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llaollao Says It Has Nothing To Do With Yole Froyo

James Chan

Llaollao Singapore Speaks

Early this morning, llaollao Singapore issued a statement stating that they “have absolutely nothing to do with Yole Frozen Yoghurt”. It was only just but a couple of days ago that Yole took over all 29 llaollao outlets while llaollao quietly and abruptly exited the froyo scene. You can check out the article we wrote about Yole HERE !

In the article, I actually did a comparison between llaollao’s and Yole’s yoghurts and I found Yole’s froyo to be slightly sweeter. There’s a clear definition between their tastes but I’m assuming not everyone got the memo.

llaollao has nothing to do with yole

Drama In The Froyo Arena

To be honest, I smell some corporate drama brewing. To quote llaollao’s statement directly,

“Additionally, we would like to emphasize that we have absolutely nothing to do with Yolé Frozen Yogurt. It is a totally new brand in the frozen yogurt market that does not exist in Europe, even though it has been advertised as such.”

Dang, talk about being savage. But if it’s indeed false advertising, it’s but only fair that our local people be told the truth no?

llaollao froyo

Good News Singapore

Fun fact? In their Facebook post (which can be viewed HERE) llaollao clearly states that they “are far from finished in Singapore” and they will be back with new stores across the country soon, very soon.

They urge fans to stay tuned to their social networks as they will be back “sooner than you can expect”. Here, I’ll save you the trouble and link you to their PAGE HERE.

As of yet (13/12/17, 2pm), Yole Singapore has not issued any rebuttal or response to llaollao’s statement. Does silence mean consent?

llaollao story similar to gong cha

Coincidence or?

If you recall, Gong Cha had a similar story. We’re ecstatic that they’re back, don’t get me wrong, we even wrote about their return in glee (Check out that article HERE) but then doubt clouds my mind as I wonder whether this is a new marketing gimmick or trend that we’re going to be seeing often here in Singapore. I for one, am not for it. They can’t play with our hearts like that. It’s just cruel.

 

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A Bowl of Kanagawa Goodness

Pei Xia Ang

The Weekly Glutton (13/11-20/11)

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Machida Shoten

Almost a week after our last trip to Japan Food Town, M and I found ourselves back again. But how can you blame us, the food there is just so satisfying! This week, we paid a visit to Machida Shoten, a ramen place from the Kanagawa Prefecture.

Machida Shoten close up of ramen

Shoyu Tonkatsu Cha-Shu Ramen, $18++

At Machida Shoten, customers are allowed to be as picky as they want.

Called lekei, Machida Shoten offers a unique concept of allowing customers to personalise their bowl of ramen to suit their preferences. One can expect to choose from light to Japan taste to strong flavour for their soup, and noodle textures ranging from soft, regular and hard.

Machida Shoten springy noodles

Noodles

The noodles were well-made, carrying a springy texture. They were not overly starchy, and were a good compliment to the rich broth.

Machida Shoten broth

Broth

One of the things I love here is the fact that customers can be as picky as they want. Can’t decide between a pork-based broth or soya sauced based one? Why not both!

Initially, I took tentative sips of the soup, but eventually got used to the salty pork- flavoured soup. As a testament to how full-bodied the flavour of the soup was, we realised that we had no need for the condiments by the side, as each sip carried a fresh new burst of flavours.

However, something that M realised mid-meal was that her soup was more oily than mine. She had the “light” flavoured soup, while I went for the Japan taste option. We figured that this may be because the oil from the char-shu mixed better with a richer broth, so my soup was less oily.

Machida Shoten char siew

Char-Shu

By the side of the bowl sits 5 tantalisingly thick-cut slices of char-shu. Alas, don’t let size fool you though. Despite the thickness of the meat, the char-shu slices were tender and soft, with good meat to fat ratio.

My first impression of the char-shu was how incredibly break-in-your-mouth soft it was, followed by awe when the fat that melted in my mouth. If there was a heaven, let it be filled with this char-shu for all of eternity.

