Durian Eating Contest in Punggol + SIP Christmas Bazaar 2017

Durian Eating Contest 2017

Yesterday, some 60+ people gathered for a Durian Eating Contest in Punggol and the top three contestants walked away with fantastic prizes. 🙂 As I still have a cold, I was just there to ogle the plates and plates of fleshy durian. But there was also a Christmas Bazaar organized by SIP (which is the ‘Social Innovation Park’) and I couldn’t resist buying a few items, especially since they involved cashless payment via FavePay and there were FavePay promo codes to use, such as one for $3 off any purchase, and $5 discount if we spend a minimum of $10. I’ve included a video at the end of this blogpost so you can see who the top 3 winners of the Durian Eating Contest are, and have a look-see around the bazaar if you’ve missed it.

I bought 4 packs of dehydrated fruit from Lovellyn’s House (u.p. $12, but I paid only $7)

Lovellyn's House dried fruit

I also got black fungus, oyster and portobello mushrooms from Mushroom Kingdom. I hope they are back in Punggol again soon! 😀

Mushroom Kingdom

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From what I heard from the participants, the people opening the durians could not open them fast enough, so for many of the folks participating, it was more like a leisurely durian makan session instead of a competition. If you happen to sit at a table with someone who’s more, shall we say, ‘competitive’ and he takes 2 or 3 ‘seeds’ from each plate that’s served, leaving few or none for others at the same table, then… too bad for you. 😛

If it’s to be a contest, I’d recommend that the organizers have all the plates of durian placed at each table, ready for the contestants to stuff their faces, so they don’t have to wait for durian to be served AND have to offer durian to their fellow competitors first out of courtesy as if they’re at a Chinese wedding banquet. (>_<) In a 2013 competition in Sentosa, the winner finished “10 seeds of durians in less than 60 seconds.” But the winner for this particular contest in Punggol had just 52 seeds in what the organizers said was 45 minutes, and they also mentioned (as you can watch in the video) that the winner told them he had not had his fill of durian yet. 😀

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Inspirit House: Family Friendly Restaurant At Punggol Settlement

Inspirit House Punggol Settlement

In theory, it seems like Punggol Settlement is a great place to set up an F&B establishment as you can offer a waterfront dining experience that customers will love, but my take is it’s really tough to draw people there. If you don’t drive there, the place is pretty inaccessible though there is one bus service (expect a rather long wait). And there aren’t many fringe activities for people to enjoy – it’s just eat… then head home. The Punggol East Container Park might fare slightly better as there’s prawning, futsal and a billiard centre nearby. Even then, I’ve noted that one bingsoo place quietly ‘closed shop’ not too long ago. So whenever F&B outlets at either Punggol Settlement or the Container Park offer discounts via online sites, we tend to show them some support. That’s what happened with Inspirit House recently. 🙂

We ordered their Truffle Fries ($5.90) to nibble on while we waited for the mains of a Pork Loin Steak ($20.90) and Nonya Seabass ($18.90).

The fries were alright. Though if you need condiments to go along with it, you might have to pay a little extra (e.g. if you want cheese).

Inspirit House Truffle Fries

The Pork Loin Steak was enjoyable. I would say it was cooked to perfection. I loved how the pork remained tender, did not get chewy (which would have been a letdown) and the fatty bits were so delicious. Portion size was incredibly small though. And the salad leaves did not look too fresh – upon close inspection, they looked like they had wilted a bit, though I have to say they look decent in this photo. 😀

Inspirit House review

If you’ve noticed, we had both the pear and the chili sauce with the pork loin steak. I was asked which sauce we wanted with the pork, and it was hard to decide. I wanted to try the pear sauce (because doesn’t it sound yummy already?) but I also wanted to know if the chili sauce here is any good. *Staff said they make their sauces in-house. So I requested for the pear sauce, and to have the chili sauce served by the side. In any case, they served us both sauces in small cups. Which was perfect because I didn’t like the pear sauce, and the chili was a little too spicy. So heng ah, neither was poured directly onto the pork which tasted perfect on its own. 😀

As for the Nonya Seabass, the sauce enveloping the fish was a nice mix of sweet, sour and spicy. The (supposedly) poached carrots were so hard though. I prefer carrots nice and soft instead of almost raw. Thicker asparagus would have offered more ‘bite’ too (and less oil on the asparagus, please). 😀 The portion of rice was rather small as well.

