Labels: baked goods, pineapple tart, souvenirs, taiwanese, travelling · Posted by SiHaN at 8/26/2016 08:00:00 am
Making Nougat isn't an easy process... I can personally vouch for this as looking back on pastry school a couple of years ago. I've witnessed many eager beavers making the mistake of adding the sugar syrup way too early in the game (of making French Montelimar nougat) resulting in the whipped egg whites being reduced to a soupy mess. It's finicky business where nougat is concerned and to be honest, not something that I can usually get my hands on due to its holiday gift connotations.
Thanks to the parents who recently came back from a trip to Taichung, I managed to score several renditions off the flagship stall of Sugar and Spice. The French Nougat (approximately $21.30) is a cracking snack, that exercises the jaws when consumed in larger amounts (*gulps* guilty as charged). Suitable sweet with a firm body that allows for easy removal from the wrapper and yet chewy innards perforated with toasted Californian almond nuts - these are so addictive and there's no stopping at one. Then again, I might have overkilled and performed a full-fledged rampage one the seal was broken; hence explaining the massive amount of ulcers I'm nursing right now.
Labels: bukit timah, hidden finds, indonesian, large groups, will return · Posted by SiHaN at 8/24/2016 07:58:00 pm
Sequestered in a private nook of the Botanic Gardens, Blue Bali is housed in a charming colonial villa with al fresco courtyard dining in traditional Javanese Joglos and Balinese Lesehans. With lush greenery all around, sultry candle lighting, and even wisps of smoke from slow-burning inset repelling incense, you'll find yourself transported to the well known and well loved paradise island of Indonesia. This is the perfect place to savour absolutely ambrosial food, commune with nature, and hide away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
Labels: desserts, downtown, fusion, hidden finds, hotel, must go, raffles place, so sofitel, special occasion · Posted by SiHaN at 8/22/2016 07:04:00 am
Young, exuberant and a tad eager to please, Chef Trevor Paulo's more forward initiative rubbed me off in the wrong way at the start of the dinner. Thankfully, after a few conversations exchanged, that was corrected immediately; his over-enthusiasm misinterpreted for challenge in authority, was one that valued true feedback for his artistry. Hired to revamp the Signature menu of Xperience restaurant at So Sofitel Singapore; he had big shoes to fill and yet a large reputation to live up to seeing that he had just been deemed one of Singapore's youngest hotel executive chefs.
Labels: ann siang, drinks, hidden finds, must go, roast, weekendeats · Posted by SiHaN at 8/19/2016 07:41:00 pm
Break out those new champagne flutes. Hey, break some glasses in the midst of the alcohol debauchery, who cares, the weekend is here!
For those looking for a space to daydream and nurse those ridiculous hangovers the next day, look now further than Oxwell & Co's newly introduced weekend roast. As you walk down down the naked streets, now nursing a different serene quality from the one observed during the wilful weekends; you'll find a rejuvenation corner in oxwell and co. - a hard rocker that adopts a party stop reputation by night and a refined bistro by day.
Labels: fullerton bay hotel, fullertonhotel, hidden finds, hotel, large groups, must go, peranakan, will return · Posted by SiHaN at 8/18/2016 04:40:00 pm
We tucked into a Peranakan spread, whilst basking in the gorgeous natural light flooding into the picturesque Clifford pier - a historical landmark once recognized as a prominent landing point for Singapore's forefathers; and all was good.
And when I say good, I meant divine, a force of nature on the palate heightened by the placid, calm nature of our surroundings.
For the month of August, Guest Chef Philip Chia makes his debut at The Clifford Pier, churning out babalicious treats such as Bakwan Kepiting, Nyonya Chap Chye and staples like Ayam Buah Keluak. Available as ala-carte options at both lunch and dinner time, expect to be transported in time with food that nails the head on its heritage influences.
Labels: bayfront, hidden finds, Indian food, marina bay sands, special occasion, will return · Posted by SiHaN at 8/16/2016 10:57:00 am
With the recent rise of Singapore's very own Michelin star bites, our after-dinner conversations at a North Indian Restaurant piqued up my ears.
"So where do you reckon is the best North Indian restaurant in Singapore?" The innocuous query led to many inquisitive stares at me.
With a hand on my heart, I relished the words as they rolled off my tongue, "Punjab Grill at MBS" and a well-known foodie sitting opposite me excitedly approved. Thus my story of this incredible restaurant was recounted to our excited company.
Labels: chocolate, farmers market, Gourmet Chocolate, hidden finds, tanjong pagar · Posted by SiHaN at 8/15/2016 08:28:00 am
Having received overwhemingly positive responses at the Singapore Coffee Festival last month, Krakakoa Chocolate is officially launching their products in Singapore this September!
Labels: champagne, cityhall, expensive, hotel, must go, raffles hotel, special occasion, sunday brunch, will return · Posted by SiHaN at 8/14/2016 11:44:00 am
This one tops it all.
I've had the good fortune of patronising a couple of Sunday champagne brunches over the past year, mildly impressed by some, chuffed that I couldn't stomach any more at others; BUT, it is my most recent endeavor at Bar and Billiard Room that takes the cake.
There's just something about dining in the age-old institution complete with grand chandeliers hanging down from high ceilings and navigating your way around a stand alone saloon-style bar right smack in the middle of the dining room, that makes the experience so charming. Despite the buzz in the room generated from the the popping of champagne bottles, the Bar and Billiard room feels like a quiet harbor away from the eddies and currents of commuters outside. Almost like stepping into a time portal that transports you to experience the hospitality of the colonial period.
Labels: chinese food, family friendly, food court, harborfront, hawker, vivocity · Posted by SiHaN at 8/13/2016 01:41:00 am
The air-conditioning was blasting with immense ferocity causing an involuntary shiver to travel down my spine; my squishy footsteps accompanied by the periodic drippings of my pitiful looking umbrella which had taken a beating from the looming storm outdoors; were all that one could hear as I paced through the grounds.
It was 11 00am and the crowds were nowhere to be seen in the usually packed Food Republic in VivoCity. Brushing past the various stores, each one peddling their goods in aromas and sweat over furrowed brows - the anticipation for a good lunch crowd is real and the vibe in the room, a contained sort of electrifying.
Labels: beer, family friendly, hidden finds, Indian food, large groups, little india · Posted by SiHaN at 8/11/2016 06:07:00 pm
We made the same mistake. Twice. First, we found ourselves at the food of Indian chaos and a riot of flavors and aromas adrift at Banana Leaf Apolo on race course road; and then once again, with beads of sweat trickling down our backs at The Banana Leaf Apolo (Little India Arcade), quizzical as to where the rest of the tasting gang were. Apparently, we weren't let in on a little secret - walk up a tiny flight of starts residing on the outer caverns of the banana leaf apolo and you'll be lead through ornate swings doors to the Apolo Bistro.