Wednesday, January 29, 2014

La Cuisson

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La Cuisson started its humble beginnings from a coffee shop in Queen Street. While I didn't had to chance to visit the first shop, I was privileged to be invited to a media tasting session at their new location. Nestled along the row of shophouses along Prinsep Street (which housed Strictly Pancakes, Mind Cafe etc), La Cuisson bistro & wine bar became the latest kid on the block. 
With BFF and our +1s for this invited session :) It was always a pleasure to catch up over meals ... well, that's what we all do nowadays!  
 The bistro is run by Chef Kenneth Lim, who was formerly trained at DB Bistro at Marina Bay Sands. The 2-storey shop-house offers a seating capacity of approx 40 pax. On the 1st floor, you can opt for indoor (air-conditioned seating) for 12 or alfresco dining. The 2nd floor offers a private space perfect for couples and/or corporate events. 
The interior was simple and rustic, nothing over the top. The cozy and homely atmosphere made me feel at ease, just like I was heading to a friend's place for dinner. 
We started with a glass of bubbly wine - a perfect start to any meal, lol!
Langue De Boeuf (Ox Tongue Salad, $16), served with sous-vide ox tongue, Kipfler potatoes, mustard tarragon dressing, mesclun salad and shaved onions. Sous-vide (French for "under vaccum) is a technique for cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bath at an accurately regulated temperature over long hours. Chef Kenneth uses this method to cook most of his meat. The ox tongue was juicy and definitely the highlight of the dish.
Charcuterie Platter, served with chorizo, saucisson and a selection of homemade terrines ($22). I love the foie gras terrine, which came mixed with dried fruits such as figs and apricots. When paired with the warm toasted bread ... yums! Chorizo and saucisson were slightly on the saltier side though, much to Leecher's delight.
Homemade Duck Rillette ($8) - this appeared on the table and within seconds it was gone, lol! I guessed this must be a hot favourite with everyone. Served with a fruity orange reduction, coupled with shavings of orange peel, this dish was pleasing to our taste buds.
Pork Pot Au Feu, served with sous-vide pork shoulder, pork sausage, puy lentils, mixed vegetables in an aromatic pork jus ($29)
Lamb Duo (for 2 pax) served with braised lamb shank, pan-seared lamb rump, Kipfler potato gratin and garden salad ($68).  
Shoulder Tender (200 grams), served with 200day grain fed Australian Angus, mashed potatoes, confit shallots, roasted parsnip and garlic ($28). My personal pick for main course would be Lamb Duo! The meat was so tender that it was falling off from the bone. Instead of using stock, the sauce is made from red wine which added to the oomph factor. Long-time readers of this blog will know that I'm not a fan of potatoes (apart from french fries), but hey, I was stealing Kipfler potatoes off the next table, lol - goes to show how delicious they are! By the way, only limited portions of Lamb Duo is available each week, so grab it while it lasts :)
Lastly, we had 2 items off the Dessert Menu for tasting: Poached Pear, served with vanilla ice cream and beetroot puree ($10). Dark Chocolate Ganache, served with valrhona chocolate, white chocolate sesame crips, chilli pistachio brittle, pomelo pieces and green tea mousse ($13). Poached pear was a refreshing taste, something that I would not order on my own given my extreme bias towards anything chocolatey. However, this was a delight to eat! Fruity and juicy, it was the best way to balance the diet. Dark Chocolate Ganache would be my ideal choice of finishing the meal on a sweet note :) There are also other items to choose from - the classic creme brulee ($8), strawberry mille-feuille ($15) or cheese platter ($24). 

