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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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Fish Soup Smile 3 days ago   
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Categories : Singaporean | Chinese | Hawker Centre | Chinese Soup

https://www.umakemehungry.com/2020/09/fish-soup.html

We came across this Teochew Fish Soup stall while searching in the vicinity for simple food after running our errands. The queue lining in from of the stall surprised us even though it was around 5 sharp in the evening. Without further ado, we joined the queue without thinking much about taking a look at other stalls around.
Stall of Teochew Fish Soup

Stall of Teochew Fish Soup

 
We ordered the Red Grouper Fish Soup and I'm kind of alarmed by the plainness from the taste of the soup. The taste of the soup was indeed very simple, bland and without too much of sweet flavourings that we often get from fish soup stall. However, there was a little hint of sole fish taste from the soup. Red Grouper fish was fresh and cooked together with beancurd skin and bitter gourd
Red Grouper Fish Soup - $8 (Small)

Red Grouper Fish Soup - $8 (Small)

 
Minced Meat Fish Soup is an additional item on top of their menu printed on the signboard. I must agree that their fish soup is clear, simple and straight forward with standard ingredients like tofu, vegetables, sliced fish and minced pork meat.

The thickness of the cut from the sliced fish is relatively thick and acceptable. With the minced meat added to the soup, I find that the soup is a little more robust than the Red Grouper Fish Soup. 
Minced Meat Fish Soup - $8 / $10

Minced Meat Fish Soup - $8 / $10

 
I learnt that it was a crowd-pleaser perhaps due to the simplicity in the preparation of the Teochew fish soup. Instead of loading soup with MSG, they have chosen a healthier and natural way for consumers by offering a natural taste from the fish.  The freshness and quality of the fish are of no doubt, its definitely worth the money paid for and that has explained the length of the queue.

https://www.umakemehungry.com/2020/09/fish-soup.html
 
Date of Visit: Sep 04, 2020 

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Categories : Fujian/Heng Hwa | Coffeeshop | Noodles

Many have raved about this hidden gem located in Bukit Batok and it seems that there is no reason for me to give it a miss. I first came to know of Lao Cai's Curry which is located just adjacent to Mian Wang's stall, serving delicious curry rice braised pork, salted calamari rings etc, similar to the ingredients of Mian Wang. These two stalls are affiliated and running under the same family.

Stall of Mian Wang

Stall of Mian Wang

 

Hokkien Mee was out of my expectation, not the usual plate of noodle that comes with a heady prawn stock taste. On the contrary, it consists of its own unique style. Expect a good plate of wet and slightly thick gravy/stock that served with little hints of "Wok Hei". The portion is reasonable with ingredients like prawns and squid. Substantial of eggs were used to give the noodles sweet flavours. Other ingredients are pretty standard, that includes squid, pork and prawns. Mian Wang is generous with the crispy fried pork lard and served it by the side of every plate of Hokkien Mee.

Hokkien Mee - $3.50 (Small)

Hokkien Mee - $3.50 (Small)

 

Unlike the traditional Hokkien Mee stall, Mian Wang gives the traditional dish a twist in its menu. What a weird combination of having my favourites dishes within a plate! The thought of pairing the moist and wet noodles with deep-fried crispy Calamari just did not come across my mind. To my surprise, they have tucked the piping hot fried Salted Egg Calamari by the side of the plate separated by the leafy lettuce green and away from the luscious noodles, thus the taste does not interfere with one another. Salted Egg Calamari was filled in savoury salted egg sauce over its thinly fried coated batter, not only that the Calamari ring was thick and worth it.

Salted Egg Calamari Hokkien Mee - $6.50 (Small)

Salted Egg Calamari Hokkien Mee - $6.50 (Small)

 

Initially, I was quite hesitant to order this but in the end, I still went ahead and ordered it. At the first taste of the fiery red meat, I was like Oh my god! If you love those sweet savoury sauce over your Char Siew Meat, you will totally love this with the tender and soft braised pork. It has reminded me of a homely taste.

Flamed Red Braised Pork Hokkien Mee - $5.50 (Small)

Flamed Red Braised Pork Hokkien Mee - $5.50 (Small)

 

If you are in a mood for Hokkien Mee with a twist, you may want to pay a visit to Mian Wang 1971 and try out their different types of Hokkien Mee. 
 
