Thursday, July 23, 2020

8 Crabs - Wild Caught Sri Lanka Crabs that warms my heart

During the early years, Singapore was famous for its chilli crab and black pepper crabs.  Most of the tourist who visited Little Red Dot will plan a day specifically to head down to a few seafood joints to taste these famous dishes.

Sadly, as years passed and due to a few reasons such as experienced chefs retiring and the skill of new chefs are not up to it, the quality and taste of these dishes deteriorated. Even those seafood joints where both locals and tourists flocked to previously to have their crabs crave fixed were serving substandard quality crabs.

It is easy to cook chilli crab.  I mean if my Mum or DinoPapa (bless their soul) were able to whip up a huge plate of chilli crabs in our humble kitchen and have us licked the plates clean, I do not see why restaurants or zi char stalls serves crabs that are not value for money. 

Before you guys hit me on the above statement, I stand to believe that it is an easy dish BUT it does require a lot of preparation work.  Just do a quick google and you will find a variety of recipes with some what the same ingredients and steps in cooking the dish.

The most important element for chilli crab is of course the freshness of the crab which is the deciding factor whether the dish is a success or a flop.

It is the hassle of gathering the ingredients and preparing them that stopped DinoPapa from making chilli crab more often though he loves this dish.  Later on when his health was not good it becomes impossible for him to make this dish again.

We have tried chilli crab from a few places but it was always a disappointed experience.  The dish was pricey with the gravy either too bland, too watery, too spicy.  The crabs size and freshness were always a lucky hit or miss.  We have stopped ordering this dish since years back because it is really not worth the money and our heartache.  Yeah, we love our food so much that when we tasted badly prepared dishes we feel sad and angry because the chef is wasting precious ingredients!  "浪费食材!" DinoPapa always exclaimed when he tasted substandard food.

Well, if only he gets to know about 8 Crabs earlier, we would be having crabs that tasted as good if not better than he would have made them himself and he would be singing praises about them to every one.

The new norm for F&B businesses is to offer home delivery of their food to consumers since most of us are stuck at home due to Covid19 Circuit Breaker.  Timely delivery, condition and quality of food when they reached consumers have always been a challenge.

Has 8 Crabs managed to overcome this issues?  Scroll on to see our photos of their crabs.

8 Crabs Award Winning Salted Egg Crab

8 Crabs Award Winning Chilli Crab

Fried Man Tou

Our Food Tasting
Well, first and foremost, they receive 5 stars from us because the crabs were piping hot, DinoBoy was eager to sink his teeth into the crab that he grabbed the pincer and got a shock from it.  The skin of the fried man tou were crispy and the inside's soft & fluffy.  We dipped it in both the sauces and bun soaked up the sauce fairly quickly, a taste of heaven after that.

They earned another 5 stars for presentation, I mean to cook the crabs and placed them in the containers, making them look prim and proper as if the crab is enjoying a sun tan takes an extra effort from the chef.  I swear that chilli crab was smiling at me when I open the container!

We started with 8 Crabs Award winning Salted Egg Crabs, we were expecting to taste a bit of texture from the broken down salted egg yolk in the sauce but there were none.  Sauce was smooth and with a mild salted egg taste in it.  We were ok with that but would prefer it to be a little bit stronger though not too over other wise the taste will cover the sweetness of the fresh crabs.

The screaming red sauce from 8 Crabs Award Winning Chilli Crab looks intimidating, making us think that it is spicy, turned out it tasted great with the right level of spiciness and sweetness.  Contrary to the believe, chilli crab sauce are not supposed to be lip burning spicy.  Instead it got to have a well balanced taste of spiciness from chilli and sweetness from tomato sauce.

Needless to say, the Sri Lanka crabs were superb!  Sweetness from the fresh meat satisfied the craving we had just by looking at it earlier.  The crabs were fleshy or meaty too.  We could get big chucks of meat from the cartilage-lined channels.  From the photo we share above, you can see that there is a fair size of meat on the legs too.

We ordered 2 XL crabs for 2 adults and 1 tween coz I wasn't sure how big the crabs will be.  Plus, based on past experience, DinoBoy can finish half a crab, thus I decided to order more just to make sure every one's have their fair share of it.  Turned out that the XL crabs were really big!  3 of us had a hearty share of the crabs.

Our Conclusion
Honestly, these crabs does not come cheap with price of each crab going at SGD68 for Large (approx 750g), SGD88 for X-Large (900g - 1kg) and SGD128 for  XX-Large (approx 1.2kg).  We guarantee you that it is worth every cent you paid for these crabs.

8 Crabs has control over the quality of the Sri Lanka crabs from the minute they are being lift out of water and to be graded by experienced crab graders to ensure that only AAA grade crabs leave their premises 2 hours later, making its way to the airport to reach Singapore some 4 hours later.  This, I think is as fresh as you can get for live crabs.  Guarantee no weird ammonia taste or crumbly texture of the crab meat. 

They also claimed to be able to delivery within the selected one hour slot.  I wasn't paying attention to the time that day but a search at their facebook page did not show any complaints about late deliveries so I gather that they kept to their claims.

If you are old school like me, you probably won't enjoy Salted Egg Crabs as much but I read about raving review of their Award Winning Black Pepper crab so you may want to try that instead.

I love the chilli crab sauce, it made me miss DinoPapa because it has that almost same taste as the chilli crab he cooked for us years before.  It warms my heart and soul while I reminisce the memories of DinoPapa.

If you love some good crabs and willing to splurge on it, I strongly recommends 8 crabs, you will not be disappointed.  Place your crab order here.

If you want other zi char dishes to go with your crab, 8 Crabs serves and delivers pipping hot dishes too.  We ordered Yam Ring, Prawn Paste wings and Stir-fried kailan, no complains about them except praises.  Take a look at their other dishes over here.

