Sunday, February 19, 2017


Waterway Point, the latest addition to the city of malls in Singapore, is located in the northeastern region in the cosmopolitan city. This mall offers a myriad of food which includes Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Western and local cuisines.

As food is one of Singaporean's past time, it is an adventure to try out the food outlets within the mall.

Living at the north eastern part of the Singapore island, I share the food places I have patronised (not arranged in popularity).

Buddy Hoagies (West Wing, #02-22)

Buddy Hoagies, a country-themed with wooden interior, offers authentic and delectable western cuisine, where diners enjoy a great dining experience that will leave them craving for more. I recommend you to try Buddy Hoagies. The food not only offers high quality western cuisine, and it also offers at affordable prices, followed with sincere service and no GST and Service taxes.

As I enjoy the food immensely, I must highly recommend the ribeye steak. It was medium grilled, lightly charred, giving the carcass a nice boost, that always blow my mind away. Drizzled with brown sauce, the size of the steak was as big as the palm of my hand and was at least 5 centimetres thick. Despite its thickness, the steak was tender soft and the taste was beyond words.

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Miam Miam (East Wing, #01-62)

Miam Miam, a Japanese French themed restaurant, offers fresh flavours and ingredients of Japanese cuisine, coupled with French artisanal cooking techniques. Is it that delicious? You must let me know. I, for one, don't think it is good, compared to the French Table.

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Blackball (East Wing, #B1-K6)

A strong believer of ending a meal with something sweet. Blackball is one of the places I would get my dessert. I love the sweet potato balls, red bean best. The yam was a little sandy, compared to Taipei's Xiaonanmen Traditional Beancurd. Well, this is the next best thing.😆

(Food rating: 2/5)

Bali Thai (West Wing, #B1-13)

Bali Thai offers a perfect combination of both Thai and Indonesia cuisines where diners enjoy the best of both worlds from Thailand and Indonesia. Although Irvin's is not located here, Bali Thai is the closest thing in having a superb Rendang and sambal dishes.

I recommend the Beef Rendang with rice. The beef cubes were so tender that they were easily shredded. Using just my tongue, the meat disintegrated and exuded the rich spices aroma. Writing about this rendang makes me salivate.

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Crave (East Wing, #B1-K7)

You have eaten nasi lemak wrapped with banana leaf or nasi lemak sold by Chinese. Have you had nasi lemak cooked with Basmati rice? I definitely have not and it was my first time when I bought it from Waterway Point.

The piping hot long grain rice was light and fluffy, and it exuded a nice alluring coconut milk fragrance. The sambal chilli was addictive, giving a sweet-spicy-savoury taste that goes superbly well with other items in the menu. There were many set combinations. For those who want it all, you may order a set with fish, chicken wing, ikan billis, egg and begadil. For lazy people like me, I rather order the set with chicken cutlet, egg, ikan bilis and add a piece of begail into the set.

Frankly speaking, I am addicted to their sambal chilli. A hint, if the sambal chilli is mixed with the cucumber slices, it tasted spicy, sweet and more importantly refreshing.

(Food rating: 4/5)

Dough Culture (East Wing, #01-K5)

Whenever I am lack of appetite, I would go for Dough Culture's dough fried fritters and a bowl of mung bean. The combination was superb with a blend of sweet-savoury taste. I was full with just a set like that and this would keep me going. The mung bean dessert (tau suan) was not too sweet, just the right amount. At SGD 2.00, I think it is both affordable and delicious. (Food rating: 3/5)

Encik Tan (East Wing, #B2-03)

Opens till wee hours in the night, it would be a good place for supper. However, the fish ball noodles from Encik Tan, under the Fei Siong Group, was only so so. The noodles were too soggy and the sauces were plain tasting. I would rather go for a bowl Teochew Fish ball Noodles at Toa Payoh Lorong 7. 
(Food Rating: 2/5)

Genki Sushi (West Wing, #02-23)

Besides Japanese Sushi fast food chains, Sushi Tei, Sakae Sushi, Ichiban Boshi, I love Genki Sushi best. On top of that, I love the fact that the food were transported using a robotic train. It will keep children still while dining at the restaurant.

What I love most about dining at Genki Sushi is the restaurant layout. It was clean and nicely spaced out. It allows people to move around easily.

When you are dining at Genki Sushi, you must definitely order the delicious Chicken Teriyaki Don.

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One Ice Cafe (West Wing, #01-K16)

Staying in a hot and humid Singapore, having cool beverages or desserts seems to be a necessity. Across the island, there are many shops that sell cold beverages, froyos, desserts, that keep everyone cool.

