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Tau Sar Piah or Bean Paste Biscuit

In Outside Dubai, singapore, snacks n bites on December 4, 2012 at 23:24

Tau Sar Piah translated literally as Bean Paste Biscuit is a traditional Chinese snack that my late grandma used to love buying for me when I was a kid. There can be ever so much choices and varieties of pastries available for us today but sometimes all that we look for as we grow older would be the familiar tastes of childhood.

They come usually in salty (savoury bean paste) or sweet (sweet bean paste) filling traditionally but these days we have new flavours like cranberry, pumpkin, melon seeds, winter melon, assorted nuts, pineapple and pork floss

Brought a whole box of 8 biscuits home but most of it was gone before the end of the night. Despite the new flavours that have been introduced, in this case, I’m more of a purist and I prefer the salty filling and only the salty filling lolz.

It may not be trendy and in, nevertheless it sure brings lots of wonderful memories with it. Here’s the last of the lot and found a traditional little plate for it!

Tau sar piah

Tau sar piah


Me thinks that this is the year of the come backs … Guess who’s back too?

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on August 17, 2012 at 07:33

2 come-back posts in the row with more to come!!! Its really nice to see our the chefs that we like come back from either retirement or from setbacks!

For those of us who have missed Pips and Charcoal Grill and Chef Simon who helms the grill there since they closed in the earlier part of 2012, there is some good news to share! They are back!!!

With a new name and a new place, the sambal chill chicken chop and the sirloin steaks are back! Are they as good as they used to be, well yupz in fact I feel that things have improved as they now have a much bigger variety of food available. In addition to the grill menu that they are known for, they have now gotten a bigger menu that includes desserts too!

The only gripe that I have about the new location is the same one I had in their previous one, I’m so not liking the lack of parking spaces around!

There’s what we had that day!

The classic sambal hot wings which were the hot hot hot fav! So good that we almost forgot to take its photo before we attacked it!

The grill salmon … one of the better ones we had in ages … Don’t you hate salmon that over cooked and dry? I’m so glad that the salmon that day was grilled to perfection with a plump pink centre that was moist! Yummy!

Who could forget the chicken chop and sirloin steaks? They were just like we remembered!

Remembered what I said about dessert in the beginning of the post. Pls don’t forget to leave some space for the desserts here. We had the Bobo Hitam that is served in a coconut with ice-cream topped wif durian puree and served with coconut juice in test tubes …

Little Nonya Express

101 Jalan Kembangan Singapore 419139
Tel : +65 6242 8191

From Sun-Thurs
11.30am-3.00pm (last order 2.30pm)
6pm-10pm (Last order 9.30pm)

Fri & Sat
11.30am-3.00 (last order 2.30pm)
6pm-10.30pm (Last order 10pm)

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 ….


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 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.


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

Yay, It is finally durian season again!

In Eating out, singapore, snacks n bites on June 24, 2012 at 23:36

The Durian Season is here again! Joy to durian lovers and woe to the ones who have yet to acquire the taste or rather the smell of it.
Widely known and revered in southeast Asia as the “king of fruits”, the durian is distinctive for its large size, unique odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres long and 15 centimetres in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms . Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale yellow to red, depending on the species.
We had pre-ordered the durian for today’s degustation from the usual supplier that we use. Thank god we had done that, as the supplier had to turn away many others who came along without preorders.


We had ordered the D13, Green Bamboo and the famous Mao Shan Wang for tonight! 1st pic, D13, 2nd pic Green Bamboo, 3rd pic Mao Shan Wang and the 4th the kitty that wanted durian,
My friends had a great time and look, even the cat had wanted to join in the feast.
Guess we would have to have yet another session before the end of this season.

Brasserie Les Saveurs @ St Regis‏

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on May 12, 2012 at 23:38

Dinner with the folks is one of the times where we really have time to catch up and connect with each other. These are times that I have grown to enjoy as I mature. I used to have 101 reasons to excuse myself from such dinners haha.

An amuse-bouche of chilled tomato soup and our basket of freshly baked breads.

