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This is wenxi living in Jurong West. I am a Executive, work in Clementi. I like to hang out in Clementi, Jurong West, Boon Lay. Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant, Hawker Centre and Sushi/Sashimi, Zi Char, Ramen, Fish.
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Unagiya Ichinoji OK Sep 21, 2018   
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Categories : Japanese | Restaurant

https://www.umakemehungry.com/2018/09/unagiya-ichinoji.html

With the parent name as Miyagawa Honten that has a history spans of 125 years is now one of Tokyo's famous Unagi restaurants, operating about 20 outlets just alone in Japan. Not only that, recently they have clinched the Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide in 2018.

Finding the location of this Japanese Restaurants maybe a little tricky as it is located behind some Japanese restaurants or some back passage.

Unagiya Ichinoji

Unagiya Ichinoji

 
The concept is kind of similar to Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant where you get to see freshwater live eels in the tank and chef preparing the eels in an open concept kitchen separating the restaurant and kitchen with glass panels. To achieve the smoky taste with crispy texture, these eels were grilled over hot charcoal.

Seats

Seats

 
The restaurant has limited seating, about 30 plus seat as the restaurant is not big. If you want to have a greater view of how Unagi is prepared, you can sit by the kitchen counter and watch the process of grilling unagi.

Main Menu

Main Menu

 
Ala Carte Menu

Ala Carte Menu

 
One of the recommended dishes will be the Hitsumabushi. It comes with different sizes from Small to extra large, suitable for sharing. What you get in Hitsumabushi will be pieces of cut eel placed on a bed of Hokkaido Rice and served with 3 condiments.

Hitsumabushi (M) - $26.80

Hitsumabushi (M) - $26.80

 
Sometimes by looking at the delicious smoky grilled eels, I felt like ditching the carbohydrates (rice) away but these are not the usual Japanese rice, they are Hokkaido Rice.

How to eat it? Dont worry, there are instructions you can follow on the table in 3 simple steps.

Yummy

Yummy

 
If you want a more powerful taste, these sauces are yours to add. If you want to add a little more spice, you can topped your food with some spicy sauce as well as pepper. However when I compared the spicy and the original sauce, it was little or no difference to me.

Condiments on Table

Condiments on Table

 
 Adding on to their main menu, they have this seasonal Unagi Fair menu at discounted price.

Seasonal Menu

Seasonal Menu

 
With the special menu from the Unagi fair, I had order their Unagi Sushi double roll. It might not look filling to the stomach but this set itself can be as filling as those who is ordering the Hitsumabashi set.

Unagi Sushi Roll Double - $32.80

Unagi Sushi Roll Double - $32.80

 
One of the sushi roll in the set was cut into 6 pieces and topped with Tobiko. I would say it was quite flavourful. Besides the alluring flavours from the crispy eel coated in the sweet sauce, the marriage with sushi roll wrapped with cucumber, egg and crab stick elevated the dining experience. Definitely no regrets in ordering this set.

Sushi Roll

Sushi Roll

 
Unagi Box Set looked complete with sides and desserts. There are tempura, Gyoza in the Bento Box. Dessert are basically some konyaku stuff with half of it topped with peanut powder. Not too bad though.

Unagi Box Set - $29.80

Unagi Box Set - $29.80

 
Chawanmushi was included in both Unagi Fair set that we had ordered. It looked a little different here with ingredients like snow pea and unagi, apart from the usual mushroom and Japanese fish cake.

Chawanmushi

Chawanmushi

 
Comparing Unagiya Ichinoji to Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant, I would say that no queue is required here. However, I still prefer the latter as the taste was pretty stronger than Unagiya. Taste is rather subjective and if you prefer a lighter taste, you may like what they are serving here.

https://www.umakemehungry.com/2018/09/unagiya-ichinoji.html
 
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Kok Sen Coffeeshop / Restaurant Smile Sep 17, 2018   
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Categories : Singaporean Chinese | Coffeeshop | Seafood | Zi Char

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Talking about quality Cze Char, there is always a queue outside Kok Sen Coffeeshop. They have been serving the usual Cze Char Dishes for about 50 years serving good dishes to family. They are one of those who have been listed under the Michelin Guide months ago.

If you are tourist and going to Kok Sen, be prepared that this is not a upscale Chinese restaurant but a typical Singapore Coffee Shop place. In the event that the restaurant may be full, you might be asked to dine in the backlane, just beside a small road.

Menu Front Page

Menu Front Page

 
If you have looked through the Menu, there were quite a number of noodles dishes with big prawns under the recommendation. However, we decided to go for plain bowls of rice at $0.70 per bowl to pair with our Cze Char Dishes.