At Waterway point, I tried the shaved ice at One Ice Cafe. Inspired by the Korean dessert, I ordered a Milo Bingsu. The Bingsu was a huge bowl of shaved ice. Unlike Taiwanese Snow Ice, it was plain ice shaved and topped with milo chocolate balls, vanilla ice cream and then drizzled with milo powder.

As much as I love dessert, I wish I had better ones. (Food rating: 2/5)

Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh (East Wing, #B1-23)

Opened at Waterway Point in a quiet recluse within the Punggol Neighbourhood, Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh is very popular among the residents. Despite its long history, I believe that the brand truly earns its reputation and good quality of food. I love to order the Lean Pork Soup, braised peanuts, etc.

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Tenderfresh Classic (East Wing, #B2-04)

Whether you dine at the restaurant or order from any food delivery companies, the quality was so good. I usually order myself a Honey BBQ Whole Chicken to be shared with another. The meat was very succulent and juicy. I would highly recommend this dish. It's fabulously awesome. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

Uncle Leong Seafood (East Wing, #B1-21)

There are many seafood restaurants or zi char restaurants around Waterway Point. There are two brands I love best, Master Crab and Uncle Leong.

I would usually order Black Pepper Crab and Chilli Crab. However, this time, I ordered the Shimmering Sand Crab Delight. This dish was a hybrid of the usual butter crab with generous heaps of curry leaves and oat flakes. Post importantly, it tasted fantastic! The rich creamy sauce set it apart from the usual better crabs you will find it most seafood restaurants.

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Once Upon A Milkshake (East Wing, #B1-K12)

This is my favourite dessert place. I believe that I have bought at least a cup of milkshake at least one a week, be it physically from the stall or from food delivery. The rich and delicious milkshakes gives me a boost and a form of therapy.

Must try flavours include vanilla, durian, oreo, double chocolate, rum & raisins, Baileys.

(Food rating: 4.5/5)

So Pho So Good (East Wing, #01-28)

The Fresh Beef Noodles from So Pho So Good were savoury and delicious. What I loved most were the fresh ingredients. The clear broth were savoury and delicious.

The French Table (West Wing, #01-31)

One of my favourite food places is The French Table. I ordered food from Deliveroo, a home food delivery. I recommend the Signature Crab Pasta, mashed potato and finely roasted half chicken. The food, though a little pricey, was fantastic.

Sigh, I regretted not taking pictures before I started eating. I hope to take pictures of the food again when I dine at the restaurant. Please keep a look out.

(Food rating: 4.5/5)

Ji De Chi (記得吃)

A popular dessert joint in Singapore, I ordered a double boiled Hashima with fresh red dates and gingko nuts. The Hashima was perfectly cooked, soft and jelly-like. The soup was light and the sweetness was just nice. One of the benefits include to improve the look of the skin. I enjoyed the soup very much. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Burger Up

Nestled in the Punggol enclave, Burger Up competes with other established fast food joints like McDonald's and KFC on the same floor and location. This burger joint has a good fan base and the burgers reminded me of homegrown fast food joint, Jack-in-the-Box.

To be frank, I am neutral to the food but the process of buying the burger is definitely not fast food.

What do you think?

(Food rating: 2/5)

Shen Xi Lao Huo Tang

Shen Ji Lao Huo Tang is one of better Chinese herbal soup joints I have ever had. I bought it twice at Waterway Point. The first was a takeaway and the other time was through food delivery.

The Fresh Watercress Soup was rich with essence. The soup and fresh watercress were extremely delicious. It was said to have anti-cancer and lung cleansing properties. I enjoyed this soup immensely. Surely, you must try this. (Food rating: 4/5)

The Duck Soup with salted mustard green is great body booster. The soup was rich with essence and was a great appetiser, which quickly whets my appetite. (Food rating: 4/5)

The Rosti Farm

Together with Once Upon a Milkshake, The Rosti Farm offers, of course rosti. However, I personally find that the food is a little on the high side. To me, the food was average.

I hope you've enjoyed my recommendations. Do share your thoughts with me.

Address: Punggol Waterway Point, 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761

Sunday, February 05, 2017


Third generation Chef Chen Kentaro continued his family legacy and opened its chain's debut in Singapore. Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro, is awarded two Michelin-starred in Singapore's first Michelin Guide 2016.

Started in 1958 by the late Chen Kenmin, Shisen Hanten is a popular Sichuan restaurant in Japan.

I managed to get a table reservation and had dinner at the much acclaimed two michelin-starred restaurant, Shisen Hanten. The dishes were priced almost on par with other Chinese restaurants in Singapore, such as Imperial Treasure, Tunglok Xihe, etc.

