Let's get straight to the point here, shall we? The Lunar New Year holidays are nearly over, and right now, it feels like Sunday night, when you're simultaneously dreading and waiting for Monday to come. I'm bored and sluggish, my laptop is, and you probably are, too. What better way is there to spend it than putting the finishing touches on this post which has, admittedly, been dawdling away in my drafts section as a half-formed shadow of its current self?
Anyhoo, here it is. Finally - the long-awaited product after weeks of me sitting on it, finally seeing daylight.
I've never been a big believer in Chance (with the capital C), but the past two weeks have done much to alter that mindset. I mean, what are the odds of running into a yoga instructor at a cafe (none other than Punch), meeting someone you know from Instagram at said cafe later in the week, and then again encountering that very same yoga teacher the following week?
These are some of the major things that I've been thankful for lately. I seldom verbalize thankful, at the risk of sounding hokey, but I am. I'm truly grateful and thankful for all these things around me, from the opportunities I've been offered, to the little things, like having friends who care, psychedelic pink sunrises, and servers who specially make you porridge though its not on the menu (again, Punch).
It's been a bit of a rough patch for me lately, and to everyone who's been there for me in some way or another, thank you. It means the world and beyond.
This one has been waiting in the wings for quite some time, but I assure you, it might just be the best yet. I've made good use of September break mornings to head out to these spots for one last round of granola tasting (before the exams are upon us). Some, like Populus, do it only on weekdays, while Punch, Super Loco and Club Street Social, have theirs on weekends. Then again, it's a good idea to be part of the Breakfast Club and grab a friend or two to make the weekend more meaningful. Breakfast Clubbing solo isn't a bad idea either, when the service is good, ambiance is good, and washroom soap is good, too. (Having good washroom soap is one of the best indicators of where an eatery stands, in my opinion)
So do enjoy this one. I had tons of food and fun coming up with it.
I am completely and utterly aware that this post goes against all the granola recipes in my recipe index. However, it had to be done. It had to.
I know that you kind readers are probably having that 'SHAME' moment. Yes, I am completely aware that I can (and do) make my own granola at home - and better too. But some days, all you want to do is sit down in a nice nook with some granola without having to lift a finger. (And also not feel too bad about eating half a sheet worth of it.)
With great pride and NO shame, I'm presenting:
the complete no-nonsense list of places in Singapore with any form of oats - Granola / Muesli / Bircher Muesli.
This is what:
1. Hours spent surfing the net for menus with granola in Singapore - It was so much like doing my research paper on singaporean lit. There are nearly ZERO papers related out there.
2. The corresponding images (if there are any. Why can't people take more photos of their granola?!)
3. Hours spent travelling to cafes and bistros
4. Money spent on food. SO MUCH MONEY.
has accumulated into. Be thankful, folks, for I have come to save the day.
I've based this post mainly around the two criteria of portion-sizing as well as flavor / ingredients used. Of course, service, ambiance and value-for-money are also taken into consideration (as well as washroom facilities).
To be continued.
(Literally. I'm so on the hunt for more granola.)
If you've been hanging around on this space for some time now, you'd know that I have a major sweet tooth - meaning that it's granola or toast over eggs ben. Hands down. I am immune to the power of #yolkporn.
But it seems that in recent days, the good folks behind Lazy Susan have changed my mind.
Lazy Susan is a new pop-up dining concept wherein good ol' local fare is reinterpreted by global chefs to bring about an experience fused with asian and western influences, from the menu down to the dim-sum style lazy susan. This whole idea is brought about by the f&b geniuses - none other than the Spa Esprit Group. (which was why I was squealing like a fan girl upon reading their invitation to this tasting) They believe that this culinary endeavor has the potential to expand to other major cities e.g. London, NYC, etc. by serving local cuisine with an asian twist.
Dishes served here come in sharing plates, meaning that you get to choose from a wide variety of differing flavors, which surprisingly enough, featured quite a large amount of vegetables as well as some vegetarian/vegan dishes. If you ever feel conflicted over what to order, the staff would gladly provide advice and recommendations. H and I ordered five dishes and mocktails, eventually emerging from the restaurant feeling very full.
Here's what we ordered:
Wing Bean Toast: tiong bahru bakery's sourdough topped with generous amounts of mozzarella, wing beans and their XOXO sauce and hibiscus leaves, which gave the dish a saltish taste that we enjoyed.
Tempeh Bao: a soft steamed bao sandwiching a slice of tempeh with peanut sauce and cucumber, which completely reminded me of gado gado. I felt that the amount of tempeh could've been more, but the flavor sauce did compensate for that.
Stinky meets Crispy: as evidenced by it's name, the dish features a crisp rice flour waffle that isn't too heavy on the palette, har cheong gai (prawn paste chicken) that emitted a strong aroma, a sunny-side up that does indeed achieve sufficient #yolkporn, and lastly, a mildly spicy sambal maple syrup to drench the waffle. This turned out to be H's favorite.
Luncheon Meat Croquettes: I was initially quite hesitant to order this, expecting the atypical deep-fried sesame-coated glutinous rice balls found at hawker centers, except filled with Spam. I couldn't have been more wrong. This turned out to be my favorite dish, with the crispness of quinoa on its outsides giving way to a soft insides of glutinous rice grains studded with luncheon meat, sichuan pickles and chinese chives, to be dipped in the accompanying sweet and sour sauce.
Like a Bibik: this dessert features a baked sago cake which was lightly sweetened and very much akin to a chinese version of the cheesecake, topped with gula meleka and pineapple chunks, of which flavors combine very nicely indeed.
Service and Atmosphere
I frequently gripe about how most diners in singapore don't deserve the 10% service charge, but THIS PLACE DOES. Service here is a solid 10/10 - I mean, this was like I was in new york again!! Servers coming up to ask how the meal was, offering recommendations for food pairings, endless refilling of water glasses etc. I'd give them major tips if this was the US.
The current pop-up is hosted at House@Dempsey, which has a nice quiet ambiance that doesn't rush you to finish your meal. The toilets here are really good too. Really.
I'd give the Lazy Susan dining concept 8-9 out of ten and my stamp of approval. It's the ideal spot for a slow meal for two over this holiday season. Reservations can be made via their site (www.lazysusansg.com) for sessions at House from 3rd--27th Dec and those at Open Door Policy at Tiong Bahru from 5th-24th January.
Many thanks to H for accompanying me to this event, as well as to Janet + the good folks from Lazy Susan for the wonderful experience.