Posts Tagged With: Plaza Singapura

Sama Curry’s Lunch Promo

Hokkaido is famous for its soup curry and yes, the gravy is drinkable by itself, unlike the thicker Singaporean/Malaysian/Indian curries that most people are familiar with. It’s interesting that one of the Japanese soup curry restaurants has set up shop in Singapore!

Sama Curry offers a choice of 4 different soup bases – Tomato, Coconut, Shrimp and Japanese.

When I visited, there was a lunch promotion, which had a limited choice of soup curries that could be ordered, but it was inclusive of a side dish (choice of Shrimp Gyoza or Hokkaido Imomochi Cheese) and a drink.

We asked the wait staff for her recommendations on the soup base and she said it was down to personal preference, but she did explain that both tomato and coconut were creamier, whereas the other two were much lighter in soup consistency.

This was the regular menu:

After making our selection of curry, we had to decide on the level of spiciness (from 0-30, with 30 being the spiciest level!)

Instructional guide on how to eat the soup curry:

My friends and I ended up ordering the following:

Marathon Chicken (tomato)
チキンと野菜カレー (トマト)
Spiciness Level: 5

This was my choice, as I love tomato soup, although initially I couldn’t fathom how a combination of tomato and curry would taste! Surprisingly, it was really good! (and in my opinion, the best out of the 3 soup bases that we had ordered)

The chicken leg was very tender and could easily be removed from the bone. I liked that the veggies were pan fried before being added to the curry, as that added another dimension of flavours to the dish. In addition, the tanginess of the soup curry made it quite appetising and I liked it very much! My friends each took one spoonful of my curry to try and the spiciness seemed to hit at the initial mouthful and thus they were a little worried, as they had ordered levels 13 and 15 for theirs.


Special Soup Curry Udon (coconut)
特別スープカレーウドン (ココナツ)
Spiciness Level: 13

This was rather rich and your taste buds may get tired of the flavours halfway through. The soup curry was creamy, but in terms of flavours, my preference leans towards our local curries if I want to have coconut-based ones. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that spicy and didn’t have that same initial impact on the first mouthful as what we had experienced with the tomato (and that was only level 5!)


Special Soup Curry Udon (shrimp)
特別スープカレーウドン (エビ)
Spiciness Level: 15

The shrimp soup curry was indeed a thinner soup than the previous two above and it had a strong seafood taste. As for the spicy factor, when we took the first mouthful, we didn’t feel a thing and were quite surprised as it was level 15, but before we had enough time to react, the burning feeling of the chilli suddenly hit us! It’s the same effect as those mala (麻辣) chilli dishes, where the chilli burn has a delayed impact. My friend seemed to enjoy this, but I still stand by my preference for the tomato based one.


The side dishes that came with the lunch sets included a choice of Shrimp Gyoza (2pcs) or Hokkaido Imomochi Cheese (1pc).

Shrimp Gyoza「エビ餃子」

If you order this ala carte, 6 pieces will be included in one serving, but as part of the lunch set only two were given. I felt that the filling tasted similar to those Japanese shumai that can be found at the supermarket’s frozen section.


Hokkaido Imomochi Cheese「北海道芋餅」

This was not bad and even my non-cheese loving friend liked it! It was a little chewy and tasted more like potato rather than cheese. As part of the lunch set, we were given one piece, but if you order this ala carte, you will get two pieces.


Overall, the food was good and I would highly recommend the tomato soup curry, if you are a fan of tomatoes!

Address:
Sama Curry
68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, #06-11/12
Singapore 238839.

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Telephone: 6445 2033

Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm

Nearest MRT station: Dhoby Ghaut

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KoKoPanda – A Korean Superfood Dessert and Beverage Parlour

Officially opened on 16th December 2016, Kokopanda is a new Korean soft serve and beverage concept focusing on “superfood” toppings to cater to the health-conscious. Yes, you can indulge without feeling guilty!

