Chinese Food, Dinner & Supper, Fusion Food, Non-Halal Food, Singapore - Lavender, Singaporean Food

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Singapore Laksa

Address: Broadway Food Centre at the junction of Tyrwhitt Road and Horne Road, Singapore.

The Laksa smells good every time passed by this stall runs by an uncle alone. With some fish cakes, tau pok, cockles, quite fresh and clean, generous noodle and extra umphh with sambal, it looks spicy yet it is not. It is rich, filling, delicious and satisfied. If you are not very hungry for lunch, it is a good choice, otherwise, you can try his famous mee sua or handmade meatballs noodle which is great too. I will cover it next time. Stay tuned!

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Bigmama Korean Restaurant

Address: 2 Kim Tian Rd, 169244, Singapore.

Friday’s night, after working for a day, I asked for a dinner at Tiong Bahru, Singapore. Bigmana Korean Restaurant is one of the recommended restaurants to try in Tiong Bahru based on the online bloggers.

Without hesitation, my friend joined in. We walked from the MRT station to the restaurant which took us about 10 minutes walk. There was no queue when we reached the restaurant, however, the main shop was full with people. According to my friend, the restaurant expanded and they are now taking over the next door as well.

It is ran by a native Korean, so I believe the quality of food will maintain. For two of us that night, we ordered two dishes to try.

Our table was full with food when it was served. We ordered the seafood pancake and the Teokbokki. It comes with side dishes as usual for a Korean restaurant.

The main dish of the night was our choice, Teokbokki which is one of the popular traditional Korean food which comes with rice cake noodle cooked with fish cakes, eggs, vegetables and instant noodle.

The chili broth is not spicy although it looks red. For normal people, it should be just alright. Just remember to turn off the fire after a while so it would not over-cooked.

The Buchu Jeon, the Korean pancake made with chives and shrimps. The waiter apologized us because they missed our order and later, realized it and came to inform us they would serve in short while. I did not notice it was missed order, however, the pancake should not take too long to serve.

Along with the side dishes, it made my day to the fullness. No doubts, Korean side dishes are always most satisfying me and I liked all of them most of the time when I visited any Korean restaurants.

The night wrapped up with a beautiful night view that I never seen before from this angle. If there is a chance, I would love to come here again for the food and the views. It is a good place for dating with the night views 🙂

감사하니다.

Chinese Food, Food Court & Hawker Centre, Lunch & Afternoon Tea, Singapore - Lavender, Singaporean Food

Tai Sun Eating House

Tai Sun Eating House, French Rd, Singapore.

The food court which is located next to the Lavender’s Fair Price offers good choices of food. The fish head noodle and the ban mien are those which I have tried so far and they are recommended. Usually during the lunch time, these two stalls have quite long queue.

Sometimes back in mid November, I have been trying to de-stress by enjoying food and it seemed something have been bothering me a lot. I am slight losing some fate.

Back to the food, I walked to the food court from my office which is quite distance to have the ban mien for my lunch. I prefer to order the dry type with chili paste as this mixture is quite balanced and goes well with the handmade noodle, fried onions, fried anchovies and sliced of mushroom. If you do not like to take spicy food, you can go without chili paste.