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August 5, 2017

Humble beginnings, Johor Bahru…mille crepe with a smellfie. Awful!

I was at Humble Beginnings in City Square Mall, JB and absolutely loved their mille crepe. However, my experience was ruined by the a horrible stench. The place literally smelled like raw sewage. Disgusting! Utterly overwhelming!

I just never understood how restaurant managers are so oblivious to such an important detail. Whatever it was, it left me gasping with nausea, enough that I talked to other people about the stink.

Totally unappetizing. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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May 27, 2017

Lord Stow’s Bakery, Macau…the best I’ve ever had, period

Portuguese egg tarts – small flaky tarts filled with creamy, lightly sweet egg custard – are one of my favorite desserts. But they’re not all created equal. Some are just plain bad, most are somewhere in the middle, and only a handful are memorably good.

The egg tart at Lord Stow’s has a wonderfully smooth, wiggly, creamy rich (but not too rich) filling with a slightly burned top  and a good crisp case. The crust is the main deal-breaker. Some egg tarts are simply so weak that they crumbled apart no matter how gently I hold them; some are so thick that they completely overpowered the flavor of the custard. The crust at Lord Stow’s crackles and shatters on first bite, then melts in your mouth. This is what makes them so incomparably good.

Egg tarts don’t get much better than this. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 27, 2016

Smoothie House, Taipei…it tastes like eating clouds

CNN named it one of the top 10 desserts in the world. Taiwanese snow shaved ice (or snow cream) has definitely made a mark on the dessert scene.

Snow ice is made by freezing a block of flavored, sweet milk (as opposed to just a block of ice) and shaving it down into flaky ribbons of layered snow. The ice is fine and fluffy as rabbit down —neither too crunchy, nor too dense and wet—and blend seamlessly into the toppings. Think of it as an ice sundae.

If you go for the trinity of mango, strawberry and kiwi, you’re in for an intensely fresh treat. And the all-mango one = greatness.

This is not food for wimps. Bring a friend or three to share. You’ll thank me. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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August 6, 2016

White Flower Factory, Bangkok…I walked away pleasantly surprised.

I wasn’t expecting much from this innocuously named Siam Square One outpost, but I walked away pleasantly surprised.

I opted for the Thai tea crepe was reasonably pleased with the layers of paper thin crepes, each separated with a brush of light thai tea flavour. A simple, effective conversation stopper unless conservation could be construed as a series of affirmative grunts. The chocolate fudge looks and tastes great. It’s a plate which calms the senses like the orderly simplicity of a Japanese garden.The lemongrass juice was sweet and refreshing with a clean aftertaste.

Taken on its own merit, this is a fun, casual cafe you’d definitely use if you were in the area. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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May 22, 2016

Saveur, Singapore…this is not a real restaurant

Here’s perhaps the main thing: Saveur, sadly, isn’t bringing much to the Singapore culinary conversation.

The food was not only inedible but fraudulent. That duck confit is almost totally free of taste or character, taken from a deli in Anywhereville. They’re not meant for eating.  With the dessert, you expected salted caramel lava cake and what you get instead is the dull texture and bland flavour of a wartime MRE. It tastes like some combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde.

Savuer might have the worst service of any Singapore restaurant. A “poor” rating with a “chaotic” atmosphere.

It’s like we’re punishing ourselves for something. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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March 19, 2016

Nara Thai Cuisine, Bangkok…Incredibly average

Back in the Thai life again. I just can’t help it.

I feel like Thai seasoning – one of the most complex, magical and downright thrilling food cultures in the world – normally has a KICK of balanced acidity and flavor, which makes it so appetizing, but Nara Thai lacks that altogether.

Here, in dishes such as kung pad pong karee (fried prawns with yellow curry), tom yum kung, kai jiew nua phu (Omelet with crab meat), Gai Hor Bai Toei (chicken pandan), everything was so predictable and make no impression at all.However, the Nara coconut ice cream with assorted Thai sweet condiments is very special and certainly looks the part. Damn, I’d happily eat this baby every day.

