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Pre-order Goodies / Customised Treats

Pre-order Goodies / Customised Treats

A list of treats and goodies I got online as well as some of those that require advance order!
Vanessa Kou
Vanessa Kou

An added savoury twist to the classic festive snack, home-grown brand, Nibbles’ Abalone Australian Macadamia Nuts ($25/ 400g) is just the thing to stock up on this lunar new year. Comprising of shrimp and codfish seasoning, the combination does sound odd but the umami flavours strangely complemented the crunchy roasted macadamia nuts. Dusted evenly with the seasoning, the nut’s buttery taste were still evident after the initial bites where you would first be hit by the strong whiffs of abalone. Hence, the intriguing pairing essentially offering a mix of salty, sweet and pleasant nuttiness. So if you are up for a change to your usual CNY goodies, grab a bag or two at $42 for yourself to try. Available on their e-store as well as the Chinese New Year Bazaar 2020 located at Chinatown 46 Temple Street till 24 January (11am-1pm).

Thank you @growpublicrelations and @nibblesfarm for the yummy snack!

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Saving more than half of the cake for myself, @dairyandcream Li Tian's Mr Brown ($48/roll, serving 6-8 pax) may be the best one yet. A fan of her many creations like her Hojicha Roll, Fuwa Fuwa Roll, Toto-Roll, and her scrumptious “Waffy” Matcha Tart; I knew I was in safe hands with her latest Christmas bake sale.

Snagging the lovely none-too-sweet black sugar roll, I just love the varied layers and texture created. Brimming with Taiwan Ruby Red Tea #18 (紅玉紅茶) custard, the already luscious core is paired with airy fresh chantily and black sugar jelly. Adding dimension to the otherwise creamy “tea-tastic” appeal, the old fashioned cookies embellished atop and at the sides offered a buttery fragrance as well as a somewhat crumbly quality. Perfectly balanced, the fromage chantily and burnt cheese frosting were literally and figuratively the icing on the cake as they provided a pleasant savoury finish - much like a deconstructed cheese tea in cake form.

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As always it’s just too much Monday and not enough coffee but with Hook Coffee’s drip bags, brewing your morning potion can’t get any easier. Simply tear the top of the bag, hook the handles over the edge of your cup and pour hot water right into the aromatic grounded beans. And with their limited edition National Day blend, you can savour a slight hint of biscuits in your cuppa joe. Subtly sweet with low acidity, the Singablend ($14/ 10 drip bags) is suitable to pair with light pastries in my opinion as it features a delicate yet creamy mouthfeel. Roasting for 4 weeks only, the upcoming roast is on September 8 and on each bag there is an illustration by super talented fellow Singaporean, Shawn See!

Of course, Hook Coffee have a wide array of other unique and delectable flavours and is also available in various packaging - whole beans, ground coffee, Nespresso compatible pods. Check them out at www.hookcoffee.com.sg and consider taking up their coffee subscription service so that you can greet everyday with a quality blend.

Thanks @hook_coffee for sending this over!

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Easily the most sinful mooncakes I’ve ever had, Aroma Truffle & Co certainly pulled out all the stops this mid-autumn season with two exclusive flavours - Premium Truffle Chocolate Molten Snowskin & Premium Truffle Durian Snowskin. Claimed to be the world’s strongest truffle mooncake, both delivered the familiar yet strong earthy fragrance which some may find a bit overpowering but I definitely enjoyed every whiff.

For those durian fanatics who just cannot get enough of the fruit, the Premium Truffle Durian Snowskin was robust and bittersweet. Encased in bamboo charcoal snowskin and embellished with edible gold flakes, there is nothing conventional about their kingly treat. Filled with 100% Mao Shan Wang, the interior was creamy, a tad sticky, and essentially a fleshy mash just like consuming the said durian pulp with an added touch of black Italian truffles in the mix. However, it was their Premium Truffle Chocolate Molten Snowskin that was right up my alley. Hitting your senses first was the intense aroma from the soft truffle-infused white snowskin. A bite will reveal the chocolatey lotus paste and at its core is a decadent white chocolate ball beautifully complemented by oozing truffle chocolate lava. There was also crunchy macadamia nuts found the delicately sweet mooncake.

At $88 (pre-order price, $98 original price) for a box of four, they don’t come cheap but from now till 13 September 2019, simply key in “Vanessakou10off” to enjoy $10 off when purchasing online. Aroma Truffle is also offering 2 bundle promotion of mooncakes and their signature truffle chips which will run till 21 August 2019. So grab a box of mooncakes while stocks last as only 1,000 boxes of mooncakes are available for purchase!

For more details, please visit: https://aromatruffle.com/

Aroma Truffle Boutique
Chinatown Point Level 1, Unit #01-20
(Opposite Chinatown Optics) 
Singapore 059413

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My favourite buy from @dairyandcream to date and possibly the best matcha tart I had tried, “Waffy” from her latest summer menu was simply scrumptious. At $16 for 2 pieces, they were certainly worth every single penny. The French Aop Butter Pate sable was fragrant, slightly crumbly, and had a lovely snap as you cut into it. Filled with Black Sesame Feuilettine at the base and smooth Uji Matcha Ganache, the tart is for the intense matcha lovers. Nutty, earthy and bittersweet. A quality bake, the soft paw-shaped Uji Matcha Bavaroise sitting atop was also divine especially with the surprise Okinawan Black Sugar curd core - wonderful play of texture and flavours.

