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5 Healthy Herbs & Spices used in Local Cooking

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5 Healthy Herbs & Spices used in Local Cooking

One of the reasons why local dishes boast such rich flavours is because of how we incorporate a variety of herbs and spices into our daily cooking. Bursting with flavour and taste, these herbs & spices are integrated perfectly in signature dishes like Laksa and Rendang to create a flavour of depth that makes them our local favourites!

Many of these herbs & spices have intrinsic health benefits and relieve many common ailments too, talk about killing two birds with one stone!

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is a popular spice used frequently in Southeast Asian cuisines, especially as a flavour enhancer in delicious curry dishes! Providing a rich and robust flavour, Turmeric also contains a powerful antioxidant known as curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory benefits, aiding in the prevention of cell damage in the body.

Love Chicken? Check out this Cashew Butter Chicken Masala recipe from EatingWell which contains a generous portion of turmeric and other spices  – making it both a delicious and healthy dish!

2. Laksa Leaf

Laksa Leaf, also known as Vietnamese Coriander is an exotic herb commonly found in tangy, spicy Southeast Asian dishes. Be it cooking, baking or garnishing, this herb is extensively used in our local cuisine, especially for spicy, hot and sour dishes like Assam Fish and even Tom Yam!

Not only do Laksa leaves give your dishes an additional kick, it also has a plethora of health benefits including aiding in digestion and inflammation. Its diuretic properties also make it a great way to detoxify the body, cleansing the liver of various toxic substances.

Start cooking with Laksa leaves using this healthy Laksa Fried Rice recipe from Health Hub!

3. Garlic

Everybody’s favourite ingredient in the culinary world that goes hand-in-hand with local staples like Chicken Rice and Char Kway Teow! Aside from adding intense flavours and aroma to any dish, it comes with heaps of health properties too!

Garlic helps lower blood pressure  and cholesterol, improve one’s immunity system and contains cysteine, an amino acid that boosts hair strength and elasticity, giving you thicker and healthier hair!

Heres a recipe from Watch What U Eat on a healthy Asian Chilli Garlic Tofu Stir-Fry you can cook in under 30mins!

4. Star Anise

An aptly named spice because of the star-shaped pods they reside in, star anise is often confused with anise, but the two are entirely unrelated as it carries its own distinct liquorice flavour and medicinal benefits.

Famed for its presence in the Chinese “5 spices” and Indian “Garam Masala” blends, this versatile spice is rich in powerful bioactive compounds, giving it many antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial capabilities!

We have just the recipe to fully make use of this spice in a hearty bowl of Braised Pig Trotters with Mushrooms and Chestnuts.

5. Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a fragrant herb that is commonly found as an ingredient in Asian dishes – injecting a bright citrus flavour to everything from soups to curry!

What’s more, lemongrass is also often steeped in water to be drunk as tea because of the great health benefits within the herb. It includes relief from flu, insomnia, stomach problems and even respiratory disorders!

So indulge in this Ginger Lemongrass Detox Iced Tea from Rasa Malaysia, a healthy and easy-to-make drink that is perfect for the summer.

What’s more, check out our SG Local Favourites Cooking Classes and learn how to prepare even more local cuisine!

Hari Raya Special: 5 Absolutely Sedap Recipes

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Hari Raya Special: 5 Absolutely Sedap Recipes!

Hari Raya Puasa is around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some delicious home cooked local recipes that’ll be sure to leave your family and friends wanting for more!

1. Malaysian Fried Potato Patty (Begedil)

This well-loved local dish is a savoury explosion of potato goodness with every bite, eaten either on its own or with a delicious bowl of Lontong or Mee Soto! Plus, this quick and fuss-free recipe is just under 30 minutes! If you want an extra fluffy Begedil, use the Zyliss Potato Masher to ensure your potatoes are mashed well without breaking a sweat!  #QuickBites

Featured Kitchen Tool: Zyliss Potato Masher

2. Pulut Inti

What better way to bond with the family with this sweet treat! A traditional Malay dessert, Pulut Inti is a steamed glutinous rice dessert topped with caramel coconut filling made of Gula Melaka sugar and grated coconut! Psst… save those precious fingers of yours by using a Multi Slicer Mandoline too.

