[FOOD TASTING] Samsara Gourmet – Novena, Singapore


I apologise for not writing much lately as I was pretty swarmed with work as I do not have any part-timers helping me since school reopened. At the same time, I was planning for my upcoming coffee pilgrimage and food trail in Medan and Sumatra. Updates will be more frequent on my Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/eatwithroy/) so if you guys like, can follow me there.

Recently I was invited for a hosted dinner at Samsara Gourmet, a hidden gem serving excellent authentic Canton cuisine at reasonable prices, with a head chef formerly from Tunglok Group. This humble 50-seater restaurant with a private room is owned by Ms Violet Lee, who was Miss Singapore in the 1980s, came back to Singapore after spending more than 2 decades in China building an empire.

After much checking out online, Samsara Gourmet is seriously out of the radar in the social media circle although fellow bloggers like Maureen (www.misstamchiak.com) and Derrick (www.sgfoodonfoot.com) have written on them some time ago. Location could be a factor and also lack of publicity, which is why I am writing this blog entry. The food here is so awesome that I really need to share it here.

Frontage. Simple reno.
Frontage. Simple reno.
Vegetarian Abalone Lou Hei. As mentioned in my instagram post, the veg are cut daily and really fresh and refreshing. An alternative to the regular sugar coated ones. The sauce is also made in house, a very nice rendition to the Lou Hei.
Vegetarian Abalone Lou Hei. As mentioned in my instagram post, the veg are cut daily and really fresh and refreshing. An alternative to the regular sugar coated ones. The sauce is also made in house, a very nice rendition to the Lou Hei.
Vegetarian Platter. The mock char siew in front  is really good, the middle mock goose with shrooms fillings is delicious and the top mock kidney is really crunchy and tasty. Great starter dish!
Vegetarian Platter. The mock char siew in front was really good, the middle mock goose with shrooms fillings was delicious and the top mock kidney was really crunchy and tasty. Great starter dish!
Fish Maw Soup. Served in individual bowls of $8 if I am not wrong. Full of ingredients, fish maw and chinese mushrooms sourced from HK and hand carried back.
Fish Maw Soup. Served in individual bowls of $8 if I am not wrong. Full of ingredients, fish maw and chinese mushrooms sourced from HK and hand carried back. I didn’t even put any vinegar and white pepper which I usually do.
Samsara Gui Fei Chicken. Meat is very tender and skin is so smooth, it was pretty hard to kiap with my chopsticks. A must-order!
Samsara Gui Fei Chicken. Meat was very tender and skin was so smooth, it was pretty hard to kiap with my chopsticks. A must-order!
Pumpkin Prawn Ball is also another winning dish. Love how the sweetness of the pumpkin covers the large de-shelled prawns. Lovely!
Pumpkin Prawn Ball is also another winning dish. Love how the sweetness of the pumpkin coated the large de-shelled prawns. Lovely!
Pork Knuckle Mee Sua was so good, I wish there were more. The mee sua is not clumpy and really delicious. Pork knuckle was really tender with the skin jellyfying in your mouth! Another must-order!
Pork Knuckle Mee Sua was so good, I wish there were more. The mee sua is not clumpy and really delicious. Pork knuckle was really tender with the skin jellyfying in your mouth! Another must-order!
Claypot Chicken Rice. Wow this really wraps up the night. Rice was cooked to al dente, chicken was boneless thigh meat and very tender. Chinese sausage (Wing Wah) and mushroom were hand carried back from Hong Kong. Missing this quite a bit!
Claypot Chicken Rice. Wow this really wraps up the night. Rice was cooked to al dente, chicken was boneless thigh meat and very tender. Chinese sausage (Wing Wah) and mushroom were hand carried back from Hong Kong. Missing this quite a bit!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Truly authentic Canton food. They can also cater for vegetarian options. Really good.

Portion: Good.

Service: Very attentive. I hope it’s not because the boss was there.

Ambience: Nice and pretty chill.

Price: Considering the quality, very reasonable. At least much better than my reunion dinner at another restaurant.

RTE: Definitely!

Location & Hours:

Add: 38 Irrawaddy Road, #01-05, Singapore 329563 (On the right side of the lobby of Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre @ Novena)
Tel: +65 67343138
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am – 9pm, Sat: 9am – 6pm, Closed on Sun & PH

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/cDvZw1JtNRS2

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Samsara-Gourmet-1519293228391002/info?tab=overview

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Foodtrail in Medan Day 2 – Indonesia


Ok it’s Day 2 in Medan when I went around with the driver and trust me, this day I ate nothing less of that of Day 1! Let’s get started!

