Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I celebrated me 22nd Birthday

So I’m finally 22nd last Friday! Nothing much to be happy/unhappy about being 22 actually. Ok nothing fascinating about birthday actually. My birthday is always in the midst of examinations/preparation for examinations. It’s okay! This will be the last year since I’m graduating! WHEEEEEE!

So to celebrate my birthday, I had dinner with my family at Soup Restaurant Changi Airport last Friday! If you realised, we always go to the airport. Hahhaha. Because parking is so much easier there and it’s freaking near our house. Plus airport is generally quite child friend, so good for Joash!

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If anyone is interested, this was my #ootd that day. Dress from LoveBonito and heels from Aldo. And needless to say photos by Mr Gan’s awesome DSLR

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This is one of my favourite canned food :S Hhahahhaa cheap tongue i have.

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While waiting for the food to arrived, we took some photos to kill time. Joash so handsome!

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Joash seems to not moved at all.

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So after you scrolled up to compare the 2 photos,  here’s me with the famous amos cookies my sister got me. Which I already finished. HAHAHA

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And the present I got from my other sister.
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Here’s Mr Gan in the riverisland shirt I got for him! 

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And him being forced to take such a photo with me. HAHAHA

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The signature Soup Restaurant Samsui Chicken. To be wrapped with the cabbage and eaten with the ginger-garlic mix which I obviously didn’t take. Hhahahhaa. Can’t emphasize how much I hate ginger. There’s a reason why it’s their signature dish. 

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Their in house tofu which we all agreed is very nice. Joash included. I think it’s their sauce. 

And hiding behind the tofu is the soup. What’s Soup Restaurant without soup?! But many of their soups were out of stock by the time we reached. ._. Bad restaurant management.  In the end my sisters  make do with some tonic soup which turned out to be not nice and forced me to take it. okay…. It’s okie… I’m used to taking weird tonic.

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The supposingly Broccoli with scallop, but I guess it’s deemed as Scallop with broccoli. Poor Broccoli outshone by her supporting ingredient.

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Mehish sweet and sour pork. The bestest sweet and sour pork I have ever eaten was from Geylang when I was young. I don’t think it’s still there. Still searching for the next best sweet and sour pork. Most of the time the sweet and sour pork is either too fatty or too tough. The best ones should be crispy!

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Beansprout 

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Mango Moose cake that Mr Gan got from Bakerzin! Refreshing and not too heavy! Joash eyeing the cake.

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Holding on to the nephew’s hands because he keeps reaching for the cake.

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Gwiyomi! Hhahahaha

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The last one with Mr Gan! He whom accompanied me to NTU for my 5 mins oral exam that day after his morning papers! My hair cmi by then.

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Ok here’s me and my hair in the morning to neutralise the image of the flat and limpy hair. 

Thereafter I had another celebration with Mr Gan alone.

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My ootd that day. HAHAHHA. 


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Super ghastly photo of me on the left. HAHAHAHA. But it’s okie, I’m seldom (never) that fair, so I can be fair for once. Plus my hair seldom set so nicely. Mr Gan drove to my place to pick me up that day! So great! We went Dempsey so having a car was damn convenient!

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Hoped into Roadhouse and the place was super not crowded at all. Not sure whether is it not nice or this is just the norm in Dempsey. Regardless, I like the deserted-ness. 

And if you find these series of photos rather familiar, you are probably right. The photos taken for my previous post were all taken on that day. HAHAHAH. 

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STEAK. Mr Gan and I loveeeeeeeee eating steak. So often than not, steak will be one of our orders whenever we visit places which serve steak. I think we deserve a beginner badges. AHHAHAHA. Still beginner cause we haven’t really tried that many steaks in our opinion. And it was until recently that we started to take photos of the food we eat. (Started in Taiwan because my face is getting boring. HAHAHA. And food is more photogenic than me. tmd) So many of the steaks we ate in the past were just gobbled down. Hahahha. Even now we have to constantly remind each other to take photos cause we will forget. I will contemplate having a column in my blog to rank the steaks we eat okie! 

Anyway roadhouse steak has a nice taste, but the meat is tough and it’s burnt on some areas. . According to Mr Gan, Jack’s place serves the nicest economical steak. Which I beg to differ. I think it’s pretty meh. But we both agree that Morton’s Steakhouse and Marriot’s beefs are the nicest. We only tried Morton’s beef sandwich at their bar and Marriot’s beef during their buffet. And of course Japan’s Wagyu beef. HAHAHAH. 

