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Deliveroo

Address: 114 Lavender St #01-15 CT Hub 2 Singapore, 338729.

I would like to share my Deliveroo’s dine-in experience with food from Aloha Poke and Dapaolo. It is located at CT Hub 2, Lavender, Singapore. You can probably spot it during the lunch time where a lot of pick ups happened during that time and you can see some crowds. Other than that, it is located at level 1 of the empty rows of shoplots.

You can check out their Click & Collect’s menu from the mobile application. Here is my reviews for the following 2 restaurants I tried recently.
Aloha Poke

It is specialized in Poke bowl, serving healthy raw fish, salad and superfood. I ordered the Lil’ Swell from their menu. The size of the bowl seems to be medium with 1 single scoop of Mentai Salmon with the based of the salads, mixed white rice and brown rice. You can choose 2 sides such as fish roe, cherry tomatoes and many more. Then, a single selection of superfood such as avocado and quail egg. There is an option to choose with or without salad dressing too.

It is quite big bowl of salad when it served, so mix it well before eating it, sometimes it can be a little messy. Overall, it is healthy, delicious and no complaint.

Dapaolo

It serves Italian food such as freshly made pizza and pasta. We ordered the Meat Lover Pizza, which consists of salami and baked ham with bolognese sauce and mozzarella on a thin crust. When it was served hot, it was cheesy and yummy.

During one of our visits, they treated us with free ice-creams from Ben & Jerry’s.

This branch has some of the kitchens located within the same shop, therefore, there is no delivery charges, you can have it immediately after it is served and you can collect points from every purchases using your Ez-link card. Although the price is quite expensive, once a while treat yourself with good food is important too.

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Chinese Food, Home-cooked Recipes

Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as duan wu jie in Chinese, is a traditional holiday that commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar Qu Yuan (Chu Yuan). Okay, so who was this guy and what he did? I did a little more research on this special occasion.

Apparently, this Chinese scholar, who committed suicide by jumping into the river after tying himself with big rock on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, was one of the advisors of Chu Kingdom. Jealousy was the main reason, people did not like him, talked bad about him and king did not take his advice in the end. It was pretty much like our current lives as well. These people are just everywhere at anytime.

And, so how does it related with the dragon boat? I just did a little bit more searching and found out many fishermen tried to rescue him, but the body is never found. Fishermen worried about fish would eat his body, they threw food into the river to feed the fish and they tried to scare fish away by splashing the water with their paddles and beating the drums on the long narrow boats. Well, that is the drums, boats and paddling, where does there dragon come from?

Well, Chinese always believe there is water-dragon under the river or sea. One of villagers poured the rice wine into the river and the drunken water-dragon appeared floating on the river. Woah!

To celebrate this date which Chinese people make “zong zi”, the glutinous rice wrapped with bamboo leaves. The ingredients used to make the glutinous rice dumplings are varied from egg, beans, dates, fruits, sweet potato, walnuts, mushrooms, meat to full plain or vegetarian.

Being away from home and it has been years my aunt stopped making the glutinous rice dumplings. With my CEO’s mother handmade and the hot Chinese tea, make my dinner perfect for both visual and taste bud satisfaction.

Dinner & Supper, Singapore - Lavender, Singaporean Food, Thai Food

Beer Thai House

Address: #01-94/96, 5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588.

It was an impromptu dinner with a friend after my Microsoft’s talk in the city on the Saturday’s evening. It was a bit rushing for my friend to come over due to the impromptu invitation. While waiting, I decided to hang around the Golden Mile Food court, just located opposite of the Golden Mile Complex, to have a light dinner before my friend arrived. Do I sound like a big eater?

We walked around the first floor of the complex to decide which Thai restaurants to go for our dinner. We settled down at Beer Thai House which is located at the back row shoplots. It is slightly hidden but they have a lot of customers in the restaurant, seemed to be a good Thai restaurant.

We ordered the fried vegetable, a tom yam goong and a steamed fish with the Iced Thai Milk Tea. We wondered why our Thai milk tea looked differently, even before and after we mixed them. For the drink, it was well tasted, not too sweet, able to taste the original Thai milk tea.

Fried Asparagus

The food was served quite fast except for the steamed fish which took quite long, until we thought they have forgotten it and I did not take the picture of the steamed seabass fish when they served us because we were too hungry to wait further.

The fried asparagus was great, delicious, crunchy and generous in portion. With some mushrooms, small sized prawns and carrots fried together with the asparagus, served hot with spring of fried onions, it was a great appetizer for our meal while waiting for the steamed fish.

Tom Yam Goong

Besides the small sized prawns inside the tom yam goong soup, it added fish balls, mushrooms, dried chilies and plenty of the lemongrass. It made the soup having a strong taste of lemongrass which I did not like it that much and we did not finish the soup. What a waste!

