Iciban Sushi

Iciban Sushi, AMK Hub, Singapore.

After the 2XU marathon on the Sunday’s morning, I took a short nap in the afternoon after reached home and showered. I was too eager to join my cousin and my aunt for dinner that night, just before I prepared to depart from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.

My cousin told me they planned to have dinner at the AMK Hub instead of having the home cooked dinner. I left the house about 2 hours earlier after the laundry and reached AMK Hub at 4.30PM. We stopped by at the FairPrice before dinner.


It took us quite long to get a table although we reached earlier because my aunt was sitting on the wheelchair, so sushi bar is not convenient for her. They use the numbered queuing system and it is more systematic. The waiters and waitresses are polite and approachable. They are mainly Filipino.

I was unable to decide whether I want to try their Udon or getting the rice set. After seeing the menu, I decided to try the new set on the menu, Kaisen Chirashi Don. The word “chirashi” means “scattered”, so this is basically a big bowl of rice mixed with salmon, tuna and snowfish with vegetables. The base is quite plain and I added some chili powder onto it.

The ingredients are fresh, generous amount and filling. The taste is quite plain and that brings out the taste of freshness. On top of that, the set comes with a bowl of hot miso soup. We completed our meals with additional maki.

It was a day with full load of carbo after running for half marathon. I am so happy and satisfied. 🙂

Fat Boys Burger

Fat Boys Burger, Orchard Road, Singapore.

I am going to do a throw back of the events happened during the last March. Just a day before the Sundown Singapore Marathon 2017, I met up with two other friends for a casual dinner after work at the Fat Boys Burger which is located at Orchard Road. It is my first time visiting this branch. The first visit was at Upper Thomson Road.

There was no queue when my friend and I walked from Plaza Singapore to this restaurant which is situation along Orchard Road, right behind the bus stand. However, the restaurant was full house and no tables available for three person. We waited quite a while because we did not want to sit at those high chairs at the bar side.

So much waiting time wasted and we quickly ordered our food once we got our seats not far from the restaurant’s entrance after a couple paid their bill and left the place. The waitress is quite friendly and repeated our orders carefully. It took a while more before they served our food. My friend ordered the Fries with Cheese and shared among us. It is a day full of fries and carbohydrates.

I ordered the Royale with Cheese which comes with a beef patty, soft sesame bun and some fries. I took a top view of the burger and then, I recalled the days before I met a sales person who works for F&B merchant portal. It makes me to take another good shot of the burger in which I decided to make it naked.

I took a close up picture of the beef patty with a piece of cheese. This is how the burger looks like. As for the taste and the sauce combination, I felt satisfied and finished the whole burger without complaints.

Mook’s Thai Mookata BBQ

Mook’s Thai Mookata BBQ.
Address: 2 Liang Seah Street, Bugis, Singapore.

On one of the running nights with my friends in Singapore’s city area, we stopped by Bugis for our dinner, just a short walk from my friend’s house. We walked around the food street at Liang Seah Street where many of the restaurants are selling steamboat located and we decided to try the set meal of 4 person at the Mook’s Thai Mookata BBQ.

We were greeted at the main door and there was no crowd when we entered the restaurant at 9PM. We seated at the center of the restaurant so it was quite easily to reach the waiters for food ordering.

Then, the waiter showed us the menu and we decided to go with our initial plan of ordering the set meal. The waiter asked whether we have any of the ingredients of the set meal that we were not eating. It is kind of waste if we did not eat and still order it. Well, it was only me who did not take the pig liver so we did not change anything from the set meal and the guys wanted to have rice, we added two bowls of rice. We did not order drink. The waiting time to be served is reasonable, judging by the crowd when we were there.

The first picture of the food served on our table. It looks pretty reasonable portion of meats and vegetables, two bowls of rice and a jug of the soup broth. Nicely presented with the side background of my friend’s bag, SuperDry.

Let me show you the closed up picture of the meat.

