The other day I was chatting with my friend about the authentic ramen places in Singapore and we discussed how each brand differs from the other. But when we talk about the creativeness of the chefs, Santouka is the one we both agreed on to be the boldest.
I am once again invited as an ambassador back to Santouka for 3 new menu items coming up (Well, I had at least visited them 7 times within 2017 for their ramen) ! Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is a Japanese ramen restaurant renowned for its Hokkaido-style ramen and pork cheek. As of now, they have 53 outlets in 9 countries! There is no need to worry about quality of standard. The recipe is being made consistent throughout all the outlets in all over the world so as to ensure that clients can get the same quality regardless where they are!
Spicy Shio Ramen
Unlike your typical Spicy Ramen that you find in Singapore, this is actually not spicy when you first taste it. But the spiciness comes after that. Not very spicy to be honest but you have this tingling spicy aftertaste and reminds me more of the Chinese style. You will also find parsley and fried shallots in your bowl of Spicy Shio Ramen which adds on a punch to the soup.
I really love the soup and didn't realised that Ive drank it all up even before I finish my ramen muahahaha! Give this a try and let me know what you feel about this! Hint* do add more chilli oil to perk up the spiciness if you enjoy it spicy~~
Kaisen Hiyashi Maze-soba
I would call this a fusion of Western salad style with Japanese authentic soba and ideas from Korean inspired side dishes. As you can see from the pictures below, Kaisen Hiyashi Maze-soba comes served on a big plate. Unlike your typical Ramen which is served hot or cold soba which comes with a dipping sauce or in sesame sauce, this is served cold and the base Miso sauce is one of the key factor to the unique experience for this dish. Topped with fresh seafood and sashimi, and the greens and sweetness of the cherry tomato, it makes this dish somewhat looks like a healthy salad!
You get to choose 01 meat side dish and 02 vegetable or cheese side dishes to add on to your meal. You can just eat it like Korean side dishes, picking some up to go with your cold ramen or you can also just pour everything in and mix them well. Your choice and preference on how to eat this! Its fun and filling as I feel its good for 2 females to share and order some other appetisers to go.
I personally would choose the black fungus (my fav!), bamboo shoots and unary to go with my Kaisen Hiyashi Maze-soba. Im not sure if I can pay bit more to add in one more dish of cheese :P
Love this creation and I leave it to you to choose your favourite side dishes and eat it the way you would want it to be :D
Dessert! Warning! Must have for all female or dessert lovers! I love this but do take note of the timing to serve this. (Takes quite awhile for the kitchen to make this so do order in advance and let them know before you're finishing your meal)
The most Instagrammable item on the menu for ladies and its a way to end off your meal, happy! and I'm sure anyone who had this for dessert after their meal will be the happiest person walking out of the restaurant. Fresh strawberries, yummy ice cream as well as crunchy cereal in it. Try this!!
All 03 dishes will be launched real soon so prepare your stomach for a gastronomical feast!
More details of the launch can be located HERE
Head down to their Cuppage outlet from 26th-29th April and 24th-27th May at The Central for chance to win some free dishes or 1 for 1 for your next meal! I will be there to win some free side dishes or discounts!
Continuing my journey with the authentic Japanese Ramen, trying out a new flavour yet to be introduced to the menu at Santouka. If you’re familiar with Santouka, you would know the history of their delicious ramen all the way back in the 1980s.
The famous white tonkotsu broth (pork bone soup) in a small bowl or ramen and over the years, Santouka have been establishing their name all over Japan as well as other parts of Asia and even to the United States of America and Canada!
Trying out the cold dish, Roast Beef AE-Soba. same flavourful ramen this time out of the bowl onto a plate of vegetables, poached egg and roast beef. Special home made Wasabi dressing (well don't be afraid of the word wasabi, as it only gives a hint of wasabi) and a perfect combination of the sesame sauce drizzled on the plate of ramen.
Santouka TanTan Men, I love this broth!! white tonkotsu soup with rich sesame and meat miso totally compliments this simple yet heavenly ramen. it kind of reminds me of my recent trip to Malacca where I had the satay Lok Lok. slightly spicy, with great creamy feel to the soup. The minced meat is a wonder!
