Again, I have gone well over a month between publishing my notes. Sorry for overwhelming whose who actually read this. Highlights:
- more food (shocking, I know)
- Food Festival
- Hong Kong with a buddy from university
- more terrible Singaporean service
- Iftar masjid hopping during Ramadan
- Tri-nations (I have since figured out how to watch this stuff online so I do not have to continue to buy $10 Heinekens at pubs)
- I have not figured out how to watch NCAA football online (nor even get up in time to do so). It is sad, really.
Ya Maiyuddin al-Jailani-mutton daal cha (make sure they understand that you want the mutton in it-weird) and prata-always a good bet. The mysore chicken is also stellar-I ended up eating every last drop of the curry base with a spoon (I ran out of crispy prata)
Chilli Padi disappoints even more today. The rendang was just plain boring and the meat was of awful quality. Some of the vegetables were replaced with a different fish-tasting vegetable. I do not support this.
Niqqi’s Cheese Prata Shop-I decided to give the chocolate banana prata a whirl. It actually works . . . well. Dousing it in curry is too much, though. The egg onion prata is also solid. We ordered the tissue prata without sugar or butter, and that was still good for sopping up curry.
Another Friday at Winebos
Sufi’s – you have to pay extra for bread . . . not cool (even though
Doner Iskender-this actually bordered on bad. The kebab was overwhelmingly salty.
Doner and hummus – it was aite, definitely not special.
St. James Power Station-the student discount . . . is actually not a discount. Usually, cover gets you two drinks free (cheaper than regular price). With waived cover, you get stuck paying full price. Boooooooo
they played Rebecca Black-that means they actually paid for her dreadful music.
The sports bar is very cool. $15 Heinekens are not.
L’Espresso, Goodwood Park Park, High Tea-boom finally, I knock out a high tea. There are so many good things going on here. The blueberry scones and creme brulee are the dank. The creme brulee might be the best I have ever had-the caramelized top layer did not require an ice pick (as is usually the case), yet was sufficiently hardened.
Spice it Up Tiffin Cruise (food festival)-for the price, it was stellar. Yes, there were tourists, but they did bring us pretty decent food in tiffin carriers. The river cruise was nice, going from Clarke Quay to Marina Bay.
Food festival village
Durian penget-cold, sweetened durian and no pungent after taste. I am trying so hard to like durian.
More Food Festival Village
Tomo Izakaya, California Maki-and we get a free libation when we visit the actual restaurant. I am a fan of the roe!
Westlake Kong Bak Pau, pork bun-this is pretty serious. Why have I not had this before?
Kinara North Indian-eat EVERYTHING here!
Fisherman’s Market-$1 Tiger with edamame
Aunty’s Lamb Curry-chappattis and curries. nothing spectacular nor regrettable.
Moroccan Kebab Delight-an integral part to a good shwarma is fluffy pita bread. These guys serve tortillas.
Spice Sutra-kebabs and fluffy rice were not shabby.
Ya-Mahyuddin al-Jailani (these guys must get a shorter name). Appam! Fluffy in the middle and crisp on the outside. So good.
Seah Im, Country’s Flavour Herbal Soup-Nasi Lemak, ginseng chicken soup. This tastes like it is good for you.
Food festival, day 3
Galta, mango gelato-of course this was delicious
Old Town Favourite Popiah-1st ever popiah. Healthy and palatable
Indian Restaurants Association stall-everything is delicious
Ice rocks-the fruit drinks are boss. The nasi lemak burger (I went sans ikan bilis) was stellar. The rice buns were tasty like the rice from chicken rice.
Thai Express-the red chicken laksa was fiery good. I am so glad we sat in air con. The fried squid was also awesome. With a side of steamed rice, this easily becomes enough food for two.
Pizzeria Giardino-very reasonably priced (for Chijmes) and right near Insomnia. The margherita and prosciutto were both servicable options.
Doh! The “Texas” Chicken is not in the budget terminal. I was soooooo looking forward to this. Instead, I am stuck eating at the eh noodle/rice stand. That was rather blah. Next time I am in this terminal, I may “splurge” on O’Brien’s or something.
The budget terminal does not have the redundant security checks that the other terminals have. Of course I did not remember this and will now go without water for a four hour flight. MORON.
Aw man- the little bundle of joy next to me has woken back up. We now return you to your regularly scheduled crying, kicking, and screaming. Terrible 2s, indeed. . . .
4 hours later . . . The kid next to me has decided to focus all his energy on crying. That is a welcome development as the kicking was keeping me from sleeping. What is he so upset about? What does he want? Human progeny are so useless.
Oops-spoke to soon. The kid has maintained a diverse portfolio that also includes kicking and screaming. I feel terrible for the little terror’s poor mom, who is travelling by herself.
I love the flight attendant’s attempts to “help”. Typical unempathic Singaporean service. They sure love their rules.
Wow, customs and immigration at Hong Kong Airport are effortless. No muss, no fuss. The Airport Express train is baller-no wonder it is so much pricier than the regular MTR.
