Friday, 20 September 2019

PUTIEN – Live Eels from Fujian [MEDIA INVITE]

Live Eel Cooked in Natural Spring Water

Following the successful DUOTOU Clam season where 130 tons were sold worldwide, PUTIEN introduces another seasonal ingredient – live eel. Famously known as a delicacy in Japan, these plump, live eels are best enjoyed in Midsummer (between August and October).

Live Eel

With the high demand for live eels from the Japanese market, China has taken the lead to cultivate eel agriculture concentrated in Fujian, Guangdong and Jiangxi provinces to fulfil the demand of the Japanese market.

Master Chefs at PUTIEN will be showcasing 2 different way on live eel preparation in PUTIEN, in a minimalist way.

Live Eel Cooked in Natural Spring Water

Live Eel Cooked in Natural Spring Water ($29.90). The eel is cooked in natural spring water with ginger, goji berries and sea salt. The result is springy and bouncy texture of the eel, with subtle sweet and savoury taste at the same time. The spring water broth is light and sweet. Yummy!!


Live Eel Cooked in Natural Spring Water

Pan-fried Live Eel on Hot Plate ($26.90 for small, $40.30 for medium). It is grilled on the hot plate with only a pinch of sea salt. The eel is plump and juicy, with a hint of crispiness on the exterior. The flavour is very light, it might need additional salt and lemon to lift the taste.

Pan-fried Live Eel on Hot Plate

I find the taste and texture of the eel are different from those normally served in a Japanese restaurant. Instead of the sweet flavour followed with delicate texture, the eel in PUTIEN is plump and springy. I really enjoy it and was hoping for more. Yum Yum. 


Pan-fried Live Eel on Hot Plate

PUTIEN Live Eel Promotion
When: 9th August to 31st October 2019.
Where: 13 PUTIEN outlets, island-wide

Although the live eel is seasonal items, you can enjoy the dishes below are the mainstay in PUTIEN menu.

100-Second’ Stewed Yellow Croaker - Sambal

PUTIEN Bian Rou Soup ($4.90). This Fujianese speciality with more than 500 years of history. The dumpling wrapper is made from pork meat, filled with more pork feelings. It is meaty, springy and swimming in robust tangy broth filled with seaweed.

PUTIEN Bian Rou Soup 

‘100-Second’ Stewed Yellow Croaker $14.90 – Original, Tomato & Sambal. It comes in different flavour but my pick still the original and tomato flavour. No matter which version you choose, you can be sure that each croaker is perfectly cooked.

100-Second’ Stewed Yellow Croaker - Original

100-Second’ Stewed Yellow Croaker - Tomato

Shredded Pork with Sesame Bun ($4.90 / pc, min 2 pcs). The shredded pork is succulent, well coated with a sweet and savoury sauce. The fried sesame bun has a crispy exterior and fluffy interior provided an irresistible pillow to savour this delicious pork.

Shredded Pork with Sesame Bun

Shredded Pork with Sesame Bun

Sambal White Water Snowflakes ($14.90 for small). The white water snowflakes vegetable is commonly found in Taiwan. It has a nice crisp and crunchy texture.  In PUTIEN, this vegetable is fried with the fragrant sambal resulting in an aromatic and crunchy vegetable dish.

Sambal White Water Snowflakes

PUTIEN Style Pork Ribs ($6.50 / pc, min 2 pcs). Tender and succulent pork ribs braised with gooey sweet sauce. Keep a lookout for the surprise ingredient at the bottom of the ribs, Wai San. This root vegetable helps to thicken the gravy and balance the fattiness of the ribs.

PUTIEN Style Pork Ribs

Stir-fried Yam ($14.90). One of 10 PUTIEN Signature dish. Caramelised externally, yet soft and moist internally plus filled with the delicious flavour of the yam. This time around, the plating just go up another notch with the dry ice.

Stir-fried Yam

PUTIEN Lor Mee ($10.90 for small). Signature PUTIEN dish. The silky noodle, cooked with pork belly, prawn and clam and braised with the superb pork stock. I never miss ordering this whenever I am dining at PUTIEN. 

PUTIEN Lor Mee

PUTIEN Lor Mee

Overall, it was a unique experience to try the minimalist preparation of live eels in PUTIEN. I like both ways, though I would prefer if the portion is bigger. Cheers!!

Thank you very much for Relish PR and PUTIEN for hosting the media tasting.

