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85000 and counting!


Wow I have reached 85000 UNIQUE READERS on eatwithroy.com already! Another 15000 more I’ll reach 100,000! May not be a lot for some but to me, that’s an achievement of non-repeated visitors! Base on last year’s report, I have readers from 90 countries! This is just awesome and spurs me on to write more!

So this is what I try to do. I’ll write a post at least once a day or at least 5 times a week. This is to ensure my friends here are kept salivating on the daily basis! ;P

Thanks again to everyone for visiting my site and sharing with your friends who enjoys food like we all do! Have a blessed weekend ahead folks!

Yours gastronomically,

Big Roy

Big Roy Visits The Food & Electronics Fiesta – Singapore Expo Hall 5


Checked out the Food & Electronics Fiesta today slightly after lunch hour. Dunno why Food and Electronics are put together, but I reckon they do not have enough exhibitors participating in the event. Marketing the booths are not easy, so maybe they should rebrand their event a little bit. However that said, many booths are not related to the event as well! I see people selling shoes, promoting credit cards, weight loss companies there… This is a food fair, you have a weight loss exhibitor there… you reckon the patrons still dare to eat or shop for food? But for a foodie like me, I heck care, walked past them munching on my  Otah Springroll…

Brought my mum along and we took the train there as I expected huge crowd ‘cos of the holiday as well. Reached Expo station and already I can see a lot of people heading towards the expo’s direction on the left instead of the right where the new Changi Citi Point mall is. As usual I’ll let my photos do the talking… with description below of course 😉

This is what you’ll be greeted with when you arrive in the afternoon. Realised there’s 5-6 fairs running concurrently! Baby fair, malay wedding fair, Bodyshop sale, household sale, and this food and electronic fiesta! No wonder so crowded lah!
Fwah! Diapers must be cheap at the Baby Fair… Or baby pee a lot… or many babies ;P
Entering Hall 5
Left side Electronics, right side Food
New supermarket brand in Singapore, My Outlets, direct factory to Singapore from Malaysian factories.
Great bargains for instant coffees
Instant Ban Mian! In 4 flavours. 4 packs for $10. Direct factory.
Otah springroll
$1 for 5pcs…
Otah Springroll. Don’t expect this frozen food to taste like Muah Otah,
BBQ Scallops 4 for $10. Looks good, didn’t try cos China cheaper haha
Gourmet Bak Kwa at $12 for 300gsm. Very nice, free to try!
Yummy gourmet bak kwa… it’s actually bacon strips 🙂
This small scale sausage makers uses good ingredients in their sausages.
Tried the Basil and Black Pepper Pork ones, really good.
Bak Chang wholesale price. The nonya dumpling is nice at $1.20 only!
Wah this one fierce… Chilli crab pau… Never try cos a lot of food already!
Thai som tam and desserts, 4 boxes for $10! Eye candy at the stall guys!
Roti John sial… Smells good! (The guy on the right should smile…)
Malay snacks… Love the keropok strips in the middle. So our Muslim friends have food to enjoy too!
Wah Chicken Rice Balls spotted!
3 small rice balls and a hard cold drumstick. Riceballs not bad, chicken fail badly.
Wah Westlake also here!
Kong Bak Glutinous Rice $3 from Westlake. This one is awesome!
Famous Westlake Kong Bak Pau $2.50. Buns are served piping hot (Really hot!) and chunks of lovely juicy braised pork belly.
2 pieces of chinese mushroom and loads of Kong Bak Pieces! Nice!
Suppose to be a popular carrot cake
$3 eat there, $4 takeaway. Order takeaway! More servings! $3 only has 2 pieces!
This is $3. Very little. The carrot cake I believe is not homemade. Generous on the egg part but taste soso only.
Fried Squid $4
Coated with sambal… Ask them to coat more, not spicy enough.
See, not enough sambal.
New product, apple tea with lemon… many other flavours. $1 each only!
This is the challenge… finding a place to sit down and eat!
Seriously I dunno what is this stall doing here… How can the organisers allow this? Out of theme!
Not interested in household products… These promoters can talk until pandas the black eye rings turn white!
Even behind the Expo also jam

The event has 2 more days and ending on 20th April 2014. From 11am to 9pm. Admission is free!


