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Over a year in the re-making, Coriander Leaf marks its 14th year in the business by reopening at CHIJMES with a brand new look and diverse Asian “small plates” menu, which is categorised into five distinct flavour verticals of Fresh, Familiar, Spicy, Umami and Sweet.

Salads are predictably under the Fresh column – if you are a fan of coconuts like me, definitely try the refreshing marinated prawn salad tossed with crisp, snow white grated coconut. Next is Familiar – a list of popular dishes from the old Coriander Leaf such as no-fail miso cod and a very tasty grilled eggplant casserole that is reminiscent of the classic parmigiana. Classified as Umami is the wonderfully addictive soft shell crab covered in silky salted duck egg yolk sauce and fragrant curry leaf. Not to mention a potent bisque-like prawn sauce topped with creamy sea urchin and scrambled egg and K’s favourite meat of the night – oven roasted angus paired with an intriguing spicy dip and fish sauce.

On the Sweet end is Halo Halo, a novel Chinese and Japanese inspired dessert of Filipino origin, with old-school White Rabbit candy and condensed milk ice cream, shaved ice, leche flan, sweet potato, jackfruit, and frosted flakes. I love everything about it except the corn flakes – they add a crunchy texture, yes, but seem to cheapen the dish hmm. Substituting with nuts will be a win, I reckon. Another not-quite-there-yet dessert is the spiced lava cake with teh tarik ice cream. The latter is faultlessly creamy and rich but the cake… No flow, sigh.

I want to be back, as I have not explored much of the Spicy selections! Plus, there is that gorgeous cooking studio that is putting ideas into my head… Company social event, hehe.

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FRESH
marinated prawn salad, grated coconut ($15++);
rice noodle salad, roast duck, mint, coriander leaf, vietnamese basil ($12++)

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FAMILIAR
grilled eggplant, chickpeas, browned butter ($12++)

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FAMILIAR
miso marinated silver cod ($28++)

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SPICY
wok fried tiger prawns, japanese momotaro tomatoes, chilli padi ($24++)

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UMAMI
sea urchin, scrambled egg, prawn sauce ($25++)

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UMAMI
oven roasted, kecap manis rubbed cape grim angus, spicy dip, fish sauce, lime juice, coriander ($35++)

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UMAMI
soft shell crab, salted duck egg yolk sauce, curry leaves ($16++)

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UMAMI
nepalese minced chicken momo dumpling, roasted tomato relish, szechuan pepper ($10++)

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SWEET
white rabbit condensed milk ice cream, mango granita, leche flan, sweet potato, jack fruit, frosted flakes, shaved ice ($15++)

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SWEET
spiced lava cake, teh tarik ice cream

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My thanks to Charissa for hosting dinner!

Coriander Leaf
#02-01 CHIJMES 30 Victoria Street
6837 0142

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After reading so many mixed reviews, I was ready to write off Paddy Hills as just another hipster cafe with form over substance but our brunch was really enjoyable! Perhaps we were there on a good day, perhaps we picked the right dishes, who knows? It’s obvious that much thought has been put into making sure that the menu stays unconventional – no to eggs benny, yes to kimchi fried rice! The latter is rather average, though very photogenic ha. Another unexceptional item is the beautifully fried but bland cauliflower fritters which need more seasoning. “The Maze” is well-loved by K – smooth creamy mash with generous portions of tender and non-gamey lamb meatballs. And I sneaked a bite of BFF’s “Hash Hash” – a rich baked egg-ish pan of tomato, chorizo and sauteed mushrooms, delish! Not forgetting my browned and crispy rosti with seared moist sea bass, of course. The potato is sliced sooooo thinly and resembles mee sua! Love this much.

