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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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Dim Sum compliments of UOB Smile Jan 10, 2012   
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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong | Shanghainese | Sichuan

Having accumulated a good amount of points, my partner decided to do some redemption. One of such redemption is a $30 voucher to dine in Imperial Treasures.

 
We ordered tie guan yin (my favorite tea) and it comes with a pretty teapot and 2 very cute cups. I heard that the cups used to be smaller. But I guess it's abit tiring to keep filling the cups so they decided to provide guests with larger cups.
Shanghai steamed pork dumpling

Shanghai steamed pork dumpling

 
As our first dim sum dish, we order the xiao long bao. The whole dumpling was full of soup and it came oozing out the moment you take a bite. We heard from the Shanghainese that the way to eat xiao long bao is to bite a whole and suck out the soup instead of putting the whole dumpling into our mouth. This way, we can prevent scalding. It works! ($4.00)
D'fried chicken wing with shrimp sauce

D'fried chicken wing with shrimp sauce

 
Don't really like this simply because I am not so into fried stuffs unless it is super fantastic. My partner highly recommended this because he had it before. Definitely not my kind of taste. Too much flour. ($5.50)
Baked live prawn with salted egg yolk

Baked live prawn with salted egg yolk

 
I have never seen so much egg yolk in any egg yolk dish! All the prawns were coated with egg yolk so much so that I think it's way too much! The prawns are succulent and big. Unfortunately, over supply of egg yolk spoil the taste abit. ($8.00)
steamed chicken feet with black bean

steamed chicken feet with black bean

 
This is a must-order dish whenever I have dim sum. The one here is cooked well so the moment you put it in your mouth, you can easily pull out the bones. And best part is that it simply melts in your mouth! My partner took one and I finish the whole thing. ($3.20)
steamed pork rib with black bean sauce

steamed pork rib with black bean sauce

 
The pork rib is also quite well done. The meat is tender and doesn't stick to the bones. I'm never a fan of pork rib so I can't say it's the best. But it's worth ordering. ($3.50)
fried chestnut cake

fried chestnut cake

 
This is the best of the entire meal. I tried it in one of those dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong and surprise to find it here. My partner had one and I finish the other 2. It's not too sweet and the softness of the cake combined with crunchiness of the chestnut gives it a very refreshing adventure. I forgot to note down the price but should be around $3.
Red bean Souffle egg white ball

Red bean Souffle egg white ball

 
Heard that this is one of the signature dish in any shanghai restaurant and since they have it here, we decided to try it out. The red bean paste inside the ball is delicious. They have mashed it up really well. Not my favorite because there wasn't enough red bean in the souffle. ($4.50)
 
Date of Visit: Jan 05, 2012 

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Categories : Singaporean Western | Restaurant | Pasta | Steaks and Grills | Halal | Kids-Friendly

Eighteen Chefs was started by Chef Benny Se Teo. My first encounter with Chef Benny was when he was still working in Goshen at the halfway house (which has been closed down). Even having been trained in Jamie Oliver's restaurant "Fifteen", his passion for giving second chances to ex-offenders was not doused out. In fact, he was more "on-fire" when he came back to Singapore still giving ex-offenders a chance in life.

This is more of a self-service restaurants. The friendly crew will bring you to your seat and then you write your order on the order chit. To confirm orders, simply make payment at the cashier and your orders will be served to you. Ice water, chilli sauce, tomato sauce, mustard, chilli flakes, cheese flakes, cutlery, napkins are all self-service.
Aglio Olio with mushroom chicken

Aglio Olio with mushroom chicken

 
This is a dish where aglio olio comes with grilled chicken topped with mushroom sauce. I love the juicy chicken. Quite disappointed with the aglio olio because it wasn't spicy like what I had in other restaurants. It wasn't the right taste even after I added chilli flakes. However, I have to say that the salad was fresh! ($12.80)
Fish and chips

Fish and chips

 
My partner ordered the Fish and Chips coz she wanted to try out the taste of what root beer battered fish and chips taste like. We didn't taste any root beer at all. The batter was crispy and the fish meat didn't have the fishy taste. Quite enjoy it. ($13.80)

 

 

 
Added $3.80 for the soup, garlic bread and homemade ice lemon tea. The soup is really creamy. It's just like Campbell soup without adding water. The ice lemon tea is too sweet for our taste so we added ice water into it. If you order the ice lemon tea alone (without the combo), it would cost $2.80.

 
I took half of whatever was on my friend's plate and gave her half of mine....so we can try out each other's food.

Price is reasonably and most importantly, no GST and service charge.
 
