Sunday, February 23, 2014

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Address: 301 Punggol Central, Singapore 820301 ‎ 
Price: $

When you are along Punggol Road or Punggol Central, you can consider having a meal at Fu Chan (富城). This food centre serves a variety of food like Indian food, noodles, economical rice, soup and roasted meat. 

Here, we evaluate the food whenever we dine at Fu Chan.



If you have cravings for Indian food, why not try the Mee Hoon Goreng or Vermicelli fried in Indian style. The red colour vermicelli was a little spicy. When you eat with the tomato sauce, it somehow neutralised the spiciness and brought out the nice fragrance of the noodle dish. (Food rating: 3.5/5)


At He Ji (和记), you can order a plate of Yuan Yang Fried Carrot Cake (鸳鸯菜头粿). The dish serves white carrot cake and sweet black carrot cake. In many places, most of the sweet black fried carrot cake are darker in colour and more moist. When served, the black carrot cake look rather pale. I was a little skeptical and disappointed. When I took the first bite, I was surprised. The pale black carrot cake was flavourful. I could taste sweetness from the sweet black sauce and saltiness from the preserved white radish.  (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

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Address: 622D Punggol Central, Singapore 824622
Price: $

If you are in the vicinity of Punggol and looking for a place for a good meal, why not try Happy Hawker (喜多福). Located along Punggol Central, the food centre offers a variety of nostalgic and delicious Singaporean food.




Hungry for roasted meat? You must order from Shun Li Lai (顺利来). By far, Shun Li Lai is the best roasted meat food stall in Punggol.



Whenever I am dining at the food centre, I will definitely order roasted meat. Usually, I will order three different types of roasted meat - roasted duck, roasted chicken and honey glazed barbeque pork. I am not an avid fan of duck. However, this is one of the few stalls I will eat duck. The roasted duck was tender and juicy. More importantly, the meat did not leave a bitter and coarse aftertaste. It tasted best when dipped in their garlic chilli sauce. The roasted chicken was another highlight from the stall. The meat was very tender and juicy too. Lastly, the honey glazed barbeque pork was sweet and tender. The little charred corners made the meat every more appetising. (Food rating: 4/5)




At Ar-Raheeq, you can enjoy a variety of Indian cuisine like Indian Rojak, Noodles, Roti Prata (Indian Flatbread). I ordered the Indian Rojak - Singaporean style. In Singapore, the Indian Rojak allows customers to choose the ingredients they want. The Indian Rojak usually contains fried dough fritters, fried firm beancurd, boiled potatoes, prawn fritters, served with a sweet and spicy chilli sauce. The most important thing about this dish is the gravy. The peanut gravy must taste good. I ordered my favourites - plain fried dough fritters, fried dough fritters with potatoes, fried firm beancurd, and fish cake. The dish is garnished with raw red onions, and cut green chilli. However, the peanut gravy was a little disappointing. It tasted nice but somehow not good enough. I hope that it can improve their gravy. (Food rating: 3/5)


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People's Park Complex Food Centre, located just above Chinatown MRT Station (NE4), is one of gems in Chinatown. There are a lot of delicious food that you need to come back again and again for more. In recent years, the number of Chinese food stalls has mushroomed. There are more local food from China like dan dan noodles, big plate chicken (大盘鸡), mala hot pot, etc.
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Where can you find local delights at your neighbourhood malls? Qiji is the recommended choice. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

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Located in the touristy belt along Boat Quay, Jin De Lai Zhong Hua La Mian (金德来中华拉面) serves Chinese Shaanxi (陕西菜) cuisine.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

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Address: 8A Marina Boulevard, #02-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre (Ground Plaza), Singapore 018984
Price: $$$$
Rating: 4/5

Enclave in the Marina Bay Financial Centre, Paradise Pavilion is one of the concepts under the Paradise Group. Located at the second level, the neo-classical ambience brings out the the dining experience to the next level.

Together with close family members, we had a scrumptious reunion dinner at Paradise Pavilion. Each dish always amazes me. I am always intrigued what they will surprise at my next visit.

Although we took up the set menu, we made some changes and additions to the menu. Everyone were satiated with the service and food.




Prosperity Swordfish & Salmon Yu Sheng (剑鱼,鲑鱼鱼生)  was sweet and tangy. The yu sheng had swordfish slices and salmon slices. (Food rating: 4/5)


In Asia, suckling pigs are eaten during important occasions. Pavilion Suckling Pig (烫手化皮乳猪) is usually part of the Lunar New Year set menu. This year, we have a suckling pig. The crispy skin was thinly sliced and put on a steamed flour crepe topped with cucumber and spring onion, sizzled with sweet sauce. The piglet skin was amazingly crispy and the delicious taste was brought out by the sweet sauce and crunchy vegetables. (Food rating: 4/5)



Next, we were served with Braised Superior Shark's Fin in Supreme Chicken Broth served in Japanese Stone Pot (浓汤石锅鲍翅). I could see the broth sizzling in the  piping hot stone pot. The long crispy savoury stick was a deep fried spring onion wrapped with egg roll skin. The taste was enriched when the stick was dipped into the broth. As for the broth, it contained a lot of collagen, presumably from Shark Cartilage or Chicken. The broth was very delicious. There was a generous serving of shark fins that came in chunks. (Food rating: 4.5/5)