Disclaimer : We received SGD120 8 Crabs store credits for partial payment of the crabs while we paid for the difference, solely for the purpose of reviewing and this post. No other compensation was received. All opinions are based on our food tasting of 8 Crabs food. All photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not use them without asking for our permission.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Sushi, Premium food that is easy on the pocket

During the Covid19 pandemic, the new norm is to wear a face mask the minute you step out of the house.  The next new norm is to tabao or pack food from eatery to eat at home. These are the measures our government has enforced to minimize the chances of contacting and spreading the virus.

Thus, most of us spend our time confined in our home while we patiently try to ride the virus out. 

Food has always been a source of comfort and distraction for most of Singaporean, we gather to have a feast to celebrate an event, or chomping down on comfort food hoping that it will heal our broken heart, or enjoying that fine dining cuisine just because, or snuggling up on the sofa with our favourite snack while watching the movie on our big screen tv. 

It is without doubt that we are doing more munching during this Covid19 Circuit Breaker period.  As time passes, we started to get tired of cooking the same dishes or eating the same food from the same stalls/restaurants around our neighbourhood.  We suddenly crave for new delicacies and cuisine but that famous char kuay teow just will not deliver to us because we are outside their delivery range. *dang!*

Feeling a pang of sadness, unhappiness and deprived of food, (hahaha!) we troll the web or facebook to see which restaurants or stalls in hawker centre from the other parts of town are able to deliver food to our area.  Our taste bud needs to taste something new and interesting to make us feel alive again! 

Then one day in June 2020, dear sis called me to ask if I want to have sushi for dinner, apparently she found a Japanese restaurant that serves almost every thing; from sashimi, to sushi, donburi, bento boxes and appetizers.  And they deliver to our area too! 

So, on that particular day, we eagerly ordered our food online at Sushi Delivery and waited patiently for it.  An hour later, no sign of food, I sent a whatsapp message to the phone number provided in their website, below is the screenshot of our message.  

Though it was delivered slightly later, we were expecting luke warm food or messy sushi during the delivery transit but that did not happen, our donburi was warm, the sushi and maki arrived intact, looking appetizing and appealing.

With such a positive experience with them, when we were approached to do a food review on their food, we agreed to it without hesitation.

On the day that the food was to be delivered, we were excited because we didn't place any order nor was told what has been arranged for us.  I was worried that the food will not be enough and wrote my concern to the PR company who assured me that the food will be more than enough for both of us.

It was indeed more than both of us can stomach!  We were stuffed and couldn't finish every thing!

Here are the food Sushi Delivery sent over to us.

Kani Salad @ SGD 6.90

Chuka Kurage @ SGD4.00

Kappa Maki (1 roll) @ SGD3.90

Champion Maki (8pcs) @ SGD10.90

Champion Floss Maki (8pcs) @ SGD15.90

Yam Net Sponge Roll (5pcs) @ SGD5.90

Shrimp Croton (5pcs) @ SGD4.90

Tako Yaki (5pcs) @ SGD4.90
Our Food Tasting
Since we weren't given a choice to choose our food, some of the items appealed to us and some did not.

The Kani Salad was packed with ice pack thus it was chilled when it arrived, love the generous serving of shredded crab stick and roe.

There was also a ice pack underneath the Chuka Kurage keeping it chill and fresh.  This has always been DinoBoy's favourite and he ate the larger share of it.

When it comes to Japanese cuisine, we are not fans of fried food so Shrimp Croton and Tako Yaki rank the lowest among the list.  I have never like the taste of bonito flakes and will patiently picks them out of dishes if needed.   According to DinoBoy, croton is crispy and he could taste the shrimp inside, octopus was fresh and chewy too.

However the Yam Net Sponge Roll was a winner though, the crispy on the outside with right amount filling of the not so sweet yam paste on the inside.  I don't think I sse this being served in the Japanese restaurants or sushi bars we frequently patronize so this is something new and refreshing to us.

The highlight of the meal was the maki.  We prefer Futomaki to tekkamaki so Kappa Maki did not appeal to us.

What makes a good maki?  The quality and grade of the rice used must be good.  The rice must be seasoned and cooked to perfection; not too over or under cooked, too much vinegar and it spoils the who dish.  Maki must be tightly rolled to keep the ingredients inside together, imagine picking up a piece of maki and have all the ingredients raining down from it, leaving a food trail.  That will totally spoil my appetite and mood.

With Sushi Delivery and their team of Japanese Itamae or Head Sushi Chefs, the above will never happen!

The California Maki is a common maki with avocado, crab stick, tamago, Japanese cucumber wrapped with nori seaweed, sushi rice and coated with tobiko or flying fish roe.  The only highlight of this is probably the fish roe.  It's salty taste and crunchy texture makes a whole lot of difference to the maki.

Sushi Delivery's Champion California Maki is coated with a generous layer of tobiko, every bite is a burst of happiness as we chew on the tobiko, the maki seems to be dancing in our mouth.

However, with their Champion Floss Maki, we couldn't decide whether we love it or not.  Made with teriyaki chicken, crunchy Japanese cucumber, Parmesan cheese and nori seaweed on the inside, drizzled with nacho cheese, floss and tobiko on the outside.  It definitely is a savoury dish and perhaps too much of it?  It is like an load-full of the flavours in the mouth that it confuses the taste bud.  We were frowning and making funny expressions - no joke ont that, while chewing the maki.

I tried having it with and without dipping it into the wasabi and soy sauce.  A mistake with the wasabi sauce, it just tasted weird. So I suggest leaving that out when you eat the Champion Floss Maki. 

Strange as it may be to us, we suggest you give it a try as taste can be subjective to individual, you probably love them better than we do.