Lastly I tried the Special Iberia Tokusen Toroniku Ramen. This…. this is one that you want to come back for on your next meal. The famous Santouka white tonkotsu broth and their famous ramen, usual slice of naruto, shoots, spring onions and pickled plum. Then comes the magic: evenly cut slices of pork. Braised pork cheeks replacing the usual Chashu. The look of it might tell you that the meat looks like any or Chashu, braised and slightly dry. But this melts in your mouth almost immediately! I would say you HAVE to try it out!
As most of my mates are travelling to Japan, I’m here once again at Japan Food Town to try out another great restaurant not to be missed! Anzu’s Tonkatsu, a Kyushu pride, is famous for their authentic Tonkatsu. Farm to table and to your tummy, each step is original from Kyushu and the reason why Japanese food lovers especially pork lovers will appreciate Anzu and their wonderful dishes.
Succulent port belly slightly marinated to bring out the wonderful taste of the meat and stir fried with onions and beautiful sauce. The Pork Shiogayaki Don is one of the favourites here at Anzu, my colleague tried the other, Oyaku Don where pieces of chunky and juicy meat with onions and omelette on sweet uruchimai.
Oh did I told you about the fresh and crunchy salad served free flow and fragrant ocha that you can enjoy before your main course is served? Wonderful!
We ordered the limited daily lunch set to try out and glad that we did! Nice soft vegetable oden, some cold sides with Anzu’s famous tonkatsu, Karaage and shrimp ball is heavenly! it also comes with seaweed rice, an average chawamushi, miso soup and some bites like the tamagoyaki, an escargot and cherry tomato.
Come on down for lunch if you're around the Japanese Food Town and give Anzu a try and of course many other lunch specials during their Spring Lunch Fair!
Japan Food Town: https://goo.gl/jhdVYa
I have been a fan of Japanese ramen for many years started since the days where I traveled to Japan for their authentic ramen and in recent years, authentic Japanese mane have been establishing their brands localy and I'm a very happy man! Recently visited Ikkousha Takata Ramen and I amazed by their flavourful soup base. Started in 2004 at Hakata, Fukuoka, Ikkousha's mission is to spread authentic Hakata ramen around the world. Consisted of 3 characters, ichi (one) ko (happy) sha (space), Ikkousha aims to be the one space to bring happiness to customers, staff, and people around them. Thats what I felt during my meal at their Tanjong Pagar branch. Though the service staffs are locals (Japanese chefs at the display kitchen), their passion to share, to serve and educate is commendable!
The pig bone soup, soul of the ramen, various textures of noodles for your preference, melts in your mouth Chashu carefully seasoned, the lovely sauces which enhances the soup base and of course the distinctive umami bubbles up on each bowl of yummy ramen to produce the signature thick and creamy texture. This foam can be found in authentic tonkotsu made from slowly simmering the pork bones.
The generous hard boiled eggs and wide variety of condiments are free to choose. I had ordered their Tonkotsu Black with the garlic soup base as well as the Level 2 spiciness God Fire ramen. Even when typing this, I’m perspiring once again thinking back at their God Fire Ramen (there are 4 levels of spiciness and I’m not a fan of very spicy stuffs) Flavoured egg was added and no regrets for ordering the egg as the runny yolk bursts out after the attempt to bite it.
Fans of garlic, you can ask for more punch if you wanna but trust me, the Tonkotsu Black will fend off any blood sucking vampires and maybe the mozzies too! :P
If you prefer a mountain of toppings, feel free to add them to your orders and you’ll be spoiled for choice and I didn't get to try all the sides, but I do love their Takata Specialty Hitokuchi Gyoza and if you still have some space, maybe a plate of their juicy fried chicken which I think its quite normal.
Please do feel free to try out other flavours of their slurping ramen as well as other sides and share with me your favourites too! Ikkousha Takata Ramen can be located at Both Tanjong Pagar Plaza as well as Chimes.
Log in to their website as well ---> HERE
Ikkousha Takata Ramen Singapore
Blk 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza
(Last order 2145hrs)
(Last order 2045hrs)
With the Korean craze going on for the past few years, Japanese culture especially Japanese cuisine has still been a stronghold in Singapore. You can find at least one Japanese restaurant available in any malls across the sunny island.
