About MeHello! My name name is Sarah.
Welcome to my loft where I dream up, plan & embark on great journeys, hoping to share them with you along the way.
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- Tokyo Eats
I finally feel my creative juices flowing again. Recently, or actually, just yesterday, I passed on my managerial duties to someone whom I know would be far more suited for that role than me… during this current point in time. I’m still the boss of M&M but I’m taking a back seat and going back to the things that I really like doing… the fun stuff… like amateur styling, taking photos, teaching and events. I am very grateful for the notoriety M&M has been gaining, however the more customers we have, the more stressed I get. I’m too emotional, too sensitive, too much of a people pleaser (One bad review can have me cry one bucket of tears… people can be so mean) which are traits that make me dreadful at running a business.
So in celebration of my new “freedom”, I made bagels and doughnuts – which will be new classes for July and August! Nothing beats soft fluffy freshly made doughnuts, not even you Krispy Kreme! Damn you and your delicious original glaze! Mmmmmm…..
Sorry I digress…
Anyways do look out for the class schedule on the Maple & Market website soon! I will be also working on cake classes too, so look out for those too! In the meantime, have a wonderful week!
I had truly cultivated a love for yakitori when I was staying in Tokyo for awhile. My Japanese Godfather had a favourite yakitori-ya where he’d have a meal at, at least once a week. When I was there, we’d drop by twice a week. We’d sit at the counter while he’d chat with the boss. They spoke really fast, occasionally asking for my opinion…most probably out of courtesy. I didn’t mind being left alone to watch the variety programmes showing on the tiny TV in the corner, eating good food and sipping on a big glass of Calpis High. Bliss.
When I came back to Singapore, I couldn’t find any yakitori restaurant that was as good as the one in Tokyo. Friends didn’t know. Even google couldn’t help. So for the longest time, I gave up the notion that I would be able to savour tasty yakitori outside of Japan….
until a month ago…
I got an invitation to a food tasting at BINCHO.
Maybe this sounds quite ungrateful, but I’m quite picky about the food tastings I attend because I’m quite wary of being bamboozled into writing a nice post about food I don’t really like. Shamed to say it has happened before, but now I tell myself, if I’m not gushing about it to my friends and family, then it really isn’t worth writing about. *2 & counting…*
The email said Yaki Tori and that peaked my interest immediately. A potentially good Yaki Tori restaurant in Singapore? NA NI ?! I nearly didn’t make it cause I was stuck at the shop covered in cake flour... But thank God I did, for I would have nearly missed out on a really decadent meal.
Because I’m not very good at writing and would not wish you to sit through horrible (vocab-wise) descriptions of the food and the space, I’m sharing my evening with you through photos and short-but-sweet comments below.
Back dining area.
Tsukune & Egg Yolk
Only had one chance to take that photo with the yolk on top of the tsukune. Made of meat from the chicken’s neck, it’s tender and juicy. This probably doesn’t sound very appetizing, but there isn’t much meat on a chicken’s neck so you can imagine how many chickens it took to make that one piece of meat…… #meatloversonly #carnivores
Simmer Kurobuta Don
After all the meat, it was hard to take more than one mouthful of the kurobuta don, which was very unfair to the dish. If you’re chuffed like me, must have the rice and meat with the broth to make it a good mouthful.
Best part of any meal for me
Amao Strawberry | Green Tea Ice Cream
You know how I feel about Japanese strawberries! And Green Tea Ice Cream…. Pshh. Obviously I LOVE THEM ALL.
The following dishes were from two set menus I got the privilege to nom on!
FUJI $80 | BINCHO $120
I know you’re probably thinking, HOLY CRAP, that’s expensive. But Yaki Tori is expensive, both in and out of Japan. If dinner is too pricy for you, you can consider having lunch instead. Their lunch menu is pretty affordable and very very good. They share their space with Hua Bee Coffee Shop which sells meepok. So if you’re going in a group, there’s an option of casual or finer dining!
Another post on that soon!
78 Moh Guan Terrace
This past weekend, L and I had our first picnic at Fort Canning Park. Besides the scotching sun and the infestation of mosquitos and ants, we had an enjoyable time. You know what they say, it’s the company that counts…
Ok… and the food too.. I made mac & cheese, cheese on toast, roasted vegetable salad and egg-mayo salad with bacon bits! Cheated a little and bought a slice of chocolate cake from Food For Thought nearby.
I finally got to use the vintage food carrier that I had inherited from my dear Grandmother. It even still has “YAP” which is my grandma’s maiden family name, that she would write on everything she owned! When she passed, it was a good thing I took home most of her prized kitchen accessories before my aunt could throw them all away. I miss her and her Peranakan cooking.
The basket, I bought from Tokyo and the drinking glasses are from Plain Vanilla.
From this experience, I learned that I need better planning in terms of location and what things to bring. I looking forward to having a another and hopefully better, picnic! Anyone have any suggestion on good picnic spots in Singapore? Please share!
