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Friday, November 17, 2017

Miao Yi Vegetarian Restaurant

Over the years I had seen Miao Yi Vegetarian Coronation Plaza but just never had the chance to dine there. Just recently, I notice that they have shifted to Cheong Chin Nam Road (Still within the Bukit Timah Vincity) and decided to gather some of our friends here since the place is rather accessible with MRT downtown line.

We were there on a weekday night and service seems on the average side. Interior was modernly furnished with air-conditioning.

Miao Yi Vegetarian Restaurant
The Asam Fish dish gave us a good start and whit our appetite. The savoury sour taste had incited our appeite. Ingredients such as lady fingers, carrots, brinjas, Tau Ki and big pieces of mocked fish.

Asam Fish 亚参时鲜 - $12 (Small)
Caught me by surprised with the deep fried crispy exterior that reminds me of Ngoh Hiong that comes with beancurd skin. Although stuffing was fried, these mushrooms were juicy and little creamy which married well with the crackling bites.

Fried Sachet Mushrooms 晓畅温香 - $12 (Small) 
Greens were stirred fried with Samba Chili and tasted well. Not too spicy and not over oily. Leafy greens were deliciously prepared and soft.

Samba Sweet Potato Leaf 三岜番薯叶 - $10 (Small)
Tasty and pleasing to the palates. Each and every grain of the white rice was uniformly coated with olive and this small portion is good for serving up to 4 pax. I like the fact that this plate of rice was not too greasy and did not have an overpowering olive taste, thus suitable to pair with other dishes like the Asam Fish.

Assorted Olive Fried Rice 橄榄菜炒饭 - $9 (Small)
Fried beancurd were served in a plate of 6, suitable for sharing among 3 of us. Each curd was topped with mocked minced meat lavished with sweet tasting gravy sprinled with sesame and chopped celer bits.

Deep Fried Beancurd with Stuffing 八宝豆腐 - $10 (Small)

Close up of Beancurd
Overall, food was tasty and environment is rather welcoming on a weekday night base on my experience. I won't hesitate to recommend someone who is craving for vegetarian food to Miao Yi.

Rating: 3 / 5

Miao Yi Vegetarian Restaurant Pte Ltd
Location: 21 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Bukit Timah, Singapore 599745

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Restoran Todak (Orang Asli) 旗鱼海番村

Todak is one of the many seafood restaurants that most Singaporeans will visit in JB.We were there on a Sunday night and it was no surprise that the place is fully packed with people and we have to stand there and wait for quite sometime before getting a table even though we were not in big groups. As the crowd was kind of beyond control, it will be best that customers secure seating on their own. However, one thing that you have to be very sure is that, waiting time for food is still within the acceptable limit.

As Todak is located just opposite Singapore divining by the sea, one good advantage is that some of us are actually able to received Singapore's Telecom reception.

These golden fried buns were big and definite good to dip into the chilli sauce of the crab. They were not too greasy and the outer layer of it is crispy.

Buns - RM 10
Lala was pretty interesting as it was stirred fried and came in some curry, sweet chilli taste. It was fragrant and addictive, thus the plate was quickly done up shortly after it was served. Calms were fresh and chewy and the gravy is a perfect pairing to the bowl of white rices.

Lala (Small) - RM 12

Ingredients of Fu Rong Egg is generous and it was fried to crisp.

Fu Rong Egg (Small) - RM 6
Grouper was charged at RM 10 for per 100g. There are variable ways to have the fish to be served and we had decided to have it cooked in Teochew Style. Not to mention that the fish was truly fresh as we were given the choice to choose the desire fish out of the big container of live fishes. It was well prepared without any stinky seafood smell however, do not expect that the scale is 100% removed. The broth was light and refreshing, not overly salty as those preserved vegetables were placed sparingly. Other ingredients includes sour plum, slices mushrooms, chilli as well as tofu cubes. The presentation of the dish was also lifted up in colors by the greens.

Grouper - RM 70
Last but not least, we had the crustaceans. Rate is going at RM 7 per 100g. Likewise, the style that you want it to be done varies and we had the most mainstream way of serving which frying in chilli. Gravy was not too spicy and good to pair with the golden fried buns.

Let's work on our fingers and remember to borrow their heavy crab cracking tool if you need.

Crab - RM 56
We got the seating in the middle of the place and it was quite disturbing to us as there were a lot of movements on the planks resulting in vibrating during dining. If you have a choice, try to find a seat that is not that centralized. As for parking wise, there is no need to worry. Parking space is ample and there are even carpark ushers who will aid you in parking your car.

Rating: 4 / 5

Restoran Todak (Orang Asli) 旗鱼海番村
Location: 1, Kg. Orang Asli, Telok Jawa, 81750 Masai, Johor, Malaysia

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Zhen Hao Lu Mian 珍好卤面

Zhen Hao Lu Mian is located at North Bridge Road Market and Food Centre, which is also a stone throw away from the local ICA (Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore) Building. Examining the crowd in the hawker centre and I came to a conclusion that I should try out this Lor Mee Stall as the queue was relatively long.

