信记牛肉面 Xin Ji Beef Noodle – Hougang, Singapore


Alright this was something I promised to review yesterday. Chanced upon this stall cos I was there for brekkie and picked mum up. A little rare to find Beef Noodle specialty stalls in neighbourhood coffee shops. Managed to speak to the boss cos I was the first customer and he mentioned that his soup base is using only pure beef and bones. True enough he scooped up and showed me. And it tasted like it too cos usually with MSG or the flavoured powder, I’ll get thirsty after half an hour. A hidden gem indeed.

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Soup was really nice but not overly rich which usually is caused by adding those pre-mixes. The tendons were to die for! So soft and tender! Beef brisket could use a little more time as I prefer mine to be more tender. Tripe was shioks along with other items. Chilli wise they had chinchalok which I thought was pretty detailed. Thumbs up for the effort!

Portion: Pretty ok.

Price: $8. Not cheap but all clean foods are not cheap anyways haha!

Service: Self-service.

Ambience: Renovated coffee shop.

RTE: Yes I would return to eat!

Location: 309 Hougang Avenue 5 Goh Lim Hua Eating House

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30+ MUST EATS when in Medan, Indonesia


Hey y’all,

Sorry took me a while to tabulate all these info and pictures together. Only manage 30 items but trust me, there are more than 30 items easily in Medan to savour on. Hope you enjoy the gastronomical read and perhaps attract you to visit Medan one day!

 

1. Indomie/Ifumie Goreng

Indomie Goreng

Indomie Goreng Basa – The wet version
This is something like our Maggie Goreng except that Indomie/Ifumie most of the time they would use the seasoning that comes with the instant noodle pack. It is probably the staple in whole of Indonesia, reason is it is affordable for everyone. However different stalls/locations have their own special sauce or chilli paste which makes customers come back for more.
2. Kueh Kueh

Look at the colours of the kueh kuehs!

Yam Cake

This glutinous rice thing with sri kaya is really damn good…
 

Lemper Ayam. One of my favourites and will tapao a lot for mum.

Just too many varieties
Kueh kueh is available in most Asian countries and in Medan, they are very important as some of these kuehs are used for praying to the Gods or Ancestors. There are a lot of kueh kueh varieties here and it’ll take some more one to try them all. My favourites are shown below.
3. Martabak

Martabak Piring… That’s how they cook it!

To be honest, I prefer the ones below…

Comes in a slab like this

Look at the amount of cheese!

This one we ordered the first night. It has all the works inside… Nutella, grounded peanuts, choc rice, cheese!

Last slab we had for our trip. Damn good. Loads of cheese and butter. Yums!

Heavenly!

Probably the best now in Medan, Martabak Yurich!
This is prolly trending very much now in Medan. Not to be confused with the martabak we have here in Singapore, there are basically 2 types of martabak in Medan; The thin or the thick one. Personally I prefer the thick one cos it comes with a lot of fillings and coated with loads of butter. I would highly recommend Martabak Yurich because theirs are really yummy!

 

4. Bihun Bebek (Duck Beehoon)

Me and boss of Asie Bihun Bebek, showing how much ducks he use for his broth.

Bihun Bebek served dry and a bowl of soup on the side. Broth is super rich and tasty, result of boiling with a lot of ducks in it.

Another Bihun Bebek place I visit which belongs to my Medan mummy. Bihun Bebek Akien has their followers and to be honest, has a different touch from the one at Asie.

Akien’s Bihun Bebek comes with veg, home made shrimp balls and a chunk of braised pork belly. I really miss this right now.

Specially reserved this bowl of goodness for me…. Finished!
This is prolly the first stop everytime I’m in Medan. A must eat and it’s truly da bomb! There are 2 types in Medan; the strong herbal or light herbal one. However, either or is damn rich in broth and really a great way to start the day with! My favourite stalls are Bihun Bebek Kumango (Asie) and my god mother’s stall Bihun Bebek Akien!

