Saturday, June 28, 2014

Hatter Street Bakehouse and Cafe @ Kovan

Hatter Street Bakehouse and Cafe is a cafe open in December 2013 at Kovan. This cafe is inspired by the story Alice in the Wonderland.  The chef owner of this café is Yvette, a teacher turned chef.   She  explored her professional development in the culinary arts through a degree majoring in professional studies in culinary arts management. She was trained in Bo Innovation, a 3-michelin starred restaurant known for their extreme Chinese cuisine in Hong Kong. She was featured Celebrity Chef of the Month of September 2013 on StreetFoodWarmsYourHeart Singapore.



This is my favourite corner of the café.  The items displayed remind me of the Wonderland Alice went.


There were quite a number of desserts to choose from.  All of them were charming as if they were telling me to eat them.  I finally settled for Courtesan and Whooaffle....which was actually waffle with ice cream.  Courtesan was mousse with yogurt.  The pink mousse was attractive and it did not disappoint me.  It was soft and the sweetness was just right.  It also had a nice fragrant which I think was due to the sakura leaves. 

 
 Vanilla Ice Cream with waffles drizzled  in Salted Caramel  ($8.90) was crispy on the outside and moist and fluffy inside.  It had a nice buttery smell.  When the warm waffle was eaten with the creamy ice cream, it was magic to the mouth.  The waffle tasted so well with the salted caramel that I wiped all of the salted caramel with the waffle.  






In conclusion,  I really admire the chef's creativity.  She has managed to create such a wide variety of attractive desserts.  I believe many customers, like me, have a difficult time choose the dessert they want. 



My Ratings  :  4.2 / 5

Address :  Blk 212 Hougang Street 21 #01-333 (S)530212

Nearest MRT Station  :  Kovan MRT Station

Opening Hours  :  Tuesdays to Sunday (1 pm to 10 pm)
 

Friday, June 27, 2014

I am.....The largest Rainbow Cake ever


Haji Lane, a place I like to go. There are so many interesting shops.  The clothes sold are always fashionable and edgy.  Anyway, I went to this cafe (Halal) 'I Am', which served European inspired cuisine.  I later realised that the 'Am' actually stands for Amsterdam.  You cannot miss this café as it is located at the entrance of Haji Lane.



The cafe has an open concept kitchen and is also rather small. A few tables are placed across the narrow lane. The black and white mural on the wall, which I mistaken as wall paper at first, were beautifully painted.  I can't help it, but admiring it.
  




The staff were attentive and friendly.  I went there with my family at night. It was crowded but we managed to get a table along the road. Actually I wanted to go to other cafes as I don't like the idea of sitting along the road. However the staff was attentive enough to lead us to a vacant table in the café immediately after a group of customers left.  While waiting for our orders, a staff started to serve a slice of rainbow cake with a lighted candle to another table.  It turned out that it was the birthday of one of the customers.  The staff started to sing the birthday song as they served the cake.  And of course I joined in the fun and sang along.

As for the food wise, I only managed to try the large rainbow cake.   In fact I wanted to try other cakes but all of them were so huge and I was sure my family and I couldn't finish them.  1 slice of the cake is actually enough for 3 to 4 persons. The cake is delightful and fluffy and we like the cheese cream.




There were a variety of mocktails on the menu.  The mocktail we ordered were refreshing.   Coffee latte was quite aromatic. 


It is a pity that there is no air-con. Fortunately we went there at night and it was  cooling.  I can't imagine we visit the cafe in the afternoon.  We will probably melt. I will definitely visit this cafe again to try their main courses.



