Sunday, December 05, 2010

Ye Shanghai (791 Bkt Timah Rd)

Dracoholic brought us for a yummy Shanghainese meal to celebrate someone's birthday. Oh what a yummy meal it was! Don't mind the creaking floorboards & teeny tiny toilet, though.

Oh what a sumptuous meal!

The starters all came together, which the staff placed on the edge of the lazy susan for easy reach. This is what we had:

Marinated jellyfish. This jellyfish dish consisted of bigger-than-normal chucks of jellyfish. I like this size of jellyfish, as it seems like a more substantial mouthful. Nice.

Wine chicken. The wine sauce is tasty, but I am not sure if the taste was infused into the chicken enough.

Marinated Japanese Cucumber. Abit spicy.

Vegetarian dish. Consisted of some sort of beancurd, mushroom & preseved vegetable.

Fried fish. Strangely, I liked this, as I don't normally like just any old fish dish.

Post starters (On to the main stuff!!):

Fish soup. They didn't cheat & add milk to make the soup milky. They spent hours boiling fish bones for the milky broth. Tasty.

Jews ears & clear noodle (I suspect it's made from sweet potato flour) in the soup. I was slightly annoyed to find fish bones in the soup as well, but I guess it can't be helped.

Mushroom, sea cucumber & bamboo shoot. Yum-O! I love all the ingredients in this dish & the best thing is that the bamboo shoots don't have that horrid smell to it.

Prawns. Done well. The prawns retained their crunchy texture. Dracoholic recommends a drop of black vinegar to go with it to bring out the taste of the prawns, but I may have dripped a drop too much & the vinegar over-powered the taste of the prawns. Oh well.

Cod Fish in Crab Roe Sauce. The sauce is excellent! Great dish!

Oh what is this cute little piglet?

AH! 3 Layered Pork. Served with the buns to be eaten together like a mini sandwich. I scraped off all the fats. Scarily fatty, it is.

Vegetable dish. Love the mushrooms & jews ears & wolfberries in it!
There was also a noodle to end the meal, as no Chinese restaurant sit-down meal would be complete without it. I did not take a picture, as I forgot, but the noodles were only so-so.

Shou La Shou (Hand In Hand) Beijing Restaurant

Shou La Shou is a little eatery inside the foodcourt on the 2nd level of Jurong Point 2. The Jurong Point of today is a far cry of when it first opened it's doors in 1995. Incidentally, the day it opened is the 5th of December 1995!! That's exactly 15 years ago today! The mall went through 2 major revamps, or rather, extensions, to expand to cater to the popular mall's traffic flow. It is the biggest suburban shopping mall in Singapore. Now if only they had a Daiso here.

Anyway, Shou La Shou....

Marinated Seaweed dish. Tasty, but not terribly mind-blowing.

Xiao Long Bao. Yummy. Nothing broke, soup intact. Worth it here.

Deep Fried Scallion Pancake. A tad chewy, which is not necessarily a bad thing. A tad oily, which I suppose can't be helped, seeing as how it IS deep fried.

Deep fried eggplant with pork floss. Ok, this is the bomb. The texture of the eggplant, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. I don't normally like to rave about deep fried food, but I am very partial to eggplant, so..... I think it has something to do with the batter, but I don't know what.

Pan fried pork buns. These fellas were so-so. Nothing to rave about, but not horribly bad. Edible... Not terribly tasty, but it fills you up. The crispy bits on the bottoms of the bun are the best thing about this dish.

Our meal costed us $30+ (can't remember the exact amount), wich included 2 large bottles of Tsing Dao beer. There is another branch in Jalan Besar as well.

One thing I have to say though. It was dinner time & all, but the wait staff kept bringing items we did not order to our table. Like... Hello, there ARE table numbers on the order chit, right?

La Nona

Don't judge a book by it's cover. As in Don't judge a book by the wonderful looking menu and the nice tasting bread.

