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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice

We used to patronise Sin Kee's Famous Chicken Rice stall when they were at the defunct Margaret Drive Food Center. It was so popular then that we had to wait quite some time for our meal. We discovered that Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice is located at this coffee shop when I was there for a meal at Kin Hoi (Original) Famous Thai Food especially when the TV screen keep flashing the owner's picture with our former president.

Stall of Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice

We ordered a 2 pax version of poached chicken. As good as the previous time I had many years back, their chicken still remains tender and juicy, leaving up to their namesake. Pairing this smooth and delicious chicken with the plate of fragrant white rice that is packed with a tad of ginger flavours makes the meal perfect.

Poached Chicken

It was not my favourite order but due to that the dining partner enjoyed it. The internal organs were well prepared and mixed in the fragrant sauce. 

Chicken Visera - $3



Bean Sprouts - $3

Here's our meal. Even the chilli sauce is up to the standard. Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice still holds a special position in my heart despite there are so many chicken rice stalls around. 
Our Meal

With quite many stalls around, I'm glad that I had found the familiar faces from the chicken rice stall. I will be back soon.

Rating: 3.25 / 5

Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice
Location:
6 Holland Cl, #01-36, Singapore 271006

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Cheng Ji

An impromptu dinner had landed us in Adam Road Food Centre. While walking around, we had finally decided to try Cheng Ji’s dishes. I was rather impressed by the One-Lady Show whipping up a variety dishes from the menu. 

Stall of Cheng Ji

 It excites me when I hear about Pork Leg Bee Hoon. The plate of Bee Hoon was fried to order. It was flavourful and was densed. It was good however I find it too moist for my liking.

Pork Leg Bee Hoon - $6

The braised pork leg was tender and soft. It disintegrates with the slightest force. As a whole, the pork leg Bee Hoon is still homey and comforting.

Braised Pork Leg

A basic plate of Fried Hokken Mee without being too exaggerating with overpower prawn stock or even heady smell. There was not much Wok Hei for a start but the ingredients like egg had given a sweet taste to the dish and the fried shallot oil had enhanced the fragrant of the dish. Despite a small portion, the stall is generous enough to give 3 prawns.

Fried Hokkien Mee - $5

Overall, the plate of Hokkien Mee was decent but not to die for. If you are not expecting much from a plate of Hokkien Mee, this will be good to fill your stomach.

Hokkien Mee


Rating: 3 / 5

Cheng Ji (成记)
Location:
Adam Road Food Center, 2 Adam Rd, #01-24, Singapore 289877


Monday, May 27, 2024

Ah Wang La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Ah Wang La Mian Xiao Long Bao is one of the popular stalls in Zion Riverside Food Centre that we observed a never ending queue during my visit. They are serving a great variety of food including paus, dumplings as well as noodles.

Stall of Ah Wang La Mian Xiao Long Bao

We queued about 20 minutes to get a tray of 7 Mini Steamed buns aka Xiao Long Bao. The skin of the XLB may not be as thin as the popular ones. However its still plump and juicy cradling the piping hot soup within together with the minced meat. 

Steamed Mini Paus - $5.50 

With limited stomach space, we can only afford to have 7 XLB. With so many supporters willing to queue up for their food, I think it will make sense to return and queue up for other items on their menu.

Rating: 3.25 / 5

Ah Wang La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Location:
Zion Riverside Food Centre, 59 Zion Rd, Singapore 247784

Friday, May 24, 2024

99 Old Trees

A Revisit to 99 Old Trees since we were around that area. The queue was still snaky long during the visit with the place as bustling as ever. 

Introducing the Traditional Teochew Chendul with Durian, Stinky Chendul, to my pal but upon hearing the name he was reluctant to order it till I explained that the term "stinky" was literally referring to the durian. 

The Stinky Chendol has an option of topping up with durian and we chose that. The basic bowl comes with red beans and green coconut jelly. We enjoyed the chilled bowl of dessert adding the savoury Gula Melaka over them.

Stinky Chendul - $5.90

While dining in their garden, I noticed this cute durian plush there too.

Durian Plush

The stinky bomb has a minimum order of 2 pieces and was filled with Mao Shan Wang Choux. Savoury French-style choux puff with a buttery crusty exterior that reminds us of the polo bun texture. Together with the rich and creamy Mao Shan Wang Durian, it was heavenly.

Stinky Bomb

Next, we had their Top Seller, the Stinky Bowl, comprised of D24 Durian Mousse. 

Stinky Bowl

If you have friends that enjoy the king of fruits, this will be a good recommendation for them.


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With the durian craze gradually making a comeback, I was introduced to this interesting place, 99 Old Tree. It is an interesting Cafe with assorted durian desserts like swiss rolls, ice cream and choux pastries. 

