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NAM KEE CHICKEN RICE & RESTAURANT


Nam Kee Chicken Rice & Restaurant (南记鸡饭餐室)
201 Upper Thomson Road
Singapore

PRICE: $$
RATING:

Ahhh… Nam Kee…… This place brings back such memories for me, and is near and dear to my heart. It’s not to be confused with “Wee Nam Kee” by the way, which is another Hainanese chicken rice place. This one is just plain ‘ol Nam Kee and has a coffee-shop decor but with air conditioning, and is MY favourite chicken rice place in all of Singapore :)

It’s particularly special to me because it goes waaaaay back in our family. My parents actually went there when they were dating! And subsequently still visited when they were married, when Mum was pregnant, when I was a baby, through my childhood, every time when we returned to Singapore to visit, and it’s my must-go place whenever I dropped into Singapore for the past decade or two. It’s even more special now as Chris likes the place too :)

The folks at Nam Kee have watched me grow up from a baby, and now they see my OWN family and baby :)

We never deviate far from our ‘standard’ dishes every time we’re there. It is always the dishes below, though sometimes with the yellow-custard round tofu dish swapped for the stir-fried veggies instead. They do cheap food that’s absolutely SPECTACULAR and always the same. It has been consistent for decades which I like. Our dependable source of chicken rice, always tasty, and always feeling like home.

Inside Nam Kee

Condiments – scoop ’em out quickly before they swoop in and take it away!

I like my Hainanese chicken with the white skin, though I don’t eat any of it (I have an aversion to chicken skin, even when it’s deep-fried. I find it soooo weird and gross?!?!). The chicken here at Nam Kee is so tender-soft, silky, and is heavenly dipped into their homemade chilli sauce. It is consistently done perfectly and IMHO the best Hainanese chicken in Singapore.. and believe me I’ve tried virtually all of them ;)

The silky, yummy Hainanese chicken

Chicken rice with dark soy sauce mixed in. It’s hard to stop at 1 serve!

We usually get some sort of veggies/tofu with the meal, so we can still claim we’re “being healthy” ;) The dish is nice, nothing amazing.. but then again, when are plain stir-fried veggie dishes ever amazing? Still, it does the job, and for a non-veggie lover such as myself, I still find it quite appetizing.

Stir fried veggies and seafood

The Sweet and sour chicken chop is another MUST-HAVE at Nam Kee. It rivals their Hainanese chicken, in fact. Tender chicken, lightly crumbed and fried and served with deliciously rich, tangy sweet and sour sauce. Ohhhhhh it is heavenly!! The mix of the flavours, the tenderness of the chicken.. mmm. Only downside is that 1 plate is nowhere near enough, so you’ll be left salivating for more.

Sweet and sour breaded chicken, absolutely divine!

 
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Posted by on 29 July 2011 (Fri) in Singapore food reviews, Uncategorized

 

YEE CHEONG YEUN NOODLE RESTAURANT


Yee Cheong Yuen Noodle Restaurant
31 Lorong Liput, Holland Village
Singapore

PRICE: $$
RATING:

I was keen to try out Yee Cheong Yuen Noodle Restaurant as I’d heard they did a fab Ipoh hor fun, and were around the Holland Village area for yonks. We were there with et all, and she pointed out that it wasn’t very popular nowadays as the quality had gone down etc, and that they’d shrunk their premises and yet were pretty empty. It definitely was surprising that, despite being right smack on lunch hour, only a handful of tables were filled.

I think the main reason they aren’t as popular now is due to the prices. It’s a very simple place, but the set was around $20 for 2 people. That’s really expensive compared to food court prices (that always sell the same Ipoh hor fun)!! They can’t compete with the hawker food prices opposite the road from them, and they’re not pretty/cool enough to compete with the funkier expensive places next to the.

Food-wise, I thought the food as nice but nothing spectacular. Just average. The Ipoh noodles were lovely and silky, and the gravy was smooth and tasty without being too salty. Apart from that, however, everything else was just bang-on average and okay. The food is definitely not bad, but considering all the tasty cheap food outside, I’d rather get that and pay less than half the price!

Yee Cheong Yuen Noodle Restaurant

Deep fried wontons – these were pretty good. Lovely and crisp

Plate of char siew (roasted bbq pork), roasted chicken

Veggies cos we are really healthy ;)

Wonton soup

With the big Boss Man

 
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Posted by on 9 July 2011 (Sat) in Singapore food reviews, Uncategorized

 

CANELE PATISSERIE CHOCOLATERIE


Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie
Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road #B1-81/82
Singapore

PRICE: $$$
RATING:

The last time I was at Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie was when we were in Singapore for our babymoon and I had dessert with a friend. How time has flown! I really like the place as it’s decked on in very cool black/white/fuchsia colours and have very lovely staff.. not to mention some pretty good food.

