The Curry Hut At Holland Village

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

Taking the train down to the Circle Line’s Holland Village station, The Curry Hut is an Indian restaurant which serves authentic Indian cuisines with a touch of modernization. In the food menu, they serves a wide selections of Tandoori delights, hand-made breads, vegetarians dishes, kids meal, Indian cocktails and delightful sweet desserts.

Recently opened in 27 June 2014 and located near to the Holland Village Food Market, The Curry Hut is a spacious dining restaurant that can accommodate 60 people. The orange-coloured indoor lighting creates a coziness and relax ambiance for their customers.

Serving on my table first was the Papadum with mint sauce, which is prepared using mint, yogurt, coriander and green chili. Cracking a disc of Papadum with my fingers and dipped it into the mint sauce was a fantastic snacking experience while waiting for my food.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

Mango Lassi and Masala Chai tea are my favorites when visiting an Indian restaurant. Prepared using mangoes and yogurt, this iced cold Mango Lassi tasted sweet, tangy and refreshing. Simply delicious. The Masala Chai tea is properly done with the boiling of black tea and spices such as cinnamon and ginger. Served warm in my cup, this spice tea has many health benefits such as improving digestion and calming effects. Therefore, it is good to have a cup of Malasa Chai tea after a meal and a hard day’s work.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

Commonly eaten as a snack in India during the afternoon break times, this is the Papadi Chaat which is a bite-sized potato puffed patty topped onto deep fried crackers. Tamarind sauce, sweet yogurt and mint sauce are then spread onto them, enhancing the flavor of this dish. The proper way to eat each Papadi Chaat is to put the whole piece into the mouth, chew it and enjoy the flavor.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

For seafood lovers, you have to try these grilled Tandoori Prawns ($23), which are sliced on the top and stuffed with crab crawl meat. Well-marinated and chilled overnight, the meat of these jumbo prawns are rich in flavor and every bite of it is seafood freshness.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

With a beautiful plating is the Dum Lamb Sheekh Kebab ($19). This speciality dish is made up of minced lamb meat, mixed with small chops of onions and spiced with a lot of aromatic herbs. Grilled over charcoal, these rolls of minced lamb kebab were very soft and tasty, without any odor. I also tried The Curry Hut’s in-house special mocktail called Blue Moon, a sparkling drink with the taste of lemon and Sprite.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

Just like the Tandoori Prawns and Dum Lamb Sheekh Kebab, my two pieces of Tandoori Lamb Chop ($24) was marinated overnight with Indian spices and grilled over the charcoal flames for perfection. Slicing the tender lamb chop and putting it into my mouth, that slightly crispy mouthfeel and flavorful taste was distinct and wonderful.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

There were three types of curries served on my table, Dhehati Murgh ($19), Lamb Korma ($21) and Palak Paneer ($14). Unlike most curries which are served runny, the curries prepared in The Curry Hut’s kitchen are creamy and has it’s own unique taste. The Dhehati Murgh is an Indian village style curry, which tasted sweet with some spiciness aftertaste. The chucks of chicken meat served in this curry was really tender and almost melted away in my mouth. The Lamb Korma is actually cashew nut curry served with delicate chunks of lamb meat. This curry is sweet and great for non-spicy curry lovers. Under the Vegetable Curries menu, this is the Palak Paneer. This curry is made up of spinach puree simmered with tomatoes, ginger, chili and garlic, followed by topping this green curry with cubes of chewy homemade cottage cheese. If you are looking for a meat free curry, then Palak Paneek is recommended to you. To enjoy the curries, all you need is just some handmade Naan to go along with.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

Wrapped up in a thin layer of bread is the Purdah Biryani ($19/$22/$15) which customers can opt for chicken, lamb or vegetarian. This process of wrapping up the biryani locks up the aroma and when the bread is cut open, the steam and aroma of the rice was beautiful. The grains of the Purdah Biryani was very fluffy and light. This is probably the best biryani I ever eaten. Thumbs up!

