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When the kaya that triggers so many happy memories is transformed into such a delicious ice cream, it's a win for the day. So rich, and so kaya-y. How do I break down how Kaya tastes like? When I've known it all my life as a unique taste in itself. And that crouton-esque bar of toast is the perfect complement to this deliciously rich and sweet soft serve. Now if only there was just a hint of that buttery taste that kaya toast always has, just to add some roundness to the flavours. But okay I guess that's kinda hard in a cold ice cream. ♀️
Watermelon Fried Rice is not a particularly common Thai dish. But it's apparently a signature dish of Gin Khao. I was a bit disappointed the fried rice wasn't served in a watermelon bowl like all the pictures I've seen but nevermind, we'll move on. ♀️ This tastes reminiscent of Chinese fried rice with the slight but not prominent wok hei taste. The fried rice is fried with two shrimps, carrots, cabbage, and egg. Three tiny watermelon balls are then buried in it. And then it's garnished with some cashew nuts and chicken floss. The watermelon is a refreshing touch to fried rice that can tend to be a bit oily. But honestly I'm not impressed. This is basically Yangzhou fried rice with a 0% effort upgrade by tossing in watermelons and garnishing it with some cashews and chicken floss. And there's only three measly balls of watermelon that really isn't enough for this whole plate of fried rice. This was pretty disappointing as it seems that other previous iterations of this dish at other outlets came with more ingredients like squid, fried bean curd skin, and also much more watermelon. The 50% Eatigo discount is a good deal but I would probably go for other dishes that are better value.
Learnt Thai for one year but still can barely scratch the surface of the Thai food dictionary beyond the usual suspects of Pad Thai, Tom Yum, and Som Tam. We tried this Tom Kha Kai ต้มข่าไก่
the other day and wow was this such a new and interesting experience. The coconut milk base makes it so rich, and so different from the Cantonese 煲汤 soups that I'm used to. But the sourness typical of Thai cuisine quickly cuts through it and makes this so so soo addictive. On my first mouth, I was confused from the new tastes. But by the time I was halfway through, I had to stop myself so I could dabao this and share this with my boyfriend. There's also a bunch of stuff inside like chicken (er that tasted like pork), oyster mushrooms, and tomatoes. But really no one drinks soup for what's actually in the soup. The star of the soup must be the soup itself. (Also, protip: 50% on @eatigo_sg who cares if they're inauthentic and are non stop playing Jay Chou songs)
Rule of salads: put as much stuff as you can until you can't see the greens any more. Salad combo for today: mixed lettuce, baked salmon with honey citrus glaze, caramelised onions, enoki mushrooms, tofu, peach gum, orange cubes, mandarin orange slices, cashew nuts and honey yuzu dressing. One of the most delicious salads I've ever eaten #zhencancook
Food is a social experience. It's an adventure that you undertake with someone else. From waking up early to reach the shopping centre before it opens. To the shared disappointment at the meh-ness of McDonald's new Thai Milk Tea soft serve. Here's an ice cream toast to the one that always turns up for every food appointment no matter the time of the day.
Inspired by @frenchguycooking, I made lasagna from scratch. Not the most aesthetic of photos but this is real life and real food. Making anything from scratch (entirely from scratch) is so tiring and thank heavens for capitalism and division of labour. (Marx u r cool but capitalism is crucial to my sanity). Also, my taste buds have been corrupted by commercial lasagna and boxed dried pasta and canned tomato sauce. This lasagna tasted delicious but was also very unfamiliar which was rather disorienting. It was like if you ate fast food your entire life while growing up and suddenly homemade food just tastes strange. Still good though, still good. #zhencancook #spreaditlikebutter
Tried out the McDonald's choco pie that literally everyone has already tried. [Swipe if you want to see the pie not my face] Classic flaky crust with gooey dark chocolate filling and scalded my tongue one too many times. Like a chocolate lava pie. The dark brown and bubbly texture of the crust makes it look very unappetising but okay lah it doesn't taste as offensive as it looks. I'm undecided about it though. While the dark chocolate flavour is rich and deep, and the texture of the filling is smooth and thick, something about the chocolate flavour seems a bit not quite there. Like a chord missing a note, the flavour isn't as full and round as I would have liked it to be. I liked it, but I think the next time I need a 2am supper, I'm still going to order the classic apple pie over this.
