2012's Best Posts : Downright Delicious

2012 has been a rewarding year of eating, baking and blogging but right before we cross over to 2013, let us take a look back at some of the most delicious and mouthwatering recipes and reviews from this year, shall we?

Alfero Artisan Gelato
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Macpherson's HDB estate, this is one hidden gem waiting to be discovered and savoured by those who truly seek to find the best or those who stumble upon it unexpectedly. 'Authentic' is the golden word here and with such a friendly boss around, recommending only the best at his shop, you might just be purchasing his gelato by the pints heh. Prices are absolutely reasonable and student friendly and there's also another branch at Marina Square, so head on down to try their gelato today! 

America's Test Kitchen Perfect Banana Bread Recipe
Moist and 100% banana flavour on the inside with a crackly top, this has got to be the best banana bread I've made so far. Having been trying to replicate the supermarket banana bread, I have always found mine to be losing out on the flavour score but this one is different, it has definitely got the flavour in it and is absolutely delicious. Give it a try today, you'll be a banana bread addict the next. Opps.

Obolo's 2012/2013 Patisserie Collection
Chef Mac is friendly, approachable and certainly a good baker. His macarons and cakes for the 2012/2013 Patisserie Collection was mouthwatering and very, for the lack of a better word, delicious. His macaron flavours were unique and successful, I am sure all the effort he has spent coming up for the different creations are deeply appreciate by the sweet toothed people like us, right?

Belinda's Traditional Pancakes
Walking into the hawker centre, you'll never sense that this pancake shop offers anything out of the ordinary or is famous for anything because there is seldom any queue... Until you take a closer look. They offer the one fo the best crispy pancakes and dare I say, best in Singapore. Go for the peanut one and you'll live (leave) with no regrets. Crispy, cheap and very very gratifying. Don't miss out on this must-eat pancake when you're in the vicinity of Teck Ghee!

Botan Japanese Restaurant
Go for their Kaisen Don, go for their Kaisen Don, go for their Kaisen Don. Located in Far East Square, this was a good find for their delightful Kaisen Don. If you're a sashimi lover like me, you cannot go wrong with this. Prices are reasonable here too so don't need to worry, be nice to yourself, you can only afford to live once. (:

Alrighty, that's all for year 2012! Thank you for sticking out with me through the rain and sunshine to read my  posts and photos. I hope I've been doing my part well by telling you what's nice and what's not but ultimately  you're the one to decide if it's truly delicious so keep eating and reading. May 2013 be another wonderful year of eating, baking and blogging!

God bless,

Top Things To Eat in Thailand : Don't Miss Out!

Thailand, the land of a thousand smiles, is one of the top choices for a short getaway to rejuvenate or shop till you drop. And if there one thing you should know before travelling to Thailand, it is not that they have cheap and good bargains to satisfy your shopping needs ; There is good food in every corner of the streets, alleys and buildings regardless of where you might be, you just have to keep a lookout for them - this is precisely why I have come up with this non-exhaustive list of top foods to try in Thailand then you can proudly declare to your peers that you've indeed travelled to Thailand because one hasn't made it to Thailand without trying their famous local dishes and snacks. 
Crispy Pancake
Yes, the crispy pancakes are a must-try. Thailand is one of the top countries, street food wise, and this is one of my favourite street foods. Encased in a wafer-thin pancake shell is a generous dollop of raw meringue and coconut shreds. Perfect for a little indulgence any time.

Red Ruby
A classic Thai dessert, this dessert boasts of crunchy chunks of water chestnuts encased in a soft and chewy starch coating sitting in a bowl of ice and sweet coconut milk. A wonderful dessert to conclude a sumptuous meal.
Mango and Sticky Rice
This one needs no further introduction. A very classic and famous Thai dessert that would pop up in one's head when you mention then words 'Thai desserts', it is one superb dessert that will find the fancy of many, especially when the Thai honey mangoes are in season. 

Claypot Prawns and Glass Noodle 
I love the simplicity of this dish and its flavours never seem to fail me. Fresh water shrimps and glass noodle cooked in a claypot, what's simpler than that? But don't be fooled, it's the sauce the glass noodle is cooked in that's the crux of this dish. It's savoury, rich and very flavoursome, it'll get you hooked and leave you wanting more. Mhmmmm.

