"Gourmandism is an act of judgement, by which we prefer things which have a pleasant taste to those which lack this quality." – Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Archive for April, 2011

Kiseki Japanese Buffet Restaurant (The Heeren)

My parents and I came over for buffet for a weekday lunch when I didn’t need to work. I was surprised to find such affordable Japanese buffet. The place was big and comfortable. The sashimi was fresh and there was a large variety of food. Eat as much as you can from a spoilt choice of sashimi, cold seafood, sushi, grilled and fried meats and seafood, tempura, sukiyaki, shabu shabu, desserts plus hot and cold beverages!!!!

Its buffet has more than 200 items, including sashimi, Sri Lankan Blue Swimmer crabs, ribeye steak and grilled salmon belly. A dessert counter serves up tofu cheese cake and rice balls with sweetened adzuki beans.

My parents loved the grilled salmon fish head and rushed to get them.

Their soba was good too! Besides that, I liked their fish and chips, tempura, teppanyaki meats and sashimi. Not to miss out is their tofu cheesecake!! So cheesy and rich but yet not “jelat”. They were not on display and my Dad asked the chef if they have it! We were lucky!! There were only a few pieces left!! The chef said the making process is long and could not make in time for all the diners.

Prices:
Lunch (Mon – Fri): $19.80++ Adult, $12.80++ (Child)
Lunch (Weekend, eve of PH and PH): $26.80++ Adult, $16.80++ (Child)
Dinner (Mon – Fri): $29.80++ Adult, $14.80++ (Child)
Dinner (Weekend, eve of PH and PH): $32.80++ Adult, $16.80++ (Child)

Do not expect high quality Japanese food though. The price is worthy because of the variety of food available.

Restaurant: Kiseki Japanese Buffet Restaurant (The Heeren)
Address: 260 Orchard Road, #B1-01 The Heeren, Singapore 238855
Opening Hours: 11.30am–3pm, 6pm–10.30pm
Tel: +65 6736 1216

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Instant Noodles from Japan

My student went Japan last year and bought me two Nissin cup noodles from The Momfuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum. From what I have searched and read online, the place looks interesting!! Definitely one of the places to go when I visit Japan. 

Here are the pictures of my noodles:

Milk Seafood Noodles and Chicken Ramen Noodles.

Inside the Chicken Ramen Noodles, I see this cute chunk of dried egg and chicken bits:

After adding in hot water:

Milk Seafood Cup Noodles are available in Singapore. However, I felt that the taste of this cup from Japan has more milk taste. Hmm… thinking too much while eating?

Cup Noodles are nonetheless SUPER YUMMY stuff! 🙂

Place: The Momfuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
Location: Osaka Prefecture. From Hankyu Ikeda Station take the south exit and turn left. There are signs directing you to the museum, which is about a five minute walk from the station.
Opening Hours: 9am to 4pm daily
Tel 072-752-3484 for general information, 072-751-0825 to reserve the noodle making experience.
Website: http://www.nissin-noodles.com
Read more: http://www.nissin-noodles.com/pamphlet_e.pdf
http://www.japanvisitor.com/index.php?cID=361&pID=1266


Cold Stone Creamery

All the way from Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery finally opened its first stall in Singapore competing with rivals such as Marble Slab that also uses the same concept – mixing ice cream with biscuits, fruits, nuts, etc., on a cold slab at -9 degree Celsius.

The workers are full of youthful energy, singing, cheering and saying jingles. When JH and I were there, one customer walked in with an ice cream cone from outside. Upon seeing it wasn’t Cold Stone ice cream, they unanimously jingled “Throw away! Throw away! Throw away!” It is good to see such energy once in a while. The workers are friendly and you can ask them to toss your ice cream to your cup!

We chose Peanut Butter Cup Perfection on our first visit and was given a Chocolate Devotion instead. In the end, we got two ice cream! The peanut butter one was really perfect! It was mixed with peanut butter and Reese’s peanut butter cups. Yummy! Chocolate devotion wasn’t bad – It was mixed with chocolate fudge and brownies.

Come on down and join the queue!!

Stall: Cold Stone Creamery
Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #01-10, Singapore 238896
Tel: 6238 9060
Fax – 6238 9420
Operating Hours: 11am – 11pm
Website: http://www.coldstonecreamery.com.sg/


HonGuo 红锅

This newly opened NEX has brought much vibe to every resident especially to the residents staying in the North and Northeast. NEX is almost as big as Vivocity, if not bigger. It features many eateries. However I felt that the building design wasn’t really fully made use of. 3G reception is also very bad especially at the basements.

CP, JH and I chose to eat here at HonGuo – Yunnan cuisine. Their popular dish is their 过桥米线, literally meaning “cross bridge vermicelli”.

“The soup base of “Cross Bridge Vermicelli” is extremely flavourful and tasty. It is double boiled for many hours with selected duck, chicken and pork portions. The added vermicelli, veggies, meat slices and egg into the soup makes it an excellent choice for one looking for nostalgic comfort food.”

Hence, the 3 of us ordered the same thing with the most side dishes. It came with all the ingredients in saucers and a hot bowl of soup. We were told to add in the raw meat first and the vermicelli last. It was quite fun adding, but we ended up putting everything into the soup all at once. And I thought it was quite a hassle. The eggs were especially small and I suspect they were quails’ eggs.

招牌云南过桥米线

We felt that the soup was bland and tasted so-so only. Luckily we had our 辣子鸡丁 to perk our taste buds. I would have preferred it to be more spicy. The coating of 咸蛋香酥金瓜 was a bit squishy.  Taste was also so-so.

辣子鸡丁

咸蛋香酥金瓜

Restaurant: HonGuo 红锅
Address: NEX, 23 Serangoon Central, #B1-75, Singapore 556083
Tel: 6634 4675
Website: www.katrinahldgs.com/honguo.html
Opening Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm


Restoran Guan Sin 源星冷气酒楼 Part II

First post was in Feb 2010. Read here.

We visited the restaurant again. This time we had:

1. 干煎雪鱼 – 2 pieces for RM$48

Really crispy ginger slices that accompanied the fresh cuts of cod fish.

2. 印尼馒头虾 – RM$60

Thick curry gravy with big prawns.

3. 香脆南瓜 – RM$20

Deep-fried pumpkin slices stirred with salted egg and curry leaves. A very unique dish that is uncommon. Very very nice!

4. 盐蒸鸡 – RM$30

Just nice for those who are bored with steam chicken or 白斩鸡. A slight tinge of salt makes this really good.

5.  清炒菜胆 – RM$18

Some greens stirred fried in garlic. How fragrant!!

6. 泰式猪手 – RM$32

Crispy and meaty!

Restaurant: Restoran Guan Sin 源星冷气酒楼
Address: No. 144, 146 & 148, Jalan Putri I, Taman Putrimas, 86200 Simpang Renggam, Johor
Tel: +60 07 7551818
Fax: +60 07 7552929

Main Branch:
Address: Ground Floor 288, 290 & 292, Jalan Haji Mana, 86000 Kluang, Johor
Tel: +60 07 7763688