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  1. I’m back! Wine Connection with @SiLangKia @Carbon82 @RadX ❤️
  2. I know this is a Singapore forum but as I live in Thailand I am wondering if it is appropriate to post about food in Thailand here. It could be Thai food, international food, my home cooking food in Thailand etc. I wish to also welcome anyone here to contribute your experience of Thai food in Singapore or anywhere. If anyone think its not appropriate do let me know. For a start here's one of my favourite Thai food khanom-jeen, had this last week near my office Khanom-Jeen is the white soft rice noodle in Thailand made from fermented rice so it has to be eaten fresh after its made if not will turn sour quickly and spoil. Khanom-jeen is usually take with Thai curry and most commonly with Thai green curry known as gaeng-keow-wan literally translated word by word curry-green-sweet or for our easy understanding sweet green curry, and in this case for chicken green curry we call it gaeng-keow-wan-gai, gai as in chicken. This is rural area so the simple and rural setup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOhpd-7LR2g&t=3s Besides making khanon-jeen-gaeng-keow-wan in very traditional taste the seller is also very sweet and cute so my favourite stall I can down 2 of her khanom-jeen any time Each is only 40 baht
  3. I have an idea. If the government decide to give out free food, simple fare no choice, maybe rice and 2 veg with a little meat but healthy, less oil less salt, how much does it cost? Assuming they can leverage on empty HDB spaces, can they do it ta $2 per meal? If they can, imagine they can do 1million meals a day, it is 0.73billion a year which is still far less than the 70 billion we spent just fighting covid and saving that few lives. Isn't the health benefits of 1million healthy meals a day far more than whatever we spent now on healthcare? Won't healthy diet reduce deaths by a lot?
  4. 1. For A Gorgeous, New Experience: Necessary Provisions This new kid on the block is one surprising little hidden gem. Tucked away in the depths of Upper Bukit Timah, Necessary Provisions is everything you’d want from a cafe. Surreal lighting, dark walls, streaming sunlight, plants, gorgeous bakes, killer iced espresso and milk, and beer on tap. It’s worth the trek. Photos by: Jayne Tan & Kenneth Loy 2. For A Happening Arts Scene: Artistry Artistry is known for being a happening hotspot for arts events. It’s where budding artists share their work, and aspiring artistes take the stage at night. This is probably the only cafe you could get service from a “cute angmoh” ;) Remember to give him a pat on the back for his passion to support the local arts scene, and of course, for serving gorgeous cups of coffee. Photos by: Eleanor Tay & Alain Foodology 3. For All Things Coffee: Chye Seng Huat Hardware While quickly becoming a coffee institution, CSHH still manages to be a cosy space. The gorgeously modified industrial-chic interior of this old hardwarestore provides the perfect setting for enjoying a good cup of coffee. If you’refeeling adventurous, give their galvanized ale a try- literally coffee beer. It’s strangely good! Photos by: Eskay Kang & Yingxuan Quek 4. For Excellent Coffee, Eggs, and Hospitality: The Plain The Plain aims to be the kind of place that feels like “stepping into a friend’s home”. You’d be hard-pressed to find better service than what you’d get here,and that goes for the quality of your coffee too. Don’t miss out on their Humpty Dumpty- come on, what’s better than 2 perfectly runny eggs sitting in little cups, beckoning you to dip your little Vegemite toast soldiers in? If you’re not a Vegemite fan, try their Pastrami Ciabatta. Photos by: Jayne Tan & Zippy Lee 5. For An Escape From Your Social Life: La Ristrettos Located in the most obscure place ever, La Ristrettos can be found within the maze of private clinics at Novena Medical Centre. You are in for a treat, with one of the best coffees, and latte art around. The kick - the mobile reception here is really poor (hey, it’s a good thing sometimes!). Rest assured, no one can disturb your escapism. More details here! Photos by: Candice Cai & Cafehoppingsg 6. For Fantastic Dessert & Old-School Ambience: Carpenter & Cook With desserts that are not too-perfect-to-eat but just perfectly delightful, Carpenter & Cook manages to transport you to the 50s in an unpretentious, cosy way. The old benches and their authentic cutlery creates a lovely ambience for a peaceful afternoon. Don’t miss out on their Passionfruit Meringue Tart- a perfect balance of sweet and tart. Photos by: Rachel Xie & Yvonne Y 7. For The Intentional Brunch Out: The Book Cafe The Book Cafe isn’t exactly easily accessible, but its extensive brunch menu, and its consistency in food quality are the drawing factors for its regulars. A veteran in the cafe industry, it has definitely lived up to the expectations of its customers with its hearty, satisfying dishes. If you are a beginner in cafes, The Book Cafe should be your first stop. FYI, it’s also one of the few places Burpple co-founder Elisha, loves to work from. Photos by: Poh Peng Ric Wang & Elisha Ong 8. For a Darned Good Cafe in the East: Penny University The warm, earnest attitude at Penny U is something you pick up on quickly once stepping into this homey space. These guys don’t believe in mass production, and have a small, rotating selection of desserts from artisanal bakers around Singapore. Inspired by the cafes in London, Penny U spearheaded the cafe culture in the East, and is already highly regarded by cafe lovers- Easties and Westies alike. Read here! Photos by: Zhan Hao Peh & Shurong Lo 9. For A Hearty Breakfast & Sweet Waffles: Department of Caffeine This new-ish cafe in Duxton has some of the best cafe food around, with their satisfying breakfast platter, pulled pork sandwich, and the all-time Burppler favourite- D.O.C banana rum waffles with vanilla bean ice cream. The clean, industrial look