[SNACKS] Aroma Truffle: Black Summer Truffle Chips in Original and Parmesan Cheese Flavours

Hello everyone!

When work gets overwhelming or uneventful, it’s human nature to gravitate towards snacks to keep us going. That’s why my personal pantry – or otherwise known as my kitchen – has been stocked with snacks (goodbye diet) ever since my home has doubled up as my workplace. The pile of midday nibbles lined up on the counter just keeps getting bigger, with the latest addition being the few packets of Aroma Truffle chips that I recently ordered from Shopee (evil, evil app 馃捀) upon a friend’s strong recommendation. This gourmet snack was the talk of the town for much of last year, but I just couldn’t justify paying S$10 for a packet of chips, that is, until now.

Delivery from Aroma Truffle! The opening of the bag was sealed.

Delivery from Aroma Truffle! The opening of the bag was sealed.

For the unacquainted, Aroma Truffle (self-proclaimed “The world’s strongest truffle brand”) was established in 2018 after co-founder Johnathan Chan conjured an inimitable truffle recipe while attending a fine food masterclass in France. This discovery sparked off the idea to create the first batch of black summer truffle chips and since then, two more flavours have been introduced, all of which made with natural ingredients that were extensively researched and guaranteed to be of superior quality. The black summer truffles used in making the chips, for instance, were farmed in, harvested and airflown from the Italian suburbs. The company has several physical stores including one in Hong Kong, and they are normally filled with the unmistakable scent of truffle which can be detected from a distance away. I’m not kidding!

Aroma Truffle Outlet at Jewel Changi Airport, level 2. Opens daily from 10am to 10pm. If you're based overseas and will be stopping by Singapore in the near future, you can consider getting your truffle chips here! (Image from Aroma Truffle Facebook)

Aroma Truffle Outlet at Jewel Changi Airport, level 2. Opens daily from 10am to 10pm. If you’re based overseas and will be stopping by Singapore in the near future, you can consider getting your truffle chips here! (Image from Aroma Truffle Facebook)

The packets of chips I bought came in a bundle of four comprising two flavours – original (3 packets) and Parmesan cheese (1 packet) – priced at S$39.95 which is merely 5 cents less than usual. I could have gotten them for cheaper at the flash sale but I didn’t have the patience to wait for it to happen.

Inside the fanciful paper bag

Inside the fanciful paper bag

Aroma Truffle Chips in Original and Parmesan Cheese flavours!

Aroma Truffle Chips in Original and Parmesan Cheese flavours!

After two dreadful weeks, my order finally reached me (Aroma Truffle’s customer service claimed that a technical error had resulted in a delay in the processing of all orders made on the same day as mine 馃え so in hindsight, I should have held back) and I wasted no time to try both flavours. It’s great that the packaging has a ziplock closure to prevent the chips from becoming stale between uses so I didn’t have to finish both packets in one sitting.

Original Flavour (S$10)

Aroma Truffle Chips in Original flavour

Aroma Truffle Chips in Original flavour

Nutrition facts of the original flavour

Nutrition facts of the original flavour

Ingredient list for the original flavour

Ingredient list for the original flavour

These ridge-cut potato chips are said to have smothered in the finest grade of olive oil, then tossed with generous bits of black truffles and a hint of parsley. A closer look at the ingredient list (which isn’t available on their website, hmmm..) reveals that olive oil is, in fact, listed pretty much at the bottom while palm oil, a less healthy oil alternative, takes second spot (meaning that it has contributed the second-largest amount to the making of the product). Therefore, these chips might not be as healthy as the brand implies (and to be fair, they’re not explicitly touted as a healthy snack; just the copywriter doing his/her magic).

This is NOT a true representation of the quantity in the bag. (Sorry I couldn't resist the truffle fragrance and just jumped right into eating it before I remembered about taking a picture LOL!)

This is NOT a true representation of the quantity in the bag. (Sorry I couldn’t resist the truffle fragrance and just jumped right into eating it before I remembered about taking a picture LOL!)

Not too big, not too small!

Not too big, not too small!

The thickness

The thickness

Once the heat-sealed part of the packet was cut out (mind you, I haven’t even opened up the packet yet), my nose was instantly hit by a powerful aroma of truffle oil (hence the name聽馃槤) and it was at that moment I knew I was in for a true trufflicious treat! The chips were thick and substantially crunchy (as opposed to the airy kind of crunchiness that we are all familiar with) and there was hardly any crushed pieces because the packaging was properly inflated with air to cushion them from any impact. The earthy notes of truffle was the strongest when first popped into the mouth. But that distinctive flavour was fleeting (although you get to experience it again in your next burp 馃ぃ), leaving just the saltiness and taste of other flavoured seasoning behind towards the last bite.

