Sunday, March 22, 2015

Superstar K

I must confess that I cant really tell the difference between Korean bbqs. Sure theres the seoul garden standard (which I try not to go anywhere near) but other than that, yup cant tell the difference between an average bbq and a really good one.

That said, I enjoyed my meal at Superstar K. I liked the complimentary sides, esp that steamed egg. And the meats were well-marinated and tasty


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Mmmm check out that  marbling.


Oh yes ventilation was prety good. So you dont walk out smelling like a smoke pit.

75 Tanjong Pagar Rd
Singapore 088496
6224 0504

Friday, March 13, 2015

Sunday Folks


Finally, finally making a trip after hearing so many rave reviews. Btw I have yet to try Creamier and its been on my to-try list for ever.

As we all know Sunday Folks is opened by the same folks behind Creamier so concept is largely the same except Soft-serve instead of normal ice cream.

Getting a seat here is a lesson in strategy. Get a friend to start queuing then a few friends scattered around the tiny little cafe, staking out tables then swooping in and try to squeeze as many as you can around a tiny table.


This was the pistachio soft-serve with waffle. The waffles were awesome, crispy and fluffy. Pistachio was so-so, dont think the flavour really came through for me. Same goes with the lavender soft-serve.
I think I will very much prefer these waffles with the awesome coconut + avocado ice cream from daily scoop a few doors down.



Chip Bee Garden
44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-52
Singapore 278 116

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dancing Crab




So the food trend in 2013/2014 seemed to be seafood done Cajun style aka eating fresh seafood cooked in some kind of sauce with your bare hands. (Btw, this year's trend seems to be frozen yogurt/soft serve).
Yes I know my posts are always a couple of too many months late but better late than never yes?

So with so many of these Cajun style places, I decided to opt for the one with what seemed like had the lion's share of good reviews. Dancing Crab at the Grandstand is opened by the Tung Lok group hence not speaking much for its authenticity but on the other hand almost guaranteed good quality (since Tung Lok specializes in Seafood right?)
 


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The crab cakes arrived looking pretty sad but surprisingly tasty and fresh.

We got 3 seafood combos - with signature sauce, herb butter and Buerre Blanc respectively.

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Bag 1 - with prawns, crab, mussels and strangely potatoes and sausages.All drenched in the spicy signature sauce and tossed on the table for you to dig in. Personally, the signature sauce which was sweet and spicy (like a version of the chilli crab sauce without egg) was my favorite.


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The cold seafood combo with alaskan king crab, prawns, clams and mussels was delightfully fresh and sweet. This came with the Buerre Blanc sauce but honestly with seafood so sweet, no extra sauce needed, just your hands and ice cold beer.

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Last combo - essentially the same thing without the crab came in herb butter sauce. A tad too rich for me but the herb butter sauce was a hit with many of the folks on the table.

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Lastly, the much raved about lobster rolls. I honestly thought they were ok, bit much of an after-though at our table actually what with the fanfare given to the rest of the seafood. Was decent but I would rather make room for the fresh seafood.



The Grandstand #01-20/21
200 Turf Club Road
  6466 3303

Friday, February 27, 2015

High Tea at Anti:dote

I am not a 'tai-tai' so unfortunately have very little opportunities for high-tea. When opportunities arise though, its pretty awesome to spend an afternoon indulging in finger food and oooh-aahing at the lovely displays during high-tea.

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(pardon the blur picture, we got a bit too excited). High tea at Anti:dote provides you with 2 choices, differing only in the first dish - option between truffled scrambled eggs and a selection of dim sum. Seriously dont need to choose, just go for the truffled eggs. Delightfully presented in an egg shell with a perfect round black truffle slice on top, the scrambled eggs were creamy and delicious. Perfectly paired with the toasted soldiers.



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Next up came the wonderful presentation of the rest of the items (these were for 3 pax) in a set of drawers where one can open to reveal more surprises.

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Seriously too pretty. A wide array of savory (smoked salmon tart, lobster roll) and even more sweets (lemon macarons, chocolate truffles, eclairs, scones etc)

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I didnt manage to try everything but my favorites were the lobster roll, chocolate tart and those tangy lemon macarons.
Very lovely high-tea and a feast both for your eyes and tummy. Quite reasonably priced too (~$38++ per pax)


Level 1, Fairmont Singapore 80 Bras Basah Road 6431 5315

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hong Kong Sep 2014 Travel Diary Pt 2


Part 2 of eating around hong kong, a series of table top shots of food lol


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One can't go to Hong Kong and not eat dim sum
Must orders - egg tart and the roast meat platter. No one makes it as good as they do in HK

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Mmm look at that


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Protip : The sashimi in Hong Kong is super fresh and cheap. Just go to any good supermarket and hit the sashimi section. We went crazy and basically had a sashimi party, look at all that uni! And costs us a fraction of what would have been in Singapore


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And a late night supper at Tsui Wah of course, I can't resist a bowl of 'gong zai mee' aka Maggi noodles and that toasted bun


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close up of them buns

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Finally trying this. Truffle scrambled eggs at Australian Dairy Company. Maybe cos we were all so full but it felt over-rated. The truffle taste was very much muted, the eggs were nice and fluffy

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In typical Singaporean-ness, saw this long queue and had to try this.  Kau Kee beef brisket to be specific. Protip - skip the queue and go get takeaway. 
And wow this was the best beef brisket, and probably the best thing I ate in Hong Kong.  MUST TRY


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And ending off our trip with a bucketfull of tau huey 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hong Kong Sep 2014 Travel Diary Pt 1

Short trip to Hong Kong for a girlfriend's hens night. Stayed at the Hyatt Regency Shatin which was soo out of the way of everything but what a lovely view!


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Ended up not really a hen's party kind of trip but more of an eating one lol (what's new)


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No trip to Hong Kong complete without the best eggtart ever, at Tai Chung Bakery. Eat it on the street, when it is hot out of the oven, then double back and buy 12 more because you know you cant stop at one. Tai Chung used to be an old school 'hole in the wall' kind of place but now its pretty commercialized. Still good though

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A short walk over to the best Wanton mee ever at Mak's noodle. Do do do order the dry noodle with roe, full of umami goodness and the noodle is so QQ! The beef brisket is pretty kick ass too.


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 One meal is not enough! Headed opposite to Tsim Chai Kee for their rendition with huge wantons (like literally 6 prawns per wanton). The difference in both were quite stark if you eat them one after the other. Mak's beats Tsim hands down in my opinion.

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Last but not least, some street food. curry fishball anyone?





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oh yes, and the best dessert drink at Hui Lau Shan. A delicious mixture of mango, coconut, aloe vera etc. Soo good, we had one everyday 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro

Popped by for brunch after a night at the next door W Hotel (staycation!)


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Not your typical brunch place , Quayside serves beautifully plated dishes highlighting fresh seafood.
Like this gorgeous softshell  chilli crab linguine  


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Perfect for the Singaporean palate,  the sauce was sweet and surprisingly spicy. Good if you like a bit of kick to your dish


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Squid ink pasta was equally luscious with the umami flavours of the squid ink standing out.

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Cod fish burger with fries. Probably the most disappointing dish with too hard buns and slightly overcooked cod. Just an overall dry dish, texturally. 


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Snapper Pie with fries, the pastry was nice and flaky. I thought the pie was a tad too watery but nonetheless tasty.


Overall, not a bad place for brunch although I would stick to the pasta dishes


31 Ocean Way, #01-11 Quayside Isle, 
Sentosa Cove, 
Singapore 098375
6268 8633