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Nyonya Taste by brew & bar OK 4 days ago   
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Categories : Peranakan / Nonya | Restaurant

Nyonya Taste Brew & Bar is a new restaurant located along Jalan Pari Burong just a few minutes away from Tanah Merah MRT Station, serving authentic Nyonya delights, together with a wide selection of craft beers.

I have never come across Nyonya Taste by brew & bar till I came across someone posting on Facebook about home delivery with no minimum order on Nyonya food. I was kind of craving for that particular cuisine, thus I decided to go all out and arrange my dinner in advance. Communication and arrangement of food was done via Whatsapp in a breeze. 

Here comes the rare dish which is also one of their recommended dishes, Sotong Masak Hitam, when translated from Malay Language, it literally means Sotong cooked in Squid Ink. The taste of the dish threw us a surprise with loads of slice onions, chilli added with hints of black pepper taste. We are not so much of black pepper lovers, however, the dish as a whole well cooked and the texture of the Sotong was right enough.
Sotong Masak Hitam - $16

Sotong Masak Hitam - $16

 
Ayam Buah Keluak is not only on their recommended item on their food menu but also one of the staples that we will often order when it comes to Peranakan food as I simply cannot miss out the chance in having Buah Keluak Nut. This chicken dish in spicy gravy was served with 2 pieces of Buah Keluak and you have additional at $2 each. The chicken meat came in large chunks were flavourful and tasty especially when it comes to pairing the sauce with the rice.  However, it will be better if they are cut into smaller chunks. On a side note, the Buah Keluak paste has been already extracted out from the nut and tuck into our delivery boxes together with the dish.
Ayam Buah Keluak - $16

Ayam Buah Keluak - $16

 
Next, here are the two other dishes that we had to complete our dinner.

 
The recommended Braised Babi Chin is actually one of my favourite dishes ordered. The dish was pretty well executed with rich flavours from the mixture of Pork Belly with mushroom, eggs and potatoes. The taste gave me a good reminiscent of home cook food in which each and every item was tender and soft, well braised. I love having the gravy over my plate of rice.
Braised Babi Chin - $16

Braised Babi Chin - $16

 
The classic Nyonya style dish that includes Chinese Cabbages, sliced mushrooms, carrots, rice vermicelli, beancurd skin, black fungus and dried shrimp stewed in a tasty sauce. It may seem a simple dish but there is a lot of work required from the kitchen in preparation of this dish.
Nyonya Chap Chye - $14

Nyonya Chap Chye - $14

 
The 3 portions of rice we ordered were packed in a container and portion might seems a little than expected. It kind of lack the rice's fragrance as we pulled open the container cover. 
Blue Fragant Rice - $1 x 3 pax

Blue Fragant Rice - $1 x 3 pax

 
Base on the food portion given (excluding the rice), we find that the amount that we paid for was rather reasonable. The portion was big enough for 3 pax or perhaps good enough for 4-5 pax. Though the food we ordered might not be appealing in the colours, taste-wise it is still appealing.  
Our Orders

Our Orders

 
There is always a saying that "tabao" food may not taste as good as having the food served up to us piping hot when dining in, it will be best to patronize Nyonya Taste by brew & bar again. When? I guess it when my stomach is calling for Nyonya Cuisine again.
 
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Mikawa Yakitori Bar Smile 4 days ago   
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Categories : Japanese | Bars/Lounges | Ramen | Sushi/Sashimi | Japanese BBQ/Teppanyaki

I came to know of Mikawa Yakitori Bar when we were discussing about good food in Bukit Timah estate with one of the friends. With the stretch of restaurants along Cheong Chim Nam Road, she highly recommends Mikawa Yakitori Bar. Well, after my first experience from this bar, I'm strongly agreeable with her honest comments.
Mikawa Yakitori Bar

Mikawa Yakitori Bar

 
Our appetizer comes with the popular Japanese egg roll and we have our Japanese Omelette served not the usual way. The exterior was charred grill and I'm kind of impressed by the sofa wobbly texture as I lend my jaws into the omelette. Awe! It really buys me at their first dish!
Tamagoyaki - $4.90

Tamagoyaki - $4.90

 
They have a few options for Japanese Stir fried rice. You can choose from Garlic, Salmon, Eel or Pork. We have chosen Unagi portion and every spoonful from the rice was tasty and satisfying. Hints of Wok Hei taste and for the price we are paying, its a go especially when they are not stingy on their Unagi. Bowl of fried rice is soft and every grain was significant in the bowl not sticking into each other.

