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Two months ago I had the privilege to visit Tokyo when I flew to Haneda. After a good night rest, I woke up and joined my colleagues for lunch.

Tsukishima Station, Japan
We took the subway to Tsukishima Station (月島駅), where Monjayaki (もんじゃ焼き) was said to have originated. There were many shops and restaurants located along the peaceful walkway. We randomly chose a restaurant and had our lunch there.

Mentaiko Mochi Cheese Monja, Monja Oshio
Ordering wasn’t the easiest thing to do as the menu was written in Japanese. We decided to have what was recommended by the waitress, the Mentaiko Mochi Cheese Monja (明太子もちチーズ), as it was one of the best selling items in the restaurant.

Mentaiko Mochi Cheese Monja, Monja Oshio
Monjayaki was a type of Japanese pan-fried batter with various ingredients. It was similar to Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き), however, the mixture for Monjayaki was runnier and more liquid than Okonomiyaki. It was fun watching the Monja being prepared in front of us, like what I watched in the drama, I felt so excited!

Mentaiko Mochi Cheese Monja, Monja Oshio
When it was ready to eat we indulged in it. It was my first time having Monja, and I liked it. The Mentaiko taste was rather strong and it complemented well with the cheese. Not bad at all!

Kaisenten Okonomiyaki, Monja Oshio
Next we had the Kaisen Ten Okonomiyaki (海鮮天). Again we watched our food being cooked in front of us. As pictured above, the ingredients of the Okonomiyaki was more coarsely cut compared to the Monjayaki.

Kaisenten Okonomiyaki, Monja Oshio
When it was done, the Seafood Okonomiyaki was topped with Bonito flakes, mayonnaise and Worchester sauce. It was juicy and delicious, I enjoyed loved the Okonomiyaki a lot, I will definitely return for more!

Kaminarimon, Asakusa, Japan
After a satisfying lunch, I embarked on my sightseeing tour in Tokyo. I took the subway to Asakusa Station, where the Sensoji Temple (金龍山浅草寺) was. The Kaminarimon (雷門) was the first thing I saw once I stepped out of the subway station across the street.

Asakusa, Japan
Along the walk into Sensouji Temple, there were countless souvenir shops and food stalls.

Asakusa, Japan
It was difficult not to get distracted by the lovely items which they were selling. There were many tourists on that day too, as the Sanja Matsuri was held earlier.

Hozomon, Asakusa, Japan
The Hozomon (宝蔵門) was the large entrance that ultimately leads to the Sensoji Temple.

Sensoji, Asakusa, Japan
After passing the Treasure House Gate, I finally arrived at the temple, where the five-story pagoda and the Main Hall was located. The ancient Buddhist Temple was the oldest temple in Japan, founded in 628.

Asakusa, Japan
I walked around the area for a bit, since there were many stalls set up for the festival. I saw a child scooping the goldfish with a tiny net. What seemed easy was rather challenging, it was fun watching the game.

Asakusa, Japan
As it was approaching sunset the lanterns were lighted up. The street looked simple and beautiful.

Asakusa, Japan
As the stores were closing slowly in Asakusa, I made my way to Ginza (銀座).

Ginza, Japan
The shopping district was rather congested but alive at night, it was an incredible shopping area with a lot to offer. Next up would be another adventure in Japan – Fukuoka. Stay tuned for more travel updates!

Restaurant Information
1-21-5 Tsukishima
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81-3-3532-9000

01 Jun, 2013

Andersen’s Ice Cream, Australia

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Dessert|Travel

One of my flights last month was to Adelaide, Australia. I spent two nights in the lovely city.

Adelaide Botanic Garden, Adelaide
After a good night sleep, I woke up to a sunny weather and took a 20 minutes stroll from the hotel to Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Adelaide Botanic Garden, Adelaide
The weather was bright and sunny, I spent most of my time taking photos in the garden.

Adelaide Botanic Garden, Adelaide
It was a very peaceful walk in the garden and the view was amazing.

Adelaide Botanic Garden, Adelaide
Many plants and trees were labelled with names and their history and origins. If you are interested in nature and photography like me, the Botanic Garden would be a great place to visit.

Glenelg Beach, Adelaide
After that I took the bus to Victoria Square, where one of the tram stops were and took the tram south to Glenelg Beach, one of the major tourists beach in Australia. The tram journey took around 40 minutes, due to peak hour.

Moseley Square, Adelaide
I arrived at the last tram station, which brought me to Moseley Square. It was sunset when I got there.

Glenelg Beach, Adelaide
I walked towards the jetty and took photos of the buildings along the shore. The view was beautiful and colour of the sea was amazing, blue and shining in silver colour, very unique compared to other sea colours I have seen.

Glenelg Beach, Adelaide
There were quite a few locals swimming in the sea even though it was approaching winter.

Glenelg Beach, Adelaide
I left the beach as it was getting darker and went to Jetty Road, where a number of shops, restaurants and cafés were located.

Andersen's Ice Cream, Adelaide
Along the way I came across an ice-cream parlour – Andersen’s of Denmark.

Boysenberry Ice Cream, Andersen's Ice Cream
I was in the mood for ice cream and bought a Boysenberry flavoured ice cream on a cone. The ice-cream was creamy and delicious, and most importantly, it makes me feel happy. I had a great day out in Adelaide, would love to explore the city again!

