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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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PocoLoco Smile Mar 20, 2018   
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Categories : Italian | Restaurant | Desserts and Cakes | Pasta | Steaks and Grills

http://www.umakemehungry.com/2018/03/pocoloco.html

Despite residing in the West Side for such long period, I only get to know of PocoLoco through words of mouth from my friends and colleagues. This is truly a hidden find located at the heartlands of Level 2 Snow City just beside Science Centre.

Level 2 of Snow City

Level 2 of Snow City

 
The ambiance was causal and welcoming with simple furnishings laid out in the dining area under the warm lighting.

Interior

Interior

 
We had Carpaccio (Chef Recommendation) as our starters. It was quite appetizing with thinly sliced beef tenderloin garnished with balsamic vinegar and a dash of truffle essence. Together with the rocket salad and cherry tomatoes topped with Parmesan Cheese shavings, it was addictive.

Carpaccio - $13.50

Carpaccio - $13.50

 
 Mushroom soup was one of the chef's recommendations too. Like that the soup was warm and taste was pleasing to stomach without being too creamy.

Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup

 
 My friend had tried the Mushroom soup and decided to order their tomato soup. Initially I thought it was just normal tomato soup till it was served where I get to see the clams in it. Tomato seafood soup was tangy and has a mild seafood taste, it was a well balance of taste without one another's taste overpowering each other.

Tomato Seafood Soup

Tomato Seafood Soup

 
We was craving for Vongole pasta all along and hoping that this will be our fix. The pasta noodles were al dente, firm and yet having the springy texture. Altogether it was a great pairing up with these clams in white sauce.

Vongole

Vongole

 
Some of the menu are seasonal and we had the Roasted Iberico Pork in Brown Sauce as one of our mains. The mean was well seasoned and roasted, coupled with some potatoes, corns and french beans as the side. It was a great pairing in the brown sauce and meat was fork tender. Recommended!

Chef Specials

Chef Specials

 
Roasted Iberico Pork in Brown Sauce - $22

Roasted Iberico Pork in Brown Sauce - $22

 
Yummy!Yummy!

Yummy!Yummy!

 
 We are kind of too use to the usual chocolate lava cake, hence we decided to order the Matcha Lava which is also one of their Chef Recommendations. Having desserts make one happy. Upon serving, you can whiff the strong aroma from the Matcha Cake. For those who love to take videos for the social media, this is a very good chance! As soon as you cut open the cake, the lava starts flowing profusely. Well, having the lava alone is simply for the sweet tooth, I will say it is best to go with the vanilla ice cream if you don't really take sweet stuff.

Matcha Lava - $10.90

Matcha Lava - $10.90

 
To be honest, I love the ambiance and settings of the restaurant. Too bad we were driving and couldnt order their home brew alcohol. I bet the next time round when we are back, we will want to try the beers and not forgetting other chef recommended dishes that were left on the menu.

PocoLoco Menu

PocoLoco Menu

 
Menu For Reference

Menu For Reference

 
PocoLoco Microbrewery

PocoLoco Microbrewery

 

Matcha Lava Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

 
 
Date of Visit: Mar 16, 2018 

Spending per head: Approximately $30(Dinner)

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Signs a Taste of Vietnam Pho Smile Mar 15, 2018   
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Categories : Vietnamese | Restaurant | Juices | Salads

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At the basement of Midpoint Orchard, we will get to see a humble Vietnam Pho tucked at the corner of corner of the building. Just like many other "hole in the wall" eateries, the stall looks simple with functional furnishing. However behind the stall, its manned by a couple who is deaf. Despite the communication barriers, this couple took up the challenge and set up the F&B business.

Signs a Taste of Vietnam Pho

Signs a Taste of Vietnam Pho

 
The menu is pretty straight forward with Pho Noodles, spring rolls, Vietnamese Smoothies and drinks, compact and similar to most pho stall we have here. Diners will need to pen down their orders on the dining chit and pass back to the counter, thereafter once the food ready, it will be served to our table.

Menu

Menu

 
No doubt Vietnamese Spring Roll is my Must Order in every Viet cuisine, I didnt had the chance to try it as there is no room for them, reason being I'm dining alone, thus I had the simplest bowl of Pho with Sliced Beef Ribeye Pho and extra topping of sliced beef ribeye.

 
The bowl of pho tasted authentic and without any use of MSG. It was light and refreshing with onions, beansprouts and hints of herb taste. Squeezing the juice from the wedge of lime seemingly enliven the taste. Sliced beef were tender and broth was tasty, dabbed these sliced beef into the chilli for some spicy kick.

 Extra Topping of Sliced Beef Ribeye $2

Extra Topping of Sliced Beef Ribeye $2

 
Sliced Beef

Sliced Beef

 
The only disadvantage here perhaps maybe the limitation of seating and phone reception. Other than that food is commendable and definitely worth a return.

It is a definite dining experience I had here and I can strongly sense their strong passion from the service rendered, trying their best to serve each meal.
 
