Dinner at BonChon

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In the recent years, Singapore experienced a phenomenon after the ever popular and crazy J-pop (Japanese pop culture), its K-pop (Korean pop culture)!! Duh!!!

Being in Asia, there ain’t many things to be crazy about. J-pop started with the handsome and pretty actor and actress in their local drama series, a little like the Hong Kong dramas too. Then the introduction to Japanese music, and from there many industries such as clothing, accessories, cuisine, F&B and video benefited from this. But unfortunately, the craze died down after a few years and K-pop too over like a storm and has been strong since.

There are many Korean eateries opening up in Singapore, some with themes from their Korean drama series. However, the one I will be sharing is not a theme cafe but more of a particular dish, Korean fried chicken, just like KFC, but with a twist!

In short, KFC fries their chicken with all salt, pepper, spices, etc with the batter and serve it piping hot. The Korean fried chicken has an additional step, that is the sauce it’s coated with. Koreans love their chillies, kimchi and spices, so some of the flavours of the sauce include, Original – thick sauce with chilli, Soy Garlic –

Koreans love their chillies, kimchi and spices, so some of the flavours of the sauce include, Original – thick sauce with chilli, Soy Garlic – thick sauce of garlic cooked in soy sauce and reduced. These are the 2 sauces mainly used with Korean fried chicken, its not for dipping but rather the chicken is tossed in the sauce so its coated nicely on the outside of the chicken. It gets messy when you start eating but that’s the fun!

If you like to learn how to make Korean Fried Chicken, its really simple and fun. There are so many recipes online, go google “Korean Fried Chicken Recipes”. One of the sites I found useful was from No Recipes, the introduction was concise and the instructions are clear, the author also includes the recipe for the sauce.

Below is a restaurant I visited at CompassOne in Sengkang, North-East of Singapore. Its one of the many franchises in Singapore, BonChon. We had the Valentine’s special which includes:

Army Stew: instant noodles, luncheon meat, enoki mushrooms, kimchi vegetables, toepoki and chilli. This is a stew which was introduced in the Korean army where soldiers have limited time to eat thus throwing everything into a pot, boil it and fill their stomachs thus the name.

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This is the chicken wings mentioned above, we ordered the soy garlic chicken wingswp-1487560479626.jpg

Cheese fries which you all will agree its not a Korean cuisinewp-1487560486705.jpg

So this are all the dishes we had for 2 people and I was so stuffed. There was a bowl of rice and drinks all for $41.90++ which was reasonable.wp-1487560494617.jpg

I hope you enjoy my post and if you like to see more of this, leave me a like or a positive comment below so that I know we out there like it. I enjoy doing it for leisure and I am sure you love eating too.

 

 

 

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Post Valentine’s @ Ivins

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So yesterday was Valentine’s Day and I trust YOU the reader had some fun time with either your partner or friends. It’s not necessarily for couples or lovers, I heard that in Japan the culture was that it was the day that they confess their love to the guy they like and a month later in March on 14, they will give an answer to the girls. That was something new I learnt from my lovely wife.

This is one of the better Peranakan cuisines I have tried in my life. To find out more about this particular restaurant’s history, please follow the story at Daniel Food Diary.

What is Peranakan/Nonya cuisine? In layman terms its a mix of Malay and Chinese cuisines. The cuisine came about when the Chinese came to Malaysia or Singapore to settle for a better life, in the process, they marry the locals here which were mainly Malays. And these marriages are commonly between Malays and Chineses. For more detail, you may want to refer to Wikipedia.

Ivins at Heartland Mall (nearest MRT station: Kovan)

The food served here is very authentic, reasonable prices and of good portion. We both had a little took much as I was a little greedy. We had…

A very common Peranakan dish: Ayam Buah Keluak! Sedap! (Delicious)

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Otak Otak another simple dish made of ground fish meat wrapped in banana leaf grilled over charcoal.

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This is a new dish we tried, Sweet Potato leaves with sweet potato

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Itek Tim (Salted Vegetable Duck Soup)

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Sambal Sotong (Scrimp paste chilli stirred fried with squid)

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Lastly, just to share the menu, it has a good variety of food and every time I visit I just want everything on the menu…

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Pardon the menu, I cannot rotate it in WordPress hahahaha… If you know how to do it, share it in the comments below!

Below are the details:

Ivins @ Heartland Mall

205 Hougang Street 21
#02-00 Heartland Mall
Singapore 530205

Overall, the post-Valentine’s date was nice despite a busy day in the office for us and we were so tired.

I hope you all have enjoyed my post. Leave your comments below on what you like or don’t like, ie. my writing too much or not enough. I appreciate you dropping by and hope my sharing has opened your palette to new cuisines.

Lantern Festival, 元宵節 (yuán xiāo jié)

**Please click on link below for the rest of the article on the 15 days of Lunar New Year.

Day 15, Lantern Festival

(Traditional Chinese: 元宵節 , Pinyin: yuán xiāo jié, literally: first night festival)
The 15th day marks the first full moon after the Spring Festival and of the New Year, also known as yuán xiāo jié meaning “first night of the full moon”. The day is as well known as Lantern Festival day.

