Thursday, July 31, 2008
Yong Tau Fu's a seemingly simple dish to make but not many can pull it off perfectly. Some go into a price war, trying to out price each other, the cheapest being 15 cents but half the usual portion.
I usually like mine with the soup with chilli and sauce.
Chanced upon this yong tau fu stall with a queue! Singaporean's way of discerning whether the dish tastes good is by the queue. Being uniquely singaporean, I followed suit and definitely it's not "the blind following the blind".
40 cents per piece of yong tau fu isn't exactly very cheap nor pricey but the ingredients are fresh. One plus point? The sprinkling of fried anchovies over the soupy dish gives it an added flavour. The crunchy fish made it more tasty than not. They've got the usual fare of bean curd, sausages, kangkong...fish cake, fried egg etc.
I'll be back, for sure!
Da Jia Fu Yong Tau Fu & Fishball Noodle
Zion Road Hawker Centre
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
IKEA's my favourite place for good food and picture perfect affordable furniture..so much so, it's a happy place..just like Mcdonalds. Their food has been for the longest time on my list of regular must-visits.
IKEA's answer to it, my favourite must-order, Swedish meatballs with potatoes and cranberry sauce. I can eat it anytime..anywhere. The mom stocks up on the frozen meatballs to satisfy my meatball cravings now and then. Weirdly enough the meatballs taste really good with the cranberry sauce...like lambchops with mint sauce.
Fried chicken wings...juicy and tender! Sinful indeed..but finger lickin' good.
Very ordinary french fries...
Tried a new dish this time..pity no pics to go with it. The water prawn bowl? The prawns are laid out prettily round the bowl...and surprise! It tastes really good. Slightly salted and chewy. Liked the amount of roe found in the shrimps. The orangey pink prawns definitely are a must-try the next time!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Niku Curry in Udon ($10), a must order every single visit. It's grilled beef slices with curry udon. Uber delicious I'd say, though Japanese curry is very different from your usual Indian/Malay curry. It's watery but blends really well with the udon and beef. *thumbs up!*
Ebi Ten Maki ($9.80)
A must order for me every single time as well...it's a sushi roll with ebi tempura. The presentation wows, simply because it comes in a long plate and has the full prawn there, including the head. This dish like the curry udon has never failed me, taste wise. Very consistent. The tempura's fried lightly, not your usual heavy/overcooked tempura at some places...together with the rice and seaweed, oiishii!
Sashimi Salmon ($6.80/3 slices)
Waraku's one of those places that has pretty normal sashimi...not the melt in your mouth kind...just normal. Definitely pricey for 3 slices!
It came in a presentation that was really impessive, complete with dried buckwheat? Or a bunch of dried something. The soba noodles are chewy and different from the sakae kind..however...a comparison with shimbashi? I'd say...shimbashi anytime! Quite a deal with the portions given.
Ramune ($2.80) Not too sure about this but it's a kind of soda with packaging that wows. The waitress pops the bottle, the glass ball falls to the bottle neck of the bottle with a loud "clink" and prevents the liquid from flowing out too fast. Awesome, I was attracted to that glass orb for a loong time, just gazing at it. The soda's not fantastic though.
Waraku's really consistent with their quality and standard of food across all outlets which is what consumers like me are looking for. Their seasonal menu's always so enticing. Great to hangout, dine...or just to satisfy that japanese craving. Service is above average but would be nice if it wasn't so crowded as they've got a tendency to clear your tables really quick, a subtle enough hint to "get your ass out".
Still is on my list of regular hangouts!
Reservations are a must for weekends!
Waraku - Katong Branch
86 East Coast Road
BLK B #01-11/12/13 Katong Village
11:30am - 11pm (Last order 10:30pm)
Friday, July 25, 2008
I've always been a huge fan of Campbell's soup...so The Soup Spoon completes the picture with a fast-soup concept! TSS's one of those concepts that has few competitors, probably just Cedele bakery that comes close.
What impresses me is their bi-weekly soup specials and the very heartwarming tales behind it. Absolutely loving it! I'd say The Soup Spoon has done an awesome job retaining customers with monthly flavours...with the Soup Card going on? Love that too!
The usual favourite; Beef Goulash. Prime beef cut stewed with the infamous paprika and loaded with starchy vegetables to make it a meal in itself. It's got a tangy flavour to it, coupled with beef cubes...very delicious indeed!
I tried a new special (normally I'm game for new items..); Russian Roulette. Beef stew with beef strips, button mushroom and starchy vegetables cooked in brown beef stock. It's somewhat not as tasty as Beef Goulash, a wholesome soup though. In actual fact, the Russian Roulette and Beef Goulash look uncannily simlar in terms of ingredients, just varying in soup stock. Albeit, twas a really delicious lunch complete with the complimentary bread roll!
The Soup Spoon
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Basement 1 Unit 75/76
Sun - Thurs: 10.30am to 10.00pm
Fri-Sat: 10.30am to 10.30pm
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Curry Puffs are one of the favourite snacks of Singaporeans...and definitely mine too! Reigning in the Curry Puff battle are the couple of kings and queens (in my humble burpworthy opinion); Old Chang Kee, 1A and Polar.
A humble snack that kind of began with simple stuffings like potato or sardine has revolutionalised into curry chicken...chilli crab...durian even! 1A being the most innovative of the lot. 1A's curry puffs are known for the crispy pastry shaped like an ingot.
The curry gravy is somewhat watery...chicken bites are fewer than the potato cubes. However, the pastry is indeed "crispy" as promised.
Maybe I'll give their chilli crab or durian puff a shot next? Or..just stick to OCK.