Our Conclusion
Judging from the positive comments I wrote at the start of this post. you would have guessed right that we gave two thumbs up for Sushi Delivery.  We still give them two thumbs up after this food review though there were hits and misses because we totally enjoyed their food.

Using only premium shortgrain rice from Miyagi in Japan and daily air flown Ikejime processed fresh fish from Hokkaido and Tsukiji, plus food being prepared upon receiving order and under the scrutiny of the Itamae, quality of the food is guaranteed to be fresh and top notch.

Their 7 outlets strategically located all over Singapore means that food will be delivered within the one hour time slot.  

Unless unforeseen circumstances happened like our first encounter with Sushi Delivery.  The Covid19 virus was spreading fiercely and it was the start of Circuit Breaker, most of us feared to venture out of the safety of our home, thus delivery orders surged, delivery crew and companies were overwhelmed leading to delays in fulfilling orders.

Having tried their food twice, I think we qualify to vouch that Sushi Delivery is a restaurant that you can patronize when you need to satisfy the craving for sashimi or a warm bowl of donburi.  Their premium quality food at affordable prices is definitely a plus point.

If you want venture away form your usual Japanese restaurants or sushi bar for a refreshing dining experience you definitely have to go for Sushi Delivery.

Can't decide what to have for your first order?  Simply check out their Chef Recommendation, you can never go wrong with that.

Incidentally, Sushi Delivery ranks #1 in the recent Best in Singapore food review, you can read about it here.

Yupe, ready to try Sushi Delivery? Place your order over here.  They have a minimum order of SGD60 for free delivery, otherwise its a flat SGD5.90 delivery fee applies.

Remember to follow them on their instagram and facebook page to receive their latest promotion and deals.

Bon appetit~ and remember to Stay Home, Stay Safe during the Circuit Breaker period!

Disclaimer : We received food from Sushi Delivery for the purpose of reviewing and this post. No other compensation was received. All opinions are based on our food tasting of Sushi Delivery food. All photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not use them without asking for our permission.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel

When I received this product from one of my favourite brand Theo10 it was fresh from the oven but due to my workload and the tragic happening in the family in April 2020 I was not able to do the review.  Today I finally cleared off all the company's year end closing and all the data migration stuffs *phew*

For those unfamiliar with Theo10, a home grown company that was established in 2013 with the sole aim to produce products that are made with 100% natural ingredients with no added preservatives and harmful paraben.  Read about my previous review on their moisturizer and eczema cream over here.

Similar to their other products Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel is made with natural ingredients and essential oil, though formulated for people with sensitive skin it is suitable for every one.

Why is Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel great for sensitive skin?  This is because it lacks one common ingredient found in most soap, shampoo, facial wash, shower gel.  The absence of foaming agent, common culprit sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), prevents the sensitive skin from getting excessive irritable.  This chemical is harsh and at the same time strip and dry the skin thus making it tender, sensitive and itchy.

In the photo below is a little experiment I did.  One pump of Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel on my wet shower puff and scrubbing on my arm shows that there isn't any foam.  I added another pump of the shower get on the same shower puff, still no cloudy foam.

Excluding this seemingly harmless foaming agent does not compromise the quality of the shower gel nor the cleanliness of your body.

Then how does the shower gel cleanse our body?

With the all natural Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Thai virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Extra virgin Olive Oil, Organic Vegetable-based glycerine and Distilled water. 

Isn't that too much oil for the body?

Well, our skin has it's own self regulating system to keep it from getting too dry by secreting oil through the sebaceous glands.  Too much oil sometimes clog the gland thus resulting in pimples, acne and oil bumps.

By introducing all natural oil to our skin we sort of "tricked" it into slowing down in oil production, preventing blocked pores and giving us glowing skin.

On top of that, these oil also helps to restore natural moisture balance on the skin, reducing inflammation in some cases too.

If you think that is all for Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel you are wrong!  The 2 essential oil added into the shower gel will make you fall in love with it totally.

Orchid essential oil is known to help reduces fine lines, rejuvenate skin thus giving you a bright and radiant complexion.

White Tea essential oil is infused with several flowers and herbs spice giving it a fresh flora and woody fragrance that uplifts your mood. 

Our Conclusion
For those of you who have been using store bought shower foam/shower gel, it will take time for you to get used to the "foamless" Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel.  

My shower time is shorter since I don't have to keep running the water over my body to wash away the lather.  Lesser usage of water may help to save my water & electricity bill too.

The entire shower area smells nice, a little bit woody spice and a little bit flowery,  and I stepped out of the shower with a faint smell of almond fragrance on my skin.  It is very mild and I have to put my nose right at my arm to be able to smell it. 

Having said that, do note that every one reacts to smell differently, don't get turned off by my sharing of my after shower experience.  You have to try it and maybe your nose picks up a different scent that you love.

We love this shower gel and will not hesitate to introduce them to friends, especially those with sensitive skin and fighting eczema.

Where to purchase
Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel is available in 400ml @ SGD22 and 1100ml @ SGD48, they can be purchased from Theo10 website over here.

Discount Code for You
Want to top up your Theo10 products or trying Theo10 products for the first time?  We heard you and Theo10 has graciously extend a 15% discount on all their products!  Quote "DINOMAMA15" upon your check out to enjoy the discount.

WAIT!!! That's not all! There is more freebies for you!  Do you not love us and Theo10?

