Archive for March, 2008

My First Guest Blog!

March 31, 2008

😀 I’m all smiles right now. I had the honour of getting Sherene to guest blog for me previously. So when she asked me to guest blog for her, it was a definite yes.

Check out Sherene’s post here. Thanks Sherene! 🙂

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McDonald’s McGriddles Breakfast Burger.

March 31, 2008

The McGriddles burger is in Singapore. Is it available in all branches? I shall find this out as soon as possible!

There are 3 types of McGriddles burgers, all wrapped syrup-infused pancakes
1. Sausage
2. Egg and cheese
3. Bacon, egg and cheese

But I think the bacon option won’t be available in Singapore because the McDonald’s here are Halal certified.

Cameron Highlands’ Fresh Produce.

March 30, 2008

My helper cooked a stir-fried cabbage dish this morning and it was good. However, nothing can really beat the vegetables I’ve tasted at Cameron Highlands last year. The vegetables there were fresh, crunchy and sweet. In addition, the strawberries were so plump and juicy.

Here’re some photos from the trip.

Check out the colours on these.

Honestly it wasn’t that much fun travelling up and down the steep slope to Cameron Highlands in a bus, but these fresh produce sure made it more worthwhile.

Social Media Breakfast At SMU.

March 29, 2008

I had a good time at today’s Social Media Breakfast event, held at SMU‘s student-managed cafe frujch. This purpose of this event was for fellow bloggers to get together and mingle.

And at breakfast, there were of course food.

We enjoyed sandwiches, chocolate cake and carrot cake.

Thanks to the organisers Daryl, Derrick and Sheylara for making this happen.

Chicken Curry With Plain Rice.

March 28, 2008

It was delicious. I actually finished three whole drumsticks, three! That to me is a feat.

Plain rice eaten with…

Delicious chicken curry with potatoes.

Did I just make your stomach rumble with glee? 😀

Fried Rice.

March 27, 2008

Fried rice seems like a pretty easy dish to make; pick up whatever you can find in the kitchen and fry it together with rice. This is only partially true. The texture of the rice is very important – it needs to be moist but firm.

Two ways to ensure that your cooked rice is moist and firm.
1. Cook the rice the night before and refrigerate it. Fry it the next day with your other ingredients.
2. After washing the uncooked rice, leave it out to dry for about an hour before cooking it in the rice cooker. Let it cool slightly after it is cooked.

I thank my helper for the second tip that works for her each time she cooks fried rice. 🙂

Instant Noodle Craving.

March 26, 2008

Sometimes I just feel like eating nothing but instant noodles.  What it lacks in nutrition, it makes up with its awesome taste; especially when cooked right.

Tonight, I craved for a Tom Yum soup-based instant noodles. My helper added meatballs and stirred in a small egg for me. As I am feeling slightly under the weather, I did not finish my noodles. But it did stir up the happy spirit in me. 🙂

As I ate alone, I slurped up the noodles at almost full volume. This sure makes the dish taste better, try it!

My Interview With Trained Baker, Sherene Tan.

March 25, 2008

Sherene is someone I’ve gotten to know from this blog of mine a couple of months ago. She is a Singaporean living in Croatia and is a trained baker. I’ve asked her to guest blog for this post because she has inspired me in many ways and I hope we could all learn something from her.

Amsie: What is it about the food in Croatia and Singapore that you love and/or dislike?

Sherene: Croatian food…let’s see it can be really uncreative. They stick to whatever they were eating since they first tasted food. Usually meat (which I can’t stand too much of). Very little choice of fresh vegetables. But the fresh ones are really good. Like what others call organic. Everything is organic here! They are still growing crops the traditional way. Fish and seafood are very fresh. Usually grilled to preserve freshness. And of course, I love the fresh octopuses! Simply boiled and served as salad with olive oil. Mmmm…that is natural food at its best!

Singapore my dear Singapore…I love the choice of food! I eat a lot when I’m at home. And my mum’s cuisine is the best on earth! Envy me, I’m just plain lucky! Spicy food is my number ONE! I would choose Malay food over Chinese, than Indian than Western (and miscellaneous). Oh I have to squeeze Japanese food somewhere on par with Chinese. What I missed now? Teh-C! Ahhhh! What I hate about Singapore food is that you can’t find authentic Italian or French cuisine. It is overpriced, not good enough and overhyped!

Amsie: What makes the food in these two countries difference and/or alike?

Sherene: More differences than similarities between the two. Only common point is the seafood and how they like to  maximise the taste of the fish when they cook it. The best stuff are so natural and locally produced. The Olive Oil, Olives, Honey, Wine and even Pršut (Proscuitto) are so Ooh La la!  Oh and even fresh yeast that comes in 40g pack. Neat hur?

Amsie: When and how did you fall in love with cooking and baking?

Sherene: As long as I could remember. My mum cooks everything so well. She loves breads and still recalls those fresh loaves she used to get when she was young. So I went to learn baking. And make lots of fresh bread with different varieties for her! No one in my family actually like cakes. Too sweet for their liking. But I love my chocolate cakes and muffins. My mates used to call my Muffin Lady.

Amsie: Muffin Lady, that’s cute 🙂 So what do you aspire to be?

Sherene: A boss of an F&B enterprise. A few types of F&B companies under one. I will not tell you my business plans yet. Trade secret!

Amsie: What is the one food you cannot do without?

Sherene: Bread! and Butter to go with it.

You can visit her blog to learn more about her adventures in food and Croatia.

Thank you for doing this Sherene! 😀

Carrot Cupcakes With Starbucks Toffee Nut Syrup.

March 23, 2008

I decided to bake for a few of my friends from school and another dear friend of mine from church. Each of them got three mini carrot cupcakes in a brown bag. 🙂 Check out my previous post on the carrot cake here.

The cupcakes just before entering the oven.

The cupcakes after they leave the oven.

I then used a cake tester and poked holes in it and spread this delicious Starbucks toffee nut syrup over each cupcake.

And in the cupcakes went, into these brown bags for my friends.

I hope you guys enjoyed it! 😀

Bak Chor Mee Is One Of My Favourite Foods.

March 20, 2008

An Update:

Today (22 March), I realised that the Bak Chor Mee at “S-11 Serangoon Central Food House” (map) is very tasty! I rate it 4.1 over 5 stars. Here is the exact address:

Block 261 

Serangoon Central Drive

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😀 This time, I remembered to take a photo.

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While I was on a site visit today, I decided to eat my lunch at G23 Food Centre (Fansida Building) located near Aljunied MRT (the local train service).

It is about a five minute walk away from the MRT.

This is how a typical hawker centre in Singapore would look like.

I ordered a bowl of Bak Chor Mee from “Ali Shan Noodle House”. I did not manage to take a photo as I was too hungry to remember. 😉 I rate the noodles a 1.6 over 5 stars.

For me, there was too much ketchup and the lack of flavour from the chilli. There was too much lard and there were no meatballs! Meatballs are the main reason for me when it comes to eating Bak Chor Mee, I was therefore very disappointed.

The stall’s saving grace is their server Uncle, who was a pretty peculiar chap. He cracked me up when he asked if my Fuji Finepix F31 camera (which was sitting on the table) was the latest Nokia N95 phone. It totally brightened up my afternoon. 😀

If you really want some good Bak Chor Mee, take a look at this list. I will be tracking them down real soon.