Delicious Tomato Soup Noodles @ EVENTASTY δΈ€η’—η”°, Funan

FINALLY visited Funan today, after everyone else already has, it seems. πŸ˜€ And my darling said it’d be a good idea to dine at Funan too, even though we’d made an Eatigo reservation elsewhere (which we later canceled). He found a Fave deal for set meals at EVENTASTY which is supposedly famous for its hand-pulled noodles? For just $13.70, you get a main (up to $15.90), a side dish (up to $3), and a canned beverage. It’s a pretty good deal! πŸ™‚ We ordered what is essentially the same dish – Braised Wagyu Beef Noodle – but with different soup bases: the Signature Tomato Soup Base for him, and the Beef Bone Soup Base for me. We also got to select the type of noodle we want! πŸ™‚

I found the Beef Bone Soup Base rather bland. You can add some of the chili oil that’s provided in a little container at each table. But the tomato soup base is DELICIOUS! He picked the “Small Flat” noodle for the tomato soup base and the pairing was just… PERFECT.

As for the side dishes, we had the Mashed Potato w/Braised Beef Sauce (below, left) and the Marinated Beef Shank w/Shredded Cabbage (below, right). I like both of these dishes. Very generous portions too, if I may add. Definitely worth the $3!

Here’s the noodle selection:

And here’s the menu:

I think we will order the Mushroom Braised Beef Shank Dry Noodle the next time we dine here. And we will absolutely get the Braised Wagyu Beef Noodle in Tomato Soup too! πŸ˜€

Jollibee @ Changi City Point

Jollibee at Waterway Point has been doing such a roaring business that much as I’ve been tempted to, I’ve never actually joined the queue and purchased a meal there. So when I was at Changi City Point recently, I went to Jollibee there, where there wasn’t much of a queue. Truth be told, I don’t know what the fuss is all about. Firstly, in the pictures you’ll always see the chicken drumstick but what was served to me was chicken breast (which I hate) and chicken wing. (@_@) I should have asked for the drumstick and thigh. It never crossed my mind to ask them for the exact chicken part I would like to have. Secondly, the fries are what my pal Steven would call anaemic – yellow and not quite golden, and under-salted. Not special like MOS Burger’s or deliciously golden-brown and well-salted like McD’s.

And that same night, I had a bout of food poisoning. Don’t know if it was Jollibee or the high tea at Changi or KOI bubble tea or dinner I prepared myself at home or the GongCha my darling bought. (@_@)

Short queue:

Menu… see the drumsticks everywhere?

I assumed I’d get a drumstick too. Assumed wrongly. So learn from my mistake, folks.

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Honestly, I don’t get why Jollibee is so popular. Prices are comparable to any other fast food outlet. And fried chicken is fried chicken. KFC’s is pretty good too. I’d hazard a guess that the Filipino community is the one most enthusiastic about Jollibee’s expansion in SG. As for me, I’m super happy with MOS BURGER. And Waterway Point now has its own MOS outlet too. I don’t hafta head to CompassOne anymore… except to visit the library. XD

Black Gold Durians from Rich Star Durian (Go Richard)

I’ve tried many cultivars of durian, from the famed Pahang Mao Shan Wang and Black Thorn, to weird ones like Shen Xian. It was just a matter of time before I moved on to… Black Gold. πŸ˜€ Because I follow a certain Facebook page about durians, I came to know about Richard and Rich Star Durian. So I ordered 14kg of Black Gold recently. My wallet hurt a little ‘cos it was all of $193.80! Wanted to pay cash on delivery but was told that prepayment via paylah or paynow was necessary as they will get Lalamove folks to send the durians over. Oh well. Delivery was late by 2.5 hours apparently due to some jam at the Customs. *Note to self: NEVER order during a public holiday or a long weekend with public holidays! *Another note to self: Only order from durian sellers with Facebook pages where they allow customers to leave reviews. Those who don’t allow reviews are usually less trustworthy. And if you’re wondering, yes, Rich Star Durian allows (and more importantly, encourages) reviews.

In the picture you see above, there is durian missing. I’d opened one box for photo-taking and my darling had already stolen some durian before I could take a picture. He never does this. Goes to show how long he had waited for the delivery guy to come by! I’d simply gone to bed at 9pm after the Whatsapp message came that the truck was stuck at Customs. Ha! There is NOTHING more important than sleep. Those people who boast about sleeping 4 hours a night (or less) and say that you can sleep all you want when you’re dead… well, they don’t appreciate sleep enough so they might as well be dead. Also, they’re probably guzzling lots of coffee in the daytime just to ‘keep going’. Poor them. Anyway…

Here’s $193.80 in 7 styrofoam boxes:

The seeds:

Seeds: largely small and flat though there were some BIG seeds as well. About 11 seeds per box. Is it worth the pricetag? You decide.

