"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 November, 2015

Lao Beijing

Cousin and I wanted to visit Lokkee but it was closed for a company event. Disappointed, we walked into Lao Beijing. It was a small restaurant but was comfortable as we got a big table with just the two of us. The crowd at Plaza Singapura was not normal. Probably because of the school holidays, people are all out travelling.

It was small bowl of seafood soup that was not worth this $8. The seafood consisted of a piece of squid, fish, prawn and half a slice of scallop. The soup was not spicy nor sour.


Hot and Sour Seafood Soup $8

This wanton in vinegarette was good. A whole prawn was wrapped inside with fungus that gave it an additional crunch. But it wasn’t spicy or sour.


Wanton in Vinegar Chilli $8

This sliced fish was the most value for money as it was not some cheap dory fish. The pepper taste was not very significant. It was more garlicky that being pepperish.


Salt and Pepper Deep-Fried Fish Fillet $10

We ordered this beef brisket requesting for it to be more spicy and numbing. However the waitress said the soup had already been prepared and there was no way they could alter it. When this bowl of noodles was served, the first thing I did was to drink the soup. The first thing I told my cousin, “How come it isn’t spicy or numbing? Did they give us the braised version instead?” Cousin asked the waitress and the waitress said it was correct. There was a layer of oil which the braised version would not have. It took four or five sips of soup before I could taste that faint tint of spiciness. It was not numbing at all. On a good note, the beef was tender and noodles were al dente.


Beef Brisket Noodle $11.80

Fried rice was cousin’s favourite food. It was quite ok but it was supposed to be XO sauce right? I couldn’t taste any of it. However I was quite glad I could bite some small cubes of prawns.


Fried Rice in XO Sauce $14

This was the worst custard buns I’ve ever eaten. The custard didn’t flow and it was a solid mash of salty custard. The skin was dry and a tad too hard. Cousin said maybe it was not meant to flow. Lol!


Creamy Custard Bun $5

Although food was palatable, they didn’t taste like what they should have been. Food was under-seasoned and didn’t taste anything like Beijing. Please level up, up, UP, the spices!!! We don’t want to eat kids’ food! Paradise Dynasty does a MUCH better job.

Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charges.

Restaurant: Lao Beijing
Address: 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, #03-01/02, Singapore 238839
Tel: 67387207
Website: http://www.laobeijing.com.sg/


Manzoku Japanese Restaurant

My colleague has been raving to me about this affordable and delicious sashimi rice bowl and brought my friends here for a birthday dinner. It was fully packed and luckily we had made a reservation. The interior was not big and the table to table space was very small. You can hear the next table’s conversation easily.

Food was not bad and grill items were priced cheaper than other Japanese restaurants. As for the sashimi rice bowl (chirashi don), the sashimi were thickly-sliced and was value for money.


Chawanmushi $5


Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce $10

I would have preferred the fish skin not to be drizzled with the savoury sauce.


Salmon Fish Skin


Grilled Squid with Teriyaki Sauce $15 


Tendon $14


Chirashi Don $25

Reservations recommended. Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charge.

Restaurant: Manzoku Japanese Restaurant
Address: 18 Purvis St, Singapore 188597
Tel: 6734 4436
Opening Hours:  11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 6:00 – 10:00 PM

Tomo Izakaya

This is undeniably the BEST sashimi bowl rice I have EVER eaten. It is not cheap and I can’t exactly remember how much it cost. I think it was $48? But it was worth every cent of it as every slice of the sashimi was thick and fresh and almost overflowed the bowl.

The waiting time was very very long, about an hour or so, but every anger evaporated when I put the fresh slices into my mouth. Mmmmm!


Restaurant: Tomo Izakaya
Address: 8 Raffles Avenue, #01-09 Esplanade Art Centre, Singapore
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 12pm-2.30pm; Sun-Thu: 5pm-11pm; Fri, Sat: 6pm-1am
Tel: 63330012

Chock Full of Beans

This cafe was the first the caught my attention with their 3D latte art. The cafe is slightly small but the interior was cosy. A nice little place to chill but there are much better food around the vicinity.




Smoked Salmon Sandwich

Cafe: Chock Full of Beans
Address: BLK 4 CHANGI VILLAGE ROAD #01-2090, SINGAPORE 500004
Tel: 62148839
Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Friday       11:00  to 22:00 ( Set Lunch serve from 11:00 to 15:00)
Saturday – Sunday      9:00  to 22:00 ( Brunch serve from 9:00 to 17:30)
Close on Mondays.
Website: http://www.chockfullofbeans.com.sg/

Bistro 1855

I was loitering around Suntec City one evening and had to decide on a dinner place before my next appointment. I was craving for some meat and I walked into this nice restaurant.

This Australian beef patty topped with onion jam and guacamole was really tender, juicy and utmost delicious. The guacamole was a little bland compared to the onion jam. The fries were crunchy and yet not oily. The patty was really so good I could devour another one any moment!


1855 Burger $22

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Bistro 1855
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City, Tower 4 #01-643, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: Sat-Tue: 11am to 11pm; Wed-Fri: 11am to 12am
Tel: 6836 5994
Website: http://onionrestaurant.sg/bistro1855.html


Ice-Cream Happiness

Cafe hopping seems to be the in-thing now. More ice-cream cafes are popping out everywhere and seems to be drawing many young people and families with young kids there. So here’s a list of ice-cream I have eaten.

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Affogato $6.50

1. Hatter Street Bakehouse & Cafe
Blk 212 Hougang Street 21, #01-333, Singapore 530212
Tel: +65 69884591
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HatterStreet#!/HatterStreet
Website: http://www.hatterstreet.com/
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 1pm – 10pm

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My favourite ice-cream at the moment. The ice-cream is so light and yet can taste so rich. It is like eating ice and air and cream at the same time. You gotta try this to understand what I’m talking about.


