7 Uncommonly Used Herbs That May Inspire Your Next Meal

7 Uncommonly Used Herbs That May Inspire Your Next Meal

Food, Ingredients
  1. Thyme   We don’t talk much about this herb, but it’s about thyme. If you’ve tried the ice cream at Birds of Paradise at either Jewel Changi Airport or Katong, you’ll be familiar with its smell. This herb is not common in Asian cooking but you can find a good number of Western recipes that use thyme with their meats. Thyme has a strong, spicy smell but at the same time, it is pleasant and therapeutic. Outside of cooking, it is also known to help with bronchitis, cough, sore throats and flatulence when ingested.   2. Morels   These guys have expensive caps. Morels are a type of mushroom that look like an ugly mutation, like its cap grew inside out. However, they are coveted by French chefs…
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Lightly Salted – Versus: Pâté VS Terrine

Lightly Salted – Versus: Pâté VS Terrine

Food, Ingredients
    How much do you know about these blended, shredded and layered forms of charcuterie? All pâtés are terrines, but the reverse is not true. Pâtés don’t require much effort to make but a terrine requires time and devotion to master. Both a way to cook and preserve meat before the advent of the refrigerator in France, never get these two mixed up again.   Pâtés   Pâté translates to ‘paste’ in English. They are smooth, light and comprise predominantly duck or chicken livers, although you may sometimes make them out of fish, vegetables or beans. The ingredients in a pâté are usually pan-cooked and texturised through blending or whipping until it becomes silky. For a smoother texture, some pâtés have milk in them.   Pâtés can be part…
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Lightly Salted – Four Factors to Ponder on When Pairing Wine

Lightly Salted – Four Factors to Ponder on When Pairing Wine

Boozy, Drink, Food
There are four main factors to consider when deciding on a bottle of wine to go with a meal. Most people look for a bottle to fit the food they feel like having but some experts suggest we do the opposite - to pick your wine before deciding what food to eat. Whichever way we look at it, what's certain is that some wines go better with certain foods, and many restaurants curate their wine and food menu with harmonious pairings in mind. Go beyond the basic "red meat-red wine, white meat-white wine" guide and dive a little deeper into your wineglass with these four: acidity, body, aroma and flavour. Acidity   Acidity refers to the sour and/or sharp notes in the wine. The higher the acidity, the sharper the…
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Coffee With – Phanuphon “Black” Bulsuwan & Anothai “Beer” Pichaiyuth

Coffee With – Phanuphon “Black” Bulsuwan & Anothai “Beer” Pichaiyuth

Features, People
  Chefs Black and Beer are the power couple behind Blackitch Artisan Kitchen, located in the trendy neighbourhood of Nimmanhaemin in Chiang Mai. Their passion for food is cultivated by the wondrous array of local ingredients Thailand has to offer. With only space for 16 guests per seating, Blackitch prizes intimacy and quality. Through the 9 delectable courses of the Chefs’ tasting menu will you experience a unique dining concept that expounds the importance of the seasonal and the cultural in creating a multi-sensory culinary delight. For them, each dish cannot be simply categorised as one specific cuisine or another. An important part of their food process involves fermentation. In order to cast away the common misconceptions attributed to this technique, they hold cooking and food workshops that help spread…
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Lightly Salted – Versus: Tom Yum Goong & Kaeng Khanun

Lightly Salted – Versus: Tom Yum Goong & Kaeng Khanun

#takemeawaytuesdays, Food
The incredible diversity of Thai cuisine makes Thailand one of the most dynamic countries in the world. Thai cuisine encompasses dishes from four distinct regions: the Central Plains, the North, Northeast and the South. The unifying factor of the cuisine is the way each region uses spicy, sour, sweet and salty flavours to create vibrant and balanced tastes. Key ingredients include the ubiquitous chilli, which is used to add fire to almost every dish. These flavours are blended into graceful dishes where no single taste overpowers the other but instead, complements to create a wonderful harmony of flavours. Often compared with each other for their similar flavour profile, Tom Yum Goong and Kaeng Khanun are still delicacies their own right.   Tom Yum Goong Tom yum Goong is a clear…
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No Meat? No Problem! The Peranakan’s Wildly Popular Tok Panjang is Now Vegan-friendly

No Meat? No Problem! The Peranakan’s Wildly Popular Tok Panjang is Now Vegan-friendly

