All posts tagged: Food

Food Review: The BAKERY by Woodlands Sourdough

Although it is a little hidden shack at Serene Centre, their many alfresco diners makes it difficult to miss. Famous for their great breads and bagels, we just had to try The BAKERY by Woodlands Sourdough for ourselves. As they do not have a standard menu, their display featured the few sandwiches and buns that they had for the day. I decided to pick up their Mixed Mushroom Arugula Sandwich (S$9.00). The sandwich was a little too soggy as they did not toast the sides of the bread, and mushrooms tends to hold a lot of moisture. However, the flavours were really nice. The Sourdough Bread is quite sour (some may not like the sourness) but had a lovely rustic taste that went perfectly with the rest of the ingredients. I also grabbed a cappuccino (S$5), which I personally did not like. It had more sour notes and is quite strong and robust. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to try out the rest of their menu but I would sure love to come …

Food Review: Trattoria da Mimmo

In between Bishan and Marymount MRT lies Trattoria Da Mimmo. It is an Italian Restaurant with humble beginnings and traditional classics sandwiched between industrial and residential areas. Its interior is a more homely, family-styled setup with alfresco like decor (but indoors of course). After settling down and ordering the dishes, our appetizers soon came. First up was the Burrata E Parma, (S$32.00) which is essentially Burrata Cheese and Parma Ham. Simple and yet absolutely delicious. The extremely creamy and milky flavours from the cheese paired with the saltiness of the Parma ham was absolutely wonderful. Next up was the Fritto Di Calamari (S$20.50) or also known as Calamari. The batter wasn’t too thick and it was nicely fried – crispy on the outside and chewy inside. It was also nicely seasoned with a dash of salt. The Focaccia Romana E Pomodorini was pizza bread topped with herbs and tomatoes (S$11.50), was served soon after. A very simple dish with subtle sweet and salty flavours. The Rucola R Parma (S$27.50) is a classic parma ham and arugula pizza. …

Recipe: Easy Chinese-Style Pork Chops

I was a little hard pressed for time recently and have been thinking of simple dishes to cook. One of them is this Chinese Pork Chop. This is a dish which my husband and I will agree on as our kind of comfort food. Coincidentally, our mums used to cook it for us in our growing up years. I know our readers will love this dish as it is so simple and fast to whip up, and the meat is flavourful and succulent. Who enjoys a hard and dry pork chop? To achieve tender, moist and juicy pork chops, I tenderize the meat with this secret ingredient: CORNFLOUR. Hope you will try this recipe and let us if you like it or if this is also your kind of comfort food via our blog.  We would also like to welcome you to join our Mummy’s Kitchen Facebook Group for food lovers like you, whether newbie or veteran. You can like us on Beyond Norm’s Facebook Page and subscribe to our blog. Follow us on Instagram and YouTube @beyondnormblog to …

Recipe: Squid in Black Ink (Sotong Masak Hitam)

The origin of Squid in Black Ink is unclear, but it might be a common dish for the Peranakan, Malay or Indonesian households, and each of them will most probably have their own style of preparing this dish. I always love to know the origin of dishes, so that when I prepare them it is more meaningful. But if not, this dish will still certainly satisfy your taste buds and tummies. This dish is likened to the ugly duckling, not a pretty sight but the flavour was robust with the mixture of herbs and spices coupled with the tamarind juice. The subtle taste of the squid ink gave a little twist to its flavour. Squid ink is said to be rich in iron and antioxidants which adds as an incentive to try this dish. It was definitely not love at first sight for my son and we had to coax him to try it. Once he took his first bite, he went back for more…. the rest was history. If you like this recipe, be …

Food Review: Yakiniku Dining Shimei, Shimada – 成しま島田駅前店

Nestled in the city of Shimada, Shizuoka prefecture, is a hidden yakiniku gem that sells high quality beef. We were excited to taste how heavenly a Kuroge Wagyu can be. There are four breeds under the Wagyu tree – Kuroge Washu, Kassyoku Washu, Nihon Tankakushu, and Mukaku Washu. Out of the four, Kuroge Washu (Japanese Black) holds the crown and is renowned for its buttery melt-in-your-mouth texture of Grade A5, Japan’s highest possible rating. Upon entering this cosy yakiniku restaurant, my first impression was that they take pride in their beef as we were greeted by a few trophies and certifications upon entering. We were shown to our own private BBQ room with seat warmers. What we liked about the BBQ machine is that the suction smoke exhaust was placed directly above the grill fence, and therefore actually sucks in majority of the smoke. We ordered a portion of beef shoulders, beef tongue, beef loin, pork belly, and of course two sets of Kuroge Wagyu Sirloin. Although the staff could not understand English, they were …

Food Review: Platypus Kitchen

Platypus Kitchen is located at one of the corners of Bugis Junction. It has a modern, woodish look but its seats were like ‘moving’ booths when we sat on them. As we were around the area during lunch time, we thought it will be a good idea to try their special set menus. Our dining experience turned from average to a disaster….. Their soup of the day was broccoli and spinach. Its taste was better than the dull coloured look. It was nicely seasoned but a bit on the peppery side. Before we even managed to finish our starters, the laksa risotto came. Upon tasting it we felt that the rice was definitely under cooked, as the outside of the rice was soft but the inside was still hard. However, the staff insisted that they cooked the risotto to ‘al dente’. The prawns left much to be desired as they had a very strong frozen taste. Next, the sandwich was served. On the menu it stated, it would come with rye bread but instead it came with …

Food Review: Winestone @Mercure Singapore on Stevens

If you’ve been following us for a while, you would know that we love trying different foods and cuisines. So when we learned of Winestone, we were excited to try out their food as they serve a fair selection of Mediterranean dishes. Since opening its doors on the 22nd of January 2018, it has been an up and coming dining spot for couples and families alike. It is one of the many pods in the Oxley cluster surrounding Mercure and Novotel on Stevens. Winestone is aptly named as the name is derived from two prominent factors when dining at the establishment; they have a wide selection of wines and many of their meals are served on stone boards. Housing Mercure’s morning breakfast during the day, Winestone breaks off into an independent dining concept of its own after noon. We ordered a variety of different dishes to be shared amongst everyone on the table. To start, we were served an assortment of bread, such as their dark rye sour khubz and mini ciabatta bread, set above …