Featured Kitchen Tool: Mastrad Multi Slicer Mandoline

3. Tau Hu Telor

Traditional Indonesian street food that is packed with flavours! Known also as tofu or bean curd omelette, it is paired with a sweet and spicy sauce! Garnish it with peanuts and sliced cucumbers for that additional crunch and texture. Tight for time? Use the Microplane Spiral Cutter and get the perfectly shaped cucumber toppings in no time at all!

Featured Kitchen Tool: Microplane Spiral cutter

4. Nasi Goreng

This spicy fried rice dish is a hot favourite amongst locals! Stir-fried with sambal chilli, fish sauce and dark soya sauce, each grain of rice is infused with an aromatic, earthy and smoky flavour. Topped with a sunny-side-up, cucumbers and prawn crackers for a meal that’ll whet anyone’s appetite. Get the wok-hei aroma in this dish with an Aluminium Non-Stick Fry Pan that is perfect for reaching the high temperatures essential in frying fried rice!

Featured Kitchen Tool: De Buyer Choc Aluminium Non-Stick Fry Pan

5. Mee Rebus

This nostalgic Malay dish is a bowl of delicious, springy yellow noodles that are thickly coated with an aromatic, rich gravy! This recipe shares the secret in perfecting the sauce – a combination of chilli, spice paste and dried shrimps. Our personal favourite is to throw in a Begedil and let it soak in the thick, rich gravy.

What’s more, be the best host this Hari Raya with our sale of up to 60% OFF your favourite selection of cookware, bakeware and tableware until 16 June!

5 Burger Recipes with a Local Twist

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 5 Burger Recipes with a Local Twist!

In celebration of Hamburger Day today, we’d like to share 5 fantastic recipes with a local twist that is sure to satisfy any cravings for delicious buns!

1. Homemade Burger

-By Chef Mimi

First off, our own take on a delicious fuss-free homemade burger by Chef Mimi!

Perfectly shaped chicken patty topped with sliced cheddar cheese that can be either cooked straight away or frozen for next time makes this a quick fix for anyone with a burger craving. Have a smaller appetite or hosting a BBQ party? Downsize the patty portions and make them into burger sliders!

2. Chicken Satay Burger

-By delicious.

Who doesn’t love grilled chicken satays accompanied with a crunchy savoury peanut sauce? Check out this Chicken Satay Burger recipe from delicious. that’ll take this savoury dish to new heights! Give an extra char to your burger with our Cuisinart Griddler and let the extra crispy burnt bits give the burger added texture and taste!

Featured Kitchen Appliance: Cuisinart Griddler $468 (Usual $624)

3. Nasi Lemak Burger

 – Foodie Baker

Now you can get your fix of a delicious Nasi Lemak Burger without going to McDonald’s! We love this variation by Foodie Baker because they use pandan-infused rice as the buns, which really brings out the soul of the “Nasi” in the Nasi Lemak! Afraid that you will have uneven rice patties? Check out our Nordic Ware Burger Press to shape the rice!

Featured Kitchen Tool: Nordic Ware Stuffed Burger Maker and Patty Press ($17.90)

4. Chilli Crab Sliders

– kitchen.nine

Singapore’s signature Chilli Crab, on delicious crispy and fluffy mantou buns! This recipe from kitchen.nine nailed the sauce with a fantastic chilli paste mixed with Belachan for that extra oomph! These little sliders will definitely be the highlight of any party. Our personal favourite is to add on crisp shaven iceberg lettuce to give that extra crunch when you sink your teeth into this delicious burger. Short of time? Simply use the Mastrad Mandolin to help you with the veggie slicing!

Featured Kitchen Tool: Mastrad Multi-Slicer Mandoline Green ($64.90)

5. Vegan Mushroom Bean Burger

– The Spruce Eats

Vegan? Have no fear! This incredibly tasty burger is both vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free! Mushrooms are of the best alternative ingredients to meat in terms of taste and texture! Combine them with a variety of ingredients you can easily find locally and you’ll be able to create a delicious patty (that you can even grill!) for all your vegetarian friends.

