Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice: Avoid Misunderstandings By Ordering In English!

wee nam kee chicken rice set

In all my years of ordering chicken rice, I’ve never encountered a misunderstanding over which part of the chicken I wish to have with my rice… until I dined at Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice in Northpoint Shopping Centre. πŸ˜€ I walked past the eatery and was taking a look at their menu when a friendly waitress asked if I’d like to place an order. I pointed to the very attractive picture in their menu and said I’d like the drumstick set… all in Mandarin. The drumstick is ιΈ‘θ…Ώ, and she related the order to a guy holding on to an iPad (like his job is just to hold the iPad the entire day) and he keyed inΒ ιΈ‘ε°Ύ (which is the portion above the chicken’s bum). Thankfully, I took a look at the order slip they printed out and placed on the table while the food was being prepared. I noticed the discrepancy and quickly told the friendly waitress I’d said ‘drumstick’, not back. She said she’ll check…

wee nam kee chicken rice

They’ll charge you for the wet tissue so return it if you’re not using it.

She returned and said that since the ‘back’ had already been chopped up, won’t I like to have it instead of the drumstick? (@_@) I said no, I’ll have the drumstick, please. (Nice try, woman, but you’re not getting between me and the chicken drumstick I want to eat)

I also found this hilarious sign next to the cash register. πŸ˜€ It’s funny because the cashier was pulling a long face, like she utterly hates her job. It’s pretty common, ya? F&B staff are usually kind of upset all the time. “Free flow smiles” eh? Only the boss is smiling, I guess.

northpoint chicken rice

Wee Nam Kee serves up decent chicken rice. Though I have to say that they destroyed the chicken drumstick. It’s chopped up or rather hacked in such a fashion that the bone splinters and bits of bone end up all over with the flesh, so you think you’re biting into a piece of meat until *ouch* you bit into a piece of bone too. Maybe I’ll ask them to not chop up the drumstick next time. Yes, that might be really wise.

I do love that the condiments are available at each table, so you’ll never run out of chili sauce or that ginger/garlic sauce. I really do like their chili sauce as it’s so spicy! πŸ˜€

wee nam kee chicken rice northpoint

Here’s proof of a meal I enjoyed:

wee nam kee chicken rice review

The whole meat cost me $9, which is rather reasonable. (The drink I had – cold Barley – cost $2)

Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice is at #B1-48, Northpoint City. Tel: 6481 4889.

*There are other outlets at United Sq (main branch), Jurong Point, Marina Sq and Singapore Post Centre.

Meats N Malts: Tai Seng Offers Great Places To Chill During The Weekends

meats n malts review

It was yet another 70-cent meal yesterday! πŸ˜€ I thought my 70-cent meals will only be at Starker Concept in Punggol. Haha! And this time, it’s all thanks to Eatigo as I’d earned a $25 voucher from their previous promotion and we picked a 50%-off time slot to dine at Meats N Malts. πŸ˜€ The BreadTalk IHQ is a really good place to visit during the weekends to chill as there’s not much of a crowd and there’s just this laidback vibe. As we’ve never been to Meats N Malts before, we didn’t really know what to order off their menu. So he picked the (safe) choice of the Meats N Malts Burger ($18.80) you see above, which even has onion rings in the middle! *On the menu, it’s stated that the burgers will come with a pair of gloves for diners to “get messy” but we didn’t receive a pair – oh well, less wastage then.

I like the fries and the slaw and how the plate’s ‘decorated’ with some chopped-up herb?

We also ordered the Garlic Parmesan wings ($9.80).

meats n malts garlic parmesan wings

For the same price, perhaps the Spicy Red Bull wings might have been a better choice. Not sure if you can see it in the picture – the wings are sitting in a parmesan ‘soup’. The sauce is too watery. And if you aren’t a fan of garlic, you’re not going to like this.

I’d picked the Ribeye ($22.80) which, unfortunately, I didn’t quite like. I think the heat distribution during the cooking process might not have been quite equal because one portion of the ribeye was ‘well done’ while another was more of the ‘Medium’ I’d wanted. The sunny side up egg also looked like it had a layer on top that wasn’t fully cooked – it’s still shiny and transparent. Naturally, I didn’t eat the egg. (@_@) *We also try not to return food to the kitchen no matter where we dine at, unless for example blood’s dripping from the chicken, because you really won’t want staff to spit in your food or purposely drop it on the ground and serve it back to you.

meats n malts tai seng

meats n malts menu

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We’ll probably skip the food and order only drinks the next time we visit. If you’re wondering, the prices for the cocktails start from $12, liqueurs from $10, mocktails at $8 and non-alcoholic beverages from $2. A cup of coffee will cost $3.50 and a milkshake, $7. And of course, you can get a beer, wine, etc right here too.

