Monday, October 31, 2022

Rasa Raja Bojun (රස රජ බොජුන්), Tekka Food Centre

Rasa Raja Bojun (රස රජ බොජුන්), Tekka Food Centre

Little birds have recently brought information about Rasa Raja Bojun (#01-280 Tekka Market & Food Centre, 665 Buffalo Road), a Sri Lankan food stall sequestered in the heart of Tekka Food Centre and curiosity was piqued. This was our first experience with Sri Lankan food.

Got a platter of rice with a bunch of dishes on the side which looked good - some of which were new flavours for us.

Rasa Raja Bojun (රස රජ බොජුන්), gotu kola sambol

Like the vegetal gotu kola sambol which was a pennywort salad with desiccated coconut. There's a bit of heat in it from the chillis. I thought it was delicious mixed with the rice. Not so different from furikake methinks. 

Rasa Raja Bojun (රස රජ බොජුන්), cabbage poriyal

Cabbage poriyal is cabbage poriyal

Rasa Raja Bojun (රස රජ බොජුන්), mango curry

Mango curry was awesome - sweet, lightly savoury and slightly spicy at the same time under all that tanginess. This was not creamy unlike those renditions we've had from Mango Tree and Tandoor. Whole mangoes were chopped and cooked in the curry. I know because I was slurping their meat off the seeds and also eating the skins. Nice this one. 👍🏼 

Rasa Raja Bojun (රස රජ බොජුන්), coconut

I had imagine this spiced desiccated coconut to be similar with serunding but this one didn't have any sweetness at all.

Rasa Raja Bojun (රස රජ බොජුන්), pepper chicken

Pepper chicken was deliciously salty from that earthy brown sauce that's peppered with....well, pepper. Hahaha. It was a little greasy and the flavour was savoury and intense with heat from black pepper. 

Am impressed here. Will definitely come back again to try more of their dishes.

Rasa Raja Bojun (රස රජ බොජුන්), Tekka Food Centre

Sunday, October 30, 2022

伊面 at The Noodle Memories

The Noodle Memories, ee mian 伊面

That's the same dry chilli bowl like previous time at The Noodle Memories. Changed the noodles to ee mian (伊面) and got some fried hot dogs with it. This was a lot tastier than that previous time. 

The Noodle Memories, ee mian 伊面

I attribute today's improved impression to the ee mian. Their toasted aroma made noticeable difference. Not to mention that it had also a much better bite texture than their regular noodles. Today's chilli was also more intense in comparison. I registered more heat and sweetness from the concoction that sauced the bowl. I can actually see myself looking forward to this.

The Noodle Memories, hong lim food centre

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Chuan Kee Seafood (泉记海鲜煮炒), Lower Delta Road

Chuan Kee Seafood (泉记海鲜煮炒), Lower Delta Road

We've been wanting to come to try the food Chuan Kee Seafood (1091A Lower Delta Road, tel : +65 9878 9924) for some time. We knew that these guys were popular with folks for seafood and tze char but for some reasons I hadn't connected that popularity with the crowd we encountered. In peak hours, one has to wait in line for a table, wait in line to get orders taken and then followed by another wait for the food to be served. 

Chuan Kee Seafood (泉记海鲜煮炒), popcorn tau huey chillis

In the possibly daunting series of waits, there's free tau huay, popcorn and ice cream to pass the time. Tau huay was unnaturally soft and smooth - like those from Lau Ban.

Chuan Kee Seafood (泉记海鲜煮炒), bitter gourd omelette

First dish to arrive was the bitter gourd omelette. For unknown reasons I was imagining that they would look like the rendition done at Chin Chin. It didn't. Looked more like the one at Sum Kee. Was a pretty decent rendition. As I ate it, I thought about how I disliked bitter gourd as a kid. 

Chuan Kee Seafood (泉记海鲜煮炒), rice

Then came rice.

Chuan Kee Seafood (泉记海鲜煮炒), lychee sweet & sour pork

Wouldn't recommend their sweet and sour pork (咕噜肉). The sauce was light and tomato-y without much intensity. Did not think there was much mention worthy about the fried pork either. There was much more lychee in there than any other sweet and sour pork renditions I've had but that alone wouldn't save it from mediocrity. 

Chuan Kee Seafood (泉记海鲜煮炒), stir fried petai 清炒臭豆

That's petai beans stir fried with garlic (清炒臭豆) - not sambal like they're normally done. That resulted in more direct flavour from the beans and also some sharpness from the onions that went with the savoury garlic of the stir fry. I thought this was awesome with rice. 

