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Archive for July, 2009

Chin Lee Restaurant

My family went to this restaurant to celebrate my Dad’s birthday. The food is not that fantastic and being located in the neighbourhood, the price is not cheap. Their salted fish fried rice is good, got the “wok-hei”. On top of this, I must must must recommend their Or-ni or yam paste dessert which is one of the best I’ve tasted. The portion is small though, but really worth trying. I’m thinking of just going down to eat their or-ni!

Stall name: Chin Lee Restaurant 深利美食馆
Address: Blk 115, #01-285, Bedok North Road, Singapore 460115
Tel: 64495454
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri (lunch) 1130 am to 230 pm, (dinner) 6 pm to 1030 pm
Sat, Sun and PH (lunch) 1130 am to 230 pm, (dinner) 530 pm to 1030 pm

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Frog Porridge and Oyster Omelette

My favourite place to eat frog legs porridge and oyster omelette! No need to go Geylang and sweat over parallel car-parking!

My colleague had a craving for these today, and hence, we were there AGAIN! HAHA! The only bad thing is that the tables are small – can only fit 6 people at most! Our table is always filled to the sides. And the place is super crowded and a little dirty.

Frog leg porridge: 1 for $8, 2 for $16 and 3 for $22.

The 宫煲 (gong bao) flavour one is the best! Spicy and fragrant! The frog is not the mini small ones, but quite large ones, which are meaty and their meat is so irresistably chewy! The gravy that comes with it matches the plain white porridge perfectly. The plain porridge comes in small, medium and large sizes. They also have it in ginger-onion (姜葱) flavour, which is more suitable for those that cannot take spicy stuff. Seriously, why is it that so many people not be able to take spicy stuff?!?! They are missing out so much food! Next time I will post on spicy steamboat (麻辣火锅).

frog porridge

frog porridge

There is also this stall that sells carrot cake, oyster omelette and Hokkien mee. All of these mentioned are FANTASTIC! The Hokkien mee is not too dry, nor too soggy. And the mee has that prawn flavour all infused! The oyster omelette ($5 or $8) is crispy  and  do not miss out their chilli sauce!!! I usually don’t dip chilli while eating oyster omelette. But this one is super good that I can’t resist! The carrot cake has a lot of egg with it, and almost every bite of it is with egg. YUMMY!

oyster omelette

oyster omelette

Stall name: TP802 Coffee Shop
(Do remember to let the frog porridge lady know your table number!)
Location: Block 802 Tampines Avenue 4 (Opposite Tampines Neighbourhood Police Centre)
Opening Hours: 4 pm to about 1130 pm


The Coffee Connoisseur (TCC)

My favourite Aglio Olio can be found at the TCC! I have tried a few algio olio around, and nothing seems to be better than TCC’s one yet. They have a 1 for 1 promotion for TCC members till the end of July 09 for any main course or pasta. Together with my parents, we ordered:

My dad was the happy one, enjoying Mentaiko Spaghetti with Salmon Tataki ($19) the most! He also loved the Baked Chicken Mushroom Linguine. The cheese together with mushrooms gave a super texture. The cheese was so cheesy!  The salmon was super good even tough it was cold. The sauce was filled with fish roe!

My mum liked my recommendation of the Banana Salmon Exotica ($20) and Seafood Aglio Olio ($18.80). You can choose the salmon to be medium-well or well-done. We chose medium-well. The salmon tasted really nice like that. I personally don’t like salmon to be well-done, cos’ the meat will get too chewy and dry.

We topped up with one Saffron Sea Perch Bouillabaisse ($8.90) and because I am a TCC member, we got a free coffee! The bill came out to be $56.35. I was glad that my parents enjoyed the food very much!

The last 3 dishes – Spaghetti de Clam, Chicken & Turkey Bacon Lasagne and Pan-seared Chicken Breast with Porcini Sauce were eaten on another occassion. The chicken breast was good. Personally I don’t really think that the clam spaghetti was fantastic. It lacked of the seafood taste in it. The Aglio Olio is still better.  

Prawn Cheese-a-Toast – $9.50

Stall name: The Coffee Connoisseur (TCC)
Location and Opening Hours: Link Here


Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice

My whole family loves chicken rice and any Singaporean will know about this famous Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice. Hacken Lee will surely patronise this stall whenever he is in town, and pack back a few packets home.

Rice and Chilli

Rice and Chilli

Chicken

Chicken

Spinach

Spinach

One whole chicken cost $30. The medium spinach cost $12. Each bowl of chicken rice is $0.40. Optional pickles are $1.50.

