Pizza Hut’s Epic Cheesy Lava Pizza And Meet & Greet With Spiderman at NEX

Spiderman Meet and Greet at Serangoon NEX

I invited my neighbors to lunch with me at Pizza Hut (level 3 of Serangoon NEX) and try the new Spiderman-themed ‘Epic Cheesy Lava Pizza’ and the accompanying Spiderman-themed dessert. Myย atasย neighbor took one look at the pizza and went “How is this a Spiderman design?” but she spoke too soon ‘cos that is one epic cheesy, tasty and thoroughly enjoyable pizza! As for the “Spiderman dessert”; let’s just say that ‘desserts’ spelled backwards is ‘stressed’. ๐Ÿ˜€ It was one of those rare times I took one bite of dessert and one bite was all I took. Haha! This kiddo got it right: the pizza is delicious!

Pizza Hut Epic Cheesy Lava Pizza

So what’s on the Epic Cheesy Lava Pizza? There’s fried chicken, turkey bacon, pineapple, capsicum, and some basil (?) leaves, I think. There’s also black pepper mayonnaise, cream cheese and a “web” of creamy cheese sauce surrounded by the cheesy lava crust.

It’s SO cheesy! ๐Ÿ˜€

Epic Cheesy Lava Pizza at Pizza Hut

Price: $25.90 regular, $30.50 large. Additional charges for delivery / takeaway)


Pizza Hut Divine Apple Tart

The Spiderman-themed dessert is their “Divine Apple Tart”, which features a Granny Smith apple tart on a chocolate sauce “web”, and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some strawberries. Strangely enough, the ice cream looked like mango ice cream, but tasted somewhat like vanilla ice cream (but not quite). All in all, a very strange dessert I wouldn’t order again. But the kid absolutely LOVED it. I cannot fathom why.

*Note: Children under the age of 10 get to dine for FREE with any ala carte mains ordered. Their all-day kid’s menu features pasta, lasagne, pizza and spaghetti served with Milo. This offer is NOT valid on the eve of PH and PHs.


Spiderman Meet & Greet sessions at NEX

Spiderman Serangoon Nex

Pop by Serangoon NEX on 23, 24, 25 & 26 June (1pm & 3pm) to get up close with Spidey and get a photo! It’s entirely free, but limited to 50 passes per session. Each pass admits a family of four. Passes are available 1 hour before each session at the Atrium, level 1. *Do bring along your own camera for the photo-taking opportunities! ๐Ÿ˜€

And there are a number of games for the little ones to play. How come there aren’t any for adults?! ๐Ÿ˜›

Spiderman Games at Serangoon Nex

And a mock-up of a train for more photo opportunities. This little Spidey is a fellow blogger’s kid who habitually dresses up as Spiderman. He really gets into the role very well too!

Serangoon Nex Spiderman Meet and Greet

Bring your kid(s) here once and he/she will keep asking you when’s the next time you’re swinging by Serangoon Nex again as there’s good pizza to eat and Spiderman to meet! ๐Ÿ™‚

Spiderman Meet and Greet at Serangoon Nex


All pictures in this blogpost are courtesy of Max Clyne At Work Photography Services.

Kam Long Restaurant in JB (้‡‘้พๅ’–ๅ–ฑ้ญš้ ญ) – What’s All The Fuss About?

kam long curry fish head

He said it was near City Square, so we set off on foot to look for thisย Kam Long Restaurant which supposedly sells really good curry fish head. But we were walking in the wrong direction so it took a while (and help from some kind Johoreans) before we found the restaurant which is located across the road from a Hindu temple. Apparently, it’s really not too far from City Square but you have to get your directions right first – don’t just blindly follow the unit numbers along the same street. And because we got there just before noon, the queue wasn’t too long yet. Just a group of 4 ladies ahead of us in the queue. But it was’t the case after we were done with lunch.

Singaporeans and Malaysians alike seem to love to queue here. As per the instructions from the bosses of a motor vehicle repair shop, just “look for the Hindu temple, and the shop with the queue outside is the one selling curry fish head”.

There it is:

kam long curry fish head jb

There are two levels. I suppose those who look young or able-bodied are quickly dispatched to the upper floor.

