Monday, December 29, 2014

Wan Li Chinese Restaurant at Renaissance Johor Bahru

Wan Li Chinese Restaurant at Renaissance Johor Bahru

We had a lovely stay at the Renaissance Johor Bahru, which is a fairly new five-star hotel popular with both business guests and families (see pics of the rooms and facilities here). One of the bonuses of staying there is having a fine-dining Chinese restaurant right on site. Wan Li serves Cantonese with modern touches and isn't afraid to borrow ingredients from other cuisines to give dishes a lift beyond the usual renditions.

The kitchen has been inspected and the food deemed suitable for Muslim consumption. They just can't have a halal license because they carry liquor. "Lots of Muslims actually like Chinese food," the restaurant told us.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Renaissance Hotel Johor Bahru - Rooms and Facilities

King bed

The Renaissance Johor Bahru is where we spent Jolie's birthday. It's five-star, it's elegant, and it's still got that clean new hotel feel. The hotel is between the city centre (about 15 minutes drive from the Causeway) and the busy trading port of Pasir Gudang. So it gets both families as well as the business crowd.

We had the junior suite and adjoining twin room. Let me show you the rest of the rooms.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Awesome Birthday Stay and Legoland Package at Renaissance Johor Bahru, A Five-Star Hotel



What a wonderful day we had last week. It was Jolie's birthday, so we brought Nadine and her to Legoland. We chose to stay not at the Legoland Hotel, but at the five-star Renaissance Johor Bahru (part of the Marriott group). Once you read through, you'll know why. We all loved this new hotel when we first stayed there last year. It's beautiful, elegant, clean and food is great there!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

The Entertainer 2015: "Buy 1 Get 1 Free" Dining, Spa, Travel Deals


Want to halve your dining, spa, fitness and travel costs? 

There's an app for that.


The Entertainer app gives you in total S$89,000 worth of "Buy 1 Get 1 Free" vouchers from 254 merchants in Singapore. Whether it's a burrito from Muchachos or luxurious nights at the Grand Hyatt Bali, this app will give you 1-for-1 savings.

The Entertainer 2015 edition also includes Entertainer Travel 2015 which is loaded with 250 hotel offers throughout Asia, Indian Ocean, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The app is available on iOSAndroidWinPhoneSamsung and Blackberry platforms.

Download the free app to try before you buy. There is a 14-day free trial period with a few sample offers you can test out. If you like it, you can choose to unlock the full app for the rest of the offers.


If you are planning big ticket items like a trip to the Maldives, you could get 1-for-1 savings at resorts like Banyan Tree or Shangri-La Vilingili! 






I can't list all the 254 merchants for 2015 here (scroll fatigue) but they include:

The Spa Artisan
Aramsa The Garden Spa
Praelum
Papasan
Saha
Buyan
The Bank
Masego The Safari Spa
Oriental Spa Chamber
Senso
Gattopardo
Pink Parlour
Lime
En Japanese
Skyve
Nara Thai
Pepenero
Shallots
Bistro 1855
Milagro Spanish Restaurant
Gusto by Alfresco Gusto
Sprigs
Capricci
Sopra Cucina
The Lokal

I have the 2014 app and love checking it to see for offers. You can easily bookmark your favourite places and keep track of your savings that are stacking up.




There's no need for pre-booking (except for hotel stays, naturally). Just show up at the merchant and show them the app with the product you want. I tried out the app at The Disgruntled Chef and this post shows the step-by-step screenshots of how you use the app at the restaurant, along with review of the dishes!

This video neatly shows you to register for an account, set your PIN number and search for deals. You can view places on a map, or query by location or category (body, kids, leisure, restaurants and bars, services, travel). The offers are stackable too, so you can use up to 4 vouchers at the same time for up to 8 people or more (some conditions may apply at certain merchants).






I am keeping this post brief because you must not waste any more time.

Grab the early bird discount: the FULL app is now S$60 (usual S$70) until 31 Dec 2014.