Stall name: Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice
Location: 
401 Balestier Road Singapore 329803 Telephone 62543937
470 MacPherson Road Singapore 368188 Telephone 67462774
34 Whampoa West #01-93 Singapore 330034 Telephone 62999880
425 River Valley Road Singapore 248324 Telephone 67363213
18 Cheong Chin Nam Road Singapore 599742 Telephone 64632289
199 East Coast Road, Singapore 428902 Telephone 64781462
3 Temasek Boulevard #B1-025/045 Singapore 038983 Telephone 68844185  
Opening Hours:
Monday- friday: 11am – 4.45pm, 5.30pm – 4.30am
Saturday – Monday : 11am – 4.45pm, 5.30pm – 2.30am


Mixed Vegetables with Toufu

This dish is nutritious – with vegetables and meat! I love to pour the gravy over my rice to eat with it!

Main Ingredients

Main ingredients:
1. sweet peas
2. prawns
3. chicken breast
4. minced pork (marinate with pepper and soy sauce)
5. Japanese egg toufu
6. big onion
7. carrot
Other optional ingredients you can add: shiitake mushrooms, little squids, capsicum (灯笼椒)

Method:
1. Heat up wok with oil.
2. Coat japanese egg toufu with corn flour before deep-frying them. Ensure that oil is fully heated before deep-frying. Otherwise you toufu will not turn out golden brown.

Coating the Toufu

Coating the Toufu

3. Remove toufu from wok. And remove oil, leaving enough for stir-frying.
4. Stir-fry sweet peas. Then add in carrots, then big onions. Stir-fry till 3/4 cooked. Remove from wok.
5. Add a little more oil and heat.
6. Add fragrance to the oil by adding in 2 thin slices of ginger. Then stir-fry sliced chicken meat, then prawn. Also, stir-fry till 3/4 cooked. Remove from wok.
7. Add a little oil and heat. Add in minced meat and stir-fry till 3/4 cooked.
8. Add in the ingredients earlier – chicken meat, prawn and the vegetables in order. Stir-fry.
9. To about half a bowl of water, add in some oyster sauce and vegetarian G seasoning powder (or chicken powder). Mix in the bowl, then pour over ingredients in the wok. (You can make more sauce by using more water.)
10. Simmer (no lid) for around 2 minutes, turning over in the midst.
11. Serve.

Mixed Vegetables

Mixed Vegetables


Light Soy Sauce Chicken

Saw this recipe on my cousin sister’s blog. So went ahead to try this out together with my mum. Instead of chicken thighs, we used chicken’s mid-joints. This is 1 and a half of the recipe.

Cooking Process

Light Soy Sauce Chicken
Light Soy Sauce Chicken

We removed from the fire earlier so that the meat could remain tender. Perhaps if you do it with chicken thighs, you could get the same result as my cousin sister. I found that the chicken wings were a little tad salty. Maybe can reduce the amount of soy sauce next time.


BBQ Chicken Wings

We just had a mini family BBQ with some of our friends. And my cousin sister had this recipe on marinating chicken wings, so we gave it a try.

We marinated it a day before our BBQ, and we pan-fried a few to try the taste. I quite like it, because I like the taste of ginger. But my family members didn’t think it was good. On the day of BBQ, the taste turned out to be more fragrant, probably with the carbon. HAHA. It was well-received and we finished all the chicken wings! It tasted similar to chicken satay. But had a hard time BBQ-ing them, cos’ the ginger kept getting on fire!

Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings Cooked

One BBQ tip: Don’t buy charcoal from NTUC. Buy from provisional shops, cos’ the NTUC charcoal is more difficult to start your BBQ fire.


Dim Sum @ Crystal Jade

Recently realised that Crystal Jade serves quite good dim sum.
The century egg porridge is ok only. Even though the porridge is very smooth, the taste was not very great. They failed to infuse the century egg and pork flavour into the white porridge. $6.80.
Century Egg Porridge

Century Egg Porridge

Xiao Long Bao, which has always been my favourite since Uni days, is sold now at Crystal Jade Kitchen! 4 xiao long bao for $4. Somehow, I felt that the skin has thickened at the top. But the flavour is good and the amount of soup in the dumpling is sufficient.
Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao

They have four types of chee cheong fun – scallop, prawn, dough fritters and char siew. The scallop one is special, and I quite like them followed by the prawn ones. The most important part of chee cheong fun is the soya sauce and the “skin”. The sauce is good, and the skin is just of the correct thickness. But of course, the thinner the skin, the better!
Cheong Fun

Cheong Fun

There comes my favourite har kau! The skin is of the right thickness, and the prawn inside are whole prawns, not the minced up type! The siew mai is all right.
Har Kau, Siew Mai

Har Kau, Siew Mai

Nice egg tarts are not easy to find in Singapore! Crystal Jade sells really good egg tarts, especially good when they are fresh out of the oven! $2.80 for 3 pieces.

