Tensho by MOF @ Waterway Point: Beware That Spicy Sauce Even The Chef Is Afraid Of

tensho waterway point

Spotted this Tendon place yesterday when my pal and I were walking past while enjoying double-scoop ice cream cones from Anderson’s πŸ˜€ Went back today for lunch at Tensho by MOF. It’s located next to the buffet places (Japanese hotpot and Korean bbq) at Waterway Point, Level 1 East Wing.Β Tendon (倩丼) is short for Tempura Donburi, basically tempura on top of Japanese rice. As it was my first visit, I decided to go with the spicy sauce for my Mixed Tendon, as I know that tempura and rice gets a little bland / boring after a while. Told the female (likely Malaysian) staff that I’m concerned it might be too spicy, so she said she’ll have the sauce served up separately. Great.

Except that it did not get served up separately.

tensho sg

Just one bite into that shitake mushroom tempura and my tongue felt like it was on fire. And that sauce was everywhere – on the tempura, on the rice below…

I asked the young lady why the sauce wasn’t served separately, and she apologized profusely, saying she’ll have it replaced for me. I told her it’s ok and that I’ll continue eating, and OMG this is spicy! Whenever possible, I’ll refuse to send food back to the kitchen, because it may be returned to me with spittle or something worse, right? If you want to give me a discount, sure. If you want to give me a complimentary dessert, no problem. But I’m not sending food back.

She gave me iced water. Then brought me warm water too, ‘cos chef says drinking warm water works better than iced water when you’ve eaten something that’s too spicy. I turned to Google, and it seems one shouldn’t be drinking water after eating something spicy. Drink milk or eat ice cream instead! πŸ˜€

In the end, she came over and took the bowl away from me. The chef felt it would not be an enjoyable meal if the level of spiciness was not something I could tolerate. Apparently, they had sent feedback to the head chef that the sauce was too spicy, and they are still in the process of tweaking it based on feedback from customers. Ok, here’s my feedback: IT’S TOO SPICY!

The Original Sauce is fine. Just… nothing special?

What was special though, were the “onsen eggs” which did not look like regular onsen eggs. They looked like mini fried eggs. Interestingly enough, they look all fried and crispy on the surface but inside, the yolk is still soft and almost runny.

tensho review

And, of course, there’s the complimentary pickle dish. That’s the thing with tendon. It gets so boring after a while that you need pickles in order to finish the dish.

tensho free pickles

My less picky other half ordered the cold soba. And I really enjoyed their cold soba. Very tasty and refreshing. Why did I order tendon?! Oh wait… their signature dish is supposed to be tendon! πŸ˜€

We each had a small bowl of chawanmushi too. Smallest bowl of chawanmushi I’ve ever eaten, but tasty nonetheless.

waterway point tensho

Very well-taken and tempting food pictures outside the (mini) restaurant. Just be careful of that spicy sauce, ok? Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

tensho by mof menu


Subway’s New Pineapple Cookie: Here’s ‘Huat’ I Think

Subway Pineapple Cookie

I was about to say “Double Chocolate Chip Cookie, please!” at Subway when I spotted a teeny weeny sticker regarding the NEW Pineapple cookie. It’s the first time I’ve seen a pineapple cookie in Singapore. Pineapple tarts, yes. Golf ball pineapple tarts, yes. Pineapple ‘cake’ from Taiwan, yes. But pineapple cookie? And is it a good cookie?

Well, it has the qualities of a good cookie, or at least a cookie that I appreciate: It’s soft, chewy and moist. You know some cookies have gone stale when they’re hard and dry. So this one I most definitely like.

It doesn’t taste like pineapple tarts. And that’s great too as I’ve eaten SO MANY pineapple tarts this Chinese New Year. It does taste a little bit like the pineapple ‘cakes’ (or rather, pastry) from Taiwan. Similar, but not exactly alike. So I think it’s great for when I have a pineapple tart or cake craving but I don’t want to go out and purchase an entire box of them. A Subway cookie would do. πŸ™‚

I don’t know if it’s a permanent addition to their cookie offerings, but I sure hope it stays. Go try it if you haven’t already done so. And tell me ‘huat’ you think about it k!


