Sunday, 17 January 2021

Soon Huat Pig’s Organ Soup

Pig Organ Soup

Pig Organ Soup is not easily found around the hawkers centre in Singapore. It is even harder to find a good one. This simple looking dish is very hard to master, finding the right balance between the sweetness extracted from the pork with the bold flavour of the salted vegetables. 

The Stall
Soon Huat Pig’s Organ Soup is one of the oldest stalls in Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre. It opens for brunch and it is usually close before afternoon tea time. 

My Meal
The Pig’s Organ Soup here come in 3 different sizes, $4 / $5 / $6. The one that I ordered is the $5 version. The portion is big enough for me. You can expect to see pork belly, liver, lean meat, small intestines, big intestines, pig stomach and salted vegetables. 

Pork Belly & Lean Meat
The broth is just bursting with flavour. I can taste the sweetness of the pork, followed with what of tanginess from the salted vegetables and tomato. If this is your first meal of the day, you can expect a wake-up call for your palate. I find the flavours here are bolder, due to generous portions of the salted vegetables in comparison to the famous stalls in Jalan Besar which I often frequented. 

Salted Vegetables
The pork belly and lean meat are tender and juicy, while the big intestines, small intestines and pig stomach are nicely clean, absent of any foul taste. Expect a touch of redness in pork liver, represent the right doneness for the liver. 

Small Intestine and Big Intestine

Pork Liver

Pig Stomach
I also ordered the braised big intestines and fishcake ($6). The braising liquid is robust, while the big intestines are bouncy, succulent and absorb the braising sauce. The fishcake is springy and tasty. 

Braised Big Intestines

Fish cake
Of course, you need your rice ($0.50) to accompanied these two dishes. The lady boss will usually ask you if you want some braising sauce on top of your rice or not and you better be ready with your answer. 

CBK Verdict: A delicious pig organ soup for those who appreciate the traditional taste. It is a satisfying and comforting meal. I’ve been back a few times already. 

Food & Drinks: 7.75/10 
Value: 8/10 
Service: N/A (Self Service) 
Ambiance: N/A (Food Centre) 
Budget per Person: $0-$10 

Soon Huat Pig’s Organ Soup 
49A Serangoon Garden Way 
Stall 42. S555945 
OH: 
Tue – Sun: 10.00 – 16.00 
Closed on Monday

Saturday, 9 January 2021

Diamond Kitchen – Crab Party [MEDIA INVITE]

Black Pepper Crab @ Dimond Kitchen

Calling Crab Lovers, Diamond Kitchen is having their crab promotions. 3 Sri Lankan Crab per Set, they can cook in more than 20 different styles and priced between $49.90 to $55.90. This crab promotions is available until 31 January 2021. 

Crab promo Menu
We tried 3 different cooking style of crabs starting with Mongolian Crab. My first time trying this style of crab. The crabs are fresh and juicy cooked in Mongolian style sauce, which has a touch creaminess, peppery and a hint of curry powder. It is unique and I don’t mind ordering this again. 

Mongolian Crab

Mongolian Crab
Salted Egg Yolk Crab (Dry). The crabs are coated with salted egg yolk batter and deep-fried till the batter is crispy. Though the salted egg coating is nice, the crabs spend a bit too much time in the frying oil, resulting in slight dryness in the meat. For Sri Lankan crabs, I would prefer the Salted Egg Yolk Wet version. 

Salted Egg Yolk Crab (Dry)
For Salted Egg Yolk Crab dry version, Diamond Kitchen (“DK”) can consider using soft-shell crabs instead of Sri Lankan crabs. The soft-shell crab won’t take long to cook and the combination of sweet juicy flesh with crispy salted egg yolk coating will be amazing. This dish will also attract those customers that do not like to get their fingers. I am just salivating thinking about this. 

Salted Egg Yolk Crab (Dry)
Black Pepper Crab. The most memorable crab dish for the night. The crabs are sweet and fresh, blend nicely with the black pepper sauce packs with a solid peppery flavour. One word to describe it, Yummy! 

Black Pepper Crab
Champagne Pork Ribs ($24 for Medium). A signature dish of DK. The boneless pork ribs are crisp and juicy, evenly coated with caramelised champagne sauce. The sauce is sweet and refreshing at the same time. 

