Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Recipe | Chunky Toblerone Shortbread Cookies

Makes 40

2 cups butter, softened
1 cup superfine sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch 
3 1/2 cup flour 
2 bars Toblerone (or chocolate chips)

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Cream butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy 
3. Add in cornstarch and flour to butter mixture, gradually
4. Fold in chocolate. 
5. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto tray, 1 inch apart. 
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Jacobs & Co

Red Top Farms Wagyu ($270)– MO, USA, Bone in Striploin 18oz
Cooked medium rare, this was very soft, yet too salty for my liking.

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Date: September, Birthday Dinner
Price: Four Course Prix Fixe $65 + $13~ for a glass of Sauv Blanc

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Date: September, Birthday Dinner
Price: $160 Omakase

Food (3/5 for Cooked; 4/5 for Sashimi): One of the courses was a deep fried scallop. I feel it's not good use of a fresh scallop; it would be better seared or raw. My favorite course was the Sashimi which included my favorite fish - Stripe Jack. Out of the sushi course, I enjoyed the Argentina Shrimp, Tuna handroll (not pictured), and Russian Uni.

Ambiance (4.5/5): I loved the space - light wood, modern and clean feel similar to the restaurants I visited in Japan. I sat at the counter and it was very comfortable and intimate. I always enjoy watching the sushi chefs. However, there was one very large fly & a smaller fly buzzing around during the meal which was a bit of a nuisance.

Overall, it was good, but I expected more. I prefer the omakase at Yasu (that egg!)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Kiin: A Royal Thai Dining Experience

The former Khao San Road space has now been transformed into a Royal Thai dining room, with tons of gold/brass and jewel tones. We came around 5:30pm on a weeknight and were lucky to snag a spot at the bar, but reservations are recommended. 

 Roy Thai - royal Thai dumplings, $12/person for 4 pcs - Definitely a must order (contains peanuts). My favorite was the blue one and the deep fried one. 

 Khao Yum - the colourful rice dish mixed with a variety of herbs/spices. Really a feast for the eyes, but taste-wise it was too spicy for me. My mouth was burning!

Sea Bream - salt baked, served with lettuce wraps (baby gem lettuce & Thai kale which is like Chinese Gai Lan). The fish was similar to Chinese steamed fish. I really liked the herbs that were stuffed inside and the salt crust was tasty. Overall, the fish + lettuce + vermicelli + green sauce is a good pairing - a light yet filling dish. The server debones it for you but still be careful when eating. 

Service was good and attentive. Price: $50/person.

Verdict: Haven't felt this 'wow' in a while. Everything was absolutely delightful. Will be back! (Pork jowl was not available that night)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Tokyo | Afuri Ramen


Sometimes the best things are unplanned.

One of my best meals in Tokyo was at Afuri Ramen (Harajuku). No guidebooks, no recommendations from friends; simply discovered because we stayed in the area, only to find out after that it's quite 'famous'. We passed by a few nights and there was a long lineup each time – I had to check it out!

Method: Order from the ramen machine and sit at the bar that encompasses the 'kitchen'. I had the Yuzu Shio Ramen which is light chicken broth infused with yuzu – the most refreshing, unique, fusion experience ever. Opted for the thin noodles and light oil. Topped with greens instead of the usual green onion, and the egg was delicious as well.

Overall a totally different experience and flavor than Ichiran. Highly recommend this spot to surprise your tastebuds!