Another reunion dinner is held with lanterns and oranges being a large part of the celebrations.

It is customary to eat special sweet dumplings called yuanxiao resembling the shape of the full moon. These round balls are made of glutinous rice flour stuffed with sugar fillings, symbolizing reunion.

Yuanxiao are also called tāngyuán (Traditional Chinese: 湯圓, Simplified Chinese: 汤圆 ) or tāngtuán (Traditional Chinese: 湯團, Simplified Chinese: 汤团).

Tāngyuán literally means “round balls in soup”, tāngtuán translates to “round dumplings in soup”.

During this festival lanterns are displayed, at times as lantern fairs, and children are carrying lanterns to temples.

The festival is associated with guiding lost and ill bred evil spirits home, while celebrating and cultivating positive relationship between people, families, nature and the higher beings as they are believed to be responsible for bringing and returning the light each year.

Another legend associates the Lantern Festival with Taoism. Tian Guan is the Taoist ‘Ruler of Heaven’ and the god responsible for good fortune, bestowing wealth and good luck. His birthday falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month. It is said that Tian Guan likes all types of entertainment, so followers prepare various kinds of activities during which they pray for good fortune.


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So as tradition states, it’s the last day of official celebrations! Well we can still celebrate any day! Whoop whoop!

Today I celebrated this day with my wife’s mum and sister by having a reunion lunch. We are lovers of FOOOOOD! Oh glorious food! That’s why in Singapore you will not worry that you will die of hunger.

There are hawker centres, quite uniquely Singapore, coffee shops and food courts in the residential area, and of course again air-conditioned food courts and the restaurants in the malls big and small. Well I must say the best food are usually found in the heartlands, and in small coffee shops which are like 200sqm.

Today we went to a restaurant, Uncle Leong Signatures Seafood, at Punggol Waterway Point. Punggol is an area North-East of Singapore, not too far from the Changi Airport, it’s also one of the least preferred residential location by many due to its far proximity from the city center.

Uncle Leong Seafood is one of those F&B businesses which started from humble beginnings in the heartlands. As time goes by and the need to reach a larger audience than it already has, its opened up 3 full-fledged restaurants, Punggol, Jurong East and Toa Payoh. The one we visited is Uncle Leong Signatures Seafood which should be the same but of a higher class.

So Uncle Leong is known for its CRABS! And the crabs they use as not small blue flower crabs or small Sri Lankan crabs. They are slightly larger than average in size at the restaurant we had, and 1 crab is quite enough for 2 people. The signature is “Shimmering sand crab” which is cooked in white sauce and generously sprinkled with cereal bits.

Ok enough reading and let’s drool over the pictures!

Start off with some nice soup! Watercress soup in the background and old yellow gourd soup in the foreground.

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Signature Pork Ribs! Mmmmm delish!wp-1486814232262.jpg

Sambal Fried Rice for all the rice lovers! *Thumbs up!*wp-1486814225700.jpg

Dry Curry Venisonwp-1486814219953.jpg

Signature Tofu. Must say why the circular shape?? Also yes its fried 🙂wp-1486814205874.jpg

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Of course a crab dish! Crab Beehoon Soup! Yums!wp-1486814180179.jpg

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Uncle Leong’s Signatures Seafood

WATERWAY POINT EAST WING
83 PUNGGOL CENTRAL #B1-21
Singapore 828761
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Pu Tien @ Marina Square

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Below is a sharing from the Pu Tien website about their food and cuisine. I thought I share with those who are not Singapore locals. And if you are visiting Singapore and have a little extra cash to splurge, this is one of my recommendations.


PUTIEN – Tasty, Simple & Heart-Warming Comfort Food

 

This chain of restaurants have been one of my favorite places to eat because of the cuisine it serves, COMFORT food!

So today we had team lunch with the boss and since it was still within the 15 days of the lunar new year, why not! We had to do the Lo Hei (which is tossing the Yu Sheng)!

So starting off with the main dish, Yu Sheng!

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It’s time to toss and wish for everything your heart desires! While doing so, say positive and nice things ie. wishing one and all good health, may the business this year be good, hope that the clients will be nicer, etc. Hahaha…

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As the dishes stream in we have: Pork Belly with garlic saucewp-image-53681857jpg.jpg

Beancurd skin roll

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Garlic chicken

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“Shark’s fin” soup (the look alike but with other stuff inside)

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Sweet and sour deep fried squirrel fish

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Abalone! Each for one musketeer

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Longevity noodles

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Glutinous rice balls with red bean soup

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So after sure a heavy and big lunch, it was time to rush off to a meeting and let’s hope I don’t fall asleep! Lol!!!

Below is the details of the outlet I visited!

