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CocoICHIBANYA- New outlet at Raffles City

{Media Invite Food Tasting}

CocoICHIBANYA restaurant
CocoICHIBANYA restaurant

Last weekend I brought the kids down to the newest outlet of CocoICHIBANYA at Raffles Place.  The kids love Japanese curry rice and were thrilled to know that we were making a stop at this restaurant for dinner.  They had tried the branch at Star Vista a couple of times and loved it.

Some of the dishes the kids and I ate
Some of the dishes the kids and I ate

The kids constantly ask for Japanese curry. They prefer it over the traditional Chinese or Indian Curry as the level of spiciness can be adjusted easily.

The different level of hotness for their curry
The different level of hotness for their curry

From Mild all the way till Level 5 there are 7 different spicy levels which cater to your taste buds.  Trust me Level 5 isn’t for the faint-  hearted!! The kids love the mild and I settle for Level 1.

 

Kids Meal Curry set
Kids Meal Curry set

This is Tiger girl’s choice whenever she goes to this restaurant.  She loves their kids meal as it is super tasty according to her.

Hamburger with Curry
Hamburger with Curry

This is Monkey boy’s favourite Hamburg curry.  He loves hashed beef and rice combo.

Beef Yakiniku Curry Rice
Beef Yakiniku Curry Rice

This is what I had.  I love the soft pieces of beef  together with the curry. It is simply delicious!!

Doggie boy had the curry with udon as he didn’t want to eat rice that night.  ( Picture in collage above)

Tiger girl with her strawberry milkshake
Tiger girl with her strawberry milkshake

Doggie boy and Tiger girl had a milkshake each. It was  a creamy and yummy addition to their meals.

My thoughts

In all we love the foods however the appetizer – fries with curry sauce and ice-cream for dessert  were less then satisfactory.  The fries tasted very powdery and the ice-cream melted extremely fast and was not as creamy and thick as we expected.

Just go for their curry and drinks if you do decided to dine there. You won’t go wrong with your choice.

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Disclaimer: We were invited for a food tasting session at CocoICHIBANYA , Raffles Place. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

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Eating a Healthy Breakfast With Captain Oats

Breakfast is one of the most important meals that one needs to have on a daily basis. Starting the day right is essential for growing kids.

It is crucial that my kids  get the right nutrients into their body at the start of the day so that they can be mentally and psychically alert to face the day. They need all the energy that they can get while satisfying their hunger.

Every morning it can a mad rush to get the kids ready for school. There isn’t much time for fancy meals or a wide variety of breakfast items to indulge in. What I can only afford is something simple, nutritious and easy to prepare.

Oats  is one of my top choice of breakfast foods for the kids.

Oats and grapefruit
Oats and grapefruit

Why Eat Oats?

  • Oats are a good source of Vitamin B6 which encourages the release of Serotonin, the body’s feel-good hormone. 
  • It is very nutritious as it is packed with high amounts of  Vitamin B1, B2 and E and  minerals such as Phosphorus, Potassium, Manganese and Zinc among others.
  • Eating Oats regularly can   reduce  the risk of Child Obesity by 50%
  • With a low GL content, Oats can also reduce the chances of heart disease, cholesterol  and the probability of birth defects in babies  during the 1st trimester.
  • Eating Oats also may help to improve  your skin quality as it is used in various beauty treatments.

*(The above is provided for information only by Captain Oats and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Results may vary. Please consult with your physician if you have any doubts.)

The variety of Oats from Captain Oats
The variety of Oats from Captain Oats

The Oats from Captain Oats come from Australia and goes through  OatiFresh™ Process, a heat and moisture treatment to prevent them from going bad while retaining important nutrients.

Raw oats are not  really  edible. Therefore the oats has to be put through a process of  cleaning, dehulling, heating, sizing, cutting, flaking and lastly, packing to make them more appetizing for the consumer.

There are 3 variety of oats available by Captain Oats.

Rolled oats – ( 8 min cook time in microwave or stove top cooking)

This has the  chunkiest texture as, rolled oats look like flat, irregularly round, slightly textured discs. When processed, the whole grains of oats are first steamed to make them soft and pliable, then pressed to flatten them. It is  the least processed compared to the Quick cook and instant oats.

It is recommended for baked goods like muffins and granola bars.

Quick cook oatmeal – ( 3-5 min cook time in microwave or stove top cooking)

This type of oats has a finer texture  compared to Rolled oats .  It is partially cooked therefore it has a shorter cooking time. as compared to rolled- cut oats.

They too can be used in baked goods like cookies and muffins.

Instant oatmeal –  ( Instantly – Just add hot water!!)

This type of oats is pre-cooked. It has a finer texture then quick oats. They are the most processed oats among all the varieties available and the most convenient to consume.

The types of food  which you can make using oats are countless. If you are pressed for ideas you can check out the recipes  on Captain Oat’s website.

 

A Bowl of Instant Oats
A Bowl of Instant Oats

This is one of my favourite variety from Captain Oats- Instant Oats. The oats are really easy to make as you just have to add hot water to cook it instantly.

This variety  of instant oats also comes in  12 sachets of 40g each which is really good for filling one’s tummy in the office or on the go when one  travels overseas.  It is extremely  convenient way for me  to pack to fill the rumbling tummies of the kids when I am pressed for time.

Tiger girl having oats for breakfast
Tiger girl having oats for breakfast

 

Tiger girl with her bowl of oats
Tiger girl with her bowl of oats

I normally add a variety of fruits to the bowl of oats when I serve it to the kids in the morning.  They love the sweetness that the fruits add to the oats.

Are your kids eating oats for breakfast too?


Disclosure: This is a sponsored collaboration between Captain Oats and Dominique’s Desk. Pictures and opinions are 100% mine.