Woke up to a nice buffet brekkie. Simple foods make me happy... as long as they have an egg station to make my omelette! With more cheese please!
Woke up to a nice buffet brekkie. Simple foods make me happy… as long as they have an egg station to make my omelette! With more cheese please!
Ok this egg plant sambal is BLARDY GOOD! I went back for 2 rounds of just egg plant!
Ok this egg plant sambal is BLARDY GOOD! I went back for 2 rounds of just egg plant!
Left the hotel, spotted this and I was told this is actually a landmark in Medan... It's a water tank and will light up at night.
Left the hotel, spotted this and I was told this is actually a landmark in Medan… It’s a water tank and will light up at night.
Can get quite jammy
Can get quite jammy
Railway tracks run through the back of some housing... Reminds me of a lot of places... Thailand, India, etc...
Railway tracks run through the back of some housing… Reminds me of a lot of places… Thailand, India, etc…
Chinatown... full of business activities... just like our Hong Kong Street in the morning.
Chinatown… full of business activities… just like our Hong Kong Street in the morning.
Cybercafe... Singapore kids don't know how lucky they are....
Cybercafe… Singapore kids don’t know how lucky they are….
My first stop... Thirty Three Cafe. Came earlier but not opened, so went to get my SIM card first.
My first stop… Thirty Six Cafe. Came earlier but not opened, so went to get my SIM card first.
Love the ambience.
Love the ambience. One of the bosses at the machine.
See the space...
See the space…
Behind is a stage where local bands will perform on weekends.
Behind is a stage where local bands will perform on weekends.
Wow chillax seats and watch the performance! I need to lie on this the next time I'm there!
Wow chillax seats and watch the performance! I need to lie on this the next time I’m there!
Had 2 cups of coffee there.
Had 2 cups of coffee there.
Their own private roasting room
Their own private roasting room
With in house roaster Billy!
With in house roaster Billy!
Wanted to check out this curry noodles but I have another place in mind
Wanted to check out this curry noodles but I have another place in mind
Somewhere on this road
Somewhere on this road
First you find this thing then turn left!
First you find this thing then turn left!
Seems like some private housing place
Seems like some private housing place
Hmmm seems like I got the wrong place
Hmmm seems like I got the wrong place
There is the stall!
There is the stall!
Bihun Bebek Akien. Wonder nice or not
Bihun Bebek Akien (Duck Beehoon… Akien is the name of the owner) Wonder nice or not
Placed my orders
Placed my orders
These fatty pork belly just melts in the mouth. Remind me to order the whole bowl next time!
These fatty pork belly just melts in the mouth. Remind me to order the whole bowl next time!
Wow looks good
Wow looks good
So good I emptied the bowl... #worldcleanplate
So good I emptied the bowl… #worldcleanplate
Coffee here is not bad. Aunty made this specially for me.
Coffee here is not bad. Aunty made this specially for me.
Aunty owner ask me to call her mama! I have a mother in Medan! Very very hospitable and I felt really at home with her!
Aunty owner ask me to call her mama! I have a mother in Medan! Very very hospitable and I felt really at home with her!
Came here to buy the Kueh Lapis for home. End up only the lapis is nice, Kueh Ambon is bad. Can skip. Attitude of staff also need a little fine tuning.
Came here to buy the Kueh Lapis for home. End up only the lapis is nice, Kueh Ambon is bad. Can skip. Attitude of staff also need a little fine tuning.
Kueh Lapis sampling... I must say it's really good.
Kueh Lapis sampling… I must say it’s really good.
Bought one lapis and one ambon. Ambon is sucky.
Bought one lapis and one ambon. Ambon is sucky.
The street of kueh lapis
The street of kueh lapis, Jalan Moejopahit
Goedang Koffie
Goedang Koffie
Quite crowded
Quite crowded
Bar counter
Bar counter
Non-aircon seating
Non-aircon seating
My latte
My latte
Cheese with banana fritters and loads of chocolate! #fatdieme
Cheese with banana fritters and loads of chocolate! #fatdieme
Yums
Yums
At the supermarket to buy some stuffs
At the supermarket to buy some stuffs
Bought these for friend
Bought these for friend
This jar of Gila Sambal is damn spicy! Love it!
This jar of Gila Sambal is damn spicy! Love it!
5th stop. Macehat Cafe. Pronounced as Mah-Cha-Hut. Highly recommended by friend.
5th stop. Macehat Cafe. Pronounced as Mah-Cha-Hut. Highly recommended by friend.
Inside is compact man...Many tables and crampy.