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Different from their pop-up booths, Aroma Truffle’s flagship store will not just offer direct purchase of their hand-cooked chips but features promotional activities as well. Expect giveaways, games and new product testing!
Opened daily from noon to 9pm at level one of Chinatown Point (Unit #01-20), drop by to experience the gourmet snack if you haven’t already done so. Sourced from the Italian suburbs, bits of the finest Black Summer Truffles is embedded into the crunchy ridges of each chip. Lovers of the rich, earthy and aromatic flavours will also enjoy the heady fragrance from the use of herbs and spices in their recipe. Hooked on this, I strongly recommend the original yet for those who likes an extra oomph the Parmesan Cheese proved to be immensely addictive too.

Congrats @aromatruffle and thanks for inviting me @growpublicrelations!


And my favourite snack of the moment is none other than Aroma Truffle & Co.’s Original Black Summer Truffle Potato Chips ($10). Bingeing on a pack way too quickly, I found the earthy artisanal gourmet chips to be intensely aromatic yet not too rich in taste (a good thing as you can still detect the natural flavours of the chips). Texture-wise, the crinkle-cut treats generously seasoned with bits of real truffle, also passed the crunch test as the thickness was just right. Say yes to atas-ness~

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At $7.50 each, Edith Patisserie pays homage by turning our local favourite obsession - Bubble Tea into a tart. For walk-in customers, the new offering is currently available for off-the-shelf purchase and made in limited quantities (Fri-Sun). Consisting of a milk tea custard and pearl toppings, the fun pastry was a tad sweet (even for me, a self-proclaimed sweet tooth). The black tea pastry cream was like a milk tea concentrate, more milk than tea in my opinion. The mound of house-made tapioca, on the other hand, was chewy and tasted unsweetened or perhaps overpowered by the cream. What I enjoyed most, surprisingly, was the firm yet crumbly almond pastry tart base.


Like a treasure trove of baked goodness, this bake box was snagged from the last bake sale. Filled with a double chocolate chip cookie, spelt chocolate chip cookie, classic chocolate chip cookie, spelt nutella-stuffed chocolate chip cookie, banana loaf, and a jar of salted caramel; they certainly didn’t disappoint.

Soft, gooey, chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside, these top-rated chocolate chip cookies had the perfect amount of luscious chocolate morsels. Best savored with a glass of cold milk, the cookies were even better after a quick pop into the oven. The classic banana loaf too, had a slightly crunchy exterior after toasting it for a couple of minutes and went superbly went with the thick, rich and salty-sweet caramel sauce.

Baking the perfect batch of cookies, is a tough job, but someone has to do it, right?! Well, it’s not gonna be me, so I definitely see myself ordering another box from the next bake sale!

All kinds of roasty, earthy-sweetness, it really doesn’t get any better than this!

Enveloped in a fluffy, pillowy-soft cocoa sponge, @dairyandcream’s latest creation pairs velvety hojicha cream and smooth nutty kinako chantilly with bits of hojicha jelly.

Preferring this over the previous fuwa fuwa rolls, I really enjoyed the added texture from the jelly as well as the refined and well-rounded taste of the tea flavoured cream. The design too was kept simple and cute, making it such a joy to consume. So can’t wait to get my hands on another roll in the next launch! And it was so good that even my picky parents inhaled their slices in minutes and gave their stamp of approval.

If only you can get a whiff of these awesome cheesy delights...

In order to satisfy my curiosity for @Missgoob 's Baked Cheese Pão I went on ahead with a bulk order (minimum of 30 pieces) thinking that I may have a hard time finishing them but boy was I wrong. Their take on the classic Brazilian Cheese Buns (Pão de Queijo) taste like a delicious cross between a French baguette and mochi; with its slight crusty exterior and chewy-soft center. Subtly sweet and salty, the added fragrance from the sprinkle of herbs coupled with the already-additive aroma of cheese was uhhh-mazing too.

Price: $6/5 pieces

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The foul weather really put a damper on my plans yesterday. But all was good as I was able to secure a stash of Brotherbird Milk & Croissants' delectable baked goods!

Spending the day away with a box of assorted mochi croissants and cruffins at the comforts of my own home; the two croissant-muffin hybrids were easy favourites. Crusty, chewy, flaky and absolutely toothsome, the oriental element of the Chrysanthemum Tea Mochi Cruffin ($4) worked surprisingly well with the pastry. A taste of spring, the cream was both flowery and refreshing with the right balance of sweetness. Rolled in sugar, the smooth filling was light yet managed to shine with the vibrant tea flavour. And for something a bit more tangy… filled with lemon cheesecake cream, the Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Mochi Cruffin ($4) tasted simply exceptional. The small dollop of lemon curd and soft torched meringue also added a nice touch to the slightly tart, custard-like cheesecake cream.

The more premium of the four, the Kinder Bueno Twice-Baked Mochi Croissant ($5) incites just as much joy as the childhood wafer bar using the foolproof combination of praline cream and chocolate. Nutty and chocolatey, the pastry had a great play of textures too with the thin white chocolate shards and crunchy hazelnuts. And for those who enjoy a classic butter croissant, the Original Mochi Croissant ($3) offers a pleasant twist to the French viennoiserie with a tad more springy and chewy bite in the middle accompanied by the familiar buttery fragrance


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