Monday, July 21, 2014

Krispy Kreme Singapore: Part I


Krispy Kreme has got plenty of fans in Singapore and it's little wonder why. When they opened their first store at Tangs Orchard, it was to much fanfare! And even more joy when their 2nd store opened in the CBD!

And now, as you would probably have heard by now, Krispy Kreme Singapore is opening its 3rd store and it's going to be at Changi Airport Terminal 2! Set to open in early August!!

And to celebrate Krispy Kreme's first store in the east side of Singapore, we've decided to give a rundown on some of the staple range of doughnuts on offer! Plus it's a chance to look at some photos of some realy yummy doughuts! LOL!

And we start with what is our fave doughnut and probably the same for a lot of you as well.

Original Glaze

One of the simplest yet most delicious confectioneries on the face of this planet.
The Original Glazed from Krispy Kreme is a legend. Just a nice thin layer of sugar glaze on a super soft doughnut. No way you can go wrong. So simple and so good!

Powdered Strawberry Filled

A doughnut with Strawberry Jam filling and sprinkled with powdered sugar!
A classic for sure! They have a Blueberry version too by the way!

Chocolate Iced Glazed


Chocolate lovers looking for something simple but still getting your chocolate fix?
Well, this is the doughnut for you!

Red Velvet
 

I'm guessing this is another fan favourite. But I think most people tend to forget that this a cake doughnut so it tends to be a bit more crumbly since it's pretty much a cake. Read more about our first encounter with it HERE.

New York Cheesecake
Cream cheese filling in a doughtnut topped off with some apple crumble!
Definitely one of the more creative and tasty doughnuts on the line-up!

Chocolate Dreamcake

Another one for you chocolate lovers! Chocolate Icing with chocolate filling and chocolate shavings! No wonder they call it the Chocolate Dreamcake!

Cinnamon Apple Filled

I actually quite like this one. Maybe because I like apple fillings (like apple pie) and I also like Cinnamon too!

Well there you have it people. Part I of our rundown of the doughnuts you might get yourself at Krispy Kreme! Hope we get to go through Part II soon!


And don't forget to visit Krispy Kreme's newest store located at Changi Airport Terminal 2 set to open most probably in early August! Look for out a special contest on The Halal Food Blog's Facebook page where you stand a chance to win some Krispy Kreme merchandise!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ramadhan Special 2014: Kala Thai Coconut Ice Cream


I remember seeing this super long queue about 1 or 2 years ago at the Geylang Serai Bazaar. I found out it was some Coconut Ice Cream that everyone was raving about but I was too lazy to queue up so I never got a chance to try it.

Well, this year we went back and finally got to see what all the fuss was about...
Was it worth the wait? What is it exactly anyways?

Coconut Ice Cream ($4.00)
This was actually pretty tasty! I can see why everyone was queuing up now.

A smooth and tasty Coconut Ice Cream which was not overly sweet and have a great Coconut-y taste to it topped off with some Gula Melaka and sprinkled with nuts and you might find an Atap Seed aka 'Kabong' in there too. And not forgetting - the slivers of coconut flesh!



The coconut was so soft and tasty you can even scrape it off the shell with a plastic spoon!

Mango Sticky Rice
In case Coconut Ice Cream is not your thing, you can try the Mango Sticky Rice!
We didn't try it but the mangoes look huge!

Adam's Verdict:
Thai Coconut Ice Cream 3.5/5

Maryah's Verdict:
Thai Coconut Ice Cream 4/5

Go early and try to avoid the crowd okay!
PS look out for imitations! This is the original!

Kala Thai Coconut Ice Cream

Geylang Serai Bazaar

Tentage near Paya Lebar MRT

Operating Hours: 4.00pm til 10.00pm

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ramadhan Special 2014: The Manhattan FISH MARKET

That's right kiddos! Time for another special Ramadhan menu and this time it comes from one of the more popular names in town! The Manhattan FISH MARKET!

And until the end of July, we've got the chance to enjoy a special platter and also some special desserts too! So let's see what we've got!

They have some dishes suitable for single-person servings but at The Halal Food Blog, we like to go straight to the big stuff!

Lamb Stew & Fish Rendang Platter ($37.95)
Check it out! That's enough to feed 2-3 people! Or maybe it may even be just you alone if you're REALLY hungry! Hehehe

So what exactly do we have have on this platter fit for a group?
It seems like a whole lot of stuff so let's break it down for you okay.

Sambal Mussels
For a start, we have some Sambal Mussels to get your appetite going.
Fresh mussels smothered with a tasty and spicy sambal is a sure winner! It's got a spicy kick but don't worry it's not going to burn your mouth off.

