In the evening, after visiting Fort Zeelandia and eating a whole lot, we went to eat another must eat in Tainan! Tainan is famous for their street food, and other than Bean Jelly and Oysters, another must eat is the Bowl Rice Cake.
We had the bowl rice cake at Sen Maw Rice Food (森茂碗粿) which has a branch at a short walk to Fort Provintia (赤崁分店). It is really tasty and a little like Singapore’s Chwee Kueh but a whole lot tastier.
You can also add various condiments and sauces to it.
Another must eat is the Coffin Bread but we were too full to try it. There are a few bread store next to the rice cake store.
There after, we visited Fort Provintia, and it was another Fort with a different vibe compared to Fort Zeelandia.
It is a lot more Chinese influence and now, it also house a temple for students! Students of all ages will pay the entrance fee just to pray to this God which grants good grades to student.
Visiting Fort Provintia at night is perfect, with the breezy weather and the fort all lighted up.
I’m back to sharing on my Taiwan Trip, yes, after almost two months, there are still many locations which I’ve yet to share! You can read more about the various tourist attractions in Taiwan over here!
In this post, I will be sharing on one of the must eat in Tainan! Other than the oysters, there is also the amazingly smooth Tong Ji Anping Bean Jelly (同记安平豆花)!
It is the best Bean Jelly I’ve tried, and if you love red bean or green bean, you will fall in love with this! I am now drooling just thinking about this!
After having the bean jelly, you can also drop by Fort Zeelandia, it is a small fort and a short walk about around it. The fort is build in the 16th century by the Dutch East India Company.
Part of the original wall which remains.
A small area displaying the excavation portion of the fort.
The fort which has been restored.
The original canon.
It has been a long while since we last caught up with Sue Ann, Tim and Baby Seth. Baby Seth is still chirpy like a birdie and has grown so much!
We headed to Chir Chir at 313 Somerset and had a blast!
The queue was crazy! It is probably an hour wait but thankfully Tim’ sister got us seats and we skipped the queue.
Chir Chir is a Korean Fried Chicken joint but we soon realized; it is not just another Korean Fried Chicken fast food joint! They have a wide range of chicken dishes, salads and interesting drinks.
My guy went along with the plan to have our dinner at Chir Chir with much hesitation. He is a conscious eater and no, he doesn’t eat fried stuff. Thankfully, Chir Chir’s Rosemary roast chicken is superbly tender and well marinated. He was pleasantly surprised and loves it to bits! Their mango salad is yummy too and we were relieved that they offer some healthier alternatives!
Nonetheless, we did sink our teeth into those garlic fried chicken and cheesy chicken fillet and drown those chicken with beer with whipped cream. Yums!
Chir Chir just open a branch at Bedok Point if you fancy some Korean Fried Chicken and beer!
Block 27 Sin Ming Road (behind Block 26), #01-174
Sin Ming Industrial Estate Sector A, Singapore 575680
For my sister’s birthday, we went to try out the much raved about New Ubin Seafood a week back. It is located in an Industrial Estate and it is hard to imagine how a restaurant despite locating itself in such a secluded place gets so popular. But it is no secret that Singaporeans love their food so we are very willing to travel around the island just for good food! The food is great and even on a Sunday afternoon, reservation is strongly recommended.
“New Ubin Seafood is a Singapore family run business offering fresh seafood and top quality meats, served in a unique array of Cze Char, Chinese, Southern Indian and other Asian / Western cooking styles. Our beginnings can be traced back to Pulau Ubin itself, where the restaurant first opened in 1986 on the island’s north shore.”
– Extracted from New Ubin Seafood Menu
Each individual dish is great but because we ordered a lot of “heavy” dishes, we were too full and bloated at the end of the meal. A bad combination of food choices though. Be warn! Heh.
One of the must tries which everyone on Facebook / Instagram / Blog recommended is their US Black Angus Ribeye Steak at $12 per 100 grams. It was cooked to perfection where we requested for it to be done in Medium. The meat is really tender.
My parents and grandma don’t take beef, so we ordered another Kurobuta St Louis Style Ribs at $38 for half a rack. The pork is good but not as good as the beef. Hah. I’m just biased. The meat is tender and doesn’t stick to the rib bone. The sauce is a little salty for my mum though.
