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hk kim gary restaurant, vivocity

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After I realized that I had never posted about Cambodia I noticed that I basically skipped 3 months of eating out that I’ve been doing in and around Singapore. I had a wave of visitors from California and while we visited my usual haunts we also hit up a few new places. This one is courtesy of Jeff who alongside a misspelled Bible, a milk carton piggy bank, and a bun key chain treated me to lunch as payback for housing him during his Singapore layover.

After Sunday church I met Jeff at Vivocity where he offered up HK Kim Gary (selected due to the queue which had dissipated about an hour earlier) as the lunch spot.

This, by the way, is home of the previously lauded strawberry aloe vera drink.


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September 12, 2009 at 8:56 pm

chris’s singapore top 5

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On Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 10:22 PM, Joann wrote:

hallo brothers,

so you took a lot of pictures and both of you are quite funny right?

why dont you EACH do a ‘singapore top 5’ for my blog? whatchuthink? top 5 favorite things about singapore (can be places or food or things) and should include pictures as well as some writing.

i think it would be fun! cmon!



Yup, I bullied lovingly asked my brothers to do guests posts for the blog. As background, I had 2 of my brothers fly out to Singapore to spend some quality time with their favorite big sister. One of them actually responded to my request (the other will face my wrath later). If you find yourself with your 20 year old brother in Singapore and need stuff to do/eat, please refer to the list below penned by middle brother (aka recipient of birthday cupcakes), Chris. My comments in the fancy italics.

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July 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm

the great singapore food tour

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I’m supposed to be in Bangkok right now relaxing with some iberry after a long day of ziplining in the rainforests of Chonburi. Instead, I’m chillin on the couch watching the first season of The OC with the brothers. What are the odds that my brother would develop a 101F fever, sore throat, and nausea 8 hours before our flight? Sigh. Grounded.

This does mean I have lots of time on my hands and thus have fewer excuses to drag my feet on the ol’ blog. In truth I’ve been feeling wishy washy about it. To blog or not to blog? I’ve been taking the camera out less and less, feeling less impressed and less intrigued by the yum yums to be had all over the island. Too lazy to document any culinary magic happening in my humble kitchen. In short my friends I’m feeling all blogged out. I’m trying to get revved up about it again so let’s begin by a post that needs, nay aches, to see the light of day.

Nags and I with the leadership of some of our favorite true blue Singaporeans, Melina and Isaac, put together an office food tour to visit 4 of the island’s tastiest hawker stalls. Please make way for the gluttony of 1 rainy Saturday in Singapore, 17 hungry tummies, and 4 hours of num nums in the tum tum.


The fun started in Tiong Bahru which I have to say has a pretty nice, modern hawker center. Very spacious, adequately clean, and lots of variety.

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jaggi’s northern indian cuisine

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I’m watching a show about that crazy huge Mormon family that has 17 kids. They have found another couple that also has a ridiculous number of kids and shares the same fashion sense. How nice.

A few weeks ago we had a team event (good segue, eh?) that involved running all over Mt Emily Park and shooting each other with 2.5 kilo laser tag guns. As could be expected, 3 hours of non mortal combat can really give a girl an appetite. Since we were in Little India we shlepped over to Jaggi’s which, unbeknownest to me, is a Singapore institution.


First of all, the place is immaculate. Very clean. Even the bathrooms are sparkly. They really took the government sponsored ‘Singapore-let’s-have-clean-bathrooms’ initiative seriously. I can respect that. Nags, Chandra, Pearl and the rest of the crew did all of the ordering while I busied myself with taking pictures.

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April 5, 2009 at 10:22 pm

dempsey house, singapore

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Dempsey House is right next to Tippling Club in the most annoying place in Singapore – Dempsey Hill. Sigh. Okay I’m exaggerating but oh how I enjoy the eateries up in this area but hate how hard it is to get to/from. If you’re wondering, yes, I plan on whining about that in every post made in reference to this area.

Anyway back to the story. Jay and I went to House to decompress after slogging through a crazy work week. It was supposed to be a gank-load (read: lots) of people going but that didn’t work out. We started our journey to Dempsey at 6:29pm because I threatened Jay’s life if I was still in the office at 6:31pm. When we arrived we saw MakatiJosh again who was diligently manning his post at the head of the stairs to the two restaurants. He remembered us! Lovely!

