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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pezzi Bistro 柏斯意大利餐廳

Was a little bit surprise that my colleagues had brought me here for the first meal of the week. I thought we will be having some main street Cha Chang Ting Hong Kong Lunch but guess what. They brought us to some nearby bistro in Fanling. To be honest, for so many trips that I have been to Hong Kong, I have never known of such place. Perhaps I would say, when you work overseas, you get to explore places from a different angle than being a tourist.

Facade of Pezzi Bistro
What? Italian Cuisine in Hong Kong? That made me kind of excited!

Pezzi Bistro

Promotion
Interior was chic settings laid with vintage style furniture and brick walls. I have never been to any Italian eateries in Hong Kong and this was an eye opener to me. It looked as though during the night the entire place will be turned into a pub upon seeing the number of hard liquor and wines on the shelving.

Interior
Set meals come with soup of the day as well as beverage that can be served together with the food or at the last course. Soup of the day of cream of brocolli and was well executed with a dash of olive oil and some garnishing. It was tasty and not too creamy for a start. For Italian Cuisine, there was also a plate of bread and olive oil for dipping while waiting for our meals.

Soup of the day - Cream of Broccoli
Handcrafted Pizza was thin crust topped with cheese, tomatoes, anchovy and arugula (rocket). Those who enjoy pizza but not wanting to full the stomach full of carbohydrates will definitely enjoy this 8 slices of thin crusted pizza.

Handcrafted Pizza with Anchovy & Arugula - $138 HKD
Fettucine was prepared to Al Dente perfection together with Marsala Wine Braised  AUS Beef Cheek with some pieces of cheese. By the look at it, my tummy already groaning. Yum Yum!

Marsala Wine Braised AUS Beef Cheek Fettucine - 128
I was looking for a light meal and decided on a piece of Halibut Fillet. The dish caught me off guard with a thin crispy layer of its skin letting off a slight crunch with the ever soft tender fresh fish meat. Halibut fillet was complimented by a bed of vegetables with tomatoes and potatoes.

Pan Seared Grassland Halibut Fillet - $148 HKD
Another noteworthy item on the lunch menu will be this 80g of US Black Angus Rib Eye that was well prepared to customer's preference of doneness for beef. Meat was tendered and delivered as per request for criss cross lines from the charcoal grilled.

Charcoal Grilled US Black Angus Rib Eye (80g) - $158 HKD
Ending our meal with Tea or Coffee. I had chosen lemon tea and it was a tepot of Lipton Yellow Label tea with 2 slices of fresh lemon in my cup.

Lemon Tea
Staff were forthcoming and attentive. It makes such a good environment to dine in on top of their more than decent quality food served. I don't mind coming back given the chance. 


Pezzi Bistro 柏斯意大利餐廳
Location: Fu Kwai Building, G/F, 1 , Luen Wo Rd, Luen Wo Hui, Fanling, Hong Kong

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tengawa Hokkaido White Curry

Hokkaido white curry anyone? Tengawa is located and 2nd floor of Millenia walk along the Japanese Restaurant Street. Claiming that they are the first in Singapore offering Japanese White Curry, they have limited items on the menu.

Tengawa Hokkaido White Curry
Its a 30 pax cosy restaurant with modern Japanese like furnishing around. What makes the difference between their curry is that Hokkaido White Curry is made from Hokkaido milk without turmeric. In appearance, its more like a creamy stew with hints of curry fragrant and spiciness.

Interior
Each curry set comes with a Chawanmushi and Miso Soup. Rice, miso soup and pickles were all refillable. Chawanmushi is some noteworthy item here as it was extremely silky and came with a whiff of truffle taste, allowing a pleasant surprise. The truffle was not overpowering thus bringing out a good marriage between the tasty egg and truffle oil.

Chawanmushi

Miso Soup
Perfectly done in terms of aesthetics as well as the crunchy Chicken Katsu that leave no trace of greasiness. Katsu was crispy on the outside giving a good texture and on top of that, the meat was tender and not too dry.

Crunchy Chicken Katsu - $15.80 +
The meal was simple with carrots in the creamy white curry by the side of the rice. For this portion, somehow I felt that the curry is not enough for my rice.

Chicken Katsu
The Juicy Japanese Style Hamburg White Curry Set was not too bad too. Everything of the set remains the same as the former except that the chicken katsu was replaced by a piece of pork hamburg juicy patty that was well seasoned and pan-fried, making it a nice thin crust.


Juicy Hamburg Set - $15.80 +

Hamburg Patty
I chance upon Tengawa while doing some window shopping and it was quite good experiencing curry in a different colour (not the usual cream orange red). It feels unique. While some Japanese Curry eateries are offering a choice of spiciness level, there is no preference for customer here as it is fixed. Anyway, I would say it is rather mild, thus it is still suitable for people who do not really take spicy food. Its worth a try if you have not experience white curry before.

