Wheeler’s Yard

After my weekend visiting the TCM near the Wheeler’s Yard at Jalan Rajah, I explored the Whampoa neighbourhood with a friend from the IT industry who stayed at Whampoa for a coffee break before heading back home.

Wheeler’s Yard is located right along with the Whampoa park connector. It is a hidden bicycle-themed cafe along with the park connector. I am unsure if the bicycle workshop is still operating because no one was around during my visit.

I ordered the iced expresso and the nacho fries. My friend ordered the flat white. The fries portion is big; it is suitable for sharing with friends. I loved the nacho sauce; however, I did not enjoy the meat. The overall taste is acceptable and combination; it just does not have the kick that I will order again. Maybe, I would prefer the nacho sauce with the fries only.

The iced expresso is good; however, it is pricey. I did not pour so much milk to dilute the ice because the coffee tastes milkier than coffee bitterness. The coffee and milk ratio is essential.

Personal opinion, I think the standard long black or flat white will be good enough. Moreover, the barista will be the one who knows better the ratio between coffee and milk. The espresso ball seems to be a gimmick for young people to take photographs or videos.

Google reviews show it has 4.0 stars, a pretty good rating.

Address: 28 Lor Ampas, Singapore 328781.
Google link: https://g.page/wheelersyard?share

Burp Kitchen & Bar

Soon after my return from my holiday trip back to KL, Malaysia, I was called to join the farewell lunch of my colleague. His last day was at the end of March, and many people wanted to farewell him too. We worked from home, so we met for a slightly longer lunch at Bedok Reservoir.

The little cafe has a good rating on Google reviews. It has 4.2 stars, and many people give it 4-5 stars. Since I could not book Refuel cafe, I booked this cafe for a table of four people.

Grilled sausage platter

We ordered the platter as an appetizer. It consists of grilled beef and pork sausages mixed with green vegetables. It is pretty crunchy on the skin. The portion is large, but I do not think it is worth ordering because, with the same price, I could eat other food such as chicken wings. Their recommendation was fiery chicken wings.

Smoked Salmon Carbonara

I am not a real carbonara fan, but this carbonara pasta is light and easy to eat. Besides the smoked salmon on the side, the linguine was cooked with some bacon strips. It was not too creamy or too oily to eat.

The portion is good for one person or sharing. I think it is one of the recommendations too. We ordered another plate of paste, too, for sharing.

Grilled Unagi Aglio Olio

I find it unique, so I ordered this pasta to try it. Usually, Aglio olio goes with bacon and prawns. This cafe offers unagi at a reasonable price that I think is a must-try.

It is pretty flavourful; the taste is more toward Japanese style with bonito flakes, some chilli powder on the side, and cheese on another side.

Beefy Three Cheese

The waitress recommended we try the Hog. However, one of my colleagues did not eat pork, so we decided to try the beef burger. It turned out to be a generous beef patty and an amount of cheese. The flavour was not very strong, but it was still decent. I like their chips.

Good for sharing

During this Covid-19 period, food sharing can be a concern to everyone. I do not mind sharing good food together as long as we practise good personal hygiene whenever and wherever we go to. By doing that, we can try more food together, just like today.

I wish to bring my loved ones to visit this cafe one day. I think there is plenty of food we can try together for few times. They serve cocktails at night, if I am not mistaken.

Free half a waffle

It is their promotion; we spent above $50 and got half a waffle with ice cream. The dessert was ordinary. It was a Tuesday afternoon, so there was no crowd during our visit. The service was good, and the waiters were attentive to our requests. I am keen to return one day for dinner.

Address: 740 Bedok Reservoir Road, #01-3165, Singapore 470740.

VCR, KL

Right behind the Three Years Old Cafe is the VCR Cafe. We tried our luck, and the waitress told us that there was a table on the upper floor. So, we checked in and proceeded to the table based on the direction given by the waitress. They do not usher us to the table; some weird service.

We scanned the QR code and browsed the menu. Then, we had to go down to make our order and payment. It would be good if they offered someone to take the order so that we do not have to walk up and down again.

The upper level’s environment was noisy, with people talking. There are more tables upstairs, so the ambience is not so pleasant. Also, I could feel the steps when people walked on the upper level while I was sitting on the chair. So, it is best to avoid sitting on the upper floor. I am not sure whether the view on the upper level is better than on the ground floor.

While waiting in queue to make my order, my friend told me that she had changed the table and seated on the ground floor. The table was right next to a big window, and it gave us a natural light for our photographs.