But the great thing about dining at Meats N Malts is that there’s no 10% service charge. AND you can book a 50%-off dining slot via Eatigo. πŸ™‚

30 Tai Seng Street, #01-07, BreadTalk IHQ

Tel: 69090010

The Shopee Quiz Will Prove You Know Very Little About Singapore

shopee quiz cny edition

I’ve only just started participating in the Shopee quiz this week and… OMG… it’s seriously difficult! I get eliminated pretty early on in the game and I can only watch while other folks get their share of the 80,000 or 180,000 Shopee coins prize pool. *SIGH*. Unless you’re super knowledgeable about Singapore or you can Google for the answer really quickly (within 15 seconds), it’s near impossible to get all the answers correct in each quiz. Take, for instance, the live quiz that just happened at 6pm today. Here are the questions:

Who is the wife of Phua Chu Kang?

Who sang the National Day song in 2000?

Where is Pasir Laba Camp?

Which of the following is not a location of Singapore’s natural hot springs?

When did the government start regulating the use of fireworks?

Where will the Shopee booth be located at the Chinatown CNY Bazaar?

How many STB-approved Merlion statues have been built in Singapore?

How many times has Singapore changed her time zone since 1905?

The answer to that final question is SIX! What?!

There’s another quiz happening at 9pm so… wish me luck, and may my Internet connection be strong. XD

Avoid The Grouch – Best Place To Buy Herbal Tea in Waterway Point

ztp herbal tea punggol

In just TWO days, I’ve already met and spoken with THREE people who live in Punggol and have ulcers on their lower lips. How weird is this? Either there’s been some passionate kissing going on that I’ve totally missed out on, or people have been indulging in some unrestrained feasting on (heaty)Β CNY goodies. I’m not much of a risk taker so I’ve bought herbal tea from Waterway Point instead of bubble tea (BTW, I have found the best bubble tea place in Punggol; tell you about it next time). At Waterway Point, there are a few places you can get herbal tea but to avoid the Grouch, you should get your herbal tea fix from ZTP where staff are friendly and welcoming. When you’re nursing a cold, cough, sore throat or even one of those lip ulcers, the last thing you need is to meet THE GROUCH.

I’ll usually get 4 bottles each time: 2 x Barley, 1 Honey Lemon and 1 Honey Aloe Vera. For a total of S$5.60.

ZTP is located at B2 of the West Wing. Once you head out of FairPrice where you can do some serious shopping for CNY, it’s about 4 shops away from the escalator. The staff here are very friendly. And the drinks are reasonably priced and not too sweet.

There’s another shop I avoid because of the Grouch. She treats customers as if they’re invisible, barks out her answers at you (most of the time to say that what you want is out of stock and really, how dare you ask for it?!), and generally dislikes people – I cannot fathom why.

Take care, folks! The CNY goodies are yummy but moderation is key. Unless, of course, you don’t mind meeting people while you have a giant ulcer on your lip. As if nosy relatives don’t have enough to ask you about, ya? πŸ˜‰

LIANG Sandwich Bar: I’m Not Eating This In Singapore Or JB Again

liang sandwich bar vivocity

I first got to try the tuna ‘sandwich’ from LIANG Sandwich Bar in JB – Paradigm Mall, to be exact. And I thought I’d found the BEST thing to eat in JB on all future trips. I loved their tuna mayo sandwich (actually calling it a sandwich is just weird) and the outlet was located a few steps away from Gong Cha! Perfect pairing! But it seems that LIANG is expanding rapidly in JB and they have gone to the extent of having two outlets per mall so usually one might be at the basement and the other at the top floor of the shopping mall. The business must be flush with cash, eh? But the strangest thing ever has happened: no more tuna mayo sandwich on their menus! But in Singapore, it’s still available. I know because I just bought it yesterday at Vivocity after my visit to library@harbourfront. They’re located near GIANT at the basement. *BTW, Giant now occupies only 1 floor it seems; the one above has been all boarded up.

