Monday, July 25, 2016

The Dining Room @ Sheraton Tower Singapore - An Indonesian Gastronomic Experience


For a limited period from 15 to 21 August 2016, The Dining Room at Sheraton Tower Singapore will be collaborating with Guest Chef John Sawarto, bringing the flavours of Indonesia to the little red dot. Chef John Sawarto will be presenting a menu of contemporary Indonesia dishes harmonized with refined French techniques to commemorate Indonesia's Independence Day.

Grilled Lobster Gado Gado 4.2/5

Our first dish of the night started with the Grlled Lobster Gado Gado. This is an interesting pairing of grilled lobster with tropical fruit, salsa, kaffir & kencur infused peanut dressing, microgreens and kalamansi vinaigrette. I enjoyed the interaction of the zest and sweetness, working in harmony with the lobster. A good first course to whet up the appetite.

Seared Foie Gras 4/5

Moving to the next course, we had the Pan Seared Foie Gras. The foie gras is dressed in a rojak sauce and paired with apple & starfruit slaw. The used of an Asian sauce to pair with a French delicacy may seems weird but it works for me, lending a balance to the creaminess.

Wagyu Beef Cheek Rendang 4.2/5

The Wagyu Beef Cheek Rendang is next, served with saffron & lemongrass infused jasmine rice and vanilla poached petit brastagi potatoes. My favourite has to be the melted in the mouth wagyu beef cheek that is cooked for hours and dressed in a coat of aromatic rendang spices.

Crispy Spiced Duck Confit 3.5/5

The last main on the menu is the Crispy Spiced Duck Confit. The pan seared Balinese spiced duck leg served with natural reduction and puree of sambal terasi. While I enjoyed the fork tender texture of the duck, I thought the skin lacked the crispiness I was expecting.

Homemade Chendol Panna Cotta 3/5

I like the idea of the modern re-interpretation of the classic chendol. The Chendol Panna Cotta ia a refined execution that brought out the characteristics of the traditional dessert but lacked the sweetness and icy shiokness of it.

Banana Tempura 4/5

Lastly, the Banana Tempura served with sri kaya sauce and coconut ice cream. The warm banana fritter and cold coconut ice cream make a novel combination of sensory delights.

An Indonesian Gastronomic Experience
A la carte creations from $10++
Set lunch menu from $48++
Set dinner menu from $68++

Citi Cardmembers and SPG members enjoy 15% off the above menus.
To make reservation, please call +65 68395621 or email

Diners can even stand a chance to win a trip to Indonesia and other attract prizes when you dine at The Dining Room from 15 to 21 August 2016.

The Dining Room
Sheraton Towers Singapore
39 Scotts Road
Singapore 228230
Tel: +65 67376888
Nearest MRT: Newton (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6am - 12midnight

1) Alight at Newton MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle @ Smith Street Food Centre - Cheapest Michelin 1 Star


The result of the first edition Michelin Guide Singapore 2016 was announced on 21 July 2016. Two hawkers are awarded 1 star rating in the Michelin guide which comes as a surprise amidst the tough competition. It has brought Singapore's local food to the world. Not forgetting that the cheapest Michelin 1 Star establishment is in Singapore, as for now.


One of the two hawkers that won a Michelin star is Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle at Smith Street Food Centre. Actually there is one thing that I don't quite understand. Clearly the signboard has the logo Liao Fan (了凡) written on it but everyone just conveniently called the stall, Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle all these years. Why so?

Soya Sauce Chicken Rice 4.5/5

So how cheap is our cheapest Michelin 1 Star establishment? The Soya Sauce Chicken Rice is only $2! That is about US$1.47 or Euro $1.34. That is how cheap you can get for a plate of rice drizzled with a sweet and savoury sauce and chunky pieces of tender soya sauce chicken. What I like most is the chicken skin, which has that distinct soya sauce aroma infused into it. If you think the chicken is already good on its own, wait till u dip it into the tangy chilli sauce. It further elevates the whole appreciation of the juicy chicken. My own complain is the peanut was not crunchy at all.

Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle 4.2/5

Since I was already in the queue for an hour, I might as well order a few more dishes to try. I ordered both the Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle ($2.50) and Char Siew Noodle ($2.50). The noodle is cooked to a springy bite and dressed in sauce which is on the sweet side for me. The sweetness of the sauce and the savoury chicken kind of balanced off, for an enjoyable plate of noodle.

Char Siew Noodle 4/5

The Char Siew Noodle was good but not perfect. Unlike the soya chicken, the sweetness of the char siew and sauce when come together was a bit too sweet for me. Putting that aside, I have to say the char siew is definitely one of the best I have eaten. The caramelized sweetness, aromatic char on the exterior, the layers of lean and fat textures, simply melted my heart.

I am glad that I went to queue the very next day after it was awarded Michelin 1 Star. Now I can proudly proclaim that I have eaten at a Michelin 1 star establishment.

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
Chinatown Complex
Smith Street Food Centre
Blk 335 Smith Street
Singapore 050335
Nearest MRT: Chinatown (DT Line, NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun: 10am - 8pm
(Closed on Wed)

1) Alight at Chinatown MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Pagoda Street. Turn right onto Trengganu Street and walk to the end of the street. Cross Smith Street and walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]


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