Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Roasted Lotus Seed, 500g (S$10)
Nic was back from a work week in Vietnam and specially visited us tonight with a pack of Vietnamese popular local product - seeds of fresh-water Lotus flower.
It has a aromatic crunch and is tasty... Ummm... a texture like dried red dates but much firmer and tougher, like nuts. 'Tis an interesting buy from Vietnam which would cost you double to triple the price to purchase the rare snack in Singapore.
The Chinese especially adores these seeds for its medical values - high in protein, benefiting the spleen, kidney, heart and improving conditions of sexual, insomnia, venereal diseases, diarrhea. Even the bitter embryo within the seeds that were usually removed before processing is believed to be beneficial.
But how much of these properties were retained after the roasting process? We just popped them like popcorn snack into our mouths ;)
Salt roasted Cashews with skin
As a bonus tips - these ugly salted cashews from Vietnam is terrific too!
They looked ugly because the testa, skin of the nuts were not removed for the roasting. But this is good! The texture is so fine, you don't taste them and it helps increase the antioxidants in the nuts. This is special treat. Must buy back, ok!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Johnson & Johnson Mint Waxed Floss, 50.2m ($2.60)
Colgate Pax Mouthwash, 750ml ($11.90 x2)
Do you floss?
It's such a tiresome job that aches my stretched jaws each night! But i hope to persevere.
We had begun paying attention to these 'diamonds in the mouth' after Sis confided of a serious and costly dental infection she had recently - and she does brush her teeth, with electric toothbrush, twice a day! It's alarming just listening to her. She now flosses diligently.
Our annual dental appointment last week helped identify tartar plagued, hard-to-reach-places, gaps in the gums and were advised to impress upon these points in our brushing and preferably flossing to prevent plaque and bacteria build up. Flossing is as crucial as brushing.
So with an all clear bill, it's time to take oral hygiene seriously. But i irks doing mouthwash, it burns when gargling and left the mouth dry, uncomfortably dry.
Lastly, do you floss before or after brushing? It is BEFORE - the dentist corrected me.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Prawn Noodle Soup ($2.50)
Price Update in 2016 ($3)
While waiting for our Dunman Rd Wanton Noodle, we were drawn by a strong whiff of prawn mee soup from the neighbouring table of 4. We footmark the hawker back to his folksy little stall where he enjoys a steady stream of customers.
Eager to try, we too ordered a small bowlful to share and drained the soup till the last drop!
Wanton Noodle ($2.50)
A revisit after 3 years, our favourite Wanton Noodle in Dunman Food Centre does no longer 'wow' us like it did the first time. But the stall still serves a uniquely handmade Wanton Mee which we love.
Their recent TV interview with 'Just Noodles' is making them even more busy and famous now.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Relaxing Olive Shampoo, 750g (Promotional Price $14.95)
The shampoo feels conditioning (weighted the hair a little) but gave the scalp no trouble. Hair stays soft and light till the next evening. Alternating the shampoo with commercial wash, the Organia stands out to be the gentle one that kept the hair clean and soft. I am staying with this shampoo.
A product of White Cospharm, Korea.
Monday, April 16, 2012
I do find bliss in sucking milkshakes after falling for MakeShake. Equalizing happiness with milkshakes isn't an overstatement - it is kind of the same thing :D
Make Shake Homemade Ice-cream ($1)
Celebrating their 1000 fans on Facebook, Makeshake gave away 200 cups of free ice-cream with any flash of e-coupon today. These were ours - Oreo and Nutella.
The ice-creams were nice. We like the Nutella! Thank you.
Long long ago, we drove by Kim Keat Rd and caught sight of a really cute "Three Little Cats" signboard! "Hey! Wat's that? A cafe? Cats?" And i was trying to distract the driver from the busy traffic...
Cream Mushrooms Soup, large ($3.90)
Country Herbed Chicken ($13.90)
Pumpkin Chop Chop ($12.90)
There wasn't much surprises with the food that were made for lighter palate; with the exception of a salted gravy for our roasted bird, too much salt in fact. The pasta was not al dente and was weighted in with pumpkin sauce.
