Thursday, October 13, 2016

Twins Korean Restaurant @Tanjong Pagar

Celebrated my friend's birthday here cos she wanna eat Korean Army stew! The place was recommended by evil sista who had eaten here a while ago. Food is said to be pretty authentic as the restaurant owner(s) is a pair of real life Korean twins.

The eatery is located about 5-6mins walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT station. The space isn't very big so reservation is recommended to have confirmed seating.

On top of the Army stew, we also ordered Korean fried chicken in different style for sharing, and snacked on Korean pancakes and Jap Chae too. Food was indeed delicious but serving portions were a tad tiny which makes them a wee bit pricey.

My personal fave was the Spicy Dakgangjung $22++ (fried chicken with rice cakes), the special sauce and the slightly crispy and chewy rice cakes were double thumbs up. The Yangnyum Wings $10++ was pretty yummy too. The rest of the items were not too bad but no wow factor.

Spicy Dakgangjung $22+

Soy & Lemon Kkanpungki $22+

Original Fried chicken $18+

Yangnyum Wings $10+

Jap Chae $15+

Seafood Pancake $20+

Kimchi Pancake $20+

Army stew $40+

We enjoyed our dinner at Twins, food was generally good but the pricing kinda dampened the dining experience a little. There are many Korean eateries in SG offering similar menu, especially the Army stew, better ones can easily be found elsewhere. For Jap Chae and Korean pancakes I still prefer Hansik ones, they are cheaper and had loads more seafood inside, plus they're tastier. Drinks are not cheap either, even ice water cost $0.50 per serving. Fortunately, they have not started charging for GST yet, so for now buying takeaways is probably a much better option.

Twins Korean Restaurant
7 Craig Road Singapore 089667
Tel: 6221 5205

Opening Hours:
11am – 3pm (Daily)
5pm – 12am (Mon-Sat)
5pm – 12am (Sun)

Delicious birthday cake from Chef Yamashita, Royal Earl Grey Tea w/ Chocolate Meringue & Banana cake $32

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Chock Full Of Beans @Changi Village

CFOB had been known for their wonderful 3D Latte art iced beverage for quite some time now. Recently, it drew a bigger crowd due to its strategic location for great Pokemon hunting. To welcome this Poke-craze, they have created Pokemon theme 3D Latte art to match the gaming mood.

The cafe, located at a corner of block 4 at Changi Village, has half of their seating capacity indoors with aircon, and the other half Al fresco style.


During weekdays, they served set lunches and ala carte menu for dinners. On weekends, all day breakfast/brunch menu is available till 5pm. Free Wifi is available for patrons after order is placed, look for the login details on the bill. There is free flow ice water for self service too.

The must order item here is none other than the ice latte drinks with 3D Latte art, average cost per drink is $6.50+, alcoholic ones are pricier. The staffs would advice that the Latte art could take 30mins to prepare per drink, and designs are randomly decided based on the barista's mood. They were definitely well worth the wait, check them out here.

Iced Walnut Brownie Latte $6.50

Iced Mocha $6.50+

Iced Earl Grey Latte $6.50+

Iced Hazelnut Latte $6.50+

For hot coffee, 2D latte arts are also rather popular here. They have a new pretty looking lemonade drink with a bear jello in it, called Pink Lagoon. Good choice for non coffee drinkers.

Cappuccino $4.50+

Pink Lagoon $7.50+

As for food choices, they do serve pretty decent tasting western fare here. We had pasta Set Lunch $14.90+ (mains + soup/drink) on our first visit, they were delish. On the subsequent visit, I ordered their Big Breakfast $17+, portion was huge and filling, nice.

Chicken Pesto pasta

Seafood Aglio olio pasta

Big breakfast $17+

Grilled chicken sandwich $12+

Mushroom soup

CFOB is a nice little cafe to hang out with friends and sip coffee. Food and drinks offering are affordable (no 10% service charge) and of decent quality. Despite not charging for service, their waiting staffs do provide warm and friendly service to their customers. I would go back again just for their adorable 3D Latte drinks!

Chock Full Of Beans
Blk 4 Changi Village road #01-2090 S500004  
Tel: 62148839    

Tue – Fri    11:30  to 22:15 ( Set Lunch serves from 11:30 to 14:30)
Sat – Sun     9:30  to 22:15 ( Brunch serves from 9:30 to 17:30)

Closed on Mondays**

** If Public Holiday falls on Monday, operating hours  11:30 to 22:15, closed on Tuesday instead.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

HK Meixin Star Wars Theme Mooncakes & Putien Mooncakes

Time passes's already middle of autumn. As the west is gearing up for some Halloween fun, we celebrated Mid Autumn fest with lanterns and mooncakes. This year, I ordered a set of adorable Star Wars mooncakes from HK brand Meixin via Groupon.

