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Da Paolo Gastronomia at myVillage

*Bloggers’ Invite*

When I stayed at Holland Village, I used to like to go into the Da Paolo Gastronomia outlet at Chip Bee Gardens. I would sneak in, sniff around and quickly snap some shots of the lovely food displays, pizzas and cupcakes. Those were the days before I started food blogging seriously, and I always thought the displays looked so pretty. But I was always afraid that the chef would come at me with a butcher’s knife since I didn’t buy anything.

So I was so glad to be invited down for a sampling session lately at the Da Paolo Gastronomia myVillage outlet. Finally, a chance to snap snap snap to my heart’s content! I really loved the Gorgonzola Pizza with Caramelised Onions that we had there. The sweetness of the onions paired so well with the gorgonzola. When I get the chance, I’m going to order myself an entire portion of it, as well as a latte. A latte costs only $3.50! Even my favourite standalone cafes charge more than that! See the last photo for the price list of the drinks.

Did you know, all the ingredients that Da Paolo uses are sourced from Italy? You can purchase the cooked food and eat it right here on the premises.

Da Paolo - Cooked food Selection Da Paolo - Couscous with Rocket and Sweet Potato

Whenever I see things like these, I always imagine buying the lot and throwing a party. Half the job done for you already and everyone will be none the wiser.

Da Paolo Gastronomia - Gorgonzola pizza with caramelised onions

Mmmmm the best “dessert pizza” I’ve had in a long time. The Partner doesn’t think it tastes sweet enough to be called a “dessert pizza”, but I think it does!

Da Paolo Gastronomia - cupcakes  Da Paolo Gastronomia - Pizza Slices Da Paolo Gastronomia - Spinach Tagliatelle

Spinach Tagliatelle. There’s also herb pasta and a few more if you look at the 1st picture. I love the different variations!

Da Paolo Gastronomia - Hello Kitty Wine

Well who would have thought of all the places to get Hello Kitty memorabilia, it would be here, and wine to boot!  .

Da Paolo Gastronomia - Tiramisu

Da Paolo - Sampling Session!

 Mmmm… tasty

Martina of Da Paolo and Darren of CelebrateLah I love this picture! Martina of Da Paolo is from Italy and she demonstrates how the Italians show their appreciation for delicious food. And there’s Darren of CelebrateLah showing his approval of the food at Da Paolo.

Hey the Cafe Latte is only $3.50 and the Hot Chocolate is only $4! I was kind of expecting something more expensive. Will have to try out the drinks some day. Click on the photo to see the drinks price list.

www.dapaolo.com.sg

www.facebook.com/Gastfronomia.SerangoonGardens

myVillage Opening Ceremony!

Today’s the official launch of myVillage at Serangoon Gardens. Festivities are on till 9pm! Go check it out and see myVillage website for more details. Meanwhile, here are some photos I took last week!

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Photos of the sunset taken from the rooftop of myVillage Mall.

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Water feature at the back of myVillage. Quite cool and artistic looking don’t you think?

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Weird rock facade at the back of myVillage

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Secret hideout just behind Shin Kushiya. Don’t tell anyone.

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Cheap cheese at NTUC!! I’ve never seen Haloumi go for $5.80 before. Usually they cost $12!!!!

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Old Hong Kong Taste @ myVillage Mall

*Blogger’s Invite*

As part of the myVillage Mall at Serangoon Garden’s tour that I was invited to, (yes I’m STILLLLL writing about it because it was a jammed packed eventful night!) I had the privilege to be hosted to dinner at Old Hong Kong Restaurant. The boss of the Old Hong Kong Restaurant Group made time to join us which was great. Victoria Li, a Hong Konger has lived in Singapore for 10 years. She started the restaurant chain because she felt a lack of authentic Cantonese food in Singapore. It seems us Singaporeans tend to have different demands towards our food, be it due to local South East Asian influences, or perhaps pure ignorance?

For example, have you tried the Salted Egg Yolk Custard buns? These are little buns filled with oozy and liquidy egg yolk custard in them. It seems that Hong Kongers go for the taste of the egg yolk custard. Singaporeans are easier to please, as long as we see that the egg yolk custard is runny and not a hardened mass, we are happy.

Special Dried Longan TeaSpecial Chrysanthemum Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were first served little cups of Chinese Tea. The tea on the left is a special tea made of dried longan. I love it that the tea stays hot throughout the meal thanks to the tea lights. And the pots are so pretty! Hmmm…I wonder why tea lights are called tea lights? The double walled cups also help retain the heat but can also trick you into believing that your drink isn’t as hot as it is. The tea on the right is made of chrysanthemum and wolf-berries, which we had after the meal.

