Bite-size Sheylara – Food!

Confused Vege

Here’s a vegetable with an identity crisis. It can’t decide whether to be a vegetable or a noodle.

Spaghetii squash

Called a spaghetii squash, it’s a squash with spaghetti-like innards. When you scrape the flesh with a fork, it falls into noodle-like strands. How awesome is that for noodle-craving people on a low-carb diet?

I had a chance to try it at a food tasting session at The Cathay Restaurant, recently.

Spaghetii squash
Double-Boiled Shark’s Bone Cartilage with Bamboo Pith in Spaghetti Squash.

The milky soup is created by double boiling shark cartilage so it’s really healthy and nutritious. The “spaghetti” is also fun to scrape and eat! Quite worth a try, in my opinion.

However, I found the soup slightly bland (cos I’m really big on salt) but Nanny Wen, who has healthier tastes than me, really loved it. The squash is nice, though. It tastes a bit like winter melon. You can practically eat this dish as a full meal. Nanny Wen and I were served one each but we couldn’t finish it because we had five other dishes to try that night!

If you get the chance to visit, also try the Cathay Twin Combination (baked sea perch with egg white + deep-fried scallop with salted egg yolk). I loved that!

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Choco Cravings

Once in a while, I get huge cravings for chocolate, during which time I will pay Candy Empire a visit.

I love-hate Candy Empire. Things there are expensive but there are cool yummies there which you can’t find anywhere else in Singapore. Each time I go, I’ll spend about $50 and then feel really bad about it because it’s such unhealthy extravagance.

Chocolates

I just bought this lot for $45.20. But, like, where else can you find White TimTams and White Maltesers?

I love milk and white chocolate. I hate dark chocolate. I will never be able to understand the appeal of dark chocolate (and coffee, for the matter).

They both make my tongue feel sour and gross. It’s a very uncomfortable feeling, so I really can’t understand why people don’t feel it!

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Tofu Delight

There’s this Chinese fusion restaurant in Iluma called HXL Fusion. I was at first in love with it so I patronised it four times within, like, a month.

I was going to do a full review of the place but the food standard dropped drastically in the last two times I went. The stuff I wanted to recommend didn’t taste so good anymore.

Still, the pork floss century egg tofu deserves a mention.

Pork floss tofu

The first two times I ate it, it was awesome. Savoury with a sweet, lingering taste.

The final time I ate it, the recipe had changed. It suddenly had chilli oil and possibly some fermented beancurd paste and it was quite spicy. It had gone from Taiwanese to Szechuanese. (The photo above was taken when it was still the first version.)

I prefer the first version but the new one isn’t too bad.

Still, I wonder if the recipe will be changed again the next time I go back.

I haven’t been back in two months.

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Insincere Soup

We were having dinner at Waraku de Pasta the other night. I remember I loved the corn soup, so I ordered a bowl. It was still awesome, so I urged my friends try it.

Corn soup

They loved it, too, so they ordered two more bowls.

When their soup arrived, it very obviously inferior — more watery and bland.

We can probably allow for some inconsistency in food standards across separate occasions, but in the same night? Within 10 minutes?

Very insincere!

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Top Five

Could you name your top five favourite eating places if pressed to? Food lovers will probably find it really hard because we have zillions of favourite eating places.

I had to name five for Star Blog this week.

Check out what places made my list, and also get some ideas for yummies this weekend in the other Star Bloggers’ entries!

Chocolate fondue

By the way, I don’t really like chocolate fondue cos chocolate fountains always use dark chocolate. Eew.