"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/