Thursday, November 28, 2013

Best Brunch Ever Cookbook from ToTT - It's Time For Singaporeans to Cook at Home

Yeah, it's time all of us learn to cook at home. It's not just about saving money as eating outside has become an increasingly arduous ordeal when it comes to price.

But, because it is also something that is very communal when you cook at home. When you can get everyone in the family to chip in to help concoct a meal, there is something special about bonding through cooking.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Kumartini at WA Dining Lounge at UE Square

He is called the head mixologist here, and that may be somewhat verbose for what is essentially a bartending position. But make no mistake about it, Kumar is one of the best bartenders in town.

And that is not just reflected in his martinis that he conjures up, but also the rapport and support he garners from his loyal followers.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Serenity Spanish Restaurant at Ngee Ann City - A Tale of Two Suckling Pigs

It was my mum-in-law's birthday bash, well, a small family one anyway. We had booked a week in advance at a notable Chinese restaurant Whose Name I Shall Not Mention (WNISNM).

And it was on a Sunday of all days. I guess I should have expected a crowd, but I seriously did not expect that big a crowd. Worse, I was made to queue another 15 minutes before I could get to the attendant.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Da Jie 大姐 Famous Wanton Mee - The Unbearable Goodness of Chicken Feet

Let's get this out of the way first. I am not a chicken feet person. I am always the first to politely refuse a helping of chicken feet at dim sum places.

Maybe it's psychological, but I know it's an acquired taste time for many. For those who acquired it, it is an absolute delicacy.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Soon Soon Prawn Noodle and Zhong Mei Fried Carrot Cake - A Duo of Little Gems in Bedok

A Twitter follower from Mexico saw my photo of our local fried carrot cake and remarked "That does not look like any carrot cake I have eaten!"

Indeed, it is sometimes easy to forget that to folks from the west, carrot cake means a totally different thing. A dessert that accompanies a nice cup of Earl Grey, perhaps.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Essence of Food Blogging - Discovering and Sharing, Not Bragging Rights

There are all kinds of reasons why people blog, especially about food.

Just this week, one Singaporean blogger put up a post on the cost of blogging to perpetuate the reasoning that there is no such thing as a free meal.

And that has led me thinking, have we as a nation become so pedantic as to put a cost to everything?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Good Morning Nanyang Cafe - A Better Than Good Experience

Byron's moniker is liverpool, and obviously he is a die hard Liverpool FC fan. I am a Man U fan, and there is always that intense rivalry between the 2 clubs.

Nevertheless, I have an immense admiration for the Anfield fan that started this business of traditional coffee and toast despite coming from a totally different field.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ivy's Hainanese Mutton Soup - A Real Love Story

You would think Ivy is the main cook and owner of this traditional Hainanese mutton soup stall, and you would be wrong.

It's the husband that runs the joint, and despite being Hainanese, he has not known or cooked mutton soup until recently. And you wanna know why?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Restoran Chin Chin - The Incredible Wanton Noodles in Johor

Let's face it. There will never be a perfect plate or bowl of wanton noodles. There will always be a great component or 2, but no one will ever get everything right.

With that in mind, these days the one thing that will gravitate me towards a wanton mee stall is simply the noodles.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Volcano Coffee House, Lei Cha (Thunder Tea) - The Little Boy with the Adorable Big Eyes

The little boy's eyes peered from behind the wall as we drove up, the wall barely hiding his mischievous cheeky smile.

As we strode in, his eyes lit up further in excitement and anticipation. He knew we were not the regular locals that patronize this popular eatery, but out of towners descending upon their quiet but amiable surroundings.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Land at Johor Bahru - Of Chocolate Ice Kachangs and Nasi Lemaks and Rojaks

In life, if we can get to do one thing really well, we would be very fortunate. If we can even do 2, it's a blessing. But to accomplish 3 is a near miracle.

And that was probably what we witnessed in JB at this delightful little cafe that is so aptly named Happy Land.