Located at Wisma Atria, Japanese Food Town, Yomoda Soba is amongst a huge section of Japanese eateries and this newly-opened restaurant from Tokyo specialises in handmade Soba made on-site using 100% buckwheat flour from Japan. You can actually see a consistent flow of customers queuing up for their turn to try out their authentic soba.
I had a quick chat and understand that the soba are freshly made everyday, without any MSG. And they get the ingredients imported all the way from Japan.
Yomoda’s soba is made using the real center part of the buckwheat which gives the elegant fragrance when you eat it and has the pure white colour which otherwise also known as the White Sarashina Soba.
Their daily set meals are to die for! They have a huge variety to choose from: you can go for a set with Yomoda curry rice, Char Siu Don (roasted pork rice bowl)or Oayako Don (chicken & eggs rice bowl) or how about a Tendon to go with your soba? Vegetarians, don't worry! they have a vegetarian set with the famous soba just for you too!
One of the highlights is the Kirin Ichiban Beer promotion which is on going now. with just SGD$12 you can enjoy a pint of the smooth beer with Tako-wasabi (Octopus sashimi marinated in wasabi and soy sauce), deep fried chicken skin and a marinated boiled Japanese styled egg. Great sides to accompany the beer I must say!
I ordered the Tempura Seiro Soba and the Tendon set and I just pretty much slurp up the yummy soba after I took enough pictures of it!
Nice texture to it and you can really taste the fragrance from the soba it self and the dip, soba tsuyu with wasabi, enhances the taste even further. An overflowing bowl of Tendon where you have a mixture of vegetables like long beans, mushrooms, pumpkin and chicken tempura with a fresh ebi tempura.
You can enjoy a crispy tempura served immediately from the deep fryer when you order the Tempura Seiro Soba, and a flavourful tempura drizzled in Yomoda’s tempura sauce when you savour the Tendon set with soba. Both are great but I personally prefers the Tendon set.
Right now, you can enjoy Yomoda soba with their special set lunch during their weekday from 1130hrs till 1700hrs.
If you're a member of JPassport, you can collect points and enjoy rewards such as discounts when you come back again to Yomoda Soba!
Come down to Yomoda soba and give it a try! Share with me you own favourite set with the soba and I’ll go back to try it!
Wisma Atria, Japan Food Town
1130hrs~2200hrs (Last Order 2130hrs)
J Passport Yomoda Soba Page --> CLICK HERE
Have you been comparing your childhood fried chicken and the recent trends of western and Korean fried chicken? From those you can get form your neighbourhood kopitiam (traditional coffee shop) to KFC, Texas, Popeyes and of course the Korean favourites which I shall share those in my other blog posts. For me I have been finding the better fried chicken which is not too oily, crispy and tender meat.
Well, started in 2013, Chic-a-boo Fried Chicken is the brainchild of the founder's pursuit of quality Southern fried chicken. Using only fresh chicken, every piece is freshly made and served with wholesome side dishes, soup (well if you order la) and homemade corn muffin. Available in two flavours Savoury Original and Hot & Spicy.
I didn't know this was around until last year and I love it very much! It sort of brings me to the time where our famous KFC chickens are served in plates and this, my friends, its just what reminds me of the nice old environment. There are three outlets (ya I didn’t know that too !) and the one and only which I frequent so many times is at Marina Square. Tucked in one of the corners just opposite local favourite Aston’s.
They have quite a variety of dishes to choose from and the sides are tasty as well. Each order is cooked upon order and the waiting period can be quite long during the peak meal periods, which is actually good as I know that they would not pre-cook it and leave it there like most fast food chains. I do like the original chicken as its really tender and the flavour is wonderful. Comparing it to the spicy one, I don't quite fancy it as I feel the spiciness overtake the actual flavour of the meat, though still tender but it losses the original flavour.
