Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Not really like a bowl of Yong Tau Fu...

Though the idea resembles a normal bowl of 'Yong Tau Fu' but if you take a look at it from a different angle, it might look alike but at the same time it's pretty different too.

The other day, my friend has mentioned about the uprising of such stalls
that are preparing and selling such a dish. I have seen quite a few near
my workplace but I have not given it a try. Hence that acts as the main
push for me to give it a try. And that uprising dish would be...

'Mala Hot Pot'(麻辣香鍋)
You can go for the dish only or you get top up a bit more for an extra
bowl of rice to go with it.

So what's so special about the this dish?
Over here in Singapore, you will be choosing the ingredients that you
want to have first. The selections that you can choose include the
different types of vegetables, seafood and meat. As you hand the
ingredients over to the helpers of the stall, they will calculate
the exact price of the dish and at the same time, they will ask you
for your desired level of spiciness. Since this is my first attempt
at this dish, I decided to go for the 3rd level. (The maximum they
have over here is level 5.)

The above shows the end product of my selection. This eventually
has changed into a bowl of stir fried ingredients topped with extra
ingredients like peanuts, sesame, sliced chillies, etc... topped with
their special blend of spicy sauce.

This is pretty new to me. The ingredients are slightly a bit wet, but
the chef has prepared it properly. None of the ingredients still has
the raw and cold touch, which is a (+). And since I have chosen a
variety of ingredients with a different texture, hence in every bite
I'm getting a sweet, spicy, crunchy, chewy sensation, which can be
pretty appealing to me. Not only the dish is pretty tasty, this bowl
of ingredients is big enough to be shared by 2 individuals. On top of
that, since these are ingredients that I have chosen, therefore these
are stuff that I like. :D Anyway I think that I can go for the level
4 or 5 of spiciness since the level 3 itself isn't fiery enough. :P

The above shows their charges for the individual plate of ingredients
over here. For the convenience of those that couldn't read Chinese, I
will break it down for you. Basically, vegetables are going for S$1
per plate, meat are mostly going for S$2 per plate, premium meat and
seafood are going for S$3 per plate. A bowl of rice over here would be
charge at S$0.50 each.

So where can you give this dish a good try?
The name of this stall would be 'Ri Ri Hong Mala Hot Pot'(日日紅麻辣香鍋).
It's located inside "People's Park Complex Food Centre".

  • Operating Hours:
    11:00 - 21:00 Daily
  • Their business was so good that they have 2 outlets in the same food centre to satisfy the big crowd.
  • Take note, most of the 'Mala Hot Pot'(麻辣香鍋) are doing things differently. I have seen stalls that allows you to pick and choose your own ingredients, which is chargeable by the weight, which can end up to be pretty costly. So do keep that in mind. :)
* Click here for the location of "People's Park Complex Food Centre" on Google Maps.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Atomic Bomb from the sky

The sky is full of glittering stars. However, an 'Atomic Bomb' has dropped from the sky last year. Therefore, I decided to give it a good try.

Here's my confession: My appetite is slightly bigger as compared
to a normal human being. Therefore I love restaurants that
provides unlimited portions of rice at no extra costs. Therefore
for the sake of the 'Atomic Bomb', I decided to give this place
a good try.

Over here, besides for the unlimited free flow of rice, you can
also get shredded cabbages for free too. But wait, unlimited free
flow of rice and shredded cabbages, isn't that one of the
characteristics of a Japanese 'Tonkatsu'(breaded, deep-fried pork
cutlet) restaurant.

That's probably why, they are providing the 'Sesame Sauce' for the
cabbages, 'Tonkatsu Sauce' and 'Seaweed Salt' on all the tables.

More than half of the items that are listed on the menu comes with
with a breaded deep fried cutlet.
The above shows 'Special Pork Loin Cutlet'.

The skin of the cutlet isn't too thick and at the same time isn't
too oily. On top of that, the sweet taste of the loin meat is a (+).
But most importantly, the chewy and crunchy meat is unforgettable.

'Piyo Piyo Minced Meat Cutlet'

This would be the 'Atomic Bomb' that I have mentioned earlier.
The core of this cutlet was made up of an fantastic boiled egg,
pretty much similar to those that you are getting from a bowl
of Japanese Ramen. And it's wrapped around a layer of minced
meat and topped with the breaded skin. And as you cut open
the cutlet, the creamy egg yolk started to flow out of the core,
which makes it look ultra yummy. The combinations looks pretty
interesting and it's pretty different from the average cutlet.
Not just being crunchy, there's also a chewy sensation and the
taste of it are pretty good. However, the portions are kinda
small and it will be great if they can throw in an extra cutlet
in the set meal.

