El Spice Bistro – Jalan Besar, Singapore


This is another hidden gem I have yet to write about which I reckon they ought to have some attention. Started by 3 young men who reminds me of myself when I first started my business at 25. What’s being offered here are Mexican and Northern Indian cuisine (As the name suggested). An interesting mix and totally affordable. Check out the pics and comments below:

Flat lay of our spread.
El Spice Wings ($8.80). Flavour is good but can be spicier.
Chicken Tikka ($9.80) Love the flavour of spices and yogurt. Comes with a little mint sauce for smearing then you put in your mouth.
From Left To Right:
Aloo Gobi ($7.20) – Nicely spiced cauliflower and potatoes.
Fish Curry ($12.80) – This one is my favourites!
Butter Chicken ($11.20) – Love this one a lot. Rich and flavourful! Yums!
Potato Bread ($3.60). Very interesting way of baking these breads and not bad on its own actually!
Carbonara Pasta ($9.90) – Interesting way of using spiced chicken cooked in creamy sauce.

Rating: 4.2/5.

Taste: There were more hits than misses definitely and the foundation is there for greatness. Just have to keep up and improve the standards.

Portions: Average.

Service: Very good.

Ambience: Little cafe at the lobby of boutique Noble Hotel

Price: Affordable.

RTE: Yes!

Location: 407 Jalan Besar, Singapore 209012. Located within Noble Hotel. Tel: 96197386.

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鸿运茶餐厅 (Hung Wan Restaurant) – Shenzhen, China


Hung Wan Restaurant is a Cha Can Ting I frequent when I was staying in Shenzhen, China. The best thing about this place is, it is just below the regular spa I frequent too. So can order their food up and eat while I was watching TV program or having a foot massage! Awesome lifestyle back then and missing it definitely.

Hung Wan I believe are owned by Hong Kongers and they have gone through renovation recently and the interior designing was done by Millwork Interiors based in HK too. Very excellent work done, with a vibrant and energetic design giving the restaurant a younger and fresher look. Check out the pics below:

Store front
Interiors
Lovely Milk Tea
Cha Can Ting fried drumsticks are usually quite yummy
My fav fried maggie with pork chops!

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Not bad. Tasted better but nice enough to curb my cravings. A bit on the oily side though.

Portion: Average.

Service: Slow… Cos 24hrs… lesser staff?

Ambience: Smoking now disallowed inside aircon areas but still you get some assholes smoking inside.

Price: Total about SGD$12.

RTE: Yeah if I’m visiting that spa again.

Location: 2003 Jintian Rd, Futian Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518048

深井华香鹅快餐店 – Futian, Shenzhen, China


Shenjing is famous for it’s roast goose in Hong Kong but you don’t have to travel there just to look for good roast goose. Many have learnt the trick of roasting good goose and they are all over HK and Guangdong province of China. One of which, was pretty near my Shenzhen office at Huaqiangbei area, the electronic city of Shenzhen.

The eatery is very very small and usually super crowded during lunch hours. The weird thing is, their meals are not cheap there as compared to some RMB$15 ones along the same road. But people would queue up and pack or dine in. So I gave it a try, and was lucky to find a table.

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Store front
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Left only 1 goose, sold out pretty fast so have to wait for second batch if late.
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See how small the place
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Soup of The Day or 例汤. Usually some veg thrown in with the greasy goose bones.
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Char Siew and Roast Goose Platter (RMB68)
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Goose Liver (RMB4)
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Char Siew too lean for me

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Roast goose not bad. The skin is the key factor. Very yummy. Flesh is tender. Char siew is typical lah, lean and a bit chewy cos of the tendons.

Portion: Average.

Price: As above on the pics.

Service: Fast and poor.

Ambience: Small, crampy and loud.

RTE: Tapao maybe. Will ask the runners to tapao next time.

