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This is carinechua . I like to hang out in Jurong East. Taiwanese, Chinese, Japanese , Korean, Hongkong are my favorite cuisines. I also love Bars/Lounges, Café, Restaurant, Bakery, Specialised Food Shop and Desserts and Cakes, Dim Sum, Western Food, bubble tea, BBQ.
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Categories : Japanese | Sushi/Sashimi | Omakase

Authentic Japanese Cuisine in Singapore since 1995 with the flagship outlet at Tanglin Shopping Center and is also the first to bring in authentic Robatayaki at Akanoya, located in Orchard Parade Hotel. Robatayaki is method of cooking , similar to barbeque which food on skewers are slow-grilled over hot charcoal.

 
They serves most of the Japanese Food included usual sushi, sashimi, bento, udon ( noodle) and other dishes such as fried rice. On top of it, it is also famed for the longest sushi bar in town, offered an innovative variety of over 100 dishes prepared with the finest ingredients imported from Japan. Ingredients and seafood are personally bought by their staff in Japan from the Tsukji market and air-flown to Singapore daily

Pitan Tofu

It is a simple yet satisfying soft tofu. Lovely hick sauce made form yolk of the century egg topped with Crab Stick and Spring Onion is a good choice for appetizer.

 
Shrimp Tempura

A deep fried non – greasy Shrimp tempura is just nice for the choice of fried appetizer. Prawn is fresh and not much flour was tasted

 
Shime Saba

A nice hop on of grilled Saba in the mouth which known as Vinegar Mackerel, a classic dish from Japan and one of the popular fish in Japan. It is marinated with salt and rice vinegar but no worries it neither taste salty or sour but overall is mouth-watering

 
Sukiyaki

The set of sukiyaki comes with fruits of watermelon, light dish, raw egg, slices of beef and light fresh vegetables such as mélange of greens, tofu, shitake, carrots, and glass noodle
cooked in a pre-heated pot with a flavourful broth. The soup was a bit of salty but it was
superb and like the smell and taste of the broth. Some people prefer to dip their meats with the raw egg, but some prefer to let the egg cooked in the soup.

 
Seafood Fried Rice

It is a small portion of fried rice, smells good and served with egg, prawn, and squid. To some it is a replaceable of 1 bowl rice.

 
Wakadori Set

The deep fried chicken is marvelous. Love the juicy chicken meat and crispy skin. The set comes with fruits, soup and light Japanese dish. The Shredded cabbage with a light drizzle plum sauce was nice and sweet praises in my mouth.

 
Look at the mouth watering juicy chicken. It was damn nice fully chicken meat

 
Sushi set with Wasabi

The exclusive sushi set with complete type of salmon was just nice for salmon craving sushi. Shredded cabbage of plum sauce and watermelon came with most of the set. Salmon were fresh as well as the tasty sushi. However, Be aware that it contains wasabi for each sushi. If you don’t want the wasabi, kindly request them not put wasabi for each sushi

 
Chasoba Sushi Set Meal

Noodles are hard and chewy. Texture and doneness of noodles – cold was just perfect and like the sushi a lot.

 

 
Supplementary Information:
Wakadori Set of juicy chicken is worth to try
 
Date of Visit: May 01, 2015 

Spending per head: Approximately $25

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Old Street Bak Kut Teh Smile Mar 19, 2015   
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Categories : Chinese Soup | Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh is known as " meat bone tea ", a familiar dish that originated from China
Fujian province. It is cooked with a meat pork ribs in a robust bowl of soup brewed with
various medicinal herbs and spices.
The founder of Old Street Bak Kut Teh, Jason Lim created the perfect formula for its bak kut
teh that is non oily and healthier. Besides, the traditional menu they also offered the innovativetwists of dry version as well as their freshly hand made dough fritters, bean curd, and herbal jelly.

 
Adopted from my blog : http://cennds.blogspot.com

Reaching the place at the good timing with lesser crowd and no queue yet.
We were assisted by their staff to the seat and start ordering dishes thru Ipad.
Different type of sauces are displayed in the middle of aisle bar.
All cutleries are kept in your table drawer .

What to eat :

To satisfy palate of Bak Kut Teh, dough fritter should not be missed out, hence Bak Kut Teh and dough fritter are must to order. Conversely with my friend, i would prefer Noodle - Mee Sua instead of rice.

While went through the menu, we saw the SET menu consists of rice, pork ribs soup, dough fritters, and bean curd for $11 which is cheaper and more worth it instead of ordering per dishes. Without hesitate, we chose SET menu that mainly consists of food we were going to have.

Pork Ribs Soup

Simple yet mouth watering soup of the spices ingredients.
The soup is free flow with no extra cost which assisted by their staff adding to your bowl.

 
Dough Fritters

You tiao is the must to have while eating Bak Kut Teh. The best to eat the Freshly hand made dough fritters is by dipping it into the soup. The skin is crispy and not much oil was founded.

 
Mee Sua - Noodle

Simple yet delicious Noodle, Like the sweet of the mee sua's soup.