Taste: very rich, some seeds were superbly bitter and some with an almost alcoholic taste. I prefer sweet durians so I guess MSW will still be my pick after all. Because Black Gold can taste SO bitter, I find that I cannot eat as many seeds as when I’m eating MSW.

Packaging: I’m not sure it’s airtight at all. The smell of durian is still strong though it’s all supposedly sealed up. Probably not suitable for taking onto public transport and planes!

If you ask me to rank Black Gold, MSW and Black Thorn, it’d probably be, for me, (1) MSW, (2) Black Gold, (3) Black Thorn.

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If you’d like to place an order, message 9220 1177 / 9084 1945. The shop’s at 46 Sims Place #01-191 Sims Vista, Singapore 380046. *Apparently there’s a BIG open carpark just in front of the shop. πŸ˜‰

125 Prawning and Fishing: Sure-Catch Fishing at $18

In this picture you see above, the ‘pond’ is for the “sure-catch fishing” and the one further away, to the left, is for fishing with no guarantee of landing a catch. πŸ˜€ I actually wasn’t too pleased at being ‘dragged’ here on a super sunny afternoon just to check out a *new* fishing spot. Pasir Ris, to me, isn’t a great place for fishing as our experience over at a certain park / pond *ahem* hasn’t been the best (rude staff, lousy catch rate, etc). However, I think 125 Prawning and Fishing is interesting – fully sheltered with this mega tentage, has fans for ventilation and to cool you down on a hot day, and is generally pretty spacious.

I watched as a couple shared one prawning rod and didn’t catch anything while my darling finally mustered up enough courage to go try out the ‘sure catch fishing’. It’s $18 for a fish. You pay only when you catch one successfully. Even if the bait is lost multiple times or the line snaps, you won’t be charged.

Here are the types of fish available:

And peering into the water, you can even spot the fish (you want)…

In general, the staff here are quite nice. There was a slim, young guy who appeared pretty friendly. He was very helpful in explaining what to do. And he also helped get the hook out of the fish’s mouth. He did also say we shouldn’t stand on the raised platform (where you get to see the fish you want to catch) as it would scare the fish away and they won’t want to take the bait. I’m not sure whether I should believe him as (1) the platform is where you get to ‘aim’ for the fish you want such as the grouper and (2) no matter where you stand, the fish will still be able to “see” you if they can (supposedly) see you in the first place. (@_@)

My darling wanted to catch the Taiwan Ngor. He mentioned the name at least twenty times at home. So to not be able to aim for the fish he wants was a bummer.

Long story short, he caught one. It was supposedly some kind of mangrove jack. And it was all purely by accident…

The staff provide live prawns to use as bait. The first time round, some fish made off with his bait. The second time, we managed to see that it was one of those red snapper ones which took the prawn off the hook. And purely by luck, my darling did that jerk of the fishing rod and got the hook real tight around a (passing) mangrove jack. So… this fish very suay lor – didn’t get to eat the prawn, plus ended up getting caught and eaten. πŸ˜€

So the ‘fisherman’ caught, cleaned and cooked the fish:

You can tell a guy prepared this fish as the tail end looks horribly butchered. Machiam kena bitten off by piranha? Needless to say, the fish was SO fresh. Absolutely delicious.

Here’s the prawning area where I witnessed no action whatsoever:

Who knew there’s such a place, with such a gigantic tent, where you can fish and prawn without caring about the weather:

Address: 125 Pasir Ris Road, Singapore 519121. Not quite accessible, unless you drive. Or take a Grab.

Hao Zhou Dao ε₯½η²₯道 @ 305 Ubi Ave 1

hao zhou dao ubi

Haven’t blogged in almost 2 weeks, it seems. Been so very busy but the long weekend’s been fabulous. We even went to Ubi to have a leisurely late lunch of porridge. Some call it ‘old people’s food’. Some say it’s comfort food. But good porridge stalls should be treasured. Especially the kind that offer air-conditioned seating areas! Hao Zhou Dao (ε₯½η²₯道) is one such place. Thanks to my darling who brought me here. Or else I would not have known about this hidden gem. So well hidden at the foot of Block 305 Ubi Ave 1. There’s a playground right in front of the eatery so I guess it must be a popular makan place for families with young children. πŸ˜‰

He had the Signature Porridge ($6.80) while I went for the Seafood Porridge ($8). The latter had 2 plump prawns, 3 scallops and some fish slices. The former had sliced pork, a meat ball, liver, sliced fish, cuttlefish, century egg, etc. I prefer the Seafood Porridge as it’s light in aroma and taste. The Signature Porridge is darker in color, has a stronger smell because of the intestines and all, and I think it’ll make me feel ‘jelat’ real quickly.

