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Friday, September 28, 2018

Tiong Bahru Yong Tau Hu

If you like the style of having Yong Tau Hu items fixed in a bowl, without having any choice to select your items. You might want to try out Tiong Bahru Yong Tau Hu located in this renovated Coffeeshop (It used to be old fastion Coffeeshop). They are one of the longest standing traditional Yong Tau Hu Stall.

Tiong Bahru Yong Tao Hu
The Yong Tao Hu menu is in its simplicity form, you can either choose Beehon Dry or Soup, Small or Large. Priced at $5 and $7. No other available noodles option given. Likewise for the ingredients, there is only soup or dry, 4 food items in the list.

Menu
There are only 4 kinds of Yong Tau Hu Items, Tau Kee with Fish Paste, Tofu, fishball and Bee Hoon, quite straight forward and no complications. These items are all hand made daily, ensuring its freshness.

Bee Hoon Soup 米粉汤- $5 (Small)
The soup is clean tasting and nutritiously good, making up of soy beans. Totally a simple and comforting meal to start our day.

Bee Hoon Dry - $7 (Big)
In the same coffeeshop of Tiong Bahru Yong Tao Hu, there are 2 other stalls, drinks and Wu Xiang Stall. We ordered the Wu Xiang for sharing and were given a buzzer while they are preparing the food.

Buzzer
There are fried bee Hoon to go along with the Wu Xiang Items if you want. Too bad that my favourite item on the plate was not runy enough and instead the century egg tasted a tad on the dry side.

Wu Xiang -$8.90
It's good to revisit such traditional food items once a while. If you want to enjoy plain yet deliciously fresh handmade Yong Tau Hu, beside the ones in China Town Hawker Centre, Tiong Bahru Yong Tau Hu style is quite similar and with over decades of history.


Rating: 3.5 /5

Tiong Bahru Yong Tau Hu
Location: 56 Eng Hoon Street #01-46 Singapore 160056

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Curry Wok [Media Tasting]

The Curry wok has been serving tasty home made food for over 15 years. It is a family run restaurant which was passed down from Cat's Mother-In-Law. They started the place previously in Tanglin Road with whole family getting involved in preparing the signature dishes for guests. Cat is the current owner of The Curry Wok and is running this place with her hubby.

The Curry Wok
They have been recognized as "'Bukit Timah's Best Culinary" by 8 days. Their Business name sounds spicy and often people mislead that they are only selling spicy dishes but in fact The Curry Wok do have non spicy dishes too.

Menu Dishes

Set Menu
Thanks to the owners who diligently visited the market. These prawns were fresh, deliciously whipped up from the kitchen with chilli, lady's fingers and and onions.

Chilli Prawn - $13
Sambal Sotong cooking style is pretty similar to Chili prawn's ingredients just that the difference of the chilli as well as the seafood used. Succulent Sotong rings was smartly paired with the addictive Sambal.

Sambal Sotong - $13
A reminisce of home made goodness! Crispy deep fried Ngo Hiang presented in large strips of a combination of minced pork and prawn, accompanied by some Achar. Dab a piece of it into the given sweet sauce and enjoy a its juiciness. Recommended!

Home-made Ngo Hiang - $11
The color and presentation of Beef Rendang was liven up by the used of corinander and banana leaf against the orange brown gravy meat. Great that the they came in bite size portions and tender. Apart from that, Rendang gravy used was sufficient, adequately covering each piece of beef.

Beef Rendang - $13
One of the Nonya Classics, Chap Chye, I cannot do without everytime when I am in a Peranakan Restaurant. It was well executed with ingredients such as cabbage, bean curd skin, black fungus, mushroom, carrot and cellophane aka "Tang Hoon". Taste was inviting and was not too oily and salty. Even having without pairing is white rice is alright for us.

Nonya Chap Chye - $10
Brinjal & Ladies Finger teamed up well over here. You get the spongy texture from Brinjal as well as the crunchiness from the Ladies fingers with some fiery kick from the Sambal Chilli.

Sambal Brinjal & Ladies fingers - $10
If you love Century Egg and Tofu, you might want to order this simple side dish. The wobbly Tofu comes in a whole block, topped with slices of Century Egg and generously covered by fried shallots and corriander. It feels refreshing slurpping down the smooth and silky Tofu.

Century Egg Tofu - $10
Here are some of our ordered beverages to pair with our dishes.

