Flavours of Singapore at White Rose Cafe

[Updated 7 November 2016] Tuck into flavours of Singapore, Wok Hei Specialties ($15 each), by White Rose Cafe Executive Chef Charlie Tham from now till 15 December 2016. Chef Tham has introduced four local favourites:

1. Crispy Egg Noodle

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The crispy texture of the egg noodle is achieved with the correct control of the oil and heat during the frying process. It is then gently swirled in the wok till it turns crispy and golden brown. A specially made doubled-boiled stock from Chef Tham’s treasured recipe is slathered onto the noodle and topped with fresh seafood.

2. Wok-Fried Crispy Bee Hoon with Sliced Beef

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The bee hoon is pan-fried in slow circular motion till it turns slightly brown and crispy. Strips of premium striploin beef are sauteed till tender before coated with egg gravy. This is an epic dish!

3. Traditional Hokkien Mee

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This was my favourite among the four. Featuring ingredients like pork liver, pork shoulder, clams and not forgetting the essential pork lard are added to give the dish a memorable taste.

4. White Bee Hoon

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Among the four, this was my least favourite, as I found it rather bland as compared to the other dishes which had more distinctive flavours.

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Paradise Teochew Restaurant Launches Second Outlet at Scotts Square!

There are only a few restaurants in Singapore that specialise in Teochew cuisine, and one of them is Paradise Teochew Restaurant. The restaurant integrates Executive Chef Cheng’s 34 years of culinary experience and traditional cooking techniques with fresh produce to create a menu of exquisite Teochew dishes. This restaurant at Scotts Square is the latest creation of Paradise Group, with its first outlet located at Chinese Swimming Club.

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One of the signature dishes of Paradise Teochew Restaurant is the Chilled Yellow Roe Crab in Teochew Style ($9 per 100g), which is a classic Teochew dish. The crab is steamed, chilled, and served with traditional Teochew condiments of ginger, vinegar, and chilli sauce. The condiments help to bring out the natural sweetness of the crab.

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Another dish to look out for is the Teochew Crabmeat Roll ($22), which is an appetiser exclusive to the outlet at Scotts Square. The beancurd skin is stuffed with handpicked Sri Lankan crab meat, prawn paste, chestnut, ginger and chives, and then steamed and deep fried.

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We had two dim sums: Steamed Custard Bun in Piggy Shape ($5.80 for three pieces) and Steamed Glutinous Rice Roll in Teochew Style ($4.80 for three pieces). The little piggies are simply adorable! The custard is quite subtle, and the filling contains with pine nuts.

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Dad’s Birthday at Ginzawa @Palais Renaissance

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Since dad has been cutting down on his intake of red meat, sis and I had to resort to bringing him to a place with his second greatest food love–chirashi don–for his birthday. Having researched on restaurants serving good chirashi don and striking off those we have tried, Ginzawa at Palais Renaissance Mall came highly recommended by my sis.

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Other than being known for the location of David Gan’s hair salon, Passion, I do not think many have ventured into the mall, seeing that there are bigger ones in town. At least it was the case for me. It was a weekend when we visited and the mall was rather vacant.

My family and I ordered from Ginzawa’s Set Lunch Menu, which came with a main course, miso soup, steamed egg and ice cream. Also, for an additional $5, we could add on either an order of salmon sashimi or a California roll.
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The chawanmushi (steamed egg) here is one of the better ones I have had. It came with more broth than other chawanmushis and the broth was slightly sweet (reminded us of teriyaki sauce). The egg itself was soft, silky and just melt-in-your-mouth. Two thumbs up!

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Hua Ting Steamboat: A New Addition to Claymore Connect (Media Tasting)

I posted about Mon Bijou, which is located at Claymore Connect, in August. The reason why I am bringing this up is because a new restaurant has opened its doors right next door and it is none other than Hua Ting Steamboat.

This Cantonese style steamboat is the sister restaurant to Orchard Hotel’s Hua Ting Restaurant. Over here, you can find traditional and nourishing soup bases and premium ingredients.

