Riders Café @ Fairways Drive

Opened in July 2007 by owner Janice Yeo, Riders Café is one of Singapore’s most popular brunch spot. In fact, it is so popular that it is near impossible to get a table on weekend without advance reservation.

Riders Cafe's restaurant interior
Riders Cafe's restaurant interior

Weekend reservation has to be made weeks in advance and they do not take same day bookings for weekends and public holidays. All walk-in guests are seated from a wait list at a host stand.

Hidden somewhere behind the lush greenery in the heart of Bukit Timah, Riders Café is located in the same area as the Bukit Timah Saddle Club. Diners get to view people riding or walking their horses while eating. A pretty surreal experience in this concrete jungle.

Rachel and I went there with my parents on a weekday noon. Food cost came to around $50 per pax. A tad steep, like Mimo Kitchen + Bar which used to be located beside it.

There is no air-conditioning in the restaurant, probably to keep to the serene, nature theme; but it is well-ventilated. Ask for the balcony seats if they are available to get a clear view of the horse-riding activities and to enjoy the greenery.

View of the horse stables
View of the horse stables

The food was good, but nothing extraordinary. I believe most people came here for the ambience. The full menu is available online.

Onion soup
Onion soup
Marinated Portobello and Halloumi Burger with Onions, Rocket and Fries
Marinated Portobello and Halloumi Burger with Onions, Rocket and Fries
Riders Burger with Rocket, Brie, Relish, Bacon & Seasoned Fries
Riders Burger with Rocket, Brie, Relish, Bacon & Seasoned Fries
Chicken Parmigiana with Confit Tomatoes and Mozzarella
Chicken Parmigiana with Confit Tomatoes and Mozzarella

If you are interested to visit, my advise is to go during weekday lunch to avoid the crowd. If you prefer to go on weekends, make sure you call and make a reservation a few weeks in advance. The restaurant is not easily accessible by public transport. Be prepared to take a long, leisurely walk if you are not driving or taking a cab.

Riders Café:

Address: 51 Fairways Drive, Bukit Timah Saddle Club
Tel: +65 6466 9819
Opening Hours: Tue–Sun, 8am – 10pm (Closed on Mon)

F&N presents Singapore Dance Delight Vol. 3 @ Kallang Theatre

Singapore Dance Delight Vol.3 Winners - Da' Street Soulz
Singapore Dance Delight Vol.3 Winners - Da' Street Soulz

The bar was raised again with the return of the Singapore Dance Delight Vol.3, presented by F&N. This is the third year for this youth street dance competition and it has been growing in popularity and quality since its inception into Singapore.

Slick choreography, high flying dance moves and vibrant costumes were the norms for the night as 20 of the region’s top dance crews battle it out at Kallang Theatre for a ticket to compete in the international Dance Delight competition and other great prizes.

A total of 43 dance crews from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore competed in the preliminary round, with 20 teams making it to the finals on 17 March, about a month ago.

More partners this year, with omy.sg as the official portal
More partners this year, with omy.sg as the official portal

The judges for the competition this year comes with  wealths of experiences and are well-known dance celebrities. Heading the panel is the creator of Dance Delight himself, Mitsuhiro Harada (Machine). His fellow judges include dance Yoshie and Tatsuo, both from Japan; James Brown (Loose Joint) from the US; and Ryan Tan from Singapore, the Creative Director of O School dance school.

Machine on stage
Machine on stage
Tatsuo on stage
Tatsuo on stage
Loose Joint on stage
Loose Joint on stage
Ryan on stage
Ryan on stage
Yoshie on stage
Yoshie on stage

I was present at the finals and here are some photos I took:

