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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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Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant (香港金加利茶餐) @ Tampines 1

Rachel and I have tried the Kim Gary at VivoCity and found it pretty average. When we passed by the Tampines 1 outlet, we couldn’t resist the colourful menu and decided to give it a try again. Given that they have such a wide variety of food, we may chance on something better this time round.

They were having a tea-time promo when we stepped in. Strangely, for some of the items we wanted to order, it actually cost more to order them a-la-carte than to go with their tea-time set meal that comes with a drink.

That’s how we ended with with four food items and four drinks.

Four cups of beverages for two person!
Four cups of beverages for two person!

As per the experience we had with their VivoCity branch, the price is great, but the food is pretty average.

Couldn’t complain much about the pineapple hotdog and the two soup noodle dishes as they are really simple to cook and you can’t really go horribly wrong with them.

The beef burger was really bad though.  The beef was as tough as leather and we had problem chewing through it.

Super tough Hong Kong styled beef burger
Super tough Hong Kong styled beef burger
Beef soup noodle
Beef soup noodle
Mini hotdogs with pineapple and corns
Mini hotdogs with pineapple and corns
Instant noodle with luncheon meat
Instant noodle with luncheon meat

We enjoyed the drinks, but four cups of tea between two person is really too much. We both suffered from caffeine overdose after the meal and were feeling giddy for a while.

Rachel sipping her hot yuan yuang tea
Rachel sipping her hot yuan yuang tea

The conclusion we came to is that Kim Gary is a restaurant that’s good for social gatherings where the extensive menu should be able to cater  to everyone’s taste bud, without hurting the pocket too much. It’s not the place to go to for a quality meal.

Here’s the address of their Tampines 1 outlet:

10 Tampines Central 1
#B1-07 Tampines 1
Tel: +65 6786 1418

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The Mussel Guys Restaurant (VivoCity)

Forgettable.

That sums up my experience at the interestingly named seafood restaurant, The Mussel Guys at VivoCity. I dined there with my colleague, Han Joo, some time back, after the CLing launch event.

Inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant

We were really famished then, and anything should have tasted twice as good, but I found my fish and chips really ordinary – just like those you can get at the ubiquitous western food stall found in most hawker centres.

We chose to dine there because there were long queues outside most of the other restaurants at VivoCity. We should really have followed the crowd.

My hawker centre fish and chips
My hawker centre fish and chips
Han Joos seafood pasta (I dont remember her praising the mussels...)
Han Joo's seafood pasta (I don't remember her praising the mussels...)

Then again, given the name of the restaurant, their specialty should be mussels I guess? I do not eat mussels, cockles or most kinds of shellfish due to a bad childhood experience with them, leaving a horrid aftertaste that lasted for more than two decades. Henceforth, it’s not really fair to the restaurant. Someone who tried their mussels can give a fairer review. Feel free to pop a reply in my comment box. 🙂

Address:
1 Harbourfront Walk
#02-123 VivoCity

Tel: 6820 1800

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Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant (香港金加利茶餐) @ VivoCity

Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant
Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant

My colleague, Han Joo told me this Hong Kong-styled cafe-restaurant has rather good food. Hence Rachel and I went to try it last weekend. The restaurant appointed Hong Kong TV star, Wong Chung Chak/ Bosco Wong (黃宗澤) as their brand ambassador. They sure made full use of their contract with him – you see the dude’s face plastered over everything from their menu to the store front posters.

We quite like the restaurant’s decor and the extensive menu. The price is also quite reasonable. Food and service are average. We both ordered baked rice – a decision which we regretted as it gets really sickening when you eats too much of something that taste quite the same. Next time, we will order a rice and a noodle so we can switch around.

We enjoyed the soup and the drink. However, their specialty fries was disappointing. The different seasonings were funky, but maybe they can consider serving fries with ridges or wedges that can better capture the flavouring instead of the plain old McDonald’s fries.

