Monday, November 30, 2009

JPot @ VivoCity

On Saturday night, our aunt 'jio' (invited) us out for a HotPot meal. She wanted to try out JPot at VivoCity. It was only when I was there, that I found out it's another of Jumbo's new concept restaurants. (they are all kinds of restaurants now don't they?)

This place is so popular! There's a super long queue outside. We finally got in after queuing for half an hour.  Well, we would say it's worth the queuing. haha.

After we ordered, it was time to get the dipping sauce for the hotpot. For the dipping sauce, it's a DIY thing. There were (we noticed) two stations with all the different types of sauces and condiments for you to mix. I followed 75% of one of the recipe for mixing the sauce. I am proud to present my version of the sauce! (with lots of greens which I love)

The Dipping Sauce

Bird's eye view of a portion of the things we ate.

Table full of food!

For the soup base, there's a huge selection of soup base to choose.  There were 7 flavours that we can choose. They even have Bak Kut Teh as a soup base!

We had the JPot Superior Broth and Tom Yam.

Our Hot Pot

Chicken, dumplings, scallops, fish slices.The scallops are huge!

Dumplings, Scallops, etc

The meats.... Other than these thinly sliced meat,s, we also had chicken and pork strips. Their chicken and pork strips comes with a quail egg that you break and mix it with the meat.

Meat Selection

This is the Giant Meatball!
You turn them into smaller meat balls. Excellent choice if you got teenagers who loves to 'help prepare' the food. :-)

Giant Meatball

The mushrooms and veggies. Things that makes the soup even more delicious!


Errr. This is not my favourite food. But it's sis, Uncle, Aunt and cousin's favourite!
They love it so much, they ordered an extra plate of it. Why? What's so nice about liver?

Pork Liver

To end it off, we all shared this Ice Mango dessert.
The white stuff is shaved milk. You should try this. I think it's very very nice!

Ice Mango

We like this place! The ingredients were really fresh and the soup bases are nice.

Our family is very particular when we have hotpot/steamboat. We always make sure that there's two different pairs of utensils for cooking and eating. What we noticed is that the service staff reminded us two times to use different utensils to eat and cook. They provided everyone a mini tongs for cooking. So that kinda connected to us.   ;-p 

VivoCity (Lobby F)
1 HarbourFront Walk
Singapore 098585

Tel: 6273 3536

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ellenborough Market Cafe @ Swissotel Merchant Court

One of our university mate recently got married. To announce it to us, he booked a few tables to host some of us for lunch on Saturday at Ellenborough Market Cafe at Swissotel Merchant Court.

We were all eating, chatting and playing with the little kids. So I did not take many photos. Only these few at the end of our lunch.

Don't you think these Kueh Pai Tee looks so delicious?

Kueh Pai Tee

Another plate of Kueh Pai Tee. Kev prepared this for the whole table.

Kueh Pai Tee

The little kids were not interested in any food. Only eating empty Kueh Pai Tee shells and desserts.

Strawberry Something

This is my dessert. Custard with Blueberry.


I had two scoops of ice cream. This is my second scoop.

Chocolate Mint Ice Cream

No, I did not have the Durian Pengat. I have stopped eating Durian again. :-p
But those who like Durian loved it.

Durian Pengat

The food's not too bad. Quite a huge selection. We were so full. We probably ate lunch, tea and dinner at one seating!

Ellenborough Market Cafe
Swissotel Merchant Court
20 Merchant Road
Singapore 058281

Tel: 6239 1848

Buffet Breakfast: 06:30 to 10:30
Buffet Lunch: 12:00 to 14:30
Buffet Dinner: 18:30 to 22:00
Buffet High Tea: 15:30 to 17:30 (Sat, Sun and Public Holidays only)

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Tung Lok Seafood @ Marine Cove (East Coast Park)

Note: Today's post has been brought to you courtesy of Standard Chartered Bank.

Barry and Fin, the two fish that you most probably would have seen on television, invited me for a meal again! This time it is to Tung Lok Seafood. Look at the shock of their faces when it's to another seafood place. LOL!

Other than Barry and Fin from Standard Chartered Bank, we had 2 folks from HungryGoWhere, a rep from 24Seven Communications and LadyIronChef joining me for dinner.

Barry & Finn paid for our meal.

So what was for dinner? We started with this huge Special Chilled Seafood Platter. Just look at it! Ooo... Cold Crabs, Kanpachi Sashimi, Mekajika Sashimi, Thai Style Crab Meat Salad, Fresh Oyster with Chilli Sauce and Mexican Ceviche.