Cafe Latte ($4.20), Cappuccino ($4.20)
We had wished for the coffee serving to save the lunch flop - being impressed with their heavy professional-looking coffee machine. However, it's the coffee art that came to the rescue of the faintly smooth coffee.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
A small stall in 416, Bedok North Ave 2 that easily goes undetected unless you observed they serves all the table of customers in the coffeeshop!
Queue up to place your order, pay and you'll be given a big colorful plastic clothes peg which you place on your table for the server to identify you - how they does that? We don't know. We just wait for our fish soup... ... ... ...
Fried Fish Slice Soup ($3.50), Rice ($0.40)
How do i convince you the tastiness of their hot piping soup and generous serving of sweet succulent fish? These photos doesn't justify. But just trust me yah!
Fish Slice Bee Hoon ($3.50)
Aloe Vera (3 leaves)
Peppermint leaves (3 stalks)
Sweeten Coconut Juice (2 cans)
Sugar (3-4 tbs)
1. Refer here on how to de-gel and de-skin the Aloe Vera.
2. Pour Coconut juice into the prepared Aloe, and stir to dissolve the added Sugar.
3. Hand crush Peppermint slightly and add it to the mixture.
4. Refrigerate the dessert for 24hrs before serving.
The Summer's here! Get this dessert ready.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Prawn Noodle, soup ($3)
No prawn noodles are quite the same and we really can't take good prawn noodles for guaranteed - my thought after our planned visit to the famous stall at Whampoa Drive Market, Blk 91 ended in disappointment.
The stall does have a long list of orders from their regulars and a wait is expected while they serve to your table.
Prawn Noodle, dry ($3)
With many having the dry version of their noodles, we could see why when ours arrived; it was certainly more flavorsome than their soupy selection. And after the serving of lukewarm soup, we decidedly X-out the stall when we tasted the blandness of their de-shelled prawns.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Godiva Chocolate Bars Assortment, 60 pcs ($78)
I don't reject chocolate; they are innocent, just as kids. Even when the sender makes the gift with a purposeful glaring price tag sticker... they are but a box of decent chocolate.
The box contains 0% cocoa content of White-Blanc Chocolate and 30% Milk Chocolate, 50%, 72%, 85% Dark Chocolate - where the 72% is our favourite, with mild sweetness and just the right amount of cocoa.
White Chocolate is too sweet while the extreme of 85% cocoa tasted of light bitterness with undeveloped flavor.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
完美组合, Perfect Match Dim Sum Basket ($4.50+)
Claypot Rice with Minced Beef and Egg ($5.80+)
The Claypot rice is a savory dish that's bore burned crusty rice bottom. And we had appreciated the well-balanced seasoning that isn't overly salted.
Chilled Coffee with Tea, 鸳鸯 ($1+, with order of selected main course)
We were in the new University Town of NUS where Old Hong Kong Tea House of Katong Village operates a similarly 24hrs Cha Chaan Teng themed cafe, named Bruce Cafe.
Less the weekend crowd in shopping malls, the quiet dinner is most relaxed ;)
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Kakrol ($4 per kg)
How do you eat it?
With a sprinkle of Salt and Turmeric powder, we dusted the Kakrol slices and pan-fried it in oil. Steam rises and its aroma permeated the kitchen!
The gourd reaps a distinctive crunch as you bite into the seeds and skin while its flesh remains soft - i'm hooked at first bite. My Chinese family loves this.
Pan-frying the Kakrol in wok
Monday, April 2, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
UCC Special Colombia Coffee 100%, 100g ($10.80)
100% Colombia beans from UCC - the leader of Japan's coffee industry; and a star is born.
We like its mild aroma; yet isn't define as weak. Jointly, our usual measure of creamer need to be reduced, and that produces a brew of rich smooth flavor and a medium body. Nice.