Chungking Mansions-everything they say is true. Touts-check, South Asian restaurants-check, guesthouses that bungle your reservation-CHECK. I did eat here. I did not get the diarrhea. I am happy about this.
Temple St. Night Market-either a lot of sexually frustrated women live here or visit here, because there sure are a lot of vendors selling vibrators. There do not seem to be as many tourists here.
Avenue of the Stars-I saw Bruce Lee (dude is cut) and Jackie Chan (both facsimiles. Why is everyone fishing on the waterfront? I must not have gotten the memo. I did end up with loads of terrible pics on my broken phone.
Mega Eight Dessert-Mango pudding in mango sauce with ice cream. You really have to be terrible to mess this one up.
Perfect Vegetarian-we might have crashed a bingo party. Even in Hong Kong, anything that comes in a clay pot will be delicious.
The tram is a bit dodgy but it makes it to the top with no problems.
I am in Hong Kong, at a Bubba Gump’s, eating onion rings. Of course the view is epic.
Next meal-nachos at the Hotel (Intercontinental). This might be the best guac I have had in Asia. The view in the bar is what everyone says that it is (utterly epic). Even if you are not staying here, you owe it to yourself to come in and take in the view.
Lan Kwai Fun – a largely expat scene
Rayne-dope, great crowd, great music
Liquid-apparently, we got on the platform with the dancers
Tim Ho Wan-Who knew Michellin dining was like this? I did not have to wear a jacket and you cannot make reservations. Plus, they have a full staff of soup Nazis. Downside:this is not a place for vegetarians.
Ladies Market-definitely more tourists here. This is ginormous and has all sorts of ridiculous (including the vibrators).
Knutsford Terrace-much more of a local scene and very few expats.
Mama’s-tacky attempt at Mexican theme. They repeated the same five or six songs over and over. We liked it, but that may have been their way of telling us not to stay too long.
All Night Long-fun cover band, good times
I love that drinking in Hong Kong is not as expensive as in Singapore.
Jen Kee Noodles-this either saved my life or made it hell. The All Night Long Manager and random Toronto dude we assimilated into our crew recommended it. I finally got my hands on some shrimp wonton noodles. It was not too bad.
Mr. Bean-the peanut pancake is not half bad. It is not overly sweet.
Orchard Rd stalls (@ Cavanaugh)-
Singapore Famous Hainanese Chicken Rice – the chicken ipoh hor fun was not too shabby
Hong Kong Style Famous Roast Delights – the BBQ pork had been sitting out a while, but the roast pork. Man, the roast pork was phenomenal!
sake promo-This is just silly-a shot glass overflowing into a box overflowing into a saucer.
salmon sashimi-one thing you notice about salmon here is that it is not perfect in colour as in the States. I can do without the agricultural runoff and hormones and am absolutely okay with this.
Cold Garlic Butter Udon with Caviar ($12)-highly recommended on HungryGoWhere, I did not really care for this. I like garlic, but not this much. The caviar added absolutely nothing to the dish.
Grilled Salmon Belly ($12 for 5 pieces)-This dish is the continuation of Japanese fish dishes that are making me reconsider my views on eating scales. This was truly stellar.
Gindara miso yaki-this was the dank. The flesh just melted in my mouth. The fried and shredded potatoes take this to the next level.
soft shell crab roll-the second time I have had this, this is a winner
spicy tuna-seasoned and flavoured, what makes this is you can taste the heat
crispy tuna roll-as with the crab roll, anything crispy is a must try
I never really noticed how old the Insomnia crowd is. Even the Asian women look old. I may actually be bringing the mean age down.
Flames of India-Unwittingly, I went all vegetarian, or I thought I did. There was a chunk of chicken in my chili paneer. I was most happy with sopping up simple daal with paratha, even though it was nothing exciting. Maybe I am more Bengali than I think. Next time, if there is one, I will go either briyani or save a few bucks and go buffet (the quality is about the same).
Hand in Hand Beijing Restaurant
bacon curry fried rice-yes, it is as amazing as it sounds
xiao long pao-short on presentation, but really long on taste
belly(?)-I think this was literally a pig’s stomach. It was not bad.
apples with sugar-an interesting concept, uber-sticky and deep-fried apples that need to be dunked in ice water to have a palatable texture. The execution did not really work.
The ugly-they forced us to leave right when they closed. I would have a lot more sympathy for them if I had not just gotten out of class after a long day of work. It also did not help their cause that they could not speak English. This was a really garbage way for them to end a really good meal. Hooray for Singaporean service.
Dear sodcaster, thank you for not using headphones and playing terrible music for everyone around you to hear. Singapore majulah!
Clementi Central, Juz Bread-Blueberry and cheese roll-not bad but not quite blueberr-y enough
Blk 448 Clementi
Snow Mount, Pisang Rajah Goreng-terrible. It was way overbreaded and the banana was overripe or something. I am learning new ways how cooks are messing up simple dishes.
