Sunday, 30 October 2011

Fei Kee Claypot Chicken Rice

I have been wanting to patronise Fei Kee Claypot Chicken Rice for a long time. Have heard several reviews about this place which dishes out delicious Claypot Chicken Rice.

Fei Kee Claypot Chicken Rice is located at Luk Luk Eating House which is an old coffee shop. Dirty walls, dirty flooring that was cracked and olden days shutters. With a very clean signboard! It is between Beach Road and Aliwal Street near Bugis and Lavendar. There are three MRT stations nearby namely; Bugis, Nicoll Highway and Lavendar.
Luk Lu Eating House
Fei Kee Claypot Chicken Rice
The signboard states clearly that there is at least a waiting time of 15minutes. On the signboard there is a telephone number on it (8222 6360) and if you notice in the above picture, the 'chef' has a ear piece to his ear. The reason for this is so that customers can order before hand.

Wow, look at the number of claypots he is handling at any one time during peak hours. And to the bottom left of the picture, he has a big bowl of uncooked rice ready. It sure was assuring to know that the rice was cooked in the claypot itself and no short cuts were taken.
Claypot Chicken Rice $8.00
Since there was two of us, naturally, we ordered the Claypot Chicken Rice for 2 person. I can't remember how long we waited, but it should be close to 15 minutes. The Claypot Chicken Rice arrived covered in black sauce, cabbage and ikan bilis.
After mixing it, it is ready to be scooped into smaller bowl. The cabbage was fresh and crunchy providing a fresh and sweet flavour. At the sides of the claypot, surprisingly there was virtually no charred rice which I somehow missed. The rice was not dry unlike other claypot rice, it was slightly moist. However, it was not as fragrance as there was no salted fish was added. The star is its 'Grade A' Boneless Chicken Thigh Meat. The chicken meat was juicy, tender and boneless which is a big plus.

Certainty, I will be back to try it again.

Fei Kee Claypot Chicken Rice
Luk Lu Eating House
341 Beach Road
Tel: 8222 6360
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 11am to 730pm
                         Closed on Sun and PH           

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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Meng Kee Wanton Mee (Albert Centre Market & Food Centre)

Meng Kee Wanton Mee is located at Albert Centre Market & Food Centre, in Bugis.

Wanton Noodle (dry) $3.00

Ordered dry wanton noodle. The noodle was dry and stuck together in a lump. Char Siew was dry and hard. Lastly, the wanton was forgettable. You will be able to find better wanton noodles stall in this food centre, can skip this stall.

Meng Kee Wanton Mee (Albert Centre Market & Food Centre)
270 Queen Street
#01-52 Albert Centre Market & Food Centre
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 9am - 830pm

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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Share Tea 歇脚亭 (North Point)

Another new bubble tea player in Singapore. We already have Koi, Gong Cha, Happy Lemon. This time, we have Share Tea 歇脚亭 that sells bubble tea. Share Tea is from Taiwan and has over 90 outlets there. It has been in the bubble industry for 19 years. Its speciality is in natural fruit tea, freshly squeezed and frozen to -40 degrees!

Its first outlet opened in Wisma Atria (Orchard) followed by Parkway Parade and North Point (Yishun). More details on location at the end of the post. Recently, they have also opened more outlets in Bugis Juction, International Plaza, United Square and Nex (Serangoon). They will be opening an outlet at AnchorPoint Mall soon.

When Share Tea first opened in Wisma Atria, it attracted a long queue daily. Now, the queue is considerably shorter which is similar for most other bubble tea players (Koi, Gong Cha, Happy Lemon). At Northpoint, there is virtually no queue, which is good for me.

Share Tea Menu

Share Tea Menu and the extra cost for adding toppings. 
Sweetness Level (sorry for unclear picture)
QQ Happy Family Milk Tea

As this is our first time buying from Share Tea, we had a hard time deciding what to drink. So many choices on its menu. We were undecided. Then we saw this ‘QQ Happy Family Milk Tea’. On its menu it wrote ‘Can’t decide? Try All-in-one!‘. Hence, this was what we ordered.