Tim Tam Toffee $5.90

2. 320 Below
Address: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, #01-K1 One KM, Singapore 437157
Opning Hours: 11 am to 10 pm daily
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/320Below/
Website: http://www.320below.com/

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This is not ice-cream but yogurt. It is overly-sweet and two of us couldn’t even finish this. It might taste better if espresso was poured over the yogurt. The macaroon and coffee sticks didn’t make it more “coffee”.


Affogato $6.50

3. Milk and Honey
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #03-128 Marina Square, Singapore 039594 (any many other outlets)
Website: http://www.welovemilkandhoney.com/

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Some really milky ice-cream if you like it super dairy, like me. The affogato is really good because being a milk ice-cream, the ice-cream-espresso mixture becomes some real good cold latte.


Affogato $5.90


Milky Cube $5.90

4. Milkcow
The Cathay #01-03,
Velocity Novena #01-19,
The Star Vista #B1-06,
Bugis Juntion #B1-K3,
Tampines 1 #B1-K17
Jurong IMM #01-K06
Jurong Point #B1 – 27

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MilkCow.Sg/

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to be continued

Ah Hoe Mee Pok 啊和面薄

There was apparently a hype over this mee pok when it was published on the Straits Times on October 11th, 2015. However before the article was published, I sent my dad the address of this mee pok for him to try. When my parents could finally go down, it was when the article was already published. Hence there was a terrible queue. You queue to order from the Japanese lady, pay and take a number. You will then be given an electronic beeper to inform you of your collection when your order is ready. This took my dad one hour. Then he sat down to wait for the beeper to ring that took another hour. Who would ever imagine eating a bowl of mee pok to take two hours other than the famous Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle?

This was the queue from Blk 713 branch run by the wife and their son.  The father and daughter run the first stall at Blk 710.


The long queue…


Their signature is #1 Special Mee Pok.


#1 Special Mee Pok, #2 Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle, #5 Teo Chew Dumpling Soup

Just look at the size of the prawns for just $4!! Look at the portion and the big bowl!


#1 Special Mee Kia Soup 


#1 Special Kuay Tiao Soup $4


#5 Teo Chew Dumpling Soup

More than a month later, today, there was no visible queue. But it still took about 15-20 minutes for my kuay tiao to arrive. It was a pleasant surprise to see it filled to the brim of the bowl. I liked the soup so much I finished every drop of it. The kuay tiao was smooth and the minced pork was to my liking. The soup was hot and every ingredient including the wong ah bak was hot. Would love to have this comfort food near me but too bad, it is too far away. Hope to come back soon!


#2 Mushroom Minced Meat Kuay Tiao

Stall: Ah Hoe Mee Pok 啊和面薄

Address and Opening Hours:
Blk 710, Clementi West St 2, Singapore 120710
6:30am-3pm, close on Sundays.

Block 713, Clementi West Street 2, Singapore 120713
11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-9pm.
8:00am-4:30pm on Sun. Close on Saturdays.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ahhoemeepok/

My Journal of Wanton Noodles

Keeping a record of all the wanton noodles I have eaten!

I’m an insane chilli lover, prefer prawn-pork boiled silky wantons that are chunky, with a good portion of tasty egg noodles in chilli/savoury sauce accompanied with fresh pickled green chilli and crispy pork lard. I am not interested in char siew and hence for all the wanton noodles I order, I ask for pure wantons. This makes comparison between wanton noodles fairer.

Updated Facebook album: Here

Instagram: @wantondiaries

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1. Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert 香港盛記甜品

$6.40 for five big succulent wantons but what is good is their springy noodles accompanied with their special sambal chilli. A pity the noodles have that alkaline taste. Other than that, a generous portion of vegetables and noodles are springy.

Rating: 3/5

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2. Yong Li Wanton Noodle • Hand Made Noodle
630 Bedok Reservoir Road. #01-15. Singapore 470630.

$2.50 for a generous portion of big wantons.

Rating: 2.5/5

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3. Seng Kee Wanton Noodles
Bedok Market Place, 348 Simpang Bedok, Singapore 469560.

$5 for twelve pieces of big wantons with a big serving of noodles and self-help to the fresh green chilli and pork lard.

Rating: 3.5/5

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4. From Cho Kee Noodle
Old Airport Road Food Centre & Shopping Mall, 51 Old Airport Road #01-04 Singapore 390051

Rating: 4/5

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5. Eng’s Noodles House Pte Ltd 荣高面家
287 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437070

$4.50. The noodles are mixed in a special sauce made from pork bones and lard which really appeals to those who likes the old traditional flavours. There is a mini counter that you can take green chilli and deep fried pork lard from. But I found the pork lard not very fresh anymore. Probably due to mass production.

The famous killer chilli in a squeeze bottle on every table seemed to have toned down too much to cater to the mass. A disappointment as it is not that hot anymore. The wantons on my visit today were super disappointing as they were dry and stuck on to one another, indicating they may have been cooked long ago and being left to the open air for too long. Char siew were dry and had no fragrance from its grill.

Being my favourite wanton mee, I will probably give it another chance.

Opening hours: 11am till 9pm [Close on alternate Mondays]

Rating: 3/5

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6. Chang Cheng Mee Wah 長城美華 Food Court and Coffee Shop. Block 406 Tampines St. 41.

$3 for six pieces of wantons. Noodles have a slight alkaline taste. Wantons are just ok.

