Tuesday 29 November 2011

Traditional Queen Street Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (Albert Centre Market Food Centre)

Traditional Queen Street Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee is located at Albert Centre Market Food Centre, in Bugis.
Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee $4.00
There was a short queue of about 4 people. I ordered the Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee. It was disappointing. Not fragrant enough, no hint of wok-hei. Moreover, prawns were not fresh. Am not going to waste my calories on this again. Having said that, do not be mistaken that there's no good food at Albert Centre Market Food Centre. There are, just that I did not have the time to queue for the good food.

Traditional Queen Street Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (Albert Centre Market Food Centre)
270 Queen Street
#01-61 Albert Centre Market & Food Centre
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 9am - 830pm

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Saturday 26 November 2011

Twelve Cupcakes (Millenia Walk) (2nd post)

*Edited 7 July 2012* Recently (2 days ago), Twelve Cupcakes owners Daniel Ong and Jamie Teo got themselves into a tussle over copyright issues for reproducing the SPH contents. The owners claimed that the amount in question is nearly $3,000 including $214 investigation cost. Read all about it here. 

My 2nd post on Twelve Cupcakes. The first post can be found here.

In a short time span of 7days, I have eaten cupcakes twice! Both occasions from Twelve Cupcakes. Cupcakes are addictive! Take a look at this article.
Twelve Cupcakes (Millenia Walk)

Take a look at it's ceiling!

Not a lot of variety left.
Menu (Price)
From the left: Chocolate Vanilla, PB Chocolate, Cookies N Cream
 Ordered 3 cupcakes. That would be $9.00
Chocolate Vanilla $3.00
The Chocolate Vanilla had a layer of chocolate cream cheese on top of vanilla cupcake.  Was average. Nothing to fantastic.
PB Chocolate $3.00
PB Chocolate... you maybe asking what does PB means? Well... it is Peanut Butter!! Peanute Butter on top of moist chocolate cupcake. This is delicious. What an idea. Definitely the best out of the three that was bought. I was tempted to just open a bottle of peanut butter and add more of it on top of this chocolate cake.
Cookies N Cream $3.00
Cookies and Cream on top of moist chocolate cupcake. The cookies and cream flavour was not strong enough. Else it would have been a deadly combination. Disappointing.

On another occasion on the same week..
From the left: Red Velvet, Lemon (special)
Vanilla cream cheese on red velvet cupcake was delicious. No wonder this is their bestseller. The vanilla cream was addictive.
Lemon (special) $3.50
Lemon cheese cream on top of vanilla cupcake was average. Did not quite like the lemon flavour on the cream.

Overall, I can now change my top favourites to PB Chocolate followed by Red Velvet and Chocolate Chocolate! I am quite curious on how the cream are made as they are quite delicious and complement the cupcakes well. In addition, notice that chocolate cupcakes are better than vanilla cupcakes. 

Twelve Cupcakes (Millenia Walk) 
9 Raffles Boulevard
#01-52 Millennia Walk

Twelve Cupcakes (United Square) 
101 Thomson Road
#B1-60 United Square
Tel: 6256 8130
Opening Hours: Daily 11am - 9pm

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Wednesday 23 November 2011

Victor's Kitchen (Sunshine Plaza)