 

5. Mie Pangsit

Mie Tiongsim
This is prolly the wanton mee of Medan. Everywhere cooks differently like the wanton mee in SG. My favourite so far is Mie Tiongsim at Jln Selat Panjang. Still good even though they are super popular.
6. Mie Hokkien

Mie Hokkien at Jln Selat Panjang

Friend’s parents’ Mie Hokkien. See the lard and amount of ingredients. Yums!
The distinct difference between Mie Pangsit and Mie Hokkien is Mie Pangsit has char siew and wantons, while Mie Hokkien has braised egg, prawns, fish balls and prawn balls.
7. Coffees Locals vs Specialty

Latte from Pilastro Cafe

Latte from Geodang

Latte from Macehat

Latte from The Thirty Six
Coffee is grown in most parts of Indonesia and North Sumatra is one of the places. The presence of local coffee is definitely a hindrance to the growth of specialty coffee stores such as Pilastro and The Thirty Six. So while you’re there, go support these business, and enjoy some really good local single origins!
8. Nasi Ayam

Nasi Ayam from Nasi Ayam SP3 of Jalan Selat Panjang.

With the owners of Nasi Ayam SP3
Chicken Rice here in Medan is really different. Again, every stall has different side dishes. I like the one at Jalan Selat Panjang, Nasi Ayam SP3, their chicken rice comes with sides like braised egg, sambal shrimps, veg, etc. Owner couple are very nice people and you can literally order anything just sitting at their stall.
9. Big R Burger

The Big ‘R’ Burger

Big Roy eyeing on Big R Burger haha
Haha I placed this as a must eat because this burger is created in my name! Thick 200g beef patty with steak slices and beef bacon laid on top of it and topped it off with a runny sunny-side-up! Really yummy this one! Only at The Thirty Six!
10. Putu Bambu

Steamed bamboo kueh

Very yummy

Miss this!
This is something like our tutu kueh but it’s longish and steamed inside a bamboo, giving it a distinctive bamboo fragrance. You can get this everywhere.
11. Kweu Tiau

The Legend

GLORIOUS DUCKS EGGS!!!

Fry until the wok also got hole… imagine how many years is that gonna take?!?!!

Try making her smile, anyone can do that let me know and prove it with a selfie!

Tapao best cos the banana leaf gives off a different taste!

Damn I miss this so much! Using duck eggs!

Add your own pork lard at Kwetiau Ahong

Kwetiau Ahong
Kweu Tiau is actually Fried Kway Teow and they only have the light coloured portion which is very similar to Penang ones. I totally love the Fried Kway Teow here cos some of the Kway Teow like Kwetiau Ong’s is homemade! Best of all, they use duck eggs!!! Makes a lot of difference to the dish! Kwetiau Ong is definitely my favourite stall, which is a Golden Legendary stall since 1914… that’s 103 years of history!!! Close to this will prolly be Kwetiau Ahong’s.
12. Sate Padang

Legendary stall beside Bata.

Sate Padang from the Bata stall. The chicken one is definitely better cos mutton is tough

Had this at one of the markets… tough like mad

This one looks promising

Chicken sate is very nice and tender… Love how much fried shallots they used!

So good we ordered round 2! Burp!
Sate Padang is literally satay in SG. The satay here is not as tender as what we have back home but definitely flavourful. Sauce wise is a little more on the savoury side instead of the sweeter version in SG. This is a must have when you’re at any food street at night. You can order like 5 sticks if you’re alone.
13. Nasi Padang

Usually laid on the table like that and you only have to pay for what you eat… The rest of the dishes they will put back…

Love the fried chicken here!

How locals would eat, pack in a banana pack and then eat it after 5 mins. The fragrance of the leaf will surface.

Yummy!

