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Singapore Favourite Food 2013

This July, food lovers can look forward to the Singapore Favourite Food Village (SFF Village) that is held in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of Singapore Food Festival. Taking place from 12 to 21 July 2013 at Bayfront Avenue (Marina Bay), this 10-day festival organised by the Singapore Food & Beverage Alliance (SFBA), celebrates Singapore’s unique food heritage and pays homage to local culinary heroes.

Singapore Favourite Food 2013 will showcase Singapore’s favourite dishes such as chilli crab, carrot cake, rojak, laksa, roti prata and tau huay, and bring together a selection of popular hawkers and eateries for this one-time celebration. Check out this link for the entire list of all the nominees http://sg.openrice.com/info/sff/nominees.html, however only 20 favourite vendors will be showcased at the eventual Singapore Favourite Food Village.

I had the privilege to have a quick sample of some of Singapore’s favourite local dishes a few weeks ago. Scroll down to see pictures of rojak, oyster omelette, satay, bbq chicken wings, sting ray and local iced desserts!

Ri Ye Xiang Rojak

Rojak – Personally, I thought this was really rather ordinary, with the dough fritters being extremely hard (and I don’t mean crispy). But kudos to Mr Koh, who has been toiling at this job for the last 48 years!

Rojak, which means ‘mixed’ in Malay is a fine example of the cultural diversity of Singapore for incorporating both Chinese and Malay elements among the ingredients. One of the oldest surviving rojak stalls in Singapore, Ri Ye Xiang Rojak which now boasts 48 years of history, was set up in 1965. The stall owner, Mr. Edward Koh, has been preparing rojak since the age of 20 and takes pride in using freshly ground peanut bits and preparing a special prawn paste for the dish.

Ri Ye Xiang Rojak
Blk 450 Clementi Avenue 3, Kopitiam, Singapore 120450
Open daily: 3pm to 11pm
Stall owner: Mr Edward Koh

Ri Ye Xiang Rojak (2)

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Leng Kee BBQ - BBQ Chicken Wings (2)

BBQ Chicken Wings – This version from Leng Kee is slightly sweeter and less crispy.

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Jia Wei Restaurant at Grand Mercure Roxy

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After our cocktails by the pool and tour of the hotel, we were treated to a sumptuous dinner at Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant. We had a cosy little private room all to ourselves. The private room seats 20 (2 round tables of 10), and when not in use, the sliding walls can be removed so that there is more space for for the rest of the restaurant. I liked it one of the walls was made of glass, which allowed us to overlook the hotel lobby. Private dining rooms can be very claustrophobic, with their stark white walls and dim lighting, but this one at Jia Wei had a nice warm ambience to it.

Jia Wei is but one of the 5 restaurants available at Grand Mercure Roxy. Featuring contemporary oriental design and décor amidst a fine-dining ambiance, Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant offers both exquisite fusion and authentic Chinese cuisine created by the award-winning Chinese Executive Chef Lee Tuck Seng . Opened in December 2007, the cuisine specialties at Jia Wei include the Traditional Hong Kong Dim Sum ( 香传统港点心), Peking Duck (北京烤鸭), Live Seafood (活海鲜) and Double Boiled Soup (炖汤).

I’m always slightly apprehensive about big blogger events if I’m going alone as I always fear I would be left alone with no one to talk to. I’m not the most extroverted of people although I pretend to try, but really I’m a scaredy cat inside ha! Thank goodness Melvin of A Winsome Life was next to me. Met him at the Greenwich V event just 2 weeks ago! Janet of OMY was at my table too so that was a relief. As usual I worried for nothing because conversation flowed freely and it was a wonderful evening.

Mercure Roxy - Jia Wei (2) Lovely table centrepiece

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The chef here to welcome us as well as to introduce Jia Wei’s signature dishes.

Mercure Roxy - 4 Dim sum Delight)

Deep-fried Seafood Roll with Mixed Fruit
Steamed Scallop Dumpling
Siew Mai with Cordyceps Flower
Deep-fried Prawn Dumpling with Shark’s Fin

It was great to have dim sum for dinner. I’m the type of person that can have dim sum any time of the day. I was really pleased to find out that you can even order dim sum as late as 5pm! I know you can always go to the hawker centre types for late night dim sum, but the standard there is really terrible! For me, good dim sum is made with prawns, not pork! The dim sum at Jia Wei is pretty good, although there is room for improvement, such as in the skin of the prawn dumpling, which was slightly thick.

