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Swensen's fried chicken ice cream
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Quick Bites: what to eat and other happenings in Singapore this week

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

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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, snack on ice cream shaped like fried chicken, Restaurant Ibid reopens, and more

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Following news of its temporary closure, Restaurant Ibid is finally ready to welcome hungry diners once more. With the downtime, the team took the chance to spruce up the place, and menu, to provide a new experience for those hoping to sample a taste of what MasterChef Asia's first winner Woo Wai Leong has to offer. Reservations can be placed at restaurantibid.com

 

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It’s crunchy and crispy. But this isn’t your usual piping-hot fried chicken; Swensen’s has created a highly realistic ice cream – and the first in Singapore – that is shaped to look like a golden drumstick. And resemblance goes beyond just size and colour. The ‘batter’ is a coating of feuilletine and cornflakes, which hides a layer of vanilla ice cream and chocolate ‘bone’. Have the smoking treat as is, or dip the dessert in sauces that run the range of strawberry and pineapple, to caramel and chocolate. The fried chicken ice cream is available in a box of two ($11.80) or eight ($42.80), and can be purchased from all Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s outlets islandwide. For more information, visit swensens.com.sg/singapore.

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16th anniversary treats from Toast Box
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16th anniversary treats from Toast Box

To celebrate its 16th birthday, homegrown coffee chain Toast Box has released a series of exclusive products to savour. As you sip on its signature Nanyang coffee, snack on two Boluo burgers; sweet buns sandwiched with fried chicken thigh ($5.50) or thick-cut pork luncheon patty ($4.50). Both also come laced with sambal mayonnaise for a touch of spice. Pair them with a kopi-infused teacake ($1.90) and wash everything down with a refreshing ice soy milk coffee ($2.90). Toast Box will also offer a series of promotions, including a $16 buddy meal and $48 for 30 cups of kopi. Visit toastbox.com.sg for more information. 

One-for-one brews at Flash Coffee’s flagship store
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One-for-one brews at Flash Coffee’s flagship store

You might already be familiar with Flash Coffee; this brightly hued shop has been popping up around town, serving up aromatic brews at affordable prices. It recently opened its flagship store (also its 20th) at Orchardgateway – and will run a buy one get one free promotion on its drinks from now till October 17. 

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Wear your love for sushi on your sleeves. Popular Japanese chain Genki Sushi is celebrating its second anniversary with limited edition pullovers and member-only promotions. Two of its well-loved dishes – mentai mayo fries and salmon belly Dai Man Zoku – have been transformed into adorable illustrations by artists from The Art Faculty, and printed on cosy pullovers ($35). From October 5 to November 14, new and existing members can also look forward to one-for-one deals and other attractive promotions. Head over to genkisushi.com.sg for more information. 

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Homegrown Soup Restaurant is celebrating its 30th birthday with an online exclusive bundle. Take 30 percent off the celebratory set meal ($138.64), which feeds four to five hungry mouths. Dig into the must-have Samsui ginger chicken, and warm the belly with some traditional boiled soup. Pair soft, steamed buns with braised pork ribs simmered for hours till chopstick-tender; then tuck into wobbly and freshly made tofu blanketed in a rich gravy of dried scallops and salted egg. Save space for the birthday ee mian, an auspicious take on longevity noodles, and round off the meal with sweet double-boiled melon with honey dates. Each meal even comes with an adorable bun-shaped in the form of Samsui women – a homage to the restaurant’s inspiration. Orders can be placed at order.souprestaurant.com.sg/en_SG/.

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Fann Wong launches an online bakery, Fanntasy
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Fann Wong launches an online bakery, Fanntasy

Beyond just gracing the screens, local actress Fann Wong can also bake up delicious tarts. Her latest venture, Fanntasy, is an online sweet shop dedicated to her most-loved recipes. Chocolate, a favourite ingredient in her family, is used as an inspiration to create the decadent and indulgent signature Valrhona tart ($58). Almond sponge and dark chocolate creme sit atop crunchy sable, then finished with a sprinkling of gold dust. Or try the Musang King gula Melaka tart ($68), fortified with desiccated coconut for extra oomph. Each 7-inch circle will come adorned with illustrations that are designed and drawn personally by Fann. Snag up a treat from October 13, 9.29am at fanntasybakes.com.sg.

A fruity surprise from Magnum
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A fruity surprise from Magnum

The rich, creamy flavours from a Magnum stick now come balanced with sweetness from blueberries. Magnum’s double chocolate blueberry ($3.90 for one, $10.90 for three) is a limited-edition addition to the ice cream collection. Beneath milk chocolate shell is a layer of smooth dark chocolate ice cream, and a tart coating of blueberry sauce. Grab this fruity treat from major supermarkets and Redmart.

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