Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Food review - Samyang Hot Spicy Chicken Ramen

These really hot and spicy chicken noodles taste absolutely delicious!

Samyang Hot Spicy Chicken Ramen noodles is probably one of the spiciest noodles that I have ever tasted!!!!
Samyang Hot Chicken Ramen

How I cook and eat them
I find the only way them reasonably so it's not too spicy is to only cook "one" packet at a time. If you combine more than one packet then it's extremely spicy - too much for me to bear! It's up to you, but that's how I have found them best to eat.

It's fairly easy to make to eat, you'll cook thrm just like your typical dry-style fried noodles.

If you're wondering, I cook them in two separate saucepans/ pots. One pot to cook the noodles so it is cooked soft, and the other saucepan (frying pan is okay too) is for mixing the noodles into the sauce.

1. Boil hot water, and add noodles in as you would for any noodles. Check the texture and softness of the noodles to your style of eating noodles. Some folks like it a little harder, others like it extra soft.

1. Firstly, adding a bit of oil to the saucepan (so it can spread around the noodles later).
2. Then adding the main red sauce packet and letting it sizzle a bit on low-medium heat. Just enough for it to flavour the oils and spread around the surface of the saucepan.
3. Place the soft cooked noodles into the saucepan and spread it around the sauce so it covers all the noodles.
4. Shake it around the pan and keep it hot and soft.
5. Just place the noodles into a bowl ready for serving. Adding the final spring onion/ greens to the top of the noodles.

Tip - The trick to this process overall is to time it so that the noodles are cooked soft and ready to go into the saucepan with the sauces already sizzling. Try not to have the cooked noodles sitting around for too long (so the noodles don't stick and clump together).

Tip 2 - Be selective on what bowl/ plate you use to serve these noodles. Expect them to turn red from the chilli sauces from the noodles. I use metal or ceramic bowls normally so it's easier to clean. 

Tip 3 - If you are making two packets of these awesome noodles. Use only one of the red chilli sauces, don't add in the second packet unless you really like it extra extra spicy!

My story finding the noodles (if you're interested in knowing ;))
My girlfriend and I went all around Singapore finding these noodles after I tried these and got hooked. I found that they stocked them at Sheng Siong but they were sold out every store I went to. After waiting a week for a new shipment to arrive, but ended up having to wait two weeks for the order to come through - as they kept selling out. I ended up finding them at Sheng Siong Bedok (near the MRT).

I also later found these noodles months later stocked at Fairprice. This photo is taken at Fairprice Chinatown Point in case you're looking for them.
$5.90 Samyang Hot Chicken Ramen

I am not in any way affiliated with Samyang or Fairprice.


Monday, January 19, 2015

I love Mustafa Singapore

Mustafa is one of my favourite places to shop. I often come here for most of my household basics, in particular I love going to Mustafa for fresh vegetables in particular.
Fresh spring onion vegetables
It's 24 hours and one of the biggest and cheapest shopping centres in Singapore. It is spread over two shopping buildings part of the Mustafa Centre-Serangoon Plaza where you'll be able to find most things you need.

They sell nearly everything including household groceries, kitchen items, luggage bags, clothes, whitegoods, electronics, toys, etc. Probably the only thing that they don't sell are large furniture items.

They even have their own 24 hour post office, and Tax Refund counter inside the shopping centre, helping customers to do the paperwork for claiming tax refund. In fact, they probably are the only 24 hour post office in Singapore.

Mustafa is the best place to find spices from all around the world. It took me a while, but I managed to track down Middle Eastern (Persian) spices such as Somaq (sumac) and Zaatar (za'atar). The former is a spice you can often find on top of hummus (chickpea dip/ spread). It must be one of the few (if only) places in Singapore to stock these spices. These two spices are great to sprinkle on top of white rice, kebabs, and also nice on plain yogurt if eating with a heartier meal. These ones are Greenfields brands from the UK shipped to Singapore.

Mustafa Centre is located  in the Little India district.
Main store address: Mustafa Centre, 145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704.
Branch: Serangoon Plaza, 320 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218108 (Connected to the main store at the same location)

Nearest MRT: 5-10 minute walk from Farrer Park MRT on the North East Line (Purple line)

Best time to visit: Visit Mustafa Centre in early morning to avoid crowds or late in the evening and into the twilight hours.

Prices are generally cheap overall. 
Something I didn't know, but the reason it's generally cheaper is this business approach that they take:
"Prices of products sold at Mustafa are lower than its competitors with a profit margin not exceeding 15%. The lower prices are possible because of the huge turnover. Goods are imported directly, eliminating the need for middlemen. They are bought in much bigger quantities, so lower prices can be offered. The goods are bought at the cheapest possible sources, from countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore itself. It is this simple business strategy that has worked for the company since its beginning: "to buy and sell at the lowest prices possible". - National Library Singapore


Mystery tour to the Woop Woop land

A few years back I joined my fellow Lions on a mysterious mystery tour into the country. Where we were lead was surprising, we ended up literally in Woop Woop in a place called Woop-Woop in Castlemaine, Victoria. 

Here we toured a unique sculpture garden and gallery based on Australian colloquialisms and humour.
"When you enter the gallery-tea room, you're in for a fun experience. The extensive garden is adorned with over 100 sculptures depicting Australian sayings, unusual native 'plants, and 'Galvo Country', where three-dimensional figures mix with the 'local wildlife'. There's a few simple activities such as 'lizard races', and 'bush billiards', and seats are provided throughout the garden".
Enjoy the photos - but don't let them spoil your experience, you've gotta see it to believe it. See ya in Woop-Woop land! ;)

Hermes - The Gift of Time Exhibition

Back in 2011, I was staying near the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, a railway that took travellers from Singapore to Malaysia. It was closed in May 2011, so I never really had an opportunity to explore it.

Every now and then, the facility is opened for various events and functions. Sometimes private, sometimes public.

It's been quite some time now, but digging through some old photos I found some nice glimpses of the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station when they opened it up for what they called the "Hermes - Gift of Time Exhibition".

It's a "circular walk-through display representing time, American artist Hilton McConnico, scenographer, poet and long-time partner of Hermès, tells the story of Hermès time through poetic displays tinted with light humour, variety of colours and a series of sensory discoveries."

I took some nice photos from the exhibition, although the focus is mainly on the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station as it is now - after it's closure.