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 Hawaiian-Japanese restaurant is really a budget place for some comfort food! Food quality is well-above the value of the price that you are paying for and it is definitely worth a visit! Their calamari, chicken wings and onion rings were already sold out when we were there at 8pm. This place closes early so you can’t really sit and chill with your friends till late.
Menu (taken from their website):
One thing to point out is the indoor seats smell of food fumes and you may not be comfortable walking out feeling and smelling like oil.
Cafe: Little Hiro
Address: #01-01, King’s Arcade, 559 Bukit Timah Road, 269695
Tel: +65 64663477
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 11:30 – 21:30; Fri – Sat: 11:30 – 22:00; Sun: 11:30 – 21:30
Tash Tish Tosh
The bomb or more specifically buffalo wings, lack that certain punch in its flavour. It is more sweet than spicy.
It’s mushroom soup with garlic bread (4.90) had a nice flavour but was overly salty. I had to ask for hot water to dilute the soup. I told the Encik about it and he said he would check the soup out.
I didn’t expect the crispy chicken to be just wings again. I expected a quarter of a chicken or a spring chicken to be served. It had a nice crisp but the meat was tasteless.
There is no service charge or GST.
Cafe: Tash Tish Tosh
Address: 314 Bedok Road at Simpang Bedok, Singapore 469478
Tel: +65 87148677
Home-cooked Steamed Rice Wine Chicken
Marinate chicken meat with little bit of salt, light soy sauce, corn flour, rice wine, sesame oil, some honey and dang gui (chinese angelica root). Leave to marinate for 20 minutes.
Place some sliced mushrooms, red dates, gouqizi (chinese wolfberry) and ginger and steam together with the marinated chicken meat for 20 to 25 minutes.
Nene Chicken Singapore
We ordered the Freaking Hot chicken and it was really spicy! If you can’t take spicy food, you should not order this at all.
They provided plastic gloves so you can eat your chicken without dirtying your hands. It is also a good thing because the spicy chicken is coated with a thick spicy sauce and it can be quite messy if you are not paying special attention.
The chicken is moist and slightly soggy due to the sauce coated on it. Its original flavoured chicken wasn’t the most crispy if I were to compare it to Chicken Up or Chir Chir. The portion was also slightly smaller, so NeNe chicken is suitable if you are eating alone. I also felt the chickens they used were slightly smaller in size. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the fragrant Freaking Hot sauce that was numbing to the tongue yet shiok at the same time.
Restaurant: NeNe Chicken
Address: 311 New Upper Changi Road, Bedok Mall, #02-02, Singapore 467360
Riding the wave with Korean fried chicken craze!!!!
I was impressed with its fried chicken that is so crispy, so juicy and full of flavour! It adapts the Korean methods of removing the fat from the skin and double-frying. This is the reason why its chicken is tender and succulent!
The japchae we had was good. The glass noodles were cooked al dente and flavour and seasoning was just the right amount.
I must comment on this onion bomb that we had. It had the most awesome onion taste, and was not too greasy. I particular like the mustard sauce that comes with it. It has a nice spicy flavour that complemented the onion bomb.
Yangpa (onion) bomb $12
Original crispy up $18
Truffle fries $8
Service was good and they have a good system of order and payment. Its visible kitchen looks clean and feels pretty well-organised. Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Restaurant: Chicken Up
Address: 2 Tampines Central 5, #01-44 to 47, Singapore 529509 (in between Tampines Mall and Century Square)
So much hooha about this budget fine dining fusion French restaurant! Finally got a chance to try out at the Far East Plaza branch. Not a big fan of French food but some of the food did leave an impression.
The foie gras with lentils was so good that we did not hesitate to order a second one. It was firm on the outside but soft inside and the taste was not too “liver-y”. The truffle mash was good too but I thought the one I had at Poulet was better. The tenderloin was seasoned very well and cooked to how I liked it. Yummy!
