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All-new Ninja Burger by McDonald’s

In an earlier article, the McDonald’s Samurai Burger made a return to Singapore and they were preparing for a new rival burger to make an appearance in Singapore and “attack” the Samurai Burger!

Now, the rival burger to the Samurai Burger has finally made its appearance and debut! Presenting the all-new Ninja Burger by McDonald’s!

Living up to its name of a hidden warrior, the all-new Ninja Burger will come striking down on the Samurai Burger from 2 November. Featuring a crispy chicken thigh and sweet Japanese Nanban sauce, the Ninja Burger is complemented with bold textures from sliced cucumbers and shredded white cabbage with Japanese Tartar sauce, all sandwiched between two lightly toasted charcoal sesame buns.

Enjoy a Ninja Special meal from $9.20 that includes Seaweed Shaker Fries (L) and refreshing Heaven & Earth Green Tea (M). The burger is also available as a la carte from $6.40. 

The Ninja Burger will be available after breakfast hours in all restaurants and via McDelivery® from 2 November, while stocks last.

* Information and picture courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore and Golin *

Ballantine’s launched 15 years old Single Malt Series

Scotch whisky lovers alert! Ballantine’s, one of the world’s renowned Scotch whisky, recently launched their first ever 15 years old single malt series. For those who have been following my articles here on my portal/blog and my Instagram, you would have seen my whisky drinking adventures with Nikka, Balvenie and Ballantine’s, as well as my family secret collection of whisky over the past few decades.

A recent news release by Media Outreach got my attention, Ballantine’s launched their first ever 15 years old single malt series in Taipei, Taiwan. From the press release, I also learned that Taiwan is the 4th largest whisky market by value and the most vibrant Single Malt market in the world. With this factor, Taiwan is the first country  to officially launch the Ballantine’s Single Malt Series.

I am going to share more information provided by them on their first ever 15 years old single malt series Scotch whisky.  I hope to have the opportunity to taste them here in Singapore and I would love to visit whisky distilleries in Scotland when the opportunity arises.

Let me share the key information and details of Ballantine’s first ever 15 years old single malt series:

For the first time in its 190-year history, Ballantine’s has unveiled three outstanding 15 years old Single Malts, each unique in flavour and from three of its signature distilleries: Glenburgie, Miltonduff and Glentauchers.

This innovative move sees Ballantine’s look to meet the growing demand for Single Malts and allow a new generation of discerning drinkers to discover the unique flavours of three of the signature malts from the heart of Ballantine’s.

Fusing the traditional and the modern, each Single Malt celebrates nearly two centuries of heritage and tradition in the beautiful and historic Speyside region of Scotland — whilst showcasing founder George Ballantine’s need to do things differently.    The packaging itself is an outward expression of this fusion, taking inspiration from Scotland, the home of the brand and showcasing the natural stone of each of its distilleries.

Sandy Hyslop, the fifth Master Blender for Ballantine’s, worked with his talented team to craft the first ever Single Malt Series, he comments: “This is a truly exciting time for Ballantine’s. Since 1827, Ballantine’s has been creating award-winning whiskies, and the Single Malt series is a bold expression of both Ballantine’s heritage and sense of innovation within the world of whisky.

“Each of these 15 years old Single Malts has been made with the same craft, care and authenticity that goes into every bottle of Ballantine’s, whilst pushing the boundaries of what is currently on the market today. I am certain that whisky drinkers, connoisseurs and collectors alike will enjoy these new whiskies.”

The Glenburgie Single Malt

  • Nose: Perfectly balanced with aromas of sweet soft red apples and blackcurrant. Allied with this is wonderful honeycomb candy sweetness.
  • Taste: Full and creamy with a velvety smooth texture (honey). This whisky is bursting with fruity sweet orange flavours.
  • Finish: Very long, sweet and round.

The Miltonduff Single Malt

  • Nose: Rich fruity and sweet. Flavours of peaches in syrup, juicy sweet orange and creamy soft toffee with a hint of toasted almonds.
  • Taste: Sweet scented floral flavours. Extremely smooth with milk chocolate flavours and hints of cinnamon spice, cloves and liquorice root in the background.
  • Finish: Very long, warm and sweet.

The Glentauchers Single Malt

  • Nose: Bursting with sweet citrus fruit flavours (tangerine and sweet clementine) with hazelnut notes and a hint of delicate floral heather coming through the background.
  • Taste: Coats the mouth with smooth, soft berry flavours of raspberry and blackcurrant, combined with a tantalising taster of barley sugar sweets.
  • Finish: Incredibly long and luscious.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Ballantine’s and Media Outreach *

Singapore “Nasi Lemak” Burger is back!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the burger that took Singapore by storm in mid July 2017, sold out in a space of two weeks, is making a comeback today on 31st August 2017! This is a wish come true for Singaporeans and fans who have taken to social media to call for the return of the Nasi Lemak burger!

