Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Singapore: Aura

Tasting Aura's Weekend Lunch Set Menu

1 Saint Andrew's Road, 05-03 and 06-02 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957
+65 6866 1977

On the 5th level of the National Gallery Singapore is a waiter-service restaurant which melds art and cuisine beautifully so that your senses are fully engaged after a meal and a viewing of museum exhibits.

This post shows what is included in the Weekend Lunch Menu. The food volume is for 2.

Note that the menu changes. For the a la carte menu, check their website.

After ordering, the waiter will offer some bread and olive oil with balsamic vinegar. If you easily get full, go easy on the bread. 

Next is something that you did not order but will definitely appreciate, an amuse-bouche will be offered. It's how a chef introduces himself to you so if you liked it, then you will most likely enjoy the rest of the meal. 

amuse-bouche: Tapioca chop with truffle infused mousse. Each guest gets one of this tasty morsel.
I had to close my eyes as I put the entire thing in my mouth and let the truffle taste and smell fill up my palate and nostrils. Is it possible to snack on this???

Glass of red for him and prosecco for her, cost of each is not included in the set menu price.

In the picture above with the wine glasses, are a plate of Salt and Paprika Calamari and in the same plate with the parma ham are a couple of Tuna Tartare and Avocado Crostino. 

The weekend menu had a generous 5 different starters:
(1) Tuna Tartare and Avocado Crostinos
(2) Salt and Paprika Calamari 
(3) Trofie with Crab Busara
(4) Caserecce with pesto and porcini
(5) Parma ham with burrata cheese

Except for the calamari, we were able to finish the rest of the starters. Was not able to ask if we can takeaway the leftover.

Trofie with Crab Busara

Caserecce with Pesto and Porcini

Parma ham with burrata cheese
There were 3 choices for the mains. As there were only 2 of us, we did not eat the 1st option which was grilled snapper with Mediterranean vegetable stew.
For him: Kagoshima beef (medium) with Green asparagus and potato mousseline (need to add 22 SGD for this)
The potato mousseline had truffle bits which is probably one of the reasons why an extra 22 sgd is required for this plate. Beef was cooked a perfect medium.

For her: Smoked Duck Supreme with Celeriac and Lemon Spinach (includes a slab of foie gras)
The foie gras that was included in this plate was a welcome surprise. Yes, this is probably the unhealthiest dish in the menu. Would definitely not take cholesterol level blood test after eating it.

tea for him and coffee for her

Passion fruit and lemon tart with almond crumble and yuzu jelly
He enjoyed the yuzu jelly.

Aura Tiramisu
I normally am not able to finish dessert on my own but this tiramisu was one of the better ones I've had.

This set menu is all yours for 48 sgd ++ per person. I feel the pricing is fair for the quality and amount of food served us. Oh the waiter service is impressive as well.

Best to call ahead to reserve a table.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017



Hungry Juan(a) Anne has developed a taste for tsukemen since first trying it in Tokyo, Japan. What is tsukemen? It literally means "dipping ramen" which is also how to eat it. With chopsticks, pick some of the noodle and dip it in thick broth for flavor. Slurp and repeat.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Singapore: Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle

Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle: World's Cheapest Michelin-Starred Meal

335 Smith Street
#02-126 Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre
Singapore 050335

The Michelin Guides are a series of guide books published by French tire manufacturer, Michelin. No idea on how a tire company began rating food establishments but it is what it is now. In 2016, Michelin deemed Singapore as a dining destination and a guide specific to Singapore has been launched. In that inaugural guide, Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle was included making it the world's cheapest Michelin-Starred meal. That is if you don't consider the dollar equivalent of the time used to queue for a plate or 2. 

Insane queue at 12 noon
after 2.5 hours, almost there
chef-owner Chan Hon Meng hard at work
 Last I heard he will be selling the business for 2M SGD.

2.50 sgd - soya chicken with noodle

The chicken is so tender and flavorful. Worth queueing for for 3 hours? Not sure but it was mighty tasty.

3.00 sgd pork ribs with rice
I wanted the roast pork but the guy right before me in the queue took all that's left. So I settled for the pork ribs, not too shabby! Maybe one of these days I'll go back and try my luck with the roast pork.

Official sign board

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Yellow Cab Pizza in Singapore

The Yellow Cab Pizza 1st in Singapore
B1-01/02 CityLink Mall
Singapore 039393

8189 7490

The Yellow Cab Pizza Co. Story
Yellow Cab Pizza Co. opened its first branch in Makati Avenue back in April 2001 with a simple mission: to share a slice of New York to the Filipino people.

Yellow Cab serves New York-style pizza with premium ingredients and generous toppings. But wait, what is New York-style pizza anyway? Unlike the pizza you’re used to, New York-style pizza is crisp and slightly charred in the bottom, dense and chewy in the middle, and slightly gooey on top. And that’s just the crust. Top it off with a generous serving of the freshest, highest-quality ingredients, and you get—simply put—great New York-style pizza.

But the New York experience doesn’t just stop with the pizza.

Step into one of Yellow Cab’s 130 branches nationwide and be greeted with an energy and passion that matches one of the world’s favorite cities. With an open kitchen, exposed pipes, grafitti and concrete walls, you get a taste of the lifestyle of a true New Yorker.

