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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Charly T's @ 112 Katong

I was invited to a food tasting session at Charly T's at 112 Katong to try out Charly T's new Weekend Free Flow Sliders & Beer promo.  I also brought my friend, Sam along for the tasting session.  Other than the sliders, we also got to try Charly T's Original Recipe 'Best Chicken in the City' which was served with 2 side dishes - Macaroni & Cheese and German Potato and some of their desserts.  Other sides that you can order are Steamed Fresh Vegetables and Butter Garlic Rice.

The Macaroni and Cheese is different from what is normally served in other places.  It uses a recipe from award-winning Chef Rozanne Gold’s “Eat Fresh Food” cookbook - it contains less cheese and includes fresh cauliflower.  Charly T's has received Rozanne's authorization to use her recipe in the restaurant. What's unique about this recipe is that it was created with the help of her Sous chefs, all aged between 9 to 19 and under the guidance of nutritionist Helen Kimmel, who has worked with Rozanne on all her books.  Their goal was to create recipes that were delicious, real and healthy.  
The signature "Best Chicken in the City" (Half chicken with 2 sides at $24.00+) didn't fail us.  It was indeed one of the best roasted chicken that I ever had.  The meat was succulent and tender.  Charly T’s Original Recipe, free-range chickens are marinated for over 13 hours before being slow-cooked rotisserie style to achieve its tender and juicy texture.  It was served with 3 types of sauces - BBQ sauce, hot sauce and sesame sauce  Highly recommended!
 This is the new weekend promotion, offering free-flow sliders that comes in a choice of Juicy Beef or Schnitzel-style Chicken, fries and bottled Budweiser beer at $38+ from 12 to 3pm. 
 We were served with a set of sliders and some fries first.  As Sam doesn't take beef, I tried the beef slider first.
 The well-marinated beef patty from the beef slider was thick and very juicy. 
We ordered another 2 chicken sliders  (Remember, it is a buffet!!!) after that and I also got to try the chicken slider.  The 3 pieces of thin crispy Schnitzel-style Chicken sandwiched between the buns were very tasty and fragrant.  It was really a delight to have.  

 Other than beer, we also ordered fruit juices from their CT's Odyssey juices selection.  ($7+ each). Sam had the Green Flash, a concoction of green apple, orange and pineapple juices and I had the Red Tang, containing strawberry, cranberry and lychee, with a very sweet presentation and was refreshing.
 After we were quite done with the mains, we moved on to order the desserts.  I decided to be a bit more adventurous by ordering something that we had not tried before - Kaiserchmarrn ($16+).  It is a light, caramelized pancake made from a sweet batter using flour, eggs, sugar, salt, and milk, baked in butter.  At Charly T's, raisins are added to the pancakes and also served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.  We had requested for reduced portion for the tasting session.  The actual portion is meant to be shared between 2 pax.  The pancakes were quite fluffy but be warned that this dish is quite filling to end off as a dessert!

 Molten Cake ($10+) was served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cake was very dense and flavourful although it the chocolate didn't flow out as we cut it.

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich ($8+), Vanilla ice cream sandwiched in between two huge cookies. The cookies were quite hard and difficult to cut through.  After a while, when we were sampling the other desserts, we realized the the ice-cream had melted.  The cookies were soaked with the molten ice-cream and it was easier to eat the softened cookies.  Not too bad.
    We continued our makan feast until 3pm when most of the patrons had left.  Afterwhich, we took a few photos of the restaurant's setting.
 The restaurant is a family friendly place whereby there is a colourful and vibrant corner for the kids to have fun or watch video.  The cartoon movie "Up" was screened during the time when we were there for our lunch.
   Open-concept kitchen where you can find the chefs preparing the food and also see Charly T’s rotisserie‐style “Best Chicken in the City” during their roasting process.

Overall, we were very satisfied with the quality of food served at Charly T's.  Thanks Charly T's and Foodnews for this invitation. 

