Monday, July 29, 2013

iBake at The Star Vista - A Prima Bakery Cafe

Gone are the days when Delifrance used to be the bakery cafe that everyone would go to for a meal or a quick bite. When they were at their height of their popularity, it was hard to even get a seat, and you would have to brave long queues just to get your food.

Unfortunately, these days, when you talk about European styled bakery cafes, there are hardly any around, while Delifrance is still around, it has changed quite a bit and even gone upmarket, with mixed results.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Prawn Mee at 527 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10

After my discovery of Zhen Ming Prawn Noodles in Ang Mo Kio, I was pleasantly surprised to find another wonderful prawn mee stall in another part of Ang Mo Kio, this time in a food centre in Avenue 10.

The stall's name is simply Prawn Mee, which is kind of appropriate as it looked inconspicuous, but they actually served up a delicious and comforting bowl of classic prawn noodles.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Hong Chang Wanton Noodles at Ang Mo Kio

Wanton noodles is one of those hawker dishes that exemplifies our hawker culture to the fullest, as it is meant to be a simple dish, made by heartlanders for the heartlanders.

After all, it is basically well cooked noodles, served with a bowl of soup dumplings and garnished with barbecued pork slices and some chinese greens. Yet, it is not always easy to get everything right.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Shrimp and Chicken Surf and Turf - Making Good Use of Prawn Heads

Those who are good cooks will know how to make use of parts of ingredients that a number of people will discard, and when I see folks cook prawns, the first thing that come to mind is if they do peel their prawns, they will chuck the shells and heads into the garbage bin.

Which is a waste. And most other times, especially in Chines cooking, they will simply cook the prawns shell on, with the belief that the flavors will come through better.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bar Roque Grill at Amara - A Promising Beginning

It is interesting to note that with the increasing population, there seems to be an equally increasing amount of food joints mushrooming out in Singapore in recent times, though most have been quite forgettable and some really bordering on mediocre.

So, it was a pleasant surprise when I was privileged to be invited to a food tasting to discover a brand new establishment that strives to go back to some classic French roots cooking. That place is Bar Roque Grill, situated at a corner in Amara Hotel.

Monday, July 8, 2013

456 Mian Fen Guo - Comforting Ban Mian in Bedok

It's a bit sad and kinda disappointing that local food blogs are now focusing less and less on featuring hidden hawker gems in Singapore.

And what with the mockery of a hawker challenge with Gordon Ramsay, attention is given only to those who are famous and have actually moved away from their so-called hawker origins into air-conditioned restaurants and cafes.