Sunday, September 28, 2014

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It has been a long time since I had Teochew porridge. I met my best friend for dinner at Kovan where there was a popular Teochew porridge shop along Upper Serangoon Road. There was a long line when we arrived the shop. 

Teochew porridge dishes focus on simplicity and originality, and every dish is cooked with minimum seasoning to retain its original taste. 

We ordered quite a number of dishes and three bowls of porridge and spent a total of SGD31.50. The dining experience was superb as the food was delicious. 

The braised pork belly was extremely delicious and the meat was very tender. The meat disintegrated into my mouth. The mouthwatering aroma kept oozing out when I chewed the meat thoroughly. Why not pour some of the braised sauce into your plain bowl of porridge? (Food rating: 3/5)

Sweet Sour Pork cubes were nice. Even though they were already cold, they were still fragrant and the meat was very well marinated. (Food rating: 3/5)

I must say that the braised duck meat blew my mind away. As mentioned in my previous posts, I do not really like duck. It was because of its bitter aftertaste and tough meat. However, this duck meat was totally the opposite. The meat was very nicely cooked and the braised sauce was aromatic. I could not stop eating the meat with my porridge. (Food rating: 4/5)

I do not usually order steamed fish when I dine outside. I was usually afraid of the fishy smell and aftertaste. Interestingly, the fish was calling me when I was ordering the dishes. The fish cooked with light soy sauce, ginger and chilli slices. The fish was freshly steamed and it was perfectly cooked. The meat was not overcooked and tough. I could eat it on its own. Marvellicious indeed. (Food rating: 4/5)

I love anchovies the best, especially it is cooked with chilli and peanuts. The anchovies were very crispy that you can eat it on its own. You can see this often when you eat Nasi Lemak. (Food rating: 3/5)

Egg Omelette with preserved radish was best eaten with porridge. The fragrant egg and preserved radish was very addictive. I could not stop eating piece after piece with my porridge (Food rating: 4/5)

Finally, the steamed pork with salted egg was equally delicious. The minced pork patties were very fresh. The way it was cooked was very simple and yet it was very delicious. (Food rating: 3.5/5)



Address: 1006, Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534744
Price: $
Rating: 3.5/5
Stuffness level (how full you are): 3.5/5

Saturday, September 27, 2014

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Sweet black carrot cake and egg omelette with oysters are two of my favourite local food in Singapore. 


The egg omelette with oysters (蚝煎) was one of my favourites. Although I don't eat oysters, it was the crispy fragrant egg omelette that attracted me. The glutinous rice flour was added in the egg omelette to give a chewy sensation. The chilli sauce was sour and spicy. The egg omelette dipped in the chilli sauce was ecstatically delicious. (Food rating: 3/5) 


Fried black carrot cake is my favourite. I am a hard core black carrot cake fan. The most important thing that you should look out for a good carrot cake was the sweet black sauce. Some stalls added very little sauce that made it bland and some cooked it too dry. At He Ji (和记), the carrot cake was moist, the eggs were generous and the sweet black sauce was generous. I am missing it already. (Food rating: 3/5)



Address301 Punggol Central, Singapore 820301 ‎ 
Price: $
Rating: 3/5
Stuffness level (How full you are): 3/5
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Located near People's Park Food Centre, you'll find a simple stall that sells traditional vegetarian peanut pancake (面煎粿). Unlike the other pancakes I have eaten elsewhere, this owner makes pancakes that bring back fond memories. I remembered eating this kind of pancakes in my old neighbourhood. I suspect that that owner might have already retired.


Usually, I order two flavours - peanut and red bean paste pancakes. The crust of the pancake was crispy and the inside is soft. I had eaten many pancakes in Singapore but they were not as good as this stall. They were either too hard or too chewy or lacked fragrance. For the peanut pancake, the topping was grounded peanuts which tasted better and more fragrant than the creamy peanut butter. It was hard to resist the peanut fragrance. 



For those who hates mess, you can try the red bean pancake. The sweetness of the red bean paste was just nice. 

Selling at SGD0.80 or 80 cents each, there are three flavours - red bean paste, grounded peanuts and coconut flakes. When you buy ten pieces of pancake, you will get one free. Because of the delicious pancakes, you may have to wait for a little while for the freshly made pancakes.

I always love eating the pancakes from this stall. Whenever I am in Chinatown, I never fail to buy as many pieces as I can. Recently, I decided to buy a couple of pieces for my office. I was the first in line and ordered the last five pieces of red bean pancakes. Just at the right time, he was preparing the peanut cakes and I ordered the entire pan of pancakes, that makes 10 pieces. Those customers who came after me had to wait for the next batch of pancakes to cook which might take another 10-15 mins. I was lucky and quick at the same time. 