F&N Sparkling Drinks men going around spreading the cheer
F&N Sparkling Drinks men going around spreading the cheer
Free F&N drinks for everyone
Free F&N drinks for everyone
The bloggers with their media passes
The bloggers with their media passes
Dancers getting the star treatment
Dancers getting the star treatment
The dance teams by the photo wall, one at a time
The dance teams by the photo wall, one at a time
Jiaqi taking photo with The Zoo Thailand
Jiaqi taking photo with The Zoo Thailand
Miyo taking picture with Urban Myx from the Philippines
Miyo taking picture with Urban Myx from the Philippines
Fans who queued early to  get  good seats
Fans who queued early to get good seats
The queue starts from downstairs by the way...
The queue starts from downstairs by the way...
Radio deejays introducing the event
Radio deejays introducing the event
Music powered by Lenovo
Music powered by Lenovo
Audience streaming in
Audience streaming in
The bloggers at the front row, before the start of the show
The bloggers at the front row, before the start of the show
MTV Asia interviewing some of the fans
MTV Asia interviewing some of the fans
Emcee Sheikh Haikel
Emcee Sheikh Haikel
Team 1 - E-Merged Crew
Team 1 - E-Merged Crew
Team 2 - Freakzy Nutz
Team 2 - Freakzy Nutz
Team 3 - No Boys Allowed (NBA)
Team 3 - No Boys Allowed (NBA)
Team 4 - Harlequinn
Team 4 - Harlequinn
Team 5 - XTATIC
Team 5 - XTATIC
Team 6 - Deep. Ft
Team 6 - Deep. Ft
Team 7 - A Team
Team 7 - A Team
A Team from the Philippines has strong support on the Twitter big screen
A Team from the Philippines has strong support on the Twitter big screen
Joyce and the Boys
Team 8 - Joyce and the Boys
Team 9 - F4C All Starz
Team 9 - F4C All Starz
Team 10 - Urban Terrain Groovers
Team 10 - Urban Terrain Groovers
Team 11 - Flipendemic Kru
Team 11 - Flipendemic Kru
Team 11 - Da' Street Soulz
Team 12 - Da' Street Soulz
Team Elite
Team 13 - Team Elite
Team 13 - Elecoldxhot
Team 14 - Elecoldxhot
Team 14 - Rough Addicts
Team 15 - Rough Addicts
Team 15 - KO-08
Team 16 - KO-08
Team 16 - KRAFTFUNK
Team 17 - KRAFTFUNK
Team 18 - The Zoo Thailand
Team 18 - The Zoo Thailand
Team 19 - Fantastic Forze Crew
Team 19 - Fantastic Forze Crew
Team 20 - Urban Myx
Team 20 - Urban Myx
The judges with the results
The judges with the results
Special Mention winner - Urban Myx
Special Mention winner - Urban Myx
Special mention winner - Joyce and the Boys
Special mention winner - Joyce and the Boys
3rd Place Winner - A Team
3rd Place Winner - A Team
2nd Place Winner - Elecoldxhot
2nd Place Winner - Elecoldxhot
The Champion - Da' Street Soulz
The Champion - Da' Street Soulz
Posing for the camera
Posing for the camera on stage
Humble bow
Humble bow
Happy performers
Happy performers
Happy audience
Happy audience
Bloggers taking a group picture with Da' Street Soulz
Bloggers taking a group picture with Da' Street Soulz
The champion team getting interviewed by omy.sg
The champion team getting interviewed by omy.sg

To celebrate the vibrancy of youth and dance, F&N Sparkling Drinks organised a series of contests and activities to add to the excitement of Singapore Dance Delight Vol. 3. Fans of the top 20 finalists supported their favourite crew on the F&N Sparkling Drinks Facebook page and helped the top 3 most popular teams win 50 fan packs with specially printed t-shirts and other goodies to reward their loyal fans with.

This year, blog challenge, organised together with omy.sg, saw 5 teams of 2 bloggers each, working in concert to spread the cheer of the Singapore Dance Delight Vol. 3 to everyone via social media channels like blogs, Twitter and Facebook. The winning duo will each stand to win a 3D2N round-trip to cover the Dance Delight in Osaka, Japan. Check out their shared blog on omy.sg to find out what the bloggers have been up to.

Bloggers jump shot 1
Bloggers jump shot 1
Bloggers jump shot 2
Bloggers jump shot 2

The winners for the blog contest are still yet to be determined. Which team do you think would make the cut? 🙂

For more information on F&N Sparkling Drinks and Singapore Dance Delight Vol. 3, visit www.fnn.com.sg or www.facebook.com/FnNFun for the latest details and updates. 🙂

New Croc New You Fashion Show @ VivoCity

Give yourself a makeover from toe to head with New Crocs New You!