Subway currently has some $5.90 combos which come with a sub, cookie and drink. My personal fav isΒ the BBQ Chicken Strips sub. πŸ˜€


Awesome 1-For-1 Dessert Promotion at Ji De Chi, Waterway Point

Ji De Chi Mango Puff

After we were done with grocery shopping at Waterway Point, we spotted the 1-for-1 promotion banners outside Ji De Chi. Truth be told, I don’t usually eat dessert at Ji De Chi, not because the desserts aren’t good, but because the seats are SO uncomfortable. I think they might have been specially designed to get diners eating quickly and leaving fast as the seats are small and really hard. Nothing like those at Starbucks, where people end up nua-ing for a long time. Anyway, since there is now a 1-for-1 promotion, I felt we just HAD to take advantage of it. LOL. By the way, it’s only for dine-in so don’t ask about takeaways πŸ™‚ In fact, most of the people who popped into the store to inquire actually wanted to get takeaways, but the staff gently advised them that the promotion is only valid for dining in. And the potential customers walked right out. (Perhaps they’d return later)

In the first picture you see above, we had their Mango Puff ($6.20) that tastes so good when eaten warm. It’s just like a steaming hot spring roll that comes with mango within and icing sugar and black sesame seeds on top. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare but it’s worth the wait.

And we also had the Mango Pomelo Sago with Herbal Jelly. The portion size is rather small, with lots of ice and syrup. I’m not sure it’s worth the $6.20 pricetag without the promotion. But as it’s 1-for-1 now, GO TRY IT! And oh, EVERYTHING on their menu is going at 1-for-1. I suspect I’ll be back again before the promotion ends I-dunno-when – I was told it’s Day 1 today.

Jidechi Waterway Point.

With regard to these 1-for-1 promotions, I have to admit that they seem to be offers that I absolutely cannot miss and yet it’s probably not that great for the business in the long run. There’s another F&B outlet within Waterway Point that ran a 1-for-1 promotion for their herbal soups previously and we really enjoyed their Buddha-Jumps-Over-The-Wall. But we never returned again after the promotion ended. I guess it’s for two reasons: (1) We’re waiting to return when they run the promotion again – since it happened once, there is a likelihood they might run it again, right? and (2) If you’ve had something at 50% discount previously, it’s unlikely you want to pay full price for the same thing again. Psychologically, it seems like you’re paying twice as much as what you did the first time. Does this make sense to you? πŸ˜€ (>_<)

Anyhow, enjoy the 1-for-1 deal while it lasts. Who knows when it’ll be back again.

Toys”R”Us Is Finally Coming To Waterway Point :)

Waterway Point ToysRus

The unit opposite Pizza Hut at Waterway Point has been vacant since the mall first opened its doors to the public last year in January. But the hoarding has been done so well that I think many shoppers didn’t even realize there’s an empty unit there! πŸ˜€ Now the hoarding is in bright red, announcing the arrival of Toys”R”Us. I think Toys”R”Us will do well here as there are lots of kids living in this neighborhood. And I think there’ll be spillover benefits for PizzaHut as well – kids can have a whale of a time in Toys”R”Us while tired parents can sink into seats next door and enjoy a pizza (you know you deserve it).

I never knew how awesome Toys”R”Us is for parents, until I got to hang out with friends who have young kids. The kids get to play with all the toys in-store (I wonder how many get damaged this way) while the parents get to chill for a while without fearing that their children will run towards escalators, for instance.

And oh… I noticed that a magazine store got replaced by a florist. And isn’t it amazing how the space under the escalator can actually be shop space that brings in rent for the mall? Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

Waterway Point ToysRus

And while I’ve been a customer at just about every store in Waterway Point, there’s one I only got to try recently. I guess I’ve been avoiding it since they sell mainly deep-fried stuff. πŸ˜€ This time, we caved in.

