East Coast Lagoon (东海岸) – Shanghai, China


From the name you know it’s somewhat related to Singapore cuisine. This place took over the previous Lau Pa Sak restaurant and started not too long ago. I was there to have some Singapore food but realized they changed hands. Nevertheless, it’s still Singapore food! But isn’t 东海岸 known as East Coast Park? Hmmm…

Elongated space.
Elongated space.
From where I sit
From where I sit
Food pics 1
Food pics 1
Food pics 2
Food pics 2
Food pics 3
Food pics 3
Coffee Davidoff RMB22 - Very strong black coffee which I like. :)
Coffee Davidoff RMB22 – Very strong black coffee which I like. 🙂
Curry Puff RMB8 - Not nice. Pastry too thick and unlike Old Chang Kee's pastry texture. However, the curry inside is really good! Hence wasted, it could be a lot better if the pastry was better.
Curry Puff RMB8 – Not nice. Pastry too thick and unlike Old Chang Kee’s pastry texture. However, the curry inside is really good! Hence wasted, it could be a lot better if the pastry was better.
Braised Duck Rice RMB35 - Duck meat was pretty ok and gave quite a lot. Yam rice was really good. Soup is clear and boiled with anchovies.
Braised Duck Rice RMB35 – Duck meat was pretty ok and gave quite a lot. Yam rice was really good. Soup is clear and boiled with anchovies.
BBQ Sambal Mackerel RMB28 - I wanted to eat some fish as fish has a lot of bones in Shanghai and Jiangsu Province. Thought the fish would be small but no! It's quite big and I had difficulty finishing it! Nicely charred on the skin and loads of sambal applied inside. See pic below.
BBQ Sambal Mackerel RMB28 – I wanted to eat some fish as fish has a lot of bones in Shanghai and Jiangsu Province. Thought the fish would be small but no! It’s quite big and I had difficulty finishing it! Nicely charred on the skin and loads of sambal applied inside. See pic below.
Loads of sambal inside. Nice and spicy!
Loads of sambal inside. Nice and spicy!
Just to show you how big the fish was.
Just to show you how big the fish was.
On the flip side, also a lot of sambal rubbed inside the slit. Awesome!
On the flip side, also a lot of sambal rubbed inside the slit. Awesome!
Bill of RMB93. Very affordable. Will be back.
Bill of RMB93. Very affordable. Will be back.

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Pretty close to home and love the fish!

Portion: Above average.

Service: Not enthusiastic. Must remind them to top up water even though I placed the empty cup beside the aisle.

Ambience: Comfy and you won’t come out smelling like what  you ate.

Price: RMB93 in total. Around S$19.50.

RTE: I’ll probably would if I’m in Shanghai again! Haven’t try all their extensive menu offerings!

Location & Contacts: 3123弄程家桥支路1E (近虹梅路). Tel: +86 21 34687007.

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Katong Restaurant – Suzhou, China


My first time here after finding out from weibo the location of their restaurant. Heard so much about it and finally found some time to visit this place. Of course with my diet going on right now, this place is not very healthy for me. Nevertheless, I was buying dinner for my staff who is leaving and at least there’s someone there to share the food with me.

The restaurant is located at a pretty centralised location where many expats are staying. I spotted Fraser Suites just beside this neighborhood center. Took a cab from my place to there is around RMB36 (S$7.50) and I believe it was more than 10km. found the restaurant at level 2 of the center but was full house. So had to go to ground level to their another shop space which they rented just opposite one supermarket/bakery/cafe. See my reviews below the pics:

Restaurant front
Restaurant front
The shop space downstairs named under Orchard... a famous shopping street of Singapore.
The shop space downstairs named under Orchard… a famous shopping street of Singapore.
They have projector screening their specialty... More than 200 items on their menu!
They have projector screening their specialty… More than 200 items on their menu!
They have durians from Penang too but frozen... A box of 6 seeds is at RMB198 (S$41)
They have durians from Penang too but frozen… A box of 6 seeds is at RMB198 (S$41)
Teh Tarik Peng (Ice Pull Tea)
Teh Tarik Peng (Ice Pull Tea)
Bak Kut Teh (Spare Ribs Soup) is actually quite close to the Founder one at Balestier. Peppery type with a light hint of chinese herbs.
Bak Kut Teh (Spare Ribs Soup) is actually quite close to the Founder one at Balestier. Peppery type with a light hint of chinese herbs.
Sambal Kangkong is not bad, the sambal chilli is nice.
Sambal Kangkong is not bad, the sambal chilli is nice.
Fried Carrot Cake Black - This one quite interesting 'cos I can taste the carrot cake is made by them. There's dried shrimps in there with loads of white pepper. then cut to pieces and fry till crispy on the outside. Pretty good!
Fried Carrot Cake Black – This one quite interesting ‘cos I can taste the carrot cake is made by them. There’s dried shrimps in there with loads of white pepper. then cut to pieces and fry till crispy on the outside. Pretty good!
Sambal Chilli to go with the fried carroy cake. Very nice.
Sambal Chilli to go with the fried carrot cake. Very nice.
Chilli Crab - Shell is around 12cm in length and this one crabs costed me RMB208. Taste is pretty good and crab is fresh.
Chilli Crab – Shell is around 12cm in length and this one crabs costed me RMB208. Taste is pretty good and crab is fresh. Comes with fried mantou which is crispy and goes well with the sweet chilli sauce. Didn’t finish this, had to pack home cos all small eaters.