February is the month for 1-for-1s. The 1-for-1 at Tsukiji this month makes what would otherwise be out of reach affordable. With four different ways of preparing the tuna on this bowl, it's like being brought on a beautiful expedition through the world of Maguro. From the clean, distinct timbre of the lean Akami cut, rounded out into a softer note by the extra fat in the Chuutoro, climaxing with a change in texture and tempo of the Aburi Maguro, and then a ritardando by the Negitoro signifying the close of this symphony. This was a beautifully constructed dish, one where the quality and freshness of its dish allow the diner to completely submerge in enjoyment.
So soon after their CNY Yuzu parfait and @matchayasg has lured me back with their Valentine's White Chocolate parfait. Come to think of it, I've actually never eaten white chocolate ice cream before. This tasted exactly like white chocolate, just with an ice cream texture. It's very sweet though and you definitely need a Valentine to help get you through the whole parfait. Though for a white chocolate lover like myself, it was more of fighting to have more of the ice cream. The tartness of the raspberry sauce helped cut through the sweetness, but there wasn't that much raspberry sauce for the whole parfait. Topped with a classic langue de chat cookie. On a white chocolate parfait, it recalls the shiroi koibito cookies of Hokkaido. While I enjoyed this ice cream, I definitely think this is one to share with a Valentine (or a regular friend).
This seasonal Yuzu parfait by @matchayasg is a masterpiece and every element of the parfait balances the others perfectly. The Yuzu soft serve had a deep and distinct Yuzu flavour, made more intense by the Yuzu syrup. The honey cornflakes and candied orange peel add complexity to the texture. I love the crunch the cornflakes add, and the honey flavour also surprisingly added a pleasant layer to the flavour profile of the Yuzu ice cream. The love letter adds a more delicate and wafer-thin crunch compared to the cornflakes. The candied orange peels added another dimension with the chewy texture. Happy to have caught this before it gives way to the next seasonal special.
Oh I haven't had ootoro in so long salivating just thinking about all the ootoro I had in Japan. So I was so so so happy when I caught this Maguro Meshi bowl at 50% off. Score. Tuna sashimi is so expensive in Singapore, but good tuna sashimi is another level above salmon. All the fatty tuna just melts in my mouth, and when it's really fresh like at Kuro Maguro, there's no fishy taste at all. There's a clear tone that rings through the ootoro in every bite. $16.40 is a steal and this definitely was a very satisfying meal.
Mentaiko Carbonara is a genius take on the classic Italian dish. The mentaiko adds an umami taste to the Carbonara and lifts the heaviness of the cream sauce. The slightly spicy kick also makes it so much more addictive to eat. Not forgetting that soft boiled egg when mixed in makes everything so creamy and delicious.
Chicken Rice is the to-go comfort food for when I'm feeling sad or when I just can't decide what to eat. So simple but so comforting. It's one of those things that's so reliable and dependable, the taste doesn't change very much wherever you go. When it's good it's good. And when it's bad, it's actually not that terrible.
Love it when I stumble upon handmade mee hoon kueh. It's so satisfying when my mee hoon kueh has a slightly bouncy and chewy texture. After all it's supposed to be kueh, not just square flat noodles. Nam Kee also adds mushrooms to the soup so the soup smells especially fragrant and unique. Would be back sooner if it wasn't all the way hidden in Turf City.
Love the Spider Maki from Japanese Curry Express. Fried breaded spider crab, wrapped in rice and seaweed, then topped with seaweed flakes, chilli flakes, kewpie mayo, and with a dash of chilli sauce. It's very unJapanese to bring chilli sauce anywhere sushi, but so so so Singaporean. And the chilli sauce really brings it to the nice level, and adds a good kick of flavour and makes it extra delicious. The fried spider crab also has a good surface-area-of-fried-batter-to volume ratio, and makes it a bit more delicate in texture. Definitely must order everytime I come here!
I love the chendol from Malaysia Boleh. It's only $2 for a small bowl, but it's just the right portion. Green worm jellies are not powdery or frozen, and kidney beans are firm and soft without being mushy. And it's a small enough portion such that the ice doesn't melt so fast that you end up drinking cold coconut milk.
