Mouth Restaurant

The days just before the Singapore Government made the announcement to implement the circuit breaker on April 7, 2020, I went out for dinner with a few friends at the Chinese restaurant located at nearby the Maxwell food court.

It was a farewell dinner for an ex-colleague and last gathering before we could not have any more. I know this sounds a bad idea. We practised our distancing and made sure we used the common spoons to get our dishes.

During this COVID-19 period, there were no crowds at all in the restaurant. The waiter took the temperature of each of us and gave us hand sanitizer before we seated. That night, there were 3 tables only, so the services were top best, yet there was still some waiting time for the cook to prepare our food.

My friend ordered the roasted spring chicken and duck. Both of them are nice and delicious. I liked the roasted spring chicken the most. The crispy chicken skin fried to its golden colour, the chicken meat was tender and juicy. It was well-marinated, and it did not need to dip with any sauces.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the roasted duck that was served last among all the dishes. The roasted duck was served in two different styles. The crispy duck skin wrapped with popiah skin (spring roll wrapper), while the duck meat cooked separately with some sauce. The duck meat was tender as well.

The barbecue pork was succulent and quickly melt in my mouth. It is delicious, but I felt it was a bit sweet to my liking. To balance the tastes, we ordered vegetables and tofu to eat with the fried rice.

For desserts, I ordered the mango sago pomelo. This dessert supposed to be sweet and nice. However, this round, the dessert was a disappointment because they used a bitter pomelo.

The bill for this dinner was 25% discounted. It is worth to return to this restaurant someday later when the situation gets better to have the roasted spring chicken again.

Address: 38 Maxwell Rd, #01-01/02 Airview Building, Air View Building, Singapore 069116.

Chong Qing Grilled Fish

It is located at Mosque Street, Chinatown, it is the same restaurant as the Bugis branch at Liang Seah Street. There was no queue on the day I visited the restaurant with two other friends. I made a reservation before that, and we got our table after 10 minutes of waiting. They provide some drinks at the entrance of the restaurant for waiting customers.

Grilled Fish with Mild Spiciness

We ordered a mild-level of spiciness for the grilled seabass with a few additional ingredients such as lotus root, enoki mushrooms, etc. Out of my expectation, the ingredients were added into the pot when it was being served. It would be better if they could serve the side dishes separately and allow us to add into the grilled pot as and when we like to avoid the ingredients over-cooked.

Stir-fried Clams

The stir-fried spicy clams are quite delicious and the level of spiciness kicked in well. The sauce went well with the white rice I ordered. The amount of clams is generous too.

Stir-fried Frog Meat

It was a disappointment to order this stir-fried either frog meat because it did not taste as good. It was plain spicy without any tastes and it was oily. It seemed like a malaxiangguo with two or three ingredients stir-fried together.

All the dished that we ordered are mild spiciness, but ate them at the same time made us felt the level of spiciness has increased to hot spiciness. And, that made me wanted to order a drink from their menu to ease the spiciness and the saltiness after eating the food.

Drink

I could not remember clearly what drink did I ordered. It could be a concoction of the Yakult with something else and tasted quite nice.

Address: 18 Mosque St, #01-01, Singapore 059498.

Breakthrough Cafe

It is located at the People Park Centre, opposite the Chinatown Point. It is easily accessible and located as it is facing the side of the Singapore State Court. It opens in the morning for dim sum as breakfast and serves lunches before it closes around 4pm, according to my colleague.

Four of us walked to this restaurant for lunch and we decided to share the dishes together.

We tried the pig trotters, it is not my favourite at all especially the amount of fat on top of the meat. So, I take half of the egg soaked in the vinegar. This sauce is rich in collagen and said to be protein-rich and helps with muscle strengthening and repair. No doubt it is one of the warm to your heart dishes.

My favourite is the sesame oil chicken topped with shredded fried gingers. According to two of my colleagues, they said to make these shredded fried gingers need a lot of effort and time to prepare and cook. The sauce is nice to mix with rice and the amount of meat inside this little claypot is generous enough for us to share.

The sesame oil chicken always sells fast and it would be good if you can be there early for lunch to avoid this dish being sold out.

The less promising dish is the curry fish with assorted vegetables. The sauce is a little diluted. All of us agreed that this curry needs more santan (coconut milk) to make them taste richer and the sauce thicker. They wish to make more pineapples too. However, the portion looks generous and a lot of vegetables.

My colleague recommends us to try the egg tarts as well. It is a Hong Kong style egg tart which sells like a hot cake.

Address: 101A Upper Cross Street, #01-02A-C, People’s Park Centre, 058358 Singapore.

Fu Lin Bar & Kitchen

Today’s lunch is a little further from the working place; we traveled to Telok Ayer to try the yong tau foo. My colleague says this yong tau foo is different than the normal ones in the food court because of their unique sauces. Since I have not eaten yong tau foo for quite sometimes, I suggested trying there.

The Fulin Bar and Kitchen at Telok Ayer is very crowded, and it is not easy to find a place for a large group. So, I would suggest you go with a small group. Soon, after we got our seats, we queued to get our meal. The lunch menu goes by the basic six pieces of yong tau foo; you can add rice or noodle, and you can have it with soup based or dry sauce.

For myself, I ordered six pieces of my favorite yong tau foo and added a bowl of noodles. The stall offers a single type of noodles, and I do not see other types of noodles available, or the cashier did not ask what types of noodles I want to order. Besides that, it seems like the default version is dry.

Most of the yong tau foo is fried stuff and a handful of vegetables. Below is what I have picked. Well, I cannot even recognized them now 🙂 Mainly, they are brinjal, bitter gourd, beancurd puff, etc. Then it topped with their special sauce.

The dry noodle uses the same special sauce, which contains some minced mushrooms and minced pork. The sauce is not salty, tasted just right, but it is starchy and slightly oily. It is not a good pairing when I have both fried food and starchy sauce.

Address: 127 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068596.

The Square

The Square, Furama RiverFront

On my fifth day in Singapore, I went to have buffet dinner with my cousin, Jennifer Lam, an international photography awards winner. It was my first buffet dinner in Singapore. We went to The Square at Furama RiverFront Hotel.

There was a wide range of food selection, from Chinese, Japanese to Western food. The salmon and prawns were fresh and they did offer oysters. You must be quick in action when you see they replenish the oysters at the raw food section. Besides that, there was 2 rows of desserts section. I was too busy eating and eating, I just managed to take some of the pictures of the food.
The Square Furama RiverFront


My buffet dinner completed with a cup of freshly brewed coffee with some desserts and ice-cream in the cone. 🙂 Overall dining experience here is pretty good and worth to give a try whenever they have promotion.

Location: Furama Riverfront Singapore, 405 Havelock Road (S)169633, Singapore.