5 Recipes for the Perfect Brunch.

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5 Recipes for the Perfect Brunch

The holidays are just around the corner and it’s the perfect excuse for everybody’s favourite meal; that one meal that combines a hearty breakfast and a wholesome lunch – BRUNCH.

While showing up at one is easy, hosting one on the other hand, really takes some grit and courage (Ugh, those fussy poached eggs!).

Fret not, with this 5 easy-to-make recipes from us, hosting brunch will seem like a breeze! 😉

1. Vanilla Waffles 

For our entrée, let’s start with some fluffy home-made Vanilla Waffles!  Crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, topped with vanilla ice-cream and sweet maple syrup. The perfect way to kick-start any brunch.

Looking to maximise kitchen space while rolling out perfectly shaped waffles? Try the Cuisinart Vertical Waffle Maker; no mess, fuss-free and easy to clean!

Recommended Cookware: Cuisinart Vertical Waffle Maker

2. Poached Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Avocados 

Next up, delicious smoked salmon topped with perfect poached eggs served with some mashed avocado goodness. There’s nothing like a dish that is both Insta-worthy and delicious for brunch, and this easy-to-follow recipe does just that! Be prepared though, your friends will start hounding you to teach them how to make this!

Psst, sometimes we cheat by using the Nordic Ware Egg Poacher Pan which makes poaching eggs ridiculously easy.

Recommended Cookware: Nordic Ware Egg Poacher & Omelette Folding Pan

3. Ham and Cheese Quiche

Say Cheese with Quiche! Sink your teeth into this decadent savoury pie that is loaded with generous slices of ham.  Show off with this classic savoury pastry that originated from Germany and you’ll be turning your brunch to the next level.

Not a fan of ham or prefer something lighter? Swap them with baby spinach, cherry tomatoes or even smoked salmon! You really can’t go wrong with this, especially not when we’ve recommended you the perfect cheese grater below!

Recommended Tool: Boska Stainless Steel Trio Formaggio XL Cheese Grater

4. Croissant 

Bonjour! Our next addition to the perfect brunch will be this classic French staple. Nobody can resist buttery croissants that are fresh from the oven, and this simple recipe teaches you exactly how to do it!

Knead your dough in style with our Jamie Oliver Rolling Pin, made from solid acacia wood with contoured handles that provides superior grip.

Recommended Bakeware:

Jamie Oliver Acacia Rolling Pin

Silpat Silicone Non-Stick Pastry Mat

5. Matcha Souffle 

Soufflé and brunch are a Matcha made in heaven! This stunning recipe highlights the different layers of aroma in Japanese green tea leaves. Truly a dessert to behold!

Serve them in our Lava Soufflé Pots and you’ll have yourself a winner at any brunch table!

Recommended Bakeware:  Lava Cast Iron Round Soufflé Pot

That’s not all! For the month of November, we have a ton of cooking & baking classes just for you, exclusively at ToTT Store!

From Dim Sum Classics by Chef Michele to Love for Macarons by Chef Lin Weixian, roll up your sleeves and get ready to wow your friends and family!

Full class listing available here.

 

ToTT 8th Anniversary Special – 5 interesting things to do this October!

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5 interesting things to do this October!

ToTT Store celebrates its 8th birthday this October with a line-up of fun-filled activities just for you!

1. ToTT Atrium Sale

For the first time ever, ToTT Store will be having its first atrium sale at Century Square Shopping Mall from 5 to 11 October 2018, 10 am – 10 pm daily. Come down and shop your favourite kitchenware brands WMF, Tefal, Scanpan, KitchenAid and SodaStream! Exclusive deals definitely not to be missed!

Click here to find out more!

2. Meet Your Favourite Kitchenware Brands

ToTT @ Century Square will be converting its 1,100sqft cooking studio into an exclusive pop up market where you can shop and learn more about your favourite kitchenware brands on 12 October 2018, 6 – 9 pm. Shoppers can expect live product demonstrations and exclusive deals during this event too!  What’s more, this event is complimentary! So come on down with your family for a fun night out.

