hiatus

Hi all,

Thank you all for supporting this blog so religiously!

I will be on hiatus for a while once the new year commences!

Might not be able to commit the time continue blogging .. so  .. Yup this blog will be dead for a period of time ..

Thank you all for your continual support!!

🙂

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The disgruntled Chef

This is a very back track post! I do apologise for not being consistent with my updates! really been quite swamped with things on my end :/
But this post is pretty co-incidental with the ongoing seasonal celebrations 🙂

So troopie beaties had finally ended her last paper and we decided to go celebrate!!! (as well as late birthday celebration) so we headed down here to check out 🙂

From the outside

From the outside

and so a peek inside:

from where we sat

from where we sat

love the environment here! it’s so sleek but yet quiet and cosy!  nicely hidden away 🙂

Lemon Bitters

Lemon Bitters

So then we ordered to share:

Seared Scallops with Sauce vierge and herbs

Seared Scallops with Sauce vierge and herbs

Close up

Close up

grilled eel and foie gras with daikon, Kabayaki sauce and apple

Grilled eel and foie gras with daikon, Kabayaki sauce and apple

close up

close up

Crabcakes with Mayo and Ikura (fish roe)

Crabcakes with Mayo and Ikura (fish roe)

close up

close up

Roasted Miso Cod with mushrooms

Roasted Miso Cod with mushrooms

Close up

Close up

and of course, a meal is never really full without DESSERT!!!!!! So for beaties, she ordered :

Churros with Hot Chocolate

Churros with Hot Chocolate

Churros with Hot Chocolate

Churros with Hot Chocolate

and of course, my favourite :

Chocolate Foundant with Peanut Butter, Banana Brulee and Vanilla Ice-cream

Chocolate Foundant with Peanut Butter, Banana Brulee and Vanilla Ice-cream

Chocolate Foundant with Peanut Butter, Banana Brulee and Vanilla Ice-cream

Chocolate Foundant with Peanut Butter, Banana Brulee and Vanilla Ice-cream

OOzing Peanut Butter goodness

OOzing Peanut Butter goodness

Verdict: 2/2 of us will definitely return here!!!

the nice ambience and all 🙂 we would be very delighted to return and try their brunch!

The crabcakes was just a dish I was looking forward to!! but I thought it was too ‘potato – stuffed’. The crab meat was slightly little for my liking.

The Foie Gras was quite an interesting dish.. it was quite a nice when eaten altogether ..and the sauce was went very well with the dish.

The Miso Cod was also very well done!  It looks very under marinated but in reality, it is very flavourful! the mushrooms as well was very well seasoned.

The desserts were good to round off the dishes 🙂

The Churros were crispy on the outside, but nice and soft in the inside. Chocolate sauce was not too thick until you felt sick after eating a few sticks ..

The Foundant cake was really special! I never came across a peanut butter filled one and it was special for sure!!! the batter though was a little on the thick side. .. but the filling was just awesome 🙂

Can’t wait till the next time I am back here 🙂

The Disgruntled Chef
26B Dempsey Road,

p. s. by the way, Happy New Year!!!

Sum’s Kitchen & Hong Kong Roasted Meat

We are on a zhi char roll!!!!

So the next place I am about to recommend is among the TOP favourite of my family! Our previous visits with friends have received positive feedbacks about this place 🙂

During my brother’s NS days, he frequently patronised this place with his friend .. and 2 of them can finish 9 dishes with rice! yes one unique selling point of this place is that, they only serve rice .. there are no noodle dishes like the normal zhi char stores .. but! Most of their dishes are just fantastic to us all!  and agreeable!

The turnover of this place is really good! within 1 hour we roughly counted, there was at least 1 new sitting. We sat there till 9 ish and there were still people around queuing for a place inside! * Don’t forget to look out for the daily specials as well!!!

A picture with a famous Hong Kong food  critique

A picture with a famous Hong Kong food critique

Daily Specials

Daily Specials

No more roast!

No more roast!

So together with Auntie M and Uncle P, we all ordered:

"Mei Cai" with Kai Lan

“Mei Cai” with Kai Lan

Roast Duck!

Roast Duck!

Steamed Minced Meat with Salted fish

Steamed Minced Meat with Salted fish

3 types of egg steamed egg

3 types of egg steamed egg

Sweet Sour Pork

Sweet Sour Pork

deep fried squid with salt

deep-fried squid with salt

Mai vegetable

Mai vegetable with fermented bean curd

Verdict: 7/7 of us will definitely return! In the past with this place, we could actually order 2 rounds of some dishes, and each with one bowl of white rice! !!

