HDB Farming: Growing, Harvesting and Cooking My Own Caixin :D

edible plants to grow in singapore

Harvested some caixin from my HDB community garden plot this evening for my dinner. These are organically grown veggies and need just a quick rinse as I did not use any pesticide. They also taste really good! Farming, for me, has become a daily (almost) meditative practice. I take a walk to the garden, water the plants, remove the weeds and marvel at how some of them are growing really well. Sometimes I find myself touching the leaves like how people ruffle the fur of cute doggies. πŸ˜€

Some Uni undergrads doing research for their projects recently asked me if I would consider this “farming” (or myself a “farmer”) due to the scale of what we are doing. We don’t have acres and acres of land to grow lots of crops, but I do still consider this farming. What else would it be called? I said to them that whether you get 0 or 100 for your exams, you’re still a student, right? So whether my small plot of land is giving me 1 bunch of caixin or 100kg of caixin, it’s still farming. Next question please. πŸ˜›

Though everyone will tell you that caixin is one of the easiest vegetables to try and grow at home or in your garden, no one really expounds on the hard work involved.

First, you have to prepare the ‘land’ / soil. You have to get rid of all the weeds / grass (and they’ll certainly grow back again, faster than any veggie or plant). Then you have to loosen up the soil. Then you sow the seeds. (And you might want to pray that they’ll grow) And you water the plot at least once a day. And you do regular weeding. And don’t forget about the organic fertiliser and/or compost to give your young plants the nutrients they need.

(And yes, sometimes you say a silent prayer of thanks when it rains, and you don’t have to walk all the way to the garden to water the plants)

Often, I feel that I’m watering the land with my very own sweat. I’ll be doing the weeding and perspiring as the sun’s rising higher up in the sky. And I’m squatting till blood circulation to my legs is almost cut off.

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As it’s my first time growing edibles in a garden, I didn’t quite know what to do. The seeds were sown too close to each other, so the plants ended up competing for space and nutrients. Will do better the next time round:

HDB farming

And yes, if you’re eagle-eyed enough to spot the kailan, that’s what will be on the menu next when they’re fully grown. πŸ˜€

And I’m probably considered one of the lucky ones. Some of my neighbors have long bean or tomato plants which even after weeks and months of care, end up not bearing any fruit! Then you basically have to tear everything down, and start all over again. (I’d totally feel like crying)

At the moment, I have caixin, kailan, tomato, mint, ladies finger, and a torenia plant which gives me edible flowers for my homemade desserts. I’m really looking forward to the kailan, which is one of my favorite veggies. Maybe I should grow kale next as it’s really expensive even if you get it at supermarkets.

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For dinner tonight, I steamed a platter of veggies and tofu, and cooked some noodles with an egg. πŸ˜€ I found the caixin especially sweet. πŸ˜€

homegrown caixin

I wish the farmers in Mexico who produced these asparagus would have a chance to taste the caixin I’ve grown. πŸ˜€ From one farmer to another. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Uma Uma Ramen @ Forum The Shopping Mall

Uma Uma Ramen review

I don’t think I’ve ever set foot in Forum the Shopping Mall before. And I wonder why. It’s like an oasis of calm amidst the madness that is Orchard Road. Why we have to spend $1.3mil to rejuvenate Orchard, I have no idea. Just have better decor for all the major celebrations, and bring in newer brands (I’m already sick of malls having all the same brands such as H&M, Uniqlo, etc). As it is, Orchard Road is very busy, prompting my friend to ask yesterday, as we were on our way to Shaw for a preview screening of ‘Book Club’, why there are so many people who don’t have to work. πŸ˜€ I’m sure lots of them are tourists anyway. Also, I didn’t realise there’s a ‘Jamie’s Italian’ restaurant at Forum! It’s on the same level as Uma Uma Ramen too.

Here’s what I found on the web: “Uma Uma is proud to be 100% MSG-free! Established in 1953 in Fukuoka, Japan, Uma Uma serves delicious ramen, made according to a family recipe, with a robust and aromatic tonkotsu stock.”

