Looking back at 2011…
2011 — the year I just blasted through. Life was busy but I am happy. I am doing the things I enjoy, meet many new friends, learning new things, traveling, eating, taking photographs…
Here, I have consolidated the important events in 2011 for Miss Tam Chiak.
Trend of the Year
In my FM 100.3 interview with Ban Ban, he asked me what I think would be the craze of 2011. I immediately replied beancurd!
It has to be the beancurd pudding craze! Everyone is talking about it and there are more stores appearing in hawker centres. People in forums are sharing recipe and even I join in the beancurd craze too. I have already lost count on the number of puddings I have eaten till date. But I clearly remember how I went crazy and bought about 25 cups of beancurd pudding from Lao Ban on one Saturday morning.
Restaurants of the Year
It has been a wonderful year. We see many new restaurants appearing in this small island, while the existing restaurants underwent some revamp to make things better. I am thankful for all the opportunities given by PR and owners for inviting me to review your food. Not only do I get to share the new places to all my readers, I get to meet many many people who eventually became my friends.
Here, I have picked out my top 3 most memorable restaurant for the year. These are the restaurants that really keeps me going back.
1. The Tastings Room
6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #01-08
Tel: 6338 1829
Website : http://www.thetastingsroom.com
It didn’t take me long to choose my favourite restaurant for the year. The Tastings Room had all I need: good food, good wine & affordable price. There have more than 50 kinds of wine and each glass is only $7. The dishes here are of quality and affordable. I enjoyed the White Truffle Salted House Fries, Egg Royale, Duck Two Ways and D24 Durian Cake.
Address: 38 Martin Road
Tel: +65 6509 1680
Graze at Martin No.38 offers the best of Australian cuisine with strong emphasis on fresh, quality produce enhanced with uniquely balanced flavours. My favourite would be Pan-seared barramundi, Sumac seared scallops and Kurobuta pork.
3. The Halia Restaurant
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Tel: +65 6476 6711
After an alluring decade at the Botanic Gardens, The Halia Restaurant has rejuvenated itself with a new look, menu and culinary team. I first came here for tasting after the revamp, and came back again in November to celebrate the boy’s birthday. We love their Blue Fin Tuna Tataki, Rangers Valley Black Angus tenderloin and Sauteed risotto soja with mascarpone and parmesan.
And not forgetting my hawker posts which I alwas learnt something new from every conversation I had with the hawkers.
Travel of the Year
I went KL in March, Hokkaido in June, Cameron Highlands in July, Hong Kong in August (that was when I injured my leg). Now I am in Korea, I can’t really reflect much about my current trip but between Hokkaido and Hong Kong, I really enjoyed Hokkaido. Travelling alone is not easy but I am sure the experience that I have gotten was much more than other trips.
I have seen the most beautiful sakura, experience the most cooling temperature, soak myself in hot spring everyday, tastes the freshiest seafood…this place is so beautiful and I certainly want to go back there again. To read on my Hokkaido posts (sorry it’s in Chinese, but you can still admire the photos), please click here.
Event of the Year
I don’t have time to cook and I don’t have oven to bake. But cooking my pot of curry to support the Facebook event “Cook A Pot of Curry” was very meaningful. It was actually a request for you to cook a pot of curry on 21 August 2011, in silent protest of what a Singaporean Indian family has had to put up with, due to a request from their neighbor, who has just recently moved in from China.
I hope this event spread the message of love, tolerance and acceptance, and get your foreign friends and neighbors, get them to appreciate curry and also appreciate the cultures of the various ethnic groups in Singapore.
Fun of the Year
I have been thinking real hard to come up with a title for this. This is what I have done in 2011 to make my blog more interesting, as well as doing some work to make myself better.
If you have been following my blog closely, you would know that I was crazy about Food Clay Art in 2011. I took up lessons and made chicken rice, noodles, dim sum, bread etc. You really need a lot of patience and nibble hands to do this and I really enjoyed myself. If time permits, I hope to do more of it in 2012.
And also, I took up online Food Styling lessons this year and this is something which I always want to learn. I have completed my Foundation course and I will save up more to move on to Beginners class.
Wish for 2012
I made Sweet Corn Cake by steaming because I don’t have an oven. But I really wanted to own an oven and take up some bakery class. Looking at all the cupcakes, cake pops, cakes made by my friends, I really want to try create them myself.
So my wish for 2012: OWN A OVEN
If you have a good oven model to recommend me, please drop me a comment!
2011 has been very exciting. Like most of you, I’m spending more time lately with social media — Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Twitter has become my favorite social-media platform as it is a super-fast way of keeping up with the news, interact with people and seek out ideas.
Thank you to all my Twitter friends and blog readers for keeping me busy and for giving me the confidence to carry on. This is priceless and I look forward to another interesting 2012 with you.
Happy New Year!