This time, it was with and on a weekday lunch. I was surprised they didn’t have any lunch specials, a bit of a shame. Especially when they’re a tad on the pricey side.. but it’s mostly justified because of the pretty decor, and gorgeous desserts. Just one thing I learned, the Iced caramel coffee is really NOT worth it! If I remember correctly it was something like $6.50 and I was expecting a large glass, and that the drink would come with a big scoop of luscious ice cream. Not so. Instead it was basically regular coffee with milk and caramel added, then some ice cubes popped in.. all in a thin glass. Boo!! It was worth perhaps half of the price.

Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie

Iced caramel coffee (~$6.50) – completely not worth it

My main was the Crab aglio olio and it was PERFECT. A wee on the small side, but the pasta was done perfectly el dente, it had quite a bit of crab meat in there, and the garlic & wine sauce was superb. I loved the punch of flavour and it even felt quite healthy. Awesome dish and I’d get it again any time.

I wasn’t too much of a fan of the Croque madame when it came out (though it did sound very enticing on the menu). The bread was thick and wasn’t oozing with Bechamel sauce and cheese! :( I like croque madame when it’s all meltingly gooey and tasty, and this was more of a ham & cheese sandwich to me.

The Bolognaise & poached egg doria looked awesome when it came out, and it tasted really good too. Fantastic comfort food and was basically bolognaise sauce sitting atop baked rice, and smothered in cheese. Mmm… cheeese……

Crab aglio oli – spaghettini sauteed with crab meat, onions,
chillies, garlic and white wine with Italian Parsley ($17.50)

Croque madame – Homemade pain de mie (white toast bread) baked with ham,
Swiss Gruyère cheese, sunny side up, and side salad ($13.50)

Bolognaise & poached egg doria – Traditional Baked rice in casserole
with a light creamy cheese sauce ($16.00)

Looking quite pleased with our food

For dessert, we had crepes, of course! It’s what they’re famous for. I don’t know of any other place in Singapore that makes crepes like this (tell me if you know of one! I barely know any places in Singapore, heh).. and I love my sweet crepes. And boy, they are definitely sweet! SUGAR HIGH. The Nutella one was by far better, as the ice cream was lovely. The Banana one had, unfortunately, passionfruit-banana sorbet.. which we must’ve not noticed in our excitement when we ordered crepes (or I’d definitely have asked them to swap the flavour).. the sorbet did was NOT nice imho. I’m not a fan of sorbet and I really didn’t think the icy sourness went with the warm sweet crepe. Perhaps they did it to ‘cut through the sweetness’, but I don’t think it was done well. Next time, I’ll study the menu more carefully and swap out whatever items we don’t like ;)

Chocolate macaroon

Filled with Nutella, salty caramel, caramelized filo, nougatine
ice cream and vanilla crème chantilly ($12.50)

Flambéed caramelized banana, chocolate sauce, passionfruit banana sorbet,
vanilla tuile and vanilla crème chantilly ($12.50)

Canele’s a fab place to go with friends for a lazy lunch. It has a really nice ambience and a wee bit enclosed, so you’re not in the thoroughfare of the lunchtime crowd. They have a huge selection of pretty cakes, which I’ll have to try next time!

 
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Posted by on 1 July 2011 (Fri) in Singapore food reviews, Uncategorized

 

COOKYN WITH MERVYN’S WINE & CHEESE PARTY

Chris is away in Seattle for 1.5 weeks.. the first time he’s gone on an international business trip since Hunter’s birth and BOY IT HURTS! He misses out on both Father’s Day and Hunter’s 5th month birthday tomorrow. :( I know Hunter especially misses the mad giggles and antics he gets up to with his Dad. Chris comes back (early) on a Monday morning, so we can’t wait :)

Anyway, it’s also a shame that Chris is away because Cookyn Inc threw a Wine and Cheese party, 2 things that Chris particularly loves. And boy, it was fun! We were treated to delicious wines (2 white, 2 red) and of course, lovely food that was thoughtfully paired with each wine. I seriously LOVED the food. Especially the dish with the fresh figs (pics below) – my first time eating fresh figs and now I see why my Mum loves ’em so much.. they’re tasty!

Their Wine & Cheese parties are a great idea for afternoon tea with friends. I reckon they’d make a fab Bachelorette party, or for a birthday celebration :)

The mecca of foodaholics beckons…

Our sons getting acquainted with each other (and Hunter being decidedly unfriendly!)

Mommies and babies :)

Feta and sundried tomato pesto crumble on crackers

Mozzarella bufala with fresh figs, parma ham, truffle oil and aged balsamic

Chorizo, Saucisson, Iberico ham, coral salad, plum
tomatoes salsa, preserved baby onions and Grissini crackers

Chef Mervyn puts the heat on

Parmiggiano, Brie de meaux, Savarin, Mimolette, Manchego

DIY angry birds cupcake, LOL!!!

OH, and of course all the food was paired with wine..