Enter the New Crocs New You contest for a chance to win shopping spree vouchers worth S$6000. Local winner will represent Singapore for the regional contest and winner of the contest wins a total makeover value at USD8,000 in a city of your choice!

Walk in comfort and wear in style with the new Crocs, so you will never have to sacrifice looking good for feeling good. Whether you are going to work or out for a night on the town, Crocs have styles that are perfect for any occasion.

Many people may not know that over the years, Crocs have slowly evolved from a one product (the  “ugly” classic Crocsband shoes that you can immediately conjure an image of when the brand is mentioned) shoes retailer to offer an array of different shoes types.

Not convinced? Check out these two pairs of Crocs that Rachel and I owns:

These are Crocs shoes - believe it?
These are Crocs shoes - believe it?

Don’t they look like shoes that we can wear to work with (we have done that)? Best of all, they are really comfortable!

Still not convinced?

Let the professional models introduce you to the new Crocs.

A group of 50 omy bloggers were invited to attend a Crocs fashion show at VivoCity the previous Saturday (14 Apr) to check out the latest Crocs designs and matching outfits as well as learn more about the New Crocs New You campaign. You can read their blog entries on omy Blog Club or check out my photos below:

50+ bloggers gathered for the evening at Crocs VivoCity
50+ bloggers gathered for the evening at Crocs VivoCity
Another group picture
Another group picture
New Crocs New You - seven days a week of Crocs
New Crocs New You - seven days a week of Crocs
Crocs Fashion Show tickets
Crocs Fashion Show tickets
Me working part-time at Crocs (kidding... I was handling the bloggers registration)
Me working part-time at Crocs (kidding... I was handling the bloggers registration)
The first three bloggers to arrive: (L to R), Tiffany, Miyo and Joey
The first three bloggers to arrive: (L to R), Tiffany, Miyo and Joey
Emcee doing an introduction on Crocs
Emcee doing an introduction on Crocs
I was surprised to see my friend, Mint, hosting the show
I was surprised to see my friend, Mint, hosting the show
The first model to appear
The first model to appear
Platform Crocs
Platform Crocs
Dress that matches the back drop
Dress that matches the back drop
Casual wear, suitable for our weather
Casual wear, suitable for our weather
Crocs with formal wear
Crocs with formal wear
Displaying a pair of cloth Crocs shoes
Displaying a pair of cloth Crocs shoes
The models came real close, walking and posing right in front of us
The models came real close, walking and posing right in front of us
Male and female models
Male and female models
The models walked right onto the rows of seats directly in front of where we were sitting
The models walked right onto the rows of seats directly in front of where we were sitting
Fun dresses to go with Crocs
Fun dresses to go with Crocs
A little more formal dresses
A little more formal dresses
Office wear to go with Crocs
Office wear to go with Crocs
Mix and match
Mix and match
The finale
The finale
All the Crocs models
All the Crocs models
Showcasing the Crocs shoes
Showcasing the Crocs shoes
Packed audience at the Crocs Fashion Show
Packed audience at the Crocs Fashion Show
Miyo and Joey on stage after the show
Miyo and Joey on stage after the show

New You

Over the last 10 years, Crocs has transformed from a one shoe company into a brand that carries over 300 shoe styles each season. The folks at Crocs are so proud of the transformation that they want you to experience the same excitement by helping you to be transformed as well.

In order to do this, Crocs launched the New Crocs New You campaign, invites you to join them in this venture. From an innovative mobile application to a fantastic makeover competition, Crocs wants you to have the tools for the ultimate New You makeover.

Makeover Contest

Your chance at winning a total makeover package valued at USD8,000 is just a few clicks away. Go to the New Crocs New You website, and in 500 words or less, tell the world why you deserve the ultimate makeover. One finalist will be chosen from each participating country. If you are chosen as a finalist, you will be awarded with S$6,000 shopping spree vouchers with a professional stylist. Once you are chosen, share your story with your friends and ask them to vote for you! If you have the most votes, you and a guest will receive round trip tickets and accommodation in a city of your choice*. You will also be sent on a shopping spree with a recognized beauty and style expert. They will then whisk you away to a salon where the New You transformation will begin.

