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Finally had the chance to try out the new Japanese Pringles Sour Cream and Chives Instant Noodles! So was it a hit or miss? Let’s find out.

Where to purchase

As at the date of this post, you can find it at Don Don Donki at Orchard Central in Singapore. You can also find it on several local online grocery shopping sites like RedMart, honestbee, EZbuy, etc. subject to availability. There are probably a lot more places you can buy this online like Amazon but that’s the extent of my research so far.

Packaging

The packaging is very solid and good quality. And like most Japanese instant noodles, comes with a very detailed set of instructions on how to cook your noodles al dente. I have a feeling that the instant noodles were supposed to be eaten dry based on Step No. 4!

There was a tab that when removed revealed a shiny silver ventilation-like structure, but on retrospect, I think it was actually so that the soup can be poured out from the styrofoam bowl.

I’ve never seen anything quite like this so it was definitely really interesting!

Next was the most important aspect – the taste!

I suspect that I didn’t pour enough hot water… but after taking this photo I poured some more so that the noodles reached the next step in the bowl.

Taste Test

So was it nice? And would I recommend it?

The noodles were really too oily and greasy and way too buttery for me. There was a really strong greasy, buttery smell that didn’t really sit with me. To be honest I didn’t finish the noodles because the smell was quite overwhelming.

The soup really tasted and smelled more like Pringles compared to the noodles. You can really taste the same Pringles kind of essence in the soup but not at all in the noodles. But it isn’t really mind-blowing in any way.

In any case, I found it difficult to finish these Pringles Instant Noodles on my own.

I’ld probably choose to eat Pringles AND instant noodles, but this collaboration didn’t really surpass my expectations and was actually worse than expected. On the bright side, at least it didn’t smell too sourish.

For the price, I think these instant noodles were really overpriced and overhyped. I think that way more effort was spent on crafting the packaging and aesthetics of these Pringles Instant Noodles as opposed to the actual taste and flavour of it.

I would only recommend these Pringles Instant Noodles if you really are curious and really must try them yourself.

I think you don’t have to be a Pringles fan to enjoy it. But be warned, I wouldn’t say they are the best, most delicious instant noodles ever made. If you’re craving Pringles, just buy a can of those potato chips instead!

Nestled along Rowell Road (between Little India and Jalan Besar) is Sideways Singapore, a wood-fired dining concept that does both brunch and dinner. I was recently invited by Sideways Singapore to try out their new menu, but ended up learning more about their restaurant and the awesome people behind it.

Sideways Singapore is a recently opened, sister food establishment to The Hangar. It’s currently housed in a refurbished 100 year old shophouse.

Unbelievably, the restaurant is just under 6 months old but it is already full of character. The chairs, tables, wiring, pretty much everything was put together by Singaporean Pav, who co-owns Sideways Singapore with his Italian partner, Giulia.

When we spoke with Pav and Giulia, they both seemed to really love living in Singapore (having lived overseas), and they both hoped to create something special and unique for Singapore.

As for the menu, almost everything is cooked in a beautiful wood-fire oven, which was lovingly made from scratch by Pav.

He shared with us that it took him 3.5 weeks to finish building this oven, and I was really impressed by his ability to pick up these skills and to be able to make his very own oven!

The ambience at Sideways Singapore is very welcoming, almost warm and homely, there’s lots of natural ambient light that filters in in the day time. And I hear that Sideways Singapore is even more magical at night, so I’ll have to come again.

I like the attention to detail everywhere, and the beautiful tiles on the flooring provide a reflection of the 100 year old shophouse’s Singaporean heritage.

Even the outdoor washroom round the back has its own unique charm 🙂

Don’t forget to check out the exposed exterior wall of the shophouse, which is covered in a beautiful, almost 3D-esque street art created by two American graffiti artists back in 2010.

Before I forget, let me tell you about the food!

First, we tried their delicious signature wood-fired sourdough [$4+].

The bread served at Sideways is made fresh daily.

They do sourdough, ciabatta, everything! So if you want to buy a loaf, do give them a call in advance (I’ve listed their telephone number at the end of this post).

The wood-fired sourdough was definitely one of the best sourdoughs I’ve had in Singapore. It’s really unforgettable.