Prices start from $1.20.
1A Curry Puffs
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I've been told Marmalade Pantry at Hitachi has 2 seatings over lunch..12-1pm, 1-2pm..and we sat through 1.5 of that, with waiters interrupting to clear plates, pass you menus for dessert, and briskly clearing your dessert plates..in that order. All in a bid to shoo you off the precious seat for another hungry diner.
I had to go with Ribeye Steak Sandwich with grilled onions, avocado & wasabi mayonnaise ($24) given that I really enjoyed it the first time and it's an all-time favourite for Marmalade fans. Blamer had the same! I'd have to say it's exceptional, even better than the first time I sunk my teeth. The sandwich was huge, generous servings of chips (which I really adore cos' it's not your usual boring crinkle/french fries/potato wedges..reminds me of Kettle chips!) and the salad with balsamic vinegar. Oohlala. I had my steak medium well, juicy and tender...none too tough. Just right. For once I didn't mind the chockfuls of onions in the sandwich...the wasabi mayo could've been stronger but was a really enjoyable and tantalizing treat on the tastebuds! For once, I polished my plate clean, really clean...and I bet I must've surprised them with my huge appetite.
Leecher had Spaghetti Alio Olio with Confit of Pork Neck & Chilli ($20). Presentation was somewhat interesting with the pork neck looking exactly like roast pork, and just 5 pieces of it. Apparently quite good.
What's Marmalade Pantry without their famous desserts?
Cherry Crumble Tart ($6.80)for Leecher, Chocolate Deluxe ($4.20) for Blamer and Limonata ($4) for me! The last two are cupcakes btw. The tart was somewhat like a brick...solid and a little bland. The cherries weren't the juicy kind...nearly preserved. Chocolate Deluxe was as good as it's always been...chewy chocolate, decadence! As for my all time favourite, it was a burst of surprise for the two...zesty, just the way I like it! The cupcakes are so good, they're normally sold out past a certain hour. Ta-pao-ed one and the recipient loved it too! That's the magic of cupcakes...and marmalade pantry.
Service could've been better...but for the food? It's as good as it gets! Pity that the place is bustling and noisy...will be better if it's slightly bigger in space though. Takashimaya's got the space and atas-ambience, somehow the sandwich tasted better in Hitachi Tower.
Definitely will be back...for more! Crab Caesar...Chicken Pot Pie...next! :)
Reservations are highly advised!
16 Collyer Quay
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I've been wanting to visit Peach Blossoms again after a really impressive CNY lunch I had earlier this year. I made my booking 2 weeks in advance..that's how popular Peach Blossoms is! Backed by veteran chef, Eric Yeo who has 27 years of experience upped the expectations! Had the privilege of trying the dimsum ala-carte buffet lunch and here goes;
I actually loved this! Surprise, surprise! For a cantonese, and a soup lover...(actually only my mom's soups), I hardly take "non-home cooked" soups..and boy, Peach Blossoms actually had me taking two portions of this! Flavourful soup, well marinated pork.
I didn't mind this that much...more like a chinese cream soup.
Only the fish and lean pork with century egg porridge came with crunchy bits, delicious.
A must-eat at every dimsum place. Both certainly did not disappoint in terms of quality of ingredients or taste. We had reorders of this. :)
First impression; struck me as a colourful crystal dumpling wrapped like a money bag. I found the skin too thick.
Steamed Beancurd Skin Roll in Abalone Sauce
Liked this, the beancurd skin was chewy and nice but the abalone sauce tasted just like your usual oyster sauce.
Prettifully done, in flower shapes and drizzled generously with sauce. I could taste the diced yam bits and mushroom, delicious.
Steamed Glutinous Rice with minced chicken wrapped in lotus leaf
Steamed Pork Spare Ribs in XO Chilli Sauce
Steamed Chicken Feet in Black Bean Sauce
This presentation was meant to impress, came in a glass...filled with wontons and the vinaigrette sauce. I actually liked it, the sour-spicy flavours that blended really well with the wonton.
Not your usual street fried char tao kuay, came with bean sprouts, egg and choy bow (some preserved veg). I did not mind this.
I'd say, the flavours do not really complement each other.
Deep Fried crispy banana and red bean roll
Deep Fried wanton in sweet and sour sauce
Deep Fried pastry with prawn and cheese
Classic cantonese delight, finger licking good! The pastry's flaky, the custard's perfect...hou sek! (meaning yummy!)
Chilled Puree of Mango with Sago and Lime Sherbet
Suprisingly gooood. The pumpkin hinted of a slight sweet taste, blended in really well with the black glutinous rice.
Seasonal Fresh Fruits
The presentation was...pretty enough. A platter of strawberries/honeydew/dragonfruit.
Chilled Black Glutinous Rice and icecream
Nothing much to shout about.
Overall, very satisfying with occasional dishes being on the salty end...Refined dimsum is what Peach Blossoms is, rather chinese food with a refined touch. Portions are just right bite-size and not too huge (my main grouse of buffets is, they chuck you normal huge portions and expect you to finish every bit of it...it's a buffet for pete's sake!) PLUS they actually take the initiative to ensure all dishes come in exact quantities that your table; i.e. 4 in a table, 4 of every item.. Brownie points for that!
A minor incident that I brushed aside as..."lack of education" on the part of the management; we requested for "mustard", in all of the dimsum places I've ever eaten they normally provide it correctly, thick chinese mustard. Peach Blossoms is the only place that provided ENGLISH MUSTARD (you did not read it wrongly), english mustard with chinese cuisine, specifically cantonese. I'm not quite sure if I should laugh or cry.
Dim Sum Ala Carte Buffet