Friday, 28 June 2013

Kazokutei

Known to most people, there is a small section in Plaza Singapura that contains Japanese Restaurants. Being indecisive during my lunch time, I decided to just go with the most prominent of all, Kazokutei.





Pork Kimuchi Nabeyaki ($10.90). Average-rated in my opinion. Soup base is good, but still has quite a 'spacious" room for improvement.



Chicken Kimuchi Nabe Gozen with Fried Chicken ($13.90). Nothing great, but soup can't be compared with Pork Kimuchi Nabeyaki. It comes in a set with assorted sushis, two chunks of fried chicken, and udon. Sushi is below expectation, and sushi rice is quite scattered.



Salmon Sushi ($5.90). Wanted to try their salmon, and thus requested to replace the scallop sushi from the assorted sushi with a salmon. Kinda inflexible, thus, I had to purchase another plate of three salmon sushis separately. If it is better than the assorted sushi, I still can make do with it. But even their salmon could not help to bring up my rating for them.





To be honest, I am not able to find any positive point that could make me hesitate to give them a thumbs down. Competition among Japanese Restaurants are quite intensive, and perhaps Kazokutei can do more than this... such as improving more on their sushi making, as well as the quality of their soup.

Patronize them again? Probably someone with great force who can force me to nod my head...



Kazokutei

68 Orchard Road
#04-01 Plaza Singapura
Singapore 238839

Tel: (65) 6333 9285

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun: 1130 - 2200 hours

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Malaysia, Genting Highlands (Part Four) - Hou Mei

continued from...

Finally the last part of my Genting Trip.

Had Hou Mei for lunch before departing to the bus terminal to take the coach back to Singapore.



A very simple lunch indeed. But it was satisfying, and cheap too.

Love their chicken! Looks silky, and taste delicious!



Wanton soup is not bad. Soup is so-so, but the skin is very soft, and filling is quite an amount and juicy too :)



Also like their fried prawn dumplings. Cripsy skin, and a little juice in it when your teeth bite through!



They are selling mainly Chinese food, and have a variety. Would love to some back here again :)

This meal ends my trip in Genting...



Hou Mei

Level T2
First World Plaza, Genting Highlands
Malaysia, Pahang 69000

Opening Hours
Sun - Thurs: 0800 - 000 hours
Fri - Sat & P.H.: 0800 - 0200 hours

Monday, 24 June 2013

The Fabulous Baker Boy

Passed by Liang Court several times, but little did I knew there is a cafe standing quietly opposite it. Hence, went there on one of my weekends for their brunch, and I would say, I'm satisfied!

The cafe signage is not prominently hanged or displayed for them to be identified, so kindly stay calm if you are trying to locate it (which is quite impossible to miss it). As long as you saw the "Viridian Art House" signage which is worded on the outside of the building, you know you going nowhere wrong.



It is a free seating cafe, so it's like a "please feel free to sit anywhere you like, as long as it is not occupied by butts or items like tissue paper"...



Menu is not available for distribution, so patrons need to walk to the cashier where the one and only menu is. But probably due to this, I felt that the "inside" was a little crowded, given that their interior space is just a narrow rectangular area.

If you are going during the weekends, only the food items listed under "Weekend Brunch" and "Thirst Quenchers" are available for your consideration.


Thursday, 20 June 2013

Malaysia, Skudai - Restoran Tong

My dad used to bring the whole family to this Bak Kut Teh shop in Skudai, Johor Bahru. It is located among some rundown row of shophouses, but that does not pull down the extremely wonderful taste of their food!

Wide parking space, and occasionally you may spot quite a number of Singapore cars :P



Seriously, I would like to stress again... Do not under-estimate what they can bring to your table!



It's a free seating concept, and you will be given a short list of menu upon seated. Basically, there is nothing to "look look see see". What they have are those common side dishes. And the main ones are definitely must go for!




Monday, 17 June 2013

Beanstro by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

If someone were to ask me the number of times I stepped into any coffee houses, I would be embarrassed to say probably less than ten times in my whole life.

The reason is because neither am I a caffeine addict, nor do I crave for one. Well, probably once in a blue moon? Invitation by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf simply changes what I had for them before! Just coffee and tea? Nah.. Their breakfast simply awes me, especially their recent launch of Breakfast Specials, exclusively available at Takashimaya for a limited period!