 ** Photo: From my archives when I tasted the McDonald’s Nasi Lemak Burger in July 2017! ** 

 

Let’s put our hands together and welcome back our Singapore “Nasi Lemak” Burger! 

Let me share with you foodies more information on the return of the Nasi Lemak Burger-

  • “Nasi Lemak” Burger (from $5.95)
  • Coconut Pie (from $1.20)
  • Chendol McFlurry® (from $3)
  • Bandung McFizz(from $3.00)
  • As well as new additions including the Potato Wedges (M) (from $3.80) and Sweet Corn Cone (from $1).

 Following its launch on 13 July, the “Nasi Lemak” Burger stirred up a craze islandwide, receiving a string of positive reviews from customers and food critics alike. Little did Singaporeans know, McDonald’s has been listening closely to their wishes and steadily planning for a sweet surprise this August. To mark the comeback of one of its most popular creations, McDonald’s has since kick-started a campaign by responding to Singaporeans’ social media posts and tweets about the burger in a series of quirky advertisements.

Foodies, do take note! While stocks last! Mai tu liao!

* Information and picture courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore and Golin *

Next Up: McDonald’s Eggcellent McSpicy and Dinosaur McFlurry

In a space of two weeks since the official launch on 13th July 2017, this iconic and newly locally inspired burger by McDonald’s Singapore, the “Nasi Lemak” burger took Singapore by storm and it was sold out.  This was an overwhelming response and it was pretty unbelievable! I was glad that I had the opportunity to taste the “Nasi Lemak” burger prior to the official launch of the “Nasi Lemak” burger.

Initially, I was skeptical of the “Nasi Lemak” burger when I heard of the name. However, when I took a bite and tasted it, I was swayed across and I really liked it! I thought I would still have the chance to eat the “Nasi Lemak” burger again, yet I would never realise that it was sold out that fast, in two weeks!

McDonald’s Singapore thanks Singaporeans for their overwhelming support of its “Nasi Lemak” burger and the locally inspired menu offerings.

“Singaporeans’ overwhelming support for our “Nasi Lemak” Burger and other locally-inspired menu offerings have far exceeded our wildest imagination. We are both heartened and honoured to receive so many positive reviews from customers and food critics who have truly enjoyed our latest creations. And we will certainly consider suggestions to bring it back sometime in the future,” said Agatha Yap, Senior Director of Marketing, Menu and Digital Innovation, McDonald’s Singapore.

“The success of our locally-inspired menu attests to Singaporeans’ love for local flavours with a modern twist, and is also a result of our menu innovation efforts. We will continue to evolve and innovate our menu, staying close to local and international food trends, and strive to delight our customers with tantalising new tastes on top of their favourite McDonald’s core classics,” she added.

Since the iconic “Nasi Lemak” burger is now sold out, don’t worry folks! Next Up: McDonald’s Eggcellent McSpicy and Dinosaur McFlurry!

Eggcellent McSpicy

The McDonald’s McSpicy burger is a popular burger on the menu in Singapore. From 26th July 2017, Singaporeans can look forward to a new twist on the classic McSpicy – the Eggcellent McSpicy. The new burger features the iconic spicy chicken thigh with the added deliciousness of a fresh golden fried egg, and is available from $5.75 a la carte, or from $7.40 as part of an Extra Value Meal.

Dinosaur McFlurry

After having your Eggcellent McSpicy, have a dessert! The new Dinosaur McFlurry® is available from $3!

Both items are for a limited time only, whilst stocks last!

Celebrating NS50 and National Day

Singapore is preparing to celebrate National Day soon, as well as celebrating NS50 – 50 years of National Service.

McDonald’s is saluting our servicemen by offering all past and present NS men a FREE Apple Pie or Hot Fudge Sundae with every Extra Value Meal purchased (after breakfast hours) from 4 to 10 August. Eligible customers simply need to present their SAFRA Card, 11B or Pink IC to redeem the treat.

McDonald’s is also spreading the joy to all customers with a limited-time offer on the signature Vanilla Cone at a special price of only 50-cents from 4 to 10 August. A perfect cool treat to have whilst celebrating National Day!

* Information and pictures courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore and Golin *

Coming soon! Singapore Food Festival 2017!

