A warning before you read on – This post will induce hunger.
Honestly, it has been a long while since I last had a day which I can confidently classify as “eventful and productive” – Other than being surrounded with a series of good food to begin the day, I had the opportunity to visit Madame Tussauds Singapore afterwards which was soooo much fun!
To give all of our dearest readers a better visualisation, I have came up with ideas to create vlogs to accompany my posts – You can feel free to view them nearing the end of the post!
(I am in no way a professional video editor though, so please pardon the quality!)
First off- AFURI Ramen @ Vivocity branch
Located at a corner on the first floor, you will be able to spot its signboard at a far end (Located near Poulet). This was one of their newer branches, and I was really thrilled to try out their menu items as I’ve heard so much about their exclusive ramen!
Ordering the food in the restaurant is very much convenient and hassle-free as each table has its own embedded touch-screen self-ordering system. Every food is there within a touch! (Not to mention that their food came really fast, too)
So here are some of the items, especially signature ones, that we tried:
Kiwami Ramen with Yuzu Shio Broth – $23.90
My initial thought… “Yuzu?? Seriously???“
Personally,I do love the taste of Yuzu (I often drink yuzu-flavoured drinks. Haha!) but I could not imagine it as a combination with Japanese ramen. I did not pin high hopes because I just could not comprehend how they would blend together.
But… the taste and flavour surprised me to a LARGE extent!
A tinge of mild sourness derived from Yuzu, the whole bowl of ramen tasted surprisingly refreshing and comfortable for my taste buds. I love the fact that the Yuzu flavour wasn’t overpowering, and yet boosted the broth that prompted me to have one mouthful after another. It ended up unstoppable. Haha! It was the first time I’ve ever tasted a Yuzu-flavoured ramen, and I have to put two thumbs up to highly recommend it!
I am sure this will be a suitable choice for the young and old as the broth is light yet flavourful.
It comes along with the sides as well, which was quite a generous serving!
(Look at those sides!!!)
And oh.oh, did I mention that they are ONLY EXCLUSIVE to Vivocity branch?
So if you wanna try out this particular signature dish, there’s only one place available – do take note!
Yuzu Shoyu Broth – $15.90
I felt that this tasted similar to the former, except that it is saltier as this is the shoyu version. Everything else included in the bowl is similar too!
I would prefer the normal one (less salty) one though. But there’s definitely something to suit different taste buds here!
Yuzu Tsukemen – $15.90
This is a dry version (for those who prefer it dry). You can choose to eat it as it is or with their dipping sauce that comes alongside. If you were to ask me, I would find it a difficult choice to choose between both versions as each has its own unique taste! Both are equally refreshing (due to the Yuzu taste) but I would say the soup version will be more accepted by foodies who love to drink soup.
Yuzu Ratan Ramen – $15.90
I guess the colour says it all.
SPICY! This is subjective because not everyone prefers it spicy but if you are spicy lover like me, most likely you will appreciate this! I find this interesting because the spiciness did not actually overpower the yuzu taste – the flavour is still very much balanced. And the sesame enhanced the taste even further with the accompaniment of chewy char siew and lava egg!
Afuri Buta Wing Gyoza– $6.90
With a total of 6 pieces, it is considered a generous serving and makes a great appetiser/snacks to share with friends! Personally, I am not a fan of gyozas but I still tried one of the pieces nonetheless. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the gyoza did not taste like the typical ones I ate in other places!
The outer layer of the gyoza skin had a tinge of crispiness (reminds me of roti prata) and the dipping sauce that came alongside was simply the bomb! I have to say it complements the gyozas really well. A great combo and yummy! A must-try if you are at AFURI!
The next two upcoming ones are two of Vivocity branch’s exclusives. (And I heard they are a hot favourite amongst Singaporeans!)
Spicy Chicken Bun – $5.90
Does this remind you of those meat or otah buns? It sure reminded me of them! But this one is high level!