Inside is compact man…Many tables and crampy.
Walls many things...
Walls many things…
Outside equally crowded and lots of smokers
Outside equally crowded and lots of smokers
Ordered the Avocado Choc with espresso shots. Pretty good.
Ordered the Avocado Choc with ice cream and espresso shot. Pretty good.
Ordered a latte takeaway. Typical dark roasted, same ol' taste profile.
Ordered a latte takeaway. Typical dark roasted, same ol’ taste profile.
6th Stop. Kwetiau Ong. Spelt as Kway Teow in Singapore and Malaysia. Since 1914! Father passed to the daughter and old aunty is frying this darn good!
6th Stop. Kwetiau Ong. Spelt as Kway Teow in Singapore and Malaysia. Since 1914! Father passed to the daughter and old aunty is frying this darn good!
Fry until got hole the wok
Fry until got hole the wok
Duck eggs!!! #whysgnoduckeggs
Duck eggs!!! #whysgnoduckeggs
Kway Tiao Ong... Damn good even tapao!
Kway Tiao Ong… Damn good even tapao!
I shall conquer Jalan Selat Panjang! Famous food street in Medan! SPARTA!!!
I shall conquer Jalan Selat Panjang! Famous food street in Medan! SPARTA!!!
Famous Mie Tiong Sim.
Famous Mie Tiong Sim.
Mie Tiong Sim's Mie Pangsit. which is actually our Wanton Mee. Pretty good actually. Must eat.
Mie Tiong Sim’s Mie Pangsit. which is actually our Wanton Mee. Pretty good actually. Must eat.
Mie Hokkien is actually quite good!
Mie Hokkien is actually quite good!
Kueh galore man....
Kueh galore man….
This glutinous rice chicken is damn good. Next trip must tapao this!
This glutinous rice chicken is damn good. Next trip must tapao this!
More kuehs
More kuehs
Yam cake looks damn good
Yam cake looks damn good
Pandan kuehs will be dressed with grated coconut
Pandan kuehs will be dressed with grated coconut
Medan chee cheong fun... yeah spreaded over a pan.
Medan chee cheong fun… yeah spreaded over a pan.
This Medan style chee cheong fun is damn blardy good. There are 2 stalls at Selat Panjang, go for the one who is same size as me... if not bigger...
This Medan style chee cheong fun is damn blardy good. There are 2 stalls at Selat Panjang, go for the one who is same size as me… if not bigger…
This is known as Murtabak in Medan... yeah I also scratch head... but apparently this pancake is very common snack among the locals.
This is known as Murtabak in Medan… yeah I also scratch head… but apparently this pancake is very common snack among the locals. Common toppings are chocolate, cheese, peanut and coconut. Same same.
Murtabak
Murtabak
This is the bamboo version of our Kueh Tutu... Didn't buy this cos you eat one, you'll be full... then cannot eat anything else!
This is the bamboo version of our Kueh Tutu… Didn’t buy this cos you eat one, you’ll be full… then cannot eat anything else!
This glutinous rice thingy has got coconut peanut fillings inside. It's alright can skip though.
This glutinous rice thingy has got coconut peanut fillings inside. It’s alright can skip though.
This purple glutinous rice cake with kaya is blardy good. another must try!
This purple glutinous rice cake with kaya is blardy good. another must try!
Can't remember what this is but the sauce isn't  that tasty. The prawn crackers were crispy though.
Can’t remember what this is but the sauce isn’t that tasty. The prawn crackers were crispy though.
Something like kumquat (honeyed lime) drink
Something like kumquat (honeyed lime) drink
Badak drink is like Sarsi... only available in Medan.
Badak drink is like Sarsi… only available in Medan.
Sate padang looks good but had it the day before so didn't order.
Sate padang looks good but had it the day before so didn’t order.
After dinner we headed to the night market
After dinner we headed to the night market
Black sugar cane juice. Very sweet.
Black sugar cane juice. Very sweet.
Meet Bob, the civet cat! No I didn't look for his poop for kopi luwak!
Meet Bob, the civet cat! No I didn’t look for his poop for kopi luwak!
Me with the owner of Bob. Cute right? ;P
Me with the owner of Bob. Cute right? ;P
Behind every big guy is a small civet cat.
Behind every big guy is a small civet cat.
I think Bob just kissed me...
I think Bob just kissed me…
Hehe
Hehe
So cute right!!!!
So cute right!!!!
The mother of the stall owner offered us nonya kueh while we were waiting for the rain to stop... So nice and warm the people here!
The mother of the stall owner offered us nonya kueh while we were waiting for the rain to stop… So nice and warm the people here!
Rain rain rain suddenly lah
Rain rain rain suddenly lah
The makan gang... Thanks for the hospitality guys!
The makan gang… Thanks for the hospitality guys!

