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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thye Hong Fishball Noodle 太豐鱼圆面

Thye Hong Fishball Noodle is one of the recommended to eat places in Bukit Batok. Although I'm not a fishball noodle lover, I'm trying to appreciate and find out what has kept people coming back and join the queue. This was my second visit and the first visit I felt that their fishball noodle was nothing out of the ordinary.

Thye Hong Fishball Noodle
On this visit, I can finally understand why. Their fishballs are supple and bouncy, with no uniform sizes. Why? If you do not know, these fishballs are all handmade from scratch from Yellowtail Fish. Besides that, Thye Hong Fishball Noodle has a long history with recipe passing down from their father.



Bee Tai Mak Dry - $3.50

Mee Pok Dry - $3.50
Beside selling the noodles, if you like their hand made fish cakes, you can also order separately as an additional topping to your meal.

Rating: 3 / 5

Thye Hong Fishball Noodle 太豐鱼圆面
Location: 233 Bukit Batok East Avenue 5 #01-53 Singapore 650233

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Aroy-Dee Thai Kitchen

Another Thai Food Restaurant Off the list! We used to talk about having Aroy Dee for meal everytime when we pass by Middle Road especially when this Kitchen is just located next to LE Cafe. We all heard good claims about the kitchen and perhaps why it was there for such a long time.


Facade
Interior is rather modern with semi open concept kitchen. Furnishing are made up of metal chairs and wooden table with tiles flooring. They also include a mounted television for diners to watch and enjoy their meal.

Interior
Thai Coconut - $4.90
Clear Tom Yam Seafood Soup was appetizing and even though we forgot to instruct the server to make it less spicy, I would say that spiciness was mild and the soup really whet my appetite for more. Ingredients include fish slices, tomato, lemon grass, coriander and Sotong, which were nothing out of the normal soup we had.

Tom Yum Soup
Pineapple fried rice portion was generous and good for sharing. Tasted mediocre with chicken floss, raisins, eggs and mixed vegetables. A bit disappointing!
Pineapple Fried Rice with Chicken Floss - $6.50
The pandan chicken leaves were fried to crisp and required some efforts to unwrapped before we can get hold of the meat. The turmeric used was a tad too much and meat was rather soft. Overall, tasted like chicken satay to me. Dip them into the sweet and sour chilli sauce and enjoy it.

Pandan Chicken - $10
Phad Thai, which is always one of my favourite under the Thai Cuisine Menu was really to my liking as we prefer to have a dryer version than this. However, in terms of taste, it was still alright with the fragrant of peanuts and sweet savoury sauce coated on the noodle.

Phad Thai - $6.50
Thai Fried Fish was something I always wish to order but always get turned off by its expensive pricing. Due to promotion, it cost $19.90 instead of $28. Fried Garoupa was well presented with vegetables as sides sprinkled with few stalks of coriander and soaked mildly in their three taste sauce. The sauce was not too bad with sweetness, saltiness and a little sourish.

Garoupa with Special Three Taste Sauce - $19.90
Last but not least the papaya Salad with salty crab. There was a promotion to this item at $9 instead of $15. I'm kind of fool by the menu as I thought that it was salted egg crab. This appetiser wasnt too pleasing to us, firstly it was served when we almost finished our meal and secondly, the papaya salad was too spicy for us. In the end, we left almost 90% of the food on table.

Thai Papaya Salad with Salty Crab - $9
The good thing about the eating place is good for supper goers as it opens till as early as 6am in the morning. If you want to have pocket friendly food that comes with generous portion, this can be one of your choices. However, if you are particular about taste of Thai food then you have to be selective of what you are ordering in the menu. Personally, I have expected their standard items like Pineapple Fried Rice and Phad Thai to be better. Therefore, it is less likely I will be back for other items on the menu.

Do note  that payment terms are only Cash or NETS.

Rating: 3 / 5

Aroy-Dee Thai Kitchen
Location: Elias Building 262 Middle Road Singapore 188989

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Kotobuki

Kotobuki has been around since decades despite being located in an old school building in somewhere quite inaccessible. While translated from Japanese, Kotobuki means Longevity and perhaps so, this restaurant has been living up to her name. I could not remember when was the first time that I have visited their first restaurant which is this in Jurong. Till now, it still remains a very popular dining place with 8 private dining rooms and have approximately of seating capacity of 100 pax. An hour hour of dining there with our observations, you will realize that the number of Japanese expats patronizing the place.

