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SGFoodonFoot
This is SGFoodonFoot living in Hougang/Kovan. I work in Changi. Italian, Japanese, Singaporean are my favorite cuisines. I also love Hawker Centre, Restaurant.
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Chocolate Paradise Smile Apr 30, 2013   
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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes

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uff is located on the second floor on the same stretch of shophouses with Sophie Bakery but a couple of door steps away. Kimberley knows about this place because she bought her boyfriend's birthday cake from Truffs but back then it was only a takeaway kiosk. Truffs has since expanded with a sit down area cum gallery where patrons can enjoy their drinks and indulge in their signature cakes and tarts.

 
I think this is probably one of the best chocolate beverage I ever have in Singapore. I had the Hot Chocolate ($6.50) while the ladies had the Ice Chocolate ($7.50). The chocolate beverages were velvety, rich but yet not too sweet. The ice chocolate even comes with dark chocolate bits in it.

I am grateful that Truffs now has a café area so I got a chance to savour the delicious Chocolate Cake ($11 per slice). When they didn't have the café area, one needs to buy the whole cake in order to taste this delicious chocolate cake. The chocolate cake was light, fluffy and spongy while the ganache was rich but not too sweet. It had a harmonised balance that I didn't feel sick finishing it.

The tart at Truffs does not have a bottom shell but replaced with a crumbly crusts. The tart comes in either Earl Grey or Espresso infused chocolate ganache. We tried the Earl Grey Chocolate Tart ($7) which has a brilliant combination of the intense and velvety tea infused chocolate ganache.

Truffs is definitely a chocolate heaven for chocolate lovers for their exquisite truffles, cakes and tarts. Although the café area is rather spacious, I like the fact that the owner did not fill up the space with more tables and seats to make more profit. The café area has a quiet and laid back charm that I can imagine myself relaxing, reading a book while sipping a cup of hot chocolate.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Chocolate Cake
 
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A Taste of Korea OK Apr 30, 2013   
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Categories : International | Hotel | Pasta | Buffet | Chinese Noodles

For a limited period from 22 April to 12 May 2013, Straits Café at Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore has invited Korean guest Chef Kim Hyun Jung from Lotte World to present A Taste of Korea as part of its International buffet.

There are already quite a number of Korean restaurants in Singapore and most of us are rather familiar with Korean cuisine. Nevertheless, it is still worthwhile to visit Straits Cafe for their buffet as some of the Korean dishes prepared by Chef Kim Hyun Jung is not commonly served in local Korean restaurant.

Banchan (side dishes) is like a staple of Korean cuisine. At A Taste of Korea buffet, the spread also offers some side dishes such as Zucchini, Bean Sprouts, Kimchi and Vermicelli. My favourite among the side dishes is the kimchi.

This is quite interesting for my limited knowledge of Korean cuisine. The Korean Ginseng Soup exactly has rice in it and it felt like having a bowl of porridge instead of a bowl of soup. The hearty bowl of Korean Ginseng Soup was very comforting with ingredients such as chicken, water chestnut and ginseng. One can also add a pinch of sea salt to enhance the flavour further.

 
I quite enjoy the Seabass and Zucchini Pancakes which has a nice thin coat of flour and egg batter. It was rather bland if eaten without sauces. The star was the dipping soy sauce that made the pancakes shone, accentuating the flavour and dimension of the dish.

Resembling our local curry chicken, the Korean version of Hot Spicy Chicken was rather mild and fiery free to the local palate.

The thinly sliced prime Beef Ribs was beautiful marinated and grilled to perfection. It was succulent and tender with a nice thin layer of fats. Probably the favourite among the diners as I noticed a couple of us went for more helpings of the beef ribs.

The selection of Rice Cake Rolls was Mustard (yellow), Cinnamon (Brown) and Green Tea (green). The chewy texture was quite enjoyable and the Honey Citron Tea was perfect to wash it down and cleanse the palate.
 
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Fruit Juice Mee Siam Smile Apr 30, 2013   
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Categories : Malay | Singaporean Chinese | Hawker Centre | Chinese Noodles

When I was asked to check out this stall at Hong Lim Market & Food Centre that sells Fruit Juice Mee Siam, I did not hesitate as I am a junkie for unique and good hawker food. Furthermore, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre housed a lot of good hawker food and I can take the opportunity to also explore the good there. Not knowing what to expect, I made my way down to Hong Lim Market & Food Centre on a Saturday afternoon to join a group of foodies invited by OpenRice to check out this unique Mee Siam dish.

 
The stall Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa is located on the second floor of Hong Lim Market & Food Centre. There are quite a few Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa stall around the island which I think are franchised. The original stall is at Jalan Besar and it is still using charcoal to cook its laksa broth. The owner of this stall, Mr Daniel Soo has been running this stall for the past 12 years and invented the special Fruit Juice Mee Siam.

