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7 Fusion Food Joints To Get Your Exotic Fix In Singapore

16 Sep 2016 by Chew Hui Ling

Cantonese-American? Korean-Mexican? Thai-Singaporean? We introduce the best hybrid dining spots that bring together the best of both countries (and palettes) with interesting spins on your favourite foods.

Ninja Bowl

Ninja Bowl

Ninja Bowl

Address: 15 Duxton Road, Singapore 089481
Operating hours: 9.30am – 9pm (Mon to Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat to Sun)
Contact number:
6222 8055

Taking over the now-defunct Department of Caffeine, Ninja Bowl is former Power 98FM DJ Darren Wee’s third and latest venture. This new kid in town offers a wholesome array of Japanese-inspired rice bowls such as Geisha ($14), a colourful medley of roasted pumpkin, buttered carrots and onsen egg topped over your choice of base carbs (quinoa, orzo pasta or rice). Although rice bowls are what they do best, Ninja Bowl’s brunch items are pretty intriguing too. Highly recommended are the Tonkotsu Spirit ($16), Japanese cha shu served with smashed avocado and poached eggs on the side, and Fancy French ($16), French toast drizzled in honey and homemade hazelnut butter.

REDPAN

Redpan

Address: Marina Square, #02-03/04, Singapore 039594
Operating hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact number: 6255 5850

It’s a feast for the eyes and the palate at this new bistro. A joint venture by architecture firm DP Architects and local restaurant chain The Food Explorer Group, REDPAN is branded as a “love affair” between design and food, serving up creative interpretations of familiar favourites in a multifunctional space of clean lines, sleek curves and orthogonal furnishings. Specialising in “local fun dining”, you can expect experimental dishes like Lup Cheong Mac & Cheese ($14), Pork Belly Bak Kut Teh ($21) and Beef Short Rib Satay ($32) – best paired with their equally enticing desserts of Red Date Butter Cake ($8) and Banana Milo Dinosaur Donuts ($7).

Roll Out Sushi Bar

Roll Out

Address: Tampines Mall, B1-K11, Singapore 529510
Operating hours: 10.30am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact number: 
6900 4372

Sushi’s a definite crowd favourite, but we bet you’ll love it even more with a local twist. Enter Roll Out, a fun takeaway option that does éclair-sized maki rolls (from $3.90), decked out in colourful ingredients instead of the traditional nori seaweed. They serve a wide variety of choices from the usual suspects of unagi, salmon and shrimps, to homegrown flavours like Curry Favour (chicken katsu strips coated in Japanese curry), The Hainanese (poached chicken wrapped in chicken rice) and Red Hot Chilli Pincers (battered snow crab leg drizzled with chilli crab sauce). As their name suggests, they’re always rolling out new creations so you can be sure there’s something for everyone.

Vatos Urban Tacos

Vatos Urban Tacos

Address: 36 Beach Road, Singapore 189766
Operating hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon to Thurs, Sun), 12pm – 12am (Fri to Sat)
Contact number:
6385 6010

A refreshing option to the countless K-BBQ restaurants here, popular Ko-Mex chain Vatos Urban Tacos has finally brought their unique brand of Southern Californian fare with distinct Korean influences to Singapore. A must-try is the Kimchi Carnitas Fries ($16), which earned its title of “Best Dish in Korea” by 10 Magazine with its addictive recipe of shoestring fries topped with an explosion of braised pork, kimchi and melted cheese. Also not to be missed are the Galbi Tacos (from $12), featuring marinated short ribs served on homemade tortillas, and Spicy Chicken Quesadillas ($16), where chunks of chicken are drenched in chilli sauce then grilled to a flavourful crisp.

CreatureS

CreatureS

CreatureS

Address: 120 Desker Road, Singapore 209639
Operating hours: 12pm – 10.30pm (Tues to Thurs, Sun) 12pm – 11.30pm (Fri to Sat)
Contact number: 6291 6996

A modern-day cafe located in what used to be our most notorious red-light district? If that doesn’t grab your attention, its unexpected mash-up of East meets West delights will definitely make you take notice. Taking traditional recipes, the chefs at CreatureS whip up Peranakan-inspired creations from the likes of Ngoh Hiang & Cuttlefish Kueh Pie Tie ($24), Pumpkin Soup and You Tiao ($12) and Ikan Bili Caesar ($15). Not a fan of savoury fare? Check out their tempting selection of desserts featuring local flavours – think mao shan wang durian paste, and creamy orh nee in cake form.

