Monday, October 27, 2014

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When you are at Yuyuan (豫园) along Jiu Xiao Chang Road (旧校场路), there is a popular store that sells Shanghai's traditional snacks called Begonia Cakes (海棠糕).

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The Old Shanghai Restaurant has a long history. It was opened since 1875. It is rated as one of the most authentic Shanghainese Restaurants in Shanghai. We were at Yuyuan Gardens when we found the restaurant. Without further consideration, we entered the restaurant and found a table almost immediately.

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Upon our arrival in Shanghai, we searched for the first Chinese restaurant we dined in the city many years ago. However, we could not find the restaurant. All we could remember was its posh upholstery located at the second floor along Nanjing East Pedestrian Street (南京东路). 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

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We headed Di Dao Dumplings [帝道小吃] again today. This time, we had two servings of dumplings and other braised items. The restaurant was popular for its traditional dumpling recipe.

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I have been wanting to try the dumplings at 帝道小吃, along Wulin Road. It was said to use traditional home recipe to prepare the dumplings. Since my stay in Hangzhou, I kept walking past the restaurant but I never entered the place. Today was our last night in Hangzhou and I must try the dumplings.

Friday, October 24, 2014

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From our last two fantastic dining experience at Waipojia (外婆家), we were back to the restaurant we had for the first time at block B of Hangzhou Tower (杭州大厦). Waipojia is a restaurant chain in China like Singapore's Crystal Jade Group of Restaurants and Imperial Treasure Group of Restaurants.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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We wanted to eat something different today and decided to try Pizza Hut. We were curious if the pizza tasted the same as back home. We were surprised how Pizza Hut had evolved from a pure pizza joint to a Swensen's-like family restaurant.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Instead of eating Hangzhou style food, we decided to try something different. We remembered seeing a Cantonese restaurant at Hangzhou Tower City Shopping Centre when we looked for Waipojia. We headed to Block B of the shopping centre where we got ourselves a table at a cosy corner in the restaurant. At Macau Sainan Restaurant (澳门西南饭店), we were greeted by their friendly serving staff.

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After the superb dining experience at Waipojia, we came back again to dine at the restaurant. This time, we tried the other outlet at block D of Hangzhou Tower City Shopping Mall near Wulin Square. Located at the fifth level of the mall, it was a beautiful place overlooking the sky garden just outside the restaurant. The interior design was very classic Chinese look. As the weather turned cool, it seemed that most of the malls and restaurants did not turn on the air conditioner. Thus, it was rather stuffy and warm. The good thing was that the restaurant opened the windows to allow the cool wind to enter the restaurant. Otherwise, we would be perspiring profusely whilst dining. 

At Waipojia, you can drink their osmanthus tea for free. You can the drinks at a station in the restaurant. The cups used were made of bamboo. The osmanthus fragrance was truly aromatic. From afar, I could smell the soothing and alluring fragrance. When you drink it, it was subtle and light. It was very intriguing. 

Once again, Waipojia amazed me with their high quality culinary cuisine. We spent RMB 180 (SGD36) for two persons and it was a wonderful dining experience. This time, the food selection was more delicious and more appetising. 

After a hearty dinner, we walked to Block C for grocery shopping before heading back to the hotel. 




The pork belly slices with paprika (dried chilli powder) was extremely delicious. The paprika powder coated pork belly was very tender. As you chewed longer, you could taste the sweetness from the meat. (Food rating: 4/5)




The Beef with Mushroom in Thick Soup (西湖牛肉羹) was more flavourful, compared to the Southern Song Dynasty Fish Soup (宋嫂鱼羹) we ate a couple of day ago. I could taste the fresh beef bits in the soup. The viscosity of the soup was prefect and the egg were mixed very well. After dining at the Waipojia for the second time, my friend and I have concluded that the soup and noodles came in large portions which were more suitable to get eat with more persons. Therefore, whenever you consider ordering a bowl of soup of noodles, please be mindful of the portion. Otherwise, it was absolutely delicious and you would want to have more. (Food rating: 4/5)



Whole chicken (茶香鸡) was cooked in a claypot. Even so, the skin was crispy and the meat was very tender. The meat was easily torn apart and easy for eating. Although its chinese name indicated that it was cooked with tea leaves, I could not say that I could taste the tea fragrance. However, after some time, the chicken tasted more and more salty. I recommend that the chicken should be best eaten with steamed white rice. (Food rating: 3/5)





Pianerchuan (片儿川) is a bowl of noodles with preserved vegetables and snow vegetables. I loved both the noodles and the broth. The perfectly cooked noodles in the delicious broth were heavenly. I could not describe any better than saying, this is superbly good. A must try. Note that the portion was huge. Therefore, the bowl of Pianerchuan was best eaten with two or three other persons.  (Food rating: 4/5)



