the wanton noodles war (Part I)

Where do u usually go to get your wanton mee fix?

the famous feifei wanton mee or ……

old airport road wanton mee?

In my humble opinion, after trying so many wanton mee stalls in my life, i have summarized & concluded my favourite top 3 wanton noodles stall in singapore.

& today, i am going to reveal one of the top three stalls.

NOT THE ONE AT OLD AIRPORT ROAD HAWKER BUT THE OLD SCHOOL LOOKING COFFEESHOP BESIDE THE FAMOUS OLD AIRPORT ROAD HAWKER.

Got to know this stall through a friend i made from Instagram (follow me at @caleen). I had noticed something wasn’t right when this instagram-made-friend has been “instagramming” this wanton mee stall for god knows so many times. So I told myself that i need to try it & like the typical storyline ” i fell in love with them at the first sight & lived happily ever after.”

Can’t wait to dig in!

For this stall, their noodles are different from feifei wanton noodles. More like the hongkong style wanton noodles & i LOVE it.

I used to to eat wanton noodles with less chili but recently i fell in love with wanton noodles with black sauce. Their wanton noodles with chili is good but i love their wanton noodles with black sauce more. hehe… For my wanton noodles, i would always tell the uncle preparing to add more black sauce & it just makes ur body wiggle with joy after u had ur first spoon of goodness.

yums.

Choon Guan Coffee Shop (Beside the famous Old Airport Road Hawker Center)

(Sorry, i couldn’t find much details on their address or opening hours but i think they do not do night business if i am not wrong.)

so please go there & try their awesomelicious wanton mee soon!

Next will be posting the stall that i visit the most frequent out of the three πŸ™‚

stay tuned, my beloved wanton mee lover friends/readers/or whoever you are…. i will see u soon.

*it’s only the beginning…*

Cookie Monster Birthday Cake

I AM BACK!

Sorry for the short hiatus, just got back from my Sydney/Melbourne trip last week & it was F1 weekends with lots of other stuffs.

Anyway before i flew to Sydney, it was his birthday. So i gathered some friends (i got a lot of talented friends.), Winifred & Yalin to help me out with this cookie monster themed birthday cake. I am not quite a decorator for cakes but would like to be a pro some time soon so at least my cakes can look pretty too πŸ™‚

For this cookiemonster cake, we baked chocolate sponge cake layers with nutella fillings & buttercream frosting.

& boy, it tasted so good!

You guys should know not all pretty cakes comes with a yummy taste right? haha…

The Making of the Cookie Monster Cake.

All thanks to Winifred for her amazing decorating skills! Without her, i don’t think i can bake this cookie monster cake all by myself. If u guys would like to have some yummy customized cakes too, u can order it from Winifred at www.prettyswirls.com πŸ™‚

September, a very busy month for me, is coming to an end. I still got lots of stuffs to share with u guys like the Best Wanton Mee in Singapore & my first travelogue in Sydney & Melbourne for this blog! Shall blog about it real soon πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday Habitat Coffee!

Time flies, as cheesy as it sounds, but that’s the truth. 1 year ago, i was working with Ryan, boss of Habitat Coffee, when the cafe just started off. A new cafe started off & a new friendship found. I could still remember those days when we worked till 11pm, so tiring yet happy. So happy that Ryan had successfully opened his cafe, things doing well for him & have inspired me to work towards my dream cafe.

anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY habitat coffee! πŸ™‚

my favorite hazelnut latte, hot & cold version.

& ryan, those cookies were delish! regretted that i didn’t take more home πŸ™

Ryan’s latest creation, Truffle Egg Toast with Bacons! oh my, it was good! Can’t wait for him to launch this on the menu! nom nom nom…

Happy Food, Happy Tum!

on the side note, i am flying to sydney tonight :D:D:D

i am not going to bring my macbook so follow me at instagram ”caleen” for some quick square-bites food/me/cafes/view snapshots :p

Easy Picnic Food

What will you prepare for picnic if u have less than 12 hours to do so?

& when that 12 hours is inclusive of ur sleeping time, grocery shopping, packing for picnic & preparation of food for 12, what will you do?

