Jade Garden Seafood Corner in Sungai Rengit, Johor: Fantastic Food! :D

Jade Garden Seafood Salted Egg Crab

On Monday, I went on a ‘road trip’ to Johor with my pals. It was a road trip because we took almost 3 hours to locate this seafood restaurant that my pal had visited some three years ago. (We got lost) Back then, it was located in a coffeeshop setting. But now, it’s a full-fledged restaurant likely capable of hosting wedding banquets. Check out my pictures at the end of this blogpost! :D But first, here’s the food.

This picture you see above shows the Salted Egg Crab we ordered. It cost RM126 (S$42) and could be shared among three of us!

Then there’s the awesome lobster…

Jade Garden Seafood Special Fried Lobster

It looks deceivingly nondescript, as if it doesn’t taste quite special. But… (in a singsong voice) IT IS AMAZING!!~~~

If you like cereal prawns, you’ll love this dish because it’s even more yummy than the best dish of cereal prawns I’ve ever had! I don’t know what does into making those tasty, super crispy bits of crunchy goodness on top of the lobster but it’s definitely worth the drive into Johor!

Jade Garden Seafood Homemade Tofu

The homemade tofu (RM10) is really good as well. Not sure why there’s sotong and the other vegetables because the tofu just shines on its own already!

Jade Garden Seafood Sambal Lala

Sambal lala (RM20) that I did not eat much of because I’m nursing a sore throat. We also ordered a plate of ‘nai bai’ (veg) that tasted good! It’s like this restaurant can do no wrong when it comes to food!

Our total bill for 4 pax came up to just RM 387.20 (S$129) :D It would have been a lot more if we didn’t stop the waitress from sending us two crabs instead of one (one of us doesn’t eat crab) and two lobsters instead of one. LOL! Make sure you check that the wait staff have got your order correct before they send it off to the kitchen!

Here’s what the restaurant looks like:

Jade Garden Seafood

It felt like we were attending a wedding banquet :D

Then there’s the wall of photos taken with celebrities – something every famous restaurant must have :P

We spotted George Yeo, Fann Wong, Li Nanxing, etc…

Jade Garden Seafood Johor

The address: Lot 4785, Lorong Siakap 1, Sungai Rengit, 81620 Pengerang, Johor (It’s next to a primary school and government clinic).

Contact numbers: 010-800 5903 (Ms Len, Manager) / 07-826 5460

Metta Café: A Halal-Certified Cafe In Simei That Everyone Should Visit

Metta Cafe

Am supposed to pop by Metta Café for an event today, but the haze is really getting to me so I’m staying home instead and feasting my eyes on the goodies via their FB page. :D But if you stay in or near Simei, do visit soon and show them some love! Metta Café was set up in 2014 by the Metta Welfare Association to provide F&B vocational training and graduate employment opportunities for Metta School youths aged 18 and above, and who have mild intellectual disability and/or autism.

They receive vocational training in baking, meal preparation, kitchen and customer service. Metta Café strives to help these youths achieve self-reliance and create future employment opportunities for them.

The halal-certified café serves both non-vegetarian and vegetarian local breakfasts and all-time Western favorites as well as freshly-baked cakes and pastries.

While you’re dining there, check out their pastries and the one-of-a-kind batik painting art thoughtfully handcrafted by Metta School alumni youths with special learning needs.

And I might be a little kiasu but…

I’m definitely getting their pineapple tarts come Chinese New Year next year:

Metta Cafe pineapple tarts

The Eggless Pineapple Tarts were going at just $13.80 this year. And here’s a review left on FB by a satisfied customer:

Metta Cafe review

Would it be too early to place an order now? :D :D :D

There is also a range of cakes you can order, for all sorts of occasions. Here are some pictures I’ve extracted from their Facebook page:

Metta Cafe mothers day cake

Metta Cafe fathers day cake

Metta Cafe national day cupcakes

Metta Cafe christmas logcake

I’ll be popping by for a meal soon, once this haze clears up. Here’s the address if you’d like to visit the cafe: Metta Café, Metta Buidling, 32 Simei St 1 Singapore 529950.



mettacafe@metta.org.sg / 65804624

Horizon Bistronomy at Punggol Settlement: Yummy But Small Portions

Horizon Bistronomy King of the Sea

So he told me that we’re going for French “fine dining” at Punggol Settlement this evening, and knowing how he likes to joke, I thought it would just be a simple meal at Horizon Bistronomy. When the mains were served though, I commented that “Wow, it’s really fine dining!” (because of the small portion size) and his reply was “Is there a char kway teow stall nearby? Never mind, we can go for char kway teow after this!” :D *We didn’t, unfortunately.

