Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Hanjip Korean Grill House at Singapore’s Clarke Quay


These guys have been around for a few years now, occupying the former grounds of Da Miao (3C River Valley Road #01-11, 8882-9011). Its touristy location and upscale decor made me worry that the food itself wasn't high on their priority list, but they had a cheaper lunch menu so I stopped by to try it nonetheless. And fortunately, that soondubujjigae above was edible enough for me to finish. But I won't go back for it, as they were pretty stingy with their banchan at lunch time, and the quality of the seafood, tofu, and broth just didn't compare to places like Ju Shin Jung, which is just a ten minute walk away. The barbecue at neighboring tables looked like they had more potential, but I was so turned off by this that I won't bother going back to give it a try.

Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Japan's Nadai Unatoto in Singapore

Unadon Double

I finally made it down to the Tanjong Pagar outlet of Unatoto at Guoco Tower (7 Wallich Street #B1-03, 6015-0591). Fortunately, there wasn't much of a line when I arrived at 1:30 PM; I was seated by 1:45 PM and there was no line after 2 PM. But it wasn't worth the 15 minute wait either, as the quality of the unagi and even the rice were lacking. Of course, this wasn't meant to be anything high-end to begin with (and it was certainly still better than Una Una), but I'd rather go to Man Man.

Sunday, February 05, 2023

Sanook Kitchen Thai BBQ & Seafood at ION Orchard

Salt-grilled Fish with Fresh Vegetable and Thai Chili Sauce

Sanook Kitchen is a chain of casual Thai restaurants across the island, but interestingly, it's only the ION Orchard outlet that has the "Thai BBQ & Seafood" suffix attached. Things like that salt-grilled fish above were exclusive to this location (2 Orchard Turn #B3-13, 6509-0968).

I was quite happy with it, especially with its crispy fatty skin and moist tender flesh perfumed with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves shoved into its belly (and surprisingly, it didn't taste muddy despite being tilapia). I don't know how the rest of the menu fares, but I could eat this again.

Saturday, February 04, 2023

The Dark Meat Hot Chicken from Shake Shack Singapore

Clockwise from front: Dark Meat Hot Chicken, ShackBurger, Fries

I've had the Chicken Shack from Shake Shack before, but that dark meat hot chicken sandwich in the foreground is a separate menu item featuring thigh meat instead of breast meat, slaw instead of lettuce, and a spicy mix instead of a buttermilk mayo. It certainly had a lot more dietary fiber in it than Popeye's version, but I recall having a much than stronger emotional reaction to Popeye's. That said, I still ate this quickly, especially with that moist and tender chicken yet light and crispy layer surrounding it.

Friday, February 03, 2023

Quan An Vietnamese Food at Zhongshan Mall

Phở Bò and Gỏi Cuốn

This was just a random food court stall (20 Ah Hood Road #01-02), but it was better than I thought it would be given the black pepper and scallion garnish in that bowl as well as the decent noodles, not to mention the firm and fresh gỏi cuốn. But the meat was sliced rather thickly here, and the broth was a tad sweet too. That means that I am not making any effort to come back, although I'd consider eating it if I'm at the mall again.

Thursday, February 02, 2023

Zheng Tanjong Rhu Wanton Noodle Since 1994 (Not 1986!)

Signature Flavor Wanton Noodle Dry

I'm not clear on the backstory, but I guess that there are a lot of stalls around calling themselves Tanjong Rhu Wanton Noodles, with some claiming to have been around since 1986. This stall at United Square, on the other hand, says that they have been around since 1994, and yet the signage features the Chinese character zheng, which from what I can see online, says that the chain has been around since 1986. Huh?

Anyway, it was just your everyday food court wanton noodles. To their credit, those thin noodles were firm and eggy enough that I was happy to wolf that bowl down. But the char siew was a bit tough and dry, while the chili sauce wasn't as exciting as places like Eng's. In that sense, there are plenty of other shops around to choose from.

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Qianzhuang Noodle Villa at 313@Somerset in Singapore

Spicy Stewed Beef Rice Noodle

This Guizhou beef and lamb noodle shop (313 Orchard Road #B3-10) looks like it's from China, but the only reference that I could find for them online was a shop down in Melbourne. Well, it was good either way, including not just the tender meat and rice noodles, but most importantly, the robust and savory broth that pulled it all together. Plus, each table was adorned with a little jar of crushed chili pepper flakes that had a wonderful chipotle-like smokiness to it. I'm defintely going back to try more, although note that the chuanr are deep fried; they were moist but I prefer the grilled variety.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Luxiaoxian Boneless Chicken Feet from China

Spicy Chicken Feet

I'm not sure if this is a big chain in China or not, but they have a couple of outlets down here in Singapore, and it looked interesting enough to sample. I went for the spicy flavor, which was more sour and garlicky than I would've liked, but it nonetheless was tasty enough for me to go through a small box of these jellyfish-like claws with ease. I don't know if I'll go back though.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Trying Kin Hoi Famous Thai Food in Singapore

Kin Hoi's Signature Spicy Chili Half Shelled Cockles and Street Vermicelli

So apparently this is a well-known stall from Holland Close, but I had never heard of them until I came across a pop-up of theirs next to Marina Bay Sands today. They were pushing a few "famous street food" items, in particular those cockles above, which were decently plump and fresh. They offer a number of shellfish varieties that might be worth going to the main store for one day, but I also can't help but wonder how much of their alleged fame is self-proclaimed given how many times they kept using the word "famous" in their signage.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Indorica: Mama’s Indonesian Flavours in Singapore

Mie Ayam Rica

It seems that this used to be a stall from Yishun called My Home Cafe, and they have since moved to the Food Republic food court at 313@Somerset. This mie ayam rica dish caught my eye given that the menu described it as "fiery spicy chicken noodles" with four levels of heat going up to "can't feel my tongue." I went for level three, which was exciting enough for me that I devoured the bowl pretty quickly despite how greasy it was. That reminds me: I need to go back to Jtown Cafe in person one of these days.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Ayam Penyet President in Singapore

Clockwise from upper right: rujak mangga, teri cabe ijo, and crackers potpourri

I'm not sure if I've eaten at this chain of Indonesian restaurants before, but I've certainly seen it around. Anyway, those items above were fun, including not just the crackers with sambal, but also the mango with chili paste in the upper right corner. They fared much better than the chicken, which was of such disappointingly poor quality that I'm keeping my distance from it. But the Sundanese fish looked like it will be worthy of a try.

Chuan Taizi Malatang from the Little Fisher


So it looks like the Little Fisher folks have expanded into malatang, with several of these Chuan Taizi outlets located around the island already. I was happy to see the huuuge spread of leafy greens available, all looking very fresh and of good quality. The broth wasn't as good as Zhangliang given that it was a tad sweet, but their original beef broth was still rich and better than Yangguofu. Next time I'll have to try their malaban option.