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I don’t know about you but I have a thing for old school bakeries selling traditional bread! Brought Wawa to his first grooming session at Bedok recently (okay, WAY earlier this year) and was walking around the estate while waiting for him to be done when I spotted this cake shop – Katong Sin Chew Cake Shop!
Katong Sin Chew Cake Shop
Blk 416 Bedok North Ave 2
Most of the items were pretty much sold out when I was there. Here are some of the available cakes and bread in the shop as below:
You can tell that all the bakes are freshly baked from the ovens within the shop and you can peek thru the shop window. Touch the bread and some of them are still warm!
The freshest bread from the oven will be placed at this cabinet here. All the aunties and uncles will quickly grab the pipping hot bread once the bread is placed here — and I was one of them #auntiemode LOL
Here’s what I bought – 2 loaves of plain bread in various colors (green x yellow) & (brown x yellow) as well as a marble loaf. No pricing for them but they cost $8 for all of them which I think is pretty reasonable.
Tried them and they all tasted absolutely delicious and I enjoyed having them plain(:
Would love to return and try their wide acclaimed red bean buns, pandan kaya cake,curry buns and the sponge cakes!
I was researching on places to visit other than the DMZ zone and stumbled upon some blogs mentioning about the 3 villages of Paju that are located relatively close to the DMZ at Gyeonggi-do. As such, decided to add them into my itinerary for the day.
The 3 villages of Paju are as follows, Provence Village (프로방스 마을), Gyeonggi English Village (경기영어마을) and Heyri Art Valley (헤이리 예술마을). It is possible to travel to all these 3 villages by public transportation (bus)
Having said that, due to the time factor – we only spent around 1 – 2 hours exploring each village before heading back to Seoul. Would say that the timing is sufficient but it would have been nice if we had a full day to explore each village fully(:
Our first stop was at Provence Village! It was featured in the 2014 hit K-drama “My Love from the stars” starring Kim Soohyun and Jun Ji Hyun where everyone fell in love with the pretty French provence style of the village!
Beginning with a chic French restaurant in 1996, Provence Village is a themed village with a shabu-shabu restaurant, a garden restaurant offering delicious grilled meat, a Provence Living Gallery decorated with beautiful interior designs, an Herb Village full of sweet fragrance, a Fashion Gallery, a European bakery and cafes. – Visit Korea
Provence Village (프로방스 마을)
82-1 Seongdong-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
The visit to Provence Village reminded me alot of my trip to the places at Xinshe in Taiwan such as Summit Resort! It’s a small village with numerous cafes, small boutique shops and more importantly – plenty of photo spots! Everywhere is just so photo worthy that I couldn’t resist snapping photos of my surroundings!(:
You can refer to the map of the village below.
Everywhere is just so photo worthy that I couldn’t resist snapping photos of my surroundings!(:
These are some of the cafes and snacks all around the village at every corner!
You can also do some shopping at Provence Village as there are surprisingly many small clothing shops/boutiques opened here. Not sure of the prices compared to the main town area as I didn’t get to spend much time walking around though.
And as I mentioned, loads of photo spots for couples! I think that this would be a lovely place for a wedding photoshoot actually!(: I just wished that we had more time to enjoy the serenity of the place, explore all the cafes, do some shopping and basically spend the day here! Best of all, it’s not a very crowded place so you don’t really see alot of tourists around. Definitely a hidden gem!
We ended our trip at Provence Village with a visit to their famous Provence Bakery & Cafe – a 2 storey cafe (top level) and bakery (level 1)!
Upon entering, you will be greeted with a huge variety of freshly baked bread and pastries!
It seems like their signature item is the “Kiss Ring” bread as seen pictured below
Although I was quite full, I decided to get myself a “Kiss Ring” since I was there. It’s actually a butter based garlic bread and it was so yummy and fluffy!
Think you can tell how fluffy it is from the picture below! :X But boy, that was some expensive bread for 3900 won (S$4.50!)!
Overall, I think that Provence Village is a lovely whimsical place that you can easily spend a day, or half day walking around and chilling at the place. So yes, I would recommend a visit here if you have an extra day to spare in your Seoul itinerary for a day trip here! If not, maybe next time 😛
P.s next week’s post will be on Gyeonggi English Village (경기영어마을)!
