Friday, September 27, 2013

Mussels Temptation

TV can be evil. And it doesn't have to be vampires or ghouls on the screen. 

While watching TV over dinner at home one weekday evening, scenes of steaming pots of mussels on a travel show made Mum and I salivate. We almoost decided to go eat some mussels after dinner but tahan-ed. Yes, thank you. My grammar is not bad. Moohehe.

Come Friday that very week, we ended up at Brussels Sprouts...for well, mussels. LOL.

The pot of Vin Blanc Mussels ($40 for the 750g portion) featured sweet mussels cooked in wine white, celery, butter and onions. The mollusks were tender and cooked perfectly. Hey free-flow of fries too! #carbsarefriends :D

Because of the damn TV show, even the pasta we ordered featured mussels! Moohaha. The Pates L'ail ($24) was a plate of pasta with mussels, olive oil, garlic and chilli sprinkled with finely chopped black olives.

This branch of Brussels Sprouts at the former Big Splash compound is airy, laid-back and good when one doesn't want to dress up for town. Now to see what else is on TV...

Brussels Sprouts
Block F
902 East Coast Parkway (other branches at Sentosa Cove & Robertson Quay)
Tel: 6346 4344

Chew On This: Enjoy 2 pots of mussels at just $30 (2 x 300g portion) or $60 (2 x 700g portion) during Mussel Madness! 5pm to 7pm and 10pm to 12 midnight on Mondays to Thursdays. 11pm to 1am on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Brunching with The Yit Sisters & CB

I did something one weekend that most people like doing but I seldom do- brunch. Apparently derived from a combination of breakfast and lunch in one meal, it doesn't quite appeal to me (unless it's the alcoholic kind! moohehe) though I moost say I do like the whole idea of a leisurely meal. 

Coincidentally both Yit sisters ordered the same thing! Green Eggs ($15) sounds like something out of Neopets but thankfully was just referring to basil pesto scrambled eggs. Add an extra $4 for smoked salmon.

CB, who felt that brunch = Ya Kun, technically it is still bread and eggs and at a very much lower price (can't fault that), opted for the Hotdog ($12). Smoked Bratwurst, poached egg, caramelised onions, bacon, cheese and mustard made up the rest of the plate.

I couldn't quite decide so I went for the Big Breakfast ($16.50) and got a bit of everything on a plate! Moohaha. My only gripe is that there was no grass greens.

Ah well. At least there was terrific company and sunshine! And some say good coffee.

Kith Cafe
Park Mall (other outlets at Robertson Quay & Sentosa Cove)
Opens: 8am to 11pm
Tel: 6338 8611

Chew On This: Check out specials written on chalkboards.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

$2 Laksa & Fishball Noodles!

Everything seems to be getting moore expensive in Singapore what with inflation and rising raw material and labour costs. I was just lamenting to a friend that one can hardly find a bowl of noodles priced at $2 at the hawker centre anymore. So imagine my glee when I chanced upon this stall in the revamped Changi Village Hawker Centre. Moohehe.

San Yuan Gourmet serves up laksa, fishball soup, and fishball noodles at just $2 a bowl.

The Laksa ($2) was pretty delicious with a fragrant gravy with a touch of creaminess. Pieces of tau pok, cockles and beansprouts formed the main ingredients in the bowl.

Their Fishball Noodles ($2) featured decently-cooked noodles in a chilli paste and lard mix. The fishballs were average. Can eat lah but nothing really to shout about.

Overall, portions were on the small side but so was the price. Great to find that there's still $2 bowls of noodles out there! Good for those with small appetites and for those who like variety by having moore than one bowl of noodles for a meal. :p

San Yuan Gourmet
Changi Village Hawker Centre
Blk 2/3 Changi Village Road

Chew on This: This stall operates for 24 hours so you can hit them any time of the day!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hor Fun with Soul

Nothing like something warm and comforting on a rainy Sunday afternoon. After ushering duties in church, I headed to the near by Gim Moh market for lunch.

I had intended to order up a plate of Chye Tao Kway only to return disappointed when it was all sold out after walking around deciding what else to eat. :(

Moorale of the story #1: A plate of Chye Tao Kway in one hand is better than no plate of Chye Tao Kway in either hand.

So I settled for Kway Chap in the end. Still warm and comforting nonetheless!

After lunch, I was about to exit the hawker centre when I saw there were only 2 persons queuing at a popular hor fun stall. Perhaps it was after the peak lunch crowd. It is usually not uncommon to see a queue of more than 10 people in line.

Moorale of the story #2: Mai tu liao! Even if one had already had lunch. Moohaha.

Turns out, I was the stall's last customer before they closed for their afternoon break. The Beef & Prawns Hor Fun ($5) featured strips of chewy kway teow that spotted a very light colour. Rather than simply using dark soy sauce for colour with minimal love in the wok as per many slipshod CMI cze char places, this stall added just a touch of light soy sauce and ensured the kway teow was expertly tossed around in a smoking hot wok.

The wok hei was beautiful. It's almoost like a bit of the wok's life goes into every batch of hor fun it encounters.

The beef slices were tenderised but thankfully not until the point of losing most of its flavour. I'm guessing these were marinated in oyster sauce and garlic. Pretty tasty.

Now to return for that Chye Tao Kway!  
Hin Fried Hor Fun 
Blk 20 Ghim Moh Road
#01-44 Ghim Moh Market and Food
Closes: Mondays
Chew On This: Did the stall just change its name? Used to be "Teck Hin".

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Happy "MOOncake Festival"!

