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December 2, 2016

Thai Iced Tea Cupcakes

These Thai Iced Tea Cupcakes are an unusual breath of fresh air from the traditional Christmas bake suspects. Infused with the aromatic Thai Tea leaves, the cupcake has a faint floral fragrance, and is delicately sweet without being overpowering. Did I mention they are incredibly moist too? Don’t be fooled by these dainty-looking cupcakes. They are in fact so easy to put together, I would trust my 5-year-old niece to make them for me. Seriously. If Thai tea is not available, feel free to substitute with Earl Grey, Chai or any type of tea you like...
December 1, 2016

Food Review: Swee Kee Fish Head Noodle House (Ka Soh)

Thriving as a legend in the ever-changing and cut-throat F&B industry for decades is no easy endeavor, even more so in Singapore. It takes guts, perseverance and, most of all, a few star dishes to delight and entice its patrons. Located on Amoy Street, slightly away from the hustle and bustle of the Tanjong Pagar business district, it is easy to dismiss the unassuming sans décor eatery as the otherwise famous Swee Kee if you are not a fan of fish head noodles. Do not be deceived by the eatery's name. Other than fish head noodles, Swee Kee does serves up a pretty mean feat of zhi char dishes that will delight your taste buds and satisfy the rumbling tummy...
November 30, 2016

Snow Capped Gingersnaps

Once again, Christmas is around the corner, time to put on that apron and get busy! I’ve been meaning to try out this Snow Capped Gingersnaps for a while and I’ve finally gotten round to making them. These slightly chewy holiday cookies are super easy to make and while they are not as flashy as Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies or Famous Amos, they are delicious. The spices in the cookies are just perfect to put everyone in the holiday mood. Your kitchen will be smelling like Christmas too!...
November 29, 2016

Food Review: VLV – Latest Dining Destination at Clarke Quay (closed)

When we talk about Chinese restaurants, images of ornate décor and red lanterns come to mind, well at least for me. When I stepped into VLV, the latest F&B establishment in the heart of bustling Clarke Quay, the beautiful modern décor instantly made me feel like cozying up to the place. Foodwise, don’t expect to be served with your standard Chinese cuisine. In fact, you will experience refined Cantonese flavors and seafood variations reinvented exquisitely by the hands of Executive Head Chef, Martin Foo. With more than 25 years of culinary and management expertise under his belt, Chef Foo’s illustrious culinary skills and knowledge are visibly showcased in every dish...
November 25, 2016

3-ingredient Easy Honeycomb

Burnished and caramel sweet with a light hint of occasional bitterness, this 3-ingredient honeycomb is the perfect food to bring around with you due to its ease of preparation, and ability to keep very well. Unlike chocolate, honeycomb does not melt easily and makes a convenient sweet treat...
November 23, 2016

Soup Pasta with Clams

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November 22, 2016

Food Review: Basil Thai Kitchen – Provincial Thai Delights set in a Herb Garden Oasis

Even before stepping into Basil Thai Kitchen, the lush greenery of herb planters greeted me warmly from the outside. Although this is their flagship outlet at Paragon, the first one was opened at Kallang Wave mall in 2014. Besides serving the crowd-pleasing familiar Thai staples such as Phad Thai and pineapple fried rice, Basil Thai Kitchen has an interesting menu with an array of lesser-known Thai delicacies from various provinces of Thailand...
November 18, 2016

Honey Butter Chips (Haitai-Calbee)

Fans of Korean pop culture will know that Korean honey butter chips, are extremely popular and high in demand. Crunchy, buttery, sweet and salty, there is a reason why this snack is so addictive. Since I found some long forgotten potatoes buried at a corner in my fridge, I decided to make some Honey butter chips at home. I adapted this version from here. To make the crispiest potato chips, the key is soaking them in a vinegar solution and frying them at a lower temperature...
November 16, 2016

2-ingredient Korean BBQ Pork Ribs

I’m a huge fan of Korean food (as evidenced from the numerous Korean recipes) and guess what, today’s 2-ingredient Korean BBQ Ribs is just that. This is probably one of the easiest recipe I’ve ever come across but yet oh-so delicious too. If you ever step into Korean supermarkets, you will often see different brands of marinade sauces for bulgogi, kalbi, etc. After trying out various brands, I’ve narrowed down my favorite to Beksul CJ brand. Oh by the way, this is not an advertorial post, meaning I’m not paid by CJ brand to write this...
November 15, 2016

