Dinner & Supper, Singapore - Lavender, Singaporean Food, Thai Food

Beer Thai House

Address: #01-94/96, 5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588.

It was an impromptu dinner with a friend after my Microsoft’s talk in the city on the Saturday’s evening. It was a bit rushing for my friend to come over due to the impromptu invitation. While waiting, I decided to hang around the Golden Mile Food court, just located opposite of the Golden Mile Complex, to have a light dinner before my friend arrived. Do I sound like a big eater?

We walked around the first floor of the complex to decide which Thai restaurants to go for our dinner. We settled down at Beer Thai House which is located at the back row shoplots. It is slightly hidden but they have a lot of customers in the restaurant, seemed to be a good Thai restaurant.

We ordered the fried vegetable, a tom yam goong and a steamed fish with the Iced Thai Milk Tea. We wondered why our Thai milk tea looked differently, even before and after we mixed them. For the drink, it was well tasted, not too sweet, able to taste the original Thai milk tea.

Fried Asparagus

The food was served quite fast except for the steamed fish which took quite long, until we thought they have forgotten it and I did not take the picture of the steamed seabass fish when they served us because we were too hungry to wait further.

The fried asparagus was great, delicious, crunchy and generous in portion. With some mushrooms, small sized prawns and carrots fried together with the asparagus, served hot with spring of fried onions, it was a great appetizer for our meal while waiting for the steamed fish.

Tom Yam Goong

Besides the small sized prawns inside the tom yam goong soup, it added fish balls, mushrooms, dried chilies and plenty of the lemongrass. It made the soup having a strong taste of lemongrass which I did not like it that much and we did not finish the soup. What a waste!

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Chinese Food, Lunch & Afternoon Tea, Non-Halal Food, Singapore - Lavender, Singaporean Food

Koon Bak Kut Teh

Address: 119 Lavender Street, Singapore 338731.

It was sunny and hot day to walk out for lunch and it was too boring to eat around our office, so we ended up somewhere nearby, not too far away from our location. It is a franchise Bak Kut Teh’s restaurants, Koon, which can be found in several locations in Singapore. I ordered the Singapore Braised Meat Rice for myself and the rest of them tried the Signature Sesame Oil Chicken.

It came with few pieces of the braised pork belly, braised half boiled egg, some salted vegetable, braised peanuts and half piece of the fried tau pok (beancurd) on top of the white rice in a small porcelain bowl. The well braised pork belly were quite fatty as usual and it melted in my mouth easily. With the braised meat’s sauces, the soft peanuts and the salted vegetable mixed well with the white rice.

It could be one of the good choice of dish if you do not want to eat bak kut teh at this restaurant. Besides, braised half boiled egg, you can change it to salted egg too.

Halal Food, Lunch & Afternoon Tea, Singapore - Lavender, Singaporean Food

Old Town White Coffee

Address: #01-19/20, Aperia Mall, 12 Kallang Ave, Singapore 339511.

With the 1-for-1 promotion offer we saw from the Fave, we bought the vouchers and 4 of us went for the Old Town restaurant located at the Aperia Mall, just opposite of the Lavender MRT, to have our lunch. Seriously, I did not know what is great about this franchise restaurant, as the food is expensive and tasted just as normal as any food courts out there, yet it charged people so much.

I ordered the Curry Pan Mian which came with generous amount of noodle, some anchovies, bean sprouts, fried beancurd, sliced barbecue chicken and some fish cakes on top of the noodle. The curry broth was good. The ingredients were something unusual than the normal curry noodle, however, it looked quite close to the ingredients offered in Malaysia’s Old Town’s branches too.

The promotion allowed us to order some of their signature dishes such as Assam Laksa and Nasi Lemak from their ala-carte menu.

Chinese Food, Lunch & Afternoon Tea, Singapore - Lavender, Singaporean Food

Wan He Lou

Address: 65 Maude Rd, 208347, Singapore.

My colleague shared the lobster porridge promotion from this Chinese restaurant which is located nearby our office in our girls’ group chat late April. The promotion ended in May. Since most of us were busy during that period, we finally made it one day just before the promotion ended, to try the signature dishes together. I invited other team members of one of my projects to join us too.

It was a normal lunch gathering for the girls cum celebratory lunch for the project team which I thought it was ended in April. However, the project did not close by then, it was dragged until June due to several defects and delayed of handover processes. I adopted the idea of treating the team after a completion of a project from my previous job.

With a group of 9 people, we got to enjoy additional dishes which for free.
Lobster Porridge

It was a little disappointed with the presentation of the lobster porridge. Everyone was asking where was the lobsters. They have de-shelled the lobsters and cooked with the porridge. The cooking style was not my favourite type, however, the taste was good, mainly because of the broth was sweet and delicious.

Fried Gyoza

The porridge promotion came with side dishes. One of it was the fried gyoza, the chives dumplings . It was a bit dry and salty to my preferences.

Fried French Beans

It was cooked in a typical Chinese style, fresh and well tasted when ate together with the porridge.
Then, the fried chicken wingettes were also part of the promotion.

