Tuesday, March 28

Yummeh Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart


Thanks to a colleague, I got to try a Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart. I liked it. Smooth and creamy, a touch milky. I wished the tart shell was shorter and more crumbly but maybe that's because I had a day after it was bought.

If you bought it fresh off the shelf, it would be lusciously molten; alternatively, you could pop it in the fridge for an hour for it to be chilled and firm.

Friday, March 24

Hajime Tonkatsu and Ramen, myVillage @ Serangoon

"It's by the ex-Tampopo chef ..." That was really all it took to pique my interest. Once upon a time, my family were fans of Tampopo at Liang Court. Not quite sure why we don't visit anymore. I think it is a combination of distance (too far from where we live), a relatively boring mall, and the price point. The food at good but I guess not good enough to make regular patronage.

Cue Hajime Tonkatsu and Ramen. Located at a suburban neighbourhood, it is a likeable space with a more modest menu, compared to Tampopo. The menu is neat and concise - covering tonkotsu, ramen, dons and side dishes - the chef is clearly focusing on what they are good at.


One of the starters that we ordered was the croquette. A potato and pork mash encased with a light panko-breadcrumbed batter. It immediately reminded of of a childhood snack my parents used to get. We were off to a good start.


Blessed with a smoky aroma, one wonders why people don't invest more time in roasting edamame. That wouldn’t be the first time you have tried edamame but it will be the first time you think to yourself, Mmm, I could actually get on board with edamame.


We ordered the Chashu Ramen for the boys. It was pleasing and serviceable. Perhaps because I am not a ramen person, this was pleasant. Just pleasant.


KW had their special Ebi Ramen and topped it with a tasty egg. I was quite blown away by how it tasted almost like our local Prawn Noodle Soup.


Coming here and not ordering tonkotsu is like committing a hate crime. Do you not love babies, cuddly koalas and crispy thingies? 

I order the Premium Pork Loin, which was gloriously fatty and tender. This was a thing of beauty. Every bite consisted of a flitter-like crunch that broke away to reveal juicy fatty insides. Truly quite spot on in terms of consistency and taste, the price point ($19.90) was easy to swallow too. I didn't try the other tonkotsu options but I would highly suggest go pig big or go home.


What I really liked was how they handled their rice, which was imported from Niigata region in Japan. Full-bodied and puffy. Permission to forgo your Paleo diet.

 Similar to Tampopo, the accompanying soup is a Tonjiru Soup, that is made from tonkotsu broth simmered with a hint of yuzu. Given I am not a miso person, this was a much-welcomed change.

Wednesday, March 22

Birthday traditions at Silk, SICC

It has become somewhat of a tradition to celebrate KW's grandmother's birthday at Silk at SICC and we are pretty pleased about it. The food is great and we don't have to fret about the kids' acting up  - a win on many fronts. As per the usual arrangement, my father-in-law picked out a 8-course set meal and it was one of those rare instances where every dish was right up my alley. 


We kicked off with longevity buns before this little piggy arrived. Though I am no expert on suckling pigs, this was fantastic sample. Tender and fatty, veiled with thin crispy skin. 


That's my man, slicing up the pork cheek. I am blessed. 


"Banquet soups" are a really hit and miss for me, but I know I can always count on the creamy but light double-boiled fish bone soup with fish maw and bamboo pith.


Cereal prawns are my favourite and it took a lot of will power to not hoover down the cereal flakes. Silk does a really good wasabi prawn too.


Chinese mushrooms, tofu and greens. A break between the richness of the other dishes.


We were served individual portions of pan-fried Wagyu beef. By now, I was started to regret my pig-out with the roasted suckling pig, but this incredibly tender slice could not be passed up.


Another winning dish is the wok-fried crab meat with egg white and truffle oil.

I didn't take any pictures of the braised mee pok with truffle oil and assorted Chinese pastries but they weren't any different from previous years.

Monday, March 20

Friday, March 17

Friday 17th finds

Must read //

This girl's got SASS. I'm surprised yellow sweaters are not a sell-out yet.

 "The best TED talks aren’t just about the best ideas, they’re about the best stories." True that.

Hilarious, have you seen the movie, Beauty & the Beast?

Traditional Rwandan hairstyle - Amazing hair sculptures!

I am not a gadget person when it comes to my kids but Moonlite, a bedtime story project, is pretty dope.

Must visit //

A stunning hotel in Madrid.

Must make //

Oh Lordy, Lordy, all these cheesecakes! I will have one of each.

Wednesday, March 15

PIM PAM by FOC, Orchard Road

Last year, I met up with a couple of girlfriends at FOC by Nandu Jubany for lunch. The meal consisted of a smorgasbord of sleek Catalan dishes, deliciously satisfying. The FOC family now has an offshoot, PIM PAM by FOC, a gastro-bodega inspired by the Barcelonan tapas and wine culture. If the intimate FOC is a great place for date night, PIM PAM by FOC is your to-go family-friendly spot. Great service, pleasing noms.

PIM PAM ‘CROQUETAS’

We ordered two versions, Ham and Crab. This is a must-order. Encasing rich creamy insides is a thin crumbed batter that doesn’t even count as batter as it is more of a fritter.

PIM PAM ‘MIGAS’ 
Oven-baked Bread Crumbs with Chorizo & 
Potato Foam, topped with Fried Eggs

As the name suggests, this is really just a fried egg with bread crumbs. But the egg is temptingly runny and a great binder for loose fluffy breadcrumbs.

PORK MEATBALLS
Juicy Pork Meatballs stewed with Baby Octopus

Super tender meatballs but I wouldn’t get on board with the octopus stew. There is something about this surf and turf concoction that didn’t sit well with me.

PRAWNS ‘AL AJILLO’
Pan-fried Prawns with Garlic, Parsley & Bread

Quite a no-brainer dish - must admit I ordered this for my boys who loved it. My only quibble is the hard toast that was devoid of sauce-soaking properties.

IBERICO PORK ‘PRESA’
Tender & Juicy Pork Shoulder with Black Garlic Mayo

This was a really good grown-up dish. With a whiff of chargrilled smokiness, I had no idea pork should could be this tender.

We 
PORK & SCALLOP PAELLA 

A likeable dish. Missing socarrat but still brimming with flavor.

Monday, March 13

Baker's Brew Studio, Paragon

Visited the new Baker's Brew Studio over the weekend on Sunday. Their Paragon outlet boosts a new concept, housing both baking studio and a café. The café only opened last Saturday and it isn’t fully operational (i.e., no classes just yet); they are currently on a soft launch to iron out all the kinks.

In full disclaimer: I knew about the opening as we are friends with one of the owners. Along with my family, we visited without informing our friends and I paid close to $70 for 3 slices of cake and 5 beverages.

The 3 cakes that we had – Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake, Lemon Passionfruit Cake and Tiramisu – were hefty slices. If you like your cakes light and airy, this is not the place for you. My younger sister thought their cakes are too dry and I probably didn’t find them as offensive as I prefer denser cakes. That said, I can see many mother-daughter bonding sessions happening at the pretty modern luxe baking studio slash café.