Category Archives: Soup

La Chasseur

Le Chasseur
31 New Bridge Road
Tel: 6337 7677
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm daily

The name “Le Chasseur” brings to mind either French or Italian food but alas, you would be so disappointed when you realize it serves just home-cooked Chinese food (家常菜). 

My family and I went to this place on 4 March 2008 during lunch.  We tried the pig’s trotters in vinegar (dad’s favourite dish), stewed bitter gourd and the you tiao with sotong yesterday.  We also ordered 3 drinks and 3 bowls of rice to go with our meal and it costs us S$21.50. 

All dishes served at this eating place are in 1 standard size and the restaurant claims to have no MSG (Monosodium glutamate), no GST and no service charge. 

Dad said the pig’s trotters is not bad (although it’s not as good as Mum’s).  I am not a pig’s trotters fan, so I just basically go for the sauce.  The sauce is sourish enough (sour taste came from the vinegar) but I feel that it should be spicier (spicy taste should come from ginger and not chilli) to give it that oomph, so lacking in this dish.  This dish came with quite a few chopped up pieces of pig’s trotters in a claypot and cost S$7.50. 

The stewed bitter gourd costs us S$5.00 and came in a small bowl.  Portion was miserably little for 3 persons; but it should be ideal if you’re ordering for 1.  Taste-wise – the bitter gourd is soft but otherwise quite bland; no bitter taste of the bittergourd. 

Next, the you tiao (fried Chinese Crullers) with sotong (squid) – please, save your money for another dish.  This dish came out a bit cold.  Not only that, the you tiao was not crunchy and the sotong tasted bad.  Thumbs down for this dish! 

I ordered luo han guo (a kind of fruit – medicinal in nature) drink.  I don’t know if this drink is home made – but I’m guessing it should be because it is not sweet at all.  In fact, it was a bit bitter to the taste.  I guess all stuff that are good for your body always never tasted good.  The only good thing that we enjoyed for this lunch is the pig’s trotters. 

Next time we’re here, we’ll just stick to the pig’s trotters.  Overall prices at this eating place is a bit on the higher side – S$5 for hor fun/mee goreng, which I can easily get at S$3 elsewhere.  I also spotted a S$20 duck with salted veg soup!  Even egg omelette with tomato will set you back S$5. 

Taste-wise, they do not add MSG but I think the GST and service charges have already been included in the prices.

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Etna Restaurant & Pizzeria

Etna Restaurant & Pizzeria
18 Raffles Quay #01-68/69/70
Lau Pa Sat Festival Market
Tel: (65) 6220 5513
Opening Hours: 10am to 11pm (Monday to Saturday)
Website: http://www.sicilia-mia.com/

Bf and I went for our romantic Valentine’s Day at the most unromantic venue… Lau Pa Sat! The first time when I heard we’re having dinner at Lau Pa Sat on V-day, the first thing that came to my mind was “We’re having satay there?” Hehe… before you really dismiss it off as an unromantic venue or think that we’re eating satay, think again! We had it at a very cosy restaurant called Etna Restaurant & Pizzeria.

This restaurant was recommended to Bf by his colleague (an Italian no less), so I told him that food should be quite good there if his colleague says it’s nice.

They had a set dinner for V-day which we had a look-through before we went to the restaurant. However, after arriving at the restaurant, we were informed that we could also order a-la-carte if we wanted to. Going through the menu and calculating the costs, we decided that we were better off eating a-la-carte since we are both small eaters. What we ordered for sharing was the Salad Rugola (S$18), Tag. Nero Seppia (S$22) (squid-ink pasta), Grigliata Carne (mixed grill) (S$32), 2 glasses of Prosecco (S$18) and 1 San Pellegrino (sparkling mineral water) (S$6). Our total bill came up to S$113 for everything.

We were also served an entree of cured meat, cheese, salami and bread sticks (complimentary). Food came quickly and service was great!

The Salad Rugola (rugola is also known as rocket salad) was served with thin slices of parmesan cheese and a good dash of balsamic dressing. The cheese was not overpowering and the balsamic dressing tasted great on the palate. Overall, a good choice for a starter.

Then we had the Tag. Nero Seppia – better known as squid ink pasta to the uninitiated. If you’re thinking squid ink as yucks, think again! I don’t know what other herbs or spices they added to the pasta and squid ink but it was very flavorful. Within the pasta, you could also find pieces of prawns and squid. Be careful when you have this dish – squid ink does not come off your clothes and if you get it on your skin, it will be there for quite a while.