Up the stairs you go… *you might want to hold your breath here as the smells are funky*

kamlong curry fish head

Then you’ll find yourself seated on plastic stools, and immediately asking for a cold drink (100plus and Coke are favorites here). And then you wait…

kamlong curry fish head jb

We waited for over 20 minutes for our food to be served while other folks who arrived later than us got to enjoy their curry fish head before we did. Why? Because we had ordered extra veggies and beancurd skin, and apparently these additions take extra time to prepare? That was the “explanation” given to us by a guy who looked like he could be the boss’ son. But I didn’t quite buy this explanation as the veggie and beancurd skin were already in the regular (claypot) dishes of curry fish head. We’d only asked for extras on top. How come that means we need to wait an extra 15 or 20 minutes as compared to the ladies who stepped into the shop ahead of us?


So, folks. DO NOT order anything besides your regular claypot dish of curry fish head, ‘cos you will be made to WAIT and WAIT and WAIT.

Taste-wise, I really don’t know what the fuss is about. The curry tastes slightly sweet. And yes, eaten piping hot with the white rice, it sure hits the spot. But it’s nothing to write home about because on its own, it lacks oomph. Some added spice would be good (though I wouldn’t dare to order an extra spicy version for fear of a longer wait). It’s like Katong Laksa without the fiery chili paste, know-what-I-mean? It’s just… somehow lacking.

Like I said to him… why read those food blogs then rush down to the place ah? The standard might have dropped after the influx of customers (aka blog readers). I don’t mind the queuing… but the food had better be good! But for the price, I guess we cannot complain. RM34 lunch. That’s like S$12?

Unforgettable Breakfast At S99 ่™พ้ข็Ž‹ In Taman Pelangi, JB

Taman Pelangi ่™พ้ข็Ž‹

If you ask me for recommendations of ‘cheap and good’ breakfast options in Singapore, I really don’t know what to tell you. Food here can be pricey, and may not even taste good enough to warrant their pricing. But just across the Causeway, there are so many options to make breakfast an indulgent affair. About a 5-minute walk away from our low-cost “Airbnb” are rows of coffeeshops with hawkers selling everything from ‘wanton mee’ to fried beehoon. I walked past a particular prawn noodle stall and that delicious aroma told me I HAD to dine there. We continued checking out all the other stalls along that stretch and also across the road, then made our way back to this stall: S99ย ่™พ้ข็Ž‹.

Prawn Noodle in JB

He opted for the prawn noodles with pork ribs, while I was happy with just the prawn noodles only. ๐Ÿ˜€

My bowl of prawn noodles cost just over S$2, and it had fish cake, sliced pork, lots of fried shallots and also half a hard-boiled egg! Egg in prawn noodles? Yum! And that broth was a heady mixture of sweet and spicy – so delicious. And instead of chili padi, we were given chili paste. How fortunate we are to be able to sample different versions of the same humble dish of prawn noodles. The way hawkers in SG and JB cook the same dish can be remarkably different. It’s just like how our Hokkien mee here tastes so different from the Malaysian version.

S99 ่™พ้ข็Ž‹

I ordered a soya bean beverage at the same coffeeshop, and together with the prawn noodles, it made for a really filling, very satisfying breakfast. If only everyday could be like that. ๐Ÿ˜€


Read this blogpost by a blogger living in JB for more details on parking and stuff.

The Hotdog Bar: Seriously SEDAP Beef Burger at KSL Mall in JB

the hotdog bar

We had lunch today at The Hotdog Bar in KSL mall. In the past, we’d always walk past this eatery after we had taken our meals because it’s not in a prominent location in the mall so it won’t be the first place you spot (after a visual scan upon entering) nor does it look so memorable that you won’t forget to come by first the next time you visit KSL. I say this only because I spotted a wine bar in JB that’s called “Fat Cork”! LOL. Now it’s in your brain, you won’t forget it either. Muahaha! Interestingly enough, I prefer the burger I ordered, as compared to the hotdog bun he wanted to try. Maybe they should name this place ‘The Burger Bar’ instead as they serve up some mean beef burgers!

