8 Reasons Why A Food-Centric Holiday Is More Fun

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A recent research project undertaken by Tourism Australia has revealed that the abundance of gourmet delicacies is one of the main draws for Singaporeans when selecting a destination for an upcoming vacation. In addition to that, travel search engine Wego also found extremely similar insights after surveying a group of 300 Singaporean and Malaysian holidaymakers.

Needless to say, food is so integrated in our daily lives that it is possibly the most talked about topic in town. Over here in Singapore, nobody asks how you have been. Instead, they greet you by asking if you have already eaten. Which is why there is no surprise that most of these self-professed foodies prefer going on a food-centric holiday. We too are guilty of this trend.

From learning about a different culture, gaining new knowledge and/or skills to meeting likeminded travellers, here are 8 Reasons Why A Food-Centric Holiday Is More Fun.

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Waa Cow! – Damn Good & Value-For-Money Flame-Torched Wagyu Donburi In Singapore

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Few things in life are as mind-blowing as Wagyu beef. Better yet, thick juicy slices of perfectly seared, smoky and tender Wagyu on a bed of sauced up Japanese rice, a healthy amount of pickles and an onsen egg for good measure—yes, we’re talking about Wagyu donburi.

Beef bowls are a mainstay at many Japanese restaurants, but what goes into a bowl and how every component is treated varies across the board. We particularly enjoyed the version at Waa Cow! due to its simplicity and its emphasis on flame-torching their Wagyu prior to plating.

If you’re ever planning on indulging on something as rich and luxurious as a Wagyu bowl, we urge you not to waste your calories (and money), head on down to Waa Cow! for one heck of a memorable meal.
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Spice Brasserie – Yuletide Buffet With Epic Roasts, Crustaceans, Oysters & More!

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Promising a seasonal spread of festive meats and treats along with a bevvy of authentic local and Asian delights thrown into the mix, Spice Brasserie at PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road ranks high as one of our top venues of choice to indulge in a full-on feast this festive holiday.

Pulling out all the stops and ready to tantalise the senses (especially our taste buds) on all fronts, the culinary team behind Spice Brasserie impresses with their selection of colossal roasts featuring the likes of the all-new Peranakan-Style Roasted Spice Cured Turkey that wowed us with its succulent meat and its heady aroma of Nonya spices.

As far as drool-inducing food goes, they’ve nailed down their various festive roast meat offerings, but if you’re pining for something to satiate your sweet tooth, then you will not be disappointed with their Sea Salt Caramel Log Cake. But seasonal dishes aside, be sure to tuck into their various Asian and international items as well, not forgetting their selection of crab dishes—a mainstay and what Spice Brasserie is classically known for.

This festive feast will be going on from 17 December 2018 to 1 January 2019 and diners can quote ‘ladyironchef’ upon making reservations to enjoy 20% off both the lunch and dinner festive buffets.
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Ring In The Holidays With KFC’s All-New Dip, Dunk ’N Share Bundle

KFC Dip, Dunk N Share

For the love of all things deep-fried, greasy and perfect for any occasion, fried chicken is a quintessential comfort food that everybody loves. And where better to indulge our favourite guilty pleasure than at KFC?

They’ve impressed us (and successfully contributed to our waistlines) over the years with their various seasonal offerings, but this new entrant may prove to be even more unforgiving—in a good way, of course.

KFC Festive Bucket

Set to tantalise the taste buds on all fronts, the all-new Dip, Dunk ’N Share Bucket comprises 6 pieces of KFC’s signature Hot & Crispy Tenders, 12 Nuggets, 1 medium fries and a pair of 2 sauces—Sour Cream & Onion and BBQ—as well as a brand-new addition Spicy BBQ Pops.

