Tuesday, June 28, 2011

5* Crab Bee Hoon!

I thought I had white balanced but apparently the awesome crab bee hoon proved too much of a distraction.


Yes, yes. It's all this one's fault! Moohahaha. Crab Bee Hoon ($48/kg; $86.40 for 2 crabs at this dinner). The bee hoon was tasty having absorbed the delicious flavours of the crab and aromatics like ginger and spring onions. But it was still best supporting actor to the crabs that stole the show. Now, I know a comment like the one I'm going to make will raise expectations and might draw flak. But on this evening the crabs were outstandingly outstanding!

The flesh was meaty, firm, delicate and sweet....enough to make this usually bovine fan weak in his knees.


The other must order here is the Steamed Flower Clams ($40/kg). Simply steamed with fragrant oil, soy sauce and fried chopped garlic, the natural sweetness of the clams were beautifully enhanced. The timing of the steaming was perfect too rendering the clams nice and tender.


Deep Fried Fish Skin ($8) is a fun dish to order. Once you pop, you really can't stop! :p


I liked the Butter Cereal Prawn ($60/kg; $36 for 600g for this dinner) not for the prawns but actually for the cereal. It's usually sinfully fried in butter but the one here was surprisingly un-oily! Fragrant with curry leaves and chilli, it made for yummy munching.


Sometimes the simpler dishes fail and this was the case with the Nai Bai with Assorted Eggs ($15 for Medium). See the photo and one will know CMI. The thick, gooey, starchy gravy was such a turn off. Bukkake veggie anyone? Yucks.

Then we went off for durians! Was hosting my uncle and auntie from Taiwan. :)


Ming Kee Live Seafood
556 Macpherson Road
Tel: 6747 4075
Opens: 12pm-2pm; 6-11pm

Chew On This: Feel free to BYO here. Glasses provided and no corkage charged!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Meatworks

ION Orchard is usually associated with high-end boutiques and atas shops. Even the food court there is priced higher than most. So it was comforting to find a restaurant at ION that offers reasonably-priced dishes and is pretty low key (which also means no crowd, no queues!).

Here's what I sampled at a lunch at Meatworks:


The Beef Carpaccio ($16) featured thin slices of beef (yep, raw) with gran padano shavings, rocket leaves, fresh button mushrooms, wasabi emulsion, crushed black pepper and a wedge of lemon. The flavours were simple, clean and scrumptious.


The Salmon Tartare ($14) also turned out very well. I loved it- sensation of chilled salmon with the astringent-sweetness of shallots.


Our last starter, Foie Gras ($22), was alright but could do with a crispier crust. Pairing it with longan and a crust pastry was interesting.

Cow-lovers:"Where's the beef?"

Hang on, before we touch on the slayed cows, let's do one fish dish.


The Chilean Silver Cod ($30) was moist and flaked nicely. The roasted veggies didn't quite appeal though.

And now time for the beef...


Ribeye ($42) was a 250g steak from Meyer Angus 150-200 day corn-fed USA cows. The beef flavour is rather subtle...in fact a little too subtle for me. :p


I much preferred the Hanging Tender ($26)- 200g, Aussie 100 day grass-fed Diamantina. The meat required a bit more chewing but the flavours....oh the flavours. Think rich, beefy, iron-y, liver-like flavours!


If size is all that matters (seriously), go for the Brontosaurus ($108). It is a 1.5kg hunk that needs 1 hour preparation time and is only available in limited quantities. I found this one overdone such that it was dry and tough for most parts. But I guess those who don't mind or actually like the toughness, and its size appeal would probably better appreciate this!

Desserts on the whole were decent. :) We had:


Tiramisu ($8)


Cheesecake ($6)


Creme Brulee with Berries ($8)

You can tell what I came for. Moohahaha.

Meatworks is much bigger than it looks. There is a cafe-like dining area outside, a restaurant setting area inside and further in, a private dining room and an open-air section. Hmm...I'm thinking of the Steak Lovers' Association already....

Thanks to James Lu for the invite and hosting this cow.


Meatworks
ION Orchard
#04-27 to 32
Tel: 6634 0026
Opens: 12noon–9pm daily

Chew On This:
Wanna DIY steak at home or preparing for a barbecue? Various vacuum packed beef steaks are available here for take away!

Monday, June 20, 2011

SBA

Yay! This cow has returned from a 2-week long reservist! :D

So here's a post! Moohehe.

Seeing how Singaporeans like acronyms (those 3 letter abbreviations), here's one...what does SBA stand for? Singapore Badminton Association? Serangoon Bridal Arrangements? Sentosa Building Authority? Si Bei Angry?

Okok, before this turns into a lame episode of We Are Singaporeans.... I meant it as Soup Broth Asia! Lol.


The Chicken Tonic ($7.20) sounded more potent than it was. I would have liked a more robust herbal influence but I guess people who prefer a mild herbal taste might take to this better. The addition of a friend wanton into the soup puzzled me a little. Anyway, this was a clear chicken broth flavoured mildly with Chinese herbs. The pea shoots added a sweet vegetal touch.


What I liked much better was the Sumo Wrestler ($8.60)- a good stock with a light creaminess and natural sweetness of soy milk. Ingredients included pork, tofu, mushrooms and veggies. Nice!


Each order of soup comes with white rice but for an additional $1, one can get Yam Rice. Quite alright with the sprinkling of fried shallots adding fragrance.


Upgrade your meal ($3.80) and get to choose 2 side dishes. Here we had, clockwise from top left, Fried Fish Slices, Cold Tofu, Papaya Salad and Chicken Adobo. I like the variety that these side dishes added. The tofu was well-chilled and had a ponzu like sauce. The Papaya was tangy and slightly spicy. The Chicken Adobo (not sure if this was supposed to be the Filipino dish since I have not tried it before) was fried chicken wing coated in a sour, savoury and spicy sauce. Can be quite addictive!

Hmmm the Hainanese Beef Tripe Soup sounds tempting...Maybe SBA = Souping Back Again.


Soup Broth Asia
Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road
#B1-62
Tel: 6338 6909
Opens: Sunday-Thursday 10.30am-10pm
Friday-Saturday 10.30am-10.30pm

Chew On This: No MSG or artificial flavourings are added! Their aim is to brew nourishing Asian soups!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

A short green break- Reservist, here I come!

Yes, it is my first call up for ICT. After 5 years of non-army stuff...it's time to don the green fatigue again. Rusty and all, it should be fun. Have been really stressed so I guess it should be a good break from the craziness.

Blogging will resume once national duty ends in 2 weeks. Now, is it the left or right leg that moves for serdia (spelling?)? Moohahaha.