Thursday, August 28, 2014

Western Food 85 : Cheap & Good German Pork Knuckle

Have your ever tried eating German Pork Knuckle with a pair of chopsticks? This is exactly how Western Food 85 at Bedok serves their German Pork Knuckle. Read my review on Makansutra.

Block 86 Bedok North Street 4 #01-165 SINGAPORE 460086
Operating Hours: 11:30 am to 9:00 pm (Closed on Wednesday)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Alexandra Village : Avocado Juice - Who does it best?

There are 5 stalls at Alexandra Village Food Centre serving Avocado Juice as their signature drink. Read my article on Makansutra to find out who does it best.

Block 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1 Singapore 150119

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hong Kong Jin Tian : The Return of Duck Leg Wrap!

The recently closed down Hong Kong Jin Tian is back at Zion Road, taken over the shop vacated by the famous Zion Road Nasi Padang. They are back with the delicious roasted duck and the legendary Duck Leg Wrap.

Read my review on Makansutra

55 Zion Road Singapore 247780
Opening Hours: 7 am to 8 pm (Daily)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

SINGAPORE ZAM ZAM : Where One of the Best Murtabak is Found

I have heard so much how good about their murtabak and i could not quite verify this till recently. I happened to be around there for dinner so their murtabak is a default choice. It was not too crowded when i was there. Our orders were taken almost immediately upon seated. We decided to go with a Beef Murtabak ($8.00) and Chicken Briyani ($6.50). 

697 North Bridge Road Singapore 198675

Saturday, August 16, 2014

FuLin Fried Yong Tofu : Average Tasting with Bad Service

I expected it to be different but it turned out to be quite a disappointment. The taste aside, the service was rather bad, to be exact, it was kind of rude. The total cost of food ordered was $7.70, rather expensive. I am not quite likely to be back.

112 East Coast Road #04-01 112 Katong SINGAPORE 428802

Friday, August 15, 2014

THE BAKERY CHEF : An afternoon of nothingness

It was raining very heavily on that day and i badly needed a place to wait for the rain to stop. And i happened to be in the vicinity of this one of the most talked about cafes in town and i thought of their beautiful rainbow cake from this cafe and decided to drop by. We were greeted upon entered then asked to take a seat. The order has to be made at the counter and i offered to pay after it was done but i was asked to do so later. Their attentive service has definitely left an impression. 

Their beautifully done Rainbow Cake ($5.80) is a must try. The taste aside, the prettiness of it has already brightened my gloomy day. I was really eager to have my first bite at that moment. The Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cake ($5.80) came next. It was another piece of really pretty cake. Then, came my Cuppuccino ($4.90). 

It was a squarish piece of cake in 6 different colors that is topped with a delicious layer of fresh cream and nicely decorated. I enjoyed what i tasted, the sponginess was pretty distinctive though i could not quite make a comparison with other rainbow cakes as this was my very first piece.

The Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cake is another excellent choice. The fresh cream did not taste really sweet but delightfully well-balanced.

This heartland cafe is definitely worth a revisit. I would even purposely make a trip to here for good cakes. It was such a perfect afternoon and i really could not ask for more.  

Block 161 Bukit Merah Central #01-3711 SINGAPORE 150161
Hours: 10.00 am to 9.00 pm (Friday to Monday ) 10.00 am to 7.00 pm (Tuesday to Thurday) 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Penang Kia Prawn Noodle : The Generation Y Prawn Noodle!

It is heartening to see Generation Y venturing out in hawker trade. This is a humble stall by a beautiful couple that used to be SIA ex-cabin crew. They decided to quit and start this stall offering Penang style Prawn Noodle. The wife originated from Penang and her father used to own a stall there and she used to help out at the stall. 

When chatted with them, i asked, 'What got you to decide to start this stall? It's an entirely different trade from what you used to do." The husband said, "Age is catching up and we wanted something more stable."

Though it was lunch time but no queue spotted. The options available are Penang Prawn Noodle in soup and dry version at $3.50 and larger prawn at $5.50 as well as the Prawn Noodle with Pork Ribs at $5.50 and larger prawn at $8.50

I decided to go with the Penang Prawn Noodle at $3.50 and the Prawn Noodle with Pork Ribs at $8.50. It was cooked by the husband. I could tell that he was making an effort to get the noodle to the right texture. The larger prawns were cooked upon order so a certain waiting time is expected. 

Though $8.50 might sounds a little pricey but the freshness and size of the 2 big prawns presented with the noodle are worth the value. They are even making an effort to cut the back of the prawns to remove the vein to clean it well. Most hawkers do not do it these days thus such an effort is definitely worth commendable. 

The texture of the yellow noodle was slightly softer but still acceptable. The broth was flavorsome with quite a concentrated prawns taste with full of natural sweetness and it was served at the right temperature. The key of a bowl of good Prawn Mee lies with the intensity of the broth. 

The texture of pork ribs was really soft and it pulled effortlessly away from the bone when biting on. Bites of pork lards were added to enhance its flavor. 

The Penang Prawn Mee at $3.50 came with 3 pieces of medium-sized prawns and slices of lean meat then topped with dried shallots and handful of bean sprouts. The level of spiciness for the chilli powder is not too underestimated. It was quite spicy for me though i have a pretty high endurance for spiciness. 

When asked why did they choose to serve the dry version when it is not available in Penang? They mentioned that this is an adjustment to better suit the preference of locals. They started without it but too many customers have been asking for it so they decided to have it on their menu. 

I was told they used to fry the prawns first to release its flavor and it gotten the size of those prawns to shrink quite a bit. They decided to stop doing it as some customers felt the prawns were too small in size thus not quite worth the value. They opted to use fresh prawns to replace the dried shrimps that often find in the Hokkien Mee (that is how it is called over in Penang) in Penang. 

Both version are equally enjoyable. 

They are hoping to see progress in their stall and they have dream to open a shop in Kuala Lumper. We talked about the high rental, the manpower issue and operation costs in running a F & B business in Singapore and that contributed to their decision in wanting to expand their business to Kuala Lumper and not in Singapore.

Block 205D Compassvale Lane #01-02 SINGAPORE 544207