The Curry Wok @ Coronation Arcade

Foodies looking for alternative Nyonya Food, here is another option for you to consider.

Curry Wok, a cozy home-feel family eatery located at Coronation Arcade is well known for its home-cooked traditional Teochew Nyonya Food.

It has been a long while since I last visited this eatery and am glad that I do so recently. Food is awesome with standard and certainly savoury. Here are some of my personal favourite dishes.

Ngoh Hiang

This home-made prawn and pork roll is really power. Deliciously good and goes well with the sweet dipping sauce. A must order dish (at least for me 😃), strictly no compromise each time I am here.

Otak Otak

This is one of their popular dish here. You get to see thick chunks of fish meat in their otak.

Nyonya Chap Chye

Another not to be missed dish. Their braised cabbage is cooked till perfection with ingredients like mushroom, black fungus, dried shrimps, carrot, vermicelli and tau kee. I love the soupy gravy and it goes extremely well with a plate of fragrant white rice.

Sayuh Lodeh

Mild spicy lover, you can go for their Sayur Lodeh (curry vegetable). Woh..this is good stuff. The crunchiness of the cabbage with the lemak gravy gives it a wow factor.

Sambal Brinjal & Ladies Fingers

For spice lover, you can try their sambal brinjal & ladies fingers. This definitely goes well with your plate of fragrant white rice. Simple yet flavorful.

Beef Rendang

Their beef rendang is cooked till tenderly soft until melts in the mouth type and not forgetting the savoury nyonya style rendang sauce that can blow you off too.

Hainanese Pork Chop

Interestingly, you will get to find Hainanese style Pork Chop in a Teochew Nyonya Food eatery as well. There are also a number of other interesting dishes too as I slowly unveil them. This is another heavenly dish if you enjoy the tomato-rish flavor sauce.

Kong Bak Pau

Look at that braised pork bun staring hard at you! How could you not pay attention to it! This chinese version braised pork burger has it all, the tenderlicious braised pork sandwiched with steam bun and the jucily braised sauce dripping out of it. You may also “flood” the sauce over your plate of white rice (which I often do). 😅

Sambal Belachan

Frankly, this is the star dish in my opinion. The sambal belachan chilli sauce is damn power. Simply appetizing! I can simply go over it with my white rice without dishes. This really brings back my childhood memories where at times I just had sambal belachan with rice as a meal.

Not sure whether you are salivating after reading. Well, you can always give this alternative option a consideration when your next nyonya meal cravings come along. 😉

Solid Char Siew Wanton Noodle

Speaking about wanton noodle, there are certainly a number of stalls that you can easily find from cheap and good to high end pricing.

Different strokes for different folks. Some like the noodle texture to be springy, some goes for the char siew taste while some focus on the gravy sauce. To me, definitely it would be ideal to find one that encompasses all of the above traits.

I tried many different variations of the wanton noodle islandwide and so far, the one stall that impresses me the most is none other than Fei Fei Roasted Noodle located in Yuhua Village Market Food Centre.

Their char siew is by far the most solid and champion with its thick honey glazed gravy and especially the charred portion that gives it the power umami taste. Their noodles are springy with the “QQ” texture coupled with the gravy sauce. Needless to say, it goes extremely well with their tasty soup base coupled with generous serving of the wanton (wrapped with meat and shrimp).

Having said that, it comes with a hefty “price”. You will need to brave the super long queue in order to enjoy this dish. Usually, it is a norm to queue at least 45 mins. Their stall hours are from 9.30am to about 12pm (closed on Sunday) or until the char siew sold out. From experience, their char siew usually sells out by 11am!

You may be pleased to know that you are able to buy their char siew on its own too. Per kg cost $36.

So, if you intend to try this out in future when you are near the vicinity, remember to come early. I am sure it will be worth your while to do so. No regrets for sure! 😉

Baker & Cook at Eng Kong Park

I was introduced to this Baker & Cook joint recently. A nice cozy place set in the midst of Eng Kong Estate.

Certainly, a great place for morning breakfast, brunch and dinner. Well, it is nice to pamper yourself once a while to slow down our pace and enjoy a relaxing moment with your loved ones. Try it if you want something different for a change.

Selection of freshly baked bread & viennoiserie. For two to share. Served with butter and choice of jams (available on table). Bread lovers shouldn’t miss out on this. You can enjoy a variety of bread assortment in the same basket.

