Author: Zhao

Chicken Cutlet Noodles

红环宝食 RedRing Treasures: Singapore Style Cutlet Noodles

When I first heard of RedRing Treasures, I was reminded of those classy Chinese restaurants, like Imperial Treasure. The lavish name left a strong impression on me and I proceeded to google it out of curiosity. RedRing Treasures (RT) has only two outlets in food courts, so it is easy to go...

Cabbage Rice

My Much-Missed Cabbage Rice

One of the things I missed after moving out is Mom’s cabbage rice. The waft of the fragrant cabbage rice would fill up the entire home whenever she cooks the dish. I have not thought about cooking it on my own after moving into our own place. This is because I...

Balmoral Bakery

Balmoral Bakery: Timeless Classic

As a child, I lived at my grandma’s with my family in the Sunset Way area. One of the things I enjoyed back then was visiting Balmoral Bakery. The aroma of fresh bakes could often be smelled from a few shops away. My excitement would climax when I reached the shop with...

Lavender Bloom in Summer

Furano in Summer: Where Flowers Abound

Furano in Japan’s Hokkaido Prefecture is a popular tourist destination. It is famous for its gorgeous blooms in summer. I am a flower lover, so a visit to Furano was a MUST-DO when we were on holiday in Hokkaido this summer. Getting to Furano Our plan was to take the Furano...

pumpkin rice

Mom, the Great Homemaker

In the past, I couldn’t comprehend why Mom declined to go out when the weather was fair. Or why she tended to overestimate time, like when it was only four in the afternoon but she would exclaim she needed to prepare for dinner. Now that I had a taste of...

Johan Paris: A Taste of Christmas

The Ginza chocolate bread and signature yuzu bread from Johan Paris (ジョアン) have always been our favourites. In particular, the chocolate bread is best eaten fresh from the oven, with the unexpectedly thick chocolate aroma filling your nose with each bite of the warm bread. With Christmas around the corner,  Johan...

安东찜닭 Andong Zzimdak: Tastes Just Like Mom’s

I have never heard of Andong jjimdak until my sister-in-law suggested having it for a family dinner one weekend. Andong jjimdak literally means “steamed chicken of Andong”. Origininating from Andong (a city in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, South Korea) the dish consists of steamed chicken marinated in a ganjang (Korean soy sauce) based sauce. Many types of vegetables and sweet...

Kim Dae Mun: Pocket Friendly Korean Food

We first visited Kim Dae Mun Korean Food (KDM) when it was still located in the food court at the basement of the Le Meridien Hotel. The food court might be dingy but many people frequent the place mainly with KDM in mind. Often, there would be a crowd in front of the...

Caffebene: Oh My, Bingsu

Caffebene is the largest coffee house chain in Korea, yet we didn’t see any of its stores around during our trip to Seoul a few years’ back. Or maybe we did come across it, but it didn’t register on our mind. (We tend to be pretty “lost” whenever we travel for the first time to...

All Things Elephant: In the Living Room

It is no secret that I love elephants. As to the reason for adoring them, I guess it is explainable just like why people love teddy bears, Hello Kitty etc. It is probably akin to some kind of spiritual sustenance where you simply feel happy looking at them. This elephant collecting hobby started when I was in secondary school. Over...