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新故乡酒楼 Xin Cuisine

Published November 27, 2017 by piggie

据知新加坡雅庭假日酒店(Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium)的新故乡酒楼有一定的历史,但我初次听闻却只是几年前的事,而且还是从月饼开始的。新故乡酒楼主打粤菜,不过我这次前来是享用点心自由餐,而自近年来翻新后迎来了新香港总厨陈顺煌师傅,也带来新的点心菜色。

桌上的开胃菜,炸豆皮,偏硬,我不怎么喜欢

海鲜酸辣汤

我先来碗海鲜酸辣汤,一看就知道醋加了不少,口感酸酸辣辣,加上芫荽、带子、鲜虾,非常开胃!

竹笙鲜菌鸡片汤

小笼包

新故乡的小笼包卖相虽然一般,包皮不会太厚,不过包里的高汤还是没轻易渗出。

假日名牌流沙包

个人觉得流沙包只是一般,不过不失,松软的包皮还算爽口,才咬一口,蛋黄就迫不及待流出来了,我还是比较喜欢浓稠一点的蛋黄。

豉汁蒸鲜竹卷

一般的鲜竹卷大多着重于酥脆,不过新故乡的豉汁蒸鲜竹卷则拿捏得恰到好处,外皮微脆,内馅则丰实,在豉油的点缀下更为显得特别。

海鲜带子鲜芋角

海鲜带子鲜芋角由于要突显芋头的存在,我倒是觉得馅里的海鲜口感被压制了,好在酥脆的外层与芋头有相得益彰的功效(其实也就是佛钵飘香的翻版),总体来说还算不错。

三杯汁风尾虾烧卖

三杯汁风尾虾烧卖卖相佳,把虾放置在烧卖上,再加上虾卵,美观加分!而且,没想到烧卖在三杯汁的衬托下风味更是生色不少,这大概是我吃过最好吃的烧卖!

炭烧猪颈肉

港式烧腊无须多加介绍了,不过由于木炭已经逐渐被石油气取代,现下已经很少有炭烧烧腊。新故乡的炭烧猪颈肉肉质嫩,口感鲜甜,但若是外层表皮能烤得更为焦脆些就更是绝配了。

烧鸭双拼

嗯,炭烧猪颈肉加上烧鸭双拼可说是港式烧腊的精华了。这道烧鸭双拼其实指的是烧鸭与烧肉的组合,可是菜单上的翻译看似全是鸭肉。我本身不太喜欢鸭肉,对于这道菜色的鸭肉,我看还是持保留意见好了。至于烧肉肉质弹牙,不会过于干硬或肥腻。

招牌龙须火鸭卷

这道…不好意思,我不怎么记得,只记得表皮酥脆,但对于内馅鸭肉实在没什么印象,基本上是什么肉都大概都没多大差别的,因为酥脆的外皮有些喧宾夺主了。

豉汁百花酿青蚝

这道豉汁百花酿青蚝有点像烧卖,不过内馅换做青蚝,上头再加上香菇,口感虽不如烧卖出色,但加上豉汁带味,别出一般风味。

杏仁茶汤圆

甜点有限制每人一份,我选择了杏仁茶汤圆。这杏仁茶口感浓郁,却没有过度的杏仁香味,应该是原汁原味的杏仁汤,没有使用香精的关系。不过汤圆仅有一粒而已,要不是甜点有限制,我倒是还想再来几碗!