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Cauliflower Fritters ($12++)
paprika salt, masala yogurt

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Potato & Fish ($22+)
rosti, seared sea bass, sous vide egg, sauteed mushrooms, deconstructed bagna cauda

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The Maze ($22+)
creamy mash, lamb meatballs, cauliflower fritters, polenta chips, crumbled manchego, sous vide egg

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Kimchi Fried Rice ($20+)
hanger steak, ito togarashi, negi, nori, sous vide egg

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Hash Hash ($24+)
toasted bread, roasted baby potatoes, chorizo, sauteed mushrooms, beef shank, polenta chips, shaved fennel, sous vide egg, baked egg

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Paddy Hills
38 South Buona Vista Road
6479 0800

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It was such a privilege to meet Chef Cat Cora in person when she was in town to introduce the new seafood dinner set menu at Ocean Restaurant. Fangirl moment aside, I really did enjoy the new menu more than the previous one!

I’ve never cared for oysters so when the 6-course menu ($168++) started with the amuse bouche of fresh oyster, I wasn’t too excited. Luckily the sautéed langoustines which followed was perfect – firm juicy flesh served alongside crustacean cream and baby fennel, delicious! Likewise the torched brown trout which Chef de Cuisine Yew Eng Tong recreated from his win at the prestigious Bocuse d’Or Asian by pairing it with smoked eel and then rounding off with refreshing crunchy cucumber and caviar vinaigrette.

My favourite was hands down the charred corn soup – something different yet comforting. One of the restaurant’s signature ingredients, the blue swimmer crab was made into a crispy fritter and and the thick hearty soup had an alluring smokey flavour. Final main course was a moist slab of sustainable cod fillet from New Zealand – I still remember the layer of brittle scales! For dessert, the rocky grand cru chocolate was a dreamy chocolate creation. The elegantly plated dish had a base of bitter chocolate, passion fruit creme at the side, and various textures of chocolate in sponge and mousse forms, so good!

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Fresh Oyster
passion fruit, watermelon salsa

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Torched Brown Trout “Fabio”
smoked eel, crunchy cucumber, caviar vinaigrette

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Sautéed Langoustine
crustacean cream, baby fennel, leek, soft herb

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Charred Corn Soup
beignet of blue swimmer crab, bacon crumble

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Cod Fish
chorizo, smoke potato

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Rocky Grand Cru
bitter chocolate rock, passion fruit creme, textures of chocolate

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Will never tire of this view!

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Many thanks to Charmaine and Lavinia for hosting dinner!

Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
8 Sentosa Gateway
S.E.A. Aquarium, Level B1M
6577 6688

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Fellow unagi lovers, you won’t want to miss the summer unagi festival “Doyo No Ushi No Hi” at Mikuni!

Celebrated in Japan during the sweltering summer season, referred to as “Doyo”, the Japanese believe that the consumption of nutritious eel helps to increase stamina and beat the summer heat. So from now till 31 August 2015, Executive Chef Moon Kyung Soo will showcase a resplendent display of traditionally cooked unagi dishes through a specially curated lunch and dinner set menu. Live unagi can be seen swimming in the huge tanks at the entrance – imported live from the Aichi prefecture and all ready to be eaten *evil laugh*

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Complemented with the season’s freshest items, the delectably presented dishes are a treat for the senses. Although the 5-course lunch is a subset of the more luxurious 8-course dinner, it looks no less impressive!

Mikuni Eel Special Summer Lunch ($120++)
chef’s seasonal selection of zensai, sashimi, sunomono moriawase, grilled eel on rice, kyushu peach ice cream

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My favourite on the dinner menu ($220++) is the appetizer of delicate barbecued eel jelly with tamago accompanied by tangy smoked salmon yuzu, eel yahata maki burdock and addictive crispy eel bone. All parts of unagi can be eaten and this dish demonstrates exactly that – skin, meat and bone are all creatively utilized!

Chef’s Seasonal Selection – 3 Kinds of Zensai
bbq eel jelly, smoked salmon yuzu, eel yahata maki burdock, eel bone

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Out of the 8-course menu, only the soup and dessert have no unagi in it (I’m not complaining). Warm and comforting, this bowl of beancurd skin and shreds of snow crab seems like a savoury version of the Chinese ginkgo beancurd 腐竹 dessert!