Rating: 2/5

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7. Dunman Road Char Siew Wan Ton Mee 德明叉烧运吞面
271 Onan Road Dunman Food Centre #02-19 Singapore 424768.

$3 for six pieces of wantons. Don’t judge a wanton mee by its looks. This is awesome, better than Eng’s! The chilli is more spicy than Eng’s. The wanton is more flavourful and succulent than Eng’s. The deep fried pork lard is given upon request and tasted more fresh than Eng’s. Green chilli is fresh!

Closed on Thursdays.
Weekdays 11 am to 8 30 pm
Weekends 10 am to 8 30 pm

Rating: 4.5/5

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Char siew $16 for half kg


$17 for half roasted duck


$3 for wanton soup


8. Fei Fei Roasted Noodle 肥肥烧腊云吞面. $3.

Blk 254 Jurong East St 24, Yuhua Village Market & Food Centre #01-28, Singapore 600254

8am-2pm, Closed Tues
Usually sold out by 12pm.

Impressive charsiew, next best to my mum’s. Springy noodles without the alkaline taste at all. The stallholder said after every n bowls of noodles, he will have to change the water. Wantons are huge with a full solid prawn inside. Very tasty! Green chillies are fresh!

(Picture jigsaw-ed from wanton soup, char siew and roasted duck.)

Rating: 4.5/5

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Prawn Wanton Mee $6.90


Beef Brisket Mee $9

9. Mak’s Noodles 新加坡麥奀雲吞麵世家
176 Orchard Road Centrepoint. #B1-61/63.

$6.90++ for four big prawn wantons. Really really small bowl but succulent tangy prawn wantons. The egg noodles are springy and broth is light and not too salty. The red chilli sauce is nice but I felt it doesn’t really go well with the noodles. The texture of the noodles and wantons are really good but I still prefer local version of wanton mee.

So much for the hype. So came at super off-peak hours to beat the queue. Will I queue for this? Nope.

Rating: 3/5

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10. FeiFei Wanton Noodles 飞飞云吞面. $4.50.
18 Clementi Road

This was the second worst so far that I’ve eaten. The worst was Pontian Wanton Mee.

For this, the noodles are dry, the sauces just not enough to coat the noodles, the wantons are small and filled with under-seasoned minced pork, the wantons skins were too soft (overcooked?) and seriously in lack of character.

Rating: 0/5

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11. Hong Ji Shu Shi 鸿记熟食
Block 505 Jurong West Street 52 #01-188

$4 for ten pieces of wantons. Wanton fillings are pure minced pork and tasted quite good. Quite tasty noodles. Friendly stall holders.

Eating this cos’ Kok Kee was sold-out. There are five wanton mee stalls in this food centre.
1. Kok Kee sold-out
2. Pontian wanton stall was quiet
3. Hong Ji had a queue
4. 嘟嘟熟食 that also sells kueh tutu
5. Muslim stall


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12. Good morning! Back here for marketing around our familiar neighbourhood. Miss staying around here.

Xing Ji 星记. Blk 137 Tampines Street 11 (Round Market) #01-35.

Long long queue. $4 for ten pieces of wanton. Noodles slightly little. Delicious tasty wantons! It has been a long while since I last eaten here.

Rating: 3.5/5

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$4 wanton noodles (ten pieces)


$4 wanton soups (thirteen pieces)

13. Hua Kee Hougang Famous Wonton Mee 華記后港祖傳馳名云吞麵
Blk 51 Old Airport Road, #01-02, Singapore 390051

$4 for ten pieces of wantons and a generous serving of noodles. When the chilli and sauces were mixed into the noodles, it gave a real punch of chilli fragrance and dried shrimps. The pork wantons are big and every bite was happiness, not to mention that the noodles were served in my favourite blue porcelain bowl.

Rating: 4.5/5

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14. Poh Kee Traditional Wanton Noodle 保记传统云吞面
207 New Upper Changi Road
#01-24 Bedok Interchange Food Centre
Singapore 460207

Opening Hours:
6am – 10pm

$3 for five pieces of wanton. Noodles are mixed in a more ketchup than chilli sauce mix. Wantons are a little too porky and bland.

Rating: 2/5

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15. RedRing Wanton Mee
Chiangs Swallow Coffeshop
Blk 46 Holland Drive
Singapore 270046

$3.50 for seven pieces of delectable succulent minced prawn-pork wantons. It tasted very familiar, something close to my mum’s taste. Can’t really find the right words to describe it. I love the wanton skins. They are soft and the meat to skin ratio is just right.

The noodles are cooked in an automated noodle cooker that caught my attention. The noodles sprang up exactly in 20 seconds automatically ensuring that every bunch of noodles are cooked al dente!

The chilli sauce is specially formulated by Roy Chan, a chemist. It was not that spicy to me but left a spicy sensation in my mouth after finishing.

Add some fresh fried pork lard to enhance the taste!

Opening hours: 830am to 9pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

Rating: 4.5/5

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16. 36 条石云吞面
Blk 204 Serangoon Central Singapore 550204
Hock Kee Eating House

$3 for eight pieces of wanton. I was actually quite disappointed by its pale colours but the pork wantons were actually well-seasoned and the chilli sauce in the noodles was very savoury!! The noodles texture was springy and the best thing was that the noodles did not have any parts sticking together. The only area for improvement is the mediocre soup.

Served in porcelain 公鸡碗.