Fried Prawns in Japanese Wasabi Mayonnaise & Salted Egg Yolk Dressing

Fried Prawns in Japanese Wasabi Mayonnaise & Salted Egg Yolk Dressing $8 – Next, we were served this in a tall glass. The prawns were superb. They were so succulent tasting and had just the right amount of salted egg yolk dressing. I liked it that the amount of wasabi mayo used was in moderation because at some restaurants, there is so much wasabi mayo the prawn is lost in it. If you notice, curry leaves were also added to give an extra fragrance. Delicious!!

If there’s anything negative about this, it’s that I can’t open my mouth large enough to put the entire prawn in, and a glass is not very conducive for me to slice the prawn in half!

Wanton with Chicken in Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup

Wanton with Chicken in Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup $9 – Mmmmm if there’s one thing, it’s that the Hong Kongers really know how to make good soup. This soup was made with shark bone cartilege and boiled over numerous hours. Every mouthful was full of milky goodness and collagen. It’s the secret to looking young. If only I had more stomach space to drink it all up!

According to Victoria, if the soup leaves a sticky feeling on your lips, it means it’s been made with real bones. Some other restaurants may cut costs by thickening the soup with milk, which doesn’t leave a sticky feeling on your lips. That’s the trick!

Sautéed Hong Kong Kai Lan with Dried Conpoy (2)

Sautéed Hong Kong Kai Lan with Dried Conpoy $14 – I love the crispy bits on top of the kai lan. Wonder if it’s seaweed or dried kai lan. It’s only the 2nd time I’ve come across the crispy bits, the 1st time being at Zenxin Organic Park. Damn delicious!!

Flaming Kurobuta Pork with Danggui

Flaming Kurobuta Pork with Danggui $22 – The dish arrived literally on fire. Alas I was too slow and I don’t have a picture of that. Each slice of the pork was so tender and flavourful. I finished everything on my plate! It’s a must especially if you like danggui, because the flavour of the danggui is very obvious.

Braised Soon Hock Fish with Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup (2)Braised Soon Hock Fish with Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup

Braised Soon Hock Fish with Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup $8/100gm – The fish was fresh and cooked just right such that it wasn’t tough. I loved the flavourful mushroomy broth that came along with it.

Chilled Avocado Cream with Ice-Cream

Chilled Avocado Cream with Ice-Cream $6 – Okay I have to say this may be an acquired taste. The whole dessert was served up on a glass of dry ice. While the coconut flavoured ice-cream was nice and I would have been quite satisfied to have just that, I found it a little weird that it was placed within avocado cream. I’ve never had ice cream served in this way before. I love avocados very much, but I guess avocado cream and ice cream just doesn’t do it for me.

 

Old Hong Kong Taste

1 Maju Avenue, Singapore 556679

Open EVERY SINGLE DAY of the year

Tel: 68343013

myVillage evening visit

Made my 2nd visit to myVillage on Saturday. I was hoping to catch the sunset before having dinner at Shin Kushiya. We made it just in the nick of time. The traffic towards Serangoon Garden was quite horrendous. It was the inch and jerk type, I was almost quite sure the sun would have set by the time we got there.

Check out the photos I took here!

I didn’t know if we could actually catch the sunset on the roof of the myVillage mall, but apparently you can. The minute you get out of the escalator and onto the roof, the last of the sun’s rays hit you. Alas, it was pretty cloudy so I couldn’t get good pictures.

As I previously mentioned, being able to have rooftop access is pretty cool. Yeah it’s not the roof level of Marina Bay Sands, but the 3rd floor roof top of myVillage has its own charms. For one, you’re away from the hustle and bustle of the roads below. You still get to overlook most of the buildings in the vicinity, as they’re even shorter! You can get a really good view of the sky and the stars at night, cloud cover pending.

There’s also another cool spot which I bet hardly anyone knows about. It’s so secluded yet cool and romantic I wonder if I should share this secret with anyone. Right next to Shin Kushiya is an automatic door. Step through it and you’re on a ledge right outside the mall. The ledge is very narrow and long. I suppose it’s a smoker’s stop of sorts but no smokers were there. The night lighting made it quite interesting. I would post a picture of it but once again, my camera failed on me. Remember to let your camera assimilate to the humid temperature first before taking off the lens cap after coming from an air-conditioned place!!!

Not all the shops were open when I was there on Saturday. Apparently myVillage will be having its official opening ceremony this Sunday 20th February 2011. Check out the details at http://myvillage.sg/. Also check out my post on my 1st visit to myVillage as well as the blogger’s invite to myVillage and Shin Kushiya.

