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Best Things I have eaten in Singapore

17 Jun

All the 5/5 dishes I would return for, dishes I could not think of how to improve without changing some essential characteristic, listed under PERFECTION. HONORABLE MENTIONS indicate dishes I liked very much. Will be constantly updated.

Underlined entries are those recently updated.

Singapore

PERFECTION:

  1. Andre (2011) – “Salt” Oyster seaweed & Sea Grapes + Granny Smith Foam (French black label(sic) oyster)
  2. Andre (2011) – amuse-bouche: Fish & Chips in Garlic Chocolate Soil
  3. Andre (2011) – dessert: White Chocolate Popcorn with Surprise
  4. Bacchanalia (2013) – Foie Gras satay – sous vide foie gras, with an incredible creamy texture. Excellent with the peanut sauce.
  5. Bacchanalia (2013) – Avocado & Lime – black Hokkaido sugar coated on a cored-out avocado, had a fantastic contrast with lime sorbet.
  6. Beancurd City (2013) – tau huay.
  7. Hai Tien Lo (2011) – yu sheng.
  8. Imperial Treasure Marina Bay Sands (2013) – mushroom dumpling (dim sum)
  9. Keystone (2012) – Black Charcoal Bread.
  10. Por Kee Eating House (2012) – Champagne Pork Ribs
  11. Xu Jun Sheng (Joo Chiat Rd) (2013) – ngor hiang
  12. Yue Lai Xiang Cheng Tng (Bedok Corner Food Centre) – cheng tng.
  13. ***home cooking (aunt) – popiah
  14. ***home cooking (dad) – char siew (moist honey-style)

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Ampang Niang Tou Fu (East Coast) – yong tau foo (tofu assortment)
  • Andre (2011) – “Pure”. 8 Tomato salad. (puree/pineapple/licorice) – Excellent and complex combination of tastes.
  • Andre (2011) – “Texture” Black rice crackers with cauliflower cream and finely diced squid, with peas. Squid cunningly disguised as risotto. 
  • Bacchanalia (2013) – Mushroom fantasia. 
  • Bacchanalia (2013) – Duck Confit (spinach wrapped confit duck, served with cucumber & corn dashi.) I asked the server, why did you use cucumber and corn as a dashi broth served in a teacup to be drunk when eating the confit duck? Cucumber gives the refreshing taste; corn has glutamate, which reinforces the hoisin sauce.
  • Bacchanalia (2013) – Cod Brandade – Slow cooked cod, which gave it a translucent texture that was incredibly delicate. I had never tasted such a texture for cod before; accompanying asparagus was very tender; almond sauce delectable.
  • Bedok Block 216 – Vegetarian beehoon, but with half beehoon and half mee (fried malay egg noodles). ask for “beehoon-mee tsan”
  • Le Chasseur (2012) – Roasted Pork Knuckle
  • Le Chasseur (2012) – ngor hiang
  • Din Tai Fung (2012) – xiaolongbao (Chinese soup dumpling). Din Tai Fung makes the most technical excellent xiaolongbao skins. They never stick to the pan.
  • Imperial Treasure Marina Bay Sands (2013) – liu sha bao (dim sum)
  • Imperial Treasure Marina Bay Sands (2013) – XO fried carrot carrot cake (chye tow kway)
  • International Nasi Lemak (Changi Village) – nasi lemak
  • Joo Hing (Joo Chiat)  (2013) – Prawn Beancurd
  • Killiney Kopitiam – half-boiled eggs
  • Man Fu Yuan (2010) – Milky Shark Cartilage Soup
  • Peony Jade (2009?) – Yam and sweet potato strips, dunked in heated sugar, and then ice water, forming a candy exterior
  • Tai Hwa Pork Noodles (2012) – bak chor mee. (located at Lavender, behind ICA Building)
  • Xu Jun Sheng (Joo Chiat Rd) (2013) – Teochew porridge with turnip omelet
  • ***home cooking (aunt) – cheng tng
  • ***home cooking (aunt) – ngor hiang
  • ***home cooking (dad) – wine-tomato-cheese-beef-celery spaghetti
  • ***home cooking (dad) – salmon
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Best Things I ate in Chicago, 2012-2013

17 Jun

All the 5/5 dishes I would return for, dishes I could not think of how to improve without changing some essential characteristic, listed under PERFECTION. HONORABLE MENTIONS indicate dishes I liked very much.

