Trips for Taste

by Daryl Ngo

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After disregarding dinner being too excited to see the Zac Posen show, we were left very hungry after it. We decided to dine at Brotzeit, since the compound that it belonged to was nearby –why not?

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My friend recommended their Bavarian Potato Dumpling and Spinach. First bite and instantly loved it! The soft potato dumplings were probably Italy’s version of gnocchi, only longer. They’re cooked with lightly-sautéed spinach, mushrooms, semi-dried tomatoes, German hard cheese shavings (which I thought or probably is parmesan) in balsamic glaze. You may think, it’s a salad but it’s not light at all! The dumplings for start are carbohydrates and there are loads of them. This is a type of dish you can’t rush eating because you have to pick up the pieces and it makes you feel full before you know it.

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Kaiserschmarren in German or Emperor’s Cake in its simpler translation for English-literate people. I think it’s their traditional pancake, shaped in… just somewhat like truffles, odd-sizes but at least good to nibble at. The sharp plum sauce was too strong for me, I prefer eating the dough on its own. The texture’s not quite my preference, it’s a bit too soggy and doesn’t give the bite of crunch. But it is probably the way it is.

It’s quite pricey but given the availability of this, you wouldn’t have a choice. I’ll go for this definitely, if it’s cheaper.

Brotzeit
#01-27 Discovery Walk at 313 Somerset
313 Orchard Road
Singapore

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Here goes another open-faced sandwich. Some toast, low-fat cream cheese, colby cheese and arugula.
It was my first trying some colby cheese (or at least knowing what I’m trying). It tasted close to cheddar and here I go again too lazy to Google and say that they’re probably made from very similar ingredients, just with slight modification? It’s has a sharp taste, creamy and salty…melting-goodness…
I LOVE the cheddar family. Just think about this, if this cheese isn’t really one of the best-tasting, then all those cheddar-flavored snacks would be all gone. And I can’t imagine that!

Here goes another open-faced sandwich. Some toast, low-fat cream cheese, colby cheese and arugula.

It was my first trying some colby cheese (or at least knowing what I’m trying). It tasted close to cheddar and here I go again too lazy to Google and say that they’re probably made from very similar ingredients, just with slight modification? It’s has a sharp taste, creamy and salty…melting-goodness…

I LOVE the cheddar family. Just think about this, if this cheese isn’t really one of the best-tasting, then all those cheddar-flavored snacks would be all gone. And I can’t imagine that!

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It’s a perfect brunch weekend. My friend and I headed to try out Epicurious. Their menu was good enough to trigger my indecisiveness once again. Just when I thought wanted some eggs ben, I ended up with this baked goody.

Its eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes topped with cheese popped into the oven. It’s all gooey-good! From what I saw they served most of their breakfast with this purple-skinned small potatoes (I’m not sure what you really call them), but their perfectly baked too! You couldn’t resist just eating one -you’d want to eat all! Tender and moist.

Breakfast and eggs can be the simplest and most varied dish you could do, but who can resist a well-made brunch where you just sit and wait with a nice view?

Epicurious
#01-02 The Quayside
60 Robertson Quay
Singapore

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Their pasta is pre-cooked and quickly tossed with their tomato sauce. Pasta Mania more of belongs to fast-food category rather than a restaurant. But if you want something easy and on-the-go, this will feed a pasta craving. It wasn’t bad for me as I liked how the sauce is, a bit sour and just simple. Even though the pasta may not be the perfect al dente but I don’t care.
The only major disappointment was their crew. Their fast but they lack finesse. I’m not expecting high-end type of treatment but at least they should be polite and attentive. First at the counter before ordering, I was the person to be entertained but she addressed the woman behind me. I was probably trying to grab my wallet from my bag but she somehow missed out on who she should address first. She didn’t negatively intend for it to happen, it’s just that she wasn’t paying enough attention on whom to say her protocol greetings. Then when I sat on my seat, I had this soy bean curd with me which I tried to open and nosh on while waiting. But the wait staff came and told me I couldn’t do that because they don’t allow it, because they’re certified Halal and they have cameras around…WTF?! He said all of it nicely though but the message was inappropriate. So I just gave him a poker face. He should’ve simply said that they don’t allow it. It made me feel like I was doing something so illegal and should be punished for it.
Pasta Mania#04-21 NEX23 Serangoon CentralSingapore

Their pasta is pre-cooked and quickly tossed with their tomato sauce. Pasta Mania more of belongs to fast-food category rather than a restaurant. But if you want something easy and on-the-go, this will feed a pasta craving. It wasn’t bad for me as I liked how the sauce is, a bit sour and just simple. Even though the pasta may not be the perfect al dente but I don’t care.

