Supply & Demand

met up with a friend and we decided to try this place

So we ordered to share:

Calamari

Calamari

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Cabonara

Cabonara

Close up of Cabonara

Close up of Cabonara

Mushroom Raviolii

Mushroom Raviolii

Close up of Mushroom Ravioli

Close up of Mushroom Ravioli

Verdict: 2/2 of us will return!

1. Pasta was not over cooked. we were not too hungry so the smaller portion (mushroom ravioli) was enough for the two of us. The bigger portion (cabonara) was also well executed.

2. loved the sweet potato fries 🙂 was something very different. Well-battered and not too heavy 🙂 very nice indeed.

3. Calamari was also just nothing bad and not spectacularly good. .. like its the average calamari taste across restaurants

Damage: $30 per pax

Supply & Demand
Orchard Gateway,
277 Orchard Road #02-13/14
Singapore 238858

High society for the high class :p

My second visit here with the same trooper, following our so-so dinner. We visited this place before, and the waitress led us back to exactly the same place sitting at the same seats!!!!

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So we decided to order something different from our past visit..

Trooper yuns was attracted by the appearance of this when she walked on and ordered

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Ispahan: Macaroon with raspberry and lychee marshmallow

I ordered for myself just something simple

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Apple Crumble

And a mocha

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Mocha

The ambience of this place is quite nice and chillax.. Especially on a rainy day! Just relax and chill – although I wished the tables were a little higher so its easier to eat.

Verdict: 2/2 of us will return.
It’s a very nice place for dessert and catchup.. And the mocha was pretty decent.
Troopie yun’s cake was exactly what she expected – but better 🙂 the raspberry balanced out the sweetness of the macaroon and the lychee flavoring very well, making it not too sweet overall in slicing through the sweetness.
My apple crumble was just simple – nice and more crumbly = yummy! Apples themselves were not drowning in thick syrup – so was pretty good I would say 🙂

And to end off

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Happy birthday my dear trooper! Thank God we are still friends:) May we continue being friends for life 🙂

 

High Society Mansion
No. 9, Scotts Road, 
#01-01/03, #02-15, 
Pacific Plaza, 
Singapore

East Ocean Teochew Restaurant

As mentioned before in my past posts, and as you loyal readers would also know how Dim Sum is a very favourite and agreeable meal among all my family members.

So we decided to go check out the newly renovated and shifted East Ocean Teochew Restauarant at Takashimaya. It was formerly at Shaw Center where Isetan is.

Center piece

hairy crab season!

parking zone

It’s nice to see they still retain the same theme and style. The place is still mad packed with waiters and waitresses running around. The ‘new’ thing I realised about this place is (or maybe haven’t been back here for such a long time that I forgot about this), their style of serving their dim sum is more ‘traditional’. Well not old school to the extent that there are push carts, but the servers will come out with assorted dim sum for you to choose from.  The waitresses and waiters here I must say, they really know how to ‘sell’ you what they are serving. If I were their boss I would be quite proud to have them around.

so anyway, cutting to the chase,  we were first served some tea to cleanse our palette and prepare ourselves for whats ahead:

Just to cleanse your palette

Looking around, the interior set up really reminds me of a typical Hong Kong Chinese restaurant, except that you won’t be sitting with strangers if there are not enough people to make up one table.

interior

so to cut to the chase, this was what we thought was ok .. manageable .. won’t really die for these dishes:

Char Siew Cheong fun ( bbq pork rice rolls)

Spinach in superior stock with minced meat and seafood

Satay you yu (cuttle fish)

fa gao (fish stomach) soup

glutinous rice

Our favourites were :

Pan Fried Carrot Cake

Min Har Kok (Prawn Dumplings)

Prawn in beancurd sheets

Yam Cake

Fu Pei Kin ( beancurd sheets wrapped with prawn etc)

po lo char siew pau

you cai (Blanched kailan)

si you chow min (soya sauce fried noodles)

Hairy crab Xiao Long Pau

Pi Dan Porridge

Verdict: 4/4 of us will return.

The standard of this place never drops.. well from our memory of how the food was last time, and now .. The standard is very much maintained.

