World Gourmet Summit 2012

Filed Under (chinese, dessert, events, food, ice cream, local, western) by rinnah on 18-06-2012

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It looks like I am making small forays into the world of gourmet dining this year, first with the Savour festival (which I have yet to blog about!) and now with the World Gourmet Summit 2012 edition.

World Gourmet Summit at Universal Studios Singapore

I was lucky enough to get to tag along with Beetrice for the Opening Reception back in April, held at Universal Studios in Resorts World Sentosa.

To put it in layman’s terms, the World Gourmet Summit is like your local food tasting fair, except maybe the people are more dressed up, you’re eating gourmet food and you’ll find copious amounts of champagne and wine available on tap.

san pellegrino
(I just stuck to San Pellegrino. Heheh.)

There are more pictures of food after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Bubble tea taste-off : All the contenders

Filed Under (coffee, food, local) by rinnah on 10-02-2012

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When I first came to Singapore, I observed a strange phenomenon at the place where I stay. There are many shops all selling bubble teas within the same vicinity. In fact, on a routine walk to/from the MRT station, I pass no fewer than five different shops specializing in bubble tea drinks (not counting the drink stalls at the food court).

There are many contenders for the title of best bubble tea and in the name of blog research (and pure curiosity) I tested a few of the more popular/well-known brands – Koi Cafe, Gong Cha, Chatime and Ochado. The irony is that I seldom think of buying bubble tea back home in Malaysia, but yet in Singapore, here I was, standing patiently in queue with 15 other people for bubble tea. To ensure fairness of my taste test, I ordered the same drink from all franchises – no fancy schmancy specialty teas, just plain straight up milk tea with pearls and less sugar.

koi bubble milk tea
(Erm, I have no photo for Gong Cha, Chatime and Ochado simply because I forgot to take one. #bloggerfail)

What did my not-so-epicurean tastebuds think?

Chatime’s tea seemed to be least refined (tasted like they used cheaper tea leaves to brew) of the four contenders. Ochado’s roasted tea version was the smoothest and most to my liking. Koi and Gong Cha were better than Chatime, but ultimately forgettable. Despite my order of half-sugar, Chatime was also the sweetest mix (maybe to hide the taste of cheaper tea?) and therefore got booted down to the bottom of my bubble tea list.

I can safely say that I prefer the quality and texture of Koi’s pearls (tapioca balls) overall. Gong Cha’s pearls were a wee bit rubbery, as were Chatime’s. Ochado fared slightly better due to the smaller size of their pearls and I even tried their famous pop-egg pearls (which contain coffee syrup). While I liked the concept of the pop-eggs, it was way too sweet for my liking – like taking swigs of syrup straight from the bottle.

Now, if only I could merge Ochado’s roasted milk tea with Koi’s pearls I would be one very happy bubble tea drinker. :P

Village Park Nasi Lemak @ Damansara Uptown

Filed Under (food, halal, local) by rinnah on 25-11-2011

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Ever since I’ve moved to Singapore for work, I find myself craving for all sorts of Malaysian food. Like proper roti canai (I don’t like the word prata), curries, banana leaf, briyani, laksa, chicken rice, etc.

At the very top of my cravings list has to be nasi lemak.

So each time I come back to Malaysia, I drag my folks to Village Park in Damansara Uptown for breakfast on Sunday mornings before I have to take the bus back to Singapore and a diet of glorified bread and pasta. LOL.

A lot of people complain about how crowded the place usually is and how hard it is to get a table and parking but it’s never bothered me. Because I never park that close to the restaurant (walking is good for your health, people!) and the timing usually is such that I go before peak hours.

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My all-time favorite here is the Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng. Oh my, that crispy fried chicken is calling to me from my computer screen now! LOL. Sometimes I might get a slightly dry piece of chicken, but putting the fried chicken and the yummy nasi lemak together is a killer combo.

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Sometimes my mom will order the Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang as she prefers it. I find the rendang to be a tad on the watery side, but the taste is still there. Good for those who prefer not to take too much fried stuff.

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This here, is a drink concoction known as Milo Dinosaur. It happens to be Beetrice’s favorite as she never fails to order it each time we meet at Village Park. Heh.

All in all, you can expect to spend about MYR 12.00 to 15.00 per person for an order of nasi lemak (with one meat dish) and a drink. Specialty drinks will cost you a bit more. While it’s not exactly the cheapest fare in town, I still visit Village Park when I get hit with nasi lemak cravings. I may reduce on the frequency of my visits there though, as the management has recently decided to increase the prices further (what used to cost MYR 6.00 back in 2006 has slowly and gradually been increased to MYR 9.00).

Village Park Restaurant
5, Jalan SS21/37
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel : +60 3-7710 7860

Click here for the Google Maps link.

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Waroeng Mas Timoer @ Sunway Giza

Filed Under (food, indonesian, local) by rinnah on 09-01-2011

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Note : Waroeng Mas Timoer has since closed down.

Every now and then you find a gem of a restaurant that deserves to be brought to the attention of the masses. Waroeng Mas Timoer in Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara is one such gem I recently discovered by chance.

I had originally planned to eat at Cravings but only found out that they had closed down after I arrived and parked my car inside Sunway Giza. Rather than drive out in search of food elsewhere, I decided to check out what Waroeng Mas Timoer has to offer. And boy was I glad I did!

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As the menu tells you, Waroeng Mas Timoer specializes in authentic Sundanese food. So far, my experiences with Indonesian food have been limited to my one travel trip to Medan and outings to places like Ole Ole Bali. Read the rest of this entry »

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