Friday, March 27, 2015

The Tohs at Ponggol Nasi Lemak at Jalan Bersar

Being a citizen in this little red dot island sure has its advantages especially so when it comes to food! Not only that we get a wide variety of cuisines, we actually get to enjoy food round the clock!~

Our local favorite, Ponggol Nasi Lemak has since opened a new outlet at Jalan Bersar just opposite the former now demolished Lavender Food Square/ Eminent Plaza . Fully air-conditioned and the equipped with a fast food style ordering system, this flagship branch has two stories of dinning space.  It is sure a welcome for me as there is no need to battle with the crowd and heat to enjoy my fav. nasi lemak! One thing thou, this outlet is not open for supper :P So if you are craving for some fragrant rice and chicken wings at 12 midnight,  pls head down to the other two outlets

Helmed by the third generation owner, Mr Edmund Ang and his aunt, Mdm Ang Siew Lay, this Jalan Bersar branch has a few "First" for Ponggol Nasi Lemak! :) 



As mentioned above, it is the first of its 3 stores 
have fast food style ordering..
You can choose from 4 different Nasi Lemak Set Meals
or you can also customized your orders

Waiting in line

In line with this new flagship branch,  Ponggol Nasi Lemak has introudced their Premium House Speicals which can only be found in this store ! These items are carefully though of as not just any food  can be paired with nasi lemak :)
These all time faves as you can see on the wall
are available at all three 3 of their branches

The yummy and frangrant dishes displayed behind the counter

Premium house specialties only found in Jalan Bersar branch


1: . Crispy Battered Whole Prawn ($3.80 x 2 pieces) and 
Crispy Battered Fish Fillet
($3.80 x 2 pieces)




Fresh prawns and fish were used :) 
Each piece is battered and fried to crisp perfection before being served
with a house-made minty aioli dip . 
The batter is super crispy and still was 
even when cold !!  Simply love the fish and prawns!

2.Crispy Chiken Skin with Curry Leaves ( $1.50 per serving  / $4.70 per tub )

Can I just say these are quite out of the world super crunchy and crispy? You can hear the *cruk cruk* when you bite into one of these crispy chicken skin !This is a very time consuming dish to prepare especially with the removal of fats from underneath the skin ! They are then triple fried so that it stays fresh and crisp longer..after which are all mixed with special concoction of kacap manis, black pepper, curry leaves and spices. Get a whole tub and share with your friends and family! Really good as a snack LOL !! Just remember to exercise after your meal!


3 Signature Ngoh Hiang ( $1.50 /1 piece )


Hokkiens are very famous for their Ngoh Hiang. These deep fried rolls are made using the Ang's family recipe. You can't go wrong with these crunchy rolls as there are water chestnuts added to the minced pork blended with five spice power. One thing thou, the beancurd skin is tad salty.. I suppose they didn't really soak in water for long..  Well, one or two rolls wouldn't be an issue for dinner ! :)



4. Grilled Japanese Squid with Special Sauce ($7.50)

Hello there air flown from Japan Squid ! Nicely grilled and best eaten with the special dip of kacap manis, soy sauce, garlic , shallots, lime and chili. Would be better if squid isn't that dry...


5 After you feast on all the above new premium items, it is time to wash it all down with a refreshing icy cup of Homemade Hibiscus Ice Tea ! ( $1.90 ) Some say this is like ribena :) I personally like it. Brewed daily in house, this drink is high in anti-oxidants and is said to help with digestion and improving blood circulation.

Hibiscus Ice Tea

It was a tummy bursting food tasting session for sure ~

Do you know that there are automatic fryers just to prepare the 
famous chicken wings as well as automated griller for the otah too?!
This is great as food preparation is sped up and also ensures consistency in quality

Doesn't this egg look perfectly rounded and well cooked!? 
yes, even the eggs are all prepared by a special machines!!


There is no better way to end your nasi lemak 
feasting than on a sweet sweet note!! 


6. Homemade Ice Cream & Sorbet ($2.50/ cup) 

These sorbet desserts are made in store from fresh fruits with no preservatives nor coloring. The sorbets are great on a hot day! The selections include Raspberry mango 
( love this !has bits of mango ) , lemongrass lime, pink guava , passion fruit and my other fav , kyoho grapes ! we also tried 2 delicious ice cream flavors - milo and peanut butter milk and love them both !! 
 



The grand dame who started Ponggol Nasi Lemak came down specially
to welcome us bloggers and instagrammers ! She is seen here with her grandson, Edmumd :)
Apparently she got on quite well with Alex,
 coz they shared the Hokkien lang 福建人 affinity :)

Thank you once again Ponggol Nasi Lemak, and  Rachel for the kind invite !