Yong Fa Hainanese Curry Rice and Curry Fish Head-mmmmm, pork chops. Curry chicken wings-like the curry my mom would make for my dad (who has a severely restricted diet) except it is probably still terrible for you. Curry vegetables-ugh, it is that fishy stuff with the ew bee hoon. Steamed vegetables-roughage.
I remember being very excited about moving to the East Coast of the US because I would be able to get my mean on. In Singapore, I need to raise my game to a whole other level. Gotta get ‘em!
Ayer Rajah FC, A Rashid Khan, mutton soup-gawd, I love this stuff.
Appanjala-like mini appam rolls. I tossed some back bacon in leftover chicken curry (I might be on a bit of a bacon curry kick). The challenge will be to keep the bacon crispy while still getting the curry flavour.
Artichoke-lamb sausage, egg and couscous-YES, oh my, YES!
maple bacon-man, how do you mess this up? But they did. The thick cut was cooked at too high a heat and rubbery and over salty.
Date pudding-the custard and all of it was solid
Boomerang-Tri-nations and the site of an epic cat vs dog fight (the dog sauntered off with his head hung in shameful defeat)
Laurent Cafe & CHOCOLATE BAR-they have a smelling room! There is so much goodness going down here. The black forest cake was the laggard amongst the group and the “pure” cake was best in class. The tart and chocolate truffle cakes were solid. The raspberry cheesecake was pretty good. The cheesecake part was a super fluffy texture, but the raspberry bit let it down.
Fisherman’s Market-$1++ Tiger per pax. No longer includes edamame, though.
Ya Mahyuddin al Jailani-fried chicken briyani. This was bland and had to be doused in curry. They were out of mutton, and the chicken just pales in comparison.
Rebel-The club scene in Singapore always bugs me out. Dress codes are in consistent and upscale does not quite workout. If you are Singaporean DJ, your life is easy-just play pop music for a drunk crowd. He picked some terrible songs to run out and cut short great songs like from Ludacris. Muslim-fest is good times nonetheless. The police raid (are they so hurting for crime here, that the police have to stop a club in its tracks?) was just absolutely ridiculous.
328 Katong Laksa (51 East Coast Rd)-I have a love/hate relationship with cockles. These days, I am veering towards hate. But man, this laksa is not too shabby. It is not as fiery as other laksa I have had, but I do not mind having snot and sweat drip into my food. The curry is thick and creamy-something I would not expect from Asian food. I wish there was a chicken version of laksa, but this one may be overhyped.
The Joo Chiat/East Coast Rd intersection in general is dope, although the current Ghost Festival means everyone is burning things that make the air quality pretty garbage. There is a mix of all sorts of cuisines including Western and boutique-ish chocolate places side by side. This was what I hoped the whole of Singapore would be like-unfortunately, no such melting pots exist outside of foreigner circles.
Le Chasseur, beef Kway teow-um, super yum
Claypot chicken rice-although the burnt rice bits at the bottom do not appeal to me, this was also excellent
sambal lady fingers-I like that the okra was crisp and not gooey
Curry puff uncle (Clementi MRT)- 3-for-$1. Solid Iftar and still warm after rush hour.
Ban Mian Ramen-fried chicken dumplings. I heart dumplings.
Korean-kimchi fried rice. The accompanying broth is incredibly watered down but the rice is pretty good. It had no meat save the fried egg on top.
BBQ Delights (basement), honey pork ribs-considering that they were closing down and the meat was starting to cool, this was not bad at all. I miss Interstate BBQ (Memphis).
The bus driver said “good morning” to me. I was absolutely blind-sided by this unheard of pleasantry.
Brinda’s-it is like a much nicer mamak cafe. Vadai with the vegetable curry is very solid. The coconut chutney that came with the thosai was boss. The real winner was the chicken keema. Why has my mom not made this? She always makes keema with minced beef. Grocery store minced poultry is so much more tasty than minced beef. I love that everything except the keema came as a set including a drink.
I think I am witnessing Sinaporean domestics next to me, except more nagging flavoured.
Whew, back to normal: the bus driver welcomed me with the standard icy glare.
Ahhh, apartment hunting . . . where Singaporeans show their discriminatory stripes in print. My favourite listing is the won disallowing Mainland Chinese. I love that Singaporeans do not consider themselves Chinese and am especially tickled when they say how cultured they are. Singapore majulah!
I love that you have to purchase tickets to see National Day festivities on the Marina Bay float. At least the webcast is free.
Chippy-cheese curry chicken. If by curry, they meant salt then they nailed it. This is no substitute for Sonic. In hindsight, why would I even think this could be good?
Mos Burger-the rice unagi burger tastes really good. I support the rice buns. It is tiny, though. The sweet corn soup is not bad, either.
Hannibal-the only bar on Robertson Quay showing Tri Nations rugby, but not overflowing with peoples by the time we made our fashionably late appearance. They had sound for the game and happy hour prices during the day. That is all I can say since I was Ramadaning.
