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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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My birthday dinner Smile Apr 03, 2013   
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Categories : Japanese | Restaurant

Food
Teppanyaki on a hilltop - hmmm... the idea of having a birthday dinner over there feels good.
The last time I have been year it's like 10 years back, well... I would say that nothing has changed... the thing that only changes is perhaps their staff faces... I dont know... tongue
Let's take a look at what my treat is all about. smile

The "Ah Char" and Braised sotong are our starters after placing on our "bib/apron" provided by the restaurant.

 
Look what we had ordered! A specific cook for the night will go to the kitchen, prepare the ingredients for our dish and place it near the teppan.

 
The cook prepare the Venison (deer) meat before our eyes, professional! Since we are the first customer of the counter, he is polite to asked if we want "slow-cook" or "fast-cook" of course, we have chosen the slower way.

 
The fried olive rice was cooked by the kitchen and not our designated chef. Comes only in a bowl and yammy! It's delicious! Every mouthful of rice scoop up using my chopsticks, I get to see the olive substances in it. Smells good! * Thumbs up*

 
Scallops over the Teppanyaki is different. Scallops are fresh, soft and tangy feeling. For every of portion the chef cooked, he will place equally amount on my plate and on my friend's.

 
We have a choice of chawanmushi or miso soup. We ordered both. As for the miso soup, there is nothing special in particular. For chawanmushi, I like the ingredients inside, mushrooms and crab meat given were ample. Crab meat provided are those better in quality - Japanese ones, you can tell from the taste, it tastes different and the color is different from the local made ones we had from the super marts/markets.

 
This is not pork! Maybe the presentation doesnt looks good but this is definitely a must try! Foie Gras! A little oozey with a slightly crispy outside. A bite on it and it so silky on your tongue. It's sooooo good!

 
The way the chef cut the asparagus into pieces are too skillful for me to mention.

 
Teppanyaki mushroom filled with garlic. Soft, flavorful and great as usual!

 
Beansprouts were compliments from the restaurant.

 
After a few plates served, there were more customers and they ordered beef! There was big flame over our counter and this is where majority of the smoke comes about.

 
Desserts are compliments from the restaurant too. We have chosen honey dew sago and mango pudding. Nothing to shout about but honey dew sago is full of coconut's taste. sad . However we enjoyed our desserts over at the desserts corner - the staff will usually bring the customers over to this corner for desserts after the teppanyaki session.

 
Service
Service is definitely there - above average but not excellent. Once in a while, the waitress will come over to our seats and top up the tea for us. Also when we were seated surrounding the teppanyaki corner, they assist us to put the apron over our neck. Ha! I felt like a baby with a bib over my neck! tongue

Ambience
The hilltop restaurant does offer other cuisine like the indonesian cuisine at the other end of the restaurant. The chairs over there were not as comfy as the Japanese restaurant. Atmosphere looks abit run down and like the restaurants in the shows during the 70s / 80s. During the teppanyaki dinning it will be smoky of course as customers are seated in front of the cook.

Price
Quite a bomb, spending about over $100 and average of $60 per person. It's a good for experience and maybe it's located in Hill area, that is why price are abit steep.

Recommendation / Tips
A quiet place for dinner and usually after dinner, we will smell of smoke.
After dinner, we can walk up and down the hills, however do note that you may need to bring insect repellant as I'm bitten by the mosquitoes.
 
Date of Visit: Apr 02, 2013 

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Great Hangout Place Smile Jan 16, 2013   
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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Restaurant | Desserts and Cakes | Pasta | Burgers and Sandwiches | Brunch

Food
Beef and Truffle Mushroom Pizza - I have never tried a pizza with beef and mushroom and surprisingly it is fantastic. You Should try this.

 
Calm Chowder with Bread - The soup tastes good and had an exceptional taste. Although the soup may looks thin and not the usual creamy kind. It is definitely worth your taste buds.

 
Toast with Otah - Was shocked when i see toast with otah in a western restaurant. A very different kind of experience. Otah tastes good as well.

 
Ambiance
Decorated with stuff from the 70s and 80s, it just make us feel so lay back dinning there. There are ample seats and place is rather spacious.