Inspirit House Punggol Settlement

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I think they’ve put a fair bit of thought into decorating the place. I don’t know if I should call it a restaurant, as it feels more like a cozy bistro instead. And walking past Inspirit House previously, I’ve always thought it was a place you bring friends for an alcohol-fueled evening. 😀 Only after dining here did I realize it’s family-friendly. A diner at another table was a wheelchair-user, and there were so many of IKEA’s baby high chairs stacked at both sides of the dining area. You can see a few in this picture below:

Inspirit House Punggol

I like that it’s spacious enough, so you don’t feel like you’re eavesdropping on the diners chatting at the table next to yours. 😀 And service was pretty good, possibly also because it wasn’t busy even on a Friday evening at dinnertime.

*Prices are before GST and service charge

*Opening hours: 3pm to 12am (Tues to Thurs), 3pm to 1am (Fri and eve of PH), 11.30am to 1am (Sat), 11.30am to 12am (Sun and PH). Closed on Mondays.

*Tel: 69206388

*Address: 3 Punggol Point, #01-05, The Punggol Settlement, S(828694)

BoBo Fish Ball’s Thoroughly Enjoyable 5-Part Video Series On Facebook

I got to know about Bobo Fish Ball’s 5-Part Video Series only because a pal shared a post on Facebook, encouraging friends to watch till the end. So I did. And thoroughly enjoyed it. Actress Roz Pho plays the role of ‘Bobo’, an “underappreciated mom”, who runs away from home one night, and at Haw Par Villa, she meets a Fish Deity who offers to grant her three wishes. But he (or it?) wants a little “something something” in return. 😉 So what happens then? Watch and find out…

(*If the videos aren’t working here, watch them over on Facebook 😀 https://www.facebook.com/bobofishball/videos/vl.365801030534641/1900251973324352)

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Final:

I think the plot’s brilliant. I didn’t expect Bobo’s third and final wish to be just that. Seemingly stupid mortals are actually pretty smart, no? 😀 And the whole concept of using this video series to promote BoBo Fish Ball’s products is just so clever. The food looks so yummy in just about every scene that you’ll almost forget it’s weird how this family seems to be eating fishballs at every meal!

Bobo fish ball singapore

Also, I wonder if it’s just me – at first I thought the actress was Jae Liew (see screenshot below). And when Roz is all dolled up, she resembles Rebecca Lim from certain angles too. In any case, stellar acting! I enjoyed watching this video series immensely. Seems like it makes more sense to upload videos to Facebook instead of doing a standard TVC which people can’t like, share, and comment on. (Much cheaper too)

roz pho bobo fish ball

Hopefully, by the time Chinese New Year comes around, people will still remember BoBo Fish Ball’s videos and get their products for steamboat dinners and such. There’s a competitor brand called DoDo that sells roughly the same items:

Bobo and Dodo fish balls

Truth be told, I usually get DoDo’s products as the logo is attractive: smiley boy with open arms. What about you? 😉

Tracking Our Smartphone Usage + Cooking A Lutein-Packed Meal :D

mobile phone usage in Singapore

You probably know of someone who’s a smartphone addict, right? You might even have spotted quite a few of them “glued” to their cellphones while they’re crossing the road, walking to the MRT platform, or even have them bump into you accidentally as they aren’t watching where they are going. In fact, the Chinese have a term for these mobile phone zombies – 低頭族 (literally: folks with lowered heads). You may or may not have a smartphone addiction problem but have you actually tracked how much time you spend on your handphone every single day? I have, and I can tell you the result is surprising!