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

Craving for some sweet delights after meal in The Curry Hut? I was recommended to try the Kulfi Pista ($8), which is actually ice-cream made up of fresh milk, pistachio and sugar. This sweet delight is prepared right in The Curry Hut’s kitchen every two days to ensure freshness.

 

The Curry Hut At Holland Village

 

The Curry Hut’s ambience is great for gathering of friends, family and private events. The food served in The Curry Hut was fantastic and rich in flavor. Despite this restaurant is newly opened, the team have years of experiences in this F&B industry. Hence, if you are planning to have a meal in Holland Village or craving for Indian cuisines, then The Curry Hut is worth to be in your dining checklist.

 

Address of my visit
The Curry Hut
30 Lorong Mambong
Singapore 277688

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 12:00pm to 3:00 pm & 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Telephone: (65) 6763 6493
Website: http://www.thecurryhut.com.sg

 

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Puma Ultrasize Time Watch

Puma Ultrasize Time Watch

The recent release of the new watches designed by Puma was an attractive time piece. Calling it the Ultrasize collection, those elevated hours and minutes design in the large metal watch face gave an appealing outlook with maximum visual fashion style for men. With the elevated internal designs, the leaping Puma logo located at 12:00 and the number ’3′ are both iconic.

Packed in a little black box with the large leaping Puma in cream white colour, exploring the box outside made me discover artistic printed icons with positive wordings by the Puma team. The overall matte touched black box clearly portrays the masculine design of this Puma Ultrasize time watch.

 

Puma Ultrasize Time Watch

Puma Ultrasize Time Watch

 

Opening up this box, the 50mm sized watch with turquoise coloured face makes this watch captivating. Besides the watch in the box, there is a little black card with an interesting write up of the corporate message. The whole message is all about “You” and the more I read it, the more I feel this short message can be used in a Hollywood action movie script.

 

Puma Ultrasize Time Watch

Puma Ultrasize Time Watch

 

When I tell my friends about how much I like this new Puma Ultrasize time watch collection, their reactions were all the same, “Why Puma?” Until I have showed them the real thing, their perspective of Puma’s accessories have changed. I have to be truthful that Puma’s watches in the past lacks great appeal, but now, Puma has evolved.

The combinations of the brushed metal case, turquoise coloured face and leather strap makes this time piece look modern. What I like most about this watch series is the unique internal elevated clock face. This is a simple design that gives a 3D impression and comparing to my iPhone 5S side by side, this Ultrasize watch is much thicker.

 

Puma Ultrasize Time Watch

Puma Ultrasize Time Watch

 

At a closer look, there are many Puma logos everywhere on this watch such as leather strap, crown, case back and buckle. From the looks of it, the Puma logos on the crown and buckle are likely to be laser onto them.

 

Puma Ultrasize Time Watch

 

Despite all my positive thoughts on this Ultrasize watch, the downside for this watch is the leather strap is short, or I would say is measured just right. It will be nice if Puma could include an additional strap for wearers to interchange them based on their fashion and moods. This watch is designed to be waterproof up to 100M, making it safe for recreational water sports such as swimming and surfing. The SRP for this Puma Ultrasize time watch is $148 SGD and sold in all Singapore Puma outlets.

 

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Lady M Confections At Fullerton One

Lady M Confections At Fullerton One

Sweet delights that I had recently turned my gloomy days into a happy one was from the New York’s Lady M Confections. With two outlets in Singapore, located in Fullerton One and Marina Square, I decided to pay a visit to Lady M Confections at Fullerton One. Located at the Singapore’s Merlion and opposite the Esplanade, this New York bakery shop which prides itself of appealing and fine pastries has a minimalistic interior design with white as the primary colour.

Pushing the glass door open, the glass panes in Lady M Confections at Fullerton One brightens up the whole cafe. On an estimate, this bakery outlet can house about 16 people. No coffee for myself this time, just plain cake eating session and relax away in this originated New York confectionary outlet in the central area of Singapore.

