And to a beautiful day!
Noodles, as everyone knows, is a universally beloved way of ingesting carbohydrates and Singaporeans are no exception. We can have noodles for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. Almost all of my favorite asian dishes involves some sort of noodles. The kind I normally eat in the morning is either bak chor mee, which is essentially noodles with minced pork, or fishball noodles. Yes, that’s right. Fishball noodles. The Swedes have meatballs, we have fishballs. Soft bouncy ones.
In the past 2 weeks or so, I’ve been rather stressed and my appetite is bigger than normal, which also means I’ve been craving more carbohydrates than usual. One of my favorite noodle stores at Bedok Interchange is Teo’s noodles. Its really quite good, and the chili isn’t bad. I don’t think that their fishballs are the best in the world or anything, but they are pretty decent.
And then we saw that a lot of people are also queuing up to buy noodles from this other place called “Handmade Fishball Meat ball noodles”. It had pictures of them posing with some local celebrity on a local food show and so we tried it. I will admit, I was a bit skeptical at first but their fishballs were nice and bouncy, as were their meatballs, not hard like the Ikea ones. And the noodles too were rather delish.
And of course when I have to go downtown for work, I will definitely go to Ah Hock fishball noodles at Albert complex. Part of the reason is because to avoid having to pay for the MRT, I’ll take the super early train in order to exit Bugis MRT station by 7.30am, and the major reason is because their handmade fishballs are very very good. I always order the lao shu fen there because its just so good dried and the chili is my absolute favorite.
So what’s your favorite noodle store?
A few weeks ago, Akiko finally introduced her beau to me. As I had to work on a Saturday, it was up to me to pick a place to eat. Initially I thought we should go to Percolate but my colleagues said that Percolate tends to get really crowded on the weekends. So I dutifully got my Chope app out and found out that Miam Miam is now open in Tampines One! Having read so many reviews of the food from Miam Miam, it was now my turn to try and so a reservation for 3 people was made.
Now miam miam is one of those places that serves Japanese-French fusion inspired cuisine. Their menu had japanese curry, but they have it as a soufle. They also had matcha soufle which I was quite tickled by. As it was our first visit, I followed the instructions on the menu very carefully and their very first step was to order dessert first! yum! My favorite course. A chocolate soufle and matcha soufle was ordered. I also ordered the squid ink rice and Akiko’s beau ordered the japanese curry soufle. Akiko went healthy and had a salad. We also ordered a mushroom soup which came with a runny egg which we are supposed to mix with the mushroom soup. It came out tasting much better than we expected. And as it happened to be during the lunar new year holidays, we also ordered the new year salad which came with edemame.
Overall, the food was rather good. But the waiters did not seem to understand the concept of clearing food before serving the next course.
Tampines One. Basement.
Having heard all the rave reviews about Prego, I made a date with the girls to go there for dinner on the last day of Jan. Sort of a mini-celebration for having survived the first month of 2017. Unexpectedly, I made an earlier reservation as a last chance to see TheCube and his wife before babyboyCube arrives.
Our first visit, in my opinion, was a bit of a disappointment. I had ordered the squid pasta and it arrived rather dry-ish and wasn’t very good. TheCube had ordered the carbonera which appeared to taste much better. The only saving grace of the evening was the desserts.
On my second visit with the girls however, it was a much better improvement. I’m not sure if it was due to the bottle of wine we ordered. But the food tasted much better this time round.
After ordering, water duly arrived, along with the bread, in a cute little breadbox. I liked the neat compact presentation of the bread even though there clearly wasn’t enough bread for 6 hungry girls.
Good thing we ordered plenty of appetizers. First up was the insulata di cypress ($24) which I had learnt how to put together in my Italian cooking glass in Bologna. The cheese was marvellous and the tomatoes were sweet. Then we had thyme infused scallops ($28) which we had ordered because it sounded so fancy. And we also ordered some calamari as the ‘safe’ dish because you really can’t go wrong with calamari..($26).
Next up were the mains. The first was the spaghetti pescado range. The sauce wasn’t too heavy this time. ($36)And the next was the agnolotti di vitello all suggest d’ arresto. I was surprised I liked it since I’m usually not a ravioli fan. ($36).
The capelli aragaosta known at the table as the angel hair pasta was a fan favorite. ($38)
The strozzapreti or braised oxtail ragu was a tad heavy but still wildly delicious ($34). And then we had pizzas. I mean, can you honestly go Italian without some pizza?
This was my favorite and i think it’s the funghi misting ($34).
After that, dessert time!
I didn’t really think that the chocolate tart was very good (even after having tried it twice on two different occasions). The tiramisu was very good, as was the caramelised peach dessert. Overall, the pizza and pastas were quite good. The setting and service was only average. In my opinion, the hype is over-rated though.