Garuda’s Padang

Serdahana’s Padang
Nasi Padang is big business in Medan! So many places for good Nasi Padang and some big brands like Garuda is already in Singapore. The best thing about this Nasi Padang is that the variety is huge and they will place loads of dishes on the table. You’ll only be charged for what you eat, not what you’ve touched. So you can take the curry sauce but not eat the chicken…then they will put back the chicken to the main display pot. Hygiene is definitely questionable here… but no one seems to care. Love most of the outlets here, Muay orders are the beef rendang, ayam goreng and ayam pop.
14. He Ci

He Ci is the same as the Ngoh Hiang stalls in Singapore with the crispy prawn crackers and the floury prawn cakes. Except that the items offered differs from ours.

 

15. Tok Tok

Tok Tok stall

Pig’s blood… no more in SG

Intestines…. still got a little smell…
A very local dish of pig’s blood and intestines. Not everyone’s cup of tea and the taste is really acquired. Worth a try if you encounter this.
16. Popia

Atak Popia or rather more known as Popia Jose Rizal, opens only in the evening.

All handmade on the spot upon orders.

Steam or fried? I like the steam one better! So yummy!
In our context, it’s Popiah. I only know one place that has this and they sell by the thousands daily! Check out the stall at Jose Rizal and you can choose from the steam or deep fried ones. I definitely preferred the steamed ones! Not cheap at 7000 rupiah each but it has crab meat inside and extremely tasty!
17. Avocado Shake

Regular Avocado juice

Avocado juice with espresso shots at Macehat
Avocado is grown locally in Brastagi region and naturally drinks are made out of these. Avocado shake with chocolate sauce is truly yummy here and a must drink when in Indonesia. You may wanna check out the Avocado Juice with Espresso shots at Macehat. Their signature drink there.
18. Curry Chicken & Beef Bihun/Rice

The famous curry at Tabona

Curry Chicken… The gravy is very watery but never lacks of flavour.

Beef is damn yummy. Love the brisket parts

Bihun texture so different from ours in Singapore

Featured on a local magazine lately.

Boss and me
Rumah Makan Tabona. This is a household brand that has been selling this for decades. Love the curry chicken and beef to go with the beehoon. Very yummy! Some Medanese said do not leave Medan if you haven’t tried this! I must say it’s not bad, and their business is blardy good!
19. Chee Cheong Fun

This is how the chee cheong fun is laid out

Then chopped into pieces upon orders and drench with a little sauce and fried shallots.
This is one of my favourites. Simple, plain looking but damn yummy! The secret is in the sauce and all the fried onions on top. The best I’ve tried so far is from Jalan Selat Panjang from the big guy’s stall.

 

20. Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng Petai

See the fire they use… power!
There are many places for fried rice. I kinda like the Nasi Goreng Petai at 134A Jalan Singa. The fire is damn power, hence wok heat is amazingly good!
21. Goreng Pisang

Goreng Pisang with a whole lot of cheese and chocolate at Geodang

Pilastro’s version of Goreng Pisang
In most cafes, they usually have Goreng Pisang for sides that is drouse with loads of chocolate rice and cheese! Good to try but too much a little jelak!
22. Durian

The man, Ucok

Durian piled up here for selection
Yes, durians do grow in Medan. But the seeds are big and flesh not as much. But at the price of 35k and 50k rupiah, it’s ok to try the taste of it. Ucok durian is the biggest player in the durian market which operates 24/7! So if you’re craving for durians at 4am, you can get some by taking a Grab car there!
23. BPK

Babi Panggang Karo… If they BBQ the pork well, the meat will be tender. If not, good luck to your teeth.

