Posts Tagged ‘Fried Rice’

Bark Cafe at Changi Museum

I’m on a quest to cover all the interest cafes and eateries in the East of Singapore! Last weekend, the Partner, the BFF and I decided to make a quick trip around the more obscure parts of the Eastern side of Singapore. Yes, even though we live in the East, Changi is a seldom visited area, especially because there is no MRT line coming down this way. Even when driving to the airport, Changi would be easily bypassed with the ECP or PIE.

Interestingly, Changi Road starts from around the Geylang/Eunos area, then becomes New Upper Changi Road near the Kembangan area. It then morphs into Upper Changi Road East and North. There is no Upper Changi Road West or South. And neither is there any Old Upper Changi Road, or Old Changi Road for that matter! I have this vague feeling that some roads which used to be known as the original Changi Road, and is parallel to the sea, has now been changed to another name. Maybe the history buffs can enlighten me.

Anyway, if you in the Changi / Loyang area, you may like to know that there is a huge cafe situated right next to the Changi Chapel & Museum. The best time to visit would I think be at night. Apart from the fact that this is a totally not air-conditioned place, there are not too many tall buildings nearby and you can gaze as the night sky more easily while the crickets provide their nocturnal accompaniment. It would be nice to sit here amongst the lush greens during the rainy season in December too. I love the smell of wet grass, don’t you?

Bark Cafe - Tomato Fried Cheese Salad $14 (1)

Tomato Fried Cheese Salad (Deep fried cheese with breadcrumb, on sliced tomato, drizzled with balsamic dressing) $14

We ordered a plate of these to share. I don’t usually order appetisers because I don’t normally need it, and also because I don’t want to be somewhat satiated by the time my mains arrive. But sometimes I just can’t resist! Last week was one such day. Fried cheese, caprese salads and melt in your mouth burratas really get to me and I lose all form of will power when they make their appearance in the appetiser section of the menu!

Bark Cafe - Tomato Fried Cheese Salad $14 (3)

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Immigrants Gastropub

I don’t know about you, but I seldom choose to dine at Tapas restaurants or order Tapas style dishes. For those of you who are uninitiated, tapas style simply means small bites or small dishes. Think of dim sum dishes, but for Western cuisine. It’s not that I don’t like the food that is served, it’s that the bill ends up more exorbitant than if I were to order a full fledge main course itself. Tapas in Singapore are not cheap. A small appetiser dish can cost around $10 or more. Order a few of them and they start adding up.

I didn’t know Immigrants Gastropub served their dishes in Tapas sizes when I stepped in. In fact, I’d actually planned to dine at one of the Tanjong Katong restaurants, but some how I got dropped off at Joo Chiat Road instead so I decided to eat at the eatery that I happened to stop at.

After perusing the menu and doing some mental calculations, I nearly wanted to leave the place, but the Partner seemed quite keen so I pressed on. A lot of the dishes seemed quite interesting but we finally decided on Seafood Fritters and Sambal Buah Keluak Fried Rice. We expected the seafood fritters to be on the small side, after all the waitress had reminded us that these were tapas sizes. However, because the sambal buah keluak fried rice was $20, as compared to most other dishes which were under $15, we were under the impression that the fried rice would be a full portioned fried rice! Our thoughts were further affirmed when the waitress mentioned that the fried rice was a very popular dish!

Immigrants - Sambal Buah Keluak Fried Rice $20 (1)

Sambal Buah Keluak Fried Rice $20

Can you imagine our shock when we realised that this was the size of the sambal buah keluak fried rice? The diameter of the dish was the same as the length of my iPhone. Sad smile Sad smile Sad smile I mean who serves rice in appetiser size?!?! Anyway, thank god the rice was extremely delicious. It was rather spicy, but I guess if the Ang Moh Partner could handle it, the average Singaporean can too. The pungent and earthy flavour of the buah keluak was very evenly distributed throughout the grains and on the whole, I really liked the dish very much. We both agreed that this was a very unique and tasty fried rice (this coming from a guy who doesn’t eat Buah Keluak!) and if it wasn’t so expensive, we would definitely return to order this again.

