Long Weekend in Singapore

Two days ago was the Singapore 54th birthday and it fells on Friday, therefore, everyone has a long a weekend, and on top of that, a public holiday, Hari Raya Haji, also falls on today, Sunday. Therefore, tomorrow is a replacement of today’s rest day. It is one of the long weekend in Singapore and many of us will think about leaving the country for a vacation.

While this may be a great time to travel back Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a weekend at home, however, I did not plan for the trip, simply because the traffic at Tuas Checkpoint is not what I want to go through. I may choose to travel by airplane, but again, the travel time from KLIA back to my house is another waste of time.

Furthermore, I read from the news, the haze is coming back for this hot season and this makes me feeling it would be better to stay at home, cleaning up my room, de-cluster the area and do some self-studying at the library. (Public libraries do not open during the public holiday).

Lastly, I need to resume my blog writing and push up my number of page views to another milestone by end of the year.

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Wanton Fu

Famous with its slogan, “special homemade hot chili sauce and wantons”. I visited Wanton Fu a few times as it is located ARC 380, near by my current office and not far from the Bendemeer MRT. Simple setting, the shop is quite packed with people during the lunch time.

This is how the chili sauce that they mentioned in their banner. Their label is extra spicy. In my personal opinion, it is hot and spicy chili sauce, a good mix for dry type of wanton noodle.

Usually, I will order the dry wanton noodle. The noodle is not the normal wanton noodle, the handmade noodle is slightly thicker and they cooked it al-dente and not soggy even we eat slowly.

The noodle quality and quantity remain same as compared with older pictures I took previously. The tiny sliced char siew (barbecue pork) laid on top of the noodle while the three small sized wantons at the bottom of the noodle. With green pickled chilies and fried garlic mixed with their homemade chili, fill up my stomach. Besides that, there is a free flow of pork lard too.

Additionally, I tried their fried wantons too. The fried wantons are the same as those served in the bowl of wanton noodle.

Overall, the wanton noodle is not something exceptional good in my personal opinion. I liked their different style of noodle, thicker and handmade. Most of the bloggers recommended to try the fried ngoh hiang.

Address: 380 Jln Besar, #01-09 ARC 380, Singapore 209000.

Melt Cafe, Mandarin Oriental

This year company’s Christmas celebration was held at the Melt Cafe at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. The cafe was chosen by my colleagues with the helpful hands from her husband to do the research and presentation slides to our boss. It was a Christmas month’s menu so we can expect some Christmas’ theme desserts. From their long listed menu, we can find they have included turkey, log cakes and etc in the list on top of their international buffet.

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well,
if one has not dined well.”

For a start, I chose to eat seafood first and concentrated on eating more than the red meats. The seafood is rich source of protein, vitamins and minerals. The first plate before I began to dirty my hand with the food,

I took the cold seafood selection which consists of lobsters, prawns, oysters, snow crab and mussels. There is clams as well but I did not try them. It is fresh, well cooked and smelt seafood. With some lemon sauce, I started my dinner. Then, I continued with second plate of seafood with more lobsters, prawns and crab to fill up my stomach, before I moved on with dishes from the salad bar.

The Prawn Salad was good and finished quite fast when I tried to get some again. Next to the salad bar is the ham section. They offer some pretty good ham. Around this corner, we can get our bread, fruits, aloe vera drink and juices. The pink guava juice is one of it which tasted good. I am not sure whether they are freshly made or from the packed drink.

At the other section, we can have all the cooked food including the roasted pork, chicken and of course turkey. Some vegetables and Indian food as well. Outside, we can get the BBQ-ed salmon, prawn, lamb and beef. All of them were delicious and not over burnt.

I started to feel full and decided to slow down with a little intake of carb from the Japanese section. The sashimi section looked a bit not appetizing so I gave a skip and took the inari, the only one with carb. I tried the deep fried squid which is crispy and crunchy. With this, I moved to cheese and dessert which are something I should limit my intake.

There are four different kind of cheese, I forgot all its names but confirmed one of them was blue cheese. I cut a small slice of cheese and took the crackers. If my stomach can still be filled with food, I would have made a bread with cheese and ham.

Lastly, I took some dessert and a quarter waffle with strawberry ice-cream on top of it. I tried to make it Instagramable picture but the ice-cream was not positioned nicely and the chocolate syrup was a bit too overflowed on the waffle.

We were given some complimentary birthday cakes for birthday babies by the restaurant. I think it is one of the good idea or initiative by the restaurant to give out the birthday cakes to the guests. Five of us received the nice designed birthday cake and we sang them a song and took some group pictures together to wrap up the day.

I could have took the picture from the front view of the restaurant’s entrance against the great views of all the hotel rooms. Overall, this is one of the good international buffets in town one should try. Their menu offers more than what I can eat and I am sure they do have other delicious dishes which I did not try. 

Chuan Chuan Le

Address: 64 Horne Road, Singapore 209072.
It is a fusion Chinese cuisine, specializing in BBQ, according to the website after a Google search. They serve Sze Chuan food too. We were there for dinner on the March 14th, after the weekly run for our upcoming marathon in April.

One of our colleagues suggested to try the food here and we walked down to Horne Road from the office. The restaurant opens until late, 4 am in the morning, however, they begin their business in the evening time. Since, it is a BBQ restaurant, it is reasonable to open at late hours.

