Sunday, 30 August 2009

EAT. Fishball Noodles

EAT. has many chain outlets scatter around different parts of Singapore. Just within my area, I can spot 3 outlets selling different varieties of fishball noodles, laksa and Ngo Hiang(wu xiang) and etc in the Shopping mall.

You can either select the set meal which comes with a bowl of noodle and a drink of either coffee/tea. They have a wide varieties of noodles which you can choose from, like eg. Mee Poh, Kuey Tiao(flat rice noodles), Bee Hoon (rice vermicelli) and etc. Bak Chor Mee is usually served with minced meat, pork slices, fishball, sliced mushrooms, fried dumpling(wonton - 云吞), beansprouts, bits of deep-fried lard and a slice of lettuce.

Apart from the dried version, you can order the soup version too. We ordered a bowl of Lao Shu Fen(Silver needle noodles - 老鼠粉) which is one of my favourite noodle. The soup is great, it taste sweet and fragrant due to the adding of soup bones and etc.

In certain outlets , the stall also prepare some side dishes such as Ngo Hiang(wu xiang), fried beancurd, fishcake, chicken wings and etc. We love to order their Ngo Hiang which consists of meat and carrot, yam and etc that are marinated with seasoning and wrapped with beancrud skin and deep-fry. This can be eaten as finger food itself or it also goes well with the dried noodles.



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Seafood Delicacies @ Rabbit Brand

Had being working in CBD area for more than two years plus and yet I have no ideas about this budget Seafood Restaurant. It is located near the Boat Quay Shop Houses which is about less than 10 minutes walk from Clarke Quay MRT. The outlet at Circular Road consists of upper and lower dinning area which draw large crowds during office lunchtime hours.

Although the outlook of the shop and their menu is not well presented, but they do offer seafood delicacies such as shark fin and abalone at an absolutely cheap prices. The cheapest on their menu is about $5.50 to the most expensive at $12.50. So this is indeed a good budget tips for those who craves for abalone, shark fin, sea cucumber or scallops.

Look at the generous amount of ingredients found in this "Buddha Jumps Over The Wall - 佛跳墙". It consists of Fish Maw, thick Abalone slices, Shittake Mushroom, Chicken Shark's Fin, Scallops and etc. Overall the soup was very fragrance, thick and full of taste that is well absorb by the ingredients.

This Set A which is at S$9.50 comes with a personal serving of Mini Buddha Jumps Over The Wall, Rice, Balanced Beansprout, Tea and complimentary dessert. This is sure worth of penny to have such a delicacies for a hearty meal.

We also ordered Set B "- 鲍鱼"@ S$8.50 which included a generous topping of baby abalones and shiitake mushrooms braised in their special thick fragrance gravy that serves with extra balanced vegetables and rice. Even though the so called "Baby abalone" might be as good as the full size Abalone but the gravy and its contain is good enough for you to eat with a second helping of rice. Each set meal is also given a complimentary bowl of dessert, ours for that day is "Snow fungus with dried logan".

Other than the above sets, we also tried their special signature "Spinach Doufu - 菠菜豆腐" dish. The doufu has a very crispy outer layer and soft texture inwards that tops with some shredded spinach leaves. As usual, this deep-fried doufu dish is also served with their special sauce that makes this simple doufu more appetising. This dish can be order as a rice set or as individual dish at S$2.10 each.



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Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Teh Tarik & Mee Goreng

Teh tarik or "拉茶" in Mandarin is a hot tea beverage which can be commonly found in restaurants, outdoor stalls and kopi tiams in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. The derived from the pouring process of "pulling" the drink during preparation. The mixture is poured back and forth repeatedly giving it a thick frothy top. The purpose of doing this is said to cool the tea to drinking temperatures, and helps mix the tea with the condensed milk more thoroughly.

You can even choose the Ginger flavour Teh Tarik if you like to have something more spicy and consists of that extra ginger fragrance. Some of the stall also severs it with an extra piece of Murukku which is made from a mixture of urad, rice flour, salt, and flavourings such as chili, or cumin.

Mee Goreng meaning "fried noodles" is a dish famous in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. It is made with thin yellow noodles fried with onion, fried tofu, chili, vegetables, tomatoes, and egg. It is commonly available at stalls in Singapore & Malaysia and is often spicy.