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17. Kok Kee Wanton Noodles 国记云吞面
Block 505 Jurong West Street 52 #01-14 Singapore 640505

$4 for five pieces of pork wantons. Plenty of noodles mixed in sesame oil and special sauce making the noodles more soupy than dry. If you want chilli, they will add chilli sauce onto your noodles. I found the chilli sauce more ketchup-y than tasting like chilli with that punch. The noodles are slightly more soggy than springy. The wantons are totally under-seasoned accompanied with a tasteless soup. To make it worse, they do not serve green chilli.

An elderly woman sitting beside me had the char siew order. The char siew was paper-thin and she didn’t eat them. It was probably bad.

It is a wonder why there are so many people queuing. To me, it is definitely not worth to queue. I am curious if the Lavendar stall is better, same or worse?

Opening hours: 730 am to sold out (~1230 pm)

Rating: 1/5

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18. 一味香云吞面
Lorong 24A, 456 Geylang Road, Singapore 389417

$3 for eight pieces of wantons. The first bite of noodles had traces of alkaline. The chilli sauce with the noodles was not spectacular though it was of good portion. Noodles a tad too dry and chewy. Soup was of peppery taste and served piping hot! The pork wantons left a better impression.

Rating: 2.5/5

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19. Crystal Jade Kitchen
4 Tampines Central 5, #B1-11, Tampines Mall, Singapore 529510

$8.80++ for 4 shrimp wantons. The noodles were too dry and the sauce too starchy. Wantons seemed to have been left to dry in the air for a while before serving as the skins were dry and broken. Soup was not too salty.

Rating: 3/5

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$3.50 with added deep-fried wanton


$3 dumpling soup

20. Kiat Huat 吉發
14 Haig Rd, Singapore 430014
Haig Road Market & Food Centre #01-62

$2.50 for seven pieces of wanton and a large portion of egg noodles. Big and succulent pork wantons. Deep fried pork lard available upon request. Noodles are mixed in a savoury sauce with the fragrance of sesame oil.

Rating: 3.8/5

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21. Noodle Place Restaurant 华苑面粥小厨
277 Orchard Road, #01-17, Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858

$9++ for four pieces of shrimp wanton. The thin egg noodles were a little dry which reminded me of the one I ate at Crystal Jade Kitchen. The shrimp dumplings were a little small. The skin was also slightly dry and I have to dip into the soup before eating. (Maybe because I like them smoother.) The pickled green chilli was on the sweet side which I do not like. Stingy on the kailan and presentation was quite bad. Too expensive for this wanton noodles.

Rating: 2.8/5

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22. Hoe Huat Wanton Noodle 和發
14 Haig Rd, Singapore 430014
Haig Road Market & Food Centre, #01-60

$3 for eight pieces of wanton. The sauce is more ketchup-y than savoury. The wantons didn’t seemed to be seasoned. The egg noodles are hand-made and a photo at the stall indicated that they began selling in 1977. Maybe this is 1977 taste? But not suitable for my liking.

Rating: 2/5

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23. Yummy Sarawak Kolo Mee
Blk 137 Tampines St 11 #01-44 Singapore 521137

$4 for twelve pieces of wantons. I didn’t order this with the kolo mee which I regretted. The sauce was not fantastic but the wantons are good!

Opens from 5am to 3pm and prepare to queue for at least half an hour.

Rating: 3.8/5

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24. Hougang Ming Ji Wanton Noodle 後港明记云吞面
Blk 85, Bedok North Street 4, Fengshan Market and Food Centre, #01-52, Singapore 460085

$2.50 for seven wantons. Wantons were slightly small and not succulent enough. The noodles were very springy and the chilli sauce has got some punch. For every noodle order, you can add $1 for an additional seven pieces of wantons soup or three pieces of dumplings or four pieces of deep fried wantons.

Rating: 3.5/5

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25. Tanjong Rhu Wanton Mee
Block 21, Old Airport Road (along Jalan Tiga), Singapore 390021
Coffee Shop

$3 for six pieces of wantons. The noodles are mixed in a nice fragrant lard and sesame oil sauce and they are smooth and springy. The wantons are under seasonsed.

Rating: 3/5

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26. Hougang Ming Ji Wanton Noodle 後港明记云吞面
Blk 85, Bedok North Street 4, Fengshan Market and Food Centre, #01-52, Singapore 460085

$2.50 for seven wantons. Wantons were slightly small and not succulent enough. The noodles were very springy and the chilli sauce has got some punch. For every noodle order, you can add $1 for an additional seven pieces of wantons soup or three pieces of dumplings or four pieces of deep fried wantons.

Rating: 3.5/5

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27. 友财云吞面 You Cai Wanton Mee
Blk 58 Bedok South Hawker Centre
New Upper Changi Road

$4 for eight wantons. Wantons are succulent and flavourful!

Rating: 4/5

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28. Angmoh Noodle House 红毛面家
Changi Airport Terminal 2
Staff Canteen

$3.50 (staff price) for eight pieces of wanton. Noodles and wantons were under-seasoned. Good thing is the noodles do not have the alkaline taste and wantons tasted fresh and meat filling was not stingy. Portion of noodles was slightly small.

Rating: 2.5/5

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29. 云吞面
Blk 216 Bedok North St 1
Hawker and Food Centre #01-47
Singapore 460216

$3 for eight pieces of huge mouthful, succulent wantons. The chilli sauce has got a punch and the wantons are well-seasoned. The pork wantons has got water chestnut so it gives an additional texture to each bite. Each wanton is so big that one needs to eat one in two-three bites. Very worthy for the price.

Closed on Mondays and Fridays.

Rating: 4.5/5

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30. Wanton Mee 云吞面
Blk 164 Stirling Road #01-1200 Singapore 140164
Meng Hup Eating House

$3 for eight pieces of minced pork wantons. The wantons are tiny and hence not of consistent flavour. Not the kind of succulent wantons that I like. However, the braised sauce is very savoury and coated each strand of noodle perfectly. The green chilli and pork lard are both very fresh.