Grilled Calamari
All you Sotong lovers can rejoice. They've got a nice and generous serving of Grilled Calamari for you to chomp down on. Nice and succulent and grilled to perfection.

And now on to the stars of the platter!

Lamb Stew

Succulent lamb stewed with some veggies like Celery and Carrots all bathing in delicious stock.
Sounds good doesn't it! The lamb was tender to the bite and it was a very tasty stew. Nice and hearty especially if it happens to be a cold day!

Fish Rendang
This was something new that we've never tried at Manhattan FISH MARKET before. A little local flavour in the form of Fish Rendang! Quite interesting right?

Well, there's a very intense flavour to this and if you're a lover of Rendang and spicy food, I guess you'll probably like this. Bite-sized chunks of Redfish in a special sauce waiting for you!


And all of these resting on some Garlic Herb Rice!

So you actually have a mix of lamb and seafood so I guess this kind of makes this an alternative version of Surf N' Turf if you think about it.

Lamb Stew and Grilled Dory ($16.95)
Fish Rendang ($13.95)
They also have some individual meals like we mentioned earlier.
Just nice if you don't want to have anything too heavy like a platter or you're just looking for something specific.

Well, with the spicy and tasty it's always good to wash it down with some desserts!

Sizzling Banana Fritters with Ice-Cream ($5.90)

Is your mouth watering right now? Cos mine is!
Imagine the warm banana with ice-cream and coconut cream! Tastes delicious! And the sizzling experience makes it all the more appetizing!

This was actually my fave of the night!

Strawberry Peach Poppers ($5.90)

So if Bananas or Coconut Cream are not your thing, they have something else that might be more suitable for your taste.

There's still ice-cream but this time with strawberries and peaches and completely smothered with marshmallows. And they torch the marshmallows! That means they'll be nice and soft and toasty when you dig in!

Well, whatever your tastes, you can see they have quite a selection for you this Ramadhan at Manhattan FISH MARKET. And remember - they still have their usual selection of great dishes for you to whack too!

The Manhattan FISH MARKET

16 restaurants island-wide
www.manhattanfishmarket.com

Operating Hours: 11.00am til 10.00pm Daily

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ramadhan Special 2014: Cocokilla & TheTasty_One

So I hear about the new rage - cakes in a cup or a jar. And I think to myself - "Since everyone is doing it nowadays, it had better taste bloody good to stand out!"

And I have good news - I've found one that rocks out of the box!
And instead of cake, they're using BROWNIES!!


So this is going to be available only during Ramadhan for the time being and judging from my experience, you'd better get a move on before you miss your chance!

They've got 4 flavours and from what I gather- they all sell out really fast!

This should be the Food Pyramid
So like I said - they have 4 flavours and I managed to get my hands on 3 to try.
I got a hold of Red Velva, Fudgy Choco Brownie and Marry Me PB. The 4th flavour, White Nilla Blondie was MIA for me and was busy being enjoyed by others :(

But it's okay! I still got 3!
And I'm gonna run them down for you my loyal readers!

Fudgy Choco Nutty

First up was the Fudgy Choco Nutty. This was a chocolate brownie base with a really thick and rich dark chocolate sauce and topped off with some nuts and Maltesers!!

If you love chocolate, then this is the one for you. I'm talking about super rich chocolatey flavour in a jar and you'll be going for it spoonful after spoonful for sure.

Marry Me PB!

This is actually the latest flavour of the week!

Chocolate brownie as the base again here but this time with a Light Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Frosting!! (I'll tell you more about the Peanut Butter later okay!!) And this one was topped off with some Kit Kat and caramel sprinkles!

Red Velva


Last but definitely not least was the Red Velva.
And as you can probably guess by the name, it's a Red Velvet Brownie with Creamy Cream Cheese, Nutella and a Toblerone finisher!!

This was actually my favourite of the 3 that I tried.
I know a lot of you are probably going "OMG Adam you're so predictable lah to choose the Red Velvet!" but let me remind you - these are BROWNIES and not cake!!
Besides, it's got 2 of my favourite things - Nutella and Cream Cheese! No way that can go wrong!!

Each jar is selling for $6.50 but you can save when you buy 3 at $18!!
And trust me - you're gonna want to buy more!!


You remember the Peanut Butter I was walking about earlier?
Well it's a brand from all the way in the US and it's specially brought in by TheTasty_One and they have 7 delicious flavours to choose from!

Yep! There's more to peanut butter than just Creamy or Chunky!

