Sunday, 30 April 2017

Nan Xiang Chicken Rice - Old School Roasts

This stall in the corner coffeeshop sitting on 271 Tanjong Katong has been around since 1967 - a cool 50 years! We came just in the nick of time for the last plate of goodies such that he didn't even bother to ask me what I wanted. I just smiled at him and said Yes. Second generation Jimmy dished out this plate of Triple Goodness - Roast Chicken, Roast Pork and Char Siew ($12).

Famous for their Roast Chicken Rice, but I love it for their Char Siew. Old School, Sweet Caramelised Fatty Pork. Their Roast Pork as well, not too salty at the bottom and crispy at its skin with a mixture of lean and fatty centres. 

The Rice is grainy and fragrant and goes great with the salted Ginger sauce but the Chilli sauce is too watery and don't worry about the soup... 
I'd give this a 3.5-4 out of 5.





Friday, 28 April 2017

Alchemist Beer Lab - Duck Confit

This has to be one of the tastiest Duck Confit and I do not believe the 3 hour Free Flow of Craft beers had anything to influence this. After a process of cooking this Duck Leg in its own fat, it is pan-seared and basted with more of the salt marinate. Resulting in a Tender and Juicy on the inside, Crispy and Salted on the outside. 

They are not new to cooking Rich and Unadulterated beer food - Little Island Brewery serves you a plethora of Smoked delights.


Duck Confit 25

Sticky Thai Chicken Wings 10

Charcuterie (Big) 28
Iberico Sausage, Proscuitto, Chicken & Black Truffle Ballotine, Duck Liver Parfait, 

Happy Hour Sampler 25




Alchemist Beer Lab

South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road, #B1-16, Singapore, 189768
Phone: 6386 4365

Opening Hours: 4pm–2am

Ah Hoe Mee Pok - Hype?

I had heard so much hype about a Japanese family dishing out local Bak Chor Mee (Minced Pork Noodles). And some have said the noodles is something I have to try. And true enough, when I arrived, a queue had already formed mainly with teenagers possibly following a blogger or a hype. And that is exactly what it is. There was nothing special about this stall at all. Unless you are talking about their Japanese Fusion Mee Pok creations. 

I decided to just order the first item on their menu: "Special Mee Pok". This comes a few slices of Abalone, Prawns, Lean and Minced Pork and Meat Balls. Their Mee Pok is slightly thicker than the usual factory made ones, almost similar to Tai Hwa's. And they too prepare the vinegar version of the noodles. But somehow, they fall short of flavours and balancing sauces to complement and bring out the best of Vinegar.  

Worth a try, but not for a 30min wait, and definitely not as good as it is hyped up to be. Maybe it was cause his son was cooking? I am not sure, otherwise I cannot seem to concur with how others have raved about it...






Hai Kee Char Kway Teow

In a hawker centre not known for its dinner crowds, this place seemed empty. And if you look at this stall's layout, it is similarly empty! Extreme minimalist - just packaging paper, chopsticks and plastic bags. Everything is neat and clean. I like this stall already. Then there is the queue. It is generally a 20-30mins wait because each plate is stir fried individually. 

This has to be my favourite Char Kway Teow to date! It is not too sweet with black sauce, not too oily, not too gooey like Outram's. And the Wok Hei is Unlimited! So fragrant, every bite had equal amount of the wok hei - you can tell from the picture itself. 

The ratio of kway teow to noodles is also perfect, ensuring sufficient textures and bite. And generous servings of cockles littered all over the plate. 




Hai Kee Teochew Char Kway Teow 
(海记潮州炒粿条·)

Telok Blangah Crescent Market & Food Centre, 
11 Telok Blangah Crescent, #01-102 
S090011

Opening Hours: Daily 5pm to 10pm

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Song Fish Soup @ Clementi Central

This stall has always been elusive to me, its always closed whenever I walk by. This time I caught the tide! It has to be one of the best Fish Soup I have had, and I don't even like Fish Soups. 

You start off with the Soup, light but not overpowered by the Evaporated Milk yet a tinge of sweetness. Then generous portions of thinly sliced Bittergourd, almost sweet with some soup. 