Service
Although there are no seats for 2 during dinner hours for us. They recommend us to sit at the bar counter. Speed is rather fast and they do follow ups to check if the food is alright. I like their service.

Recommendation
The toilets are outside the restaurant and you might want to bring some insect repellent while waiting for the toilet. The toilet has lemon grass fragrance which repels insects.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Beef with Mushroom Pizza
 
Spending per head: Approximately $15(Dinner)

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Soi Thai Kitchen Smile Apr 29, 2019   (Related Review)
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Categories : Thai | Restaurant

Lately, Soi Thai has been my frequently visited eatery. Having visited Soi Thai Kitchen in Tampines & Soi Thai Kitchen in Jurong West quite some years back, I'm glad that they are spreading the wings further creating more outlets offering more wallet-friendly authentic Thai Cuisine.

This is our all time favourite and with request of less spiciness so that we won't be swallowing down the chilli seeds. We prefer the clear version and customers can have the choice of chicken Tom Yam or Seafood Tom Yam Soup. 
Clear Tom Yam Soup 冬炎清汤 - $7

Clear Tom Yam Soup 冬炎清汤 - $7

 
Mango Salad is one of the recommendations in the menu. Its appetizing and too we requested for the less spicier version. Shredded mango is tossed with the peanuts, fish sauce, coriander, carrot, onions and lime juice. It's quite addictive and make a great side dish.
Mango Salad 芒果沙拉 - $6

Mango Salad 芒果沙拉 - $6

 
Their fishcakes come in a plate of four and is recommended to order especially if you have kids. Its fried and crispy at the exterior, different from the ones that most Thai Restaurant would serve. Fishcake is springy and great to go with their sweet chilli sauce.

 
If you are looking to order greens from their menu, the Stir Fried Kai Lan is of excellent choice. It is fried together in minced garlic and oyster sauce with slices of carrot.
Stir Fried Kai Lan 芥蓝炒蚝油 - $7

Stir Fried Kai Lan 芥蓝炒蚝油 - $7

 
 We simply love the Premium Fried Pork Cheek as its roasted to perfection, crispy outside with crunchy edges and was not too dry. Meat was chewy and best combination if you dip them into the given chilli sauce.
Premium Fried Pork Cheek - $12

Premium Fried Pork Cheek - $12

 
If you love the scent of basil, you may like to order this dish and pair along with rice. This is one of the popular ordered dishes among the diners especially if you are dining in a group and sharing dishes.
Basil Pork九层塔炒猪肉碎 - $7

Basil Pork九层塔炒猪肉碎 - $7

 
If you are going for individual portion, you can try ordering their Thai Fried Kway Tiao. The "Wok-Hei" together with the kiffir Lime had spelt a difference on the dish. Ingredients are simple slices of  carrot, chicken, Kailan and egg. 
Thai Fried Kway Tiao with Kai Lan 泰式炒粿条 - $6

Thai Fried Kway Tiao with Kai Lan 泰式炒粿条 - $6

 
A dish that you either like it or hate it. While I enjoy the fragrance of olive oil, I find that the dish is tastes great though it might looked plain without much ingredients.
Olive Fried Rice 橄榄炒饭 - $6

Olive Fried Rice 橄榄炒饭 - $6

 
The soft sweet savoury pineapple fried rice was a spot on. Ingredients lend a good texture with chewy raisins, crunchy cashew nuts and fragrantly prepared together with meat floss.
Pineapple Rice 黄梨炒饭 - $6

Pineapple Rice 黄梨炒饭 - $6

 
We had Red Ruby dessert to complete our meal. Glad that dessert tasted alright without having overpowering coconut milk taste with sago. What's more, I love the crunchiness of the rubies.
Red Ruby 红宝石 - $3

Red Ruby 红宝石 - $3

 
 The milk tea has subtle tea fragrant, not too strong and a good milk taste, likewise for the Ice Thai Green Tea, both level of sweetness is great.
Thai Iced Tea & Thai Ice Green Tea - $3 Each

