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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong | Zi Char

For more information, please visit http://www.foodesteem.com/2015/11/dragon-bowl-cantonese-restaurant.html
Aperia Mall was never in my own map of Singapore, till I chanced upon a Chinese restaurant that is situated right here.
I often passed by the area and seeing Tim Ho Wan, a Chinese Dim Sum Restaurant, but neither have pay a visit to this branch nor have I checked out what is the exact location called. In my mind, it’s just the dim sum restaurant at Kallang.
Anyway I was there to try out the Chinese Restaurant, known as Dragon Bowl (龍碗). It doesn't seem like a typical Chinese restaurant, as it infuses a bit of modern interior designs and furnishings.
Total of 13 types of food selections, excluding recommendations, beverages and set menus, it has basically what you see in most Chinese restaurants. Waiting time is not too long, roughly 10-15 minutes and the food will gradually line up on your table.
Trio Combination ($18.00). Under the Roast Meat Delight section, this combination consists of char siew, roast chicken, and jellyfish. Both meat is tender and aren’t any complains to pinpoint, although I would prefer the jellyfish to be replaced with roast duck or other roast meat.
Stewed Spinach with Trio Egg Soup ($10.80), under Vegetable Delight. Trio eggs consist of chicken egg, salted egg, and century egg. The mixture of all 3 eggs and with spinach, poured with flavourful stock is a perfect combination to go with the rice.
Stir-Fried Spare Rib with Sichuan Spicy Sauce & Minced Garlic ($14.80), under the Pork section. Each pieces are meaty and meat aren’t too dry. I would expect this dish to be spicy, but it turned out to be ok only. The generosity of the minced garlic sprinkled on the spare ribs and fried with the dried chilli leaves a significant taste of chilli oil with each bite of the rib.
Braised Beancurd ($10.80), under Beancurd Delight. A simple combo of flat beans, squarish beancurd, and pork belly soaked in thick braised gravy. This is always my another perfect dish to go with a bowl of plain rice. But the version of Dragon Bowl comes a little inferior in comparison of my expectation. What comes disappointing to me is the exceptionally poor in flavourful gravy.
Fried Rice with Shrimp & Diced Vegetable ($10.80), under Staple Food. While Dragon Bowl supply big fatty shrimps for their fried rice, the rice is too dry and bland to be even considered an average pass.
Sea Bass steamed in HK style ($33.00), under the Live Seafood. Fish came as a humble whole, and crew will assist to slice it apart for ease of consuming. Fish meat is firm yet soft, and is not an undernutrition fish either.
Mango Sago with Pomelo ($5.00).
Mango Pudding ($5.00).
Herbal Jelly ($5.00).
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Categories : Café

For more details, please visit http://www.foodesteem.com/2015/10/the-udder-pancake.html
The first interesting fact that caught our attention is the entrance. Shattered glass door and even trying to tempt you to break the glass door if you are in need of food. So now, can you imagine how many people have come to The Udder Pancake in verge of hunger? Just saying if this is real...
The Udder Pancake has a lot of other interesting decorations inside, and how amazing it is for the team to have come up with such ideas.
Of course, if you are craving for ice creams, it is readily available next door, which mentioned earlier is inter-connected. Ice creams can also be brought over to The Udder Pancake unit for consumption too.
Mango Kaffir Lime Leaves is sweet and thick, and partially due to a mango-lover I am, I find it a refreshing drink. For the Strong Iced Lemon Tea, it comes with a small serving of melted sugar for preferential adding to the drink. Elderflower Gummy Bears is one drink that I had my doubts for. It was only someone in our group ordered this and comment its quite good, did I proceed to counter to order a second drink for myself. Yes, the gummy bears are hard but still chew-able as they are soaked in the drink. The fizzy soda water is also the reason I had my second drink drank to empty.
The Udder Wings ($7.90) is made up of petite mind-joint chicken wings, deep fried, and served with sweet & sour Thai chilli sauce. I wouldn't say it's amazingly delicious, but just passable.
The Udder Shrooms ($12.90) made of crunchy deep-fried bacon-wrapped white button mushrooms, served with bacon chipotle mayo. We didn't really quite enjoy this side dish, and I would gladly opt for the The Udder Wings if I had to choose between them.
Another dish that I will try not to miss out, is the Salted Egg Yolk Fries ($9.90). Thick-cut fries topped with salted egg yolk sauce, curry leaves, chilli flakes and toasted butter sugar cereal.
It tasted like something like cereal prawns, but with the salted egg yolk sauce that managed to pull me back from thinking I'm at a tze-char stall.
Pulled Pork Fries ($12.90) is shoestring fries topped with bourbon barbecue pulled pork collar with warm melted cheddar cheese, lime sour cream, sliced shallots, Jalapeno and chives.
All The Udder Pancake's mains comprises of 4 pieces of pancake and other ingredients, depending on your order. The pancakes are mini-sized, probably 3/4 or 1/2 of the usual MacDonald Hotcakes.
Salmon, Crab & Caviar Egg Benedict ($16.90 for half, $24.90 for full) consists of poached egg with citrus hollandaise, smoked salmon, crab claw meat and ebiko slaw on grilled cheddar cheese pancakes. Also topped with lumpfish caviar and fresh dill.
The cheese pancakes are quite special, tickling my taste bud which opens up my appetite. Honestly speaking, it doesn't look very appetizing because of the soggy and mushy fillings topped by the poached egg, but I didn't hesitate to finish the entire portion after my first mouth.
Honey-Glazed Herbed Chicken ($14.90) has the boneless chicken marinated with paprika and rosemary, being honey glazed and flame grilled. Just the look of the boneless chicken, I can still imagine how juicy and delectable it was.
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Sin Lee Foods OK Oct 18, 2015   
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Categories : Café

