Food Hunter

Thai Smile Cafe @ Lorong Telok

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I first visited this coffee shop style Thai eatery after work. It was late and my colleague and I had not had dinner. She suggested Thai Smile Cafe, one of her favourite post clubbing food haunts open late into the night. Perfect for supper or a late dinner. She recommended the Tom Kha Gai (Chicken Galangal Soup). I tried it and have never looked back since.

A few weeks later, I was back for my second visit. I needed to satisfy that Tom Kha Gai craving and try more of their dishes! Thai Smile serves up a variety of Thai food and Thai-Chinese food. It is popular with the expatriate crowd but don’t let that put you off! Contrary to expectation, the Thai food is pretty authentic and, better yet, affordable.

 

 

IMG02457-20131018-2013Yam Woon Sen (Thai Glass Noodle Salad)

The salad was refreshing and delightfully spicy! The mix of lime juice, lemongrass, fish sauce, chillies and herbs created a light and piquant salad. It was tangy, savoury, spicy and sweet all at once. The glass noodles were smooth; the crunchy shredded carrot and sliced onions and fresh squid and shrimp thrown into the mix added a good contrast in textures. A beautiful salad I enjoyed down to the last noodle!IMG02459-20131018-2014Basil Chicken with rice

The Basil Chicken was decent but not spectacular. The seasoning could have been more flavourful and the minced chicken was a tad dry and lacking a strong basil taste. However, this would do good for those who do not quite like the strong taste of  basil!IMG02460-20131018-2014Tom Kha Gai (Chicken Galangal Soup)

And finally, the Tom Kha Gai! This is a spicy soup thickened with coconut cream and is a rich, sinful delight to indulge in with a bowl of rice. The chicken chunks were tender and there was little else inside the soup, letting its flavours shine through. The bad cousin of tom yam soup, the Tom Kha Gai is one unhealthy option and sharing the calories always helps.

Thai Smile Cafe is a great place for Thai food when a late night craving hits and is good enough to satisfy huge Thai food lovers. I would definitely recommend this place if you happen to be having some drinks in the Circular Road/Clake Quay area this public holiday. Happy deepavali to all our hindu readers! (:

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Sushi Express @ Citylink Mall

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Itadakimasu!

Looking at the meals I’ve had recently, it seems like Japanese food is a popular choice. My friend brought me to try Sushi Express which serves conveyor belt sushi at $1.50++ per plate! The same goes for their desserts and drinks.

It’s no wonder that people flock there since the price of the sushi is affordable. One of the most value-for-money items there was the salmon don, which had a generous serving of sashimi slices with corn, seasoned seaweed and rice. The salmon was fresh and there was a nice combination of flavours from the sweetness of the corn with the seaweed. It is always the one that is snapped up the fastest! Just imagine having 10 plates of that – it would amount to eating a full meal!

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The variety of sushi was a little different from those I have seen in other Japanese places. Some of them looked quite foreign and I wish there had been a menu to explain what it was. It was quite a risk to try something foreign and not knowing what it was made of. One of them which I tried was the boiled octopus with seaweed that tasted light on the mouth.

Overall, I think that the sushi is good but the variety got a little similar after a while. I was told that there were many others but they probably ran out. However, there was one thing that I was so happy to see, and that was the free flow of green tea teabags! How generous of them!

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Old School Delights @ Upper Thomson

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Five Stones. Chaptek. Hopscotch. He-man. Old Maid. Ultraman.

If you recognised or played a majority of these, welcome to the 80s and 90s. I grew up playing these and Old School Delights simply helped bring back memories of how I used to win erasers in the eraser flipping game.

Each table comes with a toy box like the one below.

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Pretty cool stuff if you ask me. It’s a pity my partner didn’t want to play any of these with me.

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The cafe’s interior uses the traditional chalkboard menu and you actually order by writing down what you want on a mini whiteboard. How Cool Is That.

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I originally wanted to order their signature Mee Siam but alas, it was sold out for the day. So I settled for Curry Chicken and Joy went for Fish & Chips.

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The fish was well-covered with batter and their serving of truffle fries sides were generous. The curry tasted normal. Nothing exceptional. Frankly speaking, I expected more for it’s price ($9.8).

The cafe’s front also houses a shelf where you can buy some of your old childhood’s toys!

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Despite being a bit costly, I did enjoy my meal here with it’s attention to childhood memorabilia. It’s definitely a place worth visiting to hang out and catch up with old friends & ex-school mates!

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Baker Talent @ Choa Chu Kang

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I am a sucker for anything that oozes. Liu Sha Bao, Molten Lava Cake, Eggs Benedict, Xiao Long Bao..as long as it oozes, I love it. Located just beside Choa Chu Kang MRT, co-author Evangeline swore by this bakery’s Liu Sha Bun. On Monday, we decided to put it to the test.

There was a queue when we got there (that’s always a good sign!). The bun was still warm when we bought it. The moment I sunk my teeth into the bun, the slightly crisp buttery exterior hit me followed by the oozing salted egg yolk custard. I was immediately won over. The best part? It only costs $0.90.

Just two days later, an insatiable hunger for liu sha bao started to rise within my tummy, which is why I got these two bad boys home for the following morning’s breakfast.

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Huang Jin Liu Sha Bao 黄金流沙包

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White Coffee Bo Luo Bun 白咖啡菠萝包

They got a little squashed in my bag on the journey back home and some of the liu sha leaked but all’s good as you can see in the video below.


I highly recommended this if you are a sucker for oozy food like myself! There are many branches around so do keep an eye out for them if you live/come to the west!


Baker Talent

Blk 221 Boon Lay Place #01-154
Blk 303 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 #01-723
Blk 442 Clementi Ave 3 #01-89
Blk 495 Jurong West St 51 #01-100
Blk 964 Jurong West St 91 #01-1388
Blk 261 Serangoon Central #01-11
Blk 828 Tampines Street 81 #01-266
Blk 415 Yishun Ave 11 #01-319
Blk 846 Yishun Ring Road #01-3633

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Saveur @ Purvis Street

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FOIE GRAS
Pan- seared duck liver | Lentils | Pickled pearl onion

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PORK
Pork belly | Green lentils | Soft boiled egg | Natural jus

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BEEF
Beef short rib braised in red wine | Root vegetables | Meslun salad | Potato au gratin

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DUCK
Duck leg confit | Homemade mashed potato | Sauteed shitake mushroom | Orange segments | Orange infused natural jus

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SAVEUR’S PASTA
Pasta | Chilli oil | Japanese Konbu | Sakura Ebi | Minced Pork Sauce

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SAUTEED POTATO

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CHICKEN
A roulade of chicken thigh stuffed with foie gras-infused chicken farce | Basmati rice | Parmesan sauce

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CHOCOLATE AND HAZELNUT
Chocolate mousse with crushed hazelnuts, broken raspberries, roasted rice pugffs, chocolate tuile & praline

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Saveur is a place for French food for those on a budget. The queue on a Sunday afternoon was quite telling of how popular this place is. The restaurant is simple in layout. However, the acoustics of the space due to the narrow walls of the shophouse was a bit of a turn-off.

The portions are quite small, so we ordered a spread to share. Out of those that I have tried, I personally like the beef and the duck the most. The braised beef was tender and the essence of the red wine came through in the meat. The nutty taste of the rocket accompanied it well. Meanwhile the duck leg confit had the zesty taste of the orange infused natural jus.

The foie gras was a first for me, and the taste was almost similar to pig liver. The fatty duck liver melts in the mouth – truly an indulgence.

Overall, the food is nice and decent for its price. But if you are a big eater, the portions might not be enough for you so you might have to order more!

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