Gift With Purchase (After discount)
Tier 1: $68 spent – Free 4x Sanitiser (30ml) Worth $24
Tier 2: $108 spent – Free 8x Sanitiser (30ml) Worth $48
Tier 3: $188 spent – Free 16x Sanitiser (30ml) Worth $96

*The above discount excludes the SPIN Bundle deals which is a donation to SPIN (Single Parents INformed, INvolved and INcluded) by HCSA.  More details below.
* All terms and condition apply

Join Theo10 to Support HCSA

The objective of this collaborative project is to raise support for Dayspring SPIN as many of them have been confined in their homes for long period due to COVID-19, the support of our products will help ease the beneficiaries in the following:

➢ Allow proper hygiene choices in their daily habits and routines
➢ Provide good hygiene resources and support
➢ Cope with the after-effects of COVID-19 and readjust to changes
➢ Continue to remain safe and healthy post-COVID-19

Help by purchasing any of the SPIN Bundle and the beneficiaries will receive the following;

SPIN Basic ($5)
Dayspring SPIN will receive: 2x30ml Theo10 Hand Sanitiser

SPIN Special ($25)
Customer will receive: 1x130ml Theo10 REPELS
Dayspring SPIN will receive: 3x30ml Theo10 Hand Sanitiser

SPIN Gratitude ($50)
Customer will receive: 3x30ml Theo10 Hand Sanitiser, 1x130ml Theo10 REPELS
Dayspring SPIN will receive: 3x30ml Theo10 Hand Sanitiser , 1x130ml Theo10 REPELS

SPIN Angel ($200)
Dayspring SPIN will receive: 50x30ml Theo10 Hand Sanitiser

Giveaway (YAY!)
I asked in my facebook page on your view on your preference in receiving discount code or giveaway, since it is a tie so you get to have BOTH!  Theo10 is sponsoring 2 bottles of Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel (400ml) for us to host this giveaway.  Hurry and enter the giveaway, 2 of you gets to win a bottle of the shower gel each.

Giveaway Details
Prize : x2 Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel
Contest Ends : 16 July 2020 @ 2359hrs Extended till 31 July 2020 coz everyone's so focus on our GE2020 :D
Open : Singapore
How to Enter :
By doing all the required steps below.
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Disclaimer : We received Theo10® products for the purpose of reviewing and this post. No other compensation was received. All opinions are based on our usage and experience with the products. All photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not use them without asking for our permission.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Covid19, Stay Home Stay Safe - bringing wet market to your home

When Covid19 virus reached our shore and extended its fingers ferociously all over our island, our government ordered a Circuit Breaker starting from 7 April 2020 to break the chain of transmission in the community.  The citizens are advised to stay at home as much as possible, most of us started to work from home with the exception of those who works as our healthcare personnel and in the essential services business such as supermarkets, F&B, delivery etc. 

With the Covid19 escalating into a pandemic, tighter measures being dished out gradually to control the crowd in the malls, wet markets, supermarkets, food courts we find ourselves spending quite a bit of time queuing to enter these venues.   I don't know about you but I get frustrated to have to queue for even 15mins just to go into supermarket to grab some groceries and a longer time when I have to make payment for my purchases.  At least an hour and a half slipped by easily with such supermarket trips.

Later, while the number of infected cases rises slowly, the fear of contacting the virus started to creeps subconsciously causing people to make lesser trips out of the house, ordering takeaways from Foodpanda, Deliveroo or GrabFood.  For consumer it is a convenient way to order food, for F&B business who have the manpower to make online delivery or have the means to collaborate with these food delivery companies it only have great positive effects on their business.

During such trying times, it is always the small businesses, usually family business that suffered the most mainly because they rely heavily on walk in customers.  In the past, they would have suffered in silence but not now.  With tech savvy children who worry for and about their parents and their livelihood, they took to the internet to help save their family business.

One such person who acted swiftly is the 2nd generation hawker owner of an eatery stall Melvin Chew.  You can read CNA report about him and his initiative over here.  All thanks to him, a group of like minded people who become moderators/admin to help maintain the groups he set up; Hawkers United - dabao 2020, Pasar United - dabao 2020 and Delivery United, they have helped many people in so many ways.

So far I have only ordered fruits and seafood for like less than 5 times. this is because I always think that they supplier will send sub-standard (at least to me lah) food to me plus I prefer to feel and touch my food before buying them.  However, tempted by the convenience offered in the groups mentioned above, I wanted to try ordering from the platform.  I decided to order fruits which in my opinion is safer, I mean the most the fruits sent over are bruised, cut the affect area away and still can eat them.  Unlike meat and seafood, if they arrived not fresh then I have to throw them away (then complain the hell at the vendor!)

After scrolling and looking at the fruits photo, I picked Ah Sam Durian coz of the premium fruits they offered at a slightly lower price than the fruit company I patronized before.  I told Deanna, the lady in charge of taking order, that I needed to offer the fruits to God so "please try to give me fruits that are not bruised and in good shape... banana need to be ripe but not overly ripe, pineapple must have nice crown.", not a difficult request right?  I was thinking maybe they will just agree but will not take me request seriously.  Not with Ah Sam Durian, look at the photo below~ the fruits came looking fresh and with no bruising, banana looks green but it turned yellow the next day, just nice for praying.  

I got a shock when I saw these 3 HUGE coconuts in the box, the description was "small coconut" thus I was expecting those cute little palm size coconuts where the husk is opened and ready for consumption.  Seriously, I looked at these 3 and stunned... messaged Deanna asking her how to open them. She patiently told me the easy steps, assured me that I will not need to use a lot of strength to whack it open with the chopper.  True enough, the husk hard but easy to crack open, I managed to open them in under 20mins and we all had cups of chilled sweet coconut juice after that.

This is my order last week, all our favourite fruits - lychee, USA cherry, Korean strawberry and Thai logan for me, passionfruit and avocado for DinoBoy.  Look at the size of that XL Australian avocado~ It is so fat with flesh that DinoBoy felt so full after eating half of it. 

Ah Sam Durian have fruit box too, just check with them on their current affordable offer.  Alternatively, you can choose the fruits you want and send them to your family and friends.