In general, La Nona was decent, but I would have much preferred to make my way back to La Braceria Pizza and Grill. I realized that most of the time reading reviews off of hungrygowhere may not bring you to a good restaurant. All taste buds are build differently I guess.

For an antipasto platter, I feel they need to work harder. This is a very normal platter that can be made at home. At least, they didn't need to be stingy with ingredients. I think Satellite can any day make a better platter than what you see here.

The pizza was not as delicious as La Braceria due to the lack of cheese. It wasn't as juicy and succulent; the sauce in general was weak.

I'm not a big fan of risotto, and am extremely picky when it comes to this dish because I don't really enjoy it in the first place. Most places do not get the doneness for the grains right. For me, what makes a good risotto is when the rice grain, although soft, will pop in your mouth when chewed. Secondly, the taste must be there, some risottos, you can just taste the cheese that is in the dish. You should be able to taste the infused main ingredients, i.e. mushrooms risotto, you should be able to taste the flavours of the mushroom, not only a hint of mushroom covered by the heavy creaminess of the cheese.

All in all I don't think I would go back there again. Too pricey for normal italian food.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Eastern Cafe at River Valley Road

The worst possible breakfast one can have on a public holiday... I should have just made my way to Beo Crescent Market or even Zion Food Market.

Carrot Cake - Lo Bak Go - more like a flour cake ... I did not taste any radish in it at all.

Half boiled egg overcooked

Teh had a bad after taste...

Overall FAIL!

FATBOYS - The Burger Bar @ The Foundry

Now this is what I call a good juicy well cooked burger ... and you don't have to pay an arm and a leg. Oh and my favorite mozzarella sticks! I had the Bushtucker Burger but with beef instead of pork: prices start from $15 I think.

Beef Patty, Bacon, Fried Egg, Emmenthel Cheese, Beets and Garlic Aioli on a Whole Wheat Bun.

I regret ordering other food from other places plus the mozzarella sticks ... was so full I just wanted to go home and sleep.

By the way, don't bother with the Mexican food .... the portions are small and it's expensive; also nothing to rave about.

Home Made Mee Hoon Kueh

Our first attempt at making Mee Hoon Kueh came out pretty decent, although we still have not perfected the stock... perhaps it is the type of ikan bilis (anchovies) we use, or maybe we just don't use enough of them that the stock doesn't seem rich enough; or maybe we should add in the mushroom stocks which I have been saving for the longest time for our next attempt. Not rich enough but still delicious.

I'm not sure about the entire recipe of the soup, but I will let Satellite handle that. Here's the recipe for making the dough, this dough will get chewier depending on how long you knead it.

250 g plain flour
1 egg
100 ml water
pinch of salt
1 tbsp cooking oil

Make the dough by placing all the ingredients together and knead for about 30 minutes. Create a ball with the dough and place it in a bowl, cover with a wet cloth and let it rest for 1 hour. There after you are ready to peel the little pieces off and throw it in the pot of broth whilst cooking your other ingredients.

After making this, I realized that down South, they have something similar to this but in cream soup. It's called chicken dumplings. Check out some Southern Chicken Dumpling recipes courtesy of

Vietnamese Food

During my time at RIT, I grew to love eating Vietnamese food, especially in the winter time. Having a hot bowl of pho was what we were always looking for when the wind chill was ridiculous. For a person that usually waits for her food to get lukewarm, I used to wallop my pho within minutes of it reaching the table. Oh how I miss those days.

I was at Takashimaya with a colleague looking for things to buy for the destitute that we would visit that week in a home for our corporate responsibility program and we ran out of time to actually catch a good meal, since we started at the Daiso in ION. Further adding to that, having a meal at the ION foodcourt isn't the cheapest thing in the world; we also couldn't find what we were looking for at that Daiso (still prefer the IMM and Plaza Singapura Daiso as they have more variety) so with a hop and a skip we went over to Art Friend in Taka. Having not taken breakfast, after we finished up at Art Friend, I pestered my colleague to grab some food with me at the new food court (maybe not so new... I think about 1/2 year old).

