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THE LONG AWAITED BREAK

So this is the long awaited holiday. We are so exhausted we are in need of a break. It is hari raya next week and so that beckons a long week of holiday. It has become so increasing difficult to take leave with our workload and responsibilities. A short working week always seem like the most possible time to be away. This is our regular gear for flights. Jeans because it keeps us warm and comfy jelly shoes, just like flip flops.

Yup and we are traveling light too. Very light for a week in the city of angels. Why do you need more stuff when you can buy them for a fraction of the price back home? 

Our favorite airline in our home country. We are not flying Singapore Airlines though.

Here comes our plane. We are trying Scoot for the first time.

DOUG THE PUG

         
Introducing Doug the Pug. The spiritual pug, the soul dog of our friend, Brad. We do not know him personally but he is the pug that our beloved friend dog sits in London. This dog is closer to him than he is to his owner!!!

And so Brad the dogsitter said that he is so proud Doug managed to pee like a HE. This is what happens when his owner is female. We guess the aura is simply not there. Doug needs a dad.
Doug wouldn't leave Brad alone.

Nope, no alone time for Brad. Brad was at Claire's place to visit Doug for the weekend. The couch was Brad's bed and look at this little bugger. There was no way we was going to leave Bradders alone.

And he slept next to Brad the whole time.

HAPPINESS : NO GOLD FOR YOU

Chanced upon this last night and it is simply TOOOOOOO FUNNNNNNY!!!!!

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Anything with Chinese sausage is always awesome.

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PROJECT TRAVELING RICE COOKER : THE BRAISED GARLIC SPREAD

This is a quick post as this was a quick attempt to finish the garlic we had in hand. We were already leaving the country and were left with, well quite a few bulbs of the stinkers. We peeled all of them and braised them in a little butter. The butter braises and softens the garlic and what we were left it is a non pungent cream spread for breads and pasta.

We added the stems of the sweet basil. We were going to throw the stems away but throwing them into the braised garlic for a while actually releases the oils in the herb and infuses the garlic.

REVIEW : BISHAMON SAPPORO RAMEN AT RAMEN CHAMPION


We bought a ramen voucher with Shine and thought we utilise it this weekend. Ramen has become very popular in Singapore and the price also varies from S$12 to S$20+. There are many outlets in Singapore and the most talked about is probably The Ramen Champion which brings ramen from all over Japan to us very fortunate people staying in Singapore.

We bought the ramen at S$11.90 for One Bowl of Bishamon Zero Sapporo Miso Special Ramen at Ramen Champion in Great World City (Worth S$17.42).

Home to the annual Ultimate Ramen Champion competition in Singapore, Ramen Champion prides itself on bringing the best of flavours from the Land of the Rising Sun at affordable prices to its diners. Slurp up a selection of mouth-watering ramen recipes from all over Japan in the comfort of this vibrant, red-hued eatery. Don’t forget to check out their signature offering, the Special Tonkotsu Ramen which replicates the classic Kyushu recipe, morsel for morsel.

This is the venue at Great World City. This is a branch and there are other on the island. This physical restaurant houses a few different brands from Japan. The brands also rotates every few months to every few years, just so that the locals can have a taste of different ramen from Japan.
This is a popular venue and there is usually a queue.
The service was a bit slow as it is peak dinner hour.  We were given the menu although we did tell the staff that we already have the voucher and thus want the ramen to be served first. Shine and us are always feasting our eyes on the colourful menu that is full of variety. We have however decided that we should just wait for the ramen to arrive before we order more food. We always over order. Do not underestimate the bowl of ramen, any bowl of ramen. The broth is thick and the noodle al dente and filling. 
These are the condiment on the table. The La Yu which is chilli sesame oil and the chilli pepper flakes are a must for us. Yes, coming from this part of Asia, we love everything with a bit of spice.
It actually wasn't that busy. So why was the service slow?

This is the brand of ramen we tasted.
Bishamon's "Ramen of Sapporo" has maintained the original flavors from Japan into its region which is obvious with its native Japanese Ramen chef from Sapporo, Hokkaido. 


