Sunday, July 22, 2018

Steamed pot is now the latest craze in Singapore, where diners can enjoy fresh steamed seafood and meat as a healthier choice of food. Enclave in the Serangoon Gardens area, the restaurant Steambox with big signage was visible to anyone within the vicinity. 

A friend of mine introduced me to Steambox for dinner. The location was unusually away from the typical malls, but it was a great experience. The interiors gave off a cosy and simple ambience that diners feel comfortable to eat in any way they like. I, for one, dressed in my usual tees, shorts and flip flops, enjoyed my meal just the way I like it. 

First and foremost, diners get to cook the type of porridge of their choice. For us, we chose the century egg pork porridge. The porridge is cooked at the bottom of the stove. 

Not forgetting the popular sinful salted egg crispy fish skin for appetiser. 
The first serving of steamed food comprising fish ball, steamed pork with ginger strips, chicken with wolfberries, and sweet corn. 

The second serving was seafood comprising of scallops, lala and fish fillet. The seafood was amazingly fresh with its natural sweetness. 

Finally, the cooked century egg pork porridge. 

Address: 68 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555962
Price: $
Rating: 3.5/5
Ambience: A popular family restaurant with friendly staff. 
Recommended dishes: Scallops, pork with ginger strips, etc. 

Saturday, June 16, 2018


Hidden in the basement of newly revamped Hong Leong Building, Tokidon is the talk of the town. With huge slabs of beef - Wagyu Beef, Tenderloin and Strip loin on display, the meat when cooked was tender and succulent. The beef is cooked in medium rare as such the meat retains its jus. A simple small Japanese food kiosk serving limited but quality food is something I would definitely recommend. 👍

Truffle Tenderloin Don, priced at $15.90, is a wallet-friendly option where this dish uses a leaner and more affordable beef. The beef was well seasoned and very tender. The crispy garlic slices were deliciously fragrant with the chewy Japanese rice. Break the onsen egg and mix well with the rice with it. You will have a delicious lunch you will never forget. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

Truffle Wagyu Don, priced at SGD23.90, serves with Wagyu Striploin with onsen egg topped with cured kelp and house blend truffle soy. Tokidon uses thick slices of striploin. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

Alternatively, add on a Foie Gras at $11.90 on your rice bowl. The foie gras was prepared to perfection. The crispy outer layer and tender soft inner layer of the foie gras was divine!

Although the food was ambrosial delicious, the prices are expensive. I hope that they will sustain for the long run. Total damages were $75.60 for three different dons.

Address: 16 Raffles Quaty, #b1-33 Hong Leong Building, Singapore 048581
Price: $
Rating: 4/5
Recommended dishes: Truffle Wagyu Don, Truffle Tenderloin Don

Saturday, June 09, 2018

As much as I enjoyed The French Table, Ambush is equally good. Focusing on European dishes from France, Italy and Spain, the restaurant surprised me with not only a nice ambience but also great food without traveling overseas.

Starting with Tapas, the Calamari Fritti with Thai Mayo Dip (S$7.80) tasted very well on its own. The light flavourful marinated calamari were delicately pricked into the bamboo sticks. The calamari drizzled with lemon was absolutely good. The Thai Mayo Dip was too heavy which was not a good choice. If you were to order this tapas, it is recommended to eat it on its own. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Baked eggs, Bolognese, Cherry Tomatoes, Cheese with Herb Ciabatta Bread, priced at $15.80, was an interesting dish. The beef bolognese, cherry tomatoes topped with baked eggs and cheese was absolutely delicious. The Herb Ciabatta Bread was perfectly seasoned with herbs and toasted, making the dish extremely pleasant. I took the bread, broke the egg yolk and scooped a small portion of bolognese with runny yolk. This action took me by surprise. The taste was fantastic. This dish is not recommended to eat it on its own as the bolognese was very rich. I would love to add pasta into the dish. Two slices of Ciabatta bread are not sufficient to tone down the heavy flavour. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

36-Hour Oxtail with Potato Puree, Braised Vegetables and Au Jus (gravy), priced at S$18.80, is highly recommended. Loved the oxtail which was so soft that it disintegrated when cut. The meat was tenderly soft and melted as soon as it is in the mouth. The Potato Puree could compete with The French Table, which was silken soft and rich in flavour. Unfortunately, the braised vegetables could be cooked longer and cooked in the rich Oxtail Stew. It seems as if the vegetables were cooked separately from the stew. However, discounting the vegetables, the overall experience was great. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Truffle and Pancetto Risotto with Button Mushrooms, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmigiano and Au Jus (S$14.80) was equally good though it took sometime before it was served. The rice rich in stock stayed "al dente", making it to have a bite and not being soft once cooked. Loved the rich stock and the texture was superb. The truffle oil was subtle and the button mushroom aroma was rich. (Food rating: 4/5)

This is definitely one of the best tiramisu I had in recent months. The tiramisu, priced at $7.80,  emits three layers of taste. Each layer gave a different experience whilst enjoying the cake. Firstly was the bittersweet chocolate powder, followed by the sweet mascarpone cheese and finally with the biggest punch, the coffee liquour. (Food rating: 5/5)

Address: 9 Bishan Place, #02-19/20/27, Bishan Junction 8 Shopping Centre, Singapore 579837
Pricing: $
Rating: 4/5
Ambience: A very nice ambience with attentive service staff. 
Recommended dishes: 36-hour Oxtail Stew, Calamari Fritti, Tiramisu and of course, the truffle risotto.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

I was back at Tsukada Nojo since my last entry on the different kinds of steamboat (hot pots) in 2016. Beauty in the pot is still one of the popular steam boat joints, despite the rise of different kinds of steamboats over the years. 

