Asahikawa: Things to do, Food to eat!
Asahikawa is the 2nd largest city in Hokkaido after Sapporo and the gateway to the central region of the island. It also has the distinction of being the coldest place in Hokkaido with a temperature of −41 °C in 1902, the lowest ever recorded in Japan. So if it is snow you are after, this is certainly the place to find it.
Beni: French Cuisine, Japanese Style. One Michelin Star Restaurant
The Japanese have a knack for mastering foreign cuisine -- French, Spanish, Italian and even Sichuan cuisine as shown by Chef Kentaro who also won a Michelin star for Shisen Hanten. That is not to say that our local boys aren't up to it has well. We have to congratulate Chef Jason Tan of Corner House also earned himself a Michelin star for French cuisine. But what the Japanese have been able to do is to add that unmistakable Japanese touch to any dish which is instantly recognisable.
Hong Heng Fried Sotong Mee: Michelin Guide Hawkers!
The Michelin Guide has put Singapore’s hawker food on the world gastronomy map with the announcement of 2 One Michelin Star Hawkers this week, viz Hillstreet Tai Hwa Bak Chor Mee and Hong Kong Soy Sauce Chicken. Now we can boast that Singapore is the cheapest place in the world where you can eat at a Michelin Star establishment! Two dollars! Yes $2 is all you need to eat a Michelin Star meal!
Tempura Calamari Rings with Salted Egg Dip Recipe!
I love salted egg calamari but I find that a lot of Zi Char places make it too oily. To make it lighter I use a Japanese style tempura batter and modified the technique for making the sauce so that it turns out creamy instead of oily. Having it this way also means the calamari […]
Turnip Pudding? Did the Michelin Guide get it wrong?
The internet has been abuzz with news of 17 hawkers making it to the Bib Gourmand list of the Michelin Guide this week. As usual, Singaporeans have been quick to decry the selection of stalls and pointing out some glaring errors in the list. One of them was about the Guide calling the “carrot cake” […]
Furano: Things to do, Food to eat!
I soon found out that the signature food of Furano is omukare (omelette, rice and curry) after picking up a brochure in the hotel lobby which lists a dozen place in Furano which you can try the dish! One of the 12 places listed was Natural Dining which is the in-house restaurant at Natulux. I had the opportunity to learn how to make omurice from the chef there.
Yong Kee Seafood Fish Soup: Yummy Yam and Fish Head Soup!
The clear fish soup is good but it was the fish head yam soup that I felt really sets it apart from other fish soup stalls. The soup stock is made from a variety of dried seafood without the addition of pork bones and the owner himself would visit Senoko Fish Market in the wee hours of the morning to pick his fish for the day. The fish head yam soup is sweet, full bodied and very satisfying. Perfect for days when you yearn for fishhead steamboat but can't gather enough kakis to share a pot.
Kamifurano, Hokkaido: Food to eat, Things to do
I have been planning to bring the family back to Hokkaido since my trip to Hakodate last year. The kids love the food and the culture of Japan but are only familiar with the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. I wanted them to experience the charms of driving through rural Hokkaido with its padi fields, […]
Fluffy Buttermilk Pancake Recipe
This is my favourite buttermilk pancake recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. The addition of buttermilk and sour cream gives the pancakes a nice tang and makes them nice and fluffy. Ingredients Cake flour 280g (2 Cups) Sugar 2 Tbsp Baking powder 1 tsp Baking Soda 1/2 tsp Salt 1/2 Tsp Buttermilk 2 cups (480ml) Sour […]
Heavenly Snacks: Hipster Muah Chee!
It is good to see hawkers thinking out of the box and making traditional foods like muah chee (glutinous rice cakes) more hip and attractive to the younger generations! It is also heartening to know that our food culture is deeply embedded inside the belly of every true blue Singaporean. I say this because the video […]
Soon Lee Loh Mee: Old School Flavour!
It’s sometimes very difficult to put your finger on why you like a certain dish. Some dishes just taste better. Others might evoke a sense of nostalgia. When you find a dish that can do both, that is when you can’t help but tell everyone about it. My first impression of this lor mee stall at Circuit […]
Chui Xiang Kitchen: Wok Power!
Discovering places like Chui Xiang Kitchen is really what this blog is all about. I really like these small eateries where the owner is also the chef. Chef owner restaurants are more common with cafes and Western eateries, but when it comes to Zi Char and local cuisine, you often find hired hands in the kitchen. Sometimes the owner doesn't even know how to cook! But when you find a small restaurant where the owner happens to be the chef, chances are that the food is going to be a little more special.