Egg Tarts

Egg Tarts

My colleague like this E-fu mee. I took a bite of it, and I don’t think it is as tasty as what he described it to be. Canton Kitchen’s e-fu mee is much nicer. $10.50.
E-fu Mee

E-fu Mee

Beef Brisket Noodles Soup – $6.80
Fried Rice with Crab Meat – $11.50
Dry Wanton Noodles – $7.80
Deep Fried Beancurd Skin – $4.20
Carrot Cake – $6.80
Chives Dumplings (3 pcs) – $3.50

Exclusive of 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Stall name: Crystal Jade Kitchen

Location:

Isetan Scotts #04-00 Tel: 6738 0733 Fax: 6893 5565
Tampines Mall #B1-11 Tel: 6788 0633 Fax: 6788 0622
Suntec City Mall #B1-013 Tel: 6338 3511 Fax: 6338 3966
Great World City #03-30 Tel: 6738 2911 Fax: 6738 0911
Causeway Point #04-43 Tel: 6893 5505 Fax: 6893 5565
Plaza Singapura #02-32 Tel: 6336 2833 Fax: 6238 6361
Holland Village No.2 Lor Mambong Tel: 6469 0300 Fax: 6469 4057
Ngee Ann City #B2-36 Tel: 6238 1411 Fax: 6734 2232
Parkway Parade #B1-17 Tel: 6345 1551 Fax: 6345 2220
470 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 #01-70 Tel: 6397 2382 Fax: 6397 2381
Junction 8 Shopping Centre #B1-07 Tel: 6255 6366 Fax: 6255 1210

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday
Holland Village: 7am – 3am
Rest of the outlets: 11am – 10pm


Kolo Mee (Home-made)

My parents came back from Sarawak and bought home 2 kg of kolo mee which cost only RM$10!! My mum cooked the mee and matched it with her braised chicken wings!! The mee is soft and chewy, and chicken wings are super tender! The soya sauce is fragrant! YUMMY!

Chicken Wings Kolo Mee

hicken Wings Kolo Mee

Dried mee of course has to go with chilli!!! Chilli padi from Sarawak! AH! I love Malaysia’s chilli padi!! They are really spicy and fragrant!

Chilli Padi

Chilli Padi

Also, my mum cooked this soup with green radish, carrots and maize bought from Hong Kong. Imported stuff always make your dishes sweeter!

Soup

Soup


Escargots

It was after school, and desperately need to treat ourselves better. So we drove down to East Coast Road after deciding for quite a while on where to eat. Three of us had cravings for escargots!

We were so glad that it was still open!! So we parked at Siglap Centre. The shop was nice because it was already 3 when we reached! And their last orders were at 230pm! So we quickly order our stuff, with 3 set meals and 2 appetizers!

First came our soup! The colour was nice! The first spoon of it was a little sour-ish. But as you drink further, it became addictive! So much so I almost forgot to take photos! The fork in the picture is a half-eaten deep fried bread coated with sesame seeds with a thin layer of tuna that comes together with the soup.

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup

Then came our appetizers!! Wedges and half dozen escargots!

Potato Wedges

Potato Wedges

Baked Garlic Escargots

Baked Garlic Escargots

Yummy! Came our main dishes! I ordered Chicken Chop and my friends ordered Salmon.

Chicken Chop

Chicken Chop

Salmon

Salmon

What I felt funny was that my main dish was called Mushroom Grilled Chicken Chop, but don’t know why it ended up with crispy skin?! The salad dressing on my salad was good!!!

And did you see the thickness and width of the salmon? Super big piece!

We ended the set lunch with good vanilla ice-cream.

The escargots cost $14, wedges were $5.00, chicken lunch set was $12.80 and salmon lunch set was $16.80. 10% discount on regular items with Citibank card! Total bill was $74.74. We left the place very full and with happiness!

Next time if I’m here, I will order their oyster and grill! Must try their trademark dishes!

Stall Name: Perle Noire Oyster and Grill Bar
Location: 687 East Coast Road
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 11.30am -3pm (lunch); last order 2:30 pm & 6pm – 12mn (dinner); Last order at 11pm. Fri – Sun, Eve & PH 11.30am -1am (all day); Last order at 12 midnight
Telephone: 64481732