Food and travel lovers in Singapore, and those travelers visiting Singapore in July 2017, you are in for a sumptuous and delightful food adventures time in Singapore! The Singapore Food Festival 2017, in its 24th edition is coming soon, starting on 14th July 2017 till 30th July 2017!

The theme for Singapore Food Festival 2017 is “Savour Singapore in Every Bite“. Locals and visitors alike can look forward to a sumptuous spread of both traditional and contemporary Singaporean food flavours, interpreted through the palates of our local home-grown culinary heroes. This is not just about celebrating our local Singapore food and culture, it’s also about celebrating our Singapore food heritage and flavours, and to honour the people behind the Singapore food heritage and culture, who work passionately to keep our local Singapore culinary traditions alive.

For Singapore Food Festival 2017, there are a wide range of interesting, delicious and fun dining events lined up for Singapore Food Festival 2017. There is not only eating that everyone of us is looking forward to, there are also food heritage tours, talks and dining experiences!

Let me share with you some key events taking place at Singapore Food Festival 2017:

STREAT – Singapore Food Festival 2017 Signature Event

STREAT is Singapore Tourism Board (STB) anchor event for Singapore Food Festival 2017. This year’s highly anticipated pop-up restaurant will be helmed by Peranakan Chef Malcolm Lee of Michelin-starred restaurant Candlenut, and Wild Rocket’s Chef Willin Low, who is widely recognised as the founder of Mod-Sin cuisine. Together, they will present contemporary interpretations of local classics, through a 3-course Mod-Sin and modern Peranakan Tok Panjang menu.

Photo Credit: MUSE

Chef Malcolm Lee and Che Willin Low will also work together and curate a selection of nine stalls, each helmed by young “hawkerpreneurs” and chefs, some of the participating vendors include New Ubin Seafood, Peranakan Khek and Whampoa Prawn Noodle. There are also first time collaborations at STREAT, such as between popular zi-char stall, Keng Eng Kee, and Good Chance Popiah, as well as between contemporary eateries, Taste Affair and The Masses.

Foodie Profiles to enjoy island wide Singapore Food Festival 2017 events

There are four Foodie Profiles that are taking spotlight during the upcoming Singapore Food Festival 2017, which food events that would be suitable for the particular Foodie Profile to visit and enjoy themselves!

  • Gutsy Gourmand: who lives and breathes modern cuisine

    Visit STREAT, the festival’s marquee event, Hawker Wine Safari, 

    Launch of Singapore-inspired bottled cocktails, Chope Exclusives: Local eats edition, Open Stoves by Timbre+ and Singapore Tea Festival

  • Traditional Taster: who believes there’s nothing like old school fare

    Visit The 50 Cents Fest: Those Years 那些年, held at Chinatown Food Street, Singapore Restaurant Festival, Kueh Pairing Workshop Series,  Heritage Town Festival and Kueh Appreciation Day

  • Culture Craver: who embraces all things local

    Visit  Hawker Spotlight 2017, ION Orchard Culinary Creations 2017, Popular Local Fare and A New Taste

  • Art Addict: who appreciates creativity not just in food, but in art form as well

      Visit Project Plait: Inheritance, photo exhibition titled One Dish, One Chef, Generation of Stories presented by Alvin Foo, supported by Canon Singapore, Transforming Your Food Images workshop and Food for Thought panel series

Personally, I am looking forward to STREAT @ Singapore Food Festival 2017! I would try to cover a few of the food events taking place during Singapore Food Festival 2017, do keep a lookout for my updates on my Facebook Page and Instagram! I was at the Hawker Spotlight @ Singapore Food Festival 2016, had a great time eating all the various delicious local Singapore hawker food!

If you love food, the Singapore Food Festival 2017 is perfect for you, for both locals and visitors alike! Mark it down in your calendar and fill your stomach with sumptuous Singapore food!

For more information on Singapore Food Festival 2017, please visit www.singaporefoodfestival.com 

* Information and pictures courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board *

Original Authentic Indonesian Food at Ayam Penyet Ria

Whenever I visit an Ayam Penyet Ria outlet here in Singapore (I usually go to the outlet at Lucky Plaza), I know that there are more than just their trademark, iconic and delicious Ayam Penyet dish. However, I don’t look beyond their menu list and I will definitely choose their Ayam Penyet, one of my favourite food (because I like fried chicken!).

Therefore, when I was invited to a food tasting session by Ayam Penyet Ria, together with a group of friends, at Bedok Mall, I was introduced to a few more delicious dishes by Ayam Penyet Ria. During the food tasting event, I was totally enjoying myself with the different kinds of dishes on offer at Ayam Penyet that I always fail to look at whenever I visit. Ayam Penyet Ria has a number of different dishes too, just as delicious as their famous smashed fried chicken, their Ayam Penyet.

