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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

QQ Noodle House

QQ Noodle House
Address : Bugis Village, 231 Victoria St, Singapore 

Phone : +65 63362698 

Opening Hours : 10.00-23.00

Price : S$7-12++

Must Eat : QQ house Speciality

Staff : Helpful

Crush Level : 7/10


After shopping for hours in Bugis Junction Mall, my stomach started to growl endlessly so I decided to eat in a small restaurant near the mall, called QQ Noodle House. Lucky enough, my family and I were able to nab a table there as the place was usually full. When I entered the restaurant, I found that QQ Noodle House have won several awards. Hemm, no wonder the place is always crowded.


I went for the char siu ramen ( MeatBalls, Cantonese Barbecued Pork;Char siu , and of course Ramen). The Chinese ramen was different from the Japanese one as the broth was crystal clear. The broth was palatable, same with the meatballs and ramen which were cooked to perfection. 

Char Siu Ramen
My mom and sister went for the dry QQ house speciality. ( Meatballs, Charsiu, and dumplings). They said that theirs are better than mine and I had to agree with them. The dumplings were pleasurable and the noodle was more chewy. This was the one that people should really try in this noodle house.

QQ HOUSE SPECIALITY
As for my brother in law, he opted for the Fishball noodle. The noodle looked impressive and he said that the fish balls were lovely. For the broth, I think the flavour is similar with the char siu ramen. 

Fishball Noodle
For those of you who prefer an economical yet enjoyable food, you have to take your time and visit this restaurant. Surely, it will not be disappointing.

Bonus: After our dinner, we were still hungry so we're looking for a late night snack and voilà….. we found a restaurant called Jing Hua.

Jing Hua Restaurant
Address : 159 Rochor Rd, Singapore.

Phone : +65 63377601 

Website : jinghua.sg

Opening Hours : 11.30-15.00, 17.30-21.30 

Price : S$ 3-10

Must Eat :  Red Bean Pancake

Staff : Welcoming

Crush Level : 6.5/10

We only walked for 2 minutes until we found this restaurant. I'm surprised to see that the menu is so limited. They only serve about 15 different food and the restaurant was very quiet given that it was only 9pm. It was the opposite of QQ noodle house. No sign of people eating and the only one who ate there were us.

My sister ordered the Hot and Sour Soup (S$3++). It came in a small bowl and the soup was way too sour for me. Although, the tofu was quite mouthwatering.
Hot and Sour Soup
We also ordered the Red Bean Pancake which was still piping hot. The skin was crispy and the red bean was sweet. It was a delicious snack.

Red Bean Pancake

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Chicken Rice in Singapore

Chicken Rice in Singapore

You haven't truly experienced Singapore if you haven't tried their 'National Dish' which is Chicken Rice. If you ask the locals about what should you eat in Singapore, there is 100% chance that they will recommend a Chicken Rice stall or restaurant. 

1. Boon Tong Kee 

Address : 399/401/403 Balestier Rd, Singapore

Phone : +65 62543937


Opening Hours : Mon - Sat : 11am-5pm, 5.30pm-5am ; Sun : 11am-5pm, 5.30pm-3.30am

Must Eat : Tasty Imperial Chicken, Deep Fried Beancurd, Raw Fish

Price : $8-25++

Staff : Welcoming

Crush Level : 7.5/10

The first one is the well known chicken rice restaurant called Boon Tong Kee. Boon Tong Kee have been in this business for over 30 years. Balestier is the first Boon Tong Kee's outlet and now Boon Tong Kee has opened many branches in Singapore and the outlets have never been short of customers. Sometimes, the restaurant is also filled with celebrities. Can you imagine how popular is this restaurant?


My first dish was the Raw Fish (S$8++). The fish was fresh, it came with green veggies and dressed with kinda salty but refreshing sauce. The dish was mouthwatering. It was served perfectly as an appetiser. 

Raw Fish

The Second dish was the Deep Fried Beancurd (S$8++). It is surely a dish that should not be missed. It was crispy on the outside but the inside was soft so it was easy to chew on. The bean curd was also 
seasoned without mistake.

Deep Fried Beancurd
Now the ultimate dish that you have to order here is the Chicken which I paired with Hainanese rice. The chicken was succulent and the ginger sauce made the dish much more delightful. For the hainanese rice, it was savoury. 

The Famous Chicken

Hainanese Rice
I love how Boon Tong Kee still maintain the quality of the food despite being in the business for many years. Whenever you go to Singapore, you have to visit this impressive restaurant.

2. Loy Kee

Address : 342 Balestier Road, Singapore

Phone : +65 62522318

Website : loykee.com.sg

Opening Hours : Mon-Sun : 07.30-21.30

Must Eat : Chicken Set 

Price : S$10++

Staff : Helpful

Crush Level : 7.5/10

Here is another well known chicken rice restaurant that have been operating for over 30 years. It is also popular among locals and celebrities. 

As I went there with my mom at around 2pm, I didn't expect the restaurant to be filled with many people, but I was wrong. It was still packed with people eating and chatting. It convinced me about their food.

We decided to go for the friendly plate set. (Choice of chicken:Hainanese,Roasted,Soysauce; Vegetables; rice; and soup for 2). We agreed to choose the Hainanese steamed chicken as some people told me that it is better to go for the original and they are right. The chicken was pillowy and so satisfying in terms of flavour.(I didn't dip it in the sauces). It was superb. I must say Loy Kee's chicken was more tender than Boon Tong Kee's, even though Boon Tong Kee's one was also soft. The rice was also savoury but I like the Boon Tong Kee's better.
LoyKee's Chicken

Rice

Thick Soy Sauce, Ginger Sauce, Chili sauce
For the vegetables, we were given a plate of Bok Choy. It was rich. The Bok Choy was cooked well and the sauce was incredible. 
Bok Choy
For the soup it was standard. It was not bad yet not extraordinary.

