Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Ofira Amazing Thai Food


Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road
#01-20
s228213 (Orchard)
Tel: 8650 3055
Mon to Sat: 1100 - 2030
Closed on Sun



I really really like the balacan fried rice here in Ofira. I actually didn't know its called Ofira because the signboard they have just says 'Enjoy Thai Food'. It is chucked in a small corner at level one of Far East Plaza which usually when i'm here im spoilt for choices. I actually also like the Pontien wanton mee that is next door and the E.A.T laksa.

So anyway, this balacan fried rice is very cheap, probably just $4 (cannot remember) and very tasty! Although it looks simple but its really good. Its a bit moist (the way i like my rice) and has its savoury taste.



They actually used to give a bit of cashew nuts too but they seem to have removed it. But overall, the mango they use and the onion goes very well with the rice. I like it a lot.

Do note that it typically does not come with the yellowish chunks on top, the yellowish white thing on top is crab meat that i requested to add. And do also note that they typically will give you a constipated you-are-asking-for-too-much-even-if-you-are-willing-to-pay look if you request for any top up. But i don't care, i pay for my food, i like my variety, i don't think its difficult. haha


They also have other Thai dishes that are cheap and decent too.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

A&W (Bangkok)



After dar dar met up with me, we headed to A&W for my favourite nuggets!



they have absolutely the best nuggets. very tender!






Mcdonalds (Bangkok)


and whenever in bangkok, i will also try to check out the pies they have in mcdonalds. they will usually have savoury pies instead of the sweet ones we have in Singapore. And today they had Spinach Pie...



despite it being a savoury pie, it is still a little sweet so i like it as much.


SabX2 Pratunam Wanton Noodles (Bangkok)


first agenda for today is WANTON MEE! Yes, you know, that very famous one that everyone is talking about! It is located within Pratunam, opposite Platinum Mall.

To be more specific, find the Mcdonalds where Glow Pratunam Hotel is (Glow Pratunam is also the same building where they call the Shibuya Shopping Mall). On the lane where you see Mcdonalds, walk in, it is around 6 to 7 shops in the lane and on the right side of the lane.....

SabX2 Pratunam Wanton Noodles
4/32-33 Soi Petchburi 19, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand, Tel +66 2 653 9618+66 2 653 9618
Opening Hours: 9am - 3pm Daily







aside from wanton mee, this place is also famous for their pork trotters rice! Check out the awesome goodness!









the inside seats are fully air conditioned (heng ah) which makes the meal rather enjoyable. And bascially, the interior is simply filled with Singaporeans, Singaporeans and more Singaporeans!



it was also a breeze to order because the servers generally speak chinese. It was kind of funny coz we ordered 2 bowls of wanton mee and dar dar was telling me when her husband came previously, he ordered 3 bowls for himself because the serving was just really small. Who knows, after our orders came, 2 guys who sat beside us ordered and that's when we realised, got size one! hahaha

anyway this is our small sized wanton mee....



you know how sometimes when things are too widely raved about, it is usually disappointing? well, not so for this place. The wanton mee is indeed not bad. I think mainly because of the lard sauce they use to season the noodles. The wanton is also of a decent size and rather tasty. the small portion can be finished within about 4 - 5 mouths. haha.. really a small portion.

We also ordered the pig trotters without the rice with some intestines and all...



it was sooooooo good! So tender and flavourful!


it was so good, we ordered an additional plate of just the meat...



and haha.. we also topped up on the noodles!




Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Ping's Thai Teochew Seafood Restaurant (Bangkok)

the first thing we did was to head for lunch at Ping's restaurant. It is located at level 2 of the hotel we are staying in...

Ping’s Thai Teochew Seafood Restaurant
Address: 2nd floor, Pathumwan Princess Hotel, 444, Phayathai Rd., Pathum Wan, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Tel: (02) 661 7860
Website: http://www.pingsrestaurantgroup.com
Lunch A La Carte: 11:30 a.m. - 02:30 p.m.
Dinner A La Carte: 05:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

This place came highly recommended by a few different sources..



we ordered an appetiser sampler...



we had wanted to order a small set ($500 baht) but because we were also keen in the prawn cakes, we upgraded to a medium one ($800 baht)...



the meat slices were decent, the prawn cakes were also decent. the otah was very mediocre. the jelly fish was good! the texture was crunchy and it was seasoned with some haybe hiam like sauce.

But overall, $800 baht (around SGD $32) for a starter like this feels expensive.

we also shared an oyster egg $180 baht (around SGD $7)...



the oyster egg is not impressive.

The popular dish here i believe is their shark fins so we ordered the special one at $2000 baht (around SGD $80)....



and it proved to be really worth it. The sharks fin was really good! the soup was very tasty and flavourful.



another one of their specialty item would be their braised gooseweb noodles....






it was soooooo good! Very tasty and the noodles were soft. The gooseweb was ok but the noodles were so tasty i wish we had more!

right below the claypot was a layer of pork belly....



very fragrant and yummy!

Chinatown Scala Shark Fins Restaurant (Bangkok)


we were hungry after the drinks and headed to chinatown for supper. I super duper miss this Scala Sharksfins restaurant!

We got there around 12 midnight...

