Ms Skinnyfat

A Food & Travel Blog from Singapore

Impeccable service right from the time you step onto the premise and to the time you depart. That is what is expected at any COMO Hotels and Resorts. A recent visit to Point Yamu by COMO in Phuket Thailand sealed my love for this luxury chain. Located at the tip of Cape Yamu overlooking the Andaman Sea and limestones karsts of Phang Nga Bay, Point Yamu is the perfect island getaway.
I don't imagine anyone would dislike ice cream or soft serve unless you are lactose intolerant (then that's too sad). Surely many of you would have already tried the popular Taiwanese brand Honey Creme at 313@Somerset. I first tried their soft serve sometime back and found it kind of rich and oily (high cream content). Truth be told, I didn't think it was worth my buck. However, when i visited recently to sample their new flavors, i found myself liking their improved soft serve formula which is more milky and less sweet and yes i'm a fan of a particular flavor (which i'll intro in a bit)!
Many of the people in Honey Creme's snaking queue will agree that their soft serve is really smooth. Premium fresh milk and cream are used and there is no added preservatives or artificial sweeteners. The owners Sherry and Jo have taken in feedback and tweaked the soft serve to suit the Sg palate- more milk and less cream (it's healthier too).
The original Honey Comb ($5.90) features honeycombs imported from New Zealand and Australia and are cut directly from its frame and. The Comb Honey cup uses honey from Taiwan and has a distinct fruity longan taste which I preferred. I also liked the Organic Mixed Grains ($5.90) which has a mixed grains topping of ground millet, black sweet rice, buckwheat, oats, brown rice, and black sesame. It's very fragrant and less sinful.
A popular flavor is the Honey Creme Alishan Milk Tea, a Alishan milk tea soft serve ice cream layered with Alishan tea jelly, cookie crumbs and honey-coated pearls. This is like a bubble tea in solid form. The tea jelly is made in house and i could taste the tea in this one but i can't say the same of the soft serve. They also have the same milk tea soft serve in Teh C (half tea-half original soft serve) and Gah Dai (sweeter with candy floss) versions.
Now, about the 2 new flavors which will be available starting 1 June 2015. Presenting my favorite- the Cereal Milk ($5.90) . If you have tried Momofuku Milk Bar, you would not be a stranger to this flavor.
This is a cereal-infused soft serve which tastes like the milk at the bottom of your cereal milk breakfast. Think a sweet and salty oat and cornflake tasting concoction. Layered with cornflake crunch, this is the perfect breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea, dinner, supper snack. Hohoho can you sense my excitement? The cereal flavor could be stronger in the soft serve but i just kept going and eventually unknowingly finishing every single bit of this one. My favorite bit is the part at the bottom that has soaked up the melted cream!
In celebration of SG50, another addictive flavor introduced is the Honey Creme Pandan Gula Melaka.
The limited edition Honey Creme Pandan Gula Melaka is inspired by out local desserts of pandan cake, chendol and ice kachang! The local ingredients like attap chee (palm seeds), crispy puffed rice, toasted coconut chips (specially imported from Thailand and lovingly toasted here), and gula melaka gave the dessert contrasting flavors and textures. This is another one that i gladly finished. No artificial coloring is used in this one as the pandan concentrate is extracted the manual and traditional way.
If anything, I would love for the gula melaka to be richer, and for it to be layered with the coconut chips too! Just for the National Day weekend (7 – 10 Aug 2015), Honey Creme will also add a Merlion-shaped biscuit to the top of the pandan parfait as a special SG50 treat. Make this one a permanent feature already! Oh and this is exclusive to Singers! Yay!

Both Cereal Milk and Pandan Gula Melaka ($6) will be available from 1 Jun 2015 at the 313@Somerset outlet. Remember that the Pandan Gula Melaka will only be around till 30 Sep 2015!
Honey Creme will also be opening their second outlet in Singapore at the third largest suburban mall, Jem. Slated to launch in mid-July 2015, the new space will be a takeaway kiosk where customers may enjoy all of Honey Creme’s distinctive soft serves on the go.

