JAAN French Dining at Swissotel the Stamford

Saturday, 31 January 2015

JAAN French Dining at Swissotel the Stamford
Finally had a chance to visit the widely mentioned JAAN restaurant, which is located on level 70 of the Swissotel Singapore. 

The restaurant is really small, and it looks like they can only hold 40 or maybe slightly more customers. Hence, it is always recommended you make a reservation before your visit.

We ordered the $68 3 course lunch menu, which was specially crafted by JAAN’s Chef de Cuisine Julien Royer, as part of the artisanal menu in year 2015. 

First up, little snacks were served.

Wooden blocks held the delicate cereal tuiles, which apparently come from France and are custom made specially for JAAN. I loved its combination with Chef Julien's rendition of Hummus, which proved to be a lovely spread for the thin, crisp wafers. 



After the little warm-up starter snacks, we were served with the Amuse-bouche. Another lovely platter served on a black rock display plate, as pre-meal little bites to warm up the palate. 

One of my favourite snacks is Chef Julian's version of our local Kueh Pie Tee, filled with Kurobuta pork remoulade and grain mustard. Gone in a mouthful, but super yummy!
We were then made to choose our freshly baked bread, which was nicely served with a little pretty pyramid of hand churned Jean-yves bordier butter and some loose salt on the side.
For the appetiser, I had the Marbré of Foie Gras & Bresse Chicken (additional $10). 
 It was also served with a lovely black truffle brioche~ 
My friend had the beetroot collection - burrata 'artigiana', honeycomb and horseradish. A really lovely combination, you'll find yourself wanting a second helping!
For the main course, she had the Confit Rainbow Trout, which looks exactly like Salmon. But the dish was still a smooth eat, no doubt.
...while I had the Roasted Venison Saddle (additional $15). The meat was tender, with no blood leaking out while I eat. 
 ‘Mulled-wine’ pear, celeriac, sauce ‘poivrade’.
Finally, on to desserts!

I had the Chestnut 'Delice', a combination of speculoos (a type of shortbread), eglantine and tahiti vanilla.

My friend had the Pear Gourmandise - served with nougatine, shards of gingerbread, tonka bean ice cream and caramel! Cold and delicious.

For the petit fours, we wrapped it up with caneles bordelais, coconut marshmellows, mushroom macarons, and toffee & rosemary smoked lollipops!
 Can I just say that I love the lollipops? It was very very well done. 
 It was my first time eating mushroom macarons (what? mushroom?! Yes, mushroom). It wasn't overbearing and it was a lovely light hint of mushroom peeking out, and the flavours went well.
If you need visual feasting for your soul and a lovely experience overall, I recommend you to visit JAAN one day, it's best for special occasions and for days you want to pamper yourself, to eat and to be treated as royalty. There's just so many complex flavours in the set and it is a complete palate pleaser. :)

JAAN Restaurant at Swissotel the Stamford
Location: Level 70, Equinox Complex, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882
Tel: +65 6837 3322 
Email: reservations@equinoxcomplex.com

Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe
Here I am today at Aljunied, to taste Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe's dishes! Located in the neighbourhood, it is easy to spot them from a distance away with their signboard so huge. 


Some surroundings:

 


Organic Wheatgrass Drink ($3.50)
We were first served with the wheatgrass drink, which I totally did not regret having. Some wheatgrass drinks are very heavy in the plant taste, but not this one. It retains a good balance of wheatgrass and is not overwhelming. Lovely!

Dill Pattie (Cha Om) Omelette ($8)
Who doesn't love egg? My first Dill pattie omelette, the Dill plant gives the omelette a special flavour that I really enjoyed. It was light, but not overbearing on the senses. The plant, dill, is sometimes used as a herb in Asia. The owner had it imported from Thailand, so this is a must-try!


BBQ Pork Neck ($10)
Grilled using real charcoal, the flavour of the BBQ pork neck has been further enhanced, making it a joy to chew on.
Coupled with thai-styled sauce dip, the marriage emits the flavour of bliss and tenderness of a lovely relationship that will keep you wanting more. 