Thai Iced Tea & Thai Ice Green Tea - $3 Each

 
Soi Thai Kitchen is serving authentic Thai Food at affordable pricing without GST charge. Basically that's the main reason why we are returning there so often! I guess its queue also tells us that its well-liked by many.
Thai Pan Fried Prawn Pizza 泰式虾披萨 - $10

Thai Pan Fried Prawn Pizza 泰式虾披萨 - $10

 
Stir Fried Clams with Thai Chilli Sauce泰式辣味啦啦 - $12

Stir Fried Clams with Thai Chilli Sauce泰式辣味啦啦 - $12

 
Squid with Lime Sauce 辣椒柠檬墨鱼- $10

Squid with Lime Sauce 辣椒柠檬墨鱼- $10

 
 
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Leong Kee (Klang) Bak Kut Teh Smile Apr 29, 2019   
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Categories : Singaporean Chinese | Restaurant | Bak Kut Teh

Recently we returned to the Bak Kut Teh Stall in Masiling that we have been patronizing sometimes back and was utterly disappointed by the lacklustre soup served. Are our taste buds expecting more now or is it that the standard had dropped drastically? It seems to be the latter as the crowd in the coffeeshop was no longer the same.

Anyway, it did not stop us from going further looking out for Herbal Bak Kut Teh. There were so many BKT stall out there but Leong Kee is one of the long-standing ones that i have heard.
Shophouse where Leong Kee (Klang) Bak Kut Teh Located

Shophouse where Leong Kee (Klang) Bak Kut Teh Located

 
Leong Kee situated in one of the corner shop house along Geylang Lorong 11. There are alot of media articles plaster on the walls outside the eating place over the years, raving about the food they served. Eating space is rather limited, there are only a few tables and chairs along the shop's perimeter.
Stall

Stall

 
A sip of the soup had tell me this is the right one! Herbal soup was not overwhelming and makes a satisfying meal. We ordered 2 rice, 1 Bak Kut Teh, 1 Dry Bak Kut Teh and 1 bowl of fried fritters at $27.9.
Our Set for Sharing

Our Set for Sharing

 
 Meat was infused with herbal taste and ingredients were generous. Items include liver, belly, intestines, stomach, vegetables and tau pok. Perhaps one more items that I would like to see in the pot is button mushrooms.
Items in the Pot

Items in the Pot

 
 Don't worry about the texture. It falls from the bone easily and even its liver was cooked to perfection, texture was just right and not too hard.
Ribs

Ribs

 
Do not forget to order their You Tiao / dry fritters to soaked up the essence of the herbal soup.
You Tiao - $1 per pax

You Tiao - $1 per pax

 
Dry Bak Kut Teh is laudable.  If you can take abit of spiciness, do have a try. Served sizzling and intensively flavoured in the earthen claypot, once its get served, we were engulfed by its aroma. Its savoury sweet sauce makes a perfect marriage to the bowls of white rice we had ordered. Not only that, it does strikes a right punch of sweet and spiciness.
Dry Bak Kut Teh - $10.50

Dry Bak Kut Teh - $10.50

 
If you are wondering what are the curly stripes garnishing together with dried chili and coriander. They are one of the pulling factor of the entire dish as cuttlefish gave out a good fragrant.
Sizzling Hot Pot

Sizzling Hot Pot

 
The meat were tender and evenly coated in the sauce. We sink our teeth onto the nice softly texture and enjoy every bite of it.
Earthen Clay Pot

Earthen Clay Pot

 
To name a few Klang Style Bak Kut Teh in Singapore, I felt that Leong Kee's has the best taste so far  even though there are better ones out there. So glad that this has fixed my craving for Herbal BKT.
 
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Soi Thai Kitchen Smile Apr 29, 2019   (Related Review)
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Lately, Soi Thai has been my frequently visited eatery. Having visited Soi Thai Kitchen in Tampines & Soi Thai Kitchen in Jurong West quite some years back, I'm glad that they are spreading the wings further creating more outlets offering more wallet-friendly authentic Thai Cuisine.