Blood gravy to go with your rice
Babi Panggang Karo is a traditional Karo tribe cuisine of BBQ pork slices which is usually served with rice and a bowl of blood mixture spicy sauce thingy. At some places, the meat can get really tough… the better ones are in the mountains so branded doesn’t mean good.
24. Kueh Lapis/Ambon

With chocolate chips

Yummy plain ones
Home of Kueh Lapis and more likely the Kueh Ambon. Indonesians generally agree the Kueh Ambon in Medan is the best in the whole of Indonesia. But I kinda like the Kueh Lapis, very good souvenir gift to bring back for family and friends. There is a street full of kueh lapis, just go sample all of them and tell me which ones you like!
25. Teh Susu Telor

Da eggy teh tarik drink,… not bad but damn sweet

This street has loads of different styles of indomie goreng and the egg teh
This is a very local drink. Egg is added to the milk tea and seriously damn sweet. But the egg adds a nice fragrance to the drink. Dunno if there are any medical boost drinking this but it’s worth a try!
26. Snake Meat

Snake meat… Taste like chicken
Snake meat is available at food streets like Jalan Semarang. Fried in some rempah and seriously taste like chicken. Quite appetising!
27. Chao Lo

Spicy but acquired taste…
This is a typical before dinner snack in Medan which actually are snails cook in some spicy soup. Totally an acquired taste dish, not many people can take it.
28. Badak

Sarsi made in Medan. Medanese pride and joy. Has Sarsi taste definitely but with some herbal tones too. Not bad, interesting.
29. Es Campur

Literally like our ice kacang but the ice is a lot coarser and helluva lot more sweet! But they are super generous with the ingredients too!
30. Corn Rojak Keju

This is an interesting snack which I found at Brastagi market area. They slice the corn off the cob and then mix in butter, salt and pepper before topping with shredded cheese. Quite yummy actually.

Actually there are a lot more food to feature in Medan but this list is taking just too long. But I have included some of the pictures for you all to see below. Happy munching!

Nasi Tim… Basically steamed rice with the ingredients… like our Fan Choy or Lor Mai Kai. Available at Nasi Ayam SP3

Sio bak available at Jalan Semarang. Yummy!

A drink I swear by everywhere I go… plain ice tea no sugar and it’s cheap

I think these are called Apom…

Served with kaya-like gravy.

Simple stall like this is long queue every morning at the market

Yummy porridge with intestines

Market has interesting foods too!

Nasi Campur but the rice was a little cold.

A little like our sayur lodeh not bad.

[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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[MEDIA PREVIEW] TOTEM by Cirque Du Soleil


Before the opening show begins tomorrow on the 28th Oct 2015, I was invited to a media sneak preview with my beloved sista Cathryn. Arrived early and registration was under the hot sun which I thought could be better done under the Ticketing Counter? Hmmm…

Anyways, TOTEM was created in 2010 and their first show was in Montreal, Canada and the 112 crew members from 17 countries (inclusive of 46 performers) have been on tour since! TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Somewhere between science and legend, TOTEM is an uplifting array of athleticism, soul-touching theatrics, lavish costume designs and cutting edge digital effects. With acrobatic performances evoking selected scenes from the story of evolution, TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. The show will be going on for 55 performances all the way to 6th December 2015!

Tickets are available online at http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/totem1215 from $98 to $328 and hope to see you there! Check out the pics below for some highlights which I tried to capture with limited lighting.

Tips:

  1. Do not bring your cameras. No photography allowed. If you wanna sneak a shot from your mobile phone, REMEMBER TO TURN OFF FLASH!!!
  2. No food from outside. There are typical movie snacks and drinks inside which you can purchase.
  3. Bring more cash or a card if you wanna buy some of TOTEM’s souvenirs and t-shirts.
  4. Ladies, please bring a cardigan. You’ll feel cold with the aircon blasting inside. I felt just nice, so it’s too cold for ladies.
  5. The Big Top is located at the other end of Marina Bay Sands, nearer to the financial centre. You may wanna alight nearer there for cabbing and park nearer there if driving. Those taking MRT, turn left after exiting station control, walk straight all the way, turn left and walk straight all the way till you pass Bread Street Kitchen and exit MBS.
  6. Seats are of normal size, so carry light when going there.
  7. If you can’t control your kids from running around or making noise, please don’t bring them as they might distract the performers and your neighbours.
  8. Sit back and enjoy the show!
  9. If my tips are of any good, please ‘Like’ my eatwithroy page (www.fb.com/eatwithroy) and follow me on Instagram @eatwithroy. ;-P