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Beef Lasagne. Too watery and bland. 

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Thereafter we drove to ECP since it was on the way home. Went to the hawker centre there to eat somemore. HAHAHAH. Kidding kidding. Went for some refreshment. And ordered this coconut which is so bland ._. Either that or something is wrong with my tastebud which I doubt so, so confirm is the coconut. I was telling Mr Gan that the Thailand coconut I normally drink is very sweet! So we concluded that this coconut must be Singapore coconut.
Few days later, I went to celebrate my birthday together with Cindy’s birthday at Orchard Hotel.

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My date of the day

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She-who-ate-3-plates-of-salmon. She-who-is-so-skinny. Sorry my iphone can’t capture the glory of the salmon. It’s surprisingly fresh and it’s cut as per request! Don’t understand when some restaurant leave their salmon in the air.


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Stars of the day! Friends for *counts* 15 years! Knew each other in primary 1 where we took the same school bus to school, but officially friends in primary 2 after we were assigned to sit beside each other in class! Fate! Thereafter we were in the same class and CCA all the way to primary 6! So glad and lucky we are still close now!

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It was a short meet up because I got to head home to study for my paper. Yes people, despite me being so slack, I still studied pretty hard last week because the paper is my accounting core and I didn’t do any tutorial for the whole semester. Although getting a D and A wouldn’t make any difference to my class, I didn’t want a D to taint my transcript. 

So long! The next post would be after my Taiwan trip I guess! Unless I have some interesting things to post along the way! Ok maybe next week I will cough up one.

Monday, April 22, 2013

How to deal with annoying salesperson

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Today I’m going to teach you how to handle annoying/persistent salesperson. I think most of my friends know that I’m an extremely hard to convince person. So most of the time, sales tactics don’t work on me unless I’m truly interested in it in the first place.

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I’m highly motivated to write this post because I’m surrounded by people who are easily swayed/find it hard to reject people. MY MUM especially. My mum is the nicest person I have ever seen (Much to my annoyance). She always donates to cans, buys tissues from uncles and on rare occasions when she rejects buying something, she will say sorry. So when she’s out with me, I will be like “NO.” to whoever who attempts to approach my mum. YOU DON’T TOUCH MY MUM!! (SUPER PROTECTIVE DAUGHTER). The runner up is unfortunately my sister. ._. Seriously, it's the genes!!! But luckily after she met her husband, she is now better. Prior to that I will be like “NO.” to whoever who tried to approach her too. (SUPER PROTECTIVE SISTER).  Second runner up used to be my best friend Cindy, but being a nurse changed her so that’s good. Thank god. 

I myself experienced a fair share of annoying sale people/ donation groups/ suspected conster/call center promoter. Let me share with you some stories of mine before teaching you how to deal with them.

Consters

Let’s talk about consters. I used to think that they only appear on street, but one fine day, someone actually came knocking on my door! They have evolved! This 30+ uncle actually claimed that his daughter was injured at the playground and he required money for medical aid and that he lives at my block level 7 or something and would like to borrow $300 first because he got no key home, he couldn’t contact his wife and he’s in need of help. 

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So firstly, I would like to thank god that I’m the one who answered the door and not my mum. I mean this story is actually quite convincing. BUT I’M NOT CONVINCED. Firstly I never see you before in my entire life of 13 years staying there. Secondly, let say you really stay on the 7th floor and it is just unfortunate that I never see you before, you should perhaps borrow money from your 7th floor neighbours? There are 12 households on that level and 3 direct neighbours, I’m sure they will know who you are. Thirdly, I’m sure hospitals and clinics will attend to your daughter first before asking you for payment. So in all your arguments are invalid.

Seriously speaking, if your daughter is so injured, who will come knocking on people’s door to borrow money? Of course is to rush her to hospital or clinic first right? You mean if you daughter get into a car accident you will go knocking on people’s car to borrow money because you have no money for treatment? Ridiculous. So after I rejected him (I forgot how) he went straight to the lift. Shouldn’t you try knocking on my neighbours’ doors if you are desperate. CHEH~ And I hope you go to hell for trying to con people and wishing misfortune upon your daughter(that is if you even have one). And to all consters, I hope you will be poor for your entire life. 

