Sunday, 6 December 2015

Savour the Festive Flavours of Maru-Ten's Christmas Udon

Maru-Ten's Udon

Fast-expanding Japanese udon chain Maru-Ten Udon is dishing up a specially created Christmas udon just for the month of December, will be available from 1 to 25 December 2015 at only United Square, located at 101 Thomson Road, #B1-07.

It was my first time to try their udons.

with my favourite KAKE UDON and tempura.
KAKE UDON - it is my favourite. I love original taste. :)

About Maru-Ten Udon

Maru-Ten Udon is the newest place in Singapore to get authentic Japanese udon at a reasonable price. Its signature Sanuki udon is made from carefully selected flour from Japan and its dashi soup is made fresh every morning using its original recipe.

Classic tempura, as well as specially created ones, are made from a special blend of flour resulting in a light crispy batter.

With the first outlet opened in June 2015, Maru-Ten Udon now has four outlets and is planning to add more franchised stores.

 Curry Udon, my least favourite, as not a big fan of Japanese curry, but I believe is good for those Japanese curry lover.

This chicken cutlet is super delicious :D

Kama-Age Udon, very light taste.

Here comes this month SPECIAL - CHRISTMAS UDON

This limited edition festive dish comprises Maru Ten's signature al dente Sanuki udon infused with fragrant matcha and topped with its in-house tangy tomato sauce. These are accompanied by a trio of crunchy delights - crispy Arancini (a croquette of rice and shrimp), tempura shiso and sweet pumpkin - to form a delectable Christmas ensemble that is pleasing to the palate, the eye and the wallet.
The Christmas Udon starts from just $11.80 for the small portion, $13.80 for the regular and $15.80 for the large.

Managing Director of Maru- Ten Udon, Mr Yuji Katayanagi.

He believes in constant innovation and creativity to continuously delight his customers. He says, " we are always thinking of new ways to improve the menu and taste while keeping to the highest quality of the food served". His persistence has resulted in perfecting the udon to its ultimate chewiness as well as coming up with specially created dishes such as the Soup Ten-Don.

 Soup Ten- Don, yummy!

with the Chef and MD, Mr. Yuji Katayanagi

Maru-Ten Udon's other outlets:
Parkway Parade
80 Marine Parade, #B1-85 to 87, 112 to 146 Food Republic
Tel: 6348 0217
Business hours: 11.00 to 22.00 (Last order 21:30)

Junction 8
9 Bishan Place, #04-01 Food Junction
Tel: 6734 1796
Business hours: 11.00 to 22.00 (Last order 21:30)

Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue, #B2-50 Rasapura Island
Business hours: 11.00 to 22.00 (Last order 21:30)

Maru-Ten Udon Information:
Maru-Ten Christmas Udon (IMAGES):

For those who are interested in experiencing how Maru-Ten's udon is made, a special udon-making workshop will be held on MONDAY, 14 December 3-5pm at the United Square outlet. for more information on the workshop, please visit: or

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Follia Italian Restaurant Media Tasting

A Hidden Gem of Hearty Italian Food in Clover Way

Homemade pasta demo by Chef Francis Quoh

Chef Francis Quoh has a simple philosophy about his food, and that is to keep it real. Always.

Follia’s Italian fare is testimony to this philosophy with everything on the menu prepared by hand from scratch with only the freshest and finest ingredients. From the crusty hand-stretched pizza bread and the pastas cooked al dente, to mouth-watering mains and unforgettable desserts, dining at Follia is always a hearty and unpretentious affair.

Follia Italian Restaurant 

Address: 3 Clover Way Clover Park Singapore 579078

Phone No.: +65 6353 3995



Hours: Mon-Fri: 11.45am – 3:00pm 6:00pm – 11:00pm, Sat: 3:00pm – 11:00pm, Sun: 11.45am – 3:00pm 6:00pm – 11:00pm


Instagram: #folliasg @folliaitalianrestaurant @francisquoh

Media Tasting Menu
15th September 2015

A typical Italian meal consists of minimally six to seven courses, from appetizers and antipasti to mains and dessert.

Pane : (Bread)
Pane Pizza Aglio

Freshly hand-stretched pizza bread, mixed herbs, olive oil, and sprinkled with fluer de sel.

