Best of 2015

2015 just flew past eh. It was a year of ups and downs – some ups definitely included (finally) obtaining my Masters, renovating and moving into my dream home, new friendships, celebrating some of my dearest friends’ weddings and new borns.

I also wanted to celebrate some of my best meals of 2015 because hey I love food and a good meal is always an enjoyment. So my criteria tends to be quite subjective because a great meal not only comprises good tasty food but also the service, atmosphere, company and sometimes really just an overall vibe. Without further ado, and in no particular order.

19587117680_57939a1921_zA burger by the road by Daniel Thaiger – this was in Bangkok Feb 2015 and that darn burger with the secret sauce was so juicy and delicious. Devouring on the road amidst tuktuks and stalls selling pad thai just made the experience even more fun.

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Chirashi at Man Zhe Die 3, Taipei and hotpot at Huang Jie Huo Guo, Taipei. Basically the whole trip was stuffing our faces but these meals in particularly were memorable because the food was just that darn good.

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This epic sushi meal at Midori sushi, Tokyo. Look at that picture, nuff say.

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Basically everything I tried at Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chop House was awesome. Especially those fresh as hell oysters.

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On a more local front, the crab bee hoon from Long Ji Zhi Char was so full of flavor that we just couldnt stop eating it.

Another date night, another awesome meal and this time at Pince & Pints Β for the Truffle Lobster roll that blew my mind away

I was pleasantly surprised by how awesome the Chirashi Don at Koji Sushi (yet to be blogged) was, with those crispy tempura bits. Skyrocketed its way to the top of my Chirashi List.

Last but not least, all the delicious home-cooked meals at home and also by my dearest friends and family. Those of course are priceless. For 2016, I hope to be able to experiment more in the kitchen and pick up a few good recipes to add to my repertoire – stay tuned for more home cooked meals.

Best of 2015

Tokyo Travel Diary June 2015 – Tsukiji Market

A must visit everytime I come to Tokyo. Though I must admit I have never been to a fish auction, have not been able to wake up in time hah

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This time round, we were too hungry and in too big a group to queue for breakfast at one of the more popular stores, and it was a big mistake. We popped into a somewhat empty restaurant and while the sushi was ok, it was nowhere near as satisfying as what I have had on my previous trips. Lesson learnt = there is a queue for a reason.

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Another must-haves at Tsukiji – tamago “popsicles”, so sweet and tasty!

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We also ate our way through the streets, such as these scallops topped w seafood, grilled conch, huge raw oyster and soft serve πŸ™‚

Tokyo Travel Diary June 2015 – Tsukiji Market

Tokyo Travel Diary June 2015- Uoriki Kaisen Sushi Restaurant

This place is one of my must-visits everytime I am in tokyo. Firstly, it is awesomely located in Shibuya (next to the train station at the B1 Tokyu Department store. Finding your way there is a tad bit complicated, just walk through the supermarket). Next, it is very reasonably priced and lastly, food here is tasty + fresh without the long queues.

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My sushi platter – featuring everything I like including scallop, minced tuna roll, ebi, anago etc All glistering on my plate waiting to be devoured. so good.

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Well of course, I couldnt resist ordering a side of uni. Only 300 yen (where to find in Singapore man) and so delightfully creamy and good.

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As if we werent delighted enough by our meal, the chef made us the cutest tiniest sushi platter which we of course squealed and ‘oooh’ at it and took countless pics. Who wouldnt!

Tokyo Travel Diary June 2015- Uoriki Kaisen Sushi Restaurant

Taipei Travel Diary June 2015

So we made a trip to Taipei in June to attend a friend’s wedding. Well the short 4 days trip turned out to be one nonstop food-fest but what to expect right, it is Taipei after all.

Touched down literally at 5am and with time to kill before we could check in, we decided to go down to the fish market for breakfast. Known as the Addiction Aquatic Development, it fully opens at 11am btw so we were wayyy too early.

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Killed time at a nearby breakfast store with some Chong you bing (scallion pancakes with eggs) which were tasty and flakey.

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And we couldnt wait any longer, waltzed into the fish market at 9-ish am and raided whatever was available, which was plenty! Rows and rows of fresh sashimi, we were spoilt for choice and went slightly crazy trying to decide what to get ( there were only 4 of us so we couldnt get everything we wanted)

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Our breakfast – fresh uni, huge fat oysters, salmon and ebi. so fresh, so good. All washed down with a huge bottle of sake. Prices were relatively reasonable too for a pretty touristy place I must admit. Our breakfast, including the sake cost ~$300 sgd. Worth a visit if you are a sashimi lover

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Dinner was hotpot at Huang Jia Huo Guo which turned out to be the best meal in Taipei. This was buffet style and wow this kicked all typical steamboat buffets in Singapore’s ass. Firstly there were about 8 soupbases to choose from (go with miso, its freaking delicious).

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Then the myriad of ingredients and all so fresh – crab, all cuts of beef and pork, COD FISH (I had tons of that), oysters and of course the usual balls + veg. Then the drinks which not only includes the standard soft drinks but also beer and smoothies! (All free flow!)

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And lastly dessert… fruits, cakes, meiji ice cream and haagen daaz! So what does one do when faced with so many choices, why take 8 scoops of ice cream! Sooo good.

We stayed at an AirBnb at Daan District, and I highly recommend it. The place was clean and spacious for 5 and location was awesome (walking distance to zhongxiao fuxing station with all the malls/ktvs/restaurants etc)

Taipei Travel Diary June 2015