When asked if I wanted to check out NUDE Seafood, I’ll confess thoughts of the naughty sort ran through my mind. “Do we dine in the buff?” (no lah, that’s a different restaurant). “Is the food served on people platters?” (that’s nyotaimori, and it’s likely to give you a bad tummy ache). The only au naturale aspect of NUDE Seafood is its food quality and sincerity. So, NU(tritious) + DE(licious) = good quality food, prepared fast and wholesome, at reasonable prices.
I have heard of the popularity of NUDE Seafood with the office lunch crowd of MBFC Towers and the CBD vicinity. One of my friends (a Paleo health foodie) is an ardent fan of their Hickory-Smoked Salmon, which is one of the restaurant’s top dishes since Day One of business. As the lights dim down for the night, the menu takes on a different form for dinner diners seeking sophistication with affordability.
Another true confession – I do not like oysters. (Yes, I am one of those who arduously pick out the oyster bits of my or chien to pass on the love to my friends.) “Try it”, said my dining partner. “Try it as it is, no lemon juice or Tabasco”, said our server. So I gulped and bit into my Live Irish Oyster ($13 for two), then blinked as its juicy mineral-rich brininess permeated my tastebuds. Even a food noob (like me!) can tell this was a very fresh specimen as I chewed on its pleasant meatiness. And these fine fat fellows come specially from the Gallagher Family farm of Donegal, Ireland. So oyster fears are conquered, now that I’ve learnt how good truly fresh ones can be 🙂
Continuing on that high note was the Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio ($19). A very playful dish – the scallop sashimi were given a generous dollop of sorrel vinaigrette with mint oil, blood orange segments, purple shiso leaves, fresh horseradish, plus housemade nori chips to round it all up. My first time eating seafood paired with fruit flavours – so an interesting combination of floral notes with savoury flavours! 😀
We moved onto the Fritto Misto ($14), a twist on the typical tempura dish. Here, kibinago (a Japanese herring, usually served as sashimi) and young calamari have been marinated in koji and deep-fried with corn flour batter. So this makes for a light crispy tempura with a miso-based taste and paired interestingly with nashi pears and a pistachio aioli dip. My only complaint about this is that I wish there was more of it! 😋
The highlight of the night’s dinner was the King Prawn Tagliolini ($26). These huge succulent prawns (just look at the size of these babies!) are of the Ang Kah variety from Indonesia which come in fresh every day, and tasted super juicy and luscious with every bite! Together with the chewy tagliolini pasta and tomato-chorizo sauce (both freshly-made everyday), this was a very satisfying dish which we polished off very easily as prawn-loving aficionados 😀
Next up was the Fried Threadfin Fish ($29), which looked a little unassuming at first impression but ended up being my personal favourite of the night (yes, beating even the fabulous king prawns!). The fish was very sweet and tender, served with a multitude of goodies – sweet corn velouté sauce, raw sweet corn, peach-pickled kohlrabi, cous cous, tarragon oil, and leeks. I just kept taking spoonful after spoonful – enjoying the tenderness of the fish, the richness of the sauce and its accompaniments, and the sweet rawness of the corn. Interestingly, Chef Jerome tells us that this dish was born as a collaboration with Chitose Agriculture – an initiative specialising in sustainable and ethical farming – who supplied the corn which I enjoyed so much!
Another star of the night was the Seared Sashimi-Grade Salmon ($26) – looking and tasting incredibly gorgeous with its nicely done crust and lovely fat ikura eggs with pickled pear, nesting on a bed of steamed purple sweet potatoes and (for that kick!) chilli vinegar apple cider over the kale salad. Definitely a fun punchy dish which we enjoyed immensely! Sadly, this appears to be no longer on the current dinner menu – maybe, because everyone devoured all the sashimi-grade salmon? 😅
To end things on a sweet note were the Chocolate & Cherries ($14) and the Chamomile & Strawberries ($12). The first served to us as an adorable butterfly (so cute!) – consisting of a chocolate parfait (gourmet Varlhona 66%), topped with a ‘body’ of berries compote and ‘wings’ of morello cherry gel and tuile. The second definitely put a happy face on us – with its chamomile panna cotta, together with cherry gel and circled by thyme-marinated strawberries. My dining partner particularly enjoyed the rich chocolate and the tartness of the cherries, while I took more than my fair share of the creamy panna cotta (the deeply delicious infusion of chamomile was so gooooood!) 😋
This is our first meal at NUDE Seafood and it definitely will not be our last! The restaurant truly walks its talk for their goal of democratizing good seafood for everyone. Seafood is delivered fresh everyday and is the best of what can be procured in the business. Thought and care also goes into the quality of the produce which accompanies the seafood, so everything on the plate is worth every single dollar. Indeed for the amount and finesse of the food served, the prices are truly very reasonable.
