Monday, January 18, 2021

Ding Bakery Singapore - Chinese New Year Goodies 2021

We got our first batch of Chinese New Year {CNY} goodies from Ding Bakery this year!

It is about 1 month's time to Chinese New Year 2021!! Which seems about a legit time where you can start decorating your homes and buying all your delicious CNY goodies without worrying that you seem too "kan cheong" ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

I knew some shops started playing CNY music and selling the goodies the day after Christmas last year, and as much as I love celebrating CNY... that seemed wayyyyyyyy too early for me haha. 

Ding Bakery is based in Singapore and freshly bake their CNY goodies and snacks daily. It is all homemade and handmade, with no preservatives added so most of them are actually recommended to be eaten within 4-6 weeks.

We've tried their goodies before and were satisfied with the taste so were happy to order from them again this year. 

One other thing I like about Ding Bakery is their containers which seem more chic with the metal covers {last year was pink, this year is red}, compared with the usual red plastic covers. They definitely get washed and reused in our household!

To us, the pineapple tart is the quintessential CNY goodie. A real must-have for the season!!

Our family prefers the balls to the open-faced tarts so I ordered both the Award-Winning Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tart {Ball} and SCS Butter Pineapple Tart {Ball}

There is a slight difference between both types. The Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tart {Ball} costs currently S$22.90 {U.P. S$31.90} and has 32 balls/container {450g} while the SCS Butter Pineapple Tart {Ball} currently costs S$19.90 {U.P. S$28.50} and has 30 balls/container {450g}.

Visually, you can see that the Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tart {Ball} have a nicer golden-yellow egg coating compared to the brownish SCS Butter Pineapple Tart {Ball}. They both seem about the same size too.

Ingredients-wise, the Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tart {Ball} has additional milk powder added to it while SCS Butter Pineapple Tart {Ball} does not

The tart layer and pineapple paste portion for both seems about the same and honestly, I think that the Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tart {Ball} does seem more crumbly and buttery-soft pastry. The difference is really minute though as both are delicious and have moist pineapple filling that's not overtly sweet.

If you ask me, I would suggest getting the Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tart {Ball} simply because they cost just S$3 more but look better and have more pineapple tart balls per container hehe. 

The Premium Almond Cookies {330-350g} are so buttery and full of almond flavour! They are not the crispy or crunchy kind, which is how we like them. 

Just as good as the ones my brother-in-law bakes for CNY actually and Lil Pumpkin can finish at least 5-8 pieces each time haha!

Please note that these contain peanut as well, so do avoid if you have allergies. 

The Crispy Salted Egg Seaweed Popiah Cracker {250-300g} is perhaps a "healthier" alternative to the popular salted egg fried fish skin that's so common during CNY. 

Nori seaweed wrapped in popiah skin is used in this snack that is extremely fragrant and crispy. You can smell it once you open the container! There is a generous coating of salted egg yolk powder over each piece and it is really hard to just stop at one...

If you do love your fried fish skin, Ding Bakery does sell the usual Salted Egg Fish Skin but since we got that flavour for the seaweed popiah cracker, we ordered Mala Fish Skin instead because #malaislife

Like the Salted Egg Yolk, there is a strong whiff of mala {麻辣} spices once you open the container that makes you salivate immediately! 

Each piece is deep-fried to a perfect crunch with a generous coating of their own secret blend of mala spice that is salty, spicy and just slightly numbing so that you can still munch on it comfortably without rushing off for a cup of cold milk to cool down after the first bite.

Ooooo look at the mala powder!! *drools*

On the usual 麻辣 scale, I would say that this is a "小辣" so still quite shiok to eat and not exactly a kids-friendly snack.

We can live without almond cookies or fried fish skin, but for CNY, other than pineapple tarts, another must-buy for the season is kueh bangkit, which are delicate tapioca flour and coconut cream cookies.

The best kind literally just melt in your mouth without even a single bite.

Ding Bakery offers the traditional plain flavours, Melt-In-Your-Mouth Kueh Bangkit and Flower Kueh Bangkit, as well as more exotic pandan and gula melaka flavours. 

This time, it's easier to see which is the more expensive Award-Winning Melt-In-Your-Mouth Kueh Bangkit {S$21.90, U.P. S$30.35} which has a butterfly shape, compared to the Flower Kueh Bangkit {S$15.90, U.P. S$19.75}, even though they are both plain white.

Both also weigh 200g and contain approximately 30-35 cookies per container.