Location: 93 Huafa N Rd, HuaQiang Bei, Futian Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518000. Hours: 9.30am to 9pm daily. Tel: +86 755 8376 3344 (Check stock or orders)

Lucky Poh Hong Kong Noodle & Rice (幸運寶香港麵飯) – Ghim Moh, Singapore


Spotted this stall the other day and swear that I’ll be back to try their wanton noodles. Reason? I saw Pork Collar char siew. Then I thought it could be part of a special order or something, hell no! It’s the char siew they use for their noodles!!! Maituliao, Lim Peh is back here to check it out. To my surprise, it’s better than I thought!!! Found out also they have been operating for more than 20 years! See comments below!

Rating: 5/5

Taste: I seldom give wanton noodles full rating but this plate of noodles won me over. Noodles were supple and springy, sauce is blended nicely balancing the sweet and savoury, the pork collar char siew was heavenly (can be a little more charred will be best) and last but not least, the wantons… normally only fatty minced meat right? This one has shrimps in them! No shit, shrimps! So much effort!

Portion: Noodle portion a bit little for me lah cos so delicious right! Big eaters please ask for ‘Ma Dai’, which means double the noodles!

Calories: 511

Price: $4

Service: Self-service

Ambience: Hawker Centre

RTE: YEAH!

Location: #01-22 Ghim Moh Market. 7am to 2pm (Closed on Mon)

Haji Daliman Korner – HarbourFront, Singapore


Another #sglegendaryhawker. My go to place for Gado Gado, an Indonesian style salad. Now managed by a young chap but food quality is still there. I’ve included another new informative tab on calories per serving, for my friends who are also watching their food intake!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Still loving how the peanut sauce blends nicely with the lontong/bean sprouts/tofu and fish keropok! Shioks!

Portion: Good size

Price: $3

Service: Self-service

Ambience: Hawker Centre

RTE: Whenever around the area!

Calories: 660

Location: #01-33 Seah Im Food Centre (Opp Harbourfront Centre)

Chey Sua Carrot Cake (青山菜头粿) – Toa Payoh, Singapore


留着青山在,不怕没炒萝卜糕 (With Chey Sua still around, don’t be afraid there’s no fried carrot cake 😂)

Definitely a legendary hawker of over 50 years. Second generation now, their carrot cakes are made fresh daily and their unique way of frying their ‘pancake’ carrot cakes won them a place in the Michelin Guide.

Taste: Love it. They cut the carrot cakes into small pieces and mix them like fillings in an omelette, hence the pancake style. Very yummy and can tell they take time to fry them… that’s why we waited for an hour… 😓

Price: $3

Portion: Good size for $3

Service: Self-Service

Add: 127 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #02-30

Ichida Japanese Dining – Club Street, Singapore


Attended an Omakase dinner one of the evenings with a bunch of friends at this newly opened Japanese restaurant located right smack where all the action is, Club Street. Head Chef Ron Leo hosted us to a wonderful meal of yummilicious Japanese cuisine and sake which left us filled to the brim! Check out the pics below of what we had!

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Entrance
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Ground floor long counter
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Deco
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First up, Scallops with Spicy Cod Roe sauce and Japanese tomato
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Fresh shuck oysters
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Sashimi… Love the tuna belly here…
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Grilled Sweet Trout
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King Crab… The meat is soooooo sweet!!!
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Crispy shell from the prawn we ate earlier… Nothing goes to waste!!!
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Special made by chef… Uni, hotate and dunno what… taste pretty good!
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Forgot what fish but damn sweet…
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This soup is awesome!
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More treats from the chef!
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Japanese melon and peach really damn sweet… These are not cheap when I was there the last time!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Hands down one of the best tasting Japanese cuisine places in Singapore. Freshness accompanied by awesome service!

Portion: Good.

Ambience: We were there before their opening hence I believe the overall feel wasn’t completed then.

Service: Plain awesome. Chef Ron was humorous and staff we super friendly.

Price: $100 onwards (Depends on your budget but chef is very generous!)

RTE: Definitely!! When I feel rich! 😉

Location: 82 Club Street, Singapore 069450. Tel: 62220235 (Call to reserve with a budget and number of pax ready!)