Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Yentafo Kruengsonge : Bangkok's Famous "Yen Ta Fo" Noodle House opens in Singapore

"Can you handle the heat?"

It has been 8 long years since my last visit to Bangkok. If you ask me, I think it's about time to go back for a return visit given that Singapore is slightly closer to Bangkok as compared to flying out from Manila. Not only that, I'm sure there have been a lot of changes since our last trip and by that I'm pertaining to more restaurant and food places to discover. Here's making a mental note to plan for a quick weekend getaway to Bangkok sometime next year.

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Well, since I can't go to Bangkok just yet... let Bangkok come to me for now. A few weeks ago, I got to visit the newly opened Yentafo Kruengsonge at Cathay Cineleisure in Orchard. I got a bit disoriented trying to locate the restaurant as it apparently took the place of Shokudo at the 2nd level of the cinema building. Yentafo Kruengsonge is actually a very popular noodle house in Bangkok that specializes in yen ta fo noodle bowls which is a Thai noodle dish filled with a mix of ingredients such as seafood balls, strips of meat and veggies. It's very similar to the Singaporean Yong Tau Foo which also has about 7-8 toppings per bowl. However, that's the only similarity between the two.

What makes Yentafo's noodles so special is its light pink color which I promise you is not made from artificial coloring. I found out that the pink sauce that colors the noodles is made from fermented red tofu and Thai red rice. That's all natural color, for you! Take the Yentafo Kruengsonge Soup (S$8.50), the house specialty, for example. It's a huge bowl filled with 8 ingredients namely fish ball, squid ball, tofu fish ball, fried tofu, black fungus mushroom, fried taro, fried fish skin and veggies. The noodles used are the flat hofun-like noodles which is so silky and smooth to the bite. It can be a bit tricky to eat with a chopsticks though but with a bit of concentration and determination, I'm sure you'll be able to do it.

As you know, a lot of Thai food can be really spicy and this is what I've been trying to avoid as I have a really low spicy tolerance. It's a good thing that you can choose your desired level of heat here at Yentafo Kruengsonge from Dek-Dek (not spicy) to Rod-Jeb (screaming spicy). Our first bowl of noodles was not spicy and I really enjoyed the slightly sweet flavor brought about by the pink sauce. So good!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Cakes in Singapore for 2016

"'Tis the season for lots of feasting... fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la"

Recently, I came across an article that showed how different people all over the world celebrate the holiday season and what food items are the ones that take the forefront during this time of the year. In the Philippines, out comes the glorious Lechon (roast pork) and the buttery Bibingka (rice cakes) and Puto Bumbong (Yam Rice Cakes). Did you know that KFC Fried Chicken is a Christmas staple in Japan? Here in Singapore, it's the perfect time to feast on all types of roast meats from big, juicy Turkey meat, mouthwatering Roast Pork and that to-die-for succulent piece of steak. In addition to that, there are all types of log cakes and dessert creations to have that perfect sweet ending to every holiday meal.

Here are some of the yummiest log cakes to order this year:

1) Exotic Christmas Log Cake from Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa (S$60 / S$75)

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Selecting flavors that marry the tropical roots of Singapore and the French origin of Sofitel, this beautiful log cake is made of 66% dark chocolate feuilletine and flourless sponge with a tangy passion fruit and mango center.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Eat MY SPuDs : White Truffle Chips

It's no secret how much I love chips and savory snacks. It's that one thing that I don't think I can ever say no to...ever. Between chocolates or chips, I'd choose munching on a bag of chips to cheer me up or to at least calm my nerves on a stressful day. Well, I also love munching on chips after a meal or while doing our Netflix marathon at home.

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When I got hold of this pretty black bag of Eat my Spuds White Truffle Chips (Php. 325) from my good friend D a few weeks ago, I was so excited to open it up and munch away! Sadly, I was down with a three-week-long cough so I had to patiently wait for that awful virus to go away and as soon as I was done with my antibiotics, the first thing I did was to open the bag of chips. Haha! Call it a reward for all that uncontrollable coughing for 21 days straight.

The first thing I notice was how thin the potato chips were! I love thinly sliced potato chips and in my opinion, it gives a really premium bite to it. Somehow it reminded me of my favorite Patatine Fritte from Cibo which, for me, is the best potato chips in Manila. I love how the chips stayed so crispy even after weeks in the bag. That assures you of a pretty good shelf life which means you can hoard on these chips and enjoy it one at a time without the fear of ending up with stale chips after a couple of weeks.

On our first round of tasting, I made the mistake of shaking the bag which made all the flavored powder settle at the bottom of the bag. So, the white truffle flavor was a bit too weak on our first few bites. It was only on the next day when Paul tried to shake the bag the proper way and that's when he fully enjoyed the delicious white truffle flavor. He loved it so much that he pretty much finished the entire bag but was still so sweet to leave me a couple more pieces. ♥  It has a nice and smooth truffle flavor which can be very addicting. Unlike most of the commercialized truffle flavored chips where you get a strong whiff upon opening the bag and it somehow smells like gasoline, this one has a sweet buttery aroma all throughout.