The duration of wait is long though.

Opening hours: 7:00am to 4:00pm (Closed on Weds)

Rating: 3.8/5

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31. 汕头云吞面 Swa Tou Wanton Mee
Blk 85, Bedok North Street 4, Fengshan Market and Food Centre, #01-50, Singapore 460085

$3 for five pieces of wantons with char siew. The wantons are good but the noodles lack some punch.

Rating: 2.8/5

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32. 826云吞面
Blk 826 Tampines Street 82

$3 for eight succulent wantons. The noodles are savoury.

Long queue for about 20 minutes. Opens in the morning only.

Rating: 3.8/5

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33. Kwong Kee 廣记面食
430 Upper Changi Road, East Village, Singapore 487048

$4.50 for eight wantons. Wantons are succulent but lost out in terms of flavour and seasoning. The noodles were savoury but got a little too dry halfway through eating it. Soup was tasteless.

Rating: 3.2/5

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34. Yun Tun Mian 云吞面
Geylang Lorong 27A
24-hour coffee shop

$3.50 for seven porky wantons. The wantons didn’t leave any impression and soup was bland. The noodles were tossed in savoury chilli-tomato sauce that was quite nice. Green chilli was bland.

Rating: 2.8/5

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35. Hong Kong Sun King Wanton Noodle · Rice 香港新景云吞面 · 饭
Blk 216 Bedok North St 1.
Hawker and Food Centre #01-45 Singapore 460216.

$2.50 for six pork wantons. Add $1 for four deep-fried wantons. Wantons tastes quite ok but noodles are soggy and sauce lacks in flavour. The noodles used is not the common HK noodle or the egg noodles. This one is thinner and softer. Green chilli has no taste.

Rating: 1/5

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36. The Old Pontian Cafe
City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, #B1-K10/11, Singapore 208539

$3.50 for five deep fried wantons and two boiled wantons. The deep fried wantons tasted as if they have been marinated with fermented beancurd. Wantons were small and the skin was hard and chewy. The taste was definitely not to my liking. However the boiled wantons tasted better as they had a different marinate. The noodles tasted more ketchup-y and the texture of the noodles was hard and inelastic. Green chilli was fresh and had been marinated well.

Rating: 0/5

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37. 忠于原味云吞面
Tiong Bahru Market, 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-30

$4 for a plate of char siew with two pork wantons noodles. The char siew is probably what makes up that long queue. One can queue for AT LEAST half an hour on weekdays and an hour on weekends. We queued for an hour and twenty minutes on a Saturday morning from 945am. The queue was doubled very quickly later. The queue was slow due to the the fact that the duo had to roast char siew, slice them, make noodles, collect money and serve.

The soup was ultra fishy and wantons didn’t taste good. The noodles were not tossed in the kind of savoury sauce that I like.

You may want to queue for their char siew which I think is second best to 肥肥’s in Jurong West, but definitely not with their wantons and mee.

Rating: 0/5

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38. HK Wanton Noodle 云吞面

Ci Yuan Hawker Centre $2.80 for three boiled wantons, one deep fried wanton and char siew. The wantons had the same kind of taste as Pontian’s that I didn’t like. The char siew did not have the charred taste and was dry. Noodles were not flavourful too.

Rating: 0/5

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39. Cheng Ji Noodle House 陈记面家
Blk 216 Bedok North St 1.
Hawker and Food Centre #01-01. Singapore 460216.

$3 for nine tasty fresh pork wantons. The noodles are tossed in a fragrant savoury spicy sauce with some pork lard. The wantons though under-seasonsed are nonetheless tasty! They do not have the smelly pork taste.

Rating: 3.5/5

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40. Boon Fang Wanton Noodles
51 Old Airport Road, Hawker Centre, #01—129.

$3 for seven pork wantons infused with the woody taste from sole fish. This makes the wantons flavourful and succulent. The noodles are springy and moist from being tossed in chilli-tomato sauce.

Rating: 3.8/5

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41. Da Jie Famous Wanton Mee 大姐云吞面
Sin Yew Huat Eating House 新友发茶室。209 Sam Leong Road.

Finally got to taste this delicious wanton noodle after my second visit! It was closed on my first visit. 害我吃闭门梗! $3 for ten succulent pork wantons served in a flavourful hot soup. The noodles were springy and tossed in braised sauce with chilli. It was very fragrant and delicious. A pity there were no green vegetables or pork lard. But I did like the braised sauce. It had the old school taste and was not the usual chilli-based sauce. Added $1 for six pieces of deep fried wantons. They were crispy and nothing ever goes wrong for deep fried food, right?

Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays.

Rating: 4/5

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42. Kok Kee Wanton Noodle 国记云吞面。
Hoa Nam Building, 27 Foch Road, Lavender Food Hub @ Zhuge Liang

$4.50 for five fresh meaty wantons. I finally got to eat this on my third visit here. Had a little short queue but was quite fast as auntie cooked her noodles in batches. The portion of egg noodles is small and tossed in an abundance of their special sauce that is a little sweet, not to my liking, and chilli sauce was of no punch. Good texture of the noodles though. No green chilli or pork lard. I wonder why this made it to top five of Singapore’s best wanton noodles.

Rating: 3/5

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Curious Palette

This was birthday dinner for Von and CP. I made a reservation and was pleased with the clean and white furnishings. I was given a sofa seat on the second level and it was a real comfortable setting.