I do apologise though.. we actually ordered a fried fish tail, Soup and char siew (roasted pork) .  I forgot to take a picture of them ;p

Char Siew was their new dish .. previously they did not have char siew and it was only recent that they started roasting it .. and ITS GOOD! quite comparable to Hong Kong standard and not as fatty at the same time! The roast duck is also a Must order! BUT you have to try to reserve the duck at least 1 day/ a few hours before you dine there. . because IT SELLS OUT VERY FAST! The meat is just moist and not dry!

The rest of the other dishes are our common favourite “must haves” .

The place is air-conditioned as well, so don’t worry! you won’t be sweating and eating at the same time!  We previously also brought our Danish neighbours there and they enjoyed it very much as well! cleaned up every dish that came!!! 🙂

The husband and wife team would also go around Singapore to eat, and experiment with new dishes (e.g. char siew and the kailan with mei cai (salted vegetable)) .. so to keep their customers coming back like us 😀

Plus, prices are really affordable!! we each ended up paying probably around $20 per person? and we had fish, duck, char siew etc ..

Please remember to make a reservation before you go, especially during the peak dinner time!

Sum’s Kitchen & Hong Kong Roasted Meat
3 Jalan Legundi
Tel: 67572118

Fa cai mei seafood

I do apologise for the delay in posts!

Been quite busy with the festive occasion and caught up with some school work as well.

Merry Christmas Everyone!! 🙂 Hope that this festive season did brighten up your year!

Anyway, the next place that I will be talking about .. well I would say is a new-found zhi char place that my parents found by chance, and hence .. it has been included in our list of  ‘favourite zhi char’ in Singapore. ..

This place is quite .. well driving there would be easy to get there! because it’s quite a  .. small corner off the main road .. but do look out for it or try it if you are in the vicinity!

The actual location

The actual location

This is the shop front

This is the shop front

we met up with aunty I .. and she had to contribute some dishes for her family’s dinner 🙂 (I think it’s quite a good concept that each sibling in their family takes turn to buy dinner for everyone ) So my mum recommended this place to her.  For our own dinner as well, we also bought back and we had :

3 types of egg spinach

3 types of egg spinach

Salted Egg Yolk Crab

Salted Egg Yolk Crab

Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork

Assam Fish

Assam Fish

Fish slices with vegetables

Fish slices with vegetables

The next dish that I would say is the signature dish and highly recommended especially if you like bean curd, would be this fried bean curd!

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Egg Bean curd with turnips

Egg Bean curd with turnips

Verdict:  5/5 of us definitely would return here to take away/eat again!

The food is very agreeable with all the fussy ones in my family!
The place is run by this couple, husband the chef and wife takes on the supporting role of waitress and cashier.

The crab  is very different from the other types of  salted egg yolk crabs I had . I would say different in a good way!  Because the meat itself is pretty succulent and yes the whole marinade is not too saltish for all my family members.

The sweet and sour pork is also quite decent. It is still ‘crispy’ despite being drenched in sauce.

The Assam fish was very well received with my parents! They said the sourness was just the way they liked it.

The vegetables both spinach and fish sliced one was very well done. The fish slice one had the ‘wok hei’ (the magnitude of the fire to cook the dish was just nice) and the other one’s ‘soup’ was pretty tasty as well. 🙂

I think it’s just this place, the menu always have new items? because the owner does try to come up with new dishes apart from his signature ones. I quite like that they are constantly trying out new things and would really make you want to go back there.

It is overall decently priced and affordable 🙂

 

Fatt Choy Mui Seafood Restaurant (发财妹海鲜)
Block 34 #01-86
Cassia Crescent
Singapore 390034

Tomo Izakaya

Met troopie Yunners for some retail therapy before we decided we were both hungry and walked around restaurants before deciding to head towards Esplanade to escape the crow. We were walking around and decided to go with this Japanese place. I recognised the name to be where I brought troopie rah the last time. I decided to give it a second chance, and also because we were starving.  ( what are the chances of walking into a same named restaurant with the same ‘group of friends’ just at different timings?”?? Amazing)

So we ordered to share:

Zaru Soba

Zaru Soba

Tuna and Sword fish (Meikajiki) Sashimi

Tuna and Sword fish (Meikajiki) Sashimi

California Roll

California Roll

Spider (Soft Shell Crab) roll

Spider (Soft Shell Crab) roll

Miso Pork in stir fried vegetables

Miso Pork in stir fried vegetables

Saba (Makeral)  Fish

Saba (Makeral) Fish

 

Verdict: 2/2 of us will return.

