Singapore Food Trip: Soya Galore

I did some revamp for my weekly blogging. Since I was back-logged with lots of pictures from Singapore. I dedicated Friday for Food! Yehey! 
First off we have the Bean Curd Wars…
The soya industry in Singapore is a serious business. It\’s a fierce competition. Unlike taho in Pinas, it is served with caramelized sugar, tapioca and the beancurd. In SG, there are lots of variety available. So if it\’s your first time to try soya SG style it\’ll be a different experience. But it\’s delicious I tell you. First is the syrup. It\’s not caramelized at all but enough to give taste. I\’ve got used to the lesser sugar lifestyle.
I frequent the store because it\’s the same block with our flat. It\’s very convenient especially in the morning when I need my soya milk fix. They have different soya delicacies. Of course, they have the beancurd in different flavors (strawberry, chocolate and plain). They serve it hot/cold and costs 1.10 SGD.
They use Canadian Soybeans. The reason why the soya is smooth and soft. The owner (I\’ve read in a paper article) is a former banker went to Taiwan to master the art of soya. Their store is also a \”factory\” so buyers can see how the Bean curd are made. The place is clean and the storekeepers are very friendly.
Strawberry-flavored Bean Curd
I forgot the name of this food. It\’s interesting because the taste is a bit salty. All the while I thought it was sweet.

2. Mr. Bean

I go to Mr. Bean if I want to eat Mr. Bean Pancake with cheese filling. Delicious!

You can choose the sweetness level of you drinks and shake. I always go for 50% – moderate

                

I love how their pancake mix, doesn\’t give that moist feel after chewing. Their serving is big and puffy as well even if exposed to the room air. Unlike the ones from Jollibean.

Super favorite: Icy Chocolate Soya Milk Shake

3. Jollibean


Though their pancakes are not my favorites. I love their Iced Dark Chocolate Soy half sugar, my usual order. It\’s either my break time or after morning shift food. They have a stall in my former workplace. I also get to avail of employee discount! The \”aunties\” know me as a frequent customer that seeing me from afar they already know what I like. As if they are reading my mind. I think they \”hate\” me in a way. Because if its lunch time and the queue is long it takes time to make the iced drink. It causes longer queues. But it\’s OK, I still buy from  them hehehe.
The Regular soymilk, they serve it cold without ice if you want it cold. No ice tricks at all. You ask for a regular size it\’s filled to brim. Should I say SULIT!!!!
For tourists/visitors in SG, for a quick on-the-go snack, try their soya selections. It\’s healthy and nutritious. And cheap trick as well. Though for the well-known brands their prices are higher most of the time. But it\’s still worth a try. Though I can\’t confirm if it\’s Halal, the best that you can do is to look for the Halal seal and certification in the store. Better yet, ask the store personnel.

Great reads about the Bean Curd Wars…Click here and here. 

XOXO


Jollibee in SG

One of the staple pasalubong or request from friends visiting or coming back from their annual leave (from PHL to SG) is the Jollibee Chicken Joy. It\’s truly nakakamiss because it\’s like no other. The taste is authentically Pinoy. Juicy meat, crispy skin, delectable gravy makes my stomach grumble with hunger. 
When I was a kid, Jollibee is our happy place. It\’s just so fun to be there because aside from eating we get to play in their indoor playground. Mom even signed me up to the Jolly Kiddie Club and I get to receive newsletter every two months, if I\’m not mistaken.
Imagine our delight when we found out that Jollibee has opened. Yehey! It\’s about time! USA, Vietnam, Hongkong et.al. has been enjoying it for so long (even Anthony Bourdain has a say about it). Now it\’s Singapore\’s turn. 
I heard that the first day it opened, the queue was CRAZY! I heard they don\’t close until 2 AM in the morning just to accommodate people who waited. What surprised me the most are the locals especially my colleagues at work would ask me about it. That made them curious. Good thing, Jolibee is Halal-certified so our  Malay brothers and sisters can enjoy it as well. 
I can say the opening is a success. They are already planning on opening a second branch. As for the naysayers…God bless you.
After all the hype, I was able to try it with my friends. The best part is, LIBRE ni Ate Jenet. Thank you 🙂
Ate Jenet, Jay Cee, Me
Photo courtesy of Jay Cee
XOXO

Ikea and Anchorpoint

I love Ikea restaurant\’s Swedish horse meatballs well that is aside from their home furnishings (Even if it was horse meat, it was delish and nothing happened to me, bletch!).

At times if I\’m bored or just want to get out of the house, I come here to window shop. It\’s just nice to look at Ikea showrooms. It\’s amazing how they can maximize the use of a small space and either make it look glam, homey, minimalist, child-proof etc. in a modern way.

I have this bedsheet and pillow case.

After some eye-strain in the shop. Time to eat!
                                   

My usual: Cheesecake (the cheapest but one of the tastiest cheesecake that I\’ve had), meatballs and garden salad to-go. The rest of the plates is my roomie Sharon\’s meal. That we will eventually share. Spell TAKAW.
I love the Ketchup dispensers. Squirt-squirt…
After the delectable feast. You can go shopping again in Anchorpoint, right in front of Ikea. For budget shoppers you can get your Cotton On, Charles and Keith, Billabong on big discounts. These are outlet store branches. So get ready for a shopping adventure. 
I was able to get a Cotton On mullet skirt and shirt for $5 each. A big steal as compared with their mall prices.
Enjoy!
XOXO

Deepavali

Late post.
Before I start, I want to greet my Indian friends and colleagues a Happy Thaipusam Festival. I was Orchard Road today and saw a lot of people in Dhoby Gaut. This is the second time that I experienced Thaipusam Festival from inside bus 190. I just admire their faith. I think pain is nothing when you devote your life to God.
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So off with my late post…Super late if I may add.
It was my  first to experience Deepavali. Ate Brenda, our host, welcomed us with open arms. She treated us like family that made it more awesome. According to Ate Brenda Deepavali / Diwali is the Festival of Lights. 
                           

                                   
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Ate Brenda shared a lot of interesting facts about the Indian culture. It\’s declared as a Public Holiday (PH) in Singapore and India. Expect a congested Little India especially the Mustafa Centre. They buy lots of garments and accessories, food etc. a few weeks  before.
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Ate Brenda second from left.
The food is simple. I like how the mutton curry was cooked. The meat was tender, making it easier to chew. Black pepper prawns and Spicy Chicken are all good. Pair it with bread and you\’ll be full in few minutes.

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Murukku, the crunchy snack from India. Fave!
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Booze!

We also did henna tatoo by Ate Brenda\’s niece. I forgot her name but, she\’s one creative gal.

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Henna tattoo still wet at this point.

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Ate Brenda\’s brother-in-law. He\’s been to the Philippines a few times. He specifically remembers Mabini Street where he hangs out. Just to get hold of our cheap alcoholic bevs. I ask him to marry a Filipina. He\’s still looking…
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He can sing Tagalog songs. His favorite Filipino singers are Gary V. and Renz Verano. He loves singing karaoke.               
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Ate Brenda and her beautiful daughter.
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After all the celebration we bid them goodbye and had coffee afterwards…

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My coffee buddies!

                             
Till next Deepavali!

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XOXO

Gastronomia di Paolo

Cupcakes to go…

I\’m a fan of their desserts, cheesecakes are not that sweet same goes with their cupcakes. I have yet to try their pasta and pizzas. Price range is reasonable, especially when the one prepping the meals is the chef. (It maybe a deli cafe but they take gourmet food seriously).