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04 Feb, 2013

Cold Stone Creamery

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Dessert

On a Saturday evening, my colleagues and I went to a famous ice-cream place in Orchard Central for ice-cream!

Cold Stone Creamery, Orchard Central
The queue was insanely long, but it was worth the wait. Cold Stone originated from Arizona, US and it allows customers to choose their ice-cream flavours and mixing it up with a variety of toppings such as fruits, candies and various nuts. Pictured above was the back entrance of the café, which was taken when we left the place at 12am.

Interior, Cold Stone Creamery
In Cold Stone, the staff were known for their acrobatic skills when preparing the ice-cream. Take a close look at the ceiling of the café and you will understand where the stains came from.

Founder’s Favourite, Mint Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip and Banana Caramel Crunch, Cold Stone Creamery
There were three of us that day, and we had an ice-cream each, two in plain waffles and one in dipped waffle.

Banana Caramel Crunch in Dipped Waffle, Cold Stone Creamery
My Banana Caramel Crunch in the dipped waffle, ready to be eaten.

Interior, Cold Stone Creamery
We took a seat at the couch, which was nice and comfortable.

Founder’s Favourite, Mint Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip and Banana Caramel Crunch, Cold Stone Creamery
Clock wise from the upper left was the Founder’s Favourite with pecans, brownie, fudge and caramel which Jefrey had. We thought it was very nice and creamy as he added Snickers into the ice-cream, which gave the ice-cream an extra smooth and sticky texture. The upper right ice-cream with the plain waffle was Nicole’s Mint Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip with Chocolate Chips, Brownie and Fudge. It was very nice as well, good for chocolate mint lovers!

Banana Caramel Crunch in Dipped Waffle, Cold Stone Creamery
Last but not least was my Banana Caramel Crunch with roasted almonds, banana, caramel and extra added pecans. I thought it was a very nice combination, since I love nuts and bananas gave the ice-cream a naturally sweet flavour. Each ice-cream was priced at $5.50, which was very satisfying and filling.

I would definitely go back for more and I also agree with the saying that “ice-cream can make you happy”! For more information about Cold Stone, feel free to check out their website and their Facebook page.

Café Information
Orchard Central
181 Orchard Central Road
#01-09/10
Singapore 238896
Tel: +65 6634 1015

On a Sunday evening, I went to dinner with one of my closest colleagues to Penang Seafood Restaurant as he was craving for good Assam Laksa.

Penang Seafood Restaurant, Aljunied
It was my second visit to the restaurant. Located in the vicinity of Aljunied MRT Station, the restaurant was rather easy to find, even for a foreigner like me. It was already crowded at 6pm, and so we queued up a bit for a table.

Penang Assam Laksa, Penang Seafood Restaurant
My friend had his bowl of Penang Assam Laksa (槟成叻沙). Priced at $5.50 for a large serving, the Assam Laksa was possibly one of the best in Singapore, even my friend, who grew up in Penang, thought this Laksa was better than many stalls in Penang. I highly recommend this as a must-try for my readers!

Marmite Chicken Rice, Penang Seafood Restaurant
Feeling extremely hungry and craving for rice dish on that day, I ordered a Marmite Chicken Rice (妈咪鸡饭). Priced at $5, the serving was generous and the dish was delicious! The Marmite-coated chicken was rich and sweet in taste, I enjoyed it a lot!

Salted Egg Sotong, Penang Seafood Restaurant
Other than the two mains, we also ordered dishes to share. The Salted Egg Sotong (咸蛋苏冬) was also one of my favourites in Penang Seafood Restaurant. Priced at $12 for a small serving, this Salted Egg Squid dish never fail to impress me. The outer layer was deep-fried to golden brown, slightly salty and crunchy with the fragrance of salted egg, whereas the squid maintained its freshness and juiciness inside.

Baby Spinach Soup, Penang Seafood Restaurant
Last but not least, we had a Baby Spinach Soup (上汤苋菜) to balance up the meal with something green. Priced at $10 for a small serving, the soup was simple but delicious. I liked it a lot.

In my previous visit, I tried the Assam Fish Head and it was incredibly delicious, a good choice to order when sharing with friends and family. Special thanks to Jefrey for recommending this restaurant to us, a taste from home is always warm and comforting.

Restaurant Information
76 Geylang
Lorong 25A
388258 Singapore.
Tel: +65 9688 9778

20 Jan, 2013

Hot Tomato Café & Grill

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Singapore|Western Food

Again, I have to apologise for the delay in posting due to the new environment and new job which I am still adapting to. Last Christmas, I celebrated with two of my close colleagues and they brought me to Hot Tomato in 313@Somerset.

Hot Tomato Café & Grill, Singapore
The restaurant was located at the basement of 313@Somerset, Orchard and there was a slight queue before we were seated.

Interior, Hot Tomato Café & Grill
The interior of the restaurant was bright and cozy, a very pleasant ambiance indeed.

