Although popcorn flavours have traditionally laid within the boundaries of sweet or savoury, earlier this year, a not-so-new contender has decided to reintroduce themselves to the popcorn marketOn September 17, 2020 / By Nookmag
Although popcorn flavours have traditionally laid within the boundaries of sweet or savoury, earlier this year, a not-so-new contender has decided to reintroduce themselves to the popcorn market with new snazzy packaging to match their wacky flavour offerings.
In late August, we said hi to The Kettle Gourmet with their infusion of local flavours into their popcorn range. Imagine opening a bag of popcorn with a kick of sambal chilli and Nasi Lemak flavouring, or even tasting our local favourite Chilli Crab dish in every bite! While they also offer basic flavours such as Chocolate or Salted Caramel, we especially loved the Nasi Lemak flavoured popcorn above all else for its sambal kick at the start, and the faint lingering coconut milk aftertaste. That said, we’re looking forward to munching on the Chicken Floss flavoured popcorn when we can get our hands on it!
For interested gourmet popcorn hunters, The Kettle Gourmet offers family packs for SGD15 per pack, 6-pack sets of any single flavour at SGD30, as well as bundle deals with a variety of flavours for SGD30 on their website.
The Kettle Gourmet is a B2B popcorn manufacturer and distributor that’s known for their wacky flavours. Having rebranded themselves recently, the Singapore based startup presents the company’s commitment to go beyond the COVID-19 pandemic in its new packaging, setting a fresh tone to welcome the new normal, and has resulted in a 247% growth in terms of revenue during this period.
Launched in July of 2017 by Zac Chua, The Kettle Gourmet was an accidental start-up that began as a solo operation in SMU, which hit its first milestone within a year by reaching a daily sales volume of 300 bags of popcorn. As of 2020, they have been moving more than 600 bags a day, and have since expanded their manufacturing and operations team to Kuala Lumpur to cater to the surge in demand from their B2B clients around the region, including countries such as Brunei, China, and Indonesia, even amidst the Covid pandemic.
“I felt that this was a good opportunity to work on our business foundation. Since most companies are on defense mode and the entire economy is stagnating during the pandemic, why not take the time to work on how to stand out in the industry?” No stranger to getting results through unconventional means, Zac started the entire company with less than SGD100 while pursuing his degree. Since their rebranding, The Kettle Gourmet has managed to beat the odds, helping his growing team find renewed focus and a clear direction.
Referring to the new packaging, Chan Zi Wei, CFO of The Kettle Gourmet points out that the rebranding is simple, fun and expressive. “The snack monster now gives character to each bag of popcorn. When you read the copy on the packaging you can feel the attitude from the monsters and you will be excited to open the bag. Popcorn is and has always been a fun product, so it’s always a good feeling to go back to what we loved as children.”
The rebranding has also opened greater collaborative possibilities with partners. Being a digital-first company has been instrumental during this period, Zac says, “Since more and more companies are switching to work-from-home (WFH), we needed a different take from convention – we needed to innovate outside of business norms. So by pivoting fast through adding more digital channels, our drop-in pantry sales were quickly compensated by our online sales.” These digital channels have also been responsible for offering customisation options to match the unique messaging for their clients, enabling The Kettle Gourmet to be an active player in the gifting market.
Re-invention remains a cornerstone of the business; with 22 being the average age of employees in The Kettle Gourmet, the formation of new flavours and product offerings has been a collective effort that Zac oversees. The rebranding is a crucial step for the company in time to come, “I look at branding as an investment where the ROI is unknown – but if done right, can take your business to a whole new level.” Zac continues, “So with limited downside and unlimited upside, why not?”
Award-winning craft beer brewery Heart of Darkness from Saigon, Vietnam has relocated their taproom to a new space on Keong Saik Road. A privately held company thatOn September 2, 2020 / By Nookmag
Award-winning craft beer brewery Heart of Darkness from Saigon, Vietnam has relocated their taproom to a new space on Keong Saik Road.
A privately held company that was founded in 2016 in Saigon, Vietnam, the brand’s focus was on becoming Asia’s premiere craft beer brand. Inspired by the American craft beer scene, Heart of Darkness now produces over 100 new beers a year, while maintaining the highest standard of quality, consistency & availability. The first ever Heart of Darkness brewery is currently located in Saigon, Vietnam and distributes throughout Vietnam as well as internationally in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Cambodia, Thailand and Finland. Additionally, Heart of Darkness operates two flagship gastropubs, one in Saigon and the other in Singapore.
With high demand for a bigger and better location, a major upgrade was needed. Heart of Darkness 2.0 brings the same good vibes and hospitality guests have come to expect, now just bigger and better! Guests can now enjoy 25+ craft beers on tap along with a wide variety of wines, creative beer cocktails and a full kitchen cooking up delicious western fusion tapas.
In the heart of the taproom, the centrepiece of the space, a large mural brings to life a Dragon and Merlion intertwined over a setting sun, emphasizing the collaborative nature between Vietnam and Singapore. A local Singaporean visual artist Tobyato (also known as Toby Tan) teamed up with the Heart of Darkness creative team in Vietnam to help bring the two countries identities together, paying homage to the iconic Vietnam brewery in the Singapore bar.
For great food and even better beers, get ready to #enterthedarkness in a new bigger, better and badasser location! Cheers!