Really airy, crispy, fresh, soft and fluffy in the centre! A must-order at Sideways. The portion was generous/just nice for me, and we had it with an avo pesto dip [$9+] made from feta, pesto, basil, tamarind, olive oil, pepper and mint. Really good, savoury stuff and so easy to spread on the sourdough. I’m craving it just thinking about it. It’s really tasty.

Next, I tried the Sicilian Crostini [$12+] which is spicy nduja spread, creamy burrata with mint served on wood-fired sourdough toast.

This is one of their mains. It’s really hearty, filling and full of flavour. If you’re a big eater, order this. The sides of the sourdough was really gorgeously charred and crusty! Taste-wise, I found that the dishes we tried all had a commonality among one another, I think it lies in the use of mint, basil and pepper that gives the food at Sideways its own original character. We found it hard to label the cuisine at Sideways – it seems to be a melting pot of different influences, that comes together to form its own sort of identity. I wouldn’t say it falls under fusion per se, but it is a mixture of different food cultures.

Next, we tried the oven baked artichoke. On its own, we found it pretty vinegary and tasted quite pickled. I felt like it could pair nicely with a drink, or maybe couscous? Perhaps pita? I’m not sure what people generally eat artichoke with, I usually have it on pizza. Besides artichoke done this style, Sideways also does a fried version, which actually sounds pretty good..

After that, we tried something new on their menu – Stuffed Pita with Veg [$16+]. This is their wood-fired pita filled with eggplant, peppers, pesto, melted mozzarella and sprinkled with parsley. It’s a little like a calzone, and tastes similar to the other items we tried! I think this is worth ordering if you are craving something very homely and easy to eat. I suspect that this stuffed pita with veg would be a hit with children.

Last but not least, we tried the Cauliflower Steak [$12+].

The cauliflower is cooked in the wood-fire oven and has a nice, lightly charred flavour. The cauliflower is topped with a beautiful beetroot tahini and lots of sesame, pepper and parsley. The tahini has a rich and wonderful sesame flavour, and the tiny cubes of beetroot were delicious – very fresh and floral and not at all earthy or muddy tasting. Again, the flavours in the tahini were rich and yummy.

I think the successful dishes which really worked at Sideways were those with a mix of more plain, light flavours combined with more richer, more intense flavours to balance it out. I particularly liked the signature wood-fired sourdough. Highly recommend it, together with the avo pesto dip. Also recommend the new cauliflower steak with beetroot tahini. It’s super good.

Who I think would enjoy Sideways Singapore:

– People who love cafe hopping and finding new restaurants in Singapore;

– Vegetarians and vegans as the menu is pretty veg friendly;

– Anyone who feels ambience is very important in a dining setting;

– Anyone who LOVES bread;

– Anyone who loves tapas, small plates, appetisers, hummus, tahini, etc;

– Anyone who likes oven baked fish, lamb, veg;

– Anyone who likes fusion / a variety of different food cultures; and

– Anyone who is bored of what Singapore has to offer and wants an escape from the Central Business District and crowds in the shopping malls.

Sideways Singapore is truly a new experience, both visually and food-wise! It really felt like travelling to a different part of Singapore I’ve not seen before.

To end this post, I want to thank both Giulia and Pav for hosting us and letting us try their delicious food as well as explore their beautiful wood-fired restaurant.

It’s certainly worth a visit and if you are in the neighbourhood, make sure you don’t miss it! And be sure to try all of their yummy wood-fired food and let me know if you enjoyed it 🙂

Address: Sideways Singapore,

109 Rowell Road,

Singapore 208033

Tel: 6291 3441

Website: www.sideways.com.sg

Instagram: @sidewayssg

Opens on Tuesdays to Sundays

Tuesdays to Fridays: 11.30am – 11pm

Saturdays: 10am – 11pm

Sundays: 10am – 4pm

Sometimes we just need a little juju. This delightful teal coloured space at the Visitor’s Services Kiosk at Singapore Botanic Gardens is the perfect pitstop after a long stroll through this 158 year old garden. (Fun fact: Did you know Singapore Botanic Gardens is one of three gardens to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site?)