The place is no longer as cluttered as before, but just as difficult to grab a seat. I saw Pho Hoa and I had been craving Vietnamese food for months ... so I went ahead and got me a bowl of Phở Chín, Nạm, Gầu, Gân, Vè Dòn and Chả Giò. The pho came in a big bowl and was nice, although I've had nicer around town, but I can't complain. The accompanying garnishing was on the stingy side. The disappointment that I had was that they did not give the sweet sauce or the proper chilli sauce to go with the Pho, nor was there a selection of it at the stall itself; so I helped myself to some chilli padi. The Chả Giò wasn't as nice as I expected it to be... a bit on the soft side.

For a nice
Chả Giò recipe see Rasa Malaysia's Vietnamese Spring Roll recipe. You can also check out this Vietnamese Beef noodle soup recipe.

Chả Giò - A kind of spring roll (sometimes referred to as egg roll) – deep fried flour rolls filled with pork, yam, crab, shrimp, rice vermicelli, mushrooms ("wood ear" variety) and other ingredients. The spring roll goes by many names - as many people actually use (falsely) the word "spring roll" while referring to the fresh transparent rice paper rolls (discussed below as "Summer Rolls"), where the rice paper is dipped into water to soften and then rolled up with various ingredients. Traditionally these rolls are made with a rice paper wrapper but in recent years Vietnamese chefs outside of Vietnam have changed the recipe to use a wheat-flour-based wrapper.

Phở Chín, Nạm, Gầu, Gân, Vè Dòn - Noodle soup with brisket, flank, tendon, fatty, and crunchy flank.

Ah, I just remembered before my experience at Pho Hoa, I did have vietnamese pho in a bowl. I don't exactly remember where I found this instant noodle, but it was a pretty good quick fix. Some may find this a bit on the salty side, but it warmed my tummy up on a cold rainy day in the office!

Tiong Bahru Market Raw Fish

Yum in my tum, woke up one morning starving from I guess too much beer and an empty stomach from the evening before. Decided to head to Tiong Bahru to do some marketing for my bbq so I ended up eating some nice raw fish. I didn't want to eat too much because I wanted to save my stomach for the heaps of food I would have for dinner.

The fish was nice, firm and sweet; perfect mixture of the sauce and nice amounts of garnishing. Love it! Simple and clean tastes.

Yumyums that Satellite makes

Coming home from work starving, Satellite was kind enough to whip up some great grub. We had fun poaching eggs for the first time but it didn't come out as perfect as we wanted.

Shown here, grilled asparagus sprinkled with cheese for a finishing, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes with poached eggs, toasted baguette and smoked salmon.

It was a quick fix for my hunger, much appreciated!

Birthday at Moi Lum

I used to pass by Moi Lum and really wanted to go in and try the place as they consider themselves affordable & casual chinese dining, and all the pictures outside the restaurant look yummy! Yes, I am a sucker for imagery. The restaurants been around since the 1920's and was actually once located at Murray Terrace next to another eatery I used to like to frequent that sold dumplings and stuff.

They have now moved a couple doors down to 38 Maxwell Road, Airview Building, #01-01.

We ordered the $298 set menu and finished 2 bottles of Prosecco and a bottle of delicious Shiraz; thanks Jian! One of the most favorite dishes that night for me was the sharksfin and the egg roll. Funny though, the famous crispy chicken didn't make the mark for me. I liked the sharksfin soup because it was not as thick and jalat as other places would make it, quite fragrant, but I don't think I saw or got to taste any fin in it.

Unfortunately, the plating wasn't nice so we didn't bother taking much photos. On another note though, the service was quite disappointing... they served us like they were rushing us out of the restaurant. If they had served us in an appropriately slow manner, we would have been able to drink all 5 bottles of wine I brought and perhaps even the 2 extra bottle of wines that Jian and Satellite's parents brought. We brought a lot cause there is no corkage!