Heart of Darkness
1 Keong Saik Road
12 pm – 10:30 pm
Reservations available via
Chope.co | +65 6208 7940 | Website
As we’ve shared our mooncake list for Malaysia over the weekend, here’s a Singaporean version for our friends on this side of the border! Over the years, mooncakesOn September 1, 2020 / By Renata
As we’ve shared our mooncake list for Malaysia over the weekend, here’s a Singaporean version for our friends on this side of the border!
Over the years, mooncakes have evolved from the traditional baked single-yolk versions to include double yolks, quadruple yolks and eventually, snowskin delights were introduced with chocolate crafted “yolks” instead. Among all the fancy flavours that are now available on the market, durian flavoured mooncakes have almost become a Mid-Autumn staple in most households. With virtual food festivals and all manner of food items being sold online as well as offline these days, let’s join in the crowd and check out the following brands!
Durian Edition’s D.Lab has partnered with Chef Daniel Tay (of Cat & the Fiddle Cakes fame) this year to create three mouth-watering mooncakes filled with tea, durians, and gold! With a recommendation to consume the flavours in the following order, read on to discover the durian cultivars that have captured our hearts and palates this year.
Oolong Durian Snowskin Mooncake
(Box of 2 @ SGD42)
Creamy and fragrant, these mooncakes are made with 100% fresh puree from Durian Edition’s exclusive Premium Oolong Durians, infused with Oolong tea bits and dusted with edible 24K gold powder for the finishing touch. Perfect to start the night with, the lightness of the Oolong cultivar makes it the perfect durian-tea pairing, accompanied with a slight hint of Oolong tea fragrance from the infused tea bits in the mooncake. After all, how can we do a mooncake pairing without tea?
XO Durian Snowskin Mooncake
(Box of 2 @ SGD38)
Made with 100% D24 XO puree and lightly dusted with edible 24K gold powder, its creaminess and bittersweet flavours will definitely leave you wanting more!
MSW Snowskin Mookcake
(Box of 6 @ SGD98 | Box of 2 @ SGD48)
Made 100% with the puree of Durian Edition’s quality Musang Kings from Raub and finished with a coating of edible 24K gold powder, this mooncake is definitely a delight to indulge in! Sink your teeth into the rich, creamy goodness their Signature Musang King, all without the mess!
In honour of its 120th anniversary, the hotel unveils a grand 120th Anniversary Mooncake
(limited pieces available, at SGD108 per piece) with 12 sumptuous salted egg yolks in a lavish white lotus seed paste baked mooncake spanning 16.5cm wide.
While this is indeed impressive, the piece that caught our eyes is one of the new snowskin flavours, namely the Orange with Grape snowskin mooncake (SGD37 for 2pcs, SGD58 for 4pcs). This refreshing mooncake is part of Goodwood Park Hotel’s signature collection of fruit-based snowskin creations, and features juicy bites of red grape with crisp fruity notes, nestled within a citrusy mousse enlivened with fresh orange juice.
Now available for delivery and self-pickup till 1 October, other mooncake offerings from Goodwood Park Hotel include the Japanese Sweet Potato snowskin mooncake with Pumpkin-Coconut Centre, the Blue Pea Flower snowskin mooncake, and the hotel’s signature durian snowskin mooncake collection featuring the Black Thorn Duriansnowskin mooncake.
* A special 20% discount on various mooncake flavours is available for all healthcare personnel in appreciation of their tireless efforts during this challenging Covid-19 period.
Aroma Truffle’s gold-dusted beauties that took Singapore by storm are back to tantalise taste buds this Mid-Autumn! Featuring a modern twist to traditional durian mooncakes, these smooth and luscious goodies are infused with premium Black Winter Truffles harvested from Spoleto Italy, combining the sweet and creamy, yet mildly savoury and bitter durian with a strong truffle aroma. A visual treat, these mooncakes come in vastly contrasting colours, black and bright blue – which are naturally derived from Bamboo Charcoal powder and Butterfly Blue Pea flowers respectively – before being dusted with edible gold flakes.
Black Charcoal Musang King Mooncake
The Black Charcoal Musang King Mooncake is generously filled with the flesh of pure Musang King durian originating from Raub, Pahang. This rich durian filling is encapsulated in a 100% natural Black Charcoal snow skin that is infused with premium Black Winter Truffle from Spoleto Italy, then delicately garnished with edible gold dust for maximum decadence.
Butterfly Pea Musang King Mooncake
The Butterfly Pea Musang King Mooncake comes in a beautiful blue hue which is extracted from the natural colour of the Butterfly Blue Pea flower. It also has a hint of aroma from the flower. The core filling is a divine combination of pure Musang King durian flesh mixed with bits of premium Black Winter Truffle harvested from Italy.
Priced at SGD78 for the “Regular Bundle” box of 4 mooncakes, SGD88 for the “Fortune Bundle” box of 4 mooncakes + 2 Truffle Chips, and SGD98 for the “Harmony” box of 4 mooncakes + 4 Truffle Chips, these offerings can be purchased at all physical outlets, or online at Aroma Truffle before 15 September.
This year, Yàn marks the annual celebration with a signature collection of five traditional mooncakes and a snowskin creation, of which, the Thousand Layer Yam Mooncake is our favourite. Imagine crisp, golden swirls of pastry enclosing a fragrant filling of sweet yam paste, to either be eaten plain or with a single yolk for a lovely savoury contrast. All orders for this meticulously handcrafted delicacy should be placed one day in advance, as the pastries are freshly made for each customer.
