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.

Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert

I used to have an old post of the Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert when I first visited the Ang Mo Kio branch in the year 2014. However, the links to the photographs uploaded in that post have been broken and cannot be repaired. Therefore, I would like to re-share my experience in this new post. I did not really visit this Hong Kong restaurant often in Singapore even it has branches in the city too.

Wanton Noodle

In my first post, I wrote about my eating experience at Ang Mo Kio branch, which is still around in Ang Mo Kio, that the wanton noodle was one of the good selections in the menu. I added that the noodle texture was springy and the wantons were in average sizes. The broth was not very oily but it was a bit tasteless for my preference.

I presumed back then I tried wanton noodle in the soup base. Fast forward, December 2020, I went to the branch in Tampines One for lunch and ordered the wanton noodle dry version.

Back then, I commented the wanton noodle soup was a bit tasteless for my preference. So, did it improved? I’m unable to comment because on the 2nd visit, I ordered the dry version that I felt it was lack of sauces. The noodle texture was still al-dente and generous in portion with 5 medium-sized wantons and green. For a healthier choice, this may be a better option, I guess.

XO Fried Rice

Next, the XO fried rice was lightly tasted. I’m unsure whether it is most Hong Kong restaurants’ style when using XO sauce for cooking. The plus point is the fresh medium-sized prawn.

Last but not least, I quite liked the salted egg custard buns. It is something worth getting again. 

Salted Egg Custard Buns

Address: 10 Tampines Central 1, #B1-K12, Singapore 529536.
Google Link: https://g.co/kgs/MwT5kq

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. 🙂

Grub

Grub: Food that we serve our own FAMILIES

Brunch time. It is the Grub breakfast set comes with a cup of coffee or tea or canned drink. You can choose between the chicken cheese or the garlic thyme pork sausage. It comes with scramble eggs with grilled focaccia, mushroom and salads. It is a big breakfast.


I like the way how the mushroom is cooked. It is really delicious. Put some scrambled egg on top of the grilled focaccia with some mushroom, then topped with the sausage and sauce then put all of them into my mouth. Superb!

By the way, I just search what is actually focaccia? And results return saying it is more like a pizza. The bread tastes with salt, is not like the normal bread and it has the chewy texture.

An achievement unlocked for today, I tried to drink black coffee with a little sugar. I have cut down my intake on sugar for quite a long time. This breakfast set comes with black coffee instead of white coffee. It tastes bitter to me and I feel hard to adjust. I will try again next time.

Address: Grub, Bishan Park, 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore.

Block 724 AMK Food Court

Block 724 AMK Food Court

Another try in Ang Mo Kio Food Court as well, but this time it was at Block 724 where I tried the Wanton Noodle. It has a pretty long queue sometimes. I think the 2 main reasons are the food is cheap and the noodle is nice.

Wanton Noodle
It was cooked al-dente. For $2.50, this is a decent meal, where you can get char siew and 3 wanton with vegetables. The soup is not oily and I do not add white pepper. I would prefer if they put a bit dark soy sauce.

Location: Block 724 Ang Mo Kio Food Court, Singapore.
Ambience: Big and spacious food court and various food to choose from.
Rating: 3/5. It is a rating for this noodle. Best one for me so far.

Block 162 AMK Ave 4 Food Court

Recently this post appears as recently viewed post in my blog insights. I saw the photographs’ links have been broken. It was linked to the Facebook album. For some technical reasons, photographs in Facebook will have its link changed after sometimes.

The food court is where you can find the cheapest food in Singapore. This entry talks about the food court at Block 162 AMK Ave 4 Food Court. So far, I have identified two stalls that sell good food at a reasonable price.

Chicken Rice

The stall is located at the middle lane’s corner lot, facing the terrace house on the right side of the stall. It runs by two-person, probably they are husband and wife. It has roasted chicken and steamed chicken to choose from, and it comes with a small bowl of chicken soup. It tasted pretty okay for my taste bud, and yes, it must go with the thick, dark soy sauce with chilli sauce. Somehow, I did try to eat without the dark soy sauce and to some people, it looked very odd. It is Singapore’s style of eating chicken rice.

From the Google review, Rong Ji Chicken Rice has 4.5 stars with two reviews only. To be honest, this stall gives the most generous amount of meat, and serves good siew yoke (roasted pork) and char siew (barbecue pork) too.

The stall does not have English signboard but it is easily identified by the queue. Also, it is directly opposite the famous wanton noodle. I googled for the Chinese signboard of the hawker stall for reference. Click on this link. Alternatively, look out the stall at the below address.

Address: 162 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, #01-23, Singapore 560162.

Prawn Noodle

The broth could be originally made of prawns’ heads boiled for hours. It’s not oily. Generous amount of ingredients and all were fresh. This stall is located in the middle of the first row if you walk down from the POSB and AXS machines. It runs by an elderly couple, and if you are late, you could see them pasted the word “Sold Out” on their pictures.

From the Google review, Zhen Ming Pork Ribs and Prawn Noodles has 4 stars with 17 reviews. The recent reviews are quite positive, assuming the quality is well maintained. The stall always sell fast. It was one of the good weekend that I managed to get a bowl of the prawn mee.

Address: 162 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, #01-04, Singapore 560162.

