The Gourmet Traveller at Ikyu on Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru

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Apparently there are people who judge the quality of a Japanese restaurant by the Wasabi served with their sushi. It is not hard to believe that since grated Wasabi has a subtle sweetish aftertaste which no horseradish can duplicate.

What is fascinating to me is that once these people get served the real Wasabi, they immediately destroy all the subtle flavors by dissolving it in a pool of soy sauce.

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Posted on 19th Nov 2013 in Food and Drink, Japanese  |  2 comments

Suggestive Steak Condiments

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Jan, a reader of this blog, wrote to me asking for some recipes for sauces to go with steak. Personally, I usually just eat steak with a bit of mustard if the steak is fatty or if I’m feeling fancy, with a sauce made from reduced pan juices deglazed with Balsamic vinegar.

However, if you’re feeling really fancy and want an alternative, here’s my suggestion…

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Posted on 9th Nov 2013 in Food and Drink, Meat, Mexican, Recipes  |  2 comments

Nasi Ulam at Chendol Melaka on Jalan Tua Kong, off Upper East Coast Road

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It is said that Peranakan cuisine is designed as a system of control by the matriarchs: the food is as delicious as it is tedious to prepare. The former is a trump card to manage errant husbands and the latter to keep daughter-in-laws busy under an iron fist. This power play also gives rise to a very discerning palate.

Katong is well-known, among other things, for its concentration of Peranakan, but where do the Peranakan ladies gather for lunch?

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Posted on 25th Oct 2013 in Food and Drink, Peranakan, Singapore  |  Comments off

Restaurant Home at The Rail Mall, Bukit Timah

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It’s the holidays and Jeff was in town. He quickly organized a dinner at Restaurant Home because he read about it in the papers and wanted to give it a try.

For those who’ve lost track of Executive Chef Tan Yong Hua, he was last in Joo Chiat’s Chudao (which has since moved to Rivervale Walk, Sengkang). He’s supposed to be a celebrity chef but we didn’t hold that against him. 🙂

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Posted on 16th Oct 2013 in Cantonese, Food and Drink, Makankaki  |  Comments off

Diamond Kitchen in Laguna Park, Marine Parade Road

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I must confess that when I saw photos of Andrew’s lunch at Diamond Kitchen about 2-3 weeks back, I was salivating. That man sure can take good photos of a pork rib.

Being veteran makankaki, we are ever ready to spring into action at the sound of a SMS delivery.

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Posted on 27th Sep 2013 in Cantonese, Food and Drink, Makankaki, Singapore, Tze Char  |  3 comments


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