A "Must Try" Chicken based white broth Ramen is the definite answer to Singaporeans for the authentic Sapporo Ramen as a minimum of 8 hours daily is spent of making the broth. 

Ramen broth varieties include: Miso, Shoyu, Shio, Curry, Spicy Miso and so on. Appetizers and side dishes such as Cold Tofu, Chawanmushi, Gyoza( Japanese Dumpling) are also available! 

A bowl of rich based soup combined with home-made "cha shu" made with recipe from Sapporo (Japan) mixed with tantalizing noodle will certainly create an unforgettable Ramen endeavoring experience. Prices are very affordable from S$12.00 for the Ramen and S$6.00 for the side dishes. 

This is our bowl of ramen complete with a piece of dried seaweed, corn, spring onions,  briasedpork, braised egg, bits of bamboo shoots and of course butter. Yes, butter! You might not know or even suspect it but most ramen is finished with a knob of butter.
This is what Boshamon say about their noodles:

THE NOODLE
Slippery and firm with a good elastic spring, these Ramen are specially made to a Sapporo recipe from a Japanese Manufacturer. These curly eggy strings swoosh past your lips with a satisfying quiver. The thick and "Q" texture combine with skillful Ramen cooking technique and perfect timing are the attributes to the superior commentaries. 

THE BROTH
Always regarded as the soul of the dish, Bishamon's broth is made up of mainly pork and chicken, together with many other natural ingredients (such as seafood and greens) and is cooked for a minimum of 8 hours. This tastefully flavoured broth is boiled everyday and as such, each individual bowl of Ramen one gets is assured of freshness. 

THE CHAR SHU
The Char Shu is boiled in the Base Broth for 2 hours. It is then cooked in a special home-made Char Shu sauce, made from special Tamari Japanese Soy Sauce and many other natural ingredients, for another 3 hours. The tantalizing Char Shu, which has fully absorbed the essence of the sauce, is then sliced generously to size for serving. 

THE EGG
Like the Broth, the eggs are freshly boiled daily to requirements. After shelling, the eggs are then soaked in a special home-made sauce for 2 hours. The egg white is spongy and still-soft. The yolk, which has a runny texture, is certainly enjoyable. However, those who are not fans of half-boiled, soft eggs can be replaced(on request) with hard-boiled version.

We are not exactly sure what the red sauce is. It just tasted a bit like a spiced tomato sauce. We just stirred it right into the soup.
Yums as you can see. The broth is tasty, though it has a lot of MSG and left us very thirsty.


Ramen Champion
01-21B, Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade
River Valley, Singapore
Hours: Daily 10:00-22:00

WHAT WE ORDERED
Bishamon Sapporo Ramen : S$11.90 with the voucher

OUR RATING FOR FOOD : 2.5/5
It was OK. It isn't the best ramen we have had but it wasn't bad. We are giving a 2.5 because of the MSG in the broth that really was a bit unbearable after the meal. We probably will not crave it. It is actually quite forgettable.

OUR RATING FOR SERVICE : 2.5/5
This is a fast food concept joint. Nothing too impressive. It has a cosy ambience though. It is very local and very family-friendly. We could continue to stay there to have a drink and hang out for a bit if that buttered broth with the MSG did not make us feel sick.

OUR RATING FOR AMBIENCE : 2/5
This is a fuss free joint, it is not a food court per se. But it is still a fast food concept and the turnover is very fast.

THE HANDSOME TOMCAT IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Someone in the neighbouthood has been feeding the stray cats and we say it is a good thing to do. This little bugger here was always seen injured due to fights with the other strays for food. Eversince the good natured neighbour started leaving cat biscuits and water out for the strays, the strays have tamed and they can even be seen hanging out and snoozing close together. 

We tried to get close to this stray got a picture and he started hissing at us. No doubt he was abused or treated badly before, but getting this close without him running away is a real treat and a lot of work from this good willed neighbour. Thank you.

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