Sunday, 15 December 2013

1036 Live Seafood

Lying in the quiet precint in Sembawang, a stall located in a coffeeshop warmed up at night especially when crowds flock in for their yummy seafood. It was neither an outstanding nor well-known place, but it would be flooded sometimes during festive seasons. Its not the place that attracts, but the food.

It was a rainy day and I was at a lost of ideas of where to go for my dinner. Then this place reminded me. Let's try it. There was a designated area for parking for their customers. I was early and there was not a crowd seen. The menu looked delicious with so many varieties. We ordered a bean paste horfun, a salted-egg crayfish and a deep fried baby squid. All were our favourite food. Yummy!!

The hofun was delicious, especially with added red chilli padi. There were places selling such a dish but usually the sauce do not have enough bean taste. This place managed to have the bean paste so well blended into the horfun. Nice!! And my favourite crayfish, salted-egg flavour just tasted so great. Love the sauce... ... But fattening! Never knew such suburbs could have such tasty food. The baby squid were also good! It was not too wet with sauce but just right. I so wanted to go back there again to try out other dishes! Even looking at it made me drool... ...

Once again I am back to try out other dishes. The salted egg pork ribs was good!! I love it. I guess this place cooked real great especially for salted egg related dish. There were many other combinations you could request, and it was also my first time hearing salted egg pork ribs.

We ordered my favourite crispy noodle, but quite disappointing because it was so so only. The crispy noodle do not have egg, the most important element in the dish. We also had mui fan, well for this dish it was ok. Gravy was thick enough and not too dry. The mui fan is worth a try for those who liked this.

1036 Sembawang Road
S'pore 758504

Nearest Station: Sembawang Station

Rating: 4 out of 5

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Ramen Champion Restaurant

Just one word to describe: GOOD!! I heard of this Number One ramen in Singapore sometime back but yet to try it. Finally after my usual weekly hike up Bukit Timah Hill, I went to Ramen Champion for lunch. I visited the outlet at Changi Airport Terminal 3. It was less crowded as compared to those in the city areas. Parking was easy and location was convenient. It was quite empty when I arrived, as most of the crowds were dominating the foodcourt. It had the typical Japanese style of atmosphere when you entered the restaurant, especially with those wooden tables and chairs. We were given order cards for use in the restaurant. It had the Marche style concept. There were four stalls selling different kinds of ramen, don and sides. Basically it was all different cooking methods mastered by 4 different chefs. I believe all the outlets carried different tastes because each chef had its own speciality and was allocated to a stall.

I took a walk round looking at the huge varieties available to me. I was at a loss of what to order. Too many choices and I wanted to practically try all of it. The display of the menus were so attractive. The menus decorated the stalls!! 

I was already salivating while looking, and finally I made up my mind with the Black Garlic Ramen. I placed my order and was given an electronic collection UFO dish. It would vibrate and light up when your order is ready for collection. We had ordered some sides too - the Gyoza and the Pork Katsu. Within minutes, I got to collect my ready ramen. It smelled so good and felt so delicious!!

The soup base was fantastic and so tasty. This ramen was made by Chef Masaki. It felt creamy with some miso taste. The soup base was cooked with chicken and pork. Perfect combination!!  I almost finished up the soup too. The Gyoza and Pork Katsu was also different. 

The Gyoza was soft and juicy. The skin was thin and as you chewed, you would not be able to feel the hardness and thickness of the Gyoza skin. The Pork Katsu was fine crispy. The marinated flour only occupied a thin layer over the meat unlike those from Sakae or Sushi Teh whis were hard and thick. Yummy!!! I would definitely recommend to everybody out there. You will come back again! There were few outlets available islandwide too. You can find it here

I had also tried out the one at Great World City. Its a place with another different flavour of recipes by four different chefs. 

Somehow I don't really like the service over there, probably because it is new, the cooks weren't very experience. Forgetfulness did really portray a bad encounter. I ordered a Butaou Special Spicy Sukiyaki, and the non-spicy came. After that then one waiter took the spicy sauce to me saying that the cook forgotten to add it in. The soup base is the main theme I guess.