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Hot...
Hot…
Selfie with the Big Top!
Selfie with the Big Top!
A lighted Totem display
A lighted Totem display
Holding area inside the Big Top. No aircon... maybe not turned on for previews? Very stuffy,
Holding area inside the Big Top. No aircon… maybe not turned on for previews? Very stuffy,
Entering the arena for the performance. AIRCON AT LAST....
Entering the arena for the performance. AIRCON AT LAST….
Love the stage
Love the stage
Media in front, guests at the back
Media in front, guests at the back
That cage thing where they will be swinging on.
That cage thing where they will be swinging on.
Introduction speech
Introduction speech
Starts... The part of the stage opens up to eject the performers.
Starts… The part of the stage opens up to eject the performers.
Suddenly got someone walked pass me, scary leh...
Suddenly got someone walked pass me, scary leh…
They are very good with the hoops
They are very good with the hoops
More hoops
More hoops
Hoops formed a ball.
Hoops formed a ball.
Red Indian
Red Indian
Marching in
Marching in
Wow love the colours!
Wow love the colours!

P1010876 P1010878

Love the costumes!
Love the costumes!
Glutes galore
Glutes galore
And up they fly
And up they fly
The flyers
The flyers
New pattern
New pattern
Crossing paths
Crossing paths
The height they fly
The height they fly
Step up
Step up
From the first to the last
From the first to the last
Amout of strength just to hold the performer and to land steadily shows how much hard work they put into it.
Amout of strength just to hold the performer and to land steadily shows how much hard work they put into it.
Nicely ended
Nicely ended
Look at the details. Wow.
Look at the details. Wow.
Group shot!
Group shot!
Cat and me after the preview!
Cat and me after the preview!

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

Foodtrail in Medan Day 1 – Indonesia


Ever since I started BLACK&INK, I never thought I would have time to actually travel. So the opportunity came during our National Day where it was a long weekend and hence we decided to rest during this period as we reckon many people would have left the country. So I quickly booked my tickets from Jetstar, booked a hotel at random and then off I flew to Medan on National Day itself. I was fortunate to have foodie friends in Medan to bring me around as Medan is totally non-accessible by public transport. Thanks to Wiwi (@zhoueats) and friends Leo, Tahbar and Mimi for your kind hospitality!

As usual I will post pics and describe below every pic what I experienced throughout the trip, day to day manner. Every pic was shot with my iPhone 5S. So let’s start.