Parmesan Cheese Flavour (S$10)

Aroma Truffle Chips in Parmesan Cheese flavour

Aroma Truffle Chips in Parmesan Cheese flavour

Aroma Truffle Chips in Parmesan Cheese flavour

Aroma Truffle Chips in Parmesan Cheese flavour

Nutrition facts of the Parmesan cheese flavour

Nutrition facts of the Parmesan cheese flavour

Ingredient list for the Parmesan cheese flavour

Ingredient list for the Parmesan cheese flavour

The texture of the chips was generally comparable to that of the original. The Parmesan cheese version was garnished with dill to accentuate its flavour and this strategy worked because the taste of cheese really stood out in this one, so much so that it kind of overshadowed the truffle (the scent still stands, but not as pronounced). Either that or the proportion of the truffle has reduced because I couldn’t really taste much of it. That said, both the cheese and truffle flavours complimented each other very well. However, because this essentially tastes like cheese crackers, I thought it would be more worthwhile to get the original flavour.

Refer to the picture above for the quantity instead 馃榿

Refer to the picture above for the quantity instead 馃榿

One chip

One chip

All in all, Aroma Truffle chips get my seal of approval in terms of taste, but will I repurchase? Probably not, unless the cravings for truffle hit me hard. My spending limit for snacks still remains at $5 unless they come with a chock-full of nutritional benefits. But if you have these lying around in the house when I’m there as a guest, do be mentally prepared for them to be guzzled by me.

What are your thoughts about Aroma Truffle chips? If you’ve tried both flavours, do you agree with my review? Let me know your views in the comments below!

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Singapore Favourite Food Village 2015 @ Read Bridge

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Hey everyone!

Clarke Quay has always been perceived as an expensive tourist attraction聽caused by overpriced booze and food along Boat Quay. Therefore most聽locals聽tend to shun that area and find nightlife elsewhere.聽But since last Friday, hordes聽of hungry people (more than 80,000 over the weekend) – both locals and tourists alike – have been streaming into this historical landmark to satisfy their craving for Singaporean food. If you’re guessing that a new restaurant has opened its doors at Boat Quay, you’re quite close!

This sudden buzz of activity is due to the Singapore Favourite Food Village聽(presented by Esso LPG) along Read Bridge which sees a聽vast variety of聽hawkers and young chefs gathering to serve up traditional Teochew favourites and new cross-cuisine offerings under one roof. If you’re close enough, you could even catch a whiff of all the scrumptious food coming from the makeshift booths located outside the large white tent specially set up for this 10-day event.

Why Teochew? Well, while most are familiar with the history of Singapore River, not many are actually aware of the transformation that had taken place throughout the years around it. Once stood along Singapore’s iconic river long before the country gained independence was Ellenborough Market which was subsequently nicknamed “Teochew Market”聽as聽the聽Teochews聽populated the area with nearby hawker stalls specialising in well-known Teochew food. However, a big fire struck the wet market in 1968 and wiped out most of it as a result. The remains of the building was then demolished to make way for housing flats in the 1970s. As a Teochew myself, I’m quite ashamed not to have known about this important aspect of the Teochew community’s history in Singapore so I’m glad to have been enlightened through this Teochew-dedicated food fair (and I hope you will too!).

Here are some highlights of the Singapore Favourite Food Village to prep your stomach if you’re planning to make a trip down this coming weekend.

The crazy crowd on opening day

The crazy crowd on opening day

Don't worry about getting your hands and mouth dirty. SFFV has got you covered!

Don’t worry about getting your hands and mouth dirty. SFFV has got you covered! (Yes, tissue packs are free at the information counter)

Teochew opera!

Teochew opera! (Psst… you wouldn’t believe that the person behind this thick opera makeup was actually actor Nick Shen himself! His passion for Chinese opera is really laudable 馃檪 )

(Brace yourself (and your tummy) because a truckload of tantalising food pictures is coming. Ready?)

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Spicy crab (S$10 for 5 pieces) at Ming Lang

Spicy crab

Spicy crab (S$10 for 5) at Ming Lang

BBQ Satay

BBQ Satay (3 sticks for $10) at Gold Bridge

Nonya Otah (S$0.50) / Nonya Mackeral Fish Otah (S$1.30)

Nonya Otah (S$0.50) / Nonya Mackeral Fish Otah (S$1.30) at Uncle’s Otah

The two famous meat from this booth are: Suckling Pig (S$188 whole/ S$100 half/ S$12 small), Roasted Duck (S$40 whole/ S$20 half/ S$8 small)

The two highly sought-after聽meat from this booth are: Suckling Pig (S$188 whole/ S$100 half/ S$12 small), Roasted Duck (S$40 whole/ S$20 half/ S$8 small) at Jia Le Hong Kong Roasted Food

I didn’t manage to try the roasted meat but a fellow food blogger who was also present at the event remarked that the Suckling Pig was good and it was sold out before 9pm. So make sure you’re there early to try it!

