Tuesday, November 28, 2017

德记, De Ji Cooked Food

Noodle Soup ($3)

At this corner of the Kebun Baru Food Centre, tables were easily littered with red, empty bowls from De Ji. The bowls looked worn out, with visible scalding marks on them! Never mind melamine leaching; i'm simply looking forward to slurping in some good, hot soup.

The flavorsome soup, made thicker by the flour from the sheng mian (noodle) used, is seriously toothsome. I almost emptied the bowl. The ingredients are simple, but fresh - fish cakes, fish balls, pork slices, pork liver and lettuces. A comforting lunch, after a busy morning.

Be warned. The lunch hour queue does get a little too long.

Noodle Dry ($3)

Stall #01-23

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi

Hot Kamo Nanban Soba ($18++)
Thin soba noodles, sliced duck meat, spring onion, duck meat balls, dashi, snap peas, yuzu, soy sauce

Ni-Hachi means 2 and 8 respectively. The golden ratio of 20% wheat flour and 80% buckwheat flour for the perfect soba. The texture and taste achieved, was surely exceptional. Nadai Fuji Soba, at 100AM Mall holds one of my best experiences with soba, which is far and few between. My favourite Japanese noodle is Udon.

Albeit the simple food, the experience was refined and elegant. The flavors of food, kept pure and delicate. Such are the characteristics of Japanese cuisine, giving you that feel of tranquil. Even the sukiyaki soup base seems mellowed to suit the local taste. Try the duck soup; we like that it is slightly more flavorful than their standard soup base.

They have a current facebook promotion for doing a  "check-in & upload" for the restaurant. And we were rewarded with a complimentary Matcha ice-cream, dribbled over with light caramel sauce. It was bitter and non-overly-milky. An ice-cream well worth paying for, really.

Hot Ebi Tempura Soba ($18++)
Thin soba noodle, shrimp tempura, snap peas, dashi, yuzu, soy sauce

Friday, November 17, 2017

Japan Garden Foods - Sizzing Hot Stone

Oyako Don, Chicken ($8.80), Curry Rice, Broccoli ($7.80)
Includes Miso Soup.

X'mas shopping at the Orchard Rd? You may like to make a deliberate visit to the new basement food court at the Shaw Centre. A dimly lighted place with good air flow for a restful, late lunch. The noisy lunch crowd was over by this hour. Good.

The oyako don came across as the eye-catching one with wobbling raw eggs! I was tempted to make a double order for it, but glad we decided on the vegetarian curry don too. The smoky flavor of the spicy curry compliments the sweetness of the oyako don, perfectly.

The meal is a carbo galore, with the usual ingredients of poultry, onions, eggs and broccoli. Nothing quite spectacular, except for its delish burned rice at the bottom of the hot stone pot - charred but remained slight chewy for that enjoyable bite! Very unlike our Chinese claypot rice, which over-burned all these lovely grains.
You may like their other options of beef curry, cheese curry or the salmon egg too! This is interesting.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

福粿园, Kueh Garden

Soon Kueh ($1 each)

Congratulations to Kueh Garden! Who actually manages to pull off their first year at the quiet Jurong East shop house. When we arrived, there was a 15 mins wait for a new batch of steaming to fulfill our order of 16 pastries.

The taste was how we like it - light, down-to-earth, home-cook. Make no mistake with a small bite, which might just register the taste as bland. Take a big mouthful into the plump kueh, and you'll satisfy your taste buds with a good aroma of fried shallots, crunch of the black fungus and pure sweetness of turnips and carrots. My folks love this.

We usually don't have the dark soy sauce, preferring to savor the original taste of food. But dip in a little into their non-sweet, natural-tasting chili sauce. It is good.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

中国拉面, Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Szechuan Spicy Wanton, 紅油抄手 ($4.50, 10 pcs)

Dinner is a pool of vinegary oil.

The image is deeply etched in my mind. Nothing horror about it, but i was really lapping in every spoonful. Amazed myself, at how much i'm enjoying the smooth skinned dumpling in the swamp of hot zesty oil! The diet plan was thrown out of the window.

The hand kneaded steamed buns are great as well. Take less photos, and eat them warm. Tear away its thin, firm skin; slurp in the warm soup within. This is wonderful.

Steamed Mini Buns, 小笼包 ($6, 10 pcs)

La Mian with Fried Bean Sauce, 炸醬麵 ($3.50)

Maybe i'm missing a good bowl of Zha jiang mian too much. It's hard to find a decent one in Singapore. Think we have chanced upon the best ones tonight. Almost swallowed my tongue, in a haste to savor my favourite China noodle!

Surely, this is one of the best stalls serving out China cuisine in a Singapore hawker center; all at very affordable pricing and generous portion. Now, you got a queue to join at the Chinatown Market and Food Centre.

Stall #02-135

发笋粿, Fatt Soon Kueh

Chinese Dumpling, Soon Kueh ($1 each)

"This is my favourite soon kueh, you know?" touted the young man, younger than myself - my brother. He had often drove his way to the branch at New Upper Changi Rd for his craving.

Surely, the family was impressed by the crystalline pastry which looked absolutely mouthwatering. But the stronger flavor of the vegetable filling left us in disillusion. The dumpling though, boasts some of the plumpest dried shrimps we have ever seen in a soon kueh; and the sheer number of them in each dumpling, suffice to freak out any vegetarian.

You will enjoy this if you have a heavier taste buds. For us, we are sticking to the less commercialize ones.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Oyster Omelet @ 802 Tampines

Oyster Omelete ($5)

Two favorites, dish out from the steaming kitchen of the nameless stall at 802, Tampines Ave 4 kopitiam. Almost every table is waiting for their oyster omelet. But like many customers here, we too, took to their fried Hokkien noodle for its very fresh, bouncy seafood - the prawns and squids.

The highlight is still the oyster omelet - crisp, yet not overly done, retaining the moist, fluffy eggs and flour mixtures which we loved. Oiliness is well controlled here as well.

The no signboard stall, easily matches our favourite of Lim's Oyster at Jalan Berseh. Or even yummier.

Hokkien Mee ($4)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Lunch at Salute Coffeeshop

Stew Kuche - Signature pork knuckle (Served with rice)

Salute Kopitiam opened with a bang in 2014, splashing stories across blogs and Instagram. We weren't moved, because it meant loud crowd. And prices weren't exactly attractive for unproven food. It was Fave 1-for-1 set-lunch promotion that got us here today - $9.90 set lunch for 2, includes a good creamy mushroom soup.

The famous German pork knuckle from Stew Kuche gave us a hard time with its thick, tough skin. But beneath that hard baked cover, you'll harvest some flavorsome meat with lean melting fat. Nice. The acidic red wine dip is genius for helping to digest the heavy meal.

Jack the Ripper - Ripper’s Original Burger

Originally served with fries, the burger stall had ran out of it - we were offered corn chips, which was tasty enough to keep us satisfied. Then we were asked that the pork patty which was also not available, be replaced with chicken patty for the burger.

The chicken patty was heavily seasoned and moist. While we would have preferred natural meaty, grilled flavor. A burger with just lettuces and melted cheese is also quite plain. A definite no, if we are paying full priced meal.

Thursday, November 2, 2017





- 感悟人生 (杭州居士)