Celebrate National Day with Charly T's
1) Charly T's Chicken Rice
Salute the nation's 49th Birthday with the newly-launched Charly T's Chicken Rice, their mouth-watering rendition of the local iconic dish featuring our signature free-range "Best Chicken in the City", served with authentic fragrant rice, mom's chicken soup (A homemade broth prepared from a secret recipe from Charly's mother) and popular chicken rice condiments.
Credit:  Charly T's facebook

Available all-day at both Charly T's 112 Katong and PasarBella from now till 31 August at $9.90 per portion.

2)  Charly T's National Day Photo Contest
From 1 to 31 Aug, express your love for Singapore this National Day by taking part in the Charly T's National Day Photo Contest and stand to win $500 cash and $200 worth of dining vouchers! To participate, simply post a photo of one's heartfelt wishes and share the contest to rally votes from your friends.  For more details, please visit Charly T's facebook here.  :)

Charly T's
112 East Coast Road, #03-15
112 Katong, Singapore 428802
Tel: (65) 6636 4701
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm on Mondays - Fridays,
                        9am to 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Sunday, July 20, 2014

E'spuma Lab @ PoMo - Premium Dishes at Affordable Prices

E'spuma Lab sounds rather clinical, like a nice name for an aesthetic clinic.  Well, it is actually a new dining option (opened in 21 March 2014) located at the newly renovated PoMo shopping mall that focus on two main cooking techniques in its dishes - Espuma and Sous Vide at pocket-friendly prices!  
I have not been to PoMo for almost 5 years!  The last time I came here was with my hubby to celebrate his birthday at Ju Ju Hokkaido Hotpot (closed) way back in 2009!  This is the new look of the PoMo building.
E'spuma Lab is located near to the entrance to the mall at level 1.  It has a very clean look and the machine and equipments for sous vide and espuma are clearly visible at the shopfront.  The dining outlet has just been awarded an "A" grade for food hygiene and cleanliness by NEA. 
Espuma means foam or froth in Spanish.  It is a culinary technique where by an espuma siphon is used to infuse air into the food to create an airily light mouthfeel, giving it a lighter texture.
We were introduced to the team behind E'spuma. 
Afterwhich, Mr Andrew Koh, the marketing and Communications Director at E'spuma Lab Pte Ltd gave us an opening speech.
Before the start of the food tasting session, Chef Teo Yeow Siang gave us a live E'spuma Culinary Demonstration.

He demonstrated to us the use of E'spuma onto this dish which I got to try later.

 Canister equipped with air cartridges.
Used cartridges from the canisters which you can pick from the counter as a souvenir if you want.

