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老街肉骨茶 (Old Street Bak Kut Teh) – Upper Paya Lebar, Singapore

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I was looking for a place for lunch one of the early afternoons around Paya Lebar area when this super loud signage caught my attention. So I went in and found a table at one corner. Although it is named Old Street, this joint has the latest gadgets for their Order Management System! I was so impress with the iPads on every table and patrons can order their foods at the comfort of their table! Check out my review below:

The loud signage I was talking about...
The loud signage I was talking about… Quite cool right?
iPad order management system
I’m impressed!
Wah this set looks worth it! At $8.50 you get a bowl of bak kut teh, you tiao, soy bean curd and a bowl of rice!
Side dishes!
After adding your orders, this message pops up to let you know your order has gone through.
For the tables not along the walls, you pull this out to order!
This is at 12.15pm…
Help yourselves with the condiments and sauces…
Traditionally, bak kut teh is usually accompanied by brewing a pot of chinese tea… Check out the tap for topping up the water by the side….
I was expecting a small bowl of bak kut teh prolly with 3 miserable pieces of pork ribs/bones. But there was 4 pieces with 2 rather meaty ribs. Soup was really wholesome and peppery, love it!
You tiao (doughsticks) are served hot and fresh to go with your soup! Awesome selling point!
Braised small intestines. Really nice and good portioning! – S$6.50
Soy bean curd is smooth and silky!
My damage…

Overall Rating: 4.5/5. Although it is a little on the pricey side with GST, the food is really of good quality and taste. It would be cheaper if I wasn’t alone. Nevertheless, thumbs up and would revisit soon!

Location: 129 Upper Paya Lebar Road.

華龍咖啡屋餅店 Hualong Bakery Cafe – Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

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Chanced upon this little traditional HK bakery cafe while I was nearby to shop for some guitar picks. What drew me to this place is the display of yummilicious buns that were shouting to my friend and me to get in and indulge! And that’s what we did. Haha… The place I tell you, is really very small. So small that I really give all the credits to the person who laid out the tables and chairs to sit around 36 pax! Kudos to him/her! Anyways, check out the pics below:

Cafe front
Size of shop…
Check out the layout…
See how I squeeze…
Hot Yuen Yang (milk coffee with tea)
Freshly baked polo buns with a slab of butter! Really fluffy and fragrant! Love it when you sink your teeth into the softness… melts in your mouth!
Display of all the traditional pastries and buns!

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: 4/5. Buns were excellent. Beverage is normal. But seems like a lot of people were there having noodle soup and luncheon meat egg sandwiches. Typical staples in HK. We couldn’t try cos we had lunch!

Portion: Average

Service: 5/5. Unlike most of the other Cha Can Ting (HK Cafes), the waiting staff here are nice and friendly! Maybe they like big cute guys hahahaha ;P

Ambience: 3/5. This one no choice have to give mid rating. Very crampy and ventilation not good if they do frying inside the kitchen. BUT, they have aircon so add 1 hence 4/5!

Price: If I remember the set of bun and beverage is around HK28. Not expensive in the middle of TST!

RTE: If I’m in the area!

Location: 尖沙咀金馬倫里7-7A Tsim Sha Tsui Cameron Road 7-7A. Tel: 2723-6217. Operating Hours: 0700-2200hrs daily.

 

Big Roy Visits Food & Hotel Asia 2014

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This is one of the largest scale food and hotel exhibition in Singapore and if I remember correctly, there were 10 halls of exhibits at the Singapore Expo. As usual, going to the Singapore Expo for such a big event, best is to take the train. I went with a friend in a car and we waited for more than 2 hours to get into the car park! And getting a parking lot is the next challenge! Reminder to myself, TRAIN ONLY NEXT YEAR!

Well apart from checking out what was available in food supplies in the industry, I was more drawn to meeting the 2013 World Barista Champion, Pete Licata. Saw his entire competition on YouTube and was inspired by the way he presented and his knowledge and passion for coffee. Pete was there as a spokesperson for Nuova Simonelli espresso machines, who are the official main sponsor for WBC events. Pete is a very cordial guy, obliging to photo taking, and is really calm with so many people surrounding him. I really wonder if the people there actually know who he is or  were they there just for the free latte? Anyways, I’m a big fan and am glad I got a picture with him and he made me a latte! 🙂

Pete Licata & me!
Preparing the latte
Latte by Pete Licata. Simple latte art is alright, most importantly is the extraction of the espresso. Most folks here are suckers for latte art. Good latte art doesn’t mean the coffee is good!

 After the lovely meeting with Pete, I went on to check out the rest of the fair. To be honest, very large scale but most of the foods that we asted don’t taste that natural. Could be to keeping costs low hence lots of preservatives are used in the production? I really dunno, maybe next year I can see some good suppliers? Anyways, some pics for you guys to salivate to. 🙂

Some chocolate making
Splurging on booth designs
Cake samples
Pralines
Durian flavor
Gelato sampling
Cream cheese sample
Pizza sample
Innovative! They drove in the whole lorry!

