2020 been a year of staying grounded and cancelled holiday plans for most of us and while we may feel restless, itching to cross borders, Typhoon has taken the lead to transport us to Taiwan. It has recently opened its second outlet in Bugis+, with its interior simulating a hole-in-the-wall cafe along Taiwan’s quaint Fujian Cafe Street.
In conjunction with the opening, Typhoon will be launching a new Typhoon Cocktail series for diners to enjoy a sip (or three) of their favourite bubble tea with alcohol! At $14.90++, have your pick from 11 new drinks with alcohol selections such as Gin, Vodka, Kahlua and more.
A crowd-pleaser is its Spiked Pearl Milk Tea; featuring the quintessential home-brewed Taiwanese milk tea with chewy tapioca pearls and top it off with a choice of vodka or sweet kahlua. Another must-try is the Sweet Gin; a spinoff of Typhoon’s ever-popular Sweet Potato Fresh Milk, now topped with a dash of Gin.
Cocktail enthusiasts can opt for the Tropical Passion Fruit Vodka, or the Majestic Gin with Mango Peach; both featuring a fruity tea base, assorted fruits complemented with vodka or gin. These drinks will be available in both Bugis+ and Plaza Singapura outlets from 18 January 2021.
Typhoon brings the “Taste of Taiwan” to the heart of Singapore with a concept that unifies Taiwan’s unparalleled flavours, obsession for artisan fruit teas and larger-than-life desserts set in cafe-style comfort.
Diners can expect to complete an entire meal with iconic dishes from the famed food capital like Classic Lu Rou Fan, Oyster Omelette to decadently adorned chocolate flavoured Hell Valley Volcano, which comes complete with a blondie, and flavoursome fruit teas.
Typhoon is designed to simulate a hole-in-the-wall cafe along Taiwan’s quaint Fujian Cafe Street; the casual unpretentious restaurant is perfect for any time of the day from quick lunches for student or professionals to afternoon high teas and even after work casual dinner with one’s family.
Following closely after the success of its two take-out outlets, Monga has recently opened a dine-in outlet at SingPost Centre.
Monga is known for their Taiwanese fried chicken which is one of the most renowned street snacks of Taiwan. Fresh chicken fillets are marinated with honey, dipped in batter instead of dry flours, and fried to perfection so that every bite of Monga Fried Chicken is thick, juicy and tender at the same time.
The Tropic of Cancer passes through the heart of Taiwan, whose year-round sunshine and pure highlands water give life to verdant ranges, imparting to local pineapples a robust flavour unique to the region. These pineapples are used in SunnyHills' popular pineapple cakes. Visit SunnyHills' new flagship store on Seah Street to indulge a box. Also be sure to find out more about their new brand, Forbidden, which is all about irresistible durian pleasures which you can share with anyone and anywhere.
SunnyHills farmers follow the time-honoured tradition of farming naturally, cultivating without pesticides or genetic modification pineapples that are small in size but rich and intense in flavour. Twice a year, their earth pineapple crop ripens with the seasons; in spring the harvest is mellow and sweet, and by the turn of fall, the cool breeze infuses a piquancy to the yield. The full flavours of the seasons can be experienced as no additives are used, just the sensibilities of a baker refined in the gastronomy of natural ingredients.
You can also purchase SunnyHills' delicious treats online here or visit their other retail branch located at Basement 2 of Ngee Ann City.
Whether you are or not yet a fan of the popular Tiger Sugar boba milk tea, you can look forward to a new concept by them at Capitol Piazza. Tiger Sugar Dessert offers a whole new range of special desserts from their favourite brown sugar boba chain! Made of 100% natural ingredients, it is hard not to love everything on the menu.
Tiger Sugar Dessert focuses on serving the best of Taiwanese authentic and nutritious desserts with a twist. Their signatures consist of beans, specially sourced from only the finest parts of it’s origins based in Taiwan, this goes for every ingredient used on the dessert menu.
Having achieved the world’s top sales record amongst their hundred stores globally, Taiwanese fried chicken emporium owned by celebrity Nono - Monga, is excited to launch their second outlet in ION Orchard Mall this November. To embrace festive cheer, Monga will also be rolling out their special Christmas-edition flavour, the Fiery Chicken Fillet, for a limited time only.
