Sunday, 21 August 2016

Janice Wong's new Restaurant at the National Museum Singapore

Janice Wong opens her first Restaurant in Singapore, nestled in the corner of the National Museum. It combines both a retail store and a concept Dim Sum restaurant and bar.

The Chef de Cuisine is Chef Ma Jian Jun and Pastry Chef Derrick Wong.

BlackRed Duple Noodles $18

It is interesting how each dish provides you with a Gluten part indicator. With this dish given a Medium. Based on a "Duple" two main beats on a bar, this black and red contrast hangs also as an art piece on the wall. You literally can taste the "heaviness" of the gluten. Just like the beef broth, it is light and refreshing. Nothing being too overpowering, nothing giving you an MSG spike. The Braised Beef Briskets tender and supple sharing a simple bite to the noodles.

XLB (Xiao Long Bao) Tasting Platter
Whisky Pork; Truffle Cheese Chicken; Foie Gras Pork Cherry; Shrimp Ebi Kombu

With four very strong sounding flavours, the XLBs as they are named, are blended subtly to create hints of flavours yet not stealing the authenticity of a Xiao Long Bao. Best eaten hot (leave those cameras for your next visit!)

Signature 5 Dumplings $15

Both a Visual play and deliberate on Textures - the menu tells you what to expect with each dumpling. From Left to Right:

Elastic - Aubergine Peppers
Crystal - Scallop Prawn
Transparent - Mushroom
Matt - Chicken
Crispy Skin - Potato Cured Pork

My favourite of the dumplings is the Mushroom one here. An amazing smooth and light gluten gel enveloping a blend of mushrooms. Imagine a thin skinned "Soon Kueh" burst in your mouth.

Whimsical Buns $4 each. (Low Gluten)
Liquid Egg; Braised Veal; Minced Vegetables

You would recognize the Yellow one to be "Golden Custard" in most dim sum places. But having Chives and Spinach in one and Braised Veal in another is interesting.

Janice Wong Singapore
Address: 93 Stamford Road, National Museum Singapore,
01-06, Singapore 178897

Opening Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 11pm (last order 10:30pm)
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 1am (last order 12:30am)
Sunday: 11am – 6pm (last order 5pm)

Friday, 19 August 2016

Kwang Huat Hokkien Mee @ Newton Circus

Doesn't seem to be one of those popular stalls. But we tried it because it was next to Hai Yan Seafood out on the front facing the carpark. Ran by an elderly couple and seemingly their daughter. 

What I love about their Hokkien mee is the incredible Wok Hei as apparent from the picture. And you can taste the old school and see it in the "dirty" sauce. Full of rich flavours from broiling the Prawn broth. Each bite of noodles has a burst of these flavours and the occasional bean sprouts. Must try!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

ManNa Korean Restaurant at Telok Ayer - A place you can skip.

If you come a little over noon, you'd find yourself having to wait outside for a seat. A nice spacious restaurant setting with amicable service and affordable set lunches, you can't go wrong. Not all the dishes are up to mark though. I personally like the spicy beef stew best - Yuk Gae Jang. The Bulgogi is a tad sweet, and the Kimchi Fried Rice isn't that fragrant with no ingredients. I think you'd be better off across the street at ChunCheon Dakgalbi instead.

Yuk Gae Jang $14.80

Kimchi Bokkum Bak $12.80

Ttuk-Bulgogi $14.80

Set Lunch Bulgogi Pork Set $12.80 (Egg +$0.80)

Set Lunch Saba Set $10.80

Kimchi Chijae Set Lunch $9


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Set Lunch at Esquina


Oyster, Jalepeno Ponzu, Salmon Roe and Pickled Ginger Flower
Amazing burst flavours in this bite! Each component complements and accentuates each other. The Jalepeno and the Ginger Flower, the Ponzu and the Oyster brine, the Pickling and the Salmon Roe. My favourite dish today. 

Chorizo Croqueta, Piquillo Mayo
This dish was a miss. The batter ran from the potatoes, the cheese and the mayo that lost some flavour from the Piquillo peppers (though a bit more heat would have brought home the concept)


Roasted Cauliflower, Cauliflower Cous-cous, Serrano Ham and Cheese
The roasted Cauliflower was bland but I felt was clean rather, a good respite from the Serrano Jamon and Cheese in the Cous-cous. Perhaps the Jamon should be in the cous-cous rather than on top. Nice dish overall. 

 Padron Peppers, Sun-dried Tomato Pesto, Manchego Cheese
This was very tasty! The peppers from the Spanish municipality of Padron were mild like capsicum, with a salted pesto which was enhanced by the cheese from the Manchego Sheep. 


Salted Cod 'Rafols',  Tomato & Iberico Chickpeas, and Black Garlic
The washed Salted Cod from the Catalan family business 'Rafols' had a firm chewy texture. Tomato and Iberico Chickpeas weren't magical but perhaps made better with the Black Garlic paste. 

Pigeon, Forest Berries Escabeche, Burnt Rosemary Polenta, Crisp Shallots
Pigeon was a tad gamey, but was cancelled out by the citrusy Escabeche (a Mediterranean acidic mixture). Complemented by the slight bitter-burnt fragrance from the shallots and the pigeon jus. 