Then we were served the Grigliata Carne – mixed grill. Since the dish came with a piece of lamb, pork, chicken and beef, we specially asked for no beef and the waitress suggested that we replaced that with another piece of pork or chicken. Good service in the sense that they asked us our preference rather than just simply dumping another piece of meat to replace the beef. So we asked for chicken. Our verdict? The chicken breast was nice – a bit on the dry side though. Pork was overcooked and it was placed under the piece of lamb, so some of the lamb’s juice went into the pork. Overall, not that nice except for the lamb which bf said was excellent. Unfortunately we did not have much space for desserts.

Overall, lovely dinner in a romantic setting (despite it being in Lau Pa Sat). Service is attentive without being intrusive and friendly (they kept pouring us our Pellegrino when the glass is half full). Value is good giving the quality of the food we had. It’s better to stick to the pasta and skip the mixed grill. Don’t worry if you are not familiar with the Italian names of the food – they have English description of the food underneath the names. If you are still not sure, you can always consult the friendly waitress/waiter there. And yes, we will definitely be back there again.

Sky Dining In Cable Car

Sky Dining
Sky Dining
The Jewel Box
109 Mount Faber Road
Tel: (65) 6377 9688
Website: http://www.mountfaber.com.sg/main-skydining-facts.htm
Opening Hours: 6.30pm to 8.30pm, daily

Bf treated me to a birthday dining experience on the cable car at Mount Faber on 6 Dec 2007.

We first checked in at HarbourFront Cable Car Station and then took the ride from there to The Jewel Box @ Mount Faber.  This ride is complimentary by the way which is great for people who take the NEL.

We then dropped off at The Jewel Box and presented our receipt to the staff there.  There was a little mix-up with our order (we didn’t want beef which was one of the dishes on the menu and had earlier informed them of a change but this was overlooked).  BUT the staff quickly went to the kitchen and got our order right!

The staff then put a table into one of the cable cars and we quickly boarded the car.  A photographer of theirs came along and took our photo just before our car took off.

The cable car would be travelling from the Jewel Box to HarbourFront Station and then to Sentosa Station before returning again to the Jewel Box station.

We were served the Cream of Tomato Soup served with Garlic Crostini and Smoked Salmon Salad With Mascarpone cheese.  The soup was nice and you can hardly taste the garlic in the crostini.  I don’t really like the taste of mascarpone cheese in my smoked salmon but I finished it anyway coz I was hungry. 😛  Even took bf’s share! Hehe!

One round was sufficient for us to finish our soup and salad and the staff at the Jewel Box station quickly cleared our dishes as soon as our car arrived.  Another staff quickly served us our glasses of wine and our Pan-fried fillet of Salmon with Honey Miso served with sauteed garden vegetables and mashed potatoes (for bf) and Pan-fried chicken served with sauteed garden vegetables (for me).

Again, just before take-off, we were given copies of our photos (1 4R, 2 2×2 and another 2×2 in small photo frames).  We were told that prices would be given to us during our last round.

By the time the car reached HarbourFront station, bf and I were already feeling the motion sickness.  We barely touched our main dishes and we quickly decided that we would get off at the Jewel Box station.

We got off and paid S$30 for the whole package of photos.  And then we were shown to the restaurant and given our desserts of chocolate brownie and our tea. 

Both of us thought they would serve us the remains of our main dishes and wine but nope, we were only given our desserts.

Overall, thumbs up for the excellent service! Go for the experience of dining in a cable car. It’s really something.  But our advice would be simply inform the staff that you would be taking only the 1st course in the cable car and the rest of the meal in the restaurant.  That way, you will thoroughly enjoy the dinner.

Note: This review can also be found on The Local King.

East Ocean Teochew Restaurant

Mixed Vegetables in Claypot Fried rice In Bamboo Fried Chicken Boiled Live Prawns from East Ocean Teochew RestaurantSeasame Ball Dessert
East Ocean Teochew Restaurant
1 Scotts Road #02-18
Shaw Centre
Tel: 6235 9088
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm, Mon to Fri; 10am to 2.45pm, 6pm to 11pm, Sat & Sun

My bf and I had dinner here on 5 December 2007.  We were attracted by the beautiful dessert shaped like a bear (see last picture above) that I simply wanted to try.  However, when we went up to the restaurant, I was a bit disappointed to see that the beautiful dessert wasn’t on the menu.  I guessed it was only for lunch. 😦

Nonetheless, we ordered our food after mulling over the menu for quite some time. So many food, so small stomach!  Finally, we ordered the mixed vegetables in claypot (see picture 1 above), fried rice served in bamboo (see picture 2 above), fried chicken with fried garlic topping (see picture 3 above), boiled live prawns (min. 300g) (see picture 4 above).

Mixed vegetables was served in a claypot as you can see.  And it came with tang hoon (glass noodles) and assorted vegetables like cabbage, carrots, corn, etc.  Quite soupy so you can order it like a soup dish.