One thing of note is that the menu rotates regularly – around every 3 months, and also depending on the factors such as inspiration and food seasonality. So announcements of dishes launching, dishes saying good bye, and dining events are made regularly on their Facebook. So follow them to see what’s in store and enjoy the nifty food photography and delicious descriptions (you will be hungry! 😀 )
12 Marina Boulevard #01-02, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, Singapore 018982
Tel: +65 6443 1167
Operating Hours: Mondays – Fridays, 8.00pm – 10.00pm (Closed on weekends)
Website: NUDE Seafood Restaurant
A big thanks to Chef Jerome and the dinner team who managed to accommodate us even after a scheduling mix-up, and shared lots of titbits about the restaurant and the food. Understanding what goes into a dish definitely makes it more interesting to enjoy!
Note: This was an invited food tasting but all opinions are of my own 🙂
♥ Angela (@EtuiTrove)
Mitsueki’s Blog Writer
Jam is available in loads of different colors and flavors — but have you seen a BLUE jam before?!
This on my #FoodBucketList for a reason – it’s only available from Hong Kong and you have to order it directly from the person because it’s a home based venture called Just Jam (@justjamhk)! For your reference, it’s priced at HKD$58 per 100ml bottle which is approximately S$11 for a bottle below.
Just Jam’s handmade milk jam is made up of Hokkaido 3.6 Milk, Cream and sugar that is slow cooked at 65 degrees for 2 hours!
I never knew that blue jam could make everything look so pretty! Pancakes with blue jam, brownies with blue jam? @_@
Here’s a BONUS picture! Just Jam has also just launched their Matcha Milk Jam!
Above Image credits: @justjamhk
Yepp, added to my #FoodBucketList!
I didn’t believe in using sunscreen products until recently, but as I grew older, I realized how important sunscreen products are for your skin and face! Sunscreen products give your skin protection from harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays of the sun – of which we get plenty in Singapore and prevent potential skin conditions due to overexposure from the sun!
Anyway, if you have you have been on a lookout for a great sunscreen to incorporate into your daily makeup routine, I’m glad to share the current sunscreen product I’m using now – the Daylong SPF 50+ Gel from the makers of Cetaphil!
Oh just sharing, if you didn’t know – daily use of sunscreen products can slow down the development of the dreaded wrinkles and saggy skin?! And it’s always best to start young especially in your 20s so that you will be able to slow down the aging process!
Here’s a more in-depth look at the packaging and the product.
The oil-free sunscreen gel comes in a small 50ml squeeze tube form which makes it easy to carry around in your makeup pouch especially while traveling. This means you can bring it on the plane as well as it is under 100ml!
Meant to be used on both face and body, I prefer to use it below my makeup on my face as this will allow me to fully utilize it on a daily basis. What I really love about the Daylong sunscreen is that it is specially formulated for all skin types from sensitive to oily skin! Oh and it contains Vitamin E that can help nourish your skin!
More importantly, it is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and free from parabens and fragrance! Did I mention that it is dermatologically tested as well?
The light gel is slightly yellowish beige in color and looks white upon application but there is no white cast when it is fully absorbed into your skin as seen below.
As it has an oil free, non greasy formula, it doesn’t clog your pores so I didn’t have any breakouts while using it as one of my base makeup products along with moisturizer. As I mentioned earlier, the sunscreen is formulated for all skin types especially sensitive, oily or sun allergic skin – hence, you can feel assured that it’s safe to try!
*But of course, as always – please do a patch test before actually using it on your face.
Here’s a close up look at my hand with the sunscreen gel applied on it below.
I tested the water resistance of the Daylong sunscreen by running the hands under the tap and then dabbing water all over my hand.
The result? It doesn’t come off! That’s superb so you know that your sunscreen protection will still be there despite of any water elements such as the rain – or sweat!
As mentioned, I’ll apply moisturizer first before applying the Daylong Sunscreen on my face. I like to dot it over my face before patting it in to absorb.
The formula allows it to be absorbed very quickly so I don’t really have to wait before applying the rest of my makeup and it gives a nice matt finish too! Yes, it was not greasy at all in my opinion(:
So, this is my usual makeup routine where I incorporated the Daylong SPF 50+ Gel before heading out!