The new Mexican flavour, priced at S$7.90 per fillet, will be exclusively available only during this Christmas. Sure to sate the appetite of fried chicken lovers, this fiery chicken fillet is first deep-fried and then covered with Mexican sauce before it is baked for two-minutes. The Mexican sauce is a secret formulation curated in-house with tomatoes, jalapenos, chillies, onions, and pepper, giving the snack bursting flavours that are sour and mildly spicy at the same. This distinctively red sauce coincides with the eponymous colour of Christmas. Available only from December 1st till 26th, this will be a time-limited flavour in both ION and JEM.
The Salted Plum's second outlet at Suntec City features a spacious dining area complete with a fun, street-esque ambience, a self-service system and new outlet-exclusive Southern-Taiwanese dishes, plus a levelled-up version of The Salted Plum’s coveted Lu Rou (braised pork belly), now proudly named Lu Rou 2.0.
First introduced in April 2018 as a pop-up called FiveTen, by founder Shawn Kishore along South Bridge Road, the casual eatery took up permanent residency along Circular Road in March 2018, serving a plethora of wallet-friendly tapas-style Taiwanese dishes and value rice bowls. Taking inspiration from the region in Taiwan, best known for its 小吃 (xiao chi or small eats), culture and home-style cooking, The Salted Plum brings a slice of Taiwanese foodie haven to Singapore.
Never shying away from keeping things sinfully delicious and uniquely The Salted Plum, Shawn and Executive Chef Dannel Krishnan have done it again with a new outlet-exclusive menu with includes breakfast set menu and moreish dishes, as well as dish upgrades that are sure to be winners!
A pimped-up version of the flagship outlet, this 76-seater establishment offers diners the option of an all-day Taiwanese dining experience on a budget – a first for The Salted Plum. After placing orders at the casher, guests are assigned order numbers for self-collection; made easy with single tray pick-ups (all dishes ordered will be placed onto a single tray). On weekdays, from 8am to 11.30am, customers may enjoy for the outlet exclusive breakfast set menu. During the afternoon rush hour between 11.30am to 2.30pm, bountiful lunch bowls priced at an affordable $9 to $18 will be available. Finally, from 6 to 9pm, diners may look forward to savouring signature zi char and desserts for dinner; enjoyed a la carte or as dinner sets meals for 2pax ($50) or 4pax ($100).
Located at the West Wing Basement (B1) of Suntec City, The Salted Plum is decked out with communal-style high-top tables, high ceilings and street-style décor against rich navy-blue walls featuring vivid illustrations of signature dishes; all aesthetically lighted up to capture the feeling of outdoor city dining. Countertop seats and small tables are perfect for a quick bite while the restaurant’s larger tables can accommodate bigger parties and communal dining.
Fried chicken lovers, have you heard? Hailing from the land of vibrant street food culture, Taiwan’s famous fried chicken brand Monga is opening its first-ever outlet at JEM in Singapore this September.
The Taiwanese fried chicken chain got its name from the Wanhua district of Taiwan, which is traditionally known as “Monga”. The vibrant neighbourhood is Taipei’s oldest district and also home to the bustling Snake Alley night market. Combined with the fact that the fried chicken fillet is the best-known snack of Taiwan, Monga was established to promote the culture of Taiwan's delicacy. The brand is created by Nono, a well-known Taiwanese artiste and comedian known for his charm and quick wit. Together with Mingdao Liu, king of Taiwanese Fried Chicken, they created Monga Fried Chicken.
Established in Taiwan, the brand boasts over 45 outlets in its home country and has even ventured to Canada, the U.S.A, the U.K., Philippines and Malaysia.
Prepared exactly the way they do over Taiwan, Monga’s distinction is defined by its trusted recipe and its extra-thick chicken fillets. Every piece is precisely sliced into a thick slice with a minimum of 2cm. This ensures that the chicken fillet remains firm and satisfyingly juicy even after being deep-fried. To distinguish itself further, Monga uses honey instead of granulated sugar to marinate the chicken meat. The amylase in honey helps to tenderise the meat and elevates the taste of the chicken fillet.