Said to have originated as a covert way of smuggling messages about an upcoming rebellion many moons ago, mooncakes also tell a tale involving Chang Er, the legendary beautiful moon deity.

While I have never seen a message hidden in a mooncake nor met Chang Er (sigh. Damn! Jade! Rabbit!), I do enjoy a bit of this seasonal delicacy each time the annual Mid Autumn Festival comes.

Over at Resorts World Sentosa's Feng Shui Inn (Tel: 6577 6688) mooncakes come in mini sizes with flavours such as Hawaiian Golden Pineapple paste with premium grade AA Imperial Bird’s Nest, Premium Grade AA Imperial Bird’s Nest, Flaky pastry with Organic Japanese Golden Sweet Potatoes and Flaky pastry with Japanese Purple Sweet Potatoes.

The ones with bird's nest are a luxurious touch and would be perfect as corporate gifts though the prized ingredient adds no distinct taste to the lotus-paste-filled mooncakes. The version with Hawaiian Golden Pineapple boasts a mild fragrance of the fruit.

The flaky mooncakes filled with organic Japanese purple sweet potatoes and organic Japanese golden sweet potatoes are perfect for those who dislike the often overly sweet mooncakes. I like the natural, wholesome appeal of these and only hoped that the skin was moore flaky and fragrant. I would reckon Chang Er would approve of warming these babies in the toaster/oven before spooning over a dollop of good salted butter. Moohehe. #myperfectdateplanwithChangEr

Feng Shui Inn's Premium Box of 8 mini mooncakes (2 each of the above mentioned flavours) comes at an auspicious $88.

For snowskin mooncakes, the InterContinental Singapore's Man Fu Yuan (Tel: 6820 8519) has four pretty yummy ones ($53.80+ for a box of four; 1 flavour each). The Green Tea Paste with Dragonball Jasmine is my favourite with its fragrant, slightly floral filling. For something rich and deeply nutty, try the Sesame Paste with White Sesame Seeds. It is flavoursome, sweet and with a savoury edge. The mildest of the lot seemed to be the White Lotus with Macadamia Nuts. This year's new flavour of Pulot Hitam features chewy grains of black glutinous rice with an aromatic coconut touch.

Pac Man mooncakes, anyone? Moohehe.

Now fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars...

Happy Mid Autumn Festival, folks! :)

Thanks to Feng Shui Inn and Man Fu Yuan for the mooncakes.

The Hungry Cow

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Beef Soup & Beers at Chinatown Complex

Trudging through Friday evening traffic and the rain, I caught up with some friends from SIgN, an organisation where we all first met.  

You know you are in the company of science-y folks when you hear comments like "Hey your drink looks like bacterial culture". Moohaha. Ah that almoost clinical sense of humour that felt so familiar and warm. 

Anyway, a day before we met up, I was being tasked to select a place for dinner with the following criteria:
- causal
- must have beers
- got to have pescetarian-friendly food

So I decided on a hawker centre. LOL. Correct what. It satisfies all the above criteria! :p

Dinner for me was a bowl of Mixed Beef Soup ($4) and rice. Fairly tasty soup. Loved the pieces of tender, well-cooked ox tripe and brisket! 

As for the part on beers, there's no better place in Chinatown Complex than The Good Beer Company (#02-58). Order your food and ask this cool beer stall's owner, Daniel, to recommend a tipple to pair with your dish. I got this dark beauty from Ukraine. *feeling exotic* 

T'was a good night with ex-colleagues, moore beers and a packet of hot freshly-roasted gao lak (chestnuts). :)

Joo Chiat Beef King
Chinatown Complex
335 Smith Street

Chew On This: Instead of scalding cooked pieces of beef cuts to warm them up, this stall has them in a simmering square-shaped pot and fished out upon order. I walked by see already also cannot tahan lah. Moohehe.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Our Dependable Casual Japanese Haunt

Staying in the east, I am a huge fan of Changi City Point, my favourite neighbourhood shopping mall, which is thankfully not Tampiness-mad-packed. 

When the family craves for a bit of Japanese food and is lazy to travel further than Expo (moohahaha!), we go to ichiban sushi. We like the casual and can wear lok kok comfortable vibes. Relatively affordable prices with reasonable food. :)  

My order of BBQ Chicken Wazen ($15.90) came with a generous slab of chicken thigh dressed in a flavourful sauce, a side of agedashi tofu, and salmon sashimi.

A new dish on the menu, the Wafu Beef Wazen ($17.90) was sizzling comfort. Slices of beef cleverly placed atop a rectangular slab of tofu to prevent over-cooking. Just watch the fire to prevent the bottom of the tofu from getting burnt. The miso sauce wasn't really as spicy as I had thought based on the menu, though it provided a nice savoury boost to the beef. A cup of chawanmushi and a plate of assorted tempura made up the rest of the set.

Because my sis subscribes to the "feed ya brother" school of thought, I had a taste of her Kurobuta Cheese Curry ($15.90). Moohehe. Wait. Cheese and curry?? Sounded like an odd combination but like some strange things that cannot be explained in life, it somehow works. Eat this with lotsa rice!

All the 3 above meals came with rice, miso soup, and watermelon slices.

Now say "ichiban" really fast 10 times and you might just get the person next to you asking you to scratch your bum. Moohahaha. Okok, sorry that was bad. :p

ichiban sushi
Changi City Point (other outlets available)
Tel: 6636 1638
Opens: 11.30am to 10pm (last order at 9.30pm)

Chew On This: A fan of Hokkaido? ichiban sushi is having a Hokkaido promo serving up Hokkaido ramen, beef, sanma, snowcrab etc.