My favourite was the pan-fried rice rolls – I love the sauce. It’s very different from those eaten outside. I apologise my pictures does not do justice to the appearance and taste of it. A common dish but uniquely cooked their style – very much resembling Hong Kong style in my opinion.

The kailan (vegetable) – cannot be underestimated. The way its prepared and cooked, although looks like the  simplest dish on the table, is just like Hong Kong (only not as oily as Hong Kong’s standard). The stem is crunchy and the leaves are not withered from over boiling it. The trick I think, is either to blanch it fast, or when they dip into cold water for a while to ensure the “crunchy-ness” of the stem texture. I like one of my favourite vegetable done this way 🙂

Because its hairy crab season, as part of the seasonal menu, there is hairy crab xiao long bao (super huge!) and very juicy. You could taste the essence of the hairy crab in the soup within the bao. The skin as well, is very thin so be gentle and handle with care!

My dad’s favourite is still the fried noodles. For some reason, we don’t and can’t seem to find this kind of noodles around in the dim sum spots we eat in. *digress* I remember watching Hong Kong drama serials, and they dipped the noodles into the congee/porridge and eat it. When I verified it with my Hong Kong Colleagues last time, they did not know of such eating methods. LOL  .. goodness hahahaa .. but I guess for people who love their carbs, you can have a double carb combo in adopting this method to eat!  works especially when you are in a hurry!

For the prawn dishes, the prawn taster said this was just divine. Just for this place, he is willing and accepts that the filling inside is not one whole entire prawn, but he says overall the dumplings were not too floury and starchy. The beancurd sheets prawn dishes were more preferred. (Maybe it comes with age – fried things don’t go down well with the mentai monster who is going to be rounded up the 30s bracket age group).

As for the rest of the dishes, nothing really great to shout about.
Rice rolls were too thick.
For a change, the fa gao soup was just mediocre, but not that great either. It was not bad but not fantastic until you want to roll around the table.

We were too stuffed to fill our stomachs up with the ultimate lau sar bao. But if you do get a chance, well my family stands by the lau sar bao here as being one of the best in Singapore.

Click here to see what we had for our first visit.

P.s. DO REMEMBER TO MAKE RESERVATIONS! ESPECIALLY FOR DIM SUM SUNDAYS! Otherwise, don’t even think of trying to get a place here through walk-ins.

East Ocean Teochew Restaurant
391 Orchard Road #05-08/09
Ngee Ann City
Singapore 238872

Hua Ting

We decided to book this dim sum spot and celebrate my mum’s birthday at the same time:)
My mum is one of the most respected woman in my life, but also one that can really drive me up the wall at times :p . Nonetheless, its only when I entered into the same line as her, that I realised how she had really in her own ways ‘fought against all odds’. In a male dominated field, she was not intimidated by their presence, blatantly scold them when they were trying to be funny. Even in the late trimester of her pregnancy, she is at her work place same spot doing her work. Her forthrightness and integrity has earned the respect of people around her, including the ex-president of the Singapore Exchange. This is my mum.  My super mum that can painstakingly cook my favourite poh piah and pack them in boxes for easy deep freezing and bring over to Hong Kong for me when I was working there. Tough on the outside and soft in the inside. I am very blessed and proud to be her daughter:)

So anyway, we headed down here together with Uncle P and Auntie M ++ . The wait was quite long for our table (1/2 hr-45 mins) even though I had made reservations!! 😦 *minus points

Entrance

and look what I found! Their chefs did win some awards for their work! talk about Masterchefs in Singapore man! :

So we got down to order:

Appetizers: Dried beancurd rolls

So we fired up our order!!! as usual .. :p

I will now first list what is our favourites of this place and will return to come back and eat it!

Chicken and Mango Tart

Close up

This dish was really something different from the usual dim sum menus. Who would have thought the combination of chicken and mango actually compliments each other so well? We were all pleasantly surprised! 🙂 The pastry was also nice and crisp, not too thick (well liked among the older generation people as well 🙂 I would totally order this again!

