Friday, April 16, 2010
IT'S A PIG-OUT
On a recent quick hop-over to Singapore, we stopped by for a simple lunch of soup (gasp! those who know me would be shocked as soup's not exactly down my lane) and sandwich at a little outlet called The Soup Spoon.
But hey, I figured that if the outlet's packed the food must be good rite? They even let you sample your choice from a little tasting cup. We opted for the set which consists of a huge bowl of soup, 1/2 a sandwich and a glass of iced lemon tea.
We settled for Clam Chowder which admittedly could have done with more clams and less starch in it but taste-wise it was passable. We were famished and the piping hot brew went very well with the given bread roll. The Ham & Cheese Sandwich (oh, the joy of eating REAL ham in eateries!) was incredibly scrumptious! The panini was soft, the cheese suitably melty and the ham slightly briny - perfect to go with the tangy side coleslaw salad (something our local KFC should learn from). Overall, it was a simple, hearty and reasonably priced meal.
After trawling the malls (they all began to resemble each other after a while), we sought refuge in Blue Mountain Cafe. The place was busy even on a Friday afternoon...I had an Iced Chocolate with Marshmallow (shame it was only one!) - again stupendously good; very chocolatey and milky and just what I needed to soothe my frayed nerves from all that trudging around.
We hung around until it was time for dinner. We headed straight for Tampopo Family Dining - a Japanese restaurant at Takashimaya which touted its Black Pig specialities. Good thing we were early too as the place was soon packed to the brim!
I had Tsuke Soba - essentially cold buckwheat noodles with sliced bacon and leeks in a rich, delicious broth. What made it really outstanding was how the condiments of 2 tiny yuzu strips and a miniscule dollop of citrusy/peppery salt gave such a distinct, tantalising lift to the overall ensemble.
Hubby had the Kyushu Shoyu Ramen - as expected, it was equally yummy. The noodles were springy, the pork bone-based stock sublimely sweet with loads of wakame seaweed, sesame seeds, a hard-boiled egg and a sliced of Black Pig 'char sieu' in it.
Talking about that, we also ordered BBQ Black Pig - only two slices per serving but terribly sumptuous. Despite the meat being incredibly lean, it has a nice melt-in-mouth texture.
Another version of the noodles which we spied from the next table came with a mind-boggling tennis ball-size minced pork ball! I can only imagine just how salubrious it must have tasted...
Of course, I couldn't leave without trying this dessert I had been dreaming of the whole afternoon. The creation features multiple layers of ice-cream, custard and fresh fruit or different flavoured filling on top e.g. peaches and chardonnay, chocolate, green tea, etc
I opted for the Chardonnay Peach Mariage which comprised white peach jelly, chardonnay ice-cream, raspberry confiture, tart and white peach ice-cream. It was a heavenly confection that I had a hard time describing. It's just very sensual, lusciously creamy but light; the taste of crisp Chardonnay clearly discernible on the palate.
According to the promotional flyer, the Patiscream is made with 100% Hokkaido milk in Japan and features seductive variants like Mont Blanc (Italian chestnut cream with Custard Ice Cream and Sponge Cake), Blueberry Cheese Mille-Feuille, Belgium Noisette Chocolat and Passion Mango Trifle.
Needless to say, I looked rather like the cat that got the cream after that sweet treat.