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Foodie Friday: What The Stars Ate This Week (Mar 11-18)

All the photos that made us hungry this week.

This week, JJ Lin scored a birthday dessert and pic with celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa when he dined at the latter's Beverly Hills restaurant, Chen Yixin and Gavin Teo celebrated their anniversary, and Andie Chen and Kate Pang were so excited when they saw a Singapore eatery in Taipei they chionged to order laksa. Read on for more.

JJ Lin

JJ Lin

What he ate: Birthday dinner at Matsuhisa

Yummy factor: JJ’s early birthday celebration (he turns 40 on Mar 27) at the acclaimed sushi restaurant in Beverly Hills was a star-studded affair that included celebrity chef and restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa himself. Celeb friends like actors Harry Chang and Ross Butler joined JJ for delectable bites like caviar tacos, as well as a bespoke dessert platter with everything from Japanese mochi to shaved ice, creme brulee, ice cream and more.

Phyllis Quek, Zoe Tay, and Hong Zhaorong

Phyllis Quek, Zoe Tay, and Hong Zhaorong

What they ate: Fish soup

Yummy factor: Whilst Phyllis was seated separately from Zoe and Zhaorong due to the dine-in restrictions at one of their favourite post-hike food haunts, Beauty World Food Centre, at least the trio still managed to enjoy their piping hot fish soup. The winning combo of fresh batang fish slices, deep-fried egg floss and bits of salted fish in the milky broth sure made for a hearty meal.

Chen Xiuhuan

Chen Xiuhuan

What she ate: Nourishing dessert

Yummy factor: Xiuhuan, who was down with Covid-19 earlier this week, has been loading up on healthful eats, including a homemade Cantonese-style dessert from a friend. The main ingredients — ​​Chinese pear, snow fungus and sea coconut — are purportedly beneficial for the lungs. Get well soon, Xiuhuan.

Andie Chen and Kate Pang

Andie Chen and Kate Pang

What they ate: Laksa

Yummy factor: Kate and Andie were so excited when they saw Toast Box in Taipei that they each immediately ordered a bowl of laksa. Although it tasted great, "it was just missing something". While fellow Singaporean friends offered suggestions like laksa leaves and cockles, Yvonne Lim was more interested in the fact that the Singapore eatery had reopened in the city. No prizes for guessing where she'll be heading soon for a meal.

Joakim Gomez and Sonia Chew

Joakim Gomez and Sonia Chew

What they ate: Hotpot

Yummy factor: Joakim’s back at his fave hotpot haunt Hai Di Lao with on-air partner Sonia in tow. And despite both agreeing that “drinking mala soup is never a good idea”, they found themselves having it alongside the tomato soup anyway all whilst indulging in sliced meats, spam and meatballs.

Chen Yixin and Gavin Teo

Chen Yixin and Gavin Teo

What they ate: Omakase dinner

Yummy factor: Aww... Yixin and Gavin (he even went to get his hair done) celebrated their anniversary with an omakase meal at Japanese restaurant Yoyogi, where they had at least seven delectable creations featuring fresh sashimi, grilled unagi and more. Plus, check out that glorious runny onsen egg on the truffle beef bowl.

Nurul Aini

Nurul Aini

What she ate: Squid ink pasta

Yummy factor: Despite donning a white outfit for lunch at Italian restaurant Positano Risto with her husband, Sofian Roslan, Nurul bravely ordered the notoriously-messy squid ink pasta, along with rich lobster bisque and garlic bread. Safe to say, her dress was not spared.. But at least the scrumptious noms made up for it.

 

Seow Sin Nee, Gini Chang and Jernelle Oh

Seow Sin Nee, Gini Chang and Jernelle Oh

What they ate: Fusion hawker eats

Yummy factor: Although Ben Yeo was nowhere in sight when the ladies paid a visit to his beer garden, Playground, that didn’t stop them from tucking into the signature eats from his izakaya stall SG Umami. Between the three of them, they polished off slices of fusion pizza, hae mee ramen, small bites like mentaiko tamago, sake lala, and more.

 

Jean Danker

Jean Danker

What she ate: Chicken skewers

Yummy factor: Work is a lot more enjoyable when there’s delicious food involved, especially when it’s prepped by MasterChef Singapore judge Bjorn Shen — think tender chicken skewers plated with what looks like buttered toast, grilled peppers, green onions and a spritz of lemon.

