Thursday, January 27, 2022

Yat Ka Yan Dessert (一家人) @ Fortune Centre in Bugis [Singapore]

Most Singaporean Chinese would be familiar with the famous Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple at Bugis but mention Fortune Centre, which is just less than 100 meters away; a majority would likely remember it as an old building stuck in the 1970s / 80s.

It's actually popular with vegetarian foodies although our focus today is on dessert. As the name suggests, Yat Ka Yan, on level two of Fortune Centre, likely has Cantonese origins and aside from classic desserts commonly found in Hong Kong; you can also indulge in local ones like chendol and cheng tng.

Menu as appended above; selection was varied and for the sake of reviewing, we ordered three different types although I regretted not going for the yam paste that appeared to be rated the best on Google reviews.

Chee Cheong Fun with Cai Po - also known as preserved radish, cai po is one of the most unassuming ingredients that did a wonderous job in enhancing a bland flavor.

The chee cheong fun (rice rolls) didn't amaze us but the cai po with fried shallots resulted in a delicious combination consisting of a nice aroma peppered with sweetness, sourness and a touch of vinegar.

Chendol - while drenched with gula melaka, this wasn't overly sweet. The green 'worms' (the ingredient that gave the chendol its name) had a bitter tinge that kind of reminded me of the time I tried to make pandan layer cake and it turned out to be too tart for my liking.

Cheng Tng - given my immense love for cheng tng in hot and sunny Singapore, this is something I am likely to order whenever I see the dessert on the menu! 

Nicely flavored without the disgusting sugary syrup found in cheng tng from some dessert stalls, this contained nutritional ingredients like dried longans, white fungus, barley, gingko nuts, barley and dried persimmons. I love! 

Black Glutinous Rice with Chendol
- I am not a fan of black glutinous rice but Alex is. His comments: he didn't like those with a lot of rice.  Well, I am no expert; some people would likely prefer more glutinous rice, I guess. 

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Would be back to try the yam paste! p.s. Apparently, I wrongly ordered the black glutinous rice with chendol and failed to double check the receipt. Even though we decided to accept the one with chendol, the person actually apologized and refunded me the difference! Definitely a plus point for the service. 

Address
190 Middle Rd, #02-08,
Fortune Centre, Singapore 188979

Map 
 
As above.

Pricing
Chee Cheong Fun with Cai Po - S$3.20
Chendol - S$3.20
Cheng Tng - S$3.20 
Black Glutinous Rice with Chendol - S$4.00 

Monday, January 24, 2022

Christmas 2021 - Unwrapping the Presents

Disclaimer - the unwrapping for the 2021 Christmas presents was done earlier this year but I had been so busy that this posting was way delayed! Is it true that Christmas celebrations go on for a month? Because if that's the case, I am still in time!

Although many of us were still working from home then, and that some of my cliques have already removed Christmas gifting; I am surprised that I still receive quite a number of presents in 2021. 

Unwrapping done; not all presents are in their physical form though. There's also a digital gift voucher for a pottery class at Singapore's oldest but still suviving dragon kiln! 

Quite a number of aromatic candles, which I like! There was one year I purchased so many from Yankee Candles; I automatically qualified as a member which allowed me to redeem a pack of mini candles every three months.

Is it a hint that I should wear more accessories? Before I got my Apple Watch or those fitness trackers, I didn't even bother with having a timepiece. And I don't wear rings too, after a bad experience when I was in national service.

Ironically, this bottle of alcohol-free wine was gifted by the same friend who rekindled my love for alcohol, and the never-ending adoration for Brown Brothers Cienna. Two friends also bought me a watermelon sparkling wine, and I can't wait to open it! 

Customized gifts with my name on it. It's always nice to have something with my name embossed on it, especially when mine isn't that common. 

This is an interesting item as I didn't know what it would be used for. There wasn't any instructions and it came with a pouch and an ink pipette! Thankfully, I am a fan of some Taobao pages on Facebook and remember seeing something similar in a few videos.

Do you know what it is used for?

It's to mask out your personal details for the delivered packages of your online purchases! I found this to be extremely useful as I used to cut them out but it can be so tedious! Just roll a few times and your details would be literally blacked out! 

Many thanks for all the presents but as mentioned before; I do not lack anything at my age and would always prefer a meet-up over drinks or meals. Furthermore, I know it can be stressful thinking what to buy as a present for someone! 