Mercure Roxy - DOUBLE BOILED FISH MAW SOUP WITH CORDYCEPS FLOWER, ABALONE AND CONPOYDouble boiled fish maw soup with cordyceps flower, abalone and conpoy

For those of you who feel like you need some nourishment, this is a very good soup to order. It is loaded with good stuff and you can tell that the liquid has been infused with the nutrients from the ingredients as it makes your lips sticky when you press them together. That’s collagen that’s causing the stickiness! Soup that just happens to be thickened with starch will not make your lips sticky. Try this trick out.

Mercure Roxy - Peking Duck Peking Duck

The Peking Duck elicited lots of excited “oohs” and “ahhs” from our table. Seriously, who can resist this? The skin was crispy and the flesh tender. Paired with the pancake and some sauce, it tasted really wonderful.

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Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore Afternoon Tea

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I haven’t had English Afternoon Tea for the longest time. It was a pleasant surprise when Ms Christina Tan, Marketing Manager of Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore after reading about my Afternoon Tea exploits, kindly kindly extended an invitation to me and to fellow blogger PXDKITTY.

Having afternoon tea always puts me in a good mood. One gets to delight in the beautiful chinaware used, the exquisite little morsels of cakes and finger sandwiches, and the girly company. For some reason, I cannot imagine 2 men having afternoon tea together.

It was particularly delightful to learn that the English Afternoon Tea at Rendezvous Grand Hotel costs only $18.90. Compared to the approx $32 Afternoon Tea at Regent Hotel or $38 at The Knolls Sentosa, the one at Hotel Rendezvous is a steal! Rendezvous Grand Hotel does not provide free flow of coffee or tea (just the 1 cup), but it’s still good value!

You may not know this but Rendezvous Grand Hotel has recently undergone a major Renovation, including a name change from the previous Hotel Rendezvous. The Palong Bar, located on the 1st floor of the hotel and where we had our Afternoon tea, looks sleek yet comfortable.

Rendezvous Hotel Palong Bar - Afternoon Tea 3-tier service (2)

Three tiers of finger sandwiches, savoury pastries and desserts!

Rendezvous Hotel Palong Bar - Various Desserts

Dessert was my favourite tier so I shall start talking about the dessert items first!

  • Paris Brest (hazelnut cream)
  • Macaroon (chocolate, orange or lemon)
  • Cheese cake
  • Tiramisu
  • Raspberry mousse

Those chocolate and lemon macaroons were fantastic. I wish there were more of them. The sweet filling sandwiched by 2 crisp layers of wafers, they were almost melt in the mouth. They are smaller than usual so I crunched them up whole. Delicious!

Rendezvous Hotel Palong Bar - Tiramisu

The other notable items were the raspberry mousse cake, the chocolate cake and the tiramisu. I like my tiramisus to be as moist as possible with more cake rather than mousse. I don’t mind if it’s swimming in the liquor actually! The tiramisu at Hotel Rendezvous had just the right ratio of liquor, cake and mousse.

Rendezvous Hotel Palong Bar - Raspberry mousse

The raspberry mousse cake was light and sweet without being cloying. Once again, there was more cake than mousse, which is really how I prefer it.

Rendezvous Hotel Palong Bar - Durian Pengat

Christina is a huge fan of durian. After she got us on that topic, and we realised that Hotel Rendezvous makes its own Durian Pengat, we just had to try it even if it wasn’t included in the Afternoon Tea Set! It was smooth and tasty with just the right amount of sweetness. I wouldn’t mind a more intense durian flavour if that could be possible.

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D’Pastry – Delicious Durian Puffs!

Chanced upon these delicious durian puffs being sold at Bedok Point. These are really amazingly delicious. I’ve never heard of D’Pastry before, so it was a really pleasant surprise to find such good durian puffs in my neighbourhood. The puff itself was oh so light like air. According to the sales assistant, the durian filling itself is made of pure durian puree with no added sugar! Where are they finding these good durians coz I’m not that great a fan of eating durians, yet I enjoyed these durian puffs very much! The puff combined with the durian puree was just superb. Between me and my parents, we polished off 5 in like 1 minute.

There was a sign saying that they’d won the RedNano 2010 award for best durian puffs in Singapore. I think a lot of people have tried the GoodWood Park durian puffs and consider them to be great. I’m not an expert at durian puffs as I haven’t tried all that many, but I would say these are quite on par!

The puffs are 6 for $4.20. Or you could get a single durian crepe for $2, or a durian block cake with a layer of durian puree for $7.

D'Pastry -Durian Puffs for $4 (2) D'Pastry -Durian Puffs for $4 D'Pastry at Bedok Point

D’Pastry

799 New Upper Changi Road

#01-K3, Bedok Point, Singapore 467351

Tel/Fax : 6242 6738

Website: www.d-pastry.com

Dann’s Daily Pescetarian Cafe – Revisited!