I like how House is decorated. Mismatched tables and chairs, wires hanging from the ceiling, different themed private rooms where you can book dinner parties (one of the rooms is a Kubrick room). The front of the House is the restaurant area (pictured above), followed by a hallway of the private rooms, and then a bar/lounge area in the back. For the multitaskers in the House there’s also a spa/massage place upstairs. Random.

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February 9, 2009 at 11:32 pm

tippling club, singapore

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Any culinary capital wouldn’t be complete with a little molecular artistry thrown in, right? I found out about Tippling Club through Therese who read about it in a magazine. Therese and I have been talking about going FOH-EVAH but until this weekend had yet to make a reservation. Before we take a walk down Tippling Club lane…

1. This is not a cheap meal. We’re talkin’ 3 digits per person. Think of it as us doing our part to help the economy.

2. We went for dinner and the place was dark. As always with my full disclosure, the pictures below have been adjusted for brightness and contrast.

3. I’m going to explain the dishes to the best of my memory but am no where near precise. The courses are best explained by the chefs and their staffs obviously. The preparation and detail that goes into each plate and glass is pretty complex. Don’t let my subpar descriptions fool you.

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December 7, 2008 at 2:10 am

the birth of usa fridays

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Expat life is pretty nice but sometimes you miss the comforts of home. After a day of trekking all over Singapore with SarahP we were ready for a nice cold beer and some comfort food.

Enter Brewerkz, a popular brewery nestled on the far end of the always tourist-teeming Clarke Quay. It was perfect – easily accessible, high possibility of people watching, super heavy and artery clogging Western food, and beer snob friendly cold beer.

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November 3, 2008 at 10:47 pm

happy birthday to meeeee!

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It’s weird to think how much life changes over the course of one year. Admittedly, I was a bit concerned about how I would ring in year 28 outside of the comfortable party confines of the Bay Area. Luckily, the concern was for naught and I had a fabulous Singapore-style birthday.

The celebrating started on Saturday night when I rounded up all the work ladies to a chill evening at Loof (3rd floor on the rooftop of the Odeon Tower extension building). I visited the place a few weeks ago and liked the very low key atmosphere and laid back crowd. The drink and food menu are also not bad (both pricewise and tastewise).

I ordered calamari (very meaty, shown above) and a small margarita pizza which is actually just a cheese pizza. PS Loof: margarita pizzas have fresh tomatoes and basil on them. I also had a caparinhia (shown above) and a Pimm’s Club. Both were decent on the alcohol content (a tough find in Singapore) and were spiked with turbinado-tasting sugar.

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November 2, 2008 at 9:28 pm

eat and run: taipei edition

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Homestretch now. Here’s quick rundown of other eats that are not quite full-post worthy but certainly not to be ignored.

Number 1: Korean Cartoon Horse Candy

If you go to Korea please get me some of this grape flavored, horse cartoon-stamped candy. I jacked this tube from Jlin. She didn’t seem to mind so much. They’re like Sweettarts except not chalky or tart. Lots of good artificial grape flavor.

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October 27, 2008 at 8:27 pm

more pizza hunts

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I like pizza. More than I thought I did since I crave it fairly often.

Life in the Bay Area meant I rarely ever had to go out and buy pizza (although, I really love Bagel Bites and always had them in the freezer) since work always had a steady supply. After running an errand to Funan I decided to find some eats at the mall. The escalator led the way and as I reached the first floor Pastamania stood before me in all of its pseudo-Italian glory.

I ordered a 7″ bbq chicken pizza (sidenote: it’s weird how things here switch from US to metric measurements) which cost a little less than S$11.00. I splurged on a peach Italian soda which brought the total to S$14 even.

The last pizza that I had in Singapore was at Central. They were very generous with their toppings but the crust was too bready and dense. In contrast, Pastamania’s crusts is thinner, flakier, and crispier. It was just saucy enough (although I kind of think that it wasn’t bbq sauce) to add flavor while not overpowering or soggying up the crust.

The chicken was just ok, the seasoning was not a big hit with me and I didn’t think it complimented the bbq flavor at all. The onions were chopped coursely and the pizza itself was adequately cheesy. Bonus points that the pizza was not a grease factory like some places.

I’m a fan. This definitely beats the pizza at Central and isn’t as heavy as Pizza Hut. I’d probably spring for different toppings next time though.

The peach soda was pretty good. Kinda like a less sweet, slightly peachy version of Sprite.

Pastamania at Funan DigitalLife Mall: 109 North Bridge Road, #01-08/09

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October 5, 2008 at 5:23 pm

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