Monday, September 16, 2019

Paradai Thai II, Carnegie MELB

A strange week it had been when we made our way to Carnegie, one that left us too drained to have a proper conversation. Weather was still freezing which made it the perfect excuse to tuck into some hot and spicy fare.

Chicken spring rolls - deep fried minced chicken served with a side of sweet chilli sauce. Not too bad although would like to see a bit more meat in each roll.

Pla rad prik aka deep fried fish fillets served with fried egg noodles and sweet sour tamarind sauce - fish fillets were fried to golden perfection but aside from that, I thought the tamarind sauce was a tad too salty to my liking. Fried egg noodles were served as small, broken crumbs, raising the question as to whether these were leftover bits from previously.

Pad ruammit aka stir fried mixed vegetables with chicken in garlic and oyster sauce - a simple dish but again, I found it bordering on the saltier side of the scale.

Red duck curry - curry had a good aroma to it and had a good mix of sweet and spicy flavours. Only downside was that again, it was too salty to my liking and had to be mixed with a lot of rice to "dilute" it out.

Paradai II Thai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, September 9, 2019

Singapore: Ya Kun Kaya Toast

Kaya toast is a must have to complete a Malaysian/ Singaporean breakfast alongside soft boiled eggs and a cup of coffee/ tea. A concoction of sweet coconut jam, thickened with eggs and infused with pandan leaves, undergoes consistent stirring for a few hours, depending on the volume, before it can be bottled up ready for consumption.

The sister and I headed to a popular kaya toast chain, Ya Kun, for our early morning fix prior to catching the train to Orchard. Service is prompt being that most of the items are prepared in advance such as eggs and tea/coffee. 

Kaya toast was crisp and slathered with margarine and kaya. Wouldn’t mind having a bit more kaya on the toast as I like my toasts with thick spreads. No qualms about the beverages tho!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Korea: Myeongdong Kyoja SEOUL

Myeongdong Kyoja was one the many places I found whilst randomly searching the neighbourhood for good and affordable bites on my last day in Seoul. With two branches located in Myeongdong, diners do not have to wander far to recharge from shopping around the area.

Seeing as I was travelling by myself, I chose to have a later lunch to avoid the lunch queue and albeit being very popular on the internet, I was surprised to know that small groups can be easily accommodated as their turn over rate is relatively quick.

For those interested, I was observing from a single diner table aka a communal table with a divider between patrons. Cutlery is kept in the drawers and sauces/condiments are placed on the table.

My order was taken as soon as I sat down, not sure if it was because they assumed, I was a local and hence, did not require a menu. Thankfully, I had a dish in mind that I have been craving for which was kalguksu aka knife cut noodles.

Served with four dumplings and a generous dollop of minced meat, I was immediately hooked on the dish after slurping a spoonful of handmade noodles. I would have loved to order a plate of mandoo (dumplings) but was concerned the portion might be a tad overwhelming. Broth was flavourful, dumplings were well seasoned and noodles had a good bite to it.

Having read ravings about their house made kimchi, I do agree it was tastier compared to the others but also verging on the spicier side of the scale. As per norm, kimchi refills are available upon request.

Overall? Thumbs up to this place, worth a visit for those in the vicinity and are looking for a quick bite!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Singapore: Odette

Odette has been on the sister’s list for some time and seeing as this trip is meant to be a celebratory one, it seemed appropriate to have it at the right location. Reservations can be made up to 2 months prior to arriving and there’s a dinner or lunch option.

After a little navigating and some assistance from a kind security guard, we found ourselves at the restaurant’s doorsteps located in the heart of the national gallery. Service was prompt, attentive and friendly. The waiting staff knew when we needed help (for example, with the WIFI) and even noted my preferred cutlery arrangement.

Even our bread crumb mess was turned into an understanding exchange of giggles. Diners can choose between a vegetarian or regular degustation, with the additional option of wine pairing and an extra appetizer/ main lobster meal.

First up was an assortment of miniature appetizers, starting from edamame tartelettes to gruyere filled breadsticks to salsa canapes. Tartelettes were a refreshing option to start with as their mild taste allowed us to transition smoothly to the stronger tasting cheesy breadsticks. 

I was expecting a crunch from the breadsticks but was pleasantly surprised to note that it had a softer texture which I preferred. Canapes were faultless and each piece had a plump sized prawn flesh underneath the hill of dressed vegetables.

 Next up was a delectable bowl of what appears to be chawanmushi (steamed Japanese egg) infused with mushroom tea and a small side of mushroom brioche. Loved every spoonful of this airy concoction and would love to have the recipe for it. Truly one of the best steamed egg dishes I have had and one that I daresay, salivate, over from the mere thought of it.

Olive bread, sourdough and truffle croissant – A brilliant combination of bread, each with their own unique texture and flavour profile. The sister had seconds of the truffle croissant whilst I chose the olive bread. 