Champagne Pork Ribs

Champagne Pork Ribs
La la Bee Hoon ($24 for Medium). Smooth and silky bee hoon cooked with clam infused broth. The soup is naturally sweet and absorbs into the bee hoon. DK version of la la bee hoon is very generous with the pepper, delivering a nice warm flavour in each slurp of the broth. A very comforting dish, especially during this rainy season. 

La La Bee Hoon

La La Bee Hoon
Three Egg Spinach ($21 for Medium). One of my favourite spinach dishes. The broth is robust, while three eggs covered most of the surface of this dish. The wolfberry added a nice touch of sweetness in this savoury dish. 

Three Egg Spinach

Three Egg Spinach
Pumpkin Beancurd ($21for Medium). A very tasty tofu dish. The tofu is smooth, silky and delicate. The pumpkin sauce is robust, creamy and infused with seafood flavour. A surprising burst of flavour in this ordinary-looking dish. 


Pumpkin Beancurd

Pumpkin Beancurd
Beef Hor fun ($10 for small). A traditional beef hor fun style, plated in rustic style. The gravy is very solid and the portion is very generous. However, the hor fun lacks the wok hei x-factor, plus some part of the noodle is lumpy and not silky. 

Beef Hor Fun
Pumpkin & Gingko Yam Paste ($16 for small). A tasty thick yam paste. The pumpkin slices and gingko provided a contrasting flavour to the yam paste. Meanwhile the coconut cream slightly diluted, I was hoping that it is thicker and creamier. 

Pumpkin and Gingko Yam Paste

Pumpkin and Gingko Yam Paste
Due to the safe distancing measure, the restaurant setting becomes very spacious. The place is brightly lit and the use of white table cloth and golden colour chairs allow to create a modern Chinese restaurant setup. Located in Laguna Park Condominium make the restaurant isolated, however, through its delicious dishes, it has attracted a long list of loyal customers. 

Overall, the current Sri Lankan crab promotions are value for money. Most of their dishes are well executed and delivery solid flavours. Don’t expect a creative fusion cuisine, instead look forward to comforting Chinese cuisine. Cheers!! 

Thank you very much, Kristine and Diamond Kitchen Team for hosting us. 

Food & Drinks: 8/10 
Value: 8/10 
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation) 
Ambiance: 7.25/10 
Budget per Person: $26 - $50; $51 - $80 

Diamond Kitchen 
5000F Marine Parade Road 
#01-22/23 Laguna Park Condominium 
Singapore 449289 

T: +65 6448 0629 
IG: @Diamondkitchensg 
OH: Daily 11.00 – 14.30, 17.30 – 22.30 

Other Location 
Buona Vista Branch 
87 Science Park Drive 
#01-01 Oasis 
Singapore 118260 
T: +65 6464 0410 
OH: Daily 11.00 – 14.30, 17.30 – 22.30

Monday, 4 January 2021

The Parlour Mirage – Good Food X Good Beer [MEDIA INVITE]

Yakitori Platter @ The Parlour Mirage

The Parlour Mirage is a craft beer taproom / restaurant that recently opens along Owen Road at Farrer Park neighbourhood. The Parlour Mirage (‘TPM’) is on a quest to serve uproarious fusion cuisine and dream-essenced craft beers where you least expected. 

The Parlour Mirage

The craft beers on the tap are carefully curated based on their unique taste profile, brewery and most of them are highly rated in Untappd, App usually used by those beer connoisseurs. To partner, the craft beer is the culinary delight inspired by modern Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine, helmed by all-femme kitchen. 

Staircase to 2nd Floor
While the gastronomic adventure is happening on the1st floor, TPM is part of a greater ecosystem. In collaboration with The Parlour Singapore, located on the 2nd floor, a newly opened artist hub that houses music studio, creative studios and more, founded by artist, Jaye. It is a conducive environment for artists to learn, create, produce and share. There is also an Ableton Certified Training Centre and Second Life the flea market. The overall setup is just super cool. 

Music Studio

Ableton Certifed Training Centre

Second Life the flea market
Back to the 1st floor, we started our tasting with Chicken Karaage ($12). Huge chunks of chicken thigh marinated in sake, sugar, soy sauce, ginger and garlic, then deep-fried to perfection. The exterior is crispy, while the interior is juicy and succulent. I can taste the marinate in the flesh. Though it is served in mayonnaise, I feel the chicken is tasty enough on its own. 

