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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 : Multi-Cuisine | Bars/Lounges | Restaurant

A Modern Asian Restaurant and Bar, CATO is a great spot to look for a dinner party and awesome chillax of nightlife. The new dining concept at Chinatown was stylished with a high glass doors, rough-hewn brick walls, and ebony wood tables.

 
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The great accompanion of music and bar at 2nd storey that allow you to enjoy much for the incredible entertainment at an elegant comfy sofa. Nonetheless, the inspiring dinner at CATO brought you to experience on the international and seasonal dishes

 

 


Prawn Bisque with Homemade Cod Fish Ball & Coriander Leaf ($12)

Presenting a tapas menu or we could say as a starter of dishes. 
Using a prawn shell and a mix of fish ball topped with a Coriander Leaf on top of the dish.
In another words, it can also be a soup. The portion is as small as like an espresso cup,
just a one short drink and done . The sense of fragrance spread in my mouth.

 


Garlic Fries ($8)

Forget about truffle fries that mostly have in everywhere. Great serving of roasted garlic with a mix of cajun seasoning. Something new for fries munching. Some people don't like a garlic smell but absolutely the smell is not strong, conversely it become a favor smell.

 


Chicken Noodle Salad ($16)
It is exactly not just a simple vinegar salad dressing with a chicken and noodle from the looks. We can't judge it until you try it. Just take a few pieces of noodle and WOAW !! you can taste the heaven ghost chili. The spiceness was really numb my mouth and heart.

I stopped on the green noodle and took more on the tender meat as well as green vegetable which to wash up spiciness on my mouth. The smoked chicken was their home made from chinese tea. Awesome salad of different layer of flavour: smokey, spicy and a bit of sweetness.

 


Acai Cured Salmon ($18)

Exclusive "superfood from Amazon rainforest" which have a pretty good of food for us in a some way. Salmon is really fresh and though it is a bit of salty like other places, sometimes the salmon is cooked in a bit salty way, but definitely worth to try ! liked ! especially it is served with a marinated starfuit cevhice and Acai jelly from amazon. 

 


Crispy Squid in Thai-Style Glaze ($12)
Butter calamari seasoning with fish sauce which is the thai sauce, flavoured in a bit of salty and sweet savour. The crispy scrummy yet is finger lickering.

 


CATO Wings in Homemade Chili Glaze ($15)
Rest assured this is not a ghost chili. It is a mild chili with not much spicy a head. The chicken wing was juicy and moist with a sweetness taste instead of spicy.

 
Let's pause a while for a food ! In a meantime had a Modern Times Beer
A Black House beer with a taste of coffee roasty. Have you tried out any beer contains caffeine ? If not yet to try, let me tell you that it is quite interesting and awesome smell of coffee. Thank you CATO.

 
Steam Baked Pork Cheek ($28)
Delectable Tender pork cheek wrapped with a fata cooking oil that served with a seasonal vegetable and dressed along with mushroom & port wine mustard sauce. It is my favorite sauce ! Tasted more like a mushroom sauce which not so creamy, just nice for the dripping of its soft meat.

 


Aunty Jasmine's Fish Curry ($26)

Heading on to Modern touch of the Auntie Jasmine Secret Recipe. New Zealand ling fish cooked in Indian curry's style using a home made curry powder with fragrant spices that different from indian spices. Come along with bread that good to dip together with the creamy sauce and fresh vegetables of carrot and eggplant.

 


Papaya Nougat Galce ($14)

Favorite dessert of the night ! What a mouth watering home made nougat topped with a fresh fruits of papaya, rapsberries, blueberries and caramelized almoond. Riched with a papaya and sweet wine reduction sauce. 

 


Varlhona Warm Pistacho Chocolate Cake ($14)

The goodness o Chocolate cake which seems doesn't really seems like a Lava Cake. Served with almond Ice cream taste and a crunchy biscuit hidden inside the ice cream. In the middle of cake and ice cream, scoop some Fresh Pomegranate to eat 

 
 
Date of Visit: Oct 28, 2015 

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BAK KUT TEH: A-One Bak Kut Teh Smile Oct 24, 2015   
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Categories : Singaporean | Chinese | Restaurant | Bak Kut Teh

Bringing back to the familiar traditional taste, A-One Bak Kut Teh has recently opened their new outlet at Star Vista. The comfort ambience and family dining style experience of its local restaurant proud to claim themselvem as Singapore's First Claypot Bak Kut Teh Porridge. 