Waterway Point i love taimei

The mushrooms are good – have a bite and you get whisked back to the night markets in Taiwan. And the smell of those fried mushrooms ($4) – OMG – you don’t want to be in the same lift as someone carrying those, or else your stomach might start growling. The tofu fries are simply a novelty item (fewer calories, maybe, but not that great value for money). The extra crispy chicken (at $4.90) is worth a try but share it with someone or else you’ll feel like you should go for a jog along the waterway in other to burn it all off.

i love taimei waterway point

I Love Taimei is at B1-K5 of Waterway Point, not too far from Koi bubble tea πŸ™‚

Do visit Waterway Point if you haven’t already done so! πŸ™‚

Sakana at Waterway Point: Order the Salmon Sashimi Don and DESSERT!

Sakana Waterway Point

Since Sakana opened at Waterway Point, I’ve always wanted to visit. It looks like the kind of Japanese restaurant I’d enjoy dining at. Having visited twice in less than a week, yup, I was right. You’d hardly think that a Japanese restaurant would serve good dessert with toast but they do! πŸ™‚ And in this post, I’ll share with you what to order when you’re at Sakana…

Sakana Waterway Point

If you have a sweet tooth, definitely order the Mango Shibuya Toast. And even if you’re feeling greedy / hungry, don’t get one for yourself. It’s for sharing! If you’ve had a full meal with friends or family, just order one to share among 3 or 4 pax.

Sakana Mango Shibuya Toast

If you don’t like overly sweet dessert and you’re a fan of matcha, then go for the Matcha Shibuya Toast. The restaurant is too generous with the red beans. πŸ˜€

Sakana Matcha Shibuya Toast

As for the mains, I highly recommend the Salmon Sashimi Don. Firstly, it’s so pretty! We ‘feast’ first with our eyes, don’t we? There’s another Japanese – Western fusion restaurant nearby that served up a really ugly sashimi don for me previously and I just had to send the restaurant some feedback. Here, taste-wise, it’s good too, and that wasabi packs a punch, in case you are wondering why it’s just one small dollop. You might feel your eyes beginning to water and your nose tingle if you eat too much of this wasabi at once. (@_@)

Sakana Salmon Sashimi Don and Lychee Zing

And the drink behind the bowl? That’s their Lychee Zing which my pal ordered. Served with a umbrella and a syringe. Apparently, there’s some kind of syrup within the syringe and you’re supposed to ‘inject’ it into the drink. When she’d picked up the syringe, one of Sakana’s male staff hurried over and tried to stop her – apparently you’re supposed to keep the syringe ‘underwater’ before you release the syrup. Otherwise it’ll squirt all over you. The staff told us that unfortunately happened to another customer recently. Hmm. I wonder why the person who served the drink didn’t warn us.

Anyway, here’s the salmon sashimi don I ordered on another occasion. It’s equally pretty. I like when standards are consistent. πŸ™‚

Sakana Salmon Sashimi Don

My sis ordered their hotplate beef cubes, which came with rice and miso soup. I thought it was rather odd that there were fries too. Let’s just say this isn’t a low carb meal. So if you’re on a diet, well, order something else. The beef could do with a bit more seasoning and truth be told, ordering beef in a restaurant called Sakana (which means ‘fish’ in Japanese) is not exactly the smartest decision. Haha! Order their fish!!!

Sakana Hotplate Beef Cubes

If you’re going to have a meal at Sakana and you already have set your eyes on having dessert there too, then maybe you might want to give the drinks a miss as they look like they have quite a few calories in there too.

My skinny pal ordered the Hojicha Caramel Macchiato, and well he should since he’s skinny and can handle the extra calories. πŸ˜€ Look at that whipped cream πŸ˜€

Sakana Hojicha Caramel Macchiato

And this is their Matcha Azuki Shiratama Latte. It doesn’t look like it’s for one person.

