Ajumma’s (아줌마) @ Funan

When it comes to Korean dining, I am extremely skeptical, particular and picky as I always felt that it is not easy to find one as authentic as the real stuff in South Korea.

I came across this interesting restaurant, Ajumma’s (specializing in Korean cuisine) in Funan. Immediately, I was drawn in to its kindred spirit (很有亲切感).

Why is this so?

Ajumma is a Korean word for a married, or middle-aged women. It is also referred (at times or sometimes) or translated to “auntie” in Korean. It literally gives one a sense of the intimacy feel.

At Ajumma’s, diners are given the homely cozy feel to a wide selection of authentic Korean dishes at wallet friendly prices.

Fluffy Steam Eggs

It is hard to pass on this Ajumma’s favourite – creamy, fluffy eggs with a light broth and topped with roasted sesame oil. The steam egg is really power, simple yet luscious. No wonder it is one of their highly recommended item on the menu.

Pork & Kimchi Dumplings

Fried pork and kimchi dumplings. You will never go wrong with their mandu. Always tasty.

Kimchi Pancake

The kimchi pancake is made to perfection, crisp from edge to edge, encapsulating a mix of savoury kimchi, sweet onions and chilli.

Fried Chicken & Crispy Toppoki with Sweet-Spicy Sauce

Crispy toppoki and crunchy boneless fried chicken coated in a tantalising sweet-spicy and nutty sauce. Somehow, Koreans are just great with fried chicken.

Jjajangmyeon

One of their new favourites on the menu, this bowl of springy noodles is accompanied with their special Jjajang sauce, a combination of tender pork collar, black bean paste, vegetables, all fried into an aromatic paste.

Army Base Stew

A hearty stew with real American SPAM, sausages, rice cakes, enoki mushroom, noodles, in a kimchi-anchovy broth and topped off with melted cheese & baked beans.

Sundubu Jjigae

Prawns, mussels and clams stewed in rich spicy broth, topped with delicate sundubu, smoked tomatoes and egg.

Signature Beef Kalbi

USDA Prime Beef – succulent, tender boneless ribs steeped in house marinade, tossed in a wok for a caramalised, smokey flavour.

Banchan

Comes with a bowl of rice and 4 side dishes.

Beef Bulgogi

Thinly sliced beef tenders marinated in signature bulgogi sauce and tossed in hot wok. Comes with rice and 4 banchan.

Crispy Samgyeopsal with creamy scrambled eggs & Soy-Yuja sauce

Crispy pork belly laid over creamy scrambled eggs, caramelized onions and rich with a flavoursome Yuja (Yuzu) soy sauce created specially by Ajumma’s.

Kimchi Fried Rice

Charred kimchi, prawns and roasted perilla seaweed. Topped with fried egg.

Hotteok

Honey pancakes – a Korean street snack that has a crispy fried bun exterior and a gooey honey cinammon center filling. Though nice but still no where in comparison to the authentic hand-made Hotteok that I had in Seoul.

Well, if your next craving for Korean cuisine comes along and wanted to enjoy a home cooked meal without burning a hole in your pocket, think no further & pop by Ajumma’s to have your fix settled.

Rong Xing Yong Tau Fu @ Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre

What is Yong Tau Fu (酿豆腐)?

Yong Tau Fu, literally means “Stuffed Beancurd” is a traditional Hakka Chinese cuisine where tofu is filled with ground meat mixture or fish paste.

You will see variation of the items including mushroom, chilli, bittergourd, egg plant and other types of vegetable. Some items are deep-fried while some are steamed.

Yong Tau Fu can be eaten either dry with a sauce or served as a soup dish. There is nothing fanciful here or any special culinary skills being put to the test as well.

Having said that, Yong Tau Fu is often seen as a form of comfort food and can be easily whipped up without much fanfare.

I have tried numerous stalls of Yong Tau Fu and there is this particular stall, Rong Xing Yong Tau Fu located in Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre that really stands out.