Address: Blk 34, Upper Cross Street, S11 Food Centre, Level 1, Singapore 50034
Price: $
Rating: 4/5
Stuffness Level: 2.5/5 per piece

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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If you are searching for delicious beef noodles near Singapore's central business district, why not try this store - Authentic Hock Lam St Popular Beef Kway Teow at North Canal Road. 

It is especially challenging when you are lunching at alone in the central business district. Everyone is going for lunch at the same time. Apparently, this beef outlet was very systematic. You have to order food first and then you will be allocated a seat. You will not worry if you cannot find a table. There is always an available table. 

I ordered myself a regular bowl of sliced beef noodles and beef ball soup with flat rice noodles (Kway Teow - 粿条) at SGD6.50. When the noodles was served, I could smell the aromatic and fragrant beef broth. When I drank the soup, it was awesome!! The rich broth was tasteful. The sliced beef was freshly cooked and they were very tender. The beef balls were chewy. More importantly, the noodles were very chewy. The flat noodles, unlike the other places I have eaten, was more chewy. It tasted so well with the beef soup. Extremely addictive. It is something you must definitely try. 

I also ordered myself a plate of vegetables with fried garlic. at SGD9.00 I was surprised that the garlic was very fragrant and the vegetables were crunchy. Together, they were absolutely mouthwatering. Lunch was a delight.






Address: 6 North Canal Road Singapore 048819 (Opposite OCBC Chulia Street)
Price: $
Food rating: 4/5
Stuffness level (how full are you): 4/5

Monday, September 15, 2014

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I met my parents for dinner at Nandos on weekday evening. We ordered a full platter - a whole chicken with four regular side dishes. We chose the side dishes - coleslaw, Mediterranean fried rice, spicy fried rice and garlic bread.

The service was a little slow and it was a little challenging to attract the servers' attention. The restaurant staff took some time to take our orders, serve our food and finally to get our bill. 

Despite the slow service, the food was reasonably okay. I recalled having my first Nandos in Cambridge, United Kingdom and I became a huge fan. During my stay in the United Kingdom, I dined at Nandos every other day. When Nandos first set up its flagship store at Bugis Junction, I was excited and could not wait to eat my favourite food again. 

Back to the food in Singapore, the chicken meat was tender. One good indication was the breast meat which was still moist. The marinade was delicious. The only disappointment was that the skin lacked crispiness. Apart from that, the entire chicken was really awesome and you don't really need additional condiments to enhance the taste. I ordered spicy level for the chicken and the spiciness was just nice. My mum loves spicy food so she added extra spicy sauce.

The two rice dishes were also equally delicious. The portion was just nice for one person each.

I loved the garlic bread best. The bread slices were perfectly toasted that there was still a little softness. The garlic bread was very fragrant.

In total, we spent around SGD70.00 for three persons. All of us were stuffed after the meal.



Address: 200 Victoria Steet, Bugis Junction #01-85/87, Singapore 188021
Price: $
Rating: 3.5/5
Stuffness level (how full you are): 3/5

Friday, September 05, 2014

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I came back to db Bistro and Oyster Bar again after my last visit two years ago. This time, we aimed to try out new dishes and reminisce the wonderful dining experience.

Opened by the award-winning French Chef-Restauranteur, Chef Daniel Boulud offers an exciting mix of Traditional French Bistro cooking with contemporary American flavours, not forgetting his famous burgers, at the restaurant.
 
Once again, we had an amazing dining experience at db bistro. The ambience was great, the food was fantastic and the service was commendable. The total spending for 2 pax was SGD298.96. Though it was on the high side, it was definitely worth it. Why not try db Bistro Moderne and let them blow your minds away?

(Above) Barbequed Pork Belly

Pâté "Grand Pere" - Foie Gras, Black Truffle, Bacon, Pickles and Mustard, priced at SGD20, was a mixture of ground meat and fat minced into a spreadable paste. The paste was added with foie gras, black truffle and bacon that emitted a mouthwatering fragrance. As a layman, the fragrance smelled like SPAM or luncheon meat. However, when you eat it with bread, it was heavenly and different from the normal SPAM that was available in the supermarkets. There was a tint of bitterness from the foie gras, saltiness from the bacon and nice aroma from the black truffles. Together with the warm crispy bread slice, it was delightful. The bread basket was refillable. (Food rating: 4/5)

French Onion Soup, priced at SGD18, sounded very ordinary when you read it from the menu, But, you will be amazed by how the delicious soup could blow your minds away. Made from classic onion, beef consomme, cheese and croutons, I could taste the rich beef broth and sweet soft onions. The Switzerland cheese complemented the soup so well that it made the broth richer in both taste and aroma. The delicious soup was best consumed alone as the portion and the rich taste would be just nice for one to savour. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