Entrance to Cafe

While at their back door,  you can actually package some durian for takeaway.

Back Area

The cafe has limited seating and we had no choice by to enjoy our desserts at their garden / alfresco area. 

Entrance

The alfresco area looks like a garden but without a proper table and ins,tead customers were to eat on the wooden cable reel drum. Also, having the durians under the tree gives u the kampong feel. This makes enjoying durian in the public so unique. 

Ninty-Nine Old Trees Wall

While the interior has a modern industrial theme whereby the flooring is of cement screed so as the walls and counters. 

Cute Plush on the Sofa

We had our orders placed on a wooden woven serving tray. Awww, we can't wait to get stinky with these!

Orders in a tray

If you prefer to enjoy your D24 durian in a bowl instead of the husks and seed, stinky bowl will be a good choice. The bowl is filled with durian puree with a creamy & smooth mousse texture completed by a light taste. However, it still stinks for some, thus its name is given. 

Stinky Bowl
Stinky Bowl - $5.80

The Stinky Bomb has a thin crusty layer piped with Mao Shan Wang Durian fillings. The individual Chou Puff was coated with craquelin crumble which reminds me of the Hong Kong Polo Bun.

Stinky Bomb - $1.90 Per Piece
Stinky Bomb - $1.90 Per Piece

Sink your teeth down into the crust and enjoy every taste of the luscious and creamy fillings. Do note that there is a minimum order of 2 pieces for the Stinky Bomb.

That Stinks!

If you flip over the Bomb, you will get to see that they have actually piped in the creamy fillings from the bottom.

Your Creamy Durian

If you head to the counter, you might be lucky to get a view of the piping of choux pastries in progress.

Piping in Progress

If you do enjoy the traditional Teochew Chendul dessert, you may want to have a try with durians in it. If you prefer the version without the durians. they do have it at $3.30 per bowl. However, if you are ordering this Traditional Teochew Dessert with Durian, it's very filling to the stomach, especially with the plump durian pulp.

For the durian season, they offer Chendul with Assorted Durian. So durian lovers, what are you waiting for?

Chendul with Assorted Durian - $7.80

With these durians down into the stomach, not only did we satisfy our appetite, it gives me another idea to enjoy both durian and cafe environment altogether. 

The place is rather convenient with MRT Exit just a stone's throw away. If you are driving, 99 Old Tree is conveniently located beside a carpark too. 

Wall Mural next to the car park

Rating: 3.5 / 5

99 Old Trees
Location:
1 Teo Hong Road Singapore 088321
Nearest Station: Outram Park (EW16)
Website

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Seorae (JEM)

Back to Seorae for their special cut of pork aka Galmaegisal (pork skirt) which was traditionally reserved for the royalty. The rare cut of meat is marinated and massaged by hand, achieving intense flavour and a tender cut of pork.

Seorae offers 3 kinds of Supreme sets starting from $78 - Pork Set (570g), Beef Set (520g) & Mixed Set (600g). Each set comes with 4 BBQ and Free Flow Banchan as well as Free Grilled Egg.

Supreme Set

Guests can enjoy a free flow of self-help Banchan from the counter.  They offer Homemade Kimchi (Fermented Cabbage) and potato Salad Macaroni. Their Cucumber Kimchi and Braised Pumpkin are using their own recipe too. Enjoy their salad by drizzling some sesame oil on top as salad base and then add a scoop of Pajeori sauce, thereafter toss and mix.

Self Service

Here are some of the Banchan took from the self-servicing counter.

Free Flow Banchan

We were simply hooked by Potato Salad Macaroni. Its made up of Potato, Red Apple, Macaroni, Black Raisin, Pineapple and Mayonnaise using their own Seorae's Recipe. We enjoyed its sweet refreshing taste without feeling too creamy.

Potato Salad Macaroni

Here's the Mixed Set comprising 4 types of meat.
  • Galmaegisal (Signature Marinated Pork Skirt - Spicy / Garlic / Original)
  • Yangnyeom Moksal (Marinated Pork Collar)
  • La Galbi (US Prime Beef Bone-in Short-Ribs)
  • Woosamgyeob (Marinated US Beef Shortplate - Spicy / Non Spicy)
Mixed Set (600g) - $88

We can make our own Korean Lettuce Wraps with these. Wrap the lettuce with the meat and enjoy the combination of savoury BBQ meat with crunchy lettuce. 

Lettuce

The service staff poured the egg and started grilling it before BBQ-ing the meat. Each fully-grown pig only produces 250g of this sirloin-extension, Skirt meat better known as Galmaesial in Korean. Its Juicy and tender.  This rare part was said to be reserved strictly for Korean royalties in olden days.