As the brand suggests, its focus on their fresh chicken, they do have options for fish if you’re not into the chicken. But I have to warn you that its really not as good and I would rather you order the yummy sides instead! Why not try out their big chunky burgers (which sadly do not come with a set choice) which has a variety of sauces. I had tried the BBQ one and its really good just that if you’re not a fan of sweet stuffs, this (the BBQ sauce) might be too sweet for your tastebuds. Oh yes the corn muffins is great too, full of textures and sweetness of the corn is a great appetiser for my meal
Well I hope the rest is up to the pictures to show you the variety of mains and sides available at this place and please use whatever you can finish as the sauces are there for you to take. I see people taking way way too much to what they can manage and its wasteful. Try out the there outlets and dishes and share with me what you like best at Chic-A-Boo!
(1) 4 Hillview Rise #02-12
(2) 604 Sembawang Road #01-02
Sembawang Shopping Centre
(3) 6 Raffles Boulevard #03-147/148
Dedicated to serving wholesome Italian fare alongside a hearty American brunch on weekends, Spruce Ristorante at Phoenix Park celebrates fresh ingredients and warm hospitality in a unique heritage spot nestled amongst trees.
Under the direction of Italian Chef Mauro Scotto - former Chef Owner of 1 Michelin-starred Ristorante Rocca Bruna (Rapallo, Italy) - Spruce Ristorante at Phoenix Park is committed to fine flavours executed with easy finesse
Rustic and charming, the heritage Phoenix Park is built with solid timber floorboards and nestled in the quiet and green Tanglin enclave. The indoor dining area seats up to 60 guests while our alfresco area can accommodate up to 70 people. If you’re looking for a corporate luncheon or a weekend lazy brunch or how about an evening dinner here at the Phoenix Park outlet. You can be sure you will have a great meal and let me share with you s few of their brunch dishes.
Their egg set selection is one of the favourite with eggs, sausage, baked bean, baked tomatoes, bacon strips, my favourite mushrooms and focaccia toasts. this is one of my favourite when I’m here for brunch and if they can provide me with some garlic herbs spread for my toasts, that will make me crave for it even more lol. Crispy bacon strips salted slightly to give taste and I love the crisp bite to it.
But if you're a carnivore, you can opt for the chicken steak added in. I don't really like the texture of the meat as its dry though grilled nicely and lack of a good punchy sauce on it, I do prefer the roasted potatoes and sauerkraut . If you’re the opposite version of that, you can go for the garden salad choice. with goat cheese (yummy!), basil, avocado and garden salad.
Do share with me their lunch or dinner selection and let me know what is worth trying!. Oh on a side note, their nachos are prepared upon order and remember to ask for more of the dip!
Once again I’m back to Joo Bar to try out some other eats and their drinks, well actually their draft Makgeolli (a lightly sweet alcoholic beverage native to Korea, made from wheat or rice and has a milky white colour and has about 6-8% alcohol volume).
My friend and I talked about it when I recommend this place to her and she told me that she had been here a couple of times and here I am back here again. Previously I was here for lunch but the evening crowd is much more, even on a weekday evening. Made up of mainly ladies, this is quite a place for small chats and small bites if you and a few friends would like to gather and have some drinks after a busy day at work.
We start off with a Makgeolli sampler set with five tasty flavours: original, yuzu, passionfruit, blood orange and lychee. The ice slush makes it chilling and easy to drink and if you fancy some fruity flavours, this is the one for you! The appetisers (rather pathetic and I didn't remember I had any appetisers the first time I was here for lunch) nothing great but its a good snack while waiting for my friend. Water (iced or warm) are chargeable as well
Baby paper eel is a good start before you have your mains or good as finger food. Slightly salty but it actually kick starts my stomach for my dinner coming up. Add some lime juice to give it a kick in the taste and this is love by many customers here. Next we have Joo Bossam, a small platter of boiled pork belly, in house spicy radish salad and also yucha kimchi. Spicy refreshing and yummy a mixture of textures and taste and great to pair it with Makgeolli.
Seafood pancake, a common dish when you go to any Korean restaurants, but I feel you can give this a miss. Because the pancake itself wasn't done properly as the flour still kind of raw to me. But they are quite generous with the ingredients. you can find mussels, clams, squid, shrimps and vegetables in it. My friends saw what I had posted previously and the grilled squid caught their attention. consists in their grill. Tender and juicy meat which I highly recommends it to you all to order. And lastly, army stew. Typical of Korean cuisine but a good one indeed at Joo Bar. Don't expect it to be a big stew ya (since all their dishes are kind of bite sized and not enough for a man’s stomach lol) small but the soup packs a good flavour. Consists of kimchi, sausage, luncheon meat, baked beans, ham and ramyeon (instant noodle). To end it off before we go, some more draft Makgeolli for a great dinner company!