How about Sous Vide?  This should be a more familiar term to many of us.  For this cooking technique, the meat is vacuum-packed and cooked at a constant temperature using a thermal circulator that you see here.  It will help to control the "doneness" of the meat, especially for thicker or uneven cuts of meats which are difficult to ensure consistency.  This technique also helps to ensure better cooked eggs without the need to use kitchen timer.
  This was one of my favourite dishes: - 
(All-Day Breakfast)
Sous Vide Eggs with Smoked Norwegian Salmon 
(Topped with Crispy Salmon Skin and Ginger Soyu ($3.80)
It was surprising how the different textures of the runny eggs, crispy salmon skin and smoked salmon could blend so well together, and it definitely left me craving for more!  I have always liked the traditional soft-boiled eggs and toast for breakfast but I think it is good to have a change once in a while.  New breakfast idea?  Mini french baguettes can be requested to be served with this for an additional dollar.
 Sauteed Mushrooms with E'spuma Potato Foam, served with mini french baguettes ($6.80)
Generous servings of mushroom chunks were served with the E'spuma potato foam.  The potato foam is like a lighter version of mashed potato and it is very smooth too. Although the dish was a bit salty to eat on its own but I think it will go very well with the mini french baguettes that will be served with it.  We were not served with baguette during the tasting session as we had other main courses to try and we didn't want to fill up our stomach so fast!
Sam tried their Curry Chicken with E'spuma Potato Foam.  In their menu, you can find fusion dishes such as our local delight curry chicken, beef rendang served with variations of E'spuma sauce.
Sam also had Fragrant Rice Served with Cajun Chicken Leg and E'spuma Curry Sauce.
For me, I ordered Fragrant Rice Served with Pan Seared Sou Vide Chicken Breast and E'spuma Pesto Sauce.  The chicken breast was really very evenly cooked as a result of sou vide cooking method and was pan seared to give a slight crispy.  On first look, I thought the rice looked like nasi briyani with raisins but it actually tasted like our fragrant chicken rice.
Very smooth texture of the chicken breast meat as you can see here.  Yummy!
Pauline had a tasting portion of Spaghetti with Swedish Meatballs (Beef) and E'spuma Caramelized Onion Sauce.  The actual portion is much bigger at an affordable price of ($6.80).  The sauce is served at the side so it is up to individual customer to decide how much sauce they want to mix in their food.
For snacks, we tried the recommended E'spuma Batter D24 Durian Fritters ($3.80 for 5 pieces).  Below shows the tasting portion.  It had an inner texture that seems like "Goreng Pisang" (Banana Fritters) and the batter was light with a slight crispy.  The E'spuma battered fritters were non-greasy and so you can have them take-away conveniently too!
Their main course is available at a very affordable price and prices stated on the menu are Nett price ie no GST and Service Charge!  I think students from nearby SMU and SOTA are in for a treat!

Thanks E'spuma Lab and Mileage Communications for this food tasting session.  It was fun and we got to learn more about the culinary techniques using Espuma and Sous Vide!

E'spuma Lab
1 Selegie Road, #01-20/21, PoMo Mall
Singapore 188306
Opening Hours:
Mon to Sat: 11am to 9pm, closed on Sun
Tel: 8222 1113

Friday, July 18, 2014

BBQ by the Beach 2014, Palawan Beach Sentosa

I was very lucky to win a pair of tickets to BBQ by the Beach 2014 on 18 Jul (Fri) which was held at Palawan Beach, Sentosa.  This was held in conjunction with the Singapore Food Festival 2014.  Thanks Avinology for the great giveaway!  My makan kaki, Pauline, accompanied me to this food event.

We reached the place around 6.40pm when the sun was up and the sky still blue.  The setup of the place was beautiful and we saw the sand-sculpted "sofa".
 We were assigned to this sculptured sand table and seats.  They were reinforced with wooden boards beneath.
 We were quite excited and went around checking the place and took photos!
 A whole carcass Australian lamb being roasted.
 This was the main buffet line.

  Traditional Hawaiian underground barbeque pit - ‘Imu‘ was used to cook the stingrays, squids and prawns.

 We were served with a complimentary oyster plant drink which was served in a LED light-up glass.  Mine was lit up with blue LED and Pauline got a red one.

I took BBQ Stingray with Sambal and Chin Chia Lok, a few sticks of satays, beef rump, lamb meat, otah and corn for the first round.
 Enjoying the beautiful evening sky as the sun set.


 My second plate of food.  I loved the beef rump and lamb meat.  The BBQ chicken wings were tasty and the grilled vegetables were sweet.
 There were also exciting fire twirling performances to enhance our dining experience at the beach.

 I only took a bowl of cold Chng Thng  to end off the meal.  They also served Bread and Butter pudding, Pulut Hitam and warm Bobo Cha Cha for desserts.  However, I was too full to try them out.

It was a nice and enjoyable evening spent with good company and sumptuous BBQ food in a special sand-dining setting.  :)

BBQ by the Beach
Event dates: 18 and 19 July 2014 (Friday & Saturday)
Time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Location: Palawan Beach, Sentosa
Pricing: Adult – $79 to $99, Child – $29 to $39 (Aged five to ten)
Online reservation: