Singapore Merlion Chocolates from Daiso

Singapore Merlion Chocolate from Daiso

I’ve been on the lookout for a nice souvenir to hand out to people I meet during my travels. Since they won’t be friends, and are essentially ‘strangers’, the gift won’t be too expensive, and it shouldn’t be too bulky or perishable either (e.g. Bengawan Solo’s pandan cakes). When I saw that Daiso was stocking these Singapore Merlion Chocolates (made in Malaysia, by the way), I thought they might be a great gift. πŸ™‚ In another blogpost, perhaps, I’ll share with you why I think it is a good idea to bring small presents from Singapore when you’re traveling overseas. πŸ˜‰ For now, it’s just a quick taste test of these Merlion chocolates.

I had my fussier (not necessarily ‘better’) half pick the box of chocolates to try first, and he went with the Dark Chocolate. Totally not what I would have chosen, by the way. πŸ˜€

Singapore Merlion Chocolate review

I think guys prefer dark chocolate? I’m more of a milk chocolate fan. And I do especially love chocolates with raisins in them. So, interestingly enough, I like Cadbury’s OLD GOLD Dark Chocolate with Old Jamaica Rum ‘N’ Raisin. πŸ˜€

These Daiso chocolates aren’t quite the gold standard when it comes to chocolates, obviously. I thought they lacked oomph, any real depth of flavor, and are your typical ‘merlion chocolates’. And at 50cents a piece, they are pretty expensive!

*When I’ve tried the Bittersweet and Milk chocolates, I’ll update this post. πŸ™‚

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If you know of any brand of merlion chocolates that actually taste pretty decent, please send me an email. Thank you in advance!

Carousel Buffet: Why We Picked High Tea Instead Of Lunch Or Dinner

carousel buffet review

Had a really lovely treat from the pal I helped craft an email for recently. If you recall reading my blogpost about how you should not buy insurance to support a “friend”, yup, I helped that pal who’d bought insurance to support a friend to craft an email to send to his (new) insurance company to challenge their rejection of his claim (some 500 SGD or so) and also reverse their decision to exclude his medical condition from his policy and thus any future claims as well (I’m not sure how much that is ‘worth’ but I suppose it’s a lot more than $500). Since he wanted to treat me to makan, I decided that dieting can wait. πŸ˜€ Also, I’m actually kind of surprised that my *ahem* email worked so well. No banging of tables needed. And, if you haven’t already guessed by now, we had high tea at Carousel. Yes! That award-winning buffet place I’ve always been a fan of.

Usually we go for either lunch or dinner. But since there was also high tea on Fave, why not, right? I figured there will be fewer diners, so you don’t have to queue really long just to get your seafood on ice or some of that ever-popular sashimi. Also, the price is really affordable, and the spread is just about the same. For 3 pax, the bill came up to just over $144.

carousel buffet singapore

The prawns and sashimi were really good. So fresh, so delicious! I’m not a big fan of their lobster claws – I found the lobster flesh tough and rubbery. I didn’t take any of their mussels and clams, though I wish there were oysters!

As for the cooked food, I thought the vegetarian bee hoon was really awesome. And of course I had ngoh hiang with it too! πŸ˜€ The roasted meats were good as well. There was Singaporean Chili Crab which didn’t taste very Singaporean and the crab was not a mud crab but a flower crab. The mantou was a disappointment because it’s not warm and fluffy. It’s dense and tough like frozen mantou tossed into a deep fryer. (May I suggest that the restaurant make fresh mantou in-house? :D)

As usual, the dessert is fantastic. Chocolate fondue, check! Chocolate lava pudding, check! Waffle with vanilla ice cream, CHECK!

carousel buffet high tea

My pal, being the sweet fella that he is, also sprang a surprise on us. Towards the end of our meal, he got the Carousel staff to serve us each a slice of birthday cake. With candles too! My goodness! Thankfully they didn’t sing us the birthday song! ‘Cos by right, our birthdays are in October and it’s still September now. But bless their kind souls.

carousel buffet birthday cake

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I think that besides good food, what makes Carousel such a lovely place to dine at is their staff. They are ridiculously pleasant. I’d like to make special mention of:

  1. Adrian. I wanted to get more of that chocolate lava pudding and was quite sad to see the entire huge dish of the pudding already scraped clean by other diners. As it was towards the end of the high tea service, I wasn’t sure if the staff would agree to bring out a new dish of the chocolate lava pudding from the kitchen. And lo and behold, Adrian walks out of the kitchen, and I was a little apprehensive but he was all smiles and very quickly got me what I wanted. THANKS!
  2. Siti. My pal wanted to get the wifi password and so he asked Siti, who was laying out the cutlery for a table nearby in preparation for dinner service. She went straight to the counter in front and got the password printed out on a slip of paper and handed it over to my pal. Once again, there was not a hint of annoyance. Wow.

