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Cheek By Jowl, a Star has been Born

James Chan

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Cheek By Jowl

The Michelin craze seems to be diminishing a tad but that didn’t stop us from hitting yet another Michelin joint last week!

Cheek By Jowl won itself the prestigious Michelin Star this year and we were curious to see what Head Chef Rishi Naleendra was concocting in the kitchen.

Cheek By Jowl Chefs

We made our lunch reservations one week prior to our visit (you know the whole deal with Michelin joints and their popularity). Take a leaf from our book and do that too, trust!

The Food

Cheek By Jowl Menu

I was pleasantly surprised by the dishes that were presented to us over the 5 course ($58++) set lunch menu. Most of the dishes were not off the menu and creations that Head Chef Rishi Naleendra whipped up on the spot! And boy, are they really creative dishes!

Bread Balls with a 14-Month Aged Cheese Dip

Cheek By Jowl Bread Balls with 14 month aged cheese

Bread Balls with 14 month aged cheese

For a cheese that’s been aged for 14 months, you’d expect an extremely strong (and eye-watering) cheese flavor. Instead, it was creamy and mildly sweet. A great dish to whet your appetite indeed!

Smoked Quail with Chestnut Puree, Pickled Apple, Fresh Mint, Mushroom and Cep Crumble

Cheek By Jowl Smoked Quail with Chestnut Puree, Pickled Apple, Fresh Mint, Mushroom and Cep Crumble

Smoked Quail with Chestnut Puree, Pickled Apple, Fresh Mint, Mushroom and Cep Crumble

Wow that’s a mouthful to say out loud. Anyhoo, I’ve mentioned this before in previous articles but Quail is a tricky meat to work with. It has a higher probability of going south than most meats or poultry. Fret not, it’s perfectly cooked at Cheek by Jowl.

The Chesnut Puree accentuates the sweetness of the Quail and it doesn’t stop there. The pickled apple provide a refreshing burst of sweet & sour notes that makes this dish extremely appetizing. For added texture, the slightly sour crumble gives that extra crunch and a definite deal sealer for me.

Pan Seared Barramundi with Wakame Puree, Broccoli stems and Pickled Onion

Cheek By Jowl Pan Seared Barramundi with Wakame Puree, Broccoli stems and Pickled Onion

Pan Seared Barramundi with Wakame Puree, Broccoli stems and Pickled Onion

Fresh Barramundi, Check

Oh so sweet Wakame (seaweed) puree, Check

Broccoli Stems for a mash up of different textures, Check but honestly a little redundant in my opinion. Every dish has a vegetable element though so I guess this had to be part of the dish.

Pickled Onion for that slightly sweet and sour flavors to balance out the puree, Check

This dish is a recipe for success. The Barramundi was so fresh, any fresher and you’d have to catch it yourself!

Lamb with Eggplant puree and artichoke

Cheek By Jowl Lamb with Eggplant puree and artichoke

Lamb with Eggplant puree and artichoke

I noticed another trend by the time this dish was served – Every course that came out of the kitchen usually comes with a puree. Not a complaint though, just an observation. The purees are amazing if you ask me.

Needless to say the Lamb was perfectly cooked. Lamb has very rich flavors and it’s not for everyone but at Cheek By Jowl, you won’t have to worry about that with its brilliant pairing with eggplant puree! A pretty darn good combination!

There were more dishes but these were the ones that worked for me. Also, the portions might seem small but don’t be fooled because you’ll be full (was that bad?) at the end of the meal.

Make your reservations online HERE!

Cheek by Jowl
Address: 21 Boon Tat Street
Tel: +65 6221 1911
www.cheekbyjowl.com.sg

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Michelin 1 Star Feature – Putien

James Chan

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Putien @ Nex Mall

 Putien menu

Putien’s Kitchener Road outlet bagged them a Michelin One Star back in 2016 and they’ve been growing in popularity ever since.

Their most recent expansion creeps into the heart of Serangoon with a new outlet springing up @ Nex Shopping Mall.

I’ve eaten at their Kitchener Branch before but I wanted to see if there was consistency at their new outlet.

Note: I only ordered the Lor Mee then. I decided to be a little more adventurous this time

The Food

Putien dishes

Choose a couple of dishes from their “Signature Dishes” page in their menu if you find yourself in a mental jam when ordering your food. When someone mentions Putien, ordering the Lor Mee is a no brainer. So that’s a definite must order!

I might have over-ordered judging from how stuffed I felt at the end but that’s just what I do at Michelin Star Restaurants. I JUST HAVE TO TRY EVERYTHING or most things. (Kiasu much?)

Putien Lor Mee, $9.50 (small)

 Putien lor mee

2 people can easily share the small portion and feel slightly full so do take note when ordering your dishes.