Victor's Kitchen located at level one of Sunshine Plaza specialises in serving authentic Hong Kong Dim Sum. I am sure that when Dim Sum is mentioned most of you would be thinking of the likes of Peach Garden, Peony Jade, Lei Garden, Red Star or East Ocean. What's the difference you may ask? Well, to me the Dim Sum at Victor's Kitchen is cheap and good!
Victor's Kitchen 
Arrived at 1pm on a Saturday. Victor's Kitchen was packed! Luckily, the turnover is quite fast, found a table within 5minutes. Do expect to be seated next to strangers with narrow passage ways.
Drinks Menu 
Dim Sum Menu (a)
Dim Sum Menu (b)
To order, you will need to get the order slip(menu) from the counter along with a pencil and tick the items along with the quantity you want. After you are done, pass it to one of the helpers and then wait. Can't help but comment, look at the disclaimer 'we serve the best foods, but not fast food'. Well, for good food, you have got to wait.
H.K. Summer Ice Ying Yang (Mix CoffeeW/Tea) $3.00
The H.K. Summer Ice Ying Yang comes with ice surrounding the cup of ying yang (also known as yuanyang; coffee with tea) . This way, the drink is kept chilled without diluting the the taste of the drink.
Chicken & Sausage in Glutinous Rice $4.00
I am not a fan of glutinous rice and in most places, most of the glutinous rice was hard. But we had to order it as we were starving and needed carbohydrate. When the Chicken & Sausage in Glutinous Rice arrived, my first (negative) thought was 'Wa, so plain'. But well, this is amazing sticky, soft and fragrant. I was totally won over by this dish. The best glutinous rice I have ate! What a great start to my meal.
Char Siew Cheong Fun $4.00
The Char Siew Cheong Fun was smooth and thin with pieces of char siew in it of course. It was average.
Phoenix Porridge $3.50
I was not fast enough in taking a photo of the Phoneix Porridge. This is what is left after the 3 of us too our portions. Phoneix Porridge consist of century eggs and chicken. It was quite plain tasting. For those who want a strongly flavour, can add pepper and light soy sauce. I quite like the fact that it was plain tasting as it complement the other dishes. Moreover, thought that it was cooked well as it was not watery. Remind me of Teochew style porridge.
Vegetable and Quail Egg Siew Mai $3.50
My first time trying such a Siew Mai; Vegetable and Quail Egg Siew Mai.It consist of egg quail on top and  vegetable at the bottom. This is one dish that I dislike. Weird combination of taste that did not appeal to me. Moreover, thought that the meat had a weird after taste.
Yummy Yummy Phoenix Claws $3.50
I am the only one among us who knows how to eat this dish; Yummy Yummy Phoenix Claws. Lucky me, because it was yummy. A must order!
Golden Egg Yolk Lava Bun $4.00
The Golden Egg Yolk Lava Bun (liu sha bao / custard bun) is another must order! Be careful when eating it. As inside, it is full of buttery runny custard that is sweet, salty and sinful! Shiok!
Rosey Wine Yummy Char Siew Bun $3.50
There was just 2 pieces of Rosey Wine Yummy Char Siew Bun which was filled with sweet and tender meat. After having the Golden Egg Yolk Lava Bun, this was really just average.
Scallop, Sausage Carrot Cake with XO Sauce $4.00 (+$0.50 for adding XO Sauce)
The Scallop, Sausage Carrot Cake with XO Sauce was fantastic! I have never eaten something like this before. The carrot cake was soft and mashy (like mashed potato) soaked in their home-made XO sauce. Somehow, we could not detect any XO taste in it, it was more like soy sauce. Nevertheless, this dish wow us so much that we had to order an addition serving of this.
$0.50 for adding XO Sauce
This time we were determined to find out the exact taste of the XO Sauce. Hence, we added 50cents for the above. And well, we were truely shocked. I really have no idea what this is. Its like preserved vegetable soaked in oil? Anyone knows?
Yutiao Cheong Fun $3.50
The Yutiao Cheong Fun was soaked in thick black sauce. Personally thought that it would taste better if it was soaked in soy sauce. Most online reviews have raved about how good this dish was. Well, I beg to defer, this dish did not appeal to me at all.
Steam Chicken with Chinese Wine $3.00
Well, the Steam Chicken with Chinese Wine was our last dish. The chicken was tender and fragrant having been soaked and steam in the chinese wine. Quite a normal and common dim sum dish.

Overall, the dim sum served here is really good and value for money. It was so good that we ordered 3 times in total, adding some dishes and ordering some dishes twice! In the end we over-ordered. I will definitely be back for more. If you have never been here, time to give it a try. Or you will never know what you are missing!

Victor's Kitchen (Sunshine Plaza)
91 Bencoolen Street
#01-21 Sunshine Plaza
Tel: 9838 2851
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun 1030am to 8pm
                         Closed on Mon


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Sunday 20 November 2011

Sour Sally (Wisma Atria)

As mentioned in my first post on Sour Sally in my wordpress blog, Sour Sally  has arrived at the shores of our sunny island, Singapore! Sour Sally has branded itself as US Premium Non-Fat Frozen Yogurt. Sour Sally has come to Singapore and is located at Wisma Atria.

Made a second trip down as we bought Groupon vouchers that would allow us to purchase 1 Shaved Ice Escapade Froyo with Any Choice of Flavour. Usual price for this is $9.80. With the Voucher it is $4.90. We purchased 2 vouchers.

