Category Archives: Sweet Tooth

The Marmalade Pantry

Ion Orchard is like Heaven and Earth packed in a building. In the basement level, its a shopping haven for the mankind. And when you ascend to the first storey and above, you will shop like the Gods. From Diane Von Furstenburg to Miu Miu, my wallet shrinks at the sight of the posh headboards. But situated at the centre of the second level is a casual dining restaurant with a clean, modern look. Offering a variety of fusion cuisine and indulgent desserts, the restaurant is not lacking in patrons even on weekdays. IMG_8900Oriental Grilled King Salmon with Soba: For the first time, I enjoyed the dish that wasn’t my order. The salmon fillet was seared to perfection. Cooked on the outside, but delectably moist and slightly pinkish inside. The meat is also seasoned well such that the original flavour of my favourite fish is not lost. The cha soba that they serve as a side is light, simple and a delicious contrast of taste and bite.

IMG_8888Pan Seared Snapper: The dish that I ordered, failed to impress me. Despite serving perfectly cooked snapper fillets with ratatouille, the dish is too bland for my liking. It lacks the fireworks that I usually seek for.

Marmalade PantryFluffy Coconut Cream Cake

IMG_8920Lemon Meringue Sponge Cake: The meringue is light, sweet and fluffy. Although the sponge layers can be more moist, the main character of the cake is the custard cream that carries a tang of lemon zest, bringing the the entire cake to life.

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The Marmalade Pantry (ION Orchard)
2 Orchard Turn
#03-22 to #03-34 ION Orchard
Mon – Sun: 10am – 10pm

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Fluffy Coconut Cream Cake

Marmalade Pantry

I used to watch the Food Network Channel where contestants compete in a massive cake-baking competition. Then I got extremely curious when coconut cake was one of the more popular flavour along with chocolate and lemon meringue. Coconut cake? I had to give it a try.The cake was remarkable. The butter cream was generous, rich in flavour and goes in tandem with both the sponge and the coconut shavings. The random cranberry bits surprises you with the occasional sweet and tangy twist. Did I mention that the sponge cake had the perfect moisture? Just when you think that the cake is already baked to perfection, you’re suddenly drawn to the line in the middle. Yes, that is custard cream. The final element of the cake that ties in so well with the entire masterpiece. Need I say more?

Fluffy Coconut Cream Cake (S$7.00)
The Marmalade Pantry
Ion Orchard

The Soya Beancurd Face-Off: Lao Ban vs 51

Long gone were the days when Soya Beancurd was scooped into a bowl and served with a layer of syrup. The tradition can still be found in the streets of Singapore along Rocher Road or Selegie. However, when you mention the word Soya Beancurd these days, Lao Ban will be the first to appear on many people’s minds. Ever since they opened a stall at Old Airport Road Food Centre, it has triggered a “beancurd” war nationwide. But, before those who were initially clueless about Lao Ban, let me first do a face-off between Lao Ban Soya Beancurd and 51 Soya Bean. Then you decide again.

Before I could even take a spoon of Lao Ban, I had the experience of buying it. Be prepared to queue for more than 30 minutes during the peak period. Do not be annoyed when the customers in front of you order by the bulk. I only wanted one, so I got pretty pissed when people were ordering by the tens. Technically, there shouldn’t be a long queue to buy Soya Beancurd, because it has been pre-made. So why the long wait? The answer lies with the boss. The way he packs your beancurd or returns your change, it feels like he’s practising Taiji. Nonetheless, he lost precious points. When my spoon took the first break, I noticed a layer of beancurd skin at the top. That did not really score with me. But was it love at first bite for me? I loved the level of sweetness but I could distinctively notice the powdery texture for almost each mouthful. In result, the beancurd disintegrated in my mouth leaving a weird aftertaste, instead of melting. I am not impressed at all and I definitely do not understand the hype about Lao Ban.

Lao Ban Soya Beancurd
51 Old Airport Road
Old Airport Road Food Centre
Singapore

51 Soya, who probably got their name from the road name, is situated just 2 stalls away from Lao Ban. This is indeed a dog-eat-dog world. And it was not a pretty sight when people are queuing endlessly for Lao Ban while the competitor is literally “hitting the flies”. I guess people do really need to know which is the better one. At the first break with the spoon, I loved how the texture was smooth on the surface. Or you could say that the dessert was entirely smooth as a whole. While the level of the sweetness was also suitable for me, what really set 51 Soya apart from Lao Ban was the texture once again. Smooth, homogenous, consistent, velvety. The beancurd literally melts in your mouth.

It is time that people stop jumping into the Lao Ban bandwagon because there is a queue. Try 51 Soya one day and you tell me what’s your verdict.

51 Soya Bean
51 Old Airport Road
Old Airport Road Food Centre
Singapore

Awfully Awsome.

I have no idea why but this is something that I cannot stop eating. The essence of dark chocolate within makes it absolutely impossible for you to be sick of the cocoa richness. The moisture of the cake is almost perfect, which is very rare in cupcakes these days. To top all these off, the dark chocolate butter-cream was velvety, creamy, consistent and thick.

Rich Chocolate Cupcake
Awfully Chocolate
Jurong Point

Raspberry Panna Cotta

I first tried this dessert with my best friend at Vivocity in 2009. And it was literally “love at first bite”. For a person who cannot appreciate milk or its taste, this dish sure won me over. The Italian custard, comprising mostly of cream, is smooth, velvety and silky. Just like tofu. Thanks to the special raspberry sauce, the dessert carries the perfect combination of milky sweet and raspberry tang to your tongue. A must-try!

Raspberry Panna Cotta
Bakerzin

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Not proud to say that this is the first time I’ve ever tried Chocolate Molten Lava Cake in the entire 22 years of my life. But I was in a for “dark” surprise. I love dark chocolate, so this dessert suits me to the tee. I preferred pairing it with the vanilla ice cream though, the blissful mix of cold and warm. However, try not to order in bulk, as the molten lava would have harden a little while the waiter waits for all the servings to be ready before they serve together.

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake S$12
The Wine Company
6 Sentosa Gateway
#01-08
Singapore 098072