Sunday, December 8, 2013
Looking through my photo album, I realized I have missed out on this set of photos. This is a very much overdue post whereby the foodies kaki (Carrie, Daniel, Jacob, Karen, Nicole, Rachie, SiTing and me) decided to have an informal gathering over a steamboat dinner. We decided to go to Tianfu Hong Kong Style Steamboat along Tanjong Katong Road. Actually I have known this place when they are back in their former location at Tiong Bahru before relocating to their new premises a couple of years back. My first taste of satay soup base steamboat was also at Tianfu Steamboat.
The menu is pretty straightfoward. Either order from the set menu and/or selection of ala carte items. To make things easy, we decide to go for the Standard Set Menu ($188 for 6 pax).
The standard set comes with house special US beef or US kurobuta pork, prawns, promfret or red garoupa, sliced clam abalone, fish Maw, drunken kampong chicken, homemade 4 treasures, homemade shrimp dumplings, mushroom platter, vegetables platter, crispy beancurd skin roll, crispy deep fried yam, fried salad youtiao, rice vermicelli and dessert.
The standard house soup base (Ma La hot & spicy, tom yam, fish head and chicken) is free while the the special and superior soup base comes with an additional charge. We decided to go for the Lobster Premium Soup ($12) and House Special Satay Soup ($8). The lobster soup goes pretty well with almost all the ingredients. The soup base itself was rich and flavourful. For the satay soup, it has a nice nutty finishing but can be a bit unique for some people. May not be too suitable for all the ingredients.
Overall it is still quite an enjoyable dinner catching up with fellow foodies friends. The set is quite worthwhile with the portion that is served. This place can be quite crowded so do make sure you make a reservation if you have a big group.
Tianfu Hong Kong Style Steamboat (天府港式火锅小厨 )
214 Tanjong Katong Road
Tel: +65 63459272
Nearest MRT: Dakota (CC Line), Paya Lebar (CC Line, EW Line)
Mon-Fri: 5pm - 2am
Sat-Sun: 11am - 230pm, 5pm - 2am
1) Alight at Dakota MRT station. Walk to bus stop at Blk 99 Old Airport Road (Stop ID 81181). Take bus no. 10, 31 and 32. Alight 2 stops later. Cross the road and walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Paya Lebar MRT station. Walk to bus stop along Paya Lebar Road (Stop ID 81111). Take bus no. 43, 76 and 135. Alight 4 stops later. Cross the road and walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Although I stayed quite near Ang Mo Kio, I have not really managed to explore the area much. I was quite suprise when I get to know there is a Chinese restaurant in the neighbourhood of Ang Mo Kio Ave 4. I remembered passing the area a couple of times but I have never noticed there was a Chinese restaurant until my recent visit to Gim Tim Restaurant (锦珍酒楼). Gim Tim has been around since 1975. They have 2 more outlets in Imperial Court Shark's Fin Restaurant at Grassroots' Club and Tim Palace at Toa Payoh Safra Club. Gim Tim is also one of the pioneer in the mobile kitchen arena, it has a fleet to cater for outdoor function.
To cut the story short, I was at Gim Tim restaurant to reminisce the good old days with a selection of artisan traditional food taking my taste buds on a nostalgic journey.
Fish Maw Soup 3.8/5
With more and more diners avoiding eating shark fins, restaurant has started to substitute it with Fish Maw Soup which I personally felt is a good alternative. The sumptuous bowl of fish maw soup is loaded with many ingredients such as the crab meat, mushroom, shrimp, and fish maw. Add a bit of vinegar and pepper, it is as delicious as a bowl of shark's fin soup.
Prawn Roll 4.8/5
I always have this doubt whether I have Prawn Roll. Why is it call prawn roll when the filling mixture has more minced meat and hardly traceable prawn in it. At Gim Tim, a must order dish definitely is their prawn roll. Unlike other places, the filling is white in colour. Chef told me that he used only prawns, pork fat and waterchest nut for the filling only. That explains the colouring. Unlike other places where the fillings were mostly minced pork causing the prawn rolls to be darker in colour.
Fried Fresh Scallops with Macadamia Nuts 3/5
The Fried Fresh Scallops with Macadamia Nuts is quite a classic dish which is quite commonly served in wedding banquet. I love my greens and they were cooked perfectly still retaining that crunchy bite. However the scallops came across as a bit rubbery.
Homemade Beancurd with Melon 4.2/5
Food does not only needs to taste good but it has to look good too. The sight of the beautifully plated Homemade Beancurd with Melon already whetted up my appetite and I could not wait to dig into it. The homemade beancurd was really excellent with its smooth and silky texture.
Sea Cucumber Duck 3.8/5
There was hit and misses for the Sea Cucumber Duck. The star went to the delectable duck meat that fell of the bone with ease. The disappointment was the sea cucumber that probably needed a bit more time in the cooking.
Tapioca Kueh with Spicy Shrimp 4/5
I was told that the Tapioca Kueh with Spicy Shrimp is a very traditional Hokkien dish that is not commonly served at restaurants nowadays. At first glance, it looked like a plate of fried carrot cake. This is my first time having the tapioca kueh which has a very chewy texture. The texture resembled that of those pearls in bubble tea. The more you chew on it the more you get to like it.