They served the drink first, the flat white and iced chocolate, followed by food. It did not take long to wait for the food to be served. The portion of the big breakfast was huge, so my friend could not finish all of them. It consisted of chicken sausages, scrambled egg on top of the sourdough, some chicken hams, vegetables and mushrooms. My order was avocado toast with egg. It is delicious, and I liked the sourdough. Their food is flavourful, and we did not request additional salt or pepper or chilli sauce. As for the flat white, it is a good choice too and reasonable price.

Address: 2, Jalan Galloway, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

VTL From Singapore to Malaysia: Day 6

Day 6 in Kuala Lumpur is mainly all about food and more food. The morning breakfast was light because I would meet my friend at 12.30PM for lunch. So, I just had more oatmeal with milk and fruits as breakfast. I skipped the bread that I warmed up for my aunt.

It was a sunny Saturday, with no rain, lightly windy in the late afternoon.

Three Years Old Cafe

Mandy, my friend, wanted to try this cafe called Three Years Old Cafe. Based on the Google rating, it has 4.2 stars. It offers a pretty good range of food and drinks. It is located somehow nearby an old neighbourhood at Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

Actually, I do not know where is this place at all. It is somewhere behind the Swiss Garden Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The nearest LRT is Hang Tuah station. However, there is no public transport from the LRT station to the cafe. It is a six-minute walk from the LRT station based on Google Map. Be careful when choosing this location as a gathering if you do not drive to town.

However, we did not manage to visit this cafe after we secured a parking space nearby the neighbourhood. It was a full house when we reached there about 1PM. We placed our names on the waiting list and walked to another cafe nearby. Refer to the link in the reference section below for the cafe’s review done by another writer.

Address: 1, Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

VCR

Right behind the Three Years Old Cafe is the VCR Cafe. We tried our luck, and the waitress told us that there was a table on the upper floor. So, we checked in and proceeded to the table based on the direction given by the waitress. They do not usher us to the table; some weird service.

Sitting on the upper floor

We scanned the QR code and browsed the menu. Then, we had to go down to make our order and payment. It would be good if they offered someone to take the order so that we do not have to walk up and down again.

The upper level’s environment was noisy, with people talking. There are more tables upstairs, so the ambience is not so pleasant. Also, I could feel the steps when people walked on the upper level while I was sitting on the chair. So, it is best to avoid sitting on the upper floor. I am not sure whether the view on the upper level is better than on the ground floor.

Changed the table later on…

While waiting in queue to make my order, my friend told me that she had changed the table and seated on the ground floor. The table was right next to a big window, and it gave us a natural light for our photographs.

Food and drink are delish

They served the drink first, the flat white and iced chocolate, followed by food. It did not take long to wait for the food to be served. The portion of the big breakfast was huge, so my friend could not finish all of them. It consisted of chicken sausages, scrambled egg on top of the sourdough, some chicken hams, vegetables and mushrooms. My order was avocado toast with egg. It is delicious, and I liked the sourdough. Their food is flavourful, and we did not request additional salt or pepper or chilli sauce. As for the flat white, it is a good choice too and reasonable price.

Address: 2, Jalan Galloway, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ensembled brick head

A day before our meet-up, we bought some brick heads to ensemble together after eating our lunch and waiting for Vincent to join us for dinner at Pavilion Bukit Bintang. After we finished our lunch, we asked the waiter to clear our table and plates. We started ensembling the liberty icon. It took me quite a while to complete it because I made some mistakes in the early stage.

Vincent called us and told us that he could not join us for dinner. So, we slowly moved to Pavilion Bukit Bintang and dropped by Sungei Wang. It was a pretty good walk and exploration for me to see the current state of Bukit Bintang after two years.

We dropped by Daiso to check out some display boxes to hold the brick heads. I did not get one because I would prefer to place it right on the shelf. I walked around Daiso to search for a small pouch for my aunt but in vain as they do not sell those pouches with zipping.

Dinner at Ippudo

As we were not too hungry and only two of us, we went for something simple and went to a ramen restaurant called Ippudo.

I think their menu is all the same between countries. We both ordered the same ramen after browsing through the menu. I tried to eat less spicy food during my trip to Kuala Lumpur.

If I am not mistaken, I ordered the classic soup, shiromaru motoaji, the original tonkatsu broth with the secret dashi. We can choose our noodles’ texture and whether you want to exclude black fungus, green onions, and beansprouts. Sesame seeds and chilli powder are available on the table to add some flavours. The ingredients are generous, with whole eggs, four pieces of char siew, and all the sides. The broth is delicate; I added sesame seeds and some chilli powder for extra flavour. The noodle texture that I chose was just right, not soggy.

