The Dirty Stall

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Antica Norcineira Viola is a salumeria with a long history, being founded back in 1890, and it’s still family run till today. It’s hard to review a shop like this but basically it’s heaven for those of us who love Italian salumi, such as prosciutto, guanciale, salame, coppa…the list goes on and on.


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Lasagne is a rich and sinful dish, born in region of Emilia-Romagna, and made by stacking layers of lasagna sheets, ragu, béchamel sauce and cheese. But always, we start with the soffritto.


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Ever tried making a risotto where the main ingredient is just tomatoes? You got to get some really good and ripe ones, so shell out for those expensive tomatoes you see in the supermarkets cos they do make a difference when they’re the star of the dish!


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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.

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For Restaurant Week last year, I visited Forlino at One Fullerton for lunch with fellow food bloggers CrunchyBottoms and yumyumformytumtum, as well as another friend Issie.


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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.

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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.

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Past dishes


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