Good eats

26 04 2011

“ONE IS enough.  Two is too much.  Three is a poison that can kill a person.”  That’s one of the rhymes that my mother would tell us whenever we would try to push our luck in getting our ways.

I got reminded of it once more as I recollect my gastronomic adventure in Singapore.  For specific dishes and places, I think I could o.d. before I get satiation.  I could get to “three is a poison…” easy.

Here they are, in no particular order.  (I forgot the details of the hawker center that Partner brought me to, where I had this amazing Fish Head Curry dish!)

CareShop de Café

70 Bendemeer Road, #01-05 Luzerne

Singapore 339940

Tel: +65 6293 9298

Will go back forMushroom Soba with lots of steamed Japanese Rice

Mushroom Soba, CareShop de Café



Culina Bistro

Blk 8 Dempsey Hill,Dempsey Road#01-13

Singapore 249679

Will go back forDe Cecco Penne Crab Meat (with the penne replaced by angel hair) , and all the complimentary bread rolls I could handle!

De Cecco Capellini Crab Meat, Culina Bistro @ Dempsey Hill


Complimentary Bread, Culina Bistro @ Dempsey Hill



TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

B2-89/89A, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972

Tel:  +65 6535 1837

Fax: +65 6221 1837

Will go back for1837 Black Tea (tea number T6033), French Onion Soup, and all the complimentary bread rolls I could handle!

1837 Black Tea (tea number T6033), TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge


French Onion Soup, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge


Complimentary Bread, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge


Fou de FaFa

168 Robinson Road

#01-05 Capital Tower

Singapore 068912

Tel: +65 6327 9418

Will go back forPizza Fou’d Flewed, and that bluish green drink that’s a concoction of pineapple, grapes, and mint

Pizza Fou'd Flewed, Fou de FaFa


My fave drink, a concoction of pineapple, grapes, and mint, Fou de FaFa


Jumbo Seafood Gallery

20 Upper Circular Road

#B1-44 to 48 The Riverwalk

Tel:  +65 6534 3435

Fax: +65 6536 3836

Will go back forChilli Crab with lots of Deep-Mini Bun, Cold Fresh Barley Juice

Just the apron!, Jumbo Seafood Gallery


Wee Nam Kee

275 Thomson Road #01-05

Will go back forHainanese Chicken Rice, Cold Fresh Barley Juice (which they always run out of!)

Hainanese Chicken Roasted and Steamed, Wee Nam Kee


Hainanese Chicken Rice, Wee Nam Kee


Cold Fresh Barley Juice, Wee Nam Kee


Tung Lok Seafood OC

#11-05 Orchard Central

181 Orchard Road

Singapore 238896

Will go back forBraised Shark’s Fin with Fish Maw Soup, Poached Baby Kai Lan served with Chinchalok

Braised Shark’s Fin with Fish Maw Soup, Tung Lok Seafood


Poached Baby Kai Lan served with Chinchalok, Tung Lok Seafood


Marché at 313@somerset

313@somerset, 313 Orchard Road

Provisional Unit No. #B1-39-45

Singapore 238895

Will go back forMushroom Soup, Calamari, Calamansi Juice with Sour Plum

Mushroom Soup, Marché at 313@somerset


Calamari, Marché at 313@somerset


Calamansi Sour Plum, Marché at 313@somerset


Food Opera at ION Food Hall

Basement 4, ION Orchard

2 Orchard Turn

Singapore 238801

Tel:  +65 6509 9198

Will go back forOyster Omelet (FattyWeng Fried Oysters, #B4-04M), Fishball Mee Kia Noodle Soup (Li Xin Fishball Noodle Soup, #B4-04B)

“FattyWeng Fried Oysters” Oyster Omelet, Food Opera at ION Food Hall


"Li Xin" Fishball Mee Kia Noodle Soup, Food Opera at ION Food Hall


4 FINGeRS Crispy Chicken at ION Food Hall

Basement 4, ION Orchard

2 Orchard Turn, #B4-06A

Singapore 238801

Tel:  +65 4274779

Will go back forChicken Wings

Crispy Chicken Wings, 4 FINGeRS Crispy Chicken at ION Food Hall


Nando’s @ Tanglin Mall

163 Tanglin Road

#01-14/15 Tanglin Mall

Singapore 247933

Tel:  +65 6235 3555

Fax: +65 6235 5581

Will go back forPeri-Peri Chicken, Portugese Rice, Grilled Vegetables

Peri-Peri Chicken, Portugese Rice, and Grilled Vegetables, Nando's @ Tanglin Mall