Also, there was 50% discount when we dined at Uma Uma Ramen with our Eatigo reservation. In the picture you see above, the Uma Uma Ramen cost just $8++ with the discount. And right below is the Bushi Tonkotsu, which was $8.50++.

Uma Uma Ramen promotion

I like that they don’t use MSG in their ramen. In terms of quality, though, I have to say that it pales in comparison with what I’ve eaten in Japan. Not sure if the chef here is Japanese. The char siew is rather tough, the egg looks sad, and the noodle portion’s a little small. And I’m also embarrassed to be complaining when we’ve enjoyed 50% discount. πŸ˜›

Anyhow, I ordered the Mentaiko Tamago ($3.50++) as I knew it would be good just from looking at the description of the dish. It’s served with Japanese mayo, the not-so-secret ingredient that makes everything yummy. <- I have two squeeze bottles of the mayo at home.

Uma Uma Ramen forum the shopping mall

Hot green tea costs just 50cents a cup. They even served us an entire flask of tea, which was great since we could help ourselves to a refill. πŸ˜€

uma uma ramen tea

Service was excellent. The young lady even asked us if we’d enjoyed the meal when we were making payment. Of course I said we did. What else could I have told her? (@_@) Gosh… I miss the ramen in Japan.

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Uma Uma Ramen is located at #01-41/42/43 of Forum The Shopping Mall. Yes, there’s GST and service charge, but with 50% off via Eatigo, I think it’s still worth a visit.

Uma Uma Ramen

Hari Raya Goodies Going At A Big Discount @ FairPrice

Hari Raya Pineapple Tarts

Since the prices for Hari Raya goodies at FairPrice have been significantly lowered, I got a tub of the “Sunflower Pineapple Tart” from Style Food. The label says they are “handmade cookies” from Malacca, and the best pineapple tarts I’ve ever eaten are from Malacca so I thought I’ll try these. At S$3 for a 500g tub of maybe 32(?) pineapple tarts, it’s pretty cheap, considering the fact that they’ll last all the way till 30 June 2019! Actually, they can still sell these during Chinese New Year. Just change the “Hari Raya” sticker on top to a “Happy Chinese New Year” one. πŸ˜€

Sunflower Pineapple Tart

They taste rather tart – I’m not sure if the sourness is from too much citric acid. I prefer pineapple tarts which are a little sweeter. Wait, scratch that. I love pineapple tarts that are very sweet. πŸ˜€ If I’m already eating something that calorie-rich thanks to the flour, butter and sugar, it might as well be appealing to my sweet tooth. πŸ˜›

I need to find that namecard of the awesome pineapple tart manufacturer in Malacca. Those tarts are seriously the best I’ve ever tasted. Will post the details here when I find that elusive card. πŸ˜€

Why Buka Puasa At Gokako (Paradigm Mall) Is A Great Idea

Paradigm Mall jb food

I’ve never really been inclined to dine at Gokako despite walking past the restaurant a couple of times while at Paradigm Mall, but my adventurous dining companion has always been insistent about trying the food here. The banners outside feature sliders in three colors, and I’m not a big fan of burger buns in colors like bright red, yellow or green, so I haven’t been drawn to this place. But he wanted to try the food here so (perhaps reluctantly on my part) yesterday, we sat down for a meal at Gokako, and I realised what a gem of a makan place we would have missed out on if I had stubbornly decided to eat elsewhere. πŸ˜€ The Ramadan dinner special (see image below) is really good value for money. Most importantly, the food is delicious.

For just RM39.90 NETT (which is probably around 14 or 15 SGD), this meal for two is really filling…

Gokako Paradigm Mall Menu

I totally approve of the nasi lemak pasta. You know how McD’s nasi lemak burger is either a hit or a miss, right? This nasi lemak pasta is definitely a HIT. We had the ‘curry’ version of the chicken and I have to say the curry paste is really thick – that spice hits you right away. Maybe we’ll try the ‘original’ version next time.