Sales Promoters

So far I only encounter 1 very persistent team (Yup that’s right TEAM) of sale people at a hair salon in PlazaSing after buying from a deal website. Hair Exchange is it? As in it’s expected from service lines, but they are the best. I’m very okay with dealing with persistent sales people, but theirs involved a bit of scam. 

So I finished my hair treatment and just nice it was lantern festival. They told me they have a special draw to win an ipad and treatment vouchers. I was like,”Really? I see, that’s great!”  but in my mind I was like,”YOU SURE NOT? SO GOOD MEH?” So I picked a lantern and viola! I won a $399 treatment voucher! Must be my super lucky day, not. Here comes the persistent sales message. So they said things like it’s the highest sales voucher cause they rest is only $199 and $299 and yesterday someone won $199 only but signed up for the $1000+ package. It’s really very worth it, and only for today. FYI normally those people who say ONLY FOR THAT DAY. 100% fake. I was there on two occasions, said the same thing, but they tried the same tactic on me. Anyway I was not impressed but just said ,”No thanks, I have no money” Then they proceed to introduce me to cheaper package which I assume the voucher won’t be valid. But still I say that I have no money. 

They had no choice but to let me go, albeit with chao bin. Who cares about their chao bin. Then the discovery of the scam. Another customer apparently won the $399 voucher too! WOW! SUCH A COINCIDENT! That’s when I realised the lucky dip is just a scam. Anyway that’s illegal Hair Exchange, if you ever read this. A simple audit will probably settle such scams. 

Call center

Ok actually promotion over the phone is not even a concern because they are too easy to reject. Just hand up the call? How hard can it be? But there are 2 incidents I would like to highlight. Both are funny. 


So I received this call from I don’t remember where, and the call center person was reading off a script. So I said, “Hi”, left my phone on my bed and let her do her talking, and proceeded to do my make up. The phone wasn’t on speaker, I just sort of let her talk to herself and later hand up on her own accord. HAHAHAH. And this was inspired by what Mr Gan did previously.
So he received this call from a call center as well. She began reading off the speech after Mr Gan said “Hi”. So Mr Gan left the phone on his bed and picked it up like a minute or so later when he heard the person said, “Hello? Hello Mister?”. Mr Gan said, “I’m sorry I didn’t catch what you said, can you repeat?” And so the process repeated. HAHAHAHHA. And finally the conversation ended with Mr Gan saying,” Oh I think you got the wrong number.”  HAHAHHAHA 

Ok enough of stories.

The most common emotions experienced after being conned into purchasing something are regret, upset and angry with themselves. Thereafter the complaining to girlfriends process will ensue. I’m very ok with listening to complains, but I will feel very unjustified for them. Hi my fellow kind hearted readers, time to learn some tricks. Especially with all the deals website, donations and consters around, it is very important.

Being approached on the street

1. Don’t ever land yourself in the situation in the first place

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This applies mainly to sale people you see on the street. DON’T BOTHER TALKING TO THEM.  I know it’s mean, but a simple smile and waving of your hands/shaking of the head will make it slightly nicer. It’s their job, they can deal with it, else they should change a job. Don’t say, “Erm I’m not really interested” or “I try before but I don’t like it”. I know you people are always very nice and want to give people a chance. But what you are doing here is actually giving them a chance to strike up a conversation with you! And the thing with listening to their nonsense is an increase obligation to commit to whatever they are promoting. It’s just human nature. So just don’t bother. If you can, just avoid being approached in the first place. Pretend to talk on your phone or just give a Chao Bin. Yup Chao Bin should work. The meanest thing I ever said was “F off” cause I was in such a bad mood and the person just keeps following me and rambling off. So yea nothing could be meaner than that.

2. Getting out of the situation

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So let’s say unfortunately you forgot about point 1 (WHY!??) and you started a conversation with the sale person. How do we get out of the situation? You must try to end the conversation fast. Like I said, the longer the conversation, the higher the obligation. I can safely assume that if you even get into this situation, you are Mr/Miss Nice. So mean tactics would be hard for you. So nice tactics then. 

Here are a few things you can say
1. My sister is also a insurance agent/ selling credit cards
2. I have no money :( *frowns* sorry and walks away
3. If you have the time, you can entertain them. But highly not recommended for people of nice nature. If you are someone like me, then maybe you can try this. Keep questioning them about whatever they are selling until they are sian/couldn’t answer your question. Then you can just walk away. 

Dealing with sales promoter from salons

 So you bought this massage/hair/nails/slimming voucher on deals website and is going to redeem it but you know you got to face persistent sale person. HOW? 

