Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Address: 台北市忠孝東路四段45號11樓(SOGO百貨本館) SOGO忠孝店
Price: $ 
Rating: 2.5/5

Founded in Taipei since 1999, Red Bean restaurant believes in serving high quality of ingredients and insists in using carefully selected ingredients in United States and Shanghai, China.  

The Dong Po Pork Belly (東坡肉) is supposedly one of popular Chinese dish. Imagine a fatty pork belly soaked in rich aromatic dark sauce and put to steam, it must be very delicious. I am always very conscious of fatty meats and will avoid taking them. However, the dish broke my resolution and tried the meat. Indeed, the meat was tender. When you are eating the tenderising meat, try eating it with rice.  I can say that it is tenderising and addictive.  When you are there, don't forget to order one. (Food Rating: 3/5)

Rice Cakes with White Cabbage and Sliced Meat (白菜肉絲炒糕) is an interesting dish. The carbo is the rice cakes. The rice cakes were those sold in supermarkets. I expected better, for example the Korean rice cakes. I thought the dish was slightly salty. (Food Rating: 2.5/5)

Tofu with Crab Roe (蟹黃豆腐) is enjoyable. The silken tofu in rich gravy topped with crab roe was delicious. You can even eat the gravy with white ric. Again, I find the dish a little salty. All in all, it's enjoyable. (Food Rating: 2.5/5)

Soup Dumplings (小籠包) is always one of my dim sum selection. In order to eat a good soup dumpling, the stock in the dumpling is extremely important. On top of that, the skin is equally important. I find the soup dumpling from red bean restaurant being normal. Normal means that it was nothing to go gaga for. To me, the skin was a little thick and coarse. Otherwise, the dumplings are as good as any regular ones. (Food Rating: 2.5/5)


Braised Lion Head Dumpling with White Cabbage (白菜獅子頭) is huge!! After a few mouthfuls. I was overwhelmed by the huge serving of meat. The gravy was too rich for me. After having the lion head, I went a non-meat diet for the next couple of days. (Food Rating: 2.5/5)


Monday, September 16, 2013

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I came across this restaurant - Sin Swee Kee Chicken Rice (新瓀记鸡饭) when my friends brought me there. A popular chicken joint where many tourists come to dine at the shop. The shop not only sells chicken rice it also sells other dishes like fried rice, hor fun and many others. The food outlet is next to Raffles Hotel and the nearest MRT station is City Hall.

A plate of chicken rice cost $4.30.


When it comes to Hainanese chicken rice, the rice is very important. I love the aromatic rice. The stall used chicken stock and the rice was shiny and not soggy. The rice too had a very nice smell that made most people drool. I love to add dark soy sauce on the rice. Somehow, it made the rice more delicious. (Food Rating: 2.5/5)

The Roasted and Steamed Chicken were fantastic. For the roasted chicken, I am surprised how the skin was flavourful and yet the meat was moist and tender. Most of the roasted chicken I ate elsewhere were dry and tough. This was different and enjoyable. As for the steamed chicken, the meat was lean and again, tender and moist. The generous brown sauce that came with the chicken added the flavour to the entire dish. (Food Rating: 3.5/5)


The Mushroom Egg Omelet was very well cooked. I love the moist egg omelet with generous serving for mushrooms. These mushrooms had very nice aroma. It is worth it. (Food Rating: 2.5/5)

Recently, I was back at Sin Swee Kee Chicken Rice again. As usual, I ordered half portion of steamed chicken with fragrant rice, Thai-style Tofu and bean sprouts.

The steamed chicken was still very delicious. The meat was moist and juicy. More importantly, it was not fatty. Dipping the chicken into the the chilli garlic sauce and dark sauce makes the meat more tasteful.

We ordered two new side dishes - thai-style tofu and bean sprout.


The bean sprouts were nice, especially with the sauce. It tasted nice with the fragrant rice. (Food rating: 2.5/5)


The thai-style tofu was delicious, particularly on the chilli and cucumber. It was also good with rice. However, the tofu was a little disappointing. It tasted as if it was cooked in stale oil. The tofu, though crispy, tasted weird. I ate most of the cucumber. If they were to cook the tofu in fresh oil, I will definitely eat them all. (Food rating: 2.5/5)



Address: 35 Seah Street, Singapore 188391
Price: $
Rating: 3/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 4/5
Recommended dishes: Thai-style Tofu, Roasted Chicken, 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

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Ah Seng Bak Kut Teh has a 44 years history. This teochew style is lighter in colour and comes with a awesome peppery taste. Ah Seng Bak Kut Teh is said to be using only fresh premium pork ribs, served in a rich pork bone broth.