As there was no queue, we got our drink in less than a minute. You get to choose the sweetness level. Was told by the staff that 80% would be better as I chose 50%. But, we stuck with 50%.
QQ Happy Family Milk Tea (Large) $5
The QQ Happy Family Milk Tea, was basically milk tea with grass jelly, pudding, pearl and red bean in it. The pearl was quite small and easy to suck up the straw. It was soft and spongy; quite a nice. The pudding and grass jelly were of course soft and taste similar to Gong Cha and Koi. The red bean somehow spoiled the experience as it was hard to suck it up the straw. As a result, most were left at the bottom of the cup. As for the taste of the Milk Tea? It did not really suit our taste bud as there was a weird after taste. And it was too sweet even at 50% sugar level. 
Milk Tea with Home-Made Pudding (Medium) $3.50
On the second visit, we ordered Milk Tea with Home-Made Pudding. The pudding was good, similar to the likes of Gong Cha and Koi. However, the milk tea seems to leave an after taste. Did not quite like it.
Yam Flavoured Ice Blended with Pudding (Large) $5.70
On the third Occasion, I ordered the Yam Flavoured Ice Blended With Pudding. I quite like yam and thought that this drink was quite refreshing and delicious. It was creamy and yammy, certainty a drink for fans of yam.
Passion Fruit Tea (Medium) $2.90 
On the other hand, she ordered Passion Fruit Tea. It was way too sour and the fruit bits seems to spoil the texture of the drink. We both agreed that the Yam Flavoured Ice Blended With Pudding was better.

Will order other choices to try next time. Maybe their speciality. If you know what is nice, do let me know. Oh yes, on all 3 occasions, there was no long queue. You can get your drink within minutes. 

Share Tea 歇脚亭  Outlets:

1) Northpoint Branch
930 Yishun Ave 2
#B1-04 Northpoint Shopping Centre
Tel: 6257 1512
Opening Hours: Daily 1030am to 1030pm

2) Wisma Atria Branch
#B1-45 Wisma Atria
435 Orchard Road
Tel: 6733 7507
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm

3) Parkway Parade Branch
#B1-21 Parkway Parade
80 Marine Parade Road
Tel: 6346 6010
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm

4) Bugis Junction 
200 Victoria Street
#B1-K21 Bugis Junction

5) International Plaza

6) United Square 

7) Nex @ Serangoon Central

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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Nantsuttei (Parco Marina Bay)

Nantsuttei is located in Parco Marina Bay, just next to Millenia walk. It sepcialises in dishing out Japanese ramen.

We saw this pasted at the entrance. Well, during meal time, there is always a long queue at this place. Hence to show their gratitude, they are giving a complimentary side dish for those who queue more than 15 minutes. Quite nice of them to offer this and show their appreciation.
Menu outside the shop
From this picture, you would have gathered that we did not queue at all. Reason: we went there during a Saturday at 345pm. Could not resist the temptation to try, although we have taken our lunch, we decided to share a bowl of ramen.
Part of their noodle menu
Topping Menu
Chashu-men $16 + Ajitsuke Tamago $1

We ordered the Chashu-men and added a Ajitsuke Tamago (flavoured boiled egg). As you noticed, the broth was brownish (tonkotsu-pork bone soup) and on top there is a layer of roasted sesame garlic oil. The noodles are springy and slightly thick, but not as thick as Bario's. It is accompanied by beansprouts, seaweed, chashu and spring onion. A generous amount of chashu was given and they were thickly sliced. The chashu was surprisingly soft, tender and flavourful. Moreover, it was not fatty which is a big plus. The broth was flavourful and fragrant but on the salty end. It was quick a unique and potent broth.
Ajitsuke Tamago $1
The Ajitsuke Tamago was overcooked.
If you finish the whole bowl of noodles including the broth, this is what you get. We did not finish the broth. we transferred it to another smaller bowl which we requested for as we were sharing this.

Ramen Tasting for you? (not sure if its over)
They are planning to open a second outlet in Singapore. Hence the ramen tasting event. Go register at their facebook. (web address at the end of this post)

Overall, I quite like this bowl of ramen. Everything was good, if only the broth was slightly less salty this would have been perfect. Oishii!!

Ps: The nearest MRT station is Promenade MRT Station.

