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This is uniquelious living in Yishun. I work in Ang Mo Kio. I like to hang out in Woodlands, Yishun. European, Japanese, Singaporean are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant, Bakery, Café and Sushi/Sashimi, Desserts and Cakes, Seafood.
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Categories : Bak Kut Teh


Opening its 5th branch at the Chinatown Point, Song Fa Bak Kut Teh had made their cuisine easily access to the locals and even tourists. Public transport such as MRT and bus are just nearby and this location also draw office crowds too since CBD is just nearby. I had to rush to queue during my lunch break to avoid lunch crowd. Luck is on my side indeed as i manage to have my table within 5 mins.

 
Well, Song Fa Bak Kut Teh had been around for such a long time, they even managed to attract tourists to visit their shops. Since I did not have a chance to try their food, so I decided to drop by and decide for myself if it is good.

 
The place is flooded with customers during lunch time, i guess it will be much worse during dinner time!!

 
Have a look at the menu

 
From main dishes to braised dishes to side dishes and drinks, you will be able to see what they have to offer at a glance

 
Lots of waiters and waitresses can be seen, hence it is easy to catch their attention

 
Homemade Barley ($1.80) - Sweetness is just right. The barley are nearly mashed up, hence it is much more easier to drink with the straw

 
Chili, dark soy sauce are provided

 
Braised Pig's Intestines ($6.50) - At a glance, it does not really look delicious, but after I took a bite, my mind really blew off. I am bewildered by how clean the intestines are washed, absolutely no funky smell at all. The intestines are well marinated and braised, the sauce can be tasted when you chew at the intestine. Braised sauce is savoury but not overwhelming. Highly recommended to order!

 
Premium Loin Ribs ($9.50) - Wow, this is really an expensive premium dish. The meat is very tender, easily to separate the meat from the bones. Well marinated and tasty too. The soup is very peppery and taste of garlic and peppers. However, the broth lack of the sweetness from the meat which is what I am looking for. I am really disappointed with it. This is just a dish which the ribs and the soup are prepared separately. Totally no fusion at all.

 
Remember to return the wet tissue if you do not require it, it will be deducted off your bill

 
There are 2 queues which are operating simultaneously, one is located at the front door while the other queue are located in the shopping mall itself. I will suggest to queue inside the shopping mall since there are air con compare to the front door queue.

 
(Inside shopping mall queue)

Verdict: 3.5 /5

The taste of the food are fairly usual, I don not feel that there are any "wow" factor. Although the Pig's intestines and the loin ribs are are good, it somehow lack the flavour that I am looking for.

Service provided by the staff are prompt and courteous, i am surprised since they appeared to be so busy and chaotic at times. Good job there!!

Considering the price of the food sold here, I find it abit steep. Overall, I may not come back here again. Recommend for 1st timer only.

Taste(3)

Environment(4)

Service(4)

Clean(4)

Price(3)

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Recommended Dish(es):  Braised Pig's Intestines
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Feb 06, 2015 

Spending per head: Approximately $10(Lunch)

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Categories : Cantonese/Hong Kong | Coffeeshop | Dim Sum

Kow Loon Hong Kong Dim Sum is a humble dim sum stall located within the heartland of Ang Mo Kio. This stall is easily missed if you are not a resident of this estate. Manage to drop by this place on a weekday afternoon and I notice that most tables were having their dim sum.

 

 
The kitchen occupies two units space, and the workers were busy wrapping dumplings and buns and steaming them on the spot.

 
Extensive picture menu

 

 
Crispy Taro Dumpling, Egg tarts and BBQ Pork Puff (4 for $3.80) - These are sold these items separately in quantity of 4 pieces for each type. But you can always ask the nice auntie whether you can mix and match the types that you want to eat. I like the BBQ pork puff, its crispy with sweet filling. Taro dumpling tasted normal, no surprise. It is filled with small amount of taro paste with peas and carrot bites. As for egg tarts, taste just right for sweetness and the crust is not too hard too.