I like the sashimi. The oysters was not bad too.

Our dear Fin had her first ever Oyster! Being a fish, I guess it was hard for her to swallow her fellow sea creatures. haha...

Cold Crab, Kanpachi Sashimi, Mekajika Sashimi, Thai Style Crab Meat Salad, Fresh Oyster with Chilli Sauce, Mexican Ceviche

Look at Little Miss Crab. They sure are looking crappy! Look at the stare she is giving me! I have learned to ignore their stares. ;-)

Special Chilled Seafood Platter

These deep fried prawns with wasabi-mayo sauce is good too. I would personally like it more fiery. I added more wasabi (from the sashimi) to it and it really gave a rush off my head. Woosh!

Deep fried Prawns with Wasabi-mayo Sauce

This is the oven-roasted sliced pork shoulder. It reminds me of Bangkok Street Food. I think many of us liked this.

Over Roasted Sliced Pork Shoulder

This the Tung Lok's version of Chilli Crab. It was above average, but did not really wow me.

Tung Lok Chilli Crab

But the more watery sauce did make some at the table happy. They loved this fried mantou with the chilli crab sauce.

Fried Mantou

I prefer the Black Pepper Crab. I have my preferred Black Pepper Crab elsewhere, but this is quite ok.

Black Pepper Crab with Fresh Peppercorns

This is nice too. Steamed Razor Clam with garlic. The vermicelli has soaked up all the juices. Really nice!

Steamed Razor Clam with Garlic

This pretty dish is Chinese Spinach simmered with Nameko Mushroo in Fish Stock.

Chinese Spinach simmered with Nameko Mushroom in Fish Stock

We were already full with the above, but we were tempted by the desserts.
This is what some had, the chilled mango pudding.

Chilled Mango Pudding

I had the Chilled Lime Sherbet with Lemongrass Jelly. I liked it.
The lime sherbet was light and refreshing and the lemongrass jelly was nice too.

Chilled Lime Sherbet with Lemongrass Jelly

So what's the deal here? Standard Chartered Bank Cards have lots of privileges. You can view the list here.
By using the Standard Chartered Card here, you get a discount 15% with a minimum spending of $120.

But wait there's more! If you have registered for the 15% cashback program, you get another 15% rebate in your monthly statement. The 15% cashback offer applies to ALL restaurants in Singapore!

If you have not register for this program, you can register for Singapore’s biggest ever dining campaign by simply sending a SMS in this format:
GET15 16-Digit Card Number to 78722 before 31 December 2009

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Tung Lok Seafood
Building B, 2nd Floor
East Coast Recreation Centre
1000 East Coast Parkway
Singapore 449876

Tel: 6246 0555

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

211 Roof Terrace Cafe @ Holland Village

Think this was my first meal with sis since she came from her one month study trip in NZ. We met at Holland Village for dinner.

We found most places packed, then we remembered, "the roof top"!
It's also where we can find one-for-one dining ;-)

Sis always order this, it's her favourite. Spaghetti Vongole. She likes it because there's lots of vongole in it.

Spagetti Vongole

I like tomato based sauces. So I ordered the Spaghetti Marinara. Not too bad. This is $17.50, so with a one-for-one, both the Vongole and Marinara is $17.50 together.

Capellini Marinara

We saw that they had a 'healthy section' in the menu and we thought we should eat more veg.
So we ordered the Waldorf Salad. I think it's very nice. Look at the salad leaf, it's like a big clam. :-)

Waldorf Salad

The 1-for-1 is valid for 2 different cards this time round. DBS and Standard Chartered. We used DBS because DBS had no min spending to get the 1-for-1. Standard Chartered require you to spend at least $30. We did not hit the $30 mark. ;-)

211 Roof Terrace Café
Holland Road Shopping Centre
211 Holland Avenue
Singapore 278967

Tel: 6462 6194
Hours: 9.00am to 11.00pm daily

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Kim's Family Restaurant @ Lorong Kilat

This was our lunch on the day that Bukit Timah flooded!

One colleague wanted to have Korean Food for lunch. Why? Our boss came back from his vacation from Korea and brought us lots of goodies like the Jeju Island Chocolates, Seaweeds and Ginseng Sweets, etc. Ya, with that we were tempted to have Korean for lunch!

