Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Weekender: Hotdogs Inc with beer garden

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

If you’re a hotdog lover in Singapore, here’s a restaurant where you can hang out and enjoy some delightful hotdogs with beer.

* This article first appeared in The Travel Memoir and is reposted here with permission.

Hotdogs Inc is in PoMo Mall, where many adult students attend classes at schools such as Kaplan in the vicinity.

Hotdogs Inc is in PoMo Mall, where many adult students attend classes at schools such as Kaplan in the vicinity.

Hotdogs Inc doles out high-quality sausages paired with freshly made buns.

Since its inception last year, mainstays such as Wagyu Beef Roll; Soft Shell Crab; and Pork Cheese Sausage have won the hearts of gourmands.

My Favourite

I tried out the new menu dishes at Hotdogs Inc and was delighted with the variety of hotdogs on offer.

My favourite was the Kurobuta Pork Roll which is made from the juicy, tender and high-end meat culled from Berkshire pigs, which boasts delectable marbling.

You can have it with either Asian, German or Japanese topping – I was partial to the German one.

The Kurobuta went down well with the Great White Beer by the New Zealand-based Mac’s Brewery.

New additions to the A La Carte menu include (clockwise from bottom rightt) Truffle Fries (S$5.80), Kurobuta Pork Roll (S$8.80), Man’s Jumbo Special (S$14.80), and Lady’s Secret Delight (S$9.80).

New additions to the A La Carte menu include (clockwise from bottom rightt) Truffle Fries (S$5.80), Kurobuta Pork Roll (S$8.80), Man’s Jumbo Special (S$14.80), and Lady’s Secret Delight (S$9.80).

The restaurant also serves up delectable side dishes such as Cheeky Spicy Wings and Premium Squid Balls.

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POTD: Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2015

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Here’s wishing all Muslim friends: “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri”!

Hari Raya ornaments for the home, on sale at the night bazaar prior to the actual day. Photo taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. It was so crowded you’ve got to keep moving. The fast 65-point autofocus of the 7D Mark II enabled many shots to be taken sharp despite the hurry. Photo credit: John Tan.

Hari Raya ornaments for the home, on sale at the night bazaar prior to the actual day. Photo taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. It was so crowded you’ve got to keep moving. The fast 65-point autofocus of the 7D Mark II enabled many shots to be taken sharp despite the hurry. Photo credit: John Tan.

It’s Hari Raya Puasa today.

After a whole month of fasting during Ramadan, today is the day that our Muslim friends have been looking forward to.

A traditional henna tattoo being done on the hands of a gracious lady who accented to letting me capture the beautiful design on her hand. Photo taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

A traditional henna tattoo being done on the hands of a gracious lady who accented to letting me capture the beautiful design on her hand. Photo taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

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Travel: Meeting Dato’ Chef Ismail at Restoran Rebung in KL

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Dato’ Chef Ismail is the food ambassador of the Malaysian Tourism Ministry and owner of Restoran Rebung in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

tech4tea.com was invited by Tourism Malaysia to check out the restaurant and meet with the affable owner-chef. Here are some pictures that Wee Wu Neo has sent back to Singapore. Text by John Tan.

Chef Ismail shares how he helped his grandmother in the kitchen since he was five, learning how to cook Malay heritage dishes over the years.

Chef Ismail shares how he helped his grandmother in the kitchen since he was five, learning how to cook Malay heritage dishes over the years.

Restoran Rebung is located at No. 4-2 Lorong Maarof, Bangsar (59000) in KL, near to the bustling nightlife in the capital’s Bangsar district.

Siput Sedut or Belitung cooked in curry. In case you’re wondering, it is a species of Sea Snail.

Siput Sedut or Belitung cooked in curry. In case you’re wondering, it is a species of Sea Snail.

The interior decor is very traditional and reminds one of the typical Malay home.

Get a taste of Negri Sembilan at Restoran Rebung.

Get a taste of Negri Sembilan at Restoran Rebung.

The 55-year-old celebrity Chef Ismail Ahmad grew up in a small village in the Malaysian state of Negri Sembilan and includes in his menu a huge list of local cuisine that diners can order a la carte or through a buffet.