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Taste overall is pretty authentic Singaporean food I must say.

Portion: Average

Service: Very good. Boss is there to make sure all customers are happy and attended to. Staff are trained to go around filling up water in empty glasses. Cooking time is all within 10-20mins.

Ambience: Pretty ok… aircondition can be a bit more cooler during summer. Pretty comfy though.

Price: Total bill came up to around RMB325. The crab is a little pricey though for that size but like I said before, in China, Singapore/Malaysian food is not cheap as compared to back home.

RTE: Yes, when I have cravings for Singapore food! Didn’t try to laksa and char kway teow

Location: 师惠坊领里中心师惠大厦2楼204室(近星海街)Tel: +86 512 67614557

Food Loft 福乐食阁 – Suzhou, China


This is one of the outlets that offers Singapore cuisine. Hence when Singaporeans or Malaysians miss their hometown food, they will come to this place. There is another place opened in a secluded place out of malls like this one, which I have yet to visit. This was my first time here and to be honest, food is not bad, service sucks big time.

Store front
Store front
Got nasi lemak, bak kut teh, etc...
Got nasi lemak, bak kut teh, etc…
Even got fried carrot cake, curry puff
Even got fried carrot cake, curry puff
prata, satay, etc
prata, satay, etc
Curry Chicken is pretty awesome RMB42
Curry Chicken is pretty awesome RMB42
Sambal Kangkong is quite good too. Can't remember the price.
Sambal Kangkong is quite good too. Can’t remember the price.
Hot plate tofu
Hot plate tofu

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Pretty good. Taste pretty close to back home.

Portion: Average

Service: Really sucks big time. Male captain can stare are me standing at the entrance and after 5 seconds, look away. So many staff, service so slow. They don’t bother to top up water for the customers. Cooking time also very slow for the hot plate tofu. Took more than 30 mins to serve.

Ambience: As it is located in an island of the mall, the aircondition is really bad. But at least they should have fans cooling the place. They don’t. Hence I was uncomfortable throughout.

Price: Quite pricey but as per all Singapore food overseas, they are never cheap. Total bill with drinks around RMB150.

Location: Basement of 久光 mall.

Frankie’s Place – Shanghai, China


Most Singaporeans base in Shanghai would know this place. Apparently the oldest Singapore food restaurant in Shanghai. However the location is a little far from the city where most Singapore expats would stay. But, when the crave for authentic Singapore food sets in, taking a cab down to this place is justifiable! Check out the food below!

Self explanatory
Self explanatory
Address & contacts
Address & contacts
Sample menu 1
Sample menu 1
Sample menu 2
Sample menu 2 – Got kueh kueh some more!
Sample menu 3
Sample menu 3
Sample menu 4
Sample menu 4
Restaurant as you enter
Restaurant as you enter
New left side extension
New left side extension
Curry Chicken - Pretty good
Curry Chicken – Pretty good
Sambal Kangkong - Sambal not enough... but the taste is there
Sambal Kangkong – Sambal not enough… but the taste is there
Sambal Fish - This fish is really good. Crispy and nice... sambal is really spicy and good!
Sambal Fish – This fish is really good. Crispy and nice… sambal is really spicy and good!
Tofu soup thing... Can skip
Tofu soup thing… Can skip
Pig Stomach soup... pretty good but soup damn little...
Pig stomach salted veg soup… pretty good but soup damn little…

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: I must say it’s as good as what we eat in Singapore. Unlike some claim to be Singapore/Malaysian food but taste not authentic. Thumbs up for catering to the craves us Singaporeans/Malaysians have while working in Shanghai!

Ambience: Pretty comfy with the extension on the left side. Aircon/heater is adjusted to appropriate levels during winter/summer periods. Best thing is, you won’t smell like what they serve when you get out of the restaurant.

Service: Not bad. At least you don’t get crappy service like some other restaurants around Shanghai. The staff are also trained the local terms like Kopi-C and Teh Tarik!

Portion: Average.

Price: Average per person is around RMB50-80. Depends on how much you can eat also. Cheaper than the other counterparts in Shanghai. Don’t compare to prices in Singapore of course!

RTE: Not base in Shanghai now, so no chance to go there. Maybe will find time to feature the Suzhou Singapore food restaurant soon!

Location: See 2nd pic. Cab there would be the best option. Parking is limited and subway station is not near.