It’s likely that we will visit the restaurant again as we only tried a small fraction of their menu. 🙂

Inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant
The restaurant is quite packed and theres a substantial queue just to get in
The restaurant is quite packed and there's a substantial queue just to get in
You order by filling up various sheets of paper - novel yes; environment friendly no
You order by filling up various sheets of paper - novel yes; environment friendly no
Spoilt for choice by the extensive menu which listed over hundreds of items
Spoilt for choice by the extensive menu which listed over hundreds of items
Soup is served in a mug
Soup is served in a mug
Fries with special sauce - this is a disappointment, its just normal McDonalds fries with some funky seasoning
Fries with "special sauce" - this is a disappointment, it's just normal McDonald's fries with some funky seasoning
My cheese baked rice, steamed with lotus leaves
My cheese baked rice, steamed with lotus leaves
Rachels  twin baked rice of two different sauces
Rachel's twin baked rice of two different sauces
Enjoying a glass of Almond Milk Tea
Enjoying a glass of Almond Milk Tea
Rachel tucking into her baked rice
Rachel tucking into her baked rice

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my paper Executive Look 2009

The three winners
The three winners

I attended the final last Friday at VivoCity. I was quite surprised to see supporters turning up with home-made placards and posters to rally for some of the contestants. It felt as if there was a mini-concert going on.

Overall, I think the event was pretty successful with a healthy turnout of the right office crowd. There was no swimsuit round as per most conventional beauty pageants and contestants need not answer fake “world peace” kind of questions.

The ladies doing their catwalk
The ladies doing their catwalk
The guys turn
The guys' turn

Instead, the whole event was like a mega job interview for a bunch of highly confident, well-educated and articulate individuals, vying for the top positions.

The eventual three top winners were all females… what happens to the guys!

Anyway, the winners are overall winner Evelyn Pang, 27, a scientific-affairs associate; first runner-up Meryl Koh, 25, a lawyer; and second runner-up Cai Suqi, 25, a senior marketing executive.

You can read more about the contest and watch the videos on the official my paper Executive Look 2009 website. 🙂

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Thunder Tea Rice 客家擂茶 @ VivoCity

Would you gulp this down your throat?
Would you gulp this down your throat?

I first tried out Thunder Tea Rice (擂茶饭) when I was still working in the Shenton area a few years back. There were a couple of stalls there selling this odd-looking dish and was popular among some of the more health-conscious office workers.

I remembered the auntie at the stall asked if I wanted to pour the gross-looking green soup into the rice. As the “soup” looks really sickening, I politely declined and was very glad with this decision later when I drank a mouthful – it tasted really awful! There was a strong minty smell, and it was like drinking melted menthol sweets. The rice was okay, but it did not grew on me.

Thunder Tea Rice @ VivoCity
Thunder Tea Rice @ VivoCity

Flash forward some three years later… Rachel simply adores Thunder Tea Rice and she managed to coaxed me to try my second serving. This time, strangely, I appreciated the acquired taste! Maybe it’s because of age and changing taste bud, but I found it delicious. I still did not pour the soup into the rice, but the offending liquid grew on me with each sip I took while munching on the rich textured rice.

Next thing I know, I am addicted. 🙂 Now, everytime I step down to VivoCity, I would think of ordering a bowl of Thunder Tea Rice to enjoy. Strange.

Here’s the address if you are interested to try it out:

1 HarbourFront Walk
Stall 3 #03-01 Food Republic, VivoCity
Tel: 6273 2209

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S$500,000 Bejeweled Sugar Art Cocktail Dress

S$500,000 dress
S$500,000 dress

The dress you see above is no ordinary dress. It was created by Chef Lee Lay, 59, an international award winning chef, had worked for numerous prestigious hotel chains.

Chef Lee Lay used pastillage, a sugar-based dough made of powdered sugar, gelatin an water to create the 5kg cocktail dress which took him one month to conceptualise and one week to make. The dress is also embedded with a constellation of scintillating diamonds from Goldheart, worth S$500,000.

Front view
Front view
Close-up
Close-up

The Bejeweled Sugar Art Cocktail was on display at VivoCity Main Atrium from 19 to 28 December last year, in celebration of Christmas. I was there during the press launch on 19 December. Apology for posting this up so late. 🙂

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