Call me impressionable, but never have I had as many char-shu slices that were of such great quality. Usual ramen places serve at most 4 thin slices of char-shu, or 2 thick slices. But here you go, 5 thick, generous cuts of char-shu, sitting in full decadence at the side of your bowl, waiting for you to sink your teeth into them.

Machida Shoten great ramen great price

Conclusion

Different ramen places have different specialties, and if you particularly fancy char-shu, then you should give this place a visit!

Machida Shoten the store

Machida Shoten
Japan Food Town
Wisma Atria
#04-40 Wistma Atria, ISETAN Orchard
435 Orchard Road
Singapore 238877
Tel: (+65)6262 3214
Opening Hours: 11.30am-11pm on weekdays, 11am-11pm on weekends

 

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Brunch on Budget

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Tolido’s Espresso Nook – Brunch without Breaking Your Bank

It’s easy to find good brunch places in Singapore. However, it’s not easy to find ones that are not expensive. A brunch/breakfast and a coffee in Singapore generally sets you back more than 20 dollars!!!

When we come across a cafe which serves yummy and cheap brunches, we are ever so eager to recommend said cafe to our readers. It so happens that this week, we found such a cafe! Enter Tolido’s Espresso Nook on Crawford Lane.

Tolido’s Espresso Nook Salmon Carbonara

Salmon Carbonara, $17

The Menu

Tolido’s Espresso Nook serves all day breakfast, pasta and a few sandwiches. For breakfast, you get most egg variations here like omelette, scrambled egg or sunny side up. If you are vegetarian, there are few sweet selections you can choose from such as French toast or pancakes.

Fancy something more Italian in nature? They offer a decent variety of pastas albeit with a spicy twist. There’s also an interesting locally inspired dish like 462 prawn laksa pasta. Prices start from 10 dollars. We could not believe that our All American breakfast costs just 10 bucks. A great deal indeed!

Tolido’s Espresso Nook wall mural

wall mural decorating the cafe

The Ambience

The cafe is small and cosy with both indoor and outdoor dining options. Choose from a normal dining table or a couch to gobble up your brunch. The latter is usually occupied whenever we visit the place though. It can get pretty packed during lunch hour as there are many offices nearby so come early or after the peak hour if you want to avoid the crowds.

Tolido’s Espresso Nook All American Breakfast

American Breakfast Platter, $10

The Food

We’ve tried both breakfast and pasta here before. The food is decent although we would not say that they serve the best brunch in Singapore. Their serving of an American breakfast is relatively smaller compared to other places but how can we complain? It costs less than half of what most cafes in Singapore charge!

If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss their Pandan waffle, which comes with vanilla ice cream and Gula Melaka drizzled on top. We highly commend Tolido’s Espresso Nook for their effort in serving good and sincere food at an affordable price.

Tolido’s Espresso Nook drinks menu

handwritten beverage menu

The Coffee

Their coffee is lovely. They source their coffee beans from Yahava Koffeeworks. If you are a coffee addict like me, don’t leave the place without trying their cuppa.

Tolido’s Espresso Nook exterior

Tolido’s Expresso Nook

Where to Locate Them

Tolido’s Espresso Nook is located on the ground floor of an old building along Crawford Lane. Not many people may know where it is. It’s near Lavender MRT but I usually go there from Nicoll Highway MRT or sometimes walk from Bugis or Arab Street Area.

They are also open quite early in the morning on weekdays (8 AM). Do note that they are closed every Monday!

Tolido’s Espresso Nook signboard

Tolido’s Espresso Nook
462 Crawford Lane, #01-63
Singapore 190462
Tel: 6648 0178
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri 8 AM – 6.30 PM, Sat & Sun 9 AM – 6.30 PM, Closed on Mondays

 

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The Weekly Glutton (12/6-18/6)

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Yi Xin Seafood Steam Potting

steam potting exterior layout

steam potting, a new trend

HONG KONG’S POPULAR FOOD TREND is slowly creeping its way onto Singaporean shores and we LOVE IT!!!!