Juju offers up a variety of both healthy and slightly indulgent snacks (think smoothies, acai bowls, croissants, coffee, tea and other tea break kind of food).

For most of the year, Singapore is pretty hot and humid so Juju offers patrons both refreshing thirst quenchers and a respite from the sun’s rays.

Midway through my walk today, I decided to visit Juju, which is conveniently located near the Bukit Timah entrance at the Visitors’ Services Kiosk. If you’re coming from the Bukit Timah entrance, just walk straight and look out for the Visitors’ Services sign. Turn left into the narrow path and walk along the wooden path, and Juju is right behind the Visitors’ Services Kiosk.

Note that Juju is more of a humble kiosk than a spacious cafe. There are benches where you can sit on and enjoy your drink or bowl but it is not a massive space.

I tried the refreshing Juju Acai Bowl in regular size (S$8.50). I believe they are currently using Selva Foods’ acai, which is why I decided to visit them in the first place! 🙂

The Juju Acai Bowl is made with acai, watermelon, other fruits, medjool dates and filtered water.

My bowl was topped with a coconut chia seed pudding-like sauce, blueberries, bananas and generous chunks of granola. There was also some kind of nut butter drizzled over it. Perhaps almond or peanut butter.

The frozen dessert had plenty of subtle watermelon flavour, some slight earthy acai flavour to it and towards the end, I could taste a hint of naturally sweet medjool dates.

The end result of this concoction was a very light, clean, healthy but still filling acai bowl. I felt much more alive after eating it, and it’s definitely pretty healthy and delicious in its own right. There are still many other things on their menu that I don’t mind trying next time. An alternative to the acai bowl is the red dragonfruit bowl which sounds incredibly interesting and looks so pretty! I also want to try out their colourful smoothies next.

Have you tried Juju at Singapore Botanic Gardens or any other restaurant/cafe there? Let me know in the comments whether you have, and what your food recommendations are!

This Christmas, I’m gifting jars of scrumptious yet healthy nut butters from none other than Wild Butter Co! With a wide variety of flavours to choose from, you won’t have any problem finding the right gift for the loved ones in your life 🙂

Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter
This is definitely one of my new favourites! Taste-wise, it reminds me of lotus biscuits. I also really love the texture of this nut butter. Smooth but with a nice, even crunch. This gourmet spread is made with agave nectar, a delicious and healthy alternative to maple syrup, but still has plenty of maple syrup flavour and addictive sweetness to it. In other words, this is the perfect yummy nut butter to get you in that festive mood!


Cookies and Cream Peanut Butter
Made with Oreo cookies, this vegan nut butter spread is a real delight (and unlike anything else you’ve ever tried!) The combination of oreos, sea salt and peanuts is really interesting. If you’re looking for a little more crunch and something not too sweet, this cookie peanut butter is a must try 🙂


Crunchy Kokoa Peanut Butter

Dark chocolate, digestives and peanut butter is a definite winning combination! If you’re a Nutella fan, you might enjoy this healthier spread alternative. The guilt-free, not-too-sweet, chocolatey flavour is just SO good.

Matcha Milk Peanut Spread
If you love all things matcha and haven’t tried this one yet, trust me you’ll love this Wild Butter Co matcha spread. It isn’t too sweet, but has a nice green tea taste to it. Rafael (founder of Wild Butter Co) says the secret to the amazing quality is in using only premium green tea leaves! I mean, just look at that glorious green colour. YUM.


Honey Roasted Almond Butter

Wild Butter Co’s honey roasted almond butter is made with raw honey, a natural sweetener with lots of antioxidants. It’s really tasty and free of hydrogenated vegetable oils and low in carbohydrates. So you can still #treatyourself while maintaining a healthy diet! The almonds provides a slightly lighter flavour compared to the peanut spreads.


Earl Grey Peanut Butter

This is by far my favourite Wild Butter Co peanut butter. It’s a close tie with the Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter, but this is so decadent (it contains white chocolate) and the bergamot earl grey flavour is really there. Tastes like absolute heaven! A definite must order if you’re an earl grey fan.