Grab a few friends and do hang out here at Joo Bar for some drinks and bites. Do share with me if you encounter any more yummy dishes or drinks and I might be going back the 3rd time! :)
TungLok (Tong Le 同乐) has been quite a household name for many where they are known for their wonderful seafood, vegetarian and traditional Chinese cuisines. They have won numerous awards and has since spread their specialty to other Asian regions like Indonesia, Japan, Chian and Vietnam.
Looking at the formula on this blog’s title, many would have known about this. TungLok Group collaborated with Beijing’s XiHe Group to form TungLok XiHe Restaurant which dedicates to authentic Chinese cuisines and of course, the signature Peking Duck. The duck they use here has a twist, it’s flown from Ireland's Silver Hill Farm, also known as the London Duck, where the ducks are just merely 42 days old. The soft tender and juicy duck meat not forgetting the crispy skin which crackles as you pop them into your mouth.
The process of making this wonderful dish takes about 3 full days from preparation to roasting. a first in Singapore and its definitely one of the best Peking duck you’ll find here on this sunny island. The duck is served wth 8 condiments to be wrapped in the paper thin crepe.
Of course you can eat it on its own, your Singaporean way but doing it the Peking style has its own pleasures too. Hoisin sauce, cucumbers, spring onions, blueberry sauce, the traditional plum sauce and a surprise popping candy which crackles in the mouth something worth trying
They have many other yummy dishes to choose from and one of them that you can consider having is the succulent wagyu beef cubes fried with vegetables and in truffle oil. fresh greens and almond flakes adds texture to this beautiful dish. Their popular handmade braised tofu is definitely worth a try. If you have some spare cash, you can order their fresh steamed Soon Hock (Marble goby fish) SiChuan style, heavenly! I can eat this everyday (ya~ unless I can afford them on a daily basis haha).
Do drop by and try out TungLok’s Peking Duck and many other yummilicious chinese cuisines! Do share with me your favourites and how you find their famous Peking duck!
TungLok XiHe Peking Duck
200 Turf Club Road
Lunch: 11:30 - 15:00
Dinner: 18:00 - 22:30
If you happen to shop or work at Wisma Atria and planning to have your lunch there, I’m sure you would have bumped into this cosy Japanese restaurant with a local name and even if you are planning to visit this place, you will know there is ALWAYS a long queue during the meal service. Who else doesn't know about Koh Grill & Sushi Bar? And yes if you’ve not been to this place, I’m sure you might have heard much about it.
Like any others, I’m also queuing up and looking forward to try it out. Most likely you might have to share tables with other people and I would strongly suggest to go in a smaller group as in order to get a huge table for that many people, you would have to endure the yummy land wonderful smell and visuals of the food served.
The service might not be top notch mind you as you see the poor staffs walking from table to table, taking orders, serve and not many chances for them to top up your tea while you eagerly wait for your food! I tell myself, it will be worth waiting!
They have a huge selection of food and I do not have any idea what are their famous dishes except this, Shiok Maki, 'Shiok' is commonly used in Malaysia & Singapore and it means a great pleasure of enjoyment and happiness. You can see this dish on every single table and I’m sure you know why! It’s maki wrapped with salmon with a slice of grilled unagi on top of it. Then a generous amount of mayonnaise, torched, and topped with a shower of roe! Pure heaven I would say as it comes with a fireworks of flavours and textures as you engulf the whole piece of maki into your watering mouth.
What would you try when you’re in a Japanese restaurant? Of course their sashimi and their Moriawase is highly recommended too as you will love the thick cut of sashimi and savour sweetness of the fresh fish and shrimp. Their grilled items are fantastic too! If you're a fan of grilled stuffs, you can try out the juicy cuttlefish which has been grilled to a good level of tenderness and a layer of teriyaki sauce to enhance the wonderful aroma of this dish.