We ordered Regular Sri Lankan Crab at SGD 38 each and enjoyed their Buy 2 gets 1 free promotion. We picked Black Pepper which is fantastic, Garlic Baked, also really good and Salted Egg, a mistake because my sister also ordered Salted Egg oysters! But otherwise, the Salted Egg Crab is good as well, they are not stingy with their ingredients, the amount of salted egg they use is really substantial. But the crabs are really small though.
This was a bad decision, perhaps it’s because we ordered 2 salted egg dish. The Salted Egg Oyster at $15 for a small portion is yummy when you take the first bite, but subsequent one it gets a little too heavy for us.
Would I go back again? I think so, their beef is great and I love their Black Pepper crab.
789 Bukit Timah Road Singapore 269763
Phone: +65 6466 4088
My parents abandoned us and took off to Winter Wonderland in Harbin over the long New Year’s Eve holiday and tasked my sister and I to bring my brother out for his birthday!
After booking out of Tekong, he requested for Western meal! We decided that since he was being so braved and strong in army, we brought him out to Little Diner and ordered as much as we could to let him try out a wide variety of “western” food as possible. Do try to make reservation as they are really small and it gets filled up pretty quickly!
The food was great and I like that it is a cozy diner tucked in a quiet neighbourhood in Bukit Timah, which means we don’t have to squeeze with the crazy crowd in town.
Here are all the food we ordered!
One of their daily special, beef chili’s or something but it was mediocre.
Another of their daily special, pan fried salmon and it was cooked to perfection! One of my favourite.
Happy 21st Birthday Roy! We are so proud of you!
Tucked in the corner of a mature public housing estate in Toa Payoh, there is an ice cream parlour gaining popularity for it’s waffle and handcrafted ice cream. The sweet buttery scent of waffle can be detected a few shop units away and as you approach the store, you will be greeted with a huge crowd queuing up for their ice cream and tons of people squeezing in their tiny cafe. I beg I don’t have to tell you the name of the cafe and everyone from all over our tiny island would have known which cafe I’m talking about! It’s Creamier and we thought it is finally time to give them a try!
128, Toa Payoh Lorong 1. #01-835, Singapore 310128
Their ice cream is good, not too sweet, smooth and yummilicious flavours. Their waffle is worth all the raves but their queue and crowd is pure madness. Would visit them again? Probably but not on a Friday or Saturday evening.
Are you running out of ideas to surprise your love ones? You may want to try sending them ice creams! Yes, you heard me, you can order ice cream online and get them to deliver straight to you or your love ones door step! The best of all, it is not the regular ice cream, it is ice cream created by famous local chefs!
At The Inspired Chef, you can enjoy first-of-its-kind experience of signature ice cream flavours, lovingly handcrafted with local and international quality ingredients, by locally renowned chefs.
The minimum order is 2 tubs of ice cream and they lovingly throw in a pair of engraved The Inspired Chefs metal spoon and some serviettes. If it is meant for gifts, they can even assist to put up a gift card with your personalized message. Best of all, all you need to do is order online and get them to send over, so even if you are overseas, you can surprise your love ones in Singapore!
I get to try the ice cream after I sent them over to a family who took care of my needs for 2 weeks plus, and it was really good. Very smooth and the flavours were fragrant and rather unique. Love the raspberry cheesecake creation by Pang, the cheese flavour plus the cheesecake crumble is just perfect. Yums. It is the best gifts for ice cream lovers!
For my peanut butter lover!
Oh so smooth!
The only thing that irks me was during the ordering process, as the website do not support Safari browser during payment, I can only order them through my laptop instead of my phone. The payment was via paypal and I had to register myself as a member. Not that I mind as I will most likely order again. You also got to remind them on the delivery window you prefer as it was not indicated in the payment screen. Other than that, the entire process was hassle free. The service was impeccable and the email reply was prompt. After payment, there will be an email confirmation and on the day of delivery, they will also send you a reminder SMS on your delivery window. Read up more at their FAQs page for more details!
