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.

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!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fryday Pork Comfort

After a long hard work week, a solid, substantial dinner of fried pork cutlet is like a nice reward. And getting disappointed is a bummer so when it comes to Japanese fried pork cutlet, Tonkichi is my tried-and-tested comfort place.


The Hire Rosu Katsu Set ($26) came with a nice slab of juicy pork loin and two round pieces of the leaner pork fillet, both coated with panko crumbs and deep fried to spot a glorious, light crisp exterior. The set came with free flow of rice and raw cabbage salad. This is a very important component of the meal for moo. Moohahaha. The cabbage salad provided a refreshing break and when spiked with the Japanese dressing, made for a healthy delicious side.


Grind sesame seeds (in a circular mootion as opposed to banging the pestle onto the seeds) into a fragrant dust before adding some Tonkatsu sauce to create a tasty dipping sauce for the fried pork.

Sashimi lovers who also want their tonkatsu can opt for the Katsu Sashimi Set ($28) which replaces the pork loin with....


SASHIMI! Were you expecting anything else? Moohehe.


A plate of chilled oranges rounded up the meal, cleansed the palate and made the meal feel a tiny weeny bit less sinful.

But hey it's called Fryday for a reason lah!


Tonkichi
#03-26/27
Tampines Mall (Other outlets at Orchard Central, Isetan Scotts & Ngee Ann City)
Tel: 6789 1726

Chew On This: Sign up to be their member and get dining vouchers, discounts and other freebies worth moore than the membership fee!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Beef Noodles that Still Rock Moo Socks

When having to queue up for food, my strategy is almoost always to order a bigger portion to maximise the waiting effort. Or better still, order two portions! Moohaha. #cantdecidebetweensoupordry?

This beef noodles still ranks as my personal favourite. The dry version ($4) comes doused with a dark, rich, tasty gravy spiked with fragrant sesame oil that made slurping each strand a pleasure. There's just something beefy and satisfying about the gravy. Add in chinchalok and chilli sauce for moore omph!

The soup version ($4) which I opted for the "mixed" type has slices of beef, tripe, beef balls and brisket in a cloudy beefy brew full of bovine protein precipitates.

On bowl of each and I'm a happy cow. :)

Oh wait, I see laksa! *runs off*


Toa Payoh Hwa Heng Beef Noodles
#01-01
Bendemeer Market Food Centre
Blk 29 Bendemeer Road
Opens: Wednesday to Friday 10am-2.30pm
                Saturday & Sunday    10am-2.30pm
Closes: Monday & Tuesday

Chew On This: Pray hard there is no one guy who tabaos 10 packets in front of you! LOL. Here's a tip, eat something else first before queuing. You are welcome.