Sunday, May 27, 2012

Yamazaki Boulangerie Chaude @ Jcube

I decided to give myself a treat today. Craving for some sugar.

Location: Yamazaki @ Jcube (2 Jurong East Central 1, Level 1)

In a nutshell, Yamazaki  Boulangerie Chaude is a Japanese bakery and boulangerie chaude actually means hot bakery in french.

Chocolate Horn at $1.40 each. This is a super sinful treat. The top coating of the bread is sweet chocolate. It looks like a hard coat but is actually a very soft, thin layer of chocolate that melts when you bite it.


There is a very generous portion gooey chocolate filling within. The liquid chocolate inside is slightly salty and and it gets a little messy eating this. It is a little cloying so a cup of plain water or green tea helps.

I like the slightly chewy and fluffy texture of the bread.

Rating: 3.5/5

Next is the Belgian plain waffle. ($1.50 each) This is actually a small and thick waffle, very different from the "local waffles" that I grew up eating. The golden layer of the waffle is crispy with very little glaze on top. The texture within is soft and dense, very similar to pound cake.

I like the combination of the sweet crispy layer and the soft cake within.

Rating: 4/5

I saw some other bread that looks pretty good. I shall try them next time!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I'm a Whovian: Fish Custard

I'm back for another food experiment. Fish and custard don't belong together but as a Whovian I must try and I finally got the chance to :)

Location: Giant Vivocity
Price: $5.15 
Birds Eye is relatively easy to find, they are found in most outlets of Giant and Cold Storage.

For those who don't watch Doctor Who and wonder where Fish custard came from, it started with the very first episode of season 5, when the eleventh doctor landing at the backyard of Amelia Pond and subsequently in Amelia's kitchen looking for some food to eat. I love Matt Smith and I think he did an awesome job in both season 5 and 6.

Here is Charlie Mcdonnell trying out Fish Custard in Challenge Charlie. Now it's my turn.

Ambrosia, low fat devon custard is surprisingly hard to find. I tried NTUC, Cold Storage (Jcube, United Square), Carrefour (Plaza Singapura) and finally found this in Cold Storage Vivocity.

Price: $4.75 

This custard made in the UK nearly cost the same as the fish fingers. Gosh. 

Had a spoon. Thick, rich and sweet egg custard taste. This is really good quality stuff so it explains the price.

Baked golden fish fingers.

Dipped in custard. It is a really strange taste. There is more of a fish taste, with the golden crisp layer and a sweet aftertaste of custard. I can't really taste the egg at this point, only sweetness. I only had three and I can't go on anymore. Fish custard completed!

Custard left. Shouldn't scoop out this much. Wasted.

Tried out the fish finger with Chesdale Herb and Garlic slices. 

Love the cheese. Very strong cheese with a subtle garlic taste. 

Yum!  If you're an ardent fan of Doctor Who, you might want to have a go with fish custard!

Weirdness level: 4/5

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Where The Fuck Should I Go To Eat

I came across the website by chance when I was feeling vulgar and hungry. The website is called WHERE THE FUCK SHOULD I GO TO EAT. I loled hard when I saw this funny website address. This is a very refreshing and cool concept.

I love the simplicity of the website and the typography. I'd tried a few countries such as Singapore, Russia, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, United States and United Kingdom. It gives rather accurate places of where to eat nearby as well as a map to get there.

If you don't like it, you can click on "No, that place looks like shit". Click on "My location is wrong" to go back to the location page. There is also a website for drinks called WHERE THE FUCK SHOULD I GO TO DRINK. The good thing about the website is that I can find information even if I type in an obscure place like the Nanyang drive. However, it does suggest very lame places like Mcdonalds and 7 eleven where everyone knows. If you like it, you can have a go by clicking here: 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Curry Naan - Breadtalk

Hi! Here is a quick post. I used to eat bread every single day but less often now. Here is one of my favorite bread - Curry Naan.
Location: Clementi Mall, Breadtalk
Price: $1.40

I don't think you can tell from the pictures but this actually a super long bread. (around 30cm) and I can't believe it only cost $1.40. I love the slightly chewy texture of the bread and the herbs in it. I don't now what is the powder on top but their is this herb fragrance that I like! It reminds of the herb aroma of Focaccia Gardenia bread. 

There's nothing on the flip side of the bread. Chunks of meat and more herbs found inside. If you like herbs and spices, you might want to try! It is slightly spicy though.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Xi Men Ding - Vivocity

Today is Mother's Day so my family and I visited Xi Men Ding (Non-halal) at Vivocity  to try out their dishes. My mum isn't fond of dairy products like cheese so we chose chinese cuisine instead. For non-chinese, Xi Men Ding is actually the name of a district in Taiwan.

