Sunday, May 10, 2009

Korean fare @ Doong gi

Being again Mother's Day weekend, Gayle's sister and us brought Gayle's parents to have a Mother's Day treat at the well known Korean diner along Upper East Coast Road - Doong gi, formerly known as Togi. This Korean diner is frequented by both Koreans and Singaporeans alike in search of authentic, delicious, non-pretentious home styled Korean food. We have frequented this diner quite some time back before they renovated and changed their name and recommended it to Gayle's parents.
At the start of the meal, they served us the usual series of cold starters (above), such as spicy anchovies and garlicky, hot kim-chi. We ordered just enough food for the five of us and it turned out just nice, any bit more and we would have been too stuffed. We ordered two servings of Bulgogi Bi Bim Bap ( pork and chicken) seen below.
fried squid with pork belly served with lettuce ( like a korean version of popiah), addictive kimchi soup, and a platter of assorted pancakes featuring their speciality - Oyster pancake.

(Above) Waiting patiently for the camera flash to go before digging in!

@ Brotzeit for German fare


As it was mother's day this weekend, we brought Eugin's mother to Brotzeit at Vivocity for some German fare. Brotzeit is known for it's authentic German cuisine accompanied by it's good brew of beers. As it was just the three of us, we ordered two main dishes to share which was just right as we didin't want to overeat and feel stuffed as a result. We ordered a first course of W├╝rstelplatteauthentic sausage platter with spicy chicken sausage, lamb sausage, mini pork cheese sausages, weisswurst sausage and garlic sausage with sauerkraut and mustard Sausage which could actually feed three of us.

The second course was Brotzeit's speciality - Pork Knuckles (Below) which is not printed on the menu and you can request for it. The skin was really crispy and fragrant and the meat was quite tender and juicy.

(above) Even the sauces for the sausages looks so good!



We also ordered Paulaner's Weissbier seen above( 0.3l is just right for one person who is a light beer drinker - they have different sizes) to try their beer which to a non-beer drinker like me was the nicest beer in fact that I have tasted, slightly sweet without that bitter aftertaste. It's better to arrive there earlier for lunch when they open at 12 noon so that you can get a better seat indoor with a view of Sentosa and less crowds means a more peaceful meal and the food gets to you faster. It was a good meal and we plan to go back there soon to try the seafood platter which looked really good which we saw being served at the next table and to try their beer once again. It was a good and satisfying meal under $90 for three persons. You can drop by their website to take a look at their menu. http://www.brotzeit1516.com/menu.html


(Above) Evidence of a good meal ! Every last morsel finished

Friday, May 8, 2009

Pastry Treats @ Obolo

(ABOVE) New addition to the cheesecake collection at Obolo - Fraise comprising of strawberry infused mascarpone mousse crowned with strawberry-banana gelee atop a layer of moist and tender vanilla genoise and ivoire crunchy feuillitine base, accompanied by two macarons - Green Pistache ( Pistachio Buttercream ) and Brown Hazelnut Chocolate.
As Gayle is very interested in baking and looking for inspirational, tasty pastries, we have been visiting Obolo Gourmet Cheesecake Patisseries & Desserts located near Katong, at 452 Joo Chiat Road, situated within a row of old shophouses in the East to try out their cakes and macaroons. Their cheesecakes are just right - not too rich and light enough not to feel stuffed after eating them. They also look delicious to eat.
UOB credits cards can get you 10% discount off the total bill for bills above $20 which should be easy to total up since all the treats there look real good and taste good too. Best time to go is weekday noons as it may get crowded at night or duuring weekends.
Carpark though is difficult to find in Joo Chiat so you may have to park the car a little farther and walk, which isnt too bad since you can work up an appetite for the cakes and desserts. If you are taking public transport, bus services 10, 12 and 14 bring you there. Alight at the stop along East Coast Road, just before Katong. Seen below is our purchases for this weekend. Savoury treats, pretty to look at, delicious to eat.
(Above and Below) Mango Passion cheesecake featuring fruit infused baked cheesecake on a biscuit crust

(Above) Macarons - Purple Rose Buttercream and Yellow Mango Passion
You can visit their website on http://www.obolo.com.sg/ .