Sleeping Fish Set ($15)
Such a cute name for a heavy combination of vegetables and tender, fresh fish. The fish is known as the Pla Tu fish in Thailand, and it's actually a short-bodied mackerel. The fish is fried to perfection, and the fish meat is tender and delectable.
The dish is enjoyed here with raw vegetables, just mix all ingredients in the set, wrap it up in a huge cabbage piece and it's ready to be enjoyed!
Don't forget the chilli, which enhances the overall flavour of the raw vegetables!

Lala (Clams) Bee Hoon ($18)
If I have to use one word to wrap up this dish, I would use the word 'generous'. Indeed, they are very generous with their clams (lala). The clams are all well-cooked, you'd see the shells open nicely and the lightly gravied bee hoon will scream delicious in your mind once tasted. I'm not kidding. This is one of the best Lala bee hoon I've ever eaten as the portion is huge and evenly cooked, it is one true tasty dish you must not leave this restaurant without trying. 

Basil Mussels ($15)
The mussels are cooked and served in a lovely orange shade with subtle hints of the basil leaf.
The light tasting mussels are tender and doesn't have a fishy taste. Instead, you'll taste a lovely side of the ocean in this!

Hommok (Thai Style Otak) ($16)
One of my favourite dishes here, the Hommok a.k.a Thai Styled-Otak, will leave you wanting more. I don't know what is it about this restaurant that they are generous with all their servings. But it is good for us consumers. (haha!)
This dish looks and tastes so good that I can't help but take more photos of it. Vibrant delicacy!
 YUMMY! I will definitely come back for this.
The mashed otak is mixed in a special way with huge slices of coconut flesh, giving out hints of savoury goodness. 

Lemongrass Jelly with Aloe Vera Cubes & Calamansi ($2.50)
Refreshing's the word. The fragrant, yet light and sour hints from the lime make it a very nice dessert to have after a heavy meal. 

Tapioca in Coconut Milk ($3.50)
Served in warm Coconut milk, this lovely, filling dish will keep you wanting more of it though you might be full from the rest of the dishes.
The tapioca, as you might already know, is a low calorie but filling starch. Hence, you might wish you order this when you're in a group or just come here and have this at your whim and fancy whenever you have a craving for this dish. Definitely one of my must-try desserts here.

Looking for great Thai food with a twist and reasonable prices? Spicy Thai-Thai cafe should be in that list as it will be worth every dollar. 

Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe 
Location: Block 115 Aljunied Ave 2 Singapore 380115 
Tel: +65 6747 8558
Link: http://spicythaicafe.com/

This is an invited media tasting session.

llao llao Singapore

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

llao llao Singapore
llaollao? lao lao? llaaao llaao?
I pronounced this the way all Singaporeans would have first pronounced this: Laao-Laao.

Wrong, I was told. The correct pronunciation is Yaao-Yaao. With more emphasis on pulling the 'a' sound.
That cranky name aside, I wanted to find out what the craze with llao llao is, after my disappointment with the craze on Honey Creme.

Before I just share my review, what is llao llao?

Source from llaollao's website says:
Llaollao is Frozen Yogurt. As it’s natural, it’s one of the healthiest and most recommended products in the world, thanks to the goodness in it and its high nutritional value.
It is made from skimmed milk at the moment of serving and combined with the finest toppings (from freshly-chopped seasonal fruits to cereals, fun crunchy toppings and delicious sauces), making it even more delicious and healthy.
I asked for recommendations and was told that Sanum is their top selling combination. Hence, I went for Sanum ($6.50) which consists of Frozen yogurt, 3 types of fresh fruit, 1 type of crunch and sauce: I chose the caramel drizzle, strawberry, blueberries, mango, and some crunch (I think it was caramelised biscuits)! (all recommended by her).
First spoonful. It was damn refreshing. Second spoonful, it's getting better. Third spoonful, Okay. The yogurt itself was really delicious!
But the toppings didn't wow me that much, the first time round. In fact, it was so-so.
I guess just like love, you need to make the right choices in order for you to find the perfect combination for you. In this case, find the right combination which llao llao will offer you, along with their lovely low-fat frozen yogurt.
I had llao llao twice. That's because people do make wrong choices sometimes, like listening to people telling you how to choose. And taking the recommendation of the very first llao llao girl who served me, I chose a combination which I didn't like.

