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    Tired of the usual CNY snacks like love letter, pineapple tart and fried crab stick?  We know a new snack you can try – it’s Pork Crackling chips from Crackle. Ok, it isn’t any healthier than the other calorie-laden goodies, but isn’t Chinese New Year a time to indulge?

    Produced in Australia, Pork Crackling are handcooked and come nicely packaged in 30g packs. This high-protein snack comes in three different flavours: Balsamic Vinegar, which is slightly smoky and tart in flavour, Chilli, for a spicy kick and Sea Salt, which is lightly seasoned with salt. We can imagine ourselves devouring a whole bag in one sitting and washing it down with an ice-cold beer.

    You can buy Pork Crackling at Huber’s Butchery at $3.50 per pack.

    While you’re shopping at Huber’s, also check out their new range of chocolate drinks from Grounded Pleasures. Some of the exciting flavours include Chilli Infused Drinking Chocolate, Straight Up Cocoa and Real White Drinking Chocolate. Prices start from around $11.

    Online delivery is only available for orders above $75.

    Grounded Pleasures range of cocoa drinks start from around $11 a pack.
    Grounded Pleasures range of chocolate drinks start from around $11 a pack.

    Huber’s Butchery @ Dempsey

    22 Dempsey Road
    Singapore 249679
    Tel: 6737 1588
    Fax: 6475 3733

    Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 9.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
    Sat, Sun & public holidays: 9.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.


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      Lee Min-Ho opens 3rd KyoChon outlet in KL

      What is more exciting? The opening of the largest KyoChon restaurant in Malaysia or a chance to catch South Korean heart-throb Lee Min-ho? How about both? The popular South Korean fried chicken restaurant will open its third outlet in Malaysia at Pavilion KL on 25 March 2016. KyoChon’s ambassador and Korean superstar Lee Min-Ho will also make a special appearance during the opening day.

      Unlike most fried chicken restaurant, KyoChon doesn’t regard itself as a fast food joint. The franchise promises to deliver food made only from the healthiest of chickens, in this case, chickens sourced from only the highest quality farms in Malaysia. But perhaps, the most important detail about KyoChon chickens is their scientifically calculated double-frying method that is able to consistently produce amazingly crispy chickens that are also moist on the inside. The chickens are then glazed with special sauces imported from Korea before serving.

      With over 1,000 outlets around the world, we always wonder when will Kyochon come to Singapore, especially when most of our neighbouring countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia already has multiple outlets. But for now, it seems like our only option is to go to one of these countries to binge on these golden chicken parts from the Korea’s No.1 fried chicken brand.

      From now until March 20, Lee Min-Ho fans who spend a minimum of RM68 in a single receipt at any KyoChon outlet will get a chance to submit an entry for a chance to win a pass to meet the Korean star. You can send in as many entries as you want, but be careful of your waistline. For us, it’s all about the chicken.

      For more information about Lee Min-Ho’s visit to Malaysia, go to www.facebook.com/KyoChonMalaysia.

      Kyochon Malaysia outlets

      Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
      Lot 1.54, Level 1, Pavilion KL, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100, Kuala Lumpur

      1 Utama Shopping Centre
      LG 311, Lower Ground Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, No1, Persiaran Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya

      Menara Hap Seng
      Lot G-11, Ground Floor, Menara Hap Seng, 1-01, Jalan P Ramlee, 50250,Kuala Lumpur

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        Popular tourist attractions and eateries aside, the one place we always make a point to visit while on holiday is the local supermarket. It’s really the best place to look for variety without breaking the wallet. What’s also great about supermarket shopping is that we can bring home packed snacks to try instead of having to eat everything during the trip.

        Having recently returned from our holiday in Hokkaido, here’s our recommended list of Japanese snacks and food items we know you won’t regret trying. These snacks can be found in most local supermarkets throughout Japan as well as popular shops like Don Quixote.

        男梅 plum candy

        plum candy

        This one’s not for the sour wuss. It has a piquancy that hits you like a pong – and lasts throughout! But once you have gotten over the strong sour taste, you’ll start to enjoy the distinct sweet and salty flavours of the Japanese plum. Make sure you get the right plum candy, as there are similar looking ones. This particular candy has a powdery texture and is shaped like small round tablets.

        Nissan Pork Broth Noodles

        instant noodles

        We couldn’t believe we were eating instant noodles when we first tried the Nissan Pork Broth Noodle. The broth is so natural-tasting and redolent of pork bone flavours that it’s not far-fetched to say it is comparable to the ramen you get at a noodle bar. The fine noodles are also firm and springy when cooked well, unlike the usual soggy texture you get from most instant noodles. So good we had to restrain ourselves from eating this daily.



        Japanese rice sprinkles are easily available in Singapore but we haven’t actually seen this one here so far. Available in most major supermarkets throughout Japan, this is packed with dried seaweed, ebi (small shrimps) and other savoury, crispy bits. It’s also free of additives as indicated by the term “mutenka” (無添加) Sprinkle it over your rice or soba and you’ll empty your bowl in no time!

        Sweet potato Kit Kat

        To enjoy, open the wrapper, pop it into the microwave for a few seconds and eat it while it’s hot and oozing. It isn’t not our favourite kit kat flavour but it’s quite an interesting one to try.