I also had a Miyamoto Half Garlic Ramen. The noodles used was not the usual Japanese ramen, but the Chinese Lor Mee Noodles. It somehow does not suit the taste of the Japanese style of ramen. 

The soup base was good. But was spoilt by the taste of the bean sprouts. When bean sprouts were added to the soup, it will create a saw vege taste sensation. I also tried the Butaou Pork Bowl, and well it was better than the noodles. It felt like pulled pork but overall was still good.

My overall experience with Ramen Champion was still ok. I am not really in favour of the one at Great World City. I am more favourable to the Changi Airport outlet. In fact it was the soup that carried out its flavour in every bowl of ramen. I yet to try the one in Bugis...

Changi Airport Terminal 3,
#B2-058, S'pore 918146

Nearest Station: Changi Airport

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

Friday, 6 December 2013

Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ Buffet

This is one of the best BBQ buffet I ever tried. Dinner at $22++ on weekdays and $24++ on weekends. I heard from many of my friends that this place is always full, and advanced booking is required. So in order to play safe, I made reservations before I came. It was previously located at Novena Ville, now at United Square basement. I believed that the siting capacity was small at Novena Ville which resulted in the everyday full house. There were ample seats at the United Square location. This was my first time sampling Korean BBQ, and well, it was a good one. 

There were cooked food available as a starter such as stir-fried vegetables, noodles, pastas, salads, and some korean side dishes. Soups were also available with different cooking styles. There were a wide spread of meats namely pork, chicken, lamb and beef. The only seafood I saw were squid and prawns. 

I had some cooked food before starting on my BBQ. The noodles were tasty, and it would be advisable to take a little because it can be quite filling for the tummy. 

Finally I started my BBQ food. Spices were available to add on for more taste. I took all the different meats to try. The lamb was huge so one piece was more than enough. The pork and beef slices were the best. It was thin and easy to eat, and it went especially tasty with the lettuce wrapped around. 

We were anxious and excited to start our BBQ work so we laid the food onto the grill, squeezing in as many as possible. Beautiful sight with a whole load of food in front of you. Can't wait to try it. We added in garlics, onions, and chilli padis for some extra flavouring. 

It was tasty and delicious. The marinating of the meats were good. I had many rounds of meat till I am bloated, feeling full and satisfied. The korean style of eating was to use the lettuce to wrap around the meat. With some garlic and onions, the bite was yummy and juicy.

I would definitely come again. Thumbs up!! Well it was cheap too. How much meat could a person eat? After some time, we would be sick of it and then it was the time to leave. This is a place which I would recommend to everyone. It would be a good experience to give it a try. 

United Square Mall
101 Thomson Road,
#B1-15, S'pore 307591

Nearest Station: Novena

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

GURNEY DRIVE - Bringing Penang to You

Ang Mo Kio Central is one of my usual hangouts especially when there is an NTUC xtra located at the hub. I had never set foot into this small eating place whenever I walked passed it. I would take the escalator to the 2nd level and dine in the Japanese restaurant instead. I always thought that its just a normal local delights and nothing too special about it. I bought an offer from Groupon so I gave it a try on the so-called Penang food. They had the eating house environment and people would sit on stools. They also sell the local Penang Tou Sar Pau and cookies. I was browsing the menu on my choices of food and indeed, the menu offers a great variety of selections. It made me hesitated for a while. The menu can be found here. I had so many choices in mind, and finally I had decided on the Penang Nasi Lemak and the Penang Fried Kway Tiao. The food came and it look quite attractive. The chilli for the Nasi Lemak was extremely hot. The Nasi Lemak was better than those coffeeshop and hawker stalls, worth a try. 

