Monday, July 23, 2012

A cold winters morning

When it's winter and the weather is all grey and gloomy outside, nothing much comes close to just wanting to stay in bed all morning and lazing about. Unfortunately, my stomach didn't agree with this and rumbled and groaned until I finally gave in. "Fine I'll go look for some food!"  I mentally told myself. I don't usually stock my kitchen up for Saturday brekkies as I prefer heading out somewhere and this morning was no different.

Realizing that it was late in the morning already and that the place I wanted to visit would probably be packed, I told Wenni dress up for outdoor seatings. So we put on our jackets and scarves and drove out to Le Petit Creme in Darlinghurst.

Wenni "Yup it's packed!"

True enough. the only tables available were the ones outside. "No worries! we came prepared!" I told Paul the owner and happily took our seats by the door. Interestingly enough, the little square table we sat at, had hinges on 2 of it's sides which left us wondering for a few minutes as to what it could have possibly been previously. Note to self - remember to ask Paul next time.

Le Petit Creme is a little French cafe that is famous for it's weekend only Eggs Benedict and that's exactly what we ordered. Wenni had the salmon one and I had the ham one.

Now for a gloomy winter morning, nothing beats a good coffee and the ones here come in a massive bowl! It also doubles up well as a hand warmer.


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Halfway through our coffees, the eggs Benedict arrives and we get straight into it!


Eggs benedict with smoked salmon and brioche

Firstly, I'd like to apologize for the above picture. I forgot to take one before digging straight into it so the half eaten plate and my description will have to do. Two perfectly poached eggs sprinkled with paprika sitting on top of a bed of smoked salmon covered in a generous dollop of hollandaise sauce. At first, I thought that the sauce (which is apparently a secret recipe of Pauls) bordered slightly on the sourish side but when you combine every element on the plate together with the beautiful slices of sweet brioche, I could straightaway see why people keep coming back for more. Everything on the plate worked well with each other harmoniously and in no time at all, we were both just staring at our empty plates.

Le petit creme is definitely a place worth trying out if you love your eggs benedict. I'll pop by here again sometime in the near future to see what else is good on their menu. :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hello! I'm still here

Hi guys!

Just got back from a fabulous trip to Bali and can't wait to share my eating adventures with all of you. However I've got a family emergency and will be in Singapore for a couple of days before returning home to pack and jetting off to Australia for 2 weeks. I might be able to post in between but if not please be patient and check back often or subscribe to foodie-central for updates.

Till then.. something to whet your appetite..

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kristang Cuisine @ The Loft, The Sterling, Melaka

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If you've read my previous post you would have known that Uncle WY is good friends' with Chef Anthony which was why we were privy to a special dinner of Kristang (Portugese) Food at The Loft. Before this dinner my idea of Portugese food was their famous Ikan Bakar and Curry Debel but there is so much more to Kristang cuisine..

I would like to make it clear though that Kristang cuisine is different from the ones you find in Portugal or even in Macau. Like the Peranakan cuisine which was born out of inter-marriages between Chinese Men and local women, Kristang cuisine, is heavily influenced by the inter-marriages between Portugese men and local women during the colonisation of Malacca (1511).

From left to right : Keltok Rayae (Fresh Ray Fish Onion Soup) & Barke Salat (Braised Beef salad in Chilli Dressing)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Loft @ The Sterling Hotel, Malacca

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The Sterling Hotel (Architecture inspired by the colonial era)

We have been here a number of times now but each time I sit down to write I end up doing something else. Blame it on my short attention-span or maybe being stretched too thin with all the things I have going on at the same time. That seems to be the norm these days. I digress.

The hotel itself is pretty difficult to find. That is because it is hidden behind Bee Loon, a company that specialises in school uniforms, who coincidentally is also the owners of the Sterling Hotel. Hmm.. maybe that is why the hotel is built behind the Bee Loon store instead of prime frontage on the main street where the store now sits. No matter.. the food at The Loft is delicious!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI


Foodie-Central was given a complimentary double movie pass to watch JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI. I soooo wanted to go watch this movie but unfortunately I was not able to make it. As such I had given my movie passes to a foodie friend (who I had been nagging for ages now to be a contributor to this blog) in return for a post on the movie. 

Enjoy!

