When I’m visiting Singapore, at 1 point I have no idea where to eat for dinner because too many options there and I somehow always ended up in Orchard Road (and get bored from eating at the same place for each visit). Luckily, I have a friend who lives and work in Singapore so she can tell me the place to eat with reasonable price.
She invited me to a Korean restaurant in 313 Shopping Mall. I was a bit hesitated. A Korean restaurant in Orchard Area? Sounds expensive. But knowing her, she wouldn’t invite me to an expensive place, so it would be okay. We met at 313 Shopping Mall and walked to basement floor where this Masizzim located. It doesn’t look like a Korean restaurant at all. I saw this place before and I thought it was some fancy place.
We sat down and started browsing at the menu right away. Since my friend has been there before, she already knew what to order. She said their rice ball is delicious, so we ordered that. There are different kinds of rice ball but we chose the one with anchovy. We also ordered Tuna Seaweed Eggroll as side dish.
It didn’t take long for the rice ball to come. It is basically just rice topped with seaweed, fish roe, anchovy, sesame seed. The unique thing is we have to mix it by our self. They gave us a pair plastic gloves. My friend offered me to make the rice ball since she likes doing it. Once she done, we began eating! We both were quite starving lol.
The rice ball is very delicious! I LOVE IT! The taste was perfect and it was not fishy. We finished it in no time! Yum! Their tuna seaweed eggroll also delicious. It was soft and tasty.
Another friend of mine came as well, so we took that chance to order another portion of rice ball! Plus deep fried spareribs. It looked interesting when it came. We, Indonesian, like fried food. So this spareribs was awesome looking. Unfortunately, it was just the appearance. We put this dish as least favorite among our other order.
So, I recommend this place if you want something unique and yummy. The price also reasonable. Not crazyly expensive for a restaurant in a mall at Orchard Road. I definitely will come back again! Thank you for showing me this place, Pris!
After our lunch at Lutong Pinoy, my friend Pris recommended a Korean Ice Dessert. It is on Orchard Road as well and we took a round trip underground to avoid the bright noon sun. I had no idea where it is so I just followed her. We did stop at several places along the way for window shopping.
Apparently, the Ice Shop is located in the front area of 313 Shopping Mall. I saw this place before when I walked back to our hotel the other day, and they were closed already. At that time, I already thought that I should try this place. What a coincidence!
The three of us came in and discussed which bingsoo we want to try. They have many kinds of Bingsoo and they all look yummy! We decided to try their special menu, Coffee Bingsoo! Yup only 1 for the three of us, should be more than enough.
The place was very busy when we came. Most visitors were teenagers or maybe some college students. We had to wait until they have space for us before we could order anything. Once the table was ready, she took our order and after payment, another staff took us to our table.
Not long after, our order is ready! Coffee Bingsoo, looks very delicious and sweet lol. All of us immediately got busy taking photos of this Korean Ice Slush. They also give free water to us, self-service on a special corner for water. After all the “preparation” done, we dug in!
This is like the best Korean Bingsoo I’ve ever tried. The ice slush was very smooth and overall taste was not too sweet. We couldn’t finish it in the end. Maybe if we had the 4th person in the group, we could finish that.
Today, October 4th, is the celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival. Or for easier way, some people call it Mooncake Festival. In Vietnam, majority of people celebrating it today by eating mooncake and drinking tea. I have no idea about the details on this festival. The only thing I know is about how each mooncake has salted egg yolk, because it represents the moon.
When I visited Singapore last week, I met my friend and she gave me a huge box of mooncake! It is from Mandarin Oriental Singapore. The box is very pretty and neatly made. Good thing that we were able to bring it back home to Vietnam! I love the box.
Inside the box, there are 4 pieces of mooncake. I have no idea what flavor for each one of them. From what I found on their brochure on the internet, for this Cherry Garden Treasure Box, they consists of 1 piece of Low sugar silver lotus paste with double yolk, 1 piece of Low sugar silver lotus paste with single yolk, 1 piece of Sea salt caramel with single yolk and pecan nuts, and 1 piece of Pandan with dried cherries and pistachio. They all have their own box and sat nicely inside the beautiful treasure box.
The first mooncake I ate was sea salt caramel one. Immediately fell in love with it. It was the best mooncake I’ve ever tried! Sadly there is only one for that flavor. Today I opened another mooncake box and it has 2 egg yolks, so it must be the Low sugar silver lotus paste with double yolk mooncake. Before I read about it on the internet, I thought it was mungbean flavor. Oops!
Lotus paste one is also yummy. I like the low sugar concept that is different than most of other mooncake I’ve tried before. The dough and the filling are both complete each other.
The downside about this mooncake from Mandarin Oriental is their price. For this cherry garden treasure box, they cost SGD 83.5 (including tax). They also selling individual flavor as a box of 2 and 4. You can see the detail on their brochure.