Garlic Bread, Hot Tomato Café & Grill
We ordered three main courses and upgraded our meal for $3.50 to include a soup, garlic bread and a drink with our meal. We were served with garlic bread first.

Mushroom Soup, Hot Tomato Café & Grill
The soup of the day was the cream of mushroom soup. We thought it was mediocre.

Steak and Prawn with Aglio Olio, Hot Tomato Café & Grill
My friend had a Steak and Prawn with Aglio Olio as her main which was priced at $13.50.

Sirloin Steak with Aglio Olio, Hot Tomato Café & Grill
The Sirloin Steak with Aglio Olio was priced at $11.50.

Seafood Combo, Hot Tomato Café & Grill
For me, I had a Seafood Combo for $13.50. The platter consisted of a combination of salmon, pacific dory and prawns. I thought my main course was not bad but it wasn’t the best that I’ve had either.

Food and service were not up to standard on Christmas. But the manager apologised and offered coffee. Perhaps it was a peak day for them and I would give the restaurant a second chance as the price was reasonable and the portion was generous. For more information, check out their official website here.

Restaurant Information
313 Orchard Road
313@Somerset, #B3- 35/36
Singapore 238895
Tel: 6884 6631

07 Jan, 2013

Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Chinese Food|Singapore

It has been almost two months since I came to Singapore to work, in this period of time I discovered some nice food places through recommendations from my Singaporean friends. One of the good eateries was Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup, which was located across Kembangan MRT station.

Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup, Singapore
We went to the restaurant right after work, which was good because we didn’t have to worry about the crowd at night. By the way, photos in this post were taken with iPhone5 instead of my usual camera.

Mee Sua, Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup
Our food came quite fast upon ordering. We had a bowl of Mee Sua (面线) each. The bowl of salted Chinese noodles was delicious, the noodles were smooth and silky to the mouth while the herbal soup was full of flavour.

Claypot Sesame Chicken, Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup
Since there were four of us that day, we ordered dishes to share. The Claypot Sesame Chicken (麻油鸡) arrived piping hot garnished with abundance of spring onions. The chicken was tender and flavourful while the sliced mushrooms complemented the chicken very well. The only downside of the dish was that the chicken was slightly too oily.

Steamed Lala, Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup
Next up, we had a plate of Steamed Lala (柠檬啦啦). The dish did not fail to impress as well. The Chinese-styled steamed clams whet our appetites as it was cooked with lemon, vinegar and Chinese wine.

Fried Bean Curd Skin with Seafood Stuffing, Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup
However, the star of the night was the Fried Bean Curd Skin with Seafood Stuffing. Very nicely deep-fried without excess of oil, the dish was unique on its own. The bean curd skin was crispy on the outside while the stuffing retained its juice and moisture. Dipped and eaten with their homemade sauce, it was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend this dish to all readers.

Kang Kung Belacan, Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup
Last but not least, we had a plate of Kangkung Belacan (马来风光). The classic Malay styled stir-fried water vegetables with dried shrimps and belacan was delicious and served as a good source of green vegetables.

Overall, our stomachs were well fed and we were very contented with dinner that night! Thanks to Shi Kai for introducing such a wonderful place to us! The total bill was $60 for four, which I thought was reasonable. The restaurant opens for dinner and supper, operating time was from 5pm til 4am the next morning. So if you’re craving for good midnight supper, you know where to go!

Restaurant Information
467 Changi Road
Singapore.
Tel: 9001 4000

03 Jan, 2013

Yummy Duck Roast House (鸭味无穷)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Chinese Food

Even though I spent more than half of my life in Kuchai Lama, it wasn’t until recently when I tried Yummy Duck out.

Interior, Yummy Duck
The restaurant has been in business since 2009. It was located in Jalan Kuchai Maju, a busy street where parking can be difficult to find. The restaurant was nice and comfortable, fully air-conditioned as well.

Roast Duck, Roast Pork Belly, Char Siew, Yummy Duck
Since there were two of us that day, we ordered a platter of roast dish consisting of roast duck (烧鸭), roast pork belly (烧腩) and char siew (叉烧) to share. I thought all three types of roast meat were very good. The roast duck was the best among all, the skin was crispy while the meat remained tender but firm and juicy. The roast pork was fragrant and succulent as well. I enjoyed the dish a lot.

Fresh Prawn and Meat Wanton Soup, Yummy Duck
We also ordered a Fresh Prawn and Meat Wanton Soup (鲜虾肉碎云吞汤). Priced at RM8, the wanton soup was good as a contrast to the roast meat.

Hong Kong Plain Noodles, Yummy Duck
I had a plate of Hong Kong Plain Noodles (香港全蛋净面) for RM3. I enjoyed the noodles a lot, which was fine, springy and complemented well with the roast dish.

Although I’ve only been there only once, I wouldn’t mind going back again whenever I crave for roast meat!

Restaurant Information
9, Dynasty Sentral
Jalan Kuchai Maju
18, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-79816299

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