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The Pasta Boutique – Bedok, Singapore

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Recently I was contacted by one of the partners of this little stall located in Bedok area to try out their food. So I brought along some foodies who were not working on one of the days I was off.
Located at a corner of a coffeeshop, the stall stood out from its modern outlook. But definitely overshadowed by some household stalls that were there for the longest time. Nevertheless, we ordered their signatures and see the reviews below:

Stall
Creamy Bacon & Mushroom Pasta ($9.50) – I love this so much. Love how the creamy sauce is reduced into the pasta and yet still holding the al dente-ness. Very yummy dish!
Chilli Crab Pasta ($10.50). Taste is a fusion Asian taste with kaffir lime leaves on top. Very generous in crab meat toppings.
Salted Egg Prawn Ravioli ($13.80) Four large pieces of homemade prawn ravioli, salted egg sauce, chilli padi and curry leaves. The skin was a little thick for us but the taste was good.
Hearty Platter (For 2 at $29.80) – A great deal which consist of 220gm Striploin Steak, 160gm Lamb Chop, 250gm Chicken Chop. Served with Mashed potato and Ratatouille. Choice of sauce: Mustard, Black Pepper, Mushroom.

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Overall taste is good, just need to tweak on some of the recipe to make it great.

Portion: Average.

Service: Order at counter and food will be served to table.

Ambience: Coffeeshop

Price: Listed above.

RTE: Yes!

Contacts: The Pasta Boutique

Blk 539 Bedok North St.3

New Century Food House

Unit 01-619 Singapore 460539

Tel: +65 98599850

Daily 11am – 9.30pm

Boat Noodle Express – Rivervale Drive, Singapore

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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

Hong Shan Soon Kueh – Toa Payoh, Singapore

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Intro:
Was here to try the famous Lai Heng Mushroom Minced Meat Mee and I noticed the workers and boss at this stall at the corner were busy churning out trays and trays of kueh for steaming! Then the OMG moment came… the soon kueh is the real SOONG! (That’s how Teochews pronounce bamboo shoot) Soon Kueh dates back a long way to the Chaozhou and Shantou cities of the Guangdong Province! It’s definitely my first encounter with something so traditional here and I am so damn happy about it! 

The owner told me he has been doing this since he was a young man… easily more than 30 years already! A classic SG Legendary!

Da Stall
Boss
All handmade on the spot
Ready to steam ah!
Steamed Gu Chye Kueh!
Steamed Peng Kueh!
My orders

Taste:
Ordered the Soon Kueh, Gu Chye Kueh and Peng Kueh. Soon Kueh wins me over immediately cos of the filling of course, the skin texture together with the Gu Chye Kueh, is lightly chewy and soft. Damn good! Gu Chye Kueh fillings on the other hand was a little fibrous for me. Still like the soft soft type. But tasty though. Peng Kueh was nice and soft, prefer it to have a little more dried shrimps and mushroom inside. If not like a bit plain.

Price:

$1.30 for Soon Kueh and Peng Kueh. $1.10 for Gu Chye Kueh.

Portion:

Good

Service:
Self-service

Waiting Time:
5-10mins

Rating:

4.5/5.

Location & Contacts:

Add: 51 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh

Tel: 62569920

Hours: 8am to 4.30pm (Wed closed)

Map:

https://goo.gl/maps/5sLasSAHdmu

ROY THAI KITCHEN – HOUGANG, SINGAPORE (CLOSED)

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Intro:This is definitely a hidden gem which I came to know recently. Roy Thai Kitchen (no, I don’t have any invested interest in this if you’re wondering!) is nestled within a coffeeshop where the famous roast meat joint Guan Chee is. Although competition is strong, the boss of RTK (Which literally means Authentic Thai Kitchen) Admond, is determined to set a foothold in there to start providing affordable authentic Thai food to the neighbourhood. Even the Head Chef, Lob and second chef are from Thailand! Check out my reviews below:

Humble little stall in a coffee shop!
Damn yummy pepper prawn crackers! The sambal even more bombastic! These crackers are complimentary for a la carte orders only.
Oh when I sipped this Tom Yum Seafood soup ($8/$12), I know Mum will like this. Very nice and yummy.
Sliced Pork Salad ($8) Love the spicy and tangy taste.
Green Curry Chicken ($8) for a very good portion and the flavours are quite close to what I had in Northern Thailand. Love this dish a lot. Go with white steamed rice best! Alternatively, you can order their Green Curry Fried Rice ($5) too!
Thai Style Steamed Fish with Lime Juice ($22). Priced very reasonably and taste really appetising and homely. A must order!
Pad Thai ($5) doesn’t come with any meat cos originally is like that. Best of all, final details like little dried shrimps are added which authenticates how Thais love it. Another must order!
Me, Chef Lob, Admond & Wife!

Taste:

Generally, all the dishes we had were very tasty! Really good! Only set back was the Sliced Pork Salad, which was a little tough for my liking. But the team will be working on this and hopefully we’ll have yummy tender pork on our next visit! Keep up the good work guys!

Price:

Reasonable

Portion:

Above average.

Service:

Served.

Waiting Time:

5-15mins.

Rating:

4.5/5.

