Sunday, November 17, 2013

Tomato chawanmushi with fried golden mushroom

Tomato chawanmushi with fried golden mushroom and chicken. Here to share some simple dishes which you can prepare at home.

Tomato chawanmushi
4 tomatoes
2 eggs
Small chopped pieces of Shitake mushroom
1 small cup of water
a little light soy sauce
some chopped spring onion (as there is no onion at home so i didn't put)

1.Cut open the tomatoes and scrape away the flesh to make tomato bowls
2.Mix eggs with salt, chopped shitake mushroom and water
3.Pour the egg mixture into the tomatoes and steam for 10 minutes
4.Pour light soy sauce over the steamed tomates. Then scatter chopped spring onion and serve

Cooking tips:
Cover the tomato with wrapper or plate to prevent water droplets.

I saw the steamed egg recipe on some magazine and I decided to improve to chawanmushi. It is quite simple dish which you can prepare at home :)
fried golden mushroom
If you have been to Taiwan, you would definitely try this dish in the night market. It is also quite easy to make.
Skytime: preimum tempura mix
1 small bowl of water
golden mushroom (You can also use it to fry shitake mushroom)
1 small cup of water

1.Wash the golden mushroom and cut away the end
2.Soak the golden mushroom for 5 minutes. In the meantime, mix the water and flour until you get a thick mixture.
3.Separate the golden mushroom into small pieces and dry it before dipping into the mixture.
4.Heat up the oil. When it is ready, fry the golden mushroom coated with mixture until it is golden brown.

Cooking tips:
Make sure the golden mushroom is fully coated.
Can add some normal flour if you find it is too salty.

Another simple dish which you can prepare at home :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Paradise Dynasty 2 review

Location: 1 Woodlands Square, Causeway Point, #05-16/17/18
Operating hours: Opening Hours: Opening Hours: 11.00am – 10.00pm (Mon – Fri) Last order 9.30pm | 10.30am – 10.00pm (Sat, Sun & PH) Last

It was my second time visit to paradise dynasty but at different outlet. When it first started in Ion, I went with my University friends to try the colorful xiao long bao. Now, I am back again to celebrate my xiao yi birthday :) It is quite easy to located the restaurant at causeway point

The interior of the restaurant is quite well design with chinese element yet modern. The seats are quite comfortable and the restaurant is quite spacious. As we reached around 8:30pm on sunday night, the restaurant is only half filled. The staff serves us hot pu er cha while we take our time to order the dishes. They are also quite attentive, keep on filling the tea without any reminder :)
Traditional Xiao Long Bao: It is really quite delicious and juicy. The skin is just nice to hold the soup inside. The essence of the xiao long bao is always the soup inside. Better eat while it is hot :)
Crab Meat Xiao Long Bao: I was kind of disappointed by the taste. I remembered last time when I tried colorful Xiao Long Bao at Ion, it was one of the better one. Hence, I decided to try but the taste is just bland. Really disappointing :(

Slice pork ramen: First look doesn't look appealing at all. However, I really love the soup taste which is not too bland or salty. I believe it is cooked with the bone for quite a long time to give the taste. Furthermore, the meat is sliced thin and well cooked to give a chewy taste. The egg is also quite soft not overcooked.

Yang Zhou fried rice: The portion is sufficient for 2 people. The taste is quite bland though there is quite a lot ingredients like prawn and meat to go with it. I have tried better yang zhou fried rice so find the standard average.

Shang hai fried rice: The portion is sufficient for 2 people. It was my first time trying Shang Hai fried rice and the taste is just awesome even with the same ingredients as Yang Zhou fried rice. I can really smell the aroma of the Shang Hai fried rice when I am eating it. Strongly recommend!!!

Hong You Zhua Shou: The name sounds very weird but it is actually dumpling. The skin is also just nice to hold the filling inside. The sauce is a bit spicy but nice to go with the dumpling. However, it can better if the dumplings are cooked slightly longer with the sauce as I can't taste any sauce inside the dumpling.
Huang Chao fried 8 pieces: There is 8 pieces of fried chicken and come with a salad sauce. It is really crispy way better than chicken up I went recently. Furthermore, there is not much fat under the skin. It really goes well with salad sauce. Strongly recommend!!

Stir cabbage: Personally, I don't really like this type of vegetable cause of the stem always bigger than leaves ... When my mum cooks it, I will pretend eat a few pieces *shutup* However, this one taste really good. The first thing I feel like eating more but it is finish too fast :(

The service is really good. They really pay attention to the customers need and refill the tea. They also give good recommendation and not that pushy. When serving food, they also remind the customers that it is hot. I really love their service. Overall, we spent around ~$110 for 5 people which I feel it is really worthy. I would definitely visit again in the future :)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Chicken up or chicken down?

Chicken Up

Location: 48 Tanjong Pagar Rd, 088469. It is just beside 2 day 1 night korean bbq so quite easy to find.
Operating hours: Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 14:00 | Mon - Sun: 17:30 - 02:00
It was recommended by my friend. He said the korean chicken here is very nice so we decided to give it a try. There is indoor and outdoor seating. Indoor seating is much better as the weather is quite hot and people are smoking outside ...

menu of the restaurant
The price of the food seem pretty expensive and the portion is not that big either. It cost around $20 to $30 just for 8 pieces of chickens ... so we decide to go for buffet style which cost $30 (on weekend) excluding service charge. For weekday, the buffet is $25. It includes all the truffle fries, salad and chicken dishes except for suicide spicy chicken and leek chicken. You can order by number of pieces instead of the half or whole when you are eating ala carte. There are top 5 dishes which the waitress recommended: Spicy up, mild up, yangnyum, soya and andong chicken stew.
truffle fries which is serve fresh and hot. It is quite yummy. However, the portion is really small for $8... As we are eating buffet, we keep on ordering the truffle fries.
andong chicken stew. There are chicken meat, carrot and noodle inside the stew. Personally, I like the carrot and noodle which is quite well cooked. However, the chicken meat was kind of disappointing as it did not absorb the essence of the stew. I tried before at Korea which is way better.
Spicy up. It was really disappointing... I was expecting a bit of spiciness but I can't sense any difference between the spicy up and mild up. Other that, the meat also taste better than and less oily than KFC but still way below the standard which I tired at Korea.
Soya Chicken wing. It was crispy chicken wing coated with Korean soya sauce. It was delicious but I can't really feel the crispiness of the chicken. Overall, I think it is a must try dish in this restaurant.
yangnyum Chicken. Crispy and Juicy chicken wing with a bit spicy taste coated with sweet and spicy sauce. I think we are really mislead by the spicy word here ... I just can't feel any spiciness from the chicken at all. However, the sauce was quite nice and sweet. It really goes well with the chicken. It was my first time trying as I didn't try this in Korea. It is another must try dish in this restaurant.

I also tried the curry up and popcorn chicken. Curry up is just mild up chicken but it comes with curry sauce. The curry sauce looks like Japanese curry but it does not taste sweet. I feel it is quite normal. As for popcorn chicken, you can choose to go with either yangnyum or soya sauce. There is nothing special about it. It is just boneless yangnyum chicken and soya chicken.

The service of the restaurant was quite poor ... They served wrong foods to wrong table quite a number of times. Furthermore, the waiting time between each dishes was quite long. We had to request a number of times before they bring us 1 fork ...

I see quite a lot good reviews about this restaurant but i am really quite disappointed at the most of food and service. I was hoping to get korean feel but the food just doesn't taste similar to korean style. Even my friend who been to korea also agreed. Overall, I don't really recommend coming here as you can get better standard and service at other places.