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The views expressed in this blog are based entirely on personal tastes and preferences. Please do not take them as professional interpretations.

If you have any comments/suggestions/places you think serve great food, do share with us! Email me at qiuyi_ong@hotmail.com or leave a comment in the tag board. Thanks and cheers to future gastronomical adventures!

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Tatsuya
Tetsu (Eaten!)

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Kuriya
Le Figue
LivinGreens
Nanbantei
Ootoya
Original Sin
Pasta Brava
Sage
Tetsu
Valentino

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

My Humble House
#02-27/28 The Esplanade Mall
6423 1881


Since Mom always accommodate me and eat European food whenever we go out, I decided to bring her for a good Chinese meal this time round.



There was a wedding reception at the restaurant when we got there so the maitre d directed us to Space@My Humble House next door. We were given menus from both restaurants as he assured us that the kitchen at My Humble House will still prepare the food for us.



The Claypot Rice in Consommé ($12++) smells really good and fragrant! The jasmine rice is simmered with crabmeat, shrimps, scallops, straw and shiitake mushrooms, and quail eggs in a chicken consommé, sprinkled with fried onions and coriander. The ingredients used are really top quality. I love the scallops which are so fresh and not rubbery at all. The star though is really the consommé which is very sweet and aromatic.


The Braised Spinach Tofu with Mushrooms ($18++) is my favorite dish of the meal. The tofu is fried with the spinach filling on top first before braising it in gravy. The tofu is soft yet firm and I like the subtle taste of spinach. Both complement each other very well. This is a very homey and simple dish. My only grouse is that it’s crazy to charge almost $10 for a piece of tofu.

The Crispy Soft Shell Crabs with Green Mango Salad ($20++) is clearly a dish with Thai influence. The mango silvers are tangy enough and the Thai chili sauce gives a mighty fiery kick. The crabs are meaty and the light batter covering them is light and not dripping with oil. However, I expected a more generous portion for the price we are paying.



Service was prompt but rather clinical and cold. I don’t like the manager (who was serving) at all. He doesn’t smile and looks so stern and unfriendly. This is also the first restaurant that doesn’t allow me to note down the items on the menu. Hello, like I’m going to open a competing restaurant and serve exactly the same dishes?


Admittedly, My Humble House is a bit of a misnomer for a fine-dining restaurant which was voted among the world’s 100 top restaurants last year. But the food here is certainly top notch. After all, the place is helmed by celebrity chef Sam Leong. One amusing thing I find is that all the dishes have supposedly poetic (but cheesy) names like the soft shell crabs dish is called “A Sleep in the Petals” and the tofu “Rhythm of the Earth”. Can anyone tell me the meaning?

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WELCOME!

In ancient Greek mythology, sirens are creatures which have the body of a bird and the head of a woman. They have such sweet voices that sailors who heard their songs were lured into grounding their boats on the rocks on which the nymphs sang.

To me, food are like the sirens in so many ways. Intoxicating, wonderful, beautiful and yet, so very deadly if you let them get the better of you. Food is a big part of my life and it’s meant to be appreciated and savored slowly. I admit that I am extremely particular about what I eat. If it’s not something I want to put in my body, I’d rather not eat. Some people eat to live while others live to eat. I’ve yet to discover which side of the camp I’m in… What about you?

I hope that you will enjoy reading about my food adventures as much as I like writing them. And many thanks to my family and friends who always wait patiently for me to take photos before digging in!

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