Horizon Bistronomy puts out beautiful plates though. The dishes here are definitely great for IG pics. He ordered the King of the sea (S$26.90 + 10% service charge) and I had Horizon’s Duo of Pork (S$25.90 + S.C.).

His King of the sea dish came with “miso infused king salmon” (can’t taste the miso though) on a bed of zuchinni and shitake mushroom ragout (quite yummy) and a grilled lobster claw with mustard foam.

My choice of the Horizon’s Duo of Pork has slow braised pork belly (braised for 24 hours, according to the menu), with sous vide kurobuta pork tenderloin, a roasted cauliflower puree, miso infused grilled daikon, and grape mustard and pork jus.

Horizon's Duo of Pork

Basically, it’s two mouthfuls of pork tenderloin and two mouthfuls of delicious pork belly, and I was done with the meal. :D Perfect for people on a strict diet – I definitely burnt more calories running here.

And if I could comment on their menu… I’d say that corresponding pictures for each dish listed would be most helpful. I really don’t like menus which only have words on them.

Horizon Bistronomy Menu

The view, though, is fantastic. As today’s Friday, most of the tables have been reserved. Thankfully, he’d made a reservation before we jogged over from my place. :) And oh, there’s no GST at the moment. But it seems that the restaurant has plans for a second outlet, so visit while you can, before the additional 7% kicks in. *wink*

Horizon Bistronomy punggol settlement

We skipped dessert at Horizon Bistronomy as I felt that S$16.50 for a lava cake is rather steep. We headed to Wayne’s Chill Out on the same level as Horizon and ordered our usual waffle and 2 scoops of ice cream (chocolate and vanilla). Disappointed that there’s no Mango today, but the Vanilla ice cream is pretty good!

For some unknown reason, there was more Vanilla than Chocolate:

 Wayne's Chill Out

This cost only S$12.50. Hehehe.

If you don’t already know, Punggol End is pretty happening now. There are many restaurants, shops, bicycle rental stores, and even a Giant supermarket. You can even ride a horse nearby at Gallop Stable or rent a Flickr at Jumando. Don’t say bo jio! :)

*Punggol End is accessible by bus – simply hop on to service 84 which originates from Punggol Bus Interchange and alight in front of Gallop Stable after the bus does a U-turn.

Chef Yip Wing Wah’s Famous Mini Egg Custard Mooncakes

About two weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the first mooncake masterclass to be conducted in Singapore by Chef Yip Wing Wah. Chef Yip is the Dim Sum Ambassador of The Peninsula Hotels and creator of The Peninsula Mooncakes! :D He works at lightning speed, has a good sense of humor, and has a most endearing smile.

Chef Yip popping the mooncakes into the oven:

Chef Yip Wing Wah

The background: “In 1986, Chef Yip and his culinary team at Spring Moon Chinese restaurant at The Peninsula Hong Kong created the world renowned and widely copied mini egg custard mooncakes, which is a contemporary take on the traditional filing of lotus seed paste and duck egg yolk.”

The Mooncake Masterclass was conducted at the ToTT Cooking Studio at Dunearn Road. We were taught (a little of) how to make the Mini Egg Custard Moon cakes. Teddy Leung, Chinese F&B Operations of Peninsula Hotels, also gave a Chinese Tea demonstration.

Egg wash: for a nice brown shine after the mooncakes are baked

Mini Egg Custard Mooncakes

Because this is still a secret recipe, we did not get the recipe, and were left wondering about the weight of each ingredient. Also, the mooncake filling was pre-made for us and left to chill in the fridge, so we didn’t know its exact composition.

The mooncakes made by the ‘class’:

Mini Egg Custard Mooncakes

What we do know, however, is that these mooncakes are absolutely delicious! I’m not kidding! These are really good! Especially those that are fresh out of the oven. You can buy the mooncakes from The Peninsula Boutique (at ION, TANGS Vivocity Atrium, Chevron House, etc) and bring them home, fire up your stove and heat up a frying pan (without any oil) then put in those mooncakes and let them get heated up naturally (without a flame).

If you’ve never tried egg custard mooncakes before, you have to sample these. They are not too sweet, have a thin and crumbly crust and have a nice fragrance when you eat them while they’re still warm! Complete this treat with some Chinese tea and a sigh of contentment. I know I did. :)

Mini Egg Custard Mooncakes

Pricing: Mini Egg Custard Mooncake (8pcs) in a gift box: S$66, Mini Egg Custard Mooncake (4pcs) + Mini Golden Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Yolk (4pcs) in a gift box: S$66.