As I’m curious about how much time other people spend on their phones as well, I invited two of my friends (Philip‘s 50 years old and Steven is 70!) to track their screen time for a week too. Guess who spent the most time on the phone? 😀

My phone usage (around 4 hours) vs. Philip’s (almost 7 hours) and Steven’s (8.5 hours)

singapore handphone screen time tracking

*Steven’s on holiday (as usual) so he made me tell you this: He’s using his phone more often than usual for photo-taking, uploading of pictures to his social media accounts, etc, and that retirees aren’t actually that “free” so please do not be mistaken. 😀

I’m actually quite surprised, though, that both of them spent more time on their phones than I did / do. In fact, Philip (who’s 50) spent over 12 hours on his phone on one particular day! He wasn’t catching Pokemon – it was just a really busy work day for him. 😀

Truth be told, I don’t spend as much time on my handphone compared to these two as my phone’s pretty old. I’m using the Samsung S5 which refuses to die. But it does run out of battery juice pretty quickly so I try not to do too much work on it. I abhor phone calls too (so please don’t call me) and I got myself out of just about every Whatsapp chat group as just reading the messages alone consumes too much precious time.

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Have you ever wondered how much ‘screen time’ you clock every day? Add the time spent on your handphone plus your computer plus time spent watching television or reading an ebook on your ipad. I bet you are spending a lot of time with your digital devices… and consequently getting exposed to blue light from them.

And don’t forget about blue light from the sun AND fluorescent and LED lighting! 😛

Point is, we’re constantly being bombarded by blue light. And what are we doing to protect ourselves? Your answer might be… “nothing”. (>_<) But you’ve definitely felt the ‘effects’ of using your digital devices for prolonged periods of time. Ever experienced dry, tired eyes that doctors term ‘digital eye strain’? And what happens in the long run? 😉

Why the fuss over blue light exposure, really?

Blue light does more than just tire your eyes out. Blue light reaches deep into the eye and can potentially cause damage to the retina. Doctors warn of its involvement in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) too! If you’re concerned about AMD and/or cataracts and want to protect your eyes starting today, make sure you up your intake of Lutein and Zeaxanthin so as to block out blue light.

In a recent study, researchers also noted an improvement in the “overall sleep quality, and reduced frequency of headaches, eye strain and eye fatigue, as well as improvements in visual performance measures in the macular carotenoid (Lutein) group compared with the placebo group.” So, besides blocking out blue light, Lutein and Zeaxanthin are great for overall health!

Not sure how you can get a sufficient dose of Lutein and Zeaxanthin (which are found in food)? There is a simple solution: just drink a bottle of BRAND’S Lutein Essence. Just one bottle a day is all it takes.

BRANDS Lutein Essence

If you’d like to win BRAND’S Lutein Essence and give it a try (I recommend drinking it chilled – so tasty) then here’s another giveaway for you! 😀

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As the first giveaway featuring BRAND’S Lutein Essence was well-received, I’m back with another one! 😀 This time round, I’m picking three winners to each receive a $120 Blue Light Protection Kit from BRAND’S! Each kit will include:

2 packs of BRAND’S Lutein Essence
$50 Nanyang Optical voucher
Eye drops
Eye mask

And all you need to do is to head over to the giveaway post on my Facebook page and submit a photo of your meal with at least 2 food items containing Lutein. 😀

Here’s my dinner on Tuesday night:

food high in lutein

The prawn dish has broccoli, carrot and brussel sprouts (underneath) – all good sources of Lutein. The salmon dish has ‘crispy skin salmon’ sitting on a bed of spinach (great source of Lutein) and mushroom. And there’s also the stir-fried tomato and scrambled egg dish (*eggs contain Lutein, but as I have shared in my previous post, there isn’t enough for our daily requirement unless we’re eating over 80 eggs, which is plain impossible).

So snap a picture of your meal and you’re on your way to winning this fabulous prize.

