Travel: A Sunset Tour of Frankfurt City, Germany


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Germany’s Frankfurt city might sometimes be overlooked for its more exciting cousins – Berlin, Munich and even Hamburg. The word picturesque doesn’t often come to mind when people think of this bustling commercial centre. And yet, that’s exactly what I found when I spent a day there while waiting for my flight home.

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Perhaps it was because it was languishing in the rose gold glow of the evening sun. Or that I was lucky enough to encounter perfect weather. Either way, I was smitten with this underrated city. Sometimes, when you expect nothing, everything becomes a beautiful surprise.

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Frankfurt is the financial capital of Germany. Much like Shanghai is to China. And yes, parts of the city reflect that lean, mean machine. But much of it is steeped in history and gorgeous architecture.

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Take The Römer (German surname, “Roman”) for example. It’s an iconic medieval building that’s also one of the city’s most important landmarks. It was built around 1612, and served mainly as the city’s town hall.

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Loved the unique look of the building! Taking a slow stroll to the city will inevitably lead you to the river Frankfurt on the Main and of course, the Eiserner Steg or Iron Bridge.

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Just look at that gorgeous setting sun over the sparkling, still waters. A vein of calm running right through the city’s frenzied, beating heart.

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Review: Mrs Pho, Beach Road


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There’s nothing quite like a piping hot bowl of comforting pho on a rainy day to warm the cockles of your heart. Especially when said cockles are tossed in fragrant chilli oil and golden, melt-in-your-mouth chunks of luscious lard.

Say hello to the Cockles Stir-fried with Garlic ($7.50).

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Yes, I know it’s a pho place but I’ve gotta say that the cockle dish was really the hot favourite on the menu. I saw at least three other tables order it with their noodles, and one girl sitting next to us had the whole plate to herself. Obviously, we had to try.

Overall: ★★★★1/2 An authentic, affordable Vietnamese feast.
Price: $

Honestly, if you’re expecting your usual medium rare blood cockles, you won’t get it. These were fried till they were shrivelled and had none of the distinctive shellfish flavour of a less cooked dish, but it’s impossible for anything fried in lard and copious amounts of chilli oil to taste bad. So definitely give it a try!

And now, on to the main dish — This Pho Bò Tái or Sliced Beef Noodle ($8.90) with extra Beefballs.

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Travel: Interlaken City, Swiss Alps


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Oh, what a winter wonderland! Interlaken is a traditional resort in Bernese Oberland located in Central Switzerland. It’s about an 90-minute drive from the city, and is the main gateway to all the key mountains and resorts in the area.

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You can take a train from Zurich as well, but I loved the drive there. You’ll be totally in awe of these gorgeous views of emerald lakes, snow-topped mountains and quaint timbre houses. Such a wonderful change from the city!

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Upon arrival, you’ll find Interlaken really is a small town of only 5,000 inhabitants! But you’ll be spoilt for choice at the sheer number of activities in store for visitors.

 

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From parasailing, to ice-skating and lots of shopping, this is a great stop before going deeper into Bernese Oberland just to get a feel of the area.

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Review: Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette, Newton Food Centre


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Super excited that in a few months’ time, this fluffy, mouthwatering orgasmic mess is going to be just a short stroll away. Sean and I have been hitting Newton Food Centre a lot these days after meeting our ID or checking on renovations for our new place. And we’re just starting to zero in on our favourite stalls! If you’re new to hawker food in Singapore, you really can’t miss this local gem.

Overall: ★★★★1/2 Fluffy eggs, mountain of oysters, mouthwatering chilli.
Price: $

In the Or Lua (oyster omelette) category, Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette wins our vote hands down. You can’t miss it. It’s the store directly opposite the main entrance. There are 3-4 other stalls there, who aren’t too bad either. But here’s why this plate of awesome beats so many others.

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  1. The fluffiness of the omelette.

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I’m no chef, but it always seems like the secret to a super fluffy omelette is gallons of oil and enough heat to keep the mixture bubbling. And these guys nail it down to an art form. My mouth was watering just waiting for our plate.

2. Generous amounts of fresh oysters!

I ordered the small plate for $10. And already, we counted 16-17 huge, juicy babies. Like seriously, we’re huge fans of oyster omelettes, and most hawkers give you 7-8 shrivelled, tiny bits tops. So this really blew our minds. Plus, the secret is also in how you cook it. Most leave the oysters too long over the heat, and it ends up dehydrated and tough. These? Wow. Juicy, succulent, an explosion of glorious umami in your mouth. Freshness, of course, is key.

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3. Spice spice, baby!

The chilli makes or breaks the dish. It’s like with Hainanese Chicken Rice here, bad chilli renders the whole dish bland and tasteless. So yes, this one really hits the spot with all the right proportions of sour, spice and savoury.

But hey, don’t take my word for it. Head on down and try it for yourself! And while you’re at it, get yourself some sambal stingray and chilli crabs with deep-fried mantous. You haven’t experienced Singapore without it.


Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette
#01-073, Newton Food Centre