Ramadan Bazaar-they closed off part of Kandahar St and set up a bunch of Iftar stalls right next to Muhammad Sultan Masjid. The date stall was pretty comprehensive-I definitely stocked up. At the Indian Masala Food Zone, we loaded up on pisang goreng. The briyani stalls were out of food before adhaan for Maghrib-I am not sure what was happening there. The Ramly burger was disappointing. It is actually not a burger and is a processed chicken patty. There has to be one with an upgraded meat option.
Zam Zam-the deer briyani is serious-price and meatwise. It has a chunk of tender flesh and the phenomenal rice. The mutton shank briyani is also spectacular, but they skimp on the rice. The chicken murtabak lost out, but was no slouch with nice pieces of chicken.
Siloso Beach is not a shabby place to catch sunset.
Tanjong Beach Club-very cool scene with the infiniti-ish pool, beds, bar and decent music. The burger is solid and the quesadilla is the best I have had in Singapore (for whatever that is worth).
I think Sentosa is a fail because they go overboard in catering to the tourists and isolated it from the main island. Some of these bars could be really cool and successful if Sentosa were more accessible. There are hardly any cabs and the public transport stops at midnight. If only the government did not think fun was immoral.
Plaza Singapura, kopitiam, ayam penggang. This place has a ridiculous queue and is the only one in the kopitiam to have one-well worth the wait. The chicken is uber tender and the penggang sauce is sweet satisfaction. There is also a fried omelet, so they do not skimp on the protein. They douse the rice with curry (shocking), which is solid.
9 August (National Day)
Fullerton Water Boathouse-How did they bungle this so badly? I pay $50 to get in. I give them more money on top. They give me drinks and food. It sounds like a simple arrangement to me. First off, my reservation was not for a table. It was for the open area on the deck, which still is a fantastic view of the marina and the fireworks and away from the crowds. Then, why would you call me back several times to confirm the size of my party and when we would arrive?
We received our welcome drinks quickly, so that was a good start. Then, we tried to order food. When there is a crowd of 40 or so people and a staff of 7 or so people, you would think this is no problem. I like to be proven wrong, but not on stuff like this. One waiter rudely brushed off my friend and mumbled that he was too busy. After four waiters, we were able to order our appetizers. It turns out this person was the only competent person there. After an hour, we tried to ask where our food was. After attempting to ask where our food was, we finally found the competent waitress. They ran out of calamari and our potato wedges were on their way out. When were they going to tell us that they ran out of what we ordered? I will say this. The supervisor was certainly on top of getting our bill as soon as our food came out. Like in Malaysia, they may not open on time but damned if they do not leave on time. This is not what I have come to expect from anything associated with the Fullerton. I would like to hope that other people received superlative service at my expense. Maybe?
BK Eating House
Muy Thai Food
Phat see eu-this is always a winner.
Green curry-the curry had a sweetish tinge and a solid kick. I support this.
Song Fa Bak Kut Te (across from Central)-the ribs are really tender and the broth is great (not over-peppery, I drenched my rice with it).
I fully support this and the air con is a bonus. Even the leafy/stalky vegetables were a delight. No silly oyster sauce here.
Plaza Singapura, Da Sheng Mushroom Minced Pork Noodle: Bak Chor Mee
Durty Nelly’s-good times. Singing with the band was good times. The food is not bad, either. The apple crumble could have been better if the apples were cooked longer in cinnamon and sugar. The crumble bit was superlative. The bacon-wrapped chicken was genius and having mashed potatoes for the first time in ages was a treat.
Super Bowl-bowling for the second time today. Learning curve, baby! The games place across the hall lubricated And1 Bowling.
Geylang-practicing Chinese at 3 in the morning was not as bad a fail as you would think. The dim sum is not the best, but what do you expect at this time of night? The xiao long bao had no soup, kind of critical. The char siew bao had fluffy bread but no one thought highly of the char siew. The stuffed chee cheong fans were pretty clever and delicious. The pork dumplings were not overstuffed with filling as the picture suggested. There are far better places to eat in Geylang than this place.
Banana Leaf Apollo
Fishhead curry-the fish is definitely intimidating, all chilling in a ginormous bowl of hellbroth with its teeth showing (fish teeth are so creepy). But man, their signature dish was on point. The curry definitely had a kick, but not at the expense of flavour. The flesh was white and flaky and wonderful. There were some small bones, but it was not too bad at all. Ordering the rice with vegetables is the way to go, as the vegetable are legit and free flow. Next time, I will decline the curry on the rice as it fights with the curry from the fish for attention (an unnecessary distraction). I am a believer!
Mutton vindaloo-it is hard to follow the fishhead, but this does okay.
Baingun Bhartha-this is also pretty good.
Khulfi Bar, Madhka Khulfi-claypot full of khulfi in a really cool setting (they have games and sell art whatnot). After the fishhead curry, this is the second thing I am a moron for not trying earlier.
