Friday, April 21, 2017

"Pontian Wanton Mee 笨珍云吞面” brand is a commonplace in Singapore. It is everywhere. The Pontian brand serves the Malaysian-style wanton noodles. At Graffiti café, it sells good old-famous wanton noodles with drinks and desserts.  

There were three choices of the sauce base: (1) ketchup without chilli, (2) ketchup with chilli, and (3) black sauce with chilli.

The wanton noodles (dry) were 'springy' texture and not lumpy. The sauce was generous and well mixed. However, the BBQ pork were thinly sliced. The noodles were topped with BBQ pork, dried wantons and greens. (Food rating: 3/5)
Fried Wantons were crispy but the fillings were very small. You may dipped into their mayonnaise sauce. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

The wantons were similar to the deep friend ones. The soup was peppery in taste. The wantons were delectable. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Address: Graffiti café, #B2-62 , 23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083
Price: $
Rating: 2.5/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 4.5/5

Kinmoo, a Thai noodle house, was located at the end of Tan Quee Lan Street. Highly recommended by various food sites, blogs and friends, my friends and I decided to try this popular dining place.

Wanton Noodle Dry or Baamee Keow Haeng Moo Dang, priced at $6.90, was very similar to our local wanton noodles. The noodles were beautiful and had a nice 'springy' texture. The noddles were drizzled with crispy pork lard and fried shallots. The dish was simple but yet, it exuded an nostalgic feeling when you ate the noodles. (Food rating: 3/5)

Braised Pork Knuckle, at $12.80, tasted super old school. The pork kunckles were cooked in the aromatic braised broth for long hours that the meat literally melted in the mouth. The braised had a nice fragrance from spices like cinnamon and star anise. Ladies can enjoy the collagen from the pork and the lean meat at the same time. (Food rating: 4/5)

At $8.90, you can order a serving of Pork Neck Spicy Salad. The texture from the pork neck was almost similar to the pork cheeks from the Iberico pig. The meat was tender and moist. The salad looked very simple and plain but salad sauce was powerful and addictive - Spicy and Sour at the same time. (Food rating: 4/5)

Address: 2 Tan Quee Lan Street #01-02 Singapore 188091
Rating: 3.5/5
Price: $
Recommended dishes: Wanton Noodles Dry

Putien (莆田), since established in 2000, has become a renowned brand for authentic homecooked-style Fujianese cuisine. Started off as a coffee shop in Kitchener Road, the restaurant traces it roots to the coastal suburb in Fujian, China. Today, Putien has expanded into a popular restaurant chain in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Shanghai.

In 2016, Putien at Kitchener Road has been recognised with a prized Michelin Star.

Putien is noted for its signature dishes, including the Braised Pig Intestines, Braised Noodles.

From the restaurant's beginning, overbooking has been an issue. Even now, when reservations are not as much in demand, the restaurant is often crowded with people waiting to be seated.

Priced at $6.90, the Putien Century Eggs were covered in a sweet and sour crust, topped with homemade specialty sauce. This is my first time eating century eggs and the eggs were chewy in texture and the sweet crust added that extra punch to the starter. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Deep-fried Duck with Yam were made of sliced duck meat encrusted with fried yam. The dish was paired with Putien's special mushroom sauce. Priced at $16.50, each piece of the yam and duck was sweet and delicious. You may either eat it on its own or dip the duck into the mushroom sauce. I prefer eating on its own to dipping in the mushroom sauce. (Food rating: 4/5)

Sweet and Sour Pork with Lychees, priced at $13.90, reminds me of mum's cooking. The pork deep fried to light golden brown was tender and moist on the inside. The lychees were perfect complement with its added burst of sweetness to the sweet and sour sauce. When chewing the pork balls, there was a lingering ambrosial taste that reminded me of mum's cooking. It is reminiscing. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

