Boat Noodle Express – Rivervale Drive, Singapore


I was told of this place by a friend who apparently visits this stall so frequently that she is part timing there now. To be honest, if she didn’t tell me, I wouldn’t have known such a hidden gem also. So I decided I should visit this place with a fellow foodie and you can find the pictures with comments below.

The stall is only about a month old, a invested interest of lady boss, Desiree Goh, who is 38 this year. She started this little stall for the basic fundamentals; Love for food and cooking. Sounds familiar ya? 😉

Stall front

Thai Milk Tea or Cha Yen $2.50.

Pork Special Noodle Soup $4.80 – Their signature. Pork broth very similar to the ones in Thailand except the salt level is not so high here. Well tuned for Singaporeans. Love the glass noodles!

Beef Tendon Noodle Soup $6.00 – I’m proud to say I was the first to try this and the beef was so tender!!! Broth is light and beefy. Yummy.

Thai Fish Cake $3.50 – Very yummy.
Desiree on the right and friend Amanda on the left. I look so huge beside them!

Rating: 4/5.
Taste: Pretty good.

Portion: Good size for an average sized adult.

Price: As stated.

Service: Self-service

Ambience: Warm. Aircon very weak over this part of the mall.

RTE: Yeah gonna bring mum!

Address: 118 Rivervale Drive K1-26/27 Rivervale Plaza

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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

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

Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steam Boat Restaurant – Balestier, Singapore


I’ve been patronising this place for the longest time… maybe almost 2 decades… but since I’ve started eatwithroy.com, I have not written about this place at all! Maybe because they have been doing so well for so many years that I thought they do not need any more publicity. But then again, the other side of me is telling me that their food is so good, more people should know about it… hence this blog post! ;P

I’ve been to Whampoa Keng again recently and the food standards are still there. Really impressed with the way they have kept up the standards for such a long time since they started in Whampoa market! And they have since opened up at Rangoon Road as well as in Batam Island, Indonesia… which I will share some of the pics below. Check out the foods that I would order at this lovely restaurant.

Restaurant frontage. See the queue...
Restaurant frontage. See the queue…
Main unit where the main door is
Main unit where the main door is
They took over the next door unit also where there are more seating.
They took over the next door unit also where there are more seating.
The chilli sauce goes damn well with the fresh fish slices which we ordered.
The chilli sauce goes damn well with the fresh fish slices which we ordered.
Our order of Batang fish slices steam boat ($40.00). Lovely thick slices of boneless fish. Something I cannot get in China haha
Our order of Batang fish slices steam boat ($40.00). Lovely thick slices of boneless fish. Something I cannot get in China haha. The charcoal for steamboat is just what makes it so good. Love it!
Yummy yummy fish slices closed up. This soup is the typical teochew style where they use sour plum inside and loads of bones to boil the soup for hours.
Yummy yummy fish slices closed up. This soup is the typical teochew style where they use sour plum inside and loads of bones to boil the soup for hours.
Oyster Omelette ($10.00) - Yummy with loads of medium sized oysters.
Oyster Omelette ($10.00) – Yummy with loads of medium sized oysters.
Sauteed Spinach in Assorted Eggs ($13.00) - Cooked in lovely stock which makes this soupy veg dish so good.
Sauteed Spinach in Assorted Eggs ($13.00) – Cooked in lovely stock which makes this soupy veg dish so good.
See they use deep fried fish baits for making the veg more tasty.
See they use deep fried fish baits for making the veg more tasty.
Fried Clams with Spring Onion ($10.00) - Pretty good as the sauce thickens and coated all over the clams.
Fried Clams with Spring Onion ($10.00) – Pretty good as the sauce thickens and coated all over the clams.
Deep Fried Prawn Paste Chicken ($10.00) - A must order. They have perfected this dish over so many years. Crispy and damn juicy inside.
Deep Fried Prawn Paste Chicken ($10.00) – A must order. They have perfected this dish over so many years. Crispy and damn juicy inside.
Me and lady boss Doris. We've known each other for so long and this is our first time taking pic together.
Me and lady boss Doris. We’ve known each other for so long and this is our first time taking pic together.

Rating: 5/5

Taste: Been eating here more than a decade, always good and love the fish and soup!

Portion: Good size.

Service: Pretty good.

Ambience: Crowded. Be prepared to go out smelling like charcoal cos that’s what make the soup so blardy good!

Price: Total was $92.66 after discount. Reasonable fit for 4 pax.

RTE: Always!

Location and contact:

MAIN OUTLET : 554/556 Balestier Road Singapore 329872 (Next to Caltex Petrol Kiosk, Parking Available along Ah Hood Road). Tel: 6356 7371 or 9127 6550.