Yàn’s mooncake collection is available as a set of four (SGD68), presented in a two-tiered box with a subtle geometric fan motif, offered in an enchanting shade of midnight blue that evokes moonlit skies during a full moon. The chest, which includes a velveted ring holder section, can also be refreshed as a jewellery or keepsake box after the festival. For those looking for simpler gift sets, boxes of two mooncakes in vibrant parcels are available as well.
In addition to the above, feast your eyes on the Oddle Eats Online Food Festival – Mooncake Edition! Happening now till 1 October 2020, the online F&B directory brings together the top mooncake picks, ranging from delicate snowskin to flaky teochew-style, handpicked from popular restaurants and bakeries, including Pan Pacific Singapore, Summer Pavilion, Peony Jade, The Marmalade Pantry and more.
Adding onto the festivities, Oddle Eats is also presenting fringe activities such as the Mooncake inspo and filter fun activity, and exclusive perks to drum up your excitement ahead of the occasion. As mooncakes are best enjoyed with family and loved ones over a cup of tea, Oddle Eats is giving away limited-edition ceramic tea sets (worth SGD68) for the first 500 customers with a minimum spend of SGD120 on mooncake orders in a single receipt. Fastest fingers win! Visit Oddle Eats for more info.
No doubt, this year may seem a little weird under the new normal, but we definitely won’t miss out on sweet treats this Mid-Autumn Festival!
Home-grown OSG Music Bar + Kitchen introduces new Nasi Lemak menu – a uniquely local creation that marries the distinctive cooking styles inspired by the cultural melting potOn August 31, 2020 / By Nookmag
Home-grown OSG Music Bar + Kitchen introduces new Nasi Lemak menu – a uniquely local creation that marries the distinctive cooking styles inspired by the cultural melting pot of Singapore. Delight in a selection of nasi lemak creations by chef that are carefully prepared to achieve a balanced and harmonious taste that is both sumptuous to the palate and nourishing to the soul.
OSG Signature Nasi Lemak
Savour the OSG Signature Nasi Lemak (SGD17.90), prepared with blue pea flower-infused Indian Basmati rice as a healthier choice, cooked with fragrant chicken broth, inspired by Singapore’s favourite dish – the chicken rice, and rich coconut milk for an authentic nasi lemak taste. The rice is served alongside a selection of accompaniments – choose from Turmeric Fried Chicken Wing marinated with a mix of spices including ginger and turmeric for an authentic and nostalgic taste of traditional Malay cooking; or Beef Rendang that promises a satisfying enjoyment of tender beef simmered in an aromatic curried gravy that leaves a hint of spice in every bite; as well as Coconut Fried Chicken – crispy fried chicken topped with spiced fried coconut flakes; and mouth-watering succulent and spicy Sambal
Belacan Mini Lobster.
Three Kinds of OSG Spicy Goodness
The OSG Signature Nasi Lemak serves up three-times the spicy goodness with house-special Sambal Chili, hand-prepared daily inspired by Peranakan heritage cooking method in blending dried chilies, dried shrimps, belacan, assam, chili paste, and a potpourri of spices to deliver a rich taste sensation; Indonesian specialty Balado Chili; and Malay-styled Sambal Belacan that adds heat to the dish. The OSG Nasi Lemak condiments comprises Sambal Chili; Ikan Bilis and Peanuts; Achar; and Balado Egg, completes the dish for a wholesome nasi lemak experience.
Ultimate Nasi Lemak Indulgence
Diners at OSG Music Bar + Kitchen are in for a treat for the ultimate nasi lemak indulgence. A must-try for fried chicken lovers, the Chicken Nasi Lemak (SGD7.90) is served with fragrant coconut rice, Coconut Fried Chicken, and OSG Nasi Lemak condiments.
Other noteworthy Nasi Lemak on the menu includes the Ayam Masak Lemak (SGD7.90) – a chef specialty cooked with his special recipe reminiscent of meals enjoyed with his mother; savour the tender chicken cooked in rich spiced coconut gravy served alongside coconut rice.
Nasi Lemak Ayam Bakar (SGD10.90), served with fragrant coconut rice and seasoned whole chicken leg sous-vide and grilled to perfection; and Nasi Lemak Beef Rendang (S$10.90). The dishes are served with accompanying OSG Nasi Lemak condiments.
More than just nasi lemak, diners are able to enjoy the Nasi Goreng Sambal (SGD16.90) – seafood sambal fried rice, served with Turmeric Fried Chicken Wing, Sambal Belacan Mini Lobster, Fried Egg, and Achar; and the Harmony Wagyu Beef Rice Burger (S$13.90), a unique OSG rendition of rice burger inspired by the nasi lemak – coconut rice patty served with a Wagyu beef patty, Kimchi, Ikan Bilis, Peanuts, Egg, Achar, and Sambal Chili.
Nasi Lemak and Wine Pairing
Contrary to common practice, the pairing of wines with food is not limited to just Western cuisine. Asian food with its diverse and complex culinary flavours, are often boldly flavourful and sometimes spicy; which can pair well with the right choice of wines that can not only complement but enhance the taste experience.
At OSG Music Bar + Kitchen, we offer a wide selection of wines to go with the nasi lemak of your choice for the ultimate culinary enjoyment. A fail-safe go-to wine to pair with nasi lemak would be a sparkling wine like Piccini Prosecco, which goes beautifully with spicy food; or choose a wine that is high in acidity and refreshing – a Sauvignon Blanc for example, to cleanse the palate with every mouthful of spiced curry and sambal chili. Diners can select from the extensive wine menu, including recommended selections – Barton Guestier Beaujolais Village, Le Versant Pinot Noir, Siglo Tempranillo, Siglo Crianza, and Piccini Chianti, among others.