You can find many different preparation styles of Mee Goreng in Singapore, e.g: Malay style(which is shown above), Indian sytle (click link to view picture) which is more reddish in colour and Chinese style (click link to view picture) which consists of prawns and etc. No matter which type you prefer, I am sure there is one that suits your liking .



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Saturday, 22 August 2009

Dim Sum @ Mayim Chinese Cuisine

Remember my archives post on the newly open branch of this Mayim - 天乐里 Chinese Cuisine Restaurant @ Northpoint. Finally, after the 3rd week of their grand opening and long queuing we managed to pop-in this afternoon to sample some of their afternoon tea dishes.

They have a eye-catching menu that consists a wide varieties of dishes range from snacks to main course and dessert and I am sure you will be able to find something that suits your taste bud. For a start, we ordered 3 of their signature Fragrance Tea which is serves in individual earthen tea-pot:-

1) Jasmin Tea With Rose Buds (红玫瑰香片): Out of the tea shown in the menu, this is one of my favourite tea due to the name and ingredients used which gives the tea a sweet and fragrance aroma when taste. These dried natural rose petal is often regarded as a health supplement which can be consume regularly to help in blood circulation and digestion.

2) "Shou Mei" With Wolfberry (寿楣杞子茶): This tea has an interesting meaning of "Longevity " due to the word "寿" in Chinese character. Shou Mei(寿楣) is a white tea that is produced from naturally withered upper leaf and tips that has a stronger flavor reminiscent of lighter Oolong teas.

3) "Pu Erh" With Chrysanthemum (贡菊普洱茶) : This tea is the combination of Pu Erh and Gong Ju(a varity of chrysanthemum). The use of Chrysanthemum aid in recovery from influenza, acne and as well act as a "cooling" herb. It is believed to be effective in treating eye pain associated with stress or yin fluid deficiency.

Despite of the crowds, they service was still good and prompt when serving the dishes. The first item to set on the table is this "Spiced and Sour Lai Main served dry with minced pork - 酸辣炸酱干伴面". The taste of the sauce was just nice and it wasn't too spicy for us too. The texture of the noodle was "Q" and overall this dish worth at least 7/10 which cost @ the price of S$6.30 per plate.

Since it's almost 3pm in the afternoon, we decided to grab some "Dim Sum" items on their list. We ordered the Pan-fried Turnip Cake (香煎萝卜糕) with Chinese Sausage and Pan-fried Gyoza (生煎锅贴饺) with Ginger Vinegar. I personally love their pan-fried gyoza which when you bite on the crispy outer skin, the parcel will erupt with some sauce or soup like gravy which make the gyoza so tasty and juicy.

This "Steamed Vermicelli Roll with Crispy Golden Roll - 脆皮与旺肠" is an interesting item to us. It different from the usual "Chee Cheong Fan (猪肠粉)" which is wrapped with shrimp or char siu. This is a double-wrapping version where the inner layer is wrapped using spring-roll with shredded turnip, mushroom, carrot and etc then deep-fry until golden and crispy. After which, they will be wrapped with another layer of steam vermicelli skin and served with their special dipping sauce.

Beside the above, we also ordered a few more items on their Dim Sum list which cost only S$2.00 each item:-

1) Steamed Spiced Chicken Feet with Peanuts - 辣味蒸凤爪: The texture of the steamed chicken feet is soft and tasty with the combination of their special sauce. Other than the usual chicken feet, you can even find some stewed peanut that comes in it for that extra crunch and taste. I love the combi of the sauce and the chicken feet, it is not too oily nor salty, it has just the right taste.

2) Shanghai "Xiao Long Bao" - 上海小笼饱: Typically, I love the taste of those Shanghai Xiao Long Tang Bao - 小笼包, especially the one from Din Tai Feng. So when I saw this item from their Dim Sum menu, I decided to order a plate. To our surprised, the dumpling is place inside another small aluminum cup instead of the usual one that is place on top of baking paper or Chinese cabbage. Although the appearance might not be attractive, but you will be caught in surprised with the "herbal taste" like soup that flows out from the dumpling when you bite at it. But the "soup" might be a bit greasy and salty to those who prefer a lightly taste.

