Michel Roux of the Waterside Inn at the Brunch 78 of the Ritz-Carlton Singapore


Michel Roux was at the Ritz-Carlton Brunch 78 and the whole of Singapore turned up. Well, at least the bits of society that considers itself gourmands. The creme, as it were, were seated in the fine Chihuly Lounge while the rest of us dregs sat elsewhere.

These days, I greet each invite with ennui and thus study the menu and beverage list carefully before agreeing to a Champagne brunch. Another consideration is the maturity of the PR managers; after all, we wouldn’t want what was private to become public affairs.

Fortunately, the M&C 2003 Grand Vintage Champagne offered made an adequate quaffing beverage and, after all, Michel Roux was helming part of the brunch menu; so OK.

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Posted on 26th Oct 2010 in Food and Drink, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Old School, Singapore  |  6 comments

How to pan-fry the perfect duck breast

Pan-fried Duck Breast with Tomato Galette

With its crispy skin and rich gamey flavor, the duck breast is just about the most delicious cut of meat there is.

Unfortunately, a lot of people find it difficult to get it right, so I would like to offer my two-cents on this subject.

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Posted on 23rd Aug 2010 in Meat, Old School, Recipes  |  9 comments

Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee on Havelock Road


The original Liang Kee restaurant opened by the father (Ng Bak Liang) was in Ellenborough Market. After a long story, documented by the local press, there are now 3 restaurants bearing the Liang Kee name. Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee restaurant is opened by Ng Bak Liang’s fifth son, Ng Hong Seng, hence Mu Liang Zai (literally “Son of Bak Liang” in Mandarin).

It was a slow Tuesday night when I text’d Tony about the possibility of dinner on Saturday and he said he was interested in trying out the new Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee on Havelock Road. And before I know it, a group was rounded up and suddenly what was supposed to be a quiet Saturday dinner became a birthday celebration at Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee.

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Posted on 28th Jun 2010 in Food and Drink, Makankaki, Old School, Teochew, Tze Char  |  10 comments

Jane Thai at Orchard Towers

Flaming Tom Ka Gai

Delicious Flaming Tom Kha Gai!

Su-Lin of Tamarind and Thyme flew in from the UK and I brought her to Orchard Towers which is famous for housing the only country music bar in Singapore.

Q: What do you get when you play a country song backwards?

A: Your wife comes back, dog finds his way home, you get your job back, and you’re no longer just a man, maybe because cowboys are no longer frequently, secretly fond of each other.

I’ve been wanting to bring people for dinner at Jane Thai for ages but never really successful; too much country and not enough western would be my bet.

Fortunately, Su-Lin and her friends were game enough to give it a try and even Cheryl of She Bakes & She Cooks was able to join us after recovering from a headache. With safety in numbers, we ventured forth.

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Posted on 11th Jun 2010 in Food and Drink, Old School, Thai  |  6 comments

Long Weekend


May is nice month where we get two holidays: May Day (or Labor Day) and Vesak Day. Better yet, these holidays translate into long weekends. I love such holidays where there are no major family or religious (I’m not Buddhist) obligations to observe. It means I get to snooze till 8am and cook.

This year, instead of organizing a cook-out for friends, I decided to rethink and experiment on old recipes as well as make ice cream.

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Posted on 4th Jun 2010 in Fun, Old School  |  2 comments

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