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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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Chateraise Smile Nov 28, 2015   
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Categories : Japanese | Bakery | Desserts and Cakes | Ice Cream and Gelato

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Chateraise is housed in the basement of Westgate Shopping Centre right inside Isetan and they are known for their sweets, pastry and desserts from Japan. I came to realise the existence of the shop when my girl friend raved about their pastries and desserts, telling me that the whole family likes their swiss rolls as well as cakes.
Chateraise

Chateraise

 
Recently, during a visit to my house, she caught hold of my stomach with "Double" Fantasy. It was then we start to believe that Chateraise was real good!

 
As I was queuing up for my pastries & Cakes, I took a look into the chiller. They have assorted and varieties of cake to choose from. Some of the cakes on display were actually fake ones with the real ones kept in the chiller.
Varieties

Varieties

 
With just a few glance, I would say these delicate little stuff can really blew my mind especially when I see the Happy Little Bear and Happy little Bunny. I just feel like adopting them, into my stomach. smile
Bring me home!

Bring me home!

 
A number tag will be given to you once orders are made. Thereafter, we will show this to the cashier and he/she will consolidate and ask for payment. The transaction process is sequential which i felt quite good about it.
Number tag to pay

Number tag to pay

 
Here's our buy! The pastry has individual packaging for handling.
my purchase

my purchase

 
Double Fantasy has lived up to its name with 2 layers of cream inserted in the puff. It crust was velvety soft, texture goes very well with the cream.
Fresh cream

Fresh cream

 
The first layer consists of fresh Hokkaido Cream while the second layer with egg custard cream. Yummy!
Look at the double cream colors

Look at the double cream colors

 
The "Zebra" or mille crepe has 18 layers, soft and fluffy with fresh cream evenly spread in between them. It was yummy and came with a top layer of honey, a perfect go with the crepe.
Millicrepe!

Millicrepe!

 
Simply love the combination of the two light fluffy pastry shells that is fantastically soft with strawberry cream cheese sandwich in between.
Soft and yummy

Soft and yummy

 
Mascapone cream cheese made in Hokkaido and home made strawberry jam made of Californian strawberries is being used here and its so yummy!
Strawberry cream cheese

Strawberry cream cheese

 
Out of their packaging

Out of their packaging

 
The Pandan Cream Roll was so adorable that I could not bear to eat it. The Swiss Roll was very soft, better than my expectation and only costs $1.90. Fresh cream had sandwiched in between the roll with a comforting taste without having the thought of being too sinful.
Too cute to be eaten

Too cute to be eaten

 
The pancakes with Azuki Bean & Cream threw another surprise to me. They were pillow soft. At the bite, it gave a burst of refreshing and satisfying taste.
Soft

Soft

 
The first time when I was at Chateraise, the Eclair was sold out but luckily this time round I manage to grab one. Eclair was about a 15cm ruler length size
Wow

Wow

 
Yummy!

 
A matcha cake made to impress with a layer of red beans and chinese chestnut, elegantly created with starring shades of colors in its layer.
For the love of matcha

For the love of matcha

 
Sweetness was not too cloying and matcha cream was good enough.

 
A side view of Matcha Bombe Cake

Airy light and spongy soft cake was the plus points to this piece of legendary cake while the luscious fresh red strawberries were juicy, giving bonus points to its name.
Love it!

Love it!

 
As a hobby baker myself, I am amazed by the softness level from Chateraise. Though it may sound a tad expensive on the pastry but I would say buying that is money well spend as its quality and taste is good.

 
Spending per head: Approximately $2(Tea)

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Categories : Teochew | Coffeeshop

We chanced upon an old shop selling handmade popiah and Kueh Pie Tee after running our weekend errand in Joo Chiat. You may be surprised that this traditional and run-down shop still has its support with its well known Poh Piah Skin history since 1938 in Joo Chiat.
Located just by the side of the Road

Located just by the side of the Road

 
Take a look into the shop and you will find no tables or chairs but many tubs of ready made Poh Piah and Kueh Pie Tee ingredients. You will also get to see a number of traditional stoves that are used for Poh Piah Skin Making sitting on traditional ancient looking tiles.
Run down Shop

Run down Shop

 
Kway Guan Huat is also featured as one of Dr Leslie Tay's pick for its best Poh Piah.
Dr Leslie's Pick

Dr Leslie's Pick

 
Like any other poh piah stall, the food is prepared on the spot upon ordering, you may choose to dine in by there is only 1 table available, which is beside the Poh Piah Lady.
Kueh Pie Tee

Kueh Pie Tee

 
Besides its long Poh Piah History, what are the additional buying points? Let's check them out!

