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One of the best Satays (Sate) Ever!!!

In Eating out, Indonesia, Outside Dubai, snacks n bites on March 30, 2012 at 07:19

This is really one of south-east asian snacks that always makes it to my blog whenever I’m in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia or even Thailand. It is just something about that little skewer of meat/seafood/offal that has been seasoned and freshly grilled to be eaten with or without an accompanying sauce. This is comfort food on the most basic level and I guess the nostalgic or sentimental appeal would most probably be tracked back to grandma who is dearly departed but greatly missed.

Grandma was such a wonderful cook who had a great love for street food too. I guess that’s the origin of my love of the simple yet fulfilling street foods. Enough of the memories, time to get back to the point. scrumptious sate from Bali!!!

This little non-assuming stall in the corner of Seminkak serves one of the best and I really do mean one of the best versions of sate that I have eaten in a very very long time. Unlike other stalls, the meats are seasoned only when you make the order and the dip is also made fresh. So be ready to wait even if there seems to be on one in the queue. Apparently, the locals call in to order via phone before swinging by to pick up their sate.

There’s the sate that we packed away and enjoyed back home after our flight from Bali lolz … It was so good we returned every nite but we only managed to have it one more time before we left as the stall owners did not have fixed opening houses and they opened and closed the stall as they please!!!

I will definitely be back for more on my next trip to Bali … Ps that 50 sticks of sate only only be SGD$5 or AED14 what a bargain!!!

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Goodbye Pave

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore, singapore, snacks n bites on March 26, 2012 at 21:04

Bye bye  Pave … Got to hunt for a new scones place again now that you are gone! Yes it is officially, Pave has closed for good. SAd day for me!Have you been to Pave yet? It is a hidden little gem that is located in katong in a old little shop house opposite the new 112 katong.
It is a friendly little cafe that takes pride in the yummicious pastries and cakes that are lovely made in-house.

They have the one of the best scones that I have eaten in awhile and take note that these babies only appear during the wkend!

They have a nice flourless chocolate cake too!

Last but not least, this is for the berry lovers!

Lovely service staff too so I guess I will be returning often.

Lunch at Soup Restaurant

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on March 22, 2012 at 00:06

This is where I sometimes end up eating before heading off for my next flight from Changi Airport Terminal 2. It is a gold ole standby that shouldn’t go too wrong.

The usual suspects are the range of herbal double boiled soup, their classic steam chicken dish with special ginger sauce and not forgetting the yangzhou fried rice yummy! If you do have time, the steam fish is pretty decent for the price that they charge but remember there is a minimum waiting time of 25 mins for the steam fish, not too good if you are rushing for a flight!

They had just renovated the place a few months back and I believe that they have also expended their sitting capacity.

Indonesian Fav – Nasi Goreng Istimewa

In Eating out, Indonesia, Outside Dubai on March 17, 2012 at 12:28

A really simple but satisfying meal that can be found from the humblest street warung or stall to the very best restaurants with as many variations as there are family recipes. It is, after all, a dish that often makes use of leftover rice, meat, seafood and vegetables.

Nasi goreng, literally meaning “fried rice” in Indonesian, can refer simply to fried pre-cooked rice, a meal including stir fried rice in small amount of cooking oil, typically spiced with kecap manis, shallot, garlic, tamarind and chilli and accompanied with other ingredients, particularly egg, chicken and prawns.

This is found in a food court that is pretty near to the CGK airport but I can’t seem to recall the exact location. A fresh coconut is always a great match for the rice. A most satisfying meal that didn’t cost too much. But personally I would have preferred having the street version but my colleagues were not too keen to risk the streets 😦

Indian Butter Chicken with Garlic Nann

In Eating out, India, Outside Dubai on March 12, 2012 at 07:48

This is one of my all time favorite indian dishes, it is something that I can order whenever I get lost on what I should order when I’m in South-Asia! My old standby that has yet to fail me so far from the small little shack by the road to the poshest room service menu!

Butter chicken (or murgh makhani) is part of the Pakistani cuisine & Indian cuisine, popular in countries all over the world. The origins of butter chicken can be traced back to a Punjabi restaurant called Moti Mahal in Delhi. Butter Chicken is regarded to have been first introduced by Moti Mahal in Daryaganj, Delhi. It’s also believed that Butter Chicken has been eaten in India for more than a thousand years. Butter chicken is usually served with naan, roti, parathas, roomali roti or steamed rice.

Not so good news for my health as it is not the healthiest dish around with generous amount of butter in each serving! This one is off the streets from a famous little shack according to my host and yes we had to wait like 30 minutes for it and this was well worth the wait! The chicken was super tender and the spicy mix was divine! The only let down was that the garlic nann that was not as flavorful as it should be and was served to us cold!!! Thank god the chicken made up for it!

