Friday, November 28, 2014

Lau Sim Shredded Chicken Noodle @ Toa Payoh Lorong 1

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While curating for the hawkers stalls for the Ultimate Hawker Fest 2014, I come across this stall at Toa Payoh Blk 127 Market & Food Centre. Richard the second generation of Teochew Handmade Pau told me about Lau Sim Chicken Shredded Noodle which made one of the best Teochew fish dumpling. I even met my friend's family who visit the stall every weekend just to have his fish dumpling. So what is so good about Lau Sim's fish dumpling or Her Giao that everyone is raving about? The only way is to join the queue and put the taste buds to test.

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Fishball Noodle Soup 3.8/5

First up, I tried the Fishball Noodle Soup ($3) which comes with two ping pong size fishballs, some shredded chicken, minced pork and mushrooms. The soup itself was quite rustic in taste, not heavily flavoured. The highlight has to be the springy and bouncy fishballs which are made by the stall owner himself.

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Fishball Noodle Dry  3/5

The stall also offers dry version. The Fishball Noodle Dry ($3) with chilli was pretty pedestrian. The fishballs are probably the reason why I would queue for it.

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Fishball and Fish Dumpling 4.2/5

To enjoy the Fish Dumpling or Her Giao, you have to either order the Fish Dumpling Noodle ($3.50) or the All-In (Fishballs + Fish Dumplings) Noodle ($4.50). I had the later which comes with two fishballs and two fish dumplings. Putting the noodle aside, the star definitely is the handmade fish dumplings. This is the real stuff painstaking made from fish meat to get that chewy, springy skin texture wrapped in a mixture of minced pork and sole fish.

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Fish Dumpling 4.8/5

Making these delicious fish dumplings is extremely labour intensive and the owner can only make a limited amount each time. Hence the stall goes by a strict policy not allowing one to order more of the fish dumplings so that every customers who made the long journey to the stall are not disappointed.

If you think you have tried the best fish dumpling, wait until you tried this at Lau Sim Shredded Chicken Noodle. I promise that you will never regret it and set the par so high that you probably felt those served elsewhere is rubbish.


Lau Sim Shredded Chicken Noodle
Toa Payoh Blk 127 Market & Food Centre
Blk 127 Toa Payoh Lorong 1
#02-01
Singapore 310217
Nearest MRT: Braddell (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 730am - 2pm
(Closed on Mon)

Direction: 
1) Alight at Braddell MRT station. Take Exit B. Follow the blue sheltered walkway and walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

St Regis Singapore Christmas 2014

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The festive season is just around the corner and it is time for all the feasting with families and friends. If you have not plan for your festive gathering, let me bring to you a glimpse of the offerings from Brasserie Les Saveurs and LaBrezza at St Regis Singapore. Be it the contemporary epicurean refinement of French cuisine or extraordinary handcrafted Italian delights, they are all thoughtfully curated for the joyous season.

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Seared Yellow Fin Tuna with Sesame Seeds and Citrus Salsa 3.5/5

We started with an amuse bouche from Brasserie Les Saveurs, the Seared Yellow Fin Tuna with Sesame Seeds and Citrus Salsa. An interesting play of flavours with the citrus salsa's sharpness lending a much lift to the tuna.

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Italian Antipasti Selection 3/5

Next up is a platter of Italian Antipasti Selection from LaBrezza. On the plate there were San Daniele Ham with Melon, Preserved Capsicums Insaata Russa, Veal Liver Pate, Smoked Salmon and Mascarpone. A delightful finger bites that are best accompanied with a glass of champagne.

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Trio of Appetisers 3.5/5

A more refine execution from Brasserie Les Saveurs is the Trio of Appetisers. Starting from left to right, we have the Avruga Pearl with Poached Hokkaido Scallops, King Prawn Tempura with Avocado Dip, Coriander and Sakura Ebi and Pan-seared Wagyu Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan Espuma. It was a decent delicate plate with many little components being put together but I struggled to find the wow factor.

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Homemade Cannelloni 4.5/5

The presentation of the Homemade Cannelloni from Labrezza itself is already mouthwatering. Stuffed with boston lobster, bottarga and porcini mushroom and served with a king crab sauce, this is luxurious in a plate with its richness and creaminess. This is definitely one of the more memorable dish of the night.

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Roasted Duck Breast and Duck Leg Confit 4.5/5

Flamed with Grand Marnier and served with winter truffle potato puree. this is East vs West from Brasserie Les Saveurs with the Roasted Duck Breast and Duck Leg Confit. The roasted duck breast not surprisingly won my palate over the classic french. I always prefer the Chinese technique of preparing the poultry as it allows not only the meat but the skin to shine.

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Honey Glazed Gammon Ham 4/5

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Honey Glazed Gammon Ham 4/5

What is Christmas without a Ham? Take away this gorgeous Honey Glazed Gammon Ham to delight your guests which was beautifully cured. The honey pineapple sauce with its sweetness and sharpness further accentuated the flavour to the fullest.

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Frozen Ice Nougat and Crispy Wafer 4.2/5

Christmas is even sweeter with this plate of dessert from Brasserie Les Saveurs that comes with  the Frozen Ice Nougat and Crispy Wafer with 70% Amedei Savarin. This is indeed a sweet ending to the evening with everyone cleaning off their plate as clean as white christmas.

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Homemade Stollen with Dried Tropical Fruit 4/5

How can we leave St Regis without trying their popular Homemade Stollen with Dried Tropical Fruit? I tried it last year and the flavour has since been lingering in my mind. I am glad that I get to try it again. This is indeed a great start to welcome the festive season.

For the whole list of festive dining menus at Brasserie Les Saveurs, LaBrezza and Yan Ting, please visit http://www.stregissingapore.com/christmas


St Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247911
Tel: +65 65066860
Website: http://www.stregissingapore.com/christmas
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

 Direction:
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit E. Walk towards Wheelock Place via ION. Exit Wheelock Place and turn left towards Liat Tower. Continue onwards to Forum Shopping Mall. Walk further down to Orchard Parade Hotel. Turn left onto Tanglin Road. St Regis is just beside Tanglin Shopping Centre. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]

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