Monday, May 30, 2016

Christine's Handmade Gourmet Cookies

Christine's Gourmet Cookies, 225g ($29)

Kiwi Mango Cookies: Flour, Butter, Sugar, Baking Powder, Vanilla Pod, Kiwi, Mango, Honey Macadamia Nuts.
ABC Cookies: Flour, Butter, Sugar, Baking Powder, Vanilla Pod, Apple, Blueberry, Cashew Nuts.

Even the scent of the cookies was delicate; while i gingerly minced my first bit off the most expensive cookies of my life, trying to explain the lavishness of it all. One cookie led to the other. Distinct taste and fragrance of each of its ingredients were prominent. It was lightly buttery, fluffy, crisp and none cloying. I never felt the guilt that bothered me with factory manufactured cookies.

Notice how eggs and milk are not included in their recipes? And I heard of them using the world's finest vanilla pods from Madagascar.

Proudly produced in Singapore by The Cookie Museum, the Christine's handmade cookies were seasonal. The above launch was for the lunar Chinese New Year. Before this, they did another for Christmas. Such perfect timing to pamper that someone, or yourself.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Strongbow Apple Ciders Honey

Strongbow Apple Ciders Honey, Vol. 5% (330ml, 4s for $17.80)

Guess we'll never like ciders. Not the popular Somersby, or the Strongbow tonight.

It's just something to do with personal preference. When going to alcohol, we are looking for that bitterness and mild kick to be registered. Not a sweet something that's neither here, nor there. A good beer, is already the 'crisp, refreshing and light' options.

Guess we'll never like ciders. Not for any obvious sweetness in our alcohol.

Brunch at Jalan Benaan Kapal - Singapore's Oldest Food Centre (Pt.1)

The Canteen Building

Jalan Benaan Kapal (Malay for "ship building road") is a street near Tanjung Rhu and Geylang. Little known to many, here lies the last of Singapore's old-style Kopitiam. Two stretches of one storey low rise offices lined the street, all of them with flat rooftops. So when you spotted a pitched roof building, that's when you steered into the free parking compound of the canteen.

We were initially drawn by the 50 cents kopi offered here, but we soon discovered that the place has more to offer. There are only 10 stalls; and most doesn't have a name, they go by stall no. 1-10. Here we start on part 1!

On the part 2, we'll look at the Muslim stalls.

Breakfast Set, without Toast ($1.60)

Stall No. 1 - Drinks and Kopi Breakfast Set

Stall No. 1 and 10 serve cold drinks and coffee, but we thought only stall no. 1 offers half-boiled eggs and toast? Because everyone gets them here. The hawker uncle works slow, but his coffee is the one you should go to.

We love it too, that the eggs were served, de-shelled.

Fried Bee Hoon Mee, added Fish Cake ($1.30)

Stall No. 3 - Economic Fried Bee Hoon, Steamed Dim Sum and Kway Chap

If you are early, and the Kway Chap is not yet really (only available after 10:30am), do order some of their fried vermicelli first. Many do this, while they kopi and chat, waiting for the Kway Chap.

Nobody is in a rush. This is a Saturday after all.

Kway Chap Set for 2 pax ($6)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Nederburg - Western Cape and Wine of Origin Paarl

Nederburg Paarl Riesling 2006
Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Nederburg, South Africa - since 1791.

It was usual for wine of South Africa to 'burn'. Nederburg is no exception. The tannins are supple, no less. Rich, bold and full-bodied, you'll greatly appreciate red meat to help down the bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon's grapes.

We enjoy the dry Riesling, better. Unlike our usually sweet Austrian White, this one 'kicks' and are of character. I like it.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

天翼海鲜, One Ocean Seafood Restaurant

Taiwanese 3 Cup Chicken

$48.80+ Set Menu (Weekdays only)

This was lunch at One Ocean, which ran a brisk zi-char business at the Toa Payoh Industrial Park before relocating to the Mandai Connection building at 7 Mandai Link. At Mandai, they operate the air-conditioned restaurant beside their al fresco Kopitiam.

For the love of steamed fish, i selected Menu B from their weekday set menu (Available for lunch and dinner). But friend was skeptical, and warned if the affordable price could deliver a 'good enough' fish for steaming? She has a point.

So when the fish arrived, we quickly took a bite and was relieved. It was very fresh. So good, i could enjoy the sweetness of the tender fish's stomach without any bitter tasting. We wiped off everything on the plate, except for the three cup chicken, which we don't enjoy because of the heavy seasoning. Nonetheless, we are certainly looking forward to return.

Steamed Pomfret 'Hong Kong' style

Chinese Spinach in Superior Stock

One Ocean Home-Style Beancurd

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Miyakori Coffee

Miyakori Kuromitsu Coffee (RM$13.90, S$4.58)

Morning starts at the Miyakori Coffee, in JB City Square Mall.

We tested the cafe by ordering their specialty, the Miyakori Kuromitsu Coffee - with black honey, a Japanese sugar syrup. The sweetness it exudes is light and natural. Well suited with the mildness of the Japanese coffee.

This is no doubt a good change from the strong brews of St*rbucks.