The only major disappointment was their crew. Their fast but they lack finesse. I’m not expecting high-end type of treatment but at least they should be polite and attentive. First at the counter before ordering, I was the person to be entertained but she addressed the woman behind me. I was probably trying to grab my wallet from my bag but she somehow missed out on who she should address first. She didn’t negatively intend for it to happen, it’s just that she wasn’t paying enough attention on whom to say her protocol greetings. Then when I sat on my seat, I had this soy bean curd with me which I tried to open and nosh on while waiting. But the wait staff came and told me I couldn’t do that because they don’t allow it, because they’re certified Halal and they have cameras around…WTF?! He said all of it nicely though but the message was inappropriate. So I just gave him a poker face. He should’ve simply said that they don’t allow it. It made me feel like I was doing something so illegal and should be punished for it.

Pasta Mania
#04-21 NEX
23 Serangoon Central
Singapore

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I decided to bring my friends to this place to have them try more on Mediterranean cuisine. It’s a place the same as Marche -you go around carrying your card with you, and pick whatever dish you want among the choices. They featured a few number of cuisines from Paella of Spain, Rotisserie of France, Pizza and Pastas of Italy, Kebabs and Pitas from Turkey and some more which I have missed out.
I planned to just hit the salad bar and grab those bulbs of roasted garlic, but my body’s screaming for meat, meat and meat. I couldn’t resist it especially after seeing the Turkey area of the place. They have this sizzling plates, skewers, roasted vegetables….oh my. I got their Iskender chicken which took me lots of questioning from the patient chefs on what is it about. To see is to believe because at that moment they were preparing the same dish I was wondering about, so I got that.
Freshly roasted chicken strips on a bed of sliced pita bread topped with tomato sauce and drizzled with yogurt dressing -I can never decline to that! It was real good! Some chilies could do it better if you love chilies, is a perfect match.
Medzs#B2-01 Orchard Central181 Orchard RoadSingapore

I decided to bring my friends to this place to have them try more on Mediterranean cuisine. It’s a place the same as Marche -you go around carrying your card with you, and pick whatever dish you want among the choices. They featured a few number of cuisines from Paella of Spain, Rotisserie of France, Pizza and Pastas of Italy, Kebabs and Pitas from Turkey and some more which I have missed out.

I planned to just hit the salad bar and grab those bulbs of roasted garlic, but my body’s screaming for meat, meat and meat. I couldn’t resist it especially after seeing the Turkey area of the place. They have this sizzling plates, skewers, roasted vegetables….oh my. I got their Iskender chicken which took me lots of questioning from the patient chefs on what is it about. To see is to believe because at that moment they were preparing the same dish I was wondering about, so I got that.

Freshly roasted chicken strips on a bed of sliced pita bread topped with tomato sauce and drizzled with yogurt dressing -I can never decline to that! It was real good! Some chilies could do it better if you love chilies, is a perfect match.

Medzs
#B2-01 Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road
Singapore

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It’s a far cry from my past when I was the kid who hated vegetables. But now, I can’t seem to get enough of grilled vegetable sandwiches. I want to try every version in every place I go to that has it. The usual chicken sandwich is starting to bore me. Vegetables on the other hand, keeps me on my toes in the quest of finding who roasts it, grills it best. Also considering the combination of vegetables they have in. So while at Wild Honey, instead of the usual yummy all-day breakfast on their menu, I was drawn by the phrase that says “pureed arugula” –haven’t heard of that being done so it was enough to make me go for it. They fancily call the sandwich Under the Tuscan Sun. It’s got fresh mozzarella, portobello mushroom, grilled red pepper, caramelized onion andThe pureed arugula –served in 2 decks under rye bread. I managed to eat half so I could enjoy the other for another meal. Well it was so great, it’s tying up closely to another vegetable sandwich which I hope will be sharing with you soon. But this sandwich is to die for.
Wild Honey#03-01 Scotts Square6 Scotts RoadSingapore

It’s a far cry from my past when I was the kid who hated vegetables. But now, I can’t seem to get enough of grilled vegetable sandwiches. I want to try every version in every place I go to that has it. The usual chicken sandwich is starting to bore me. Vegetables on the other hand, keeps me on my toes in the quest of finding who roasts it, grills it best. Also considering the combination of vegetables they have in. So while at Wild Honey, instead of the usual yummy all-day breakfast on their menu, I was drawn by the phrase that says “pureed arugula” –haven’t heard of that being done so it was enough to make me go for it. They fancily call the sandwich Under the Tuscan Sun. It’s got fresh mozzarella, portobello mushroom, grilled red pepper, caramelized onion andThe pureed arugula –served in 2 decks under rye bread. I managed to eat half so I could enjoy the other for another meal. Well it was so great, it’s tying up closely to another vegetable sandwich which I hope will be sharing with you soon. But this sandwich is to die for.

