December 17, 2011

The Daily Scoop III

lychee martini <3
I haven't gotten around to trying new flavors at the Daily Scoop after discovering two favorites, Lychee Martini and Cha. Aside from its invigoratingly fruity flavor, I also loved the slightly icy texture of the former. The juicy lychee bits embedded within only add to the pleasure quotient!
lychee martini & cha @ the daily scoop
Cha, a fragrant and refreshing earl grey sherbet, makes an excellent post-lunch treat as well. A pity that it's not available often though.
salted mr brown on waffles @ the daily scoop
As previously mentioned, I love my waffles cakey, so I didn't really fancy the light and fluffy version served here. Crisper edges would have been welcome too. On the other hand, I have no complains about the brownie-studded Salted Mister Brown ice cream that crowned the creation- though I wouldn't have minded if the brown sugar-based concoction was a little saltier.

Prices here are reasonable at $2 for a junior scoop, $3 for a single scoop and $5.60 for a double scoop. What's more, dine in customers get to enjoy their ice cream in chilled bowls!

41 Sunset Way
Clementi Arcade #01-04
Opening hours: 11am-9pm (Mon-Thu), 11am-10pm (Fri & Sat), 2pm-9pm (Sun); closed on selected PH

41 Jalan Merah Saga
Chip Bee Gardens #01-78
Opening hours: 11am-10pm (Mon-Thu), 11am-10.30pm (Fri & Sat), 2pm-10pm (Sun); closed on selected PH

December 11, 2011

House, Barracks and Camp

Dessert at Barracks after dinner! 
house, barracks and camp

house, barracks and camp
I'm a sucker for alcoholic ice creams, so I just had to try the made-in-house Chocolate Whisky and Pineapple Malibu ice cream at Barracks. Unfortunately, the ice cream was icy in texture and were mediocre flavor-wise. The chocolate whiskey ice cream tasted rather unrefined reminded me of cheap chocolate-flavored ice cream. Pineapple malibu (a mix of malibu rum, coconut and pineapple) fared slightly better and was somewhat refreshing.

One gripe that I had was that while I ordered a double scoop ($7.50), the two scoops of ice cream were served in separate cups and charged likewise at $4.20 a scoop. We were, however, bade warm goodbyes when we left the cafe.
chocolate whisky + pineapple malibu @ house, barracks and camp
Malibu rum, coconut and pineapple

To my disappointment, the in-house alcoholic ice creams sounded better than they tasted.
house, barracks and camp

red latte @ house, barracks and camp
Thankfully, the red latte (rooibos tea latte) ($6++) was light and soothing.

December 9, 2011

Kim's Family Restaurant

Listen up if you're a Korean food lover studying or living in the west: Kim's Family Restaurant's lunch deals offer a decent spread of banchan, a choice between beef, chicken and pork bulgogi and a bowl of rice for just $9.90+! The number of banchan served depends on the number of diners- I was served seven dishes when I was there alone, but was given eleven when I ate there with two of my friends.
kim's family restaurant: banchan
Both the beef and pork bulgogi were well-marinated and tender, and came in generous portions to boot. I prefer the former though! The meat was accompanied by a serving of sweet sautéed onion slices that I happily lapped up. The rice was a little less sticky than I would have liked though.
kim's family restaurant: beef bulgogi
One grouse I had about the food on both my visits to Kim's Sunset Way outlet, though, was that the bulgogi and rice were lukewarm. Nevertheless, I wouldn't mind returning for its value-for-money lunch deals.