Bistro One Zero Three
103 Pasir Panjang Road
Tel: 6476 6373
I’m introducing another restaurant which serves really good food! Steph Sun, his SMU friend, got promoted recently and wanted to treat us to a meal. She picked her favourite restaurant – Bistro 103 and in her words, “It’s unpretentious and they serve good and affordable food.” I love unpretentious food and in my opinion, it can well be a place which serves comfort food! Love their homely and cosy setting.
Their most popular dish is their Crispy Duck Leg (SGD 24.90), it is kind of like Duck Confit (also my favourite) except that it is less sinful, less oily and not as salty. It is really good, crispy on the outside, and juicer and tender meat on the inside. It is making me salivate just thinking about it.
We also tried their Beef Stroganoff with tomato rice (SGD 27.90). The rice is very fragrant and flavourful and the beef is tender. Yums.
The other dish that one of us tried is the Parmasen Crusted Dory Fish (SGD 23.90) which is good as well! Cheesy crust is hard to go wrong.
If you were to ask me, the best is still their Crispy Duck Leg! Here’s their full menu!
28 Lorong Ampas Singapore 328781
Love the huge communal tables which reminded me of libraries.
Their semi outdoor seat is comfortable too because of their high ceiling and a giant ceiling fan (like those you see on our train station).
The Robin Blue colour ladies bike looks too good!
Finally visited one of the latest hippie cafe The Wheeler’s Yard and took the obligatory picture in front of the blue metal panel! We managed to speak to the owner and he actually bought a factory and converted to a bicycle shop/cafe. After reading the online reviews of their food, we had really low expectation of the food. Most of the reviews indicated that the food is either average or really bad. But with a low expectation we went in with an open mind and the food wasn’t that bad.
Strolling around their backyard which connects to a park connector.
The good thing about this place is the relaxing mood, great decor (even though it cannot be eaten) and it doesn’t come with service tax or GST.
The bad comes from self serve concept too. Haha. We ordered 4 dishes and a tea, and we walked up and door to pick up our food 5 times. It is extremely interrupting as we can’t sit and wait to be served. The tea is also overpriced, Dilmah tea is just bad, they should at least served Twinings!
283 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: 6348 8039
My little sister got her first bonus (even thought it’s prorated and wasn’t much!) and treated us to yummy Korean food! She found Tosokchon Samgyetang which is apparently the same famous Tosokchon Samgyetang in Seoul, Korean near Gyeongbok Palace!
They have a very limited menu as most people will just order their famous Ginseng chicken soup, but we did ordered other food in their menu which is also yummy! I enjoyed the food a lot but my sister thought the one in Korea is much better. Haha.
The famous chicken which I love and my sister not so. The free flow of sides!
My favourite! Bibimbap in hot pot! Really nice!
We thought this is some sort of pancakes when we ordered, turns out, it is a meat and potato ball which is really good! Taste like homecook meal!
The only non chicken dish in the menu! Saba fish. Didn’t managed to try it!
We saw the other group who was given a pancake which was not in the menu, so when we asked, he said that was complimentary to the group. We shamelessly asked for one too and the waitress readily agreed! Haha.
Thank you sister! He is so going to roll his eyes when he sees this. Haha.
Blk 94 Toa Payoh Lor 4 #01-32 Singapore 310094
T: 6258 2254
Sun-Th: 10am-10pm, F-Sat: 10am-11pm
While waiting to pick up his aunt at the dialysis centre nearby, we spotted this newly opened ice cream parlor cafe – Shrove Tuesday.
Shrove Tuesday interestingly is also known as Pancake Day. A day preceding Ash Wednesday (first day of Lent) which is celebrated in many countries by consuming pancakes. Shrove Tuesday, a moveable feast, is determined by Easter. The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “confess”.Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Roman Catholics, who “make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with.”
– Source: Wikipedia
This cafe must be opened by a Christian / Catholic! It wasn’t too shabby and the ice cream is decent, smooth but a little sweet. It is also on a pricer side but we are happy to have a quick fix of ice cream whenever we are nearby! Yay!
They have other frozen desserts which looks great as well! Will want to try one someday!
The Coastal Settlement
200, Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529.
Tel: 6475 0200 (Closed on Mondays)
It’s been a long time since we went out for a date night and since we have access to the car, we decided to pop by The Coastal Settlement at Changi!
