Thursday, July 14, 2016

Michelin Guide 2016 - Bib Gourmand awarded to 34 eating places in Singapore.

I have ordered my personal copy of Singapore Michelin Guide 2016 and waiting for it to arrive. I know some people says isn't it silly to order when the information will be available online? Well, I have the early versions of Makan Sutra Guide, Miele Guide and why not at least a copy of Michelin Guide too? I love reading from paper is my answer.

It's one week before the official launch of the Singapore version of the Guide and they have released the names of restaurants and street food outlets in Singapore that has been awarded the "Bib Gourmand". It's what the 'Michelin Inspectors' have regarded as very good and the price range is lower than the restaurants that have the 'stars'. In Singapore the price is below $45. (In Hong Kong, it's below HKD300, or London below £28). I certainly hope the prices of the food won't reach $45 for a bowl of Bak Kut Teh!!

The press release has the following listing:

Alaturka Bussorah Street
Hjh Maimunah Jln Pisang
Ka Soh College Rd
Kok Sen Keong Saik Rd
Lagnaa Upper Dickson Rd
New Ubin Seafood Sin Ming Road
Peony Jade Bukit Chermin Road
Shish Mahal Albert St
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh New Bridge Road
328 Katong Laksa East Coast Rd
True Blue Cuisine Armenian St
Whole Earth Peck Seah St
Yhingthai Palace Purvis St
Zaffron Kitchen East Coast Rd
Other Street Food Establishments
Bismillah Biryani Dunlop Street
JB Ah Meng Kitchen Geylang Road
Sin Huat Eating House Geylang Road
Hawker Stalls
Claypot Laksa Alexandra Village Food Centre
A Noodle Story Amoy Street Food Centre
Famous Crispy Curry Puff Amoy Street Food Centre
Hong Kee Beef Noodle Amoy Street Food Centre
Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling Amoy Street Food Centre
Wedang Golden Mile Food Centre
Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa Hong Lim Market and Food Centre
Na Na Curry 115 Bukit Merah View Market and Food Centre
Chey Sua Carrot Cake Toa Payoh Block 127 Food Centre
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice Maxwell Food Centre
Shi Hui Yuan Mei Ling Food Centre
Alliance Seafood Newton Food Centre
The Fishball Story Have since relocated to NUS University Town and Timbre+
Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice Tiong Bahru Market
Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee Tiong Bahru Market
Balestier Road Hoover Rojak Whampoa Market Place
Liang Zhao Ji Whampoa Market Place

I have not tried all of it, never heard of some of it as well. Some deserve it as they food has been really good and my family and I enjoy eating there. Some eating places have moved away more than 5 km from where we stay and we stopped going there. Maybe it's time to try the food at Ka Soh again!

Some listing.... I wonder why..... I really wonder!!! There are more who deserve the listing. Before anyone say why isn't more deserving ones listed? It's just like any other guide or listing, online or on paper.  It's just someone's view. Just like you might not totally agree with what I write.

Here are 2 photos of our recent eats at an establishment that has been awarded the Bib Gourmand. The Crab Porridge and Crab Garlic Baked Style at New Ubin Seafood. When we dined there, they said they had one-for-one offer, so we had loads of crabs.

Also some places the prices are not really $45 or less. Maybe a dish maybe. So we don't really know their criteria or who the inspectors are....

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 I am also secretly quite happy the Food Centre near my home hasn't got any listings. Prices have been going up by 10-20% for many stalls. One aunty told me, we haven't raised our prices for 8 years, which is fair enough. At least I know the stalls in the Food Centre won't be suddenly going up by a lot so soon.

Happy Eating!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Breakfast at Gemmills Singapore.

Here's a hidden (or not quite busy yet) place to get breakfast if you happen to work in the Amoy Street or Telok Ayer area. The address of the place is officially 110 Amoy Street, but the entrance to the place is by the back door.

If you are one of those early risers and take the MRT to work, you can exit before 7:45 am and take a short walk to Gemmills from Telok Ayer (Downtown Line) MRT Station. Telok Ayer Station happens to be one of the 18 designated stations that you can get off for free if you exit before 7:45 am. Just cross one street and a half and you are at Gemmills. Your mobile phone map can show you the route.

Money saved on your ride and be used to get some food and coffee here. The prices here are reasonable too. Scroll to the end for a photo of the prices.

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Here's the entrance that is accessible from Gemmill Lane.

This place morphs depending on the time of the day. From 8 am in the morning till afternoon, it's a cafe, in the evening it becomes a pub. This place is a licensed bottle shop that has a wide selection of sparkling, reds and whites from around the world plus a selection of craft beers too.

Gemmills Singapore

Was here to have sampling of the breakfast that is served, courtesy of Gemmills.

There is a coveted seat here but most people will not get it unless you happen to be there at the right time. It has a view of the circular 'fire escape' staircase that is common in older buildings. Very Instagram-able just like the food here.

Decent enough table for your food and drink and 13 inch macbook air. Sorry, no wifi available as yet.