Since this is my 2nd purchase, I felt confident with the quality of their fruits to send 2 care packages to my 2 pals.  I chose 3 types of fruits that I know they will love and true enough both were delighted to receive the package and totally enjoyed the fruits.  

Note: you have to hit SGD50 for free delivery but with their premium fruits you can easily hit the amount.  It's next day delivery if you pay for your order before 11pm.

Then on the dreadful day 29 April 2020, tragedy hit us when DinoPapa left us suddenly (no it is not Covid19 related).  Till today I still cannot believe it and misses him loads.  As with all traditional ritual, there were things that has to be done till the 49th day of his passing.  I needed a few specific things to offer to him daily and on every 7th day,  For example, I need to offer lettuce with roots to him twice a day.  You would think it is a common vegetable, easily found in supermarket and wet market.  

That was what I thought so too, till I went to hunt for it.  Yes there are lettuce BUT no roots!  Can't even find them at the neighbourhood wet market.  Of course lettuce without roots is still acceptable but if possible one with roots will be better.  Don't ask me the reason for that, I didn't ask the Taoist priest, but this is one of the Teochew custom.

By this time, tighter measures were carried out every where.  There were only one entry and one exit point even at my neighbourhood wet market, we even have to queue to go into the vegetable stall (which was blocked up with only 1 entry/exit) and queue again to make payment. Strange thing is this is the only stall that has snaking queue, the other meat, poultry and fruits stall does have.  Anyway, waste of my precious time queuing under the warm environment only to come out empty handed.

Thank goodness for Pasar United - dabao 2020, I managed to link up with a family run vegetable stall Ah Yam Vegetable and my problem is solved!  Every week I will order my lettuce with roots together with some other vegetables for our own consumption.  The 2nd generation vegetable owner Hanwei is helpful and always try to ensure that the lettuce are completely dry before packing as water trapped in between the leaves will make the vegetable turn bad faster.

Here's a photo of one of my purchase from Ah Yam Vegetable.  The cost of the vegetable may not be competitive with supermarket but their quality and freshness is definitely better than those in supermarket.  

And Ah Yam Vegetable takes pride in delivering fresh vegetables.  There was once when Hanwei delivered my order, he told me that one of the vegetable I order does not look so great so he replaced with another vegetable without checking with me.  I remembered he replaced with doumiao which we don't really fancy (hahah! yes we have vegetable that all 3 of us don't like) but I accepted it because vegetables are easy to cook, even if you are not sure how to process it and cook it, you can check it out on youtube.  Best cooking solution for green leafy vegetable is to stir fry it with garlic and dash of light soy sauce.

Of course, I am easy and flexible with my purchase but if you are concern, I am sure you can let Hanwei know your preferred replacement vegetable, he will try to give them to you if they are of the same value and if they are available.

Note : Minimum order for delivery is SGD35 SGD28 (edited on 25 May 2020, just got notified that deliver fee has lowered.) and a small delivery fee of SGD5 to SGD10 depending on location.  Free delivery for order over SGD100.  They give free vegetable for every order that hit minimum order value, so far I have noticed that it is different vegetable every week.  My packet of garlic in the photo below was the free vegetable.  Delivery is 2 days after placing order, so plan your ordering carefully incase it has to be delivered 2 days later due to over whelmed orders. 

Here we have stir fried red round spinach, okra with eggs, pickled radish and stir fried spinach
Now, for DinoPapa praying ritual and according to Teochew custom, on every 7th day from the day of his passing I have to offer 五碗头 (clueless about the English name) that consist of pork belly, chicken with head and feet intact, fresh mullet (with scale n not gutted), fried taukua and a vegetable.  My challenge?  The chicken and the fish.

I don't frequent wet market but I know for sure mullet is a rare sight, I MAY be able to find chicken with head n feet. Sensing the difficulty, I turned to Pasar United - dabao 2020 again; that one is my life saver I tell you!

I wanted a vendor who can supply all meat, poultry and fish to me but most of them does not do that.  After a couple days of searching I finally found one - Market Boy - Wet Market Home Supplier.  Like the creator of Pasar United - dabao 2020, Kenny's family runs a poultry stall in the Clementi West wet market.

Kenny started the facebook page and website in April 2020 to help his parents and neighbouring stall owners to try to gather some business during this difficult period.  When I first chatted with Kenny I told him straight that I needed those 3 things and delivery has to be on Saturday only coz I needed them on Sunday morning, he okay-ed with me. 

One of the reason that I decided to order the items with Market Boy - Wet Market Home Supplier is because of a minor mullet incident that really tested everyone's patience.  When my Taoist priest told me to prepare the items, he said them in hokkien so mullet was orh-hu which direct translation literally means black fish, so I thought its any fish that is black and that is what I told Kenny too.  NO!!! I almost made a major mistake!  I think my Taoist priest almost got a heart attack hahaha~ because I really have no idea what fish is he asking for even after he patiently described the fish.  Kenny also hasn't got any clue after I conveyed the message to him BUT he told me that he will ask the fish monger uncle.  Thank goodness the uncle understood immediately what we wanted, confirmed with a voice whatsapp message and a photo.  Sent the photo to my Taoist priest who were super happy that we finally found the damn fish.

As his facebook platform took off, adjustments were made to ease the workload of himself and his small team thus they ceased weekend delivery.  I was worried and ok I admit, I was a little bit drama queen and whiny that day just to show how "upset" I was.  Kenny immediately told me that he will make special exception for me because I needed the items for specific purpose and will deliver my order personally on Saturday. This kind gesture touched my heart greatly!

Edited to add on 25 May 2020 - I was just informed by Kenny that they still do weekend delivery but only to certain area, my area is not in these area.  So check with them on their delivery schedule ok.