  1. Lots of things to buy, if you have a foldable trolley basket, bring it!
  2. Don’t drive or even take cab. Take the train!
  3. Leave your kids at home. They won’t like it. Lots of shouting.
  4. Bring cash but keep it safe. Crowded areas, free entry, usually got pickpockets.

Happy Easter everyone! Have fun food tasting and shopping! 🙂


Gastronomically yours,

Big Roy

1980烧肉粽(中山路店) – Xiamen, Guangdong, China


As the name suggested, this place was founded in 1980 selling rice dumplings or bak zhang in SG terms. This place came highly recommended and since I was in Zhongshang Road, I went ahead to try their food.

Restaurant front
“Queue up first, then place your orders” – Choose your ingredients for your noodles or soup.
Menu on the wall… Dunno how to read Chinese just ask or point. 🙂
Bak Zhang 加料肉粽RMB7 – Taste pretty ok but I still like the one in Singapore or Johor Bahru.
Inside the bak zhang
沙茶面 RMB$6 without any ingredients – A must try when in Fujian or Xiamen. But this place not famous for this. Hence so so only.
Pork Soup RMB$6 – Soup is not bad. At least no pork smell. Wanted to try the wonton soup but ran out.
五香 – This ngoh hiang is better than the one at 潮福城 but still SG one taste better. Maybe because I’m not a big fan of 80% lard inside and no liver.
拌面 – Typical Fujian staple of sesame paste sauce and noodles. This one is a little like Taiwanese influence, with sweet chilli sauce under it. Not bad in taste.

Rating: 4/5. 

Taste: 4/5. It’s a typical Xiamen or Minnan food eated by the locals. For me the taste is just ok only, nothing to shout about.

Portion: 3/5.

Service: Counter aunties are friendly. Self-service though.

Ambience: 3/5. You come out you smell of ngoh hiang…

Price: Very affordable. Less than RMB$30 per pax.

RTE: Maybe.

Location: 思明区中山路353号(近工人文化宫旧址). Tel: 0592-2032869

Eat @ B5 – Genting Highlands, Malaysia


Yeah I’m on a roll writing Genting food ‘cos I really need to clear all the food that I reckon worthy (or not!) in my backlogs. This foodcourt place has been there for the longest time, originally opened for the bus and taxi drivers but now more people are actually eating there now. Recently renovated, this foodcourt now is a lot nicer than what it was previously. Along with the new renovation, the price of the food also escalated a lot. Nevertheless it’s prolly one of the cheapest places to eat when you’re in Genting Highlands. Check out the reviews below:

The foodcourt
Jumbo meat paus, lor mai gai and other dim sum steamer
Jumbo Pork Pau RM$5 – Huge 12cm in diameter and filled with pork, turnip and a segment of hard boiled egg.
See the amount of pork fillings inside the pau.
Chee Cheong Fun RM$9 – My mum’s all time favorite. Malaysian’s chee cheong fun comes with yong tau foo on top, which makes it more tasty, Prices climbed a lot since.
Spare Rib King – Pretty well done, love it.
Salted Fish Fried Rice – If you like salted fish like I do, order this! Crispy and fragrant pieces of fish on top, awesome.
Hor fun – Quite small plate but tasted ok.
Bill for Tse Char, pau and coffee.

Rating: 4/5

Taste: 4/5 (A lot better than some ‘higher class’ eateries in Genting)

Portion: 3.5/5

Service: Self-service. For the tse char you can opt for the dishes be served but will be more costly.

Ambience: 3/5 (Smokers are still allowed inside…)

Price: Average around RM$15-30 depending on what you eat.

RTE: All the time lor!

Location: Basement 5 of Resort Hotel, Genting Highlands. Directly opposite Theme Park Hotel.