Next, Authentic Apple Wood Roasted Peking Duck (功夫北京烤鸭) is one of the restaurant's specialty. The duck skin is thinly sliced and then wrapped with a piece of crepe and sweet sauce. The crepe with the duck skin was delectable. I could taste the nice apple wood aroma in the duck. The duck skin was crispy and I could even hear the crackling sound in my mouth. The duck meat slices were tender and juicy. Advised by the serving staff, we lightly dabbed the meat in sugar. The sugar brought out the aroma in the duck. (Food rating: 4/5)


Finally, seafood!! Sake-infused Sauteed Fresh Scallops with Scrambled Egg White (清酒雪花玉带) was served. This was only one dish that we left us unsatisfied. There were two slices of scallops with a larger portion of egg white topped with roe. However, the scallops were perfectly cooked. (Food rating: 3/5)


The Steamed Live Sea Garoupa in Supreme Soya Sauce (清蒸海星斑) surprised us. The fish was freshly prepared. The soya sauce was light and gave a tangy taste with the fish. The meat was crunchy and it totally blew us away. (Food rating: 4/5)


The last dish, Braised Vermicelli with Lobster and Chinese Wine in Superior Stock (上汤米酒龙虾浸面线), had everyone at the table satiated. The rich stock in Chinese wine was sweet. The lobster was huge and the meat was plenty. The vermicelli tasted great with broth. It was absolutely scrumptious. (Food rating: 4.5/5)


The first of the dessert, Deep-fried Sesame Pastry (煎堆仔), was served. Each of us were served with a piece of sesame pastry. The pastry was crispy in the outside and soft in the inside. The filling was white lotus paste and it was sweet and fragrant.


The grand finale was the Double-boiled Bird's Nest with Almond Cream served in Young Coconut (椰皇杏汁炖燕窝). It was amazingly delicious how the almond cream and coconut blended so well. I dislike almond cream but the combination had only a tint of almond taste. The bird's nest portion was generous. The dessert was also one of the highlights at the entire dinner experience. (Food rating: 4/5)

Friday, February 07, 2014

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Address: Blk 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-136, Singapore 150124
Price: $
Rating: 3.5/5

A group of ex-colleagues and I had a 'family reunion' dinner. We were recommended to Keng Eng Kee Restaurant located at Alexandra Village. It is a simple restaurant that resides within a coffeeshop. When we reached the restaurant, there were a huge crowd and the number of tables were set within the perimeters of the coffeeshop. 

The restaurant had two Lunar New Year Set menus and we ordered ala carte dishes. We ordered about nine dishes, including the signature dish - Coffee Spare Ribs for ten people.

We spent around SGD185.00 for ten people. I would recommend dining at Keng Eng Kee Seafood. It serves great seafood at affordable prices.



Before we started our main meal, we had the Prosperity Toss or Yu Sheng (鱼生) as a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor.



As usual, we ordered a Hot Plate Beancurd (铁板豆腐). The dish had egg tofu, mushrooms and onions. The hot plate was heated up and an egg was cracked on the hot plate. The rest of the tofu was placed onto the sizzling hot hot plate. (Food rating: 3/5)


Prawn rolls (虾棗) is one of the restaurant's home-made specialty. Each roll is a blend of minced pork, carrot, prawn and water chestnut. The ingredients were wrapped with beancurd skin. This is one of the must-order dishes when you are dining at Keng Eng Kee. (Food rating: 3.5/5)



Their signature dish - Coffee Pork Ribs (咖啡排骨) was a delightful dish. The pork was extremely tender and the rich coffee and sesame seeds brought out the rich and fragrant aroma. I liked the dish but coffee made me high as a kite. If you are coffee intolerant, try not to eat too many of them. (Food rating: 3/5)


Instead of Chicken or Beef, we ordered Ginger and Onion Deer Meat (姜葱鹿肉) for a change. The meat was very tender and the sauce was great with the rice. (Food rating: 3/5)



The Chinese Spinach with three eggs (三蛋芫菜) is one of the Cantonese vegetable cuisines. Duck Egg, Century Egg and Chicken Egg were used to cook with the Chinese Spinach. The Chinese Spinach was perfectly blanched. (Food rating: 3/5)


The Salted Egg Sotong (咸蛋苏东) was amazingly delicious. It was different from the usual deep fried sotong (or calamari) I ate at other restaurants. Each sotong slices were crispy with a tint of saltiness from the egg. The curry leaves added the fragrant aroma. This was the highlight of the entire dinner. The Salted Egg Sotong was very well-received by everyone at the dinner. (Food rating: 4/5)

Sunday, February 02, 2014

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The Chinese celebrates Valentine's Day on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar new year. Others celebrate the Valentine's Day on 14 February.

You have someone you like and want to take her to a nice, romantic restaurant. Or you want to impress a gal and ask her to be your girlfriend/ fiancée. But you are unsure where to take her for a restaurant with good food and nice ambience. 

Don't fret. Here are some suggestions (not arranged in chronological order) you may want to consider before asking her out.

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