Paradigm Mall food

The Zicaza pizza doesn’t look like much but, boy, is it tasty! It has a super-thin crust, you don’t see much in terms of pizza toppings (save for the spring onion) but the flavors are pretty complex. It’s like a mixture of both sweet and savory at the same time, and if you eat this while watching football on TV, you’ll probably finish the entire pizza in no time at all.

gokako paradigm mall review

But my favorite dish has to be the quail. Maybe because we don’t usually eat quail at home or when dining out. πŸ˜€ The entire bird is roasted to perfection. Because it’s much smaller than chicken, it’d probably be easy to overcook the bird. But this one managed to remain succulent. My only complaint would be that one bird isn’t enough! Two of these yummy roasted quails, please! πŸ˜€ Also, I love the plates. I need to get some of these cheery-looking plates.

Paradigm Mall jb food

The staff were kept super busy as the crowd descended on Gokako when it was time to break fast. When we arrived after 8pm, many diners had left but the tables had not been cleared yet.

gokako paradigm mall

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You should definitely pop by before this Ramadan special ends tomorrow! πŸ˜€

Gokako is located at Level 4 of Paradigm Mall, Lot 4F-49.

Tel: 07 – 2323114

$30 Lunch For 3: Arteastiq At Plaza Singapura

Me, 6 years ago, at Arteastiq Mandarin Gallery. How time flies!

About 6 years ago, my photographer pal and I interviewed the boss of Arteastiq at Mandarin Gallery. Today, together with my pal and his mother, I had lunch at Arteastiq at Plaza Singapura. It was pretty awesome scrolling through the blogpost published 6 years ago and looking at the pictures and being thankful that this friendship’s still going strong. πŸ˜€

Also, our lunch for 3 cost just under S$30! πŸ˜€ Here’s why…

To get more bang for your buck, simply head to Shopback and click through to Eatigo. Going through Shopback first means you get $1.50 for every Eatigo booking you make. And making an Eatigo booking can get you (up to) 50% off your meal, depending on the timeslot that you select. Furthermore, Eatigo often has promo codes you can use to get shopping vouchers, for instance, use SHOP25 for 4 reservations by the 30th of June (yes, you have to attend them all) and you get a $25 CapitaVoucher! Who will bother with cooking at home? Certainly not me. πŸ˜€

LOVE the decor. After all, the boss used to run a furniture shop!

Arteastiq Plaza Singapura review

We had Cod Fish and Chips (usual price: $18++). I love the waffle fries but I love the fish even more. It’s crispy on the outside and firm and well cooked through within. Both go so well with the dip.

arteastiq plaza singapura

We also had the Squid Ink Spaghetti (usual price: S$16++). It comes with 3 scallops – just nice for sharing among the three of us. The spaghetti itself is pretty ordinary. Do not order this dish on a first date though. Your teeth and lips will be stained black because of the squid ink. As it’s not the first time I’m dining with my pal and his mother, we had no trouble laughing at ourselves. πŸ˜€

arteastiq promotion

Finally, we had the Chicken Lasagna (usual price S$18). The pictures in the menu are gorgeous. And my pal’s mother and I had both picked this same dish. Haha! Thankfully, we decided not to order 2 plates of the same item, so there’s greater variety. And it’s probably the dish I liked the least after trying the other two.

arteastiq menu

It’s a pity this place doesn’t serve complimentary water. There’s bottled water only – still or sparkling. But I really cannot complain as the 50% discount via Eatigo makes this meal good value for money! πŸ™‚ Also, I got my $3 Boost juice downstairs. πŸ˜‰