This burger looks so harmless, right?

ksl the hotdog bar

It’s actually their Mozzarella Burger. It has a “homemade patty” (really? They make the patties themselves?) – choose from either chicken or beef – and lots of “premium mozzarella cheese”. Apparently, if you pull it apart correctly – down the middle – you’ll see the stretchy strands of cheese…

I wanted to be the one taking the photo, so this happened instead:

the hotdog bar burger

Just take my word for it that it is REALLY cheesy. OMG so sinful! And I almost wanted to order chicken instead of beef ‘cos it is more environmentally friendly (raising chickens produces less greenhouse gas) but I just really like beef so… GREAT CHOICE! ๐Ÿ˜€ *I don’t have air-conditioning at home so that’s my excuse. Also, I have to add that the beef was so tender. And it’s not in one big slab; it’s more like one of those meat patties my mom makes which are crispy at the edges but fall apart easily. Delicious! The burger was pretty big, but if I order it again, I am definitely going to eat it all myself… slowly.

Here’s their menu if you’d like to have a peek:

the hot dog bar ksl menu

I’d love to try the “Singapore Chili Hotdog” next time. A hotdog with Singapore Chili Crab sauce sounds sedap to me.

And upgrading our meal to a combo sure made a lot of sense. For just Rm 4.50, we get french fries and a cup of lemonade.

This is the Hawaiian Hotdog he ordered:

the hot dog bar ksl

Hotdogs and pineapples just don’t quite go together, if you ask me. But beef and cheese sure do! ๐Ÿ˜€ Order the burgers instead.

Psst: This meal cost us just Rm33.30 which is about S$11. *gasp* I know what you’re thinking too. Go try this soon! It’s worth the journey into JB. ๐Ÿ˜‰


The Hotdog Bar is located on the Ground Floor of KSL mall. You can find them on facebook as well at ‘thehotdogbarjb’.

Scoop Burger: Muslim-Owned Halal Eatery At Kallang MRT

kallang mrt scoop burger

As I was in the area yesterday, I used the Fave (a.k.a Groupon) app to find a deal for dinner. And Scoop Burger was it. I don’t usually have makan at or near Kallang MRT so I didn’t even know this eatery existed (thank you, Fave)! For $8.50, I received a beef burger, 2 sides and a drink. There was a Malay couple (I suppose) manning the shop and I was the only customer having an early dinner then. Seated on one of the bar stools facing the bus stop and the main road, with the duo bantering in Malay behind me, it felt like I had entered a Malay family’s home – very cosy, very homey.

scoop burger

I guess one word sums up the burger: hearty. After eating one, and possibly downing a glass of Coca-Cola *burp*, you’ll be feeling full for the next couple of hours. The burger buns are a little dry so I guess that’s why there’s so much sauce. I asked for mushroom sauce with my beef burger, but I think there was probably mayonnaise and some other sweet sauce too. Like one of those burgers you can get at pasar malams, or anywhere Ramly burgers are sold, be prepared for a dripping mess if you pick up the burger. I used the teeny weeny set of plastic cutlery provided to cut up the burger in a bid to reduce the possibility of said mess happening. The mashed potato was decent. I brought the nachos home for my nacho-loving partner to enjoy. (I don’t like nachos very much)

Somehow, I was drawn to the colorful display of beverage cans on the wall. And in case you were wondering, I did not order Coke. I had mineral water instead. Too much sugar and I’ll have a “food coma” after.

scoop burger kallang mrt

Here’s the Scoop Burger menu for your reference:

kallang mrt scoop burger menu

scoop burger menu

I didn’t see any other food stalls at Kallang MRT. I thought there was a Mr Bean outlet, if my memory serves me well. But it seems like everything else has shut down except for Scoop Burger which has been in operation (according to the Malay dude) for a year and a half. If you’re in the area, go in and support this small business! ๐Ÿ™‚

I like Groupon / Fave very much as it serves as encouragement to venture into new places. What I’ve also noticed, unfortunately, is that the merchants who choose to advertise via such websites are either (1) new entrants (they’ve just set up shop and need to tap into Groupon’s database of customers), and to get the word out, or (2) those struggling to keep the business afloat. Because of this latter group, many Groupon vouchers we’ve purchased had to be refunded because the businesses had already folded by the time we went by – such as the Milkissimo gelato shop at Nex.(They sell bubble tea now)

It’s a little upsetting that I have no Malay friends. Come to think of it, I’m not even sure why. I do have one pal who’s Indian and I make sure I pop by his place for Deepavali every year when he invites me.