At Tsukada Nojo, it serves collagen soup beauty made with nourishing Jitokko which is a very valuable brand of chicken in Japan.

The jelly-like collagen were scooped into the pot.
The collagen slowly melted into thick chicken soup.

The ingredients before cooking. 

Nikumaki Onigiri - Original and Spicy were interesting rice balls different from the normal rice balls we have. The rice was so so and ordinary. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Address: 68B Orchard Road, #03-81 Plaza Singapura Atrium@Orchard, 238891
Pricing: $$
Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lady M® Confections is believed to be one of the pioneers of the well-beloved Mille Crepe cakes. It is also one of the favourite afternoon tea spots for both ladies and men. 

I had overseas friends who went gaga over this cake boutique. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to try the artisan cakes. Recently, I  had the opportunity to have a nice and relaxed afternoon at Lady M® Confections, Westgate, Singapore. Together with my bestie, we tried a few cakes and enjoyed the nice ambience and pastries. When you are at Lady M® Confections, it is imperative that you order a Signature Lady M® Millie Crepes, which features no less than twenty paper-thin handmade crepes layered with ethereal light pastry cream, gently caramelised on top until golden.

Sakura Berry Mille Crepe, $9.50, was made of Sakura-flavoured white chocolate ganache and dehydrated strawberries atop handmade handmade creps layered with strawberry-infused pastry cream. 

I have to say that this crepe not only delights your scent but also your sense of taste. The sweet flower taste of the cake was delicious though it was a little too sweet to my liking. The sheets of crepes were delicately placed painstakingly atop one another, one by one. (Food rating: 4/5)

Strawberry Shortcake was highly recommended at the boutique. Lady M® Confections' version was created with superfine flour imported from Japan, which produces a vanilla sponge cake unlike any other. Coupled with strawberries precisely studded among clouds of whipped cream, the cake was pure in flavour. Compared with Glacé's Strawberry Souffle, this strawberry shortcake is short of the lightness. The whipped cream was a little dense to my liking. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Gateau Aux Marrons, a two-layered almond flour cake hugged a soft whipped cream centre. The crosshatch pipings of chestnut-infused cream, lush and true to flavour, graces the entire surface of the gateau, giving an elegant finish. Though the gateau (or a rich cake with layers of fruits or cream) had a nice chestnut fragrance, the cream was too much to my liking. (Food rating: 3/5)

Checkers Cake, a striking black and white cake, is the one of the boutique's popular cakes. It weaves together a precise and tender checkerboard of vanilla and chocolate sponge cake. The lightest fresh whipped cream comes tucked between the squares, all outfitted in a silky dark chocolate ganache.

As a dark chocolate lover, I may sound bias but this is one of the nicer cakes I have tried at the boutique. I loved the bittersweet chocolate aftertaste and the cream used was just nice. However, when compared to Othello from Glacé, this cake still have a long way to go. This cake lacked the softness of the sponge cake and cream was extremely light. Let me know what you think. (Food rating: 4/5)

Address: 3 Gateway Drive, #02-25/26 Westgate, Singapore 608532
Price: $
Rating: 3.5/5
Stuffness Level (how full you are): 5/5
Ambience: Nice place to have afternoon tea with girlfriends.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Star Yong Kwang BBQ Seafood, nestled at Alexandra Village, is now my favourite place. Discovered this awesome food stall when we happened to shop at Ikea Alexandra. 

One of the popular dishes was the Sambal Stingray. Other favourites include the Sambal Kang Kong (vegetables). It will be devastating if you can't eat spicy food.

One of the problems with Stingray is that it emits a urine stench if it is not fresh. That is why the fish is often marinated with tamarind before it is cooked. The tamarind, which is acidic, reacts with ammonia and neuralises it, thus removing the urine stench. The sambal chilli masks any residual traces of ammonia or urea in the fish. 

Despite all these, the sambal chilli mix by Star Yong Kwang BBQ Seafood was marvelous. It has many textures that make the meal enjoyable. The sambal chilli is like an onion that has many layers of taste - spicy at first, then a little tangy, and then sweet. The fish was moist and beautiful grilled to perfection. It requires years of experience to grill something like that. 

I will definitely return for more. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

Sambal Kang Kong with shrimps was another mind-blowing dish. The vegetables were beautiful and crunchy. The paste was superbly delicious. The portion was also generous. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

Fu Yong Omelette is an omelette dish popular with Chinese Indonesian, British and Chinese American cuisines. In this Fu Yong omelette, it consists of crab sticks and shredded onions. The shredded onions were sweet, making the egg dish so enjoyable. The fluffy egg dish was beautiful and fried in golden brown colour. (Food rating: 4/5)

Address: Alexandra Village Food Centre, Bukit Merah Lane 1, Block 120, Singapore 150123
Price: $
Food Rating: 4.5/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 5/5 (We cannot finish these three dishes)

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