 
Salted Egg Yolk Bun ($3.80) - This Salted egg yolk bun ooze out readily once you took a bite. Nice balance of butter and salted egg yolk. Eat it as soon as it is out from the steamer as the bun hardens after few minutes. I must say although this is not one of the best buns that i taste but it is really very good. A must order dish!!oozing in action!!

 
Yummy yellow sauce that ooze out after taking a bite

 
Fresh shrimp cheong fun ($3.00) - Each chee chong fun (rice roll) contain 3 prawns and the chee chong fun are really big in size. Light soy sauce with sesame and garnish. It get harden quite easily hence better to eat it hot too.

 
BBQ Pork Bun ($1.80) - These buns look like those that can be found in Hongkong cafe. Soft and chewy outer texture of the bun and you can find sweet and delicious pork filling once you tear open the bun. Wooooo, Yummy!! It's a pity that the amount of pork filling is lacking; otherwise this will be a wonderful bun.

 
Mouth watering pork meat waiting for me to eat!! :'(

 
Shrimp dumplings ($3.80) - 1 and a half prawns are wrapped in each of the steam dumplings. The prawns are fresh and crunchy, sweet juice can be seem dripping out from the dumpling after taking the 1st bite. The thickness of the dumpling is thin and i tasted more prawn than the flour after the 1st bite. Recommended for this dish!!!

 
Pork dumplings aka 'Siew Mai' ($3.00) - Another generous filling dish. This Siew Mai does not really look big, but the pork meats are stuffed fully in each dumpling. What's more, you will be able to taste the sweetness of the pork meat too. I won't say that this is the best Siew Mai, but the freshness and generous amount of filling at such cheap price is really worth ordering.

 
Chicken big Bun ($2.00) - This is a super big bun!! Lots of chicken meats are wrapped in the bun. This version of chicken bun is slightly different from the usual chicken bun that can be found outside. There are no slices of hard-boiled egg in the bun but you can find a piece of Lap Cheong (Chinese sausage) on the big chunk of chicken meat. Unique and yet somewhat mouth-watering.

 
Spot the difference ------------> on top of the bun...

 
Steamed Pork Dumplings ($5.00) - Yes, you didn't see any typo error here on the price. For only $5, you get a taste on the renowned Xiao Long Bao (Steamed Pork Dumpling). Sweet pork juice can be found wrapped in the dumpling. The meat is fresh and tasty too. Pour some vinegar and put some ginger slices when you are taking a bite on the juicy dumplings.

 
Lots of juice wrapped in the dumpling. Tasty sweet juice which I couldn't bear to waste.

 
Ginger slices and chilli sauce

 

 
Verdict 3.5/5

I like the food served here and the price is affordable too since they are located in a coffeeshop. I will certainly recommend to everyone and will come back again.
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http://uniquelious.blogspot.sg/2015/02/kow-loon-hong-kong-dim-sum-ang-mo-kio.html
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Salted Egg Yolk Bun,BBQ Pork Bun,Steamed Pork Dumplings
 
Date of Visit: Jan 27, 2015 

Spending per head: Approximately $13(Lunch)

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Merely Ice Cream - Sunshine Plaza Smile Feb 01, 2015   
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Categories : Ice Cream and Gelato

Merely Ice Cream

 
Merely ice cream is a humble ice cream parlor which makes ice cream from scratch with fresh ingredients, excluding any artificial flavouring or colouring.

 
Merely's Bestseller: Salted butterscotch, black sesame, green tea, red velvet...

 
Wide selection of about 12 flavours available each day

 
Per scoop of ice cream from $3.30 onwards.

Waffle - $2.80

Cone - $0.50

Quite worth the price compare to some other ice cream cafes

 
Small space with rustic furniture and strong buttery ice cream aroma.

 
Earl Grey and Green tea Ice Cream with waffle ($8.40) - Both scoops of ice cream was heavily flavoured. It taste similar to drinking matcha or earl grey milk tea. Waffle was warm and crispy, less of moist.

