Saturday, May 23, 2015

Do.Main Bakery Adds New Savoury Menu to French Classics and Breads

Mmmmh! Croissants... Viennoiseries... Pain au chocolat...


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I'm on ToTTtv: Yellow Earth Roast Chicken - Demo and Recipe

I love Margaret Xu's Yellow Earth Roast Chicken. It's simple to do, gives you a great crispy skin and moist, tender meat. So I did a video demo for ToTTtv, based on my post and recipe here:

You can click the recipe card above for a bigger photo.

By the way, we don't do any artificial styling done to the food in this series. The hardworking video crew took the chicken home to eat and gave it a thumbs up! They are awesome! And were probably very hungry!

We did two videos that day; the other one is for Mini Pancakes or Pancake Art:


I'm on TOTTtv: Mini Pancakes Demo and Recipe

Last month, I had a lovely afternoon at ToTT filming two recipes. This is the Mini Pancakes or Pancake Art one, based on my recipe here -

Here's the recipe; you can click on the picture for a bigger image.

Meanwhile, ToTT is giving away S$40 vouchers on this video! Just answer this simple question: When should you flip the pancakes? To enter the contest, simply watch this video and answer the question by leaving a comment on this video's YouTube page before 31 May 2015!

The other video is a recipe for Yellow Earth Roast Chicken:


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Truly Curry Rice at Telok Blangah: Young Hawkers Still Going Strong

UPDATE 15 JUNE 2015: Truly Curry Rice has moved to 153 Kampong Ampat, Jun Jie Industrial Building, #07-05, Singapore 326328. They have taken over a whole coffeeshop, and will also be testing out new concepts!

Young hawkers - we can only salute what they are doing. There are not many youngsters willing to continue our street food heritage, and those who do often cite immense difficulties. Many of them quit. But I was heartened to find two 20-somethings - Joel Chia and Deniece Tan - still going strong at their Truly Curry Rice stall at Telok Blangah Drive with as much passion as you could ever imagine. It's not because the going has been easy, or that they have no other jobs to fall back on. It's not even because it's more lucrative than their former banking careers. Why do they do this?

I did a more indepth feature on them for Yahoo Makanation and Makansutra. You can read more about them there.

Meanwhile, look at the rice so generously drenched with curry. Interestingly, the rice texture is the biggest cooking challenge. Every batch of rice is different, so they have to gauge how much water and cooking time is required to get that perfect fluffy texture and good bite.

The curry is actually two curries - a robust chicken one, topped with a tangy assam one to whet the appetite. And you have 17 side dishes to choose from. The food tastes like homestyle cooking, nothing too in-your-face, just simple comforting fare. Most dishes are non-greasy, and they use very little MSG.

You have your usual favourites - crispy breaded pork chop, sambal eggplant, chap chye, sambal squid, braised pork belly...

But the one that had me reaching back for more was the sliced potatoes with pork - extremely savoury and moreish.

They also did a great job with the bittergourd. Now, I am normally not a bittergourd fan (I only like it sliced thinly in soups, or Okinawa champuru style). But this dish with garlic and black beans was so delicious

They also recently introduced a stewed pork beehoon for just S$1 - insane with the amount of pork and stock infused into the rice noodles. The side dishes to go with this are only S$0.50, so you can get a really hearty breakfast at S$2 or less.

So kudos to Joel (left) and Deniece (right), who are recently joined by Joel's brother Joshua (centre), for their mind-boggling perseverance and hard work waking up at 1am to make sure everyone has a good and affordable breakfast at 6am. They work all through to 5-6pm with washing up the stall. I don't know how they manage to look so fresh. It has to be the magic formula when you're doing what you love.

Come read their stories at the links above. And come try their labour of love.

79 Telok Blangah Drive #01-29
Singapore 100079
Open daily 6am to 3pm


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hungry Heroes at Tessensohn Road: Feeding Our Superhero Frenzy

With Avengers storming the theatres with Age of Ultron, it seems we can't get enough of the Marvel (and indeed DC) superhero realms. If you're a fan and want a bigger infusion in your daily life, you need to check out Hungry Heroes at 33 Tessensohn Road.

"We feed heroes," they say, and what do heroes like to eat? Meat. Lots and lots of meat, apparently. Classic pulled pork, 150-day grass-fed tenderloin, ribeye and lamb rack. Hey, protein for them muscles, and energy for saving the world. I can't argue.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Alce Nero Mother's Day Hamper with Recipes

How are you celebrating Mother's Day? Something cooked with love beats a fancy dinner outside!

Italian organic brand, Alce Nero, and local food company, Ayam Brand has prepared an all-in-one cooking hamper for you to prepare a heart-warming meal.

This is the Alce Nero ‘Buon Appetito’ Hamper (S$180) has the basics (including recipe cards) you need to make Black Eyed Peas Garden Salad, Pesto Penne Pasta, and Cherry Jam Tart:
·         Alce Nero Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 250ml
·         Alce Nero Penne
·         Cherry Jam
·         Alce Nero Acacia Honey
·         Alce Nero Pesto Basil Sauce
·         Alce Nero Balsamic Vinegar

The best part? It comes with a Neoflam Aeni 24cm Casserole dishware, which is a Red Dot Design Award winner. This pot alone is worth about S$130.


It's a nice hearty pot you can use to make soups, stocks and other dishes too. Works on induction stoves too, I was glad to find out.

The Alce Nero Mother's Day hamper is available exclusively on starting May.

There is also a separate one done by Ayam Brand (S$138) which includes a 20cm Neoflam casserole. The items are for making a Nyonya Chicken Curry, Sautéed Shrimps with Baked Beans and aromatic Otak Otak Sardines, plus Ice Jelly with Peach dessert:
·         Ayam Brand Nyonya Curry
·         Ayam Brand Coconut Cream 270ml
·         Sardines in Water 120g
·         Baked Beans 425g
·         Sliced Peach 410g

Happy cooking for Mother's Day!

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