Monday, January 14, 2019

Chinese New Year Goodies with CNYDelivery.com – Poon Confectionary

In less than a month, we will be approaching Chinese New Year (CNY). I'm sure a lot of us are doing CNY shopping currently, be it buying new clothes, purchasing CNY goodies or decoration. 

If you are looking to purchase CNY goodies, today I will be here to share with you an online site that I was being introduced to, Poon Confectionary.

Poon Confectionary is one of the few bakeries with all their Chinese New Year goodies being homemade. The CNY goodies from Poon Confectionary are freshly baked before being delivered to the customers, they are not stored at all. 

Every snack is homemade and uses the most wholesome, nutritious ingredients for baking. Besides that, no preservatives and artificial flavouring are being used on the cookies and goodies. This is why homemade goodies are the best.

They have a wide range of CNY goodies with more than 20 choices available, I was spoilt for choices when making the selection. Here are my selection.

I chose Salted Egg Chips (current price: $14.41, original price: $15.50) because my dad is a lover for salted egg chips. 280g net weight.

The chips was spiced with salted egg yolk and infused with the fragrance of curry leaves that gave it an addictive kick. This container definitely couldn't last us until CNY because it will be finished in just a few days time.

The salted egg chip has a strong aroma of salted egg yolk which I like very much.

Being a cookie lover, Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (current price: $14.41, original price: $15.50) is in my choice as well. There are 30 pieces of cookies in each container. 

Each bite was filled with deliciously healthy oatmeal spread across the top of a chocolate crust. 

Attracted by the appearance, I selected Sugee Cookies (current price: $14.41, original price: $15.50). It contains 35 pieces in a container. These sugee cookies are buttery and milky in flavour, it just melted in my mouth literally.  

One of their recommendations is Pork Floss Roll Snack (current price: $15.72, original price: $16.90), hence I decided to try it. Each container has 305g net weight.

Each pork floss snack was crunchy and irresistable, it was well filled with delicious, superior quality pork floss sourced from Taiwan. The guests will love it because it is one of the best pork floss snacks around, no wonder this is under the recommendation.

Other products available includes pineapple tarts, almond cookies, Hae Bee Hiam Sambal Prawn Roll, Kueh Bangkit, love letter and many more. 

Poon Confectionary might be a very new brand to many of us, we do not need the taste and quality of the cookies. Hence, Poon Confectionary invite all customers to come down to their store @ Macpherson Road to taste the cookies for free.

CNYDelivery.com is currently having 7% discount on their CNY goodies, grab this chance and order more as they provide delivery anywhere in Singapore. The CNY goodies can serve as a gift for your family and friends during this festive season.

Thanks CNYDelivery.com – Poon Confectionary for delivering the delicious CNY goodies to my doorstep.

A free delivery for orders above $100 and a small delivery charge of $6.90 for those under $100. Alternatively, self collection will also be available at their store @ Macpherson Road. 

For more information about CNYDelivery.com – Poon Confectionary, please visit https://cnydelivery.com/

CNYDelivery.com – Poon Confectionary
502 Macpherson Road S368204 (Opposite Caltex) 
Opening Hours: 1pm – 10pm Daily 
Contact Number: 9762 6523 / 9663 4314

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Food Review: Burger King Mentaiko Burgers

No Monday blues because I started my week with abundant fortune at Burger King.

I ushered the brand new year with a sumptuous feasts for a reunion with my blogger friends. We are no stranger to Burger King, it's one of our favourite hangout fastfood place with these group of friends. We love their onion rings.

During this New Year festive season, Burger King brings us the limited edition Mentaiko Burgers filled with fortune and happiness in mind.

Burger King Mentaiko Burger is available in 2 variants: Salmon Mentaiko burger and Mentaiko Double CHICK’N CRISP burger.

The Mentaiko Burger value meal starts from S$6.90 which include a medium pack of thick-cut salted French fries and a small refreshing SJORA Mango Peach/Strawberry Kiwi drink.

