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Fremantle Seafood Market Revisited @ Clarke Quay


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The last time I paid Fremantle Seafood Market it was over lunch for their cheap set lunches. This time, it was still over lunch - dead towns are great for lunches because food gets served a lot faster and the lack of crowds makes dining so enjoyable.






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Chilli Crab Pizza ($32)
Crab with lime garlic chilli sauce

National day fever is still raging since I still caved into an order of chilli crab pizza. Loved the copious amounts of cheese yet on the fence about the pizza base and sweet seasoning.


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S
eafood Bucket ($28)
Fish, Oysters, Prawns, Fresh Squid




Everything was yummy except the portions can be bigger.



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Silver Fish Fried Rice ($16)
wok-fried frangrant rice with crispy silver fish


On top of their existing seafood menu, Fremantle has a selection of local zichar delights. Wok hei packed fried rice topped with crispy silver fish made a surprisingly very appetizing dish. This actually tempted me to give their other zichar dishes a try.


Once known for just its seafood dishes, Fremantle Seafood has now evolved into a restaurant that offers very good zichar too!


Fremantle Seafood Market
Clarke Quay 

Midautumn 2017: Raffles Hotel's snowskin originals

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I am the kind of girl who loves trying new flavours, infact the bolder the more enticing, yet when it comes to old favourites, these have a soft spot.






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One of them belongs to Raffles Hotel's Signature Champagne Truffle and Ganache Snow-Skin Mooncake ($72) which really needs no further introduction.




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Old is gold and proven time and again.

Chun Cui He 純萃。喝: Matcha Green Tea and Sumiyaki Coffee

~Invited Session~



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Bottled drinks have long been introduced to our beverage loving nation. Chun Cui He 純萃。喝 clearly reinvented the wheel with their range of milk teas and coffees when they first came to shores late last year. The queues at 7-11 were insane, to the extent I helped my sister stalk out at those outlets just to get my hands on their milk latte. It was almost a case of fastest fingers first and stocks for the week would be wiped out within the hour reaching the 7-11 outlet, and it was a true story of


Crowd control is clearly better now since there is ready stock and so many flavours!






Sumiyaki coffee has finally arrived, making their coffee offerings locally to two! Green Milk Tea previously made available has been re-released with a new look too. So that gives Chun Cui He 純萃。喝 fans more reason to rejoice.





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With the weather so erratic and sweltering, I made popsicles out of these bottled beverages and aren't they too cute?






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Keep calm and slurp on!


Available at all leading 7-11 stores.

Chilli's @ Tanglin Mall


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Chilli's has been around for eternity at Tanglin Mall's. And over lunch hour, it is almost empty without much crowd. Service was brisk and....who drinks at noon time? Apparently the crowd at Chilli's do.




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The all too iconic, Chilli's.



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All American diner vibes, from the bar counter to the counter seats and choice of tiles even.






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Santa Fe Chicken Salad


Grilled chile-rubbed chicken breast, house-made pico de gallo, fresh diced avacado, chopped cillantro, crispy tortilla strips with house-made ranch dressing and a drizzle of spicy Santa Fe sauce.


In other words, a chicken salad with ranch dressing. The only pity about this dish is the usage of chicken ham than chicken breast.






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Mix and Match Ribs Combo


I love having the best of both worlds so it's original and honey chipotle ribs together. I prefer the latter for the savoury and mild heat over the generally sweet original ribs. Those homestyle fries and sweet corn on the cob were excellent with the finger licking yummy ribs.


I love dining at American joints because the portions are equally Americanized. These fed 3 of us to the brim and I still had the guts to consider ordering another course. Chilli's like Swensens has a special place in my food memory bank and I would be back for one of those boogie nights.


Chilli's
Tanglin Mall

Mid-Autumn 2017: Goodwood Park

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Think Durian Mooncake and Goodwood Park comes to mind. I am sure this is definitely just clever marketing and associations, but built on years of brilliant promotions and building brand equity through year long promotions. Who'd have thought durian can be available all year round? Durian buffet, mooncakes and logcake - the whole year is covered for all durian fans.




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D24 Durian Snowskin (2 Pcs S$39.23)


I hate to admit there were fillers used and this ain't no pure durian pulp so that said, the snowskin itself was crazy mocha soft. Best eaten chilled and quick.




Caffe Pralet @ Eng Hoon Street

~Invited Session~



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Caffe Pralet at Eng Hoon has been in the neighbourhood for a good 11 years and Chef Judy has carved a niche for herself in both the baking and cooking arena.











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New items on the menu!





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Turns out Chef is also into poetry as seen from the pieces on the wall.










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Bread, bread on the shelf, whose the yummiest of them all?














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We tried the Spinach and Carrot loaf, it was absolutely tasty and very soft! I am getting hooked on these home baked breads, at this rate.







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Sour Plum Lime ($3.50)
Soursop Passionfruit ($3.50)




Hot days call for fruity chillers and I highly recommend the sour plum lime, a refreshing thirst quencher.













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Tom Yum Seafood Linguine ($13)
In-House Tom Yam Blend, Prawns, Fish, Squid, Shimeiji Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Sugar Beans


One legit bowl of tomyam pasta with justice served to the intended flavours, I particularly liked the punch of the spices and wished there were more!




















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Sesame Chicken Rice Bowl




Only available at Lunch, these rice and salad bowls are worth a try. I loved the sweet and sour chicken nibblets with pickled mushrooms and tomatoes on a bed of rice. This promises a hearty meal to say the least.









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Ki Phrik Kwan ($17)
Thai Style Sweet Chilli Chicken, Peanut Sauce Pineapples, Red Onions, Mozzarella, Coconut Yogurt, Roasted Peanuts, Coriander




We were game for spicy and could not pass on for this spicy chicken pizza which was a creative twist on the Thai flavours.












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Chilli Crab Cheese Fries ($12)
Signature Chilli Crab Sauce, Nacho Cheese Sauce, Straight Cut Fries, 100% Shredded Backfin Crab Meat




Chilli crab noodles, chilli crab Xiao long bao, chilli crab pizza even, we've done all that and here's one to remember our national dish by - fries. I found the sauce on the sweet side eaten on its own yet they went well with the salty fries.









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Their signature chocolate praline is another Caffe Pralet must order and so are their other cakes - Chocolate Raspberry Mousse. Midly sweet with a burst of sweet and sour.


Tiong Bahru holds several food memories for me and I've found another reason to return.


Caffe Pralet
17 Eng Hoon Street
#01-04 Eng Hoon Mansions









阿嬷老字號 Egg Sponge Cake @ City Square






If we trace the origins, it dates back to Nagasaki, Japan and its castella cake. Ah Mah brand, however, takes the castella cake and gives it playful spins to the likes of cheese  and even chocolate.

So, brushing the queues in Singapore aside, we headed to Malaysia for a somewhat more brisk queue system and cheaper prices, thanks to the favourable exchange rate.







Just what makes these sponge cakes tick?






The incredibly soft texture, spongey, bouncy and so airy fairy light all at once, plus the aroma that greets any potential buyer nearing the shop. Guiltless pleasures and best eaten within the day.

Well who owns the original recipe seems almost superfluous these days because anything with the label 'egg sponge cake' probably sells faster than Li Ho cups of bubble tea. This food fad probably defines 2017 and does not seem like it is waning any time soon.


The only oddity is Ah Mah is sold under Tong Guan Kopitiam.


Tong Guan Kopitiam Sdn Bhd








City Square, Third Floor