Plus, get an extra 10% off with this promo code: 2015CAM 


Honestly, I think the Entertainer 2015 makes a great Christmas gift - something that keeps giving the whole year round! Yes, goodies to redeem all year round. Plus there are monthly offers in addition to year-long deals.





























This post is brought to you by the Entertainer.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Crystal Jade Opens in San Francisco, USA!



Bravo! Crystal Jade has made it to the United States! What a proud moment for them. The US$14 million CJ Jiang Nan in San Francisco is their first outlet outside Asia, and it's a grand statement in the food savvy city. At 20,000 sq feet, it's easily one of San Francisco's largest restaurants. This is where they are bringing their brand of authentic Chinese cuisine to the world stage. America sure could do with some real Chinese food, not the greasy General Tso's or chop suey variety. Many of my friends were so happy to hear about CJ opening in San Francisco.

My story on this epic opening is out on Yahoo and Makansutra:
https://sg.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/crystal-jade-opens-san-francisco-124645775.html
http://www.makansutra.com/stories/3/1291/CrystalJadeOpensinSanFrancisco

But here are more photos and insights from the trip. This is a bumper post with over 40 photos! CJ Jiang Nan truly is a gorgeous site, carved into so many areas to explore - spacious dining hall, private rooms, a chic bar, plus magnificent outdoor patio. And the food is astounding. You'll see.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Five Hidden Gems for Foreign Cuisine in Singapore @CokeSG #CokewithFood



In recent years, Singapore has become more cosmopolitan in terms of the cuisines we can now find on this tiny island. Yes, we are fiercely loyal to our chicken rice and char kway teow, but we also can't get enough of foreign bites, especially after trying them overseas. Travel has helped us embrace food that used to be obscure to us. Most of these dishes I like to pair with something familiar like a good old Coke zero or Coke light - ice cold and bubbly!

What are your favourite foreign foods and where are your favourite eateries for those? Let me know in the comments; I would love to check them out. Meanwhile, here are five "hidden" or lesser known gems that I have discovered along the way.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Grain.com.sg - Delicious Healthy Meals Delivered in 15 Minutes (CBD Area)



If you work in the CBD, especially in the Marina Bay area, you know what it's like when lunchtime approaches. It's a battle with the rest of the workforce for food. Long queues, less than healthy dishes, or stuff that is just way too pricey. You may have to walk pretty far to get to your favourite options. Food delivery services? Sure, if you don't mind awful greasy fare or food that doesn't travel well.

The young and talented folks behind Grain.com.sg knew this. They came up with a dream concept - healthy but tasty and interesting dishes delivered to you under 15 minutes upon ordering online. How do they do that? I followed the team on their run one day, and documented the story on Yahoo and Makansutra.





Most of these meals cost just an average of S$10.90 with no delivery charge, and you can even opt to add cold-pressed juices at S$5.50 per bottle. It's a balanced meal with complex carbs (e.g. black rice, couscous, quinoa) and fresh ingredients prepared with healthier techniques. They're also getting more requests for warm Asian food, so you'll see stuff like Ginseng Chicken Soup (above) among the 50-60 dishes they have on rotation. I love their website. Take a look at what's available today - grain.com.sg
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

My Awesome Aide de Camp Camera Bag: The Valencia Travel Tote Goes Everywhere With Me Now!


April 2014 in London for the inaugural Chowzter Awards.

This was the first time I traveled with the Aide de Camp's fabulous Valencia travel tote/camera bag, which I wrote about earlier here. I absolutely LOVE this bag. It's since traveled with me from New York to New Orleans, back to Boston, London and Singapore, then Sydney (Australia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Telunas (Indonesia). I put this baby through some serious tests!

And this Thursday, Nov 13, they are coming with me to San Francisco! Yes, there is no other cabin bag I will use when I travel. It's the best camera bag that I've ever come across.


