Good Food in the Year 2019

As we just wrapped up the Year 2019, let me pick up my favourite top 5 food that I ate last year, and it worth the try. It goes without ordering as below:

Werner Oven, Joo Chiat. (Closed)

It is an authentic German cuisine recommended by an ex-colleague during one of the farewells last year. The location is a little bit harder to reach, but it worth the trip. I liked their pork knuckle and sausages. Basically, it is the meat platter below.

Easy Noodles Bar, Foch Road. (Closed)

Chicken Roulade, minced meat rolled inside a chicken breast, I think. Everything was meaty. It comes in two portions, nicely grilled, still tender, and delicious. Nikujaga is my favorite of all the dishes we ordered. Japanese beef stewed with vegetables, and the stock was sweet and tasty. According to Sethlui.com, they use grain-fed Angus beef, which marinated with shoulder, mirin, and sake. The meat was tender and easily melted in my mouth.

Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant, DUO.

Hitsumabushi regular set. Each live unagi is first skewered and grilled over a hot charcoal grill. After being charred for about 15 minutes, the eel is brushed with a secret house-made gravy made from ingredients such as soya sauce and brown sugar. The eel is then flame-broiled to retain its juiciness, while the flavours develop. Each portion features a bed of rice topped with thickly-sliced pieces of Japanese unagi. A small pitcher of dashi broth, a plate of pickles, and a plate of condiments containing strips of seaweed, chopped spring onion, and freshly grated wasabi came with the prized unagi donburi. I get to experience how to grate the Japanese horseradish myself. Too much work on it.

The Coconut Club, Ann Siang Rd.

The basic nasi lemak is superb. It gives half a chicken if you asked for breast meat, and I think it is the same goes to a drumstick. The sides are very generous too. You can compare this nasi lemak with those set A or B. It is 7x more expensive!!! And it is 7x more satisfied.

LeNu Taiwan Beef Noodle Restaurant, Bugis.

I tried it once at the Jurong branch and during that visit, I ordered the garoupa fish with perserved vegetables. I recommended other friends to try it at the Bugis branch and that was my second visit. She took the mala style while I chose pickled vegetable soup base for the noodle. The noodle texture is al-dente, ingredients are generous, hope they can improve the soup base a bit more, that would be great.

For next year, I hope I can explore more good and healthy food and share it with everyone. Happy New Year.

Werner Oven

It has been a while since my last food review shared on 3rd March. Today, let me share another restaurant locates in Joo Chiat, Singapore. The authentic German cuisine restaurant at one of the quiet street in Joo Chiat area, the Werner Oven.

A little bit history of this German restaurant, it is run by Auntie Nancy and the restaurant is named after her husband, Werner Hochbaum, a German man. There is a framed old newspaper featuring Auntie Nancy and her husband at the main entrance of the restaurant which did not have many fancy decorations and it looks a little old school. Okay, it is vintage. The restaurant is the first German bakery in Singapore, opened in year 1988. Ahha, around the same age as me.

I visited the restaurant with a group of 12 colleagues for a farewell dinner. It was a large group of people and I think the restaurant did not really cater for such a crowd. So, we were first sitting together in a row of tables in front of their counter. And, because we were too crowded (and noisy), they moved us to another side of the restaurant. It did not improve much but at least, we were at one corner.

The service is expected to be slow, judging by the waiters and waitresses working there are aunties and uncles, maybe they are family members or relatives. For such a crowd, our food served slow too and I did not get to take many pictures before we just too hungry for food.

As the video I watched earlier before I started writing, Auntie Nancy described about the unique of German bread is sourdough, a multigrain, no fat, no sugar. It is exactly what I loved. I tried their pretzels, served hot, which I tasted it was slightly salty to me but it is crunchy from the outside, soft inside. They served with a few of pretzels which I am not sure whether it was part of our orders.

Photo by Burpple, Kel Song.

While some like it, some do not.

We waited for a while more, they served us with two bowls of soup. Yes for a crowd of 13 people, having two bowls of soup look like we are not afford to have each person a bowl. However, I think it is just nice for trying and it is one of the good try of the Beef Goulash Soup. It is appetizing and nice. We wanted to order more soup but they finished the soup before we could re-order. Again, I forgot to take its photo but I google one which is perfectly taken by another blogger.

The serving for food is really slow, even they served us the homemade, smooth and buttery mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, a pickled cabbage, we also wanted to finish them before the platters were served. Because the
sauerkraut is a sour tasted, we did not eat it without our platters.

And, finally, the main Schlachtplatte, the platters were served. That is the only 1 picture I took for that night and the platter consists of a pork knuckle, 4 large homemade sausages, Kassler and meatloft. It is often served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. This platter is for 4 persons which I think it is just nice for us because we ordered other side dishes as well.

Overall, I am satisfied with this platter and loved the mashed potatoes. I did not try much the sauerkraut, just a bit to go with the sausages.

Kasseler in German cuisine is the name given to a salted (cured) and slightly smoked cut of pork similar to British gammon. It can be either hot or cold smoked. Pork necks and loins are the most often used cuts although ribs, shoulders and bellies can also be used.

We tried the fried calamari which is done perfectly good.

It is a little pricey for the platter, however, judging by the portion and the taste, it is still a good try, if not, you can try for a smaller version of pork knuckle or farmer sausage which is good for a portion of one person.

Address: 49 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427773.