Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ugly but Yummy

Some say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But sometimes I find that beauty is in the mouth of the beholder. Moohahaha.

Take this messy plate of curry rice for example. While it might look haphazard and even insipid, the magic happens in the mouth. With lashings of aromatic Hainanese curry, savoury braised pork gravy, braised cabbage gravy and sweet-ish sauce from canned sardines over the slightly sticky rice, each mouthful was a lovely mix of flavours. Cap it off with a sunny side up, crispy strips of pork chop and soft braised cabbage for one happy meal. :)

I think it would be interesting to taste this in the dark!

Hainanese Curry Rice
#01-68
Maxwell Food Centre
Closes on Fridays & Public Holidays

Chew On This: Expect to queue during peak hours but potentially be rewarded with moore food just before they close for the day! LOL.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Slurpy-licious Chewy Udon

While ramen is undeniably still the moost popular Japanese noodles in Singapore, there are also oodles of good udon and soba to be had.


Over at Tamoya, a udon specialist from Japan, the famed Sanuki Udon ($7.30 for large) is served. The simple soy sauce broth was clear and savoury. Perfect with the thick, chewy strands of udon that had such a lovely bite. A real delight to slurp on!


DIY and customise the toppings of your udon at this self-serve station. I added wakame, preserved plums, spring onions and ground sesame seeds. :p


There was also a line up of Tempura (from $1) to choose from but it was average. Added variety to the meal though their star was clearly udon.

And if one is a 人, consider adding an Onigiri (from $1.60) or two. Moohaha.


Tamoya
#B1-48
Chinatown Point (other outlets in United Square & Liang Court)
Opens: 11am to 9.30pm daily

Chew On This: Apparently 3 types of flour are blended to give Sanuki udon its characteristic chewiness.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Happy 49th Birthday, Singapore!

What better way to celebrate National Day than to kiao kar, catch the National Day Parade on TV and sip on beer, the "national beer" of course. Moohaha.
  
As a salute to the nation's birthday, Tiger Beer cans have donned on a patriotic red hue instead of their usual blue.

I'm thankful and blessed to be able to call Singapore home. May Singapore prosper both economically and socially. God Bless Singapore!

Thanks, Tiger Beer and Ogilvy PR.

Tiger Beer

Chew On This: Grab these limited edition 10-pack Tigers at major supermarkets at a recommended retail price of $25.60!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Smoky Beef Hor Fun!

I was in the Boat Quay vicinity for a work event and got a dinner recommendation from the marketing lady of The Vault. Given that time was tight, it was a great option as this eatery was just across the road from my event and her recommendation of Dry-style Beef Hor Fun sounded like a quick meal fix. 


When it arrived, I inhaled deeply. The beautiful smokey aroma made me sit up. The Dry-style Beef Hor Fun ($5.50) was like a char kway teow with beef slices which had a decent bite and well-marinated flavour, instead of cockles. Wok hei FTW!

I wished I had the foresight to upsize. Moohehe.


Golden Cafe
5B Lorong Telok
Tel: 6438 2152

Chew On This: Circular Road which leads to Lorong Telok is closed to traffic every Friday and Saturday from 5pm so take note to re-route if you are driving!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's a wrap!

The new Lau Pa Sat (new old market oxymoron? Moohehe) seems to be teeming with life especially around the lunch hour, with queues spotted at several stalls. One of them is Mamacitas Costa Rican Cuisine. 

Intrigued, I joined this queue...


and was rewarded with a big Beef Burritos Set ($7.90). There are several add-ons eg beans, cheese, mushrooms etc but I went for avocado for an extra $1. The tortilla was heated over a gas stove for a few quick seconds before being piled with juicy strips of beef, onions, veggies, tomato salsa, wedges of creamy avocado and a few lashings of hot sauce. Nice fresh flavours!

And for moore carbs (hurray!), there was a side of rice with soft pumpkin which tasted naturally sweet.

Now to return to try the other dishes.

 
Mamacitas Costa Rican Cuisine
Stall 6
Lau Pa Sat

Chew On This: There is a real Costa Rican mamacita behind this stall!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I PASSED!!

And so after moonths of sipping and studying, I'm proud to share that I've passed my first wine studies exam! Yipee! This cow is now a Certified Alcoholic Specialist of Wine, an international professional certification issued by the Society of Wine Educators, USA.

It was all pretty hard work ok. Moohehe.


Whole Saturdays burnt in Jurong attending wine classes. Thanks to John and Kok Hong for bringing some of their own stash!


Weekday nights burnt having tutorial group discussions with my awesome group mates.


One of the group study sessions happened at My Little Tapas Bar and Kok Hong really spoilt us with the tasty morsels and interesting wines. Thank you, Kok Hong!


William, my wine group tutor, also bought us some bites to accompany the wine revision on USA. But because we are locals, we stuck to our favourite local bites...so no fries, burgers, nachos and sandwiches this time. :p

To line the stomach before the onslaught of wines from 10am at Hwee Peng's Saturday classes, I discovered this good value takeaway breakfast set from Eggs & Berries. Just about $4 including coffee or tea!


Moore goodies in the form of Siew Kiang's fried wantons and ngor hiang, and Derrick's cheeses, specially brought back from Amsterdam, and bread kept both hunger and mabok-ness at bay. Thank you, Siew Kiang and Derrick!


Tears were shed.


Late night bets on knowledge diffusion were placed.


Graveyards of once full bottles were assembled.

But the CSW was a fun course. Of course, when there is drinking on the job what's not to like? Moohehe. I would strongly encourage those who have a personal interest in wines or are in the F&B line to sign up for this course. Topics covered include wine making, viticulture, wine faults, wine grape varieties, wine regions of the world and their wine laws etc etc. Hwee Peng, one of Singapore's moost well-known wine educators, from Wine Craft Marketing & Services conducts these classes and he is one who is very happy to share knowledge and experience. Good sense of humour and a local guy some more! #Singaporepride

The CSW doesn't make me a wine expert but it gives me a good foundation for moore learning to come. Big thanks to Hwee Peng, William and all my fellow batch mates for making this a wonderful experience.

Cheers to moore to come!

Certified Specialist of Wine by Wine Craft Marketing & Services

Chew On This: If you are in the F&B industry, you can get a grant of 60% off the course fees!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Childhood Laksa + You Tiao

A powerful jolt from a childhood memoory recently came in the form of a simple bowl of laksa. This stall has probably been at Bendemeer Market, my childhood hawker centre, for over 15 years.


Their Laksa ($3) is creamy, fragrant and not overly rich. Add the chilli for more spiciness. But what really makes this the bomb is enjoying the laksa with you tiao which can be bought from a neighbouring stall. The crispy hollow fried dough stick readily absorbs all that delicious laksa gravy giving contrast to texture and flavour.

A beautiful combination!


Min Ji Laksa
#01-31
Bendemeer Market Food Centre
Blk 29 Bendemeer Road

Chew On This: They also sell Mee Rebus here!