Story and photo by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM
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The dynamic and irascible Travelling Gourmet TM goes to…
MILLIONAIRES’ Row in a quiet exclusive suburb of sunny Singapore called Siglap.
Friends in high places…
I have friends in high…and low places worldwide…and many of those in high places live here in huge bungalows with equally huge swimming pools.
In affluent Siglap, you will find the sparkling new restaurant of my friend, Chef Pung. aptly called…Tasty Court. There are those who say independent restaurants are good, and hotel restaurants are bad, and then there are those who say hotel restaurants are good and independent restaurants are bad. As The Travelling Gourmet TM, I humbly and respectfully say: “There are good and bad restaurants EVERYWHERE ! As an independent restaurant…
TASTY Court is very well designed with a bright, cheerful ambience with large rectangular mirrors framed by multi-coloured Peranakan tiles. Three diamond shaped glittering chandeliers dangle from the ceiling. The ‘aura’ and ‘feng shui’ if this place is very conducive to enjoying a good meal! It is like that classic Beach Boys’ song “Good Vibrations!” Chef Pung welcomed me warmly. Chef Pung has a happy aura and is modest and humble despite his skill. He was at SAFRA Toa Payoh previously.
I sat down at a square wood-edged marble table…sipping my soothing Chrysanthemum tea, it was not long before the delicious delights arrived…The restaurant was quite full despite it being a Monday…normally a quiet day in restaurants.
The Hare Cho/Shrimp Beignet is really crispy and tasty made with prawns, there are actual chunks of fresh prawn meat inside! So yummie with batons of carrot, cucumber and daikon…pickled of course.
Sustainable seafood is ‘de rigeur’ nowadays and so the Soup with goodies like slightly crunchy Fish Maw was most satisfying…and NO shark’s fin! A good hot soup can be a meal in itself, I always say.
As The Travelling Gourmet TM I am honoured to call many Chefs my good friends. To a man, top, top Chefs like mes amis, eminent Paul Bocuse, Tetsuya wakuda, Heinz Beck, Anne-Sophie Pic (the rose among the thorns), kind and good hearted Hubertus Real, Georges Blanc, Raul Balam Ruscadela and more, are as humble as they are skilful and talented.
As for the poseurs and crackpots like oliver, lawson and ramsay…Les hommes ne vivraient pas longtemps en société s’ils n’étaient les dupes les uns des autres. It means from the French, “Men would not live long in society if they were not the dupes of one another.” Le mérite, que le monde ne récompense qu’à la mesure de ses apparences. Imbeciles are best ignored.
This independent restaurant is really good. Come here soon. You will be glad you.
To eat is a necessity but to eat intelligently is an art – Dr. Michael Lim is The Travelling Gourmet TM:-)
Work in progress…to be continued…