Café Information
46 Jetty Road
Adelaide, Australia
Tel: (08) 8376 0055

14 May, 2013

Table Manners

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Western Food

It has been a while since I last met up with Kit Yee and Jefrey. When we finally had the time, we decided to visit somewhere nice. After a bit of research by Kit Yee, we agreed on Table Manners in Changi City Point.

Interior, Table Manners
Changi City Point was a relatively new shopping mall. Since it was our first few visits, we found it difficult to locate the restaurant.

Interior, Table Manners
The restaurant was situated in The Oasis area, it was an al fresco dining with a garden view.

Al fresco dining, Table Manners
There were a number of other pubs and restaurants located in the same area, and there were live music played by jazz band as well. The ambiance was nice and relaxing.

Honeydew Basil Saketini, Table Manners
Kit Yee and I ordered a drink each before happy hour ended. She had a Honeydew Basil Saketini which was priced at $13. The cocktail was sweet and cooling, not a bad choice for ladies who something light.

Rosemary Cooler, Table Manners
My choice was the Rosemary Cooler, similarly priced at $13. This cocktail was very appetising with a tinge of sourness in it, I enjoyed it a lot.

Snacks Sampler, Table Manners
Since there were three of us, we ordered food to share. Priced at $18, we had the Snacks Sampler which allows us to choose four items from the snacks column. Clockwise from the top right corner was the Truffle Fries, Chicken Quesadilla, Zesty Wings and Ebiko Mussels. My favourite would be the Zesty Wings, which was slightly citrusy and appetising. The Ebiko Mussels were quite good as well.

Pasta al Fungi, Table Manners
Priced at $15, the Pasta al Fungi was a recommended dish by the restaurant. The mushroom, garlic and pesto cream fettuccini was cooked simple but tasty. We all loved it!

TM Ribs, Table Manners
Last but not least was the TM Ribs served with potato wedges and house salad. Priced at $36 for the full rack of ribs, I found the pork ribs delicious. The sauce was thick and flavourful and it complemented perfectly with the ribs. I would love to have it again!

Overall it was a very pleasant dining experience in Table Manners. Service was good and we will return for more!

Restaurant Information
5 Changi Business Park Central 1
#01-69/69 The Oasis, Changi City Point,
Tel: 66047669

20 Apr, 2013

Island Cremery

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Dessert

On our mutual off day, Jefrey brought me to an ice-cream place which he promised that I would like.

Island Cremery, Singapore
We arrived at Island Cremery, an ice-cream place located next to McDonald’s in Serene Centre. The ice-cream place opens from 11am to 10pm daily and offers a good range of ice-creams with local flavours.

Interior, Island Cremery
The café was rather small but lively and cosy. There were many diners after dinner, enjoying their dessert in Island Cremery.

Interior, Island Cremery
The walls of the café were decorated with cheerful photos of their customers.

Durian and Nutella Ice-cream, Island Cremery
Jefrey had two scoops of ice-creams – Durian and the Nutella ice-cream. Priced at $5.20 for double scoop in a cup, the Durian ice-cream was fantastic, it was very rich in durian flavour but not too sweet at the same time, we loved it! The Nutella ice-cream was nice as well, no doubt any Nutella lovers would enjoy the ice-cream!

Pulut Hitam and Chendol Ice-cream, Island Cremery
As for me, I had the Pulut Hitam and Chendol ice-cream topped with peanuts. I have always been a fan of Pulut Hitam, a traditional Malay rice pudding dessert flavoured with coconut milk. It was my first time having Pulut Hitam in an ice-cream form, and it was delicious and I would highly recommend this to my readers! The Chendol ice-cream was another item which I would recommend also.

Island Cremery gave me a very unique experience with ice-cream, being able to have ice-creams in local flavours! For those who have not been to this place, I highly recommend you to do so! For more information, please visit their official website.

Café Information
10 Jalan Serene
#01-03 Serene Centre
258748 Singapore.
Tel: +65 64688859

09 Apr, 2013

Baan Chom View, Thailand

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Thai Food|Travel

On my last day of my trip in Phuket Island, we drove to Kata Beach to explore different places.

Kata Beach, Baan Chom View, Thailand
We passed by a viewpoint and also a couple of restaurants on our way there and stopped by to take some photos and also for lunch.

Kata Beach, Baan Chom View, Thailand
The view from the restaurant was magnificent and it was peaceful and comfortable to dine in there.

Interior, Baan Chom View
The restaurant interior was mainly made out of wood, which was nice and pleasant.

Interior, Baan Chom View
This was where we were seated. We noticed that the restaurant was quite popular among tourists.

Spicy Pork Massaman Curry, Baan Chom View
Service was good and our food arrived shortly after we ordered. We ordered a few dishes and two plates of rice. Priced at 160 Baht, the Spicy Pork Massaman Curry was a dish that I enjoyed eating a lot. the curry was thick and fragrant and the peanuts in the curry gave the dish an extra kick.

Spicy Thai Style Chicken, Baan Chom View
The Spicy Thai Style Chicken was priced at 220 Baht. It was good but I didn’t like it personally because it was mixed with abundance of finely chopped raw onions. It was a very healthy dish though, served with a lot of green vegetables.

Rice, Baan Chom View
The rice was served in star shape. I thought it was quite special.

Kata Beach, Baan Chom View, Thailand
Overall it was a nice place to dine in, although the price was slightly on the higher end. Service was very good almost everywhere in Phuket and I wouldn’t mind traveling there again for a vacation.

Restaurant Information
69/15 Kata Noi Road
Kata Beach
Phuket, Thailand.

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