Here’s the menu:

hao zhou dao menu prices

They are open everyday from 9am to 830pm, which I think is admirable. No rest days?! Is the rental that high here? Also, they offer $1 off the porridge bowls if you come by on weekdays between 9am to 12 noon.

They also have one of those loyalty cards which you’re more likely to get from bubble tea shops. You get 1 stamp per bowl and you can get 1 free (hot) drink after getting 4 stamps, and $3 off your total bill after collecting 8 stamps. There doesn’t seem to be an expiry date too. So that’s great. I believe I’ll be back again. Love that there’s air-conditioning, and there weren’t too many people on a public holiday – but it could also be because we came by after 2pm when most of the lunch crowd’s gone? πŸ˜€

Even if you don’t drive, it’s still pretty accessible. Take the train toΒ Ubi MRT station (Downtown line) and head out of Exit A. This porridge stall is a short walk away. Check streetdirectory.com if you need directions. πŸ˜‰

Ginger Thai @ Cuppage Terrace: Spicy Thai Food With Eye-Watering Prices

We dined at Ginger Thai on Sunday, as there was 50% discount via Eatigo. Still, the bill looked just a tad scary. πŸ˜€ We ordered only 3 dishes, without any rice or drinks. We were told the 50% discount did not apply if we ordered crabs, rice or beverages. Everything else, including dessert, would be at half-price. At first, I thought the waitress was a little rude when she dropped the menu onto our table (reminding me of the ‘service’ in Hong Kong) but she later warmed up and was quite pleasant.

For a start, just the fish cake, which was served with a sweet chili sauce and a peanut(?) sauce:

I picked the Tom Yum (Seafood) Hor Fun, which was pretty good:

The waitress told us the Chef could make the hor fun dish less spicy for us as my darling wanted to try the Suicide Ginger Chicken and there’s no reduction of the spice level for that dish.

This is the famous Suicide Ginger Chicken:

One of those names which so appeal to daredevils. Just like ‘Heart Attack Fried Rice’. Basically this dish contains some chopped up chicken pieces in a super spicy sambal-like sauce. It’ll make your eyes water and nose run, and before long, you’ll be asking for another pint of beer or a fire extinguisher. Towards the end, I dunked the chicken into mineral water just to get rid of some of that crazy-hot chili. It actually works. If you don’t want to waste food, but just can’t bring yourself to eat another mouthful of this spiciness, try my mineral water trick. πŸ˜€

Here’s some of what’s on their menu:

I thought $5.80 for 3 chicken wings looked reasonable. Then I took a closer look and saw it’s $5.80 PER PIECE, minimum 3pcs! So three stuffed chicken wings would cost you, after service charge and GST, a total of $20.36! *gulp*

And rice, which you’re probably used to paying $1 or $2 for, costs $4++ here:

The prices for the veggies are similarly on the high side:

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We are unlikely to return again because of the steep prices. However, the food tastes pretty good. Especially that tom yum hor fun. Rather memorable. This meal – 2 mains and 1 side – cost us $39.16. And we bought drinks at 7-eleven just opposite after leaving Ginger Thai. πŸ˜€ Beer was only at $2. Haha!

If you’re dining here, may I recommend you make a reservation via Eatigo first for 50% off?

Ginger Thai is at 37 Cuppage Road, Singapore 229460

Tel: 6734 5682

Durians: η₯žδ»™, 老ε€ͺ婆, Awesome Mao Shan Wang

After dinner at Pump Station 1965, we had durians for dessert. I wanted to try other cultivars this time, besides our usual Awesome Mao Shan Wang from Pahang. So I made a reservation for η₯žδ»™ (celestial being?) and 老ε€ͺ婆 (Old Granny) durians. Alas! The two 老ε€ͺ婆 durians which Durian Empire Punggol had reserved for me were not good. The seller tossed them straight into the bin after opening them to let me ‘check’. I actually didn’t get to see what was wrong with them but just let him tell me if they are good or not. We then had to decide if we would take the durians home together with the husks or have the company pack just the flesh in boxes for us. Decided on the latter and it was a good decision because one of the η₯žδ»™ durians had some rotten or unripe parts and they replaced some seeds with MSW. Hence one of the boxes you see above has both MSW and SX written on it.