And there are certain things we don’t realize immediately when it comes to race + food. Such as when a new coffeeshop opened near my place and we saw all the Malay families seated in front of the Western food stall run by a Muslim man. The majority of food stalls in the new coffeeshop are run by Chinese folks and are not Halal certified. What does this mean? While us Chinese folk can order from any stall we want… there’s only 1 stall which can serve the Malay community. I guess this is also why halal food blogs do well here in Singapore – that’s a niche which serves a real need. Many people like to eat out, but few notice that our Muslim friends may not enjoy the same convenience that we do.

IJOOZ: Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice at 2 Dollars A Cup!

ijooz fruits vending pte ltd

Yesterday, I enjoyed my third cup of IJOOZ orange juice. Strictly speaking, it was my second cup because there was a most unfortunate incident with the first one. I first spotted the IJOOZ vending machine at Fortune Centre when I was there for vegetarian food. And because my pals and I were heading to the Singapore Discovery Centre after our meal, I kept the juice in my backpack so I could drink it later in the day. Somehow the cup got crushed and my backpack smelled of orange juice for DAYS! The next two times, I made sure I drank the juice IMMEDIATELY. Haha! Got cup #2 and #3 at another vending machine located withinย SAFRA Punggol‘s gym. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think it’s a really good price. The juice from 4 oranges* goes into each cup, and yes, it may not fill the cup to the brim, but hey, it’s $2 only! And there’s no ice, water or sugar syrup added. But Singaporeans just love to complain. I visited IJOOZ’s facebook page, noted some complaints about the juice not filling up the entire cup and could only roll my eyes. I feel sorry for the boss. After investing in all this technology, and paying for the rental of the space and the electricity to run these machines, and the maintenance, and the sourcing of fresh oranges daily… and people want to complain that there’s not enough orange juice for $2. I suggest they head to the market, buy oranges, and go home and squeeze the oranges themselves. ๐Ÿ˜› Alternatively, consider making the ijooz cups smaller, so the juice from 4 oranges will always be sufficient to fill the cup to the brim!

*Update: I’ve heard from IJOOZ. Apparently it could be 3 or 4 or even 5 oranges depending on the oranges used that day. (I always counted 4, so I’ll certainly be looking out for #5 from now on). Also, I forgot to add that I’m impressed this company gives away oranges to charity – those oranges which they have deemed too small or too big or that have blemishes. I think it’s a great idea! Prevent food waste and also delight some folks! ๐Ÿ™‚

fruit juice vending machine

I think kids will certainly enjoy watching the process. The oranges roll down, get squashed, the peel gets disposed of, and the juice flows into the cup. And come to think of it, the seeds get removed too! ๐Ÿ™‚ How can anyone complain when it costs just $2 and saves you all the time and effort in buying oranges and squeezing out their juice?! Oh wait…


orange juice vending machine

ijooz orange juice

And I found this post on the company’s facebook page. Apparently, people want to know if the oranges are washed beforehand.

ijooz oranges

Picture from ijooz’s facebook page

“People always wonder if we wash our Oranges — Well, every orange that goes into our machines are firstly hand sorted, then put into our high pressure jet and brush roller machine, to get rid of the wax and other impurities on the skin. After the wash, they are dried and placed into our chiller room. They will stay there till our operation teams takes them out and topped up into our machines island wide daily.”


If you haven’t tried IJOOZ’s orange juice, go find a machine near your home or office! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s refreshingly cool, might have a hint of sourness (just like when you eat an orange) but is largely sweet, and gives you more than your daily requirement of vitamin C. We need just one orange’s worth, and the rest gets passed out via urine. So, feel free to share the orange juice with a loved one! And please, for goodness’ sake, don’t complain about the amount of juice lah. Have you bought a pack of potato chips before? The chips constitute probably 20% of the bag – go complain about that instead! ๐Ÿ˜›

Kim’s Place: Forget The Hokkien Mee, Order The Crispy Thai Sauce Chicken Instead

Kim's Place Hokkien Mee

You’ll probably know Kim’s place because its owner is famous for frying hokkien mee while wearing a gold Rolex. I haven’t seen him in action yet though. But I’ve been to the outlet that’s not air-conditioned (like your regular kopitiams) and the atas one with air-conditioning and rather snotty staff. If you want to try good Kim’s Place Hokkien Mee, go to the outlet at Jalan Eunos (no air-con lah), but if you’d like to try the other dishes they offer, you can dine in air-conditioned comfort at their restaurant in Joo Chiat Place.

