Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nakhon Kitchen

I played tennis in the east, and afterwards C brought us out for FOOD - we were supposed to go to his friend's zhi char place but they were closed, and so we went to block 85 which was closed as well. Eerily. Perhaps there was a bedok gang going around beating people. or something along those lines. anyway, c then recommended us this place called Nakhon Kitchen, which apparently had very good thai food at cheap prices. Only thing is, we'd have to queue, but that's fine, so long as the food's decent and good.

And sure enough, the queue was about 6 "groups" long - zzz, bopian, we were famished, and had to eat, so queued up, and in a while we had our table, and our food! yums.

First dish that arrived was the Sambal kangkong, and the great thing about this dish was the real 'wok hei' that made its way into the kangkong, searing it with a lovely charred aroma - the accompanying garlic/sambal gravy was also seriously addictive stuff. Nice. (8/10). c loved it to bits - he couldn't stop eating it.

Then, all the dishes came: pork stir fried with basil was actually really with green beans - this was really delicious as well; again there was the wok hei charred aroma, and the pork had a nice zesty kick with much savoury goodness. i quite enjoyed this as well (8/10)

The Green curry was super authentic - it had all the little gourds that you'd find if you go to thailand (i know in chiangmai i hated those, but....that's another story) - and this one had lots of spices and herbs, with a very flavourful curry to go with it that wasn't too cloying and full of basilic goodness. (8.5/10)

the tom yam soup was pretty good - unadulterated, hot stuff, with a soury tang - not watered down for local palates, and i like that! (8/10)

the only dish i found that didn't really pass muster was the fish cakes, because that was a bit, insipid, to say the least. however, with so many wonderful dishes, that costs, between the 4 of us only SGD48 means this place is a place for keeps. too bad it's in the east. well all your easties have fun with it!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Moi Lum

moi lum is a decades-old cantonese restaurant, very popular with the old crowd, and foodies in the know. i was fortunate to be friends with the chef's son, chris, while both serving national service in the civil defence. he had always asked me to go to his restaurant and im glad i did, coz the food was good, and very reasonable.

I went back once, a few months back, but well I can't find the photos for that time, so i'll make do with just blogging about this newest visit to his restaurant.

(moi lum, by the way, is located at maxwell road, just opposite maxwell market).

with the family, sometimes it's crazy to decide what to order; the $88 set menu for 5-6 people looked appetizing enough, so we went for that.

the first dish was sea cucumber with crab meat soup: this was very well done, flavourful superior stock with pieces of sea cucumber and crabmeat. flavourful. im a sucker for double boiled sharks-fin-esque soups, i admit.

their majestic roast chicken is a thing to behold: crisp skin, tender meat, with just the right amount of seasoning. it's tasty to eat on its own but also good with the accompanying sea salt. great. (8/10)

i didn't take a photo of the vegetable dish but it was "big vegetable" (i dont know how to put it in english) with a sauce of mushroom, braised. quite delicious as well.

then there were some pork ribs, deep fried and breaded. this was tasty but not my favourite. (6.5/10)

the last dish was quite impressive as well: live prawns boiled in stock; the stock was really quite awesome, it had wolfberries, and a copious amount of hua-tiaojiu, me thinks. so good. the prawns were very fresh, and the stock was meant to be slurped. haha.

definitely a place you should go. recommended.

Papa Palheta

I'm a regular at Papa's (also known as PPP), and what i like is the real bohemian, relaxed vibe that infuses the place from the quaint "tasting bar", to the palm-lined alfresco area, to the unique antique turntables and gramophones, or just the friendly baristas and waitresses that have come to know me (and vice versa) such that it's one big happy family, and a family of friends. And the funny thing is everytime i go to papa's i always seem to meet some other friend that i know, which is really very quaint. maybe there are really that few places in singapore for good coffee, but i think, well, maybe there's all the other places, and there's PPP.

Papa palheta roasts their own coffee: leon ,the proprietor, was apparently influenced by the joints in melbourne, and came back to set up his own coffee shop selling coffee beans. there are many blends, such as the terra firma, or the ippolito, and many single origin beans such as the "sidamo", the "toraja", kenya, sumatra mandheling, and many others. i must confess that i've gone back so many times so that i can blog about this offhand. and yes, they do all sorts of coffee as well, from the espresso-based drinks made from their synesso machine (it's about the only place that uses a synesso, actually) to drip (paper-filter) coffee, which are more for single origins.

and of course, their coffee is good. i remember once trying a very lovely kenya drip coffee, which was done to perfection; fruity notes, rounded finish. for their espresso drinks, they normally use the terra firma blend, which gives some chocolatey notes, dark notes, and a bit of acidity and liveliness. it's a good drink to have. i usually order lattes anyway, but you could have it anyway you want, ristretto, macchiato, latte macchiato, etc, etc, etc.

in fact, im going back tomorrow. haha. say hie if you see me there .(if you know who i am).

hooper road, singapore. (near newton circus)

Guan Kee Kway Chap

Guan Kee Kway Chap is one of those kway chap places listed on makansutra, so me and g went down after class to see what the fuss was about. we originally wanted to eat at the other place: toa payoh lor 4, but they're closed until 11 september, so we had to make do with guan kee instead.
but it was very good! usually when i go in the afternoons the china people make the kway and its just not as good as getting the original people to do it, and this time the original storeowners were there, so i got kway that was just right, slippery, smooth, and not too overdone; the innards were yummy as well, small intestines, stomach, and the like, all braised in a savoury soy sauce. flavourful without being too herby.