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Wild Butter Co now ships to Singapore, Malaysia and other countries. So what are you waiting for? 🙂 Check out www.wildbutterco.com to get your hands on their amazing nut butters! PS. Get free shipping when you purchase 6 or more jars. If you’re located outside of Singapore and Malaysia, email hello@wildbutterco.com for more information on ordering!

Nara Thai

There are many new delightful dishes gracing Nara Thai’s all new Bangkok Sois’ Hidden Gems Menu. Ranging from soft shell crab, tiger prawns, grilled scallops to larb, fried sea bass, seafood and coconut otah, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Thankfully, the menu is decorated with pictures of each individual dish to make the decision-making process a little easier (and faster) 🙂

Back in 2013, Nara Thai opened its first outlet at Ion Orchard and it’s been there ever since. Knowing that even the most popular F&B outlets along Orchard Road come and go, the sign that Nara Thai has been around for a while must mean that the food isn’t too bad.

This was my first time visiting Nara Thai at Ion Orchard. Both my parents have been to Nara Thai before me while I was overseas studying, so I’m guessing it must be pretty well known. Ever since it came to Singapore, Nara Thai has expanded to the west of Singapore at Westgate. Nara Thai’s also branched out into the catering industry with its authentic Nara Thai Fine Banquets, so that’s good news if you are planning a Thai-themed event any time soon!

According to Nara Thai, their bestsellers are their Kway Tiew Rua (Boat Noodles) and Phunim Phad Pong Karee (Stir-Fried Soft Shell Crab with Yellow Curry). They also told me that their head chef is Singaporean but trained in Thailand, so you know the food is made with only the best, most authentic Thai recipes. (Not surprisingly, in 2014, Nara Thai was featured on Tatler Singapore’s Best Restaurants List.)

Something else that I learned that evening was that Nara Thai originated in Bangkok back in 2006, bringing Thai street food and air-conditioned dining together.

I got the chance to dine at Nara Thai’s Ion Orchard branch, and the ambiance was casual yet cosy, and you don’t get the feeling of being chased away. The food came quite promptly too, and the waiters always took note of when to refill my water without interfering. So I’ld say that the service at the Ion outlet is quite good.

Nara Thai’s a great restaurant for family dinners or a meal with friends after work. The traditional Asian style of cooking would be especially suitable to bring more conservative eaters like the older pioneer generation, as well as tourists looking to try some delicious Thai street food in Orchard Road while still being able to sit down in a dining atmosphere.

TL;DR you don’t need to book a weekend getaway trip to Bangkok to eat good Thai food.   

So what’s on the new menu? What should I order? What did you eat?

Well, there’s a whole lot of seafood dishes on the menu, and I’ll elaborate more on my favourites at Nara Thai.

 

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Fried Century Egg with Chili & Hot Basil Beef, Pork or Chicken, $16.90/$15.90

This was my favourite dish! It was highly addictive and I kept helping myself to more, it was soo delicious. This is a must-have if you like century egg. It was quite funny, during dinner, the century egg kept getting mistaken for aubergine.

Grilled Scallops with Asparagus, $17.90

I didn’t get the chance to try this one, but this stunning dish is on their new Bangkok Sois menu 🙂

Black Glutinous Rice with Coconut Milk, $6.90

We didn’t get to taste this beautiful dessert, but I’ll be sure to order this next time I visit Nara Thai with my new Nara Rewards membership! (more later on their brand new loyalty card program!)  

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This drink isn’t part of the new menu, buuuut I ordered this super refreshing young Thai coconut! It was so fragrant, and so sweet, and the coconut flesh was so soft and tender. Yum!

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Mushroom Salad, $14.90

The Yum Hed or Mushroom Salad features oyster mushrooms and brown clamshell mushrooms. While mushrooms are rare in salads and typically found in Thai soups like tom yum, this one works! The salad is tossed with lemongrass, shallots, and mint leaves, all chopped up to give that extra punch.

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Yes, they serve BLUE RICE at Nara Thai. Can you believe it! How cool, right? The colour of the rice comes from blue Butterfly Pea flowers. Here’s a video on how they make the rice at Nara Thai! 

