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

Block 162 AMK Ave 4 Food Court

Food court is where you can find 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 with reasonable price.

Chicken Rice
The stall is located at the corner lot of the middle lane, faced 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 and it comes with a small bowl of chicken soup.

It tasted quite okay for me taste bud and yes, it must go with the thick, dark soy sauce with chili sauce. Somehow, I did try to eat without the dark soy sauce and to some people, it looked very odd. This is really Singapore’s style.

Prawn Noodle
It offers 3 different sizes and prices’ ranging from $2.50 -$3.50. 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 stalls is located at 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.

There is two more stalls with long queue which I have not tried before. Will give it a try when visit the food court again where the queue is long too long to wait.

Location:Block 162, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 Food Court, Singapore.
Ambience: Food court ambience, where noise is always there. Need to be patience to get people to clear the tables.
Rate: 3/5. The food for the above is very worth to give a try and even if there is a long queue.

Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert

Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert

I went to this restaurant located at AMK Hub after shopping for my trip. It was a quick dinner for me as it was quite late. It is a dessert house, however, it does offer some Hong Kong style food as well.

Wanton Noodle
One of the good selections in this restaurant. The noodle texture was springy and the wantons were in average sizes. The broth was not very oily but it was a bit tasteless.

I added on with some desserts with looked pretty interesting for me.

Almond with Yam Cake
The almond taste was pretty strong and I think it is pretty hard to find a place selling it. And, it came with the yam cake. The yam cake was soft and went well with fried onions. The taste, of course would not be as good as home made yam cake.

Alternatively, you can choose Black Sesame with Yam Cake. The black sesame was thick and aromatic.

Simple yet satisfying dinner.

Location: AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, #B1-51B, Singapore.
Opening Hours: 11.00am to 10.30pm daily.
Ambience: Quiet and spacious. The restaurant is not facing the main crowd, giving it some private space.
Rating: 3/5. Nice food selection available in the menu. Reasonable price and offers.

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.

Ichiban Sushi

Ichiban Sushi

My cousin, Jennifer Lam, an international photography awards winner has invited me to try this Japanese restaurant which is located at AMK Hub for dinner. She told me this Ichiban Sushi’s food is nice to eat and worth to try. Since we returned from Japan, we quite missed Japanese food, so this was a good decision to go there for dinner.

As she was the first one to reach the restaurant, she started to queue there around 7.30PM while I rushed back to AMK from work. When I reached at the restaurant located at Level 2, the queue was pretty long already.
Ichiban SushiAfter some 20 minutes of waiting, we were served and seated near the window’s area. It was pretty hard to decide what to eat, so we just ordered hot green tea first.

Finally, I simply picked 2 plates of sushi from the menu to try out.
Ichiban Sushi

Chasoba and Katsu Don Wazen

I ordered Chasoba and Katsu Don Wazen as my main course. I think I have not gotten over with the cold soba yet. I wanted to reminisce the Japan cold soba that I tried. This set came with chicken katsu don. It is a combination of rice and noodle and you see how big the portion is. Guess, I was too greedy back then because the set also included a bowl of soup and fruits.

Following the actual cold soba eating, I added some wasabi into the soy sauce before I dipped the green soba into the sauce. It would be very yummy if the soba was colder. Then, the chicken katsu don were yummy too but it was a little dry for me. The rice and chicken portion was generous enough. It was just like 1.5 of its size. I think I was really greedy back then!
Ichiban Sushi
I was trying hard to finish both of it but I failed to finish the soba as I did not want to waste the rice so much.

My cousin ordered the salmon set which consisted of raw salmon and grilled salmon. Her portion was good enough and it was not heavy as mine. Her set came with a bowl of chawanmushi and fruits.
Ichiban Sushi

It was really satisfying dinner but sadly, I could not finish my soba and rice. I will not order so much next time. By the time we finished our food it was around 9PM and we took a walk around the mall before going back home.

Location :  AMK Hub #02-01 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Singapore 569933.