, the buffet is as wallet-friendly as it is palate-pleasing. Each diner gets to enjoy 100 minutes at the table at Bugis Junction, and a generous 120 minutes at ORTO for a leisurely meal.
Mookata @ Bugis Junction
#02-53 Bugis Junction Mall
200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021
+65 6837 0171 | Email
11.30am to 10pm
(last order at 9.30pm)
Mookata @ ORTO
81 Lorong Chencharu, Singapore 769198
+65 6257 5198 | Email
Mon – Thu 5pm to 12mn
Fri 5pm to 1am
Sat 12nn to 1am
Sun 12nn to 12mn
(last order 1 hour before closing)
A one-stop shop for live seafood, premium meats, fresh produce, and specialty products, Emporium Shokuhin’s Gourmet Grocer aims to please. By importing directly from an extensive supplierOn April 20, 2016 / By Nookmag
A one-stop shop for live seafood, premium meats, fresh produce, and specialty products, Emporium Shokuhin’s Gourmet Grocer aims to please.
By importing directly from an extensive supplier list from countries such as Japan, Norway, Canada, France and Ireland among others, Emporium Shokuhin is still able to extend cost savings to its consumers through cutting out middlemen charges. As such, its gourmet grocer presents a live seafood market like no other, with an interactive and fresh shopping experience.
LIVE SEAFOOD MARKET
Featuring 22 specially-designed sea water tanks and a long ice-bed from which customers can browse and select from over 20 types of seafood around the world, the market is open daily from 10am and promises to deliver the freshest catch at attractive prices.
With Japanese highlights such as uni (sea urchin), kegani (Hokkaido hairy crabs), and hotate (scallops), as well as Alaskan King Crabs from Alaska, and various shellfish from other regions, the live seafood market also carries an impressive range of 10 live oyster varieties, including Krystale, Veules les Roses and Les Huitres Du Cap Horn oysters from France. While customers can opt to savour these delicacies at the market itself, requests for the oysters to be shucked and packed for takeaway are also possible.
Additionally, the market also hosts a chilled seafood display showcasing Nagasaki chilled Bluefin Tuna, Pacific Saury, Pacific Gaper and Kinki (Thornyhead Rockfish), which are flown in regularly.
As a Japanese gourmet grocer, customers can also find a myriad of Japanese fresh produce and groceries imported directly from prefectures such as Ehime and Hokkaido. Ranging from seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, to confectionery, condiments and noodles, the grocer also offers a range of beverages and alcohol; including sake, Japanese Whisky and wine.
As the first of its kind in Singapore, Emporium Shokuhin’s inventory offers all that is needed to whip up delicious meals incorporating the best of Japan, all in the same space.
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Singapore-brewed beer launches a new movement in its bid to preserve our street food culture. Imagine life without Chicken Rice or Char Kway Teow. It’s a realityOn April 19, 2016 / By Nookmag
Singapore-brewed beer launches a new movement in its bid to preserve our street food culture.
Imagine life without Chicken Rice or Char Kway Teow. It’s a reality that could easily come to pass if the current worrying trend of our ageing hawker trade persists. Many old-time recipes and skills are being lost, and our iconic street food is in danger of dying out if the younger generation of Singaporean hawkers do not replace our current veterans. Will we be able to turn this around? Or is it a lost cause? Will these beloved dishes become extinct before Singaporeans are galvanised to work together to keep them in our hawker centres?
“Tiger Beer and Street Food are synonymous with our hawker heritage in Singapore. As the iconic Singapore beer, Tiger Beer seeks to reclaim the pride and passion for a fellow national icon by putting our local street food back in the spotlight,” says Venus Teoh, Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore). “It’s time to preserve what we love.”
Tiger Beer, Singapore’s favourite beer, has taken on the mantle of ensuring our street food remains vibrant and authentic for generations to come with a series of videos that bring to life the stories behind Singapore’s iconic street food and the hard work that goes into sustaining this integral part of our culture.
Now, lovers of our local fare can rejoice as Tiger Beer launches a new movement to celebrate and preserve the nation’s most iconic dishes and unique food heritage. Starting from 2 April 2016, the movement aims to motivate Singaporeans to give street food the appreciation and recognition it deserves by shining the spotlight on our hawker fare and how much it means to us.
While food is one of Singapore’s biggest passion points, with approximately 109 hawker centres and a growing Food & Beverage sector, Singaporeans’ social feeds have reflected otherwise, with more coverage for fancy restaurants rather than hawker centres, a cornerstone of our street food culture and a key component of our cultural identity.