Our first thought was Sarang at Science Park, but we thought that we might not be in the mood for high end high price dining today. So we thought it's cheaper to take a cab and head to Lorong Kilat and eat delicious home style Korean food instead. :-)

One of the reasons for coming here... The selection of side dishes!

Galore of Side dishes

We discovered they have new sides as well! We like them all, all 12 of them!

Galore of Side dishes

One of our favourites is the Pork Bulgogi. Even Korean food has 'wok hei'! The fragrant and spicy Pork Strips is so yummy!

Spicy Pork Bulgogi

The same colleague who like the instant noodles from the Hong Kong shop the other day likes Korean style Instant Noodles too. OK, we all got convinced instant noodles cooked by restaurants does taste a bit different.

Instant Noodles Soup

Spicy Rice Cakes. Something we always order. Today the chef decided not to make it as spicy which is good for us.

Spicy Rice Cakes

For our hard work in the office that's draining us of all our energy, we decided we should nourish ourselves with Ginseng Chicken Soup!

Ginseng Chicken Soup

Our beef soup lover colleague says he needs this. OK, we ordered it for his sake.
Spicy Beef Soup. Lots of ingredients too!

Spicy Beef Soup

This is one place that we always enjoy coming to 'pig out'. We did pig out by having ice cream two or three doors away! We were stuffed and there's always a spare space in the stomach for ice cream. :-)

Kim's Family Food
17 Lorong Kilat
Kilat Court,
Singapore 598139

Tel: 6465 0535
Mob: 8201 9745

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Feng Sheng Hainanese Chicken Rice @ Dover Market

My colleagues and I seem to be craving chicken! Not any chicken but chicken from the Chicken Rice stall at Dover Food Centre. Why? We don't know!! We are thinking maybe they have 'added extra things' that's why we are craving to go back again and again. (ganja perhaps?) haha....

While walking to the chicken stall, we already decided what we will be eating. We are having 1/2 Obama and 1/2 McCain! (No, we are not racist, but there's a stall that name it that way in the menu in Singapore!)

Since we are talking about Obama and McCain, this shall be our Thanksgiving Lunch. We are replacing the turkey with chicken! (hey, at least half of it is roasted)

The roast 'obama' chicken. Don't eat the skin if you are worried about eating them. But we like skin! We wasted none of the skin at all!

Obama Style

McCain chicken. Any of you like the gel like texture below the 'white chicken' skin?  We sure do!

McCain Style

Why did we order half / half this time? We calculated that it is cheaper to order 2 halves than telling them we want chicken rice with portions for 4 people.

It's $8 for half a chicken. You get more meat too! Since it's 4 guys today, so there's no problem eating it all!

The add a 'healthy' element to our meal, we thought we should order a 'Veg dish'. Does eating bean sprouts qualify as having your daily greens? :-p

Bean Sprouts

Glittering rice. (in other words, a little oily lah)
Goes well with our chicken and lots of black sauce and chilli sauce.

Fluffy and glittering white rice

They seem to know we are their chilli. They gave us an extra bowl of chilli, which we finish it off!
$20 for all of the above which is $5 each. It comes with complimentary MSG laden soup too. :-)

Happy Thanksgiving to our readers from the United States. :-)

Feng Sheng Hainanese Chicken Rice
Dover Market and Food Centre
Stall 01-133
33 Dover Road
Singapore 130033

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Oosh @ Dempsey

Momo and I joined Camemberu and HungryCow for an invited dinner at Oosh, Dempsey. You most probably have seen this super pink that screams out to you when you enter into Dempsey on the right.

(This photo of the sign was taken way back in early in October. Hmm, did I foretell I would be here in a few weeks?)

oosh @ dempsey

Behind this Oosh sign is the largest al-fresco restaurant and bar at the Dempsey area. The people behind Oosh have transformed the area by filling it lush greenery and even created a waterfall feature. Did you know that this place is also mentioned in the New York Times? (read the NYT article here)

What surprise me even more is that there's a chef here who has undergone training by 2 Michelin Starred Chefs. Head Chef Zulkarnaini Dahlan trained under Eric Guilbert from La Tour d' Argent and Gilles Marx from Taillevent, Paris.

So what did we feast on here? We started with a selection of rolls.

Bread Rolls

We had it with their homemade butter. It's a mix of herbs and garlic. You can tell if it's good from the photo.

Garlic Butter

What I like about this food tasting by Oosh is that everything's from the menu itself and not some specially prepared dishes that you as a reader won't get to eat if you go there.

