Fuel Plus (Opposite Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church)

A quiet cafe with quality food. Fuel Plus is the sister cafe of Refuel at Bedok. It offers a wide range of western food from hot cakes to steaks and crabs.

I came here as my mom kept singing praises about the food here and I had couldn’t stand it any longer.

We ordered Earl Grey Tea ($5.50), Grapefruit Lemonade ($5.50), Fuel Ice Tea ($5.50), Steak & Egg ($22), Salmon & Mash ($19), Soft Shell Crab Curry ($18), Salmon Mac & Cheese ($18), Mushroom Soup ($7) and Valrhona Hazelnut Praline ($8).

The Earl Grey Tea was aromatic with a bitter after taste. It complements the Salmon Mac & Cheese. It came with a French Press and hot water refill is available upon request.

The Mac & Cheese was creamy and thick. The salt from the smoked salmon added taste to the dish. The dish might be too overwhelming and I suggest sharing it with someone.

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Th Steak & Egg was delectable! The ribeye was medium done so it was kind of “bloody” bur I prefer my steak tender and juicy. The sautéd mushrooms and onions provided taste to the saltless steak. The salad was zesty and refreshing. The raw yolk complements the meat like a gravy. 

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The Grapefruit Lemonade was refreshing. It was bitter, sour with a tinge of rosemary. There was slices of grapefruit and lime to add to the texture of the drink.

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The Fuel Ice tea was unique. It is tea with lemon and orange juices. There was fresh herbs  in the drink to bring out the tea flavour.Slices of lemon can be seen inside the glass jug.

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The Salmon & Mash’s salmon was juicy and tender (medium rare). The mash potato had a fine texture and was very smooth. The asparaguses were grilled and crunchy with a tinge of sweetness. 

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The Soft Shell Crab Curry was amazing. Fuel Plus took the local Chili Crab dish to a whole new level. The curry was blended with herbs and was quite similar to the Japanese curry. The soft crabs were deep fried to crispiness and their flesh were tender. The curry can be eaten with bread or alone like the mushroom soup below.

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The Mushroom Soup was the most value for money! 7 bucks for such a large bowl of soup. It was thick , creamy and hummus-like. The consistency is very new to me (like the Soft Shell Crab Curry). The bread was toasted and airy with sautéd mushrooms on top. Trust me, you must try the sautéd mushroom! They were juicy and packed with so much flavour!

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Lastly, the Valrhona Hazelnut Praline for dessert. I could tell that they make they own cakes here. Some cafes, if you observe closely have the exactly same type of cakes as other cafes. You can tell that they outsource their cakes from the same supplier. This cake was impressive with vanilla and chocolate layers of cake. The vanilla part was flavourful, the chocolate part had chocolate chips which gave the spongy cake a crunchy trait. The hazelnut icing was buttery and sweet. However, there was an absence of the hazelnut flavour in the cake and icing.

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The water was poured from a test tube style jug with a cork as a stopper.

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Their wifi is very strong and you can see people using their laptops. The password.

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The meal totaled to $97.20 for 5 persons.

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FuelPlus has great customer service. For example, the service crew will ask if I need more water, the wifi password or salt and pepper etc. Their service crew are very observant and friendly.

Fuel Plus needs to pay their chef well! The chef really determines the reputation of a cafe/restaurant. The food standard here has high quality and the cooking is amazing. You really get what you pay.

Hope you enjoyed reading!

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Wagyu Beef Steak with Steamed Cauliflower

Never fried beef before? Fret not. This was my first time too.

I have heard many praises from my friends about the wagyu beef and I know that it is quite expensive when you order it outside. So, I went to NTUC Culina to get two wagyu Kobe steak  (0.454 Kg) for $24.97.

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Depending on demand and supply, the cut of beef you want may be sold out. Therefore, always check with the butcher beforehand to reserve your beef if you need to cook for your family dinner the next day!

Each steak is vacuum packed:

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Look at the beautiful marbling:

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I seasoned the meat with a black pepper powder (you can ask the butcher for the seasoning and he will let you choose from a selection) and rub it gently into the meat:

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Heat the pan on low heat and add the oil. I used grapeseed oil here. Once the oil starts to sizzle, gently place the meat on the pan. Keep switching sides to prevent burning. Continue until there no more red juices seeping out of the meat. I prefer my meat more cooked. I am not sure what cut of beef this is, however, since it is quite marbled,  cooking longer did not affect the tenderness of the meat. Depending on the cut of the meat and your preference, you can adjust the heat and method of frying to suit you.

Here’s a quick video:

 

Before frying the meat, I steamed chopped cauliflower for 30 minutes (until soft and a little mushy).

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Then, I removed the meat from the pan and plated it. Next,  I drained the water from the bowl and placed a handful of cauliflower into the pan and stir fried with the gravy from the steak. I added some slices of butter and sprinkled some dried herbs on the steak for taste.

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This meal cost around $14 (estimated) . So much cheaper and healthier than what you get outside for a much higher price. It’s great that you can have your steak with whatever you want. Potato salad and broccoli would be a great alternative.

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Astons: Prime Sirloin, Cream of Mushroom (Sembawang Shopping Centre)

My friend and I were at Sembawang Shopping Centre yesterday and we went to Astons for Prime Sirloin.  As carnivores, we love our meat. Especially steaks.

Prime Sirloin (below)

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We chose medium done as we like our meat tender. Medium done sirloin was just nice. The middle of the steak had adequate red juice (below).

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One problem was the tendon. It was thick and tough as you can see (above).  You can choose two side dishes with your steak. I love potatoes so I got the potato salad and the baked potato. I really liked the potato salad’s sour cream and red chill pepper sauce. It was very refreshing. I however, felt that the baked potato’s portion was too big and the potato too bland. I paid $14.50 for this.

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I also ordered the Cream of Mushroom. The soup was thick and creamy yet it lacks flavour. I like the bread as it has lot a of fresh garlic on it (can’t really be seen above). I paid $3.50 for this.

I would recommend this place to all meat lovers. I will definitely be back to try the other cuts of beef!