Soon the place became packed and I was glad I made a booking. However, it took more than an hour for our food to be served. The servers were apologetic and I must commend them for their patient service to the many hungry diners there.

The huge bowl of truffled sweet potato ($12.90) was something special on the menu. The sweet potato tasted very well but the truffle oil was too insignificant. The mayonnaise had split as shown in the picture.


Next up is the stuffed boneless wings ($10.90).  Not too oily but could be better seasoned. The dip added much more flavour to the wings.


The magic mushrooms ($14.90) were gigantic. However it was deep-fried and became too gelah after two pieces.



Seafood Spaghetti $19.50


Konbu Spaghetti $18.90


As for me, I ordered this wagyu burger ($22.50). By the time it arrived on the table, I was already full from the starters. So I only ate the beef patty but still did not manage to finish it. It was quite fatty and under-seasoned.

We were so full, we did not order their beautiful waffles.

In a nutshell, the servings were all huge but food was disappointing.

All prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST. However, due to the slow service today, they gave us a 10% discount.

Restaurant: Curious Palette
Address: 64 Prinsep Street Singapore 188667
Tel: 6238 1068
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/curiouspalette
Opening Hours:

Friday 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sunday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Monday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Sumiya Charcoal Grill Izakaya


Lovely affordable quality fresh sashimi from this restaurant! They served limited sets of tuna chunks on rice and tuna parts. So being the first in the queue, we definitely have to make full use of this advantage! So I ordered bluefin tuna on rice ($30.80) and parts on tuna upper head meat sashimi ($15). My cousin had the mixed sashimi on rice ($18.80). Apparently, most sashimi are on a discounted price and that made us very very happy.

Let’s take a look at the lunch menu:



The dinner menu is here.

Service was quick and we got our food in less than 15 minutes.


The set contains jellyfish, pickles, salad, chawanmushi, miso soup, peanut savoury sauce, green tea mochi and tuna rice. Similarly for the mixed sashimi set. Later on, we saw that the jelly fish was replaced with grilled japanese sweet potato.



The sashimi was really fresh and chunky. And seriously this bowl of bluefin tuna is definitely worth the amount of money I paid for. I’m sorry Mother Earth for this sin I’ve done.

Look at this generous bowl of mixed sashimi my cousin had! Looking at this made me want to devour it immediately!



The salad was really good with that sesame oil drizzled on top of the fresh vegetables. The chawanmushi had a piece of chicken, a prawn and a slice of mushroom.

Thr green tea mochi was very soft on the ouside. It had a very good texture. The filling was green tea and beans with white cream (I guess). It was really smooth and this is the best mochi I have ever eaten! It is not sweet and had just the right balance between the bitter green tea and sweet filling. No idea exactly what they filled it with but it was worth every calorie!

Next up is this special menu (not found online). So we ordered the tuna upper head meat sashimi upon seeing that they only have three servings per day! How can I give up the rare opportunity to eat this?!




It was of no doubt… FANTASTIC!! The exterior was slightly grilled with salt and it basically melts in my mouth. The freshness of tuna explodes when I chew it in my mouth. This was super delicious.

Majority of the diners orderd the value-for-money mixed sashimi rice. Definitely coming back for more of the mixed sashimi rice!

On a second visit, I ordered the assorted sashimi set ($25.80). I went at 215 pm just before their last order at 230 pm.


I must say the sashimi was thickly-sliced and tasted so well because they were so fresh! I only didn’t like their hamachi because it was creamy and didn’t taste like hamachi. Or perhaps this is what fresh hamachi taste like? The salmon, tuna chunks and ootoro parts were fabulous. The amaebi were large and super fresh!



Today it was black sesame mochi. It was delicious!!!


Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Reservations recommended.

Restaurant: Sumiya Charcoal Grill Izakaya
Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #12-02, Singapore 238896
Tel: 65099618
Opening Hours: 12pm to 3pm. 6pm to 1030pm.
Website: http://www.sumiya.com.sg

Canton Paradise

Another restaurant by the Paradise Group! This is Canton Paradise, serving authentic Cantonese and all day dim sum!

Wanton with Chilli Oil $5.80

Wanton with Chilli Oil $5.80

Xiao Long Bao $4.60

Xiao Long Bao $4.60

Custard Bun $4.90 and Prawn Dumpling $5.80

Custard Bun $4.90 and Prawn Dumpling $5.80

Scallop, Prawns and Garoupa Porridge $11.80

Scallop, Prawns and Garoupa Porridge $11.80

Beef Brisket Noodles $10.30

Beef Brisket Noodles $10.30

Fried Rice with Salted Fish $11.80

Fried Rice with Salted Fish $11.80

Chinese Tea $1.50 per pax
Towel – $0.30 each

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Canton Paradise
Address: #B2-10 Mall, 311 New Upper Changi Rd, Singapore 467360
Tel: 6844 9244
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11am to 10pm. Weekends: 1030am to 10pm


After hearing so many good reviews on this, I had an excuse to try out this place to celebrate my friend’s birthday. You can click here for the menu. Food were not bad, but seriously, I am not a fan of Tonkatsu and neither a fan of ramen. I can’t really judge if they are good. But the bread crumbs coating of the Tonkatsu was surprisingly not as oily as I expected.

