Singapore Chicken Rice invades Manila

When I think of Singapore, I always ended up craving for Laksa and Chicken Rice. Last week, I got an sms invite for a food tasting event in one of the newest fast food in Cubao – The Original Singapore Chicken Rice. Finally, the delicious White Chicken Rice is now available in a food chain and its really really affordable. Can you imagine a set meal of Chicken Rice, ginger and chili sauce, chicken soup and freshly squeezed Calamansi Juice for only P110?

Singapore Chicken Rice
Famous Chicken Rice

Singapore Chicken Rice all started in Mandarin Orchard Hotel in Singapore and made famous by Chef Steven Lim. Now this famous award-winning food from Chatterbox is now being served in almost all five star restaurants around the world. After Chef Steven Lim – the Food and Beverage director of Mandarin Orchard Hotel retired, Shyan Lim, his son continued the legacy by establishing a restaurant wherein everyone can enjoy the popular dish in a very affordable way. (more…)

Heart Warmers : Singapore’s Hot Desserts

Text and Photos by : Leona Nepomuceno

After enjoying the cool desserts and snacks around the Bedok Hawkers Center, I cannot resist trying out their warm to hot counterparts pictured in the backlighted menu of a vegetarian stall. It reminded me of my favorite comfort food, “guinataan halo-halo” and the rest of its variants like bilo-bilo ( sticky rice balls) mais (sweet corn), and munggo(green or red bean). Most of the items in the menu are too exotic for my taste. Can you imagine snacking on “ papaya fungal “ and “Red date fungi”?

Singapore's Hot Desserts

From the menu, I chose a mono-colored warm soup in black, the sesame paste. I was imagining the scent of toasted and crushed sesame seeds , nutty and buttery. (more…)

Sliced Ice Cream to Sliced Fruit : Cool desserts for cool people in Singapore

Text and Photos by : Leona Nepomuceno

I don’t really mind that it’s hot and humid in Singapore most of the time. It gives me the perpetual excuse to look around for snacks and desserts to keep my body temperature and more importantly mindset , cool. This is not a difficult fete at all. These can easily be found along the sidewalk s of Orchard road , food hawkers stalls and food courts, from Chinatown to Holland Village. It is also budgeting savvy! From sliced fruits to “sliced” ice cream, move over Haagen dazs!

Fresh Fruits in Singapore
Fresh Fruits in Singapore

Ice cream is commonly served in scoops in Cup, cone, tumblers, waffles and buns. But have you seen ice cream sliced and served either in a piece of sandwich bread or in between rectangular wafers? Right across the Tang’s Department Store on Orchard Road is a mobile ice cream stall with “uncle” (Philippine counterpart is “manong”) slicing carton bricks of Selecta ice cream. Most of the flavours are Asian in origin like, mango, red bean, durian, coconut and sweet corn. For those who prefer western flavours there are chocolate, peppermint choco chip, blueberry, strawberry ripple, mocha and chocolate chip. (more…)

Tepak Sireh Restoran : Malaysian Food at its best

Our second day was all about rediscovering Singapore’s culture and heritage. After almost half day of touring China Town, Little India and Kampong Glam, we went straight to Tepak Sireh Restoran to experience some of the best tasting Malay food in Singapore.

Achar Fish Fillet
Achar Fish Fillet

The restaurant is just a stone throw away from Istana Kampong Glam fronting a stretch of colorful shophouses. The yellow colored building may look really simple in a glance but if you are viewing it from afar, you would know that it has a colorful past. Entering the beautifully refurbished two-storey restaurant will give you a different perspective, it was totally nostalgic and worth rediscovering.

I really love the idea of restoring an old traditional house to bring its original splendour. Thanks to Professor Madya Yacob who headed the complete restoration of the building before it was opened to the public as a restaurant on Christmas day of 2003. (more…)

StraitsKitchen Grand Hyatt Hotel Singapore

Wow! After an awesome lunch at The White Rabbit in Dempsey road we tried to burn the calories by walking around the city to checkout Singapore’s newest shopping malls. After an exhilarating urban adventure with lots of new retail discoveries, we found ourselves inside StraitsKitchen – one of the most popular buffet restaurant in Singapore.

Chicken and Beef Satay

Chicken and Beef Satay

Upon entering the restaurant I felt like I was inside a market place that practically offers all the best of local Singapore cuisine all in one roof. Asians loves to eat regardless of the season and in no particular reason – we just love to celebrate by treating ourselves with delicious dishes. (more…)

The White Rabbit Restaurant Singapore

It was part of my stress relief trip to visit this popular Singapore restaurant called “The White Rabit”. Apart from the reason that its included in our itinerary, I became interested to visit this restaurant after reading some good reviews about their food and service.

prawn salad
The White Rabit Singapore

Good thing we have Wilson Wong, our knowledgeable and hospitable tour guide that lead us to the restaurant and helped us start rediscovering Singapore’s rich culinary tradition. (more…)

Seafood Curry Laksa @ Wild Ginger Rockwell

“Sir do you want it Spicy or Mild?” waiter asked.. I just smiled and answered “You know the answer do you?” The waiter just nod and walk away since he knows that each time I dine in the restaurant, I always look for something spicy.

laksa recipe
Seafood Curry Laksa

I ordered Seafood Curry Laksa since Ive been craving for one for a week now. In just a couple of minutes, Jessica arrived and ordered the same.. Oh Its been raining the whole week so I guess all Laksa fans are craving for it:) (more…)