10 Things You Don’t Know About BreadTalk IHQ + Giveaway
October is a special month for BreadTalk IHQ because they are celebrating THIRD ANNIVERSARY! By that it means there are more rewards when you dine at the mall this month! We have visited most of the restaurants and cafes in BreadTalk IHQ, and you know what, they are offering specials just for this October. So take your time to stroll down the F&B zone and enjoy the inviting food street experience! P/S Read to the end for a super exciting giveaway!
1. 3RD BIRTHDAY REWARDS IN OCTOBER
•Free Kopi Break
Come to BreadTalk IHQ from 12-2pm on weekdays and 30 lucky shoppers will get a chance to receive a FREE cup of Kopi/Teh at Toast Box daily!
•#BreadTalkIHQ Instagram Contest
Upload a photo taken within BreadTalk IHQ and stand a chance to win attractive food vouchers!
2. Foodie Mondays is back
Foodie Mondays is back! From now till October 2016, spend a minimum of $5 in a single receipt at participating F&B merchants at BreadTalk IHQ Mall and get 50c off your next F&B purchase on the same day!
Valid every Monday at Artease, BreadTalk, Din Tai Fung, Everton Creamery, Food Republic, RamenPlay & Toast Box.
3. Chiak Bento for Lunch, Shabu Shabu at Night
RamenPlay at BreadTalk IHQ reflects an elegant setting fusing both traditional Chinese and Japanese street décor. The century old gateway structure was sourced from an old Chinese Village, and then dismantled and shipped over to Singapore. There is also a Japanese Stone Lantern garden with a wishing board (Ema board), completing the Japanese dining ambience.
RamenPlay has always been popular for its delicious ramen and donburi. Only at BreadTalk IHQ, they have introduced new bento sets for working professionals. I like the Pork Yakinuku Bento Set ($8.80) with thinly sliced pork stir-fried in a sweet savoury gravy to melting tenderness, and topped with light sprinkling of sesame seeds. Other options include Teriyaki Chicken Bento Set ($8.80), Ebi Fry Bento Set ($8.80), Tori Kaarage Bento Set ($8.80), Pork/Chicken Katsu Curry Bento Set ($9.80) and Unagi Bento Set ($10.80).
RamenPlay has expanded its repertoire with the steamy Shabu Shabu (from $13.90). Available from 5pm onwards, you can choose from beef or pork with rice or udon, in clear or kimchi soup. The clear soup is made by simmering chicken bones and Japanese soy sauce. Each hotpot set is generously portioned with assorted vegetables, tofu and three types of mushrooms; hon shimeiji, shiitake and enokitake.
From now till 31 October 2016, the popular Cha Shu Tonkotsu Ramen is served with spicy broth for those who enjoy that extra kick. Other ingredients remain the same, you still get your yummy cha shu slices, half a braised egg, black fungus and spring onions. Now here is the deal: enjoy 25% off selected sides when you order Cha Shu Tonkotsu Ramen. Good deal right!
4. Find Your Four Heavenly Kings at Din Tai Fung
Ensuring exacting standards in quality and service, Din Tai Fung is an award-winning restaurant that heralds a warm dining experience with tastefully modern interiors that embody its Taiwanese heritage. The open kitchen sets the stage for Din Tai Fung’s skilled chefs who zealously create dim sum masterpieces for customers to enjoy.
For a start, Oriental Salad in Special Vinegar Dressing is a popular chilled appetiser with julienne seaweed, beansprouts, spicy bean curd and rice vermicelli tossed in a light tangy dressing with fragrant sesame oil. Tuck into Fried rice with Shrimp and Eggs that is a simple but satisfying meal with minimal seasoning so you can taste the fragrance of eggs and spring onions shining through. Not forgetting the flavourful Steamed Chicken Soup that uses only the freshest chickens simmered for 8 hours.
Din Tai Fung’s Xiao Long Baos traditionally consist of juicy meat filling wrapped in a delicate skin which is pleated up to a minimum of 18 exquisite folds and steamed. Only the best pork with the right mix of leanness and juiciness can ensure its wholesome goodness.
From now till 31 October 2016, Citibank cardmembers may enjoy a complimentary serving of Sliced Duck in Crispy Spring Onion Pastry with a minimum spend of $90. The appetizer features delicate slivers of smoked duck and spring onions, wrapped in a crispy spring roll skin.
5. Enjoy Soya Sauce Chicken without queuing
Food Republic at BreadTalk IHQ offers everyday dining choices carefully dressed up with antique decorations from Old Chinese Villages.
If you are a fan of soya sauce chicken after the Michelin craze, you can also get it here without having to queue for hours! You Men HK Roast’s Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle ($4.50) is a delicious bowl filled with slices of tender chicken with luscious brown skin braised in soya sauce for a long time.
Sergeant Hainanese Chicken Rice certainly knows the key to achieving the perfect plate of greasy goodness, winning the hearts of many chicken rice fans. Its signature chicken rice is steamed to perfection so that satisfaction is definitely guaranteed. Go for the Yuan Yang Chicken Rice Set ($7.50) which comes with both roast and steamed chicken. Pair it with crispy tender Thai Style Fried Tofu ($3.50), covered in a dip of Thai Style Chilli.
For some comfort delights, my favourite is Tomato Noodle Soup ($6) featuring handmade noodles served with minced pork meat and vegetables in a tomato-based soup. Formosa Delights also has Beef Noodle Soup ($6.50) served with Taiwanese-styled stewed beef.
