Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Revisiting Good Pig Trotters Fried Bee Hoon (好猪脚米粉)

Good Pig Trotters Fried Bee Hoon (好猪脚米粉)

Here's back at Good Pig Trotters Fried Bee Hoon. Topped my plate with fish cake and fish fillet (魚柳) today. The add ons aren't special but they're adequate. The point to the stall is the bee hoon after all.

Good Pig Trotters Fried Bee Hoon (好猪脚米粉), The Arcade @ Collyer Quay

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Lay's Roasted Cumin Lamb Skewer Flavor from Scarlett Supermarket

Lay's Roasted Cumin Lamb Skewer Flavor

I was apprehensive but curious at the same time when I saw these on the shelves. Turned out to be much better than I had imagined. Was surprised by how they managed to capture those 羊肉串 flavours in the chips.

Monday, November 28, 2022

More stuff from Happy Lamb Hotpot (快乐小羊)

Happy Lamb Hotpot (快乐小羊), tripe

Here's a few items from Happy Lamb Hotpot we haven't tried previously. Like the beef book tripe which was served cooked. The reason you'd swish them in the hotpot is to get them nice and warm. Nice beefy flavour with a tender but chewy texture. 

Happy Lamb Hotpot (快乐小羊), beef short rib

Beef short rib was not bad. Nice texture from the slightly thicker sliced meat but the flavour had less intensity than I was hoping for.

Happy Lamb Hotpot (快乐小羊), premium lamb

What I liked much better was their premium marble lamb which was tender and filled with all that wonderful lamb flavour. Note to self : get this again!

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Re-revisiting Gaston

Gaston, Keong Saik Road

Our third time eating at Gaston.

Gaston, kronenbourg blanc

Kronenbourg is a great easy drinking beer just like Hoegaarden with it's floral citrus-y flavour.

Gaston, food

Looked like we ordered a lot but we didn't.

Gaston, trout confit

Confit trout with the smoked potato salad was delicious. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Meat was about medium doneness and nicely charred on the outside. Those trout skin crackers on the side needed a bit more salt.

Gaston, onion tart blue cheese figs

Together with the trout was an creamy onion tart with blue cheese and figs that kept our mouths busy while waiting for the main courses. Also delicious.

Gaston, stewed lamb pomegranate

We had braised lamb with roasted pumpkin which was... ordinary if not for the bursts of citrus from the pomegranate.

Gaston, sweetbread

The pièce de résistance tonight was their Ris de Veau Sauce Forestière - fried veal sweetbread with forest mushroom sauce. This was so good. They mentioned 140 grams and that it was considered a sizeable piece. Pretty impressed by the sauce which had good salting and an intense flavour from the mushrooms. At this time, I would be hard pressed to recall another mushroom sauce which packed as much flavour as this did. Wished the portions of the sweetbread were bigger for what they charged though.

Gaston, les crepes gaston

Tried their Les Crêpes Gaston which was done with banana rum compote, hazelnuts and some sour cream. Said banana rum compote had probably been prepared and refrigerated because unlike the warm crepe, it was chilled. Not bad. The dessert would be more awesome if it was done à la minute table side but I understand that they probably can't with the limited space. 

Gaston, Keong Saik Road

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Lau Wang Claypot Delights, Bugis+

Lau Wang Claypot Delights, Bugis+

Came across Lau Wang Claypot Delights (#04-13 Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, tel : +65 9135 3392) the last time we were here, made a mental note to check them out and now we're here.

Lau Wang Claypot Delights, sambal kangkong

Decent sambal kang kong with shrimpy heat from the sambal. It's a little more saucy than I was expecting.

Lau Wang Claypot Delights, herbal sliced fish soup

Their herbal sliced fish soup came with six thick slices of snakehead. Pretty herbal and sweet - that's as much as I can describe it. I felt it was a little too sweet at the start but I kinda got used to the flavour as I drank it. Wouldn't say I'm a fan of the soup but I didn't dislike it and I loved the fish.

Lau Wang Claypot Delights, ngoh hiong

Ngoh hiong passed muster. What got my attention about these was the lack of excessive use of five spice powder. The skin was crispy and the stuffings were minced pork and water chestnut. Not bad tasting and pretty good eat with the chilli sauce they included on the side.

Lau Wang Claypot Delights, spicy frogs

This was their spicy frog claypot - perhaps their rendition of 宫保田鸡 with heat that progressively caught on. Definitely not the standards of kung bao frog I had in mind. Again I didn't dislike them but I was bothered with how small the frogs were. We ordered the pot with three frogs and there was too little meat methinks. 

Lau Wang Claypot Delights, rice

To catch all the sauces.

Lau Wang Claypot Delights, Bugis+

Friday, November 25, 2022

Revisiting Legendary Hong Kong

Legendary Hong Kong, Rochester Commons

We scored a seat in the air conditioned balcony at Legendary Hong Kong today.

Legendary Hong Kong, noodles

They have one of the better gong zai meen (公仔面) I've tasted in my limited experience with them in cha chan tang sort of places. Why? They've thought though enough of this simple dish to not overcook the noodle. Pretty good texture for instant noodles. I'm speaking from the experience of having this the second time here.

Legendary Hong Kong, beef tripe

Stewed tripe. An order had pretty generous portions. Flavour was nice but this was something one would want to eat while it's hot because it hardens as it cools.

