Wednesday, September 17

A double from Daily Scoop, Chip Bee Gardens

A rare afternoon off took us to Chip Bee Gardens for some icy respite from the heat. Unfortunately, Sunday Folks only opens at 4pm on weekdays (ah, the life of millennials), so we headed to the ever dependable Daily Scoop.

KW was quick with his decision, Surprisingly Coconut that stood out as a light treat dotted with coconut nibblets (perhaps that was the surprise). I decided to play the field and after a few samples, a scoop of Berry Pie was picked mostly due to its yogurt-based tanginess and pleasing chunks of digestive pie crusts.

The waffle itself wasn't as crisp as I would have liked it to be, but it was a convenient vehicle for catching and mopping up melted ice cream.

Monday, September 15

The Sushi Bar, Far East Plaza

The Sushi Bar at Far East Plaza is one of those places whose reputation precedes its name (the other I can think of would be Teppei). Everyone keeps harping on the horrendous queues and even my elder sister was a victim of it on at least two occasions. Thankfully, Zee and Diana were more than game to queue up 20 minutes before the restaurant opened and after the restaurant opened, I never saw a queue form that Saturday lunch hour.

The Salmon Aburi Sushi is a must-order at The Sushi Bar; not ordering it would be akin to visiting Paris and bypassing the Louvre. It was really good but then again, you can''t really go wrong with aburi sushi. I guess I expected more pizzazz, given all the hype. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Was I blown away? Not at all.

Zee also mentioned the rolls seemed smaller, compared to when they were at their previous outlet. I am quite sure I would rather visit Sushi Tei the next time I need an aburi fix.

We initially thought one roll would be enough but hunger/greed got the better of us and we had an additional California Roll. Again, extremely pleasing but not something I would queue up for. 

My elder raved about this dish, Scallop Mentaiyaki, scallop carpaccio dressed lightly in soy sauce and drizzled with mentaiko mayonnaise. It was nice (ugh, I hate using this word) but I don't think I would give this dish a special shout-out anytime soon.

What really made me sit up (and scrape the dish clean) was the Pitan Tofu. I have had this at other Japanese restaurants but this was particularly yummy and the textural contrast between crab strips, diced century egg, century egg paste and tofu was moreishly pronounced.

The Inaniwa Udon and Salmon Belly Yaki were both pleasant but not particularly exciting.

My verdict on The Sushi Bar: Tasty? Yes. Overhyped? Definitely.

Friday, September 12

Celebrating Dad's birthday at Sushi Kuu, Palais Renaissance

Bet you can't tell from these pictures but my dad turns 65 today! 

Last Sunday, my elder sister and I treated the family to lunch at my current favourite higher-end restaurant, Sushi Kuu at Palais Renaissance. I usually hate getting gushy but this meal was exceptionally heartfelt as I'm a real chip off this old block and you can't imagine how indebted I feel towards my parents. 

Not a lot of food pictures to show for but it was a meal that my family thoroughly enjoyed and my indulgent chirashi was seriously fresh and hence, awesome. After the meal, I spent a good hour Googling chirashis in Singapore. Story of my life. 

My dad's barachirashi looked (and I am told tasted) amazing! I am looking for a good reason to head back soon to try the barachirashi he had (hint: wedding anniversary is a month away).  

And Russell shocks my dad with his appetite for cake

The Munckin and his mysterious minder

Speaking of the Munckin, my dad not-too-long-ago gave me a bit of advice on parenting and fortuitously, I can feel it beginning to take effect. I don’t think he ever intended it to have such a profound influence on my life but I will be forever grateful for his advice.

Thanks dad =)

Wednesday, September 10

Taste Paradise, Ion Orchard

I have long been a fan of Imperial Treasure's char siew sau but recently a contender has knocked them off the top spot and for good reason.

More often than not, we settle for a generic glaze and paltry fillings but the offering from Taste Paradise was in a league of its own; The combination of a crumbly crust hide and delectably sauce-y filling was simply unmatchable.

In fact, I was very impressed with Taste Paradise's dim sum over one Sunday family lunch. I've had Taste Paradise at least twice but third time sealed the deal.