We tried some other items like the grilled shiitake mushrooms which is wonderful, the fried salmon skin, not I would recommend as its not crispy at all. you can save some money on that for maybe a plate of seafood fried rice which is gorgeous and if you do have some spare, you can try out the many tempting dishes in the menu.
Do share with me your favourites at Koh Grill & Sushi Bar and let me know if you like it! :)
Located at: Wisma Atria Shopping Centre
Address: 435 Orchard Road, #04-21 Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, 238877
Opens Daily: 1130hrs - 2230hrs
I am sure many of you would have heard about the super expensive chicken rice in Singapore which is located at Mandarin Orchard. Chef Steven Low, used to be a chef at the Chatterbox coffeehouse in what was known as the Meritus Mandarin hotel (now Mandarin Orchard) along Orchard Road. Ever since he was retrenched by the hotel he decided to come out and start his own and its Mr Chicken Rice.
You will see his history and story with Chatterbox and some articles of him being retrenched and then starting Mr Chicken Rice. Many blog sites and papers has written about him and mostly a couple of years ago, if not more. Here iEatTravel brings you back here once again to savour this famous dish at a huge fraction of the original costs at the hotel.
The setup of the place is somewhat economic and simple, nothing posh but just simple layout similar to that of many fast-food restaurants. Having said that, the service of Mr Chicken rice is exactly what you will do at any fast-food restaurant. Choose your set meals or ala-carte dishes which is displayed prominently on the menu board and make your order at the cashier. Everything self service and lets skip all these and head on to the food
I have came here quite a number of time and I feel that the consistency of the quality of the chicken served is very good. Of course you might be able to find a few other chicken rice stalls selling tastier chickens, I find this quite tasty as well. Comparing to Chatterbox which uses COBB 500 chickens, which are the most popular broiler chickens in the USA, for the dish. Mr Chicken Rice's chickens are slightly skinnier compared to the former and its not as juicy. The rice itself is fragrant and not very oily (which might not be good for some die hard chicken rice lovers). The best of it all are the sauces. The spicy garlic chilli and the minced ginger kicks up a few notches to the overall experience of the dishes. You have to have these to enhance the tastes to it.
They do have several side dishes to choose from like the popular fried tofu and oyster sauce vegetable. Seems like they might have lose out on the support of local chicken rice lovers that they had even come out with curry fish head? Don’t get me wrong, the food is still very consistent and yummy just that it might not be the best there is in Singapore but its still very worth the price and taste from a former master of Chatterbox Chicken Rice that is the reason why this place is still filling up with many hungry eaters.
You might have been there, try again not, you can go and try it out yourself to share with me your verdict. Enjoy this lovely dish and jiak bah bah (fill your stomach)~
Named after the famous Tang Dynasty Poet, Li Bai is renowned for its Cantonese cuisine served in the tradition of grand Emperors, amidst the restaurant's superb décor and grand table setting of jade, silver and fine bone china. Drawing its inspiration from the poet's classic lyrical poems, Executive Chinese Chef Chung Yiu Ming whips up exquisite, authentic Chinese cuisine with skilled and deliberate strokes to create a divine gourmet experience for diners.
With a keen emphasis on enhancing the natural flavours and fragrances of every ingredient, the aroma of succulent meats, fresh seafood and crisp vegetables blend perfectly with the artistic touches of paintings and poems to set a unique ambience for a feast fit for the Emperor - yet totally non-intimidating.
Renowned for its exacting service standards, Li Bai Singapore is open for both lunch and dinner. The Dim Sum and Business lunch menus provide tantalising selections of Li Bai's best traditional dishes while the Sunday Yum Cha has become almost a weekly staple for many of its patrons.
I had the opportunity to savour this wonderful and poetic cuisine at Li Bai for dinner. The restaurant give you the royal feel and yes, even for the prices of the dishes too :P You can definitely expect a tip top service by the staffs. From the jade green menu, to the origami napkin, everything displayed on the table is like a romantic poem, the flow of the colours, bringing you, drawing you into the mood for a good feast, a poetic harmony.