Pretty simple, right?

brands lutein essence

If your meal is full of Lutein goodness, you just might be one of the three lucky winners of BRAND’S Blue Light Protection Kit featuring their Lutein Essence! Entries will be judged based on creativity, number of food items with Lutein and how delicious they look! 😀 There is no limit to the number of entries per person (as long as the pictures belong to you). All the best!~ 🙂

Meet The MINIONS At NEX! :D

minions meet n greet nex

I got to meet the MINIONS last week! 😀 And I’ve only just gotten down to blogging about it as I’ve caught the most horrible cold. Thankfully, I enjoyed my favorite ice cream at Swensen’s before I fell ill. 😀 If you want to go for the Meet & Greet with the Minions, you have to pop by Serangoon NEX tomorrow (or Saturday or Sunday) 1.15pm or 7.15pm. I am such a big fan of the minions! I brought my minion plush with me, and you’ll see him in a little bit.

When I brought Bob to the Despicable Me movie previously, the very cute Shaw Theatres uncle at Seletar Mall pointed at Bob, who was in my arms, and said I’d need to get a ticket for him. 😀 We had a good laugh thereafter. Such human interaction is so necessary… I fear for the day we’ll be watching movies without meeting any cinema staff. Anyway, when you pop by NEX, there’s more than just the Meet + Greet*.

*Redeem a photo pass with $30 minimum spent in one receipt. Photo passes are limited to 50 passes per session. Each pass admits a family of 4.
 All passes are available 1 hour before each session from the Atrium, Level 1. Strictly 1 pass per shopper/NRIC per day.

The kids were going WILD with the fun song and games…

nex christmas 2017

My photographer pal asked me whether I’ll be game to get up on stage and jump and dance around to entertain the kids in the audience. Hats off to them, man! I think I’ll pass… 😀

Don’t miss the final 3 days to catch the Minions!

minions singapore meet and greet

Trying Swensen’s Combo Meal with my pal, Bob…

swensens nex

What I enjoyed most on that plate were the “rainbow potatoes”. There’s also grilled turkey, snail sausage and tempura prawns. I should have asked them what’s in that snail sausage. 😀 Recipes found online include pork, but Swensen’s is halal, right? 😉 So… it’s anybody’s guess what’s in that sausage.

I’ve always been a fan of Swensen’s Sticky Chewy Chocolate ice cream though I have to say the Sundae was a tad disappointing because of the small portion size…

swensens sticky chewy chocolate

Exploring Pasir Ris | Georges @ The Cove, Prawning Venue, Spotting Chicken + Boar

Exploring Pasir Ris

Our “lazy Sunday” last weekend very suddenly became an exploration of another part of Singapore on our bikes. The initial (rough) plan was to visit a fish farm while on the way to Georges @ The Cove located at Pasir Ris Park. But Life is always full of its own surprises, and we ended up discovering lots of chickens in the Sungei Api Api area, stumbling upon a herd of wild boar late at night (the horror!) and cycling past big dogs trotting towards us. Thankfully, there were no misadventures, and we lived to tell the tale. 😀

Here’s a quick video:

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Catch the previous post about our cycling trip to Ang Mo Kio here.

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First up, here’s our makan at Georges @ The Cove. It offers splendid sea views, with people paddleboarding, and you can even watch soccer matches here. I really could get used to dining here. 😀 We ordered only the burger and a full rack of pork ribs for our early dinner…

georges at the cove review

The burger was decent. Nothing to write home about, really. Just a decent burger you might want to enjoy with fries and a coke. *burp*

georges @ the cove pasir ris park

The pork ribs came divided in half. The half I picked tasted ‘normal’, while he kept raving about how soft his half of the pork ribs were. So I had a bite from his side and… he’d gotten the portion which was fattier and hence more delicious. Thankfully, we’d ordered the full rack instead of just half (we might have ended up with only the firmer half). The BBQ sauce looks like it was squeezed out of a bottle haphazardly, and there was too much sauce anyway so I had to scrape it all off with my knife. Too few fries too, if I may add! 😛

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Then he brought me to this prawning + fishing place that I didn’t know existed. We just hung around to watch these folks prawn and catch tiny fishes. By tiny, I mean ‘nasi lemak kuning fish’ tiny. On our second visit this week, we managed to catch 3 fish, and someone else gave us 3 more fish. 😀

Prawning at Pasir Ris

Then we checked out the resort, malls, etc… and even got rewarded with a nice view of Wild Wild Wet.

