Sunday, December 31, 2023

A recent dinner at Wolfgang's Steakhouse

Wolfgang's Steakhouse

Family celebration at Wolfgang's. This was a nice one. Not to mention expensive.

Wolfgang's Steakhouse, crab cake

Not impressive crab cake. Texturally or flavour wise, I did not think it worth the $42 they were charging.

Wolfgang's Steakhouse, lobster bisque

Lobster bisque was so so. Can you imagine so so for a $34 soup? Well, at least it wasn't bad.

Wolfgang's Steakhouse, porterhouse

This might be the only time I get to see a porterhouse for four on my table. It's still the best tasting item from the spread we've had. I was dipping their rye into the beefy butter on the plate. 😬

Wolfgang's Steakhouse, medium rare

While I'm curious about their other steaks, I'd be pretty happy just coming back for this one.

Wolfgang's Steakhouse, creme brulee

Creme brulee had a harder shell than expected. Custard's nice but kinda insufficient.

Wolfgang's Steakhouse, apple strudel

Loved their apple strudel though. The raisins reminded me of peas and the chunks of apples of roasted garlic. Best pea and garlic pastry I've had in a while. And this with all the tartness actually works with their schlag which I have previously never enjoyed.

Wolfgang's Steakhouse, tiramisu

Someone ordered tiramisu and I was initially apprehensive. Turned out to be not bad at all. What does this mean? It means that my instincts aren't always correct.

Wolfgang's Steakhouse
Wolfgang's Steakhouse

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Of stuffed & truffled mushrooms and rare salmon katsu from Tonkatsu by Ma Maison

Tonkatsu by Ma Maison, double mushroom truffled rosu katsu

Special of the month I believe from Tonkatsu by Ma Maison. It's truffled mushrooms on daikon oroshi on hire and on the left, mushrooms stuffed with prawn paste that's katsu-ed.

Tonkatsu by Ma Maison, rare salmon katsu

This rare salmon katsu reminded us of the one from Ippudo so we had to get it. It's tasted as good as it looked. With or without the tartare sauce.

Friday, December 29, 2023

Curry chicken noodle from Cantonese Delights

Cantonese Delights, Hong Lim Food Centre

It's been a long while since the last time so that's my justification for the 40 minutes spent in the queue.

Cantonese Delights, Hong Lim Food Centre

Got a bowl of their curry chicken noodle today. Chicken thigh was pretty big and meaty.

Cantonese Delights, Hong Lim Food Centre

I personally prefer mee kia over the regular yellow noodle. Was it worth the queue? I would prefer to spend a lot less time in the queue if that were possible. But I enjoyed this.

Cantonese Delights, Hong Lim Food Centre

Topped up the order with some of their fried chicken cutlet.

Cantonese Delights, Hong Lim Food Centre

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Burgs, 313 Somerset

Burgs, 313 Somerset

I've heard about Burgs (#05-01/02/03, Stall 25, Food Republic, 313@somerset, 313 Orchard Road) for some time and haven't managed to try their burgers until now.

Burgs, 313 Somerset

It wasn't bad per se but it was definitely underwhelming.

The mushroom burger had a couple of different mushrooms. One tasted like it came from a can. The other had texture of dried mushroom that wasn't hydrated sufficiently so it was a little chewy. Looked little like what the menu depicted.

Burgs, 313 Somerset

There's nothing classic about their classic cheeseburger. It's their rendition that threw in pickled green chilli and fried shallots. Fried shallots that tasted/looked like it came from a plastic bag. Flavour's messy.

Beef patties were decent. Likeable chunky texture in my opinion and there's definitely the beefy flavour going on there. Buns were soft. Fries were surprisingly addictive. 

orchard road

323 椰浆饭 Nasi Lemak, Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre

323 椰浆饭 Nasi Lemak, bee hoon

It happened that I came to another stall with nasi lemak on their name (#01-48 Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre, 115 Bukit Merah View) and didn't get nasi lemak. I was looking for bee hoon and it was either this or the stall at the other end with an even longer queue.