Boarding plane
Boarding plane
Landing Medan. Many farms.
Landing Medan. Many farms.
Landed Medan
Landed Medan
Medan airport. Very new.
Medan airport. Very new.
Decor around the airport.
Decor around the airport.
Gents hahaa
Gents hahaa
My driver hehe
My driver hehe
Roads of Medan outskirts
Roads of Medan outskirts
Arrived at hotel Swiss Bellin.
Arrived at hotel Swiss Bellin.
Dusting will be helluva job man!
Dusting will be helluva job man!
Bedroom
Bedroom
Long walkway to bathroom and small window
Long walkway to bathroom and small window
Shower
Shower
Bathroom
Bathroom
Room from the other side.
Room from the other side.
I hand carried all these on board... don't ask me how. ;P
I hand carried all these on board… don’t ask me how. ;P
First stop. Satay with more than 40 years of history!
First stop. Satay with more than 40 years of history!
Satay or Sate spelt in Indon. Check out the pot of peanut sauce! Damn awesome!
Satay or Sate spelt in Indon. Check out the pot of peanut sauce! Damn awesome!
No fine dining tables lah but street food is what I dig y'all!
No fine dining tables lah but street food is what I dig y’all!
Ok maybe not this street food on a hot day.... This is cockles sate... gulp! LS galore on first meal? SKIP!!!
Ok maybe not this street food on a hot day…. This is cockles sate or Sata Kerang… gulp! LS galore on first meal? SKIP!!!
Ordered chicken and mutton sates. Mutton was tough like hell but chicken was good. Love the sauce and fried shallots on top. Yums!
Ordered chicken and mutton sates and one stick of intestines. Mutton was tough like hell but chicken and intestine were good. Love the sauce and fried shallots on top. Yums!
I dunno what went through my mind when I ordered this float from the roadside. But I survived. So can order!
I dunno what went through my mind when I ordered this float from the roadside. But I survived. So can order!
The stall owner for sate
The stall owner
Proceeding to 2nd stop
Proceeding to 2nd stop
BPK Olakisat. BPK is Babi Panggang Karo which means BBQ Pig House and Olakisat is basically the name of the shop or area.
BPK Olakisat. BPK is Babi Panggang Karo which means BBQ Pig House and Olakisat is basically the name of the shop or area.
2pm+... so crowded... almost couldn't get a table. Oh and one thing in Medan... no one shares table! You might get stares if you ask to share table hahaha
2pm+… so crowded… almost couldn’t get a table. Oh and one thing in Medan… no one shares table! You might get stares if you ask to share table hahaha
BBQ pork... tough like shit... Even bak kwa is more tender.
BBQ pork… tough like shit… Even bak kwa is more tender.
Pigs' blood sauce to go with your rice. Taste very spicy and sour. Can skip.
Pigs’ blood sauce to go with your rice. Taste very spicy and sour. Can try for one time. Indonesians fav.
Mashed Cassava Leaves. How come SG don't have leh? Maybe it's a little rougher than sweet potato leaves but it's still full of nutrients!
Mashed Cassava Leaves. How come SG don’t have leh? Maybe it’s a little rougher than sweet potato leaves but it’s still full of nutrients!
Rice was uncooked. Quite bad.
Rice was uncooked. Quite bad. I had to add soup and hope it softened. No, it didn’t.
Damage around S$5.90. Not too bad but food wasn't good.
Damage around S$5.90. Not too bad but food wasn’t up to expectations.
3rd stop. Pilastro Cafe (@pilastro_mdn). One of the pioneers in specialty coffee in Medan and it was a great honour to visit this place.
3rd stop. Pilastro Cafe (@pilastro_mdn). One of the pioneers in specialty coffee in Medan and it was a great honour to visit this place.
Boss Benny is at the counter
Boss Benny is at the counter
Ordered a pour over. Pretty decent, something different from the regular dark roasts.
Ordered a pour over. Pretty decent, something different from the regular dark roasts.
Deep fried cassava sticks. Quite yummy.
Deep fried cassava sticks. Quite yummy.
Wefie with Wiwi and me.
Wefie with Wiwi and me.
Enjoying my second cuppa of their in house ESP Blend espresso.
Enjoying my second cuppa of their in house ESP Blend espresso.
Ambience of Pilastro. Nice and chill
Ambience of Pilastro. Nice and chill. Leo and Mimi on the left.
Benny and me.
Benny and me.
4th stop is an interval from all that eating and basically checking out this orpahange recommended to me by Leo.
4th stop is an interval from all that eating and basically checking out this orpahange recommended to me by Leo.
Care takers are Pastor and his wife. Not much funding from the government.
Care takers are Pastor and his wife. Not much funding from the government.
Now they have about 90+ orphans and growing still.
Now they have about 90+ orphans and growing still.
Facade.
Facade.