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon

Poached eggs with smoked salmon served on toasted B&C Pain au Levain topped with baby spinach, hollandaise sauce and a hint of balsamic glaze & chilli oil

Oh, the steak pie is really power. You got to try it for yourself and you will know what I mean.

Lamb Rogan Josh Pie
Moroccan Lamb Roll
Salmon Quiche

They do offer a couple of quiche selection as well. Looking forward to try out the rest of the selection in time to come.

Toasted Ham & Cheese Turkish Pide
Wild Mushroom & Bacon Tart
Truffle Fries

For mains, you can order their Pasta and Sour Dough Pizza.

Creamy Mushroom Fettuccine

Wild mushrooms and parsley in a light cream sauce, truffle oil, parmesan cheese

Pizza 3

Tomato sauce, wild mushrooms, shrimps, capers, rocket, smoked salmon, sour cream & dill

Pizza 7

Tomato sauce, mozzarella, sauteed portobello & oyster mushrooms with onion & mirin, flaked parmesan & truffle oil

Pizza 4

Tomato sauce, pulled BBQ chicken, cranberry compote, camembert & rocket.

Pizza 9

Pineapple cream sauce, pepperoni, pineapple, blue cheese, mozzarella, chilli flakes, rosemary & basil

Monthly Special – Chilli Con Carne Pizza

Minced Beef with Kidney Beans, Bocconcini, Jalapeño, Purple Spanish Onions and Cherry Tomatoes

Second stomach at work, desserts!

Plank Affogato

Vanilla ice cream, double shot of Allpress espresso, caramel sauce & toasted almonds with a dusting of icing sugar & cinnamon

Banoffee Plank Pizza

Banana, lemon zest, custard, roasted pecan and salted caramel sauce served with a scope of vanilla ice cream

Guinness Stout Chocolate Mud Cake
Carrot Cake

A good cuppa to go with a great dessert.

Molten Diners @ 246 Upper Thomson Road

Recently, I chanced upon Molten Diners serving western cuisine.

This is somewhat equivalent to i-Steak Diners. Food quality is of standard and importantly, value for money. They offer a good selection of appetitizers, mains & desserts.

Onion Rings – battered crispy onion rings served with mayonnaise

Calamari Rings – breaded calamari rings served with mayonnaise

Wasabi Shrimp – breaded shrimps served with wasabi mayonnaise

White Pepper Chicken – grilled chicken steak with signature white pepper sauce, truffle mash potato, ratatouille & spear asparagus

Chicken Chop Aglio Olio – Sauteed garlic, chiili padi, purple cabbage, parsley, spaghetti & extra virgin olive oil

Chicken Cutlet Molten Rice – chicken cutlet, molten butter rice, golden raisin & sultana topped with sunny side up egg, parsley, crispy garlic & house garnish served with ratatouille

New York Stuffed Cheese Fish & Chips – pacific dory stuffed with mozzarella & parmesan cheese serves with thick cut fries & pomegranate mixed green salad, tartar sauce & lemon wedge

Pan Seared White Fish – fillet of dory seared till perfection, served with truffle mash potato, ratatouille & spear asaparagus

Sirloin Beef Neopolitan – sauteed garlic, cream sauce & basil tomato sauce, purple cabbage, parsley, spaghetti & extra virgin olive oil

NZ Grass-Fed Sirloin – a steakhouse classic & hearty cut served with signature gratin mac & cheese, curly fries, cream corn & spear asparagus

Creme Brulee – fresh milk & cream, egg yolks, vanilla extract, torched sugar coat

Chocolate Lava Fondant with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream – chocolate lava fondant, chocolate sauce, vanilla bean cream, almond crumbles

Their desserts are really power!!!

Not bad a joint to try if you run out of dining options the next time round. 😉

Two Men Bagel House @ Novena

It has been a long time since I last had bagels when I was in the US. Recently, I found this outlet, Two Men Bagel House during one of my staycation at Courtyard Marriot where they are located right beside it.

There was a long snaking queue sighted and before long, I found myself in the queue too. 😂

Being a foodie, missing a good bagel for a long long time coupled with the impulse craving and importantly with the long queue, it apparently has to be good I suppose…..

I am glad I joined the queue else I would have missed it big time. As I am trying it out for the first time, I ask for recommendation from the staff.