White Dog Café

No.1 HarbourFront Walk

#02-131/132 Vivo City

Singapore 098585

Tel:  +65 6235 3555

Will go back forLobster Pasta

Lobster Pasta, White Dog Café


Shimbashi Soba

290 Orchard Road

#B1-41 The Paragon

Singapore 238859

Tel: +65 6735 9882

Will go back forGoma Tare Seiro Sesame Soba

Goma Tare Seiro Sesame Soba, Shimbashi Soba


Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts

25 Scotts Road

Singapore 228220

Tel:  +65 6589 7788 / +65 6589 7819

Will go back forEVERYTHING in their international buffet

Soon Kueh, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


Roasted Tomato, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


Bowl of Noodles, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


Macarons, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


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Chickening for pain and pleasure

19 04 2011

Flame-roasted vegetables... S-W-E-E-T!!!

BY MY eighth day in Singapore, I felt the need to check if what I had so far subjected my palate to – all the chilis I had gorged down – had scrubbed my tongue raw.

Apparently not.  So the masochistic facet of my personality gamely sat down for lunch with Friendship at Nando’s at Tanglin Mall.  Lunch had to be “hot” and I’m not talking temperatures here.

HOT... and I dont mean temperatures!

Nando’s, as their menu proudly suggests, is famous for their legendary Portugese Peri-Peri, chicken marinated for 24 hours in their special all-natural Peri-Peri spice and then flame-grilled to order.  Peri-Peri actually has African provenance as it is the name of the African bird’s eye chili.  And you know what they say about chilis – the smaller, the hotter.

Friendship and I spent quite a while deciding just how hot – or not – we’d want our food to be.  She cautioned me to “baste to my taste.”  For me it was easy, a toss up between “hot” and “extra hot”.  “Hot” translates to “treat with caution and respect” while “extra hot” was a no-nonsense “Beware!  Pyromaniacs only”

I was in no mood to channel Drew Barrymore circa early 80’s so “hot” Peri-Peri it was.

I asked for their combo meal of a quarter chicken and two regular sides.  From their considerable list, I picked the Portugese Rice and the Grilled Vegetables.

My quarter chicken combo, with Portugese Rice and Grilled Vegetables on the side.


The platter in the background is Friendship's lunch.


Friendship had the Chicken Kebab with Peri-Peri fries and Portugese Rice on the side. I think half of her rice went to me.


And oh, Friendship's kebab's grilled vegetables also became mine!

The meal came in a huge white serving platter, its pristine shade of mountain snow only disturbed ever so slightly by flecks of color in the many shades of the capsicum genus.  I couldn’t help but adore the cups that the two sides came in, their openings made by a beveled cut.  My cups runneth over, I told myself in a hushed voice, as the yellow-tainted rice and the glistening vegetables threatened to go overboard.  I prepared my fork to attack.

My grilled vegetables were threatening to go overboard!


Grilling sweetens vegetables. My appetite spared nothing from this cup – carrots, zucchini, capsicums, onions, everything!

And attack I did.  Though it didn’t take much effort to sink the tines of my dinner fork through the chicken breast.  The tenderness of the meat offered no resistance as the Peri-Peri sauce glided down with each piercing, in contrast to the steam that would escape.

I would take a piece of the meat, drench it even more in the hot sauce, spear a slice of carrot and a wedge of onion, and onto everything pile a little of the rice, some of the grains attemptiong to escape through the tines.  I put the whole thing in my mouth and immediately I felt transported.

To Africa by way ofPortugal, from a layover inSingapore.  Food can do that to you.

Nando's extensive line of special sauces are available at each table to allow you to continue to "baste to your taste" as you go through your sumptuous meal.


I really fell in love with the cups!

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