with a warm, welcoming feel makes you wanna spend the whole day here. Photos by: Gavin Chan & Alain Foodology 10. For the Best Coffee Cookies, and Cakes: Commune Cafe This is probably the fifth time cafehoppingsg is raving about Commune cafe, probably because they simply deserve the praise for their wonderfully crafted cakes, cookies and coffee. With extremely affordable prices, you should just try everything on display, and don’t miss out on their Caramel Latte. Pop by for a break if you’re at Millenia Walk! Photos by: Lina Yong & Cafehoppingsg 11. For A Chilled-out Weekend: Loysel’s Toy Loysel’s Toy by Papa Palheta is one of those places you never would expect to find in a warehouse at Kampong Bugis, but it’s a lovely place for breakfast, brunch or tea. With excellent coffee and a simple but wholesome menu, Loysel’s is just an awesome place to chill. More details here. Photos by: Andy Fong & Geraldine Tay 12. For An Artsy Ambience: Cups N Canvas The idea of combining an art class centre and a cafe, is ingenious. This is how Cups N Canvas has set itself apart from the hundreds of other cafes. If you think arts is the only thing they specialize in, you’d be pleasantly surprised with their delicious Blanc Bacon pasta, and fragrant Cafe Latte. Cups N Canvas seems to have it all. You can literally smell art in this cafe. Get the full scoop here! Photos by: Nerissa Ng 13. For Buttermilk Waffles & Gorgeous Latte Art: Stranger’s Reunion We have to say that Strangers’ Reunion simply does the best waffles in Singapore. Don’t let that distract you from the amazing cup of coffee you’re bound to get here, seeing it comes from our National Barista Champion, Ryan Tan. You won’t be disappointed. See what Cafehoppingsg has to say! * Strangers’ has recently renovated, go check out their new menu and bigger space! Photos by: Cafehoppingsg & Gninethree 14. For Chocolate Heaven: Laurent’s Cafe and Chocolate Bar This is a chocolate lover’s heaven- a cosy and intimate cafe in Robertson Quay that serves to-die-for chocolate treats. From their famed soufflé, to their tarts, hand-made ice cream and cakes, you’re sure to find something that will satisfy. Although the soufflé needs a baking time of 15- 30 minutes, remember that good things are always worth the wait. Photos by: Veelynn Chew 15. For Green Grass and Fresh Air: Riders Cafe Although slightly pricier than a usual cafe, it’s easy to understand why. It’s always a privilege to be able to spend your Saturday morning watching horses in a vast green expanse, while digging into a refreshing bowl of bircher museli and fresh berries. Coming to Riders is always a nice treat after a week of hardwork. *Riders was closed in the month of July, and is reopening in August, yay! Photos by: C L & Nerissa Ng 16. For the Best Gourmet Cakes in Singapore: Patisserie G With each cake like an artpiece, it takes a Burppler about 20 shots before willing to dig in. Each mouthful tastes like heaven, and every single detail is meticulously taken care of, contributing to the burst of sensations on the tongue. Don’t miss their playfully named G-Spot chocolate cake, or the awesome-sounding Triomphe caramel cake. Read more here! * Tip: If you specially request for the rare 3D latte art from the head barista, you might just be lucky enough to get it ;) Photos by: Gavin Chan & Cafehoppingsg 17. For A Retro Getaway: Orange Thimble Located in the retro-hip Tiong Bahru, Orange Thimble is a true gem, with amazing interior and delightful snacks. With a story behind its founding, you’d be glad to discover some footprints of the past in Tiong Bahru. This is the place to enjoy some teatime snacks, and awesome ice-blended coffee on a hot day in a quaint neighborhood. More here! Photos by: Shurong Lo & Ivan Kuek 18. For a Quiet Hideout: Oriole Coffee Roasters You’ll almost always get a perfect cup of coffee at Oriole’s. Just off the Keong Saik stretch, this hidden gem is a nice, quiet hideout perfect for some studying, reading, relaxing or catching up with a good friend. Photos by: Nerissa Ng & Isaac Timothy T 19. For a Lively Hangout: Dutch Colony Coffee Co. Serving authentically delicious coffee, Dutch Colony is a true hidden dragon in the mass of specialty stalls in the modern wet market, PasarBella. After a day of shopping for groceries, and browsing through tons of fresh food, grab a coveted seat amidst the crowd, and unwind in this indie setup. Photos by: Uncle Oonteng & Raymond Tan 20. For The Cafe Antagonists: 49 Seats For those of you who have never quite believed in the “fluffy” cafes, you can have exactly what you want in 49 Seats - pure good “Western” food. Their Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce is one dish that can never go wrong, along with their famed Tom Yam Seafood Pasta. Read more here! Photos by: Rachel Pek & Dixon Chan
  5. Hi. I would like to seek some recommendations here for halal food. Cafe style or buffet style both fine. This is because my department regularly organise team lunch/dinner and we are running out of great halal food ideas for our muslim colleagues.Pax size between 4 to 6. Appreciate all suggestions/ideas. If do a quick search google there's too much options and mostly paid ads. Would prefer genuine recommendations. I'll start here with three I personally feel is quite good Landmark Buffet http://www.landmark.com.sg/ T-Bob Corner https://www.tbobscorner.com/ The Dim Sum Place http://www.thedimsumplace.sg/ Thank you everyone for your contributions in advance
  6. SFA Considering Allowing Insects For Human Consumption In S’pore, Now Seeking Public Feedback https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/consumption-of-insects-like-crickets-beetles-may-soon-be-approved-in-spore-sfa#:~:text=Singaporeans may soon be able,consumption and as livestock feed. No image because I can't bring myself to save the picture and upload here. 🤮 Those who’d like to contribute may email SFA at [email protected] or [email protected]. The deadline for submissions is 4 Dec at 6pm.
