Saturday, September 30, 2023

Delivery from Zazz Pizza

Our first time getting home delivery for Zazz Pizza (, ). We learnt a lot about how much quality suffers with delivery.

Zazz Pizza, braised pork pappardelle

Their braised pork pasta survived pretty well. While it definitely wasn't as piping hot and didn't taste as freshly off the pan, I couldn't complain.

Zazz Pizza, mixed mushroom clams anchovy

This was their mixed mushroom with added on anchovy and clams. Seemed like significantly lesser mushrooms than a previous experience. It was a bad move with those clams too because of the broken layers off the shells which left crunchy bits strewn around the pie. The clams were nice but the bits of shell weren't a good experience. My bad for assuming that those clams would come without shells.

Zazz Pizza, bismark

Finally tried their Bismark and it didn't feel as impressive as the pictures we've seen. I believe this slightly disappointing experience was due to the chewier and harder crust that was a result of delivery. We've never had them like this in all the times we've eaten at the shop.

Friday, September 29, 2023

Fish Joy, Toa Payoh

Fish Joy, Toa Payoh

Was recommended the fish soup from Fish Joy (168 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh) and it turned out to be pretty good. Here's the bowl with 3 types of fishes; namely red grouper, batang and pomfret. On hindsight, I should have just gotten one type. Anyways, I liked it. Savoury, milky and adequately salted with a reasonably robust flavour. I wished they were more generous with those fried egg floss. Portions of the fish aren't what one would consider generous but looking beyond that, it was an enjoyable bowl.

Fish Joy, Toa Payoh

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Hon maguro hire, sanma and shake shioyaki from Nakajima Suisan

 Nakajima Suisan, teishoku

Haven't had the hon maguro from Nakajima Suisan (十一十二十三十四十五十六十七十八) in a while. There's jellyfish for their side dish today.

Nakajima Suisan, hon maguro shioyaki

Those tuna fin were still the same unctuous and delicious morsels flavoured with little but salt and the char on their surface. 

Nakajima Suisan, sanma shioyaki

Topped my teishoku with an additional sanma. Love those bitter sweet innards in the fish.

Nakajima Suisan, salmon shioyaki

While I generally don't do salmon much, I even thought their shake shioyaki was delicious.

Nakajima Suisan, Takashimaya

All at the price point to quality ratio that's still hard to beat.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Uncle & Auntie Family Restaurant, Race Course Road

Uncle & Auntie Family Restaurant, Race Course Road

We found an easier to reach branch of Mr. Uncle & Auntie Kitchen called Uncle & Auntie Family Restaurant (24 Race Course Road, tel : +65 9757 4400) a couple of minutes from Little India station. They share the same gaudy pink/purple lighting that look...Slaanesh-y. 

Uncle & Auntie Family Restaurant, mango lassi

Mango lassi. Decent.

Uncle & Auntie Family Restaurant, prawn 65

Pretty impressed by the deliciously savoury garlicky batter for their Prawn 65. These were freshly fried so they were piping hot and crunchy with a bit of meatiness inside. 

Uncle & Auntie Family Restaurant, sardine ikan bilis satti sorru

Something was amiss from their sardine and ikan bilis satti sorru which I couldn't put my finger to until much later. It was missing the hard boiled egg which their shop at Norris Road included. There was also less sardine in it. Those aside, the curried claypot rice was still delicious.

Uncle & Auntie Family Restaurant, Race Course Road

There was an astounding variety of briyani on the menu.

Uncle & Auntie Family Restaurant, paneer butter briyani menu

The paneer butter briyani looked good on the menu. But we were all deceived.

Uncle & Auntie Family Restaurant, paneer butter briyani

While the rice was delicious, this wasn't what we expected at all. This was just paneer butter masala ladled over said rice. I suspect that they probably use the same briyani base for any type of briyani that is ordered.

Uncle & Auntie Family Restaurant, gobi manchurian

Not a fan of their gobi manchurian. Some of the cauliflower were too greasy and soggy.

Uncle & Auntie Family Restaurant, masala badam milk

Had a hot glass of masala badam milk which was nice. While it was sweeter than what I normally prefer, I couldn't say that I didn't enjoy it.

Uncle & Auntie Family Restaurant, samosa

Samosas were pretty tasty. The skins were more bread-y textured than usual but that's no deal breaker.

Uncle & Auntie Family Restaurant, samosa

The insides were curried vegetables, onions and potatoes.

