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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Nanyang Dao 南洋岛

Nan Yang Dao started by Malaysian Chef Jackson Chu with brothers Wee Liow and Vincent Liow, specialises in dishes from different parts of Malaysia, such as Penang fried kway teow and Penang assam laksa. The Malaysian cuisine embodies a rich fusion of diverse culinary traditions, just within a short span of few years they opened a number of outlets to share the authentic flavors.


We started our meal with their staple snacks like muffin, polo bun and egg tarts.

Pastries

The combination of flaky fragrant pastry crust cradling the creamy, rich custard fillings were simply yummy. 

Puff Pastry Egg Tarts 酥皮蛋挞

The custard is mild sweet, smooth and silky in texture. It has a hint of vanilla that gives the egg tart a pleasant aromatic note that complements the creamy custard perfectly. 

What an indulgence!

The combination of the sweet, crunchy topping and the soft, buttery bread creates a harmonious blend of flavors and textures. When enjoyed fresh and warm, with a cold slice of butter melting into the bun, it is an indulgent treat that is both comforting and satisfying. 

Butter Polo Bun 酥皮牛油波罗包

Kopi butter offers a rich and indulgent coffee experience that is both comforting and satisfying. The combination of strong coffee and creamy butter creates a unique flavor profile and a smooth, velvety texture that is enjoyable to drink. 

Nanyang Kopi Butter 南洋古油咖啡

A a delightful and refreshing drink that offers a harmonious blend of flavors. The bottom layer of grass jelly provides a subtly sweet and herbal flavor that pairs well with the more robust and slightly bitter taste of the black tea in the middle layer. The top layer of creamy milk adds a rich, smooth finish that balances out the flavors beautifully. When combined, these layers create a complex and satisfying taste experience that is both sweet and slightly savory, with a pleasant herbal undertone from the grass jelly.

3 Layers Milk Tea Grass Jelly 三色奶茶仙草

A good recommendation by Nanyang Dao for our dinner. The Classic Stir-Fry Beef Hor Fun is not only presentable and perfectly done with the "wok hei" flavours. Every bite was in consistent flavours and the pieces of Beef were not gamey. Ingredients were simple with onions, vegetables, beansprouts and carrots. 

Classic Stir-Fry Beef Hor Fun 金典干炒牛河

The Lala Bee Hoon is a delicious and satisfying dish with the strands of Bee Hoon soaking up the Superior Broth. Its balance of flavours and pleasant Bee Hoon texture makes it a favourite among us. Through the dish's simplicity in preparation, Lala Bee Hoon is still an impressive dish for its rich and savoury flavours. The bowl of Lala Bee Hoon was good for sharing as its generous portion may be too much for a single pax. The aromatic flavours from the Chinese Wine and cuts of gingers elevated the dish too. They have the Chinese Wine separated from the dish and we can include them according to our preference.

Superior Clam Bee Hoon Soup 上汤啦啦米粉

The Nanyang Dry Chicken Curry with Plain Rice was rich and delicious. The gravy was thick and comes with a tad spiciness. The chicken was tender and the curry was aromatic. 

Nanyang Dry Curry Chicken with Plain Rice 南洋干咖喱鸡饭

The curry paired well with the plate of white rice and half a boiled egg. The potatoes were boiled to soften and tasted good.

Bowl of Dry Curry 

Ending our meal on a sweet note. The icy Chendol is a staple dessert in Singapore / Malaysian Cuisine. The pandan-flavoured green flour jelly, coconut milk and red beans were served over the shaved ice creating a harmonious balance of sweet, creamy and refreshing flavours.  

Chendol 煎蕊

With the use of the caramelized taste of the palm sugar syrup aka Gula Melaka, it blends in beautifully with the slight saltiness of the coconut milk. The ice makes the dessert refreshing while the pandan jelly adds a subtle aromatic sweetness to each bite.

A spoonful of Chendol for you? 

The matcha provides a distinct green tea flavor that is both refreshing and sophisticated, while the azuki beans add a subtle sweetness and a hint of umami, creating a well-balanced and harmonious taste. The combination of these two ingredients results in a muffin that is not overly sweet, making it a perfect choice for those who prefer a more nuanced and less sugary treat.

Matcha & Azuki Beans Muffin


Food totally suits our tastebuds. On top of that, the staff are friendly and approachable despite working in a fast-paced environment with full house customers.

Nanyang Dao 南洋岛
Location:
Thomson Plaza, 301, Upper Thomson Road, #03-46/47 Singapore 574408

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Noona Korean Kitchen

Visiting Noona Korean Kitchen in their Bedok Outlet for the All-You-Can-Eat Korean BBQ & Army Stew Buffet. If you ever crave similar Korean Food, this will be a good choice for they are affordable and reasonable, killing 2 birds in 1 stone with BBQ & Army Stew.

Do check out their Buffet Luch and Dinner, 12pm - 5pm & 5pm - 10pm respectively. For Buffet Lunch, it will be priced at $18.90 per adult and $10.90 per child that is below 12 years old while $22.90 & $13.90 for Buffet Dinner. Kids that are below 1m in height get to dine-free.