Soup
fresh beancurd skin, hokkaido snow crab, mushroom, yuzu

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No words needed when there’s fresh fatty toro and creamy uni! *bliss*

Seasonal Sashimi
hokkaido sea urchin, aori ika, toro, yellowtail, sea bream

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Beautifully presented in a shell, the plump and delicate grilled “salted” eel is far from salty but naturally sweet and luscious! Have to admit that I’m not a fan of the chewy abalone though.

Grilled Salted Eel
abalone, mikuni sauce, wasabi, daikon

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Each well-seasoned skewer of beef is deep-fried in panko before being topped with a piece of unagi, mustard caviar, flying fish roe and uni. Not for the faint-hearted, these golden skewers are Chef Moon’s take on the traditional Japanese recipe!

Skewers
kagoshima wagyu beef kushikatsu, black truffle, mustard caviar

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My seafood version was equally decadent!

Skewers (Seafood)
salmon, scallop, crab, asparagus

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Sunomono Moriawase
eel, scallop, shrimp, ginger flower, seaweed, tomato

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Highlight of the lunch and dinner menu is definitely the unadon (鰻丼), a.k.a. charcoal grilled eel on rice. Presented in an exquisite lacquer box, the finely grilled and aromatic eel takes center stage with its succulent and tender meat. Incredibly soft!

Charcoal Grilled Eel on Rice
mixed japanese pickle, kyushu shijimi freshwater clam miso soup

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Peaches (momo) are in season now so I was not surprised to see it being featured on this limited-time-only menu. Ripe and juicy Kyushu peach goes extremely well with the smooth ice cream made of peach and yogurt! Wonderful and refreshing end to one of the most memorable meals at Mikuni so far!

Dessert
kyushu peach, raspberry, peach ice cream

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Thank you for hosting dinner, Ruth and Laureen!

Mikuni
Level 3, Fairmont Singapore
80 Bras Basah Road
6431 6156

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Three dinners at Candlenut later, I’m convinced that this is now my favourite Peranakan restaurant in Singapore. We have tried most of the seafood (and a couple of meat) dishes on the menu and here’s my list of what (and what not) to order:

Must try:

1. Wing bean salad: had this thrice and still loving the refreshing combination of crisp wing bean, crunchy cashew and herbs tossed with tangy lime dressing!

2. Buah keluak: you can’t leave before trying this classic Peranakan “black gold”! The “buah keluak” or black nuts are soaked and scrubbed for a minimum of 5 days (phew!) and the filling is extracted to form an exquisite marinade. K loves the chicken version, done traditional style with buah keluak sambal, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaf but I think the wok tossed crayfish rendition is lovely too! And then there’s the homemade earthy buah keluak ice cream, oh my. Made with 80% Valhrona chocolate, served on a bed of salted caramel, chocolate crumble and chilli specks, and topped with warm milk chocolate espuma, this is one unforgettable dessert.

3. Yellow coconut crab curry: the thick creamy gravy infused with turmeric, galangal and kaffir lime leaf is one flavourful bomb on the palate and the blue swimmer crab meat is so fresh! The presentation and taste remind us of Nahm Restaurant’s (similarly named) coconut turmeric curry of blue swimmer crab in Bangkok.

4. Assam sotong: you know me, I don’t like squid usually but the sautéed squid with squid ink, chillies, tamarind and crispy shallots is too good to resist. I’m always amazed at how tender they are! The other squid item on the menu, sambal “choking” sotong (because apparently the kitchen “chokes” every time this smoky, spicy dish is fried), pales somewhat in comparison.

5. Sambal kacang petai: either you love this or you hate it. I belong to the former camp obviously – the stir fried petai beans with tamarind and chilli sambal are not stinky but fragrant! My friends refused to touch them (it’s the smelly tofu syndrome), all the more for K and myself yay!

