KOI 1-For-1 Matcha Macchiato (Till 7th June)

Koi Matcha Macchiato

If you own a KOI card, you’ll already know that there’s a 1-for-1 Matcha voucher credited to your card. It allows you to get either a Matcha Latte or Matcha Macchiato, at two cups for the price of 1 ($4.10). I had no idea what a ‘Macchiato’ was but ordered it anyway since the Koi Express outlet at Waterway PointΒ doesn’t allow for redemptions of the Matcha Latte. They didn’t allow for toppings either! So no bubbles, or aloe vera, or konjac jelly. Bummer. However, my less-sweet Matcha Macchiato was… pleasant.

I didn’t know this… till it was too late. There’s a small plastic knife that comes with your drink. You’re supposed to make a 2-cm incision on the plastic lid and sip from it. I guess they want you to taste the milk foam? And then you can stick the straw in to taste the matcha portion. It’s a lot of trouble for lazy people, really. And all that plastic!!! (I’m gonna bring a mason jar next time… when I remember)

koi singapore matcha macchiato

Also… the drinks came with complimentary ‘coasters’. They are probably one-use items as well because the color smudges after coming into contact with water and they are rather flimsy. Oh dear.

I can only say that this drink is best consumed outside of the cinema. ‘Cos how are you gonna make that slit in the dark? *ahem* I’ll readily admit to sneaking drinks into cinemas, and I won’t make any excuses either. I simply love drinking bubble tea while watching movies. There. I’ve said it.

And it’s pretty funny too. I have to wait for the right opportunity before stabbing the cup with the straw. Action movies are the best. You can stab the lid at the height of the action. No one sitting around you will notice. But do this at the wrong time, and people will actually turn around and try to identify the culprit in the dark. πŸ˜€ Muahaha!

And oh, if you happen to love the Matcha Macchiato, go ahead and try the Black Tea, Green Tea, Peach and Ovaltine Macchiato too! I’ll stick with my fav Yakult Green Tea with toppings. πŸ˜€

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Waterway Point’s 1000 Goodie Bag Giveaway

Waterway Point

Waterway Point is, hands down, my favorite mall in the whole of Singapore. It’s celebrating its first anniversary currently and we get more freebies! πŸ˜€ Starting from today, all the way till 25 April, Waterway Point has a total of 1,000 goodie bags to give away. I collected mine today, as you can see in the picture above, and it’s pretty cool considering how you don’t need to spend a cent before you can redeem one (just like them on Facebook, post a selfie tagging them, then sign up for free Frasers Rewards membership).

Do note that the goodie bag items may vary. Here are the items I love:

  1. The cutlery set that comes in a cool blue Waterway Point holder. There are 4 sets of cutlery – each has a fork, knife, spoon and dessert spoon.
  2. Voucher for $6 off a pair of IMAX movie tickets (My pal, Steven, has been wanting to catch a movie in IMAX so this will certainly come in useful)
  3. $10 Nature’s Farm Cash Voucher
  4. 2 sets of memo pads
  5. A Health Promotion Board exercise belt (?) which can hold a few keys, coins and other stuff.

As in all goodie bags, there are some vouchers which I won’t use so those will go into the recycling bin. πŸ˜€

If you haven’t already collected your goodie bag, you might want to pop by Waterway Point today or tomorrow. I expect they’ll all be snapped up by tomorrow evening. πŸ˜€

Nonya Delights @ Waterway Point’s Foodcourt

nonya laksa

I spotted a new ‘Nonya Delights’ stall at Waterway Point‘s foodcourt recently, and immediately orderedΒ their Nonya Laksa’. Then went back again the same week to try their Ayam Rendang, Ngoh Hiang, Otah, etc. πŸ˜€ Waterway Point’s foodcourt is notoriously difficult to find, but if you do manage to locate it, then make sure you pop by this stall. If Peranakan food isn’t your thing, then I’d recommend you try Lam’s SignatureΒ instead. πŸ™‚

The Nonya Laksa ($4.50) you see in the picture above was delicious. The chap chye (which I ordered as an add-on item for $1.50) was a little too salty for my liking. It would have gone perfectly with some rice though.

Waterway Point foodcourt Nonya Delights

The Ayam Rendang was slightly disappointing. The chicken drumstick was rather ‘skinny’. (The pictures are a little misleading, because of the ‘zoom in’ function, and the angle at which the pictures were taken) I love the accompanying chili and ikan bilis though.

