Friday, February 27, 2015

6 course meal at Sufood (舒果) - Raffles City Shopping Centre

Very often I had the impression that vegetarian is not appealing, appetizing and filling. However, I changed my mind after dining at Sufood (舒果). Launched in Singapore since May 2014, Sufood is the first meat-free concept restaurant under WOWPRIME Group (largest F&B operator in Taiwan).  The Italian-inspired restaurant cuisine adds flavour to its creative cuisine by emphasizing on the quality of the ingredients and their cooking techniques.

To start of, I love the atmosphere of the restaurant. Brightly lit with comfortable and cozy seating. Since it was my first visit, the staff explained how to place the orders. I was thrilled to see a range of selection on the menu. It seems as if I will be sitting for a "six course lunch" with my colleagues. Let's Begin!

Starter - The SUFOOD Appetizer

A delicate trio of poached Japanese Yuca root drizzled with a blueberry coulis, a stack of oriental white water snowflake greens and a savoury cheery tomato jelly. Beautifully presented which was visually pleasing to the eyes. As each appetizer is bite-sized, I could not bear stuffing them all in at one go. You have to savour them delicately to enjoy its taste.

Cider - SUFOOD Signature Cider

I was kind of skeptical when the fruit vinegar was served. I'm not a big fan but it tasted pretty nice after all. Smooth and not too sour. I ended up having a few more shots to cleanse the palate before the main dish.

Bread - Rosemary Breadsticks (Mustard dip)

Freshly baked, home-made rosemary-infused breadsticks with sweet mustard dip. Personally, I thought it would be great if they were served slightly warmer and crispier. 

Salads - Mushroom Salad

I love mushrooms in the salad! Served with Button and Shitake mushrooms with steamed broccoli and sliced cheery tomatoes glazed in a vinegar dressing, this salad dish is deliciously refreshing.

Salads - Summer Salad

While I applaud for its colourful display, Summer salad did not excite me with only a bite-size chunk of sweet potato, celery, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper and a few sticks of carrots and celery on the plate.

Soups - Root Soup

After a series of 'cold' dish, it's time to drink some warm soup! Root Soup is my top pick as I always enjoy the lotus root. Stewed in a light vegetable broth, it was sweet and yet not too over-whelming for my taste bud.

Soups - Cream of Pumpkin Soup

My colleague ordered the rich and creamy pureed pumpkin soup. Love how creative this soup is presented. A touch of green peas within the pumpkin.

Mains - Star Pizza

Sufood has 12 main items on its menu and we were spoil with choices. I picked the golden star-shaped pizza for my main dish. Filled with oyster mushrooms, cream cheese, mustard sauce and topped with salted seaweed, my tummy was satisfactory filled. Taking a bite on the pizza excites me as the cream cheese was tucked within the edge of the folded crust! The flavour of the oyster mushrooms were further enhanced with the cheese and mustard sauce. Portion was generous and you can understand why I am completely filled with the entire star in my tummy.

Oh! Did I mention gloves were provided for dishes that you need to use your hands to eat with? How sweet and thoughtful of Sufood.

Other main items that my colleagues ordered. Every dish is pleasantly displayed with no mock meat. 

Mains - Potato Crisp Pizza

Classic "Four Cheese" pizza baked with smoked cheese, mozzarella cheese, fetta cheese and cream cheese. Garnished with tomatoes, spinach and fried potato shreds.

Mains - Vegetable Pita Pocket

Mushroom, pepper and broccoli baked in a zesty Arrabbiata jalapeno sauce, served with toasted pita bread pockets.

Mains - Wild Mushroom Charcoal Tagliatelle

King Oyster mushrooms sauteed in a light olive oil and homemade dressing on a bed of fragrant charcoal tagliatelle.

Mains - Primavera Spaghetti

A fine selection of baby corns, tomatoes and lady fingers sauteed with Hon-shimeji and fresh basil

Drinks & desserts. There are a couple of hot and cold drink selection you can pick from to go with your dessert. For now, let's look at the dessert.