Worth trying:

1. Coconut charcoal grilled wild caught red snapper: I only ordered this on my last visit and regretted not trying this earlier! The fish fillets are meaty and go very well with the fiery dried shrimp samba.

2. Candlenut satay: the grilled spiced fresh chicken leg skewers are tender but what steals the limelight is the rich homemade pineapple peanut sauce on the side. I love it so much and make sure that there’s always an extra serving on our table. They charge an additional $1.50++ per serving but whatever, just take my money, I want to dip all my food in it!

Skip:

1. Omelette chincalok: fermented blend of salted baby shrimps and folded with spring onions, this omelette is easily replicable and average at best.

2. Chap chye: Nice homely dish of braised cabbage with mushrooms, sweet and dried bean curd, pork belly and black fungus in rich prawn stock gravy, but nothing exciting.

3. Gula melaka king prawns: the coconut butter sauce infused with gula melaka is delicious but $24++ for two prawns? Nah, I’ll pass!

4. Chendol cream and durian soup: Nothing can go wrong with coconut custard, gula melaka sauce and pandan jelly or potent durian ice cream with feuilletine and fresh durian purée right? True, but I find that the portions are too small. Can get better and bigger ones elsewhere!

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Wing Bean Salad ($14++)
salad of wing beans with prawns, crispy fish, baby red radish, lemongrass, chilli flakes, cashew nuts, mint, coriander with lime dressing

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Candlenut Satay ($10++)
grilled spiced fresh chicken leg skewers served with rich homemade pineapple peanut sauce, cucumbers & red onions

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Sambal Kacang Petai ($14++)
stir fried stinky petai beans with tamarind & chilli sambal, crispy shallots

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Yellow Coconut Crab Curry ($24++)
blue swimmer crab meat, turmeric, galangal, kaffir lime leaf

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Sambal “Choking” Sotong ($14++)
wok fried squid with tomatoes, red onion, sambal chilli

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Gula Melaka King Prawns ($24++)
coconut butter sauce infused with gula melaka, lemongrass & roasted coconut, fresh herbs & chilli

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Buah Keluak Local Crayfish ($18++)
wok tossed crayfish with sambal, buah keluak, & kaffir lime

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Candlenut
#01-03 Dorsett Residences
331 New Bridge Road
8121 4107

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P. Bistro has come a long way. It began as a small shophouse space along Owen Road serving simple Asian-inspired Western fare and French classics, and gained enough loyal fans and regulars to open a second outlet at Palais Renaisaance. Don’t be put off by the atas location though; the bistro is still sticking to the basic values of offering tasty, wholesome food at reasonable prices.

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K shocked me when he ordered two items which I absolutely will not order in a restaurant – garlic bread and chicken wings, omg!! Ha. To be fair, these are two of the most popular appetizers and light bites on the menu. Let me just say that both were very good – nothing beats freshly roasted garlic paste and well-marinated wings right?

Garlic Bread ($5++)
baked farm loaf bread, freshly roasted garlic paste

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BBQ Chicken Wings ($12++; half portion show below)
fresh chicken wings, chef’s special homemade marinade, chilli sauce on the side

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Salads here are substantial enough to be mains. I wanted to try the Thai-style pomelo salad but decided to go with the staff’s recommendation of prawn avocado mango salad. No regrets whatsoever! The colourful combination of juicy prawns, creamy avocado and tangy mango was a wonderful prelude to the real mains. Pomelo salad, next time!

Prawn Avocado Mango Salad ($20++)
cherry tomatoes, romaine rocket, japanese sesame dressing

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One of the most noteworthy dishes is the dory fillet coated with a special nonya gravy (secret recipe!) and cooked on a banana leaf. Beautiful and flavourful! P.S. the spicy, sweet, sour and deliciously crunchy achar on the side was delish too.

