Sunday, August 31, 2014

Singapore is a food paradise as good food can be found within an arm's distance. Especially in Orchard Road - Singapore's famous shopping belt district, you can also find great food without going to expensive restaurants. Why not try the Singapore food at your nearest food centres?

Rojak was surprisingly delicious. The rich and thick aroma of the spicy fermented shrimp paste with the ground peanuts were extremely addictive. The mixture of toasted fried dough fritters, pineapple, turnips, cucumber and fried beancurd in the black spicy sauce was delicious. Usually, I would order a plate of fried dough fritters only Rojak (Asian Salad). Priced at SGD5, I ordered myself the original mixture blend to try. The preparation was very quick. In less than ten minutes, I have a plate of crispy toasted fried fritters and beancurd, fruits and vegetables bathed in thick spicy prawn paste sauce. I prefer thick rich sauce with freshly toasted fritters to diluted saccharine sauce. At each bite, I could taste the rich prawn paste with a tint of sourness and sweetness from the lime juice and sugar respectively. The peanut bits coating added crunchiness to the dish. (Rating: 3/5)

At Fa (发) BBQ Chicken Wings stall, you can order a plate of fried carrot cake - balack (炒萝卜糕). There are two kinds of carrot cakes - white and black, just like the reversi game. The black carrot cake, which was my absolute favourite, is cooked with sweet black sauce. The ingredients were simple - oil, carrot cake, egg, preserved turnips, sweet black sauce and good wok heat. Wok heat means that the stove must be hot so that when the carrot cake is cooked, it will have the nice fragrance. For this dish, I must say that they cooked it well as it was neither too dry nor too moist. There was a little moisture in the dish that gave that added boost. (Food rating: 3/5)

Thye Hong Fried Hokkien Mee (泰丰炒福建虾面) is the brand you usually see whenever you dine at Food Republic - Wisma Atria or even at 313 Somerset. I went to the outlet at 313 Somerset, Food Republic. Just like McDonald's, the food quality at the various outlets were consistent. The noodles were perfectly cooked in al dente style. The rich broth was aromatic and more importantly, the chilli complemented the dish best. This is one of the stalls I patronise for Fried Hokkien Mee or Fried Prawn Noodles. (Food Rating: 3/5)

Address: Level 5, 313@Somerset313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895
Price: $ (Each of them costs less than SGD10)
Rating: 3/5

Thursday, August 21, 2014

After a hard day's work, my family and I decided to dine out. One of my siblings introduced AOne Claypot House,which was recently opened at Junction 8 Shopping Centre. I was told that they served delicious foods.

There were already a lot of people queuing outside the restaurant when we arrived. It was my first time eating at A-One Claypot House and I was glad that I did. The food was delicious and the price was reasonable. If you have eaten AOne before, why not share what you think about the food?

I ordered myself - Dried Scallop Porridge with Cuttlefish, Shredded Chicken and Crabmeat (干贝蟹肉鱿鱼鸡丝粥). When the porridge was served, I could smell the delicious aroma of the porridge that kept me salivating. Do be careful when you eat the porridge as your tongue might get scalded. The porridge was superbly delicious!! I could taste the sweetness from the dried scallops. You could just eat this on its own. (Food rating: 4/5)

Can you resist the delicious preserved radish (chai por) egg omelette (菜圃蛋) when you are having a bowl of porridge? Nah... I need the omelette... It completes my meal. The egg omelette was fluffy and delicious. The portion of minced preserved radish was just nice as the omelette was fragrant and yet not salty. It was one of the best 'char po' omelette I had besides mum's cooking. (Food rating: 4/5)

Each dish cost, at average, $10.00. But the portion was huge and it would be best if you have someone to share with. 

Address: Bishan Junction 8 Shopping Centre, 9 Bishan Place #01-49/50 Singapore 579837 
Price: $
Rating: 4/5

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I am a frequent diner at Jin De Lai Zhong Hua La Mian [金德来中华拉面] for many years and the restaurant never fails to amaze me with delectable and spicy foods. At each stage, I was adventurous enough to try out new food items.
On one of my moody days, I had dinner with a friend at this Xi'an restaurant. Instead of ordering the usual suspects - Xi'an Spicy Rice Noodles (凉皮) , 大盘鸡 (Big Plate Chicken), Oil Sprinkled Noodles (or 油泼扯面 - you po che mian), I decided to order two new dishes today.
To my surprise, these dishes, especially the ma la tofu skin (麻辣豆腐皮) are absolutely addictive and delicious.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Located at the National Museum of Singapore - the nation's oldest museum, the Food for Thought will give you a palatable treat. The restaurant shares a variety of local delights - a combination between old and new. You will never realise that there could be more than one way in preparing the same local delight with similar tastes.