Ayam Rendang Rice

The Ayam Keluak Rice didn’t come with half an egg, unlike the Ayam Rendang set. Taste-wise, nothing to shout about as well. I’ll definitely stick with ordering the laksa next time. πŸ™‚

ayam keluak rice

We’d also ordered the ‘add-ons’ of ngoh hiang and otah. They came with a special chili paste that’s different from the ones with the rice sets. Only grouse: the wait for the defrosting and frying of these items was pretty long.

Ngoh Hiang and Otah-otah

I don’t know why the staff don’t ask if we want any of these add-ons. You’ll have to spot the poster yourself as there is no up-selling here. Perhaps business is too good. πŸ˜‰

Waterway Point foodcourt nonya

For all the kueh-kueh lovers…

Waterway Point kueh

Β To get to Waterway Point’s foodcourt, go to the West Wing of the mall and take the escalators all the way up to the 2nd floor. It’s really near Times bookstore, so once you spot the Koufu foodcourt, just head right in – the entrance to the foodcourt is quite small but the seating area within is huge.

Toys”R”Us Is Finally Coming To Waterway Point :)

Waterway Point ToysRus

The unit opposite Pizza Hut at Waterway Point has been vacant since the mall first opened its doors to the public last year in January. But the hoarding has been done so well that I think many shoppers didn’t even realize there’s an empty unit there! πŸ˜€ Now the hoarding is in bright red, announcing the arrival of Toys”R”Us. I think Toys”R”Us will do well here as there are lots of kids living in this neighborhood. And I think there’ll be spillover benefits for PizzaHut as well – kids can have a whale of a time in Toys”R”Us while tired parents can sink into seats next door and enjoy a pizza (you know you deserve it).

I never knew how awesome Toys”R”Us is for parents, until I got to hang out with friends who have young kids. The kids get to play with all the toys in-store (I wonder how many get damaged this way) while the parents get to chill for a while without fearing that their children will run towards escalators, for instance.

And oh… I noticed that a magazine store got replaced by a florist. And isn’t it amazing how the space under the escalator can actually be shop space that brings in rent for the mall? Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

Waterway Point ToysRus

And while I’ve been a customer at just about every store in Waterway Point, there’s one I only got to try recently. I guess I’ve been avoiding it since they sell mainly deep-fried stuff. πŸ˜€ This time, we caved in.

Waterway Point i love taimei

The mushrooms are good – have a bite and you get whisked back to the night markets in Taiwan. And the smell of those fried mushrooms ($4) – OMG – you don’t want to be in the same lift as someone carrying those, or else your stomach might start growling. The tofu fries are simply a novelty item (fewer calories, maybe, but not that great value for money). The extra crispy chicken (at $4.90) is worth a try but share it with someone or else you’ll feel like you should go for a jog along the waterway in other to burn it all off.

i love taimei waterway point

I Love Taimei is at B1-K5 of Waterway Point, not too far from Koi bubble tea πŸ™‚

Do visit Waterway Point if you haven’t already done so! πŸ™‚

Sakana at Waterway Point: Order the Salmon Sashimi Don and DESSERT!

Sakana Waterway Point

Since Sakana opened at Waterway Point, I’ve always wanted to visit. It looks like the kind of Japanese restaurant I’d enjoy dining at. Having visited twice in less than a week, yup, I was right. You’d hardly think that a Japanese restaurant would serve good dessert with toast but they do! πŸ™‚ And in this post, I’ll share with you what to order when you’re at Sakana…

Sakana Waterway Point

If you have a sweet tooth, definitely order the Mango Shibuya Toast. And even if you’re feeling greedy / hungry, don’t get one for yourself. It’s for sharing! If you’ve had a full meal with friends or family, just order one to share among 3 or 4 pax.

Sakana Mango Shibuya Toast

If you don’t like overly sweet dessert and you’re a fan of matcha, then go for the Matcha Shibuya Toast. The restaurant is too generous with the red beans. πŸ˜€

Sakana Matcha Shibuya Toast

As for the mains, I highly recommend the Salmon Sashimi Don. Firstly, it’s so pretty! We ‘feast’ first with our eyes, don’t we? There’s another Japanese – Western fusion restaurant nearby that served up a really ugly sashimi don for me previously and I just had to send the restaurant some feedback. Here, taste-wise, it’s good too, and that wasabi packs a punch, in case you are wondering why it’s just one small dollop. You might feel your eyes beginning to water and your nose tingle if you eat too much of this wasabi at once. (@_@)

Sakana Salmon Sashimi Don and Lychee Zing

And the drink behind the bowl? That’s their Lychee Zing which my pal ordered. Served with a umbrella and a syringe. Apparently, there’s some kind of syrup within the syringe and you’re supposed to ‘inject’ it into the drink. When she’d picked up the syringe, one of Sakana’s male staff hurried over and tried to stop her – apparently you’re supposed to keep the syringe ‘underwater’ before you release the syrup. Otherwise it’ll squirt all over you. The staff told us that unfortunately happened to another customer recently. Hmm. I wonder why the person who served the drink didn’t warn us.