Here’s the menu for the SG store:

liang sandwich bar menu

I’ve been to the other one at Raffles City (I believe) and it was pretty good back then, when they first set up shop.

Yes, tuna mayo is still on the menu but I really don’t care now if they remove it. It’s just a stingy little bit of tuna with a thin layer of egg. I don’t know what happened to the mayo. But yes, the crispy ‘prata’ is really good… still. The overall standard has plummeted so it’s goodbye to LIANG.

Good choice of ambassador though. πŸ˜‰

liang sandwich bar singapore

 

Unbiased Review: Chinese New Year Snacks From POON CONFECTIONARY

poon confectionary review

If you haven’t purchased your Chinese New Year snacks, well, in this blogpost I’m going to review some of those homemade goodies from POON CONFECTIONARY, which you might have seen people talking about online. This review might come across as being brutally honest though I’d like to view it as being unbiased (hence the title). πŸ˜‰ POON allows for sampling over atΒ 502 Macpherson Road or you can simply purchase the cookies online and await your delivery at home ($6.90 delivery fee waived if you spend at least $100).

Here are the 5 items I have tasted:

poon confectionary

Pineapple Tart (Rating: 3.85 / 5) I’m a big fan of pineapple tarts and can eat them all year round so I’m rather picky about these. And in general, one tart can have approximately 80 calories. I did a 1km walk yesterday for “exercise” and burnt off fewer calories than that. So sample pineapple tarts before buying them! These ones from POON have a not-too-sweet fillingΒ enveloped in a soft pastry shell. It’s a more-than-decent tart for sure (or pineapple ball if you want to be more accurate) though I can’t help but feel there’s something missing. And after mulling over it for a while, I decided that these tarts could do with a extra hint of salt to keep them from becoming boring.

poon confectionary pineapple tarts

Almond Cookies (Rating: 3.5 / 5) There’s a delicious scent the minute you open the lid. The cookies are crunchy and will go really well with coffee or tea. It’s not entirely melt-in-your-mouth because of the crunchy bits but it’ll be a great snack for watching yet another Stephen Chow film on TV. I’ve baked almond cookies before and I have the absolute best recipe (seriously) – you can find it here.

Prawn Rolls (Rating: 4 / 5) It’s hard to go wrong with prawn rolls, just as it’s hard to go wrong with fried chicken. πŸ˜€ These ones are crispy to the max. Watch out if you’re wearing dentures! As for the spice level, well, they certainlyΒ pack a punch. I don’t think I’ll be eating any more than two at a time.

Green Pea Cookies (Rating: 1 / 5) I think someone made a big mistake in deciding to include this in their product offering. πŸ˜€ When a cookie has green spots on it, I can’t help but feel there’s mould growing on it? As for the taste, it doesn’t taste of anything in particular which is such a pity. Maybe they could have added wasabi! I love TONG GARDEN’s wasabi coated green peas and buy 2 x 400g packs at a go. As for these cookies, I’d say save your calorie allowance for something else.

Pork Floss Snack (Rating: 2.5 / 5) At first glance, these remind me of the pig innards floating about in Taiwanese mee sua bowls. I think they’re just kind of a novelty snack? It’s one which allows you to pop floss into your mouth without getting bits stuck under your long piggy-themed gelish nails. If you ask me, I think the prawn rolls would be a better choice since there’s that extra spice.

Now, about everything else…

I think POON has done a fantastic job with the packaging. I’ve never seen plastic inserts like theirs before – they keep the cookies in place so that during the delivery process, the cookies don’t get tossed around and crushed.

I do think that since their CNY goodies are supposedly made in Malaysia without the use of any preservatives that they should advise customers about the best-before dates or, at the very least, the date of manufacture. As it stands, there’s nothing on the tub except their logo, so it can be disconcerting, especially when there are cookies with green spots on them (ok, I’m just kidding :D)

Here’s the pricing of the items I’ve mentioned above, and where to order them:

Pineapple Tarts: $15.72

Almond Cookies: $14.41

Prawn Rolls: $14.41

Green Pea Cookies: $14.41

Pork Floss Snack: $15.72

https://cnydelivery.com/

Disney Tsum Tsum Jan 2019 Help: Green Tsum For 13 Score Bubbles

tsum tsum january 2019

I’ve already collected two pins in this month’s event: Stitch’s Cousin Frenzy. Apparently there’s a third one which is blue, I think. But so far the mission which I’ve found terribly difficult to clear is the one requiring the usage of a green Tsum Tsum to pop 13 score bubbles in 1 play. On reddit, folks have said that they used Peter Pan (why is this green?) and MU Mike to clear this mission but both these tsums did not work for me!

