Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Imma katsu

Imakatsu, cheese tonkatsu

Haven't eaten at Imakatsu for a while so I ordered a cheese tonkatsu which I hadn't seen on their menu before since the rosu katsu with garlic seemed to be no longer available. Felt disappointing as a whole because it wasn't so cheesy and the tonkatsu was kinda small. Even the one from Tonkichi was nicer. I recall remarking on their slipping standards as a tonkatsu shop a few years back and this one didn't change my mind on it.

Imakatsu, seafood katsu curry rice

Their seafood katsu curry rice featured a couple of oysters, some dry salmon and a prawn. Not a fan of the boring salmon but the other fried items were passable. Am pretty sure that the panko breading is heavier these days than in the past. Curry was disappointing though. Lacked body and wasn't particularly aromatic. Keria as an all rounder made much better curry katsu. Imma stick to Tonkatsu by Ma Maison for the katsu fixes yet I wonder how the shop at Star Vista fares.

Imakatsu, cheese tonkatsu teishoku

Master Prata, Alexandra Central Mall

Master Prata, teh tarik

We've seen Master Prata (#01-02 Alexandra Central, 321 Alexandra Rd, Mall, tel : +65 8268 8210) around for a long time but haven't eaten from them until today. The place looked old school and is filled with the fumes of the grease that would cling onto your clothes. Aged and stained like an old cracked oil painting. 

Teh halia's not bad though.

Master Prata, mutton murtabak kosong

The one on the left was the murtabak, not a plaster. Kosong's on the right. Their pastry is in a style that borders almost on a shallow fry and more crispy than chewy which I usually do not prefer. Presumably, there could be exceptions. But I liked that they didn't feel excessively greasy and ending up feeling heavy.

Master Prata, mutton murtabak kosong

The mutton in the murtabak was marinated to the max. I could barely tell it's mutton so this would be a first and the last. Not as layered and nuanced compared to Zam Zam or Victory for sure. We had originally wanted to try their squid murtabak but squid was apparently not available today. At least it wasn't in the morning.

Master Prata, masala egg cheese thosai

Thosai masala with egg and cheese wasn't that great. The potato/vegetable masala fillings were too wet. Could barely taste the cheese and egg for some reasons. But I think they did good chutneys. The left reddish one was tangy with the flavour of coriander which I had initially mistaken it for some sort of sambal. Coconut chutney on the right was pretty decent. Their sambar was also nice tasting.

Master Prata, cheese date prata masala vadai

That's a prata with cheese and dates. And a masala vadai.

Master Prata, cheese date prata masala vadai

Was served with a bowl of assam fish curry. Sweetness from the dates and the cheese made it delicious. That dense crusty masala vadai was pretty good soaked with the fish curry.

Master Prata, Alexandra Central Mall

Monday, November 29, 2021

Re-visiting Gaston

Gaston, bottle

We enjoyed the food from Gaston the last time so we came back for more.

Gaston, bread

Still serving that sourdough.

Gaston, kir lillet vive

We started with some Kir and Lillet Vive...

Gaston, pôchouse bourguignonne

...before we were impressed with their pôchouse bourguignonne - a creamy seafood stew with some potatoes, mussels, a scallop and halibut. Pretty impressive seafood flavour in the salty broth which we had initially imagined to be tomato based. Shellfish were outstanding and fish was also delicious. Wiped the plate clean with their bread.

Gaston, skate sauce veronique

This was their skate Véronique, not the more traditional Sole Véronique because they had run out of Dover sole. While that sauce Véronique looked similar to the earlier fish stew, the flavour was a little different. Loved those grapes. Pretty sure the traditional one doesn't have ikura as well. Skate was very tender. Another delicious dish where we wiped the plate with bread.

Gaston, leek fondue

The sauce Véronique dish came with a side of choice. We ended up with their leeks fondue which was cooked in cream and probably butter and topped with crushed hazelnuts. Sweet, creamy and delicious.

Gaston, seared veal liver
Gaston, seared veal liver

Not forgetting their foie de veau et oignons caramélisés - seared veal liver with sweet caramelized onions. Outstanding veal dish with a solid salty crust from the sear and tender creamy livery on the insides which paired beautifully with the softened sweet onions. Impressed.

Gaston, Keong Saik Rpad

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Ponggol Nasi Lemak : The plate with the fried chicken drumstick and chicken wing

Ponggol Nasi Lemak, chicken wing drumstick

Hmmm...this plate from Ponggol Nasi Lemak felt festive. Hahaha! It's been months since we last ate here. The standards have maintained. 