BRANCH OUTLET: 116/118 Rangoon Road Singapore 218396 (Farrer Park Mrt, Parking Available along Rangoon Rd). Tel: 6296 8843 or 9023 2854.

BATAM OUTLET: Komplek Paradise Center Blok J No. 14-15 Nagoya, Batam, Riau, Indonesia. Tel: 0778425557.

Batam Pics:

View from roadside
View from roadside
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! Also haven’t taken any photos with him after knowing him for so long!

海鲜之家 (Seafood House) – Eunos, Singapore


Alright I’m attempting to write my blogs on the bus again. Can only do it when the bus is not so crowded or else very hard to use 2 thumbs.

海鲜之家 or Seafood House in direct translation, is a recent stall at Eunos Hawker Centre which I’ve discovered. Reason is because they opened till 10pm, a time which I can meet after closing the cafe. Stall is owner by a PRC lady who have been living here for the past decade and her hubby is a Singaporean. She goes to buy her fish daily from the market and occasional you may get some premium fish… Just like some single origin coffee beans haha. Heard it’s long queue during peak hours which I doubt I’ll get to see. Anyways check out the pics below:

 

Stall front

 

This was the premium fish order which was red snapper. Paid $8 for this bowl.

 

See the red snapper fillets. no regrets ordering this!

 

 

This was another time when i ordered the regular mackerel fish for $3.50 plus rice $0.50. Fish was very fresh and reasonably portioned.

 

This was the mixed seafood order whichis $5.00 per bowl. loads of seafood!

 

well well well there were 2 scallops!!!

 

And loads of seafood!!!

 

They use the 扁鱼 to flavour the soup

 

As usual, clean plate/bowl . #cleanplate

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Fish and seafood are fresh and very tasty. My comfort food after a long tiring day!

Portion: Average.

Service: Self-service

Ambience: Hawker centre with large fans

Price: Reasonable

RTE: Many times already 🙂

Location: #01-38 Eunos Hawker Centre. Facing opposite side of MRT tracks. Opens from 10am to 10pm.

Foodtrail In Chiangrai Day 2 – Chiangrai, Thailand


Began day 2 in Chiangrai pretty early by catching the sunrise at the rooftop of the hotel. Buildings in Chiangrai are not tall, maybe because of regulations on building heights. Anyways it was a pretty long day so be prepared to scroll down like mad. More of what I see, food wise was limited ‘cos I had very full brekkie at the hotel which lasted the whole day. Anyways, check out below:

Sunrise, what a nice cool morning at 14 degrees
Sunrise, what a nice cool morning at 14 degrees

Simple brekkie buffet, I'm ok with it actually.
Simple brekkie buffet, I’m ok with it actually.

Wow double yolk egg. How lucky!
Wow double yolk egg. How lucky!

Love it cos they have loads of veg for the brekkie
Love it cos they have loads of veg for the brekkie

Fish porridge
Fish porridge

Don';t forget to eat your fruits!
Don’;t forget to eat your fruits!

Trying this for the first time. Ok lor, black sesame with soy bean. Not too bad.
Trying this for the first time. Ok lor, black sesame with soy bean. Not too bad.

Something you wanna be equipped with when on self-drive mode. An USB car adaptor! Just in case your car doesn't already have one.
Something you wanna be equipped with when on self-drive mode. An USB car adaptor! Just in case your car doesn’t already have one.

And a lot of snacks, water and tissue paper!
And a lot of snacks, water and tissue paper!

How the roads look like in Chiangrai. This is heading towards the Golden Triangle.
How the roads look like in Chiangrai. This is heading towards the Golden Triangle.

Found a quaint cafe which caught my eye along the highway.
Found a quaint cafe which caught my eye along the highway.

Simple set up which to me is sufficient for business.
Simple set up which to me is sufficient for business.

Oooooo ice cream cakes!
Oooooo ice cream cakes!

Yummy yummy!
Yummy yummy!

My morning coffee fix!
My morning coffee fix!

Arrived at House of Opium
Arrived at House of Opium

All these are for sale... I don't have access to opium so didn't buy hahaha
All these are for sale… I don’t have access to opium so didn’t buy hahaha

Temple entrance
Temple uphill entrance

Arrived at the Golden Triangle
Arrived at the Golden Triangle

Pano shot of the Golden Triangle. As you can see, the water is very choppy and that's about it.
Pano shot of the Golden Triangle. As you can see, the water is very choppy and that’s about it.