For starters dad and I had Foie Gras Terrine with roasted figs and balsamic vinegar.

Mom had the Salade aux Endives, Moutarde a l accienne. Chicory salad, roasted walnut, lardons, emmental and blue cheese and mustard dressing. I’m not a salad person so I didn’t try it but mom loved everything but the taste of the blue cheese.

My aunt had the Soupe de Tomates Roties Epicee. Spicy roasted tomato soup, olives and tomato tartar with basil. Love the way the soup is presented in an empty bowl and poured infront of us …

Dad and I had the Filet de Boeuf translated as Roasted beef tenderloin, polenta sticks, sucrine salad, tomatoes and olives, red wine jus. It was served medium rare and we enjoyed the tender beef.

Mom and aunt were the fish people and so they settled on the Vivaveau en Piperade or simply put Oven-baked red snapper, confit of capsicum, parma ham and herb coulis

Time for desserts, my fav time of the meal if you could have guessed by now, dad and I had the Chocolat, Trio of chocolate mousse with coffee ice-cream pepper anglaise sauce

Mom and aunt had the Pomme verte(deconstructed apple pie), Slow-baked apple, calvados custard cream and green apple sorbet

Some yummy petits fours to end the dinner on the high …

The Prime Society

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on May 7, 2012 at 10:08

I think the last time I had dinner at The Prime Society was in 2007 and it was restaurant week Singapore that has bought me back to this place after 5 long years.

Met a friend for lunch and we decided that the additional 8 dollars top up required for the wagyu minute steak was what we wanted.

We had a wagyu beef Carpaccio as an entree and it was nothing spectacular. There was a tinge of truffle oil but we both feel that it would have tasted better if they had been a little more generous with the truffle oil.

It was surprising to not have the service staff ask for the doneness of our steaks but thankfully they came to us cooked just the way we liked it. The steaks were medium rare and came with a side of handcut chips. They will not beat Mortons but they were definitely good value for the price that we paid.

Desserts came to be a mixed bag of good and bad. We had the chocolate orange cake which was so bad we left more than half of it untouched. The Panna cotta fare much better, we loved the lychee and passion fruit salsa that was spooned over the dessert.

The Moluccas Room

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on May 1, 2012 at 11:53

It is rather difficult for me to define the type of cuisine that is served by the Moluccas Room. Should it be classified as Indonesian food that has been given the touch of class or should it be considered to be more of a modern indonesian cuisine with an aussie twist.

We had a starter of chicken and angus beef sate and gado gado. The chicken sate was tender and had been well marinated and came with a spicy peanuty dip. The angus beef sate was cooked perfectly to nice medium rare and had come with a chili soy dip that added yet another dimension to the traditional dish.

The gado gado was presented more like a western salad and traditionalists might not like it but we enjoyed it all the same. The only gripe we had was that it could have came with a more generous serving of peanut sauce!

We had the rendang beef angus and the sambal prawns for mains. The rendang beef angus was presented more like a steak than traditional rendang but we did enjoy the tender beef steak with the rendang sauce. The sambal prawns were good but the only thing that could have made them better would be slightly fresher shrimps but I guess you can’t have everything in life.

We ended the meal with homemade ice-cream.

The meal was kind of pricey for the type of food that was served but I heard from my friend that they do serve some pretty decent rice sets for lunch so we might still return to check that out.

Crepe day @ Marche

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on April 23, 2012 at 09:56

It’s a crepe crepe day for us today. There are days when I just feel like throwing the rule book out of the window and doing as I please, well today is one of those days.

Was at Vivocity with a friend and we decided that we should visit Marche for dinner as we have not been there in an age.

It was a wonderful choice as we both could have what we wanted. We quickly got a table and went off to get what we wanted.

Can it be a greater surprise to see that we have both chosen to have crepes for dinner? Well to make the distinction, my friend had the savoury smoked salmon and cheese crepe whereas I decided to thumb my nose at convention and have a chocolate strawberry dessert crepe for dinner.

They are not the best crepes in the world but I do have to say that we enjoyed them and sometimes the company counts for more than the food but I’m glad to say that I enjoyed both today.