Here are the details:
|Monday||6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM|
|Tuesday||6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM|
|Wednesday||6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM|
|Thursday||6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM|
|Friday||6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM|
|Saturday||6–11AM, 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10:30PM|
|Sunday||6–11AM, 12–3PM, 5–10:30PM|
I’ve transferred to a different clinic but I still miss my nurses from my old clinic. We thought a Sat after work would be a good time for a meet-up. Unfortunately, the Lunar New Year was looming and everyone was busy with spring cleaning. Luckily, DrGoodEats and one of the nurses was still able to make it. And since DrGoodEats always knows where the best places to eat, we relied on her to do her research and pick a place.
She picked Atlashouse. Which is located on Duke’s Road in Bukit Merah. When I first got there (after trekking all the way from Bedok), there was a long line outside the door and my heart temporarily sank. I mean, this is a brunch cafe. And it was already 1.30pm. What in blazes are Singaporeans doing brunch at 1.30pm? Its already lunch! After a quick phone call, it was quickly established that DrGoodEats had the hindsight to make reservations. Phew.
Obviously, coffee was ordered first. I had a latte. Not too bad. Just the correct amount of milk. Plus, I’ve always had a soft spot for the classic flower design.
And then we ordered some truffle fries as an appetizer followed by a mushroom toast with scrambled eggs which I thought was delicious. We also ordered the mushroom pasta. I thought the pasta was a little too heavy but the other two ladies really enjoyed it.
This was followed rather quickly by dessert. The chocolate tart is my favorite (better than the one at Prego). And the waffle ice cream was really good. I can’t remember what sort of cream puff or doughnut we ordered, but I do remember it was very generously dusted with sugar.
Overall, not a bad place to go hangout. But its terribly crowded and I felt a little rushed. Yes, I know. Its a weekend. Bound to be rushed no matter what. But given the distance, I’m quite certain that I would have been able to find something just as nice in the East. That said, the company was good and we were very well fed in the end. Total bill was $104. So a little pricey, but really, quite standard for a hipster joint.
In a span of a week, I had dinner at the Swissotel Stanford’s Kopi Team 3 times! The main reason was because the FAR card was expiring and I was trying to use up the vouchers. In general the Kopi team can be described as a very expensive local coffeeshop. They have all the local food served in a hotel restaurant. I didn’t have high hopes for the food but our first visit was such a nice surprise I went back a second time after getting quite tipsy at a happy hour event. The third time was with my parents and it was on the 3rd day of the Chinese New YEAR holiday.
In general the food is rather good. In fact probably better than the food at the Tang’s Island Cafe. My main quibble was the price. Obviously eating there isn’t cheap. Not by local standards anyway. But when you are paying that much you expect better service. The waiters were often distracted. I suspect they were short staffed or something.
I really liked their hor fun. The smell was amazing and you know there was sufficient ‘wok hei’.
We also tried the assam fish and mixed it up a bit with some oyster omelette.
And because it is #cny2017 we ordered the herbal shrimp for some giggles.
And a yam ring for a sweet year.
And for dessert bo bo char cha was ordered because you really can’t claim to offer local delights if you can’t make good bo bo char char.
The goreng pisang was ordered because the pisang literally melts in your mouth.
Well if you are in town and looking for a nice place to sit and rest your legs….this might be a good place to try!
A couple of weeks ago, mom and I were undecided on what or where to eat. We just knew that I wanted to eat something but what? We went all the way to the airport, thinking maybe we might have some Thai food but somehow after we got there, it didn’t seem so appealing anymore. Then mom had the bright idea of going back to Bedok North Ave 4 and trying out one of the fancy hipster cafes that she had heard so much about. It was only 5pm so we figured it won’t be hard to get a table (and thankfully we were right!)
Together Cafe, I gather, has been around for a bit. It has all the features a hipster cafe should have including raw-ish looking walls, exposed piping, cutesy inspirational messages on the walls. The staff were all extremely young, probably all students. They don’t accept credit cards, only cash or nets. But how is the food?
According to the World Wide Web, their forte is the molten cake with ice cream. We made the mistake of ordering it without ice cream. The cake was pass-able but I can’t see anything to shout about. The steak was quite tender and the chicken chop was good. But again, nothing to rave about. Their peach ice lemon tea was quite good though. Between the two of us, the bill came up to be about $35. So not super pricey. But not super cheap either. I still can’t believe that my old ‘hood has gentrified so much that a place like that exists. But there you have it. Times change and I just have to accept it.
84 Bedok North Street 4 #01-25/27
Monday – Sunday 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Last order at 09:15PM
So when someone says let’s go to bedok simpang for dinner! What goes through your mind? Zhi char? Satay? And if it’s in a Saturday night and you are same like me you would probably say no! Because that place is insanely crowded on a weekend night. All the different eateries around the place are fully occupied in spite of the lack of air conditioning for most of the restaurants.