Kotobuki
Interior furnishing was something that left me a great impression and perhaps the reason for my return now. They have a woody old Japanese style furnishing and environment is cosy. Apart from that, they are airing Japanese Channel on the TV too.

For dinner, enjoy the Happy Hour at 20% discount from 5.30pm to 7pm.

For drinks, the green tea is refillable and I pretty enjoy their service with Green Tea promptly refill by their attentive staff.

Yuzu Soda - $5 & Green Tea -$1.50
Set comes with appetizer of the day (which is potato salad), fruits, miso soup and rice with each item occupying one corner of the tray. With the main dish placed in the center of the tray with shreded cabbages and tomatoes as sides, as a whole, i find that its appetizing. Ginger sauce were evenly coated on eat piece of pork in the "just right" portion. Each piece of meat is generously served in its rights thickness and do not worry, you do not have to bite on any tough meat as they are quite easy to chew on.

Pork Ginger Set - $16
Pork Ginger
Presentation was the same for the Teriyaki Set. Main dish was wonderfully created with charred grilled edges on the teriyaki chicken thigh. Chicken Teriyaki Sauce was given sparingly however, the dish was made perfect with dab on the Mayonnaise.

Chicken Teriyaki - $17

Teriyaki Chicken
It will be good to enjoy such meals once a while as they are unique from the mainstream dishes that
the chain restaurants are offering. Price may be a little bit steeper than the usual ones but I would say it is value worth for money.

Rating: 4 / 5

Kotobuki
Location: 3 Yuan Ching Road #01-02A, Singapore 618642
Website


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Spize

Spize is located in Temasek club and surrounded by Bukit Timah Reserve and swimming pool. It is open to member of the public as well . Given that they have spacious dining aready, Spize also has a good variety of Asian & Western Food Items in their menu with reasonable prices.

Spize
Under the Indian Category in the Menu, we ordered the Chicken Briyani as it was so tempting to see many of the diners had one of such plate on the table.

Chicken Briyani - $11.90
Braised big piece of Tandoori Chicken was given with pairings like South Indian Dahl, pickled cucumber, dried Mango with Mustard Seeds.

Braised Chicken Leg
This dish won't go wrong with the fragrant Pakistani Basmati Rice packed with Saffron, Mint and Cashew Nuts!

Basmati Rice
Under the Mediterranean Burger's Menu, we ordered The Royale. The burger was big with friends and mixed greens.

The "Royale" - $16.90
Take a look at the grilled beef Patty that topped with fried Egg and melted Emmentaler Cheese betwen the Brioche Buns with Peperoncino Caramelized Onions and Garlic Aioli.

Cross Section of the "Royale"

Beef Patty
Im not a fan of brownie but this dessert scored some marks. It's from Auntie Molly's recipe that comprised 70% of Dark Chocolate with Salted Caramel and Apple Cinamon, Hazelnuts and Walnuts topped with choice of Italian Gelato. Sweetness was well balanced with the tad bitterness of the Dark Chocolate.


Molly's Brownie - $8.90
Though food is quite good, with its far-flung location, it is less likely we will be there often but for view and tranquility environment, it will be good that we should come here and dine once in a while.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Spize
Location: 
131 Rifle Range Road, #03-04, Singapore 588406

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Xin Ban Mian 辛板面

We all hear about the popular Handmade Noodle at Geylang Lorong 32 but recently, my friend shared that there is another Handmade Noodle stall at Lorong 23 that tastes great too. We visited the coffeeshop and had our meal there.

Choose your food items
It took quite a while for noodles to be served. We waited quite a while for 3 bowls to be served.

Buzzer
Upon collecting our bowls, the portion was kind of disappointing and may not be enough for medium size eater. Comparing to the mainstream bowl of Handmade Noodle we had, mushrooms which usually aids in enhancing the fragrant might be missing out from the ingredients. However, to compromise the loss of mushroom, we had a dumpling as a replacement here. Other than this, minced meat, fried anchovies and vegetables made up the bowl of noodle.

Though Dry version is more expensive than the Soup version by 50 Cents, it will be recommended. Black sauce is light and noodles were springy with texture closer to La Mian.

Original Taste Ban Mian - $4 (Dry)
The taste of Pork Belly Ban Mian is similar to Original Taste Ban Mian just that minced meat was converted into pork belly at $1 more.

Pork Belly Ban Mian - $5 (Dry)
Soup tasted delighting with an egg included. Egg was kind of half boiled and you get to enjoy the generous amount of egg white in it. I believe that you have to enjoy half boil egg to like this.

Soup
 For those who dont mind a tad spiciness, add their special chilli to your bowl and enjoy the meal.