Stir-fried Hokkaido scallops and asparagus with XO Sauce is a common dish in most Chinese cuisine. To me, it was be a test to see how the restaurant's culinary skills differs from the other homegrown chain restaurants. The scallops were perfectly sauteed and the sauce was nicely mixed with the rest of the ingredients. Despite its perfect culinary technique, the dish did not excite me. The taste was the same. I wish it could blow me away. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Szechuan hot and sour soup with seafood (海鲜酸辣汤), priced at SGD14, was the best dish I had at Shisen Hanten. One of key feature of Sichuan Cuisine, the soup had a very nice fragrance and very delicious. This is one of the best hot and sour soup I ever had. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

Fried Pork with sweet & sour sauce in black vinegar (黑醋咕咾肉) was acerbic. It was not to my liking. (Food rating: 2/5)

Browned string beans and ground pork (干煸四季豆), priced at SGD24, was surprisingly no up to par. The string beans were limped that it lacked the crunchiness. Compared to the homegrown restaurant chain, this dish was cooked very badly. (Food rating: 2/5)

Sauteed chilli peppers and Chicken (辣子鸡) at SGD28 was the best dish I have ever eaten. Compared to one I ate at Oriental Chinese Restaurant, this is definitely the best dish I have ever eaten. The chicken cubes were in bite sizes and deep fried. The outer crust was crispy, yet the inside was tender. This is a definite must-try. (Food rating: 4.5/5)


"Chen's Mapo Doufu" Stir-fried tofu in hot Szechuan pepper-flavoured meat sauce (陳麻婆豆腐), priced at SGD24, was spicy and fragrant. It was very similar to the one I had in Chengdu and brough back fond memories. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Stewed egg noodles with lobster in supreme stock (上汤龙虾焖生面) was delectable. The noodles texture was a little soft and my first impression was that I had instant noodles. However, the lobster was very fresh and the stock was flavourful. Discounting the noodles, this is a dish that I may want to order again. (Food rating: 3/5)

Fried rice with barbecued pork and seafood was very ordinary. The fried rice lacked fragrance and 锅气. Personally, it would need a good chef to cook a nice fried rice. A disappointment indeed. (Food rating: 2/5)


Chen's original spicy dry noodles (正宗担担面), priced at SGD12, was interesting and yet, uninteresting. The peanut sauce was rich and the shredded chicken were sandy in texture. It was perhaps that Shisen Hanten was a two michelin-starred restaurant, I had higher expectations. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

In most of the Michelin-starred restaurants that I have tried, the restaurants were elegantly designed with a six-starred service. At Shisen Hanten, the restaurant's ambience was indeed elegant but the service was very similar to any other Chinese homegrown restaurants in Singapore. If I were to use the Michelin-starred standards like Mid Summer House, Restaurant André, I do not feel the exclusivity nor prestige. Am I wrong?

Address: Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Level 35 Orchard Wing, 333 Orchard Wing, Singapore 238867
Rating: 3/5
Price: $$
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 5/5
Recommended dishes: Sauteed chilli peppers and Chicken (辣子鸡)

Friday, February 03, 2017


Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant, Tim Ho Wan, opened its stores in Singapore. One of the World's most affordable Michelin-starred restaurants, Tim Ho Wan offers superb dim sum at affordable prices.

Opened its first international outlet at Plaza Singapura in 2013, Tim Ho Wan becomes a household name and mushroomed to various part of Singapore.

BBQ Pork Vermicelli Roll drizzled with light sauce. The vermicelli roll was thick and chewy. However the BBQ Pork shreds were a little flavourful. (Food Rating: 2.5/5)

Beancurd Skin with Prawn Dumpling. The skin and prawns were crispy indeed. (Food rating: 3/5)

Pan fried radish cake were soft and lack of charred-ness. The radish cake lacked fragrance and interesting. (Food rating: 2/5)

Steamed Egg Cake

Prawn Dumplings

Spicy Prawn Paste Char Siew Stew Noodle

Beancurd skin with Pork and Shrimp were forgettable. (Food rating: 2/5)

These siew mais were ordinary, which I would expect more and was disappointed.

Past Review:
Address: Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Rd, #01-29A, Singapore 238839
Price: $
Rating: 3/5
Recommended dishes: Beancurd Skin with Prawn Dumpling

Thursday, February 02, 2017


If you are looking for a fairytale, this is the wrong page.

Vanilla, Cookies & Cream, Durian and Rum & Raisin-flavoured milkshakes are my favourite milkshakes.

These milkshakes are premium ice cream-blended shakes at non-premium prices. 

Best of all, you can order the milkshakes via deliveroo and have it delivered to your doorstep.

Address: Waterway Point, 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761

Price: $
Rating: 4/5
Recommended flavours: Cookies & Cream, Vanilla, Durian

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