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Chikuwa Tei – Reborn as Mitsuba by Yurine Japanese Restaurant

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore, singapore on July 26, 2012 at 22:34

Latest update: 26 Jul 12 Guess who is back in action? Chef Peter!

Location:Mitsuba by Yurine Japanese Restaurant:

Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, The Central, #03-88, Singapore, Singapore 059817

Tel: 6227 0388

An old fren who was lost and found and lost again … Update as of 1st Mar12  >>> Chef Peter aka Mr grumpy food nazi uncle has left Chikuwa Tei …one less jap place to go when one has to be on a budget .. sadness ….

 

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The bread run …

In Eating out, Food from Home, Outside Dubai, singapore, snacks n bites on July 17, 2012 at 18:53

Some unexpected fun on a routine boring sunday.

Sundays are rest days for me and I usually would rather stay home than head out.

S wanted to check out this bakery that she read about in the paper for having an interesting range of breads and is supposed to produce one of the better tau sa bao in town.

There I was thinking that it was going to be easy to score some bread and be home in no time but boy was I gonna be proven wrong.

We were led on a wild goose chase, lesson learnt: double check the address listed in the review done by the straits times!!!

They listed the address as Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 Blk728 #01-48. We arrived at Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 and spend like 25 mins driving around looking for blk 728 but despite driving up and down Ave 2 three times we were unable to locate blk 728.

We tried google and checked found another address listed in hungrygowhere.com. The address listed was Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 Blk728 #01-48. We then drove to Ave 6 from Ave 4. It took us 5 mins to drive to Ave 6 but took us another 30 mins to locate the block. We finally found block 728 and were overjoyed but then our joy was short-lived as we went around the entire block and guess what? No bakery found.

We got pretty frustrated at this point and we were determined to locate the bakery.

We finally decided to try Ave 4 again and this time we decided to try block 628 which houses the food centre. Euraka! this was the breakthrough that we had been looking for! We had finally located Yi Dai Mian Bao (translated as ‘A bag of bread)!!!

We were glad to see that there was still bread available for us at 8pm at night and that it was not all sold out.

Rather trying just a one or two types of bread, we literally ended up with the namesake of the bakery, A bag of bread each lolz. So much so that the auntie at the counter had an issue adding the total price!

Was it worth the journey? Well I would say that they do serve one of the best versions of tau sa biah and do a mean version of the curry buns! Try the charcoal black sesame bun for something that is out of the ordinary.

Do note that they do not mass produce items so it would take some waiting if there is something in particular that you would like.

Ps loved the way the car smells after we left the bread in the car … The yummy smell of freshly baked bread …

Bruno’s Pizzeria & Grill

In Eating out, singapore on July 8, 2012 at 11:46

Wanted a change from the usual Italian places that we frequent as we felt like having something different. Rather than fine dining, we had been on the lookout for something a little more homey. Bruno’s had been a recommendation from an Italian friend so I guess it would have been pretty authentic.

Arranged for a dinner there with the girls on one Saturday evening, more people meant more dishes to try and share :). Reservations were recommended as they are usually busy. There are 2 seatings for dinner, the 1800hrs and the 2000hrs. We chose the 2000hrs seating as we would have had more time to enjoy our dinner. But it also meant that we were pretty hungry come dinner time.

We were served the complementary bread basket, the bread was toasty warm. It wasn’t the best we ever had but I guess it will do.

We had the 3 starters to share between us. The FOIE GRAS, the FRUITTI DI MARE FRITTOand the CARPACCIO DI FILITTO DI MANZO.

The FOIE GRAS wasn’t fantastic but the serving generous and I loved the truffle oil salad that came with it. It was a Pan seared duck liver served with granny smith apple, prune and balsamic reduction.

The CARPACCIO DI FILITTO DI MANZO or Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio was served on a bed of fresh Salad tossed in truffle oil dressing was fresh and met our expectations.

The FRUITTI DI MARE FRITTO was by far the best starter we had, the batter looked thick but taste great. It was a nice plate of calamari, shrimp and fish. We enjoyed both the red and white sauce that came with this dish.

Then came the main dishes, we had LASAGNA DI CARNE, RAVIOLI AI FUNGHI PORCINI CREAMA, LINGUINE AL GRANCHIO CREAMA, RUCOLA, PROSCIUTTO E SCAGLIE DI PARMIGIANO and ANGEL HAIR WITH WHITE TRUFFLE SHAVINGS.

The LASAGNA DI CARNE or traditional oven baked beef Ragu lasagne was yummy and is a dish that grows on you. If you had been expecting lasagne like those you get in a tv dinner or at pizza hut, you will be blown away by the simplicity this dish. It is light and not overly cheesy or creamy like one versions you get and it is something that I think would a favourite with this group.