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Address: 80 Stamford Road #B1-62 (School of Information Systems), Singapore Management University, Singapore 178902
Price: $
Rating: 2.5/5

Located at the Singapore Management University, it was founded in 2012 and managed by five passionate students. The part-time servings staff are students from various tertiary institution. The warm lights and comfy furnishings are ideal for group gatherings. 

I ordered the Sir Blackstone. The price for the brunch was a little pricy at $11. Other cafes sell at similar set but with a beverage and soup. We waited for at least half hour to have my order served. While waiting, we were served with the lunch dish at least two times. If it was not for the rain, I might have gone somewhere else for lunch.


Sir Blackstone is served with grilled streaky bacon and poached egg drizzled with hollandaise sauce. Along with the dish, it is also served with potato salad and mesclun salad. When it was served, the bread was nicely toasted. The poached eggs were perfectly cooked. I liked the way the bacon was grilled as it was not oily at all. After the meal, I left the cafe unsatisfied. (Food Rating: 2.5/5)




The mushroom risotto was creamy and the mushrooms were aromatic. However, the rice was a little under cooked. Despite the delicious creamy sauce and aromatic mushrooms, I still failed to enjoy the dish. The undercooked rice was difficult to chew. I hope that they would improve with the rice. If Gordon Ramsay were to be in the kitchen, he would have thrown the dish into the bin. (Food rating: 2/5)
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Address: Vivo City, #01-98/99  1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
Pricing: $$
Rating: 2.5/5

Located at Vivo City, you find a spanish bar and restaurant - Serenity, with a mediterranean-style ambience. The live music with catchy Spanish tunes set the mood for dining. 

As highly recommended by their website, there are some must-tries. For instance, the tapas and soup, spanish rice, spanish noodle and Cochinillo - the Spanish style suckling pig. 

At Serenity, we ordered two tapas, one Spanish rice and a quarter size suckling pig. The total cost was around $240 for two. Personally, we feel that the food at the restaurant was over-rated.


Sepia a la Plancha en Aceite de Oliva Virgen (Grilled cuttlefish in extra virgin olive oil) was a nice appetiser. The cuttlefish was perfectly cooked. It was not overcooked. The cuttlefish was lightly salted with olive oil and topped with chilli powder. This dish is already $20.00. (Food Rating: 2.5/5)

Huevos Estrellados con Jamon ibéco (Smashed egg with ibéco)  was another interesting tapas. It was prepared with potatoes, bacon and smashed egg. The bacon added that tint of saltiness and the dish was good. This dish is already $20.00.(Food Rating: 2.5/5)

Spanish Suckling Pig (or cochinillo) is supposedly a roasted suckling pig. To me, it tasted as if it was deep fried. The meat was tender and juicy but the skin and fats were exceptionally oily. It became overbearing after a few mouthful of the skin. The quarter size of suckling pig cost around $100 and it was overrated. (Food Rating: 1.5/5)

Arroz al Horno (Pork Paella) is made from spring onion, onion, tomato, Spanish chorizo, pork ribs, potato, capsicum, rice. The rice was ok and nothing to crave for. This dish cost around $80. (Food Rating: 2/5)

Monday, September 09, 2013

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Address: 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh HDB Hub #B1-01, Singapore 310480
Pricing: $
Rating: 2.5/5


Muah Chee is a popular Singaporean snack commonly found at the local night bazaars, coffee shops and hawker centres. Made from chewy glutinous rice flour, the muah chee is covered in a mixture of crunchy crushed peanuts and sugar.

The street snack from Hougang 6 miles famous muah chee has more than 50 years' of heritage. It is also famous for its unique black sesame muah chee which is aromatic and flavourful.

Recently, my friend and I were at the HDB Hub. We wanted to buy juices when we saw a long queue at the Hougang 6 Miles Famous Muah Chee stall. Curious, we decided to join the queue and try the so-called famous muah chee.

The muah chee sells at $2.50 (small) and $5.00 (large). Only the $5.00 (large) allows for mixed white and black muah chee. Otherwise, a customer can only choose either one of them. We ordered a packet of mixed muah chee. When we tried the muah chee, we were surprised. We could not taste the uniqueness of the chewy glutinous rice flour. It tastes very much the same as those sold at local night bazaars and hawker centres. The black muah chee tastes a little different. There was a subtle taste of fried shallots in it. However, it was still ordinary and it was a little overrated and overpriced.  In summary, the muah chee tastes normal and is not something I will crave or go crazy for. 



