Monthly Archives: May 2013
Food, food, food!
another food review from the Tea-Flavoured Fish! Last saturday was a eating day for the us, the LandLady Fish and me. After the long-finned fish and Fishuui left us, we meet up with our October Cousin, Songster and Captain Kerk for ramen at a ramen-ya nearby.
Menya Sanji is fairly new establishment located on the first floor of Orchid Hotel, round the corner of Tonkotsu-Ou a popular ramen place that attracts a queue every dinner time. Having eaten at Tonkotsu Ou before we decided to give Sanji a try. The soup is all pork bone based and alllows variations by putting behind seasoning.
Being the safe one, I had the orginal tonkotsu shouyu ramen with added Seaweed topping:
Songster tried the original spicy:
Captain Kerk had the special Black sesame Soup:
and the LandLady-Fish had the Gyokai Ramen (tonkotsu soup mixed with bonito stock):
When the noodles were served we went around tasting everyone else’s soup. The original soup was flavourful but not oily or too salty. As ramen is something that is very full-bodied/heavy I usually find the ones that I have ate, it too salty for me, so either they have scaled it to suit the Singaporean taste-buds or they are the “lighter ramen”. The soup was fragrance, and did not have the pork-ish over taste that some pork-based soup has, so it was soupy (as opposed to some ramen soup that is more gravy like), but not watered down.
The Spicy version, was nice, however it was not spicy at all. However you have to consider the fact that we are Singaporean and chili is a common spice in South East Asia and most of us a a higher tolerance to spicy food. Despite that the chili oil and spice added a hint of spiciness, with a little more flavour that the original soup did not have.
I had mixed feelings regarding the Sesame Soup. On one hand it had the same pork bone soup-base, on the other hand instead of using shouyu (soya sauce) they added black sesame to it. It reminded me of Black Sesame Paste (芝麻糊), a popular dessert that has grounded black sesame cooked into a paste. As much as the soup was nice it reminded me of the dessert too much, and I don’t like mixing my mains and my desserts.
The Gyokai ramen was pretty good. I have taste the very strong bonito flavour in the soup. It doesn’t clash with the pork based soup. However as I am not a very big fan of fish, I don’t think I will order this.
LandLady Fish and I personally think that the noodles is a winner here. It is springy, and goes down well with the soup. Unlike some noodles like would expend and start to disintegrate into the soup causing the soup to be starchy, this noodle did not, making this an enjoyable eating experience.
However the char-siew (sliced pork pieces) were kind disappointing. They were tough and lacked flavour, so it probably was not braised long enough. However as I usually think the soup and noodles are more important aspects of ramen, it did not marr the experience too much.
So overall we had a good meal, although the location was rather cramp and we were seated under a spotlight making it extra hot. So if you are tired of queuing for Tonkotsu-Ou do drop by Sanji, you will not be disappointed.
Before everyone thinks that I am the fish that blogs only about food, I am going to blog about skin care! Recently I had spurt on some skin care products, when all I needed was a new bottle of toner.
Well, I would lie, the fishies aren’t getting any younger so over the years we have been getting into something I call face maintenance. I have bought many products over the years, mostly drug store brands, sometimes from korean based beauty shops, and occasionally from Biotherm. However, despite what the products claim to do, I can never see a difference on myself (I am kinda clueless that way), as long as I don’t get dry patches or have sudden breakouts, I usually will keep the using the product until I feel like changing.
Anyway that was the damage that was done that day (hey at least I got my toner).
Items to note would be:
1. Khiels Herbal extract toner
2. Khiels Midnight recovery eye cream: to repair, and moisture the eye area
3. Burt’s Bee Daisy White Extract serum: to even skin tone
4. Burt’s Bee Naturally Ageless Pomegranate Day Lotion: to eraser wrinkles, and combat aging with antioxidant from pomegranate
So I would be using them daily and I would try to take a photo of my face once a week to see if there is any difference. What I hope most is that the 2 dark patches/pigmentation on my cheeks will lighten up, and overall my skin will look healthier.
It is important to note that I do use a sunblock with spf 50 PA+++ as well in the day. However as Singapore is a sunny location, I don’t always have the chance to reapply my sunblock every few hours with I am outfield for work.
I also use another eye serum that I bought from a local store (skin pharmacy) for eye bags, and eye rings that I use during the day.
As I am very lazy, I kinda forgot to take the photo on the week I start. The photo below was taken mid-week. (ugly photo of myself below) Continue reading
Last weekend found the four fishies at Okada Coffee, another Japan exported eatery.
As the name suggest it is a cafe, that offers main meals. However the fishies were there to sample their Hi-Tea set.
The set startes off with scones.
Not the best scones I have eaten (Twinning in Bangkok still tops), however still better than other more expensive establishments we had been before. It came warm and fluffy on the inside, however the outside was a little too hard, causing a mess when we tried to cut it. My biggest complain would be that they did not serve it with cream, just jam, which was a disappointment for this fishies. Overall the buttery taste made it a pleasant start.
The bottom layer of the tiered tray contained sandwich, beef meatball/pork katsu, butter cookie sandwich, coffee muffin and the top layer had Chocolate raspberry cake, some raspberry tart and a matcha cake.
Food wise, I don’t think this place had left an impression. The sandwich was normal, but I never undertook the need to put cream into sandwiches. It was the first thing I ate, so it was probably saved from the fate of being soggy. The meatballs were ok, I am saying this because I am bias as I am not the biggest fan of hamburg meatball, but it wasn’t dry and the sauce was pretty tasty, but not overpowering giving a balanced taste. I did not try the katsu version, as it was for my non-beef eating fishies, perhaps they would like to leave a comment about it.
I loved the cookie though, despite the fact that there as a layer of cream sandwiched between the 2 pieces. But…it is butter cookie!! What is not to love about butter cookie!! To add on, the cream was pretty lite, and does not feel heavy and there was a sprinkling of walnuts inside adding to the fragrance.
I would say that the coffee muffin was the winner of the bottom layer. I think the sweetness is just right, with the accompanying aroma of coffee. The size was a winning factor as well, too big and it would have been too much. I scraped off most of the cream though spreading a thin layer at each bite (it lasted for 3 bites anyway), it was refreshing, I suppose it was suppose to be like milk coffee?
The Top Tier:
The chocolate raspberry dense cake…thing…was too sweet for my liking. I managed to finish half of it because of the raspberry jam filling it has. The sourish jam cancelled the sweetness, making it bearable for me to eat. once my cake had no more raspberry, I stop eating. It was unfortunate that our dear Fishuui did not have raspberry jam in her cake, which may have been a mistake by the kitchen.
No comments on the raspberry tart thing…it was just that unmemorable (or actually not worth mentioning)
The mini Matcha Cake square was the favourite of the fishies! It was light and fluffy, with the hint of green tea that make a good cake memorable. Could have easily eaten a whole slice. The lack of azuki (red beans) make the cake less dense, and light on the palate.
I would say that the tea is disappointing though. It was really bland, like too much water for one teabag? even though was let the teabag seep in the pot, it never got stronger.
The coffee, which one of us drink, was described as aromatic, but light. Typical of japanese food, I took a sip, it was good, and did not have any linger sour taste, but it was light.
Overall, this place did not impress. Although we may be tempted to come back and try the mains. But I think with a bit of money you can be presuaded to have hi-tea somewhere else.
Okie…stay tune for more Fishies eating adventures!