The setting of this branch is very different from the other! But we didn’t sit inside to have a look .. we were just directed outside instead.

I am not sure if it is because we were so hungry that we thought everything was good, (although the cutting of the Mekajiki (Swordfish) appeared a little weird at first, but still tasted good! Just wished it was slightly thicker) .  Mackerel was nicely done, not too over cooked. The soba was not too soft, still tangy. The rolls, hmm.. I thought they were just average – nothing to say that they were super fantastic, nor you also can’t find fault with it as well.  The pork and vegetables in Miso.. I don’t think I would order it again, because after a while it just got a bit too much for me personally. But for all the miso lovers, I am sure you will disagree with me. Service was good and fast.

 

well, we quite enjoyed the night and had loads to talk about. The ambience was very chillax and it was just nice to chill there and talk.
#30s before 30 🙂

Enjoyable evening overall 🙂

Tomo Izakaya
8 Raffles Avenue
#01-09 Esplanade Mall

Kok Seng Coffee Shop

This place that I am going to blog about is one of my long time favourite zhi char places that I patronized since young. Its one of those places that even in the heat, we won’t mind making a trip down here just to eat it. Over the years, the workers change, but the standard doesn’t.

Entrance

Entrance

 

So today another time of ta bao, we would always order :

Fish Slices with Kai lan

Fish Slices with Kai lan

"gui fei chicken

“gui fei chicken

close up: stuffed chicken with paste

Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork

Malaysian style Hokkien Mee

Malaysian style Hokkien Mee

Steamed eggs with 3 types of Egg

Steamed eggs with 3 types of Egg

close up: stuffed chicken with paste
Prawn Bee Hoon

Prawn Bee Hoon

 

Verdict: 4/4 of us will return definitely.

Although today’s soup was just a little too saltish, but I am not a prawn lover for starters, but I will gladly slurp up the soup. Just for your information, the soup is so red, not because it is spicy hot, but I think the long hours of boiling the stock over and over that made it so red. I would recommend this dish only because you don’t see this else where. This is not just any bowl of prawn noodles. It is REALLY DIFFERENT from the local ones from the hawker centres. There is just something special about the stock. and you know the vegetable swimming inside, they are not nua (soft). They are still CRUNCHY!!!!

The fish slice with veg as well – the stalk is CRUNCHY!!!

Sweet and sour pork without a doubt – still crispy on the outside despite being drowned in sauce.

I know from the picture, the eggs just look quite gross. I can tell you my picture and presentation of the dish does not do justice to the taste of the eggs. They were one of the first restaurants in our zhi char list, that managed to steam their eggs so perfectly.

The chicken was something new that we tried. It was crispy (because of the skin) and nice and chewy inside. Something different from the norm 🙂

Kok Seng Coffee Shop
30B Keong Saik Road

Paris Baguette Cafe

So for desert, we decided to give this newly opened place around Orchard a try.

It was very packed and crowded! Free seating! But the waiters/waitress were very attentive. Proceed directly to the cashier to order, and wait for your order to be brought to you. They don’t only sell bread, they also have puddings, cakes etc… so you have alot to choose from!

I asked the waiter what he suggested was the best seller, he strongly asked me to order the  Oh~ my baby cake. I asked him for his opinion for the second cake choice ( no cheese for troopie su ann) and  he said the next best would be the strawberry short cake, unless we liked the yoghurt one. So we decided to go with:

Mocha for me :)

Mocha for me 🙂

2 cakess!!!

2 cakess!!!

Oh~ My baby Crepe Cake (layered with Strawberry)

Oh~ My baby Crepe Cake (layered with Strawberry)

Strawberry Short cake

Strawberry Short cake

Mango Smoothie

Mango Smoothie

The other side!

The other side!

 

Verdict: 2/2 of us will return definitely!

The crepe cake was just awesome! It was so much better than the one that I ate at sun with moon – but ok given that both flavours are different so its hard to compare – The crepe was just not too thick and soggy, yet moist at the same time. The cream was not too much, and just overall, I am not a very big fan of strawberry cakes, but I must say I quite like this cake and would definitely come back for this.

