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From Taiwan to Singapore, Join the Kazo Kraze

Pei Xia Ang

You’ve probably seen the photos of Kazo’s Taiwanese confectionary on social media. From the colourful cheese tarts to the indulgent kazu kazus, each one looked more inviting than the next. Alright, maybe it is just me who is a glutton.

But I digress. When fans of the Taiwanese Bakery heard that they would be opening their franchise outlet here in Singapore, the news was met with much joy.

At Kazo, no two pastries are the same. They are all painstakingly handmade from the chefs who were trained in Taiwan, and made fresh daily. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg to the Kazo craze. Kazo sells confectionary that are light and fluffy, with luxuriously smooth filling. Here’s our verdict on their snacks.

Crispy Cream Puffs

One of the best sellers, these bite-sized bombshells fill you up with flavour from the first bite. This flaky pastry has a good filling to shell ratio, so you are greeted with a good mix of cream and shell.

If you ask me, this is one of the best confection to go all out on because of their small size. Available in Hokkaido cream, chocolate, matcha, and durain, I would recommend getting all 4 fillings to get the best of all the flavours.

Kazu Kazu

If you thought the name “Kazo” sounded vaguely familiar, it is because they are named after this snack. The kazu kazus here are all different from each other, as the almonds on the outer crust are pressed by hand onto the surface of the kazu kazus.

At the first bite, I was greeted with a very nice, crunchy texture of the outer shell. As for the cream, it was light and fluffy, which made it go very well with the outer shell of the kazu kazu. This made it very enjoyable, as the light cream did not sit too heavy on the stomach, giving me more room for another kazu kazu stick. Or maybe three.

Danish Polo

One of their classics, their Danish Polos carries a unique twist. Aside from the regular Danish skin, these ones here have a “bo luo” skin on the outermost surface. This means that you get to indulge in the crumbly, crispy skin of the bo luo, before getting to the more moist interior of the confectionary. Two thumbs up for the great execution, as I really enjoyed the skin of the bo luo complimenting the “Western” interior of the polo.

In addition, Kazo offers the option for ice cream polos. They are reminiscent of the traditional ice cream sandwiches that the ice cream uncles sell. Two scoops of ice cream sandwiched in a bun. Love ‘em!

Cheese Tarts

The cheese tarts here will appeal to you if you are into something more full-bodied and heavier in flavour. According to Kyenne, the general manager of Kazo, the cheese tarts are made with different kinds of cheese to help balance and leave out the sourness iconic in most cheese tarts.

What I found particularly enjoyable, aside from the rich cheese filling was the tart itself. It was firm, yet soft to the bite. Another plus was that the tarts here are larger than most in the market, so you get more of cheesy goodness with each serving. What’s there not to love?

 

** Each pastry is available in Hokkaido cream, Chocolate, and Matcha flavours unless otherwise stated.

Kazoman Drinks

Apart from pastries, Kazo also sells beverages that are prepared in house daily. I preferred the Kazoman Matcha, as it was light on the palette yet flavourful. On the other hand, the Kazoman Soya Bean isn’t really for me, as I felt that it was not sweet enough. But I suppose this is a good beverage for those who want something to balance out the sweetness of the pastries.

Chinese New Year Promo

Kazo is having a Chinese New Year promotion for Danish polos and kazu kazus. Check out their Facebook for more information! Happy snacking!

Kazo
Chinatown Point, #01-30
133 New Bridge Road, Singapore

 

*This is a sponsored post (Thanks for the food Kazo!)

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Free Burgers at 4th of July Party 

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Mention 4th of july and 2 things come to mind. Fireworks and BBQ. While we may not have fireworks here in Singapore to celebrate America’s independence day, the free Wagyu burgers at Adrift by David Myers will make up for it.

Adrift by David Myers burgers

To celebrate like the Americans, or if you simply love the quinessential American food – burgers, head down to the restaurant which is located at Marina Bay Sands and you get your burger for free with the purchase of your first drink. If you want more American goodies, they even have a menu just for the 4th of July which includes BBQ Pork Ribs, Brisket and Pecan Pie. So while you are there, don’t forget to try some of the American classics!

Working all day? Don’t worry, they are opened till 2am so you can always drop by once you have clocked out. There will be plenty of American spirits and cocktails to keep the party going, so grab your friends and head down to have some fun!

Adrift by David Myers drinks

Adrift by David Myers
When: 12pm 4 July 2017 to 2am 5 July 2017
Where: Adrift by David Myers, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
To make reservations call 6688 5657

For more details and for their 4th of July menu, head over to their Facebook event here.

Get ready for the Michelin Guide Singapore 2017

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It’s that time of the year yet again. With the release of the Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore 2017, you know the Singaporean Michelin Guide 2017 won’t be too far off.

The Evolution of Food, or at least, our perception of it

There are very few things human beings truly need to survive. Food, as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs suggests, is one of them. Yet, just as humanity has evolved through the ages, so has our perception of food.

Appreciated as an art form, food isn’t just about simple nourishment anymore

Food is a beautiful thing. With it’s potential to bring people together, bring back childhood memories(remember the food critic from “Ratatouille”?), bring comfort, joy and so much more, it’s no wonder people flock to eateries and restaurants alike.

With 15 million restaurants (a rough estimate) worldwide, a definitive list of the world’s best places to eat would be nearly impossible.

Enter: The Michelin Guide.

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The Michelin Guide

With the world’s most revered chefs clamoring for a place in the list, the Michelin Guide is the foremost authority on the best food in the world. It aims to serve as a guide to the best restaurants and hotels around the globe. Naturally, a place in the guide is incredibly difficult to attain and a Chef’s dream.