Anyway, here’s the salmon sashimi don I ordered on another occasion. It’s equally pretty. I like when standards are consistent. πŸ™‚

Sakana Salmon Sashimi Don

My sis ordered their hotplate beef cubes, which came with rice and miso soup. I thought it was rather odd that there were fries too. Let’s just say this isn’t a low carb meal. So if you’re on a diet, well, order something else. The beef could do with a bit more seasoning and truth be told, ordering beef in a restaurant called Sakana (which means ‘fish’ in Japanese) is not exactly the smartest decision. Haha! Order their fish!!!

Sakana Hotplate Beef Cubes

If you’re going to have a meal at Sakana and you already have set your eyes on having dessert there too, then maybe you might want to give the drinks a miss as they look like they have quite a few calories in there too.

My skinny pal ordered the Hojicha Caramel Macchiato, and well he should since he’s skinny and can handle the extra calories. πŸ˜€ Look at that whipped cream πŸ˜€

Sakana Hojicha Caramel Macchiato

And this is their Matcha Azuki Shiratama Latte. It doesn’t look like it’s for one person.

Sakana Matcha Azuki Shiratama Latte

I’m just a little disappointed that the restaurant doesn’t serve (free) water. You can purchase bottled water from them. The desserts are sweet, the drinks are sweet, and without water, it can seem a little overwhelming. Hence, I skip the drinks when I dine here. Maybe the restaurant can earn some money by charging for water, but perhaps they’d earn more if people order these drinks knowing that they can ask for some free iced water when it gets too sweet for their tastebuds. *shrug*

That said, I know I’ll be back for their Salmon Sashimi Don and Mango Shibuya Toast. There’s this pretty cool tea time promotion for the dessert and drinks so anyone who heads there with me can have the drink on my behalf! πŸ˜€

Sakana is located at #01-25 of Waterway Point.

Tuk Tuk Cha Replaces Squeezed! At Waterway Point

Tuk Tuk Cha Waterway Point

Last week, I walked past what was originally the Squeezed! outlet at Waterway Point to find that it had been boarded up and soon Tuk Tuk Cha will take its place. I remember ordering many cups of juice from Squeezed some 7 months ago as they were running a promotion on Groupon. When the promotion ended, it seemed like the crowd stopped visiting too. And now they’ve been replaced by Tuk Tuk Cha. The latter seems to be expanding pretty fast all over Singapore. I’m not sure if they have done their homework or are super confident that they’ll be able to compete with Koi which is located just a few metres away and which almost always has a queue…

Koi Waterway Point

Why Squeezed!’s Closing Matters:

  1. Squeezed left before a year is up. Does Waterway Point’s management allow for flexible lease arrangements? Or did Squeezed simply decide to cut losses and leave?
  2. It’s not about the cost. Cold-pressed juices are expensive? Not really, if you compare them with some of Koi’s beverages – I’m fond of Yakult Green Tea with konjac jelly, by the way. A large cup costs me around S$6. So it’s not really about the money. Taste-wise, about 5 of Squeezed’s creations have my vote but somehow I never felt like returning after their Groupon promo was over.
  3. Promotions must be on an ongoing basis. I think one reason Waterway Point is so popular is because of the many promotions that they run all the time. There’s always something fun for people to visit the mall: movie ticket giveaways, children and family activities, lots of atrium fairs, etc. Squeezed did their opening promo and Groupon promo and that was it, I guess. And when deciding whether to get bubble tea from Koi (which is busy most of the time) or to get juice from Squeezed (which doesn’t usually have a queue), it seems people gravitate to queues. Call it social proof if you will. I think people want to have what everyone else is having too.