The fried rice served in bamboo is not the usual fried rice with char siew and peas.  This one is first fried with dried shrimps (hae bee) and then put in the bamboo to keep it warm.  Quite yummy!

Next dish was the fried chicken topped with fried garlic.  I loved this dish very much as the chicken skin was crispy and the fried garlic gave it a very nice flavour.  Excellent!

My bf’s favourite dish would of course be the boiled live prawns.  Although the prawns were merely boiled, the freshness of the prawns was enough to make this dish taste great!

At the end of your meal, you would be given 1 complimentary seasame ball for each customer.  Luckily, we cancelled our order for our dessert.

We were both too stuffed at the end of our meal.  Considering the 4 dishes we ordered, we paid less than S$100 for everything.  Quality was good and service was attentive and excellent (they cleared our dishes whenever needed and topped up our water without us asking; we were also given 8 cups of Chinese tea (I think it was tie guan ying)- 4 before meal and 4 after meal). Thumbs up!

Note: This review can also be found on TheLocalKing.

Inle Myanmar Restaurant

Inle Myanmar Restaurant Pickled Tea Leaves Salad Golden Century Egg Salad
Inle Myanmar Restaurant
#B1-07B Peninsular Plaza
Tel: 6333 5438
Website: http://www.inlemyanmar.com.sg/
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm, daily

Peninsula Plaza, fondly hailed as Singapore’s ‘Burmese Mall’, houses not only little Myanmar stores but hides a serene Myanmar restaurant in its basement. Away from the prying eyes and heavy traffic of North Bridge Road, Inle Myanmar Restaurant is a 4-years old haven for the sizeable Myanmar community who misses home. From the ambience to the menu, Inle moulds a miniature Myanmar right in the heart of Singapore.

An appetiser of Pickled Tea Leaves Salad ($4) (see picture above) and hot Myanmar tea ($0.50) will be an excellent foray into Myanmar cuisine – a scintillating blend of sweet, sour and spicy. Myanmar tea leaves are preserved in oil and served with savoury nuts, white sesame seeds, dried shrimp, tomato slices, cabbage shreds, fresh Thai chilli and a special dressing in a salad that bursts forth with distinctively strong flavours. Pickled tea leaves are overwhelmingly salty at first taste, but become interestingly, tasty and addictive when paired with extremely crunchy nuts. The fragrance of tea leaves and sesame lingers on in your mouth until you take a draught from the steaming cup of hot Myanmar tea. Made from tea leaves roasted with rice, this drink imparts a light aroma of glutinous rice and cleanses your tongue of the salad’s taste, preparing it for the next mouthful of pickled tea leaves.

As savoury as the pickled tea leaves salad may be, you will do better with Inle’s signature Golden Century Egg Salad ($4.50) (see picture above) if you fancy sour dressings. Instead of the usual ominously black eggs we see in Chinese cuisine, Myanmar’s version surprises with a resplendent golden hue. Served with a surprisingly sour and spicy dressing, the golden century egg tastes less pungent than its ebony comrade. Wash down the starters with a glass of Inle’s fresh Tamarind Juice ($2.50), a mildly sweet drink that hides an underlying sour tinge – a guaranteed thirst quencher.

One should not miss the Moun Hin Ga ($5.50). This traditional Myanmar dish of rice noodles in fish gravy is as representative of Myanmar cuisine as laksa is of Singapore fare. Featuring the peculiar banana tree stem, this dish includes boiling tough banana tree stems slices for a full hour till it is soft and textured to the tongue. Rice noodles are heavy-laden with the goodness of the fish gravy that looks spicier than it really is, and reminiscent of Penang laksa . Inle recommends a side of Fried Gourd ($4.50) to further savour the tantalising fish gravy. Golden fried fritters hide a refreshing, green strip of marrow-long gourd, more commonly known as bu gyaw in Myanmar, complementing the fish gravy well.

Alternatively, the Fried Myanmar Tofu ($4.50) is ideal for an oily indulgence. Served with a tamarind dipping, the fried tofu triangles must be savoured hot to taste the contrast between the lightly fried skin and the creamy tofu goodness on the inside. Once you leave them to cool off, the tofu tastes bland and rather akin to sodden cotton wool. The world of difference in taste is determined within minutes, so this side should be more suited for a larger gathering (4 to 6 persons) where the otherwise delicious tofu triangles can be snapped up in a flash.

