Monday, April 30, 2007

DINNER @ SUN WITH MOON CAFE AND RESTAURANT, WHEELOCK PLACE, SINGAPORE

Avocado Salmon


I'm saving the best for last. For a background on this place, click here. A spiffy set-up this is; one floor above Borders bookshop. It's a fusion of Japanese cuisine with Western flair, vice-versa. There's nothing not to like about its food or dessert, or even drinks for that matters.

We sorta have a bite of each other's food and dessert. I had the baked rice with Foie Gras (a first for me), and the cheese cake, which was smooth as tofu. It doesn't have that "in-your-throat " feeling that the cheese does. Which means, you can gulp down a few of these babies and still not get the Burp!


Kagomori Sashimi


Unagi Harumaki


Beef Potato Maki


Soft Shell Crab Tempura


Beef & Foie Gras


Unagi & Asari


Pork Kurumi Yaki


Tofu Cheese Cake


Mochi Crepe


Ice Cream Mori

Friday, April 27, 2007

DINNER @ PONDOK JAWA TIMUR, FAR EAST PLAZA, SCOTTS RD., SINGAPORE

Ayam Penyet Jatim (Smashed Fried Chicken)


Don't be fooled by appearance... this innocuous looking place serves up one helluva Indon grub. The number of Indon native-speaking customers in this place is enough of a testimonial already. It has about 30 items on the menu to choose from, and that is excluding the dessert. Prices range from $3.50 to $7.00 per portion. What more could you ask?


Lotong Cap Go Meh (Rice Cake with Chicken and Vegetable)


Gado-Gado (Mixed Vegetable in Surabaya Peanut Sauce)


Sayur Assam (Vegetable In Sour Soup)


Rendang Jatim (Beef In Gravy Sauce)


Pecel Lele (Fried Catfish Javanese Style)

Thursday, April 26, 2007

DESSERT @ MIN JIANG, GOODWOOD PARK HOTEL, SINGAPORE

Pomelo Mango Pudding


Instead of boring you with the same old dim-sum we had for lunch, here are what we had for dessert. Unlike the usual firm jello-type pudding, these are more like the creamy rice pudding type. It's the little touches in the presentation that sets the dessert apart from the rest. Needless to say, these are goody-goody gumdrops, my heart is doing flip flops....


Mango Pudding with Caramelized Fruit


Durian Pudding with Fried Spring Roll


Stayed at this hotel on our first journey to the West during the 1st. term break; my dad hired a white Mercedes (those with tiny fins) private "taxi" and packed 8 of us including the driver (3 in front, and the rest at the back) and traveled all the way to Penang and back. Just imagine how tiny all of us were then!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

BREAKFAST FOR DINNER


If Fran├žois Truffaut could have Day For Night, why can't I have breakfast for dinner? Well, it's one of those lazy days when all you want is a quickie.... out of the freezer and into the frying pan. Oh, boy! I love the smell of bacon in the morning (or any time for the matter)! You know what's so good about this meal? You can forget about breakfast tomorrow 'cos you already had it last night.


In a hot pan, put in 2 tablespoon of butter and one clove of minced garlic. Put in your sliced French loaf as shown over medium heat. Mop up all the butter, shear the bread, and you're done!



Meanwhile, heat up a can of baked beans in another sauce pan.



Lay out the bacon on the pan without grease; fry to a crisp over medium heat.



In another pan, do your sunny-side-up on low fire.



Using the grease from the bacon, do the sausages (mine are Danish pork franks; can't find brits bangers). Jiggle the pan so that the bangers roll and get seared on all sides.

There you have it.... as good as eggbaconchipsandbeans!


Choo-choo! Sputter! Choke! Cough! Sputter! (It's gonna be a slow week!)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

ROOM SERVICE @ YORK HOTEL, MT. ELIZABETH, SINGAPORE

Waldorf Salad


Don't ask why! It's one of those nights when going out in the rain doesn't look too tempting, and eating at the coffee house is even a worst alternative. The coffee house serves Penang hawkers' buffet for lunch and dinner, and food is cooked in the open kitchen. If you want to have your clothings smelling like a whiff Belacan cologne, this is place for you.