Harry’s-Tri Nations: while I was disappointed in the past by their steak sandwich, I had a really good time here. They had a really high quality projection of the rugby matches and the service was subtle (not obtrusive). Even though they closed at 1 or 2, they let us chill, continue watching the games, and finish our drinks. Good on ya!
Golden ticket at Golden Village-the ratio of nice to proportionate is not right. Why do they want you to pay for food/drink orders before you get the food? Are they going for upscale or fast food-type service. There are far fewer seats than a regular theater, they all have good views of the screen, and they are plush bark a loungers. However, I am not sure if this justifies the $30 ticket. When all was said and done, this cost well north of $100 for two. I miss Alamo Drafthouse. . . .
Horrible Bosses was not too bad. Charlie shone as expected. There were not as many laugh out loud moments as I would have thought. Fairly entertaining, though.
Plaza Singapura Kopitiam, Vegetarian stall-the food is cold even though the Kopitiam is packed. Maybe freshness would help. Maybe.
Thai Fusion (man, I am going to miss living above this place)
chicken pad thai-the flavour is a bit flat, but that is remedied quickly with some sambal
creamy strawberry rice/ice cream-unfortunately, they were out of strawberries but mangos were probably a bit of an upgrade. Ice cream on warm sticky rice is brilliant!
These people make me forget that I hate coconuts.
I love that they not only remember me, but they remember what I ordered. Thai Fusion, you are good people.
Cha cha cha-the guac is awful, but the sour cream is pretty good
nachos-the beef was not crisp like off the grill but maybe cooked in sauce. also, the chips are really oily. This was average for Singapore (not a ringing endorsement).
enchiladas de espinaca y papas-the rice that came with it was superlative-fluffy and flavourful. The enchiladas were also okay-the mashed potato stuffing was a tasty twist.
chalupa-tostada shell+frijoles fritos equals safe bet
margarita-maybe I have been out of the States awhile, but this works.
New York Dessert Cafe
Red Velvet-all sorts of not right. I miss Cakeman Raven.
Chocolate with ice cream-molten cake with ice cream for the win
Carl’s Jr.-$15 for a burger and shake is just not right. The teriyaki chicken sandwich did taste healthy (or maybe like the frozen patties I used to buy from Sam’s), for whatever that is worth.
Iftar @ Masjid Dar-us-Salam – solid iftar spread of tons of fruit, rice, and daals. The altar is this well-maintained wood carving. I need one of these as my throne/bully pulpits.
Evertop Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice-this place is what I love about Singapore. Boneless + skinless : delicious! To make this perfect, the rice needs a few grains less salt.
The majulah continues! Chinese uncle at a 7-11 gives me tape to seal an envelope. You do not get anything for free in Singapore, so this is a rare display of customer service.
Malabar Muslim Jama-Ath Mosque: I was going to mosque hop but I got stuck in a downpour with my dSLR, so I ducked into the middle stop. Tamils go hard with the food-porridge, some sort of curry macaroni, ghosht, and teh. Khutbah was in Tamil, English and Hindi. Muhammad Sultan Mosque’s interior remains out of reach. . . .
Din Tai Fung-
xiao long pao-anything you end up wearing is by default delicious
pork rib noodle soup-the broth was shiokalicious and the meat just fell off the bone
veggies in oyster sauce and garlic-pretty and delicious
pork bao-nothing special but not bad
pork chop fried rice-I saw another table order this and I had to pull the trigger. I am glad I did.
Wala Wala-curse the Glenmorangie special. Killing a bottle with one other person after fasting all day was a terrible idea. On a side note, it looks like the All Blacks took the night off. They got the pill into the red zone early and often but had no points to show for it. They missed a point blank penalty kick, too. Next week is pivotal. The second half was a bit of a blur.
Thai Fusion-not a bad way to shake off a hangover.
red chicken curry-yum, as expected. Even the veggies were tasty.
shrimp cakes-I do not like seafood, nor do I care for minced meat. I only got this because it looked pretty. I need to stop doing that.
bbq pork-dude, I mean DUDE! Just eat this fatty cut plain without the dipping sauce.
Al-ameen Makan House: I hate that I am too hungover to make curry for Curry Day. This will have to suffice.
Shahi paneer-I have never tasted anything like this. It is a symphony of deliciousness.
Kadai chicken-devoured. This poor dish did not stand a chance.
naan-some of the most fluffy naan I have had in a while.
avacado shake-the marshmallow and chocolate was overkill, but man this would be a money maker in the States.
The teh was far too milky, though.
Aunty Anne’s – the pretzel-wrapped sausage was solid
laoshi zuo de jiaozi – zui hao de! everything made from scratch. Added bonus: everyone loved the wheatgrass juice (aka windex) that I briught.
Ramadan mosque hopping continues: Masjid al-Mujahideen. They went full out with the nasi lemak at Iftar-hooray for ayam goreng. The interior was simple, but elegant. Too bad a good picture is obscured by the poly clinic and pedestrian bridge.
