Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Pine Tree (Food Junction at Bugis)

Guess what is the brown item on the plate? No, it is not fried squid (though it looked like in picture:P). It is actually vegetarian fried drumstick. Freshly out from the kitchen, I couldn't resist adding it to my Sambal Fried Rice with Petai!Being just out from kitchen, it is crispy with well-fried coat of flour and the best part is its interior contains my favourite beancurb skin. Its "bone" support is actually sugarcane and not ice-cream stick, so at $1 per piece, I think it is worth trying. The brown stuff on it tasted like mashed ginger, very unique. I found out that they have quite nice mixed-rice dishes and that included fried cereal prawns that looked yummy!
Ok, back to the sambal fried rice with petai...
Well, you can taste sambal in the rice. Though not spicy, I like the taste of its soft rice. I wish they had marinated the petai with sambal chilli more, I can still feel the aftertaste after a day:P. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the meal:-) though it will be ages before I will dare taste petai again... Now I understand why Crystal mentioned that it needs strong accompaniments to mask its taste.

The Food court is located at 3rd level of Bugis Junction, and the stall is just beside the centre escalator.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

慈缘轩 (Ci Yan Xuan) Chinatown

This is the 1st time I tried their "Triple Mushroom Noodle Broth". Their mushrooms comprise of the single black dried mushroom :-( , slices of button mushrooms and fried slices of abalone mushrooms (the top left brown slices as shown in picture).

The fried abalone mushroom slices are quite unique in taste. They would have tasted more crispy if not turned abit soggy after in contact with the broth. The noodles and broth are tasty (abit like Ipoh Hor Fun gravy) but the portion of the noodles served is small in comparison to their other dishes and this is the 1st time I still feel hungry after finishing their food.:P
Address: 8 Smith Street (shophouse near end of Food Street)
Tel: 6225 9026 (If you want to confirm menu of the day after 11am:P)
Usual Opening Hours: 12pm-10.30pm

Pine Tree (Food Junction at Bugis)

I went back for their 书香面汤 (Fragrant Book Soup Noodles) and asked for their Mee Hoon version. I think it went well with the soup which I grew to love. I couldn't stop finishing the soup, naturally sweetened with generous portion of red & white carrots.
My friend tried their curry fish set and although not spicy, it is quite nice with an Indian curry taste and Best of all, the mock fish is made of my favourite beancurb skin roll.;-)

The Food court is located at 3rd level of Bugis Junction, and the stall is just beside the centre escalator.

Saturday, August 9, 2008


It is great to discover another new vegetarian outlet and one with menu that serves a variety. :-)

From noodles to rice and home-made Vegetarian Pizzas!!! We ordered their thin crust mushroom pizza and it smells & tastes good. :-)

They also have nice vegetarian sardine curry puff (Strongly recommend!!!).
And... hmm...they also have catering services :-)

They are located along a stretch of shophouses (Beside the pte apt: The Cassandra, Opposite Currency House) on 124 Pasir Panjang Road, S(118545).
Operating hours: Mon to Fri 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Tel: 64747 203

Not sure if it helps, but it is 1 bus-stop before the one for PES from VivoCity direction (then cross the traffic light) or 1 bus-stop after to VivoCity direction.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

莲芯茶坊, Lotus Heart Tea House

Another surprise when I made a recent visit to the Tea House. They have again changed their menu. Now it is more towards restaurant concept. I was told they will change their menu every 3 months and this current menu started 1 July.
Besides their Brown Rice Bento set, their menu includes Japanese cold soba & dishes served in Hot stone pots.

We tried their Japanese Green Tea Cold soba (日式绿茶酸辣冷面). Not quite sure whether the soba or the sauce is to be of green tea taste, nevertheless, the soba is nice & smooth but the sauce is more to the taste of black vinegar which we felt the overall taste could be further enhanced if Wasabi could be added to it.
I would strongly recommend their Noodles with Fish and Squid (素鱼苏东面) served in Hot stone pot. (Picture on right but because served in dark colored pot & lighting is insufficient so photo not well-taken :P)
I like the noodles, tasted abit like yellow noodles but not exactly... I wonder what it is. The mock fish is Soya-made mock fish which is average, but I like the mock squid balls which tasted like the actual version. What made the dish is its broth, very tasty, abit sweet but nice and I could not stop myself from wanting to finish it.
Another recommendation is the appetiser, Japanese cucumber with wasabi sauce. They marinated the cucumber with white vinegar and tasted wonderful when dipped with wasabi sauce.:-)

In addition, they had also started buffet catering services (Deluxe, Supreme & High Tea reception menu) daily from 10am to 5.30pm. You may like to call @ 6854 7689 for more info on the menu.

Personally, I feel that more effort could be made to publicise on their Tea-house & catering services. It is important to make public aware of its presence and its attractive menu.
I just had a check on their web on their Tea House. As at posting time, they are still showing an old menu when they had just started the Tea house...

The tea house's operating hours are daily from 9am to 7pm with last order at 6.30pm.
It is located at level 2 of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum which is located at Chinatown: 288 South Bridge Rd, off Sago street or opposite the famous Maxwell food centre, nearest MRT: Outram/Chinatown MRT.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Eight Immortals (Great World City Food Junction)

Dumplings, definitely a delicacy that I miss.
I was told that theirs are "hand-made" but was always informed about unavailablity during past visits. Finally, I managed to try them this round.:-)

The ingredients are similar to what can be found in those instant products (no meat texture taste unlike Nature Vegn's) but the skin is slightly thinner and the dumplings are more delicate in comparison. A pity that they did not provide those fine ginger slices with vinegar sauce, otherwise, the taste will be further enhanced.:-)

It is located at Food Junction at Great World City Basement 1, corner stall besides Mr Prata.