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Kebab at Indian House

Beverage booth where you can get some booze

Beverage booth where you can get some booze

Tiger Radler beer

This newly-launched Tiger Radler beer (S$5) is our refreshing thirst quencher of the day

Salted Egg York Carrot Cake

Salted Egg York Carrot Cake (S$6/S$8) at Everything Foods

As a sucker for all things salted egg, I was thrilled to know that聽it has been incorporated into one of my all-time favourite hawker food – fried carrot cake! It’s a very memorable dish with flavours that are incredibly complementary. The taste of the salted egg was slightly more聽overwhelming (but in a wonderful way)聽so聽it was the first thing that聽hit my palate the moment I deposited聽a tiny piece in my mouth. The creamy salted egg could also be seen oozing out from the sides. The portion, however, is a teeny-weeny bit small for the price but it’s definitely one of the best dishes聽at the SFFV.

Char Siew Pork Spare Ribs with Steamed Rice (S$8) at Fern & Kiwi Bar & Eatery

Char Siew Pork Spare Ribs with Steamed Rice聽(S$8) at Fern & Kiwi Bar & Eatery

Char Siew Pork Spare Ribs with Steamed Rice (S$8) at Fern & Kiwi Bar & Eatery

Char Siew Pork Spare Ribs with Steamed Rice (S$8) at Fern & Kiwi Bar & Eatery

Drenched in sweet marinade and drizzled with sesame seeds, these soft, tender and value-for-money聽honeyed pork ribs聽promise a burst of flavours with every bite. Although聽we forwent the rice to allow聽space for more food,聽I thought the price was still quite reasonable (especially coming from an upscale restaurant very well-known for its racks) because honestly, the pork ribs were聽incredible.

Teochew Pig Trotter at Everything Foods

Teochew Pig’s Trotter Lor Mee (S$6.50) at Everything Foods

Teochew Lor Mee at Everything Foods

Teochew Pig’s Trotter Lor Mee (S$6.50) at Everything Foods

Teochew Lor Mee at Everything Foods

Teochew Pig’s Trotter Lor Mee (S$6.50) at Everything Foods

If you’re looking to fill your stomach on a budget, the Teochew Pig’s Trotter Lor Mee is one dish that is worth checking out. For just $6.50, you not only get a bowl of piping hot Chinese braised noodles served in thick starchy gravy, you also get to enjoy some gelatinous pig’s trotter.聽The gravy used in both had a subtle herbal taste that gave the dish an overall delicate flavour. The pig’s trotter is聽also unctuously聽layered with fatty skin (I’d say 80% fats, 20% lean meat), making it the perfect guilty pleasure food for those聽with a strong preference for fatty meat.

Mee Siam at Everything Foods

Mee Siam (S$5) at Everything Foods

Mee Siam at Everything Foods

Mee Siam (S$5) at Everything Foods

Adding to the parade of delectable local delicacies is聽a bowlful of toothsome and light vermicelli soaked in a well-balanced (sweet and sour) gravy and generously topped with shrimps, hard boiled egg and tau pok (fried bean curd). In terms of spiciness, my tongue wasn’t screaming relief even though I added extra chilli. But taste-wise, it’s more or less the same as what you’d find at food courts and hawker centres.

Golden Curry Chicken Rice at Kopi Roti

Golden Curry Chicken Rice (S$5) at Kopi Roti

This is a rice dish as聽the name suggests but on the overall I felt it聽was too underwhelming for the price (although mine was sponsored). The chicken was a pain to eat because of the lack of meat and聽the potato could do with a bit more time in the pot. The curry was decent but average as compared to those I’ve had before聽so unless you’re really dying to have some coconut milk in your body system, I say blow your money on something else.

Cold Crab Teochew Style (S$12+) by Swiss么tel Merchant Court

Cold Crab Teochew Style (S$12+) by Swiss么tel Merchant Court

Don’t expect to be served a big crab if that’s what you’re anticipating.聽Instead, you’d be given聽a full miniature crab (that’s right, 2 pincers) served cold yet fresh by the chef of Swiss么tel Merchant Court himself. The shell didn’t come broken (although聽I’m sure the chef would be more than happy to crack them聽for you upon request) but聽with a less sturdy shell due to its small size, the meagre amount of meat can be retrieved easily if you have the patience to rip the crab apart with your hands (make sure you have wet tissue聽with you聽because I don’t remember seeing sinks聽anywhere) and teeth. Honestly speaking,聽for the amount of meat you can get out of this crab, I don’t think it’s worth all the effort. But if you don’t mind the hassle, by all means give it a go!