秘制龟苓膏

这秘制龟苓膏口味偏苦,我朋友颇有微词,不过我想所以才附加蜜糖呀!但她说其他餐馆的龟苓膏也没那么苦,我倒认为那可能是制作过程中加入糖浆的关系,而且良药苦口啊!哈哈~

坦白说,新故乡酒楼的点心自由餐菜色不算多,而且某些点心还有限制,但好吃的食物贵精不贵多,而且除非你很会吃,我觉得即使三人用餐(很多菜色都是一笼三个)也未必吃得完菜单上所有菜色,我即便没吃早餐,最后也还是吃到投降。很多点心店都趋向油炸食物,但新故乡却有很好的平衡。虽然新故乡酒楼的点心没获得米其林食探的青睐,但我吃过某米其林1星的点心铺总店,总觉得还是新故乡精致些,口感好些(当然也贵得多,成人$49.90++)。

新故乡酒楼 Xin Cuisine
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium (新加坡雅庭假日酒店)
317 Outram Road, Level 4
Singapore 169075
Tel: +65 67317173
Website: http://singaporeatrium.holidayinn.com/xin-cuisine-chinese-restaurant

Opening Hours:
12:00 hr – 14:30 hr
18:30 hr – 22:30 hr

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Dim Sum Love

Published April 4, 2013 by piggie

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Dim Sum Love is a humble outlet hidden in a remote corner of Chinatown. It shares a common shop space with a book store, that provides a good atmosphere for diners, but almost certainly not the other way round 😛

Thanks to Wheretoeat.com, I was treated to a complimentary Dim Sum Love Daily Special Platter with a Pot of Tea Voucher worth $15.80. Let’s disregard some stringent condition for it to be effective and focus on the quality of the food!

Dim Sum Love Daily Special Platter with a Pot of Tea Voucher ($15.80)

Dim Sum Love Daily Special Platter with a Pot of Tea Voucher ($15.80)

Prior booking was necessary despite the restaurant was hardly filled. Even then, it still took a while for my order to be served. I was not complaining, especially when I witnessed their effort to lay out these simple dim sum, I felt it was worth the wait. Of course, all these come to nought if the quality fails to live up to expectation, but rest assure, they certainly did not disappoint!

I started from the left. The Char Siew Bun was sweet and juicy. Siew Mai was normal, but at least it didn’t come with the unpleasant smell many other competitors failed to rid of. The Crispy Vegetarian Spring Roll was OK, good thing it was still hot when I tried, the heat was a great aid to disguise its mediocrity. Pan Fried Carrot Cake was nothing to shout about, thinly fried, smooth, though I personally prefer a more crispier skin. Now this Baked Mini Egg Tart was a bit special, highly recommended by the friendly waitress aunty there. There was a pleasant fragrance from within the custard which took me a while to recall what was that. It’s pandan leaves! It gave the egg tart an extra dimension, and a bit of nonya touch without overshadowing the essential egg fragrance within.

Frankly speaking, $15.80 sounds a bit expensive given 5 bite size dim sum, but not to forget it came with a pot of Chinese tea, which usually cost $6 (Though I understand it’s not refillable). Personally, I found it more economical ordering ala carte though. In any case, all their dim sum are serve in bite size, need not worry about can’t finish it. Rather, worry about not sufficient to fill your tummy.

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Steam Creamy Custard Bun (3 for $3.90)

I also bought some Steam Creamy Custard Bun home, it was surprisingly nice! The filling was so aplenty that my hand was full of the overflown custard with egg yolk. The molten custard was never too sweet, with a tint of light yolk taste which I found absolutely delightful!

Dim Sum Love
18 Cross Street #B1-05
China Square Central
Singapore 048423
Tel: 6536 7667
Operating Hours: 8am – 11am (Breakfast)
11.15am – 9pm (Lunch & Dinner)
7.30pm (Last Order)

Breakthrough Cafe

Published August 19, 2012 by piggie

Once again, this voucher was complimentary from a MCYS campaign, Welcome the World. And, like Laksania, Breakthrough has a social cause too! This missionary-inspired eatery is associating with employing ex-prisoners and drug addicts, by giving them a chance to re-engage with the society with a new lease of hope and livelihood. But fret not, although some of them may sport tattoo, their services and attitude were quite satisfactory though. However, it wasn’t easy to find the eatery, well hidden at the back of People’s Park Centre (珍珠大厦) ground floor, directly facing Subordinate Court, perhaps as a caution to their staffs against re-adopting their old crooked routes.