OSG Music Bar + Kitchen
3 Temasek Boulevard
#01-510/511 Suntec City Tower 1,
As the Mid-Autumn Festival (or Mooncake Festival) rolls in, so does the colourful array of mooncakes! From traditional delights to quirky mooncakes with a modern twist, you canOn August 30, 2020 / By Sofea
As the Mid-Autumn Festival (or Mooncake Festival) rolls in, so does the colourful array of mooncakes! From traditional delights to quirky mooncakes with a modern twist, you can only get them during the festive season each year. 2020 may be a weird one but celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival on 1 October with these sweet treats!
Prepare to be spoilt for choice at Mandarin Oriental! They have 4 different collections of mooncakes to choose from; Traditional Baked Mooncakes, Chocolate Mooncakes, Snow Skin Mooncakes and Special Edition Golden Moon Mooncakes. To view the flavours, click here! Individual mooncake starts from RM33.
Bring the full moon into your house with Hilton’s Royal Midnight 2020 mooncake series. The limited-edition mooncake box is made from navy blue fabric embroidered with silver thread providing you with a magical box of luxuries. Get individual mooncakes starting from RM35 a piece and the Royal Midnight box set from RM258.
The award-winning Yun House of Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur brings you timeless baked and decadent snow skin mooncakes this year! With flavours like bird’s nest with almond cream, brandy chocolate and pu er tea paste with tangerine, it will sure transform this year’s celebration into an enchanted occasion. Don’t forget to try Chef Jimmy Wong’s first ever speciality tea moon cake! Price starts at RM38 per mooncake.
This year, you can re-create and craft your own Inside Scoop Ice Cream Mooncakes with the very first DIY Kit! Equipped with ingredients and tools (mooncake mould!), one DIY Kit yields 6 mooncakes and costs RM118. If you’re not up for the challenge, you can choose from a 2-piece box set for RM68, 4-piece box set for RM118, or a giant mooncake cake called supermoon for RM148! To purchase, click here.
Dim sum master chef of Tao Chinese Cuisine at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur has created unique flavours of delicate snow skin and baked mooncakes. With four new signature flavours this year, get the Oriental Splendour series in a cherry blossom-inspired box or a leather-bounded luxurious box. A box comes with 4 mooncakes starting from RM118.
Buzz up the celebration with Chef Tan Tiong Guan of Li Yen with his alcohol-infused mooncakes. This year, he brings Moët & Chandon-laced mini snow skin mooncakes to life! Don’t forget to try his classic mini cream cheese and port wine mooncakes while you’re at it. Prices starts at RM112 for a box of 4.
If you are looking for more whacky modern flavours, Sofitel’s signature dragon fruit with blueberry truffle snow skin mooncake is a must try. Designed in a set of four inside a leather casing (that also doubles as a wine box!), it is a perfect gift for your family and friends, or yourself! The box set is sold at RM198.
Dubbed the Celestial Treasures, EQ’s mooncakes are the brainchild of Chef Tan Tzaan Ling. With both snow skin and traditionally baked mooncakes in their repertoire, pick one of the aesthetically pleasing pastel mooncakes, the low-sugar option or the signature black sesame single yolk. A single mooncake is RM32 while a box will cost you RM168.
Which of these would you try?
On 26 August 2020, Marks & Spencer is celebrating a milestone birthday for the “King of Birthdays” himself, Colin the Caterpillar – who is turning 30 years old! First launched in M&S’ UK stores backOn August 27, 2020 / By Sofea
On 26 August 2020, Marks & Spencer is celebrating a milestone birthday for the “King of Birthdays” himself, Colin the Caterpillar – who is turning 30 years old! First launched in M&S’ UK stores back in 1990, Colin immediately became a bestseller and has amassed an army of loyal fans over the past three decades. The British icon is also a social media star, having been tagged almost 30,000 times on Instagram!
A regular at celebrity birthdays, Colin has a A-List fan base who love to post pictures of him at their parties. This includes David Beckham, Dame Judi Dench, Sophie Turner, Perrie Edwards from Little Mix, and even Taylor Swift!
To commemorate this joyous occasion, Marks & Spencer has teamed up with local bakery A Slice of Life (@asol.sg) for an exclusive birthday cupcake recipe that fans can create at home! From 28 August onwards, get a free packet of M&S Colin the Caterpillar sweets worth $4.50 with any A Slice of Life purchase via Shop On Pickupp.
Besides a delicious creamy milk chocolate birthday cake, Colin the Caterpillar is also available as mini cakes and as a variety of delicious gummy sweets which are completely vegetarian.
Join in the festivities and shop the full range of Colin the Caterpillar cakes and sweets at all M&S Foodhalls now. You can also shop selected products on the new M&S Singapore home delivery app.
From August, burger fanatics can look forward to affordable weekday treats, as Potato Head Singapore and Three Buns Quayside launch SGD19 value lunch sets available for delivery orOn August 19, 2020 / By Nookmag
From August, burger fanatics can look forward to affordable weekday treats, as Potato Head Singapore and Three Buns Quayside launch SGD19 value lunch sets available for delivery or takeaway, exclusive Three Buns Quayside weekday promotions, as well as attractive corporate packages available for pre-order. Whether it’s a solo lunch al desko, well-deserved after work drinks, or digital team bonding over a video call, weekdays just got a lot more exciting.