Nantsuttei (Parco Marina Bay)
9 Raffles Boulevard
#P3-06 Parco Marina Bay, Millenia Walk

Tel: 6337 7166
Opening Hours: Daily 1130am - 1030pm

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Monday, 17 October 2011

Mayim (North Point)

Went over to Mayim at Northpoint on two occasions. The first occasion was to have dinner on a Friday.

Has anyone tried the peanuts (left) before?
Menu Cover Page
Here's what we ordered.
Part of Drinks Menu
'Sou Mei' Tea with Wolfberry Fruits $1.00

Interesting cup that helps to filter out the tea leaves. If you are interested in getting one, I the shop name and address is in the first photo. However, I feel that for a lazy person like me, I will find it a hassle to keep removing the filter before drinking.

Sou Mei’ Tea with Wolfberry Fruits was fragrant and wolfberry provides lots of health benefits. You can request for the waiter/waitress to refill with hot water whenever you have finished drinking it.

Soup 'La Mian' topped with slices of classic marinated chicken $7.70
The Soup ‘La Mian’ topped with slices of classic marinated chickenas promised came with the la mian and chicken in the soup. The la mian is similar to the likes of crystal jade, however, it was slightly harder. The chicken was well marinated; fragrant and tender despite being soaked in the soup. Thought that the chicken was delicious!  Disappointingly, the soup base was a tad too salty. This dish would have been great and healthy if it was less salty and vegetables was added.

Spiced Flavoured 'La Mian' $6.70
The Spiced flavoured ‘la mian’ was topped with minced pork, peanut, seasame & preserved vegetable served in dry with special meat sauce. It was amazing delicious on the first few mouthfuls. However, towards the end, it got too spicy for us. If you have a good tolerance for spicy food, this is a good bet.

Overall, a decent place. During peak periods (weekends), be prepared to queue. Service was prompt and decent.

On the second occasion, went over on a Thursday night for dinner. There was no queue and inside the restaurant, it was half full. 

Poached Vegetables Garnished with Mushrooms, Buna Shimeji Mushrooms & Golden Mushrooms $6.80
I thought that I will like this  Poached vegetables garnished with mushrooms dish. After all, how bad can you go when you have 3 kinds of mushrooms for a mushroom fan. Sadly, this dish was too salty that it overwhelmed the fragrance of the mushrooms. 

Classic Marinated Chicken Topped with Shredded Ham $6.80
The shredded ham was quick tough. The chicken on the other hand was well marinated. Soft, fragrant and tender. Realised from this visit and the previous that chicken seems to be one of their better dishes.
Sorry for unclear picture
Sauteed Sliced Fish Garnished with Ginger, Scallion & Dried Sliced Garlic $9.80
Well, the Sauteed Sliced Fish was quite oily.  Felt that the flavours of different ingredients were not brought out, resulting in the fish slices being tasteless. Can't even taste the sweetness of the fish. And should it not be fried sliced garlic? Felt that this dish is not value for money. I am sure you can taste better ones at better prices.

Clear Soup with Sliced Chicken, Mushrooms, Bamboo Pith, Buna Shimeji Mushroom, King Oyster mushroom, Wolfberry & Sliced Pork $6.50
The soup was really average. Felt that it was again overpriced and not valued for money despite the many ingredients. Somehow, the taste of the ingredients was overwhelmed by the amount of sodium. Of course, rice was ordered to go along with these items.

During this second visit, I was quite disappointed with some of their food. However, the positive side is that I realised that their marinated chicken is delicious. This time round their service was not that ideal. Had to call repeatedly before someone came to take our order. In addition, despite us asking for the rice to be served after the first dish came. The rice came only after all our dishes arrive despite us asking for it twice.

Mayim (North Point)
930 Yishun Ave 2
#02-01/05 Northpoint Shopping Centre
Tel: 6758 3168
Opening Hours: Mon–Sat 11.30am – 10pm
                                 Sun & PH: 11am – 10pm

Mayim (West Mall) 
1 Bukit Batok Central Link
#02-04 West Mall
Tel: 6794 1590  
Opening Hours: Mon–Sat  11.30am – 10pm
                                 Sun & PH  11am – 10pm

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