Another hawker stall that I often visited to get my breakfast was the stall #01-10 selling economic bee hoon. It is located at one of the corner unit. Their signboard is in Chinese. It has plenty of side dishes to choose from, and sometimes it sells fast. Besides the economic bee hoon, their nasi lemak is delicious too.

FoodFare

FoodFare by FairPrice.

I went to this food court located at Level 3 of AMK Hub, Singapore. You can use your Plus card to get discounts or buy the food at cheaper price. It has plenty of choices to choose from this food court. And so far I tried two stalls.

Minced Meat with Mushroom Mee Poh
foodfare
It tasted alright with generous ingredients and noodle. I ordered it with slight chilli paste, commonly found in Singapore eatery places. It was different than the normal noodles that we eat in Kuala Lumpur. Normally, we have Mee Poh for Wanton Noodle only. But here, it is very commonly.

Kimchi Soup with Rice
FoodFare
The soup was spicy to my level of acceptance. It gave vegetables, tofu and glass noodles without any meat. It came with a bowl of rice and 2 side dishes, anchovies and kimchi. The kimchi did not taste good. I think we can get something better than this one for the same price.

Location: 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #03-12, AMK Hub, Singapore.
Operating Hours: 9.00am – 10.00pm

Fish & Co

I whatapps-ed two of my good “brothers” for a dinner with me on Friday’s night at AMK Hub. They came down to AMK after they finished work and we decided to try Fish & Co since most of the restaurants were full house. So, it would be better that we just queued rather than kept surveying.

After waited for quite long, probably 20-30 minutes, we were greeted and seated at a table next to the glass window oversaw the main road. Since we are not heavy eaters, we decided to order the Seafood Platter for 2 persons and shared among three of us.
Fish & Co

Seafood Platter
It comes with grilled prawns, white fish, grilled calamari and blue mussels in lemon garlic butter sauce served with paella rice and chips. As the pictures showed 10 prawns on the platter, so I did a count on my platter too and yes, it has 10 prawns, haha 🙂
Fish & Co
The portion of 2 persons are definitely good enough to share by three person because with rice and chips, they can make you feel very full. Besides that, they gave two big pieces of white fish and it would be great if you dip it into the tartar sauce. I also quite liked the grilled calamari too. Overall, this platter tasted pretty okay, neither overly cooked nor too oily or salty.

We ordered a drink which I have forgotten its name. It was a mixed with coke and it was really nice to drink but I could not take more than two glasses. I was too full. We continued to chat until it was about 10PM before we made our way back home.
Fish & Co
It was a really great catch up with both of them. Sometimes, there are things that I thought I have been too sensitive on it or over-thought on the matters. They assured me that it was normal and it was what they have experienced too.

Maybe, it is part of life.

Location: #02-03, AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore.
Ambience: Moderate. Nice view if you get to sit next to the glass window. It is a good place to have great lunch / dinner with a group of people.
Rating: 4/5. It is given to the good services experience (except long queue), nice environment, sumptuous platter.

Casuarina Curry Restaurant

I went to a walk at the Lower Pierce Reservoir at Upper Thomson Road with my cousin who specially took a day off to spend time with me. I really happy that day. It was a really relaxing and adventurous walk for both of us.

Before we began our walk on that lovely morning, we stopped by at Casuarina Curry Restaurant for a roti prata. She highly recommended me to try this roti prata which is located at Casuarina Road, near the reservoir.

Roti Prata with egg and onions

I ordered a combination of egg and onions with fish curry. Oh, yum yum… The curry tasted and smelt great. It was thick enough and I dipped the roti prata into the curry. Everything was blended to its perfection. The curry was not too spicy, just right for my preferences.

Iced Teh-O

I wrapped my breakfast with a glass of iced teh-o. Well, the teh-o was really a teh-o (without a pinch of sugar added) as I could taste the difference between teh-o in Kuala Lumpur.

After the wonderful breakfast, we began our journey in the reservoir which is located not far from this restaurant.

Location : 138 Casuarina Road, Singapore.
Ambience : Moderate and not crowded. Maybe, it is because it was a weekday.
Overall : 3/5. Satisfied with their food quality and services.

*Rating is between 1-5 with 1, the lowest and 5, the highest. The rating is based on my personal preferences.

Ajisen Ramen

Ajisen Ramen at AMK Hub

Another Japanese food discovery at AMK Hub on my second trip down to Singapore office in June 2013. It was really wonderful to have dinner with my cousin, Jen Lam. She chose the Seafood Ramen with Fried Sotong. It was a dinner set meal that came with a drink too. Here, they do not have free flow tea as what we can enjoy in Japan 🙂
Ajisen Ramen
Sorry for the bad picture. It did not show much ingredients inside the ramen besides the boiled egg and bean sprouts. However, their soup base tasted good.
Ajisen Ramen
This Fried Sotong is another good choice. The fried squids were crispy and well tasted.

Then, my dinner was Scallops Ramen with octopus. It gave pretty generous amount of medium sized scallops with half of the boiled egg and bean sprouts. The octopus is the normal type of octopus that we can find in most sushi restaurant.
Ajisen Ramen
Ajisen Ramen

My cousin told me to try to put some chilli’s flakes into the soup to make it even nicer and I did. It did bring out a stronger taste.

Besides our main dinner sets, we ordered an additional side dish which was the Gyoza. It is a normal type of Gyoza. It was a very filling and great dinner on that night.
Ajisen Ramen

Location: AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #02-19/21, Ang Mo Kio, Singapore.

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