  7. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thailand-insect-farming-food-protein-source-11786032 I assure u. If it comes to this stage, i may be going vegetarian. Came across lots of these at Golden Mile Complex Supermarket on Level 2. Will usually detour. The large quantities of these can makes me nauseous. To actually eat them, i pass...out. Any bravehearts tried? On one hand i dun want to know, on the other hand i am curious. Haiz Safe ride Cheers
  8. Now the the causeway and 2nd link is back to its business, lets have a thread to share and recommend food places up north ? I did a search and actually could not find a similar thread. This would be useful to many. To kick this off, this is my first contribution. The curry mee which I find it so hard to find in Singapore. Address: Kang Bee Hong, 4446Jalan Eko Botani 3/679100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
  9. Just saw Netflix abt this guy using only wood fire to cook…Really anal abt his cooking😅… https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asador_Etxebarri His ex- disciple restaurant in Sydney, Australia .. equally anal 😅 https://www.smh.com.au/goodfood/sydney-eating-out/restaurant-of-the-year-review-firedoor-20221117-h27xtb.html Singapore also have.. but dunno if it’s half fxxk or not.. https://www.asadorsingapore.com/
  10. New BudgetMealGoWhere portal to help residents find cheaper meals in HDB coffee shops A new website to help residents find cheaper meals in the neighbourhood was launched by HDB and GovTech on May 19 Named BudgetMealGoWhere, about 40 participating coffee shops are listed for a start Coffee shops and the available budget meal options will start with those located within 2km of the postal code entered HDB said that budget meals will progressively be offered at all 374 HDB rental coffee shops by 2026 Patrons and stall owners interviewed generally welcomed the new initiative and made some suggestions on what they would like to see SINGAPORE — A new portal has been launched to help consumers easily locate Housing and Development Board (HDB) coffee shops offering budget meals. HDB and the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) said in a joint statement on Friday (May 19) that the new “BudgetMealGoWhere” website will allow the public to search for HDB coffee shops offering budget meals near their location and view the budget meals and drinks available at these places. This can be done by entering a postal code in the website’s search box. A list of the coffee shops and the available budget meal options will appear, starting with those located within 2km of the postal code. The portal will also be accessible through the LifeSG mobile application and website. Budget meal options refer to lunch or dinner meals that are priced affordably compared to the average price of meals sold at nearby eating establishments. These budget meals must be full meals, and not side dishes, snacks, children's meal or half-portion meals. Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for National Development, announced in Parliament in March that all coffee shops leased from HDB have to offer budget meal options upon their tenancy renewal starting May. As a start, all older coffee shops leased from HDB that are due for renewal will need to provide four budget meals and two budget drinks across two or more different stalls as a condition of their tenancy renewal. Two of the budget meals must be rice-based and one must be halal. These coffee shops must also offer at least two budget drinks, which are black coffee (kopi-o) and black tea (teh-o). "The budget meal and drink prices will be benchmarked against economically priced food-and-beverage offerings in nearby neighbourhood coffee shops," Ms Sim said at the time. Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for National Development, announced in Parliament in March that all coffee shops leased from HDB have to offer budget meal options upon their tenancy renewal starting May. As a start, all older coffee shops leased from HDB that are due for renewal will need to provide four budget meals and two budget drinks across two or more different stalls as a condition of their tenancy renewal. Two of the budget meals must be rice-based and one must be halal. These coffee shops must also offer at least two budget drinks, which are black coffee (kopi-o) and black tea (teh-o). "The budget meal and drink prices will be benchmarked against economically priced food-and-beverage offerings in nearby neighbourhood coffee shops," Ms Sim said at the time. There are a total of 776 coffee shops in Singapore, of which 374 are under HDB and 402 are privately owned. On the new BudgetMealGoWhere website, about 40 coffee shops are listed, with more being progressively added. “HDB will work with GovTech to continually improve the website’s functionality and listing to make it more useful for Singaporeans, and members of the public can also provide feedback on the budget meals,” the two agencies said. To help customers in identifying budget meals more easily, participating stalls will display the budget meal decal stickers on their food display signage, indicating the budget meals on offer. HDB has completed 37 new coffee shops in the last five years as part of efforts to ensure that residents have access to affordable cooked food, the two agencies added. "Another 34 coffee shops are slated for completion in the next five years, to meet the needs of residents." WHAT PATRONS, FOOD SELLERS SAY Commenting on the new initiative, customers and food stall owners who spoke to TODAY generally welcomed it and suggested how it can be improved. TODAY visited three coffee shops, all of which were among the 40 participating coffee shops listed on the website. Most patrons could see themselves using the site, but some mentioned how it might present problems for older users. Madam Sissi Lin, a scientist who did not want to reveal her age, said: “I think it’s quite comprehensive. I’m just concerned because I believe there will be some older people who might want to use it. Maybe the font size of the text can be bigger (for those who find it hard to reading small print).” One suggested that photographs can accompany the meals being listed. Mr Jason Lim, a 22-year-old engineer, said: “It would be nice if there are pictures of the food or reviews. Maybe it’s cheap but the portion is small. If there are pictures or reviews, people will know.” Madam Noradila Affandi, 37, who works in the digital security field, suggested having pictures of the coffee shops for people to recognise them easily. Civil servant Benjamin Tan, 31, said: “They show some coffee shops that are way too far. There are a few coffee shops in Clementi but they are probably not listed yet." Stall owners generally believed that the new website will help to bring in more customers. Mr Kelvin Lee, 26, who runs an economical rice stall at a coffee shop in Bukit Batok, said that he had seen about 30 more customers than usual who have bought the budget meal, which is a rice with meat and two kinds of vegetables at S$3. The BudgetMealGoWhere website is at https://www.gowhere.gov.sg/budgetmeal/. https://www.gowhere.gov.sg/budgetmeal/ https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/new-budgetmealgowhere-portal-help-residents-find-cheaper-meals-hdb-coffee-shops-2175151 only 40 coffee shops are on BudgetMealGoWhere at present. hopefully more will come on for this initiative to gain traction and awareness.