The recommended menus are as follows;

1. Hawaiian – spam, cheddar, sunny egg, caramelized pineapple

2. Hammer – scallion scrambled, cheddar, crispy bacon

3. Lox – smoked salmon, cream cheese tomato, pickled mustard seeds, hard boiled eggs

4. Prima – smoked brisket, ratatouille, cheddar

5. Warthog – smoked pork belly, onion & cucumber, coriander, char siew sauce

Hammer

Wow….their bagel is power and of standard too. The bagel crust is crispily tasty with the lingering tinge of seasalt & black pepper. Really awesome bagel. 😋😋😋

Looks like I will have to look forward to try the rest of the recommended items in time to come. 😎

Beast & Butterflies @ M Social

This is another restaurant joint under the Millenium Hotel Group. Similar to that of Café 2000 at M Hotel.


A place with nice cozy environment coupled with great ambience especially at night. You get to enjoy live band music on Saturdays.


Great place with great music and of cos great food.

Beast & Butterflies offer a good selection of foods and I hope I can have a chance to savour all of it in time to come. 😀

For Starters…..

Truffle Crispy Fish Skin & Potato Chips dusted with black truffle powder. Oh mine, this is one of my favourite starter. The truffle powder taste so good and empowering. Certainly not for the faint hearted.

Crunchy Greens, icy plant with wasabi dressing and sides of sesame miso dutch cucumber. Woo….this is one starter dish to order. The icy plant is super cruchy and refreshing with the wasabi dressing. Awesomely delicious!

For mains……


Cod Fish, deep fried atlantic cod served with cripy egg noodles, bailing mushrooms and hong kong choy sum in gravy. This cod is damn power when deep-fried. Surprisingly, goes well with crispy noodle. High end type of 生面.


Chicken Claypot Rice, the fragrant rice cooked in a claypot with preserved sausage, salted fish, chinese mushrooms and chicken. Interestingly, this dish is equally tasty with all the required flavours expected of a claypot rice. 👍 Only challenge is that the rice portion is insufficient after your appetite have warmed up. 😅


Steamed Clam Chorizo, steamed littleneck clams and iberico chorizo in white wine served with bread basket. Italian la la to be exact.

Beast Burger, grilled u.s. wagyu beef and cheese burger, bbq sauce, mustard and mayo, brown onions, served with potato fries and mesclum salad with sesame dressing. The beef patty is good though a bit messy to consume.

Lobster Porridge, teochew-style lobster rice porridge in crab broth, baby abalone, crispy conpoy, bonito flakes, fried shredded ginger and scallion. Nice but not as champion compared to the lobster porridge in Orchid Live Seafood. The soup based is at most so-so probably over empowered by bonito flake.

Thai Chicken Basil Pasta, linguine served with wok-fried spicy minced chicken with sweet basil and crispy egg floss. This is one interesting dish, pretty unique. Recommended to try.

Char Kway Teow, stir-fried flat noodle with prawns, preserved sausages, chives and bean sprouts. I just do not know how to describe this dish, simple and yet taste great.

For desserts….


Matcha Lava, warm green tea cake, matcha ganache, azuki red beans, vanilla ice cream. This is another must order sweets. Highly recommended.

Another great place for your dining options!

So, do keep a lookout on this blog post for any new menu updates from time to time. 😉


Bon appetit!

Beef Noodle Soup @ Blk 226 Ang Mo Kio Food Centre

You may find beef noodle soup almost everywhere around you but a good stall is hard to come by.

I have tried many of these beef noodles and one such stall really stands out is this stall below

Hong Heng Beef Noodle Soup & Laksa at Blk 226 Ang Mo Kio Food Centre.

Their beef noodles comes with condiments like salted vegetable which brings out the umami when consume as a dish together.

My personal preference is the dry version though the soup version is equally good too.

Believe me, it goes extremely well with the chilli sauce that is mixed with cincalok. Certainly heavenly when poured over it.

Their beef balls are also another champion dish that is succulent and bouncy and not forgetting their power soup base too.

Well, nothing beats experiencing on your own and uncover the gem of this stall if you develop the craving for beef noodles the next time round. 😋

Straits Chinese Nonya Restaurant @ Keck Seng Tower

Straits Chinese Restaurant is the oldest Nonya Restaurant in Singapore. It is by no means easy to look for an authentic Nonya cuisine and I must agree that their Nonya food is pretty authentic and tasty.

This restaurant is extremely popular with tourists and you will get to see bus loads of tourists being sent here for lunches and dinners.