The food pieces are generous at $0.70 per piece and I specifically loved their fried items over the steamed ones. They have a couple of signature fried items like hand-made meat ball, beancurd sheet, beancurd roll, etc..

What draws me further is none other than their umami flavoured soup base where the broth is cooked with yellow soy bean and ikan bilis. The soup base is naturally sweet and flavourful. Needless to say, their chilli and sweet dipping sauce also play an important role in this equation too. 👍

It is always without fail that I will ask for additional helping for the soup top-up each time I am there.

Do give it a try if you happen to be around the vicinity the next time round! Bon Appetit! 😉

Okinawan Diner Nirai-Kanai @ Great World

Since my last Okinawa trip, I have been craving for authentic Okinawan cuisine occasionally. It is by no means easy to find one with the exact authentic feel here.

I happen to find one such restaurant (Okinawan Diner Nirai-Kanai) in Great World and decided to try it out.

Stir fried bitter gourd with pork, Okinawan bean curd & Okinawan egg

Deep fried chicken

Green caviar seaweed with ponzu sauce

Okinawan soup noodle set meal

Simmered pork belly set meal

Ordered the usual traditional items above to gauge the standard. I must admit that the food is tasty and flavorful. This certainly can help you in getting your cravings fix settled for now whenever you feel like having an Okinawan meal. 😉

Una Una @ Suntec City

Yearning for a good unagi (grilled eel) meal? You may want to consider heading down to Una Una (a famed Japanese grilled eel chain) to have your fix.

I am extremely particular when it comes to unagi eating. So far, the best unagi experience I have ever had is in Nagoya, Japan. The eel is grilled into perfection coupled with the savoury sauce and most importantly you do not get the bony feel with each bite. My personal favourite is none other than the unagi hitsumabushi.

What is Hitsumabushi?

Hitsumabushi is Nagoya’s style of cooking freshwater eel and there are three ways to eat it. First, divide the bowl into portions. Enjoy the first portion on its own and relish the eel’s depth of flavour. Then for the second portion, add nori (seaweed), wasabi and spring onions to the Hokkaido rice and eel. For the third portion, add the clear dashi to the above mix. Enjoy Hisumabushi in your favourite way!

Unagi Hitsumabushi

They do offer alternative option of the Hitsumabushi other than the traditional version.

Kaisen Hitsumabushi

For those who enjoys unagi to the fullest, you should go for the double eel portion to satisfy your desired craving.

Unaju

Some sides to complete your meal…..

Unagi Roll

This sushi roll is not bad and worth trying.

Chuka Wakame

The edible seaweed is at most ok and certainly cannot be compared to the real stuff when you are in Japan.

Chawanmushi

The chawanmushi (steam egg custard) is pretty tasty and of some standard.

I must say that Una Una is by far the closest best alternative that I will go for if I ever needed a quick fix on unagi.

Unagi lovers, this is one place that you can consider.

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

Steak, Red Pepper & Caramelized Onion. Oh, the steak pie is really power. You got to try it for yourself and you will know what I mean.

Thai Green Curry Chicken Pie

Chicken, 3 types of Chilli, Thai Basil, Lime Leaf, Coconut, Fish Sauce, Cream & Eggplant.

Lamb Rogan Josh Pie

Lamb, Spices, Cream & Yogurt

Moroccan Lamb Roll

Lamb, Almonds, Couscous, Raisin & Egg.

Swiss Smoked Ham & Cheddar Cheese.

Salmon Quiche

Smoked Salmon, Cheddar Cheese & Capers Dill.

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

Bacon, Portobello, Onion, Parmesan Cheese, Button & Shitake Mushrooms.

Spinach & Feta Tart

Potato, Spinach, Cheddar Cheese, Cherry Tomato & Feta Cheese.

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
Lemon Drizzle
Ondeh Ondeh
Blueberry Cheese
Salted Caramel Espresso

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!