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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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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.

 
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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Soi Thai Kitchen Smile Apr 29, 2019   
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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.

 
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.
 
Other Ratings:
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 4  |  
Service
 4  |  
Clean
 4  |  
Price
 4

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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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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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