Yes, I went to Long John Silver’s and ordered extra crunchy bits. Don’t judge!
24 hours later and that LJS is still sitting in my stomach like a rock. LJS and I have a troubled history.
Masjid Ahmad (iftar)-cozy (small) and very contemporary. The spread was all Malay food.
Mr. Bean-the soya was not bad. The pearls tasted what Freaky Fan and I tried to make ages ago (no flavour).
Plaza Singapura Kopitiam
Chicken rice stall, sio bak-half fat, half meat, all delicious
Original delights,tom yam fried rice-you have to wait because they make it fresh. I would have liked more of the fiery sour tom yam kick to differentiate this from standard nasi goreng. The seafood were of the smallish variety, but otherwise this was not bad.
I finally knock out the main stop on my masjid crawl-Muhammad Sultan Masjid. So many pictures. My hypothesis is confirmed-the briyani from the Ramadan fair outside is diverted for Iftar . . . and it is delicious. Iftar is coed here-I fully support this. There is also no silverware-I am a fan of hands only affairs. The masjid is both packed and beautiful.
The lady sitting on the bus in front of me reeks.
fish with mashed potatoes
chocolate souffle-honestly, do not fiddle with the food. Dessert is why we are here. The souffle was soft, fluffy, and delivered by angels.
Il Siciliano-the latest addition to the Faber Dr expat enclave
Molten lava cake-of course we started with dessert, and this was the big winner.
chocolate profiterole-this was not bad, but it did not completely suit my tastes.
spaghetti bolognese-I never order spaghetti at Italian restaurants. This was most certainly the dank. The sauce was amazing. The pasta was cooked just a hair past al dente like I love.
Hari Raya Puasa Festival, Geylang Serai-this is just overwhelming with the amount of stalls. I am perfectly content with just wandering through the food. Winner, winner, chicken dinner-the “bbq’d” chicken wings were easily the best I have had in Singapore. They were huge, juicy, and wonderfully spiced. The different spiced Malay pastas, including another appearance, Mr. Mac(aroni), were also superlative. Most everything else was decent, but ruined by overdousing with that sweet kecup/cili/Idunnowhat sauce and mayonaise (yes, mayonaise). why would you do that?
O’Riordan’s Irish Pub (pure Irish, lah!)-very chill with Setanta. This may be a Rugby World Cup venue. No Guinness on tap. You cannot win them all. My whole “there is not enough scoring in soccer” argument is completely out the window. Man U put an a$$ whooping on Arsenal. I am a fan of domination, and Man U seems to be dishing it out liberally.
Plaza Singapura Kopitiam, Mixed Vegetable Rice-the curry vegetables were awesome, the green beans were solid, the fried chicken were an absolute fail.
Marche-plum pudding on egg tart. Plum + tart equals goodness
Mascarpone crepe with fresh strawberries-oh my, yes! Mascarpone is always a solid bet.
Apple streudel muffin thing-eh . . . there is a reason why this is cheaper than the full out streudel.
Brotzeit-love the outdoorish setup. There is a lot of Asian red face going down here.
Longdrink-I taste the vodka and the Sprite. Where is the beer?
Affensaft banana-the beer is adulterated with banana juice. I really hate that this is delicious and refreshing.
Weissbier-this seems watered down compared to the dunkel.
Dunkel-back to normal. Awesome Bavarian beer.
Aidil Fitri/Hari Raya Puasa
Masjid Jamiyah Ar-Rabitah-how is there no food? This is truly tragic.
coffee shop, Malay pancake-the lotus was fresh, but the pandan was not. Both were pretty alright. They were the thick and fluffier version.
Hua Kee Chicken Rice-50 cents more for double chicken and skinless. Yeah, baby! The chicken is so soft and the rice is pretty on point.
If the kopi at the next stall does not wake you up, you are already dead.
Fritters stall (Chinese name?)-pisang goreng. It is fresh and still terrible. The banana was not ripe and the breading was dreadful and powdery.
I am loving my new Queenstown location. 4 minutes walk to the MRT and about 10 minutes to Anchorpoint. In the citaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy!
Bakerzin-cheesecake ice cream thing with a macaroon. Yes, yes, and yes! The cheesecake is pretty solid.
Harry’s (HV) – we own the place. We have the TV playing rugby with the volume turned up and we are bringing in dessert from across the place. Which brings me to . . .
Everything But the Fries-the Nutella Chocolate Tart is the truth. Full stop.
It is a shame because the strawberry cupcake is not bad, with the chunks of sweet strawberry and creamy frosting, but the tart stole the show.
2am and I cannot sleep because I am suffering from Ramadan hangover (where my tapeworm is insatiable). So what to do? Char siew! This stall at the BV coffee shop (Commonwealth at Holland Ave) is one of two open anywhere near BV and actually has people. The hawker is starting his roasts for the day and everything is pretty fresh. I am giving up on Sio Bak-the fat to flesh ratio is too much and this place makes it worse by oversalting it. The char siew is not bad, but it is drenched in sauce. Less is more.
