Greedy, but discerning
A wise woman once said "I am not a glutton, but an explorer of food". We just like to eat really, and good food ought to be shared :) Most of our epicurean wanderings are within Singapore, but we'll make it clear when we do go further afield.
Friday, June 30
Savoey Seafood, Bangkok
This is a convenient place to have Thai seafood and shop at the same time. Tucked at the back of the night market, it’s a full service seafood restaurant that tosses up a pretty good meal. I had to have my favourite woon sen claypot (vermicelli with seafood - top left) and tom yum goong (hot and sour seafood soup). They also recommended that I try the farmer’s vegetable (top) that looked like a creeper but tastes fresh and crunchy. Total bill came up to over 700 baht / US$18.
Food Loft @ Central Chidlom, Bangkok
Many of the food courts in the higher end malls are evolving into psuedo restaurants. This visit, I decided to check out the one at Central Chidlom department store.
The food was tasty alright. I had the usual laab (left), a hot and spicy meat salad, and grilled chicken with sticky rice. Delicious. Wish I could order more, but there is only that much the stomach can take. Will have to do more walking till the next meal.
Thursday, June 29
Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok
I also love the drinks they serve here – coke out of glass bottles and poured into traditional metal mugs. Total cost of the noodles and drink: 40baht / US$1.
Lan Som Tam Nua (Papaya Salad Restaurant), Bangkok
This has become an all time favourite restaurant for me in Bangkok. By the name of the restaurant, their specialty is the som tam or papaya salad with different variations. I tried the one with what they termed “preserved egg” or salted egg (top) as we know it. The combination of the saltiness from the egg and the spiciness from the som tam is delicious.
What else is delectable is their baskets of chicken wings, so fragrant and crisp and taste so good with the sticky rice (below). My other favourite (everything is a favourite here!) is the hot and sour soup. Yums!!!
Wednesday, June 28
Ji De Chi (Hong Kong Desserts)
The Chinese name for the stall (and it only has a Chinese name) translates literally into “remember to eat”. But does one really need reminding when it comes to desserts? This is one of a few but growing (at least I hope) specialty dessert places that serve traditional Hong Kong style dessert, from steamed egg, steamed milk, to walnut paste, dumplings in ginger soup (bottom right) and hashima (I call this frog’s spit). My favourite here though it the cold mango dessert (top right) that is filled with chunks of mango and a sprinkling of the sac of the grapefruit. Depending on the time of the year, the grapefruit is replaced with pomelo. Goes down extremely well on a warm day. Prices are way reasonable, averaging S$3-5 / US$1.70-3 per serving.
Adam’s Indian Rojak
Indian rojak is like a salad of sorts – a selection of items, all fried and then chopped up: dough balls, dough balls with fillings like egg, potato or vegetables, crunchy prawn cake, fish cake, tofu, tempeh (lentil patty), sausages (contemporary addition), etc. These are but some of the items I usually pick from amongst an extensive selection. The chef usually would add to this a generous helping of chopped (yes more chopping here) cucumbers, raw onions and green chillies. The rojak is eaten with a spicy peanut base dip. Sounds not so healthy but tastes pretty darn good, especially when eaten at tea time. The Adam Road version is a pretty good one since the mark of a good Indian rojak stall is in the dip.
Thursday, June 22
Other than my all time favourite soufflé (though to this day, I cant quite figure out why they removed the lemon soufflé from the menu), and extensive selection of desserts, a nice bite for lunch is their otah bruschetta – a spread of the spicy otah paste (a spicy minced finsh mixed) on toast. Nice variation of a traditional dish.
The sandwich here was simply stunning. Amazing breads like what you would get in France – crusty on the outside, soft on the inside, packed full of parma ham, parmesan cheese, rocket and a light spread, lightly grilled. Heaven.
This was but one of a selection. (I have my eye on the Atlantic that is filled with minced crab and one other that features foie gras - yes I am a practitioner of planning many meals in advance!). Prices were reasonable too – averaging S$15 / US$8.80 a sandwich. I accompanied my sandwich with a delicious skinny latte. The place though – with all the trappings of a nice funky café, could do with a little more care with the detailing. The main trash can was left by the entrance, and the paper napkin store was all too visible to the diners.
Va Va Voom (Vietnamese)
We ordered the an interesting chicken salad that was both spicy and crunchy; a fresh Vietnamese roll, though fresh, was a bit too packed to allow the full flavours of the ingredients to come through; and the sour seafood noodle soup that tasted disappointingly like a regular beehoon (rice noodle) soup but with a tinge of sourness to it.
Xian De Lai Shanghai Cuisine (Hotpot)
The restaurant serves a hotpot that offers two soup options: regular and mala (spicy and tongue numbing). But prior to filling it with the stock, it served a base of kung pao frog legs, a dish spiced up with dried chillies. The mala soup was added after we were done picking at all the tiny pieces.
This was followed by an all you can eat selection. You can take your pick from a variety of dumplings, vegetables, meat slices, tofu, etc, to cook in the soup. Our favs from the menu were the different dumplings, frozen tofu, and selection of other soy products. Not too bad a deal at S$18 / US$10.60 per person. The dips were rather standard though – cut chillies in soy sauce and a fresh chilli sauce, unlike those special mixes that I have come to expect of hotpot restaurants like Xiao Ping in Chinatown.
Friday, June 16
Les Caves de la Maréchale, Toulouse
3, rue Jules Chalande
More dining in caves, this time in one that is marked by life size marble like statues. We shared an assortment of starters: terrine and tanpanede with bread that was simple and nice; a baked cheese salad that was superbly light; and an escargot pie – interesting since the cheese masked practically everything. I had the duck confit for my main and found it too dry.
Le Club, Toulouse
Thursday, June 15
Café des Arcades, Toulouse
This was a nice meal but I have had one fish too many and still they keep coming! I started with the smoked fish appetiser, followed by a grilled fish (top) for the mains. Lovely presentation but it's just too much fish. Dessert was a variation of a panna cotta. Nice but not quite my thing.
Wednesday, June 14
Le 19, Toulouse
La Cantou, Toulouse
Ah… the only good meal I had. We started with these beautiful canapés that dressed all tables before the meal and also with dessert. Gorgeous assortment of tiny savoury bites.
The meal started with this lovely chopped salmon on a packed biscuit based. Loved the taste of the fresh thyme on it.
This was followed by a divine lamb dish – the meat was well marinated and superbly tender, and tasted fabulous with the little pot of potato mash.
Dessert was a lovely fruit cocktail with coconut sorbet. It was obvious a lot of care went into the presentation.
Lunch was beautiful, set in this lovely garden of a cottage on the outskirts of town, though a bit hot (it was the start of a sweltering summer!).