Wednesday, October 31, 2018

[Grand Opening] No Signboard Seafood opens the 1st Asian fast food restaurant, the Hawker, at the Esplanade

Singapore is a food heaven and there's no question about it. We are always able to catch up with the latest food trend by bringing in food from overseas. This time, the idea to re-create our own local hawker delights and turned them into fast food burgers was realised. We've seen a version of the nasi lemak burger before however it was just for a short period of time. With the opening of this new fast food chain, these local flavours will remain permanently on the menu.


Opened by No Signboard Holdings Ltd and together with its subsidiaries, the Hawker is the first Asian Fast food restaurant offering hawker-themed Burgers, wraps and buns with a local authentic taste. 



The localised food menu has an extensive selection of our local favourite delights such as Chilli Crab Burger, Black Pepper Crab Burger, Hainanese Chicken Rice Burger, Nasi Lemak Burger and Roti Prata Wrap etc. The group aims to secure the Halal certification for the fast food chain as well as relevant permits to operate the chain 24/7. The outlets will also feature self-cashiering point-of sale, free Wifi and charging stations, iPad and automated dessert stations.


I was invited to their closed door Grand opening ceremony at their first outlet at Esplanade. They also had plans to open three more outlet in the different regions of Singapore by early 2019. The outlet at Esplanade itself does not have much seating capacity as they want to tag on the Popular Food Delivery Platforms like GrabFood, Food Panda and Deliveroo to generate more outside sales and not be restricted by the seating capacity for Dine-in Outlets.


They also cater to the breakfast group by having a totally different kind of menu for breakfast. Porridge and You Tiao looks good to start the day!


We started by munching on some of their signature sides and they were so delicious we asked for more servings.


I am a big fan of Chilli crab and since this is the signature dish from No Signboard Seafood Restaurant, I was really looking forward to tasting it. There's two variant to the Chilli Crab dish, one is the Signature Chilli Crab Bun and the other is Mantou with Chilli Crab Sauce. I would prefer the Mantou with Chilli Crab Sauce as the crab patty in the bun is a bit too mashed up.


After trying out all their burgers, the ones that I would highly recommend will be their rice burgers which is the Nasi Lemak Burger and Hainanese Chicken Rice Burger. It taste exactly like the original dishes themselves, because rice were used instead of buns for their burger and they were able to re-create that special rice flavors of this two dish even to the extent of their chilli sauce. One word to describe them  'Shiok'.


Their Sze Chuan Mala Burger wasn't that spicy but you can still feel a bit of the spicy numbness as the after taste.



Aside from the delicious food that was served, we were also introduced to the CEO, the food scientist and the mascot, Hawker Bao Bao, whom also came out for photo taking session with us. There was also a limited edition hawker bao bao comic signed by the CEO himself as our door gift. The comic was the story of hawker bao bao and how this came about.



A grand opening occasion deserve a grand celebration and at 7.18pm, which is their auspicious timing, we gathered at the shop front and witness the official opening with the CEO completing the puzzle, Lion Dance Performance and the appearance of the God of Fortune. Check out the short clip for the counting down and official opening segment.



 It was really a joyous occasion and I'm glad to be part of it. Once again, I would like to give a big Congratulation to Hawer QSR. May the business prosper and in time to come expand to the rest of the World to bring our local hawker food overseas.

Address: 8 Raffles Avenue 
#01-13E 
Singapore 039802


XOXO

Monday, October 22, 2018

[EVENT] Golden Village's Kids Film Fiesta from 3rd to 11th November

Bring your kids to the cinema for the first ever Golden Village Kids Film Fiesta happening from 3rd to 11th November 2018! Embark on the journey to eight different magical animated adventures with seven of the titles that have never been screened before in Singapore.


Curated specifically with kids in mind, the Kids Film Fiesta will kick off on the 3rd November 2018 which is a Saturday with the film Foodiverse in Mandarin, which is written and directed by animation veteran Chen Liaoyu. A chance to get your kids to be excited about the food as the film is set in the world of foodies as Heroes Miss Penny (dumpling) and Mr Podge (Steamed bun) came together to save the food universe.


During the opening day, there will also be a Foodiverse Family Day event held at the GV Grand, Great World City just before the screening of Foodiverse. There will be activities like photobooth, glitter and airbrush tattoo and Foodiverse character clay keychain making workshop for the kids. The family will also get to bring back a goodie bag and win attractive prizes.


For kids who love some great action animation, Stan Lee's Chakra The Invincible: The Rise of Infinitus and Stan Lee's Chakra The Invincible: Mystery of Mighty Girl where 8-year-old Raju Rai protects the people of Mumbai as Chakra The Invincible. Stan Lee, the creator of Marvel's finest superheroes continues to excite audiences by creating animated superhero movies targeting the young movie fans.


Also featuring in the Kids Film Fiesta is the Oscar-nominated two-part series The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo's Child, winner of Best of The Fest at the 2010 Chicago's International Children's Film Festival and the Audience Award Short Films (ages 3-6) at the 2012 New York International Children's Film Festival respectively.

To conclude the Kids Film Fiesta, little fans of The Gruffalo will get to meet the mascot on Sunday, 11th November at The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo's Child Family Day event held at GV Grand. Stand a chance to win movie merchandise and photo opportunities with The Gruffalo!

Adding to the Kids Film Fiesta's animation line-up are four more never-been-screened in Singapore tiltes: Kikoriki: Déjà Vu, Picnic with Cake, NO-NO:RISING WATERS IN UNDERWOOD SPRINGS & OTHER ADVENTURES and Story Time.