1. Leave your credit card at home. With no credit card, no matter how much they want you to sign up for their $1000 package there’s no way. Or pretend you never bring your card.

2. Say you have no money. Then they will proceed to sell you the cheaper ones. Just say no money. Aiya just don’t bring your card. (Point 1)

3. Or if you have a next treatment, just say you will think about it. Then they will say it’s only valid for today, then just say “it’s okay I will give it a miss”.

4. Use your phone to play candy crush to show your annoyance and disinterest.

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5. To much of our annoyance, sale people like to criticise our face/hair/whatever you are doing and make it sounds like you are hopeless. Your face is so oily and pimply and whatever whatever, if you don’t do this and this now it will get worse and you won’t be able to salvage it in the future and that’s the end of the world. Super rude. No need for you to be nice. Ask them,"Did you do the same treatment?” “How come your face/hair/whatever still so bad?”

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6. HAHAHA. Here’s a last one which I thought out recently. Counter-promote. 

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Pretend that you are a insurance agent and sell them your insurance. “If I buy the package from you, you buy my insurance? I’m a insurance agent. :)” Haven’t tried this yet. Cause the few in front are sufficient. But I think this is genius. Don’t you think so?

7. And newly contributed by my eldest sister. Pretend you have TB and keep coughing. They should keep away.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Food Republic Suntec– Suntec City Singapore

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In line with the annual “Food Republic Hawker Kings” competition, Food Republic held a food tasting event at their newly renovated outlet – Food Republic Suntec. Under the courtesy of omy.sg, I was invited to participate in this food tasting. A new experience for me indeed!



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Food Republic Suntec underwent a major renovation last year, and reopened earlier this year with the White-Garden Theme. If you previously have no idea that there’s a Food Republic in Suntec, no worries, so do I. After the renovation, there are now located at the basement. With the white theme and massive size, you won’t missed it now. The seating is very spacious now.

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My impression of Food Republic has always been very good. No doubt it’s slightly more expensive than other food centers, but in return you get all the nice food at one place. Save you from the misery when you buy something that doesn’t suit your taste.

I guess tourists coming to Singapore will find this blog post useful for them :) You will be able to find out more about some famous localities and regional food. Food Centers like food republic is really good for tourists because you get to try many localities at one place. No doubt you can get similar food items at other places in Singapore, but as a tourist, it is very hard to navigate around all these places. 

As for other Singaporeans, you can read on to find out what is the “Food Republic Hawker Kings” competition about or just show some support for my first ever event. :D While most of the food that I’m going to introduce will be familiar to Singaporeans, that are a few dishes that you might not see or try before. I will first introduce some stalls that can only be found in Food Republic Suntec, namely the Thunder Tea Rice, Saravanaa Bhavan, Gu Zao Mian, Zhong Hua Curry Rice, Baek Doo San Korean and Shoku Okini.


Thunder Tea Rice


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For some Singaporeans, this dish might actually be new to you. The Thunder Tea Rice Brown Rice ($5.50) is actually a traditional Hakka Dish containing 6 main ingredients: Beancurd, Long beans, Cabbage, Caixin, String beans and “Mani” vegetable. Other side ingredient includes  dried shrimps, fried anchovies, chai poh and roasted peanuts. This dish is served with a choice of brown or white rice at the bottom of the bowl.

The bowl of green mixture is actually a specially concocted tea soup which tasted predominantly of basil with a slight mint and green tea taste, but it is not bitter at all. I tried eating it in 2 ways. The first is to pour the entire tea soup into the bowl of ingredient and mix well. The second is to dip your spoon of ingredient into the tea soup. Personally I prefer the latter because I prefer my food to be on the dry side. For a first timer, the latter method is advisable.

Thunder tea rice is definitely an acquired taste, and you either love or hate this dish. Truth to be told, I didn’t really like it initially because I find the taste of the tea soup too overwhelming. However when you eat more, you will actually find that the taste is quite refreshing. For people looking for  healthier option hawker food, this is definitely suitable and worth a try. 


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Saravanaa Bhavan specialises in Indian vegetarian cuisine and one of their specialities is the Paper Roast Dosa. Dosa, like prata, is a very popular Indian dish in Singapore, attracting not just the Indian customers, but also consumers of other races. Dosa is a crepe-liked food that can be eaten plain, but normally it is filled with a wide variety of fillings. 