Apparently, the trick is to check which of your green tsum tsums have the highest skill level. Both my Peter Pan and MU Mike tsums are at level 1/6 so it’s of no help at all! I had to use (regular) Mike, which is at skill level 5/6 and all it took was just 1 play. Gosh. I should have known. πŸ˜›

The next level which might pose some difficulty is when you have to use a Tsum’s skill 20 times in 1 play. In this case, you should use Thumper, and you’ll easily clear that stage.

I still have one more card to go before clearing this entire event. What about you? πŸ™‚

OBAR Punggol: Restaurant Quality Food, Not “Pub Food” :D

obar punggol

We had an early dinner at OBAR Punggol this evening, and were pleasantly surprised by how delicious the food was. In the picture you see above, the mentaiko sauce is drizzled so prettily over the salmon and all the elements work together beautifully – from the onsen egg to the caramelized onions. I LOVE IT! Definitely order this Torched Salmon Mentai Don ($16.80) especially when you can get 50% discount via Eatigo (<- click here). *The accompanying salad’s really good too. Also, if you don’t already know, OBAR is located within Marina Country Club and there’s a free shuttle bus to get here from Punggol MRT Station. Details below.

We also tried the Charred Squid Thai Style ($11.80) which comes with a green papaya salad…

obar menu

Initially I was a bit peeved that the squid was not cut all the way through so you have to pick the entire thing up and bite into it. BUT OMG… when you do, you’ll find that it’s cooked to perfection. At other places, the squid might be rubbery as it’s super easy to get this overcooked. But here, it’s just right. I’m not a fan of the papaya salad though; thought it smelled a little funky.

We also had the Seafood Paella ($18.80) which comes with grilled prawns, squid (yay!), soft shell crab and mussels. I have no complaints whatsoever. The amount of rice is just right – a very thin layer of rice on the hot plate; ladies should be able to finish all the rice. It’ll be a little bit charred, which adds more flavor, I feel. πŸ˜€

obar punggol review

I do wish they gave us more of that soft shell crab as it’s delicious! πŸ™‚

Love the edamame and corn which, when eaten together with the rice, provide such a lovely contrast of textures.

OBAR nailed it! Or perhaps I should say that I nailed it, ‘cos I picked all 3 dishes and they all turned out to be awesome!

I have to say that the service is good here too. There was a gentlemen who brought out the salmon don to our table and he told us to let him or the waitress know if there’s anything else we need. And he looked like he meant it. (Actually, yes, there was something I needed but I didn’t tell him. And it was that when the song ‘ε‘Šη™½ζ°£ηƒ’ was about to play, whomever had pressed the Skip button should not have done so ‘cos I wanted to listen to it!) πŸ˜› *Yes, there’s music all the time, whether the live band is here or not.

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obar marina country club

It’s funny how the tables* and plastic chairs would not look out of place in a coffeeshop and yet they are in this “bar” that serves restaurant quality food.

Also, there’s GST but no service charge. Oh right… now I recall that there’s something they can do better, which is to provide water for guests. They charge 50 cents for hot / cold water. And even the non-alcoholic drinks can be a bit pricey: Coke at $6 and green tea at $5, for example.

*Table 7 is on an uneven surface, I think, so avoid it.

I spotted some of these promotions on the LCD screen in OBAR so perhaps you can ask the staff about them if you’re keen:

Tuesdays: Men’s Night $88 for Tiger and Guinness Towers

Wednesday: Ladies Night – 38% Off

Weekend Brunch: Free Kids Meal with 2 brunch sets ordered

Everyday 2pm to 6pm: $5 Bar Bites

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Here’s the shuttle bus schedule for those who aren’t driving to OBAR / Marina Country Club. I’ve never taken the shuttle service before so I can’t tell you whether it’s good or not, but it’s free so why not ya?