And besides, at Waterway Point’s Basement 2 you’ll find a fruit juice stall as well as another one that sells mainly coconut water. And oh… there’s GongCha too! Spoiled for choice are us Punggolians. I’m waiting to see how Tuk Tuk Cha will fare… πŸ˜‰

老火汀 @ Waterway Point: Buy-1-Get-1-Free Soups

Waterway Point 老火汀

I had lunch at Waterway Point today as there’s a promotion going on at one of the new eateries. 老火汀’s soups are on offer now till 31 August – order one bowl of soup and get another (of the same price or lower) for FREE! We picked ‘Buddha Jump Over The Wall’ or what the Chinese call ‘δ½›θ·³ε’™’ as it’s easily one of the most pricey soups on their menu, getting the most out of the promo! πŸ˜€

Of course, you can opt for any of the other soups, such as Pork Rib with Apple & Snow Pear Soup (S$9.80), Sea Coconut Chicken Soup (S$14.80) or their herbal chicken soups (S$14.80 – S$16.80).

We ordered Pumpkin Rice and Brown Rice (S$2 each) to go along with the soups. I like having both kinds of rice mixed together.

As for the ‘Buddha Jump Over The Wall’ soup, I liked that it doesn’t have a ton of MSG in it (so we didn’t actually feel thirsty after the meal) and that the ingredients seem pretty fresh. There was chicken, fish maw, mushrooms, wolfberries, scallops (really small ones), etc. Really good comfort food on rainy days, I believe. But today’s weather was horrendously hot.

If, like me, you’re wondering why this soup comes with such an interesting name, and since when did Buddha actually jump over a wall, well, Wikipedia says it’s because the dish is so yummy that it’d entice vegetarian monks to jump over temple walls to get to it. LOL. Not sure if it’s true, but that’s an interesting story.

老火汀’s business sure was brisk today, no doubt due to their 1-for-1 promotion. Staff give out flyers at the mall’s entrance daily, I believe, so I’m sure many shoppers popped by to try the soups. Meanwhile, Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh just next door clearly suffered. While 老火汀 had few unoccupied tables, Rong Hua’s were largely unoccupied at lunchtime with perhaps only 2 pairs of diners. Since their clientele is largely the same, I’m sure Rong Hua’s boss won’t be pleased a competitor is right next door.

Another thing I noticed was how some diners leave a mess behind. There was a middle-aged man seated at the table next to ours, and after he was done with his meal, he left behind lots of chicken (or pork?) bones and bits of cartilage and all on the table, and the poor waitress had to pick them up one by one with the pair of chopsticks he had used. Clearing his one table took a while. Hopefully, more of us can learn to leave those bits and pieces we don’t want to eat in a separate bowl or plate so it makes clearing the dishes that much easier for staff. #beagoodcustomer

~ How To Enjoy The Buy 1 Get 1 Free Promo ~

The promotion is available from now till 31 August, only from 11am to 430pm on Mondays to Fridays, excluding weekends and public holidays.

Address: Waterway Point #B1-22 East Wing (between Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh and Uncle Leong’s Signatures). Tel: 6386 0830.

*There’s the usual 10% service charge and 7% GST – it’ll be added to your bill.

Only One Stall @ Waterway Point’s Foodcourt With A Queue!

Punggol Waterway Point foodcourt

On a whim, I decided to have breakfast at Waterway Point‘s foodcourt this morning. Little did I know that it was a great way to find out which stall’s the most popular. Around 10am or so, when everyone who needs to be at work is already at work, people who can have a leisurely breakfast are those who are in absolutely no hurry to go anywhere, and who have the time for a good breakfast. They are also the people who know which stall serves the best food. When I pop by the foodcourt at dinnertime, for instance, everyone just wants to grab a quick dinner and head home, and some are in a hurry to get takeaways for hungry family members waiting for their food at home, so any stall will do.

This morning, I realized that no one stall constantly had a queue, except for one called “Lam’s Signature”. It serves a couple of noodle dishes. Their signature item is one noodle dish that comes with some (small) abalone on a satay stick. πŸ˜€ I selected the one with watercress soup instead, and no abalone. It cost S$6.

I tucked into the noodles first. It was pretty simple: just noodles, some minced meat, chopped spring onions, and one medium-sized piece of fried lard. However, the noodles tasted so sour! I don’t know how much vinegar went into the dish, but strangely enough, it tasted really good!

The handmade fishballs and meatballs tasted really fresh and springy – delightful! Likewise, the watercress was fresh and also such a lovely addition to the meal. As for the soup, it did not overwhelm with MSG like so many other soups found in foodcourts. So I drank half of it, I think.