Sakana Matcha Azuki Shiratama Latte

I’m just a little disappointed that the restaurant doesn’t serve (free) water. You can purchase bottled water from them. The desserts are sweet, the drinks are sweet, and without water, it can seem a little overwhelming. Hence, I skip the drinks when I dine here. Maybe the restaurant can earn some money by charging for water, but perhaps they’d earn more if people order these drinks knowing that they can ask for some free iced water when it gets too sweet for their tastebuds. *shrug*

That said, I know I’ll be back for their Salmon Sashimi Don and Mango Shibuya Toast. There’s this pretty cool tea time promotion for the dessert and drinks so anyone who heads there with me can have the drink on my behalf! πŸ˜€

Sakana is located at #01-25 of Waterway Point.

GroVe: Vegetarian Food at Waterway Point, Punggol (Part One)

GroVe Waterway Point

Waterway Point has been open for about 7 months now, and I’ve only just visited this eatery selling vegetarian food this week. I think I hesitated for SO LONG because I’m not the biggest fan of vegetarian, and especially vegan, food. Sometimes I just love meat and things like salmon sashimi (*sigh*). Having popped by GroVe at Waterway Point though, I think I just may have a few more vegetarian meals in the coming months!

If you haven’t already realized, vegetarian and vegan food are less taxing on your digestive system. The same burger + fries + drink combo would leave you feeling heavy and full if it’s not a vegetarian meal. The vegetarian version simply leaves you feeling pleasantly satiated, and it’s unlikely that you’ll experience a ‘food coma’.

This was what I experienced at GroVe.

I ordered a new item on their menu: the Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger with Fries ($8.80) and added a dollar for their original milk tea (there’s a version with peach, which I’ll try next time).

The burger buns were so soft and fluffy, the pineapple very juicy, and the fries were hot and crispy without being oily (I was so impressed!) The ‘patty’ itself has the same texture as luncheon meat! Go slice through it with a knife and you’ll see what I mean. Incredible! *Of course, this is processed food too. So I wouldn’t say it’s extremely healthy.

As for the drink, I was blown away by how similar it was to Koi’s milk tea. Just add the ‘pearls’, I guess, and it can pass off as Koi bubble tea. Apparently the drink is from the brand Utopia, which hails from Australia. I’ll definitely need to get another cup, since the $1 top-up makes the drink cheaper than those from Koi or GongCha. πŸ˜€

*GroVe has a weekday promotion: Value Meals at $9.80 with a choice of Peach Tea or Plum Green Tea. Mains are: Smoky BBQ Burger w/Fries (Monday), Oyster Mushroom Cream Pasta (Tuesday), Potato Baked Rice w/Japanese Curry Sauce (Wednesday), Kung Pao Monkey-Head Mushroom Noodle (Thursday) and Sweet & Sour Monkey Head Mushroom Rice (Friday). *Not valid on Public Holidays.

You can find GroVe / Utopia at #02-20/21, Waterway Point. It’s located next to the foodcourt, and opposite Buddy Hoagies.

老火汀 @ Waterway Point: Buy-1-Get-1-Free Soups

Waterway Point 老火汀

I had lunch at Waterway Point today as there’s a promotion going on at one of the new eateries. 老火汀’s soups are on offer now till 31 August – order one bowl of soup and get another (of the same price or lower) for FREE! We picked ‘Buddha Jump Over The Wall’ or what the Chinese call ‘δ½›θ·³ε’™’ as it’s easily one of the most pricey soups on their menu, getting the most out of the promo! πŸ˜€

Of course, you can opt for any of the other soups, such as Pork Rib with Apple & Snow Pear Soup (S$9.80), Sea Coconut Chicken Soup (S$14.80) or their herbal chicken soups (S$14.80 – S$16.80).

We ordered Pumpkin Rice and Brown Rice (S$2 each) to go along with the soups. I like having both kinds of rice mixed together.

