Dim Sum Workshop @ Yum Cha Chinatown

I signed up for a cooking class at Yum Cha, which is a famous dim sum restaurant in Singapore. The course costs $68 per person, and I learnt how to make three different types of dim sum from the Head Chef, namely siew mai, vegetarian spring roll and prawn wonton crisp. The course is held on weekdays from 2.30 to 5pm and is suitable for people 14 years old and older.

I did not have to worry about having any cooking experience as the chef was very patient and actually repeated the steps when we were unclear. The class size is also kept small, from six to 12 people, to provide a conducive learning environment. The fee includes course materials, complimentary drinks and dim sum during the break, as well as a dim sum buffet voucher.

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Chef showed us how to cook the fillings for the dim sum with Yum Cha’s secret seasoning (which remained a secret). However, we did not make them as they needed to be set and refrigerated overnight.

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Fart Tartz Now Has An Outlet at Chinatown!

I am so happy that Fart Tartz has expanded and now has an outlet which is more centralised! The cafe’s flagship outlet is at Singapore Expo, which is too far east of Singapore for most of us. Now, people will be delighted to know that we do not have to travel all the way to the end of the East-West Line because there is an outlet at South Bridge Road!

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It was really hot, so we started off with two types of refreshing Icy-Blend in large size. Fresh Watermelon Freeze and Lychee Lemongrass Freeze ($16.90 each). The serving size is good for three to four. I preferred the more conventional watermelon ice blended, but I must admit the lemongrass one was something special. It tasted a bit of lemon and ginger, but with bits of lychee.

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Initially when I saw the words “Bird Nest Bruschetta”, I was thinking along the lines of the Chinese delicacy. However, this appetiser comprises of six crunch yam nests, topped with herbs, tomatoes, garlic, onions, olive oil and shrimps. Really worth the $9.90!

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Baguette Balls ($9.50). Six miniature baguette balls filled with creamy minced chicken and mushrooms, topped with melted cheese. To be honest, I could not really taste any chicken, it was more like a thickened cream of mushroom soup.

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Maggie Joan’s: A Secret Door in A Back Alley @ Amoy Street

Maggie Joan’s is located in a back alley along Gemmill Lane. The one very peculiar feature about the restaurant is that there is no means of access from the front. Rather, the entrance is a nondescript dark brown door, with only a simple black and white sign to indicate the presence of the restaurant.

As I entered the restaurant, I was led through the first dining area where a row of lacquer wooden tables lined the wall of the dimly lit room. We were guided towards the back of the restaurant, where we had “prime seats” facing the open kitchen. From there, I had a good view of the culinary team hard at work in the kitchen. By the way, both dining areas are dimly lit and rather chilly.

Appetisers:

Roast Jerusalem Artichoke & Manchego ($8). The artichoke tasted strangely like potatoes. It was liberally topped with sesame seeds and ivory-yellow Spanish manchego cheese. The light and buttery texture of the cheese complimented the artichoke.

Egg, Dukkah & Saffron Mayo ($6). If you have been following social media, this is touted as one of the best dishes at Maggie Joan’s. And it is true. The dish was executed perfectly. With just a slice, the yolk burst through, intermingling with the flavourful spice mix.

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All Things Black And White at Monochrome Bistro @ South Bridge Road (Media Tasting)

Love black and white colour schemes or wish to have a meal in a black and white restaurant? Then, you should try Monochrome Bistro along South Bridge Road. The bold yet classy decor of the bistro was carefully selected by the owners and you cannot help but be drawn to the exterior as you are walking along the pathway outside.

The Bonding ($16). A basket full of goodness, comprising of three types of wings: Honey Oat, Chilli Crab and Favourite House Wings. Imagine crispy marinated mid-wings coated with honey and oats, or chilli crab sauce or Thai sweet chilli! So delicious! If you love chicken wings, you have to try this!

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[Newly Opened] Banana Tree Singapore @ Keong Saik Road

Hopping onto the Korean dessert bandwagon, I made my way down to Banana Tree yesterday with my mum and a good friend. The dessert shop opened just three days ago and is located about five to ten minutes’ walk from Outrum MRT station.

The place was packed! There was a queue for tables and a queue to order. We waited about an hour for our desserts to arrive. I was very tempted to tell the staff to stop taking orders and concentrate on pending orders because even as we were waiting so long for our food to arrive, they were still taking orders.

However, it was difficult to be pissed off because the proprietor was so sweet and she kept smiling. It also helped that the desserts were so lovely!

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Restaurant Week 2015: Napoleon Food & Wine Bar @ Telok Ayer Street

This was my first Restaurant Week meal and one of the more memorable ones. Napoleon Food & Wine Bar is a cozy restaurant situated on Telok Ayer Street, with a rather quirky sense of design as the seats are fabricated in the style of Napoleon’s uniform with a “pocket” for the iPad menu. The restaurant also has an extensive collection of European wines, which line the side of the main dining area.

Tuna Nicoise Salad. Lightly seared tuna with a pinch of pepper, served with mixed salad, olive crumbs, crispy potatoes, French Beans, boiled egg and lemon emulsion. Points for both presentation and taste.

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The Mama Shop @ Pearl’s Hill Terrace

It was not easy to find The Mama Shop. When I saw the address stating Old Police Operational Headquarters, I assumed that it was the old building next to Pearls Centre, which has been converted into a students’ hostel. However, shortly after entering, I realised it could not be there.

So it was up to Google Maps to get me there. The cafe is located on the hill, behind the students’ hostel. It was only after I uploaded the picture on Instagram that I found out a shortcut to get there (courtesy of SGFoodonFoot). Once you make it up the hill, the place is relatively easy to find, solely because the place is pretty isolated.

The storefront is really old school, with all the kinds of toys and tidbits on display/ sale that you would find decades ago. Also, the signage and flooring is reminiscent of the past. The dining area is very small, as you can see from the picture, there is only a smattering of tables and chairs around.

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