specials: hearty vegetable chowder, moroccan meatball stew, and apple cranberry streusel

this week’s specials, available from today, all day, and possibly all week or while fresh ingredients last

soup of the day: hearty vegetable chowder
A harmonious blend of carrot, tomato, zucchini, parsley and spring onion, with just a dash of cream for extra smoothness.
Hearty Vegetable Soup

special main: Moroccan meatball stew with toasted almond & raisin pilaf
Comes with a healthy side of pan-grilled vegetables. This is not spicy at all, but if you would like it to be spicy-er, as always – just ask!
Moroccan meatball stew with toasted almond & raisin pilaf

dessert special: re-introducing – the apple cranberry streusel
It may come in a slightly different shape than pictured, but the ingredients used are still the same. Expect healthy grains, dried cranberry and raisins, freshly stewed apples in cinnamon and seven other secret spices. All topped with a generous ball of vanilla gelato.
Apple Cranberry Streusel

specials: roasted tomato rasam soup, parmesan-dill breaded dory, and vanilla mudpie

this week’s specials, available from today, all day, and possibly all week or while fresh ingredients last

soup of the day: tangy roasted tomato rasam (non-spicy)

Inspired by a recent Slug Supper outing at Alif Corner Restaurant, a rasam is a thin, very spicy southern Indian soup served alone or combined with other foods, such as rice, as a side dish. To make it our own, we’ve added a handful of basil leaves and taken out the “very spicy” bit.

Tangy Roasted Tomato Rasam (non-spicy)

Today’s soup is meant to go with today’s fish.

special catch: Parmesan-dill Breaded Dory with seasoned potato wedges, homemade zingy sambal belacan mayo dip by side

You know how when someone is frying sambal belacan the whole world kinda sorta knows it? And if you  smell it in the air and go, “Ahhhhh this is LURRRVVVVVVE” then you, my dear friend, get a 100% A+++ grade in true-blue Southeast Asian-ness.

Regular food shot.

Parmesan-dill Breaded Dory + Seasoned Potato Wedges with a zingy sambal belacan mayo dip by side

Close-up shot.

Parmesan-dill Breaded Dory + Seasoned Potato Wedges with a zingy sambal belacan mayo dip by side

Split open that creamy sweet dory shot.

Parmesan-dill Breaded Dory + Seasoned Potato Wedges with a zingy sambal belacan mayo dip by side

dessert special: Vanilla Mudpie stuffed with Baileys Truffles, New York cheesecake chunks, Dark Chocolate Fudge and Almond Cookie Crumble

Vanilla Mudpie stuffed with Baileys Truffles, New York cheesecake chunks, Dark Chocolate Fudge and Almond Cookie Crumble

specials: Hungarian-styled mushroom soup, brined thyme-roasted pork, and red velvet pancakes

this week’s specials, available from today, all day, and possibly all week or while fresh ingredients last

soup of the day: Hungarian-styled mushroom soup.
Earthy and creamy with a hint of smoked paprika and fresh lemon. Just like them Hungarians. No that’s not true and you knew that. OK NEXT TOPIC!
hungarian-styled mushroom soup

special main: a hunky piece-a brined pork roasted in thyme.
Accompanied by a very well-meaning ginger-roasted pear and perry gravy, served over hand-mashed potatoes.

A perry is an alcoholic drink made from the fermented juice of pears. Why isn’t it just called “peary”, riiiight? Anyhoo. For this dish we use everyone’s favourite perry – Brothers Festival Pear Cider. KYAAAAA!

24-hour home-brined pork, stuffed with crushed garlic, rubbed with thyme, basted with pear cider, steam-baked for hours until tender.
hunk of thyme-roasted, brined pork

The brine we make is from root vegetables and soy broth infused with bay leaves, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, and peppercorns.
hunk of thyme-roasted, brined pork

dessert special: all-natural red velvet pancakes. With cream cheese, raspberry coulis and maple pecan crunch.

Is all natural because Le Ingrédients are all natural (also, we love repeating the words “all natural”.) To obtain that lovely ruby red, we use freshly puréed beetroot instead of bottled colouring.