Pierre Jean Merlot Bottle $35
I had another occasion to dine at Concetto (also by Saveur) at The Cathay (2 Handy Road) and ordered the pan-seared wagyu shoulder tender served with roasted portobello mushroom, foie gras and beef jus. I must say the taste still lingers in my mouth.
It’s deconstructed tiramisu was also worth a try!
Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Address: Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, #01-07B, Singapore 188584
Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory
This korean fried chicken place was opened not long ago replacing the previous Sushi Tei lot at Bedok Point.
We bought the Groupon voucher and had our dinner here last night. The queue was very long but we managed to be there early before the queue started.
The waiting time for the food was surprisingly short. The delicious corn cup ($0.50 per pax) is refillable! The chicken we ordered was awesome! They use fresh chickens!!!! The roasted chicken with rosemary is the best I have ever eaten! The meat is tender and seasoned to perfection. The spicy chicken was brilliant too, meat was juicy and its spicyness was not overpowering. The salad with chicken was made great by its sauce. However the fries were not warm enough when served.
The portions were big and luckily there were five of us to share all these food!
To start eating your chicken, you can use these pair of “tongs” to tear the chicken meat apart without dirtying your hands. So innovative!
My first mac and cheese! It was cheesy and the macaroni was al dente. Lovely!
I will award this spicy chicken a Michelin star!!! The meat is so tender and moist, so well-cooked!!! The spice level really gives punches and kicks!!!
Not the kind of garlic taste that you will expect. It was quite a letdown. I think the chicken was sprinkled with some garlic spicies powder and some seasoned garlic soy sauce sprinked over the top. Wished there was more garlic flavour to this.
Plain water is complimentary.
All in all, we have bought more Groupon vouchers and can’t wait for return visits to try other items on its menu!!!
Ask me which korean fried chicken place is the best? I have tried Nene Chicken, 4 Fingers, Chicken Up and I think every restaurant has its own uniqueness. All are nice!
Drinking water is complimentary! Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Restaurant: Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory
Address: Bedok Point, 799 Upper Changi Road, #02-05/06, Singapore 467351
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm daily
Website: click here
Khmer (Cambodian) Food (Siem Reap)
I just got back from Cambodia yesterday and I should do a long post after my last post two years ago! I was basically too busy with work and life.
Cambodia was really hot and humid, 99% of its people depend on tourists to survive. Tuk-tuks are everywhere waiting for that fateful someone to get on and eateries are everywhere too. Hygiene may pose a problem but as long as you use your experienced judgement, you shouldn’t get any upset tummy. Food are also priced very reasonably from USD1 (low-end) to USD14 (high-end).
We stayed in The Villa, Siem Reap, situated within walking distance to the Night Market, Central Market, Pub Street and to many of eateries all around. TripAdvisor’s Genevieve Restaurant, Haven Training Restaurant and Bugs Cafe are all nearby. If you are bored of Khmer food, there is KFC and Sarpino’s Pizza. It is a very convenient and comfortable budget place to stay in!
The most common food you will see on menus are Lok Lak, fried MaMa noodles, Amok, Khmer curry and ginger chicken. Cambodians use fish sauce as a main seasoning that makes every dish delicious. We had our first meal at a place near our hotel called Lilypop Restaurant.
Beef is both marinated and stir-fried in fragrant peppery sauces that is very appeitizing.
This stir-fried mee looked so plain but once you get started on it, you simply can’t stop! The noodles were surprisingly springy and full of flavour! It is a fusion of pepper, fish sauce and chilli sauce! I finished the whole plate and I must mention that this plate of mee cost only USD1.50!
On one of the evenings, we had our dinner at this well-acclaimed The Sugar Palm restaurant. Nice ambience but food was over-rated.
This ginger fish was taken at Fusion Kitchen (part of Soria Moria Boutique Hotel) along Wat Bo Road. We were there on a Thursday and happened to be “Oh My Buddha” day. So every food item was on 50% discount and drinks were one for one. I really liked the ginger and fish. It was much better than the ginger with chicken I ate at Sugar Palm.