Deep fried scallop pastry with onion and garlic

This is our next favourite after the tart. This was a really unusual dish . I reckoned if your are a great lover of garlic, you will love this dish. The scallops inside were also not over cooked, nor were they mushy. This is quite a mind blowing dim sum although it looks so simple. Eat it while its hot and before its gone!

Har Gao

yes I still don’t take prawns so I didn’t eat this. But I asked my brother to rate the best prawn dish he had on the table, and he stands by this. He claims the prawn inside is one WHOLE prawn and its crunchy? not those minced up into deceiving balls to make up the size of prawns.

Char Siew Sau

I think from all my dim sum posts, You all probably know char siew sau is one of the staple dim sum food that we must order. This char Siew sau if I had to rank it from the char siew saus that I have eaten, I would still say, it cannot beat imperial in terms of the pastry, but is on par with paradise pavilion. The pastry crumbles abit too quickly.

The next few dishes that I am about to list are probably more  ‘meh’ / if you are counting your calories no need to waste so much time on it.

Mr Peking duck!!!

Peking duck meat

Lettuce wrapped duck

The peking duck was over all so-so I felt, like not in a bad way. Just its nice, nothing to be fussy about, but not something I would specially return to order. We decided to use the other half of the duck to accompany it with lettuce.  This was quite yummy I wonder if its because its been such a long time since I had this.

Siew Mai

My prawn taste tester said they liked the ones at Paradise Pavilion better.

Seafood stuffed roll

My prawn taste testers also didn’t really like this dish. They said its like a dish with a mistaken identity. There are alot of chopped prawns inside, but overall, it was just abit flat for a dish.

Char Siew Pau

I think you can’t really go wrong with this staple. I apologise for the blur picture! but it was ok not bad.

Glutinous rice roll

This was abit too dry for me, but still well liked by everyone else on the table.

Kurobuta Pork with salted fish and layered beancurd skin

I actually quite like this dish, but not my brother. I thought the pork was nice and tender, and there are hints of salted fish – not too overpowering until you feel like you are eating a salted fish, but just nice.

Verdict: 7/7 of us will return to this place for the favourite dim sums 🙂 Its a nice change from the usual dim sum spots (unless you really hang out here every time for dim sum) Overall, the food was quite good, just perhaps some of the dim sums was just because we felt that we had better ones else where :p But be sure to make reservations! I only managed to get a place because someone coincidentally cancelled their spot right after that time I called in.

Hua Ting Restaurant
442 Orchard Road
Orchard Hotel

Bistro Du Vin

Just thought a nice way to kick start the week and write on this place that hopefully chase all the monday blues away!
We have a shorter week! public holiday on the coming friday!

Anyway, this was a super duper last minute place. troopie Jean last minute called me to ask if I was free to join her for lunch at Bistro Du Vin  .. so  .. in the spirit of inpromptu-ness, WHY NOT? and its Bistro Du Vin, under the les Amis group. I had an unforgettable dining experience at Les Amis back in 2009, so I reckoned this place should be good 🙂 My Mentai monster (aka brother) also says the food here is good (very rarely this fussy person praises a restaurant he likes)  so ok 🙂  Then, Mama phua also decided to join us very last minute too! so happy 3 friends 🙂

A peak inside

We all ordered from the lunch set (I think its quite worth it and affordable) :

Home made bread

for appetizers, both troopie Jean and I had

Endives Salad with Blue Cheese, Walnut and apples

and for mama phua, she had

Char-grilled escargot wrapped in country smoked bacon with braised lentils

For the mains, the girls had

Duck Confit Leg served with leek-pommery mash

and I had

Roasted Sea Bass with crusted potato with parsley and black pepper balsamic butter

and to finish the course, our desserts! Troopie Jean had

Apple tart

Mama phua had

Creme Brulee

and I had

Poached Peach with lemon sorbet

and of course for the  of us

Tea with desserts

Verdict: 3/3 of us will return.
For the appetizers, our salad was hmm .. well the blue cheese taste was stronger than I expected – so to all the blue cheese lovers , this is your heaven i guess :p The escargots – mama phua whipped it up in minutes, so equals to yummilicious 🙂