The spicy chicken version is definitely on my favourite list. With the crunchiness and spiciness (but I assure you it isn’t spicy to a large extent!), the softness of the bun is a great combo when you munch them together in one mouthful. It isn’t too heavy even if you are eating it as a standalone meal – just the right size I would like it to be.
And if you ain’t fond of chicken meat, the next one may impress you:
Soft Shell Crab Bun – $6.90
Don’t worry, the whole thing is edible! The only downside that I have to comment is that the insides tend to drop out easily (I guess that’s the issue whenever we eat buns or burgers. Hahaha) Other than that, the taste is really awesome! Look at the sauce that was sprinkled on top of it – that’s a quick trip to heaven:
At just a dollar more than the chicken version, I would say this is worth it for a soft shell crab! (Some places don’t have it that cheap!) The soft shell crab had been fried to an ultimate crispy level – so best to have it while it is at its peak!
But don’t ask me to choose between the chicken and soft shell crab version – I will be torn! If I were to visit again with friends, I will gladly order both versions to share!
A concluding photo at AFURI – We enjoyed the sumptuous lunch. Thanks for having us!
Here’s the full address for everyone who would like to visit (A cosy dining place with friends and family!)
The staff at Madame Tussauds were really friendly and efficient!
We managed to get the tickets in no time – and ready to begin the experience!
There were many other iconic figures that we had so much fun taking photos with. Here’s Daphne having an “ïnterview” with the famous Oprah Winfrey: –
Look at the outcome on the TV screen! Seems legit, right?? What sorcery is this?!
An a hyperactive me trying to have a fight with “Bruce Lee”:-
And how could I miss a shot with my idol??
(and in case you are wondering… I did NOT plan to dress like him because people have been commenting about my outfit…I do love military style outfits myself and I often pair together with my hats… This was just one out of my hundred hats/caps at home!)
And here is one of my favourite shots (I’ve never imagined myself to ever look this cool. I think the real life me on a motorcycle would have fallen down)
You can seriously spend hours just at this segment alone! Too many photo ops!
This is a totally random photo but I took it with the intention to show how detailed the wax figures can be – EVERY single strand of hair was just there, realistic to the brim. Just look at that… armpit. (I am sorry for this really unglamorous pic but I just had to!!!)
There was a “dance stage”there as well and we had the chance to perform together with “Taylor Swift”and “Katy Perry”.
I will let the video do the talking and you can watch our beautiful performance in there. (Hint: Please do not watch if you happen to be eating)
As we were running short of time, we quickly moved on to the next station which I was looking forward to – The MARVEL 4D Cinema Experience!
The word “4D” means that it would be an interactive experience while watching the short movie. I’ve always LOVED movies like that – it enhances the movie experience so much and more exciting than typical static ones.
Here’s us getting ready. We had to collect the black shades and wore throughout the whole experience.
Not gonna include spoilers here but I did enjoy the brief experience! The animation was great and I felt as though I was sucked into another dimension with the characters. And in the middle of the show, I could feel something poking me… Well, I shall leave that for you to find out for yourself! You won’t regret it!
We ended our trip with an optional complimentary VR racing experience that is not included in the combo ticket price. It was a static racing car which we would be seated at (with seat belts on too!), and with the use of VR goggles, we could start racing on the virtual road!
We took up the challenge but I have to say I personally did not really enjoy it as I have motion sickness. (So this is subjective!)
Ok that’s all for now… We hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it!
Madame Tussauds is a really cool place to visit in Singapore as you can literally spend half a day there exploring with family and friends. It felt like a new experience each time I was there – and I will totally recommend the combo package!
Be transported to Korea with their brand new K-Wave Zone to meet your favourite K-Wave Stars! One of their new arrivals will be Oppa Kim Woo Bin and this zone will be open to the public from 28 January 2021!
For more information, you can visit Madame Tussauds official website at: https://www.madametussauds.com/singapore/
Address: 40 Imbiah Rd, Sentosa, 099700