Menu Back Page

Menu Back Page

 
One of the recommended dishes will be the Claypot Yong Tau Foo. It tasted special to me with special gravy and stuffing in the Yong Tau Foo. Stuffing consist of meat and seafood which stands out from the mainstream ones from YTF Stall and these married well with the sweet addictive gravy.

Claypot Yong Tau Foo 巧手三宝煲 - $15 (Small)

Claypot Yong Tau Foo 巧手三宝煲 - $15 (Small)

 
Sweet and Sour Pork was better than the average but not the best we had eaten. The general taste of sweet sourness was there and the meat of the pork was significant when we bite down the meat unlike some other places, we were short changed by replacing more fats that meat in the dish.

Sweet & Sour Pork 酸甜咕酪肉 - $13 (Small)

Sweet & Sour Pork 酸甜咕酪肉 - $13 (Small)

 
When asked what to order, their staff recommended us to their Sambal Deep Fried Fish Tail. It was the expensive of all our dishes ordered but we had no regrets ordering this for its taste was outstanding and more than our expectations.

Sambal Deep Fried Fish Tail 叁巴油鱼尾 - $53 (Market Price)

Sambal Deep Fried Fish Tail 叁巴油鱼尾 - $53 (Market Price)

 
The deep fried fish was fragrant. The spiciness neutralized with the sweetness of the fish tail and together with the thickness of the flesh, I would say the dish was very well executed. Besides Chilli, this Sambal dish was elevated with onions and even cut of pineapples.

Fried Fish

Fried Fish

 
They accept reservation for at least 6 pax. Though it is an old school Coffeeshop place, I am quite impressed by their efficiency in serving food. Not only that, prices are friendly if compared to the quality of food.
 
Date of Visit: Sep 09, 2018 

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Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh Smile Sep 06, 2018   
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Categories : Hawker Centre | Bak Kut Teh

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If you are talking about Jurong East Yuhua Hawker Centre Food, Joo Siah Bak Kooth Teh is no stranger to anyone who stay around the vicinity. In 2015, they were relocated from the 2 stalls of the Hawker Center to a near by coffee shop which is just a stone throw away.

Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh

Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh

 
The soup base is a Teochew Classic Style of White Pepper Style. Despite being a Teochew, I'm not a fan of peppery Bak Kut Teh but I would say that Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh is not overly peppery. Its soup has a good depth and slight pepper.

Our Dinner

Our Dinner

 
We were given the choice to mix sides dishes. Preserved Vegetables strike a good balance of saltiness and sweetness without being too oily. Tau Ki too.
Preserved Vegetables & Tau Ki (Mixed) - $2

Preserved Vegetables & Tau Ki (Mixed) - $2

 
 Too bad the main item (Pork Ribs) that we wanted to order has sold out. Order the innards as they are all cleanly prepared and not overcook. Soup is refillable with request from them.

Fen Chang - $5.50 , You Tiao - $1, Lean Meat - $5.50

Fen Chang - $5.50 , You Tiao - $1, Lean Meat - $5.50

 
 Even the meat is tender and generous portions were given in the bowl.

As compared to their former location in Hawker Centre, I find that the current location is better as it is not so stuffy. There are alot of chain outlets BKT in the west especially in malls. However if you are looking for quality and a more economical BKT, you may want to consider Joo Siah.
 
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Categories : Chinese Steamboat/Hot Pot | Zi Char

Our list of Fish Steamboat places are limited till we explored another place here in North Bridge Road. Nan Hwa Chong Fish Head Steamboat Corner adopt the use of charcoal instead of the ususal gas can operated steamboat pot. It is said that the use of charcoal to fire up the broth gave a smoky flavour and an even heat distribution to the broth itself.

Look at the crowd

Look at the crowd

 
Location is rather prominent as it is located at the traffic junction. However, one thing that one might be worrying if driving would be the parking spaces.

At the Junction

At the Junction

 
Not long after we settled down, we notice the constant stream of patrons walking into the shop. Everyone who walks in were promptly attended by the server. Most who came in had already made reservation via phone call before hand and they were directed to the air conditioned corner of Nan Hwa Chong.

Nan Hwa Chong Fish-Head Steamboat Corner

Nan Hwa Chong Fish-Head Steamboat Corner

 
Seeing this station as the toughest job of all standing in front of the flames ensuring that the charcoal are evenly burn and stuffing them into the every steamboat that comes out from the kitchen.

Charcoal Station

Charcoal Station

 
 Supposed to be their recommended egg dish, however we got it served with the middle part burnt. Nevertheless the texture still remains fluffy and taste ordinary with a handful of oysters.