The Soup


I heard that some chicken rice stalls such as Tian Tian are also renowned in Singapore but I haven't got the time to visit. Maybe, next time I will proceed on my chicken rice journey.  

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

&MADE by Chef Bruno Menard

&MADE

Address : 9 Scotts Road, Pacific Plaza #01-04-06, Singapore A

Phone : 6690 7566

Website : andmade.sg

Opening Hours : Fri - Sat : 10.00-22.30, Sun-Thu : 10.00-22.00

Staff : Helpful

Must Eat : The Rossini and Vanilla Shakes

Food Price : S$ 10-28++

Crush Level : 7.5/10

&MADE is a western restaurant owned by a 3 Michellin Star Chef, Mr Bruno Ménard and founder and CEO of Deliciae Hospitality Management, Mr Olivier Bendel. The interior of the restaurant is artistic and playful which portrays Chef Bruno adventurous food making. 

Playful and Artistic Interior (1)

Playful and Artistic Interior (2)
Since &MADE is famous for its burgers, my family and I were determined to choose the burgers as our meal. My mother went for 'The B Burger' (S$ 19++). It consisted of dry aged beef patty, caramelised onion, French comté cheese with garlic mayonnaise dressing. The beef patty was done well and the comté cheese's caramelised flavour really complimented the garlic mayo. All the burger buns were soft in texture. In addition, the burgers came with some fries and sweet sour sauce which were pleasurable.

The B Burger Full Set 
The B Burger
My sister and her husband decided to opt for the 'N.Y Bacon' (S$ 21++). The smoked bacon was on top of the beef patty, tomato, lettuce, pickled cucumber, and cheddar cheese with mayonnaise dressing. The beef patty was juicy and tasted good. The bacon was crispy and a little salty.

NY Bacon
I opted for 'The Rossini' (S$ 28++). The beef patty was succulent as usual but what I love the most was the pan fried Foie Gras. The foie gras was beautiful in taste and it was not smelly. Furthermore, it matched excellently with the black truffle mayo sauce. 

The Rossini
For drinks, I decided to try their Vanilla Shake and my brother in law went for the Strawberry Shake.(S$ 9++). The vanilla shake was sweet and refreshing, the taste was similar to my all time favourite vanilla ice cream from Haagen Dazs. On the other hand, the Strawberry Shake tasted the same as strawberry juice but a little bit sweeter.


Vanilla Shake 
Strawberry Shake
In the future, I will definitely come back for 'The Rossini' and Vanilla Shake. They are both amazing.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Year's Eve dinner at Nicolas Le Restaurant

Nicolas Le Restaurant 

Address : 10 Teck Lim Road , Singapore 

Phone : +65 62242404


Opening Hours : Tue - Fri : 12.00-14.00, 18.30-22.00 ; Sat : 18.30-22.00

Reservation is required 

Price : S$ 100++ /person

Staff : Well Mannered 

Crush Level : 8/10

I know I'm a bit late but WELCOME TO 2014, peeps ! I wish 2014 to be a prosperous year for all of us. Btw, How did you guys spend your last night of 2013?  For me, I spent it with my family at Nicolas Le Restaurant.

Nicolas Le Restaurant is a French Restaurant owned by Chef Nicolas Joanny. He previously worked at two 2 Michelin Star Restaurants and as private chef for ex French Prime Minister, Mr Alain Juppe. Knowing his reputation, I didn't expect the chef to be so humble and friendly but I was proven otherwise.
As we entered the restaurant, we were welcomed by a very friendly staff and surprisingly he is an Indonesian living in Singapore. Therefore, he was very helpful towards my parents who don't speak English. He also recommended a red wine from 1997 which was loved by us.(Sorry, I forget the name of the wine).
with Chef Nicolas

We were each served with a 5 course New Year's eve set. Our first course was the Hokkaido Scallop ( Infusion of Asari Clams and Iranian Saffron). The scallop was soft and the broth was decent. It was served with a cracker This plate was EXCELLENT!

Hokkaido Scallop
Our 2nd course was the Crunchy Langoustine Pastilla served with Hen Egg 'A La Coque', Oyster Leaf and a tiny piece of Unagi (eel). First, I must say the leaf's flavour was very similar to oyster. It was astonishing. The egg was a fusion of French and Japanese Culinary. It was a bit sweet and salty and cooked to perfection. The lobster pastille was crispy and well seasoned. I love the crispiness. As for the unagi, it didn't really stand out.

Crunchy Langoustine Pastilla
Onto the 3rd course was the Traditional Provence Style Ravioli. The ravioli was served with mushroom broth. It was soft and a little salty. It had no fault.

Ravioli

Our highlight of the meal was the Pigeon from Brittany. The breast was slow roasted and the leg was cooked confit style. The pigeon was cooked well and the sauce paired well with it. You can see from the picture that there are something like nuts. They are actually barleys. They greatly complimented the pigeon.
Pigeon from Brittany 

Let's get down to the dessert; Jivara Chocolate Tart presented with Salted Caramel Ice Cream. This tart was divine. It had a crunchy texture on the outside but the filling was soft. As for the flavour, it was perfectly sweet. The salt like particles on the left side of the plate blew up in our mouths. It was interesting.

Chocolate Tart with Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Nicolas Le Restaurant has stolen my mind and heart. The employees were very friendly and the food was flavourful. Thank you for making my last night of 2013 memorable. Nothing is better than a delightful meal and good companion on New Year's Eve.

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