A lunch from Leng Kee (龍記) and Hock Le Xiang (福乐香)

Leng Kee Fish Soup (龍記), slice fish roe

Woohoo! Managed to get fish roe with my sliced fish soup at Leng Kee (龍記) today!

Hock Le Xiang (福乐香), rojak

I wanted to try the rojak from Hock Le Xiang (福乐香) after seeing them the last time. I liked that they were pretty generous with the rojak sauce and crushed peanuts. Pineapples were sweet and juicy. Will come back for this again.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Some grab and go spiced caffeine beverages at Botanic Gardens

halia spiced coffee

We got these chilled drinks from The Provision Store at Ginger Garden just across from Halia in the Botanic Gardens. While not as strong as I would have preferred the spices and the coffee/tea flavours came through and they weren't bad at all. From the label, it's also obvious that the drinks were from Halia.

halia masala chai

Hoshino Coffee, Capitol Piazza

Hoshino Coffee, cheese tea

This branch of Hoshino Coffee (#B2-55 Capitol Singapore, 13 Stamford Road, tel : +65 6384 5131) had always looked appealing as a sit down location compared to their others. Since we were attracted by their Hokkaido menu, it was a chance to see if it felt as nice actually sitting in. In other news, that above about was my first cheese tea. I get why people enjoy it - the salty cheesiness with the light sweetness.

Hoshino Coffee, omu souffle seafood risotto lobster bisque

The name for this dish was kinda long. Some like Omu Souffle 'Hokkaido' Seafood Rissoto with Lobster Bisque Soup. Yes it was spelled rissoto. If one didn't get hung up on that, it was actually a pretty decent wet rice/porridge thing with lobster bisque flavour. Found myself enjoying that omu soufflé which was soft and wobbly. Seafood was of the frozen variety and passable. The curious thing about this plate was the little blob of cream on top of the omu soufflé which was sweet. I liked that sweetness here though.

Hoshino Coffee, hokkaido oyster spaghetti

Wouldn't recommend their Hokkaido oyster spaghetti. Oysters were really small and not particularly impressive tasting. At all. Pretty sure that the prefecture of Hokkaido would not have been proud to have these represent them. This plate reminded me of 星洲米粉 or 香港面. Not even as tasty as their Hoshino spaghetti

Hoshino Coffee, maritozzo

That Hokkaido maritozzo looked and sounded good. Wouldn't get it again. The cream for some reasons tasted flat without any nuances. When paired up with the azuki, it all became pretty sweet and the cloy set in quickly. Something just didn't taste right with this.

Hoshino Coffee, hokkaido mille crepe

Their Hokkaido mille crepe fare much better. That slightly salty creamy sauce was good pairing with the layered crepe.

Hoshino Coffee, Capitol Piazza

Friday, November 26, 2021

Lo Chan Kee Cantonese Wanton Noodles (老陳記廣東雲吞麵), Holland Drive Food Centre

Lo Chan Kee Cantonese Wanton Noodles (老陳記廣東雲吞麵), sui gao noodles

I've been wanting to try this Lo Chan Kee (#02-23 Holland Drive Market & Food Centre, 44 Holland Drive) for a while because I've been recommended. Now that I have, I thought their sui gao noodles (水饺面) was a let down because eating that came with the inevitable comparison with Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle Rice (香港玫瑰油鸡麵饭) and Xiang Jiang Soya Sauce Chicken (香江豉油鸡).

The skin of the dumplings weren't as smooth and the stuffings didn't feel as bountiful if you catch my drift. There's only minced meat, no shrimps and wood ear fungus. These ones were 80 cents a piece so it just made more sense to pay $1.20 for that superior one at Beauty World. Also - clumpy dry noodles.

Lo Chan Kee Cantonese Wanton Noodles (老陳記廣東雲吞麵), Holland Drive Food Centre

Guan's Mee Pok (阿源麵薄), Capitol Piazza

Guan's Mee Pok (阿源麵薄), Capitol Piazza

Have been wanting to come over to Guan's Mee Pok since they've setup an entire space of their own (#B1-55 Capitol Piazza, 3 Stamford Road). Previously they used to be a stall in the Food Republic a stone's throw away. The menu has gotten bigger so we tried some of the stuff that they didn't have in the past. Or at least we didn't recall them having. 

Guan's Mee Pok (阿源麵薄), crispy prawn paste mee pok

Like the mee pok with prawn paste balls. Loved the clean heat and tanginess from their chilli and vinegar. Texture of the noodles also held up well too. Those prawn paste balls were not bad tasting but they were also nothing we'd be looking forward to coming back for either.