Sunday, September 08, 2013

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Address: Bugis Village, 233 Victoria Street, Singapore 188206
Pricing: $
Rating: 3.5/5

URL - http://noodlestar.com.sg/
Tel: 6339 6817
Opening Hours:11:30am to 11:30pm

Located at Bugis Village, Noodle Star, a sister brand of renowned  Koo Kee Yong Tow Foo Mee, serves a wonderful variety of dishes that will leave one  spoil for choice. The classic la mian (拉面) (noodles) flavours  and a variety of delicious soup will tantalise your taste buds and have you crave for more.

Besides the main dish, I topped up another $3.90 for a side dish and a beverage. In total I spent about $12.00 for lunch. I enjoyed my dining experience at Noodle Star and will be coming back for more.





Dumplings with Hot & Sour Sauce (酸辣饺子), though it looked very simple, were delicious. I enjoyed the hot and sour sauce with the dumplings. The sauce and the dumplings blended very well. The dumplings were cooked perfectly.


La Mian in Minced Meat (Pork) and Mushroom Sauce (炸酱拉面) is another great dish. I love the texture of the noodles. It was neither under nor over cooked. What I like too is the cucumber strips that add the extra crunch to the noodles. (Food Rating: 3/5)


Juicy News (话梅物语) is a refreshing drink. It was neither too sour nor sweet. The beverage was just nice. I like it. (Food Rating: 3/5)

La Mian with Braised Beef (五香牛肉拉面) is another favourite. Although it looks very simple, the broth is rich in taste and yet light. Most of the noodles with braised beef I ate before were either herbal or a little bland. At Noodle Star, the noodles were perfectly cooked. It is really enjoyable. I will definitely be back for more. (Food Rating: 3/5)




Deep-fried Crispy Spring Roll (酥脆芋丝卷) is made from yam. The spring roll was deep fried. I did not enjoy this dish at all. I find it very oily. The oil is still seeping when I press the spring roll with a pair of chopsticks. (Food Rating: 1.5/5)

Sliced Pork with Garlic Sauce (蒜泥白肉) is superb! The tender moist sliced pork with delicious garlic sauce is a perfect combination. The freshly sliced cucumbers added the crunchiness too. It is a perfect dish for two. Remember to buy a box of breath mints after the meal. (Food Rating: 3/5)

Friday, September 06, 2013

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Address: Plaza by the Park, 51 Bras Basah Rd  Singapore 189554
Pricing: $
Rating: 3/5

Established in 2010, Molly Roffey's Irish Pub is strategically located near two MRT (subway) stations - Bras Basah and City Hall. It has a cosy set up with wooden chairs and furnishings.

Besides going there for drinks after work, the pub serves lunch in the day. People and students in the vicinity can come down to the pub and enjoy their two-course lunch set with beverage at a nett price of $10.80. Located around the Bras Basah area, the pub is surrounded by offices and schools. The price of the lunch specials is reasonable and more importantly, they change their menu frequently.

If you are in the area, why not give them a try.



Soup of the Day - Pumpkin Soup. The soup was authentic. It was not made from any canned soup. I could taste the sweetness of the pumpkin and the texture of the squash. The crispy bread stick was normal. If you add a dash of pepper, the soup was heavenly wonderful. Food Rating: 3/5

I ordered the Spaghetti Carbonara when I dine at the pub for the first time. Initially, I had the perception that the place sells only alcohols. To my surprise, they too, serve lunch. The spaghetti was delicious. The generous serving of cream sauce and bacon was delightful. The pasta was perfectly cooked, just the style I loved - Al Dente.  The portion is great for those who are either big eaters or very hungry. For me, the portion was huge.  I could not finish the pasta after my soup. A good suggestion is to share with a friend. Food Rating: 3/5


I came to Molly Roffey's for lunch again. Their menu has changed. This time, I ordered a Chicken Mushroom Melt. The portion was generous. It was a huge piece of chicken, potato wedges and spicy cucumber salad. Though I love the cucumber salad, it was a little too spicy for me. Those who  tried the salad shared that it was not that spicy. The chicken was topped with cheddar cheese. When eaten together, it was a great combination. The moist tender chicken with cheddar cheese was immensely delightful. Food Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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Address: 92/94 Telok Ayer Street, #01-01 Singapore 048472
Price: $
Rating: 3/5

Dongbanghong (東方紅) is a Korean-Chinese Restaurant in Singapore. It serves very authentic Korean food that is popular to both Chinese and Korean diners.