  11. ‘We couldn’t wait for help’: Parents who created jobs for their special needs children SINGAPORE - When Mr Henry Teong set up 168 Neopolitan Style Pizza at Taman Jurong Food Centre with his wife Mylene in February, their goal was not to rake in huge profits. Instead, they wanted to create a future job for their 16-year-old son Jonas, who has autism. Today, Jonas helps out with food tasting at the stall. Mr Teong, 55, holds a day job selling chemical raw materials under his own firm. He told The Straits Times: “This stall was opened in the hope that we lead by example to help children with special needs. We hope that Jonas will have a future as he grows up and becomes more capable.” Over the years, a number of parents have set up businesses for their special needs children, even though they have no prior experience in the chosen sector. At the same time, they hope to extend employment opportunities to others in the special needs community. This is because people with disabilities (PWDs), who leave the safe confines of special education schools when they turn 18, have limited options such as sheltered workshops and day activity centres, or are even kept at home. This situation – which can be isolating for them and their caregivers – is described as the “post-18 cliff”. One such caregiver is Madam Faraliza Zainal, who operated a class for special needs students out of a small storeroom in Sultan Mosque in 2011. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine it would become an education hub with more than 360 students today. The former regional training manager had only wanted to let her son Mohd Ashraf Mohd Ali have an easier time accessing religious lessons, after he was labelled “gila” (“crazy” in Malay) by some of his madrasah, or religious school, classmates. Now 23, he has autism and tuberous sclerosis, which triggers epilepsy attacks. My Inspiring Journey Hub, or “MIJ Hub”, offers an academic curriculum, and vocational and daily living skills training for students with learning differences who are aged two to 30 years. It has three outlets in Singapore, and a new one in Kuala Lumpur. It even branched out into the food and beverage and retail sectors through Ashraf’s Cafe and INSPO – platforms that were created as a training ground for its graduates to enhance their vocational skills through paid employment. It also runs a food stall at Methodist Girls’ School. Madam Faraliza, 52, said: ”My students have moderate-to-high special needs and cannot get any job from open employment after they leave their special education school. Rather than wait for someone to knock on our door, we have to keep coming up with projects and opportunities to engage them.” One project is The Takeout Campaign, where Ashraf, his peers and a team of volunteers prepare and deliver meals every weekend to 36 low-income families with special needs children during Ramadan. As for Mr Khong Yoon Kay and Mrs Jeanne Seah-Khong, both 67, they set up Joan Bowen Cafe more than a decade ago so that their daughter Joan, now 33, could be socially engaged. They do not think that Joan, who has intellectual disabilities, can eventually take over the business. Said Mr Khong: “Food and beverage (F&B) trends and customers’ preferences keep evolving. A special needs person won’t be able to follow and adapt to the changes quickly.” It can also be hard to sustain the business or recruit more PWDs, as they need more supervision, he added. “There is already a shortage of manpower in the F&B sector, not to mention those who would have the heart to guide them.” The cafe is now staffed by the couple, Joan, and a special needs chef. In the early years, they hired more than 20 staff with special needs. Mrs Seah-Khong said: ”The challenge also comes from some parents who dictate what they want their special needs children to do when they work with us, or how much they should earn.” Statistics show that among residents with disabilities aged between 15 and 64, an average of 31.4 per cent were employed in 2021 and 2022. Singapore aims to have 40 per cent of working-age PWDs employed by 2030. Under the Enabling Masterplan 2030, there will be more community support services, as well as training and employment opportunities nearer to where PWDs live. The Enabling Services Hub will be launched in Tampines West Community Club by mid-2023, offering social inclusion activities and continual education for PWDs, as well as drop-in respite care to support caregivers. The first Enabling Business Hub will also be launched in Jurong West later in 2023 to provide job support for PWDs. The Enabling Academy by SG Enable is developing the Enabling Skills Framework to help PWDs chart their lifelong learning journey, and will recommend skills and courses to enhance their opportunities for participation in social and community life, as well as in employment. It will also ensure more accessible training programmes to upskill PWDs. The academy offers the Temasek Trust-CDC Lifelong Learning Enabling Fund, and administers scholarships by Google, Meta and VMware. It also seeks to broaden partnerships with continuing education and training centres and institutes of higher learning, among others. Crunchy Teeth, a bakery founded in 2019 by four mothers of children with autism, also hopes to collaborate with tertiary education institutions to explore methods such as virtual reality solutions to ease autistic individuals into the real working environment. Besides F&B, it hopes to train its interns, who are autistic adults aged 18 years and above, in areas such as horticulture and packing. Co-founder Tan Yen Peng, 46, said: “With extra patience and proper coaching, our autistic community does have the ability to fulfil its job responsibilities and produce quality work. “By having more open channels to speak up for our silent autistic community, we can open up the minds of potential employers, and, in turn, increase the chances of gaining employment opportunities for our autistic workforce.” https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/we-couldn-t-wait-for-help-parents-who-created-jobs-for-their-special-needs-children heartwarming. support
  12. Hi people, Do you guys have any recommendations for restaurants that is Cheap and good for current 5 pax eating? I can't eat HC as a family of 4 so eating out at resturants. My two goto place are Buddy hoagies at AMK So good Char chan Ting at Sinming. This one is really cheap and good. NO service charge, $6.50 for char siew rice, almost food court pricing.