My Ratings  :  3.8 / 5


Address : Bugis 674  North Bridge Road
#01-01  Singapore 188804

Tel :   62955509

Opening hours  :   
 Mon to Thur: 11am – 11pm
 Fri to Sat: 11am – 1am
 Sun: 11am – 10pm



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bread Pudding


Bread pudding is an easy dessert to make.  It is also an excellent way to get rid of your stale bread. You can have it warm or cold. I like mine warm and I will usually top it up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Ingredients

1. 6 slices of bread
2. 2 eggs (beaten )
3. 2 tablespoons of butter
4. 1 cup of milk
5. 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
6. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
7. 3/4 cup of sugar
8. 1/2 cup of raisin (optional)

Method

1. Pre-heat oven to 175 °C or 350°F
2. Break bread into small pieces into a baking pan or casserole dish.




3. Sprinkle some raisins if you desire.



4. Beat eggs into a big bowl.  Add milk, melted butter, sugar, cinnamon and  vanilla extract into the bowl and mix well.




5.  Pour mixture over bread. Lightly push bread down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking in mixture.








6. Bake in the pre-heat oven for about 45 mins or until the top springs back when lightly tap.






Tips:

For healthier version, you can replace sugar with 6 tablespoons of honey.








Thursday, June 19, 2014

Fried Mee Siam


Mee Siam is not a difficult dish to cook if you cook the dry version. The trick is to use instant mee siam paste. You can get the paste from any supermarket. 

Ingredients

1.   1 packet of mee hoon (rice vermicelli)
2.   1pack of instant mee siam paste
3.   2 tablespoons of chopped garlic
Instant mee siam paste

4.   2 tablespoons of chopped shallots
5.   2 tau kwa (firm bean curd)
6.   150 g bean sprouts
7.   250 g prawns
8.   2 eggs  (beaten)
9.   3 seeds of tamarind
10. 2 tablespoons of chives



Method

1.  Fry the eggs in a pan.  Once it is done, cut the eggs into strips.

2.  Cut tau kwa into small cubes and fry them until golden brown.

3.  Put all the prawns into a small pot of boiling water to make prawn stock.

4.  Once the stock is ready, remove the prawns and shelled them. 

5.  Soak mee hoon in water until soft.

6.  Soak the tamarind in half a cup of water.

7.  Fried chopped garlic and shallots in a frying pan.  Add the pack of instant mee siam paste and fry it.  Add some prawn stock and tamarind water and continue to fry.

8.  Add mee hoon to the pan and continue to fry.  Add prawn stock if needed.

9.  Add bean sprouts when mee hoon is almost done.

10.  Cover the frying pan for a few minutes.

11.  When mee hoon is done, serve them in a bowl. Garnish it with eggs strips, tau kwa, prawns and chives.



Yummy Fried Mee Siam

Tips :
1.  Bean sprouts are added when the mee hoon is almost to retain the crunchiness.  
2.  You can choose not to add prawns.  That means you do not have prawn stock.  Don't worry, you can add chicken stock or water. 
3.  I did not add any salt or soy sauce as the instant mee siam paste is already salty.




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Nameless Wonton Noodles stall

My family is a fan of this particular nameless stall at Upper Changi Road.  This stall is run by an friendly old couple and their daughter. 




 I am very particular about the texture of noodles and chilli.  The egg noodles here are firm yet chewy.  It goes very well with pork lard and homemade chilli, which is savoury.




The broth is light yet flavourful.  The wontons are tender balls of well-marinated pork.  Sometimes, we will order an extra bowl of woton soup as 3 wantons that come along with each plate of noodles are just not enough for us.


My Ratings : 4.5/5

Calories : 411( Dry wanton noodles)
                 300 ( wanton noodles soup)
www.myfitnesspal.com/.../calories

Address  : 
Kim San Leng


Monday, June 16, 2014

Berries Yogurt Parfait

Yogurt Parfait is a healthy dessert and easy to create.  You can have them for breakfast or dessert and is a simple dessert to create for party. You can simply create one simply according to your preference and layer the ingredients.  Now I will show you how to create a Berries Yogurt Parfait.


Ingredients

1. Mixed berries yoghurt
2. Blueberries
3. 3 digestive biscuits


Method
1.  Mash the biscuits in a bag until crumbs.
2.  Put 2 scoops of yogurt in a glass.