***Congratulations to PUTIEN at Kitchener Road on receiving its 4th consecutive Michelin One-Star Restaurant.***

Food: 7.75/10
Value: 8.5/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 7.75/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50

PUTIEN
127 Kitchener Road
Singapore 208514

T: +65 6295 6358
IG: @putien_sg
OH: Daily, 11.30 – 15.00 (LO 14.30), 17.30 – 22.00 (LO 21.30)
Menu and Branch Location available online


Thursday, 29 August 2019

Clementi Tze Char – Delicious Hearty Tze Char [MEDIA INVITE]

Marmite Chicken

Calling for the residents in the West Coast area, Clementi Tze Char (‘CTC’) has been sizzling their wok and ready to tantalise your taste buds. Located at Tastebud Foodcourt by Jus Delish Group Singapore you can look forward to hearty and delicious Tze Char dishes.

Clementi Tze Char

One of their signature dishes is KL Hokkien Mee ($4.50). This dark colour noodle dish made popular in KL but well-liked by diners in Singapore as well. The version at CTC uses thick noodles like the one in KL, which have a QQ texture with a solid noodle bite in it. It is stir-fried with pork lard and pork oil, covered with thick, sweet and tasty dark soy sauce to inducing the signature Wok Hei together with the umami punch. If you are a huge fan of pork lard like us, you might want to ask for more when you order this dish.

KL Hokkien Mee

KL Hokkien Mee

Marmite Chicken ($10 for Small, $14 for Medium, $18 for Large). Diced chicken thigh meat cooked with marmite sauce. The chicken is tender and succulent, while the marmite sauce really shines and absorbs into the chicken. You can easily finish one plate of rice with this dish alone. I called it a “rice thief” dish.

Marmite Chicken 

Nyonya (Assam) Fish Head ($20). We had a choice of curry fishhead or assam fishhead, which are their speciality. We decided on the latter. At first, I was sceptical as I saw the fishhead are not fully cover with assam sauce. So, I tried to spread the sauce evenly on the fish.

Nyonya (Assam) Fish Head
The fishhead is fresh and the assam sauce is thick and intense. I like the tanginess from the chopped pineapple, tomato and the sharp flavour from the lemon leaf. To my surprise, the assam sauce manage to penetrate into the fish meat. It was a very good dish and the sauce goes well with a plate of white rice.

Nyonya (Assam) Fish Head

Jiang Nan Sheng Mian ($6). LD favourite Tze Char dish. The egg noodle is fried till crispy and covered with seafood egg gravy. The gravy is filled with solid seafood flavour and the gooey texture helps it to cling on to the noodles. Yum Yum.

Jiang Nan Sheng Mian

Jiang Nan Sheng Mian - The Crispy Noodle

Imperial Prosperity Chicken (帝王富贵鸡). One of the dishes that is in the pipeline. The kampong chicken is steamed with Chinese herbs such as Dang Gui (当归), goji berry (杞子), Yu zhu (玉竹), Pao shen (泡参), Dang shen (当参) and many more. The chicken is tender, succulent and the flesh easily fall off the bones. The best part of the dish is the broth that is infused with the Chinese herbs and essence of the chicken. It is savoury, gelatinous and tastes healthy. Superb.

Imperial Prosperity Chicken

Imperial Prosperity Chicken

Overall, from the dishes that we tried at CTC, we find the food to be hearty and delicious. Do take note that CTC dishes can be bold and tasty. Give this place a try if you are around Clementi or West Coast side of Singapore. Cheers!!

Check out their Facebook Page for their promotion. Thank you very much to Royston and CTC team for hosting us.

 Food: 7.25/10
Value: 8/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: Coffeeshop
Budget per Person: $0 - $10, $11 - $25

Clementi Tze Char
Blk 208C Clementi Ave 6
#01-01. Tastebud Foodcourt.
Singapore 123208

T: +65 9115 8807
OH:
Mon – Fri: 11.00 – 14.30; 16.30 – 23.00
Sat & Sun: 11.00 – 23.00


Monday, 19 August 2019

25 Degrees – Cheesy Mac Attack and Hollywood A-List Burgers [MEDIA INVITE]

Cheesy Mac Attack Burger

25 Degrees is a Gourmet American burger joint, originated from Los Angeles. It has been endorsed by A-List celebrities as their go-to burger joint. 25 Degrees is brought to Singapore by R&B Lab, a dedicated restaurants and bar management company headed by Michelin-Starred Chef Sylvain Royer. The same company that operates Ginett Singapore (Full review of Ginett Singapore available here).