Humble Beginnings

michelin guide table

It began as a free travellers’ guide with instructions on changing tyres, information on where to fill up on petrol, and a list of places to take shelter for the night.

Andre Michelin, the founder decided to focus on the sections pertaining to food and lodging as they were more popular. He hired a team of restaurant inspectors, or ‘mystery diners’ to dine and review the restaurants with a disguise.

Andre Michelin didn’t just hire ordinary diners to act as judge and jury for these restaurants for whom, the addition or removal of a Michelin Star could mean the beginning or the end of the restaurant. Michelin hires industry professionals whose verdicts are based on their professional opinions as diners in these restaurants.

Additionally, no single entity has the power to decide whether to award a star to a restaurant or not.  All opinions are considered and put to a collective decision to ensure fairness,

However, despite their attempts at anonymity, a Michelin Inspector does get recognized on occasion, affecting the authenticity of their dining experience at the restaurant.

Check out this video of what happened when Gordon Ramsey recognised a Michelin Inspector in one of his restaurants!

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Awarding the Stars

Based on the following criterion:

*     : “A very good restaurant in its category” (Une très bonne table dans sa catégorie)

**   : “Excellent cooking, worth a detour” (Table excellente, mérite un détour)

*** : “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey” (Une des meilleures tables, vaut le voyage).”

Stars have to be earned progressively

It is interesting to note, however, that it is possible for restaurants to lose stars in case of deterioration.

Other Accreditations the Michelin Guide offers.

Sure, everyone knows about the Michelin Stars, but did you know there are other accreditations that Michelin offers as well? Some of them reside closer than you might think!

One of the little known accreditations the Michelin Guide awards establishments is the Bib Gourmand, a mark signifying excellent food offered at reasonable prices.

Did you know there are several restaurants and stalls in Singapore that have attained the Bib Gourmand? In case you didn’t, here’s a few!

michelin guide carrot cake

Chey Sua Carrot Cake, Blk 127, Toa Payoh Food Centre, #02-30, Singapore 311125

michelin guide rice

50 Dunlop St, Singapore 209379

michelin guide rojak

90 Whampoa Drive, #01-06 Whampoa Makan Place

The Michelin Guide also notes establishments that excel in their offering of notable wines, cocktails and desserts, as well as the level of comfort one can expect when visiting these establishments.

 

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michelin guide restaurants

More than just food. 

Not only does the Michelin Guide tell you about the best food in the world, it also recommends some of the best hotels to stay when you’re out travelling the world looking for these food gems.

Singapore in the global culinary arena

Clean, green, and amazing food. These are just some of the things that are synonymous with Singapore. The Michelin Guide only features 200 local establishments. Strange for a country that’s been labeled to have the best food in all of South East Asia.

But given the recent attention to the local hawker scene from the Michelin Guide, we could see an increase in the numbers.

The announcements are just around the corner! Stay tuned people!

michelin guide singapore

Get a copy of the Michelin Guide, Singapore for yourself:

https://guide.michelin.sg/en/order-guide

The Weekly Glutton (3/4 – 9/4)

James Chan

The Weekly Glutton features dining delights that have impressed us one way or another (or not) and are places we highly recommend you patronize.

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Bochinche fine dining

Bochinche

My lunch experience at Bochinche is one that is truly worthy of this week’s Weekly Glutton. I wouldn’t mind a 2nd round tomorrow even!

With a $32++ lunch price tag, Bochinche is the perfect location for business lunches to impress your clients. Their lunch crowd consisted of purely office executives anyways.

Bochinche cosy, home-like decor

Real home-like decor

From the get go, you’re hit with a really warm and cosy feeling as soon as you take a step inside. Art prints adorned on the walls, an open kitchen concept where you get to watch the chefs at work and just one or two empty tables left for walk ins. (Whew lucky me)

For the set lunch, you can either choose the 2 course meal ($27++) or the 3 course meal ($32++). I ordered the 3 course meal as I was feeling pretty famished. From what I know, the rib eye steak is a constant in the menu. The rest of the items vary from time to time.

The Food

Bochinche healthy Beef Carpaccio

Beef Carpaccio, papaya, olives, capers and parmesan

Carpaccio’s are meant to be raw but the Chefs at Bochinche obviously know what they’re doing by searing the edges of the beef ever so lightly. The olives and cheese gives off a very bold aftertaste but it works well with the mellow notes of the papaya. Even with the full flavoured beef, everything blends well together. A true rebel of a dish indeed.

Bochinche lightly seasoned ribeye steak

180g Rib Eye steak, chips (wedges) & chimichurri mayo

My first impression – What? 180g only? I’ll never be full! Which turned out to be true. But let’s talk flavors first. I ordered medium rare but you can have it any way you like (except well done).

Bochinche seabass

My friend ordered the seabass. My advice? Argentinian cooking revolves around savoury, meaty dishes and the fish didn’t seem like a popular choice among diners. There must be a reason why the steak is a constant in the menu yeah?

Bochinche chocolate pudding dessert with berries

Chocolate pudding, salted caramel and berries

Dessert was the reason why I managed to feel full at the end of the meal. They give you just enough pudding so you don’t feel so lethargic or walk away from the table feeling you still need something else.

Recommended to Order: The Prix Fixe Menu 3 Course (Beef Options)

Do remember to book a table in advance or prepare to be using your phone mindlessly while waiting for a table to be vacant.

Bochinche outdoor dinning

Bochinche
Address: 22 Martin Road #02-01, Singapore 239058
Tel: +65 6235 4990
Opening Hours:
Brunch: 11am – 4.30pm (Sat & Sun);
Dinner: 5.30pm to 12am (Tue – Thurs & Sun), 5.30pm – 1am (Fri & Sat)

 

*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (ouch!) unless otherwise stated.

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