ODP oh ODP oh how I love you so. ODP (Open Door Policy) is a little urbanised/ deconstructed/ grungy looking restaurant by the Spa Esprit Group in hipster central(a.k.a Tiong Bahru) in Singapore – a spin off concept of Tippling Club (at more affordable prices) by the same chef Ryan Clift. They’ve been around for a while (2 years? i think) and it’s our go-to place for date nights whenever we have no idea what new place to try or what we want to eat – ODP is the place because we know we’ll have a good time On our latest Date Night No.-Dunno-What (it’s nice that we’ve lost count – either we’ve been on so many or they have been so far apart you lose track haha!) we had from ODP’s latest menu:
The lil one had finished his meal (a whole serving and a half) but he wanted more! “Give him some apple.” everyone chimed. So the lil one gets ¼ of a Japanese Fuji Apple, and amazingly finishes it.
What does one do with ¾ of an apple, 3 adults to feed for dessert, vanilla ice cream in the freezer, a still-warm oven and 20 mins to lil one’s wind-down time? *lightbulb appears over head* Continue reading
Don’t look if you cannot control yourself. The Kouign Amann (pronounced: kween amahn) in the picture is indeed as good if not better than it looks.
Flakes of pastry fall to the ground with the first bite, and you won’t care because you’ve got one of the best things on earth in your mouth – with a gentle hint of saltiness, sweetness brought about by its stickiness, culminating in the richness of the surprisingly light yet buttery pastry. You won’t be able to hear your friends sniggering at the bits of pastry around your mouth, cos it wouldn’t matter, you have your Kouign Amann and they don’t. And when you’re through with your 1st Kouign Amann, before you get up to get your 2nd one, you can have the last laugh.
I want to be selfish and not tell you where to get it but I’m sure you’ll have your ways and they are making it easier to get your hands on one of these what with 2 shops now, so I’ll just make it easy for you and tell you:
There. Knock yourselves out.
Thailand is really just a hop and a skip away from Singapore and I honestly do not remember how many times I’ve been there. Well, you can never get enough of Thailand! Even after so many visits (so much so you know exactly where to turn on the streets to get to your favourite shopping/ food haunt – you know how you get w countries to go to often? you just make a beeline for your creature comforts?), there’s always something new to see/ try! And that’s wai (pun intended) you’ll never tire of Thailand! And despite this trip being a work trip, my eyes were opened to new found delicacies and tummy was comforted to revisit old favourites! Let’s count them:
This is really just like Singapore’s Fish Ball Noodles with a light and savoury broth and thin rice noodles. Very refreshing for a light morning meal
We all love eggs ben don’t we? Show me someone who doesn’t like eggs ben (and I’ll make him like it! hahaha jkidding) but really, I’ve not found someone who doesn’t like it! and a month ago i declared Saturdays as ‘Eggs Ben Saturdays’ *cheer* and we made ‘Eggs Ben’ 3 weeks in a row! and the reason why it’s ‘Eggs Ben’ and not Eggs Ben is cos it’s our very own Cheaterbug Eggs Ben – for when you dont know how to poach an egg, have got all the ingredients you want in an Eggs Ben (anything goes) and you have *drumroll* (cos it’s the most important ingredient of all – HOLLANDAISE SAUCE. No sauce no talk. Capisce? Continue reading
Are you like us when we travel – always heading back to your favourite haunts each time you visit the place? R and I are like that with the places we travel to often. In Hong Kong we always have a sunset dinner overlooking the harbour from Kowloon to Hong Kong at Hutong. join the line to have a bowl of Beef Curry Noodles at Kau Kee or have Dim Sum at Luk Yu Tea House. When in Sydney we most definitely head to Bills at Surry Hills (touristy I know, but I can’t help it!), Bourke Street Bakery (my absolute must-go bakery, wish there was one in Singapore! thankfully I got their cookbook ) and there’s Single Origin Roasters (SOR), our new found breakfast haunt. Continue reading
Rummaging through our larder a couple of weeks back we found 4 packets of pre-seasoned risotto from Florence – 2 Risotto Milanese (Saffron) and 2 Risotto al Nero di Seppia (Squid Ink) – more than enough to feed a family of 5! Followed the recipes I found for Risotto al Nero di Seppia with Calamari from Honestfood (and added my own scallops) and the recipe for Risotto Milanese from Frugal Flambe. Continue reading
Oh how life has changed with D, the little (chubby) bundle of joy, now in our lives! It has been a very long while since I last cooked and of course that causes the posts to lag behind! I’m terribly sorry my dear friends! Nonetheless I did manage to whip up a quick lunch for myself while home with the bub one afternoon and it was a rather ‘spur of the moment’ lunch – just putting together whatever I had available in the kitchen and lo and behold I had myself a bowl of Japanese noodles. I love how sometimes you don’t start out wanting to achieve something but end up pleasantly surprising yourself. Continue reading