Unable to recall the name of the dish. However, the dish is delicious, tasted well, not over-cooked, not too oily and most importantly, it is not too spicy although the dried chilies on the surface seems a lot. The best thing is it is not too oily, where the amount of chili oil controls the taste of the food quite well. It consists of generous amount of chicken meats, vermicelli and bean sprouts.

Then, we ordered two other dishes. The hot plate tofu, which I hardly do it myself at home and a plate of vegetable. The hot plate tofu serves with the Chinese sausage, not the dried Chinese sausage, just to be clear. It is quite unique in a way. Other ingredients are quite normal which are small sized prawns, vegetables and sliced mushroom. Overall, it is well tasted, just a little a bit oily.

Lastly, we added on the grilled enoki mushroom with chilies and garlic. A simple dish with minimal ingredients and yet, it is tasted good too. I can try to make this at home one day.

Mrs. Pho

Address: 349 Beach Road, Singapore 199570.
Mrs. Pho serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine which some of my colleagues liked them. They have another branch which located at the Rangoon Road, which serves almost the same kind of dishes and the interior of the restaurant is a lot better than the Beach Road. Both restaurants serve their best and authentic food.

As usual, I will order the Beef Pho for my lunch. The portion of noodle with the sliced beef sometimes can be not consistent. However, there will be at least 6-8 slices of beef, plenty of vegetable, prefer them to give more vegetable, just like the local Vietnamese food stalls in Vietnam do.

The soup broth is the best together with the delicious, tender beef serve with the al-dente pho. To add a bit more taste, sometimes adding some lime juice into the soup brings up the taste. You can ask for the lime from the waitress if you do not see it on the table.

It has been a norm for us to add on the cockles whenever we visited the restaurant. It is cooked with some sweet spicy sauce. According to my friend, it is the fish sauce fried with lards and it gives this kind of favoury on the cockles’ shells. It is tasted delicious even to go without the salt.

The lards can be sinful, however, this dish is not at all. It is worth for the try. Just another tip of eating the cockles which I just learned it during my last trip to this restaurant recently, smell it before you put into your mouth.

Why?

Well, during that visit, our plate of cockles was not fresh, smelly and we did not able to enjoy the fullness of the dish as usual. It is important to ensure the freshness.

Chye Huat Hardware

Address: 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563.
I have no ideas what made my colleague to treat us a drink at Chye Huat Hardware on the Friday’s afternoon. It was a message shared by another colleague, who went out for lunch together with us, 9 of us, and told us to meet up at the cafe as one of our colleagues wanted to treat us a drink.

Okay, there was another account saying that it could be just that one colleague wanted to treat one of the 9 colleagues but the rest of them dragged into the picture. Anyway, it is a free drink.

It was my third visit to this cafe, and second time trying their coffee. This round, because of the weather, I chose to drink cold brew. The Ethiopia Suke Quto, Cold Brew Black. It consists of floral, citrus, Earl Grey tea and peach. It tasted like kopi-o. 🙂

I have no ideas whether it supposed to have Earl Grey tea’s taste but it has none, purely on coffee even the floral or peach taste was not strong. My colleagues tried the Cold Brew White which tasted better because of having milk inside.

We ordered the lemon pie and shared it as you can see the pie from the background of my drink. Thank you for the treat. It was a wonderful Friday’s lunch for whatever reason it was.

Seven & Ate

Address: 78 Horne Rd, Singapore 209078.

Seven & Ate is a new cafe which replaced the Bao Makers, which is located near by the Lavender MRT station. Along this road, there are several cafes to hop if you around there for the whole day.

I visited the cafe along with three other colleagues on the Friday’s evening after work. It was the Chinese Valentine’s Day which is also known as Chap Goh Mei in Cantonese. On this eventful day, normally the Chinese single ladies will head to the river with the mandarin oranges to throw them into the river. It is said the right man who pick up the mandarin orange will find the lady and their relationship will blossom.

Unfortunately, in Singapore, I think if we were to throw the mandarin oranges into the Singapore River, the next thing we would get was a summon from the police officers, not a Mr. Right.

The waitress told us this was their new menu and plenty of the food from the menu are sold out. I was wondering how nice was it until some of them sold out. One of the food on the menu which remained same was the Pork and Oyster Burger.

I googled for this burger reviews as I tried it with having done my research. They say the burger comes with Honey Mustard Pork Patties, Fried Oysters, Onion Sour Cream and BBQ Sauce in between two buns. Well, the pork patties were really juicy and the fried oysters were crispy and fresh. The burger bun was soft but crispy from the outside. It came with the nacho chips served on the side.

Next, my colleague ordered the Spiced Blackened Chicken. It was nicely presented with garlic and sliced orange. Perhaps, it called blackened chicken, the chicken meat was grilled slightly darker but it was not too dry.

Next, I tried a small bite of the Duck Confit served with red wine sauce and red wine poached pear. It was soft and delicious, just that it looked quite small portion.

Lastly, it was the Hot Wings. I has about six wings with the chili paste spreaded across the wings. I did not try them, however, my colleagues said it was spicy.

Overall, the food is quite nice presentation, plenty of rooms for improvement if they want to change their menu again next time. The ambiance of the cafe is a little a bit noisy since it is a drinking place too. It is not spacious, probably cannot hold a big group of people. The cafe is decorated with old musical pictures and several instruments, so I am hoping to see a live band in the future with small groups of people enjoying the night.