Desserts - Vanilla Ice Cream with Hot Chocolate

This is a fun dessert as my colleague coat their Vanilla Ice Cream with the warm, dark chocolate fudge sauce. After some time, the warm chocolate hardened and you can scoop it up and take a bite. The ice-cream doesn't melt as quickly hence you can make more chocolate coats. ^_^ 

Waiting for the chocolate to set

Desserts - Osmanthus Flower Jelly

This reminds me of the dessert I had in Tim Ho Wan (Hong Kong). Not sure if it taste the same though. A light serving of sweet maple syrup jelly infused with fragrant Osmanthus flowers.

Desserts -  Banana Cheesecake

My pick for dessert - Banana cheesecake drizzled with blueberry sauce, accompanied with chocolate wafer roll. No wow factor but still decent.

For $29.80++ per pax, we had a delightful 6 course meal. Nothing that I have ever imagine nor did I thought that a vegetarian meal can be so exciting in taste and flavour. For the ladies, it seems like a very healthy meal that you do not have to worry about putting on weight.

Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road, #02-19, Singapore 179103

Monday, February 23, 2015

TNP - Joint effort to keep our environment clean

Daddy and the children were featured in The New Paper

The article was about littering and how we can do our part to keep our estate clean. Although Singapore is well known to be a clean and green country, we are still far from being a truly clean city with the presence of many litter bugs around. 

When we moved in 2 years ago, our letter box area has always been an eye sore. Hubby has been picking up the pamphlets all these times and Gladys gradually learn to help them up as well. She was Primary 1 then....  

After 2 years, Hubby continued to do his part whenever he collects our letters from the letter box. I'm proud that our kiddos do not mind bending down and getting their hands dirty to dispose the litters in the bin. 
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It may be an individual effort that may seem insignificant but the children look up to their father as a good role model.  

We can do our little part to make Singapore a truly clean and green country.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Double Celebration @ River Hongbao 2015

Our annual tradition - taking an evening walk at River Hongbao after our reunion dinner. Apart from welcoming the Lunar New Year, this year, the lantern display has an extra special meaning as we celebrate Singapore's 50 years of independence,  

Standing in front of the majestic main entrance arch feels like we are about to go back in time. It's Show Time! 

Beautiful peacocks lay down their feathers spreading joy and happiness.

Fortune God is a must see at every River Hongbao. Be awed by the 18 metre tall God of Fortune to bring you wealth and luck.

Festive lanterns to welcome the Year of the Goat. 

Birds spreading their wings on top of the light changing giant pine tree. 

This is one of my favourite - Some of the heritage playgrounds have been demolished hence it is heartening to see them in lantern form. Children can also take the opportunity to slide on the elephant playground.

Check out the giant mural wall to celebrate SG50 : Singapore - our homeland 

Another main highlight at River Hongbao - 12 Zodiac lantern display. This area always attract the crowd for photo shoots with their Zodiac and also to check the fortune and luck for the new year.

The star performance for River Hongbao 2015 has to be the Tightrope Walking Act by Adili Wuxor and Abulaiti-Maijun from Xinjiang's acrobatic troupe. The Guinness World Record Holders will be performing stunts as they walk across The FLoat @ Marina Bay! A breathtaking performance not to be missed!

Standby some coins if you wish to hit the bells hanging on the Wishing Well. 

Can you tell what is the scene of this lantern display? Take a closer look and you will see the old Singapore River.

River Hongbao will have performances and celebration during the Lunar New Year period. From now till 28 February, do drop by The Float @ Marina Bay and check out the largest lantern display ever. :)

Wishing all a Prosperous Year of the Goat!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Nasi Lemak Bungkus with Bottled Ice White Coffee @ Red House (红屋茶餐室)

Tan Hiok Nee Cultural Street - Apart from its rich culture and unique architecture, you can also find good food along the streets. Whenever we travel to Johor Bahru, this seems to be a place that always attract us to return - a taste of traditional breakfast at Kim Wah, join the long queue for Hiap Joo's banana cakes or reminisce about the best chicken chop at IT Roo.