Nonya Dory ($18++)
chef’s signature nonya, dory fillet cooked on banana leaf, fragrant duo jasmine rice, fried egg

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K’s best burger to-date is Kua ‘Aina in Tokyo (even President Barack Obama likes it!) and the P.Bistro beef burger may be his second favourite so far.

P.Bistro Beef Burger ($22++)
open-faced burger, beef patty, pickles, caramelized onions

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Served open-faced, the generous slab of beef patty was tender and juicy – but surprisingly not greasy at all. We did think that an addition of avocado will make this a killer burger!

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When the salmon was served, I cringed inwardly because it looked overcooked. Wow, not only was I wrong, the fish was so moist and still pinkish in the middle! Lesson learnt, don’t judge a fish by its cover.

42° Sous-vide Salmon ($22++)
pan-seared 42° sous-vide salmon, crushed purple potato, seasonal greens

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The homemade desserts selection looked very tempting. The croissants baked with original Lurpak butter and Elle et Vire dry butter were already sold out by dinnertime so we turned our attention to the cakes. Matcha azuki dome had weak green tea flavour so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Luckily the chocolate mont blanc (love the strands of chestnut mousse with a dark chocolate core!) and light pistachio chiffon cake made with organic coconut oil were as gorgeous to look at as they were delightful to eat!

Desserts ($6-8.50++)
matcha azuki entremet; chocolate mont blanc, pistachio chiffon cake

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Special thanks to Pang for introducing P. Bistro to us!

P. Bistro
#B1-06, Palais Renaisaance
390 Orchard Road
6734 9268

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#kkhongkong2015

The 3rd edition of the #kk travel series is on Hong Kong (my birthday present thanks to K!) and our 5 days trip was approximately 5% Disneyland, 10% sightseeing, 15% shopping, and 70% FOOD of course.

Breakfast

The legendary scrambled eggs from Australia Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司) are a must on every Hong Kong trip and while I’m a huge fan, K is an even bigger fan of the silky smooth scrambled eggs from Capital Cafe (華星冰室). We also ordered the crispy buns from the latter but I think Tsui Wah (翠華餐廳) does it better. Egg tarts are another must (yes, I have a lot of “must eat!” in Hong Kong ha)! I always go to Honolulu Coffee Shop (檀島咖啡餅店) in Central for perfect flaky egg tarts (as good as Lord Stow’s Bakery 安德魯餅店!) and then a street away is Tai Cheong Bakery (泰昌餅家) which sells traditional shortcrust egg tarts (albeit a commercialized chain now). To wash them down, a cup of ice cold “pantyhose” milk tea (絲襪奶茶) from Lan Fang Yuen (蘭芳園) is the only answer! We also went to Tim Ho Wan (添好运) for their consistently good dim sum (and I still refused to go to the outlets in Singapore) and for some Instagram-worthy pics, we sought out Chau Kee (周記點心) for the *drum roll* French toast with salted egg and yam lava! Check out the videos!

Our best finds are definitely the peanut butter croissants from Urban Bakery! Filled with generous PB, the croissants made with imported A.O.C. graded ingredients were buttery, crispy and divine even when eaten cold (we know, because we brought them to Disneyland for lunch). The salted egg “liu sha” croissant was fab too but still not as impressive as PB. We love love love the PB one so much that we went back on our last day just to pack some for our flight home.

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Breakfast

To take a break from greasy dim sum and fattening milk tea, we spent a relaxing morning at the Mandarin Grill + Bar, which has retained its Michelin star for the sixth year running. The breakfast menu was typically western with plenty of eggs (Benedict, Florentine, Royal and even a luxurious Caviar version), pancakes and healthy choices such as oat porridge and bircher muesli – exactly what we were looking for. K’s Full English breakfast had a scrumptious selection of scrambled eggs, black pudding, Rhug Estate bacon, sausage and portobello mushroom while my tamago-ish omelette with smoked salmon and avocado was pretty satisfying too. The most unique item on the menu was “Air Yogurt” – think yogurt in espuma form. The foam was so light and pairing it with mango, blueberry and strawberry felt like eating whipped cream with fruits, lovely.

