August 3, 2015
Come on, you know you won’t wanna miss out on our nation’s golden jubilee celebration this weekend, no matter how much we gripe about the absolute tackiness that is sticking an SG50 tag to something. If you’re staying in this weekend to catch the NDP though, what better to way to celebrate than with our national hobby: eating. Round up your friends and whip up a homecooked meal, get that steamboat pot out again, or organise a potluck dinner where you get to dabao all your local hawker fare.
And for festivities’ sake, just to make it a little more SG50-worthy, you might wanna have all these in the mix too:
Heart SG50 Bouquet by Creme Maison Bakery
This will make a good potluck item at any party this weekend. Everyone loves fresh flowers, but fresh cupcakes sound like an even sweeter deal – and they’re way more worth it! Creme Maison Bakery goes the extra mile by dressing theirs up in pretty floral frosting, and the Heart SG50 Bouquet edition comes with a mix of teh tarik and milo dinosaur-flavoured cupcakes too. Just look at how pretty it looks. How do you say no this one?
Heart SG50 Bouquet, $88, available till 30 August for pre-order online at Creme Maison Bakery’s website. crememaison.com
Lady M’s Red Velvet Cake
It’s touted as one of the most decadent cakes from the Lady M collection, and if you’ve ever tried any one of their cakes, you know they’re good. It’s nice that they went the classic flavour route, with a Red Velvet Cake, in layers of red and white, made with dark cocoa-rich sponge cake, alongside cream cheese and whipped cream frosting. This one’s an Instagram-worthy dessert that lives up to the hype.
Red Velvet Cake, $9 per slice, $85 per cake, available till end August at Lady M boutiques and online.
SG50 Special Ombré Cake by Dean & DeLuca
Look at this other pretty thing we’ve got here. While the ombré hair trend may have long died down, it’s still going strong for desserts and pastries, only because they’re just plain gorgeous to look at. This five-layered SG50 Special Ombré Cake from upmarket retailer and cafe, Dean & DeLuca, comes with five fruity and flowery flavours: raspberry, grapefruit, rose, sakura, and pink peach. Sounds interesting alright.
SG50 Special Ombré Cake, $8 per slice, $80 per cake, available at Dean & DeLuca at Orchard Central.
Local-Flavoured Desserts by Bloomsbury Bakers
Instead of the conventional colour choices, theirs are smart twists of traditional local flavours, in dainty cake form. The Orh Nee Cake ($6) borrows from the rich Teochew dessert, but is now presented to us in a light, fluffy cake, with a distinct yam flavour and nice chunky bits. We like that the flavour profile’s subtle, while unmistakable. There’s also a Pulut Hitam Tart ($6) with slow-cooked black glutinous rice just beneath the smooth coconut panna cotta surface, and crispy coconut nougatine. Then, there’s our fave – the Chendol Cheesecake ($6.50), rich and filled with jelly-like bits and all the coconut and palm sugar flavours we love.
Orh Nee Cake, $55 for 1-kg; Chendol Cheesecake, $60 for 1-kg; available at Bloomsbury Bakers, Blk 30. Bendemeer Road.
Four Seasons Hotel’s Singapore Sangria Mooncakes
This one’s quite the red-and-white stunner, and hey, why not celebrate two beloved occasions at once? Admire the moon, and the five stars, with these Singapore Sangria snowskin mooncakes, specially created for both the Mid-Autumn Festival and to celebrate our nation’s golden jubilee year. There’s a bit of East meets West going on here too: Jiang-Nan Chun, a Chinese restaurant located at the hotel’s premises, created this by infusing the traditional dessert with a signature tropical Singapore Sangria cocktail, specially concocted by Spanish mixologist, Javier de las Muelas.
SG50 Singapore Sangria Mooncakes, $36 for 8 pieces per box, available till 27 September at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore.
McDonald’s Love SG50 Soft Serve Cones
Alternatively, you might wanna end your meal with something undeniably simple: these Love SG50 Cones, which go for a “nostalgic” price of 50 cents! What makes them less than ordinary is that the creamy Vanilla soft serve sits atop a red cone instead, so you’d look patriotic slurping this in front of your telly. You can pop by your nearest Macs for some, and get some piping hot Twister Fries while at it.
Love SG50 Cone, $0.50, available from 3 – 10 August, at all McDonald’s outlets.
Cold-Pressed Juices from HICJUICE
Probably the healthiest thing on our list, and we’re glad. Instead of dubious raspberry or fruit punch cordials, opt for something more interesting that’s also good for you, like the two limited edition juices by local organic cold-pressed juice brand, HIC. The 50 Shades of Red juice contains stuff for radiant skin too, with antioxidant-rich ingredients such as pomegranate, watermelon, beetroot, coconut water and chia seed. At the same time, Mango Jubilee sounds like an ode to our tropical island, as it blends mango, coconut meat and chia seeds with pure coconut water.
SG50 HICJUICE flavours, $10 each, available till early September at The Shop by HIC, #02-470, Suntec City Mall.
SG50 Tiger Beer
What’s more iconic than this beer company? Rather than going for blue and silver, the SG50 Tiger Beer cans and bottles are in special red-and-white packaging instead. And thankfully, the design’s kept clean and classy, with no unnecessary elements and gimmicks. Honestly, just kick back and relax with this one, because there are few things better than an ice-cold beer.
SG50 Tiger Beer, $35 for a 15-can take-home pack, available at major supermarkets. Image credit: Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore.
Finally, That SG50 Fishcake
Everything about this is fishy business, only because of the ridiculous, and frankly, hilarious, debacle that surrounds this viral fish cake. Singaporeans were baffled that the prices were marginally more expensive, when compared per 100g, for something that has less product, thanks to the “50” so carefully moulded on the fish cake. Blogger Xiaxue defended it, saying that it’s made of a better premium quality product. Well, we think that $1.50 is still a good price to pay for the sheer “iconic” irony of this at your gathering. Think about the Instagram puns and hashtags you could use! Something to throw in your hotpot, maybe?
BoBo SG50 Fish Cake, $1.50, available at major supermarkets.