Address: Soria Moria Boutique Hotel, Wat Bo Road, Salakamrouk, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Fried, baked or charcoal-grilled chicken are also common on the menu. The chicken meat is tougher because they are reared locally and chickens run around the residents’ houses. You will find that the chickens have little fats. We really prefer this texture and the meat is more flavourful too. The chickens are usually marinated with lemongrass and ginger.
Before I arrived in Cambodia, my friend has been telling me to eat tarantulas!! We chanced upon Bugs Cafe outside our hotel. Wanting to fused culturally, we stepped in and ordered the Mixed Insects (tarantula, scorpion, giant waterbug, crickets and silkworms wok-fried in chilli). OMG, it was an experience of my lifetime! And ONCE is ENOUGH!
On our way taking the tuk-tuk 70 km out of Siem Reap, we saw many villagers selling bamboo sticky rice. So Daddy bought one and tried. It is made of glutinous rice, red bean, coconut and some sugar, cooked over heat for 20 minutes.
TripAdvisor recommended this Genevieve’s Restaurant, quoting it has the best fish amok and many other Khmer dishes at a very affordable price. We went there two days in a row!
Address: Sok San Street, Siem Reap, Siem Reap 3058, Cambodia
We suggested the chef to make it much more spicy for us, as their original is said to be sweet. It turned out spicy enough for us and the tom yum tasted very authentic! A pity there was too little soup for the three of us to share.
Their freshwater fish – Red Fish, deep-fried and drenched on with sweet and sour sauce. The fish was very very meaty and well fried. A little muddy taste for those who are sensitive to it, otherwise, very delicious.
Every cube in that banana leaf wrap is fish. Not too sweet and not too coconut-ty. The fish had a good texture. What amazed me was the flavourful vegetables at the side.
Tenderloin beef was used in this beef dish cooked to the level of your choice. We had them medium and it turned out perfect. Garlic was the main garnishing and the side sauce was a mixture of black pepper, fish sauce and lime (I think). It was very appetizing.
The Khmer Fish Curry was also very good, not too spicy and with a little bit of sweetness.
Picture taken from Central Market showing where the locals eat. There wasn’t any foul smell from the wet market or smelly fumes from the cooking surprisingly. But we still did not want to put our stomachs to risk here.
We also saw crickets and grasshoppers being sold in markets. Do you dare to eat them?
We also bought some Jasmine Rice home. It was really cheap. USD0.80 for 1 kg.
That almost summed up all the food we have tried in our six days of stay in Siem Reap. Goodbye Siem Reap, and to all the dust and heat too.
Ayam Tulang Lunak Malioboro
On our last night in Bali, our driver took us to try their local specialty – soft bone chicken!
The chicken was cooked in their special manner such that the bone is soft and melts upon chewing and that the spring chicken can be eaten without any leftovers. The meat was chewy, crispy and fragrant. I prefer the telur asin (salted egg yolk) flavour. It was really a memorable eating experience.
1/2 Ayam Goreng Crispy 50k
1/2 Ayam Telur Asin 66k
Gurami Goreng Terbang 64k
Nasi Putih 8k
Juice Semangka 25k
Juice Sirsak 28k
Juice Terong Belanda 28k
Prices in Rupiah. Prices exclude 10% tax and 5% service charge.
Restaurant: Ayam Tulang Lunak Malioboro
Address: Jalan Kediri No. 501-J, Kuta, Bali
1) Jalan Kartini No. 47, Surabaya. Tel: 31-5687164/31-5687165
2) Jalan Manyar Kertoarjo No. 75, Surabaya. Tel: 31-5947677/31-5940084
3) Jalan Mayam Wuruk No. 88, Denpasar. Tel: 361-245230
Jerry’s BBQ and Grill
Food on my menu queue:
Its buffalo wings go from Smoking, which is mildly spicy, to Intesi-fire,which has jalepeno pepper powder added to the spice mix, and Chef’s Challenge, the hottest option.