The deal includes:
Stormtrooper-themed tin:
- 4x Egg Custard mooncakes (45g per mooncake)

Darth Vader-themed tin:
- 4x Chocolate Lava mooncakes (45g per mooncake)

1 set (8 pieces per set) for $58 instead of $104
3 sets (8 pieces per set) for $165 instead of $312

This exclusive Star Wars Set is a collaboration with Disney, from the customised paper bags to the metal tins design and mooncake packaging, everything is so darn cute!

I wasn't expecting these cuties to taste fantastic, but they didn't really disappoint either. Other than having a slightly thick baked skin and a tad dry texture, they tasted pretty alright. The chocolate lava ones had a melted chocolate center, a pleasant surprise.

Other than Meixin mooncakes, I also bought my last year's fave mooncakes from Putien again. Purple Sweet potato Crispy skin mooncakes with single yolk $14.50ea. These were awesome!

And last but not least, lovely homemade gift from my evil sistas. Hand crafted with heart, multi-flavored snow skin mooncakes with colored glitters. Nice.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Mid autumn fest like I do...

Monday, September 5, 2016

Birthday Lunch at Corner House @Botanic Gardens

Newly awarded with one Michelin star, Corner House was my venue of choice for this year's birthday indulgence (back in April). I had chosen this place based on rave reviews by many foodie bloggers. It has a great combination of gorgeous ambience and magnificent cuisine, my sort of place for a fabulous celebration.

Housed in a century old colonial building (built 1910), nestled in the lush greenery of Botanic gardens, the restaurant exudes timeless elegance and grace. Despite being an old building, the interior is fully air-conditioned and tastefully decorated with modern furnishing.

The dining area is located at the second floor, we had the veranda seating area with a fantastic view of the garden.

Tiny stools were provided for our bags, one each for every bag. Table settings had the lovely botanical theme, check out the 'rocky' salt container!

For lunch, they offer 3 Courses for $48++ and 4 Courses for $58++. There are 3 dish choices in each category (Starter, Main & Dessert). For 4 Course meals, we get to pick 2 starter dishes along with a main and a dessert.

To start things off, we were served freshly baked breads and butter. The warm breads were amazingly soft with a crispy crust, very nice.

The restaurant's dining concept of Gastro-Botanica, incorporates seasonal plants and herbs into their dishes, and presenting them artfully decorated like mini gardens on plates. It's both a feast to the eyes and also to the cameras.


Foie Gras (add $6++)
Cured duck, hazelnut, burnt orange, arugula, honey mustard coulis

Japanese Kingfish Tartare
Fennel, grapefruit, mentaiko, basil, home-made cracker

Soft shell Crab Tempura
Harissa, 62 degree egg, butternut squash

It took us quite a while to wait for these dishes, and we knew why when we tasted them. They were made from scratch with keen attention to details of every ingredient used in the dishes. The soft shell crabs were utterly crispy and light that it felt like it just left the fryer a second ago. Needless to say, all 3 starters were marvellous!


M4 Australian Wagyu beef (add $9++)
Jerusalem artichoke, champignon, ratte potato

Atlantic Cod
Savoy cabbage, smoked bacon, shellfish emulsion

Duroc Pork Jowl
Potato, asparagus, soy caramel, beurre noisette

All 3 main dishes were nicely done as well. The serving portion was just right for an average eater, even though they all looked dainty on the plates. The Atlantic cod was my fave.


Chocolat “Earl Grey yin zhen” (add $6++)
40% Jivara, 70% Guanaja, yuzu, pistachio, kumquat

Vanilla poached pear, raisin, crème fraîche, almond crumble

Japanese Cucumber Sorbet
Green apple, young coconut, gin

The birthday girl's dessert has pretty chocolate wordings and a candle. The desserts were awesome too, we all agreed that the unassuming Japanese cucumber dish stole the show, the cucumber sorbet was truly refreshing.

Everything about this eatery was impeccable, the food, the ambience and the service. We were offered a ride in the buggy to the tourist center to catch a cab on a rainy day. And, for a decent lunch like this one, it did not really break our banks. They do have pricier options for the deep pocket patrons but we knew it'll be worth every cent paid. Definitely deserving of their newly awarded Michelin star!

Corner House @Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road, E J H Corner House
Singapore Botanic Gardens (Nassim Gate Entrance)
Singapore 259569

Tel: 6469 1000

Lunch: 12 pm - 3 pm (last order 2.30 pm)
Dinner: 6.30 pm - 11 pm  (last order 10 pm)

Brunch: 11.30 am - 3 pm (last order 2.30 pm)
Dinner: 6.30 pm - 11 pm (last order 10 pm)

Smart casual
(Shorts & Bermudas is allowed with Shoes or Loafers. No slippers)

Closed on Mondays