It’s all about: instant strawberry gelatin for hot day

This is very simple cool dessert that you can enjoy in hot and sunny day. If you have small jelly mold, then it will be perfect. I got my gelatin package from Bangkok. I used to eat this when I was little at grandma’s house. She always had yummy dessert in her fridge.

What you need…

  • Instant gelatin package
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 1 cup of cold water


How to cook…

  1. Pour hot water into the gelatin powder and stir until dissolve
  2. Add cold water and stir well
  3. Pour into a mold and refrigerated until firm

Note: you can enjoy with whipping cream, ice cream or fruits salad.

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    It’s all about: Yong Tow Foo, fishball and assorted tofu soup

    Yong Tow Foo or Yong Tau Foo is Chinese cuisine which include stuff tofu either with fish paste or mince meat. From what I experienced this dish in Singapore, there are 2 types of Yong Tow Foo. First type is where you can choose what ingredients you want on your plate (for dry) or bowl (for soup). There are variety of food; vegetables, fish cake, fish ball, seaweed, hard boiled egg, tofu and many other choices. Yong Tow Foo is usually eaten with noodles or rice with special pink or red sweet sauce and chilli sauce.

    The second type is the one I had. There are only few main ingredients that you don’t have to pick yourself. I went to one of Kopitiam foodcourts. We ordered one Yong Tow Foo without any rice or noodles which had 7 items in the soup; fishball, stuff tofu with fish paste, soft tofu and fish cake wrapped in tofu skin. The other that we ordered was with dry yellow noodles which has 5 similar items in the soup. The best of this dish was the soup which was very flavorful.

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    It’s all about: simple 4 ingredients fried rice

    Usually when I cooked rice, I will cook more than what both of us will eat in a meal. One of the reasons is because if you cook lesser rice in the rice cooker, the rice will burn at the bottom. What I do with the left over rice? I will put in plastic container and keep in the fridge for next day. Overnight rice will be hard and dry so if you just eat it like that, it will not be nice. So in order to enjoy the rice, I will make fried rice.

    This is very simple fried rice recipe with only 4 main ingredients.

    This recipe makes 2 portions.

    What you need…

    • Overnight rice
    • 1 onion
    • 1 potato
    • 2 cloves of garlic
    • Soy sauce or salt and pepper
    • Some cooking oil


    How to cook…

    1. Heat the frying pan and put some cooking oil. Once the pan starts to get hot, add garlic and onion. Saute for about 1-2 minutes.
    2. Add potatoes (should be cut into small dices so it will be easier to cook). Stir fry until potatoes are cooked.
    3. Add rice (if it is too dry, add some plain water 1-2 tablespoons). Combine all the ingredients.
    4. Lastly season with soy sauce or salt and pepper. If you have spring onion, just chop and sprinkle on top.

    Note: overnight rice is best to make fried rice because no moisture. So your fried rice will not be soggy. I used mixed white and brown rice.

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    It’s all about: Bluemist at Tanjong Pagar, Singapore

    Bluemist Cafe Bistro is usually crowded in the evening as people come to enjoy drinking and chatting after long day at work. However the place also serves yummy meals as well as side dishes.

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    Cesar salad was fresh with slice cheese on top served with cesar salad dressing. We ordered few side dishes; cheese sticks and truffle fries. The fries were extremely delicious on its own without the dipping sauce.

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    Freshly made tuna sandwich served with fries was good. The bread was soft inside but a bit crispy outside. This sandwich filled with handful fillings and fresh vegetables like lettuces and tomatoes.

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    Pan fried fish was very well cooked with crispy skin on the other side served with mash potato and vegetables. Mash potato was creamy and flavorful with special gravy.

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    spaghetti chicken balls was so fragrant with herbs and cheese. The chicken balls were huge and not too dry which went very well with the tomato sauce.

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    Wagu beef burger filled with juicy meat patty topped with melted cheese, beacon, lettuces and tomato. The burger bread was both sides with black and white sesame seeds.

    Address: 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza

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    It’s all about: New Ubin Seafood, local Singapore food

    New Ubin Seafood is Zi Char restaurant in Singapore. Zi means cook and Char means fry or stir fry. So Zi Char restaurants usually serve made to order ala-carte dishes at friendly prices. This restaurant started in Pulau Ubin, one of small islands in Singapore then they moved to the mainland but still serving kampong-style seafood.