This poh piah is legendary! It's skin was indeed very thin and immediately bought me over. Good stuff I thought! *Slurps*

Ingredients like the turnips were scooped up from the cooker, bubbling hot while the rest like Tau Gay (Beansprouts), crispy bits and vegetables were added later on, separately. Although the layer of poh piah skin is seemingly thin but dont judge a book by its cover, it holds every piece of the ingredients so firmly that nothing actually ooze out from this thin layer, moreover the fillings are moist! I have opted for its non spicy version as the my friend cannot take the spice.
Cross Section of Poh Piah

Cross Section of Poh Piah

 
Kueh Pie Tee on the other hands was equally good. Ingredients are similar to Poh Piah's, turnip carrot, fresh lettuce, beansprouts and ground nuts. With a cripsy crust outside and its juicy ingredients filled in, and boy what a perfect match!
Poh Piah and Kueh Pie Tee

Poh Piah and Kueh Pie Tee

 
Kueh Pie Tee Cost: S$2.00 for 3
Poh Piah : S$2.00 each

Something that one might want to know is that place was rather congested (one way traffic) and parking space is limited.

For those who have not try this yet. I will highly recommend this! Die Die must try!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Poh Piah & Kueh Pie Tee
 
Date of Visit: Aug 04, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately $2(Tea)

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Carousel Smile Mar 27, 2014   
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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Hotel | Seafood | Halal | Buffet | Kids-Friendly

Be charmed by the buffet spread in Carosel by Plaza on the Scotts as they offered a wide spread varieties of cuisine from Mediterrean, Asian to Japanese including seafood and desserts stations could have let diner spoilt for choices. Rated as one of the top Halal Buffets in Singapore, these place had gained lots of attention from our Muslim foodies. In addition, their delectable dishes could leave all diners be spoilt for choices.
Carousel

Carousel

 
House in the ground level of Hotel Plaza by the Scotts, Carosel is easily accessible from the Orchard MRT Station. Perhaps the hardest part of getting to Carousel is perhaps the challenge in fixing a date as this place is generally overwhelmed by Buffet-Goers like us especially during Dinners.
If not for the 3 months advance booking I had, this trip can never happen.
Lobby

Lobby

 
As we were lead into the restaurant by the polite waitress, one can really enjoyed the clean and neat environment under the attractive lights. To the left we have the Japanese Station and to the right, the Seafood section where munching on big alaska king crabs and fresh oysters were start off.
Dining Area

Dining Area

 
Carousel's team professionalism had shown that every diner has a place mat in front of them together with the napkin prepared. What's more a set of utensils were already place on the rack too. With such service and setup, I felt please and privileged as their customers.
Setup

Setup

 
It was about 7pm and the place had not yet fully occupied but when the night got darker, the right atmosphere came. Everyone was enjoying their fair share of delighting buffet dinner and chatting among themselves. The comfy cushioned seating were also part of the main reason where diners can actually sit there for a longer period of time.

 
My lobster craving instinct has never stopped me from heading towards the seafood station first. Seafood were fresh, surrounded by ice with sauces helpings by the side.

The lobsters were nicely laid on the bed of ice waiting to be picked by the thongs given. The orange red crustaceans were simply too pleasing to our eyes and appetite. Since it's a buffet, it's unlikely that one will stop at just a serving.
Lobsters

Lobsters

 
Oysters lover, I bet you wont miss out those guys standing at the seafood station, sucking in their tummies and giving all their might in opening the hard shells of those oysters.
Oysters

Oysters

 
Head towards the Japanese Stations and you will get the staple food like Soba, and freshly made sushi.
Soba

Soba

 
Be sure to have a taste of Sashimi with Wasabi as an evidence that you have went through this counter.
Sushi

Sushi

 
Enjoy the spread of Asian Food over here at their counters. Each dish was shoned under the heat of the lamp.

Desserts are something diners filled their stomach with before asking for bill. Needless to say, the mouthwatering spreads of cakes, creme burlee, ice creams were all out for the Sweet Tooth.

An innovative way of preparing a small portion of creme burlee in a saucer. Love the top caramlised layer that was easily broken by a gentle touch of the spoon.
Desserts

Desserts

 
Enjoy different shapes of marshmallows over sweet fondues favour like Chocolate, Green tea and strawberry.
marshmallows

marshmallows

 
For cooling dessert, scoop some ice cream onto your bowl.

For a healthier choice, enjoy the fun of making yourselves a cup of yoghurt over their machine and topped them up with your rainbow rice, cereals etc.
Yoghurt

Yoghurt

 
With a prompt and friendly service, I did have a different dining experience in Carousel. To add on, Carousel had created a wonderful atmosphere for diners who are celebrating the birthday. Here's the Video of how they celebrated the diner's birthday.

Birthday Celebration

 

http://www.umakemehungry.com/2014/03/carousel.html
 
Spending per head: Approximately $80

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Let's have chicken tonight! Smile Aug 18, 2013   
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Categories : Hainanese | Chicken Rice

Given a number of choices for dinner as we drove along the stretch of shop houses in Upper Thomson Road and out of all, we had decided to go for a healthier version of chicken rice, Chicken House, which was lauded for its luscious delicacies.
Shop Front

Shop Front

 
Look into the restaurant and you will see there are still alot of empty seats as we are rather early for dinner on a weekend. Helpers are all dressed in white polo tee with "Chicken House" in red on their back.
Inside the House

Inside the House

 
We were directed to a table next to a wall since we are dining in 3 as most of the bigger round tables were in the center of the restaurant. Food serving was amazingly fast, as the lady was taking our order, the plain rice and soup were already served on our table together with the tissues and utensils.