Taste was okay. It's not the hell yeah I'm definitely coming back for the bee hoon kind of quality but it's edible. Not a fan of their chilli which probably works better on nasi lemak. Maybe I will try their nasi lemak the next time. 😅

Update 13/01/2024

323 椰浆饭 Nasi Lemak, Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre

So I did try the nasi lemak. Rice was decently flavoured and a little grainy textured. Fried tau kwa was unexpectedly tasty. The rest of the toppings on this plate weren't worth mentioning. I don't think their chilli is my thing because I didn't think it was good with the rice as well. 

323 椰浆饭 Nasi Lemak, Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

More Nanjing Impressions (南京大牌檔)

Nanjing Impressions (南京大牌檔), Plaza Singapura

Been a while since we were last here at Nanjing Impressions. Do I sense some of the enthusiasm from their staff ebbing?

Nanjing Impressions (南京大牌檔), bitter gourd lemon tea

That's bitter gourd lime tea. Couldn't taste any bitter gourd in it.

Nanjing Impressions (南京大牌檔), salted duck porridge baby fennel

Salted duck porridge with baby fennel. I loved how the dill-ish fennel leaves and vinegar paired with the appropriately salted porridge. This has got to be the most delicious duck porridge I've had.

Nanjing Impressions (南京大牌檔), tofu shrimp sauce

One of the oldies is their tofu with shrimp sauce (虾酱豆腐). Didn't taste like those we've had previously. This was was less shrimpy and more garlicky. A little disappointing.

Nanjing Impressions (南京大牌檔), julienned tofu

Another oldie was their julienned bean curd (麻油素干丝) which was as good as we remembered them.

Nanjing Impressions (南京大牌檔), madam chiang's beauty porridge

Madam Chiang's Beauty Porridge (民国美龄粥) is understatedly good like a non-complicated sweet oatmeal. Tasted like that as well. At least for us it was and did. I don't think we've ever not ordered it.

Nanjing Impressions (南京大牌檔), jiangnan seafood bucket

Trying their Jiangnan Seafood Bucket for the first time. The fishballs in it were intriguing with their super soft texture. Prawns were fresh and in general, seafood quality was good. Broth needs a bit more salt methinks.

Nanjing Impressions (南京大牌檔), beef tendons

Sautéed beef tendons (京葱爆牛筋) which we've had previously. Good with rice but we didn't get any rice today.

Nanjing Impressions (南京大牌檔), fish & lamb dumpling baby fennel

We got these lamb and fish dumplings because it sounded like it might be good. While it didn't taste bad, one also couldn't get much lamb or fish out of the meat paste stuffings in them.

Nanjing Impressions (南京大牌檔), jinling roast duck

First time getting their Jingling roast duck (金陵烤鸭). Meat was more tender than it looked and there was a think layer of fat beneath the skin for flavour. Not bad.

Nanjing Impressions (南京大牌檔), huaiyang sweet strata cake

Trying their Huaiyang sweet strata cake (淮扬千层油糕) for the first time also. Texture's like bao or hua juan (花卷). Know what's crazy about this? There's a layer of oil in the middle of the cake that tasted like it came from lup cheong. Hell yeah! 👍🏼

Nanjing Impressions (南京大牌檔), Plaza Singapura

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Black sesame coffee from Coffee Break

Coffee Break, Hong Lim black sesame coffee

This from the shop at Hong Lim. Notice the mottle surface on the coffee and the black specks along the rim of the cup. Instructions from them were to stir before drinking. Yes it does have black sesame flavour. Did not taste bad. Seems like there's toast on the menu these days.

Coffee Break, Hong Lim Food Centre

Matcha soy milk with mochi from Chinese Tofu Magician (半仙豆夫)

Chinese Tofu Magician (半仙豆夫)

This matcha flavour from Chinese Tofu Magician had less matcha flavour than the taro one had taro flavour.

Monday, December 25, 2023

Niu Bi, Amoy Street Food Centre

Niu Bi, Amoy Street Food Centre

I came across Niu Bi (#02-98 Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road) by chance because once again, I've failed at getting my bowl at Teochew Beef Kway Teow. What intrigued me was their Teochew chilli dry bowl. What's interesting here from what I've read, was that the laddie in the kitchen was also previously involved in Gubak Kia

This wasn't bad at all. Chilli's not a killer with the default portions and perhaps I could have asked for more peanuts. Otherwise, this was a very decent bowl. Loved the slurpy kuey teow and tofu tender beef tendons. The slices of beef were pleasantly marinated and tender. Will come back another time.