Salmon sashimi $8.80


Pan Fry Gyoza $6.80


Soft Shelled Crab $10.80


Black Pig Tonkatsu Ramen $14.80


USA Pork Loin Tonkatsu Set (A Grade) $29.80

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Restaurant: Tampopo
Address: Liang Court, 177 River Valley Road, Singapore 179030
Phone: 6338 3186
Opening Hours: 1130-1030pm. Sundays: 11am to 1030pm
Website: http://tampopo.cfc.com.sg/display/home.asp

Paul Bakery

This French bakery outside Kinokuniya at Takashimaya is ALWAYS crowded. But this day (after the 2015 General Elections), it was empty!! So cousin and I went in for dinner. Finally I can get to try some of their bread and coffee! They do have very decent bread and food. No wonder they are always packed! The outlet at Tanglin Mall is smaller and did not serve bread before the appetizers.



Garlic Bread $3.80


Cod Fish $29.90






Crepe $17.90

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Paul Bakery
Address: 391 Orchard Road #03-16/17 Ngee Ann City, 238872
Phone: 6836 5932
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 930am to 930pm. Weekends: 9am to 9pm
Website: http://www.paul-singapore.com/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/PAUL1889.singapore/

Vit’s Ramen

I must introduce this instant ramen that I asked my cousin to buy from Malaysia.

  1. Penang White Curry
  2. Penang Asam Laksa

Each packet (RM5.99) consists of two servings packed separately. The noodles are not dried or deep-fried. They are instead vacuumed packed. The soup is rich and full of flavour and the noodles are springy and tasty. Really authentic in taste! You definitely have to get some to try!!




Penang White Curry


Penang Asam Laksa

Paradise Dynasty

This Chinese restaurant by Paradise Dynasty serves both northern and southern Chinese cuisine. Yes, trusty Paradise Group always make sure I leave the restaurant more than satisfied.

Daddy discovered this restaurant in the newly opened OneKM mall that serves Sze Chuan noodles and our favourite poached sliced fish in Sze Chuan chilli oil. Ever since our visit to Beijing more than ten years ago, we have grown to love this numbing and spicy sensation caused by Sze Chuan peppercorns. When the mouth feels numb, the saliva glands starts to flush saliva into your mouth provided a “sweet” sensation. Both lips go numb and felt like sausages. It is really a confusing sensation but so so so addictive.


Pork Dumpling with Hot Chilli Vinaigrette $6.40



La Mian with Poached Marbled Beef in Spicy Szechuan Soup


La Mian with Pork Dumplings $8.80


Spicy Szechuan Crispy Chicken $12.80

You can request for mild, medium or hot spiciness level. Looking at this picture is enough to make me salivate!


Poached Sliced Fish in Szechuan Chilli Oil

Look at those peppercorns! Yummy!!!


Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Paradise Dynasty
Address: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, #02-33 OneKM, 437157
Tel: 6702 2540
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11am to 10 pm. Weekends: 1030am to 10pm.

Seafood Paradise

I like eating at the Paradise group because I am assured of their quality and taste.


Tom Yum Seafood Soup $8.90

Love the bite of this thickly-sliced Garoupa! Sweet and tender fish meat!!!


Garoupa Fillet with Spring Onion $18.90


Poached Baby Spinach $14.90


Deep-fried Buns (4 pieces) $2.50

I must say this must be the best crab I have ever eaten! The sauce is thick and savoury and yet it doesn’t coagulate even after a long while. The curry leaves bring out the flavour of the butter and it was really difficult to resist not dipping my crab into this savoury gravy. The crab meat was succulent and full of flavour.


Signature Creamy Butter Crab $102


Chinese tea – $1.50 per pax
Towel – $0.30

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Seafood Paradise at Changi Airport Terminal 2
Address: 60 Airport Boulevard, #036-059 Level 3 Terminal 2, Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore 819643
Tel: 6214 9655
Fax: 6214 9693
Business Hours: Daily 10.30am – 10.30pm (Last order at 10.00pm)

Uncle Chicken Rice

This must be one of the best chicken rice around!! The chicken meat is tender and filled with the sweetness of chicken goodness. Take note that the chicken meat is not sliced thinly or pat using the chopper. Every bite of chicken meat is succulent and juicy. The soy sauce and sesame oil that is drizzled on top of the chicken is so fragrant you will wish to lick up every bit of it.

The rice is piping hot till the last grain and I really wonder how they kept the heat in!!! It’s magical! The rice is cooked with the chicken stock gotten from poaching of the chicken and every grain of rice is aromatic. Best of all, the rice and chicken do not appear or taste too oily!

What is best about the whole thing is their chilli and ginger dip! The ginger dip is mixed with chopped scallions that brings in a whole new level of what you call ginger dip! The chilli and ginger dip was so addictive that every bite of that aromatic rice has to be accompanied with them. Even the dark soy sauce is so good. Every dip is screaming for my attention!



Place:The Bedok Marketplace
Address: Bedok Market Place, 348 Bedok Road, 469560
Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm (close on alternate Mondays)


This place apparently is so popular that the Sunset Way outlet is always packed! However the outlet at Serangoon is quiet. The interior was simple and minimalist. All food are self-service placed in small trays in the glass-door refrigerator. At just $25.90 NETT per person, help yourself to the meat and prawns! There is also a station with free-flow of drinks and ice cream.


There are also cooked food that you can order through the person and they will be cooked upon order in the kitchen. The nuggets and popcorn chicken were tasty!


Though the stove was not big or deep, it was quite fun filling it with food.


Nothing fantastic about the place or the food. Nothing close to the Mookata I had in Phuket. But for $25.90 NETT, what more could one ask for?

Restaurant: HaPpY MoOkAtA
Address: 21 Teck Chye Terrace, Upper Serangoon, Singapore 545726

The Assembly Ground

A nice quiet place to chill out with palatable food.

Popcorn Chicken $10

Popcorn Chicken $10

Popcorn chicken was normal though it could have some spices mixed into its batter for a more distinct flavour. The truffle fries were not spectacular. Fries were wet from oil and truffle oil could be more generously sprinkled on.