3) Healthy Brown Rice - 健康活力煲饭: This can be found under their Fragrance Fried Rice Menu is a must to try for those healthy conscience folks. This is indeed a very colourful and nutrition dish which consists of mixture of rice and brown rice with carrot, celery, black bean, black fungus, yam, peanut & red bean. On a glance of it, you might not see all the ingredients but when you start tugging in your spoon or chopstick, you will find a lot treasure hidden beneath. This is definitely worth at the price of S$2.00 per rice bowl.


By then when we have finished the above, we are already too full to have any dessert. So I guess shall wait till next round when we try their Ala Cart dish before we have another chance to venture into their dessert. Till then, I can suggest that this is rather a good place for a cosy meal at an afforable price for family and friends. So do check up for the nearest branch near you at their website @ Mayim location.



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Wednesday, 19 August 2009

BAKERZIN - August Promotion

Look at this, isn't it look Luscious............ Saw this Bakerzin Tiramisu advertisement at TODAY newspaper on the way to work. On the first glance, my thought was "WOW~~~~, my favourite Tiramisu. Must go grab it after work today". So I am sure this is also a great news for Tiramisu lover or if you are a fan of Bakerzin products.


Other than the above Promotion on Tiramisu, they are also having a Mooncake sale which valid till this 31st August 2009. Maybe I would like to try their Sesame Truffle Selection which looks interesting to me compare to those traditional flavours. You can check up more details on their official website(here) or run down to any of their outlets(here) near your area.



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Sunday, 16 August 2009

Soup Restaurant

Soup Restaurant, the unique Chinatown Heritage Cuisine has been preserved for your palate. Their special dishes like Samsui Ginger Chicken, other steamed dishes and herbal soups are prepared in the traditional way.

This is the 1st time I tried their "Teochew Olives Rice" which is prepared by preserved black olives mixes with plain rice. And also black olive is known to stimulate appetite and aids in the process of slimming. Take a closer look at their Olives Rice, each grain is separately nicely and suprisingly it is not that oily as what I have thought of. The texture of the rice is great and it's very different from the usual Thai Olive Fried Rice.

Soup Restaurant "Samsui Ginger Chicken" is steamed-cooked for a pre-determined duration and temperature, thus maintaining its rich chicken aroma and taste. The chicken is served with their special Ginger & Sesame dipping sauce other than the usual Hainanese Chicken Rice chilli sauce that you use to have.

The art of consuming "Samsui Ginger Chicken" is by dipping the chicken into ginger sauce and wrapping them with fresh lettuce. It taste really refreshing and non greasy too.

Come and catch up with their S$1.00 Lunch Treat promotion which is for limited period only. Upon ordering their signature Samsui Ginger Chicken or set menu any day during lunch hour to enjoy any one of the 6 popular dishes at ONLY S$1.00.

With the S$1 Lunch Treat offer, we order this Tofu Prawn. Although the egg gravy is made with simple ingredients like egg, tomato & chilli sauce. It taste so aroma and robust because they use only the freshest prawns. The sauce really goes well with white rice or bun some fried mantou if they do provide.

As you see we didn't order any of their signature soup for today because we are too fully with all the above dishes. But I would like to recommend their "Double Boiled Waisan & Ginseng Roots with Chicken Soup" and "Double Boiled Lingzhi with Lean Pork" which is I find worth of cent to try.



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SAKAE - Eat & Blog Event

Isn't it wonderful when you can enjoy your favourite food and at the same time blog about it and stands a chance to win a voucher for your next dine-in. And furthermore, you might also be selected as their Sakae E-journalist which will entitled you to a SAKAECard wtih TOP UP of $30 per month.

Recently I have just received my Sakae Complimentary Voucher for my July Dine-in Post on Sakae(Aug 09) dine-in and blog. And good new is I am also being selected to be one of their E-journalist of eat and blog for 6 months. So don't hestiate, come and join the Sakae Monthly Blog Affair (click on the link for more details)that enable you to eat and blog at the sametime.



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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Imperial Cordyceps Chicken

While doing my usual weekend marketing, I happen to get hold of this leaflet from the poultry stall in the wet market. I was surprised to see this new product of Imperial Cordyceps Chicken by Kee Song Brothers Poultry Industries Pte Ltd of Singapore and Meng Kee Poultry (M) Sdn Bhd of Malaysia.

