Singapore’s First Premium Japan Farmers Market Now Open At Changi Airport!

If you are at Changi Airport and are set to return home or make a trip aboard to visit some friends or family members, and are contemplating a little gift or sourvenir from Japan, the Premium Japan Farmers Market located at Terminal 3 might just make it on your pre-departure or arrival itinerary.

I was recently at the grand opening of the Market, and there was much fanfare throughout. With taiko drums heralding the start of the festivities, all guests were treated to an assortment of the shop’s produce, each in bite-sized portions. I was certainly piqued to the store’s offerings!

Pitched as an authentic Japanese farm-to-table concept, with authentic and premium Japanese produce, sake, and beautifully wrapped Omiyage for sale, this is one store that will leave visitors a little more delighted after a visit. In additional, there will be a petite selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables such as Kyoho grapes, Shine Muscat grapes, radishes and apples. Meat lovers must look forward to a special selection of vacuum-sealed Wagyu beef from Zen-noh Wagyu, Saga Gyu, Tochigi Wagyu and Hokkaido Snow Beef.

Customers who are also keen to build their own Go-Zen box (aka Bento box, premium style) can choose 4 items from a variety of 25 dishes – a dizzying 12000 combinations! Tuck in to items such as A5 Sagagyu-katsu, shirobuta pork, scallops, ikura, Hokkaido potato salad, Kagoshima pork tonkatsu, Avocado gratin, Snow beef croquette, Snow beef cube steak, Snow beef hamburger with egg, and more! A definitely exciting concept, and perhaps best for that pre-departure meal – though I wonder how filling the entire Go-Zen box would be.

The Market is certainly an additional reason to swing by Terminal 3 if you are ever at Changi Airport. It is now open at the public departure area of Changi Airport Terminal 3. I guess that this is one more stop I will make on the itinerary before I fly off later this month.

Premium Japan Farmers Market
Changi Airport Terminal 3
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Enquiries: 6581 2667

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Heartwarming Delights from Ootoya, Japanese Family Restaurant!

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When Ootoya opened years ago, and I spotted snaking queues outside the restaurant, I was determined to pay a visit. Finally, now in 2013, I made my first foray into the famed Japanese family restaurant. The restaurant has its roots in Japan since 1958, and now with branches internationally. Serving up Teishoku meals, Ootoya features a menu of set dishes that are delectable, filling, homely and with free flow of Japanese White or Mixed Grains rice with Miso Soup. Who knew I missed out on so much after all these years. I am happy to say it has filled that comfy Japanese cuisine spot with Yayoiken and my upcoming article on Baikohken.

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Himawari Japanese Restaurant, A Smile like A Sunflower!

Its been a very long time since I went back to Himawari Japanese Buffet Restaurant. Back then the restaurants were at its Neil Road and Mt Faber locations catering an excellent spread of Japanese a-la-carte dishes in its buffet. The sashimi, fresh and thick, and the tempura which I remember vividly for having a good crisp batter with a light yet deep savoury taste within. Its all good food, and the simple Japanese restaurant setting simply sets the scene.

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The restaurants have since moved to Alexandra Road and Changi Business Park, and having recently discovered the place again a few months back, I was keen to make a return trip to one of my favourite Japanese buffets since my first adventure into the place. This post is also me saying goodbye Singapore for a week, as I’ll be heading to Tohoku, Japan for a Cultural Exchange Immersion under the Youth Ambassadors for Tohoku Programme organised by the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) and Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry(Singapore). It’ll be an 8 day affair where 100 university students will witness the recovery efforts on the ground, and also experience that many of Japan’s popular places to visit are back in action.

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Me with the rest of the Students from Group A Team 3. Photo Credits : Ngo Bang Lin

It will be an exchange of cultures as all the students will get to interact with students from the Tohoku and Tokyo University, as well as partaking in the Tanabata festival (Japanese Star Festival) in Sendai. I believe that there will be many experiences to be gained, and through the short trip, I’ll try my best to post some pictures online for all to share with.

But for a Japan experience in Singapore, I think the closest one can get to is its food. After all, Japanese food really is a culture by itself, and one that many will I believe, love to appreciate.

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