As for the ‘Buddha Jump Over The Wall’ soup, I liked that it doesn’t have a ton of MSG in it (so we didn’t actually feel thirsty after the meal) and that the ingredients seem pretty fresh. There was chicken, fish maw, mushrooms, wolfberries, scallops (really small ones), etc. Really good comfort food on rainy days, I believe. But today’s weather was horrendously hot.

If, like me, you’re wondering why this soup comes with such an interesting name, and since when did Buddha actually jump over a wall, well, Wikipedia says it’s because the dish is so yummy that it’d entice vegetarian monks to jump over temple walls to get to it. LOL. Not sure if it’s true, but that’s an interesting story.

老火汀’s business sure was brisk today, no doubt due to their 1-for-1 promotion. Staff give out flyers at the mall’s entrance daily, I believe, so I’m sure many shoppers popped by to try the soups. Meanwhile, Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh just next door clearly suffered. While 老火汀 had few unoccupied tables, Rong Hua’s were largely unoccupied at lunchtime with perhaps only 2 pairs of diners. Since their clientele is largely the same, I’m sure Rong Hua’s boss won’t be pleased a competitor is right next door.

Another thing I noticed was how some diners leave a mess behind. There was a middle-aged man seated at the table next to ours, and after he was done with his meal, he left behind lots of chicken (or pork?) bones and bits of cartilage and all on the table, and the poor waitress had to pick them up one by one with the pair of chopsticks he had used. Clearing his one table took a while. Hopefully, more of us can learn to leave those bits and pieces we don’t want to eat in a separate bowl or plate so it makes clearing the dishes that much easier for staff. #beagoodcustomer

~ How To Enjoy The Buy 1 Get 1 Free Promo ~

The promotion is available from now till 31 August, only from 11am to 430pm on Mondays to Fridays, excluding weekends and public holidays.

Address: Waterway Point #B1-22 East Wing (between Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh and Uncle Leong’s Signatures). Tel: 6386 0830.

*There’s the usual 10% service charge and 7% GST – it’ll be added to your bill.

Only One Stall @ Waterway Point’s Foodcourt With A Queue!

Punggol Waterway Point foodcourt

On a whim, I decided to have breakfast at Waterway Point‘s foodcourt this morning. Little did I know that it was a great way to find out which stall’s the most popular. Around 10am or so, when everyone who needs to be at work is already at work, people who can have a leisurely breakfast are those who are in absolutely no hurry to go anywhere, and who have the time for a good breakfast. They are also the people who know which stall serves the best food. When I pop by the foodcourt at dinnertime, for instance, everyone just wants to grab a quick dinner and head home, and some are in a hurry to get takeaways for hungry family members waiting for their food at home, so any stall will do.

This morning, I realized that no one stall constantly had a queue, except for one called “Lam’s Signature”. It serves a couple of noodle dishes. Their signature item is one noodle dish that comes with some (small) abalone on a satay stick. πŸ˜€ I selected the one with watercress soup instead, and no abalone. It cost S$6.

I tucked into the noodles first. It was pretty simple: just noodles, some minced meat, chopped spring onions, and one medium-sized piece of fried lard. However, the noodles tasted so sour! I don’t know how much vinegar went into the dish, but strangely enough, it tasted really good!

The handmade fishballs and meatballs tasted really fresh and springy – delightful! Likewise, the watercress was fresh and also such a lovely addition to the meal. As for the soup, it did not overwhelm with MSG like so many other soups found in foodcourts. So I drank half of it, I think.

All in all, it was a really satisfying meal. If you’re at Waterway Point, and you don’t want to dine at one of the many restaurants in the mall, preferring the more affordable prices at the Koufu Foodcourt, try the food at this stall. πŸ™‚ The foodcourt is located next to Times Bookstore, in case you were wondering.

The Coffee House @ Waterway Point: Good Drinks Here!

The Coffee House Waterway Point

I popped by The Coffee House at Waterway Point with my pals for a post-dinner ‘la kopi’ session. It is by no means a Hong Kong style cha chan teng, it is very much Singaporean. Actually we chose The Coffee House because Ya Kun was not serving any food once it’s 9.30pm (very strange since the outlet closes at 10pm), we found that the drinks at The Coffee House are decent!