Location & Contacts:

HG 106 Food Point

Blk 106 Hougang Avenue 1, Singapore 530106

Tel: 97701168

Hours: Opens daily 11.30am to 10pm

545 WHAMPOA PRAWN NOODLES – BUFFALO ROAD, SINGAPORE

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Intro:

You know Whampoa is a place where many Legendary Hawkers come from. There’s Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat, Rojak, Fried Hokkien Mee, and this 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles. The original stall still operates at the Whampoa market by the Aunties while 3rd generation daughter Ruifang, operates at Tekka Market & Food Centre. Ruifang left the corporate world in 2013 to continue this 60 year old legacy by her grandfather. She is one of the few young hawkers who believes in keeping the tradition and legacy alive so that our kids and grandchildren know what we enjoyed during our times. I am extremely proud of these young hawkers and respect what they are going through.

Taste:

There’s only Kway Teow, Mee and Beehoon. So I usually order Beehoon + Mee dry. Dry so that I can taste the lovely legendary homemade sambal chilli and the blend of flavours coupled with freshly fried pork lard and shallots. My verdict is the noodles were really yummy and ingredients were generous even for portions of $3. The broth was bursting with flavours, flavours of umami sweetness from so many prawns cooked in it.

Price:

$3 or $4.

Portion:

Average.

Service:

Self-service.

Waiting Time:

5-15mins depending on your luck.

Rating:

5/5.

Location:

665 Buffalo Road #01-326 Tekka Market & Food Centre
Hours:

Daily 6.30am to 2pm (Wed & Sat Closed) 

DEATHTRAP – Blackbox Theatre, Singapore

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Was invited by Asylum Theatre (Thanks Dean!) to watch a play recently at the BlackBox located at level 5 of the National Library. As usual, I will not describe much about the play but will prolly and hopefully arouse your interest to go watch it.

DEATHTRAP is an original play by Ira Levin which is Tony Award nominated and the longest running thriller-comedy in Broadway history! Directed by award-winning playwright/director Dean Lundquist, DEATHTRAP is truly a masterpiece on its own. I love how the whole play twist on top of the previous twist and on top of yet another twist! Director Dean even commented it has “more twist than a pretzel!” I couldn’t agree more along with many hilarious moments! Love the casts in this prop and set heavy production, displaying world class acting prowess, and convincing lies which to the audience may be confused if they weren’t paying attention! 😁

However to me, this production has deeper meanings to tell its audiences. 

1. The maliciousness of humans in their quest for riches and power. This is very true in this world we live in, not just in plays or TV dramas.

2. In the play, Sidney Bruhl was facing a dry spell that has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. This is the real situation in today’s local production scene! The weak supports/sponsorships from the relevant authorities/organisations in this theatrical industry, which is why many have liquidated and talents have moved on to other industries. Cos these Actors/Actresses, Playwrights, etc. don’t find it viable to carry on anymore. With better support, Playwrights would have been more motivated to write awesome scripts and Actors/Actresses would have more awesome productions to act in. Production houses would have more budget to pay their casts and staff, tickets would have been more a little more affordable to a bigger piece of pie, which will then arouse more locals to be interested in watching plays and musicals, which will eventually support the industry. It’s all a vicious cycle and it has to start from the top.

Alright ’nuff said, so. Now it’s your turn to show some support to our local productions! Check DEATHTRAP out asap before they end this Oct 30th! Link here –> http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cdeath1016. 

Oh by the way, you can use the ticket stubs to redeem one-for-one drinks at Mr Punch Public House at 26 Seah Street! So it’s all worth it! 😉 Check out some of the pics taken from the play. Some are courtesy from Asylum Theatre.

#supportlocalsg #dontsaybojio #deathtrap2016 #playwithroy

[MEDIA INVITE] Holiday In My Head – Black Box @ Drama Centre, Singapore

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Two nights ago I had the privilege to be invited together with some influencer friends to attend the opening night of a local theatre production, Holiday In My Head by Asylum Theatre. I was so looking forward to this play since it was out on Sistic for sales a few months ago.  Thanks Val for arranging and Dean for the tix!

Holiday In My Head is an anthology of nine whimsical holiday-themed short plays by award-winning playwright & director Dean Lundquist.

The unique tales take place in a shared universe populated by kooky Christmas elves, talking silverware, darkly comic circus clowns, a mystic bowl of breakfast cereal and an unusual visit from Santa. 

Performed by an international ensemble cast, Holiday in my Head features the award-winning I Can Tell Your Handbag is Fake, Finger Food, and The Joy of Solitude. Also included are audience favorites Coulrophobia (The Fear of Clowns), Holiday with Mr. K, Faith in the Super Bowl, The Naughty List, Holy Toast and the world première of Christmas Bonus. I shall not disclose too much here but this hilarious production is prolly a great breakaway from our daily mundane stressful lifestyle and definitely a cool warm-up as we approach the long awaited Christmas.

This production is performed by very seasoned Chris Bucko, Chio Su-Ping, Paul Lucas, Andrew Mowatt, Amanda Tee and Zee Wong <– she’s hot! 😍😍😍

So go check it out this weekend or next, tickets are still available from today till 13th Dec 2015! The link again here for ticket purchase –> http://sistic.com.sg/events/head1215

SUPPORT ARTS, SUPPORT LOCAL!

Check out some of the pics I’ve taken in the dark with very low lighting. Wish I had a better cam but these will do for now I reckon.

 

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Dean opening the production