#featurefriday, Features, Food, Restaurants
    For the first time ever, The Peranakan restaurant, under Executive Chef Raymond Khoo, will be launching a vegan-friendly variant of their esteemed Tok Panjang experience. From as early as 3rd August 2019, choose between the Tok Panjang Bibik set and the Tok Panjang Baba set and indulge yourself in a traditional, grand long table Peranakan feast. The Tok Panjang feast is emblematic of the old days, where such extravagance was served at the turn of the century by wealthy Straits families to mark special occasions like weddings, anniversaries and important birthdays. Today, The Peranakan has made it their signature experience.   Enter the Tok Panjang Bibik set. At just under $50 per person with a minimum of two persons, enjoy dishes such as omnipork sup bakwan kepiting, kueh…
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The Capitol Milk Bar – An Elevated ’60s Redux of The Old Magnolia Snack Bars

The Capitol Milk Bar – An Elevated ’60s Redux of The Old Magnolia Snack Bars

Features, Food, New Openings, Restaurants
  These days, we’re all about the old school cool. Many talk about looking back to the past for inspiration and “remembering our roots”. Nostalgia is rad and we’re moving back to the ‘60s all over again. I’ve read it somewhere before that the fashion world goes through a cycle that revisits the past every few years and brings something back from then, in one way or another. I believe the same happens in the food world.   At the first floor of Arcade @ Capitol Kempinski, a revival has happened. The Capitol Milk Bar now stands as a reincarnation of the Magnolia Snack Bars; ask any veteran movie buff about Capitol Theatre and chances are he will remember the Magnolia Snack Bar, the place for delicious milkshakes. Dating back…
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Tenjin – A Fresh, Simple Tendon Concept in the Heart of Town

Tenjin – A Fresh, Simple Tendon Concept in the Heart of Town

Food, New Openings, Restaurants
  A new Japanese tempura donburi concept cuts its ribbon in the heart of town. Coming to you from the Les Amis Group, Tenjin has officially opened on the 3rd floor of Shaw Centre, along Scotts Road. The concept specialises in serving up excellence in the form of tempura donburi – otherwise known simply as tendon. At Tenjin, the minimalist interior reflects the clean simplicity of their menu; With no frills and a fuss-free dining experience in mind, you can only find tempura donburi for mains. The restaurant takes a straightforward approach to their menu design and curation, electing not to overload their diners with too many choices. As such, only 3 types of tendons are offered on their menu, where generous pieces of seafood and vegetable tempura are served…
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PAZZION Café Sets Itself Apart in Providing an Extended Lifestyle Experience – An Experiential Story

PAZZION Café Sets Itself Apart in Providing an Extended Lifestyle Experience – An Experiential Story

Features, Food, Restaurants
    Say you make your way to Jewel Changi Airport for some A&W but you realise the fast food joint has a perpetual, slow queue. Your girlfriend – or insert any appropriate female character here – decides to go do some shopping while waiting for the queue to ease up. Shoes. She needs new shoes because her current ones are growing mouths of their own. But you need food; you’re famished. You go up to B1 and go around the Rain Vortex to a halt in front of a modern looking black storefront.   “Everything in moderation, except coffee and shoes” is the silent greeting of the café, seen from the neon blue sign right across from the entrance, on a picturesque wall that screams “strike a pose here!”…
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108 Matcha Saro – Premium, Artisan Matcha Desserts from Hokkaido

108 Matcha Saro – Premium, Artisan Matcha Desserts from Hokkaido

#pickmeupmondays, Features, Food, New Openings
    Hailing from the coldest city in Japan, 108 Matcha Saro has made its way down to Sunny Singapore! With their first-ever Southeast Asian outlet at Suntec City, Singapore, CEO of 108 Matcha Saro Mr Masato Yamamoto appreciates Singapore’s love for Matcha and aims to promote and raise the profile of Japanese Matcha culture here. The bestselling item from 108 Matcha Saro, Obanyaki, gets an exclusive revamp for its Singaporean customers. Grab the limited-edition Double Chocolate Obanyaki ($3.50/piece) while you can! This special obanyaki features Matcha dough filled with a double, high-grade chocolate filling of chocolate-flavoured custard and Premium Dark Chocolate from renown French brand, Valrhona, for a perfect balance of smooth chocolate and roasted dried fruit notes with a slightly oaky finish. Worry not if that’s not to…
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