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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 : American | Restaurant | Chinese Soup

Hey Peeps ! Have you wonder how is Seattle's Chowder taste ?
The chowder that come from State of Washington, US .
Just nice on 9th Aug National Day, it marks the calendar of Seattle Pike Chowder flagship store under the concept of Giojio together with a Giovanni L's gelatos at heart of Marina Parade Central with an al fresco dining area.

 

http://cennds.blogspot.sg/2015/08/food-review-seattle-pike-chowder.html


From far, Seattle Pike Chowder wasn't obvious, i was quite hard to locate the location because its name plate placed at the right corner, a bit of hidden whereas Giovanni gelato was just nice next to McDonald and took up most of the space.

 
Seattle Pike Chowder serves 6 type of Chowders. All the ingredients for chowders are freshly imported daily from Seattle. Bread bowl is locally sourced. That's the name of Seattle Pike Chowder of its Seattle. 

The price range with bread bowl is from $12,90 - $14.90 .
Without Bread bowl vary from $8.90 on wards.

 
I was invited to Food tasting and here are 3 of the chowders we tasted.


New England Clam Chowder

The broth is creamy and rich with Chopped Ocean Clams, Potatoes, Celery, Onion, White Pepper, Sea Salt, Clam Stock, Half-and-half, Butter, Flour. A lot of chunky goodness were filled and soup was served in a hot manner.

I do like the chowder ! It tasted good and best to eat with bread but the bread was not fantastic enough. Its texture is too chewy and it become hard though in a longer time. They could improve more on the bread to serve a better Bread bowl with chowder.

 

Seafood Bisque

Fresh and rich seafood chowder with Salmon, Cod, Crab, Bay Shrimp, Garlic, Black Pepper, Sea Salt, Tomato Basil Cream Broth, Shellfish Stock, Cream, Butter, Flour. It was one of favourite chowder of the night! There were a lot of seafood bites and the smell of its broth was no doubt. All the ingredients went into a savoury mix.

 

 

Smoked Salmon Chowder

A bit of salty and a very strong smokey smell of chowder. Although it has a lot of mixed ingredients such as Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Capers, Potato, Onion, Celery, Tomato, Garlic, Smoked Salt, Black Pepper, Shellfish stock, Cream, Milk, Butter, Flour on its Chowder and it is not as creamy as the other 2 chowders but the essence of smoked salmon was successfully blended in. I didn't like much on its Smokey burnt smell but those smoked salmon lovers are definitely like it !

 
After done with Chowder, we were given a surprise of sweets !
Gelato is come from Germany. There are lot of flavour that impressed me a lot ! And i was confused which one i should to try .

You can choose to use corn or cup . The price range as per below :

Classics is from $4.90 onwards per scoop .
Premium is from $5.90 per scoop ( Pistacho, Peanut butter, Eggnog, Spiced Chai Tea, etc ).

 
There are also alcohol gelatos. The staff is friendly to ask whether we can take alcohol beforehand.  Both sweet alcohol of Eggnog and Amarena are the among of choices. If you prefer lesser stronger smell, Amarena would be good as Eggnog has a stronger alcohol smell

Pitcashio and Peanut Butter were highly recommended ! Both are only available on seasonal.

Spiced Chai Tea definitely can feel the little of bit spicy

 
They also have Ferrero rocher and Kinder Bueno !
Kinder bueno is lesser tasty compare to Ferrero Rocher, the taste is not strong enough compare to its origin snackie Kinder Bueno.

 
After so much tasting, I decide to choose 3 flavour of the night !
Caramel Indulgence, Pistachio, and Amarena .
I like caramel so no doubt for me to choose caramel and is also nice with the peanut toppings. Pistachio is one of the gelatos that have to try ! Its rich and not creamy

The ice cream is melted very fast especially in al fresco dining area.

 
There will be another branch at Fork Canning Center.
I am excited to wait for the launching of its Gelato Spaghetti.
Spaghetti that made from ice cream. Could you imagine how amazing it is !
 
Date of Visit: Aug 13, 2015 

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Ramen Isshi Smile Dec 17, 2014   
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Categories : Japanese | Ramen

Ramen Isshi is a traditional Japanese Restaurant, opened by the same folks who run Orgo, specialized in healthy approach of Ramen. It has been consistently ranked either 1st or 2nd in Nakasu on " Tabelog", the definitive customer food review site in Japan.

The freshness and ingredients including the noodles are freshly made on the premises, witnessed through the displaying of their machine for making noodles, steamed baos and gyoza skin right at the entrance.


It is a quite small and peaceful dining area in a modern-concept based. Decorated by the racks for displaying their exclusive bag designed by Japanese illustrator Sayaka Iwashimizu and cute ramen lunch box. On top of it, it welcome guest to sit on the creative table that has its drawer. You can keep your things inside the drawer to have more space on the table.