Do give it a try during this festive season because Mentaiko Burger is only available for limited time.

I kickstart my tasting session with a refreshing Strawberry Kiwi drink which stimulate our taste buds and ease my thirst.

Besides the Mentaiko Burgers, Burger King also introduced the Four-Tune Box (S$8.80) to welcome prosperity. It consists of crispy golden fries, BK Nuggets, golden Cheesy Tots and my favourite Onion Rings. Perfect for sharing among family and friends during this Chinese New Year.

The finger food were so addictive, I couldn't stop myself from eating. We did not realized how much we ate until we empty the Four-Tune Box.

Do you know that fish is a must-have dish during Chinese New Year to ensure a bountiful year ahead?

It symbolizes 年年有余 which means abundance of prosperity year after year. The Chinese character “余” (surplus) has the same pronunciation as “鱼” (fish). 

I tried the Salmon Mentaiko burger which comes with  a layer of tender salmon fillet, topped with savoury Mentaiko sauce, american cheese, crunchy sliced onion, juicy tomato and fresh lettuce served between a toasted 4-inch sesame seed bun.

The fillet consists of Salmon from Hokkaido which was silky smooth on the inside and has a thin crispy outer. Every bite was flavourful and succulent.

One of the key ingredients in the burger is the savoury Mentaiko sauce which contains a slight spicy kick that goes well with the salmon and added a mild spicy flavour to the burger.

On the other hand, the Mentaiko Double CHICK’N CRISP burger contains double layers of tasty crispy chicken fillets, savoury Mentaiko sauce, crunchy sliced onion, juicy tomato and fresh lettuce, served between a toasted 4-inch sesame seed bun. 

I ended my tasting session with the signature dessert, HERSHEY’S Sundae Pie.

Chocolate lovers gonna love this. HERSHEY’S Sundae Pie featured a crunchy chocolate crust filled with chocolate crème filling, garnished with real HERSHEY’S Chocolate Chips that will melt in our mouth. It was indeed a delicious treat.

Thanks Burger King for us at the Mentaiko Burgers tasting session, it was an early reunion feasts with my blogger friends. We enjoyed ourselves with the hearty meal and catching up.

 For more information on BURGER KING, please visit www.burgerking.com.sg

Happy Chinese New Year in advance.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) Guide: 10 Places To Visit and Eat

I went on a 4D3N trip to Ho Chi Minh City. 
It was my first visit to Ho Chi Minh City, it is a city rich in history with French structure and many historic museums with stories to tell.

I have compiled some of the recommended places to visit and eat into a blog posts for your ease of planning to Ho Chi Minh City. 

1. Explore Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market is a large local marketplace and tourist attraction in District 1. 

Ben Thanh Market in District 1 is a must visit place when looking for cheap shopping in Ho Chi Minh City, especially for people who are looking to buy cheap sport apparels and fake branded goods. Other items that can be found includes local handicrafts, souvenirs, dried food, coffee and tea. 

Best time to visit was in the morning where the market was packed with people. With many people around, the shop tenants will not be too focus on hard selling their items. Remember to bargain price as the price they quoted was always higher. Also, only ask for the price if you are interested in buying the item because they can be very persistent in selling their products to you.

Ben Thanh Market
Chợ, Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Operating hours: 6am to 6pm daily (Night Market will start in the streets surrounding Ben Thanh after 6pm till midnight)

2. Dine in Ben Thanh Market

We have lunch inside Ben Thanh market instead to try out their street style local food. Food and dessert stalls are available. We settled for this humble looking stall called Shop 1084.

I have Fried Rice with Sunny Side up for lunch. This was really value for money, it cost only 40,000VND (S$2.38) for a plate of fried rice. 

We ordered a glass of refreshing dessert at 20,000VND (S$1.19) making up of coconut shreds, coconut milk and mung beans. If you find it too sweet, you can add the shaved ice into the glass to dilute the taste.

3. Visit Ho Chi Minh City Museum

The museum combined the architecture with European and Oriental influences where the flooring, staircases and halls were European-styled, while the roof was Oriental-inspired. We loved this museum the best in term of photo opportunity spots.