Taking a walk along the cobblestone road and we found ourselves back at the Red House. Our previous dining experience there has been extremely rewarding as we were mesmerized by their Nasi Uduk.  This time, we decided to go for their Special Bottle White Coffee with Ice (rm7.90).

Our family is not a coffee fanatic but I love the idea of having my White Coffee icy cold even after 15 minutes! How is this possible? The bottom layer of the bottle has a layer of frozen ice which helps to keep our drink cooling even after a long time. A sip of the white coffee after our meal remains sweet, smoothing and chilling. :)

Our tummies were pretty filled but we thought a packet of Nasi Lemak wouldn't harm. :) "Bungkus" in Malay means "pack" or "wrap" - In the mornings, you will find packets of pre-packed nasi lemak on the tables. Diners can take a packet (while stock last) and sit down to have their meal.

Each serving of the Nasi Lemak Bungkus contains fragrant rice topped with sambal, a sprinkling of ikan bilis and a small fish. The only slight difference this packet has as compared to the ones I have back home is the sambal. It tasted much spicier which made me gulp down my icy white coffee almost instantly. Not able to take hot stuff pretty well, Hubby took the pleasure to finish up the nasi lemak.

Red House 红屋茶餐室
Address: 56, Jln Tan Hiok Nee, 80000, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
GPS: 1.455955, 103.763229

Monday, February 9, 2015

Doodling - Lunar New Year

Counting down to Lunar New Year and I'm doodling again to welcome the Spring festival! :) Really enjoy filling up the white paper with items that represent Chinese New Year. 

Wishing everyone a Happy & Prosperous Lunar New Year!

三羊开泰, 四季平安

福星高照. 喜气盈

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dim Sum @ Restoran Yoong Lei (古来云来包点) (Mount Austin)

When we travel to Johor Bahru, Dim Sum is one of our favourite pick. Why? It is more economical and everyone gets to pick what they like to eat! They are serve in smaller portion which is a great way to share among families and friends.

Seeing the big signage - Yoong Lei Restoran (古来云来包点) prompted us to walk in and go for our second round of indulgence despite having our lunch earlier.

I love the way the trays of assorted dim sum were neatly laid out on the counter top. We can pick the ones that we like and pass it to the staff to steam.

Steaming station - where all the trays of dim sum will be warmed up.

As we had our lunch, we only order a few to try. Here's our pick. 

Lotus leaf rice - not the best that I have tasted. Felt the chicken was a little stiff but the glutinous rice was fragrant.

Lo Mai Gai (Glutinous rice with chicken) - one of my favourite dim sum as it fills my tummy and I always enjoy the aftertaste, sweetness and aroma that lingers around. My ideal glutinous rice will have to be one with tender chicken coupled with soft, sticky and sweet fragrant rice. Yoong Lei's glutinous rice pretty much fits the bill.

Two char siew bao for all to share. Since it was just out from the steamer, the skin was soft and the filling was meaty and juicy.

Other assorted dim sum

If you do not fancy the dim sum items at the counter, you may wish to check out their menu which offers assorted baos, dessert, fried items as well as their specialty, like porridge, nasi lemak, yam cake and more.

The children love the kampung half boiled eggs

Hong Kong style Chee Cheong Fun - smooth and silky rice sheet dipped in soy sauce that melts in my mouth. 

Yoong Lei offers a wide variety of tasty dim sum selection at an economical price. Apart from the traditional ones, you can also find new creations. A great place to enjoy your dim sum spread with your kakis if you are in Mount Austin.

Restoran Yoong Lei (古来云来包点)
Address: Jalan Mutiara Emas 9/3, Taman Mount Austin, 81100, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.546204, 103.787269