Uncle & Auntie Family Restaurant, masala tea

Masala tea's okay, not outstanding.

Uncle & Auntie Family Restaurant, Race Course Road

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Revisiting Quentin's

Quentin's, Ceylon Road

Came back to try more of the food at Quentin's.

Quentin's, pasteis de bacalhau

That's the pasteis de bacalhau - deep fried salt cod & potato fritters. Nicely browned crisp shell with piping hot insides. These are like the better version of Birds Eye Fish Fingers. 😅 

Quentin's, dry laksa

Was curious about their dry laksa which turned out to be pretty similar to the Peranakan variety. This one was a bit more sweet than savoury but was otherwise, very recognizeable from the coconut and shrimp infusion in the rempah. That and those flakes of dried laksa leaves.

Quentin's, dry mee siam

Dry mee siam was sweet and tangy. Seems that the ratio of the ingredients in their rempahs favours sweetness which is a little bit more than I like. There's a mellow quality in the sweet tanginess of some mee siam that I've enjoyed which I don't detect here. Between this and the laksa, I prefer the latter. 

Quentin's, black ink calamari

Loved this black ink calamari dish. The broth was flavoured with the ink and garlic - thin enough to drink like soup and sufficient flavourful to be gravy for rice.

Quentin's, kueh bingka

Quentin's kueh bingka was a pleasant curiosity. They appear to be a derivative of the more commonly found bingka ubi. These were less dense and in spite of the name, were more cake than kueh. Aside from the bits of tapioca one could detect, the rest of it was pretty much a butter cake. I like this.

Quentin's, coffee

Quentin's, Ceylon Road

Monday, September 25, 2023

Tenya, Orchard Central

Tenya, aonori teishoku

Tenya from Asakusa set up stall more than a couple of years ago. They were marketed as the most successful tendon chain restaurants in Japan. What's new right? So many superlatives with the brands we bring in that there's no longer allure. Not to mention that many of them have diluted themselves. I never bothered previously because just another brand from Japan doesn't necessarily equate to quality anymore. 

Which was why this was my first visit. 😅  Took me a while also because I'm not a big tempura person in general. This was the shop at Orchard Central (#B1-01 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, tel : +65 6509 6838)

Tenya, aonori tendon

Got their aonori tendon teishoku with the spicy cold udon. There's a prawn, piece of salmon and a Hiroshima oyster with some vegetables in the nori batter. The oyster was juicy and delicious. Definitely getting some seaweed flavour from the batter as well. Not bad tempura as a whole if I might say so.  

Tenya, cold spicy soba

Pretty tasty spicy cold udon. The noodles were salty, spicy and shrimpy from the sakura ebi and chilli, paired with varied textures from the toppings. This might be the other tempura shop I don' mind coming back to aside from Ginza Tendon Itsuki or Tenjin

And Tenshin of course.

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Revisiting Lao Huo Tang (老火汤)

Lao Huo Tang (老火汤), red date longan

Back at Lao Huo Tang trying more of their soups and dishes.

Lao Huo Tang (老火汤), pork tripe ginko nut soup 养生腐竹猪肚汤

Pork tripe and ginko nut soup (养生腐竹猪肚汤) - for some reasons I had been expecting this to be very peppery until I re-read the menu. They did not mention pepper. Must have been because of the tripe which I normally associate with being cooked in a peppery broth or I've been thinking of the one at 藝 yì by Jereme Leung. No pepper for this one. Tripe was tender and chewy. Not a bad soup. 

Lao Huo Tang (老火汤), lotus root soup 养颜莲藕花生排骨汤

What I did not anticipate and was pleasantly surprised by from the their lotus root soup with pork ribs and peanut (养颜莲藕花生排骨汤) were the dried cuttlefish that was used. This added plentiful umami. Tasted a lot better than I had imagined of what I thought would be a boring lotus root soup.

Lao Huo Tang (老火汤), stir fried bitter gourd egg 苦瓜炒蛋

Decent fried egg with sliced bitter gourd there.

Lao Huo Tang (老火汤), steamed chicken mushroom lup cheong

This was steamed chicken with mushrooms and lup cheong. I was thinking of this rendition when I ordered it. Not exactly in the same leagues but I don't mind eating this again. The main ingredients along with the goji berries and light soy sauce coalesced together nicely through the steaming.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Mr Batang Fish @96, Amoy Street Food Centre

Mr Batang Fish @96, Amoy Street Food Centre

Cool, this stall (#02-96 Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road) is open on Sundays. While it's listed on Google that they open at 9.30am, the fish soup is only ready by 10.