 
The menu is designed by the main concept of Pork design ! which related to their Signature of pork related dishes. Don't be SHIOK with A-ONE Pork menu, as on top of the typical local Bak Kut Teh, they also serve local delicacy such as Yong Tau Foo, Braised Platter and Assorted Vegetables.

 
Let's start with the Claypot Porridge, followed by the soup, braised dishes, and so on..

Minced Meat with Meat Ball Porride ($9.90 )
Teochew people knowns for their dishes of Teochew Porridge. It is the same as what the porridge being served at A-One : Well Known Teochew Porridge. The poridge was really great and peppery ! Literally melts in my mouth.
It is a watery porridge which is a bit of dry concept. The main delightful of its porridge is because they are using a Bak Kut Teh stock to prepare its delicacy. Cooking time takes about 45 mins thru a high pressure cooker with a mix of white pepper.   

 


Pork Ribs Porridge ( $10.90)
Cooking concept is the same as Minced Meat Porridge. It is using white pearl rice and bak kut teh stock with a good combination of pepper, garlic, and spices. So, what makes its porridge different from the above is : it is more watery based porridge beside the pork ribs ingredients. Though the ribs was quite tender and fresh but i still prefer a dry based porridge so that i could taste the delicacy of porridge.

 
A-One Claypot Porridge was really SHIOK when the soup is still hot and the peperry stock is definitely melts your delight.

Pork Ribs Soup ($10.90)
After the porridge, now it is time for Bak Kut Teh ! Well the soup is same as porridge, it is peppery ! But don't be mixed up with Bak Kut Teh stock that served in porridge, This dishes is cooked in complex broth of herbal and spices, with a pleasant thick dark brown broth color as this is what tradition delicay Bak Kut Teh was introduced. The meat is supposed to be tender, but it is not. It would be a good complement dishes, if the pork ribs tender. Well ! The best time to eat Bak Kut Teh is always to have You Tiao (fried dough ) there !

 

 


Pig's Organ Soup ($9.90)

Using a Bak Kut Teh Peppery soup, same as pork ribs soup it needs 3 hours to done the broth. In the early morning like 6 am / 7 am  they already prepare to cook the broth to its A-One standard. The fire was lighted on spot on the table. Doesn't it looks like steamboat feast ?? LOL. It is a good serving concept quality to preserve the food hot. The porky broth comes with liver, pig intestines, and pork slices. I don't eat liver so i am sorry to exclude out liver. Pig intestines are the most liked ! It is tender and meaty to eat. 

 
Not forgetting about drink ! Assorted Fruit & Flower Tea ($7.90 )
Thank You A-One Bak Kut Teh to give a surprise drink ! A wonderful floral fragrance of non sugar tea. The dried fruits and flowers are brewed into the pot, giving a sweet taste of tea though it is sugarless. Recommended to its special drink it. The tea has Chinese Hawthorn tea, which has slight sourich touch that very good for digestion. 

 


Braised Platter ( $ 14.90 )
Perfect braised platter of a tender bite. These dishes consist of pork, beancurd skin, beancurd puff, egg, and peanuts which have been simmered in a dark light soya sauce throughout a herbs ingredients. 

 


Ampang Yong Tau Foo 
It comes with 3 size : Small ( $9.90 ) ; Medium ($14.90 ) ; Big ($18.90)
Do you know what is Ampang ? You have visited Malaysia, KL guess you know Ampang is one of the LRT station. I have never tried any of the Ampang taste before.

But so far, Its Homemade Ampang sauce is well served with the dishes yong tau foo dishes - beancurd skin, fried wanton, crispy tau foo, brinjal, tau pok, lady’s finger, bitter ground and tonnes of kangkong at the bottom drenched in Ampang gravy. Other than, Porridge and Bat Kut Teh, it is one of the dishes that people say "Should try the Ampang Yong Tau Foo.

