Friday, May 13, 2016

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Nestled in a quiet neighbourhood along Upper Serangoon Road, you will find an auntie selling Satay in a little stall within a coffee shop. Outside her shop, there were old newspaper cutting, displaying that her husband and her are the first Singaporean Hawker who franchised their grilled meats and to do it with the latest technology in 1995.

The brand Poh Kee Satay was previously known as the "Hougang Sixth Milestone Satay" where her father-in-law was famous for then.

We ordered 10 sticks of Mutton, Beef and Chicken meat and three Ketupat (a type of dumpling made from rice packed inside a diamond-shaped container of woven palm leaf pouch). 

The chicken meat (left) and mutton meat (right) were tender and juicy. The charred corners of the meat made the meats more delicious. 

The beef meat was equally great. Amongst the three different meats from Poh Kee Satay, I preferred the chicken best, followed by mutton and finally beef. The taste of each meat may differ from stall to stall.

The Ketupat was moist and went very well with the Poh Kee's own blended peanut sauce. The peanut sauce was added with their very own concocted pineapple puree that made the peanut sweet and spicy at the same time. It was addictive and extremely enjoyable!!

Although the auntie could be cranky at times and every additional item like condiments are chargeable, the food when served will erase all your grievances away. 


Address: 1014 Upper Serangoon Rd, Singapore 534752
Price: $
Rating: 4/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 4/5
Recommended dishes: All of them!

Monday, May 02, 2016

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Featured in Taiwanese popular variety show - 康熙來了and 小 S' favourite meal, I hunted down the restaurant to try the highly acclaimed Chicken Rice.

Very different from Singapore's Hainanese Chicken Rice, the Taiwanese version was steamed white rice with shredded chicken meat. Similar to economical rice, you could choose the sides to accompany the rice. 

Highly recommended by 小S, it is most delicious if we mix the chicken rice with sunny side up. Personally, I thought that it was an excellent recommendation as it tasted great.

As for the sides, priced from TWD30 onwards, they all tasted ordinary. I wondered where the wow factor was.




The Taiwan-style Chicken Rice served with shredded chicken, drizzled with sauce. According to 小S, the egg is supposedly broken and mixed with the rice. With the mixture, the rice tasted wholesome and divine, yet ordinary. (Food rating: 3/5)


Stir fried Chicken in Brown sauce was simple and reminded me of my mother's cooking. (Food rating: 2.5/5)


Prawn Omelette was simple but the prawns were a little overcooked. (Food rating: 2.5/)


Dried Lily Flower with Pork Soup (金针赤肉汤) was an interesting one. I had never had before and it is believed to have nutritional benefits like lower blood pressure and cholesterol, invigorates blood, calm nerve and prevent blood clot.


Duck with salted vegetables soup was refreshing. The portion was just nice and went well with the other dishes. (Food rating: 2.5/5)








Address: No. 19, Lane 90, Songjiang Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
Price: $
Rating: 3/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 4/5
Recommended dish: Chicken rice with Sunny Side Up
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Highlighted in a popular Taiwanese Variety Show, I hunted down the restaurant and found it near Ximending area. Located about 10 minutes' away from Ximending, the restaurant was a humble stall with simple furniture.

The original restaurant name Jian Hong beef noodles (建宏牛肉麵), because of the splitting of households, was changed to Fu Hong Beef Noodles (富宏牛肉麵).

I enjoyed the beef noodles immensely. LeNu really tasted the same at the authentic Beef Noodles. The noodles were very chewy and then beef slices were very tender. What caught my eye were the condiments on the table. There were original tallow, spiced tallow, chilli oil, vinegar, and raw garlic. Each of them brought the beef noodles up a level.

Whilst observing the locals eating the raw garlic, I tried that too. For the first time, I ate raw garlic and especially with beef noodles. It totally wow-ed me!!























Address: Luoyang St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Price: $
Rating: 4.5/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 4.5/5
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Located one stone's throw from Ximen MRT station, 鴨肉扁 (pronounced as Ya-Rou-Bian) was a popular duck noodles place among locals and tourists.

When you entered the store, you will be asked the portion you want. The duck meat may go from TWD100. As a tourist, I ordered half a duck which cost me TWD1,200. After hearing how to the locals ordered, I learned. Apart from the duck meat, you can also order the noodles to complement the poultry. However, the noodles tasted very much like instant noodles which I have eaten at home. It was saddening. 

The duck was moist and tender. Though it was lightly coloured, the meat had a nice fragrance. (Food rating: 4/5)

As for the instant noodles (Food rating: 2/5)






 

Address: No. 98之2號, Section 1, Zhonghua Rd, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Price: $
Rating: 3.5/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 4/5
Recommended dish: Duck only.
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There is one Royal Copenhagen cafe in Taipei, located at Zhongxiao Fuxing, SOGO Department Store.



The cafe was a disappointment as the interior was IKEA-like and the setting was less grand that did not fit its name. The cakes were normal but the waffles tasted slightly better than cakes.











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Located along Tonghua and Linjiang Night markets, you will find a traditional Tainan noodles shop selling delicious noodles and braised side dishes. It is believed to have a long history since 1946.
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Franchised by Taiwanese Boy Band (棒棒堂), Lollipop, Awayne Liu (阿緯) invested the Hong Kong Dim Sum Brand - Dimdimsum (點點心). Opened in November 2015, the restaurant was very popular and long queues were expected. 

The brand name has won many accolades since it was set up in 2010:
[1] 2012 Newsweek Foodie Awards: 101 Best Places To Eat In The World
[2] TimeOut Hong Kong 2011 Food and Drink Awards: Best Dim Sum
[3] <<WHERE CHEFS EAT - The Ultimate Insiders' Guide>> Restaurant

I took notice of this dim sum place when I watched a Taiwanese popular variety show - 康熙來了. I have been wanting to try this restaurant since then. I finally had the opportunity to have afternoon tea recently. 



The siew mai (燒賣) tasted very ordinary. (Food rating: 2.5/5)



The salted york custard steamed bun (劉薩包) was cute. It was demonstrated that the custard would excrete from the nostrils after poking the nostrils with chopsticks. However, it did not work just like on television. The salted yolk custard was runny and the steamed bun was sweet. But it did not have my rave reviews. (Food rating: 2.5/5)











Address: No. 68忠孝東路五段信義區台北市 Taiwan 110
Price: $
Rating: 2.5/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 3/5
Recommended dish: Carrot-like Taro

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