Noona Korean Kitchen at Bedok

We came here on a weekday night and the whole coffee shop is literally packed with Noona's customers.
Besides the unlimited serving of cooked food like Jacphae and fried chicken wings we had, do help yourselves with their Banchan in the fridge. 

For Buffet, its hard to to "whack" their so-called more "valuable" items like the seafood.

Scallops & Flower Crabs

We had them in the hot bubbling Army Stew or so-called Budae Jigae.

Budae Jigae

Not to forget about the Korean Staple, Ramyeon or our kind of "instant noodle".

Ramyeon

We enjoyed the various kinds of marinated meat, pork, chicken and beef over the BBQ stove with cheese melting by the side as well as the grilled egg by the side.

Korean BBQ

Besides enjoying the meat alone, we can also wrap them in the lettuce making our own ssambap with their zingy sauce, ssamjang.

Ssambap

Overall, the friendly services and variety of food were laudable. Its good for gathering if your family & friends enjoy Korean BBQ & Army Stew.

Noona Korean Kitchen
Location:
 418 Bedok North Ave 2, #01-97, Singapore 460418

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Beo Crescent Curry Rice

With the ever-long queue for Curry Rice at Beo Crescent, we queued about 15-20 minutes during lunch time. This is sworn by many as the best curry rice in Singapore.

We had our meal at a total cost of $13.90 with these ingredients on the first plate, braised vegetables, sotong and pork cutlet

Our Meal

While on the other plate, we had braised vegetables, minced pork pancake, pork cutlet and curry chicken,

Our Meal

The star order will be none other than their pork cutlet which is super crispy and flavourful. The cabbage and steamed minced pork are also one of their must-have dishes. For those who enjoyed a wet version of Curry Rice, this might float your boat. We love the gluey curry and braised gravy over our plate of rice. It's so appetizing.

Beo Crescent Curry Rice
Location: 
40 Beo Cres, Singapore 160040

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Paddy Fields Restaurant (Paddy Seafood Claypot Restaurant)

We stopped here for a comfortable meal before heading back to the customs. We decided to have a light meal and skip the carbs (noodles/rice). By word of mouth, we learned that Paddy Fields Restaurant is known for the freshness of seafood and quality food without burning a hole in the pockets.

Paddy Field

We had a plate of Stirred fried potato leaves with minced garlic. Simple and straightforward dish yet highly nutritious, rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, and iron, making this dish both delicious and healthy.

Potato Leaves 番薯叶 - RM 15 

The clams are well executed, fresh & clean with a tad of spiciness from the chilli. The natural sweet flavours from the clams make it quite addictive.

Ginger Fried Clams - RM 22

This glossy glistering caramel color of the Sesame Chicken topped with bright green chopped spring onions with the fragrance of the sesame oil makes the dish appetizing and appealing. This dish is satisfying, delivering flavours and texture. The only pet peeve is that the thicken was skinny and there were more bones than meat.

Sesame Chicken 麻油鸡 - RM 35

Flower Crab can be served steamed or Fried and we opted for the fried version. Although Flower Crab is not my favourite order, the dish was very well executed with chilli, ginger strips and sauce. Overall, it tastes good and smells good.

Fried Flower Crab 炒花蟹

We enjoyed the Teochew Style Fish Porridge with added items like prawns, Fishballs and Meatballs etc.

Fish Porridge 

There are White Pomfret, Threadfin, Red Grouper and Chinese Pomfret for us to choose from and we chose the Red Grouper. The slices were thick and generous while the broth was fragrant, soothing the stomach with a warm pot of homely food.

Thick Slice of Fish

Overall, the service was friendly and the food served was heartwarming. If you want something different from the mall, you can head to Paddy Fields Restaurant and try it out.

Rating:
3. 5 / 5

Paddy Fields Restaurant (Paddy Seafood Claypot Restaurant)
Location:
6, Jalan Dedap 9, Taman Johor Jaya, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia



Thursday, June 13, 2024

Bulgogi Syo

Bulgogi Syo is a Korean BBQ Hotstone chain which lends an interesting dining concept where they basically flambe and provide a fire show at the diners' table. They stand up with their 3-step hot-stone grilling process from Korea, the first ever in Singapore.  There are 3 store locations currently, namely Bugis Junction, The Woodleigh Mall and the latest in Vivocity.

Makgeolli Alcohol Mix Tower 

While enjoying the first ever 3-Step Hotstone Grilling from Korea, we had Lychee Makgeolli as our beverages. It was refreshing and a good choice accompanying the meal.

Our Tower of Lychee Makgeolli

Don't miss out on this Father's Day Special, their flaming Jeju Pork Ribs, which gave us an introduction of their New 3-Step Process, Simmer, Torch and Flambe. These pork ribs were stacking up each other accompanied by broccoli and drenched with sauce. 