Address: Pavilion Bukit Bintang, Lot C4 . 07 . 00, 168, Bukit Bintang St, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I did not take many photographs when I was at Pavilion Bukit Bintang and Sungei Wang. I share it in my later post when I was at the same place to run my errands.

Skipped cooking dinner at home for a day

It was a whole day outing with Mandy, and I did not cook dinner at home for my family. They managed to get their lunch and dinner. I do not find it very happy that I did not need to cook for a day. To be able to cook for loved ones or anyone is a blessing. I always love to see that dinner is ready when I back home from work when I was in KL.

Reference

VTL From Singapore to Malaysia: Day 3

My initial plan was to do banking on the third day; unfortunately, I had another task to do at home, and I postponed my plan to the following Monday. The morning clouds were quite beautiful. I took a photo of them from a different part of my house.

The day began with a big breakfast at home. My aunt told me to eat fruits and bread instead of having an empty stomach. I complied and prepared a cup of black coffee to go with the bread.

Cleared my stuff at home

Next, I began clearing off some of my stuff. First to let go was the secondary school’s magazines. It has been years sitting in the box, and I think no point in keeping those anymore. While flipping through the magazines, I found myself being part of the editorial board for 2002. I could not recall what I had done for it.

Next, I have a box of books to be donated or given away. However, I cannot do it this round. I will post them on Facebook before my next return to Kuala Lumpur again. I need more time to arrange for pick-up. I will put up other items too to give away. Maybe, I will post some books to be donated in Singapore too.

Also, I found my primary school’s pencil case. It was a luxury to have one last time because of the multiple compartments on the pencil case.

Next, I found the gift that I bought from Japan. I found a little deco at a small shop in Kyoto when I was there watching the sakura. It is sakura season now in Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

I wish to travel to these places again and would love to travel with my loved ones and some friends. The interesting places, foods and things that we would like to do were growing in the Excel sheet during the Covid-19 period, and we added more whenever we watched the travel introduction on Youtube. But, now it seems to be a dream only.

The last items that I would like to share today are all the mobile phones I used in the past years. My current Malaysian number is not my first mobile phone number. I changed it a few times before that. I guess I have been using the same mobile number since 2003 or 2004. It has been almost 20 years.

Simple lunch, alone

I cooked myself a bowl of noodles with some fishballs in the afternoon before I resumed clearing my stuff. And, later I ate half of the Hawaiian chicken, personal pan pizza, and some mushroom soup from Pizza Hut brought home by my aunt.

The weather in Kuala Lumpur is scorching, so I tend to drink more water here to stay hydrated. This was the fourth adjustment I made when I was in Kuala Lumpur.

Prepare for dinner

For dinner, I tried to cook the ayam pongteh based on an online recipe. Refer to the link in the reference for the recipe. It was my second time trying this recipe. I saw my kitchen has a bottle of bean paste taucu; it is one of the ingredients for this recipe.

I lightly pan-fried the potatoes and the chicken before stewing them for a while to make the potatoes a bit softer.

The colour was quite dark because I did not have any measurement tools for cooking. I did not know how to agak-agak (estimate) the amount for the first time. In the end, I put too much bean paste taucu. I managed to balance the taste of this dish but not the colour.

Next, I found some beancurd puff in the refrigerator. So, I cooked mixed vegetables using the beancurd puffs, Chinese cabbages, wood-ears and some fish cakes.

The fifth adjustment was cooking with agak-agak (estimation) measurement and needed to remind me to add a bit of sugar to balance the savoury taste. My family uses salt, sugar, soy sauce and oyster sauce in most dishes. When it comes to marinating the meat, I was told to add a bit of wine, fish sauce and sesame oil. I found the meat’s taste odd when the fish sauce was added, so I omitted it.

I took a rest after dinner and did not continue with clearing my stuff. Before sleep, I would watch some news, which I would not do in Singapore, while drying my hair before going to sleep.

Reference

Grub – Brunch & Burger Bistro

I went to Grub at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park with my aunt and my cousin for lunch together. My cousin recommended I try the Mentaiko Pork Katsu burger, so I did.

I loved the burger because of the mentaiko sauce and the dried seaweed, making the burger tasted savoury and flavourful. Although I did feel the mentaiko sauce was a bit too much, I took the French fries and dipped them with mentaiko sauce. No waste of sauces.

The pork katsu is really giant that I could not bite in one mouth. I decided to eat it with a fork and knife. When I cut the burger in half, the Mentaiko sauce flew down. It is just like a lava mentaiko sauce.

