Watching the World Cup Matches on TV in Singapore has become ridiculously expensive this year. The only one smiling is FIFA. For the information of those who do not reside in Singapore, until 2 months ago, the 2 main cable TV providers in Singapore were still tussling over the screening rights of the World Cup 2010. I am not sure if the competitive tussle had resulted in the higher subscription fee viewers have to pay but in the end, both cable providers got to screen the matches and the poor viewers like us, have to fork out between S$70 -$94(USD54 - USD 67) to watch the games at home. Call it duo monopoly, extortion whatever but avid football fans will still have to either pay or find other ways to watch the games. Some friends have come up with a list of places to watch free screenings but apart from the community center, most other options like pubs and restaurants will still have you digging into your pocket and I believe that this year, we will have less public venues screening the games due to,again, the higher screening license fee they will need to pay this year. One pub chain, I remember reading, has to spend S$2million this month just to screen the matches on their wide screen TVs. I hope they make enough money to cover the cost. Football fans who had gritted their teeth and forked out $70-$94 to get the games at home will most likely be less inclined to go out and spend extra at a pub. What amazes me is that FIFA's revenue from the TV rights alone is more than US$2 billion.
The National TV station dished out the opening match freebie to us last Friday and even though it was a somewhat bland game (for me, at least) , most of us were willing to sit in front of the TV with Snacks and Drinks in hand to partake in the free extravaganza ....
With the Tofu Puff Snack, I had some minced meat stuffing left over. Reluctant to make another deep fried dish, I decided to coat it with sesame and bake it. What you get is a juicy and equally tasty snack... but with less guilt.
Recipe Please Refer to Tofu Puff Snack.
1. Preheat oven to 180C
2. Shape the mince into small balls and roll it in sesame seeds.
3. Bake for 10mins.