SPIES & ALL THINGS NICE
This pie shop in The Bedok Marketplace (formerly the Kampung@Simpang Bedok hawker centre) opened last Tuesday and serves savoury and sweet pies, which have no preservatives or MSG.
Savoury pies include those filled with chicken laksa and beef rendang. They cost $2.50 for a small pie and $5.90 for a larger one. You can also buy one that serves six to eight ($35). The sweet pies have fillings such as bandung, pulot hitam and goreng pisang (with banana and butterscotch filling). They cost $1.50 for a bite-sized portion or $3.90 for a larger one.
Where: 02-15 The Bedok Marketplace, 348 Bedok Road
Open: Noon to 8pm daily
Info: E-mail email@example.com
Siblings Cai Weili, 31, and Cai Weisheng, 28, who are behind the now-defunct ramen stall Homebaked Dough in Tanjong Pagar Plaza, have opened a 43-seat ramen shop at International Plaza.
There are five ramen options on the menu, served in a stock made with pork, chicken, fish bones and vegetables and cooked for seven hours. The noodles are made in-house daily using a Yamato noodle-making machine.
Prices start from $12.90 for the Brothers Ramen with chicken and pork chashu, Japanese fishcake, bamboo shoots and spring onions.
You pick your dish and pay via a touch-screen machine. Note that only $2, $5 and $10 notes and Nets are accepted.
Where: 01-20 International Plaza, 10 Anson Road
Open: 11.30am to 2.30pm and 6.30 to 8.30pm (Monday to Saturday), closed on Sunday, open on public holiday
Info: Call 9437-7267/9476-2677 or go to www.bro-ramen.com
Get healthier frozen desserts at this 30-seat micro- creamery, which opened last month and specialises in gelato and sorbettos made in small batches. The gelato contains less than 9 per cent fat and the fat-free sorbettos are dairy-free.
There are 12 flavours of gelato and sorbettos offered each day, including the popular Miss Coconut, a coconut gelato made with fresh coconut flesh and coconut water and served inside a coconut; Green Citizen (pistachio); and Boss' Wife (hazelnut chocolate). A scoop of gelato or sorbetto costs $3.60 or you can have it with a waffle for $8.60.
A must-try is the Bun Bun Bomb ($6), a bun with a scoop of gelato, then toasted and sealed in a gelato panini press. The gelato does not melt in the machine as the bun is inside for only 20 seconds, so you can enjoy the hot, crispy bun and cold gelato at the same time.
Where: 01-07, Block 8 Jalan Batu
Open: Noon to 10pm (Tuesday to Sunday), 5 to 10pm (Monday)
Info: Call 6225-3368 or go to www.33sixtyeight.com.sg
BEN & JERRY'S FLAGSHIP SCOOP SHOP
Satisfy your sweet tooth while doing good at this 27-seat flagship scoop shop. On a Tuesday night each month, a welfare organisation will speak on its cause and Ben & Jerry's will donate one-fifth of sales during the event to it.
Kicking off the programme is Playmoolah on April 21. It teaches children, youth and young adults to manage money.
The scoop shop offers 18 flavours of ice cream, including new flavour Cone Sweet Cone. Cups and cones cost $5.90 for small, $9.40 for regular and $13 for large. Its sundaes cost $12.90 to $17.90 and are made using brownies and cookies from Score Bakery, which rehabilitates inmates by giving them baking training.
Where: 01-25/25A, Level 1 Discovery Walk, 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road
Open: 11am to 10pm daily
Info: Call 6509-6470 or go to www.benjerry.com.sg
This article was first published on April 12, 2015.
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