 
Dry Bak Kut Teh

This would be the best dishes besides the You Tiao and also my virgin to Dry Bak Kut Teh.
It taste delicious with the spices herbal ingredients and stirred well with fried ginger, lady finger especially the innovative of their specialty dark sauce but it was really spicy .

 
Kai Lan - Vegetable

Besides, the Bak Kut Teh, their Kai Lan is also appetizer with right amount of soya sauce
and cooked in a way that satisfy your veggie crave.

 
Bean Curd

Set meal of Bak Kut teh included the  hand made bean curd was just mediocre.
Soft enough but it was not smooth enough yet of its curd.

 
 
Spending per head: Approximately $12

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Dian Xiao Er - CNY Menu 2015 Smile Jan 29, 2015   
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Categories : Beijing | Zi Char

We just celebrated the Fun & Crazy Party of New year on last month.
And Next WHAT ?? CNY is coming soon in another 3 weeks.

Family gathering and CNY festive are just in a corner of all of us.
So, what is your MENU plan for CNY ?
Lou Hei – Yu Sheng is absolutely what we are waiting for on every lunar year.

I am truly honored to be able to enjoy the first Lunar New Year menu from Dian Xiao Er 店小二 Will be launched on this coming Friday 30th Jan 2015 till the last day of CNY.

 

About Dian Xiao Er


Dian Xiao Er is a restaurant, specialty in traditional Chinese cuisine with an unique Ancient inn dining experience. It has been operated for 13 years with the first outlet at Chinatown and subsequent expanding at various shopping malls, reach up to 10 outlets across Singapore.

 
The tasty food is absolutely no doubt with a comfort food in a homely setting, slightly above Zi Char pricing. The rustic ambience features the freshness of their famous signature herbal roast duck which are prepared and roasted daily in their kitchen.

Customer can choose to have a different dining ambience, designed from the traditional Chinese inn to dining inside a rustic timber shed at the foot of a stone cliff .

 

 


To usher the golden year of goat, Dian Xiao Er has specially created dishes for us to indulge for this season. The featuring special menu on Golden Jubilee Year as follow :
- Sauteed Baby Lobster with Pumpkin Sauce
- Prosperous Braised Trotters
- Hongkong Style Chinese Pomfret

To stay true on the delectable dishes and bring the guest to enjoy the most memorable dining experience for CNY season, Dian Xiao Er has put down the efforts in order to come out with a delicious choice for Lunar New Year Menu thru having a discussion with their Chefs and a number of tasting since Last November.


Salmon Yu Sheng


The first meal served in our table. Everyone was WAOW !!~~ large portion of Yu Sheng for 12 pax And included Me !!! was excited to wait for Lou- Hei together.

Sided with a Fresh Salmon, Oil to avoid the dryness of vegetable absolutely it is (not a cooking oil ), Delicious Plum Sauce, and Yummy Crackers.

Do you know what is the correct step to eat Yu Sheng ?

 
First of all, squeeze the lime on the salmon to have a savoury and enhance the test

 
Next then , Put the salmon on top of vegetable

 
Continue on by, Pouring the Oil and Plum Sauce together

 
Lastly, sprinkle the cracker on the Yu Sheng

 
Now is a time to LOU - HEI .. !!!! ~~~ ( shout out all the Chinese Prosperous Poem )
Everyone hand was busy and Let's Lou High High ..

 

 


Shark's Fin Broth with Crab Meat & Conpoy


Special designed for CNY occasion, the luxury dish of Shark’s Fin Broth comes together with Crab Meat and Conpoy - dried scallops serve as a delectable light meal for family enjoy.

For Ala – carte order is only available either with Crab Meat or Conpoy instead of both. So, why not go for Menu Set to have both as it would be much more appetizing.

 


Signature Herbal Roast Duck with 3 Flavours

( Angelica Herb, Ten Wonders, Wild Ginseng )

The signature Herbal Roast Duck is a must try at Dian Xiao Er. The art of duck roasting has been acquired through years of experience. The finest quality of Cherry Valley ducks they use, combined with a traditional preparation technique and modern equipment yield the tasty perfect roasted ducks.

The common signature is Ten Wonder Herbs Roast Duck. Duck is roasted with the herbs and subsequently the herbs will be used for its sauce. The tender and sweetish juicy of its meat especially the crispiness of its skin is really awesome to have more of its ideal roasted ducks.

 

 
From Left to Right : Wild Ginseng, Ten wonders, Angelica Herb

To have a flawless enjoyable roasted duck with a special recipe of its each sauce, Firstly we shall start the secret recipe sauce from :
- Angelica Herb known as Dang Gui 当归 in chinese - the least strong taste and lesser herbal.
- followed by Ten Wonders - my favorite although it is a bit salty.
- lastly followed by the strongest taste of Wild Ginseng - mulberry

 


Sauteed Baby Lobster with Pumpkin Sauce


Special dishes of Golden baby lobster are tossed in delectable thick salted egg sauce and sweetened with pumpkin for a sweet touch. Lobster is easier to come out from its shell when you dig. It is much more convenient to eat with no hassle without the use of hand.