I had the Teh-C, which was pretty good. And my pals had iced kopi and the soursop cooler. If you’d like to meet your pals for a drink at Waterway Point, do head to The Coffee House.

The food, though, needs some working on. The pictures in the menu are very well-taken, admittedly.

I ordered the laksa (S$7.30) and even before it was served, the wait staff came over to say that the “la la” is unavailable so is it ok if they put more ‘hum‘ into my laksa instead? I was stumped. Laksa got la la meh?Β Anyway, the boss also came over and offered to include scallops instead. But someone at my table told him there’s no need to, even though it was MY laksa order. Whuttttttttt… And the boss happily did not include any scallops in my laksa. And there were just 5 small pieces of ‘hum‘ i.e. cockles. At times like these, I appreciate the tasting sessions held for bloggers – we get anything and everything we want to eat. If you’re an ordinary customer… well… yeah. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

One point for improvement: the laksa broth is not quite hot… just slightly above lukewarm… therefore takΒ shiok.

The Coffee House Laksa

I figured that instead of paying S$25.80 for laksa with grilled lobster and not knowing whether it tastes good beforehand, why not just try the laksa on its own first? If it’s good, then order the lobster version next time, ya? *Anyway the lobster version was not available during my visit. The kong ba pau also wasn’t available. And neither was the muah chee, and a few other items. Bummer.

The Coffee House Laksa with Grilled Lobster

The popiah (at S$5.50 for 2 pieces) tasted very ‘vegetarian’:

The Coffee House popiah

I think the white radish used was not drained well enough so the popiah skin got soaked and rather soggy. The chili could do with more oomph and maybe add prawn or something else into the popiah for better texture?

BUT I have to say that the menu looks pretty awesome. The pictures are so enticing, and the concept is cool. Take their oyster seafood soup, for instance, which seems like something I would try. Question is, if the coffee house runs out of oysters, will they give me scallops? πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

The Coffee House Oyster Seafood Soup

Good place for drinks lah! Will be back for Teh-C!

The Coffee House is at #B2-05 of Waterway Point.

Buddy Hoagies @ Waterway Point: No Service Charge, Free Iced Water!

Buddy Hoagies Western BBQ Chicken

My pals ate at Buddy Hoagies at Waterway Point recently and highly recommended (to me) the baked potato and coleslaw. So theΒ fiancΓ© and I popped by for dinner yesterday and we tried the Western BBQ Chicken (S$9.90) and Fish n Chips (S$9.90). The prices are pretty affordable for “Western food”, right? And the best part is you don’t have to pay for service charge, only the GST. FREE iced water is also provided. πŸ™‚

Buddy Hoagies Fish And Chips

I had the fish and chips and I must say that I like the breaded dory – crispy on the outside, moist on the inside. I hate fish and chips that end up tasting like burnt fish fillets, if you know what I mean. These ones here are pretty good. The fries are ‘meah‘ but I like the baked potato! Can I have 2 x baked potato instead? πŸ˜€

The Western BBQ Chicken you see in the first picture above was tasty. And there’s that smoky, charcoal sort of smell, like when eating satay. If I had been blind-folded and fed small pieces at a time, I would have thought I was eating chicken satay. It was well-glazed, moist inside, and overall pretty tasty. The onion rings are good too. Pity the coleslaw was so-so (tastes kinda like KFC’s, I feel).

The portions are reasonable, and leave enough space for dessert. I highly recommend Miam Miam‘s. And oh, I’d love to try the rosti at Buddy Hoagies next time. Yes! They serve Rosti! πŸ˜€

If you’re not in the mood for western food, check out my other top 5 best value-for-money restaurants and eateries in Waterway Point! πŸ˜€

Buddy Hoagies is located at #02-22 of Waterway Point (just opposite the foodcourt) Tel: 6385 8328