    We had to reserve the table in advance as the restaurant always fully pack with customers. There are variety of dishes inspired by many countries cooked in Singaporean style.

    The food was very delicious and there were few recommended dishes on the sign boards around the restaurant. The dish I liked the best was chicken satay or grilled meat on skewers. It tasted amazing with the peanut sauce.

    US Black Angus Ribeye Steak and potato wedges came on wooden chopping board. You can have 3 choices of dipping; mustard, ketchup or sea salt.

    Another famous dish was Hokkien Mee special, noodles with delicious gravy. We ordered one package home but it was not as nice as we ate at the restaurant because the noodles soaked up all the gravy. Black pepper crab was fresh and black pepper aroma will be on your fingers after you finish the crab. It was not too spicy yet sweet and salty with the special black pepper sauce. The other unique dish was Hong Kong Kai Lan special with crispy herbs on top. We were not sure what was the herbs that sprinkle on top of kai lan but it was so good. Maybe it was secret recipe.

    Address: Block 27 Sin Ming Road, Sin Ming Industrial Estate Sector A #01-174, 575680

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    It’s all about: ThaiExpress, Thai restaurant in Singapore

    There are many Thai restaurants in Singapore and one of them is ThaiExpress which has few branches around Singapore. We had lunch at one of the branches in NUH. Sa-Nook all-Day set meals are available on weekdays at $8.90++. There are 3 sets; set A – Black Pepper Chicken with Jasmine Rice, set B – Tom Yum Glass Noodle Chicken Soup, set C – Tamarind Fish with Jasmine Rice.

    We ordered set A – Black Pepper Chicken with Tom Kha Chicken soup. Tom Kha is similar to Tom Yum but with coconut milk and more kha or galangal flavor. The soup was nice and a bit spicy. It went well with plain white rice. For black pepper chicken, personally I thought it was more like Chinese dish than Thai. The other that we ordered was set C – Tamarind Fish with mushroom Tom Yum soup. Tom Yum soup was ok but a little too sweet and the aroma was still not there yet. I didn’t think that the tamarind fish was Thai dish anyway the taste was good.

    We ended the meals with sweet red ruby dessert. Red ruby is named as it looks like ruby. The dessert is made from water chestnuts coated in red syrup then coated few rounds with flour before boiling them. Then it is served with coconut milk and crushed ice.

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    It’s all about: the yummiest laksa in Yishun, Singapore

    Laksa is noodle in spicy soup either in curry coconut milk based or sour soup based from tamarind. Singapore is a diverse country with mixture of nationalities so laksa is one of the representative of this mixture; Paranakan cuisine or Chinese + Malay cuisine. You will find laksa in Singapore and Malaysia even southern part of Thailand.

    The one in Singapore that I would strongly recommend is at Yishun, northern side of Singapore. This place is not a fancy restaurant but family run HDB shop which is the shop at the void deck of the public housing. This shop is very famous and lots of people are willing to que for a bowl of laksa.

    We reached there at around 1 pm on Saturday. There were about 25-30 people in front of us, it was very long que. Queuing in Singapore is very normal and Singaporeans do not mind waiting in the que. The longer the que the better the food, it’s usually true. So if you see any place with long que means the food must be good.

    Finally at 2 pm we got our laksa after an hour of queuing. Apparently the que never shorten. Behind us were another 25-30 people in the que waiting for this yummy laksa. There are limited seats but with long que, you will be able to sit after previous customers finish theirs.

    You can choose the noodles of your choice: mian (yellow egg noodle), thick bee hoon (white and round rice noodle) and bee hoon (thin rice noodle). In a bowl there are fish cakes, hard-boiled egg, tofu skin, cockles and bean sprouts. Then pour in the yummy  laksa coconut based soup. We didn’t take cockles so instead we got crab stick. You can put curry leaves and curry paste as well.

    Trust me once you try this laksa, you will not enjoy much of other places’ laksa anymore.

    After the spicy and rich laksa, it will be very refreshing and satisfying to your taste bud with the ice dessert called ice kachang. This is a bowl of very fine shaved ice with syrup, sweet corn and evaporated milk. Underneath the ice mountain, there are red bean, grass jelly and agar agar. Just go to next door shop for this dessert.

