My Food Blog 2014 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Hahaha, Happy New Year to all my readers 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Nadeje Cake House

Nadeje Cake House, Malacca, Malaysia.

A famous mille crepe cake house in Malacca which is also listed as one of the must visit place in Malacca. And, again, you have to queue and it depends on how many people in  the waiting line. Besides serving cakes, this restaurant does offer main dishes and drinks too.

We tried a few flavour such as original, milk tea, lemon cheese, caramel and rum and raisin. I did not try the lemon cheese, however, I guess it is pretty nice. The milk tea is similar to the normal milk tea drink.
Nadeje Cake House
Nadeje Cake House

Address: G-23 & 25, Jalan PM4, Plaza Mahkota, Malacca, Malaysia.
Ambiace: Spacious, yet not enough to hold the crowd. Quiet and relaxing area.
Rating: 3/5. All the cakes tasted normal to me.

Coffee And Toast

Coffee And Toast, Tampines Mall, Singapore.

Calling colleague for breakfast after skipping my usual breakfast at home before start working. I stayed late the night before to prepare for data migration work and woke up at normal hours to go to work.
Coffee and Toast
It is my first visit to this shop in Tampines, it is hardly to see me go for breakfast outside. It has a nice environment, spacious, quiet and located at the side way between Tampines Mall and Century Square.
Coffee and Toast
Both of us ordered the same set which comes with half-boiled eggs, coffee or tea and toasts.
Coffee and Toast
Two lovely half-boiled eggs, and hot tea. It is good to pour some soya sauce and put some pepper into the half-boiled eggs before mixing the egg’s yolks.
Coffee and Toast
And, my preferable way of eating toast is dipping the toast into the half-boiled eggs. It seems to be a perfect match for me. Of course, many of us would prefer to eat the crispy toasted bread alone.
Coffee and Toast
This is a very filling breakfast and it is good to start working now 🙂

Location: #01-45, Tampines Mall, 4, Tampines Central 5, Singapore
Ambiance: Nice, quiet, spacious and relaxing corner. It is not noisy during the time I visited the place.
Rating: 3/5. This breakfast set is worthy to give a try. Although, it might be slightly expensive for such simple breakfast which can be made from home, we can save the hassle of preparing the half-boiled eggs and toast.

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Chung Wah Chicken Rice Ball

Chung Wah Chicken Rice Ball, Malacca, Malaysia.

Next mission is to queue here for the chicken rice ball. It took about 1 hour to queue before we get our table in the morning. Therefore, by the time we get our table, it is just right time for lunch.
Chung Wah
It seems to be by default, the chicken for 3 persons is half. Yes, you can always order more if you wish especially when the chicken is small! They have steamed chickens only. By the way, is this half a chicken?
Hainanese Chicken
Chung Wah
If not mistaken, they just put soya sauce and some sesame oils on to the chicken before serving. The steamed chicken is tender and smooth. Only drawback is the potion of chicken is quite small. Presentation wise, is failed.
Chung Wah
As for the rice balls, each plate consists of 5 balls. A plus point for this rice ball, as it tasted good and moist. Besides that, they offer “default” drinks as well. The little girl served us with 3 different drinks and we chose from there.

With default services and food, I think queuing for 1 hour is more than enough and almost can say good bye to this shop for my next visit. I do not understand why it is so famous and people must queue for this shop.

Address: Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, Lorong Hang Jebat, Melaka, Malaysia (Next to Hard Rock Cafe)
Ambiance: Noisy, quite spacious.
Rating: 2.5/5. Small portion for 3 adults. Limited choices.

Capitol Satay

Capitol Satay, Malacca, Malaysia.

We wanted to try this satay celup, even though we know it would be a long queue. We queued almost two hours for our table. I can say, we queue for dinner and eat as supper. However, it is still worthy for the time.
Capitol Satay
Why do I say so? It is still maintaining its original recipe, taste and cooking method. I cannot be sure there is no recycling of satay sauce as per claimed, however, so far after few times of trying it, we did not see them doing so and no “alien objects” was found when the pot of satay sauce was placed on our table.
Capitol Satay
So, let us start eating, although hungry, I did not take many and still choose a few ingredients that I liked. I liked the beancurb puff and it is able to absorb the sauce very well. I chose the Taiwanese sausage instead of normal chicken sausage and some prawns. It is really filling after a few rounds of dipping.
Capitol Satay

Location: 41, Lorong Bukit Cina, Malacca, Malaysia.
Ambiance: Small shop, crowded and hot.
Rating: 4/5. Thick, original and authentic satay sauce. Although, it is pricey and long hours of queuing, it is still satisfying.

Jonker 88

Jonker 88, Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street), Melaka, Malaysia.

It is one of the famous stalls in Malacca town and most of the tourists will drop by to have a bowl of cold cendol and popping hot nyonya laksa. I went to this shop during its off peak hour on two different days to try their food once again.

I visited this shop 4 years ago with friends. It is great to be back here and things changed. The stalls used to be operated by the roadside and now it has shifted inside. It is better and more hygiene. And of course, the price also changed.