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So I was given the opportunity to write up a post on a documentary about one of the most loved cuisines in the world... Sushi. Being about 2 hours early for show, I pondered whether or not it was too clich├ęd if I went to have Japanese food for dinner just to set the mood. I decided against it and went for pizza instead. It was really good but that's another story all together.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi follows the life of Jiro Ono and his quest for perfection which has finally earned him the title of being the oldest chef in the world to receive three Michelin stars. He is also in the Guinness book of world records for this. Now with a reputation like that, trying to book yourself in for a meal is almost as hard as getting a Friday night booking at Marque and only giving a few days notice. You'll need to call up the restaurant at least a month in advanced and also be prepared to pay roughly $350 per person.



Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Japan 1 : Furano Ski Resort

First Japan post finally here!

I have been cracking my brains on the bests way to share my eating adventure while in Japan. Should I just post about everything, each meal at a time, which will amount to a very very long post or just highlights from the tour? I had decided to go for something in between. As we were on tour I doubt some of the places we ate at would be on the map so I have decided to post only on places that are easily accessible by anyone and to include a few highlight pics thrown in from our middle-of-no-where tour eating stops.

First up - our 2 night stay at New Furano Prince Hotel.

We had a lovely time playing in the snow, checking out the Christmas Village (beautiful, especially at night) and enjoying the traditional Japanese Onsen (hot spring bath). All our meals during the stay was at the hotel / resort as it is kinda situated in the 'wilderness' with a majority of them buffet style (included in our tour package). Check out buffet pics and resort photos at the end of the post.

Enjoy..

Karamatsu Japanese Restaurant (included under tour package)

Included in our tour was a fine-dining Japanese meal which was held at Karamatsu Japanese Restaurant. The Kaiseki Ryori (banquet course) reflects the four seasons.

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Clockwise from top left: Tuna Sashimi, Octopus and Lightly Stewed Seasonal Vegs, Salmon Sashimi, Seaweed Roll, Sakura Prawn Sashimi, Beancurd & Ladies Finger

Monday, May 7, 2012

Hoofed Restaurant, TTDI

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My mum has been raving about Hoofed since she went there for dinner with the rest of the family. I missed out as I had a prior engagement that I couldn't get out off :( But it's OK as we made it back there a couple of weeks ago.

Hoofed Restaurant or more commonly known as "the restaurant upstairs TDH" (Tom Dick Harry - local watering hole and also owner of Hoofed) is one of the many restaurants that have sprouted up serving quality pork dishes. Even its name Hoofed is in honour of the PIG and the many porky dishes on its menu.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Udders, Siglap Outlet

While I was in Singapore I also had time to head to Udders. I love the name and how it relates to ice cream. If you're not sure what I mean check out this link for more info. They have quite a selection of flavours and SK and I managed to test them all!!! The flavours are grouped into 3 categories; liqueur flavours, asian-inspired flavours and cosmopolitan flavours. To find out more check out their website Udders.

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Top: Rum Rum Raisin
Bottom Clockwise: Mao Shan Wang Durian, Hazel's Nuts & Awesomely Chocolate


After tasting all the flavours (not all flavours passed my taste test ;P) we decided on these 4 flavours on a waffle. The waffle was so-so but the ice cream was sooo good.  My favourite was the Rum Rum Raisin which was made with a double dose of rum.  Double rum, double happy Daphne :) We also picked Hazel's Nuts and Awesomely Chocolate from the cosmopolitan range and the Mao Shan Wang Durian flavour from the asian-inspired range. A word of caution if you're going for the durian flavour - it's really strong so maybe not have this if you're on a date! That is unless you both love durians and don't mind durian breath!

We ate at the Siglap Outlet but they have 4 more around Singapore. For more outlets click here.

Udders
87 Upper East Coast Road 
Singapore 455223


Tel/Fax: +62 - 6448 8732


Opening Times
Sun-Thurs : 12 noon - 11pm
Fri, Sat & Eve of PH : 12 noon - 1am


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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Chu Dao Chinese Cuisine & LOHAS

First off let me apologize for the delay in posting. I had promised the next post would be on my Japan trip but I have still to go through all my photos. I had taken over 2000 photos and going through all of them and deciding how to compile them is proving harder than I thought.

I have also been busy with work and was in Singapore recently to attend the LOHAS Asia Forum. For those who have not heard about LOHAS fret not as I myself have only heard about them only in the last 2 months. LOHAS stands for Lifestyle Of Health And Sustainability. For those interested to learn more NOW click here. I had initially wanted to include this at the bottom of this page but it turned out to be a post on its own.