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Here is a photo of the chef of Saravanaa Bhavan serving us his Special Dosa with Masala ($4.60) Inverting the Dosa will expose a velvety potatoes and pea liked filling, that is the Masala. The Masala tasted something like what you normally find in Samosas but sweeter. The Dosa is also very chewy and crisp. On the whole, I really like this dish a lot. 


Gu Zao Mian


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In the bowl of their No. 1 Kway Teow ($6.00), you will be able to find meat balls, abalone mushrooms and prawns alongside minced pork. The soup is concentrated with flavour but yet light at the same time.  The minced food is very tender and the other seafood is very fresh as well. Suitable if you are looking for a light lunch.


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The chef of Zhong Hua Curry Rice is formerly from Shangri-La Hotel. His speciality is the signature Curry Fish which always attracts long queue. We were given the Curry Chicken ($5.00) to try. While some people may prefer their curry chicken to be more spicy, I like mine not too spicy and slightly sweet, which is how Zhong Hua Curry Rice tasted like. The downside to this dish is that the chicken is not tender enough for my liking.


Baek Doo San Korean


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If you really like Korean food, but you want to get it affordable yet traditional, Baek Doo San is the place to go. The owner of Baek Doo San is a Korean and both his parents are in the food industry in Korea. The Seafood Tofu Soup ($6.80) is definitely spicy enough to trigger your taste bud. The portion is perhaps a little small for guys.


Shoku Okini


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Looking for something slightly more extravagant?  You can try the kushikatsu set ($24.50) from Shoku Okini, a mini-restaurant within the atrium of Food Republic. This set is expensive because of their chef, Arakawa Seiichiro, who is the chef of HAN Japanese Fine Dining restaurant, and the Michelin star restaurant, Kushikatsu,  in Japan. So you can expect restaurant quality food from them.


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Having covered the stalls unique to Food Republic Suntec, we will move on to the food that most Singaporeans are familiar with, the local delights.


Sergeant Hainanese Chicken Rice


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Hainanese Chicken Rice is a famous locality, and everyone has different opinion on which is the best chicken rice in town. Some people prefer it to have a strong ginger taste, while others like me, prefer their chicken rice to have just a faint ginger taste.

What is special about Sergeant Hainanese Chicken Rice is that it is steamed just enough, so that the flesh is still a little pink. Although we were served breast meat, the meat is not tough at all, in fact very tender and smooth. It is also comparably less oily compared to many other chicken rice. To me, the rice of a chicken rice is very important. I prefer mine with slightly more retained moisture from the cooking process.


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The chicken rice set meal ($6.50) comes complete with a plate of vegetables and a bowl of soup. Be sure to try their chili sauce and garlic which is definitely different from others. The only downside to this dish is the serving portion. For girls, the portion is definitely just nice. But for guys, it might not be filling for them. Sergeant Hainanese Chicken Rice is definitely comparable to your favourite list of chicken rice stalls.


Chai’s Original Sliced Fish Soup


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For healthy choice, you can try the Bittergourd Double Fish Bee Hoon Soup ($5.00). The owner uses 100% fish meat for fried fish slices, no flour batter was used. With Chai, you can actually choose to have both fried and non-fried fish together in one bowl. Double happiness! 

I’m actually a frequent eater of fish soup, though I normally eat it with rice. I will normally order one when I hope to eat something lighter that day, or there’s a impeding sore throat. So I can generally judge this pretty well. I generally have high demand for the fish and Chai’s fish is really fresh with no fishy taste. Some hawkers like to soak their fish  in soda to give it that glowly look so as to mask the fact that the fish is not fresh or simply cook the fish with more ginger, but Chai’s doesn’t so I’m sure the fish is fresh. As for the soup base, there is a hint of sweetness and a faint taste of bittergourd, not too bitter.


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No doubt the speciality of this stall is prata, but they serve wonderful Chicken Briyani as well. The most important aspect of Chicken Briyani got to be the rice. It is cooked with large amount of spices and the typed of rice used is different from the usual rice we eat. It is longer and thinner in comparison. Eating the rice alone can be quite dry that’s why it often goes together with curry or some other gravy.


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The Chicken Briyani Set ($5.50) comes served on banana leaves. A gesture that is missing in many hawker stalls today. It also comes with the traditional Indian biscuit which you can eat together with the curry after the meal. As usual, the rice of the Briyani is dry, but that isn’t a problem since it should be eaten with curry. They curry is a bit spicy but still manageable. Chicken is tender no less. 