 

Lady M Confection At Fullerton One

Lady M Confection At Fullerton One

 

Up to 12 different exquisite pastries were available in Lady M Confections, namely the Vanilla Mille Crepes ($8 per slice), Red Velvet ($9 per slice), Strawberry Shortcake ($8.50 per slice) and Tarte Aux Fruits ($10 per slice). Beverages such as coffee, tea, soft drinks and champagnes are served in their cafe.

Frankly speaking, the pastry that tempted me to give it a try was the Checkers ($8.50 per slice), which was internally designed with patterns of the checkers chessboard by using vanilla and chocolate sponge cakes. The whole cake was then covered with chocolate ganache.

Served cold, my first bite on the Checkers was fluffy soft sponge cake with thick and sweet layer of chocolate taste.

 

Lady M Confection At Fullerton One

 

Baked together with chunky pieces of strawberries, cream and tasty puffs is the Strawberry Mille Feuille ($9 per slice). By adding the layers of puffs gave an additional chewy mouthfeel to this sweet, creamy and tasty slice of cake.

 

Lady M Confection At Fullerton One

 

Lady M Confections from New York is a beautiful pastry boutique that serves exquisite cakes that will sure delight everyone. I will say the price of the sliced cakes are pricey, but the overall taste of the pastries that I had were good. Great ambiance and nice scenery to take a break off the hectic and busy daily life.

 

Address of my visit
Lady M Confections
One Fullerton
1 Fullerton Road #01-10
Singapore 049213

Opening Hours
Weekdays: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Weekends: 11:00am to 12:00am

Telephone: (65) 6820 0830
Website: http://www.ladym.com.sg

 

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Korean Spicy Mung Bean Salad Recipe

Korean Spicy Mung Bean Salad Recipe

My family loves to have small side dishes like pickles, Achar (Nonya spicy mixed vegetables) or Kimchi (Korean fermented vegetables) during meal times at home. These flavorful dishes which gives the extra crunchy mouth feel seem to have magical powers to make our appetite better. Recently, my wife decided to make the Korean Spicy Mung Bean, also known as sukjunamul, as a side dish for the whole family. As there are many Korean supermarkets in Singapore nowadays, looking for great selections of Korea-made food products such as condiments is easy. Therefore in this recipe post, two key ingredients are used. They are the Gochujang and Korean Fish sauce.

Gochujang, or red chili pepper paste, is a traditional Korean fermented paste which has an intense spiciness and saltiness. Taking a small spoon of Gochujang paste made me shut my eyes real tight! Next, the Fish sauce or Anchovy sauce is great for making Kimchi, stew and other food seasoning purposes.

This spicy mung bean salad is a simple to make side that would take about 30 minutes. Serving it chill and topping it on top of rice is a wonderful food experience. Now, let’s begin to create a Korean food taste at the comfort of your own home.

 

Serving size: 2 to 4 persons
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 8 minutes

Ingredients:
1. 300 grams of Mung Bean
2. 2 stalk of scallion (spring onions), thinly cut
3. 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
4. 2 tablespoon of Gochujang
5. 1/2 tablespoon of Korean fish sauce
6. 1/2 tablespoon of soy sauce

 

Korean Spicy Mung Bean Salad Recipe

 

Directions:
1. Toast the sesame seeds in the oven at 140 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes.
2. Wash the Mung Bean cleanly.
3. Set a pot of boiling water, add the washed Mung Beans and allow it to be cooked for 8 minutes under medium heat.
4. Strain the cooked Mung Beans and set it aside to cool.
5. To remove any excess water, gently squeeze the cooked Mung Bean.
6. Put the Mung Bean sprouts into a food container and add in the Korean fish sauce, soy sauce and Gochujang. If you enjoy more spiciness, you can add in more Gochujang paste.
7. Topped the ingredients with sesame seeds, scallion and mixed them evenly.
8. Put the Mung Bean salad in the fridge to chill before serving.

 

Korean Spicy Mung Bean Salad Recipe

 

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Loysel’s Toy The Coffee Crafter At Kampong Bugis

Loysel’s Toy The Coffee Crafter At Kampong Bugis

Taking the quiet road down into the street of Kampong Bugis in the morning, there lies an inconspicuous building that house a small and lively cafe called Loysel’s Toy. Located just beside the Kallang River, this cafe by Papa Palheta would take about 10 minutes of walk from the Lavender MRT station. As there is a park and other sports activities nearby, Loysel’s Toy is a nice place to hang out and relax for a meal or drink after some outdoor activities with family or friends.

