Old Chang Kee

On the Raya day, I went out to Bugis and stopped by at Old Chang Kee in Bugis Junction to get a curry puff. It has been very long I did not eat their curry puff and they are selling few other favours too, one of it I saw was the nasi lemak puff. It does look odd to me to give myself a try. So, I decided to try their chicken puff, away from the traditional curry puff. For something non-spicy, this chicken puff definitely is a good choice. Inside the puff, it is filled with generous ingredients and the savoury taste of the sauce made it tasted good.

And that made me think of the days when I was working in Tampines and I walked across to the Century Square to get a pack of chicken porridge as my breakfast.

Finally, I did that this morning, I bought a pack of chicken porridge with a bag of yaotiou. It is a traditional Chinese breakfast to have porridge in the morning. I felt it was a blessing that Old Chang Kee still selling porridge. It is only available in the morning and always selling fast.

This time, I did not get it from the same old place at Century Square. They have moved since after Century Square renovated. Now, they are at the Tampines MRT station, conveniently located next to the MRT station, along with Cheers at the traffic light.

This is definitely one of the good choices for big and economic breakfast of a day. Do be there early to get your porridge as it is selling fast at times.

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Kelly Jie Seafood

Back in February this year, my friend from Perth, Australia came to visit Singapore after her family trip to Japan. We met up at Kelly Jie Seafood is formerly known as Melben Seafood which is located at Toa Payoh. It is her friends’ recommendation to try their crab here.

Seriously, I did not really go for branded restaurants to eat crabs. Since, it was a recommendation, I just followed with my friend’s craving. It was my first visit to Kelly Jie Seafood.

Being the first time visit, I opened up for any recommendations from the restaurant and we chose to try their signature chili crab. I myself always do not think Singapore chili crab is anything nicer than a black pepper crab and sometimes, I do feel that a steamed crab is always a good way to eat.

Besides that, we ordered lobsters cooked with buttery sauce and a plate of fried mantao (little buns) which can dip the sauces.

Overall, I prefer the lobsters over the crab probably also because I did not like the crab’s starchy sauce. The dish got cold very fast under the air-conditioned room and it made the starchy sauce even worse.

The service was a little slow on the day I visited the restaurant. I have no ideas whether it was due to Chinese New Year period or the restaurant simply has so many people eating there. It was crowded and noisy. My friend and I did not manage to spend a quality time chatting there and decided to finish the food and back to her hotel.

Address: Blk 211, #01, Lor 8 Toa Payoh, 11/15, Singapore 310211.

Hand In Hand Beijing Restaurant

You can enjoy a Chinese cuisine at reasonable price and nice ambiance at
Hand In Hand Beijing Restaurant which is located at Jalan Besar. It is quite near to the Jalan Besar Downtown MRT station and easily accessible by cars and public transportation.

My colleague introduced the malaxiangguo dish which is off the menu for this restaurant. For those who do not know what is it, it is a spicy stirred fry pot with a lot of different ingredients. In some places, the ingredients are based on your selections, it can be a combination of vegetables and meats. Usually, for this dish, the cook puts some of the peppercorns which are spicy and numbing together with the chili oils and dried chili to stir fry the ingredients. It has different level of spiciness and different cooks have different level of spiciness too.

For the first time, we tried with little spiciness because we have a colleague who cannot too spicy. It turned out to be quite decent level of spiciness and it went well with other dishes we ordered that day.

To balance out, the other two dishes were fried vegetable and self-hand-made spring roll with minced meat. I am not able to find out what is the English name of this vegetable but yes, it is delicious especially when it cooks with garlic. The portion is generous and it is more than enough for a table of four persons.

Last but not least, the hand-made spring roll with minced meat. This dish is slightly to its plain taste, yet, it goes well with shredded cucumbers and lettuce. The portion of the meat was too much and we were given 6 skins to wrap. Perhaps, they should allow us to refill so that we can have more wraps. In that case, we can omit the white rice.

This restaurant serves xiao long bao as well, but we did not order for this visit. There are various types of xiao long bao and other dumplings in their menu. It is also one of the good to try dishes.

Address: 143 Jln Besar, Singapore 208859.

EAT

EAT is a local Singapore food outlet serving local traditional food such as minced pork noodles with mushroom (“Bak Chor Mee”) also famously known as BCM, fishbal noodles, laksa and many others.

You can find their food outlets in some shopping malls around the neighbourhood. I had tried this food outlet for twice before this visit at City Square Mall at Farrer Park recently to collect my race pack.

