Pig out in Singapore

Hi Everyone, I am glad to be home finally after a tiring yet good trip to Singapore. I would like to post a couple of food pictures here of the locals’ favourites.  My family and I went to a popular hawker centre over in Changi Village, famed for its wide array of hawker fare.  To be honest, we had really went to all the way to gobble up as much food as I could. I had nasi lemak, fried prawn noodles, fishball soup, herbal mutton soup and the list goes on.

As both my hands have both been dirtied while having my chicken wings and cockles in sambal, I could not really take as many pictures as I would usually do. However, I decided to snap two important pictures after I had washed my hands. Did you managed to guess what it is? It is Satays and my favourite dessert, Ice Kacang.

The chicken & mutton satays was pretty well done, with the delicious peanut gravy and its condiments. $0.50 per stick and that is real cheap.

Lastly, we ordered Ice kacang to cool ourself in the humid evening. Only $1.50 for the huge bowl and 4 all of us had a go at this lovely dessert.

It was one of the best Ice Kacang I had ever in my life. Deliciously flavoured, it had evaporated milk generously poured all over it, together with the sweet red beans and attap seeds as a great conclusion to the massive meal. Somehow, the food in Singapore is still so yummy. See you later for more updates…

May’s Blog on last weekend’s lunch at Pondok Buyung

I finally got myself glued to the computer, trying to write out last weekend’s blog. It was not easy to pen my thoughts while trying to savour heaps of delicious food around me.  Last Sunday, we decided to check out an Indonesian eatery as suggested by my Indonesian friend. We drove all the way to Kensington to check the place out.

Pondok Buyung seems to be very  popular with the locals for their authentic Indonesian Padang Fare. By the time I got there, it was past one and I still had to queue. The only bad thing about this place is it is so packed with people and you got very little time to think about what you really want, especially when it gets to your turn.

When it came to my turn, I tried ordering for both my wife and myself with the limited command of Bahasa. So, I decided to simply indicate the dishes with my fingers. I got the rice with chilli potatoes, vegetables and chicken curry.

The chilli was not bad, but was not as spicy as the one over in Shalom Restaurant over in Broadway. Chicken curry was tender, dishes were pretty well done with that authentic flavour.

Hers was even better. She had fried fish, fried chicken and vegetables. It is much tastier than mine. The fried chicken was well marinated with spices and fried perfectly. As for the fried leather jacket, it was good too. All it needed for some tasty chilli sauce to complement it. On the other hand, she did not enjoy the fried bean sprouts as it tasted raw. The total price for the  2 orders were $19 dollars. You can get free tap water from the fridge to cool your burning tongue too.

Final Verdict: We shall return again for this authentic Indonesian Nasi Padang in Sydney. It should be one of the better Indonesian eatery around town. However, this place is simple looking , not fancy. Good for simple and quick yet tasty meals or take aways.

Pondok Buyung

124 Anzac Parade

Kensington Sydney Australia

(Open Thurs to Tuesday 11.30 am to 10pm)

61 2 966 322 96

Dinner at Sake Sake , Cammeray Stockland

It was a beautiful evening on Friday, especially when it was raining cats and dogs the previous weekend. We were thinking of having delicious Japanese food along the lower north shore, as I have been exhausted from my travel at work. I had been to Sake Sake couple of months ago for lunch & I was very satisfied with the quality of food I got.

Thus, we drove to Stockland Cammeray. Moreover, the parking was complimentary for the first 2 hours. Sake Sake looks so zen from the outside, reminding me of the Izakaya over in Japan where you could get delicious morsels of foods while busking in the Japanese culture.

We were ushered into the inviting warm decor of the cosy restaurant. We were looking at the menu and they had much to offer, plus a wide range of sake from Japan. The place was really cool looking and the service was great.

We ordered the Large Nigiri Sushi ($34), Chilli Teriyaki Salmon ($19), Chicken Karaage ($13) and Tonkatsu ($18) and we waited patiently for our food to arrive. In around 15 mins, our sushi arrived. It was well presented, nice slices of fresh fish placed on top of tasty rice morsels.

And, mins later, our mains arrived. The Chicken Karaage (Fried chicken pieces with sesame sauce). The tasty chicken morsels were all well fried, with tasty sesame sauce adorned on it.