Fresh Pineapple with Lime / Grass Jelly with milk - $2.50 each
Yearning for some home tasting food? If you are running out of ideas what to have for meal in Bukit Timah Area, you can stop by The Curry Wok and enjoy some true local Peranakan Food. Alternatively, they also provide some combo set for 1 pax bringing convenience to customer who want to eat on the go or even for those who are rushing for time, they can call to preorder and collect later.  If you want to collect food without parking the car, you can give them a call at 6464 8878 when you arrive in front of their shop, thereafter they will deliver the food to your car.

If you want to collect your food without parking your car, give them a call at 64648878 when you arrive in front of their shop and they will deliver the food to your car.

Thanks Shu Ping for the Invite and Cat for the hosting.

The Curry Wok
Location: 5 Coronation Rd #01-04 Coronation Arcade Singapore 269406
Nearest MRT Stations: Botanic Gardens (Circle Line),
                                        Tan Kah Kee (Downtown Line)
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am to 9pm, Closed on Tuesday
Website

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The FlaMing 肥铭

Quite a number of my lunch mates have been hooked to this new stall in Ayer Rajah Market for the past months. There are 5 dishes The FlaMing offer with price ranging from $4.50 to $6 and for each dish / protein you select, there are 3 side dishes that one can choose from.

The Flaming
The menu are rather simple with Cajun Chicken, Kimchi Pork, Bulgogi Beef and Salmon as the main. There are also 9 sides, namely, Sous Vide Egg, Fried Egg, Corn Kernels, Broccoli, Carrot, Onion Confit, Grilled Pineapple, Korean Fish Cake and Ikan Bilis Sambal. Additional sides cost $0.80 each and should you need additional rice, it will be another $0.30. However, if you do not want the rice, you can choose to exchange it with a side dish.

Menu Board
Satay Chicken

Chicken is tender and Satay gravy was generous.


Satay Chicken 沙爹鸡肉 - $4.50
Cajun Chicken

If you do not mind black pepper and chilli on your chicken cubes, you can order their Cajun Chicken. Out of the 5 dishes, this will be my last choice on list as the chicken tasted a tad dry and rough to me with the peppercorns.

Cajun Chicken 西式鸡肉- $4.50
Kimchi Pork

If you enjoy Korean Barbecue, you will probably like their Kimchi Pork with sprinkled with sesame seeds. However the portion is in right amount with similar to the sides too.

Kimchi Pork 泡菜猪肉片 - $5
Bulgogi Beef

Had my order without rice and exchanged for additional side. Beef was tender and tasty in its sauce. Blanched vegetables like broccoli and carrots are in the right texture. However, if you are going for the Sous Vide Egg and expecatation of a poached egg with runny egg yolk, you might be disappointed here. As for the pineapple, it tasted from those sweetened canned food and grilled.


Bulgogi Beef 韩式炒牛肉 -$5.50
Salmon

For a $6 portion, that piece of salmon in the bowl is consider cheap. It is coated with some sweet sauce and topped with sesame seeds. Lemon is given to reduce the fishy smell from the fish. Squeeze some juice on it.

Salmon 三文鱼 - $6
Since Ayer Rajah Food Centre does not have any vegetarian stall.  The FlaMing might give vegetarians an alternative by ordering just sides only without the protein / meat.

Vegetarian Option

Rating: 3 / 5

The FlaMing
Location:
Blk 503 West Coast Drive Singapore 120503

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Kemono Roast Chicken - $60,000 CASH - Singapore's Largest Prize Money Ever Photo Competition with Zoe Tay, Chuando & Kumar!

Enjoy healthy and delicious Japanese roasted chicken delivered to your doorsteps island wide till 12 midnight daily. Kemono Chicken is free range, fresh and not frozen. They are cage free, guilt free, cruelty free with no antibiotics nor any growth hormones. Their roast chicken does not use a rotisserie, defying modern cooking conventions. 

Kemono Chicken

Kemono chicken was delivered in attractive colorful box like this. It kind of liven up the mood for me and stands up from most food deliveries packaging.

Packaging of Kemono

Be a Beast. Eat Kemono

Packaging
To my surprise, roasted chicken was tender and succulent unlike the usual Rotisserie Chicken I had bought. Especially its crispy skin and juicy tender meat, its just so irresistible.  There are a few choices to pair your healthy chicken with and I had mine with Garlic Chilli, Sweet Chilli and Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce. To make the dining experience complete, packets of gloves are provided.

Kemono Chicken Order

Close up on Kemono
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Friday, September 21, 2018

Unagiya Ichinoji

With the parent name as Miyagawa Honten that has a history spans of 125 years is now one of Tokyo's famous Unagi restaurants, operating about 20 outlets just alone in Japan. Not only that, recently they have clinched the Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide in 2018.

Finding the location of this Japanese Restaurants maybe a little tricky as it is located behind some Japanese restaurants or some back passage.