They offer a good selection of appetizers, mains and desserts to cater to individuals’ palate.

Appetizer to go….

Keropok (Prawn Cracker) – Great start for the meal. Goes extremely well by dipping it with the sambal belacan.

Sambal Belacan – Star of the meal. Trust me, it is going to blow you off. It can go well with the white rice on its own too.

Soups

Hee Peow Soup – Fish maw with meat ball and fish cake.

Kuak Pedas – Hot & Sour Seafood Soup comes with prawn, squid and straw mushroom.

Mains

Ayam Buah Keluak – A type of nut cooked with chicken and braised in thick tamarind gravy.

Sambal Sotong – Sweet based tomato-rish sambal, really power and taste different from the usual sambal sotong that we are used to having.

Babi Pong Teh – Nonya style slow braised pork. The pork is tenderliciously good.

Otak Otak – Generous chunks of fish with each mouthful.

Nonya Chap Chye – Mixed vegetables, (primarily cabbage) stir fried with black fungus and tossed with glass noodles.

Dessert

Chendol – Sinfully good and highly recommended. 👍

So, if you are craving for a good nonya food, do give this restaurant a try!

Mee Hoon Kueh (麵粉粿) @ Blk 226 Ang Mo Kio Food Centre

Have you had any solid and power Mee Hoon Kueh? Where to find such store?

Mee Hoon Kueh (hand-torn noodle) or commonly known as 麵粉粿. Sometimes it is also commonly referred to as 板麵. It is another one of those comfort food that we can find easily in any hawker stall.

Basically, it is noodles torn into pieces by hand & cooked in anchovies-based soup top with minced pork, fried anchovies, fried shallots, egg and served with red cut chilli on the side.

Some variations could see with mushroom or seafood item.

What makes this dish tick? To me, I would think the soup base is a key in the ingredient that makes a good bowl of Mee Hoon Kueh.

Having said that, it will also depend on individual taste buds to ascertain a good bowl of Mee Hoon Kueh as well.

So far, there is this particular stall selling Mee Hoon Kueh (實里達生麵, 麵粉粿) at Blk 226 Ang Mo Kio Food Centre that is perpetually spotted with long snaking queues each time I am there.

Well, I decided to jump on the queue and to see for myself on how good it can be since there is always a long snaking queue. There must be a reason for it and the only way is to experience it the hard way. 😂

This is the end product after much fanfare. Unfortunately, the Mee Hoon Kueh has sold out by the time the queue reaches me. 😥

I had no choice but to settle for the next best option which is the 生麵. You will need to top up an extra dollar for the fried anchovies if you need additional. It comes in 3 sizes; small at $3, medium at $4 and large at $5.

It certainly looks good on the appearance. For a small bowl at $3, I must agree that it is value for money given a pretty decent size prawn that comes along with it.

Soup is tasty too though I feel there could be another better one out there somewhere as I cannot really get the umami out of the soup.

Will I revisit this stall again? Hmm…if there is no queue, I don’t mind. However, if there is a long snaking queue, I might probably take a rain check. 😊

Chicken Run @ Paya Lebar Square

Frankly, I am not one who is especially excited when it comes to hot pot as I am not really a huge fan of it. There are many different variations when it comes to hot pot eating. (I am sure you will know what I mean 😉)

Well, there is this traditional stew pot place in Paya Lebar Square, Chicken Run which I find their hot pot is really good though and thought you guys should give it a try if you have a chance to do so.

From its name, you may just think of it like some place selling fried chicken or chicken related stuff until you step in to check their menu.

They do offer a variety of food items other than just hot pot.

Chicken Laksa Pot – oh their laksa soup base is just so good and of standard too.

Mushroom Pot – a great dish for non-meat eaters. Soup base is awesomely tasty. Good to gulp it down with a bowl of steaming rice.

Beef Pot – beef lovers will love this stew beef pot. The beef is cooked to tender perfection.

You may also go to their self-service fridge to pick up ala-carte food item to add on to the various soup base.

They do offer appetizers and other ala-carte items on their menu as well should you choose to add on to the feast.

Stirfry Baby Spinach – this is one recommended vegetable item that I personally like.

Wu Xiang a.k.a Ngoh Hiang – deep fried minced pork roll in beancurd skin. Another champion dish.

So, next time when you have the urge or feel like having hot pot for a change, do give this place a try. 😉