It was a small museum with only 2-floored palace building. The entire place can be covered in an hour time.

The exhibition gave us a glimpse of the culture of Saigon, focusing on introduction of their belief, custom, traditional performance art and education.

There were war planes being displayed outside the museum for visitors to have a look.

Ho Chi Minh City Museum
65 Ly Tu Trong, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Operating hours: 7.30am to 6pm daily
Entrance fee: 30,000VND (or S$1.79)

4. Explore Ben Thanh Night Market

At night, the street stalls were setup outside Ben Thanh market all the way until midnight. The things sold were pretty much similar. Do come after 7.30pm after the stalls were fully set up.

5. Visit Independence Palace

Independence Palace is formally known as Reunification Palace, it was home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

The Banquet Chamber in the Independence Hall.
Everything in the palace was a sight preserved from 1975. The palace housed a lush gardens, secret rooms, antique furniture, and a command bunker. 

Taking a look at the different function rooms in the palace from Ministers' cabinet room, dinging room to game room.

Independence Palace
135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Operating hours: 7.30 to 11am, 1-4pm daily
Entrance fee: 40,000VND (or S$2.38)

6. Cafe hopping at Highlands Coffee

There are many outlets available in Ho Chi Minh City so you can find them anywhere.

There was a set promotion going on where a drink and a cake combo set cost only 49,000VND (or S$2.92). We were so in loved with the food here, it was really delicious and cheap.

I am the type of person who enjoy spending quality time with the right company and a quiet place to unwind ourselves.

Highlands Coffee
135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Operating hours: 7am to 10pm daily

7. Visit War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum is a war museum that reminded us of the long and brutal Vietnam War and the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists. The museum comprises a series of themed rooms in several buildings, with period military equipment placed outside the building.

Taking a look at the collection of American military equipment on display which includes helicopter, tank, fighter plane and single-seater attack aircraft. 

The outdoor exhibits showcased more on the different equipment and vehicles while the indoor exhibits captured the graphic photographs of the war.

My heart was heavily sank looking at all the devastating stories. Visiting War Remnants Museum has been the most enriching experience among all the museums I visited in Ho Chi Minh City. It was an eye opening experience but not advisable for children's visit.

War Remnants Museum
28 Vo Van Tan, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
Operating hours: 7.30am to 12pm, 1.30 to 5pm
Entrance fee: 40,000VND (or S$2.38)

8. Visit Central Post Office


We reached Central Post Office in just a minute walk from McDonald. Preserved from French colonial times, Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City is the grandest post office in all of Southeast Asia. 

Other than the main post office, the two corners of the building was selling souvenirs and postcards. 

Central Post Office is one of the tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City with its historical structure, it is also a functioning post office encouraging everyone to send a letter or postcard from here.

Central Post Office
2 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 
Operating hours: 7am to 7pm

9. Visit Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral


Located across the street of Central Post Office is Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. The architecture of the building will definitely capture your attention when you walk by, it used all-red brick façade and two bell towers set in a peaceful garden located Ho Chi Minh City District 1.

A Virgin Mary statue  stands in front of Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, the cathedral serves as a religious institution for the local population. We observed a phenomenon where a swarm of birds hovering in circles around the cathedral.

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
1 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

10. Dine at Nam Giao Restaurant

The restaurant was located behind a back alley near Ben Thanh Market. do keep a lookout for it. 

We ordered a Ice Tea and Crab Paste Pie Ball for sharing, and Fried rice in lotus leaf. The cost of ice tea was so shocking for me, it was only 3,000VND (or S$0.18). So unbelievable. One of the things we love about Ho Chi Minh City is their affordable and delicious Vietnamese food.

Nam Giao Restaurant
136/15 Le Thanh Ton P. Ben Thanh Q.1 TP Ho Chi Minh
Operating hours: 7.30am to 10pm

Hope this post helps in your itinerary planning to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam).

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