Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Treasured Flavours Buffet Lunch at York Hotel Orchard

3 years.

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That's how long it took for me to finally find the one. That one and only Curry Fish Head that I can say I totally love! You see, aside from the famous Hainanese Chicken Rice and Chili Crab, one thing that everyone has to try when in Singapore is a huge claypot of Curry Fish Head. It's such a yummy dish to share with a big group where everyone gets to have a plate of rice and you should scoop up big amounts of curry sauce and that big slice of fish meat to enjoy. My first taste of Curry Fish Head was when I went out for lunch with my colleagues. We had a really spicy one and it didn't help that we were dining at an al fresco zi char place so I ended up burning my tongue and sweating like crazy all throughout the meal. It sure was a fiery experience and it took me while before I got the courage to try it again. More tries after that and I still couldn't get myself to enjoy more than one serving as it was just too spicy.

A few weeks ago, I had lunch with Paul at York Hotel's White Rose Cafe and I was surprised that we were having Fish Head Curry for lunch. Uh oh! I was scared but I told myself that at least we're dining at an air conditioned restaurant. However, after my first serving of the fish head, I have to say that this is the BEST Fish Head Curry that I've ever had. It's perfect for people like me who loves the curry flavor but can't take the intense heat. It's loaded with veggies and the fish head itself is so big that 4-5 people can probably share this.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Brunch at Mr and Mrs. Maxwell at Ann Siang Road

For the past 3 years here in Singapore, Paul and I found ourselves a "family" who has been our biggest support unit when we were adjusting to our new lives here. You may have noticed that I would mentioned them once in a while under the initials -- C, I and O. From day 1 they warmly welcomed us to our shared flat and they would generously offer tips and advices on just about anything and everything about the Lion City. From sharing their go-to places for brunch to helping us determine which credit card to go for and how to use it wisely. We quickly hit it off so well that 3 years pretty much flew by so fast.

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As with anything in life, change in inevitable. Life has to continuously progress and for Paul and I, we felt that it was time to say good bye to our comfort zone and to take another step up. We decided to move out. As much as we love being in the company of C, I and O, we knew that it was high time for us to seriously gain more independence and to acquire more responsibility. So while we don't get to see them on a daily basis, we do hope that whatever bond we may have forged over the past years was strong enough to turn into a lifelong friendship.

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So, a week after our big move, I invited I to join me for lunch at Mr and Mrs Maxwell in Ann Siang Road. Like me, she's also a big foodie so I thought that among everyone that I know in Singapore, she would definitely enjoy this meal as much as I would. It was a nice windy Saturday where I met I inside the very cozy-looking restaurant. Mr and Mrs Maxwell is the cafe of The Club Hotel and they serve all-day breakfast dishes for their in-house and walk-in guests to enjoy.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Founder Bak Kut Teh at Hotel Boss in Lavender

Let me ask you this: If there's one thing that truly represents Singapore cooking, what would it be?

To be really honest, I have yet to really thing hard in order to answer that but I guess the most obvious one would be the Hainanese Chicken Rice. Then again, it is Hainanese and not purely Singaporean so could it be the Char Kuey Teow? Not really sure. I would also say maybe Laksa but I'm not sure where this yummy bowl of noodles originated from in order for me to confidently say it could be "the one". If you know the answer or you have a couple of guesses too, please feel free to comment below. 

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Remember my childhood story about the time that my family and I would always have bowls of bak kut teh whenever we're here in Singapore for a vacation? For some reason, my parents would have it in the morning so we'd be slurping up spoonfuls of pork-based broth early in the morning. Needless to say, bak kut teh holds a special place in my heart as it brings back so much fond memories. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Rise and Shine at Torch Restaurant in Greenhills

I have this group of friends since high school whom I hang out with regularly. Well, I don't get to see them as often as I used to do when Paul and I were still based in Manila but I'm happy to be able to keep in close touch with them whenever we're back home. Given all our busy schedules, we would meet up during breakfast and with that, the "Breakfast Club" was born. 

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For our most recent get-together, we had breakfast/brunch at our favorite go-to place -- Torch Restaurant in Greenhills. We all live within the same vicinity so Greenhills has been our usual choice whenever we choose where to eat out. Luckily, Torch Restaurant serves good breakfast and our friend M loves their coffee too. 

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The choices are quite interesting. It's your typical Filipino -silog (sinangag and itlog) but with a modern twist. Take for example Paul's U.S. Angus Beef Tapa. This showcases Torch's interesting take on the traditional tapsilog wherein they made use of tender cuts of U.S. Angus Beef strips and served with buttered garlic rice, atchara (pickled papaya) and egg cooked your way. I tried a bit of the beef from Paul's order and I think it was just a-okay. It was a bit dry albeit tender because they sliced the beef really thin but a little more beef fat would make it even better. The rice could have been more garlicky and buttery too given they call it "buttered garlic rice". Each breakfast set comes with a cup of coffee/tea or a glass of iced tea. We both chose the latter. 

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Moving on, I had the Tocino Fingers which I actually had twice already. I love the crunchy bite of the sweet yummy tocino as each piece was deep-fried to perfection. Something very unique as we're used to the typical pan-fried tocino (pork cutlets) in every Tocilog so this one was definitely something new and I think even kids will love. Served with buttered garlic rice and sunny-side-up egg, I feel the same way about the rice in this dish as mentioned above. 