To me, SALAD is so simple that it’s always compulsory to make for picnic! But salad full of greens are always not filling at all especially for guys, so i love to make pasta or potato salad instead. I am going to share with u guys my all-time favourite pasta salad here that’s so simple yet so good πŸ™‚

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad

(how this pasta salad came along was because one fine day, there’s only chicken breasts left in fridge. haha)

chicken breasts

white onion, diced

cooked pasta

diced ham (optional, found some leftover ham in the fridge so i just dumped it in too.)

hard-boiled eggs

mayonnaise

italian dressing

saltΒ 

pepper

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degree C.

2. Marinate the chicken breasts with sea salt, pepper & dried rosemary. Remember to give those breasts a good rub!Β 

3. Place the chicken in the oven for around 15mins or until cooked. Remove it from the oven & let it cool down completely.

4. Put the cooked pasta, ham, onions, & chicken in a big mixing bowl.

5. Add a few slabs of mayonnaise & 2-3 tbsps of italian dressing into the bowl. (Add sufficient mayonnaise to lubricant the ingredients & italian dressing to lift up the taste of the pasta.)

6. Mix everything in the bowl well.

7. After mixing them , put the pasta in a air-tight container. Place the eggs on top of the salad, cover the container & chill it overnight or at least 2 hours.

Next, SANDWICHES… they are so easy & very hard to go wrong. I usually does egg mayo or chicken mayo for chilled sandwiches cause i can make them the night before. Since i have already made pasta salad with mayonnaise in it, i decided to make another favourite sandwiches of mine, luncheon meat with eggs sandwiches! (the boyfriend loves it too!)

Luncheon Meat with Scrambled Eggs Sandwich

what you need…

Luncheon Meat

Eggs

Milk ( 1 egg needs 1 tbsp of milk/cream )

Tomatoes, sliced

White Bread

Salt & Pepper ( for the scrambled eggs)

scrambled eggs, sliced tomatoes & my assemble station for sandwiches.

For my luncheon meat, intstead of pan-frying them, i love to throw them in the oven instead. Healthier & most importantly it won’t make the kitchen oily! hehe…

You can put those luncheon meat slices in a preheated oven about 200-220 degree C for around 10-15 mins depending on how u like your luncheon meat to be. If you like it to be juicy, then it don’t put it in the oven for too long. If you prefer your luncheon meat to be crisper, then leave it in the oven longer πŸ™‚

Packed the sandwiches individually with the cute bags we got in cold storage! Nice right? hehe

I think every picnic should have something sweet & cute/pretty food to spice up the whole picnic atmosphere. I have a soft spot for pretty & cute food like cupcakes but it will be too tedious to bring cupcakes with frosting out especially with the weather of Singapore. I think by the time you settle down with cupcakes, you might have melted frosting cupcakes instead. So i decided to make lemorange (lemon + orange) Β cupcakes with citrus glaze. Btw, the boy loves it so much that he was the one who requested me to bake this for the picnic.

Lemorange Cupcakes

cupcakes:

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

2 sticks (250g) salted butter, room temperature ( usually the recipe will call for unsalted butter & salt in the flour, but to save trouble, i will just use salted butter.)

1 cup sugar

5 tbsps finely grated lemon zest

4 tbsps finely grated orange zest (extra zest from either the lemon or orange for garnish on the glaze)

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

5 eggs, room temperature

5 tbsps freshly squeezed orange/lemon juice

glaze:

3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 tbsps fresh citrus juice, such as orange, lemon, or lime

Method:Β 

Preheat oven to 170 degrees C. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.

With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, scraping down sides of bowl every few minutes.

Add citrus zests. Reduce speed to medium, and add vanilla.

Add eggs, divide the eggs into 3 parts & add 1 part at a time, beating until until incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.

Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in four batches, beating until completely incorporated after each.

Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full; tap pans on countertop once to distribute batter.

Bake until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

Transfer tins to wire racks to cool 10 minutes; turn out cupcakes onto racks and let cool completely.

For the glaze, whisk all ingredients until smooth and combined.Β 

Finish the cupcakes by dipping tops of cupcakes in glaze, then turn over quickly and garnish with zest.

Cupcakes are best eaten the day they are glazed; keep at room temperature until ready to serve.

The boyfriend’s house doesn’t have muffin tins so this was what we did. haha!

Pasta salad, sandwiches & cupcakes, i am ready for the picnic! This time round, we had a picnic with friends that have dogs & i will let the pictures do the rest of the talking. Enjoy the pictures πŸ™‚

Thanks Nicole for the yummy tokyo banana! Finally managed to try it! heh

Happy friends, happy doggies & happy times.