And, my chilli teriyaki salmon. It was well prepared, cooked just nice, leaving the sweetness of the raw salmon bursting in our mouths. And, the salmon was well marinated in the chilli and pepper marinate and it was not too spicy at all.

Lastly, my Tonkatsu. The pork with a little bit of fats were well battered and fried to allow that crispiness to linger. Just the way I loved it, together with the 2 accompanying sauce that had hints of mirin, soya and a little alcohol.  We were so happy with the food, that we have already made a date to be here on the Easter holidays to have their fantastic lunch bento box…Loving it.

Here is a recap of the delicious dinner we had on Friday. Delicious Japanese cuisine, just the way we loved it. Just remember to wash it down with cups of water or sake, and it would be just fine!!

Sake Sake

Location:  Shop 16, Stockland Cammeray

416 Miller Street, NSW 2062

02 9922 2288

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Visit to Singapore – Part 2

Has been a hectic week for me since my return to Sydney. Back to work, at a new environment and location, it does take a fair bit of adjusting though. Was browsing through the pictures that I had taken during my last trip to Singapore, it did bring a smile or two.
My parents decided to take us to the famous place (Puay Heng in the CBD (Central Business District) for their Bak Chor Mee (Minced Pork Noodles). I have been to the place numerous times and I have never been disappointed.
We ordered our noodles with chilli & black vinegar and it was served in minutes as the lunch crowd has yet to arrive. It had full of ingredients such as mushrooms, fishballs, pork slices and the noodles was cooked so nicely. It was so delicious and tasty.
After my brunch, I wanted to have some local delights and  I proceeded to Yat Kun coffeeshop. I ordered the half boiled eggs, the toasts with kaya and butter, and kopi c. It was such a delight, especially it has been a while since I feasted on such yummy tea snacks. Here are the pictures to elaborate on what I had just described. The eggs was done perfectly, not too raw and yet not fully cooked. Best eaten with dark soya sauce and white pepper.
And my toasts, nice crusty traditional bread with kaya and butter inserted between.
And last of all, my Kopi C to give me the caffeine that I needed badly. Kopi C is actually black coffee with evaporated milk and sugar added to it.
I went back home after the hearty meal and proceeded to more shopping. Will update the blog with more pictures. I am still contemplating to move over to another blog site… I wonder. Have a great week ahead.

The Food Hunt Begins In Singapore Part 1

Hi everybody, thanks for all the patience for awaiting the blogs to be published. Just spent around 2 weeks overseas. Of course, food is often the much talk about item. I guess it is already in my blood.

Let me show you couple of interesting pictures of the food that I had over in Singapore. When I immediately touched down, I got my dad to drive me to the Authentic Foo Chow Oyster Cake, located along Kitchener Road.  It has been at least three years since I had that delicious tasty meatpie with oysters, wrapped in a lovely and crispy batter.  Here are some of the pictures.

 

 

And,  you got the lady making the batter on the spot,  placing the fresh meat and oysters and deep frying it.

 

The owner of the stall told me that this was her first day opening the store after the Lunar New Year and I was lucky to be able to have those delicious oyster cakes. Moreover, we managed to grab the remaining three pieces. Oyster cakes cost S$1.40 and you could also have the one with the additional ingredients for an additional S$0.40.

 

 

Here are the precious oyster cakes, which I had placed into my mouth after taking those snapshots. Good to have especially if it is hot and best served with their chilli sauce. Yummy.  I simply miss Singapore’s hawker food, as they have a great variety of various ethnic groups and cultures, intertwined in its unique food culture.

 

 

 

 

After that fabulous entree, we proceeded to the nearby hawker centre for more mini snacks. I checked out my usual noodles stall, that specialises in tasty and meaty fish cakes. Ultimate. The thought of it makes my mouth waters.

 

We had mouthwatering fish cakes with sambal. Only 1.20 per piece. I think we ordered about 8 pieces, to be exact.

 

 

And, we had the famous black chicken herbal soup.  It was so full of goodness, ginseng, tender chicken and herbs all steamed for hours till the chicken essence saturates the soup.  Here is it… Yum. The chicken pieces can be dipped into the savoury garlic and chilli sauce.

 

 

That is all for today. We got heaps of food choices all lining up for us… Very nice , cheap and excellent, in terms of food quality. Snooze time. Good night.