Alright, enough on the introduction, let me reiterate first that unlike certain blogger who ate free at restaurants and couldn’t help writing only hypocritical review, I don’t intend to do so. Hopefully, my honest feedback can indirectly help them raise their quality to a higher level.

To start with, let me confess I’m not a big eater, hence only able to try out some basic dishes during my first visit, but I’m almost certain it will not be my last. Allow me to highlight that this humble cafe has quite a neat and good ambiance setting for its more than reasonable prices, and that prices stated are nett, no further GST nor service charge.

Whenever I visit any dim sum outlet for the first time, there will be two items I will be eager to try. The first being egg tart (custard), and the other’s char siew roll. I wasn’t able to find both here (strange, I thought I read someone ever tried the custard here, but nevermind, I must be cockeyed! LOL), so I ordered a Char Siew Pau (叉烧包, roast pork bun, $0.90) for a start. This is definitely not the best Char Siew Pau I have ever tried, but it’s one level better than many conventional Char Siew Pau you can find at common coffee shops. The moist & sweet char siew inside doesn’t melt in your mouth like some food blogger exaggerated, but its taste was adequately sweet and worth all of its 90 cents cost.

Pork Big Pau (大包, $1.60) was a big let down. I thought I found some heavy pork taste to the meat inside but I still finished it nevertheless. The meat was a bit too dry to my distaste, and I hope they can subsequently improve on that.

The Chee Cheong Fun I ordered was the plain version (猪肠粉, $2.20), but it’s probably the best plain Chee Cheong Fun I have ever tried! Soaked in light soy sauce, generous spring onion and fried onion were added to sweeten this otherwise plain dish to cater a captivating fragrance all over! Magnificent! Can you imagine the plain one was already this good, can’t help wondering how would those with fillings taste like? Well, they have other versions which include Char Siew, Shrimps, or even Scallops, and all these are reasonably priced!

I was awed by the price of the Soup Buns (Xiao Long Bao 小笼包, $3.40), and couldn’t help tempted to order one, but when it was served, I was somewhat disappointed by the quantity, LOL! I wasn’t exactly sure about the intention on the inclusion of a foil cup underneath, but at least it came useful when preventing the soup inside from overflowing the spoon. But to be honest, there wasn’t that much soup inside in the first place 😛 Well, in the very least, it did prevent the bun skin from sticking to the basket. The buns did not come with consistent crease like in those more poshy restaurants, that somehow discounted the outlook. I know look’s secondary, but frankly speaking, the taste was rather average anyway. The only common attribute with those more established restaurants, was the hard bun skin, LOL! Seriously, perhaps due to the climate, I have not found any restaurant in Singapore capable of reproducing that excellent & softer bun skin I encountered in Taipei’s Ding Tai Fong (Strictly speaking, the overall quality of local Ding Tai Fong is a complete letdown in comparison to the Taipei franchise).

No service charge!

I ain’t able to reproduce a copy of Breakthrough Cafe’s menu, but I can vow it’s filled with rich variety of conventional dim sum and I’m looking forward to return for their other specialties. Like I said, the price is very reasonable given their cosy ambiance, and yes, the cause is a worthwhile support. To be honest, this cafe is earning rave reviews in local community, particularly in online food review portal. Please don’t be discouraged by my prejudiced opinion here, as the next time you visit, they may have improved, or that you may have a different taste bud from me. For those who care to pay a visit, do take note they don’t open on Sunday or public holiday:

Breakthrough Cafe

Mon-Fri: 7am – 5pm

Sat: 7am – 3pm

Tel: 65335977

Part II: My subsequent visit:

Glutinous Rice ($2.30)

Glutinous Rice (糯米飯,$2.30)

The appearance of this Glutinous Rice beats many other restaurants effortlessly. But the important thing is, its quality is good too! I was too busy eating and chatting at the same time, that I couldn’t recall whether I tasted any chicken here, probably not. Even then, the mild fragrance of the mushrooms and the fusion of raw and fried spring onions had blended well with the sticky glutinous rice, giving it a refreshing taste.