First up, cold dish: slice roasted duck meat with marinated jellyfish and cut fruits. Fresh mango and strawberries accompanying the roast duck is a gorgeous rhyme and not forgetting the crunchy jellyfish adds on a layer of texture. Doubled boiled chicken soup is a must too in this Cantonese restaurant. The clear soup tells the story of a light but flavourful admixture where hints of each ingredient plays a part in creating such wonderful dish. Yes the next one reminds me of my trip to Hong Kong where I had similar roasted pork at Lei Garden 利苑酒家. Crisp skin, layer by layer, each layer defines perfectly the fat and lean meat you can try it with the mustard dip. Heavenly!
I can't stop saying its one of my favourites. And the next dish is also my fav! Salted egg prawn with fried green. For people who hates to de-shell the prawns, this is it, very fresh prawns coated with a good measured layer of salted egg yolk and smooth butter. Claypot mixed vegetables with sea cucumber is quite ordinary to my taste. Nothing special about this dish though so I think you can give this a miss but if you like a clear light flavour, this can help to balance your taste palate.
We had fried rice as well and I would say this dish is cooked with lots of love. The 锅气 - which literally means the smell of the wok (usually cooked with strong fire and quick stir frying while cooking, typical Chinese style) The slightly charred smell from the heat gives a subtle relation between the fried rice and the chef’s wok. A good proportion of rice with yet again, fresh ingredients.
Dessert, deep fried red bean paste pancake and black sesame filling muah chee (glutinous Rice Balls). Having the savoury and ending with the sweet, a smooth progression with all the elements to end a ballad poem. The red bean paste is made from scratch and the filling is generous. On the other hand, a perfect duet with the fried crispy pancake skin. I would suggest you to order this if you have 4pax or more (as its a tad too much for 2 or maybe 3.) The muah chee is good as I love black sesame and if you like it too, this is also one to order.
There are so many more dishes and I've only got so much cash (including credit) to spare for this evening. Haha do share with me what other dishes are worth ordering and also I am sure the Dim Sum is a hit too! Jio me for yum cha sometime ya~
Monday to Saturday
Lunch: 11.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Yum Cha: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm
With over 21 outlets island wide, a place where you can tuck into the signature dish and a whole range of quality menus at reasonable prices in a comfortable environment. At Hans Café you will be spoilt for choice. Start your morning with Hans Set Breakfast, there are All-Day Set Meals and local favourites too like Pasta, Focaccia and Salads.
This is a household name where I’m sure especially for those who have grown up in Singapore, you will know about this old brand. They have popular local favourites as well as simple western meals not forgetting the breakfast sets which only till recently that I had got to know about. So what is your favourite dish when you’re here at Hans? Let me share with you some of my favourites and some of the items that I had tried
Aimed at the busy office workers simple english breakfast for everyone. Eggs are a must in their menu. From scramble to sunny side up and comes with toasts and some even have a sausage or my favourite bacon! But be warned, don't expect flamboyant cooking, if you’re particular on how your eggs has to be cooked, be sure to make known when ordering. We had our breakfast at one of the many outlets situated. The service is not what I would praise about but I’m glad that this outlet offers seniors a job but I think they deserve a better working environment too.
Lunch & Dinner
A huge array of choices for you choose from. they have daily specials, or you can choose from their megaload of dishes which I’m sure that you have a couple of choices that you’ll like to have. The typical western delights, where you can enjoy a steak at a very reasonable price, chicken chops with crispy greens, or fancy a good battered fish & chips? Flaky fish good enough for me and I have to say, the standard of the food varies at different time of the day and at different outlets
The local delicacies which brings most of the diners to this place. Hainanese pork chop (with savoury sweet sour sauce), Redang chicken curry (one of my favourite and its only available to some outlets as their daily specials), Hor fun is another must try with yummy seafood and generous gravy which might flow over sometimes. Or just a simple fried rice with an egg on top? You can add on to a set for most of them. The set comes with a drink, garlic bread and soup of the day. I’m a fan of garlic bread but for Hans, their bread is too hard for me and lack the strong garlic taste to it.
So what if you don't have the appetite for mains? Some of the outlets does offer cakes, salads, or even a curry puff if you’re here for tea.
Drop by one of them and share with me whats your favourite dish at Hans!
