Monday, August 17, 2015

Agrobazaar - The Finest from Malaysia's Agronomy

Hey everyone!

It's been more than a month since I talked about food. There are so many places to eat today yet so little time! I was so elated to be at Agrobazaar to try out their finest delicacies!


I was so excited to be there to meet new friends and explore what Agrobazaar has got to offer. The visit started off with an introduction on what Agrobazaar is all about.

Agrobazaar Malaysia @ Singapore is your one stop for shopping, dining and chilling out with friends, family and loved ones. Not only it is a bustling hub of promotion solely for Malaysian grown and produced goods, they also have a cafe - KopieSatu and a restaurant - The Verandah, which served the most authentic and fresh tasting Malaysian food and beverage possible outside of Malaysia.


In its home country Malaysia, it is famous amongst locals and tourists for the finely processed and fresh products, perfect for gifts to bring back home.

Located on the first level of Agrobazaar Malaysia @ Singapore, the KopieSatu, or commonly known as KopieSatu Cafe, serves great gourmet coffee with a nice and cozy ambience, equipped with free Wi-Fi for its customers to enjoy their coffee and hanging around with their friend or families. KopieSatu Cafe also serves as a favorite place to hold meetings, appointments or discussion while enjoying the various types of coffee and desserts such as Ice Blended Caramel Coffee, Cafe Latte, Rainbow Durian Cake and Chendol.


We were treated to a show on how a cup of coffee is made at their KopieSatu Cafe and we got to learn how shapes are done on a cup of coffee. Not as easy as it seems!

After the tour, we were ushered up to The Verandah for the subsequent segment - fruit carving! One of the many exciting parts that I was looking forward to.

The chef showed up with a carving knife and a watermelon. He then demonstrated to us how we can carve flowers on the watermelon. It was done so earnestly! Just look at the design!


Then came our turn! We were divided into a group of five. My team and I came together and tried to brainstorm for something. We had no idea at all! The game did not allow us to carve flowers (it's not that we know how to anyway!) and since National Day had just ended, the SG50 vibe remains strong.

We carved something that we were sure would touch everyone's heart! Tension was escalating but we tried our best! Unfortunately, an accident happened.


One of our team members cut her hand. We had a one man down situation. We pressed on. It was one of the toughest moments in our lives. It was a mess!

Despite being shorthanded, we are proud of what we did. For beginners, I think it's beautiful!


Here are some other designs done by the rest of our friends!


Here's my squad and our masterpiece!


Agrobazaar is definitely convenient for those who are on transit in Singapore and do not have the time to travel north to the nearest state in Malaysia - Johor. Here, you can get prime Malaysian products like exotic honey and try out the best picked durian at their cafe.

Amazing thing their durians are kept in a huge fridge, sorted by grades.

The Verandah amazingly offers both indoor and alfresco dining. The restaurant serves authentic popular Malaysian food such as Penang Asam Laksa, Mee Bandung Muar and Ayam Percik Terengganu, just to name a few. From time to time, the restaurant will also bring and introduce a lot more of Malaysian food. With the experienced kitchen staff spearheaded by an experienced Chef Razif, you can be sure to have a great dining experience at The Verandah!


No kidding that The Verandah is a popular event spot for high flyer clubs like the Bentley Owners Club that organizes durian fiesta. Why not? It's so convenient to get there and it is located right beside an open carpark, which makes monitoring of your expensive car all the more convenient. You can do that from the rooftop!

Oh here's a funny highlight!


The subsequent segment of the program was to learn how to make teh tarik and I got the honor to try it out! It was not easy! After doing a few for the audience, I don't think teh tarik should cost that cheap anymore. It takes a lot of effort to master the art of not spilling it!

So there I was, shamelessly made teh tarik for everyone!


Who says I don't know how to do things in the kitchen? See, I pulled a stunt! I can't probably do it without the barista's help though. It pays to pay attention in class even if the lesson is as short as making coffee!


The wonderful event ended with selecting the winner for the fruit design and teh tarik performance. We had to explain our design and I hope it resonates and strike the chord in everyone there! How can it not be?

The swan is the symbol of Singapore's transformation from being a third-world to first, just like how ugly duckling transformed into a beautiful swan. The ribbon is to commemorate the passing of our former Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kwan Yew, and the carriage we designed carries the weight and hopes of everyone in Singapore. Oh! And blood was literally shed while putting up this grand masterpiece (because our friend cut her hand by accident...)

It was a coincident epitomisation of our city state for sure.


The blood shed was worthwhile. We won first place in the fruit carving competition!


We would like to thank the judges and everyone who gave your support! No gathering concludes without a monumental group photo - with a spiky durian!


Thank you The Influencer Network for the wonderful invite. It's really wonderful of you to host this! To more ahead!

Agrobazaar is having a promotion this SG50 season. Get 20% discount for all cakes and drinks from KopieSatu with a minimum purchase of a cake and a drink. Great way to end your work - with a good drink and a nice cake! Promotion ends on 31 December 2015.

Word has it their rainbow durian is delicious. Have a bite!

Agrobazaar Malaysia @ Singapore
Lot 37 – 43, Sultan Gate
Singapore 198485
Telephone: +65 5391 9841

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