Fleur de sel ("flower of salt" in French; French pronunciation: ​[flœʁ də sɛl]), flor de sal (in Portuguese), or flor de sal (in Spanish and Catalan) is a hand-harvested sea salt collected by workers who scrape only the top layer of salt before it sinks to the bottom of large salt pans

This pizza bread tasted delicious, simply love the fragrant of herbs. 
Olive oil has been a symbol of italian food and of the history of italian cuisine for the longest time. 
The main type of fat found in all kinds of olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). MUFAs are actually considered a healthy dietary fat. If your diet replaces saturated and trans fats with unsaturated fats such as MUFAs and polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), you may gain certain health benefits.

1st Course: (Appetizer)
Patate Pancetta e Taleggio

Shallow-fried patate purea, filled with sauteed onions, bacon, ham and taleggio, served with cheese sauce, mesclun, balsamic vinaigrette, and cherry tomatoes. 

This appetizer is one of their signature specialities. To start the meal consists of potatoes layered with onion, bacon, ham and taleggio cheese shallow fried and baked to golden perfection, this is a perfect dish for potato lovers, with a glass of white wine, is heaven to me :)

grapes, roa2nd course: (Salad)
Smoked Duck, Gorgonzola& Poached Pear

Dressed with arugula, orange segments, cherry tomatoes, grapes, roasted walnuts, drizzled with vinaigrette.

This is one of my favourite dish among all dishes.

3rd course: (Soup)–New item
Zuppa di vongole e cozze

Classic Tuscany clams & mussels soup, cooked with clam juice, tomatoes, vegetables & herbs, drizzled with basil pesto.

The clams and mussels were very fresh, but I still prefer in white wine soup (if there is a choice for me)

4th course: (Pasta)
Squid ink Tagliatelle

Assorted seafood cooked in squid ink sauce, tossed with squid ink pasta, dressed with chargrilled squid, basil, parsley & cherry tomatoes

This is super delicious!!! As I am a seafood lover, this is hand-made daily with the main ingredient imported from Italy. The result is a fragrant infusion of murky goodness dressed with tender, char grilled squid, basil, parsley and cherry tomatoes.

The bad point about having a squid ink pasta is -- it would stain your mouth :D not ideal for a date :p

5th course: (Meat)
Ossobuco alla Milanese

Braised veal shank, dressed on a bed of saffron risotto,served with rosemary foccacia

This is Follia’s star recommendation. Braised for no less than 4 hours, the veal shank is fall-off-the-bone by the time it is plated and served on a bed of saffron risotto. Don’t forget to polish off the sauce with the accompanying large slice of freshly baked bread. YUMMY!


6th course: (Chicken)–New item
Pollo alla Diavola

Boneless chicken leg, marinated in chilli pepper, lemon juice & smoked paprika, seasoned with sea salt and chargrilled to perfection, served with mesclun, roasted potato wedges, saute mushroom, semi-roasted cherry tomatoes, & lemon wedges.

One of my favourite dish as well as I love spicy food. 

7th Course: (Desserts)
Panna Cotta

Kirsch rum infused panna cotta dressed withorange reductions and assorted berries.

Do not leave Follia without finishing with dessert. For something lighter, try the silky smooth Kirsch rum infused Panna Cotta dressed with orange reductions and assorted berries.


A true Italian classic, made with lady finger biscuit, dipped in liqueur& double espresso, layered with mascarpone & dustedwith cocoa powder, served with espresso coffee cream & berries.

I always love Tiramisu..

Highly recommended to this hearty Italian Restaurant. You should not miss if you love good Italian cuisine.

Follia Italian Restaurant 

Address: 3 Clover Way Clover Park Singapore 579078

5th course: (Meat)
Ossobuco alla Milanese
Braised veal
shank, dressed on a bed of saffron risotto,
served with rosemary foccacia
Follia Italian Restaurant, 3 Clover Way, Singapore 579078
15 September 2015
Pane: (Bread)
Pane Pizza Aglio
Freshly hand
stretched pizza bread,
olive oil & sprinkled with fluer de sel
Follia Italian Restaurant, 3 Clover Way, Singapore 579078
15 September 2015
Pane: (Bread)
Pane Pizza Aglio
Freshly hand
stretched pizza bread,
olive oil & sprinkled with fluer de sel
Follia Italian Restaurant, 3 Clover Way, Singapore 579078
15 September 2015
Pane: (Bread)
Pane Pizza Aglio
Freshly hand
stretched pizza bread,
olive oil & sprinkled with fluer de sel

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Choya Umeshu Event: Love you very Maccha

Choya Umeshu launched 3 new cocktails concoction exclusively at Neon Pigeon on Thursday, May 14, and a special visit by the CEO and President, Mr Shigehiro Kondo, of Choya Umeshu Co., Ltd.

with CEO and President, Mr Shigehiro Kondo, of Choya Umeshu Co., Ltd.
Founded by the Kondo family in 1914, the company made the historic decision to start production of Umeshu in 1959. Today, CHOYA is the biggest producer of Umeshu in the world. “Our mission is to produce and promote the finest Umeshu, made with only natural ingredients. We want our products to make you smile” - quoted by Mr Shigehiro.

