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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 …

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Soon Heng Rojak

In Eating out, Food from Home, Outside Dubai, singapore, snacks n bites on March 10, 2012 at 10:23

I have been away from home for way way way too long when I can stumble upon a famous hawker stall and not know how good it is till I take the time to check out on the stall name after I get home cos I had such good food that day.

This is the story for Soon Heng Rojak for me. I ended at Toa Payoh as I had some errands that landed me there. I noticed this endless queue and the curious ole me decided to join to queue to see what the fuss was about, the worst case would just be some overhyped food stall rojak, the best case would be yet another gem found. Not much to lose, since I had time to kill.

25 minutes of queuing later, I got what I had been waiting for. My very own plate of the Rojak! For SGD$5 it is a pretty generous plate of youtao, beancurd puff, cucumber, pineapple, cuttlefish, century egg, bean sprouts and kangkong that is smoothed in prawn paste and peanut sauce. The cuttlefish was a nice addition that was pretty much of a surprise as not many rojak places include this ingredient!

Was it worth a drive to the other side of the island? Well I wouldn’t make a trip just to have this but should I be in the neighbourhood, I wouldn’t mind queuing for this.

I scream for ice-cream prata!!!

In Eating out, Food from Home, Outside Dubai, singapore, snacks n bites on March 5, 2012 at 10:51

This is a place from my high school days, where we would hang out after school, Mr Prata on Evans Road.

The place has not changed much since those days and I’m glad that the prices haven’t changed all that much too! It is still a nice place to hang out and chill with good frenz.

This is the ice-cream prata … a tissue-like prata with sugar , sprinklers, chocolate sauce and strawberry ice-cream treat! Do we love it ? Yes we did, and yes we ordered seconds and yes we have made arrangements to come back for more!

Nasi Lemak and Rojak @ Roxy Sq

In Eating out, Food from Home, Outside Dubai, singapore on January 30, 2012 at 11:30

One of the most unlikely locations is where I found my new favorite Nasi Lemak with otak-otak.

Nasi Lemak : Traditionally, this comes as a platter of food wrapped in banana leaves, with cucumber slices, small fried anchovies (ikan bilis), roasted peanuts, hard boiled egg, and hot spicy sauce (sambal) at its core. This one comes with ikan bilis (the Malay version of anchovies) and nuts, fried fish, cucumber and not forgetting the sambal!

This is comfort food at its simplest. No expensive ingredients needed. They serve this with a side of otak-otak.

Otak-otak: Otak-otak is a cake made of fish meat and spices. It is widely known across Southeast Asia, where it is traditionally served fresh, there is a spicy fish paste wrapped inside a banana leaf and grilled over a Charcoal fire.

They served a nicely spiced version version of otak otak that totally compliments the nasi lemak that they serve.

The highlight of any decent nasi lemak is the sambal and this version is one of the better ones around. It is spicy, sweet and salty all at the same time.

Its now my regular takeout joint for wkend breakfasts.

In addition to the yummy nasi lemak and otak otak. This coffeeshop also sells a kick-ass version of the chinese rojak or chinese fruit salad with fritters in a spicy prawn paste based sauce.

Fruit rojak consists typically of cucumber, pineapple, benkoang (jicama), bean sprouts, taupok (puffy, deep-fried tofu) and youtiao (cut-up Chinese-style fritters). Raw mangos and green apples are less commonly used. The dressing is made up of water, belacan (shrimp paste), sugar, chili, and lime juice. Ingredients vary among vendors with some also using hae ko prawn/shrimp paste, tamarind or black bean paste in the mix. The ingredients are cut into bite-sized portions and tossed in a bowl with the dressing and topped with chopped peanuts and a dash of ground or finely chopped bunga kantan (pink ginger bud).

The store owner is uncle who is very well dressed for a hawker. He is always in office attire and is always ever so neat.

His rojak is special as the fritters and tofu puff remain crunchy even if I do a takeout rather than eating the rojak at the store. He also has a very well balanced sauce that is sweet, savory, spicy and fragrant.

Just writing about it makes me want to head down for some rojak now! But now for some bad mews, with the current diet, got to avoid them for at least the next 6 months 😦

Orange Longan Marinade Grilled Chicken

In Food from Home, snacks n bites on January 25, 2012 at 11:00

I guess having to cook healthier also means having to experiment on different types of combinations that I wouldn’t usually try but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Fruits and chicken have always been a pretty safe combination and I guess the only thing that could go wrong is getting the proportions wrong.

The usual orange chicken or lemon honey chicken were getting boring after a bit.

Decided to try an orange longan marinade this time around.

Ingredients
4 skinless chicken breast pieces abt 100grams each
The juice of 2 oranges
Fresh 10 longans (deseeded and purified)
1/2 teaspoon of olive oil

Method
1. Juice the orange and use the juice as a medium to combine the longans and orange juice
2. Drop the chicken into the mixture and leave in to marinade for at least 12 hours.
3. Now the chicken is ready to be grilled/fried/baked
4. Don’t waste the marinade, warm it in a pot with some ginger and there you have a sauce for the chicken.

