We are experiencing a hot dry spell in Singapore. The sun seems brighter than normal and the dry heat is scorching. Almost like summer in Spain. The weather inspired us to search for Mediterranean food in Singapore. These days we have quite a bit of Greek and Spanish restaurant choices and we know of only one Portuguese restaurant. We ended up at the Tapas Club in Orchard Central. We have been there before but their weekday 1 for 1 tapas deal was irresistible. Unfortunately, we were told that this arrangement would end soon (I think they said 16 Mar 2018), so please call ahead if you are thinking of going. There could be other weekday offers in the pipeline.
Creamier Tiong Bahru is a new outlet of Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream and Coffee. It fits in nicely in the bohemian estate of Tiong Bahru. Opened a few months ago without fanfare, the unpretentious ice cream parlour and cafe occupies an unassuming spot in Yong Siak Street. It has a low key frontage and with only a small signage on its plain white wall. Those in the know head to Creamier Tiong Bahru to enjoy its freshly made ice cream and excellent waffle – and it would seem that they are many people in the know.
Long Chim Singapore by David Thompson is a rather unique and interesting dining option in Marina Bay Sands (MBS). The publicity material says “Long Chim, which means ‘Come and Taste’ brings to Singapore the finest renditions of Thai street food articulated by renowned Celebrity Chef David Thompson… evoking the mouthwatering roadside eateries and vibrant street markets of Bangkok”. We are not in a position to say if the food at Long Chim is indeed the finest rendition of Thai street food but the place certainly has the colours and carnival like atmosphere of Bangkok’s street markets.
This was the question on our minds when we passed by a few Din Tai Fung Taipei outlets during our visit to the Taiwan capital. The amazing thing is that they enjoy what appears to be unending demand for their famous dumplings – xiao long bao. Every branch had queues outside. Do they taste better in their home base? Our curiosity to try these dumplings in the motherland was strong. But why would we want to wait in line in Taiwan when we are reluctant to do it in Singapore (where we have all the time in the world). In the end curiosity won. We joined the queue at the Din Tai Fung Taipei outlet at the basement of shopping mall Shin Kong Mitsukoshi A4 branch.
We googled “best beef noodles in Taipei” and Yong Kang Beef Noodles (永康牛肉麺) was one of the names that often appears. On TripAdvisor, they are rated #96 of 12,000 restaurants in Taipei. It was an easy decision to pay them a visit as they are centrally located in Taipei City, just a short walk from the Dongmen MRT station. There were no surprises at Yong Kang Beef Noodles Taipei, but we were pleasantly surprised by how interesting this area around Yong Kang Street is. It is an area filled with good food places. We will show you some pictures are the end of our story on Yong Kang Beef Noodles.
Auntie’s Wok & Steam is said to be “an ode to Singapore’s tze char food culture”. Like looking for a hard to find street side tze char stall of old, we walk along a narrow alley to locate Auntie’s Wok and Steam in Alley on 25 Andaz Hotel. The alley is, however, a spiffy one and Auntie’s Wok & Steam is a very nice contemporary Chinese dining space.