If you’d like to enjoy a buffet in Singapore and be assured of good food and great service, there’s no other place like Carousel. πŸ™‚ And please have another serving of that chocolate lava pudding on my behalf! πŸ˜€

Had To Eavesdrop To Find Out About The Ride-Hailing App Kardi

Kardi app Singapore

I was seated outside Punggol MRT station this afternoon, waiting for a Carouseller to show up, when I noticed a young lady carrying a purple Adidas x Bao Bao Issey Miyake bag approaching young men wearing school uniforms and getting them to do something on their phones. My curiosity suitably piqued, I decided to watch and see what happens. Was it one of those gift card purchase scams? Or did she just want their mobile numbers?! πŸ˜€ I DID see her approaching a young girl as well but the latter refused to slow down and listen to her pitch, walking away quickly.

It was evident that opposites attract, and the lady was getting more attention from the young men. A group of four boys wearing school uniforms stopped to chat about 3 metres away from me. And the lady went in for the kill. She even sat down next to the biggest dude. Once she got him to do as she’d asked, the rest followed.

I was seated so close to them yet she completely ignored me. 😦

Either the boys were easy targets or the lady’s really skilled. Even the skeptical boy holding a cup of iced lemon tea caved in. Initially, he kept asking if she’s a scammer, is what she’s getting them to do a scam, whether she was trying to hack into their phones, etc. Only one boy (in the yellow shirt) managed to escape by saying his handphone had been confiscated by a teacher. And this was corroborated by the other guys, so he was let off.

Only while (openly) eavesdropping did I hear she was getting them to download the mobile app for Kardi, a ride-hailing app. Apparently no one she had approached knew about Kardi (I didn’t either), so she told them it’s just like Grab, and if you have used Grab before, you should download Kardi (huh, what logic is this?!).

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Within a short span of 8 minutes, I saw her successfully convince 4 guys to download the Kardi app. When she was out of my line of sight, she might have gotten even more downloads. VERY impressive. Assuming she’s paid $5 per download (she took photos of their handphone screens after the downloads were done), and she gets 1 successful download every 2 minutes, then she earns S$150 per hour. Sweet.

Initially, I was a bit perplexed as to why she would approach young kids (to me, they are kids, right) to download a ride-hailing app. Those kiddos just got off a train or bus! And here I am, with my handphone already installed with the Grab app, and she doesn’t approach me. (@_@)

Then an even younger boy shows up and he’s the Carouseller (or rather, buyer) I’m supposed to meet. And for an $8 item, he gave me more than a dollar as “tips”, he said.

I guess businesses should start paying more attention to the young ones, because they part with their money easily, AND they have more disposable income than we think.

Book Review: The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

the girl who smiled beads

I was wrong. I thought this would be yet another book of a refugee who simply wanted to share her story of how she fled the Rwandan massacre at age 6 and eventually made it to America after 6 long years, and how she also managed to graduate from Yale University! “Well done!”, a congratulatory pat on her back, and all should be good, right?

Instead, this book taught me more than I’d expected. What impacted me the most were the bits about how we, as people who have never suffered the horrors of war, think we know what refugees need / want. And in giving to them, we also want to receive appreciation and their gratitude. When we meet someone like the author, whose (internal) response might be “you have no idea”, it’s a punch to the gut.

Clemantine forces me to differentiate between giving and sharing. Giving implies that I’m more privileged, more able, etc. While sharing means the refugee and me are equals. I’ve realised I’m pretty good at giving; what I no longer need, what I can spare, what I can do without. I’m not that great at sharing. (@_@)

And how brutal we all are when we ask refugees to relive the horrors by sharing their stories, made worse with our insensitive questions such as “do you feel guilty that you survived when the others perished?” As usual, Clemantine has a ready response. And it’s gold. Read the book to find out what it is. πŸ˜‰

Clemantine pulls no punches. She hits you where it hurts, rips your mask of hypocrisy to shreds and grabs you by the shoulders and shakes you up.

