Friday, February 27, 2015

If you think you have tried spicy food, think again.

I recommend you to try the food at Usman Restaurant.

Having tried the "spicy" food with four ticks in the United States, I always left the restaurant utterly disappointed. The so-called spicy food was not spicy enough that would make you perspire and lips numb.

My friend and I explored Little India on weekend and we found this Indian Muslim restaurant enclave in the Serangoon neighbourhood. Located adjacent to Desker Road, we were attracted by the beautiful red curry and naan. Naan is an Indian flatbread made from white flour, yogurt and yeast culture. Typically, ghee or butter was brushed onto the flatbread.

Unable to resist temptation, we ordered three dishes, excluding three pieces of naan, to share. Our damages were SGD14.20. The entire food experience was not only delicious but also extremely affordable. 

Priced at SGD1 each, the plain naan was crispy on the outside and soft in the inside. Unlike the Roti Prata or Roti Canai, the naan was less oily. You can even eat it on own. So, we bought three pieces to share. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

If you think Chicken Curry is spicy, try the Black Pepper Chicken Curry. Priced at SGD3.50, the black pepper in the curry caused a lingering numbing effect on your tongue and lips. When you first put the curry in your mouth, you might find it spicy. A few seconds later, you would feel that sharp numbing feeling on your tongue and lips. The chicken meat was very tender and moist. It disintegrated immediately after we put into the mouth. (Food rating: 4/5)

The Mutton Keema or minced mutton curry served with green peas. At SGD3.50, you could enjoy a delicious serving of mutton keema. You can also dip the naan into the keema. (Food rating: 4/5)

Tandoori chicken is a popular dish in South Asia, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. This dish is prepared with yogurt and spices cooked in a cylindrical clay oven. More importantly, the name of this dish is derived from the oven, Tandoor. The chicken was extremely fragrant. At SGD4.50, you could get a piece of chicken thigh, charred and tender. The meat was flavourful and unforgettable.  (Food rating: 4/5)

Address: 238 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218085
Price: $
Rating: 4/5
Stuffness level (how full you are): 4/5

Monday, February 16, 2015

Enclaved in the Central Business District, Beng Tin Hoon Kee Restaurant (茗珍奮記菜館) serves authentic delicious Hokkien dishes with decent service. 

My colleagues and I had an early Chinese Lunar New Year Lunch at the restaurant. We ordered a set meal for six people. The total damages was SGD485.05. 

Immersing in the festival mood, we tossed Yu Sheng and shouted all the wishes - good health, good career progression, good wealth and so on. More importantly, after all the tossing, the yu sheng was very delicious. We could even eat it as the entree. The vegetables like carrot strips were extremely fresh. You knew that they were freshly prepared. The mixture of vegetables and salmon was a good combination. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

The next dish was the fish maw with crab meat soup. The soup was extremely tasty and the viscosity was just nice. The crab meat was very fresh and meaty. The fish maw was generous in serving too. I cannot help to hoping to have a second serving. (Food rating: 4/5)

Steamed Fish Fillet was extremely delicious. The fish fillet was extremely fresh and it lacks that fishy smell. Fried quickly and then let it to steam might have caused the meat to be tender. The sauce was light and yet, and was very tangy. (Food rating: 4/5)

Next, the abalone with green vegetables were served. The greens were nicely cooked and more importantly, they were very fresh. The sauce had a nice flavour and smell. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

The lobster dish was extremely mouthwatering. The lobster shell was just a display. The lobster meat was cut into cubes and stired fried with seasoning. The meat was freshly cooked that every bite was tantalising. (Food rating: 4/5)

Stir-fried noodles was a little sticky for me. The noodles were filled with crispy pork fats and tasted very much like the 'zi char' style Hokkien noodles. By the time the dish was served, all of us were too fun to eat. (Food rating: 3/5)

Address: 65 Chulia Street, Singapore 049513
Price: $$
Rating: 4/5
Stuffness Level (how full you are): 5/5

Sunday, February 08, 2015


Looking for a restaurant for family gather or reunion dinner? How about trying a 25-year old American-style Chinese Restaurant here in Singapore.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

I remembered dining at Bao Today (包今天) at least once a week when I worked in the Central Business District years ago.

I finally had the opportunity to have a good meal at Bao Today (包今天) today during my off day. 

My friends and I had an early dinner at the Marina Square outlet. We spent a total of SGD50 for three people. 

The Siew Mai (风尾卖) was mainly made of fresh prawns. When dipped with chilli sauce, it was delicious. However, it was nothing to scream about. It was normal. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

The Scallop Dumplings (带子饺) was equally nice. Do not expect to have scallop-filled dumplings. Instead, you will have prawn dumpling topped with a tiny piece of scallop. Though the prawns were fresh, the dish name - scallop dumpling did not meet our expectation. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Whenever you think of Xiaolongbao (小笼包) or soup dumplings, you definitely think of din tai fung. When the xiaolongbao were served, we were utterly disappointed. The texture of skin was rough and dry and, was easily torn. The filling was normal and there was no soup in the dumpling at all. (Food rating: 2/5)

Pan Fried Carrot Cakes (白玉堂煎糕) were delicious. The cakes were pan fried to crisp and were very delicious when dipped with chilli sauce. It was one of the better dishes we had at the restaurant. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Want to have nice luscious black hair? How about having Black Sesame Steamed Bun (黑心包)? The black sesame filling was smooth, fragrant but yet, a little too sweet. The texture of the steamed bun was delicious. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Golden Sand Bao (包今天) or custard bun (流沙包) was delicious. The fragrant custard bun with salted egg yolk was delicious and complemented with the steamed bun very well. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

BBQ meat noodles (叉烧面干), which is similar to Wanton Noodles, were disappointing. The noodles were soggy and not chewy. The BBQ meat looked less appealing. The prawn dumplings were so-so. The sauce for the noodles were also disappointing. I remembered enjoying the noodles the most when I had them a couple of years ago. Now that the texture of the noodles have changed. The taste and experience had changed drastically. (Food rating: 2/5)

Address: Marina Square, 02-234/236, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
Price: $
Rating: 2/5
Stuffness level (how full you are): 4/5

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