The Aide de Camp Valencia camera travel tote is sturdy, versatile and well thought out

Aide de Camp makes seriously stylish camera bags that are both a thing of beauty and function. Before this, we either had to settle for practical but uninspiring bags and backpacks, or cool bags that weren't very useful or protective for cameras.

My Valencia tote comes with an inner bag that doubles up as a lightweight handbag. It's perfect when you reach your destination and just need a smaller and simpler bag for casual outings. I actually use this inner bag almost every day here, for my events and outings with friends. I love the detachable shoulder strap - strong neoprene that is so easy on the shoulder.


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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Masterchef Australia judge George Calombaris in Singapore: That HubaliciousSG Dinner with LifetimeAsia


Last week, I got a taste of how popular Masterchef Australia judge and chef George Calombaris is. I had arrived five minutes early at Hotel Jen Singapore (formerly Traders Hotel) for the sold out Hubalicious dinner hosted by Lifetime Asia, and the line for getting in was already snaking out the function room area.

People showing up early for dinner in Singapore always raises eyebrows. We are famous for being wedding dinner late. Or at least fashionably ten minutes late. Being early means all pretenses are out the window; they really want to see George!


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Monday, November 3, 2014

Ultimate Hawker Fest (22 Nov 2014): Heritage Comfort Food for Charity at Suntec City

Ultimate Hawker Fest 2015 in Singapore

The Ultimate Hawker Fest is back for the third year celebrating Singapore’s Hawker Heritage as part of Singapore’s Jubilee (SG50) celebrations. This event has been known to pull together the best names in the industry, and also amp up normal recipes to "ultimate" versions. But best of all, this indulgence is done in the name of charity. All profits will go to 32,000 beneficiaries under Touch Community Service, regardless of race and religion.







So what will we get to see this year?

Pioneer stalls by multi-generation hawkers: stalls helmed by chefs from the second, third and fourth generations of pioneers. Examples include Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh and Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery being passed to second and third generations respectively. In addition, Crocodile King by Tony Tee is making a comeback, offering nutritious crocodile soup only available for the festival.

Traditional fare made with the finest ingredients: ‘ultimate’ versions of the original dish. Examples include Elongated Glutinous Rice with Abalone by Geng Shu Mei Shi Shi Jia, 100 days corn fed Anxin Chicken Rice and Foie Gras Rojak by Onaka.

New generation hawkers and chefs: Douglas Ng of Fishball Story, Gerald and Julyn of Penang Kia, and Wee and Adrian of Old Bibik Beef Rendang will be present at the festival. Their passion for food has moved them to leave comfy jobs in other sectors to join the culinary industry.

Celebrity chefs: Eric Neo (from Intercontinental Hotel), Tan Yong Hua (Restaurant HOME), Melvin Lim (Ramada and Days Hotels Singapore) and Shen Tan will be cooking local dishes such as Otah, Roast Duck, Nasi Lemak etc.



Curators

This year, more than 20 hawkers and chefs have been handpicked by well-known food bloggers, Maureen Ow (www.MissTamChiak.com; centre), Derrick Tan (www.SgFoodOnFoot.com; right) and Ian Low (TheSilverChef.blogspot.sg; left) to create the Ultimate menu.

I know they have worked tirelessly and really hard to put together a marvellous line-up of remarkable hawkers and dishes. So do drop by and support the hawkers who have also taken precious time off their business to showcase their ultimate recipes here.

Date: 22 November 2014, Saturday
Time: 11am to 5pm
Venue: Suntec Convention Centre Halls 401 and 402
Buy coupons at www.ultimatehawkerfest.sg


All photos courtesy of Ultimate Hawker Fest
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Hai Fa Kway Chap at Bedok Interchange Food Centre


I need to do more short and simple posts, even if it's a photo using a cameraphone. Posts with over 20 photos can really kill, and take too much time to craft.