Truffle Fries $12.50

Truffle Fries $12.50


Flat White $6


Spicy Sausage and Bacon $18

Fish and Chips $17

Fish and Chips $17

I had this beef rosti, The beef was tough and chewy and the gravy was too salty. The rosti was not bad though a bit more crisp would be more perfect.

Ragout of Beef with Rosti $23.50

Prices exclude 7% GST. No service charge.
Restaurant: The Assembly Ground
2 Handy Road, #01-21 The Cathay, 229233
Phone: 6733 3375
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11am to 10 pm. Weekends: 10am to 10pm.

Hairy Crabs

I first had hairy crab in Hong Kong in 2013. The whole shop basically sells hairy crab and you choose the size you like.

Price in HK

Price in HK

They steam it for you and you collect half an hour later. They were sweet and roes were sinfully delicious.

But we see a different story in Singapore. Hairy crabs is four or five times more expensive here after importing them.

Price in SG

It was a coincidence that I walked into Putien wanting to eat their bee hoon and saw that they have hairy crabs. Oh yes, it is the season now! So I ordered one. They didn’t have the female ones and so I had a male one.



It was still sweet but nothing compared to what I had in Hong Kong. Putien imports their hairy crabs from Taihu.

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Putien Restaurant
Website: http://www.putien.com/menu/

Miam Miam

Miam Miam brings the best out of French Artisanal Cuisine & Techniques and traditional Japanese preparation & cooking arts.” ~Miam Miam

Actually, I don’t really know what I’m eating, not totally Italian and nothing Japanese. The seafood tomato cream was a tad too thin, I expected it to be more bisque. The prawns were disappointingly small. Should it had a more generous seafood serving, I would have given it a higher rating.

Seafood Tomato Cream Spaghetti

Seafood Tomato Cream Spaghetti $17.80

Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé

Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé $13.80

The souflle was why I walked into the restaurant. The Valrhona chocolate was rich but could be more. I don’t feel satisfied after eating this.

Iced Cafe Au Lait $6.20

Generally, I think it was tad too expensive. Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Miam Miam
Address: 10 Tampines Central 1 #B1-05 Tampines One Singapore 529536
Opening hours: Weekdays: 11:30 am to 10:00pm. Weekends: 11:30 am to 10:00pm
Website: http://miam.sg/

Tenkaichi Japanese Restaurant

My cousin and I saw this promotion and decided to whack this! So we make a reservation and went down on a weekday! And of course, we chose the buffet with the wagyu menu. We are there to whack the wagyu beef! We topped up another $10 for free-flow of drinks and Haagen-Dazs ice-cream! For their full menu click here.

The restaurant was neat and tidy but they need to install more fume hoods perhaps. We were all smelling of smoke and I took two days to wash the smell away.

Wagyu Beef Ox Tongue

Wagyu Beef Ox Tongue

The ox tongue was crunchy but the thought that it was from the tongue kind of puts me off.

Sashimi - White tuna, salmon, sea bream , shime saba, tuna

Sashimi – White tuna, salmon, sea bream , shime saba, tuna, octopus

Sashimi was really fresh and it was my first time tasting the white tuna. From Wikipedia, I learnt that white tuna is not tuna, but butterfish or snake mackeral. The shime saba was very sweet, totally out of my expectations. I once ate saba sashimi at sushi restaurants but never liked them because they were too fishy.

Wagyu Beef Sashimi

Marinated Wagyu Beef Sashimi with egg yolk

Sorry, I have read so many people go woooos and wows about this marinated beef sashimi but raw beef? No thanks. I took at bite but didn’t swallow it. The rest of it went to the BBQ stove and we fried them.

Wagyu Beef Sashimi and Lightly Grilled Sashimi

Wagyu Beef Sashimi and Lightly Grilled Sashimi

Similarly, raw beef is not for me.

Giant Scallops

Giant Scallops

The scallops were so good I wished I could eat more of them but we were so full from the plates of wagyu beef. It was pretty fun bbq-ing them as I tried to sear them according to what I learnt from MasterChef.

Pork Cheek Fillet

Pork Cheek Fillet

Giant scallops (again) and prawns (really huge)

Giant scallops (again) and prawns (really huge)

Prawns were huge. As a result, bbq-ing them is usually overcooking them due to their size. But nonetheless, they were succulent and sweet. Next up is the show of the BBQ! Look at that marbling! It just takes less than 15 seconds to cook each slice. As you place them onto the hot stove, it sizzles in its own fat and when you put them into your mouth, they just melt. So tender… We had three plates of these.

Wagyu Beef Short Rib and Wagyu Beef Rib Eye Cap

Wagyu Beef Short Rib and Wagyu Beef Rib Eye Cap



Besides the BBQ section, they have a variety of cooked food such as garlic fried rice, chawanmushi, soba, shisamo, salad, etc. The service was pretty good. One waitress said we have to quickly bbq out beef because it was changing colour. The beef was actually freshly cut upon order. And indeed, after leaving it for a while, it oxidised and turn into a darker red colour.

Don’t forget to leave some space for Haagen Dazs ice-cream! There were vanilla, chocolate, yuzu and macha flavours.

My cousin and I unanimously agreed that one visit is sufficient. The good memories can remain in photos and videos format.

Restaurant: Tenkaichi Japanese Restaurant
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square Shopping Mall, #03-129, Singapore 039594
Opening hours: Weekdays: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:00pm. Weekends: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Website: http://tenkaichi.com.sg/
Phone: +65 – 6250 8918
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/TenkaichiRestaurant/
Reservation: Via website