Nyonya Cendol

Cost at RM4.00 now, it has lost its glory, they used to be thick gula melaka taste. It used to be mixed well with santan and it is irresistible during hot day in Malacca. I liked the strong gula melaka taste. Maybe now I need to double up the gula melaka.

While eating the Cendol, the Malay lady next to me was eating Assam Laksa. I think I have not tried the Assam Laksa before this and I asked her comments for the noodle. After that, I decided to get her help to “jaga” (look after) my bowl of Cendol, while I queue for a bowl of Assam Laksa.

Nyonya Assam Laksa

Shall I compare thee with Penang Assam Laksa? If can, I prefer penang version. Cost at RM7.00 now, it is pricey. It used to be between RM3-4. Sadly, it is nothing to shout about. It consists of some mackerel, 2 foo chuk with fish paste, 4 tau foo pok, 2 prawns and half egg. Cheap ingredients not supposed to be this expensive when we are just eating at kopitiam.

The next day, I went to this shop again to try the Nyonya Curry Laksa. They open at 9.30AM and it is less people at this hours. I guess people are queuing for the dim sum house next lane.

Nyonya Curry Laksa with Chicken

It is nice, still the same. It costs RM6.00 per bowl. I feel I am lucky enough to order the curry laksa with chicken, else I think its ingredients are too little to fill my stomach. It consists of 2 foo chuk, some bean sprout and vegetables and half egg. I chose to go with vermicelli instead of yellow noodle. Some people would prefer to have combination of both types of noodles.

Half way eating, the owner (maybe) was sitting down at my table. She does not look happy or maybe she’s tired. What kind of life she is leading?

As a tourist to this place, trying food at this shop, perhaps it is a common checklist in the itinerary. I wish to explore more food either from this shop or somewhere else within the Malacca City.

Location: No. 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, Malacca, Malaysia.
Ambiance: Crowded at most of its time. Not an ideal place if you late for your lunch as you have to queue and wait for a seat. The shop is very small.
Rating: 4/5. I still give 4/5 for its authentic taste of the food I tried here although it is pricey. It would be perfect 5/5 if the price is reduced a bit and restored its original taste.

Mandalay Style

Mandalay Style

My first Myanmar food experience with my “brothers” in Singapore. It was a farewell dinner with them as one of my “brother” went back to his home country, Myanmar in early July. It was really sad that my another brother also decided to leave me after two months. It is a really heart sickening period of time when both of them left. Our relationship is really close and we supported each other whenever we can. It is no where else I can find the same “brothers” again.

They brought me and my boss to try the Myanmar food with local taste somewhere in the city. From our office, we took MRT to City Hall MRT and walked about 10 minutes before we reached the place. It houses a few Myanmar’s restaurants inside this place. So, where is it??? It was located at Peninsula Excelsior Hotel, 5 Coleman Street, #B1-29, City Hall.

Upon arrival, the restaurant was full house. Lucky enough, we did not have to wait too long to be served. We placed our order as soon as we sat down.
mandalay style

Deep Fried Pork Rib

The main purpose to visit this restaurant was to try this unique dish called, Deep Fried Pork Rib. It is a must-to-try dish. According to them, the pork rib is chewy and easy to bite and I believe the taste would be great and goes well with their special sauce. I did not try the pork rib myself because, I have phobia of eating it.
Mandalay Style

BBQ Fish

The fish was fresh and tasty. It did not overly cooked until dry. I believe this is also one of their specialty.
mandalay Style

Spicy Mixed Vegetable

This dish looks like Chinese style cooking except it is spicy. The level of spiciness was moderate for me, the overall taste was good, not salty and the gravy went well with plain rice. As for the vegetable, it was not overcooked.
Mandalay style

BBQ Lady Fingers and Chicken Buttocks

Yea, do not get shocked to see this chicken buttocks. Actually, it does have a lovely shape. Hahaha 🙂
Mandalay Style

Claypot Noodle

My brothers know that I like to eat noodle and ordered the claypot noodle for me to try. Hmm, I think it is a nice try of Myanmar style’s noodle than going for plain rice. Wow, indeed, it is a nice claypot noodle with more than generous amount of ingredients inside. The soup based was a little spicy but not salty. It came with meatballs, I am not sure is what kind of meat, sausages, lots of vegetables and I saw white fungus inside. It is a kind of unique combination. They also gave generous amount of noodle. Yummy!
Mandalay Style
Overall, the dinner was wonderful, it just like having food feast and the total costs for the food is on average as I saw their prices for the dishes are affordable. The Myanmar food is quite close to Chinese food, just that it was a little spicy for some of their food. I believe you can request for less spicy if you wish. However, for me, I prefer to go according to their local taste. This is how we can taste their food! It was a wonderful Myanmar food experience. I will definitely come again.

Location : #B1-29, Peninsula Excelsior Shopping Centre, 5 Coleman Street, City Hall, 179805 Singapore.