Sunday, September 27, 2009

Middle Road Pork Ribs Prawn Mee

I was excited about having lunch here since and tried to like it. We ordered and waited twenty minutes so when the soup bowl of piggy parts appeared, I was ready to dig in.

It was a tad disappointing. The soup was lackluster and flat but the saving grace was the perfectly cooked liver but really other than that, this was really letdown.

Middle Road Pork Ribs Prawn Mee
16 Sam Leong Road
Tel: 62924870

Friday, September 25, 2009

Let's Eat in Paris, Quick!

Quick and easy, good eats that can be done on the run.

Jabugo Iberico & Co
serves happy hams. The happiest and tastiest of them all, the black Iberian pigs that roam in oak forest and eat acorns are happy pigs. We dropped in for a plate of delicioso of ham and bread that we dipped in their gorgeous homemade garlicky tomato spread. Simple. Awesome. Not technically not eat and run, but they should do take away!

A falafel from L'As du Falafel is one of those non-French but very Parisian food that everyone should eat. Light, crisp and fluffy falafels are the best I’ve had; and the eggplant that jammed into the pita bread is really good too. Seating is available but somehow I prefer to eat my falafel standing or walking.

Plenty plenty plenty to eat here, their tarte au citron was noted in Figaro's best of Paris at no.4 and umami swears and cherishes the apple tarts when they are in season. A great bakery with too many edible treats, not one for sweets I passed on those, but as was led to their gougeres which I agree, are amazing.

Jabugo Iberico & Co
11 rue Clément Marot, 75008 Paris

L'As du Falafel
34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris

20 Rue Jean Nicot, 75007 Paris


The Croissant Diet

After days in Paris stuffing myself with croissants and pain au chocolat that were gloriously washed down with espresso and apple juice, I think I’m ready for a lighter diet. I ate them walking out of the store, walking on the street, at the breakfast table, in the middle of the night when I woke up starving, on the plane, on the train, under arcs crumbing on my book; I’m all buttered up.

Unfortunately not all Parisian croissants are made equal. But with that said, part of being a good cook is being a good shopper, start with good ingredients and half the battle is won; and France has great butter. The croissant is simple, 2 main components: dough and butter; but the beauty and difficulty many fold. Folded and folded in a precise manner to hold the butter and to create the distinct layers, if done right and with delicious creamy butter the result is an ethereal light pastry that is crisp and flaky that is at the same time buttery and rich. And sometimes I like mine with a little chocolate but this diet for me is really unsustainable, I love the way it licks on my lips but damn the way it sits on my hips.

Tasted & liked:

La Boulangerie Julien
Invalides, Paris
85 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris

Champs Elysées
75 Avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris

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