'Jumbo Pork Loin Cutlet'
This is indeed a jumbo loin cutlet. The portion is big enough
to be shared by 2 individuals.

Besides for the 'Pork cutlets', they have also listed different
kinds of cutlets, e.g. 'Seafood cutlets', 'Chicken Cutlets', etc.
If you are hanging out nearby, do give the cutlets over here a
good try. :P

The name of this Japanese restaurant would be 'Imakatsu'.
It's located on level 1 of 'Star Vista'.

Opening Hours:
  • Lunch: 11:30 - 15:00
    Dinner: 18:00 - 22:00

* Click here to find out more about 'Imakatsu'.
^ Click here for the Facebook Page of 'Imakatsu'.
~ Click here for the location of 'Star Vista' on Google Maps.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

It's not just about the main...

Are you into French Fries and the portion that you are getting just isn't big enough to satisfy your needs? Then you should give this place a try...

Started off with some greenly vegetables. A bit too plain for me. Would be
much much more tasty if they can provide some seasoning sauce.

'Spicy Buffalo Chicken Burger Set Meal'
As you place an order for a main course, you will be entitled to a plate of
salad and unlimited portions of French Fries. Frankly speaking, I love the
French Fries over here. Sounds a bit strange, but I would only go for French
Fries that comes with no salt. I'm getting that over here too and on top of
that, it seems that they would only start preparing the French Fries when a
customer places an order for it. Therefore the saltless, crunchy sticks are
simply far too amazing and delicious. Sadly speaking, they only have chilli
sauce and mayonnaise to go with the Fries but if they have provided Tartar
sauce, I might have gone ahead and place an order for my 3rd or 4th
helping of French Fries. :D

One of the signatures dishes over here would be the burgers. The moment I
stepped into this restaurant, the waitresses were asking, are you here for
the burgers? And more than 70 percent of the orders that night were mostly
burgers. Though it's not the biggest in Singapore, but the portion of this
is far more bigger than than one of my favorite fast food joint in
Singapore. Not only it's big, the thickness of the burger is pretty
amazing too. And here comes the best part. There's an outburst of juicy
meaty goodness in every single bite. Though I'm not getting the spicy
touch but the mix of chewy and crunchy ingredients just simply makes this
irresistibly yummy and satisfying. :D

So where can you give all these yummy stuff a try?
The name of this restaurant would be 'Suprette'.
It's located on level 1 of 'Kam Leng Hotel'.

This is a photo of 'Kam Leng Hotel'.
Just in case you are passing by this place almost every single day and you
don't know that this is the hotel that has the amazing restaurant.

Opening Hours:
  • Breakfast and Lunch:
    Mondays - Fridays: 07:30 - 15:00
    Saturdays - Sundays: 07:30 - 16:00

    Sundays - Mondays, Wednesdays - Thursdays: 18:00 - 22:00
    Saturdays - Sundays: 18:00 - 00:00
    (Closed on Tuesdays, Dinner time)

By The Way:
  • Since they only have limited seats over here, do make a reservation if you intend to stay and hang around for a longer period of time chewing on the unlimited flow of French Fries..

* Click here to find out more about 'Suprette'.
^ Click here for the Facebook page of 'Suprette'.
~ Click here for the location of 'Kam Leng Hotel' on Google Maps.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Appealing Fragrance of...

Hokkien Mee, also known as 'Fried Prawn Noodles'. There's a saying as you start exploring new neighborhoods, it will open up more and more interesting new places to explore. The same thing has happened to me a few days ago. As I was on my way to a restaurant, there was this nice fragrance floating in the air. From the smell of it, I knew that that's the nice fragrance of 'Hokkien Mee' and it's damn appealing...