You can order it ala carte or from the specially designed set menus. They also have set lunches available. Check their sets here.

This is the mushroom soup.

Mushroom Soup

If you are prefer something with no cream, you can try their Vegetable Consome. It has a very "mum's soup" taste to it.

Vegetable Consomme

This is the Portobello Salad. Grilled Portobello with Arugula (Rockets) and balsamic dressing. The lettucy spicy tasting arugula goes well with porto!

Portobello Salad

This is the Foie Gras Ballotine. Everyone on the table likes it except me. (I think it's my tongue, I can never appreciate Foie Gras and it has something to do with Qantas Flight QF10 16 years ago! haha)

The Foie Gras Ballotine

This is Seared Frog Legs. Ooo... You got to try this! Awesome! Well marinated and cook just perfectly. Maybe after trying it, you might start to like it. We heard that the big big boss here eats it almost daily!

Seared Frog Legs

For the mains, we shared the following:

Lamb Navarin. (or Lamb Stew if you prefer to call it in simple English).You know this chef experiments with molecular gastronomy because he cooked this dish for 36 hours at 61 degrees Celsius.  I like the lamb, it has totally soaked up the flavours of the marinates in the super long cooking process. I guess another reason I like it is because of the tomato base, which I love!

Lamb Navarin

This is Tenderloin Rossini. Grilled Tenderloin topped with Seared Foie Gras served with Celery Puree and Bordelaise sauce with Sliced Truffle. Does your jaw dropped with that description?

Maybe Foie Gras seared and eaten with grilled meat is delicious is the way that will make me like Foie Gras. haha. I definitely like the tenderloin. I happen to like celery so the celery puree is something I enjoyed! (I know many of you dislike celery. hehe)

Tenderloin Rossini

Next is Grilled Salmon. Grilled Norwegian Salmon with Pommes Sarlandaise, Apple Compote and Dill Cream Sauce.

Salmon was nice. I think I like the Apple Compote. (The apple sliced thinly, stacked together where the Salmon is 'resting')

Grilled Salmon

Pacific Dory. Pan-Fried Herbs and Chilli marinated Pacific Dory with Sautèed Vegetables and Tomato Butter Sauce. How unique to see dory rolled up!

Pacific Dory

Next thing we shared was Tagliatelle with Fresh Tiger Prawns rapidly sautèed with Garlic, Chillies and Anchovies topped with Parmigiano. Sorry, I can't remember the taste now. (you most probably know I have selective memory and I seem to remember taste of meat better!)


Duck Confit. I think it was really lovely. It's tender and cooked till you can gently removed it from the bones. One more reason I like it because of the caramelized onions! I just love the taste and smell of caramelized onions!

The Duck Confit

Now for desserts.

Chocolate Gateau. I taste a bit of nutella inside! Chocolate and Ice Cream, who can refuse it?

Chocolate Gateaux

This is one of their signature dessert. Lemongrass Panna Cotta.
Their official description: A dessert with an Asian twist; Lemongrass scented Panna Cotta with drizzles of fresh Rock Melon Puree and Raspberry Coulis served with Japanese Black Sesame Ice Cream.
My description: It's something you should try. Black Sesame Ice Cream is always delicious. The tofu textured Panna Cotta taste so 'lemongrassyly' unique!

Lemongrass Panna Cotta

Another of the signature dessert: Coffee Melt.
The little glass contains Kahlua Crème Anglaise. You have a scoop of cold delicious vanilla ice cream. There's a warm coffee cake that flows out a 'kopi si bei gao'. Eat all the 3 together and .......... (fill in the blanks yourself hehe...)

Coffee Melt

Strawberry Souffle. Light, fluffy, pink and sweet. The ladies like it, but not me. It's a ladies dessert!

Strawberry Souffle

Oh, there was the cheese platter too. We had Brilliant Savarin. The cheese person you can see are HungryCow and Camemberu. I was totally overwhelmed when I had a bite of it. Thanks but really no thanks, I am fine without it. I am unable to appreciate it. But Camemberu love it so much she is considering changing the name of her blog! LOL..

It was a very enjoyable dinner at Oosh. The ambience is nice too. Of course, it was always nice to have dinner with Momo, Camemberu and HungryCow.

A big thanks to Sharon and Indri from Oosh for graciously hosting us. You were such wonderful hosts.

Oosh Restaurant @ Dempsey
22 Dempsey Road
Singapore 249679

Tel: 6475 0002
Hours: 12:00 pm till late.

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