All posts for the month June, 2012

Dark Carrot Cake

Published June 10, 2012 by piggie

I’m a big fan of carrot cakes, especially the dark version. In Singapore, most vendors will probably concentrate on either dark or white version, though a handful of them do serves both, but usually excel in only one. The only nice white carrot cake I know is in Toa Payoh Lorong 1, right here, I’ll be elaborating the dark version.

Quite simply, both versions of carrot cakes are distinguish by their colours to differentiate their taste. The dark one are fried with dark soy sauce and always leave a sweet aftertaste, while the opposite number tastes salty in the absence of the dark soy sauce.

I have tried many dark carrot cakes all over Singapore, including some so-called much acclaimed stalls frequenced by TV celebrities. But none of them impressed me like this stall does. Situated inside a quiet Bukit Batok coffee shop, this stall largely remains anonymous, at least to outsiders from beyond this neighbourhood. It is manned by a couple, who also serve white carrot cake, pull-trolley noodle, hokkien prawn noodle, and fried kway teow. Of the two, the husband serves better food, a few notch better than his wife.

The amount of oil is just right in providing an appealing outlook, but not too excessive that you can observe obvious trace of it on the plate or wrapper. Spiced up with spring onions and shredded radish (chai-bor), and the egg is adequately fried to give a distinctive taste of the yolk and egg white. With the right amount of dark soy sauce, the end product provides a well-balanced taste. It is obviously a work of prolonged experience, and a good one there! And the best part, prices start from only S$2!

As for their white carrot cake, I’m not sure whether I was over pampered by the excellent Cheng Sua Carrot Cakes in Toa Payoh Lorong 1, or was it my personal preference for the dark one, I found his white carrot cake still has room for improvement. While I had only tried fried kway teow from his wife, simply no good. But for his dark carrot cake at least, it’s worth trying!


Chop Khoon Hong Coffee Shop

Block 265 Bukit Batok East Avenue 4

Singapore 650265

Morning to around 2pm (closed on Monday)

Modesto’s @ Vivocity

Published June 7, 2012 by piggie

Many thanks to Vivocity & Modesto’s, I’m having a really hearty meal with my love ones! Even though the meal was largely complimentary, this post will not attempt to exaggerate the standard of the food.

For a start, we were promptly served a basket of bread, with olive oil and some unknown sauce. We didn’t order this, I don’t think it’s an appetiser, because we did order one. Nevertheless, the bread was warm and soft, and the olive oil spiced up a notch on the otherwise plain bread, I must confess I never thought these two would come in pair! I thought the dark sauce tasted like black soy sauce, but I couldn’t be sure.

Alette Di Pollo S$16.50

Alette Di Pollo is a chef’s recommendation not found on their main menu. Simply, it was deep-fried chicken wings and drumlets, marinated with home-made spicy marinade. I was surprise with the portion, I’m not complaining, but it was too much to go along with the other food we ordered, on any other given time, I would be pleased to finish it 🙂 Well, I still finished it, but the taste, of course, would have some discount under an almost full tummy! It would be helpful if there’s some picture for us to gauge the portion, but otherwise, its taste was quite unique, spicy as they claimed, with a right amount of sweetness that made it distinct from the usual KFC!

Fritto Misto S$24

We started with an appetizer in Fritto Misto, an assortment of deep-fried soft-shell crab, squid, silver bream, and prawns, served with tartar sauce. The flour coating were not over-fried so as to provide a soft texture over fresh seafood, we really enjoyed this dish!

Modesto’s is really famous for their traditional wood-fired pizza, of course whether nice or not, it’s subject to individual preference, and I was rather skeptical whether it was genuinely wood-fired, given the difficulty in acquiring fire wood in this part of the world and the long duration required for preparation. Anyway, for first timer especially, do try their pizza!

Salsiccia E Scamorza S$23.50

Modesto’s generally serves Mini (8″) and Regular (12″) size pizza, and Family (20″) size will only be available after 6pm. Salsiccia E Scamorza consists of tomato, mozzarella cheese, scamorza cheese, and pork sausages. I’m a cheese lover, but I got to confess I couldn’t really tell the difference between mozzarella and scamorza cheese. Nevertheless, the cheese was nice and rather generous, though we were puzzled on the pork sausages, which seen more like meat ball to me. For me, it’s sort of a disappointment, I thought I find the meat ball (or rather sausages) over salty, it could well be how it’s done in Italy, but it just ain’t my cup of tea.

Quattro Stagioni S$26.50

In my opinion, the Quattro Stagioni is much better! There’s no mini size for this pizza, but with Cooked Pork Ham, Mixed Seafood, Mushrooms, Black Kalamata Olives, Tomato, and Cheese, Quattro Stagioni offers a distinctive taste on the pizza, as if bringing forth the reminiscence of seasonal passion to a diner! Me and the old folks couldn’t help agreed the ingredients are quite contrasting to what we normally found in Pizza Hut, and to sum it in one word, superb!

3rd visit

DSC01121rAfter 3 long years, I got Modesto’s $20 voucher from Vivocity. Their outlet has since been re-located to Level 3, but still retained a partial view of Sentosa Island.

Alette Di Pollo, S$18++

Alette Di Pollo, S$18++

This time round, I still had Alette Di Pollo (now $18++), still tantalisingly delicious!

Costiera (regular), S$26++

Costiera (regular), S$26++

The only other order I had, was this 12″ Costiera pizza with prawns, squid, and crabsticks. Nothing to brag about the crabsticks, but I found the prawns and squid rather fresh. And the crisp pizza and melted cheese really made this a very enjoyable treat!

Modesto’s can now be found at:

Vivocity: 1 Harbourfront Walk #03-11, Vivocity, Singapore 098585

Tel (63769808)

Orchard Parade Hotel: 1 Tanglin Road #01-09/10, Orchard Parade Hotel, Singapore 247905

Tel (62357808)

Elizabeth Hotel: 24 Mount Elizabeth #01-05, The Elizabeth Hotel, Singapore 228518

Tel (67362808)