Monga prides itself for its ‘Golden Ratio’ of flour to meat born out of a lot of thought, months of hard work and repeated modifications. Each fillet is coated with the optimum amount of flour before being double-fried to give it its characteristic crust-like crunch with no greasiness.
Every piece is made fresh and served piping hot! Expect three different flavours of fried chicken fillet in Singapore, The King, which is dusted with original salt and pepper seasoning; Hot Chick, which is dusted with chilli paprika powder hand-made from Anaheim peppers; and The Taiker, which is dusted with Japanese sauce and seaweed powder imported from Okinawa. To complete the set with a drink and/or fries, choose from different combo upgrades available.
Wu Pao Chun Bakery is an artisanal boulangerie founded in 2010, Taiwan, famous for its award-winning bread collection ‘Lychee Rose Royale’ and 'Red Wine Longan' bread. Created by Master Wu Pao Chun who won the prestigious title of ‘Master Baker’ in 2010 Coupe Du Monde la Boulangerie for his mastery and creativity, the bakery has been a must-go destination for both tourists and locals in Taiwan, vying to taste and experience the crafts of a world champion. From a farm boy with humble beginnings, Master Wu’s story has been an inspiration, with many hailing him as the ‘Pride of Taiwan’.
Wu Pao Chun Bakery's first flagship store in South East Asia is now open at the heritage-rich Capitol Piazza. Be invited to a livery view of chefs’ in kitchen along with an exemplary curation of the brand’s best-selling and exclusive local bread collection, including the award-winning champion breads and pineapple cakes right here in our little red dot.
Something special is brewing. Having opened its very first outlet in 2013, The Alley has made waves with their iconic Brown Sugar Deerioca Series. With over 300 outlets around the world, The Alley is finally making its mark in Singapore with their first flagship store, and first ever premium concept – The Alley Luxe, opening at Cineleisure this April!
The Alley is proud to offer tapioca pearls made by hand and with heart. The Alley welcomes you to watch as they prepare our tapioca from scratch: from the measuring, sifting, and mixing of ingredients to the formation of the pearl-shaped tapioca. Through this manual performance, they deliver soft, chewy tapioca available in various unique flavours.
Every beverage from The Alley has a story of more than 500 days starting from the harvest of the tea leaves, the processing and aging of the leaves, the infusion of flavours to the selection of ingredients and their ratios. Their distinctive drinks are attributed to this process, in order for you to enjoy only the finest flavours. With each cup comes its own aroma, taste, and character.
The Alley Luxe at Cineleisure will also be serving up an array of exquisite baked treats such as croissants, cruffins and kouign-amann. You can opt to take-away or dine-in to savour these buttery treats with the signature beverages.
The Salted Plum, formerly known as long-term pop-up Five Ten, has officially opened its doors at a two-storey shop house along Circular Road after much anticipation.
The name “The Salted Plum” was chosen with reference to the ingredient commonly used in Taiwanese cuisine. With striking blue hued walls and boasting a full view of the kitchen, The Salted Plum eatery is set to offer a casual, fun dining experience with mainly Taiwanese pop music from the 2000s playing in the background.
With an improved version of the Taiwanese tapas dishes that were well-loved at Five Ten, the intimate 98-seater has kept to its winning formula of dishes served at friendly prices of just $5 and $10.
The menu created by Chef Shawn Koh has undergone upgrades, following an extensive research trip around Taiwan, such as Taipei, Keelung, Taichung, Tainan and Kaoshiung, where he immersed himself in the local authentic dining culture and learnt traditional preparation methods from the Taiwanese.
Signature dishes include the Smashed Baby Potatoes ($5), a tongue-in-cheek take on the usual French fries. Here, baby potatoes are deep-fried, then smashed and sprinkled with a generous dose of salted plum powder. The popular Taiwanese Fried Chicken, a well-known street food, is marinated with soy and sesame, deep-fried, then served with nori mayonnaise ($10).
For a touch of luxury, the eatery also offers Live Boston Lobster ($25), steamed and with soy and sesame dressing, and also Slipper Lobster ($25) cooked with five spice during dinner. Limited portions, however, are available each week.