Chinese Food, Lunch & Afternoon Tea, Non-Halal Food, Singapore - Lavender, Singaporean Food

Koon Bak Kut Teh

Address: 119 Lavender Street, Singapore 338731.

It was sunny and hot day to walk out for lunch and it was too boring to eat around our office, so we ended up somewhere nearby, not too far away from our location. It is a franchise Bak Kut Teh’s restaurants, Koon, which can be found in several locations in Singapore. I ordered the Singapore Braised Meat Rice for myself and the rest of them tried the Signature Sesame Oil Chicken.

It came with few pieces of the braised pork belly, braised half boiled egg, some salted vegetable, braised peanuts and half piece of the fried tau pok (beancurd) on top of the white rice in a small porcelain bowl. The well braised pork belly were quite fatty as usual and it melted in my mouth easily. With the braised meat’s sauces, the soft peanuts and the salted vegetable mixed well with the white rice.

It could be one of the good choice of dish if you do not want to eat bak kut teh at this restaurant. Besides, braised half boiled egg, you can change it to salted egg too.

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Old Town White Coffee

Address: #01-19/20, Aperia Mall, 12 Kallang Ave, Singapore 339511.

With the 1-for-1 promotion offer we saw from the Fave, we bought the vouchers and 4 of us went for the Old Town restaurant located at the Aperia Mall, just opposite of the Lavender MRT, to have our lunch. Seriously, I did not know what is great about this franchise restaurant, as the food is expensive and tasted just as normal as any food courts out there, yet it charged people so much.

I ordered the Curry Pan Mian which came with generous amount of noodle, some anchovies, bean sprouts, fried beancurd, sliced barbecue chicken and some fish cakes on top of the noodle. The curry broth was good. The ingredients were something unusual than the normal curry noodle, however, it looked quite close to the ingredients offered in Malaysia’s Old Town’s branches too.

The promotion allowed us to order some of their signature dishes such as Assam Laksa and Nasi Lemak from their ala-carte menu.

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Wan He Lou

Address: 65 Maude Rd, 208347, Singapore.

My colleague shared the lobster porridge promotion from this Chinese restaurant which is located nearby our office in our girls’ group chat late April. The promotion ended in May. Since most of us were busy during that period, we finally made it one day just before the promotion ended, to try the signature dishes together. I invited other team members of one of my projects to join us too.

It was a normal lunch gathering for the girls cum celebratory lunch for the project team which I thought it was ended in April. However, the project did not close by then, it was dragged until June due to several defects and delayed of handover processes. I adopted the idea of treating the team after a completion of a project from my previous job.

With a group of 9 people, we got to enjoy additional dishes which for free.
Lobster Porridge

It was a little disappointed with the presentation of the lobster porridge. Everyone was asking where was the lobsters. They have de-shelled the lobsters and cooked with the porridge. The cooking style was not my favourite type, however, the taste was good, mainly because of the broth was sweet and delicious.

Fried Gyoza

The porridge promotion came with side dishes. One of it was the fried gyoza, the chives dumplings . It was a bit dry and salty to my preferences.

Fried French Beans

It was cooked in a typical Chinese style, fresh and well tasted when ate together with the porridge.
Then, the fried chicken wingettes were also part of the promotion.

It was well marinated, crispy when it was served and generous in portion, at least it was more than 9 pieces for 9 of us 🙂 I was not able to remember whether the chicken wingettes were the additional free dishes for a table more 6 people. However, the cereal prawns definitely were free for a table more than 6 people.

It was nicely presented, medium big sized prawns and yes, no extra prawns on the plate. It was exactly 9 of them coated with the crispy cereal. Again, the prawns were fresh and well cooked. And, last but not least, the tofu. It was a bit shocked to see the artificial green coloured tofu with so much starch.

We were not able to distinguish the meat in this dish was real chicken or crab meat, or it might be vegetarian meat. Overall, it was a great lunch on that afternoon. It was heavy rain when the food was served, the porridge warmed up the day.

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Handmade Noodle

Handmade Noodle Ban Mien, Kapitans by Koptiam Foodcourt, 10 Tampines Central 1,  #05-05/06/07 Tampines 1, Singapore 529536.

One of my favourite stalls in the Tampines One’s foodcourt during my days working at Tampines. The handmade noodle is always long queue during the lunch hours, even during the weekends. I joined the queue when I visited the food court today.

The noodle is cooked al-dente and the ingredients are generous so far, no complaints even after about a year or so I did not eat it. There are many choices to choose from their menu and you can combine with different type of meats.

Do try the dry ban mien which give you a different taste of eating ban mien. Of course, their soup based ban mien is always a good choice especially during a rainy day.

I added the chilies paste into my dry noodle which gave me an extra kick. Their chili paste is a must to try and when I mix it with the thick dark soy sauce, it gave a good blend. You may want to adjust the level of spiciness because the thick dark soy sauce is sweet.

Old place, old taste. I am glad to finish my brunch with full satisfaction.