Sunday, 28 May 2017

Under the Bridge Crab - Hong Kong

Even after staying in Hong Kong some years back, I never had the chance to try this "local delicacy". I guess its how we Singaporeans do not have Chilli Crabs everyday either. But this time, I was back in Hong Kong for a Gourmet food hunt - 3 Star Michelin "Sushi Shikon" the evening before, and 2 Star Michelin "Amber". 

The famous Typhoon Shelter Crab is a local dish, now with varying Spice levels to accommodate to tourists. Crabs stir fried with deep fried Garlic, White and Black Peppers. A very savoury and rich dish - great with a cold beer! 


A few other of their signature dishes we tried, but weren't anything to shout out for. Typical Tse Char dishes such as the "Mui Fan", stir fried Venison with Spring Onions etc... In my opinion, you'd be better off with the Seafood stalls along Temple Street Market or Sai Kung. 







G/F-3/F, Ascot Mansion, 421-425 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, HK
Tel: 852) 2893 1289 / 2834 6818
(Exit C, Causeway Bay Station)

Shop 1-2, G/F, Chinaweal Centre, 414-424 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, HK
Te: (852) 2834 6268
(Exit C, Causeway Bay Station)

Shop 6-9, G/F, 429 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, HK
Tel: (852) 2573 7698
(Exit C, Causeway Bay Station)

Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice - Holland Drive

They used to be over at Margaret Drive, with a huge space. And when that property got demolished, they relocated. I've found them at the corner coffeeshop at the heel of Holland Drive. Three times I came here, they tell me they only have Breasts and Chicken Wings left - with that "take it or leave it" attitude. One customer even got told off for paying them with a $50 note. Such intimidating service I do not condone nor support.

Worse was discriminatory treatment, when a table ordered a whole chicken and side dishes, they were promptly served with a smile! Sitting here with this plate of Chicken Wing Rice at $4.50, I was left unimpressed by the dish as well. The chicken was boiled to death with zero flavour! Their rice was fragrant but wet - a turn off for Chicken Rice fans...

I believe, they only bother to dash that soya sauce blend when you order the Quarters/Half of Whole. Standards are no longer how it used to be...  



Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice
Chang Chen Mee Wah Coffeeshop
Blk 40 Holland Drive
Singapore 270040

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Hidden Gem - Khoon Kee Tasty Prawn Mee

There are several types of Prawn Mee in Singapore. And everything revolves around the Soup, and more specifically what type of prawns they choose to use. You can tell from the colour of the soup, ranging from dark brown to deep red. The darker brown soups will give you a savoury saltier flavour whilst the red ones are from the heavy roe from larger prawns. 

Away from the draws of the crowds at Redhill market, only known to some of the discerning foodies, this has to be a hidden gem. So savoury their soup is, you have to restrain yourself to chug it all at a go. 

The noodles with its special sambal chilli, garlic and fried shallots, and a dash of its broth, forming the base. 





Khoon Kee Tasty Prawn Mee & Char Kway Teow 
(坤记大虾排骨面炒果条)
REDHILL FOOD CENTRE, #01-58 
85 REDHILL LANE, 150085

OPENING HOURS: Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 19:00
Sat, Sun & PH: 08:00 - 13:00
Closed: Tue

Thursday, 18 May 2017

New Tables: Audace @ Wanderlust Hotel

Chef Jeremy Gillon from Restaurants du Montana of the French Alps returns to Singapore to helm Unlisted Collections latest "Audace" in its own Wanderlust Hotel. 

Chef Jeremy with much "Audacity" pushes boundaries of French comfort food and Contemporary cuisine and presentation. And in his Discovery Menu "Laissez-vous Aller", otherwise known as Go With the Flow - aligned with the Wanderlust theme. 
4-course $68++
6-course $98++

A lot of thought has been carefully placed as to what goes onto a plate, creating a story of flavours and blends. Mushrooms, Carrots and Onions done three ways in each of these appetizers. Or how Fish Oil, Pine Oil and Chlorophyll complements each other so amazingly well. Ending a heavy degustation with a refreshing Cucumber sorbet. Or so you'd think... a pretty surprise lurks.