Bar at Neon Pigeon
 In collaboration with HaiJapan, the guests were treated with ‘Love you very Maccha’, ‘Aoimoku’ and ‘Shiro’ – Choya concoction specially created by award-wining bartender, Aloysius of Neon Pigeon, and his team!

Definitely a nice place for drinking and dining
Visit Neon Pigeon (Eat.Drink)
+65 6222 3623

‘Aoimoku’ with Choya Shiso
Love you very Maccha’ which is a concoction mix made with Choya Classic (Original) and other ingredient, while ‘Aoimoku’ with Choya Shiso and ‘Shiro’ with Choya non-sugar Original. 

Shiro’ with Choya non-sugar Original 

‘Love you very Maccha’ which is a concoction mix made with Choya Classic (Original)

beautiful interior design

Choya is distributed by Whistler Wine & Spirits Pte Ltd. Website: Tel: +65 67487820.


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Paris Dec'2014

Beaux-Arts architecture

This is my second time to Paris, it is indeed a fashion capital, artistic, romantic, cultural and historical city, it is one of my favorite city.

I was so happy to visit my friend who stay in Paris with her french husband, they have a cute baby now (was still pregnant that time). I just hope I can go to Paris again to see their baby now :).

A must go to MAMA shelter, get some yummy pizzas, the bar is very nice as well. I love their interior design, a huge terrace stretching along the other side of the space is made to stand up to the elements. It's always perfect for a cigarette break. No lounge music but Rap and R&B. On thursdays, fridays and saturdays, artists from around the world come here to perform live at Mama.

 Mama Shelter Paris
109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris, France

I'm a wine lover, wherever bar or restaurant I go, always have a glass of wine with me. :D

MUST VISIT - Catacombs (underground cemetery)
The name of ‘Catacombs’ was given to this ossuary in reference to the Catacombs of Rome, a name originally given to an ancient cemetery situated not far from the Appian Way. The Cemetery of the Innocents (near Saint-Eustache, in the area of Les Halles) had been in use for nearly ten centuries and had become a source of infection for the inhabitants of the locality. After numerous complaints, the Council of State decided, on November 9th 1785, to prohibit further use of the Cemetery of the Innocents and to remove its contents.

Disused quarries were chosen to receive the remains; the City of Paris had in fact just completed a general inspection of the quarries, in order to strengthen the public highways undermined by them. Building work was done on the “Tombe-Issoire” quarry, using large quantities of stone, strengthening the galleries and completed by digging out a staircase, flanked by a well into which the bones could be thrown.

The transfer of the remains could begin after the blessing and consecration of the site on April 7th 1786, and it continued until 1788, always at nightfall and following a ceremony whereby a procession of priests in surplices sang the service for the dead along the route taken by the carts loaded with bones, which were covered by a black veil. Then, until 1814, the site received the remains from all the cemeteries of Paris.

Since their creation, the Catacombs have aroused curiosity. In 1787, the Count d’Artois, the future Charles X, made the descent, along with Ladies of the Court.  The following year a visit from Madame de Polignac and Madame de Guiche is mentioned. In 1814, Francis I, the Emperor of Austria living victoriously in Paris, visited them. In 1860, Napoleon III went down with his son.

The Paris Catacombs re-opened on June 14th 2005, after several months of closure for building work. The lighting has been adjusted, the vaults strengthened and the walls of bones put back.

** I felt impressive and made me think about life. We cannot find anything that is permanent. Impermanence is more than an idea. It is a practice to help us touch reality.

 Fashion is everywhere. Parisian style is just lovely, perhaps it is a concept. I heard almost everyone has Paris dream.

Elegance is an attitude. It is not only how you dress, it is more on how you carry yourself.