Steam Potting ensures you keep your carbohydrate intake to a bare minimum as they serve you your staples (porridge) at the end of the meal. By then, you’re honestly too full to eat anymore and end up requesting for takeaway.

steam potting with vegetables

steam potting, keeping your carbohydrate intake to the minimum

Yi Xin Seafood Steam Potting is a new joint in Serangoon Gardens that’s pretty obscure. It’s tucked in a corner along the Pow Sing Chicken Rice stretch of shop houses and can easily be missed if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

I took mom for a dinner date and boy was she happy with the food.

 

The Food

Save yourself the trouble and order the set. In terms of value, the sets are so worth it as opposed to ordering ala carte. Set B gets you A WHOLE LOBSTER, CRABS, LIVE PRAWNS, ABALONE, basically heaps of premium ingredients for a reasonable price of $90 per pax.

steam potting seafood

value for money premium seafood

You could opt for Set A as well, it’s considerably cheaper but you miss out on the LOBSTER. Your choice.

How it works, the extremely attentive and friendly staff will bring out your ingredients and you don’t even have to lift a finger to cook, they do everything for you. Sit back, relax, snap #foodporn pictures and eat with not a care in the world

 

Set B Breakdown

It’s a pretty long list of food items but let’s talk about the ones that made this set a super valued one.

steam potting seafood menu b

menu for set b

Live Tiger Prawns

They scoop up a bunch of these crustaceans from a tank and skewer them so they don’t curl up when cooked.

steam potting fresh prawns

“please don’t eat us!!”

Note that there’s not one bit of seasoning but them prawns are naturally sweet and extremely fresh. What’s more, for just 2 people, they gave us a substantial amount of prawns!

steam potting lobsters

huge lobster that we enjoyed

Live Lobster

The LOBSTER they gave us WAS HUGE! Can you believe this was mom’s first lobster experience? She thoroughly enjoyed herself with this one.

steam potting lobster that was sweet and tender

lobster was fragrant, sweet, and tender

Similar to the prawns, the flesh came off easily with the lightest of pulls and was fragrant, sweet and tender. I think I might get Hepatitis B soon.

steam potting fresh seafood

seabass that stole the limelight of the meal

Live Seabass

This was the winner of the night (yes, it beats the lobster). They pre-slice the fish so that the meat cooks evenly and in a quicker time but WOW! I’ve had many a seabass at wedding dinners, this one right here, steals the cake.

steam potting fresh food

everything you look for in a fish dish, you’ll find here.

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The Porridge

Mom and I had to get this packed in take-away boxes as we were just too full for a bowl. In the spirit of research, I did take two scoops just for a taste.

Throughout the course of the meal, the porridge is being cooked along with your other dishes in a bottom compartment. So all the seafood-y goodness that condenses from your ingredients trickles down to the porridge. Imagine that.

It’s a shame that by the time you reach the porridge, you’re too stuffed. It’s really one hell of a porridge.

steam potting vegetables

good and fresh ingredients

I’m glad I chanced upon Yi Xin Seafood Steam Potting. Their food is undeniably good and the fact that most, if not all of their ingredients are live, means you get the freshest experience.

Since they’re new, there weren’t many customers but I foresee it gaining popularity over time. The price might be a little steep but believe me, it’s so worth it.

One crucial thing that I need to highlight is the amount of time Steam Potting consumes. Our dinner lasted us a little over 2 hours. So eat there if you have a family gathering, you’ll have lots of time to bond.

Book your reservations with them now!

Yi Xin Seafood Steam Potting
Give them a call at: +65 6282 3996
Address: 87 Serangoon Garden Way Singapore 555983
Opening Hours: 11:00 AM – 00:00 MN Daily

http://www.legardenseafood.com/

 

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