 
As for Red Velvet, small chucks of red velvet cake are mixed with the buttery ice cream and this adds on to the texture of it.

Sunshine Plaza is not an unfamiliar place for the frequent patrons of Victor's Kitchen or Parklane Wanton Noodles. Its a good place to chill especially for the students from Lasalle and SMU. Have your fresh scoop of ice cream from Merely ice cream!

Verdict: 4/5

Price: $3.00 plus onwards
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http://uniquelious.blogspot.sg/2014/05/merely-ice-cream-sunshine-plaza.html
 
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To-gather Cafe - Bedok Smile Feb 01, 2015   
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Categories : Café | Pasta | Burgers and Sandwiches

To-gather Cafe

 
I was around the vicinity during the last public holiday, since bedok is famous for the bak chor mee hence i decide to eat it again. Due to the long queue, I u-turn back and drop here to try on this cafe. The cafe is packed and there is a waiting list, hence i left my contact number and went for a stroll nearby.

 
When i was shown to my seat, the cafe is still full. You will have to make your order at the counter and pay your bill right after ordering. Nets and Credit card payment are available

 

 
Different cakes for selection. Chocolate lava cake is their best seller while the matcha lava cake is limited quantity

 
Caller, but it is actually table number. Guess they will use it when they are short handed

 

 
Simple menu

 

 
Mocha ($4.50) - Lots and lots of foam on the top of the mocha. I wont say this is one of the best i had but still ok, only that i dislike the too generous amount of foam that was on the top.

 
Seafood Aglio Olio ($8.90) - I am bewildered by the amount of seafood that was served with the spaghetti. There are squid, salmon and prawns in this dish. Abit spicy but still delicious. I really recommended this dish if you drop by.

 
Grilled Pandan Chicken ($8.90) - Unique pandan flavour, i can only savour this taste at the bottom of the grilled chicken, guess it was the sauce that give this pandan taste. Overall, still taste not bad.

 
Matcha Lava Cake with Ice Cream ($6.90) - The cake is soft and mist, matcha flow out once you cut the cake. Vanilla ice cream taste good when you eat the the matcha cake. Recommended to try. But if this is not available, you can try their best seller which is the chocolate lava cake.

 
Can you see the matcha flowing out at the middle section of the cake?? Yummy

 


Verdict: 4/5

Price: $8.9 onwards

I like this place very much. Cheap food with good service, only negative area is that the seats are limited. Beside this, they also provide reservation service, you can leave you contact number and they will call you once the seats are available.

I love the matcha lava cake. This dessert is newly launched i guess as the quantity are limited. The other best seller is the chocolate lava cake. You can try it too. The ice cream taste good and should eat with the warm cake together to give you a warm and cold sensation.

The other most worth waiting dish is the seafood Aglio Olio. Alots of ingredients are added in with such a cheap price. Waiting time for this dish is a bit long, but i guess it is really worth it.
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Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee Smile Jan 30, 2015   
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Categories : Coffeeshop | Chinese Noodles

 
Near Kallang MRT, this small prawn mee shop is conveniently within walkable distance from the public transport. In my view, i think this is one of the best prawn mee one can find in Singapore.

 
Different version of prawn mee for you to choose, so does the price

 

 
Pork Ribs Prawn noodle (soup) - What make a delicious prawn mee different from the rest of the shops? Its the broth. The soup is strong and tasty, shop owner use prawn shells and pork ribs to cook the broth, making it very tasty. The prawns are fresh and sweet. Really shiok.

 
Pork Ribs Prawn noodle (Dry version) - Even in the dry version, you can still taste the prawn sweetness in the noodle as it was cooked using the broth, making the noodle nice and delicious. A bowl of soup is provided too.

Operating hours: Wed - Mon: 08:00 - 15:30

Closed: Tue
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Date of Visit: Jul 29, 2014 

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