3. Food From The Heart Classes

For the third year running, ToTT is once again bringing back its popular charity baking classes in collaboration with Food from the Heart. Participants can sign-up for a variety of baking classes every Sunday in the month of October, where they will be taught how to bake delectable Rustic Pot Pies, melt-in-the-mouth Egg Tarts or even Quiche Lorraine from scratch!

Half of everything baked will be donated to Food from the Heart, a non-profit voluntary food distribution programme that channels surplus food to those in need.

For a token registration fee of $38, each participant will receive a ToTT cookbook and learn how to bake these delicious treats!  Interested participants can sign up here!

4. Anniversary 1-For-1 Classes

For the entire month of October, cooking enthusiasts will be able to bring a friend and enjoy 1-For-1 classes including Thai Street Food by Chef Shih Er, Tasty Italian Dishes by Chef Michele Ow and Luscious Strawberry Shortcake by Chef Philia.

That’s right! Spend quality time with your friend and learn these delicious recipes at just $88 for the both of you. Interested? Click here to sign up now!

5. Spin The Wheel

Spin the wheel at ToTT @ Suntec and stand a chance to win amazing prizes! Don’t miss the chance to win incredible prizes from Jamie Oliver Oven Gloves (worth $30.90) to our grand prize of a Grant Uno Sous Vide Controller worth $281.90!

Simply shop at ToTT @ Suntec from 27 September to 28 October with a minimum of $100 in a single receipt to participate!

That’s not all! Enjoy amazing deals and discounts throughout our entire anniversary month, including lucky draw prizes worth over $1,200!

Click here to find out more!

 

Bake with Your Kids – 6 Baking Recipes Under 30mins!

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6 Baking Recipes Under 30mins!

School holidays are just around the corner! What better way to spend time with the kids than to have a fun baking session together? We’ve selected 6 hassle-free and easy recipes that takes less than 30mins for you to share with your children!

1. Rocky Road Peanut Clusters

These addictive morsels of Rocky Road Peanut Clusters only require FIVE ingredients and are made in the microwave! A delicious sweet treat for everyone to enjoy! Be warned, once you start, you can’t stop!

Recommended Bakeware: Jamie Oliver Non-Stick Baking Tray

2. Dutch Baby Pancakes

Forget regular pancakes! This super fluffy, super moist Dutch Baby Pancakes are perfect for those lazy Sunday mornings when you want to do something extra special for breakfast! Not a fan of blueberries? Go with strawberries or even cobbled peaches as toppings!

Recommended Bakeware: Magisso Ballon Whisk

3. Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

Here’s how to make gooey, cheesy, garlicky pull-apart bread, one step at a time! Addictively buttery and cheesy with each piece bursting with fresh herb and garlic flavours!

Recommended Bakeware: Mye Wooden Round Pizza Board With Handle

4. Banana & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins

Get wowed by this simple recipe that will fill your kitchen with the aroma of cinnamon and baked bananas. In just 3 simple steps, and less than 30 mins get ready to bond and bake these tasty treats with your children! Perfect for tea parties!

An easy to make recipe that combines delicious creamed banana batter with a healthy and flavourful cinnamon mix.

Recommended Bakeware: Jamie Oliver Non-Stick Muffin Tin

5. Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Feeling peckish and looking for a kid activity this school holiday? Grab your mixing bowls, spatula and get ready to bake these Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies. A perfect teatime snack for the children as they wash it down with a glass of cold milk!

Recommended Bakeware:  Jamie Oliver Balloon Whisk with Acacia Wood Handle

6. Classic Waffles

A popular snack worldwide, waffles can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here’s our version of classic waffles – fluffy, moist and tasty. Serve it with your favourite ice-cream, topped with chocolate sauce, whipped cream or icing sugar!

Recommended Appliance: Cuisinart Vertical Waffle Maker

That’s not all! For the month of September, we have a ton of Junior Chef Classes just for you and your child! From Handmade Pasta & Molten Lava Cake by Chef Michele to Ice Cream Cone Cake by Chef Phillia, roll up your sleeves and get ready for the time of your life with your kid!

Full ToTT Junior Chef Class listing available here.

 

Makan Local! 7 Recipes to Celebrate Local Cuisine.