Soon Heng Rojak

In Eating out, Food from Home, Outside Dubai, singapore, snacks n bites on March 10, 2012 at 10:23

I have been away from home for way way way too long when I can stumble upon a famous hawker stall and not know how good it is till I take the time to check out on the stall name after I get home cos I had such good food that day.

This is the story for Soon Heng Rojak for me. I ended at Toa Payoh as I had some errands that landed me there. I noticed this endless queue and the curious ole me decided to join to queue to see what the fuss was about, the worst case would just be some overhyped food stall rojak, the best case would be yet another gem found. Not much to lose, since I had time to kill.

25 minutes of queuing later, I got what I had been waiting for. My very own plate of the Rojak! For SGD$5 it is a pretty generous plate of youtao, beancurd puff, cucumber, pineapple, cuttlefish, century egg, bean sprouts and kangkong that is smoothed in prawn paste and peanut sauce. The cuttlefish was a nice addition that was pretty much of a surprise as not many rojak places include this ingredient!

Was it worth a drive to the other side of the island? Well I wouldn’t make a trip just to have this but should I be in the neighbourhood, I wouldn’t mind queuing for this.

Big Easy Cajun Jazz Bar & Restaurant

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on March 8, 2012 at 19:15

Had a day at sentosa, not for fun but for work. Sounds weird right, well had to go checkout a few locations for this office event that I needed to organize so I ended up on a whirlwind tour of the sentosa hotels from Capella to Armari to RWS to Rasa Sentosa. By the way, this review was done in sep 2011 and I never had the time to post it lolz.

Time flies when you are busy and yes I did this on my birthday last year. The crazy gal that’s be decided to work the day away from the office and have some fun! Did the whole tour visit menus thing and later decided to call it a day and just look for lunch and mind you it was 4pm by the time I was done and there just doesn’t seem to be the need to head back to the office at that hour especially when I still haven’t had lunch.

The picture of the burger special attracted my attention and there I was having my burger and milkshake. They were not the best that I ever had but they did make my day before I headed out to meet my friends for my birthday dinner!

Chikuwa Tei – Another bites the dust

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore, singapore on March 6, 2012 at 23:57

An old fren who was lost and found and lost again … Update as of 1st Mar12  >>> Chef Peter aka Mr grumpy food nazi uncle has left Chikuwa Tei …one less jap place to go when one has to be on a budget .. sadness ….

Chikuwa Tei is an old friend who is better known as Wasabi Tai @ FEP, yes the one complete with grumpy food nazi uncle who only takes 1 round of food order per person, asks you to scam if you dun like his attitude and who serves some of the most reasonable homestyle japanese food in Singapore.

I’m happy to report that the food still taste as good as it used to but I’m somewhat disconcerted to find Mr grumpy food nazi uncle smiling and all friendly.

The old favs like uninagi, grill chicken, sashimi sets and charwamushi are still as good as they have bEen.

 

An old friend found, I bet I will be back often. Ps instead of waiting in line for hours like we used to, they now take reservations. 🙂

I scream for ice-cream prata!!!

In Eating out, Food from Home, Outside Dubai, singapore, snacks n bites on March 5, 2012 at 10:51

This is a place from my high school days, where we would hang out after school, Mr Prata on Evans Road.

The place has not changed much since those days and I’m glad that the prices haven’t changed all that much too! It is still a nice place to hang out and chill with good frenz.

This is the ice-cream prata … a tissue-like prata with sugar , sprinklers, chocolate sauce and strawberry ice-cream treat! Do we love it ? Yes we did, and yes we ordered seconds and yes we have made arrangements to come back for more!

Tatsuya Japanese Restaurant (Goodwood Park Hotel)

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on March 3, 2012 at 09:59

1st visit to Tatsuya since they moved to Goodwood Park from Crown Prince. Yupz it has been a very very long time since my last visit to this old favorite.

Things haven’t changed all that much, it is comforting to realize that somethings don’t change. Dinner here is still as expensive as ever and I won’t suggest coming for dinner unless I’m on an expense account or if someone really insists on giving me a treat! Dinner per head would easily be starting from SGD$280 a head.

The highlight for me then and even now is the bento set lunches that are the most reasonably priced for the kind of quality that they provide. The bento lunches start at SGD$25.

We had the sushi bento and barachirashi bento today and they are as good as they used to be, guess its time for more repeat visits soon. And yes they still do send you the sms to thank you for your patronage! The best part of this is that the bento lunches are available on weekends too but please remember to call in for your reservations in advance!