Inside this cafe, the aroma of the freshly brewed coffee smells good and surely this will drive the temptation of many coffee lovers. In comparison of sitting indoor and outdoor, sitting inside this cafe may seem to be more cramp than sitting outside. In fact, sitting outside is a much better choice for comfortable spacious walkway and fresh air.

 

Loysel's Toy The Coffee Crafter At Kampong Bugis

Loysel's Toy The Coffee Crafter At Kampong Bugis

Loysel's Toy The Coffee Crafter At Kampong Bugis

 

Loysel’s Toy cafe has a weekend special menu for their guests. Serving until 4:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, they serves up to 13 tasty mains such as Big L. Breakfast ($12), Spanish Omelette ($9), Fuji-Melt Sandwich ($11) and Rib-Eye Steak Sandwich ($7). For pancakes lovers, there are 4 pancakes to choose from like the Loysel’s Breakfast Pancakes ($11), Pancakes with Gula Melaka ($6) and Pancakes with Strawberries ($7). In an overview, Loysel’s Toy food prices ranges from $7 to $16.

Papa Palheta is an independent coffee boutique operating in Singapore and Malaysia, specialising in roasting of coffee beans. Hence, dining in Loysel’s Toy is a must to try out their freshly brewed coffee. This cafe served a decent variety of coffees such as Cappuccino ($4.50), Long Black ($4), Cortado ($4.50) and Affogato ($7). You can have the option to choose for soy milk or double shot at an additional price of $1.

After ordering my food and beverages at the counter, a wooden block with a designated queue number was given to me. Despite the cafe was almost full house in the weekend morning, my two cups of coffee was served quite fast. Here comes my Latte ($4.50) and Flat White ($4.50).

 

Loysel's Toy The Coffee Crafter At Kampong Bugis

 

My Flat White, which was dressed up in maroon-coloured cup, tasted very light-bodied with a bittersweet aftertaste of coffee, while the Latte tasted more velvety than the Flat White. Both of my hot cups of caffeine dosage were pretty awesome. Take a bite of the cookie and a sip of coffee, the cookie just melted away and this made my coffee taste sweeter.

 

Loysel's Toy The Coffee Crafter At Kampong Bugis

 

Pancakes are surely kids favorite. Topping the pancakes with a poached egg coated with hollandaise sauce and accompanied with slices of smoked ham creates the Loysel’s Breakfast Pancakes ($11). This is a sweet and delightful breakfast main with a perfect poached egg with runny yolk. I am glad my wife and kid love this breakfast main.

 

Loysel's Toy The Coffee Crafter At Kampong Bugis

 

Instead of using the typical name “Egg Benedict“, Loysel’s Toy decided to name it Egg Ben Trio ($15). With two slices of toasted baguette bread served on my plate, each baguette bread is topped with a slice of smoked salmon, bacon, smoked ham, poached egg and hollandaise sauce. Unlike the Egg Benedict which I had from Arbite, the poached eggs do not have the taste of vinegar and the egg yolks were runny when cut open. The overall taste of the Egg Ben Trio was done just right and I got to admit that I enjoy it very much.

 

Loysel's Toy The Coffee Crafter At Kampong Bugis

 

Talking about the whole ambience in Loysel’s Toy, it was great. The dining experience was good and the staffs were efficient in clearing up the tables. Since the Loysel’s Toy is located right next to the Kallang River and a park nearby, it is good to enjoy a walk after meal in this cafe.

 

Loysel's Toy The Coffee Crafter At Kampong Bugis

 

Address of my visit
Loysel’s Toy
66 Kampong Bugis, #01-02
Singapore 338987

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Friday: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am to 7:30pm

Telephone: (65) 6292 2306
Website: https://www.facebook.com/LoyselsToy

 

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The Coffee Shot At Lavender Street

The Coffee Shot At Lavender Street

I have a thing to say and remind myself everyday: To live is a beautiful thing. Waking up early during my weekends seem to be a religion for myself as I want to enjoy my weekends as much as possible. Doing household chores before heading for a good breakfast meal is now a habit for the family. Last weekend, I am happy that I found a nice place with great ambience and good cups of breakfast coffee.

