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Archive for December, 2009

Arnold’s Fried Chicken

If you’re bored with KFC, try Arnold’s Fried Chicken that gives you the same amount of satisfaction with a different taste.

After visiting the Marina Barrage with my Dad and my brother, we headed to City Plaza for Arnold’s! My Dad loved it and was also taking many photographs with his Nikon D90. -_-”

Spring Chicken Meal – $9.70 – The spring chicken is very fresh and deep-fried till tender. The meat is not hard and the crispy skin is tasty! It tasted of spices.

Large Rootbeer – $2.10

Potato Platter – $5.80 – a combination of wedges, chips and cottage fries with a cheesy dip!

If you feel that you can’t have enough bite of spring chicken meat, Arnold’s also serves the normal deep-fried chicken. And ice-kacang with a scoop of vanilla/chocolate ice-cream.

1 pc chicken – $2.50
1 Spring chicken – $8.90
1/2 spring chicken – $4.80
2-person Combo (5 pcs chicken, coleslaw, fries and 2 drinks) – $21.40
2 pcs meal (2 pcs chicken, coleslaw and fries) – $6.10
Fish & Chips – $7.90
Fish & Squid – $7.90
Squid Rings – $4.50
Potato Fries – $2.70
Onion rings – $2.90
Coleslaw – $2.90
Mashed Potato – $2.90
Buns – $0.40
Pepsi – $1.80

Price includes 7% GST.

Stall name: Arnold’s Fried Chicken
Address: 810 Geylang Road City Plaza #02-99/101 Singapore 409286
Tel: 67462372
Delivery Hotline: 62766537 (selected area, $8 minimum order, $3 delivery charge)
Website: http://www.arnoldsfriedchicken.com/


Ramen Santouka

Authentic Hokkaido ramen can finally be tasted in Singapore!

The restaurant is very small, with about 10 tables, housing around 30 people at a time. But they take your orders while you’re queuing, so the food comes quite quickly. People also eat quite fast, and leave quickly. There isn’t much variety of ramen that you can choose from. However you can choose to upsize your ramen or to order with some rice as a set.

1. Curry Kara Miso – $18.50 – This was what I ordered! The kara miso wasn’t that spicy, but the broth was thick and flavourful. The stingy piece of char siu was very well cooked. The noodles were quite well-done, but could have been more springy. The curry that accompanied the rice was not outstanding. It only contained a few pieces of chicken. The rice was authentic Japanese rice. YUMMY! This ramen can be rated very good in Singapore, but the one I ate at the Ramen Museum in Tokyo was much much better. Not that bad to get your fix of Hokkaido ramen in Singapore!

2. Char Siu Rice Miso – $17.50 – Jiehui ordered this. She said it was salty.

3. Chicken Shoyu – $22 – CP and Von ordered this. They also said the ramen was too salty.

4. Komi-Tamago – $1 – We all ordered an egg each. The egg was cooked in an excellent manner – the yolk was molten as you can see! VERY VERY yummy yolk. However, the egg was quite bland with only a slight tinge of shoyu.

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Stall name: Ramen Santouka
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, The Central, #02-76, Singapore 059817
Tel: 62240668 (No reservations, all friends must be present before they let you go in)
Website: http://www.santouka.co.jp
Opening Hours: 11 am – 9:45 pm (Last order)

Zhou’s Kitchen

Mum and I just finished facial at Novena Square 2. So we were walking around to find a place for dinner. We finally settled into Zhou’s Kitchen since we heard it is nice and plus we haven’t tried it before.

1. 菠萝咕噜肉 – Someone who doesn’t really like pork (which is me) thinks that this was very delicious! The pork wasn’t too hard and neither was it fatty. The ketchup taste was not too sour and the pork was deep-fried and wok-fried nicely. However I thought the onions could have been more cooked, cos’ they were still a bit raw. I don’t really like raw onions.

2. 芥末西汁虾球 – The sauce did not carry too much of wasabi. Though it would have been more perfect that way. The un-noticeable part at the top were actually very tasty and appetizing cucumber strips and grapefruit!! We finished that!

<no picture> Too anxious to drink! HAHA!

3. 老火煲汤 – I think the soup was double-broiled. Very very tasty!

4. 南乳焖粗斋煲 – The most enjoyable dish! The colour may be a turn-off, but the soup is actually cooked from fermented beancurd (“Nam Yu”, red in colour). The one that you can use to cook mixed vegetable pot during Chinese New Year. Super super tasty! The beancurd, brinjal, fungus, cabbage, etc were all soaked up with the tasty “Nam Yu”. We finished up till the last bit of the soup! I thought that the restaurant could have added items like tao-pok or more vegetables. The portion was too little.

Initially, we wanted to order their red wine chicken (红糟鸡) but it was out of stock. We were so spoilt for choices! Crispy noodles, claypot rice, braised brinjal, etc!

The total bill for us came up to about $48. BUT! WE were given two $20 vouchers, that said “no minimum order” and “can be combined and use”! Where can you get such a good deal? So we were planning to come here the next time with the whole family.

Saw many people eating the braised pork  (姥姥红烧肉). It really smelled very good when dishes of them walked past us. They are also selling hairy crab (seasonal) and it was $42 per piece. I will go try their buffet one day. =)

Stall name: Zhou’s Kitchen
Address: HERE

Updated Post: 9th December 2009

We went to eat again, this time with my Dad and my younger brother. We managed to order their red wine chicken (红糟鸡) and braised pork  (姥姥红烧肉). They too enjoyed the food, and we got more $20 vouchers. The red wine chicken is super good, but I felt a tad too oily. The braised pork was so-so only. I have eaten better ones. But luckily, it didn’t have the smelly pork taste.

Next visit? YES, definitely.

Jalan Tua Kong Lau Lim Mee Pok Kway Teow Mee / 老福林酿豆腐

Finally had a chance to go have lunch with my colleague who has been sitting beside me for almost 2 years! And I’ve been hearing a lot of this niang dou fu for very long, but have yet to taste it. So here I am today!!

The noodles that I chose was their thick bee hoon, which they are famous for. Then a braised sauce with minced pork is poured onto it. There are a variety of niang dou fu items that you can choose from ranging at 50 – 60 cents per piece. Then you take a seat while they serve you. The waiting time isn’t too long.

The niang dou fu pieces are deep-fried quickly to obtain a layer of crisp. So even if you chose a non-fried piece, it will eventually become fried crisp-ily. All the pieces are then served on a big plate, with the same braised sauce with minced pork poured over it. I love their bittergourd and brinjal!! Yum yum!! Actually every piece is yummy!

Heh… thanks for my colleague! It was his treat that day!

Beside this stall, is the mee pok stall. They also sell good fishball noodles and pak chor mee. However, I shan’t comment too much. Otherwise I’ll be over-rating them. The teh-bing and kopi-bing they sell is super nice too!!

Stall name: Jalan Tua Kong Lau Lim Mee Pok Kway Teow Mee / 老福林酿豆腐
Mee Pok: 308 Bedok Road (Simpang Bedok), Bedok Shopping Complex
Niang Dou Fu: 310 Bedok Road (Opposite Shop ‘N’ Save)
Closed on Mondays.