Haji Daliman Korner – HarbourFront, Singapore


Another #sglegendaryhawker. My go to place for Gado Gado, an Indonesian style salad. Now managed by a young chap but food quality is still there. I’ve included another new informative tab on calories per serving, for my friends who are also watching their food intake!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Still loving how the peanut sauce blends nicely with the lontong/bean sprouts/tofu and fish keropok! Shioks!

Portion: Good size

Price: $3

Service: Self-service

Ambience: Hawker Centre

RTE: Whenever around the area!

Calories: 660

Location: #01-33 Seah Im Food Centre (Opp Harbourfront Centre)

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Ichida Japanese Dining – Club Street, Singapore


Attended an Omakase dinner one of the evenings with a bunch of friends at this newly opened Japanese restaurant located right smack where all the action is, Club Street. Head Chef Ron Leo hosted us to a wonderful meal of yummilicious Japanese cuisine and sake which left us filled to the brim! Check out the pics below of what we had!

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Entrance
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Ground floor long counter
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Deco
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First up, Scallops with Spicy Cod Roe sauce and Japanese tomato
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Fresh shuck oysters
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Sashimi… Love the tuna belly here…
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Grilled Sweet Trout
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King Crab… The meat is soooooo sweet!!!
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Crispy shell from the prawn we ate earlier… Nothing goes to waste!!!
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Special made by chef… Uni, hotate and dunno what… taste pretty good!
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Forgot what fish but damn sweet…
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This soup is awesome!
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More treats from the chef!
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Japanese melon and peach really damn sweet… These are not cheap when I was there the last time!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Hands down one of the best tasting Japanese cuisine places in Singapore. Freshness accompanied by awesome service!

Portion: Good.

Ambience: We were there before their opening hence I believe the overall feel wasn’t completed then.

Service: Plain awesome. Chef Ron was humorous and staff we super friendly.

Price: $100 onwards (Depends on your budget but chef is very generous!)

RTE: Definitely!! When I feel rich! 😉

Location: 82 Club Street, Singapore 069450. Tel: 62220235 (Call to reserve with a budget and number of pax ready!)

MacDonald’s – Terminal 3 Changi Airport, Singapore


Think all my readers will be like WTF??? Since when I write for fastfood joints right? Frankly speaking, much is true as I do write about fastfood for overseas outlets that are different or not in Singapore only. But the reason why I’m writing this is because of 2 reasons. 1. Because they now have healthier food options; 2. I wanna give compliments. So let’s see the healthier food options first:

Chicken McGrill Burger - Great for people watching their waistline like me... sigh...

Chicken McGrill Burger – Great for people watching their waistline like me… sigh…
Loads of veg!
Loads of veg!

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Chicken is juicy and tender. A tad too salty to be healthy. But love the lettuce and tomatoes, very fresh!

Portion: Average

Ambience: Very nice reno with free PCs for surfing.

Service: Excellent. But I caught some new manager trainees counting down the number of hours left before their work day end. Not very pro in front of customers.

RTE: Yes I would whenever I fly back to Singapore!

Location: Arrival Hall Terminal 3 Changi Airport.

Now I wanna give compliments to this aunty staff for helping me with the food tray to my table of choice after I ordered. She did it cos she saw me having many luggages, hence she came out of her counter to carry the tray for me, even though there were waiting customers. Such actions make Singaporeans feel really at home, especially for those whom are away for a long time. Her name is Siew Yong and she doesn’t know I’m writing this about her. I have since wrote to MacDonald’s Singapore and request them to give proper recognition to her and thank her for me and those Siew Yong has served before. I hope her gesture will be emulated by all the service staff in Singapore’s hospitality industry. Thanks Siew Yong!

Chalon Cafe 沙龙餐厅 – Shanghai, China


Surprisingly I got to eat such good ramen inside airports. So good I finished all the soup! The broth itself is amazingly thick and full of flavor! Wow! Check out the pics below:

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Pork Rib Ramen… Check out the broth!!!
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Ice Latte without the ice to dilute the coffee.
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Soup finished!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Was very tasty. Pork rib a tad salty though but it is the result of soaking in sauces

Portion: Slightly above average.

Service: The one serving is pleasant and nice. The rest I don’t know.

Ambience: As per all China airport cafes, average decor.

Price: RMB60 for ramen, RMB40 for ice latte

RTE: Yes, whenever flying back to Singapore!

Location: Shanghai Pudong Airport Terminal 1, towards Gates 1-28.

老天禄卤味 – Taipei, Taiwan


If you’re heading to Taipei, you need to try this. This is a traditional shop selling really awesome braised foodstuff since the 50s. To be honest, I didn’t know about this place and I believe not many tourists know as well. I happened to chance upon this place while in Ximending. I was wondering why so many people are in this shop all the time! So I decided to check it out…

Big bright signage you can't miss
Big bright signage you can’t miss
Always full of people
Always full of people
Look at all that wings and parts all well braised....
Look at all that wings and parts all well braised….
Mushroom Balls.... Very Q and tasty!
Mushroom Balls…. Very Q and tasty!
Duck gizzard.... Nice and soft...
Duck gizzard…. Nice and soft…
Nicely braised without over cooking
Nicely braised without over cooking

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: The flavor soaks through the meats and foodstuff. They have many types from poultry to beanstuff. Their best sellers are duck tongue (which I passed) and duck wings. They carry pineapple tarts and crispy pork in their shop too. The sun cake is nice too! They even have pre-packs for souvenirs!

Portion: N.A.

Price: Cheap I must say. For example, chicken wing is only TWD$20 (S$0.80) and duck wings are TWD$27 (S$1.08).