Wild Wild Wet

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While getting bubble tea, I watched a mother trying to direct her kids to behave properly within a snow globe photo booth. I found this hilarious. 😀

Snow globe Photo booth

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Not sure where cycling will take us to next, but I’m looking forward to exploring another part of Singapore. 😀

Punggol Settlement (Food Review) – Just The Place 1 For 1 Mains

Punggol Settlement restaurant

Punggol Settlement is very quiet these days; if you’re looking for a dinner spot that’s not crowded, has a nice sea view and offers value-for-money promotions, you might just want to head there. Some restaurants have taken to Groupon (a.k.a. Fave) and Eatigo in a bid to boost their business. Others have simply folded. We had dinner at Just The Place using a Groupon voucher and I’ve shot a quick video you can see below. 🙂 In other news, that awesome waffle / ice cream place ‘Wayne’s Chill Out’ has shut. They never really put up a sign or statement online to say that they’ve shut for good, and more than once, I’ve seen people walk past thinking it’s Wayne’s off day but that longing for ice cream is clear on their faces.

That “chat” between the terrapins is based on real conversations 😀

When the food was served, his first comment was “Looks promising, ah”. Unfortunately, looks can be deceiving. The Seafood Marinara ($22.90) had plump prawns, squid and clams. But the portions of fried fish were small. And the sauce lacked one thing: spice. Adequate spice would give it that “oomph” the dish sorely lacks. This dish tastes so mild that I believe parents can feed it to young children without any issue. I would love to have some ‘heat’ in it; maybe some chopped up chili padi?

Just the place review

As for the Cajun Boneless Chicken ($18.90), I have to say that the sides certainly outshine the lead. The baby potatoes and the mushroom ragout are DELICIOUS. The chicken itself is visually appealing, but offers no surprises taste-wise.

Just the place punggol settlement

Would we be back for the 1-for-1 mains, which we’re told could be offered till the end of the year? YES! Next time, we won’t bother with getting a Fave voucher. 😀

Just The Place is at #02-07/08 of Punggol Settlement. Tel: 6702 7370.

Paying Customer’s Review Of RedMart’s Online Grocery Shopping and Delivery

redmart online grocery shopping

I’d initially wanted to title this post “Honest Review of RedMart…” but figured there might be people who will think I’m implying their reviews aren’t honest. Clearly, there’s a difference between a sponsored blogpost versus a paying customer’s experience of the same company’s services. So I’m just going to share about my very first RedMart order, placed this month, and my account of how it went. Truth be told, I was very curious about whether “delicate” items would get crushed during the handling and delivery. So I ordered, among other things, a tray of eggs and a loaf of Sunshine bread together with a whole honeydew and a whole watermelon! 😀 Plus, there were TEN 1.5-litre bottles of Ayataka green tea. You can probably already picture in your mind all the fragile items getting crushed in the back of a van, right? So what was smashed during delivery?! Read on… 😀

#1: (Some) groceries are cheaper online

I’m not exactly crazy about Ayataka unlike some of my pals, but the reason I bought 10 bottles from RedMart is because it’s much cheaper than if I went to a supermarket nearby to get it. It’s mind-boggling how I can lug home all these heavy bottles and still be paying a premium compared to someone else who clicks a few buttons at home and waits for it all to be delivered. I don’t remember the exact pricing now but when I was clicking around the site, I found the Ayataka drinks about 30% cheaper than when I got them at ntuc.

The chicken’s about the same price, though, but way smaller. I like being able to select the plumpest chicken at the supermarket. 😀 So I guess I’m still buying whole chickens in person.