        Meiji Rich Matcha Ice Cream

        green tea ice cream

        This is the king of all green tea ice cream. Available at most supermarkets and convenience stores, the Meiji Rich Matcha Ice Cream has a crisp outershell and milky matcha ice cream within. You can really taste the slight bitter green tea flavour in this one – it’s not your usual diluted green milk bar.

        Ikan bilis and almond mix

        If you think dried ikan bilis is salty and bitter, then you got to try this. This fried ikan bilis snack has just the right balance of saltiness and sweetness, thanks to the light sugar glazing on the surface. Each fish is also very light and crispy in texture so you won’t be able to stop at one. The chopped almonds offers a nice mix of texture and crispiness, making this a crowd pleaser. Make sure to keep this well sealed as the snack will lose its luster once it turns soggy.

        Cheese almond cracker

        cheese almond

        The first time we popped this snack into our mouth, we were bowled over by its amazing combination of sweet, salty and cheesy flavours. The almond and the round cracker provide a very nice crunch to this snack, making it very enjoyable indeed.

        Bento sets

        If you come across a food hall at the basement of a shopping mall, make sure to check it out. There’s normally a dazzling selection of food to be had at these food courts. From bento sets, sashimi and sushi sets and desserts, you can have your fill of your favourite Japanese food. You’ll also be surprised at how affordable the bento sets are. A satisfying bento consisting of tonkatsu, rice, pickles and a side of vegetables goes for around JPY500.

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          Sha qi ma
          Sha qi ma in the making

          While eating at Smith Street Food Centre one weekend, we chanced upon a large pile of of Twistie-like crackers which pique our curiosity. After taking a closer look, we realised it is actually a traditional Chinese snack in the making.

          Known as “sha qi ma” in mandarin, this sweet snack is made by combining strips of crispy wheat crackers and binding them together with sticky sweet maltose syrup. The mix is then placed into a large sheet tin and compressed and moulded into a rectangular block. The ‘cake’ is then cut it into the desired size.

          A good sha qi ma like the one from Pan Ji ($4.50 for the small block) has a nice caramalised texture while still remaining crispy to the bite. Unlike the mass produced ones from the supermarket, Pan Ji’s pastry is handmade by an elderly couple. It wins thumbs down with its mild, toasty egg flavour and is not overly sweet. Our only complaint is that the pastry tends to be slightly greasy.

          Sha qi ma
          Stall at Chinatown Complex Market
          Sha qi ma
          Finished product

          We did not manage to find out how the snack got its name, which is roughly translated as “horse riding”. If you know the answer, share it with us below.

          Pan Ji Cooked Food
          #02-78 Chinatown Complex Market
          Blk 335 Smith Street

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            Gluten-free chips
            Gluten-free chips

            Thanks to the growing gluten-free food industry, the range of gluten-free snacks, such as chips, is not only much wider but also getting real fancy by the day, with options like Andean Pink Salt Potato Chips. Going on a gluten-free diet? Check out the treats available.

            Viva la Papa

            Viva La Papa
            Viva La Papa

            Flavour: Andean Native Potato Chips, Exotic Sweet Potato Chips, Chillies & Lime Potato Chips, Anticucho BBQ Potato Chips, Andean Pink Salt Potato Chips.

            Where to buy: $6.50, Grocer Books, SPR MRKT, Swiss Butchery, and The American Club.

            Senaca Apple Chips

            Senaca Apple Chips

            Flavour: Original, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Caramel.

            Where to buy: $3.30, NTUC, Cold Storage.

            Thomas Chipman

            Thomas Chipman
            Thomas Chipman

            Flavours: A range of corn, potato and vegetables chips such as Beetroot Chips, Parsnip Chips and Sweet Potato Chips.

            Where to buy: $4.85-$6.10, Cold Storage.

            Papa Casava Chips

            gluten-free papa cassava chips
            Papa Casava Chips

            Flavours: Original, Hot & Spicy, Smokey BBQ, Black Pepper, Cheese and Pizza.

            Where to buy: $2.30 for 120g pack. Cold Storage, NTUC.

            Way Better Snacks

            Way Better Snacks

            Flavours: Black Bean Tortilla Chips, Sweet Chilli Tortilla Chips, Multigrains Tortilla Chips, Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips, Blue Tortilla Chips.

            Where to buy: $14, The Straits Wine Company, The Organic Grocer, So Organic, Swiss Butchery.

            Rice Works

            Rice Works

            Flavours: Salsa Fresca, Sweet Chilli, Tangy BBQ, Sea Salt & Black Sesame, Parmesan.

            Where to buy: $6.30, Cold Storage.

            Deep River Snacks

            Deep River Snacks

            Flavours: A range of potato chips ranging from Mestique BBQ, Original Salted to Sea Salt & Vinegar.

            Where to buy: $6, Cold Storage.

            Baked Lentil Chips

            Baked Lentil Chips

            Flavours: A range of lentil chips including Cucumber Dill, Cracked Pepper, Parmesan Garlic and Sea Salt.

            Where to buy: $6, Cold Storage.