Cake history-chicken curry bun and “blueberry” cheese roll (blueberry apparently means raisins covered in blue sauce). Nothing mind blowing here-just a quick breakfast stop.
BK Eating House, Muay Thai Food-basil leaves chicken-solid Thai food at hawker prices.
Ice lemon tea-kindof like sweet tea. I fully support this.
Aye yay yay yay
Canta y no llores . . .
Yes, they are playing the muzak version of Cielito Lindo at the Ministry of Manpower office.
Alexandra Village FC
Avocado Exotic Fruit Juice-best avocado juice imaginable-better than any avocado shake I have ever had.
Star Yong Kang BBQ Seafood-pretty good skate and the mushroom spinach is tasty, too.
(Chinese name) dian xin-pork bao: this is a nice change of pace relative to char siew bao because it is not drenched in sauce. Nice chunks of flesh and the uncle was negotiating hard to get rid of his last pieces before he closed for the night.
Mos Burger, yakiniku rice burger-this could be pretty good with just a little attention to detail. The meat tasted okay but was rubbery. To make it worse, they put the rice buns in the wrapping and tried to stuff the meat afterwards. Thus, the meat was all on one side and all came out on one bite. Here is a crazy idea: finish making the burger before you wrap it.
Spicy teriyaki chicken burger – eh . . .
Pork knuckle-crisp on the outside, tender on the inside with plenty of fat. Sooo good
Pork belly soup-has a sour kick. I am a fan.
Stir fried kang kong-what makes this for me is the lack of oyster sauce or prawn paste
Canele, rose macaroon-delicate flavour and creamy filling. I certainly support this.
J.Co-all are fresh and not overly greasy
chocolate crunch donut-the chocolate is pretty nice
Al Capone: almond, cream donut-eh
Blue Berrymore-blueberry topping with cream cheese filling. This is brilliant. I am usually not a fan of filled donuts, but one can make exceptions.
Glazzy-the true measure of a donut place is its simple glazed donut. This one stacks up.
Omelet sausage sandwich-really egg with pork bits, but the bread makes this work.
Marketmall grocer, sushi-the set with salmon, tuna, and omelet is not bad at all considering this is pre-made.
Smokey’s-after hearing all the hype about the pulled pork, we all had to order it. Either I have been away from the South for too long or this actually lived up to the hype. The accompanying french fries were also not bad. The sampler platter is a great way to get your fix of deep fried goodness-I especially liked the mozzarella sticks and the jalapeno poppers. There were a few service hiccups, but we got to meet old man Smokey (the man, the myth, the legend) so we can let them slide for now.
4 Sept 2011
I just saw an Asian guy wearing an Affliction shirt. Odd, he does not look like a Jersey Shore reject. I will still refer to him as “brah”.
Awww . . . another couple wearing matching clothes . . . so cute (vomit).
Ghim Moh Market
7th Heaven Curry
Egg Appam-the center egg bit is a bit undercooked for my taste, but both that and the egg thosai are pretty solid. The cocunut chutney and the daal certainly does not hurt. Why do they serve the putu mayam and plain appam with sugar instead of something savoury (like the aforementioned daal or chutney)?
lime soda-mojito plus calamansi equals winner (adding rum would just take this over the top). Super refreshing. The chocolate chip ice cream was also stellar.
Cake History-the almond chocolate croissant is pretty solid
Sour sally-the chocolate frozen yogurt tastes more like gelato than yogurt. Walnuts are key.
Food Republic-air conditioned hawker food!
Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wings and carrot cake-alas, these wings are not as magical as those from the Geylang Hari Raya festival
Indo Padang-it was the only place that was still serving food. Of course, someone rudely cut in front of us as we were trying to order. Dick.
Saybons French Food
The bacon/avocado crepe was not bad and the tuna capsicum crepe was more quesadilla than crepe, but that is okay. This is the mall food court version of French food.
The Manchester United listing on SGX is really intriguing. Many believe the club was overvalued and that SGX bent too far over backwards to land the listing. What is also contentious is the dual class share structure allowed for Man U that is not allowed for companies incorporated in Singapore. Coming from America, I guess I take the availability of class B shares for granted. Otherwise, how else could I buy into Berkshire Hathaway? However, I never bothered to vote in shareholder elections and do not care about minority rights. Maybe my favourite Aggie could enlighten me on this topic. An even more intersting question for me is what is the fine line between being flexible/accommodating and giving away too much to secure a deal.
I am not really sure why people queued up for the H&M grand opening. The store will still be here next week. Oh em gee, Western clothes!
Narambi (Duke-NUS Canteen)-the beef rendang is some of the best I have had in Singapore. The cheesecake is not bad, either.