That ended my second day in Medan. Yes I did ate that much. Everyone had food coma after that…. haha… Day 3 was pretty much rushing to the airport and head back to SG. So that ended my whole short Medan trip. I promise I’ll be back for more good food! Till then Medan, I’ll see you guys soon!

Yours gastronomically,

Big Roy

[MEDIA TASTING] 鶏金 Torikin – Bukit Timah, Singapore


Recently I was invited to this restaurant for a media tasting and was a surprising gem on Bukit Timah indeed. Torikin is established in Singapore in November 2014 as a casual dining restaurant serving up collagen-enriched chicken hotpots to both locals as well as Japanese expatriates.

Torikin is part of a chain of restaurants by the Ishida Kikaku Group, originating from Fukuoka in Kyushu, Japan. It is the first overseas venture by the Group and embodies its founder, Mr Kyota Ishida’s philosophy of allowing all customers to discover the authentic taste of Kyushu, without compromising on quality. Check out the pics with comments below:

Outside seating
Outside seating
Media friends waiting for tasting to start
Media friends and me waiting for tasting to start
Inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant
Private rooms which is not suitable for big guys like me!
Private rooms which is not suitable for big guys like me!
Cooks are helping on prepping the other orders
Cooks are helping on prepping the other orders
First up, Bagna Cauda. Veg sticks with a very interesting anchovies dip. Quite yummy and refreshing!
First up, Bagna Cauda. Veg sticks with a very interesting anchovies dip. Quite yummy and refreshing!
PR manager explaining to us on how Oden is made and the contents.
PR manager explaining to us on how Oden is made and the contents.
Yummy Oden. Reminds me of Japan. These items inside needs to be cooked and soak overnight. That's how wonderful the flavour would get.
Yummy Oden. Reminds me of Japan. These items inside needs to be cooked and soak overnight. That’s how wonderful the flavour would get.
An assortment of different sorts of Oden.
An assortment of different sorts of Oden.
Oden ready to be served.
Oden ready to be served.
Wow look at how the mochi inside the beancurd bag flows out! Super yummy!
Wow look at how the mochi inside the beancurd bag flows out! Super yummy!
Oh they have flavoured beers too! Apparently the Matcha one was more popular with everyone!
Oh they have flavoured beers too! Apparently the Matcha one was more popular with everyone!
Miyazaki Chicken Nanban - Tender chicken chunks deep fried then doused with their in house sauce and dipped in tartar sauce before eating. Quite yummy this one.
Miyazaki Chicken Nanban – Tender chicken chunks deep fried then doused with their in house sauce and dipped in tartar sauce before eating. Quite yummy this one.
Hakata Tonpei Yaki - Love this dish a lot. It has layers of thinly sliced pork and veg. A little like Okonomiyaki but it's not. Very very yummy.
Hakata Tonpei Yaki – Love this dish a lot. It has layers of thinly sliced pork and veg. A little like Okonomiyaki but it’s not. Very very yummy.
Pretty service crew showing us how it was done.
Pretty service crew showing us how it was done.
See the yummy fillings inside
See the yummy fillings inside
In comes the Tomato Okonomiyaki. Sizzling and cooked in front of us by the head chef.
In comes the Tomato Okonomiyaki. Sizzling and cooked in front of us by the head chef.
Head chef cooking
Head chef cooking
Looking good!
Looking good!
Yummy! Loads of natural tomato puree, very different from the street style ones we normally get.
Yummy! Loads of natural tomato puree, very different from the street style ones we normally get.
Kyushu Hakata Specialty Chicken Mizutaki - A specialty of Hakata in Kyushu, Mizutaki is a hotpot chicken dish that is healthy, rich in collagen and fibre. At Torikin, the stock is made daily from Sakura chickens and boiled for more than 6 hours, with no additives at all. What you get is a pale, white stock of natural collagen and a lighter, more refined taste, compared to other collagen-enhanced hot pots.
Kyushu Hakata Specialty Chicken Mizutaki – A specialty of Hakata in Kyushu, Mizutaki is a hotpot chicken dish that is healthy, rich in collagen and fibre. At Torikin, the stock is made daily from Sakura chickens and boiled for more than 6 hours, with no additives at all. What you get is a pale, white stock of natural collagen and a lighter, more refined taste, compared to other collagen-enhanced hot pots.