You're the one who wear the dress, show the essence of the design. Time to make an impact if you dare. :) Well,
fashion is just so fun.

LA RHUMERIE : is offered to Rum lovers and Caribbean culture.

Address:  166 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
 La Rhumerie, as you may well have gathered, specialises in all things rum. This historic Left Bank bar dates back to the 1930s, when it was created by Joseph Louville, and his passion for all things rum has been continued. The place still looks much as it did. It’s fairly basic but that’s part of its charm. The nice, light room has raw terracotta walls and is decked out in a lot of wicker. But it’s the rums you come here for. The collection is huge. They have a vast array to choose from, both small batch and premium brands. Tasting flights are available and they also boast a huge selection of rum-based cocktails to explore. There are mojitos of every conceivable colour and flavour, daiquiris and zombies, coladas and mai tai's, punches and warm rum drinks for cold nights. They also serve a selection of Caribbean snacks to pair with your drinks, fish patties and plantain chips, Caribbean codfish fritters and Creole platters. Their Creole brunch dishes are also worth checking out and we’re betting their rum baba will be a good one. The bar tenders are on hand to advise and guide you through the drinks list and the place has a warm and lively atmosphere.

Parisian Dining:

Escargot (French for snail) and steak with wine are my all-time favourites! and Champagne, of course! :p


Always love this festive season, full of joy and peace, and I was blessed to celebrate this season during winter, it is so much different from celebrating in Singapore.

Champagne and wines are very common in France, how I wish we have this price in Singapore. :) As a champagne and wine lover, nothing can compare with  some good glasses of wines, especially with the food.

And compare to beer or liquor, wine has less calories. In general, white wines tend to be lower in alcohol and calories than reds. While light whites have around 140 calories or less per six-ounce glass, a light red has between 135 to 165 calories, while a higher-alcohol red like Pinot Noir or Shiraz can have up to 200 in a glass.

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées.


La Grande Roue: located at Place de la Concorde, at the entrance to the Tuilerie Gardens, you can enjoy a ride with a breathtaking view at 60-meters-high, Paris lying at your feet.

The history of the big wheel goes back to the beginning of the last century. Back then, the Eiffel tower wasn’t the only attraction of the World’s fair, l’exposition universelle. A huge Ferris wheel of 100 meters was erected and stayed until 1920. It’s said that its passenger cars were so large that, once they were removed from the Wheel, they were used as homes for French families in the regions devastated by World War II.


The Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera.

A symbol of Paris, is an architectural masterpiece. 


 Situated on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens, inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, were created upon the initiative of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612. The gardens, which cover 25 hectares of land, are split into French gardens and English gardens. Between the two, lies a geometric forest and a large pond. There is also an orchard with a variety of old and forgotten apples, an apiary for you to learn about bee-keeping and greenhouses with a collection of breathtaking orchids and a rose garden.

yummy kebab for lunch


always super long queue, but it is one of the symbol of Paris, must visit, I came here 3 years ago, so this round I would just skip.

 It was quite crazy to drink beer outside a bar, during winter. But I quite like it. :p

 Super yummy steak with wine again, as usual, my all time favourite.


 Party is definitely happening in PARIS. Great music!


The Château de Versailles, which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for 30 years, is one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. The site began as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it more beautiful. 

The château lost its standing as the official seat of power in 1789 but acquired a new role in the 19th century as the Museum of the History of France, which was founded at the behest of Louis-Philippe, who ascended to the throne in 1830. That is when many of the château’s rooms were taken over to house the new collections, which were added to until the early 20th century, tracing milestones in French history.

 Gardens and Park of the Château

From the central window of the Hall of mirrors the visitor look down on the grand perspective that leads the gaze from the Water Parterre to the horizon. This original perspective, which preceded the reign of Louis XIV, was developed and prolonged by the gardener André Le Nôtre by widening the Royal Path and digging the Grand Canal. This vast perspective stretches from the façade of the Château de Versailles to the railings of the park.

Since 1992, the gardens have been gradually replanted, and after the devastating storm of December 1999, the work speeded up to such an extent that quite a few sections have already been restored to their original appearance.

Last night in Paris. We might have some unexpected experience in every trip we have. We might meet new friends, new things that we have never seen before, new food, etc.

But the most important is - find ourselves. Open our hearts and eyes, breathe deeply, live deeply, enjoy the moments, every single moment...

You will realize, nothing is more precious than being in the present moment, fully alive and fully aware.