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Blacktulip
This is Blacktulip living in Tampines. I am a HR Generalist, work in Tanjong Pagar. I like to hang out in Clarke Quay, Bedok, Tampines. Japanese, Peranakan / Nonya are my favorite cuisines. I also love Food Court, Hotel, Restaurant and Seafood, Steamboat/Hot Pot, Sushi/Sashimi.
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Yummy seafood hor fun Smile Aug 26, 2013   
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Categories : Seafood | Halal | Zi Char

 
Nice service coupled with great eating environment and good food. I ordered the seafood hor fun. Didn't take too long for the dish to be served up. I had taken hor fun before with really salty gravy. This one was good. It's gravy complements the dish very well. The seafood was fresh. I could feel the bounciness of the meat when I put them in my mouth. The meal a good size for the price and a good place for fellowship with my Muslim friends. Would definitely go again.
 
Spending per head: Approximately $8(Dinner)

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Beary nice bear paws! Smile Aug 01, 2013   
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Categories : Taiwanese | Chinese | Café | Stall / Kiosk | Burgers and Sandwiches

 
Nestled in the heart of where most youths in Singapore come together is a new kid on the block. Actually, I should say...new 'bear' on the block. No, not the real bears but close enough! They call it Bear Bites! This brand is oh-so-famous to those who frequent night markets in Taiwan (It was even featured in Taiwan variety programs). I was honored to be part of the guests for the opening on 27 Jul 2013 at *Scape. It was a rainy day but the rain did not douse out the excitement of both Bear Bites crews as well as hungry people like me.

 
Bear Bites started in Taiwan back in 2010. While on a holiday in Japan, the founder (Avery) chanced upon a unique fusion concept between Taiwanese steamed buns and Japanese cuisine. An East meets West concept was thus birthed when the idea of creative burger was created. With more than 10 branches across Taiwan within a short period of 3 years, it has not only proven itself to be a success story but a really delicious one too!
Joseph (one of the owners) preparing my burger

Joseph (one of the owners) preparing my burger

 
Ordering of the burger comes in steps. Yes, you have to follow the rules here. First you choose the meat. There are 2 options to choose from: Karaage Crispy Chicken and Oishi Fish Fillet. I went for the chicken. Step 2, you choose the cute looking pastel colored bear paw buns (they looked like stuff toys...I wouldn't mind having a pink bear paw cushion lol). Options include: Original Milk, Brown Sugar, Yam, Curry, Oat, Strawberry (seasonal) and Squid ink. I opted for milk. The last step was to choose the sauce namely: Mushroom, Sweet & Spicy Thai, Black Pepper, Tartar, Honey Mustard, Golden Cheese. I'm a big fan of mustard so you wouldn't have to guess twice for what I chose! As the burgers are prepared on the spot, mine came piping hot...which just fits right into the rainy weather. The picture above shows Joseph (one of the Singapore outlet owners) making my burger.

 
I was told that the buns were flown in all the way from Taiwan. To me, this would mean that it is the original recipe. The bun basically taste like chinese man tou, except that it's much softer and slightly sweetened. The thick tomato and lettuce were very fresh and crunchy. The best part of course is the meat! It was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Despite the fact that my honey mustard sauce was spread sparingly across the meat, it didn't soften the crispiness.

 
My next try was the Chocolate Gelato. This time, I went for the brown sugar bun to compliment my chocolate ice cream. Comes served in little bear paws that is of smaller size than the chicken burger bun. It's a good size for kids. Maybe they should consider having Baby Bear Bites (aka. Happy meal!). Nonetheless, the chocolate was rich and very filling!

Do note that Bear Bites do not sell fizzy drinks, they only have Pokka bottled drinks for health reasons. And I also need to add that the buns are made of organic ingredients.

Please do not mistaken this with Bear Paw Burger in Malaysia. They might look the same but the taste is quite different. Bear Bites comes without the sogginess. Look for the red bear print lantern!

 
One thing to add, they might want to consider printing 2 receipts. One for the crews to make the order and one for the customer to keep. Coz people with gold fish memory wouldn't really remember what they ordered. So when orders were ready, they didn't know it's theirs tongue

And here's to many more bear paw prints in Singapore! Photo below showing the 2 owners (Left: Avery and Right: Joseph)

 


 
Recommended Dish(es):  karaage chicken
 
Date of Visit: Jul 27, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately $8(Lunch)

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We chose this restaurant for our Mother's Day dinner because this is one of the very few places that allows us to bring our dog along. Being away from town, we presume that it won't be too crowded....we were wrong.

