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Quorn dim sum
Photograph: Quorn

Quick Bites: what to eat and other happenings in Singapore this week

Our round-up of news about food, served in bite-sized portions

By Fabian Loo
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Tired of hearing this question: what should we eat today? Well, us too. With new choices popping up every month, deals dropping every week, and cravings that fluctuate daily, choosing just what to eat can be a challenge. To help you decide on what's worth eating, we round up some of the latest food drops and happenings in town in this easy, bite-sized list. This week, sample healthier, plant-based dim sum, go on a beer-themed run around the Marina Bay area, and more

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Quorn
Photograph: Quorn

It’s now possible to have a vegan dim sum brunch

There’s more to plant-based meats than just burger patties and links of sausages. In a bid to help introduce meatless alternatives into Asian diets, Quorn has recently created a line-up of meat-free dim sum. The selection includes highlights of BBQ bun ($15.60 for 24 pieces), gyoza ($19.50 for 24 pieces), pastry puffs ($20.50 for 24 pieces), and the quintessential siew mai ($34.50 for 48 pieces) – all made using the brand’s plant-based fillets. These convenient, ready-to-eat items need just minutes in the steamer or microwave to whip up, and can be easily purchased and sent straight to your door via Quorn’s new home delivery service. Call or WhatsApp 8787 3838 and put in an order two day in advance. Delivery fee starts from $10, and is free for orders above $60. 

Moon Tartes House on the Moon
Photograph: Fabian Loo

Not a fan of mooncakes? Try some Moon Tartes instead

Restaurants River Valley

Mooncakes often come in baked or snowskin variants. But at House On The Moon, the modern dessert shop has turned its signature sweets into dainty circles of Moon Tartes instead. A total of six creations are available, with highlights that include Kalea65, inspired by its signature cheesecake with tropical notes of mango and passionfruit, and the Moon Walk, made with nut butter, yoghurt, and coconut. Our favourite’s the Garden By The Bay, a floral number perfumed with lavender and bergamot, and comes elegantly adorned with berries and petals. For easy gifting, consider the gift set, which comes with two tarts with a canister of tea ($38). WhatsApp 9632 8628 to place an order.

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Chimi's
Photograph: Chimi's

Go on a beer-themed run along Marina Bay

Bars and pubs Tapas bars Raffles Place

If you're the kind who needs a little push to exercise, then Chimi’s Beer Run Round the Bay might be the thing for you. Lace up your running shoes and hit the scenic waterfront streets of Marina Bay. Along the 4km route, look forward to sights of Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands, and The Fullerton Hotel. And don’t worry about not being to keep up – there will be frequent pit stops along the way where you’ll be able to hydrate with beers and water, and reward yourself with a set of three tacos. Tickets for the run starts at $38, and will be held every Sunday from now till the end of December.

Five Guys Singapore
Photograph: Five Guys

Five Guys to open a second outlet at Serangoon

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After opening its very first outlet in central Singapore, Five Guys has recently announced that it will finally open a second outlet. And this time, the famous burger chain will be moving out of town, and into the buzzing heartland of Serangoon NEX. It is slated to open in “early 2021”, and will be located in the basement of the mall (#B1-41, where Nando's used to be).  

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Erdinger How to Oktoberfes
Photograph: Erdinger

Celebrate Oktoberfest at home

The official parties might not be happening, but you can still bring a little joy to your home with Erdinger’s ‘How to Oktoberfest’ kit. Each box comes filled with beer glasses, decorations, and even quirky lederhosen and dirndls get-ups for him and her to really get into the party mood. The kit comes free with every purchase of 12 x 500ml Erdinger wheat beer via e-commerce shops of Lazada Redmart, Amazon PRimeNow, and more. 

Last week's tea

7-Eleven X Coca-Cola
Photograph: Coca-Cola Singapore

There’s a new Coca-Cola-themed convenience store in town 

Shopping Raffles Place

Are you a fan of Coke? The famous soft drink brand has worked together with 7-Eleven to launch Singapore’s first Coca-Cola-themed convenience store. The 7-Eleven X Coca-Cola crossover store, located at Raffles Place, is a two-storey space filled with snacks and even has a dine-in area. The first floor stores ready-to-eat snacks and, of course, Coca-Cola, while the second floor comes outfitted with a red-and-white ‘chilling’ area. There’s also a game zone with claw machines filled with prizes that range from foldable bicycles to sandwiches.

Mr Stork
Photograph: Andaz Singapore

Scenic rooftop bar, Mr Stork, finally reopens

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Rochor

Following a six-month closure, rooftop bar Mr Stork is finally ready to welcome guests once again. The scenic spot, perched on the 39th storey of Andaz Singapore, is back with a refreshed menu. Look forward to bundle deals, where a Chef’s special of the day and drinks go from $25. Highlights include calamari, truffle fries, or beef sliders, paired with libations of beer, wine, and signature cocktails. In lieu of safe distancing measures, admission to the rooftop bar is only available with prior reservations, and a $10 minimum pined on food items will apply for all bookings. Reservations can be made at hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/singapore/andaz-singapore/sinaz/dining

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Riviera Forlino
Photograph: Nikko Pascua

Score $55 set meals, $5 dishes, and enjoy 55 percent discount at top restaurants in Singapore

From the same team behind the #Savefnbsg movement comes a new non-profit campaign: Hi5SG. A play on the five pax dining rule, Hi5SG hopes to encourage people to revisit and support their favourite food and beverage (F&B) businesses through a series of discounts and promotions. Some highlights: $5 milkshakes from 25 Degrees, a three-course lunch at Riviera Forlino for $55, or enjoy 55 percent off Lokkee’s Mushu Pork. The campaign, which runs till January 2021, will also channel a portion of proceeds to =DREAMS, an educational programme that benefits the underprivileged chidden in Singapore. Head over to hi5.sg for more information. 

Negroni Week
Photograph: Campari

Raise a toast to Negroni Week

This year, the annual festival dedicated to the classic Italian cocktail, returns as a digital format. And beyond celebrating all things related to the drink, the online event, taking place from September 14 to 30, also hopes to support those impacted by the pandemic. A portion of proceeds from the special Negroni Chocolate Bon Bon ($28), made in collaboration with Benns Ethicoa, will go towards the Majulah Movement which aims to feed migrant workers, low-income families, and healthcare heroes. Top bars around Singapore, from Manhattan to Anti:dote, will also showcase their unique take on negroni with specially crafted concoctions that are available for dine-in, takeaway, and delivery. Head over to negroniweek.com for more information. 

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