Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Homemade - Chee Cheong Fun

Having some time in the morning, I decided to dish out a typical asian breakfast, Chee Cheong Fun, known as 猪肠粉 in Mandarin. Research for some recipe online, and realize that most are the same, but depends on whether you would like to microwave it, or steam it. Either way is fine, but probably steaming is much more traditional, and even gives the texture a little more moist. But looking at the negative side which is more troublesome, I took the former...

Making of Chee Cheong Fun is actually quite easy. Below are the following ingredients we need, including a microwave which I was forbidden to move it off its spot for this photo :( Anyway, below are just the rough estimation of the amount we need.

60g Rice Flour
10g Corn Flour
1 tsp Cooking Oil
1 tsp Sesame Oil
1/4 tspn Salt
190ml Water

After gathering all the ingredients, the next step is the easiest! Simply dump all into a bowl, and start stirring to dissolve the flour.

Once the stirring is completed, we can start on the main step.

Lightly grease the microwave-friendly container/flat plates to avoid sticking, and pour a small sufficient amount of the mixture to cover the base of the container, probably about 1-2mm. We don't see 1cm thick Chee Cheong Fun in the coffee shops right?... And microwave it for a minute or so. As long as the liquid at the base starts forming shape, and texture is a little translucent, we can take it out and pour the leftover mixture back with the rest, leaving the "formed" base untouched.

Leave it aside to cool, before taking it out of the container and rolling it. Kindly do not mistook this as face mask, thou the white translucent look of it tempts me.

It took probably 2 mintues for the cooling stage, and you can start rolling it up. Next, you can cut into slices to prepare for the "finale"...

Add the usual toppings or any that you prefer, such as the sesame seeds, light soy sauce, etc. For me, I went with the light soy sauce only.

Here's the final outlook.. It may not look that appetizing, but it does tastes quite ok! I will try adding meat as fillings the next time, such as Shrimp Chee Cheong Fun, Char Siew Chee Cheong Fun, etc., those like Dim Sums :)

Do give it a try, and play around with the fillings if you like.

For your information, the amount of ingredients as stated above, is able to make about 2 long slices of the usual length in coffee shops. Hope this is a good gauge if you intend to prepare for your family!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Steam Sia

The name of the cafe "Steam Sia" sounds so Singaporean.. ermmm... Singlish. I like the interior concept, and it's really a place for reminiscing.. place for people who at least played "Snakes and Ladder" before?

This is how the overall of the cafe looks like. Simple with a bit of oldies feel. Ok.. My definition of oldie feel refers to late 19's to early 20's.

Let's see what I had for my meal in Steam Sia, before bringing the decoration of the cafe to the foreground.

Oldie feel, but menu is not those paper written type. Hardcover menu, though the food is limited. Based on their menu, they have 2 categories for mains. Asian Harvest mainly based on asian food like chicken curry, and Western Delight featuring western food of course.

They do have starter, salads, sandwiches, side bites, and desserts as well. Probably in other words, wide category but limited options each.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Simply Shiok

Went to try out their "All Day Chicken Wing Buffet" with a voucher purchased since couple of months ago, but only managed to find time recently... Credits to the pressuring expiration date on the voucher!

In any case, was late due to the raining day, and surprisingly, there wasn't a lot of people as I had expected.. And this might have been a good point as I can get more attention from the crew, and lesser waiting time for my next serving :D

Although I am here for their chicken wings buffet, their menu doesn't seems to tell people that their signature is chicken wing!? Rather, it portrays a favorable impression towards their ice-creams and beverages. They have categorized their ice creams to "Classic" and "Premium", priced at $2.80 and $3.80 per scoop respectively.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Fresh +

Recently, there's quite a number of stalls sprouting out in the streets of Singapore, and mainly are healthy foods, such as salad bars. And on the influence of a friend, I decided to try out this salad bar, which has been receiving quite favorable reviews, and the sight of long queue does trigger me to have a go during my lunch break...

They do know how to pamper their customers... Looking at the menu, they have 3 categories, which are, allowing customers to choose what they want for their salad, their recommended salad ingredients, and recommended sandwiches. Needless to say, I observed that most customers went for the "Fresh +", and neither was I an exception. I prefer to select my favorite ingredients to munch on, unless I am rushing for time.

Not only is their extensive menu making me indecisive, so are the ingredients! A whole length stretch of display and I am supposed to choose them while I'm queuing. This is how their system works. The moment it reaches your turn, you will have to inform the crew the size you are going for, and next is to select 6 ingredients from the "free" section, as it is already included in the price. Moving up, they will ask you if you want any "GOURMETEXTRAS" which costs $3 more, consisting of smoked/roasted chicken, and some others. Next will be the sauce, and finally making the payment.

The ordering process is very similar to Subway, and perhaps even healthier and more selections for the customer.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Mu Parlour

Everyone knows Holland Village houses quite a variety of food, and mostly are yummy-licious food!

I happened to come across this cafe called Mu Parlour, supposingly famous for its burgers. Thus, I decided to make my way in and let my tongue verify the fact.

First test to take on, "Thigh test". There is a relatively long flight of stairs before reaching the main entrance.

Upon entering the cafe, you will be greeted with an all white theme, and very simple yet bold colors in its design. Quite unique isn't it?

Now, the second test, "Mind test".