 


Dry Bak Kut Teh Chicken Cubes ($12.90)
As far as the concern of Bak Ku Teh all are from Pork, now let's change to Chicken.  A-One offered a Tender Chicken Bak Kut Teh Cubes which is still maintained the consistency of using Bak Kut Teh stock. Premium stock that being cooked together with dark soya sauce, dry chili and slices of cuttlefish makes the sweet, mild spicy gravy simmered into the dishes. They could improve on its gravy to make it more characteristics as i found that it is a bit too watery. As usually if the gravy is creamer would taste nicer 

 


Assorted Vegetables in Sambal Sauce ( $10.90)
The assortment of greens -  lady's fnger, long bean, egg plant, sweet pea, big ikan bilis are stirred with fried mince meat and sambal sauce. Saying that it is cooked with a sambal sauce which supposed to be oh well the fragrant ! but i didn't really taste the sambal sauce. It is too light and not spicy.

 
 
Date of Visit: Oct 21, 2015 

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Categories : Café | Burgers and Sandwiches

Criollo Cocoa Cafe located at Orchard Gateway, at quite corner, overlooking Orchard Road.
It is a quiet and ideal place to sip in coffee in town. If you need a silence place to cool dow or write something, it would be a perfect cafe. It is also a good cafe for studying while enjoying their specials student offer. Menu is shown as per below

 
Adorned by glass window and facing down to Orchard Road, you can people - watch, feel the fresh ambience and relax your mind.

Look at the Latte !! smile It's so cute. Enjoyed the latte and view much.
Thank You Criollo Cocoa Cafe staff for drawing its latte.

 
You can also purchase the Tea Sachet / box from them

 
As a cake lover, i was attracted by the adorable Rainbow Cake.

 
Piperade

Served as a strong fusion of middle eastern food, its dishes is also known as from Europe. Bread is crusty and its Baked egg dish was nice served as a entree for a small course with bacon and number of healthy vegetable such as onions, green peppers, and stewed tomatoes.

 
Portobello Mushroom Burger.

The burger was average and nothing much special except its tasty cheese and juicy portobello.  Light Brioche bun was nice to use for its burger that served with Portobello
Mushroom, grilled onion and capsicum, lettuce, and tomato. The fries was too salty with too much salt

 
Seafood Laksa Pasta

Favorite dish of the day! When i rolled the spaghetti with the fork, I could sense the familiar aroma of its heavens laksa. Gravy was thick and rich to form its spaghetti and seafood base with laksa flavor. Prawn is big and fresh in a special laksa sauce

 
Waffle with Fresh Fruits

End of the meal with favorite dessert, Waffle. Waffle was light with non-heavy butter sense. Delightful Waffle with the maple syrup and ice cream. Enjoyed the fruits much on top of its waffle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Date of Visit: Aug 12, 2015 

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Frozen Korea Ice Dessert Cafe Smile Sep 09, 2015   
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Categories : Korean | Café | Desserts and Cakes

Let it Go ! Let it go – its Frozen song appears on the immediate result when you googled “Frozen “. Well, we are not going to talk about Princess Elsa or Snow Queen but it rather what it looks cool and nice with Korean Ice desserts.

Frozen Café is a specialized in Korean Bingsu and Pastries.
Notice that the logo design of its café name and it’s ambience hue of blue and white are something familiar we found on what was featured in Frozen Movie. In other words,

Its café is inspired by Walt Disney Animation Movie of Frozen.

 
I was a little bit of cold when entered its cafe, followed
by the ambience, quite cold and quite perhaps that is what the café called as “Frozen”.

 
Here is the menu. What they have ?

* OLAF ( Fruit Castle )

It represents the entire whole fruits that served with ice cream at the top and cube ice at the below of its fruit castle, probably it is used to keep the entire OLAF and fruits cooler.

* ELSA

A rough snow flake that with different choice of flavours

* Pastry , Bread, and YoYo ( Yogurt ice cream )

 

 
Are you melted with the Dessert and Pastry ? !

 

 
Elsa - Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Flake

Look at the Ice Cream, Is it a sad or happy expression ? Well, i couldn't define it because its Frozen and too cute ! In a price of $17.90, isn't it expensive? It came with a bowl of bingsu, topped with Blueberry cheesecake and milk ice cream. The ear on its ice cream is Coco Crunch.

The shaved ice is rough but blueberry was flavoring. The proper way to eat it this is by crashing all the topping together and shown in their youtube displayed near the cashier.

 
Honey Melon Olaf Fruit Castle

The Fruit Castle came in look like a Half Snowman till its belly. The shaved ice within the honey melon is harsh and its texture was not easy to melt. So, we have to use spoon to crush it to have a better taste on its Olaf instead of eating the lump of harsh ice.

 
 
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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.

 

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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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