Want a bite of New York in your home or office? Yellow Cab delivers the good stuff wherever you are in its iconic yellow Vespa scooters.

With ingredients that fit perfectly together, Yellow Cab Pizza Co. serves products that people from all generations keep coming back to. No matter what the occasion is, pizza, pasta and other stuff will always be a good idea.

Chicken wings tossed with special garlic butter sauce sprinkled with parmesan cheese and dried basil.
Rich and hearty pasta with two giant meatballs - baked and simmered in chunky red wine tomato sauce.
capture by instagramer @Angatsolis (https://www.instagram.com/angatsolis/)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Best satay stalls in Singapore

The subject of local food in Singapore is a tricky thing – you can never be too sure if what we claim originates from Singapore is actually a rejigged version of another culture’s signature dish. This is not the time to get involved in another one of those ‘so-and-so-dish-is-ours-so-stop-hijacking-it’ sagas (hello, chilli crab), so let’s just call this roundup what it is – eight of the best places in the city for satay, a long-time Singaporean favourite. Warning: not all’s halal.

Chai Ho Satay & Dried Pork
Possibly the cheapest non-halal satays in Singapore
You’re lucky if you live in Clementi, because really, everything you’ll ever need from a basic satay stall is at Chai Ho Satay & Dried Pork. We hear this charcoal grill-based stall sell bak kwa (barbecued meat) too during the festive season (hence the name) but it’s the photo-worthy glistening pork and chicken skewered meats that can send satay lovers over the edge. Unless you come on an off day, they are usually merely slightly charred. If it is overdone, place another order – at $0.38 per stick, these are probably the cheapest in Singapore.

Chuan Kee Satay
Long queues for pork satay
An Old Airport Road favourite, Chuan Kee is famous for their pork satay – succulent skewered meats, sandwiching a luscious piece of lard if you’re lucky. This, and their equally juicy chicken satay, is served with a bowl of thick and tangy sauce made delicious with grated pineapple. Chuan Kee also sells bak kwa and mutton satay (all satays, $0.40-$0.50 per stick), though the latter hasn’t been sighted in a while. Be prepared to get through half of your meal before the satay arrives – the queue and overall waiting time here knock the rest out of the ballpark.

Fu Dao Home Made Satay

Fu Dao Home Made Satay's stall front
| Photo:
Black pepper satay
This is another you’ll have to get in line for, though the queue won’t take as long as Chuan Kee Satay’s. About four years on, Fu Dao still draws a crowd with its one-of-a-kind, satay crusted with black pepper – smoky, spicy chunks of either chicken or pork meat make for interesting, feisty bites. Their standard pork and chicken satay (all satays, $0.50 per stick) are tasty too; tender and slightly honeyed. The peanut sauce could probably do with more texture, but really, that’s extraneous.

How Fu Dao keeps their satay
sauce warm | Photo:
Haron 30 Satay
Smoky, generous skewers with spicy peanut sauce
The award-winning stall at the East Coast Lagoon Food Village is known for its tasty and generously-portioned beef, mutton or chicken satay ($0.60 per stick), so expect to wait awhile for your turn. The marinade, an umami blend of spices like cumin, lemongrass and turmeric, is not something you can easily find anywhere else. Made even better with tender, smoky meats that bite off the skewer with ease, as well as spicy homemade peanut sauce, the entire experience is many gastronomic thumbs up.

Old Punggol Satay
Lard-laced satays at three outlets island-wide
Such lip-smackingly good satay, it’s no wonder that Old Punggol has got more than one outlet (our latest count reveal three island-wide). They’ve got chicken, pork and mutton ($0.50 per stick), and you can just about taste the lard on each skewer, so stay away if you’re on a diet. The charred bits of meat add a touch of bitterness that we enjoyed but if you’re worried about that, you shouldn’t be patronising this stall at all.

Fu Dao's satay is a little charred, a little sweet, a
lot of sauce | Photo:

Kwong Satay
The ultimate pork belly satay
Kwong Satay’s relatively new pork belly satay ($0.80 per stick) – debuted at the Ultimate Hawkers Festival – is to die for. Twice the size of its original pork loin satay ($0.40 per stick), the meat is juicy and slathered with flavourful Asian spices like cumin, coriander and the real treat, saffron. Like at Chuan Kee, the peanut sauce contains pineapple, but Kwong fans are known to brush it off – the satay here is too good on its own.

Soon Lee Heng Satay
Best for a satay barbecue at home
It won’t be easy to find the stall – having unit numbers doesn’t really help when many of the stalls don’t show theirs clearly and Soon Lee’s signage is inconspicuously propped up in their food display. When you do find it though, cross your fingers and hope you’re in time to order copious amounts of their juicy, slightly sweet pork satay, which is known to run out before dinner hits. Alternatively order these raw for a satay barbecue at home.

Zaiton Satay
Beef tripe satay
One of the better halal satay stalls in Singapore, Zaiton offers beef, beef tripe, mutton and chicken ($0.60 per stick). While all the meats are juicy and tender, the beef tripe is especially moorish. Its peanut sauce stands on its own as it’s nice and thick, and a little spicy.

Monday, June 22, 2015

8 cuts

LOCATION Bonifacio Global City › Ground Floor, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City