Noodles

Noodles, as everyone knows, is a universally beloved way of ingesting carbohydrates and Singaporeans are no exception. We can have noodles for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. Almost all of my favorite asian dishes involves some sort of noodles. The kind I normally eat in the morning is either bak chor mee, which is essentially noodles with minced pork, or fishball noodles. Yes, that’s right. Fishball noodles. The Swedes have meatballs, we have fishballs. Soft bouncy ones.

In the past 2 weeks or so, I’ve been rather stressed and my appetite is bigger than normal, which also means I’ve been craving more carbohydrates than usual. One of my favorite noodle stores at Bedok Interchange is Teo’s noodles. Its really quite good, and the chili isn’t bad. I don’t think that their fishballs are the best in the world or anything, but they are pretty decent.

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Teo’s Noodles

And then we saw that a lot of people are also queuing up to buy noodles from this other place called “Handmade Fishball Meat ball noodles”. It had pictures of them posing with some local celebrity on a local food show and so we tried it. I will admit, I was a bit skeptical at first but their fishballs were nice and bouncy, as were their meatballs, not hard like the Ikea ones. And the noodles too were rather delish.

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And of course when I have to go downtown for work, I will definitely go to Ah Hock fishball noodles at Albert complex. Part of the reason is because to avoid having to pay for the MRT, I’ll take the super early train in order to exit Bugis MRT station by 7.30am, and the major reason is because their handmade fishballs are very very good. I always order the lao shu fen there because its just so good dried and the chili is my absolute favorite.

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Ah Hock Fishball noodles at Albert Complex

So what’s your favorite noodle store?

Miam Miam

A few weeks ago, Akiko finally introduced her beau to me. As I had to work on a Saturday, it was up to me to pick a place to eat. Initially I thought we should go to Percolate but my colleagues said that Percolate tends to get really crowded on the weekends. So I dutifully got my Chope app out and found out that Miam Miam is now open in Tampines One! Having read so many reviews of the food from Miam Miam, it was now my turn to try and so a reservation for 3 people was made.

Now miam miam is one of those places that serves Japanese-French fusion inspired cuisine. Their menu had japanese curry, but they have it as a soufle. They also had matcha soufle which I was quite tickled by. As it was our first visit, I followed the instructions on the menu very carefully and their very first step was to order dessert first! yum! My favorite course. A chocolate soufle and matcha soufle was ordered. I also ordered the squid ink rice and Akiko’s beau ordered the japanese curry soufle. Akiko went healthy and had a salad. We also ordered a mushroom soup which came with a runny egg which we are supposed to mix with the mushroom soup. It came out tasting much better than we expected. And as it happened to be during the lunar new year holidays, we also ordered the new year salad which came with edemame.

Overall, the food was rather good. But the waiters did not seem to understand the concept of clearing food before serving the next course.

Details:

Tampines One. Basement.

Monday 11:30AM–10PM
Tuesday 11:30AM–10PM
Wednesday 11:30AM–10PM
Thursday 11:30AM–10PM
Friday 11:30AM–10PM
Saturday 11:30AM–10PM
Sunday 11:30AM–10PM

habits are hard to change

So. 68.4kg. So not too bad right. Didn’t manage to hit 10K per day. But if you average it out, it came out to about 10K steps/day. So statistics.

Unfortunately, I’m now suffering from really bad muscle spasms. When this happens, I usually think, maybe I should take up yoga. But when the spasms go away, thoughts of yoga float out of my head too. Maybe I should take up something else? Any suggestions Internet?

Prego

Having heard all the rave reviews about Prego, I made a date with the girls to go there for dinner on the last day of Jan. Sort of a mini-celebration for having survived the first month of 2017. Unexpectedly, I made an earlier reservation as a last chance to see TheCube and his wife before babyboyCube arrives.

Our first visit, in my opinion, was a bit of a disappointment. I had ordered the squid pasta and it arrived rather dry-ish and wasn’t very good. TheCube had ordered the carbonera which appeared to taste much better. The only saving grace of the evening was the desserts.

On my second visit with the girls however, it was a much better improvement. I’m not sure if it was due to the bottle of wine we ordered. But the food tasted much better this time round.

After ordering, water duly arrived, along with the bread, in a cute little breadbox. I liked the neat compact presentation of the bread even though there clearly wasn’t enough bread for 6 hungry girls.

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Good thing we ordered plenty of appetizers. First up was the insulata di cypress ($24) which I had learnt how to put together in my Italian cooking glass in Bologna. The cheese was marvellous and the tomatoes were sweet. Then we had thyme infused scallops ($28) which we had ordered because it sounded so fancy. And we also ordered some calamari as the ‘safe’ dish because you really can’t go wrong with calamari..($26).