For ultimate sun protection especially when going on a beach holiday, put on some sunglasses and a sun hat and you’re all ready to go! Feel protected from the sun with Daylong SPF 50+ Gel today!
Definitely a recommended sunscreen product to use for all skin types! 🙂
The Daylong SPF 50+ Gel is available for purchase from the National Skin Centre and selected retail and hospital pharmacies.
Note: This post was brought to you by Daylong Singapore!
If you stay in the West and have always been DYING to try the popular Hokkaido Bake Cheese Tart – well here’s some good news!
As of yesterday, BAKE Cheese Tart is now OPEN at Basement 2 of Westgate Singapore!
BAKE Cheese Tart
Similar to the ION outlet, each cheese tart will sell for $3.50, and you can buy six of these freshly baked cheese tarts at $19.50! Just look at that oozing cheese!
BAKE will also be giving away original BAKE tote bags exclusively to the first 50 customers per day who purchase more than 12 pieces (2 boxes) of cheese tarts till 24 October 2016!
All above Img Credits: Vivid Creations
If the 2 Bake Cheese Tart outlets at ION Orchard and Westgate are still too far for you – why not consider paying for someone to queue up for you AND transport it to your office/home using the LaborMe app? (Use my promo code => DAPHNE10 (1st time users only, valid till 31 Dec 16) for $10) off your first order!)
The bf and I prepped by watching the first two movies in advance over the weekend – The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons to get to know more about the series as I didn’t read the books beforehand. Afterwhich, we proceeded to watch the final installation of the series – Inferno on Tuesday, courtesy of Sony Pictures!
Just to share, you don’t actually have to watch the other 2 movies first as all movies are standalone, not a continuous series. In fact, the only common feature between the 3 movies is the same lead character – Robert Langdon played by Tom Hanks!
Inferno (2016 Movie)
Mystery/Crime film ‧ 2h 1m
Anyway, like the previous movies you will be transported to several cities and countries in Europe. Was just admiring the view of the cities, Italy, Venice and Istanbul to name a few, as the characters make their way through the cities during their pursuit! But what I enjoy about the movies is you get a glimpse of all the interesting art pieces and work – plus a little dash of history and culture at the same time.
I would have to say that Inferno had less puzzles going on, instead there was more action. Preferred the puzzles though as that made it more intriguing!
Img Credits: aceshowbiz
Essentially, the movie moved away from solving a murder case which is usually the premise of the first 2 movies. Instead, this time round – it’s trying to figure out Langdon steps prior to his head injury before continuing off where he stopped.
The movie however, kept me guessing till the middle and the main plot twist occurred. Heh, initially, I kept whispering to the bf if he could gusss the bad guy from the good! Anyway, the twist came as a surprise as I wasn’t really expecting it so quickly. The first 2 movies had the plot twist closer to the end so there was not much of the “AH-HA I KNEW IT MOMENT” here but still, overall not too bad(:
Inferno is now playing in theatres, so hurry book your tickets today! 🙂
Note: This was an invited movie review but all opinions are of my own!
Lunch was not inclusive in the tour but Andy brought us to a Korean lunch place nearby the Provence Village (프로방스 마을). Not sure of the restaurant name but this is how it looks:
The restaurant has a very traditional Korean setting and seating is on the floor – I loved it!
Complimentary water is provided as usual.
The menu is as below, and I think we ordered the fish set.
The fish set came with a range of free flow ban chan as seen below. And as each dish was served to our table, we were blown away by the number of complimentary ban chan served to our table! They just kept serving more and more till our table was totally full and our meal was for 3 persons! I don’t even know what are some of the ban chan dishes but we tried them all! @_@
CRAZY! This is what I really love about eating at Korea!! Really makes you so full for a CHEAP price! Did I mention that it’s refillable/free flow?! So you can just keep requesting for more of a particular ban chan dish you like!
Anyway, stay tuned for next Sunday’s travelogue! It will be a more comprehensive one don’t worry 😛 Thanks for reading! We are reaching the end soon!!
On 12th October, a little restaurant in Keong Saik Road gently opened its doors to the public. Not just any restaurant, but an unagi speciality restaurant and the tenth addition to Chef Teppei Yamashita’s crown of culinary cornucopia. (Yes, we counted them all And made a nice little Google Maps for your viewing pleasure 😉 ) So rejoice, my fellow Japanese eel lovers!
