Garden Picks: Extremely Nutty with their butters!

Monday, 31 August 2015

Garden Picks: Extremely Nutty with their butters!
As I've previously reviewed, Garden Picks are all about nuts. This time, they go a level higher. Presenting to you, their nut butters!

I was so glad this came through the mail. I'm sure some of you already know that Peanut Butter isn't the only Nut Butter around. Right?

So, anyway, I was excited to receive these nut butters because they are just yummy! Nut butters are healthy and delicious to eat!

Other than applying them on your bread, any more suggestions?

Well, I decided to get creative, and I whipped up 3 simple, easy to make dishes with the nut butters!

Learning Note: Some nut butters are higher in polysaturated fats and some are higher in monosaturated fats. Nut butters like Macadamia Nut Butter has a low cooking and heat point. That's why I only use that to cook my chicken, because it has more monosaturated fats. You should not expose the Cashew and Almond Nut Butters to heat or attempt to cook them, because they lean towards polysaturated fats, which should not be eaten after being heated. 

Monosaturated Fats: Best unheated, or cook in low heat (short period of time only)

Polysaturated fats: DO NOT HEAT at all. 

Okay, over with the boring stuff. Let's introduce the butters first!

Almond Nut Butter (250gm, $13.50)

Cashew Nut Butter (250gm, $12)

Macadamia Nut Butter (250gm, $16)

Here's my dishes that I created! If you are interested in my recipes, it'll be all up on the blog within this week, so please stay tuned!

Breakfast Item: Almond Nut Fruit Toast Stack

Lunch Item: Macadamia Zesty Chicken with light crunch

Snack Item: Fruit Crunch Cashew Yogurt Mix

Hope you'll like my recipes, which will be up on the blog by this week! Links will be provided as soon as it goes up! :)

Garden Picks
Website: http://www.gardenpicks.com.sg/

This post is by invitation. Many thanks to Garden Picks for sending over the products.

Sogurt

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Sogurt
This is somewhat a late post, but late is better than never! I walked past Sogurt one day and felt attracted by the bright lights and pink decor. Not that I like pink, don't judge me. (haha!)

Anyway, I had this sometime last month, so the flavours might have changed now. But they still do hold the same flavours albeit at different locations (they have 8 stores). Here's my quick review.

Details
 Area: 
Suntec City Mall (the branch I tried)

Country: 
Singapore

Price: 
$

Good For: 
Small Groups / Friends / Solo / Family

Accessibility: 
Approx 2 minutes walk from Promenade MRT Station or 5-7 minutes from City Hall MRT Station

Let's Eat!

Get the staff's help to try the various flavours before settling down with one. Alternatively, get all! The picture below shows the plain yogurt, blueberry and salted caramel popcorn flavour.

The salted caramel popcorn flavour lacked the right amount of sweetness, it was blander than expected. The plain version tasted average and the blueberry flavour seemed the best out of all 4 flavours available. The other flavour which I did not capture on camera is the pink grapefruit flavour, which I think I like second best.
 The huge cup. Only one size!
 DIY~
 Their in-house promotion.
Top it up with various toppings. It isn't easy to scoop the toppings without spilling it over the bowls that they're set in. 
 They do have a wide variety of toppings, including popular ones like lychee, longan, white and dark chocolate bits, as well as other fruit toppings.
 If you only want to put sauce on it, feel free to do so. They have hershey's chocolate, strawberry flavour, and even condensed milk!
 My cup of blueberry froyo with frutty pebbles and lychee burst bubbles. I think I paid about $6 for this, which is only fills up half the cup.
Honestly, I think their cup is too big, people can't really have a good gauge on how much they are buying, most likely will end up overbuying. (Since the usual buying style is to try to fit it to the top of the cup!)

The service wasn't the best either, as I was trying to get the attention of the seemingly tired looking staff (even when the shop was empty). :(

Low-Down
The best bit: The wide variety of toppings and sauces.

The worse bit:  Only 1 cup size.

Despite having 8 stores over Singapore, which I do think it is a good feat for a yogurt shop, but overall, I didn't think the taste of the froyo was too impressive and enough to get me to make a trip there specially just to eat it.