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If you are looking for brunch, Sin Lee Foods sadly does not serve any of such, but if you did your research, one would usually not go for the eggs benedict and such in Sin Lee Foods.
Salted Egg Sweet Potato Fries ($12.00) is a mixture of sweet potato with homemade salted duck egg sauce and curry leaves. I would have preferred a more generous serving of the salted egg, and one which the salted egg sauce would not harden that easily.
Not really a popular dish among my group, but I still suggested to have the Spam Fries ($8.00). Basically, you can imagine it as a canned luncheon meat, cut into fries-like shape, fried and added with red aioli to taste. A very normal side to have, but at least the "fries" is not airy when you bite. Every bite you took is a filling one.
The Breakfast Tortilla ($19.00) consists of pork bratwurst, spicy chorizo, creamy scrambled hen's eggs, bacon rashers, mushroom ragout, yellow corn tortillas, smashed avocado fresh greens and parmesan.
Beef & Grains ($24.00) that has 180 grams of seared marbled striploin, orzo rice, fried and runny range hen's eggs, sweet sour ginger, furikake and scallions. It can be quite sweet, thus not really recommended for those who can't really take sweet stuffs.
Soft Shell Bun ($19.00) that has breaded soft shell crab, kimchi aioli, house slaw, buttered and toasted bun, and also with double-fried russet potato fries. This dish took the longest time to arrive, and although it is better than the above two dishes, it still fares lower than what it coming up next.
Sin Lee's Fried Chicken & Waffles ($21.90). Sin Lee Foods used boneless chicken leg, topped on a fat waffle, with house slaw and maple butter. Some people would have preferred to have the waffles replaced with rice, just like eating fried chicken chop, but I take it as a unique creation.
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Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro OK Oct 11, 2015   
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Categories : Australian / New Zealand | Bars/Lounges | Seafood

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Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro has different menu(s) presented at different times of the day. Coincidentally, we went on a weekend and brunch is available to, aside from the ala-carte menu.
The Full Monty Brekkie ($24.00), which has a pair of German pork sausage, rainbow trout, poached eggs, paprika hollandaise, toasted focaccia, roasted tomato and fresh organic mixed greens.
Overall was ok, but the poached egg style is first of a kind to me. Firm whites but oozy yolk, which I don't see it in other F& B establishments. My personal preference goes to the version did by Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro! In addition, added credit to the rainbow trout which although thin slices, the sweetness of it made me loved it already.
Tiger Beer-Battered Halibut ($26.00), a lunch item in the ala-carte menu that comes with white truffle-scented shoestring fries, wasabi-infused yuzu shoyu, and tartar.
Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro aims to serve freshly-supplied seafood on a daily basis, and I have no doubt about it. Tiger Beer-Battered Halibut is quite a satisfaction as the fish meat looks silky-soft and easily comes off like a flake. The taste is nonetheless marvellous.
There are several restaurant surrounding the marina, and prices are not cheap either. But once awhile, some pampering is still needed to award yourself for having gone through the hectic work week.
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Place for cartoonised sushi OK Oct 04, 2015   
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Categories : Japanese | Sushi/Sashimi

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Appare Udon has shop space of 3 units, but I was surprised at the amount of tables the restaurant can accommodate. With a rough estimate, it could be less than a 100 pax or less. Its kitchen is probably already occupying almost a whole unit by itself.
If you are person who likes to admire how chef prepare your food, you may choose to take a seat at the counter, where separated by a low-rise window panel.
Appare Udon & Tempura Japanese Restaurant has limited variety in their menu. Basically there 3 main types of food you should be looking at, which are their udon, tempura, and interestingly-presented sushi.
Tonkatsu and Fried Prawn Curry Udon ($15.80 for regular portion). Thick curry base, thick and chewy udon which makes me like what I've ordered. Japanese curry is never too spicy for me, and both the pork cutlet and prawn tempura is quite meaty too.
Nabeyaki Tonkotsu Udon ($16.00). Initially the soup tasted kind of clean and bland to me, but as it keep brewing, the soup become thicker and tastier.
Bear Inari Sushi ($8.50). Cartoonised sushi. It look interesting too, where Appare Udon uses teriyaki sauce to mark the face features, barley seeds as the ears, and the milk-biscuit (reminds me of wan-wan snack) to make the nose more evident. Sushi taste quite normal though.
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