Date of Visit: Mar 09, 2018 

Spending per head: Approximately $6(Dinner)

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Categories : Hawker Centre | Chinese Noodles

http://www.umakemehungry.com/2018/02/heng-huat-boon-lay-boneless-duck-noodles.html

Those residing in the West could have probably heard of this popular Boneless Duck Noodles in Boon Lay Village Hawker Centre. Although I have known of its existence over the years, I could not remember that I have ever tasted their duck noodles. Most of the time, they were already sold out when I was there. Thus during the last round, we took much effort and arrive the place around 7am. That was not really early as queues were already formed up on such early Sunday Morning.

Boneless Duck Noodles Stall

Boneless Duck Noodles Stall

 
For the soup version, we all like about it herbal soup taste that brings up the bowl of noodles besides their generous ingredients.

Duck Noodles in Soup - $3.50 (Small)

Duck Noodles in Soup - $3.50 (Small)

 
 I would say this is a value for money portion with owner not only generous with its serving of crunchy bean sprouts on the noodle but also the amount of noodle and duck meat. The braised sauce in the bowl is not starchy and in fact the experience of having the duck noodles were pretty delightful.

Duck Noodles Dry (Small) with Braised Pork - $4.50

Duck Noodles Dry (Small) with Braised Pork - $4.50

 
The duck meat is known for its succulency and does not bring along any gamey taste. I had tuck the handful of beansprouts aside to reveal the chewy and soft duck meat with some braised meat add on at additional cost.

Duck Noodles Dry with Braised Pork - $4.50

Duck Noodles Dry with Braised Pork - $4.50

 
The braised meat is also another worthy item to comment on. It has the kind of traditional braised taste and each layer of the belly meat was so distinctive. Best of all, it was not oily.

Adding on Braised Meat

Adding on Braised Meat

 
So its popularity speaks truly based on the taste and experience I had from the bowl of Boneless Duck Noodles.
 
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http://www.umakemehungry.com/2018/01/prima-tower.html

Prima Tower revolving restaurant is the only revolving restaurant in Singapore. Being established in 1977, they are located at Keppel Road, sitting on top of a grain silo, serving Beijing Cuisine as well as dim sum for lunch. Having visited 4-5 times here on Business Agenda, this place and her food had never failed to entice me.

Overlooking Vivocity and Cable Cars

Overlooking Vivocity and Cable Cars

 
 Locating the restaurant may be a little tricky as a miss in a turn will make you go a big round to locate it. Since its located within Prima's premises, parking lots are rather limited. However, valet services are provided for diner, thus one do not have to get stress out of parking lots.

Once entering the lobby area, diners have to take the lift up followed by a flight of winding stairs to reach the 11th floor then escalator. Interior is in line with the old school traditional vibe with rosewood furnishing, fish tank, round tables with lazy Suzy and square tables. Atmosphere is like tuning into a time machine, going back in time into 1980s.

Interior of Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant

Interior of Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant

 
The entire one round of revolution takes about an hour and of course the best seats are by the side of the windows offering a panoramic view to the surroundings to the PSA and Sentosa Island.

Cranes of PSA

Cranes of PSA

 



Busy Hours

Busy Hours

 
On our visit, we had the Menu 5 for 6 persons instead of ala carte.

Menu for 6 Persons

Menu for 6 Persons

 
 Shredded Scallops with Fish & Egg White is one of Prima Tower's Signatures. The dish was served with ingredients segregated, thereafter the server will perform the mixture of egg, egg white, fish and scallops in front of us.

 
Despite of the dish name in Mandarin that mentioned crab, there was no sign of crab as an ingredient. The combination of ingredients blend well into one another which is sweet and delighting to our palates, very suitable to start off our meals like this. To enjoy this starting dish, add some black vinegar and pepper for taste.

Yummy Serving of Shredded Scallops with Fish & Egg White

Yummy Serving of Shredded Scallops with Fish & Egg White

 
 2nd dish on the menu was Fish Maw and Seafood in Thick Soup. Similar to the 1st Dish, we added vinegar and pepper for taste. The serving is prepared in personal potand the thick soup too, was fresh and refreshing.

 

 
Glistering Peking Duck will be parked by a side on a trolley waiting to be carved by the skillful waitress / waiter. If you are wondering where does the rest of the meat gone to after having its skin encased in the egg wrap. Well, the meat can be used as ingredients for other dishes such as fried rice.

 
 We have ordered egg wraps and staff will fill the wrap with the crispy duck skin, spring onion and bean sauce.

 
Soon Hock Fish was served in Teochew style with light and tasty broth. The meat was tender and topped with garnishing like coriander and chilli stripes.

 
Another dish that struck me by surprise will be their stewed pork ribs that was served separately with buns. In Dialect, Hokkien language, we called this "Kong Bak" where by this braised meat was sandwich in between the pieces of fluffy buns. In this case, its more of pull pork. The meat was fork tender and easily fell off with little force asserted.

 
These pork meat was very flavorful in its generous serving of braised sauce with a few stalks of coriander to enhance its taste. Having said that, the pork was not greasy at all.

Pull Pork?

Pull Pork?

 
The buns that come in a set with the Stewed Pork are fluffy and looked different from the usual "flat pouches" kind of bun we had from else where. Instead, these came in shapes and had some lines patterns on the surface.

