Saturday, 20 May 2017

Melt Café – Indian Food Festival [MEDIA INVITE]

Indian Food Festival - Chaat Counter

Celebrate Indian Food Festival at Melt Café with menu curated by Indian Speciality Chef Santosh Kumar from 15 to 28 May 2017.

Dora Kebab

My recommendations for the Indian food festival are:

Kukad Te Tamater Da Shorba. (Tomato Soup with Chicken and Coriander). This is the first time I tried soup in Indian cooking. A refreshing chicken tomato soup base, with a touch of tanginess that will tickle your taste buds. A good starter to your meal.

Kukad Te Tamater Da Shorba. (Tomato Soup with Chicken and Coriander)

Curry Chicken Apom. Although I am familiar with Apom/Appam. The Indian version is made from fermented rice butter and coconut milk. It is soft, moist and provided an edible plate for the chicken curry. The chicken curry here is more creamy and tangy compare to those local Singapore Indian cuisine. The colour combination of orange and white will just whet your appetite. They also served the sweet version of Apom, which is good for desserts.

Chicken Curry Apom

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Wa Zen Izakaya – A Quality Japanese Restaurant in JB



A quick search of a Japanese restaurant in Melaka, Wa Zen Japanese Restaurant will come out top of the recommended list. Reasons being it served good quality Japanese food at half of the price in Singapore. During the weekend and holiday seasons, this place is flocked by tourists you can forget about getting a seat without a reservation.

Table Setting

At the end of 2014, Wa Zen opened a branch in Johor Bahru. It is a good news for us, giving us another dining option during our short trip to JB. It will take you less than 20 minutes drive after you pass the Malaysia customs.

The Sushi Bar

LD and I visited Wa Zen regularly in JB and we found some of the dishes here are worth the trip. Sashimi Sakura (RM115). It consists of the freshest sashimi on that day. Common item such as Salmon, Tuna, Swordfish, Yellowtail, Sweet Prawn, Octopus and Salmon roe. One of the specialities here is actually White Tuna (Shiro Maguro Sashimi). It has a creamy soft texture, almost like a combination of salmon with scallops.

Sashimi Sakura

Saturday, 13 May 2017

My Sentosa Dining Experience

Recent Sentosa's Siloso GrillFest created a ripple in Singapore F&B scene with its Longest Brick Barbecue Pit. While we know that Sentosa is definitely a holiday island destinations for Singaporean and foreign visitors, Sentosa is also a foodie paradise. It has now more than 120 F&B outlets, definitely has something to satisfy your discerning palate.


From those splendid selections, these few outlets are highly recommended by Chubbybotakkoala.com

#1. Wokº15.

Chilli Crab

Located at ONEº15, this Seafood & Cantonese restaurant is opened to the public. It served one of the best Chilli Crab that LD & I have ever tried in Singapore. The touch of sweet, tangy and spicy egg gravy was so addictive, each person needs about 2 to 3 fried mantou to polish the chilli crab gravy.


Golden Fried Man Tau

The rest of the dishes truly represent the Cantonese influence in the dish. The double boiled soup is a must order to start your meal. It is clean and nutritious broth will warm up your stomach in anticipation for the main dishes to come. Dim Sum is available on the weekend.

Double Boiled Japanese Chicken Soup with Himematsutake Mushrooms

To accompany the sumptuous meal here is the stunning view of luxurious yachts docked at the marina. It is a what I called Millions Dollar View.

The View

Wokº15 Kitchen
11 Cove Drive
Level 1 ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove
Singapore 098497

T: +65 6305 6998
W: http://one15marina.com/dining/wok-15-kitchen.html 
F: https://www.facebook.com/WOK15Kitchen/
IG: @Wok15kitchen
OH:
Lunch Tue – Sat: 11.30 – 14.30
Lunch Sun & PH: 11.00 – 14.30
Dinner Tue – Sun & PH: 18.00 – 22.00 (LO 21.30)
Closed on Mon, except on PH


#2. OSIA Seafood and Grill

OSIA Seafood and Grill earned its first Michelin Star in 2016. It is likely to retain this recognition with the strong collaboration between Celebrity Chef Scott Webster and Chef de Cuisine Douglas Tay.

Stone Hearth Flatbread

The highlights of the food here are their Stone Hearth Flat Bread, Stone Hearth Oven Grill Byron Bay Berkshire Pork and of course the to die for soufflé. On the first bite, the flat bread has a distinct crispiness in the crust, follow with moist, fluffy and resilient texture in the middle.

