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Softie in My Lolly @ VivoCity

Rachel and I chanced upon this candy kiosk at VivoCity, located just outside the entrance of the Golden Village cinema on level 2. We were attracted by the colourful candies and decided to order one to try.

The kiosk at VivoCity
The kiosk at VivoCity
Prices
Prices

Softie in My Lolly peddles licorice candy with fondant filling inside. They have a wide assortment of flavours. Rachel and I opted for the Sour Cola flavour:

Sour Cola
Sour Cola

The candy comes in a long form and the sales assistant will offer to cut it up for you if you find it too messy to eat.

It’s pretty delicious, but the price is not cheap though – at around S$3.50 a piece. After visiting their website, I found out that you can order their candies online too, but collection is at the same VivoCity kiosk.

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Beppu Menkan Japanese Noodle Restaurant @ Tiong Bahru Plaza

Restaurant entrance
Restaurant entrance

Rachel and I had ramen at the Beppu ramen restaurant at Tiong Bahru Plaza a few weeks ago. I have tried the ramen at their original outlet at China Square and enjoyed it very much. Hence we decided to give their sister outlet a try.

What I like about Bepu is that you can choose the degree of hotness for your ramen soup, based on the number of chili indicator.

Rachel ordered a sweet corn butter ramen, with zero chili while I ordered a spicy pork ramen with four chili. The last time I ate at Bepu was more than two years ago. I must have forgotten my threshold for the spiciness of their soup – four chili was a tad too hot for me. Otherwise, the ramen were good although the soup flavouring could have been thicker (not referring to the spiciness).

Rachel checking out the wide selection in their menu
Rachel checking out the wide selection in their menu
Rachel's order
Rachel's order
My order
My order
Restaurant interior
Restaurant interior

I must have looked rather pathetic, gulping down glasses of water, tearing while I “enjoyed” my ramen.

We also ordered a tofu side. Plain water is served at no extra cost and they also provide Japanese peas as starters. The total bill comes to S$22 for two of us. Quite cheap, compared to most other ramen restaurants.

Here’s their address if you are interested:

Address:
302 Tiong Bahru Road
#02-16/17 Tiong Bahru Plaza

Tel: +65 6273 0013

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The Taiyaki @ ION Orchard

Signboard
Signboard

Like typical Singaporeans, Rachel and I were drawn to The Taiyaki kiosk by the long queue. The Japanese food kiosk specialise in selling Japanese fish-shaped pancake, traditional filled with azuki (red bean).

Wide variety of flavours available
Wide variety of flavours available
Chef at work
Chef at work

We had this at a famous stall in Japan where the azuki has been left brewing for years. The taste was heavenly. We did not expect that much from this Singapore kiosk, but still expected it to be pretty decent, given the long queue.

Alas, we were very disappointed.

We ordered two pancakes – an azuki flavoured one and a Japanese curry hotdog flavoured. This will allow us to try both their traditional and fusion flavours.

First of all, just look at the pancake itself. They fish looked scarred don’t they? The pancake is too thin and parts of the filling can be seen on the surface.

Scarred azuki pancake
Scarred azuki pancake
Can you see the hotdog under the skin?
Can you see the hotdog under the skin?

When we bite into them, the crust were not crunchy on the outside nor soft on the inside. Rather, it was too thin to taste. The Japanese curry hotdog filling wasn’t too bad, but that’s about it. As for the azuki filling, it tasted like the usual red bean paste one can get at the local markets.

It’s not cheap too btw, at upwards of S$2.00 per piece.

Not nice lei… why so many people go queue? Maybe it’s the novelty for now.

Here’s their address if you are interested:

2 Orchard Turn
#B4-62/63 ION Orchard S238801

Tel: 6509 3959
Operating Hours: Mon – Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

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Tom’s Palette @ Shaw Leisure Gallery

Tom’s Palettes serve some of the best homemade ice cream Rachel and I have tried so far. We ordered their unique “Granny’s Favourite” and “Rose and Lychee” flavour on our first visit, and immediately fell in love with both flavours.

The price is pretty reasonable too. I can’t recall the exact price, but it is slightly cheaper than the usual gourmet ice cream outlets, probably to compensate for the ulu location and the lack of seats (there’s only around 4 to 5 seats inside).

You can visit their official website for more information.

Signboard
Inside the stall
Multiple flavours
Our serving

Here’s more details about Tom’s Palettes:

100 Beach Road
#01-25 Shaw Leisure Gallery

Tel: +65 6296 5239

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Hatched @ Evans Road

Hatched @ Evans Road
Hatched @ Evans Road

A friend, Gerald, opened a restaurant recently after completing his bond with the Singapore army. Gerald has always been an avid foodie and his new job certainly suits him well.

Located at Evans Road, Hatched is an egg-themed restaurant where all the dishes in the menu are centered around eggs.

Coincidentally, the interior decor for the restaurant is done by an old friend, Gabriel who now operates his own award-winning design firm – Outofstock Design.  Small world.

Rachel, Leon, Ding An and I swing by the place a few weeks back to try out the food and also to support Gerald.

I love the design of the menu and the wide selection of egg dishes on offering. The decor is great too. The food is pretty average though. The sandwich I ordered was tough to chew. Tried the other dishes that Rachel, Ding An and Leon ordered too, but none of us had that “explode in your mouth” feeling when you taste great food. It wasn’t bad, but we were probably expecting more, after being wowed by the snazzy menu and chic decor. There’s probably still much room for improvement, given that the restaurant is pretty new.

Restaurant interior
Restaurant interior
Bar counter
Bar counter
I like this menu cover
I like this menu cover
Rachel going through the menu
Rachel going through the menu
Menu interior
Menu interior
My sandwich which was a bit too tough to chew for me
My sandwich which was a bit too tough to chew for me
Rachel's egg dish
Rachel's egg dish
Ding An's egg dish
Ding An's egg dish
Leon's egg dish
Leon's egg dish
Pizza which came with the beer package
Pizza which came with the beer package

Here’s the restaurant’s details if you are interested to visit:

26 Evans Road
#01-06 Evans Lodge

Tel: +65 6735 0012

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