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Reasonably priced and yummy food Smile Mar 06, 2014   
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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong

Was driving along the stretch, when I chanced upon LeBan HK Cafe, which I wanted to visit quite some time back. Not giving it a miss this time!

Out of curiosity, we ordered the Salted Egg Fries ($5.90). Much more like creamy salted egg sauce poured over the cheese. Something out of the ordinary, and its pretty good!

Crispy Butter Bun with Condensed Milk ($4.00). Comparing with the menu illustration, it seem that the condense milk was either forgotten, or evaporated... Nevertheless, it tastes deliciously sweet!

Swiss Sauce Chicken Wings ($6.90). Guess they are trying to make it taste like sweet & sour pork. Sauce is good, but quite bland in taste for the rest beneath the skin.

Pork Chop Baked Rice in Creamy Sauce ($8.90). You can opt for tomato sauce too.

Sizzling Crispy Noodles with Jumbo Prawns ($8.50). I didn't get to try it, but received feedback that it is not bad. Quite a big portion, I have to say...

"LeBan" in direct translation to Chinese, is known as Happy Boss. Perhaps they can also call it "LeKe", which means happy customers! Food is good, though menu is quite limited. Sides are interesting and yummy, and mains are not disappointing too smile What's more?? Opening till late makes it another favorite supper spot for me!

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Salted Egg Fries

Salted Egg Fries

 
Crispy Butter Bun with Condensed Milk

Crispy Butter Bun with Condensed Milk

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Crispy Butter Bun with Condensed Milk, Salted Egg Fries, Swiss Sauce Chicken Wings
 
Date of Visit: Mar 04, 2014 

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Categories : Teochew | Coffeeshop | Porridge/Congee

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Not long ago, I have blogged about my visit to Teochew Porridge Restaurant, and the craving never stops…

Luckily, I managed to find another, which might also seem to be a household name among the Teochew porridge lovers!

For a porridge meal, braised dishes are the best combination, in my opinion.

Pork Intestines ($6.00). Mushy inner, not really my preference.

Pork Trotters ($5.00). Realized this wasn't checked in the order-chit, and went off from my seat to get it done! Quite a fair amount of lean meat, with no strong vinegar taste and isn't too oily. Recommended dish!

Another recommended dish is their Braised Duck ($8.00). Duck meat is well braised, with meat being soft and tender.

For the vegetable section, ordered only Sweet Potato Leaves ($5.00). Used to love sambal-cooking style, till my parents decided to eat "healthy" and went for stir-fried. Ever since, I prefer the latter smile

Skipped salted egg for Minced Meat Omelette ($6.00).

Batang Fish ($7.00). This could possibly be one of the cheapest fish dish, as fish like pomfret could cost you around $32.00.

They have a wide variety from traditional porridge items to some zi-char "煮炒" dishes. It really makes me feel like filling up every box with my ticks!

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Recommended Dish(es):  Pork Intestines, Pork Trotters
 
Date of Visit: Feb 22, 2014 

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In fact, I was surprised having to work in CBD for the past couple of years, and didn't knew the existence of The Royal Mail. Do not be fooled though. Nothing to do with postage and such.. Rather, its focused on satisfying your stomach in a cozy and a little classy type of ambiance!

They had two seatings available, and while we reserved for the second seating, they still allow us to have our slot pushed forward since we were there early smile

Candlelight dinner?

Menus ranging from ala-carte to set menus are available in their website. 5-course Valentine's Day dinner costs $85++ per pax.

We were served this piping hot and soft bread lies somewhat like mashed potato within. Pretty appealing in terms of smell and taste. So much so that we asked for a second serving tongue

Amuse Bouche is a term used to describe a single, bite-sized item to excite the tongue of diners!

So what we have here is a chef's creation. Wasn't really sure of this, but it tasted quite ok in my mouth..

First course on menu, Chilled Tomato Consomme, consisting of cherry tomato concasse, tomato caviar, asparagus, brussels sprout leaves and basil. Clear soup was held separately for your own self-serving.

I didn't quite like this soup because of the cold clear soup, and strong taste of tomato!

Starter is the Trio of Fresh Oysters. We were actually quite skeptical in taking in the oysters. Imagine eating the oyster omelette, and we always target the omelette only? Yeah.. but we took the plunge......

Out of the trio, being Pomegrante Gelee, Lemongrass & Chili Gelee, and Lemon & Tabasco, I prefer the third type! Oysters taste all the same, but because the lemon and tabasco are able to cover and lessen the raw fishy taste of oyster, thus this become more enjoyable!

To our mains, we had Seared Duck Breast, with beetroot mash, grapes, mandarin orange segments, and bitter chocolate orange sauce. While I did not had this, the presentation looks simple, yet taste is fairly good.

My main is the Roast Prime Rib, which is an additional $20 cost to the set, with yorkshire pudding, garlic potato mash, buttered peas and creamed corn. I requested for my steak to be cooked rare, and the server was like "are you sure" kind of expression! Well, I tried before, and I quite like it, but apparently most restaurants only serve medium-rare and above.

I love it! This is how steak should taste like lol For the pudding wise, all you can expect is a dried up pudding type, perhaps? More like a thin piece of bread...