:)
🙂

Yeah I did many selfies here hahaha
Yeah I did many selfies here hahaha

One huge buddha here.
One huge buddha here.

Boat structure not functional
Boat structure not functional

See how narrow the boat at the bottom? That's the transport to head over to Laos for some casino action.
See how narrow the boat at the bottom? That’s the transport to head over to Laos for some casino action.

Continued my journey northwards to Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort
Continued my journey northwards to Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Arrived and check out the flower arrangements on the floor
Arrived and check out the flower arrangements on the floor

Wow no wonder 6 star hotel
Wow no wonder 6 star hotel

My view at the coffee house
My view at the coffee house

Very expensive per night stay here
Very expensive per night stay here

Coffee house
Coffee house

Yes I was here to try this
Yes I was here to try this

Price for the coffee
Price for the coffee

Here it is, the much talk about coffee
Here it is, the much talk about coffee

Tried once, enough. Nothing special. No body, just like drinking tea.
Tried once, enough. Nothing special. No body, just like drinking tea.

Love the resort
Love the resort
057

Wonder if this is heading to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. But no access so headed off.
Wonder if this is heading to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. But no access so headed off.

Scenery on my way back
Scenery on my way back

Stopped by the roadside for some honey pineapples. Very very sweet and really delicious! I'm referring to the fruits lah. ;P
Stopped by the roadside for some honey pineapples. Very very sweet and really delicious! I’m referring to the fruits lah. ;P

Yummy!
Yummy!

Spotted a cute resort opposite the road, made a u-turn and check it out
Spotted a cute resort opposite the road, made a u-turn and check it out

Cute
Cute

Simple resort
Simple resort

The top part has no purpose
The top part has no purpose

Hey cutie!
Hey cutie!

Coffee house
Coffee house

Babe spotted
Babe spotted

Nice chill place
Nice chill place

Latte came... extraction could be better but it's alright.
Latte came… extraction could be better but it’s alright.

Bananas are free to eat.
Bananas are free to eat.

Lady boss brought me around to view the resort
Lady boss brought me around to view the resort

Simple rooms lah, cheap at 600 baht per night.
Simple rooms lah, cheap at 600 baht per night.

Lady boss decided to give me a tour around the vicinity of the resort by driving around in her pickup
Lady boss decided to give me a tour around the vicinity of the resort by driving around in her pickup

Chiangrai University
Mae Fa Luang University

Interestingly I thought this is a temple but it's actually the school's Chinese culture society.
Interestingly I thought this is a temple but it’s actually the school’s Chinese culture society.

Wah got nice landscaping
Wah got nice landscaping

This land will be cleared for some big hospitals
This land will be cleared for some big hospitals

Some damn nice hilly resort
Some damn nice hilly resort

Protected area so cannot go in take pics
Protected area so cannot go in take pics
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Even the roads they constructed all the way into their resort
Even the roads they constructed all the way into their resort

Left the lady boss and drove on my own to check out this orphanage I found.
Left the lady boss and drove on my own to check out this orphanage I found.

Ok looks good and very well organised
Ok looks good and very well organised

Nice landscaping inside also.
Nice landscaping inside also.

Alright head back to city for dinner!
Alright head back to city for dinner!

Much needed Iced Thai Milk Tea
Much needed Iced Thai Milk Tea

Phad Thai
Phad Thai

Fried chicken was ok but I love the sausages,
Fried chicken was ok but I love the sausages,

Favourite mango glutinous rice. Mango was sourish sweet though.
Favourite mango glutinous rice. Mango was sourish sweet though.

After dinner walk to check out other shops. This one sells loads of sausages. This is where I tapao my Thai sausages!
After dinner walk to check out other shops. This one sells loads of sausages. This is where I tapao my Thai sausages!

At snack shop. Crispy worms anyone?
At snack shop. Crispy worms anyone?

At Yoddoi Coffee. Best view to watch the Clock Tower
At Yoddoi Coffee. Best view to watch the Clock Tower

See my view... and it's cool air ;)
See my view… and it’s cool air 😉

Cappuccino is much to be desired.
Cappuccino is much to be desired.

Proceeded to Central Plaza. The only shopping mall which is pretty much what we have in SG.
Proceeded to Central Plaza. The only shopping mall which is pretty much what we have in SG.

Biggest mall in Chiangrai.
Biggest mall in Chiangrai.

Foodcourt!
Foodcourt!

Got cinema
Got multiplex

Paus
Paus

This vegetarian takeaway is damn good.
This vegetarian takeaway is damn good.

 Check out the colours from the glutinous rice!
Check out the colours from the glutinous rice!