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Makan Local! 7 Recipes to Celebrate Local Cuisine

It’s the month of July – which means it’s time to celebrate local cuisine! Delicious hawker favourites are what define Singapore’s local food scene. If you’re thinking of trying your hands at some hot favourites (think Cereal Butter Prawns, Oyster Omelette and more!), we’ve got the most straightforward and delicious recipes to get you started! Ready, set, makan!

1. No Bake Onde Onde Cheese Cake

We love our kueh kuehs and more often than not, they are best enjoyed in its purest, traditional form that always has us reminiscing of our childhood days. But if you’re looking for a modern, delicious twist (and also much easier to prepare than traditional kuehs!), we’ve got the answer for you! Creamy, fragrant and light, this No Bake Onde Onde Cheesecake is a cinch to prepare and satisfies two dessert cravings in one! 😉

Recommended Bakeware: Jamie Oliver Non-Stick Mini Cake Tins



2. Black Pepper Crab

Ask any Singaporean and you will learn that the best way to prepare a crab is probably to cook it black pepper style or chili style! This easy recipe by Chef Michele Ow teaches you how to prepare this well-loved local dish in six simple steps. A definite must-have at your next dinner party!

Recommended Cooking Tool: Zyliss Seafood Cracker Tool



3. Cereal Butter Prawns

Cereal Butter Prawns – fresh, juicy prawns deep fried with a delicious coating of eggs, mixed with curry leaves and a touch of chili padi before tossing with delicious cereal! This hawker favourite is a must-have when ordering Zi Char dishes in Singapore. It’s easier to prepare than you think! Try this recipe and you’ll find out why it’s a perennial favourite amongst locals!

Recommended Kitchenware: Jamie Oliver Terracotta Medium Bowl, Epicurean Wood Fibre Spoon



4. Poached Chicken (For Chicken Rice)

Arguably one of Singapore’s ‘national dish’, the humble Chicken Rice can be found at almost every dining spot, from nondescript hawker centres to high-end restaurants. Consisting of succulent steamed white chicken cut into bite-size pieces and served on fragrant rice with some light soy sauce and garlic-chili dip on the side, this is a dish that spells comfort for many locals!

Recommended Cookware: Zebra Stainless Steel Sauce Pot w/ Lid, 24cm



5. Fried Oyster Omelette

Another hawker favourite in Singapore, Fried Oyster Omelette (Orh Jian) is cooked with simple ingredients such as eggs and starch, topped with ocean-fresh, juicy oysters. Definitely a sinfully yummy indulgence! If you’re anything like us, make an extra batch of batter! The crispy, gooey bits might be the best part of this dish when dipped with the tangy chili sauce!

Recommended Cookware: Lacor Robust Non-Stick Frying Pan, 24cm



6. Fried Five Spice Pork Rolls (Ngoh Hiang)

Fried Five Spice Pork Rolls (Ngoh Hiang) are great as an entrée or appetiser as well as a potluck dish for parties! They’re also a traditional dish for many Chinese households during the Lunar New Year celebrations. It’s meaty, moist yet crunchy and sweet, thanks to the various vegetables used – all rolled up in a crispy, delicious beancurd skin! One of the best part about making your own Ngoh Hiang (besides eating it)? Getting to decide what goes into the filling! 😉

Recommended Appliance: Cuisinart Digital Glass Steamer, Mastrad Multi Slicer Mandoline



7. Ayam Rendang

Though its origins may not be local, Chicken Rendang, or Rendang Ayam, is a lip-smacking dry curry that has come to be a very popular dish amongst locals! This delicious, spicy dish is packed full of flavour as it simmers with a spice paste and coconut milk, reducing the gravy until it’s almost gone.This remaining sauce then wraps itself around the meat, resulting in a flavour explosion that is best served with rice!

Recommended Appliance: Cuisinart Spice & Nut Grinder



Ready to take it to the next level? Roll up your sleeves and sign up for our Local Favourites Cooking Classes at TOTT @ Suntec!

Check out the Local Favourites 2 Class taught by Chef Julie Yee at $98/pax and learn to cook Fried Hokkien Noodles, Fried Shrimp Paste Chicken Wings (Har Cheong Gai) and Sambal Chili Sauce (chef demo)!

Full class listing in conjunction with Support Local Food Month available here.