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30 Aug 2014

Gyoza King - Like a Zi Char place

CBD area is still quite alien to me and I could easily get lost in that district, just because I do not work around there. Most of the meals around the area would be in sets, which proofed convenient and easily catered to the office crowd. Imagine everyone rushing for lunch at roughly the same timing in order to quickly settle their meals before heading back into their office.... Anyway, my friends and I dropped by Gyoza King for dinner, a perfect timing since the office crowd would be busy heading back home.  

Gyoza King felt like a cramped container-like eatery that serves quick meals. The menu is quite fixed: 
1) Choose your gyoza (chicken, pork or prawn)
2) Choose 2 side dishes (check out some of the sides below)
Comes with free flow of rice, miso soup, marinated cabbages and beansprouts. 

(Stir fried eggplant with miso ; Stir fried egg with tomatoes)
My favorite combo since the eggplant had a tinge of miso sweetness and the fried egg was fluffy!  

(Deep fried chicken with spicy sauce and mixed sesame ; Deep fried tofu with minced pork gravy)

(Chicken Nanban with tartar sauce ; Stir fried egg with chinese chives) 

Basically these were some of the side dishes my friends and I had that day. There were a couple more which we did not try due to personal preferences. Obviously we picked the ones we liked. I felt like I was having 'Chinese Zi Char' instead of being in a Japanese restaurant. Simple, quick, delicious and luring me to go back again.  

23 Aug 2014

Grub - Dining in Bishan park!


Grub is a bistro that lies amidst Bishan Park with basically having more unique landscape view as compared to many other bistros. Built on a sub-urban landscape with a crane and HDBs in the background while the foreground remained sort of natural looking.

The fish burger is highly raved and often appearing in media platform such as instagram, featuring its crispy crumbed fish fillet balancing between burger buns. My friend sure was enjoying her slab of slightly fishy fillet! Although the wooden boards looked quite empty/spacious, 'a set itself would be lonely while 4 sets makes a happy food family!' - Quote by me  

I decided to go for the non-fried and healthier choice of sous vide glazed pork steak burger. Despite the really tender texture of the pork (the magic of using sous vide machine), I felt the overall taste was too bland and tasteless. I would want my pineapple ring to be more charred too. Best part for me was actually its bun! It was nicely toasted or grilled and having that fried 'man tou' crispness on its outside and fluffy inside. 

After waiting for more than half an hour and calling the service staff 3 times, our churros finally arrived! Coated unevenly with sugar, the exterior 'skin' was slightly crispy with very doughy-like texture inside. Both the dark chocolate sauce and tangy vanilla sauce were so diluted and watery that I did not bother to dip into them after a few bites. 

After a dip, the watery sauce would quickly flow downwards within seconds. Our table was glittering with sugar too!

Took some mandatory pictures from my friend's phone which turned out quite nice despite that grainy texture.  

Another one while walking back!

While waiting 'patiently' for our churros! 


Weather was so hot and it wasn't me that pointed the middle finger... Haha! It was quite a nice place to chill actually and I meant indoors where the air conditioning is so shiok.

19 Aug 2014

Niche Boulangerie - Your homely neighborhood cafe!


I know many people out there dream of opening their own cafe. I don't mean cafe tycoon or restaurant city where you get to effortlessly open one outlet in your iPad or whatever mobile device you have. Pardon my lengthy story line since both partners of this cafe are people whom I personally know, decided to take the plunge and open a cafe at Toa Payoh.
Starting a food and beverage company is definitely not an easy task since everything has to be planned right from scratch. From renting a space to designing the interiors to settling the troublesome and problematic AVA, it took more than a month and also longer than expected. It was a draining experience, the amount of commitment, effort as well as stamina needed for Niche Boulangerie. Thanks to my friends, I personally get to experience the thrill of working in a cafe! Anyway, despite the hectic production, they produce the following products fresh from the oven almost daily, in their really cramp and small kitchen. If you were to visit them, Melvin's mum, a really nice lady in her seventies could be spotted helping him run the front of house. His pretty wife would often drop by the cafe in the evening after her full time job to help out too.
Anyway, let me introduce some of his niche products available daily, unless they run out of stock. Most of these pictures were taken from my instagram.

Herb Brioche ($1.50) - These buns are just pure buttery goodness. I have seen many aunties and uncles from the neighborhood dropping by in the morning, just to grab some for their breakfast. You could make your own delicious sandwich with these at your convenience.  

No Nonsense Chocolate Brownie ($3.50) - Really affordable based on their size, these slabs of walnuts topped chocolate brownies are baked perfectly for chocolate lovers. It is towards the slightly choco-bitter and fudge type which goes well with ice cream!  

Bacon and Cheese Scones ($4.00) - Shaped like gold bars, these unusual scones were as precious as gold. You would not want to leave any crumbs remaining on your plate because they were that yummy and not overly dry. Do not worry if you do not have a savory palette as there are also honey + cinnamon and cranberry + orange scones too!    

Banana Nutella Muffin ($2.50) - Another popular choice that often sold off fast would be the Banana Nutella Muffins. For every production of these muffins, he would use 100% fully ripen pure banana flesh to make! No artificial banana essence or flavoring at all. I can vouch for it since I helped in his kitchen before. Besides being natural, the muffins are ultra moist and fluffy too. Sometimes other muffins such as carrot, berry, etc, are also available.

French Apple Tart - Sweet almond paste filling and tartness of the granny smith apples really compliments well in that tart shell. Also goes well with a scope of ice cream! 