Location: Vivocity 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-51A, Singapore 098585

I tried the homemade barley $2.80 per cup. It taste like those in the kopitiam. Thick and sweet, to my liking. Good but overpriced.

Next is the salted vegetable with tripe soup. $6.90. The taste of the salted vegetable is infuse in the soup with a slight hint of pepper and tripe. Surprisingly good and appetizing.

Grilled fish roe - $17.90 This dish is on the recommended list but it is very deceiving. Unlike the large slices of fish roe we saw on the menu but when it served, it is a pathetic small triangular plate with 8 pieces of thinly slice fish roe. I understand that fish roe are expensive but the pictures are very misleading. My mum says that the radish, spring onion and the fish roe are supposed to be sandwiched together and eaten at one go (which I did). I can't really describe the taste fully but it tasted like crunchy radish with an overpowering spring onion taste in the mouth with slight hints of salty fishy egg yolk to me. I dreaded this dish and my siblings too. I don't know, maybe you will like it.

Stir-fried eggplant with meat sauce - $13.90. This dish goes very well with rice. The meat sauce tasted like fermented beancurd and the eggplant is really soft. I like this dish a lot.

I really like the texture of this dish. Taiwanese fried beancurd - $6.90 Crispy skin and soft beancurd. This dish is actually quite bland but if you dip it in the meat sauce, it is really tasty.

Next is "San Bei" chicken with basil. (三杯鸡) - $17.90. This is recommended on the menu as well. There is a slight sesame oil, wine and soy sauce taste. I didn't really like the texture of the chicken though, it's a little tough. The gravy goes well with the rice. 

French beans with crispy intestines - $9.90 I really like pig intestines but this one is horrible. I think it isn't handled well and there is a very strong pig smell. I only had one and decided to skip this. Yikes. French bean was good though.

One of my favorite dish - Deep-fried oyster. ($13.90) It tasted like those taiwan street snacks. Crispy skin, seasoning with fresh oysters.  If you like to eat oyster omelette, I would recommend this.

"Lion head" signature meatball - $10.90. This reminds me of the movie cloudy with a chance of meatball. 10 bucks worth of meatball with slightly thicken sauce. I love the meatball. A mixture of meat and fats, goes really well with the rice!

I realized we ordered a lot of fried food. Deep-fried prawn with egg yolk. - $19.90 (Four pieces) This is my favorite dish. I love the giant fresh prawn. The white stuff surrounding the prawn is not batter but minced prawn. Very crispy and sweet prawns with salted egg. Must try!

Argh wrong focus! I hope you can see how it looks like despite the failed close-up.

Moving on to the desserts. If you have a sweet tooth like me, you'll probably like this egg pudding - $4.90. I love the soft egg pudding with sweet caramel on top. Absolute delight! I suggest sharing this bowl of goodness as I find it a little cloying after several spoons.

Almond tofu - $4.90. I think the top layer of mango goes really well with the almond tofu. Almond tofu can be a little strong at times but I think this combination with the sour mango goes really well!

After eating the above two desserts, I find the Sweet Taro soup - $4.90 a relatively bland. On its own, it is really delicious. If you love taro, this is a thick stuff of goodness. I suggest eating this first before trying out other desserts as they may overpower the taste of this.

Overall, the food is relatively good. I like the ambiance of the restaurant. Typical family style restaurant with nice paintings on the wall. The above food cost us around $170 for 4 pax. We eat a lot.

Rating: 3.8/5 Penalize for the bad pork dish. Good place to dine.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

King's Fruity Lime Surprise

King's Fruity Lime from NTUC. It's on promotion.
Price: $4 for 2 packs (6's) Indulgence for a cheap price. Of course I won't eat all. I'll share the calories with my family. Teehee.

This is really one classic brand that we all know and probably eaten at some point in our lives. This is how I eat it: Finish the outer coat of lime first before going into the vanilla! Refreshing. I wonder how many people out there do the same.

Best thing on a hot day. I like the lime icy exterior. Not too sour nor sweet. Just the right amount that hits the spot. The vanilla is creamy and a hint of sweetness. I notice that my ice cream lollies melt fast than 10 years back. Must be global warming.

Rating: 3.5! Not the finest ice cream but value for money.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mr. Bean ice cream in a cup

A little treat after my last paper! Woohoo! A cup of ice cream after completing another semester felt great.

Mr. bean ice cream in a cup: $1.80

I really like food with nice packaging. Bonus points. It was really late at night and I was the last customer. The staff is really friendly! Okay about the ice cream,  it is really soft and has a very strong soybean taste so if you don't like soybean it's too bad.

I like the taste but the texture is a little sandy. (I hope you can see in the picture)
Well it's soy! Okay...

Rating: 3/5 :)