There is a prominent coffee place called The Coffee Shot, which is situated right at the junction of Lavender Street and Cavan Road. I loved that circular coffee table stain logo with a drop of coffee that says “Shot”. A simple logo that explains a lot about this local cafe house.

Stepping into The Coffee Shot at Lavender Street, the first impression that this cafe gave me was the spacious and cosy ambience, accompanied with nice adult contemporary music hits. The tables are arranged quite far apart giving privacy for the patrons, yet able to accommodate about 35 people.

 

The Coffee Shot At Lavender Street

The Coffee Shot At Lavender Street

The Coffee Shot At Lavender Street

 

The Coffee Shot had their coffee beans medium roasted and are imported from the Latin America and Central America. The Coffee Shot serves classic coffee such as Cappuccino ($5.50), Cafe Mocha ($6.00), Americano ($4.50) and Single Shot Espresso ($2.90). They even served local coffee favorites such as Hot White Coffee ($3.90) and Old School Ice ($3.90). What makes the coffee menu even much more interesting was the speciality coffee, which includes Irish Coffee ($7.00), Honey Con Leche ($6.50) and Chinchulila ($8.50). For Frappe lovers, all flavors are priced at $6.90, such as Vanilla, Butterscotch, Tiramisu and Mocha.

Serving my beautiful cups of morning coffee by the barista, my Caffe Latte ($5.50) was milky smooth and has a sweet aftertaste. I truly enjoy the richness of my small sip of coffee.

 

The Coffee Shot At Lavender Street

 

The art on top of my Flat White ($5.00) was lovely. As compare to my Caffe Latte, this Flat White has a more distinct and intense coffee taste. What a great dosage of caffeine for my breakfast!

 

The Coffee Shot At Lavender Street

 

The Coffee Shot serves All-Day-Breakfast with four choices to choose from – Scramb It! ($16.90), Salmon On Toasts ($14.90), Eggs Benedict ($13.90) and Eggs Toms ($12.90). They also serve cakes such as Carrot Cake ($6.60), Oreo Cheese Cake ($6.50) and Royal Chocolate Truffle ($6.50).

Like a typical big breakfast main, The Coffee Shot had a big breakfast main which they called it Scramb It! ($16.90). This breakfast main comes with scrambled eggs, Bratwurst sausage, honey baked ham, toasts, roasted tomato and mesclun salad. What I love most on this plate was the toasted slices of baguette bread. Spreading some butter and milk on the toasts makes it simply delicious.

 

The Coffee Shot At Lavender Street

 

The scrambled eggs are runny and the serving size of the Bratwurst sausage is quite large and tasted chewy.

 

The Coffee Shot At Lavender Street

 

The Eggs Benedict comes with baguette toast spread with some hollandaise sauce, followed by topping it with honey baked ham and poached eggs. This main is also served with mesclun salad. The Eggs Benedict was a little letdown as the poached eggs are not as runny as I thought. Between Scramb It! and the Eggs Benedict, I prefer Scramb It! more as this breakfast main is an average score.

 

The Coffee Shot At Lavender Street

The Coffee Shot At Lavender Street

 

The Coffee Shot at Lavender Street serves aromatic coffee and good comfortability for family with kids. With free wifi available and plenty of wall plugs, bringing your laptop to this cafe is convenient. Despite the food served in The Coffee Shot are rated average and the pricing is on the higher side, I do not mind heading back to this cafe for their coffee and it’s cosy ambience.

 

Address of my visit
The Coffee Shot
103 Lavender Street
Singapore 338725

Opening Hours
Monday: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Wednesday to Saturday: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am to 7:00pm

Telephone: (65) 6299 5909
Website: https://www.facebook.com/THECOFFEESHOTTKC

 

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