Their food isn’t exactly cheap but a little treat once in a while isn’t that bad an idea ya?
Mussel and Clam Pot, wasn’t too bad but the ones Brussels Sprouts are much better. We ate a few mussels and clams which are sandy. Yikes.
Wagyu Beef and Mushroom Thin Crust Pizza. This is yummy and the wagyu beef and mushroom are really juicy and tender.
Lamb Stew. The lamb chucks and potato in the stew are good but the lamb which are in big cuts are not as good. It should be in the stew much longer for the flavour to sink in.
We didn’t finish the Lamb stew and asked for takeaway. Look at the pretty little brown bag they packed for us.
The food wasn’t fantastic but the vintage decors are my favourite!
Was out and about at Ion Orchard and spotted Jasons The Gourmet Grocer, I should have visited this store way earlier given the industry that I work in but didn’t had a chance till this weekend. The store is beautiful but lacking of customers which is a pity. The store is more like a museum / showcase for visits instead of actual buying.
I thoroughly enjoyed their Cheese Galore Room. It is nice that customers get to try the various cut cheeses at ease without tolerating the eagle eyes of the staffs. I especially love their smoked cheeses and enjoyed tasting various types of cheeses in the room! Yums.
Has it been almost three weeks since I last blogged? Wow! Thank you Reader G for the sweet reminder to continue blogging!
The past three weeks have been busy, with work and yoga on weekdays, yoga and life on weekends! I guessed I was feeling really lazy after working and working out.
Anyway, back about this post! We celebrated my mum’s birthday this weekend at Peramakan at Keppel Bay! It was my sister and her boyfriend’s treat! I’m so glad my sister has finally started working and there’s someone to split the costs of these family dinners with me! Haha.
Peramakan is yummy and having Peranakan food is a refreshing change! My family tends to go to Chinese seafood restaurant all the time for all celebrations, so Peranakan food is good!
Love their Ngoh Hiang (Meat and Prawn roll) and all the curry stew of various meats. Their desserts though heavy on the palate and tummy are sinfully yummy too.
Other than having yummy dinner, my Dad got us to pick out a present for my mum at a jewelry store. My mum, being the practical and Gold loving Chinese middle age lady, loves gold!
In the end, my sister and I picked up a 999 gold chain and heart shaped pendent with the Chinese word “Health”. Love that it is pretty and meaningful and to our delight, my mum loves it! Look at her gleeful smile!
Happy Birthday Mum! May you stay pretty, youthful, healthy and happy!
233 Upper Thomson Road
I love brunch and enjoy a brunch session once in a while. This time round, we headed to Habitat Coffee at Upper Thomson and enjoyed a sumptuous brunch at a reasonable price!
Scary me without makeup. Boo!
Drawings on pallet! This picture looks really familiar but I’m not sure where I’ve seen this before.
More seats up there!
Hot Chocolate for my sweet tooth!
The Big Ben Breakfast set (SGD 14) is great! Below the eggs are a fluffy pancake and a ham. The potato hash brown with herbs and spice batter is really unique! Looks like I will be back for more at Habitat Coffee!
Met up with Lydia at PS Cafe Paragon. A not too crowded and cozy branch with rather good food! I’ve never tried their mains before and was surprised that they have great food besides desserts!
The Farmer’s Beef Stew is yummy! The beef is tender and well cooked! Love this except for the black olives in it.
The PS Burger Club is delightful! Juicy Wagyu beef patty and I couldn’t get enough of the Roasted Herbs and BBQ spiced rustic potatoes. So good!
Love the Maltese but this cake is a little too sweet for me. Oops.
Last weekend, we headed to Grub at Bishan Park for brunch. It was a cosy and pretty cafe tucked in the middle of the greeneries in the park. We got there at 11.30am and were asked to enter our contact number in the iPad provided.
This system is excellent and it allows us to tour the park instead of waiting outside the cafe. The system also gave us a call from the automatic system when it’s our turn and we even get to key in the option of (1) we will be there immediately, (2) we will take 5 mins to walk back or (3) to cancel our reservation. Bravo! This system saves manpower and provide additional hassle free service!
Here are the delightful dishes that we tried! Yum!
