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Lean Pork Soup with Chrysanthemums & Apples: A shot in the dark March 18, 2010

Filed under: Recipes — thelittlebowl @ 9:58 am

I bought a book called “Soups for Beauty” recently. I know, it sounds cheesy but it was only $9.90 so what the heck.
My virgin encounter with this book was with a detoxifying and cooling recipe for soup. With apples, figs and candied dates, this soup is sweet and rather refreshing. 🙂

This is literally a shot in the dark (dinner time).


Here’s the recipe:
13g dried chrystanthemums
4 apples
5 candied dates
4 dried figs
300g lean pork
(I’m re-arranging the steps so that they make more sense.)
1. Put 8 bowls of water to boil.
2. Rinse chrysanthemums, dates, figs and lean pork.
3. If I may add, cut lean pork into big chunks and blanch them in a separate pot to remove the stinky porky smell.
4. Rinse apples and cut them into big pieces, removing their cores.
5. Once the water is boiling like mad, put all ingredients in except the chrysanthemum.
6. Let the soup rise to a boil again before turning down to low heat and cook for another 1 and a half hours. Add chrysanthemums 10 minutes before the soup is done and season with salt.

Candied Dates & Chrysanthemums


Ippudo – Not Quite My Bowl of Ramen March 16, 2010

Filed under: Reviews — thelittlebowl @ 2:36 pm
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First VIew at Ippudo

I’ve been told by a journalist friend that I should try Ippudo, a ramen restaurant that opened a few months ago at the newly revamped Mandarin Gallery. Frankly, the prospect of a comforting hot bowl of ramen and a free steam facial along with it seemed too hard to resist, so Nick and I decided to visit Ippudo for a Saturday lunch.


The counter along which I watched Japanese chefs fondle noodles 😛

The local branch of a popular ramen chain in Japan, Ippudo offers only two soup bases – Shiromaru – a white broth that is packed with collagen from boiling pork bones for almost a day – and Akamaru – a savory red soup made with red miso and black garlic oil.

With collagen at stake, I chose Shiromaru ($15, without an additional egg or pork belly).

Delicate Pork Bone Broth

This delightful broth exuded a delicate sweetness from pork bones. Unfortunately, the sharp aftertaste of pickled ginger was too overwhelming on the palate, negating the beautiful broth.
The noodles too were not as good as I had imagined. Having chosen “medium” noodles (instead of hard or soft), I found the strings of flour a little too chewy in the beginning and a little too limp at the end for my liking. Perhaps I wasn’t slurping my noodles fast enough, unlike Nick who wolfed down his noodles in no time and opted for extra noodles (which according to him, cost $2++ for 30 cents worth of mee kia). 😛
Perhaps what led to such disappointment was the anticipation of a new and great ramen haunt. There are many ramen places in Singapore but not many that live up to my food-snobbing ways.
With Santouka at Central still reigning on my list of ramen restaurants and the long queue at Ippudo (I reached at 11.50am on Saturday and the queue was so long, I almost stepped into Lawry’s), this ramen is not filling my bowl anytime soon.
Ippudo is located at:

Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, #04-02/03/04

Tel: 6235 2797 (no reservations allowed)


Cinnamon Buns March 15, 2010

Filed under: Recipes — thelittlebowl @ 7:13 am
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Tried making Cinnamon Buns yesterday. Here’s the result:

These babies are packed with butter and cinnamon sugar but they’re oh sooooo good! 🙂