Oyster Egg

Oyster Egg

 
The plate of stirred fried broccoli is my kind of home cook dishes. The light taste of broccoli greens is cooked with carrots, ginger and button mushrooms with minced garlic.
Stirred Fried Broccoli

Stirred Fried Broccoli

 
We had chosen the grouper fishboat. The grouper fish comes from the sea-bass family.It is low in fat and cholesterol with firm texture and mild flavour. A healthy choice that does not compromise in taste. Three other types of fish offered will be Pomfret, Song Fish Head and Snapper Fish.

Grouper Fish Medium Pot - $35

Grouper Fish Medium Pot - $35

 
Ingredients include fish, vegetables, seaweed, fried taro, flat fish, white cabbage and grouper fish. Soup is rich and sweet.

Top View

Top View

 
While the cloudy soup may be made up by the yam, unlike other places they were done by adding milk to it. If you are wondering about the familiar taste in the stock, its the generous portions of flat fish added to the soup that gave a different taste to it.

Flat Fish

Flat Fish

 
Not only that the fried yam added had also elevated the soup taste.

Individual Bowl

Individual Bowl

 
Simply love dabbing the fish meat into this sweet sour and spicy chilli.

Chilli Sauce

Chilli Sauce

 
 If you love traditional fish steamboat with charcoal, Nan Hwa Chong Fish-Head is a very good choice. Not only that, they do have a variety of Cze Char Dishes in the menu for selection too.

https://www.umakemehungry.com/2018/08/nan-hwa-chong-fish-head-steamboat-corner.html
 
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Daehwa Smile Jul 24, 2018   (Related Review)
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Categories : Korean | Restaurant

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Calling all vegetarians! Here's another Korean option for you. If you heard of The Boneless Kitchen and love what they are serving, you will be glad that the people behind Daehwa are the same.

Daehwa

Daehwa

 
Daehwa is strategically and conveniently located next to the One-North MRT station. Interior is modernly furnished with wooden tables and chairs.

Interior

Interior

 
Design of restaurant is simple with cement flooring and bright lighting.

Interior of Daehwa

Interior of Daehwa

 
Display On the Shelf

Display On the Shelf

 
Before we begin our gastronomic korean vegetarian dinner, we learnt that their food is free of MSG and free of five alliums. As a non vegetarian, I'm quite concern being real thirsty after some vegetarian meals and I'm glad that they are taking care of it.

Daehwa Menu

Daehwa Menu

 
Canned Peach Drinks - $3.50

Canned Peach Drinks - $3.50

 
Citron Soda - $5.50, Omijacha - $5 and Boricha - $2.50

Citron Soda - $5.50, Omijacha - $5 and Boricha - $2.50

 
Just like any other Korean Restaurant, these side dishes given are refillable.

Refillable side dishes

Refillable side dishes

 
For those who love Korean Cuisine will be familiar with the Army Stew or Budae Jjigae. This comforting stew is definitely one of the popular hot pot dishes in Korea. Suitable for 2 to 4 pax and comes with 2 bowls of rice.

Army Jeongol 부대찌개- $42

Army Jeongol 부대찌개- $42

 
With a balance of spiciness, saltiness and slight sweetness. Being a vegetarian dish, you still get to see luncheon meat and hotdog in the stew but its mocked meat. Other ingredients include cucumber, tofu, noodles, mushrooms, rice cake etc. The initial spicy taste was not very distinct till the broth was refilled at a later stage.

Army Jeongol with stew

Army Jeongol with stew

 
Woot! I love this classic savory dish. The sweet potato noodles is paired with mushrooms and asparagus topped with coriander and sesame seeds. It was flavorful and texture was chewy and springy. Recommended!

Japchae 잡채 - $15

Japchae 잡채 - $15

 
 It's not the typical starchy kind of Kimchi Pancake. Tasty when paired with the sauce. However,the circumference of the pancake was charred and hardened, not to my liking, otherwise overall is good.

Kimchi Jeon 김치전- $8

Kimchi Jeon 김치전- $8

 
Also known as the squid rings. Wow! This dish swept my feet off. It's meatless yet taste like one. Don't do without the bean paste that comes along with it.
Ojingo Ring 오징어 - $6

Ojingo Ring 오징어 - $6

 
The sinful cheesy bowl of French Fries with Truffle. Definitely worth the sharing the calories as the portion is big. Needless to say, they are generously tossed with grated cheese, mayonnaise and fragrantly served. Bet you cannot stop at just one mouthful.

Cheese Truffle Gamja Twigim 트뤼플치즈감자튀김 - $12

Cheese Truffle Gamja Twigim 트뤼플치즈감자튀김 - $12

 
For those who love Boneless Kitchen and do not want to travel into the Eastern part of Singapore, Daehwa will be a very good Korean vegetarian alternative for those who reside in the West.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Ojingo Ring 오징어
 
Date of Visit: Jul 18, 2018 

Spending per head: Approximately $25(Dinner)

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