Chicken Karaage

Chicken Karaage
Fried Cheese ($10). It looks like tater tots; however, this little bite-size popcorn is filled with aged cheddar. Crispy exterior followed with a strong aged cheddar cheese flavour. If you don’t like the strong flavour of cheese, you might want to give this a miss. 

Fried Cheese

Fried Cheese
Yakitori Platter, [clockwise from top left] consist of Eggplant ($4.50), Pork Belly ($6.50), Salmon Belly ($9.50), Chicken Thigh ($4.50), Hokubee Beef Cubes ($9.5), King Oyster Mushroom ($6.50), Quail Eggs ($4.50), Okra ($4.50). US Scallop ($9.50) and Tsukune ($6.50). 

Yakitori Platter

Yakitori Platter
The Yakitori is actually a perfect pairing with the craft beer. Alas, I am unable to consume alcohol, so I have to stick with my ice water. 

Devil’s Peak Lager (South Africa) & Heretic Caramel Moo’chiato (USA)

My picks for the yakitori are: tsukune, these mince chicken balls are juicy and succulent. Grilled perfectly, resulting in the melts in your mouth sensation. The fattiness from the salmon belly produces a crisp yet flaky bite of the salmon flesh. 

Tsukune

Salmon Belly
Meanwhile, the texture of King Oyster Mushrooms with the sweet yakitori sauce is just irresistible. The okra yakitori taste really surprised me. Frankly, I am not an okra fan, however, the version here is slightly charred and delivery a crisp texture absents of the gooey texture that I dislike most. Yum yum. 

King Oyster Mushroom

Okra
Instead of ordering the yakitori individually, it will be more worth it to order the platter. 

Staircase to 3rd floor

Studio Stools
Served together with the yakitori platter is sharing plate of pita and dips platter. Consist of [from top anti-clockwise] Guacamole, Hummus, Pesto, Tzaziki, Fried Mantou, Asian Slaw, Pita Bread and Sweet Butter Corn. Frankly, my first impression is that the balance is out of whack as there are more dips compared to the pita bread and fried mantou. Later on, it was explained to us that the dips are to be paired with the yakitori as well. Now, it makes sense. 

Pita & Dips Platter
I like the unique brown colour pesto and Asian slaw made from purple cabbage. Both dishes offer a unique twist of flavour, yet helps to offset the fattiness from the yakitori. The sweet butter corn is delicious; however, the portions are just too small even for 1 person including the pita bread as well. 

If you need something more filling, TPM also offers donburi. Hokubee Beef Don ($24). The Hokubee Meltique Beef offer a nice smoky aroma and juicy beef texture, while the Kombu Cream with homemade pickled radish, chopped spring onion and soft boiled egg deliver a creamy umami flavour with a touch of tanginess. 

Hokubee Beef Don
We end the meal with Stracciatella ($15). A soft Italian cheese using buffalo milk, mixed with honey, nuts, grilled sweet corn and grilled plum. An explosion of flavours in your mouth. Sweet, savoury, crunchy, smoky, crisp and creamy. Although this dish is geared towards a savoury dish, I think this will work well for desserts. 

Stracciatella 

Stracciatella
The décor of TPM was inspired by Japan’s gold-accented Tottori dessert and beige dunes. The word Mirage in the restaurant name can be attributed to the Mirage sighting in the dessert. Though the restaurant is filled with a rich gold colour, you will feel at ease as due to the balance colour combination. Of course, the 12 craft beer taps under the Singapore palm tree logo will be the centre of TPM universe. 

The Parlour Mirage

Overall, the Japanese x Mediterranean cuisine at The Parlour Mirage is geared as a perfect companion for the craft beers. The Yakitori, Chicken Karaage and Stracciatella are a must-try here. Cheers!! 

Pit Stop - After too many beers
Thank you Naomi from The Linch Agency and The Parlour Mirage Team for hosting us. 

Food & Drinks: 7.25/10 
Value: 6.25/10 
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation) 
Ambiance: 7.5/10 
Budget per Person: $26-$50 

The Parlour Mirage 
140 Owen Road 
Singapore 218940 

T: +65 9654 5687 
IG: @Theparlourmirage 

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