Coconut Ice Cream and Sticky Rice

Last weekend I felt a sudden yearning for Asian food, so instead of getting breakfast at Tiong Bahru Bakery, I went to Com Nam, the Vietnamese broken rice restaurant. 

That’s what I had for dessert. Ice cream made with coconut milk, sticky rice and some chocolate syrup. The sticky rice, which had almost a fruity sweetness, was the best part. I couldn’t finish it all.

What I had first was broken rice topped with marinated pork belly, prawns, a poached egg, chili slices and some cilantro. The juices from the pork soaked into the broken rice, which has the texture of couscous. 

It was delicious. Salty, savory and spicy, I ate it with a spoon. 

The lime soda with sugar cane was very nice. 

Scallop and Corn Purée

I was craving sushi last Friday and so I went to Itacho Sushi, the Bugis Junction location.

They were running some scallop promotion and this looked interesting.

The seared scallop was served in this little plate and covered with this sweet and spicy (thanks to cayenne pepper) corn purée.

It was delicious!

First, I had bluefin tuna, striped jack and scallops.

Next, I was served a big bowl of miso soup.

Next, I had a natto handroll. Natto is fermented soybeans that are slightly bitter and have bacterial filaments which get stuck on one’s lips. I like natto.

Salmon roe, crab with miso and raw sweet shrimp. It was all good. They forgot to serve me sea eel. I had it taken off the bill, so I survived. 

It was a nice light dinner. I ate a piece of cheese pizza later because I was so hungry. 

Chicken and Waffles

The first time I ate fried chicken and waffles on the same plate was here in Singapore, at the Southern (as in American; General Lee, slavery, the KKK, fried pickles) restaurant The Beast, near the Sultan Mosque in Bugis.

The chicken there was moist and greasy, the waffles buttery and sweet.

Sadly, the chicken and waffles I endured at Wildfire Burger at 313 Somerset was a sad, sad dish.

The waffles were light and tasteless, the chicken was dry and crunchy. I was unhappy. The tiny ramekins of butter and maple syrup were not enough to salvage this sad ghost of a good junk food classic. 

Rather than finish my watermelon beer and hit the road as I should have, I ordered the nachos.

That shit cost twelve fucking dollars!

What the fuck? No jalapeños, no salsa?


I should have paid heed to this omen and ate elsewhere. 

Thai Chicken Curry Soup

The local chain, The Soup Spoon sometimes makes awesome soups. This time, they did.

This chicken curry soup was fiery! In the soup were chunks of chicken, galangal, lemon grass, fried shallots, fish cake and tofu. That orange blob was minced habañero, not authentic, but it worked.

I had a falafel flatbread with the soup. Mayonnaise lubricated the fillings down the gullet. 

Dumpling Croissant

This treat can be found at Tiong Bahru Bakery. I’ve only been to the location in Raffles City mall, so I don’t know if the others serve it.

Minced pork, like you would find in a dumpling, is baked in croissant dough with chives and a black vinegar aioli. Tasty and greasy, this is good fusion food. 

The almond croissants there are perfect. 

Braised Lamb Shank

Last week I went to Pasar Bella in Suntec City and tried out the grilled meats stall, Mad Dogs. 

Served on mashed potatoes, I opted for the creamed spinach as my other side and it was delicious!

It had been many, many years since I last had creamed spinach. It might have been when I lived in Michigan, so before March 2003. 
I could have eaten the meat with a spoon, as it separated so easily from the bone. The wine sauce was very savory.

I love Pasar Bella, the hipster food court. Mad Dogs serves up good food. 

Cherry Blossom Ramen

My curiosity was piqued when I saw the placard promoting this special at Menya Musashi. 

The pink noodles had a very faint cherry flavor. Atop was a perfectly cooked egg, tempura prawns and grilled pork belly on a stick. There were some bamboo shoots in the bowl, too. 

I was also served a bowl of delicious savory broth and hoji tea. 

The house salad tossed with a miso dressing is wonderful.