Saturday, 21 August 2010

Sakae Feast

Last week, I organised a simple "Japanese Cuisine Dinner" for to share with our weekly cell group members. Instead of the usual home fellowship session, we held a short and simple one at a Sakae sushi outlet near our area. These are some of the foods that 14 of us ordered during the dining/fellowship session.

While everyone was busying flipping through the menu and thinking of what to order, I was attracted to their August Oyster Theme promotion. From the menu, I ordered this "Golden Oyster Maki" which is shown above. This comes with two deep-fried breaded crispy oyster resting on top of the maki and top with some fish roe and most of us love this new item and it's attractive presentation too.

As some of the cell group members rarely tried any Japanese Cuisine so I have to take the lead to order most of the dishes for them. To begin with any main course sushi, I am sure they will prefer something warm and smooth like Chuwanmushi which most of us prefer. Normally, my choice is always surrounded with " Sakae Chuwanmushi" but I would still prefer their Pumpkin Chawanmushi which is already no longer in their menu list.

For quick bite before the Teppanyaki sets are ready to be served, we have some assorted Temaki. These two are "Ebi Tempura" and "Unagi".

Soft Shell Crab and Salmon Mango Temaki.

"Golden Crispy Oyster" is also one of the item under the August Oyster Theme menu. Instead of Oyster and rice maki like the previous one above Gold Crispy served together with yummy deep-fried mashed potato Patty instead of rice.

Esther, together with her kids and helper ordered two bowls of the Teriyaki Chicken Ramen to share among themselves.

While Monica prefer this Teriyaki Chicken and Hotate Mentaiyaki Bento which served with rice and miso soup. This set comes with four yummy baked cheesy scallop other than the teriyaki chicken.

Since the outlet we are in also provides Teppanyaki menu, I decided to order a few sets for them to try too. And the way the teppanyaki chef prepares the dishes really captured some of the kids attention too.

I ordered two premium seafood sets and one premium beef set which all comes with stir-fried assorted vegetables, rice and miso soup. Most of us loves this stir-fried bean spouts with mushrooms which is just nicely done and not over fried.

Premium Seafood Set consists of Prawn, Cuttlefish and Bamboo Clam.

While Premium Beef Set consists of Beef, Foie Gras (made of the liver of a duck or goose) and Half Shell Scallop. Although we ordered medium rare for the beef but when served we find that the beef cubes are rather too tough to bite.

The half shell scallop is infused with lovely stir-fried garlic which make it so delicious to go with either steam rice or their special garlic rice.

Everyone enjoys themselives happily with the yummy sakae dishes and we are too full to have any dessert by the end of the meal. Other than Ramen, Hand Maki, Chuwanmushi, Teppanyaki sets, we also have a few plates of their fresh Salmon Sashimi. Posted by Picasa

p/s: We would like to thanks the lovely staffs and friendly outlet managers in North Point for their prompt services and cheerful attitude towards all the customers too.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Hotel Re! ~ Re!Plenish 923 International Brunch Buffet

Recently Hotel Re! which is located uphill at 175A Chin Swee Road has launched their revised Buffet Brunch menu which inclusive of wide selection of Seafood on Ice & Sashimi, Roasted Duck with Mango Crepe, Abalone, Ben & Jerry’s Ice-cream and MANY MORE!

They are having this Re!Plenish Brunch promotion on their Weekends & Public Holidays Buffet Brunch which 1 person gets to dine free with 3 paying adults at the rate of S$38.80++/pax.

The ambience around the restaurant is great for family as it is spacious and children friendly. It also has that classic European design of ballroom, complete with chandeliers that makes dining stylish, inviting and comfortable.

These are some of the appetiser such as pasta, salad potato, mixed fresh fruit salad and egg crepe roll.

The buffet lines also have some interesting main dishes that cooks in their unique way such as salmon, roasted duck, lamb chop, pineapple fried rice, braised noodle etc as well as their soup of the day. And as a soup lover, I find that their soup is full of flavour with generous amount of ingredients used.

From the main dishes buffet line, there is at least 2 - 3 fish cuisine that are cooked in different preparation methods such as deep-dried, steam or braised which is a good catch for fish lover.

At the side, they have a few stand alone stations where the guests can filled their tummy with either Dim Sum (such as chee cheong fun, steam bun, siew mai), Japanese Sushi & Sashimi or some assorted Tempura with deep-fried Ebi and vegetables.

As for local delights, they provided one of my favourite local dishes which is Laksa. I love their Laksa in terms of their gravy and chilli which makes this dish a great steal. The gravy itself is not too thick or dilute and the coconut taste blend well with the gravy which did not make it appears creamy or greasy.

These are some of the items that I have tried:- Pineapple fried rice, Grilled Sausage with mashed potato, Lamb Chop cutlet, Roasted Duck and Seafood Kabab.

This is the highlight of their Brunch Buffet which is the Braised Abalone with mushroom and broccoli. (limited to 1 abalone per guest only)

After finishing all the yummy savory dishes, it is time to relax yourself with these assorted array of fresh cut fruits and desserts with a cup of premium hot coffee/tea to re-charge your energy.

Here are some of the desserts that mum choose, but I am rather disappointed that they don't have Durian Creme Brulee and Thai Desserts available on that day. And Rey was also upset with the Ben & Jerry’s Ice-cream which they only offers one flavour and the texture of the ice-cream is so soft that it almost melted before eating. Perhaps we have drop-by on a wrong day/timing (we went on Monday, National Day holiday) as most of the items might not be available after the weekend dash. But I hope the management can make some improvements on their desserts and ice-cream counters in order to blend well with their interesting savoury dishes.