Patiently waiting for us whilst we wined and dined ;)

Future iPhone addicts

The beautiful garden

 
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Posted by on 24 June 2011 (Fri) in Cookyn with Mervyn, Parties, Uncategorized

 

SUSHI TEI


Sushi Tei
Unit 28, 1st Floor, Metro City
1111 Zhaojiabang Road
Shanghai, China

PRICE: 元元
RATING:

Jumping back again to our Shanghai days… (sorry for the randomness, just discovered some of these pics lurking around and so am throwing ’em up here).. we headed to good ‘ol Sushi Tei during our last week. We had quite the EPIC FEAST as we ordered a storm of dishes including baked cheesy scallops, grilled king prawns, sashimi, sizzling steak, crab, etc.

Sushi Tei consistently always has good service – be it in Australia, China or Singapore. They do good food at reasonable prices, and so remains as one of my favourite mid-range Japanese restaurants.

Wahey!

Flood #1 of the dishes

And then more came out.. mm…

Me completely ignoring the waitresses and more interested in the food :P

Hi hunny bunny (~3 months old here)

Demon eyes!

 
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Posted by on 23 June 2011 (Thu) in Shanghai food reviews, Uncategorized

 

BOTAK JONES


Botak Jones
Block 233 Bukit Batok
East Avenue 5
Singapore

PRICE: $
RATING:

I’d heard that Botak Jones was famous for their fab Western food at awesome prices, since they’re located in hawker centres (ie. super cheap food eateries) around Singapore. I realised that one of their outlets is RIGHT near where we live! w00t!!! The concept of Botak Jones is simple – bringing really good food at reasonable prices.

And boy, do they do it well.

Despite being in a hawker centre, the service is incredible. Chris commented that their service is BETTER than service we’ve experienced in fine-dining restaurants, and it’s true! The staff are all friendly, helpful, and very eager to please. It’s a wonderful experience and so different to typical shitty service you often get. Case in point: I discovered my burger was a bit too raw for my liking, so I pointed this out to the staff. They immediately took it away and told me that they’d make me a fresh one. As I was waiting, they brought out a complimentary shitake mushroom soup! I mean, you don’t even get service like this in nice restaurants, and here we were in a hawker centre! Then, when the burger arrived, the waitress waited for me to check (it was done perfectly), and halfway through my meal, she came back to ask me if everything was OK.

Frankly, with good food, fab prices, and such lovely staff.. it’s kind of a no brainer that we’ll be back. In fact, we’ve already been there a couple of times in just the 2 weeks that we were in Singapore, LOL!

Yay for Father’s Day!

A present from Botak Jones

My favourite Dad-related quote

Dance dance dance

With the lil cutie pie

Norwegian grilled salmon – so lovely and tender, loved the garlicky sauce too

Cheeseburger – simple and delish

Shitake mushroom soup – lots of mushrooms, mmmm

Cajun chicken – moist and tender, and packed with flavour

NZ rib eye – super good, and amazing value

Thumbs up, dudes!

 
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Posted by on 22 June 2011 (Wed) in Singapore food reviews, Uncategorized

 

PLAYDATE @ EVERYTHING WITH FRIES


Everything With Fries
40 Lorong Mambong
Singapore

PRICE: $$
RATING:

Just the mere name Everything With Fries has me in a quiver… considering it’s my #1 favourite food. And so I was a little (*ahem*) delighted when I heard there is a place called that, in Holland Village. So of course I had to go there, and what better than on a playdate? It was with some online girl friends that I’d known for awhile but never met in real life before, and our kids are around the same age, so it was fun to meet up :)

The restaurant is quite open concept and all about sleek white chairs and tables. The staff were really nice and let us, errr, redecorate the area whilst we moved chairs and tables to accommodate us ;) It was all a bit chaotic and so I… errrr.. forgot to take photos of most of the food! Didn’t even get a chance to take nice pics of the 3 of us + kids.. argh. I was also a bit frazzled when Hunter had a 20-min meltdown (it doesn’t sound like a lot, but it sure feels like a century when you’re sitting there having to listen to it and calm him down), so all thoughts of photo-taking kind of flew out of my mind.

Everything With Fries

Spot the 2 babies ;)

Super ugly photo of Hunter, LOL!

A shame I forgot pics, because I really enjoyed the food! My chargrilled char siew roulade with garlic sauce was freakin’ FANTASTIC. Next time I’d order it again in an instant. It was like a thick meaty version of the pork you get in Japanese ramen, or a bit like ultra-tender slow-cooked pork belly. Unbelievably tender, so full of flavour, and just plain ‘ol delicious. It was served with, what else? FRIES! I got mine with sour cream and onion seasoning and it was delish – not too overly done.

Chargrilled char siew roulade with garlic sauce

The Nutella Tart was apparently a must-order, so of course we tried it out. It was actually a very simple dish, a sort of gelatinous smooth tart with texture of a firm pudding. It had a lovely chocolate/nutella flavour and the Oreo cookie base was super. Only gripe? It should’ve come with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Nutella Tart

Hot banana and butterscotch pudding

Also BIG THANKS to Julyclover who helped me order these adorable goodies from Threadless.com!

The development of a baby laugh. Of course, this was after his
mini melt-down and nap, so he was cheery as anything!

Cuddle time now?