Guan Chee HK Roasted Duck


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Heading for lunch with a group of friends? Why not try the 5 Combination Platter ($28.00) from Guan Chee Hk Roasted Duck which consists of  Duck, Char Siew, Pork, Chicken and Taiwanese Sausage. The fragrance of Guan Chee’s roast meats is attributed to their secret recipe sauce and in addition, they put strong emphasize on cleaning the duck and using no spare parts. They certainly live up to their name. All the meats are very juicy and tender, in particular their duck and char siew. 

Fu Lin Yong Tofu


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Many people will probably be familiar with Fu Lin Yong Tofu. That’s right, the same well-known Fu Lin Yong Tofu at Katong is now available at Food Republic! Fu Lin is famous for serving the Hakka kind of Yong Tau Hu. What makes it particularly famous and different from other Yong Tofu got to be the minced chicken mushroom gravy! If you are those that finds Yong Tau Fu a but bland, this will definitely be suitable for you.

I first tried Fu Lin Yong Tofu at their Amoy’s branch when I was working. Ever since then I like it a lot! The 6 pieces meal ($5.50) at Food Republic doesn’t pale in comparison at all! The crispy Yong tau fu mixed with the famous minced chicken mushroom gravy recipe is simply heavenly. Ample of minced chicken and mushroom in the bowl of thick bee hoon It is just yummy! If you haven’t tried Fu Lin Yong Tofu before, be sure to try it! You won’t regret.


Ya Fu Mini Wok Delights


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Before you classify this as yet another mini wok you find in food centers, you have to try this. The Kung Pao Chicken Rice ($6.00) is actually one of the best I have eaten. The chicken is just perfect. We actually polished off all the chicken because it’s really tender and sweet. Having said that, I think it can be a bit more spicy.


Formosa Delights


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Dao Xiao Mian 刀削麵 ($6.00), direct translation knife-shaved noodles,  are noodles hand shaved off of a ball of dough by knife, and as such, the roughness and irregularities of the noodles is what makes it special. The only other place that I know sells Dao Xiao Mian is Crystal Jade. Henceforth I was quite surprise when I realised Food Republic actually sells them. The shaving process and preparation of the dough is the most important process hence chefs are specially hired from Shanxi and Xi-An province in China, where Dao Xiao Mian originates from.

The pork is soft and braised just right. Almost similar to what I ate in Taiwan. The noodles are also very chewy. While the broth is very rich in taste, I find it a bit starchy, probably due to the doughy nature of the noodles. Hence when eating this dish, perhaps we should leave the soup to the last else it might make you too full to finish your food.


Miso Japanese


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It is now very common to find Japanese stalls in every food centers. The Chicken Teriyaki & Salmon Bento ($6.80) is another worth it food in Food Republic, given the portion of the food. I find the salmon a tad overcooked. The chicken on the other hand is superb. I don’t normally eat the skin, but I gave in to this one and ate it. The freshness and tenderness of the chicken goes very well with the teriyaki sauce. Was wondering what makes the chicken so tasty and did a bit of research. The teriyaki is specially made by the chef and they used apple in place of sugar, and steaming is used instead of frying. Plus points for healthy eater! Definitely an option if you are looking for affordable Japanese food.


Gazza Pasta


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Gazza Pasta is actually a Italian meets Korean/Japanese food concept stall, and they serve a wide variety of pizza and pasta. The Cream Mushroom & Salmon ($6.80) is one of their specialties. Given the portion of the pasta, it is actually very worth it.

Being a fan of pasta, I can say their this is done well. The salmon especially is fresh and cooked perfectly. There is no fishy taste to it at all. The cream base is actually lighter than what you find outside. So it is generally not so heavy on the stomach. Since I did not actually eat the entire plate of pasta myself, it’s still a mystery as to whether the cream base will make you irky near the end. If it doesn’t, this plate of pasta is definitely worth the try! 

Food Republic also bring in the famous street snacks that we are all familiar with. Some snacks that we were given to try includes popiah, tutu kueh, toast and you tiao.


Fortune Food


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Fortune Food’s signature Popiah ($2.00) has its root in Geylang. It is a very worth it street snacks since many hawkers outside are already selling it for $1.50+. Plus at Food Republic, you get the assurance that the ingredients are fresh as it is prepared daily. Even the Popiah skin is handmade daily. 