What I don’t know is whether this treasure box only for this year or also for the coming year. Their flavor possibly will be the same next year. They were starting to sell this mooncake since August, so better plan your craving for next year 😉
Since it passes the time so long already, I combined my 2 last days in Singapore in this post. My 4th day was basically spent in Farrer Park Medical Centre for the check up and meeting my doctor. This hospital is quite new and they have a very good imaging laboratory (for ultrasound, MRI, etc). To reach this hospital, I went to Farrer Park MRT Station, and searched for “Farrer Road Station Rd” exit. I think this one is easier than “Farrer Park Medical Centre” exit. At the exit, go to the left then turn left, and there you will see it already.
I had an appointment with them which was arranged by my doctor. The staff brought me to changing room and asked me to wear the top gown. After that I was ushered to the room. I often do this ultrasound check and they normally done in less than 30 minutes. But this one, it took 1 hour! She really did a thorough check and very detail, didn’t let the time hurried her.
After the check, I went to cashier and paid for it. Then I had about 3.5 hours before the appointment with my doctor. I contacted my friend who lives near that area and apparently she was busy with her child. So.. Let’s go to Plaza Singapura! It is very convenient since it is at the same route so I don’t need to change MRT. It is only 2 station away from Farrer Park.
I haven’t had breakfast and this started to bother me. I’ve been to Plaza Singapura before but it was many years ago, so I didn’t familiar with their layout and shops. But.. I found Old Chang Kee! My favorite snack there is the crispy squid head.I’m not a fan of squid head but for this one i love it!
The next plan would be finding place to sit and buy a drink. And I failed on that… Couldn’t find somewhere to sit and enjoy my morning. I was sure there is a place or two to sit, but I just wasn’t familiar with the place. I ended up sitting at the bench outside the plaze lol. Enjoying my squid head and headed back to the building. Wondered where the drink places are!
There are many interesting shop in Plaza Singapura. I don’t remember what I did there but it was suddenly already 12pm and time for lunch. I had lunch with my friend at coco ichibanya. I like japanese curry rice, and they made a good one here. It was hard to find the place though, since I wasn’t familiar with the plaza (again..). Apparently it is located at the junction area, the new plaza Singapura, connected at 3rd floor.
There were many construction area inside the plaza, so I was amazed that I could find my way back to MRT Station on my first attempt xD There were no signboard or anything to lead me to Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station. Maybe I could find it because I’m used to play RPG games lol. Finding routes and such. Anyway.. I’m back at the hospital and met my doctor. After a few examination, I’m done for the day. Everything is okay according to her (hooray!).
I had about 4 hours before my dinner appointment. My bag was heavy because I brought my samsung tab. So tempted to go back to hotel and put everything away so I could walk without any burden, but there were many stores at plaza singapura that I haven’t checked it out! So I went there instead. Strolling through daisho with their halloween collection, and bought some for dog costume. Bought a game at game store. Trying out nana’s green tea.
Finally I had a chance to open my samsun gtab and worked on my blog while enjoying this houjicha latte. It was yummy. Their place is very strategic. In the center of the plaza and big cafe as well.
After that, I continued my journey to look around more. There is paper market, where they sell MANY kind of paper for scrap book, cards, etc. They also have stamps, stickers, and other cute stuff to make paper craft. Next to it is Art Friend. There is one in Vietnam as well, but this one in Plaza Singapura is huge!
In the end I didn’t have time to go back to hotel and put my heavy things away. Just went to meeting place directly. My friend wanted me to try Mentai udon in Matcha House. She said it is really delicious. So let’s try!
This is the udon. It’s similar with the one I liked at Marugame Udon before they removed it from the menu. But this one has bacon as well. I mixed all of them together. Yup, calorie bomb! But it was delicious. Need to finish it quick though, or else it won’t taste good when they’re cold.
After dinner, I just remembered that I wanted to buy a battery charger for my camera. I emailed the store already and they gave me the price. With hight hope, I went to Center Point and went straight to camera store. It was closed. I couldn’t believe it. Before 9.00 pm and they already closed! My friend told me it was because of Monday. They normally closed the store early on Monday. Whaaa??
I had breakfast at Watanabe Coffee (again). This time I ordered banana cinnamon. Ahh.. they were sooo tasty. I normally can’t eat much for breakfast, but this one I can finish it.
There was not much to do during last day. I already tired of walking, especially my back already sore from carrying the backpack all the time. I just visited some stores without buying anything, and just keep walking. And it was time for lunch before I knew it..
My Singaporean friend asked me, why foreigner soo in love with their chicken rice. It’s just chicken and rice. True indeed. I also don’t know why people going crazy about this chicken rice. But one thing I know, I like their hainan rice. I used to hate hainan rice when I was in Indonesia. I still hate it though, but I love Singaporean hainan rice 😀
There you go, all done for my trip. See you next time, Singapore. I’ll be back.
Trying breakfast at Carousel (the hotel buffet) first thing in the morning. It was 9 am when we arrived. Only 1 hour to enjoy the breakfast there. The day before, the receptionist offered us if we want to order breakfast for SGD20++ / person. They had special promotion for anyone who gets breakfast for at least 2 days in a row. We didn’t take the offer. But since yesterday my husband went there for lunch with his colleague, he is curious about the breakfast buffet.