Food Review: Food Rebel Fridays

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November 11, 2016

Minced Pork Noodles Tossed with Scallion Oil

Simple, unpretentious and comforting. The description of this Minced Pork Noodles Tossed with Scallion Oil is enough to make anyone want to give it a go. In lieu of the previous write up on shallot scallion oil, this noodle dish is the perfect trial run in utilizing that aromatic homemade scallion oil that you have probably just prepared previously...
November 9, 2016

Shallot Scallion Oil

Infused oils are all the rage now and have been seeing an increase in popularity and innovation for quite some time. However, many of them also have roots in certain cuisines and have been in existence way before infused and flavored oils took the artisanal world by storm. Shallot Scallion Oil is the perfect example, and is widely ingrained in Chinese cooking for as long as many can remember...
November 3, 2016

Food Review: Experience 7-Eleven Singapore Fresh Ready-To-Eat Meals

Most of us are familiar with the convenience store 7-Eleven. Most of us may also remember the popular slogan ‘it’s a store and more’. However, how many of us actually view 7-Eleven of being more than a simple store to buy items like bottled drinks, potato chips and breathe mints? The answer is simple. Very little. Recently however, 7-Eleven has decided to revamp their image and is updating itself to a one stop shop where hot meals and multiple services are available...
November 1, 2016

Food Review: Avenue – New Gastrobar on the Block (Closed)

Newly opened since October this year, Avenue is taking our very own Archipelago Singapore’s craft beers out of the hands of the hipsters and placing them in the more casual context of a CBD community gastrobar. Located at Suntec City Tower 2, You could find four types of craft beers – Belgian Wit, Bohemian Lager, Singapore Blonde Ale and Irish Ale. Spoiled for choice, I went for a Singapore Blonde Ale. It turns out to be a lemon-colored blonde ale with strong citrusy notes of calamansi and pandan with a clean finish. It’s fresh and unusual...
October 28, 2016

Lemon Pudding Cake

The word pudding evokes a dessert that is dense, wiggly and cloyingly indulgent. Depending on where in the world you are, pudding can either be a sweet and comforting steamed dessert, or a gelatin based creamy treat. Either way, pudding is almost always as delicious as it sounds. This decadent Lemon Pudding Cake is sharpened by the acidity of lemon and raspberries before being snowed with icing sugar. This creates a perfect balance of taste and texture which excites and comforts the taste buds almost instantly. Blueberries, blackberries and strawberries can also be used instead of raspberries for a slightly different feel and flavor...
October 26, 2016

Claypot Seafood Noodles (Claypot Seafood Yee Mee)

There is something about claypot stewed noodles that is just so grounded, aromatic and inviting. The name itself evokes an impression of highly skilled, effortful cooking over hot coals until the smoky and salty aroma of sauce, ingredients and noodles permeate the entire place. Fortunately, modern technology has made this a much easier feat, and this recipe is tailored in such a way that almost anyone can make and enjoy this wonderful dish...For those who do not have a claypot, fret not. A normal pot works just as well. The ingredients to this Claypot Seafood Yee Mee are so versatile, do not limit yourself to just these few...
October 24, 2016

Food Review: Chitose Agriculture Initiative x NUDE Seafood

For the unacquainted, Chitose Agriculture Initiative is a firm located in Cameron Highlands in Malaysia which grows and produces Japanese crops and produce for the regional market. Therefore, it makes an excellent supplier for firms in Singapore that would like Japanese products at much lower prices, and with a lower carbon footprint without a compromise in quality.Best of all, due to its location, firms in Singapore being supplied from Chitose are able to get their produce at a much faster time, and at a much fresher quality. Dedicated to biotechnology and strongly supportive of high standards in agriculture, Chitose also works closely with 50 artisan farms in Japan, and is also highly trained in the analyzing and imports of the products of their partner companies...
October 21, 2016