It had a slightly salty exterior but interior wise, it was pillowy soft and filled with a nice aroma of olives. Personally, I did not think butter and olive oil were needed in this case!

Marukyo uni – spot prawn tartare, mussel cloud and caviar, served with a side of uni canapes. A very fancy dish that champions milder, sweet tasting seafood flavours that work harmoniously together. Every single ingredient was neatly and symmetrically presented on the plate.

Trondheim bay scallop – horseradish cream, dill mayonnaise, scallops and rice and seaweed crackers. Albeit simple and a no brainer flavour combination, I loved every single bite of this dish be it from the soft scallop texture to the addition of small pickles to the fragrant cream dolloped onto the scallop medley. 

Faultless once more.

Heirloom beetroot variation – basically beetroot done many ways. A brilliant play on the many textures of beetroot paired with cheese, one might even consider becoming a vegetarian after tasting this dish. The sister’s favourite dish for the night.

Rosemary smoked organic egg – another clever play on visuals and on soft textures. I have a newfound interest in soft/creamy types of food now.

Bouillon paysan – foie gras, abalone and shitake dosed in broth. I was slightly dubious about the foie gras having had an unpleasant experience once but thankfully, the amount used in the dish was not overwhelming. 

In fact, most of the ingredients here had been sliced to be similar in size and shape, making it easy for pairing on a spoon.

BBQ king – squid, saffron, fish and prawn. Simple but I fancied this a lot being that each individual flavour had been showcased well. I do like the sauce served here as it was fragrant and flavourful, quite possibly from a good dose of saffron.

Kampot pepper crusted pigeon – served with bessenay cherry, pickled onion and black garlic. The sister and I were curious about this small box that has been making its way around the dinner tables and when it came to ours, we realized it was the next meal. 

Kudos for having it smoked and texture wise, it was could be easily sliced with the knife.

Yuzu tart – the prettiest tart I have seen and one that has a few layers of flavour over it starting from shiso to basil, yuzu curd and lastly, a buttery biscuit. My taste buds were instantly awakened by the strong aroma of yuzu and basil that was evident even before I took a spoon of it. Another winner in my books and one that I would love to have the recipe for.

Petit fours – a simple treat to end the night. Little ice cream balls followed by canelé, tarts and Japanese melon. Whilst not as mind blowing as the previous dishes, I do agree that it was a good way to cap off our night. Simplicity enjoyed slowly over a cup of coffee or tea and one that also helped to bring our elevated spirits (from all the yummy food!) back to earth.

Overall, I do highly recommend Odette for anyone who happens to be in Singapore and if they are a fan of fine dining. Price wise, it was indeed justifiable for its quality and service.

Would I visit again should time permit? You bet I would ;)

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Hiatus, Kew MELB

It has been sometime since my last brunch outing and being occupied with work does not make the situation any better. Fortunately for me, I was kindly invited to brunch at Hiatus which was gave me the much needed prompt to head out and feed myself appropriately.

The menu covers regular options such as eggs benedict, big brekkie and pancakes, as well as a few innovative dishes such as mushroom gnocchi, sashimi bowl and nourish bowls for those wanting a interesting twist.

Latte - quintessential for any brunch outlet to thrive and am not disappointed at all.

Freshly squeezed pineapple juice - a healthier option as compared to commercially available sugar loaded "juices". Thumbs up for putting this on the menu!

Big breakfast - consisting of mushrooms, avocado, tomatoes, bacon, eggs, rosti and sourdough. Well prepared using fresh ingredients. Potato rosti was the stand out for me, being not overly greasy but still crisp all round.

Braised beef cheek with mash, butter braised winter vegetables, spinach, sweet sherry jus and micro celery - beef cheek was extremely succulent and soft, paired well with the dollop of moreish mash underneath it. I am no vegetarian but those winter vegetables were braised well and I secretly want the recipe for it haha.

Hiatus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


A little while ago, a close friend of mine visited Melbourne and also a fan edible sweets, it did not take much convincing to get her to try out a newly opened sweet shop in the emporium mall.

After much contemplating, we decided to share a tasting platter and had quite a lot of fun guessing what we tasted.  The bigger version of each cake is available and would probably be better for consumers who are certain with their decisions.

Overall, we noted that mousse was the theme in almost every petite cake we tasted and flavour wise, it was predominantly hazelnut or chocolate. Not overly sweet at all and we both agreed on the fruity flavoured pieces. Would appreciate a bit more variety going on tho.

A second visit may be necessary but this time round, I am keen on trying their matcha or lemon loaf cakes. Looked very appealing! :)

Glacé Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Saint Dreux, CBD MELB

Quickest stop before I meet up with a friend. Tempted to try out their perfectly symmetrical cakes and meat sandwiches but sadly, time did not permit me to do so.

Nevertheless, I look forward to another stop here perhaps when I am in the CBD region again. On the flip side, matcha latte was one of the better ones I have had thus far albeit costing slightly more compared to other outlets.