Honestly, before I checked online which is which again {because they weren't labeled in the containers I had}, I thought that the Flower Kueh Bangkit was the more expensive version as it was really soft and crumbly. The first piece fell apart just as I picked it up, and I had to take a second one for this picture above. The Melt-In-Your-Mouth Kueh Bangkit seems to have slightly crispier shell that holds its shape better.

Both are very light and soft, and literally melt-in-your-mouth but if I had to choose between the two, I'd go for the cheaper Flower Kueh Bangkit since I can't tell the difference in taste and I like the flower design better heh. 

If you prefer to try the products before purchasing, Ding Bakery offers free tasting at their shop in 140 Paya Lebar Road, AZ Building, #03-13, Singapore 409015. You can make your purchases on the spot and they also offer free delivery for all shop and online orders over S$100 {super convenient!}, 90 mins same day express delivery and even delivery to multiple locations island-wide daily.

Please note that current CNY early bird promotional prices {about 15-50% OFF} are until end Jan 2021 only and a few items are already out of stock so if you wish to make an order with them, do so quickly! (*⌒∇⌒*) Check out Ding Bakery online shop or call +658890 9055 for more details.


Monday, January 11, 2021

P6 Parenting | First Week of School

First week of Lil Pumpkin's primary 6 school year is over! ( ᐛ )و

Lil Pumpkin was happy to be back at school #thankGod and woke up pretty cheerful every day. She is not a morning person, you see, so can be such a grouch sometimes haha.. 

This is going to be a short school year for her with PSLE starting in August for oral and the main papers in end September... and as usual, I'm pretty sure time will just fly by without us knowing it!

Nothing really spectacular happened in the first week of school. Surprisingly, her form teachers changed {usually P5 and P6 teachers are the same} but she remained with the same class as last year. 

The past week, we were just getting accustomed to the routine of her going back to school routine with some after-school enrichment activities {CCA hasn't started yet though}, and me back to work in the office full-time. No more work-from-home arrangement for me since we started Phase 3. 

Although, this being such an important time for her academically, I'd like to dedicate more personal time at home to give her not just physical support, but moral too. 

The PSLE is the first national-level exam a child takes. Naturally, there will be some form of stress and even if I can't help her that much in terms of teaching {my head still spins from what they are being taught nowadays, especially for maths!}... I'd like to be there more to take care of Lil Pumpkin, help her balance life with books, and make sure that she eats well and still exercises somewhat to stay strong physically and mentally. To be there to "mother" her.  

Even though the Covid-19 restrictions during the circuit breaker, Phase 1 and 2 really took away a lot of freedom, I honestly enjoyed my work-from-home experience as I got to keep my job, yet spend so much more time with my family and especially my little girl. 

Being a full-time-working mum for the past decade or so, you come to realise that yes, quality time matters, even if we can't give our family the quantity of our time. However, no matter what, the #mummyguilt never goes away and I do love the luxury of just doing mindless things leisurely and enjoying the little things too, instead of rushing around just getting the pertinent things done.  

Hopefully I can work something out with my boss to help me achieve this, at least until PSLE is over anyway *fingers crossed* 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021!

Merry Christmas... 


And a very Blessed New Year from our family to yours! あけましておめでとうございます(^ー^)ノ今年もよろしくお願いしますね〜

Yes they may be a little cheesey, but I do love making these family greeting cards for the holidays haha..

Today is also a special day because Lil Pumpkin starts her first day back at school for her final year in primary school!! My oh my.... kind of a bittersweet moment as I'm so proud of her growing up and growing more and more independent, but also, I miss my sweet little baby girl terribly #motherhood

I can still remember fondly her P1 orientation days and now it's such a shame that I can't enter the school to take pics of her in her new classroom with her classmates on the first day of school like I used to #becausecovid 

This is going to be a pretty trying time for all of us what with the pandemic and PSLE, but I know deep down that God will give us strength and wisdom to thrive, and not just survive (ɔ◔‿◔)ɔ♥

 May we all have a brighter and happier 2021 ahead! 

Thank you for still stopping by to read our family updates! 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

P5 Parenting | Celebrating the End of 2020 with Whyzee Cake Delivery Singapore

Why, hello December! ❤ 

We've been taking it easy ever since Lil Pumpkin's exams ended and the school holidays started. Lazy days in bed, brunches at the club, slow walks around the neighbourhood, late movie nights at home... #bliss

Even though most parts of the world are still vehemently fighting Covid-19 and having lockdowns, it seems as though Singapore has somewhat forgotten we are still in the middle of a pandemic. The streets are so crowded and there are jams every day on the roads {the boy and I still head out to work in the office even in Phase 2}. 