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Desserts

Like Taipei, I enjoyed the desserts in Hong Kong very much! For green tea soft serve, only two places are worth our precious calories: Via Tokyo and Sweets House Cha Cha. The former has been highly raved in the blogosphere and rightly so! My first encounter with Via Tokyo was in 2014 and I was thrilled to be back again, this time for more of the texturally perfect matcha affogato and royal milk tea soft serve. Cha Cha’s texture or flavour may not match up to Via Tokyo but their intense black sesame sauce drizzled on top of the soft serve cemented its place in my heart. Just take my money, you two! Small Potato Ice Creamery‘s deep purple soft serve made an eye-catching pic on Instagram but was a tad underwhelming due to the weak flavour. Lab Made (first liquid nitrogen ice cream parlor in Hong Kong) and Oddies Foodies (tiny shop but wonderful creations) were average-nice, not good enough for a second visit. Smile Yogurt is a different story though – the frozen yogurt soft serve has a texture that can rival ice cream, so creamy and milky! Our DIY parfait had all good stuff – froyo, brownies, nuts, chocolate sauce, delicious! For cakes and tarts, note down Cha-no-wa (茶之環) for the softest matcha (yes, matcha again!) roll everrrrr and 2/3 Dolci if hand-made pistachio tart filled with pistachio sponge, dark chocolate, more pistachio paste and 100% pistachio cream sounds like heaven to you!

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Michelin – Cantonese

We had our first proper lunch at two Michelin-starred T’ang Court after checking in and it was nothing short of “wow”. Lavish furnishings aside, the masterpieces in this chi-chi restaurant are clearly the authentic Cantonese culinary dishes. We tried three items from the “T’ang Court Award Winning Dishes” menu – stir-fried fresh lobster with spring onions, red onions and shallots (三蔥爆龍蝦); pan-fried cod fillet with preserved bean paste sauce with cod fish taro puffs (火焰蜂巢銀鱈魚); and stir-fried diced Wagyu beef with spring onion and wasabi (芥末香蔥爆和牛柳粒). What can I say other than excellent, excellent, and excellent?! Superbly fresh seafood and K single-handedly polished off the plate of expertly stir-fried-till-tender Wagyu beef. The lobster was surprisingly tasty despite the simple execution; no wonder it clinched the “Best of the Best Culinary Award – Gold with Distinction Award” for T’ang Court, bravo! Don’t leave without trying the soups though – they are the hallmarks of a true Cantonese restaurant. Ladies, you will go crazy over the braised imperial bird’s nest with crab meat and crab roe; extremely nourishing and the crab roe added a touch of sinful decadence to the bowl of warm, hearty “soup”. I approve!

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Michelin – French

Within a year since its opening, Upper Modern Bistro had gained its first Michelin Star. The dinner menu comprises familiar French bistro dishes, French tapas and also more elaborate haute cuisine with an Asian twist using fresh ingredients from all over the world. We started with lush Brittany oysters dressed with ponzu marinade; tender octopus and boiled potato salad with mustard vinaigrette; a trio of tuna, crab and salmon bruschetta; mini veal burgers with mushroom purée that’s one of the signatures at Upper Modern Bistro; average mushroom soup with beaufort cheese; my main of crispy sole with crab meat and smoked eel (I was already full by then but couldn’t resist finishing the lightly breaded fillets); K’s main of French pigeon with shiitake and mustard seeds (his first pigeon!); and ended with desserts of “Upper Choc” – love the chocolate sorbet! – and pistachio barre with green apple sorbet and popcorn. Affordable prices, generous portions and attentive service; now I can understand why is the restaurant packed to the brim on a weekend night!