Chuan Kee Seafood (泉记海鲜煮炒), kung bao frogs 宫保田鸡

Not bad kung bao frogs (宫保田鸡) if I might say. The sauce was decent as far as kung bao dishes went but I found myself missing those solid renditions that you can find from frog porridge stalls.

Chuan Kee Seafood (泉记海鲜煮炒), Lower Delta Road

Pretty vibrant eatery, would not mind coming back to try other dishes.

Chuan Kee Seafood (泉记海鲜煮炒), Lower Delta Road

Friday, October 28, 2022

A2B Veg Restaurant, Serangoon Road

A2B Veg Restaurant, masala chai

Trying a Indian vegetarian restaurant (276-278 Serangoon Road, tel : +65 6299 2786) which we've noticed the previous times we've passed by when in the vicinity. Just to get this out of the way, the masala chai was smooth like the ones from Komala Vilas. A little light with the spices, but smooth.

A2B Veg Restaurant, ghee pongal

Their ghee pongal was delicious - ghee flavoured obviously and moist with notes from the peppercorn and fennel seeds. That white coconut chutney on the side was deceptively spicy.

A2B Veg Restaurant, mini meal

Got ourselves a mini meal to try their flavoured rice. Curd rice (left) was milky and nothing like the other curd rice which we've had before which were yoghurt-y. The sliced green chillis in there were a pleasant surprise. Sambar rice (middle) was tasty - I'm not sure if it's the same stuff as bisibele bath. The one on the right was pepper rice. Tastiest of the lot if not for the bits of coriander. This was flavoured with pepper, curry leaves, mustard seeds and a bunch of other spices.

A2B Veg Restaurant, kesari

Hidden beneath the chapati was a kesari bath. Nice. Unfortunately, the chapati was a little dried out - might have been left out there for a while.

A2B Veg Restaurant, rava onion masala dosa

Their rava onion masala dosa had bits of crispy toasted onion in them. Dosa as a whole did not taste bad but I think we've had better ones around. 

A2B Veg Restaurant, Serangoon Road

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Stinky Bombs from 99 Old Trees

99 Old Trees, stinky bombs

Tried these stinky bombs from 99 Old Trees.

99 Old Trees, stinky bombs

Durian custard filled crusty choux pastry if that hadn't been obvious enough. I kinda like them but between that and the stinky bowls, I'd prefer the latter for a durian dessert fix.

99 Old Trees, outram

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Tanglin Crispy Curry Puff (东陵酥皮咖喱角), Hong Lim Food Centre

Tanglin Crispy Curry Puff (东陵酥皮咖喱角), Hong Lim Food Centre

I've noticed the curry puff stall at Hong Lim. It's only recently that I've realized that there were actually two curry puff stalls and there were just one stall apart from each other. And they're related. Mitosis apparently took place from sibling rivalry. So this was Tanglin Crispy Curry Puff (#02-34 Hong Lim Food Center, 531A Upper Cross Street) and the other which I hadn't tried was Tanglin Crispy Curry Puff Original.

Tanglin Crispy Curry Puff (东陵酥皮咖喱角), Hong Lim Food Centre

The one above has otah fillings. I thought the otah was good tasting. The skin of the puffs were crisp and flaky as we got them pretty freshly fried.

Below's the potato and chicken puff. Quite nice as well but there wasn't much chicken in there. 

Tanglin Crispy Curry Puff (东陵酥皮咖喱角), Hong Lim Food Centre

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Hanare by Takayama, Ngee Ann City

Hanare by Takayama, Ngee Ann City

I was mostly drawn to Hanare by Takayama (#03-07, Takashimaya Shopping Centre Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road, tel  : +65 8298 9369) from the pictures of their kamameshi I've seen online. Knew next to nothing about the original Takayama by the chef Taro Takayama. Except that it's kinda expensive and Hanare instead would possibly be an introduction to his food.

Hanare by Takayama, ginger ale

Their house made ginger ale is not bad. Fruity and while I wished it had a bit more spice from the ginger, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Hanare by Takayama, wagyu dashimaki tamago
Hanare by Takayama, wagyu dashimaki tamago

Wagyu dashimaki tamago. Could taste the beef in it.

Hanare by Takayama, fish cartilage

Ordered the fish cartilage because it sounded interesting and we've never had it before. Texture was kinda cartilage-y. 😂 There's a lot of crunch if you hadn't had them before. The umeboshi and shiso flavours packed a perky punch. I can see this going superbly with white rice. *brain cues flashbacks of Suju

Hanare by Takayama, suntory

Food took a while to arrive so a glass of Suntory to help with the wait.