Flaming Jeju Pork Ribs - $69

A good sight of gushing flame in front of our eyes in seconds set the perfect dramatic scene.

Flaming Jeju Pork Ribs

It was simmered with slices of potatoes, cabbages and ttekboki.

In the Broth

Every item in the pot was well soaked in the broth.

Soaked Up the Goodness

Not forgetting that every piece of ribs was so bone-falling tender. 

Pork Rib

The Flaming Jeju Pork Ribs come with Free Flow Rice, Broth and Banchan. Here are some of the Banchan we had, Kimchi Tomatoes, pickled radish, Kimchi and Mayo Macaroni. 

Banchan & Sauce

Pair the flaming pork ribs with these bowls of fragrant pearl rice topped with crispy seaweed.

Rice

Among the usual pancakes, we had chosen something not so common, the Bacon Kongnamul Pancake which is also their new creation. Besides the crispiness of the pancake that captivates diners with every bite, its well complemented by the savory accompany sauce. 

Bacon Kongnamul Pancake - $17.90

Enhancing the diner's experience, Bulgogi Syo added another series of flaming Sotbap aka the Korean Pot Rice with Flames. In fact, the way of preparing the meal with a flame enhanced the meat's flavour as well as the fragrance of the food. Be prepared to indulge in their 4 different kinds of Sotbap, namely:

(1) Hangari Marinated Chicken Sotbap
(2) Pork Jowl Sotbap
(3) Scallop Mentai Mayo Sotbap
(4) Wagyu Tteokgalbi Sotbap 

We enjoyed the Hangari Marinated Chicken Sotbap. It comes with kimchi radish, spring onions, pajuri sauce decked up with white rice.

Hangari Marinated Chicken - $16.90

Enjoy the Korean steamed eggs with cheese. If you love the cheese pull effect, eat while it's hot.

Cheesy Gyeran Jjim - $11.90

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Bulgogi Syo
Location:
Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk,  #B2-29 Singapore 098585
Website

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Sera Sera Nonya

Nonya cuisine is rare, especially when serving dishes like this. Sera Sera Nonya is located in one of Bukit Batok Coffeeshops and I thought it was rare.

Sera Sera Nonya

The Nonya Chicken Set comes with a big drumstick. Every set defaults to Blue Pea Rice,  "Azhar" aka pickles, vegetables and keropok (Crackers).

Nonya Soya Chicken Set - $7.90 

The meat was huge and well soaked in soya sauce with a tad ginger flavour. The meat was succulent and not too dry.

Soya Chicken

While the default items remain the set, the Sotong Asam Goreng was appetizing in its Asam sauce and flavour. For vegetables, we had some cabbages and long beans. 

Sotong Goreng Asam Set - $8.90

The Asam Sotong Goreng was not too spicy and was stirred fried with onions, tomatoes and etc. 

Sotong Asam Goreng

We revisited Sera Sera Nonya a few weeks later and realised that the Soya Chicken was served fried instead, then drenched with the sauce. We were disappointed that they stopped serving soup for the meal.
Nonya Soya Chicken Set - $7.90 


Besides having Soya Chicken and Sotong. We also ordered their Pork Pongtay. The portion was big and quite worthwhile if you enjoy braised pork with rice.

Pork Pongtay Set - $7.90

The Pork Pongtay set was well-braised and well-flavoured. The big cuts of meat was tender and the taste fit my style.

Pork Pongtay

While there aren't many Nonya Stalls around in the hawkers, I seriously think that it could last. Overall, the food standard and quality was above moderate. I will be back again!

Rating: 3.25 / 5

Sera Sera Nonya
Location: 
273 Bukit Batok East Ave 4, Singapore 650273

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Hokkien Man Hokkien Mee

In the search of Hokkien Mee and sometimes back, we heard about a formerly sous chef at three Michelin-starred Les Amis had opened a stall on his own, whipping out our local dish, Hokkien Mee, in a coffeeshop.

Hokkien Man Hokkien Mee

A plate of hokkien mee is priced at $6, $12, $18. The noodles were a mixture of yellow noodles and thick Bee hoon.  The stock was robust and definitely rich in flavours. No doubt that the chilli was not very "powerful", this "wet" style of cooking Hokkien Mee fits me. It was not too oily.

Hokkien Mee - $6

Each mouthful had a tad "wok hei" aroma, and I like that the stock did not carry a heady prawn taste.

Ingredient

We can top up our serving with ingredients such as abalone, noodles, ingredients or fried egg. We opted for a fried egg as we were impressed by what other diners had. The fried egg was fluffy and to my liking.

Topping up Hokkien Mee with Fried Egg for $1

To be honest, they are generous with the ingredients. For just a small plate, we were served with a few tender big rings.

Ingredients

Overall, I find that the plate of Hokkien Mee was satisfying but not to die for. 

Hokkien Man Hokkien Mee
Location:
Sing Hiap Huat Coffee Shop, 19 Lor 7 Toa Payoh, Block 19, Singapore 310019