Hence when some colleagues suggested a meet up there I wasn’t particularly keen. But the meetup was on a Tuesday night and I haven’t been to the second floor of the Bedok simpang food market. But as all of our pockets are quite light after the recent spate of expensive buto delicious outings recently, a less expensive choice seemed a more practical idea.
Mind you in spite of the renovations to give it a hipster/vintage/nostalgic vibe bedok simpang food center is essentially a hawker center dressed up. The surrounding neighberhood is middle class with landed property so even though it’s hawker-ish it’s not super cheap. When I walked up to the second floor where Burning Oaks is located, the place was surprisingly bright and quite clean. Because the store won’t open till 6pm we ordered a clam bucket from Wholly crabs and some sweet potato fries. It was good enough that I think I might retuend to try their entres at some point. The drinks store had happy hour all day so we ended up with 2 Heineken for $5 each.
For entres we ordered a foie gras wagyu and another one with iberico. We basically asked the chef which were the most popular dishes and went with it.
The wagyu foie gras was interesting. I’m not a foie gras type of person but I found myself enjoying it quite a bit. The wagyu was cooked rather well with a touch of smokiness to it.
The iberico pork was quite fatty. Delicious. But it had a lot of fat. My health conscious friend left bits of it uneaten. I wolfed mine down. It was tender and soft and sweet.
Overall we all had a good time and we were well fed at the end of it all. We all felt it was value for money. Its not exactly hawker prices but it’s not restaurant prices either. And it’s a nice place to relax and chill.
Over the course of a week, I had Thai food twice in 2 very different Thai restaurants. The first was at Nara Thai. A quick google search reveals that it is a pretty popular restaurant in Thailand. The beau and I had an afternoon to kill before his flight that night and we were just wandering around Orchard Road before the start of a movie. He had a craving for Thai Food and it was the only one I remembered in Ion.
I ordered one of the dishes on their “popular” menu, which was the Thai Boat noodles with beef. The beau, as usual, went with something spicy and had the green curry chicken. we also ordered some prawn cakes. I thought the prawn cakes were pretty good but wasn’t super impressed with the chili. The boat noodles was good. The soup was quite sweet and satisfying. The Beau did not think that the curry was hot enough.
The meal was a bit expensive, given that we had 2 main dishes and 1 appetizer, it came up to $60. But then again, we were in the middle of the shopping district. I did enjoy my meal overall. I probably will return again, at some point, with friends for a small celebration or something. But this probably won’t be my go-to Thai place.
(New Year’s Day)
Hours might differ
(New Year’s Day (Observed))
Hours might differ
After the Beau left, I met up with another friend after work for some chilling out time before greeting 2017. We were at East Mall and Thai food seemed like a fairly neutral food choice. GreaThai was located at one of the storefronts of East Mall. It was fairly quiet when we went in at 1pm-ish.
Again, there were just 2 of us so we weren’t able to order much. I ordered the “chicken porridge”, which by Cantonese standards is NOT real porridge. Its just “tong fun” or rather soup with rice to me. The porridge that arrived in front of me was really pretty good. It definitely tastes different compared to the one I get from Aoy Boat Noodles at the T3 Changi Airport, which had a lot of ginger in the soup. The one at GreaThai was a bit sweeter than the one at the airport. My lunch companion ordered some fishcakes (very good with the prawn chili offered) and had a rice dish of some sort.
Overall, the food really was quite good. And it wasn’t too noisy in there and so we were able to chill out and talk for a bit without being interrupted. It wasn’t like, THE BEST, Thai food in the world, but if you wanted a go-to place to chill out with friends and eat, its pretty good. And the menu isn’t exorbitantly expensive either.
Hello there 2017. Top of the morning to you. I said goodbye to 2016 last night and when I woke up, well, there you are! Now mind you. 2016 and I had quite a bumpy relationship. I certainly hope you and I have a more congenial time together.
Not that 2016 was all that bad. Highlights include going to Tokyo for the first time. And I even made it all the way to the Denmark (where I realized how broke I was). To be or not to be …. That said, someone once told me that my spending habits were inversely related to my moods: when I’m up, the bank account is in the black, and when I’m down, its in the red. I spent a lot of money on stuff I didn’t need. And well, 2016 bled quite profusely if I’m going to be honest.
Listen, I’m not asking to be flush, 2017. But lets try to keep the bank off my back will you please. And I think you and I will get along just fine. Mind you, there was a sale at Isetan and I did just buy 4 pairs of shoes. But they were supremely comfortable and less than $20 a pair. Let’s just keep that in the plus column for now, shall we?