*Terms and Conditions apply.

Meet the Stylist

Getting pampered and keeping up with the latest fashion trends are just a couple of those ways that keeps us feeling young and energized. You can stay up to date with the fashion pros since Crocs will be providing you with some great tips from a local expert stylist via the New Crocs New You website. Crocs will give you the inside scoop on how to pair yourCrocs shoes with the best colors and outfits.

Crocs Mix&Math Mobile App

For New Crocs New You on the go, you can download the Crocs mobile application,Crocs Mix&Match. This app lets you snap a picture of your outfit, allows you to choose the focus colors, and then matches the best pair of Crocs shoes to coordinate with what you are wearing. Want to try them on? No problem! You can try them on virtually by pointing your phone at your feet. If you love them, then you can purchase them through the application on the Crocs webstore:

iPhone App Link
Andriod App Link

Crocs Catolog

With the Crocs Catalog on the New Crocs New You website and the Crocs Mix&Match mobile app, you can find your favorite pair of Crocs shoes and then share them with your friends via social networks, or you can purchase them online. The catalog features new styles that are so comfortable and stylish, they can be worn any day of the week.

New Crocs

As a brand Crocs is redefining themselves from a one-shoe company to now having over 300 styles available each season. What sets them apart from other brands is the Croslitetechnology that keeps their shoes comfortable from sun up to sun down. With the new collections, you don’t have to compromise style for comfort because with the new Crocs shoes, you get both! Whether you are going to the office or on a girl’s night out, you can be certain that Crocs have a style that is ready for you every day of the week. A shoe is more than just something that you wear on your feet. It is the foundation of your entire wardrobe. The perfect outfit without the right shoe can leave you feeling less than confident. Crocs won’t let you face this problem. From sexy wedges to stylish flats, Crocs are certain that any of their styles will be the perfect touch to your favorite outfit.

Andy Warhol – 15 Minutes Eternal Exhibition @ ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands

My wife Rachel and I love visiting museums. Thanks to the folks from URA and the ArtScience Museum, we were invited to a guided tour of pop art great, Andy Warhol – 15 Minutes Eternal Exhibitionfollowed by a silkscreen printing workshop.

Rachel and I at the Andy Warhol exhibition at ArtScience Museum
Rachel and I at the Andy Warhol exhibition at ArtScience Museum

This exhibtion will be running from 17 March to 12 August 2012 at the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands. More information is available via the Marina Bay Sands website.

Very good crowd at the ArtScience Museum on Saturday noon
Very good crowd at the ArtScience Museum on Saturday noon
Ticket prices
Ticket prices

It is the largest collection of iconic works by Andy Warhol to be on display, in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the artist’s death. The exhibition, sponsored by BNY Mellon and organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in Warhol’s home town of Pittsburgh, chronicles the breadth of Warhol’s career and demonstrates the scope of his interests.

Exhibition trailer video:

Titled after a quote from the popular artist himself, “In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes”, Andy Warhol – 15 Minutes Eternal features over 260 paintings, drawings, sculptures, film, and video of the legendary artist’s works, marking the first time such an extensive collection is exhibited in Singapore. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a wide range of associated documents, interactive timelines, photographs,and archival material.

Andrew Warhola (6 August 1928 – 22 February 1987), better known as Andy Warhol, was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker. He was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop Art and was renowned for using mass production of popular culture such as advertising, comic books, and brand products, as the basis of his art. Andy Warhol – 15 Minutes Eternal features his masterpieces including Jackie (1964), MarilynMonroe (1967), Campbell’s Soup (1961), Silver Liz (1963), Time Capsule 51 (1970’s), TheLast Supper (1986), and numerous iconic Self-Portraits.

Students and working professionals in the art, advertising and media industry should all visit this exhibition to discover more about the creative genius, Andy Warhol, whose name is synonymous with the pop art movement in the 50s.

Who knows what inspirations you may come up with after viewing.

