Friday, December 10, 2010

Paper is Edible!

This is what you get when you hand a piece of paper to a baby.

On a brighter note, it reinforces the fact that papers are indeed edible! :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Jumbo Bun (叶子楣大包)

It totally caught my attention when I first saw it at a coffeeshop below Block 44, Bendemeer road and it has been on my mind ever since.
Besides the Golden Pillow (金枕头) - curry in bun concept, I have never before seen such a big bun...and I do mean BIG! Which is probably why the bun is named after the once famed pornography actress Amy Yip (叶子楣) for her disturbingly (for me at least) oversized busts.

After surrendering $3, I finally had my hands on the jumbo bun and I had to almost stop myself from racing home to slice it open!

The anticipation climaxed when I sliced it into four quarters but it sort of came crashing down when I bite into my first mouthful. It's full of fatty meat and I even managed to dig out some slices of more fat laddened taiwanese sausages! This is gross beyond description!

I do understand that a moderate amount of fat in bun fillings actually accentuate the smoothness of the meat and bun texture in the mouth. But to be chewing into a large chunk of animal fat is another matter entirely!

So much for the excitement. I guess it's time I start disassociating quality with size - totally!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

RamenPlay at 313@Somerset

Just when I was thrilled to find a new ramen restaurant in the local food scene, a quick search through Google revealed that RamenPlay is yet another F&B venture by the BreadTalk Group of Companies which already (by the way) owns Din Tai Fung, Food Republic, The Icing Room, Toast Box, Carl's Junior in China and not forgetting the popular BreadTalk bakeries which are already manifesting itself throughout Singapore.

So it kind of killed my joy upon realising that a mastermind company was behind all these popular brands!

The supposedly Japanese themed restaurant had a tinge of Chinese flavor in their dishes. The fried chicken cutlet tastes fine but somehow lacked the crispy breadcrumb encrusted exterior of typical Japanese fried food. The saucer of chilli marinated chives seems more suited to be served in a Chinese restaurant such as Din Tai Fung.
And the soy sauce marinated chicken wings are anything but Japanese right? It is similar to a local dish easily available at the economic rice (杂菜贩) stalls found in coffeshops and hawker centres.
The food is acceptable but given a choice, I would rather patronise Ajisen Ramen instead - for the sake of authenticity at almost the same price.