Ramadhan came and went... Hari Raya/ Eidulfitri is still in full swing for some...
And we are here with a two in one entry for Random Bites!
Mostly fasting month, we are just as surprised that there are still food stuff to share, but it was a hot hot HOT Ramadhan. Here we go!
First of all a HUGE THANK YOU to our lovely donors :)
Your contributions went towards ingredient costs for cookies to all four Childrens' Homes and lemper costs to Senior Citizen's homes!
It was always a consideration to send something to the Seniors' Homes but we didn't think cookies were the right thing. By some twist of fate, we linked up with a former schoolmate who makes traditional Indonesian lempers, glutinous rice kueh stuffed with spiced chicken and wrapped with banana leaves. Do check her out on facebook (@RatuLemper)
The process also got us connected to more people along the way and forging new connections with the staffs at the various homes. It was daunting, but we made it!
Perhaps next year we may provide the seniors with muffins or cakes (something less sweet :) )
Singapore Art Museum
Thanks to work, we managed to visit the Singapore Art Museum! There were some new works, showcasing the idea of reflecting on oneself and how our past shapes us today, the idea of identity and what shapes it.
Our favourite piece for the day was definitely this one, where the chapel was transformed into a totally photo-worthy installation :D
Jo Malone Body Cream
My product find/love of the month(s) is this... Jo Malone body cream in Nectarin Blossom & Honey. The scent is both sweet and classy.
Although Jo Malone products can be a little pricey, but the scents are so SO classy. I'm hoping this cream would encourage me to start moisturising again. Plue, it leaves the scent lingering on your bed. :D
Who doesn't love waffles? A ton better with ice cream too!
Although cafes all over Singapore are offering their various waffles in various flavour combinations, textures, sizes.. You can never go wrong with the run off the mill freshly made waffles from Gelare.
Light and warm, they are sooo good with their ice- cream. Do check them out especially on Waffle Tuesdays!
We've come to really (I mean REALLY) enjoy our waffles with some fresh fruit. :D
So after Ramadhan, we headed to Rouse at Dunlop St for lunch. We personally love their food, well executed and always tasty. Though, definitely not a fan of their bakes (sorry), but I shall not dwell on that here.
This time we tried their:
Krusty Kari burger - soft shell crab on what seemed like a homemade bun, homemade curry sauce/dip, fresh veg and with a side of sweet potato fries.
Salted Egg Calamari Roll - Fried calamari in a typical hot dog bun topped with rich salted egg sauce with a side of crackers.
The lemon tea was pretty good, a large serving on a brutally hot day!
So the husband and I decided to try something we missed doing when we were dating... Walk around Little India and try a random restaurant. :D
Opposite Mustafa Centre, next to Shakunthala, rests this little gem.
The thosai was average but the chutneys, sauces and chickpea curry were so tasty. Husband claims that the best part on his plate was the vegetarian briyani, which he would gladly buy on its own. Give them a try when you happen to be around the area.
Tip Top Curry Puff
Another new addition to the halal-certified scene, Tip Top is a popular local curry puff company with its humble beginnings in Ang Mo Kio. The brand now has kiosks all over the island, though not as many as OCK, with central ones located at Raffles City (basement) and Raffles Place.
Their currypuffs have bought their way to my heart, thanks to the generous filling of potatoes, chicken and egg in a potent rempah and the pastry is also not cloying.
They do offer a flavourful braised bee hoon set which comes with a chicken wing. Great for breakfast or a quick lunch :) I highly recommend checking Tip Top out.
We have been WAITING for them to get their halal certification renewed.
So when I got news of its renewal on a weekday at 12.10pm... I was out on my way at 12.30pm :D (WIN.)
Got myself the swicy boneless chicken set (i do LOVE them radish pickles with fried chicken) and had the bulgogi wings to go for the husband. (I am sooooo thoughtful)
Do note that not all the outlets are halal, check their facebook page for updates.
Was informed by the chef/ fry lady that the cheese and green onion flavours were removed for the halal certification. (Boo. )
We are not pregnant and we do not usually look out for durian.
But thanks to external influences (it was durian season), we were looking forward to having some!
The brother's friend gave us one durian and that thing was LOVELY. sweet and creamy, my personal durian preference.
I also headed to Chinatown to have some with colleagues and was introduced to two kinds. Can't recall the first one (which was sweet and right up my alley but the seeds were huge -_-) but was introduced to the infamous Mao Shan Wang.
The 'hit' from the bitterness really got me but I guess it's like a Candy bar kid trying 80% cocoa Godiva for the first time.
My takeaway from the experience.. Don't say you don't like durians. There's a preference for every tastebud, whether you prefer them sweet and cramy (like me!) or bitter or tougher... Have a chat with the seller before purchasing.
Random home made lunches for your viewing :)
Fresh fruits in a traybake! This lovely cake has surprised many of my testers.
I too, do not enjoy a fruitcake (those steamed/bake with a random mixture of dried fruits chopped into an array of unappetising colours) but this one is a lovely surprise.
Bright and cheery, not too sweet and yet light.. we're seeing if we can incorporate almond into this and possibly offer it in smaller helpings in the shop :)
No we are not opening an official club. LOL
But we have recently received the keys to our new home. Or clubhouse as I'd like to call it. We're taking things slowly so.. wish us luck with finding the right contractors and suppliers for our new space!
Till next month or the next blogpost, stay cheery and look out for the sweetness around you :)
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