For our mains, I was slightly disappointed .. my fish I felt that they didn’t really cook it well enough, to my expectation. I thought from the description, it would be crispy on the outside, but it wasnt’ 😦 I think Skyve did a better job with the cooking the fish. No doubt however, the fish is very fresh and well seasoned. The meat was not mushy and it was solid – easily comes off the skin.
The duck confit, is very well enjoyed by both troopies. Mama phua returned this time around specially for the duck confit. Troopie Jean had also enjoyed her duck and said it was very well cooked, not too saltish and just right 🙂

Desserts : The apple tart was yummy ( I should have ordered that). Very light and thin yet flavourful 🙂 you can see the skills displayed by the thin-ness of the sliced apple, as well as the puff pastry. I think this is what distinguishes the les amis group from the other french restaurants around singapore, from my experience, that the precision and display of the chef’s skill is like a signature of their restaurants. My sorbet and peach was refreshing – for those non-sweet tooths, this would be your thing! Creme brulee was torched to perfection – nice and jellish in the bottom, crusty on top.

The next time around, I am so coming back here for the duck confit, or the scrambled egg with the foie gras!
However, mama phua mentioned the last time around she came here, the menu was slightly different, So the chefs probably changes their menu often – which is good I think, goes to show the food they work with are fresh – aka those in season- . One should have more variety and experiment with different kinds of food 🙂 Service is excellent as well!

Bistro Du Vin
1 Scotts Road,
Shaw Center
#02-12

 

 

 

 

 

High Society Mansion

Finally after a long while, managed to meet up with troopie yunners 🙂
Its been such a really long time since I saw her 🙂

So after dinner, we had desserts at this newly opened cafe nearby called high society. I reckoned its the same as the one at MBS, opened as part of the extension of thatcdshop. You can enjoy the music and have some delightful deserts to accompany it.

We each ordered

Strawberry Shortcake

decaf latte

and for myself,

dark chocolate praline cake with a biscuit base

My mocha ❤

Verdict: 2/2 of us will return.

We liked the ambience. It’s quite chillax and they were playing quite nice background  jazz music.

My mocha hmm .. the chocolate was abit too overwhelming for me .. their coffee to chocolate ratio probably needs to be worked on.
The cake however was pretty good!although it got abit too much towards the end, but the chocolate layers complimented each other very nicely. Exactly how it was described.

Troopie Yunner’s decaf latte ( from a coffee person that diligently drinks her coffee on a daily basis) she said was not too bad ..
Enjoyed her strawberry shortcake too 🙂

High Society Mansion
No. 9, Scotts Road,
#01-01/03, #02-15,
Pacific Plaza,
Singapore

Ayam pengyat – Smashed Chicken??

We all finally decided to meet up – some of us have not seen each other for more than twice this year ever since the year began- and went to somewhere different from our usual normal hunts

I never knew about this place until i was brought here! Amazing how this is located in the heart of Orchard Road!!!!

The only kind of ayam pengyat aka smashed chicken ( and i stand corrected to be ayam bakar – for my whole life i mistook it as ayam pengyat- existed in food courts)And had the most unexpected surprise as to how this place blew my stomach over 🙂

We stepped into the wrong outlet at first, but ended up eventually finding the right outlet 🙂

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We wanted kang kong but it was sold out! So we had the only next veg available – long beans

We were wondering if the fish was an actual whole fish and not deceitfully sliced to not piece back to form 1 whole fish : to our amazement

The fish was bbq to perfection- although troopie euni said the skin tasted like plastic- meat was nice and flavourful; a slight inclination towards the dry side though.

F.Y.I – She also mentioned how the chilli in the other shop was spicer. For low level chilli takers like me – didn’t matter because i thought it was still spicy and gulp down troopie pei pei’s bubble tea)

Verdict: 4/4 of us will return. Our favourite namely being the ayam peng itself, as well as the sotong bakar( wish that the portion was bigger) .. And to try new things on the extensive menu as well!

Becareful not to walk into the other store!

Rasa
Lucky Plaza