The Fried Kway Tiao was also tasty. Not too bad and not spicy enough for me though. It is also worth a try. It had many ingredients added to it and the prawns were very fresh. The prices were reasonable and affordable. I also had an additional dish, my favourite Sambal Stingray. I always tried those from seafood stalls so why not try the Penang style stingray. 

The chilli was good especially the chao ta (over-cooked) taste, and it felt like hawker food. This is a must try item in the menu. After all these spiciness, I also tried their local desserts, the Chendol. Nice and I like it. Maybe because it eases my hot tongue... 

This place attracted quite a crowd in this neighbourhood. It is lively especially on weekends where familes and friends can find the local taste of hawker food. It is conveniently located at the Jubilee Entertainment Center, level 1.

61 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
#01-07, S'pore 569814

Nearest Station: Ang Mo Kio

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Friday, 22 November 2013

iSteaks Grill House

Located in the vicinity of Serangoon Garden, used to be a small coffee shop with only few operating stalls, we can see most of the customers ordered steaks instead of eating the local food. This steakhouse dominated the coffee shop mostly in the evenings. It used to be Aston previously but was taken over by them. I will visit this place every now and then because the steaks are good and value for money. The price went up a little but I still feel that it is reasonable. This steak stall worth my admiration because they employed people with a little low IQ, helping them to secure a job and having a stable income. 

We ordered a US Pork Loin steak and a NZ Ribeye steak. Yummy yummy always!! The pork loin was tender and juicy and same goes to the ribeye. We always order pork and beef because its our favourite food, especially if it was well cooked to our expectations.

The dish came with complimentary sides such as creamed broccoli, cheese macaroni, BBQ baked beans, green salad, mashed potato, olive rice, fries, onion rings, and potato salad. We would always have some greens on our dish because it was too meaty. This had became one of our favourite eating place for steaks and I would recommend it to all people. The pastas were also worth a try. 

Now they had shifted into myVillage @ Serangoon Gardens. The prices were a little steep because it was adopting a restaurant concept style. The food quality was maintained, and the menu stayed the same. One thing I felt was that it doesn't feel liked it was valued for money anymore. It is still worth a try because it's still affordable for many of us. The menu had not changed so why not....

I still love the juiciness of the meat... So yummy!! I am back occasionally still because I loved the steak there.

1, Maju Avenue
myVillage @ Serangoon Gardens
S'pore 556679

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

Orchid Live Seafood

Located along Sembawang Road, at Bah Soon Pah Road, we always see a beer garden for beer drinkers to chill out. Not knowing that there is a seafood restaurant inside, I had never set foot there. Until I saw the advert along the road saying "Live Seafood", then I decided to give it a shot. There were quite a number of cars when I arrived. It's speciality dish was the lobster porridge as advertised, and there were few tables ordering it.

Well I did not want to eat porridge at that time because I saw something special on the menu, its COLD CRAB! One of my favourites too because it had lots of eggs. I just love cold crab, especially crabs with eggs! So yummy. There were quite a varieties of food available as per stated in the menu. I ordered one small cold crab, small spicy squid, one sweet potato leaves vege and a fried rice. 

The best dish of the dinner was the cold crab. This small crab cost me $20, which I find it quite reasonable. There were eggs in it and I just love it! The pictures show everything. This restaurant was runned by PRCs and the other dishes were not as tasty as those from the "zi char" stalls. Maybe it was due to different cooking styles, but it did not suit my taste. 


The small spicy squid was sour which I believed they cooked using the Thai sweet and sour sauce, and the red onions that went with it was cold, so it felt like a cold dish instead. The sambal sweet potato leaves was not spicy at all and I had to add the balachan chilli and mixed it myself. The cook which I believed was not a local because the food produced did not have the local flavour. 

Well, I do not really recommend this place unless you are going for the cold crab and lobster porridge. From what I see and feel, these two items were more popular. I will be back for the cold crab or lobster porridge, but not the local dishes. 

More information on Orchid Live Seafood can be found on their website here.

1, Bah Soon Pah Road
S'pore 769959

Rating: 2 out of 5

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