marina country club shuttle bus

Guschlbauer: All Items @ Half Price In The Evening

guschlbauer waterway point

I’ve just gotten home not too long ago after a really good lunch with pals at Waterway Point. And since one of us has lost a crazyyyy amount of weight recently (not me, lah) I had to find out his secret for this amazing weight loss. Apparently, it has to do with being “terrified of gaining weight”. Gosh. Makes so much sense! πŸ˜€ Fear’s such a big motivating factor. But for me, most of the time, good food comes first. If those jeans don’t fit, well, just don’t wear them for now. Anyway, this post is about Guschlbauer (‘cos we bought some items at 50% off yesterday evening) and an awesome muah chee stall at the pasar malam just outside Exit B of Punggol MRT Station. *I figured that it makes me feel less guilty after indulging in a lot of yumminess I shouldn’t if I just blog about it. πŸ˜€

So, first up, if you pop by the Guschlbauer store (or rather, kiosk?) right outside Din Tai Fung (Level 1, West Wing, Waterway Point) after 8.30pm in the evenings, everything’s going at half price. So there’s always a long queue. I guess this evening promo is a reason why they’ve survived for so long? I’ve actually never returned to buy anything after their opening day when they gave out free buns. πŸ˜€

Also, this stall just outside exit B of Punggol MRT Station has delicious muah chee. It’s soft like marshmallows and there’s a generous helping of crushed peanuts and *ahem* sugar.

best muah chee in singapore

Had this for supper last night, and also as an afternoon snack today.

$2 only…

best pasar malam muah chee

I should just skip dinner altogether. Ingested way too many calories already. (@_@)

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Sometimes I do wonder if people pay so much attention to their weight that they forget to live a little. And truly, being slim / thin / whatever doesn’t mean you’ll live a long, healthy life. A few years ago, a middle-aged lady I interviewed told me that she weighs herself every day and if she’s a little heavier today, she eats less. She truly had a stunning figure. But now she’s also already dead because of cancer.

Another person I interviewed shared about alternating between carbo-only and protein-only diets. He’s still alive but he had a stroke not too long ago.

And what really takes the cake (sorry), was this lady (or perhaps I should call her an old woman) who met me again after not seeing me for a year (or so?) and the first and only thing she said to me was “You’ve put on weight, ah.” It was a statement, not a question. Bl**dy hell. Well that woman had some leg-related problems recently – didn’t have to amputate the limb, but I’ve heard there’s swelling and discoloration and the doctors don’t know what to do? πŸ˜›

Perhaps we need to rethink how we feel about our weight. Right now, if I can give chase if someone snatches my purse, I think I’m ok. And if you can fit into a regular-sized coffin when you kick the bucket, I think you’re good to go too. Just remember you’ll never be the right size for everyone – always either too fat or too skinny.

So just live a little.

And don’t bother telling people they’ve put on weight. You mean they can’t tell, is it? They don’t have mirrors at home? Just mind your own waistline and go kick the bucket, *ahem* I mean a ball, or something.

Tino’s Pizza Cafe @ The Centrepoint

tino's pizza cafe

Because we had a Fave voucher that would be expiring soon, we dropped by Tino’s Pizza Cafe for pasta + pizza even though someone has had a lot of pizza recently due to Starker’s $20-off promotion. Thankfully, Tino’s did not disappoint. But, food aside, what really made an impression on me was the staff. There’s this middle-aged guy, who’s probably about my height, and very welcoming. He made us feel very much at home – expressed concern about how there might be too many items on the table and whether we wanted to move over to another table that would seat four people, gently reminded me that the pasta pan is very hot and I should be careful, etc. It was a really pleasant dining experience thanks to this one guy.

tino's pizza cafe review

I’ve forgotten exactly what pasta we ordered but it’s something different from what we usually get e.g. seafood marinara. The flavor’s very mild so I think I was tempted, at some point, to add some of the chili flakes that’s for the pizza, onto the pasta too. πŸ˜€

tino's pizza cafe centrepoint

Ok, this photo doesn’t do justice to the pizza. We ordered the Messicano (beef) pizza, which comes with onions, beef pepperoni, jalapeno and chili powder. It tastes really good, especially when served fresh out of the oven. The portion size is just right for two people.

This cafe also has Durian pizzas – Mao Shan Wang ($21.90) and D24 ($16.90). Would you try them? πŸ™‚

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Tino’s is located at B1 of Centrepoint. πŸ™‚