It was well marinated, crispy when it was served and generous in portion, at least it was more than 9 pieces for 9 of us 🙂 I was not able to remember whether the chicken wingettes were the additional free dishes for a table more 6 people. However, the cereal prawns definitely were free for a table more than 6 people.

It was nicely presented, medium big sized prawns and yes, no extra prawns on the plate. It was exactly 9 of them coated with the crispy cereal. Again, the prawns were fresh and well cooked. And, last but not least, the tofu. It was a bit shocked to see the artificial green coloured tofu with so much starch.

We were not able to distinguish the meat in this dish was real chicken or crab meat, or it might be vegetarian meat. Overall, it was a great lunch on that afternoon. It was heavy rain when the food was served, the porridge warmed up the day.

Chinese Food, Food Court & Hawker Centre, Singapore - Tampines, Singaporean Food

Handmade Noodle

Handmade Noodle Ban Mien, Kapitans by Koptiam Foodcourt, 10 Tampines Central 1,  #05-05/06/07 Tampines 1, Singapore 529536.

One of my favourite stalls in the Tampines One’s foodcourt during my days working at Tampines. The handmade noodle is always long queue during the lunch hours, even during the weekends. I joined the queue when I visited the food court today.

The noodle is cooked al-dente and the ingredients are generous so far, no complaints even after about a year or so I did not eat it. There are many choices to choose from their menu and you can combine with different type of meats.

Do try the dry ban mien which give you a different taste of eating ban mien. Of course, their soup based ban mien is always a good choice especially during a rainy day.

I added the chilies paste into my dry noodle which gave me an extra kick. Their chili paste is a must to try and when I mix it with the thick dark soy sauce, it gave a good blend. You may want to adjust the level of spiciness because the thick dark soy sauce is sweet.

Old place, old taste. I am glad to finish my brunch with full satisfaction.

Desserts, Singapore - Jurong East, Singaporean Food

Lady M

Lady M, 3 Gateway Drive, #02-25/26 Westgate, Singapore 608532.

After the team lunch at the Din Tai Fung, my boss asked for a dessert place for second round. I did not expect there would be a second round, therefore, I did a quick search for desserts around the JEM and Westgate. Since, West side of Singapore is my less travelled place and I am not a dessert person, finding a good dessert place gives me some challenges.

Finally, we settled down at Lady M at Westgate. Lucky the place was able to accommodate large group of people. Initially the waitress wanted us to sit on the high table, which we rejected and asked them to combine some of the tables for us at one corner.

Lady M, specialized on mille crepe cakes which was said to be no less than twenty paper-thin handmade crepes layered with ethereal light pastry cream. They are  using the combination of French pastry techniques with Japanese etiquette of precision, Lady M prides itself on creating fresh and finest cakes.

They do offer set of two cakes with 2 drinks of your choices. During our visit, it was March, the Japanese sakura season, they serve specially made Sakura berry mille crepe cake.

The strawberry pastry cream layered on the the twenty thinned layer crepes. It tastes slightly sweet toward the end, and I do not recall if I tasted the sakura floral smell. If you do not like the favoured cake, you can always go for their signature cake, the Original Crepe Cake.

They do offer normal type of cakes. One of them is the chocolate cake which my colleague ordered and I tried a small bite. It is very rich chocolate cake. My personal preference after trying most of them is the Matcha crepe cake.

If you are going there with a group of people, I would not suggest you to order too many set of cakes because you may end up repeating the same cakes among your friends. Besides that, the portion of the cake is good enough for sharing.

Data Science & Analytics, Experience Sharing, Web Development

Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want

After the first time meet up with the mentor, I wrote an email to my CTO to seek his advice. He replied saying that email was not an email, it was a conversation. He spent some time to reply me with 3 emails and I summarized them with two things he wanted me to think about.

How long would I want to be a software developer?
After I switched my career into BI development, I involved in some coding works. I did some few years back as a .net software engineer. I would not want to do coding forever, I can code once a while, but I wanted to keep moving, learn new things, gain knowledge in those areas that interest me.

What I want to do?
When I told him what I wanted to do, I gave him a vast area of interests. He tried to explain each of them except things related to data science and data analytics. So, when I replied him, I made a clearer statement, I loved to work with data and slightly narrowed down my scope by telling him what I expected to achieve in near future.

Up to this point, I am glad that he listened and supported me. Making sure I articulate my interest and have my voice and presence is important for other to have a good understanding of who you are. Direct and open is essential for success.

Getting a mentor.
Find someone who appreciates you and your skill and that is in a position to support you. That person has to be well respected, senior and their opinions need to carry a lot of weight.

Be yourself.
Lastly, do not be afraid to ask question when you do not know something. When I first started the data science course in Coursera, I remembered the first words I learned is curiosity.

“There are going to be people who don’t like the way you do something or don’t like you for any particular reason. Don’t let the fear of that hold you back—there’s so much potential out there.” – https://techbeacon.com/women-software-development-8-success-stories-5-tips-advancement.