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Tasting the broth... O.M.G... Super rich in flavour! Gives a nice milky finish.
Tasting the broth… O.M.G… Super rich in flavour! Gives a nice milky finish.
As part of the Mizutaki experience, the server will skillfully roll minced chicken into balls to be dropped into the soup, together with cabbage, mushroom and tofu.
As part of the Mizutaki experience, the server will skillfully roll minced chicken into balls to be dropped into the soup, together with cabbage, mushroom and tofu.
Adding in the veg
Adding in the veg
Pouring some more broth
Pouring some more broth
After adding all the ingredients in.
After adding all the ingredients in.
Ready for indulgence.
Ready for indulgence.
Towards the end, the broth is thickened with egg and rice is added for a rich concoction of nutritious porridge.
Towards the end, the broth is thickened with egg and rice is added for a rich concoction of nutritious porridge.
Yummy porridge that soaks up all the lovely rich broth.
Yummy porridge that soaks up all the lovely rich broth.
Karinto Manju - Basically it's mantou with red bean fillings inside. Very nice and the fillings were filled to the brim!
Karinto Manju – Dessert time! Basically it’s mantou with red bean fillings inside. Very nice and the fillings were filled to the brim!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Everything taste really good. Love the way they use natural ingredients to bring out the flavours in the food.

Portion: Slightly above average portioning.

Service: Very good.

Ambience: Cosy, family, feel the warmth.

Price: $$

RTE: Yeah for gatherings would be great!

Location:

Address:

557 Bukit Timah Road #01-14/16

Crown Centre

Singapore 269694

Hours:

Mon-Fri: 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Sat-Sun: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm

https://www.facebook.com/torikinsg/

 

Sembawang White Beehoon (You Huak Restaurant) – Sembawang, Singapore


You know, as usual, when all the hype was going on, I will not join the hype. So here I am after so many years, then I finally got the chance to check this place out. But it was during one of the days when I have transport and a fellow foodie @hiamjio to show me where this is.

We went there around 10pm so no more crazy crowd and we got seats easily. Ordered a couple of their famous dishes and started whacking!

Restaurant front, no aircon but a lot of fans.
Restaurant front, no aircon but a lot of fans.
Sambal Petai ($7) - Pretty yummy and love the fact they have fried white baits on top to enhance the flavour, Wok hei for this dish is definitely good!
Sambal Petai ($7) – Pretty yummy and love the fact they have fried white baits on top to enhance the flavour, Wok hei for this dish is definitely good!
I Lava You... Not the brand of the chilli sauce but more of the brand of the dispenser.
I Lava You… Not the brand of the chilli sauce but more of the brand of the dispenser.
Seafood White Beehoon ($4.50) - Nice degree of wetness, wok hei and taste. Not too salty and really yummy.
Seafood White Beehoon ($4.50) – Nice degree of wetness, wok hei and taste. Not too salty and really yummy.
Meat & Seafood Roll ($10) - She says it's a little salty for her but to me is ok. Very meaty and worth the money.
Meat & Seafood Roll ($10) – She says it’s a little salty for her but to me is ok. Very meaty and worth the money.
Seafood Hokkien Mee ($4.50). love this a lot as it is quite close to the ones I had in Kuala Lumpur.
Seafood Hokkien Mee ($4.50). love this a lot as it is quite close to the ones I had in Kuala Lumpur.
Empty plate campaign #cleanplates
Empty plate campaign #cleanplatessg

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Totally enjoyed the dinner/supper.

Portion: Average.

Service: Ok

Ambience: No aircon. Good enough.

Price: Total bill came up to $26.00.

RTE: Hell yeah!

Location : 22 Jalan Tampang. Tel:9843 4699

One Day Foodtrail In Batam – Batam, Indonesia


Was wondering what to do one of my off days so I decided to head to Batam cos it has been a long time since I’ve last visited. So I called up my food buddy Chandra (@batamliciouz) and just so nice Charlene was also off that day, and off we went!