Stall of Zhen Hao Ru Mian
The Lor Mee gravy was thick but not overly starchy kind. Ingredients include Ngoh Hiong (5 spice roll), well braised pork belly and chunks of fried fishes. Garnishing like Chilli, garlic and spring onions were added too.

Traditional Lor Mee - $4
Aside from having the traditional Lor Mee on their menu, Zhen Hao is also offering a few dishes like Cod Fish Lor Mee, Treasures of Lor Mee and Chicken Chop Hor Fun.

Lor Mee
It may not be one of the best Lor Mee in Singapore but definitely something above average. If you are nearby Lavender MRT Station, you can have a try of Zhen Hao Lu Mian too.

Rating: 3 / 5

Zhen Hao Lu Mian
Location:  North Bridge Road Market and Food Centre, Blk 861 North Bridge Road #01-97 Singapore 198783

Friday, November 10, 2017

Lavender (Flagship Store)

This was unplanned as we were just looking for some cafe around and that was closed for the afternoon. Thus we drove around and chanced upon upon such a big building by Lavender which caught our surprise and decided to check it out.

The building facade was grand, attractive and precisely one of the reason why we were there. Lavendor Flagship Store consists of 2 level where the ground level was more on their Bakery while the upper level was more of Bistro Cafe.

Upper Level of Lavender - L.Table
Interior was posh, lavishly renovated to a modern taste and filled with the festive season mood even though Christmas is still more than a month away.

We ordered the nibble platter and shared among ourselves. These finger food were nicely served with grease paper and stainless steel buckets. Nibbles consist of fried calamari, little drumlets and croquette.
Nibble Platter - RM 24.53 
Beating the heat with these drinks and under the cooling air conditioned shelter in Lavender, and together with the nibbles it really makes life so enjoyable passing the lazy Sunday afternoon.

Iced Mocha - RM 12.26 & Passion Fruit Lemongrass Frizz - RM 12.26
Panna Cotta was wobbly and just as what it is supposed to be, smooth and topped with sweet syrup.

Pandan Pana Cotta - RM 7.55
Business was indeed very good and the waitress had came to us for a few times that the selected cakes of our choice had been sold out. We left with no other option but to order the red velvet cake. The spongy soft layer velvet cake was made up of alternate fresh creams and topped with berries that consist of raspberry, blueberry, strawberry and black berry, giving a refreshing taste. Overall this cake texture was fluffy.

Red Velvet Slice Cake - RM 15.56
The belgian waffles topped with strawberry ice cream. These waffles came in set of 4 and heart shapes drizzled with Maple Syrup. Crust was crispy and fragrant with a chewy internal. Seems like I had make a right choice out of Vanilla and Chocolate ice cream as their strawberry ice cream is the kind that I have always wanted. It was not too milky but comes with good strawberry taste.

Waffle Ice Cream - RM 20.75
Ambiance wise, I find that its is very suitable for couples and friends who want to shelter away from the hot weather outside catching up with each other. There are mains like pasta that I would very much like to try if I can be here the next round. On top of that, their service standard is worth mentioning as the communicating with the crews were professional and polite.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Lavender (Flagship Store)
Location: 64, 66 & 68, Jalan Serampang, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fish Boss (Handmade Fishball)

Not a fan of Fish balls but Fish Boss is exceptional as the fishballs were not only freshly handmade by the owners daily and dishes items come in a variety with Yong Tau Fu soup instead of the usual fish cakes and fish balls.

Fish Boss (Handmade fishball)
 The Stall is relatively new among the other players in the Hawker Centre manned by 2 young chaps. (Yes, we seldom get to see young hawkers who can take up the long hours in Hawker).

Fishball / Meatball Mee Kia Dry -$3
The usual dry version of noodles we got from other fishball noodles are perhaps some spring onions with pork lards as part of the ingredients but from the taste of Fish Boss's noodles, we simply get addicted. Noodles were toss in soy sauce mixed with minced pork in bean paste that gave a very nostalgic taste. The minced pork in bean paste is probably from the canned food that we always consumed with our porridge during the younger days. Aside from that, the texture of the noodle was cooked pretty well, topped with additional minced meat and spring onions. Frankly speaking, there is no need for other sides, I can finish the entire bowl of noodles without the fishballs.

Fishball / Mee Pok Dry - $3
The dry version comes with a bowl of soup with Yong Tau Fu items. As we can see that items were random even though we have ordered similar portion. Nevertheless, each $3 portion order still comes with 2 fish balls and 1 meat ball. On the side note, these fleshy fish balls were fat and bouncy, totally irresistible.


Rating: 3.5 / 5

Fish Boss (Handmade Fishball)
Location: Taman Jurong Food Centre, 3 Yung Sheng Road #02-106 Singapore 618499

Monday, November 6, 2017

Chiew Kee Noodle House

Never notice that there are 2 Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle house along Upper Cross Street until I visited Chiew Kee Noodle House that day. I have always patronized Chew Kee and have never knew Original Chiew Kee Noodle House is just located 100 metres away from each other.

2 similar shops like this in the same row was quite an  usual sight and straight away it gave me a thought that there must be some conflicts in the family that lead to this.