Chow Fun Restaurant & Bar

Chow Fun

Address: The Grandstand, #01-08, Singapore 287994
Operating hours: 11am – 12pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact number: 
6464 6900

If you’re in the mood for hearty comfort food, pop on down to Chow Fun Restaurant & Bar. A playful nod to the ubiquitous Cantonese fried noodle dish found all over America, this jaunty joint means serious business when it comes to noodles. There are over 18 inventive small plates ($2.90 for tasting portions, $15.90 for regular servings) for you to slurp up: Salted Egg Spaghetti, Tom Yum Cream Udon, Pork Belly Bibim Guksu Rice Noodles… the list goes on. Other moreish bites include Potato, Bonito and Cheese Pancake ($5.90), Peranakan Roasted Honey Pork ($5.90) and Chicken Skin and Salted Egg Yolk Dip ($6.90).

Som Tam

Som Tam

Address: Orchard Central, #08-13, Singapore 238896
Operating hours: 11.30 – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm (Mon to Thurs), 11.30am – 10pm (Fri to Sun)
Contact number: 6238 6872

There’s no lack of Thai restaurants in Singapore, but we hardly see any that goes straight-on modern fusion like Som Tam. Run by the same folks behind Gin Khao, Som Tam puts a novel spin on classic Thai cuisine to create their trademark “reinvented” flavours. Green curry with pasta? Tom Yum with truffle fries? Satay with Thai dipping sauce? It all makes sense here. Plus, with cheeky offerings like Not So Complicated Noodle ($9.80), Find The Shrimp Yourself! ($13.80) and 50 Shades of Chicken ($10.80), who can resist ordering ‘em all?

Salivating yet? You’re in luck: we are giving away free dining vouchers to CreatureS and Som Tam for our lovely readers. Find out how you can score a free meal at these fusion eateries here!

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8 Guilt Free Healthy Snacks

15 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

If you’re a stress eater, don’t eat those feelings away! Here are some low calorie snacks you can munch on to fight those midday hunger pangs without feeling guilt ridden.

#1 Low fat yogurt

Healthy Snacks Yogurt

Regular consumption of yogurt helps reduce brain activity that handles emotion (stress and anxiety) and increase activity in the ‘decision-making’ regions of the brain. Yogurt’s also chock-full of calcium and protein, and is great if you’re looking to shed some weight, so aim for around 200 calories worth of low fat yogurt and throw in a handful of berries to make it tastier!

#2 Asparagus

Healthy Snacks Asparagus

Asparagus are loaded with folic acid, various vitamins, fibre and antioxidants. There’s nothing bad about having too much of it other than the fact the it makes your pee smell funny. Which isn’t a big deal, considering you’ll need the folic acid and vitamin B it gives to produce serotonin (positive brain chemicals).

#3 Unsalted nuts

Healthy Snacks Nuts

Flush with vitamins B and E which provide a boost to your immune system, nuts are also loaded with zinc, Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, which are great for soothing stress. Go for a pack of unsalted trail mix for a serotonin-inducing munch.

#4 Sweet potato

Healthy Snacks Sweet Potato

Eating sweet potatoes boosts your serotonin production while supplying your bod with fibre, carbs, vitamins and minerals that are good for both your heart and mind. In addition, sweet potatoes negate pesky sugar cravings because they’re already subtly sweet. So yay for double efficiency!

#5 Carrot

Healthy Snacks Carrot

Another root vegetable you can go for is carrot. We love munching on boiled baby carrots mixed with a dash of salt or butter. They are the yummiest mid day snack ever! Other than the awesome vitamins and fibre it provides, carrots are great for your eyes too.

#6 Banana

Healthy Snacks Banana

Reach for a banana the next time you need an instant pick-me-up. They contain tryptophan, a protein that converts into serotonin, the feel-good chemical that makes you happier. Also, bananas are packed with vitamin B, potassium, iron, fibre and many other health benefits that help alleviate PMS, boost brainpower… the list goes on.

#7 Dark chocolate

Healthy Snacks Dark Chocolate

This unexpected superfood is laden with cancer-preventing antioxidants, and minerals like iron, zinc, magnesium, fibre etc. It also lowers blood cholesterol, reduce stress hormone levels, and improves alertness, concentration and memory recall. Milk chocolates are a NO NO ’cause they’re sugar-filled and overly processed. Only go for dark chocolate with 70% to 90% cocoa.

#8 Orange/Grapefruit

Healthy Snacks Orange Grapefruit

Stocking up on vitamin C helps reduce stress levels, and fruits like oranges and grapefruits get the job done. Also, breathing in citrus scents curbs stress and anxiety, eases nausea, improves moods and even reduces food cravings while increasing metabolism – just peel one and take a whiff!

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Having a filling breakfast and lunch removes the urge for a midday snack. If you want to avoid snacking, these filling high protein breakfast recipes are your best friends!

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5 Morning Stretches To Energise Your Day

7 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

We are all familiar with the dread of not wanting to get out of bed when we wake up every morning. That said, morning stretches gets your blood flowing and eases any muscle tension from the night before. So instead of sulking about it, why not take 10 minutes to do these simple stretches while you’re in bed and start the day feeling more refreshed than ever!