#2: Fragile items will (not) get squashed

And even if they do get damaged during handling or delivery, I’m sure you can request for a refund. Remember to take pictures!

It was my first time trying Sunshine’s Hokkaido Milk Toast and OMG, it is the best! I like it so much that I even ate the top and bottom slices, which I usually let someone else at home have. 😀

The delivery guy wheeled his trolley up to my doorstep and it looked like he had different boxes for the items. Perhaps one that keeps stuff cool (like the chicken), another to separate the heavy items like the drinks and fruit from the fragile ones like the bread and eggs.

#3: The fruits and veggies are fresh (if you eat them immediately)

I checked that everything looked good when I received my order, so I didn’t think too much about keeping the fruits at home for a day or two before cutting them open. The delivery happened on a Tuesday, and by Thursday, I noticed a bad smell coming from the bag with the honeydew in it.

This had happened:

redmart review

I sent redmart an email, attaching pictures of the rotting (or rotten) honeydew, and they very quickly processed a refund. You can choose to have a refund in redmart credits for your next purchase or get it refunded via your payment method.

#4: You create more waste: an extraordinary number of plastic bags

redmart plastic bag

I think I’ve watched too many ads. Delivery people usually hand over a bag of groceries in those ads and perhaps it’s a brown paper bag, or a sturdy looking carrier that can contain everything from milk cartons to green veggies.

What I did not expect was for my order to come in so many plastic bags. Watermelon’s in a bag. Honeydew is in another. Bread’s in a bag. Potatoes in another bag. And so on. I ended up collecting so many of redmart’s plastic bags!

And the quality of the bags isn’t too great either; many had holes in them so they’re not exactly the best for lining trash bins or your wet umbrella (imagine the leaks!) The only good thing is that they are supposedly oxo-biodegradable.

#5: It’s so impersonal a drone might as well have been sent

Once again, I’ve been deceived by ads. Remember that smiling delivery guy who shows up at your doorstep with the groceries you’ve ordered? Well, I received an (automated) SMS about 5 minutes before he showed up at my door.

I opened the door, said Hi (and got no reply), and he held out the two packs of redmart facial tissues I’d ordered, with a delivery note in between. Butter fingers kicked in, and I actually dropped the tissue pack placed below. Then he passed me bag after bag. Eventually he asked me to sign on the device (with a cracked screen) he held. And he was gone.

No greeting, no verification if our household was indeed the one which had placed the order, no goodbye.

I’d read another blogger’s (sponsored) review and she said the delivery guy even asked her to check if the eggs were damaged during the delivery ‘cos he’d quickly get her some new ones. She was amused that he had a hidden stash of eggs somewhere, and was clearly impressed. As for my delivery guy… well, never mind.

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Many people have misconceptions about online grocery shopping: that produce won’t be fresh, that fragile items like bread and eggs will be damaged, and you should only purchase bulky items like toilet paper, milk powder, diapers, etc.

From this first experience of shopping on redmart, I’d say that I got a good bargain on items like the green tea and chocolates so I won’t hesitate to make a second purchase if the price is right. But for items like poultry, I’ll want to visit a physical store and make my own selection.

And oh, I’d purchased a Fave voucher before shopping on RedMart. I’d paid $5 for a $20 RedMart voucher. So that offered significant savings already. The voucher’s still available on Fave if you’re keen. 🙂

Catching & Cooking Prawns + Yabbies

Prawning in Singapore review

Ooh I so wanna go prawning again soon! 😀 Last week, we were happily prawning when it began to rain, and then it stopped, and then it started raining again. Bummer. However, in those 2.5 hours or so, we managed to catch 24 prawns and 2 yabby / yabbies (however you want to spell it, but basically it’s a kind of crayfish). We used just 1 prawning rod, and took turns, so I’d say the catch was pretty decent despite the weather. AND I managed to catch a prawn with a tag that won us a 1-hour free prawning session, which we’ll redeem next time! Woohoo! 😀 I wanted to barbecue the prawns on the spot but he wanted to have them cooked at home, and I usually give in when it comes to food (also ‘cos he claims to like my steamed prawn dish).