Good Friends Restaurant 好友记 – Genting Highlands, Malaysia


Have been really busy these few days and I’ve decided to write some of my backlogs. This blog post is to let my readers here know what I’ve experienced at this restaurant. I’ve never been to this restaurant before hence would like to try it since it looks pretty decent from the outside. My mum and I got in, found a nice table beside the window overlooking the clouds, and ordered our dinner. I ordered some of their specialties to try their food and if it’s really that good. Check out my comments below:

The restaurant
Dry Bak Kut Teh – Nothing special and pork got a little smell…
Crispy Beancurd – Mix of beancurd and maybe some prawn meat in it. See the color difference on the plate, the darker ones are obviously an ‘older’ batch and it tasted like that.
Peranakan Mixed Veg – This is really disappointing and it was bland despite the color. It was so bad that I had to use the soy sauce dip to strengthen the taste. Skip!
My savior soy sauce
Bill – Not very ex but for crap food, it is.

Rating: 2/5

Taste: 2/5

Portion: 3/5

Service: 3/5

Ambience: 4/5

Price: RM$81.00… around S$32.40

RTE: Are you kidding? 好友记。。。好友得不要回来哦!

Location: Genting Highlands



Funny I’ve never written about the food in Genting Highlands… I visit this gambling paradise annually with my mom (sounds like a jackpot pilgrimage!) for years! And not surprisingly, we went again during December when I was back in Singapore. This time we stayed at the First World Hotel where it was convenient for my mom to walk from the bus terminal to the hotel. Will update the hotel stay experience in sleepwithroy.wordpress.com sometime this week.

If you’re staying at the First World Hotel, it is connected to the Indoor Theme Park where there is a food court. We’ve been eating there for years and of course the prices have escalated, so did the rest of the eateries/cafes/restaurants in comparison. Nevertheless, the food here is still good and one of the more affordable places to have your meals while you’re at this monopolized entertainment village.

The Thai and Chinese stalls are under the same management. You can just order from any of the staff walking around in red caps.
Steam Red Snapper RM$45 (S$18) – Love this fish! Fresh and good!
Stir Fried Kai Lan RM$14.90 (S$6) – Nice and crunchy
Claypot Tofu RM$17.90 (S$7.20) – Taste so so, a little too much gravy.
Fried Rice Vermicelli RM$10.90 ($4.40) – Pretty good, love the wok hei and taste. But the portion is really little.

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Overall is good. Remember to tell them not to put too much oil and MSG.

Portion: Below average.

Service: Below average. They can be very busy.

Ambience: Food court is crowded most of the time.

Price: See pic.

RTE: Yes, as always!

Contacts and address: First World Hotel Food Court Level 2.

康家龙头海蛎煎(龙头路一店) – Gulangyu, Xiamen, China


After the wonderful experience at the coffee place of 褚家园咖啡馆, I walked through the back alleys to discover many nice B&Bs and more street food. But I was pretty locked in to try one of the famous oyster omelette in Xiamen, hence skipped the rest. Oyster Omelette is pretty well known in Guangdong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. It’s a lovely fried plate of sweet potato flour with eggs and of course, oysters. The locals in Xiamen call these oyster omelettes 海蛎煎(Hai Li), while in Taiwan it’s known as 蚝仔煎 (Orh Ah Jian), in Thailand it is known as Hoy Tod (But with seafood) and back home in Singapore (also Malaysia), we call it 蚝煎 (Orh Jian) for the Hokkiens and Orh Luak for the Teochews. Whichever way it is, I still enjoy oyster omelette and I miss it sometimes as I’m base in Shenzhen now.

When arrived at the little hole in the wall shop, there was already a long queue… so no choice, have to join the queue and check out what the fuss is about. Check out the pics below:

Back alleys along the way… much to be discovered!
Old buildings and lovely skies
Some nice lodging places but right in front of the rubbish collection center
another nice lodging
Another one
Back on Long Tou Road, towards the end
The Oyster Omelette hole in the wall shop
Super long queue…
They have customed holes to fry the omelettes…
Eggs like free… Love it!
Awesome dish!
Yummy juicy plump oysters!

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Pretty good. Flour is the soft type, which is more traditional actually. A lot of juicy plump oysters, and coated with a serious layer of egg! Great snack! Must try!

Portion: Average.

Price: RMB$10 only!

Service: The aunty taking orders is nice and friendly. The guy frying the omelettes not so friendly but after chatting with him, he started smiling. Overall nothing unpleasant.

Ambience: N.A.


Location: 鼓浪屿思明区龙头路189号。