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Archive for July, 2010

Restaurante “Dumbo” 小飞象葡国餐

Restaurante Dumbo is a Macau restaurant of the traditional style serving typical dishes such as curry crabs, grilled eel, steak with onions, pork chops with tomato sauce. Not strictly Portuguese or Macanese, but Macau’s very own interpretation of western style cooking – the type of food that Macau became famous for in the ’60’s & ’70’s. Good food, freshly cooked, and plenty of it – that’s Dumbo’s motto!

This is my first time having Portuguese food. It is not bad for a try. We were served warm buns with butter as starters. I love their grilled sardines. I have only eaten canned tomato sardines, but never grilled sardines. The sardines turned out to be sweet and tangy. First time I had to be careful of their bones! Haahaa, but after a while, I realised their bones could still be eaten as they are soft by nature! Must order this! Really good!

Restaurant: Restaurante “Dumbo” 小飞象葡国餐
Address:  小飛象葡國餐廳, 澳門氹仔地堡街喜來登廣場地下A舖連壹樓全層
Rua do Regedor Loja A, Hei Loi Tang Kong Cheong, Taipa
Tel: +853 2882 7888
Opening Hours: lunch and dinner hours


Maxim Restaurant 美心快餐店

Similar to Cafe de Coral, Maxim also has many outlets throughout Hong Kong. They are really strong competitors, serving delicious roasted flavours at very affordable prices. So, have a try at both and judge for yourself, at which one you think is better.

Personally, I prefer Maxim. Their roasted items are more fragrant, and they also serve roasted goose, which Cafe de Coral doesn’t. To add on, they have mini tv at their benches so as to make sure that you don’t miss out on your favourite dramas!! So cool!!!

The place is always packed during meal times as well as into late in the night. Hong Kong people are really quite hardworking, ya? The place closes at around 11 pm, and they stop selling roasted flavours at about 10 pm.

Steam fish set HKD$45

Char siew and chicken rice set HKD$45

Restaurant: Maxim Restaurant 美心快餐店
Address: http://www.maxims.com.hk/en/main.asp?t=127925398751310831
Website: http://www.maxims.com.hk/tc/index.asp

大家乐 Cafe de Coral

You won’t miss this place when you’re in Hong Kong. It has outlets everywhere and they are easily found. Good food at affordable food court prices.

Try out their roasted duck and roasted pork rice. They stop selling roasted items after about 930 pm.

Restaurant: 大家乐 Cafe de Coral
Address: http://www.cafedecoralfastfood.com/shops.php
Website: http://www.cafedecoralfastfood.com/

现做现卖猪肠粉 Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun

Introducing made-on-the-spot chee cheong fun! Soft, thin and smooth chee cheong fun that does not have the “cloth” smell!

It comes with char siew, mushroom, chicken shreds and prawns at $2 per roll and scallops at $3.

Frankly, I only liked the texture of the cheong fun. The soy sauce is not fragrant and the chilli does not really match the cheong fun. If you’re ordering, do request the auntie not to add the onion shallots on top as it will affect the overall taste. Perhaps this is not the Hong Kong style of cheong fun I’m looking for.

The auntie was advertising its deep-fried spring roll aka “hei zo” that had won some prize. A pity I was full, otherwise I would have ordered it for a try.

Stall name: 现做现卖猪肠粉 Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun
Address: Block 51 Old Airport Road Food Centre #01-155
Opening hours: 7 am to 9 pm daily

Everything with Fries

“The One Egg soup as the name suggests is made up of only 1 egg… The egg white is the fried one on top… and the egg yolk is added to the chicken broth, to make the soup…

Try the Pork Cutlet Sandwich! You’ll be surprised at how thin it is, an it’s SOOOOOO crispy and tasty… Topped with sinful mayo dressing… and I think it’s okay to be sinful occasionally…

As for the Mille Crepe, it’s not recommended if you are already very full, or if you hate eating too much flour. It’s basically made up of alternate layers of crepe and cream or nutella, depending on your choice of flavour…”

Photos and food evaluation courtesy of Susan Ng.