Marmite Chicken Pops

Many of us know marmite as being a British favourite. For the unacquainted, marmite is a yeast based spread, which is a by-product from beer making. Marmite is often portrayed as a topping for toast or as a sandwich filling which for some, is an absolute delicacy and must have. For many others, simply biting down on marmite toast is a skin crawling and hair raising experience. Marmite being rather strong and pungent on its own, can be very off putting to many people. However because of its dark, treacly and haunting taste, it makes the perfect pairing when used as a marinade for chicken. The savoury echo of marmite along with other seasonings featured in this recipe can be regarded as paint, while the chicken is a blank canvas. In other words, mixing marmite and chicken produces an absolute work of art (and taste). Above all and most importantly, it is easy to make...
October 20, 2016

Food Review: Punjab Grill celebrates Diwali with Chef Tasting Menu and Mithai Boxes

Punjabi cuisine is known for its rich, buttery gravies and the famed tandoor style of cooking. Many well known North Indian dishes such as butter chicken, tandoori chicken and naan is frequently credited and associated with Punjab. A region in North India that also spans into eastern Pakistan. Punjabi cuisine is no newcomer to Singapore. With a large Singaporean Punjabi population and a constant love and demand for North Indian cuisine, it is no wonder Punjabi food is here to stay. Punjab Grill, located at Marina Bay Sands can be described as place where authentic Punjabi flavours can be sampled with a flair in modernity and re-invention involved. Modern, cultural and elegant with a touch of extravagance, Punjab Grill is the perfect establishment to enjoy Punjabi food and all its sheer beauty in a comfortable and yet sophisticated setting. Boasting an extensive list of international wines and beverages, Punjab Grill also scores high on the charts on rankings and awards from many local and international companies such as Wine & Dine, Peak Magazine and Timeout...
October 19, 2016

Halloween Special: Dirty Cotton Buds

Halloween is a time for all things spooky, creepy and icky. And the highlight the icky factor, dirty cotton buds sound grotesquely fitting. Even possibly bordering on a slightly disgusting note. However this treat actually is a peanut butter tinged white chocolate and marshmallow confectionery. Disgustingly sounding, and yet completely delightful if it were to be made any other way. I mean, who can complain about a peanut butter, white chocolate and marshmallow combination? It is such a perfect blend. Imagine it as a pudding or ice cream flavour? Now that is definitely inspiring...
October 18, 2016

Food Review: Din Tai Fung Celebrates The Launch Of Their Iconic Sauces

Known internationally for their 18 intricate fold xiao long bao, Din Tai Fung needs no introduction when it comes to their sumptuous line-up of authentic Taiwanese food. Last week, I attended a Media Culinary Workshop, to celebrate the launch of exclusive Taiwan sauces - Premium XO Sauce, Fragrant Chilli Sauce* and Taiwan Chilli Oil*. With these three of the restaurant’s most popular sauces, you could now recreate some of DTF restaurant-worthy dishes at home...
October 14, 2016

Halloween Special: Blood Clot Brains

Some of us grew up enjoying a special confection fare called rice krispy treats. If some of you can recall, there were 2 main varieties. One was made from chocolate and rice krispies wrapped in a brown packaging, and another from rice krispies and marshmallows in a bluish turquoise packaging. If these bars of delight are imprinted in your memories, then this is the perfect Halloween snack for you...
October 12, 2016

Halloween Special: Dirt Balls With Worms

It's that time of the year for making ghoulish treats and yes, I'm talking about Halloween. This year, I'm upping the icky factor by making 3 freakishly-looking treats that will (very) likely to freak out anyone at the Halloween parties. Today, I'm starting with these Dirt Balls with Worms. Inspired by my Oreo Truffle Pops recipe, cream cheese with cookies are an absolute divine and top end combination. Yes it sounds like junk food because it technically is. But if it makes you feel any better, try to think of the cream cheese as protein and the cookies as carbs. Therefore, in some twisted way, which is befitting for Halloween, you are technically having a balanced meal...
October 11, 2016

Food Review: redpan – a local fusion love affair at Marina Square

sian-Western fusion joints are no strangers to Singapore and redpan at Marina Square aims to redesign the culinary experience by serving Singaporean fusion food. This is my second time visiting this creative joint and the brain child behind it is our very own established homegrown architect firm DP Architects...