Immigrants - Seafood Fritters $14 (2)

Seafood Fritters $14

The seafood fritters were also excellent. At $3.50 per piece, they were also of course rather pricey. A combination of crab, prawn and squid, fried such that it and a slight crisp on the outside, but so juicy and flavourful on the inside! I liked it that the ingredients weren’t minced to a pulp, but were diced finely so they still retained a little bite to it. They paired very well with the sambal buah keluak fried rice. If I ever return to Immigrants, I would definitely order this too!

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Real Food Revisited 3

In line with the healthy theme these 2 weeks thanks to Zespri’s Kiwifruit Challenge, I decided to take my parents to the new Real Food outlet that just opened at Killiney Road. The original Real Food cafe is at The Central just above Clarke Quay MRT Station and I’ve been there many times over the last 2 years.

It’s interesting how when you do something unappealing a number of times, it soon becomes more palatable, and may even turn into a habit? After having a Kiwifruit daily, plus the more or less raw dinner at The Living Cafe, my mind is more attuned to the benefits of eating healthily which was why I instantly thought of Real Food for Saturday brunch.

Real Food strives as much as possible to utilise organic ingredients in its food. Also, no meat is used. However, you would be really hard pressed to miss it because all the other flavours in each dish come together so nicely even without the meat! Another reason why I like coming to Real Food is because the prices are very affordable, and comparable to non-organic cafes!

Real Food - Dumpling Soup (Dumplings handmade with 10 ingredients like carrots, mushrooms, bean curd, french beans and chest nuts) $7

Dumpling Soup (Dumplings handmade with 10 ingredients like carrots, mushrooms, bean curd, french beans and chest nuts) $7

For example, this dumpling soup. There is no meat in the dumplings but because it’s bursting with other ingredients, and chestnuts to give it a bite, you don’t miss the meat at all. In fact, my mother asked me if the dumplings contained minced meat as it was so flavourful. The soup itself is also a delight to drink, and has a peppery base that warms you.

I almost always order this dumpling soup, or the dumpling noodles. I believe most customers who patronise Real Food consider the dumplings to be one of their signature dishes.

Real Food - Organic Fried Quinoa with french beans, mushrooms, carrots and crushed black peppercorn $7.80

Organic Fried Quinoa with french beans, mushrooms, carrots and crushed black peppercorn $7.80

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Paradise Inn at Greenwich V

*Media Invite*

I had the most amazing time at the newly opened Greenwich Village in the Seletar area last Saturday. Remember that I mentioned being attracted to the quiet yet relaxing looking Greenwich V during the Chinese New Year period? As luck would have it, I had the opportunity to visit Greenwich Village again as part of a Bloggers event organised by OMY.

Us bloggers were divided into 3 teams and tasked to visit TEN eateries/shops in the span of 2.5 hrs. It was an “Amazing Race” Blogger style! Paradise Inn was one of the pit stops, and I was glad to be able to glide into the sereneness of Paradise Inn to escape the excitement going on outside. We only tried out several signature dishes as we had other places to visit. It was a pity we only had 20 minutes to wolf down the food because I sure would have loved to spend more time here!

Paradise Inn (3)

                           Love the decor at Pardise Inn, especially the lamp shades!

Paradise Inn - Fried rice with prawns and roe (2)

Fried rice with diced prawns and fish roe. The fried rice was palatable and didn’t taste oily at all. The striking orangey red eggs dotted all over the rice made the dish look so appetising. The prawns were pretty succulent. Wish there were more egg though (the chicken ones).

Paradise Inn - Salted Egg yolk Prawns

One of my favourite Chinese restaurant dishes of all time, Prawns covered with Salted Egg Yolk! So sinful but OH SO GOOD. When the salty goodness of the salted egg lands on your tongue, time is suspended and you feel a sudden rush of high as the egg and prawn suddenly melts in your mouth and disappears way too quickly down your throat.

