Tuesday 20 July 2010

Subway Low Fat Sandwiches

What are your favourite or regular items on the SUBWAY menu? I remember the very first time when I had this sandwich was a few years back during my stay in Brisbane. And we actually bought the "Foot long" sandwich which is so huge and stuffed with lot of ingredients and from that moment we have fell in love with it's freshness of ingredients and taste.

Today there are more than 70 Subway outlets located at different parts of Singapore and it seems to be leading sandwich brand what captures the heart of customers from different age group.

Guess nowadays, there are more and more people going for healthier fast food comparing to those days when most of us are surrounded by deep-fried chicken or burger. Likwise some people are willing to spend S$10.00 or so to get a set meal that comes with a 6" sandwich of their choice, drinks, cookies and snacks.

This is the New Subway Beef Pastrami which are layers with finest beef that are smoked and seasoned to perfection together with some vegetables of your choice. The beef stuffed in the sandwich is not a huge portion like those shown on their advertisement poster or etc and we find the taste rather normal comparing to it's price over their regular sandwiches on the menu.

My 6" Subway Melt that consists of Turkey Breast, Ham, Bacon melted cheese and standard vegetables that is sandwiches between the Honey Oats Bread that comes up to be 6g of fat or less for only S$5.90. Overall we still prefer Subway melt over the Beef Pastrami.

For the set meal, we are able to choose either 2 pieces of cookies or 1 cookie plus a bag of small chip together with the drink of your choice. Other than the cookies you can also pick a choice from the "Baked Bars" menu that come two in two different flavour such as "Triple Berry" and "Chocolate Walnut". Personally I love both of the snacks although their cookies are not those crunchy type but it does have it special taste that makes you crave for more. Posted by Picasa

Sunday 18 July 2010

Official Opening of Singapore Food Festival & Clarke Quay Food Street

Finally the official opening of this year Singapore Food Festival (SFF) was held concurrently together with the Clarke Quay Food Street from 16 July - 24 July 2010. Come let us embark on a mouth-watering journey on this year Singapore Chinese Dialects Heritage Food to stimulate your senses for an unforgettable experience.

But before you enter into the food street to start off your feast, remember to get a SFF Kopitiam stored value dining card from the cashier counter at either side of the entrance at a minimum of S$10.00 value. This stored value card will allows you to enjoy fast and convenient transactions at all the 30 participating stalls at the Clarke Quay Food Street. And remember, "CASH" payment are not allow at the Food Street so do get ready this card before you step in to avoid any inconveniences.

Due to the Opening Ceremony today, there is this long table with a few plates of similar items that symbolised the different Dialect groups and their culture. Eg. The beancurd represent the Hakka yong tau foo, the mee suah represent Hokkien, Fishball for Teochew, Wanton for Cantonese and Beef for Hainanese.

Let's walk through some of the stalls in this year Singapore Chinese Dialects Feast at Clarke Quay Food Street.

Near to the right side of the main entrance are some delicious traditional Hainanese dishes and snack such as Chicken Rice, Chicken Curry, Pork Chop and etc. All these items look so heart warming as it reminds me some of my mother's family traditional Hainanese cuisines.

Talk about Cantonese delight, Dim Sum is always one of the good choice to start off with. I am sure these traditional Cantonese delight such as Cha Siew Bao, Har Gao and Siew Mai can be also found in some western countries too.

If you want something more different from the above dim sum, perhaps you can try out some of these Hokkien and Cantonese delight by Gim Tim. Above is their signature Traditional Hokkien Fried Topical Roll - 招牌大茨粉 which I have review in another SFF post (click HERE). Whereas on the second photo is their Cantonese snack known as Steam Glutinous Rice Roll - 糯米卷. This is a special dim sum dish whereby the seasoned glutinous rice is wrapped with a white skin that is similar to "Bao" skin which is soft and fluffy.

Ngoh Hiang Prawn Cracker is some kind of assorted deep-fried snacks that you can pick from the choice of items such as fishball, cuttlefish, sausage, prawn or fish roll, prawn fitter and etc. These deep-fried items are often served with some sweet/spicy dipping sauce with crushed peanuts.