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Satay Bee Hoon @ Chong Pang Hawker Centre in Yishun (Singapore) #chongpanghawkercentre

For the longest time ever, I remember that the only hawker food sold at Guan Heng Cooked Food is the Singapore style carrot cake but that's actually limited for only the morning shift. For night, it pivots to selling another popular local delight that draws a long queue whenever I am there for dinner. 

It's not something that I fancy and with so many good hawker fare within the food center; I didn't bother checking it out until my mom commented once that she wanted to have it once but the line was too long. Being the good son, I suggested going for an early dinner when I was on leave last week. 

Even though the stall had other noodles like mushroom minced meat noodles, fish ball noodles etc, it's their satay bee hoon that's signature. Since I am sharing with my mom, the medium portion at S$5.00 should be good enough. 

As the name suggests, there are two main ingredients; the noodle known as bee hoon and satay sauce! Visually, it isn't appealing and to me; if I am craving for satay, I would go for the authentic ones with meat on skewers! 

Granted I am biased but I did enjoy this satay bee hoon for its generous ingredients consisting of cuttlefish (crunchy, not rubbery), slices of pork, tau pok, kangkong and my least favorite, cockles! Sauce wise, it's slightly spicy, not overly sweet and the consistency was thick, yet not as heavily flavored as those from satay sauce.

Frankly, I would go for this if I am craving for satay but prefer something more filling. Compared to ketupat, bee hoon sounds like a better option. 

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Address 
Block 105, Yishun Ring Road, 
Chong Pang Hawker Centre, #01-146, 
Singapore 760105

Map
As above.

Operating Hours 
From 5.00 pm until sold out

Menu
As above

Pricing
Satay Bee Hoon (Medium) - S$5.00

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Day Four Dinner at Main Dining Room (Chic Restaurant) @ Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas (Cruise to Nowhere)

Last dinner for our
4-night cruise and we guess it's fitting to have the fine-dining meal at the main dining room (Chic Restaurant); as the name suggests, it felt modern yet casual with touches of elegance!

I should have requested for a table near the window; it would be nice to see the waves hitting against the ship as the sun slowly made its way down the horizon. 

Our waiter and assistant waiter for the day! 

Cheese Platter - I had this on day three and regretted not having it earlier as the combination was amazing! One thing I would change in the future; only go for blue cheese which had the most wondrous flavor when eaten with fruits and nuts.

Roasted Tomato Soup - with crispy croutons that always seemed to enhance a bowl of soup, this was rich and flavorful; not watered down as I expected.

Garlic Tiger Prawn - this was supposed to be served with jasmine rice but I was adamant that I must reduce my starch intake; hence, decided to ask if the rice can be removed. Turned out it can! 

I personally think this would be better as an appetizer since the tiger prawns were quite small and failed to exhibit that intense garlic aroma. On the roasted seasonal vegetables; meh.

Roasted Rack of Lamb
- I enjoy lamb / mutton and a same dish on mainland Singapore can be quite expensive; hence, the cheapo me had to give it a try! Meat was juicy, tender with a delicious layer of fat, and not very gamey. Only thing I lacked was chilli sauce.

Cherries Jubilee - said to be "dark cherries cooked in a wine-cinnamon sauce topped with vanilla ice cream"; it was a dessert filled with contrasting sourness and sweetness! It was refreshing although not really my kind of dessert.

Fruit Platter - a must to meet my daily "fruits" quota! 

Tres Leches - my travel companion ordered this; I got a bite and knew I had to secure a serving even though I already had appetizers, two mains and two desserts! 

The sponge cake layers were soft, fluffy with a torched meringue top that had a caramelized touch to the palate. Most interestingly was the lip-smacking good dulce de leche based, "also known as caramelized milk or milk jam"; how could something that sounded so simple taste so spectacularly good?! 

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The Café@Two70 in Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas (Cruise to Nowhere)

Despite onboard 
Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas for the past few days, I am embarrassed to mention that I didn't know of this The Café@Two70, even though I had caught a show at its corresponding venue on the first night!

Pretty spacious premises although similar to Café Promenade, the seating would be outside. My understanding is that you can have your meal at Two70 theatre but this appeared to be allowed before the pandemic.

There seemed to be a better spread at The Café@Two70 when compared to Café Promenade but I couldn't review further as I already had breakfast and could only managed a fruit cup to curb my "itchy" mouth. From the menu, there appeared to be cereals, yogurt parfaits, wraps, pita pockets, grilled cheese, salad. bagels, burritos etc. 

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