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Travel Finds: Batam Island, Indonesia

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Batam Island is one of the nearest islands to Singapore. Due to it's geographical location, it's a popular day tour destination for visitors and locals of the lion city. I've been intrigued by this island for I heard numerous nice talks about it. That actually gave me enough reason to pay a visit. When we reached the place, momentarily I felt like I was in one of the towns of Batangas in the Philippines. The ambiance is pretty much the same. However, I would attest that we have far better beaches back home. All at once I missed those powdery, white sands we used to enjoy. With regards to the day tour, I have mixed opinions. There's really not much to see in the island. In fact, a day is more than enough to explore it. Anyhow, the typical itinerary will include a visit to the Buddhist Temple, Spa, Dried Fish Market, Shopping Mall, Outlet Stores (buy only RL as it's the only guaranteed authentic brand), Golden Prawn Seafood Restaurant and the Village for Miniature In…

MEDIUM RAW by Anthony Bourdain

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The moment I learned that the new book of renowned chef and tv host Anthony Bourdain's Medium Raw - A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People who Cookwas launched, I immediately phoned the nearest bookstore to reserve a copy. When I finally got hold of it and started to flip through the pages, I simply can't put it down. This is a "meet the real deal of the story" kind of read. Transparent, outright, at some point maybe brutal with some words. But I guess that's the rough side of Bourdain that we all find intriguingly likeable. There's this element of "truth or believability" in his words. A credibility that he earned by sharing his own, deeply rich culinary experiences. In this book, he shares with us the same personality we learned to love in the tube. He also walks us through the world of chefs and other food celebrities. There might be varying opinions on how Bourdain tackles the core of Food Shows. At any rate, it provides a provoc…

Food & Travel ASIA

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A numerable travels to some countries in ASIA have widen my appreciation of its culture and all the more of its cuisine. Food in this territory is arguably among the most interesting in the world. The abundance of aromatics, spices and herbs that go with its dishes, proves no wrong that every morsel in its steaming pot promises to bring a lasting gastronomic memory. Perhaps, so much so that I can recall vividly how my taste buds were romanced many times over with wonderful sensory experiences. If I could borrow the paradox of one writer, indeed, "like all foodies who travel, I have tasted more than I remember and remembered more than I have tasted." In this post, I intend to walk down memory lane and relive my best foodie finds in the countries that truly left a conspicuous ensemble of culinary mirth in me. The first country that I set foot into outside of my birthplace is home to the finest fermented bean paste and the genuinely, fiery spiced Kimchi, South Korea. I have been…

My BLOOK in the making...

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I am bringing this blog to the next level! This is a vow that I will be committed to in the next months or year to come. I think I've mentioned in passing in one of my posts before that I am writing a Food Book. But why do I call it a Food Book and not the typical Cook Book, you may ask. For me, these two are still discernible from each other. Cook Book is defined by Wikipedia as a book that contains information on cooking. It generally has a collection of recipes. What I have in the works has something more than just that. Like what I've shared in my interview with OMY for the Singapore Blog Awards 2010, I want the blog to talk about more than just a dish or a recipe. In my Blook (Blog-Book), I would like to adapt the same principle. Hence, without preempting anything, I would like to offer a reading that will warm the heart with accompanying foods that will make family meals at home a must. Thank you to my contemporary bloggers who in some way have influenced me in pursuing …

Chicken Macaroni Salad with Cashew Nuts

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There are food items that are very flexible in terms of consumption (i.e. those that can be eaten in various meal occasions). One good example of which is salad. It can be served either as an appetizer, a dessert, a snack or even a meal. With its flexibility, also comes a great deal of variety. There are those that are considered light and healthy. At the same time there are those that will suffice as a complete meal due to the high calorie content. The featured recipe below fits into the later. Macaroni salad can be regarded as one of the standard salads in Philippine Cuisine. It's typically found on the dining table during special occasions. In our household, we need not wait for any particular occasion to enjoy ample servings of it. Especially so when there are adorable requests from family members that calls to be granted. Personally, I have developed a liking for this kind of salad. I pretty much grew up with it. Anyhow, what's not to be liked about it? Every dollop of thi…

Great Singapore Sale 2010

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It's been 3 weeks now since theGreat Singapore Sale - GSS was launched island wide. To bargain hunters, seasoned shoppers and shopaholics, GSS can be touted as supreme sale madness. To most of them, this is a much awaited annual event. As others would coin it,it's "the sale that's worth waiting for." Discounts, freebies, promos, rebates and more lure all shopping patrons. You need not head to any specific place just to grab the much coveted savings. Anywhere in the country is on sale!
Be it in the heart of the frisky Orchard Road or Marina Centre or even in the outskirts of the city, great bargain fare abounds. What's more, there are chances of winning in the lucky draws that most shopping malls are giving away. But what could even be more exciting are the special events that coincide with the sale season. There's the Singapore Arts Festival (until June 13), River Festival (June 25 - July 3), Garden Festival (July 15 - 22), Night Festival (July 16 - 1…

