Thursday, January 31, 2013

Slurpilicious Dry Ramen

After nibbling on nibbles at an event, the few of us who needed real dinner headed for ramen. Like a bowl of bak chor mee, ramen is a perfect late-night comfort especially after a few drinks.

This cow opted for the Tsukemen ($14.90) with black soup- a dry style of ramen served separately with a bowl of black soup. The ramen was a little curly and had a nice bite. It sort of brought to mind happy memoories of Myjo noodles but was certainly better. Pick some noodles with your chopsticks, dip into the black soup and slurp away. The black soup was thick, fragrant and nutty.

The accompaniments of bamboo shoots and sliced leeks were great to enhance yet balance the intensity of the soup. The chashu leaned towards the lean side.

What is beautiful about this dish is that one can order up to 5x the noodle portion. Moohehe. A single serving size is 120g so a 5x portion is a massive 600g! Certainly no joke....and no sharing between patrons please. I had the 3x serving size above and found it just right for me.

If black soup is not your thing, try the red soup which I found to be just a bit spicy and a whole lot more savoury.

I can't quite comment on the Gyoza as I ate it cold after slurping through 360g of ramen. LOL. But the Tongari Rice was pretty good with a tasty topping of pork (Japanese style pulled pork?) on rice.

I went home happy and satiated but was very thirsty. I guess the amount of sodium consumed added up at the end of the night. #needabeer

Menya Musashi
Raffles Shopping Centre (other branches at The Star Vista, ION Orchard & Thomson Plaza)
Tel: 6336 6500

Chew On This: Paper bibs are provided upon request for your ramen-slurping pleasure.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Friday Night Dinner at Geylang's Back Alley

Geylang is not a dirty word though it sometimes begets dirty stares. Buzzing with people, traffic, fruit stalls, kopitiams and other visitors, Geylang is full of character and I would recommend all visitors to Singapore to check it out for a real experience beyond the glitzy shopping malls.

One Friday evening, three of us headed to Geylang's back alley for dinner before visiting a friend who stays near by. JB Ah Meng has a nice open-air seating area located at the back alley- complete with stray cats, and laundry hung from the above apartments' windows. If the residents above are kind, one might get curry or some other special ingredients added to one's rice. LOL.

Before our open-sky curry fantasy could occur, JB Ah Meng's signature beehoon arrived. It had a bit of a crisp surface with a nice wok hei though there wasn't much ingredients.

The Fried Pork Belly was deliciously sinful. Rich and flavoursome with the taste of garlic and nam yu (fermented beancurd).

Our dish of Yau Mak Choi was crunchy and quite fragrant.

For something scrumptious, go for the Salted Egg Yolk Prawns. Instead of an egg yolk sauce, a nice battered coat of savouriness encapsulated each prawn. What were lagi better were the small kernels of corn- each also coated with egg yolk. Very moreish!

The Tofu Dish brought a feeling of simple contentment. Smooth tofu, golden mushrooms, minced pork and green leafy veg smothered in a tasty brown gravy. This and rice would have been good enough.

Then again who am I kidding? It's a Friday night!

So we had an extra order- Hor Fun! Moohaha. Sadly, this was disappointing compared to the other dishes that evening. :(

Oh yes, I forgot to take the dishes' exact names and prices but the above for 3 of us costs about $20+ each.

JB Ah Meng
2 Lorong 23 Geylang
Opens: 5pm to 3am

Chew On This: Feel free to BYO wines here!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

An Alkie's Spring Cleaning

Because we did some minor renovations and decided to paint the walls at home, I had to empty the wine fridge so....

...might was well do some vino spring cleaning! Moohaha.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Returning Back to Whampoa (Keng) Fish Head Steamboat

This cow has been eating and drinking happily from the makankakis well at the monthly dinners put together by the Makansutra forum members. I recently went back to the place where it all first started for me back in 2007- Whampoa (Keng) Fish Head Steamboat Eating house.

Mum and I shared a small pot of Pomfret Fish Head Steamboat ($35). I like their use of charcoal which gave off an alluring aroma. The soup base was very tasty, flavoured with sour plums, herbs like dang gui (angelica root) and ti poh (dried flat fish). The pomfret on that day was quite fresh though not as good as I remember it to be.

Oh yes, and the lovely thick-cut sticks of fried yam were delish! Fragrant, starchy and full of that fried yam flavour. :p

Food Street (Keng) Fish Head Steamboat Eating House
116 Rangoon Road (other branch at 556 Balestier Road)
Tel: 9023 2854 (Sharon)
Opens: weekdays                            -11am to 3pm; 5pm to 11pm
            weekends & public holidays- 11am to 11pm

Chew On This: Their website and Balestier branch state "Whampoa (Keng) Fish Head Steamboat Eating House". Not sure why "Whampoa" has been replaced with "Food Street" on the signboard at Rangoon Road.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Puttu Mayam- Freshly made upon order!