Treat yo’ self with $19 weekday lunch sets
For an at home or in office feast, the new Potato Head Singapore and Three Buns Quayside lunch set is perfect for those looking for a mid-week treat that won’t break the bank. Priced at a pocket-friendly $19, customers can choose from some of the restaurants’ most popular burgers and dawgs to tuck into:
All burger or dawg options include house fries or salad, and signature house lemonade or soft drink of choice, with an optional sgd4 top-up for anyone with a sweet tooth looking to finish off their meal with the Rich Chocolate – an indulgent velvety custard of dark and milk chocolate.
The SGD19 lunch set is available for delivery and takeaway from Potato Head Singapore Monday – Friday, 11am – 4pm, and Three Buns Quayside for delivery and takeaway Monday – Thursday, 11am – 4pm. It’s a win-win for weekday lunches!
Let your hair down every weekday with Three Buns Quayside
Choose work to live over live to work with an array of exciting weekday promotions exclusively available at Three Buns Quayside. From mouth-watering gourmet sliders and fries, to signature cocktails and house beverages, there’s something to suit all tastes from Monday to Friday.
No vegetable is as versatile as the potatoes! The root vegetable is a staple source of carbohydrate, no matter where you are in the world. A starchy tuberOn August 19, 2020 / By Sofea
No vegetable is as versatile as the potatoes! The root vegetable is a staple source of carbohydrate, no matter where you are in the world. A starchy tuber of the plant Solanum tuberosum, it is jammed packed with nutrients for your everyday life.
Potatoes can be categorised into 3 types; starchy, waxy and all-purpose. With this in mind is how people choose the best potatoes for different style of cooking! Starchy potatoes are true to their name. High in starch, they are best used for baking and frying. Waxy potatoes, on the other hand, contains more water and sugar and they are best for boiling, roasting or slicing. All-purpose are the in-betweens of starchy and waxy. They are best for roasting, stewing and used in soups!
There are about 4,000 variety of potatoes in the world, but we are going to list down the common ones you find in the supermarket.
Probably the most readily available variety of potatoes in the market, the Russet potatoes (also known as Burbank or Idaho) refer to the group of potatoes with “russet”-coloured skin. They belong to the starchy category and are great for making mashed and baked potatoes!
They are often confused with sweet potatoes due to its colour. Small, scarlet and round, these waxy potatoes are optimum for crispy roasted potatoes, boiled, steamed or made for soup. Under the red potato family, you can find the Red Bliss, Pontiac and Norland varieties.
Readily available in the market, these round to oblong potatoes are under the all-purpose category. They come in Yukon Gold, White Rose and Finnish yellow varieties! These are delicious for roasted, sauteed, boiled and steam.
A popular option for weightwatchers, sweet potatoes have lower calories and tons of fibre as compared to other types of potatoes. Categorised as a starchy, you can cook them by roasting, steaming, boiling, mashed or use them in making desserts!
Enjoy National Potato Day with a great warm and hearty potato meal!
There is a plethora of plant-based milk choices in the supermarket today. Whether you are vegan, lactose-intolerant or just curious of the flavours, which one is the bestOn August 18, 2020 / By Sofea
There is a plethora of plant-based milk choices in the supermarket today. Whether you are vegan, lactose-intolerant or just curious of the flavours, which one is the best choice for you? We have the answers!
Soy milk is widely known in the Asian market. We have been told by our elders just how nutritious it is – and they’re not wrong. Soy milk contains the closest nutritional value to cow’s milk, with 7g of protein in one cup, and the best choice as a dairy alternative. However, it is also one of the common allergens and would not be suitable for those with multiple allergies.
Almond milk has been increasingly popular in the market as of late. You can even find it right by cow’s milk in convenience stores! While its protein content is not the highest, only 1g per cup, it is a tasty alternative. It’s rich in calcium, vitamin E and D and lower calories at 39 calories per serving.
Though oat milk is similar to cow’s milk in terms of calories, it has double the amount of carbohydrate and half the protein compared to cow’s milk. It makes a great vegan alternative for those who are bodybuilding. Another plus for oat milk is that, it is high in total-fibre and beta-glucan which can aid in lowering one’s cholesterol level.
Coconut milk is a widely known ingredient for cooking in South East Asia. While it only contains 45 calories per cup, it contains little to no protein and carbohydrate. However, its versatility makes it a popular alternative.
Rice milk is considered to be the best plant-based alternative as it is the least allergenic (low chance to cause an allergic reaction). In terms of nutrition, 1 cup of rice milk has similar calories to cow’s milk with double the carbohydrates and less fats and protein. Rice milk is also unsuitable for those with diabetes as it can cause a spike in blood sugar level.
Other than that, things to look out for while choosing the best alternative to dairy are; sugar content, additives and water content. Always check out the nutritional label on the products before purchasing!
Tater lovers, this one’s for you! In honour of National Potato Day on 19 August, Singapore’s favourite food delivery service, Deliveroo, has teamed up with gourmet burger favouriteOn August 17, 2020 / By Nookmag
Tater lovers, this one’s for you! In honour of National Potato Day on 19 August, Singapore’s favourite food delivery service, Deliveroo, has teamed up with gourmet burger favourite Three Buns, to transform the humble spud into the ultimate potato platter, the Three Buns’ Four Fries Feast. Expect generous helpings of potato goodness delivered direct to your doorstep, perfect for sharing with your fellow tater lovers.
