Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Food Panda ~ your Favorite food, at your doorstep!

Ever had one of those days when you are suddenly expecting visitors and there's nothing edible in the house?   There's frozen meat in the fridge, which will take 5hours to thaw and you have no idea what to make of it, since the only vegetable left in the crisper, is limp parsley.

What to do? Do you run to the nearest Hawker's stalls and Tapaw (favorite local word 'take-away!') and risk serving your guests the same food they have everyday of their lives? Let's face it, If you've been to one hawker center, and you've been to all.  Mee Goreng, Chicken Rice, Pig's Organs, Carrot Cake, Laksa.... same old, same old.

Food Delivery is the best answer!  But then again, food delivery is not a common thing here in Singapore.  Very few restaurants actually deliver.  I don't know.  Maybe because the market is very limited for the service?  Most locals just make a quick trip below their condos or offices, for breakfast, lunch or dinner,  where food halls are conveniently located.  Or maybe because labor is expensive? Since very few actually request for deliveries, it doesn't make sense for a restaurant to maintain a fleet of delivery motorbikes & riders.

Enter Food Panda ~  the newest online food delivery service of the nice, "sit-down" restaurants in the city!  It is not owned by the restaurants, but rather, they deliver for your favorite restaurants, when erstwhile, these shops won't have this service on their own.

Some of the restaurants on their roster includes Sarpino's Pizzeria, Kraze Burgers, Yum Cha Express, Cafe Mexicana, Baja Fresh, Khansama, Kampng 18 Express Salt Baked Chicken.  Even dessert and cake shops like Ritz Apple Strudel and 7th Manna Cake Botique.

You can even impress with guests with Indian cuisine like vegetarian-indian Ananda Bhavan and Maharajah from high-end Boat Quay area.

Food Panda carries the restaurants menu with detailed prices, it includes the delivery time, so you can plan your schedule and have the food arrive, fresh and hot for your guests!

 Food Panda can be found @ www.foodpanda.sg

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'til next adventure!


Friday, 11 May 2012

Ricciotti ~ irresistibly Italian

My brood had a quick appointment at the Ministry of Manpower one fine weekday morning.  After our quick show face with the Singapore government, we had a nice merienda cena at Ricciotti, an Italian restaurant along Clarke Quay.

It's a nice pizza /pasta / deli restaurant, simple and unpretentious.  It was mid-afternoon. There was no lunch crowd.  Quite hot here in Singapore these days, so we opt for indoor dining.  Had the temperature been cooler,  al fresco would be nice, as well.  The view is the flowing river along Clarke Quay.

photo by alexis cheong

We had the Pizzoto,  a basic thin-crust pizza, with bacon, mushrooms, pomodoro, mozarella cheese and topped with a raw egg, that you have to spread  to cook while the pizza is hot. Very simple. No nonsense, perfect for the kids.

I don't know about yours, but my kids discard all the yummy toppings on complicated pizzas.  Order a super supreme  but with all the pickings going-on, "i don't want pepper, i don't want pineapples..." we end up with a bare tomato-cheese pizza.  So, to keep the peace, we usually order Margerita or 4 Cheese pizza.  Happy kids. Happy Mommy. =)

Mom! Stop being a Paparazzi !

My hub had the Linguine Al Granchio, which is basically linguine pasta with crab meat in creamy tomato sauce.

I had my usual aglio olio with shrimps.  I love the mixture with chili.  When I cook aglio olio at home,  I usually do away with Chili, in deference to the kids.

The kiddie meal is not bad.  Spaghetti Bolognese with huge Chicken fingers.  The set also comes with orange juice / milk  and chocolate gelato.  The kids had one set each.

 Wash it all down with sparkling San Pellegrino.

'til next adventure..


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Hawkers @ Resorts World Sentosa? Yep!

Whenever I'm at Resorts World Sentosa with visiting relatives or friends ~ I often had to crack my brains where to take them for lunch or dinner.  Let's face it.  The restaurant choices at Resorts World are not only gastronomical but astronomical in their prices (with their Michelin Star Chefs and snooty ambience). 

So, what I normally do, before we even cross Sentosa island via the express train;  I invite them to eat at Vivo City mall.  There's are two food courts at Vivo City mall.  A generic one,  immediately after the MRT exit, and a nicer one, Food Republic on the upper levels.  Both are reasonably-priced.

Here's the good news ~  A week ago, I went to  Resorts World. with my mom, and  I chanced upon the newly-opened Malaysian Food Street, a hawker type establishment,  exactly beside the entrance of Universal Studios!

For those unfamiliar with day-to-day survival in Singapore.   Very few families in Singapore cook their meals. The local population usually eat at Hawker centers (small eateries, featuring local and traditional Chinese, Indian and Malay cooking).  They're clean, cheap and no-nonsense fare.  Most dishes  are cooked as soon as you order.    A chicken-rice set,  (which is joked as the national food of Singapore) costs about 4 SGD. 

The ambience of the place is Malaysia circa 1950s at night.   They famous Penang Hokkien Prawn Mee,  Klang Bah Kuh Teh, Nasi Lemak and many other daily favorites sold in stalls with renowed hawker's names of long ago.

I ordered this prawn noodle soup, but I could not finish because it was so spicy! :))  Be careful ordering here in Singapore.  There are plenty of dishes that are automatically spicy, you have to instruct them otherwise.

Thanks goodness for this Malaysian Food Street, now I have some place to bring my guests ~ they can enjoy the local fare, in a classy environment at Resorts World, and without burning a hole in my pocket :)

'til next adventure!