Unagiya Ichinoji
The concept is kind of similar to Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant where you get to see freshwater live eels in the tank and chef preparing the eels in an open concept kitchen separating the restaurant and kitchen with glass panels. To achieve the smoky taste with crispy texture, these eels were grilled over hot charcoal.

Seats
The restaurant has limited seating, about 30 plus seat as the restaurant is not big. If you want to have a greater view of how Unagi is prepared, you can sit by the kitchen counter and watch the process of grilling unagi.

Main Menu

Ala Carte Menu
One of the recommended dishes will be the Hitsumabushi. It comes with different sizes from Small to extra large, suitable for sharing. What you get in Hitsumabushi will be pieces of cut eel placed on a bed of Hokkaido Rice and served with 3 condiments.

Hitsumabushi (M) - $26.80
Sometimes by looking at the delicious smoky grilled eels, I felt like ditching the carbohydrates (rice) away but these are not the usual Japanese rice, they are Hokkaido Rice.

How to eat it? Dont worry, there are instructions you can follow on the table in 3 simple steps.

Yummy 
If you want a more powerful taste, these sauces are yours to add. If you want to add a little more spice, you can topped your food with some spicy sauce as well as pepper. However when I compared the spicy and the original sauce, it was little or no difference to me.

Condiments on Table
Adding on to their main menu, they have this seasonal Unagi Fair menu at discounted price.

Seasonal Menu
With the special menu from the Unagi fair, I had order their Unagi Sushi double roll. It might not look filling to the stomach but this set itself can be as filling as those who is ordering the Hitsumabashi set.

Unagi Sushi Roll Double - $32.80 
One of the sushi roll in the set was cut into 6 pieces and topped with Tobiko. I would say it was quite flavourful. Besides the alluring flavours from the crispy eel coated in the sweet sauce, the marriage with sushi roll wrapped with cucumber, egg and crab stick elevated the dining experience. Definitely no regrets in ordering this set.

Sushi Roll
Unagi Box Set looked complete with sides and desserts. There are tempura, Gyoza in the Bento Box. Dessert are basically some konyaku stuff with half of it topped with peanut powder. Not too bad though. 

Unagi Box Set - $29.80
Chawanmushi was included in both Unagi Fair set that we had ordered. It looked a little different here with ingredients like snow pea and unagi, apart from the usual mushroom and Japanese fish cake.

Chawanmushi
Comparing Unagiya Ichinoji to Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant, I would say that no queue is required here. However, I still prefer the latter as the taste was pretty stronger than Unagiya. Taste is rather subjective and if you prefer a lighter taste, you may like what they are serving here.

Rating: 3.5 / 5
Unagiya Ichinoji
Location: 30 Robertson Quay #01-05 Riverside Village Residences Singapore (238251)
Operating Hours: 11.30 - 1500
                               17.30 - 2200   

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Restoran Chin Chin

Restoran Chin Chin is raved selling one of the best Wanton Mee in Johor. From the outlook of the Restoran, it looked nothing significant that they are selling Wanton Mee as there are no signboard hanging in the old school place.

Restoran Chin Chin
It was my second time visiting their place and coincidentally, both were during a wet weather and we saw them pouring hot water into the drain beside the eating place with steam evaporating. If you notice, you will get to see noodles in the open drains.

Chrysanthemum Tea
There are only 2 dishes from the Restoran and they are Roasted Pork Wanton Mee and Chicken Feet Wanton Mee.

The Char Siew over here was simple and tender. We did not expect the kind of sweet savoury roasted taste. However it is quite tender and old school to mix in black sauce with onions and oil. The outstanding part of their dishes could be their noodles which were made of egg. The texture was abit rough but springy, lending a nostalgic feel.

Roasted Pork Wanton Mee 叉烧云吞面 - RM 5.00 (Small)
Even the chicken feet noodles, it was simple and down to earth dish. Braised chicken feet coupled with few thick slices of mushroom and I like the part that the braised sauce was not too salty and strike a good balance with black soy sauce. With the braised sauce pairing up with the noodles, it was pretty well executed.

Chicken Feet Wanton Meet  鸡脚云吞面 - RM 5.50 (Small)

Braised Mushroom with chicken Feet
Wantons were served in a bowl of soup. These bite size Wantons are smooth and goes well with plain soup and vegetables.

Wanton
Why are they rated as one of the best in Johor? The egg noodle scores over here and only if you don't mind the simplicity and plainness of basic Wanton Noodles.

Restoran Chin Chin 
Location: 273, Jalan Kaloi, Batu 10, 81300, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
Operations Hours: 7.30 am - 4pm  Closed On Every Thursday