Taiwan's most instagrammable bubble tea has arrived in Singapore! Bobii Frutii epitomises beauty in a cup.
Standing out like a beacon among a sea of bubble tea brands is Bobii Frutii, the latest entrant from Taiwan set to take Singapore by storm with its catchy moniker, gorgeous Insta-worthy drinks concocted with tremendous attention to detail, use of top quality ingredients and of course, Singapore Brand Ambassador as well as Creative Director, Nat Ho 鶴天賜.
Nat is also known for his long-standing role in Mediacorp's Channel 5 drama, Tanglin.
The creative drinks and affectionately-termed bobii (tapioca pearls in colloquial Taiwanese) are made with natural ingredients such as butterfly pea extract, fresh milk and fruit juice. In addition, the brand eschews high-fructose corn syrup, and uses only premium brown cane sugar from Taiwan. Customers are also able to choose the level of sweetness for the tea-based drinks at Bobii Frutti.
Bobii Frutii also gets its red tea from Sri Lanka and green tea from Vietnam. The oolong tea leaves and mochi-like bobii are specially imported from the brand’s own farm and factory in Taiwan respectively, for optimum freshness. These high quality bobiis contain no preservatives, additives and artificial colouring.
Combining the industrial style of hipster cafés with the refinement of wood finishing, Bobii Frutii’s standalone kiosk at The Clementi Mall evokes a modern feel.
This takeaway-only outlet's menu in Singapore features 37 different drinks under five categories– a number that makes up almost 80 percent of the selection in Taiwan.
Bobii Frutii was established in Taipei, Taiwan in 2015 by two students with a fondness for bubble tea and hipster café culture. It currently has five outlets, three in Taiwan, one in Shenzhen and one in Singapore. There are plans to open more outlets in across the island in 2018. Bobii Frutii Pte Ltd in Singapore works closely with the Taiwanese team that includes undergoing strict tea-making training to ensure the best customer experience.
Brand Ambassador & Creative Director, Nat has also undergone rigorous training to learn the intricacies of creating the drinks and personally visited the tea plantation in Miaoli, Taiwan – where Bobii Frutii obtains their oolong tea – to understand the full process from farm to cup.
Inspired by the dynamic street food scene of Taipei, Five-Ten is a fun, casual restaurant bar founded by industry veteran Shawn Kishore (Managing Director of The Bespoken Group) and his ditzy sister Nickii, the team behind FRESH!, a 90s-themed bar and club previously at the Sultan Hotel.
Expect affordable small and large plates created by Chef Shawn Koh (previously of Salted & Hung) that feature the quintessential flavours of Taiwanese cuisine with a Southeast Asian touch, priced at $5++ and $10++ respectively.
Five-Ten has an array innovative tipples like gaoliang slushies as well as a curated selection of beers, wines, and spirits – also priced at $5++ and $10++ - to cater to the after-work drinking crowd and late night revelers.
Ranked as one of the world’s Top Ten Best Restaurants by The New York Times, Din Tai Fung has its roots dating back to Taiwan 40 years ago. With its famous signature xiao long baos (steamed pork dumplings) and heart-warming steamed chicken soup, this authentic Taiwanese restaurant has been making waves with branches throughout the world, including Singapore, Thailand, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, and USA.
Din Tai Fung’s cuisine is all about harmony. Utilising the freshest ingredients paired with a relish for simple cooking styles, the recipe selection is never too rich or heavy on the palate, and is a fresh welcome given the increasing preference for healthy cooking. With a wide selection of enticing dishes, diners are destined to tuck into flavourful creations that burst into delight with each and every bite.
The bakery prides itself in the creation of exquisite handcrafted breads using only the finest quality ingredients from Europe. A group of dedicated, highly skilled craftsmen then combines the Japanese, European and Taiwanese styles of bread making to create an impressive line up of artisan breads.
Heading Duke Bakery as the Founder and Executive Pastry Chef, is 29 year old Allen Tsai. At the age of 17, the Taiwanese-born Tsai left home for Japan, France and Germany to learn from the celebrated masters of the baking trade. With ten years of valuable experience, the budding bread connoisseur has also gained himself a solid reputation in the baking industry.