They've got Mighty Maple, Crunch Time, Dark Chocolate Dreams, White Chocolate Wonderful (which is what they use in the Marry Me PB!), Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, The Bee's Knees and Smooth Operator! So many flavours ZOMG.

And how do I know that this peanut butter is so popular?
While I was at the booth, people were coming left and right and buying up bags of the peanut butter and the Cocokilla jars! I'm talking about 10 at a time! No joke!! And at $9.50 a jar, that's a great deal!

Aidah & Nur - Masterminds behind TheTasty_One & Cocokilla respectively
So let me tell you. You've got until end of Ramadhan to try out the Cocokilla goodies and they're only selling on weekends so you'll have to be quick!

You can place and advanced order with Nur by sending her a message on Whatsapp at 9754 0075. You should then be able to collect your goodies no fuss no muss and it'll help you avoid disappointment by not going down only to find it all sold out.
Advance order now!

They also deliver depending on your location and there's a small fee too.

And for the peanut butter. contact Aidah at 9234 4784 or check out TheTasty_One on FB at
https://www.facebook.com/thetastyone

Hopefully we get to try the Peanut Butter from TheTasty_One soon!

Cocokilla

WhatsApp: 9754 0075
Instagram: http://instagram.com/cocokillasg

TheTasty_One

Tel: 9127 4545
https://www.facebook.com/thetastyone

Geylang Serai Bazaar Ramadhan
Tentage near Tanjong Katong Complex Loading/Unloading Bay

Operating Hours: 4.00pm to 10.00pm on Weekends in Ramadhan


Monday, July 14, 2014

Ramadhan Special 2014: Chicky Bang Bang


I know you guys are like me and you LOVE street food am I right?
Well, one of the ultimate has got to be chicken wings. Good ol' finger-lickin' chicken wings!!

I stumbled upon this place when I was at the 'Bazaar Bawah Blok' (BBB) at Blk 301 Tampines St 32.
Happened to be pretty close to my in-laws place so I do tend to drop by every year. This is of course the BBB that used to be Tampines Blk 942 near the old stadium but they've moved here quite awhile back actually. You can read our original post HERE.

I wasn't so impressed with my recent visit but a stall did catch my eye a few times as I walked past.
It said BBQ Chicken and I saw someone grilling up some chicken but I was already having chicken for iftar so I gave it a miss.

But I went back... Cos I love Chicken Wings!


So they have 3 flavours for you to choose from at Chicky Bang Bang.
On the left you have some local flavour with the Satay Wings. On the right you have the Original for all of you who love to be traditional. And in the middle we have the Fiery K-Wings!

And the pricing is pretty straight-forward too.


Okay no need to talk so much yet I wanna have me some chicken wings.
LOL

Let's start with the 'simplest' of the flavours shall we?

Chicky Bang Bang Original Wings
Now ain't that a pretty picture. Makes me hungry just looking at it!!

The Original is their version of the Honey Glazed BBQ wings. As you can see from the picture, besides the honey glaze, they have also seasoned it with some black pepper. Definitely gives the wings an extra kick in the flavour department!

Chicky Bang Bang Satay Wings
A step up from the Original is the Satay Wings.
This version is your Satay spices mixture giving the wings its primary flavour along with some Gula Melaka for that sweet-ish finish.

 I have to say the flavour really comes through on this one and you can really taste the Satay flavour. This was my Darling Wife's favourite of all the wings.

Chicky Bang Bang Fiery-K Wings
So this is their "Blazing Hot" Fiery K-Wings!
If you're not such a 'Hantu Chilli' don't worry okay. Can still try! Don't scared!!

I'm not sure what they used exactly but maybe because it's called K-Wings I'm leaning towards some Korean flavour? Maybe some Kimchi spices in there? Well, whatever they used, this was the one with the most intense flavour. I mean, all of the wings had flavour but this was the most unique.

If you're looking for something other than the norm - TRY THIS!!!!!


That's Ashahry and he's the mastermind behind Chicky Bang Bang.
Go to Tampines and look for him. Tell him that The Halal Food Blog sent you and I'm sure he will make sure you get the best of the best chicken wings to enjoy!!

You know that we here at The Halal Food Blog absolutely love to support local and especially young entrepreneurs and here's another one for you guys to support too!

They'll be at the BBB at Tampines Street 32 Blk 301 for the whole month of Ramadhan so drop by ASAP and get yourselves some chicken wings. Confirmed won't regret!!

Chicky Bang Bang

Tampines St 32 Bazaar
Blk 301 Tampines Street 32

Tel: 8180 3995
https://www.facebook.com/chickybbqchicken


Operating Hours:
3.00pm til 7.00 pm Daily