Saturday, November 29, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Quan Lai Kway Chap Duck Rice 泉来鸭饭粿汁

I visited once and it was not a memorable experience. A friend strongly recommended their kway chap and suggested i should try it. So, i came with little expectation and ordered a portion of kway chap with 2 bowls of kway for $5.00.

Though i did not particularly impressed with that plate of braised items but i was rather puzzled when i found a few slices of pineapple amongst them. This was the first time that i ever came across pineapple in kway chap and i wonder what would be the possible reason to include it? The only thing that came to mind was maybe they are using it to remove the unpleasant taste of these innards? 

Though the texture of those pieces of kway tasted decent but the braised sauce that they mixed it in was quite good. I enjoyed the distinct herbal-ish taste. Overall, it was not bad but not the best that i have tasted. 

560 Macpherson Road SINGAPORE 368233

Sunday, November 16, 2014

928 Ngee Fou Restaurant (Hakka) Ampang Yong Tou Fu

We were there at about 8 pm, close to their closing time. They dimmed their signboard and it didn't left much food at their counter. I thought they must have already sold out but still approached the lady and asked, there were still some left for 2 people though some items were not available. We asked for a mixture of everything that they left with 2 bowls of rice. 

It came quite quickly, the items include kang kong, fishball, fried dumplings, dried beancurd skin, squid eggs brinjal and bitter gourd stuffed with fish paste served in a pool of sauce. Nothing fanciful but pure comforting. 

My favourite item has to be brinja stuffed with fish paste. It tasted fresh, went well with rice, with or without the sweet sauce.

This is worth a try, if you happen to be in the vicinity.

928 Upper Thomson Road SINGAPORE 787121

Thursday, November 13, 2014

FISH & CO. : Lunch with Grandma

Decided to bring Grandma for lunch at Fish & Co. right after her appointment at Singapore General Hospital. This was her first visit as well as her first time eating fish & chips and her first time dining out in such an eatery. 

She started flipping the menu upon seated down. She was getting really curious and excited but not knowing what to order. She wanted to try spaghetti but the texture might be a little too hard for me so we urged her to go for Fish & Chips instead. 

We gotten her a glass of Iced Tea. She was happily sipping away though it was a bit too cold for her. 

The soup of that day was Cream of Mushroom. I did not quite expect Grandma to appreciate it, she finished the whole bowl, faster than expected. She enjoyed the taste somewhat. 

The fish & chips was quite a large portion, it consists of 2 pieces of perfectly fried battered fish fillets served with quite a huge portion of fries with tartar sauce. Though the batter was slightly too thick but it has a desired crispiness that we enjoyed. I did not finish the fries though as it was a bit too much.

The grilled white fish was unexpectedly tasty. It was served with Ebiko then grilled it with a thin layer of cheese then sprinkled with bits of parsley. Option was given to choose 2 sides to go with it. Fries was a good choice but the mashed potato was just decent. 

Grandma really enjoyed the fish & chips though she only managed to eat slightly more than a piece of the fried battered fish with some fries. 

53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 AMK Hub #02-03 SINGAPORE 569933

A Tiong Bahru Story

Read my article on Makansutra about Tiong Bahru. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Village Western Grill : Better than Average

It was by chance that i came across this western food stall located in a coffee shop near home. I just wanted a simple dinner so i ordered Fried Rice with Chicken Cutlet ($5.50) and Spicy Chicken ($6.90) from their extensive menu. The Spicy Chicken is in the form of grilled chicken and serve with 3 different sides of my choice : mashed potato, coleslaw and cheese pasta. 

The Fried Chicken with Chicken Cutlet came first. Though it tasty crispy but was a bit too bland to my liking.

The fried rice was unexpectedly tasty though it was simply fried with just bits of ham and egg but it tasted amongst the better ones that i ever eaten from a western food stall. The portion was good too, for a hungry stomach.

The Spicy Chicken was of a good portion too, it was nicely pan seared to give it a slight smoky flavor then with bits of chilli flakes sprinkled to give it a mild spiciness.

The coleslaw was a good choice. The finely shredded cabbage and carrot nicely mixed with mayonnaise and served chilled to give it a refreshing feel. 

The mashed potato was of the right texture but the gravy was not as tasty as i liked it to be.

The cheese pasta was the best amongst the 3 sides. A nice different from the usual mashed potato and coleslaw that is not usually available at most western food stalls. The pasta was cooked just right and served it with a nice cheese sauce.

Block 107 Ang Mo Kio Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 Street 11 #01-138 SINGAPORE 560107

Saturday, November 8, 2014

[Hong Kong] CAPITAL CAFE : A Simple Breakfast

I walked past this cafe a few times when walking from Causeway Bay to my flat at Wan Chai but walked in for the first time when i was looking to have an early breakfast on my last day in Hong Kong. It was a rainy morning and perhaps that was the reason why this place was not as crowded as i expected it to be. The options were pretty limited as well so i went with Scrambled Egg on Toast, Fried Egg, Pork Chop Buns and Chilled Milk Tea. 

I enjoyed the Fried Egg, though it might be easy to prepare but it does require a bit of skills to do it well. 

Their Scrambled Egg on Toast was real good, almost as good as the one by Australian Diary. The texture of scrambled was slightly runny and rather soft, it served on a piece of lightly toasted bread. Though simple but a perfect choice for breakfast. 

The Pork Chop Bun though nicely presented but it did not taste as good as its look. The texture of the pork chop was a bit too tough to my liking and buns were slightly hard. This was not amongst the best Pork Chop Buns that i have often in Hong Kong. 

Their chilled milk tea was quite good, thick, fragrant and smooth. 

Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, 6 Heard Street, Wan Chai, HONG KONG