Truffled Egg Cocotte with crispy parma ham and toasted focaccia at SGD 7. This is really good, love the combination of truffle oil, parma harm and soft boil eggs. But it is a little pricey given the portion!
Grub breakfast set with beef sausage at SGD 15. The beef sausage is chewy, bursting with flavours and really good.
Grub Cheeseburger at SGD 11. We opted for mash potato instead of fries (who eats fries for brunch!) and it was good. You can taste the actual potato bits. The beef patty is juicy and fresh but the portion is so small! Am I becoming a eating monster! Haha.
2 Stamford Road
Level 3 Swissotel The Stamford
Telephone: +65 6338 0261
I owe my sister 3 dinner treats but with both our packed busy schedule, we decided to go on one combined lavish treat! It was a sinful dinner to celebrate my sister’s Last Examination Paper (probably of her life), Graduation and New Job! Yes, this dinner came a little too late but better late than never!
We decided on having a good piece of steak and I gave her a budget of SGD 120 per pax for the evening. Both of us love steaks and are girls who love a hearty meal instead of a tiny one. Don’t hate us for our slim figure despite being a glutton, we have bulging tummy like every other girls too!
We made a reservation at Wooloomooloo which is famous for their good steaks at reasonable prices and love our dining experience. This is the best service I’ve ever experienced till date! More on the food first and then the service!
All their steaks come with four pots of different sauces Au Jus, Peppercorn, Mushroom and Red Wine Madeira. Their peppercorn is the best but I love the steak in its original flavour. There are also four different types of mustard to pick! We ordered two sides to go with the steak as their steak does not come with any sides. Sautéed Kipfler Potatoes (SGD 14) and Sautéed Wild Mushrooms in garlic butter (SGD 14) were good too!
Wooloomooloo Steak, Australian Black Angus Beef Ribeye Steak marinated with Cajun Spice 12-ounce at SGD 66. It was a little salty but the staff promptly change it to another steak without us requesting for a change.
USDA Prime Beef Selection, 150-day grain fed, 2-3 weeks wet aged, Stock Yards & Greater Omaha Packing Co., Nebraska, USA, Rib Eye, 12-ounce at SGD 76. This was the best. Yums.
No meal is complete without dessert. Wooloomooloo Lemon & Lime Pie,Topped with Italian meringue & served with orange chips & vanilla tuile (SGD 18) The lemon lime custard is yummy and so is the meringue, but the pie crust can be a little more crunchy for a better texture.
The waiter – Juzzy – was extremely friendly and gave us great recommendations! He recommended us to try their USDA Prime Beef and Australian Black Angus Beef but my adventurous sister ordered the Wooloomooloo Steak (also Australian Black Angus Beef but marinated with Cajun Spice) instead of heeding his advice resulted in a blessing in disguise of a disastrous steak but exceptional service.
The Wooloomooloo Steak turned out to be way too salty that evening (it was apparently marinated for 48 hours) and when their manager – Jas – came to check if we are satisfied with the food, we commented that it is a little salty but otherwise fantastic. Jas then walked away and got Juzzy to check on us again. Juzzy then promptly removed the piece of salty steak and change it to their regular Australian Black Angus Beef on their own initiative. We were wowed by their prompt action and fantastic service recovery.
The dinner was back on track and with great company, fantastic food and extraordinary service we couldn’t ask for more.
Then came the bill. When asking for the bill, I asked if I can have a feedback card to compliment their incredible service but unbeknownst to us was that the best part of their service recovery has yet come. They further wowed us when the bill came and it is much lesser than we expected!
I was expecting it to be at least SGD 240 but it came up to approximately SGD 120!
Wow! I quickly glanced through and asked if they made a mistake and that one of the steak was not in the bill. But they reassured us that it was correct and the steak was on the house! Wow! I did an imaginary fist punch and double flips inside me because of their great service! I love great service but I adore mind blowing service recovery like this! We left a SGD 20 tips (which is uncommon in Singapore as there is already a mandatory 10% service charge) and a long compliment note.
But after we left the restaurant, I realized the dessert was also on the house! WOW! It made my SGD 20 looked miserable. Haha. But Thank you Jas, Juzzy and Wooloomooloo Steakhouse for the wonderful evening! The service level was legendary!