Seafood Feast at CHINATOWN

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My Love affair with Seafood is far from over. In fact, it has just started; only this time around it's in a new land. From occasional visits to street hasheries locally acclaimed for serving delish eats, I braved the area of Chinatown for the same objective - a hunt to a mouthwatering smorgasboard of seafood dishes. Prior to my dining experience, must I give Chinatown a pleasing nod to its well maintained dining area. Truly astonished and pleased I was with how clean the food place was kept. Without trying to be mean or offending, it's my first time to dine in a Chinatown less the stinky smell nor the unwanted flies or insects which are sometimes common in an open-air dining set up. I was truly amused to find that fundamental trademark of Singapore even in Chinatown. (Should you think otherwise, I was speaking from what was before me the day I went and it's actually commendable.) Olde Cuban (BA DAO GUAN) in No. 2 Trengganu St., was our host for lunch in a fine yet very warm…

We Love Hawker Food Kit

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As part of the on-going search for Singapore's biggest Hawker Food Lover, the organizers sent lovely kits to food bloggers around (yours truly included). Thank you to the InSing Team for the hand delivered "We Love Hawker Food Kit"! I even got my own personalized chopsticks! That's really cute! The distinctive Kopi Glass, hand towels and facial tissue with a special tag "Got People Sitting Here!" indeed expressed an ambrosial sense of Hawker Food Culture. A Hawker Centre feel can never be more homey with all these within just my arms reach.
I share the excitement of finding what else Singapore has in-store for its already well fed flock. It's even more interesting to dig into its world recognized culinary pot to search for the unraveled food treasures. So, to all the food afficionados out there, you only have until July 9 to join in this contest. Beyond the cash price and a DSLR camera, this for sure can be a taste trek of a lifetime.

Our Taste of Vegetables : Dou Miao (Snow Pea Shoots) & Okra (Lady's Finger)

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Apart from Seafood, Vegetables are equally abundant around the island. Going green and healthy diet wise, is no difficult to adapt. Some of my colleagues at work introduced me to a few of the most common and favorite local vegetable dishes. My interest was caught by the popular Dou Miao or Snow Pea Shoots. I had my first taste of this flavorful veggie in Long Beach Seafood Restaurant. It goes very well with a lot of minced garlic. If cooked just right, the crunchy texture of the shoots provides a good mouthfeel. Indeed, it's a delicacy in its own right. I tried to cook it at home and was pleased with the outcome. Stir-Fried Dou Miao How to make: Heat 2 tbsps of canola oil in a wok. Stir-fry minced garlic (as generous as you may want) until fragrant. Add in Dou Miao and stir-fry until tender. Season with salt, pepper and a drizzle of sesame oil. Another interesting find is Okra (Lady's Finger). Although this is a vegetable that can be easily found anywhere in the world or at leas…

BAO GONG XO FISH HEAD BEE HOON Restaurant

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I keep on coming back to this XO Seafood restaurant in Clementi West for a number of times now. If there's one type of resto that I would be more than willing to visit, it's that kind which offers any seafood cuisine. This is precisely one of the major things I'm loving in Singapore. The abundance of seafood dishes is heaven to embrace. Apart from the famous East Cost Seafood Centre that houses a long strip of seafood restaurants, there are hawkers centers or open-air cafes (normally situated on the ground level of HDB buildings) that equally boast of quality seafood treats. Bao Gong XO Fish Head Bee Hoon is considered among the most popular in this category. In terms of ambiance, this is certainly what you see is what you get. But that doesn't necessarily translates to the quality of foods in-store. This is more of getting the value of your money's worth beyond expectation.


Sum Lo Hor Fun - has subtle creaminess, oily in mouthfeel, mild in overall taste, with dis…

BAO GONG XO FISH HEAD BEE HOON Restaurant

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I keep on coming back to this XO Seafood restaurant in Clementi West for a number of times now. If there's one type of resto that I would be more than willing to visit, it's that kind which offers any seafood cuisine. This is precisely one of the major things I'm loving in Singapore. The abundance of seafood dishes is heaven to embrace. Apart from the famous East Cost Seafood Centre that houses a long strip of seafood restaurants, there are hawkers centers or open-air cafes (normally situated on the ground level of HDB buildings) that equally boast of quality seafood treats. Bao Gong XO Fish Head Bee Hoon is considered among the most popular in this category. In terms of ambiance, this is certainly what you see is what you get. But that doesn't necessarily translates to the quality of foods in-store. This is more of getting the value of your money's worth beyond expectation.

Sum Lo Hor Fun - has subtle creaminess, oily in mouthfeel, mild in overall taste, with dis…