The designer for the exhibition has taken pain and effort to come up with exhibits and activities targeted at children. This ranges from artworks displayed at children’s eye levels to specially designed Andy Warhol fun packs. Hence this is a great exhibition for families to bring children along, opening them to the world of pop art.

Andy Warhol fun pack for children
Andy Warhol fun pack for children

I have always been a fan of Andy Warhol‘s works. Back when I was an art student, I was intrigued by the concept of pop art and industrial art, popularized by artists like Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

I am always of the belief that good art should be accessible too. It explains why I am drawn to Warhol’s works. They are a snub in the face of uppity critics when he took simple, everyday mundane objects and convert them into fine art subjects.

I am equally comfortable admiring the illustration on the page of a comic page or manga as I am, glancing at the Mona Lisa.

Warhol draws inspirations from the news media, advertising designs and photographs, converting these otherwise transient everyday visuals into fine art for preservation.

Visitors to this exhibition will journey through four different stages of Andy Warhol’s life, starting from his early artistic years in the 1940’s to his final works in the 1980’s. The exhibition will present an extensive range of important artworks from the various phases of  his artistic career.

Here are some gallery highlights, with images provided by © 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Marina Bay Sands:

“Early Years” – 1940s to 1950s

This gallery will introduce Andy Warhol and the early influences in his art. It will showcase his drawings as a child, his first artworks as a commercial artist and the blotted line technique he created.

“Early Years” – 1940s to 1950s
“Early Years” – 1940s to 1950s
Early Years gallery
Early Years gallery
Andy's signature child-like, charming illustration
Andy's signature child-like, charming illustration in the early years
Flowers and such
Flowers and such
A very rare golden shoe, sculpted by Andy when he was working in a shoe company
A very rare golden shoe, sculpted by Andy when he was working in a shoe company

“The Factory Years” – 1960s

The 1960’s marked Warhol’s transition from commercial art to business art. It was during this time that he created the iconic masterpieces of the Campbell’s Soup Can and portraits of celebrities such as Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. Films by Warhol will also be presented within this gallery, showcasing his diverse talents.

A separate space will be dedicated to recreating the Silver Factory, Warhol’s studio in the 1960’s in New York which was entirely covered with foil. To provide an interesting interactive experience, the space will feature costumes for visitors to dress up and be “a star for 15 minutes”, a photo booth to capture the experience, a reproduction of the couch from the Silver Factory from which visitors can enjoy his avant garde films, and the whimsical Silver Clouds (1966) piece made of floating helium balloons.

Andy's forage into industrial art - painted cardboard boxes
Andy's forage into industrial art - painted cardboard boxes
Campbell’s Soup (1961)
Campbell’s Soup (1961)
Time Capsule - showcasing cardboard boxes of daily inspirational objects Andy kept for posterity
Time Capsule - showcasing cardboard boxes of daily inspirational objects Andy kept for posterity
Self-Portraits
Self-Portraits
“The Factory Years” – 1960s
“The Factory Years” – 1960s
Silver Clouds (1966) piece made of floating helium balloons
Silver Clouds (1966) piece made of floating helium balloons
Reproduction of the couch from Andy's Silver Factory for visitors to enjoy his avant garde films
Reproduction of the couch from Andy's Silver Factory for visitors to enjoy his avant garde films

“Exposures” – 1970s

During the 70’s, Warhol’s celebrated use of Polaroids in photographing celebrities came toprominence. During this time, Andy Warhol focused on commissioned portraits to fund hisinterest in experimental film. This shift in focus is evident in the genre of art works on displaysuch as advertisements and silverprint photographs, which reflect Warhol’s fascination withfame and glamour. It is also during this time that he started creating time capsules whichcontained meaningful items collected from the various periods of his life. Out of the over 600time capsules Warhol created throughout his lifetime, visitors will be able to view one thatcontains over 50 magazines and books.

