Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Q Duck / Duck Queue?

What can one do if he managed to wake up pretty early in the morning? I'm not sure about the others but as for me, I would go all out searching for delicious food to try. :P And the first item that appears on my 'Have to Wake Up Early to give it try'(ever-changing) list would be...

'Duck Noodles'
Though the whole bowl of noodles have been covered with lots of beansprouts,
there's a generous amount of duck slices, noodles and a nice mixture of spicy
and dark sauce. On top of that, since they have run out of 'Duck Egg', hence
I have gone for the extra portion of Noodles and 'Duck Organs'. Even though
I have only placed an order for the regular bowl of 'Duck Noodles', with an
extra portion of Noodles and ingredients, the portion is big enough to satisfy
the stomach of a regular person.

After spending a bit of time stirring and mixing the whole bowl of noodles
thoroughly, it's time for the best part of the post. The duck slices ain't
too stiff and on top of that, each individual slice of meat is juicy and chewy.
And the amount of sauce added into the bowl of noodles is perfect. All the
ingredients doesn't end up to be too wet or too dry and on top of that I
love the overall spicy and sweet touch of the bowl of noodles. And since
there's a good balance of tasty meaty ingredients, noodles and beansprouts,
hence there's a good mix of crunchy and chewy sensation in every single
bite which is a big (+).

Oops, I almost forget about the soup. Pretty much the same as some of the
stalls selling good duck noodles out there, the soup that they have prepared
over here are pretty thick, tasty and it's not pepperish at all. :D

So where can you give the good 'Duck Noodles' a good try?
The name of the stall would be
'Heng Huat Boon Lay Boneless Duck Noodles'(興發文礼起骨鸭面).
It's located inside 'Boon Lay Place Food Village'.

By the way...

This should give you a good idea of the popularity of the stall.
Just look at the length of the queue. In fact, I was pretty lucky to be
the last few customers of the day at around 10:30am in the morning... =.=""

  • Operating Hours:
    05:00 - 11:00 Daily
    (Closed on Mondays)
  • Trust me, unless you are super lucky otherwise please try to make your way down to the stall before 10am in the morning otherwise they might wind up business for the day before 11am in the morning.
* Click here for the location of 'Boon Lay Place Food Village' on 'Google Maps'.
^ Click here for the list of delicacies that you can find and get in 'Boon Lay Place Food

Sunday, 26 January 2014

God Fire...

While travelling around Japan last year, I finally managed to come across a spicy delicacy in Hakata, Japan. (And Wasabi isn't spicy.) And that delicacy has something to do with this post today.

'God Fire Ramen'
They are preparing and selling a wide variety of 'Hakata Ramen'
over here. But, for the locals that love spicy food, the most
attractive and interesting 'Ramen' over here would most probably
be 'God Fire Ramen'.

They are offering 4 different levels of spiciness for the
'God Fire Ramen'. Well, the biggest difference between the 4
levels would most likely be the portion of special paste added
into the bowl of 'Ramen'. Trust me, the highest(4th) level can
really set fire on your tongue. However, it's nothing as
compared to the special '10X Special Paste Ramen' from
'Ichiran Ramen' from 'Hakata', 'Japan'. Besides for the spicy
soup base, the thin and chewy noodles, the strong and thick
Pork Broth, are the characteristics of the 'Hakata Ramen'.
(In fact, I love with 'Ramen' that comes with the thin and
chewy noodles.)

Not only the Noodles are chewy, the taste are equally good
too. On top of that, the taste of the broth is pretty spicy
and the taste of the Pork Broth is pretty thick. However,
the standards of the flavoured egg is pretty normal and the
slices of barbecue pork ain't satisfying enough, which is a
big disappointment. By the way, my face was covered with sweat
after spending a bit of time finishing the whole bowl of
'God Fire Ramen'.

The name of this 'Ramen' restaurant would be 'Ikkousha'.
In fact, 'Ikkousha' was the overall champion of 'Ramen
Champion' for 2 consecutive years. Therefore that might be
the main reason why they have decided to have their own
outlet in Singapore. The 'Ramen' restaurant is currently
located on level 1 of 'Tanjong Pagar Plaza', which
is also located opposite 'Orchid Hotel'.

Opening Hours:
  • Weekdays & Saturdays: 11:30 - 21:30
  • Sundays: 11:30 - 21:30

* Click here for the Facebook page of 'Ikkousha Singapore'.
^ Click here to find out more about 'Ikkousha Ramen'. (Japanese website)

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Silently taking over your neighbourhood....