Sogurt
Location: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #02-607, Singapore 038983


Restoran Soon Soon Heng Bak Ku Teh (顺顺兴肉骨茶)

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Restoran Soon Soon Heng Bak Ku Teh (顺顺兴肉骨茶)
[Malaysia, Johor Bahru] Just located on the same stretch as Ah Hua Kuey Teow 亚华果条, is the ever popular Soon Soon Heng Bak Ku Teh! This place is almost always filled with people, strolling in to have a taste of the Bak Ku Teh (literally 'Meat Bone Tea'), despite the hot weather. 

Details
  Area: 
Johor Bahru

Country: 
Malaysia

Price: 
$

Good For: 
Small Groups / Big Groups / Friends / Solo / Family

Accessibility: 
Just located opposite KSL City Mall, Johor Bahru

The ever packed eatery.
The cook.

Let's Eat!
Before sitting down, make sure you order first. Ordering is easy, just tell the staff how many people are in your group. They will prepare the portions accordingly.

After that, also let them know if you wish to have any other side dishes - like...
deep fried doughsticks (you tiao), salted vegetables with deep fried lard pieces or braised pig's trotters.

 Here are some sides you can choose to add on. Like meatballs, pig's stomach slices, livers, beancurd skin.

Salted vegetables with deep fried lard pieces
The salted vegetables taste so good. They are salty but not overwhelming. This is very good with rice, and I enjoyed the lard pieces with it!
 So amazing. I can eat so much rice with this bowl of salted vegetables. And this is just a side dish.

Bak Kut Teh
First thing I noticed about the bak kut teh here is that it's not peppery, unlike how Singapore loves to serve the same dish. The freshly cooked pot is served to you piping hot, and is a flavourful mix of ingredients.
 Full of ingredients!

Braised Pig's Trotters
When served, this braised pigs trotters should still be sizzling. And it will continue to sizzle for the next minute. 
When it ceases to sizzle, take some gravy and mix with your rice. Enjoy. The gravy is not too salty and is just nice. The pig's trotters are so chock full of collagen and fat, that it forces you to have it with rice. Which you should. Heavenly.
 Our overall order.

I hear that you should also order the deep fried doughsticks (you tiao), unfortunately by the time we ate it, it was all sold out. :( 

If you feel warm while eating here (which is highly likely), why not enjoy a cup of iced ginseng chrysanthemum tea? :)

I don't have the full break down of the costings, but overall, I paid about RM55 for 3 of us. The price is reasonable and the food, GOOD! I'm a happy girl, who will likely return here for the food.

Low-Down
The best bit: The food. 

The worst bit: None. 

Restoran Soon Soon Heng Bak Ku Teh (顺顺兴肉骨茶)
Location: 43, Jalan Serigala Taman Abad 80250 Johor Bahru Johor, Malaysia (Just opposite KSL City Mall)


Ah Hua Kuey Teow 亚华果条

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Ah Hua Kuey Teow 亚华果条
[Malaysia, Johor Bahru] Being at Johor Bahru, you can't miss out on having good food. And even so, it's not difficult at all finding good food! We just walked into this random noodle eatery, Ah Hua Kuey Teow 亚华果条, for breakfast, and it wasn't a wrong choice. 


Details
  Area: 
Johor Bahru

Country: 
Malaysia

Price: 
$

Good For: 
Small Groups / Big Groups / Friends / Solo / Family

Accessibility: 
Just located opposite KSL City Mall, Johor Bahru





Let's Eat!
Dry Version, RM6
The dry version of the noodles here come with a big bowl of soup, which has vegetables, some seaweed and 2 huge fishballs. The fishballs were really bouncy and was delicious. This was my friend's order, which she chose to have hers with the silver needle noodles / Bee Tai Bak / Rat Noodles.
My friend's bowl of noodles came with deep fried lard, minced meat, liver and sliced meat. The ingredients are the same with every bowl, if you don't eat liver, remember to tell them to exclude it.