Pork Belly Bun 3/5
Another of my favourite Hokkien dish is the Pork Belly Bun. However the version at Gim Tim was not as flavoursome or tender as I would have like.
Young Coconut Pudding 4.5/5
The refreshing Young Cocount Pudding is probably one of the best desserts I ever had. Using the coconut water, it was made into a pudding. Once the pudding is formed, a layer of mango puree is poured into the coconut husk and topped with diced fruits. The interesting combination was so good that I could not help going back for more. Whats more the coconut flesh can be enjoyed too.
Yam Paste 4/5
We have the Yam Paste to wrap up the dinner. For health conscious reason, the restaurant has stopped using pork lard for the yam paste. It was nice but lacked the aroma of the unhealthy porky fat.
This Chinese restaurant in the hood is helmed by Chef Lai Yong Meng that has 20 over years of experience. With vast experience under his belt, diners at Gim Tim will enjoy a quintessential selection of traditional Chinese food. In conjunction of the year end promotion, Gim Tim is offering a 8 course Chinese Set Meal (for 10 person) at a affordable price of $338 excluding GST.
Gim Tim Restaurant (锦珍酒楼)
Blk 157 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
Tel: +65 64597766
Nearest MRT: Yio Chu Kang (NS Line), Ang Mo Kio (NS Line)
Mon-Fri: 1130am - 230pm, 6pm - 1030pm
Sat-Sun & PH: 11am - 230pm, 6pm - 1030pm
1) Alight at Yio Chu Kang MRT station. Take Exit A, B or C. Walk to Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange (Stop ID B55509). Take bus number 76. Alight 4 stops later. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Ang Mo Kio MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange (Stop ID B54009). Take bus number 269. Alight 6 stops later. Cross the road and walk to destination. Journey time about 13 minutes. [Map]
Thursday, December 5, 2013
The flagship District 10 outlet at UE Square unveils a new look and new offerings. Comes with both an indoor and outdoor area, the new gastrobar concept offers something for everyone. The indoor dining room space showcases a more elegant cuisine with more than 80 different wine selections. Fans of Bonta and Chef Luca will be able to find some of his signature items on the menu while the group seek a new location for Bonta. For a more casual ambience, the al fresco outdoor area offers the option of bar bites and lots of great cocktails.
Eggs Benedict 4/5
I was here at the newly refurnished District 10 flagship outlet on a Saturday afternoon to try their the Brunch menu. The great afternoon begun with the classic Eggs Benedict ($16). Perfect poached eggs with oozing egg yolks, sauteed spinach and smoked salmon on toasted muffin finished with a hollandaise sauce. A beaming plate of sunshine to kick start the day.
Pandan Coconut Pancake with Gula Melaka Syrup 3/5
The Pandan Coconut Pancake with Gula Melaka Syrup ($9) caught my attention with its interesting Asian influence. Unlike the usual pancake, I found the texture a bit similar to our Asian steamed cake. While the flavours were spot on with the fragrant pandan and coconut, the texture may be a bit unique and foreign to some.
Hoegarden Battered Fish and Chips 4/5
The Hoegarden Battered Fish and Chips ($22) comes with mint mushy peas and tatare sauce. Deep fried to a beautiful golden brown, the lightly battered fish was crispy on the outside and moist inside.
District 10 Brunch Beef Burger 3.5/5
The Brunch Beef Burger ($20) comes with a charcoal grilled black angus patty topped with fried egg, crispy bacon and cheddar on a sesame bun served with natural cut fries at the side. While the patty was juicy, I felt that burger was lacking a sauce or a strong flavour to carry it up a notch to be excellent.
Pizza with Wagyu Beef Cheek Redang 4/5
I am starting to like the playful touches of Asian influence in the food at District 10. Another item on the menu that showcases this is the Pizza with Wagyu Beef Cheek Redang ($29). The wagyu beef cheek redang was very tender and lovely infused with the spices. It really surprised me that District 10 can prepare such a delicious pieces of beef cheek redang and incorporated it into the classic Italian pizza.
Pizza with Portobello Mushrooms 4.2/5
It can't really goes wrong when you have portobello mushrooms, tomato sauce and finished it with the aromatic truffle oil. The Pizza with Portobello Mushrooms ($26) is a must try at District 10. Nothing fancy but straight delish flavours on top of the thin crust pizza that will leave one satisfied.
Overall I have enjoyed my brunch at District 10 Bar & Restaurant. Having heard good words about Chef Luca and Bonta, I am very keen to be back soon to try their gourmet menu that features some of Bonta's all time favourite. Stay tune for more up updates.
District 10 Bar & Restaurant
UE Square Shopping Mall
81 Clemenceau Avenue
Tel: +65 67384788
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay (NE Line)
Mon-Thu: 1130am - 11pm
Fri-Sat: 1130am - 12midnight
Sun: 11am - 11pm
1) Alight at Clarke Quay MRT station. Take Exit E. Walk to bus stop at Clark Quay Station (Stop ID 04222). Take bus number 54. Alight 3 stops later. Walk to the end UE Square Shopping Mall. Journey time about 6 minutes.