I found the rice a little dry at first since I’m accustomed to eating Japanese rice and not other types of rice. On top of that, based on appearances I was expecting it to be a little sticky – like glutinous rice, since you usually get blue rice in the form of kuehs. Especially my favourite pulut inti (glutinous rice with coconut) which my dad always gets for me. But in retrospect, it was a blessing in disguise that the rice alone was dry as it meant that the rice could really absorb the flavour of all of the other mains and dishes, which all had plenty of sauce!

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Seafood & Coconut Otah, $16.90

I don’t normally rave (or crave) about otah ‘cos I’m not an otah fanatic, BUT THIS WAS AMAZING. The flavour is very subtle but you can be sure to taste the coconut infusion in the Hor Mok Ma Praw On. Also, this is the first time I’ve seen otah presented this way in a coconut. Apparently, it’s how they do it in Thailand (according to hearsay at least!).  There’s also plenty of seafood (prawns, fish, squid) in this dish. The otah was uni-coloured and so so so delicious and tasty without being overwhelming. It’s hard for me to describe the exact flavour. Not fishy, tastes like scrambled eggs, a subtle flavour, and has a hint of coconut. Ok it sounds strange and I’m at a loss for words, but it tastes good, trust me. It tastes like how I think otah should taste like! Not overwhelmingly seafood-like in flavour. To sum up, the otah wasn’t too heavy so you can eat plenty of otah with no regrets!

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Fried Whole Sea Bass with Basil Sauce, $32.90

I had a few mouthfuls of this fresh, yummy sea bass. The fish was well cooked, not too soft and not too hard and not dry at all. They’ve even deep fried the fish skin (for those of you whom can’t get enough of fried fish skin). It was really easy to eat (I didn’t get any bones) and definitely something to order if you have a large table or family gathering at Nara Thai.

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Stir-Fried Soft Shell Crab with Basil Sauce, $17.90

Here’s a close-up of the soft shell crab! As someone who doesn’t eat shellfish, I must say it looks quite tasty! And look at all the fried basil! *heart eyes*

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Stir-Fried Tom Yum Tiger Prawns, $28.90

Again, I didn’t eat this one, but it looks really scrumptious and well-seasoned and tasty! The tiger prawns were hugeeee. The tiger prawns are fried in a huge wok with kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass, and finally topped with with tom yum flavouring.

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North-Eastern Spicy Minced Pork, $13.90

Otherwise known as larb, this is another one of my favourites on the Bangkok Sois menu at Nara Thai, and my first time eating larb. Simply fill the boat-shaped butter cabbage leaves with this mildly spicy minced meat and enjoy!

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Yam and Pumpkin in Lychee Coconut Cream, $7.90

This deliciously warm dish was quite the surprise. I was expecting something traditional but there’s an unconventional twist to this new dessert from Nara Thai. Perhaps owing to the variety of ingredients used here. Bite-sized pieces of pumpkin and yam float in this creamy lychee-infused coconut cream dessert, and I really love the lychee flavour and the sweet and tasty pumpkin pieces. I think this one will be a hit with the older folk who might prefer a warm and hearty dessert like this!

For the quality, I think the prices for the new menu are reasonable for a meal with family and friends. Plus, with more people, you have the opportunity to try out a lot more dishes on Nara Thai’s new Bangkok Sois menu!

Oh, and I had the opportunity to become one of Nara Thai’s newest Nara Rewards members, yay!

Their newest membership program, Nara Rewards, comes with so many benefits. When you register for $20, you get $25 worth of credits, one 1-for-1 dining voucher (valid on the lowest priced item), 10% rebate, and a 20% discount during your first visit to Nara Thai during your birthday month. Whoo hoo! Compared to other restaurants, this is a really great deal cos (1) it’s affordable, and (2) there are so many more benefits! Get signing up today and do go out for a meal with the fam at Nara Thai! 🙂

Nara Thai @ Ion Orchard
Ion Orchard #B3-21,
2 Orchard Turn,
Singapore 238801
Tel: 6634 5787
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10.00pm

Nara Thai @ Westgate
Westgate #03-07,
3 Gateway Drive,
Singapore 608532
Tel: 6710 5867
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10.00pm
Website: www.narathai.com.sg

[Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Nara Thai, who kindly sponsored this food tasting opportunity.]

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