Anyway, I was craving kway chap the other day and went to this tried and trusted stall for my fix. Hai Fa at the Bedok Interchange food centre. I opted to omit the egg and fishcake, to focus more on the real meats. The well-cleaned intestines are absolutely toothsome and like the meat and taupok, they have absorbed all the sweet rich flavours of the braising stock. The kway (rice sheets) are a littel thick but super smooth and slurpalicious. Oh, and the chili is perfect. One little dipping dish sometimes is barely enough.

The only thing is - with something this tasty, you'll inevitably find the portion a little wanting. For S$3.90, you get this set that just about half fills you. Next time, I'll order a two-person's portion.

HAI FA GUO ZHI
#01-67, Bedok Interchange Food Centre,
207 New Upper Changi Road
Singapore 460207
Tel: +65 64443963
Open: 7.00 am to 3.00 pm (Closed Thursdays)
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Amex 30licious is back for 30 days in Nov! My 3-course dinner at ElMero Mero, CHIJMES

Ensalada El Mero Mero
Remember American Express and the 30licious promos? Yes, S$30 fabulous meals for 30 days. It's back and runs Nov 3 to Dec 2.

Booking started yesterday at http://book.hungrygowhere.com/30licious - yes, that's where you sign up for these scrumptious deals (S$30++ for Amex cardholders).

I tried out the $30 three-course dinner at El Mero Mero (30 Victoria Street, #01-20 CHJIMES, tel: +65 6337 1377) and it is such fabulous value for money.

For starters, you have the El Mero Mero Salad (above, normal a la carte price S$21). A gigantic bowl of fresh butter lettuce, tomatoes (marinated and sundried), Caesar dressing, sunflower seeds, and chunky skewers of braised pork belly (so divine). And folks, this is the full size dinner portion. They are not skimping for the S$30 promo!



Pork Carnitas
After that healthy start, indulge in your main courses. There are two options - this is the Carnitas (a la carte price S$32): slow cooked pork, pico de gallo (fresh tomato salsa) cutely served in an onion cup, a smoky pepper sauce and corn tortillas kept warm in a pouch.

It tastes best when you assemble a little bit of everything on the pork. Let the acidity of the tomato salsa cut through the pulled pork, and the pepper sauce to bind it together. It's incredibly filling though. After two wraps, I started eating just the pork alone minus the tortilla carb. Seriously, it's a lot of food for one person. That meat pot just kept on giving...I wanted to take it home.



Tacos al Pastor with Kurobuta Pork
Or you could go for the other main course - Tacos al Pastor (a la carte price S$26): Kurobuta pork done al pastor ("shepherd" style, but really a shawarma fusion with guajillo rubbed pork), grilled pineapple, chopped onions, coriander and lime, plus a green pepper sauce to spice things up a little (spice level - don't worry, it doesn't bite).



Nitro Sorbet
Dessert, thankfully, is light. Nitro sorbet (a la carte price S$12), freshly made. This tastes like it's been spiked with tequila! Cold and refreshing, served interestingly in a wooden bowl that looks like a coconut shell. Flavour changes weekly.



Daily juice of the day - papaya spiked with key lime
What's interesting is your meals include water and daily juice - today it's papaya with a hint of key lime. Get your vitamins, antioxidants and fibre all in one lovely drink.

I hope those restaurants who charge diners for plain water will sit up and take notice!



El Mero Mero has a nice show kitchen
El Mero Mero is small and cosy, but has a large show kitchen. There's a bar just outside where you can also indulge in smaller bites and drinks. For both restaurant and bar, there's a small Hispanic wine list, beers imported from Mexico (three exclusively - Rosarito Beach, Bufadora, 8 Reales), cocktails, and of course a wide selection of tequila and mezcal.


El Mero Mero at CHIJMES
El Mero Mero means "the go-to guy" in Mexican. It's aiming to be the go-to place for contemporary Mexican cuisine in Singapore. Many of the ingredients are flown in from Mexico. However, they've partnered with ComCrop (Singapore's first rooftop garden) to start growing Mexican ingredients like habanero and Serrano chillies, green tomatillo and epazote. This will help them minimise their carbon footprint while giving us fresher and tastier chillies, herbs and vegetables. Salsas and sauces are made fresh inhouse.