3.  Layer with 2 scoops of digestive biscuit crumbs.


4.  Layer with 2 scoops of yogurt.













5.  Add some blueberries.



6.  Layer with another 2 scoops of yogurt.
7.  Layer with 2 scoops of digestive biscuits crumbs
8.  Finally with layer a scoop of yogurt.
9.  Sprinkle the top layer with some biscuits crumbs and garnish with a blueberry.




Saturday, June 14, 2014

With A Pinch of Salt cafe

With A Pinch of Salt.....a cute name for a cafe.  What captured my attention when I walked into this café was the décor.  The pictures on the walls and tables were beautiful.  According to the owner, many customers held their children's birthday celebrations here.





There were quite a number of choices from the menu.  We ordered Old Uncle Mac's Favourite, a combo of steak, lamb chop, chicken, chipolatas, bacon, ham, potatoes wedges and a sunny side up. The steak and lamb chop were alright.  The deep fried breaded chicken was quite a disappointment.  The breaded skin fell apart when it was cut as the chicken was not hot enough. 



We also had Chicken Roulade.  I like this dish as the sauce was savoury and creamy.  There chicken was stuffed with lots of shiitake mushrooms. 





The thin crust pizza was under cooked.  Though it was supposed to be thin crust, the crust was not crispy.  The bacon and sausage Aglio Olio was quite bland.  There was not enough garlic and I could not find any chilli flakes in this dish.





We liked the chocolate mint smoothie which was quite refreshing.  I felt that the lava chocolate was a bit too dry.  Thank goodness, this flaw was camouflaged by the ice cream.





The young lady who served us friendly.  She was busy as there were 2 party celebrations going on then, but she made an effort to serve us as best as she could.

My Ratings  :  2.5 / 5

Address :  297 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437080
Telephone  :  6348 2297

P.S  :  The owner told me they would be closing in September 2014.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Steam Minced Meat


I have decided to add recipes to my blog to share my no fuss cooking. 

This is a no fussy yet good to eat dish.  It will not dirty your kitchen and requires minimum cleaning.



Steam Minced Meat

Ingredients

1. 250g minced pork
2. 2 chestnuts ( diced)
3. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
4. 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
5. a dash of pepper



Method

1.  Mixed soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper and chestnuts into a bowl of minced pork.
2.  Steam the minced pork for about 10 minutes.
3.  Garnish with coriander or spring onions.



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Rolls of Popiah

Popiah is a healthy food which I enjoy. It is not easy to prepare as it requires a lot of time and effort in cutting and preparing the ingredients.

It is normal to spot a long queue at the popiah stall at Bishan Kim San Leng 金山嶺 Coffee Shop .  I like the popiah as the owner is always generous with the ingredients.  I notice that she is very particular about the quality of her popiah as she ensures the each popiah has the right proportion of each ingredients.   She adds a lot of bean sprouts,  peanuts and the crunchy fritters. She is also very particular about the way each popiah is rolled.  The popiah is moist and juicy. Every bites is accompanied by the fragrant and crunch of peanuts and crunchy fritters.  Sure worth queuing for 15 mins.


Calories : 142 ( www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calories/singapore-hawker-popiah)
My Ratings : 4.5/5

Address  :  Kam San Leng Food Centre
                  511 Bishan Street 11
                  Singapore 570511

The price of a roll of popiah has increased from $1.30 to $1.50
 


Aunty has the ability to prepare 6 rolls of popiah in one go



Lots of peanuts, crunchy fritters, cucumber, bean sprouts and turnips in a roll

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Pork Chop Bun versus Instant Noodles


Part 1 - Instant Noodles


When I was in Hong Kong,  it is common to find soup instant noodles with a choice of luncheon meat or sausage (餐蛋面 or  肠蛋面) in all the menus of Cha Cheng Teng (茶餐厅 ).  I always wonder why the stalls don't sell them in Singapore.  I finally found a coffee shop that sells them.  The Singapore version is , however, dry.  Yes...no soup provided.
The instant noodles are fried with the seasoning found in a regular packet of instant noodles.  Aunty also adds eggs and ham when she is frying the noodles.  You can customize your noodles by add sausage, chicken cutlet or braised pork.  Very interestingly, there are mayonnaise, chilli sauce and melted cheese on the side of the plate.    It tastes just like the instant noodles we cook at home but you can be creative by eating it with the sauces provided.  It is a hit with the children.

