HOMEMADE BUTTER CAKE
Call me old school, but when it comes to food, taste wins out all the time.
So while I can ooh and aah on the cute sweets that pop up frequently on social media, what really stole my heart this year is a very simple butter cake from the house baking company Joo’s (@joobakes ).
Amateur baker Pang Joo Soon has a few items in his repertoire – including a lemon squeeze, banana cake, burnt cheesecake, and a brownie – but the butter cake ($ 28 a bread) is still my favorite.
This is one of the smoothest I have tasted and its buttery aroma hits you as soon as you open the box. Sweetness is right for me too.
Pang says it’s based on his late father’s recipe, which he modified over the years. For example, he now uses exclusively French butter after completing his baking course at Le Cordon Bleu school in Paris. It adds to its cost, but that’s what makes the cakes so good.
You can arrange a pickup yourself at Ang Mo Kio or have the pastries delivered to you for a fee.
HOW TO ORDER Direct message to @joobakes or WhatsApp 8282-2722 THE PRICE $ 28 per bread, which serves four to six SHIPPING COST $ 10 (outside the central business district), $ 15 (in the CBD)
PARKROYAL ON THE BEACH ROAD
FATHER’S DAY SETS
If you’re planning on celebrating Father’s Day, which falls on June 20, at home, Parkroyal on Beach Road offers take-out and delivery menus until June 30.
The hotel’s Ginger Restaurant offers a selection of Western meat dishes with prices ranging from $ 73 for two to $ 193 for six. Dishes include oxtail stew, roast Angus beef, Moroccan roast leg of lamb, and an assortment of pork, beef and lamb sausages.
At Si Chuan Dou Hua restaurant, there are sets including Sichuan and Cantonese dishes starting at $ 136 for two people. Dishes include fish face soup with crab meat, steamed cod with golden mushrooms, and braised pork belly with honey sauce.
Along with the Father’s Day sets, the hotel’s shopping website also lists other meals and a la carte options.
What’s interesting is Si Chuan Dou Hua’s Quick Noodle Home Kit ($ 28 for four servings), which lets you easily make a bowl of dan dan or onion noodles at home. It is accompanied by homemade noodles and sachets of sauces and minced meat. A QR code takes you to a video that shows you how to prepare the dishes.
OR Parkroyal on Beach Road, 7500 Beach Road HOW TO ORDER Go to bit.ly/prsinparentsday SHIPPING COST $ 5. Free with a minimum order of $ 100
WAGYU RICE BOWLS
I have stayed at home as much as possible over the past month and have had most of my meals delivered.
I indulge myself in a treat every now and then and Fat Cow’s wagyu rice bowls are some of the most memorable.
The Beef Specialist at Camden Medical Center caters to different budgets, with prices for the bowls ranging from $ 48 to $ 138. I get the cheapest and the most expensive to see how they stack up.
The Fat Cow Donburi ($ 48) is a very decent bowl and good value for money. It is served with seasoned rice topped with thick slices of charcoal-grilled wagyu, an onsen egg and alfalfa sprouts. The restaurant does not specify where the beef is from, but it is tender and tasty.
But a bite of beef in the 21 Days Nagasaki Wagyu A5 Premium Donburi ($ 138) and I understand why it costs so much more. The meat is packed with oils and juices that linger in the mouth, which you don’t get out of the bowl cheaper.
There are other toppings as well – an onsen egg, pieces of pan-seared foie gras, ikura (salmon roe) and caviar that go perfectly with the beef. And the rice is seasoned with truffle shoyu.
The richness of the toppings makes the bowl rather filling, so it’s good for two people whether you’re adding sides or a dessert. Sharing also helps lighten the wallet.
OR Fat Cow, 01-01 Camden Medical Center, 1 Orchard Boulevard HOW TO ORDER Go to delivery.fatcow.com.sg SHIPPING COST $ 15