Make no bones about it, Man Man’s menu is all about unagi. You get to have a choice of unagi, more unagi, and even more unagi 😛 For our first meal here, we decided on the store speciality – hitsumabushi ($26.80) which is unagi served Nagayo-style to be enjoyed in 3 different ways (more on that later), and a medium portion of una-don ($25.80) which is your standard unagi with rice but also with tamagoyaki.
Most of Man Man’s unagi is served kabayaki-style – where the eel is filleted, deboned, dipped into sweet tare sauce, and then broiled on the grill with skewers. There’s also the option of having it as shirayaki ($27.80) – which skips the tare sauce basting, to enjoy the eel in its more original form. Having eaten only unagi kayabaki all this while, it’s a wee bit daunting to try the eel in its salt-grilled naked glory (￣ε￣＠), so I’ll save this house special for the next visit. I might even give kimoyaki (eel liver!) a try, probably after a bit of liquid courage 😉
Man Man also serves 4 kinds of cocktails ($12.80) – Say Yes! and Shiso Lovely inspired by Teppei’s wife (aaaaaw!), Bubbles-Bubbles by their children (aaaaaaw again!), and Home Run by softball (ok, didn’t see that one coming). Teppei-san, you’re setting the bar pretty high for most guys!
You want fresh unagi? Well, it doesn’t get any more fresher than this as the eels are nice and lively in Man Man’s water tanks (see this shot? This is at the restaurant entrance – not Tsukiji!), where they are only fished out once the diners’ orders are placed. These fat lovely Japanese eels are sourced from the Isshiki town of Mikawa Bay, in Aichi Prefecture – where the folks of Isshiki have been specialising in freshwater eel farming since year 1904 (!)
We didn’t managed to get a seat next to the live prep and grilling space. Only 8 counter seats for this windowed area – so highly recommended to reserve a seat here in advance (if someone else hasn’t choped it first). This is where all the eel-lectrifying action is, led by Chef Nakagawa with 20 years of unagi experience under his belt (definitely must be black). After some gawking (at the ‘fishing’, slicing, grilling) and girl talk (about guys, d’oh), our unagi arrives – itadakimasu! 🙏
The unagi was absolutely gorgeous – piping hot and well seared, it was heaven to bite first into the beautifully charred sweet skin and then the tender plumpness within. The meat of my dining partner’s hitsumabushi was more well done than my una-don. But that doesn’t mean one is better than the other, because both are equally oishii!
For the hitsumabushi set, you eat it in 3 steps – (1) unagi with rice, (2) then unagi with seasonings of wasabi, nori seaweed, spring onions, and (3) finally pouring dashi (soup stock) from your little jug into your bowl of remaining unagi, rice, and seasonings to make a savoury ochazuke (tea rice). Too complicated? Check out the mini manga on how to eat hitsumabushi by Aichi Tourism in the Bonus Round section below 🙂
The tamagoyaki that came with my una-don was softer and less yellow than most tamagoyaki that I’ve usually eaten. Its clean mellow taste makes a nice accompaniment to the sweet-savoury richness of the unagi.
Two thumbs up for a very satisfying and price-friendly unagi meal, and definitely worth a repeat visit! 👍👍 💕 The restaurant size is more cosy than cavernous, so remember to make your reservations early. And if The Seven Lucky Gods are smiling, you’ll score the eel-lusive counter seats to watch a culinary show worthy of any Iron Chef episode!
1 Keong Siak Road #01-01 Singapore 089109 (behind the Working Capitol)
Tel: +65 6222 0678
Operating Hours: Mondays – Saturdays (Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays)
Lunch 11:30am – 3:00pm (Last orders 2:30pm) / Dinner 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Last orders 10:00pm)
Facebook: Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant
1) For the easily confused (like me) who can’t remember to put rice or wasabi first – handy hitsumabushi eating guide by Aichi Tourism!
2) For us sad souls who couldn’t get counter seats – close-up video of the sizzling show by sifu DanielFoodDiary –
3) For folks wondering what’s the big deal about unagi – full details by fellow unagiya Sumiyaki about these delicious wrigglers and the exacting Japanese standards to ensure the best for our stomachs. Hey, knowledge flavours food!
4) For folks wondering how many times unagi was mentioned in this post – chug back a drink every time you see one, and have someone guide you home safely tonight 😛
Arigato gozaimasu to Man Man’s management for inviting us to their pre-opening night!
Note: This was an invited food tasting but all opinions are of my own 🙂
♥ Angela (@EtuiTrove)
Mitsueki’s Blog Writer