Ponggol Nasi Lemak
Address: 371 Jalan Besar #01-01, Singapore 208998
Tel: 6293 0020
Operating Hours: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Closed on Thursday)


Other outlets
  • 965 Upper Serangoon Rd S(534721)
    Tel: 6281 0020
    Operating Hours: 5:30 pm – 3:30 am
  • 238 Tanjong Katong Rd S(437026)
    Tel: 6287 0020
    Operating Hours: 5:30 pm – 2:30 am
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Thai Express Celebrates Songkran with 4 new dishes !

Having fun is a big part of Thai culture, and having fun amidst scorching heat is no exception. The hottest month of the year, April would be when the Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand.

Well loved local Thai food restaurant , ThaiExpress is celebrating Songkran festival |with 4 new dishes! Not only that, you can also bring home a free mini water gun with min.$50 spent ( before GST & service charge), as well as take part in the lucky draw to win a trip to Thailand! ( details at the end of this post )

Before I proceed on , let me bring on the new 4 dishes ! ( The Songkran menu will be avail. from 9th March - 19th April 2015)

It's amazing how many eateries, restaurants and cafes have incorporated  a very common food item with all kinds of other food . It has certainly created a lot of hype! I am talking about non other than salted egg :)

Pla Muk Khi Khem ($10.90) ( thai style salted egg calamari) is one of my favorite among the 4 special dishes!
Each piece of the battered deep fried squid is deliciously coated with the special thai style salted egg sauce ! Has a hint of basil and slightly spicy, it's something u would want more of . There are also bits of the salted egg white ..drooling as i typed this out ! It is rather different from the cze char type of salted egg dish :)



Here's the 2nd dish that I can't resist!

Just can't go wrong with fried chicken wings ..these Songkran wings ($10.90) are deep fried till golden brown before they are being showered with crispy basil leaves , fried garlic flakes , dried chili , salt n sugar ! That spicy , sweet and crispy crunch makes my heart skip a beat ! Would have eaten two if not for the many other dishes to try ! Share the love, enjoy these dishes with your family and friends! 

After eating all the starters, it's time for some tummy filling main course! Phad Mee Phuket may not
look that pretty, but trust me, you would be shoving these bee hoon chunk by chunk into your mouth faster than you can say so yummy !! Three whole tiger prawns and bee hoon is stir fried with ThaiExpress' homemade sweet and sour sauce along with dashes of fresh coconut milk .
All the above dishes are quite rich in flavor, it's only right that the last new dish be
lighter and slightly healthier :P  I have a love and hate relationship with this last dish. Totally love it as it's light and so refreshing ! Totally hate it coz it can be so spicy !! 

I am referring to non other than Som Tum, or Papaya salad!. It is an evergreen appetizer that is very popular in and out of Thailand. Thai green papaya and carrots are shredded fresh daily at That Express and mixed in with specially concocted papaya salad sauce before all these are being mixed with the fiery chili padi !


Do hurry and visit your nearest ThaiExpress to enjoy these delicious offerings
and don't forget to bring home your mini water pistol!

That is not all!

In collaboration with Bangkok Airways and Tourism Authority of Thailand, ThaiExpress will be giving away a pair of return Business Class Bangkok Airways tickets to Bangkok and Koh Samui to experience Songkan in Thailand itself!  Winners will get to stay 1 night in Anatara Lawana Samui Resort & Spa ( Deluxe Plunge Pool Room) from 10th to 11th April followed by 3 nights in their 1 bedroom Suite in Anatara Sathron Bankgkok from 11-14th April 2015 . Breakfasts and a round trip airport transfer are all part of the accommodations . 

Don't forget, simply spend min. $50 ( before GST n service charge) and you will get a unique code to enter the draw. The unique codes will be given out till 29th March and the winner will be announced on ThaiEpxress' Facebook page on 1st April 2015


Wanna get a chance at winning $100 worth of  ThaiExpress vouchers? Pose with these standees at ThaiExpress' outlets and share it on Instagram with the hashtags #thaiexpresssg and #songkranthaiexpress ! The 3 most creative photos will get to win the vouchers :) 

 


Website : http://thaiexpress.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThaiExpressSG
Instagram: @thaiexpressSG

Pls refer here for the list of outlets and opening hours


Thursday, March 12, 2015

The one at Eh He Cafe ( JB )

Greetings earthlings  :) It has sure been a while since I last updated my blog . So the Lunar New Year came and went in a blink ! Were you as surprised as me as to how quiet this Lunar New Year seemed ? Or perhaps it could be just me .

Way before all the festivities,  some of my foodie friends and I went over the causeway for some coffee :) The cafe scene in Johore Bahru certainly has amazed me ! It is bustling with life and many foodies I know have already hopped over there for their fair share of coffees, cakes and brunch sets.

Thanks to my well informed friends, we landed at Eh He Cafe at Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Walk. What a strange name for a cafe you may think. Eh He is not just a cafe, it is also an art space.  Eh He is a play on the words Earth Heart. Both words has art in it, so if you removed art from the words, they become Eh He.

Comprising of a few shop houses, Eh He has managed to retain some of the old features of the premise and injected their own touch to the space. It was formerly a textile shop. It is kinda sad to see such places going into history yet at the same time am glad that the younger generation has taken a keen interest in keeping the heritage and culture intact .  

