Saturday, January 17, 2015

Still Soba So Good

It's been (I think) almoost 10 years since I had last dined at Shimbashi Soba and so I was very excited to return to relive the fond, delicious memoories. What I just said also means that if they depended on my business, they would probably be out of business. Moohehe. 


My Yuzu Kamo Tsukemen Seiro Soba ($21.80; additional $5 to upsize the soba) hit the right spot with chilled soba served with a hot bowl of quite intensely flavoured broth. Dip a few strands of soba into the broth and slurp up for a cold-hot effect. The soba was delightfully firm with a slightly springy texture while the broth was savoury, salty and sweet. Shitake and abalone mushrooms, veggies, slices of French duck breast, tau pok and a soft boiled egg sat in the tasty broth. On the side was chopped spring onions and a dab of yuzukosho; the latter added a lovely zesty, spicy kick.


For a totally chilled soba experience, try the Gomadare Seiro ($15.20) which was refreshing and simply served with a creamy sesame sauce accented by grated ginger.


Ebi Tempura ($19.80 for 5 pieces) made for good accompaniment to the soba. Decent without being soggy nor reeking of rancid oil.
 

For desserts, the Matcha Warabi Mochi ($5.80) is something this non-dessert-loving cow is happy to have any time! Not too sweet, the cubes of mochi were made in-house and had a pleasant gummy texture without being heavy or stodgy. I enjoyed the slight bitter flavour of the matcha balanced by the syrup. A sprinkling of kinako (roasted soybean flour) imparted some textural contrast.
 
I don't why it took me 10 years to return but I'm quite sure my next visit would not be that long! Moohehe.


Shimbashi Soba
#B1-41
Paragon
Tel: 6735 9882
Opens: 11.30am to 10pm (last orders at 9.30pm)

Chew On This: Shimbashi Soba makes its own soba on-premise from nothing moore than buckwheat flour, wheat flour and water. Come at the right time and you'll see a chef making soba at the open kitchen!

Friday, January 09, 2015

Ah Christmas!


My favourite month of the year is December. The feeling when 1st December arrives is just pure joy in anticipation of the the festive season, feasting, and general merry feeling all around. As per usual, the maternal family gathered at and celebrated Jesus, the reason for the season, at my place with..

...an array of yummies contributed by the various relatives pot-luck style! Christmas carols and a time of praise and worship sealed the gathering.


Famooly. :)

And look! My part-time reindeers! Moohahaha. Ok, I admit, we had to lure them with a bit of food to keep them still for this photo. See the hand at the left corner of the photo. But so cute lah! :D

Over at the office, colleagues and ex-colleagues had a party too. Lesson learnt: Never have the office cactus involved in beer pong. LOL.

                           
I was on leave for over 1/2 the month so had time to cook quite a bit in December. Here's the Venus clams cooked in white wine which I moost have cooked like 4 times in the same month. Moohehe.

                           

Office gift exchange time! Well, I did put a little warning on mine which some thought was reverse psychology! #seemetooup

December, please return soon. I'll be waiting.

*Gotta thank relatives and colleagues for some of the photos!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Mala Fragrant Wok & Mini Mushroom Steamboat @ Simpang Bedok

One of my latest favourite haunts is 味之道, a new stall serving up mini steamboat and mala fragrant wok at Simpang Bedok. 

The Mala Fragrant Wok has a base of $2.50 to cover the cost of spices and cooking one's selected ingredients ($1.50 to $2.50 each). We picked a scrumptious combination of lotus roots, black fungus, mushrooms, venison and QQ chewy noodles. These were stir-fried in a wok with mala spices for a moderately spicy, numbing effect which beckoned for rice. Ask them to increase the spiciness if you are a chilli head! Moohehe.


Also good to eat here is the Mini Steamboat ($3 for soup base) which offers Tom Yum, Mala, Tomato and Mushroom soup stocks. We tried the mushroom soup and loved its deep earthy flavours with a gentle sweetness. Clean and light, it was a delight to drink. Pick ingredients like veggies, seafood and meats for a simple but enjoyable steamboat.


味之道
Level 2
Bedok Marketplace
348 Bedok Road    

Chew On This: Enjoy this with an ice cold beer or even some sake and wines from the neighbouring stalls!

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Salad Buffet and A Bit of Meat

It is inevitable that festive seasons almoost always result in joyous feasting. To assuage the holiday assault waves of turkeys, ham and log cakes, a salad buffet does wonders to the body and soul. 

So instead of being tempted by ramen, pizza and steak frites, I and the Hushie headed to Bistro 1855 for a Salad Buffet ($12.90). Available only during 11am to 3pm, it was a leisurely graze over lunch. After all, we were both on leave. Moohehe.


Enjoy an ample leafy selection of romaine lettuce, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, olives, meslcun leaves, hard-boiled eggs etc. A soup, which happened to be pumpkin before it was replenished with asparagus, and assorted breads were also part of the salad buffet spread.


Besides grass leaves, various chilled pasta, tuna and potato salads added to the variety. Guacamole and salsa with crisp corn chips also made for nice nibbling.

If only they had a selection of cheeses! But I think for the price, I might just be greedy lah. Moohaha.


Add $5 to the salad buffet price to get a main course. I opted for the Pork Piccata which turned out to be kinda like a pork omelette (wish I had this with rice!) served with spaghetti in a tomato sauce.