 
Menu is also available inside the drawer.
Oh Yeah !! Take note : It is neither book nor menu. But, it is a pretty artistic menu designed in a scrapbook and notes at the behind for guest to write on their feedback and comment

 
The exclusive bag and reusable ramen lunch box is available to sell. The lunch box is made from stainless and not plastic so that it is use to wash and able to keep the food warm.

 


Beverage

Pure Juice : Soursop + Pineapple ( $4.5 ).

First Drink we had for our welcome drink . It is slightly bitter

 

Fresh Fruit Juice - Makgeolli


Flavour of strawberry and it would taste better when it is still chilled. It is very expensive. They selling at $9.00 and the cup is very small. Once times of drink is finished.

 

Fresh Fruit Beer.


The staffs were giving us a try for their alcohol drink with no worries because it is just a small alcohol based - only 6%.

 

Total Soy : Passion Fruit + Mango
( $3.5 )

It is definitely taste better than the pure juice of soursop + pineapple. And would be better that if finish it while it is still chill.

 


Side Dish

Tofu with Century Egg ( $8.00 )

A small cut pieces of century egg topped on top of the soft tofu. The sauce of soya and mayu makes its side dish taste better and had a great smell.

 

Carrot Cake with Saffron
( $8.00 )

It is made up from flour and carrot with the topping of red radish at the top and saffron at the below. It is a bit sticky and more towards like a sticky rise instead of usual carrot cake of chinese food. As we know saffron is a spice hence it is a bit spicy.

 

Chicken Wings Fritto
( $6.00 )

Initially, i was surprised that the chicken wings is very small. To clear my curioustiy, Thank you to Zaf for the brief explanation. It is a mid/half chicken wings. Each of the chicken wings was cut into another half.

The lovely chicken wings is deep fried using soya sauce and after the deep fried, its also dipped into soya sauce again which totally make the chicken wings delighted. The chicken wings is eat together with the 7mi of spice ingredients at the side ( round shaped )

 

Homemade Kua Pao in Assorted Flavors ( $8.00 )

The home-made bao is freshly made using a machine served with a slice of pork, lettuce and a small cut of cucumber. To have a flavorsome of innovative side dish of bao, i would recommend to add more a sweet - salty sauce at the original flavor bao, otherwise it will be quite plain. But don't overload the sauce because it is a bit salty.

The 6 available assorted flavors bao are :
- Matcha ( green ), Prune ( yellow ) , Original ( white )
- Sesame ( black ) , Tumeric ( yellow ) , Beetroot ( red )
Match and Black sesame are the most popular among the bao

 

Homemade Pan-fried Gyoza
( $5.00 )

The skin of gyoza is also made from its machine. It is soft and well textured. The gyoza is only fried at 1 side ( right ) and left side is only steamed . You could see that on the right side, there is a fried shape in brown color, and on the left side is remained as the initial step of steam.

 
Tuna Sashimi & Avocado Salad Asian Style ( $12.00 )

Fresh avocado and raw tuna sashimi with a 70% egg yolk at the top and decoration of sichuan pepper at the side. The best to eat it is wrap it with the seaweed and the ingredients of mayu sauce is always make the dish mouth watering.

 

Main Course


Tonkotsu Kuro Ramen ( $13.00 )

The famous Black Ramen and 1 of the newest style of Hakata Ramen topped with savory Mayu ( sesame oil ), frying and re-frying garlic and shallot in Mayu for at least 4 times to obtain 4 layers of taste for the soup base.

The home-made noodle is a bit hard and slightly smaller than other type of japanese noodle. The half-boiled egg is really delicious and 2 slices of cha-shu is well cooked.

 
Tonkatsu Aka Ramen ($13.00 )

Aka means is Red. Corresponding to its name, the soup base is in red color with spicy szechuan pepper, freshly XO sauce loaded with scallop and seafood stock. A totally different level of umami. Yes !!! the spicy is marvellous

 
Tonkutso Shiro Ramen ( $12.00 )

White Ramen is their standard Tonkotsu (pork bone) base noodle with lighter flavor made by first blanching the bones before preparing the stock and boiling pork bones, fat and collage over high heat for many hours.

Other than served in 2 slices of Cha-Shu and half-boiled egg, it comes with Chinese Mustard, definitely it is spicy for the topping of Ramen.

 
Dessert


Almond Jelly with Framboise ($5.00)

A very soft jelly like a soft pudding flavored in different 3 layer base. Top is layered with Passion fruit, second is cream base ( raspberries ) and last layer is almond. Even though i just dip the top layer, i can taste the existing of almond flavour was there.

 
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This is how the Ramen Lunch Box is packed.

Simple and easy Ramen to eat if you need to take away. Why Not ?? To DABAO.
The top layer is filled with Ramen and the necessary ingredients dishes.While the soup will be putting at the bottom layer. Since the Ramen doesn't mix with the soup together, it taste slightly different compare with the Ramen we eat it at restaurant on the spot.