The waiter told us to grease it first before start grilling our meat. It is not easy to work on it especially using the small tongs. After we managed to grease it well enough, we placed our meat on top and the clams, meatballs, crabmeats and sausages on the soup to start cooking.

Then, added the vegetable and we started eating. We have to occasionally grease the grill area as it easily turned brown and it would be harder to grill our meat later. Besides that, we have to add the soup broth constantly too. For this set meal, we can easily grill it for three or four rounds with all the basic ingredients that we ordered.

We can add the clams and prawn head to make the soup sweeter along with the cabbage. Lucky that this group of friends are omnivores, we ate everything that they served on the plates. Maybe, we were hungry back then.

Lastly, we put in the noodle and cooked it with the remaining soup broth. The soup is sweet and tasty, just a little oily because of the oil from the grilled meats. We almost finished the soup 🙂

Keisuke Ramen

Keisuke Ramen, Suntec, Singapore.
Address: #02-391/392 Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983.

A night outing with a group of friends cum runners in January 2017. On the same day I received a sudden news about my colleagues are leaving my previous company because of the company restructuring. It is quite bad to them as the departure news came a week before the Chinese New Year.

This ramen shop was suggested by one of them who also left the company due to the restructuring. The ramen shop offers free eggs, beansprouts and plain water. It is pretty good service. The food ordering is based on their order form below.

Since it was my first time I followed their recommendations to choose their crab broth ramen and I added the egg. As for the soup level of oil, taste and noodle texture I chose for normal which is their recommendations.

My apology for the bad lighting of the above picture of the beansprouts.

It turned out a WOW to me. It comes with my ordered egg, a pork chashu, bamboo shoot, black fungus, fish cake and some spring onions on top of the ramen.

I will suggest to go for less oil and light taste because the level of taste determines the thickness of the soup. After a while I did feel the broth was salty. My friend who opted for the strong taste has its soup dried up while we were taking his bowl of ramen which came with three pieces of chashu.

It is very nice presented and served by the waitress who called us by the name on the order form. Great experience of eating this ramen and greater moment spent together with them after the dinner with a movie show in the cinema on the same night. 

Mak’s Noodle

Mak’s Noodle.
Address: Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #B2-27 & 27A Singapore 098585.

A throwback entry of what happened last month, January 2017. A quick meet up with two friends before the Chinese New Year whereby I handed the aromatherapy essential oils bought from Bangkok to one of my friends. Upon arrival at the Vivocity, I was given a choice to choose between the Hong Kong food and the Japanese food which both of the restaurants are located at Basement 2, side by side. Unable to decide which restaurant to go for dinner since I am fine with any food, we played the rock, paper and scissor game to decide for us.

And finally we headed to the Mak’s Noodle for wanton noodle. We asked the waitress for a recommendation and she said the best seller is the beef brisket and the dumplings wanton noodle (dry version). We chose our food based on her recommendation.

Beef Brisket

In Hong Kong, it is called ngau lam mien. It is a famous food among the Hong Kong people. It is really delicious although it is quite oily for me. The sauce is good to mix it with my wanton noodle which it slightly coated with oyster sauce for the dry version. The sauce is the best of everything in this dish.

Wanton Noodle

Although the waitress suggested us to try the dumplings wanton noodle, I still chose to try the original wanton noodle. For me, by trying their wanton noodle for once, then I will know whether it is worth to visit again this restaurant. I find the noodle is slightly soggy. I prefer noodle which is springy, not wet. The wanton size is medium, unlike those in Hong Kong, which is large, as large as a ping pong ball. The ingredients are fresh.

My friends tried the dumplings noodle which comes with two medium size abalone. It is their special meal for Chinese New Year. My good friend gave one piece of the abalone for me to try. Although, I am not a big fan of abalone, I find the abalone is well-cooked,easy to eat and well-tasted.

The restaurant offers desserts as well which you can try after meal.
I still prefer the wanton noodle I tried myself in Hong Kong, Tsim Chai Kee Noodle.
*Finally a group picture with friends and the food.