Papa Rich

Well, it's decent but I find it costly.

I had the supposed nice to eat Char Kway Teow, however wasn't fascinated by it because it did not have enough "Wok Air". Am wondering if the standard of people's taste buds have dropped or have I just become more and more picky over the years.

Penang Assam Laksa was decent, but unfortunately they forgot to bring out the Har Ko and it would have been better with more mint.

The steamed chicken was nice, however the portion was too small for us hungry pigs. And the bean sprouts wouldn't be anything to rave about.

Another time I did try the Ipoh Hor Fun Soupand I found it pleasant, or perhaps it was a Sunday and I was craving some soupy comfort food... or maybe it is because one can't complain since Papa Rich took over the spot where one of the better Ipoh Hor Fun stalls used to reside at. Oh I miss the Ipoh Hor Fun and the Duck from that old corner store that Papa Rich has replaced.... Wonder if anyone knows where they have relocated.

For my Ipoh Hor Fun fix, I usually go to Funan Weng Ipoh Hor Fun located at Maxwell Road. Their Shui Kow is also very Yee Cheong Yuen Noodle Restaurant that has just gone down the drain with their quality over the years.

All this food talk is making me hungry ... the office is providing us with food today so hooray! And I can't wait for my trip to Malacca, maybe I should go find my camera and charge it so that I can take some pics myself also.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Japanese Ramen Lunch

Halloween lunch, 31st October 2010. Ramen. Instant ramen all the way from Japan.

Dracoholic took this picture of the box for me, post blog. It's a waste if we don't show off the package that took a plane here. The noodles, when dry, really didn't look like it would fill my tummy, but it was really filling! We only realised it after we took the noodles out of the soup & separated them into the bowls. Jian didn't even finish his portion!

My bowl! The prettiest of the three!

The soup turned blue-ish after I threw the purple cabbage in. Nevermind. It was Halloween after all. It did make the soup look a tad insipid (& the cabbage turned ugly afterwards, as you can see), but it was yummy nonetheless. The pickled red ginger came with the noodles. I felt it was a bit of a stingy amount, but perhaps it's just me. The yellow pickles & Kurobuta pork were two appropriate items that Dracoholic had in her fridge already.

I finished the whole bowl, but was very full after. Dracoholic wasted the most noodles. We should have just used 2 packets of noodles & split it into 3, but like I said, the noodles looked a right pathetic portion when dry. Poo.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

White Truffle Delight!

Dinner at my sister's!! White truffles from some Ang Moh land! I think it was France or Italy. I'm quite sure it's France though. Anyway, my sister bought 2 or 3 white truffles for SGD$300+!!! Between 5 people, we ate tucked into our $60 to $80 (per person) worth of truffles, guzzled various expensive champagne & wines & finished off the meal with lamb chops. Nawhawhawhaw! I do not have the pictures of the lamb, but Jian does.

A truffle & truffle shaver. You can toggle the thinness of the truffle shavings with the little knob on the side. Truffles are ugly looking things, aren't they? White truffles are mostly about the smell. The moment you open the packet, the lovely truffle smell hits you straightaway. The taste is subtle but super delightful!

This was scrambled egg whites with truffle shavings on top & it was the second part of the meal. The first part of the meal was my lotus root salad. That was yum-o too!

A close up of the egg whites with truffles. Mmmm -MM!

Porcini Risotto with (of course) white truffle & parmesan cheese! We all had 2 helpings each! I ate mine very very slowly to savour the truffle taste. It's not everyday one gets to eat white truffles, you know.

Close up picture of Jian's plate of risotto. His had the thinner slices of white truffles! U can almost see the risotto through the truffles! Marvelous!

Roasted lamb! You just dust the top with a bit of sea salt & freshly ground black pepper. BURP!