My comments will follow this after I’ve tried. ^^

2nd December 2010:
Finally had the chance to visit this place with CP. We waited quite a long while for our food to come. They seemed to be understaffed at the Lorong Mambong branch. We had the Tandoori Chicken Sandwich ($10.90) and nutella crepe ($5.90). As for drinks, we had sparkling apple and fizzy orange ($2.90). For the fries, we chose garlic and herbs and curry flavour. Both of which was quite mild. The Tandoori was quite well done and tender sandwiched between 2 slices of thin crispy butter-toasted bread. The nutella crepe was disappointing despite the much “wow” from my colleague earlier on. Although the crepe was thin and soft, there wasn’t any nutella taste!

tandoori sandwich

nutella crepe

The friendly waiter greeted us “Thank you, please come again!” on our way out. “Well, maybe not”, both of us thought.

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Stall name: Everything With Fries
Address: 40 Lorong Mambong Singapore 277695
Tel: 6463 3741
Opening hours: Sun, Tue – Thur – 12 noon to 11 pm
Fri and Sat – 12 noon to 1 am
Closed on Mondays

First Store Address: 458 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427 671
Tel: 6345 5034
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun – 12 noon to 10 pm

Website: http://www.everythingwithfries.com/

10 at Claymore

This is a steak lover’s heaven. Those dishes on the Table of Pleasure (from the grill) are Free Flow. Furthermore, they come in small portions and cook upon order! The Angus rib eye, fillet mignon and T-bone was full of flavour. The Penang Kway Teow was filled with “wok-hei” although it would have tasted much better with the presence of sambal chilli.

The types of salad dressings, cheese and bread makes you spoil for choices. This is the only place that I found that the fruits are served as a whole – jambu, pears, plums, dragon fruits and oranges. There is also free flow of fresh fruit juices and coffee and a wide variety of desserts and cakes besides the chocolate fondue. A pity there are only two flavours of vanilla and strawberry ice-cream.

Buffet: Adult $48++ (15% discount for any credit card used). Comes with really good services.

Restaurant: 10 at Claymore @ Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel
Address: 10 Claymore Road, Singapore 229540
Tel: 6831 6686
Opening Hours: Breakfast: 6.00am to 10.30am (Daily)
Lunch: 12 noon to 3.00pm (Daily)
Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.30pm (Daily)

Ah Po Soya Beancurd 建舆亚婆豆腐花

There are two bays served by the public ferries from Hong Kong to Llama Island: Yung Shue Wan (榕树湾) and Sok Kwu Wan (索罟湾).

Sok Kwu Wan is known for its seafood restaurants – many company yacht rides make that as the destination for dinner. At Yung Shue Wan, there are all kinds of shops and restaurants – Thai, Japanese, Chinese, seafood and fusion. There are even a few bars and internet cafes. This is more lively than Sok Kwu Wan.

We took the 30-minute ferry from Central pier to Sok Kwu Wan and trekked for nearly 2 hours before reaching Yung Shue Wan. It was trekking up and down the mountains under the blazing cruel sun. However, it was a blessing in disguise that we missed the ferry to Yung Shue Wan and ended up at Sok Kwu Wan. Cos’ the trek route from Sok Kwu Wan was much easier than the other way round.

Nearing the end, we passed by this famous soya beancurd stall that served hot and cold beancurd. Obviously, we ordered the cold one. We gobbled the bowl very quickly. It was light and smooth. The secret to Ah Por’s beancurd is the use of a double layer of cloth to filter the bean mush. It is not too sweet, and the sugar syrup was just nice.

Make sure you grab a bowl when you pass by there!!