If you are someone who abhor anything fishy, the fish gravy is likely out of question for you, but settle for the Oun Nau Khau Hswe ($5.50), Inle’s curry noodles with chicken, which strangely tasted like a typical local curry chicken noodle. The yellow noodles are well-flavoured with the thick, aromatic curry gravy that tastes slightly sweet with only the slightest hint of spiciness. The chicken was, however, disappointingly drier than expected.

Forgo the chicken and enjoy the full curry goodness with Inle’s Myanmar Style Curry Pork ($5.50). Chunks of luscious pork, lined with fatty bits, are served in a dry curry that is made without the sinful coconut milk. As fat as the pork may be, the meat is well stewed and carries a full-bodied spice aroma of this lip-smacking curry.

A typical meal at Inle can be very filling but one must not leave without tasting the Hpa Lu Da . Seek solace in the comfort of vanilla ice cream, grass jelly, agar agar, sago, atap seeds, nata de coco and egg pudding in this all-time favourite Myanmar dessert. Inle hand-makes their egg pudding, a highly popular item on their menu, which carries custard-like taste with a firm texture.

Their full menu can be seen from their website.

  • If you pay using UOB Credit Card, with a minimum spending of S$30, you get 10% off your food bill.  AND if it’s your birthday month, present your I/C and get a complimentary dessert on the house.
Note: This review was extracted from StreetDirectory.com.
Post-Makan Note:

I visited this place with my family on 6 Dec 2007.  We ordered various dishes and mango salad was one of them.  If you’re really fond of Thai mango salad like we do, don’t ever order this dish as the Myanmar’s version is made up of soft mango instead of the crunchy ones we’re used to in Thai mango salad.

The curry chicken set was interesting. The curry is more like our rendang instead of the local curry dish that we’re used to. This dish is also much oilier than our rendang.

A set meal consisting of curry chicken, rice, a small bowl of soup costs less than S$7.  Add another S$1.50 if you’re ordering the set for a drink, else it’ll cost something like S$3.

They also have a dessert resembling our chendol except that it doesn’t have gula melaka and comes with 4 tiny pieces of bread.

Overall, food was nice; except that it’s oilier and dessert is sweeter than what I would like it to be.

Stewhaus

Stewhaus
695B East Coast Road
Tel: 6445 5037
Website: http://www.stewhaus.com/index.html
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm, Tue to Sun; closed on Mon

Our Makansutra Seetoh visited this place in an episode that was aired on Channel 5 on 13 November 2007. 

With a name like Stewhaus, of course you should expect the house specialties to be stew! A must try dish is the Hungarian Goulash Stew (S$14.80).

Service here is good and friendly. And prices are really reasonable here.  Apparently the food served here is healthy – less salt, less fried stuff, etc.

So what are you waiting for? Head on down to Stewhaus today!

The Soup Spoon

Soup Spoon Soup Spoon’s Sandwiches
The Soup Spoon
Website: http://www.thesoupspoon.com/aboutus_where.asp

They have 4 outlets located in Raffles City Shopping Centre, Paragon Shopping Centre, Raffles Xchange & Market Street Carpark.  Different outlets have different opening hours, so check their website for details.

What I love about this place is that they have all sorts of soup! With a name like Soup Spoon, what else do you expect! The soup menu has the regular soups and the weekly soups.  Regular soup costs S$4.90 to S$6.10 and grande soup (large portion) costs S$6.00 to S$7.20.  Price difference is due to the different kind of soups.

You can also opt for the combo set which includes your favourite soup (regular or grande size), choice of either a half of salad or a half of sandwich/wrap AND choice of either a pack of chips or apple OR a glass of ice-lemon tea.

There are also sandwiches and wraps and salads if you are not into soup or you’re just looking for something to fill your stomach on top of your soup dish.  Check the website for menu details.

Post-Makan Note:

I visited their outlet at Raffles City on 4 Nov 2007 and another outlet at Raffles Xchange on 6 Nov 2007.

I tried their tangy tomato soup and Velvety Mushroom Stroganoff.  I find the tomato soup a bit spicy and I was unable to taste the basil in the soup.  The mushroom soup is not that bad, not too creamy, but a little bit peppery.

Each bowl of soup comes with a small bun.  Both times, I tried the Spinach, Avocado & Pint Nut wrapI loved this wrap very much.  If you dine in, they’ll give you 3 tiny bowls of spreads like basil, mint with mayo and 1 other which I’m unable to identify and also 2 small tablespoons of coleslaw.

Overall, it’s really very ordinary soup; nothing out of the ordinary.  But it’s one of those items that it’s great to have when you’re in a hurry (they simply scoop the soup into the bowl when you order) or when the weather is cold.

They also have the soup pre-packed so you can simply heat up the soup whenever you feel like having it.  Costs range from S$6.40 to S$7.10 and can last up to 2 weeks if you keep them in the fridge.