The Alaskan King Crab Salad was served with Butter Lettuce, English Peas, Radish, Tarragon-Yogurt Dressing. Priced at SGD34, there was a generous serving of freshly shredded crab meat (not frozen crab sticks). The English peas were very crunchy with a nice fragrance. The lettuce leaves were freshly prepared with the added crunch. But, the salad dressing was a little sour for my liking. Besides the overly sour dressing, the salad was fantastic.  (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Our favourite was the Barbequed Pork Belly, comprising Arugula (vegetable), Roasted Plums, Haricots Verts (string beans) and Hazelnuts. Priced at SGD18, it was value-for-money and highly recommended. The pork belly was extremely tender and it melted immediately into our mouths. The taste was beyond words. The salad dressing atop the pork belly was just nice. The pork belly dish was awesome. We were speechless and could not stop putting the meat into our mouths until it was gone. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

Coq au Vin was Smoked Bacon served with Pearl Onions, Mushrooms, and Farfalle Pasta. Priced at SGD36, this traditional French dish was one of the highlights of the menu. It was also one of the best dishes in the restaurant. (Food rating: 4/5)

The final entree was the Herb-Roasted Welsh Lamb served with Ratatouille, Olive Panisse (floured cake), Basil and in Natural Jus. At SGD40, the medium cooked lamb was cooked to perfection. The outer layer was crispy and yet the inner part of the lamb was soft and tender. The lamb was cooked with delicious, mouthwatering herbs and was not gamey at all. Each piece of the succulent lamb was heavenly as we savour every bite quietly throughout the entire time. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

Like what I would always say, "Always end your meal with a sweet dessert." It was like having a sweet ending. I ordered myself a Molten Chocolate Cake served with Sea Salt Caramel and Caramelised Milk Sherbert. The rich chocolate malt was exceedingly delicious. But, the cake, on the overall, was rather ordinary. It tasted as if you could easily buy or taste in any other restaurants. (Food rating: 2.5/5)


If you are looking for a drink, why not order a 我的美人 (Watermelon Cocktail). Comprising Volka, Muddled Watermelon, Cucumber Syrup & Lime Juice with Sour Plum-Sugared Rim, this drink suited me very well. The sweetness from the watermelon and the revitalising feeling from the cucumber syrup refreshed my palette. This SGD22 drink was a great companion for a lady who needed a drink. (Food rating: 4/5)



Address: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, B1-48, Galleria Level, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Price: $$$
Overall Rating: 4/5
Stuffness Level: (How full you are) 4/5

Thursday, September 04, 2014

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I met my brother for afternoon tea on a weekday. At that time, it was lunch time and the central business district were filled with throngs and throngs of people. We found a coffee joint at the newly renovated One Raffles Place. JBM Coffee and Dining looks very good place for catch ups. 

I ordered myself a piece of lemon tart and a cup of chamomile tea. Though they have at least four to five staff during that time, it was a little hard for us to get their attention. The restaurant/cafe was not full as I could see pockets of empty tables. Still, we need some time to grab their attention. My overall dining experience cost me less than SGD20. 



Chamomile Tea (SGD 6.50) was just chamomile tea. So, just like any other infusion teas, it was normal. So I shan't say much. 


Lemon Tart (SGD6), however, was a little disappointment. The lemon custard was too soft and the crust was too thick. It was very challenging to cut the tart. The funny thing was that the service staff gave us a dessert spoons for the tart. Isn't it supposed to be a fork? I wonder what was the rationale to serve us with a spoon. The tart, though thick, was sweet and flavourful. The lemon custard, ignoring the texture, was rather delicious. If only the lemon custard could be a little firmer and the tartlet less thick, the dessert would be a winner. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Address: JBM Coffee & Dining, 1 Raffles Place #03-23, One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Price: $
Food Rating: 2.5/5
Stuffness Level (how full you will be): 2.5/5

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Healthy Soba IKI is a fast food joint that serves healthy soba noodles. Located at One Raffles Place, it serves healthy Japanese noodles made from 100 percent buckwheat flour and water. 

I had the chance to dine at Healthy Soba IKI and ordered myself a mini soba and mini curry don set. Priced at SGD15, the set comes with a mochi ball as dessert and a free soba tea. 




The soba noodles, made from 100 percent pure buckwheat flour and water was chewy and cooked in al dente style. The noodles were drizzled with sesame seeds. the only setback about the noodles was that the noodles clogged together when it was cold. I had to stir a little to unclog the noodles. Dipping the noodles into the soba sauce, the noodles tasted refreshing and delicious. The dipping sauce was just nice and was not salty too. 

The mini curry don was just normal comprising a small bowl of white rice and topped with Japanese curry. It was ordinary. 

Overall, the food was very filling for one person. The set was worth it. It needs more marketing efforts to create awareness to attract more patronage. The restaurant was a little too quiet, I must say. 

Address: One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place, #04-47, Singapore 048616
Price: $
Food rating: 2.5/5
Stuffness Level (how full you will be): 4/5

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