The Freshman's Chen Diya and Carrie Yeo

The Freshman's Chen Diya and Carrie Yeo

What they ate: Fusion dishes at Creatr

Yummy factor: Diya and Carrie met up with SPOP WAVE! alumni — champ Gao Mei Gui, Sherly Devonne Ng, and Leon Lim — for a delicious reunion at the latter’s cafe Creatr. The host of the night gladly treated his pals to creative eats like meatless nuggets with sambal aioli, ayam penyet burger with tofu and tempeh fries, as well as chilli crab pizza with prawns and juicy tobiko (flying fish roe). What a treat.

Michelle Wong

Michelle Wong

What she ate: Ipoh-style zi char

Yummy factor: Michelle didn’t think that her takeaway dinner from hawker stall Ipoh Tuck Kee Son would impress, but it sure did. And whilst dishes like the spicy fried meat, moonlight hor fun and hor fun in egg gravy were delish, it was the Hokkien fried bee hoon that had her heart. In fact, she recommends having it with their house-made chilli sauce.

Jade Seah

Jade Seah

What she ate: Tasting menu at Paradise Teochew

Yummy factor: Jade took a break from her usual mala xiang guo and bak chor mee to lunch at the Chinese restaurant, and it was a comforting affair. She enjoyed delectable dim sum like deep-fried prawn wrapped in beancurd skin, steamed siew mai and Teochew dumpling, as well as her fave fish maw broth with crab meat and scallops.

Kimberly Chia

Kimberly Chia

What she ate: Juicy burger

Yummy factor: You can't go wrong with a hearty, sloppy burger and looks like Kimberly agrees. The glowing mum-to-be looks pleased to be tucking into her single-patty burger generously stuffed with melted cheese, pickles and more. And judging by the foil the burger’s wrapped in, could it be from American burger joint Five Guys?

Nick Shen

Nick Shen

What he ate: Mee hoon kueh

Yummy factor: A self-professed lover of the noodle dish, Nick satisfied his cravings at MasterChef Singapore finalist Aaron Wong’s mee hoon kueh stall Jiak Song, where the QQ kueh is handmade to order and served with minced and sliced pork, a variety of meatballs and topped with crispy ikan bilis. Safe to say, Nick enjoyed his meal and even asked for more of the flavourful egg drop soup.

Apple Hong

Apple Hong

What she ate: Pastries

Yummy factor: For Apple, who loves bringing her furkid Toby along to cafes, the dog-friendly Le Matin Patisserie provided the best of both worlds. And as an added bonus, Apple found the pastries and coffee to be surprisingly sublime. She had their signature kouign-amann, as well as the croissant amazake soft serve with croissant cone.

You Yi

You Yi

What she ate: High tea

Yummy factor: You Yi was a picture of resplendence in her floral frock at Shangri-La’s The Rose Veranda, where she lived it up with the high tea set. And we can’t help but wonder if she had dressed to match the macarons, cakes and scones on display — the vibrant hues blended in perfectly well with the exquisite creations on the tiered stand for sure.

Joanna Dong

Joanna Dong

What she ate: Pratza

Yummy factor: Joanna celebrated her husband Zachary Ho's birthday with a pratza party — a DIY affair where friends got to create their own pizzas using frozen pratas. Fun fact: the winning flavour of the night was smoked salmon, creme fraiche, dill, and ikura.

Ferlyn Wong

Ferlyn Wong

What she ate: Spanish eats

Yummy factor: Paella is one of Ferlyn’s fave dishes, and the seafood paella from Catalan-inspired resto The Great Mischief appears to hit all the right notes with its juicy mussels and prawns. That, plus an excellent cod fish dish and plenty of desserts like churros and panna cotta, surely made for a superb meal.

Denise Camillia Tan

Denise Camillia Tan

What she ate: Indonesian cuisine

Yummy factor: Before departing for Singapore, Denise treated her family to a meal at Dancing Fish restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, where they indulged in the namesake fried dancing fish, as well as Indonesian delights like tauhu telur, ayam panggang, and udang sambal petai.

Fauzie Laily

Fauzie Laily

What he ate: Fresh gelato

Yummy factor: Never mind the chilly temperatures in Edinburgh, nothing’s stopping Fauzie from having his double-scoop gelato cone from retro ice cream parlour Mary’s Milk Bar. Plus, enjoying an ice-cold treat in pre-spring weather is a rather shiok affair.

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