“Exposures” – 1970s: Andy’s celebrated use of Polaroids in photographing celebrities came to prominence
“Exposures” – 1970s: Andy’s celebrated use of Polaroids in photographing celebrities came to prominence
Wanted criminal mug shots and hospital images
Wanted criminal mug shots, hospital images and Jackie Kennedy

“The Last Supper” – 1980s

Having reached the pinnacle of success in the art world, Warhol ventured into television media with Andy Warhol’s T.V. and Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes which visitors will be able  to watch in this exhibition space. The diversity of his last decade of creation includes such works as the Endangered Species series, Rorschach series and Oxidation Paintings. The exhibition concludes with The Last Supper and Self Portrait, two iconic masterpieces he created at the very end of his life that are monumental in both scale and the impact they had in the art industry.

The  Last Supper (1986)
The Last Supper (1986)
Love the rich colours seen in Andy's later works
Love the rich colours seen in Andy's later works
Chilly, last self-portrait by Andy Warhol before his death
Chilly, last self-portrait by Andy Warhol before his death

After walking through the exhibits, it was time for some fun. We went for a silkscreen printing workshop, available to the public upon registration.

There were two print designs available – an image of the ArtScience Museum or Andy Warhol. No price for guessing which was more popular. To be fair though, the former gives a better print because of the clean cut lines.

Our workshop instructor
Our workshop instructor
Andy Warhol silkscreen
Andy Warhol silkscreen
Insert paper
Insert paper
Me doing a print of Marina Bay Sands
Me doing a print of Marina Bay Sands
Rachel's turn
Rachel's turn
Rachel taking out her print of Andy Warhol
Rachel taking out her print of Andy Warhol
Rachel and I with our respective prints
Rachel and I with our respective prints
The full classroom
The full classroom

Visiting a museum exhibition nowadays isn’t like in the past where it is just about looking at “chim” paintings hung on the wall and nothing else.

Do check out the Andy Warhol exhibition at the ArtScience Museum for an interactive museum visiting experience. While you are there, you can also visit the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition which is being featured concurrently:

There is also a Harry Potter exhibition upcoming in June which I am sure many Singaporean are looking forward to, judging by the box office success of the Harry Potter movie franchise.

Exciting isn’t it? 🙂

Food Republic “Hawker King” @ 112 Katong

Katong is always known as a place in Singapore with good food and rich cultural heritage.

When Food Republic set up a new outlet at the newly furbished 112 Katong shopping mall, they knew much effort has to been put in to keep up with the stiff competition in the area.

Enter many of Singapore’s favourite local delights and foreign food fares, with rows of chefs professionally at work in a full open kitchen concept.

A select group of 12 omy bloggers were invited to a media tasting session the previous Saturday (14 Apr). Other than just sampling a variety of signature dishes from the various stalls in Food Republic at 112 Katong,  they also got to meet the chefs at the various stalls and observe them in action, whipping up delicious fares, one after another.

I was there with them. Below are some event photos I took:

Food Republic @ 112 Katong
Food Republic @ 112 Katong
A warm welcome from the Food Republic marketing team
A warm welcome from the Food Republic marketing team
Makan time!
Makan time!
Yong Soon You Tiao - You Tiao
Yong Soon You Tiao - You Tiao
Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wing - BBQ Chicken Wings
Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wing - BBQ Chicken Wings
Thye Hong Fried Prawn Noodle - Fried Prawn Noodle
Thye Hong Fried Prawn Noodle - Fried Prawn Noodle
Li Xin Teochew Fishball Noodle - Mee Pok (dry)
Li Xin Teochew Fishball Noodle - Mee Pok (dry)
Fu Lin Tofu Yuen - 7pcs Niang Tofu set with Noodle
Fu Lin Tofu Yuen - 7pcs Niang Tofu set with Noodle
Cho Kee Wanton Noodle - Fried Dumpling Spinach Noodle
Cho Kee Wanton Noodle - Fried Dumpling Spinach Noodle
Dapur Padang - Nasi Kuning set
Dapur Padang - Nasi Kuning set
More Nasi Padang side dishes
More Nasi Padang side dishes
Taking photos of the Nasi Kuning
Taking photos of the Nasi Kuning
Ju Shin Jung Korean Cuisine - Mixed Vegetable Rice in Hot Stone
Ju Shin Jung Korean Cuisine - Mixed Vegetable Rice in Hot Stone
Fragrant Hot Pot - Assorted Hot Pot
Fragrant Hot Pot - Assorted Hot Pot
My colleague, Josh, playing with the two giant bowls of hotpot
My colleague, Josh, playing with the two giant bowls of hotpot
Indian Express - Butter Chicken with Garlic Naan
Indian Express - Butter Chicken with Garlic Naan
Indian Express chef popped by to explain his dish
Indian Express chef popped by to explain his dish
Formosa Delights - Dao Xiao Mian (Beef)
Formosa Delights - Dao Xiao Mian (Beef)
Bangkok Gem - Pad Thai with Prawns
Bangkok Gem - Pad Thai with Prawns
Ah Yip Herbal Soup - Herbal Duck Drumstick Soup Noodles
Ah Yip Herbal Soup - Herbal Duck Drumstick Soup Noodles
Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice - Chicken Rice with Dumpling set
Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice - Chicken Rice with Dumpling set
Pepper Lunch - Pepper Steak
Pepper Lunch - Pepper Steak
Bloggers taking photos of the Chendol
Bloggers taking photos of the Chendol
Ice Shop - Chendol
Ice Shop - Chendol
Wee Nam Kee chicken rice stall
Wee Nam Kee chicken rice stall
Many fresh ingredients to choose from at the Fragrant Hot Pot stall
Many fresh ingredients to choose from at the Fragrant Hot Pot stall
Thye Hong Fried Prawn Noodle stall
Thye Hong Fried Prawn Noodle stall
Dapur Padang Indonesian Padang stall
Dapur Padang Indonesian Padang stall
Cooking a piece of Naan at Indian Express
Cooking a piece of Naan at Indian Express
Interviewing the boss at Cho Kee Wanton Noodle stall
Interviewing the boss at Cho Kee Wanton Noodle stall
Multi-coloured self-made Wanton noodles at the Cho Kee Wanton Noodle stall
Multi-coloured self-made Wanton noodles at the Cho Kee Wanton Noodle stall
Ju Shin Jung Korean Cuisine stall
Ju Shin Jung Korean Cuisine stall
Fu Lin Tofu Yuen stall
Fu Lin Tofu Yuen stall
Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wing stall
Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wing stall
Yong Soon You Tiao stall
Yong Soon You Tiao stall
End of tour
End of tour

The pictures are lips smacking good ain’t they? 🙂

 This is precisely the unique culinary experience Food Republic seeks to bring out at 112 Katong:

MORE LOCAL FARE

Ever joined the long queue at Old Airport Road for the famous Cho Kee wanton noodles? Cho Kee Noodle brings the tried and proven 50-year-old recipe with a healthy twist to the wanton noodles. Mdm Soh, owner of Cho Kee Noodle, launched “coloured noodles”, like carrot and seaweed flavours, created especially for Food Republic 112 Katong.

The mini restaurants at Food Republic 112 Katong are also taken up by seasoned powerhouses, like Pepper Lunch and Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice. Creating a sizzle the moment it arrived on the shore of Singapore, Pepper Lunch presented the novel concept of a DIY sizzling steak at affordable prices. Recently crowned AsiaOne People’s Choice Awards 2010 Best Hawker, Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice is a national pride that has preserved the heritage of Hainanese Chicken Rice since 1989.

For a quick hunger fix, diners can look to Fortune Popiah for popular snacks such as the fulfilling Handmade Popiah and the crispy Kueh Pie Ti prepared on the spot upon order. Even the Popiah skin and Kueh Pie Ti cup is freshly made daily to ensure utmost satisfaction each and every time.

Diners can also look forward to other local veterans such as Yong Soon You Tiao, Thye Hong Fried Hokkien Mee, Fu Lin Tofu Yuen, Li Xin Teochew Fishball Noodles and Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wing serving their sumptuous delights. With a food history of at least 15 years, these stalls have continued to bring their heritage of food to customers.

INTERNATIONAL FAVOURITES

With Singapore being a cosmopolitan country, customers can definitely expect popular international fare offered at Food Republic.