El Mero Mero is just one of the 35 restaurants offering the Amex 30licious deal. Check out http://book.hungrygowhere.com/30licious for more venues and make your booking online.




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Mouseover the restaurants to see details of the special S$30 menus. On mobile apps, you can just tap the restaurant description and it will expand to show the menus.

I have already spotted some I want to go for. Bookings are open now, and the 30licious meals begin 3 Nov! Enjoy the treats! #30liciousAmex FTW!



This post is brought to you by HungryGoWhere and American Express 
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Naoki Yoshihara by Ash has second salon at Orchard, and third outlet opening Nov in Tampines! See promo for 20% discount




Sometimes before you travel overseas, you want to get your hair nicely done. I had asked my friend Renzze to recommend me a good stylist from her regular salon Naoki Yoshihara by Ash at Liang Court. She has jaw-droppingly amaaazing curls and colours. Anyway, the salon contacted me and told me they had a second branch now at International Building, which I could try.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Puro Fairtrade Coffee - Your cuppa with a conscience!


How many of you are absolute coffee maniacs? Plenty enough to keep the hipster cafe scene going for sure. But I'm just curious - do you care where your coffee comes from and what impact it has on the environment?

Here's a company you may not have heard of - Puro - that believes people and the planet are just as important as profits. Puro was created in 2005 by a company called Miko which has been roasting coffee beans in Belgium for 212 years. Born out of growing environmental and ethical concerns, Puro has always sourced Fairtrade, organic and shade grown coffee.

Well, it has to be good coffee first, right? Fortunately it is. Puro kindly sent me a sample of some of the beans:
Fuerte: dark roasted blend of high grown Arabica blended with Congo Robusta beans (50%). Almost like bittersweet chocolate.
- Noble: mild, smooth, floral Guatemalan Arabicas blended with Peruvian Arabicas, and 20% premium Robusta
- Bio-organic: 100% Arabica from Peru and Honduras, the most delicate blend of the three, with soft notes of chocolate and citric sweetness.

My family likes the intense and full-bodied Fuerte best of all. But back to the conscientious part.

Fairtrade coffee is grown by small farmers or plantation workers meticulous about their crops, and the Fairtrade Foundation helps lift their working conditions and the lives of workers in the coffee growing dependent communities in the developing world.

Puro is also at the forefront of buying and protecting rainforests and is actively working alongside the World Land Trust, whose patron is Sir David Attenborough. Together, they even put a webcam in the  Ecuadorian rainforest to keep an eye on endangered species and raise awareness for conservation. Special forest reserves also keep near extinct species like the Golden Poison Frog alive.

For every cup of coffee sold, money is given to buy and protect areas of rainforest in South America. To date, Puro has saved over 5,600 acres (about 6,000 football fields) of rainforest across three Puro reserves in Ecuador, Brazil and Colombia.

Watch their story in this video they made in the heart of South America.



Puro Fairtrade Coffee Film from Puro Fairtrade Coffee on Vimeo.

They don’t have their own coffee shops but they supply some of the UK’s leading chains of cafes and restaurants, such as National Trust, Le Pain Quotidien, Leon, and Gourmet Burger Kitchen. I have seen their ancillary products in hotels (sugar sachets in W Bali, for example). You'll find Puro widely available in mainland Europe, Africa, Australasia and recently in Canada (they are currently looking for a US distributor).

It's great that you can have amazingly good coffee that helps the environment and the community that grows it. I've not seen any other coffee producer that is this dedicated to the cause.

For more details, visit the
Main Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/fairtradecoffee
Singapore Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/purocoffeesingapore
Singapore online store - http://store.purocoffee.com.sg
(Oooh, they now carry Puro Caremelized Speculoos Biscuits and Puro Belgian Hot Chocolate Drink)



Many thanks to Puro and Tamara Wolf for sending me the coffee from the UK!
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cooked Bird's Nest Delivery Service from Yu Xiang Yan


I can see this being a hit with pregnant ladies, those doing confinement and busy executive workers. Freshly cooked bird's nest delivered to you wonderfully warm and ready to eat in a porcelain bowl.

