Cafe Salivation

One of the TechLadies’ team meetup at this vegetarian cafe at Little India, Singapore. It features Western-style food such as pasta, lasagna, pizza and etc. An interesting item in the drink menu caught my attention and one of my teammates tried it too. The sugarless sweet potato latte. There is no trace of coffee but very strong sweet potato smell, even after mixed with the cinnamon powder.

The presentation needs a lot of improvement as the place and cup holder look very redundant and the table is quite small to put so many things on it when the food is served. We shared the potato skins which is strong with spices taste.

The pizza looks quite good and big in portion. It is not supposed to be in thin crust but we requested it to be thin crust instead. It can be shared with a few people.

Another great dish good for sharing is the spinach lasagna which I cannot manage to finish it all by myself. I did not expect it to be such a big portion and we did not think of sharing it initially. Generally, it tastes good but a little too cheesy for me. It is really filling.

Address: Cafe Salivation, 176 Race Course Rd, Singapore 218607.

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Chic-a-boo

A fried chicken fast food chain by Aston. It offers some tender fried chickens, burgers, sides and set meals. In the set meal menu, it offers a combination of fried chicken and fish. Although, it may look odd walking into a fried chicken fast food chain and order the fried fish, the combo gives customers an option of instead just having fried chicken only, customers can choose to have 1 piece of fried fish.

I did not order this combo set, I ordered the 2-pieces fried chicken. On the menu, it is stated that we cannot choose which part of the chicken we preferred. It is all by your luck, maybe or what the kitchen can do is preparing the fried chickens with randomly picking up them from the tray or they can also go by its fried chickens’ weight? Hey, who is so free to weight them.

The set meal comes with a bottle of your preferred soft drink or mineral water, then 2-pieces of fried chicken which cannot choose the preferred parts and 2 preferred side dishes. I chose the potato wedges and I found that Aston’s potato wedges are nice than Chic-a-boo’s ones. But, I thought they should have used the same type of potato wedges or same suppliers. The coleslaw is just nice, not a really great one too. I was too full to finish up the coleslaw, anyway.

In my next visit in the future, I would love to try the chicken burgers which come with 2 favours to choose from, the black pepper or the chicken mayo. From the picture I took from my colleague who ordered the burger, it looked so promising with the thick fried chicken meat. At least, I get to eat all the meat without having to think about which part of the chicken I am eating.

Let us look at the size of the bun and the size of the fried chicken meat. It is a huge comparison, is it? I can try this burger anytime as Chic-a-boo has several outlets in Singapore.

88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist

I do not have any ideas why this is so famous. Yes maybe it is one of the best shops selling barbecue pork and roasted pork that most people liked. However, many times I felt their sauce is overdosed with sugar and to some point it tasted a bit salty too.

Still grateful to have tried both of them including the wanton noodle next to it. They are using same char siew (barbecue pork) from this roast meat shop for the wanton noodle. 

I guess both hawker stalls are from the same owner because the helper from the roast meat stall collects the cash when I ordered the dried wanton noodle. I wish to try again the wanton noodle for the one last time, before I am leaving Lavender, Singapore. Will keep updated this post.

The hawker stall is located at Tyrwhitt Road, right opposite of the Chinese temple and not far away from the famous Chye Seng Huat Hardware Cafe.

Address: 153 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207566.

Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup

There is once I saw a blog entry by the Singapore food blogger, says that this pig organ soup is one of the famous ones in Singapore. It is also onne of my favorite places for lunch since I am working nearby this place.

It warms and fills up my stomach each time I visited this place for a bowl of soup. I did not go for the pig organs, I order the lean meat and meat balls. Sometimes, I will have beancurd too, just like the picture above. The soup comes with salted vegetable and Chinese parsley.

The broth is really appetizing and full of nutrition I guess since all the ingredients cook through the same pot. This is a picture I took from another writer, http://explodingbelly.com who wrote about this place too. The picture of how this place looks like.

Image: http://explodingbelly.com

It is reasonable priced, generous amount, you can choose your ingredients and size of the bowl. It occupies two shop lots so it is quite spacious and can be quite crowded during the lunch time. 

Other food offers by them are vegetarian vegetable, rice wine chicken, and the Minced meat patty. I did try the chicken and minced meat patty. If not mistaken there are 2 types of minced meat patty.

Image: http://explodingbelly.com

Address: Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup 正文志记猪什汤大王 , 24 Foch Rd, Singapore.

Ho Kee Pau

A Chinese traditional dim sum house in Singapore which is located at Lorong 27, Geylang, Singapore, opens from morning and late night. It is conveniently located nearby Aljunied MRT and easily accessible by public transportation.

Simple setting and spacious, I went there for dinner recently with three others on one of the weekdays. It was not crowded and we ordered a lot of different types of dim sum, both steamed and fried types. Our table was full of little plates of dim sum.

Seriously, I have no ideas if this is good idea for having a full table of food for dinner. No warnings were given I think about the number of food we ordered and how big the portion would be.

We used to eat at Swee Choon at Jalan Besar and we thought size and quantity of dim sum were similar. It proved us wrong. Let us see the big bowl of porridge, it is century egg porridge with additional of a normal chicken egg. Too many eggs right! It is quite delicious and I loved the texture of the porridge, it is Cantonese style. What do I mean? Well, if you ever tried a silky smooth porridge before, you will know the fineness and smoothness of the porridge is different than the Teow Chew style.