The one dish meal Fruit Juice Mee Siam are priced at $3, $4 and $6. The $6 one comes with crayfish. In my bowl of mee siam, there were luxurious servicing of crayfish, chicken, prawn and eggs. I was totally blown off by the stall's interpretation of the spicy, sweet and sour mee siam gravy. The gravy comes with a lighter colour, smoother texture and it is less oily compared to the Malay and Nonya versions. In short it seems like a more healthy version but not compromising in taste. In fact better than the traditional mee siam.

Before leaving, I tried my luck to check with the uncle what fruits were added to gravy but he refuses to tell me the ingredients. He only tells me a lot of work is needed to prepare the gravy and it needs to be boiled by a good 2 hours. I suspect pineapple and lime were added. If you have the chance to visit the food centre, do check out their fruit juice mee siam. It is really good.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Fruit Juice Mee Siam
 
Spending per head: Approximately $6(Lunch)

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Categories : Middle Eastern/Mediterranean | Vegetarian

Original Sin the first vegetarian Mediterranean restaurant in Singapore has been around for 14 years since 1997. Chef Michael Hadley from Michelangelo together with co-owner Chef Marisa Bertocchi created the concept of Original Sin and since then never look back. This is really quite an achievement for a vegetarian restaurant in the current F&B scene where restaurants opened and closed in a couple of years.

The colorful salad garden, Principessa ($18) has an eclectic mix of roasted pumpkin, avocado, asparagus, tomato, french beans and boccocini, all mingled in a bed of mixed lettuces and dressed in a light balsamic vinaigrette that was subtle and unassuming.

The Basilico ($13) is homemade herb bread with creamy goat cheese, char grilled eggplant and roasted capsicum and rocket leaves. The bruschetta has a nice balanced of flavours that will whet your appetite.

The Eggplant and Parsnip Fritters ($16) drizzled with zesty house mayo was rather simple with a light batter but was surprisingly quite delectable with a nice exterior crisp. This is my first time having parsnip and I thought the texture is quite similar to potato, very enjoyable.

The Haloumi ($18) which is usually made from a mixture of goat's milk and sheep's milk was nicely pan fried and served on a bed of salad greens, roasted capsicum, lentil, cucumber and mint salad. Due to its high melting point, the haloumi is ideal to be served pan fried or grilled giving it a nice texture and alternate way to enjoy cheese.

The Mezze Platter ($22/$30) reminds me of a similar dish I had at Blu Kouzina. The Middle Eastern platter served with Falafal balls and Pita Bread comes with Hummus Chick Pea, Aromatic Pumpkin and Carrot, Eggplant Baba Ganoush and Yogurt Tzatziki dips. My favourite is the pumpkin and carrot dip.

The Magic Mushroom ($18) which is baked portobello mushroom with ricotta cheese, spinach, pesto, topped with a tomato basil sauce and mozzarella was simply magical. The medley of rich flavours with the earthy mushroom magically sent the mouth blooming with wonderful flavours. I will definitely go back for this.

This is another must try dish at Original Sin. The Bosco Misto ($26) is like 2 beef patties stacked on top of each other but this is the vegetarian version made of spinach, feta and tofu coated with crushed almonds and sesame seeds, asparagus and a button mushroom plum sauce. Being a meat lover, I was actually very satisfied and content. I didn't feel I missed out any meat

The Lasanga ($26) comes with baked layers of pasta sheets filled with button mushroom, spinach, onion, zucchini, capsicum, tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil topped with shaved parmesan. I couldn't help digging into the melange of beautiful flavours.

By now I am already very impressed with the creativity of Chef Marisa Bertocchi. She definitely has bring vegetarian food to a new level. Cooked to perfection, the Porcini ($26) was exquisitely executed. The creamy white wine sauce also married the pasta beautifully, bringing the whole dish together.

Original Sin not only serves delish starters and mains, they also have a decent selection of desserts. I tried the Chocolate Brownie, Apple Crumble, Tiramisu and Hazelnut Chocolate Cake. All desserts are priced at $10 and were pretty good. My favourite was the tiramisu and hazelnut chocolate cake.

Being able to stand tall for the past 14 years, Original Sin has tapped on a niche segment of the market and brings vegetarian to a whole new level with its creativity. Vegetarian food is no more boring and even better than many non vegetarian food. Price can be on the high side but you are paying for the quality.

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Recommended Dish(es):  magic mushroom,porcini
 
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Satay Smile Jul 18, 2012   
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Categories : Hawker Centre

 
This popular stall at Clementi always spotted with a long queue. The stall not only steals satay but also barbeque meat. The marinated satay meat has a tad of sweetness to it which is delightful to the palate. The satay is nicely barbeque to a slight char and comes with a nice smokey aroma. The meat skewer also has a nice layers of fats giving it a nice texture. Paired with the nice and savoury peanut sauce, the satay is probably the best you can get.
 
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