Dallas Restaurant & Bar (Birthday Celebration)

So.. the time of the year had come again for me to stress over how to celebrate W’s birthday in the best (but economical) way possible.

Birthdays may not mean much as a date in the calendar, but what it signifies is a day of time spent with your loved ones. I admit that I do take up excessive amounts of time planning for such a day, but I blame it on my indecisive and perfectionist self in being unable to be more efficient in such planning. Nevertheless…

On the actual day of W’s birthday, we both had classes till the afternoon so the plan had to be from then till night. At about 5pm, we headed to Dallas Restaurant & Bar, a rooftop restaurant at the new wing of Suntec City for an early birthday dinner.

There are several reasons why I picked Dallas for his birthday meal. Primarily because it had a great location near school thus we didn’t have to travel around too much. The next most important reason is its stunning interior from the reviews I’ve read. It exudes the charm of a fine dining restaurant, while not setting back your cash by too much – and that was the catch for me.

Indeed, we were awed by the formal setting when we stepped into the restaurant- brightly lit by the glass windows housing the restaurant. We were brought to a window seat where we overlooked the city area.

Dallas offers an a-la-carte menu as well as set meals. Both W and I opted for the 2-course set meal, with us having the Pork Knuckle and the Curry Katsu Fried Chicken burger respectively. We could choose either the starter or dessert as part of our meal.

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With our salad starter for sharing.

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Our mains.

The last part of dinner was a pleasant surprise by the staff of Dallas who brought our dessert out.. with a candle lit specially for W. (I had let them know during the reservation that it’s W’s birthday) It was so thoughtful of them and it really topped everything in our dinner off nicely. And did I mention that the brownie was sooo delicious? Super moist and chocolatey and definitely a steal.

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After dinner, we then proceeded to Chicago musical. I had bought tickets to surprise the boy…and he was indeed quite pleasantly shocked when he found out where we were heading to. This is our first time at a musical together and we enjoyed every bit of the Broadway production- from the music, the fine humour and well as the well-illustrated plot by the cast.

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Really hope you enjoyed this one, W. Love you to bitsss. For now, its back to finishing up the rest of the semester..

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Zichar @ Woodlands Waterfront Park

So after dating WJ for 2 years, we finally picked up our lazy asses to check out woodlands waterfront park for our casual weekend stroll. (4-5 bus stops from his block) It’s not that easily accessible (far from the train station) but its reachable by public transport for those in the area. I think this is probably one of the places you will think about and never figure that there is actually a full-fledged zichar restaurant serving up steaming hot dishes by the waterfront!

It was already close to 8pm when we reached so there weren’t any good photos with the scenery. Will leave that for the next time I guess 🙂

The Zichar Restaurant was located right smack in the middle of the jetty and honestly it had a great view overlooking the surrounding waters and the straits of Malaysia – which was just opposite at a distance away.

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Har Cheong Kai – Our favourite!

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BBQ Sambal Stingray, Sambal Kang Kong

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The food hits home with a strong local flavour, and were priced quite decently like you will expect from any zichar store. This place is also great for families and gatherings with friends with its well-lit and easy going environment. Really glad we checked it out so at least now we have more hang-out spots in the neighbourhood. Folks in the area, do check it out!

The deets:

  • Restaurant: Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant
  • Address: 6A Admiralty Road, 757445

 

Recipe – Fall lattice cinnamon peach pie (From scratch)

Hola! Have been neglecting this blog quite a bit for the past few months, but its time to refresh this space with some updates of what I’ve been up to recently 🙂

Today’s recipe will be a classic summer peach pie given a fall twist with the addition of cinnamon into the pie filling. For the pie pastry, I used food.com’s Homemade Pie Crust Recipe which has had some great ratings! You can tweak the portions according to how much pie pastry you need.

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PIE PASTRY 

For 2 pie crusts:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 5-7 tablespoons of cold water

Method: 

  1. Put flour into a mixing bowl with the butter.
  2. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour.
  3. add salt and water.
  4. Mix until dough is formed.
  5. Roll out on flat surface.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees until brown.

PEACH PIE FILLING

For 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4-1/2 cups sliced peeled peaches
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Method

  1. In a large bowl, combine sugars; add peaches and toss gently. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom pastry; trim even with edge. Set aside. Drain peaches, reserving juice.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt; gradually stir in reserved juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice and butter. Gently fold in peaches. Pour into crust.
  3. Roll out remaining pastry; make a lattice crust. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cover edges loosely with foil. Bake at 400° for 50-60 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Remove foil. Cool on a wire rack.

This recipe all in all worked out perfectly for me and will be my go-to pie recipe in the future. The crust is easily manageable for pie-beginners. I will describe the crust as firm and buttery with texture, and the filling moist, sweet and flavourful. Wonderful combination. (You can cut the sugar if you opt for a less sweet pie) And of course, rave reviews from fellow family and friends mean that this recipe deserves a big thumbs up!

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The Chicken King – A different kind of craving

Neighbourhood gems can sometimes bring you pleasant surprises. My girls and I headed down to The Chicken King, a rather new name in the Singapore fast food market just this weekend for a lunch catch-up session.

Being back in the Toa Payoh area does bring me many feels..especially seeing new eateries spring up everywhere, TPY has been injected with many new vibes despite my remembrance of its old school, casual goings.

We found The Chicken King situated in the middle of a row of small eateries, occupying a clean and comfortable space. This restaurant (opened by the ones behind Orchid Live Seafood restaurant), serves up fried chicken in many unusual flavours. For variety’s sake, we ordered 2 types of chicken sets- with a waffle and fries respectively.