475-477 Yaowarat Road, Samphanthawong Subdistrict, Samphanthawong District, Bangkok, Thailand

http://www.chinatownscala.com/




its almost mandatory to order the cheap and yummy sharkfins of $300 baht (around SGD $12)...



if we didnt have the Ping's sharkfins this morning, i think this would have been very good. especially with the price. haha.. but honestly this is indeed very decent. Its tasty and a good amount of fins.

and what i really really miss of this place, is their oyster omelette and their crab vermicelli!

the oyster omelette $150 baht (around SGD $6)....



its just damn yummy! the oysters are huge and the egg is just soooo tasty!

and the crab vermicelli that made me nian nian bu wang....



cost around $600 baht (around SGD $24)...



i specially asked for additional vermicelli. Its sooooo good! very flavourful vermicelli that will make me want to head back to bangkok just for this!


dar dar also agrees that its super good!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TWG

We headed to TWG for dinner..


we ordered a cod fish ...



the cod fish was nice. the mashed potato that came with it was good too. the sauce went well with both the fish and the mash.

we also shared a seafood lagsana...



the seafood lagsana was quite special as well. I guess for TWG, given tea is their key product, they try to infuse tea in their dishes. For their lagsana, they had infusion of the moroccan mint tea. I quite liked it.


Tunglok Xihe


we did lunch at Tunglok Xihe at Turf City. We had wanted to head to Dancing Crab but sadly it wasnt open for lunch.

in comparison, i found the food standards of Tunglok Xihe at Orchard Central better than that of the branch at Turf City.

This is the drunken chicken..



overall, i like the taste of this and i like that its chicken in a sliced roll, boneless making it easy to eat. But i recall when i had it at Orchard Central, it was more juicy. Today's one is a bit dry.

Bernard ordered the duck tongue...



i like it! its boneless too and its very tasty and soft. the centre part had some haybe hiam kind of thing. its good!


we also had a spicy and sour soup with a hand carved beancurd flower....




Bernard saw the picture of me posting this on fb during my previous visit and was keen to try. Again, the taste of this dish was much better when i ordered it at Orchard Central previously. Today the soup was quite bland.

we also ordered a XO fried rice...



i found the fried rice not impressive but Bernard found it alright.

and of course, the roast duck. I would say this is one of their speciality and if you only have a small group and don't want to order a whole duck, you can let the server know and let them match you up with other patrons. If there's another table who is also keen to order half a duck, you can share the order....



the duck will come with shavings of the duck leg, the skin and some breast.

it will also come with a round plate of condiments and sides where you can match with the duck...





overall a full and delightful meal!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pince & Pints


we went to check out Pince and Pints along Duxton Hill.

32-33 Duxton Road
Singapore 089496
T +65 6225 7558   
Opening Hours

Mon - Fri : 5pm - 11pm (Dinner Only)
Saturdays : 12pm - 11pm (All Day)
Open on Public Holidays
Last Order for Kitchen 10pm

No reservations. Walk-in only.



they have a very simple menu as i have heard. 3 items, all at $48 each.



and like almost everyone else, we ordered " Everything on the menu please! " (feels kinda shiok saying this.. haha)



first up is the chilli lobster...



the chilli lobster was served with man tou. It was so so. The chilli sauce wasn't impressive but the lobster was fresh.

and Wendy was excited about the lobster roll...



the bun was awesome! the bun was really really good! its soft and fluffy! the lobster mix was decent. Maybe Wendy squeezed too much lemon so it was quite sour, i didn't like the mixture as much but the bun was simply lovely!

and the grilled lobsters...



which was decent.

I love the yellowish sauce they had which went very well with their fries.

Overall, its a decent meal but not what i would rave about, taste wise. But i must say their service is excellent. Very pro-active and friendly servers that made it a good experience.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Roosevelt’s Diner & Bar

its a short catch up with Mindy after work. She suggested checking out this place Roosevelt's Diner & Bar located at the Dorsett Residences

Roosevelt’s Diner & Bar
331 New Bridge Road
#01-02 Dorsett Residences
Singapore 088764

T: +65 6538 3518
E: info@roosevelts.com.sg

the interior of the place...



considering its location, i must say it is pretty crowded for a weekday night.

while wait for me, Mindy had ordered the calamari first...



the batter was thin with pepper bits. the texture of the squid was pretty good. it was rather soft. i quite liked it.

for mains, Mindy chose the ribs. I must say im typically skeptical of ordering ribs because not many places can do it well but Roosevelt did it pretty well!



the ribs had meat and it was tender.

as for me, i was drawn by the name on the menu truffle fish pie. wow.

so that was what i ordered...






i like it. the pastry was fragrant, crispy and soft. it was good. the sauce inside was creamy and a little sweet. I would have preferred it to be more savoury but overall i liked it.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mouth Kitchen

Today Squiddy and i are going to check out the Mouth Kitchen restaurant at Plaza Sing that she has told me about for the longest time because it was said that they have squid ink porridge and squid ink char siew bao!

the sound of it is exciting!

we ordered a hay chor (prawn roll)...



the picture in the menu looked really good and looked like its some prawn cordon bleu with a ham centre.

But like they always say, pictures on menu are just for illustration purposes. the actual thing looks like the above and taste nothing like i imagine. basically just 不好吃. haha

the seafood squid ink porridge....



wow so exciting...



i had loads of visualisation on how it may taste. Well, there was no squid ink taste at all. It tasted like a normal porridge just that its black in colour.

Squiddy said she found it alright while i felt kinda disappointed.



we also ordered a truffle white bait fish...



i felt that this was good! the truffle taste was relatively strong and the fish was soft.

there was also squid ink char siew bao!



again, tasted like a normal char siew bao which is black colour.

it appeared to be the hairy crab season so we ordered one. it was really small in size but what was good was the server managed to break it down for us very nicely....




it was really small, not much meat or roe. Also, maybe because of the hairy crab, there were loads of flies flying around. quite annoying.