So early in the morning in the train and so many people
So early in the morning in the train and so many people
The new ferry
The new ferry
Woohoo!
Woohoo!
Chandra and me with his cool ride.
Chandra and me with his cool ride.
Chandra's cool ride interior
Chandra’s cool ride interior
Me and Charlene
Charlene and me ready to rock and roll!
Spotted wreaths for opening ceremonies or funerals, are all on boards like these.
Spotted wreaths for opening ceremonies or funerals, are all on boards like these.
Arrived at this place called Kedai Kopi Sudi Manpir, only known to locals. This sloppy looking stall you must wondering what the old couple is selling right? Make a guess?
Arrived at this place called Kedai Kopi Sudi Manpir, only known to locals. This sloppy looking stall you must wondering what the old couple is selling right? Make a guess?
A closer look... they can sell a few hundred plates a day!
A closer look… they can sell a few hundred plates a day!
Yes, it's Mee Rebus! And it's only 10000rupiah (S$1!) One of the best in Batam already!
Yes, it’s Mee Rebus! And it’s only 10000rupiah (S$1!) One of the best in Batam already!
The Mee Goreng guy...
The Mee Goreng guy…
Wanted to order the Fried Maggi Mee but came this instead. Still, this is pretty darn good cos of the wok hei. This Mie Goreng Tg Pinang costed only 20000 rupiah ($2)
Wanted to order the Fried Maggi Mee but came this instead. Still, this is pretty darn good cos of the wok hei. This Mie Goreng Tg Pinang costed only 20000 rupiah ($2)
Wanton Mee otherwise known as Mie Pangsit in Indonesia. This one is ok at 16000 ($1.60)
Wanton Mee otherwise known as Mie Pangsit in Indonesia. This one is ok at 16000 ($1.60)
Teh large cup is 11000Rp ($1.10)
Teh large cup is 11000Rp ($1.10)
Kopi small cup is 5000 rp ($0.50)
Kopi small cup is 5000 rp ($0.50)
After that headed to Caffein at Nagoya Mall area, met up with my friend Joe who owns the place.
After that headed to Caffein at Nagoya Mall area, met up with my friend Joe who owns the place.
Nice deco on the ground floor
Nice deco on the ground floor
All bakes are done in house. Caffein is prolly the first cafe in Batam to do specialty coffee, macarons and artisan cakes.
All bakes are done in house. Caffein is prolly the first cafe in Batam to do specialty coffee, macarons and artisan cakes.
2nd floor
2nd floor
Rochester 32000Rp ($3.20). Pretty awesome with a wafer base and layers of choc and hazelnut mousse. Yums!
Rochester 32000Rp ($3.20). Pretty awesome with a wafer base and layers of choc and hazelnut mousse. Yums!
Latte 23800Rp ($2.38). Beans are from Liberty Roasters in Singapore.
Latte 23800Rp ($2.38). Beans are from Liberty Roasters in Singapore.
Awesome hospitality from Caffein!
Awesome hospitality from Caffein! You guys should visit when you’re at Nagoya Mall. They are opposite Matahari exit only.
Next stop, Shuang Hong Bak Kut Teh!
Next stop, Shuang Hong Bak Kut Teh!
Interesting way to rent out advertising space.
Interesting way to rent out advertising space.
Teh Botol... Indon's number 1 herbal tea.
Teh Botol… Indon’s number 1 herbal tea.
Es Jeruk Manis 10000Rp ($1). Some fruit juice cordial thing. Forgot what this is... hehe
Es Jeruk Manis 10000Rp ($1). Some fruit juice cordial thing. Forgot what this is… hehe
Bak Kut Teh 32727Rp ($3.20). They have versions like this in minced pork and pork slices. Soup is herbal but not too strong. Not bad.
Bak Kut Teh 32727Rp ($3.20). They have versions like this in minced pork and pork slices. Soup is herbal but not too strong. Not bad.
Ayam Rojak 54545Rp ($5.50). Imagine boneless fried chicken mixed in a rojak salad. Quite yummy!
Ayam Rojak 54545Rp ($5.50). Imagine boneless fried chicken mixed in a rojak salad. Quite yummy!
Their version of hor fun 15000Rp. Not as tasty as SG ones.
Their version of hor fun 15000Rp. Not as tasty as SG ones.
Fried Kway Teow 17272 ($1.72) Soso only, not as good as the morning one.
Fried Kway Teow 17272 ($1.72) Soso only, not as good as the morning one.
View from roadside
After that we went to visit this old friend of mine, Singapore’s famous Fish Head Steamboat, Whampoa Keng!
Wah got alfresco seating and also band playing on weekends!
Wah got alfresco seating and also band playing on weekends!
Love the decor!
Love the decor!
Inside the restaurant.
Inside the restaurant.
They can't use charcoal there hence these avante garde table stoves!
They can’t use charcoal there hence these avante garde table stoves!
The legendary Ah Keng! Also haven't taken any photos with him after knowing him for so long!
The legendary Ah Keng! Haven’t taken any photos with him after knowing him for so long!
Back to Nagoya Mall
Back to Nagoya Mall
Seems like the trend here...
Seems like the trend here…
Never tried this before
Never tried this before
Tried... verdict is SKIP!!!
Tried… verdict is SKIP!!!
Juice is great outside of A&W
Juice is great outside of A&W
See this pano shot of the whole row of Indomie instant noodles.
See this pano shot of the whole row of Indomie instant noodles.
My stash
My stash
Dinner at Red Crab!
Dinner at Red Crab!
Avocado juice with chocolate
Avocado juice with chocolate
Mixed veg
Mixed veg
Fried egg omellete
Fried egg omellete
Wanted to try this only. Salted Egg Yolk Chicken.
Wanted to try this only. Salted Egg Yolk Chicken.
Next stop for dinner round 2!!!
Next stop for dinner round 2!!!
Not many people, nice....
Not many people, nice….
Choose your fish!
Choose your fish!
BBQ fish!
BBQ fish!
Orh Luak!
Orh Luak!
Ikan Lebam 31000 ($3.10) Notice the sauce they use is different from ours. Minced ginger with tumeric, Yums!
Ikan Lebam 31000 ($3.10) Notice the sauce they use is different from ours. Minced ginger with tumeric, Yums!
BBQ Stingray 17000 ($1.70) - Fresh and yummy!
BBQ Stingray 17000 ($1.70) – Fresh and yummy!
Orh Luak was pretty yummy.
Orh Luak was pretty yummy.
Sate Pandang - Damn shiok! Love the peanut sauce over the top and spinkled with fried onions.
Sate Pandang – Damn shiok! Love the peanut sauce over the top and spinkled with fried onions.
Time to head back... tiring day!
Time to head back… tiring day!
Home Sweet Home!
Home Sweet Home!