The strawberry shortcake was also moist and soft. True in comparison to this crepe cake is quite pale, but overall, if we hadn’t ordered the crepe one, I would this this cake is still quite decent.

Mango smoothie was good and not too thick until after half the glass you feel sick from drinking it.  I was also happy with my Mocha 🙂

 

Paris Baguette Cafe
435 Orchard Road
#02-48/53 Wisma Atria

Super Imperial Peking duck

Met up with my dear troopie Su Ann for lunch ( post birthday celebration)  🙂
and she was craving peking duck, so we went to where we both agreed on that had the best peking duck of course.

Interior

Interior

Sugar/ Sweet Sauce

Sugar/ Sweet Sauce

Condiments : Cucmber, Spring Onion

Condiments : Cucmber, Spring Onion

Our Duck!!!

Our Duck!!!

Chef at work

Chef at work

Duck Breast skin ( to be dipped with sugar)

Duck Breast skin ( to be dipped with sugar)

Hand made skin

Hand made skin

Duck Breast Meat

Duck Breast Meat

Duck Tigh

Duck Tigh

 

and of course to go balance with the greasiness,

Kai lan with Garlic

Kailan with garlic

So, for the remaining duck , we did it san choy bau (Minced duck meat with chestnut etc wrapped in cabbage leaf). I apologise, in my excitement to catch up with my dear troopie, I realised I forgot to take a picture of it! hahaha

Verdict: 2/2 of us definitely return. Totally in line with my previous visits

This place is pregnant woman friendly 🙂 and for this dear girl who was craving duck, am very glad to have her craving satisfied.

She bought me this meal as a treat to my birthday .. So, Dessert was on me!! 😀

Super Imperial Peking Duck
290 Orchard Road, 
#05-42/45
The Paragon

 

High society for the high class :p

My second visit here with the same trooper, following our so-so dinner. We visited this place before, and the waitress led us back to exactly the same place sitting at the same seats!!!!

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So we decided to order something different from our past visit..

Trooper yuns was attracted by the appearance of this when she walked on and ordered

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Ispahan: Macaroon with raspberry and lychee marshmallow

I ordered for myself just something simple

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Apple Crumble

And a mocha

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Mocha

The ambience of this place is quite nice and chillax.. Especially on a rainy day! Just relax and chill – although I wished the tables were a little higher so its easier to eat.

Verdict: 2/2 of us will return.
It’s a very nice place for dessert and catchup.. And the mocha was pretty decent.
Troopie yun’s cake was exactly what she expected – but better 🙂 the raspberry balanced out the sweetness of the macaroon and the lychee flavoring very well, making it not too sweet overall in slicing through the sweetness.
My apple crumble was just simple – nice and more crumbly = yummy! Apples themselves were not drowning in thick syrup – so was pretty good I would say 🙂

And to end off

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Happy birthday my dear trooper! Thank God we are still friends:) May we continue being friends for life 🙂

 

High Society Mansion
No. 9, Scotts Road, 
#01-01/03, #02-15, 
Pacific Plaza, 
Singapore

Crystal Jade Korean Ginseng Chicken & BBQ (Ngee Ann City)

Met my dear trooper yuns for a pre- early birthday combined celebration:) and .. We decided to keep to our “personal tradition”( inside joke) and went for Korean food!!!;)

So we booked for the crystal jade Korean place at takashimaya. ( more convenient for the both of us)

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Our appetizers 🙂

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Appetizers

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Close up

 

And of course between 2 of us, we decided to go with a set ( that had mainly what we wanted) which were :

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Spicy Seafood & Beancurd Soup

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B.B.Q Chicken Fillet

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B.B.Q. Beef Fillet

 

We added a side order of :

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Kimchi Pancake

Verdict: 0.5/2 of us will return to this place.

The soup was not as spicy as I thought it would be – our dear chili queen was pretty disappointed.

The kimchi pancake was good, and the beef, we were thinking it would be like bulgogi kind of style and told them to cook all the meat for us, but yup .. Didn’t turn out to be what we expected after all… Even the chicken kinda looked abit sad.

To make up for this! Dessert!!!

Crystal Jade Korean Ginseng Chicken & BBQ (Ngee Ann City)
391 Orchard Road
#04-20 Ngee Ann City