All in all, it was a really satisfying meal. If you’re at Waterway Point, and you don’t want to dine at one of the many restaurants in the mall, preferring the more affordable prices at the Koufu Foodcourt, try the food at this stall. πŸ™‚ The foodcourt is located next to Times Bookstore, in case you were wondering.

Chop Chop @ Waterway Point: Fried Chicken With Awesome Sauce

Chop Chop Fried Chicken Rice Bowl

Looks are truly deceiving: this Fried Chicken Rice Bowl with Chop Chop Sauce is really delicious. And the magic is in that sauce. I ended up eating too much fried chicken yesterday, and I’m paying for it today with a sore throat (and flu). Haha! But let me tell you more about this meal. Chop Chop is located at B2-01 of Waterway Point, and I finally popped by yesterday as it seemed pretty deserted before the dinner crowd descended upon the mall.

My first impression of this fried chicken restaurant is that it’s bright and cheery with bright yellow tabletops and no staff in sight. It’s super manpower-lean! You check out the menu overhead, key in your order at one of three touchscreen terminals, and pay using the NETS device attached. You get a receipt, take a seat, and wait for your ticket number to appear on the LED screen above the collection counter.

Chop Chop Waterway Point restaurant

When your number is called, you head over to the counter, collect your tray, pick up plastic utensils and chili packets by the side, then head over to your right to the drinks dispenser where you can fill the empty cup you got with your meal with a drink of your choice. I picked H-TWO-O. The total number of staff you might see at this restaurant: 1. At the collection window. How awesomely manpower-lean this restaurant is!

Of course, there are both pros and cons. There’s no human touch here: no one to welcome you into the restaurant or to usher you to a table, no one to advise you regarding which items are bestsellers, and there’s no one to have a human connection with. You simply pay, eat, and go. I hope this won’t be the future of all F&B businesses in Singapore.

On the bright-and-cheery side of things, there’s no one to encourage you to upsize your meal, either. Also, you can take your own sweet time to decide what you want to eat, without staff rolling their eyes at your indecisive self. Sure, people may tsk behind your back, but out of sight, out of mind. πŸ˜€

Here’s the menu:

Chop Chop Menu

For such a manpower-lean business, I’d have to say that I wish the prices are a little lower. Yes, the food is good, no doubt. That chop chop sauce is amazeballs, though for the life of me I cannot figure out its ingredients – it’s spicy and reminds me of wasabi, yet it could also have mayonnaise in it. Whatever it is, it’s good. And the rice appears to be the sticky, Japanese kinda rice that you find at sushi places. The sous vide egg looks good but doesn’t have a runny center, and could do with a tiny bit of seasoning.

This rice “bowl” and drink cost S$10.90. If it were to be attractive enough for me to consider eating at Chop Chop at least once, if not twice a week, then it should probably cost around S$6.90 to S$8.90 max. πŸ™‚

As for its name “Chop Chop”, well, don’t expect the food to be served up really fast like at regular fast food restaurants. But I wouldn’t complain as the rice was served really warm, that chop chop sauce was very good, and it’s hard to go wrong with fried chicken. Wash it down with ice-cold H-TWO-O and *burp* your belly will be very happy. πŸ˜€ Haha!

The Coffeebean And Tea Leaf @ Waterway Point: Chicago Cheesecake!

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Chicago Cheesecake

I’d previously bought the ‘Light Cheese Cake’ from Swee Heng 1989 Classic at Waterway Point and found it was indeed very light, with an airy texture that reminded me of Bengawan Solo’s pandan cake. On Instagram, I asked where I could find good cheese-y cheesecakes in Singapore, and I was told that Coffee Bean has a Chicago Cheesecake that’s pretty good. So I popped by Waterway Point today in search of dessert. πŸ˜€

For S$6.50 a slice, you can get a taste of Coffee Bean’s Chicago Cheesecake. Taste-wise, it’s really good. And it tasted a little zesty too. I have no experience with baking cheesecakes so I have no idea if there are cheeses which taste zesty, or if the baker adds some orange zest, maybe. But it helps prevent the cake from being too jelat. Unfortunately, the base of the cake was a little wet – wet enough to stain the base of the cake box. Not sure if it’s because the cake has been sitting around for a while at the Coffee Bean store. After all, it’s a weekday and business might not have been as brisk as on the weekends. Still, the taste wasn’t actually compromised.

If you’re a fan of Chicago Cheesecake, go ahead and get a slice at Coffee Bean. The outlet at Waterway Point is located at #01-29. Tel: 6386 0463.