There used to be a period of time where every single neighbourhood has a old school bakery shop. But with the increase in numbers of branded pastry shops like (Ex: 'Bread Talk', 'Prima Deli', etc...), maintaining a neighbourhood pastry shop becomes far more difficult. However...

They have common stuff like...
'Durian Bun'(Huh???)
(Lol, in what way is a 'Durian Bun' common?)
Anyway, initially I thought that it will be much more sticky, but it ended
up to have a jam like durian filling inside. By taking a bite off the bun,
I'm already getting the strong durian breath, which is quite a surprise.
As compared to a real durian, which requires a bit of 'hard work', this is
a good alternative as and when you are hungry for 'Durians'.

'Hokkaido Cake'
I don't really see the link between this and 'Hokkaido', but though the
overall taste is sweet and the texture is fluffy, I think that it's not
as interesting as the...

When I'm eating this, it makes me feel as if I am 'Doraemon'.
(The Japanese Manga/Comic or Cartoon/Anime character 'Doraemon' is
addicted to this delicious pastry.)

Basically it's 2 pieces of mini pancake like patties wrap around a filling.
Back then, you would only be getting 'Red Bean' filling only but...

Though the overall look of the 'Dorayaki' might be pretty much the same, but
over here there's like more than 7 different flavours to choose from. There's
fruity flavours like 'Durian', 'Mango', 'Blueberry', etc, and sweet delights
like 'Chocolate', 'Custard', 'Red Bean', etc... I ended up trying the 'Red
Bean' and the 'Cranberry with Cheese Dorayaki'. Though these are small costly
pastries but the taste is relatively good. The pancake like patties were nice
and fluffy and they are pretty generous with the fillings too. The 'Cranberry
Dorayaki' has small chunks of fruit slices and cream inside it, therefore
it ended up to be both sweet and refreshing. If they are going to reduce the
price of these devilish 'Dorayaki' even further, I seriously wouldn't mind
getting 1 or 2 for high tea every single day.

The name of this pastry shop would be 'Bakery Cuisine'.
The above shows the outlet located on level 1 of 'Buona Vista MRT' and
I was looking at their website and it seems that they currently have
more than 25 outlets islandwide.

  • Operating Hours:
    Varies and most of the outlet will be opened till 9pm.
* Click here to find out more about 'Bakery Cuisine'.
^ Click here for the Facebook Page of 'Bakery Cuisine'.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

It's not Ramen...

I decided to have my dinner at the 5th Keisuke Japanese restaurant a few weeks back. And apparently it's not a Ramen restaurant but a Japanese restaurant selling...

'OO Set Meals'
The restaurant is famous for 'OO Set Meals'.
But before I move on introducing 'OO',
let's start with the side dishes first.

The set meals come with unlimited free flow of Rice.
(This is the most important part. I'm always coming
across the problem of finishing a bowl of rice with
a large portion of side dishes left behind. And it's
kinda disturbing when I have to pay for an extra bowl of rice.)

However, they didn't provide Japanese pickles over here.
But, they do have the spicy bean sprouts and cabbages
that works pretty good for pickles too. Although the
taste of it are pretty good, but it's not spicy enough for me.
(But nevertheless, free pickles is a very big (+).) So what's 'OO'?

'OO' would be 'Gyoza'.
The speciality of this branch isn't 'Ramen' but 'Gyoza'.
However, the 3 different types of 'Gyoza' over here are
related to the 'Ramen'.

The 3 different types are:
'Keisuke Tonkotsu King Gyoza (Pork)'
'Keisuke Tori King Gyoza (Pork + Chicken)'
'Keisuke Gyoza (Pork + Prawn)'

Basically they are using 'Gyoza' to present the
specialities of 3 other 'Keisuke' branches.
I ended up choosing the 3rd type, which is a mixture of
Prawn and Pork meat. For a start, there's the crunchy
fillings, the nice fragrance of prawns and the relatively
thin skin that wraps all the the fillings nicely together,
which makes it pretty delicious and good.

Each set meal will come with 2 different side dishes. You
will be given 8 different choices, which include meaty and
vegetables dishes too. I ended up choosing the 'Deep Fried
Chicken with spicy sauce and mixed sesame' and 'Chicken
Nanban with Tartar sauce'. Though the taste is relatively
good, but the small portion is kinda disappointing.