  13. Closing the old thread and moving into the the next phase of covid, with the new measures and open to allow 10 people to makan together, we are going see more dishes on the table now
  14. Actually, what are the ingredients that used in Myamarese food that have one weird smell? The Thais chap chye peng also got such smell but not as strong as the Myamarese food. this smell is very strong and distinctive that you can smell when you walk pass Peninsular Plaza (or even nearby) My neigbour two units away was rented out to a group of Myamarese few months ago but only few days ago, those familiar smell of Peninsular Plaza started to fill the whole corridor overtaking the yummy curry smell from my next door foreign Indian workers. No, no I am not being disrespectful to different cultural habits, but the smell can be very overwhelming. 😖
  15. Normal travel is back! Or, that's sure how it looks like a week ago judging by the sheer number of people at the airport when I had the good fortune to once again fly over to the beautiful city of Bavaria for BMW's launch of the new 7-Series and i7. Full flight service seemed to have resumed as well with starters and main courses now served individually plated rather than together on a single tray with clear plastic covers on top. Having had the Boon Tong Kee Chicken rice on my previous trip, I opted this time for the Lobster Thermidor. Granted that the same dishes can taste slightly different on each flight, it was really good this time around, creamy, tasty and thoroughly enjoyable! After a rather fair few hours of intermittent sleep, we approached Germany and it was time for a Laksa brekkie, it wasn't too bad but I reckon Bah Chor Mee's the better option. Also, isn't it time for Singapore Airlines to offer full wifi unlimited on-board and not just a measly data-capped service? Come-on, it's 2022 already! A view I will never get tired of as we cruised towards Munich. And for the first time ever, clear skies all the way toward the airport, giving us a birds-eye view of the City, the Olympic Tower and BMW's iconic four-cylinder building. You can even still see the alps in the distance. What a sight. Since we landed rather early in the morning, we took some time out to explore the city and enjoy its various culinary offerings with a walking food tour. Having been here twice, some of the places we visited were still new to me. What's still familiar (and still welcomed) is, of course, a quick visit to a Munich institution, Haxnbauer, for their Schweinshaxe sandwich. I'm not joking on the institution bit too, because Haxnbauer is located in a historical building that dates back to at least the 14th century, the Scholastikahaus. Back to the sandwich, yes, it is still so good, but also, still too big for me to finish in its entirety. Don't worry, I ate up all the good bits. For everyone who's thinking of visiting Munich, a visit to Haxnbauer is a must, the crackling on the pork knuckles served here is sublime. If you ever have to choose between Hofbrauhaus, Ratskeller or Haxnbauer, here's a quick tip, Hofbrauhaus for the atmosphere, Ratskeller for the convenience and Haxnbauer for the food! All 3 will serve up a good time so don't fret too much if you only have the time for one. Another locale I had yet to visit was the Biergarten in the English gardens. Having visited the garden on my last trip with a slightly busted toe, tighter schedule and much colder weather, I only managed a quick stroll through the park before setting off. This block of concrete is a piece from the Berlin wall. With the conflict going on not too far from here, it did feel a little more sombre seeing such a relic. As we headed onward through the garden, the sun was out, the air was cool and it really did seem like the entire city was here soaking up the lovely weather and atmosphere (and lack of mosquitoes). Something we can only dream of having back in Singapore. Finally, we reached the Biergarten, it was huge! It's been quite a while since I last saw something like this, while it might have looked packed, we still managed to get a table and some seats rather easily. With some drinks downed to cool us off, it was time for our tour guide to set off as we headed towards the BMW Welt and museum for the second half of our first day in Munich. Stay tuned!
  16. I am watching the Netflix road to red restaurants and I am wondering do you guys know of any such places in Singapore? not necessary had to be dying or closing down but places with many many years of history 30+ years. I am interested in trying out. my contributions, whampao market curry rice, morning only. nanbantei at Scott’s road. This one prob doing well as opened a branch at Chinatown recently…
  17. As per topic. I'm exploring cafe business as viable business? All along, I love to work with food and always felt happy if a customer enjoys the food. It may not be a full menu. Even a cafe that serves pastry and drinks will be nice too. What are the things I need to know. How to spot a good location. Look for buy overs.