Truffle Wanton Noodle (S$8) at Bee Kee Wanton Noodle

Truffle Wanton Noodle (S$8) at Bee Kee Wanton Noodle

Truffle Wanton Noodle (S$8)  at Bee Kee Wanton Noodle

Truffle Wanton Noodle (S$8) at Bee Kee Wanton Noodle

Truffle Wanton Noodle (S$8) by Bee Kee Wanton Noodle

Truffle Wanton Noodle (S$8) at聽Bee Kee Wanton Noodle

I’m probably gonna be slaughtered by qualified food critics (*cough*Gordon Ramsey*cough*) for saying this but I absolutely love truffle oil and its pungent smell (like, you can tell from the picture above right, me totally soaking in the aroma). Therefore I was really looking forward to try the Truffle Wanton Noodle at the fair!

True enough, the very first thing that greeted my nose聽was,聽much to聽the聽chagrin of boyfriend who was pinching his nose while shoving the bowl to me,聽the聽distinctive and unmistakable truffle smell. But that aside, the char siew (roasted pork) was sweet and rather tender.聽The charred sides also added texture and crunch.聽聽However, the wantons, though very crispy, were pretty聽average with (little) fillings that’s not so聽special. The noodles were also a tad too dry even after tossing them with the sauce hidden at the bottom. Therefore, this scores full marks for novelty but relatively lower for execution (after taking into consideration the great char siew and the awesome truffle oil).

Fishball Noodles (S$4.50) at Ming Fa Fishball

Fishball Noodles (S$4.50) at Ming Fa Fishball

What’s a “wok” down memory lane without Ming Fa fishball noodles? Unknown to many, the old Ellenborough food market was actually once home to the聽famous聽fishball noodles so having it on board is indeed a great way to recreate the long gone market.

What I really loved about the fishball noodles were, of course, the super soft and springy fishballs which,聽I swear, were聽among the best I had ever eaten. With a bountiful of ingredients (mushrooms and a truckload of meat! *slurps*), I must say that it聽is really聽a steal and聽especially so for a household name like Ming Fa. Sadly, this doesn’t come in soup version (which is a big boo-boo for me because as a half-Cantonese, I love my noodles to be聽immersed聽in piping hot soup, even for bak chor mee).

Apart from their signature dish, there are聽also minced meat noodles (S$4.50) and laksa (S$4.50) to choose from but seriously, why bother? Just go for the fishball noodles!

Popiah (1 roll for S$3, 2 rolls for S$5) at Good Chance Popiah

Popiah (1 roll for S$3/聽2 rolls for S$5) at Good Chance Popiah

Stationed聽next to Ming Fa Fishball was Good Chance Popiah which specialises in聽Hokkien-style ‘Wrap-It-Yourself’ popiahs at its 149 Silat Avenue outlet. You will not get to create your own popiah at the fair (for obvious reasons) but you can be rest assured that your popiah would come packed with a variety of fresh ingredients such as beansprouts, shredded carrot, omelette, lettuce and turnips. The skin was thin enough to enable聽a large chunk聽to be bitten off without having everything falling apart. My spicy popiah聽(non-spicy option available) tingled my tongue a bit but it was still bearable.

My only gripe was the absence of meat聽(therefore聽making this聽very vegetarian-friendly)聽which I thought was a shame because adding聽meat such as prawns聽would definitely give a richer and more succulent flavour (though the popiahs were already quite tasty on their own).

Kueh Pie Tee (4 for S$2) at Red Lips Kueh Pie Tee

Kueh Pie Tee (4 for S$2) at Red Lips Kueh Pie Tee

Kueh Pie Tee (4 for S$2) at Red Lips Kueh Pie Tee

Kueh Pie Tee (4 for S$2) at Red Lips Kueh Pie Tee

Made from an original Peranakan recipe, this set of four Kueh Pie Tee were nothing short of delicious. Laced with sweet chilli sauce for an added kick, the crusty cups were聽proportionately聽filled with shredded turnip,聽聽omelette聽and garnished with coriander leaf and crushed groundnuts which combine to give a聽mouthful of robust and hearty flavour. It’s also worth noting that these Kueh Pie Tee cups come in frozen packs of 15 as well to satisfy your craving, available at most Cold Storage outlets in Singapore (or you can buy a few boxes directly from their booth at SFFV).