AMUSE BOUCHE

A shot of Pumpkin Jus engulfing a chunk of Salmon and topped of with a dash of Citrus and Parsley. 

APPETIZERS

Egg Yolk Confit with Salt, Mushroom Salad, Achillee Syrup, and Porcini Cream

Baked Carrot, Coconut, Coriander and Roasted Buckwheat

Braised Octopus, Grilled Onion Salad (Spring Onion, Shallots and Onion Puree), Roasted Hazelnut, and Basil

MAINS

Steamed Ocean Trout, Chervil (French Parsley) Chlorophyll, Fresh Baby Spinach, Grilled Cucumber, Pine Oil


Lamb, Baby Thai Eggplant, Garlic Mesh, Serpolet Oil (Thyme Aromatic)

Rolled Black Chicken, Chestnut Mash, Basil and Coffee

Beef Striploin, Banana, Shallot Papillote, Tarragon, Coulis, Dry Capers and Anchovy

Mashed Polenta

DESSERTS

Passion Fruit Ice Cream, Green Mango, Verbena, Financier (cake)

Macaron, Black Columbian Coffee Jelly, Speculoos Cream, Cocoa Sorbet

Cucumber Sorbet, Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Binomio Tapas @ Tanjong Pagar

Pulpo A’ferira
Atlantic Octopus “A Feria style” 34

This Galician boiled Octopus remains so soft, sprinkled with Salt and Paprika and drizzled with Olive oil and set on slices of Potatoes. 

Papada con Navajas

Char Grilled Pork Belly and Razor Clams, with Cauliflower Puree 32

A very rich and savoury dish. The Pork Belly was fatty but grilled crispy on the outside. Razor Clams or as locals know it as Bamboo Clams were sweet. Both balanced with a dip of the Puree of Cauliflower. 

Costillar de Ternera 

Slow cooked Beef Short Ribs with Carrots Puree & Marinated Shallots 27

The short ribs were soft and tender from slow cooking, but it was not a dish I would see myself ordering again. We are still trying to figure out what those purple stalks are, I think they are baby carrots slowed cooked together with the ribs in a red wine sauce. 

The white Asparagus were seasonal and not on the menu. Served with Parma and a Mushroom puree. 

Binomio
20 Craig Rd, #01-02, Craig Place, 089692
Phone: 6557 0547
Opening HoursL 12–2pm, 6–10:30pm

Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Best Laksa I've Had! - Sungei Laksa

I had arrived at half past 1pm and a snaking queue with cordons and all were already up. A tidy set up inside the kitchen for minimal fuzz or stress. An almost no nonsense vibe resounds within this family run operation with clear instructions and clarifications written on the board. And that a small bowl of Laksa at a FIXED price of $3. 

I had stood in line for only about 20-30mins. But this has got to be one of the best laksa I have ever had! Usually with the "katong" laksa(s), I find them diluted in taste and end up stirring a load of chilli paste into the broth... This one however, was so flavourful and rich, that I did not have to. 

Flavours sealed in via that slow cook on coals. If you rush the cooking process, the coconut milk may separate from the broth hence leaving you that flat milky taste. There is a rich sweetness to this broth too, I suspect it is the prawns that lend flavour. They were generous with the "hum" cockles, and they were fresh and medium sized. 





Monday, 1 May 2017

One of the Yummiest Sliders and Ribs in CBD! SOS - The Sail


Now picture this, after a long day at work, you stagger down to the nearby pub, chugged your first pint of cold Beer, and start having the munchies. Now you take a bite into a medium sized slider packed with pulled chicken in a hot buffalo sauce topped with homemade purple cabbage slaw... Life is Good again. 

And if you can't take the heat, they also offer a sweet BBQ pulled pork version or simply stick to the good ol Beef sliders. 








And if you are feeling hungry, have the rack of pork ribs in BBQ sauce. The meat simply licks off the bone and melts in your mouth. I am not a fan of an overpowering BBQ sauce, and they do it perfectly - just enough to add flavour of the char. And if for no other reason at all, this is only $18!