Archive for the ‘Italian’ Category
Located inside Hotel 1929, Restaurant Ember is well-known for its value-for-money business set lunches – in fact it’s probably the most well-known ‘secret’ now.
What’s really great about Ember is the large variety of choices in the set lunch menu. Each category easily has more than 5 different items to pick from so you can mix and match to try out before settling on your preferred 3-course combination1.
The food was undoubtedly good and when I finished the meal, I was already thinking of what to order the next time I was back. However I never did return, being distracted by another place nearby – which I’ll blog about eventually!
And what I had:
Roasted and poached foie gras with mirin and shoyu, shiitake
Crispy duck leg confit with new potatoes, caramelised onions, thyme jus
Chocolate fondant with vanilla ice-cream
And some mint tea to round off a good lunch!
50 Keong Siak Road
Tel: +65 6347 1928
Ciabatta, or literally “slipper bread”, is very simply an elongated and broad Italian bread. It has a chewy exterior crust and a soft, porous interior with lots of holes, great for making sandwiches.
Baking tends to require more exact measurements than cooking, so a weighing scale makes life much easier and accurate. And for a more traditional and complex flavour, it helps if you prepared a biga the night before to use.
What follows is a pictorial series on baking a ciabatta.
Opened alongside Osteria Mozza at the end of 2010, Pizzeria Mozza is one of the two signature restaurants that the celebrity chef Mario Batali was courted by MBS to set up operations in the Shoppes.
This dish came about as part of the #CookForFamily initiative started by Daniel from Daniel’s Food Diary. It’s quite a simple and healthy dish that can be shared by the whole family and made rather quickly too.
It is a pasta dish taken from Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals, using orecchiette mixed with a broccoli and anchovy sauce.
Ristorante Aso looks like it could have been plucked straight out of any Italian town and placed in the trendy Daikanyama district. This Michelin 2 star restaurant is the flagship for chef Tatsuji Aso and it’s also said to be one of the best Italian restaurants in Tokyo.
After making them from scratch, I decided this time to use some store-bought ones to compare with, so I got these from Rustichella.
This is a pretty simple dish, just meatballs with pasta. I’m using a different type of pasta called the pappardelle, which is a much wider version of the fettuccine. They are typically used for dishes with a thick sauce, such as wild boar ragu.
This is also the first time I’m trying out fennel in the pasta sauce, as you can see below.
Rotolo is a sort of rolled and stuffed pasta dish, not unlike the Chinese chee cheong fun we have at dim sum restaurants, but on a much larger scale. It takes a lot more effort than the normal pasta dish but I think eating it afterwards is worth the effort.
The main ingredient here is the butternut squash.
To make risotto al funghi, the key ingredient to it is the porcini mushroom. It is the king of European mushrooms, known scientifically as boletus edulis, and the robust aroma of the dried porcini mushroom can be really so intense.