Next up were the mains. The first was the spaghetti pescado range. The sauce wasn’t too heavy this time. ($36)20170131_183844-01And the next was the agnolotti di vitello all suggest d’ arresto. I was surprised I liked it since I’m usually not a ravioli fan. ($36).

20170131_183846-01The capelli  aragaosta known at the table as the angel hair pasta was a fan favorite. ($38)

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20170131_183859-01The strozzapreti or braised oxtail ragu was a tad heavy but still wildly delicious ($34). And then we had pizzas. I mean, can you honestly go Italian without some pizza?
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20170131_185711-01This was my favorite and i think it’s the funghi misting ($34).

After that, dessert time!

I didn’t really think that the chocolate tart was very good (even after having tried it twice on two different occasions). The tiramisu was very good, as was the caramelised peach dessert. Overall, the pizza and pastas were quite good. The setting and service was only average. In my opinion, the hype is over-rated though.

Here are the details:

Located in: Raffles City
Address: 2 Stamford Rd, Raffles City, Singapore 178882
Hours:

Monday 6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM
Tuesday 6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM
Wednesday 6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM
Thursday 6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM
Friday 6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM
Saturday 6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM
Sunday 6–11AM, 12–3PM, 5–10:30PM

 

1 week

Well, the good news is I’ve been averaging about 10K steps a day. The bad news? I went to Hanoi (thoughts on that sometime this weekend…I think), pigged out and now the scale is sitting prettily at 68.8Kg.

But this week, no food trips planned. I’m still aiming to hit 10K steps a day. I don’t need to lose much. Just 0.2kg for a bit of encouragement, please?

*fingers crossed*

Atlashouse

I’ve transferred to a different clinic but I still miss my nurses from my old clinic. We thought a Sat after work would be a good time for a meet-up. Unfortunately, the Lunar New Year was looming and everyone was busy with spring cleaning. Luckily, DrGoodEats and one of the nurses was still able to make it. And since DrGoodEats always knows where the best places to eat, we relied on her to do her research and pick a place.

She picked Atlashouse. Which is located on Duke’s Road in Bukit Merah. When I first got there (after trekking all the way from Bedok), there was a long line outside the door and my heart temporarily sank. I mean, this is a brunch cafe. And it was already 1.30pm. What in blazes are Singaporeans doing brunch at 1.30pm? Its already lunch! After a quick phone call, it was quickly established that DrGoodEats had the hindsight to make reservations. Phew.

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Obviously, coffee was ordered first. I had a latte. Not too bad. Just the correct amount of milk. Plus, I’ve always had a soft spot for the classic flower design.

And then we ordered some truffle fries as an appetizer followed by a mushroom toast with scrambled eggs which I thought was delicious. We also ordered the mushroom pasta. I thought the pasta was a little too heavy but the other two ladies really enjoyed it.

This was followed rather quickly by dessert. The chocolate tart is my favorite (better than the one at Prego). And the waffle ice cream was really good. I can’t remember what sort of cream puff or doughnut we ordered, but I do remember it was very generously dusted with sugar.

Overall, not a bad place to go hangout. But its terribly crowded and I felt a little rushed. Yes, I know. Its a weekend. Bound to be rushed no matter what. But given the distance, I’m quite certain that I would have been able to find something just as nice in the East. That said, the company was good and we were very well fed in the end. Total bill was $104. So a little pricey, but really, quite standard for a hipster joint.

Details:

Address: 6 Duke’s Rd, Singapore 268886
Hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 8AM–7PM
Wednesday 8AM–7PM
Thursday 8AM–7PM
Friday 8AM–7PM
Saturday 8AM–7PM
Sunday 8AM–7PM

Holiday weight gain

Argh. I feel terrible. I finally took the plunge and weighed myself today. 68kg. Basically the 8kg I lost in the last 4 years, I’ve gained back in less than 6 months. This sucks. I know I told myself that I was not going to diet anymore because the yo-yoing is depressing and I’m just going to try my best to be healthy. But if I’m honest with myself, I just haven’t been treating myself or my body well at all. Before I switched clinics, I was managing an average of 12,000 steps a day, and having a healthy lunch at least 5 out of 7 days. These days, I’m only averaging about 6,000 steps and snacking. Like a lot. This has got to stop or I’m going to end up being so big I’ll need to occupy 2 seats on the bus. Its bad enough that people are giving up their seats to me on the MRT thinking I’m pregnant. I need to start being healthy.

The only problem is I’m not very motivated.

So how?

Small steps.

Ok. So the goal now is to achieve at least 10,000 steps a day. By hook or by crook. Meaning if by the time I reach home and I haven’t had 10,000 steps, off the couch I go even though Super Girl is on. 10,000 steps. The plan is to evaluate in 2 weeks. So that’s it Internet. I’ve set myself a challenge. 10,000 steps. Every day. 2 weeks.