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.

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Werner Oven

It has been a while since my last food review shared on 3rd March. Today, let me share another restaurant locates in Joo Chiat, Singapore. The authentic German cuisine restaurant at one of the quiet street in Joo Chiat area, the Werner Oven.

A little bit history of this German restaurant, it is run by Auntie Nancy and the restaurant is named after her husband, Werner Hochbaum, a German man. There is a framed old newspaper featuring Auntie Nancy and her husband at the main entrance of the restaurant which did not have many fancy decorations and it looks a little old school. Okay, it is vintage. The restaurant is the first German bakery in Singapore, opened in year 1988. Ahha, around the same age as me.

I visited the restaurant with a group of 12 colleagues for a farewell dinner. It was a large group of people and I think the restaurant did not really cater for such a crowd. So, we were first sitting together in a row of tables in front of their counter. And, because we were too crowded (and noisy), they moved us to another side of the restaurant. It did not improve much but at least, we were at one corner.

The service is expected to be slow, judging by the waiters and waitresses working there are aunties and uncles, maybe they are family members or relatives. For such a crowd, our food served slow too and I did not get to take many pictures before we just too hungry for food.

As the video I watched earlier before I started writing, Auntie Nancy described about the unique of German bread is sourdough, a multigrain, no fat, no sugar. It is exactly what I loved. I tried their pretzels, served hot, which I tasted it was slightly salty to me but it is crunchy from the outside, soft inside. They served with a few of pretzels which I am not sure whether it was part of our orders.

Photo by Burpple, Kel Song.

While some like it, some do not.

We waited for a while more, they served us with two bowls of soup. Yes for a crowd of 13 people, having two bowls of soup look like we are not afford to have each person a bowl. However, I think it is just nice for trying and it is one of the good try of the Beef Goulash Soup. It is appetizing and nice. We wanted to order more soup but they finished the soup before we could re-order. Again, I forgot to take its photo but I google one which is perfectly taken by another blogger.

The serving for food is really slow, even they served us the homemade, smooth and buttery mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, a pickled cabbage, we also wanted to finish them before the platters were served. Because the
sauerkraut is a sour tasted, we did not eat it without our platters.

And, finally, the main Schlachtplatte, the platters were served. That is the only 1 picture I took for that night and the platter consists of a pork knuckle, 4 large homemade sausages, Kassler and meatloft. It is often served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. This platter is for 4 persons which I think it is just nice for us because we ordered other side dishes as well.

Overall, I am satisfied with this platter and loved the mashed potatoes. I did not try much the sauerkraut, just a bit to go with the sausages.

Kasseler in German cuisine is the name given to a salted (cured) and slightly smoked cut of pork similar to British gammon. It can be either hot or cold smoked. Pork necks and loins are the most often used cuts although ribs, shoulders and bellies can also be used.

We tried the fried calamari which is done perfectly good.

It is a little pricey for the platter, however, judging by the portion and the taste, it is still a good try, if not, you can try for a smaller version of pork knuckle or farmer sausage which is good for a portion of one person.

Address: 49 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427773.

The Seafood International Market & Restaurant

The Seafood International Market & Restaurant

On my sixth day (my last day) in Singapore before I flew back to Kuala Lumpur in the evening, me and my cousin, Jennifer Lam went to The Seafood International Market & Restaurant which is located at East Coast for lunch. She introduced me to this restaurant after her previous visit with her friends.

Without hesitation, we ordered all the ten one-time-order dishes. It consisted of:

braised mini abalone, braised shark’s fin soup with crab meat & wild mushroom, deep-fried Soon Hock with spring onion soya sauce, poached live prawn with Chinese wine, crisp-fried garlic soft shell crab, wok baked lobster with 10 spices black pepper sauce, wok fried rock lobster with basil chilli lime sauce, sautéed scallops with asparagus,  wok fried mantis prawn with butter and crispy oats and Assam curry Garoupa fish

These are the ten dishes that we can order for once only.
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Next, we ordered other dishes from the menu list. They offered most of the common dim sum such as steamed siew mai, har kao (prawn dumpling), char siew bao (barbecue chicken bun) and fried bean curd roll.
photo1 I recommend you to try the fried turkey breast with Arabica coffee sauce.The turkey breast was quite juicy and it has a strong taste too. It is pretty unique dish.
The Seafood International Market & Restaurant

Besides that, you should also try the jellyfish with salad with Wasabi sesame dressing. This dish gave me a lot of “umphh” because of its Wasabi dressing. If you love the Wasabi taste, this dish is perfect taste.

This eat-all-you-can offer starts from 11.30AM to 2.30PM (last order at 2.00PM) daily. It comes with drinks and normal type of desserts.

Overall opinions about this restaurant are worthy to try for first time and definitely will come back again. The price is almost similar to some of the hotel buffet’s price range. The quality of the food maintained its taste although it was in smaller portion. The services are pretty good, all the waiters or waitresses are attentive to our orders and even recommend us to try their best dishes which turned out not our best taste (Haha!).

Location : 902 East Coast Parkway, Block A#01-01, Big Splash, Singapore 449874