Address: 16 Jiak Chuan Rd, S089267
Open today · 12–2:30pm, 6–10:30pm
Phone: 6222 1616

Monday, 15 August 2016

Adrift, Waku Ghin, Spago, and Sky on 57 @ Epicurean Market 2016


Lobster Roll

Foie Gras Ban Mi with Lotus Chips

WAKU GHIN BY Tetsuya Wakuda

Tartare of Toro Tuna from Shikuoka with Spring Onion, Mountain Potato, Wrapped with Nori

Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin and Oscietra Caviar

 Grilled Tasmanian Petuna Ocean Trout with Spicy Yuzu Sauce on Soya Vinegar Rice

 SPAGO by Joshua Brown 

Big Eye Tuna Tartare Cones

Sweet Corn Ravioli

Grilled Colorado Lamb Chops


Lewellyn's Fried Chicken

 SKY on 57 by Justin Quek

Oven Roasted Five Spice Hoisin Marinated Australian Wagyu Beef Rump with Yuzu Pepper Cream.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Soon Kee Hokkien Mee - Bukit Batok St.11

Since I was frequently in the area, I decided to conduct a food hunt in the Bukit Batok area. This stall is not easy to find! Block 155 seems to be two coffeeshops joined back to back - so don't go to the wrong one. Soon Kee is located in what is called Broadway, in a less popular coffeeshop. The other one also has Hokkien Mee but did not look that appealing. 

Soon Kee is run by Joshua, a young man who seems passionate about what he does. I am really happy to see younger hawker and I am very inspired by this. That being said, you can really taste the hard work put into this rich and flavourful plate of Hokkien Prawn Noodles. Amidst a recent incident of losing his rental deposit to the previous landlord, and to fork out more deposit to the current landlord, I admire his Fighting Spirit.

It is all in the broth, you has tastes of Sweet from Sugar and the Prawns, tinge of Bitter from the Wok Hei and the Pork Lard, Savoury from the Prawn Shells. And his Prawns are Fresh and not those cheaper farmed glassy ones you get in some laksa. The Pork Lard is fried perfectly without becoming too charred or bitter - light and crispy. The Chilli is a Belachan style, likened to the one in Chomp Chomp (not Ah Hock).

Soon Kee Hokkien Prawn Noodle
Blk 155 Bukit Batok St 11,
Broadway Coffeeshop (formerly Li Soon Coffeeshop)
Opening Hours: 8am to 9pm (Closed on Mon)

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Artichoke - Brunch

Known for his fly-by-wire cooking style, Chef Bjorn Shen seem to place no regard for Formal or Fancy. Just unadulterated tasty food. He's even authored his own Recipes-Stories book. Come here for intense Middle Eastern inspired flavours and dishes. 

We came here prior to a Sunday Matinee and settled in for Brunch. Please make reservations in advance, as the queues can get pretty crazy. 

Smashed Avocado, Kranji Farmed Mushrooms, Tomato Salad, Mizuna, Turkish Toast. 

4 Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Smoked Tomato Soup. 

Artichoke161 Middle Road
Phone: +65 63366949

Opening Hours:Tue - Fri: 18:30 - 21:30
Sat: 11:30 - 14:30;18:30 - 21:30
Sun: 11:30 - 14:30

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Pre Theatre 3 Course Dinner Menu - OCF

When we came on a Thursday evening, we were the only customers at 6pm. 
Service was amicable amidst a High Ceiling, and gorgeous Grand Piano sitting on stage. 

This 3 course meal is very affordable at 48+++. And in addition, a 10% discount for UOB Credit Cards. 

Starters: Mackerel on Beetroot 

Main: Grilled White Asparagus with Wagyu Short Ribs

Desserts: Quartered Peach with Vanilla Ice Cream

Olivia Cassivelaun Fancourt

1 Old Parliament Ln, 179429
Phone: 6333 9312
Opening Hours: 6pm–12am

Monday, 1 August 2016

Sarnies Sandwiches & Salads

Chicken Pesto Salad $15
Mushrooms, Cherry Tomatoes, Roasted Chicken, Mix Greens, Pesto & Balsamic 

Paleo Steak Salad $17.50
Cut Steak, Japanese Cucumber, Mix Greens, Onion Rings, Roma Tomatoes, Guacamole

Smoked Salmon Sandwiches $15
Smoked Salmon, Capers, Onion Rings, Mix Greens, Dill Sauce. 

Kurobuta Ham Sandwich $15.50
Ham, Cheddar, Tomatoes, Chutney, Mayo, Greens. 

Sarnies136 Telok Ayer St, 068601
Opening Hours: 7:30am–11pm
Phone: 6224 6091

Local Dishes at KPO

I was surprised to find a full menu at a place I had only come to have drinks. We simply had to try the local dishes which comes 3 times the price outside. 

Nasi Lemak $17
Chicken Wings, Prawns, Luncheon Meat, Ikan Bilis, Sunny Side Up.

Wasn't quite that bad. Especially after several beers and you are having those post-beers cravings, you'd fork out that $17. The Ikan Billis (Anchovies) are salty but I guess it goes really well with beers. Whilst the chilli is slightly sweeter to cater to the general public I guess. 

KPO Hokkien Mee $16
Pork Belly, Prawns, Pork Lard Chunks.

The Hokkien Mee was a tad on the salty side. And the portion was slightly smaller than a local average. Chewy chunks of boiled Pork Belly and 2 Prawns. Barely worth the $16 I have to say. 


1 Killiney Rd, 239518
Opening Hours: 3pm–1am