Monday, 23 May 2016

Breakfast Will Not Be Boring Again

I swear Singapore has got to be a nation of “Brunchers” promulgated by many restaurants which offer All Day Breakfast on their menus.  Many would not mind paying up to $24 for a plate of breakfast fare consisting of 2 eggs, a pallid strip of bacon and a couple of under-cooked chicken chipolatas in a restaurant that served All Day Breakfast.  I however, am so bored with some of the hits and misses with the same breakfast choice and often wonder how some restaurants could get the basic eggs-bacon-sausages-toast combo so wrong.

So we set out on a hunt for more unusual breakfast fare that could make our Sundays a wee bit more interesting.


Top on my list would be the breakfast served at Epicurious, situated along Robertson Quay.   Firstly, Epicurious would always be my favorite choice of a restaurant for brunch because dining by the river presented us with a perfect spot for people-watching as we sipped our coffee. Secondly, Epicurious’ spritely proprietor Helena, was always experimental with the food she served and she went by the principle that she would only serve food that she too could enjoy. That would explain why her dishes on the restaurant’s menu were always wholesome, healthy fare peppered with a bit of fun.  The current talk of town right now, is her rainbow cheese toast which my son is dying to try soon.  I truly enjoyed Epicurious’ pretty healthy dish of egg foo yong with shrimps, red rice and sauté potatoes. That to me, felt like I had come home to a hot plate of home-cooked goodness that Mom would prepare for me after a tough day at work.  I can hear the usual skeptical question, “Is that breakfast food?”  Hell yeah! There are eggs in there right? If there are eggs, it got to be breakfast food…my philosophy anyway.

Another hot favorite of the family would be the crispy poached eggs.  We often get our cheap thrill from taking a video of the moment we cut through a crispy poached egg.  We would get excited by the crackling sound as our knife sliced through the golden breading and watched in awe as the yolk oozed out like liquid gold.   We do usually lead boring lives as you might well realize.



The Lokal

Another firm family favorite would be The Lokal, situated at the junction of Neil Road.  One of the dishes I thought ticked my list of being nutritiously filling without adding too much unnecessary carbs was the Baked Eggs which was made up of spicy beef or pork, 2 eggs, beans, potatoes, bacon, onions and mushrooms served in a sizzling pan.

The hubby tried the Black Pearl BLT which came with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and a fried egg served between toasted charcoal buns and a side of homemade tomato ketchup.  Well, you can be assured that BLT would not be a boring one. 



The Provision Shop

Nondescript is how I would describe The Provision Shop.  Located within the Everton Park vicinity, the area had quickly become a hot bed of hip cafes and restaurants that sprung up quite quickly. The Provision Shop is situated below a block of old flats and you can tell, they are more focused about the quality of their food than whether or not they are hip, chic and trendy.

I must confess that because I had been newly acquainted to this café, I had not tried a lot of their items on the menu.  It was by accident that I stumbled into The Provision Shop after a tough session at the gym and a fight with my personal trainer when he nagged me for not taking good care of my diet.  He muttered something like “Abs are made in the kitchen, Jo.” So to my delight, the team at The Provision Shop suggested that I tried their homemade granola served with coconut water.  How could something so healthy be so delicious? This was definitely breakfast of champions.  I think I might be back at The Provision Shop to try more items on their menu.

Our Verdict?  -  BELLY-PROMISING

About The Writer:

This blog post was co-written by my brother Jerome and I. Although we are siblings who grew up 11 years apart, shaped by differing experiences to see the world from different perspectives, we do share a common obsession – FOOD.  We celebrate our passion for life with food.  However, our attitudes to food are quite different and the way we celebrate our love for food are also quite different.  Jerome lives to eat and hoovers everything edible that crosses his path.  As he shovels food into his mouth with that fork in his right hand, he takes photographs of what he eats, and posts pictures and notes up on Facebook with his left.  Often, his beautifully written prose about what he had eaten would be 7 paragraphs in length and would not have any punctuations in between because he had been too busy multi-tasking. 

I, on the other hand, eat to live. It is not just about my attempts to eat healthily. As I am a “cam-whore” and “social media hussy”, I spend about half an hour styling my food, taking photographs, writing notes and posting them across my social media platforms before eating them, right after the hubby has paid for the bill and is about to head out of the restaurant.  I enjoy reading all my posts about what I had eaten because I know that I had lived fully in spite of watching what I eat.  Welcome to the foodie world of the quirky Ong siblings.


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