Do feel free to leave your comments and questions below! Till the next meal! Cheers!

6 Raffles Boulevard,
#02-205,
Singapore 039594
Tel: +65 6336 4068

What is 立春 ?

立春 signifies the start of spring in the Chinese calendar.

As a Singaporean, we are a multi-racial society. There’s the main ethnic group of Chinese, followed by Malay, Indians, Eurasians and other minority groups.

**Disclaimer: Singaporean Chinese and China Chinese are different. We are considered the westernised Chinese, just similar in colour**

Lichun traditionally signifies the beginning of spring in East Asian cultures. Chinese New Year is celebrated around this time. Farmers often celebrate the beginning of Lichun with special village events, worship and offerings to the gods and ceremonies for a blissful and prosperous new year. In China, people eat chūnbǐng (春餅) on this day.

In the lunisolar calendar, New Year’s Day might be before or after Lichun. A year without Lichun is called 無春年 (no spring year). 無春年 is also known as 寡婦年 (widow year) in northern China or 盲年 (blind year) in southern China. Marriage is believed to be unlucky in a year without Lichun.[2]

In the Republic of China, Lichun has been Farmer’s Day since 1941.[3]

In Singapore, there is a practice of depositing money into bank accounts on Lichun which many believes will bring them good fortune.[4]

**Extracted from Wikipedia, reference from various authors in highlighted links

This year is a little special as 立春 coincides with人日 which according to Chinese customs, the day human beings were created. It is celebrated not only in China, but also other regions influenced by Chinese culture.

Renri (人日, literally Human Day) refers specially to the 7th day of zhengyue (正月, the first month in the Chinese calendar).

According to Questions and Answers on Rites and Customs (答問禮俗說) by Dong Xun in Jin Dynasty, the days on which different animals were created are:

First of zhengyue : Chicken
Second of zhengyue : Dog
Third of zhengyue : Boar
Fourth of zhengyue : Sheep
Fifth of zhengyue : Cow
Sixth of zhengyue : Horse
Seventh of zhengyue : Human.

By Book of Divinationan (占書),an earlier of publication by Dongfang Suo in Western Han Dynasty, on the eighth of zhengyue was the creation of cereal.

Hence, Chinese tradition set the first day of zhengyue as the “birthday” of chicken, the second day of zhengyue as the birthday of dog, etc. And the seventh day of zhengyue is viewed as the common “birthday” of all human beings.

**Extracted from Wikipedia, reference from various authors in highlighted links

Below are some images of our dinner tonight with my in-laws. We celebrated with Yu Sheng, a compulsory dish which is believed to be closely associated with 人日. As in the past fishermen will harvest their catches and place slices of fish on a dish for 人日 celebration.

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Please leave your comments below on the food or the information I have provided above. I am new to blogging and am trying to improve myself.

All photos are taken by me from my phone.

Boardway Coffeeshop

279 Sengkang East Avenue
#01-01
Singapore 540279

Japanese dinner + family + aussie cousin visit = Good times!

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Dinner tonight with me little cousin from the land downunder straya and my extended family! She was visiting for the lunar new year period to soak up some of the festive mood, but she will be heading home tomorrow, so we decided to throw her an early 21st birthday.

She was craving for chilli crab or Japanese food. Unfortunately, it’s still the lunar new year and many Chinese restaurants are still serving set menus. So we went with Jap food at Liang Court in Clarke Quay. The restaurant was “Ikeikemaru”, at the basement next to Mediya Japanese supermarket.

We have been to this restaurant a few times before and I must say the food is fresh, service was pretty quick but the price is a little high.

Tonight we had a mixture of dishes, starting with fresh sashimi, sushi, miso salmon soup, noodles and a birthday cake! It was quite a dinner!!

Restaurant Information:

Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru Singapore

Located in:     Liang Court

Address:         177 River Valley Road, Basement 1, Liang Court, Singapore 179030

Hours:

  • Monday          11am – 10pm
  • Tuesday         11am – 10pm
  • Wednesday    11am – 10pm
  • Thursday       11am – 10pm
  • Friday             11am – 10pm
  • Saturday        11am – 10pm
  • Sunday           11am – 10pm

Phone:            6337 1022

Year of the Cock (Rooster)!

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Feng Shui Beginner

 

Happy Lunar New Year!

As the title says its the year of the Rooster! 10th animal of the Chinese Zodiac.

What Your Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign Is

Your Chinese Zodiac sign is derived from your birth year, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. See the years of each animal below or use the calculator on the right to determine your own sign.

  • Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
  • Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
  • Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
  • Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
  • Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
  • Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
  • Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
  • Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
  • Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
  • Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
  • Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
  • Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

extracted from http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/

This is a long awaited blog I have been procrastinating for a very long time. I will be writing about my many passions, ie. photography, videography, travelling, computer technology, gaming, mountain biking and cars!

My resolution this year is to challenge myself in pursuing my passions and not be tied down by social norms!

May God be with me!

Cheers,

Timmy