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Lake Toya, Japan

Spot of Tranquility.

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Little India, Singapore

Spices, gold and splashes of colour!

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Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay

Garden City, City in a Garden.

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Bryce Canyon, USA

Thor's Hammer

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Chocolate Test, Singapore

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." -Charles M Schulz

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pagi Sore Indonesian Restaurant (100 AM)

Pagi Sore is one of our favourite Indonesian restaurants in Singapore. So when a Groupon came up, we snapped it up almost instantly. 

The branch at 100 AM was pretty empty during lunch time on a weekend.

The appetisers came up first. The Keropok Belinjau ($1.20) came even before we ordered anything. The one we ate tasted like it has been left in the open for quite some time- it would have been much better if it were still crispy. But the combination of lime and becalan made this pretty addictive nonetheless. The slightly bitter taste of the belinjau fruit was quite distinct.

The Kangkong Belachan ($9.80) is pretty much a staple I order everytime I run out of ideas of what vegetables to order- you might want to be wary of the level of spiciness!

The Ayam Bali ($14.80) was truly lovely- the smokiness of the tender grilled chicken thigh with a sweet marinate made this a clear winner.

The Sotong Pedas ($11.50) was pretty ordinary.

The Tahu Telor ($10.20) is a massive block of beancurd, together with crispy egg bits. The sweet sauce was also a good accompaniment to this dish, together with some nutty goodness.

Value for money Indonesian food!

Pagi Sore Indonesian Restaurant (100 AM) 
100 AM
100 Tras Street
Tel No.: 6 636 1373 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Chu Dao Chinese Cuisine 厨道

We bought a Groupon to eat at Chu Dao because I remember it was pretty good the last time I tried it. This is a fairly new restaurant set up by celebrity chef Tan Yong Hua. 

A classy-looking place, with a small seating capacity.

We had a whole Peking Duck ($68). We added the duck meat to the Ee Fu Noodles ($8). The skin is not the usual egg skin, but is more of the chewy kind. You also get to wrap your own ingredients into the skin. The skin was crispy and not fatty. The Ee Fu Noodles had a wok hei taste and was adequately moist.

We also had a Braised Special Beancurd with Shimeji Mushroom and Vegetables ($16). This was executed better than the Three Kinds of Vegetables in Wok-Fried X.O. Chilli Sauce ($14) which tasted like the chef forgot how much condiments he added- it was way too salty.

The Pan-fried Pork Spare Ribs with Coffee Sauce ($16) was very well coated with an aromatic coffee sauce.

This is one of my favourite dishes because it's as addictive as french fries- you don't want to eat them, but once you start, you can't stop. The Pork Floss Brinjal with Salted Pepper ($10) is unhealthy in every way- pork floss, salted, deep fried- but that's why it's so appealing. Lightly battered and non-greasy, it made for an addictive snack in between the dishes.

I would give the dessert a miss. The Chilled Mango Sago ($5) was dilute and just made for a nice cold drink. There was no depth to the dessert.

Service, while polite, was lacking. They did not place the pots of tea at our table and did not refill our cups as well- we had to request for them to do so.

Chu Dao Chinese Cuisine 厨道
45 Joo Chiat Place
Tel No: 6 334 1925 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Wild Honey (Mandarin Gallery)

I have always wanted to visit Wild Honey, but the thought of having to wait in the line endlessly (they didn't take reservations, the Scotts branch does) turns me off. To celebrate a good friend's birthday, we decided to meet early so that we didn't waste time in the queue. 

They had their menu on tablets at the counter. One lady tried to take the picture of the menu on the chalkboard and the girl at the counter said, "Sorry, no photos allowed." Not really sure what the rationale of not allowing her to take photos of the menu since the menu is already available online.

I had the Tunisian Breakfast ($19) which I really liked! Unlike your usual breakfast platters consisting of eggs, bacon and/or pancakes etc., Wild Honey totally nailed it for their innovative breakfast offerings. Piping hot and spicy pan of shakshouka together with Chorizo sausage with two fried eggs and brioche. The shakshouka was flavourful and was perfect with the fluffy brioche. It was like a treasure hunt trying to find the Chorizo sausage but really, anything doesn't matter as long as you have the heavenly combination of brioche and shakshouka.

Interesting breakfast choices, but be prepared to wait during peak hours!

Wild Honey (Mandarin Gallery)
Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road
Tel No.: 6 234 3900