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Love Korean Pop culture? You must be one of the fans of Korean food as well. From Kimchi to army stew. But have you heard about modern Korean cuisine? Joo Bar is a sleek, casual and inviting venue within a heritage three-storey shophouse in the heart of Singapore near Bugis, offering top notch modern Korean bites and creative drinks in a space that exudes a laid-back vibe with a tasteful dose of edginess
You wouldn't find waitress wearing traditional Korean dress serving you, you will not find traditional Korean food but instead, a creative way to cook, present and some of them, a fusion of western and Korean into them. Even for their drinks, you can expect something fun and tasty on a hot humid afternoon or relaxing after work in the evening.
Truffle fries for a start to start my stomach engine for a great lunch with my friends. The smell from the truffle oil aromatised the whole room as its been served. topped with seaweed flakes and cheese with a yummy kimchi mustard dipping, a good start! The tofu chips with Korean style salsa and warm kimchi with tofu and spam is next. nothing fantastic with the warm kimchi, tofu and spam but the chips with the salsa is worth a try for your appetisers.
The chicken wings, aka Joo wings not bad, nicely fried wings crispy on the outside and I'm sure chicken wing lovers will like it. Grilled squid is nice too. slightly chewy and lightly salted and seasoned squid grilled to perfection for grilled seafood lovers. Next, grilled and roasted Mangalista belly (Hungarian breed of domestic pig).
If you’re the health conscious kind, this will turn you off and for the grilled or roasted meat lovers, this is something which will choke you artilleries by an additional of 20%. Sinful but yet you’ll love the danger of dancing with the devil and I’m sure many of you will find this sinfully satisfying! One of the the best dishes being served.
Oh have I forgotten about this?! This is one more great dish at Joo Bar, LA style Black Angus Kalbi. wonderfully grilled and the dark pinkish meat, juicy and flavourful. I almost forget about this must have! We had the Korean minced rib steak too as well. but i would wish that I had come in the form of a burger as it feels like its missing something… The seafood Gochujang risotto and pasta is something you might wanna have if you’re not into the meaty stuffs. Fresh seafood and big prawns, creative sauce for both these two dishes is worth trying
Overall, if you fancy something different and yet feeling the Korean in you, do try them out. Come and enjoy your lunch or dinner here but do not come in very hungry. You might be fuming mad with their pace of serving your food.
:) 즐기다 Jeulgida!
5 Tan Quee Lan Street, S(188094)
Opens from: 1730hrs-0000hrs
Yes talking about the my crave for steamboat, and this afternoon had my craving fixed for Japanese style steamboat. Total of 5 different kinds of soup base to choose from (of course being the greedy, I actually wanted to try all 5… but…) and served in a yuan yang pot which can cater to two kinds of flavours.
"This “House of Hot Pot” is designed to offer heart-warming dining experiences at equally affordable prices. Diners enjoy unlimited, top-quality chilled beef and pork in paper-thin slices and farmed chicken that are oh-so-delicious in their own right. Another highlight of Suki-Ya is its vegetable bar featuring a wide variety of fresh vegetables to round up the meal with a healthy touch. Along with sumptuous soups and broths, dining at Suki-Ya is bound to perk up everyone’s taste buds!" - extracted from the website.
Lunch at this branch seems to be smooth and not too packed. You actually have a limited time to enjoy your meal (which is what I actually don't like) but 90mins is good enough for me to enjoy and fill my stomach.
Two bars of vegetables to choose from, pretty fresh but the shrooms variety is limited and those golden mushroom lovers, you might not enjoy it here hor… They have 3 kinds of meat, pork,, chicken and beef, thinly sliced and great for your shabu shabu.
I personally love the sukiyaki soup (soy sauce sweet flavour) base and I chose shabu (the savoury cousin of sukiyaki) as the other. Similar to those Chinese style steamboat, you can mix your own dipping; ponzu, raw egg, spicy peanut sauce, spring onions, chilli or add in some chopped garlics.
Give me these and I'm a happy man! Love sliced meat, they are good and its yummy and worth it for the price at lunch! I think there is a promotion going on now so even better for me! #nomnomnom If only they allow me to have some nice desserts and give me my shrooms, they will get a high score from me. For now, its a 3.5/5 and its still worth a try if you have the crave for some soupy buffet steamboat~!
There are a total of 09 outlets for this restaurant and some of them are situated in the heartlands. Do give it a try and share with me if you like it. :)