4 Food & Drinks Trends To Try Food Notes

Tired of the same ol’ menu offerings whenever you dine out? Go Away sniffs out the latest in F&B to ensure you never have a boring meal again!

Instead of fish and chips, try … Balcalhau!

Codfish fritters from BOCA

Balcalhau fritters from BOCA

Balcal-what? Balcalhau is the Portuguese word for cod, and has been an iconic dish in Portuguese cuisine since the 15th century when local fishermen would sail to Newfoundland and fish for cod. In order to preserve the meat on the long journey back, they would butterfly, dry and salt the cod. This beloved ingredient is now included in many dishes in Portugal and it’s said that a meal would be incomplete without some balcalhau.

So, for an authentic taste of Portuguese cuisine, head down to the newly opened BOCA. Helmed by two talented young chefs, the food here is fun, inventive, and a whole lot of delicious. While there are over 1, 000 balcalhau recipes from Portugal, the version at BOCA is served deep-fried alongside fragrant potatoes, parsley, and pickled mayonnaise.

BOCA is located at 6 Bukit Pasoh Road, Tel: 6221 0132.

Instead of sake cockails, try … Makgeolli cocktails!

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Busan Breeze from Joo

Makgeolli is a popular alcoholic beverage from Korea and is made with fermented rice mixed with nuruk, a Korean fermentation starter. Sweet and milky, makgeolli is a popular ingredient in cocktails.

Get your makgeolli fix at Joo, a dedicated makgeolli bar that has recently launched a new range of signature makgeolli cocktails. Head bartender Eddy was inspired by the distinct vibes of the various districts in Seoul, and each of his five creations reflect these unique flavours. Try Busan Breeze, a refreshing blend of organic makgeolli, Tanqueray No. 10, Peachtree schnapps, and Blue Curaçao. Another fave is Hongdae Tripping, which is a zesty tipple reminiscient of the district’s artsy atmosphere. Made with organic makgeolli, Grey Goose, apricot brandy, cherry blossom syrup, lemon, and fresh rosemary, it’s impossible to stop at just one.

Joo is located at 5 Tan Quee Lan Street, Tel: 8138 1628.

Instead of soft serve ice cream, try … popsicles!

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And we love the hilariously named popsicles from the folks behind popular Singapore restaurant, Artichoke. Instead of your usual ice cream varieties, Neh Neh Pops are available in an array of innovative flavours such as mango sticky rice and a re-imagined Rocky Road. The former is a concoction of coconut rice pudding ice cream, fresh mango chunks, white chocolate dip, and toasted coconut flakes. The latter is made with milk chocolate ice-cream, marshmallows, toasted almonds, dark chocolate dip, pop rocks, Fruity Pebbles and Nerds. Yum!

Neh Neh Pops is located at 161 Middle Road, Tel: 6336 6949.

Instead of cold-pressed juice, try … hot fruit juice!

You’re probably thinking, “Hot fruit juice? What’s gonna happen to all the nutrients then?” Well, at Korean juice bar Beesket, they serve up a range of hot fresh fruit teas, which are prepared by gently heating juices through a steamer. This method of preparation ensures all the nutrients and enzymes are still preserved. Some of the popular flavours include Pear Ginger Tea, Green Grape Tea, and Honey Lemon Tea. Warm and frothy, this is the perfect comfort drink after a long day at work.

Beesket is located at Changi City Point, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1 #01-20.  

For as long as she can remember, Vanessa has always wanted to escape to a place where no one knows her. But because that’s not always possible, she often retreats into the world of books and pop culture. When she does get to travel, she prefers going off the beaten track and back to nature. Some of her best memories include napping in a treehouse in Laos and cycling across padi fields in Bali.

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