25 Degrees

Following the success of Cheesy Mac Attack last year, the 25 Degrees team decided to bring back this burger for a limited time only. Available until 31 August 2019, the Cheesy Mac Attack ($18) is made from with US Angus beef patty, paired with a traditional thousand island dressing, topped with smoked bacon, caramelized onions, fresh arugula, melted cheese and nacho cheese.

Cheesy Mac Attack Burger - The Burger

The signature of this burger is definitely the pair two superb mac ‘n’ cheese buns. The mac and cheese buns are crispy externally, filled with al-dente macaroni and loaded with nacho cheese. The patty is juicy and succulent, while the rest of the ingredients made this burger packs with creamy and cheese flavour.

Cheesy Mac Attack Burger

It is best eaten with a fork and knife, but if you like a finger-licking good experience, just dive right in. One of the most unique burgers that I ever tried. Yummy!!

Sides and Snacks 

While Cheesy Mac Attack is only available for a limited time. 25 Degrees regular burgers are endorsed by Hollywood A-List.

NUMBER ONE Burger ($14). This signature burger deserves the mantle as #1. In between the signature soft and fluffy buns are 200g USA Angus beef patty, creamy crescenza and gorgonzola cheese, strips of smoky bacon, caramelized onion, arugula and thousand island sauce.

NUMBER ONE Burger

The patty is juicy, succulent with solid MOO MOO flavour, while the cheese and thousand islands sauce add to the creaminess and umami flavour of the patties. The caramelized onion adds the delicate sweet flavour; while the bacon and arugula provided the salty and bitter taste that balances the burger nicely. Yummy!!

NUMBER ONE - The Burger

NUMBER THREE Burger ($14). For those who like their burger or food spicy with a bit of Tex-Mex flair. It uses the award-winning Monterey Jack cheese topped with jalapenos and spicy chipotle sauce. The mashed avocado did a little to dampen the fiery nature of the jalapenos as the spiciness just explodes between the bites.

NUMBER THREE - The Burger

BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN BURGER ($14) – Chicken thigh, fresh tomatoes, lettuce, pickled daikon and spicy miso bbq. It looks like Japanese fusion burger, however, it simply taste like spicy boneless buffalo wings burger, without the crispiness of the fried chicken skin.

BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN BURGER

For the Sides and Snacks, we sample a few items:
25 DEGREES WINGS ($8). Deep-fried wings, curly fries and tossed in sambal. Crispy, crunchy with a touch of local flavours. Addictive indeed.

25 DEGREES WINGS

FILTHY FRIES ($8). Double fried fries, caramelised onions, cheese and topped with bacon gravy.  The fries are crispy externally and moist internally, the cheese is rich while the caramelised onion adds to the sweetness to this dish. I don’t think the sweet and cheese works well together, I feel overwhelmed with this combination. I’ll stick to normal fries next time.

FILTHY FRIES

ONION RING ($5). LD has been having onion rings craving for the past few days. Luckily, the version at 25 degrees is superb. Crunchy externally, followed with a sweet and moist texture of the onion. Must order for onion rings lover.

ONION RING

The Hollywood burger experience will not be complete without the milkshakes. We tried CLASSIC MILKSHAKE CHOCOLATE ($10) and CHIPSTER SHAKE ($12). The chocolate classic milkshake has a solid chocolate flavour, without the overpowering richness. While the Chipster Shake tasted like salted caramel topped with crispy chips. You might want to finish the chips first before it gets soggy.

CLASSIC MILKSHAKE CHOCOLATE

CHIPSTER SHAKE

The décor is classic with Hollywood charm. The place is cosy, comfortable, yet chic and glamorous at the same time.

Hollywood charm - Part of Dining Area

Overall, 25 Degrees is an exciting burger destination. Cheesy Mac Attack is a great version of combination of a Mac ‘n’ Cheese with a burger. Meanwhile, the rest of Hollywood A-List endorsed menu come close to the Diners menu in America. Of course, 25 Degrees uses a higher quality ingredient. Don’t forget the Cheesy Mac Attack only available until 31 August 2019. Cheers!!

Craft Beers

Thank you very much to Ai Ling and 25 Degrees Team for hosting us.