Overall this is still a cosy place for gathering with friends/family members while enjoying some good varieties of appetisers and main dishes then follow by some coffee/tea to go with the assorted desserts and fruits. Posted by Picasa

Hotel Re! @ Pearl's Hill
175A Chin Swee Road,
Singapore 169879
Reservation: 6827 8221

Weekends & Public Holidays Brunch Buffet:
11.00am - 3.00pm

S$38.80++ (Adult)
S$18.80++ (Child)

Nearest MRT Station: Outram Park MRT Station (Exit B), click HERE for more details.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Khoon Kee Tasty Prawn Mee

Those working or staying around Redhill Lane Hawker Center, I am sure you have either tried or saw this "Khoon Kee Tasty Prawn Mee" stall which selling prawn mee, pork tail soup and char kway tiao. This stall also has another outlet in Henderson Road known as "Tasty Prawn Mee". Thanks to Misstamchiak for asking me to join her with on this Prawn Mee adventure at Redhill, you can read on her review at this link HERE.

Khoon Kee has both soup and dried version of this yummy Prawn Mee. And take a look at this bowl of Soup version Prawn Noodles, usually some stalls will half the prawns and served it with the shell stick on. But here, the stall owner insists to use whole prawn to retain it's flavour and crunchiness, he is also very thoughtful to remove the back shell off for the convenient of customer to save the trouble of removing the shell.

I guess the key point of to a bowl of delicious soup prawn mee lies on it's broth. A bowl of tasty prawn broth must be full of flavour and sweet which goes well with the noodles and other side ingredients. I must comment that their prawn broth is really very delicious which according to the stall owner he used around a few kilograms of prawn head shells to simmer the broth together with pork ribs, peppercorns and etc for at least 3 hours or more. No wonder this makes their broth taste even better than some other famous Prawn Mee stalls around.

A bowl of S$3.00 Dried Prawn Mee comes with two big sea prawns and a piece of pork rib whereas if you are looking for something more, then go for the S$4.00 bowl where you can more noodles, 3 “Fat & Juicy” crunchy sea prawns with a piece of soft and tender pork rib to fill your huge appetite. And a good dried Prawn Mee all depends on it's chilli and sauce combination. According to Misstamchiak, their dried chilli is good with that extra spicy flavour to enhance the overall taste.

To our surprised the stall owner used to be a Japanese Chef in local restaurants as well as countries like Australia, New York, Italy and etc. And he strongly believed that a bowl of delicious food starts from it presentation whereby most customers will go for the presentation of the food before decided whether to queue for the food.

Khoon Kee Tasty Prawn Mee
Blk 85, #01-58
Redhill Lane Hawker Centre
Singapore 150085
Telephone: 9769 3991

Operating Hours:
Weekdays: 10.00am – 9.00pm
Weekends/Public Holidays: 8.30am – 8.00pm
Rest Day: Tuesday

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Singapore Chinese Dialect Heritage Feast

10 days of the Singapore Food Festival 2010 event with Clarke Quay Food Street functioning 9 days at Clarke Quay Read Bridge has marked it's ending with this Singapore Chinese Dialect Heritage Feast that is held on 25 July 2010 .

During that day, the food street market is transformed into a Chinese Dialect Heritage Buffets with 5 buffet lines that consists over 100 varieties of yummy dialect food. And some of which we might not even get to eat it often or in Singapore too.

Gim Tim (click HERE for details) provides all the Hokkien Dialect Cuisines for this year Food Festival Heritage Feast where you can find some of the famous dishes such as:- Fish Maw Potage, Hokkien Yam Rice, Tau Kua Bun, Fried Tapioca Flour Noodles etc.

Cantonese love soup despite on whether sweet or savory soup and "Six Variety Herbal Soup - 六味汤" is one of those they have must have.

Teochew Cuisines from Chu Yi Kitchen Pte Ltd (Click HERE for details) where you get to taste all kind of Teochew cuisines.

Some examples of Teochew Cuisine are:- Deep-fried Prawn Roll (ngoh hiang), Omelette with Cai Por, Braised Pig Trotters, Fried Bee Hoon with Pork Strips and etc.

Hainanese Cuisines from Yeh Lai Siang (Click HERE for details) where you get to taste some local and Malaysian style Hainanese cuisines. Above are some of the cuisines and snack available during the buffet:- Hainan Yan Fen, San Jiao Guo, Chicken Intestine Fried with Pineapple, Curry and etc.

According to mum, grandpa whom is a Hainanese used to make this "Bo Luo Fen" for them during her childhood time. So while eating this dish, it does brings back lot of her childhood memories. The salted mustard green and peanuts add extra flavour and crunch to this simple noodle dish. Wonder can I replicate this dish at home for mum.......

Kew Gardens contributes all the Hakka cuisines and snacks where they also have a little setup on their stall demonstrating the making of traditional Hakka Abacus seeds.

Some examples of Hakka Cuisine are:- Mei Cai Kou Rou, Hakka Carrot Balls(they have braised and deep-fried, two types), Black Bean Kueh, Yong Tau Foo, Soon Kueh and etc.

Tai Jin Hai Seafood in-charge of the Cantonese cuisines where you can find all sort of sweet and savory items such as Egg Tarts, Yam Cake, Dumplings, Sweet & Sour Fish, Luo Han Zou and etc.

This pot of Pig Trotters with Vinegar was our favourite. It taste great where you can just drink the soup itself which is not over power by the black vinegar. Most of us take seconding helping for this dish.

After getting the food, guests can sit around the area provided at the end of the buffet line whereby they can enjoy the yummy cuisines and at the listens to those 50s - 60s oldies songs. Posted by Picasa

Many thanks to Marcus Wong, Word Of Mouth Communications Pte Ltd and Singapore Food Festival for hosting this event.