Reclining Spinal Twist

Reclining-Spinal-Twist

Start the routine with a spinal twist, it relieves all the stress in your lower back that was accumulated overnight. Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds on each side and don’t be alarmed if you hear some “cracks” when you twist into position. As long as you’re not forcing to hard, you’re good.

Lying Side Quad Stretch

Lying-Side-Quad-Stretch

Now switch to laying on your sides and stretch your quads by pulling your feet towards your butt, hold the position for at least 30 seconds for each side. To maximise that stretch, squeeze your butt while you’re in position to really pull that muscle. Since quads are one of the most overworked muscles, be sure to stretch them every morning!

Hamstring Stretch

Hamstring-Stretch

Wake those legs up by doing some hamstring stretch, 30 seconds on each side. Make sure you do the stretch while your hips are centred and flat, we wouldn’t want you to injure yourself. While stretching, give those ankles a good wiggle for some extra circulation.

Upward Stretch

Upward-Stretch

Now that you’re feeling a bit more energised, sit up and raise your arms towards the sky. Lace your fingers together and raise your hands above your head with your palms facing upwards. Hold that position for 10 seconds and then stretch slowly towards your left and right to pull that torso muscle.

Neck & Shoulder Stretch

Neck-Shoulder-Stretch

Lastly, some neck and shoulder stretches to end the routine. Tilt your head to your left to stretch the muscle on the right side of your neck and hold for 20 seconds. Repeat on the other side to stretch out the left side of your neck. After that, roll your shoulders to the front and back, lift them up and then drop them. Repeat sequence for the shoulder stretch three times and you’re done!

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Feeling all nice and relaxed now? Power up your day further with with these easy peasy breakfast recipes

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5 Tasty High Protein Breakfast Recipes

2 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

Though mornings are great for sleeping in, the idea of make and having a yummy breakfast never fails to wake us up. No matter if it’s because you’ve been hitting the gym and bulking up or just want to indulge a little, here are some delicious high protein breakfast that aren’t eggs you can whip up in no time to kick start any day!

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#1 Almond Butter Blueberry Waffles

High Protein Eggless Breakfast 3Credit: ambitiouskitchen

INGREDIENTS

  • ⅔ cup natural creamy almond butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ banana, mashed
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt (only if your almond butter isn’t salted)
  • ⅔ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat waffle iron and spray with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together almond butter, eggs, banana, almond extract, coconut oil and almond milk until well combined and there aren’t any large lumps.
  2. Stir in coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix until well combined. Gently fold in blueberries.
  3. Spoon batter into waffle iron and cook until steam stops and waffles are golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside. Repeat with remaining batter. Recipe makes about 3 belgian waffles.

These almond butter-based waffles are naturally sweet from the banana so extra points for your health! We know the ingredients list might look a bit intimidating but the end result is totally worth it. Just think about sinking your teeth into those crispy yet fluffy waffles. 

#2 Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

High Protein Eggless Breakfast 2Credit: thealmondeater

INGREDIENTS
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ¾ cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup raspberries (or your berry of choice)
  • Dash of cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine ingredients into a bowl and you’ve got yourself a tasty cottage cheese breakfast bowl

If you love cheese, this is for you. This simple breakfast bowl is packed with protein and it’s so easy to prepare! Technically all you need to do is to go get the ingredients and put everything together.

#3 Peanut Butter Protein Bars

High Protein Eggless Breakfast 4Credit: seededatthetable

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1½ cups quick oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup vanilla protein powder

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line a 9×9-inch or 7×11-in pan with parchment or wax paper.
  2. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat the peanut butter and honey on high for 30 seconds. Stir.
  3. Place bowl back in the microwave and heat for another 30 seconds. Stir again.
  4. Mix in the oats and protein powder until combined. Immediately spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  5. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 1 hour. Remove from the fridge and cut into 12 bars. Cover and store on the counter at room temperature for up to 1 week. 

I can have peanut butter sandwich everyday and not get sick of it. If you’re like me, you might want to try something different like these peanut butter protein bars. Best part is that they can be stored for up to a week, so you’d be sure that you can have your daily dose of peanut butter. 

#4 Vanilla Muesli Bowl

High Protein Eggless Breakfast 5Credit: theviewfromgreatisland

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle protein vanilla milk
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • fresh raspberries
  • fresh blackberries
  • ½ banana
  • toasted almonds, chopped
  • raw chocolate, chopped
  • cacao nibs
  • toasted coconut

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put the oats in a bowl and add ½ cup of the protein milk, and honey. Stir to blend.
  2. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to soften.
  3. Top with the fruits, nuts, coconut, and chocolate, and serve cold, with extra protein milk.