Anyway here’s a short video showing an uncle who’s a real pro at catching prawns, how we caught our first yabby on this trip, and the mini prawn / yabby feast we had at home:

I steamed the bigger prawns with Soup Restaurant’s samsui chicken ginger sauce and panfried the majority of the prawns with their sambal sauce. So delicious! 😀

Sambal prawns singapore

As for the yabby, I really didn’t know what to do with them, but I figured that since the underside of the crayfish looked quite filthy, the best thing to do would be to clean them as best I can then drop them into a pop of boiling water to thoroughly disinfect while cooking them. And you might actually be able to convince yourself that it’s lobster flesh you’re eating. It’s firmer than the prawns, but really, the dipping sauce you use is the key.

how to cook yabby

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Truth be told, it IS rather cruel to catch and grill prawns on the spot as you’re skewering and grilling them while they’re still alive. What we did was freeze them at home first and cook them the next day for dinner.

But I guess what keeps us going back to prawn is the thrill of ‘hooking’ a prawn and then successfully getting it out of the water. Yup, there are times when prawns manage to escape, and nothing’s more painful than watching your huge catch escape just before it’s out of the water surface. (>_<)

Exploring Ang Mo Kio | Sportslink Factory Outlet, Zi Char, Boss Bake Castella Cake

Exploring Ang Mo Kio

On a whim, we decided to cycle all the way from Punggol to Ang Mo Kio, and we kind of made up the itinerary on the way there. Thankfully, it didn’t rain yesterday so we spent a lovely Sunday afternoon exploring parts of the town. He knew I had been raving about the awesome zichar place in Ang Mo Kio (I’ve also blogged about it so click the link to read) so he wanted to have lunch there. And we also went to the Sportslink warehouse sale to see if there are any good bargains (instead of going to Queensway Shopping Centre for new sports shoes). And since it’s one of the latest food trends, we bought two Castella cakes from Boss Bake at Ang Mo Kio just to find out how they taste… and whether they really have that ‘boing-boing’ effect. 😀

Check out the video I did here:

As for the zi char, consider me thoroughly disappointed. I don’t know why but every time some place leaves me raving about the quality of the food, the second visit is just so disappointing. Is it purely due to ‘greater expectation = greater disappointment’? Or that standards generally drop over time?

Here’s the San Lou Hor Fun $6.

Ang Mo Kio Zi Char

I like that there’s lots of bean sprouts, but otherwise it’s a rather average dish. And previously, I’d written about how the prawn paste chicken was very nicely laid out on the plate, and this time round it’s just all haphazard…

8 pieces of their Prawn Paste Chicken for $10

Ang Mo Kio best zi char

{ A portion of their menu } I tend to order only items from the “House Speciality” portion:

Ang Mo Kio Hong Kong Street Zi Char Prices

We ordered herbal soup from another stall. Thought we’ll get a plump chicken drumstick with the ‘Buddha Jumps Over The Wall’ soup (as per the picture) but it was a small portion of chicken thigh. Note to self: Ask the stallowner regarding the portion of chicken before placing the order.

Ang Mo Kio herbal soup

As for the Castella cake, well, to me it seems like overpriced sponge cake. I thought the “Original” flavor should be the best but it’s just an “eggy” flavor. I’m guessing the older folks or really young kids (who shouldn’t be eating stuff that’s too sweet) will like the cake. I preferred the Chocolate, for obvious reasons. *Apparently there’s some promotion if you buy 2 or more. For the Original flavor, you get a dollar off and for the pricier ones, I think you get $2 off the cake. So it makes sense to get two of them. But it makes less sense to cycle back home to Punggol with 2 cakes. 😀

Boss Bake Castella Cake Ang Mo Kio

As for the Sportslink warehouse sale, it was indeed tempting to get one of those Adidas creations. For just $72.90, you can get a gorgeous pair of sneakers. 🙂 We’ll be back.

ang mo kio sportslink warehouse sale