 
Soup was sweet and delighting with Chinese spinach, shredded scallops, wolf berries in superior broth.

 
An ending surprise with souffle balls encased with red bean stuffing. Even though it was fried, exterior was not greasy and amazingly soft. Initially we thought desserts was fish balls but the skin was soft, taste of egg white and chewy.

 
I love its texture, also given that the red bean stuffing was not too sweet.

Stuffing

Stuffing

 
And just this month, we visited in smaller group and ordered Menu 4.

Menu 4

Menu 4

 
 A popular delicacy in a Chinese restaurant whereby sharkfin was flavored in stock. Soup was great with ingredients like Fish Maw, crab meat, fish and chicken.

 
Enhance the taste of the delicacy by adding black vinegar and pepper.

Adding Vinegar

Adding Vinegar

 
 Similar to the previous menu, this staple item of Prima's is included. I just never get bored of having this signature dish of theirs.

 
Comparing to the Teochew Style Steamed Fish in the earlier visit, it seems like the cohort prefers this! Fish meat was portion out into the best equal sizes. The batter was soft, light and meat was tender.

Deep Fried Garoupa with Salt and Pepper 椒盐石斑

Deep Fried Garoupa with Salt and Pepper 椒盐石斑

 
Given sweet sauce and salt pepper combination, I will prefer the former on my fish.

With Sweet Sauce

With Sweet Sauce

 
 Likewise in this Menu, we are still having their Authentic Barbecued Peking Duck without fail, observing the servers skillfully carved the skin under the stressful eyes of ours.

Authentic Barbecued Peking Duck 烤北京填鸭

Authentic Barbecued Peking Duck 烤北京填鸭

 
And this round, we have ordered the normal wraps for the Peking Duck instead of the egg wrap we ordered during the last round. The normal wrap ios

Peking Duck in Wraps

Peking Duck in Wraps

 
Braised Slices of Abalone topped the Broccoli. Sauce was savory but a tad starchy for me, not totally of my preference.

Brasied Slice Abalone with Broccoli 红烧鲍片西兰花

Brasied Slice Abalone with Broccoli 红烧鲍片西兰花

 
Ending our meal with a sweet Honey Dew Sago treat. As compared to the other menu, this is cooling and pretty ordinary to me.

Honey Dew Sago 蜜瓜西米露

Honey Dew Sago 蜜瓜西米露

 
For occasions, it will be best to bring visitors or your love one here for a meal. I would very much like to visit the blue hour to view the landscapes of Singapore over dinner.
Can you see Duxton Pinnacle?

Can you see Duxton Pinnacle?

 
Cant take my eyes away

Cant take my eyes away

 
 
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Nonya Delicatessen Smile Jan 10, 2018   
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Nonya Delicatessen has been serving Peranakan Dishes since 1980. Although I have noticed this stall for years, I only get to try out their dishes recently as many of the times they were either closed or sold out. They are opened daily till food last, also they also provide takeaways for all occasions.

Nonya Delicatessen

Nonya Delicatessen

 
We visited on a Sunday where many of the patrons came to fix their stomach after their usual groceries shopping at the supermarket.

Dining Area

Dining Area

 
Menu

Menu

 
Notice to Patrons

Notice to Patrons

 
There are 2 sizes available for Rojak and we ordered the smaller portion. Peanuts were generously sprinkled on top of the Rojak. Taste wise, rojak is pretty ordinary with the usual ingredients, You Tiao, Cucumber, Tau Pok, Pineapple, Ginger Flower Bud etc.

Rojak - $5

Rojak - $5

 
One of the main dishes that you might want to try. Gravy of Mee Siam is light and refreshing without being too spicy. Ingredients include fishcake, beansprouts, Tau Pok, hard boil egg and spring onions.

Mee Siam - $5

Mee Siam - $5

 
Nasi Kunyit is one of the staples served by Nonya Delicatessen and if you observed, majority of the customers have one of such on their table. The portion of yellow ginger rice served was little but fragrant and packed of aroma. You can upsize the dishes at additional dollar for bigger serving. The serving includes a rich and succulent big piece of curry chicken whereby the meat easy fell off from its bone and sides like AChar and hard boiled egg were included too. On top of that, the chilli was commendable. It was sweet spicy, unique on its own. Simply, a satisfying meal!

Nasi Kunyit - $7

Nasi Kunyit - $7

 
Fragrant and not mentioning the good portion of yam, sweet potato and red ruby it contains. Bo bo Cha Cha may be something you might want to order after your meal.

Bo Bo Cha Cha - $2.50

Bo Bo Cha Cha - $2.50

 
Refreshing and light with red beans and coconut jelly. Ice cubes were added to make it cold. However, with us just returning from Malacca weeks back, this Cendol is not comparable and taste is still far from expectation.

Cendol - $2.50

Cendol - $2.50

 
Overall, I like their service as they make us feel very at home. On a down side, one may need to queue for sometime and price maybe on a higher range. Nevertheless, looking at the queue and regular patrons, you will know that such delicacies are simply worth it.

The Queue

The Queue

 
 
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