Shin Kushiya @ My Village Mall

*Bloggers Invite*

As part of the tour of the newly opened myVillage at Serangoon, we were invited to sample a variety of dishes at several eateries. 1st stop, Shin Kushiya. Shin Kushiya specialises in Kushiyaki, which refers to the Japanese cuisine of grilling meats and vegetables on bamboo skewers. Shin Kushiya uses Bincho charcoal from Japan. Apparently this special charcoal can reach over 1000 degrees celcius, which is key to providing a crisp delicious smoky flavour to the food while still being able to seal in the natural flavours and juices. This cooking method is supposedly a very healthy way of cooking because no additional oil or flavour enhancers are used.

I have to admit, I’m not very schooled in Kushiyaki cuisine, the only other time I had that was at JooJoo’s at Joo Chiat. My knowledge of Japanese food is pretty much limited to what I eat at Sushi Tei and Sakae Sushi, albeit on a very regular basis. What I can say is the freshness of the ingredients used in the Kushiyaki really comes through. There is no heavy sauce to cover up any imperfections. The food is light but the flavours are natural.

Shin Kushiya Tomatoes wrapped in Bacon

Tomato Maki (Cherry tomatoes wrapped with thinly sliced pork $2.80 – This is really a classic combination. The sweet sourness of the tomatoes really paired well with the salty sliced pork. The tomatoes were so juicy, the flavours were just waiting to burst out as I enjoyed each little tomato. If you don’t order anything else, you definitely have to order this.

Shin Kushiya Kushiyaki (2)

Ebi Shiso Maki (Whole sea prawn wrapped with thinly-sliced pork and shiso leaf) – $3.60 Very tasty and succulent. The sliced pork felt a little fattening when combined with the prawn.

Shin Kushiya Kushiyaki

Buta Bara Yaki Miso Ginger  (Three-layer pork belly with miso-ginger marinade) $2.80 – That’s the one right at the bottom of the picture. Once again, damn good. Everyone at the table finished theirs in like 10 seconds.

Black Pepper Yakitori (Black pepper soy-glazed chicken) $2.20 – I loved the black pepper glaze! Just in case you were wondering, Yakitori refers to Kushiyaki using chicken as the ingredient.

Powder Dip

Black Sesame Ice Cream (2)

Kuro Goma Heaven (Black sesame ice cream with homemade black sesame cream) $7.80 – I am not that big a fan of black sesame fillings when it comes to chinese desserts. Surprisingly, I loved the flavour of this ice cream. It’s like eating green tea ice cream, you either love it or hate it. The taste of the sesame is not ovewhelming, but enough that you definitely know you’re eating black sesame ice cream! Believe this is not the full size of the ice cream if not $7.80 would be really pricey.

Black Sesame Ice Cream

This black sesame cream thing had quite a dense and somewhat ‘bouncy’ texture. Tastes good, but I don’t mind trading in this for a bigger scoop of the ice cream.

Tofu Cheese Cake

The Partner, being the type of person that needs gargantuan effort to like our local/asian desserts, didn’t really fancy the black sesame ice cream. So Shin Kushiya offered him a tofu cheesecake. It was the 1st time he had ever tried such a thing, and I’m glad to report he loved it very much.

Welcome Drink

Welcome drink. Made with some Japanese fruit and has a really strong citrusy flavour which I think is a really suitable drink to perk anyone up. Strangely reminds me of Kickapoo, only better.

 

PROMOTIONS!

(A) Grand Opening Lunch Set Promotion!

Order any lunch set below and get 50% off for your 2nd lunch set

Chicken Teriyaki Set

Salmon Teriyaki Set

Bara Chirashi Set

Salmon Ikura Don Set

Tori Nanban Udon Set

Ebi Tamago Don Set

Unadon Set

Promotion Period:

7 February to 30 April 2011

Terms & Conditions:

· 2nd lunch set must be of a lower or equivalent value as the 1st order

· Valid from Monday-Friday, LUNCH dine-in only, excluding public holidays

· Not valid with any other promotions, vouchers or discounts

Dinner Promotion

(B) Grand Opening Dinner Promotion!

50% off 2nd Ala Carte Sashimi!*

* except Toro, Uni and Sashimi Moriawases

Promotion Period:

7 February to 30 April 2011

Terms & Conditions

· 2nd plate of Sashimi must be of lower or equivalent value as the 1st order and applies to all ala carte Sashimi except Toro, Uni and Sashimi Moriawases

· Valid from Monday-Friday, DINNER dine-in only, excluding public holidays

· Not valid with any other promotions, vouchers or discounts

Shin Kushiya

myVillage at Serangoon Garden

1 Maju Avenue #02-03/06

Reservations: 6634 2816

Mondays to Sundays: Lunch 11.30am – 3pm     Dinner 6pm – 9.30m

Other Branches: Suntec City, Vivo City, Far East Square and Kiraku

http://www.shinkushiya.com/

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