Monday, August 30, 2010

Soon Heng Rojak

Mom recommended me this place one day when we were looking for a place for a late lunch. For people who don't know what is rojak, it's what we call an Asian salad! Haha... Apparently, this rojak stall had a reputation for it's long queue. But take a look around and you would know that everybody feels that it was worth the wait. Almost every table had a plate of the rojak on it!

The most obvious observation would be the generous amount of crushed peanut on the rojak. Yes... it's not freshly fried peanuts like some famous stalls do, but it still serves it's purpose of giving the dish a delicious nutty flavour.

My favourite is the crispy you char kuay, coated with peanuts and the prawn paste, which was a perfect blend of salty, sweet with a twinge of sourness.

We queued for 15-20mins, but polished off the whole plate within 5mins. Haha... it was worth every minute! Would definitely go back again for more! YUMS~!

480 Lor 6 Toa Payoh #B1-23,
Gourmet Paradise Food Court,
HDB Hub Toa Payoh, Singapore

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

CoCo's Spinach with Mushroom Gravy

I just to hate spinach, but I never really understand why. I think it was a childhood dislike for bitter vegetables. But now that I'm all grown up, I realised that spinach was not that bad, especially if you make it like they do in Chinese wedding dinners. So this dish is sort of inspired by that.

1. Poach the spinach leaves in boiling water.
2. Thicken sauce from braised mushroom and pork, prepared earlier. (For recipe, see herebraise chicken wings)
3. Add golden mushroom to sauce.
4. Pour onto Spinach leaves.


Monday, August 16, 2010

CoCo's Homemade Kimchi Soup

We really eating Kimchi soup at restaurants, so one day I attempted to make Kimchi soup at home. I boiled some packaged kimchi with cabbage, leeks, tofu, vermicelli and pork with soup stock. Well, it looks good, but unfortunately was a little bland. Next time I'll up the flavour by adding more Kimchi and making the soup more spicy. :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Arashi Shabu Shabu - 岚日式火鍋

After some grocery shopping JB's TESCO, we walked across to AEON Tebrau City Shopping Centre for some sustenance. We came across this restaurant that looked a little too posh for a simple Saturday lunch, but at closer inspection, it's actually a Japanese mini steamboat restaurant with reasonable pricing.

Hubby and I both ordered the same NZ rib eye shabu set, but I had the tom yam soup base while he took the Japanese broth soup base. The serving was so pretty!

NZ Beef Rib Eye Shabu Set - Tom Yam Soup - RM35.90

You can order from their ala carte menu too, but we were just so hungry and the NZ beef set seemed quite sufficient and valuable. Overall it was a very satisfying and comforting meal, very different from it's deco.

Let's just say we'll be back for more! :)

Arashi Shabu Shabu - 岚日式火鍋
AEON Tebrau City Shopping Centre
Lot G23, Ground Floor
Tel: 07 3582080

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Bei Sheng Seafood Restaurant 北腾泰国小食

This Thai food restaurant used to be located at the basement of Sembawang Shopping Centre. But has moved away after the renovations. I think there's one in the Yishun industrial estates, but this one is nearer to where I usually do my grocery shopping, so naturally we ate there.

It's not exactly an authentic Thai food restaurant, but it's a great place for a cosy dinner with the family. There is usually a short waiting time for a table, especially during the weekends, but the friendly staff would take your orders while waiting, so the food would arrive within minutes after you get your table.

The place is no fancy restaurant, but the food is simple, unpretentious and delicious. Our favourite was the 三味鱼 (S$12.00), which is deep fried fish with their special dipping sauce. The fish is fried till it's crispy on the outside and yet still fluffy on the inside. It's so crispy, we practically ate the whole fish, together with most of the fins and bones! Cobby always said that this would be a great dish to enjoy while watching TV, just munching on the crispy fish. Haha...

The 虾酱鸡 (S$6.00), the prawn paste fried chicken. Same as the fish, it's crispy on the outside and yet juicy on the inside. Best thing is that it's not too salty, so it's really good.

The fried kang kong (S$4.00) was unfortunately just so-so. I think it's because there's just too much sambal sauce, so it made the vegetable a little soggy.

MY favorite would be their Tom Yum Soup (S$3.00). Just give me a bowl of the soup with a bowl rice and I can call it a meal. :) The soup is nice and spicy, just the way I like it, but the spiciness does not overpower the sweet seafood stock. They are very generous with the seafood in the soup too! Squid, prawns, fish and different types of mushrooms. YUM!

They also do take outs, so if you don't want to wait, you can call them in advanced to place your order. When you arrive, just pick up the food, pay up and go. Convenient!

Bei Sheng Seafood Restaurant 北腾泰国小食
Block 701A #01-01
Yishun Avenue 5
(Opposite Chong Pang Market POSB Branch)
Telephone : 6756 4883
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