Honey Creme (313@Somerset) 
313 Orchard Road, 313@Somerset #01-37, Singapore 238895 
Daily; 11am – 10pm 

Honey Creme (Jem) 
50 Jurong Gateway Road, #B1-06, Singapore 608549 
Daily; 11am – 10pm 
If i were to pick a buffet to bring my relatives, or friends from overseas who wants a taste of local Singapore food in a comfortable setting, i would look no further than The Edge at Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel. Makan Makan is the latest Saturday lunch that Edge has introduced and the regular buffet is further enhanced with new Singaporean flavors and gastronomic Peranakan presentations. 
7 live food kitchens showcase freshly-made Asian and International delicacies including Japanese, Indian, Italian, Chinese and now you can even get Peranakan classics like Babi Pongteh (Stewed Pork Trotters in sweet Vinegar and Ginger- could have more vinegar), Ngo Hiang (minced spiced lobster, prawns and chestnuts encased in crispy beancurd skin), and aromatic Traditional Peranakan Chicken Curry. Top the dishes with the 5 homemade sambal which comes in five different flavours – Honey Mango Sambal Tumis, Salted Fish Sambal, Thai Basil and Pineapple Sambal, Red Balado Sambal and Fried Rice Kampong Sambal. 
Let's go straight into my highlights shall we?
From the live stations, i love love love the Tai Lok Mee, a dark sauce udon type of noodles stir fried with pork and seafood. The wok hei was superb and i am certain it's the magic from the fried pork lard. I'm typically rather health conscious but i devoured a plate of this and craved for more! GASP.
The Oyster Omelette was also one of the better ones i've eaten! The egg was crisp around the edges and fluffy in the middle and it was gelled together by the slightly chewy tapioca flour. I give this my stamp of approval.
Other local snacks like popiah, kueh pie tee (with lobster) and rojak are also made a la minute. 
I love that the Rojak was tangy, citrusy and juicy (with rose apple!). They even grill dried cuttlefish on the spot for that added oomph in the rojak. There's a selection of local dishes like Laksa (piled with ingredients), Nasi Lemak (with satay and otah), Teochew porridge, and even Ba Kut Teh (though i wish they add more flavor to the soup. It has tender meat though). Don't miss the roast pork belly by the way for they are salty, crispy with creamy but firm fats. 
My other favorite section is the Italian with their lovely thin crust crispy pizza that is full of melty stringy cheese! 
I've noted that there is a kaya toast section at the Edge on my several visits but did not have this due to tummy space constraints. Well, i can't believe i did not make the effort to eat this previously! It's super amazing with a cracker like texture despite the rather thick cut of toast (unlike Yakun). 
Go for the rich peanut butter, or the fragrant pandan kaya. This is best paired with the Teh Terik (though a little sweet).
Make sure you save space for desserts, or do like we do and start with that first #FOMO. Desserts are more local focused with the treats such as Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts, Portuguese Egg Tarts, Ice Kachang, and a signature selection of fragrant Durian-based desserts including Durian Puff, Durian Mousse Cake and Durian Pengat. 
We loved the Nyonya kuehs in particular. Lovely chewy mochi like skin encase a variety of filling like peanut, sesame and coconut. The kueh lapis looked dry but was spongy and soft when i bit into it. Have the Pandan Chiffon cake as well (make sure you drizzle gula melaka on it. Don't say i never share).
Brought my mama to Makan Makan and she enjoyed the local dishes, and was especially excited about the Nyonya desserts. Kudos to the chefs for accommodating her diet even (we requested for the noodles without pork and lard and it was done). 2 thumbs up for them! Definitely a great place to bring your folks! 

Makan Makan is available at the Edge every Sat from 12 to 2.30pm.