For only Php 325 (S$9) a bag, I'd say this is so reasonably priced. Aside from the White Truffle Chips, they also have the Spicy Pork Floss Chips. which I'm so excited to try in the coming weeks.

*photo by Paul Ang

Order your bags of chips now by calling Eat My Spuds at +63-917-7282827 (PATATAS) now! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hai Chix & Steaks in Greenhills, San Juan

If there's one thing that I dread experiencing whenever I'm back in Manila then that would have to be the crazy traffic jam! It must be the never-ending road works or the growing number of cars on the road but the traffic condition continues to worsen year after year. Take our recent trip for example. We were very lucky that our Philippine Airlines flight arrived earlier than scheduled giving us more time to quickly see our family and head to San Juan for dinner. We got to NAIA 2 at 6pm and believe it or not, we reached San Juan at 830pm. That's 2 and half hours on the road with Waze giving us various routes to help us get home as quickly as possible. Oh my goodness!

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Papa, Pan and E were at home waiting for us and after we quickly dropped off our luggages, we headed to the nearest restaurant for our late dinner. I suggested Hai Chix & Steaks as it has been on my list for the past months. I wasn't sure if it was any good but I guess, we'll never know if don't go and try. The funny thing is I realized that "Hai Chix" stands for Hainanese Chicken! What was I thinking eating Hainanese Chicken for my first meal back home? Since we're all hungry, I quickly ordered some Butter Garlic Shrimps (Php. 295) which were pretty good. One order gives you 8 medium-sized shrimps and they were fresh and yummy. Even Mommy enjoyed this appetizer very much. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Basil Thai Kitchen at Paragon Shopping Centre

I know the traditional romantic will probably strangle me for saying this but falling in love with food is pretty much like falling in love with that special someone. It's that moment when you had an amazing meal and you can't stop thinking about it. You find yourself talking about it to anyone who'll listen and you can't wait for the next visit to finally happen.

A few weeks ago, I just had one of the best meals of 2016. That's quite a bold statement, I know given that the year is coming to a close. Add to the fact that I was down with a bad 3-week-long cough, I clearly wasn't in the best physical condition but wanting to check the restaurant out, I still pushed through and luckily, every single dish made the tiny struggle so worth it.

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Basil Thai Kitchen opened it's flagship outlet at the basement of Paragon Shopping Centre. I have to admit that while I've visited this mall a number of times, it was my first time to explore the basement and boy I was so shocked at what I was missing out on! It's not hard to spot Basil Thai Kitchen as it's one of the most well-lit restaurant in the block. One thing to note is that while Paragon Shopping Centre is considered to be quite high-end, the price points of this restaurant is very very reasonable. Now, let us talk about the food. It's very interesting knowing that this restaurant got Iron Chef Thailand Chumpol Jangprai as its consultant-chef. The menu showcases a mix of local Thai specialties all over Thailand. And while the Japanese may have their umami, patrons of Basil Thai Kitchen will savor the yum which is a mix of sweet, sour and spicy flavours. Very distinctly Thai, if you ask me.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Weekend BBQ Buffet at Sand Bar in Siloso Beach, Sentosa

There's really something so calming about watching the sunset by the beach. It could be the relaxing sound of the waves crashing into the shore or feeling the sand on your feet or just watching the sky turn from blue to golden yellow to orange to pitch dark. It's just so magical.

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Growing up in a country that's pretty much surrounded by huge bodies of water, I've learned to love the beach life. It's that one thing that Paul and I would make it a point to do at least once a year. For us, heading out to the beach means taking a break from work, from city life and just allowing ourselves to relax. Sadly, it has been years since we've had our annual beach getaway but as they say... "you can take the girl out of the beach but you can't take the beach out of the girl." The sun, sand and sea will always find me and here in Singapore, I found it in Sentosa.

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For the past two weekends, Paul and I has been heading over to Sentosa to catch the sunset and to enjoy dinner too. We learned about the Weekend BBQ Buffet at Sand Bar which, I must say, has the best location along Siloso Beach. It's within walking distance from the Beach Station terminal and yet it gives you one of the best views of the beach and the sunset. We made it a point to go in time for sunset and the server was kind enough to give us a table closest to the beach area.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Eggspresso at J. Abad Santos in San Juan

Rise and Shine!

Let me start your mid-week by talking about a new all-day breakfast nook that my friend (and kumare) S and I recently discovered during my last visit back in Manila. As I've mentioned before, our schedules every time we're back home is always so packed so I normally would meet up with friends for brunch, tea time or after dinner milk tea sessions. I haven't hanged out with my dear friend S for so long and I was so happy that we finally found a common free schedule to do so.

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Since we live quite near to each other, it was easy choosing a place to meet. She suggested Eggspresso along J. Abad Santos and I excitedly said yes as I've been hearing about this place from my friend T. As the name suggests, this restaurant specializes in all things with eggs. I believe that eggs and cheese are the two things that you can never go wrong with. These two can make what could be a simple ho-hum dish into one that's so delicious. The restaurant was very new when we went to visit so most of the items on the menu were pretty much not available yet. I do hope it's fully functional now. So making do with what's available, I tried the Mac n Egg (Php. 220) which was not really a bad thing as I love mac and cheese a lot.

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