Shredded Pork with Sesame Bun was a pretty nice dish. The tender shredded pork cooked with sweet onions were absolutely mouthwatering. The dish comes with pearl-shaped handmade sesame bun deep fried to beautiful golden brown colour. Like a Chinese Hamburger, place the shredded pork on the sesame buns and close the buns. (Food rating: 4/5)

Yellow Croaker Fried Rice, priced at $19, has a nice wok fragrance. Cooked in high heat in a wok, the rice grains were chewy in texture and the yellow croaker slices were freshly prepared. How I wish that I accompany the rice with pickled green chilli. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Priced at $14.90, the braised pork intestines were divine. Each intestines were meticulously chosen at precisely 2 inches long, washed, looped, cooked, selected and braised to perfection with Putien's 12-spice homemade sauce. The intestines had a springy texture and more importantly, it did not have bad smell or aftertaste. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

Bian Rou Soup with Vinegar, priced at $27.80, is a must try and highly recommended. 'Bian Rou' or Wanton soup is a Fujianese specialty with more than 5 centuries of history. At Putien, it is said to have made of pork meat wrapped in delicate Fujian-style wonton wrapper. The wantons were meticulously made, making them springy and delicious with every bite. The soup had an added vinegar that brought out the sweetness from the pork in the wanton. (Food rating: 5/5)

At $16.30, you can enjoy a plate of beautiful golden brown egg plant dressed with pork floss. The fried egg plant was also my first time eating it. Instead of being all mushed up, the egg plants coated with batter was solid and crispy. The Deep fried Egg Plant with Pork Floss is one of my favourites now.

Stir-fried Yam, priced $13.50, was a simple dish. Frying the yam pieces and coating each piece with sugar. The sugar crystalised, making it sweet and savoury at the same time. (Food rating: 4/5)

Stir-fried Chilli Live Clams, priced at $13.90, were definitely freshly prepared but somehow the sauce lacked the ommph. The clams or La La could not compete with the one at Ming Kee Seafood. Till today, I still cannot forget the delicious shellfish from Ming Kee. (Food rating: 2.5/5)
Putien Crispy Shrimp Roll, priced at $11.90, were shrimp roll deep fried into crispy golden brown colour. The shrimp rolls were made of prawn, pork and water chestnut, similar to the local ngoh hiang. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

FuTien Lor Mee, Priced at $19, is highly recommended. Cooked with thick vermicelli, the dish was served with pork belly, fresh prawns and clams braised in a thick rich pork broth. (Food rating: 5/5)

Sambal White Water Snowflake, priced at $13.90, was absolutely delicious. The vegetable dish was cooked similar to the Sambal Kangkong. However, the snowflakes were specially imported from Taiwan, giving the dish a refreshing twiste to a familiar flavour. (Food rating: 4/5)

Deep fried Tengiri Fish, priced at $4.90 per piece, was slices of fish deep fried until crispy. It is served with Putien's homemade dip. It looked very ordinary but the fish was moist on the inside. (Food rating: 3/5)

Address: 127 Kitchener Road Singapore 208514
Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $$
Recommended dishes: Stir Fried Yam, Putien Lor Mee, Putien Wanton Soup, Sambal White Water Snowflake, Deep-fried Egg Plant Dressed with Pork Floss, Putien Sweet & Sour Pork with Lychees, Deep-fried Duck with Yam

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Located at Desheng Shopping Mall, Kwei Mun Lung (桂滿隴) was equally popular as Nanjing Impressions (南京大排档). Similar to Grandma's Kitchen (外婆家), the restaurant serves Hangzhou-based cuisine (杭帮菜).

Before opening hours at 11am, there is already a crowd outside the restaurant, waiting for their number to be called. Prior to that, customers will first get a Q-number first. 

We were extremely lucky to get a table almost immediately as we arrived very early. Already, there were people in the restaurant and the restaurant was already three-quarters filled. 

Dongpo Pork(RMB15)

Cold Noodles with Chicken Shreds (鸡丝凉面), priced at RMB 28.

Egg Custard Steamed Buns (黑金流沙包), priced at RMB 18.