At the supermarket and checking out the Thai bentos. I love bentos!
At the supermarket and checking out the Thai bentos. I love bentos!

Wah lau so tempted... but didn't buy lah.
Wah lau so tempted… but didn’t buy lah.
So that ended my Day 2. Feel so tired just writing this post! Ok stay tuned for Day 3!

 

Yours gastronomically,

Big Roy

[Media Invite] The Manhattan FISH MARKET – Marina Square, Singapore


Wow I didn’t know time past by so quickly. It has been almost 6 months since I’ve last reviewed on The Manhattan FISH MARKET (MFM). You can read about the previous blog entry here (https://eatwithroy.com/2014/11/12/the-manhattan-fish-market-kallang-singapore/). Anyways was recently at another new launch of MFM and this time they launched A Beefier Catch, which features 4 new beef and reef entrees, in an effort to spruce up the older menu and gearing up to the coming Mothers’ Day. Check out the new dishes below:

Oven Baked Beef Rib & Grill Ocean Perch ($25.95) - The beef rib is marinated with many herbs and spices like rosemary, thyme, oregano, garlic, french mustard, etc. and served with homemade brown sauce with black pepper. The Perch is lightly seasoned and grilled and served with salad on the sides. This entree is definitely for those with a bigger appetite. Ribs can be a little more tender though.
Oven Baked Beef Rib & Grilled Ocean Perch ($25.95) – The beef rib is marinated with many herbs and spices like rosemary, thyme, oregano, garlic, french mustard, etc. and served with homemade brown sauce with black pepper. The Perch is lightly seasoned and grilled and served with salad on the sides. This entree is definitely for those with a bigger appetite. Rib can be a little more tender though.
Flaming the prawns before serving...
Flaming the prawns before serving…
Before serving this Oven Baked Beef Rib with Flaming Prawns ($23.95). Same beef rib as above, prawns are fresh and sweet.
Before serving this Oven Baked Beef Rib & Flaming Prawns ($23.95). Same beef rib as above, prawns are fresh and sweet.
Handmade Beef Patty with Bouillabaisse ($16.95). Juicy marinated beef patty sitting on half an oregano bun, which simulated an island. Beef patty was a little salty for me, which I have feedbacked on. The 'island' is surrounded in a sea of lovely broth of squid, mussels and Dory fish. This is perhaps my favourite for the night and mum would love this.
Handmade Beef Patty & Bouillabaisse ($16.95). Juicy marinated beef patty sitting on half an oregano bun, which simulated an island. Beef patty was a little salty for me, which I have feedbacked on. The ‘island’ is surrounded in a sea of lovely broth of squid, mussels and Dory fish. This is perhaps my favourite for the night and mum would love this.
Handmade Beef Patty & Tempura Prawns burger ($15.95). Same beef patty as the above, love the prawns which I ate separately on its own first.
Handmade Beef Patty & Tempura Prawns ($15.95). Same beef patty as the above, love the prawns with tangy sauce which I ate separately on its own first.
Manhattan Flaming Seafood Platter ($38.95-$43.95). Price differs from the type of fish you choose. But it will be accompanied by oysters, calamari, battered fish fillets. A definite must-order sharing entree for seafood lovers!
Manhattan Flaming Seafood Platter ($38.95-$43.95). Price differs from the type of fish you choose. But it will be accompanied by oysters, calamari, battered fish fillets. A definite must-order sharing entree for seafood lovers!
Manhattan Mud Pie ($5.95) - Gooey choc ice cream with Oreo choc crust drizzled with rich choc sauce. Definitely the better dessert selection.
Manhattan Mud Pie ($5.95) – Gooey choc ice cream with Oreo choc crust drizzled with rich choc sauce. Definitely the better dessert selection.
Sizzling Banana Fritters ($7.95) - Hot plate, crispy bananas, ice cream on top and poured over with coconut cream. Then watch it sizzle right in front of your eyes. :) Great way to end the night.
Sizzling Banana Fritters with Ice Cream ($7.95) – Hot plate, crispy bananas, ice cream on top and poured over with coconut cream. Then watch it sizzle right in front of your eyes. 🙂 Great way to end the night.

Overall Review: 

Without a doubt, MFM is definitely good with their seafood and I just love the freshness. Having beef option as a promotion is a refreshing idea but I wish they would not lose focus in what they do best, which is seafood. Nevertheless, the event was great, food was good and service was excellent. Go try their Beef & Reef promotion from now till 31st May 2015 at any of their 16 outlets Singapore-wide. You may also wanna stay tuned to their Mothers’ Day specials on their FB page –> www.facebook.com/MFMSingapore