Hanare by Takayama, sakura ebi pasta

Sakura ebi pasta was part of the warm appetizer menu. There's little bits of kombu in there as well so the flavour was expectedly seafood-y and umami.

Hanare by Takayama, awabi kamameshi
Hanare by Takayama, awabi kamameshi

That's the awabi kamameshi. I think the flavour in the rice came mostly from dashi and the abalone liver sauce. Maybe there was also a little bit from the mushrooms and hijiki as well. Noticed that the menu had options for additional liver sauce. Could understand why that. Will remember to do that if I ever come back to eat this again. Anyways, I liked it. The flavour not as intense as I had imagined though.

Hanare by Takayama, kinmedai kamameshi
Hanare by Takayama, kinmedai kamameshi

There's more texture and taste from the kinmedai kamameshi. Probably because of the vegetables and tsukemono in it. Flavour profile is more tangy because of the latter but substantially, it still fell on the kinmedai, mushrooms and dashi.

Hanare by Takayama, matcha financier ice cream

Got their matcha financier to end. These took a while to be served and I'm pretty sure they were baked to order. The exterior was light and crusty while the insides were dense, moist and filled with a buttery matcha bitter. So good this one. Would love to eat this again.

Hanare by Takayama, Takashimaya

Monday, October 24, 2022

Ramen Champion in the last quarter of 2022

Ramen Champion, Bugis +

Ramen Champion appears to be a shadow of its former self. What used to be individual stalls look like they're operating a centralized kitchen with a common collection point - unlike the past where each had their own space with their identity. I don't even know from which some of the ramen are from. 

Updates on their sites are inconsistent and often inadequate. Their social media looks sad. You know it's sad when it's largely filled with influencer posts. 

Is it even still a championship of any sort anymore or are they just a ramen food court these days? 

Ramen Champion, taishoken tsukemen

Anyways, came to try the tsukemen from Taishoken. Not bad. The broth wasn't as thick as I had imagined but it was filled with bonito smokiness and the noodles were respectably chewy. No overpowering flavour from the menma and sadly no molten yolk in the ajitama as well. I recall thinking better of Tetsu from the past though.

Ramen Champion, pork fat stamina ramen

Tried a pork fat stamina ramen. Liked this. Garlicky, salty and full of textures from the cabbage, bean sprouts and the chewy noodles. I think I like the Megamen from Brothers Ramen a bit more. Not to mention that Brothers Ramen has superior pork belly which was importantly more tender. No molten yolk from this ajitama as well. Now which one was this supposed to be from?

Ramen Champion, mentai mayo gyoza

 Mentai-mayo gyozas were okay tasting. 

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Revisiting Xing Hua at Chinatown Point

Xing Hua

More food from this branch of Xing Hua. The more we eat here, the more we notice how these guys fall short compared to Putien. 😬

Xing Hua, string beans

This was described as stir fried long beans (四季豆) with XO sauce. Not sure if this was with any XO sauce at all. Those bits were kinda like spicy dried shrimp/hae bee hiam. Lightly spicy, salted with a light sweetness. Nice. I thought this was a pretty competent rendition of the dish. 

Xing Hua, salted egg duotou clams

We ordered the salted egg Duotou clams because we hadn't had them in this style before. I wouldn't recommend these. These weren't worth half of what they charged. Most of the plate were shells and batter for the salted egg. Those clams were also small and pretty tasteless. Nothing like the quality one gets at Putien.

Xing Hua, claypot seafood tofu

Ordered their claypot seafood tofu. Tofu's not bad. There's a couple of slices of fish in there that's pretty muddy tasting and also a couple of sad looking scallops besides those prawns. The dish looked and felt like a obligatory item that was on the menu because someone felt that it needed to be there. Nothing outstanding about this.

Xing Hua, claypot drunken duck

Tried their claypot drunken duck because we've never had drunken duck before. Remember those boiled to death chicken in chicken soup where the meat has become hard and/or stringy and tasteless. That's what these duck tasted like. Not like duck. The braising soup/broth thingy was delicious though.

Xing Hua, double boiled red mushroom chicken soup

The chicken from this double boiled red mushroom chicken soup was actually pretty good eating. Tender, salted and easily slurped off the bone. Not dry and stringy like the duck. Not a bad one.

Xing Hua, Chinatown Point