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hushpuppy
This is hushpuppy living in Sengkang. I am a enthusiast in the land of foodies..., work in Orchard. I like to hang out in Orchard, Punggol. Japanese, Thai, homecook are my favorite cuisines. I also love Hawker Centre, Restaurant, food and Seafood, Steaks and Grills, Chicken Rice, junk food.
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siokting
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Really liked the bamboo wine Smile Apr 05, 2013   
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Categories : Japanese | Pasta

Met up with some friends for a dinner at Bene Spaghetti and since it was a new restaurant, we tried quite a few dishes out of their set meal and was pleasantly surprised at the variety and the taste.

Firstly, the service was awesome and we were nicely greeted by the Japanese boss and the local waiters. We were given the menu and to call the waiter to order, we have to wave a wooden clapper then they would come. It was really cute!

We ordered the set meal enough for 4 persons.

 
Starters was a simple salad tossed with vinaigrette as well as soft white bread bun that they baked themselves.

 

 
Main dish: Blue Cheese Cream Sauce Mushi Pasta
It was served in a really cute way and it was still cooking when it was served. There was a timer for 5 minutes upon serving and when the timer is up, the waitress would open up the cover and wow, the blue cheese cream sauce smell heavenly. It was my favourite of all main dishes and the spaghetti was al dente and the sauce fragrant. Must try.

 
Main dish: Seafood risotto
Love the mix of seafood inside the risotto and it was slightly soupy which I didn't mind. The risotto also comes which a basil-sesame mix which is optional, and I find that mixed into the rice it made it extra fragrant.

 
Main dish: Tomato Sauce Gnocchi Gratin
I'm not a fan of Gnocchi but I feel it was cooked just nice and the taste of the gratin was really good.. The tomato sauce was very fragrant.

 
For dessert, we had Tiramisu that was included in the set meal (not pictured). However, we decided to add on the Bamboo white wine which tasted so awesome! It tastes of light white wine with bits of light grape fruit sweetness. It was served in a Bamboo jar which was really cute and very japanese.

End of the dinner, we were warmly greeted farewell and as a gift, we were each given a small loaf of the bread they baked themselves, I assume because they don't serve overnight bread and thus will give the extras away. It was really pleasant and I would want to visit the restaurant again.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Cream cheese spaghetti,bamboo wine
 
Date of Visit: Mar 06, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately $30(Dinner)

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thedessertprince
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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong | Hawker Centre | Zi Char

Feel free to check out my review here: http://thedessertprince.com/por-kee-eating-house-whats-their-signature-dish/

 
In my younger days, dining at the next cze char stall is a weekend family thing. No one’s allow to skip and say “I’m not going” without risk being grumble and nag by your elders the next time you meet them. Trust me, weekend dinners are very important in my family. Back in those days, food was the last thing on my mind. All I had in my kiddish mind was to rush through my meals and kick-start a night’s long of playing with my cousins.

Those were the days when fun was running around the open space playing catching.

Gosh, I missed those good old memories…

 
Goodness, I’m always digressing about my childhood days and I hope you wouldn’t mind. SO ANYWAY, after a few years of trying out so many stalls, I realised that most of them are selling the same or somewhat similar dishes. So the difference between the popular cze char stall from the typical mainstream ones are really something for the diners to introduce to other diners and possibly return for more. Something like a signature dish or two to boost about.

Situated amidst the foodie’s paradise of Tiong Barhu is Por Kee Eating House (波记海鲜酒楼), an old school Chinese restaurant that has been in operation for almost 17 years since its inception in 1996. Prices are slightly marked up compared to those at hawker centers and coffee shops but eating in the comfort of an air-conditioned room makes a whole lot of difference especially if your lunch partners are in dresses and heels.

 
Try their buttery Cereal Prawns 麦片虾 or their Crispy Skin Chicken 脆皮鸡 if you aren’t sure what to get. I think the dishes are great but nothing really special since I tried better ones before. I heard from my lunch partners that their hei zous were fantastic on their previous visit but sadly it wasn’t available when I came with them on their second visit.

I’m guessing the head chef has his own mood of what to serve ehh?

 
Believe it or not, the best cuts of any meat are those that has a good fatty to lean meat ratio. I totally agree that it’s downright unhealthy to have fatty portions anywhere near those lips. But why resist?! I know it’s a bit hard to apprehend such a complicated process but once you tried Por Kee’s Champagne Pork Ribs, you will bound to understand why.

Don’t even get me started about the faint champagne before and after taste after having one after another. Addictive takes a new meaning I guess…

Signature Tofu as stated in the name of dish is also one of their popular dishes. But after knowing the secrets of making really good ones, I think it’s not so signature already but still highly recommended if you seek silky yet crispy toufu.

 
Overall, if you’re seeking a nice cze char restaurant to hosting a table or two for friends and family alike, try Por Kee and you will not be disappointed by their signature dishes. Maybe service was a bit rowdy from one of the staff.

Might have to give them a bit feedback so that they don’t get too cocky just because they have a fix regular customers that just return for their food.
 
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thedessertprince
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Categories : French | Restaurant | Seafood | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches

For more info and pics, feel free to visit my site: http://thedessertprince.com/saveur-ii-savouring-the-french-way/

 
One hour into my French dinner and still I see that same crowd within this semi-causal bistro as I did back sometime ago. This “full-house” phenomenon is clearly evidence of their really affordable, nicely plated, lip-smacking if not highly relish French cuisine. Did I mention about the line of organized crowd phenomenon accumulating outside the doors as well?

Knowing all these phenomenons all too well from past experiences, arriving five minutes before the bistro is open for dinner at 6pm was the only solution to assure my five other partners of my famous phrase: “Today we’ll be having French!”