Nasi Lemak - fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf - wrapped in banana leaf and old newspaper.

Nasi Lemak – fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf – wrapped in banana leaf and old newspaper.

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Event forecast: “Rakuten Super Bag” at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza Singapore

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Japan’s number one online shopping mall Rakuten celebrates Singapore launch with three-day public extravaganza at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza – from 28-30 March 2014, 11am – 10pm. Admission Free.

Members of the public can experience the best of Rakuten’s products – in food, fashion, beauty and more.

Members of the public can experience the best of Rakuten’s products – in food, fashion, beauty and more.

The e-commerce giant is bringing together the best of its Japanese and local merchants’ products in an experiential showcase at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza during those three days.

Kuriya Fish Market’s chef will be guiding local celebrities through a different Japanese-themed culinary demonstration each day.

  1. Mar 28, 6.30pm: Keagan Kang and Paul Foster
  2. Mar 29, 5.30pm: Michelle Chia
  3. Mar 30, 2.30pm: Wong Lilin

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POTD: Smiley and cool cupcakes

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Here are some cheerful cupcakes to light up your day.

Take your pick of favourite vibes from these cheerful cupcakes. Photo taken with an Olympus E-450 with Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Take your pick of favourite vibes from these cheerful cupcakes. Photo taken with an Olympus E-450 with Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Got a box of these cheery cupcakes during the launch of the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone in Singapore some 2 weeks back.

Have been saving this snapshot to cheer up the day.

POTD: Hari Raya cookies for family, visitors and friends

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

One of the things I love about Hari Raya is eating the delicious cookies that Muslim friends and colleagues share when the festival approaches. They are tasty and make delectable snacks suitable for all occasions.

 Rows and rows of Hari Raya cookies on sale at the Ramadan Night Bazaar. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Rows and rows of Hari Raya cookies on sale at the Ramadan Night Bazaar. Both photos taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

You can also buy them at shops and the Ramadan Night Bazaar.

If you’re a baker or feeling adventurous, you could also try baking some yourself!

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Gordon Ramsay VS Singapore Chilli Crab, Laksa & Chicken Rice

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

After eight days of intensive voting and over 2.5 million votes, Singapore has chosen Ang Kiam Meng from Jumbo Seafood (319,922 votes), Mdm Foo Kui Lian from Tian Tian Chicken Rice (318,151 votes), and Mr Ryan Koh from 328 Katong Laksa (316,611 votes) as their most popular hawkers to challenge Gordon Ramsay at the SingTel Hawker Heroes Challenge.

Update (7 July, 2013):

More than 1,000 members of the public were at Newton Food Centre to taste and vote for their preferred version of the three dishes.

Overall, the Singapore hawker heroes edged-out Chef Ramsay in the live poll by 6% of the total vote.

In terms of individual dishes, Ramsay’s version of the Chilli Crab beat that of Jumbo Seafood by 5%; while he lost to both Tian Tian Chicken Rice (by 6%) and 328 Katong Laksa (19%) for the other other two dishes.

Chef Ramsay accepted the challenge to pit his skills against three popular hawkers in Singapore selected through a public poll,

Chef Ramsay accepted the challenge to pit his skills against three popular hawkers in Singapore selected through a public poll. Image from SingTel

The three will now prepare for a mouth-watering culinary cook-off against Michelin-starred heavyweight Gordon Ramsay in the SingTel Hawker Heroes cook-off.

Top 3 SingTel Hawker Heroes.

Top 3 SingTel Hawker Heroes. Image from SingTel.

On 5 and 6 July, Chef Ramsay will spend time with each of the three hawkers to learn their signature dishes: chicken rice, chilli crab and laksa.

Date 7 July 2013 (Sunday)
Time 6pm onwards
Venue Newton Food Centre
Details Non-ticketed event, open to the public free of charge. 1000 servings are available on a first-come-first-serve basis

He will then put his own unique spin on these dishes at the final showdown event held at Newton Food Centre on Sunday, 7 July.

