Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Dessert at the Pantry

Yay! The exams are gone and I can finally do up some posts that I've been eagerly wanting to do.

Just before my 'exam break', I headed out for a meal with a few food bloggers. At the suggestion of Ladyironchef, we met up for dim sum at Hua Ting (which will be for the next post since I'm quite scared of seeing another siew mai on screen). The group of us decided to have desserts at The Marmalade Pantry when the dessert menu at Hua Ting didn't appeal.

The Rose Cupcake ($4.20) was all pretty pink and pretty feminine. It was sweet. Too sweet for my poor taste buds who went on glucose overdrive. Flavours of lychee and rose brought out the inner woman, and sugar monster. I would like to know what the Feminist Mentor thinks of this cupcake.

But chocolate is still nearer to my heart. The Chocolate Truffle Cake ($7.80) was rich, smooth, and with a texture alternating between the layer of soft moouse and the firmer sponge.

Another chocolate item made its appearance- the Chocolate Tart ($4.50). I felt this had a more intense chocolate flavour and I like the dense, sticky chocolate filling against the thin crust. The solo raspberry was more than garnish when its fresh burst of citric tangy-ness hits the chocolate-coated palate.

Now apparently almost everyone that comes to The Marmalade Pantry has raved about their Sticky Date Pudding ($12). While I have tried puddings that were more jello-like (think mango pudding), stodgy-custard-like (think bread and butter pudding) and airy-fluffy-like (think Yorkshire pudding), the stick date pudding was nothing like any pudding I've had. But what do I know? I better shut up and sit down.

This pudding was akin to a warm kueh with plenty of caramel-toffee notes. The vanilla ice cream was a good temperature contrast to it. This kueh-like style is the 4th type of pudding that will register in my memory from now on.

For some people, burgers are dessert. And I tend to stand on this side. I mean how can I classify burgers as mains when I'm hardly full and satisfied with them?

Anyway, the Foie Gras Burger ($26) was the "best dessert" that afternoon for this cow who prefers savoury to sweet. Although the foie gras was too subtle (WHERE WERE YOU?!), I like the beefiness of the patty which also had bite. It was flavourful. The potato wedges that came with it was very well done- crisp exterior and soft, fluffy interior. What was remarkable was that the exterior remained crisp even after all that photo-taking. In addition, there was a small mound of tomato relish which spotted an interesting alcoholic kick to it. Overall, a great dessert!

It was a fun afternoon with Aroma Cookery, Black Tie White Lie, Camemberu, Evan's Kitchen Ramblings and Ladyironchef. More encores coming up soon!

The Marmalade Pantry
#B1-08 to 11
Palais Renaissance
Tel: 6734 2700
Opens: Monday to Friday- 11.30am to 9.30pm
Saturday- 10am to 9.30pm
Sunday- 10am to 4.30pm (all day brunch)

Chew On This: All Women Are Really Entitled to this promo. Whether it's to celebrate the old guard's victory or to lament over the new guard's fall, you ladies can have a good deal here at The Marmalade Pantry, on Mondays to Saturdays, from 6pm. Champagne cocktails and housepours at $6! 20% on food bill! Champagne bottle at $59! This promo is so freaking sexist can?!! Lol.


bossacafez said...

totally laughing at the part where u said kueh-like style will be the 4th kind of pudding that will register in yr memory from now on. super hilarious lor! maybe all sticky date toffee puddings are all like that!! but i still prefer something more substantial and denser, maybe like a carrot cake, or even huat kueh!

and glad to be seeing this post now, and not 4 mths later... *coughs* persimmon entry hehe.

see u real soon :D

HairyBerry said...

dude, i'm really ROFL on that creative take on the rose cupcake. hehehe. and on the dessert aka burger, hi5! finally, a 'dessert' that's not too sweet. ;D

Julia said...

Hahaha, I was LOL at your witty references to the AWARE saga! And I can totally relate to your fear of seeing another siew mai on screen, heh!

The Hungry Cow said...

evan 이벤젤린: Haha. We should go hunt to try out more sticky date puds! Now holidays for me so a bit more time to blog....for now. Hee. Cya soon!

Nic (KHKL): Hi5 back! Yes, it's easier to stomach more savoury 'desserts' than sweet ones. :P

Julia: A few of my friends had no idea about the saga and so decided to name themselves 'UNAWARE'! LOL! Where siew mai??! *runs for cover*

Camemberu said...

High-five indeed on the burger being the best dessert!! :)

LOL too at the chocolate truffle's layer of soft MOOuse !

The Hungry Cow said...

Camemberu: Hi5 back too! Haha. Moo moo moo.