6. Lim Kopi, Do Charity
Toast Box has been my favourite hangout for its fresh, strong brew of Kopi to give me an energy boost everyday. Sink your teeth into this Cheesy Ham & Egg Thick Toast delight. Ham and egg layered atop freshly toasted bread then finished off with a layer of melted cheese. Too delectable to miss and a combination to melt hearts all around!
For a more substantial meal, savour Curry Chicken with Rice, masterfully prepared with passion and tradition. Every family has a recipe unique to their own; handed down from generations and perfected to create that hearty bowl of curry gravy. Toast Box’s version combines 2 types of curry powder and other natural ingredients to create an aromatic and flavourful gravy so delectable that every last drop is worth slurping up.
This year, Toast Box is working with Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations (ABLE) to raise awareness and funds for their rehabilitation, respite and training programs through the sales of Sprouting Kits! The Sprouting Kit is a portable-sized cup that comes with soil compost processed from Toast Box’s recycled coffee grounds, together with seeds for growing the sprouts. The kits are jointly packed by ABLE’s beneficiaries, staff and Toast Box’s staff. Selling for $5 per kit, 100% of sale proceeds from the Sprouting Kits will be donated to ABLE, so get yours at Toast Box today!
7. Be dazzled with mirror glazed cakes
BreadTalk is renowned for the way it has revolutionised the culture of bread consumption with its visually appealing and creative products. Try the Snow White Yam and Yam Royale are chef recommendations from BreadTalk’s New Concept that was rolled out last year. These bread were specially developed by their international Master Chefs. Made with white dough, the bread are prepared using “Tang Zhong’, a water roux method which retains more moisture of the bun when baked. Snow white yam features steam yam cubes, while Yam Royale is filled with traditional Chinese yam & wine-soaked longans. Limited period promotion: 1 Snow White Yam + 1 Yam Royale for $3!
Be dazzled with BreadTalk’s alluring collection of mirror glazed cakes ($33.80, U.P. $38) – stunning and exquisite for any special occasion. Available in 3 delicious flavours including Starry Sky (luscious strawberry mousse with mixed berry coulis), Rosy Sky (a delightful combination of mango mousse with passion fruit jelly) and Peaceful Sky (delicate white chocolate mousse with mixed berry coulis), this limited cake collection is only available at BreadTalk IHQ.
For an awesome gift, the new bottled Pork Floss and Chili Pork Floss is perfect when paired with breads or porridge. Now you can enjoy it anytime of the day at the comfort of your home. 2 bottles at $17.60 (U.P. $21.60)!
8. Chiak Pistachio Gelato From Everton Creamery
Everton Creamery aims to bring homemade Italian gelato to BreadTalk IHQ. The ingredients are imported and made fresh with a mix of classic and unique flavours like Coffee Brownie, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Marshmallow, Rum and Raisin, Tiramisu etc. Everyday, you can enjoy 16 different flavours will make all gelato fans happy.
Pistachio gelato is the clear winner. Using pistachio from Sicily, the gelato is creamy and smooth with a rich nutty pistachio flavour. Double Belgium is a popular flavour. As the name goes, be wowed with the dimensional layering of chocolates. A chocolate gelato textured with chocolate shavings, chocolate bits and chocolate sauce prepared with tiny hints of coffee beans. Single scoop costs $4.80, premium scoop additional $0.50. For waffles, you can pair with single scoop ($9.30), double scoop ($12.50) or 5 mini scoops ($15.50).
This October, popular flavours such as Mango Raspberry & Tai Ji Yuan Yang are brought back. Tai Ji Yuan Yang is cooked with a twist of Peanut Butter with Black Sesame, leaving behind a salty sweet tangle for every dessert lovers. For something more refreshing, the mango raspberry is a tropical fruity gelato well suited for anytime of the day.
9. How about matcha sandwich for lunch?
Inspired while sitting at a cafe in Taipei, the owners of Artease set up a café for tea lovers. They travelled far and wide to bring home a diverse range of ingredients, mixed them up in a lab also known as the kitchen, and came up with a series of teas and coffees for Singapore.
Caramel Popcorn (Salty – $4 regular, $5 large) is one of the popular drinks on the menu. Using Roasted Rice Tea as a base, the subtle popcorn flavour of the tea blends perfectly with some milk, caramel and a touch of sea salt. There is a sweet version too, just like how it is at the movies. If you need a little perk-me-up, Ice honey espresso ($4 regular, $5 large) is great for the mornings or after a heavy lunch. It contains some honey, a perfect foil to the espresso shots, with just a small amount of milk.
If you wish to have sandwich for lunch, Artease also serve Grilled Cheese Sandwich Sets (from $4.30). A buttery and crisp sandwich with a sweet and savoury chicken filling and a slice of gooey cheddar cheese. All sandwiches are freshly grilled on order. Choose wholemeal bread for a healthier option.
In line with the mall’s 3rd anniversary, brand new matcha/earl grey sandwich will be launched at BreadTalk IHQ at a promotional price of $2 each!
10. Free parking!
From Mondays to Fridays, enjoy FREE parking for the first hour!
For Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday, enjoy FREE parking for the first 2 hours!
Monday to Friday: $1.50 per hour for the first 2 hours; $3.50 per hour for subsequent hour
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday: $1.50 per hour for the first 3 hours; $4.50 per hour for subsequent hour
Big THANK YOU to BreadTalk IHQ, misstamchiak.com is giving away $50 dining vouchers to 5 lucky readers. All you have to do is:
1. Like BreadTalk IHQ facebook page
2. Like and share this post on Facebook
3. Comment below: share a memory you had with any of the above restaurants or cafes at BreadTalk IHQ.
Closing date: 8 October 2016. All winners will be selected by BreadTalk IHQ.
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