Food serving was made easier through the counter of kitchen in the restaurant. Take a look over at the square opening under the green signage, this is the place where the chef would ring the bell to alert the helpers when food is ready for serving.
Kitchen Counter

Kitchen Counter

 
Each table in the restaurant comes with a dish of seasoning. Customer will get to have their serving of spicy chicken rice chilli, sweet black sauce and blended ginger with the little saucers.
Seasonings

Seasonings

 
However, there was a gentle reminder pasted at the eyes level stating not to let them go into waste and we should take the amount of seasonings we required.
Do not waste Note

Do not waste Note

 
As the rice was served, I did not take any look as the lady was still taking order. I tried the soup and rice after she left our table. The soup is the essence from the chicken and was exceptionally tasty, we thought it was the magic of MSG but after drinking whole bowl of it, I was not thirsty.
Rice & Soup

Rice & Soup

 
The dish that steals the scene is this yellowish plate of half chicken. The shop promises that our meals are low in fat and cholesterol, given that kampong chicken was lean in nature, one can hardly find the layers of fat in them like what you find in a chicken rice stall.

The difference between the non kampong chicken is that they are injected with growth hormones which stimulates the growth for commercial purposes. On the contrary, kampong chicken are fed and reared without these stimulants and was healthier.

Being Kampong grown, they are generally thinner which means amount of meat may be lesser but they are firmer and of course better in serving!

Cost: $12.00 for half chicken
Kampong Chicken

Kampong Chicken

 
A simple dish, Ipoh Beansprouts that goes well with a plate of meat (kampong chicken), accompany the smooth and not greasy chicken with its crunchiness bites of the sprouts garnished with fried and spring onions and a little bit of sliced chilli.
Cost: $4.00
Beansprouts

Beansprouts

 
Vegetables like Xiao Bai Cai are also good to go with a plate of meat. They were drenched with light soya sauce and tastes crunchy as well.
Cost :$$4.00
Vegetables

Vegetables

 
The Chicken Ngoh Hiang was deep fried to a nice golden brown color and was cripsy on the outside and succulent on the inside accompanied by the sweet tasting sauce.
Cost: $4.00
Chicken Ngoh Hiang

Chicken Ngoh Hiang

 
Total of the meal together with 3 cups of cold barley sums up to $31.45 for 3 of us. Average spending is about $10.00 per head and I would say is money well spend for such quantity and quality of food!
Spendings

Spendings

 
Note:
(1) To avoid additional costs, one can return those packets of hand towels provided.
(2) There are limited parking lots, parking in diagonal and parallel is required if you are in front of the shop houses. Be early to avoid disappointment.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Kampong Chicken
 
Date of Visit: Aug 17, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately $10(Dinner)

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Rojak Smile Jun 06, 2013   
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Categories : Food Court

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All by the words of mouth, I get to know this awesome Rojak located in Gourmet Paradise. Astonished by the never ending snaky queues even during odd hours. It took me half an hour before I get to grab hold the plate of Rojak.

Peanuts lover beware, you are in for this mouth watering plate of rojak. Priced at S$4.00 for the standard size is wholesome! Avalanche of roasted peanuts which hides away the big portion of rojak ingredients and this has given ample texture with lovely crunchy bites tongue. Best served with spoons.
Spoonful of peanuts

Spoonful of peanuts

 
Scooped bottoms-up and try digging past the dry and powerdy peanuts and mixing the ingredients of the rojak thoroughly with the fermented prawn sauce. Yums!

Sweet and tangy plate of "chinese salad" , it comes with pineapple, cucumber, tau pok (bean curd), You Tiao (fried fritters), red ginger buds, bang kuang (turnip) and even Jiu He (cuttlefish). Ingredients were fresh and of good quality.

We loved it so much that we did not even leave any remnants of the sauce behind, and basically finish every drop of it.
Rojak $4.00

Rojak $4.00

 
Service & Ambience
Amazing workers. The queues just never stop! Surprised by how the uncle can "ta-han" (Withstand) such long hours non-stop of stirring and grinding with the woodle ladle.
Queues & more queues

Queues & more queues

 
Price
Value worth this money, with the portions and ingredients especially cuttlefish, you can hardly get this elsewhere in singapore! Definitely worth the wait!
Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish

 
Recommendation / Tips
They are quite generous with the sugar portions as well, for those who do not want to take such sweetness may request for less sugar. If you ask for my recommendations, I will say this is a die die must try dish!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Rojak
 
Date of Visit: Jun 05, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately $4(Tea)

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