Sunday, April 12, 2015

Birthday Makan

I woke up one moorning to the aroma of ginger being stir-fried in sesame oil and felt extremely blessed and thankful for all those who love me and for all of God's goodness in my life. My moother prepared a simple bowl of mee sua with hard boiled eggs. No meat, No seafood. Just a splash of (Hua Tiao) wine. Moohehe.

It was my birthday. Even though mee sua is not a birthday tradition in my famooly, that bowl was heartwarming and reminded me that often, the simplest things in life bring such honest joy. :)

Instead of eating out this year, I opted to have a shabu shabu dinner with the famooly at home. It was immensely gratifying and I bet I'll be craving this in the months to come.

Dinner was also set with the League and we had bak kut teh at Ng Ah Sio at my request...

...before heading across the road to Grub Noodle Bar for a frosty pint and some nibbles. Moohehe.

Chew On This: Cos memoories are meant to be savoured.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Taking Delicious Shelter in the Woods

I was somehow expecting to find a little girl with a red hood or a big bad wolf at Shelter in the Woods but ended up finding a pretty satisfying dinner cooked by Consultant Chef Masashi Horiuchi instead. Chef Masashi is Japanese and brings with him over 20 years of culinary experience in Michelin-starred restaurants across Europe.

Dinner was off to a great start with the Shelter Charcuterie Board ($35). Nibbling at the pork rilette, pate and foie gras was pure joy with their sweet meatiness, savoury punch and comforting allure. I think this, a bottle of wine and some good bread and French butter would make for a happy meal for this cow.

But wait. There's moore!

My heart skipped a beat when I saw my fellow bovine nearly naked on a plate. It was love at first sight and confirmed with a bite. Moohehe.  The DIY Steak Tartar ($33) featured 200g of lightly chilled, hand-chopped Australian black Angus hanger steak with shallots, capers, moostard, herbs and a raw quail's egg. Mix everything up on the plate for a sexy serving of flavoursome beef tartar.

For those carnivores whose perception that a salad is nothing but a bunch of boring leaves, try the Lyonnaise Salad ($12). Dutch smoked bacon. Soft boiled egg. Confit pearl onions. Croutons. Sherry vinaigrette. It was a wonderful mix of hearty flavours and varied textures, all with a sense of good balance.

Another winner at the table was the Shelter Quiche ($14.50) with forest mushrooms adding an earthy component to the eggs, Swiss Gruyere cheese, herb butter and onions.

Then the Creamy Corn Soup Trio ($15) arrived. Warm, creamy and tasting of the natural sweetness of corn, it was comforting on the palate. Its three style of cooking the corn kernels- boiled, roasted and popped- added variety.    

Mooving on to the mains, first up was the Rotisserie Suckling Pig ($35 for small portion). Unfortunately, the flavourful meat was dry while its skin was a tad hard. The grilled pineapples that accompanied the suckling pig were excellent.

Seafood fans should order the Seafood Casserole ($39). Beaming with seasonal fish and seafood cooked in a rich-tasting seafood and saffron broth, the dish was perfect for dunking in pieces of crusty bread.

The Rotisserie Rack of Lamb was anything but meh. Moohehe. The racks of New Zealand lamb were grilled perfectly and bathed in garlic confit oil for a lovely effect.

The last savoury course was the Rotisserie Chicken ($40 for whole chicken). With Shelter in the Woods being a rotisserie specialty restaurant, the majority of their meat main courses were roasted in the rotisserie. I didn't take to this chicken due to its dry texture and overall muted flavour.

Desserts made the people with sweet tooth at the table all very happy. Moohehe. I was pretty satisfied with the Thin Crispy Apple Tart ($12) which had thinly sliced Fuji apples laid on top a short crust pastry. Served with a vanilla ice cream, it was simple and good with a balance between tart and sweet, crisp, flaky and soft.

The Meringue Glacee ($12) was pretty and seemed to call out to the ladies. Meringue cones atop a scoop of raspberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream. The other dessert right at the top of the above photo was the Raspberry Clafoutis ($12)- featuring egg custard, sugar dough and raspberries.

The woods does sound like a mysterious place. One filled with part adventure and part rustic lushness. Over at Shelter in the Woods, it does have that some of that feel plus a warm welcoming environment.

Thanks to Bing for the invitation and for hosting me.

Shelter in the Woods
22 Greenwood Avenue
Tel: 6466 6225
Opens: 6pm to 10pm daily
          : 11.30am to 2.30pm on Sundays for brunch

Chew On This: Sunday brunch is now available! See here for the brunch and dinner menus.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

JB Day-tripping!

Being lured by the Sing dollar to Ringgit exchange rate, this cow and his family made a day trip to Johor in search of makan, jalan and moo-ssage.

The first thing we wallop-ed were the noodles from Restoran Sekee, a small kopitiam with old school rustic lok kok charm. The smell of burning charcoal added to its appeal. For the tam jiak or gao jiak ones, opt for the full works which include small oysters from Muar, pork slices, kidney, liver and lard.  

Moore old school goodness can be found at Hiap Joo Bakery & Biscuit Factory. Think curry buns, butter buns, banana cake (very sedap!) etc from yesteryear. The blackened wood-fired oven in the bakery seems to have been there for eons, faithfully churning out buns and bread.

After an hour of moo-ssage and some jalan-ing (my grammar very power I know. Moohehe), it was time for a hearty Bak Kut Teh meal at Restoran Shoon Huat in the Taman Sentosa area. The soup seems a little sweeter and less robust than my previous visit. The moother and sister were pretty happy with the variety of ingredients though I was sorely missing the chewy strips of pork I had the last time.

Heading back to the area near the Causeway, we wandered around City Square Mall and Komtar JBCC before deciding on Azuma at the latter for dinner. The food was cheap but the sashimi unfortunately, could be fresher. Maybe we should stick to the faster mooving items or the cooked dishes the next time.

JB is still a nice spot for a quick one-day getaway with charming locales that were probably what Singapore was like 30 years ago.

May the Ringgit be forever in our favour!

Chew On This: Spending in Ringgit makes it moore enjoyable and forgiving. Moohehe.