Steam Prawn Dumpling (虾饺皇,$3.50)

Steam Prawn Dumpling (虾饺皇,$3.50)

The Steam Prawn Dumplings looked pretty stiff in the picture, unfortunately, it tasted stiff too! I suppose it could do with more moist and softer skin, and I must confess, I have certainly tasted better elsewhere.

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Shrimp Tofu (豆腐虾,$3.50)

Shrimp Tofu was pretty new to me. I was searching for Tofu Skin Roll (腐皮卷), but could only find this. No, it tasted entirely different, seemed like they blend together fish, prawn, and tofu, then lightly fried. The texture was a bit soft, it was tofu afterall. I thought this dish lacked character, in other words, nothing special, but not bad either. I found the accompanied mayonnaise was a little dense, but I’m not complaining.

The Siew Mai below was still a great disappointment. Strictly speaking, it was probably the worst Siew Mai I had ever tried from a Chinese restaurant. They failed to rid off the excessive pork taste in the dumplings, I need a good supply of chili to suppress the awkward taste.

Siew Mai (烧卖,$2.80)

Siew Mai (烧卖,$2.80)

Chengdol ($2.50)

Chengdol (浆啰冰沙,$2.50)

Before I tried the Chengdol at RWS’s Malaysian Food Street, I probably might give this dessert a high rating. Not anymore. At the same price, I must say the version from Malaysian Food Street definitely tasted a class above this version here, not to mention it was larger too! Breakthrough’s Chengdol lacked the dominant coconut milk fragrance, but that’s probably a norm in Singapore anyway.

Alright, I have come to the end of this updated post. When I go again, I will definitely try order different dishes and consolidate here!

Part III: Jul 2013

Egg Tart ($1.20)

Egg Tart (蛋挞,$1.20)

Finally found their egg tart! I love their crispy crust, not too brittle, and the tart has a good egg taste. I would have preferred it slightly moist, that would look great. But overall, it’s above average.

Crab-meat Roll ($2.80)

Crab-meat Roll (蟹柳,$2.80)

I have a big question mark whether it’s genuine crab meat, or simply simulated crab meat that was made of fish. Anyway, the flour skin went well with it.

Bamboo Roll ($3.00)

Bamboo Roll (鲜竹卷,$3.00)

The Bamboo Roll was made up of fish meat, with with the skin far from over fried, though the taste was quite moderate, and not too salty.

Rice Balls in Ginger Soup (汤圆姜汤,$3.00)

Rice Balls in Ginger Soup (汤圆姜汤,$3.00)

The Rice Balls in Ginger Soup contained 6 rice balls with peanut filling and two red dates. Personally, my preference is peanut soup, but it wasn’t available in their menu. Anyway, their ginger soup was moderately hot (and I’m not referring to the temperature here) and mildly sweet, excellent for keeping body warm during a rainy day.

Fried Dumplings ($5.00)

Fried Dumplings (锅贴,$5.00)

Honestly, I won’t be recommending this. The 7 pcs of dumplings looked interestingly puffy, but that’s as good as it could get. Quality wise, it’s mediocre. While generally, these dumplings are pan-fried, Breakthrough Cafe fried them in oil. The taste was slightly unconventional, and I couldn’t say I like that.

Cod Fish Tofu (鳕鱼豆腐,$3.00)

Cod Fish Tofu (鳕鱼豆腐,$3.00)

I love tofu! But I can’t say I absolutely love Breakthrough Cafe’s tofu though. Their Cod Fish Tofu was unsophisticated, code fish meat blended well with the tofu, the taste presented itself like a home cooked dish without much fanfare.