Chu Dao Chinese Restaurant                                                                              ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ | $ $ $ $ $

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Pumpkin Soup w/ Japanese Mirin and Lobster Meat served in Mini Pumpkin

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ming Sate Hut

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My sis has been craving for Hainanese Satay so yesterday we headed to Ming Sate Hut for lunch. Hainanese satay is not cheap. A normal meal of Wan Tan Noodles here in Melaka will cost you on average RM 3.50 - RM4, so at 70 cents a stick, a meal at a satay house could cost up to ..... well that depends on how much you eat. I normally can polish off about 15-20 sticks. My dad can easily eat 40 sticks!

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Pork Satay and Pork Intestine Satay

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Having a break with Yubari Melon Kit Kat!


It has been a long day at work so the first thing I did when I got home was to go to the fridge and take out my Yubari Melon Kit Kat which I bought from Japan. Yes from the fridge or else they will melt in the humid weather in Malaysia.


I love the malty chocolate coating in this with a slight hint of Yubari melon between the crispy wafers!

My new favorite kit kat flavor though is Strawberry. I know it's pretty boring considering all the unique flavours they have out there but my taste buds just loves this!!




Saturday, February 4, 2012

Celebrating the festivities : Macau

My first time to Macau and I love it here. Two nights is certainly not enough to explore this unique city where historic buildings are almost located side by side with gigantic casinos and high end stores.

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From left to right: The Cathedral Church of Macau, Street just off the main square, Lovebirds in front of Ruins of St Paul, Ruins of St Paul.


KOI KEI BAKERY                                                                               ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ | $ $ $ $ $

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If you only have a chance to eat one item while in Macau it must be the Portugese Egg Tart! These were just awesome! Sweet and creamy with a hint of saltiness.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Hokkaido - I miss you

Konichiwa (Good Afternoon) dear readers.

Just a quick update to let you know that I have landed safely back in Malaysia although my heart is still in Hokkaido. We had a fabulous trip! Beautiful scenery, good food, playing in the snow, surviving a snow storm, onsen (hot spring) and food shopping! I can't wait to go back and explore more of Japan.

I am just finishing up on my 'Celebrating the festivities: Macau' post which should be out later today before getting started on my Hokkaido trip.

Before I sign off here is a little preview of my trip via photos taken from my iphone4s.

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Taken at Furano Ski Resort, Hokkaido

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year / Reunion Dinner

Happy Chinese New Year everyone.. Wishing you all good health, wealth and prosperity!



Chinese New Year (CNY) is always an added excuse to gather family and friends for a eating and drinking fest. It normally starts a couple of days before CNY where friends catch up for dinner before everyone heads off home (which might be interstate or overseas) to spend the CNY with family. Watch out for my pre-CNY dinner post with the girls at Steam King.

This year we had a delicious home-cooked reunion dinner.

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We started off with from left to right: scallops and fish roe, smoked duck (ordered from a restaurant in Melaka) and stuffed crab. The smoke duck was delish and I ♥ the crab and meat stuffing in the stuffed crab. Sorry for the blurry pictures!

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Clockwise from top left: Mushroom, Abalone, Sea Cucumber and Vegies, Fried Rice, Steam Fish, Meat Platter of Stewed Duck, Roast Pork and Herbal Chicken

All the dishes were delish. I have to admit that I have eaten this four dishes many times that sometimes I take for granted how yummy it is... 

Thanks AA and Aunt Doris for cooking and serving up a beautiful dinner.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Celebrating the festivities : Hong Kong

The family and I spent the last days of 2011 in Hong Kong and Macau, eating up a storm! I'm surprised however that when I stepped on the weighing scale it showed the same weight. How can this be?! Until I remembered my aching calves and feet from all the walking we did on this trip. We travelled by foot, on the MTR (trains) and buses, and taxis all around HK and Macau to eat and also to shop.

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Hong Kong skyline taken at sunset on a misty day from Victoria Peak


Are you ready to follow us on our food adventure?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Happy 2012

Hi Guys,

Happy 2012! I hope everyone had a fantastic time over the festive period.

For myself, the family and I made a trip to HK and Macau. We had a great time eating up a storm which is why it is taking me ages to write about it. There were lots of photos to edit and thoughts to be put down into words. I will leave you with a short preview of photos I had taken during this eating trip.

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