Thursday, 26 June 2014

So sinful yet so good...

One don't really need to eat a large portion of food to grow fat, there are dishes in Singapore that are so so sinful, yet it tastes so good. Here comes the...

'Roasted meat and Char Siew (Barbecued Meat) Rice'
From far, what you will be getting will be a plate loaded with a small portion
of rice covered with a generous portion of meat and a mixture of both dark and
chilli sauce. Well, let's take a close look, shall we?

Usually, I don't really like to place an order for a plate of 'Roasted Meat'.
This is due to the fact that most of the time, the meat will ended up to be
pretty stiff and a bit too dry, which isn't something that I like.

As for the 'Roasted Meat' over here, it doesn't end up to be too stiff, in
fact, the meat still remains to be pretty tender and chewy. On top of that,
though it only comes with a bit of skin, the skin are remarkably crispy. :P
It fact, you don't really need the extra scoop of 'dark sauce' to gobble down
the whole plate of 'Roasted Meat' and rice. However, the thick 'dark sauce' is
not only sweet. The fragrance is pretty nice and on top of it, it can enhance
the overall taste of the 'Roasted Meat' even much more further.

By the way, the moist 'Char Siew' over there are pretty tasty too. It's not
over roasted but at the same time, it has this nice smoky touch. :) Not too
bad for a stall in a 'Hawker Centre'. :)

So where can you give these delicacies a good try?
The name of this stall would be
'Tiong Bahru Lee Hong Kee Cantonese Roasted'(中峇魯李鴻記廣東燒臘).
It's located inside 'Tiong Bahru Market'.

  • Operating Hours:
    09:00 - 21:00 Daily
* Click here for the location of 'Tiong Bahru Market' on Google Maps.
^ Click here for the list of delicacies that you can find & get near 'Tiong Bahru Market'.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Beyond a Tiramisu..

How to go beyond a 'Tiramisu'? A good chef will challenge himself by asking the same question over and over again. I'm not really sure how it can be done, but this would be an interesting way to go beyond the usual 'Tiramisu'.

'Pandan Tiramisu'
I wouldn't consider this as a 'Tiramisu', in fact the appearance reminds me of
the 'Thai dessert','Ta Ko', and the local specialty,'Chendol'. The overall taste
would be a bit too sweet for me, since it's mainly made out of 'Coconut', 'Pandan'
and 'Chocolate'. The top and the bottom layers are pretty spongy, but as you dig
deeper into the 'Tiramisu', you will be getting these crunchy bits in the middle,
which tries to add a bitter taste to neutralise the overall sweet taste. However,
the overpowering sweet taste of the dessert isn't something that can be covered
so easily. :P

'Dark Cherry Tiramisu'
This reminds me of a typical 'Tiramisu' as compared to the 'Pandan Tiramisu'.
The rectangular shape and the use of colours/ingredients made it pretty much the
same as the typical 'Tiramisu'. Taste wise, besides for the indulging taste of a
typical 'Tiramisu', they have also added the fruity sweet taste of cherries. :)
However, it has the similar problem as the 'Pandan Tiramisu'. Though the overall
dining experience is pretty good, but the 'Tiramisu' are a bit too sweet for me. :P

By the way, they are coming up with a new formula for a new 'Tiramisu', which is
full of 'Caramel'... :P

So where can you give the 'Tiramisu' a good try?
The name of this cafe would be "L'Atelier Tiramisu".
It's located on Basement 1 of 'The Central',
which is also located above 'Clarke Quay' MRT Station.

  • Operating Hours:
    Mondays - Fridays: 12:00 - 21:30
    Saturdays: 13:00 - 20:00
    Sundays: 13:00 - 19:00
* Click here to find out more about "L'Atelier Tiramisu".
^ Click here for the 'Facebook' page of "L'Atelier Tiramisu".

Friday, 20 June 2014

Where Strangers' Reunite....

Rather than ended up giving the usual Chinese desserts a try, we decided to hop on a bus and ended up at this place giving something special a try. :)

Rather than handled us glasses of water and you will be ended up waving
at the waitresses like a crazy mad man, they have also handled us a big
bottle of water, which is a pretty good move. (Well, too bad, no more
crazy mad man role-playing a.k.a cosplay?)

'Buttermilk Waffle with Passionfruit, White Chocolate, Coconut Zest & Vanilla Ice Cream'
Though this doesn't appear to be pretty big and at the same time, slightly
a bit unfriendly to my wallet, but for a waffle, this is pretty good. As
I cut a slice and put it into my mouth, I'm amazed with the crispy texture
that comes with it and as I continue to chew further, the soft and fluffy
interior just make it better and better. Despite of the amount of syrup and
ice cream that was topped onto the waffle, the waffle doesn't turn up to
be soft and soggy pretty fast, which makes it far more superior than the
other competitors out there. In fact, the waffle is so good that to some
extent, I was focusing more on cutting and savouring the waffle than the
ingredients that comes with it. Taste wise, there's a good mixture of 'sweet',
'zesty' and 'bitter' taste. However, there's more of a 'sweet' and 'zesty'
sensation more than the 'bitter' taste. :D But try not to end up like me.
try to have both the waffle and the ingredients together else you might
end up with a lot of ingredients but a small piece of waffle to go with it. :P

So where can you give the delicious waffle a good try?
The name of this cafe would be "Strangers' Reunion".
It's located beneath one of the shophouses along 'Kampong Bahru Road'.

  • Operating Hours:
    Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 09:00 - 22:00
    Fridays, Saturdays: 09:00 - 24:00
    (Closed on Tuesdays)
* Click here for the 'Facebook' page of "Strangers' Reunion".
^ Click here for the location of "Strangers' Reunion" on 'Google Maps'.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Coz it's West Co'z...