Arteastiq is located at #03-70 of Plaza Singapura (new wing).Β 

Tel: 6336 0952

Green Signature: Vegetarian Food At Waterway Point

Green Signature Waterway Point

Green Signature is one of Waterway Point’s new additions and I had lunch there today. I was feeling a bit sad that Zakka Thai has been replaced by Green Signature. But I perked up at the sight of the S$1 Claypot Rice with Chicken in Gong Bao Sauce. S$1? Where can you find $1 Claypot Rice in Singapore?! What’s the catch? Well, you have to buy a drink, and I did. Their Homemade Barley drink costs $2.30++. Take a good look at the poster and you’ll see a claypot dish brimming with “chicken”, veggies and mushroom, and you can see almost no rice. That’s the Expectation. And now… here is reality:

Waterway Point Green Signature review

What went through my mind when the server put the dish in front of me was “erm, so much rice, and just half of the ingredients shown in the poster?” Looks nothing like what’s advertised. But for $1, you really cannot complain, ya? As for the barley drink, it was incredibly diluted. Basically, it’s water that looks like it could be a barley beverage.

I actually found the taste of the food decent. The seasoning’s done just right so it’s not too salty. The rice even had that burnt/charred smell and taste – I know some people love it.The claypot keeps the dish steaming hot throughout the meal so if you’re a slow eater, this will ensure the food doesn’t get cold before you’re done. However, be very careful. I nearly got myself scalded when the back of my hand accidentally brushed against the claypot. It’s SUPER hot. If you’re dining with young children, make sure you keep the claypot out of their reach otherwise you’ll have howling and wailing kids in no time!

I didn’t finish the rice as it’s pretty charred at the bottom:

Green Signature vegetarian food at Waterway Point

For a total of just S$3.90, it was a so-so meal. Would I be back again soon? Maybe. I’ll give the other dishes a try. This place is opened by the AONE Group. You’ve probably tried their porridge elsewhere before. πŸ˜‰ Very smart of them to take over this outlet that used to house Zakka Thai. They’ve kept the furniture and the kitchen looks similar. Probably didn’t have to spend very much on renovation.

That said, sit as close to the entrance as possible. The further into the shop you get, the more cramped the seating space is. πŸ˜‰

Green Signature is located at #01-29 of Waterway Point. Tel: 6242 3919.

Artbox vs Geylang Serai Bazaar: Which To Spend Your Time + Money At

Artbox Singapore 2018

I visited both Artbox Singapore 2018 and the Geylang Serai bazaar with friends yesterday, and I’ve come to the conclusion that you only have to visit one of these ‘mega’ bazaars as there are a number of vendors which set up shop at both of these events. How do you decide which one to go for then? Well, that’s what this blogpost is for…

Artbox Singapore

At Artbox, there’s now a lot more space between the rows of stalls and at the event venue, as you can see in the pictures above. And while you have the usual stalls selling mango sticky rice, dragon’s breath snack (below), 555 Thai Milk Tea, plants, apparel, accessories, etc, there are interesting ones such as the 24K Mao Shan Wang Premium Ice Cream (which I didn’t try). *You’ll find Dragon’s Breath at Geylang Serai too – I’m surprised the novelty hasn’t worn off yet.

Dragon's Breath Artbox Singapore

Grab a FREE balloon art sculpture at the StageMetro booth or play the fun + easy games at the SUNPLAY booth and receive 6g tubes of sunblock. While most of the stallholders pay rent at Artbox (I’ve heard it’s $1,000 for 3 days though I did not verify this with the organizers), the ones which are social enterprises got their booths rent-free, so they can offer bigger discounts.

Here’s my pal Steven in a photo with Lydia from The Clay Day:

The Clay Day Artbox Singapore 2018

I bought a pair of earrings and a funky ring from this booth, as this social enterprise helps the underprivileged in Cambodia. I’ll show you the items in another post. πŸ™‚ I also bought some flavored banana chips (think BBQ and Wasabi) from another booth (not a social enterprise though).

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To get to Artbox, take the train to Bayfront station and head out of Exit E. Artbox is just a short (probably 1 minute) walk away.

25 – 27 MAY 2018 | 01 – 03 JUNE 2018
3PM TO 11PM | FRI – SUN

*Expect rain, so bring your umbrella or a raincoat. Good for families – young children, persons with limited mobility, etc.