My Ratings  :  2.5 /5

Menu and price list



Part 2 - Pork Chop Bun

The pork chop bun sold in this coffee shop definitely capture the attention of both children and ladies.  I couldn't help but order a pork chop bun as I was attracted by the cute looking bun. 
The pork chop is well marinated but it has a strong taste of black pepper.  The pork chop is quite big but not dry.  The slice of cheese melts a little due to the heat of the pork chop and it adds fragrant to the bun. 
I really enjoyed my pork chop bun.  Unfortunately it does not come with fries.  Maybe next time when I visit the coffee shop again, I will suggest to the aunty to add fries to this dish.

The coffee shop also sells Crispy Chicken Bun, Bacon and Egg Bun, Ham and Egg Bun.



My Ratings  :  3 / 5

Address :  Seng Huat Coffee Shop 成发咖啡屋
                 Blk 811 Hougang Central #01-206 Singapore, Singapore 530811
  


The piggy bun looks cute.

 
 


Wholesome Sandwiches

I would pick up a sandwich whenever I feel that I need to lose some weight as it has only about 253 calories.  Many bakeries in the neighbourhoods sell the regular white bread egg mayo sandwich. Bake Inc. at Bishan uses homemade multi-grain bread.  The bread is nutty and fresh.  I like their egg mayo sandwiches and ham and cheese sandwiches.  Lettuce is added to the ham and cheese sandwich to ensure customers enjoy a healthy meal.  As for the price of their multi-grain sandwiches.....only $1.70. 

My Ratings  :  3 / 5 

Address :  Blk 282 Bishan St 22 #01-151 S570282
Tel: 6552 8909

www.bakeinc.com.sg/






Tuesday, June 3, 2014

In Love with Minced Meat Noodles

I love minced meat noodles (Bak Chor Mee).  If given a choice, most of the time I will rather choose a bowl of mince meat noodles over other food.  I happened to be at Hougang Mall. A stall opposite the mall, selling minced meat noodles caught my eyes as I noticed a lot of people eating it. I decided to give it a try.

The bowl of signature minced meat noodles is a must try.  The noodles are springy and chewy and fried wonton is added to it. Although the stall adds anchovies (ikan bilies) instead of sole fish to their noodles, the noodles are still tasty and flavourful as the ikan bilies complement the noodles and adds 'power' to the noodles.


Price  : $3.50 per bowl

My Ratings : 4.5/5

Nearest MRT station: Hougang station

Address : Blk 811 Hougang Central #01-06
                 Seng Huat Coffee Shop

Opening hours: 5 am to 11 pm






Sunday, June 1, 2014

Creamy Peanut Butter Toast

Is Toast Box the only place you go for thick peanut butter toast?  No no....
A humble stall at the Tanjong Rhu estate sells thick peanut butter toast at a fraction of the price Toast Box sells. A la carte order for a slice of thick peanut butter toast is only $1.20. A set of toast , coffee and two soft boiled eggs cost $2.40.  Unlike many coffee shops that put eggs into a container and customers have to time the eggs themselves, the owner will ensure that the eggs are properly cook before serving.   That's why I have to wait for 5 mins before collecting my order.  The thick toast is soft and peanut butter is creamy.   There is even thick kaya toast.

My Ratings : 3/5
Address : Blk 4A Jalan Batu Market and Food Centre


Nearest MRT station: Mountbatten MRT station






 
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