Friday, February 27, 2009

LUNCH @ FOOD REPUBLIC, VIVO CITY, SINGAPORE

Bak-Cho Koay Teow T'ng

Having missed all the hullabaloo when this mall first open a few years back, this the first time I had set foot into this place. Strolled around all the levels, but entered none of the shops except one - Page One, the bookshop. After a while of browsing, its sloping book shelves did a vertigo effect, forcing one to scuttle...

... and food was the last thing on the mind despite the fact that it lunch time. Thus the obligatory chow down had to be performed. Bought the fried fritters with soy bean milk as appetizers, while pondering on the main meal. Both the Yu Tiaw and the horse hoof were just fine, both sharing the same recipe except that one is sugar-coated sweet and the other is a bit salty. The soy bean milk sure couldn't beat Mr. Bean's, local soy bean's franchise chain.

Yu-Tiaw (Fried Culler)

Horse Hoof Crisp

Oo-Chien

Someone must have taken a liking to the local fried oyster omelette 'cos this was the second one in 2 days. For a $5 plate, even it was too much for 4 of us. The flat noodle (koay teow) soup I ordered was as ordinary as one could get despite the stall's claim to its glorious past - low on substance and bland on taste.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

DAY #2: BREAKFAST #2 @ PLAZA TANJONG PAGAR FOODCOURT, SINGAPORE

Cha Sui, Sui Yuk 'Dry' Noodle

An hour after our initial breakfast, it was time for round 2. This time we ventured farther afield... not much... just a couple of hundred meters away; to an eatery on top of the market. I went one round through the various stalls, and wasn't too impressed by what I saw... must be that 'filling' feeling.

I was eyeing a Loh Mee stall that had a sign proclaiming: "Featured on 'City Beat' ". The couple running the stall took their sweet time preparing their stuff, and the shutter was half open. So I didn't have anything in the end; just enjoying the sights of what others were eating.

Fried Saucy Koay Teow...

... Yet Another Type

DAY #2: BREAKFAST #1 @ SHOP WITH NO NAME ,CORNER OF PECK SEAH & WALLICH ST., SINGAPORE

Mee Pok With Fishballs Soup

Had an early 6:30 a.m. breakfast at the same place, as someone was going to have online tutorial with students, whose time difference is 3 hours ahead. While they had mee pok and lau su fang, I had just a bite of the fried yam cake... the effect of last night's dinner must have still lingered... just not in the mood for food. It wasn't that good - a bit soft. and lacking substance

Lau Su Fang

Fried Yam Cake

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

TEA @ SIM LIM CENTRE FOOD COURT, ROCHOR CANAL ROAD, SINGAPORE


Never intended to buy any electronics here (and be taxed by M'sian Customs)... just browsing, and getting a battery for my photos storage unit. As it was almost 2 hours past our last eating session, we thought a visit to the foodcourt and the basement would be most appropriate.

I didn't order those, but had a bite or two just the same... you know, sampling! The Oo-Chien is a bit like Sarawak's - crispy on its underside, but with a soft omellette on top, plus a generous spread of oysters. The Hokkien Mee (above) is more like noodle braised in mixed broth (bones & shrimp's shell) in a pseudo frying method. It's akin to Penang's Lam Mee.


DINNER @ CRYSTAL JADE GOLDEN PALACE, PARAGON, ORCHARD RD., SINGAPORE


Love is in the air... everywhere I looked around. This was a couple of days prior to Valentine's. The commercialization in this Chinese restaurant is no exception, as evident from the bouquet set-up.


We chose one of its set menu without having to fuss on what to order. It was a simple meal; minimalism at best, without a fancy footwork. Teochew, I presume. The bulk of the cost went to the crispy pork skin, the fish and the
shark's fin; but then, the rest of the dishes were no push-overs either.


Started off with a round of tiny cup of bitter Teochew tea to cleanse the palate before the start of the meal...

... then came the appetizer, in the form of crispy fried pork skin over a bed of pickled jelly fish.

A satisfying bowl of full-bodied shark's fin soup in rich supreme broth...

... followed by grilled shrimp with a subtle light sauce.

The double Chiok-Pan steamed with preserved mustard green, tomatoes and preserved plums marked the end of the seafood courses...

... to be trailed by 2 dishes of greens: browns to be exact; like the Nonya Chap Chai with a mixture of seafood..

... then the veg.: Simple Xiao Bai Chai poached in broth, garnished with fried garlic cloves.

The Lotus Rice is non-glutinous but done the same way as the Loh-Mai-Kai. It's a filler...

... the final cup of tea (a large cup this time), and it's not bitter this time 'round, to wash down whatever had been consumed.

A thick, rich bowl of Almond Soup capped the evening's meal.


Travel Photography : What to look for...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

WALKABOUT @ CHINATOWN, SINGAPORE


Rather than wait for the realtor to come and collect the rental in 2 hours' time, we took a stroll down Chinatown, doing the obligatory tourist bit - photo snapping. Along this stretch (South Bridge Road), there are several places of worship of different faith co-existing right next to one another... reminding us of happier times when faith knows no bound...