Lastly, we just love eggs so we tried the Fresh Garden Omelette served on a skillet. What we thought would be your typical omelette turned out to be a side table production where the server brings a piping hot skillet to our table and very carefully cooks the omelette right in front of us to see and enjoy. 

The result? A delicious creamy, custard-like egg dish that totally stood out and went very well with my Tocino Fingers and Paul's U.S. Angus Beef Tapa. Check out the video below on how our omelette was prepared: 

Aside from their breakfast meals, Torch actually has a number of delicious and interesting dishes such as their creative sushi rolls, steak on a hot stone grill and pizza. A good meal is indeed a great way to start your day with, don't you agree?

Check out Torch Restaurant at 63 Connecticut Street, Greenhills in San Juan City. Call them at 477-3771 to make a reservation. They also have branches in Trinoma Mall, UP Town Center, Greenbelt and Molito Alabang. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday Favorites : Allerines Premium Tea

Let me start a new weekly series called Friday Favorites. This is when I will share one of my newest food discoveries which has eventually became a favorite of mine. It may be one or two dishes, a new or old restaurant, a grocery find or whatever that I may happen to stumble upon in the coming days, weeks and months to come.

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To kick this off, let me share with you a secret that I've been keeping for the past 4 months. As much as I love coffee, I actually love tea more. In fact, I've been drinking tea for as long as I can remember starting with the least caffeinated ones like Chrysanthemum Tea to the rather deep and hard core ones like Pu er Tea. I take tea after a meal, when I'm sleepy, when I want to relax or pretty much whenever I feel like it. That said, my office cabinet and kitchen shelf at home are always well-stocked with boxes and cans of tea! 

Last Christmas, my colleague C gave me a pretty box filled with bags of assorted tea flavors from Allerines Premium Tea. I've never heard of Allerines before so I was really excited to give it a try. The box had a good mix of fruity combination teas, oolong and traditional green tea. I would treat myself to a glass almost after every lunch and I have to say that all were good but one particular flavor stood out -- that's the Pearfect Oolong

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory at Chinatown Point #chirchirsg

How many ways can you cook a chicken?

Apparently, in Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory, there's more than the usual deep-fry, pan-fry, saute, boil, steam, roast, grill and even the fancy sous vide. In fact, they boast of having over 20 variations of fried and roasted chicken cooked and served in so many ways that I don't think it's possible to have exactly the same things every time you visit. After their grand opening at 313 Somerset last year, they've expanded to two more locations namely Bedok Point and the latest outlet in Chinatown Point.

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I was so excited for this particular visit because of three main things -- I've been wanting to try Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory since I heard about its opening last year but I never really got around to visiting their 313 Somerset branch, Chinatown Point is so near my workplace so that means more lunch out options and lastly, they recently launched this mouthwatering Honey Butter Chicken and being a huge fan of anything with honey + butter + chicken, I got there with a stomach ready to feast!

Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory specializes in Korean-style fried chicken but not only that, they also have a good mix of Korean snacks and some all-time favorites too. What's so cool about Korean restaurants is that they have this fun, cutesy vibe all the time. This can be seen in the restaurant's interiors, through the Korean MTV blasting from the TV screens and on their food too. After all, have you heard of Chir Chir's Nest Snow which are Cajun chicken tenders topped with melted cheese and...wait for it..wait for it...whipped cream! Oh my goodness! I don't dare try it as I can't take whipped cream anyway but I was told that it was good.

Let me show you all what I had that evening at Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory:

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We started our meal with a sizzling plate of Topokki & Cheese (S$9.90). I tell you, one bite and this totally won my heart. It helped too that I love topokki which is the traditional Korean rice cakes and when you mix it with oozing melted cheese and served with chicken ham and bacon bits.. ohhhh heaven! It's very similar to Mac and Cheese, only it's much much better! It was truly 맛있는!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Som Tam : Modern Thai Fusion at Orchard Central

Among the numerous malls along Orchard Road, one of my favorites is the 3 adjacent malls near the Somerset MRT Stations. These are -- Orchard Central, Orchard Gateway and 313 Somerset. All three malls exudes this very fun, casual and youthful vibe plus the fact that there are a lot of interesting food options and some of which have quickly became my favorites.

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Enter Som Tam, a 6-month old restaurant that specializes in modern Thai fusion cuisine. It's located at the 8th floor of Orchard Central which can easily be accessed be one of the elevators in the mall. I'm totally loving the white, clean, minimalistic look and feel of the restaurant. Price points are very reasonable as most of the menu items are below S$15 and the serving was good for sharing making it a good choice for couples or group dinner outs.

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Our meal started with a salad called Som Tam (S$6.80), the restaurant's namesake. This is their house specialty and it's hard not to see why. It's their take of the traditional Thai Papaya Salad placed in a glass jar and you have the option to add more toppings such as salted egg, dried shrimps or Thai chicken sausage. We had the salted egg and the dried shrimps. I'd say, this makes for a refreshing start to your meal. Be sure to shake the jar well in order to "tossed" the salad evenly. Flavor-wise, it sure has a very evident spicy kick which complements the sour notes that you'll get in every bite. As you know, spicy food can whet ones appetite and this one surely did a great job in doing so.

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