Friday, March 25, 2016

Biocos Swiss, Pure Black Olive Smoothing Shampoo

Biocos Pure Black Olive, 800ml ($8.90)

Biocos Swiss, isn't a hair shampoo from Swiss. Salesgirl from Swanston @ Chinatown was honest to tell us when inquired. She explained it is a repackaging product. A search on the internet revealed its place of origin to be Guangdong, China (Mainland). So there's really no telling the amount of pure olive oil we could expect in this bottle.

Identity aside, the shampoo has a soft feel on shampooing. I feel it between the fingers. Compared to my Korean Organia shampoo which is double the price, the Biocos falls behind. But it will do. The man like that it is light, lesser moistening, yet not harsh like many commercial shampoos. It is also cheaper. So this identity chaos of Biocos is forgiven for now.

Bedok South (牛记) Niu Ji Prawn Noodle

You know how they say, behind every aged senior is a courageous past? One day, if you come across a once famous stall that is no longer commanding; remember too that they once had a glorious past.

It was strange, that in our numerous visits to the Blk 16, Bedok South Hawker Centre, i had never blogged about their very delicious fried prawn noodle. So popular among the evening diners, you have to take a queue and wait. I had only singled out their morning fare of soupy prawn noodle.

So many years had passed, with the hawker aging and their recipe, simplified to accommodate their weaken body. The fried noodle no longer carries that alluring burned aroma or the score of 100 points. But the sambal chili is still robust and the pork lard crispy. You could ask for an extra lime and the hawker is still all smiles. Use of fresh seafood was never compromised.

Frankly, a stall that still uses fine rice vermicelli for their Hokkien fried noodle is far and few between. I'm still eating here.

Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle ($3)

Saturday, March 12, 2016

2011 Yerring Station Diamond Valley Regional Collection Cabernet Merlot

Diamond Valley Cabernet Merlot 2011 ($22.99 per bottle)

Diamond Valley, best known for their Blue and White Label wines released on an annual cycle. We thus never know how this Regional collection comes about; probably after the owner of Yering Station, the Rathbone family bought over the Diamond Valley brand from the Lance family in Jan 2005?

This Australian Bordeaux blend has powerful flavor profiles with intense structure, deep tannins and ripe berry flavors. In other words, its high acidity and full-bodied are difficult, and best paired with red meat and spicy fare that can stand up to its strong tannins.

So having done 2 bottles of these Australia Bordeaux style blends, and not enjoying them; what am i to do with 3 more bottles to go? They are definitely suitable for aging and will benefit from some time decanting to allow them to 'open up'. We shall not waste them now.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

全记, Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck

Mixed Platter for Two -Boneless Duck Meat, Braised Beancurd, Egg, Peanuts, Duck's Liver and Gizzard,
 1 Noodle, 1 Porridge, 1 Rice ($16)

Originally from Chong Pang City Market and Food Centre at Yishun Ring Rd, Chuan Kee has restarted their operation at the newly renovated Ghim Moh Food Centre. And boy! The place was crowded, with long queues at so many of the popular stalls; and this is one of them with a 30 mins wait in line.

Nice gooey porridge, albeit the overly generous braised sauce, which proved too much salted. The noodle was a personal craving while the dark rice was nicely fragrant.

If you are alone, get their $3 plate which includes a good amount of boneless duck meat, braised peanuts, half a braised egg and some braised beancurd - such good deal we saw from other tables!

Monday, February 29, 2016

The French Table - Good Set Lunches

Braised Pork Belly with Mash and Sauteed Vegetables

Gone were the days of cheap and good set lunches, and so we thought. It was then at The French Table that we chanced upon the $9.90++ deal; never mind they were tucked in a secluded corner of the bustling Punggol Waterway Point. We enjoy quiet lunches in their dark cozy setting.

We prayed hard that the braised pork belly doesn't turn out to be what our Chinese family does at home. And luckily, it doesn't. It tasted different, it tasted French. We love the melt-in-the-mouth. And the mashed potato is rich and smooth.

Ladies would love their tangy tomato sauce coating the linguine! And the chicken cutlet piece hammered flat and deep fried crisp was so unlike our usual Western entree. It balances out the vinegary bite of the tomato sauce, or even better on its own with a light dip into the nutty onion dressing. The smoked mushrooms too, were memorable.

Crispy Chicken Cutlet with Linguine in Tomato Sauce

Complimentary Vegetable Soup of the Day, and Iced Peach Tea/ or Iced Ocha

Impressed, we came back quickly on the second week. But the menu changes weekly and our old favorites were gone, so we laid our hands on their thin crust pizza and a staple of tagliatelle.

Topped up for their coffee which was served with a helping of warm milk! And dessert of freshly fried banana fritters with the Vanilla ice-cream sitting on crushed pistachio nuts! The bananas were sweet golden ripe.

Yes, it's the little details that delights.

Beef Ragout Pizza (9 inch)

Sauteed Chicken with Tagliatelle in Red Wine Thai Chili Sauce

Optional Top-up of $3++: Banana Fritters with Vanilla Ice Cream Dessert

Optional Top-up of $1++: Coffee in replacement of Iced Drinks

Saturday, February 20, 2016

5 Eats in City Square Mall, JB

Having our good share of news about noxious crimes in the JB state of Malaysia, Johor Bahru City Square Mall is probably the furthest i would dare venture alone across the Singapore Causeway. The mall is a Singapore investment sited next to the Malaysia custom office, and prices are not exactly cheap; in fact, many of the franchise stalls here actually boosts the highest price tag among their outlets!

But the mall does provide a good get away from our everyday places. And here are 5 eating places we enjoyed during our recent visit; we are planning for a revisit soon.

1. Ho Seng Kee Wanton Mee, 何成記云吞面 (Level 6, Lot J6-07)

A good light breakfast starts here, at the rooftop air-conditioned terrace. It was worth it for the noodle, a nice bouncy texture that you would never get it at $3 in Singapore. Just gotta complete the meal with a Kopi though.

2. AhGong Laksa, 阿公辣沙 (Basement 1, Lot MB-02C)

Maybe breakfast was too light, or it was our gluttony, Ah Gong Recipes managed to draw us with their promise of a good hot bowl of Laksa soup!

3. Kimdo BBQ, 金都串串烧 (Level 3, J3-19B)

Craving more bites, we succumbed to some BBQ snacking at Kimdo. Oh, the fresh squids and chicken wings dipped in sourish, spicy sauce! And we had our most thirst-quenching drink here.

4. Season's Cafe (Level 2 , Lot J2-37 & 38)

On some day, a decent set meal in Season's Cafe, aka Malaysia Swensen's. They just might be having more dedicated kitchen chefs than Singapore's? You will not regret.

5. Penang Road Famous TeoChew Chendul,  槟城律驰名潮州煎蕊 (Level 3, MF-19A)

And the last shall be first.
This is a must visit for their incredible chendol and rojak! Read more here.