Mr Batang Fish @96, Amoy Street Food Centre

Got mine with ee mian. This was the more expensive bowl which just has more fish. Those batang slices were deliciously thick. Soup's pretty decent with a sweetness and some flavour from fried shallots. 

Mr Batang Fish @96, Amoy Street Food Centre

Friday, September 22, 2023

Zhang Liang Mala Tang (张亮麻辣), Bugis Junction

Zhang Liang Mala Tang (张亮麻辣), Bugis Junction

This was my first mala tang (麻辣烫) and Zhang Liang (#01-90/91 Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, tel : +65 6970 6658) had the honour of being my first experience. 😬 I was sold by the variety of items you could pick and most if not all of them looked pretty good to the point that we were spoilt for choice and ended up getting more than we initially thought we would. Noob!

Zhang Liang Mala Tang (张亮麻辣), Bugis Junction

And if you happened to be wondering why it's two bowls featured here, it was because like I said earlier, we piled on more food than we thought we would. I had the idea that all of it would go into a large bowl but apparently their bowls aren't that large so we ended up getting two.

Zhang Liang Mala Tang (张亮麻辣), Bugis Junction

Loved it. This was their mala soup on 小辣...the broth kinda reminded me of the mala milk from Haidilao with a bit less heat. Very manageable but it's still something you won't want to choke on. There's better fish than the standard dory, sotong balls with real bits of squid, fragrant chunks of pig skin and basically too much things for me to list so I won't. Will come back.

Zhang Liang Mala Tang (张亮麻辣), Bugis Junction

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Hai Yan Fried Kway Teow Mee (海燕潮州炒粿条麵), Telok Blangah Rise Food Centre

Hai Yan Fried Kway Teow Mee (海燕潮州炒粿条麵), bee hoon eggs

Breakfast at Hai Yan Fried Kway Teow Mee (#01-38 Telok Blangah Rise Food Centre, 36 Telok Blangah Rise). Look at those beautifully fried eggs (荷包蛋) with molten yolk inside.

Hai Yan Fried Kway Teow Mee (海燕潮州炒粿条麵), bee hoon eggs

Hai Yan does char kuey teow. It's available in bee hoon apart from the regular noodle/kuey teow option. Noodles were a little greasy and a little smoky. Fried eggs are add ons. Pretty tasty especially when they are broken with the molten yolks all over the noodles. This stall does not do cockles.

Hai Yan Fried Kway Teow Mee, Telok Blangah Rise Food Centre

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

BBQ Master (烧烤王), Geylang Road

BBQ Master (烧烤王), Geylang Road

Here's some food we had at 烧烤王 (455 Geylang Road, tel : +65 8499 7999). They're one of numerous restaurants around that does dong bei food along the lines of Dong Bei Xiao Chu (东北小厨)Dong Bei Ren Jia (东北人家) or Manchurian Lamb Hot Pot (满族全羊铺).

BBQ Master (烧烤王), skewers mushroom
BBQ Master (烧烤王), skewers beef chicken heart
BBQ Master (烧烤王), skewers potato shishamo

We had some skewers - mushrooms, chicken hearts, beef, shishamo, sliced potatoes and chicken mid wings. Not bad tasting. Except for the skinny shishamo which didn't seem to even have roe. Surprisingly, we didn't get anything with lamb today......but we'll come back for those another time.

BBQ Master (烧烤王), dry pot cauliflower 干锅菜花

Love the stir fried cauliflower (干锅菜花). For some reasons those cauliflowers had a flavour that reminded me of potatoes. The slices of pork belly in the dish were thicker and less dried out than many other renditions of this dish we've tried. Good one. 👍🏼

BBQ Master (烧烤王), suan cai yu 酸菜鱼

Suan cai yu (酸菜鱼) with pretty generous portions of fish and loads of pickled mustard greens. The latter were all in the broth beneath the slices of fish.

BBQ Master (烧烤王), you mai cai 油麦菜

Stir fried you mai cai (油麦菜) stir fried with garlic - the vegetable had a flavour that I could have sworn tasted like pandan.

BBQ Master (烧烤王), bbq bread

Grilled bread with sprinkles of fine sugar - this was nice too. Bread was light and airy. I don't know what oil was it they used that had that yellow hue but it wasn't butter.