'Hokkien Mee'
When I was passing by the place in the afternoon, I saw this amazingly long
queue and I thought that I might ended up queuing up for a pretty long period
of time, but when I went back to the stall at night, I ended up queuing for
like 5 minutes only, which is pretty lucky. :)

The 'Hokkien Mee' over here can be pretty interesting. For a start, this
isn't soupy at all, it's pretty dry. On top of that, the base is a mixture
of the yellow noodles and thick rice vermicelli, topped with ingredients
like 'beansprouts', 'prawns' and 'squid'. After squeezing the lime and
and mixing the scoop of chilli into the plate of 'Noodles', things are
about to get better and better. I personally loved the part where every
single bite comes with a nice strong taste of charcoal fire. On top of
that, I'm also getting a delicious taste in every single bite, which is
very likely to be the soup stock that they have thrown in throughout the
process of preparing this dish. Well, delicious findings everyday and that
just makes my life more and more interesting. :P

So where can you give this a good try?
The name of this stall would be
'Original Serangoon Road Fried Hokkien Mee'(正孟加卡老招牌炒福建蝦面).
It'e located in one of the coffee shops located along 'Serangoon Road'.

Opening Hours:
  • Daily: 16:30 - 23:15
    (Closed on Mondays)

* Click here to find out more about 'Chicken Up'.
^ Click here for the Facebook page of 'Chicken Up'.
~ Click here for the location of 'Original Serangoon Road Fried Hokkien Mee'
  (正孟加卡老招牌炒福建蝦面) on Google Maps.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Overdose of Chicken Wings

Are you looking for a place to chill out and have a good chat over unlimited finger food? This might be a good alternative for you...

Pretty boring for a start. Even without salt, this isn't solid/crunchy
to my liking. But, looking it from a different perspective, 'Fries'
isn't their specialty... Their signature stuff over here are the...

Left: 'Yangnyum Chicken'
Middle: 'Curry Up Chicken'
Right: 'Spicy Up Chicken'
I will start with the most unlikable one first.
(The one that displease me the most. =.=)

The first one would be the 'Curry Up Chicken'. Since they are merely
pouring the 'Curry gravy' over the 'Fried Chicken', hence the taste of
the 'curry' didn't blend into the meat completely. Therefore, I have
listed this to be the first out of the three items.

The second one would be the 'Spicy Up Chicken'. If you are looking for
'Spicy Chicken Wings', you will be very disappointed. The 'chicken wings'
ain't spicy enough, but the non-greasy yet crispy skin combined with the
tender meat is worth a big (+), but this isn't as good as the...

'Yangnyum Chicken'. Coated with a sweet and spicy sauce, this is much
more enjoyable than the other 2. Though, I'm not getting the fiery
sensation but the crispy skin is really very very good. Despite of the
fact that my fingers are getting pretty sticky, but it couldn't stop me
from wiping out a plate of 'Yangnyum Chicken' within minutes. :D Oh, by
the way, the meat of the 'chicken wings' are pretty tender too. This is
pretty much similar to the 'Spicy Up Chicken' except for the tasty skin.

'Andong Chicken'
If all the 'Fried Chicken' are getting a bit too much, you can give
this 'Chicken Stew' a try. I personally like the vegetables that comes
with it. Though the chicken that comes with this dish isn't big enough
but the spicy stew is pretty interesting. I wonder if they would provide
a bigger portion if I'm dining in a much more bigger group.

'Yangnyum Chicken'
Like what I have mentioned earlier, this is pretty good and yummy, but
this can get pretty boring and sickening when you dig into the 5th or
6th one. I would strongly encourage you to dig into different types of
chicken and try not to stick to 1 type of chicken only.

The name of this restaurant would be 'Chicken Up'.
There's a few outlets located islandwide and this
outlet is located along 'Tanjong Pagar Road'.

Opening Hours:
  • Mondays - Thursdays: 17:30 - 02:00
    Fridays - Saturdays: 17:30 - 03:00
    Sundays: 17:30 - 00:00

By The Way:
  • If you are a big eater, you can go for the 'Chicken Buffet' that they are offering over here. You can place unlimited orders for selected items on the menu and that can be pretty appealing to big eaters like me. :P Do call in to find out more about the 'Chicken Buffet;.
  • One of the signatures over here would be stuff like the different types of 'Soju Cocktails', especially the 'Watermelon Soju' that was served in a 'Watermelon'. I was looking at it and it looks pretty stunning.
  • Do try to make reservations before you turn up at the restaurant. Otherwise the queue can be pretty nasty, especially when you are hanging out in a big group.

* Click here to find out more about 'Chicken Up'.
^ Click here for the Facebook page of 'Chicken Up'.
~ Click here for the location of 'Chicken Up' on Google Maps.