Yaki Meshi Niniku/Sake/Unagi/ButaNiku - $10.90

Yaki Meshi Niniku/Sake/Unagi/ButaNiku - $10.90

 

Our Kushiyaki orders was served in a long traditional wooden board. Starting from left to right in the picture, Buta Bara $2.90 is their chef recommendation in which boneless pork belly with Onion makes up the stick while the one besides features Hotate Bacon Maki $3.90 with scallop wrapped inside the bacon. I thought it was quite special as I seldom come across such combination. Next will be a common combination of bacon and asparagus, Asparagus with Bacon Maki $3.20. Sasami (Tare / Mentai / Cheese) $3.20,  Chicken Breast Meat with a choice of sauce, mentai or even cheese. Tsukune (Tare / Mentai)  $3.50 which refers to chicken Meat Ball is part of the recommended items on the menu as well, patrons can has a choice of sauce or mentai over it. Last but not least, the chicken with leek and sauce, Negima (Tare / Shio) $2.90. It does comes with the choice of salt without sauce too.

Introduction of Skewers from Left to Right

Introduction of Skewers from Left to Right

 

Another addictive item on the menu will be none other than their grilled pork cheek. Not only was it tender that makes up part of the addiction, the Miso sauce was definitely a perfectly choice to dab those meat onto.

Tontoro Miso Yaki - $12

Tontoro Miso Yaki - $12

 
Here's our additional order as we felt that the food had scored above our expectation. We were kind of a little greedy thinking we should fill up our tummy more with their good food and we ordered their dragon roll. It was make up of fresh with Unagi, cucumber and tempura prawn that was served with a warm bite. 

Doragan Roru - $18.00

Doragan Roru - $18.00

 
As a whole,  Mikawa Yakitori Bar has showed us (patrons) that they take pride in its kushiyaki skewers and we are pleasantly surprised with the dining experience. Service wise, they are professional and friendly.
 
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BurgerLabo Smile Jul 21, 2020   
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Categories : Singaporean Western | Burgers and Sandwiches

BurgerLabo is located at Malan Road within Gillman Barracks. Though the floor area was not big, this bar and dining concepts has large glass windows and are pretty well-lit with natural lighting. The Interior was simply chic and modern. They focus on Burger meals as well as bread rolls with meat and a variety of alcoholic options.
BurgerLarbo

BurgerLarbo

 
As we did not have prior reservations, it was fully occupied in the interior. We have the exterior seating with mosquito coil burning away to keep them away from us. 
Looking into BurgerLabo

Looking into BurgerLabo

 
There are 3 flavors for a milkshake and we had chosen the plain flavor. It was impressive enough with distinctive vanilla beans in the cup and I don't mind having another cup since its quite small.
Madagascan vanilla Milkshake - $7, House-made green tiger prawn keropok - $5

Madagascan vanilla Milkshake - $7, House-made green tiger prawn keropok - $5

 
We had 15 pieces of Tiger Prawn Keropok for sides. Surprisingly it was light in taste and crispy in texture. It also has a significant prawn taste.
Keropok

Keropok

 
Served in Connecticut- Style, the Grilled American Lobster was tossed with unsalted butter and with the choice of Crème Fraîche or house-made shio kombu mayonnaise. 
American Lobster Roll - $35

American Lobster Roll - $35

 
The meat was then sandwiched in a warm toasted baguette that was baked especially for this. The meal was not plain as it was served with shoestring truffle fries topped with grated Parmesan cheese.
Lobster, anyone?

Lobster, anyone?

 
All burger patties were cooked to medium / medium-well standard to ensure food safety. Patties were juicy and tender, topped with red onions pickled in IPA. 
Basic Burger (300g) - $25

Basic Burger (300g) - $25

 
These red onions were cooked in Wagyu fats, American cheese, house-made bone marrow 'butter', house-made mustard, and house-made shio kombu mayo-based sauce. We had the basic burger whereby the patties were made up of a blend of Black Angus beef & Toriyama Umami Wagyu A4 patty. They were placed in warm toasted bun baked by Bakery Brera. The Basic Burger comes with 150g or 300g at $18 / $25 respectively.
Quality Patty

Quality Patty

 
Cross Section of Basic Burger

Cross Section of Basic Burger

 
Cross Section of Basic Burger

It was a good experience knowing there is such a well crafted burger around. Price is explained by the quality of the food and it makes sense to pamper ourselves once a while. If you are looking for yummy burger and around the corner, you should give BurgerLabo a try.
 
Date of Visit: Jul 18, 2020 

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