This is a book which will definitely teach you a thing or two you never expected. And I’m glad it’s in the form of a book and not a movie. If it’s too graphic, I won’t be able to get it out of my head.

Because this book also has a co-author, Elizabeth Weil, I somehow knew it would be a decent read even before setting eyes on the first page. How much of this book is fact, and how many pages of it is fiction / imagination, I don’t think anyone knows. I cannot remember much / any of what I did as a 6-year-old. And if I had been separated from my parents because of a war when I’m 6, the trauma would have left indelible marks on my memory. Still, this book is based not so much on the author’s childhood / family history, but on her take of what happened, what should not have happened, and what needs to happen from now on. A very good read.

Big Fish Small Fish: $1 For 2nd ‘Dory & Crisps’ Promotion

Big Fish Small Fish Punggol

If you don’t already know, Big Fish Small Fish has an ongoing promotion offering you a second serving of Dory Fish & Crisps for just S$1. I’m a bit perplexed as to why the promotion is held over 4 days, from Friday to Monday. Shouldn’t it be Thursday to Sunday instead? Whatever floats their boat, I guess. πŸ˜€ We popped by on the first day of the promo (yesterday) and the outlet at the Punggol Container Park was already rapidly filling up with diners even from as early as 5.30pm, to the absolute envy of the other stallholders next door. Waiting times were super long for what is essentially deep-fried food (enough to make jokes about whether they’d gone out to fish) and tables were left uncleared because staff just didn’t have the time.

Big Fish Small Fish Promotion

I think the main draw of Big Fish Small Fish is the range of sauces they provide. After all, what they are serving is just deep fried fish and uber-thin potato slices. Nothing out of the ordinary. The sauces available yesterday were salted egg, curry mayo, cheese, tartar and chili (which was already running out but staff did not refill it). I think I like curry mayo the most; somehow reminds me of one of the flavors of Twisties. πŸ˜€ The salted egg one lacked oomph. Blindfolded, I probably won’t even be able to tell what flavor it is.

Big Fish Small Fish Sauces

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Final 3 days. If you want to take advantage of the promo, pop by any of their 4 outlets this weekend.

The main thing I think Big Fish Small Fish needs to work on is the use of disposables. There’s SO MUCH of it. They provide sheets of that paper printed with their logo – you use it to line the tables. There are the little saucers so you can get a serving of each type of sauce. There are plastic gloves, straws, cutlery, serviettes, etc. And if you’re getting takeaways, they provide small plastic sauce cups with lids so you can tabao the sauces too. Usually people take more than three.

We’ll soon have more plastic in our oceans than fish. Eventually, it’ll be a situation of Big Plastic, Small Fish. And we’ll all be worse off for it.

*Giveaway Winner* Who / What You’d Like To Make More Time For?

Bunny Music Clock

I ran a simple Facebook contest recently and asked folks to comment and let me know who or what they’d like to make more time for. πŸ˜€ I’ve read every single entry and replied to those which particularly resonated with me. Quite a number of people mentioned spending time with family, especially their parents and young children. A handful felt they want to carve out some time for “me” time; I think this is super important. Take care of yourself before you take care of others, as airlines like to remind us during flights. πŸ˜€

I do sometimes think that parents in Singapore don’t spend enough time with their children, because they’re too busy with work. And even when they are at home, their mind seems to still be preoccupied with work matters. I’ve seen lots of maids in my estate. And this thought crossed my mind not too long ago: most of us no longer take care of our young and our old, if you’ve realised. Kids are left to maids or grandparents, or placed in daycare / childcare centres. And older folks who can no longer take care of themselves are left in the care of maids, nursing aides or relegated to old folks homes.

Is there someone you’d like to catch up with or spend some time with? Schedule it asap. Is there something you’d like to do for yourself – quiet “me” time, a spa, manicure or even just a good ol’ afternoon nap? Allocate time for these things. πŸ˜€

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Here are some of the top comments I’ve chosen, which will go into a name generator for the winner to be (randomly) picked:

Adela Chew

I will like to spend more time reading novels as in really hold a physical book to read it. I missed the smell of fresh paperback books and feel of flipping the paper as I reach the end of the page. I have gotten a few books for myself but have yet to read through them. I will need to get down to it and revive the enjoyment of good old reading habit.