Was a great day of fun, thanks to Chandra and Joe for bringing us around! Didn’t try many things, so will definitely be back again and try more local foods!

 

Yours gastronomically,

Big Roy ;P

Foodtrail In Chiangrai Day 5 – Chiangrai, Thailand


Day 5 is the day I leave Chiangrai for home. Sad to leave such a nice city, the people are awesome. So warm and welcoming! Shall be planning another trip soon!

Setting off to the airport
Setting off to the airport
But first, visit my fav coffee house first
But first, visit my fav coffee house first
Sitting inside this time
Sitting inside this time
So nice...
So nice…
Lovely
Lovely
Selfie!
Selfie!
But first, coffee
But first, coffee
Airport
Airport
Trying some of the cakes at Chiangrai airport
Trying some of the cakes at Chiangrai airport
This is actually quite nice but why Thai airways packaging? Hmmmm....
This is actually quite nice but why Thai airways packaging? Hmmmm….
At Bangkok airport waiting for flight back
At Bangkok airport waiting for flight back
Lunch! Love it
Lunch! Love it
Choc cake was alright.
Choc cake was alright.
Latte was so so only.
Latte was so so only.

Alright that’s all for Chiangrai, definitely a must revisit place! Maybe I will organise one foodtrail tour! Anyways, stay tune for more blogposts locally in Singapore before I write about my trip to Medan. Stay tuned guys!

 

Yours gastronomically,

Big Roy

Foodtrail in Chiangrai Day 3 – Chiangrai, Thailand


Day 3 began with me visiting a couple of places before heading up to Doi Chang Mountain. I just love not just checking out unique coffee houses but also less known street food! I will let the pics do the talking!

At Chivit Thammada. I've written a separate blogpost about this place before as it gave me some much inspirations. Love this place like mad!
At Chivit Thammada. I’ve written a separate blogpost about this place before as it gave me some much inspirations. Love this place like mad!
So cosy inside
So cosy inside
Counter
Counter
Superb surroundings
Superb surroundings
Riverside seating
Riverside seating