The Hokkien Mee you see in the picture above looks good… but tastes so-so. It’s coffeeshop standard. Absolutely nothing to shout about.

The drinks were more than decent. Go ahead and order their water chestnut and barley drinks. They’re really gao, unlike the watered down versions you get everywhere else.

Kim's Place review

Sambal Kang Kong – decent, but definitely eat this with rice ๐Ÿ˜€ (*Oh man, now I’m hungry)

Kim's Place Sambal Kang Kong

Skip the assam curry fish head. So watered down and mild. Rather disappointing. And there’s not enough meat to share among 4 people. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Kim's Place Assam Curry Fish Head

The oyster omelette was good, especially ‘cos the oysters were huge. ๐Ÿ˜€ (*Aiyah I really can’t do this food blogging thing at night; so hungry…)

Kim's Place Oyster Omelette

And for the best dish we tried that day: the Crispy Thai Sauce Chicken! ๐Ÿ˜€ Spicy yet sweet, crispy yet tender. My goodness! Why didn’t I dabao some home?!

Kim's Place Crispy Thai Sauce Chicken

I think it’s a good thing to be known for just one particular dish that you cook really well. However, quality control is SO important when the business expands and there are multiple outlets.

Also, it’d be really nice to meet the Rolex Uncle at least once. ๐Ÿ˜€


Kim’s Place is located at 43 Joo Chiat Place S(427767). There’s an open-air carpark diagonally opposite the restaurant. ๐Ÿ™‚

Swee Choon Dim Sum ็‘žๆ˜ฅ็‚นๅฟƒ: Menu, Prices and Expectations Vs Reality

swee choon dim sum

When Singaporeans want to enjoy cheap and good dim sum, they’ll usually head to one of two places: Wan Dou Sek (126 ๆพๅˆฐ้ฃŸ) or Swee Choon (็‘žๆ˜ฅ). It’s even better when you go with a few friends so you can order a variety of dim sum and share. And during this visit, I did something I’m not proud of: I ordered a dish solely because I thought it would look good in photos. Haha! You’ll see it in ‘Expectations vs Reality’ at the end of this post. Also, as can be expected, Swee Choon’s doing a roaring business. When we visited early in the evening on Monday, there was already a queue, and the coconut pudding as well as soya bean drink was sold out already. Soya bean drink sold out at 6pm? That’s serious business!

As you can see above, we ordered some fried items… plus these ones below:

swee choon dim sum restaurant

The chicken wings were really well-marinated with the prawn paste. The flavors had all been infused within the chicken meat. Delicious! The deep fried salt & pepper squid tentacles were really yummy too! Everything else was so-so – not bad, but not mind-blowing either.

I thought the shrimp on the fried rice was so pretty though:

swee choon fried rice

Here’s Swee Choon’s menu and the price list is at the end…

swee choon dim sum menu

swee choon tim sum menu

swee choon cooked dish and soup menu

swee choon dessert menu

swee choon price

And now for Expectations Vs Reality. I thought the Fried Custard Pumpkin looked gorgeous on the menu. What was served looked rather pitiful. Haha!

swee choon dim sum review

Taste-wise, it was chewy and slightly sweet. Like a mochi confection. Quite yummy, if you’re willing to overlook its appearance. ๐Ÿ˜€


Swee Choon is closed on Tuesdays. Pop by on Mon – Sat from 11am to 2.30pm or 6pm to 6am. On Sundays and Public Holidays, they are open from 10am to 3pm, and 6pm to 6am.

U-Cha / Milkissimo Bubble Tea: Cheaper, Cuter, With Cheese Teas Too!

Milkissimo bubble tea

I tried cheese tea for the first time ever yesterday, even though I have said I’m never going to fork out good money for something so outrageous! In my defense, it was just a small, sample cup. While I can’t say I like it very much (cheese tea tastes as weird as I imagined it would be), I totally adore the mascot and the bubble tea cups (or mugs if you will) at U-Cha or Milkissimo at Serangoon NEX. Located at level 2 of the mall, next to the escalator that takes you up to level 4 (where the cinema is), it’s difficult to miss the huge teddy bear outside the bubble tea shop.