 
I know it’s rude to start without everyone but well, I just can’t resist having a few entrees for starters. My other dining partner and I went for the Mesclun Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette And Crispy Duck ($3.90). I found my bowl of green to be subtly refreshing though my partner kept her distance from the oranges.

 
Saveur’s Angel Hair Pasta With Sherry Minced Pork And Sakura Ebi ($3.90) tucked in a clean white bowl with hairs of an angel woven beautifully, laced in a puree of minced meat and Sherry wine mixture and then carefully sprinkled with a heap of petite shrimps is definitely pleasing to both the eyes and the palate…

 
Served sizzling was the other crowd pleaser. Pan Fried Foie Gras With Lentil And Pickled Onion (70g/ $14.90). Almost everyone relished over the two servings of rich buttery fatty goose liver. I said almost because someone didn’t enjoy fatty livers as oranges but hey, at least she gave it a try.

 
Although Saveur’s rendition of the Confit Of Duck was not to my liking, that however should not stop me from introducing Duck Of Confit With Orange Segment And Saute Shittake ($8.90) to my friends. I personally didn’t give the Confit a second try so I shall not infer from my previous encounter.

 
It is my belief that all good things should be share so when I saw two of my dinner guests decided to share the Crispy Barramundi With Crab Potato And French Bean ($12.90), it was surely an act of good gesture between good friends. I recon it’s a safe dish because my previous dining partner (He’s a angler.) said so…

 
I too shared the Crispy Pork Belly With 62.5 Degree Egg ($10.90) surrounded by sea of green lentils with everyone. While it didn’t won everyone’s heart, I personally appreciate the slab for the juiciness of the fatty meat as well as the crispness from the seared skin.

 
Finishing our dinner was a personal favorite of mine. The Burgundy peasant dish, Beef Bourgulgnon ($13.90) was nothing short of juiciness and tenderness, particularly with the unison of red wine. If this is the type of quality they’re whipping then I can’t wait to savor their Wagyu Beef!

A few repetitions, a few more side dishes and that dreaded GST & Service Charge accumulate to a bill of $126.70. I thought it was good deal considering the amount of food brought to our table. I doubt you could find another similar place in town that serves up comforting and affordable French food but if you do, please share with me alright?
 
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Thomaschan
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Taste of Europe Smile Feb 27, 2013   
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Categories : European | Pasta | Paella

It was indeed an honour to be invited by online dining guide, Openrice.com for a food tasting session at Ambush, Plaza Singapura. Perhaps you might have seen the grafitti-styled logo, paired with a couple of tomatoes elsewhere, it is because they have offered diners a convenient and casual European fix at other major shopping malls - Junction8, Jurong Point, Ngee Ann City and Jurong's new Jem (Opening in April 2013) as well.

What's on the food tasting menu?

Negra paella (S$14.50) rises up as one of my Ambush favourites, the reason for my love towards this Valencian classic is simple - the rice was sticky enough, flavours were robust and I liked how the bright orange roes contributed an additional crunch to the overall texture. Just like any squid ink dishes, make sure you have checked your teeth before grinning!

 
Roasted Pork Knuckle (S$28.00 for whole) impressed me with its perfect crispy skin, yet the juicy tenderness of the meat was sufficiently retained. You could have seen how good this was when it disappeared off the table after a few minutes. The sauerkraut and mashed potato that comes along with the pork knuckle was nothing to rave about, but I do strongly recommend to savour the pieces of meat by pairing it with the gravy sauce.

 
Huge? Definitely. Juicy? Yup. Flavorful? Checked. Mussel Pot Large (S$17.60) is something not to be missed. We had them doned in Aglio Olio style - semi-sweet, which is so full on sauteed onions and garlicky flavour, and classic Vin Blanc - aromatic with white wine. Both, which proved to be too good to compare against each other.

 
Decorated with home-made tomato and orange sauce, while the Duck confit (S$18.00) sits comfortabley on a bed of mashed potatoes. It actually looks better than it tasted. It was well-seasoned and marinated, but a tad dry for my liking.

 
Crispy Chicken and Seaweed Pasta (S$13.00) was what I have chosen for my main course. The pasta itself was cooked slightly less than the al-dente standard, while the crispy chicken reminds me of KFC's popcorn chicken. Although this dish was an interesting fusion of Asian and Western, it was not exactly a winner for my palate.

 
All in all, I thought that the starters/appetizers fared better than the main courses. But hey, guess what, "everyone gets a little taste of Europe", Ambush is a great option for a simple gathering over a wide variety of European dishes.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Mussels,Negra Paella
 
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vnuss147
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Taiwanese flavours Smile Jan 28, 2013   
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We always trying to order different dishes everytime when we visit Shin Yeh. This time round, we had the whole Pomfret with garlic ($48). It might be slightly pricy, but I reckon it worths the price. The fish is quite big, and it tastes good. The pomfret is seasoned with salt and pepper before deep-fried to crisp. It's very crispy outside, yet the meat still maintain the tenderness. And those garlic slices definitely adds lots of flavours to it.

 
Prawn roll with yam ($8) serves a good snack. The crispy roll has the yam and prawn filling, just the right seasoning, and not greasy at all.

 
Sauteed prawns with pineapples ($20) is appetizing. The prawns are sauteed with mayonnaise sauce and heaps of pineapples chuncks. The sourness of pineapples balances the creamy of mayonnaise. Quite nice.

 
Fried rice with pork ($14) is ordinary. The fragrant is good, but nothing too special. However, it could be a good replacement for white rice, to go along with other dishes.

 
Stir-fried mustard heart ($16) with dried scallop is pretty good, in which the bitterness is sort of being reduced to minimum. If you are not a big fans of this vegetables, do give it a try at Shin Yeh. you might change your mind.

 
 
Date of Visit: Nov 28, 2012 

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