Kim's Family Restaurant
Blk 106 Clementi St 12 
#01-38E Sunset Way

December 6, 2011

窓 Chang Korean BBQ Restaurant

My Korean friend brought a group of friends to Chang Korean BBQ Restaurant at Dempsey to introduce us to authentic Korean cuisine. I'm not sure about the tables outside, but the good ventilation inside the private rooms will ensure that you will not walk out of the eatery reeking of grease.
banchan @ CHANG
banchan @ CHANG
A decent spread of 반상 banchan to start off the meal
marinated prime rib @ CHANG
You can put aside your fears about overcooking barbequed items at Chang, for the trained staff will do the cooking for you here. The well-marbled Galbi prime ribs (왕양념갈비 Wang Yangnyeom) ($34++) were terrific: sweet, tender and mouthwateringly flavorful. I would gladly go for seconds!
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I'm not a fan of grilled pork belly, but my friend declared the 삼겹살 Samgyeobsal ($20++) his favorite dish of the meal though.
bibimbap with roe @ CHANG
Chang's 돌판알비빔밥 Dolpan-Al-Bibimbap ($20++) adds a modern touch to this ubiquitous Korean dish by featuring flying fish roe in addition to the usual suspects of soybean sprouts, julienned carrots and mushrooms. The pop-in-the-mouth tobiko added a welcome textural contrast to the mix of fresh-tasting sautéed and seasoned vegetables, fragrant rice and crunchy burnt bits from the bottom of the bowl.
beancurd stew @ CHANG
The bean curd stew (비지찌개  Biji-Chigae) ($16++) and bean paste soup (된장찌개| Denjang-Chigae) ($16++) were passable, while the ginseng chicken soup (삼계탕 Samgyetang) ($25++) could have definitely done with more punch.
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We also ordered two bowls of buckwheat cold noodles- one in beef broth (물냉면 Mul Naengmyeon) ($16++), as pictured above, and the other in spicy sauce (비빔냉면 Bibim Naengmyeon) ($16++). While the former was tangy and refreshing, I liked the Bibim Naengmyeon better for the addictive sweet and slightly tart chogochujang that doused the noodles. (My Korean friend commented that the chogochujang was slightly too sweet though.) I also preferred the chewier bite of the vermicelli in the spicy cold noodles to that of the Mul Naengmyeon. 
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A complimentary cup of 식혜 sikhye, a traditional Korean rice drink prepared from malt water and cooked rice, was served at the end of the meal to aid digestion. It's an acquired taste, I say.

Chang Korean BBQ Restaurant
18C Dempsey Road
Tel: +65 6473 9005
Opening hours: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10pm daily

December 3, 2011

A Curious Teepee

Having heard that it would be closing its physical store at the end of this month, I headed to A Curious Teepee to check out the offerings at its café. The food menu was very limited, as the picture above tells. I had been looking forward to trying their lemon berry tart and ATCP sandwich, but it seems that they are only during brunch hours on Sunday...a pity.
a curious teepee
Papa Palheta coffee is available here for those who need a caffeine perk-up.
a curious quiche @ a curious teepee
The quiche ($9.50) took a long time to be served, despite us being the only customers around. I had no complaints about its taste though. Flaky, buttery crust- check. Creamy filling packed with bacon and leeks- check. We polished off this pastry in less than the amount of time that it took to arrive at the table.
vegetable tart @ a curious teepee
The Vegetable Tart ($8.50) was pleasingly cheesy, but I liked the meaty quiche more. Grilled peppers versus bacon, you take your pick.
flourless orange almond cake @ a curious teepee
I couldn't go without dessert- not only because of my sweet tooth, but also because my tummy was only half-filled from the savories. The Flourless Orange Almond Cake ($8.50) was dense and moist with a refreshing citrus flavor, nice but not particularly memorable.
waffles with maple syrup @ a curious teepee
The friend's crunchy waffles with maple syrup ($10.80) went down well with us as well. I am partial to dense and cakey waffles; those who prefer fluffy interiors will probably like A Curious Teepee's rendition of this dish more than I did.
a curious teepee
Will I miss the food at A Curious Teepee? Judging from this experience, not really. Though all the items I tried were decent, they were not impactful enough to warrant a return visit.

2 Orchard Link
#02-24 Scape
Tel: +65 68201680