Yu Xiang Yan sent me a sample. The bird's nest is pristine and clear, with visible strands of varying thickness. What I really like about it - it's not too sweet. Sometimes I feel too much rock sugar gets in the way of us truly enjoying the delicate nature of the bird's nest.

I have personally seen the benefits of bird's nest when regularly consumed. I can't comment on whether this brand will bring the same perks since I am only eating it once, but it certainly is a luxurious treat for the tastebuds. So warm and soothing.



Prices seem reasonable for the portion served. A single bowl with delivery goes for S$26, two bowls for S$46, four bowls for S$84 and 10 bowls for S$227 (you get one extra bowl free, so it's 11 bowls). You can serve it immediately or store it in the fridge for later consumption.


Xu Yiang Yan bird's nest delivery

The package comes in a heat retentive bag, a sturdy box and also includes a porcelain spoon. You can reuse the bowl (it has a resealable lid) either for eating, or as they suggest for planting a bonsai.

Yu Xiang Yan is also part of the team that does Purer Skin skincare using bird's nest essence. I'm currently using the serum (smells like SKII) and night moisturiser. Skin does look more smooth and hydrated when I use it more regularly.
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Friday, October 10, 2014

The Bloody Mary 80th Anniversary Champagne Brunch at St Regis


It is the Bloody Mary's 80th birthday!

This classic vintage cocktail was perfected at The St Regis New York in 1934 when bartender Fernand Petiot at The King Cole Bar spiced up a tomato juice and vodka libation with celery salt, pepper, cayenne, lemon and Worcestershire sauce.

Today it remains the signature cocktail of the St Regis brand, and every hotel has its own localised version. Here at St Regis Singapore, you can try the Chili Padi Mary, which carries a thrilling kick from the strong chili heat, along with sweet hints of lemongrass and ginger root. I like it.

By the way, this photo above is taken at Astor Bar on a HTC One Max from HTC Singapore. I was pleasantly surprised it turned out so well!  No editing (except for cropping the bottom slightly) and no filters applied. My best shot so far, using the HTC. Still learning how to use it!

The St Regis Singapore is also presenting epicurean celebrations to showcase the Bloody Mary.

The month of October will see the St Regis Bloody Mary Anniversary Brunch on Sundays (5 to 26 Oct 2014) at Brasserie Les Saveurs. It's a four hour affair, starting with complimentary aperitifs at Astor Bar at 11am, progressing to the full brunch from noon to 3pm.

Here are some of the highlights:

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

How to Make Yoghurt At Home: Selfish Gene Cafe Shares Easy Recipe!

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Imagine having your own stash of beautifully creamy homemade yoghurt - free of additives, sweeteners and preservatives - to enjoy at any time. It's easier than you think, and could save you a pretty penny in the long run.

Gene Mok of Selfish Gene Cafe kindly shared with us his method for making yoghurt, simplified for home cooks. It took him several months to perfect the recipe, and I have to say - the yoghurt tastes really good!



The full recipe, along with tips for making yoghurt nice and creamy, are in my story on Yahoo and Makansutra:

https://sg.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/yoghurt-home-062937139.html

http://www.makansutra.com/stories/6/1254/Howtomakeyoghurtathome


Gene also showed us how he uses yoghurt in some of the cafe's dishes. Aside from the obvious Homemade Yoghurt with summer berry compote and granola (S$6, in the pretty jar, available 10am to 3pm), it also goes into dressings and cakes.



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For the daily lunch, Gene has come up with a list of specials only for weekdays. Roasted Atlantic Salmon Fillet with Dill-scented Potato and Homemade Slaw (S$16). Portion shown above is just a tasting portion, but oooh, the fish was done perfectly. Slightly rare in the middle and so very moist and tender. The smear of yoghurt dressing adds a nice tang, and even the drops of oil are not for decoration, but are infused with a nice scent.