The Ju Shin Jung Korean Cuisine comes all the way from Korea, Seoul; serves authentic family-styled Korean food. Showcasing their fare in a food atrium environment for the first time, the family behind Ju Shin Jung has taken great efforts to infuse the Singaporean culture in dishes while retaining the Korean authenticity.

Famous stalls added to the melting pot include Dapur Padang, Formosa Delights, Bangkok Gem and Fragrant Hot Pot to delight the palettes of multi-racial customers.

PROFESSIONAL CHEFS’ KITCHEN

Be greeted by the rows of chefs as they indulge you with great tasting local delights made to perfection with their professional culinary skills. The kitchens are fitted with clear glass, which adds to the space and cleanliness while exuding an air of class. The clever use of the open kitchen concept allows patrons to see the chefs at work and the fresh ingredients used in whipping up the delicious food to double up as displays in the outlet.

About Food Republic @ 112 Katong

Opening: 25 November 2011
Address: 112 East Coast Road #04-01, 112 Katong (S) 428802
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday, Sunday and Public Holiday: 10am – 10pm
Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holiday: 10am – 11pm
Floor Size: 16,000 sq feet
Total No. of Stalls: 17 (14 stalls; 2 mini restaurants; 1 kiosk)

STALL LIST:

1a. Juice Bar

Specialties: Mixed fruit juice, Strawberry smoothie, Mango smoothie, Banana smoothie

1b. Hot & Cold

Specialties: Pepsi Float, Root Beer Float, Homemade Ice Lemon Tea

1c. Ice Shop

Specialties: Ice Kachang, Chendol, Cheng Tng

2. Yong Soon You Tiao

Specialties: You Tiao (Fried dough fritters), Butterfly Dough Fritters, Xian Jian Bing (Deep-fried salty fritters)

3. Thye Hong Fried Hokkien Mee

Specialties: Fried Prawn Noodles, Char Kway Teow, Fried Oyster Omelette

4. Fu Lin Tofu Yuen

Specialties: Minced Chicken Mushroom Gravy with Noodles, Wide variety of Fried Gor Hiang, You Tiao and traditional Yong Tau Fu

5. Li Xin Teochew Fishball Noodle

Specialties: Fishball noodles (Dry and soup with a selection of noodles)

6. Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wing

Specialties: Barbecued Chicken Wings, Carrot Cake, Satay, Rojak

7. Cho Kee Noodle

Specialties: Wanton noodles, Creative handmade noodles

8. Dapur Padang

Specialties: Curry Chicken, Gulai Mutton, Rendang, Ikan Asam Pedas

9. Formosa Delights

Specialties: Dao Xiao Mian, Ban Mian, Stewed Beef with Noodles Soup, Fried Dumpling , Black Pepper Chicken Noodles, Chicken with Dry Noodles

10. Bangkok Gem

Specialties: Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong, Thai Mango Salad, Green Curry

11. Ju Shin Jung Korean Cuisine

Specialties: Ginseng Chicken Soup (Samgaetang), Mixed Vegetable Rice in Hot Stone (Dolsot Bibimbob), Seasoned Beef with Rice (Bulgogi Set), Spicy Tofu Soup (Soondubu Set), Korean Chicken Noodle (Chicken Ramen)

12. Ah Yip Herbal Soup

Specialties: ABC Soup, Herbal Duck Drumstick Soup Noodle, Boneless Chicken Rice/Noodle, Qi Zi Dang Gui Chicken Rice, Herbal Stew Duck Soup

13. Fragrant Hot Pot (飘香麻辣香锅)

Specialties: Ma La Sauce with a selection of fresh meats, seafood and vegetables

14. Indian Express

Specialties: Tandoori Chicken, Butter Chicken, Garlic / Butter Naan, Dum Biryani

15. Pepper Lunch (mini restaurant)

Specialties: Beef Pepper Rice, Pepper Steak, Salmon & Chicken, Double Hamburg Steak & Egg

16. Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice (mini restaurant)

Specialties: Steamed Chicken, Roast Chicken, Cereal Prawns, Assam Fish Head , Chilli Crab, Salted Egg Yolk Pork Ribs

17. Fortune Popiah

Specialties: Popiah, Kueh Pie Ti, Laksa, Ayam Koro Bun