The Fish, commonly used Snakeheads is so firm and smooth! Look how thick each layering is on its cross-section. Imagine the springiness and the texture of the fish matches that of the thick bee hoon (vermicelli)... 

And then, like an unexpected present, I find fried Taupok in the soup as well! Like a sponge, so good... But what is the winning factor for me has to be the Chilli! A mixture of fermented bean paste and chilli. Genius! Makes a big difference. 



Song Fish Soup
Blk 448 Clementi Avenue 3, 
Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre #01-38 Singapore 120448

Opening Hours: 10.30am - 2.30pm, 4.30pm - 8.30pm

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Salted and Hung by Chef Drew Nocente

Mackerel 18
Gin, Horseradish, Pickles & Nori Ash

Sous Vide in Gin and Horseradish, this Mackerel has to be one of the best I have had! Blowtorched on the outside but medium rare on the inside. Sweet, Savoury and slightly charred. The textures were amazing. What a starter! 

Charcuterie 28
Lardo. Pork Head Terrine. Duck Rilette. Salami. Iberico. 

Another amazing starter, the Chef's charcuterie is built and contained in a small but punchy Dry Ager. The Lardo is the again one of the best I tasted! Seasoned with a Truffle Honey and Chilli. 

Kangaroo 14
Pickled Beetroot, Blood Orange & Juniper 

MAINS - JOSPER

Patagonian Toothfish 56
Cider & Greens

Some call it a Chilean Seabass, but this species of Cod Icefish spawns in deep water. A firm and muscular fish, more so than its Cod cousins. In a tripartite agreement, the fish oils, and an ingenious prawn butter blend, renders this dish so good. That being said, we are finding it a challenge to justify the $56 price tag on this dish.  


Lamb Leg 28
Cabbage, Eggplant & Pistachios

Unfortunately, I'd have to say this was a miss for me. The braised Lamb Leg was too sweet for my liking, and did not go well with the Pistachios. 



WestHolme Wagyu Ribeye 65
Homemade XO Sauce and Pickled Cabbage

The gorgeous Australian signature Wagyu from Westholme, cooked in a Josper Grill if I am not mistaken, came out perfectly pink and tender. 



FARM

Corn 10
Spiced Cheese, Chives & Manchego
Spanish Goat's Cheese

DESSERTS

Peanut Butter Tim Tams 16
Bergamot, Ganache & Chocolate Ice Cream


Salted & Hung
12 Purvis St, Singapore 188591
6358 3130
Opening Hours: 11:30am–4pm, 6–10:30pm

Thaksin Beef Noodles

I've walked past this coffeeshop so many times, known to me as the one with the Brothers' Rojak and Popiah. This time I walk in, after Gym, to try this Thai Beef Noodles. 

The soup is very rich and full of flavour and perhaps with a tad too much MSG. But you can tell that lots of bones went into this broth. This with a dash of their killer Chilli Flakes, would be an effective hangover cure! The beef brisket is soft and tender, the tripe soaks up the broth with so much flavour!




Thaksin Beef Noodles
Blk 449, Clementi Ave 3, S120449
Opening Hours 10:30am–10pm

N.M Abdul Rahim - Indian Mee Goreng

Highly recommended by the West Coast residents, I had to try this Mee Goreng. I had to admit, it is not the best one I have had, but it certainly brought me back to old times when there was an Indian stall under the Whitley Flyover some 30 years ago. Especially with the green peas!



N.M Abdul Rahim (from Shenton Way)
Ayer Rajah Food Centre #01-60 
Blk 503 West Coast Drive, S120503
Opening Hours: Daily 8:30am to 1am

Suan Thai's Jungle Curry

Along the rows of restaurants in Killiney, you'd find this small Thai restaurant that fills up during lunch time on weekdays. Whilst they'd have some boring $9.90 meals, I gave it a pass to try something more unique and adventurous - something like a "Jungle Curry"! 

The waiter had to repeat at me 5 times that this is going to be spicy. Maybe because I am Chinese? Lol. Sure enough it packed a punch! A Jungle Curry basically refers to curry without the use of Coconut Milk. Packed with fresh crunchy vegetables and generous serving of Chicken breasts, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. 


Suan Thai
101 Killiney Road, 239544
Phone: 6235 4126
Opening Hours: 11:30am–2:30pm, 6–10pm