Guan's Mee Pok (阿源麵薄), crispy eel mee pok product

There's crispy eel mee pok which looked good on the menu.

Guan's Mee Pok (阿源麵薄), crispy eel mee pok

The actual fried eels had a thicker and crustier breading. Eels also tasted a little fishy. We got the sensing that they aren't great with fried stuff and we're definitely going to avoid them in the future. Does that mean that we'll be coming back?  Sure. For the mee pok and none of the fried things.

Guan's Mee Pok (阿源麵薄), prawn paste watercress soup

Tasted like how I remembered it from the last time we had them. Nice.

Guan's Mee Pok (阿源麵薄), vegetables fried lard

Some crunchy nai bai with chilli and fried lard? Yes please.

Guan's Mee Pok (阿源麵薄), prawn paste wings

They were giving away a couple of fried prawn paste wings for some of the noodles we ordered. Edible. On hindsight, I wouldn't have paid for these knowing how they tasted. Ponggol Nasi Lemak just a few steps away makes much better regular ones.

Guan's Mee Pok (阿源麵薄), Capitol Piazza

Thursday, November 25, 2021

More food from So Good Char Chan Tang at Capitol Piazza

So Good Char Chan Tang, luo han guo milk tea

These were from a couple of visits at the So Good at City Hall. The dark drink on the left was luo han guo (罗汉果) tea. Also known as monk fruit. I thought it was pretty good flavour but I've been spoilt by an old experience at the defunct Bon Bon Cafe in Hong Kong that very little if any could match that.

So Good Char Chan Tang, char siew

I've been curious about their char siew for a while. It's not so much like the local variety in flavour and doesn't have the caramelized shell on the exterior that is favoured by many. Myself included. The meat was tender without the crust but also much sweeter than I remember of many char siew experiences in Hong Kong. There seemed to be something like fermented bean flavour. Not bad tasting but also usually not my preferred style.

So Good Char Chan Tang, curry beef brisket

Beef brisket passed muster as these dishes go. Their curry has a different taste from the one at Tsui Wah. Briskets weren't as fall apart fatty as I was hoping for. For some reasons, we never get those quality of briskets here. Loved the chunks of tendon in the curry. 

So Good Char Chan Tang, fish head rice

This was braised fish head rice which I had ordered out of curiosity. In my head, I was imagining a whole fish's head but it was merely chopped up pieces. While the fish looked chunky like 鱼鸡, they weren't. Most of it were bones. There were also a few strips of braised pork belly in there. Didn't taste bad but I don't think I'll be getting this again because there was little meat from the fish and I didn't think much of their oyster sauce gravy. 

So Good Char Chan Tang, corned beef egg sandwich

Corned beef and egg sandwich was good. Seemed better than the last time we had it.

So Good Char Chan Tang, condense milk bun

Prefer Tsui Wah's condense milk buns over this because those tasted more buttery and "juicy", not to mention also with a lighter crisp. This one wasn't bad but the buns were dry-ish and crustier.

So Good Char Chan Tang, Capitol Piazza

Kin Kao Young, 313 Somerset

Kin Kao Young, 313 Somerset

This restaurant (B2-01/02/03, 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road) for some reasons reminded me of a localized and less polished version of Kub Kao' Kub Pla. Looking back in retrospect, I couldn't even pinpoint why was that so. Some of the food was a little sweet here.

Kin Kao Young, khao kha moo

Khao kha moo was not bad. Not one of the better we've had but still pretty competent. Can't compare the standards here to the ones in Bangkok of course. Which are cheaper and features better stewing. Enough of this already.

Kin Kao Young, tom kha gai

I kinda enjoyed their tom kha gai with the mild heat and tanginess but towards the end, the sweetness got to me. Broth was creamy, coconut-y and filled with mushrooms and chunks of chicken thigh.

Kin Kao Young, pork rib noodles

We had a bowl of pork rib rice noodles. Didn't expect to get so much pork ribs and ones at these sizes. Nice. These tender slide off the bone ribs were delicious with the garlic chilli dip. They costed about the same as a bowl of prime rib bak kut teh.

Kin Kao Young, steamed halibut thai sauce

Halibut steamed with lime, sugar, garlic and coriander. Fish was okay-ish. We ordered this because Thai steamed fish generally do not use halibut and we wanted to try it. Pretty good flavouring there from the tangy lime and garlic. Loved the heat but I thought there was a bit too much sweetness in their concoction.

Kin Kao Young, 313 Somerset