I was visiting the Museum one weekend and met a friend at Food for Thought for afternoon tea. Even though there was another outlet at Queen Street, the selection of food was a little different. It offered local Singaporean food that would bring fond memories of the past. For instance, the bandung drink made of rose syrup and milk. The food was selling at an average of S$10.00 per item which I thought was fairly reasonable, considering the location, ambience and service.

If you have tried or eaten Westlake's Stewed Pork Belly (Kong Bak Pao) wrapped with Steamed Bun, you will also like this. The Slow Roasted Hoisin Har Cheong Pulled Pork was cooked with roasted sweet potatoes and then served with creamy wongbok slaw (similar to preserved vegetables) and steamed bun. I placed the pork on the opened bun, added the slaw and parsley in it, and closed the flap of the bun. The bun was astonishingly delicious. The slaw and parsley enhanced the pork's fragrance. It was extremely mind blowing. The roasted sweet potatoes was equally good. The orange cubes were perfectly roasted that they merely melted in your mouth. (Food rating: 4/5)

Whenever I have tea with my friends, I never fail to order some desserts. This time, I ordered for us Pancakes. The pancakes were serviced with fresh vanilla cream, spiced gula melaka syrup, banana cubes and roasted walnuts. From a look, it thought I was at iHop having a serving of its pancakes. The gula melaka syrup or brown sugar syrup was an easy substitution of the usual maple syrup. Inside the pancakes, there were already bananas and walnuts. Then, there was a generous toppings of more bananas and walnuts. What I loved about the dish was the soft pancakes. I ate it with a little syrup, cream and banana cubes. It was nice but I thought that it was a little ordinary. After the first dish, I was waiting for another 'miracle' food. (Food rating: 3/5) 

You may have been to Ya Kun, Coffee & Toast or other local coffee joints to have the typical kaya butter toast with runny eggs. Why not try this dish - Kopitiam Works instead? This dish was very similar to the ones offered by the traditional coffee joints but they were prepared differently. Served in sous vide kampong (village) eggs, the dish came with grilled luncheon ham steak (or SPAM), homemade butter brioche and caramel kaya.Although the ingredients looked rather simple, it was the way it was presented that attracted me. The eggs were perfectly cooked about 80 percent cooked. When mixed with pepper and soy sauce (if you can find it), I think it was heavenly. The homemade brioche was warm and delicious. The SPAM steak was generous too. Based on presentation, I felt as if I was eating a new dish. In terms of food, I think it was ordinary. However, Kudos to Food for Thought of thinking such a nice way to present such an ordinary local food. (Food rating: 3/5)

Similar to the American-style breakfast, Basic Works serves scrambled eggs, bacon, homemade butter brioche with caramel kaya. The only difference between the American-style breakfast is that it serves caramel kaya - a local coconut jam. The streaky bacon strips were mouthwatering and the scrambled eggs were perfectly good. If you are a small eater, you should order Basic Works. (Food rating: 3/5)

If you are famished, why not order the Full Works? Though we were having afternoon tea, I felt as if we were having a full meal. The food variety was so interesting that we could not help but order more food. By the time we were done with the food, we had to skip dinner and supper altogether. Full works comprises Basic Works with hash brown balls, chicken sausages, garlic mushrooms and torch ginger-coriandaer salad. This dish could be a full meal as the serving was huge. If we had known, we would have ordered one. I loved the garlic mushrooms best. They were very fragrant. The scrambled eggs were good too. The chicken sausages were delicious. What was a little disappointing was the hash brown balls. They were frozen food. (Food rating: 3/5)

At the beginning of my post, I wrote about the good old bandung drink that amazed me. At this restaurant, they served Ice Rose Bandung Ripple Latte. It comprises of old school T.G.Kiat rose syrup, cold milk and a splash of carnation milk. The drink was delectable. I felt as if I was back in the old days drinking a cold thirst-quenching rose bandung. (Food rating: 3/5)

Address: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, #01-04/05, Singapore 178897
Pricing: $
Rating: 3/5

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