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Michelin – French

We did a day trip to Macau and took the opportunity to lunch at The Tasting Room (御膳房) housed at City of Dreams integrated resort (casino!). There’s a direct shuttle bus from Macau Ferry Terminal so finding our way to the opulent restaurant was easy. Winning the Michelin star three years in a row, The Tasting Room redefines fine dining with utmost attention to details and using seasonal ingredients to deliver dishes presented so beautifully that I have to remind myself that a chef plated our food, not an artist. A refreshing crab salad with tomato water jelly, avocado mousse and Bloody Mary sorbet whetted our appetites for more and we were not disappointed. The smoked egg with ibérico ham and comté cheese sauce was served with a flourish (not unlike Jaan) and my favourite was the contemporary style French onion soup – “deconstructed” with a piquant scoop of onion ice cream! I left almost all the slow cooked turbot untouched as it was tough while K hit the jackpot with his Kobe beef, cheeks and sirloin with quince and saffron, so envious! Luckily dessert was a dream – chocolate banana mille feuille with all sorts of crunchy smooth textures and paired with cocoa sorbet. I must say, this was my most memorable meal of the trip!

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Tapas Bar

No-reservations 22 Ships has become one of Hong Kong hottest tables since opening in October 2012 and being a fan of Chef Jason Atherton, I was anxious to check out the eclectic menu of modern tapas, served in a buzzy yet relaxed setting. It was difficult to choose from the menu because I wanted to try so many of the creative-sounding tapas which Chef Atherton apparently describes as “representing the modern face of dining”. The one dish which struck me as “this is the one” was the mishmash of cauliflower, mushroom, parsley and walnut pesto. Omg, that was soooo good and flavourful, and it is exactly the type of dish a veggie-hater should try and be converted. I swear, not being melodramatic here. K raved about the Berkshire pork and foie gras burgers as much as I gushed over the cauliflower ha. By comparison, the scallop ceviche with yuzu and roast cod with capers, anchovy and lemon were not as exciting on the palate, though they were tasty too. We only had enough stomach space for one dessert (sadly) and picked the correct one – peanut butter, condensed milk, banana, outstanding.

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British

Opened in May 2014, Aberdeen Street Social is the other brainchild of Chef Atherton (told you I’m a fan girl ha) and located in hipster SoHo within PMQ. Branding itself as a “social” venue, the restaurant has two levels – downstairs is a bar-cum-bistro for casual dining (this is where we got our hands on the huge-ass fresh lobster roll with fries) and upstairs offers a more intimate dining experience of modern British cuisine. Our 3-course lunch felt kind of safe – chewy octopus with basil sauce, caper berries and dehydrated tomato; sea bass with quinoa, curry and sour cream; roasted turbot with Morecambe bay brown shrimps and samphire; JAAL 75% (Pollen in Singapore has a variation of this too!) with chocolate ganache and madras curry banana ice cream… I know it’s not fair to compare, but I can’t help myself – 22 Ships gets my vote!

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Japanese

I like Kishoku. Named 樂 in Chinese, the “joys” of Kishoku came in the form of kaiseki-style Japanese dishes for us. Seated at the sushi bar (best seats in the house!), we were suitably impressed by the chef who fed us so well with his carefully crafted sashimi and sushi. The omakase menu changes frequently depending on what’s the freshest on the day and what you see here may not be what you get – maguro coated with white sesame miso sauce; creamy crab meat mixed with crab roe; snapper sashimi interestingly paired with a sweet plum; aburi mackerel with sesame, ginger and perilla leaf; uni in shell topped with negitoro and ikura (this was the bomb, must eat!!); a thick chunk of chutoro temaki sans rice (chef and I are in agreement that the best hand rolls come with no rice ha); cooked snapper with eggplant; grilled tachiuo hairtail fish that has an amazing texture like soft anago; tomato, fig and corn salad with tangy apply jelly; and an assortment of sushi from live clam and otoro to aburi black cod and tuna tendon. Oishii!! *happy sigh*