The bowl of noodles were served with a huge scoop of chilli on top. Somehow, I felt that the chilli and the silver needle noodles didn't go very well with each other. Something felt lacking.
My friend knew she wanted the silver needle noodles as her noodle choice, but for me, I wanted what the owners recommended. So I told them to surprise me with their best and here's what came up!

Chinese yellow noodles aka egg noodles!
Honestly, if I had a choice, chinese yellow noodles will not be the top of my choice as the egg noodles I'm used to have a weird aftertaste which doesn't sit well with me.

Well, I thought I'd never say this about yellow noodles, but it was so shiok (sheer pleasure) here! The ingredients were the same as my friend's bowl. But the noodles mixed with the chilli so much better here, I believe its due to the sheer texture of the noodles. Also, the deep fried lard enhanced the fragrance of the noodles! This was so good.

After mixing up the noodles, just enjoy! In the photo, it's a piece of liver with the noodles. Lovely mix. I would highly recommend this!
 (Shucks, I'm already hungry just thinking about it)

Soup Version (with Silver needle noodles / Bee Tai Bak / Rat Noodles), RM6
The soup was more flavourful because of the ingredients, soaked in the soup. The 2 handmade fishballs by the owner was also apparent in the soup. Even in the soup version, there was traces of deep fried lard, but that loses its oomph as it loses its crisp.
This was too light for me. But it'll be a comforting breakfast for most. I like a heavier taste!

Ngoh Hiang
This was so fragrant and well made. The beancurd skin was so crispy and the inner fillings were flavourful.
 Have it with the sambal chilli. It's simply the best.

Golden Fried Fishcakes
This was also a very well fried snack, the outside is so crispy and you can taste the fragrant oil as you munch down on it. If you like, dip into the sweet chilli sauce that comes with it. But I like it on its own. :)

Low-Down
The best bit: The dry noodle version (with Chinese yellow noodles) and its sides.

The worst bit: None! If I have to nitpick, the fans have to be stronger because the chilli is so tasty, you'll keep eating it until you perspire!

Ah Hua Kuey Teow 亚华果条
Location: 21, Jalan Serigala, Taman Century, Johor Bahru



Seattle Pike Chowder arrives in Marine Parade

Monday, 24 August 2015

Seattle Pike Chowder arrives in Marine Parade
It was a lovely evening, and a couple of us gathered for an al fresco at Marine Parade's Parkway Centre.


Seattle Pike Chowder is a franchise brought into Singapore by Giojio International, alongside Giovanni L. Seattle Pike Chowder hails from the America’s celebrated chowder house - Pike Place Chowder in Seattle, Washington (United States), owned and founded by Larry Mellum. To maintain the quality of the chowders, Seattle Pike Chowder has the chowders imported from Seattle.
Details 
Area: 
Marine Parade

Country: 
Singapore

Price: 
$

Good For: 
Small Groups / Friends / Solo / Family

Accessibility: 
Not too accessible - better to drive here, or take a bus.

Let's Eat!
Note: There are 3 sizes per soup. Another option is to have it in a bread bowl as well :)

New England Clam Chowder (Prices from $8.90 - $14.90. $12.90 with bread bowl)

This was my favourite. Not only me, but this award-winning chowder from Pike Place Chowder has not failed to impress most at the table. With its ingredients freshly imported from Seattle, it was flavourful and rightly thick.

They were also very generous with their clams and other ingredients, like potatoes, celery, onions, etc.

Seafood Bisque Chowder (Prices from $9.90 - $15.90, $13.90 with bread bowl)
This is also another flavourful chowder, prepared with tomatoes and generous with their seafood.

Smoked Salmon Chowder (Prices from $9.90 - $15.90, $13.90 with bread bowl)
Unfortunately, this was my least favourite as I felt the taste of the salmon is a little strong for me. This would sit well with those who loves a smoky hint in their soups.

Each soup takes about 15 minutes to prepare, but it is worth the wait.

This review is by invitation. Thanks to Openrice and Seattle Pike Chowder for hosting the session. 

Seattle Pike Chowder 
Location: 1 Marine Parade Central #01-05 Parkway Centre, Singapore 449408 Tel: 6255 9898