Also. Le maple pecan crunch is da bomb. That’s an opinion coming from a squirrel who loves all forms of nuts. So don’t agree until you try it yourself. That is all, folks.
all-natural red velvet pancakes

specials: roasted pumpkin soup, Asian-inspired Puttanesca, Sweet Banana Fritters

this week’s specials, available from today, all day, and possibly all week or while fresh ingredients last

soup of the day: creamy roasted pumpkin with a touch of nutmeg

Creamy roasted pumpkin w/ a touch of nutmeg
We’re going somewhat Asian this week, starting with the touch of nutmeg. YES NUTMEG IS ASIAN THE DEBATE ENDS HERE.

special main: Asian-inspired Puttanesca with large, juicy prawns, white button mushrooms, shallots, olives and ‘chye po’

Asian-inspired Puttanesca
To make any Italian dish somewhat Asian, replace capers with chye po (preserved radish). So clever we are.

dessert special: Muar-inspired Sweet Banana Fritters with a generous scoop of vanilla gelato & spicy caramel drizzle

Muar-inspired Sweet Banana Fritters
Anyone from Muar (and there are plenty in Singapore) will tell you it’s difficult to find decent pisang goreng (banana fritters) in Singapore. Joe’s done a pretty good job attempting to replicate the pisang goreng he had in Muar.

We’re likely to be busy this weekend, so it’s best to make a reservation if you’re planning to pop by. Quickest way is to call the shop at 6346-0504 or SMS 9225-7913 to book a good table.

Mothers Day Specials

Dearest Mum,

I couldn’t decide on a card for you, so I picked all three from Scallop Inc. These cards are hand-stitched by dear friends of mine. I didn’t just get them because Sook & Fishe made them (okay that’s part of the reason. And don’t ask me why I have a friend named “Fishe”). I mean everything it says on them cards. I do love you. You are the best. And often I feel all the thankyous in the world could never suffice.. but thank you Mum, for everything.
Mothers Day Cards by Scallop Inc

I think you are the sort of mother everyone wishes they had, which constantly reminds me how lucky I am to have you. The other constant reminder is the fact that my friends May and Charlie have repeatedly told me they would like to hang out with you more, because they think you are really cool. Just you. Without me in the picture. :-/ They say I am super uncool. With friends like these who needs enemies, right?
Mothers Day Cards by Scallop Inc

You might like this week’s soup, because you like soup in general. Puréed vegetable soup w/ sage chilli brown butter. We can leave out the sage chilli thingy if you’re afraid it’s too spicy or oily, but it does add a nice little punch to the soup. Just a small, friendly, jab-in-the-shoulder type of punch, nothing too violent at all.
puréed vegetable soup w/ sage chilli brown butter

I asked Joe to make a chicken stew. (Okay, chicken stew was actually Sook‘s idea because she thought something “traditional” would go with the vintage-esque cards she’s hawking.) But Joe had other ideas. He always does. Paper-wrapped chicken baked in chardonnay & water chestnut consommé, served with antipasto pasta salad. A “consommé” is just a fancy name for clear soup. I think the chardonnay bit might excite you; after all Dad doesn’t call you a toper for nothing.
paper-wrapped chicken baked in Chardonnay & water chestnut consommé

Dessert was also made with you in mind. I know you love lavender, judging by the bushels of dried lavender flowers you carted back from Grandaunt Mavis’ garden in Melbourne last year. And that you always only buy the lavender-scented Yardley’s talcum powder. Lavender panna cotta w/ summer berry compote, with chocolate Baileys truffle as an added delight. Compote is a fancy way of saying fruit that is stewed in a syrup.
And yes, the truffles have your favourite nightcap in them – Baileys Irish Cream.
lavender panna cotta w/ summer berry compote

I’ll be working most of this weekend, and I might forget to call or text. But I know you’ll see this because I know you often stalk our website. Often the things I want to say are never really said. Must be an Asian upbringing thing. Although, I think you and Dad both know you’ve done a really good job in bringing up rather decent, well-adjusted children.

I saw this video at the end of Scallop Inc’s blog post, thought you might like it. You know I can never really cry, but this one made me choke and tear at the end of it.

Thanks Mum, I love you.