Happy Weekend ahead, my fellow Wanderlusters! xx
Every time I make this dish. I never remember the proportion of wine to stock. I just keep tasting and tasting till I get it right. Nowadays when I read recipes, I just take note of the ingredients and not really pay much attention to the portioning. Of course, it’s always a better idea to at least read through the recipe thoroughly, once. One strand of saffron is powerful enough, you don’t need to put the whole lot like it’s parsley. *awkward laugh* Lessons learnt the hard way are always the most effective.
Fry clams in butter, red chilli slices and garlic. Pour in chicken stock, white wine and water. When it starts to boil, turn the heat down lower. Add pepper and parsley. After simmering for awhile, turn off the heat completely. & that’s that!
I like to eat it with spaghetti or bread. I don’t know if it’s the wine, but this dish always makes me feel so happy. haha.
The best way to tell anyone that you love them… is always through food.
Mentaiko, Rocket, Avocado, Seaweed on Steamed Rice – a combination I fell in love with during one of the best meals I had in Tokyo. Because it can be served cold, it’s a great dish to make into a bento! And if you’re wondering, I got the bento box from the household section of Siam Paragon departmental store in BKK.
The Most Important Meal Of The Day
My first an all-day breakfast experience happened in Melbourne over the course of 5 days. It was there I started my love affair with poached eggs, fresh produce and artisanal coffee. Who knew breakfast could be so simple yet so decadent?!
Now in Singapore, so many places serve an all-day breakfast menu. I used to fancy spending a day at a cafe having breakfast and catching up with friends, but now I like my breakfast more intimate – just me in my PJs having breakfast I made myself. At home. Reading the newspaper.
I feel like I’ve aged 10 years in the past year and my daily habits are beginning to follow those of my parents. I’m appreciating being at home a lot more than I used to. I’m trying not to work as much and hopefully, if all goes well, I’ll be able to recover those ten years and finally be 27 years old again. Oh.. and have more time to have breakfast, of course. xx
If I had all the money in the world, I would love to try every single dish on their menu, especially their oysters. Hmmm Oysters…
Skyve Wine Bistro is a great place to hang out with friends or a romantic night out.
Mentaiyaki oysters Mentaiko, Ebiko, Lemon juice, Aioli
Chilean oysters Serrano, Lime juice, Red Wine vinegar, Cilantro
Kilpatrick oysters Lardon of Bacon, Worcestershire, Chive
While I love fresh oysters just on their own, these blew me away. My favourite obviously was the mentaiyaki oysters cause everything tastes a million times yummier with Mentaiko.
Crab & Tomato Momotaro Chilled crabmeat, confit of tomato momotaro, Thai inspired basil pesto, yuzu sorbet
I usually don’t like tomatoes, but this was really refreshing. A great appetizer!
Petuna and Ume Somen Seared petuna, ebiko, mango, chilli, sesame yzu dressing, cold somen, mesclun
Sous Vide Poulet Apricot glazed, baby vegetables, candied pecans, pommes puree
Polenta Mushroom Stack Mushroom Fricassee, grilled portabello, polenta cakes, seasonal vegetable pesto
A fantastic dish suitable for vegetarians!
Cereal Crusted Cod Cereal and spice crusted cod fish, seasonal vegetables, soyu ginger vinaigrette
Melt in your mouth cod fish.
Mango & Cheese Semifreddo Rippled frozen mousse, frozen lime foam, sable cookies
Camomille Tea Crème Brulee Camomille tea infused vanilla egg custard, puff pastry stick, caramelized sugar, lychee sorbet
The best of the threeimo!
Snicker Bar Salted caramel pudding, peanut better, chocolate ganache, feuilletine, flambed bananas, vanilla gelato
Skyve Wine Bistro
No.10 Winstedt Road
Block E, #01-17
This past weekend, I had the privilege of doing up a dessert table for my long-time acquaintance, the beautiful Adele, during her wedding to her love, Ian. Her colour theme was Gold and White, which was a first for me. I loved the simplicity of the table with the little bits of gold and glitter that adorned it. Turned out nicer than I had imagined it in my head.
Adele bought these balloon alphabets that said ” LET THEM EAT CAKE”. Unfortunately the wind was too strong that day, so this was the only way we could hold them down. By the end of the day, quite a few alphabets were taken home by the guests. haha
Sometimes it’s amazing what a bit of ribbon and paper can do for a simple cake.
One of my favourite things to do is to spend the day with my favourite person at my favourite place eating my favourite cupcakes.
I love the cakes that are made at M&M, but to be very honest with you, I adore the cupcakes at Plain Vanilla more. I can’t believe it took me so long to drop by their cafe in the Tiong Bahru Estate… but I’m glad I finally managed to, because it is amazing. I do wonder who does their carpentry because everything is so beautiful, definitely not something you can find off the shelves. I am always in awe at their creativity and hope to one day be of their level of awesomeness. One day soon I hope.
No doubt the cupcakes are truly the best in Singapore and always will be in my opinion.
My favourite person.
My off-days just got a little sweeter.
Tiong Bahru Estate
1D Yong Siak Street,