There is a wide variety of sauces for you to customise or choose from. As usual, I started mixing my own sauce with my favourite condiments like fried onions and chilli oil. However, after trying some of the pre-made sauces, I realised I should have just stuck to the belachan which was perfect as it is.

Ordering is conveniently done through an iPad. It is really to make your choices with the pictures for reference.

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Kaffir & Lime: Sister Concept to ThaiExpress @ Paragon (Media Tasting)

This is my first time trying Kaffir & Lime, which is the sister brand of ThaiExpress, albeit a more upscale version. The restaurant is located at Paragon and while it is in the heart of Orchard Road, the prices of their premium dishes are rather affordable.

Kaffir & Lime had recently undergone a major revamp, from the fixings and upholstery to even the most minute details like plates and utensils. The restaurant space is now segmented into two areas, one for big groups and the other for couples and business meetings.

Chiang Mai Mango Blend ($6.50). A very thick and creamy mango smoothie!

Kaffir Spicy Mango Sparkle ($6.90), one of the two new mocktails (together with Lime & Blood Orange Cooler) created to celebrate the opening of the revamped restaurant.

Prawn Cake Donuts ($8.90), served with Thai sweet chilli dip. A very unique way of serving the usual prawn cakes!

Chicken & Shrimp Ball Kebab in Kaffir & Lime Sauce ($11), complemented with their special house sauce. If two sticks are one too many for you, you may choose to have a stick for $5.90.

Kaffir & Lime Beef Salad ($11.90). The salad primarily comprises of sliced beef in homemade Kaffir & Lime dressing, sitting atop fresh greens.

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[Newly Opened] Masizzim Hits Singapore at 313@Somerset (Media Tasting)

The people behind Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory have brought another interesting Korean restaurant called Masizzim to Singapore! The word ‘Masizzim’ (pronounced as ma-see-zim) is an amalgamation of the Korean words masi (delicious) and jjim (stew). This restaurant located right next to Chir Chir serves a medley of traditional and modern Korean dishes and specialises in stew.

We started with a Sikhye Jar ($9.50 for 660ml) at each table. This traditional Korean beverage is brewed in-house with malt barley and rice. This does help to ease the fire from the spicy stew.

The ban-chan (Korean side dishes) here is quite limited, probably because it serves more as an appetiser and is not the main focus of the meal. We had a side salad, radish and potato salad.

Next, we donned our plastic gloves and started mixing and shaping!

The DIY Rice Balls ($8). The medium-grain white rice, Korean black rice, barley, seaweed crumbs and crushed chilli padi bowl comes with a choice of Tuna (with mayonnaise and fried kimchi) or Anchovy. This is a really fun dish and one of the better ones we tried.

I preferred the Anchovy one as the fried anchovies were crunchy and lent an added texture to the rice, and it was easy to mould. Also, I am personally not a fan of tuna and found the rice balls a bit too moist for my liking.

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Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bistro @ Forum The Shopping Mall

This is going to be a short post! Benjamin Browns as everyone knows is famous for their OTT Shakes, which stands for “Over The Top”. A normal shake is priced around $12, but a OTT one with all the trimmings costs around $16. This is my second visit and I decided to try another flavour of their OTT Shake.

However, what many do not know is that they serve a mean Aglio Olio! The original version comes with seafood ($23), but I asked for bacon instead. I do agree that the pasta is priced on the high side but I loved it! The chef was not afraid to kick it up a notch  with the spiciness. Also, it was full-flavoured with fresh herbs and chopped garlic.

This time around I ordered OTT Cookies & Cream Shake. However, I felt that the milkshake with the trimmings was not as impressive as the Nutella one I had during my first visit. By the way, remember to go after 12pm if you intend to try their OTT Shakes. They are only available after noon.

Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery
583 Orchard Road #01-20/21,
Forum The Shopping Mall,
Singapore 238884
Tel: 6887 4117
Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursdays 1000-2100hrs
Friday 1000-2200hrs
Saturday 0900-2200hrs
Sunday 0900-2100hrs