Monday, May 22, 2006

Corn-Fed



Wonder what it means by corn-fed if you happen to pick up a nice cut of beef at one of those supermarkets? Well, this hungry cow certainly wishes to be corn-fed with such good-tasting corn.

My sister picked up this bag of tortilla chips ($2 promotion) from Marks & Spencer. Lightly salted, the 100% white corn tortillas were eaten with a bowl of home-made salsa. I simply love the crunchy bite everytime I chomp on one. If eaten on its own, the corn lends a deft flavour with a slight sweetness.

For people who like Ruffles, due to its thicker and crunchier texture, I feel that tortillas may just be on par if not a better choice. So while you go on considering which tastes better, I'm going to grab another bag.

Chew on This: These chips are great with red wine. Instead of just cheese platters and cut fruits, tortillas should also be selected.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Charlie's Corner

Like Changi Village, Charlie's Corner has been around for a pretty long time. Famous for it's Fish & Chips, I decided to check the place out after recently hearing comments from a friend.

Situated in a corner of the Changi Village food centre (think nasi lemak stalls), Charlie's Corner reminds me of an old-school tuckshop. Old faded pictures of planes and patrons adourn the wall on one side of the bar counter while an eclectic mix of vintage clocks, posters and paraphernalia decorate the rest of the stall. I could not help but soak in the air of nostaglia as my dad pointed to an area just outside the stall and told me of how people used to come and watch planes fly by. The area, though relatively remained unchanged, now have a couple of trees obscuring the once-unblocked impressive view of the passing-by planes.

The atmosphere there is relaxed and very laid-back, ideal for fuss-free gatherings where one does not need to dress-up to have an al fresco dinner and a couple of beers. Talk about beers, Charlie's offers an impressive stock of beers from countries such as Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, India, Thailand and Japan. Some brands are uncommon and this is great for those who want to try something different, rather than the usual Corona, Hoegaarden or Heineken again. I tried Kwak, a deep bronze-coloured Belgium beer that the girl behind the bar counter recommended. It is rather strong tasting and consists of about 8% alcohol.





The Fish & Chips (~$14) were good. The breaded fish tasted fresh but a bit bland. The thick-cut fries went well with the cold beer. I also ordered the ribeye steak(~$17) which was a disappointment. It was too thin for my liking and lacked the 'beefy' taste which I simply adore beef for.


Still a very decent place to chill and enjoy a night's out especially if one is sick of town. But I would'nt be ordering the ribeye again.

Charlie's Corner
Changi Village Food Centre
(Ask around if unsure of it's location, most people they will know.)
Chew on This: Try approaching the people behind the bar counter for drink recommendations and they may give you a surprise or two which are off the menu.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Gourmet Chips



Craving for chips but tired of the usual Pringles or Ruffles, I bought a bag of Red Rock Deli Potato Chips from Candy Empire. The bright green and pretty packaging instantly caught my eye as I scanned through racks of imported snacks. Lime and black pepper! Not the boring, though still delicious, sour cream or BBQ flavours. The unique flavour tempted my taste buds and I could not resist not getting a bag of these Australian chips.

The texture was kind of similar to Lays and the lime flavour was certainly pleasant. However, I could not really taste the black pepper. At $6.50 for a 200g bag, it is certainly not cheap but still worth trying. It's great for impressing friends during get-togethers and with an ice-cold beer.

Chew on this: It claims to be slowly cooked in sunflower oil and contains less fat than regular chips.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

To Mum with Love

Today is Mother's Day and I dedicate this post to my mum, a supermum.

I had to take Mum to Pete's Place at the Grand Hyatt for its famous salad bar. Pete's Place is well known for its Italian food and salad bar. The salad bar ($19) seems to be popular with ladies who flock there during lunch. Though not as wide a spread such as the now-defunct Ponderosa or Sizzler, it makes up by offering fresh quality ingredients such as baby spinach and fresh champignions with herbs. Also available at the salad bar are tuna, boiled eggs, bacon, tomatoes and cheese, celery with Brie, artichoke among others. My choice of dressing had to be the Italian one. Mum was certainly happy with the vegetables.



I ordered a medium-rare Tenderloin with roasted vegetables ($34). The meat was sliced into about five thick slices, exposing the pink insides, and surrounded by its own juice. It was served with roasted bell peppers and zucchini on the side. I give the Tenderloin a thumbs up as it was really tender and juicy. Great for beef-lovers. The Quattro Pizza ($19) we ordered was a disappointment. Although it was the large sized-pizza, I felt that the size was too small to be justified as a large. Taste-wise, it also fell flat and I am certain there are better pizzas out there.



For desserts, we decided to try the Tiramisu ($8) and the home-made Lemon Sherbert ($3). The former needed more coffee liqueur for a nice kick while the latter was a tad sour for my taste. At $3, the sherbert is a steal. I think the Wild Strawberry would be a better bet.

Pete's Place, Grand Hyatt Singapore
Chew on This: Every order entitles one to a free-flow of bread. Above five different breads are available.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Goodness in a Bowl



Anyone who has a craving for something warm and simple should consider trying Ajisan's Spicy Miso ramen ($10). It consists of springy ramen, with bean sprouts, seaweed and half an egg, in a rich creamy miso broth. I really did enjoy the miso broth which was slightly spicy and had a fragrant fermented taste.

Ajisan Ramen
Takashimaya Shopping Centre Basement (more outlets available)
Chew on this: Add $3 to upsize your portion of ramen.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

House of Bread

Bread is one of those foods that is neither bound by cultures nor race. Though it may come in different shapes and sizes, it appeals to one and all, especially this hungry cow.



I happen to wonder into this small place called House of Bread. It is a humble start-up with a small array or breads, some cakes and a soup. A few tables are available for patrons who wish to eat-in. Muffins, buns, bagel, French loaves and pies are displayed neatly for you to select from.

I ordered the Cream of Mushroom soup, a chocolate muffin, a Parmesan bagel and a raisin scone. The soup was not very good. In fact it was not good at all. The soup tasted bland and more of onion than mushroom. Singaporeans are big fans of Cream of Mushroom and the bowl I had would make most of us rather grab a can of Campbell's. The chocolate muffin was also a let-down. The chocolate taste had failed to come through. As for the bagel, I would have preferred one that was more chewy and had a bit more bite to it.

The raisin scone($0.80) was much better than both the Mushroom soup and chocolate muffin. Slightly crumbly and with a hint of milk, it would make the perfect companion to an afternoon tea. Being the greedy cow that I am, I made another order of a cranberry muffin($1.50) which proved to be the reason why I left the place smiling. It had a nice buttery taste with cranberry bits embedded around. Delightful.

House Of Bread Cafe
12 Jalan Pari Burong (near the junction of Bedok and Upper Changi Roads)
Chew on this: The owner must be a Christian judging from the decorative boards with a cross, biblically-named buns and the praise & worship played over the speakers.