Go get them before they are sold out! :)

Near JB Customs & Worth Visiting: Arashi Shabu Shabu

Last month was really good for visiting JB, with the ringgit weakening till S$1: RM3. This month, it’s election fever and I may just want to stay in town and watch as things heat up! :D Hehe! But here’s my recommendation for foodies who are heading into JB…

Arashi Shabu Shabu is located in a new mall (Komtar JBCC) near to the JB Customs – just next to City Square. Pop by on a weekday and it’s almost deserted. I hate crowded places (so rallies are not really my thing) and if I’m in JB on a weekday, I’ll most likely dine at Komtar.

At Arashi, you can select between different meat and seafood combinations, and it’ll be delivered on a platter like this one:

Arashi Shabu Shabu

I’ll usually skip the peanuts or pickles served at other restaurants, as they tend to charge you for these extras you didn’t even order in the first place. So return them as soon as they reach your table. But at Arashi, the pickles are really good:

Arashi Shabu Shabu

I love the Aburage Pickles (RM5). It’s basically very yummy achar. :D If this is what you get on your visit, do not send it back to the kitchen. Ha!

The restaurant offers posh seating. So if you are into Instagram and OOTDs, then pop by. The food’s decent, and it’s very spacious in this restaurant.

Arashi Shabu Shabu

Arashi Shabu Shabu

I ordered the Mix Salmon & Pork Combo with the tomyam broth you see above (it’s very yummy). It’s really spicy though. His Seafood & Meat Combo with a H&S (forgot what it stands for) Milk Broth was also spicy. So unless you are dining alone, I’d recommend that one person orders a spicy broth and the other goes for a miso or non-spicy broth. Then you can enjoy the best of both ‘pots’ without having to down lots of iced water. LOL!

Arashi Shabu Shabu

The Kiwi Blended (RM7.90) I ordered came in different shades of green. We were at first rather hesitant to try this beverage as the colors looked too artificial. And it’s pretty sweet too. Best not to order more than 1 glass of this. Or try other drinks. :D


We spent a total of RM92.80 on this meal. That’s about S$31 for 2 pax. Cool eh? :)

Arashi Shabu Shabu is located at Lot 215/216, 2nd floor, Komtar JBCC. (Tel: 07 – 300 5058)

Subway Singapore: Price Increases But Free Cookies Remain :P

Subway Singapore

Had lunch at Rivervale Mall’s Subway outlet today and was rather surprised that my usual egg mayo sandwich is now no longer part of the S$5 combo (which includes a drink). In fact, there are no more S$5 combos. Now, “for 50 days starting 1 September 2015”, the combos cost S$5.50 (10% increase in price) and you can choose from: Italian BMT, Subway Melt, Chicken Teriyaki, Meatball Marinara, and Tuna. My favorite Egg Mayo sandwich now costs S$5.50 and I don’t get a drink too. Why does this coincide with the GE? Hmm. #everythingalsoblamegahmen

I wonder what the new price will be after the 50 days. :P

I don’t know about you but I’m always placing the same order when I visit Subway. From the choice of bread (Hearty Italian) to the veggies and the sauce (Sweet Onion), I know exactly which combination I like best with an Egg Mayo sandwich. :) Do you try different sauces and sandwiches each time or do you stick to your favorite?

And if you are the kind who hates keeping receipts, well, you SHOULD keep your Subway receipt, participate in a quick survey online and redeem a free cookie on your next visit. You’ll never have to pay for Subway cookies anymore! You’re welcome. ;)

subway singapore free cookie code

Once you’ve completed the survey, you’ll get a code for a free cookie. Write down that code on the same receipt and present it on your next visit to Subway. I like the Double Chocolate Chip cookies. XD

BFF Recommendation of Chinatown’s Best: Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice

Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice

Would you wait an hour or more for claypot rice on a weekend, in a (possibly hot and humid) Chinatown hawker centre? Well, this is exactly what customers do to get a taste of Lian He Ben Ji’s famous Claypot Rice. So this claypot rice should be even more awesome than Sylvia Lim’s “taste of Fengshan” orh luak, right? And yes, this was what we had for dinner tonight – BFF’s recommendation. :)

A group of us had planned a belated birthday surprise for BFF Steven. The cat (or rather, cake) would have been let out of the bag if we’d suggested Tung Lok Private Dining, for instance. So when Steven said he’d like to have claypot rice for dinner at Chinatown, heh heh, we went ahead with that. Awfully Chocolate’s banana chocolate cake in a Chinatown hawker centre. How’s that for memorable, eh?