This is our all time favourite and with request of less spiciness so that we won't be swallowing down the chilli seeds. We prefer the clear version and customers can have the choice of chicken Tom Yam or Seafood Tom Yam Soup. 
Clear Tom Yam Soup 冬炎清汤 - $7

Clear Tom Yam Soup 冬炎清汤 - $7

 
Mango Salad is one of the recommendations in the menu. Its appetizing and too we requested for the less spicier version. Shredded mango is tossed with the peanuts, fish sauce, coriander, carrot, onions and lime juice. It's quite addictive and make a great side dish.
Mango Salad 芒果沙拉 - $6

Mango Salad 芒果沙拉 - $6

 
Their fishcakes come in a plate of four and is recommended to order especially if you have kids. Its fried and crispy at the exterior, different from the ones that most Thai Restaurant would serve. Fishcake is springy and great to go with their sweet chilli sauce.

 
Beautifully served in star shape in pieces of 8, suitable for sharing if you are dining in group. 
Thai Pan Fried Prawn Pizza 泰式虾披萨 - $10

Thai Pan Fried Prawn Pizza 泰式虾披萨 - $10

 
If you are looking to order greens from their menu, the Stir Fried Kai Lan is of excellent choice. It is fried together in minced garlic and oyster sauce with slices of carrot.
Stir Fried Kai Lan 芥蓝炒蚝油 - $7

Stir Fried Kai Lan 芥蓝炒蚝油 - $7

 
 We simply love the Premium Fried Pork Cheek as its roasted to perfection, crispy outside with crunchy edges and was not too dry. Meat was chewy and best combination if you dip them into the given chilli sauce.
Premium Fried Pork Cheek - $12

Premium Fried Pork Cheek - $12

 
If you love the scent of basil, you may like to order this dish and pair along with rice. This is one of the popular ordered dishes among the diners especially if you are dining in a group and sharing dishes.
Basil Pork九层塔炒猪肉碎 - $7

Basil Pork九层塔炒猪肉碎 - $7

 
Though Stir Fried Clams with Thai Chilli Sauce is a recommended dish on the menu, we did not find the dish anything out of the ordinary. It's spicy as indicated and the only thing is that the clams were fresh.
Stir Fried Clams with Thai Chilli Sauce泰式辣味啦啦 - $12

Stir Fried Clams with Thai Chilli Sauce泰式辣味啦啦 - $12

 
Squid rings are recommended as they are meaty and fresh. The lime juice together with the chili gravy had given a zesty sour yet sweet and spicy flavour to the dish.
Squid with Lime Sauce 辣椒柠檬墨鱼- $10

Squid with Lime Sauce 辣椒柠檬墨鱼- $10

 
If you are going for individual portion, you can try ordering their Thai Fried Kway Tiao. The "Wok-Hei" together with the kiffir Lime had spelt a difference on the dish. Ingredients are simple slices of  carrot, chicken, Kailan and egg. 
Thai Fried Kway Tiao with Kai Lan 泰式炒粿条 - $6

Thai Fried Kway Tiao with Kai Lan 泰式炒粿条 - $6

 
A dish that you either like it or hate it. While I enjoy the fragrance of olive oil, I find that the dish is tastes great though it might looked plain without much ingredients.
Olive Fried Rice 橄榄炒饭 - $6

Olive Fried Rice 橄榄炒饭 - $6

 
The soft sweet savoury pineapple fried rice was a spot on. Ingredients lend a good texture with chewy raisins, crunchy cashew nuts and fragrantly prepared together with meat floss.
Pineapple Rice 黄梨炒饭 - $6

Pineapple Rice 黄梨炒饭 - $6

 
We had Red Ruby dessert to complete our meal. Glad that dessert tasted alright without having overpowering coconut milk taste with sago. What's more, I love the crunchiness of the rubies.
Red Ruby 红宝石 - $3

Red Ruby 红宝石 - $3

 
 The milk tea has subtle tea fragrant, not too strong and a good milk taste, likewise for the Ice Thai Green Tea, both level of sweetness is great.
Thai Iced Tea & Thai Ice Green Tea - $3 Each

Thai Iced Tea & Thai Ice Green Tea - $3 Each

 
Soi Thai Kitchen is serving authentic Thai Food at affordable pricing without GST charge. Basically that's the main reason why we are returning there so often! I guess its queue also tells us that its well-liked by many.
 
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