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And now we move on to the Geylang Serai Bazaar, where it is full of people once the sun sets and our Muslim friends break their fast.

It’s ‘people mountain people sea’ but there’s shelter from the rain:

Geylang Serai Bazaar 2018

When you’re collapsing from hunger and the humidity, it might not be a wise idea to join one of the queues. It’s difficult to get a seat even if you’ve successfully purchased some food. So unless you fancy standing around and wolfing down your meal, I’d suggest you do what we did and drop by the Haig Road Market and Hawker Centre.

We hadΒ ε˜Ÿε˜Ÿη³• / Kueh Tutu / Putu Piring:

Putu Piring

[ Haig Road Putu Piring ($2.50 for a packet of 5) and Indian Rojak from Haig Rojak Centre ($4.40) ]

Haig Rojak Centre

As the prices of the individual ingredients aren’t listed, I kept asking the Indian stallholder how much the items I’m taking cost. And his constant reply was “Just take, just take”. But I’m not making the same mistake we’ve made elsewhere. If you “just take” whatever you fancy, you might find that you’ll suddenly have a large bill for items which really don’t cost very much. Based on the prices I managed to get out from him, for 3 small potatoes and one prawn fritter, I did a mental calculation that it would be $4 but he said it’ll be $4.40. I can live with that so I said ok. πŸ˜€ (He’d asked me to get the cuttlefish, but no thanks, that’s usually one of the pricey items which I don’t actually enjoy eating anyway) The sauce that accompanies the rojak was delicious, though!

Heard some squawks and found the famous Parrot Man seated at a table close to us:

Parrot Man

I’ve actually seen this guy on a motorbike before. His 3-wheeler bike has a number of motorcycle ‘boxes’ – not sure what he carries around with him. If you have some compassion for the guy, buy the tissue paper he’s selling. Don’t have to buy his story about raising funds for Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s cancer research though.

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To get to the Geylang Serai Bazaar, take the train to Paya Lebar MRT station and once you exit the station, instead of taking a left towards SingPost Centre, go towards your right (just follow the crowd) and you’ll get to the start of the bazaar. There’s an Uncle Ringo carnival there too!

*Bring an empty stomach as there’s lots to eat. If you have young kids, just hang around the Uncle Ringo area, as other parts may get insanely crowded. I noticed at least 2 wheelchair users struggling to get through the crowd. Keep an eye on your valuables too!

Nam Kee Pau’s Amy Yip Pau (葉子ζ₯£ε€§εŒ…)

Nam Kee Pau

I don’t think the cash register at Nam Kee Pau (at Waterway Point) has stopped ringing since they first opened for business. These days, I have to queue for a good 10 to 15 minutes if I want to purchase one of their pau for breakfast. Today’s no different though we did get the Amy Yip pau instead of the regular-sized Big Pau or char siew pau. The monster-sized Amy Yip pau costs S$4 and they’ll put it in a box for you, instead of the usual plastic bags.

We did wonder why it says “malaysia Boleh!” on the box. Turns out Fei Siong Group (which runs Nam Kee Pau) also has 12 other F&B brands that it’s managing – from Encik Tan to London Duck (which I suppose is not to be confused with my favorite London Fat Duck which is under the Akashi Group). Malaysia Boleh is located on the 3rd floor of Jurong Point 2. It is a foodcourt featuring Malaysian street hawker fare. I guess Nam Kee Pau simply uses their food boxes as they are all under the same management anyway.

Nam Kee Pau - Malaysia Boleh box

Truth be told, I think the Big Pau ($1.80) gets my vote. It’s just the right size (hur hur) versus the massive Amy Yip pau. I don’t really know who Amy Yip is so I speculated that this pau, modeled after her substantial cleavage (so I’ve heard), must mean she’s a double D at least? Googled her and found she has a H cup.Β ‘H’ probably stands for “How is this possible”?