The lovely pumpkin sauce made me couldn’t left out my hand from digging the sauce to eat together with lobster. It is a good choice to satisfy you palates and special created to start off for your sweet note of the year.

Note : It was cooked with Chili Padi hence the spice is there. But, surprised !! i didn't taste the spice at all perhaps my tounge has been freezed by spiciness.
So, Readers !! Please take on note it

 


Prosperous Braised Trotter


Originated dishes from Malaysia, and recommended trotters by their professional chef. It is a traditional dish braised for over a few hours. A tender soft meat well complemented with the savouriness of dried oysters and shitake mushrooms, indulge in the flavourful combination for a traditional feast with family.

 


Hongkong Style Chinese Pomfret


The most prized grade of Chinese Pomfret – Steamed Fish. Rarely, to have this big portion of Pomfret and it is also my first time to see it. Good to have this to start ahead for Lunar New Year occasion as it is a must have for celebratory occasions.

Steamed with ginger in a hongkong style to retain its freshness and tender meat. Although the meat was not soft but the complement of light sauce to accentuate the au nature! freshness of fish and tasty fried onion make the Pomfret to have more flavoursome.

 

 


Luxurious Abalone Treasure Pot


The luxurious abalone as what we have during CNY is served in a pot with complement of soya sauce and braised for quite a some tome together with a tasty dishes of sea cucumber known as Hai sen - 海参in chinese, carrot, sweet – pea, fish maw, and mushroom.

It was a bit dry, hard and raw on some dishes thus it was not really so appetizing but the fish-maw was nice and soft enough. Nonetheless, After gotten our feedback, I believe that before the official launched of their CNY menu, they will make an  improvement on it and serve the best quality for customer to enjoy!

 


D – Boiled Hashima ( Cold )


A chinese dessert prepared in a thin cold broth together with raw sugar, red dates and some Chinese herbs which allegedly has all sorts of health benefits. Generally, hashima is a cheaper version of bird’s nest soup.

It really doesn’t taste anything other than the taste came from midly sweet broth rather than the jelly but it is good for refreshing after a dinner as a light nature.

 


Note
: There is an early bird discount for takeaway packages before 1st February 2015.

Saturday will be the Last day to enjoy the special prices !
Collection : 18 February, between 9am to 3 pm
Order have to be made in – store and collected in the same outlet

Details of the CNY Menu Set & reservation, you could refer to their website
http://www.dianxiaoer.com.sg/

 

 
 
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Marche Dinner : Rosti and Crepe Smile Jan 21, 2015   
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Categories : Swiss | European | Desserts and Cakes | Pasta | Seafood | Steaks and Grills | Salads | Paella | Kids-Friendly

Marche Restaurant originally come from Switzerland, is specializing in high quality dining of Swiss restaurants. The dining concept is styled as a European marketplace, where you place an order and collect your meals at your food prefernce stalls.

The serving food choice of Fresh variation of salads, crispy thin pizza , seafood and pasta, vegetable or meat with mouth watering sauces, grilled choice and light juice creations are freshly prepared in the open kitchen right in front of guests to watch.

It was gonna be my awesome dinner with the signature dishes of Rosti at Marche - all time favorite in Marche. It looks like a roti prata but absolutely it is not. It knowns as a swissh dish mainly consists of potatoes. The potato part is tasted like a hash brown but neither it is a hash brown.  Although it is a bit too oily, but the crispy golden rosti is really delicious and nice for the second round.

 
Topping of dishes such as chicken sausage, fried egg, beef or portk at the side of Rosti is available upon your order. 

Crepe would be a good choice for the light food . Lovely Caramel sauce makes the crepe very yummy

 

 
though it would be taste better if it is a crispy crepe instead of soft uncrispy crepe. 

 
Spending per head: Approximately $15

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Best Waffle Smile Dec 23, 2014   
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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes | Ice Cream and Gelato

I was craving for waffle so much !! So, decided to find the answer for places selling a flavoursome waffer. Found out 1 place located at Toa Payoh lorong 1 - HDB .

The cafe is quite small and mostly crowded by office people during their lunch time. Most of them aimed for the ice cream. So, certainly, the ice cream should be quite popular.

Since i been there around 1 PM plus which is the lunch time and Opss!! Didn't expect that the cafe was crowded due to the lunch time ... We was thought of lunch time should be lesser people hang for dessert.

We waited for 15 - 20 mins for the seat and even till our waffle were ready to serve, there was no seat available yet. All were occupied. No choice, we told the staff that we couldn't find any seat and i think she is the owner of the shop and helped us to find seat ..

Thank you so much for the lady boss.
We appreciate so much on it . Without her help , i think we must stand and wait there nearly an hour.  So, the good time to be there was during the tea time

We ordered a different choices of ice cream :

 
Love the crispy and the scent of the waffles. We topped with the ice cream flavour of Ferrero Chocoate, Earl Grey, and Hollicks ice cream. Earl Grey would be the top choice among the 3 ice cream. Nice, delicious. Yummy !!. Hollicks would be the 2nd choice and Ferrero is the last one because it taste bitter and i don't really like it . .

 
Spending per head: Approximately $10

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