Now, if a business owner does not have customer's interest in their heart, they would not bother about their request nor go the extra mile to help solve the issue with them,  This incident speaks truthfully on its own about the attitude and service level Market Boy - Wet Market Home Supplier is offering.  Don't you agree with me?

Here's photo of the fresh meat and poultry on my past purchase.  The prawns you see further down is sea prawns, cost slightly a bit more but its huge and fresh.  I took a few pieces out to stir fry it with the Australia asparagus and mushroom, they tasted sweet and crunchy.  The remaining prawns were oven baked with just sauce (no photos to share here) and they tasted equally heaven too!

Note : Free delivery available for minimum order SGD60 and above, this is easily achievable if order meat, poultry and seafood.  They just newly launched a reward system, for now every 50 Market coins earns you SGD1 discount for your next order.  If you are not able to see the items that you want from the website, drop them a note and they will try to find for you. 

Pig's tail with black bean soup, steam cod fish, stir fry asparagus with sea prawns and turmeric mid wings
And so we shared with you the trustworthy facebook groups and vendors that will help ease your grocery shopping burden.  No more worrying about making trips to supermarket only to return with half of your grocery list, or queuing to get into supermarkets.

Stay Home Stay Safe and have your groceries delivered to your doorstep from the comfort of your home!

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Lastly, I like to say this before I pen off.

Do keep in mind that the vendors I shared here are all family owned businesses, some of the contact person have full time job working from home, some works in essential business, some of them are one-man show; that means they handle every thing from taking order to delivery.

I did not do price comparison because it is not my habit to do so (in another word, I am lazy lah).  Their prices are within my acceptable range, of course I take into consideration the quality of the food they delivered and the level of service they provide to decide whether to order from them or not. 

Use your Ps and Qs (if you don't know they just mean Please and Thank You) loosely, no one will be offended if you over use these 2 words.

Have the courtesy to let them know days in advance if you need your order on specific date so that they have ample time to make arrangement.  

Be understanding and flexible to accept any hiccups gracefully and alternative delivery dates or compensation (if any). 

Remember that we are in this difficult situation together, show some compassion towards your fellow Singaporeans.  Let's stay #SGUnited and strive towards a better days for weeks to come.


Disclaimer : This is not a sponsored post, I paid for all my orders with the vendors.  All opinions are 100% ours and based on our interaction and experience with each vendors.  All photos in this post unless otherwise credited, are copyrighted and belong to The DinoFamily, you may not use any of the photos for any purposes without seeking our permisison.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Honey Garlic Salmon Aglio e Olio

Salmon is the easiest fish to cook.  With just salt & pepper or a little bit of marinade or sauce you can bake, pan sear, grill, steam, broil it, I guarantee you the dish will turn out delish any time of the day!  Any one who is new to cooking can try their hands on cooking a salmon dish to impress your family.

Why do we love salmon so much?  Besides being tasty (raw or cooked), it's probably because it is packed full of essential fatty acids Omega3 which could help to lower your chances of getting any cardiovascular disease, dementia or Alzheimer.

Today is Covid19 Circuit Breaker week 2, we are still working from home or having HBL (Home Based Learning), stuck together for 24/7 we have to find ways to keep ourselves occupied and try not to get into each other's throat.  What better way than to cook a simple meal together?

Since we have about 3/4 left of the almost 4kg salmon in the freezer we decided to cook salmon aglio e olio.  We want to step away from the usual Salmon with teriyaki sauce and decided to make it with honey and garlic.  If you are worry that the salmon will be too honey sweet, don't worry it goes well with the sweetness from the fresh salmon making it a taste from heaven~  The amount of minced garlic used will not give the dish a strong flavour so you can rest assure on that too.

It's a different story when we are cooking the spaghetti aglio e olio style, we want loads and loads of garlic!  DinoBoy is in charge of cooking the spaghetti.  First he boiled the spaghetti till al dante, then he took a short cut by crushing the garlic instead of slicing them thinly.  

How to make spaghetti aglio e olio - Fried the garlic with olive oil, add in the spaghetti to fry so that it can get the garlicky flavour onto it and dish it.  Simple hor.

We always buy our greens on the day we wanna cook but since today was sort of "Clear Fridge Day" to avoid going out of the house, I didn't run out to the supermarket.  Thus, no greens at the side, otherwise this will be a perfect balanced meal.

This is definitely a recipe keeper for its taste and for its short cooking time.  Recipe for Honey Garlic Salmon is further down in this post, try it and let me know what do you think of it.

* 3 Salmon fillet
* 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
* 1 teaspoon of minced ginger
* 4 tablespoon of honey
* 2 tablespoon of light soy sauce

1. Combine the minced garlic, ginger, honey and soy sauce in a container, mix them well and add in the salmon fillet to be marinated for about 15-30mins
2. Heat up your oven at 180deg
3. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil or baking paper, placed the marinated salmon fillet on top, send it into the oven to be bake for 15-20mins.  Baking time depends on the thickness of the fillet.
4. At about half way through baking, drizzle some of the marinade onto the salmon.
5. Pour the leftover marinade into a pot and bring it to boil over high heat then simmer for 3-5mins until liquid evaporates
6. Dish the salmon and drizzle the hot sauce over it and serve ti with rice or pasta.

1. The recipe is for 3 salmon fillet (since there are 3 of us in the family), you can use it for 4 fillets and eyeball to add the sauce ingredients accordingly to quantity you are cooking. 
2. You can also add more honey or garlic, depending on your preference.  We added 2 teaspoon of minced garlic but could add more if we are not having it with aglio e olio styled spaghetti.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Braised Wings with Napa Cabbage

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, our Little Red Dot is on Circuit Breaker Mode from 07 April 2020 to 04 May 2020, many companies and business have adopted the Work From Home measure as advised by our government, only those essential business will operate as usual.