Incomplete building cos lack of funding. This is proposed for the less than 3 year olds so they don't fall down easily cos of the high steps.
Incomplete building cos lack of funding. This is proposed for the less than 3 year olds so they don’t fall down easily cos of the high steps.
There are bricks and cement but somehow still insufficient to complete the building. Seems like they need help in construction also.
There are bricks and cement but somehow still insufficient to complete the building. Seems like they need help in construction also.
Rain came down like my heart.
Rain came down like my heavy heart.
Worship place
Worship place
Kids
Kids, some can tell not normal.
So many of them
So many of them
All the young ones the older orphans help to take care.
All the young ones the older orphans help to take care.
Wiwi cuddling an orphan who was left at the doorstep of the orpahanage
Wiwi cuddling an orphan who was left at the doorstep of the orphanage
With some of the kids
With some of the kids
5th stop. Garuda Nasi Padang for dinner. SG also have one branch but not as good as this original one.
5th stop. Garuda Nasi Padang for dinner. SG also have one branch but not as good as this original one.
So many dishes to choose from.
So many dishes to choose from.
Fried chicken on the spot is a MUST-ORDER!
Fried chicken on the spot is a MUST-ORDER!
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Avocado juice with chocolate!
Some choose packet style cos they feel it's more tasty.
Some choose packet style cos they feel it’s more tasty.
Packet style
Packet style… really damn good lah…
While others chose the share style and those you don't eat they put back... When eating there, don't consider any hygiene lah, just whack!
While others chose the share style and those you don’t eat they put back… When eating there, don’t consider any hygiene lah, just whack!
The beef rendang is da bomb man! Very very good!
The beef rendang is da bomb man! Very very good!
Awesome fried chicken!!! Total damage came up to around S$25 which is considered expensive in Medan!
Awesome fried chicken!!! Total damage came up to around S$25 which is considered expensive in Medan!
6th stop. Famous Poh Piah Jose Rizal. Located at Jalan Jose Rizal, for 40 years already!
6th stop. Famous Poh Piah Jose Rizal. Located at Jalan Jose Rizal, for 40 years already!
Managed to find some seats but need to wait. Many orders!
Managed to find some seats but need to wait. Many orders!
Preparation in progress
Preparation in progress
Fried or steamed, each S$0.70. About 10cm long.
Fried or steamed, each S$0.70. About 10cm long.
Steamed ones are really nice.
Steamed ones are really nice.
Drove around to see the other eating places. This is the famous Nasi Goreng place which is on Youtube. But didn't get to try cos reserving stomach for next stop.
Drove around to see the other eating places. This is the famous Nasi Goreng place which is on Youtube. But didn’t get to try cos reserving stomach for next stop.
Famous restaurant for local food. Skip. ;P
Famous restaurant for local food. Skip. ;P
7th stop. Ucok (pronounced as Wu Chock) Durian. You see the amount of durian, you know they are the monopoly. If you wanna eat durian in Medan, Ucok is the only place locals will recommend. And this place opens 24hrs!!! 3am you feel like some durians, take a drive and whack one your own or have some durian pancakes!
7th stop. Ucok (pronounced as Wu Chock) Durian. You see the amount of durian, you know they are the monopoly. If you wanna eat durian in Medan, Ucok is the only place locals will recommend. And this place opens 24hrs!!! 3am you feel like some durians, take a drive and whack one your own or have some durian pancakes!
The Durian King Ucok himself and me.
With the Durian King Ucok himself!
Durians are a cross between XO durian and D24. Bittersweet and texture is not bad. Only set back is that their seeds are big. And here, only 2 prices. S$3.50 for small or S$5.00 for big ones. So don't complain lah, cravings satisfied. My first Medan durian!
Durians are a cross between XO durian and D24. Bittersweet and texture is not bad. Only set back is that their seeds are big. And here, only 2 prices. S$3.50 for small or S$5.00 for big ones. So don’t complain lah, cravings satisfied. My first Medan durian!
Frozen durian and durian pancakes wrapped nicely for bringing home.
Frozen durian and durian pancakes wrapped nicely for bringing home.
Wefie with Wiwi, Tahbar and Mimi.
Wefie with Wiwi, Tahbar and Mimi.

Ok that ended my Day 1 in Medan. Gimme some time to write on Day 2, which is another day full of FOOD!!!

 

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

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