The Four Fries Feast features three of Three Buns’ signature sides, Naughty, Miso Dirty and Truffle Cheese – think crispy fries with a fluffy interior topped with a-peel-ing flavours – as well as Three Buns’ latest creation, the Smokey. The newcomer to the all-star selection features twice-cooked house fries topped with smoked paprika and finished off with a smoky roasted garlic mayonnaise dip.
Meat lovers will be delighted to find that the Naughty Fries are topped with deliciously spiced béarnaise, hot beef chilli, bawang goreng for extra crunch, formaggio Oro del Maso and a dash of fragrant sesame seeds, while the Miso Dirty Fries are drenched with a unique blend of miso béarnaise sauce, smoked chicken sausage and floss, chives, scallions and pickled chilli for a zesty kick. Finally, the Truffle Cheese fries are a match made in heaven, with decadent shaved truffles, and drizzled with truffle aioli and chives. The Three Buns’ Four Fries Feast will be the perfect sidekick for a spudtacular meal!
Available exclusively on Deliveroo for one day only on 19 August, the Four Fries Feast will be available via the Three Buns Quayside menu for a promotional price of $20. Only 20 sets are up for grabs, so fastest fingers first!
If the Three Buns’ Four Fries Feast isn’t enough for you this National Potato Day, you can also enjoy 20% off potato dishes from 17-22 August at restaurant favourites below. Go forth and have a fry-tfully good time!
Malaysian nightlife is considered to be one of the best in South East Asia. While it is on hold due to the current pandemic, a locally made whiskeyOn August 16, 2020 / By Sofea
Malaysian nightlife is considered to be one of the best in South East Asia. While it is on hold due to the current pandemic, a locally made whiskey took the party halfway across the world and won a silver medal at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition!
Timah, the double peated blended whiskey, is produced by Winepark International, Malaysia’s leading alcoholic beverage manufacturer since 1982. The name translates to “tin” and it pays tribute to Captain Tristam Speedy, the man on the cover. He is a 19th century explorer who sailed his way to Malaya’s Straits Settlement and has decorated achievements in our country, including restoring peace in Perak’s mining district which ultimately became Taiping.
This is the first time one of Malaysia’s very own whiskey has won in an international competition, which took place in March 2020. The blend is matured over 8 years and boasts a faintly floral flavour initially which then transcends into a sharper, peppery taste and ends with the sweetness of light oak.
Timah is currently on sale for RM190 (RP: RM240) here!
Marks & Spencer is launching a brand-new home delivery mobile app, M&S Singapore, enabling Singapore customers to shop for a wide selection of premium M&S groceries delivered directly to their doors!On August 15, 2020 / By Sofea
Marks & Spencer is launching a brand-new home delivery mobile app, M&S Singapore, enabling Singapore customers to shop for a wide selection of premium M&S groceries delivered directly to their doors!
Over 1,500 M&S products are available on the app, including easy weeknight dinner ingredients, ready prepared meals, frozen range, fresh organic fruit and vegetables, plus a wide selection of premium wines blended by expert M&S winemakers.
The free-to-download app is available on both the App Store and Google Play store, making it easier than ever for households to order their favourite Marks & Spencer food and drink products for next-day delivery. M&S currently delivers to all locations in Singapore except P.O. boxes and restricted areas such as off shore islands, army camps, airbase sites, Jurong Island, Changi Cargo Complex and PSA Terminal. For a limited time only, place your first order via the app and enjoy SGD15 off (with a minimum spend of SGD150).
Christine Choi, CEO of Marks & Spencer Asia, said: “We know there are times when it’s far easier to let the good things in life come to you, which is why we’ve launched our brand-new home delivery app – M&S Singapore. As for supporting customers who aren’t able to visit stores easily, we’re also helping those who are now busier than ever. With our new app, it couldn’t be easier to browse and order your M&S favourites from the palm of your hand – all delivered to your doorstep on the same day.”
Also launching on the new M&S Singapore app this August is Marks & Spencer’s expanded Cook With M&S range, featuring new cooking pastes and seasonings that help families whip up meals in a matter of minutes! On top of that, it also includes the brand new Cook With M&S cookbook, filled with 50 recipes to shake up your mid-week meals.
Shop the full Cook With M&S range in-store or via the new M&S Singapore app today!
Starbucks introduced two new food items, the Impossible™ Pasta Salad Bowl and Impossible™ Pie, to its core menu in Singapore, following the launch of the market’s first plant-basedOn August 15, 2020 / By Nookmag
Starbucks introduced two new food items, the Impossible™ Pasta Salad Bowl and Impossible™ Pie, to its core menu in Singapore, following the launch of the market’s first plant-based menu item in July.
The new Impossible Pasta Salad Bowl and Impossible Pie will be available at all Starbucks stores island-wide and through delivery.
The new dishes in Singapore join a growing number of plant-based menu items offered to Starbucks customers around the world. As customer demand for plant-based choices increases, Starbucks remains committed to expanding plant-based food and beverage offerings, as an environmentally friendly menu contributes to Starbucks global aspiration to be a resource-positive company.
The Impossible Pasta Salad Bowl features Impossible plant-based meatballs against a vibrant bed of fusilli pasta, broccoli, French beans, baby corn and cherry tomatoes, served with a bright and nutty soy sesame dressing.