We love it that we get to eat chocolate for breakfast and not feel guilty about it! Another thing about this recipe is that you can prep it the night before, leave it in the fridge and have it all ready the next day.

#5 4-Ingredient Protein Pancakes

High Protein Eggless Breakfast 1Credit: willowbirdbaking

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large banana (about 1/3 – 1/2 cup, mashed)
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder 
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place a medium skillet over medium heat on the stove. Let it heat up while you prepare the pancakes. It’s ready when water dropped into the pan sizzles.
  2. Mash the banana well with a couple of forks. Add the eggs, baking powder, and protein powder – whisk until well combined.
  3. Spray the skillet with nonstick cooking spray before adding in 2-3 tablespoons of the pancake mixture 
  4. Let the pancakes cook for 25-30 seconds before flipping and letting the other side cook for the same amount of time.
  5. Remove to a plate and serve with nut butter, sugar-free syrup, butter, fruit, or whatever you’d like!

How can we forget about pancakes when we’re talking about breakfast! This pancake is a super quick and healthy breakfast, you can always play around with the flavours like adding cinnamon or vanilla extract. They come out with almost a crêpe texture and they’re also super low on calories. Thumbs up!

Give these recipes a go and let us know how it went by tagging us @TeenageMagazine on Instagram! If you’re also trying to lose some weight, try to avoid these fruits that are high in carbs and sugar!

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25 Celeb-Approved Eating Spots In Singapore!

23 Aug 2016 by Johanna Teo

Let’s face it, Singapore’s a foodie paradise and it can get kinda hard to decide where to go and what to eat. We got some local famous faces – Jianhao Tan, Night Owl Cinematics (NOC), The Sam Willows (TSW), Nathan Hartono, Dee Kosh and more – to dish on their favourite eating spots. Who knows, you just might spot ’em the next time you dine there! 

SHIGGA SHAY  recommends:

 

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Swee Choon Dim Sum, [because you] can’t go wrong with the best dim sum in Singapore.” Plus, this wordsmith loves his Kopi Peng (iced coffee), coffee shop style! 

Nathan Hartono recommends: 

 

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Crawford Lane Bak Chor Mee, Enaq Prata at Jurong East and Katong Laksa. I feel like those three things are just so insanely unique. Even if you’ve had them in other countries, they’ve got nothing on these gems. Also, the mere thought of those three dishes just makes me smile.” We hope Nathan’s not missing these dishes too much, seeing as he’s overseas for Sing! China right now! 

Jianhao Tan recommends: 

 

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“Firstly, Teowchew porridge at Redhill. The otah is amazing and it opens till 4am. Second, Kith at Sentosa Cove, because it’s really beautiful, and they serve breakfast until 5pm.” 

INCH recommends: 

 

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Pek Kio Market. It’s the best hawker centre with the best chee cheong fun, peanut pancake and carrot cake. Also, D’s Joint. I’m a huge fan of Chef Damien D’Silva. Amazing gourmet nasi lemak with no frills. And Park Bench Deli. [They serve the] best sandwiches in the world. I go there for my grilled cheese fix – it’s my comfort food!” 

Sylvia from NOC recommends: 

 

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Lor Mee from Old Airport Hawker Centre is a must, because we’ve been to so many SEA countries and [yet] our style of Lor Mee is not found anywhere else. Also, claypot laksa from Alexandra Village which gives a yummy twist to the usual laksa. And finally, comfort food – claypot rice from Holland Drive.”

Aylna from NOC recommends: 

 

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ABC food centre for prawn noodle, chicken rice from Serangoon garden, and fish head curry from Taiseng!”

Sikeen from NOC recommends: 

 

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Chicken rice from Block 304 in Woodlands, and Upper Thomson Road’s Bak Chor Mee. Those are my all-time favourites!”

Ryan from NOC recommends: 

Beach Road Prawn Mee, Union Farm, and Rubato!”

Michelle from NOC recommends: 

 

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Chicken rice at 925 Chicken rice in Yishun and Big Prawn Noodles at Adam’s Road – doing it the hawker centre style. And Indian food at Khansama Restaurant @ Science Park. That’s the beauty of Singapore, you get to [eat] multi-racial cuisine conveniently and easily!” 

Dee Kosh recommends: 

 

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Rochor Beancurd is for sure in my top few places. When friends come to Singapore, I also always head to Hai Di Lao in the middle of the night for some real good soup and steamboat.”

Benjamin from TSW recommends: 

 

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Keppel’s bak kut teh, Adam Road’s maggie goreng pattaya, and anything from Sin Lee Foods.” 

Jon from TSW recommends: 

 

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Black pepper crab at Long Beach!” 

Check out the rest of their interviews – where they show more #SGPride, reminisce their teenaged years and more – in our August 2016 issue, out on news stands now! 

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