I think Nam Kee Pau makes really good pau. I like their Big Pau and Char Siew Pau. Though the Amy Yip one is way too big, it’s moist and the filling is tasty. It’ll just put you into a food coma straightaway.

3 Cheap Snacks That Will Satisfy Mid-day Cravings

I’m finding it terribly difficult to work when the weather’s really hot, especially when it was around 32Β degrees Celsius at noon. To fight the lethargy, I find myself munching on some of the snacks we’ve bought recently: the OREO soft cake, Tong Garden’s wasabi peas and Lotte’s Double Dip snack. Let me know if you’ve tried these, and whether you like them:

OREO Soft Cake

OREO soft cake

You can get a whole box of the OREO soft cake at ValuDollar stores, and one box costs around $1.65 or so. I’ve noticed it got sold out a couple of times at the ValuDollar store in Waterway Point. It’s OREO like you’ve never experienced it before. It’s so soft that it just melts away on your tongue, giving you an instant sugar rush. Resist the temptation to eat more than 1 at a time, though, for obvious health reasons. πŸ˜‰

Tong Garden Wasabi Coated Green Peas

Tong Garden Wasabi Coated Green Peas

On a whim, I decided to get these Tong Garden Wasabi Coated Green Peas while shopping in JB. I thought the flavor would be mild but these actually pack a punch. After a handful of peas, my nose begins to run and I start tearing up. πŸ˜€ It’s a snack you won’t have to worry about eating too much of (and getting fat) because it has so much heat; you’ll be crying before you can finish it all. πŸ˜€ Get them at FairPrice for $1.75.

In unrelated news, the siblings running the business are back in court. The late Mr Ong, who founded the Tong Garden business, had 10 children and they seem to be taking turns to squabble over shares and how the company is run. Makes me wonder if having so many kids is a good thing.

Lotte Pepero Day Double Dip Gift Pack

Lotte Pepero Day Double Dip Gift Pack

There are two flavors: Yoghurt and Cafe Latte. I’m not a fan of coffee so obviously the yoghurt flavoured ones are my pick. Just $7.90 for a set of 4 from the Korean mart at Marina Square. Psst, there might be a 1-for-1 promo going on right now.

Omakase Dinner At Birders ι³₯δΊΊ: A Gastronomic Adventure Awaits

Birders Degustation Dinner Menu

If you don’t already know, Keong Saik Road was ranked 4th in Lonely Planet’s top 10 Asian travel destinations for 2017. But what do you eat there for dinner, apart from the pricey hor fun that I’ve reviewed previously? At the very instagrammable Hotel 1929, you can have an omakase dinner atΒ Birders (ι³₯δΊΊ), which I enjoyed together with my pal recently. We were not too surprised to find that it was a full house on a weekday because Birders has received extensive media coverage thanks to its creative menu and that undisputed celebrity factor: it’s co-owned by actor Adam Chen.

*Their newΒ Degustation Dinner Menu requires advance booking of a minimum of 2 days.

Birders Keong Saik

The 8-course omakase Degustation Dinner provided a rollercoaster ride of flavors that showed just how much thought had gone into crafting this entire dining experience. Besides wowing with attentive service, I think it’ll be difficult to leave this place and not tell a friend about what was served up during dinner. You’ll see why in just a minute…

Birders Sashimi Moriawase

First up was theΒ Sashimi Moriawase. It’s a delightful and aesthetically pleasing platter of salmon, swordfish and yellowtail sashimi, together with amaebi (sweet shrimp) and ikura. The beautiful plating and fresh seafood certainly heightened our anticipation (and expectation) regarding the next 7 courses.

After sashimi, which most people are familiar with, the next course is for the adventurous foodie. It’s called “Liver Mousse 2 Ways“. There’s chicken liver mousse and even liver chawanmushi.

Birders Liver Mousse 2 Ways

Paired with the yuzu marmalade, the chicken liver mousse actually becomes quite enjoyable. It’s also served up in what looks like a cute little sardine can. Spread the mousse generously onto the brioche sticks and savor the surprise it brings. The liver chawanmushi will make you wonder what sort of creative genius would come up with an item like that. And the person who came up with this menu is *drum roll* none other than actor Adam Chen!