Moving on to the pre-dessert, they have the Pink Romance, which is lychee and rose mousseline, macaroon and raspberries. I have to say, we both nodded in agreement that their macaroon is delicious! Thick and sweet!

Dessert comes next! Passion In Love, which is made of white chocolate and passion fruit pompons, milk chocolate crunchies and passion fruit sauce.

One of the best dessert I ever had! For a start, I am a fan of passionfruit drinks, desserts, and maybe its fruit perhaps. So when I pop one spoon of it into my mouth, I totally love how chocolate collapse upon the crush of my teeth, and revealing the tad sourness of the passionfruit!

Ending with a selection of Coffee/Tea, served with Petit Fours.

Love the ambiance and friendly crew in The Royal Mail. It's not a big-scale type of restaurant, but that makes the crew more focused and attentive to diners who are in need of their service!

Food, not to mentioned, are generally awesome. My favorites are bet on Roast Prime Rib and Passion In Love smile The whole course does not come with an inexpensive price, of course. But I feel that it is worth spending on! Definitely would like to come again!

For more details, please visit http://foodesteem.blogspot.sg/2014/02/the-royal-mail-valentine-day-2014.html

Passion In Love

Passion In Love

 
Roast Prime Rib

Roast Prime Rib

 

 

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Chilled Tomato Consomme, Pomegrante Gelee, Seared Duck Breast, Roast Prime Rib, Passion In Love
 
Date of Visit: Feb 14, 2014 

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Categories : American | Singaporean | Café

For more details, please visit http://foodesteem.blogspot.sg/2014/02/the-audacious-cakery.html

Despite the name, they do not serve "sweet tooth-ers" only, but also targeting another group of people for the usual meals.

Zen ($8.80) which says aromatic yuzu and fromage blanc with citrus center on a jaconde sponge. Strawberry Shortcake ($6.80) made with fluffy white sponge, layered with succulent strawberries and luscious vanilla cream.

If you are not sour-taker, Zen might be a skip then. It is pretty sour, but still manageable as compared to those sour-coated sweets?

Matcha ($3.50) which is matcha Italian meringue buttercream served on a full-bodied matcha cake made with green tea from Japan. Chocolate Cream Cheese which is made of Valrhona chocolate with cream cheese sprinkle and Valrhona chocolate shavings. Lemon Raspberry ($4.00) which is lemon Italian meringue buttercream made with homemade raspberry jam core on a vanilla buttermilk cake sprinkled with raspberry croquelin.

I love their cupcakes, generally. I love it because their cake is firm and doesn't drop bits and pieces as you bite. Furthermore, its comes with a little sticky feeling in your mouth which makes it easier to chew smile

Lemon Meringue ($5.80), a luscious tangy lemon tart made with French churned butter on a biscuit base. Foret Noir ($9.80) consisting of Valrhona dark chocolate mousse, Kirsh soaked cherries and Kirsh cream on a dark Valrhona chocolate genoise.

I love their Foret Noir. It is expensive if compared with the other cakes, but worth the price! Need not necessary be an alcoholic drinker, as the taste can be pretty mild. In fact, its the cherries that are being soaked, so you can skip that if you prefer.

Earl Grey Creme Brulee ($6.80). Taste of TWG gentlemen earl grey tea leaves, and topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It was an interesting taste for me initially, but subsequent feedings makes me feel weird with the tea taste.

A plate of macarons smile We have the Lemon, Peanut, and Salted Caramel flavors, each costing $2.50. The macaron shells are not airy, where I tried before macaron shell with "empty spots" making it seems like eating crispy biscuit?

Finally, Irish Cream Alcoholic ($4.50). It is a Guinness stout cupcake with whiskey ganache filling and Baileys Irish cream cheese frosting.

For more details, please visit http://foodesteem.blogspot.sg/2014/02/the-audacious-cakery.html

 

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Macarons
 
Date of Visit: Jan 18, 2014 

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Definitely yummy! Smile Feb 02, 2014   
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Categories : Korean | Restaurant

You can select between seafood or meat, where meat consists of chicken, pork, and beef. Dessert wise, additional $1.90 is for ala-carte desserts out of this page.

We had the Roasted Barley Tea, and upgraded the other to Ice Lemon Tea with aiyu jelly. Both drinks are nice, but only the barley tea is re-fillable tongue

Six side dishes, and a healthier choice of multi-grain rice, inclusive. You can also opt for white rice too!

We had the Fried Kimchi Dumplings for appetiser. Crispiness is just right, and fillings are super tasty.

Here's the highlight! Army Stew with meat, where we requested for only chicken and pork, excluding beef. Soup base is re-fillable as well, and from what I can identify, they have maggie mee, kimchi, golden mushroom, carrot, luncheon meat, and hotdog. Of course, the chicken and pork meat too!

We went for the Korean Bingsoo series, and chosen Special Trio Bingsoo ($6.90) out of the other two, Mango Bingsoo and Strawberry Bingsoo.

Special Trio Bingsoo consists of mango, strawberry, and kiwi. There are also jellies and aloe vera. This whole dessert is so satisfying *\o/*

For more details, please visit http://foodesteem.blogspot.sg/2014/02/seoul-yummy-korean-casual-dining.html

 

 

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Special Trio Bingsoo
 
Date of Visit: Oct 13, 2013 

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