Randolph Street/West

PERFECTION

  1. Avec (2013) – wood-fired squid amatriciana
  2. Avec (2013) – any roasted fish dish by Avec
  3. Avec (2013) – spring spumoni (ice-cream cake)
  4. Avec (2013) – chocolate-bergamot sorbet
  5. Blackbird (2013) – goat cheese cheesecake (cajeta ice cream, burnt grapefruit, avocado)
  6. Blackbird (2013) – roasted peanut ice cream (carrot-barley sponge, honey mousse, pickled carrot, opal basil)
  7. Blackbird (2012) – “Blueberry Buttermilk Affogato with Blackberries and Cinnamon Basil (5/5) – Fantastic buttermilk biscuits, with blueberry sorbet and cinnamon basil ice cream. Drowned in blueberry sauce.”
  8. Girl and the Goat (2012) – raw shigoku oyster
  9. Girl and the Goat (2012) – sweet corn and peaches
  10. Prasino (2012) – creme brulee french toast/ pretzel croissant french toast (white chocolate sauce with salt, over french-toasted croissants)
  11. Ruxbin (2012) – octopus.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • 90 Miles Cuban Cafe – Cascos de Guayaba (cream cheese sandwiching guava slices)
  • 90 Miles Cuban Cafe – a hearty ropa vieja
  • Antique Taco – Steak taco
  • Avec – any seafood, it’s their specialty
  • Blackbird (2013) – roasted rhubarb (cardamom danish, whipped delice, green almond, anise hyssop)
  • Blackbird – any dessert, desserts are their specialty
  • Girl and the Goat (2012) – Goat Ribs
  • Girl and the Goat (2012) – Pig Face
  • Girl and the Goat (2012) – Chocolate Magic Shell
  • The Publican (2012) – Thick-cut Publican Bacon

The Loop

PERFECTION:

  1. Frontera Grill – Chilaquiles (Saturday brunch)
  2. Fronter Grill (2012) – Tropical Tuna Cocktail (ceviche)
  3. XOCO (2013) – Aztec Hot Chocolate
  4. XOCO (2012) – Ice Mint Chocolate
  5. XOCO (2012) – Chicharrones

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Frontera Grill (2012) – Yucatan Ceviche
  • Frontera Grill (2012) – Smoky-Creamy-Spicy Mushrooms (4.75/5)
  • Frontera Grill (2012) – Lamb Shoulder in Black Mole (4.5/5)
  • Frontera Grill – Rick Bayless’s Granola Mix
  • XOCO (2013) – Churros
  • XOCO (2012) – Carnitas Caldo
  • XOCO (2012) – Authentic Hot Chocolate
  • Yolk – Croque Madame

Northern Parts

PERFECTION:

  1. Ada Street (2012) – Octopus
  2. >>>DEFUNCT<<< Charlie Trotter’s (2012) – “Baconator” – One of the breads was incredibly delicious. It was a crispy bread drizzled with maple syrup on the outside, and had tender bacon cuboid strips on the inside. I dub it the “Baconator”.
  3. >>>DEFUNCT<<< Charlie Trotter’s (2012) – Thyme-Glazed Brioche with Georgia Blueberry Compote & Lavender-Blueberry Sorbet
  4. Hanbat (2012) – Kimchi, which is free-flow. They do a wonderful kimchi.
  5. M Henry (2012) – Out of this world bread pudding (Sunday Brunch-only)

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  •  Ada Street (2012) – Salty chocolate

South

PERFECTION:

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  1. Lao Sze Chuan (2012) – Spicy pig ear
  2. Taco Palacio (hole in the wall)