My company is one of the non essential business thus I have to work from home during this month long period.  While I welcome this "break" I have a new challenges at home; a month of cooking.  After thinking it through I reckon I will skip cooking lunch because hmm... I am lazy hahaha!

Taking out lunches, I still have to think what to cook for about 30 dinner, definitely a challenge for me.  Although I think DinoPapa and DinoBoy won't mind eating repeated dishes weekly but I will feel bored cooking same dishes.  

At such times I am glad that I hoard on recipe books coz they come to good use, I flipped through them to look for some easy to prepare food and I have a few dishes that I am planning to cook in days to come.

First on the list is this dish - Braised Wings with Napa Cabbage which is an easy recipe and you can get everything done in under 30mins, it is definitely a great one pot dish too if you and your family loves chicken.  Although this dish has a recipe I gather if you have your favourite braise recipe you can simply dump all the ingredients in for braising. If you don't have braise marinade recipe, don't worry I will share one at the end of the post.

This time I took cooking to a next level by using Song Cho Magic Quick Cook Pressure Cooker to make a non pressure cooker dish (see, the laziness in me strikes lol)  

I used the cooker as a normal pot (that's the beauty of Song Cho Magic Quick Cook Pressure Cooker) to boil the napa cabbage till its slightly soft, then I added the chicken wings plus all the necessary marinating sauce and spices.

Since this is the first time I am making this dish and using pressure cooker, I miscalculate the amount of time to let the cooker boil before turning off the fire *sigh* causing the wings to overcook thus the meat are tough.  I let it cook for 5.5mins which should be shorter; using the Magic Quick Cook formula 20mins/8  = 2.5mins.  The napa cabbage however turned out super soft and sweet!

I have my secret braising recipe but decided to follow the recipe to see how it turned out. The recipe is for 8 wings but I cooked a whole 1kg packet of 20+ wings (was feeding a village lol), adding the ingredients mentally in my head to suit the larger quantity. Turned out the taste wasn't too far off and quite flavourful too. 

Do not under estimate the napa cabbage, besides being crunch and adding a unique sweetness to your dish it is full of nutrients.  It is low in calories, high on folates; which is your folic acid that help body in producing red blood cells, and Vitamin C.  It is also a natural source of electrolytes and minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, iron and magnesium.  Potassium helps in regulating heart rate and blood pressure, so those with blood pressure issue can consider taking it.

During this trying time, with a lesser chance of exercise and going out for some fresh air, we have to do all the necessary to ensure we stay healthy, eat healthy and live healthy.  Start with simple dishes like this one that requires minimum preparation and cooking then venture out to others that are more challenging.

Together we can fight this Covid-19 virus and stop it from spreading further! 

* 8 pcs Chicken mid wings
* 1 Napa cabbage 
* 2 slices ginger
* 3 cloves of garlic
* some parsley

Braising Marinade
* 50ml dark soy sauce
* 50ml shaoxing wine
* 2 cloves
* half a thumb size rock sugar
* 250ml water

1. Remove outer napa cabbage leaves, rinse and cu into big chunks. 
2. Fill a pot with water, add napa cabbage in and boil till it is soft.  Remove and set aside.
3. Add the chicken wings into the same pot and blanch it.  Remove and set aside.
4. Take another pot, add in all the ingredients except parsley.  Cover the pot, bring to boil and turn down the fire to simmer for about 20mins.
5. Plate it, add parsley and serve

Monday, August 12, 2019

Healthy yet Delightful Cakes from whYZee

Every business started out with a reason, it could be social or it could be personal. For whYZee I guess it's a bit of both.  

A passion to bake and a burning desire to share their bakes to every one spurred this couple Y & Z to start a bakery and named it after their initials - whYZee.  I haven't had the honor of meeting this couple so I really do not know their full name, but that is not important, we could instead focus on their bakery creations to know something about them because as an artist every creation tells a story.

Screenshot taken from whYZee facebook
Gone are the days where shops offer only specific items or services, now its all about "one-stop" concept.  What makes whYZee stands out like a beautiful crane amongst the fowl?

Bakes for all occasions & season
At whYZee they specialize in cakes for all occasions; bachelor/bachelorette party,wedding, birthday, graduation, Mum's Day, Dad's Day, you name it, they can get that cake for that special celebration.  They do seasonal bakes too; Christmas, Chinese New Year and I hear they are making mooncakes too.  Check out their cheese cakes, swiss rolls and cupcakes too!

All ingredients used are of premium quality to guarantee not only the freshness of their cakes but their delicious taste as well.  All cakes are made from scratch in the bakery and sold fresh daily.

Celebrating someone's birthday soon?  Check out whYZee's birthday cakes~

Customization to Perfection
Years passed, changes occurred to every thing big and small, us included. We no longer wish to have a cake design that has been chosen by others to celebrate that special occasion, we want a unique cake design that speaks about our love for the special person.  Speak to whYZee, I read that their staffs are friendly and helpful so they should answer all you gazzillion questions, requests and requirements.  Take a look at their photo in their facebook page to catch glimpse of a few customized cakes.

Do remember to treat them with the same respect and manner they have shown you because sometimes discussion gets miscommunication or misunderstood and friction arises.  Take a breather and start again.  Happy cakes for happy celebrations!

Eggless? No problem!
For those who simply adore cakes but with the dreaded egg allergy or have a special dietary restriction, look here~ You can start enjoying them without any worries.  whYZee promised that they will not shortchange nor compromise the taste of their eggless cakes thus you will taste an eggless cake that has both light and moist texture, with buttery or choclatey or other flavour of your choice.

OMG!!! I love to sink my teeth into that Triple Dark Chocolate Eggless Vegan cake!  See more about their eggless cakes here.

