March 17, 2018

Tai Cheong Bakery 泰昌饼家 @Holland Village, Singapore

Address: 31, Lorong Liput, Singapore 277742
Business hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 10pm, Saturday - Sunday 9am - 11pm

After dinner at Sushi Tei, my friend brought me here to get the egg tart from Tai Cheong Bakery at Holland Village. Tai Cheong Bakery from Hong Kong is famous for its egg tart. As we just had our dinner, we didn't plan to dine in. There was a short queue when we arrived. 

Their egg tarts are selling fast. The quantity is limited, so have to grab fast while stock lasts.

The menu for dine-in. Their signatures are Egg Tart, Durian & Cheese Tart, Coconut Tart and Chicken Pie. One piece of egg tart, priced at S$1.90.

The interior design is typical cha chaan teng setting like those in Hong Kong.

Egg tart (S$1.90) and coconut tart (S$2.50).  This silky egg custard texture was indeed very soft and rich. Not overly sweet. The crust was solid and buttered fragrant. Whereas the fillings of coconut tart was moist and loose when you bite.

On my next visit, I would want to try out their macaroni soup with luncheon meat and polo bun.

Map to Tai Cheong Bakery at Holland Village:

March 11, 2018

By invitation: Nando's New Menu, Coco-Cataplana

This year 2018 Nando's has new dish again! The new combination is so "coconut" this time, let's introduce Coco-Cataplana! It's the Coco-Cataplana marries Nando's fiery PERi-PERi with coconut flavours. The price is reasonable, RM29.90. You can have it on your own or shared with 2 person.

It's served in an authentic Portuguese cookware, called Cataplana, contained 1/4 flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken with your flavour of choice (Lemon & Herb, Mango & Lime, Mild, Hot, Extra Hot), unique coconut and PERi-PERi mix, Mediterranean rice with special Cataplana sauce, mixed vegetables, and garnished with lime. I personally like its rice, moist and full of coconut milk aroma.

I ordered Citrus Iced Tea to match with Coco-Cataplana. My friend had Peach Perfect. Oh Citrus Iced Tea is so really citrus, not over sour, very refreshing. Highly recommended.

Every time I visit Nando's, I can't resist not to order their sweet potato chips. Crunchy bite, it's baked so you don't have to concern it's oily or what. Dip with the tartar sauce, heavenly delicious.

March 4, 2018

Yon Yan Fried Chicken Wings 永炎炸鸡翼 @West Coast Market Square, Singapore

Address: 726 Clementi West Street 2, Singapore 120726
Business hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am - 2:00pm; 5:00pm - 8:30pm (Sunday & Monday off)

Visit Singapore, there's one thing I do not want to miss, the fried chicken wings. I tried the fried chicken wings at Eng Kee in 2015, this time my friend brought me to try out Yon Yan's fried chicken wings. Their fried chicken wings became even more famous after Singapore PM Lee had queued to buy. It was previously operating at Redhill Food Centre, moved to West Coast Market Square after sometime.

Fried chicken wing, luncheon meat, sausage, fish cake, ngoh hiang (spiced meat roll), and fried bee hoon. Which one you can resist not to have?

While my friend's husband was queueing to get the chicken wings, we made a round to hunt for other popular food.

There have halal food stalls as well. This particular stall front had long line with all races, should be exceptionally nice?

This stall also had long queue.

My friend queued at 合記 He Ji Braised Duck Rice Porridge Noodle.

My friend ordered their signature kueh chap and braised duck kueh tiaw. This usually not my favourite but the tastes were great. The kueh chap is different from our version in Kuching. The broth was thicker but quite a let down as it was not really hot when served. Overall the broth was flavourful, slightly sweet. The duck meat was tender and well-braised.

Dang dang! The vendor always presented the chicken wings so neatly, making it even more appealing. We ordered half dozen of chicken wings. The size was equally large, and cost only $1.40. The chicken wings were fried evenly, you can't find the chicken wings with darker nor lighter colour tone. The batter was thin on the skin, it had mild flavour but utterly crispy and crunchy. Even though the meat inside was slightly bland but it was guaranteed juicy. Totally satisfied with this plate of chicken wings.