First and foremost, let me introduce their Ayam Penyet whereby most people who visited Ayam Penyet Ria will know about this dish

This is my favourite and still my favourite dish at Ayam Penyet Ria. However, I want to introduce and share with everybody some of the other delicious dishes on offer at Ayam Penyet Ria. You have to try them when you visit! Check out the photos below that I took!

Ikan Gurame Penyet (Smashed Gurame fish)

Bawal Penyet (Smashed Pomfret)

Lele Penyet (Smashed Catfish)

Kulit Ayam (Chicken Skin)

Jamur Enoki (Fried Enoki Mushrooms)

kerupuk Udang and Emping (Prawn Crackers)

Tahu Telor Fried Egg and Tofu

Dessert – Es Campur (Ice Mixed Fruits)

Drinks – Lava Boy & Lava Girl

From the different kind of dishes that you saw above, Ayam Penyet Ria offers more than just Ayam Penyet. Therefore, don’t be like me and just eat the Ayam Penyet!

Personally, I really like the Ikan Gurame Penyet and Kulit Ayam, these two dishes captured my heart and taste buds (not that the rest of the dishes are not delicious, they are just as good!)

I know Ayam Penyet is their trademark, iconic and delicious dish, however, there are more than just Ayam Penyet! When you visit Ayam Penyet Ria, have a go and try out their other dishes, especially their fried fishes! Don’t be like me last time, visit Ayam Penyet Ria and just eat Ayam Penyet only! For more information on Ayam Penyet Ria, do visit their website and check them out!

Check out the Ayam Penyet Ria locations below –

Lucky Plaza #01-45 (11am – 10pm)

Lucky Plaza #04-25 (12pm – 9pm)

Far East Plaza #05-22 (11.30am – 10pm)

Jurong Point #B1-06 (11.30am – 10pm)

Bedok Mall #01-71/72 (11.30am – 10pm)

I would like to thank Ayam Penyet Ria for the invitation to their food tasting session, opening my eyes and taste buds beyond their Ayam Penyet dish!

When you visit Ayam Penyet Ria, remember, you gonna love the original! The authentic taste of Indonesia!

Food Photography Tips by Canon !

Singapore Restaurant Week 2016 begins today on the 22nd October, for a period of 9 days till 30th October. We Singaporeans are food lovers, from swearing by our favourite local hawker food to the various international cuisines from around the world that are here in Singapore today. Not only do we love to eat the food, we are also food photography fans and enthusiasts. We love to look at food photos on social media and we also take many photos of our food!

As you begin your Singapore Restaurant Week 2016, I would like to share some food photography tips shared by Canon Imaging Academy of Canon Singapore! They are very useful food photography tips even for me a seasoned photographer like myself! I myself love to take food photographs too even though I do not take that many of them! I have covered photography projects and collaborations with my friends food business too!

Food lovers, would you like to take food photographs that look so great and delicious? Now, for you food lovers out there, let me present to you Food Photography Tips by Canon Singapore, now let me bring you through this special and personalised Menu course for your food photography adventure that you can practice during Singapore Restaurant Week 2016 (and beyond, in your home cooking too!).

Alright food lovers … Let’s go right in !! I would be sharing some of my food photographs (Oh yes, I have a small humble food photography collection in my Flickr!) that I took with my Canon DSLR along with the tips here below !!

Fresh Fare

Camera

While you certainly can take good shots on a simple point-and-shoot camera, cameras with manual settings will give you more control over your shot.

Lens

Macro lenses are great for capturing detail in food photography. Pick something that can give you a focal length of at least 50mm, like the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens for example.

Flash

Using direct flash is not recommended for food photography, as the lighting produced can be too harsh and throw off the natural balance of colours. 

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A Bite-Sized Plan

Before you start, take note of what you’re working with. What’s the lighting like? How is the food plated? What kind of backgrounds do you have available to you? And how does the food texture react to temperature changes – will it harden or curdle, for example? These factors determine how much time you have to capture your shot.

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Entree

Stew Over It

Once you have a good grasp of what you’re working with, make use of your surroundings (both on the plate and off it) to create your shot. For better results, take note of the hue of your food and don’t be shy to move things around and play up the contrast between your food and its background.

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Salade

Dress It Up

If you’re using a DSLR, we recommend the “Program” (P) mode as this allows the photographer to focus on ISO and exposure compensation, while the camera handles the rest of the details. Since most food photography takes place indoors, you’ll want to keep your ISO between 800 and 1,600 for optimum effect. On a digital compact camera such as the PowerShot G7 X Mark II, try the zoom or macro setting to get up close and personal with your food. Yum.