Price: From $12.95 for six wings at either the Smoking or Intensi-fire level and $13.95 for six wings at the Chef’s Challenge level.”
Adapted from The Straits Times. Lifestyle section, 14th February 2010.
Restaurant: Jerry’s BBQ and Grill
Address: 277 Jalan Kayu
Address 2: 92 Club Street
Opening hours: 12 pm to 10 pm daily
Buckaroo BBQ and Grill
Food placed on my menu queue:
“Its Buffalo wings come in 10 degrees of spiciness, from Combustion, the mildest level, to Level To Kill, which are the hottest wings. A free T-shirt is given to each table when its diners, regardless of number, finish a dozen Level To Kill wings.
Price: From $17.80 for six wings and $26.80 for twelve wings at the level of Combustion, to $28.80 for six wings and $45.60 for twelve wings at Level To Kill.”
Adapted from The Straits Times. Lifestyle section, 14th February 2010.
Restaurant: Buckaroo BBQ and Grill
Adress: 12B Andrews Avenue
Opening Hours: 4 pm to 10 pm (Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues)
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
Delivery Hotline: 62766537 (selected area, $8 minimum order, $3 delivery charge)
Chicken Rice @ Holland Drive
My mum had been giving a lot of praises for this chicken rice lately. So today we drove down to Holland Drive to taste it.
We ordered one plate white and one plate roasted chicken. Both of which were chicken thighs. Each plate that came with tasty cabbage soup and a generous portion of fragrant chicken rice was only $2.50! Additional chicken intestines is only $0.50! Cheap right! The important thing is of course the chilli!!! The chilli has lemon grass and lime added that gives it its specialty. Together with the coriander leaves, this chicken rice will definitely leave a “MMMMMM” in you. However, if you stay too far from Holland Drive, there is no need to make this special trip. This is just a recommendation of chicken rice should you be there.
Be careful to order from the correct stall, as we also ordered another plate of chicken rice from another stall, which doesn’t taste good at all.
Next up, we also ordered Wanton Noodles. Based on the looks, you can tell it’s good, right? HAHA! YES! The char siew is extremely good. Tasted like my mum’s! I don’t really eat char siew, with the exception of my mum’s. The noodle is springy and not soggy nor soft. Neither did it taste of ammonia. $2.50.
Because the wanton that comes with the noodles tasted good, so we ordered a bowl of wanton soup. $2 for 10 pieces of wanton! How cheap! If you look carefully, the wanton actually did not have microscopic meat. ^_^ Worth trying!
Location: Blk 44 Holland Drive, Food Market
Stall name: #02-40 Kim Seng Hainanese Homemade Chicken Rice
#02-08 Heng Kheng Cooked Food (Wanton Mee)
꼬꼬나라 Kko Kko Nara Chicken and Food (Korean)
“This cosy, dimly lit pub calls attention to its Korean fried chicken – providing a more delicious meaning to the acronym KFC. Look out for the eclectic food this kitchen pumps out, like spicy pupa (honey bees), and fried kimchi with Spam and tofu; but fear not, you will still get your quota of the typical fare as well, such as Korean rice cake and ginseng chicken soup. Standouts are the garlic-sauce-fried chicken, spicy chicken stew and instant noodle soup with a medley of sausage, tofu and vegetables. Drown it all down with their refreshing cucumber and lemon soju.”
I went to eat it today! There were five of us and it was a little squeezy. The benches were not long enough for three people to sit in and the benches were very close to the tables. I felt a bit suffocated. There are Korean staff there and I believed the chefs are Koreans too! The ambience there was quite good, despite the seats.
I felt the items on the menu are overpriced. Korean’s traditional pancake is $20! There wasn’t many items to choose from. Here’s what we ordered:
Half Garlic and Spices Fried Spring Chicken – somehow, don’t know why half spring chicken only has got 4 wings.