What's the best match with the fried chicken wings? Needless to mention, it's the fried bee hoon. It might looks simple, the flavour was mild in taste. Therefore you need the spicy sambal belacan to go with it. 

The map to West Coast Market Square, mark it in your Google map now:

February 25, 2018

Durian Pancake @Durian History, Chinatown, Singapore

Address: Durian History, 1 Park Rd, Singapore 059108

Many years ago my first visit to Chinatown, this durian pancake was very popular back then. The durian puree was thick in taste and the pancake itself was crispy. I was impressed with the good taste of it. Many years later my friend brought me here for foot massage so we also got ourselves durian pancake each.

Regular size of pancake costs $2.50, jumbo size $3.80.

The durian pancake is made fresh per order.

The durian puree was still cold when served, the texture was slightly grainy when chewing. But this time the durian aroma was not as great, the puree was not soft and less sweet.

The map to Durian History:

February 17, 2018

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle 大華猪肉粿條面, Singapore

Address: 466 Crawford Lane, #01-12, Singapore 190465
Business hours: Monday - Sunday 9:30am - 9:00pm (Rest on first and third Monday)

Last month I made a prompt decision to visit my friend in Singapore. My friend asked me to list down the food I want to try out. So this Bak Chor Mee (BCM) is one of the food in my list. After landed and dropped my luggage at home, we came to Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle for the famous BCM. They gained a Michelin Star prestige in 2016, that accolade made them so popular internationally. We reached there and lined up at 10:53am, the queue was still considered short. When it was our turn to order, the time hit 12:05pm. Quite a number of the customers are tourists, and there were customers ordered takeaways too. An hour wait was quite unpleasant because it was quite hot and stuffy.

Finally our turn to order. They have 3 sizes of portion, $5, $8 and $10. Since we have waited an hour for this, I want to have the bigger portion so that I don't feel regret later. I went for $8 and my friend's $5.

This bowl of BCM is plentiful. The ingredients include dumplings, meatballs, pork slices, pork liver, minced meat, and fried fish slices. The BCM accompanied with a bowl of soup too. The alkaline taste of the soup was quite overwhelming. The noodle was cooked to perfection, neither too hard nor too soft, springy, mild spicy and tangy in taste. But the alkaline aroma was rather strong. The pork liver was soft and still red in colour, I was quite hesitated to eat it at first because it's not fully cooked. I like the dumplings, and the minced meat tastes great with the sauce.

Overall this bowl of BCM is indeed worth the one hour wait but I don't think I want to queue again since I have tried it.

The map to Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle:

February 10, 2018

Mummy's & Mama's Homecooking @Ah Liong Cafe, BDC, Kuching

Address: Lot 942, Jalan Stampin, Taman BDC, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak.
Business hours: Sunday - Monday 6:30am - 11:30pm (Wednesday off)

Ah Liong Cafe is unlike other kopitiams, it's hygienic and organized. I used to come here for dinner but weeks ago I started to come here for lunch. To my surprise, there are variety of food to choose from. And, I got so indecisive which to have because every stall's menus look so attractive. I can name a few "the best to have", Teochew porridge, one plate rice with one dish (碟仔飯), and the most popular stall is this Mummy's & Mama's Homecooking's fast food.

Mummy's & Mama's Homecooking, the Bario Specialties. The red rice they used is from Bario.

Every dish is unique and you should try their tempoyak, the fermented durian paste. It's seasonal though. I like every of their homecook dishes, the flavour is impeccable.

I really like petai and tempoyak. A plate of this, two veges and one meat costs RM6. Very reasonable.

This plate costs slightly higher, RM6.50. I don't know what's the dishes called. The yellow cubes are not potatoes, it should be banana stem.

The map to Ah Liong Cafe:

February 4, 2018

Hon Hin Cafe 豊興茶室 @Jalan TAR, Kuching

Address: 174, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching, Sarawak
Business hours: Monday - Sunday 6:00am - 2:00pm

Which kolo mee in Kuching is your favourite? Would like to recommend you one of the famous kolo mee in Kuching now. I hadn't visited Hon Hin Cafe for century until recently. As I needed new materials to write my blog so I made the visit solely on this purpose. Hon Hin Cafe is just adjacent to the Chong Choon Cafe, I had laksa more frequent.