Legendary Hong Kong, ribena

Pretty surprised by their hot Ribena. If my memory didn't fail me, this was almost as good as the one we had at Aberdeen

Legendary Hong Kong, seafood hor fun

Seafood hor fun was blandish. But there's chilli on the side and sliced chilli one could request for. Those and with a splash of light soya sauce, this turned out pretty darn good. Some of the smokiness came through after that.

Legendary Hong Kong, prawn paste mid wings

Nice prawn paste mid wings.

Legendary Hong Kong, lettuce

Was surprised that I enjoyed the boiled lettuce with oyster sauce as much as I did. I must be getting old.

Legendary Hong Kong, shrimp dumplings

These were prawn dumplings stuffed with whole shrimp in them along with minced meat. Not bad tasting but I do have a couple of thoughts on how they could be improved. Involves more lard and thinner skins.

Legendary Hong Kong, coffee

Coffee's okay. I kinda know what to expect out of them so the bar is never set high for them.

Legendary Hong Kong, crispy condense milk toast


Legendary Hong Kong, Rochester Commons

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Joji's Diner, Stanley Street

Joji's Diner, Stanley Street

Mixed feelings about the food at Joji's Diner (3 Stanley Street, tel : +65 6993 7890).

Joji's Diner, cappucino

Coffee's okay, that's a double shot so it's not exactly coffee flavoured milk they're serving. What might not be apparent is that this was a cappuccino. Don't think anyone would be faulted for thinking that this was a latte.

Joji's Diner, smash burger

What I was interested in was their smash burger. According to them, it's 70% beef and 30% lamb. Happy to report that I could taste the lamb. What needed work was the salt. Salting was uneven so some of the bites were bland-ish. Pity cuz that burger was otherwise pretty decent.  

Joji's Diner, duck config

Duck was not worth the money. Meat was hard. I read somewhere that it was slow cooked for 9 hours. If that had been so, this would be somewhat of a spectacular failure. For something that was supposedly confit, there was also little intensity in the flavour and a conspicuous lack of salt. 

We asked about the orange marmalade sauce because what we mostly tasted was a brown sauce flavoured with rosemary. Someone from the kitchen came over to explain that they used fresh orange juice for the sauce. Well none of that came through. Nothing was mentioned about the marmalade. Where's my bits of peel? 

Joji's Diner, blueberry pancake

We had blueberry pancakes.

Joji's Diner, blueberry pancake

There's more than just blueberries in the sauce. I think red current and cranberries too if I'm not mistaken. Not a fan of it because something about it tasted artificial to me. Pancakes were okay but don't come expecting the same standards as Clinton Street Baking Company.

Joji's Diner, Stanley Street

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar, Middle Road

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar, Middle Road

Dinner at Ginett. Tried as I did to not be presumptuous - I had already surmised that they aren't going to be at the same level as restaurants like Le Bistrot du Sommelier, Atout, Brasserie Gavroche and Gaston. Not to even mention Claudine. Heh!

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar, bread

Dry and slightly crusty bread which was good for mopping up sauces and little else.

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar, kronenbourg

Kronenbourg Blanc is pretty expensive here. $19 a pint.

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar, lobster bisque

I'd describe their lobster bisque as decent. Off my head I could easily name a couple from the not too distant past which were a better experience. Like The Ranch, Atout or Bedrock.

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar, brie de meaux truffle brioche

Brie de Meaux with truffle and brioche.

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar, brie de meaux truffle brioche

Pretty good. I liked that the Brie was flavoured with real slices of truffle.

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar, filet mignon foie gras truffle morel sauce

I liked this - filet mignon and foie gras with morel cream sauce with shaven slices of truffle. Steak had a nice sear and was a proper medium rare. Didn't even mind the rosemary tasting brown sauce there. This was when we used the last of the dry crusty bread to "clean the plate".

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar, quenelle

We were curious about their pike quenelle and wondered how it was different from the rendition at Brasserie Gavroche. Ginett's was au gratin - dry on the exterior which had a cheesy and eggy flavour. Hidden at the base were mushroom duxelles. Not bad tasting. The dumpling had seafood flavour, not so much just fish as the dish was named. Not bad.

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar, Middle Road

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Peach beer, black curry and bonito tonkotsu at Ippudo

Ippudo Ramen

Saw that Ippudo has a black curry ramen so wanted to try it.

Ippudo, peach beer

Happenstance also found us peach beer currently on the menu - there were cubes of sweet canned peaches with syrup in the beer. Didn't deny that guilty pleasure.

Ippudo, black curry ramen

The black curry ramen was suppose to have won some award. What award that was and who awarded them, no body seems to know. Tasted spices and squid ink in the thick curry which also had its brand of sweetness that was unlike most Japanese curry.

Noodles weren't the thin Hakata type, it was more like tagliolini. Not bad tasting but it also only good for a one exploratory bowl for me. Wouldn't get it again.

Ippudo, bonito tonkotsu ramen

We've seen the bonito tonkotsu bowl in Ippudo's menu since pretty much the beginning but have never tried it until today. This bowl had a thick broth which was smokey, sweet and savoury - nothing like the one from Ikkousha. Underneath were the thin and wiry Hakata noodles. This one blew Ikkousha's rendition out of the water.