There are two different entrances, one at the heritage walk,leading to the art space and the other , facing the main road will bring you straight to the cafe. 



Main cafe entrance ! Wouldn't you be attracted to go in by those colors!?

Took this at the art space..there was an opera related art installation plus
exhbit of items from yester years going on 
when we were there for the first time.



 My foodie friend taking a pic with the 百纳被 ( blanket)
as the backdrop :)

Here are some shots of the cafe itself 
Am loving the usage of wood! 
And can I just say that the space is big! :) 


and on the other side, there is a mural wall .. lovingly hand drawn 

Check out that wall!
 

 Whimsical and dreamy ! The artist took about 2 weeks to complete .
It has alot of small details and you need to be there to see it for yourself :)
 


At the time when we were there  ( mid February '15)
some of the coffees were not avaible.
The staff is friendly and took time to explain to us what is the 
story behind each and every of the star coffees and beverages in the cafe . 

They do have some dessert offerings but we only 
tried one which is this waffles below.

 
Served with cream, this seseme seed waffle is not like those we get 
in Singapore. This one is pretty crunchy and crispy
and still tasted good after couple of mins..no thanks to our 
photo taking LOL ! A bit more of the syrup would be welcoming

Here comes the drinks we tried.

First star coffee is the 陈旭年咖啡( Tan Hiok Nee)
As I mentioned earlier, each coffee here has an unqiue story behind it :) 
It's presentation is impressive..nothing of such has been done before..
  

How to drink this coffee you ask? hehhee 
 吃一口cream, 咬一口orange peel.. 再吸一口咖啡
Have some of the cream, followed by a bite of the orange peel,
and you take a sip of the coffee thru your teeth ! 
That is the way to enjoy this cuppa! 





This pretty glass has a 梦幻name to it 
小梦的天空 
I guess we can call it +Meng's dreamy world +
Listen carefully to this drink..yes listen! 
Those red bits in the drink are the popping candy that kids love to eat 
There is the crackling of the candy from the reaction of soda! 

Really in love with the color and sweet taste plus
 the fun injection of popping candies !

Wooden beams, plants and sunray ! Love this scene :)
 
 This particular cuppa has a combination of 5 types of coffee beans from 5 different countries~



I really enjoyed the time spent at this cafe. 
Been there twice already and I do foresee going back again !



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy Lunar New Year 2015 !!









Here's Eileen wishing one and all, young and young at heart a very very Happy Year of the Goat . May happiness and, good health and wealth follow you where ever you are !

The goats at Ion orchard



The goats at Chinatown


祝大家羊年顺顺利利
     身体健康,恭喜发财! 










Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Chabuton Singapore Exclusive - The Kurobuta

With the many ramen choices we have in Singapore, sometimes it can be quite challenging when it comes to deciding which one to eat.

However, from now till 31st March 2015, , there is ONLY ONE RAMEN you should be eating!


The first ever ramen Michelin star Chef Yasuji Morizumi from Chabuton Singapore has created a new exclusive ramen just for the Singapore audience! 

 Premium Tonkotsu Ramen :-- The Kurobuta ($18.90)
The thick and creamy broth of the ramen dish is a luscious blend of tonkotsu and chicken
collagen. Not only is it great tasting, it is also highly nutritional, and may I add

great for the skin too :D The broth is flavorful and quite agreeing with my 
taste buds but a foodie friend exclaimed it was salty. 
Generally japanese ramen may taste a slight salty to some :)
 

How can anyone say No to this fantastic piece of pork that is 
often compared to the Kobe Beef ?
The marbled meat comes with small, fine streaks of fat that make each slice richly sweet, tender and succulent. Accompanying ingredients include bamboo shoot, Japanese leek and soft-boiled egg.
You will want more after tasting it ~

We were also treated to their 
Hitokuchi Gyoza ($5.00 8 pcs)

 Also had the
Ika Karaage (Fried Squid $5)

Both items make great snacks for sharing :)


The ramen is indeed oishi !! 
I wish there can be more than one slice of that prized pork ...  :P



Singaporeans are really in for a treat! Chabuton has recently opened their third outlet at The Star Vista! This is just five months since the opening of their first outlet in Singapore!! Congratulations !!

Do go grab a bowl or two of The Kurobuta before they run out !! Till 31st March 2015 only!!

Thanks Chabuton for having us ! 

Chabuton 313@Somerset
313 Orchard Road #B2-01
S 238895
Opening hrs: 11.30am- 10.00pm
Tel: 6636 8335

Chabuton Tampines 1
10 Tampines Central 1
#02-09/4110 Tampines 1
S 529536
Opening hrs: 11.30am- 10.00pm
Tel: 6854 0335

Chabuton @Star Vista
1 Vista Exchange Green #01-41
S 138617
Opening hrs: 11.30am-10.00pm
Tel: 6339 0335



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