RTE: Yeah!!! I didn’t have stomach space left to try all their stuff!!!

Location: One and only stall in Ximending. 台北市武昌街二段55号. Opening hours: 0930-2200hrs. Check their online store at www.lautianlu.com.tw.

牛轧堂 (Beef Noodles) – Taipei, Taiwan


Went to Kunming Street as I was recommended the best beef noodles at 牛店 which is just across from this shop that I’m writing about but they do not open in the afternoon after 2.30pm and reopens only at 5.30pm. I guess their business must be damn good cos they were busy preparing for that night’s business. Hence no choice, I crossed the street and spotted another beef noodles shop. The deco looks neat and decent and the boss of the place warmly welcomed us to take a seat upstairs after we placed our orders.

Shop front
Shop front… Good thing is, they don’t have too many things on the menu to confuse the customers.
天香牛肉面
天香牛肉面 Heavy broth beef noodles
清炖牛肉面
清炖牛肉面 Light broth beef noodles
大豆干和卤蛋 Braised beancurd and eggs
大豆干和卤蛋 Braised beancurd and eggs
Bill... Pretty good prices
Bill… Pretty good prices

Video of the tenderness of the beef can be seen here – http://youtu.be/f7lVJvAM7Dw

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Pretty good I must say. Specially made broth from gouqizi, vegetables and chicken, boiled for hours. Beef slices were tender and melts in your mouth. Noodles are also specially made for the shop. The side dishes of beancurd and eggs are nice too!

Portion: Average

Price: TWD140 per bowl. A lot cheaper than the popular ones which starts from TWD180 onwards…

RTE: Maybe if I’m around the area but then again, there are so many food places in Taipei… and only 1 stomach… ;P

Location: No. 134-2 Kunming Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City 108. Tel: (02)2331-0397. Opens daily from 1100-2200hrs.

MBK CENTER FOODCOURT @ BANGKOK, THAILAND


I do apologize for the absence as I was doing my stint in Shanghai. Just got back to Singapore and will be flying to Taipei for a short trip to feature lots of street food! Then after that will be heading on to my new stint in Suzhou, China, where there are a lot of nice and traditional snacks and foodstuff, which I will be slowly discovering them.

I was recently in Bangkok as you can see from my previous post on Bangkok’s Most Hated and apart from what pissed me off, was the great food in the land of smiles. I was checking back my previous posts and was quite surprise that I didn’t write anything about the food in the foodcourt of Mahboonkrung or otherwise known as MBK. For the benefit of those who have not been to Bangkok before, MBK is the MUST GO place in Bangkok. It has almost 80% of all the things Thailand has to offer. From titbits, to accessories, IT stuff, massage places, cinema, restaurants, cafes, supermarket, banks, money exchanges, lifestyle shops, furniture shops, etc… Basically I think you got the idea. And the foodcourt is the best place to try most of some Thai local dishes, in a cleaner environment, if you have a weak stomach. Like most Singaporeans, MBK’s foodcourt is where we usually report to when first reach Bangkok. The food there is pretty good (Thai local standards) but a little more pricey than that of the street. No choice lah, foreigners flood that place daily, forcing price up quite a lot.

MBK Foodcourt

So I was there last week, I already knew what I wanted to eat for lunch. But before you can buy your food, please go buy coupons first. Here is all base on coupons, no cash unless for the stalls not within the foodcourt. How much to change? Hmm… I usually change about 300bahts so that you don’t have to run here and there. You can refund balance coupons once you’re done with eating and remember, you have to utilize the coupons on the same day… if not, you’ll lose the monetary value tied to the coupons in your hands!

Coupon counter at the far end
Coupons for food!

So after changing the coupons, I headed to my favourite Khao Kar Moo (Thai for Pork Leg Rice) stall. You can let the stall person know you don’t want fats or skin and they will just give you the pork leg meat with some salted vegetables. Add an egg for 10baht. Total is about 55baht (S$2.30). Just love the soft skin (without the fats of course) and together with the sourish chilli sauce, it’s really appetising! Yums!

Awesome Khao Kar Moo (Pork Leg Rice)

Portions like the above is actually quite little for a normal adult. So I would usually order a side dish which you can share with whoever is with you. Hoy Tod is like the Fried Oyster in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. But this one is crsipy and assorted seafood. Used to be 70baht but now it’s 120baht.

Hoy Tod Talaay (Hot Plate Seafood)

The great thing about dining in Bangkok, they always have these pharmaceutical companies sponsoring tissues on the tables! Free to use! 🙂

Free tissues

As for desserts, look out for the little fruit shops lined on the ‘outskirts’ of the foodcourt. Check out the yellow signages stalls. But prices have gone up a lot for the mango one to about 140baht. Used to be only 80-100baht. But this time I ordered Sticky Rice with Durian instead for 60baht. It was awesome. Very strong in taste, and very fulfilling. 🙂 If you are packing back to your hotel room, please make sure they tie properly and double pack it. Cos most hotels do not allow you to bring durians into the hotel premise itself. Make sure also the aircon is independant and not central sharing!

Stalls with yellow signages where desserts are sold
Securely packed for scentless bringing back to your hotel rooms 🙂
Khao Niao Tulian (Durian Sticky Rice) Awesome and strong taste, gave a lot of durian, love it!

Rating: 4.5/5

Taste: Awesome food quite close to most street food!

Portion: Average

Price: Average for some. A lot cheaper than the food court at Siam Paragon.

RTE: Like I said, must report to this place everytime in Bangkok!

Location: 444 Phayathai Rd.,Pathumwan, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. (http://goo.gl/maps/tTF0)