Hope to see you guys at the fair in 2016! 🙂

 

Gastronomically yours,

Big Roy

Product Review – The New Maggi Extra Spicy Curry Instant Noodles

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Have you guys tried this yet? Maggi Curry Instant Noodles has always been close to my heart as we grew up with this brand apart from Myojo and Koka. For the usual curry instant noodles, well, it kept me and my camp mates company during our basic training in the Police Academy. I remember us smuggling in these instant noodles and snacking on them at night after lights out. So when I saw this at the supermarket, I told myself I gotta try this, although it’s filled with additives. 🙁

Retailing at $3.20 for a pack of 5 x 108g packets, this new flavour’s serving per pack is about 20g more than the normal size. So now one packet with loads of veg is sufficient for me. Check out my reviews below:

Packaging
Left side is fried shallots which will enhance the taste a little and the right side is a packet of spicy curry powder.
Color doesn’t look that spicy ‘cos there isn’t any chilli oil with the package.

Review: 3/5. Flavor wise, very much like their normal version except it’s spicier. Other than that, texture of the noodles is still the same. Wished they would surprise me with something new but to my dismay, nothing special except it’s a bigger packet (I paid for it) and a little spicier that’s all.

Lai Thai Kitchen – Serangoon, Singapore

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Next on my blog post is this little place I discovered with my mummy one of the days when we were out for lunch. Actually I wanted to eat the braised duck rice just beside this place but it has already closed down. Nevertheless, Lai Thai looked pretty good with simple but neat decor, located below a HDB block.

As our lunch time was quite early and on a weekday afternoon, there weren’t many patrons at the eatery. So we were seated down by a Thai staff, and found out that they have lunch time specials for only $9.90! So we ordered and had a taste of their food.

Front
Inside
Picture frame of the Thai King and Queen
Set meal menu. Choose your set, choose your dessert and drink. All in for $9,90!
Set meal only available for these times and days.
Phad Thai – Not like what I learnt in Thailand. A little tasteless, lack of the essential palm sugar and tamarind juice for that extra kick.
Green Curry Chicken – Not bad, using the right ingredients of Thai brinjals, sweet basil and kaffir lime leaves. But I reckon still lack of the palm sugar inside.
Namtok Moo $7 – This additional order of grilled pork dish is pretty good and tossed up as a salad dish. Love it.
2 crispy spring rolls per set meal. Need the sweet chilli sauce for taste.
Chendol – Pretty good
Red Rubies – Not bad too!
Thai Milk Tea – Not as strong that I like but it’s alright.
Ice Lemon Grass – Pretty refreshing
Contact details

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: 4/5. Lack of a few ingredients makes the difference.

Portion: Below average.

Service: 4/5. Pretty responsive.

Ambience: 3.5/5. Hard seats, no aircon. But there are fans.

Damage: $26.80 for 2 sets and additional order of $7 grilled pork.

RTE: Yeah great for a quick Thai food fix!

Location: See last pic. Walking distance from NEX shopping mall.

Kao Fae Fan Club Restaurant (ข้าวแฝ่ แฟนคลับ ) – Chiang Mai, Mae Hongson, Thailand

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We checked out this place for lunch when we were back in Chiang Mai after Pai. This is also a popular place and when we reached the place around 12.30pm, the place was already packed with people. However the waitresses managed to arrange a table for us. The name ข้าวแฝ่ แฟนคลับ, actually has nothing to do with rice. According to my Thai cousin Kittiya, it is actually the traditional name of a type of Thai coffee. The restaurant premise is big, with a separate cafe to the left side, and very nice ambience. Although they have many staffs working there, the service level could really be improved.

Restaurant
Inside restaurant
Selfie with signage
Cafe where you can order cakes/desserts and your beverages
Front part of the cafe
Inside the cafe
Som tam was good but spicy
Side dish of fish balls are pretty good as well.
Khao Soi – Crispy yellow noodles in curry soup. This one is quite good but portions are small and not fully crispy noodles.
This garlic pork rice is really nice.
Iced Thai Milk Tea – Pretty good but waited for ages and asked for no sugar, came fully loaded with it.
Crepe cake – Not nice.
Red Velvet Cake – So so only.

Rating: 3.5/5.

Taste: 4/5. Will the warm dishes are good, the desserts are a let down.

Portion: 3/5. Slight below average.

Service: 2/5. They really need to have more initiative and work together. Seems like everyone is minding their own business. Food preparation is also very very slow.

Ambience: 4/5. A lot of flies despite the garden ambience.

Price: Can’t recall but it was pretty affordable.

RTE: Maybe not as it’s a little out of the way.

Location213 Moo 3, Cassia Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50150. Tel: 053842299, 0894359911.