And then it was time to catch The Hobbit! Ah, the simple thrills on being on leave and doing things which would have otherwise been impossible to do. :)

Bistro 1855
#01-643
Suntec City Mall Tower 3
Tel: 6836 5994

Chew On This: With prices of wines and beers by the glass at just $7 each, a drink here is pretty tempting too. After all, it complements the salad buffet and doesn't count as meat ya? MOOHAHA.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

One of the Best Steamboats I've Had This Year

After catching the Dim Sum Dollies, it was time for a late dinner as the famooly headed to the newly opened One KM mall. Steamboat dinner at Beauty in a Pot (opened by the Paradise Group) happened to be one of the best I've had this year! 

We opted for a yuan yang pot which featured both their soups ($25), Beauty Collagen Broth made with shark's cartilage boiled for over 8 hours, and Spicy Nourishing Broth made with pork bones simmered with ginseng, red dates, dang gui, wolfberries among other herbs. I tasted both soups on their own before cooking any ingredients in them and immediately found favour with their tasty notes. The Beauty Collagen Broth was slightly creamy and rich while the Spicy Nourishing Broth tasted fortifying with a tingling touch from Szechuan peppers.

The soups were so tasty I barely used my dipping sauce of Sha Cha Jiang, sesame paste, sesame seed, sesame oil (you can tell I like sesame. Moohehe), minced garlic and chilli. Condiments for DIY dipping sauces are charged at $2 per person and comes with free-flow rice.

Beauty in a Pot offered a selection of handmade balls from fish to mushroom and pork but choose the Assorted Balls Platter ($10) for variety. On the whole, they were springy yet softly yielding to each bite.


Shaped like a fish, the Signature Handmade Fish Tofu ($5.40) was cute and interesting to eat. Made with egg white, soy beans and fish meat, it was delicate and reminded me a little of a dish my late grandma used to make.


The "real" fish of Pomfret ($8 per 100g) was less impressive as it could have been fresher.


Good thing the meats moore than made up for it. The Sliced US Short Ribs ($16 for 200g) were sweet with a lingering aftertaste and the Sliced Pork Collar ($10) flavoursome with any unpleasant porky taste. Two hooves up!

The menu offers a good selection of which we also picked quail eggs, luncheon meat, veggies, lotus roots, potato thick vermicelli (which becomes nicely chewy and translucent when cooked) and mushrooms (the bamboo fungus is a moost order!).

I will certainly be back for moore! :D



Beauty in a Pot
#02-21
One KM
11 Tanjong Katong Road
Tel: 6702 2542

Chew On This: From now until 31 January 2015, get 50% off the bill when you dine here after 10pm and pay with a OCBC or ANZ card! The restaurant opens until 1am daily and 3am on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of PH.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tasty Nosh at Cool Kopitiam Chic Place

So Simpang Bedok has again revamped its 2nd storey makan space which was formerly a regular hawker centre which became a social enterprise-run hawker centre before closing down.

The current Bedok Marketplace is airy and quite cool with a modern, fresh feel. While many stalls have yet to be taken up, there are a couple which are already in business selling wanton noodles, mookata, ramen, grilled meats, wines, and frog porridge.

One of these stalls, The Chop Chop Selections even spots a Vespa parked in one corner.  

Feeling greedy and hungry, we ordered a few meaty dishes. Moohehe.


The Spanish Diablo Chicken ($9.50 for 1/2 chicken) was pretty juicy and tasty. Served with pasta salad and greens (romaine lettuce yo! not iceberg).


Somewhat reminding me of a western Roti John, the Beef Taco ($9.50) featured pieces of beef sausage, minced beef, lettuce, beans and onion atop a tortilla and drizzled with mayonnaise (wish it was sour cream instead) and what tasted like BBQ sauce. Messy and yummy!


The Beef Stew ($9.50) had very generous cubes of beef but unfortunately they were dry and quite tough. The flavour of the stew was lovely though! Rich and tomatoey with meaty pieces of shitake mushrooms.


The Chop Chop Selections
Level 2
Bedok Marketplace
348 Bedok Road

Chew On This: They have a display chiller with sausages, ribeye and chicken chops etc which one can choose and order to cook to one's preference.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sampling The Westin Singapore's Christmas Specials

Hohoho! Time for moore festive grazing. Moohehe.

This time, I sampled some of The Westin Singapore's Christmas Specials.


Their traditional roasts available for takeaway from 1 to 25 December include this hot chick- Honey Apple Glazed Turkey & Chestnut Stuffing ($135 for about 6-7kg), a welcome at any diner party with its well-roasted skin, subtle smokiness and fine, meaty texture.


Spiked with cloves, the Pineapple Glazed Gammon Ham with Brussel Sprouts, Asparagus & Carrots, Roast Pumpkin, Mash Potato & Baby Roast Potatoes ($120 for 2 kg) was gently accented with the spice (rather Christmas-sy!). Its moist, juicy bite was accompanied with a freakinnnnng amazing mashed potato which the chef served up!  


Ok, actually I jumped the gun cos the dinner tasting started with this Christmas Walnut Frittata, Poached Egg with Cream Cheese Topping and Ranch Dressing, Salmon Caviar; and Smoked Duck Rillettes, Crispy Garlic and Herb Baguette prepared by the Seasonal Beats kitchen. Got too excited by the turkey and ham lah, Moohehe.


Ended the meal on a sweet note with the Snowy White Forest Chocolate Yule Log with Brandied Cherries, Yogurt Sorbet ($60 for 1 kg). Love the balance of this log cake. Certainly not overly sweet nor rich and would make a nice finale to a heavy festive dinner. By the way, look carefully and you might see my name on the plate!

Check out their full range of festive specials here.

Thanks to Trisha and Huishan of Mercury PR and The Westin Singapore for hosting me.

The Westin Singapore
12 Marina View
Asia Square Tower 2
Tel: 6922 6888

Chew On This: Indulge in chocolate without the calories with a decadent chocolate body treatment!