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

Taipei Travel Diary June 2015- The rest

So..the rest of the food i ate on this short trip.

We could only choose 1 night market due to the lack of time, so rou he it was because we heard this place had the greatest variety of food. I actually thought most of the food we ate were somewhat disappointing? not sure if we chose the right food to eat..like typical singaporeans we went for stalls that had the longest queue though.

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Right at the head of the market was the queue for oyster omelette.

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Well I am not a fan of the taiwan style of oyster omelette (give me Singapore style anytime!) This was way too goey and starchy 😦 And cant do oyster omelette without that tangy chilli sauce man

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Best thing at the night market by far was this pastry stuffed with vegetable and oysters. it was freshly made on the spot, tasty, crunchy and just altogether delicious.

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Next best thing – this pastry ball stuffed with yam and salted egg.

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next up – a little hole in the wall but ultra famous Lin Dong Fang beef noodles. Savoury beef soup with springy noodles and unfortunately slightly too tough beef slices. The best thing was this paste (known online as beef butter) on the side, and when mixed into the soup changed the flavour completely creating a creamier, thicker and more umami version mmm

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Close-up!

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The last morning was spent traversing across taipei to get our fill of doujiang youtiao. first up Yong He and then Fu Hang. The latter being the infinitely more superior version but featuring a much longer queue with people snaking up the stairs towards the food court where the stall was located. I especially enjoyed the fried biscuits with omelette and the soybean milk though everything was pretty good.

Taipei Travel Diary June 2015- The rest

Taipei Travel Diary June 2015 – Kanpei BBQ restaurant

Kanpei is a chain of grilled meat restaurants in Taipei, they are pretty popular and for good reasons – the meat here is awesome! Of great quality and at reasonable prices.

We feasted like a king here

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Kanpei is also known of ‘kiss for meat’ promotion, just kiss your friend/loved ones for 10 s and you get free serving of meat. Check out all the kissing photos on the wall!

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On to the meat. I love beef tongue and its a must-order for me at any bbq restaurants.

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We ordered just about every different types of beef at the place and this was handsdown the best. The premium steak that was cooked and then sliced by the staff. melt in your mouth good – I think we ended up eating 3 of these bad boys.

Other than meat, we also polished off several bowls of the steamed clams in wine broth (delicious!) and of course, beer + sake. mmmm

Kanpei – http://www.kanpai.com.tw/kanpai/

Taipei Travel Diary June 2015 – Kanpei BBQ restaurant

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So apparently Man Zhe Die is a branch of Japanese restaurants in Taipei, with each branch specialising in something.Β Having seen all the awesome looking donburis at the No 3 branch, we had to drop by. Located in a tiny alleyway (seriously take a cab), this place does not take reservations so be prepared to wait. We came at 11, and waited under the sun (unfortunately it was bloody hot in June) for about 30 mins. Thankfully the restaurant provides free iced water for hungry thirsty folks in the queue.

And well, the 30 mins wait was darn worth it.

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Some hand-rolls bursting with minced tuna to start with, I absolutely love minced tuna so this was awesome

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And chawamushi topped with large chunk of crab and roe (excess of ingredients is a theme here so awesome)

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Then there were the miso soups -Clams, prawn and salmon head. All were sublime and just so full of flavour.

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The prawn soup in particular was like drinking some really really shiok prawn mee soup. So if I had to choose, I would go with that with the salmon head soup a close second.

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So we got the ultimate chirashi don which basically was a HUGE don meant for 2 person (we shared 3 amongst the 5 of us and yup it was too much). Unfortunately the restaurant was out of uni that day but the don was still filled with seafood from baby octopus, minced tuna (yay), thick slices of salmon, roe, scallop, ebi, eel etc and topped with a raw egg yolk and cavier. Mix everything today and you get a sashimi lover’s dream (yes thats basically me).

So good.

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No. 17, Alley 9, Lane 346, Section 2, Bade Rd
Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105

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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