Foodie Friday: What The Stars Ate This Week (Jan 7-14)
All the photos that made us hungry this week.
The festive feasting has begun. Sharon Au, who's back in Singapore, loaded up on her mum’s homemade pineapple tarts, Fann Wong had her fill of mouthwatering hawker fare, and Hong Junyang hosted SPOP WAVE! contestants Rao Zijie and Yang Guang Ke Le at his Thai boat noodle restaurant. Read on for more.
What she ate: Hawker fare
Yummy factor: From a shiok plate of rojak to freshly-grilled satay, popiah and lots of kueh, Fann certainly had her fill of our local favourites at Maxwell Food Centre. And of course there’s always space for dessert, especially when it's an icy one she can cool down with.
What he ate: Fusion brunch
Yummy factor: Desmond spent his Sunday afternoon dining at picture-perfect cafe Hathaway, where he tucked into itek tim (Peranakan-style salted vegetable and duck soup), as well as an Asian take on all-day brekkie — creamy butter chicken served with naan, potato latkes, sausages and eggs.
What she ate: Comfort food
Yummy factor: Gloomy weather calls for comfort food — Cynthia enjoyed hers at Chicken Pie Kitchen & Don Signature Crab, where she opted for umami-filled crab bee hoon soup, as well as prawn and lala beehoon. And yes, the prawns are huge, and that's a whole crab waiting to be devoured in the rich milky broth.
What she ate: Pretty confections
Yummy factor: January baby Ann Kok has been receiving lots of love for her 49th birthday (Jan 11), including pretty cakes like the ones above. The sugary creation sent by her fan club, Annchanted Energy, was particularly exquisite with real roses, gold spheres and ivory feathers.
What she ate: Pineapple tarts
Yummy factor: If there’s one thing that reminds the Paris-based Sharon of home, it’s probably her mum’s homemade pineapple tarts. And now that Sharon is back in Singapore for her upcoming performance in the Chinese play Between You and Me, it also means she gets to indulge in her all-time favourite snack.
What she ate: Birthday dim sum
Yummy factor: The festivities continue for Ah Jie’s birthday (Jan 10), with pals like Hong Zhaorong and former radio jock Georgina Chang meeting her for dim sum like har gao, fried carrot cake and roast meats. A trip to Yanxi Dim Sum & Hotpot also saw her having her fill of marbled meats, rose-shaped tofu, crabs, abalone and more. Plus, that longevity platter with peach and gourd buns is definitely Instagram-worthy.
Ya Hui and Chen Liping
What they ate: Modern Japanese cuisine at Koma
Yummy factor: A girls’ night out to the atas restaurant and sushi bar at Marina Bay Sands probably left Ya Hui and Liping with a serious food koma. Not only was the ambience fab, there were tantalising dishes like fresh oysters with a touch of lemon and ponzu, truffle unagi maki, and taro chip tuna tacos, and plenty of pretty cocktails to toast with.
Hong Junyang, Rao Zijie and Yang Guang Ke Le
What they ate: Thai boat noodles
Yummy factor: Zijie and Yang Guang Ke Le both visited their SPOP WAVE! mentor Hong Junyang’s Original Boat Noodle restaurant, and polished off bowl after bowl of the addictive noods, as well as a basil pork with rice dish. In fact, it appears that Zijie is able to finish a serving of noodles in one mouthful — it’s no wonder he already had a stack of bowls in front of him.
What he ate: Seafood galore
Yummy factor: Check out Justin’s loot from Kuriya Japanese Market. His first lo hei of the year was with their fruit-centric yusheng, and he also got to sink his teeth into their charcoal-grilled Hokkaido hairy crabs and seafood pencai that’s chock full of ingredients like prawns, abalone, and more.
What he ate: Yusheng
Yummy factor: Also getting in on the lo hei action were Fann Wong and her son Zed, who looked like he’s all set to usher in the Lunar New Year with a solid toss of salmon-laden yusheng from Neo Garden Catering, made all the more enticing with its festive tiger-shaped appearance. Huat ah!
What she ate: Curry rice
Yummy factor: Would you join a queue just because it’s long? Well, a curious Pat did and was handsomely rewarded with a box chock full of ingredients from curry rice stall at Seng Huat Coffee House in Hougang. This gorgeous mess of tofu, omelette, lady’s finger, fried pork chop, and curry-slathered rice, cost just $5.90. BRB, going to tapow lunch stat.
Seow Sin Nee, Juin Teh and Jernelle Oh
What they ate: Cafe noms
Yummy factor: The #JustSwifeLah hosts' jaunt to FlagWhite cafe saw them ordering mains like the chicken parmigiana topped with mushroom and cheese, smoked salmon and feta salad, as well as all-day brunch paired with a flaky croissant. And what’s a brunch sesh without additional sides like truffles fries and garlic parmesan chicken wings? Yum.
What she ate: Truffle pen cai
Yummy factor: Biren was one of Xiuhuan’s celeb friends to get first dibs on the latter’s truffle pen cai from her F&B venture Huan In A Million, before it launched yesterday (Jan 13). Each pot is generously filled with 18 types of ingredients, including freshly-shaved black truffle, premium seafood and meats, doused in truffle-infused broth. We bet Biren had a real feast with her family.
What she ate: Atas dinner
Yummy factor: You Yi lived the fine life at the exclusive Club Di Lusso, where she was spoiled with hors d'oeuvres like escargot gratin, abalone and foie gras, as well as exquisite mains and a surprise chocolate dessert. We've got our eye on that butterfly.
What she ate: Colourful eats
Yummy factor: The YES 933 DJ had a most colourful weekend — in terms of what she ate, at least. We love how her healthy poke bowl from Haakon was a visual feast, and it also probably made up for her sinful indulgence — slices of lychee rose and ondeh ondeh cake — at Cafe de Paris thereafter.
What she ate: Homemade collagen noodle soup
Yummy factor: A rainy evening may have kept Kayly at home, but it didn't stop her from treating herself to a good meal. She whipped up a comforting dinner with her stash of collagen soup from Chantalle Ng's Yuan Collagen. All she had to do was throw in some soba, proteins and her fave garnishes and voila — a piping hot dinner that’s perfect for sweater weather.
What she ate: Dim sum
Yummy factor: Bonnie is all for taking the time to savour and appreciate her food, especially when it’s in the form of scrumptious dim sum offerings at Chinese resto Social Place — think charcoal-themed items like custard buns and crispy tofu, as well as sashimi rosettes atop ramen eggs, the cutest piggy pudding and more.
What he ate: Hotpot dinner
Yummy factor: One simply does not dine at hotpot restaurants like Haidilao these days without trying out a hack or two. For Alan, he picked up a slice of shabu shabu beef with his chopsticks and confidently executed the viral meat-flipping technique before dipping the tight roll of meat into his bubbling tomato soup with aplomb. Consider us impressed.
What she ate: Cheesy lobsters
Yummy factor: While L’Entrecote is popular for its steak and fries, Ferlyn went for a whole grilled lobster topped with melted cheese instead at their Customs House outlet. Her dessert - freshly-baked choux pastry with praline cream looked delish too.
What she ate: Eggs benedict
Yummy factor: Having brunch with family is always a good idea, especially if it means busy parents like Peifen get to take a breather and refuel with hearty eggs benedict with fluffy brioche toast. Plus, it also helps that the cafe, Toby Estate, makes a strong cuppa.