Connect the words in black and see what you will get.
Sour Sally Menu (Price) (a)
Sour Sally Menu (Price) (b)
Sour Sally Menu (Price) (c)
Sour Sally Menu
Sour Sally Menu (Toppings)
Shaved Ice Escapade (Green Tea Flavour) $9.30 $4.90
The Shaved Ice Escapade was huge! It is ideal for sharing with a group of friends. Even sharing among 2 person is a feat. As we could not get any seats, as we stand and eat, noticed that many people were staring at us as they were walking pass.

Ordered the green tea flavour. It comes with 3 toppings. It was not as sour as the Candy Mix Yoghurt that we had previously. We had a hard task of eating it as there was too much and guess what? ....

When were were halfway there, we came to the shaved ice! I had totally forgot about the shaved ice. Overall, this is a delicious dessert and helps to quench the thirst. And for $4.90, it was worth it. But if you want to order this, try to get more than  2 people to share or it will be an uphill task finishing it. If you are curious if the two of us finished it... well we did not could not finish it!

Sour Sally  (Wisma Atria)
435 Orchard Road
#B1-47 Wisma Atria
Operating hours: Daily 1130am to 930pm 

Thursday 17 November 2011

Tiong Shian Porridge 長城粥品 (New Bridge Road)

Tiong Shian Porridge has been around for a long time. It is located at a coffee shop which is just a stone throw away from Chinatown MRT Station, along New Bridge Road.
Tiong Shian Porridge

Tiong Shian Porridge specialises in serving porridge and also claypot frog leg porridge. 

Went on two different occasions. During the first occasion, we arrived during dinner time and this place was filled to the brim! We ordered and waited for close to half an hour before the food arrived.
Plain Porridge $0.60
The Plain Porridge is so cheap! Just $0.60 for such a big bowl of porridge! Cheap and good!
Raw Fish $3.70
I had already mixed up the Raw Fish with the sauce, hence this unsightly picture. This picture does not do this dish any justice. Looks quite appetising right? Well....it was awesome! The fish was very fresh with no fishy smell. Saw that most tables ordered this item too. For $3.70 this dish is very certainty worth it. A must try dish!
Dried Chilli Frog Leg $8.00
The Dried Chilli Frog Leg was delicious. Right amount of spiciness and the frog leg was well cooked. It was tender and fragrant having absorbed the sauce. Adding the sauce to the Plain Porridge made it even more aromatic! Shiokolicious! 
Dried Chilli Fish Head $8.50
I have never tried claypot Dried Chilli Fish Head before. I was quite surprised that the chilli fish head was so delicious. Well, maybe part of the reason was because I quite like fish head (to me anything with bones, tend to be nicer; more tender) . Moreover, the sauce was so aromatic, similar to the sauce from the Dried Chilli Frog Leg

On the second occasion, I also patronised the place for dinner. This time I went slightly earlier at 6pm. The place was similar packed! Hence, yet again, we waited half an hour.
Any guess what this is?

Well, it is not plain porridge. 
Century Egg Porridge $3.80
It is Century Egg Porridge! There seems to be a lack of flavour in the porridge. Porridge was quite smooth. Moreover, the century egg was of good quality.
Frog with Ginger Onion $8.00
This time we ordered the Frog with Ginger Onion. The sauce this time was sweet and salty, not spicy with a distinct ginger fragrant. Shiok, but I still prefer the Dried Chilli Frog Leg.
Plain Porridge $0.60
Mix the sauce from the Frog with Ginger Onion with the plain porridge. And throw in some of the frog legs will make this plain porridge so delicious that you wonder why it cost 60 cents.

Overall, Tiong Shian Porridge is certainty a place to come for its porridge, claypot frog leg and raw fish! If the place is packed, there are seats upstairs. Not a bad place except that it can get really warm. Be prepared to sweat it out. But for the food, it is well worth it! Can't really compare to the one at Geyland Lorong 9 as I have forgotten the taste (the last time I was there was 8 years ago). Many gems in Chinatown to explore. Lots of good food nearby. I will certainty be back if I have the time.

Tiong Shian Porridge 長城粥品 (New Bridge Road)
265 New Bridge Road, Ann Kway Building
Tel: 6221 1596 / 6222 3911
Opening Hours: Daily 8am to 4am

Tiong Shian Porridge 長城粥品 (Whampoa Drive)
Blk 82 Whampoa Drive
Tel: 6254 0952
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 9am - 230pm, 4pm - 12am
                        Sat 9am - 12am 
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