Posh Nosh: Peposo
The Straits Times
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013
Renegades among us, those who spurn turkey and ham for Christmas, might want to order Peposo, a Tuscan-style beef stew from Ulu Ulu Cafe Lounge in Loyang.
A whole beef shin is cooked long and slow with red wine, dried apricots, sundried tomatoes and rosemary. You won't taste the anchovy fillets but they add depth of flavour to the dish.
There are also baby potatoes, carrots and chestnuts in the thick gravy, which is delicious over mashed potatoes or pasta, or mopped up with the walnut-shallot bread that comes with the stew.
After the long braise, the meat yields easily and I like that the gravy has a bit of pep in it.
On a day when complicated cooking can drive a person nuts, this is one dish you do not have to worry about before serving.
Just heat it up, warm up the bread, and let guests help themselves.
Peposo, $88 for four to five servings, from Ulu Ulu Cafe Lounge, 25 Loyang Crescent, TOLL Loyang Offshore Supply Base, 103A TOPS Avenue, level 9. Call 6455-6455 at least three working days in advance to order. Last day for orders for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve is 3pm on Dec 20. Last day for Christmas collection is Dec 24, before 1pm. Last day for New Year's collection is Dec 31, before 1pm
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