Posts Tagged ‘char siew bao’
My post-stomach flu weight loss was for naught since I spent all of last weekend indulging in some of the tastiest food I’ve had in awhile. From beer spiked with kalamansi and pandan to a late night supper of marmite pork ribs and moon hor fun (boo I forgot my camera, guess I’ll have to go again) to a Sunday brunch of dim sum, I was living the Singapore life last weekend.
I have to say, it was pretty nice.
Sunday brunch was not what I had initially intended. In fact, I told Sarah that I was down for lunch as long as it included pancakes or waffles. But theeeeeen, in between bites of pork ribs, I asked Vinny’s buddy, Anand, (he of butter crab fame) where I should have brunch the next day and he said Red Star Restaurant. And seriously. If someone takes you to butter crab and then introduces you to shrimp paste fried chicken, you’re gonna take his brunch suggestion to heart and throw those darn pancakes right out the window.
Don’t worry I’m not in Hong Kong again. 🙂
This past Friday the gang got together to bid adieu to Selene as she heads back to (strangely enough) Hong Kong. We had aspirations of First Thai but were denied since they’re closed for Chinese New Year. Not one to be discouraged, we trekked a little further to Liang Seah Street and settled on Crystal Jade Hong Kong Cafe.
I was a bit confused at first. I had been to Crystal Jade before but their speciality was xiao long bao and la mian. This CJ was all about congee and milk tea. Apparently the Crystal Jade peeps have their fingers in lots of different pots and this is a different flavor of the same chain.
After the nice pizza at Funan, I trekked over to the bus stop and pondered my next move. As usual, my first idea was to go to Parkway Parade, find some stuff to throw together for dinner, and kill some time.
One thing that’s nice about commuting by bus (other than the fact that it opens up more parts of the island than just the MRT) is that you get to see lots as the bus meanders through Singapore’s streets. I don’t usually take the 197 so I was really feelin’ the coffeeshops and storefronts of Geylang which I don’t normally get to see.
As the bus idled at a stoplight this caught my eye.
OMG YUM. I had read about Tanjong Rhu Pau & Confectionary in MS but the one near my house is closed on Sundays. After a short battle of should I or shouldn’t I, I hopped off at the next stop and walked over to the steamy pile o’ bao.
Our first trip to Times Square’s Food Forum brought us to Chung’s Cuisine. No recommendations here, we stumbled on this place after getting lost trying to get to the 13th floor. Plus it was one of the few restaurants still open between that strange eating time between lunch and dinner. So if you find yourself looking to eat at around 3pm, this might be the place for you.
MG pretty much lives on these and, if allowed, will ask for them every day. She prefers the baked version but enjoys the steamed siopao-style variety as well. This time around we got mini steamed bbq pork buns. The bread part was super soft, the inside was runnier than I like and sweeter than usual.