The Edge
Pan Pacific Singapore 
7 Raffles Boulevard Singapore 039595 

Nothing cheers me up better than a sweet, warm and flowy lava cake. What's better is flavors other than the plain o chocolate. Even though newly opened Mod Thai restaurant, Haha Thai, doesn't want to draw too much attention to their desserts, it's hard not to rave about their Red Velvet Lava cake. YES YOU HEARD ME! It's darn sick! If you can't wait, scroll all the way to the end to read about it. If you're for delayed gratification, read on for their thai dishes. 
Located on the fifth floor of Ngee Ann City in Orchard Road, Haha Thai features homecooked thai food with stir-frys of shellfish, seafood, and meats. Thai staples like Som Tam (papaya salad), Green Curry Chicken, Grilled Pork Collar, Basil Minced Pork are readily available and rather affordable (approx $10 - 13 for non seafood dishes).
Always start a thai meal proper with a Cha Yen. The Haha Thai Iced Milk Tea ($4.80) is the best I've had in Singapore with a rich milky flavor that isn't too sweet. The Lemongrass drink is also a light and refreshing drink to wash down the spices (we thought there was gonna be some).
We could taste the distinct coconut base in the Tom Yam Talay ($10.80). It didn't quite satisfy our need for a fiery kick start to the meal though.
Serene, the young restauranteur explained that the level of spice was reduced to cater to local palate. Well you can always amp it up at the spices bar (I went straight for the chili padi). 
The Otah had a smooth texture with chunks of fish in it. It's comparable to the famous Muar otah that my mama dabao back from Malaysia.
I'd typically order Pad Thai at thai restaurants but Serene got us to try the Haha Bak Mee ($10.80). This looks and tastes like Mee Goreng but it's a sweet version. I liked the texture of the noodles but it seemed more Chinese zi char than thai food to me.  
The Haha Himalayan Snow-Baked Seabass ($49.80) reminded me of the awesome Issan food at the defunct KHA (still the best thai food I've had in sg). Loved the fresh and sweet sea bass which was good on its own. If it's not flavorful enough, dip into the green chili sauce.
One of my favorite dishes was the Buttercorn Tiger Prawns ($18.80), which featured huge batter prawns tossed in a cream corn sauce. Again, not very thai.
An egg craving had us ordering the Crispy Egg Floss Omelette ($11.80) but we were disappointed by the amount of egg for the price paid. Go for the other omelettes instead. This was well.. Just fried egg.
Haha Fried Rice ($11.80) is perfect for the indecisive diner. You get to pick 3 types of fried rice from a selection of Pineapple, Olive, Green Curry, Tom yum and Belachan. We enjoyed the fluffy long grains. The pineapple with pork floss was the best of the lot. Belachan was sufficiently fragrant but could do with more kick. The Green curry was mild IMO.
Now back to the highlight of our meal- the lava cake! The quality of their lava cakes is better than some dessert cafes! There are currently 3 flavors- Red Velvet, Green Tea and Chocolate ($10.80) and comes with ice cream (coconut was used). The matcha monster thought that Japanese matcha flavor was pretty strong in this one (just the way I like it). The white chocolate and green tea molten center was a tad sweet but we couldn't help but finish it anyway. 
The Red Velvet Lava cake was the best thing we ate. Yummy! It didn't have a distinct beetroot taste but it was lighter than a typical chocolate lava cake.  It was also less sweet as compared to the matcha. I wouldn't mind coming back to Haha Thai for this. 
Next my other favorite, the Illycrema. I'm not sure where else to get this but it's my first time having this. It's what one would imagine like a coffee slushie softee but rich enough to satisfy your caffeine craving. Paired with a rice crispy, it's a mini dessert in itself. This is available for takeaway and I fully intend to do that every time I'm at Ngee Ann City.
Like I mentioned at the start, Haha Thai serves homecooked Thai food. It's decent and cheaper than what you'd be paying for in the Orchard Road restaurants. That said, I'm not how it'd sit with Singaporean dinners who are more accustomed with the Thai street food flavors and style of cooking. Going upmarket is a possibility but the style and presentation have to be tweaked further. 

Well.. if you'd like to enjoy some alternative Thai dishes, Haha Thai does a daily set lunch priced from $12.80 and includes a staple rice/noodles dish (go for the Pineapple Fried Rice) and comes with a Tom Yum Soup. They also have a Weekday Happy Hour from 3 to 6pm and you'd get 2 oysters with a glass of wine for only $12.80. Me? I'd go for their high tea promo (runs at the same time as the Happy Hour) which includes the lava cake and Illy Crema in the afternoon. 

Haha Thai
#05-29 Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873
Tel: +65 62994401
Daily: 11am – 11pm D