This new product is also available in NTUC FairPrice supermarkets, leading hotels restaurants, and poultry stores. It's current retails is at SGD $16.80 per packet weighs about 1 kg and I saw at NTUC promotion that it comes with a pack of free pre-packed herbs together with the chicken. In the given leaflet, there are a few soup menu from Chinese Physician "CHEN MEI ER" too... It is said that these chicken is rich in Cordyceps Sinensis and has the nutritional benefits of wild Cordyceps without impurities.

Even though it might be a bit costly to get a chicken at such at price, but for health wise, maybe it's worth giving it a try. Do check out with the promoter at your nearby NTUC supermarket for soup sampling and more details.



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Yoshinoya

YOSHINOYA is famous for its Beef Bowl (Gyudon) which is a tasty and wholesome meals with fast food convenience. It is comprise of thinly sliced imported beef simmered in a special broth and seasoned with a unique blend of savoury herbs and spices. Yoshinoya has a lot of branches all over Singapore and it's really another type of having casual Japanese Food in a budget way.

Other than their Beef Bowl (Gyudon), my dear son especially loves their Ebi Set. He will have it plain without any sauce. The prawn is nicely fried with a crispy outer layer and juicy inside when bite. It is also served with mixed vegetables including carrots, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower in our Signature Sauce over a bed of plump, steamed white rice.

All the set meals include a bowl of hot and heartwarming Miso soup to go with the rice meal.

We also order their Crispy Potato Mix @ S$3.95, which come in 3 different types of Potato mix:- potato croquette, potato gem and potato chip. They taste even better with the Wasabi mayonnaise sauce.

They have have a few choices of the Kiddo Bento that comes with free gift for kids. So do drop by any of their branches in your nearby shopping mall for new taste of Japanese Food at a affordable prices.



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Friday, 14 August 2009

Marina Barrage

Marina Barrage is a dam in Singapore that built across the Marina Channel between the reclaimed lands of Marina East and Marina South. It was officially opened on 1 November 2008. This S$226 million project turns Marina Bay and Kallang Basin into a new downtown freshwater Marina Reservoir. It also provides water supply, flood control and a new lifestyle of attraction.

There is a green roof top which doubles up as a recreational space, open to public access. You will be able to see a lot of visitors flying kites or having picnic on that area too. Other than recreation area, it is also serves as an insulation to lower the temperature of the building. The pump house which located at the ground floor contains seven pumps are used to flush water out of the reservoir during stormy weather at high tide. But the interior of the pump house is closed to members of the public.

This is the Marina Bridge which containing the press gates that form the barrier of the Marina Barrage. Besides separating the seawater from freshwater, it also acts as a tidal barrier to keep out high tides. The 5m tall steel gates can be lowered during heavy rains so that water from the reservoir can be released into the sea.

Other than the outdoor activities, they also have "The Sustainable Singapore Gallery (SSG)" which is an information and sensory extravaganza showcasing Singapore’s efforts towards environmental sustainability.

From 3 August 2009, SBS 400 will be added to the shuttle service between Marina Bay MRT Station and Marina Barrage. Please refer to the chat list of the schedule here. If you are free, do drop by either in the morning or late evening to enjoy the beautiful scenic from another side the city.



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Thursday, 13 August 2009

Swenses Ice Cream & Dessert Buffet

Recently at our visit to ION Orchard, we will given a leaflet each from some of the Swensens staffs. But at a glance we didn't notice anything unusual on it maybe because we have just finished our lunch. The leaflet is something about Ice-cream.... and it says ALL YOU CAN EAT!!!!!

Until today I was caught up with this cute advertisement on TODAY newspaper then I realised about this EAT ALL YOU CAN ICE-CREAM & DESSERT Buffer exclusively only at Swensens, ION Orchard. So all the Ice-Cream lover, don't miss out this Special Offer @ ION where you can sample around 50 flavor of ice-cream at the price of S$19++

Other than the above advertisement from the Newspaper, I also saw this On-line promotion from the Great Deals Singapore website. You can take a look at the site if you are interested for their 1-for-1 Ice Cream & Dessert Buffet which valid till 30 September 2009.



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