RAVIOLI AI FUNGHI PORCINI CREAMA or simply stuffed pasta with porcini mushroom in cream sauce with white truffle oil. We loved the flavours of this dish but at the same time we were glad that we had ordered it for sharing as it would have been way too rich for just 1 person to finish but lovely to be shared. We loved it so much we soaked up the leftover sauce with the bread provided unglam as that may seem but we still did it.

LINGUINE AL GRANCHIO CREAMA or linguine with crab meat, garlic, in pink sauce
(tomato and cream) and fresh basil. Was something that one of the gals had been craving and had insisted that we had to order this. It was a refreshing change from the usual type of pasta that we have been having but we still enjoyed it. We loved the generous serving of crab meat that came with the pasta and later we sort of realised by we liked it. It seems that this actually reminds us of chilli crab the iconic Singaporean dish!

RUCOLA, PROSCIUTTO E SCAGLIE DI PARMIGIANO or pizza with mozzarella cheese, arugula leaves, parma ham and shaved parmesan was our nod to the pizza bit of the menu. We love the crust of the pizza as it was the traditional wood-fire oven type of crust and would have loved it more if the prosciutto was not so salty!

ANGEL HAIR WITH WHITE TRUFFLE SHAVINGS this was the special of the day. It was angel hair that was in truffle oil and butter sauce and topped with white truffle shavings. It was our little nod to decadence that night and was the most expensive dish but we truly enjoyed the taste of the truffle and will gladly order this again. Ps it was the lightest dish of the day!

It was finally time for the dessert. We had the TORTA DI MELE and TIRAMISU CLASSICO to share when actually we were so fully we shouldn’t be eating any more. But the temptation of dessert was too great and so we decided to only have 2 to share amongst the 6 of us.

The TORTA DI MELE or warm apple pie served with vanilla ice cream and sea-salt caramel sauce was the crowd favourite and came highly recommended by my friend who told me that it is a treat not to be missed and yes he was absolutely right about this! The crispy pie crust combined with the caramelized apple was a great match for the vanilla ice cream and sea-salt caramel sauce and as expected we finished every single bit of it. But as with most good things in life, patience is required, there is a 20 minutes waiting time as these are done ala minute.

How can we ever not have the traditional Italian TIRAMISU CLASSICO or traditional classic tiramisu with mascarpone cheese, coffee and rum when we dine at an Italian place? It was a little of a letdown after the wonderful apple pie as we would have preferred a stronger coffee taste but to those who appreciate the taste of rum in your tiramisu, I reckon you are going to love it.

A wonderful meal for six costs us only a total of SGD $230 (abt AED 700) after a 15% credit card discount. With food this food and a price this attractive, it is only a matter of time before we return for more!

Bruno’s Pizzeria & Grill

338 Tanjong Katong Road
437110 Singapore
Tel: +65 6440 4525
Fax: +65 64440 4527

Opening Hours:

Tuesdays – Sundays
Lunch: 12pm – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm

Closed on Mondays

池記雲吞麵家 – Chi Ji Wanton Noodles

In Eating out, Hong Kong on July 1, 2012 at 15:02

In Hong Kong, wonton noodles are usually served in steaming hot soup with shrimp wontons and garnished with leafy vegetables. There are plenty of variations of this popular Cantonese dish, with different toppings and garnishes.

There are four distinct features: First, the wontons are predominantly prawn, with small amounts of minced pork, or no pork at all. Second, aficionados will insist on fresh, smooth thin noodles which are al dente, free from the taste and odor which is characteristic in many egg noodles when cooked. Third, the bouillon is light brown (prepared from dried flounder) and is usually steaming hot. Lastly, garlic chives are used as a garnish. The first two give the dish a wet but crunchy or crispy mouthfeel. The last two give the dish a unique bouquet.

In order to ensure that the noodles are perfectly al dente the cooking process and sequence must be meticulously adhered to. The wonton is cooked first, and then placed in the bowl. The noodles are blanched for only 10 seconds, after which they are rinsed under cold water and placed in the serving bowl. Piping hot bouillon is then scooped into the bowl, on top of the wonton noodles. The bouillon must be tasty, yet not so strong as to overpower the delicate taste of the wonton and the noodles which it is meant to accompany.

Was looking for a quick lunch that was near to office in central and was looking forward to a yummy time. Chi Ji is one of the more popular wanton mee joints in Hong Kong and I just love their branch in central!

Being summer its too hot for my favorite crab porridge so I just went for the special of the day. The wantons that were made from live sea shrimps. The soup was just how I remember it to be and the special wantons were tastier than the normal wantons.

My colleague had the beef tendon and wanton noodle soup and fresh veggies. This was his lunch!

The lunch crowd here is insane and the whole 2 story restaurant is packed to its rafters! Ps the is a 15% discount for weekday takeout order so we actually will consider this option the next time I’m in for a meeting.