Yoshinoya Hanamaru

Yoshinoya and Hanamaru Udon
Address: Lot T-015B, Level 3, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I was at Mid Valley on the 2nd day of the New Year with two other friends. It was a public holiday in Malaysia. My friend introduced this Japanese restaurant to us when we were asking for a location for that night’s dinner. It is located next to the Muji store at the 3rd floor center court.

My friend and his friend wanted to try this restaurant sometimes ago but it was full house. During our visit, we waited a while for a table for three people. I went to this restaurant again a week later, when two of my Singaporean friends came down to Kuala Lumpur for weekend. My friend wanted to have Japanese food and her boyfriend suggested to try this Japanese restaurant too!

The Yoshinoya offers the rice selection and the Hanamaru offers the udon and tempura on their menu. On both visits I tried their udon selection instead of the rice because I do not find the rice selection is attracting.

First visit, I tried their on of their udon on the specialties menu, Mentaiko Mayo Bukkake. Mentaiko mayo, the cod roe mayo is quite commonly used as sauce for udon and pasta in some Japanese restaurant. It comes with soup and dry version. For this first try, I tried their dry version, while my friend’s boyfriend tried the soup version on my second visit. Both of us gave our thumb up!

I love the mentaiko taste which goes well with the plain udon and it does not require to add extra sauce as it has a strong taste, a little salty, savoury. They put quite a generous amount of the mentaiko mayo to mix with the udon. My friend asked me if a bowl of udon would be enough for me as dinner. Initially, I thought it would not, but I was wrong, the mayo can make my stomach feel filling and the udon is thick, springy and generous amount.

I recommended to my Singaporean friends to try during my second visit to this restaurant a week later for our lunch in Mid Valley. Her boyfriend said the same thing and to him, it is worthy to eat here.

The second udon which I tried Tori Dashi Udon from their standard menu. And, I made a wrong choice because the clear and plain soup is tasteless. Their soup broth is made of dried kelp and sardines, so I wonder why the soup can be tasteless. Besides that, the shredded chicken meat are tasteless too, I feel it would be great if I added some soy sauce to make the whole bowl of udon tastes better. This udon needs some improvement.

I tried the chicken karaage, the common Japanese fried chicken and it is just alright for my taste bud. I saw another table was having 4-5 chicken karaage on their plate. My friends tried their tempura too. The price for the fried stuff is not expensive.

The restaurant serves drink as well and you can check out the drink counter at the center of the restaurant, otherwise, the Japanese green tea available too. The food may look small in portion but it is still filling with other add-on from the counter. This Japanese udon restaurant seems like a fast food restaurant. I am not sure if this restaurant is an Halal restaurant or not and they do have Malay people eating in this restaurant.

I feel thankful to have two groups of great friends trying out food with me over this weekend. Thank you so much for my friend who introduced this Japanese restaurant and then I recommended my Singaporean friends to try the same restaurant too. Also, thank you for my Singaporean friends for the lunch treats. If time permitted, I will try the similar concept restaurant in Chinatown, Singapore!

Ajisen Ramen

Ajisen Ramen
Address: 200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction,#01-01, Bugis Junction, 188021 Singapore.

Famous for its rich Tonkotsu soup (pork broth) which captures the essence after hours of boiling. My cousin tells me their soup broth is very famous and nice. Must finish the soup before leaving the restaurant.

She told me to have dinner before heading home and she chose to eat at Ajisen Ramen in Bugis. During my previous time, I like their Pork Kimuchi Ramen. Look at this bowl of noodle which consists of a lot of ingredients such as kimchi, pork, bean sprouts, half egg and lots of spring onions.

I mix all of the ingredients together and it gives the pork soup broth another taste, some kimchi taste ^^. If you like you can add some chilies powder into the soup to bring up the spiciness, just like what my cousin did for her bowl of Seafood Ramen.

Beautiful variance of colours, sweet and tasty pork soup broth, springy ramen, great people sitting together and quiet environment completes the night. The bonus of the dinner that night was our next table’s baby girl entertained us for the whole dinner. 🙂