FEEL SKINNY WITH SALAD
Skinny Salads, which opened last Friday at 100AM in Tanjong Pagar, is the latest salad bar to set up shop here. The 32-seat restaurant offers salads and wraps, and is an offshoot of Spa Esprit Group’s Skinny Pizza chain.
One thing I like is that this salad shop does not use canned vegetables. The produce is fresh and crisp, from freshly shucked grilled corn to crunchy sprigs of watercress. Its dressings are also made from scratch. Salads start at $9 a serving.
Options range from an Organic Chicken & Spinach salad with radish, sunflower seeds, chickpeas, parsley, corn and a cumin-yogurt dressing to an Asian-style Soba & Watercress salad with daikon, pickled ginger, mint and cucumber, with a soya-sauce ginger-shallot dressing.
The Kale & Quinoa salad, with beetroot, quinoa, tomatoes, sprouted lentils and zucchini comes with a tarragon-parsley verde dressing that awakens the palate.
For something more hearty, opt for any of its eight wraps ($8.50 to $10.50 each), such as Egg & Bacon with tomato chutney and rocket; Master Stock Pork Belly with Vietnamese salad, mint, coriander, nuoc cham dipping sauce and kimchi aioli; and Seared Tuna & Tapenade with roasted peppers, tapenade, egg, lettuce, basil and lemon aioli.
Where: Skinny Salads, 100AM, 100 Tras Street, 01-03 MRT: Tanjong Pagar Open: 8am - 8pm, daily Tel: 6444-2136 Info: Go to www.facebook.com/skinnysaladssg. Items are available for dine-in & takeaway
HOME-STYLE CHICKEN RICE
In a food column on Sunday, I mentioned a few local dishes that I must eat after a trip overseas and chicken rice is one of them.
There are two places in Orchard Road that I head to for the iconic Hainanese dish, one of which is located on the fifth floor of Far East Plaza.
Hainanese Delicacy has been operating since 1986 and serves a home-style version of chicken rice (from about $4). The no-frills shop is one of the more pocket-friendly places to dine at in the area.
The rice may not be the most aromatic or flavoursome, but I like it because it is not oily. The chicken, however, is always supple and succulent.
But what is truly distinctive here is the garlicky and piquant chilli.
Also, make sure you order a serving of the salted vegetable duck soup to go with your chicken rice – it’s comfort in a sip.
Where: Hainanese Delicacy, Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, 05-116 MRT: Orchard Open: 10.20am - 8pm (Tue - Sun), closed on Mon Tel: 6734-0639
RELISH THESE NEW EATS
Relish, a restaurant known for its gourmet burgers, has added some delicious new eats to its menu.
Items now include Gooey Marmite Wings ($12.80 for four) - crispy fried chicken wings coated in a sticky, sweet-savoury Marmite sauce that I cannot stop licking off my fingers - and Polenta With Onsen Egg ($18.60) - a savoury, moreish dish of runny soft-boiled egg, grilled mushrooms, spinach and pancetta served on a bed of thick and creamy polenta or Italian cornmeal.
For brunch, I love Relish's Pandan French Toast ($17.80) - French toast made with fluffy pandan chiffon cake instead of bread, drizzled with gula melaka syrup and served with bacon. A simple, uncontrived yet novel idea that just works flawlessly.
Where: Relish - Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, 02-01, tel: 6763-1547 & MyVillage, 1 Maju Avenue, 02-07, Serangoon Gardens, tel: 6634-3422 MRT: Botanic Gardens/Serangoon Open: Cluny Court, 9am - 10pm (Tue - Sun), closed on Mon; MyVillage, noon - 10.30pm (weekday), 11am - 10.30pm (weekend)
FAVOURITES FROM THE THIRD WIFE
Sum Yi Tai, which opened about two weeks ago, means third wife in Cantonese.
It’s a fun and trendy restaurant-bar that serves Cantonese favourites such as roast duck ($15), char siew ($12), noodles (from $12) and claypot rice (from $25, serves two) for lunch. At night, it offers Asian tapas.
The biggest draw for me is its daily soup ($6) – it was a watercress soup when I had lunch there last week.
It is served in a teapot and poured into teacups. Typically Cantonese, the soup is pure, robust and unadulterated.
My other picks include the XO Carrot Cake ($12) and Vermicelli With Jumbo Head King Prawn ($32, serves two).
The Cantonese-style turnip cake, or lor bak gou, is cubed and tossed with XO sauce, egg and beansprouts, has plenty of wok hei (wok breath) and a subtle hit of spice while the vermicelli, which has strong flavours of prawn, ginger and spring onions, is extremely appetising.
Where: Sum Yi Tai, 25 Boon Tat Street MRT: Telok Ayer/Tanjong Pagar Open: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 5pm - 1am (weekdays), 5pm - 1am (Sat), closed on Sun Tel: 6221-3665 Info: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org