"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

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Little Hiro

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.

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Spam Fries

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Hawaiian Grilled Chicken with sauteed mushrooms

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Ramen burger (Waikiki Deluxe)

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Mushroom Suisse burger

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Nacho Chips Supreme

Menu (taken from their website):

Standing+Menu

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
Website: http://www.hirobbq.com/#about-1

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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.

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Restaurant: NeNe Chicken
Address: 311 New Upper Changi Road, Bedok Mall, #02-02, Singapore 467360
Website: http://english.nenechicken.com


Chicken Up

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.

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Japchae $12

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.

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Yangpa (onion) bomb $12

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Original crispy up $18

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Makgeolli $25

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)
Tel: 65880308
Website: http://www.chicken-up.com


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!

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Cheese French Fries $9.90

To start eating your chicken, you can use these pair of “tongs” to tear the chicken meat apart without dirtying your hands. So innovative!

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Cajun Chicken Salad $13.90

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Rosemary Chicken $29.90

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Spicy Chicken $28.90

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Mac and cheese $9.90

My first mac and cheese! It was cheesy and the macaroni was al dente. Lovely!

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Garlicky chicken $28.90

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Spicy BBQ Roast Chicken $32.90

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!!!

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Crispy Fried Chicken $32.90

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


Freshness Burger

Following the burger craze, my colleague and I went to try this out. The classic cheese burger was not bad at all. However it was a little small in size and expensive. Probably due to the fresh ingredients they used. The cup of lemon cranberry was small. The only good thing about the burger chain is their choices of sauces – mustard, chilli, ketchup, Tabasco green pepper sauce and some other sauces which appear alien to me. The onion rings tasted nothing near to onions.

Served in small portions, we had:

Fish Burger – $3.50
Classic Cheese Burger – $6.90
Lemon Cranberry – $2.80
Onion Rings – $3.20
Chicken Nuggets – $3.50

How about going to BK or MOS burger?

Prices inclusive of 7% GST.

Stall: Freshness Burger
Outlet: 2 Tampines Central 5, #01-37, Century Square, Singapore 529509
Tel: 6785 3436
Website: http://www.freshnessburger.com.sg/

The Century Square outlet has closed down in June.


Wendy’s Fast Food

“Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers is an international chain of fast food restaurants founded by Dave Thomas on November 15, 1969, in Columbus, Ohio.

As of December 2006, Wendy’s was the world’s third largest hamburger fast food chain with approximately 6,700 locations following McDonald’s 31,000 locations and Burger King’s 11,200 locations.

On April 24, 2008, the company announced a merger with Triarc, the parent company of Arby’s. Despite the new ownership, Wendy’s remains headquartered in Dublin, Ohio. Previously, Wendy’s had rejected more than two buyout offers from Triarc Companies Inc. Following the merger, Triarc became known as Wendy’s/Arby’s Group.”

Wendy’s is an American restaurant which specialises in hamburgers and grilled meats finally opens at my neighbourhood!!!! The previous Royal Sporting House was gone, and is replaced by Wendy’s! There is air-con and al fresco dining area.

So in Tampines Central, we have McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Long John’s Silver, MOS Burger, Carl’s Junior, Popeyes and now Wendy’s!!! And Texas Chicken is gonna opening soon at TM!

Daddy and I went to grab this fast food which we had eaten in Hong Kong back in the late 90s’. Daddy ordered a 1/2 pounder and me a spicy chicken fillet. The beef patties were tender and full of flavour. The spicy chicken fillet tasted good although not as spicy and crispy as KFC’s. We were delighted by their generous meat servings. And I love the fries!

We visited Wendy’s two days later. Daddy ordered the 3/4 pounder this time and upsized to LARGE combo. He said it was even more delicious than the first time we ate it. I ordered the chili and cheese baked potato and strawberry frosty. The baked potato was big. However, the chili and cheese dressing was not spicy and cheesy enough. The strawberry frosty was not bad at all. It was more like ice cream in shake. I ended up eating it with a spoon than using a straw.

Don’t like beef? No worries, fish and chicken are available too! Going healthy? They have wraps and a variety of salads to choose from!!! Sick of McFlurry and sundaes? They have frosty shake, twisted frosty and frosty float!

1/4 pounder small combo – $6.95
1/2 pounder small combo – $7.95
3/4 pounder small combo – $8.95
Spicy chicken fillet small combo – $6.95
Shrimp Supreme small combo – $6.70
Premium Fish Fillet small combo – $6.35
Chicken Nuggets (6 pcs) small combo – $6.60
Ultimate Chicken Grill small combo – $6.95
Fried Chicken (2 pcs) small combo – $7.50

Add 50 cents to upsize to medium combo. Add $1 to upsize to large combo.

Caesar Salad with Grilled/Spicy Chicken – $6.20
Garden Salad – $4.60
Baked potato (sour cream and chives, butter) – $3.10
Baked potato (broccoli and cheese, bacon and cheese) – $3.50
All Beef Chili – $2.70
Twisted Frosty / Frosty Shake – $2.80
Frosty – $1.50 (S); $2.40 (M)
Frosty Float – $2.60

Wendy’s also serves breakfast.

Now I know how to make Daddy a happy man. Hahaha!!

Address: 2 Tampines Central 5, #01-44/45/46/47, Century Square, Singapore 529509
Telephone: 67890457
Opening Hours: Sun – Thur 7am to 11pm daily; Fri, Sat and Eve of PH 7am to midnight
Website: http://www.wendys.com.sg/
View more photos: http://www.facebook.com/photo_search.php?oid=169788099357&view=all

Other outlets: Liat Towers, Lau Pat Sat and Jurong Point.


Texas Chicken

Ever since Texas Chicken flew to Singapore, I have not had the chance to taste it! Finally by chance, on my visit to United Square, which has changed quite a lot over the one year, I was surprised to see Texas Chicken at the main entrance. Oh well, good chance to grab some fried chicken home to add on for dinner.

I would say that after travelling home and by the time we had our dinner one hour plus after buying, the skin was still crispy! The chicken was not soft or damp like KFC’s. The meat was more chewy. It has a more subtle taste than KFC’s overpowering seasonings. However, I felt the fries were toooooo salty.

Another fried chicken option besides KFC and Arnolds. Try this out!

8 Piece Meal (with 2 sides and 4 biscuits) – $25.90

Had another chance to eat this while waiting for my flight to Hanoi in Terminal 1:

Kids’ Meal – 2 pc Chicken strips $4.50

Restaurant: Texas Chicken
Outlets:
1. Departure Transit Lounge East, Central Level 3, 80 Airport Boulevard, Texas Chicken, #031-001B, Singapore 819642 (Opens 24 Hr)
2. 101 Thomson Road, #01-02/03 United Square, Singapore 307591. (Opens 1030 am to 10 pm)
3. Singapore Expo, outside Hall 4, 1 Expo Drive #01-42, Singapore Expo, Singapore 486150. (Opens Mon – Fri 11 am to 9 pm; Sat – Sun 11 am to 10 pm)

Website: http://www.texaschicken.com.sg/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/texas.chicken.singapore