Gemmills Singapore

The priciest food here is only $8 for this bowl of Granola with Fruit and Yoghurt.
The granola is pretty good and it had a good mix of nuts and oats and has a nice toasty aroma.

It sure taste much better than my recent breakfast which has been Weet-bix. Ya, I am on strange diets sometimes and it has been Weet-bix the gluten free ones recently.  This granola made me think, why am I eating WB!! 
 This was Catherine's coffee, I was having Tea. 

Gemmills Singapore

This was the sourdough toast with jam that I had. Breads and pastry are all made in house as they have a baker that makes them there. Nicely toasted with a generous amount of butter and house-made blackberry jam, it was something simple and good.

Gemmills Singapore

The bakes for the morning. If you want a bigger selection, go around 10 or so and everything will be out on display. It will then remind you of the Cafes that are in Melbourne.

In fact, one of the co-owner of the place calls Melbourne his permanent home.

Gemmills Singapore

A capture of the pricing if you want to know.

Gemmills Singapore

For those in the area and have missed Stamping Ground Coffee House who have moved to the East Coast area, in the month of August, Gemmills and Stamping Ground are collaborating to have 2 unique blends of cold brew just to beat the heat.

Gemmills Singapore
110 Amoy Street, #01-02
Singapore 069930

Tel: +65 6221 5564
Opens from 8 am to midnight everyday except Sundays.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Salted Egg Lava Croissant @ Antoinette

The lure of croissants. I do have a slight weakness for it and dragged the wife to go around Paris to taste it. You probably have watched Gordon Ramsay's YouTube where he went to Arnaud Delmontel to learn how to make the perfect croissant. That was one of the early YouTube that made me go around tasting Croissants. Arnaud do have one of the nicer croissants in Paris.

The lure of croissants also made us choose Melbourne as a destination for our family trip. Last November, in the cold winter of Melbourne, with the wife and baby in tow, we queued for Melbourne's ultimate place for croissant at Lune Croissanterie. This place really has one of the better croissants around in the southern hemisphere! (I mentioned slight weakness so I won't list out all the places and silly things I do.)

For croissants in Singapore, Antoinette has one of Singapore's better croissants. I don't use the word best because I haven't found one. (Mua ha ha ha....) On 1 February, Antoinette joined the hype of having Salted Egg Lava Croissant. (Hurray!)

Salted Egg Lava Croissant

This is Chef Pang Kok Keong's Salted Egg Lava Croissant. The browning of the dough is just perfect. (This was indoors taken without flash, so there's a tinge of warmness in the photo, this is as real as you can get when you dine there)  You can see the layerings and this was taken out fresh from the oven, so as you bite into it, it layers shatters as it should.

We were told it's made from French butter and it has been laminated and shaped in a controlled environment at 12 degrees Celsius. That is why we should leave the making of croissants to the experts. My sis and cousin have been planning to make their own and planning how to get the kitchen really cold and surface cold etc... So much planning.

If you wonder about the size, this is one huge croissant. It is served one croissant on a plate!
(For those who play the piano, it's about 1 octave plus around 2 white keys in width)

Salted Egg Lava Croissant

This silly boy wanted to take a photo in natural light to show you the colour of the croissant, so he sneaked out the bakery/restaurant with his plate.  Here you go, the colour from the Maillard reaction of the dough. Such nice browning. The layers too. This was 'sawn' using a serrated knife that's why it is so nicely cut. (Chef is not telling the temperature and time he took to bake it.)

The croissant filling that is 'lava-ly' (you can pronounced it as lovely too), is made from real natural egg yolks, sugar and milk. The colour is this because it is made from natural egg yolks. Most places that mass produced lots of 'liu sar' products will use egg yolk powder as it is easier and less time consuming.

If you have to take photo, you got less than a minute to do it if you want the lava to flow out. It will harden up as it turns cold!

Talking about time consuming, the salted egg yolk lava is hand-sieved to give it a smooth texture. If you have been watching lots of cooking show, you know those who wow-ed the judges always hand-sieved their mash potatoes etc.

Salted Egg Lava Croissant

Here you go, another shot to show you the 'lava' and also the air pockets in the croissants.
For those who love both croissant and anything salted egg yolk, you can try this.

The Salted Yolk Lava Croissant is made fresh daily in limited quantities (couple of hundreds at the moment). The croissant is priced at $6.50++ for dine-in and $6.50+ for take-away. I recommend you dine-in. You need to eat it warm so it's flaky and the filling still oozes!

Available at:
- Antoinette's Penhas outlet from 1st February at 11 am daily.
- Antoinette's Mandarin Gallery and Softel So Singapore outlets from 10th February at 1 pm daily.

Instagram: antoinette_sg

Antoinette Penhas Road
30 Penhas Road (off Lavender Street)
Singapore 208188
Tel: +65 6293 3121

Antoinette Mandarin Gallery 
333A Orchard Road
Mandarin Gallery
Singapore 238897
Tel: +65 6836 9527

Antoinette Softel So Singapore
Lobby Level 
35 Robinson Road
Singapore 068876 
Tel: +65 6701 6868

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