Handmade Smoked Salmon Chee Cheong Fun with Tobiko (S$4) at Da Chang Jin

Handmade Smoked Salmon Chee Cheong Fun with Tobiko (S$4) at Da Chang Jin

Handmade Smoked Salmon Chee Cheong Fun with Tobiko (S$4) at Da Chang Jin

Handmade Smoked Salmon Chee Cheong Fun with Tobiko (S$4)聽at Da Chang Jin

I’ve seen its stall at Holland Drive Market and Food Centre a couple of times during my 6-month internship but聽I didn’t get to buy from聽it because on the day I had finally snapped out of my craving for sliced fish soup (which happened to be my final day at MOE), it had decided to close. I guess fate聽brought me to SFFV last Friday so that I could try their famed Chee Cheong Fun!

But it turned out to be rather disappointing. The smoked salmon was cooked right through when it wasn’t supposed to and I also couldn’t taste the smoked seasoning聽at all. The sauce was nothing to rave about either 馃槮

Ondeh Ondeh Churros (S$5 for 3 pieces)  at Churros Factory

Ondeh Ondeh Churros (S$5 for 3 pieces/ S$9 for 6) at Churros Factory

A true example of when East meets West, this聽snack combines the main elements of one of my favourite Malay kuihs聽and comfort foods to create a new type of crunchy dough pastry that’s guaranteed to take the Singapore street-food scene by storm if it is聽ever going to be popularised.聽Garnished with grated coconut聽and drizzled with gula melaka syrup (in place of cinnamon sugar), these Asian-themed churros exude a pleasantly fragrant pandan aroma聽that’s incredibly inviting.

Chilli Crab Mantou (S$8 for 6 pieces) at The Quarters

Chilli Crab Mantou (S$8 for 6 pieces) at The Quarters

Duriancanboleh (S$7 for 1/ S$12 for 2) at The Quarters

Duriancanboleh (S$7 for 1/ S$12 for 2/ S$30 for 6) at The Quarters

Duriancanboleh (S$7 for 1/ S$12 for 2/ S$30 for 6) at The Quarters

Duriancanboleh (S$7 for 1/ S$12 for 2/ S$30 for 6) at The Quarters

The Duriancanboleh (or durian cr猫me br没l茅e) was the star of the night. Served in a palm-sized aluminium cup, the fusion dessert is topped聽with a warm layer of scorched sugar聽crust that cracks upon impact with the spoon to unveil a perfectly creamy聽and fluffy custard underneath. The decadent custard, infused with聽durian essence, was cold and sweet but not too overpowering. It聽was聽so gratifying and addictive it had me gagging for more!

Assorted Crisps/Peanut Candy (S$3.50 per packet) at Thye Moh Chan

Assorted Crisps/Peanut Candy (S$3.50 per packet) at Thye Moh Chan

Tau Sar Piah at Thye Moh Chan

Tau Sar Piah at Thye Moh Chan

Tau Sar Piah at Thye Moh Chan

Tau Sar Piah at Thye Moh Chan

Tau Sar Piah at Thye Moh Chan

Tau Sar Piah at Thye Moh Chan

If you feel that your stomach is going to explode from overeating, you can always drop by Thye Moh Chan to get some of their packed to-go munchies. 70-year-old Thye Moh Chan (now run by BreadTalk) is known for its authentic handcrafted pastries such as the famous聽Tau Sar Piah above which is聽generously filled with smooth and聽sweet聽mung bean paste and encased in a thick and puffy layer of flaky pastry.

What went down my tummy that day

What went down my tummy that day (but obviously these were shared haha)

With so many mouth-watering food to choose from, it’s highly advisable that you聽go in groups and with an empty stomach so that you can get your hands on all the different types of food while maximising your stomach space. Seats are also very limited so you’d definitely need a partner to hold the table while you get the food.

Also, do note that the stalls only accept cash. You may also want to dress in light, comfortable clothing because it’s gonna be a little stuffy at the fair (and also to hide that bulging tummy after all the binging).

And finally, here’s a floor plan to help you breeze through the final two days of the Singapore Favourite Food Village (you’re welcome):

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[CLICK TO ENLARGE] Breeze through the food village with this handy guide (trust me, you will need it), specially drawn up for you by yours truly

Thanks for reading!

Singapore Favourite Food Village 2015

24 July – 2 August 2015
5:00pm – 11:00 pm
Read Bridge @ Clarke Quay (near Boat Quay)
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay (exit C)
Free Admission
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