Wild Honey
#03-01 Scotts Square
6 Scotts Road
Singapore

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I may have found the counterpart of the best sour plum sweet potato. Hot Star opened an outlet in NEX recently. It’s another Taiwanese snack chain that has mushroomed around the corner and their usual best-sellers are those HUGE chicken pieces (really huge!). But I’m not actually so much for that; my eyes are usually for their sweet potatoes. Knowing that my favorite maker is I Love Taimei, I seem to refuse or withdraw from trying out from other stalls. But I thought this time, I’d let it slip and give this new sack stall a try. And it made me think, “Wow, this is surpassing I Love Taimei’s”. The second time I got it, I wanted to take back my words. It’s not that I found it less good but I would probably say both are actually equally good. Their plum powder isn’t exactly the same which most likely gave off the difference. The thing with Hot Star is that it has more flour bits extending out which makes the whole bite crunchier (and oilier). Taste-wise, both are winners.
I’m just glad that if ever I go craving for some sweet potatoes; Hot Star which is closer to my house would just serve me well.
Hot Star#03-K17 NEX23 Serangoon CentralSingapore

I may have found the counterpart of the best sour plum sweet potato. Hot Star opened an outlet in NEX recently. It’s another Taiwanese snack chain that has mushroomed around the corner and their usual best-sellers are those HUGE chicken pieces (really huge!). But I’m not actually so much for that; my eyes are usually for their sweet potatoes. Knowing that my favorite maker is I Love Taimei, I seem to refuse or withdraw from trying out from other stalls. But I thought this time, I’d let it slip and give this new sack stall a try. And it made me think, “Wow, this is surpassing I Love Taimei’s”. The second time I got it, I wanted to take back my words. It’s not that I found it less good but I would probably say both are actually equally good. Their plum powder isn’t exactly the same which most likely gave off the difference. The thing with Hot Star is that it has more flour bits extending out which makes the whole bite crunchier (and oilier). Taste-wise, both are winners.

I’m just glad that if ever I go craving for some sweet potatoes; Hot Star which is closer to my house would just serve me well.

Hot Star
#03-K17 NEX
23 Serangoon Central
Singapore

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My friend and I decided to go and see Titanic Exhibition during its final days last April in Singapore. But what got my attention on the way there. I never get to see this kind of Mediterranean/Turkish restaurants easily in other malls. So I knew I had to try it. I courted my friend to try out with me and good thing she didn’t back out.

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I got their main stuff like the falafel pockets. You get to choose whether you’d want to get half or the full pocket. Then some few options for the falafel like: basil, sun-dried tomatoes -which I had, then they fill this pocket with different kinds of vegetables of your choosing. They’ve got probably around 15 options. You can pick any as long as it still fits in your pocket. So for vegetables I picked, alfalfa sprouts, sautéed carrots, cherry tomatoes and caramelized onion. I was intrigued by the green chilies so I thought it’s a definitely must-go-in!

It was good! The sauce was a great thing and it really does help liven it the whole thing, or else the usual scare with falafel is its dryness. The combination of lively vegetables did help too.

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Then from the moment I saw the picture of their shakshouka. I couldn’t take my mind off it. Tomatoes + eggs -those are enough to mesmerize me. I found theirs a bit conservative with the taste. I would have preferred something that has more kick to it, probably some more sourness from tomatoes or pepper. Or some fresh crushed black pepper or chilies, I’d welcome both ideas.

Pita Pan
L1 Bay Level The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore

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You can find these xiao long bao dumplings everywhere in Singapore, from good ones to not-so-good-ones and better one to the best ones. Everyone will have their opinion on who does it best.

Crystal Jade has been one of the pioneers and household names when it comes to these soupy dumplings. My friends and I thought of having to try out these local restaurants which they deem to be like a staple place to go to with family on a weekday, or something like that.

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I was the first one to get to the place and so I thought of getting some stuff so they don’t have to wait when they arrive. And I knew I couldn’t go wrong with xiao long baos. We also got some more else but let’s start with this famous dumpling. It’s juicy and tastes good. According to majority, it tastes better than Din Tai Fung. I couldn’t compare it from Paradise Inn’s because I forgot how it tasted like but most likely they are probably tied up.

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Then the spinach sautéed with three kinds of eggs was a great dish for me. Best version I’ve tried so far.

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For carbs, we got the hot stone five-grain fried rice which was also good. It might not be your typical preference of soft white rice but its a healthier option.

Every dish we ordered was good. And I think it’s hard to go wrong when you’re a Chinese restaurant and you have outlets everywhere. Talk about safe-choice.

Crystal Jade La Mian Xioa Long Bao
Holland Village
241 Holland Avenue
Singapore

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