A closer look at the meat, there are many layers of pork meat. The meat is tender, juicy and it goes well with mentaiko sauce. It is a delicious burger that every bite makes me wanted to have more. I do not feel jelak when eating this burger. Jelak is a Malay word that describes the nauseating feeling you get from eating overly rich food.

I paired it with a glass of Iced Lychee Earl Grey Tea. It is not a very strong, bold Earl Grey tea. The lychee’s sweetness goes well with the bitter taste of the tea. Besides that, it is a body cooling drink after a long walk from the bus stop on the main road to the restaurant under the hot sun.

Earl Grey is flavoured with bergamot oil (which is why it’s sometimes considered a flavoured tea), which comes from citrus fruit, and black tea blends.

The salmon does not look well presented, maybe from the angle I took the photo. We ordered the miso-glazed salmon steak for my aunt. She said it tasted good and had no complaints from her. We told the waitress to avoid using dairy products when cooking the salmon and the side dishes.

My aunt liked the salad’s dressing. Now, I have a question. Why did they serve the salmon with a fried egg? Another main dish is the Grub Double Cheeseburger.

The beef patty is great, juicy and satisfying, according to my cousin’s review. All burgers come with a bowl of fries. Additionally, we ordered a bowl of fried calamari to try. I do not recall how it tasted, but I think the batter is crispy, and the portion is quite generous.

Grub is moving from Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park by the end of this year. I am unsure whether they secure a new place. We will be informed by social media once they settle down.

Address: 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569983.

Ben Thanh Pho

That is the Vietnamese stall name that I found from the picture took with my friend during our recent visit. It happened before Singapore went back to the no-dine-in period starting from 16 May 2021. It was my second visit to this place called Leisure Food Space that located at Gemini @ Sims. It has two stalls selling Vietnamese and Western food. It occupies two floors and you can sit outside of the shop, along the corridor. It was a peak hour during my visit and it was quite crowded.

The Vietnamese stall seems to be run by a Chinese couple or at least the lady at the counter can speak Mandarin. She is a bit forgetful on the day she served us, maybe it was a busy Wednesday. On the first-time visit last year, my friend and I tried their mookata. It was quite nice, and the ingredients served during that time was generous. It was a good portion for two persons.

On the recent visit, my friend and I tried the steamboat. The ingredients looked quite similar, but I felt the portion has reduced. Obviously, I saw the fresh prawns have changed to cooked prawns and from what I think maybe four pieces to two pieces of prawns. The prawns’ freshness is maintained even it is cooked. The steamboat set seemed missing the scallops. From the picture above, the meatballs looked handmade, but I could not recall. For the vegetables, maybe mookata has the glass noodle, but not for steamboat. Both mookata and steamboat are said for two to three persons.

The highlight of the steamboat is the soup base. The clear soup is a soup base that I liked, cooked with some cilantro and sliced onions. On the other side is the sweet-spicy soup. The taste is quite similar to one of the Thai condiments, the Thai chilli sauce. The spicy level is mild, and I liked to neutralize a little bit with some clear soup.

They served the sliced pork belly and some chicken meat. I do not have much preference for meat. And, I think it is different meat compared to mookata, which has to be marinated. Overall, it tasted like I was eating a Thai steamboat because of the MAMA noodle. I was expected to have some pho or vermicelli to go with the steamboat. I do not really have other Vietnamese steamboat dining experience so this is based on what I think it may be included.

Both mookata and steamboat maybe a good try for first time. I would prefer to try other Vietnamese dishes or maybe a try on the Western menu if I re-visit the restaurant later the year(s).

Address: 2 Sims Cl, Singapore 387298 (Leisure Food Space).
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/fJWiB12maepehsJW9

Refuel Cafe

The content of this post was created before Singapore went back to the no-dine-in period starting from 16 May 2021 to curb the increase of the Covid-19 cases.

It’s Friday evening, after a long day of work, troubleshooting the problem, and nagging. We rewarded ourselves with a decent dinner together at a cafe near Bedok reservoirs. My colleague recommended it, and this place is always hard to get a table during peak hours. Since my colleague wanted to try it, so decided to make a reservation at 7pm to meet up for dinner. And, I can try their food too!


After settling down, I got myself an iced tea, the Fuel Iced Tea. The drink is quite suitable for my preference that is low in sugar. With lemon and lime slices, the iced tea was refreshing. I was trying not to be fancy and choose a healthy meal with a bowl of salad, Salmon Avocado.

The toast on the salad is slightly soft. I’m fine with it, and I think it would be nice if the crust is harder. The avocado portion is enough for 1 toast only, so I paired it with salads and smoked salmon. My order came fast as most of the ingredients are ready-made. While my friend has to wait a little longer for another salmon dish because there was a pick-up order too before our turn.