Stall name: Ah Po Soya Beancurd 建舆亚婆豆腐花
Address: Llamma island (near Yung Shue Wan pier, the road leading to Sok Kwu Wan)


This is my second time eating in this restaurant in Hong Kong. This is located at the far western end on Lantau island, very near the airport, at Tung Chung MTR station. This place will not be unfamiliar as Citygate houses many branded outlets such as Burberry, Kate Spade, Addidas and Coach. Inside Citygate, many people visit this restaurant. Long queues are seen at all times – breakfast, lunch, tea-time and dinner, and most probably you may have to get a queue number just like us.

烧鹅皇牌套餐 Roasted Goose

A well roasted goose seen above here. The meat is just like the duck’s, just that this is more flavourful and has more meat due to it being bigger. Roasted meat is the best in Hong Kong. VERY GOOD.

化皮烧乳猪 Suckling Pig

The restaurant was very nice to roast this half a suckling pig just for us. We only had to wait for half an hour and it was ready. Rest assure that this pig does not have the smelly pig smell and neither was it fatty. The skin was roasted to almost perfection and the thin slice of meat that comes with the skin was tender. EXCELLENT!

港式蒸红鱼 Steamed Red Fish

Last but not least, Hong Kong steam fish is a must to have in Hong Kong restaurants. Steamed and then sprinkled with fragrant oil and spring onion garnishes, you just cannot imagine how the chefs did this. The fish is always steamed so perfectly and the sauce is always so fragrant. SUPER GOOD!

Roasted Goose Set (comes with a big bowl of noodles in soup) 烧鹅皇牌套餐 $198
Steamed Red Fish 港式蒸红鱼 $88
Suckling Pig 化皮烧乳猪 $248
Tea 茶 每人 – $9
Service charges $57.90.

Total: $637

Restaurant: 联邦皇宫(东涌)
Address: 香港新界大嶼山東涌達東路20號東薈城1樓226號舖.
Shop 226, 1/F, Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong (Tong Chong)
Tel: 2626 0181
Website: http://www.federalrestaurant.hk/content/content.html


The wanton are really succulent and big. There are around 2 prawns in each wanton. The mee is spring-y and Q. However the soup tasted of MSG which lowers its rating I give.

Wanton Mee 云吞面 HKD$24

Stall name: 好好粥面
Address: 新世纪广场5楼39号舖 (Grand Century Place Shopping Mall Foodcourt) (Mongkok East MTR station Exit D)

Fu Kee Restaurant 富记粥品

The congee in Hong Kong is really different. Smooth, goo-ey and good. Food in Hong Kong are usually served with generous servings of real meat, and lots of them unlike the teeny-weeny pieces of chicken that we can easily count in Singapore.


cheong fun

To start off, we had prawns cheong fun. It was so-so only. Although the skin was smooth, it was thick. The sauce that was sprinkled on top was a little tad too heavy and thick. It wasn’t much fragrant either. But the prawns were big.

The Legendary Scissors

The Legendary Scissors

you tiao

Not to be missed is their you tiao. They are placed in a box surrounded by newspapers, and the box sits on a stool. The old man, around in his 70s, cut them with a pair of scissors and then wiped them with a piece of cloth on the table. We were wondering if he ever washes the scissors and the cloth. But we really cannot judge this you tiao but its appearance. This you tiao surprised us with its crispness! It was not too oily, light, fluffy, thick (in diameter) and very fragrant.  We wanted to order another one, but it was sold out very quickly.

century egg and pork congee

fish congee

Mixed Organs Porridge

Mixed Organs Porridge

Their porridge was really good. The taste of the fish or pork or whatever sort of ingredients you ordered leaks into the porridge and gives a good taste, especially when eaten with the thin ginger slices. You can request for your porridge to be thicker, as the original is a little watery. The meat are big and they are not stingy with the servings.

Be mindful of a foul smell and oily floorings when you step in. The seats are also a little small and squeezy. You may also catch some unhygienic practices. However, I feel that this place is definitely worth going despite all that.

*Note: Breakfast serves till 11 am or earlier if sold-out.