The seeds of the η₯žδ»™ durian:

Most of them are small and flat but I did get one fat seed.

η₯žδ»™ is bittersweet – some seeds are bitter while others are sweet. My darling said he got the REALLY sweet ones. Well, good for him. I ended up getting more of the bitter ones. (@_@)

The color’s not as attractive as the MSW, and the taste and fragrance not as strong, but it’s still pretty good, considering it’s $14/kg as compared to the $23/kg Awesome MSW.

There is another durian seller I’m contemplating getting durian from but orders have to be 10kg and above to qualify for free delivery. Since the season is ending soon, it’s now or never I guess.

It’s so ridiculous how expensive durians are. I mean, it’s easy to spend over $100 on durians. I spent $95 today only ‘cos the (good) 老ε€ͺ婆 durians weren’t available. But how many people make $100 a day? Why should a fruit be so expensive?

There’s actually a YouTube video on the topic:

Hopefully, Takagi Ramen’s Chef Won’t Get Fired For This!

Actually, I didn’t want to eat at Takagi Ramen anymore after two recent incidents. One was at their Ang Mo Kio outlet where one of the staff was actually sleeping during the peak hours (dinner) and really, hogging one of the booths with the cushy seats. So annoying. Also, the entire place was so cramped that people walking past where we were seated had to raise their trays (with food on them!) over our heads before they could inch over to their own seats. Worse of all, one member of their staff accidentally spilled something onto our tiny table space and personal items. Then when we ate at the outlet at Downtown East, the chef (whom I don’t recognize) served up rather lukewarm food – ramen with almost-cold broth is disgusting, really. So when my darling said we should have dinner at Takagi Ramen today after popping by the Kalms vending cafe event at Downtown East, I was quite reluctant. (@_@) I wanted to dine at Founder’s Bak Kut Teh instead even though I’ve never eaten there before and am not adventurous when it comes to food.

Anyway, from the pic above, it’s obvious who gave in.

I do still have the picture from 25 June 2019! This guy in the renoma (I think) briefs was sleeping as the place was filling up with diners. So many people walked over here, saw the guy sleeping, and did a U-turn in disappointment / disgust / disbelief:

takagi ramen ang mo kio

He might be ill. He might be really tired from holding down three jobs (who knows), but really… he should NOT be sleeping here, when the restaurant is open for business and a steady stream of customers are coming in. Anyway, why I did not send this piece of feedback to the owners of Takagi Ramen, I know not.

I’m never visiting the AMK outlet again. I like hole-in-the-wall places, especially in Japan, but I don’t want people carrying trays of ramen overhead anymore. Once is more than enough, thanks.

When both rows are occupied, there really isn’t any more space for people to walk:

takagi ramen ang mo kio review

Also, I kinda hated the chili crab ramen. So much hype, too much disappointment.

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However, the saving grace today was that the awesome Chinese guy was the chef over at Takagi Ramen, Downtown East. There was one time I dined here alone and the chef forgot to add the egg into my ramen, and when I asked him about it, he quickly apologised and placed the egg in. And kindly gave me an extra serving of bean sprouts too. I seriously LOVE bean sprouts. Any sort of noodle I eat tastes better with bean sprouts. I really should start growing them at home myself. 70cents a pack over at FairPrice seems expensive, no? πŸ˜›

So, anyway, today I decided to ask the Chinese lady at the counter if I could have an extra portion of bean sprouts. She did not take my order (I’d done it all via the self-serve kiosk) but she relayed my message to the chef and TADAH…

I was blown away… an extra PLATTER of bean sprouts, at no charge?! What! I LOVE THIS CHEF!

takagi ramen downtown east

So ok, I’ll be back! πŸ˜€ I love the Takagi Ramen (yes, the actual dish) and it’s so hard to find another dish that I like here. We ordered the Awabi Shoyu Ramen as well this time and the light broth is pretty good. I can probably order it again. πŸ™‚

Anyway, dinner was the highlight. The Kalms vending event was quite a letdown. We’d all gotten push notifications via the app yesterday to say there’s an Opening event today at 4pm. A handful of people showed up before 4pm, including myself. We’d expected the lucky draw to be conducted, as was stated in the app’s notification. But there was nothing happening. Absolutely nothing.

There was this poster in store:

And some “prizes” I guess:

But when I asked the angmoh staff about the lucky draw, his answer was that as long as you’ve gotten the notification via the app, you’re enrolled in the lucky draw. HUH? So if you got the notification but don’t show up, you still stand a chance?! I find it so hard to believe angmohs. And you’ll only be notified much later if you win, and the company will then try and find a suitable day and time to get you your prize. I kinda got the ‘message’ that there’s no on-site lucky draw happening, or that maybe it’ll happen really late in the evening, so we left and went to Takagi Ramen. We left Kalms after 4.35pm because there was nothing happening at all. Got us to come by at 4pm for what sia?