The Impossible Pie features ground Impossible Burger within a savory medley of gherkins, tomato sauce and layers of melted cheddar cheese wrapped in buttery, flaky short-crust pastry.
The new menu is available at all Starbucks stores across Singapore, and for delivery through Deliveroo, Foodpanda, and GrabFood.
In conjunction with Afternoon Tea Week (ICYMI: click here), celebrate the occasion at one of these locations in Singapore! 1. Fennel Cafe at Gardens By The BayOn August 14, 2020 / By Sofea
In conjunction with Afternoon Tea Week (ICYMI: click here), celebrate the occasion at one of these locations in Singapore!
It’s Spring every day at Gardens By The Bay’s Flower Dome. It houses Fennel Café, where you can enjoy afternoon tea surrounded by exotic flowers and plants in the world’s largest glass greenhouse. Not only do they offer the best view and ambience, the pastries and savoury snacks are also made with fresh herbs from the in-house garden.
The afternoon tea at Anti:dote might just win the award for ‘Best Presentation’ in the Lion City. Resembling a jewellery box that some might find nostalgic, each drawer reveals an array of delights giving you delicious surprises each level. It’s a box of treats waiting to be unveiled!
By night, MO Bar is one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars of 2020. By day, on the other hand, it serves as one of the most scenic places to enjoy afternoon tea. With breath-taking views of the Marina Bay, treat yourself and your loved ones with luxurious bites and drinks.
If you enjoy fantastic views from above and quirky food presentation, SKAI is the place to be! With platter of treats served on a Japanese cherry blossom tree stand and tea curated by TWG tea specialists, it will leave you crave for more after your first visit. The afternoon tea menu is a special collaboration between Executive Chef Paul Hallet’s culinary philosophy and Executive Pastry Chef Ming Choong’s 20 years of pastry experience!
Inspired by the English countryside, channel British sophistication at Regent Singapore’s Tea Lounge. On weekdays, they offer a three-tier set consisting of dainty pastries, savoury sandwiches and Regent’s signature scones. On weekends, the afternoon tea set is added with exclusive hot plated items!
Try them all and discover which one of these is your cup of tea.
It’s Afternoon Tea Week from 10 August – 16 August! To commemorate the tea party, here are some of the best places to celebrate in the capital cityOn August 10, 2020 / By Sofea
It’s Afternoon Tea Week from 10 August – 16 August! To commemorate the tea party, here are some of the best places to celebrate in the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
The Majestic Hotel has not one, but three areas where one can enjoy afternoon tea. The most sought after is the Orchid Conservatory, a one-of-a-kind glass atrium decorated with a colourful array of orchids. The Tea Lounge and Colonial Café, on the other hand, are nothing short of sophisticated, perfect for a girls’ day out!
OneSixFive Lounge of Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur offers comfort and tranquillity. The Secret Garden Afternoon Tea operates daily from 2 – 5pm. Enjoy an exquisite tea selection and pastries overlooking a lush tropical garden equipped with a waterfall.
Afternoon tea is often associated with the British aristocrat culture and it’s nothing short of that at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur. In-collaboration with Halcyon Days, Malaysia, enjoy British-inspired afternoon tea high up on the 53rd floor with breath-taking views of the city skyline. Hurry, as this exclusive collaboration will end on 31 August 2020.
It’s afternoon tea with a local twist at Axis Lounge of DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur! Available during the weekdays from 3 – 6pm, it is priced at RM35nett for 2 people! An absolute bargain for the occasion.
It’s a Bao-Tea-Ful time at Hotel Stripes! This afternoon tea set serves soft bao where you can choose from a fusion of Japanese, Korean and Western cuisine as its filling. They even have dessert bao where the milo-filled soft white pastry is a notable choice.
Grab your girlfriends and enjoy a relaxing day in Afternoon Tea Week with our choices!
Just when we thought things can’t get any better, we found out that there is going to be not one, but TWO Taco Bell outlets in Malaysia! ICYMI:On August 9, 2020 / By Sofea
Just when we thought things can’t get any better, we found out that there is going to be not one, but TWO Taco Bell outlets in Malaysia! ICYMI: In June, Tropicana Gardens Mall in Kota Damansara had posted a teaser of the American Tex-Mex joint “coming soon”. This caused an uproar of excitement and we have been patiently waiting for more updates since.
On 2 July 2020, Taco Bell Malaysia had posted a press release regarding their launch in the nation, confirming the coming of the famous fast food chain. “We are thrilled to finally bring our world-famous crunchy tacos to our Malaysian fans, and look forward to beginning this journey with our incredible partners at Disruptive Concepts Restaurant Group!”, reads the official statement by Taco Bell.
While Tropicana Gardens Mall have announced it first, on the website, it says:
We are listening down the malls that starts with the letter “C” faster than you can say Taco Bell! Head over to their website to subscribe to their mailing list so you won’t miss out on any big news.
Marks & Spencer is unveiling 15 new wines this month with the launch of its This Is range. From spicy reds, to blushing rosés, tropical whites and more, these great-tasting, top-value wines are available in storeOn August 5, 2020 / By Sofea
Marks & Spencer is unveiling 15 new wines this month with the launch of its This Is range. From spicy reds, to blushing rosés, tropical whites and more, these great-tasting, top-value wines are available in store from just SGD24.90 per bottle.