To jolt Singaporeans into realising the importance of preserving our street food culture, Tiger Beer has produced three short films, featuring three of our very own hawker stalwarts. Released earlier in April, the films aim to remind Singaporeans that Singapore may one day lose its rich hawker heritage if the next generation of hawkers do not step up to continue the trade. The behind-the-scenes look at their lives, not only elaborates hawker fare, but also immediately raises awareness to the issue of succession.
By showing the sheer amount of effort that goes into making a dish the old-fashioned way instead of relying on mass production, the films also aim to deepen Singaporeans’ appreciation for our street food.
Through these two-minute films that chronicle the hard work that goes into the creation of our iconic street food like Hokkien Mee, Char Kway Teow and Popiah, Tiger Beer hopes to get Singaporeans thinking: Are we taking our street food for granted?
Tiger Beer encourages Singaporeans to use their social clout to make the topic of street food trend through their social action, using the movement’s hashtag – #uncagestreetfood to show their appreciation for their favourite local street food.
Additionally, Tiger Beer believes that the odds are stacked against our hawkers – and the loss will be permanent unless action is taken. To help Singaporean hawkers who are striving to keep their craft alive and thrive in our evolving society, Tiger Beer will invest 20 cents for every 6-can pack (6 x 323ml) purchase to its street food movement from 1st April to 31st May 2016. The 6-can take-home packs will retail at all leading supermarkets and hypermarkets, whilst stocks last.
Spread the word; it’s time to preserve what we love.
This weekend, keep an eye out as BoConcept spells “busy” with their new Scandinavian Market held at the Paragon shopping mall on Orchard. For just one day onOn April 14, 2016 / By Nookmag
This weekend, keep an eye out as BoConcept spells “busy” with their new Scandinavian Market held at the Paragon shopping mall on Orchard.
For just one day on 16 April, BoConcept has decided to transform their showroom into a marketplace filled with shapes, colours, and materials for all to enjoy. In a bid to showcase the beauty and peace of a relaxing Scandinavian-type lifestyle, the company has brought together a collection of local producers in food, juice, apparel and lifestyle accessories.
Although it was difficult to be restricted to just 3 reasons, come join us as we find out more about some of the top few reasons to visit this exhibit focused on well-being and design!
Nothing says “Scandinavian” quite like simplistic / minimalist decor with at least one floral arrangement in a clean white living space. True to their theme, BoConcept has invited One Olive, an artisanal floral boutique that specializes in bespoke floral arrangement services as well as styling and conceptualizing events and weddings, to be a part of this Saturday market.
Founded in 2009, this lifestyle boutique is a true advocate for the “au naturale” concept, bringing forth a passion for nature and all things quaint. On any other day, the One Olive team of Floral Artisans can be found nestled in the charming neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru, a restful oasis infused with natural greenery. Should you chance visiting, be sure to take a good look through their vintage wares and mini potted greens, as well as an array of handmade decorative vases that creates its own form of beauty.
As true artisans in their own right, this team believes that a stylishly designed floral art piece is a breathing living sculpture, and aim to spread their beliefs through a floral workshop at the market. Feel free to simply watch, or even participate as they present to you the sophistication, and extreme simplicity of the nudeness of flowers.
For more information, visit One Olive‘s event page here!
Among the number of edible and drinkable exhibits, this one takes the cake (or toast!). Café By day, Restaurant.Bar by night. BRIDGE prides itself in its contemporary modern European menu. The folks behind Bridge revamp fine dining with a twist-without fuss nor pinch, and use only the best seasonal ingredients to create an appealing menu which will excite your palate. A true showcase of culinary passion aimed to create a sensational dining experience, this joint rides on the salted egg croissant craze this Saturday to bring you wonderfully toasted crispy croissants oozing with golden custard!
Additionally, if you have not tried their Truffle Honey Toast at Seah St., this is your chance as they will be toasting this right at the marketplace! For those who still can’t get enough of the honey, Bridge will be retailing each bottle at 15% off during the marketplace!
For more information, visit their Facebook page!
Don’t worry guys, we haven’t forgotten about you!
sifr is a contemporary lifestyle brand that takes pride in engineering garments that display quality, comfort and value. Inspired by someone who is confident and discerning, their products not only incorporate premium materials, solid construction but also deep thought. As your basic garments are the most important items in your wardrobe, they need to be versatile, lasting, and most importantly, comfortable. Available at the market, the brand’s signature sifr Essentials is a collection of common-sense men’s t-shirts that delivers on all three counts.
Come check them out!
For a full list of events and vendors, visit BoConcept’s event page before 16 April.
BoConcept Scandinavian Marketplace
16th April 2016 (11am – 7pm)
Admission is Free