Fried Onions and Chives (蔥烤蔥煎), priced at RMB 22.

Brown Sugar with Mochi (红糖麻吉), priced at RMB 18.

Fried Crayfish (胡味油爆虾), priced at RMB 48.

Spring Chicken (叫花童子鸡), priced RMB 88.

Address: 中山路18号德基广场一期7层, 18 Zhongshan Road, Desheng Plaza, Level 7
Price: $
Rating: 4/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 5/5
Ambience: An ancient setting with delicious Zhejiang cuisine

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Wherever I tour in China, I never cease to find my favourite meal - 黄焖鸡. 

There are many brand names selling this delicious stewed chicken served in piping hot claypot. Every time I eat this dish, I feel that I am the happiest woman in the world. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

One of Jiangsu cuisine styles, the Nanjing style emphasises an even taste and matching colours, with dishes incorporating river fish/shrimp and duck. 

Located at Deji Shopping Mall (德基广场购物中心), the restaurant is always full and there are customers still waiting at the entrance, waiting for their queue number to be called. We came slightly before their operating hours so that we could have a table. The Ancient China's decor created a very nice and blast-to-the-past ambience.

Jinling Yong Chun Noodles with Soy Sauce Broth (金陵阳春面)(above) was amazingly delicious. Made from freshly cut noodles complemented with soy sauce, chives and refined lard, this very simple noodle dish was highly unforgettable. The texture of the noodles were stringy and the broth was light, yet fragrant. The key ingredient of this dish is the noodles. (Food rating: 5/5)

If you have like the braised duck in Singaporean-style, you will definitely like the Jinling Roasted Duck (金陵烤鸭). The sauce was very fragrant and the duck meat was very tender. The meat texture was surprisingly like chicken that I doubted myself for a short while. You can either eat it on its own or with their steamy delicious white rice. (Food rating; 4.5/5)

Sweet Taro with Lotus Root Starch (古法糖芋苗) is known as Jinling's most popular street food snacks. The sweet-scented osmanthus  sugar syrup was extremely beautiful. The flora scent was light and mesmerising. The chewy balls made from yam was absolutely memorable. The syrup, though sweet, was still mildly sweet. (Food rating: 4/5)

Signature Pan-fried Dumplings (招牌煎饺). The skin was thick but the filling was moist. When you bite the dumpling, take care of your neighbour. The meat juice from the dumpling would squirt at him/her. (Food rating: 3/5)

Jinling Stinky Tofu (金陵炸臭干) is the first stinky tofu I have ever ate in my entire life. To my surprise, the taste was less pungent than I have expected. The thin stinky beancurd slices dipped in sweet and sour chilli taste were great combination. The pungent smell was less stronger than the ones in Taipei. (Food rating: 3/5)

Baby Rooster Stew with Special Sauce served with Crispy Sesame Bun (地锅小公鸡), priced at RMB46, was delicious and the stew was great. However, the portion was huge for us to finish. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Celestial Roast Duck Dumpling (天王烤鸭包). The roast duck meat was tender and moist. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Osmanthus Rice Cake (桂花拉糕) is similar to the Japanese mochi but it is more savoury. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

Savoury Radish Pancakes (萝卜丝), priced at RMB9 for 3 pieces, was surprising delicious. The radish was exceptionally sweet. (Food rating: 4/4)

Huaiyang Sweet Strata Cake (淮扬千层油糕) is like layers of sweet steamed cake. Similar to Kueh Lapis, each layer was distinct and beautiful. (Food rating: 4/5)

Address: 中山路18号德基广场购物中心一期7楼(近地铁新街口站)
Deji Shopping Mall, Level 7, 18 Zhongshan Road (Nearest MRT: Xinjiekou)
Price: $
Rating: 4.5/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 5/5
Ambience: The restaurant interior is decorated during the ancient China period. The staff were dressed in the Ancient China's costume. The staff were also very attentive, friendly and played the role as "店小二" very well. 

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