The above shows the order sheet of the restaurant.

This is the appearance of the restaurant 'Keisuke Gyoza King'.
It's located on level 1 of 'Orchid Hotel'.

Opening Hours:
  • Lunch: 11:30 - 14:30
    Dinner: 18:00 - 22:30

* Click here for the Facebook page of 'Keisuke Gyoza King'.
^ Click here to find out more about 'Keisuke Gyoza King'. (Japanese website)

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Not just fishballs only...

Ever since I started exploring the Beo Crescent Area, it makes me wonder what are the nice delicacies that one can find in that area. Therefore, I started spending a bit more time exploring that area and...

'Fishball Noodles'
Usually, I will start giving the local delights a try first and this time
round I have decided to give one of my favourite dishes a try first. :D

For a start, despite of the fact that I have requested for additional
dumplings to be added, I'm getting a large and generous variety of
ingredients in the bowl of soup. In contrast to the bowl of soup, the
bowl of 'Kway Teow'(Rice Noodle) looks kinda small.

By the way, the overall taste of the bowl of 'Kway Teow' was kinda weak,
even though they have added sliced chillies, 'Pork Lard', etc... And though
the texture of the 'Kway Teow' is pretty alright but the taste just isn't
attractive enough. Probably they might fare much more better for the
normal type of Noodles and not for the 'Kway Teow'. :|

The fishballs and the meatballs that are given were fantastic. Not
only they are fresh, the texture were amazingly chewy and bouncey too.
Besides for the nice 'balls', there were a few slices of fish cake, a
lump of seaweed and minced meat too. Best of all, the bowl of soup
doesn't taste pepperish nor plain like water. Not only it's tasty,
the nice and delicious taste of the soup just makes one wants to
continue asking for a second or third serving. :P But wait, let's not
forget about the delicious dumplings. While preparing these dumplings,
they have added a nice mix of both vegetables and meat ingredients,
which makes it pretty crunchy and yummy. And even though the dumplings
was served in the bowl of soup, rather than ended up to be soggy, it
still remained to be amazingly good too. :P

So where can you give the bowl of Noodles a nice try?
The name of this stall would be 'Nan Yuan'(南園).
It's located inside 'Beo Crescent Market and Food Centre'.
  • Operating Hours:
    06:00 - 13:00 Daily
    (Closed on Thursdays and Fridays Except for Public Holidays)
  • By the way, if you are thinking of giving the food over here a try, try to avoid the afternoon crowd as much as possible. (Trust me the crowd in the afternoon can be pretty nasty...)
* Click here for the location of 'Beo Crescent Market and Food Centre' on 'Google Maps'.
^ Click here for the list of delicacies that you can find and get in 'Beo Crescent' Area.

Monday, 6 January 2014

I'm not getting the leaf...

Rather than making an empty trip, I decided to give something a try instead.

'Nasi Lemak'
Located in the same Hawker Centre, there's numerous stalls preparing and
selling 'Nasi Lemak'. And since I have given the infamous 'Power Nasi Lemak'
a try, I think I should give the other competitors a try too.

Therefore, after spending a few minutes ordering the dishes, I'm sitting in
front of a plate of 'Nasi Lemak'. The plate of fragrance rice is a good start.
The mixture of peanuts and ikan bilis were both crunchy and delicious. The
fried egg was pretty ordinary. But the long beans were fantastic. Not only
it's not too soggy, the texture and taste of it were almost perfect. And
when I have it with the tasty Sambal Chilli, it have this wonderful sensation.
By the way, the Sambal Chilli over here is tasty and not too spicy. However,
the biggest drawback would be the Chicken Wing. Although the crispy texture
is a (+), but the overall taste of it isn't fantastic enough. I think that
there's definitely room for improvement. But as compared to the infamous
'Power Nasi Lemak', the food over here are much more cheaper and not much
queueing is required over here, which is a (+). :D

So where can you give the 'Nasi Lemak' a try?
The name of the stall would be 'Banana Leaf Nasi Lemak'(香蕉葉椰漿飯).
It's located inside 'Boon Lay Place Food Village'.

  • Operating Hours:
    10:30 - 21:30 Daily
* Click here for the location of 'Boon Lay Place Food Village' on 'Google Maps'.
^ Click here for the list of delicacies that you can find and get in 'Boon Lay Place Food