I tried their pancake too, which is quite a big portion, and it is good for sharing. Unfortunately, I did not manage to take a photo when it was served.

Address: 744 Bedok Reservoir Rd, #01-3029, Singapore 470744.
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/fFgB5tX1xXXV8Ju46

Pre-Phase 2 Heightened Alert

As Singapore residents move into what the Health Minister labelled as Phase 2 Heightened Alert that takes effect from 16 May 2021 through 13 June 2021. These are the few highlights during this Phase 2.

  • Work from home as default. Everyone is encouraged to work from home whenever it is possible. I, myself, have been started working from home since 3rd May as instructed by the management.
  • Dining-in suspended. Dining-in at F&B establishments will also not be allowed, including hawker centres and food courts, both indoors and outdoors. From now onward, I have to be more careful whenever I take away a cup of drink or a small snack that I cannot take off my mask to enjoy immediately.
  • Two visitors per household. While I do not invite visitors to my rented unit, I have avoided seeing or interacting with other people in the house.
  • Social gathering reduced from five to two. I am fine with it as I did not meet up with a big group of people since my last gathering of seven people in March.

For more information everyone can Google out the news.

14 May 2021

When the news came to me on Friday’s morning just before I started my lunch meeting, I wondered whether I shall cook at home or take away food for dinner that night. Little that I know, I began my first no-dining-in experience after my meeting by having the Petit Pain’s croissant and pastries as my lunch. I will put up my review of Petit Pain soon and update the content here so it can be linked up.

After Friday’s work, my friend and I were thinking about whether we need to check out the supermarket at Tampines Mall and get something to cook over the weekends. In the end, we headed out to get some frozen pack food, a slice of salmon, and a pack of vegetable. There was no crowd during our visit to the supermarket and no long queue at the payment counters or self-checkout counters.

Next, we headed to our preferred stalls to get our takeaway food for dinner. I ordered the D’Laksa using the GrabFood self-pickup promotion. D’Laksa is located at Century Square. This laksa is different from the Singapore Laksa that is curry based. The number of ingredients although not a lot, it was enough for me. It has plentiful vegetables such as shredded cucumbers, onions and some lettuces. It goes well in a hot bowl of laksa soup. I liked its aroma, appetizing whenever I walked past the stall at Century Square. Unfortunately, it is hard to get a seat at the stall itself, and most of the time I order the takeaway laksa. For more reviews of D’Laksa, you can check out this link on my Instagram.

15 May 2021

The next day morning, it was a rainy day, I made myself a cup of black coffee. I wanted to finish up the coffee powder before I move house. It was a relax in the morning without disturbance.

When it came to lunchtime, my friend and I made two sandwiches, the turkey ham with wholemeal buns, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese that we bought from Cold Storage on Thursday. The turkey ham was bought from Cold Storage too. The leftover scrambled eggs, ham and lettuce were placed on a small bowl to make it as a salad. We put the Japanese sesame sauce as the dressing. It was a simple and fulfilling lunch. There is no recipe for this sandwich.

For the dinner of the night, I cooked a small piece of salmon that has been seasoned with salt, pepper, mixed herbs and garlic powder before I air-fried it for 10 minutes. I ate along with a small portion of stir-fried royole chives (qing long chai) with garlic. Sometimes, I liked the salmon air-fried because of the crispiness on top of the salmon.

With the begin of the new measurements, there will be more sharing of home-cooked food in my future updates.

Burger & Lobster

The original lobster roll with fries and salad

I gave my first try of their lobster roll after a year the Burger & Lobster established in Singapore. It was always a long queue at the Jewel Changi’s outlet when it was launched. During my visit, there was no queue. However, I was unsure whether it would be good to make a booking before dropping by.

The overall dining time was quite short because the portion of the lobster roll was not big, but it took some time to finish the fries. The lobster’s meat was fresh, well-tasted and I would prefer to go without the butter for the real lobster taste. For the bun, it smelt good, crispy from the outside, chewy from the inside. It was a great pair with the butter.

The whole food presentation is simple, but the view that surrounds the restaurant is great. The waitress gave us a table with the view that facing the fountain from the rare angle, quiet enough to enjoy the food, listen to the water falling from the sky… I made a video during my visit too!

If time permitted, it is definitely a good place to hang out for a drink and sit there to read a book too. Before I wrap up, let me finish my write-up with a share of a picture of the drink that I ordered.

Address: 78 Airport Blvd., #05-203, Singapore 819666
Google Link: https://g.page/burger-lobster-jewel-changi?share

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