I attended the preview screening of  Kikoriki: Déjà Vu with my family. This was the first time Rena stepped into a movie theatre even though this movie is more suitable for kids aged 6 and above. It was quite an experience and she did kick up a fuss in the middle of the movie. I had to bring her out to clam her down. The movie was about this cute, restless blue bunny called Krash who decided to organise an unforgettable birthday bash for his friends. He contacts the Déjà Vu agency and the group ended up in a journey through time travel in different periods of history.


Another good news to add, simply make your purchase of a minimum of two tickets online, and you will stand a chance to win one of three sets of prizes sponsored by Brandt! The prize package includes a 26L Black Table Top Solo Microwave and a Brandt cooking class for one adult and a child valued at $499 in total.


Screening Details
 Dates: 3 November (Saturday) to 11 November (Sunday)
Locations: GV Grand, GV Bishan, GV Katong and GV VivoCity
Pricings of screenings: Range from $8 to $13
Pricings of events: $20 (GV Movie ClubÒ Members) / $24 (Public)


For more information on Kids Film Fiesta, please visit www.gv.com.sg.

Tickets are available at all GV cinemas, via www.gv.com.sg and iGV app (available on iPhones and Android) from 11 October onwards. So take this chance to enjoy a movie with your kids!



A little #RenaComic to end the post. One of the many perks a toddler can enjoy!


**Official Poster and photos credit to Golden Village Multiplex Media Enquiries & Google Search**


XOXO

Sunday, September 30, 2018

[Personal] Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival 2018

Although the Mid-Autumn Festival is not considered a public holiday, I still celebrates it without fail. I hope that this tradition will continues with my girl as I had so much fond memories of celebrating it with the candle lit lanterns and munching on the mooncakes. As years goes by, most of the traditions had evolved. Instead of candle lit lanterns, kids nowadays carried LED light lanterns. The mooncakes had also evolve from the traditional baked ones to the snowskins with so much flavours to choose from. Even the mooncake boxes is now a talking point with so much details put in to making it.


This year, I received some very nice and unique mooncake boxes that I would like to share in this post. 

Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncake

CRYSTAL JADE - DISNEY'S MICKEY AND FRIENDS MUSICAL CAROUSEL COLLECTION


This is indeed a collectible item for any Disney fan. When I was told to collect the mooncake, I was expecting those normal square box of 4 baked mooncakes or those wardrobe kind so I was pleasantly surprise when I saw this. Even took so much photos of this with Rena. The only downpoint was that the box was too big and challenging to store after using. One suggestion I probably could think of is to make it into like a portable lantern. This way, I could carry it out like carrying a lantern and have the mooncakes kept inside.



"Designed based on specially-commissioned drawings by Disney’s artists, the beautiful rose gold-gilded tin box; which is lit from within, is a musical carousel that features the beloved characters of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy, on a merry-go-round ride to the joyful tune of ‘Mickey Mouse March’. 


Within the carousel is a tea-party-ready two-tier dessert tray, with eight petite gems in two delicious flavours. Definite crowd-pleasers, Pandan Lotus with gula Melaka 椰糖班兰莲蓉 (coral pink) is a harmonious blend of two quintessential South-east Asian ingredients, while Chocolate Manuka honey 巧克力麦卢卡蜂蜜 (light brown) marries the intense and rich flavour of premium Manuka honey with quality milk chocolate. The dessert tray is reusable as an elegant table centrepiece after the mooncakes have been consumed!" 

A gift to me from my boss and his wife. 

PARADISE GROUP - TURQUOISE JAPANESE BENTO-LIKE MOONCAKE BOX


This Japanese bento-like box comes in a unique turquoise colour that even the office receptionist loves it. There is also a crystal embedded "樂" which means happy. As there is another restaurant name with "樂" in their name, many got confused with which this is from. The name is actually printed on the mooncake itself. The set also comes with a complimentary tin of Paradise Groups glutinous rice tea that one can enjoy while eating the mooncakes.



A gift to me from one of the clients.  

SINGAPORE MARRIOTT TANG PLAZA HOTEL - WARDROBE TYPE MOONCAKE BOX


This is the most traditional looking box. Red and gold are the favourite colours of any traditional chinese festival. Opened up the door to reveal 4 drawers that can be pulled out for the mooncakes. 


1,000 points from Ryden's M1 account and an additional payment of $20 

Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations



This year was first year celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival with my girl. I remembered I had a doraemon lantern in the storeroom at my parents house so I asked my mom to search for it and luckily, she found it. It was still in good condition and we carried it to the mid-autumn celebration.We went to the one at organized by our CC.


On the actual day, I received a Mian Bao Chao Ren lantern from my colleague who sat beside me. It was very cute and had two modes, one was to switch the lights on and the other was to switch the lights with music.In both modes, it could move on the floor by itself. When it bumped into an obstacle, it was even able to move away from it. Rena was so fascinated with this and played with it a couple of days. 

Disney Tsum Tsum Themed Mid-Autumn Celebration of Love at VivoCity 



Having seen so many photos of this lovely place that I told Ryden I need to go there before the whole thing was taken down. The last day of the installation was 30th September and we went down on that very last day. The place was located at VivoCity's Sky Park Level 3. The whole entire rooftop garden had turned into a magical Disney Tsum Tsum lantern installations. As it was free entry, the place was very popular and had a huge crowd.


Famous Love Quotes from the different Disney fairy tales at the different sector. My favourite is the one from Mulan.


Next, we moved on to the 40m tunnel of love!



VivoCity is the only shopping mall that has put in so much effort in bringing out the atmosphere of mid-autumn. A pity we didn't catch this at night, it would had been so much more beautiful and cooler. The sun was scorching hot when we went.

That's all for my sharing on Mid-Autumn Festival.
Hope everyone had a wonderful September. 
Counting down to Christmas soon! 

XOXO