Tag : Western fusion

A First Look At The New Rock ‘N Bowl Menu @ Hard Rock Cafe

James Chan

Hard Rock Singapore

Beginning Monday, January 10 through Thursday, March 13, Hard Rock Singapore is ushering in the year of the dog with a creative line up of new “Rock ‘N Bowl” menu items. To be honest, it’s been years since I last went to Hard Rock Cafe. The sole fact that they’re still around in Singapore warrants bragging rights for sure!

From left to right – Raspberry Sangria, Pineapple Honey Smash, Fresh Manhattan Martini

The Food

The Rock Bowls promise to take diners who want to expand their palate on a rockingly satisfying journey. Remember to pair them bowls with any of the three cocktails (listed below) that were specifically concocted to complement the Rock Bowls. No I’m not an alcoholic.

Brown rice bowl cooked with a blend of Cajun and Southwest seasonings, topped with hot chorizo meatballs, honey sriracha glaze, chili lime crema, grated cotija cheese and crispy, seasoned tortilla straws

Southwest Meatball Bowl, $27.95

Let’s start with the heaviest dish first. I say heavy because it’s packed full of flavor. I loved the tortilla straws, it gave this dish a nice crispy textured bite. The beef meatballs were cooked well too but could have been a little tenderer. However, what did not work for me was the honey glaze. I’m not really a fan of having sweet elements in my savory dish.

hard rock jambalaya

Brown rice bowl seasoned with Cajun seasoning, served with authentic Jambalaya and sprinkled green onions

Jambalaya Bowl, $26.95

This was my personal favorite because of the generous amounts of Chorizo in it. The Chorizo gives this dish an added spice which is USUALLY always welcomed by a Singaporean palate. Let’s not forget about the salty juices from the Chorizo that marinates the brown rice. Doesn’t sound that healthy at the end but so WORTH IT!

hard rock shrimp noodle bowl

Rice noodle bowl served with grilled shrimp in an Asian BBQ sauce mixed with shredded cabbage, sesame soy glaze, sliced green onions, white sesame seeds, freshly squeezed lime juice and fried won tons

BBQ Shrimp Noodle Bowl, $29.95

I’m told this is a favorite with the ladies. It’s light, refreshing, tasty and really easy to go down. It’s all about a play on textures with this noodle bowl. You have your springy rice noodles, firm and fresh shrimp flesh and your crispy won tons. The lime juice gives every single bite a tangy and refreshing aftertaste. You definitely won’t get “jelat” with this one.

 

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

I particularly liked the Shrimp Noodle Bowl and the Jambalaya Bowl. They are pretty big portions so the price is justified. You’ll definitely not leave the place without feeling like your belly is about to explode. To elevate your dining experience even further, pair them bowls with any of the three cocktails (mentioned above).

Hard Rock Cafe
HPL House, #02-01
50 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249724
Tel: 6235 5232

 

Resorts World Sentosa, The Forum, #01-209 to 214
26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Tel: 6795 7454

 

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Try Some Japanese Sake With Your Food Next Time, You Won’t Regret It

James Chan

What Went Down

Inter Rice Asia organized a unique sake experience just recently and there’s no way I was going to miss this opportunity. Imagine, sake and western cuisine. Such a simple idea which makes one go, “why didn’t I think of that?” Or at least I did, when I heard about it.

The selection of fine sakes for the night were proudly sponsored by Kawatsuru, a sake company based in the Kagawa prefecture of Japan. Known for its rice-driven style with elegant, rich texture, Kawatsuru pays respect to the crane that symbolizes longevity and good fortune. Using almost all locally grown rice, Kawatsuru brews sakes that are soulful, round, and structured without being high-tone or showy.

The delicious food was concocted by Wildfire Chicken & Burger specifically for this pairing event.

The Food (And Sake)

sake Gravlax of Petuna Ocean Trout Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Firefly

Gravlax of Petuna Ocean Trout

Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Firefly

Looks and tastes like salmon but as its name suggests, it’s not. I particularly like the lemon zest they sprinkled on it. The trout is otherwise salty albeit with its rich texture. Pairing the dish with the umami of the Junmai Daiginjo gives the palate a well-rounded sweetness. A unique thing of this sake is it tastes better with more oxidization (try leaving it open for a week).

sake Chicken Roulade Paired with Junmai Ginjo Omachi

Chicken Roulade

Paired with Junmai Ginjo Omachi

What a tender piece of meat! The skin of the chicken makes up the bulk of texture and flavor of this dish. Without the skin of the chicken, the Junmai Ginjo would not have paired as well. The flavor of the chicken meat is very mild and would clash with the slightly more complex sake.

sake Lobster Slider with Crab Fat Sauce Paired with Junmai Yoimai

Lobster Slider with Crab Fat Sauce

Paired with Junmai Yoimai

Crab fat seems to be a “thing” these days, I saw a couple of F&B outlets advertising it recently. But no complaints there as this is definitely my favorite of the night! (I shamelessly asked for another serving). You get that distinctive powerful shellfish taste but with an added crunch as the meat is battered and fried to a crisp. Obviously with such a heavy punching dish, you’d have to pair it with a similar full-bodied sake counterpart. Enter the “Junmai” which had just the right amount of sweetness, did not clash with the lobster but you know it was there for sure and just complemented everything really well.

sake 72 Hour Slow-Cooked Black Angus Short Rib Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Wisdom

72 Hour Slow-Cooked Black Angus Short Rib

Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Wisdom

As you would expect how any slow-cooked meat to taste, the beef was excellent. Tender and soft to-the-bite. I like that they did not overly drizzle the meat sauce on the beef as it would have killed most of the natural flavors. The Junmai Daiginjo in this pairing is an unfiltered sake which leaves a stronger aftertaste to complement the stronger beef flavors. As much as I understand the logic behind the pairing, this sake is probably too intense for a “noob” like me.

Matcha Mochi

Paired with Sanuki Cloudy Nigori

The Sanuki Cloudy sake is a pretty interesting drink. It tastes like Yakult! Understandably a perfect pairing for sweet desserts with its refreshingly slightly sour-ish taste. My only comment for the mochi was that they used too much matcha powder.

 

Try Them Sakes Out Yourselves

Yeap Inter Rice Asia   is having a SAKE SALE this WEEKEND!

Click “HERE”  for more details

 

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