Stall name: Fu Kee Restaurant 富记粥品
Address: G/F., 104 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 2385 1230
Fax: 780 04052


Saizeriya is already very popular in Japan for its budget Italian food, with a huge chain of family restaurants. The prices are still kept astonishingly low here, despite the high cost of retail rental. Plain water is FOC and all other beverages are unlimited free flow for under S$4. Unfortunately, they do not have a Singapore website, but you can browse the identical  Japanese menu here.

Shrimp Salad – $5.98
Seafood Chowder / Mushroom / Minestrone Soup – $2.98
Oven Baked Escargots (half dozen) – $5.58
Cheese Baked Scallops (half dozen) – $5.98
Spicy Chicken (5 wings) – $4.48
Spicy Sausages (5 pieces with wedges) – $5.58
Bacon Risotto – $5.98
Doria Meat – $4.28
Squid Ink Spaghetti – $5.98
Tomato Spaghetti – $5.98
Cheese Chicken – $7.18

Total bill for 5 of us – $77.61 (with 10% service charge and 7% GST)
How cool is this?

During times like these, a budget restaurant like this is timely and will serve as a great place to visit for large families or friends’ gathering without having to cough out too much. Don’t expect high Italian food standard here though.

Restaurant: Saizeriya
Address: 177 River Valley Road #02-22 Liang Court Shopping Central Singapore 179030
Tel: 6337 9001
Fax: 6338 6220
Opening Hours: 10 am to 10 pm
Website: http://www.saizeriya.co.jp/

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle 大华猪肉粿条面

“For a few dollars, you get a good portion of springy mee kia or mee pok tossed with a punchy soy and black vinegar sauce ( tip: ask for extra vinegar) and topped with a selection of the best parts of the pig. These include lean minced pork, tender, snowy white pork slices, wonton, bouncy pork balls, and slices of pork liver. A garnish of crisp-fried dried fish and a bowl of soup made rich and potent with pork bones complete the dish.”

– Quoted from Wine and Dine

This stall has been around since 1932 and have since shifted 3 times – Hill Street to Marina Square and finally relocated at Crawford Lane. As a young child, my dad has brought the whole family there for its famous flavourful pak chor mee. I remembered the place as dark and run-down at Hill Street. We would visit that place quite oftenly and had to queue for a good 20 minutes for the noodles. It would come in a big bowl with seaweed, crispy-fried dried fish (干扁鱼), pork liver and slippery kuay tiao in hot soup. It cost $5 which was considered expensive in the early 90’s. But we simply love it.

A few days ago, I had the chance to eat this again at the present Crawford Lane location when I was there to collect my passport. There are actually two coffee shops side by side, so make sure you are at Block 466 for this. The other coffee shop also sells pak chor mee, so don’t get the wrong one.

At 3:30 pm, there was even a queue. I had to queue for around 10 minutes before my order was taken. (It’s self-service.) You can order $4, $5 or $6 portion of pak chor mee, kuay tiao soup or meat ball soup. For $4 you get the most basic ingredients – seaweed, lean pork slices, liver and pieces of dried fish. For $5 and $6, you get meat balls and dumplings. I ordered a $4 kuay tiao soup. The man took quite a while to prepare each bowl of noodles. And the special thing I realised was he had FOUR soup bases. Probably the reason why the soup is so flavourful.

kuay tiao soup $4

The soup has a lot of meat protein as indicated by the white bits such that I didn’t feel guilty drinking it. The flavour should have been derived from the pork rather than MSG. I didn’t feel thirsty after having this. However, there was disappointment as I did not get the taste I had when I ate this as a child.

But this is probably still one of the best and special pak chor mee and kuay tiao soup you can find in Singapore.

Stall name: 大华猪肉粿条面 Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Address: Block 466 Crawford Lane #01-12 Singapore 190465
(Behind ICA Building)
Tel: 6292 7477
Opening hours: 930 am to 9 pm (closed on every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month)
Website: http://www.taihwa.com.sg