Chilli
Overall, personally I will prefer L32 Handmade Noodle to Xin Ban Mian, perhaps its because that the former has a good reminiscent of my school days.

Rating: 3 / 5

Xin Ban Mian 辛板面
Location: 232 Sims Ave (Off Geylang Lorong 23), Singapore 387509

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Royal Thai

Spotted this Royal Thai Boat Noodles & Bar everytime I pass by the roads and decided to give it a try. There are still a lot of units left vacant in the King Albert Park thus locating Royal Thai should be an easy task, moreover they are just along the main roads.

Outdoor Space at Royal Thai
We had the outdoor seats and we had a beautiful sight of the blue hours.

Outdoor
Through their friendly servers, we learnt that this is another branch apart from the main one in Fairways Drive. The menu is extensive, they have a lot of dishes to choose and diners like us are just simply spoilt of choices.

Menu
With the naturally sweet Thai Mango, this drink is a perfect cooler to beat the heat on the hot day. Love its taste, sweet and yummy with no additional coloring added.

Mango Ice Blended - $5.50
Starting with Appetizers, we had the usual Mango Salad. It gave us a riots of texture together with the sour and hot burning sensation from the chilli. Not to mentioned that it is fragrant with chopped peanuts as well as dried shrimps.

Mango Salad - $7
Boat Noodle is also one of my preferred dishes from Thai Cuisine, however not many places served them. We had the beef version and noodle was fragrant, topped with beansprouts, pork lard, spring onions for garnishing. The soup in the bowl tasted as good as one I had in Thailand. We ordered the small portion to have a try and it was satisfying.

Boat Noodle Beef (Small) - $3.90
Pineapple fried rice was fragrant topped with floss and fried with prawns, assorted vegetables and cashew nuts. The dish was appetizing and addictive. I would consider this as one of the better Thai Pineapple Fried Rice I had here locally.

Pineapple Fried Rice (Prawns) - $9.50
The grilled pork with their house sauce was not too bad. It was tender and tasty.

Grilled Pork with Garlic with Royal Thai Sauce - $12.50
Thinking of completing our meal with sweet thoughts, we ordered a bowl of Red Ruby Dessert for sharing. Love the crunchy chestnut wrapped in the soft translucent red jelly.

Red Ruby - $4.50
Meal as an overall was satisfying. Service rendered was friendly and prompt. It will be good to be back here again for some Thai Food.


Rating: 4 / 5

Royal Thai Boat Noodles
Location: 9 King Albert Park #01-01/02 Singapore 598332

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Oberstrasse

Oberstrasse is a German term for Upper Street and is commonly used in Germany. The cafe is just a stone throw away from Lavendar MRT Station. It's quite a popular place for some breakfast and brunch. It was a last minute idea that we came here for a meal, but for a dinner.

Oberstrasse
Interior feels cosy under the orange lights. In fact the theme of using transparent containers with the bulbs in them gave the environment a rustic feel altogether with the wooden tables and chair.

Theme
Drink
I bet everyone hear about their Rosti and comes here for this! The homemade potato rosti was awesome accompanied by a pretty sunny side up egg, wedge of lemon and a spat of sour cream. The Rosti was pan-fried to crisp at some parts and texture was perfect without being too burnt. If I were to compare Rosti from Marche, both as are tasty, just that the differences is that Oberstrasee Rosti are more of wider and shorter while Marche's were machined cut thus the size of it is uniform.

Sunny Rosti - $11
Sandwichies are served in freshly baked Ciabatta with Smoked Cheddar, Coral lettuces, Tomatoes and Onions. It consist of Norwegian smoked salmon, Avocado spread, horseradish dill sauce and alfalfa sprouts.

Smokled Salmon & Avocado - $12
I had the Duck Confit as my main course that come with 2 sides and I had the homemade slaw as well as the House Salad. The color combination of this course looked pleasing to the eyes with purple slaw and Salad drenched with roasted sesame dressing. On the other hand the Duck Confit was deep fried, though it was a tad on the dry side, it was well complimented by the Lingonberry Sauce that elevated the dining experience of the dish.

Duck Config with Lingonberry Sauce - $18
It was quite quiet during the night and perhaps many would come for their brunch or breakfast. Service was friendly and prompt. The only down side I would have think of is perhaps the smell on the clothing after dining. I don't mind returning for sausage and rosti.

Rating: 3.25 / 5

Oberstrasse
Location: 809 French Road #01-50 Kitchener Complex Singapore 200809