Things are heating up at Resorts World Sentosa! First there's the reintroduction of the weekend lunches at Joel Robuchon restaurants. Then this weekend, Celebrity Chef Andrew Turner of Hotel Café Royal in London is presenting his specially created dishes (13 to 16 May) alongside resident Chef Scott Webster.
For his collaboration with Osia, Chef Andrew has created several dishes that are based on his style of contemporary European. The set dinner comprises dishes by Chef Scott and Chef Andrew.
We started our set dinner with some Stone Hearth Flat Bread served with extra virgin olive oil, butter and dip. Truffled Kalamata Olive and Macadamia Pesto are the hot favorites here and i enjoyed the fluffy hot bread when it was first served. 
We were then served the Pea and Mint Veloute with Comte Cheese and Thyme Ravioli, Smoked Anchovy Flute. The veloute is was a smooth and creamy broth that is great on its own, or as a base for the goat cheese ravioli. I liked the interaction between the light touch of mint, sourness of the goat cheese and the brininess of the anchovy. Doesn't the  anchovy sticks remind you of Anti:dote?
Osia's Char Grilled Fremantle Octopus with cucumber apple slaw and green chili jam failed to impress with its rubbery texture.  
Osia won me back with their Pan fried Foie Gras by with textures of banana (in espuma and caramelized form), Madagascar vanilla and Jamaican rum. It's a first having bananas paired with foie gras and it was surprisingly a good match due to the savory and salty caramelized bananas. 
The Hokkaido Scallops and Byron Bay Pork Belly served atop Piccalilli Puree, is Chef Turner’s elegant version of a surf and turf. While the scallop was faultless, the pork belly had a strong porky flavor which didn't taste too fresh.
On to the mains, the Grainge Black Angus Beef Fillet MS 2 by Chef Andrew was a lovely piece of fillet mignon served alongside an Oxtail Anna Potato, Pak Choy in a Sweet and Sour Hong Kong sauce. 
Asian twist on this one with chinese sides. The flavors were refreshing enough but overall the dish was kinda oily. 
The signature Osia dish is the Perch with sesame ratte potato, pea tendril, soy milk curd and a shiromiso glaze. Light tasting dish with a little sweetness from the miso. 
I was never a fan of meringue until i tasted the Neaten Mess by Chef Andrew. It was presented like a toadstool of a field of strawberries! 
The only way to eat this is to smash everything and dig into it. Make sure you get bits of the crunchy meringue shell, the smores-like center, cool strawberry and thyme sorbet and the sweet berries of course. I finished every bit of this one!

Enjoy the set menu or pick from the a la carte dishes at Osia. For lunch and dinner, the set menu offers a 3 to 5 course which is priced from $50. Our 4 course dinner was $110++. If you wanna catch Chef Andrew in action, make sure you head down by 16 May! If not, you can always enjoy Osia's signatures anytime. 

Osia Bar & Restaurant
26 Sentosa Gateway #02-140/141, Singapore 098139
Tel: +65 6577 6688
Thu - Tue: 12 - 3pm, 6 - 10.30pm 
Closed Wed
It makes my heart skip a beat whenever a new cafe/restaurant is added to my hood! Introducing Holqa Cafe, a new-hole-in-the-wall, blink-and-you'll-miss it cafe along East Coast Road. It's along the stretch of cafes/restaurants like Carvers & Co., Bergs Gourmet Bugers, Rabbit Carrot Gun etc. 
It's easy to miss Holqa because it's right behind the bus stop and there isn't any clear sign. People are also distracted by the new bakery that is just next door. But seek and ye shall find some comfort in this small cafe. 
The Iced Flat White ($5) was a respite to this summer heat. Strong and well balanced it was and provided the much needed boost of energy for more yoga classes. Espresso based coffees are priced between $3 and $5 (add 50c for iced versions). 
A must order here is definitely the Braised Asian Pulled Pork with 3 cheeses sandwich ($15.90).  It used to be served on a bagel bread but now much improved with a brioche bread. Braised pork jowl with Asian spices is layered next and then topped with gruyere, mozzarella and cheddar. Finally, a generous swiggle of gingered mayo.
The brioche was ahmazing and it was more like a brioche cake. This is what a brioche should be btw- buttery and layered. It's a little more airy that the traditional brioche but it was like inhaling butter and that's always a good thing. The exterior was crispy but i didn't see toast marks (did they air fry this?) But whatever it is, it's LOVE. I can finish a plain loaf easily.

That asian style pulled pork was sweet and juicy and worked well with the salty cheese and tangy mayo which had a light hint of ginger. DELICIOUS. 
The rest of the mains are well.. normal i guess. I may go with the regular Eggs Benedict ($15.90) or the Pork Burger ($18.90). Another must have here is the Sns-Ji ($9.90/6pcs), which is like a Korean fried chicken wing dish. Think secret home-made sweet and spicy sticky sauce on crispy skin.
Desserts are on offer too but there's no space left in this tummy since i hardly shared my brunch with S. Haha.
Do check Holqa Cafe out if you're in the East. I'll be back for that brioche. 

37 East Coast Road Singapore 428755
Weekdays (closed Wed): 12 - 9pm
Weekends: 9am - 9pm