Thursday, 8 September 2016

China No.1 Women Chef's Chinese Restaurant is now in Singapore!

Rarely we can find female chefs in Asia, so when the chef and boss of Shiitake 食得记 invited me I was so thrilled! Her name is Belinda. Shiitake is not name after a mushroom, its a direct translation from her chinese company 食得记 - "hope that customers will not forget the food they ordered and always remember their dining experience with us'
Chicken Curry
The first dish I had the honor of trying was the Chicken Curry, specially prepared by Belinda herself. The gravy reminded me of the Japanese curry カレーソース karē sōsu, and I love this curry because it goes very well with white rice. Initially I thought this was their signature dish, but no, the next dish blew my mind away.
Herbal Stewed Lamb 药羊骨堡
Herbal Stewed Lamb 药羊骨堡
Herbal Stewed Lamb 药羊骨堡
Their Herbal Stewed Lamb contains no MSG nor Chicken Essence. As you know, lamb bone is nutritious; rich in calcium and collagen! My favorite two Cs! This signature dish is not only tasty, but it helps treat muscles cramps, diarrhea, bone weakness etc... its boiled with dozen of Chinese herbs for 6 hours straight, so you can imagine the goodness of the herbs and lamb is a good remedy if you are nursing a chronic illness. The dish is also ideal for the health conscience. I really love this dish!
Spicy Grilled Fish
Spicy Grilled Fish
The next signature dish that I tried was the Spicy Grilled Fish. Since all their dishes contains no MSG or any artificial flavoring, I am already impressed with the level of commitment they have to encourage healthy eating. Depending on the catch of the day, they usually prepare the red snapper for grilling. It resembled a lot like any fish curry, but the difference is the grilled fish and the ingredients used are herbal like the Star Anise. It looked very spicy but its not, hence its suitable for anyone who like mild spice in their curry.
Beef Onion Pancake
Beef Onion Pancake 
I felt very '口富' because all I had were their signature dishes, and the Beef Onion Pancake is one signature dish I think you should include in your dining experience with Belinda. I think this was inspired by the Northern Chinese street food. It has numerous ingredients, all herbal and prep time for the beef takes 'forever'! So by the time you sink your teeth in this juicy pancake, you will remember how the Chinese in the north once had their beef roll.


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