It might surprise you that the word “sushi” does not translate to raw fish. Rather, it is an old term that means “sour” which is used in reference to Japanese grains that are mixed with vinegar to make the rice we use for sushi.
Styles and presentation of sushi varies widely but sushi originally began as just fish that was fermented with salt and rice after rice was discarded. It was over time that people began to eat the rice as well as the fish. Subsequently, vinegar was used in place of fermented rice, creating the fast food we have today that we strongly associate with Japanese culture.
Which kind of sushi is your favourite?
If travelling to Japan is on your bucket list, one of the toughest questions you might first face is, “which city?” and you’ll want to consider Osaka as long as you’re guided by your tummy.
This city is tenka no daidokoro, which is its affectionate national nickname as “the kitchen of Japan” where epicures make a gastronomic pilgrimage. Kuidaore, which means to eat yourself into bankruptcy, is huge in Osaka’s history and culture.
If you’re looking for the best places for nosh without breaking the bank though, we recommend starting on the streets and Dotonbori in the Namba district is one of the principal destinations for this. It might feel like food is shouting at you from the teeming street vendors with their myriad of treats. If you’re excited to eat your way through this culinary paradise, we’ve gathered 8 soul foods that originated in Osaka for you to keep an eye out for.
When artisanal bread was introduced to Singapore’s bakery scene, it became clear that not all bread is created equal. The long fermentation process that artisanal bakeries go through allows the dough to develop for more robust flavour and texture which gives rise to remarkable bakes.
Begin visually as you appreciate the bread’s brown hue. Feel its crispiness and breathe the perfume of the bread itself. Only then do you bite into it and take in its balanced texture of crunchy crust and fluffy soft insides. Let its complex flavours gradually develop in your mouth.
To fully experience this, we rounded up 10 specialty bakeries in Singapore if you are in it to get quality loaves and top-notch breads.
A good beer can highlight the best part of any dish if you know which kind to choose. The versatility of the drink makes beer pairing a very practical skill. A helpful tip to take away today is that light beers go with lighter dishes and heavier beers go with heavier nosh.
But at the end of the day, what reigns supreme is your palate. If you are feeling chips with stout, go for it. Otherwise, here are a few pairing suggestions for some of the more common beer types you might come across!
While most would still be focused on all the new things to do and see in Jewel Changi Airport, this June, we are shifting our gaze away to look at all the new openings that are worthy of a stopover in the rest of the country.
We found creative dishes such as a fish fillet prepared with Twisties, as well as a durian-centric cafe, a garden-themed hideaway, and a new bubble tea concept place. Here are 10 new openings we think are worthy of your calories.
The night before Monday begins is when the blues start to reach their peak. You are trapped wide awake in the hours between midnight and dawn. You blame yourself for sleeping in on Sunday morning and napping so much even after that. Whatever you do, do not count sheep because focusing on the numbers keeps you awake.
How do you deal with Monday blues when they make you like a slob on the inside and out? Well, at least you are not alone because this is how our Mondays are.
Jurong East has grown over the past decade, and for those who stay in the West of Singapore, shopping is made convenient with malls such as JEM, JCube, Westgate, IMM, and Big Box.
Housing a slew of big brand names, Westies have few reasons to head all the way to town, be it for shopping or cafe-hopping.
Here is our list of cafes in Jurong East for you to stop over to chill at after shopping. They include bingsu places, intriguing Korean temple food, chocolate indulgence, and even a vegan ice-cream shop.
Pre-drinks before hitting the clubs in Singapore are part of a ritual and though you can bring your own alcohol to get yourself high, ambience matters. For the best night out to alleviate the misery of work or school or even to just have a spanking good time, you need a legit place to party.
With a barrage of watering holes, we whittled down 10 popular drinking places to wet your whistle and start the nightlife in Singapore. Some of these places even open doors in the afternoon to sate your thirst but as they say, though it might be 2pm here it is 12am somewhere else in the world.
Besides happy hour and cheap beer towers, some of our roundup of reigning pre-clubbing drinking places have challenges for dares, games, and those with a competitive streak. With others in this list, watch out for inventive drinks such as Milo Godzilla and alcoholic Milk Tea too.
What are you waiting for? Go hard or go home.