Sunday, 15 March 2015

Sum Yi Tai - Preview Menu

Post Butter Factory, this was their next project - Sum Yi Tai. It translates as the Third Wife. 
Prior to its official opening in Apr, they have launched a Preview Menu for you to try all of their dishes without busting your wallet. Each dish is only $8. 

Located in the middle of Boon Tat Street, next to No Menu, the place welcomes you into a narrow stretch, dimly lit with an eccentric mix of retro asian memories. It is of a casual dining setting, with high tables and chairs. Whilst apart from the ground floor, they also have a roof top VIP lounge area to enjoy your favourite Whiskeys and drinks. 

The Salted Egg King Prawns with Lime Zest was light on the taste unlike the thick artery-clogging sauce you'd find it the Tse Char shops, glazed over fairly large sized Glass Prawns. 

Next were the Maple Honey Glazed Char Siew. This means they are sweeter than the ones you would get at a Shao La stall, but equally charred to retain a traditional texture on tender meats. 

This is on the top of their "My Favourite Sins" section, the Sum Yi Tai's Signature XO Carrot Cake. Indeed, this was one of my favourite dishes tonight as well. It has got the fragrance from the XO and its corresponding "Wok Hei", but also from its salted fish bits! Every ingredient here goes well with each other. What sets it apart from the Carrot Cake at Canton-I at the Ion is a tinge of Spice. Full of Flavours from the Chinese Kitchen... Love it.

The last on the Favourite Sins section is the Skewered Tofu with Szechuan Ma Po Dipping Sauce. Unfortunately this did not work out that well. I am sure this will be fine tuned prior to the opening. The tofu was too crispy, perhaps due to the small size of the cubes it will cook too fast. The dipping sauce is light, and would be better off as a drizzle rather than a dipping sauce. 

Then there is the "Dragon's Selection"... It has the Salmon Skins with Salted Egg & Lime Zest, but I simply couldn't resist a Sio Ba! The Crispy Roast Pork with Chilli Oil dip and a swash of English Mustard. No frills, no fancy cooking. This is pure old school, roast pork belly and good chilli to go with it. A must have, to go with your happy hour Lager! 

Taste: 3.5/5
Service: NA 
Ambience: 3/5
Price: 3/5 (ave $30-50 per pax) 

Sum Yi Tai
25 Boon Tat Street
6221 3665
Opening Hours: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:00pm - 1:00am

Sunday, 1 March 2015

CBD Lunch Series - Bugis

A pictorial series to help you along to what to eat whenever you are in the Bugis area. The CBD series is about bringing together a guide to sourcing for lunch venues within the vicinity. 

Bugis Junction:

Eighteen Chefs is located on the top floor of Bugis Junction right next to the Cinema. Opened by Social Entrepreneur Benny Se Teo to help Ex-Convicts.  The place is very well run, with a self service ordering counter, affordable prices, discounts for Students and Pioneer elderly, and friendly staff. 

I had the signature Salted Egg Prawn Pasta, and it was surprisingly good. I had a very good impression of this place. Its intentional efficiency to make it easy for staff to manage their assimilation. 

Menya Musashi opened another outlet in yet another bustling mall. Located on the basement beside the lifts, it sees a steady crowd getting their Ramen fix. With an online ordering system via iPads, the service is fairly prompt. 

MOF (Ministry of Food) is located on the 2nd floor, just behind Watsons. It has a variety of food ranging from Ramen, Dons, and Sushi Platters etc. Service can be fairly poor with staff walking right past you, and food can take awhile to reach but I suspect it is not the kitchen but the staff that causes this delay. 

Food Junction:

Puay Heng Minced Pork Noodles, opened a stall in Food Junction since its move from China Square. The famous Capitol Building noodles have now franchised, and surprisingly have not lost too much of its quality. Come here if you want a quick fix for good textured noodles, fresh ingredients, and the traditional dash of vinegar.  

North Bridge Road:

Yu Kee Duck Rice is just across the road from Bugis Junction, the corner coffeeshop by in front of the traffic lights. Their braised duck is tender and soaks in the salty braised sauce, whilst its yam rice is fragrant and grainy to give you a very satisfying lunch! 

Ah Seng Bak Kut Teh is located at the coffeeshop across the lane from Yu Kee Duck Rice and across the road from Bugis Junction. This place is open 24 hours along with a Bak Chor Mee stall, perhaps to cater to the owls in the Bugis area. Was pleasantly surprised with the taste of their soup, peppery as with the rest, but sweeter than the rest too. The meat was fairly tender but drier than Song Fa's. 

Four Seasons - Keisuke, is round the corner of Bugis Village diagonally across Raffles hospital. Another outlet of the successful Keisuke opens in Bugis to cater to the throngs of students who are now discerning of their Ramen. Unlike the other three predecessors, Four Seasons is to cater to more varying tastebuds. 

Alex Eating House

Blanco Prawn Mee

 Xin Yuan Ji Fish Soup

Odeon Beef Noodles - Bugis Junction Foodcourt

Beng Thin Hoon Kee Restaurant - CNY Set Lunches

Crabmeat Fish Maw Soup

Fujian Style Prawn Ball & Ngo Hiang

Abalone with Spinach

Steamed Fresh Garoupa

Braised Sea Cucumber and Duck

Fujian Fried Noodles

Braised Pork Bun

Beng Thin Hoon Kee Restaurant
OCBC Building 
65 Chulia Street, 5th Level Carpark 
Tel: 6533 7708

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11:30 - 15:00
Daily: 18:00 - 22:00