Today marks my 4th visit to Dann’s Daily. Although I have a policy of not visiting the same place too often (so that I have more stuff to blog about), we really like going to Dann’s for their excellent coffee. If you’re living in the East, this is probably the only place nearby to get a good cuppa without having to go all the way into town. And of course, my parents in particular love it at Dann’s for the healthy fare.

They are always having daily specials, and one of today’s specials was the Durian Steamed Cupcake going at $7!

Dann's Daily - Durian Steamed Cupcake

This is the 1st time I was trying their steamed cupcake. To be frank, I was rather apprehensive about the “steamed” part as I am so used to baked cakes. The texture of the muffin turned out to be pretty okay and a little heavier than the usual cup cakes. The lady boss told us that the muffin is choc full of durian puree! But in my opinion, the thing that took the cake was the durian cream piled on top of the cup cake. It was SO GOOOOD. It had just the right amount of sweetness, it was light and fluffy and tasted like fresh durian. I mean it’s basically fresh durian puree with zero sugar added. Even the cupcake part has very little raw sugar used. So simple yet so good when the real stuff is used! If I go to Dann’s again I’m going to ask for more of the Durian cream!!

Dann's Daily - Vegetarian Curry with Wild Rice (2)

Dann's Daily - Vegetarian Curry with Wild Rice

Curry of the Day with Organic Brown & Wild Rice $10 – This is a vegetarian curry, comprising of tau pok, tau fu, tau kee etc. You know how the usual types of curry makes you feel like you’ve sinned after having a big bowl? This curry doesn’t give you that feeling. It’s light and refreshing and still packs a punch despite it having almost no “bad” ingredients. A well balanced curry that had just the right combination of ingredients. I dipped my sandwiches in them and it was good! All the ingredients are in the right proportion.

Dann's Daily - Wild Rice (2)

Dann's Daily - Wild Rice (3)

Closer look of the Wild Rice, which you can also order on its own for $6. I like brown rice so I’ve no problems eating this, but I guess it would take some getting used to for those who are accustomed to white rice.

BTW, I recall a time when I was younger and I loathed brown rice. We got that rice from NTUC and it’s almost reddish in colour. I suspect a lot of Singaporeans developed a dislike for brown rice after eating that brand of rice. Try switching to different types of brown rice and you may actually find yourself developing a taste for it!

Dann's Daily - Wholewheat seafood pasta in creamy sauce

Prawns Creamy Whole wheat Pasta $12.50 – Ok while I like brown rice, I realise I don’t much fancy whole wheat pasta. Find the pasta to be stiff and rough and a little unwieldy on the fork. They just refused to twirl! Maybe Penne instead of Spaghetti would be better. The prawns were quite good, had a nice crunch to them. Cream sauce was okay, would have preferred it to be slightly heavier to cover the roughness of the whole wheat pasta. On the whole, a very healthy pasta dish.

Dann's Daily - Wild Rice with Fish and Veggies

Dann’s Daily Special Fish with Wild Rice – I love the fish that Dann’s daily serves, be it with their rice or in their toasties. The fish is always so flaky and flavoursome. You know how fussy I am with fish. 

Dann's Daily - Fish Soup

Fish soup $8 – Fish tasted fresh and was accompanied by a rich yet light broth. Comfort food for a dark and dreary day.

Dann's Daily - Prawn and Avocado Toastie

White Fish, mushroom and cheese toastie $5 – Very nice, fish was once again very tasty. Mushrooms used were shitake I believe. I could have done with more cheese, as I just love overloading my sandwiches with cheese. I thought I would still be hungry after having this for lunch, but surprisingly I was rather full after this.

Dann's Daily - Kaya Toastie (2) Dann's Daily - Chocolate Toastie

Kaya Toastie $4 and Chocolate Toastie $4 – Kaya was quite ordinary. As for the chocolate toastie, I was already expecting something along the lines of Nutella. And everyone knows how sweet Nutella is, so I was fairly disappointed. Being the sweet tooth that I am, I wouldn’t order this again but I guess this would appeal to people who like chocolate for the chocolate taste and not the sugary sweetness oops… Also, considering that the toasties with savoury fillings cost only $1 more, I’d rather order those instead.

Dann's Daily - Alkaline Water

KYK Alkaline Water – This alkaline water is used in the dishes as well as for you to drink when you’re there. I don’t know much about alkaline water but these days the health experts all seem to be talking about it.

Dann’s Daily Pescetarian Cafe
20 Eastwood Road
#01-06 Eastwood Centre
(It is facing the bus-stop and the main road, and is opposite Bedok Food Centre)
Singapore 486442
Tel: 6449 1355

Opening Hours:
Tue to Sun
9am – 9pm
(Closed on Mondays)

Dann’s Daily Website

Click here to see my previous review on Dann’s Daily as well as pictures of their cafe latte.

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