Carousel is (apparently) famous for halal buffet. Their food at lunch had a huge variations and tastes good as well. That’s why we went there for breakfast. The normal rate for breakfast is SGD 37.5/person (with tax). Very expensive for my standard of breakfast! Especially when I couldn’t eat much in the morning. Their lunch buffet is about SGD 70/person. Too much for me.. Their breakfast dishes were good though. We enjoyed our asian breakfast!
At 10.00 am we finished our breakfast and went back to our room, resting again. My husband needed to pack up his suitcase because his flight was in the afternoon. Me? I’m staying for check up.
For lunch, we went to Somerset 313. There is a famous and delicious hotpot restaurant there, called Hai Di Lao. It is recommended to make a reservation before hand or else you will have to wait. Luckily we didn’t have to wait for long, maybe around 20-30 minutes. They served us condiments and drinks while waiting. When a table ready for us, they called us. The waitress there was really friendly and helpful, even though some of them can’t speak English very well. If you can speak Chinese, it would be wonderful. We can’t.
Our favorite soup base in Hai Di Lao is Chicken soup. We tried mushroom soup base before and it was good as well but the chicken one is better. They used mushroom as well in chicken soup so the flavor is richer because of chicken and mushroom all together. Another favorite base is tom yum, but we never tried it because we can’t eat spicy food ><
The picture is blurry because I took it using my phone inside a sealed bag (and was in a hurry.. so the sealed bag is actually an excuse :D). Yes! They gave you a sealed bag for your phone and lens cleaning tissue for your eye glasses. You can choose what item you want from their ipad. Just click the item and how many you want. You can order half portion as well. After finished our order, we waited for a short time only and all the food were there! There will be a special performance if you order their homemade noodle. It’s an amazing show and entertaining at the same time. And my friend said the noodle tastes really good as well. Oh well, next time we will try it then!
We ordered too many food… very heavy to walk after meal. We walked slowly through the shops. Stopping by in some shops and continue walking because my husband need to go to airport by 3.30 pm. And of course we didn’t forget about Garret popcorn. We always buy it whenever we visited Singapore. There are 2 places to buy Garret popcorn in Orchard Road. One shop in 313 Somerset Ground Floor and another one in Wisma Atria Basement Floor. I heard that there is one in Terminal 2 Changi Airport as well. But since we were in 313 and he wanted to put the popcorn inside luggage, we bought it there.
On the way to hotel, my husband just remembered that he needs to find something. Takashimaya was in front of us, so we went in there. He got what he wanted and rushed over to tax refund counter. Purchase above SGD 100 can claim for tax refund (or they call it GST Refund). There was no queue for GST Refund, so it was very fast. After he got the approval slip, we rushed back to hotel.
It was 4 pm when he ready to go. No chance of taking MRT to airport. He took taxi instead. It was quite fast. He arrived at airport in 20 minutes, and total cost about SGD 20. So if you want to take taxi to airport from Orchard, that is the approximate time and cost you will spend.
So.. only me left in Singapore. Fortunately I have friends who live there so I always have someone to accompany me.
For dinner this time, I went to Novena MRT Station to meet with my friend. She wanted to bring me to a Japanese place. There are a few there in United Square, but I was interested in ramen. The place called Bari Uma Ramen. Owned by a Japanese. In fact, some of the staffs are Japanese. I ordered Ajitama Uma, and my friend ordered Nori-Tama-Uma.
The soup was really thick and tasty. The price for a portion of Ajitama Uma is SGD 14.90. I like the texture of the noodle and the soup, but I dont like their meat and egg. The grilled pork is not juicy. And the egg.. I was so disappointed in their egg. It was still runny when I cut it half. The taste also very bland. Usually ajitama is a bit salty or at least tasty because they put the egg marinated in soy sauce. But this one was not as good as I imagined 😦
The difference is Nori-Tama-Uma has 3 big sheets of nori (seaweed). And it costs SGD 16.90. They have option to add more noodle after your first order finished. So you can only order the noodle then put it into your existing bowl. We didn’t do that of course! Normal portion already too much for us.
After dinner, we went to Cold Storage. My friend wanted to buy something. I don’t mind going to supermarket. In fact, this is one of my favorite thing to do when I travel. To visit their supermarket. The local it is, the better. Cold Storage is not so local, they have many imported stuff there, but it’s still a supermarket so I don’t mind 😀
I’ve been looking for this candy for a while. First time I got it was from my husband’s colleague in Philipines. It looks like a normal candy, like M&M, but it’s actually a peanut butter! It is soooo good! And I found it here in Singapore!! In Cold Storage. My friend asked me to buy it later in case I found it somewhere else and cheaper. But from my experience while travelling, always buy when you first found it! Of course, if you know another place to get it then this rule does not apply.
Now I know that Cold Storage has Reese’s pieces, but I found it as well at the airport! At the candy place. Cocoa & Co if I’m not mistaken. They have it as well now, but it is the bigger package.
That was all for my day 3, hopefully you can get some information here. I will continue for last days! Ciao.