The food served wasn't earth-shattering.... but then it ain't half bad, mom!

Cajun Chicken Loaf

Monday, April 23, 2007

LUNCH @ DIN TAI FUNG, PARAGON, SINGAPORE

Braised Beef Noodle


This is a Taiwanese chain renowned for its Xiao Lun Bao, which has a few outlets around the globe; apprently, the New York Times voted it as one of the top ten restaurants, so it said proundly on its business card. Overall it's a good setup with presentably good food. But I think putting it amonst the top 10 in N.Y. is pushing it a bit.

Cold Drunken Chicken


Signature dish: Xiao Lun Bao


Tao Miaw


Wonton In Chili Oil
Fried Pork Cutlet


Dan Dan Mian

Saturday, April 21, 2007

KAMPUA MEE @ QQ NOODLE HOUSE, PARK MALL, PENANG ROAD, SINGAPORE

Kampua Singapore Style


I'm not one of those who hyper-ventilate without having one's fix of kolo mee or kampua mee. I was in the neighborhood to have my plane booking confirmed, and this basement eatery happens to be next door. Besides, it was lunch time.

This outfit is a Heng Hua operation - formerly from Sibu. The noodle is home-made, and it's heavy like the real McCoy, unlike the Singapore's counterpart, which is light. The Singaporean servers are clueless if you order Kampua; talk to the big guy behind the counter who's cooking the noodle. He's the proprieter's son. Specify "Dark" if you want dark soy sauce on it, otherwise it's just the "light" standard fare. To suit the local taste, minced meat, vegetable and wonton (Pian Nik) soup are added. Verdict: the noodle is good, and its taste is quite close to the real thing.

Friday, April 20, 2007

LUNCH @ CRYSTAL JADE LA MIAN XIAO LONG BAO, NGEE ANN CITY, SINGAPORE

Pork And Mushroom Dumpling Soup (Same old, Same old!)


Went round and round looking for a quick lunch. Couldn't find the Crystal Jade Express (gave the Korean one a miss), so settled for this; yet another Crystal Jade outlet; like its name says, its specialties are pulled noodle and dumplings; that's what we ordered.


Pork with Pepper Pancake (Think you'd call it MuSu Pork in the States)


Hot & Sour La Mian (Hot! Hot! Hot!)


Sliced Noodle with Beef (Looks like Koay Teow, tastes like flour noodle)


Nanjing Smoked (Salted) Duck (Outstanding!)


Pork & Veg. Wonton Soup (skin's thick as Sui Jia dumpling)

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

DINNER @ MY MUM'S CUISINE RESTAURANT, PARAGON, SINGAPORE

Fried Beansprout


With a name like Mum's, do you think this place will fail to impress? Sad to say, if looks are deceiving, then this has to be one of those: "Nice face, shame 'bout the legs!" kinda place. With its rustic look decor down to its Peranakan marble-top table, it's trying too hard to please with its looks and food. It has most of the food you'd expect from a Hokkien mum... and then some more - like a Char-Sui stand repleted with Hainanese chickens.! However, if you're looking for a taste of Nonya, this is not the place.


Oyster Omelette (like it's said: truly an omelette)


Lamb Stew with a dash of Nonya Chap Chai


Ngoh Hiang (some call it Lo-Bak)


Ipoh Sotong (crunchy stuff!)


If food can talk, Mum's the Word!!! Unless you just came out of the wilderness, I'd rather you eat at your mum's.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

LEG OF LAMB @ VILA'GE RESTAURANT, THE HEREEN, ORCHARD ROA

Roast Lamb Leg


Guess second time isn't a charm! Came with my bro. this time, and both of us ordered the roast leg of lamb, and shared the baked potatoes. The meal of lamb was just above average. You should have seen the carver trying to take a stab at the meat; it's pure butchery, I tell you! That's why it came out looking like a piece of you know what!


Baked Potatoes with Cheese

The clam chowder is the worst soup I ever tasted. Guess they forgot to put in the clams... it tasted nothing more than some flour gluey stuff, minus the crustacean. Faneuil Hall, this sure ain't!

Clam Chowder

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