 


Full Blog review : http://cennds.blogspot.jp/2014/12/ramen-isshi.html 
( included video and photos of Ramen is being made )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Spending per head: Approximately $20

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D.I.Y Pancake - Nook Smile Dec 08, 2014   
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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes | Burgers and Sandwiches | Brunch

A time to D.I.Y your Pancake. It is an interesting place which enable you to DIY your own pancake according to your preferences and customisation. The cafe is located at Bukit Timah, a bit ulu if reached by public transport. 

Full Blog review : http://cennds.blogspot.com

 
A few option of flavours such as :
-Strawberry #pink "
-Natural #white"
- Chocolate #brown"
- Pandan #green" , etc
and a variety of accessories for pancake customisation toppings such as marshmallow , m&m , fruit , etc

Tips for DIY a successful and edible pancake :
1. When the staff adjust the heat too high, you can lower it down to prevent the burnt process.
2. Make your pancake thicker hence when we flip it into another side , it won't be spoiled
3. When you lower down the heat, and it is too lower. Adjust it a bit in order for your pancake could be ready to served in a short time
4. Don't shake your hand when you make the design
5. Put butter on it if you feel the pan is dry
6. When you flip it into another side, slowly flip it . Don't be rushed
7. Watch the timing for your pancake . it not it will become "chao ta" !!

Steps DIY Pancakes :

 
Strawberry ( pink ) and Natural ( white ) flavour

 
As a NOOK of making pancakes, we had a bad experience of over-cooked due to the heat was adjusted too high.

 
We learn how to make nice and pretty pancakes step by step :

 

 

 
Happy DIY Everyone !! smile

 

 

 

 

 
 
Spending per head: Approximately $15

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Dinner at Aston Specialties Smile Dec 04, 2014   
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Categories : Steaks and Grills

Blog review : http://cennds.blogspot.com

It was a met up session with my friends and we were looking for afforable western food of steak and chicken chop. Recommended by my friends to visit Aston since they have a variety of food in a reasonable price. So ? Why Not to vist a place which can enjoy steak , burger , chicken chop , salmon , mutton in a reasonable prices. 

 
They have different sauce that you can taste and choose. If you wan to try different sauces, please do so as there is no additional charges when you request for it ..

Food is served with 2 side dishes ( up to your choice ) The side dish consists of salad , maraconi cheese, various side made from potato such asfrench fries , baked potato , wedges potato , and mashed potato


Chicken Chop served with in Chicken Lime Sauce 

The lovely sweet lime sauce makes the food taste better. Well cooked of macaroni and love cheese neither too creamy.  Baked potato was served pretty good and it was not over -baked.

 


Roof Beer , Grape , Ice Lemon Tea

 

Crispy Chicken with salad

Good to have a GREEN while you eating a fried food. Simple side dishes of salad mixed in mayoneise sauce and found the delectable crispy of chicken skin

 

Double Chicken Steak 

2 Chicken steak to fill up your stomach and up to your choice to choose for the type of servings etiher grill or fried. Double chicken chop is worth it for the price of $12.90. 

( Cripsy Chicken and Chicken Chop with with baked potato and french fries )( Chicken chop with onion rings and baked potato )

 
No GST & Service charged in your bill. It might be included in their food's price alreadyWhat i mean here ?? Well , when you go in to the restaurant, and you order food with the price of $8.90 you only need to pay $8.90 .. Usually when we go to restaurant , we have to pay for the GST , service charged , etcBut in Aston Food & Beverage Specialties doesn't require you to pay.

 
 
Spending per head: Approximately $13

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d' Good Cafe Smile Dec 01, 2014   
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A gorgeous styled designed cafe located at Holland Village have attracted a lot of people attention especially youth or students who spend their time to study while cafe-ing. 

The available of cosy sofa together with styled design and furniture which looks like a library at level 2. In this level, this area is most occupied by students whom hung over with their book & laptop. It is a peaceful and quiet environment to study

 
Full Blog review : http://cennds.blogspot.com/2013/11/d-good-cafe.html

 
There is a pretty and romantic roof - top terrace to enjoy a meal as well
But i didn't see anyone at the terrace there when i visited it at a noon time
Probably maybe its quite hot or only available at night

 
Another gorgeous and attractive area which is their lawn.
Enjoy your the swinging moment while you eating ...

 
If you are going at lunch time , they have a lunch time set included soup & drink. .


Carbonara Spaghetti

A simple spagheti served with parmesan cheese. Tasted so so, average. Not too dry and not overcooked.

 

Egg Benedict

Be careful when you cut or touch on the food of the benedict itself because the egg yolk is very easy and fast drilling down and spread around to your plate.

 
I don't really remember on the name of the cake.. But it a cheesecake. Well made soft texture as well as the macaroon.

 
 
Spending per head: Approximately $15

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