Steven Lek

One of the best things that have happened to me since I embarked on my blogging journey is the number of amazing friendships forged. Steven is one of my students-turned-friends. He used to be a ‘big potato’ (an endearing term we use to refer to high-flyers, or ‘big shots’) in Singapore Airlines before he retired (check out his blogpost here and spot his pictures with the late President Wee, and even Princess Diana). There’s so much I admire and appreciate about this guy, but there are two main qualities I’d like to share with you: his Loyalty and his Humility (this one might seem strange if you are familiar with his jokes).

Steven’s a truly loyal friend – one I can count on always. And I don’t use this term “BFF” loosely, like many other people do. I do also think it is pretty amazing that a big potato would be a good friend of mine. Most big potatoes I’ve met are snotty, while Steven’s probably the friendliest big potato ever. While people of a certain social standing tend to “flock together” with others of the same kind, Steven loves making new friends and doesn’t conform to the norm. That’s as odd as having Awfully Chocolate cake in a hawker centre where there’s no air-conditioning. :D

And if you’re still curious about the Claypot Rice stall, its unit number is 02-199:

Chinatown Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice

I’d take frog leg porridge over claypot rice any day, but if claypot rice with salted fish is what will make the BFF’s day, then so be it. Ha! If you’re a fan of claypot rice, you should definitely pop by on a weekday when there are fewer diners and the wait is not too long.

The highlight of the meal (for me) was the steamed fish head. This one is super yummy. I believe it’s a fermented bean sauce (don’t quote me on this) and it is really delicious. And cheap – just S$13! You won’t find such great value in restaurants, for sure.

Steamed Fish Head in Hot Sauce

This stall was actually recommended by the drinks seller, when we went to get some sugar cane juice (the two stalls are next to each other). I’ll definitely be back again for this steamed fish head in hot sauce.

Since there were 6 of us, BFF also ordered another fish head from another stall. This second fish seems to be patin, but I’m not sure. It has that peculiar taste that the Chinese describe as being “muddy” that resembles that of the patin fish we’ve eaten in the past. I’m not a fan of this dish, and don’t know which stall it is from, which is just as well.

Chinatown Fish Head

It might be the BFF’s doing – I am now more fussy when it comes to food and am not easily impressed anymore. LOL. Steven’s the one who introduced me to Dancing Crab, Blue Lotus, and many more eating places.

Come back again soon to read about more of my BFF’s foodie recommendations. :D :D :D

BFF’s Recommendation: TungLok Teahouse at Far East Square

TungLok Teahouse mushroom pau

One BFF of mine turned 68 yesterday, and it was his idea to pop by TungLok Teahouse at Far East Square for an early lunch today. He said that the novelty mushroom pau is interesting and highly recommends the deep sea giant garoupa as well. As you see in the picture above, the mushroom-lookalikes are actually pau with mushroom filling. I have to commend the chefs – it must take quite a bit of effort to make the pau resemble shitake mushrooms. Taste-wise, it’s perhaps nothing to rave about as they could have been more generous with the filling. But these paus are so Instagrammable, right? :D

And the main dish that BFF Steven wanted to order again was this Deep Sea Giant Garoupa ($38). This portion comes from a huge 38kg fish and I did not know what to expect – would it be tough and dry? However, it turned out rather chewy, and doesn’t taste like garoupa I’m used to. Anyway, you can choose between two cooking methods for this dish: (1) Braised Giant Garoupa Belly with Roast Pork and Garlic or (2) Steamed Giant Garoupa with Black Fungus and Garlic. We had the steamed version:

TungLok Teahouse Deep Sea Giant Garoupa

We also ate a lot of dimsum that I did not take pictures of. The char siew pao is good, and so is their har gow. The deep-fried items all turned out well so go ahead and order those when you dine at TungLok Teahouse.