Niu Bi, Amoy Street Food Centre

There's a sly reference on their signboard referencing their niu tradition since 1921 - the year when Hock Lam Beef Noodles was set up. So if you understood the linkages that ran all the way back, it's this stall -> Gubak Kia -> Empress Place Teochew Beef Kway Teow -> Hock Lam.

Sunday, December 24, 2023

忘不了萝卜糕 (Unforgettable Carrot Cake), Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre

忘不了萝卜糕 (Unforgettable Carrot Cake), Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre

Pretty unforgettable name. 😂 I can't fathom why they thought having 'Lontong Goreng' on their signboard would make a difference though since pretty much no one associates radish cakes with those. (#01-30 Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre, 115 Bukit Merah View

Anyways, there was a queue which I discovered was moving slowly after we've committed to getting a plate. This was the $5 portion. The kuey was chunky and had a nice taste. I think there were four eggs in this plate and some cai por was hidden inside. As a whole, it was lightly salted and I do not believe I tasted any fish sauce in it.

忘不了萝卜糕 (Unforgettable Carrot Cake), Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Ah Fong Noodle (亞峯), Holland Village Food Centre

Ah Fong Noodle (亞峯), bak chor mee

This unit (#01-14 Holland Village Food Centre, 1 Lorong Mambong) used to be Ming Fa. Don't know when Ah Fong Noodle took over. Tried their bak chor mee. It's edible.

Noodles were kinda soft rather than firm with a nice bite. I'm not enthused by it. Chilli and vinegar were pretty generic tasting. All these simply coalesced into a bowl that lacked character if you catch my drift. Doesn't suck but I'm also not looking forward to it again.

Ah Fong Noodle (亞峯), Holland Village Food Centre

Bukit Merah View Fishball Minced Meat Noodle (红山景鱼圓肉脞麵), Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre

Bukit Merah View Fishball Minced Meat Noodle (红山景鱼圓肉脞麵), Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre

Not a bad tasting bowl from Bukit Merah View Fishball Minced Meat Noodle (#01-45 Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre, 115 Bukit Merah View) though this was more of a fishball noodle than bak chor mee. The only thing that made this a minced meat bowl was minced meat. There're no other pork cuts or even stewed mushrooms that many bcms tend to include.

Ingredients were generic factory produced stuff but the chilli saucing appeared to be different. There was something tangy in it if I wasn't mistaken and it tasted noticeably different from other such noodles. Not a bad bowl like I've mentioned but I think I've got to come back again sometime to understand it a little better. 

Surprise update 29/4/2024...
Bukit Merah View Fishball Minced Meat Noodle (红山景鱼圓肉脞麵), Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre

Got the larger bowl today which has one more meatball and a bit more noodles. What bothered me was that the noodles today appeared to be more cooked so the texture's no good. Saucing also felt a little sticky and didn't have the tangy flavour I was intrigued by the last time. I'm ranking this at the bottom end of ordinary.

Bukit Merah View Fishball Minced Meat Noodle (红山景鱼圓肉脞麵), Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre

Friday, December 22, 2023

Master Prata without prata

Master Prata, Alexandra Central

No prata for us today at Master Prata. They have a bunch of other things on their rather extensive menu which we wanted to start exploring.

Master Prata, nasi goreng chicken liver

Like their nasi goreng hati ayam - fried rice with chicken liver. Devilishly crimson.

Master Prata, nasi goreng chicken liver

Not bad tasting but one has to accept that the fried chicken livers from mamak stalls such as these are generally dry. Powdery kind of dry. Which strangely works when I crushed them into the rice and they ended up adding a flavour/texture that reminded me of fried fish roe. Like I said, strange. 

Master Prata, chapati mutton keema

That's chapati with mutton keema. Keema's texture was kinda different from the usual. These had potato and something else inside. Tasted more like a mutton masala if you asked me. 

Master Prata, chicken kuruma

The creamy chicken kuruma packed more heat than the looks suggested. Chicken was impressively tender, even for breast meat.

Master Prata, bandung dinosaur halia susu

Something sweet and milky to wash down - bandung dinosaur and some halia susu. The hot ginger milk was sweet in a good way.