We hopped into the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and up to its roof garden. Also took a peek at a Hindu and a Muslim temple couple of blocks up , and another one round the corner... after all these multi-religious activities, my persuasion (if I have any) hasn't swayed one bit. If anyone should have problems with other people's religion should probe one's own first.




... at the opposite end of the spectrum, we came across this stenciled graffiti on one of the walls. Somebody certainly has a sense of humor. For those not in the loop, here's a reference. He's rumored to be in Malaysia because as you cross the Causeway into Malaysia, there's a big sign on the Malaysian side that proclaims: "Selamat Datang!" (Selamat is here!).



As we were minding our own business taking photos, a bag lady (with all those pouches slung over her body) started shooing us away. And there was this Ah Nia with a parasol, whose feature struck a tone of familiarity, but somehow the name escaped me. I know she wasn't Fann Wong.




When I related the incident to someone later that night. Fann's name was the first one that popped out. I guess this prima donna is only for those into Singapore's T.V. serials.

... you're seeing the backside of Zeo Tay.

CHICKEN RICE @ YY KAFEI DIAN, PURVIS STREET, SINGAPORE

We were looking for Yet Con, supposedly one of the oldest chicken rice shop on the island according to Singapore E-Buzz (tourism promotional mail), along this short stretch of a street. But it's nowhere to be found. This seemed to be a Hainanese street, as seen by the revival of all the coffee shops that bear some affiliation to the clan.

This corner shop at the end of Purvis and Beach Road had some semblance to the shop we were looking for, according to my half-past-six Mandarin reading companion. The place was quite packed with the lunch crowd (aren't they all?), which seemed to generate some positive vibes.


As opposed to the Indonesian waiters in Malaysia, this shop had all the Mandarin speaking imports. We tried our best to order a meal for 2 with a vegetable thrown in. Momentarily, a plate of nice looking chopped poached chicken arrived at our table. The chicken didn't have the inviting look of a corn-fed (orange-yellow hue), but it's cooked just right - skin firmly attached, and most importantly, no bleeding bones. It was drizzled in light soy sauce and sesame oil mix before being served, for fragrance and moisture.


Its rice bore the essence and aroma of the chicken stock. Its accompanying light chicken soup is just as tantalizing. The blanched Kai-Lan vegetable with oyster sauce tasted as good and cruchcy as it looked.


Was it a different environment or what?... no sooner had we finished the meal, the next thing that came out of the mouth was: "Let's try the chicken rice on the next street."

Monday, February 23, 2009

DAY 1: BREAKFAST @ SHOP WITH NO NAME, CORNER OF PECK SEAH & WALLICH ST., SINGAPORE


The scene above was what greeted me the first time I looked out the living room window, having just arrived quite late the night before. Oh, dad ta-bao noodle and guo-tie for supper from the restaurant at Amara Hotel. Too bushed to take pictures of those.

Early breakfast was from the nearest shop that was open for business at that time. Only 4 stalls were operational then. We had Singapore prawn noodle - one standard issue, and another one with spareribs, which cost 50 cents more.

By any standard, it tasted okay. They don't have the pungency of the Penang Ha Mee soup base, but in its own sweet nature way, the size of the prawns and the spareribs does the talking.



This is just the beginning of an eating spree... or the year of eating hazardously.

Friday, February 20, 2009

DINNER @ STALL #33, CHAI SHEN YE, JALAN KHOO HEANG YUN, KUCHING


Ahhhh, the joy of dining alfresco... yippeee! The cool night breeze, the dust from the nearby road, the smell carbon monoxide from the passing vehicles and... KABOOM! ... the piss of the year-end monsoon rain. That's the risk associated outdoor dining. - moving in inch by inch inward as the rain and wind got more ferocious. If Gene Kelly did a number on "Eating In The Rain', we would gleefully would have complied.

This was the first attempt at this stall; I am always apprehensive about places like these within the tourist belt especially if you're armed with a camera. However, the display of fresh seafood on crushed ice was inviting, plus the lady in pink was very persuasive.

Mui Chai Pork Belly

We had an order of the pre-cooked steamed pork belly with Mui Chai, fried Romanie lettuce with garlic, fried oyster pancake (Kuching-style), and homemade N'go Hiang (deep-fried beancurd wrapper roll). One can't complain on the quality of the food in terms of taste and presentation for a sidewalk eatery.

Fried Romanie Lettuce

Oyster Pancake

N'go Hiang

Surprisingly, the bill only came to RM40 excluding drinks for 3 persons. So it wasn't a total wash-out after all!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

LING LOONG SEAFOOD: VISIT #2 @ JALAN SIMPANG TIGA, KUCHING

Braised Pork Leg With Mantou (Steamed Buns)

What can be said of the food here that hasn't been already mentioned? Not a lot... so feast your eyes on the below RM100 spread.

Thai Style Black Promfret


Mixed Vegetables In Yam Basket

Deep-Fried Homemade Tofu

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