Slow-Cooked Beef Stew Redux

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This blog loves stews; There’s something very satisfying about rendering tough chunks of beef chuck into soft tender morsels of taste and there’s nothing like a pot of stew slowly bubbling away on the stove and perfuming your flat while you catch up on some inner-eyelid study on a lazy Saturday afternoon. I’ve done this many times but I’ve never gotten the taste I wanted mainly because a) my fire control is not up to standard and b) all the recipes I’ve used are off-the-mark.

So this time, I set my mind in neutral and let my hands and memories of all the good stews I’ve had before be my guide.

The result was some good eating.

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Posted on 7th May 2008 in Food and Drink, Meat, Western  |  Comments off

Uluru! On Duxton Hill

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Received an SMS from Mia sometime ago saying that she saw a interesting new steakhouse on Duxton Hill and that I should check it out. This blog, as one or two people know, is very far from being a font of knowledge of exciting new places to eat, so any recommendation is welcome.

However, as a rule, we do not visit an establishment at least 6-9 months after it’s opening. Like wine, this blog finds that eating establishments do better when given a certain amount of time to develop it’s flavours and character.

Then again, sometimes this blog and his friends have nothing better to do on a weekend and when a Pescavore points out a new steakhouse, you can’t help but feel intrigued.

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Posted on 21st Jan 2008 in Food and Drink, Meat, Western  |  7 comments

Striploin, Tenderloin, Ribeye And Friends

IN YOUR FACE!

“Ivan, the Wagyu Ribeyes have been delivered, when are you coming for dinner?”

This blog was asleep in another country when Marlena – Mrs. Lam to you – of Cafe de Amigo called at 3am to ask. Truly, there is no place like home.

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Posted on 30th Aug 2007 in Dead Cow Society, Hainanese, Meat, Western  |  7 comments

Jazz at Azhang

collagePatrick of Azhang serves really good chicken wings. But because it was very long week, I was not too keen to keep late nights especially on a weekday. Ok, it was a Friday but I had errands to run.

You do realize I am giving a lot of excuses right? Anyway, I stopped and signed up for it because I found out that my friend Ai Ling was performing that night. I even called up the whole gang and signed them up. Unfortunately, the house was full, but Patrick was game enough to squeeze us all in to the lounge area.

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Posted on 8th Dec 2006 in Food and Drink, Makankaki, Singapore, Western  |  3 comments

Superdog at VivoCity

collageSaw this curiously named restaurant being enthusiatically written about, so I decided to have lunch with my colleagues since I am just round the corner and I was tired of generic pre-prepared canteen food.

Furthermore, I was hankering for a nice hot sausage that tastes of real meat.

VivoCity is a monster mall in Singapore terms, with, I read, 150 million square feet of shopping and eating space. Unfortunately, the shop directory did not really help because the shop names were inaccurate, for example, the name “White Dog” appeared in the space where Superdog was supposed to be (Basement 2). Fortunately, there was a VivoCity staff on hand at the shop directory to direct us with directions.

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Superdog is as cheerful and warm as any fastfood restaurant you can find in Singapore. We were greeted with an impressively complex menu. On closer inspection, the menu are just variations on the burger and hot dog theme; smart way of presenting options though. The prices are slightly higher than what you would expect from a generic burger joint.

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I got a Superburger ($8.90) and a sampling of the three available sausages: Spicy Italian, Polish and German Bratwurst ($4.20 each). I got the sausage only as the counter girl could not understand that I wanted the sausages with the grilled onion option ($5.80 each), but that, conceivably, is a good thing.

The Superburger is an amalgamation of bacon, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions and a 80g beef patty. I would have added another 80g ($2.50) if I had seen that option in time. Alas.

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Superdog is proud of the fact that it uses 100% Chuck for its patties which are not frozen at all. This sounds very impressive and good until you realize what Beef Chuck actually is.

Advertising analysis instincts aside, Superburger was good. The meat was sweet, moist and flavourful, quite unlike my experience at a pricier joint. The lettuce and tomato had a satisfying crunch and it was all made even more savoury by the generous strip of bacon.

My only complaint is that the Superburger is a tad small in size. I really should have upped the steaks.

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The sausages weren’t half bad actually, however that kind of price puts it in the range of gourmet sausages so it really paled in comparison.

After tasting the fantastic Superburger, the sausages were a let-down. Surprisingly, while big and meaty the reddish Polish sausage was tasteless while the German Bratwurst hardly fared any better with the spices successfully masking the meat. Only the dark red spicy Italian stood out because of the extra peppers inside.

And because they were served already cut up, I could not tell if they had that satisfying snap when you bite into a good sausage.

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The other good thing I tried was the Bacon Lover’s ($5.50). This is your ultimate artery-clogging cheese and bacon fix. Perfectly grilled bacon with caramelized onions on top of savoury cheese. This pig died fruitfully.

Oh yes, lettuce was present in the burger, but only, to be sure, as a condiment for some color and crunch.

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The chilli fries ($3.90) was pretty good because of the Chilli which, according to Superdog, is made from 16 different ingredients, one of which, hopefully, is beef. The serving we got was rather arid.

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The Chilli Dog ($4.20) brought back memories of the Old A&W Coney Dog where Tuesdays were a special day. Now you can bring back that memory everyday and with a nicely grilled bun.

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What was truly horrible, for me, was the Strawberry Sensation: Pure artificial syrup. One needs another Bacon Lover’s to calm the nerves and recover from the shock.

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It is amazing how Superdog can generate an impressive menu from just the basic ingredients (Burger, Sausage, Chilli, Cheese and Onions). It is a very shrewd accomplishment.

If you are at VivoCity and need some extra nourishment from all that trekking, Superdog is a nice departure from the usual fast food joints. Price-wise, their burgers give the upmarket gourmet burgers a good run for their money.

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Posted on 20th Nov 2006 in Food and Drink, Meat, Western  |  7 comments


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