Notable items included the char siew sau (of course!), siew mai, har gow, XO fried carrot cake and century egg porridge.

Tuesday, September 9

Mid-Autumn musings

I never understood people who were friends with their colleagues. To me, work is work - why would you want to spend every waking hour your lunch hours and weekends with people who are constantly in your face?

Of course, it came to everyone's surprise (especially my own) when I invited a bunch of them over for steamboat over the Mid-Autumn weekend. It was weird because we had a lot of fun and we ate till our bellies resembled the spherical object up in the sky. Oh gosh, I just MIGHT do this again.

Sub-conscience, "Who are you and what have you done with Yixiao?"

Monday, September 8

Chris & Julie's wedding at Point Yamu, Phuket

Chris & Julie's wedding - THIS was main reason why we were in Phuket. 

Alert: serious wedding envy here! I love love love small weddings that reflect the couple's personalities, as opposed to their parents' delegation of friends, acquaintances and long-lost cousins. Maybe I should insist on a destination celebration for our 30th wedding anniversary. 

The wedding ceremony took place at the lawn across the cutest wedding aisle and we were extremely lucky the rain held back till dinner. 

The bride with her father Papa Jang, who happens to look as if he was in his late 40s. Must be all that Korean ginseng. Amusing and effable guy. 

After a few short speeches and exchange of vows, the ceremony was done and we were off to selfies, wefies and them-fies. 

Munckin woke up just in time for the wedding vows

Amusing ourselves while waiting for the group photo

And another with the bride's K-posse

After a round of cocktails, we dived full-fledged into a superb meal prepared by chef Daniel Moran and his team from La Sirena. It might be a case of really low expectations but some of the dishes were very good, if not exceptional. 

Chilled tomato and watermelon soup with shelled crab

Ok, I'll say dinner didn't get off to a flying start. Cold soups aren't really my thing. Why do they even exist to begin with? If I wanted to drink something cold, I would get an iced drink. You get what I'm saying right?

Good thing, the olive bread rolls were a handful of savoury delight.

Mozzarella di buffala and grilled vegetables
Crudo of salmon, artichokes, lemon and parsley
Andaman shrimps, fennel, chill and dill
Prosciutto san daniele with melon, mint and Sambuca

The magic began with our melange of appetizers. Each component was lightly flavoured yet distinctively flavourful; and though there were four components, they sang a harmonious tune as I worked my way around the plate.


Black cod served on top of a spicy seafood stew of Andaman seafood OR
Salt bush lamb, chargrilled with artichokes, olives, tomato and basil

Tri-coloured salad, Brussell sprouts and hand-cut French fries

The main courses were impressive. My black cod was incredibly satisfying, matched by a robust seafood stew. After cleaning out my plate, I met with the horror of not taking a picture of it. Still kicking myself even after a week.

Juicy and succulent, the chargrilled lamb rack was equally, if not even more fabulous. It was a dish that I certainly did not expect from a wedding-meal kitchen line.

Our mains were stealthily accompanied by a trio of sides. If there is one thing I learnt on this trip about La Sirena, they do they French fries very well.

Watermelon granita Siciliana
White chocolate semi credo with sweet corn, blackberries and pop rocks

The watermelon granita and sorbet, which I took as our palate cleanser, served its purpose well.

If our meal had ended there and then, I would have been mighty satisfied. But the next dessert was an absolute stunner.

White chocolate, popcorn, sweet corn and pop rocks? Sounds like a real kitchen nightmare but in fact, it was wonderfully dreamy.


And the wedding cake? Moist, cloud-like and again, absolutely clean-plate-worthy.

Thank you, Chris and Julie once again, for inviting us to partake in your joy!

Saturday, September 6

Keeping it together

We all know marriage isn't easy and marriage with kids is well, one roller coaster ride, especially when your wife's mood swings like a Vikings ride.

I came across this article on A Cup of Jo, "8 things I've learned about marriage," and while I pretty much agree with most things on the list, I have one more to add.

Ease the tension before going to bed.

KW calls me "grumpymous," which never fails to make me laugh while I have a new tune for him "Roll, roll, roll your eyes. I can see the whites of your eyes."

Whatever works right? Happy weekend, folks!