There’s something special about the Lor Mee at Putien. The stock they use for the thick and creamy broth is packed with strong pork flavors with hints of seafood. Yum!

They could be a little more generous with the prawn but the amount of pork belly and clams were just about right.

The Lor Mee is a signature dish that should not be missed no matter what. The one they serve at Nex mall is pretty consistent with the Kitchener Road branch for sure!

Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon, $9.50 (small)

 Putien bee hoon

For this dish, I understand that they sundry the rice noodles by hand. It honestly felt a little too dry though. The peanut garnish they used also felt redundant but other than that, everything else was perfect.

It feels like the dry counterpart of the Lor Mee but if you ask me but I’d opt for the Lor Mee any day.

PUTIEN Bian Rou Soup (with Vinegar), $13.90 (small)

 Putien soup

This tasty wonton soup is yet another highlight of my visit to Putien. They don’t mess around when they say “with vinegar”. You can taste the strong sour notes of the vinegar from the first mouthful of soup. Strangely enough, it’s the vinegar that makes you keep wanting to have more!

They’re a bit stingy with the meat in the wonton but don’t worry, there’s HEAPS of wonton dumplings in the soup.

Shredded Pork with Sesame Bun, $4.20/piece

Putien buns

DELISH! There’s no argument here. Make sure you eat these babies as soon as they’re served. You don’t want them buns to turn cold before you eat them.

First, the buns, crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. The sesame seeds give these buns an added crunchy texture that’s just simply amazing and makes it a well thought out dish.

Next, the meat, leaning a little on the sweet side and even more so with the sweet onion but it works great with the buns. Given the chance, I’ll definitely order more of this on my next trip.

Bamboo Herbal Prawns, $5.90

Putien prawn soup

It’s a really small portion of soup but they throw in two of the freshest and pretty huge live prawns for you.

The broth has a minute smoky edge that some might or might not like and the Chinese herb flavors hit you hard initially during your first few sips. To figure out whether you’ll like it, you have to try it! (It’s affordable too so do it!)

Avoiding the Queue

No matter which branch you decide to head to, do expect to see long snaking queues during peak hour. I went at 9.10pm which is approximately 30mins before closing and there was no queue. So if you fancy having a Michelin Star meal without having to queue, take a leaf from my book.

A definite “MUST ORDER”

Before I sat down, I did a quick scan of what dishes there were on different tables (It’s just a habit of mine) and I found most tables ordered the Shredded Pork Sesame Buns and The Lor Mee. Just Putien it out there (this is a pun) in the event you don’t know what to order.

Reservations

Putien accepts reservations but I think getting a reservation might be a little difficult. You can try your luck and call the respective outlets which are listed HERE.

 

Putein NEX
Address: 23 Serangoon Central, #02- 18 / 19
Singapore 556083
Tel: 6634 7833
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11.30am- 3pm, 5.30pm- 10pm Weekends 11.30am- 4.30pm, 5.30pm- 10pm

 

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1 Star Michelin Feature – Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles

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Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles

Tucked along Crawford Lane in an unassuming corner is one Michelin star stall, Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles. However, despite the Michelin star accolade, they’re still a humble bunch with a smile for every customer.

After joining the queue at about late 5pm with about 12 customers ahead of me, I didn’t think I’d only be getting my food at 7pm! The long waiting time wasn’t because of the crowd, but rather the time it took for the chefs to churn out a bowl of noodles.

Being Singaporean and all, queuing is what we do best. Just ensure that your phone has heaps of battery before you commit yourself to the queue.

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles meat and noodles

The Verdict

The noodles come in 3 different tiered pricing – $6 / $8 / $10. A wee bit more expensive than other Bak Chor Mees out there but hey, they’ve got a Michelin Star! 

The “Mee Kia” was perfectly cooked with a satisfying semi aldente texture. This is something not many Bak Chor Mee stalls can achieve. Paired with the perfect combination of black vinegar, soy sauce and chili, its enticing aromas filled my nostrils as I patiently waited in line. Slurps.

I would have preferred “Mee Pok” or Flat egg noodle but that sold out by the time it was my turn to order.

The ingredients like minced pork, meatballs, pork liver and crispy sole fish (uncommon in normal stalls) were fresh and a great joy to gobble down. The liver was the ingredient that particularly impressed us with its tender texture and rich flavors. Good Job Tai Hwa!

The soup felt a little MSG heavy but tasty nonetheless.

In our view, this is one of the best Bak Chor Mee stalls we have ever tried in Singapore.

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles
Address: 466 Crawford Lane, Tai Hwa Eating House , #01-12
Singapore 190465
Tel: +65 6292 7477
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 9:00pm (Closed on 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month)

 

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