Monday, May 19, 2014

Symmetry - yummy truffle fries

If you have read about Symmetry, you would have read that their potato fries $14 (which are truffle fries)  are good. And that their portion is big; seems like most are not able to finish that. #1 - Valid. Fries are great. #2 - NA. 3 of us didn't just finish the fries. We ordered a second tub! That IS good evidence that their fries are pretty addictive. They are crispy on the outside and gives a great bite. A fan of crispy or soggy fries? I'm for crispy anytime and 90% of this tub is crunchy good. A sprinkle of cheese on top complemented the truffle scent but like most of those truffle fries I've ever tried, it's mainly the top layer that taste best. Thankfully, the crisp makes up for it in the rest of them. One of the only few I would recommend and believe me, I've tried many, most of which I would not repeat. Symmetry fries, I would love to have it everyday if I can!

Can't remember the name of this dish but it's a tortilla packed with generous slices of pork, creamy avocado and melted cheese. This is a tasty meal, crispy tortilla meets juicy pork. Lovely to share amongst friends.

Pork Cheeks Pasta $28 was a dish recommended by many as well. This was a delightful dish too, with the meat tear-away soft and a suitably savoury touch to the creamy pasta. 

We also had the braised beef pork cheeks $40+. No photos of that but it was a disappointing dish. With the hefty price tag, we were expecting more but a plate bearing 8 or so slices of thin beef pieces arrived. Sadly, the beef were also too tough. Not quite enjoyable. 

Jalan Kubor

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dark Chocolate Orange Digestives

I'm a fan of Marks&Spencer, their food, especially their biscuit selection. Ever tried their shortbread fingers? Melt-in-your-mouth buttery goodness. Chocolate digestives? Creamy chocolate with a crunchy interior. You wouldn't stop at 1. Cranberry and Orange cookies? Best combination of sweet citrus and butter at the same time. Absolute Favourite. 

However, I'm also sure that all that butter and processed flour does no good to the thighs! When I chanced upon this whole wheat chocolate-covered digestives, the eyes lit up and the baking itch came on. It's been a while since my last bake as I eased into a new job. The inertia to start the whole measure-sift-mix-bake-and-wash process prolonged and weekend after weekend zoomed past. 

Thankfully, this is a really easy recipe, no need for heavy duty mixing nor massive clean up, its almost just a 2-bowl process! The bake took less than an hour to complete, excluding the cooling time. The resulting cookie was a healthy dose of goodness, tinged with bursts of orange peel and covered in a almost-bitter 70% dark chocolate coating. One cookie is sufficiently filling as a snack, and the crunch crunch crunch of the cookie is absolutely satiating. Love it and so did almost who tried. Gonna be a regular item on my bake list! 

Ingredient List:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/3 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
1/3 cup dark molasses
117g unsalted butter, cold and cubed
Orange Peel from 1 orange
2 tbspn milk 
220g 70% dark chocolate, melted

Pre-heat oven to 180C. 

1. Process flour, oats, baking powder, salt and sugar in a food processor, or since I don't have one, in a blender. 
2. Pour into a large bowl, add the butter and orange peel and cut the butter into the mixture, until it resembles small bread crumbs. Do not over-handle or mix to the stage where the butter has melted from the warmth of the hands. 
3. Add the milk and form mixture into a slightly wet dough. Add more milk if necessary, it should just clump together but is not wet. 
4. Roll between 2 parchment paper and cut out desired shapes. 
5. Place cookie dough onto a paper-lined pan. I had 22 cookies from above portion. Chill in freezer for at least 10 minutes.
6. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes until edges turn slightly brown. 

7. Cool the cookies thoroughly. 
8. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering hot water until smooth. 
9. Dip each cookie in the chocolate and let the chocolate coat harden at cool room temperature or in the fridge. 

I made the mistake of letting the chocolate harden completely on the chopsticks, in the fridge. The base of the chocolate coat harden over the chopsticks and when I pry them apart, some of the base broke, leaving spots of cookie peeking out on the base. 

Keep the cookies in the fridge and enjoy them over the next week. Delicious Goodness!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sarnies Re-visited

3rd time at my favourite sandwich place. Was looking forward to their salads but alas, weekend menu doesn't include that. Fell back to my first time order of mushroom and egg ciabatta. It came with 2 eggs still with slightly molten yolks, generous serve of meaty mushrooms and a thin layer of tomato relish on toasted ciabatta. I love that I can ask for mushrooms instead of bacon, each time I went there, I customise my orders slightly and the good guys of Sarnies happily obliged. The mushrooms here are succulent and juicy, a little sourish, perhaps from a good dose of balsamic vinaigrette, yet sweet to the palette, as good as that at Humble Loaf or maybe just a tad better, in my opinion. The tomato relish added a different layer, tantalising to the tastebuds, just wished that it's a thicker layer. Huge in the portion, I did my usual finish half and doggy-bagged half. So while the price may be higher, the portion size justifies it. Not gonna be my last time there!

Friends had the below dishes. This is a Huge platter! Bacon, curried beans, sour dough, eggs, mushrooms, and a large sausage hidden under all those mushrooms. The male consumer of this couldn't finish it! Apparently overall a tad too salty for his liking though. I like the curried beans, fat and sweet/spicy at the same time. 

Such a pretty dish! Smoked salmon on sour dough toast with eggs. My fellow diner asked for the eggs to be fried instead of scrambled, omg came with 3 eggs and apparently already lesser by 1 as scrambled eggs portion would be 4 eggs. 4 Eggs! We would have usually consumed all 4 eggs unknowingly. Friend's comment that it is also too salty for her, and that the sourdough is dry, which I agreed as well. 

Can't leave Sarnies without their coffee, my 2nd top favourite (after Yahava, of course!).

A delicious lunch on a late Sat (best time to go would be 2plus as the crowd thinned out by then). Chill to the max! =)