    Address: 928 Yishun Central 1 (close on Sunday) nearest MRT is Yiishun station

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    It’s all about: Swensen’s, not only ice cream

    Swensen’s back home in Thailand only sells ice cream but in Singapore this is a proper restaurant for western food with appetizers, main courses and desserts on the menu. Ice cream of course  also includes in the dessert section. Moreover the restaurant is Halal, so no pork no lard.

    One Saturday we arrived Swensen’s for dinner around 6.30 pm. The que was very long and the waiter told us the waiting time was about an hour. Anyway we waited for half and hour, but the line didn’t move at all. So we decided to have something else.

    Finally we had chance to have dinner at Swensen’s at one of the nearby shopping mall. It was on weekday so there was no que when we reached there.

    Black Pepper Seafood Pasta: the spaghetti were cooked perfectly and coated with the sauce. The smell and flavor of black pepper were strong and gave a bit of heat on your tongue. All the seafood given were generous and fresh.

    Southern Style Chicken Waffle: first time I tried this dish and it was amazing. The waffle was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and also not too sweet. Chicken sticks were crispy and flavored with aromatic herbs. The syrup on the chicken was incredibly go along with the salty chicken. Fries and coleslaw were very good side dishes as well.

    We ordered 2 scoops of ice cream; milo (new flavor) which tasted exactly like milo drink and also cookies and cream. You can also get fancy looking ice cream with sweet toppings.

    Swensen’s has many branches in major shopping malls around Singapore.

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    It’s all about: salty candy? Salt and Lemon make perfect couple

    It all started when my husband bought his first Nikon DSLR. We signed up for free beginner course at Nikon office after office hour. The instructor is Nikon staff and ever month he will conduct this free course for 2-3 times. Each course limits number of attendances and everyone needs to bring their DSLR because it is a hands on class.

    However the point was not to focus on camera but the candy that was left for each participant on the table. This was when I was introduced to very yummy candy ever! This candy is salt and lemon which every time I think of it, my mouth starts watering. The flavor was a combination of salty, little sour and little sweet. I loved it so much but too bad I didn’t ask the instructor where he bought this candies.


    I searched everywhere but I couldn’t find exactly the brand. Until one day, we went to the market and found salt and lemon candy at Value $ shop. I believed the first candy I tasted was from Japan but this one that I found was from Malaysia. It was not quite the same. The Japanese one was more sour throughout until it finished in your mouth. The Malaysian one was less sour and more salty but overall the taste was nice. I like to have this candy when I travel either on the train or bus. It helps me with motion sickness.

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    It’s all about: McDonald new Singaporean’s favorite

    McDonald in Singapore has launched new items with Singapore local flavor started June 30, 2016; Salted egg yolk chicken burger, Twist & shake fries with salt and pepper crab flavored shaker, and Gula Melaka McFlurry with layer cake bites.

    On the first day of the launch, people were crazy about it and many McDonald branches ran out of stock very fast. We went to McDonald in the evening and there were like 30 ques in front of us. We we told that all new items were finished and the waiting time for regular order was at least 30 minutes. At the end we left and went for coffee shop nearby for dinner instead.

    The next day we went to the airport. At first we didn’t want to eat anything because we can have our meals on board. But we walked pass McDonald and there were few people in the que only. So we gave it a try and the new menus still available. We ordered one set meal to share; Salted egg yolk chicken burger and Salt & pepper crab twisted fries. The meal cost about 3 SGD more than normal meal.

    The black pepper and white sesame seed buns were ok, not much taste of the sesame seeds. Fried chicken was very tender, solf inside and crispy outside. The chicken was full chunk of meat and not the chicken patty. Finally the salted egg yolk sauce with curry leaves on top was not as per expectation as I expected full blast of salted egg yolk flavor. Comparing to local Singapore salted egg yolk dish, I will give this burger 7 out of 10.

    Salt & Pepper crab shaker twist fries were so good. Normally I prefer normal fries and my only favorite shaker fries is seaweed flavor. But this twisted fries will be my next favorite. Although there was no crab taste but the salt and pepper were strong but not too empowering. I will give these yummy fries 9 out of 10.

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