What I like most about this restaurant is the effort put into the decor – from the retro-looking chairs and tables, to the paintings on the walls:

TungLok Teahouse

TungLok Teahouse Far East Square


7-13 Amoy Street, #01-01,
Singapore 049949
Tel: +65 6877 1123

Also at Square 2:

10 Sinaran Drive, #01-73,
Singapore 307506
Tel: +65 6893 1123

Park Hotel Alexandra: Meat Lovers Will Adore ‘The Carvery’ on Level 7

Park Hotel Alexandra The Carvery lunch

I enjoyed a lunch buffet at The Carvery during my staycation at Park Hotel Alexandra last weekend, and I have to say that the food’s pretty good! Unlike other buffet places which try to impress you with a staggering variety of food, The Carvery focuses on quality instead. :)

The first thing you see upon entering The Carvery is the 3-metre long meat carving station. During my visit, there was roast chicken, beef and lamb. We were bowled over by the well-seasoned, tender and juicy roast chicken that we had second helpings. :D

Park Hotel Alexandra meat carving station

Depending on when you visit, you might be treated to beef prime rib, pork knuckle, New Zealand roasted leg of lamb, etc all roasted and sliced before your eyes! I also spotted one diner happily slicing off a big chunk of the chicken when the chef had gone back into the kitchen for a bit, presumably to supervise the cooking going on inside. :D :D :D

After selecting the meats, you can then pair them with any of the 5 different fine salts, house-made Anchovy and Truffle butters (*available during dinner), and a myriad of sauces. It’s probably something unique to Park Hotel Alexandra, and The Carvery in particular – any one kind of food can come with a mind-boggling variety of sauces to go with it. Take mustard, for instance…

So many kinds!!!

 Park Hotel Alexandra mustards for meat

It’s the same with the salads: you get to choose from a range of extra virgin olive oils. Good luck finding your favorite! :D

Park Hotel Alexandra The Carvery salad dressing

And when you are back at your table, don’t forget to check out the custom-made designer Laguiole steak knives from France. At The Carvery, they take the meats they serve very seriously, it seems.

*Psst… The restaurant is next to the rooftop swimming pool and the sunset bar Aqua Luna so get a table with a nice view of the pool if you can. *wink*

Besides the meats served at The Carvery, there are side dishes which have been carefully selected to complement the meats: look out for Yorkshire pudding (*available during dinner), Lyonnaise potatoes, Vichy carrots, Sauerkraut, smoked eggplant, etc.

While there’s no sashimi (which is my favorite item at buffets), there’s some seafood on ice: chilled Tiger prawns and Canadian black mussels. You’ll also get shucked oysters at dinner…

Park Hotel Alexandra seafood on ice

For the pasta lovers, there’s a pasta station where you’ll get 3 choices of pasta (spaghetti, farfalle, or linguini) and 2 classic sauces (Pomodoro or Aglio Olio) and you’ll get your pasta cooked a la minute. I didn’t taste the pasta during my visit as it was cooked in large quantities to cater to the guests invited to someone’s birthday celebration hosted within the restaurant.

But you won’t want to miss the wood-fired pizza – the pizzas are all freshly made here. Pretty cool huh?

Park Hotel Alexandra wood-fired pizza station

As for dessert, there’s fresh fruit, brownies, blueberry cake, Crème brûlée, mango pudding, etc.

And to sum up my lunch buffet experience here, I have to say it was really satisfying and that I’ll definitely recommend it to meat lovers. Prices below if you’re interested :)

Park Hotel Alexandra The Carvery dessert

~ Prices ~

Lunch (daily) at S$38++, Dinner at S$52++ (Sun to Thurs), S$62++ (Fri & Sat)

Opening hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm

Seating Capacity: 100 indoor and 40 outdoor

Reservations: 6828 8880

Jamaica Blue @ The Star Vista: More Than Just Coffee :)

Jamaica Blue The Star Vista

I love cafes which serve all-day breakfast. You probably do too, no? :D And even though Jamaica Blue is at The Star Vista, where I go to for church services, I’ve never thought I’d step into a “coffee place” as I don’t drink coffee. But as I found out today, upon the fiancé’s invite, Jamaica Blue serves more than just coffee.

I ordered the Frittata Breakfast (S$8.90, before the add-ons) you see above. I’d actually selected two add-ons (mushrooms and avocado), otherwise it’d be a less crowded plate. :D I’m not a big fan of the Frittata – didn’t quite like the texture as the egg inside is kinda rubbery. But I have to say that I love the mushrooms – quite a generous serving of the tasty shrooms for just S$3.

As for him… he had the Classic Breakfast (S$15.90)

Jamaica Blue The Star Vista

Hashbrowns were ok, poached eggs could have done with a bit of seasoning, ham was too salty and tomatoes were alright. But we were famished after our mooncake workshop in the morning. So it was a most satisfying lunch at Jamaica Blue. Hehe!

The customer service was decent as well – this is important because bad attitudes can destroy even the best impressions of good food in a cafe or restaurant. I suspect I’ll be back here again soon! :D

1 Vista Exchange Green

#01-32 The Star Vista

Tel: 6694 4592