Other lunch specials include Pasta Alla Olio with Hickory Smoked Bacon Lardons, Fried Egg, Garlic, Chili and Parsley (S$14). Add a mini soup and salad (S$4) if you wish. There are also homemade soups like Cream of Pumpkin and even Soto Ayam - Asian-inspired leek, potato and chicken soup, with deep-fried shallots and chili oil.


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He also makes his own ricotta, which he uses in the Mushroom Tartine (foreground). It's amazingly savoury, this little bite of thyme scented sauteed mushrooms with homemade ricotta on multigrain bread. This is just a tasting sample. I need to come back for the full-sized version.



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The Orange Yoghurt Cake (S$6) is quite a treat too. The citrusy aroma is a lovely pick-me-up for tea. The yoghurt I think helps to keep the cake moist - in fact, Gene used yoghurt as a substitute for buttermilk, which is hard to get here.

All the cakes are made inhouse using French techniques, and no emulsifiers.


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Gene is a psychology graduate but could not resist returning to his creative inclinations. He explored pottery, baking, and then enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu, Sydney, to learn the fundamentals of French cooking. Upon his return, he trained under Emmanuel Stroobant of Saint Pierre from 2007 to 2011.

"I want to offer simple, honest food to guests at Selfish Gene Cafe. But there's also a thought process behind every dish. It's a symbiotic relationship between chef and guest," he says.

Some people have wondered if the name of the cafe would conjure negative connotations, with the name "Selfish", but it explains Gene's philosophy: he is selfish because he will not serve food that he himself will not eat. That and the clever nod to Richard Dawkins' book.

But it's a great place to chill, whether alone or with a friend. Breakfast is served from 10am til 3pm. Lunch is noon to 2.30pm. Sandwiches from 11.30am onwards, and desserts served all day.

Coffee here is excellent - Gene uses a blend of Arabica beans from Sumatra, Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Brazil (Highlander Coffee). But he also has great taste in tea, which is his first love. He stocks Dammann Frères, one of the very best (and my favourite too). You'll also find Chinese style teas like Tie Guan Yin, Osmanthus and Pu Er, supplied by a local merchant.


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SELFISH GENE CAFE
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/selfishgenecafe
Twitter: https://twitter.com/selfishgenecafe
40 Craig Road
Singapore 089678
Tel: +65 6423-1324 (no reservations, walk-in only)
Open
Mon-Fri 10am to 5.30pm (last order 5pm)
Sat-Sun 9am to 5pm (last order 4.30pm)
Closed on certain public holidays (refer to their website)
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I'm on the BITES October Blogger Hot Seat!


BiTES - The Scoop on Good Eats (follow them on Instagram here - @bitessg ) put me on the hot seat this month. We had a lot of fun chatting and enjoying the luscious brunch spread at Seasonal Tastes brunch at the Westin Singapore (mmmn, nice rendang). I love the magazine...it's pages and pages of yummy things to eat.

Here's the full interview.


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Sunday, October 5, 2014

ToTT's Taste Challenge, 4th Anniversary Sale, New Products and ToTT Bistro Delicious New Dishes

The ToTT Taste Challenge is back after last year's success
Gosh, we had such fun at the ToTT 4th Anniversary Taste Challenge yesterday. The blindfolded contest had us tasting 20 food ingredients and five dishes. Wow, it was tougher than last year. Some everyday food items had us completely stumped when the element of sight was missing. But that's what makes it fun. The chorus of "Ohhhh!" when each answer was revealed was a hint of how many people were equally baffled.



Last year, I thought I didn't do so well. I had four answers wrong. This year...I got EIGHT wrong! Are my tastebuds getting more confused the more food I eat? Or maybe it's the dreaded age factor - "I can't taste my food anymore!" Haha. But at least the FIJI Water still tasted good.

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