Date of Visit: Jan 07, 2012 

Spending per head: Approximately $16.60(Dinner)

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Dim Sum Part 2 Smile Dec 30, 2011   (Related Review)
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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong | Hotel | High Tea | Dim Sum | Seafood

Xiao long bao

Xiao long bao

 
The xiao long bao is very juicy. One bite and the entire soup comes spilling out. Have to eat it while steaming hot. The meat is soft and easy on the throat. ($4.80)
Braised chicken feet

Braised chicken feet

 
Chicken feet has always been my must have dish whenever I visit a dim sum restaurant. I heard that this is the dish to eat if you want more collagen smile Anyway, I like how soft the chicken feet is being cooked. Just put into the mouth and the bones come out easily. ($4.60)
Fried beancurd skin with pork and crabmeat

Fried beancurd skin with pork and crabmeat

 
Didn't really like fried bean curd skin because I always thought they are normally too salty. However, this dish came to be quite different. Crispy on the outside and soft as well as chewy on the inside. Best part is that the saltiness is not present. ($4.20)
Steamed shrimp meat dumplings

Steamed shrimp meat dumplings

 
Har gao deep fried. Quite different from what I used to have in other dim sum restaurant which normally come steamed. This item is probably deep fried before steaming. Quite a unique way of presenting. ($4.80)
Steamed sharks fin dumplings

Steamed sharks fin dumplings

 
Didn't taste the sharks fin at all. I didn't even know that this dish contains sharks fin until the bill came. ($5.00)
Our feast

Our feast

 
The total bill for the 6 of us came up to $145 which of course the most expensive dish went to the BBQ meat combination plate which was $40.00. The service was really fantastic. The dishes were served slowly but the waiters would attend to us by topping up our teacups or taking orders in a flash.
 
Date of Visit: Dec 26, 2011 

Celebration:  聖誕節 

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Dim Sum Part 1 OK Dec 29, 2011   
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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong | Hotel | High Tea | Dim Sum | Seafood

 
A friend of my friend recommended this restaurant saying that they have very nice dim sum. Instead of having western food every Christmas, we decided to go for dim sum and this restaurant was selected. Not difficult to find, just take the escalator from the hotel to the second floor and you will be greeted by the entrance.
Pickles

Pickles

 
The pickles is quite interesting. It's a little sweet and there's beancurd cube in the dish. Not sure why the peanut is there but the beancurd and long beans taste superb. ($3.00 compulsory dish)
Century Egg Porridge

Century Egg Porridge

 
The century egg porridge is very thick and quite filling for a small bowl. One bowl actually feeds one but because we wanted to try and eat as many dishes as we can, we decided to order only one bowl to be shared with 3 pax. ($6.00)
BBQ Combination Plate

BBQ Combination Plate

 
This is the most expensive of the lot. There's duck, roast pork, char siew. This picture is taken before we started eating so that's basically the entire plate. Cost $40. I don't find anything special about the meat at all except that maybe it's a little too small plate for that price.

 
Too much flour. If I don't remember wrongly, this dish cost $6.80. Not my preference.
Steamed BBQ pork bun

Steamed BBQ pork bun

 
This is normal. Like what you can find in the hawker centre. Nothing fantastic. ($4.20)
Fried carrot cake with XO

Fried carrot cake with XO

 
Another overpriced item. This dish cost $14.00. When it was served, it looks exactly like the fried carrot cake you find in hawker centre. Taste exactly like that too.

More dishes in Part II.
 
Date of Visit: Dec 26, 2011 

Celebration:  聖誕節 

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A little piece of HK in Singapore Smile Dec 29, 2011   
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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong | Chinese | Café | Kids-Friendly

 
Saw this restaurant while we were crossing the road to Centrepoint and since we have not tried this before, we decided to walk in and have a look.

 
For drinks, I had the salted lemon sour plum juice ($5.30). This is suppose to be the chef's selection. Taste not bad actually. Can't say that it's the best. My partner ordered HK style coffee ($2.30). He didn't finish the coffee so I don't think it taste good.

 
I ordered noodle soup with shredded pork and szechuan veg ($6.50). I like the soup base, it's not too strong and with the chili added, it taste superb. The noodle is unlike those la mian you find in Taiwanese restaurants. Their version is much skinnier and on top of that, it's very tangy.

 
My partner ordered fried 'hor fun' with pork in hk style ($8.30). Having stayed in HK for sometime, he said that this is quite authentic. I took a spoonful and I like it. Taste like char kway teow.

Service was quite prompt but you have to request for the chilli separately. They don't come with the food you order and neither will they ask if you need chilli.
 
Date of Visit: Dec 27, 2011 

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