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My order of Scrambled Eggs Muffin with Smoked Salmon. Yummy!
My order of Scrambled Eggs Muffin with Smoked Salmon. Yummy!
Love the cutlery too!
Love the cutlery too!
Back in town, parked my car, on my way to 7-Eleven to top up my SIM Card data when I spotted this eatery.
Back in town, parked my car, on my way to 7-Eleven to top up my SIM Card data when I spotted this eatery.
Which was selling this awesome roast pork!!! Just by the look of the skin, I know this is CRACKLING! So guess what happened next? ;P
Which was selling this awesome roast pork!!! Just by the look of the skin, I know this is CRACKLING! So guess what happened next? ;P
Yeah I ordered a plate of roast pork rice but I asked for lesser rice. It's very well roasted BUT they chopped in really small pieces.
Yeah I ordered a plate of roast pork rice but I asked for lesser rice. It’s very well roasted BUT they chopped in really small pieces. 40 baht!
Pump petrol before the long journey up the mountains!
Pump petrol before the long journey up the mountains!
But first, stop by Wat Rong Khun aka White Temple. Seriously too touristy for me. So I took a selfie anyways! ;P
But first, stop by Wat Rong Khun aka White Temple. Seriously too touristy for me. So I took a selfie anyways! ;P
All white...
All white…
But check out the construction, really detailed.
But check out the construction, really detailed.
This is actually a road divider cone at the White Temple. I don't understand why they used 4-faced skull... Hmmm...
This is actually a road divider cone at the White Temple. I don’t understand why they used 4-faced skull… Hmmm…
On my way up Doi Chang
On my way up Doi Chang
Pano shot of the view halfway up. Very nice lake.
Pano shot of the view halfway up. Very nice lake.
Selfie!
Selfie!
Almost reaching
Almost reaching
Found a roadside eatery where I decided to have my lunch.
Found a roadside eatery where I decided to have my lunch.
OMG check out the view. Very serene surrounding.
OMG check out the view. Very serene surrounding.
Lady didn't speak English, so I used my limited Thai to order a fried rice. Thais somehow do damn good fried rice!
Lady didn’t speak English, so I used my limited Thai to order a fried rice. Thais somehow do damn good fried rice!
Ordered this bittergourd veg also but DAMN SALTY... If not also very nice. Maybe see me excited then put too much salt hahaha...
Ordered this bittergourd veg also but DAMN SALTY… If not also very nice. Maybe see me excited then put too much salt hahaha…
Decided to explore Doi Chang town a little
Decided to explore Doi Chang town a little
Lady selling water
Lady selling water
In town
In town
Houses built on slopes
Houses built on slopes
Chinese school
Chinese school
Doi Chang Coffee Farm's milling facility
Doi Chang Coffee Farm’s milling facility
I love this place!
I love this place!
Coffee bar
Coffee bar
A cappuccino first!
A cappuccino first!
Kopi Luwak... straight from the arse.
Kopi Luwak… straight from the arse.
Pool for fermentation.
Pool for fermentation.
The bad cherries are filtered out for instant coffees and your 3-in-1s.
The bad cherries are filtered out for instant coffees and your 3-in-1s.
Good cherries gets pumped up for pulping process.
Good cherries gets pumped up for pulping process.
The hulling  machine. Removes the parchment off the beans
The hulling machine. Removes the parchment off the beans
Sorting in progrees into different grades and types
Sorting in progrees into different grades and types
Colour sorter. Laser recognition to remove the off coloured beans which the bean sorter cannot detect.
Colour sorter. Laser recognition to remove the off coloured beans which the bean sorter cannot detect.
Packing in progress
Packing in progress
Manual sorting which is why Doi Chang beans are highly graded.
Manual sorting which is why Doi Chang beans are highly graded.
Coffee cherries plucking is tough!
Coffee cherries plucking is tough!
Coffee cherry
Coffee cherry
After eating the cherry, the coffee beans remain
After eating the cherry, the coffee beans remain
Drying courtyard
Drying courtyard
Beans....
Beans….
Pool of beans
Pool of beans
Storage
Storage
Selfie!
Selfie!
Akha Tribe. The original founding family of Doi Chang.
Akha Tribe. The original founding family of Doi Chang.
The original founder of Doi Chang beans. Not to be confused with the popular Doi Chaang chain all over Thailand, UK and now in Malaysia and Singapore. This uncle is the elder brother of the other one.
The original founder of Doi Chang beans. Not to be confused with the popular Doi Chaang chain all over Thailand, UK and now in Malaysia and Singapore. This uncle is the elder brother of the other one.
View of Myanmar.
View of Myanmar. That’s why this family decided to settle at Doi Chang because they can see their homeland at a distance.
Sunsetting
Sunsetting
Hardworking!
Hardworking!
Time for the farmers to come and deposit their harvest of the day!
Time for the farmers to come and deposit their harvest of the day!
Weighing and recording of every farmer that is registered under the coffee farm so that it's truly Single Origin.
Weighing and recording of every farmer that is registered under the coffee farm so that it’s truly Single Origin.
Deposits went on till around 7pm+. Cherries are soaked overnight to be fermented for next day processing.
Deposits went on till around 7pm+. Cherries are soaked overnight to be fermented for next day processing.
Dinner time!
Dinner time!
Spicy like hell but I like!
Spicy like hell but I like!
My room for the night.
My room for the night.
Simple toilet
Simple toilet but damn cold at night.

Alright that’s all for day 3, watch out for Day 4!

 

Your gastronomically,

Big Roy