I have to say I think Nara Thai is incredibly average. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 26, 2015

Cheesecake Factory, Orlando…insanely popular

Anywhere you go in America, the insanely popular Cheesecake Factory has 45 minute-plus waits. Usually an ever-present line, packed dining area, and palpable levels of excitement are reliable indications of great food, but I’ve never had a truly outstanding dish….until now.

The dishes are all American size, meaning quite large, so you certainly won’t leave the restaurant hungry. I have had herb crusted fillet of salmon, garlic noodles- Spaghetinni, fresh asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, oven-roasted tomatoes in a delicious garlic sauce with shrimps, grilled monterey squid, Black eye peas, oven tapen. The light crab bites at the Mall of Millenia, Orlando was the standout. This is amazing! I thought. this has got to be the tastiest thing I had at a Cheesecake factory.

Their cheesecake is world-renowned and comes in many flavors that is sure to satisfy anyone and everyone.

Opening the menu at The Cheesecake Factory is like opening an encyclopedia the large menu gives you different things to try each time. So check it out. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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July 26, 2014

Nadeje Cake House, Melaka…Multistoried darn tasty Dessert

Mille Crepe succeeds so splendidly not just because it’s wildly delicious but also because it’s a clever design. Here’s what it is: around 20 (as opposed to 1,000) paper-thin, lacy crepes separated by luscious clouds of whipped-cream-lightened pastry cream. The top most layered is caramalized, promoting nice sugary smoky sensation. A fork plunged into a slice slides like a shovel through fresh snow. You get a whiff of smoky sugar, then layer after silky-sweet layer of darn tastiness.

The restaurant is clean, minimalist = very soothing vibe. A good crepe cake sticks together and doesn’t fall apart. Be sure to have it chilled for the best taste or eat it as soon as you purchase. The double Chocolate comes with dark choc cream & choc chips while the original that started it all for Nadeje has sumptuously smooth house-made custard cream & Tahitian vanilla bean mix.

Nadeje’s be a tad less sweeter, denser but delightfully addictive nonetheless. Count the layers if you dare. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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May 11, 2014

Mae Varee Fruits Shop, Bangkok…Mango sticky rice that will Thai me down.

I’m a sucker for dessert. I can never turn down a happy ending, especially when it’s mango sticky rice.

Spot the giant faux mango, and you’ll know you’re at the right spot. The mango is definitely of good quality and fresh, it was sweet (and not the pursed-lips kind of sweet), juicy and ripe atop perfectly cooked warm bed of glutinous rice with a chewy texture. Infused with very creamy coconut milk, it was yummy in my tummy.

The shop is open 24 hours for you to buy mangos but the sticky rice is only available from 5am to 11pm. There are no seats here so all the stuff are to-go only.

I LOVE this place! Not only do I eat here for my own selfish pleasure, but anyone I know who loves mango sticky rice, this is where I bring them to. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 20, 2014

Auntie Sweet, Hong Kong…sweet indulgence

I generally have a hard time discerning a good Hong Kong dessert place versus a bad one, despite how many I have been too. If I had to venture a guess, it should be like any other dessert place, satisfy your sweet tooth without putting you into a diabetic coma. To keep it sweet and simple, no pun intended, Auntie Sweet was refreshing, seemingly fresh, slightly undersweetened, but overall solid dessert spot. My only call out is that they have far too many options leaving me to wonder how is this even possible?

Mango duet sago soup is, as its name suggests, an explosion of delicious mango. For those who have not heard of sago before, it is an edible starch that is obtained from tropical palm stems. The durian pancake is an eggy crepe enveloping a thick layer of durian pulp and fresh cream. It tastes exactly as it looks – delicious and enticing – ever so light and not overly sweet, just right. The strawberry yogurt sago soup is light, refreshing and it’s super yummilious. The almond tea with egg white was a different and savoring taste….kind of like flan.

We didn’t eat anything mind-blowing, yet we appreciated the diverse offerings at Auntie Sweet. Perhaps there are hidden gems on the menu we missed. This place is small and very social. Perfect for drunkie munchies or just pure craving, like myself. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…..

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