The sweet and sour fish was a disappointment. I expected them to be as good as the Zha Jiang Mian / Jja jang myun. However, it is not so. Instead, it was too sour and less sweet. The serving was huge and was definitely too much for one person. Food Rating: 2/5

Being an avid fan of Zha Jiang Mian or Jja jang myun, I never hesitate to order the food from the restaurant. The noodles were chewy and I love it immensely. The sauce was generous. The only frustrating thing is that the noodles were very long. If only they serve the shorter noodles, it would be easier to eat. Food Rating: 4/5

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Founded in 1985 in Japan's ramen capital of Hakata by Shigemi Kawahara, the internationally renowned Ramen King and CEO of Chikaranomoto Company. With over 65 stores worldwide, Ippudo opened an outlet at the Mandarin Gallery in Singapore. 

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Address: Shiraz Mazzeh@Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road, #01-K1, Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, Singapore 238873
Pricing: $
Rating: 3/5


I always love the afghanistan food, especially the mixed meat over rice. I remembered how it tasted back in New York. The delicious mixed meat of chicken and lamb over rice and topped with white and hot sauces. Just thinking about it makes me salivate. 

We stumbled upon this restaurant and found this wonderful kiosk selling Persian food.  The kebab tasted very similar to the Afghanistan food we had. It was an excellent find.



Similar to Subway, you can select your toppings and the sauces.
Here I ordered myself a lamb kekab. The moist lamb meat with lettuce and tomatoes topped with hot and white sauces was exactly the same. I felt as if I was in heaven. The delicious food is a replacement of what I can eat in Singapore whenever I miss the food in New York. 
Food Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

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Address: 12 Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, #01-07 Singapore 018981
Pricing: $$$
Rating: 4/5

Enclave in the Marina Bay district, Chez Petit Salut is the place to enjoy classic French cuisine. This restaurant have a unique allure that draws you into its comfort gently. At lunch time, the restaurant is crowded with professionals having a meal.

We have been walking past the restaurant umpteen times but did not dine there. Today, we finally have the opportunity to try it. We ordered two starters, one soup, and finally, two mains. The total amount spent for the two of us was S$221.00. It was worth it!





White Peach Nectar juice was delicious. You may order it.

We were served with multi-grain bread. When served, the bread was pipping hot. The nice aroma of sesame seeds with butter spread was yummy! I had two servings! :P

Pan seared Hokkaido scallops, fennel puree, pomegranate, and citrus dressing is a must. For the last couple of days, we craved for pan-seared scallops. We ordered it as soon as our eyes caught it in the menu. The scallops were lightly salted and perfectly cooked. The citrus dressing added that oomph! When I put the scallop into my mouth, all my senses awoke. The citrus dressing, pomegranate and sweet scallops complemented one another. It was superb. Food Rating: 4/5

Pan seared foie gras, caramelised apple and grapes and balsamic vinaigrette is another starter that you must order when you are dining at Chez Petit Salut @ Marina Bay Financial Centre. Although I am neutral to foie gras, this goose liver was perfectly cooked. The lightly salted foie grass was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The salad with balsamic vinaigrette was a perfect combination. I actually enjoyed this dish immensely. The caramelised apple and grapes were delicious. This dish is a must-try! Food Rating: 4/5

The Traditional French onion soup with melted Gruyere crouton will melt you away. The onions were sweet and the melted Gruyee crouton added the tint of saltiness to the soup. I loved the generous serving of cheese and I enjoyed pulling the melted cheese from my mouth. However, after a couple of mouthfuls, the cheese might have made the soup more salty. Overall, the soup was really delicious! Food Rating: 4/5

Pistachio crusted roasted rack of lamb, root vegetables and rosemary jus was marvellous. The lamb was cooked medium. The nicely toasted pistachios was delicious. I tasted a tint of wasabi in the pistachios. The lightly roasted lamb was wonderful. The meat was tender and juicy. When you chew on the meat, you can taste the sweetness of the lamb rack. I enjoyed it. Actually, after the soup, I was almost full. (Food Rating: 4/5)

Butter poached lobster tail, creamy risotto and lobster froth, and fresh herbs was fantastic. I loved it too. The lobster was perfectly cooked! The creamy risotto was equally delicious. I could not describe how delicious the dish was. However, after a couple of mouthfuls, both of us felt that the dish was too rich and a little overbearing. So, it is best to share the dish. Food Rating: 4/5

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