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Fromages

Say Cheeseeee!

Experiment with depth of field (that’s the distance between your nearest and furthest object in your frame) to create that creamy, blurred background also known as the “Bokeh” effect. If you’re using a DSLR, try out the “Aperture Priority” (AV) mode and adjust your aperture for selective focus (between f/3.5 to f/5.6 for kit lenses).

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Dessert

Sweeten The Deal

Try out different angles – top-down shots for example may be good if you want to give the picture context. Or perhaps a low angle if you want to capture the layers of a burger for example. If your camera comes with a tilt or vari-angle screen function, make full use of it to capture unusual shots.

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Promos

To add that extra oomph to your shot, consider adding textures such as a ribbed tablecloth in the background, or using the table’s wood grain to give your shot a nice contrast. This works particularly well if you’re taking the picture at an angle. Finally, have fun with the creative process of snapping that perfect shot, but don’t forget to enjoy your food before it turns cold! Bon appétit!

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Food lovers, enjoy your food, enjoy Singapore Restaurant Week 2016, take more photos and share it with your family and friends!

* I would like to thank Canon Singapore for providing these personalised photography tips to share with fellow food lovers /  enthusiasts / photographers in Singapore ! *

Hawker Spotlight @ Singapore Food Festival 2016

Food is a universal common language that is able to connect people from all over the world together, all for the sake for the love of delicious food. In Singapore, we Singaporeans love to eat, from our very own local hawker food delights to international cuisines, there is something to try, taste and enjoy for everybody, from the locals to our international visitors.

The Singapore Food Festival 2016, from 15th July to 31st July, is a major event celebrating the diverse tastes and Singapore’s cuisine from the past and into the future. There a number of different food theme events taking place during Singapore Food Festival 2016 and one of the food events that strikes a deep chord inside me is “Hawker Spotlight”.

Hawker Spotlight 2016 is hosted at East Coast Lagoon Food Village. City Gas, Singapore’s town gas and natural gas utilities provider, is collaborating with Singapore Tourism Board to host Hawker Spotlight 2016. Hawker Spotlight celebrates Singapore’s prized food heritage and the long history of a different iconic hawker centre each year.Hawker food in Singapore brings Singaporeans together, it is also an awesome showcase for our friends and visitors from overseas to taste our authentic local hawker food delights!

During the media tour of Singapore Food Festival 2016 Hawker Spotlight, we were led by food connoisseur, Mr Moses Lim (I remember him fondly as a local comedian / tv actor!).

Let me bring you on a Hawker Spotlight tour of five distinctly Singaporean Hawker Foods – Popiah, Char Kway Teow, Satay, Curry Fish Head and Bak Kut Teh.

  • 东方虹美食 Curry Fish Head at #01-37 – Top 10 Curry Fish Head (2015)

Hawker food available: Tze Char

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Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Friday: 4pm – 12am (closed on Mondays)

Saturday and Sunday: 12pm – 12am

  • 人工湖 Popiah at #01-40 – Best of the Best Popiah (2015)

Hawker food available: Popiah, Fried Carrot Cake

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Opening Hours:

Weekdays: 12pm – 10pm (closed on Tuesday)

Weekends and Public Holidays: 8:30am – 10pm

  • 韩家肉骨茶 Bak Kut Teh at #01-42 – Top 10 Bak Kut Teh (2011)

Hawker food available: Bak Kut Teh and Pig Trotters

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Opening Hours:

11:30am – 8pm Daily (closed on Monday)

  • 春香炒虾面。酿豆腐 Char Kway Teow at #01-46 – Top 10 Char Kway Teow (2008)

Hawker food available: Char Kway Teow, Fried Hokkien Noodles, and Seafood fried rice

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Opening Hours:

12pm – 10:30pm daily

  • Haron Satay – Satay at #01-55 – Featured in SG50 City Hawker Food Guide

Hawker food available: Satay

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Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Sunday: 2pm – 10pm (closed on Monday)

These five Singapore Hawker food dishes, curry fish head, popiah, bak kut teh, char kway teow and satay are very popular hawker food that were well loved us Singaporeans. These are just some of the local hawker food dishes that we would introduce to our friends visiting from overseas!

There is much other awesome and delicious local hawker food to eat at East Coast Lagoon Food Village. Remember to check out the other hawker food stalls there too! I love my local Singapore hawker food!

I would like to thank Singapore Tourism Board for the invitation to Singapore Food Festival 2016 Hawker Spotlight.