Great article in today’s Financial Times, Metaphorically Speaking. The use of military and other metaphors at work is out of control. It points out that there is no such thing as an 800# gorilla. These metaphors often obfuscate discourse in a place where clarity needs to prevail. Furthermore, they have become unneces
Dawson’s Place Koufu
Roasted Delights-the char siew is sweet and sour-ish (I was not ready for that). the oyster veggies were quite tight.
The HDB playground is kindof weak. Why turf instead of the usual sand? Is cleanliness more important than safety and fun. Booooooooooo
Back to Dawson’s Koufu
Everything at the dim sum place is pretty decent. I am not sure if butteradds anything to the kaya bun, though.
Alexandra Village Food Centre
Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa-laksa nirvana! This one has chicken.
Fritter stall-in ball form or oblong. I prefer the latter, but it would be better to have either when they are fresh.
Green grass garden-I meant to order the soya with chendol, but I got grass jelly instead. It was okay, but I really would have preferred the former.
The search for the mysterious Queenstown tandoori continues.
The Connoisseur Concerto-it never occurred to me that Italian Soda would have soda water in it. The lychee jazz is refreshing, nonetheless (alwaysthemore).
Caprese-they do not skimp on the cheese and I love them for that
Le Roche Sauvigniose (sp?)-it is a softer red wine. It is actually okay despite being so delicate.
Gorgonzola/chicken/basil/tortellini thing-YUM! I have been hankering for a pasta with cream sauce and this does nicely.
Crab/red/something or other pasta-a bit fishy for my taste. This was left behind.
Warm chocolate cake a la mode-warm and soft cake with chocolate chip gelato. Of course this is delicious.
I am fairly certain that the Queenstown FC no longer exists. Oh well, at least my search led me to this place:
Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice-My friends and I were bemoaning the fact that the Chinese destroy curry chicken by leaving the skin on. This place gets it right. They do leave a little bit of skin, but they make it right by serving it in a claypot. I am sure the claypot is a gimmick, but I have never had anything bad in one. (I forget stuff . . . often). This stuff is the right amount of flavour and spice (it had my nose running, I cannot front). The watermelon juice was overpriced, but it did not have any sweeteners. It seemed a bit watered down, though. I will have to come back here for the steamed chicken rice, which everyone else seemed to be enjoying.
Bengawan Solo Cake shop, pandan moon cake. Whoever decided to put an egg yolk in the middle of a cake needs to have his ass kicked. The lady assured me this one had no yolk and that she liked the flavour. I am not 100 percent sure what pandan is, but it sort of tastes like my mom’s but’er daal halwa. That is a very good thing. This is a cheaper one, but it still costs $8.
I find it very ironic that Singaporeans consider themselves well travelled and wear “World With No Strangers” shirts yet think all brown people with black hair are Indians that speak Tamil.
Living in Asia has given me all sorts of insights into my parents. Asians from across the continent have more in common than the Singaporean Chinese would have you believe.
Dude, Bjorn Borg has a clothing line beyond headbands? Dope.
Marche-first time I have gone out for a decent salad in Singapore. Raw veggies are such a rarity outside of Western establishments (outside of garnishes). They also have a swiss hash brown with sausage thing that is solid-the sour cream is key. The strawberry mascarpone crepe is always a winner.
Pasir Panjang FC, Seng Huat Hokkien Mee-fresh out of the wok. Why did I wait so long to have Hokkien mee? This is really tasty!
I gave into my curiosity and tried a traditional mooncake-salted egg yolk and all. It was not terrible. The lotus paste was tasty like the pandan one I bought earlier, but the salted egg yolk was a bit off.
Dover Rd, Northern South Indian food: Briyani was pretty special. The sambar that comes with thosai is also solid. We then tried to buy a piece of cut fruit (already cut). FAIL. The aunty was closed for the day and could not be troubled with simply taking money for fruit that was in her display case. Typical.
Song of India-The set up is spacious and gorgeous and the service is slow but courteous (so no one rushes to clear your plate until you are ready). However, the food is very Ang Moh friendly (as my Ang Moh friend noted). That is spice and boldness are lacking, as far as I am concerned. The buffet set up was nice with it really being like a free flow a la carte sort of set up. Nothing was bad, but nothing was good either. For the price, it is not really worth it. The idea of buffet as hangover cure is promising, though. I still need to do champagne brunch at some point.
Singaporeans, can you please let me off the MRT/bus before you stampede on? seriously?
Kim Dae Mun (Concorde Hotel)
Kimchi fried rice and Mundu (fried dumplings)-both are fried fresh and are really tasty. The dumplings did not need any sauce as the filling was really tasty.
The new NYC memorial looks beautiful. It is still staggering that some assholes used planes as bombs.
Tarbush Restaurant-LEGIT $10 lamb shank mandi is the deal of the month. The hummus and soup (daal-ish) are also super tasty.
Seah Im, Aspirasi-I just noticed that they have the breaded crunchies as a garnish. How did I miss this in the past? Next time, I need to ask for more chicken. Hopefully, it will be longer on meat and shorter on skin and fat.