The food part of Art X Social at #lighttonightsg is full of gimmicks, most of them I'm unwilling to pay or queue for. But I succumbed to this one because there were no queues and I really had been looking for fruit juice for an entire hour prior. @thejuicyway has a cute concept with very aesthetic fruit juices that have galaxy-themed names like "The Eclipse" and "Supernova". This one is "The Big Bang" and is a mix of Dragonfruit, Soursop, and Honeydew juice (coloured with butterfly pea). Their multi coloured fruit juice concoctions definitely look very pretty on Instagram. I also appreciate that they don't use any preservatives or additional flavouring, and you can really taste the real fruit taste in the drink. The flavours of this drink ended up being a bit too subtle for my liking, since the fruits themselves are not very strong in flavour. I probably would pick something punchier next time like mango or passionfruit. Though one would have to compromise on the aesthetic factor. $5 for 450ml is about double that of regular fruit juice from the hawker centre. But it's also about the same price as something like Boost juice which adds more sugar than actual fruits (for real). So with full knowledge that you're paying for the aesthetic, gimmick and instagramming rights, on top of the juice itself, $5 is actually an okay price for what it is.
Japanese Curry Express is one of my favourite places to eat in the world. And their mentai salmon don speaks to my heart. There's something so simple and comforting about it. It's not a complex dish at all, literally just rice, raw salmon slices, a glob of mentaiko mayonnaise, a dash of wasibi, then torched to perfection, the flavours perfectly balancing each other. You don't even need to be a chef to prepare this and it takes just five minutes for them to make it. But it's so simple and so delicious and so hidden that I feel kind of special that I'm privy to a little secret not a lot of people know about. (Well, now you know). And the contrast of the angsty auntie here and the super friendly chef, makes this little hole-in-the-wall place so real and genuine.
Got lured to Wildfire by another Burpple 1-for-1 promo. Seriously, Burpple killing me slowly with their 1-for-1 promos. This Shabu Shabu Burger is almost a great burger. I liked everything except that the sauce was overwhelmingly salty. Can I just say though that my favourite part has to be when the sauce seeps into those beautifully soft and sweet brioche buns. Like dipping a digestive biscuit into Milo without it disintegrating. Or like when a macaron ripens overnight and the flavour of the filling seeps into and softens the airy shell. And likewise, the sauce seeps into bun, softening it and adding complexity to its sweetness, without the bun losing its structure and integrity. This specific layer of sauce-meets-bun is a beautiful phenomenon of food nature yet exceedingly hard to chance upon.
These handmade udon noodles at Inaniwa Yosuke has to be some of the best noodles I've ever eaten. The simplest things are hard to perfect. And how often do you see a dish focused entirely on noodles, independent of sauce, or side dishes, of cooking method. The noodles are the star of the show here. Soft and smooth but still firm and holding a bite. And perfectly accompanied by dipping into sesame or soy sauce. My student wallet cries at the premium price I have to pay for premium noodles, but all is good when you have special lunch prices.
I heard Omakase Burger has one of the best burgers in Singapore. Actually I didn't hear lah, it's pasted right on the wall before you enter Picnic@Wisma Atria where this outlet was located. I don't know about best, but it's definitely pretty good. I got the Ultimate Burger which honestly is kind of expensive but yay for 1-for-1 promos! absolutely delicious and tasty beef patty, but I think I would have preferred a sharper chese and caramelised onions just to cut through all that grease.
Got lured to Licktionary @Savourworld through a Burpple 1-for-1 offer! Would never have known of this place otherwise. Licktionary has a cute concept where they name their flavours things like "Happy", "Luck", "Naughty" etc. The offer was for a single scoop of "Kampong" ($3.80) which is a mix of coconut, gula melaka and pandan. The gula melaka flavour is strong with this ice cream, and the coconut flavour adds a subtle complexity. The pandan scent is kind of lost in the cold though. The ice cream is slightly on the icy rather than creamy side, but still really flavourful ice cream here.
The Berry Ricotta Hotcake from Curious Palette always photographs so beautifully. Half of dessert is how it looks and this is a feast for the eyes, as well as for the soul. Beautifully vibrant toppings on top of a warm, fluffy pancake. It's a struggle to eat this before the ice cream melts and it turns soggy and disgusting while trying to savour it with your eyes longer.