Byron Bay Berkshire Pork Rack 300 gram

The Berkshire Pork is in the class of its own. The cut is generously thick, cooked just right with slight pinkish in the middle but absent of blood. It is well seasoned, tasty, tender and succulent. It is so tasty that I almost did not touch the fresh hollandaise sauce. There is nothing much to say about the soufflé, except for you will regret it if you don't order.

OSIA Macadamia Soufflé
The portion served at OSIA is generous and suitable for family and communal dining. With the open kitchen concept, you can also have a peek at Chef Douglas Ng and his team at work.

OSIA Seafood & Grill
Resort World Sentosa
#02-140/141
(Level 2 World Square)
26 Sentosa Gateway
Singapore 098139

T: +65 65776560 / 6577 8888
W: http://www.osiarestaurant.com/
F: https://www.facebook.com/OsiaRestaurant
OH:
Thu – Tue: 12.00 – 15.00, 18.00 – 22.30


#3. Greenwood Fish Market

One of the best places to enjoy your seafood. It has almost everything you need about seafood. Retail market, bar and dining location all in one location.

The selection here is extensive starting from fresh fish for cooking and sashimi, oysters, shellfish & crustaceans. On top of that, Greenwood Fish Market also have burger, pasta, and meat on their menu. To make the food more interesting, the restaurant also do in house cold smoke.

Chef's Creation of Fried Fish, Cold Smoke Fish and Salad

My most memorable dining experience here is during the oyster festivals. The range of oysters they brought in from different part of the world was so extensive and fresh, I ate about 15 type of oysters in one seating. A definite Oystergasm!!

Oyster Selection

There is no better place to enjoy your seafood with the beautiful view of the sea. Known for its fresh seafood, including their extensive seasonal range of oysters and in-house cold smoke. Greenwood Fish Market is definitely a must visit.

Greenwood Fish Market @Sentosa
31 Ocean Way
Quayside Isle Sentosa Cove
#01-04/05 (S098375)

T: +65 6262 0450
W: http://greenwoodfishmarket.com/
OH:
Tue – Sun: 12.00 – 14.30; 18.30 – 22.00
Bar and Retail Market: 12.00 – 22.00
Closed on Mondays.

If you need further option, you can check out http://www.sentosa.com.sg/feast for more details. Cheers!!

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Axis Bar & Lounge – May Mango Extravagant [MEDIA INVITE]

Afternoon Tea at Mandarin Oriental Singapore

For the month of May 2017, the team of award-winning pastry chefs from Mandarin Oriental Singapore curated five-course of sweet and savoury afternoon tea featuring on mango. Let's just call it Mango Extravagant.

Part of Axis Bar and Lounge

The five-course afternoon tea starts with Pineapple mango jelly with coconut emulsion. The combination of sweet and tangy flavour with light creamy coconut emulsion is an opener that tickles your taste buds in anticipation for what comes next.

Pineapple mango jelly with coconut emulsion

A trio of Lemongrass marinated prawn with chilli mango dip; Mango marmalade tartlet encasing a foie gras terrine; and mango crostini topped with marinated bell pepper and feta cheese followed. These light bites are definitely perfect for afternoon tea. The lemongrass marinated prawns combine the freshness of the prawns with aromatic Thai flavour is my preferred choice.

Second Course: Mango crostini topped with marinated bell pepper and feta cheeseMango marmalade tartlet encasing a foie gras terrine 

Lemongrass marinated prawn with chilli mango dip

Friday, 21 April 2017

The Peranakan – Yesteryears Menu for Mother's Day [MEDIA INVITE]



To celebrate the upcoming Mother's Day 2017, The Peranakan has prepared Yesteryears Set Menu. It is a combination of their signature dishes with some yesteryears dishes from Chef Raymond Khoo family recipes book.

Part of Dining Area - Table for 10

Mother's Day Yesteryears Menu

The Yesteryears set menu started with the choice of Sup Bakwan Kepiting or Itek Tim. LD and I choose one of each. Although we have tasted it before, we found the both soup are more robust and intense this time around. The sweetness of the crab and pork were highlighted in every slurp of the Sup Bakwan Kepiting. The meatballs are springy with a touch of crunch in every bite.

Sup Bakwan Kepiting

Meanwhile, the Item Tim soup has that salty and tangy flavour that will wake up your appetite.

Itek Tim

2nd dish was Nasi Ulam. The memorable and aromatic Nasi Ulam is presented in a heart shape, to show the love and appreciation to our Mothers. The aromatic fresh herbs especially the lemongrass plus the al-dente texture of the rice. You should treat this dish as a rice salad instead of to be eaten with other dishes.

Nasi Ulam in Heart Shape