We certainly seized the ‘photo op’ with a celebrity – this is just one of many pictures πŸ˜€

Adam Chen Birders

From left: Adam Chen, our new friend Felix, yours truly, and Bosco Lim who took all the pictures for this blogpost πŸ™‚

Birders French Onion Soup

Next, we had the savory French Onion Soup, which we found a tad too salty. But I’ve been told this item is not a permanent feature in the menu so you may get some other dish or soup when you dine here. It’s omakase after all.

If you haven’t already guessed, the next dish will be one that’s out of the ordinary. And it’s the “Birders Beef Katsu Sando“. According to Adam, beef katsu is quite the rage in Japan now and one of Adam’s friends has a business selling $120 Beef Katsu sandwiches. *gulp* Thankfully, prices at Birders are much more affordable, and this Beef Katsu Sando is truly delicious.

Birders Beef Katsu Sando

Although the beef looks almost raw, this sandwich is undeniably one of the best I’ve ever eaten. It’s also paired withΒ lotus root chips which are very addictive even though they don’t come with copious amounts of salt. Birders should start selling these chips as the healthy alternative to salted egg chips. I’d certainly purchase a few packs.

After the high from eating a mouth-watering sandwich, it’s back to the familiar with Ribeye Steak (about 70grams worth). And it comes with brussel sprouts (one of my favorite veggies), nagaimo (mountain yam) and mushrooms.

Birders Ribeye Steak

I found the brussel sprouts a little dry. And the ribeye could do with a bit more seasoning though I have to say that this cooking method retains the juices well. The slightly taller chunks of Nagaimo (mountain yam or chinese yam) prevent the dish from looking too flat in pictures, but it doesn’t taste like much despite being packed with vitamins and minerals.

Then there’s what we’ve been waiting for: the Yakitori Platter. I’d initially thought Birders was famous just for yakitori and sake. So the other dishes really came as a surprise.

Birders Yakitori Platter

On this platter, we had thigh, tail, tsukune (chicken meatball), heart, ginnan (ginkgo nuts), and tomatoes. I’m not a fan of the ginkgo though the chicken skewers are really good. After all, this place is called ‘Birders’. I like how just about every part of the chicken is used in the food. And, of course, with the onsen egg, which coats everything with that golden goodness, it’s certainly a treat.

I think the skewers are best enjoyed with some sake. And it’s a bonus that the sake comes in really cute 180ml glass bottles. I even took the bottles home! πŸ˜€ Of course, you can enjoy some wine, whiskey or any of the other alcoholic beverages at Birders.

Birders Restaurant sake

In all honesty, I was surprised by this next dish: Mentaiko Chazuke. It’s a very comforting dish, no doubt, yet I was already bursting at the seams from the 6 courses preceding this dish and you serve me RICE?! πŸ˜€

Birders Mentaiko Chazuke

As usual, there’s dashi broth and tea, with mentaiko and other toppings. Diners with bigger appetites will certainly appreciate this dish (you won’t walk out of Birders still feeling peckish after the 8-course dinner, for sure). Ladies who are feeling full already, just surrender the dish and let the gentlemen have it. πŸ˜€

However, for some strange reason, I always have space in my tummy for dessert. And how important that is! Dessert makes or breaks a meal. And Birders serves delicious MatchaΒ CrΓ¨me brΓ»lΓ©e. It’s made in-house so you definitely have to give it a try. Also, it’s so pretty – a riot of color – and reminds me of the first dish featuring sashimi. And we’ve now come full circle and can head home with happy bellies.

Birders Matcha Creme Brulee

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Birders is located at 50 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089154. Tel:
8748 4585.

*To book the S$68++ Degustation Dinner, send a message to the number listed above.

 

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Head over to my facebook page to take part in my giveaway. You stand to win a $50 voucher to dine at Birders. πŸ˜€