With their Breakfast Specials only available at Ngee Ann City, it makes it quite convenient for diners to start their shopping spree in the midst of Orchard Road! Branch at Ngee Ann City has dim light, cosy ambience, and friendly crew to begin your meal with :)

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Azur

Was invited for food tasting due to their new menu change, located at Azur, Crowne Plaza. It was my first time visiting them, and I am holding lots of anticipation!



Quite like the ambience of the restaurant, and they are able to accomodate to large groups. So if you are looking to have group gatherings, Azur is able to fit you in.



They have quite a variety of food, and it seems quite impossible for me to know the name of each dish. But luckily, I have pictures to share :)


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Homemade - Stringing Sausages

I admit I am not a great cook, but I have interesting ideas going round my head to decorate my food presentation, and trying out possible ways of new food!

For hardcore instagram-ers, I believe you will find this dish familiar since weeks ago. It seems easy to prepare, and here I am... Standing in my kitchen, trying to get it started, without any proper recipe to follow.

1 Green/Red Capsicum
1 can of cocktail sausages
Some amount of Black Pepper Sauce
Small amount of Raisins (optional)
Some amount of Mozzarella Cheese
Few sticks of Spaghetti



Since the spaghetti is still raw, I basically try to poke it through the sausages. It looks so cool isn't it?? This is my impression of it when I saw it in instagram the first time!



Left it to boil for the spaghetti to soften and be edible, as well as the sausages... I leave it to boil for around 10-15 minutes.



After boiling, I took it out and left it to cool for awhile, before pan-frying it for couple of minutes. I liked my sausages to be pan-fried :) In the meantime, I cut open the green capsicum, digged out the contents and cook it under boiling water, and there's my presentation prop!



Last few steps includes stuffing the stringed sausages into the emptied-capsicum, black pepper sauce to go with the plain spaghetti, and mozzarella cheese to create the oozing out effect. Finished it off with some raisins, for no reason...





Doesn't look very appetizing, but it still tastes ok.. Spaghetti is springy and overall does not result in any weird taste. Probably any great cook able to improvise from my recipe and make it even better? :)

Homemade - Treasures of Capsicum

Using capsicum as a presentation prop again (Stringing Sausages recipe), I present to you another simple recipe, this time focusing on eggs!

1 Green/Red Capsicum
3 Full Eggs
3 Egg Yolks
3 Egg Whites
Some amount of Mozzarella Cheese

The idea of having egg white is to beat it into fluffy state, and create an amazing effect to the presentation. But I realized I do not have the beating machine, and after manual beating for 10 minutes, I gave up...



First, I do up the scrambled egg, adding a bit of salt to enhance the taste. It's actually quite easy to prepare the scrambled egg. Mixed the whites and yolks together, and pour onto your pan at low heat. When the sides starts to form and inner is still runny, begin to fold the sides inward. Continue doing so till it reaches your desired state. Runny or not, your preference :)



Using 3 egg yolks as decoration, I leave it to boil for a few minutes.



Empty the capsicum, cook it, and stuff the scrambled eggs in. Next, prepared the mozzarella cheese to replace my initial idea of having the after-beaten fluffy egg whites, to place around the plate, and placing the egg yolks around it.





It was disappointing as I wanted the fluffy effect around the plate, which makes the capsicum seems to be rising among it! No choice, but to use mozzarella cheese as substitute, which totally ruins the image I had in mind. Egg yolks are overcooked, as I wanted it to be runny. Perhaps, I should just leave the egg yolks raw as it is.

A very simple dish!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Thoughts - Rice Dumpling

My favorite Dragon Boat Festival (端午节) is just round the corner!! Well... I'm not the person who loves to watch Dragon Boat competition, but probably taking some clear shots of the dragon boaters rowing the boat with sweat and determination.......

BUT that's not the main point! Well, let's shift the focus a bit to....



YES! Rice Dumplings, also known as "粽子".

Monday, 3 June 2013

PARK at Holland Village

Newly opened just a couple of months back, this place is definitely worth a visit! Situated outside HSBC, Hatched, and Provence, "Park" is alone by itself where it used to be a carpark. Well, it does seems a nice place for me park my butt here too :)



It has both indoor and outdoor seatings. What I like about their outdoor seating is that they have "well-powered" fans that are cooling even in a warm weather, and they have a bar-counter like which you can have your drink/meal, and do some people watching.



Indoor space is pretty narrow, thus for big group gathering, indoor seating might not be feasible...



What can you relate to when you are in Holland Village? Pubs, maybe? They are opened till late, and is quite crowded at night thou.