Halal Food, Indonesian Food, Lunch & Afternoon Tea, Malay food, Singapore - Jurong East, Singaporean Food

Minang Kitchen

Address: 1 Venture Avenue #07-07 Big Box, 608521.

My colleagues stationed at Jurong client’s side recommended me to try this Nasi Padang from the Minang Kitchen which is located at the Big Box, one of the pretty authentic Indonesian food in Singapore.

We went to this restaurant during the lunch time peak hours and I saw a little queue at the counter and there was plenty of seats available. Do not need to worry about the seats as the restaurant can cater big crowd of people.

My colleague recommended me to try their beef in which I, myself also thought the beef should be great one. I ordered the beef which was tender and delicious, tofu with Tempe and telur dadah. My colleague added, it served best chili, the green one is said to be nicer, spicier and hotter than red one, so I took both with white rice.

They serve dendeng, an Indonesian dried sliced meat, preserved with sugar and spices and dried through the frying process. It is a Minangkabau cuisine, so I guess that is how the restaurant named after.

 

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Chinese Food, Dinner & Supper, Food Court & Hawker Centre, Singapore - Bendemeer, Singapore - Boon Keng, Singapore - Farrer Park, Singaporean Food

Xin Heng Feng Guo Tiao Tan

Address: 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-14/15, Whampoa Makan Place, Singapore 320091.

I saw the online reviews about the fish head steamboat places in Singapore and I wanted to give a try for some of them. I was thinking whether I should try the fish head steamboat all by my own without asking other people to join me, however, two of my colleagues wanted to try too, I suggested to try the fish head steamboat at Whampoa Market, Xin Heng Feng Guo Tiao Tan.

It is located at the morning food court side, the same stall opens in the morning, selling the fish balls noodle. In the online review, it says there is an hour long queue, so we did not go there early after working hours. We arrived at the stall around 7.30PM, most of the people are seated to wait for the fish head steamboat to be served.

Lucky, we did not need to wait long, our fish head steamboat was served. We added the braised duck and salted vegetables are the sides to go along with white rice.

Generally, the fish is fresh, generous portion with plenty of vegetables and yam. I have no ideas if the taste of the soup is meant to be slightly unpleasant, unlike the usual sweet fish soup I tried somewhere else.

Experience Sharing, SQL Databases

[SQL] Grant User Permissions

The task which I was doing today required me to prepare a SQL script which grants the user to execute the user defined functions and stored procedures. While SQL Server Management Studio allows us to set the permission by a few clicks, it is good to prepare them using the script so we can re-use them in case we have run them in the development and production databases.

A simple script to grant user with execute permission for stored procedures. It applies to all stored procedures in the selected database.

/* GRANT EXECUTE TO THE ROLE */
GRANT EXECUTE TO <user>

Next, I found out that my application needs to set permission for the user defined functions. I felt I could have spent the same amount of time to search the script to automate the process and manually wrote the script one by one. The script below can help,

/* GRANT EXECUTE TO THE USER DEFINED FUNCTIONS */
SELECT 'GRANT EXECUTE ON [' + SCHEMA_NAME(schema_id) + '].[' + [name] + '] TO MyRole;'
FROM sys.objects
WHERE type IN ('TF','FN');

There is another script which could help,

declare @name varchar(100), @qry varchar(2000)
declare cursor cursor_temp
for select name from dbo.sysobjects where OBJECTPROPERTY (id, IsProcedure) = 1
open cursor_temp
fetch next from cursor_temp into @name
while @@fetch_status = 0
begin
set @qry = ' grant execute on [dbo].[' + @name + ' ] to [ <user_name> ]'
exec (@qry)
fetch next from cursor_temp into @name
end
close cursor_temp
deallocate cursor_temp

I hope this could help.

Buffet, Japanese Food, Lunch & Afternoon Tea, Non-Halal Food, Singapore - Bugis, Singaporean Food

Rocku Yakiniku

Rocku Yakiniku, 201 Victoria Street, #04-06 Bugis+, Singapore 188067.

I saw the Eatigo’s promotion for the Japanese charcoal grilled buffet with 50% discount for weekday’s lunch. The promotion did not include drink. The promotion ended in 30th June. I found it quite good for my team gathering and suggested it to my boss to bring the team for a quarterly gathering. Unfortunately, the booking through the Eatigo cannot be done because of limited quota allocated per day. Although, we cannot make it for team lunch, my colleague and myself went on our own on one of the weekdays.

Upon arrival, we saw a big crowd of people in the restaurant, we wondered whether they were closed for event or something. I approached the waitress and told her about my booking. We were served shortly after that.