  18. https://www.asiaone.com/lifestyle/borrowed-close-2-million-cover-operational-costs-gillman-barracks-fb-tenants-asked?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR2ExRH2yQzr3ZHM1BXwa3H62bBFPbGetzxTLdusqEUOY0yPQBTiR_5JpAk#Echobox=1653443886 ‘anyone familiar with Gillman barracks? Is the naked Finn so much more popular? Why they special? never been there but I love creamier in tpy. I thought g should not let anyone have direct tender of the plan is to redevelop. They could always reaward naked Finn…
  19. Friends, It's been more than two years since our last meet up, and with the re-opening, how about a meet up? for old friends to catch up, make new friends? Exchange tips and maybe even shake hands or bump fists... I suggest the Pasir Panjang Hawker Centre: - plenty of parking - stalls open late - MRT if someone wishes to choose that instead - open air with plenty of spacing in between - Muslim + Chinese offerings that taste good We can meet after dinner on SUNDAY 15th May - those who wish to eat can come earlier too. Say 7.30 pm onwards? https://eatbook.sg/pasir-panjang-food-centre/ https://www.google.com/maps/uv?pb=!1s0x31da1bbbed2e767f%3A0xad9207ba4ac53000!3m1!7e115!4s%2Fmaps%2Fplace%2FPasir%2BPanjang%2BHawker%2BCentre%2F%401.2761955%2C103.79133%2C3a%2C75y%2C198.97h%2C90t%2Fdata%3D*213m4*211e1*213m2*211s6X8W05KCbCSgMRZxzXtosw*212e0*214m2*213m1*211s0x31da1bbbed2e767f%3A0xad9207ba4ac53000%3Fsa%3DX!5sPasir Panjang Hawker Centre - Google Search!15sCgIgAQ&imagekey=!1e10!2sAF1QipO13XUCSJ-FX-hlulpYYNuzmG8sJpnXGvCMgjuk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi-7trd1r_3AhXsyzgGHStIB6oQpx96BAhcEAg https://johorkaki.blogspot.com/2017/08/hua-kee-at-pasir-panjang-seafood-plus.html Huat ah! BUT some ground rules: - please don't come if you have some active infection, not just C+, but flu, or something like that ok? - masks are optional, but the last thing we want is to be a super spreader event haha @BabyBlade maybe you can give out some decals?
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  21. Strangely I personally find their hamburgers pretty good I had when I visited the Philippines. https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Food-Beverage/Jollibee-aggressively-expands-globally-and-beyond-fast-food?utm_campaign=GL_asia_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=NA_newsletter&utm_content=article_link&del_type=1&pub_date=20210927190000&seq_num=8&si=44594 Jollibee aggressively expands globally and beyond fast food Filipino empire takes full control of Tim Ho Wan as it spreads across 33 regions Filipinos working abroad have helped the Jollibee chain spread globally, especially in the U.S. and Middle East. © AFP/Jiji YUICHI SHIGA, Nikkei staff writerSeptember 27, 2021 16:22 JST MANILA -- Filipino restaurant giant Jollibee Foods is attempting to set itself up for rapid growth once the pandemic winds down with an aggressive global brand acquisition strategy that is moving the group further away from its fast-food roots. In August, the company said it would acquire the remaining 15% stake in Tim Ho Wan from its partner Titan Dining for 71.56 million Singapore dollars ($52.8 million). Jollibee initially bought a 45% interest in Tim Ho Wan for SG$45 million in May 2018, then gradually increased the stake up to 85% as of October 2020. Tim Ho Wan is a popular Hong Kong-based, Michelin-starred restaurant chain known for inexpensive but high-quality dim sum dishes. When Jollibee bought its first stake in the chain, Titan had the right to operate the Asia-Pacific outlets. But Titan later acquired both Tim Ho Wan's brand and trademark. Tim Ho Wan operates over 50 mostly franchised stores across Asia, primarily in Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippines and Hong Kong. Since Jollibee began purchasing its stake, the chain has expanded its presence in mainland China as well. A joint venture between Jollibee and Titan opened a Tim Ho Wan restaurant in Shanghai, the chain's first outlet in China, last September. The group has since grown its presence in the huge market and plans to increase the number of its restaurants in China to 100 in the next four years. Hong Kong-based Tim Ho Wan is Michelin-starred restaurant chain known for inexpensive but high-quality dim sum dishes. © Getty Images The Jollibee group was operating 5,816 outlets around the world, including around 3,200 in the Philippines, as of June 30, serving their signature fried ChickenJoy, burgers and other dishes. Jollibee is the largest fast-food chain in its home country, operating more restaurants than McDonald's there. But Jollibee brand restaurants account for only 26% of the group's outlets around the world. The company's acquisition spree so far has resulted in a takeout empire that includes a variety of quick-service brands. With 17 brands in 33 countries already, Jollibee CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong has said overseas operations will drive the conglomerate's revenue growth this year and beyond. In September 2019, the group announced it had acquired U.S.-based The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for $350 million. Before the acquisition, Jollibee was operating some 4,600 locations, a figure that has grown by 25% in the past two years. The group has never been gun-shy about investing in businesses. In 2018, it bought out Denver, Colorado-based Smashburger. In 2012, it purchased a 50% stake in SuperFoods Group, a Vietnamese restaurant group that operates coffee shop chain Highlands Coffee and Vietnamese noodle house chain Pho 24. The Jollibee fast-food chain itself has also been expanding its international footprint, though with outlets that mainly cater to Filipinos working abroad. The Philippines' large English-speaking population is a major source of immigrant workers. Some 10 million Filipinos, 10% of the population, work outside the Southeast Asian country, according to estimates. The U.S. and the Middle East attract many of these workers. The acquisitions of Tim Ho Wan and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will help Jollibee's expansions in the Chinese and U.S. markets as a diversified player. Jollibee has announced its intention to enhance its Chinese food offerings through Tim Ho Wan and other operations. The group racked up 71.3 billion pesos ($1.4 billion) in sales in the first six months of 2021, up 13.7% from a year earlier. It earned 1.1 billion pesos in net profit in the first half, a drastic turnaround from an 11.9 billion peso loss one year earlier. Overseas markets contribute around 40% of the company's overall revenue, and its overseas businesses hold strong growth potential. The group now plans to rev up its global expansion strategy as it eyes rapid growth once the pandemic winds down.