Braised Duck Meat (杭州卤鸭) reminded me of my mother’s cooking. The sauce was very similar to the way my mother cooked with chicken. She uses cinnamon and star anise. For every piece of duck meat I ate, I was reminded of home. It really brought back fond memories. The duck meat was tender and the sauce was thick and fragrant. (Food rating: 4/5)



The prawn cracker with tomato sauce (番虾㶽巴) was a huge portion of prawn crackers drizzled with tomato sauce. From the picture in the menu, the portion looked very small. At first, I thought that I was going to have snacks. The tomato sauce was overtly sour and it was too much for us to finish. You have to eat it fast as the crackers turned soggy due to the tomato sauce. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

On top of these dishes, we also ordered our all time favourite - flat noodles with cold sauce (西子凉粉)  which was consistent through the various outlets. 


Address: 杭州大厦D座5楼 (Hangzhou Tower City Shopping Block B), 21 Wulin Square (武林广场), Level 5, Xiacheng, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 2pm & 4.30pm - 9.00pm
Price: $
Rating: 4/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 5/5


Sunday, October 19, 2014

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Zhiweiguan (知味观) is one of the popular restaurant chains in Hangzhou besides Waipojia (外婆家). We had an early start and decided to have an early lunch at the restaurant. When we arrived at Wulin Road, the popular Zhiweiguan restaurant food chain was ready to serve lunch.

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Started in 1995, Yonghe King (永和大王) was a Chinese fastfood chain that specialises in noodles and rice. This fastfood chain popularised the China market very quickly.

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After having enjoyed the sweet potato last night, we went back to the shop – 农夫烤薯to try two other sweet potatoes. One of them is the Southeast Asian’s purple sweet potato (东南亚紫薯). 
 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

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After walking approximately 1km from the hotel to Boku bookstore (博库书城, 文二店) under the hot blazing sun, I was exhausted. I volunteered to sit at the cafe inside the book store - Glass Wall Coffee place at level 2 while my friend explored the bookstore. At the same time, I searched for directions Ion how we can get back via a bus or train. I do not want to walk back to the hotel under the blazing hot sun again.

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Our initial intention was to try the dumpling place called 自然水饺, but it was not opened at 9.30am. The staff were still preparing the ingredients for the business. Disappointed, we decided to try the other dumpling store across the road - GII Wonton (吉祥馄饨). GII Wonton was a dumpling chain and we ordered three dishes - one plate of noodles and two bowls of dumplings.

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To end our day, we tried the Halal Restaurant location near our hotel. We walked along Wulin Road (武林路) towards the hotel. Whilst strolling along the street, we found more gems – more food outlets. We could not wait to try the other outlets. Near the hotel where we were staying, there was a Halal restaurant selling noodles and rice. 
 

Friday, October 17, 2014

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On our first day in Hangzhou, we decided to have lunch at the highly recommended restaurant chain - Waipojia (外婆家). The nearest restaurant outlet was about ten minutes walk from the hotel. As we walked towards Hangzhou Tower City Shopping Centre along Huancheng North Road and found the place very quickly. The restaurant opens at 10.30am. 
 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

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My family and I went for Japanese restaurant at Marina Bay Sands for lunch. HY California, a Japanese fusion casual dining restaurant, is part of the Hide Yamamato group of restaurants. 

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You may have eaten Beef Hor Fun, Seafood Hor Fun or even Sliced Fish Hor Fun. But have you eaten Venison Hor Fun before? At Nam Seng Noodles & Fried Rice, why not try their venison hor fun.

Nam Seng Noodles & Fried rice was formerly at the National Library (Stamford Road). After the national library was demolished and made way for redevelopments, they moved to China Street. 

What I love about Nam Seng are the venison hor fun and wanton noodles. Each dish cost around SGD6.00 and the portion was just nice. 



The venison hor fun (flat rice noodles) were flavourful. I love the sauce and the noodles were more chewy. I reckon that the store might have bought a different kind of noodles which made this plate of noodles exceptionally fantastic. There was also a generous portion of venison and they tasted even better when eaten with green chilli slices. (Food rating: 3.5/5)


The wanton noodles were quite authentic, that is, it tasted a little like the traditional Singaporean wanton noodles. The Hong-Kong Style Wanton Noodles are prevalent in Singapore and somehow I miss the traditional ones. The noodles were perfectly cooked. It was chewy and the sauces were well mixed. The barbequed meat was tender and a little sweet. Most importantly, I loved the soup with wanton dumplings. The soup was very rich and aromatic with a tint of pepper. Overall this plate of wanton noodles were fantastic!!! (Food rating: 3.5/5)




Address: 25 China Street #01-01 Far East Square Singapore 049567
Price: $
Food rating: 3.5/5
Stuffness level (how full you are): 3.5/5



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