Luk Chup
Don't be tricked into thinking these cute little miniature fruits and vegetables are for ornamental purposes, they're a local speciality and are really quite tasty! They're actually made of mung bean paste and set with clear gelatin. You can find them at Siam Paragon, road side stalls or at the food court in shopping malls. 
Tom Yum
Yet another timeless Thai dish, I personally have some reserves about it because Tom Yum is too spicy and sour for me. But YOLO (You Only Live Once) so try it when you travel to Thailand and who knows, you might grow to love it! You should know that two types of Tom Yum exist, in case you're wondering what's the difference while ordering at a local restaurant in Thailand. On one hand is the Tom Yum Khon, which, is Tom Yum with the addition of coconut milk in layman terms and on the other is Tom Yum Nam Sai is clear soup Tom Yum. That's Tom Yum, demystified.

Stewed Pork Trotter Rice
Ohhhh... I could sing a song, write a poem or dedicate a single blog post to this dish if it means I'm able to have another plate of it. Don't be fooled by its humble appearance or price tag and think that you cannot eat and feel good about it in Bangkok on a shoestring budget. This dish blew me away for a mere 55 baht ($2+). Simmering away in a pot of savoury, umami packed gravy, the pork trotter was so soft and tender. The intestine was an add-on for 10 baht only! I would make a return to Bangkok for this in a heartbeat. 
Stir Fried Minced Pork with Chilli and Basil Leaf
Stir fried minced pork with chilli and basil leaf is my all time favourite Thai dish, I would never fail to order this when I go to Thailand. This dish is packed with a fiery punch from the hot chilli and very flavoursome indeed. This coupled with a fried egg and rice, makes for a satisfying lunch anytime.

Suckling Pig
Take a trip down to the local Chinatown (Ya Wa Rat) area in Bangkok and have a taste of the best suckling pig. I know, it is readily available in Singapore too but with the cheaper price tag - and the ticket to indulge more - who's complaining? I had the best dinner at Tang Jai Yoo (85-87 Soi Yaowaphanit, Yaowarat Rd., Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100 Thailand), their seafood is amazing too, and strongly encourage you to try it yourself while you're touring the city of Bangkok.

Green Mango
They're great for salads or snacking. Green mangoes are easily spotted being sold at the road side stalls. Do go for those in kept in a container with ice. I find green mango taste best cold and it's more hygienic when kept in an enclosed area.

Merry Christmas! : It's The Season To Be Jolly!

(Photo Credits : Stevemelan)

Merry Christmas to all my faithful readers and those who happen to chance upon this on Christmas Day! It's the season to be joyful and of giving so, while you're enjoying yourselves with the feasts and parties, please do think about the unfortunate and underprivileged. Let's not waste any food and be a little more generous in our giving, shall we? 

Wishing all of you a very blessed Christmas and you can start pondering about your New Year's resolutions already! Have a great time bonding over good food with the best company. Sometimes all people need is our time and presence - that's something money can't never buy - so be sure to be there for the ones you love.(:

Blessed Christmas,
Nigel Eats.

Ebisboshi Shotengai Singapore : Delicious Dry Style Ramen

This is my second time having a bowl of dry ramen. It intrigues me as ramen has build its image in my mind as a hot soupy bowl of noodle with a rich broth that is so good on rainy days; Dry ramen has not yet come across as 'delicious' to me. 

Till now.

This bowl of Special Tsukemen by Chef Hideyuki Nakagawa is mouthwatering and there's a good reason he separates the broth from the noodles. The broth, on its own, is too salty for you to be drinking it by the spoonful but packed with flavour, a dip in the broth with a chopstick full of noodles is all you need to experience this bowl of ramen in its full glory. 

Quality and taste goes hand in hand and the evidence is in this bowl of ramen. The fact that he hand makes his chashu, noodles and broth, deserves a special mention too as it goes to show that he's conscious about his cooking and the final product he serves up to his customers. 

Ebisboshi Shotengai

  • 1, Kim Seng Promenade,
  •  Great World City, #01-22,
  • Singapore 237994

  • Operating Hours :
    Sun - Thu: 11:30 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat: 11:30 - 22:30
    Eve of PH: 11:30 - 22:30

  • Many thanks to Komars F&B group for the invite.
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