So smart of them to place the bear here. It’s like a kid (and female) magnet:

Ucha Mascot

Ucha menu

Cheese teas are priced between $3.60 and $4.20. And there are fruit teas, lemon tea and of course, milk teas! I tried their Agar Bubble Milk Tea ($3.30) which was milk tea with white pearls, basically. It was a decent cup of bubble tea! A rich milky flavor, with a distinct scent of the tea leaves, with a generous serving of pearls.

They also have a panel by the side with canisters containing the various tea leaves. You are welcome to open the lids and have a sniff. Some customers will certainly love this kind of sensory experience, and staff can take the time to explain the characteristics of each type of tea leaf, etc, when there isn’t a crowd. This will certainly help foster brand loyalty.

Ucha tea leaves

Apologies for the quality of the pictures! I think we were too shocked that the original Milkissimo gelato cafe had been suddenly replaced by this bubble tea shop. We’d bought a Groupon voucher for 2 large cups of gelato (3 flavors each) and were here just to redeem them. And lo and behold… they sell bubble tea now.

Milkissimo Serangoon Nex

As the shop is in its first few weeks of business, the staff are still tweaking the recipes. They asked for my feedback since I was trying their bubble tea for the first time, and as there weren’t any other customers, I went ahead and drank about a quarter and gave them my comments. In turn, they gifted me this little teddy accessory. How cute!

U Cha bubble tea

I love the cups as they come with the teddy bear print, which is so kawaii! If you’re purchasing the milk teas, you can also get your drink in the plastic carriers.

The next time I’m catching a movie at Serangoon Nex, I’ll certainly be tempted to pop by and grab a cup of bubble tea to enjoy together with my movie. ๐Ÿ˜€


Update 22/06/17: I tried the Cassave Bubble Milk Tea ($3.30) this time – basically it’s the regular black pearls with milk tea. And I didn’t quite like the drink this time round as it seems a little diluted and the white pearls are definitely more delightful.

Milkissimo bubble tea serangoon nex

K Garden: 6 Hours Of KTV For Only 10 Bucks! You Get A Free Beer Too!

k garden ktv review

Located within Serangoon Gardens is K Garden KTV where you can sing karaoke for 6 hours during their ‘happy hour’ and pay just $10 per pax. You’ll also get a soft drink or glass of beer! It’s almost like singing K at home… really. There’s hardly any difference as your neighbors (in the next room) will be able to hear you sing, and you can appreciate their singing too. ๐Ÿ˜€ #ifyouknowwhatimean As with budget airlines, there are no frills. That means no snacks, no wet wipes, no free flow drinks, and certainly no ice cream (that you’ll find at some Manekineko outlets). You can bring in your own food though. There’s Chomp Chomp across the street so if you’re craving for BBQ chicken wings… #justsaying

6 hours of singing is not a feat many can accomplish. My partner and I decided to leave after about 4 hours or so. Here’s the price list so you can decide when you want to visit K Garden. Bring more friends! With the combined effort, you might make it to the end of the 6-hour session!

k garden price

For $10, it’s a really basic setup. You pick your songs via the touchscreen panel – no remote controls – so that means people have to keep moving to get closer to the screen. That’s not a bad thing either as it gets really cold in here after a while.

And for reasons unknown to me, the system in Room 7 has an issue with Jay Chou’s song “ๅฎ‰้œ” You get the blue screen… with no lyrics and no MTV playing. There’s just the music in the background and you may or may not want to sing along…

serangoon ktv

Worked fine with all other songs though. Someone doesn’t like “ๅฎ‰้œ”, I guess.

I ordered hot honey lemon while he had beer.

karaoke serangoon

Interestingly, when I went to visit the washroom, I could hear my ktv partner singing loud and clear. So… when it comes to singing, if you’ve had neither practice nor talent, please lower the mic volume or just not come here. ๐Ÿ˜€ And if you were in the loo while I was singing in Room 7, I’m sorry. I hope I didn’t cause your eardrums to bleed. ๐Ÿ˜€

If you would like to visit, K Garden is located at 18 Maju Avenue Serangoon Gardens, S556693. Tel: 6287 7256.

k garden family ktv serangoon