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Organic

I imagine Locofama will fit in well in Singapore, since we have so many hipster cafes and restaurants these days. But one difference will be its tagline – “Making Healthy Hip”. Yup, located at the up and coming Sai Ying Pun neighbourhood, Locofama proudly serves organic nutritional bites all day. Designed with the health conscious in mind, their menu has options for every diner, from vegan and dairy-free to nut-free, and pescetarian (me!). It even has the carb-free dishes for those on the latest food fad – paleo diet! We had dinner here after a heavy lunch so were very happy with our healthy meal. The black truffle crab dip served with corn chips was rich and heavenly; quinoa, avocado and kale salad was nothing to write home about; miso-marinated salmon fillet with a side of mashed cauliflower “potato” and cherry tomato confit was not too bad but it was the carb-free cauliflower risotto that floored me. Instead of using rice, this “risotto” is made entirely with finely chopped cauliflower florets, so smart! Topped with an organic runny egg, it was one exceptional dish which I won’t forget anytime soon!

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Breakfast

Australia Dairy Company (澳洲牛奶公司)
G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan
佐敦白加士街47-49號地下

Capital Café (華星冰室)
Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, 6 Heard Street, Wan Chai
灣仔克街6號廣生行大廈地下B1號舖

Honolulu Coffee Shop (檀島咖啡餅店)
176-178 Hennessy Rd, Central
灣仔軒尼詩道176-178號地下及閣樓

Tai Cheong Bakery (泰昌餅家)
35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
中環擺花街35號地下

Lan Fang Yuen (蘭芳園)
2 Gage Street, Central
中環結志街2號

Tim Ho Wan 添好運點心專門店
Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall), Central
中環香港站12A鋪(IFC地庫一層)

Chau Kee (周記點心)
西環西營盤水街東利大厦地下H1號舖

Urban Bakery
Room 322, 3/F, The Landmark, 12-16 Des Voeux Road Central, Central
中環德輔道中12-16號置地廣場3樓322號舖

Mandarin Grill + Bar
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Connaught Rd, Central
中環干諾道中5號香港文華東方酒店

Desserts

Via Tokyo
Shop nos. 1A-1B, G/F., Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣禮頓道106-126號禮信大廈地下1A-1B號舖

Sweets House Cha Cha
city’super, 3/F, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀廣東道17號海港城3樓city’super內

Small Potato Ice Creamery
G/F, 28-30 Haven Street, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣希雲街28-30號地下

Lab Made
Shop 42, G/F, Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
尖沙嘴分店地址:九龍尖沙嘴彌敦道132號美麗華商場地下42號舖

Smile Yogurt & Dessert Bar
K11: Unit G32-33, G/F, K11, 18 Hanoi road, Tsim Sha Tsui,Kowloon
尖沙咀河內道18號K11購物藝術館地下G32-33號舖

Cha-no-wa (茶之環)
B1, City’super, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣勿地臣街1號時代廣場B1 City’super

2/3 Dolci
Shop 1, 1/F Manning House, 38-48 Queen’s Road Central, Central
中環皇后大道中38-48號萬年大廈1樓1號舖

Michelin – Cantonese

T’ang Court
The Langham Hong Kong, No.8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀北京道8號香港朗廷酒店1樓

Michelin – French

Upper Modern Bistro
6-14 Upper Station St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
上環差館上街6-14號地舖

The Tasting Room (御膳房)
Level 3, Crown Towers, City of Dreams, Macau
路氹城連貫公路新濠天地皇冠度假酒店3樓

Tapas Bar

22 Ships
22 Ship Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong
灣仔船街22號地下

British

Aberdeen Street Social
PMQ, Ground Floor, JPC, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
中環鴨巴甸街35號PMQ元創方JPC地下

Japanese

Kishoku (楽壽司)
5th floor, 38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣耀華街38號大腳板中心5樓

Organic

Locofama
G/F, 9-13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Western District
西環西營盤福壽里9-13號地舖

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