Lim Hai Sheng Carrot Cake is one of the stalls that is always surrounded by people queuing to get their famous fried carrot cake. Although this dish might look simple with just steam carrot cake fried together with beaten eggs and salted turnip but you must really give it a try which will makes you crave for more. You can read more about this stall at another SFF review post. (click HERE)

I saw a lot of people eating this snack along the way while I venture the stalls. When I asked around, some of the folks told me that this is a Must Try item as they actually prepared the freshly made Popiah skin on the spot at the Food Street.

Without hesitate, I went over to the stall and ordered these Popiah and Kueh Pie Tee. I must admit that those recommendations are good because the ingredients are very fresh and the taste of the filling is very fragrant and with the right amount of seasonings.

Tian Jin Hai, Teochew stall caught my attention with their traditional Fried Black Olive Rice instead of the Cold Crab. This is not the usual fried rice that we used to order from local Cze Cha stall. The fried rice sold here is fried with black olive which makes the rice infused with a special fragrance and taste.

Kew Gardens offered some of their traditional Hakka dishes such as Chicken with Wine Lees - 红糟鸡, Abacus Seeds - 算盘子, Soon Kueh - 笋粿 which is made of yam instead of the normal white soon kueh skin. Other than the above-mentioned, I also discovered the Hakka Black Bean Kueh - 黑豆糕 which I had never seen my in-laws whom are Hakka prepared in any occasions before.

Other than local Chinese Dialect food, you can also find some Malay or Indian food stalls around selling their traditional satay, otah, biryani, curry, and etc.

If you prefer something sweet, perhaps you can try the Four Seasons Durian stall where you can get some durian products such as durian cream puffs, durian tarts, durian kueh and etc.

These are some of the yummy food that are available at the Food Street market. But we are quite disappointed that there actually isn't any dessert stall around except some ice-cream from Four Season Durian and cheng teng from Gim Tim.

The beautiful night view of the Food Street together with the crowds that are busying with the choice of food to buy and also tried to sample as many as possible on those delicious food.

You can also sit along some open air cafe to enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or drinks and look at the beautiful view of the Clarke Quay river after the feast at the Food Market.

If not you can take a walk along the Street Market to pick up some clothing or stuffs which you might be fancy of. Teochew Hand Puppets show is also available the Central's River Promenade from 8:00 - 8:30pm and 9:00 - 9:30pm from 16 - 25 July 2010.

Lastly for all the Media and invited guests, each of us get to take home a very traditional and unique 8 Treasures Box - 八宝盒 from Mandarin Oriental Hotel as a gift. It consists of some traditional sweet candy treat such as malt sugar, candied lotus, candied melon and etc. Posted by Picasa

So if you love to eat all these dialect dishes, do drop by the Food Street from today till 25th July with some friends or family to sample some or all of these delicious cuisine. And if you are interested on the Chinese Dialect Heritage Feast on 25 July 2010 where there are more than 100 over dishes served. You can drop by this website (HERE) to book your tickets online.

Clarke Quay Food Street
Date: 16 July to 24 July
Time: 4pm to 11pm
Venue: Clarke Quay Read Bridge
Pricing: Payment via Singapore Food Festival Souvenir Card
Official Website: http://singaporefoodfestival.com.sg

p/s: For more photos on the SFF Food Street, you can click on this link (HERE) at Cuisine Paradise Facebook Fan Page.

Friday 16 July 2010

Singapore Blog Awards 2010

Finally the long waiting time has past after months of rallying and almost a month of voting for all nominated categories. This year the Singapore Blog Awards 2010 by Omy finally took place at Movida, St. James Power Station.

The event held on last Saturday, 10 July 2010 from around 4:00pm to 6.30pm. Although the weather was pretty cloudy but it doesn't seems to affect all the finalists and their guests. Look everyone is busying at the reception counter doing registration, photographing and accept interviews.

As a food blogger, "Food" is always the first thing I look for before exploring around the surrounding. This year, there is two buffet lines provided by "Orange Clove".

Look at these yummy finger food such as:- Cottage Pie, Ebi Fry, Sausage, Sushi, Mussels, Mango & Prawn cocktail and etc. For desserts, there are full of varieties from different kind of cheesecakes and chocolate mousse.

My first time seeing "绝对Superstar" Silver Ang in real person singing "美丽笨女人". She is also one of the 10 finalist in "Best Modeling" and during the event, she won the most "Likes" from the audience and won the "Modeling Showcase" competition.

"The Ultimate Bling" is another event that needs the audience participation. The one who has the most number of "I Like" stickers win a trip to Phuket resort.