  22. How many have you tried? https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/food/17-new-entrants-to-michelins-bib-gourmand-list-for-2018-50-hawker-stalls-and Let's go try some.. These are the hawker food... not the high end stuff... Next gathering guys? BIB GOURMAND SELECTION _ MICHELIN GUIDE SINGAPORE 2018.pdf
  23. https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Asia-Insight/Singapore-cultivates-Silicon-Valley-of-food-in-a-hungry-Asia?utm_campaign=GL_asia_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=NA_newsletter&utm_content=article_link&del_type=1&pub_date=20210706190000&seq_num=2&si=44594 Singapore is home to at least 28 high-tech, indoor urban vegetable farms that a food resilience official said allow the city-state to "grow more with less." © Reuters Asia Insight Singapore cultivates 'Silicon Valley of food' in a hungry Asia Lab meat and indoor greens thrive as COVID highlights regional challenge SANDY ONG, Contributing writerJuly 6, 2021 05:00 JST SINGAPORE -- It was a warm Singapore evening and well-heeled diners at the riverside restaurant 1880 were feasting on intriguing-sounding dishes like "Forest Floor" and "Flooded Future." But the real stars of the show were two less flamboyant-sounding mains: chicken and waffle, and chicken bao. When served, the pan-fried chicken was firm and pulled apart tenderly at the touch of a fork. This, however, was no ordinary poultry. It was made from stem cells taken from a chicken feather and grown in special bioreactors. The diners were among the first few paying customers to feast on lab-grown chicken. Kaimana Chee -- a chef at San Francisco-based food startup Eat Just, which created the chicken -- helped whip up that night's meal. "I cried because I never thought I would see it on a consumer plate within my lifetime," he told Nikkei Asia. With "so much regulatory red tape" and global caution surrounding lab-grown meat, Chee, 43, was convinced getting the green light would take years. He figured his mission at Eat Just, which he joined in 2016, was to concoct inspiring dishes that would "plant the seed for another generation." So in December, when Singapore became the only country to approve the sale of such protein, Chee was dumbstruck. Many industry observers were less surprised. "It's no coincidence that Singapore is the world's first cultivated meat market," said Mirte Gosker of the nonprofit Good Food Institute Asia Pacific (GFI APAC). "The government has invested the resources necessary to create a welcoming ecosystem for food innovation." Singapore's foray into lab meat and alternative proteins -- those that come from plants, insects, algae and fungi -- is part of a concerted push to shore up its food resilience. The city-state makes up Asia's vanguard in the battle to ensure reliable access to food. United Nations estimates suggest over 350 million people across the region are undernourished while roughly 1 billion faced moderate or severe food insecurity in 2019 -- either dealing with uncertain access or actually running out of food, sometimes for days. The challenge has become more pressing since COVID-19 hit, worsening acute food insecurity in Asia and giving governments alarming glimpses of how a crisis can affect supplies. One approach Singapore has taken is to diversify its sources. It now imports food from over 170 countries and regions, about 30 more than in 2004. Kaimana Chee, a chef at the San Francisco-based food startup Eat Just, says he never thought he would see lab-grown chicken on a consumer plate in his lifetime. (Photo by Sandy Ong) It is also striving to become more self-reliant. In March 2019, it announced a "30 by 30" goal -- to produce 30% of its nutritional needs locally by 2030, up from 10%. "Resilience means having the ability to withstand perturbations to the food supply," said Paul Teng, a food security expert at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU). When Teng and his colleagues began studying food resilience around 2005, the focus was on food security. "Nobody listened to us," he said. It is a subtle but important distinction. Wealthy Singapore ranks fairly high on measures of food security -- 19th on the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2020 global ranking -- but that does not mean it can rest easy. "The government's strategy was, 'If we increase GDP, and have the means to purchase food, then we don't have to worry because somebody will always have food to sell,'" Teng said. "This is fine and dandy if there is no disruption to [the food] production and supply chain." But price hikes during the 2008 financial crisis, Malaysia halting fish exports in 2014 and other events have highlighted vulnerabilities. Then came the pandemic. "Globally, COVID-19 has resulted in some disruption, as some source countries banned exports of certain food items to cater to their domestic needs or went under lockdown," said Melvin Chow, senior director of the Singapore Food Agency's Food Infrastructure Development & Management Division. He added that increasing production under the 30 by 30 strategy would provide a buffer to mitigate disruptions from abroad. But growing more food is easier said than done in Singapore, which measures 50 km by 27 km. With the world's third-highest population density, it has set aside only 1% of its land for agriculture. The city, which has always been deft at working around its space and resource constraints, now intends to "leverage our science and technology capabilities to develop innovative solutions," Chow said. This is where Eat Just and similar startups come in. "Plant-based and cell-based proteins require far less space and resources to produce the same amount of food as traditional food sources," said Bernice Tay, director of food manufacturing at Enterprise Singapore, a statutory board dedicated to the development of small and mid-size businesses. Eager to foster food tech, the government has allocated up to 144 million Singapore dollars ($107 million) for food-related R&D programs until 2025. Enterprise Singapore has also partnered with several global