Home cooked Japanese Curry

In Food from Home on January 22, 2012 at 10:23

It really starts to feel like the end of the year when the weather just gets wet wetter wettest. These are just days that make me feel like staying at home and not leaving my bed. I digress but needless to say the gloomy weather does affect my mood.

On a recent rainy day, decided not to head out and a nice pipping hot bowl of japanese curry does seem like an antidote to the gloom the day brings. Looked in the kitchen and guess what I found? Some beef stripes, some potatoes, some carrots, onions and japanese curry cubes so it seems that I will get my curry today!

Some 30mins later, I have my curry in hand and some rice to compliment the curry yummy!

New Healthy Tuna Spread

In Food from Home, snacks n bites on January 18, 2012 at 11:27

With the enforced lifestyle change had to find a healthier alternative to the old standby of egg tuna mayo, now that I have to cut the egg and mayo component out of the mixture.

Did some trial and error and guess what a new way for me to appreciate tuna and yes I don’t mean the chu-toro or o-toro variety.

Ingredients
A can Tuna in water.
2 teaspoons of manuka honey 5+
1/2 a mashed fresh tomato
Loads of pepper.

Method
1. Open the tuna can and drain all excessive liquids
2. Pour tuna into a bowl
3. Add honey and tomato
4. Mix them up well and good
5. Add pepper and mix again
6. Refrigerate the mixture and its now a tuna spread

Tuna Onigri Rice Balls

In Food from Home, snacks n bites on January 12, 2012 at 11:20

Like it or not I have to start eating healthier and more often than not home-cooked items are as much as I hate to say that.There are not many things that I can eat at this point in time and thus trying to plan on a really limited menu is trying. Thank god for a childhood favorite that is a total life-saver.

Having to go really healthy mean having to forgo the sodium and stuff that make Japanese food yummy and instead of using Japanese sushi rice seasoning, I had to resort to using apple vinegar diluted with just a wee bit of sugar.

Ingredients
2 cups of cooked Japanese rice
30ml of apple vinegar that has been diluted with 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of miri.
50grams of Tuna spread (yupz will share the recipe another day)
Gladwrap
Seaweed optional

Instructions
1. Cook the rice in the rice cooker
2. Mix the apple vinegar mixture into the cooked rice while its warm and cool it before using them.
3. Wet hands before grabbing some rice and placing it on the gladwrap.
4. Shape the rice and add tuna spread to the rice.

5. Top up with more rice

6. Shape it into a rice ball and there we are done.
7. You can always wrap the rice ball with seaweed if you do fancy that.

Steak and Potatoes

In Food from Home on December 29, 2011 at 22:52

Those who know me well enough will know that I’m a meat and potatoes kind of gal but boy it is tough to get decent steak in Sin, think Dxb has pampered me when it comes to my meats …

Can’t believe how many crappy steaks I have eaten in Singapore restaurants.

But thanks to my uncle who is stationed in the states and who travels back every so often. He brings in a fresh supply of choicey beef cuts whenever he comes home.

It really pays to have a good relationship the neighborhood butcher as my uncle’s favorite butch is a gem. He deep-freezes the beef that my uncle has chosen in a day in advance. He then packs the frozen beef in thermal bags with ice packs into a box. All my uncle has to do is to swing by and pay and collect the box on his way to the airport! Neat aye??

The beef arrives from the 20hour flight still frozen and is dropped off into the freezer upon arrival at home.

We defrost the meat when we feel like steak. We love this idea as we turn the odds bits of meat that we trim the steaks into beef rendang so nothing goes to waste.

The best accompaniment to steak is always potatoes. We do enjoy our potatoes with steak. We roast baby potatoes, we mash and bake our russet potatoes. The current family favorite is the truffled mash potatoes but we have started experimenting with mash sweet potatoes too. The recipes are as shown here.

Recipe 1
Recipe 2

Homecooked Meals

In Food from Home on December 16, 2011 at 22:48

With the schedule that keeps me from home for weeks at a time, it is indeed tough to find time to cook like I used too when I was in Dxb.

The huge array of takeout that is available in Sin is also another major factor on why I don’t have the motivation to cook.

The heavy afternoon thunderstorm on Saturday made it a lazy day at home as I didn’t feel like heading out in the rain.

Checked out the refrigerator and realized that we have chicken wings and pork neck in there.

Decided to marinate the chicken wings in the jack daniels BBQ sauce and roasting them in the oven.

The pork neck was marinated to the charsiu recipe that was blogged on earlier.

With the nice big oven at home, both can be roasted together saving time. Cooking some rice and cutting some greens made a this a ready meal.

Can’t believe that I have forgotten how therapeutic cooking can be and its time to make more time for this!