The Guest-of-Honour for today's event is Mr Teo Ser Luck whom is a Member of Parliament (MP) for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC. He is also the Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and Ministry of Transport, as well as the Mayor, North East Community Development Council.

These are the winners for the 10 nominated categories. More details of the winner can be found at Omy official website HERE.

Look at these "I Like" stickers, each of us are give 3 of this stickers to vote for the participants for "Modeling Showcase", "Head Turner" and "The Ultimate Bling".

Another game that we played during the Blog Awards is this "BLOGO" game where we need to match a straight line on card base on the given name shown on the TV screen. Posted by Picasa

Although this year "Cuisine Paradise" did not win the "Best Food Blog" award but I am really very grateful to everyone of you who has voted me daily on this events and I hope to do my best in the future to share with everyone more recipes and posts. And this year "Best Food Blog" goes to Catherine from www.camemberu.com, you can take a look at her very informative blog on those yummy food reviews and interesting posts. Once again, congratulation Catherine!!!! You deserved this award :)

Thursday 15 July 2010

Häagen-Dazs Cocktail Party @ Clarke Quay

I was so excited to attend the offical lunch of Häagen-Dazs Cocktail Menu on Wednesday, 14 July 2010. According to the spokesman, Häagen-Dazs Singapore is the 1st country in Aisa to launch this Cocktail Menu that is available exclusively at its Clarke Quay cafe. The menu features an inspired combination of exquisite tastes such as their signature ice cream cocktails, sorbet-blended cocktails and liqueur coffee.

This cocktail reception is held at the Clarke Quay Central Fountain area, which is just a stone throw distance away from their Haagen Dazs cafe. And you can see the cafe crews are all busying preparing cup after cups of different flavour of cocktails to satisfy our taste buds.

These are some of the yummy finger food to go with the Cocktails. Other than these, there are also some chocolate cubes and strawberries that are dipped with melted chocolate available for your pick.

At a glance, you can find the trace of Roman Romance either scattering around the tables or on the hand of some guests. With it's sweet and attractive colour I am sure it has being crown the "Queen" of the night. It is also a romantic fusion of Raspberry Sorbet, sparkling lemonade, lime juice, fresh strawberry and a shot of tequila that makes it a perfect drink for the night out in town with friends.

For chocolate lovers like me and Joyce, Venetian Velvet definitely makes our dream come true. It is blend with a smooth concoction of Belgian Chocolate ice cream, fresh milk and Bailey's Irish Cream which gives this cocktail it's rich, decadent and divine.

On the other hand, for those who prefer something light and sweet, perhaps you can start off with Santorini Sunset, a combination of Mango Sorbet, vodka, lime juice and pineapple juice. The three of us agreed that this is more fruity like taste compare to the two drinks above.

During the 2nd hour of the Cocktail party, Mr Yiannis Karaolides, Managing Director for General Mills Singapore said that this is part of their 'Slow Melting in Progress' campaign, which was launched in November last year. They wanted to continue building on the Häagen-Dazs experience where everyone can enjoy quality time with their loves ones or friends and at the same time enjoy the world finest ice cream.

After the speech given by Mr Yiannis Karaolides, all the guests continued to move around while enjoying their cocktails and catching more conversation with each others. The three of us felt so relax and we really enjoys the atmosphere, drinks and companies.

We almost missed out this Irish Illusion at the party because according to the waitress it is only available in the cafe. This sure will give your taste buds a twist with it's rich and silky concoction of Vanilla ice cream, Espresso and Bailey's Irish Cream. After sipping it at the same time, the 3 of us find that its rather interesting to have a mixture of hot & cold sensation tickling in our mouth.

Out of the 5 drinks, we didn't managed to get hold of this Manhattan Moment which is blend with rich Vanilla ice cream, fresh milk and Bailey's Irish Cream. (photo credit to Häagen-Dazs media kit)

If you are interested to try out either one or all of these new items, do drop by the Häagen-Dazs cafe that is located at: -

Häagen-Dazs cafe (Clarke Quay)
3A River Valley Road
Merchants' Court Clarke Quay
Telephone: 6337 0846

From the 5 different cocktails and liqueur coffee which is available in their Cocktail Menu, I am sure there is one that will help to unwind yourself after a long day at work. Posted by Picasa