The kolo mee here is very popular, if not mistaken the lady vendor is relative to the owner of Sin Lian Shin 新联成. Her kolo mee noodles usually sold out around 10:30am. So if you want to have kolo mee here, you have to come early before 10am. I made two visits because the first visit I didn't manage to try out the noodles. So I had kueh tiaw instead. The second visit, I came slightly earlier, around 10:50am. The noodles sold out but I got it by luck because a lady cancelled her order right on the spot when I was about to leave.

The kolo kueh tiaw I had on my first visit. I was informed the noodles sold out after I'd waited for a while. Despite I placed my order first with the staff, I noticed the vendor reserved the noodles for her frequent customers who ordered after me. And yet, their food was served before me. Oh well.. anyway, it's better you order with the vendor direct.

On my second visit, finally managed to have this set of noodle with a bowl of pig's organ soup.

The pork liver wasn't fully cooked, so it remained soft and smooth. The broth was really rich in flavour, best match with the noodle. You have to stir the noodle evenly when it's served, otherwise it can be quite dry. If not mistaken, a set of this is RM7.

The map to Hon Hin Cafe:

January 31, 2018

Yo Yo Cafe 摇摇冰咖啡室 @Parkcity Commerce Square, Bintulu

Address: No. 358, Survey Lot 4017, Jalan Diwarta, Phase 5, Parkcity Commerce Square, 97000 Bintulu, Sarawak.
Business hours: Monday - Saturday 8:00am - 5:30pm (Sunday Off)

If you are hungry in late noon in Bintulu, Yo Yo Cafe is a good place to have tea break. They have assorted of traditional kuih muih, curry puff, you tiao, popiah, steamed buns, nasi lemak, etc.

I missed this place because of its yo yo shaved ice. There's no other place that serve this kind of shaved ice. So far I have not found one yet in Bintulu and Kuching. Different from Taiwan shaved ice, Yo Yo's shaved ice is slightly coarse. The choice of flavours is quite limited, red bean, sweet corn, lychee, and sour plum.

Red bean and sweet corn shaved ice.

The texture of Yo Yo shaved ice. 

The map to Yo Yo Cafe:

January 23, 2018

Makan-makan the best in Bintulu

The best place to have supper in Bintulu, Spring Garden Cafe. These are what we normally would order at Spring Garden. Pork innards, stir-fried kangkong with garlic, deep-fried chicken feet, cockles.

The best kampua, Stall No. 52 at Pasar Utama Bintulu. The noodles are handmade by themselves.

The best beef noodle soup, Yee Chwan Cafe.

Among all, mother's homecook is still the best.

January 19, 2018

Wedding Reception @Li Hua Hotel 麗華大酒店, Sibu

Address: Long Bridge Commercial Centre, Pekan Sibu, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak.

My bro tied the knot last month. As majority of our relatives are staying in Sibu, they are aged and not that convenient to travel far distant. So my dad decided to hold a small wedding reception at Li Hua Hotel in Sibu. Although the hotel is an old building, but still looking pleasant. The hall can fit in 15 tables, just sufficient for us to host our guests.

My dad booked 14 tables at RM650 a table, 9 dishes. I do not want to elaborate more on the dishes, just show you the pictures. Except the black chicken soup, 8 dishes are shown below:

I love their assorted platter here. Thumbs up for all.

Yam basket. The mixed veges was good but the yam tasted alright only.

Sesame chicken.

Sweet and sour deep-fried cod fish. This fried cod fish was really a surprise to me. Normally we would choose steamed fish menus but never tried the deep fried cod fish before. They cooked it perfectly well. the meat was still soft, not overly deep-fried. The strips on top is made of potato. It's like eating the potato sticks.

Beef tendon and sea cucumber.

Roast duck with buns.

Prawns, quite ordinary taste but the prawns were fresh.

Dessert, we had cream puffs.

The customer service was excellent, the staffs were friendly and experienced. I believe some of the staffs have served very long term in the company. Even though the price is slightly more expensive than the banquet we had in Kuching, well..  different menus different pricing.

The map to Li Hua Hotel in Sibu town:

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