Unlimited meat replenishment, from beef, pork to chicken but need to pay extra for salmon and prawns. I do not recommended to go for salmon as it could be hard to grill on this kind of surface. The salmon might be quite sticky on the surface and it would be wasted. 

Our first round of meat consisted of pork, beef and bacon. We did not order the chicken 🙂 The fire is hot and easy to grill and then, we started to add more meat and placed more orders for meat and mussels. The meat did not really marinated but it is still nice tasted. However, I found the bacon was slightly salty. I think it is common. There are sauces at the bar for us to dip with the meat. Besides that, we grilled some mushrooms and vegetables which we can get them from the bar too. Selection of vegetable is quite limited.

Somehow, after the first round of mussels, the next order for more mussels came late and we got 3 plates in the end. So it became mussels feast for the 2nd last grilling session before we wrapped up our lunch with last round of grilling the beef and pork.

Other sides dishes from the bar which I took was the chawanmushi, fried noodle and edamame.

Overall, it is quite worthy to try for the charcoal grill which limited to 80 minutes per session and I think they do not really check the timing during our visit, but they will ask us to pay the bill before end of the session. Without the promotion, this buffet is quite expensive with limited selection and quite poor services because of big crowd especially when the tour groups are in the restaurant.

Dinner & Supper, Halal Food, Singapore - Tampines, Singaporean Food, Western Food

Simple Wrapps

Simple Wrapps, 2 Tampines Central 5 #B1-11 Singapore 529509.

With the points from the 365 Health App, I converted the points into vouchers of Simple Wrapps which I can get a salad or a wrap of Chef selection. I ordered the Journey to Norway from the menu. Based on the website, the ingredients for the salad are romaine lettuce and Mesclun leaves, smoked salmon, beetroot, capsicum, cherry tomatoes and broccoli. The vegetable is fresh and I did not put any dressings. It is an healthy choice for a day.

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

Soi 47

Soi 47, 111 King George’s Ave, Singapore 208559.

The Soi 47, which is located at King George’s Ave nearby the Lavender MRT station, is the second branch after the successful one at Lorong 6, Toa Payoh. I was introduced to this Thai restaurant by a food blogger who shared the news about the restaurant’s second branch at King George’s Ave last month.

It opens barely for less than a month, it has a lot of patrons to this restaurant which located closely to the office buildings and HDB neighbourhood. My colleagues and I decided to try out this restaurant a day before the Raya holiday. It was pretty new and less crowded back then 🙂

One of their signature fish dishes on their menu, the steamed Seabass with Thai lime sauce. It is worth for a try as the sauce is really good and tasty. The fish was well cooked when it was served and slowly heated up by the fire to keeping the fish hot. It does make the sauce slight tastier after that but do not take too long to finish it else the fish will overcook.

I could stop having the fish and the sauce that my colleagues could not finish it ^_^

For the first time, we tried the crispy fried chicken with sweet lime sauce. The thick sauce over the crispy fried chicken maintained it juiciness inside. However, the portion is a bit small for four persons. However, if you order with some other dishes, it is just nice as you can try different dishes in small portion.

The clear Tom Yam with seafood which consists of fried fish, prawns, mussels and cuttlefish cooked with lemongrass and small chilies padi. In my opinion it is better than Beer Thai at Golden Mile Complex. We let the soup kept boiling and it is kicking, however, it is not salty. 

Usually we will order the fried kangkung with sambal, the basic one which we can get it anywhere, they do have fried kangkung with garlic. The fragrance of fried garlic made it worthy to go without sambal. You may want to balance your taste with something neutral after having the tom yam soup and the lime sauce.

For dessert, we ordered the sticky mango and a bowl of cold red ruby. Both are favourite and famous Thai desserts. It is using sliced jackfruit and water chestnut coated with red colouring tapioca flour, boiled in the hot water, combined with coconut milk, sugar syrup and ice.

Last but no least, iced Thai milk tea can go with or without. It is not too sweet style as the usual local Thai milk tea does.

Experience Sharing

Day 179

Yesterday’s night, I spent my evening with my friend walking from Kallang to Geylang for hearty dessert before we continued our walk all the way to Kembangan MRT before going home. Throughout the whole journey, we talked a lot of things, from work to life and relationship. She shared her stories, her sisters’ stories and her friends’ stories to convinced me, sometimes I should just create my own opportunity instead of waiting it to happen one day or just pray hard to the God everyday, hope things will just turn up in front of us.

Today’s little baby step surprised me with an immediate reply which seemed to reading my mind. I shared the conversation with my friend. My friend did not come surprised by the answer. Now, I have to spend a bit time to search where the venue to be. I shall praise the Lord for His blessing. I believed the prayer I made this morning was listened by Him and He provided what I wanted when, I was wondering how I could do it when it seemed not a right time.