Second time round, I was more certain of my taste and ordered on my own.
Choice: Mango, watermelon, strawberry and colourful crunch with Berry drizzle

It turned out to be awesome.   #ownchoiceFTW  Lol!

Hanging out with friends and llao llao makes it even better!

Either way, I've found my yogurt love at llao llao - my very own customised berry filled Sanum. Just see our happy faces and you'll know!

It was #LAFT (Love At First Taste)!

llao llao.
My 1st Sanum Location: Marina Link #B1-04 (Marina Square Shopping Mall), Singapore
My 2nd Sanum Location: Plaza Singapura #01-22A, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore

For more locations, check out their website.

Binggojung Korean Dessert

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Binggojung Korean Dessert
Craving for Bingsu / Bingsoo (빙수) in Singapore? Head over to Binggo Korean Dessert Cafe to ease your cravings!

Hidden inconspicuously under a 24-hr fitness and recreational gym, G.Spa, it is located next to Ju Shin Jung, one of Singapore's longest BBQ restaurants.

Now, what is Bingsoo?
Bingsu or bingsoo is a very popular and elaborate snack/dessert in Korea, especially during the summer season. - Wikimedia
Korean food lovers will know this must-have dessert in the Summer season. It is so loved by Koreans that they will have it even in Winter! Well, lucky for us, it is 'Summer' here all the time. So, no reason not to have it, right?
Greeted by a lovely-snowflakes-falling-into-bowl design logo right outside the small cafe.


Surroundings:


It's a small place with a few seats, but customers can choose to sit outside the cafe.
 Time to order!
There are many bingsoo flavours available. 

They have Oreo Bingsoo (loved by tons of Singaporeans, most will automatically choose this when given a choice), lemon bingsoo, cheescake bingsoo, green tea bingsoo, so on and so forth. 

Most bingsoo orders range about $10 and above per bowl. But I will recommend this, the Injeolmi Bingsoo 인절미 빙수 ($10). This fantastic bingsoo really tops the bingsoo charts with its nutty flavour.  
Injeolmi bingsoo goes back to the most traditional times, and is how people in olden Korea used to enjoy their bingsoo.
The shaved ice was fine and easy to eat, each mouthful was filled with cold, sweetness that will make your day. Topped with soya bean powder, it gives a sweet and nutty flavour which goes well with the ice. 
Tteok 떡, also known as the Korean rice cakes, were also apparent in the dish as it was served in thick pieces buried under the fine ice. It was chewy and added a balanced texture to the dish. Almond flakes were also part of the equation, but I would have liked it to be more crunchy as it tasted kind of soft by then.
Injeolmi actually refers to a type of rice cake, which is made to be chewy, easily digestible and nutritious. That's another reason to order this, huh? haha!
The dish was also served with condensed milk, also known to the Koreans as yeonyoo (#연유, a.k.a Syrup), which is also a must-have with this dessert.

I heard that there is actually a proper way to enjoy your Injeolmi bingsoo, and this is how it goes:
1. Mix your bingsoo around with the ice showing up a little.
2. Drizzle portion of the yeonyoo / condensed milk syrup
3. Mix it slightly.
4. Throw some ice and rice cakes into the leftover syrup and eat together for extra enjoyment as and when needed.
Of course, if you'll like to cut to the chase, just attack it hard and fast like I did. It'll still be the same kind of delicious. :)
I also had a Mocha latte, but felt it was too thick and sweet for me. Here, I will just focus on the bingsoo, which I will definitely come back for!

Binggojung Cafe (directly under G.Spa)

Location: 102 Guillemard road #01-01 Singapore 399719
Website: Binggojung Cafe Facebook