Rating: 3 / 5

Tengawa Hokkaido White Curry
Location: Millenia Walk, #02-16, 9 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039596

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Shatin Chicken Congee 沙田強記雞粥

Upon hearing my colleagues taking us for porridge, I was elated as most of the time in Hong Kong, we wont get to eat porridge besides those orders from a Dim Sum Breakfast, what's more its a local recommendation and this won't go any wrong.

沙田強記雞粥
Through my colleagues, this is the famous Chicken Congee place in Shatin. As usual, out of curiosity, I walked down the street and was surprised by the number of shop units Shatin Chicken Congee has occupied. I took a look into their open kitchen, and came to realized such scene on street is quite common and unlike Singapore, most of us won't get to see this nowadays.

Preparation of porridge in the Kitchen
Congee was served in a big pot to share among 4 of us. The type of serving in stainless steel pot with a familar design ladle brings memory back of home cook food at home. Not only that, it packed full of homely aroma as the entire pot was placed in front of my eyes.

Congee
Cantonese is known for their watery type of porridge which we call it congee. The rice is being boiled and simmered under the heat for long hours thus the texture of the porridge.

Congee with Meat
With the nature sweet taste of the chicken, the congee just taste better than plain.

Chicken
Lala was tasty and cooked among ginger, fried garlic in reducing of the seafood stench. Broth was sweet with nature taste from the Lala and light. It makes it simple to just drink the broth.

清酒煮
I'm not too much of pigeon fan as they have a distinct gamey taste that somehow is much stronger than the roast duck. Though skin is pretty crispy and best part it was not too oily. For those who enjoy roasted pigeon, this should be something that suits you.

Roasted Pigeon
The comfort food from the greens. It was kind of milky in taste and totally different from what I had eaten all along. The bite was crunchy like Gang Kong but the way it was prepared was good I thought.

Vegetables
Wonderful and fresh preparation of the prawns. These prawns were steamed on a bed of vermicelli topped with alot of garlic, spring onions and celery.
 
Steamed Garlic Prawns
Entire experience was quite pleasant. No doubt that we are in Hong Kong, the kind of service here was totally different from what I had experienced in my previous trips as an identity of tourist. At least over here, service crews were not arrogant and chase us off after dinner to clear the seats. They gave us all the time to chit chat and clear the empty dishes politely. I won't mind being back here if there is a chance.

Shatin Chicken Congee 沙田強記雞粥
Location: 大圍積存街12號地下
                 G/F, 6-12 Chik Chuen Street, Tai Wai, Hong Kong


Monday, September 18, 2017

Cottage Spices

It was our last meal before heading back to Singapore and we decided to have another try of Nyonya food. We walked somewhere nearing to our hotel and realise that most of the Peranakan restaurants were closed on a Tuesday and have no idea why.

Cottage Spices
Fortunately, we passed by Cottage Spices and spotted the Trip Advisor logo.

Cottage Spices Facade

Soon after we headed into the restaurant, the friendly server handed in their menu to us.

Menu
Interior furnishing is quite down to earth, nothing fanciful in decorations. They have the oldest kinds of tiling on the walls as well as the floor. The dining area is well ventilated via air con and wall mounted fans.

Peak Hours
We ordered Lime Plum Juice while waiting for the dishes to be cooked.

Lime Plum Juice - RM 3.50
Fluffy omlette with Cincalok. Besides that having it moist, it goes well to plain rice alone.

Telur Dadar Cincarol
Straight forward and simple with lady fingers pairing up with Sambal Belachan. Never felt so contented with ladies fingers!

Bendish Sambal Belachan - RM 15.00 (Small)
Skipping the Chilli Version, we decided to go for something lighter and had the Teochew Style Steamed Fish. Server has clarified that it will be a portion of the fish instead of the fish tail that is shown on the picture. Fish was absolutely fresh, well executed in tasty broth made up by coriander, gingers, tomato and plums.

Teochew Style Steamed Fish
What I like most is all in its soup that brings out the freshness of fish together with the Teochew style of the dish.

Fresh Fish
Last but not least, a dessert that we must have and not to skipped while we are still in Melaka - The Cendol. Nyonya Cendol has a good hint of coconut milk fragrant with Gula Melaka, topped with coconut jelly as well as tasty red beans.

Nyonya Cendol - RM 3.80
In terms of Service, Cottage Spices fares more better than Restoran Ole Sayang. Servers came with a smile and polite when taking orders. They are more professional in handling customers and if you notice, they leave a stool against the wall at every table for diners to place their bags on. This make us feels very cozy. Morever the quality of food in which Cottage Spices doles out from the kitchen tastes good with a homely favour.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Cottage Spices
Location: 171, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Jai Thai

Jai Thai is known for its value for money authentic thai cuisine. With 4 outlets around, half of Jai Thai outlets are serving Halal Menu while the other half consists of non-halal menu. We visited the outlet in Clover Way which is tuck away among the neighbourhood estate.

