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Reconstructed Cake

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore, snacks n bites on September 28, 2011 at 10:35

What would you do if you had a cater a cake for a group of friends who had different dietary restrictions for various reasons? We had 1 who cannot have any chocolate, 2 who hated to eat cream and 1 who only eats cheese cakes?

I present my solution! The Royce Nami Chocolate Cheese Cake. Got the champagne nami chocolate from Royce and a soft-cheesecake from the cake shop located inside The market place.

Glad to say that all of them enjoyed the cake!


Singapore Food Festival – Tingkat Cruise

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on September 26, 2011 at 12:32

There are days when we feel like getting away from everything and behaving like tourists and this Saturday happened to be one of those days.

There had been a Tingkat Cruise that had been organized by the Singapore Food Festival and as touristy as it was we decided to check it out.

A Tingkat is a stacked food container that served as Tupperware before the invention of Tupperware, it was usually made from either metal of enamel. This is what our grannies used years ago when they needed to bring food around.

The cruise took us up river to the mouth of the Singapore river and then back to all the quays. It was a nice leisurely 45 minutes cruise.

We had nasi bryani, satay, meat rolls, fish curries and nonya kways for the meal that came along. The satay was yummy and the nann was so good but the nasi brayani and the fish curry was nothing to shout about.

The food was nothing to write home about but the overall experience had been a fun one.

Seafood paradise @ Changi Airport Terminal 2

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on September 21, 2011 at 10:30

Not my favorite place to eat after my unpleasant experience here not too long ago with a waitress who presented me with a wrong order who had then decided that what she served me was better than what I ordered and that I should eat what she served me. She refused to serve me what I ordered as she insists that she was correct!!! Who was she to decide what I should or shouldn’t eat??? The only reason I didn’t walk away that day is that my grandma was with me and I didn’t wish to alarm her halfway through her lunch.

My gosh, can’t believe I’m back here again. But well it was a lunch meeting with a client and he had chosen the location as he had a flight to catch later that afternoon.

Had decided to get the set meal and that was the seafood fried rice with 3 little side dishes. Side dish 1, 2 slices of smoked duck. Side dish 2, ham and veg. Side dish 3, smoked salmon with tomato salsa. The serving was huge but did not manage to capture the requisite smoky flavour that is essential for the fried rice.

Will I be back of my own will, I don’t think so. I feel that the taste paradise located in Terminal 1 provides much better food and service.

Ci Nai Hong Kong Café – East Coast Park

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on September 19, 2011 at 12:28

I used to like to chill out at this HK café sometime ago and this is the 1st time that I’ve returned since my return home. The menu has been revamped and I have to say that I’m not too happy about the changes made as they have removed quite a few of my favorite dishes like the salted egg softshell crabs, durian pudding and the saliva chicken to name a few.

Thankfully, they did retain my favorite fried rice, the lap mei chao fan or the simply Chinese sausages/salami(waxed meat) that is fried with rice, egg and anchovies. The waxed meats add another dimension of flavour to the taste of the simple egg fried rice by adding the smoking savoury aroma that tantalizes your taste buds.

The chef has managed to maintain the standard of his lap mei fan has presented me with a drool-worthy plate of his signature fried rice and I enjoyed every last bite of it!

The Manhattan Fish Market

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on September 15, 2011 at 00:15

Had the groupon coupons for fish and chip at The Manhattan Fish Market and decided to give them a try for dinner.

The concept is pretty much like Fish and Co with fried fish dominating the menu. Was in the mood for a grease bomb so I went ahead with an order of fish and chips as well as a small seafood platter for sharing.

The calamari was nicely fried with a crispy batter coating and wasn’t too chewy. The shrimps were of a nice size and were pretty fresh. The mushrooms were ok but nothing to write home about.

They are pretty stingy with the sauces like tomato and chilli and tartar and this kind of affects the experience.

Our mains had finally arrived and I must say that it did look pretty promising. Sad to say though, as it had looked better than it had tasted. The fish was fishy and the fries were limp.

Would I be back again? I guess not. Not so good food coupled with not so good service makes The Manhattan Fish Market seem somewhat lacklustre compared to Fish and Co.

Phad Thai from the street‏

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, thailand on September 9, 2011 at 08:43

Pad Thai or Phat Thai (Thai: ผัดไทย [pʰàt tʰāj], “fried Thai style”) is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce (Thai: น้ำปลา), tamarind juice, red chilli pepper, plus any combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken, or tofu, garnished with crushed peanuts, coriander and lime, the juice of which can be added along with Thai condiments. Pad Thai is one of Thailand’s national dishes.

Though the dish had been known in various forms for centuries – it is thought to have been brought to the ancient Thai capital of Ayuthaya by Vietnamese traders – it was first made popular as a national dish by Luang Phibunsongkhram when he was prime minister during the 1930s and 1940s, partly as an element of his campaign for Thai nationalism and centralization, and partly for a campaign to reduce rice consumption in Thailand. The Thai economy at this time was heavily dependent on rice exports; Phibunsongkhram hoped to increase the amount available for export by launching a campaign to educate the poor in the production of rice noodles, as well as in the preparation of these noodles with other ingredients to sell in small cafes and from street carts.

Phad thai has come a long way since then and it has moved from the street corners to the restaurants in ritzy 5 star hotels!

I like phad thai in its original form in the streets and this is one of my favorite stall located in the night market off the BTS station On Nut opposite the Teslco Lotus Hyper market.

3 ladies man the stall with one doing only the cooking, one collects money and take orders and the last one is packs the food and prepares the condiments. Simple and efficient but be warned the average waiting time is at least 25 minutes.

Try it its yummy!!! Well worth the waiting time and is as local as u can get for 40 baht and the crowd is local and this is not cooked for tourists …

Street Night Market on On Nut BTS across the street from Teslco Lotus Hypermarket.

Opening hours: 1800hrs till they are sold out (abt 2100hrs)

Mi Raku Yakinku Syabusyabu

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, thailand on September 4, 2011 at 10:05

Mi Raku Yakinku Syabusyabu remember this name if you are ever up for the best yakinku or japanese bbq outside japan.

Succulent cuts of pork, well marbled beef and fresh seafood are the building blocks that help make the dining experience @ Mi Raku something to remember.

The digs might not be the most luxurious but boy does the food pack a punch.

The mixed beef set provides good value and is good for 2 people if yoi are not big eaters coming in at 700THB its a bargain!!! (Abt AED88) yummy!!!

The duck set costs abt 300THB but provides some of the juiciest duck on this side of the pacific.

The meal ends with complimentary japanese coffee/tea and dessert. I’m a repeat customer and this is a must eat restaurant for me whenever I’m in bangkok.

Mi Raku Japanese Restaurant
223-235 2nd Flr Thaniya Plaza Bldg, 52 Soi Thaniya, Silom Road, Bangkok 10500