accelerators, including Big Idea Ventures, which has a $50 million fund for alternative proteins. In April, Singapore launched a Future Ready Food Safety Hub to study the safety of novel foods and support companies' research. And in September, NTU will begin offering undergraduates a one-semester course focused on the science and business of producing alternative proteins, in collaboration with GFI APAC. Andre Menezes, co-founder of Next Gen, a Singapore-headquartered company that introduced soy-based chicken thighs in March, called the city a "complete ecosystem in a very small, concentrated island." "Singapore is starting to position itself as the Silicon Valley of food tech," said Menezes, whose thigh product is now found in over 45 local restaurants. In February, Next Gen raised $10 million in seed funding from a group of investors including Singapore's state-owned Temasek International -- the largest splash yet by a plant-based food tech venture. The company in June expanded into Hong Kong, Macao and Kuala Lumpur. Not your average nugget: Singapore was the first country to approve lab-grown chicken like this, amid a push for greater food resilience. (Photo by Sandy Ong) More than 15 alternative protein companies have set up shop in Singapore in the past two years. In addition to Eat Just and Next Gen, these include international players such as California dairy-substitute maker Perfect Day as well as homegrown Shiok Meats and Gaia Foods, which are working to produce cultured seafood and red meat, respectively. Another pillar of Singapore's 30 by 30 goal is high-tech, indoor urban farming. Thirty-one such farms already exist -- 28 for vegetables, three for fish. The fact that the farms are indoors makes them "resilient against some of the impacts of climate change," Chow said. They employ smart technologies that "allow us to grow more with less," with yields 10 to 15 times higher per hectare compared to traditional vegetable and land-based fish farms. One farm, Commonwealth Greens, can harvest up to 100 tons of vegetables annually, close to 1% of all leafy greens grown locally. In high-ceilinged rooms of a large industrial building, it grows rows of verdant mustard, chard, sorrel and various lettuces in plastic containers. Each grow rack is roughly 1 meter long and paired with its own strip of LED lights, suspended from the ceiling like a series of bright vertical blinds. The "brains" of the system lie at the front of each room: two sensors. One controls the air temperature, relative humidity, carbon dioxide and acidity levels. The other measures the amount and composition of liquid nutrients supplied to the greens. "Our technology combines the use of the Internet of Things, which enables us to gather very rich amounts of data that is critical for the plants," said Sven Yeo, co-founder and chief technology officer of Archisen, the agritech company that runs the farm. "When we grow crops, we have something called a crop recipe," he said. This is essentially a list of parameters -- light, pH, temperature, and so on -- that Yeo and his team refine to optimize a plant's growth so that it "maximizes its nutrition and flavor profile." The hydroponics-based system consumes 95% less water and 85% fewer fertilizers than traditional, soil-based ones. Commonwealth Greens can harvest up to 100 tons of vegetables annually, close to 1% of all leafy greens grown locally. (Photo by Sandy Ong) Proponents say indoor farms and alternative proteins offer better produce and cleaner meats, with minimal or none of the pesticides, antibiotics or hormones commonly found in today's food products. "Consumers are increasingly more critical of the food they are eating," said Aileen Supriyadi, a research analyst at the market research firm Euromonitor International. "Especially with the recent COVID-19 pandemic and African swine fever cases affecting livestock in the region, consumers have grown more concerned with regard to food safety." Cultured meat, in particular, has its skeptics. In a YouGov Omnibus survey of 1,068 Singaporeans in December, 42% of the respondents said they would not eat such meat, local media reported. A Euromonitor survey in 2020 found that 36.5% of Asia-Pacific consumers preferred all-natural products, compared with 33.3% in Europe and 28.4% in North America. Still, for Singapore, the high-tech farms and labs provide plausible solutions for increasing food production. Some experts believe they can be a way forward for other Asian countries, too. Indoor farms are not new. NTU's Teng said there are more than 400 throughout Asia. But compact, high-yielding ones are especially useful in "highly urbanized cities with higher purchasing power, where real estate cost is high," Archisen's Yeo said. Jakarta is a good example, according to Christian Prokscha, founder of Eden Towers, which opened a vertical farm there in February. "You can grow things on the hills outside Jakarta," he said, "but the problem is that you have a very long logistics route." Additionally, Yeo says "the one big challenge" of indoor farms is the cost of facilities and sophisticated equipment. Singapore has provided generous grants over the years, including a SG$60 million fund launched in April that helps would-be farmers defray initial building expenses. But few Southeast Asian countries have pockets as deep as Singapore's. When it comes to alternative proteins, high selling prices are another tall hurdle. Nevertheless, Asia is "uniquely primed to capitalize on the shift toward alternative proteins," said GFI APAC's Gosker, citing the region's "rich agricultural landscapes, expansive infrastructure and manufacturing power, world-renowned innovation hubs and unparalleled market size." She went on: "Local producers now have the ability to source a nearly unlimited range of ingredients, process them in new and innovative ways, and manufacture the next generation of plant-based meat -- all in the same corner of the world."
  24. Hi, Looking for a good peranakan food for family dinner. Any recommendation? Preferable east side
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