They offer three unique soft serves, which include White Cremo (a rich smooth and creamy Korean soft serve ice-cream made from premium Korean milk), Black Yogo (a black frozen yogurt made from roasted coconut husk that contains edible activated charcoal, which helps to cleanse the body of toxins) and for the undecided who want to try both – KoKo Twisto (a combination of both Black Yogo and White Cremo).

White Cremo

Black Yogo

Koko Twisto

Quality ingredients sourced directly from Korea are used, including Korean Milk and a selection of superfood toppings like KoKoCrunch granola (a blend of dried fruits and rice puffs) and dried fruits that are rich in vitamins and fibre. The best part is that the fruits are not artificially sweetened and if you are familiar with Korean strawberries and tangerines, they are naturally sweet! The Korean Milk used here is preservative free and thus has a shorter shelf life, so this is regularly flown in fresh from Korea.

A variety of dried fruit is available and this includes Jeju tangerine, Korean strawberries, pear, apple, persimmon, orange and lemon! My favourites are the pear, tangerine and strawberries.

Interestingly, when you eat the dried fruit on its own, their texture is what you’d expect dried fruit to be like, but when you put them into the soft serve, some of them turn a little crispy! I tried this with both the tangerines and strawberries and there was an added crunch to them!

Fruit Bombs (made from real fruit juice) and Jelly Pearls (made from seaweed) are some of the other toppings that are available. If you like nuts, you can try the Honey Butter Almonds, which I absolutely loved!

In addition, there are also Jellies and Chia Seeds that you can choose to add to your dessert or beverage.

A variety of different drinks can be found on their beverage menu, which include Seoulistic Iced Tea Lattes, Korean Fruit Vinegar Ciders and Fruit Enzyme drinks, Exotic Gangnam Iced Teas and ChiaChaCha, which is a refreshing combination of 100% coconut water with Chia Seeds.

One of their signature drinks is the Jeju Green Tea Latte and you can have this with black KoKoPearls, i.e. if you are the type who’s into bubble teas. I usually like my drinks with 0% sugar and I found the green tea latte with black pearls to be just right for me as it wasn’t too sweet and I think those who don’t like the slightly bitter taste of Japanese matcha may like this as this Korean green tea doesn’t have that same bitter taste. Premium grade Jeju green tea is used and it contains natural polyphenols and antioxidants.

Those who can’t do without sugar haven’t been forgotten and similar to other beverage outlets in the market, you can customize your sugar levels, but of course to be healthier, try to slowly reduce your sugar intake and go for 0%! ^_^

Although I’m not a hugh fan of coconut water and healthy drinks, I did try the ChiaChaCha with added Mango Fruit Bombs and I have to say that those fruit caviars burst easily in your mouth and made each sip of the drink very flavourful! Hmm…possibly something I can consider drinking more of in the future, with health benefits!

Weight conscious individuals can opt for the Green Grapes or Green Apple Cider with Chia Seeds, as these are made from pure fruit vinegar ciders known for extra health benefits such as weight loss and maintaining blood sugar levels.

If you haven’t already noticed by now, the shop’s logo has a cute panda in it and you can find this mascot on both the drink and dessert cups, on the staff’s t-shirts, as well as at the shopfront.

On what sets KoKoPanda apart from other dessert and beverage outlets, Katie Kang, Managing Director for KoKoPanda states: “We are all about superfood desserts and beverages. We noticed that many of the drinks and desserts available today are mostly made from sugar and syrups with little goodness included. We are here to spread our concept of guilt-free indulgence by adding the benefits of superfoods into delicious desserts and beverages that people already enjoy.”

I’ve always thought of health foods as being bland and taste-wise not to my liking, but this has somewhat altered my perception. Healthy desserts and beverages that taste good too! Do come and give it a try!

As part of their Opening promotions, Kokopanda will be having a special Buy-1-Get-1-Free promotion on all items on their menu during their launch weekend from 16–18 December 2016.

Thanks to KoKoPanda for the dessert and beverage tasting!

Address:
KoKoPanda
#B2-60, Plaza Singapura,
68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839.

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily

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