Next, I pretty liked the fried beancurd skin with prawn, it is crispy and yet it is not too oily. The size is just nice as compared to the fried beancurd skin with dumpling. You can see the difference of these two fried food on my picture on the bottom right. The darker colour fried items are the fried beancurd skin with dumpling. I believed the ingredients are the same with the normal sui kow’s skin dumpling.

Sometimes, we like to eat cheap and big in size dim sum to make our money worth. However, it does not mean we enjoy the food at all. I would prefer dim sum comes in a regular or small size because every single bite of it is meat and more meat. It is not recommended to eat so much at one time and unable to enjoy the rest of the food.

Overall, the dim sum here is cheap, big in portion, worth for the money if you are meat-goer and just want to eat until full without burning your wallet. I personally like Swee Choon and Wan Dou Sek for dim sum.

Address: 43 Lor 27 Geylang, Singapore 388176.

Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee

It was recommended by few bloggers and some ex colleagues worked at Jurong East before this. I didn’t manage to try with them when I went over to Jurong East. It is getting rare for me to travel to Jurong East lately and recently, I took a trip down to the West to work on something. I went to search for the hawker centre where this Thai wanton mee is located by myself but got lost after a wrong turning.

There was no queue at all during my visit at the hawker place around 2.00PM. It comes with small, regular and large size. I chose the regular sized noodle. It is dry, springy noodle and didn’t have any sauce on it, yet I managed to mix all the ingredients together.

The portion of $5 for regular which is said to be extra ingredients didn’t seem to be a lot, maybe it has more sliced of char siew or more wanton inside the little bowl of soup, there are two dumplings. It has Chinese sausage and two fried dumplings. That is all for a regular.

The noodle is good and delicious even it does not have sauce on it. Maybe it is already tossed with some special sauce beforehand. Their soup is very salty, they should tone down the taste. I did try to enjoy each strand of noodles and paired it with the ingredients to find out the reasons why people liked it so much and itt is so good that famous Thai wanton noodle bar SabX2 in Bangkok has put up a sign stating they are not affiliated.

Personal opinion, I will not think it is a Thai wanton mee that one must try or even travel far to try it. It has few branches, Jurong East, Ang Mo Kio and Kovan. I probably will give it a miss if there is a queue for this stall.

Address: Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee, 130 Jurong Gateway Rd, #01-211, Singapore 600130

Sakae Sushi Collagen Hotpot

In my most recent food discoveries, I booked the Singtel x HungryGoWhere’s offer for a 50% discounts from Sakae Sushi. The offer valids for their collagen hotpot set. From their menu, the chicken collagen soup based costs $10++ and they have other 3 types of soups. For ingredients such as meats and vegetables, there is not many varieties and they do serve selected seafood.

This set meal offers did not allow me to choose any ingredients which include this two fish paste with Tobikko, chicken, tofu and enoki mushroom. Other ingredients, you can order ala-carte from the menu.

The above pictures are the ingredients of the set meal for myself. I am not too sure that it is a portion of 1 person or two persons. I was having it all by myself for lunch. Their usual price states at the HungryGoWhere’s website is $32.50.

Worth for the price?

In my opinion, it depends. If the price is at the 50% discounts, yet it is something worth to try as it is cheaper than any other eat-all-you-can hotpot buffet outside. However, I’m limited to chicken and fish paste which I think it does not cost much.

The chicken cubes are not marinated and tasteless when it cooks with the collagen soup. Yea, what to expect right? The chicken does not go well with wasabi, so the only sauce I can dip with the meat is soy sauce. There is no ways to find chili padi or chili paste in a Japanese restaurant.

Then, the fish paste with Tobikko. Cooking them in the hotpot is fun by making my own fish paste ball into the soup. However, the fish paste tends to be too soft. I guess it is because of not enough real fish paste.

Am I full after that?

Of course, I do! With the whole collagen soup… Sound crazy. Well, I did not finish the whole pot of soup, it is crazy. The soup tends to turn salty when it cooks longer and the mushroom and tofu do filling up my stomach. Therefore, I did not order extra ingredients.

But, I ordered an unagi sushi from their menu. It costs $4.39++. Each different sushi is differentiated by coloured plate.

The unagi sushi is served by one of their waiters instead of delivered by the “little train” on top of the sushi belt. It looks perfectly stunning on the plate with my background and a small drop of teriyaki sauce on the plate.

How does it taste?

Unagi itself with the Japanese rice are good, just too much sauce. I think, it would be great to go without the extra sauce too because everything turns to be quite savoury. I ate this before began my hotpot.

Generally dining experience was good, quiet corner and private. The taste of the food maybe need to adjust a little bit. Their hot or cold green tea are not free of charge and they charged at different price for hot and cold green tea. Other than that, they do serve other drinks and alcohol.

I still find it weird to have hotpot next to the sushi belt, although, at the other side of the restaurant, I can see someone having their teppanyaki.

Address: 80 Marine Parade Rd, #B1-84B C Parkway Parade, Singapore 449269.