The first dish was clear tomyam soup. I didn't manage to take pictures because all 8 of us were starving from waiting too long. The soup was not spicy enough for my taste. The second dish was the mixed vegetables and again I didn't take pictures because my only wish was to gobble down the food to feed my hunger.

 
Third dish that was served up to us was the Crispy Crabmeat omelete. I like the crispiness of the omelet. I actually thought this was the best dish in the entire incomplete dinner.

 
Fourth dish that was served to us was the Stuffed Boneless Chicken Wings. I didn't get to try this as there wasn't enough to go around. But it looked quite nice.

 
The fifth on the list was Steamed Olive rice. I cleaned up the entire bowl because I was too hungry. I must say that this is not too bad. At least I can taste abit of the olive taste.

 
The sixth dish was Grilled Cuttlefish. It was chewy and I liked it. The sauce was a good compliment to the blend taste of the cuttlefish.

 
The seventh dish was Sun Dried Pork. I thought this dish is going to be really dry but there's still a bit of juiciness beneath the dries exterior. The taste was great too. My second favorite dish of the night!

 
Last dish served to us was the Glass Noodle Salad. Frankly, I have no idea why the salad was served in the middle of main course. I always thought that salad should be served in the beginning of the meal.

We didn't want to wait anymore so we have decided to cancel our pineapple rice and fried tofu.

This was the sequence our orders were sent to our table:
7pm - we sat down
7.15pm - our orders were taken
8.10pm - Clear tomyam soup served
8.20pm - Mixed vegetables served
8.30pm - Crispy crabmeat omelete served
8.32pm - Stuffed boneless chicken wings served
8.35pm - Olive rice served
8.36pm - Grilled cuttlefish served
8.40pm - Clear tomyam soup served. We rejected the dish and told them it had already been served.
8.48pm - Glass noodle salad served
8.50pm - Crispy crabmeat omelete served. We rejected the dish and told them it had already been served.
8.56pm - Cancelled pineapple rice and fried beancurd and then made payment (while reminding them we only ordered 1 tomyam soup so they cannot bill us for 2)

A good suggestion to the restaurant would be to serve the salad before the main course. Also, it might be better to serve the rice first before other side dishes so that we can savour side dish together with the staples. It would be difficult to enjoy the rice when we had finish our side dish. Lastly, might be an idea to keep the food warm coz most of the food being served to us are not hot anymore. Makes me wonder how long the food was wandering around before serving up to us.

I would only go back to the restaurant if I have time to wait. However, I must commend that the Indian waiter did brighten our days a few times. We also appreciate that he kept apologising that the food came late.

We spent a total of $140+ for 5 adults and 2 kids.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  sun dried pork
 
Date of Visit: May 12, 2013 

Celebration:  母親節 

Spending per head: Approximately $20(Dinner)

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Snackers for pre-dinner Smile Jul 30, 2012   
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Categories : American | Fast Food | Halal

It was another 2 hours before dinner and I was starving. So I decided to go for something light. I normally order the drumstick set if I wanted light meal but this time, I wanted to try the roller set but changed the fries to cheese fries.

 

 
The roller tasted yummy. I like the generous amount of melted cheese inside the wrap. In addition to the crispiness of the chicken bits, it gave a nice texture to the entire wrap. Because it is really small, you won't get too full by eating the set. Good for those who are looking for quick bites.
 
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Dine in is better than take away OK Jul 30, 2012   
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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong | Hainanese | Chicken Rice | Kids-Friendly

As we were having some projects at Republic Poly and didn't have time to go out for food, the organiser decided to buy back for us and we have got Boon Tong Kee takeways. I normally dine in and this is the first time I had take aways.

 
The utensils provided are of good quality. Included in the utensils set, you can find one serviette, one spoon, one fork and a toothpick. It's interestingly thoughtful.

 
There were very generous in their portion of rice except that I find the rice too hard. Instead of normal Styrofoam boxes or paper wrap, they use plastic boxes that has sections to separate the rice and the rest of the food item.

To conclude, I find them very thoughtful in their take aways. However, to have better taste of their chicken rice, it's still best to dine in.
 
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