Graze

4 rochester park Stepping into Graze is like entering a friend’s backyard – and the morning we went the weather was beautiful. Easily one of the best places to spend a lovely Saturday morning out with friends and breakfast. 4 rochester park 4 rochester road The informal outdoor and homely indoors sets guests at ease, especially with the wide spaces between each table to allow adequate conversation-privacy and comfort.

Traditional European breakfast

Egg Benedict & Signature Cast Iron Pan

Brunch here reminded me of the reasons why we can fall in love with food – and that a perfect breakfast to start the morning can make a difference to how the rest of your day turns out.

Brunch essential: A good cup of latte

According to the only American at our table (our Burger-Authority), the burger was way better than DB’s or any other found in Singapore. The eggs benedict was predictibly straightforward but done really well – and ooh – their signature cast iron pan was appetizing both to the taste palette and the eyes. Highly recommended to anyone who wants a big hearty breakfast. It was so good we finished it to the last baked bean.

The place is laidback with great food and easy for a romantic date or a small group of friends. Definitely worth a visit 🙂

Graze burger - premium beef pattie, fried egg, bacon, lettuce & tomato

Graze
4 Rochester Park Singapore 139215

A girly cake that tastes good

Lychee Martini cakeThis pale pink sponge cake is an excellent interpretation of lychee martini! It looks and tastes the way I would have it if I have magical power (or talent in baking) to transform a lychee martini into a cake. The sponge cake was layered with fresh cream that had chunks of lychee and a slight alcohol aftertaste. We should all support great heartland bakeries! $25 for a 0.5kg cake.

Pine Garden’s Cake
Blk 529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-2369
Mon – Sun: 8:30 am – 9:30 pm

Authentic Thai food at Kovan

Thai Ice Tea and Spring RollTom Yam Soup and Jungle CurryThai food is totally our kind of food. We can go on and on about how thai ice tea is awesome with crushed ice and the sweet & sour sauce makes crispy spring rolls twice as nice. Our taste buds thrive on tom yam soup and my favourite is Nakhon Kitchen’s clear tom yam soup with prawns. The soup looks inconspicuous but the spiciness creeps up instantly when you take a sip. For $6, it is such a steal with the fresh prawns!

Pandan ChickenTwo other must-haves at Nakhon Kitchen are the fried grouper with thai chilli sauce and pandan chicken which are both so crispy and flavourful. There are also four different variations of chilli sauce on our table that we can add to the dishes.

Pineapple riceAsparagas with prawns and minced pork with tofuThe rest of the dishes like pineapple rice, asparagus with prawns and minced pork with tofu are decent too. The best part of it all is that every dish is priced between $6 – $8 and the fried garoupa at $22. We eat there at least once a fortnight and visit the bowling alley nearby.

PS: the queues are long but they take your order is advance so that you can start feasting once you are seated 😉

Nakhon Kitchen (Hougang)

212 Hougang Street 21, #01-341
A short walk from Kovan mrt

Pretty fruit tarts at Fruit*Paradise

fruit tartsI finally tried the tarts at Fruit*Paradise over the weekend! I am always a little wary about desserts that look too pretty because they are potentially a huge letdown if they don’t taste as good as you would imagine it to be. We went for the $9.80 set which allowed us to choose any tart on the shelf along with a hot or cold drink.

The mixed berry chocolate tart and banana chocolate tart were great with the generous portions of fruits and cream, but the mango tart was the best. We unanimously agreed that it was the only tart that we wouldn’t mind having a second piece because the taste was deliciously light with the cream, mango and yummy crust. With that said, all of them taste too sinful to enjoy often. Too much cream & sugar involved!

Fruit*Paradise
Orchard Central #05-51/52

Traditional mooncakes

singapore mosque streettraditional mooncake at chinatownRows of mooncakebox of yummy mooncaketraditional oven baked mooncakeDouble york with lotus seed paste and Five nuts mooncakefive nuts

It was fun strolling around Chinatown last weekend to look for the traditional mooncakes at 大同饼家 Tai Thong Cake Shop. I was there for the ordinary mooncakes – no snow skin, big fancy hotel name or special flavour. Reasonably priced at $8.50 a piece for Five Assorted Nuts and $9.50 for Lotus Seed Paste with Double York, it was no wonder there was a queue.

They definitely nailed the Lotus Seed Paste with Double York mooncake which was rich, creamy and not too sweet. I have no idea why The Straits Time featured the Five Assorted Nuts flavour though. The taste was just funky to me and I love nuts! My mum said that it’s a very traditional flavour but good food transcends all generation right?

Anyway, have a great Mid-Autmun Festival tomorrow with mooncakes & lanterns! 🙂

Tai Thong Cake Shop
35 Mosque Street

Midweek indulgence

Homemade Nectarine & Pistachio Crunch Layers


In need of a midweek booster to get through the week? This fun & easy recipe only took me 15 minutes to prepare and there are so many ways you can tweak the recipe to incorporate different fruits & nuts.

Ingredients:
50g breadcrumbs (I cut a slice of bread into tiny pieces & baked it for 5 mins)
25g fruit muesli
50g demerara sugar
25g shelled pistachios, finely chopped
500g Keiko‘s custard cream
500g fat-free Greek yoghurt
2 tbsp honey
4 ripe nectarines, stoned, thinly sliced

Steps:
1)
Mix and bake the breadcrumbs, muesli, sugar and pistachios together in the oven until they are crisp and golden brown (aprx 8 mins). Remember to stir mid way so that they are evenly toasted. Cool once done.
2) Beat the custard with the yoghurt and sweeten with syrup or honey.
3) Layer the mix in 1) and 2) with nectarines and you’re done!

The less sinful dessert 🙂

Recipe from BBC GoodFood magazine (Asian edition, July issue)

PS: We found these retro Sinalco cups when we were cleaning up the storeroom!

A mixed bag of western food

You will find a huge variety of western style food at Lenas, a spin off of Ministry of Food. Their enormous menus consist of a permutation of meat, pasta, pizza, rice and baked rice. We ordered the Supremo pizza which was pretty decent but everything else was just meh. I guess it is quite difficult for grilled meat to go wrong with cheese, but it isn’t easy to make it incredible either.

The pasta comes with 5 choices of sauce which I unfortunately cannot remember. The smoked duck spaghetti with spicy aglio olio sauce which was indeed spicy, was pretty good to me but scorned by my two friends because it was super oily. I didn’t try the grilled chicken with pilaf rice but my friend ordered it two nights in a row.

As for the desserts, we order the chocolate fondue because it was only $12.90. We would enjoy it even better if they gave more strawberries! The hot plate brownie with fried banana and hot fudge was a highly anticipated dish that fell flat. The brownie was too cake like and the fried banana tasted weird. We even dunked the brownie into the chocolate fondue just to finish up the dessert. lol

Lenas
NEX Mall #02-01/02/03

PS: I hope this post doesn’t sound too hasty. I’ve quite a few things going on at the moment but I hope to share more soon! 🙂