The popiah skin is soft and tangy, unlike the common tough popiah skin.  And as you can see from the photo, they are very generous with ingredient, making every cents you paid very worth it. The ingredients are indeed very fresh. From the simple cucumber to the radish, everything is well done. Another one of my favourite. A point to note is that the popiah with Chili is really spicy. I prefer the non-spicy one.

Other items include, Kueh Pie Ti, Laksa, Lontong, Ayam Koro Bun and also the newly introduced fruit rojak. You can also order home delivery for the party sets of Popiah and Kueh Pie Ti.


Toast Box


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If you are not aware of it, both Toast Box and Food Republic are subsidiary of Bread Talk. So chances are, when you see Food Republic, there will be a toast box nearby. I always buy the Teh from Toastbox because of its consistent quality. It is however my first time trying the Peanut Butter Thick Toast ($1.70). No complains about it. Toast is perfect and the spread is generous.


Yong Soon dough Fritters


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After reading my Taiwan posts, I guess everyone should know that I like Dou Jiang. I like the taste of hawker dou jiang where it has the beany taste, instead of what is served at Mr Bean and JollyBean. The Soya Bean & You Tiao ($2.60) is the best combination for breakfast. For Yong Soon’s Dou Jiang, it’s sweet, milky, thick and definitely has that beany taste I like. The you tiao is crispy and not too oily. Not everyone has the leisure of going to the market to get their dou jiang you tiao for breakfast. I will definitely get a set for breakfast before my work next time.


Chinatown Tan’s Tutu


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A little information for my Non-Singaporean readers (if you happen to chance upon this post). Tutu Kueh is actually steamed flour with fillings. The traditional fillings during my era was peanut and coconut. Nowadays there are chocolate, red bean and even durian. 

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The peanut and coconut Tutu ($1.40) is actually one of my favourite Pasar Malam (Singapore Night Market) food. And I will surely buy it whenever there’s a Pasar Malam at my estate. Now that Food Republic Suntec is selling them, Tutu Kueh is no longer exclusive to Pasar Malam! Solutions for your awkward cravings.

From the photos you will see that the fillings for the Tutu Kueh is a lot. Since I eat Tutu Kueh for most of my life, I got to say that their Tutu Kueh is really good. The thickness of the flour is not too thick and their coconut is really fresh. I prefer the peanut fillings because it is sweet. Perfect as a after meal snack.



Food Republic Suntec
Suntec City (Near Fountain Terrace) #B1 - 115-120/126/127, 1 Raffles Boulevard
Mon to Thurs, Sun and Public Holidays : 10am – 10pm
Fri to Sat, Eve of Public Holidays: 10am – 11pm
Nearest MRT:Promenade Station (Circle Line)



“Food Republic Hawker King” Competition
With this campaign, Food Republic hopes to bring food court dining to greater heights with the best of hawker fare from highly lauded and well sought-after food operators. It is also to motivate existing food operators and enhance their offerings to the public, Food Republic would like to recognize and honour their food operators that have supported and upheld their vision and mission to complete customer’s dining experiences with top rated cuisines and warm personable experiences.

For the second year running, this campaign will seek to draw out the top three contenders of Food Republic best hawkers through stages of voting and judges’ final taste test.
From 8 to 26 May 2013, vote for your favourite hawker now and propel them to the top 10 list! Voter will be rewarded with instant privileges and they could also stand a chance to win up to $8,000 worth of prizes.

How to Vote:
  1. Send your SMS in the following format to 1460 77877:
    Enter ZBFR <Space> Hawker Number <Space> NRIC <Space> Name <Space> Email Address or Mailing Address

    Example: ZBFR 01 S8530540Z John Heng 98164512 john@gmail.com
  2. Log on to www.foodrepublic.com.sg/hawkerkings, Food Republic Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FoodRepublicSingapore) or 7UP Singapore Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/7UPSingapore) to submit your votes.
Terms & Conditions:
Voting is open to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. Incomplete voting form will be void. Each person can only give one vote per hawker, and can vote up to 3 different hawkers. Each SMS costs $0.21 (inclusive of GST). Voters below 18 years old must seek parental consent. The draw is conducted on 3 June, 10am at SPH News Centre. Results will be announced on 10 June on Food Republic’s website and Facebook page. SPH and Food Republic reserve the right to use the submitted information as we deem fit. For more information or assistance, please contact: Chew Li Qi, Food Republic Pte Ltd, DID: 6854 9701, Email: liqi.chew@breadtalk.com