I bet many people have eaten Puttu Mayam before but how many have had it freshly made? This stall I chanced upon at Simpang Bedok does!

Suren who runs the stall with his wife proudly makes each Puttu Mayam only once the order is made. First he fills up a press mould with rice flour dough and then...

Squeezes the rice flour dough through to form strands (think like in making muruku) which he then circles around to obtain the final lattice layer of Puttu Mayam. The Puttu Mayam is steamed for about 2 minutes.

The rice flour aroma of freshly-made Puttu Mayam ($2.20 for minimum of 2 pieces) is remarkably fragrant. Its texture is springy and pleasantly chewy. Served with grated coconut and red sugar, it is an enjoyable treat that is pretty hard to come by with the unfortunate current commercialised mantra of faster, cheaper, better.

Suren said he discards any remaining rice flour at the end of each day and starts with a fresh batch to ensure utmost quality.

Also available and freshly made upon order is the Masala Thosai ($2.50) which is thin and packs an inner filling of spiced potato. Pretty yums too!

While here, do remember to also try the Appam. Another post for another day perhaps.

For the sake of artisan Puttu Mayam and the hope of its continuation, this stall is definitely worth supporting! Happy Puttu Mayam-ing! :)

Bedok Market Place (moore commonly known as Simpang Bedok)
348 Bedok Road

Opens: Monday to Saturday- 8am to 9pm
Closes: Sunday

Chew On This: Suren's mum apparently operates the popular Heaven's Indian Curry stall in Ghim Moh market!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

A Lazy Sunday Champagne Brunch at The Sentosa

When the work week gets rough, it almoost seems a must to pamper oneself on the weekend. Call it a pat on the back or a rejuvenating boost, it can also be a perfect excuse for a lovely brunch buffet with some bubbly.

The Sentosa Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet ($152++ per person; $108++ per person without Champagne) offers signatures from both The Cliff and The Garden, two of the hotel's other restaurants, too.

From a whole salmon (I've never seen this fish, or any other fish for that matter, tied like that. Moohehe) to....

a wagyu beef rump roast that was outstandingly robust and flavoursome. Gratings of fresh horseradish over the roast beef added a nice piquant counterpoint.

Walk around the buffet tables and live stations and your plate might end up looking like this! Homemade lamb sausages! Yorkshire pudding! A very delicious and comforting potato gratin!

There were also dim sum, Indian dishes, sushi and Chinese roast meats but don't forget to...

....sin with foie gras. Moohahaha.

For carb fans, head to the pasta station. The gnocchi with truffle cream sauce were scrumptious little nuggets in a moreish sauce.

Sweet tooth folks would be happy with the dessert area filled with cakes, pudding, tarts, chocolate and crepes etc.

But this savoury tooth cow would rather pick at the selection of cheeses and cured meats. :p

Finally, what's a Champagne brunch without the bubbly? Especially if it has one's name on it. LOL.

T'was a relaxing Sunday brunch that progressed on to a nice nap and later a simple dinner at home.

Thanks to Marlene Teo of The Sentosa for the invite and for hosting moo.

The Terrace at The Sentosa
2 Bukit Manis Road
Tel: 6371 1414

Chew On This:

There's even a kids corner with a play area and colourful cutlery.

Kids get to make their own pizzas too!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Pretty Good Har Cheong Gai @ Simpang Bedok

I do frequent Simpang Bedok quite a bit as it is relatively near home and I like the relaxed vibes there. The second floor market has been closed for a good while now and the last I heard it was going to be torn down. But a recent Facebook posting by Andrew made moo curious.

Apparently the place has come back to life. Eh?

One evening's visit affirmed it. The second floor market is relaunched!

Shall update about some of the stalls there in (hopefully not over) due time. Today's slot is reserved for this cze char stall that churned out lip-smacking Har Cheong Gai.

The Prawn Paste Chicken (aka Har Cheong Gai; $8 for 8 pieces) were a bronzed golden bunch of midwings with a crispy well-fried skin flavoured with the savoury, earthy prawn paste. Juicy and a real delight with plain white rice, these wings were calling out for beeeer!

Sambal Kangkong moost be the unofficial official veg dish at any cze char stall in Singapore. The version ($6) here was pleasant with sufficient spiciness and umami notes from the balachan (dried shrimp paste).

Also enjoyable, the Beef Hor Fun ($5) was a hearty plate of kway teow stir-fried with a fairly nice wok hei, pieces of tenderised beef (though I personally do not take to Chinese-style tenderised beef) and a mildly garlicky sauce.

Reasonably priced cze char with competent cooking and scrumptious Har Cheong Gai near home? I'm sold. Moohehe.

The uncle recommended the fish head steamboat which I will keep for my next visit.  Can't wait to also try some of his other dishes. Hooves crossed.

Golden Seafood
Bedok Market Place (moore commonly known as Simpang Bedok)
348 Bedok Road

Chew On This: This stall used to be at SMU and has expanded its menu with the new location.