Monthly Archives: May 2012 Singapore Blog Awards 2012

I was very excited to receive an email two days ago informing me that Gninethree was one of the top ten finalists in the Domino’s Best Food Blog category of Singapore Blog Awards 2012!

I have not had the opportunity of blogging frequently the past week as I am currently globetrotting around the world with the family after attending my sister’s commencement ceremony at Columbia in New York City.. So this entire post is constructed on my iPhone 4 and I apologize for my lack of resources in posting a more creative and photo-filled post.

BUT I promise I will be back with many travelogues of yummy food places from both the US and Canada once I reach home!

And these are a couple of E-interview questions has for the finalists!

Wok & Barrel @ Duxton Hill | NOW CLOSED

Serving local favorites with a contemporary twist is Duxton Hill’s quaint little bistro- Wok & Barrel, opened by Chef Shen Tan- previous owner of the popular Madam Tan’s Nasi Lemak stall at Maxwell Food Centre. Chef Tan has certainly done well for herself, moving from a small stall to a whole unit space of her own and opening her own cafe.

Having heard many good things about their local delicacies offered in their menu such as the Beef Rendang Pizza, Bak Chok Mee Pasta and Bak Kwa Pork Ribs, I was definitely excited and keen to make a visit down to try it out. Unfortunately, when we reached the Wok & Barrel at lunch time, we realised that those items were only available after 5pm. The lunch menu was mostly nasi lemak sets, sandwiches and wraps.

It was disappointing having traveled all the way down, only to realise that we could not sample those dishes but we were much too hungry to leave for another place so we decided to give their Nasi Lemak Sets a shot.

There were 6 different types of sets varying from Mutton Curry, Crispy Pork and Beef Rendang but all served with coconut rice, omelette slices, ikan billis, sambal belachan and Asian Coleslaw.

The Crispy Pork $7.90 which was actually deep fried marinated thin pork belly slices reminded us a tad of bacon streaks when we first saw it. It was crisp and sinfully tasteful- the sort of guilty pleasure you feel biting into meat that has been submerged in hot oil. Pleasing to the tastebuds but not so on the waistline.

Special mention goes out to their Asian Coleslaw which I loved. The cabbage and carrots were neatly shredded into thin slices and the lime dressing was not your typical coleslaw dressing. It offered a refreshing twist which worked extremely well as a contrast to the usual heaviness that mayonnaise gives in regular dressings.

The Crispy Chicken $7.90 was another deep fried item we ordered. Yes, we were on an artery clogging streak. Nonetheless, the boneless chicken thigh was succulent, juicy and crispy and was a nice match with the soft fluffy coconut rice. The sambal belachan definitely hit the right notes with its colour and presentation yet the spiciness did not quite match. This is one for the non spicy fans and a miss for those who appreciate a spicy kick.

Selfish Gene Cafe

Barely a year old, Selfish Gene Cafe has already made quite a name for itself in the Duxton area. Opened by Le Cordon Bleu graduate Gene Mok, this cafe prides itself at serving unpretentious, affordable and definitely tasty food accompanied with a good brew of coffee or tea. After all, as his tagline goes.. ‘Gene is selfish because he will not serve food he would not eat!’

We wandered to this cafe quite by accident because Group Therapy Cafe was closed for the day and my were we glad we made that ‘accident’.

The Smoked Salmon Sandwich was a good portion and size. The focaccia had a well kneaded tough exterior but a complimentary moist and holey middle after biting into it. Though we did away with the cream cheese for this one, the sandwich was still not too dry and definitely refreshing for an afternoon bite! The accompanying mesclun salad with the homemade dressing was delicious. It was tangy, sweet and perfect for those green leaves. This is one homemade recipe I would really like to get my hands on!

The Mushroom Toast was great mix of chopped mushrooms sautéed in a little butter, olive oil, garlic and thyme and topped on a crisp slice of toasted bread. This tasted as pretty as it looked and it definitely left us wanting more after we cleaned this plate up.

Recipe: Turning 13 with Cookies N Cream

So the little boy turned 13 today. First day of being a teen and he specially requested that I bake him a birthday cake. Ironic thing is that he does not even like cake. So I had to rack my brains and come up with something that he would like. What’s the point of baking a birthday cake for someone if he isnt going to eat it right?

I knew he loved cheese and oreos so the initial plan was to make a cookies n cream cheesecake. But we all know how heavy cheesecakes are and if only the 4 of us were going to eat it, I wanted to make something lighter and less ‘jer lak’ for everyone. So I chose a chocolate buttermilk cake as the base with a whipped cookies n cream filling in between.

I used two separate baking pans and so it was going to be a 2 layered cake but seeing that the layers turned out quite thick, I sliced each cake into half and so it became a 4 layered cake instead!