($14 for half chicken, $27 for whole chicken, both at lunch prices.)
Half Hot and Spicy Fried Spring Chicken. This is REALLY spicy. If you cannot take spicy food, this is not for you.
김치 전골 Kimchi Jungol (Tuna or Pork) $30 (We chose tuna. And the tuna are tuna tiny flakes.) This is not very spicy, and the soup is good. The portion is enough for 3-4 people, but you cannot order this alone cos’ there’s no big pieces of meat.)
Rice Bento $2 each. Comes warm in stainless steel containers. With free flow of kimchi and pickles. The re-fillable kimchi is very very very good.
Order their white rice wine ($25) to go with your food. The wine is superbly smooth and very very fragrant. We even had a second order of their wine!!
On more visits to the restaurant, I realised they added a few more menu options. Namely the chicken combo (garlic soy sauce, sweet and spicy, original) and the kimchi jungol with sausages!
신당옹 즉석 떡볶이 Dduk Bok Gi $30 (Spicy rice cake with noodle and vegetables)
미니오뎅바 Mini O-Deng Bar $35 (Fish cake soup)
라면 Ra Myeong (Spicy ramen) $7
Chicken Combo set (Big, 6 pcs each of original, garlic soy sauce and sweet and spicy) $40
Prices exclude 10% service charges.
Overall, if you’re craving for real authentic Korean cuisines, you can come here for a try.
Stall name: Kko Kko Nara Korean Fried Chicken
Location: 57 Tras Street #01-01 Singapore 078996
Tel: 6224 8186
Opening Hours: Lunch: 11 am – 5 pm; Dinner: 5 pm – 4 am (+$4 – $6 more for each menu item)
Delivery available to Tanjong Pagar area only.
Reservations are strongly recommended.
Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice
My whole family loves chicken rice and any Singaporean will know about this famous Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice. Hacken Lee will surely patronise this stall whenever he is in town, and pack back a few packets home.
One whole chicken cost $30. The medium spinach cost $12. Each bowl of chicken rice is $0.40. Optional pickles are $1.50.
Stall name: Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice
401 Balestier Road Singapore 329803 Telephone 62543937
470 MacPherson Road Singapore 368188 Telephone 67462774
34 Whampoa West #01-93 Singapore 330034 Telephone 62999880
425 River Valley Road Singapore 248324 Telephone 67363213
18 Cheong Chin Nam Road Singapore 599742 Telephone 64632289
199 East Coast Road, Singapore 428902 Telephone 64781462
3 Temasek Boulevard #B1-025/045 Singapore 038983 Telephone 68844185
Monday- friday: 11am – 4.45pm, 5.30pm – 4.30am
Saturday – Monday : 11am – 4.45pm, 5.30pm – 2.30am
Light Soy Sauce Chicken
Saw this recipe on my cousin sister’s blog. So went ahead to try this out together with my mum. Instead of chicken thighs, we used chicken’s mid-joints. This is 1 and a half of the recipe.
We removed from the fire earlier so that the meat could remain tender. Perhaps if you do it with chicken thighs, you could get the same result as my cousin sister. I found that the chicken wings were a little tad salty. Maybe can reduce the amount of soy sauce next time.
BBQ Chicken Wings
We just had a mini family BBQ with some of our friends. And my cousin sister had this recipe on marinating chicken wings, so we gave it a try.
We marinated it a day before our BBQ, and we pan-fried a few to try the taste. I quite like it, because I like the taste of ginger. But my family members didn’t think it was good. On the day of BBQ, the taste turned out to be more fragrant, probably with the carbon. HAHA. It was well-received and we finished all the chicken wings! It tasted similar to chicken satay. But had a hard time BBQ-ing them, cos’ the ginger kept getting on fire!
One BBQ tip: Don’t buy charcoal from NTUC. Buy from provisional shops, cos’ the NTUC charcoal is more difficult to start your BBQ fire.