As mentioned they serve local Singaporeans’ food and one of my local favourites is the fishballs noodle. As usual, I will go for the set meal which I think it is quite worthy to order.

It comes with 3 big fish balls and some slices of fish cakes, fresh fish balls, springy and thick egg noodle and a bowl of clear soup which has all the essence from the fish and meat. The fish ball is made of yellowtail fish according to their website. Their set comes with a cup of coffee or tea of your choice.

A closer view of their thick mee pok (egg noodles) which I feel the texture is thicker than the usual one and it was still springy when I tried it. I took quite a while before start digging into the noodles and mixing with the sauce which include some chili and vinegar.

It is pretty standard sauce in Singapore if you go for dry version of noodle. If you do not want to add chili, I would recommend you try their soup version.

Address: 180 Kitchener Road, B2-K5/K5A/K6 City Square Mall, Singapore 208539.

Su Food

Taking a break from writing Python, Linux and stuff. Let us focus on food for this weekend.

Sometimes back in February this year, just after I came back from my Chinese New Year holiday, I met up with my teammates of the TechLadies’ volunteers’ team for the first time.

We met at Su Food, a meat-free dining concept restaurant. Little that I know, Su Food is hailing from Taiwan and quite popular among the vegetarian and non-vegetarian people. It is located at Raffles City Shopping Center.

I ordered the Kimchi Stone Pot 5-grain Rice for my first try. As you can see the serving above and all the ingredients. It came with some sides.

When it comes to rice, it is going to be filling one. I do not have special comment about this meal. It tasted normal. If you think you want to spend a meal without meat, here is one of the choices, instead of going for salads house.

We spent some time good time introducing ourselves and sharing our daily work life with each others.

Address: 02-19 Raffles City, 252 Bridge Road, Singapore 179103.

Saizeriya

Little that I know, the Saizeriya is a Japanese chain of Italian family-style restaurant which has a few branches in Singapore. It is a wallet-friendly restaurant which serves a fusion food of both Asian and Western food.

It has been a while since the last visit. They have something new for this visit, the chili crab spaghetti. It tasted so-so only. It would be better you order a real chili crab and take the gravy with spaghetti for best satisfaction.

Another type of spaghetti I always order whenever I visited their branch at Aperia Mall is vongole spicy tomato soup, the spicy tomato clam spaghetti in other words. It is tasty, spicy sweet soupy type of spaghetti.

I think other than having spaghetti, the rest of the food is not quite worth as the portion is quite small. If you wish, you can order the set which comes with a bowl of salad and drink which you can self-service at their drink section. Otherwise, plain water is free flow.

Easy Noodle Bar

It is located at Foch Road, Singapore, closes to Jalan Besar, an old district in Singapore. Now, it is accessible via the Bendemeer MRT (Downtown Line). This road features the old and small shop lots and Easy Noodle Bar is Japanese restaurant which is located in between the famous pig organ soup and Vietnamese restaurant, Lang Nuong Vietnam.

I found this restaurant through an introduction made by a fellow Instagram friend and I brought two other colleagues to try this restaurant for one of the dinner together.

Their menu is simple and easy as mentioned by its restaurant name. The selection of food is not many but good enough to give some tries.

They took some pictures of the food and put into a photo album to display on the table, it is not all the best shots, but they are good enough to give you some idea of their food, otherwise, you can ask the waitress to explain them to you before you order.

During my first visit, I tried plenty of good ones.

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My favorite of all the dishes we ordered. A Japanese beef stewed with vegetables and the stock was sweet and tasty. According to Sethlui.com, they use grain-fed Angus beef which is marinated with shoulder, mirin and sake. The beef was tender and easily melted in my mouth.

Recommended dish, the Yang Chun noodle. A simple noodle comes with good soup based, I think, else my colleague may not be trying to finish up the soup. Generally, it gives some homely feel while eating it and it is meatless, except a soft boiled egg.

We tried Tori Nanban, fried chicken cutlet. Crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside and dip with their sauce. Perfect match.

The Tempura prawn was great too when it was served hot and the breadcrumb did not look oily. It was used fresh prawns and the meat texture was crunchy.

Lastly, the Chicken Roulade, minced meat rolled inside a chicken breast I think. Everything was meaty. It comes in two portion, nicely grilled, still tender and delicious.

It is recommended to try their lunch set too because their price is quite reasonable and the portion is just right to allow us to try many different dishes.

The ambiance at night is a little bit dark and under light, however, it is still comfortable to enjoy the dinner together.

Address: 20 Foch Rd, Singapore 209261