Egg Grilling & Meat BBQ-ing in Progress

The meat was cooked uniformly and cut into uniform pieces. We enjoyed the simply refreshing greens with the intensely flavoured meat.

Yummy BBQ Meat

Savour every piece of meat cooked by the user of the charcoal fire.

Barbecuing in Progress

The aroma and the smokey flavours from the BBQ smoke. 

Meat

Every piece of meat was well-flavoured.

Meat

Dabbed the delicious BBQ Meat into the sauce given.

Delicious BBQ in Sauce

We enjoyed the meal pairing this meat with the Subak Cocktail aka Watermelon Sujou. The sweet and juicy flavours from the Watermelon. If you want to skip the alcohol, they do have the Subak Mocktail version available.
 
Subak Cocktail - $25.90

Thank you SGHappens & Seorae for the invitation.

Seorae Korean Charcoal BBQ (Jem)
Location:
JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Rd, #B1-10, Singapore 608549
Nearest Station: Jurong East (NS1/EW24/JE5)
Website

Monday, May 20, 2024

Shao Modern Teochew Dining

 Shao Modern Teochew Dining is Shao Tapas 3rd Branch in Singapore located in Rangoon Road.

Shao Modern Teochew Dining

The restaurant was furnished with a stylish modern design and given an ambience, this is the perfect spot for a cosy spot, especially for a good meal as well as a get-together with friends. One side of the wall featured a mural with a foreground displaying a traditional Chinese cultural and background displaying our popular tourist destination, MBS, flyer and Art Science Museum.

Interior


Interior

There are 2 private rooms available and in case you want to have some close door gathering or exclusive meeting over meals, do head over to reserve the room.

Private Rooms


Orders

A popular Teochew dish and the taste of this dish also determines the skill the chef. No doubt that the dish might look simple and straightforward, its took quite a skill to whip up a delicious plate of Rice Noodles. 

The noodles were packed with "Wok Hei" flavours and coupled with the crunchy vegetables and minced vegetables.

Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Minced Vegetables in XO Sauce XO 酱炒菜脯果条 - $18

My first time having a marinated raw cold crab. The crab was incredibly fresh with tender and sweet meat. The marinade enhanced the natural flavours of the crab without overpowering them. It strikes a good balance of tanginess and umami taste with each bite bursting of freshness. The vibrant colours of the crab lifted the presentation of the dish. The use of garlic also enhanced the fragrant of the taste. Overall, leaving me craving for more.

Marinated (Raw) Roe Crab 生腌膏蟹 - $78 / 500g

The Braised Combination Platter comprised of Duck Meat, Pork Belly, Pig Intestines as well as Pig Skin. Every item was well soaked in the savoury braised sauce, making this a satisfying and hearty dish. The robust flavours were laudable without being too bitter or sweet, just of the right flavours. Duck meat on the other hand was tender while pork belly has a melt-in-your-mouth consistency. Rest assured that there were no gamey taste here too.

Braised Combination Platter 卤水拼盘 - $28 (Small) / $38 (Big)

The Stir-Fried Fish Noodle with Seafood was uniquely done with vegetables, and beansprouts and tossed with preserved olive and topped with bright orange roes. The texture of the noodles was soft and overall, it's quite addictive.

Stir-Fried Fish Noodle with Seafood 飞鱼卵橄榄菜炒鱼茸面 - $18

As we pulled the tender slices of Stewed Iberico Pork out from the earthen claypot, we observed the smoke gushing out of the pot. The stew was a bit thick and its tangy and sour taste made the dish quite addictive.

Stewed Iberico Pork with Soy Bean Paste 酸辣豆酱黑猪煲 - $38 (Small) / $58 (Big)

Tiger Prawn 老虎虾 - $28

Chinese Tea

The entire place was brightly lit and the collapsible flight of stairs had caught my attention. 

Toilet

Complementing the bold flavours of their cuisine, why not take a look at their Drinks Menu and check out their range of creative cocktails available.

Menu


Desserts

Ending our Teochew Meal with their desserts. We had mixed Fruit Pai in Teochew Style.

Mix Fruit Pai in Teochew Style 潮州甘草水果捞 - $10

A Teochew meal will not be completed without having this classic dessert, Orh Nee. It was satisfying with the soft and mashy yam paste topped with gingko nuts as well as some sugar syrup. 

Teochew Yam Paste (Orh Nee) 芋泥 - $8 

Thank you Shewyn for extending the invitation.

Shao Modern Teochew Dining
Location:
223 Rangoon Road #01-01/02 Singapore 218460

Website