Screenshot taken from whYZee website
Plus Point - Islandwide Last Minute Cake Delivery*
Forgot someone special's birthday, an anniversary, important event?  Never mind, whYZee is here to rescue you.  Place a last minute cake delivery order online here and get them delivered to you 4 hours later.  

Tight on time?  Don't panic, give whYZee a call at 9773 2434 and have them deliver your cake 2 hours later.  

Still short on time?  Aiyoh, so busy??!! Quickly head down to their shop at 352 Clementi Ave 2, #01-109 Singapore 120352 to pick up one of their beautiful cake for your party.

So far every one's giving thumbs up for this service.

*Not applicable for customized cakes. Delivery fees apply*

Major Major MAJOR PLUS POINT - Healthy yet Delightful
Let's admit it, we love cakes but hate the sweetness that sometimes comes with it.  Most of the time we have "internal argument" with ourselves saying "that little bit of sweetness won't cause any harm." or "just a few mouthful should be ok", however every time we do that we expose ourselves to health risks.

At whYZee, one of their goal is creating healthy cakes that are low in sugar but yet taste as delightful for all.  The sugar for their cakes and buttercream are reduced by about 60%-70% of the original amount required, they do not replace sugar by adding more artificial flavors or essence.

Having said that, do note about the sugar can be found naturally in food in other forms such as glucose, fructose, galactose, lactose, maltose and sucrose too.  That is why some customers feedback that whYZee banana loaf is sweet but that's due to the natural sweetness from banana.  So do exercise care when choosing the cakes if you need to control your sugar intake.

Here's a look at their healthy bakes.

Note : If you are still concern check with whYZee on the exact ingredients used in making your cake.

Taste Test
Enough of the introduction *excitement* let's tuck into whYZee cake!!!

I didn't request for any particular cake, instead I just tell them to send one my way for my birthday and I received a rustic 6" Vanilla Cream Cheese Cake (approx 1.3kg, UP SGD45.50, prices varies with each cake depending on size and decoration) in peachy-pink hue! 

Here's looking at the "inside" of the cake.  A three-tier cake with vanilla filling in between.  The cream cheese buttercream coating looks just right, we were expecting to see a thicker layer like we usually see on other cakes.

The vanilla sponge cake was spongy, light and moist.  The buttercream does not feel heavy, I purposely took a mouthful of the frosting flower to see if I have that jelak or overwhelmed feeling but I did not experience that.  It was quite pleasant tasting the buttercream, plus it sends a tinge taste of cream cheese at the back of my tongue as I run it around my mouth.

As for sweetness, I find it just right and to my liking but DinoPapa and DinoBoy said its sweet for them.  That is perfectly right because every one's got different taste bud and preference.  Don't let my comment turn you away from whYZee, I read that whYZee allows you to do a tasting of their cake at their shop.   Take this opportunity and head down to their shop to taste it, let them the level of sweetness you prefer for the cake you will be ordering from them.

The next time you have a celebration that needs a cake that is easy on the pocket and better for your health, order that cake from whYZee, so that every one can indulge in that cake without any worries.

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About whYZee
whYZee Pte Ltd was established in 2017 by a couple who are extreme cake enthusiasts from young. Their initials were Y and Z thus the name of the company. As both their parents were diabetic, one main focus of the company is to create healthier bakes while not compromising on the taste. 

whYZee specializes in seasonal cakes and different occasion of cakes ranging from our famous Swiss Rolls to Birthday Cakes and Eggless Cakes. All ingredients used are of premium quality with no artificial flavoring or coloring.  We guarantee not only the freshness of our cakes but their delicious taste as well.

Location : 352 Clementi Ave 2, #01-109 Singapore 120352
Telephone : +65 9773 2434
Operating Hours :8.30am – 6.30pm (weekdays), 8.30am – 12.30pm (weekends), 24 hours for online purchase

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Alright good friends of The DinoFamily, we are honored that whYZee choose us to share their yet to launch product - Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cupcakes with you in our giveaway.  You will be able to get them online and in store sometime in mid August 2019.  

Scroll further to see ways to enter our giveaway and strictly adhere to the requirements if you want those Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cupcakes.

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Giveaway Details
Prize : 6 red velvet cream cheese cupcakes to 3 lucky winners
Collection of Prize : Cupcakes to be collected within a month from 18 August 2019
Contest Ends : 18 August 2019 @ 2359hrs
Open : Singapore
Terms and conditions of giveaway are as follow:
- To avoid being disqualified without prior notice for the giveaway, please read carefully the following and fulfill ALL the requirements stated;
- Winners will be picked randomly.
- Winners will be notified in their Facebook and Instagram shared post so remember to share your posts as "Public".
- Winners will have 48 hours to respond by replying to our notification otherwise, a new winner will be picked.
- Only one winner per household.
- Prize is fixed and cannot be change nor transferable.
- This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook and Instagram.

How to Enter:
1. Like our facebook DinoMamaSG
2. Like whYZee facebook whYZee.SG
3. Share our facebook post on YOUR facebook with "Healthy yet Delightful whYZee cakes!"
4. Tag 3 friends on YOUR facebook post (not our post ok~)
5. Tag us at your facebook post (so that we know about your entry and LIKE the post)

Bonus Chance:
1. Follow our IG din0mama
2. Follow whYZee IG
3.Share our IG post with "Healthy yet Delightful whYZee cakes!"
4. Tag 3 friends
5. Tag us at your instagram post (so that we know about your entry and LIKE the post)

Disclaimer : whYZee sent their delicious cake for my birthday for the purpose of this post, no other forms of compensation were received. All opinions are 100% ours and based on our taste test of their cake. All photos in this post unless otherwise credited, are copyrighted and belongs to the DinoFamily, you may not use any of the photos for any purposes without seeking our approval.