A-Sha Dry Noodles are now available in Singapore!

Taiwan’s favourite dry flat noodles, A-Sha Dry Noodle, is finally in Singapore! From its humble origins as a simple noodle manufacturer opened in 1977, Asha Foods is now recognised and available globally, and the noodle brand has been winning various awards in Taiwan too!

A-Sha Dry Noodles has history. Made from a family recipe that is a 100 years old, the noodles are these days prepared in a 15-hour process that also involves air-drying the noodles before it is packed. Free of preservatives and MSG, fibre-rich, low in carbohydrates and calories, A-Sha Dry noodles in itself already sounds amazing.

Yet, what ultimately is the most important are the flavours. For its launch in Singapore, A-Sha Dry Noodle will be available in its two most popular flavours, the Hakka Chilli and the Mandarin Oriental. The former features their wide-noodle variety, while the latter, the medium sized flat noodle variety.

This time round, I took to trying the Mandarin Oriental version. The noodles are clearly superior, and when cooked, are springy, firm, and with a certain body that speaks “premium”. Mandarin Oriental carries a soy-sauce based flavour that is light, clean tasting and not overly indulgent. It can get a little salty, however, so I highly recommend adjusting the seasoning to your liking before pouring everything in. That said, the noodles seem to go very well with sliced green onion, maybe slices of char siew or chicken, and a delicious egg by the side.

For all its worth, the noodles are unfortunately priced at 5 packets for $10.90 – which is certainly not the cheapest instant noodles on the block. (You could almost get 3-4 bowls of Mee Pok and perhaps even more value since Mee Pok has toppings). Still, for A-Sha dry noodle fans, you’ll be happy to know that the noodles are now available at all NTUC outlets islandwide.

Thank you A-Sha for the noodles

PARKROYAL on Beach Road’s Crab (and Lobster) Buffet is Back!

Ginger at PARKROYAL on Beach Road has brought back its delectable crustacean buffet from now till 31 October 2018 for dinners daily, and lunch inclusive on weekends! The Wonders of Pincers buffet features signature favourites such as the Salted Egg Yolk Crab, Rock Salt Crab, Chilli Crab and the Black Pepper Crab. Also on the menu is the Pumpkin Lobster in Claypot, which was my favourite dish of the night for its rich sweetness and meaty lobster served whole.

On top of the special lineup, Ginger will also feature an expanded buffet selection featuring local delights as well as a barbecue live station, its regular oyster omelette live station, and bowls of bak kut teh to wash it all down. The Wonders of Pincers is a decent buffet for crab lovers seeking a good variety, and would definitely appeal to those who want to savour a good selection of Singaporean cuisine in a single sitting. The buffet is available at $68++ for adults, and $34++ for children.

Thank you PARKROYAL on Beach Road for the invitation.
More buffet pictures below to whet your appetite!

Ginger
PARKROYAL on Beach Road
Singapore 199591
Reservations: 6505 5710

The Wonders of Pincers Buffet
Lunch
Weekends only: $68++ per adult, $34++ per child
Dinner
Daily: $68++ per adult, $34++ per child

Chicken Rice Flavoured Popcorn – Weirdly delicious and Singaporean!

Singapore start up The Kettle Gourmet has launched an exciting new popcorn flavour that is specially catered for adventurous local tastebuds – Chicken Rice Flavoured Popcorn! Baked with chicken stock, traditional soy sauce, pandan and lemongrass, and a touch of cucumber and parsley, this was popcorn with a local twist amidst a medley of flavours that aim to shock!

When i took the first popcorn, my tastebuds and mind was just so confused. I loved the sugar and buttery caramel flavours on the popcorn, but then there was the depth of savoury, spice, lemongrass freshness and hints of ginger throughout. I put it down, feeling a bit put off, and thought that I would never eat it again. And then, I finished the whole pack within the next hour. Needless to say, I now feel guilty and decide that I should hit the gym. Indeed, the unique flavours could either grow on you or keep you decidedly set on traditional butter salt or sugary caramel.

Oh, and if Chicken Rice flavoured popcorn does not sound like it’s your thing, there is Teh Tarik, Cookies & Cream, and the good ol’ traditional Salted Caramel popcorn. These gourmet popcorn are now available at www.thekettlegourmet.com

Thank you The Kettle Gourmet for the popcorn shock

The Kettle Gourmet
www.thekettlegourmet.com 

Plum CBD Food Delivery Service with affordable and curated menus!

I am hooked on Plum. For over the past week, and ever since the Plum team reached out to me to check out their new food delivery service within the central business district, me and my colleagues have been ordering lunches from Plum 3 times out of the 5 working days last week. It is a terrible addiction, and some of us remember and lament, when will we get to see the sunlight, the noonday warmth, and the frequent jostling for seats at the nearby food centre. Seriously?

But Plum certainly knows how to please. The menu is curated, changes daily featuring 10 of the best delights from notable food outlets around town, and the variety of options available meet almost every price point for the office worker in the CBD. The most expensive option I ordered so far might be the Unagi Truffle Rice Bowl ($13.90) or the Salmon Sashimi Salad ($10.90) to one of the cheapest, Chwee Kueh ($3.90).

Food comes by between 12 noon – 12.30pm, and when they do, you get that friendly notification on your mobile phone telling you that your food is just downstairs at the central pick-up point ready to collect. I’ve also noticed that sometimes, the Plum menu differs for my colleague and myself!

And the best part about Plum? Delivery is free! It is certainly a sweet thing to hear the words “No Delivery Charges”. Because the Plum team orders in bulk, they are able to absorb the delivery fees. And for all you lucky diners in Raffles place, Marina Bay Financial Centre, Metropolis, and Fusionopolis One, you can start getting onto Plum!

Out of all the three times I tried Plum so far, the food has always been good. The unagi truffle rice bowl invited stares from colleagues wondering why I was able to indulge in something so offensively fragrant. The salmon sashimi salad was great for those gym days. And the Teriyaki Pork rice bowl had slices of pork belly that literally melted in your mouth. I was so tempted for one day to double order lunch for that Indian Rojak I spied on the menu, and my colleagues gave in to some Nasi Biryani to warm their tummies.

I am hooked on Plum. And, maybe it’s time for some moderation from the app to get a bit more Vitamin D. But then again, it is just so convenient. Let me see what’s on the menu for tomorrow to decide if I’m “plumming”.

Yes, “plumming” is now a word.

Thank you Plum for the first meal!

Plum
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