Paradise Inn - Fried rice with prawns and a piece of salted egg yolk prawn

I had time to try the Salted Egg Prawns with the Fried Rice and it was a good combination!

Paradise Inn - sweet and sour chicken

Can’t remember the name of this dish but I recall someone mentioning that this was an interesting take on the sweet and sour pork but using chicken instead, specifically chicken wings. The sweet caramelised flavour was tasty and the addition of the curry leaves was a nice touch. I did find the dish to be too oily but those who love chicken wings would appreciate this dish more.

Paradise Inn - veggies

Stir fried veggies with lots of garlic. After the more hearty dishes, I was glad to be able to down a few greens. The vegetables were deliciously flavourful and had a firm bite. Another good dish to order to go with the fried rice.

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…… And that’s all folks! Yes gobbled these all up within 20 minutes in order to get to the next shop on time! You can read all about our Greenwich V Amazing Bloggers Race at http://blog.omy.sg/greenwich-v/our-greenwich-v-experience/

 

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Thai Village Restaurants (Leisure Park)

The 1st stop on our Festive Gourmet food trail was at the Thai Village Restaurant at Leisure Park. Prior to this, I had never been to any Thai Village Restaurant before. All my colleagues who heard about my impending visit advised me to try out their fantabulous Signature Shark Fin soup. 

Thai Village @ Leisure Park - Thai Village signature braised shark's fin

I have to confess, while I feel guilty for eating shark’s fin, I haven’t really made real attempts to stop eating them. The shark’s fin served was huge! I have never seen such a huge portion in a bowl before! The dish totally surpassed my expectations in terms of size as well as taste. The soup was ultra flavourful thanks to the way it was prepared, and if not for the fact that there were more dishes to be served, I would have finished the entire bowl. I definitely finished every single strand of shark’s fin. The worst thing to do is to waste it by not touching it and imagine that you have done your part to save the sharks.

Thai Village @ Leisure Park - Prosperity Yu Sheng with special Wasabi Sauce (5)

Can you believe it, we did a Lo-Hei, in the middle of November! It was hilarious! If there’s one thing about Lo-Hei, it’s that everyone loves doing it (even if they don’t like eating it). And I love the HUAT AH right at the end!

Thai Village @ Leisure Park - Prosperity Yu Sheng with special Wasabi Sauce

锦绣生花庆有余 – Prosperity Yu sheng with special wasabi sauce  This Yu sheng served here is extra unique due to the special wasabi sauce used. I think we didn’t do that great a job of mixing in the wasabi as there were only 5 people at our table. I didn’t get any wasabi while the person next to me had his mouth on fire. The table did get its fair share of the fun as well, what with all the flying bits.

Thai Village @ Leisure Park - Salted egg yolk with sweet wintermelon center roll

迎春接福双喜到 Salted egg yolk with sweet winter melon center roll – An interesting combination. I don’t think the flavours quite blended, but on their own, they were nice.

Thai Village @ Leisure Park - (10)

Too busy devouring the sharks fin soup. Didn’t manage to get a picture before the fish was all ladled out…

Thai Village @ Leisure Park - Thai style Assam Fish

 富贵浮云阿参鱼 Thai style Assam fish – The fish was very nice as it was tender and had a strong taste. There is a tendency for flavours of fish cooked in curry to be overwhelmed by the spices in the curry, but I am glad to say that the spiciness was mild enough so that I could enjoy the fish. Paired very well with the seafood fried rice. My friend, a Thai Village enthusiast informed me that Thai Village serves an even better version of fried rice, but too bad we didn’t get the chance to sample that.

Thai Village @ Leisure Park - Thai Village signature seafood fried rice with crab meat

金银珠宝满华堂 Thai Village signature seafood fried rice with crab meat

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