April 22, 2011

Hot Cross Buns & some recent eats.

Classic Hot Cross Bun & Chocolate Hot Cross Bun from Cedele

Cedele's Classic Hot Cross Buns are available all year round, but when National Hot Cross Bun Day is around the corner, several other flavors . I liked the Classic Hot Cross Bun for its firm bite and for the dried fruits embedded in it. That being said, chocolate addicts might prefer the chocolate version, which is studded with dark chocolate chips and walnut bits!

A recent attempt at NUS University Cultural Centre's Dome cafe's beef pie left me filled but not quite satisfied. Having been reheated in a microwave (although there was a toaster around!), the puff pastry crust of this beef pie was just plain soggy. Its bolognese filling was equally mediocre.

And here're some ice cream photos to round of this short post:
Refreshingly icy strawberry soft serve from Isetan Spring Kyushu fair

Sweet potato soft serve from Isetan Okinawa Fair (ending 24 April)

April 15, 2011

Ponggol Nasi Lemak (Serangoon)

Drive past Upper Serangoon Road in the evening, and one is bound to notice the never-ending line of hungry customers at Ponggol Nasi Lemak. Having heard mixed reviews about the place, my family decided to check out what the fuss was about one day.
Unfortunately, we were met with disappointment. While decent, the nasi lemak was definitely not worth the fifteen minutes spent in the queue. Though fluffy and moist, the rice could have done with a stronger coconut milk fragrance. To give them credit, the chicken wing was large and crispy and the mandatory sweet chilli was alright. But the otah was just ordinary, so were the greasy and spicy stir-fried long beans and sambal brinjal. My mum also complained that her sunny-side up was cold. 
The only thing about this stall that wowed me was the large assortment of side dishes, including achar, curry cabbage and tempura prawns.

I was charged about $4.50 for a stingy portion of rice, a chicken wing, a piece of otah and a serving of veggies. Queue up for average and pricey food again? No thanks... I say, head to Lee Wee & Brothers' outlet at the nearby Kovan Food Centre for nasi lemak if you happen to be around the area instead. 
Surprisingly, the neighbouring chee cheong fun stall fared better than the famed nasi lemak. Though not as soft and smooth as those from Old Airport Road Food Centre, the freshly-prepared rice rolls sold here were much better than the factory-made versions sold at most coffee shops.

Ponggol Nasi Lemak
965 Upper Serangoon Road
Opening hours: 6pm-5am, closed on Thursdays

April 10, 2011

Jean-Philippe Darcis

Apologies for the long hiatus, time had been a much limited commodity in my schedule for the past two months. In the meantime, here're a quick post about my dining experience Jean-Philippe Darcis.
Available in 15 flavors, Darcis's robustly flavored macarons boast satisfyingly crunchy and meaty shells. Out of the four flavors I tried, the star performer was the Chocolate macaron, which boasted a smooth, refined ganache. The Blackcurrant Violet macaron also pleased with its generous layer of fruity buttercream. The Pistachio macaron, however, wasn't as nutty enough.

(Clockwise, from top left) Pistachio, Blackcurrant Violet, Chocolate, Strawberry Poppy ($5.61+ for two)

Being a fan of macarons with tender (and light chewy) interiors, I found Darcis' macarons too chewy for my liking. My vote still goes to those from Jewels Artisan Chocolate. But of course, nothing compares to Pierre Hermé's- more about them another time!
I also had La Dame Blanche ($8.80+): lusciously smooth and rich vanilla ice cream served with chocolate sauce, crunchy chocolate pearls and chantilly cream.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #01-38
 Opening hours: 10am to 11pm (Sundays to Thursdays), 10am to 12am (Fridays and Saturdays)