Jai Thai
Interior is simple with Thai music playing in the background. Servers are mostly Thai and you can hear them communicating in Thai language among themselves.

Interior 
Haven't seen this on Thai Menu for sometimes and Thai Chendol makes up of Thai Ruby, green jelly, sago and taste refreshing with the light coconut milk with ice.

Thai Chendol
A good start to the thai food with the finger food on a mix platter. The platter contains 4 kinds of fried items like Thai Fish Cake, Deep Fried Beancurd, Prawn Cake and Popiah accompanied with fragrant chilli and peanut dipping sauce.

Mixed Platter - $8 (Small) 
No Papaya salad in their menu but you can choose to have Tang Hoon Salad or mango Salad.

Mango Salad - $7 (Small) 
Preferring noodles to rice, we ordered Phad Thai to pair along with other side dishes. Phad Thai taste sweet and appetizing, ordinary.

Phad Thai Prawn - $10 (Medium)
Well executed deep fried fish fillet with sweet tamarind sauce, a perfect go with either a plain bowl of rice or just as finger food alone.

Deep Fried Fish Fillet with Tamarind Sauce - $8 (Small)
Comparing the Thai Food that we had in the neighborhood in a few posts back, Jai Thai's Pandan Chicken is no doubt the best between them! Pandan Chicken is sold at a minimum of 2 pieces and each costing $2.50. The golden brown chicken meat was plump and juicy, dressed nicely in pandan leaves with roasted sesame seeds on it.

Pandan Chicken - $2.50 / Pcs
Chicken or Seafood? Clear or Chilli Base? That are the common options we have for Tom Yum Soup.
Ingredients include, prawn, sotong, msuhrooms and fried fish. We seldom get to see fried fish in the soup and this is not very common. The taste is pretty good with slight spiciness giving you the fiery kick!

Tom Yum Seafood Soup - $7 (Small)
One of the Kid's friendly meal option with no chili for your consideration. Fried Tang Hoon is moist and appetizing fried together with chicken and vegetables.

Fried Tang Hoon - $7
One place off the To-Visit List! I have been waiting to visit Jai Thai every time I pass by their outlet in Bugis. Considering the price and quality of food, the standard is there and decent. I won't mind recommending people there for a pocket-friendly Thai Food over in Jai Thai.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Jai Thai
Location: 7 Clover Way Singapore 579080

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tamoya

I'm not really a fan of Udon but was simply amazed by Tamoya's dining concept when my friend suggested that we should have this for dinner.

Tamoya's Udon has won awards for its distinctive chewiness smooth texture and its popular broth. Ingredients of making Udon is rather simple with 3 items, flour, water and salt. 3 types of flours are used and they took pride in making the udon to perfection such that the blending of 3 flours ratio changed by each season, the amount of salt and boiling time is carefully measure base on the temperature and humidity on daily basis.

Tamoya
Pick your choice of hot / cold dishes from the menu and once you are done, you can pick up your choice of tempura side including fried oysters, Tako Yaki or veggie to accompany your bowl of noodles.

New Menu
Once after heading to the payment counter, you will proceed to this station for utensils and toppings.
Grab your share of garnishing like tempura crumbs, spring onions, dipping sauce and seaweed.

Condiments Station

Tempura Crumbs

Seaweed (Self Serving)
Having it the basic and plain style with kake Udon just in its broth if you want to taste the quality and texture of the noodle.

Kake Udon
Mixing udon is interesting with a few ingredients in a bowl like minced pork, green onions, leek, garlic, bonito flakes, nori and an onsen egg. Toss them together and enjoy a riots of flavour.

Mixing Udon - $8.80
Beef was thinly sliced and brought a usual sweet salty beef taste complimenting the yummy broth well. In terms of quality as compared to the ones we had in Yoshinoya, this is much better.

Beef Udon - $10.80 (Free Upsize)
Mentai Butter Egg came in dry version and just mix them altogether to enjoy the little bits of mentai over the thick strands of Udon. It tasted yummy :) . However the butter smell was not too distinct or close to none here.

Mentai Butter Egg - $8.60

Close up on Butter Egg Mentai
You get to choose different kinds of tempura, however it might be a little disappointing here as it may not be as crispy as expected as items were left on the shelves for quite a bit of time. Nevertheless if you are soaking them into the Udon Broth, crispiness does not matter here.

Egg Plant - $1.20 / Pcs
Shitake Mushroom - $1.20 / Pcs
Fried Chicken - $1.80 / Pcs

Kakiage - $1.80
If you want some simple Japanese food in Liang Court over ramen, you may want to visit Tamoya for a different dining experience.

Rating: 3 / 5

Tamoya
Location: 177 River Valley Road, Liang Court Shopping Centre #01-32, 179030