The event will be open to members of the public, who will be able to sample the dishes prepared by the local hawkers and Chef Ramsay and vote for their preferred version.

About SingTel Hawker Heroes Challenge

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Tea for Tech at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

I usually sit down with a cup of tea in the morning while I surf the Web for the latest tech news. Today, I sat down with three cups at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

The three Tea Cappuccinos are available at all outlets at $6.00 each for all three flavors (Chai, Scottish Breakfast and Anniversary Blend Tea). They will only be available until 25 May 2013.

The three Tea Cappuccinos are available at all outlets at S$6.00 each for all three flavors (Chai, Scottish Breakfast and Anniversary Blend Tea).

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a frothy trio of tea cappuccinos at all its outlets.

The special concoctions will only be available until 25 May 2013.

The special concoctions will only be available until 25 May 2013.

These freshly brewed tea concoctions are layered with silky milk foam and drizzled with delicious vanilla bean sauce.

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High tech cooking appliance for Mom – Tefal ActiFry Family

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Since it’s Mother’s Day today, here’s a fantastic “gadget” I came across last week that’s ideal for the busy and working Mom who cooks dinner after work.

Available from 1 June 2013 at S$459 (incl. GST).

Launch Offer: S$80 grocery voucher and local recipe book will be given away by promoters at outlets while stocks last. Available at electrical chain stores, leading department stores, selected hypermarkets and authorized dealers.

Launch Offer: S$80 grocery voucher and local recipe book will be given away by promoters at outlets while stocks last. Available at electrical chain stores, leading department stores, selected hypermarkets and authorized dealers.

French kithen appliance maker, Tefal, has launched the ActiFry in Singapore.

“This entire plate of crispy fries, 1 tablespoon of oil. Delicious with my veggie burger….This machine Tefal ActiFry has changed my life and they are not paying me to say this!” ~ Twitter post on 19 February 2013 by Oprah Winfrey, along with a picture of her meal.

Six million units of the Tefal ActiFry have been sold worldwide

The Tefal ActiFry Family 1.5kg is versatile, convenient and cooks more healthily for the health-conscious family.

The Tefal ActiFry uses 97.5% less oil than a conventional deep fryer.

The ActiFry features a ceramic-coated, scratch resistant pan, allowing users to cook a wide range of food and also aids in making easy cleaning of the utensil.

In addition, the ActiFry is equipped with an automatic stirring paddle.

So you can just throw in the rice and ingredients and let the ActiFry fry the fried rice for you, hands-free.

The patented pulsed hot air circulation system and electronic control of the heating system allow the appliance to maintain the heating temperature at a maximum of 170°C.

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Bits of Hope, Gifts of Life for kidney patients of the KDF

Monday, February 11th, 2013

The Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF) of Singapore is launching a campaign to raise funds and to collect well-wishes and encouragement from members of the public for kidney patients and the healthcare professional looking after them.

Campaign by the Kidney Dialysis Foundation to raise funds and garner moral support for patients and staff.

Campaign by the Kidney Dialysis Foundation to raise funds and garner moral support for patients and staff.

The “Bits of Hope, Gift of Life” campaign will be held in conjunction with World Kidney Day on 14 March and as part of the celebrations for World Kidney Month in March 2013.

You can help the KDF in two ways.

1. Well-wishes and encouragement

Send your well-wishes and encouragements to KDF here.

Check out how you can support the KDF.

Check out how you can support the KDF.

These will be compiled into an e-Book at the end of the project and be published on KDF’s website.

This collection of well-wishes and encouragements would serve as a symbol of hope and encouragement for KDF’s patients to strive on and not give up.

It would also let them know that there are many others around who care, thus giving recognition to this vital group of healthcare workers for their hard work and dedication towards their profession.

2. Fundraising

You can donate directly to the campaign, to help defray the costs of dialysis for patients and lighten their financial load. For every donation of minimum $2, supporters will receive a specially designed KDF Post-It sticky pad as a token of appreciation.

The Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF) is a non-profit charitable organisation, established in February 1996 by Dr Gordon Ku, a kidney specialist.