Chiew Kee Noodle House
It seems like Chiew Kee Noodle House is more quiet among the staff while the other shop is more rowdy in the sense that the family members communicate loudly in cantonese across the coffeeshop.

We were their first customer of the day and seats was ample. There were notices that pasted on the wall mentioning that the tables will be shared in the event that there was not enough seating in the coffeeshop.

Very well seasoned plate of soy sauce chicken whereby meat was juicy and tender. Simply love the perfection of the moist chicken with its thin layer of soy infused chicken skin.

Half Soy Sauce Chicken including drum - $14
Though the generous savory pool of soy sauce may look abit overpowering here but this soy sauce actually gave a subtle sweetness to the meat. Using a secret blend of herbs, spices with soya sauce achiving such wonderful standard. We order a half chicken to share among 3 of us instead so we can each order individual bowl of plain noodles.

Another view of the half chicken with Wings
Noodles were light and springy, comes with some leafy greens, soaking up with their light Soy Sauce, flavoring the plain noodles.

Mee Kia - $1
In the same fashion like the Mee Kia, Kway Teow was soaked in the soy sauce too. It is light and flavourful and not clumping up in a mass.

Kway Teow - $1
Dumplings in clear broth comes in 2 sizes, $3 or $5. We had the latter and shared among ourselves.

Bowl of Dumplings Soup - $5
Each and every of the dumplings filling were well encased and tightly dressed up in its skin. Let's bite on it and taste the difference.

Taste was out of the ordinary and on a salty side. However, the dumplings were still rather special as the minced meat were pretty dark in color, most probably coated in dark sauce. Taste was rather distinctive with mushrooms, pepper, sesame oil and black fungus as ingredients.

Figuring out the ingredients of the dumpling
Even though I have not visited their siblings Noodle House for long time, I find that the food here is more on the saltier side while Chew Kee's is more on a sweeter side. Looks like I have to make a trip down to Chew Kee Noodle House and have a bite again.

Rating: 3 / 5

Chiew Kee Noodle House
Location: 32 Upper Cross Street Singapore 058339
Operating Hours: Open daily 8am - 7pm
                                Closed on alternate Mondays

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Angus House

I have been walking pass Angus House umpteenth times but never has the chance to step in until just this year. It was a celebration meal for a birthday and finally we had the chance to explore Angus House. Angus House is quite easy to locate as she is on the 4th Level of Takashimaya, next to the Toys / Children Department .

Angus House
I quite like this open concept kitchen part of the restaurant whereby we were able to take a click preview of the chef busying in the kitchen.

Internally is well lited, under the spacious and romantic lights, environment makes it cozy and relaxing. With attentive servers around, I would say that their service is prompt and smiley.

It is perfect place for a first date. Also, it is recommended to make reservation and secure a seat.
On the Table
We were there for steak but to make it a meal with appetizer, soup, salad, bread and dessert, we topped up $15 each and find it quite worthy.

Bread & Butter
Appetizer was a big piece of salmon with flaky bread stick and sweet sauce.

Reminds of my Mos Burger Style of Salad and immediately I know they are common as its Japanese! Greens was crunchy with cherry tomato, Japanese cucumber, corn kernels, cabbages and dressed with roasted sesame sauce.

We had the escargot as our sides. Well baked with herbs and butter, served sizzling hot. I'm not really a fan of these shells but I think the style of preparation were rather fragrant. 

Escargot - $18
You can still hear the sizzling and bubbling effect of butter together with escargot when they serve to the table.

Close up of Escargot
Environment was quite cold and just right with a warm bowl of calm chowder.

Calm Chowder

Ingredients in Calm Chowder
This is not the usual Western Style Steak I had. In case you are not aware, Angus House is mainly serving Japanese Style Beef Steak as well as pasta and the type of serving may not be what you have on mind if you are thinking along Morton's Style.

The 200g Sirloin Steak comes in a sizzling hot plate direct from the kitchen in Medium-Well doneness as requested. A piece of savoury herb butter and slice of lemon was placed on the steak, as the heat rises, the butter melts accordingly. Steak was definitely soft and texture was friendly with the knife.

Sirloin Steak 200g - $60
While the man had a bigger portion of 300g Steak from the Rib Eye at Medium doneness. Similarly, the steak was juicy and tender just like I had my Sirloin.

Rib Eye Steak 300g - $78
Desserts have option of Cheese Cake or Tiramisu. Since we are having 2 sets, we opted for both and ended our dinner with sweet endings. Cheese cake came with a very moist biscuit base and was light in taste, not too cloying. I love the Cereal and the dash of raspberry sauce and cream by the side.d

Cheese Cake
Tiramisu was light and tasty coupled with honey melon, dragonfruit, mint leaf and strawberry. It was real good and in fact I dont mind having another piece if they do offer.

At least I can strike off the To Visit / To Eat from my list after visiting Angus House. The quality of food and service are commendable. I won't hesitate to recommend my friends here if they want to try Japanese Style Beef.

Rating: 4 / 5

Angus House
Location: 391 Orchard Road #04-25 Ngee Ann City/Takashimaya SC Singapore 238872