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Signature flavour- Steven Chicken

When served, this was crispy and tender to the mouth on the inside. The chicken meat tasted fresh, and the sauce resembled a Korean take on fast food chicken, leaning towards the sweet side. Definitely refreshing on the palate. That day however, only thick cut fries were served.

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There we go!- Buttermilk Chicken Waffles

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The final product

The buttermilk chicken waffles was worth the try! A well-fried chicken cutlet on top of a waffle that was dense yet fluffy to the bite, paired with the Singaporean’s favourite salted egg yolk sauce. You could opt for buttermilk sauce as an alternate option as well.

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Digging in

Overall, a satisfactory fast food outlet experience. The items surpassed expectations by offering new flavours that had the ‘shiok’ factor, and most importantly, wallet friendly. 🙂 Do head down if you are in the neighbourhood and craving for fast food with a twist (and if you are a fan of local flavours too).

The Chicken King:

  • Address: Blk 190 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, #01-530, S(310190)
  • Tel: 91918268
  • Website: http://www.thechickenking.com.sg/

Till next time!

Froth Cafe Review- BIG Hotel

Studying at SMU would mean that I have pretty much exhausted most, if not all the food places around the vicinity. But we’re lucky that relatively new establishments like Froth Cafe are around to offer our tastebuds a refreshing spin.. so (ironically) before school starts, we decided to head down to Froth to give it a try.

For those planning to hop by, Froth Cafe is located at the basement of BIG Hotel, a 10 minute walk away from Dhoby Ghaut MRT, just opposite Sunshine Plaza at Bencoolen Street- a cafe fairly accessible by foot.

As students with a budget, we are always on a hunt for a place that offers great value for the amount we fork out. I’m glad to say that Froth cafe offers just that- a cosy and dim-lighted ambience ideal for a lazy afternoon meal, plus a price tag that offers novel food at reasonable prices.

At Froth, we decided to give its lunch menu option a try, (at an affordable price of $9.90++), whereas the 2nd main was the Seafood Tom Yam Risotto that was much raved about on most food blogs.

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Cosy and spacious interior of Froth Cafe

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Seafood Tom Yam Risotto

This risotto was quite a mouthful! The east-west fusion is stark in this dish, every spoonful was evident in its aromatic spice, and the seafood fresh and well-cooked. The taste swings towards the heavy side, and can make for a hearty meal for one.

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Cajun Chicken With Mash And Sauteed Vegetables

This was off the set lunch menu- a grilled chicken thigh with mash and vegetables served on the side. We reckon that the portion of this dish is worthy for its price. This was very savoury, and filling at the same time. I liked the sauce though, it did complement the mash well.

As part of Froth’s lunch set, you also have the option of topping up $3.00++ to $8.00++ for to complete your meal with either just a dessert or a soup and drink.

Pity that we had to give Froth’s Taro Waffles a miss…as both of us were feeling pretty stuffed after the 2 mains! Made our minds up that we’ll definitely be back soon for that though since it’s just 2 steps away from our school compounds.

Here are the cafe deets:

  • Address: 200 Middle Road, B1-02 BIG Hotel, Singapore 188980
  • Tel: 63361228
  • Opening hours: 1130am to 10pm daily (last order at 930pm)
  • Closed every first Monday of the month except if the Monday is a public holiday
  • Website: http://froth.sg

More overdued cafe posts will be up soon! Do look out for them at this space 🙂

 

 

 

Hong Kong Musings.

Strangely, Hong Kong is one of those cities that constantly pulls me back to it. There is something about its streets, people, culture and way of life that forms up a place of retreat; an escapade from my regular lifestyle in Singapore for me. This time round, I’m back for the 5th time, but with different company.

For those who are looking for a short getaway from Singapore or to simply indulge in endless options of food and shopping, Hong Kong will be one of those places at the top of my list. During my 4 days and 3 nights trip, I felt the need to revisit and relook at some of the worthy places of interests, considering that the previous time I was here had been a good 3-4 years ago. Travelling in the winter would also mean that you get to enjoy the standard air-con temperature of 18-20 degrees celcius, a relatively comfortable weather to be in. If you are on a budget like us, it would be helpful to keep a lookout for deal packages which allows you to have certain flexibility while making sure that your air tickets and accommodation are taken care of.

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Ready, Jet set, Go!!

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This is a must try whoever comes to HK! – The Australia Dairy Company

Giving in to the trend-setting sensation of instagram, we headed down to ADC the very next day. The verdict? Me and my other half agreed unanimously that the brunch options were served heartily, the scrambled eggs one of the best I’ve tried- a deluxe mess of smooth and creamy goodness. Do try out their homemade milk pudding when you are there too! ADC did leave me craving for more of their food, if not for the lack of time we had in HK.

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Not forgetting the tourist shots at the MTR signs you see around HK.

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And then more food happens.

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Taken shortly after our food coma the day we spent the afternoon at HK Disneyland. Food prices are highly exorbitant but we all have a lack of choice when at a theme park, right?

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My clearly terrified face after surviving the grizzly gulge railway ride while he just… smirks on

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Delicious pork cartilage noodles you can find at Tsui Wah Restaurant in HK.

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Really adore Hong Kong for its multi-faceted streets. We stumbled across quirky shops along the roadside while roaming along the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui on our last day. This Hello Kitty themed shop carries these irresistibly decorated macarons!

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Afternoon view from Victoria Harbour. Another good spot to take in the sounds and sights of HK.

A pity was that shopping wasn’t as productive as we’d have hoped for as it rained to our dismay on our 2nd day there. But nonetheless it was a good break well taken, and well needed. And not to forget, always a great respite I would never complain about going back to 🙂