Food & Drinks: 8/10
Value: 8.5/10
Service: N/A (Media Tasting)
Ambiance: 8/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25, $26 - $50

25 Degrees
200 Middle Road
Hotel G Singapore
Singapore 188980

T: +65 6809 7990
IG: @25degreesinsingapore
OH: Daily 07.00 – 03.00
Menu Available Online

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Bar-Roque Grill – European Dining Experience

Bone Marrow

Bar-Roque Grill is a dining concept by Stefan and Nico, opened in 2013. Stefan, stands for Executive Chef Stephane Istel, a chef with extensive culinary CV. His last posting before he opens Bar-Roque Grill is Executive Chef of DB Bistro Moderne at Marina Bay Sands when it first opens in 2010. Though Bar-Roque Grill has opened for 9 years, this is our first visit here.

The Painting in Dining Area

The meal started with complimentary sourdough bread. It has a crispy crust with a soft, pillowy crumb. The contrasting texture of the internal and external part of the bread is so nice, we leathered it extensively with the butter in each bite.  

Sourdough Bread with Butter

Entrée was Octopus Carpaccio ($24) and Bone Marrow ($22). It comes with very interesting plating, looks messy and yet attractive. The octopus has a nice smoky aroma, while the flesh is crunchy with a slight springiness in it. At the base of this dish is chickpea cream, together with virgin olive oil bind the rest of vegetables and crunchy almond nicely.

 Octopus Carpaccio

 Octopus Carpaccio

The Bone Marrow is just too attractive not to order. The whole bone is grilled then the extracted marrow placed on top toasted bread. The combination of crispy bread, creamy and gooey marrow dripped with garlic and parsley butter is just awesome. Although it is served with rock salt on the side, it is sufficiently seasoned by the chef.

Bone Marrow

Bone Marrow

We can’t decide on which steak to have, so we ordered this trio House Dry Aged Beef Platter ($125) – Hanger, Striploin and Ribeye.  The Hanger / Hanging Tender Wagyu has a nice charred. The meat is lean, yet tender, succulent and you can taste the extra MOO MOO-ness in it.

House Dry Aged Beef Platter ($125) –  Ribeye (with Foie Gras), Hanger & Striploin.
Hanger / Hanging Tender Wagyu

The Striploin USDA Primes has slight chewy texture due to the tendon run through the meat. Meanwhile, the Ribeye Black Angus is juicy, succulent with a good marbling in it. It will be nice if the ribeye has a bit of char on it. All of the steaks are well seasoned and almost did not allowed me the opportunity to pair it with creamy and rich bearnaise sauce. Meanwhile, the baby romaine salad served with the steak is dressed with tangy dressing to offset the richness of the steak.

Striploin USDA Primes
Baby Romaine Salad

We decided to add Foie Gras ($14) with our steak order. It is perfectly done, crisp externally, soft and velvety internally. Unlike most foie gras dishes where it is served with the sweet berries or apple compote, the savoury version here provided something unique.

Ribeye Black Angus with Foie Gras

To accompany the steak, we ordered Sautéed Mushroom & Spinach ($16) as a side dish. A nice selection of mushrooms sautéed with spinach and chopped onion. Simple yet delicious.

 Sautéed Mushroom & Spinach 

For Desserts, we ordered the seasonal Rhubarb Pie. The crust is crisp and crumbly, while the rhubarb fillings exude natural sweetness to the pie. The pie is served with apple granny smith sorbet, balancing the sweet pie with the tanginess of the sorbet.

 Rhubarb Pie

 Rhubarb Pie

The restaurant décor is a combination of red, black and natural wood colour. I like the combination of classy feel with a touch of cuteness in it, especially the cute painting of a person drinking the wine. Service is friendly, professional with attention to details.

Part of Dining Area

Overall, Bar-Roque Grill gave us a wonderful dining experience. Octopus Carpaccio and Bone Marrow are not to be missed. Check out Bar-Roque Grill for European dining experience by Chef Stephane Istel. Cheers!!

Food & Drinks: 8/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 8.5/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80, $81 and Above

Bar-Roque Grill
165 Tanjong Pagar Road
#01-00. Amara Hotel Singapore
Singapore 088539

T: +65 6444 9672
IG: @Barroquegrill
OH:
Mon – Fri: 12.00 – 14.30; 18.00 – 22.30
Sat: 18.00 – 22.30
Sun: 11.00 – 15.00; 17.30 – 21.00

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