Friday, 22 February 2008

Back to bento and Daiso shopping in Singapore

A sure sign that I am unwell is when I don't feel like cooking, or eating, or even think much about food. I have been sick for almost a week after being away in Singapore for 2 weeks. The Chinese new year festivities was fantastic and meeting up with friends and relatives everyday meant eating more than I thought was possible for the entire 2 weeks. The husband and I put on at least 1kg each. I suppose I should be thankful that it was only 1kg given how much we've eaten! He very helpfully pointed out that 1kg for me is proportionally more than 1kg for him. Hmph.

Anyway, the throat infection that I caught on the last day or on the plane trip back maent I've been feeling completely rotten. Thankfully I'm feeling better today, with enough energy to make my first bento since the holidays. Nothing fancy for this one. Just plain rice, vegetable gyoza, and grilled peppers and asparagus, with a side car of strawberries.

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One of the things that I was looking forward to was hitting the Daiso stores in Singapore. All the products are from Japan and the idea is based on the popular and ubiquitous 100-yen stores found across Japan, where every item is 100-yen. In Daiso, every item is S$2 each (around £0.70). (In November last year, Daiso opened a small store in London at the Japan Centre. Most items are £1.50 (which is a bargain for London but a bit of a rip-off compared to 70p!) with some items costing a few pounds more.) It was a pleasure just to walk around and look through the products on offer (and thinking OMG only 70p each!! Heh.). I didn't get as many things as I thought I would. Someone please pat me on my back for my self-discipline. Yes, not even more bento boxes. Such heresy. But I did come back with some bento items and other small tableware. At 70p each, they are absolute bargains whichever way you look at it.

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Daiso store at IMM, Singapore (picture taken from this blog).

Some things that I bought:

A couple of kinchaku (bento bags). The blue one has an insulating lining. Also a range of chopsticks, such as a pair in a carry case (keeps things clean before and after use), short ones that fit inside my existing bento boxes, and normal length ones for everyday dining (not pictured; 6 pairs in one pack, awesome).
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Individual-sized pie dishes and bamboo ramen ladles.
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Matching sugar bowls (for white and brown sugar) and a tiny soy sauce bottle to join my salt and pepper shaker on the dining table.
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8 comments:

Pixie said...

Thanks for pointing out the Japanese store in London. I admire you being able to hold back and not buy everything in sight! You picked up some cute items and it sounds like you had such a great time. I can't wait to get away!

mycookinghut said...

Get well soon. Stay warm. I really should go to Japan Centre one day :)

Ling's Passion said...

Hope you are feeling better now. Oooo....I like the green bento bag that you bought. It is so chic and unique.

Indigo said...

I had no idea there was a Daiso store in London! I'll have to save for train tickets now ^__^ Love the things you bought.

I linked to your sushi-rolling post on my blog by the way (my first sushi attempt!), hope you don't mind.

Nilmandra said...

Pixie: I love looking through kitchenware and diningware. It was the luggage weight restrictions that prevented me from buying too much!

My Cooking Hut: Thanks :) The Japan Centre is worth a visit. And I've heard that the in-house restaurant is pretty good too.

Thanks, Ling. I love cats so I bought that bag straight away :)

Indigo: The Daiso store in London doesn't have as wide a range as those in other countries but it's not bad. Definitely worth a trip. Thanks for the link!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Love it! What a great buy! I love the bamboo ramen ladle, very unique and the sugar bowl! Glad you are feeling better too!

Kevin said...

That store looks like it has some pretty interesting things in it.

Nilmandra said...

Little corner: Thanks, I do love those ladles.

Kevin: I spend too much time looking at diningware and kitchenware, as the husband could attest!

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