Created by M&S expert winemakers, led by Belinda Kleinig, the new wines showcase popular styles and grape varieties, with bright, helpful labels showing customers exactly what kind of wine is being bottled. Ideal for laypersons who might find the wine aisle intimidating or uncertain of where to begin, the range is designed to offer guidance on taste, styles and grape varieties to help customers begin their wine journey.
Pick up a rich and smooth Spanish Red, which pairs perfectly with lamb, pork or roasted vegetables –or a fresh and fruity Chenin Blanc, ideal with chicken or lighter salads. This Is the perfect moment for customers to snap up one of these top-value bottles on the next trip to their local M&S store.
The new This Is range of wines is available at all M&S Foodhalls from August 2020.
The full This Is wine range, priced at SGD24.90, includes:
Located at Jewel Changi Airport (#B1-243/244), PAZZION Café introduces two new mains using Singaporeans’ well-loved seafood – crab, and a special nonya kueh-inspired mocktail, in celebration of Singapore’sOn August 5, 2020 / By Nookmag
Located at Jewel Changi Airport (#B1-243/244), PAZZION Café introduces two new mains using Singaporeans’ well-loved seafood – crab, and a special nonya kueh-inspired mocktail, in celebration of Singapore’s birthday, just for the month of August 2020!
If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, we recommend the Sambal Cream Crab Croissant (SGD18), which features our local sambal, the fragrant condiment that spicy lovers cannot do without, and comes in the form of a flaky and buttery croissant overflowing with succulent fresh chucks of crab meat and velvety scrambled eggs cooked in a mild spicy sambal cream sauce. There’s only one word for this: SEDAP!
If croissants are not your thing, perhaps the Black Pepper Crab Pasta (SGD18) would suit your fancy instead. Tossed in a fragrant and sweet-savoury home-made black pepper sauce, this delectable dish of al dente linguine is filled with chunky pieces of fresh crab meat, and features the heat and “kick” of our local favourite black pepper crab dish.
Wash it all down with a Rasa Singapore! Priced at SGD5.50, end your meal with a traditionally-inspired mocktail. With our local nonya kuehs and desserts in mind, the Rasa Singapore mocktail features a beautiful four-layered concoction with Gula Melaka syrup at its base, followed by a layer of fresh milk and coconut milk, a third layer of freshly prepared pandan juice, and lastly, topped with a dollop of milk foam to complete the uniquely Singapore Peranakan drink. For a sweet tooth, there’s no better way to say cheers!
PAZZION CAFÉ PROMOTION – 1ST TO 31ST AUGUST 2020
From 1st to 31st August 2020, order any one of the National Day mains (Sambal Cream Crab Croissant / Black Pepper Pasta) and the Rasa Singapore at a special price of SGD20.
Jewel Changi Airport
Monday to Thursday | 11am – 8.30pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday | 10am – 9pm
(Last order to be placed 30 minutes before closing time)
Better late than never! On the last day of Ice Cream Month, here are some of the coolest (pun intended) ice creams you can find at a JayaOn July 31, 2020 / By Sofea
Better late than never! On the last day of Ice Cream Month, here are some of the coolest (pun intended) ice creams you can find at a Jaya Grocer near you.
The pride of New Zealand, the Memphis Meltdown is the world’s original triple dipped ice cream. Made with fresh milk, cream, natural flavours and contains no palm oil. The Gooey Caramel flavour is made of vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate, plunged into a gooey pool of caramel and coated in milk chocolate.
We all have seen the Snickers ice cream bar, but have you seen the Snicker ice cream cone? Yes, it exists, and you can get yours at a Jaya Grocer near you!
A big fan of M&M’s? Then the M&M’s Vanilla Ice Cream Cone is specially made for you! Not only does it have an ample amount of M&M’s drizzled on top, it also has a chocolate fudge swirl and a chocolate nugget at the bottom.
The Oreo Ice Cream Stick has made waves some time ago and it is still a sensation up to this day. Other than Jaya Grocer, you can find it at convenience stores near you!
Is it just us or Smarties are becoming more and more difficult to find these days? Their ice cream counterparts, on the other hand, are available in vanilla and chocolate flavours at Jaya Grocer!
The ice cream version of the signature triangular chocolate has reached Malaysia! Keeping to its signature shape, the honey ice cream coated with Toblerone and nougat pieces will upgrade your experience of the chocolate.
Get them before they run out! Don’t forget your face mask when you step out of your home.
While we are adapting to the ‘new normal’, Tamarind Restaurants have found a way to give you a virtual dining experience. Now you can re-create a candle-lit dinnerOn July 26, 2020 / By Sofea
While we are adapting to the ‘new normal’, Tamarind Restaurants have found a way to give you a virtual dining experience. Now you can re-create a candle-lit dinner in a fine dining restaurant at home with CiaoChow – Malaysia’s First Virtual Gourmet Food Court!
Under the umbrella of Tamarind Restaurants, you can opt for a night of Italian with Il Tiempo, Thai with Tamarind Kitchen, Western with Neo and soon, Malay cuisine with Mandi Mandi. Made for gastronomes, Tamarind Restaurants brings you only the freshest ingredients from daily local catches to organic vegetables sourced from both low and highlands farms in Malaysia. With sustainability in mind, the poultry also comes from cage-free, grass-fed cattle farms locally.
Quality assured, the delicacies featured on CiaoChow are online exclusives to ensure optimum delivery durability. While their delivery services are only available in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, Tamarind Restaurants aim to open kiosks all over Klang Valley by the end of 2020.
Take a virtual walk to discover CiaoChow here!