But I DID get to purchase multiple items from the vending machine. The last time I was here, the part-timer was SO clueless. Items were stuck, app was down, connection was slow, and she took down my particulars and promised to call but didn’t. Today, the Kalms staff were out in (almost) full force so I happily purchased multiple items (app was still slow but nothing got stuck).

Super fizzy drink *burp* and a Doraemon snack I quite enjoyed:

Life. Full of discoveries, disappointments and delight. πŸ™‚

Moosh Softserve @ Our Tampines Hub

This has to be the ugliest waffle + soft serve combo I’ve ever seen. Yup! This was what was served up to us at Moosh Softserve tonight, at Our Tampines Hub. My darling had bought a Fave deal for this combo and I think it was about to expire, so we quickly popped by to redeem the voucher this evening. Redeeming the voucher wasn’t easy either. I was informed that Strawberry, Blueberry and Apple Crumble were unavailable. That’s 3 out of the 4 options I could pick with the Fave deal, without topping up with cash. Smores was available. But I decided to go with the Nutella Brownie Cheesecake and had to pay an additional 50 cents (which was fine, considering it’s one of their All Time Favs). And it was served up looking like a mess, and in an abstract sort of way, it reminds me of the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter series. πŸ˜€ They should call this the Sorting Hat Waffle.

But looks aside, it was delicious! Decadent, sinful, probably contained a gazillion calories, and more sugar than we should have in a week. But it tasted good! Darling asked me how I’d rate this and I said 7.85 / 10. It’s better than a 7.5 but doesn’t qualify for an ‘8’ ‘cos it looks messy and the waffle lacked a bit of crisp. But when you want to reward yourself with a sweet treat say, after you’ve run a marathon, this should be it.

Menu:

Maybe we should try the Molten Lava Pancake next time:

Of the 4 tables occupied this evening around 6.40pm, 3 had Malay customers, and then there was us. Darling commented that F&B businesses in Tampines should have Halal certification if they want to survive in this estate. And I agree.

I do think that the layout within the mall is rather confusing. I probably won’t be able to find Moosh on my own easily the next time I am here. So whether this particular space has good ‘fengshui’ or not, I don’t know. I’m guessing their other outlet at Haji Lane would be a little busier.

Moosh is at B1-53 of Our Tampines Hub.

Black Pearl & S17 Durians, Lunch Plus Dinner @ The Leks’

My pal, Steven, wanted to try S17 durians while I wanted to find out what the Black Pearl durians taste like. So we ordered these, and our all-time favorite Mao Shan Wang durians, from Durian Empire recently. Both the S17 and the Black Pearl durians have whitish flesh. Black Pearl had many long seeds. The flesh is pale, creamy with some slightly firmer bits, and there is a hint of sweetness and no bitterness at all. Meanwhile, the S17 has large and fat seeds, and the flesh is bitter. Of course, nothing beats the Awesome Mao Shan Wang which had that heady fragrance, is fleshy and bittersweet.

Mao Shan Wang seeds on top, Black Pearl ones bottom-left and S17 bottom-right:

Steven’s ‘Chinese Vinegar Pork Leg’ dish for lunch:

The MasterChef at work:

We also had tofu, cabbage, and the cakes and brownies I got from Chalk Farm at Paragon:

The 24 Karat Brownies are the best brownies in Singapore. No doubt about that. If you have never tasted them before, just go buy a slice ok? Only $5.50 and so moist and chocolatey that you’ll never want to have brownies from anywhere else. This is the best.

I bought two slices of cake too: Salted Caramel Macadamia ($9) and Carrot Whiskey Sultana ($9). Hopefully, there’ll be Butterscotch Cake in future for Steven. πŸ™‚

And for dinner, MasterChef Melinda made us pasta! Gosh! Too pretty! And I didn’t even know I’ve been washing mushrooms the wrong way my whole life! I’ll usually remove the stalks from button mushrooms and portobello mushrooms then rinse them out under running water. What Melinda taught me to do was to keep the stalk (!) and use damp kitchen towels to rub them down. This, apparently, prevents the mushrooms from going all soggy. I truly didn’t know that.

Anyway, it’s really touching to have friends who aren’t taken aback by my sudden decision to drop by for lunch. Definitely sharing more yummy pastries and premium durians with these valued friends. πŸ™‚