Providing a medley of flavour and textural elements from tang to heat and even a robust barbecue flavour, all nicely underscored by the added crunch from the Spicy BBQ Pops, this is one solid holiday bundle that has it all.
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9 Places To Get Solid, Lip-Numbing Kao Yu (Grilled Fish) In Singapore

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If you love fish and you haven’t heard of kao yu, you definitely should read on. Kao yu is a fish dish that comprises a massive fish that’s first grilled before allowing it to poach over a fire in a rich broth alongside other ingredients such as chilli, vegetables and an assortment of other aromatics.

These massive platters of piping- hot grilled fish are sure to satisfy any fish lovers cravings and, given its size, is perfect for sharing among larger groups.

Places selling solid kao yu in Singapore are hard to come by, but we have done the hard work for you. We have here, 9 places that sell stellar, flavourful kao yu that will definitely leave you wanting more.

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Up to 50% OFF Hotel Buffets on Eatigo & S$5 Off With Standard Chartered Credit Cards

Eatigo-Buffet

Nothing gets Singaporeans more hyped up than an opportunity to feast to their heart’s content at a buffet. Yet, dining at buffet restaurants are often a costly affair that—while enjoyable—does take quite a serious toll on one’s bank account.

Hoping to stuff your bellies till your zippers burst with a multitude of premium-quality grub but don’t wish to burn a hole in your wallet? Here’s where eatigo comes in—offering the very same indulgent dining experience of a hotel buffet but at discounted prices, diners who make their reservations through the app get to enjoy up to 50% off their dining bills.

What’s more, on top of the attractive time-based discounts, Standard Chartered Credit Cardholders are entitled to an additional S$5 Eatigo Cash Voucher off their dining bill!

Already geared up to lay siege on the buffet line? Here are some hotel buffets in Singapore we recommend!

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The Marmalade Pantry – Festive Takeaway Spread Featuring One Of The Best Roast Turkeys

The Marmalade Pantry Christmas Takeaway

Everything about The Marmalade Pantry impresses from its stellar array of delicious food and its cosy spaces that provide a temporary respite from the hectic city. But beyond indulgent afternoons and solid meals, they also have a series of festive offerings available for a takeaway feast that’s fit to grace any house or office party.

Looking for Christmas centrepiece roast that’s sure to have your guests in total awe, try out the Whole Roasted Turkey with Fresh Herbs that surprises with its irresistibly moist and succulent meat. Brined in a sauce comprising salt and various aromatics for a long period of time, flavours are allowed to penetrate deep into the meat, making for a proper roast fit to grace your dinner table.

Whatever kind of Christmas gathering you’re looking to throw, you can count on The Marmalade Pantry’s repertoire of festive treats and delicious roasts more than sufficient to fit the merry-making bill. And for our dear readers, you get to enjoy a 10% Mastercard discount when you quote ‘ladyironchef10’ upon checkout online or when you call to make a booking.

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12 Reasons To Love Kochi – A Paradise For Nature Lovers And Gourmets All Over

Kochi 2018

Located on the island of Shikoku, Kochi is rather out of the way for many which are what deters tourists from visiting. But what this humble area in Japan treated us to was nature in its most pristine form and its fascinating yet exciting drinking culture.

Kochi is blessed with beautiful and abundant nature such as the Shimanto River, Niyodo River and the Kuroshio coastline. From clear-blue lakes to autumn leaves and silhouettes depicting a never-ending sea of mountains, Kochi truly impressed us from leaf to pebble.

And when it comes to eating and drinking, these folks are anything but simple. Drinking alcohol is a huge deal here and eating good food is more of a lifestyle here rather than a necessity—something we can definitely resonate with. Bonito, a close relative of tuna and mackerel, is also hugely popular here and can be found in literally every restaurant and izakaya.

We had a lovely opportunity to go on a 5D4N adventure through Kochi, seeing and experiencing all sorts of fun things, eating amazing food and even getting hands down to make our own paper and harvest our own sea salt. For the curious traveller, here are 12 reasons why Kochi has to be on your next Japan itinerary.
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