Macarons - Alright, macarons could be rather uncommon in here since they focused more on other productions instead. A batch is normally gone within 2 or 3 days.

Black Diamond - Purely chocolate indulgence.... (I forgot the descriptions..)

Red Velvet Cake - Not the usual chocolate sponge with red coloring. The sponge itself is made with almond paste, making it substantially delightful to munch on, pairing well with the light and rich cream cheese frosting. 

Strawberry Cheesecake - Using baked method and not the easy chilled way, the size of this cheesy goodness is huge enough for 2 to share. 

Mango Tart - Freshly diced mangoes with vanilla cream in tart shell.

There are also home made lasagna available for lunch/dinner that comes with salad. Really reasonably priced too.  

The Kampung Chicken Pie is also made in limited amount, usually on weekends and would be wiped out rather quickly. I had one for my dinner before and it was really filling. Everything is made in house, including the filling and pie shell.

See what I meant when I say it is overloaded generously with ingredients such as chicken, mushroom, carrot and broccoli. 

Anyway the menu is usually not fixed and sometimes there could be new creations and seasonal desserts. The variety of items has since increased and do check out their facebook page here for more information.
They do customized cakes and even orders for any sort of parties too!

Address:

  • 128 lorong 1 
  • Toa payoh unit 1-833

8 Aug 2014

Alive Museum Singapore and some tips to thoroughly enjoy the experience!

I seldom post about lifestyles. But once I do, I do it wild!

I have been wanting to make a trip to Korea partly because of one of its main attraction, the trick eye museum. Thanks to #omy and #alivemuseum , I now had the chance to experience something similar and enjoyable! It is to visit Alive Museum conveniently located at Suntec City!

So here are some poses my friend and I did at Alive Museum Sg! Enjoy!
(Note: Some of the captions may contain colourful languages.) 

Smacked right at the entrance, the first exhibit was this bare ass woman on the bed.
Hey! I wasn't going to touch that ass! Quit spying on me!

Another one of the more perverted horny shot of me .... Don't judge me as this was purely for photo taking purpose only!
(Note: These 2 pictures are about to be removed from the exhibit site due to many negative feedback.) 

Hail to the king! The really relax and slack one.

Hi mom, I am hungry. Can I have food now?

Nooooo! Let me go!

Summoning forest dragon jitsu! Wrong hand sign for a summoning jitsu....O well....I watched too much Naruto episodes!

There was also a fully mirrored room with disco lights! What happens when you place blogger with mirrors? Werking it out with camwhole shots! Girls please wear skirt, we guys promised not to peep.

I did this inverted shot since we had the whole mirror room to ourselves!

When people started coming in, you have no choice but to have them in your shots just because it is a mirrored room! Duh!

''I came in like a wrecking ball!'' My friend owned this picture.

I am not surfing any porn website in here! Oppps, stupid mirror!  

I don't know why I looked so calm in here... 

Another picture which owned me flat. My friend did a bit of unbuttoning to show his abs tummy! He is going to slaughter me for this.

Thankfully nobody else was around when I stripped and took this shot! Help! The whirlpool is sucking me hard in!

Another dramatic shot! If only a girl would wear a bikini for this....(Not X-L size like below!)

I hope I don't get such a heavy girlfriend or my back would break!

Used my friend's shot as I just refused to get hit! I either blocked or dodged. 

NOOOO! My soft serve ice cream! I will Kung-Fu-Fight you for this Mr Panda!  

Unleashed the hulk in me! Hulk Smash!

Hi batman, you will get diabetes eating me...because I am too sweet...  

Warning: The pole here is really slippery and difficult to climb/grip!
''I am on top of the world looking, down on creations.......''

I forgot how I did this!

Weeeee! A clearer view of your d!ck! Why so small one!?!?

Save me from these zombies!

I am such a great and talented artist! 

A bit exaggerated in here since a couple of eyes were on me when I took this shot. Thankfully I could do low rope during my army days easily but just be careful of rope burns! Dang, I should have videoed this station instead!

There were many other stations which I did not feature in this blog post as I did not want to be such a big spoiler (I am only a small spoiler...).

My tips for those who want to thoroughly enjoy the experience:

1) Hate those spotlights as they tend to spoil most of my beautiful pictures with me inside. You will notice many patches of light reflection throughout my pictures. Just try to exclude the lights as much as possible.

2) Not only the exhibits are under the spotlight, I myself look ultra white in some of the photos. Get your photographer (best a patient one) to instruct you on the positioning.

3) You do not necessary need to follow the instruction of where to stand to take the best shot, experiment with different positions for personal preference.

4) One important thing is to get the angle right! Hard to explain in the form of words but be sure to keep the alignments in check.

5) Wear clothes you don't mind lying on the floor with because some stations require you to do so.

6) It is really boring seeing repetitive poses of people at each stations. To outshine, be as dramatic as possible, or show exaggerated facial expressions. Pose something people would not dare or want to do.

7) Posing with friends make the experience more fun and lively. However do not overdo it such as having 10 people in a picture.

8) Towards the end of the exhibition, my energy level was drained out. Train up a bit on your flexibility, stamina as well as strength because these are required for crazier extreme poses.

Currently, Alive Museum is having a promotion! Check out the link here for more details!

Ticket Prices
Adult 13 yrs and above: S$25
Child 3 – 12 yrs: S$20
Package 2 Adults + 1 Child: S$60

Opening Hours
Opens daily from 10am to 10pm (last admission at 9pm)

Suntec City Mall
 #03-372 (between Towers 3 & 4)