 

Lunch at Masuya

It seems to be a while since I have uploaded my blog. A week… Long enough. I am also debating about moving to a self hosted blog, rather than this.. Let us go straight to the point.

I was invited to a place for lunch by one of my working partners. We decided to pay homage to Masuya, a nice restaurant famous amongst the office crowd for its nice Japanese bentos, sushi and sashimi. Also, I had tried snapping pictures with my new Iphone 4, which is still alright. But, it does pale in comparison with a DSLR that I usually take pictures with.

The service was excellent as the hostess welcomed us and ushered us to a nice seating area. And, he brought us 2 glasses of complimentary Pinot Gris. It was nice and light.

Had a look at the lunch menu and there was the delicious bento specials.

 

We then decided to go ahead and order the Shogun Bento ($29.80). There seems to be a lot of good stuff in this bento box: Beef, chicken, prawn, sushi, sashimi and spider roll. We waited for a short while and we were served with the beautiful looking bento set.

 

The food served is extremely well prepared, perfect touches to its finishes, taste and appearance (pardon me for not using the DSLR) I love it heaps, and I helped myself with an extra serving of chicken teriyaki from my colleague. It was extremely satisfactory. I have been to Masuya months ago and I realised that the standard of its food has been pretty consistent. Keep up the good work. I will be back for more food the next time round. Decided to get some nice O cha to accompany the nice meal we are having.

 

I ordered another Matcha green tea ice cream as my dessert. It was creamy and it has a real green tea taste in the ice cream.  It has nice red beans topping, garnished with fresh fruits to go along. Yum. Absolutely delightful. They had a sake ice cream, which I thought it was interesting to have.

 

It was a great meal, especially we had great service and excellent food at Masuya…

 

Just a note: I will be going overseas tomorrow and will try to take more pictures of nice food hunt areas that I find and will add it onto the blog for you to have a closer look. See you soon.

 

Masuya Japanese Restaurant

Lower level, 12-14 O Connell Street Sydney

02 9235 2717

Website: http://www.masuya.com.au

 


Sunday’s Lunch at Cho’s Dumpling King (Haymarket)

It was a nice cloudy day with cooler temperatures, sparing me with the intensity of the sun which I had for the past week. Went to Haymarket for our lunch. One of my favourite foods in my list was Taiwanese cuisine. They are famed for their bubble teas and tasty chicken chops and many other great foods. I miss those times that I had visited Taipei and Kaoshiung in Taiwan for its scenery, food and culture.

We went over to our favourite Taiwanese eatery, located along Thomas Street, Haymarket. Cho’s Dumpling King is housed over in Prince Centre  and it could only seat up to a capacity of about 20 persons. It is a popular place amongst international students, due to its wide range of food and its affordability. You would have to have a excellent level of patience while waiting for seats and it gets crowded during meal times. Average wait time would be around 20 mins to 30 mins, depending on the number of people waiting.

I love their chicken chop with rice, bento style. The tender chicken are being battered in a tasty batter and deep fried, served with an assortment of steamed rice, vegetables, pickles and fruit. It was affordable with a price tag of $9. I got an additional iced red tea for merely $1 and it was nice and fragrant.

I love their range of side dishes, that are displayed in the window displays fridge. They got a wide selections which range from pig entrails with vegetables, marinated prawns to tofu etc. They are $3.50 per dish. You can have it either with your mains, or you could order rice with minced pork to go with it. Do help yourself with the selection that is available for both lunch and dinner.

We ordered our favourite white baits fried in batter. It was nice to munch on the tiny fishes, together with the chilli they have provided. You would need to inform the waitress that you would require a dish of chilli or you may not have any.

And, the chilli with black beans which I think best complements the dish.

As it was around 2pm, my darling ordered their specials- tea time sets. She ordered the fried vermicelli with vegetables and meats. It was light and tasty. Best to be accompanied with the chilli sauce. She did get the iced green tea as part of the deal for just $6.50. It is suitable for those, who intends to have dinner in just couple of hours time and preferred having a small lunch.

The lunch was good and we were served fast as well. Cho’s Dumpling King is not a suitable place for you to have your lunch too slowly , as the staff tends to hurry you once you have finished eating. That goes without saying, as the number of people waiting for seats was ever increasing. We paid our bill and we went around to Paddy’s market to do our grocery shopping. Nice Sunday it was.