Makes it seem so stressful to go out that we prefer to just stay home and chill. Much safer and more comfortable that way anyway ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

To kickstart the holiday season, we had a lovely delivery from Whyzee, which has been lauded as Singapore's favourite cake delivery service with freshly baked artisanal cakes delivered island-wide. 

Extremely affordable with prices from S$30 and no minimum order charge, they are Singapore's only 1-hour express cake delivery with more than 50 different cake selections and 9 cake sizes to choose from! Some of their best sellers include Classic New York Cheesecake, Ondeh Ondeh Cake, Ombre Rosette Cake, Triple Chocolate Fudge Drip Cake, Lemon Meringue Cake etc.

They even have a nice selection of eggless cakes {e.g. Chocolate, Fresh Strawberry Cream, Rainbow etc.} to cater to those that are allergic to eggs like my niece, Baby J, or vegan cakes that have no butter, no milk and no egg. 

Such a beautifully-delivered cake! Not a smudge or fallen chocolate flake anywhere!

Since my family loves durian {yay!!! new season is starting!} and chocolate, we decided to try their D24 Durian Chocolate Fudge Cake

It has pure, rich D24 flesh layered in between moist chocolate sponge and topped with chocolate ganache and milk chocolate shavings. Truly indulgent and sinful, but well worth the high calories IMHO haha.  

At first, I thought it was a rather "weird" combination and was hesitant in ordering this, but then I read the other reviews which raved about this cake and thought, why not? 

We were not disappointed as the durian was aromatic and rich, but not overwhelming, and the chocolate was not sickly sweet either (*´ڡ`●) The chocolate sponge was definitely fluffy and moist but I'd have liked it more if it was more fudgey. More chocolate fudge layers, perhaps? 

This cake is a 9" cake and it took about 7 pax and more than one seating to finish haha.. I suggest eating in smaller slices to truly appreciate this unique taste. 

For bona fide durian lovers, you should also check out their Mao Shan Wang Durian Cake!! It has 2 thick layers of MSW durian flesh layered between vanilla sponge cakes and iced with durian frosting. Yummm! 

When I was browsing their website, Lil Pumpkin had a look too and asked me to order the Walnut Chocolate Fudge Brownies too. Hokay, can.

Whyzee uses premium chocolate to create a delicious dark and chewy brownie topped with crunchy walnuts. Again, I thought it could be a bit more fudgey, but that might be because it was eaten chilled straight out of the fridge.  Maybe if I had heat it up first it would be more gooey. 

Each box comes with 6 pieces of brownies {approx. 1.7" each} and Lil Pumpkin walloped all of them!! I only managed to take a small bite! 

Ever since Lil Pumpkin received her Mystic Blue Preserved Rose Flower Dome, I was absolutely enamoured by it and wanted one of my own. How could it be that time stood still for these fresh flowers to maintain their colours, textures and perhaps scents?? 

Truly, magical *⁂((✪⥎✪))⁂* 

Whyzee not only sells cakes and mini bites, but also fresh and preserved flowers. 

I saw that they partnered with Fav Florist for the preserved flower domes and was so thrilled! We are very happy with Lil Pumpkin's high-quality and beautiful flower Fav Florist dome that she proudly displays on her study desk. 

Took the opportunity to order the Beauty and the Beast Preserved Flower Dome for myself which has a large red rose bloom and rustic wild flowers encapsulated in a clear glass dome with a charming wooden base. 

Like Lil Pumpkin's flower dome, mine also has LED lights in the dome that brings out the essence and features of the preserved flowers in the dark.

I keep it on my own work area to brighten and liven up the space o(^▽^)o  Reminds me of Lil Pumpkin too as now we have #matchymatchy flower domes on our desks hahaha... 

Whyzee offers free delivery for orders over S$100 or express 1-hr deliveries. 

Other than cakes that require customisation or some seasonal products, most of the items are available instantly. Do note that dates that are blocked out on the calendar are considered unavailable.

Promo: Quote "WHYZEENEW10" for 10% OFF on your first order. For new customers only. 

For more information and details, check out their Whyzee Singapore online shop

Hope you all have a wonderful and well-rested December!