Previously known as 'Ginza Plaza', which is more commonly known as a 'gaming heaven' for gamers, especially when there's a bigger ratio of 'LAN gaming shops' as compared to any other types of shops. It has undergo big changes and the 'gaming heaven' back then has changed drastically into a shopping mall and the same building has also changed it's name into 'West Coast Plaza' too.

'Sambal Kang Kong'
Not bad for a fusion food restaurant. For a start, the 'Sambal Kong Kong'
didn't end up to be too watery/soggy. The stalk still have this crunchy
touch. Though it's a big disappointment to me, but the spicy taste of this
dish is just right, not too spicy and not too bland. :D

'Curry Fish Head'
This would be the highlight of this post. This would be the main reason
why we were dining over there the other day.

For a start, just the generous portion of vegetables that were added into
the claypot can help you to clean up a plate of rice easily. There's
'Lady's Fingers', 'Fried Beancurd', 'Brinjal', etc... Before you dig into
the plate of 'white rice', do remember to topped it up with a scoop of the
thick, milky, tasty and not too spicy gravy of the 'Curry Fish Head'. :P

As for the 'Fish Head' itself, The taste of the gravy has blend into the
flesh of the fresh 'Fish Head' thoroughly. :) Not only it tastes good, the
portion is pretty generous too and best of all, the 'Price is Right'. :D

So where can you give these dishes a good try?
The name of this place would be "West Co'z Cafe".
It's a place that specialize in both 'Chinese' and 'Thai' food,
basically fusion cuisine and it's located on the top floor of
'West Coast Plaza'.

  • Operating Hours:
    11:30 - 21:30 Daily
  • By the way, this place can be pretty crowded during dinner. The other day, the crowd is so bad that they have to open up a few more tables along the corridor to minimize the number of disappointed and hungry customers.
* Click here to find out more about "West Co'z Cafe".
^ Click here for the 'Facebook' page of "West Co'z Cafe".
# Click to find out more about 'West Coast Plaza'.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Pretty much similar to their neighbour...

In fact, that same section of the hawker centre is flooded with similar stalls specializing in similar dish. And that would be...

the mega 'fish head'.
'Preserved Beans Sauce Steamed Fish Head'(醬蒸魚頭)
As compared to their nearest competitor located nearby, they are preparing
more than 2 different types of 'Fish Head' dishes over here. Before moving
on to the dish itself, I want to spend a bit of time talking about 'Fish
Head' dishes in Singapore. Over here, a 'Fish Head' doesn't mean that you
would be getting the 'Head' only. Usually it's a big 'Fish Head' that comes
with lots of meat. If it's ain't big, look for places that offer the bigger
ones. :P

Anyway, as for the 'Song Fish Head' dish the other day, the gravy for a
start looks kinda orangy and the taste of the gravy taste kinda funny.
Though I'm getting the sweet taste of the 'Preserved Beans' but there's
something else on top of the sweet taste. In fact, I happened to pop by the
some time back, but rather than giving the same dish a try again, this time
round, I ended up carrying a packet of 'Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish Head'
home. Trust me, in terms of the texture and the taste of the gravy,
the 'Hong Kong Style Fish Head' is far more superior. Meat wise, though the
portion is great, but the taste of the 'Fish Head' isn't super fantastic.
In fact, the taste is pretty normal and they are actually relying on the
gravy to boast the overall taste of the meat to a higher level. However,
price wise, this is pretty reasonable and attractive as the portion can
easily satisfy the stomach of a group of 2, unless you are a big eater
like me. :P

So where can you give the 'Fish Head' a go?
The name of this stall would be 'An Ji'(安記).
It's located inside 'Chinatown Complex Food Centre'.

  • Operating Hours:
    10:00 - 22:00 Daily
* Click here for the location of 'Chinatown Complex Food Centre' on Google Maps.
^ Click here for the list of delicacies that you can find and get in 'Chinatown Complex Food

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Nothing to do with the Shoujo Manga...

If you are pretty familiar with infamous Manga(Japanese Comics) Titles, you will easily understand why I have given this post such a title. Anyway, I have given the following a try the other day...

'Houjicha Shiratama Parfait'(Houjicha and Rice Flour Dumplings Parfait)
Though the 'Parfait' idea was originated from the West, but the first time
I have actually given it a try was a few years back in 'Kyoto', 'Japan'.

As for the 'Parfait' over here, for a start the 'Houjicha' syrup that is
poured on top of the 'Parfait' is pretty thick, strong and they have
managed to bring out the rich and smoky taste of the Japanese 'Houjicha'.
The same goes for the 'Houjicha' ice cream that comes with it. In order to
appreciate a 'Parfait' to the maximum, I think that you shouldn't be eating
the ingredients separately. You should try scooping 2 or more types of
ingredients at 1 go. Besides for the 'Houjicha' stuff, ingredients like the
Chewy 'Shiratama'(Rice Flour Dumplings), crispy 'Corn Flakes', Chewy
'Kanten Jelly', etc... were added too. Therefore, there's a nice mixture of
different types of ingredients(in terms of the texture and the taste) that
are brought together and produce this nice and interesting 'Parfait'. Hence,
if you are into 'Hojicha' and ice cream, I think that this would be one of
the better places that offers such a delicious combination. :D

So where can you give the 'Parfait' a good try?
The name of this restaurant would be "nana's green tea".
It's located on 'Plaza Singapura' level 3.

Opening Hours:
  • 11:00 - 10:00 Daily

* Click here to find out more about "nana's green tea".
^ Click here for the Facebook page of "nana's green tea".
~ Click here for the list of delicacies that you can find and get at 'Plaza Singapura'.