Chef Kenneth also teamed up with a wine distributor and handpicked the wines for La Cuisson. The price ranges between $50-$80 per bottle, with selections from both New & Old World. Do check out the wine list if you happen to drop by :)

*Special thanks to Jean & Jenny for the invite :)   
La Cuisson
44 Prinsep Street
Singapore 188673
Tel: 83320302
Opening Hours: 5pm till 11pm (Tues to Fri), 10am till 2.30pm (Sat, Sun), 5.30pm till 11pm (Sat), 5.30pm till 10.30pm (Sun). Closed on Mondays

Monday, January 27, 2014

Red Star Restaurant 红星酒家

It has been a long while since I had the time to sit down in front of my computer, loading and sorting out the pics into their various folders. Work has been busy - new year new challenges, but nothing beats spending quality time with the family. In the new year, I made changes to my lifestyle & decided to spend more time with my family.
On a particular weekend, we decided to step foot into an old neighbourhood near Chinatown. Yup, we are heading for weekend dim sum at Red Star Restaurant 红星酒家. I purposely wore a loose flowy dress so I can eat all I want, lol!
One of the oldest dim sum place in Singapore, this is where a lot of my friends had fond memories of coming here for dim sum when they were still toddlers. It was the IT place at that time to be seen and spotted. Many years later, I came here on my virgin visit with mummy dearest :) 
I was blown away by the crowd even though we arrived around noon. We had to wait for a while before being ushered to our table. Once the table setting is completed, the push-carts started to appear. 
Ordering card :) 
Started the meal with 皮蛋瘦肉粥. This version was slightly watered down in my opinion, but suits Leecher's tastebuds to a T.
猪肠粉, Leecher's must fave in every dim sum meal. They can be filled with shrimps, pork, beef, vegetables or other ingredients, but I love it the most with bits of char siew. 
 It was a tough fight b/w the egg tart and custard bun as my personal favourite. If I really had to pick one, it will go to custard bun 流沙包! The bun was fluffy & my heart nearly stopped when golden molten lava flowed out from within.
with my mummy dearest, who kept complaining that I'm on my quest to make her put on weight, lol! She had to walk extra rounds in the morning to work off those kilos. 
Desserts to end the meal.

A candid pic at the request of the kind push-cart auntie who helped us with the pics 
❤ ❤ ❤ 
Red Star Restaurant  红星酒家
Blk 54, Chin Swee Road
#07-23 Singapore 160054
Tel: 65325266
Opening Hours: 7am till 3pm, 6pm till 10.30pm daily

Sunday, January 26, 2014

1 month on .....

Dear baby bro, 

How are you? Today marks the 1st month since you left us. As weird as it may sounds, I felt your return on the first week and mummy dearest felt you came back home last week for a quick visit. I'll still talk fondly about you - your naughtiness, laughter, everything. I don't go through a day without missing you. During my quiet moments, I'll think of you in the other world - my most worry is if there is anyone helping to look after you? I believe that you are a good child, so there will be kind souls around to help you out. 

Every night, I'll be praying that I get to see you in my dreams. However, you failed to appear apart from that brief second on 21st Jan. I wasn't even sure if it was you since I woke up from my dream shortly feeling cold, only to realize that your kor kor (Leecher) had turned on the air con while I was sleeping. In the end, kor kor is forbidden from switching on the air con for the rest of the week as punishment, lol.

When mummy dearest & I visited you the other day, we were slightly late and it seemed like you threw a bit of tantrum. Almost everything went wrong & I ended up with a small burn and a sore finger. You must be angry that 姐姐 overslept on that day and missed our scheduled timing. 姐姐 is sorry, so don't be angry ok? I'll promise not to be late :)

I miss you greatly. 

Love always, 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

3 weeks

It will be Day 21 tomorrow, 3 weeks after you left us.

Every day, I'll still think of you.

Miss you, my dearest baby bro. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A brand new year

At the stroke of midnight on 1st Jan 2014, we welcome the new year. 
I'm not a firm believer of new year resolution, but I hope to spend more time with my family  moving forward.
I wish for health and happiness for all my loved ones. 
May baby bro be happy and healthy where ever he may be. 
Thank you for being there for us in this difficult time, I really appreciate this from the bottom of my heart. Life still goes on & I know baby bro is watching over us from up above.

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