Ruth Priscilla How

I would like to make some time for watching movies with my partner. There is really a long list we want to watch : ‘A Simle Favour’, ‘The Predator’, ‘Mandy’ and also, the drama series ‘Story of Yanxi Palace’ (廢禧攻η•₯) and ‘Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace’ (如懿传). The list goes on. Even though life is busy, but simple things like this can always be arranged because busy is simply a state of mind.

Life is short
Time is fast
No replay
No rewind

So, cherish the time with our loved ones, and make that time!

Tina Ong

I have always been passionate about writing and I have been writing a diary since I was a teenager. Later, I turned to writing short stories and fictions. Really love how writing lets me be creative, be myself, and it has been a good ally when I was feeling depressed. But since getting married, having kids and getting back to work, writing has taken a back seat. And that is what I would love to make time for now. The kids are a bit older and are more manageable and it would be great if I can start writing short stories for children once again. A story about a bunny perhaps πŸ˜‰ 🐰

Rejyn Mesa Baello

I’d like to make time for myself. Ever since I got pregnant with my first baby, I forgot about “ME” time. My gorgeous hair before, was now untidy. My morning and night beauty routine were all forgotten, because after a long tiring day of work then taking care of your child when you get home, you just want to lay down and catch some Zs. Being a parent is not easy. It is full of challenges every day. So maybe even just for a day, I want to pamper myself and do all the things I deserved to do and to have. 😊

Teo Joanie

I’ll ❀ to make more time for my grandma as everyone is so busy with their life and nobody visits this lonely lady at all. I’m gonna remind myself to drop py her place on weekends so that I can spend more time with her and not to regret if I ever miss the chance.

Angel Ch

i would like to make time for myself.
Carving out a little solitude and time for myself is necessary, just to revitalize my mind and body at the same time. Let just say, sometimes we have to take time to ourselves. Not to mention when i am in the thick of things, i must be struggling to get much perception. Isolate the things that stressing out, exult and relax instead of thinking. Day of rest, time to enjoy and do anything I want. Whenever my schedule is not tight, I often visit this particular place. It has a quiet ambiance and a perfect place to chill, calm, and relax my mind.

Woon Ling Halle

I’d like to make more time for my cat, he has been waiting at home far too many nights for me to come home!

Jamie Feng

I got my diving license more than 10 years ago. I have not been diving since…I would love to pick up this hobby again and explore more places to dive and see more sea cuties….

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And now… *drumroll* All names are in the random name generator and the WINNER IS…

Name generator

Congratulations, Jamie! Kindly drop me an email at gracewwg (at) gmail.com to claim your prize by 26th September, 2018. πŸ™‚

A big thank you to all who participated. There will be more of such random giveaways coming right up so stay tuned, and ‘like’ my facebook page in order to be notified when they happen. πŸ™‚

Either There’s No Cat, Or There Are Two!

punggol stray cats

As it’s been raining today in Punggol, I thought the stray cat which frequents my block might be hungry. I’m always hungry when the weather is cold, so I figured Meow Meow might feel the same? πŸ˜€ Couldn’t find Meow downstairs so we went to do some grocery shopping and also get two cans of cat food. On the way home, I spotted Meow one floor down at the carpark so I happily rushed down to stop the cat in its tracks and show it I have food! Haha! This time I’m all prepared with a plastic tray. But what gave me a shock was the sudden appearance of a bigger, stockier cat. I thought the two would end up fighting over food but my fears were unfounded because Meow reacted as if to say “What’s up, bro? Here got makan. Come share!” And it appears the two cats know each other? The bigger one took a few bites and then went on its way. I’m not at all concerned about it ‘cos it looks so well-fed that it must belong to someone. It also has a very attractive coat; cannot be a stray, right?

This time round, Meow’s having Aatas cat food. Like, seriously, this is named Aatas. It’s a product of Thailand and there are quite a few flavors. I bought Tuna & Saba (‘cos I like both kinds of fish) and Tuna & Salmon! πŸ˜€ Each 80g can cost $1 at the supermarket and there was a promotion: buy-10-and-get-1-free. πŸ˜€ Maybe next time!

Aatas Cat Food

Meow gets spooked very easily by people shutting their car doors, a plane flying overhead, folks exiting the lifts, etc. So I had to move the tray to different spots and wait for Meow to come back and resume eating. I guess I’m a lot more patient than people think. πŸ˜€

Punggol Community Cats

He asked me whether I’m too young to be a cat feeder, or to be involved in feeding strays. Perhaps most people think only crazy old cat ladies will do this. I beg to differ. I think that even kids should be taught at a young age to care for (if not love) young animals. Then perhaps we’d have fewer cases of cruelty to animals.

Most people have pets for the sake of vanity. Sure, some pretty breeds will beautify your Instagram feed. They may even help get you, the owner, onto the cover of a Pet magazine. But that’s totally missing the point of having pets.

Everyone finds it easy to love the gorgeous pedigree cat. But few would give a skinny stray cat a second look. It’s ok. To me, the skinny stray needs more love than the gorgeous pedigree one. So I’ll give it what I can. πŸ™‚

Don’t get a pet because you think it’s gorgeous. You’ll have to walk the dog even when you don’t wish to. You’ll have your furniture scratched by the cat and your heart may bleed. πŸ˜€ And the worst thing to do would be to release the pet into your neighborhood and have it fend for itself when it has already forgotten how. Whenever possible, adopt, don’t buy. And if you find that it’s too much for you, get your pet rehomed.

I certainly hope today’s big, plump cat was simply out for a stroll and is not someone’s missing or abandoned pet. It would be a crying shame if it became as skinny as Meow Meow (whom I definitely intend to fatten up).

The Tsum Tsum Lanterns @ Vivocity Are A Big Hit!

tsum tsum lanterns vivocity

I did not expect to see so many people at Vivocity’s Sky Park (who even knew it’s called a Sky Park?) yesterday at around 9.30pm. Thankfully, the weather was great and everyone could take as many pictures as they fancied at the tsum tsum festival area that’s out in the open, near the food republic foodcourt. I think the person (or people) who decided to have tsum tsum as part of Vivocity’s Mid-Autumn celebrations deserve a big raise! πŸ˜€ I think fans and non-fans alike absolutely adored the decorations, especially this lantern tunnel of sorts…

So IG-worthy…

tsum tsum lanterns vivocity

Crowd control was needed, I felt. Because people entered the ‘tunnel’ from both ends and as everyone was stopping to take pictures, it got a little chaotic. I think what could have been better was if there was ticketing at the entrance.Β Since Vivocity is selling their “wishing card” at $2 (available at TANGS Customer Service Counter at Level 1), why not have everyone pay $2 to get a card and then enter the tunnel? In case you are wondering, 100% of the gross proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Cancer Foundation. Vivo will get to sell more cards, the CCF will receive a larger sum in donations, and there will be crowd control (pause sales when the tunnel is still filled with people), and everyone will get to take a nice picture within the tunnel without too many ‘photobombers’. πŸ˜‰

There were lots of photo spots around too, including this one…

vivocity tsum tsum

There’s still time, till the end of this month, to visit Vivocity and check out the tsum tsum decorations. Obviously, it’s best to pop by in the evening / night. πŸ™‚ Bring your family. I think it’s worth a visit.

fArt tArtz @ Yishun Junction 9: Very Instagrammable Cafe With Decent Food

fart tartz yishun junction 9

I’ve been putting off visiting the fArt tArtz cafes mainly because the name sounds rather inappropriate. It reminds me too much of “F*ucktards” and since when is ‘fart’ even associated with a cafe or food? Arty-fArty name aside, I think the main reasons why I would visit them again are the palatable food (you wouldn’t expect from an Instagram-friendly cafe), the absence of GST or service charge, AND the free iced water (with lemon slices I believe as I spotted some pulp). However, one thing they might want to work on is the salt content. The food we had yesterday was definitely on the salty side. A little bit of salt makes food seem tastier but too much of it makes customers empty their plastic water jug! We sure did! πŸ˜€

fart tartz striploin beef burger

The Striploin Beef Burger ($16.90) comes ‘deconstructed’. I like the caramelised onions with the beef slices. I love the crispy toasted buns, which remind me of mantou served with chili crab. πŸ˜€ And there’s a side of nachos, which we weren’t expecting since it’s not stated on the menu. The seasoning is a little overdone, especially since we were prone to eating the various ingredients separately. The beef, on its own, would be far too salty. However, such an arrangement is great for carb-fearing girlfriends who wish to nibble on the protein and the veggies while leaving the carb & cheese to their partners.

Gooey Mentaiko Fish fart tartz

The Gooey Mentaiko Fish ($17.90, or $13.90 on promotion) is also saltier than expected but I really do love mentaiko. Their grilled flatbread burgers are delightful! It’s like very crispy prata. I LOVE IT! Would go SO WELL with curry, actually. The fish they use is tilapia and it comes with a marinade already so when paired with the mentaiko, it can be a little overwhelming because it’s way too salty. PERHAPS, they can do this “deconstructed” as well, with the mentaiko sauce in a little ramekin or sauce cup so diners can decide how much sauce they want to add.

Nutella Mud Tart fart tartz

The Nutella Mud Tart (at $5.60) is a pretty decent dessert. And it’s not overly sweet either. They serve the mud tarts with plastic flowers on top, so it’s really pretty. But how about using edible flowers in future? πŸ˜‰

Judging from the decor, it is obvious the owners of this cafe want to reach out to younger customers. I had even thought the owners might be millennials but after some snooping online, it appears there might be 4 people involved in this business (3 male, 1 female) and they are already parents of millennials.

That said, as you can tell from this picture below, older folks do patronise this cafe. I’m not sure (don’t shoot me) but perhaps when we get older, our tastebuds are less sensitive? Then what would seem overly salty to younger people would actually taste just right to older folks? πŸ˜€ Haha! In any case, it’s a very pretty place to have a meal. πŸ˜‰

fart tartz yishun review

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The cafe at Yishun Junction 9 is located at level 1, facing a temple. You won’t find the cafe inside the mall, per se. It’s located outside instead. You’re welcome. πŸ˜‰

Junior Chef Symposium 2018: Classic Dishes From 4 Dialect Groups Made Progressive

Junior Chef Symposium 2018

(Junior) Chef Tien Jia Chen explaining how he put together his progressive Hakka dish.

Recently, the spotlight of the local culinary scene has been focused on cuisine from theΒ Cantonese, Hainanese, Hakka and Teochew dialect groups. On 7 August,Β local ground-handling firm Sats and the national culinary team from the Singapore Chefs’ Association (SCA) announced their new dialect-based airline menu for passengers. “Dishes include Cantonese braised beef short rib and tendon with radish, Hainanese duck with pineapple and bamboo shoots, Hakka red mushroom with pork rib soup, Peranakan spicy prawn with sataw beans and Teochew-style twice-cooked garoupa.” reported The Straits Times. Four days later, I attended the Junior Chef Symposium held at Nanyang Polytechnic, where veteran chefs paired up with their junior counterparts to present local classics from the four dialect groups, and their ‘progressive’ versions. The Junior Chef Symposium is jointly organised by Singapore Junior Chefs Club (SJCC), Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and e2i (Employment and Employability Institute).

The event was packed with young chefs eager to learn and industry partners such as F&B bosses. And the day began really early, at 8am, even though the event officially starts at 10am.Β Chef Edmund was the first to arrive, and the team of chefs got cracking soon after. Watch this video I’ve put together of the highlights of this year’s event:

During the event itself, the veteran chefs first demonstrated how to put together the classics – Cantonese Carrot Cake, Hainanese Lamb Stew, Hakka Steamed Egg Sausage Roll in Rich Chicken Broth with Straw Mushrooms and Winter Bamboo Shoots, and Teochew Style Twice Cooked Fish Fillet. The Junior Chefs would then present their version of the same dish but prepared and presented differently.

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I think the Junior Chef Symposium offers a wonderful opportunity for young chefs to learn from the more established ones and also for industry partners, such as people who are running F&B businesses, to come by and get to know these promising young chefs and ‘headhunt’ them to work in their restaurants upon graduation. πŸ˜‰

That said, these young chefs have to demonstrate an eagerness to learn and be unafraid to ask the veterans for advice and guidance.

As for the food, like I commented to some other people present, when chefs cook for other chefs the food can never be bad. πŸ˜‰ It was quite the gastronomic experience. I saw cured egg yolk being shaved onto ice cream in a Youtube video recently, and when I saw it before my eyes at the Junior Chef Symposium, it’s like dΓ©jΓ  vu.

The best thing about coming to the Symposium is that you get to learn a few extra tips from the chefs such as how to select the best ‘small intestine’ to use in your Hakka soup dish, what sort of pot to use when making carrot cake at home, and even how to make a delicious XO sauce (apparently miso and brown sugar work wonders). *You’ll find more tips in the video above. πŸ™‚