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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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Fuel Plus Smile Nov 22, 2019   
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Categories : Café

https://www.umakemehungry.com/2019/08/fuel-plus.html


If you heard of Refuel Cafe which is popular in the East sides, you will probably know that they have opened another cafe in Telok Blangah area located at the foot of Mount Faber.

Fuel Plus

Fuel Plus

 

Interior has thrown a show case of  Scandinavian inspired decor. The environment is bright and gives a comfortable feel to diner. If you notice the pipeline decoration on the wall, you will figure out that they are spelling out "Fuel Plus".

Can you read?

Can you read?

 

We ordered some bites while waiting for the mains and we were glad that we did as it took quite sometime for the food to come. Cheesy tortilla nibbles were not a bad choice and served with BBQ pulled pork topped with refreshing salsa, jalapeno and their homemade sauce.

Nacho Pulled Pork - $12

Nacho Pulled Pork - $12

 

 While presentation is a plus point here, we also get to taste a different style of enjoying a glass of Ice Latte. Instead of having milk with espresso topped with ice. They did a reverse engineer way by having Espresso Freeze into cubes and served it with a glass of milk.

Ice Latte PLUS - $6.50

Ice Latte PLUS - $6.50

 

Close up of Ice Espresso Cubes

Close up of Ice Espresso Cubes

 

 Fuel Ice Tea is surprisingly refreshing. Sweetness level was just right and pack full of citrus flavours. You get to taste the real strawberry fruits, kaffir lime and mint flavours in this drink. Definitely a boost to your vitamin C for the day!

Fuel Ice Tea - $5.50

Fuel Ice Tea - $5.50

 

The slow baked tender pork ribs were tantalizing! It comes with thai inspired mixed salad that contains rocket leaves, cauliflower, strawberries and even slice of fried lotus root. Yum! Taste and tenderness were definitely great and comparable to those cafe that specialized in BBQ Ribs. However, one thing that can improve on maybe perhaps the serving time. It was served cold and we preferred to have it at least warm.

Honey BBQ Babyback Ribs - $20

Honey BBQ Babyback Ribs - $20

 

Close Up for Babyback Ribs

Close Up for Babyback Ribs

 

It was the dish I looked forward to the most before travelling down. I was tad disappointed as it was served with egg fettucini instead. Nonetheless, the quality of the food was above expectation. Tender chunks of beef was a spot on. The slow cooked beef in rich hereby tomato sauce was generous and every part of the pasta was well coated in sauce.

Beef Ragu - $18

Beef Ragu - $18

 

 Overall, food has been slightly above expectation and by looking at other tables orders, i'm kind of convinced that we have to make additional trip back to try other interesting bites, desserts as well as the Mains. Serving timing for the mains may take a while but good food comes to those who wait. Ha Ha Ha.

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Mui Kee Congee OK Nov 22, 2019   
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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong | Restaurant | Porridge/Congee

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Chanced by Mui Kee Congee while we were around Shaw Centre area and decided to give it a try as there was no queue.
Mui Kee Congee

Mui Kee Congee

 
To begin with, Mui Kee has its very first outlet in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. It had begun with a young 30 years old lady , Mak Mui. Her son then took over the reins by putting in his same amount of passion and efforts as his mum. Over the years, Mui Kee has steadily built up its reputation among locals as well as tourists. Three generations later, Mak Mui's grandson (known as Ah Tung) took over the business. He took over the recipes and heritage cooking techniques during the 2 years of training from his grandmother at the age of 22 before he was allowed to be in the kitchen.
Mui Kee Congee

Mui Kee Congee

 
Congee is definitely the traditional Cantonese way of preparation. It was silky till no grains of rice can be seen. They were not watery and best was that each mouthful of it was permeated with so much of charred flavours in it.  While I expect the dace fish balls to smell abit fishy but I was thrown with some surprise here.
Dace Fish Balls 生滚鲜鯪鱼丸 - $9.80

Dace Fish Balls 生滚鲜鯪鱼丸 - $9.80

 
There were about 6 dace fish balls in my bowl and we were quite comfortable with the taste. It was bouncy and tasted refreshing. Seems like that one of the ingredients included were orange zest.

Dace Balls

Dace Balls

 

Innard were cooked to the correct texture, not too tough. As for the intestines, they were well handled. We added some pork balls for another $4 and we were glad that it did not disappoint.

Pork Innards 生滚及第 (肚,肝与粉肠) - $8.80

Pork Innards 生滚及第 (肚,肝与粉肠) - $8.80

 

Steamed rice noodle was thin and smooth by itself. Adding on the sweet black sauce had boosted its moisture and lifting the plain rice noodle a delectable one with its ingredients. Besides the mixed mushrooms, it does come with a few variation like the chfe recommendations, Sakura Ebi or Roasted Duck with preserved vegetables.

Mixed Mushrooms 杂菇肠粉- $5

Mixed Mushrooms 杂菇肠粉- $5

 

The Chrysanthemum Red Dates tea is not your usual kind of sweet herbal tea. Instead it tasted bitter and may not be a liking for all.

Home Made Chrysanthemum Red Dates Tea 自製菊花红枣茶 & Homemade Iced Citron Tea自製柠檬茶 - $2.50

Home Made Chrysanthemum Red Dates Tea 自製菊花红枣茶 & Homemade Iced Citron Tea自製柠檬茶 - $2.50

 

Each Overall, Mui Kee had brought the culture from Hong Kong into the shop where service staff take order conversing in Cantonese. However you can get them to switch into Mandarin or English too if you prefer this way. Apart than that, service is quite efficient and luckily the atrocious Hong Kong Service culture was not being brought here.

