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
Available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store

DurianDelivery.com.sg – Quality, Honest Durian Delivery Service!

I love durians. I know how sinful they can be, with all that divine bitter-sweetness, creamy and luscious flesh, and an aroma that has divided the Singaporean community into two camps. But I always have a problem finding good durians to savour in the comfort of home. If it’s not due to the age-old dilemma of finding a transport option that is durian friendly, or the challenges of the (sometimes) dishonest sales tactic of the neighbourhood durian seller, I am often left with a, more often than not, lacklustre selection of the King of Fruits.

Step in www.duriandelivery.com.sg . Although the name suggests that it is simply a delivery service from a durian store somewhere in Singapore, that is not the case for Durian Delivery. Instead, Durian Delivery focusses on an e-commerce model, where durians are ordered and sent straight from the farm to your table the very next day. For customers who wish to have durians delivered on the same day, that option is also available – either at a a) flexible time throughout the day or  b) a 2-hour delivery  turnaround (think something like Durians on Amazon Prime!). Of course, the delivery fees vary with each tier. But for the impatient (i.e. me), sometimes that is the best option.

Variety and Price

Further, Durian Delivery prides themselves on fair, transparent prices listed on the website. You will be informed of the general price/kg of the durian sold, and each box is priced very, very competitively. Durians are sold in dehusked vacuum sealed portions of 400g and 800g (i.e. 2x 400g boxes) – where 800g of dehusked durian is generally the yield of a 3.5kg durian fruit. I weighed each box that arrived, and each averaged 400g. So what this means is that you are guaranteed the amount of durians you pay for! I have many a bad experience buying a $30-40 durian, only to find the yield within disappointing. (side note: I recalled paying $15 for a Red Prawn durian to only find 3 seeds within).

Old Tree MSW Durian

Durian Delivery currently carries 3 varieties: 

  • Hand-Picked Old Tree Mao Shan Wang Durian (TSW, Pahang AAA+) [$15.6/kg of the whole durian fruit]
  • Mao Shan Wang (MSW) [$12.5/kg of the whole durian fruit]
  • Red Prawn [$8.8/kg of the whole durian fruit]

Due to the bumper season this July 2018, prices have fallen across board. And the prices stated here are accurate as 22 July 2018.

Regular Mao Shan Wang

Quality

And what about the quality? I received both the Old Tree MSW and the regular MSW. And both were superb!! I was supremely impressed with the freshness and quality of each seed savoured. The MSW carried its own weight with buttery textures and a rich mouth of creamy sweetness. But it is the Old Tree MSW that impressed me even further for its depth and complexity in flavour. The bitter sweet tones simply shouted “majestic”! This will definitely not be my last time time ordering from Durian Delivery! And judging by the reviews found on their website, I am not alone in my assessment that Durian Delivery has certainly found its niche in the market. Durian Delivery also promises a 100% money back guarantee for unripe/sour/watery durians received, with either a full refund or durian replacement. This is durian service modernised. I have to say, for all the regular durian stores out there, get ready to be disrupted!

I have few other comments. I will order again from Durian Delivery!

Thank you Durian Delivery for the durians.

Durian Delivery
www.duriandelivery.com.sg 

Delivery options:
– 2 hour delivery
– same day delivery
– next day delivery
Free delivery for orders above $120

The Return of the Penang Hawkers’ Fare Buffet at the York Hotel Singapore!

For a limited time only from December 15 2017 to January 1 2018, the White Rose Cafe at the York Hotel Singapore will be playing host to the chefs and culinary masters for the ever-popular Penang Hawkers’ Buffet! Priced from $29++ per person, this is probably one of the most affordable and indulgent local buffet spreads this festive season (yes, on Christmas day and the New Year)! Continue reading “The Return of the Penang Hawkers’ Fare Buffet at the York Hotel Singapore!”