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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Chinese Steamboat/Hot Pot

https://www.umakemehungry.com/2019/06/whampoa-keng-fish-head-steamboat.html

Friends were mentioning that we should try some Fish Steamboat for the evening and we went through a list of popular eating places and decided that we should explore the shop house in Balestier as its has been popular and long standing in that area.

It was nearing dinner time and for walk-in customers we had to join the snaky long queue as we did not make any reservations.

See the Queue

See the Queue

 

While waiting for our tables, we were told to look into the menu and decide what to order. There were seats outside the restaurant to let customers rest while waiting, however the number of seats could not accommodate all the people that were waiting. Some of them have to stand on the pavement which is just next to the road and we find it quite dangerous, also blocking the pedestrians who were passing by us.

The Queue

The Queue

 

We waited for quite sometimes and while watching both human and the traffic, we managed to catch the beautiful blue hour during that day.

Blue Hour

Blue Hour

 

About an hour of wait, we finally got our table. Order taking was fast and soon, our dishes were up on the table.

Spinach has a well balanced with depth of flavour coming from the mixture of normal, century and salted eggs. I'm the one who usually love to grab some of the vegetable gravy with my rice but not in this case as it is more of diluted and too much water content in the dish.

Sauteed Spinach in Assorted Eggs

Sauteed Spinach in Assorted Eggs

 

Har Cheong kai aka Prawn Paste Chicken's depth of flavour is there and it was marinated long enough with the fermented prawn paste. Wings were plump and crispy at its first bite, letting out its hot juicy flavours.

Prawn Paste Chicken - (Medium)

Prawn Paste Chicken - (Medium)

 

This was what we were attracted to Whampoa Keng. The steamboat stock was milky and tasted great. Ingredients include the chunks of fish, fried yam, cabbages, seaweed, herbs and hints of fried sole fish taste were spotted. Charcoal as left burning throughout the session in the middle of the pot.

Let's dig in

Let's dig in

 

The entire eating area was cramp and servers have to be extremely careful not to knock over the hot steamboat into others. Not only that, the entire place was smoky with steam rising up from each table's hot pot.

Burning in the Charcoal

Burning in the Charcoal

 

Their prices are on a steeper side if we were to compare the same meals to other Fish Head Steamboat. For that time taken for us to queue and grab a table, I would not mind exchange Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat for other eating places. However, taking a look at the crowd, it seems like big families with elderly were enjoy such dinner sessions. Perhaps this traditional name of Fish Head Steamboat already have a group of their die hard fans who love Whampoa Keng's style of preparing the Steamboat.

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Categories : Singaporean Chinese | Restaurant | Seafood | Zi Char

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Hualong Fishhead Steamboat has been established since 2003 famous for its heartwarming fishhead charcoal steamboat and this is their 2nd branch in Bukit Batok. There were also featured on Channel 8's TV Program couple of years back. 
Hua Long

Hua Long

 
Its hard not to give this a try when this is raved one of the best fishhead steamboat in Singapore and also their their specialty. Pledge themselves the using a top grade soup without having MSG added and having it sold out daily. Their secret recipe was said to be using old mother hen,  anchoives, yellow beans, rock sugar and many other ingredients slow cooking for hours under the charcoal fire.
Hualong Charcoal Steamboat

Hualong Charcoal Steamboat

 
We enjoyed the smallest red snapper version of their charcoal steamboat pot. Other than snapper, Red Grouper and promfret option are also available for the choices of fish.
Red Snapper - $23.80 / $38.80 / $48.80

Red Snapper - $23.80 / $38.80 / $48.80

 
A small portion is good for 3-4 pax sharing with other side dishes order. Ingredients almost filled to the brim together with big chunks of fish. The soup tasted milky and with hints of fried sole fish. Simply yummy!
Steamboat

Steamboat

 
We got a few pieces of cross sections of the fish.
Cross Section of Fish Meat

Cross Section of Fish Meat

 
Having something out of their printed menu. They called it "Ham Yu Fa Lam Pou" in the dialect. Sizzling hot delight of pork belly slices topped with salted fish and placed in the claypot makes the a hearty meal. The ginger, onions and slices of dried chilli makes the dish looked a fiery combination but it turned out that together with the tender slices of pork belly, dark soy sauce, its actually a mixture of savoury flavours. They only have this randomly on its special menu. There are other out of menu items too.
Belly with Salted Fish in Claypot  咸鱼花腩煲 - $12

Belly with Salted Fish in Claypot 咸鱼花腩煲 - $12

 
Having Cze Char gave you more choice of how you want the dish to be done. Just like the omelette, there were a few variations to choose from. From plain egg, Fuyong, Shrimps, Onion, Bittergoud, minced meat or even Chinese sausage. We have the minced meat Omlette, it was fluffy and definitely
Minced Meat Omelette 煎蛋 - $9

Minced Meat Omelette 煎蛋 - $9

 
Their Signature Wok fried Noodles comes with a selection of either Bee Hoon or Kway Teow. Noodles were moist and tasted different. It was said that their top-grade soup was added and permeates into them. Ingredients were plentiful and that includes tasty morsels of fish, squid, prawn, lala and meats. It made a great choice that we traded our white rice with this.
Signature Wok Fried White Bee Hoon 招牌特制百米粉 / 白果条 -  $7.50 / $10 / $15 / $20

Signature Wok Fried White Bee Hoon 招牌特制百米粉 / 白果条 - $7.50 / $10 / $15 / $20

 
Whenever rainy day comes, it would be good to enjoy such warm steamboat over the cold weather. We do not need to travel far and queue for those very popular Charcoal Fishhead Steamboat in the City and we can just fall back on Hualong's dishes.
 
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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.

 
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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